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22 Jul 2022 18:44:35
Hi Ed, hope you are well?

I've seen a few murmurings about United looking at Malo Gusto from Lyon as a candidate for the right back spot provided AWB moves on.

Do you know if we have scouted him or have any interest? He looks a great prospect.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest.}


 

 

14 Apr 2022 11:43:01
Hi Ed002 hope you are well?

Do you have any insight on what is likely to happen with Marcus Rashford this summer? His form has obviously fallen off a cliff in the last year or so, possibly down to lack of pre season, playing through injury last season and pretty much never being given a rest under Ole.

However, he has a lot of ability and he's a local lad who's come through the academy and in my opinion despite his lack of form, should be well down the list of those who should be leaving, with plenty of others ahead of him.

Do you see him being sold and are the clubs like PSG who have previously looked at him still interested?

Thanks very much.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Marcus Rashford (F) has an uncertain future at Manchester United although there has been no final decision. PSG have enquired although their interest has now gone. He may provide an option for Arsenal who could shift their interest to him. Right now he would be difficult to sell and perhaps a loan away would benefit him. The club is certainly considering options.}


1.) 14 Apr 2022 12:58:29
ED002,

Is or true the club have asked him to cut back back on his offield duties to concentrate on his football? .

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry, I really don't know.}


2.) 14 Apr 2022 13:49:23
Thanks for the update Ed002, I'd certainly be disappointed to see Rashford leave, he looked like a player to build a squad around a couple of years ago. Have a good day.


3.) 14 Apr 2022 23:22:06
Ed002. Why do you say rashford would be difficult to sell?

{Ed007's Note - Because he's pish maybe?}


 

 

26 Jan 2022 11:41:18
Hi Ed, hope you are well?

Is there any indication as to who United will target as our back up keeper? I'll hazard a guess that we may go for Sam Johnstone since he is out of contract.

Likely we see Henderson go either on loan or permanent and Heaton is a solid 3rd choice but likely not going to be 2nd.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - The club will not be rushed in to making a decision.}


1.) 26 Jan 2022 16:33:57
Kovar might be brought through, he is well thought of at the club. Depends on who the new manager is though.


 

 

10 Nov 2021 10:39:34
Hi Ed, hope you are well?

While it doesn't look like United have any plans to replace Ole in the short term, will the situation have any impact on any potential signings or outgoings in January? Never the easiest time for transfers at the best of times anyway.

I'd hazard a guess that players like Van De Beek, Martial, Lingard and maybe a couple of others will be the likeliest to leave if Ole stays until then.

Cheers.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - No it will not directly impact January. Typically clubs do not plan for too much change in January.}


1.) 10 Nov 2021 11:56:30
Looking at our squad I'd have thought January was more about moving on players rather than signing new ones.

Like you say Donny, Martial and Lingard will be considering their futures.

As should Jones, Tuanzebe and Bailly, maybe even Dalot.

Henderson will probably be looking to leave with DDG now re-establish first choice.

Pogba won't leave until the summer, which is probably the same for Mata, Cavani and Matic.

I don't think the sort of signings we need or would look to make will be available in January regardless of who are manager is at the time.


2.) 10 Nov 2021 16:52:52
Of course the plan would be to buy a marquee midfielder in summer, but Ole might well be looking in January and have doubts (like the rest of the population) over whether he's going to be in place to see that happen.

Maybe he'll resort to something in January to tackle it while he has a say. That midfield is a complete mess. There are grey areas over Pogba, Matic and VDB while neither Fred nor McT are up to it. You could easily argue that Utd might need 2-3 midfielders in the next year one way or the other and they needn't all be marquee signings, just the right signings.

Much 'lesser' players are looking much more tempting than anything we've forked out a lot of money for.


3.) 10 Nov 2021 21:15:05
Absolute travesty if VDB leaves. We should be looking to build around players like VDB, Sancho and Rashford. Not leave two of them on the bench and run the other into the ground.

I still maintain that not making a DM our top priority (maybe joint with CB) was a huge mistake this summer, but I'm gradually coming to wonder whether keeping Ole wasn't an even bigger one.

And yes, even this summer I supported Ole. I felt that he hadn't done badly with the players he had, and felt that the clubs poor running and terrible "negotiating" practices were the main problem. I thought this Summer was the time to get in the 3 or so players needed to finally make the team click. Ole didn't do that, and has failed to progress the team significantly from last season. I was wrong.


4.) 10 Nov 2021 22:58:54
For all of his faults I don’t think Ole can be personally held account for not signing this or that player. We can assume clubs identify areas to strengthen then come up with a list of the ideal signings for those positions. At least I remember Mourinho saying this was how he worked. He was getting players 4-5th on his list. We have to at least assume Ole identified CM, but for whatever reason those above him couldn’t sign the top names on that list so maybe learned from the past and decided to wait rather than settle for 4th-5th choice names again. At least I would like to think so….


5.) 11 Nov 2021 11:34:42
Oh, I realise that Ole won't have direct control of transfers, but surely if he sits down in the meeting at the start of the window and says:

"Look, we need someone at right wing, and a more attack minded right back would be great if someone suitable is available, but no matter what, we absolutely need two players: a more mobile partner for Harry at the back, and a proper defensive midfielder to replace the headless chicken. "

I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't have sorted something out. It's not like there weren't any decent DMs available this summer, and IMO the need was serious enough to not wait for our first choice. Even if we couldn't get our first choice, surely we want 2 DMs in the long term anyway, a first choice and a backup/ rotation option. We could easily have brought in someone who improved on Fred at the very least.

So while I realize Ole isn't directly responsible, I still blame him for not pushing hard enough, presumably because he's content with Fred.

I also find it hard to believe that McT couldn't do a passable job in the role. Give him orders to hold back and protect the back line and pair him up with VDB, can't be worse than McFred, but Ole shows no signs of even trying anything like this, despite VDB showing more ability in the few minutes he's had so far than Fred has shown in his entire time at the club.


6.) 12 Nov 2021 01:06:54
Whilst I don't think mctominay has discipline enough to play dm at a great level, I definitely think he can do a job there. Especially with him experiencing gametime at cb with scotland.

Him with dvb is how I would go for sure. Dvb with matic some games too.


 

 

14 Jul 2021 12:39:18
Hi Ed, hope you are well?

Has there been any progress on any outgoing players at United so far this summer? Our squad is huge and is about to get bigger with Sancho and maybe Varane arriving.

Players like Jones, Dalot, Williams, Lingard, Pereira etc all taking up space but would at best make the bench. I'm guessing we've already priced players out of a move this summer as well.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Agents are working on finding homes for players who are available to move on.}


1.) 14 Jul 2021 13:12:29
Roma in talks for Alex Telles apparently.


2.) 14 Jul 2021 13:41:35
Thanks very much Ed. Good to know that work is ongoing to at least try to move on some of these players.

Just waiting for Phil Jones to pick up his next injury that rules him out until after the transfer window closes.


3.) 14 Jul 2021 13:54:35
Of all the players at the club who aren't regular first choice in their position, Telles is one of the few who I don't understand why we'd let him go easily. Telles is a good player, that's the level we want our backup players to be.


4.) 14 Jul 2021 18:57:23
It was manic to Rome then bailley then dalot now telles.


5.) 15 Jul 2021 07:58:07
To be honest while our in coming transfers have been poorly handled on the whole. It is the out goings that are the real problem.

Romero, Jones, Dalot, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Chong all need to leave on permanent deals.

One of Henderson or DDG need to move on. As does one of Bailly or Tuanzebe.
Does James have a long term future, should he leave permanently or on loan.
Pogba needs to be moved on.
What is the situation with Donny? Does he stay and fight for a place, or does he leave?

Then we have the players who need loans sorted out. Mengi, Laird, Williams, Garner, Hannibal, Pellistri, Shoretire, Elanga, maybe even Amad.

We have a bloated squad, many of whom are either not good enough or on the decline. They block the pathway for our talented young academy players, and restrict our ability to sign new players.

While our signings have been very hit and miss, while lacking in being part of a cohesive larger vision.

However, it is the inability to move players on that is the real failing.


6.) 15 Jul 2021 14:16:41
Shappy - "However, it is the inability to move players on that is the real failing. " totally agree but as said before there are other problems at utd from the infastructure, building etc down to the p. poor customer/ fan service in certain areas.


7.) 15 Jul 2021 15:24:51
Funky, of course there are loads of other issues top to bottom. All I'm really talking about is the issues with creating/ assembling a team capable of challenging for top honours.

I suspect that if like when Sir Alex was in charge the team is performing well and winning titles. Then I suspect for most fans the poor investment in infrastructure/ fan service etc wouldn't be such an issue.

However, not having a team that is consistently challenging means the spot light is drawn on all areas of the Glazer ownership in an attempt to find out what is going wrong.


8.) 16 Jul 2021 08:58:39
re -read Shappy agree with you - adding further that the whole infastructure and everything mufc needs addressing. Like a lot of things in life and business taking the eye off seemingly smaller issues can / does effect the bigger ones or those perceived as such.
I read all the eds comments as you probably do and its blatantly obvious deuction that the club is run in an amateurish way, pointed out numerous times Ed002 is it not?
Lets face it, we are not a total football club, we are a multi million business and can't seriously succed if we are run from a b&q shed by someones uncles first boyfriend who had a football in his nans garden!
I agree the playing staff and indeed it commands mega bucks, but its taken 2 decades to get a director of football and probably a decade since carrington was given £200 worth of paint. I want us to be despised on all fronts not just the envy of fans for trophies that we have tried to win with over 1 billion of investment- not that much different to spurs over the last 8 years in that way but they have amazing facilities and a cracking stadium- and you can get the phone answered by a bloody human!


 

 

 

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13 Jul 2022 10:55:17
Another day, another report of a twist in the ever running De Jong saga. Excellent player and would be an incredibly good signing.

At what point do the club abandon this though? They are most likely in the process of lining up others in the event the De Jong deal does collapse but you have to think that decision needs to be made relatively soon and someone else targeted?

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1.) 13 Jul 2022 13:41:17
Is there a twist, or is it made up media bolloxs to sell papers and get clicks.


2.) 13 Jul 2022 14:05:28
Could be either to be honest, Shappy. I'm hoping we actually get the player but there needs to be a sensible deadline and move for someone else. If we're kicking off against Brighton with this still rumbling on, you have to question whether it's the right move for the club.


 

 

11 Jun 2022 07:45:38
What's everyone's opinion on Frenkie De Jong then? It's clearly not a done deal but by all accounts it looks to be edging closer.

Personally I think he is a fantastic player who is fairly unique in his style of play and i'd be over the moon if we sign him. It is rare to see a player in his position who is not only excellent at retaining possession but also seems to actually want to be pressed by the opposition while doing it. He carries the ball very well, is a great passer and with someone like Sancho in the side who likes quick one two's and exchanges of possession, I think he fits well. His signing would also hopefully see a big decline in the amount of time Maguire has the ball at his feet which is a win for everyone except the opposition. It's a long time since we have had a gifted technical player in the middle of the park, I don't think we've had one since Carrick left.

This is not to say that I think the move is guaranteed to work out perfectly. The speed of the game in the Premier League is faster than La Liga and when pressed, it is not just one or maybe two players who do it. Next season, I can see De Jong being generally good but having a few moments where he is caught out as he hasn't quite adjusted to the speed of the league. However, in the seasons after I hope he will be seen as one of the best players in the league in a similar way to how Thiago took a season to get used to things at Liverpool (granted he had a couple of injuries) and then stood out.

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1.) 11 Jun 2022 08:37:41
I think he would be a great addition, schooled in the EtH methods, great skill and ball playing ability with a good work ethic.
He will need others to make that work which is why I think we are also looking at a Neves who will act more as the HM.
FdJ would be great in transitioning the play and getting the best out of our forward 3/ 4.
We will have to accept that the style of play that EtH will play and FdJ likes that we may get exposed at times. But it will hopefully be successful.


2.) 11 Jun 2022 09:37:12
Would easily become our best CM since Carrick, who was easily our best CM since Scholes, who was easily our best CM since Robson.

FDJ reminds me a lot of Carrick when he plays in the no.6 role for Holland, but with a little more ball carrying ability to compliment his outstanding distribution.

I still think we need an action-packed destroyer to play alongside him, though.

Frenkie/ Garner
NEW/ Fred
Bruno/ vdBeek

Should be the first choice and rotational options for this coming season, IMO.


3.) 11 Jun 2022 09:48:30
Fairly certain that city are going to swoop in and match our bid when we finally agree a fee, so I don’t think it’s worth discussing. It’s a shame, as I can see it all dragging on for just long enough for Liverpool to wrap up the Darwin deal and is ending up with neither despite being in poll position to sign Darwin just a few weeks back.


4.) 11 Jun 2022 10:13:36
Redseven,

Ever the optimist.


5.) 11 Jun 2022 10:30:28
In PL these days you need that ball winning midfielder more than ever -FDJ may be a good addition but would need a Bissouma-Ndidi type player alongside him.


6.) 11 Jun 2022 11:45:08
Top player. Be a fantastic addition.


7.) 11 Jun 2022 12:48:22
He sure is angel. I always wanted veratti to be our no6. Fdj would be my no1 choice nowadays.


8.) 11 Jun 2022 15:27:31
@Brad76 Scholes to me is the greatest midfielder that have played for Man Utd.


9.) 11 Jun 2022 18:37:54
That’s very debatable Remanutd…. suppose depends on what era you grew up watching!


10.) 11 Jun 2022 20:55:47
RJ I think de Jong is an OK player but not a great player. He's failed at Barcelona and that's the truth. He gets caught in possession a lot. I'm not sure what his role will be, but agree that he'll need a good DM alongside him. Rice will be ideal, but that won't happen. But if anyone can get the best from de Jong and DVB, it is Ten Hag.
So it'll be interesting how our midfield shapes up.


11.) 12 Jun 2022 16:19:28
Messi as failed at PSG don’t make him a bad player!


 

 

07 May 2022 20:37:38
There are plenty of expletives to describe just how bad that performance was but let's just say it was well below par.

I've seen sides with poor defensive organisation, I've seen players who lack effort or willingness to defend and I've seen sides with players who aren't good enough defensively but rarely do you see a side combine all three of these into the mess we're currently in.

Another point I think is worth making is about De Gea. He's been one of our better players this season and while he is not everyone's favourite he hasn't been objectively terrible like so many others. Despite this, he is beaten from distance more often than he should be. Is it his footwork? Concentration? Not sure but it's a concern as while the strike today and the Xhaka one were well hit and he may have been unsighted, neither were unsaveable in my opinion.

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1.) 07 May 2022 20:57:05
De Gae is a fantastic shot stopper but watching games, it seems, nothing else. I don't think it would be the end of the world if we let him go as well as the rest of them.


 

 

21 Apr 2022 06:56:16
Ed001, I'd be interested in your opinion on the current state of things at United. You've seen your side simply obliterate us twice this season, however, Liverpool have been in not too dissimilar positions to United over the past 25 years, though I don't think I've seen a side throw in the towel quite as much as this United side.

What and where do you think the first changes are needed and do you think ten Hag is the right person to implement then?

Rjmanutd

{Ed001's Note - the first changes were really needed above ten Hag, with the replacement of Woodward, which has happened. Only time will tell if it is the right guy, but it the club is run with the football side as priority instead of the business, it will come a long way forward.

That is the main thing, it is making decisions based on what best suits the football team, rather than sponsors etc. That should hopefully be the remit for the long term future.

As for ten Hag, I think he is probably the best available option right now that will be a big enough name to get the vast majority of fans onside. If you can't united the fanbase, then the manager has no chance.}


1.) 21 Apr 2022 15:34:39
Ed001, I think that's a fair assesment. I think United have now fallen into that dreaded category of "sleeping giant".

We have the global appeal and financial clout to drag ourselves out of this apathy but we need to have the will to do what is needed, and be humble enough to admit to our failings and have the resolve aim for better.

However, it always starts at the top. While the Glazers leave the running of the club up to others, it is still run on their behalf in their image. If not then surely they would remove the people who aren't running the club as they want it to be.

I have concerns with Richard Arnold, he seems to have been the man to follow Woodward around and pick up his sloppy seconds. Yet he has said the right things, so I reserve judgement for now.

My concern is clearly they're is a lack of knowhow in running a football club within the club. They have used consultants in the past and have brought in Rangnick in part for his expertise. Yet there stills seems to an arrogance from the club that they know better than the people for whose knowledge they are paying a handsome price.

I wonder if we have people at the club who prefer to surround themselves with "yes" men, people who'll just agree with them rather than challenge them when their thinking might be flawed. They certainly don't seem to trust anyone who thinks differently to them.

It's a long road back, and there will be mistakes along the way. We need to run the club as a football club, we need to support the manager, we need to be patient, and we as a fan base need to support the manager, rather than stick the knife in after every poor result.

{Ed001's Note - that is a big problem with powerful people, they don't like to be told no.}


2.) 21 Apr 2022 16:58:24
The main thing I'm looking forward to is the fact he has had his teams play good football. We're not expecting overnight miracles with Ten Hag but hopefully the big difference initially is that we play with a clear plan and play some relatively entertaining football. This obviously depends on the players actually doing what they're told and having the ability to do it but United playing attacking football and scoring goals again is something to look forward to even if they are still going on the other end.

Cheers for your thoughts Ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}


 

 

26 Oct 2021 09:39:10
Looking more and more likely Ole is staying. Absolutely dumbfounded if that happens. Surely it is only until there is a decision on who they should go for? Spurs then Atalanta away then City doesn't give a new manager much time on the training pitch to coach. Maybe get through that then he goes?

Potter, Ten Hag, Favre would be among my favourites for the job but Conte looked like the front runner. Can only assume there's a bit of disagreement about whether Conte would take us in the direction the club want and not just be a repeat of Jose?

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1.) 26 Oct 2021 10:02:11
What direction is that RJM? As I have no idea where we are going I se this current manager?


2.) 26 Oct 2021 10:23:08
Totally agree Eric. We are going nowhere right now but if it's a case of taking slightly more time to find the person they want (I've no faith that they will pick the right person by the way) then it isn't a terrible idea.

None of that is to say that getting rid of Ole is not the right thing to do, it absolutely is. They should be getting rid of Solskjaer and putting an interim in charge across the next week or so then going for a new manager to come in after the City game which gives them a few days on the training pitch after that.


 

 

 

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05 Aug 2022 16:24:54
We should be aiming to have Ronaldo gone in the next couple of weeks, but looks like he is going to end up staying.

Despite this, there is no chance at all of him being a bit part player if he does stay. He's our best player. Suddenly hoping Ronaldo is benched or dropped entirely to have Martial take his place is also a weird one as Martial was desperate to leave earlier this year and he'd be the one taking his place. Ronaldo's behaviour can probably be labeled disrespectful to the club but you can't accuse him of lacking professionalism in terms of his dedication to his sport, Martial has had that criticism of him for the last few years.

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28 Jul 2022 17:53:09
Hope this is true. Excellent player who in my opinion would do well at United.

Maybe we could offer Ronaldo to Napoli as part of the deal since it looks like the only semi viable option of a CL club for him at the moment.

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18 Jul 2022 21:11:30
If there is one Lens player we are going for it should be Seko Fofana. Underrated and a few of the bigger sides across Europe could do far worse than him.

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16 Jul 2022 16:42:31
SMS is an excellent player but we badly need someone who can play deeper than he generally does. Someone who can collect the ball from the back 4 and link play through midfield. Right now, when either of our midfield pivot have the ball, we stop moving forward and simply start playing sideways.

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16 Jul 2022 09:50:01
I'd guess this is a complete non starter. Bassey has stood out up here, especially in the last 6 months, however, he is a left back who can also play centre back. With Martinez signing we now have 7 or 8 CB's and 3 left backs with Martinez and Dalot having the ability to cover there too. That's without including youth players like Fernandez or Mengi.

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02 Aug 2022 12:01:18
It'd be a huge risk for him to be the only forward signed but I think this is one of the best outcomes we can hope for with the striker situation.

Ronaldo seems destined to stay despite the sensible thing being to let him go, so a highly rated younger striker who can gain experience and will be OK with a bit part role initially might be the best option?

I've only seen Sesko on YouTube but it'd certainly be nice to see us sign a striker who's best years are ahead of them rather than behind them as we have over the past decade with the likes of RVP (he was amazing for a season but wasn't signed with the future in mind), Falcao, Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Ronaldo.

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02 Aug 2022 06:29:48
His height might be an issue in some scenarios but his positioning is good and he is a very aggressive defender. We may we concede a couple of goals this season that we wouldn't if he was 6ft 3, however, if he's playing ahead of Maguire and Lindelof he will likely save us a few on his positioning and aggression alone.

Add to that his ability on the ball which is excellent. In a situation where most CB's would kick it out of the park or back to the goalkeeper can turn into Martinez turning away from an attacker and passing forward, leading to a United attack.

Plenty of hypotheticals in there but he already has the look of a good player in my opinion and one that United fans will love due to his aggression and leadership.

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23 Jul 2022 19:18:14
I think we will be right there challenging for 4th as we were challenging for it last season despite being utterly hopeless for large parts.

I'm in agreement with your hopes for the club this season and providing we don't suffer a shock exit in the Europa league early doors, I could see us winning that. I'll add another hope too, I hope to see players actually improve under Ten Hag. Whether it's youngsters or players like Rashford, Martial and Maguire who have been in wretched form over the past 18 months.

It's very early days but the players seem to be picking up what Ten Hag wants and we've certainly seen a change in the intensity of our pressing in pre season.

I've genuinely not looked forward to a season this much in a while as a United fan as for the first time in years, I think we have a manager capable of improving the players, ensuring attacking football is played and guiding us towards major trophies in the years to come.

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21 Jul 2022 12:28:04
Ultimately, the club seem to be being steered by what Ten Hag wants in terms of recruitment this summer and he seems set on De Jong. Therefore, it's great that the club are backing him.

Despite this, there surely has to be a degree of reality brought to the situation at some point? De Jong doesn't want to join United. We've agreed a fee by the looks of it, I'm sure we'd be happy to give De Jong a massive wage, he would reunite with a coach he was very successful under and we've already dealt with his agent this summer when signing Malacia. That's plenty of discussion and incentive to join but he still doesn't want to. We should move on.

There are probably 50 midfielders out there who would be interested in joining us, could play in our midfield pivotand are an upgrade on our options. I'd be incredibly surprised if Ten Hag and the club are happy to go into this season with the fixtures as congested as they are with our current midfield options. Surely they will look at a different player in the next couple of weeks?

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13 Jul 2022 15:33:52
We should just move on now. It is not like the club haven't tried to sign him, sometimes it just doesn't happen.

There are plenty of players out there who we could sign instead. My money is on Ruben Neves but I'd opt for Fabian Ruiz but I don't think he's been looked at by the club.

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