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16 Jun 2020 17:13:35
Some rumours that we may be after Willian - not sure about much there is in it or even if he will consider moving to Manchester having had the chance once before. But if we are serious, it would be an astute signing for the RW position. Hardworking, pace, decent finishing. Especially if the sancho fee is as ridiculous as it currently stands. I very much doubt the fee will increase next year and the gaping hole at RW is the only reason for us to pay that amount. WIllian will help fill that gap and allow us to evaluate our options come end of next season.

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{Ed002's Note - It would have to be a three year contract for Willian.}


1.) 16 Jun 2020 17:19:07
Are we interested in Willian Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't see that Manchester United would offer a 31 year old a three year contract.}


2.) 16 Jun 2020 19:48:06
ED002, you did say they are amateurs.


3.) 16 Jun 2020 19:55:16
Shame. Thanks for the info Ed. We could do much worse.


4.) 16 Jun 2020 21:29:45
If we needed a short term solution Jose Callejón would fill the gap nicely.


5.) 17 Jun 2020 08:11:22
It would be a huge side step from recent transfer policy. No way we’d offer him 3 years. A move to China surely beckons. Rather us play Greenwood there / give Chong more minutes.


6.) 17 Jun 2020 13:32:46
Agree on the 3 year contract - two years tops. We need a first team starter in RW till we can get a long term solution in place. Not sure Chong or greenwood are the answer.

{Ed002's Note - It won't happen then as he has that offer from Chelsea where he wants to stay.}


7.) 18 Jun 2020 10:50:10
We’ll never know unless they’re given a chance. If Bayern are keen on Chong, he just have something about him.

Signing Willian to block their progress would be ridiculous.


 

 

02 Jun 2017 09:57:34
Would the AG situation make us see James rodriguez as an option? similar player - not in quality, but possibly ability? If real want degea so bad what do you guys think of a ge gea + £70m for james, kroos and morata? Plus I will not be surprised if we see Zlatan by October, so we may not need a talisman forward so urgently after all.

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{Ed025's Note - is that you ed woodward?...come on ryan mate real are not going to buy that..


1.) 02 Jun 2017 10:11:36
i know ed. bit of a stretch. it may be upwards of £100m if we got all 3. On a side note, does anyone know what is happening with rooney? Surely he can't be considering China, although it may be worth it when we see him try to speak mandarin.

{Ed025's Note - now that would be fun ryan...hes still struggling with english!, i expect wayne to leave united this summer and everton could well be his destination but im spending a lot of time in church praying that hes not mate.. :)


2.) 02 Jun 2017 10:21:41
I don't know ed, he may make a decent replacement for barkley in the squad and can have a good impact on the youngsters - davies being one.

{Ed025's Note - if we want our youngsters hanging around old peoples homes looking for top totty then your right ryan.. :)


3.) 02 Jun 2017 10:58:45
Wouldn't take James or Morata. Neither are good enough.


4.) 02 Jun 2017 11:18:29
Morata is definitely good enough what attacker has scored 20+ goals starting mainly in the bench in Europe still younger enough to improve! Just real madrid overprice every single player he's a 25-30mill player at most!


5.) 02 Jun 2017 11:40:07
Morata is actually quite good at Juventus. It's just that Zidane preferred playing Benzema that you people get a bad impression of Morata.


6.) 02 Jun 2017 16:16:22
Morata for me please.


 

 

 

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26 Nov 2023 21:43:05
Whoever is going to be recruiting for SJR should have Olise and Evan Ferguson top of their list.
On a side note, it’s great to see Mengi, Chong, Garner and Elanga doing well in the top flight.

Also Robbie with a K seems like he has been playing for the Barcelona first team for years… what a performance. Garnacho Holjund Kobbie all bode well for our future. Shame about Greenwood.

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1.) 27 Nov 2023 04:28:02
Greenwood' loan ends in january I believe. Hope we keep him, he might do a good job in the RW/ ST spot.


2.) 27 Nov 2023 06:58:46
Greenwood is the best talent we have produced in the last 20 years and that came from a very senior united person at the FA cup Final sponsors event I went to.

If we ignore the off the field issues, he is at a different level to anything we have. Antony would not be here or get a game if Greenwood was in the squad.

I was thinking 24 months ago the last place we would have thought needed buying for would have been the wings given who was there. Now we are playing rash on the right wing, which is not his natural position because we are short of options.

I know its not a popular opinion but I would have him back and reintegrate him. He is better than a new 100 mill signing imo and you never know what you will get with a new signing. Greenwood, Hoiland, Rash/ garnacho would be fun to watch and probably scare the living hell out of teams and good luck defending that.


3.) 27 Nov 2023 07:09:16
I'm sure it was a season long loan deal.


4.) 27 Nov 2023 09:32:16
Ahmad, your last paragraph is why he was loaned and not let go.

I think you’ll see him in a United shirt again. I won’t comment further on whether that’s right or wrong as that debate has been had many times on here.


5.) 27 Nov 2023 10:12:25
Does anyone actually know what the plan is regarding Greenwood? Any inside info?


6.) 27 Nov 2023 11:05:44
Caolan

It a possibility especially with the SJR coming in. His contract runs out in 2025 and we have an option to extend for one more year. There is a lot of time for the club to decide what's next.

Personally I rate him higher than Rash and Garnacho. He is a proper two footed slick effortless silky forward/ winger. He also is much better crosser of the ball and will provide a lot more assists.


7.) 27 Nov 2023 11:45:48
Ahmad, it was clear to me they just kicked the can down the road for the next owners to make the final call.

Plenty of PR about him and judge then.

People will point out the moral situation, others will point out it’s a football club first. Tough situation, but as I said above. I won’t be shocked if he’s back.


8.) 27 Nov 2023 11:55:32
I have watched loads of Getafe matches this season, probably only missed one that coincided with a Utd game. Greenwood is slowly improving, his body language is looking good, getting fitter and that club absolutely seem to love him. Maybe a PR spin, but they never pass up an opportunity to gas him up.

On the pitch he takes their free kicks and corners from both sides because he is ridiculously good on his weaker foot. Now up to 4 goals and 3 assists I think. Can't help but feel his stats would be much better if he played in a more attacking team.


9.) 27 Nov 2023 13:39:34
Nevermind, Mad Hatter is right its a season long loan. Nevertheless I still hope Greenwood will play in Man Utd shirt again.

{Ed077's Note - I don't.

Its going to get a lot of people talking, I mean however the situation gets handled. Opinions will flow, headlines galore.}


 

 

17 Nov 2023 12:45:39
Looks like Everton will be fired up for their next home game… just what we needed. btw, anyone know what’s happening with Man City’s charges.?

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1.) 17 Nov 2023 13:17:10
It's amazing isn't it. I can only imagine due to the significant amount of charges (and possibly more which were not leaked) that it is going to be a drawn out process especially with City's lawyers dragging it out for as long as they can I imagine. Good that the allegations didn't effect City making, sorry, reporting record revenue this week!


2.) 17 Nov 2023 13:26:13
Interestingly, Everton have put in their Club Statement:

''The Club will also monitor with great interest the decisions made in any other cases concerning the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules. ''

The Premier League perhaps have put a lot of pressure on themselves now to follow things up.


3.) 17 Nov 2023 13:30:18
It always seems to be Everton who get shafted. Would not be surprised to see City miraculously escape any wrongdoing.


4.) 17 Nov 2023 13:32:12
Kicked into the long grass after a few brown envelopes changed hands I suspect.


5.) 17 Nov 2023 16:03:05
Praying City do a Rangers but can’t see anything happening to them

How many years have these charges been hanging over them.


6.) 18 Nov 2023 09:46:30
Looks like onana and maybe rash are out. Not great news and pointless injury to rashford given england had already qualified. These internationals are a real pain in the backside.


7.) 18 Nov 2023 13:41:32
We just aren't getting any luck in terms of injuries.


8.) 18 Nov 2023 15:28:06
Well most on here been calling for Rashford to be out of the team so what difference will it make going by that….

Best get used to playing back up keeper anyway with Onana trotting of in January another great bit of forward planning by the headmaster not sure he will be anysort of loss anyway he was only purchased to play out from the back and we given that up already because Martinez injured! More great planning.


9.) 19 Nov 2023 02:35:06
Maze,

We get it, you don’t like ETH, 36th different username to tell us.


 

 

27 Sep 2021 23:35:51
Gotta say Ed - completely agree with you ranking of the PL managers.

I was really hoping Potter would get the job at Spurs so he can show himself to be the coach he is and put him in the frame for the United job in a couple of years when everyone realises that Ole is out of his depth and man management will only take you so far.

But now I don’t see Ole lasting the season and united will bring in someone like Poch to start the cycle all over again.

Potter will probably end up at Arsenal this year if they know what they are doing. He will work wonders with the likes of saka and smith Rowe if given the chance and has the link with Ben white anyway.

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{Ed001's Note - Arsenal and knowing what they are doing rarely go together. }


1.) 28 Sep 2021 07:44:48
ED001,

Who would you appoint as the next Utd manager?

{Ed001's Note - I would say Potter, maybe Ten Hag, but Potter would be the one I would look at.}


2.) 28 Sep 2021 09:24:51
ED001,

He certainly is doing a really good job at Brighton. I'd imagine he would want to take Bissouma with him when he moves to a other club.

{Ed001's Note - Bissouma is looking for a move.}


3.) 28 Sep 2021 09:34:30
100% agree Ed - maybe ask him to bring Bissouma with him. Potter fits a lot of criteria for an ideal United coach - good with youth and improves players' technical ability, good football, management of media, forward looking and modern in approach, builds a club the right way, won't throw his toys out of the pram etc.

To give credit where its due, Ole has managed to take away a lot of the negativity surrounding the club, bring a lot of the fanbase onboard with some decent football at times and some great moments like Paris, Southampton etc. He has also built a very good squad capable of so much better than it currently delivers. I think of his time as the world's longest interim appointment.


However, if the same ineffectual approach continues and the football isn't great without trophies, then things will go south again. With Arsenal and Spurs looking like they will be in limbo for this season and maybe next, top 4 should be fairly straight forward for this united squad.


This makes it the ideal time for a managerial change - especially if the new manager is a young one with limited experience and needs time to stamp his style on the club. United make it more difficult with the lack of competence in the boardroom and a structure unfit or modern times. So anyone coming in will need 18 months to settle in and can do without pressure to finish top 4.


4.) 28 Sep 2021 10:06:49
Does he have European experience, has he won trophies, has he managed top top players? No, no, no. not saying he isn’t a good coach but it would be heck of a risk.

{Ed001's Note - a lot less of a risk than holding onto the useless coach you currently have.}


5.) 28 Sep 2021 10:50:31
Agree AJH - that is why i was hoping he would get into a team which played in europe and had a few top players / difficult characters.

Somewhere like Spurs would have been ideal. Will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next 12 months.


6.) 28 Sep 2021 11:35:34
Ed if Klopp suddenly left Liverpool tomorrow would Potter really be your first choice to replace him?!

It’s all about opinions but I wouldn’t have him anywhere near the Utd job just yet! He’s done well at Brighton, they play decent football but surely he needs to do a lot more to warrant getting one of the biggest jobs in world football. People were raving about Eddie Howe not long ago!

{Ed001's Note - yet I have never rated Howe and always said he is terrible. Potter showed what he could do in Sweden. It is not just what he did, but how he did it. He is an exemplary coach.}


7.) 28 Sep 2021 12:32:26
I totally agree with Ed001. Larsson said he used 2-3 formations-styles in the same match and every player knew exactly what to do-the opposite of Ole. He had excellent relationship with players and he and his players took part of charities and different stuff in town to build a good relationship with local people and also he went his players for ballet to strengthen their core strength. That's why a small team from Sweded were so good and went toe to toe with much bigger teams. Potter is an excellent manager and a great leader, he would be one of my first choices too.

{Ed001's Note - Potter is at the forefront of the new wave of coaches, like Nagelsmann etc. He is highly intelligent and constantly on the look out for new ways to bring his team together as a group and to improve them technically. If a big team appoints him and backs him, I believe they will be very glad they did.}


8.) 28 Sep 2021 12:12:39
Ed001, I remember Hodgson doing well in some scandi countries too, how did that appointment go for Liverpool, he ended up back at the level he belonged.
Even Ole done At Molde, but again that’s his level.
Potter would be huge huge risk, but no more then Ole was and that’s not worked.

{Ed001's Note - totally different thing and you are showing a huge lack of knowledge of the way Potter works compared to Hodgson and Ole. Comparing them is extremely disrespectful to Potter.}


9.) 28 Sep 2021 15:50:24
ED001,

It always odd watching Utd play, as they play like a team that has never been coached. They are a bad fit, that have got results, more so over achieved last season due Liverpool having lots of injuries, Chelsea having Lampard and Rodgers being Rodgers at Leicester.

{Ed001's Note - the coaching reminds me of when Houllier was in charge at Liverpool. Not one player improved because it was so bad. I see the same at United now. Basically just reliant on a piece of individual genius, rather than good football from a team working together.}


10.) 28 Sep 2021 20:02:13
ED001,

They really do rely on an individual piece of genius. Perhaps that why it is so easy for opposition teams to press Utd and take the game to them. They always look uncomfortable, weak and clueless. They are the new Spurs.


11.) 28 Sep 2021 23:46:27
I totally agree Ed001. I would go as far as to say that last year they were magnificent (for their level) and had some bad luck. I remember up until the thirty game their expected points tally was the same as United or thereabout. But because we overachieved because of individual brilliance and they underachieved because they hadn't many scorers, one team (us) were second and the other was in a relegation battle.
This year i think they didn't hit last years performances yet but they are more ruthless and more effective. That shows also that Potter can make little changes and find solutions even with a little budget and even from inside his club.


 

 

22 Mar 2021 11:06:11
I have read a few posters on here call this season / squad a roller coaster. I fundamentally disagree with that. Every team has good performances and bad – Arsenal, Tottenham and even Fulham can say they have had some really good performances this season, but they sit 6th, 9th and 18th. Having good and bad performances is just a part of the game – not a characteristic of a team, so using that as an explanation is pointless. It’s the number of poor performances and gap between the good and bad performances that counts. On both accounts, our current squad does not fare well and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
Shappy says that our squad isn’t good enough to meet our expectations – damn right it isn’t! Fred would not get into a top half midfield in the league – maybe villa, but doubtful. Same goes for McTominay. Our main striker who earns £200k has scored 7 in 36. Let that sink in. Since the turn of the year, Rashford has a similar ratio - 4 in 20. Every once in a while these players put in a 9/ 10 performance and sucker us into thinking that they could be good enough to mount a serious challenge. The trouble is the players have to play at their max to be good enough for a decent man utd team performance, not something that happens often – we need players who can do that every game.
So I agree that our squad isn’t anywhere good enough to compete at a level expected from Man Utd and the recruitment and board (not to be mistaken with investment) is entirely to blame. Trouble is the same people making the decisions earlier will continue to do so with a different job title.
But my main issue is with Ole. The three areas you want any football manager to be good at are – squad mgmt. and tactics, team performance and improving individual players. All 3 need to be present, consistently to have any chance of winning trophies.
Ole’s squad mgmt. has been poor – yes, he may not have enough players he trusts, but examples like rashford’s injury last year, not playing Donny enough / playing Bruno too much etc. leaves much to be desired.
Also, for the second year running he seemed to be saving the squad for the league by not playing his best 11 in the FA cup. Last year in the tight race for top 4, I can understand, but this year it makes no sense. We are 8 points clear of 5th, with the international break coming up, so why not play your strongest 11? He used to get it right in the big games, but our tactics against the top 6 in the league and the approach to the FA cup, RBL games suggests he is getting it more wrong that right of late.
Yes, our league position is better than last year – but we have had Bruno for a full season and Pogba hasn’t been injured as much– surely this is worth the 10-ish points we are better off. Also, other teams have been very inconsistent, so I refuse to use the “we were third, but now we are second” argument in favour of progress. I doubt in a normal season, we would find ourselves ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool. You could say we have scored more goals – the 6-1 and 9-0 freak results aside, have we really? That too with a fit Bruno and Pogba and Cavani when he is available. One the other hand we have conceded more, even taking the 1-6 thrashing into account.
Ok, the squad Ole has had to work with is possibly the 3rd or 4th best in the league, so finishing there would be par for course. But a Man utd manager should be able to extract more from the players and improve them. This is not happening either and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
I don’t expect Ole to last till the end of next season. I think Liverpool’s injuries, Jose being Jose and Lampard’s inexperience have given him a lifeline this year. The lack of investment hasn’t helped, but his failings are obvious and don’t seem to be going away. Next year, it may be 5 without a trophy – unimaginable a decade ago.

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1.) 22 Mar 2021 11:14:41
Space the text out mate its very difficult to read all that.


2.) 22 Mar 2021 11:22:08
to be fair to rashford he has played through how many injuries to play a game, he's had injections in multiple games and he never seems to be put in a position long enough to get some kind of form.

mctominay is a good player i think its a bit harsh to label him the on the same level as fred.

but its clear to see when we don't play rashford bruno and shaw we struggle they have been our 3 best players

why ole rested players when we have a break coming is daft.

you can't keep using the " in a normal season" bs were are where we are on merit regardless of other teams we have still had to do our own job to be where we are.

i agree we have been shocking in games but regardless the table doesn't lie, how ever you want to look at it.

ole is not the man to win things but he is doing what the owners want.

TOP 4 is the aim and we all need to get use to it, anything else is a bonus.

and if people think we are going to spend 100s of millions in the summer are in for a shock.


 

 

28 Feb 2021 12:00:17
Still can’t believe we let Johnny evans go. Would have been perfect for our defence alongside Bailly or even lindelof marshalling the back 4.

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1.) 28 Feb 2021 13:04:22
Said it a couple of weeks ago RLF that Evans and Smalling are better options than we have now. Vic and Bob as a long term pairing makes me worried.


 

 

 

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30 Mar 2024 11:35:06
Would be a great addition.

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15 Mar 2024 22:58:43
Thanks Ed. Makes sense. ETH or the new manager may want 8 new first teamers given the way the season has gone.

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15 Mar 2024 15:48:09
Thanks Ed. Surprised to see that we may not be going after a striker. I would was expecting a deal with Dortmund with Sancho swapped for Haller and some cash as a possibility.

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{Ed002's Note - Manchester United have no interest in Haller. Sanch, cash and a swap for Malen maybe. But I was aked "priorities" - not a full list.}


 

 

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20 Nov 2023 10:41:28
Smells like the Sanchez deal all over again. Thought SJR would be taking a different direction to be honest. Also, who is doing the negotiating with Murtough and Arnold on the way out?

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23 Jun 2023 08:30:26
After Mount, the club will try for Rice and Caicedo- both unlikely as we won’t have any funds available and other teams are moving quickly. Then we will look to Adrian Rabiot on a free one which is the most likely scenario.

I expect a GK to follow - Costa or Onana. Followed by a potracted dialogue with Spurs for Kane. It will depend on how many we have offloaded by then and what the Sheik allows.

Given how the other teams are strengthening I think it will be a tougher ask to get into top4 next year. Shame as if the takeover was done by now we could have looked at a window with Mount, Rice, Kane and Onana. Maybe a RB to add and then gone on for a title challenge.

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05 May 2024 14:23:49
Agree Shappy. Amazing achievement. Hope we can send some players on loan there next season. Fletcher, Amass, Wheatley, Ogunneye and maybe Forson (if he stays) are primed for a loan to a PL club. If Ipswich do well I wouldn’t be surprised if he is linked to the likes of Brighton, West Ham and etc. hope he is on the radar of INEOS.
He was never going to get a chance at United with the Primadonnas at the club. We need to build a squad of young, hungry players who are willing to change and learn if we are to get the most of a coach’s capabilities.

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26 Apr 2024 21:23:16
Dude. Lay off and let him be. Not everything the man does needs to be ridiculed with such confirmation bias.

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21 Apr 2024 12:14:03
Think Scott’s injured as well?

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16 Apr 2024 19:22:13
Jeez Ed. God knows what would happen if you review United!

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29 Dec 2023 20:39:49
Need to focus on younger players and sureshot way to drop the wage bill - something we desperately need and will be quite close to the top of SJRs priority list.
For midfield we should target Joao Neves and Kimmich ( if Casemiro leaves) . We can let mctominay leave and andJack Fletcher is ready we can send out Hannibal on loan. A midfield of Bruno, Eriksen, Mount, Neves, Mainoo, Casemiro (or Kimmich) is plenty.
Olise should be our main target for RW.
If a RB leaves then Frimpong may be worth looking again
If McGuire leaves then I think we should target Nathan Collins. Hopefully Varane stays. Kambwala can replace Lindelof’s place in the squad if he leaves.
CF is the tough one but we should push the boat out for Evan Ferguson.

It will be a hefty outlay but we will hopefully be able to shift quite a few players (martial, Sancho, Mctominay, McGuire, one of Dalot or Wan Bissaka, Van de Beek etc. ) to make up for the cash needed.

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