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18 Dec 2018 16:24:18
It's a shame Lucien Favre recently moved to Dortmund because he ticks all the boxes for me.

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10 May 2016 11:26:55
So it seems Renato Sanches has signed for Bayern. Really hope this won't be an ongoing theme this summer.

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31 Aug 2015 20:56:26
Just a question for the Eds or anyone else, with the Spanish, German and French windows closing in the next few hours I just wanted to clarify if this was only for purchasing players and they'd freely be allowed to sell to clubs whose window is still open?

Cheers!

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{Ed004's Note - The foreign clubs can still sell players}


1.) 31 Aug 2015 22:01:34
They need to get the paper work into their respective fa's for incoming players. but can still sell players. I think it is the Russian league that closes in a couple of weeks and they seem to be doing business well after everyone else.


2.) 31 Aug 2015 22:29:31
Thought as much but was beginning to worry a tad! Thanks for the response!


 

 

 

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03 Sep 2020 19:07:20
Seeing as Shaw seems to miss half the season through injuries, having another true LB makes sense. Reguilon also gives the option of a LWB or an attacking LB to offer width if we want to play a diamond.

Also, if (and it's a big if) we were to sign Sancho, it takes a lot of the right sided burden off of AWB - especially as Sancho has more of a tendency to stay wide compared to all our other wide forwards, lessening the need for an overlap. This would allow for us to play a lopsided FB system similar to what Jose uses, with AWB staying more defensive and allowing Maguire and Lindelof to shift left when Reguilon bombs on. With Rashford's tendency to play in the half spaces and in the inside channel, it's more imperative to have a fullback who offers the width and an overlapping option on the left side, and I could see Reguilon being a good choice in this system.

I think he'd be a good acquisition personally, as he would offer cover, competition and more tactical options to allow us to be more flexible. It also would allow Brendan to play on the right as cover for AWB/ come in if we were to play with wing backs.

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30 Jul 2020 21:09:45
I think it's the striker Paulinho at Braga.

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19 May 2020 19:06:28
Hi Ed,

Thanks for such a detailed response. I wanted to enquire as to whether the club are still considering a CB as high priority - in particular Upamecano as I believe in the past we’ve been interested?

Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Dayot Upamecano (CB) looked at by Bayern Munich as a Jerome Boateng replacement but they had another preferred plan - now that is not achievable he is back on the table for BM with RBL having a replacement in their sights. Barcelona have DU on a long list of CBs primarily because he is more affordable than others as he only has a year left on his contract - but they are fearful of making another Umtiti or Mina type error. Milan asked about a price but they have financially more viable options in what are tough times for them. Real Madrid enquired after him when discussing Werner with RBL, but they have preferred options so he will be down the list a bit. It is hard to see CB as a priority for the summer for MU this summer unless they can sell players on.}


 

 

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09 Aug 2019 08:55:57
Out of interest Ed001, who do you think is our best outfield player if not Pogba?

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{Ed001's Note - Wan-Bissaka probably. Though I would take Rashford and Lindelöf over Pogba as well.}


 

 

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02 Aug 2019 15:40:42
Jesus Jaime, it must be exhausting living so relentlessly under grey skies.

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13 Jun 2021 11:32:16
The year after Lukaku left, Rashford and Martial both hit 17 in the league, as many as Lukaku ever did in the league for United. That was the year Mase also banged in 10 in the league. We moved to a different style with a fluid forward line - unfortunately Martial seems to have massively regressed but for the year after Lukaku left, we were completely vindicated in his sale with all our forwards chipping in and a season with an almost identical number of goals scored. This is also without taking into account the behind the scenes issues and his fall out with Pogba. He was a good player for us, but not the best fit. No hard feelings, I'm happy to see him doing well and won't bear him any ill will (until he signs for City! ) .

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04 Jun 2021 14:48:00
The point doesn't make sense though. A lot of the United players could be part of the City team and it not result in too great a drop off in quality. However I can't think of many positions where a United player would be picked ahead of a like for like City one - most of our players just aren't quite as good (though they may develop to be) . Even a minor drop off in quality, when taken as a collective, adds up. The sum of United's collective parts isn't near City's, and that's only the first XI. City have frightening depth to allow for rotation also. In the Europa League final I couldn't see a single person on the bench who I felt would impact the game - City always have those options.

I think the main question you didn't ask is - if Pep replaced Ole, would we have won the league? In my opinion, no.

We've a young team, with good potential. A couple of shrewd additions with a vision over the next 3 windows and we could build a really good squad. I doubt Ole is the manager to take that squad on to win the league/ ECL, however with him at the helm I can see direction and potential. I'd rather stick with that than hire someone like Conte, who will likely leave in a couple of years needing someone else to come in and pick up the pieces. We've chopped and changed and it doesn't work. We've lived through LvG's sideways passing, no goals at home dross. We've slept through Mourinho's pragmatism. Ole hasn't done any worse than them, the football (although sometimes terrible) is often better. He's hit or come close to hitting his targets for the last two years. Continually hiring and firing isn't working. All the clamour for Poch - he's not exactly set the world alight at PSG, who knows if he'd have outperformed Ole. We've a DoF in place now, he needs to come up with a shortlist of managers who can continue along the direction of the club. Should we invest this summer and the results not improve, then we replace Ole with the top of the list. We can't just go for Conte and leave all that behind because he's available, his mantra and style are not good for the club in the long term.

This place has become an echo chamber for anti-Ole sentiment and it makes depressing reading. The reality is he's fine, he's not amazing but he's a better fit than every other post-Fergie appointment. The team this year are better than last, and better than the year before that. When we stop progressing, or a better cog for the wheel becomes available, then by all means we should have a look at changing the manager. In the mean time though, I'd rather stick with the direction, the progression and with a couple of acquisitions see how the team continues to develop than throw it all put of the window for an impulse replacement for instant results.

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30 May 2021 00:20:42
Didn't an ex-player in Di Matteo do the exaxt same thing in 2012? However that time an exciting manager was replaced by an ex-player who ended up winning the CL. I'm not really pro-Ole or Ole-out, somewhere between the two, but this lauding of Tuchel as an example for running a club is premature in my eyes.

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04 May 2021 19:00:31
Ken, are you naive enough to think that if GDS gave up his seat that it wouldn't be immediately snapped up by someone else regardless? You may not agree with GDS on all his points but I think it's pretty clear he's United through and through. That season ticket could easily be handed to someone who isn't so well versed in the clubs traditions, who won't be that fussed on going to every game and who won't be as vocal against the ownership and stand up for the club's history. If all the anti-Glazer season ticket holders gave up their tickets in protest, all that would be left would be a hollow shell of a club without atmosphere or tradition or values. It would be an excursion not a passion. I know I'd rather have the lads in there, who go every week of every year, who've grown up loving our club, who will make a stand and sing and shout and say what needs to be said.

If GDS and other season ticket holder gave up their tickets, it would barely register on the Glazer's radar - the balance sheets would read thr same, and that's all that matters to them. However, the club as we know it would be lost, the passion ripped out of the stadium. Being a United season ticket holder is a way of life for the fans that have them, to ask them to give up so much is disproportionate for the effect it will have. I can't believe you're so blind to that and can call them hypocrites.

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30 Oct 2020 10:39:37
I think Wan Bissaka uses the touchline well in his tackling, getting side on and showing them down the outside.

If he were to play CB he wouldn't be able to do that, and I don't think he's as good a tackler when more square with space behind him.

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