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27 Jun 2022 14:43:14
Hey Ed,

Quick question, do United have any interest in Lisandro Martinez or are Timber and Torres still the preferred targets?



{Ed002's Note - Lisandro Martinez (CB) An approach by Manchester United may be on the cards but the clear two preferred targets are others. For Arsenal, if Saliba gets his wish to leave he would be one of several options the club has identified to provide an option to Gabriel and White. Ajax do not want to sell.}

1.) 27 Jun 2022 16:05:10
Thanks Ed.

Have a good day!

2.) 27 Jun 2022 16:19:08
Fabrizio just reported that Arsenal is trying to sign Lisandro and Salina is still there. If they sign him, we can forget about Timber. Torres isn't good solution in my opinion, he can't play in high back line system, he's slow. Villarreal low back line - fast transition football. We r really going to ruin this super important transfer window.

3.) 27 Jun 2022 17:07:26
Antony, Martinez/ Timber/ Torres, FDJ, Eriksen, Bachmann appear out targets, maybe a Ruben Neves if things go that way.

4.) 27 Jun 2022 17:13:29

We aren’t. Or we might, but you have no idea that’s the case yet.

5.) 27 Jun 2022 17:20:13
H94, Torres isn't slow, I think he clocked the highest speed of any CB in la Liga last season.

Admittedly Villareal don't tend to play a high line so it would be an adjustment.

For me the bigger concern is that he isn't particularly physically robust. He can be knocked off the ball too easily for me, and isn't dominant in the air despite being 6'2. Things that could count against him in the EPL.

6.) 27 Jun 2022 17:51:29
Already written off Timber. He is not first choice CB for Netherlands (only played 8 times) yet seemingly turning United down due to Van Goal comments on only picking players for the Netherlands who play regularly. Appreciate World Cup year and all that but he's 21. Maybe he thinks United will come in for him again? We shouldn't.

7.) 27 Jun 2022 17:52:16
I think if ten Hag wants them they are the right players. He knows better than anyone what he wants so if it’s Timber or Torres so be it. Personally don’t see Ajax selling a bunch of players, and not convinced we’ll strengthen at CB.

8.) 27 Jun 2022 18:34:07
Spanish Lindelof Shap.

9.) 27 Jun 2022 19:10:02
Whoever Ten Hag wants is good enough for me.

10.) 27 Jun 2022 20:42:39
Shappy loves a tall unit at the back ?.

11.) 27 Jun 2022 21:56:24
I kind of get where you coming from by saying torres is a tall lindelof but fot me he's better on the ball and in the air plus added bonus he's left footed united have struggled with finding someone to play left cb maguire takes to many touches in the left side when on the ball!

12.) 27 Jun 2022 22:35:45
Torres is probably better on the ball then Lindelof, probably more mobile and is quicker.

However, I also think he's weaker both in the air and in physical ground duels.

I'm not convinced his skillset suits the EPL which is the most physical league in Europe, and the league that has the most aerial duels.

I don't think Torres is a bad player, just one who's weaknesses could potentially be more exposed in the EPL due to the nature of the game here.

13.) 28 Jun 2022 13:17:34
I feel like Torres is club target because his name has been mentioned long before ETH arrived. His price is 60-65m€, we can sell Eric, add that money and go after De Ligt. I'm sure ETH would love to have him. I won't be surprised if we hear "United are showing interest in De Ligt" but two weeks later he signs for Chelsea.



05 Aug 2019 11:49:09

I know you don't do blow by blow updates and you might not have time to do a sharkopod anytime soon, so I went and saw the last target update that you'd shared with us. Dated around 17th April. Obviously, I've only looked at the Midfielders, as that is the need of the hour.

The following names were on the list of potential targets.

1. Declan Rice - We didn't declare interest, just watched him on a few occasions

2. Rakitic - I think he might be available, but not sure if our interest is sustained

3. Rodri - Moved to city, so out.

4. Saul - Expensive, will definitely not consider moving down

5. Bruno - No acceptable bid submitted by us.

6. Felix - Atleti got him, out

7. Acosta - WP issues, that mostly rules him out.

Another name that we're linked with is SMS, but his move depends on Pogba moving out again, no idea what is happening on that end.
Longstaff is another player that was looked at, but again, no development in that.

Now, from the list, we can rule out at least 2-3, mostly because they joined another side and some we aren't getting. Are there any other players that we're interested or do you see us getting a new MF before the the transfer window ends?



{Ed002's Note - Rakitic will be moving this summer - we'll see what happens.}

1.) 05 Aug 2019 13:25:22
Would love Rakitic for a few years: seems like a creative hard-working midfielder. Could be a good combination with McTominay and Pogba.

Still think we need Bruno though - at game Saturday and lack of options final third.

2.) 05 Aug 2019 13:44:17
What I like in Bruno Fernandes is that he can play CM and CAM, so no worries if we play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. Really, really hope we do get him, as we were not seriously linked to any other midfielder (except Longstaf) .
P. S. Nainggolan to Cagliari. Where that came from

3.) 05 Aug 2019 13:55:16
Ok I'll bite

To us perhaps ed002? Would be a pleasant surprise?

4.) 05 Aug 2019 14:28:42
Same here, I would have wanted Bruno to come in, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

On Rakitic, wouldn't he be a short-term fix? I know 31 isn't too bad, but then again, is he what we need?

5.) 05 Aug 2019 14:29:31
Doucoure from Watford always puts in a shift would be good replacement for a now very slow Matic. 😍🤣.

6.) 05 Aug 2019 14:47:23
I would take a punt on John McGinn him and Mctominay in the engine room with pogba further forward pullin the string for Radshford or martial would be a good way to go.

7.) 05 Aug 2019 14:51:47
Rakitic is a horrible individual so he's out.

8.) 05 Aug 2019 14:57:33
I’d be very surprised if we went for Rakitic. We seem to be targeting young, hungry players who will be in the side for years to come. Rakitic would be expensive and would
need to be replaced in a year or two.



23 Sep 2017 08:18:43
Not trying to piss off any of the Eds, but I have one question.

With Costa moving back to Atleti in January, does it open the door for Griezmann to make a move as well?

And do United still have an interest in him?

Thank you.


{Ed001's Note - Griezmann only held off the move because they could not replace him, so it is possible that he may decide to move. However, I expect him to wait until summer personally, depending on how Atleti are doing at that point.}

1.) 23 Sep 2017 08:54:16
Do we have alternatives to Griezmann? Not really a fan tbh.

2.) 23 Sep 2017 09:27:27
Thanks, Ed.

Do United still have an interest in him? Do you see us making a move for him in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know off the top of my head sorry.}



11 Jul 2014 19:03:20
Italian newspaper La Tercera reporting something related to a $55 million bid for Vidal from Man Utd. I don't know how reliable this is. Anyone read this? Or knows something about this? Eds. Any idea?



1.) Isn't that a paper from Chile?

2.) Ya a lot of papers in ireland reporting vidal and di maria done deals exciting times

3.) 11 Jul 2014 20:47:36
Apparently there is a report in the chilean newspaper. I think the deal includes Evra also.

4.) When I said Italian, I meant the language. Sorry if you got confused.

5.) I read a poorly translated version (I don't speak Spanish) and it appears that their source is the English press.



29 Jan 2014 18:45:34
Ed if you could spare a thought, the Kroos story. are United interested in him?


{Ed004's Note - Yes but if he becomes available so will other clubs}

1.) Heard that Manchester Utd have agreed a fee with
Toni Kroos, deal is still a way off. Player is happy to
leave. And his agent turned down Chelsea approach because Toni's ambition is to play for Man Utd. MASSIVE NEWS guys

2.) Really hope that he signs for united would be class with mata rooney van persie and adnan




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04 Jun 2021 20:41:59
Hey, Ed.

If you have a minute to spare, just read some news about a fan forum that the glazers have opened up or invited fans to be a part of and during that meeting commented on investments in the training facilities, the Stadium and recruitment.

Does this sort of conversation have any relevance into the way the glazers plan to run club?



{Ed002's Note - None.}



21 Sep 2020 08:58:50
Hey Ed. Had a quick question regarding the way transfers work not just at United but overall.

How is it that a lot of papers (Guardian, Telegraph etc) and some journalists end up reporting the fact that personal terms with a particular player has been agreed?

Isn't it supposed to be that first the club has to agree a fee and then they have permission to talk to the player/ agent and then agree terms?

Would agreeing terms with a player before agreeing a fee with the club classify as taping up?



{Ed002's Note - Clubs cannot directly approach a player without the permission of his club. Terms can be agreed if they have permission or via an agent.

The process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally to negotiate about a transfer and even to the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve the showing of serious interest (perhaps through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak formally to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.}



11 Oct 2019 12:06:34
Anyone got a chance to read the article Athletic have written on Woodward. Speaks a bit about the players available during Moyes, some of Rooney's time and also about the efforts the club made to sign a striker (very later on during the summer window this year) .

Don't know how reliable the author is, but it does seem like a well-researched post.


1.) 11 Oct 2019 12:38:26
Any chance of a summary Raghav, i currently don't subscribe to the athletic.

Been trying to avoid most of the united related pieces for my own piece of mind lol.

2.) 11 Oct 2019 14:17:39
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{Eds Note - Can people not try to copy and paste the article here. If you want to, you can type out an overview of it using your own words, from your own mind.

3.) 11 Oct 2019 15:36:42
Woodward not good at job. Do bad things at United. Say to Jose, either Fred or no midfielder. He like the attention he get from signing the big boy players too.

{Ed033's Note - thanks

4.) 11 Oct 2019 16:33:37
What attention from players is this? Do they have to do the milk tray man at Woodys hotel to get to a contract discussion?

5.) 11 Oct 2019 16:42:55
Thanks for that i knew Jose didn't want Fred. 😁😁.

6.) 11 Oct 2019 16:55:19
Not from the players Mort, from the media.

Article claims that Woodnerd gets more attention and praise for signing big name players than he does from signing big name sponsors, and this is part of the reason he is dragging his heels on a DOF.

7.) 11 Oct 2019 17:11:49
Nothing to do with players mort not everything is a player conspiracy, if the article is legit which is looks like given some of the info has been known here as well, it seems to be sourced from multiple parties managers, agents, DOFs and all seem to be in agreement that woodward is an idiot who shouldn't be in the job.



09 Aug 2019 09:13:45
Finally! The doom and gloom of the transfer window has come to close, well, at least in terms of incomings it has. We might push out players, but that doesn't really matter.

Skipping over the obvious things that we have been talking about the last few weeks, the inability to ship out a certain player, moving out the deadwood and adding bodies in midfield. I guess much has been spoken about at length and repeating the same would be a wasted exercise.

I think someone spoke about how we didn't replace the likes of Herrera and Fellaini and let Lukaku leave, leaving behind a team of youngsters and not much experience. Well, from what I recall, we didn't want Fellaini here in the first place and he didn't bring much into our game, except for flying elbows, so I don't think we needed to replace him as much as just add another body in MF. Herrera is obviously a different story, he was part of the team and it was only towards the end of the season that he wasn't a regular and eventually moved to PSG on a free. He was one of the players who could press high up for the ball and in a way move the ball around. Of course, we needed to replace him. Jumping over to Lukaku, I don't think we'll miss him too much. Some say he doesn't suit the style OGS wants to play, but I doubt he suited Mourinho's direct football either. The simple answer, during Mourinho's tenure, was our own inability to cross the ball into the box, on a regular basis. Even when OGS came in, we didn't switch to wing-play type of football, it was counter-attacking, at pace, well, at least we tried.

The above three players are obviously plying their trade somewhere else and have a left a gap in our team. Which according to me, might not be the worst thing that happened to us. I'll try explaining:

1. Fellaini - He was never United material or quality, neither did he fit into whatever kind of football we could have or would have played. He can't press, neither can he rotate possession. The perfect youth player that I think takes his place is Garner. Now, I admit I haven't seen much of him, but from what I have seen, he's the boy you'd trust to be a wonderful footballer. He's got good technique, stays calm in possession and doesn't do things which can be classified as stupid. Of course, he might not get a lot of game time this season in the PL, but we've got the EFL, FA Cup and the UEL to deal with, and given the chance, I'm sure he'd start cementing his place in the squad.

2. Herrera - I really liked the chap, got a jersey the season he signed with us and would proudly wear it every time I'd go for a kickabout. He pressed and harassed the opposition, did those naughty fouls that broke up play and all in all, was tenacious midfielder that we needed (not in an Arturo Vidal way) . Effectively, his replacement was bought last season, in the form of Fred. Yes, he failed last season, and failed would be an understatement, but it's unfair to judge a man coming from the Russian league into the PL, and first, playing for a manager who didn't want to be here, in a team, that was not stable. This season, however, with a much better and a stable back 4, I do expect Fred to do better. So essentially, Herrera has been replaced.

3. Lukaku - The fact that a striker playing for a top club in the PL comes back overweight from the WC and doesn't lose an inch of fat throughout the season, tells me more about his professionalism that anything else. Again, the fact that team was never set-up to play to his strengths seems to be the issue that all have spoken about, but I think given the players that we have currently, even with the new manager in OGS, I doubt we would have seen the best of him. For me, there were more negatives to his game, than positives and maybe that's the reason why I think I wouldn't miss him all that much. We've got Rashford (I still my reservations about his decision making) and Martial (who can sometimes look really uninterested) and Greenwood. In these three, I do feel slightly confident, especially because they will be able to execute the high-press style of football that I hope OGS implements. Yes, Mandzukic would have been a great player to have, but he's not here and so what's the point in thinking what if.

Moving on Pogba, on the face of things, he knuckled down throughout the pre-season and while he wasn't outrightly brilliant in any of our pre-season games, I think, for now, he's a player I'd be happy to see in the starting 11 this season. Obviously, we can still hit our own foot with an axe and sell him to Madrid before the European window ends, but I don't think that is happening. So if that means he stays on for another season and is gone by the next, I think we all will be happy, given that he's the most creative player we have.

Creativity is where the problem is, too much onus on Pogba to create that half-a-chance in a game and what if he doesn't turn up? That's why a Bruno Fernandes would have been an ideal MF to get this window, to share the creative burden of the team with him. Again though, didn't happen, won't lose sleep over it.

We're two days away from our first home game of the season with a team that most of us are only half happy with, but at least it's better than last season and it's better than what we've had in quite a while. OGS may not be the person who sees the best of these players, but till the time he walks towards the bench, I'd believe that he will do certain things right.

We've got a good spine now, Maguire might prove to be the missing link in our defence and lord knows how badly we've missed a Wan-Bissaka. But we can build from there. We've tried to lay the foundation for a team that could prosper into a good team, with additions made in the next few transfer windows. But none of that means that we can't have a good 2019-20 season and while we might not challenge for the title this year, for me, the most important thing would be to create our own identity and stick to it.


1.) 09 Aug 2019 09:38:19
“Creativity is where the problem is, too much onus on Pogba to create that half-a-chance in a game and what if he doesn't turn up? ” That really is the crux of the issue.

Our two main attacking options are either a bit of pogba magic or the opposition making a mistake.

Hopefully with wan bissaka and luke shaw, we now have two full back who can create chances from wide areas. Still not convinced by luke shaw and his abilites both going forwards and defending.

Im liking the look of rashford on the left cutting in on that right foot and getting his shots off. Just too bad we don't have a similar player on the right hand side who will cause the opposition a few worries. Or maybe we do in mason greenwood, he sure looks like one hell of a talent.

So much about the team is up in the air at the moment, probably best to just enjoy the ride. One thing that can be categorically said is that we will be a much more entertaining, energetic and hard working team than last season.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 10:47:34
I think Greenwood will have a major role in the right side of attack.
Dan James from bench will be a good weapon.

The no 10 will probably be shared by Lingard/ Mata/ Gomes.

Not sure where Sanchez fits.
Hope we have a plan.

3.) 09 Aug 2019 11:30:46
Hopefully Sanchez fits in a private plane out to somewhere in Europe before the window shuts.



08 Aug 2019 08:11:00
So, just for kicks, anybody optimistic about us signing anyone today?

For me, one midfielder would be a great way to end the window, but my gut tells me it ain't happening. Anyone else feeling the same?


1.) 08 Aug 2019 08:20:43
Whatever will be will be.
Im not sure how we can compete to win anything with the midfield options being what they are.
Pogba. Does not want to be at United.
Fred doesn't realise he is at United.
Periera. Lucky to be still at United.
Matic last season at United
Mctom. Needs to prove he can make it at United.

Ole thinks he has made the right choices i have to say i completely disagree with him. Only time will tell if those 5 in midfield can make us competitive.

2.) 08 Aug 2019 08:29:58
My gut says no signings today, the fact we are linked with at least one new name every day suggests we aren't seriously in for anyone.

I too feel an extra body in midfield is needed. We are light on quality there.

If we don't sign anyone then we best hope the fax machine stays broken.

3.) 08 Aug 2019 08:43:09
Ken how about we try Jones in midfield 😉.

4.) 08 Aug 2019 08:44:11
Ken and Shappy, I agree with what both of you have said. I think the best thing is to just be kicked about the new season starting. Things will fall into place, whichever way they have to.

5.) 08 Aug 2019 08:46:53
I don't see us signing anyone today. We've been messing around in the market for midfielders all window and its come back to bite us, when teams want players i.e arsenal they've been aggressive in their approach and have got their man. Something Woodward and the rest of the fools have lacked.

6.) 08 Aug 2019 09:05:54
Longstaff would be nice then we are good to go. If we need more, there is cash in the bank for the Jan window.

7.) 08 Aug 2019 09:04:18
I rated the window as OK the other day. But after seeing the moves that Tottenham and Arsenal have been making, I feel our own window is looking a lot weaker.

Today is D-Day and what will be, will be but Ed Woodward and his helpers have a big job on today. It will shape our season.

For a club of our size and the money that is available, I find it inexcusable the way the powers that be, have conducted transfer business this summer. It seems to repeat itself every year, only this time we are not in the champions league and should that be repeated, we will struggle even more to sign the correct player next year.

8.) 08 Aug 2019 09:15:38

Arsenal? Seriously? We we had their window?

9.) 08 Aug 2019 09:28:23
GDS, i'm not talking in caliber of signings, i'm saying that they've seeked targets and got them. Pepe, despite setbacks they got Tierney and Ceballos, they went about business the right way and got the players they wanted. United find their targets and expect to muscle their way through deals because who we are, it doesn't work and its left us massively short in midfield. I hope I eat my words and we sign a good midfielder I really do, I just don't see it.

10.) 08 Aug 2019 09:31:32
GDS, Arsenal have naff all money and they are doing what they can. I think that they've done okay too considering where they were last year.

We've missed an opportunity to really kick on i feel but time will tell.

11.) 08 Aug 2019 09:41:56
I am being optimistic today and think we will get one in the door. The fact I can't say who probably says it all.
Regardless I am positive that we will hit the ground running and hVe a good season.
All your points are correct Ken about the midfield, I hope that we prioritise Mctominy over Matic as we look a much better team without Matic.
For me it would be Mctominy and either Pereira/ Fred as a base 2 with Pogba ahead causing havoc. If we get Fernandes it would be a Mctominy base with Pogba and Fernándes ahead
Just glad the window will be over soon.




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27 Jun 2022 16:05:10
Thanks Ed.

Have a good day!




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20 Jun 2022 11:47:55
Thanks Ed!

Who would be the other target for United? Is it still Timber?



{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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20 Jun 2022 11:16:31
Hey Ed,

So one is Pau Torres, who is the other CB United are looking at? And has the club had any discussion with Villareal for Torres?



{Ed002's Note - Pau Torres (CB) Villareal are struggling financially and will sell this summer at the right price. Manchester City had him as an option and it is unclear if they now need a major CB addition this summer. Manchester United had him as first choice, purchased Varane instead but are now chasing again with departures imminent. Barcelona has a sustained interest but price will likely be an issue and they may look to horse trade some players - but priorities will be elsewhere. Napoli saw Torres as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement but they are an unlikely destination now. Bayern Munich have him as a potential target if other plans fail. Real Madrid wanted Torres to replace Ramos but do not want to get in to an auction. Was offered to Chelsea last summer by a third party knowing Kounde was unlikely - but he would be down the list for them. Spurs have had sustained interest sin Mr Mourinho was coach - and have spoken with the club as they have Lo Selso to trade.}



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09 Jun 2022 12:46:19
Hey Ed,

Quick one. You mentioned United haven’t made a concrete offer for FDJ, but are just gauging the situation. Has there been any contact with Lazio regarding SMS or have there been any talks with them at this stage?



{Ed002's Note - There have been discussions with Lazio.}



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08 Jun 2022 10:59:39
Thanks, Ed.

Strange that United are keen to add him. Might as well look at other options that might be available.





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07 May 2022 14:29:37
Doesn't Timber prefer City? That's certainly what one of the Ed's had mentioned.




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20 Apr 2022 12:40:36
WYRed, spot on mate. Imagine being this poor at your job every day of the week. These guys are making a mockery out of the money that they earn. Thank god the number of games left can be counted on one hand. Can't wait to see the backs of this lot.




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13 Dec 2021 09:19:24
Can anyone explain what Rangnick said about Phelan? I can't seem to find it anywhere.




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30 Oct 2021 14:40:39
If I was Ole I'd probably start with this line up





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17 Oct 2021 07:06:40
Ronaldo getting upset? I think the team should be more upset with him for his lack of pressing.