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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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19 Jan 2020 10:09:21
I've seen a few rumours today that United are close to appointing Luis Campos as DoF.

Not sure I believe it right enough but that'd be another target we are after from when Mourinho was in charge.




19 Jan 2020 10:09:21
I've seen a few rumours today that United are close to appointing Luis Campos as DoF.

Not sure I believe it right enough but that'd be another target we are after from when Mourinho was in charge.


{Ed002's Note - Of course.}

1.) 19 Jan 2020 12:56:43
Is there any credibility to the rumours Ed002? Every now and then this pops up then quickly disappears again.



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.




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31 May 2020 17:47:50
Saul is a top class player and would fit in well in pretty much any side. If it was United he is due to sign for, that would surely signal the club are confident that Pogba will leave this summer? Even though the club appear to be dicking about in letting him leave.




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14 Feb 2020 11:51:38
Shappy, your point above about Greenwood is a good one and not signing a RW this summer might be a good option as long as Greenwood gets plenty of game time.

That's why I think Mertens is a sensible signing, he wouldn't block Greenwood for years to come but is still able to contribute for the next couple of seasons. Free transfer probably means big wages but you'd hope Pogba, Sanchez, Smalling etc will all be off the wage books so should have room for a signing like that.




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14 Feb 2020 05:58:36
Ed, thanks for the breakdown above, great info as always.

You mentioned Mertens, is he now someone United are looking at? I think he'd be a sensible signing. Still a good player, 32 years old and can play across the front line. Much better than trying to sign someone like Callum Wilson.


{Ed002's Note - Yes, Mertens is of interest to Manchester United but he is being pushed toward another side.}



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12 Feb 2020 16:06:09
Werner will surely go to Bayern? Him Havertz and Sane look like their main targets.




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28 Jan 2020 11:21:32
It's also being reported we are now signing Sander Berge which we clearly aren't.

One of the only random names I've seen us linked with who I wouldn't mind all that much.





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26 May 2020 13:21:43
Sancho out of the two.

However, I'd prefer we went for Chiesa for the right wing. Signing Sancho would probably limit what else we could do in the market based on the Ed saying he will cost a ridiculous amount.




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07 May 2020 14:01:35
Ruud 100%. Inzaghi was apparently laughed at by some team mates for his lack of footballing ability.




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30 Apr 2020 18:53:47
Much like when there was talk of Kane signing, the finances behind signing Sancho are crazy. Despite this, I want to see the best players playing at United and also players who would entertain. Sancho is a brilliant player who would improve the team and provide moments which gets fans off their seats (when they are eventually back in stadiums) . I'm sure he'd combine well with the likes of Bruno, Rashford and Martial.

On the other hand, while I can't say I know what the costs would be for Zakaria, Chiesa and Ighalo, I'd imagine when compared with the fee for Sancho, all three could be signed and there would still be funds leftover.

Either way, the team improves. The biggest issue for United this summer may not be incomings though. We have Sanchez, Smalling, Henderson, Rojo all out on loan and a few others who haven't had much game time. Pogba wants to leave and we seem to be desperate to keep him. They may be difficult to move and subsequently, our bloated squad will only become more bloated with more signings.




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18 Apr 2020 22:22:16
Ed002, I appreciate United haven't shown a willingness to look at players being included in a deal for Pogba as yet, however, if we are to get rid this will likely have to change.

Due to this, our need for a right winger and the ludicrous cost of Sancho, do you see United opening up to the possibility of Bale being included in a deal from Real for Pogba? They obviously want rid of him, United have been linked for most of the past decade with Bale and even though it probably wouldn't be a wise decision, United aren't really known for being particularly wise in the market. I'd also imagine Bale might have some interest as I'd imagine there aren't many other leading sides looking at him for the summer?

Thanks and hope everyone is keeping safe.


{Ed002's Note - I would discount Bale.}



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17 Apr 2020 12:26:07
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