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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.


{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.



{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.



{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.



{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.


{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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05 Oct 2021 15:25:15
Slight change of topic from the future of Ole (but I suppose this is somewhat linked as its relates to results) . Our next 10 games are about as tough as we can have at this stage of the season:
Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Spurs, Atalanta, City, Watford, Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Realistically, how many wins would you expect from this run of games? What is par for the course here? Maybe something like 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats.


1.) 05 Oct 2021 15:57:49
We win them all. May be a draw against Atalanta.

2.) 05 Oct 2021 16:25:18
Leicester - draw
Atalanta - win
Liverpool - lose
Spurs - draw
Atalanta - lose
City - lose
Watford - win
Villarreal - draw
Chelsea - lose
Arsenal - win.

3.) 05 Oct 2021 16:30:41
If we come out of that run of games 3-5 points off the top I think we will have done well. We haven't taken advantage of the fact the other sides up around the top have already taken points off each other whilst we played sided who were and will be further down the table.

4.) 05 Oct 2021 15:42:41
That’s the million dollar question with United you have no idea because it’s all about which players turns it on on the day.

Where as if it was Liverpool or City playing those fixtures it would be much easier to hazard a guess, ok you may get 1/ 2 wrong, but in general you know

With us that’s my main problem you could win all 10 or you could lose all 10 no one would be surprised by either…. Ok maybe winning all 10 is a stretch but you know what I mean.

5.) 05 Oct 2021 17:36:59
I think we will draw every single game.

6.) 05 Oct 2021 18:51:28
Manc man think we will beat Leicester but lose to arsenal.

7.) 05 Oct 2021 19:04:45
Grim ? made me laugh that.

I think if the fan pressure for him to play Ronaldo every game prevails we won’t beat Liverpool, their high tempo means we need all 11 working hard, I hope Ole makes strong calls as they are going to be needed.

8.) 05 Oct 2021 20:01:49
It's a grim set of fixtures. I would be very pleased with 4 wins from that lot but think even that is optimistic.

9.) 06 Oct 2021 01:06:05
Ken, maybe because Leicester are out of form but Arsenal are serial chokers and Utd are at home.

10.) 06 Oct 2021 06:19:18
Christmas is always round the corner with Ole at the wheel.

There is always a surprise waiting in the wings and I am very sure these fixtures are going to spring up a lot more.

11.) 06 Oct 2021 06:41:12
Last season when Arsenal couldn't buy a win we gifted them one at Old Trafford.



29 Aug 2021 19:32:02
Lucky to come away with any points today never mind the 3. I'm delighted we won but this performance and the one last week against Southampton are very worrying. We played like this too often last season and dropped stupid points, unless something changes it looks to be going the same way.

Varane was solid today, Sancho still finding his feet but is hampered by how slow much of our play is at times. Greenwood is a star.

Fred was his usual self and the less said about James the better. Cannot fathom how Donny has yet to see a minute on the pitch this season with Fred putting in performances like this.


1.) 29 Aug 2021 19:48:52
It was a rubbish performance and only positive was a good debut for Varane and De Gea's world class save.

Does anyone see any identity or pattern in our play? What do these coaches do on the training ground?

2.) 29 Aug 2021 20:38:09
Absolutely no idea what they do in training or what our game plan is 80% of the time.

3.) 29 Aug 2021 21:12:06
RJ let’s be fair and clear here, you can’t come on and criticise James and then say Sancho is hampered by our slow play . Be grown up and honest and say it how it is, James was poor, Sancho was dreadful, needs to pull his finger out and tune in quickly.

4.) 29 Aug 2021 21:45:02
Chris, for me the difference is Sancho has a track record of providing goals, assists and generally playing in an eye catching way at a high level. He's also starting his first game for us. He wasn't good today I'll admit. If he's still like that in 6-12 months then I'll change my tune and say he should be doing more and it's not just the tactics or settling in period.

James on the other hand, while hard working and diligent has simply never shown the same qualities that Sancho has.

5.) 29 Aug 2021 21:52:46
Spot on Chris.



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.




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.




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.


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.




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31 Aug 2021 11:49:46
I'd be disappointed to see Neves move and not see United try to get him. Quality player, the type of player we don't have in our midfield.

We can't sign everyone though and had we been a bit better at moving some players on, we might have got the midfielder we all crave.

Also a quick thanks to the Eds (particularly Ed002) for all the work they've put in on the site across what has been the maddest transfer window we've ever seen.




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23 Aug 2021 15:06:39
I reckon it could be Neves. I'd be happy with him to be honest, he is able to control the tempo of a game more than any of our other midfielders. He's also partial to scoring a couple of screamers every season so that's not a bad thing either.

Ndidi would be my dream signing for the holding midfield spot though, different player to Neves but is fantastic at what he does.




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11 Aug 2021 10:14:08
Cheers for that, Ed. The new contract for Jones has clearly been a massive mistake.




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11 Aug 2021 09:17:51
Ed, appreciate you don't want to give blow by blow updates but just wondering if we are getting anywhere with Phil Jones departure?

It seems like most people think we will just release him and he's still here to get fit then when he is he will go. However, this has been the thought for the last 12 months. You've said previously he'd likely have to drop to the Championship, is that the likely outcome or is he going to end up staying and just not included in the squad?


{Ed002's Note - The cost of releasing him is huge so I would not expect that. His wages would need to be cut by perhaps 80% to find a Championship club so that remains unlikely.}



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06 Aug 2021 14:29:45
Shappy, I know the youngsters don't make a difference in terms of naming our 25 man squad. Just stating that while our squad is bloated, there are players of various ages who could leave. Also that the youngsters are options which we don't seem to be considering.

Take Elanga for example. I'd rather see us give him a chance as 6th or 7th in the pecking order for one of the positions in the front 3 than James or Lingard. It won't make or break our season if we keep either and it won't make or break or season if we play Elanga occasionally or bring him on as sub occasionally. However, selling those two and playing Elanga would free up a couple of those spots in the squad and raise some funds for the midfielder or right back we want.





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16 Oct 2021 17:48:17
Couldn't disagree more that there is no graft in Bruno Fernandes. He demands from his team mates and you often see him as last man back trying to defend.

However, the rest I mostly agree with. Ronaldo was a luxury signing but was never one we should turn down, Sancho signed only to never play him on the right seems very strange (he will be better under a new manager), Greenwood is excellent but greedy at times and is still young and Pogba is what he is.

As you said in your 2nd post, Ole has issues, many of them. While he is in charge we will see players out of form or looking lost because they are simply carrying out the instructions of a coach who is well out of his depth in his role both in game and on the training pitch by the looks of it and who is mismatched against most coaches he is opposing.

Atalanta are a good side and we are in for a difficult evening in midweek, we then have Liverpool who look like they will beat us by a few. It's likely not going to be am enjoyable few weeks.




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08 Oct 2021 10:26:24
Favorite Jersey - I really liked the kits in 2008 particularly the black one.

Performance- Roma at home in 07 when we smashed them 7-1 or the 6-1 against Arsenal.

Favourite players - 90's it was Giggs (unfortunately), 00's Ronaldo, 10's Juan Mata, 20's Bruno.

Least favourite - 00's was David Bellion, 10's Fellaini and 20's Fred.

Exciting signing - Rooney

Most disappointing- Bastian Schweinsteiger or Falcao, both amazing players but not at the time United signed them.

Away Ground - The Bernabeu was good

Season - 2007/ 8 best side Sir Alex assembled in my opinion.




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04 Oct 2021 15:31:23
Potter has shown himself to be an excellent coach who improves not only players but teams. Inexperience may be a risk at a club of United's size with a squad full of egos but I wouldn't be disappointed if we ended up with him.

I've always had a soft spot for Lucien Favre's sides who are generally a really good watch.

I still reckon Conte and Zidane would likely be the front runners. Conte doesn't generally produce the most entertaining teams and he falls out with the board but he'd get the club back to winning ways. Zidane did incredibly well at Real but strangely still seems a risk despite his success.




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03 Oct 2021 07:55:31
Dodgy, I admire your positivity and like you I hope the season does get better. Over Ole's time I have never wanted him as manager but have always tried to remain balanced. I have tried to praise him for good decisions and tried not to overly criticise him when other factors may be at play. A couple of seasons ago, I'd maybe put tactical mishaps down to new players or not having ones of the quality we'd want, same goes for subs, thinking they weren't being made until late on because there isn't much on the bench. Nevertheless over the last 12 months it's become so clear that the guy is just happy to be there, doing no effective coaching and is winging it.

If you just look at the league table and CL group table you'd probably think our start hasn't been amazing but it's also not been too bad. However, performances have been terrible this season and you can stretch that back to the last couple of months of last season too. Other than the Leeds game (who are perfect for to play against as we are very good on the counter) the last games I can recall where we looked like a team was against City away where we won two nil and Spurs away where we won three one. They were in March and April.

This season, if Wolves could finish and De Gea hadn't made a wonder save we'd have lost, against Southampton the same, West Ham needed a 90th minute goal and 94th minute penalty save, Young Boys was awful, Villa was awful, Villarreal should have beaten us by a couple at least and then yesterday where we didn't create much again over the 90 minutes and again De Gea had to be in top form. We could easily have lost three or four more than we have.

With a squad as good as we have, we shouldn't be performing this badly. Ole has been given a lot of slack, people saying he needed the players. Now he has them and is serving up some extremely disjointed football. Only a couple of clean sheets since March shows a lack of defensive organisation, team selections which baffle fans on a weekly basis, resting players is fine but he didn't do it all of last season and it cost us then just before the international break he rests player should will be called up as if making sure they were 100% for their countries is his role. He is playing players who are out of form and not giving others a chance like Lingard and Donny. Dan James has started more PL games for us this season than either of those and he doesn't even play for us now. Valuing people who can run around rather than those who can actually play football.

If sacked tomorrow I'd be astounded if any club in the PL, La Liga, Serie A or Bundesliga went for him.

This is a Shappy length post and is also a bit of a rant so apologies but the writing is on the wall, if the board want us to win things he must go as soon as possible, if they want us to be battling for 4th and possibly missing out on it then they are doing the right thing in keeping him. I wanted it to work but this nonsense has to end now, get a proper coach.




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29 Sep 2021 08:12:45
I want Pogba to leave, ideally in January for some kind of fee. Fantastic player on his day but ultimately he's a central midfielder who can't play Central midfield in our side. He's a defensive liability there and we neither have the players or tactics to cover it.

When he plays on the left it limits how much defending he has to do which is good but he rarely changes games for all the ability he has. 4 assists against Leeds but 3 since then. 1 of which is a 5 yard square pass to Bruno to smash in the top corner from 25 yards, it counts as an assist but even Fred could make that pass.

We could drop him, play Donny in the middle and Rashford or Sancho on the left and in my opinion we would be a more functional team. At the moment he is shoehorned into the team no matter what which is ludicrous. Ole will continue to play him and even if he signs a pre contract in January with Real or Juve and says he's leaving, in March, Ole will be saying we're still talking to Paul about a new contract, he loves it here etc and he will be starting every week.