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08 Jun 2021 12:45:30
To the brilliant Ed002, a while back you mentioned that if United wanted to sign Sancho, they would need to press ahead with agreeing a deal before the Summer (potentially Euros? ) . Had the club made any progress on this front?


{Ed002's Note - There are discussions going on with Dortmund but the club need to overcome the issues of additional costs.}

1.) 08 Jun 2021 12:56:20
Thanks Ed, really appreciate your time.
Have prices been agreed and now it is a matter of over what period the various additional bits are paid?

{Ed002's Note - No it is nothing like that.}

2.) 08 Jun 2021 13:56:41
Thanks for the reply Ed.

3.) 08 Jun 2021 15:38:00
i think it might just get done this deal this time round.

maybe Dortmund want to see how well he does in the euros they can ask for that bit extra if he shines.

would be nice to get deals done before then but its unlikely

just hope this doesn't drag on all summer and we focus just on sancho

we still need a cb and a cm while also offloading

the men behind the scenes need to be ruthless this window.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained - Dortmund want transfers, in and out, addressed as soon as possible.}

4.) 08 Jun 2021 17:14:30
Its usually at this stage that Dortmund ask for a fee and United offer to pay a portion of the fee with the rest being made up of payments made when United win trophies. As United's trophy haul has been limited of late, Dortmund want the cash up front.

5.) 08 Jun 2021 20:37:08
Ed would this seemingly be related to the fees demanded by the "agent" of Sancho, from both Dortmund and United since he is seemingly the go between?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, and some other costs.}

6.) 08 Jun 2021 21:11:41
Thanks for the answer. The fee Dortmund want seems much more reasonable. I know you don't like to speculate, does this issue seem like something United can resolve?

{Ed002's Note - Sure if they pay up - the other clubs his agent has been talking to are not going

7.) 08 Jun 2021 21:19:41
Right, that makes sense. Sounds like Chelsea have no interest in paying those extra costs, per what you've said prior. I hope United do it now, it's surely cheaper overall than last summer, but with this club.

8.) 09 Jun 2021 10:16:55
Chelsea currently have Havertz, Ziyech, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Werner and Mount who are either all comfortable or best suited to playing in the wide forward areas.

With 6 players for 2 starting spots I really don't see why they would be interested in spending a sizeable amount on a player Like Sancho.

Surely with Giroud (not a long term option), Abrahams (not good enough) and Werner (looks more suited to playing wide left) as striker options then it is a centre forward they really need.

While another top class CB wouldn't go amiss.

{Ed002's Note - You have listed several players who will be leaving.}

9.) 09 Jun 2021 10:17:33
Running out of time before the Euros get underway. Is it going to happen before the weekend?



02 Jun 2021 18:11:44
To the editors, how are the club progressing with a search for a new RB? Any updates on targets?
Huge thanks.


{Ed002's Note - The club want a back up for AWB and have not found anyone interested in playing that role as far as I know.}

1.) 02 Jun 2021 20:27:33
Some muppet on another site is suggesting we are in talks for Trippier.

2.) 02 Jun 2021 22:09:32
Was suggested by The Athletic and a few other places now as well.

3.) 02 Jun 2021 20:50:40
Thanks Ed002.

4.) 02 Jun 2021 22:56:36
The club does have an interest in Trippier. Would he be happy to return to England to play a rotation role? He has just been first choice all season for the team that just won La Liga.

That said he turns 31 in September. He comes from Bury and is a boyhood United fan. While let's not pretend he wouldn't get a bucket load of cash for his troubles. He might be tempted to take it.

While he might be signed as a back up/ rotation option for AWB, if he outperforms him then he will likely get ahead of him in the pecking order.

While his experience might be something AWB could learn from.

He is English, experienced, still a good player, and with one year left on his deal in Spain should be available for a reasonable price.

This is definitely a deal I could see getting done. In theory it's one that even Ed shouldn't be able to balls up😂🤦‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️.

5.) 03 Jun 2021 00:23:56
Why would he want to swap playing for the spanish champions with a top coach for a Utd team who are far behind City and likely to be way behind Liverpool and Chelsea too. Even more so because Utds manager has not proven his ability as a good manager.

Being a boyhood fan is all well and good but he should only want to come to Utd if he believes we can win titles. I want winners in our team.

6.) 03 Jun 2021 07:24:44
Salford, any footballer with half a brain will know we aren't going to be seriously challenging for years yet. Regardless big who the manager is. The whole club is run by amateurs, making amateur decision after amateur decision. They don't learn from their mistakes as they don't want to hire anyone who challenges the way they run the club.

So like I said any footballer with half a brain (which admittedly is probably only 25% of them) . Wouldn't come to United in our current state to "win things". Which if we hold true to your beliefs then we won't sign anyone this summer, next summer or any summer bar either stupid or delusional players.

The rot at our club starts at the top, and until it is removed don't expect or hope for any better, you'll only end up disappointed.

7.) 03 Jun 2021 12:09:06
Shappy, regardless of who the manager is 😂 complete nonsense.

I can tell you, if we had a competent manager in charge this year, we would have been properly challenging and maybe have even won a trophy.

8.) 03 Jun 2021 13:33:42
Club loves reunions. Bring back Rafael.

9.) 03 Jun 2021 14:37:41
we have williams for back up?

{Ed077's Note - the manager doesn't seem to fancy him for whatever reason.

10.) 04 Jun 2021 06:25:04
Salford7 one reason for joining United is that he loves the idea of having 2 DMs sitting ahead of him in fred and mctom.
Also with Lindelof being the right sided CB trippier will get to hone his defensive skills much better.
And honestly our bench is pretty great company with the likes of Matic, Donny, Alex Telles all seasoned professionals with whom he can talk as much as he can in English. I think any player would be super excited to work under our managers where he can have a crap game and yet come out and hear we are getting better and better.
And with ole ball in place, he won't really have to attack so less running for him and just make the interception and pass the ball to Lindelof or fred so that they can create. It's a much easier job than an Atletico.

11.) 04 Jun 2021 09:17:36
We bought one of the most promising attacking right backs in Europe in Dalot, can cross a ball too. However, the amateur coaches didn’t do anything and moved him out.

12.) 04 Jun 2021 14:28:42
Unfortunately Dalot has picked up a series of injuries. He has spent 336 days out injured for us since signing in 2018.

The kid is talented, but he struggles to stay fit in the EPL.

He was young when he signed, and as with all young players some times it works out other times it doesn't.

Memphis Depay signed and struggled with us, he was okay under LvG but poor under Jose. He has since gone to Lyon picked up his career and looks set to join Barcelona on a free this summer. Was his failure at United under Jose due to poor coaching?

Maybe Dalot has been poorly coached, maybe he has just been injured, maybe his head wasn't in the right place and he is responsible for his lack of progress at United.

Or more likely it's a combination of all of them to varying extents. Difficult to say from the outside looking in.

13.) 04 Jun 2021 20:37:54
Agree Dalot looked injury prone with us. As for Depay he just simply didn't show anything like the form at Lyon at United. I remember nobody was crying when he left! No petitions being written when Dalot went on loan either!



17 Apr 2021 09:41:52
To the editors, who are the club looking at as options for the positions of RB and RW?
Thank you!


{Ed002's Note - It may well depend on whether or not the club can sell Diogo Dalot, but ideally they would like Max Aarons at RB - but I suspect he would not be keen and would prefer a move to Everton or Arsenal if Bellerin leaves or Spurs if Aurier can be sold. For RW it is unclear if Manchester United will follow up on the huge embarrassment of last year with Jadon Sancho or if they will look to the likes of Leon Bailey, Dembele, Sarr or others they have looked at. They are not one of the clubs actively pushing for early transfer agreements right now and may have decided the two youngsters added last year may just be OK for them.}

1.) 17 Apr 2021 12:24:21
Ed, is it looking like Dortmund may struggle to move Sancho on again this summer? Between C.V. strangling finances, agents fees and a supposed lack of interest from the top clubs could he run into his final year?

{Ed002's Note - Jadon Sancho (RW) Manchester United messed everybody around last year and he has again been offered elsewhere to those who had previously enquired, but they are still not interested. If Manchester United want him they are going to have to agree a deal before the summer. I would not be surprised to see interest from Liverpool but they have financial issues which could impact any offer.

His contract is not up in 2022.}

2.) 17 Apr 2021 13:03:21
Thanks Ed002! Max Aarons - still a Norwich departure even if promoted this season?

{Ed002's Note - There are a number of interested sides so perhaps.}

3.) 17 Apr 2021 13:59:40
Thanks again.

4.) 17 Apr 2021 17:20:07
Max Aarons is a good player and being so young he should still improve quite considerably. If he has any sense he shouldn't join us though.

AWB is first choice and you'd think he would end up a lot like Telles, playing in the odd league game but mostly relegated to playing in cup competitions or weaker opponents. If he moves to Everton or Arsenal he'd be first choice and would likely end up a better player in the long run.

5.) 17 Apr 2021 23:39:45
Because if he’s that good and if he thinks he’s that good himself, he’ll join and win that position as his own and leave less talented players to join clubs not as big as Man Utd.

6.) 18 Apr 2021 00:03:41
Trippier makes a lot of sense as cover and someone to bridge time while laird develops or not.

7.) 18 Apr 2021 13:34:23
At the time when we signed AWB I said on here that I thought Max Aarons would be a better fit for us.

He suits a side that will have the majority of possession and needs their full backs to get involved in the attacks.

I think AWB is a great player with huge potential. Just always felt his biggest strengths come when defending, which isn't something a full back should be doing too much of at a top club.

I genuinely wouldn't be surprised if we signed Aarons that within 18 months he would be first choice and AWB would be reduced to a back up role.

8.) 19 Apr 2021 13:54:23
I cannot see us buying a right winger this summer. First choice Greenwood and have plenty of back-up Rashford, Amad, James.
3 signings RB, CD, CF.

9.) 19 Apr 2021 15:07:17
We MAY just have dodged a sancho bullet by messing them around last season, so not every mess is necessarily bad news :P.



27 Feb 2021 08:07:05
A quick question for the Editors please.
Growing reports the club are looking to sign a RB this Summer, any truth to these or are the club content with existing options including those in the youth setup?


{Ed002's Note - As has previously been explained the club want back up to AW-B.}

1.) 27 Feb 2021 18:30:12
Trippier would be ideal. Someone who would be preferable against sides where we are going to dominate the ball and would be reasonably cheap.

2.) 27 Feb 2021 18:50:58
We already have a back up in williams why waste money when other positions need addressing.

3.) 27 Feb 2021 22:49:39
They obviously don’t think Williams is good enough?

4.) 28 Feb 2021 10:13:44
Trippier is great offensively but not so good defensively. I would rather we took a chance on oneof the youngsters to see if they can make the grade.

5.) 28 Feb 2021 10:27:27
Personally I wouldn't be looking at a RB, with Williams and Laird on the books and AWB only being 23 it isn't an area of dying need. Plus players like Tuanzebe, Lindelof and Bailly can easily cover RB if necessary.

For me the order of priority would be CB, CDM, Creative flexible wide player, ST then back up RB.

6.) 28 Feb 2021 13:02:38
Trippier makes sense to me as Downsie says above he offers a lot more than AWB going forward. AWB is a clone of Valencia when going forward. Trippier also has excellent delivery.

Still plenty of time for Williams and I think a loan to a PL club is needed this summer.

{Ed077's Note - Dalot and Laird are still on the books as well as Brandon Williams. On top of that Man Utd also signed a kiddie from Barcelona, Marc Jurado. So I don't think RB should be any sort of priority until the club can decides what to do with some of the players already on the books.}

7.) 28 Feb 2021 17:44:59
Not sure what’s wrong with Dalot as a rotation?

8.) 28 Feb 2021 19:14:01
I think Brandie is good enough never let us down.

9.) 28 Feb 2021 21:39:16
Tuanzebe at RB? Did you watch the PSG game Shappy?
Aarons would be a great signing but I don’t imagine he wants to be anyone’s back-up.

10.) 01 Mar 2021 06:55:07
077 we might have a number of RBs at the club but if they’re not yet ready to step up then we need reinforcements. Trippier would be a good fit for a couple of years.

{Ed077's Note - but still the club has to first decide on what to do with the guys already at the club. You can't keep adding players without letting some go.}

11.) 01 Mar 2021 08:57:15
Spenno, Tuanzebe has played at RB on several occasions and if fairly comfortable there. On his first full start he marked a top form Alexis Sanchez out of the game from RB.

He's definitely better as a CB, but if had injury issues at RB then he can more than do a job there.

I agree with Ed077, with AWB, Dalot, Williams, Laird and Juardo on the books, all of which are special-ists RB's, along with players like Tuanzebe and Lindelof who can cover there in an emergency. I don't see RB as a high priority. We need to decide to futures of the ones we have first. Juardo is almost certainly too young and inexperienced. Laird might be best with another loan. Maybe Williams needs a loan to continue to develop. Maybe Dalot will be sold. Either way until we have answers for those questions then surely other positions need addressing first.

I don't think I'll be the only cannon here annoyed if at the start of next season we have a shiny new back up RB but no new CB, or A CDM, or a creative wide player. If we sign a back up player before we sign a player for a position of real need in the first 11 then it's just further proof of what a shambles our club is.

12.) 01 Mar 2021 13:59:06
Agreed 077 there definitely needs to be a plan in place for the youngsters. But that shouldn't prevent us from strengthening the first team.

It would be good to see Williams and Laird out on loan next season, gaining 30+ appearances each.

I'm not sure why there's an obsession with playing players out of position just because they 'can do a job there'. Tuanzebe, Lindelof and Bailly are centre backs, not long-term solutions to the right-back position, or even competition for that position. They're cover at best.

{Ed077's Note - right they are hardly a solution at CB lol.}

13.) 01 Mar 2021 14:34:40
Wazza, for me it's simple if we can only make 3 signings this summer, for you should a RB be one of them?

14.) 01 Mar 2021 16:01:57
Good old Shappy moving the goal posts again 😂

No I wouldn't sign an RB if we could only make 3 signings this summer.

Likewise; Tuanzebe, Lindelof and Bailly are not right backs.

15.) 01 Mar 2021 17:22:46
I'm not saying they are, I'm saying we have 5 special-ist RB's at the club. With AWB the undisputed first choice and will play when fit (I think he has missed less than 5% of games since he signed) . So we are really only looking for someone to play 5-8 games a season and ideally push AWB.

What I'm saying is that with 4 other RB's at the club and three CB's who can play RB if push really did come to shove. Then I think we are fine at RB and it would be a luxury signing for if and when we have signed all our first team improvements we need.

16.) 01 Mar 2021 18:49:26
Shappy I think you’re getting confused with the number of first team RBs at the club.

AWB - nailed on as you say will play 95% of games. This is a problem. He plays this many games because there’s no real competition. If Trippier was brought in he’d offer another option against teams who sit back, which we desperately need. He and AWB could get enough game time over a full season.

Williams is not fancied, but has time.
Dalot is not fancied, but has time.

The others are kiddies.

So if Trippier is available on the cheap I’d take him as he offers a lot more than AWB going forward.

Whether it’s Trippier or someone else, we do need more threat against defensive teams than AWB is providing.

17.) 01 Mar 2021 22:01:48
Yh people unnecessarily complicating this and not adding context.

If an experienced, relatively cheap option like trippier is available who has played at a really high level and offers something in attack that AWB clearly lacks, seems like a no brainer to me.

Especially if plans to sign a RW are being put to one side Yet again because we need to sign a striker. Something needs to start happening on the right hand side because i'm tired of just attacking solely down one side of the pitch.

18.) 02 Mar 2021 09:19:51
In an ideal world sure I'd be signing a back up RB, I'd also be signing a CB, CDM, RW and a ST.

Probably something like Kounde, Rice, Sancho, Haaland and Trippier.

Although Trippier's current suspension for breaking gambling regulations does raise serious questions over his suitability. So maybe Max Aarons.

However, Kounde or any top CB will cost 60m+, Rice or another top CDM will cost 60m+, Sancho will be upwards of 80m, Haaland upwards of 100m, while either Trippier or Aarons would be around the 20-25m mark. So you'd be looking at 325m for a summer spend. Realistically I think we have maybe a third of that at best.

C.V. has hit every club, we have lost over 100m in match day revenue. While historically we don't spend as much when we get top 4.

The club terminated Rojo's contract in January just to save a couple of million. Two years ago they agreed a 16m deal with Everton then wanted an extra 2m so the deal collapsed. Yet now that greed for an extra 2m has become releasing an asset to save a minimal amount on wages.

That's where the club is financially. So I think 100-120m is the maximum we'll see spent this summer. So it's vital to prioritise which signings will have the biggest impact on the first team if we want to make the most ground on those above us.

{Ed077's Note - why do you think Trippier or Aarons will be happy to be back up? Trippier was still in the England squad last time and Aarons has attracted interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, Everton at one point or another so why would he move to be a "back up" when he can move elsewhere or even stay at Norwich who are currently top of Championship and might get promoted to PL? The fact that AW-B is fit 90% of the time means even considering more rotation you are still looking at only around 1/3rd minutes to be available for the "back-up" without injury issues.

Surely the club wants a backup option not first choice player.}

19.) 02 Mar 2021 10:04:12
Ed077, I mentioned Trippier and Aarons only because they are the two most linked RB's to United at the moment.

{Ed077's Note - I know Shaps.}

20.) 02 Mar 2021 10:42:53
Trippier wouldn't be a back up if he joined, could see him and AWB sharing game time pretty even, especially in games where we expect more attacking output from our full backs.

At the moment what incentive is there for AWB to improve considerably at the attacking part of his game? None because williams isn't going to take his place, neither is dalot who has hardly impressed at Milan.

Could easily see AWB up his game like shaw has after telles joined.

21.) 02 Mar 2021 11:07:43
I mean if we play an average of 55-60 games a season then what we are looking for is someone to play 10-15 games a season as AWB will be expected to play 40-50 games a season without too much trouble.

Personally I think either Williams or Dalot are more than capable of that. So unless both are likely to leave I see no need to buy a new RB.

22.) 02 Mar 2021 13:18:26
Shappy I think you're mistaken there. If we sign Trippier, AWB will get less game time, and rightly so.

AWB isn't good enough offensively to be playing 50 games a season. If we signed Trippier then AWB will make less appearances, and I'd hope two see him rise to the challenge just as Luke Shaw has.

This is of course all hypothetical, like your budget plan above.

23.) 02 Mar 2021 13:51:21
Wazza, so what your suggesting is more similar to when we signed Zlatan to back up Rashford and Martial. The issue is then the older player often pushes the younger player out entirely which can stunt their development.

AWB has huge potential, but he won't learn anything sat on the bench.

24.) 02 Mar 2021 14:40:44
Nonsense, Zlatan was never signed to back up rashford and martial. Clearly signed to be mourinhos starting number 9.

Also rashfords development doesn't look too stunted to me, one of the best players in his age group.

If that happens to AWB, i'd take that lol.

25.) 02 Mar 2021 16:19:52
Shappy you don't half make things up.

Zlatan is a Mourinho player. You are saying Mourinho signed one of his favourite sons to put him on the bench? You know you don't think that. And if the more experienced player contributes more, that's good for the team. Hard lines for the younger player if they don't rise to the challenge. It just shows they don't have the minerals so they are best moved on. See Martial.

In contrast we brought Telles in and Luke Shaw's response has been incredible, but you won't use that as an example as it doesn't fit your argument.

{Ed077's Note - Bringing Telles has meant Brandon has completely been disregarded as a LB, the position in which he broke through last season. And my point all along is I hate seeing that happen. Players' career basically being stalled due to lack of minutes. So there's not much need of a new RB until the fututres of the likes of Dalot and Laird have been addressed.}

26.) 02 Mar 2021 19:02:38
I get that sentimental point of view Ed077, but if Williams, Dalot and Laird were good enough right now they’d get more minutes.

They all need a loan at a club where they’ll play most games.

We can’t offer that at the moment, and and if a better player than the 3 of them is available and he’ll improve the squad, we should sign him. Especially in the example of Trippier who would offer something different for the next two years while the kiddies get more game time elsewhere.

Relying on one of those 3 youngsters coming good is a gamble and one we can figure out over time. If they’re good enough, they’ll make it.

{Ed077's Note - there is no sentiment involved there Wazza. I have the same opinion on Amy players at any club. There is no point keeping in a player who will receive next to 0 minutes.

I get the feeling you aren't quite as convinced with AW-B as I am. I see him as good enough to be playing 45-50games a season and so don't think the likes of Trippier would be happy with the prospect of only 15_20 games a season.}

27.) 03 Mar 2021 12:37:39
I'm not entirely convinced by AWB Ed, no. I think he's very good in 1vs1 situations.

Going forward he's not done anything to convince me that he provides an attacking threat.

Tactically I've seen him play the opposition on side at least twice, one leading to a goal and the other needing a save from DDG to stop a certain goal.

Goes without saying I'd like to see AWB improve in those areas, and RB isn't an immediate problem area.

Additionally I like to call out Shappy on his BS 😆.



25 Feb 2021 06:53:42
Certainly sounds as though several European clubs are starting to go about Summer transfer business. A question for the editors please, have United began any enquiries and in particular, has there been any contact with Dortmund again re: Sancho? Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United messed everybody around last year and he has again been offered elsewhere recently. If Manchester United want him they are going to have to agree a deal, primarily with his agent, before the summer. Borussia Dortmund have financial issues and they will worsen if they do not qualify for the Champions League next season. They will have a new coach next season and have chosen one who will look to develop from within and look to youngsters to bring in to work with the more experienced players, but their expectation is that they will need to raise considerable funds through selling players - and they have a lengthy list of those who will be available including the likes of Haaland and Sancho. At this point in time I do not believe that Manchester United are trying to strike a deal for the player.}

1.) 25 Feb 2021 12:41:48
Ed, do you think MU will look at Haaland this summer?

{Ed002's Note - No, the amateurs have likely blown that chance.}

2.) 25 Feb 2021 11:00:29
So insightful Ed002 - thank you.
I can’t get my head around the fact you offer this info for free? Inspiring stuff. Are donations put into keeping the site live etc?

{Ed033's Note - yes.




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13 Jun 2021 19:45:46
Good evening,
Do any of the editors have any updates re: Sancho?

Hope everyone enjoyed the match earlier!


{Ed002's Note - What sort of updates are you expecting?}

1.) 13 Jun 2021 22:55:28
The one where you say United highly profession setup has quickly concluded this deal for a bargain price and relatively cheap wages/ minimal agent fees and moved on to the next target whilst at the same time negotiating several departures from their playing staff for exorbitant fees perhaps?

{Ed007's Note - All the Eds are having a virtual manscaping party for Ed025's 70th birthday tonight mate, I really wouldn't expect much sense out of them.}

2.) 14 Jun 2021 07:25:58
Sounds like plenty of fun will have been had!

Ed002 - is a deal close?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you mean by "close".



04 Jun 2021 21:40:37
Harry Winks to United, wow. Surely not?! Ed?


{Ed002's Note - I have already explained he might be an option.}

1.) 04 Jun 2021 22:35:40
Funny, I was just discussing him with a Spurs supporting colleague.

He’d fit the deep-lying playmaker role, and while he’s no Pirlo, he could do a good job helping break down defences. We don’t have anyone who really plays that role at the moment. My main concern would be that I’m not convinced by his defensive positioning.

He’s not a big name who is wanted by all the big clubs though, so some people won’t be happy just because of that.

2.) 04 Jun 2021 23:08:51
If we're looking at winks I'm worried. I don't think he's good enough if we want to challenge for trophies, we should be looking at players like saul not spurs castoffs.

3.) 05 Jun 2021 00:11:03
No Pirlo? He's not even a Butt or Cleverly. This is distressing news.

4.) 05 Jun 2021 00:22:46
Don’t get me wrong, Saul is a great player, much better than Winks, and I’m not saying we should be buying Winks, I’m not sure he’d be good enough.

That said, while he has the quality, I don’t think Saul is the type of midfielder we need. Winks is more the type we need IMO, just not sure he’s the quality we need.

5.) 05 Jun 2021 00:24:07
who the f k are our scouts. they must have dark glasses nd a labrador dogs.

6.) 05 Jun 2021 01:32:37
As per every year we are in danger of believing every link to a player we don’t want to sign, we spent all last summer moaning about us wanting Sean Longstaff only to not sign him. Winks is one of a lot of options in that position, very good chance we won’t sign him.

7.) 05 Jun 2021 09:22:15
If he is an option, then Trasnfer Data analyst need a quality check of his skill.
It has to be Rice, and if not there are many others, are and touted as batter.

8.) 05 Jun 2021 09:20:27
He looked to be a gem of a player a while back. Now he is injury prone, perhaps that is why the club are interested in him, as he fits the criteria.

9.) 05 Jun 2021 10:37:00
Good little player Winks. Not sure he’s
what we need, but I do like him. Several classes above Longstaff.

10.) 05 Jun 2021 10:56:23
Winks is a good player, looks more like a typical Spanish midfield as opposed to an English one. His head is on a swivel, he knows where everyone is has great technique and moves the ball around intelligently.

The problems seem to be he picks up injuries to regularly and he needs to have a combative defensive midfielder alongside him. Which we currently don't really have.

Personally I don't see the need for him while we have Donny as they are quite similar players. What we need is that dedicated holding midfielder who'll allow a player like Pogba, Donny or even McTominay to play their natural game.

11.) 05 Jun 2021 10:58:44
Again, I’m not sure he’s who need, but I think he’s a lot better than some of you are giving him credit for. He’s quite a bit more creative and a better passer than Rice, more press resistant too.

He could certainly help us with the teams we struggle to break down, and I could see a midfield of Winks, Donny and Bruno carving up lesser teams with ease.

His defensive side is lacking though. His positioning is ok but not great, and he isn’t overly physical. It’s not just his lack of size, he doesn’t have that “vibe” you get from someone like Andre Herrera for example where he may not be big, but you know he will take you down regardless. I’m concerned he’d be brushed off by more powerful opponents.

Of course, if we got rid of 2 out of our midfield (Pogba and Fred for me), he might be a good buy IN ADDITION to someone like Rice or Bissouma.

12.) 05 Jun 2021 11:26:20
Not sure who Andre Herrera is 🤷🏻‍♂️, I wonder if he's any relation of Ander 😂

Ander Herrera was one of those odd players who didn't look 6ft tall but actually is. What he missed out on his bulk he made up for in attitude.

13.) 05 Jun 2021 13:04:07
Winks was a good player before Mou.

I think he good do bits for us and is better than Fred. Probably a Matic replacement. Who has been linked to Spurs.

I'd give him a chance, different option and low cost that could hold the space while someone like James Garner continues development.

14.) 05 Jun 2021 14:46:21
I'm not sure the inks are true, while he has stagnated in the last year I think he is a decent player. He has good attributes very comfortable in possession under pressure his passing range is good and he has good technique.
I can see him complementing mctom nicely.
He might surprise a few. He would not be too of my list but I can see where he could find in and how he could improve us.
I wouldn't have huge expectation but its all about the blend and he is good at things our midfield sorely lacks so he could be a good fit. He can compliment others and those ahead of him would appreciate his passing and speed of thought in comparison to fred i'm sure of that.

15.) 05 Jun 2021 20:05:34
Shappy, I’m surprised you think he is too similar to Donny. IMO he’d complement Donny nicely, sitting back a bit on the attack trying to pick out passes from deep. That would free Donny to make his runs into those little spaces in and around the box, and add another creative passer who can actually pick out his runs.

I’d like to see us sign Koopmeiners for the same reason (although I think he’s better than Winks), and I think a player like this could really take the pressure off Bruno a bit, and help get the best out of McTominey or Donny if they played alongside him.

16.) 05 Jun 2021 23:50:34
Always liked Winks. Doesn't have the passing range of Carrick but plays a similar game. Can keep things ticking over. Wouldn't be a first 11 player but very useful in the squad.

17.) 06 Jun 2021 15:05:17
Jamesmack8 we need to improve the 1st 11 not buy more squad players. IMO winks who struggles to get in the Spurs team should not be a target for united. not good enough.



31 May 2021 08:03:35
Happy bank holiday weekend all.
Reports surfacing that a bid for Sancho will be made by the club later this week / beginning of next (before the euros just as the brilliant Ed002 said would need to happen) .
Fingers crossed!


1.) 31 May 2021 12:31:32
So it takes 4 days for the fax machine.

2.) 31 May 2021 13:19:55
Carrier Pigeon.

3.) 31 May 2021 14:03:47
We put offer in writing but since C.V. reduction in revenue Glazers don't allow use of first class stamps.

4.) 31 May 2021 18:26:08
The correct way is keep lowballing them until the end of the window and then agree to pay what they asked in the first place. That's called Woody Tactics.

5.) 31 May 2021 19:02:38
Unless they have a fee allowing to leave early in the window, the correct move then is to haggle over paying the smaller fee then cough up a higher fee late in the window.

6.) 01 Jun 2021 11:18:20
Personally think Sancho will end up at Chelsea in some sort of cash + Hudson-Odoi type deal. Win win for all parties.

7.) 01 Jun 2021 13:04:35
This transfer window we will see how much Utd have learnt from past debacles.



13 May 2021 16:00:17
Ed, Sancho rumours swirling again and with indication that United will try and strike a deal before the Euro Competition kicks off. Accurate?


{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

1.) 13 May 2021 17:46:34
Probably, we have a habit of signing our targets between 6 months and a year later than originally planned. We did it with both Maguire and Bruno.



11 May 2021 12:36:53
To the brilliant Editors, will there be a podcast/ up date on ins and outs anytime soon?


{Ed002's Note - There will be a Sharkopod concentrating on some of #WonderDogSparkey's favourite music with a little transfer news for the fans of some clubs - but not for others. In two or three weeks I would guess.}




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10 Jun 2021 18:46:18
Ed, are you able to confirm whether the situation has progressed today?


{Ed002's Note - According to his agent, no.}



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09 Jun 2021 10:17:33
Running out of time before the Euros get underway. Is it going to happen before the weekend?




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08 Jun 2021 13:56:41
Thanks for the reply Ed.




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08 Jun 2021 12:56:20
Thanks Ed, really appreciate your time.
Have prices been agreed and now it is a matter of over what period the various additional bits are paid?


{Ed002's Note - No it is nothing like that.}



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02 Jun 2021 20:50:40
Thanks Ed002.





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14 Jun 2021 07:25:58
Sounds like plenty of fun will have been had!

Ed002 - is a deal close?


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17 Apr 2021 10:58:31
Liverpool - VVD
City - KdB
Spurs - Kane
Chelsea - James
Leicester - Ndidi.




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21 Mar 2021 18:27:38
Really appreciate the response Ed002.
I’ll keep dreaming.




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21 Mar 2021 17:57:09
Thanks Ed002 for the reply. My thinking was, for example:
Bailey for Pau Torres
Lingard (plus cash) for Rice.


{Ed002's Note - Not a chance.}



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09 Mar 2021 13:17:41
Thanks Ed002 - amazing.