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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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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.



04 Aug 2019 10:17:36
Ed, further down the page, you’ve mentioned how United haven’t made an acceptable bid for Bruno. With the Lukaku Dybala deal on the table now, do you think the amateurs handling the transfers will sort their head out and push for a move for Bruno? Is he still interested in the move?

Also, you’ve mentioned how Dybala doesn’t fancy a move to united, you think this is another transfer that we don’t need? Di Maria or Pogba, part II?


{Ed002's Note - I cannot be expected to predict what others will do. The simple statement of where we are is that MU has not made an acceptable bid for BF whilst discussions have progressed with Spurs. I have explained before what Pinho thinks of MU. Dybala does not want to move to MU but JUventus want him gone and his wage demands are such that the other sides who are potential options are not going to pay such sums.}

1.) 04 Aug 2019 11:53:28
Will we never learn, spurs acting professional and dealing with sporting professionally while we will be stupid enough to overpay un wages to get a player who doesn't want to be here to join pogba who also does not want to be here.

2.) 04 Aug 2019 12:25:30
If not us hopefully Bruno ends up in Real or somewhere else not in Spurs.

3.) 04 Aug 2019 15:05:41
A lot of rumours over the past week we ate not in for bruno.

4.) 04 Aug 2019 15:58:35
Jred - yeah, but Ed mentioned that Bruno and Maguire were the ones we’ve been trying to close the deal with.

Don’t exactly understand why we can’t cough up the required sum.

Fingers crossed for something to happen, though. We all live in hope.



26 Jul 2019 08:56:19

Not United related, but a couple of things that I'd like to ask.

A lot of clubs sign young players, some are tipped to be wonderkids. while others are seen as ones with lot of potential. Obviously, the parent clubs send them out on loan and keep evaluating the progress (I hope they do) . Is there any league/ club (in England) that would be a good place for these kids to learn and gain valuable experience?

Simply put, if you were the manager of a club and you had a lot of younger kids, where would you be willing to loan them out to?



{Ed002's Note - That is not how it works at all.}

1.) 26 Jul 2019 09:07:49
I think I completely messed up the syntax in my question. I'll try again.

My guess is that clubs are always willing/ keen to send out youth players on loan? The whole point of this activity, at least in my head, is so that these players can get game time in some other club, in some other league.

Based on the above, are there any clubs that are preferred over another one? Purely in terms of their ability to work with younger kids?

Does the question make any sense or have I messed up again? Apologies, Ed.


{Ed002's Note - You cannot simply send players where you want.}

2.) 26 Jul 2019 10:24:36
Question makes perfect sense Raghav, nothing to apologise for.

IF you were able to pick and choose where players go on loan, what clubs have a good reputation for nurturing them?

3.) 26 Jul 2019 10:46:57
It depends on the player as well. Is he ready for the physicality of the Championship for example? Does he need a stepping stone in Eredivisie perhaps? Will a young British kid settle in Germany?

Take Ampadu for example for us (Chelsea) . We sent him to Leipzig. Now that's as challenging as it gets. He's going abroad and their team is really talented.
If he gets minutes then it'll be about the best loan ever. However, for another kid it would be a horrible move as he wouldn't get time.

Mount went to Vitesse first and then Championship. James straight to Championship. Christensen went to Germany. All were great loans, but all were very different.

There's so many factors to take into account with loans.

4.) 26 Jul 2019 12:50:00
RWWD (I don't know your name, sorry) .

That's the thing, I've been thinking about this for a while, and while I cannot pick a club or even a league that I'd like to loan players out, what I feel would be critical for me as a manager would be knowing the kind of football I want my player to learn. For me, it'll have to be a side that makes you so confident on the basics of football, more than anything else. If I'm sending a defender out, then I'd like him to learn and understand the basics of defending, the ABCs so as to say. Obviously, it depends a lot on the ability of the player as well, but my main aim would be learning the basics and of course, getting game time.


Agreed, I guess what is really important is the kind of player/ talent you are dealing with. If you have a technically gifted player, you would prefer that he hones that skill, rather than sending him to a league and or club that would be a perfect mismatch for him.

I guess a lot depends on the ability of the player to adjust to new surroundings as well, especially if we dealing with teenagers, I would never like to throw any of my players in the deep end of the pool and then expect them to swim across.


5.) 26 Jul 2019 14:55:10
Exactly, Raghav. For example, I think you guys need to get Chong/ Gomes a loan. You have lots of talent in attack, and it's hard to see them getting enough time on the pitch.

But as attacking players I wouldn't send them to Burnley to play under Dyche. That'd be a total mismatch in my opinion.

A defensive midfielder on the other hand, I'd potentially send him to a defensive manager like that.

6.) 26 Jul 2019 21:35:49
There's so many variables really. You need to send a player to a team that's going to help. As others have said the player needs to fit the style. No good sending technical players to a clogging team. Also it needs to be a stable team. No good sending someone to relegation fodder where when it inevitably goes wrong they change managers and your player gets dropped.




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06 Aug 2019 08:23:37
Apparently, Alfredo Pedulla (reliable in Italy, I hope) mentioned something is back on the table. Not too sure, though. I think it's just lousy paper/ journo talk.




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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?




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14 Jul 2019 16:00:00
Ed, does this mean we’ve ended our pursuit for Dias and Nikola?

Many thanks.


{Ed004's Note - We will only be signing one centre back so Id assume so}



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06 Jul 2019 21:15:21

I am not slandering any player at all, but this fellow Pogba gets on everyone's nerves, doesn't he? All of us, barring a few, would like to see him gone.

If he'd put even an ounce of the effort you think he put in the WC, then I'm sure we'd at least be happy about the fact that he tried to help the team, but we failed him. And that is why he wants to move on.

I can't for a second forgive a midfielder for jogging or slow walking in the centre of the pitch after either losing the ball or misplacing a pass. I'm sure neither can you.

A lot of people credit him for carrying France on his shoulders (I've been banned on the Red Devils Reddit sub for voicing my opinion on him) . But as Bolger has said, he was made to look good by players around him. He is not the player we think he is, heck, I don't even know if he knows what kind of a player he is.

The sooner this saga ends, the better. I think we all will be at a happier place once he leaves. I'd be over the moon and extremely delighted if we would sign Saul, but I don't know what will happen and what not.




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06 Jul 2019 09:10:08
DSG, sorry, but how exactly did Pogba "help" France win the World Cup?





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08 Oct 2019 10:51:18

From my understanding, it seems the glazers obviously don’t look at the day to running of the club and leave most of the work for Woodward to do. Maybe most of the decisions related to football are also executed by him, but surely they must be able to see that they need an experienced individual to manage the football aspect of the club, and let Woodward handle the business aspect of it.
Do they not understand this?


{Ed002's Note - Your understanding is far from correct. Just move on.}



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03 Oct 2019 20:18:18
Made them look like Pool. Can't believe what I saw was actually happening.




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08 Aug 2019 10:03:30
DSG, I think we are short purely in terms of the creativity that the team would lack. Too much onus on a player who apparently doesn't want to be at the club.

In games that he decides to go missing, who will create those chances?




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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.




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07 Aug 2019 07:10:18
Excellent Podcast Ed, loved the first one and the second one, too! The bit about Lampard and who will flourish under him was pretty good. Wondering if you'd get time to do the same for United as well?

One question, maybe you can add it in your next podcast or answer here, works either way. Which of the younger players from different clubs do you think will have a breakthrough season this year? Few that I recall from the top of my head are Greenwood, Mount (apparently, he's highly rated, and my mate has a man-crush on him, too) Wilson (who has obviously gone to Bournemouth on loan), Fornals (not a kid-kid, but still young) .



{Ed001's Note - the easiest would be to press the red button at the top and send it in for the podcast. I have too much to do to start saving bits from here to add into there.}