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09 Jun 2019 21:52:53
I don't usually post rumors but I was told by a contact at Atletico Madrid that they were considering Ruben Dias as a replacement for Diego Godin but the 60mil euro valuation of Benfica meant they decided to look elsewhere, but may look to him again. Juventus have looked at him as well but they too don't want to pay the valuation.

Considering that the Editor has told us we are interested and if indeed Atleti won't complete the deal I think he would be a great signing for us.




21 Dec 2018 09:50:08

You mentioned that the club might go ahead with trying to sign players that Jose might not have wanted like Douglas Costa, is Toby Alderweireld on that list too? Or does the new contract to Smalling mean we won't sign a center back in January?


{Ed002's Note - Toby Alderweireld was the player Mr Mourinho wanted in the summer when the club refused to sanction a purchase. As he has still not signed a contract he will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer. If Manchester United were to move for him it would certainly show considerable disrespect for the previous coach and cement the views of many about the club - all of which should make it unlikely in my view.}



07 Jul 2017 21:03:49
So apparently Chelsea have matched our offer for Lukaku! Its all happening.


1.) 07 Jul 2017 21:23:44
He won't go to Chelsea, advisors from both clubs have met the fee has been agreed, Rom is holidaying with Pogs at the mo, plus Rooney will be back in blue by sunday all sorted i recon.

2.) 07 Jul 2017 21:29:47
These transfer window rumours are ridiculous.

3.) 07 Jul 2017 21:37:30
Hes already in L. A with pogba where he is rumored to be having his medical, the team fly out on Sunday. Says it all really.

4.) 07 Jul 2017 22:07:29
Do you think we will sign lukaku or will chelsea sign him.

5.) 07 Jul 2017 22:22:01
I honestly don't care who he goes to. If we sign him, great he's a proven goalscorer in the EPL and will add something to the team.

If Chelsea get him we can sign someone like Morata and move on.

6.) 07 Jul 2017 22:53:53
I hope we get the LuBe strike force mentioned on the banter page Lukaku and Bellotti 😆😆.

7.) 08 Jul 2017 10:38:50
If united bought belotti conte may explode.



01 Jun 2017 19:21:50
Strong reports in the Portuguese media that we have agreed a deal for €35mil +€5mil in bonuses for Victor Lindelof. Could be our first signing of the summer.




01 Jun 2017 09:38:49

How is the upheld transfer ban for Atletico Madrid expected to impact a potential deal for Antoine Griezmann? Or is it unrelated?


{Ed002's Note - I don't think it will make a difference as I expect him to stay another year as he will want to move to the new stadium.}




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15 Jun 2019 15:34:42

I have to disagree that British players are less talented than Spanish or German counterparts. There are some real gems out there that we can buy.

The approach we need to have is a right balance in what we do and buy up and coming players from within the league, most of whom are likely to be British but not necessarily.

Look at what Liverpool have done. TAA, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Gomez all either coming from the academy or moderately priced players from within the league who can already hit the ground running. These players form a core of their team.

They then complement that with moderately priced imports like Fabinho, Salah and Firmino who fit well into their system.

After this they come to a consistent top 4 level but with defensive frailties. And when the core engine is built with players from within the league and creativity is added from the right foreign buys, they can then identify just one or two holes that remain in the squad (GK and top CB) and then they fill those with big money signings like Van Dijk and Allison. They had a few off signings and misses but the strategy was clear and they got there patiently.

And they financed a part of this by selling a superstar at a high price who was supposedly indispensable in Coutinho. The prospect of them losing their best player and getting better was unthinkable at the time.

This is what I would do over the next couple summers. We need to employ a similar strategy. Its not a player's nationality but them being from within the British leagues is what matters for me to build a core of players that already know the league.

If we could buy Wan Bissaka, Maddison, Tielemans, Longstaff, Daniel James to add to Rashford, Shaw, Lingard, Mctominay and Martial already at the club that would form a core of the team.

We can then supplement that with decently priced players from outside leagues like a Ruben Dias and a slightly more expensive Bruno Fernandes. This should be enough to build a squad for top 4. I would finance this by letting go of a supposedly indispensable superstar (who limits us tactically) in Pogba and also Lukaku who clearly doesn't want to be here. I would also let De Gea go (the time has come) and bring a reliable keeper in his early 20s with some experience in. Andre Onana comes to mind although I wouldn't mind going a season with Romero as our starter and then going big for Oblak next summer. This would reset our dressing room and a majority of the players there would be ones who would want to be there.

We are currently trying to do all this in one summer and it may not be possible but over a couple of summers and given time this is certainly possible.

That would still leave us with holes at the right wing position and maybe once these players are settled in and we are back in the top 4 we can address that with our own superstar signing in a Sancho.

That squad would have a hard working core that already knows the league and will hit the ground running, talented players from outside the league and a couple of top players to fill the remaining obvious needs.


1.) 15 Jun 2019 17:17:37
Agreed Redfaith!

Although I would still keep Pogba and Lukaku. New motivated players around them can do world of good to them and us.

2.) 15 Jun 2019 17:43:01
If someone is stupid enough to give us 120-150 million for a player who plays well every in 1 in 10 games then they are bigger fools

You could make an argument to keep pogba but he doesn't even run games against relegated teams.

He is and always will be a player who has the skill to be one of the best but when you look back in 15 years know one will class him as a world class player and he's won the world cup.

3.) 15 Jun 2019 18:05:41
Big question. Will fans, including many on here have the patience?
MAZE is back.

4.) 15 Jun 2019 22:06:45
We have been fortunate over the last few years at LFC, more so than I can remember, with transfer strategy and actual investment in real quality. If you do get it right you have a perfect footing with which to build from and challenge properly once again. We are all loving it currently as Liverpool fans, but I think we are all too aware of how much power MUFC has with the correct strategy. Much as it pains me to say, you can all be down, and rightly so, about where you are now but you’re older fans will remember how lovely it is to watch the team grow into a force from nowhere in particular. We all want instant success, but the downs make the ups feel so much better. Embrace the change and be optimistic for the future.

I’m just going to be sick in my mouth a little bit.



14 Jun 2019 20:29:55
We've been linked with Sean Longstaff by multiple sources this morning and last time be was mentioned I decided to give him a look. I was very surprised with the quality, his positioning, interceptions and in general defensive awareness is very good. And the way he traps the ball and opens up his body and looks always to keep the ball moving reminded me a lot of Carrick. His style is very similar.

We've missed a player like Carrick badly, Longstaff has a good passing range, works hard off the ball, can get up and down the pitch and has good defensive awareness for his age. Could build up a bit more strength but that can be worked on and he has got the height too. Importantly he made quick and right decisions on the pitch in tight areas and had good instincts.

The question would be can we convince him that he will get enough gametime here as well as Newcastle to let him go. If we can get him for 25 mil or so this could be a very shrewd signing.

I hope Solskjaer and the club go in the direction of bringing in hungry young players with the right mentality and supplement them with a couple of players who are coming to their peak. We've started well with Daniel James. Add Wan Bissaka, Longstaff and maybe a Ruben Dias and we would have a very good spine and we could supplement that with a Bruno Fernandes and a right winger and this would look a solid team.


1.) 14 Jun 2019 22:02:54
What did you use to have a look at him on?, because if it was youtube it can make anyone look half decent.

Fred looked like a mixture of fernandinho and de bruyne in his clips. Then you watch him for 90 minutes and his touch can control is worse than lukakus.

2.) 14 Jun 2019 22:22:50
I too have been sucked in by his amazing YouTube cameo! Definitely a hint of Carrick there. Though I do remember YouTube once making a young Anderson look like a mix between Brazilian Ronaldo and pirlo!

3.) 15 Jun 2019 00:05:19
There's plenty of sites where you can watch full matches recorded. I used one of those at the time and watched his games against Chelsea, City and Burnley.

Honestly his youtube clips only show his attacking side and some of his tackles but his positional awareness and instinct to attack or drop back at the right time and to fill the right spaces can only be seen in full games.

Not the flashiest signing we can make but would fit in well.

4.) 15 Jun 2019 01:43:10
And so he was redarmy!

5.) 15 Jun 2019 09:23:50
He did remind me of post retired Ronaldo!



10 Jun 2019 16:14:17

I saw on the Liverpool page that you mentioned that Spurs are keen on Bruno Fernandes. Are United still keen on him or is he likely to end up at Spurs now given London and UCL etc and we've moved on to other targets?


{Ed002's Note - I did you a summary a day or two back.}

1.) 10 Jun 2019 16:37:31
I did see that Ed002 but then saw on the Liverpool page the next day that Spurs were very keen and you didn't mention United so I was wondering if something had changed. Never mind! Thanks for the info.

{Ed002's Note - It is what it is. I am not the one to do hour-by-hour updates.}

2.) 10 Jun 2019 20:26:41
It is what it is just reminds me of love island lol.

{Ed001's Note - you are going to have to explain that for those of us who have no idea what that is.}

3.) 10 Jun 2019 20:47:15
WRD, I’ve been roped into it as well 😂😂😂

Could do with a new site 001, loveislandrumours. com.

{Ed001's Note - erm. I am still lost.}

4.) 10 Jun 2019 21:03:49
And the most bizarre thing of today is some random wannabe pop star calling out tom cruise for a cage fight.

5.) 10 Jun 2019 21:52:36
Ed001,a show on TV called love island, for some reason they all say 'it is what it is', I know you watch it avidly Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I don't think it has made it over here yet.}

6.) 10 Jun 2019 22:04:45
The australian one is so much better and the girls are feisty!

7.) 11 Jun 2019 15:03:21
I think you will better know Max Holloway than love island ed1. I only know it is tv show in England with people trying to get hooked up maybe?

{Ed001's Note - never heard of him/her either sorry.}

8.) 11 Jun 2019 16:20:05
I thought you loosely followed MMA/ UFC ed1, my bad. Max is the current 145lbs champ and known to throw the phrase "it is what it is" quite regularly. He was the 2nd guy who had to withdraw from the fight against Khabib in "that dolly thrown at the bus window" week.

{Ed001's Note - I struggle to remember any names except footballers to be honest. I would probably recognise his face. Just be glad you don't have to watch a film or TV show with me. I spend most of it trying to figure out what I had seen the actors in before and trying to remember their names so I can find out what they were in to set my mind at rest.}

9.) 11 Jun 2019 16:57:01
I am rather sad I don't haven't gotten a chance to watch a Film or TV with you ed1. Actually I think you would find it tougher to watch TV with me, I am one impatient bugger and can't go too long without touching the remote.



04 May 2019 00:45:41

I could see the high intensity, press higher up style Solskjaer was trying to play in the first 5 games. But as it has been reported by many, later the players started to drop off and we suffered injuries. Solskjaer doesn't believe that this squad is fit enough to play that style.

That brought us to the Liverpool game with injuries and we suffered some mid game and I think its during and after that game that he went back to the sit back and counter style of play. I don't think that's how he wants the team to play.

Having players who just jog around the pitch like Martial and Pogba doesn't help either. Its embarrassing. What United need more than a new coach / manager is a proper structure above him to create the conditions to succeed. Is it any wonder that neither Pep nor Klopp wanted to work in this setup? Any coach would fail at United with the current structure. Refusing to sign a center back and undermining the manager on Pogba, Martial and finally the new contracts given to Smalling and Jones highlights where the problem is.


{Ed001's Note - Solskjaer was already playing a defensive system before the Liverpool game, he did not revert to it during.}

1.) 04 May 2019 08:16:18
i think it was the pressing on the ball, regardless of what part of the field the ball was in, was the main difference. Now the players look too knackered to do this, or in the case of pogba l, not arsed.

2.) 04 May 2019 06:35:01
Ed, maybe, maybe not. He has been clear that he wants the players to work harder than the opposition and play on the front foot. For whatever reason that hasn’t been happening. Maybe they are not fit enough, maybe it was injuries, maybe Ole is all talk and no substance. We shall see, hopefully some significant personnel changes are imminent.

{Ed001's Note - he is only a cheerleader, what does it matter what he says?}

3.) 04 May 2019 10:53:09
Who's coaching and selecting the team then ed001?

{Ed001's Note - Phelan is the coach. The cheerleader is taking 'advice' from others such as Fergie and Phelan on selection. That is a big part of the problem imo. The players don't know who they are playing for.}

4.) 04 May 2019 11:36:24
This is appalling. And that is why he would never succeed.

We need to forget the past and move on and Fergie shouldn't be anywhere giving advice to Ole.

{Ed001's Note - it is the same issue that held the club back for all those years until Fergie came in with a new broom. Each generation was so busy deferring to the Busby generation, they were not taking the club onwards. Ron Atkinson did have a go, with his efforts in youth development later benefitting Fergie, but it was Fergie's decision to do things his way or the highway that made the difference.

When the old boss is still hanging round and the manager is deferring to him, the players do not know who to listen to. The problem is that the chosen fresh brooms, van Gaal and Mourinho, did not get backed as Fergie had been. Instant success tends to be short term success, if you want to dominate once more, you have to build properly and it takes time to do that. Though it is arguable either of those two were the right choice (I don't think they were) the board has to have the balls to stand by the choice they make.}

5.) 04 May 2019 12:09:23
Thats the problem Ed as i don't think Ole is strong enough to say look i want to do it my way otherwise he wouldn't have gone to Fergie for advice.

The club is clueless, people making decisions are in la la land and hanging on to the past. This club isn't going anywhere until we change the whole structure and the club isn't bothered because they make so much money.

I think we might be the next AC Milan who were so dominating but look where they are now.

{Ed001's Note - you have the problem of Ed Woodward as well. He is the Prick Parry of Man Utd. The anchor holding the club back every time it is on the verge of something good. The sad thing is that Woodward will eventually leave, having failed miserably, and walk into a huge number of highly paid consultancy roles, just as Parry did.}

6.) 04 May 2019 12:11:25
I also don't think the board has any strong personalities and they probably have ex United players thinking with their 1980's and 1990's mind otherwise they wouldn't have listened to the toxics and cancelled the whole project in terms of hiring Allegri.

{Ed001's Note - you need a strong board, like the one that stood by Fergie when the fans were calling for his head, right now. Unfortunately you have far too many Glazers and Woodward involved who do not know the sport at all.}

7.) 04 May 2019 12:20:58
Ron Atkinson did not do anything for the youth development, he never went to see the kids play and did not even know their names. When Fergie arrived in no time he knew all the kids and their parents. fergie did not benefit from anything Ron Atkinson did and inherited a squad who had some serious drinkers that Ron Atkinson had done nothing about.

{Ed001's Note - sorry but that is not quite true. Atkinson did not go and see the kids play and Fergie did get to know them all, that I fully agree with. But it was Atkinson who put in place the changes to the academy that bore fruit in Fergie's time. While it is arguable how much involvement he had in the plans, probably almost none, he still had to agree to it as the manager at the time. It is probably best that he had no involvement and left it to people who understood youth development if anything. However he does deserve the credit for the decisions made as he could have easily blocked them.}

8.) 04 May 2019 12:37:47
Thanks for the insightful information ed. Have an awesome day!

{Ed001's Note - you too mate take care.}

9.) 04 May 2019 13:09:08
United seems rotten right to the core ed001. From top to bottom. From the 'anchor' Ed Woodward, the people who sit beside him in judge and murtough. The club has not only stagnated but declined.

That would be forgiven if there was a future structure put in place and a vision. But it seems to me that we are in complete disarray and it will only get worse before it gets better.

Although the Glazer's put people in place to run the club, will there ever come a time where they step back and say 'hey, somethings not right here and we need to put the correct people in place' or is it the case where they care about one thing and one thing only, $$$$?

{Ed001's Note - the very fact they put Woodward in charge, who is after all merely the banker who brokered the deal for them to buy the club, suggests their main interest is in the money. However, even a club as huge as United can not sustain financial success without seeing some success on the pitch too. While the fans will be there, the top end sponsors paying the most money want to be associated with the most successful clubs.}

10.) 04 May 2019 13:44:02
So in essence, reading between the lines, should the decline off the field continue, they should be forced to act.

As you said success off the pitch is only sustainable as long as there is success on it.

11.) 04 May 2019 15:03:08
Ed 01 is there any hope for utd under ole? Or ole in general? It seems without him distancing himself from everything he believes in then he is certain to fail. Really looking forward to the upcoming season.

{Ed001's Note - if the right men are in place around him, then yes there is plenty of hope.}

12.) 04 May 2019 15:16:08
So hopefully in time the club can put the right people in place. From reading the comments from yourself and ed 02, the problem with that is ed woodward and how he wants to do things (not bringing anyone in from outside the club as dof or sof)
the talk of phelan as sporting director is worrying.

{Ed001's Note - that would be a bizarre choice. If it was me I would be looking at Overmars.}

13.) 04 May 2019 15:35:27
I wouldn't know anyone to even comment on. I'm just hoping it is someone from outside the club so they can have a fresh approach and a different perspective on the way to go forward.
I hope the club start making the right decisions but I won't hold my breath. Thanks Ed 01 have a great weekend.

{Ed001's Note - thank you Tom, you too. As for Overmars, he is the man that is being given the credit for Ajax's revival.}

14.) 04 May 2019 15:52:26
Fair play to him, good player and seems to be doing a good job now. Hopefully the summer recruitment will be better than the last few and utd as a club can take a step forward and not 2 back. Thanks for all your insight much appreciated.

15.) 04 May 2019 16:09:02
I can't see Overmars lasting long with that clown though. Whereas Phelan has always been a bit of a yes man.



27 Mar 2019 12:51:19

I see LVG has echoed your sentiments about Solskjaer playing defend first football like Mourinho in his BBC interview. I don't know if you read it but what do you think about the larger points made by him about the club, structure the way he was sacked etc?


{Ed001's Note - I did read it, I was interested to see him saying that. I think his most important point though was about the structure of the club. He is right, it is a commercial entity with a football club, rather than a football club that pays for its sporting activities by doing commercial activities.

He is also right, Woodward was extremely underhand about replacing him. LVG was clearly not the right man for the job under the current circumstances, but he deserved better treatment than he was given. It is about respect, no matter what you think of the job he did, LVG still deserved respect as he tried his best.}

1.) 27 Mar 2019 13:23:04
Well said Ed. The whole club is run like a joke at the moment.

It's like this job is too big for Woodward's boots and he is totally clueless apart from bringing money in.

{Ed001's Note - he is the big problem. The man knows as much about football as I do about banking. I fail to see what he offers in any aspect of his role to the good running of the club. I remain to be convinced he is even good on the financial side judging by the huge wages he has agreed for players. If he is so damn good, surely he would have kept the big signings within the wage structure? A top negotiator would, as there was nobody else willing to match the offers, so why go so high?}

2.) 27 Mar 2019 13:43:38
His main skill seems to be securing corporate sponsorship, which at one of the biggest sporting brands on the planet can’t be the most difficult thing in the world. Every manager who has worked under him has criticised him for not backing them, and going over their head and behind their back. The only reason he got the job, and has kept it, is because he’s the Glazer’s guy.

{Ed001's Note - I am not being funny, but I could have got the corporate sponsorship deals done that he has. None of them are groundbreaking or brought anything particularly notable to the club. Man Utd is a premium brand but then aligned itself with Chevrolet, which are clearly not one. They should have been paying through the nose to be associated with a club of the stature of United. It should have set records for a deal of its kind. And the same with all of your deals.

You are right though, he has the job because he's the Glazer's mate.}

3.) 27 Mar 2019 14:22:28
Very true Ed. I never thought about it the way you just explained and a lot of it does make sense.

{Ed001's Note - it is surprising that the Glazers have not seen it themselves, but they are inheritors of wealth, rather than creators.}

4.) 27 Mar 2019 14:54:57
Thanks Ed I could kiss ya. I said that the other day I didn't think he was as good as people seem to think you've just put it better than I did. A top finance man wouldn't be paying those wages. A top finance man would-be going for proper huge blue chip companies. Not Chevrolet. They might be big in America but they're not elsewhere and they're not going to help massively in getting united into the American market which really is still small beams compared to say Asia. The guys clueless.

{Ed001's Note - I could understand it if you had to build a brand, but United are as big as it gets. So he has leverage as companies want to be associated with the brand, players want to play for the club. Why can he not use the leverage? It is clear that his skills, whatever they may be, do not belong to this realm and he should be moving to a place more suited to him and his abilities.}

5.) 27 Mar 2019 16:34:40
God knows where that place is. I wouldn't trust him at subway.

{Ed001's Note - probably a little difficult to figure out all the extras for him to be fair.}

6.) 27 Mar 2019 17:27:13
Woodward went into subway looking for an Italian BMT, and came out down £50m with a bag or Doritos and Fred.




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11 Dec 2017 20:09:26

No. They kept possession but created precious little in clear cut chances. I aspire to be like the United aide of 98-99 or 2006-2009. Which not only had possession but also created chances and was absolutely deadly on the counter attack.

I would love to be like Jose's Real Madrid which score 100 goals in a season and was amazing to watch on the counter with pace and power. We have the forwards, defense, a winger and a keeper to be that good. All we need is a midfielder or two help us dominate more and take the pressure off Pogba.




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07 Jul 2017 22:22:01
I honestly don't care who he goes to. If we sign him, great he's a proven goalscorer in the EPL and will add something to the team.

If Chelsea get him we can sign someone like Morata and move on.




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14 Jun 2017 05:38:51

Wasn't the other club that was interested in Matic? If so, have they found someone else they are going for or have they backed out due to a high asking price?


{Ed002's Note - I am sorry - this is the MU page.}



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07 Jun 2017 14:15:34
You might want to head over to the Madrid page and check Ed002's answer to my question.




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16 May 2017 11:19:58
That's nothing new. Ed002 mentioned this months ago and said its unlikely to happen in the recent sharkopod.





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15 Jun 2019 00:05:19
There's plenty of sites where you can watch full matches recorded. I used one of those at the time and watched his games against Chelsea, City and Burnley.

Honestly his youtube clips only show his attacking side and some of his tackles but his positional awareness and instinct to attack or drop back at the right time and to fill the right spaces can only be seen in full games.

Not the flashiest signing we can make but would fit in well.




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14 Jun 2019 15:55:18

As I understand it we have a recruitment department consisting of people like Marcel Bout and Jim Lawlor etc and also Ole and Phelan will come up with their own targets and the club then pursues the most viable targets? For eg. The reported interest in Longstaff and perhaps even Daniel James are recommendations by Ole?

The Jose list I assume includes the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias but what do you mean by it not being as applicable? Those players not fitting into what Ole wants to do or them not being viable due to lack of UCL football etc?


{Ed002's Note - Ok - if that is what you think.}



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10 Jun 2019 16:37:31
I did see that Ed002 but then saw on the Liverpool page the next day that Spurs were very keen and you didn't mention United so I was wondering if something had changed. Never mind! Thanks for the info.


{Ed002's Note - It is what it is. I am not the one to do hour-by-hour updates.}



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03 Jun 2019 02:52:54
Explains why I don't bet on anything.




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23 Aug 2018 15:23:41

I think Jose wanted to sign Perisic/ Willian and full backs like Sandro to put in the crosses for Lukaku. He is a beast in the air in the box. He's wanted Milinkovic Savic who, from what I've seen is good at spotting strikers' runs and playing through balls to them, something which would suit Lukaku.

I think Jose knew what he wanted to do when he signed Lukaku. Its just that we haven't managed to get the players to support him.