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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!


 

 

09 Jun 2021 12:58:40
Hi ed002, hope you are well?

Quick question about Diogo Dalot. Looks like the club are happy to sell him and with Mourinho taking over at Roma, do you see Roma becoming interested in signing him?

Obviously, Mourinho was the manager that brought him to United and you've mentioned in the past he was of interest when Mourinho was at Spurs.

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Diogo Dalot (RB/LB) Milan want a cheap deal or another loan if they can but it will depend on Manchester United adding a replacement as cover. Milan have other options they are considering and want an early answer. I expect he will leave in the summer. No interest from Roma who have other plans.}


1.) 09 Jun 2021 15:32:26
Cheers ed.


2.) 09 Jun 2021 22:10:42
Smart move by the board to let a player who might be a potential regular Portugal fullback who can play both fullback positions, and is on lower wages and would be a good no2.
Didn't city sign somewhat similar play in cancelo for 2-3 times he's worth?
Our board and their stupid decision making.


3.) 10 Jun 2021 06:58:40
rohanarora8, and probably Ole doesn't rate him either.

Maybe it's a lot more fun throwing money around at other clubs and agents to sign their players and then struggle to sell the same players in a few years time.


4.) 10 Jun 2021 08:15:41
He is not that good defensively that's why we are selling him. Check out euro 21 semifinal, single handedly gave the other team a chance for a comeback. Made 2 errors leading to goals when in fact he was one of the most experienced player in the squad.


5.) 10 Jun 2021 09:49:32
Dalot might be able to play both the fullback positions, but he's average at best at both. I doubt comparing Cancelo with Dalot is fair, as the former is (as much as it hurts me to say) a much better player than Dalot.


6.) 15 Jun 2021 16:56:16
Rohan, while Cancelo is fit, Dalot will not be a regular Portugal player.


 

 

18 May 2021 17:40:31
Hi Ed, hope you are well?

Based on your previous information it looks fairly likely that United will look to sign Kane if it's possible.

My question is, do you think United might offer Dean Henderson in any offer to Spurs? Or Spurs would ask for Henderson as part of any deal? I know you've advised previously that Spurs had looked at him as a previous Lloris replacement so might soften the blow to Spurs ever so slightly if they were to get him.

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - I would not set your expectations too high just yet about signing Kane. Certainly Spurs are interested in replacing Lloris, but funds may not stretch and perhaps they will wait a year - but Henderson is one of the players on their list.}


1.) 18 May 2021 21:08:03
My expectations are never high with United in the transfer market 😂😂

Cheers Ed!


2.) 18 May 2021 20:58:16
Ed002 with Heaton signing do you see him as a straight replacement for grant or do you think we will look to sell one of ddg or henderson? Or even 1 of them will look to move?
Obviously both want to be no1 and could arguably be no1 in many other big clubs?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - he is not a replacement for DDG or DH.}


3.) 19 May 2021 08:08:18
Probably best to let DDG and Henderson fight it out for the No.1 jersey next season.
Hopefully we will have a repeat of the situation with Shaw and Tellas fighting for the same place.


4.) 19 May 2021 01:00:27
Hi Ed, if you’re still around. Do you think United would be tempted to abandon plans to sign a right side forward such as Sancho (or others) in pursuit of Kane?

{Ed002's Note - I doubt it willl pan out like that.}


5.) 19 May 2021 13:08:54
I'm assuming that certain sales may have to be made but is it fair to say both Sancho and Kane could join the club this Summer, Ed? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}


 

 

25 Jan 2021 17:23:02
Hi ed, hope you are well?

Wondering if you have any information on the future of Juan Mata? I believe his contract is up at the end of the season and while there's been talk about Romero, Dojo, Lingard etc leaving, I've not seen much about Mata.

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Juan Mata (AM/RW) is out of contract in the summer and has opportunities to continue his career in Turkey and at at least a couple of clubs in the MLS. Manchester United could look to extend for a year but it depends what happens with another player, and I suspect there would be options in England if that were to suit him. Right now as far as I know it remains totally open as to what will happen. In Spain an option exists but they are a second tier team.}


1.) 25 Jan 2021 20:30:02
Thanks Ed.

With the future of quite a lot of players in doubt I think it'd be wise to keep Mata for another year. Can cover on the right or as the 10, he's never relied on pace and he still has the ability to find a pass or score from a free kick to change a game.


 

 

22 Dec 2020 12:32:39
Hi Ed, hope you are well? I'm guessing this is just paper talk and I did see a note from you saying it looked like Juve were front runners for David Alaba.

Despite this, there is quite a lot of talk of United moving for him? Is this true? Personally I think he'd be an excellent signing.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of an approach from Manchester United, but there have been talks with other sides. The wages being asked for are huge and that is a problem for most sides. Manchester United have other targets they have been working on as I have explained.}


1.) 22 Dec 2020 13:27:40
Cheers Ed!


2.) 23 Dec 2020 09:41:13
Unless its a Sanchez type deal, i would love Alaba. We need an experienced head in Defence as the current crop have no one to learn from / look to. Plus i didn't realise he was only 28, so has a good 4 years left. Maybe move the captaincy from Mcguire to fernandes as well.


 

 

 

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27 May 2021 07:02:43
I said a few days ago that winning the Europa League wouldn't really change how good the season was for us and I stand by that, winning it or not we're a long way off where we want to be and Ole isn't the coach to take us to that level, however, that's not to say I'm not bitterly disappointed by the game last night.

Winning a final is all that matters in one but if anyone was surprised by that performance then you haven't watched us a lot this season. That could have been any game against a side who sit back and are well organised. Whatever people think of Bruno, Rashford, Pogba, Cavani etc a moment of magic from them is generally what bails us out when playing these teams. Last night there wasn't one unfortunately.

On Ole, I'm not any more for or against him leaving after that, it wasn't surprising that he and the coaches failed to come up with any changes to break down a well organised side. Don't get me started on the subs. There's only so many times you can play poorly and get away with it, there's only so often you can concede first and come back. Having a defined style of play that can break these types of sides down is something fans have been crying out for across the last couple of seasons and it's clear Ole cannot deliver that.

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21 Apr 2021 09:04:02
Appreciate the Super League appears to have collapsed but Ed002 has given an incredible summary about it, the background etc on the Euro page.

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03 Dec 2020 05:22:56
We arguably put in one of the best performances of our season so far against PSG and focusing solely on that, I'm far happier than I was following the wins against Basaksehir, WBA and Southampton. Other than the first 10-15 minutes I'd say we were the better side.

Unfortunately, we were undone by Fred's stupidity and a baffling decision from our manager. Tuchel even made the right sub to actually get Fred sent off, Herrera can be a rubbishhouse and sure enough he was the one who Tuchel placed on Fred and the one who Fred dived in on. Hindsight is 20/ 20 but pretty much anyone who watches football would have subbed him.

If someone had given us the scenario of needing a point on the final game to go through when the groups were drawn, I'd probably have taken it but if we go out, following the wins in the first two games, mismanagement has had a big part to play.

Rjmanutd

1.) 03 Dec 2020 06:18:23
At this level, we just have to be clinical.
Bruno's miss at the stroke of half time, Martial's awful finish let us down.

Encouraged by a dominant display over one of the European powerhouse though.
We were the better team with clear cut chances.

Lastly, Ole's decision to not sub Fred off was baffling.
We have rich midfield options with 5 subs available.
Infuriating to say the least.


2.) 03 Dec 2020 06:35:44
I could have understood leaving the player on if it was Bruno or Rashford in that situation, the risk of keeping them on could be balanced out by their potential to win us the game. Fred doesn't win us games, so the risk of leaving on a player who's best attribute is his energy and disrupting opposition made it even more strange.

At least it might mean Van De Beek starting more regularly now which can only be a positive.


 

 

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.


 

 

 

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19 Jul 2021 12:07:42
Saul would be an incredible signing, but the hurdle is United having to sell Pogba.

For some reason the club seem absolutely intent on trying to keep him despite the obvious desire to leave. I appreciate they will value him at a certain amount but if anyone at the club believes Pogba really wants to sign a new contract and that his performances have genuinely warranted him becoming one of the highest earners in the league they are kidding themselves.

Selling him now is the best solution for everyone, especially if there's a chance of replacing him with Saul or someone of similar quality.

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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.

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05 Jul 2021 10:26:45
Still think it very unlikely we sign Camavinga but I'd be delighted. He's Pogba with a bit of discipline in his game who doesn't need everyone else to do cover his faults.

I'd guess it'd spell the end for Donny if he signed though.

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04 Jul 2021 13:55:01
Pretty idiotic from the club on this one. Garner is a good prospect who could likely contribute in games against lower end sides and in cup competitions next season. Matic is well past his best and seems to be knackered by November.

Is it likely United will sell Garner or just look to loan him again?

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03 Jul 2021 14:36:00
Ed, are many of the same clubs as mentioned a few months ago still interested in Henderson? Sides like Chelsea, Spurs, Dortmund (I think they were mentioned) .

Thanks.

Rjmanutd

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have not made any approach for Dean Henderson. Borussia Dortmund have opted for someone else. Spurs have Henderon on their list of Lloris replacements but are in talks over another.}


 

 

 

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23 Jul 2021 14:44:50
If we sell Pogba, it may be the best thing to come from this window regardless of signing Sancho or Varane.

One of the best midfielders around at the top of his game, however, he's also a total liability at other points. That is not the kind of player we should be aiming to build around any more.

Still have no doubt it'll be Pogba starting wide left on the first day of the season mind you.

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20 Jul 2021 12:58:58
Should be challenging for a title. Wouldn't be favourites even with those additions imo, however, it shouldn't be something that's done in March we should be pushing right to the end of the season with a chance.

Yes we'd still not be ideally placed in terms of our squad if it was only Varane and Sancho, however, City haven't had a decent out and out left back for the last 3 seasons effectively. Liverpool were short of a creative midfielder and some squad depth in certain areas. Still they both won the league and did so at a canter.

There's no excuses now, the club have to challenge for major trophies.

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18 Jul 2021 11:50:54
Like some have said above, it won't make too much of a difference as formations are fluid.

The formation also isn't the problem. It's the tentative play while in possession that is. Doesn't matter what system we play if our game plan is still to just hope some individual produces a moment of quality.

If we were playing this formation though, I'd be playing Bruno, Van De Beek and McTominay. Pogba can be an impact sub if we need a goal because he's shown for years he doesn't have much defensive disciple and can't be trusted to make the right decisions.

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15 Jul 2021 07:46:49
I'll hold my hands up and say I'm critical of Fred very often. I probably also focus on mistakes he makes more often than I do with others.

He undoubtedly works incredibly hard but I'm always doubtful of a player who's best attribute is "he runs a lot". Does he do that intelligently? What else does he offer? For a side who control possession in 70% of the games the play, I just don't see the need for him as he is basically a passenger when we are in possession. His use of the ball is very limited.

It's not a surprise his best performances for United tend to come in games where we don't have a huge amount of the ball. Games against PSG, City, Chelsea etc where we simply focus on interceptions, pressing in our defensive 3rd and winning the ball back. He does that well.

No doubt he's a scapegoat but he's also not good enough to be starting anywhere near the amount of games he does.

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12 Jul 2021 14:11:53
Southgate has given England their best 2 tournaments in a long time.

However, he is a very cautious manager who will likely hold England back. All the attacking talent that England have and they could only muster 1 shot on target through the 120 minutes. The tactic seems to be nullify the opponent rather than go and impose themselves.

Penalties are a lottery but Italy fully deserved the win across the 120 minutes and they looked like the only side wanting to win it where as England just looked like they didn't want to lose it.

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