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09 Mar 2021 11:35:48
Rumours today that cavani will not be extending, any truth in this Ed’s?


{Ed002's Note - Edinson Cavani (S) out of contract and wants to move to Boca Juniors. His agent has a plan to offer, as I have mentioned before, Andre Silva (S) who was recomemnded to several clubs, certainly including Everton and Manchester United, by a very high-end independent scout who used to play in the Premier League. This dates back to last summer before his loan became a permanent move. But his agent may look to figure out a move to Old Trafford if Cavani leaves.}

1.) 09 Mar 2021 12:43:02
Not a good news that Cavani would be looking to leave. With Martial blowing hot and cold, we would definitely need a reliable Centre Forward.

2.) 09 Mar 2021 12:32:42
Ed, if its not too much trouble could you tell us what other forwards we may look at as replacements?

{Ed002's Note - There is not much at this time - if Kane were available at a reasonable price they would be keen. There has been interest in Moussa Dembele (S) whose loan is not going at all well at Atletico Madrid and that may put them off taking up their option to buy the player - would now be seen as risky but Manchester Inited could yet offer an option. Or they could look to the versatility of a Leon Bailey type player.}

3.) 09 Mar 2021 13:12:28
Wow I wasn't expecting that. Such a shame as he's made a positive impact when available. One of those players I wish we'd signed a number of years ago.

It makes signing a centre forward a top priority if Cavani is to leave.

Thanks for the info Ed.

{Ed002's Note - The alternative would be another Falcao, ZI, EC type player at the end of their careers that MU might be able to squeeze a little more out of him.}

4.) 09 Mar 2021 13:32:37
Ed002 Can I ask if there's any interest in Dominic Calvert-Lewin? I couldn't find anything on a search so perhaps not.

{Ed002's Note - No there isn’t.}

5.) 09 Mar 2021 13:51:02
Thank you Ed.

6.) 09 Mar 2021 16:28:36
I don't proclaim to understand all the nuances around contracts but I always thought it was a 1 year deal with the option to extend for a further year and that the club could trigger that extra year.
Apologies if this is wrong and I have missunderstood how this works.
I have always liked Cavani and wished we had got him years ago, beast of a team player.

{Ed077's Note - I have really liked Cavani when he has played; but he has missed too many games and struggled to get an extended run to make a big difference on a consistent basis.

7.) 09 Mar 2021 17:52:43
His dad has pretty much confirmed he’s going to boca in the summer.

8.) 09 Mar 2021 17:54:30
If Utd want to compete they’re going to have to bite the bullet and buy a top striker in the summer. Cavani has been pretty good but he’s too injury prone for another season. We may end up wasting our time on a fruitless pursuit of Haaland.

9.) 09 Mar 2021 18:37:13
Or play Greenwood up top and buy a Sancho type player.

{Ed002's Note - Like Bailey.}

10.) 09 Mar 2021 18:53:02
I think Bailey doesn't have an attitude problem or ego like Sancho has.

11.) 09 Mar 2021 20:44:24
When did martial blow hot this season. been blowing cold and colder.

12.) 09 Mar 2021 22:45:48
Aguero is available on a free 😉.

13.) 10 Mar 2021 08:37:55
Martial had had an average season. However the season before he was excellent. Maybe now he knows Cavani is off has improved his performance and mood.

As per Ed’s comments, I think the club know they’ll not get Haaland, C.V. has stopped them splashing mega millions, so Bailey or similar etc will come and Greenwood will rotate up front with Martial.

Should Pogba stay and extend, we will not need an extra creative midfielder.

Let’s be honest, last season’s front three of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood was awesome. Just lacked strength in depth and options.

Not sure who made the point but goals aren’t the issue it seems - goals against are.

I think a summer of three signings is the absolute maximum we will see/ require - CB, DM, Forward. Maybe a punt on Jovic/ Dembele/ Bailey would be sensible.

{Ed077's Note - really Martial has had an average season in you eyes?

Martial has had one good game this season which was against City last Sunday and has consistently been one of the worst players throughout the season IMO.}

14.) 10 Mar 2021 08:53:27
I think we are too quick to want to offload players Ed77. Yes he’s been below par this season, but last season he was one of our best players. There’s a quality player in there, and it’s up to him, OGS and coaching team to get that player out consistently. Whether it’s because he’s sulking, hates competition, has personal issues or the tactics don’t suit him. I have no idea but I for one would be keen to keep him over spending £50m+ on someone else who we don’t need.

{Ed077's Note - but he has been woeful this season. If managers arent afforded the luxury of having a poor poor season than why is a player who has had 1 good season in 4-5 yrs and a horrible season so far be given the first choice role? Cavani has made himself first choice when fit this season so I dont see your argument in saying signing someone to replace him if he leaves isnt needed.}

15.) 10 Mar 2021 09:15:58
Not arguing he’s been poor Ed - that’s been clear to see. But the coaching staff have to look at why, and also why do they keep playing him if he lacks the talent (which don’t believe is the issue) .

Regarding the Cavani love in that’s the point. He’s not been readily available at all due to consistent muscle injuries that have been a part of his career for recent years and he wants out - his Dad made that pretty clear yesterday.

{Ed077's Note - And most are saying if Cavani leaves we need to replace him, because he has effectively been first choice when available. The frustration with Martial isnt because people think he lacks talent, actually its the opposite, he just doesnt do anywhere near what he is capable of, for most people.}

16.) 10 Mar 2021 09:32:37
He is a frustrating player for sure. He’s not a striker though either as we can all see. Cavani has highlighted a need in our team that should be addressed. A No9 who is cunning, aggressive, and occupies defenders allowing Rashford, Bruno, Greenwood, and dare I say Martial to play off them.

{Ed077's Note - Thats too many attackers lol.

Martial was played on the left wing, people said he was more of a No.9. Now he hasnt been much better as a CF so he is a CAM?}

17.) 10 Mar 2021 09:37:19
Wing back next! The truth is watching the whole team is currently frustrating. They’re all hot and cold with the exception of Bruno.

{Ed077's Note - I think someone else said it here but Martial has not been hot this season, he has been cold and colder. I thought last season the penny had finally dropped for Martial but he has gone back to his previous sulky self.}

18.) 10 Mar 2021 09:46:47
Then it’s a mental block rather than an ability one it seems.

{Ed077's Note - he is 25 yrs old already, he wont get over his "mental block" now if he is so weak mentally. For me he doesnt have the fire on his belly to be a top top player.}

19.) 10 Mar 2021 10:36:22
martial has been poor because that is the player he is. no time for players who don't want to work hard,

he is lazy, doesn't make run doesn't stretch players, and other than the ok game against city he has been terrible.

20.) 10 Mar 2021 12:01:00
Never seen anyone so blindly defend martial. He’s piss poor and he’s had more than enough time to showcase his abilities.

21.) 10 Mar 2021 12:39:34
Because interestingly over 250 games for the club both he and Rashford share almost identical goals and assist records and I assume we’ve not yet got started on the Rashford bashing just yet? Nothing blind about my analysis- he’s a highly effective player when in form. Which this season he is not. Yet he is still preferred above other options byvarious managers and coaches. They must see something others don’t.

{Ed077's Note - Jose didn't want to keep him. LVG didn't have many options. OGS is the only manager that you can say has continued with him and even then Martial doesn't play the major games if Cavani is available. Cavani has shown him up, Martial just doesn't do enough to be leading the line for a team that has aspirations to compete at the highest level.

Also were you not around when people wanted Rashford to be dropped and even sold just a few months ago. And Radford offers a lot more to the team than Martial, and he is homegrown and club trained so even if you have to choose between the 2 of them the sensible option is to choose Rashford. Also don't forget Rashford is almost 2 years younger.

22.) 10 Mar 2021 12:53:41
Age is irrelevant as people develop at different rates both mentally and physically.

I was around reading the ridiculous posts about getting rid of Rashford, just as I am now on Martial. You back up my point Ed.

As for Jose - this is the same Jose created an horrendous atmosphere amongst players and fans at our club, that tried to force out Luke Shaw and dropped him for Ashley Young and played Fellaini every week. The same Jose that has Bale and Dele Alli on the bench every week at Spurs? Yeah I remember him and good riddance to him.

Seems to me if there is a problem with Martial, then the criticism should be aimed at the manager, coaches and club for keeping him.

23.) 10 Mar 2021 14:59:33
Eric, Rashford's work rate is incomparable to Martial.
Even in the last match, Rashy chased down 70 yards to stop a City attack.

Will Martial do that?
Work rate and right attitude is the bare minimum expected from any player.

24.) 10 Mar 2021 16:43:38
I’m not criticising either player (especially not Rashford) in any of my posts. I think they’re both valuable players for our team. In fact anybody asking for Rashford to be sold I think is a fool.

I’d love to see the stats though behind this lazy tag on how little Martial works and runs - is this published anywhere? It’s genuinely a really fascinating debate and why I love football as two people can see and interpret the same thing very differently.

{Ed077's Note - but you also seem to think that Martial is a great and has been doing well and people are wrong to criticise him; or thats how your posts portray which in my opinion, MY OPINION is surprising given how poor Martial has been all season.}

25.) 10 Mar 2021 17:58:55
Not at all. Nowhere have I said he’s had a good season. Read what I have said. Although Do I think he’s a good player though? Yes I absolutely do.

To label him as lazy though is an interesting one for me - I’d like to see how much runs compared to the team using stats before I agree or disagree. The perception is he’s lazy due to his style, but not sure whether the facts back that up.

We decided to move him to a 9 - this is his second full full season in that role. l as a professional footballer at elite level. He’s learning it as he goes and was never going to be as good as Cavani at it in that side of time who is a proven craftsman at his trade in that piston albeit a dwindling force now. The fact he’s not massively improved at it, in fact regressed this season, I think is more damning on our manager (an ex striker) and coaches than it is him.

{Ed077's Note - I didnt say you said he has had a good season. Read what I have said. I dont think anybody likes his body language and application most of the times and it is understandable why it puts some people off specially during his bad runs, which have been more frequent than his good runs.

You seem to miss one very important point in a lot of this discussion; that most of the striker talk has been around the fact that Cavani seems very willing to leave for Boca Juniors and hence needs replacing. Some want to get shot of Martial instead of Cavani but that looks less likely.}

26.) 10 Mar 2021 18:18:43
His body language and style do give the wrong perception Ed for sure. I also think he does run - just makes the wrong type of runs as he’s not been trained as a natural a striker.

Given Cavani almost certainly gone, who’s your pick to replace if we assume Haaland is not an option? Jovic? Silva? Greenwood moved centrally?

{Ed077's Note - DCL maybe, although looks unlikely. Maybe Patson Daka. I am a little bit skeptical about signing attackers from Frankfurt. I am unsure whether the players are so good or if its the system and the manager thats really good. But if the club is convinced about Andre Silva then he will have full support from me.

27.) 10 Mar 2021 18:25:10
DCL would be my choice but he’s going to be too pricey I think.

Silva looking likely. Or keep Martial 😂😂😂😂.

{Ed077's Note - keep Martial but still need to replace Cavani. The academy lads dont look ready just yet either.}

28.) 10 Mar 2021 18:31:00
No I’d agree on that. Few years off yet.

29.) 11 Mar 2021 00:23:30
If I were EW I’d be going all out for Haaland. He hasn’t been able to get a proper run in the side due to injuries and suspension, but Cavani has shown us what a difference a proper CF can do in this side and for my money there isn’t a better one out there than Haaland right now.

Despite our poor relationship with his agent, I do wonder whether we’re well placed to strike a deal due to the Pogba situation. IIrc, were we to sell him this summer the fee would go to Pogba and his agent and so there’s very little incentive for us to do so unless we can strike some sort of deal. If that deal happened to be allowing them to keep all of the fee in exchange for getting a deal for Haaland over the line then I certainly wouldn’t say no. By all accounts, Dortmund need to sell, Haaland isn’t against a move to Manchester and his agent will likely push for whichever deal is going to line his pockets the most. It seems very doable, although will no doubt cost a lot.

I hate football agents and how greedy and influential they’ve become, but sometimes you have to deal with the devil in order to get things done. If we don’t, one of our rivals will.



11 Jan 2021 23:50:46
Moussa dembele joins atletico, seems a simeone striker to me be good to see how he gets on. Looks like caicedo is heading to Brighton then out on loan. TFM to Bayer Leverkusen.


1.) 12 Jan 2021 06:51:11
I wonder why Utd opted against Caicedo?

ED002 I read reports that there were a lot of intermediaries involved in this pote tial transfer, is that true?

{Ed002's Note - It is not uncommon with South American players.}

2.) 12 Jan 2021 11:02:21
Hatter, While I can't speak for the club, personally I was a little surprised by the link to Caicedo in the first place. Obviously a talented player and supposedly available for a very fair price.

Yet what United need is someone ready and able to step in and be that holding midfielder we can build the next side around. I'm not sure a 19 year old coming straight out of South America is the right person for that.

We have some depth in midfield already, with Pogba, Matic, Fred, McTominay and Donny. While we have some excellent young players of a similar age to Caicedo coming through, Garner being the obvious and most highly rated of them.

Personally I think we need that holding shielding player who can control the tempo. Saul would be ideal, Rice could be a good option as well. I think Caicedo looks better in a more box to box role, and at his age and level of experience I don't think he is ready to jump in and be first choice.

3.) 12 Jan 2021 11:06:17

Saul would be ideal. It's a shame Pogba wasn't allowed to go in the summer and Saul bought in as a replacement.

4.) 12 Jan 2021 11:06:31
Thanks ED002.



30 Jul 2020 11:51:46
Anybody interested in taking Chong on loan for next season at the moment Ed’s?


{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}



16 Jul 2020 09:24:22
Reports stating we are now possibly looking at Thiago Alcantara. nonsense 002?


{Ed002's Note - Thiago Alcantara (CM/DM) was expected to extend at Bayern Munich but looking at options - Juventus may be interested, and Manchester United might see him as an option. LIverpool have not approached Bayern Munich and has no agreement regardless of what the Fat Kid From Bolton and his invisible friend says. Bayern Munich expected Thiago to extend at Bayern Munich but they do not want to pay more than the €12M a year he is currently on. Bayern Munich have said that they have not been approached by any other side since an enquiry from Juventus and have explicitly stated that Liverpool have not approached them.}

1.) 16 Jul 2020 10:03:29
Thiago's ability to receive the ball from the defence and progress it through midfield would be a brilliant asset to have. We have struggled for years in this regard and while he is a less attack minded player than Grealish, I'd say he would help our attacking play even more.

2.) 16 Jul 2020 10:25:55
Where would he fit in? Would he get into the starting 11? Would he be happy on the bench? I mean. he’s not got the height or physical prowess to replace Matic and I definitely can’t see him starting over Bruno or Pogba.

I also think it doesn’t look good going for a player we chased after years ago, just like Kroos.

3.) 16 Jul 2020 10:41:22
I would be surprised if we went for him. He is getting on a little and hasn’t got the best injury record. Quality at what he does though as rj mentions.

4.) 16 Jul 2020 10:52:54
Him not starting every game may be an issue, potentially as will a salary of 12m + a year. But at the 40m price mentioned, he will be good value overall. I see him as an excellent option when we get pressed by teams similar to Southampton earlier in the week. He is excellent at receiving the ball and keeping it or playing it behind. Our midfield lacks ball control and creativity beyond pogba and bruno and we do not want to run Bruno / Pogba into the ground and ruin them. He also adds experience and is a serial winner - is pals with DeGea from their spain u21 days and is the right age not to block any youngsters coming into the team.
If the 5 substitutions per game becomes the norm next season, which i expect it to, then thiago will play at least 30 games a season, starting 15-20 of them. This week was the first time we played the same team for 4 games in a row in the last 20 years. We can't do that for 38 games next season!
When Kevin Debruyne can sit on the bench and understand that its a squad game - so can Thiago Alcantara. Moreover, if he wants to come to the premier league, our planned style of play will suit him the well unless he wants to go to city and join Pep.
I hope we go for him, but i doubt it will happen. Fingers crossed though.

5.) 16 Jul 2020 11:10:01
I have always been impressed with Alcantara.
Very good vision and passing ability.
He can dictate play from deep and provide killer balls to our pacey forwards.

Another technically good player with proven pedigree. I think his experience can prove to be valuable for our young squad.

6.) 16 Jul 2020 11:24:51
He would have been great had we got him when he went to munich but at the wages and fees and injuries? No brainer for me -spend the cash on Saul- For other regarded positions: test inters resolve with Skriniar and for the right wing try and get Chiesa instead of Sancho. Would be more than happy with that trio in.

7.) 16 Jul 2020 13:02:01
Cracking player. He is 29 not 39. People talk about him like he is over the hill 😂.

8.) 16 Jul 2020 13:19:11
I'd rip bayern arm off for him, fabulous footballer.

9.) 16 Jul 2020 13:47:12
If he played 30 plus games a season he would be fantastic to have.
Personally I'd be surprised he has a poor injury record and is not the profile of player we are linked with recently.
If pogba stays it gives us some great options.
No harm at all getting a real experienced high class player in if his attitude desire hunger and professionalism is high class too. Proven winner.
Would be a Great option to have imo.

10.) 16 Jul 2020 14:51:19
Fantastic player, but I'm not sure he is the type of player we should be looking at. If Pogba leaves then he would be a great replacement in that deeper creative role.

But I think midfield of Thiago, Pogba and Bruno although aesthetically pleasing might lack enough grit and defensive nous to be successful across a season.

Also I don't think his age, cost and injury record fits the clubs ideal profile for new signings.

11.) 16 Jul 2020 14:59:53
4-4-2 with a midfield diamond would be the only way to fit thiago, pogba and bruno in the same side.

Only see it happening if pogba gets a move away.

12.) 16 Jul 2020 14:59:53
4-4-2 with a midfield diamond would be the only way to fit thiago, pogba and bruno in the same side.

Only see it happening if pogba gets a move away.

13.) 16 Jul 2020 15:27:29
Id take him over Grealish all day.

14.) 16 Jul 2020 15:51:18
agree singh but saul would be a) the better profile of playerb) the better value long term and imo the better player out of the 2- can but wish eh?

15.) 16 Jul 2020 16:16:43
Would add flexibility to the team and certainly could help with rotating Pogba and Bruno. One for the more technically minded but would he fit in with the 4222 that we have heard historically Olly likes.

16.) 16 Jul 2020 16:19:49
Doubt we will get Saul if Pogba stays so it makes sense to get Thiago and wait for a year or two to replace Matic with Saul if he is still available.

17.) 16 Jul 2020 17:49:23
Don't need a another Bastian Schweinstger. Plus at that wrong age now. Sign him for 3 years before performance will drop. Plus he would be a replacement for Pogba. Plus can he hack it on a rainy night down in Stoke. Bundesliga a decent league but the Premier League something else. I rather play McTominay or give James Garner more of a opportunity.

18.) 17 Jul 2020 23:12:13
Thomas Partey would be an awesome signing for us if Pogba stays. Sadly we can't be interested in every player out there.



14 Jul 2020 08:39:15
For 002 if around. Any progress on the search for a right winger? You mentioned trying to sell a move to Manchester to Chiesa, is it a possibility?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed from what I have previously stated as far as I know.}

1.) 14 Jul 2020 10:26:45
I still can't look beyond Willian. I know Ed2 has shut that down on numerous occasions but if he's available he'd be immense for a few seasons. Quality and works his socks off.

2.) 14 Jul 2020 10:52:18
Chiesa is a cracking player, but I do worry about the idea that we need to convince him to leave Italy. Italian players have a very patchy record when they've moved outside of Italy.

If the kid doesn't want to leave Italy then how long will it be before he wants to go back.

I don't think we should be having to convince any player to sign for us. It's not like we are a club they will have never heard of, players know who Manchester United are. History suggests very few players who don't want to sign for a club do and succeed.

3.) 14 Jul 2020 11:31:36
Willian is going to command a huge wage and I fear it will likely end in tears as it did with Sanchez. He’s likely to lose his pace.

4.) 14 Jul 2020 13:42:51
Willian, as good as he might be, is not the direction we should be looking in my opinion.

5.) 14 Jul 2020 15:13:17
Willian is not an option as i understand it. He will either renew with Chelsea he wants 3 years. Or he will probably sign for spurs. His family are settled in London and they have other business interests there too.

{Ed002's Note - And Manchester United have shown no interest.}

6.) 14 Jul 2020 21:42:21
Chiesa is a quality player though sounds as though he’s waiting for a bigger Italian club to come in for him?

7.) 15 Jul 2020 07:55:46
Big step for anyone to leave their home country shappy. Maybe not simply the case trying to convince him to join United. Maybe an Ed can elaborate on why he needs convincing.

But it's always a tough decision to make, leaving your home, no matter how big a job opportunity is presented.

Could also be the case, that once he gets here and settles, he might be absolutely fine. I think it's unfair to dismiss it at this point without knowing the facts.

{Ed002's Note - It is taking a youngster out of his comfort zone of sunny Italy with the wonderful Mediterranean food and the beautiful girls laughing as they zip around on their Vespas to move to the grim, wet and cobbled streets of Northwest of England where there would be a significant cultural change, overweight tattooed women pushing wheelchairs with kids who look like their brothers, smog, dead & dying pit ponies laying on the street, little chance of football at the highest level and only chips and fried curry to eat.}

8.) 15 Jul 2020 09:22:34
Thanks ed, I heard that's exactly what his thinking is 😂

I heard he wasn't too keen on watching every episode of Corrie either.

9.) 15 Jul 2020 09:52:31
I don’t think Ed002 has been to Manchester since the 1800s, it gives us more of an idea of his / her age at least!

10.) 15 Jul 2020 12:24:12

I think Manchester is a lovely place. Always enjoy my trips up there. Some beautiful spots for players to live there too. Cheshire has some lovely spots.

Always a culture shock though for any southern European player moving there. Especially if they are young.

I'd imagine it's the sale of moving to the UK rather than the move to United.

11.) 16 Jul 2020 16:53:53
Come on ed002 have you seen Angela's ashes? Manchester is paradise compared to rural Ireland were the kids are still educated in bush schools before a 6 hour shift picking potatoes in the fields😂
Im not sure what it is, obviously a cultural thing but Spanish players seem to travel and settle a lot better than Italian players into England.

{Ed002's Note - I have not seen it Ken. Players from some countries struggle to settle in England.}




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01 Jul 2021 13:39:41
Welcome Jadon! Wasn’t my first choice but goes in line with the big name signing the glazers like. Can’t deny his stats are unbelievable let’s hope he can translate that to the EPL. If we can get Varane over the line too, I’d be fairly happy with the window if that was all. Still think we need a DM, not sold on rice for the price though! Why are we not pushing for Saul?!


{Ed077's Note - Ndidi for CDM and Saul to replace Pogba and Fred/Donny. Or is it too much of Fifa/Football manager stuff?

1.) 01 Jul 2021 14:44:49
Ndidi and Saul or Camavinga with Matic and Pogba sold would be a dream summer. I am sure money are there, not sure the intention to sell Pogba.

2.) 01 Jul 2021 16:10:31
I might be wrong because I haven't watched much spanish football in the last couple of years, but from what I remember Saul is not a DM, he's more of a box-to-box/ ballwinning CM. Kind of like Fred but actually capable of passing ;)

That would actually make Saul work pretty well alongside Fred or McTominey, keeping the effectiveness of McFred against other teams possession football, but adding a bit of quality in possession.

If we are targeting a proper DM theough, I don't think Saul fits that role.

3.) 01 Jul 2021 16:41:36
I think you are right Thorne, but he also can play as holding. He is better suited in box to box role as he has energy he is good in breaking up play has good stamina and is goog going forward if we give him freedom.

4.) 01 Jul 2021 22:07:20
There is a reason atletico are willing to let him leave. He used to be one of the 1st names on the team sheet but he's fallen out of favour and he was also left out of Spain euro squad. I have reservations about him.

5.) 01 Jul 2021 22:25:48
he is the best out there. still played 40 odd games . the lad needs a new challenge.

6.) 02 Jul 2021 08:37:46

The reason AM will allow Saul to leave is that they need money and the only way to get money is to sell players. He signed a new long term contract on big wages. If they sold him, they would get a big fee and him off the books aswell.

He is a top player.

{Ed077's Note - Saul is on 300k a week and has a contract that lasts 4-5 years still. Atletico Madrid cant afford his wages anymore and he is more likely to fetch much needed funds for them. That is why AM are open to selling him, not necessarily because he became a bad player overnight.}

7.) 02 Jul 2021 09:03:03
Ed077 - definately on saul, and would be content with ndidi but to be fair I haven't seen or more accurately noticed him as much as others. Saying that, its probably because he does the graft and is not all flicks and fancy arse stuff, lol. Add a cb ie varane/ torres it would be one of our best windows imo. wouldn't be surprised by bailly to Villareal in a switch and another forward . It is being greedy but surely we can recoup for pogba rather than let him out free next year as well as dvdb.

8.) 02 Jul 2021 09:59:15
Do we need a CDM if we are buying a quality CB? Surely OGS can drop this double pivot tactic and rely on his defenders more now?



14 Jun 2021 13:47:24
Absolutely disgraceful behaviour if true. Just seen an interview with Peter Schmeichel who has said UEFA gave Denmark three options. Come back on the pitch, play the day after or forfeit 3-0. In the greater scheme of things, I have to say that is quite the ultimatum. I can’t imagine any of the Denmark squad wanted to continue. But practically being forced to like that? Shameful. A young lads life hung in the balance for god sake.


{Ed077's Note - despicable if that was how UEFA handled the situation

1.) 14 Jun 2021 14:12:57
Would it surprise anyone if they did at this way? …all about the players and the fans is UEFA 🤦‍♂️.

2.) 14 Jun 2021 14:47:34
But realistically what other alternatives were there?

There's no spare days to play the game. I was watching the game and it was incredibly emotional watching it on T. V so I can only imagine how they felt as his team mates.

They knew he was ok, he was up talking. You finish the match today or tomorrow? They chose to finish that day.

I loved Schmeichel but he's on the offensive because they lost and it was his sons error that caused the goal. If the Danish go on to win the game, the narrative is completely different.

If Eriksens condition was still unknown and then I would argue it was unfair. But he was up talking. I know its a crazy situation to be in but when else could you have played the game?

3.) 14 Jun 2021 14:56:16
Should’ve both been awarded a draw.

4.) 14 Jun 2021 15:00:04
As I understand it the players only decided to play after hearing Christian was okay. Can you imagine UEFA pursuing any of the options if the outcome had been very different, the backlash against the ESL would have seemed mild in comparison.

5.) 14 Jun 2021 16:15:56
Not sure what they did wrong. As mumbles said he was OK and re overnight in hospital. Life goes on. If the outcome had been worse for Ericsson then I'm sure that there would have been different options.
Can't see why anybody would think its a disgrace.

6.) 14 Jun 2021 16:37:11
I can see why people think it’s a disgrace as I respect other people’s opinions and understand others think differently, I think it was the only thing they could do and once he was ok they were correct to play on if they wanted to. To say the narrative would be different if they won is a bit silly as they were unlikely to win with that on their minds. To be honest I expected a 0-0 and it would have been if schmeichel had been concentrating. I’m sure the Danish are just glad Eriksen is ok, the result would have been the last thing on their mind.

{Ed0666's Note - I mean ok is subjective the guy had a cardiac arrest, the deflib was used on him to bring him back to life. Then you have all the immediate emotional scarring and not to mention the obvious PTSD. If you think it’s ok to carry on a game of soccer in those circumstances then clearly we have a difference thought process. Riddle me this Batman if that happened to a member of you’re family or you’re best friend (which clearly some of the Norwegian lads are) after watching what happened unfold could you in all sincerity say that incident didn’t have any affect and you could put all you’re emotions aside and play football?

7.) 14 Jun 2021 16:59:10
I didn't even want to see football the rest of the day and next one, and I didn't.
This case with Eriksen show us that there are way more important things in life than football but no matter what they continued the match.

8.) 14 Jun 2021 17:06:30
"None of the options were good, " Braithwaite said. "We took the least bad one. There were lots of players who were unable to play. We were in a bad place. We made the least bad decision.

"We were told we had to make a decision. That's the only thing I can say. I wished there was a third option. Because I did not want to go out again. But Uefa said there were two options. We made a decision because we knew we would not be able to sleep that night. "

That's how Martin Braithwaite felt about it.

9.) 14 Jun 2021 17:26:37
Life goes on. Don't see the issue at all. He spoke to his team mates before they went out to play.
I'm sure there will be counselling available for anybody suffering from PTSD.
I agree ok is the wrong description but he was stable or if danger and in the best place.
Horrific incident for any of the players on both teams but life goes on and the options given by uefa were very reasonable given the info they had at their disposal.
I can't understand why anyone would feel that's a disgrace. Of course people have the right to feel that way but i don't understand that.
Riddle me this what's Norway got to do with anything here🤣🤣.

10.) 14 Jun 2021 17:28:55
Ed 1 - GDS2 0.

11.) 14 Jun 2021 17:52:18
End of the day there is a lot more important things in life than a football, and that young mans life is one of them. Anyone suggesting the ultimatum put to them is fair then you should take a long hard think as to how you would feel having been on that pitch watching one of your dearest friends go into cardiac arrest.

One word and one word only for it, disgrace.

12.) 14 Jun 2021 18:26:23
It resembled a race horse breaking his leg the way it was dealt with. Get the horse off the track and move on. It felt as if Eriksons cardiac arrest was interfering with a game of football. I thought it could have been dealt with better.

13.) 14 Jun 2021 18:58:59
The plainest way to look at it Remi. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

14.) 14 Jun 2021 19:19:31
Remi I think the TV companies could have shown a lot more decorum but the medical staff were nothing short of heroic.

There is little precedence to go on. They either revived him or kept him alive under the eyes of millions. They then obviously moved him when they thought safe to do so.

15.) 14 Jun 2021 19:22:33
Couldn't disagree more RW. He was sitting up on his bed talking only then did uefa give the options, the show must go on.

16.) 14 Jun 2021 20:08:43
Huh, my post was saying I understand, was the Ed’s response meant to be for Ken?

Of course they weren’t in the right frame of mind. I’m really confused what happened there.

{Ed033's Note - Maybe the Ed misconstrued what you posted?

17.) 14 Jun 2021 18:44:22
RedWhiskey, of course there are more important things in life. But you're making it out like the resumption of the game somehow jeopardized their health.

Finland play Wednesday so playing the game today was out of the question.

There was no easy way to continue the game, but it had to be played. If the players were understandably too emotional to continue then they could have took the loss. The footballing world would have otherstood.

The problem stems from the fact they lost the game. If they came out and won, everyone would be talking about their mental strength.

It's an absolutely crappy situation to be in but the game had to be played or they take the L.

What should have UEFA done differently?

18.) 15 Jun 2021 00:51:32
Perhaps, he just started ranting about Batman and Norway for some reason haha seemed a little strange. I agree the players weren’t in the right frame of mind and I understand why people think it’s bad especially if they were given an ultimatum, what I meant was that if the players chose to play then fair play to them and even more respect to be honest. I don’t blame them for making that decision once they had been told Eriksen was ok, I didn’t expect them them to go and win the game which they obviously didn’t, I thought both teams would have been mentally exhausted and would have played out a 0-0.

{Ed0666's Note - I meant Denmark clearly and wrote Norway. The decision should have been taken out of the hands of the players and the organizers should have just postponed the game. Respect and dignity should have won the day but it didn’t.



04 Jun 2021 12:59:43
Looks like saul is off to bayern.


{Ed002's Note - They have been trying to reduce the costs.}



29 May 2021 20:59:31
Funny how a change of an ex player to a top class coach can change things. But people still be saying ole leaving won’t change anything 😂.


1.) 29 May 2021 21:30:53
If he wins the CL 6 months incharge, its some achievement. that's what happens if you don't let emotion make decisions for you. Still 20 mins to go though.

2.) 29 May 2021 21:57:21
Well done to chelsea and thomas cheerleader tuchel. Something ole sleeping pill solskjaer can learn.

3.) 29 May 2021 22:09:47
This has more to do with Pep's crap tactics than Tuchel's brilliance, just like SAF, fannies about in Europe.

4.) 29 May 2021 22:36:49
He has transformed that team in 6 months. Those poking fun at them on this page when they were 9th and we were top of the league are very quiet now. 2 finals a cl trophy had top 4 in the bag. Turned a crap defence into the best.
I really like tuchel he takes no crap.

5.) 29 May 2021 23:01:18
Tuchel is great tactically. It’s okay though, we have the guy who scored the winning goal 20 odd years ago managing us. Stands with his arms folded, no urgency, shocking in game management, laughs and jokes after losing a final and every game we’ve lost to date. His favourite words are ‘fantastic’ ‘improving’ ‘we need to do better’. Love the footballer that Ole was but cannot stand this crap any longer. We’ve nowhere near as bad a squad as people say, 100% a world class coach gets more out of them. So a big middle finger to all those who reckon changing manager ain’t going to change anything, that the faults lie solely with the glazers. You couldn’t be more wrong!

6.) 29 May 2021 23:38:59
AJH really? Peps tactics? The lengths some of our fan base will go to to avoid bashing ole is ridiculous.

7.) 30 May 2021 00:20:42
Didn't an ex-player in Di Matteo do the exaxt same thing in 2012? However that time an exciting manager was replaced by an ex-player who ended up winning the CL. I'm not really pro-Ole or Ole-out, somewhere between the two, but this lauding of Tuchel as an example for running a club is premature in my eyes.

8.) 30 May 2021 07:00:45
Sigh, I bashed Ole plenty last week. My point was that as good a job as Tuchel has done, Pep, who is a phenomenal Manager, tends to fiddle too much in Europe.

My reply had sod all to do with Ole, and your response was all too typical. It seems if you don't post 'Ole out continually you are deemed to support him, which I don't.



24 May 2021 23:41:12
England fans, who do we have as going in the 26 squad?

There are many fairly obvious shoe ins and a lot up for debate. Should it be based on this seasons form alone? Experience? A mix?

GK is nailed on to be Henderson, Pickford and Johnstone after Pope injury.

Full Back is where it gets really messy for me. Trippier, Walker, Shaw, Chilwell, James, TAA. I trust Southgate will find a way to take all (I can actually see him doing that) . Trippier and Walker are off the back of title wins, Shad has had a storming season and chilwell has been solid. Reece James has shown his worth for sure and TAA has had a mixed season. I reckon James will miss out. Just can’t replace TAAs delivery.

Centre backs we’ll see stones, Maguire, dier and mings. Tomori has had a great season and should be in over mings for me. And dier hasn’t been great but he can cover DM as well. Walker and shaw offers cover at CB if in a three.

Midfield I think is easier to pick than most people. Rice, Mount, Grealish, Foden all go without a doubt. Then I think Henderson will get the nod along with ward prowse. I’d round it off with Lingard. But he may opt for another holding in Phillips.

Forwards we will see Kane, Sterling, Rashford and DCL for sure. Sancho should get a nod too and I’d finish up with greenwood. Always has a goal in him and has been a very useful option off the bench for us this season as well.

That’s my 26, I don’t see the actual 26 being radically different but there’s a few up for grabs positions that could go either way.


1.) 25 May 2021 09:08:21
To be honest my interest in international football has all but disappeared. The quality is often not even up to club standard, not even close to UCL standard and is becoming more pointless as each year passes.

2.) 25 May 2021 09:37:41
Jesus Scooby every post i read from you is doom and gloom.

3.) 25 May 2021 09:49:31
Whiskey, I'll give you two squads for the price of one. First the squad I expect Southgate to pick, then the squad I'd pick.

Southgate in my opinion will go with:

Pickford, Henderson and Johnstone (now Pope looks like he'll be out injured) .
Trippier, Walker, James, Maguire, Stones, Dier, Mings, Chilwell and Shaw.
Henderson, Rice, Phillips, Ward-Prowse, Mount, Grealish, Foden and Bellingham.
Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Sancho, DCL, Greenwood.

If it was me I'd go with:

Henderson, Pickford, Johnstone.
James, TAA, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Godfrey, White, Chilwell, Shaw.
Henderson, Rice, Phillips, Bellingham, Mount, Grealish, Maddison, Foden.
Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Sancho, Greenwood, Watkins.

I'd take TAA over Trippier, as TAA has more ability and is the future rather than one las throw of the dice on Trippier.

Godfrey and White over Dier and Mings, as neither Dier or Mings are good enough and both Godfrey and White are as good if not better currently and have brighter futures. At the end of the day Maguire and Stones will start every game if fit. So its only a back up role and to get some international experience under their belt.

Maddison over Ward-Prowse for me as I think Maddison offers more. With Watkins over DCL, I think this one is close, I just feel Watkins style is better suited to this England team. His experience playing wide means he can form a more interchangeable option to DCL who is only really a target man, which is something Watkins can do, but he can do so much more.

{Ed004's Note - Leaving Saka out is a massive shout I must say. Id almost drop Chilwell for him but that would be a very risky move. I think the emphasis should be on bringing the younger and more in form players. I wouldnt have Mings or Dier near the squad. If I was to pick a team I'd probably go for Henderson, TAA, Stones, Maguire, Shaw then Henderson, Rice, Mount followed with Foden, Kane and Rashford}

4.) 25 May 2021 10:20:20
I've never understood why some international managers take 4th or 5th choice players who are deemed "established internationals". I appreciate sides want to win a tournament and will try to give themselves the best chance but how much difference are player 22 or 23 in the squad going to make?

There's surely more upside to taking a younger player like Saka, Greenwood or Tomori etc who may well be important players for the country moving forward? Especially with the larger squads available this year I can't see a reason for not giving a few younger players some tournament experience.

5.) 25 May 2021 10:45:08
Sim, doom and gloom? A simple opinion? Don’t read, scroll by. It’s really easy.

6.) 25 May 2021 11:04:42
I'd go for 3 keepers, two for each outfield position and then use the extra 3 places available to get greenwood, taa and Saka into the squad .
Pickford Henderson Johnstone
Walker, James
Shaw Chillwell
Stones maguire, tomori, mings
Rice Henderson Phillips Bellingham
Mount foden
Rushford grealish
Stirling sancho
Kane dcl

I think Southgate likes tripper coady, ward prowse and lingard so may get some of them in .
Other than keeper and cb it looks a strong squad available to Southgate and lots of positions in the first 11 have a number of good options.

{Ed004's Note - White for Mings and thats the side I would go for}

7.) 25 May 2021 12:38:44
My team is:



Coady (for a back 3)







Preliminary squad:
Maguire - prove fitness
Henderson - prove fitness

Henderson and maguire the extra 2 if they prove fitness if not probably maddison and tomori.




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16 Jul 2021 07:40:59
Absolute tosh shappy.




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04 Jul 2021 16:58:09
Cancelo covers left back, Kyle walkers played CB. Hence why they can manage the two of them. I see no reason to sign a starting level right back. We have far more pressing issues. CB and DM. A second right back when we still have dalot and Williams on the books is just a waste of money. And even moreso the rumours that atletico want 30-40 million for Trippier. That sort of money could be reinvested in positions we actually need.




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04 Jul 2021 13:42:45
What’s the point in signing trippier? We have AWB and trippier will want to be starting most games. Makes 0 sense to me.




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19 Jun 2021 07:32:32
The sensible decision in what way? DDG has been a loyal servant, Henderson has had one good season at Sheff Utd and has more market value. Just because it’s the decision you’d make doesn’t make it sensible Shappy. Think i speak for many on here when I say the sooner you realise that the better.




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15 Jun 2021 09:52:59
What’s the point having a player who’s probably worth a decent fee, who’s game has not improved, can barely bring a smile to his face wearing our famous red shirt, gets injured quite often and whinges that he’s not starting when there are more deserving of the start?





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20 Jul 2021 22:34:22
Anything better than Fred’s on the ball skills is a plus to us. And for what it’s worth, I’d love to be able to have faith in ole but I don’t. If the additions of Sancho and potentially Varane happen, and we don’t challenge for the title. Oles position is untenable. The squad itself has the ability to challenge, I fear our coaching staff will hinder that. That being said, a top quality DM brought in and pogba sold would go a long way to helping us push for the title too. But the fact remains the same, Ole has got to kick on and show his worth otherwise, even the passive fans will turn on him. And as a club icon, I don’t wish that on him at all.




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20 Jul 2021 22:28:59
Wouldn’t agree with the for the most part.




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19 Jul 2021 11:25:40
I know however I feel that may be wide of the mark that fee. He never really improved us and I can’t imagine anybody would have paid more than we did for him after how many years with us and very little impact.




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19 Jul 2021 10:30:11
Not sure the rojo reported fee was correct. We only paid 16 million for the lad.




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18 Jul 2021 20:16:50
Rohan it’s not just as simple as saying let’s loan him to ‘insert team name here’. They’ve got to actually want him, and based on his performances on loan last season I can’t see any premiership team wanting him.