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17 May 2019 05:59:11
Hi ed, hope you are well? With United needing to rebuild and some players wanting to leave, do you know if the club has softened it's stance on player exchanges as part of transfers?

I recall you stating in the past the club weren't keen on this and that they are very difficult to complete. I noticed you mention Cancelo on the European pages and that he could be part of any Pogba deal.



{Ed002's Note - No, what it means is JUventus would be open to offering him up as part of a deal. As a club Manchester United remain of an opinion that player trading in not the way forward.}

1.) 17 May 2019 11:22:58
I thought as much, it only really seems a viable option if the club were genuinely interested in a specific player that would be offered as part of a deal. Cheers as always Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Right, and to some extent that makes sense.}



09 Mar 2019 07:23:50
Hi ed, with United looking to sign a CB this summer, are Milenkovic and Ruben Dias still our main targets for that position?

Also is it feasible that 2 or 3 of the current CB's (probably Rojo, Jones and Bailly) will leave and we will see Tuanzebe get a chance when he returns from loan?



{Ed002's Note - Certainly Dias remains the primary target. Rojo could well leave and the plan under JM was that Jones would go but that may not still be the case.}

1.) 09 Mar 2019 11:15:25
Quite surprised that 21 year old Ruben Dias is our primary target.
I expected an established star like Koulibaly or Skriniar to be our main target for CB.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, he looks a lot better suited to the way United want to play than either of those. I watched him a fair bit for a player profile recently and he was extremely impressive, though it was in the Portugese league so not the highest level.}

2.) 09 Mar 2019 10:56:37
Cheers Ed. From the little I've seen of Dias he looks pretty good but do you think he is capable of being the top class CB we badly need or will he need a bit of time similar to Lindelof?

{Ed002's Note - He was wanted by JM and that should be enough for you.}

3.) 09 Mar 2019 13:05:53
Interesting, I imagine he would be much better value long term than Koulibaly.

{Ed001's Note - very good on the ball as well. Had that really polished technique that seems to be a hallmark of players coming through their youth academy.}

4.) 09 Mar 2019 13:27:09
Ed001 would be v interesting to get your thoughts on how you think United wish to play, as mentioned above.
And from that, what you think we need to do with current players/ in the transfer market to make it work. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - the club wants to have the option, not necessarily to use it in ever game like but the quality at the back to play out from the back. Hence why Lindelöf was brought in. It does not really mean in the way say Brendan Rodgers thinks of playing out from the back though. With the passing it around the back four that you find with his teams, with no penetration. It is having a centre back, like Luiz or van Dijk, that can change the point of attack with a ball in behind an opposing defence or out to a wide player high up the pitch.

You do need another centre half with quality on the ball, none of Smalling, Jones, Rojo or Bailly really have the ability to pick a pass. Other than that, you are not really that far off in terms of a team. It is more about improving on what you have, rather than needing to replace them, buying better versions or improving them through coaching and experience.

The thinking is that De Gea is not the best with his feet, so you can't really go with the really high line and press high on a turnover, except initially. You don't want a big gap between defenders and keeper, as he is not that comfortable racing off his line to clear. But stats analysis suggests the best way to create chances is on quick attacks on turnover (the so-called transition), whether it is from the break itself or a setpiece won on the break. So you have the pacey forwards to play in behind, but you need the ability to pick them out from defence or you lose valuable moments playing the ball into midfield for those quick balls. Every moment lost allows a defence to prepare, against a quick attacker that usually means they are dropping off and so reducing the space available for a midfielder to play the same pass.

It is not about being defensive or becoming a counter attacking team, it is about adding another attacking outlet, for those times when you are not in controlled possession high up the pitch. The expectation is that you will dominate possession in most games but, when it matters in bigger games against opponents that can have as much possession as you, then you need that extra option, even if it just ensures that opponents can't commit to the attack as they would like, because they are wary of a ball in behind.}

5.) 09 Mar 2019 16:29:55
Nice write up ed - as you say it is another string to the bow and something else that the opposition have to take into consideration.

The more options and variations in play that we can have the better.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is something Mourinho wanted too, but because he wanted to sit deep, however it is a useful weapon to have in all types of teams. City have Ederson do a similar thing, more than the centre backs.}

6.) 09 Mar 2019 16:54:38
The quicker the balls moved forward the better the chances created.

7.) 09 Mar 2019 17:19:59
Ed001 if we are targeting that sort of a cb and we clearly are looking for a young player shouldn't we be targeting someone like de ligt.

{Ed001's Note - from what I have seen of de Ligt I wouldn't recommend him at all. He has very little defending to do with Ajax, but whenever he is actually put under defensive pressure (when I have seen him anyway so a limited view admittedly) he is not good. Excellent on the ball but he is a midfielder for me.}

8.) 09 Mar 2019 18:44:44
I can see de Light going to Barca, would fit in well there.

9.) 09 Mar 2019 23:30:04
That could explain those Maguire links.

10.) 10 Mar 2019 01:07:29
Thanks Ed001 - read with interest and I strongly agree. We have pace in behind but really only pogba with the vision and accuracy to pick out a runner (although I feel he could do with quickening it up at times) . Having a centre half that can pick a pass or drop it into space would be a real weapon.

Agree that DDG is the best keeper in the traditional mould, not one of the new breed of sweeper keepers.

I finally have some confidence going in against the 'lesser' teams that we will get the result. It's against the top teams that I really don't know what we'll get. I feel we need players in defence to midfield that have both quality on the ball and the ability to do things quickly, especially in those high pressure, high tempo games against the Citys and Pools.

{Ed001's Note - at least now they are giving their all, which is a huge step forward.}

11.) 10 Mar 2019 08:42:51
Nice one Ed. Have a good one.

{Ed001's Note - you too Rave.}

12.) 10 Mar 2019 09:56:08
Ed001, could be have a player profile for Ruben Dias please.

{Ed001's Note - way ahead of you mate: Ruben Dias profile. I did it a few weeks ago as Ed002 had told us there were a bunch of clubs looking at him.}

13.) 10 Mar 2019 11:51:23
Do you see de Ligt as a potential replacement for Busquets? Or Pique, as Barcelona have been fond of defenders who struggle at defending?

{Ed001's Note - Barca have certainly been the ones showing the most interest.}

14.) 10 Mar 2019 15:23:09
Fantastic, cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Nice to have one ready for a change when it is asked for!}



24 Jan 2019 23:53:38
Timo Werner has stated if he could, he would like to play for Man Utd. Do you know if this is something United have looked at? Or may act on?

Like Martial or Rashford he can play right across the front 3 positions and in my opinion would be a pretty good signing. Not my first choice but still a good option.


1.) 25 Jan 2019 05:04:13
From now we need to target players who can take us to the next level.
We already have 6 forwards fighting for 3 spots.
Werner doesn't seem to be a significant upgrade amongst the current options.

2.) 25 Jan 2019 06:23:15
Imo Timo Werner would be an upgrade on our striker options having said that he doesn't appear to be an option ed002 gave a reply to a similar question on the European page 😁.

3.) 25 Jan 2019 10:20:02
Werner is best utilised through the middle. If we signed him and played him out wide it'd be a disaster. Doubt it will happen anyway - Bayern need new blood after all.

4.) 25 Jan 2019 10:38:16
Ed002 said he would be interested in moving to us but we are not interested in him. I like him I think he is a talented player and can play across the front 3. He did disappoint in the World Cup but no German player really covered themselves in glory. I would love to sign him but I assume he will be off to Bayern in the near future.

5.) 25 Jan 2019 12:04:12
I quite like Werner however, I would like to see one more season of Lukaku under potentially the guidance of Solskjaer.
He has all the physical attributes to be a dominant striker, he can score goals in the league and at International level. I just think he needs some guidance and coaching to fine tune the areas that really let him down, 1st touch, movement off the ball and a bit of composure in front of goal. I appreciate these are all very important things but like I said, he just needs fine tuning as it seems his professional career he has got by on his raw talent that got him to this standard but since then, no one has really developed him to go onto the next level like a Drogba. A good pre season under someone like Solskjaer could really unlock that potential and take him from a 15-20 goals a season to a regular 25-30 goals a season.

6.) 25 Jan 2019 13:17:20
I agree we need players who can take are upgrades, however, we have thought a lot of players we have signed over the past few years are upgrades and they have been poor.

Also it's hard to see Mata (wonderful player but not physically able to press and counter at pace) and Sanchez (has pretty much been a disaster all round) having much of a future here so we need to sign an attacking player.

Like I said he isn't my first choice but he's 22 years old, can play all 3 forward positions, is very quick, played at a high level for the last 3 or 4 seasons and he actually wants to play for United. Compared to other options for attacking positions we've been linked with such as Perisic or Bergwijn, I think he is pretty good option.

7.) 25 Jan 2019 14:28:54
Werner in and Lukaku out.



20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?



{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}

1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.



21 Aug 2017 14:23:32
Ed, Sky are reporting United are considering a bid for Ryan Sessegnon. Do you see us making a bid for him? Thanks.


{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. It looks like all the top clubs are keeping an eye on him}

1.) 21 Aug 2017 16:07:34
Apparently we are willing to buy and loan back like we did with Smalling. Seems a good deal for Fulham if they are willing to do business.

2.) 21 Aug 2017 16:38:50
He's certainly a player who looks very promising. However, he's nowhere near ready for the top end of the PL so a loan back for a year or two makes far more sense.

3.) 22 Aug 2017 15:24:51
More of an age issue with him, Ed002 said this months ago, possibly around January. You have to remember he is still a kid, whoever buys him will have to loan him back to Fulham. But, he does look like a talent.

4.) 22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.




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30 Sep 2019 14:22:08
Strangely, I'm feeling quite positive about tonight's game. I honestly wouldn't back us to win against Newcastle at the moment, however, Arsenal at Old Trafford is a game I genuinely never think United will lose.

We're obviously not in a great spot but if there is one side in the league we should create chances against, it's Arsenal. They are a complete shambles in defence but will play open, attacking football so lend themselves well to the way United will likely set up.

I might be totally wrong but I'm going 2-1 United, James and Greenwood the scorers with Aubameyang scoring for Arsenal.


1.) 30 Sep 2019 14:54:49
A week ago i wouldve said we will win this game but with Martial and Pogba out we will not win this game.

I am hoping for a draw but i reckon we will lose 2.1 or 2.0.

Our attack is ver poor and we can't expect mason and james to perform each week.

2.) 30 Sep 2019 17:19:02
Im not sure what difference martial would make. i'd rather play greenwood.

3.) 30 Sep 2019 18:51:49
Martial is much more clinical then Rash and we will have a better chance of scoring if he was in the team.

4.) 30 Sep 2019 19:19:22
All the stats from the last 3 years say otherwise singh.
I want martial to play a dozen games in a row up front.
There is a player in there with great talent but he has to prove it and needs a consistent run to do that.
Im still sceltical because i can only go on what i see and what i see is a player that either die-hard see the runs he should be making or can't be arsed.
I hope its the former as that can be coached but while he is a good and martial finisher he is not a natural cf or he would see the runs and make them instinctively.
OGS has said the same so let's hope the hard work on tje training ground pays off.
When greenwood plays just watch his movement he never stands still in the box and makes runs across defenders and when outside the box he is busting a gut to get in there. In case something happens. Fowler owen Rvn rush law costa ronaldo lew even ole himself all moved around the box like lightening.
Then watch martial.

5.) 30 Sep 2019 22:36:05
I get what you mean Ken but i was just comparing the two and at the moment i would trust Martial to lead the line.



13 Aug 2019 17:35:44
Happy retirement to Manchester United transfer window legend Wesley Sneijder. Over the years at United I'll remember his many medicals and the times we were reminded he was an "Inter Ace", "Real Madrid Ace" or "Dutch Ace" who was about to jet in and complete his move. He was exactly what we needed.

In all seriousness though, cracking player.


1.) 13 Aug 2019 18:14:02
I think the medical team was sacked when they took Sneijder to the hospital. 😁😁.

2.) 13 Aug 2019 19:44:19
Top marks for the spellIng, the running joke was the many variations of his name we saw on here.

3.) 13 Aug 2019 20:06:36
Yeah there were a fair few. We probably could have fielded an 11 of Sneyder, Schneider, Schnyder etc.

4.) 13 Aug 2019 20:38:41
And all the dodgy sightings in airports, taxis, Greggs.

5.) 14 Aug 2019 00:22:12
We finally snapped up Harry McGuire at least so the ‘transfer window drama queens’ will have to find a different one to spell wrong in Jan.

6.) 14 Aug 2019 05:02:34
Nicolas Gaitan is the at the airport and personal terms are agreed with Man United
Source: Metro.



04 Aug 2019 17:00:16
Ed, with the Bruno Fernandes deal looking less likely by the hour, do you know if United are considering any other midfielders in case the Fernandes deal doesn't work out?

Thanks very much.


{Ed002's Note - Many, many others, yes.}

1.) 05 Aug 2019 10:03:20
Thanks Ed. Also ahead of time, good luck with the last couple of days of the transfer window!

2.) 05 Aug 2019 10:07:00
I get the feeling we might approach spurs for Eriksen paving the way for Fernandes to join them.

3.) 05 Aug 2019 10:10:26
At the moment it will be a step down for Erikson.



22 Mar 2019 08:28:21
I've been on this site for years now, so I know that transfer "news" that's written in the papers is generally just guess work/ entirely made up and should be taken no notice of. However, there is sometimes a story there that catches your eye and just gives you the fear. A story this morning about United going for Harry Maguire has done exactly that.

Anytime I see a story linking Maguire with United, I think about how we used to have a go at Liverpool for buying Andy Carroll and think this is our Andy Carroll moment.


1.) 22 Mar 2019 11:18:49
By 'Andy Carroll moment' do you mean, the story may turn out to be true or that he will be a complete flop considering how much we pay (cos we have had quite a few of those already) .
I took note of Harry during his Hull days, together with Robertson and Clucas I told my mates to watch them make it big. Seems i was 2/ 3 right but still think Clucas is a talent. Anyway back to Maguire, he will definitely improve our defense. I will pick him over smalling for a few clear reasons, he is better with the ball at his feet, better passer be it short or long range, better in the air as well. He will also be a more dominating presence in our back line, more than any of our current squad can provide.

That being said, I think to pry him away from Leicester we will need to pay quite an amount, an amount that can maybe bring in a different CB who ticks all of the above boxes and more better than Harry does.

Over the past few months a lot of 'regular' CB names have been discussed and a few wildcard ones thrown in as well, no need to drag that discussion up again.

However the bottom line for me is Maguire will improve Utd's defense but there a some out there who can do it better than him at a possibly similar price.

2.) 22 Mar 2019 11:45:33
The two biggest issues with our defence is a lack of authority in the air and only having one CB who can pick a pass.

Both of these things are areas Maguire excels at. He is also English and EPL proven. So shouldn't have a problem adapting.

Is he a perfect defender? No, of course not. None are. He often gets caught ball watching and has a tendency to move forward with the ball at poor moments leaving gaps in behind.

He wouldn't be an awful purchase as he ticks several boxes, including a great attitude, which many of our players lack.

However, there are better players out there. Whether they're available and whether we can get them is a totally different matter though.

3.) 22 Mar 2019 12:25:42
Good point Shapps 👍.

4.) 22 Mar 2019 12:32:28
Agree completely MBD and Shappy. Really good posts.

5.) 22 Mar 2019 12:37:33
I like defenders who can actually defend.

6.) 22 Mar 2019 13:05:54
Wouldn't worry about it as based on all the forwards we're apparently signing we'll be playing 2-3-5 next season anyway.

7.) 22 Mar 2019 13:35:14
Defend how Tony? There's more than one way to skin a cat.

How a team and how a player defends very much depends on how the manager sets the team up.

Do you want a defender who is good at sitting deep or one who can play in a high line?

Do you want your defender to be comfortable on the ball or better without it?

Do you want a defender who throws himself into tackles or one who shepherds players out?

There are no defenders in the world where can do it all. Every player has at least one physical weakness and normally several footballing ones which of course can be worked on.

Maguire can defend, as can Smalling. Yet they have very different skillsets.

8.) 22 Mar 2019 13:48:12
We need a defender that can lead and organise a defence. McGuire can do neither. He's good in the air, and likes to bring the ball out of defence. But he is positionally terrible, prone to rash decision making, and is not an organiser.

He is a slight upgrade on Smalling, but he, in no way, solves our primary defensive issues.

9.) 22 Mar 2019 14:26:17
I agree with Danny, I would not get near McGuire. Not the solution we need, why buy another Smaling/ Jones type of defender, if we want to solve our defensive problems let's go all out for Varane.

10.) 22 Mar 2019 14:28:58
I have always wanted maguire not because of the defender he is now but because of the defender he will become in 2/ 3 years when he reaches his peak
With all the international exposure he will be getting in the future he is only going to get better. We have seen how vvd has improved Liverpool defence and imo maguire will do the same for us.

11.) 22 Mar 2019 18:12:32
Just look at the videos of what sancho has been doing to him in England training. Stay away. I'd personally like alderwierald and at 25 Million that is a bargain.

12.) 22 Mar 2019 20:00:29
Shaps, his positional sense is woeful and he is regularly off the pace. I like the guy, he is good on the ball, but a poor Steve Brice in my opinion. He us cumbersome and one dimensional. Not for me.

13.) 22 Mar 2019 20:23:45
And slow.

14.) 22 Mar 2019 19:12:15
Wouldn't go near maguire. Awful defender in every single aspect of his game.

15.) 23 Mar 2019 01:56:10
I agree with yous about Maguire but everyone going on as if he's a rubbish player yh he's not good enough for United but it's not his fault he was part of the England squad that got to the semi-finals of wc but we all no we got the easiest ride through it if you want to be critical it was ridiculous we didn't get to the final but we all no the market for players these days is stupid the prices alone are putting immense pressure on a player to perform even before he's played for the club a mean we all go on that were not buying the right players imagine the boss still being in charge in this day he wouldn't pay these hefty fees now.

{Ed001's Note - Fergie was always happy to splash out the cash mate, he would have no issue with it. It might seem like small fry now, but even when he first came in he spent comparatively big fees.}

16.) 23 Mar 2019 09:16:25
Fergie broke the British transfer record how many times? Pallister, Keane, Cole, Yorke, van Nistelrooy and Veron I believe. It was the glazers that stopped him spending the last few years, does anyone think he was happy not seeing the Ronaldo money reinvested and bringing in owen an Valencia only?



04 Jan 2019 10:20:31
I have to say, a few weeks ago I don't think I would be particularly excited about any team we would field against Reading. However, with the positivity returning, I'm really hoping that a couple of the youngsters get a chance tomorrow. Also fringe players like Fred, Pereira and Romero will likely be in.

Lukaku and Sanchez should start with probably Lingard on the right with Rashford, Martial etc rested. I'm pretty sure 1 or 2 of the youngsters will be on the bench. The likes of Greenwood, Gomes, Chong etc. Maybe a couple of them will get 20/ 30 minutes? Greenwood looks like the most first team ready youth player we have had in a long time and if he gets 30 mins I'd be fairly certain he will score.


1.) 04 Jan 2019 13:23:52
I think we need to rest several players while also giving others a chance. DDG, Lindelof, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Martial and probably Lingard need to be rested. An injury to any of them ahead of the Spurs game would weaken us.

Players like Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Fred, Andreas Pareira, Fellaini, Mata, Sanchez and Lukaku need game time.

While youngsters such as O'Connor, Williams, Garner, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood should all be in contention. Particularly Chong who looks right on the cusp of the first team.

2.) 04 Jan 2019 16:05:20
It'd be interesting to see who plays at CB tomorrow. Lindelof and Jones may be rested and Smalling and Rojo are unfit. Any youngster from the academy?




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31 Oct 2019 15:11:48
I'd still love to see us go for Werner as a forward option. Ed002, do you happen to know whether this defensive midfield player is to replace Matic?



{Ed002's Note - Manchester United would be happy if Nemanja Matic were to leave in January and then they could look to a replacement - would be a significant kick in the gonads for those who have been playing, but MU is not a club that cares for their players any longer. If they over price NM they need not worry about it.



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09 Aug 2019 19:55:39
It would have been far better to see the manager come out and criticise the board and his bosses wouldn't it? Would have been ideal prep for Sunday to say the day after the transfer window has closed to say he's really not happy with the squad he has.

Undoubtedly things are hardly in perfect working order behind the scenes at United but some of the reactions to this transfer window have been laughable.




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07 Aug 2019 19:23:00
Hopefully the kick up the arse required to pay what is needed to get Fernandes.




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03 Aug 2019 08:24:18
Marathonred, I listen to the Football Ramble (generally a pretty good laugh, particularly if you like to hear ridiculous Kevin Keegan stories), The Totally Football Show (pretty much just for the nostalgia of hearing James Richardson, they also do Golazzo, the totally Scottish football show and the totally football league show) and Football Weekly.




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02 Aug 2019 15:59:56
Obviously United were just waiting on the results of Maguire's 17th medical of the summer before confirming it.





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10 Nov 2019 17:05:06
Match fixing, no, VAR still being a bit of a shambles, yes.

A few years ago, you'd consider the TAA handball to possibly be a bit harsh as his hand is at his side and he probably expects Aguero to get a touch. There have been far more dubious handball decisions given this season than that one so for me it was a definite pen.




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10 Nov 2019 14:36:26
Ed001, not that he belongs in a list of the top 10 keepers in the world at the moment but what's your thoughts on Dean Henderson?

Since we've given De Gea a massive new deal, he will likely struggle to have a future at United until De Gea leaves.


{Ed001's Note - very very good keeper.}



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25 Aug 2019 11:00:32
I think every fan wants Solskjaer to succeed, however, realistically it's unlikely. There are plenty of reasons why, not just whether Solskjaer is a good manager or not. Ultimately, whoever got the United job would likely be in a similar position to Solskjaer with the issues United clearly have with the playing staff and behind the scenes.

Despite all of the above, we're a better side than we were last year but haven't quite strengthened as much as we should have.

We don't seem to have much of a pattern to our play, it's all off the cuff with us hoping for Martial, Rashford or Pogba to produce some magic. Still not sure about us playing with a 10 without a proper defensive midfielder but if this is the system we persist with then Gomes deserves a chance. Lingard works hard but has very little end product so what do we have to lose?




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18 Aug 2019 13:06:31
We can but hope. Sanchez leaving would be best for all involved. One of the most effective players in the league a couple of years ago but he looks like a totally different person nowadays.

No doubt United would need to pay a reasonable chunk of his wages but regardless it's the right decision.




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13 Aug 2019 20:06:36
Yeah there were a fair few. We probably could have fielded an 11 of Sneyder, Schneider, Schnyder etc.