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13 Feb 2020 13:11:59
Chelsea agree to sign ziyech in the summer, good move I think. Ed002 are they still interested in sancho also? Does his possible move to us hinge on UCL qualification? On a side note it goes to show that work can continue outside of the window if clubs actually have a plan and are organised πŸ˜‰.


{Ed002's Note - Unless there is a very significant change in the financial demands Chelsea will drop interest in Sancho. Manchester United are keen but the budget may not stretch but they could return with an offer.}

1.) 13 Feb 2020 14:20:29
thanks ed002.

2.) 13 Feb 2020 16:37:22
In your deductions, where do you suggest Sancho may end up Ed?

{Ed002's Note - It is largely down to one person and his demands, what the player is open to and whether or not Dortmund are willing to work on the price. If you look at the clubs as options, the player has made it clear a return to London and joining Chelsea would be his preferred choice, but they are not going to pay for the total package as it is costed right now. Manchester City are in a similar place financially as Chelsea - and don't see anywhere close to the value in the player. Liverpool would need to let go of Salah and commit a lot more money to make it viable - I can't see that is the plan and it would be disruptive and rather stupid if they went down that road. Real Madrid and Barcelona both have high end targets that will soak up significant funds and will be ready to go immediately they join - they are likely unimpressed by the risk associated with the potential benefits. As for Manchester United, they remain in turmoil with no direction and the player wants to move elsewhere - they could throw money at the problem but it would then mean they don't have the funds left to fix the more significant issues. Dortmund may try and work the Euros and him excelling to try and leverage more from the English sides - but that would be a high-risk plan for all. Else he stays at Dortmund. There will be a further discussion with one of these sides in the coming days - so right now it remains up in the air.}

3.) 13 Feb 2020 20:36:59
Ed if you don’t mind me asking what areas would you suggest United need to address the most? I understand the costs behind a deal for Sancho- but I would say we are crying out for a right winger, a striker and another midfield player. Would you agree?

{Ed002's Note - DM, CM, CM/AM, W/F and S are needed over coming transfer windows but I suspect the club will prioritise CM/AM (e.g. a Jack Grealish), S (e.g. Dries Mertens) and a W/F (e.g. Wilfied Zaha) and then a couple of pricey youngsters (e.g. Joe Gelhardt (F) and Jude Bellingham) - but realistically if you look at the amounts of money involved in such changes it makes little sense and looking closely at value for money - and it is hard to see. Maybe the sale of Pogba will be tougher than the club realise and the could be forced down the road of listening to which players Real Madrid or Juventus could offer in a deal - although Isco could well be used, he is not what is needed now. James could be an option for the W/F - and although Bale fits that role, wages would be a huge issue. So sorting out Pogba is a priority.}

4.) 13 Feb 2020 22:40:11
I think we should stay clear of Sancho spending minimum 100 million plus wages on a 20 year old is ridiculous

We should sell pogba and fix the issues in other areas first before we make an stupid offer for a plauer that doesn't want to play in Manchester.

{Ed002's Note - How would Manchester United get him so cheaply?}

5.) 14 Feb 2020 08:05:15
Sancho is clearly a very talented player. That said I'm not fully convinced he is the right style of wide player we need.

With Rashford cutting in from the left and Bruno often preferring to push forward in the inside right channel we really don't want a wide right player who is looking to cut in. It will just compress the space in the final third and give all of our forwards less space to play in. Especially if we persist with AWB at RB, he doesn't push forward enough or offer a big enough threat when he does.

Although for me RW would be further down the order of priority, if I had to pick someone out as being the ideal candidate it would be Adama Traore. Something closer to a traditional wide player. Someone who can burst past the full back and either cross the ball or cut it back. Someone who'll stretch the pitch and make more space for Rashford, Martial and Bruno breaking from midfield.

6.) 14 Feb 2020 09:02:57
Shappy, if we go for Jack Grealish, then Bruno will most probably play further behind alongside a defensive midfielder.
Therefore, we definitely need a RW.

As you suggested, Adama Traore looks like an absolute power house this year. Wilfried Zaha is another option.

7.) 14 Feb 2020 10:40:01
Sancho may not come due to the reasons given by Ed002 which makes sense but potentially is better than Adama and Zaha, both like Sancho would not come cheap and on my views are prone to poor decisions and inconsistency. Sancho is a right footed RW, i think he would compliment Bissaka well.

8.) 14 Feb 2020 05:58:36
Ed, thanks for the breakdown above, great info as always.

You mentioned Mertens, is he now someone United are looking at? I think he'd be a sensible signing. Still a good player, 32 years old and can play across the front line. Much better than trying to sign someone like Callum Wilson.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, Mertens is of interest to Manchester United but he is being pushed toward another side.}

9.) 14 Feb 2020 08:42:15
Thanks as always for all the priceless inside information Ed002, really very much appreciated.

Could I possibly ask who our primary Defensive Midfield and Central Midfield targets might be please? Will understand if you reply RTP if targets are the same from previous detailed updated you’ve kindly posted.

Also, when you say MU are in turmoil and lack direction, does that allude to indecision about a manager going forward into next season and also a lack of a Sporting Director?

Thanks again for anything you have time to provide.

{Ed002's Note - (a) Boubakary Soumare is certainly of interest Marcos Llorente may still be of interest. You can scratch Eduardo Camavinga now. A change in coach would be required to attract Denis Zakaria and without Champions League you can scratch him. (b) Jack Grealish remains a very clear target for midfield.}

10.) 14 Feb 2020 09:57:00
TrueRedDevil, I feel that with Bruno now signed we should move towards a 433 type shape. Bruno needs a little more freedom to find the space and use his intelligence to break teams down.

I would go all out for a mobile holding midfielder who can shield the back four, then look at a creative attacking midfielder such as Grealish who can create chances by carrying the ball forward.

I'd then look to line up with the new DM and Bruno every week, and switch between McTominay and the new AM depending on whether we need to be more solid in midfield or have more creative ability on the pitch.

I agree we need a RW, but I also feel that we need coverage/ challenger for Martial and I'm not convinced the defence has the right balance yet.

Whereas, I do feel Greenwood and Dalot can play a role on the right hand side. While James has also done well there this season. I'd rather play Greenwood there for a year, let him develop more then sign a RW in the summer of 2021 when we could move Martial on and Greenwood could challenge the striker we sign this summer for the starting striker spot.

However, I appreciate other see things differently. I just want to see more homegrown lads make it at the club and in Greenwood we have one who could become a world class player. So for me making space for him in the side is vital for him to become a top player.

11.) 14 Feb 2020 10:01:38
Thanks Ed, always interesting to hear your thoughts.

12.) 14 Feb 2020 11:10:28
Thank you so much for your time Ed002, very much appreciated!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

13.) 14 Feb 2020 11:51:38
Shappy, your point above about Greenwood is a good one and not signing a RW this summer might be a good option as long as Greenwood gets plenty of game time.

That's why I think Mertens is a sensible signing, he wouldn't block Greenwood for years to come but is still able to contribute for the next couple of seasons. Free transfer probably means big wages but you'd hope Pogba, Sanchez, Smalling etc will all be off the wage books so should have room for a signing like that.



28 Jan 2020 16:09:40
Barca in for fernandes, Skysports running the story now. aww well at least its not Spurs or City lol.


{Ed002's Note - Spurs rejected the chance when offered in the past few days.}

1.) 28 Jan 2020 16:31:40
As Ed has said many times, we're amateurs. I don't think I'll be renewing for next season the way we are going. Not worth the money.

2.) 28 Jan 2020 17:33:16
Phew thank god for that. Could you imagine Jose's face at that unveiling πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ. Thanks for the info Ed002, no doubt you will be glad when this window shuts πŸ˜‚.



28 Jan 2020 11:24:47
froma few journos on twitter that united are close to signing Sander Berge the CM from genk. don't know if there's any truth but we shall see. Rumours are he's at Carrington for a medical.


1.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:03
And its a false alarm. Those muppets at the MEN really have outdone themselves this time. they tweeted about it, had it on the website, the story got picked up by all the tabloids only for it NOT to be him. Utterly embarrassing for so called professional journalists, and also for the club although this was not their doing. Apparently the player in for a 'medical' is a 15yr old Reserve Goalkeeper. You couldn't make it up lol.

2.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:31
Looks like the club may have pulled off a surprise.
A giant midfielder at 6ft 5. Not sure if he is ready to step up.

3.) 28 Jan 2020 11:50:44
It's not true just been confirmed talks that Barcelona are getting fermandes for 50 million if true this board is a joke haggling over 8 million for a player that is going to be world class and would such a difference to us absolute shambles from top to bottom .

4.) 28 Jan 2020 11:53:15
Reading them as well, although one said the United he was in talks with was Sheffield.

5.) 28 Jan 2020 11:53:50
Apparently it’s a reserve keeper who looks like Sander Berge 🀣.

6.) 28 Jan 2020 11:58:16
the express are now saying it is a case of mistaken identity
its probably Justin Beiber getting a tour of the training facilities ahead of a new pop video called 'they fell for it again'

7.) 28 Jan 2020 12:38:56
He will sign after they play benfica.



26 Jan 2020 12:53:17
Good afternoon Ed002. Are the club considering loaning out garner this month? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I suspect that they will Tim, there has been interest from a couple of Championship sides.}

1.) 26 Jan 2020 13:17:09
Surprised with all our injuries we haven't seen more of him. Loan will do him good though. Thanks ed002 enjoy the rest of your weekend 😊.

{Ed002's Note - And you Tim.}



24 Jan 2020 12:25:22
A number of sources are reporting we have made a loan enquiry for Slimani. ed002 to your knowledge is there any truth to this story?

many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - MU has a third party tryinto find options. Monaco say Leicester have noted interest from clubs. Monaco will release him from his loan if they an profiteer and it would be the responsibility of Leicester to pay.}

1.) 24 Jan 2020 17:27:01
Thanks for the response Ed002 πŸ‘ much appreciated.

2.) 24 Jan 2020 19:58:19
Ighalo and Slimani, jeez, may aswell lace my own boots up of we are that desperate.




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28 Feb 2020 15:45:19
If the coronavirus epidemic continues and the government bans all sporting events, then the premier league season could be declared null and void. imagine the scenes!


1.) 28 Feb 2020 16:57:35
If only.

2.) 28 Feb 2020 20:21:40
Can't stand Liverpool but what an injustice it would be! Clear winners. Even if it is stopped early the table should stand.

3.) 28 Feb 2020 21:47:59
Liverpool live by injustice and should be slain by the sword.

4.) 28 Feb 2020 23:47:18
Anybody definitely knows anything about football would not begrudge Liverpool the title or acknowledge that they have been the best team by miles. Albeit through gritted teeth.
They have a new challenge next season retaining it is tough. Lol how far city were ahead 2 seasons ago. Its about a40 point swing. No reason to think Liverpool will dominate for years. 🀞🀞.



27 Feb 2020 14:00:11
Bit of fun for everyone. The Premier league are creating a Hall of Fame with the first two inductees entering sometime in March or April I think. with that in mind who should get in? who are the players who simply must be there? apparently the voting is based solely on a players premier league career not what they have done elsewhere. If you had to name your top 5 inductees who would they be? (not just united players but any team from the premier league era) .

mine are:


1.) 27 Feb 2020 15:34:21
Shearer/ Cole/ Owen/ Henry/ Rooney.

2.) 27 Feb 2020 16:02:02
Shearer, Giggs, Keane, Henry and probably Lampard. I could easily have picked just 5 Utd players, tho.

3.) 27 Feb 2020 16:26:36
First 2 has got to be Giggs and Shearer.

4.) 27 Feb 2020 16:32:32
It is hard not to pick all Utd players as Utd have been so dominant, until recently that is!

Giggs, Scholes, Rooney, Shearer and Gerrard.

5.) 27 Feb 2020 16:40:02
maybe remove cole for giggs for me.

6.) 27 Feb 2020 16:48:53
Giggs, Cole, Gerrard, Aguero (when retired), Lampard, Henry, Shearer, multiple picks from United and Arsenal team back then, some from the recent Leicester team when retired, kompany and Dilva when retired, Gareth Barry.
Tbh, United 99, Arsenal invincibles could go in as teams and some may be put in more than once eventually.
If managers go in, Fergie, Wenger are an obvious 2 for now.

7.) 27 Feb 2020 17:30:30
Cantina and Schmeichel.

8.) 27 Feb 2020 18:03:38
Be very interesting to see who gets in and how many. will it be like the nfl etc where there are a set number of inductees each year? The issue with the mlb, nfl, nba etc is that its a committee who decides, that could be contentious if the Premier league follow the same format.

9.) 27 Feb 2020 18:42:18
Giggs, Shearer, Henry, Lampard and Rooney.

10.) 27 Feb 2020 19:54:19
Cantona, Shearer, Giggs, Henry, Schmeichel.

11.) 27 Feb 2020 20:01:31
Giggs shearer adams schmeichel Henry.

12.) 27 Feb 2020 22:17:19
Shearer, Henry, Giggs, Scholes, Lampard.

13.) 27 Feb 2020 22:55:01
Most talented footballer has to be Paul Gascoigne.

14.) 28 Feb 2020 03:10:32
Giggs, Shearer, Henry, Terry, Gerard.

Difficult question. I could choose 20.

15.) 28 Feb 2020 04:23:08
Giggs, Scholes, Schmeichel, Rooney, Irwin.

16.) 28 Feb 2020 04:58:00
Cantona, Cantona, Shearer (Cantona was banned), Cantona, Cantona.

{Ed047's Note - πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

17.) 28 Feb 2020 07:35:08
Cantona, Bergkamp.

18.) 28 Feb 2020 08:28:08
Keane captain, Henry, shearer, giggs, scholes.

19.) 28 Feb 2020 09:25:26
Just Cantona. No-one else allowed in.



25 Feb 2020 11:00:48
So appararently former united player Angel Di maria hates united (who knew), so much so that he even changes the channel if we are on tv. this is according to a former team mate.

Its OK Angel the feelings mutual, we can't stand bottlers like you, so change the channel when you are on also.


1.) 25 Feb 2020 11:24:58
I remember reading his two dream teams were united and Madrid lol.

2.) 25 Feb 2020 14:07:56
ADM forgetting that he was abysmal at United and we turn over when we see his lazy ass on the telly.

3.) 25 Feb 2020 14:40:05
Probably watching his own highlights at United and had to change the channel to not lose his mind over his own performances.



22 Feb 2020 13:48:42
Wonder if there will be as big an outcry with that lo celso decision as there was with maguire on Monday night. It didn't look too clever to me. VAR again πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ.


1.) 22 Feb 2020 14:19:01
Think there will be a retroactive suspension because they admitted making a mistake.

2.) 22 Feb 2020 14:26:13
According to the ref expert on bt sport they can't because it was only a VAR mistake and not the ref. Its just the VAR official holding his hands up but they can't retrospectively ban him. Total farce is what it's become.

3.) 22 Feb 2020 16:14:34
Confirmed by the pgmol that no action to be taken against lo celso as the incident was seen by both the ref and VAR. bloody hell what a shambles. It seems to me that we have more controversies this season with VAR than we had last season without it. So much for it helping to clear things up πŸ˜‚πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ.

4.) 22 Feb 2020 16:32:30
You can bet your ass there is a lot of talk about it. No clue how they got that one wrong. That's about as clear a red as you can get.

5.) 22 Feb 2020 16:45:44
Not the only decision today either. How hard is it for the ref to look at the monitor and make a decision? Make it like rugby where the onfield ref and VAR have a chat both see the pictures and then the pitch ref makes the final decision. Is that too difficult and hard to understand?

6.) 22 Feb 2020 17:23:43
I think what VAR is showing is the poor standard of referring in the EPL.

The system in Rugby works because the reffing teams understand that they still have to make common sense decisions. Somethings, like if the ball was over the try line, can be decided by the video in certain circumstances. But it is mostly used as a mechanism to help the refs make better decisions.

VAR, in contrast, is being used by refs as a technical decision making device - i. e. the refs are trying to use VAR to make their decisions for them. This has resulted in a ridiculously bureaucratic implementation of the rules that take no account of the actual specific context. This means that all common sense is suspended to absolve refs from any actual responsibility for the decisions.

In short, good officials can use video to help them make better decisions, bad ones use it to make the difficult decisions for them.

7.) 22 Feb 2020 17:44:55
100% agree. Its a get out of jail free card for the refs at the minute.



20 Feb 2020 20:05:24
Lingard and pereira awful again. Surely have to be first out the door come July, the difference in quality to Bruno is huge. Problem will be finding takers who can page their wages. Not a brilliant result tonight but not bad and the away goal vital.





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13 Feb 2020 14:20:29
thanks ed002.




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05 Feb 2020 13:48:34
At this point he wouldn't be much of a loss. sell him and strenghten the midfield. Another CM (or 2 depending on the matic situation), RW added to bruno and we look a lot stronger in there.




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31 Jan 2020 11:30:56
who said that?




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31 Jan 2020 11:12:19
bournemouth won't sell without getting someone in. ain't happening.




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29 Jan 2020 09:58:02
Totally appalling and if they do want rid of him then its the worst thing they could have done. The club, board, owners, media and pundits will all rally round him now (as they should) . Some people never think they just act like complete morons.





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28 Feb 2020 22:29:51
Not for us πŸ˜‚ seriously though 2 places could now be up for grabs if their form continues.




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28 Feb 2020 14:24:45
Dont think anyone is saying they will be a walkover, just that the draw was favorable in the current climate. short trip, avoided Italy, kept way from wolves AGAIN. Teams like Sevilla, Leverkusen are also a plus to avoid at this stage.




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28 Feb 2020 13:30:07
Best we could get really.




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27 Feb 2020 18:03:38
Be very interesting to see who gets in and how many. will it be like the nfl etc where there are a set number of inductees each year? The issue with the mlb, nfl, nba etc is that its a committee who decides, that could be contentious if the Premier league follow the same format.




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23 Feb 2020 22:22:52
He's pogba without the drama.