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30 Dec 2021 22:08:22
Serious question for the Ed's, what has donny so wrong that he can't get any game time? No Bruno and Fred playing and still no minutes. Really hope he is leaving in jan for his own sake.


{Ed002's Note - I would rather agree that he has not had a sustained opportunity. It has stalled his career for a couple of years. January is a tough time for transfers, but he needs to get back on track.}

1.) 30 Dec 2021 23:33:50
Whilst I’d agree he’s not had a sustained run of games, nobody sees what happens in training. My question would be what has he actually done right?

{Ed002's Note - That left turn.}

2.) 31 Dec 2021 09:40:16
It's a shame but I don't think Donny suits either how we played under Ole or how we are trying to play under Ralf.

Donny is well suited to the Ajax idealogy of total football, being able to play in multiple positions with a focus on possession and working as a team to create chances. Donny excels at finding space and linking play. While he tends to lean towards "safer" rather than "riskier" passes to avoid losing possession. He also has a very good shot on him and is better higher up the pitch than deeper.

Under Ole we were very individualistic which doesn't play into what Donny is best at. He isn't the type of player who'll draw a player into him then beat them to create space. He relies on drifting into space then his teammates finding him with quick and accurate passes.

Under Ralf we are trying to be a pressing team, which requires high defensive work rate, especially from the offensive players. While he asks his players to play quick risky passes vertically as soon as they win the ball back in an attempt to create chances before the opposition drop back into their defensive shape. This is kind of he opposite of what Donny excels at, closing down space rather than drifting into it, playing dangerous vertical passes rather than safer horizontal ones.

I'm not sure I can see where or how he fits into what Ralf would want from his players.

3.) 31 Dec 2021 10:15:59
Let's hope for his sake the lad gets a move sooner rather than later,
and gets his career back on track.

4.) 31 Dec 2021 10:22:31
He should have been allowed to leave in the summer when he wanted to, seems like a decent lad who just wants to play first team football.

Also he is out of the Holland squad atm and needs to be playing regularly to get in that for Qatar 2022 so should push for a move in January even if that means kicking up a fuss.

Ballpark figures are that he cost £40m and i assume he's on at least £80-100K a week, imagine if we actually spent that on a cdm in summer of 2020 to gradually phase Matic out and not rely on Mcfred. We would actually look like we know what we are doing in terms of building a squad.

5.) 31 Dec 2021 10:26:06
We slated a ole for nit giving him a chance, and yet here is a new manage also not giving him any game time. Clearly the issue appears to be the player himself.

6.) 31 Dec 2021 10:26:16
Agreed. He actually be excellent in a City/ Barca set up, but I can see a January loan to an Everton/ Ajax.

7.) 31 Dec 2021 11:25:35
He was exactly the kind of signing I'd get excited about, but it came out of the blue. just like the CR7 signing. It felt opportunist and like it wasn't part of a plan, and with Pogba/ Fernandes already vying for those positions, didn't seem like a signing we needed. I think he was signed 'in case' Pogba left, but for whatever reason, that never happened (yet) .
Yet for all of the bemoaning here that he never gets a chance, 2 managers haven't seen enough in training or whatever to give him a run of games, so I can only deduce we are not seeing something they are. And the biggest truth lies in the fact that for all of the comments from the Dutch press and his national/ former club managers that it's criminal not to be using him, I am yet to see a single shred of proof that the little Ajax wizard we'd all seen on TV prior to the move is still in there.
For me it's a reluctant, but necessary, loan back to Ajax for the remainder of the season. Everton is miles beneath him, maybe Spurs as that midfield isn't quite right either but we don't want to strengthen them.

8.) 01 Jan 2022 18:41:04
Ralf is 5 games in AJH. I suspect it will take a bit more time to assess him given the fact that he had hardly played under Ole.

9.) 02 Jan 2022 07:43:20
Apprently Donny won't be going anywhere until the summer because of Agent issues.



22 Dec 2020 16:09:49
Hi Ed002

Hope all is well. With Christmas around the corner, can I be cheeky and ask if we could have a transfer window update on our targets 🥺.
If the toxics are still about and you aren't doing it that's absolutely fine! Just wanted to try.
Hope you have an amazing Christmas and new year as well as the other Ed's and posters! 🤗.


{Ed002's Note - I will do something for you before the end of the year.}

1.) 22 Dec 2020 16:57:27
That’s brilliant!
Thank you ever so much :)
Have a lovely evening.

2.) 22 Dec 2020 18:55:07
Thanks a lot Ed002.
Eagerly waiting for the updates.

3.) 22 Dec 2020 21:02:12
Thank you Ed002 that will be a Christmas treat 👌

Wishing you and all the Eds a merry Christmas. Even Ed047 😉.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}

4.) 22 Dec 2020 21:34:02
Thank you so much Ed002, what a wonderful Christmas present. Thank you. Hope you and your family have a safe and very happy Christmas (and same to all other brilliant Eds who give us so much of their precious time)

{Ed002's Note - Thanks. I wish you all well.}

5.) 23 Dec 2020 11:28:03
Thank you to all the Eds and fans who keep this site going. Marvellous.



15 Dec 2016 00:42:42
One thing I think deserves mentioning is the reaction from the whole team after the final 11. Mourinho is making a team that wants to fight, has the fire in their belly to win and most importantly, team chemistry. He's getting rid of the deadwood, he's making Utd about everything we lost the past few years. Passionate to thrive and privileged to Don the red shirt. The only way is up from here. We'll be coming back as Strong as ever. Great work.


1.) 16 Dec 2016 17:44:42
Great post, mate.

I have never felt so positive about our future.


2.) 16 Dec 2016 23:58:34
Post of the year?

3.) 17 Dec 2016 13:35:07
Stop being so positive! It's not good enough and won't be tolerated on here.



04 Apr 2014 16:15:13
Hi Ed, has there been any interest in lucas moura, and if not do you think there would be if he was made available? he seems such an amazing player, similar to valencia but more dirc wt and not 1 dimensional. I think we need someone direct, as chelsea have hazard, arsenal walcott and city navas. he'd be my pick for a winger if we can't get reus and at only 21 with low wages, he could be a bargain


{Ed002's Note - Not from Manchester United.}

1.) By direct i'm assuming you mean running at full backs etc into the box? If so then may I remind you of a young fella called Adnan Januzaj!

2.) I know we have adnan but bringing in moura ASWELL would be frightening! we need to be interested!

3.) Difference being though, lucas has pace and so would be great for counter attacks. there was a rum he did against marseille showing his blistering pace check it out on youtube



27 Jan 2014 18:14:59
dont be surprised to see a bid being put in for vidal, most likely after cardiff. watch out for it


1.) I'm guessing that's after the game and not after Cardiff put a bid in first? ;)

2.) I can't see a bid going in myself, if juve signed a replaced and gave us the nod yes but as they haven't no chance




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06 Sep 2021 19:51:33
Very interesting interview on YouTube involving Donny and Rio.

If you get time have a watch, Donnys positivity is immense but you can tell from what he's saying it's either now or never. Hope he gets his chance.


1.) 06 Sep 2021 23:07:16
Seems like a really nice guy but i struggle to see how he fits in.

Are you going to drop pogba or bruno? No considering they have 5 assists and 3 goals between them in 3 games.

He isn't going to get a sniff in the forward positions as they are stacked also.

2.) 06 Sep 2021 23:12:37
He could easily play as a 6 with mctominay.
If Fred is given constant chances as a 6, why not donny?

1. He’s a better dribbler than Fred
2. Better passer
3. Better reader of the game
4. Stronger
5. Can control a game

The only thing Fred has better is running like a dog the whole game and he’s good at breaking play but he’s usually the cause for the opposition in getting the ball in the first place.

3.) 06 Sep 2021 23:17:05
So you play donny and mctominay in midfield, what is your front 4 and who misses out to incorporate donny.

4.) 07 Sep 2021 01:12:18
He certainly didn't look stronger than fred every time he played so far. He looked like a feather would knock him off the ball.

He seems to have been built up to the ultimate defensive midfielder on here, shoots lazers from his eyes and swallows Celts for breakfast.

He needed to be stronger to be considered for an 8 or 6 position. He seems to have done some strength work over summer. We have a lot of games coming up and he will surely get his chance to show what he can do, either in the UCL to start or in the EPL.

If Ole sees him as a 10, then he has a stiff fight on his hands to get ahead of Jesse to be Fernandes' understudy. Even sancho and Martial may need minutes. I see no reason to keep him if that was the plan.

If he has a plan B formation maybe then he is in Ole's mind. Or maybe he can force his way into the double pivot. BUT he has to do it on the pitch, better than last season, and not on the message boards.

5.) 07 Sep 2021 06:50:22
Dodgy, Donny was man of the match in his last EPL game playing as a box to box midfielder.
Fred has poor positioning, poor passing, poor first touch and doesn't read the game or control the tempo.

Therefore, Donny must be given a run of 3-5 games to solidify his spot in the team.
He has had just 5 days of holiday and spent the break building up his physique and getting fit earlier than others.
It will be sad to see his talent getting wasted.

6.) 07 Sep 2021 08:19:05
The fact Donny has said he can play as a 6, that in the United system he doesn't see himself as a 10 but more a 6 or 8, and the fact that he started as a 6, means he should at the very least get a run there. I can't see how it is possible for him to do any worse than Fred.

7.) 07 Sep 2021 08:42:07
Personally think end of january will dictate DvB's future. If pogba goes or signs a pre agreement, then he must think more about integrating him into the team, yet if he signs then DVB may as well look to pastures new as fred, mctom pog will all start regularly before him.

8.) 07 Sep 2021 11:12:14
I am not a big fan of DVB but due to the form of Fred i find it ridiculous that he has not been given a chance. I really don't understand what Ole is trying to do by saying he will get his chance. The poor bloke has been more than patient waiting for his opportunity. Ole needs to stop stringing him along and either play him or tell him he can leave.
I actually feel for the guy now.

9.) 07 Sep 2021 12:14:42

Pogba left Bruno Greenwood and ronsldo upfront

Sancho hasn’t shown anything of yet and so why should he be entitled to start?

Fred strength? Lol, did you see him vs wolves when he tried to control the ball and gave it away, dropped trying to tackle and almost conceding a goal had it not been for AWB? Guys weak.

10.) 07 Sep 2021 13:27:26
Can't believe with info from training, training matches, reserve games, the other coaches opinions and inmatch monitoring that ole is dogged and just likes Fred etc. Perhaps Donny has potential but Ole must see him lacking somewhere that we clearly have no idea of. I'm not pro Ole but given he'll possibly be fired if he doesn't achieve this year I'd assume he use his best tools.

11.) 07 Sep 2021 14:26:21
MOTM? I don’t think I’ve seen him touch the ball when he’s played, he has been completely underwhelming. I think he’s all hype.

12.) 07 Sep 2021 15:36:52
AJH, Have you seen Fred play?
How is he ahead of other midfielders?
Fred's last 2 games were just shocking and he deserves to be dropped.



01 Sep 2021 08:02:23
Just wanted to say a big thank you to all the eds (especially 002) for all their hard work throughout this transfer window. I'm sure it wasn't easy. Hope you get a well deserved break 👏.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

1.) 01 Sep 2021 10:22:09
Not sure they'll have or want a transfer window like this one for a long time! Well done everyone.

2.) 01 Sep 2021 16:45:36
Question i have is just how much say did Solskjaer have in the signing of Ronaldo?



27 Aug 2021 12:38:57
Have a gut feeling that this Ronaldo to city ain't as simple as it seems.

Still feel we may come out with a last min bid or he ends up elsewhere.


1.) 27 Aug 2021 12:45:08
How we affording it trumours?

We don't have the wage budget or money to be doing the deal unless players leave.

2.) 27 Aug 2021 13:07:44
It'd be ironic if after everything the club has done to improve fan/ owner relations over the past few months goes out the window because City sign Ronaldo.

3.) 27 Aug 2021 13:07:50
Players can leave after he's come in bolger might give then the kick up the ass they need to let some peopke go.

4.) 27 Aug 2021 13:08:38
Not sure where you’re getting that from, Bolger. We do have an issue with our squad size mind, but we could just not register players like Jones and Lingard if push really comes to shove.

In an ideal world, we’d sell Martial. He’s on about £250,000 a week, which several sources are suggesting is the amount that City are offering to Ronaldo. We should be able to get more than the €25m-€30m Juve are asking for, so could actually walk away with a profit. Juve are reportedly looking for a striker too.

5.) 27 Aug 2021 13:25:41
brooks we are finding it hard for buyers now to get jones gone.

lingard is for some reason being priced out of a move when west ham want him

we could have sold pereria to lazio but instead loaned him with an option to buy in the summer to flamengo.

loaned out tunz when bailly is constantly injured and we gave him a new deal last year

then we have loaned both Williams and looks like dalot might be off on loan with no rb left at the club unless he's promoting a youth player or player lind at rb instead

we have gave mata a new deal. not looked at letting matic go.

its just annoying yes we have brought varane and sancho in but more could have be done to get rid of players not good enough and we might have given us enough time left to improve the squad more

we still have 4 keepers on the books aswell.

6.) 27 Aug 2021 13:45:33
We're finding it hard at the prices we want if you need players gone your more likely to take loans or loans with option etc plus we'd have to be more reasonable in prices.

7.) 27 Aug 2021 13:53:47
The Pereira loan deal is a joke. Rumors suggest we’re paying all of his wages and that the buy option is set at €20m, which would be a club record signing for Flamengo if it actually happened. Of course, the chances of them actually taking us up on that offer seem slim to none regardless of how well he does for them, so I really don’t see the point.

8.) 27 Aug 2021 14:09:21
Bolger this is the squad that people say ole is doing a great job building.

9.) 27 Aug 2021 14:32:58
We can easily afford it. It’s the inability to get rid of players and who’s surprised when we offer players ridiculous wages to do nothing. I think the board will see this as a financial move, it will give us a massive boost of morale in and makes us title contenders despite our midfield. My issue is that it will become all about Ronaldo and we are becoming sentimental, we should look forward not back and focus on improving the midfield but let’s be honest we probably wouldn’t have don’t it so I’d take Ronaldo over nothing, especially if it stops city signing him.

10.) 27 Aug 2021 17:16:10



16 Jul 2021 21:00:06
Hi Ed's, hope you're all well.

As many probably have seen, rumours ramping up over Varane and trippier. Any updates on these 2? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I have explained the situation. I am not sure what you are expecting.}

1.) 16 Jul 2021 23:08:59
No worries Ed, just wanted to know if we were any closer to actually signing either.

I’ll RTP

Thanks and have a nice weekend.

2.) 17 Jul 2021 10:17:21
Heaton, Trippier, Varane, Sancho would represent a good window with Cavani signing on a year, would ideally like Rice but can't have everything can we.



28 Dec 2020 17:03:09
So Everton v City postponed at city's request.

City admitted their bubble was compromised, so why aren't they being reprimanded? All other teams had to play with what they have with a short rest period in between.

But not city, they get awarded with an extra break despite their fault.

Money doesn't win you leagues but it can help tilt it.


1.) 28 Dec 2020 17:35:49
Peps teams have always had a "win at all costs" mentality. From questionable doctor's at Barcelona. Diving, systematic fouling. He's always found a way to win along with playing fantastic football.

And let's not forget be was found with performance enhancing drugs in his system as a player.

You are right though, they should be made play a reserve team if it was in fact their fault. But I wouldn't put it passed him to fund a loophole to get his players a rest.

2.) 29 Dec 2020 00:48:53
Games are only being played at the goodwill of the playing staff and coaching teams, who know they must mix more than the general public are at this time.

When an outbreak is found the clubs must be able to isolate to get things under control. It is not like it is their first couple of players. They already had two potential first team players out. Now they have more, discovered on the day of the match.

Everything is not cheating. The epl is doing it's best to put on a spectacle for fans stuck at home, as best they can.

Cut them some slack guys.

3.) 29 Dec 2020 08:11:58
Not sure it will benefit them, their game with Chelsea is now in doubt as well as with us the week after. Three fixtures to be crammed into an already compacted season will see them playing more games at the end of the season when players are tired.




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17 Jul 2022 18:44:54
I think we’ll get a striker and possibly a rb.




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27 Jan 2022 18:16:49
He said has A LOT of faith in Hannibal
Not lost faith.




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30 Aug 2021 19:37:50
Offer Fred and Lingard to West Ham for rice 😶
Seriously though, any chance of a shock move for rice? I w.




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27 Aug 2021 13:16:22
I wouldn’t of thought there was a chance had city not been interested. Will the club allow city to move for him and Take the backlash that comes with it? I don’t know.




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23 Aug 2021 12:38:41
From Ed’s comments I’m assuming we want a midfielder from the list already provided. Which one, who knows? My thoughts are that we will push for Saul/ Neves.





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30 Jan 2022 09:12:25
Cannot believe it. Genuinely probably the one home grown youth talent who i have witnessed, who I thought could go all the way. He's ruined his life.




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13 Jan 2022 07:05:52
Great to still see you here Supasub! Hope you’re well :) . It has changed dramatically, good memories :)




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10 Jan 2022 22:23:33
What’s up with Rashford? His body language from the get go was completely off.




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21 Nov 2021 15:57:25
Na we now have a chance in a competition. Chelsea sacked lampard and won the champions league, we don’t need to sack a season If we have a class manager.




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21 Nov 2021 06:39:20
Thank you ole. It was delayed which sadly caused many to turn against him.

Just hope Carrick and fletch don’t become interim and we get someone in. They do the coaching, they’re part of the problem especially Carrick. He was with Jose for 4 months and he got sacked, now ole.