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31 Jul 2020 19:59:42
Hi Ed002, I recall in the past you mentioned Benoit Badiashile as one that United have looked at for the future.

I've seen a few stories linking him with us as a target this summer, any truth to these? I'm assuming not based on the many CB's we already have.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - There has been plenty of interest from clubs but he would never achieve Home Grown status in England, so it makes a move less likely for now and he has signed a new contract. Forget him for a year or two but I am advised he is potentially a huge emerging talent.}


1.) 31 Jul 2020 21:12:35
Thanks ed, much appreciated as always.


 

 

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.

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{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?

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{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.

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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?

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{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.


 

 

 

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18 Oct 2020 17:59:24
Having read through a few of the posts since last night's game it seems the general consensus is that we played really well. I'm not usually a particularly negative poster and I don't think anyone is saying all the problems are solved but I don't agree we were that good last night until maybe the last 15 mins and there was quite a bit to be concerned about.

The gap behind our midfield was massive at times and against better sides they'd have done far more with that space. Same in relation to counter attacks, better sides would have exploited some of the space we gave. Newcastle have really struggled to create chances this season and despite that they had a couple of good openings against us. In attack for us we were quite wasteful for much of the game. It wasn't like we'd created a lot of brilliant chances all game and just didn't take them.

Once the subs came on we looked a bit better and we know that we are an excellent team on the counter attack which Bruno and Rashford's goals showed. Bruno and Mata were the two best players on the pitch and it's another example of why we should keep Juan Mata as he understands how to play and move alongside the likes of Bruno, Pogba and VDB in a way which few of our players do. I've also been a critic of Maguire since before we signed him but he was better last night and hopefully the goal will lift his confidence going into the PSG game as he could have a tough night against Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria.

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1.) 18 Oct 2020 19:46:07
I never expected a perfect performance and we certainly didn't get a perfect performance.

Tactically we can analyse it over and over and consider how we might have done things differently in hindsight etc.

For me what I was looking for was a reaction from the players, are they still playing for the manager, as our dressing room was reportedly divided. Do the players have the fight to show they are better than the 1-6 drubbing they got against Spurs.

While the performance lacked a little, especially with the final ball/ finishing at times, and while we could easily argue that the shape/ set-up could have been exploited by a more offensively minded team. What we did see was a reaction, players working hard, not giving up especially after the early set back of the own goal. They kept going even when we didn't seem to be getting the rub of the green. Heads could have dropped when Shaw put though his his own net, heads could have dropped when Bruno missed the penalty. Yet they didn't they showed great character to keep going and fighting and in the end they got their rewards.

Couldn't be happier to see Harry get a goal, it seemed to calm him down a little. He needed it. The Bruno goal was wonderfully well worked goal, and wasn't the kind of goal you would expect from a team that is struggling for form. Rashford put in a great performance and got the goal he deserved, and who knew AWB could hit them like that. It was also great to see how pleased the whole team was for him, clearly he is a well thought of member of the squad.

Mata showed he still has more to offer, and Donny changed the game when he came on, his movement and appreciation of space meant everyone always had a simple pass on and he made everything click in the final third.

Lots of positives and we can now look forward to the free hit that is PSG. If we lose then it's kind of expected considering where the two teams are currently. However, with several of their players out we could pull off a great result. If we can then that could be the start of us building some momentum.


2.) 18 Oct 2020 21:53:13
Interesting point but Newcastle has stayed the season better than us (and remain above us for how) . We batted them and the scoreline was a good reflection on hue the game panned out. Leave going through our performances and tactics with a fine tooth comb to the pros and enjoy a
4-1 away win in the Premier League.

We’ve been pretty poor for over 7 years - we have not earned the right to expect perfect and easy wins for years - I for one much prefer OGS in charge to Jose. The football is far crisper and quicker.


3.) 18 Oct 2020 22:18:51
Not only do we have to beat the teams in front of us now. We also have to beat the ghostly "better teams" that we aren't even playing. I know you meant this to keep peoples feet on the ground. I don't feel anyone is getting carried away.

That was a game where we pretty much controlled the game and got a well deserved victory. Their keeper made a couple of excellent saves. Including a penalty. (Yes, it was a penalty) and while DDG also made a couple of saves from long shots, do we really expect to play teams away in the epl and not be tested?

Back after international break. Job done, onto PSG.


4.) 19 Oct 2020 07:47:51
Most important point there shappy. We wanted to see a reaction from the players and they certainly gave us that. Big game against PSG with a lot to prove.


 

 

04 Oct 2020 07:47:48
Ed's, I was wondering if you think the sheer volume of criticism United are now getting from fans, media and ex players about the awful handling of transfers may cause a change to the structure behind the scenes at the club such as DOF appointments etc? Other clubs are bound to be fed up of United trying to strong arm them into selling players for less than their valuations and United's standing as a club to do business with surely plummets further every window?

PR is as important as it's ever been nowadays and we've seen how toxic / negative reactions in the past caused United to alter their plans with LVG.

Cheers.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - For the sake of the supporters ids to be resolved. Whether or not it changes the situation I don't know. One problem will be authority and another responsibility of any DoF.}


1.) 04 Oct 2020 09:38:16
Thanks Ed. Hopefully this wave of criticism finally sees a focus on fixing some of these issues.


 

 

03 Aug 2020 11:38:32
I'll start by saying this is entirely hypothetical and won't happen but I'd say would be a win win for both clubs. Swap deals might also be more prevalent this window due to the impact of C.V.

We need a quality defensive midfielder despite Matic extending his contract as he has shown over a number of years he runs out of steam in the 2nd half of a season. Admittedly, because he is run into the ground due to lack of options managers have had both here and at Chelsea when he was first choice. Chelsea need a goalkeeper as Cabellero is almost 40 and Kepa has been a huge disappointment.

How about United offer Dean Henderson to Chelsea in exchange for N'golo Kante? I'd argue both sides benefit from the deal as Kante has been in and out at Chelsea this season and Henderson has never played a game for United. It's clear De Gea will be number 1 next season and I'd argue Kante gives a bigger upgrade to our midfield than almost anyone could.

In my head the above makes sense but it also looks like something ripped out of Football Manager haha.

Rjmanutd

1.) 03 Aug 2020 11:59:24
Rj.
Kante is well past his best imo.
Still a good player obviously but very much in decline. Lots of injuries popping up.
Henderson is a rising star straight from our own academy. Just like greenwood. Should were swap greenwood for kane?
I wouldn't personally get rid of henderson without ever giving him a chance.


2.) 03 Aug 2020 12:22:58
I’m with ken.


3.) 03 Aug 2020 12:24:24
Ken, I disagree that Kante is in decline, just don't think he was a good fit under Sarri and as you say he has picked up a few injuries this season. If given a chance I'm sure he'd be one of the best CM's in the league again.

Henderson is clearly a talent and IMO will be England number 1 at the Euros but I genuinely can't see how he becomes number 1 at United. De Gea is on a big wage and looks set to be number 1 for at least another season. His performances have fallen off a cliff over the past couple of years but it looks like he's the first choice going forward too so I'd say there's just as much of a chance that Henderson never becomes United number 1 as there is that he does.

I also suggested this as my mates and I have bored ourselves talking about Jason Sancho and Jack Grealish 😂😂.


4.) 03 Aug 2020 12:42:20
Henderson will be our number 1, in the not so distant future.


5.) 03 Aug 2020 13:08:30
I'd swap DDG for Kante, gets rid of a huge wage and let's Romero and Henderson battle for the number 1 spot (which I would expect Hendo to cement over the course of the next season)


6.) 03 Aug 2020 13:23:06
No way Chelsea entertain that idea. Kante is easily worth more than Henderson (despite his looking promising in PL this season) .

Plus that would leave our club without a defensive minded midfielder. Now if United were to add money on top of Henderson, maybe then it could make sense.


7.) 03 Aug 2020 13:47:43
If we’re unable to agree a new contract with Henderson (which seems possible given we seem to have trouble providing players with a roadmap, which Henderson apparently wants) then I’d absolutely make this deal.

Realistically, if the club don’t make Henderson our number one this summer I don’t think they ever will and he’ll end up leaving (for a relatively low fee if he doesn’t sign an extension this summer) .


8.) 03 Aug 2020 15:13:54
Considering that Deano is both better and younger than the world's most expensive goalkeeper was when he went for a hefty £71 million, it would take Kante plus £30 million to even entertain the idea.


9.) 03 Aug 2020 18:03:51
No chance. I'd be more inclined to offer DDG than Henderson.

DDG has been on the decline for two seasons now. That's not just a blip. Something seriously needs to change as he is drifting into mediocrity. Whether that is a kick up the arse to make him work harder, or a change or goalkeeping coach, or even a change of club. Something with DDG needs to change or next season will be his last as first choice at United.

With that in mind why would we allow Dean Henderson to leave? He is the future first choice keeper for both us and England. What impresses me most about him isn't his natural ability, but his mentality. He is mentally strong, bouncing back from setbacks, driven to improve.

The idea of letting him join a rival is madness.

As for Kante I wonder if he has the energy and drive anymore. His determination and work rate are what rose him above his contemporaries. He has a huge contract at Chelsea and has suffered some niggling injuries. Does he still have the appetite to fight for ever ball and run himself into the ground anymore. For the last three years the number of tackles, interceptions and pressures he makes have dropped, as has the distance covered per game.

I think we need to look more toward the future.


 

 

14 Jul 2020 07:26:52
Last night's game was a bit of a reality check to show we're not a title challenging side yet. Our performance was probably the worst we've produced since the restart and had plenty of errors (not big ones but misplaced passes heavy first touches etc) with the odd bit of great play in between. Southampton deserved their point and we can't win every game.

Southampton came with a game plan of high pressing United and not allowing the passes of Maguire and Lindelof to get to Matic and Pogba and they carried it out very well, Hasenhuttl deserves enormous credit for how he has turned them around. The way they set up now will cause most sides problems.

Despite the above, this post isn't all doom and gloom. We didn't play at our best, the players looked tired and yet we created 4 or 5 excellent chances in the game. That's a huge step up from the first half of the season where we'd struggle to create much even when playing well. Martial was very good, Rashford had a few great moments, I thought Shaw had another good game until his injury too. I have confidence in this side which is not something I've had in years and I'd expect us to win at Palace. Had this result happened in December there is no chance I'd have any confidence we'd win our next game.

Rjmanutd

1.) 14 Jul 2020 07:51:49
Yes RJ.
We created some excellent opportunities to kill the game.
On another day we would have taken them.

Btw, Romeu shouldn't have been on the pitch. Hopefully Greenwood is ok.


2.) 14 Jul 2020 08:16:52
you can't win every game, but the attidude from the players was spot on we was still trying to make things happen. i think if we didn't have the injuires to shaw and then williams we don't concede that goal.

a point was the fair result, its still in our hands,

i still think 2 wins from our next 2 games gets us top 4,

both chelsea and Leicester have tough games still to play.

we have a far better good than chelsea and only a few behind the foxes which will count for double when we play them.


 

 

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.

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03 Oct 2020 19:07:25
He's a very good player but I hope this isn't true. Very high wages and signing on fee for a number 9 when we badly need reinforcements in other areas ahead of that.

The Telles deal seems dead but if we couldn't stretch an extra few million for him but are willing to pay Cavani very high wages for a year or two, it shows the amateurs are at it again.

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23 Sep 2020 21:31:51
It somehow gets more farcical by the day. I understand it's a business and the club will want to make money where possible but surely there's one person with some common sense who sees we should cut our losses with some of these players?

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15 Sep 2020 10:21:57
Bale when fit and motivated is excellent. Even 30 games a season from a fit and motivated Bale makes our squad considerably better. His contribution would outweigh that of James, Pereira, Mata etc you'd expect.

The issue for me isn't even the fitness side of things, it's more the motivation element. He's achieved everything he could have at Real from a silverware perspective but from an individual one not so much. Does he still have the drive to be one of the best in the world? He gets to stay in a lovely city with good weather, good food, gets to play an incredible golf course at the Santander Madrid and when he is at work he gets to play football for one of the biggest clubs in the world, earning a massive wage doing it. He's living the dream and motivation must be hard to muster when that is the case.

I think it is a risk but based on the other options of Perisic or Costa, I'd still edge towards Bale but that's probably more in hope that he rediscovered his best form than expectation.

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14 Sep 2020 15:33:27
Deependra, I've said a few times recently that Alaba is who we should be looking at. Fantastic player.

Ed with Pini dealing with Alaba does that mean any reports of a deal for Telles being close are wide of the mark?

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{Ed002's Note - No it doesn't exclude that.}


 

 

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02 Sep 2020 15:51:42
Upamecano would be a great signing but it seems massively unlikely.

I still don't understand why we haven't looked at Alaba. His versatility, ability on the ball and pace would help us in defence.

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28 Oct 2020 14:34:03
There isn't much evidence to show we have a coherent plan when it comes to pressing as a team.

One thing I've noticed and mentioned previously is Wan Bissaka's press very high up the pitch. It's generally why he is sometimes out of position and will end up costing us at some point. When the ball is played out to a left sided opposition player, Wan Bissaka either has the instructions or just makes a decision on his own to press this player much higher up than the rest of the defensive line. Like I say, not sure if it's a tactical thing or just something he decides to do on his own.

On the subject of pressing, Leipzig will be a tough task tonight. Our play out from the back through any of the usual back four is suspect and they will likely be pressed heavily tonight.

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27 Oct 2020 10:45:43
The situation with Van De Beek is ridiculous. The guy is an outstanding player and he has shown so for Ajax across the last couple of seasons. Even in the very brief glimpses we've seen of him for United, it's clear his movement off the ball and link play is far superior to the vast majority of our squad. It's a crime that players like Fred are in the side ahead of him.

He may be a different type of midfielder than Matic, Fred, McTominay and Pogba but in my opinion he offers more than any of them.

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20 Oct 2020 22:30:36
Excellent performance. Axel was fantastic and is the type of athletic centre back we have been crying out for. He is a must start moving forward. It's also incredible that we actually had some quality corners go into the box as well. Telles in particular hit a couple of great ones.

Very very unexpected result in my opinion, I was hoping we could hold on and nick a draw but the win was fully deserved. Credit to the players and to Ole.

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20 Oct 2020 14:46:12
The defence is a worry when we have a fully fit squad but we have Maguire and Bailly missing, if Tuanzebe plays it's his first game in nearly a year, Telles would be playing his first game if selected and there is some off field stuff with AWB.

It'll certainly be an incredibly challenging game. I'd be delighted if we managed to nick a draw.

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15 Oct 2020 10:42:14
Grimslives, Martial is suspended.

It's tough to know what Ole will do this weekend as we have been so bad he could have a case for dropping almost anyone. I think he will go 5 at the back and I feel Van De Beek starts.

De Gea, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, VDB, Pogba, Bruno, Rashford and Greenwood.

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