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20 Jan 2021 14:24:57
Hi Ed002,

Any information about United's plans for Facundo Pellistri, Amad Diallo and Teden Mengi.

Would any of them be considered for loan to get more game time?
Ole said yesterday that Diallo is already making a difference in training.

Also are United any longer interested in Sancho after acquiring Pellistri and Diallo?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - Teden Mengi (CB) A January loan is possible. QPR have spoken with Manchester United. Pellestri may get a loan. Diallo will stay with U23s for now.}


1.) 20 Jan 2021 16:18:32
What is the plan for Hannibal Mejbri ed? if there is any.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing at this time because of his age.}


2.) 20 Jan 2021 22:49:21
I have to say a loan would be great if he can get into the qpr team he will gain great experience.


 

 

08 Jan 2021 16:40:45
Ethan Laird joins MK Dons on loan.
Another bright prospect who needs game time at a higher level.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 08 Jan 2021 17:29:12
Hope he gets a chance to show his qualities. And also let's hope he gets luckier with his injuries.


2.) 08 Jan 2021 19:44:43
The club seem to be quite poor when it comes to loaning out players. You would have thought they would be planned out out etc, so cone a transfer window, a player would be aware of potential loans.

Reserve team football only takes you to a certain level. Insure Williams will be looking for a loan move.


3.) 09 Jan 2021 08:17:19
I kind of agree that the club's youth plans seem a little old school and archaic.

We often here about no pathway for youngsters, yet this is often met with counter arguments of the number of of youngster in the first team squad.

While Ole certainly seems happy enough to give young players a game, and to an extent it is then down to the player to prove themselves and take that chance with both hands. However, just throwing kids into games and creating a planned pathway are very different things.

Do the youngsters have an individual development plan, things for them to work on, markers to hit etc. Is there a clear plan, plans for possible loans to club's that would suit their development (i. e. right level, good chance to play games, right style of play etc) . Then some sort of plan to get into the first team.

Williams is a good example, there was no plan for him to play in the first team. He wasn't taken on the pre-season tour (which is a good indicator that he wasn't thought of as an option to move up to the first team that season) . Then we had an injury crisis and we needed someone from the academy. Ethan Laird was the one they wanted/ expected to step up, but he was injured. So Williams got the chance and he seized it with both hands, showing talent and great mentality in equal measure. He even kept Shaw out of the starting line up for a time once Shaw was fully fit.

Then in the summer we bought Alex Telles, some thought he would move over to challenge AWB on Williams more natural right hand side. Yet TFM, Tuanzebe and even Lindelof have played at RB more than Williams.

While there are rumours of the club looking at other RB's as back up for AWB. So what is the plan for Williams.

He has proven he is good enough for the EPL, and there are several teams lining up to take him on loan.

This is another example of us not planning for our youth players.


4.) 09 Jan 2021 09:52:35
Shappy some also said if we bought telles it would push williams out.


5.) 09 Jan 2021 12:29:31
Maybe ole bought telles in order to push willams out. Maybe he doesn't rate or like williams. Ole doesn't feel Williams is good enough to be in his team so the best thing is to get him a loan or sell him.


6.) 09 Jan 2021 14:32:58
Ken is this ole is a nasty piece of work your new theme?


7.) 09 Jan 2021 15:27:27
Theme?
Ole does not rate Williams enough to have him in the team. He bought a player in that plays in his position he now has 3 left backs
He has played lindelif and tuanzabe as rb ahead oc Williams.
So that leads me to believe that he does not rate him above 5 players that will play ahead of him.
So what's best for a player of Williams age? I think its to move out on loan or permanently.
Ole doesn't pick him, looks like he maybe prepared to let him leave.
Ole doesn't want him in the team it really is that simple jred.
Say the same for lingard and romero rojo jones. Its a case of he only will use them if he has to by the looks of it.
Ole decided when he signed Telles after a long chase that Williams would be 3rd choice if they are all fit. Honestly i don't see what part of that you don't understand.
This is oles decision.
Yeah i think ole has a nasty streak i wouldn't like to work for him from the impression he gives me personally. that's my opinion. If yours differs that's ok. But you just have to accept that not everybody thinks like you. I accept not everybody shares my views.


8.) 09 Jan 2021 15:58:52
Ken
Williams is a rb .
You have had a few post now on the theme of as you put it " ole is a nasty piece of work "
I hope ole does have a tough streak you need that as a manager imo.


9.) 09 Jan 2021 16:14:38
No jred he is right footed but played 99% of his time in the 1st team as lb.
Ole seems to agree that he is not his preferred rb as he has played tfm lindelof and tuanzebe ahead of him.
Either side ole doesn't want him. Simples. Maybe he doesn't like him. Maybe he is not a good trainer.
Ive no idea but he doesn't get picked ahead of cbs on one side and telles and shaw on the other.


10.) 09 Jan 2021 16:33:01
He has played most of his foitball for the first team at lb due to shaw being injured and him being the best option at the time .
But he is a lb . Something just admit your wrong .
We are 16 games onto the season, maybe ole just didn't want him for them particular games . The lads only 20 plenty of football ahead of him .
I wouldn't be surprised if he playes tonight Infact.


11.) 09 Jan 2021 16:42:58
Wait i was wrong made a mistake that should read
But he is a rb 😂.


12.) 09 Jan 2021 17:00:47
His own profile has describes him as a lb on his social media.
Do you think you should tell him?


13.) 09 Jan 2021 17:12:03
He played lb in the youth cup team he played lb In the reserves.
Being right footed he can obviously play right side. Ethen laird was playing rb on these teams more often than not. Williams played lb becuase laird was so successful in the underage teams.
Was Dennis Irwin a lb or a rb?
He signed as a rb but ended up playing most of his career at united as a lb due to the emergence of Gary Neville primarily.
Your being silly now because you know he had played nearly all his senior career as a lb and most if his jnr career.


14.) 09 Jan 2021 17:30:50
Jred
"Something just admit your wrong"
Maybe you should apply it yourself every once in a while.

Brandon, for one reason or other, has essentially been replaced this season and hasn't been given any sort of chance this season. And he was good in his last outing against Leipzig I am told. Like Donny, his previous performance doesn't seem to come into play for our next fixture.


15.) 09 Jan 2021 18:30:54
He played right back for the u23s did he not.
Right footed are you saying he isn't a rb?


16.) 09 Jan 2021 18:38:40
Maybe it's just he young and needs time to develop further. A loan would be the best thing for him, he won't be getting much game time with us and he can go away and show what he can do. It's a win win really, he goes and plays football and we can see just how good he really is.


17.) 09 Jan 2021 18:41:50
Im not saying 1 negative thing about Williams nor ole in this case.
He is not playing him unless he has to or maybe as jred says tonight as there is likely to be wholesale changes.
In his situation at 20 when there are 5 or 6 players played in front of him there is a decision for him to make. Loan would be my choice. For whatever reason ole doesn't want him in the team at rb he has has awb tfm lindelof and tuanzebe ahead of him at lb shaw and telles. Maybe he is not doing enough in training to warrent a chance. But this is oles decision. Its not a critisism its a fact. I've not said its a bad decision.
From Williams point of view he developed into a 1st team lb very quickly at 20 he has stalled and ole has barely played him this season so its in his best interests to get 1st team football for 6 months.
He could be a great signing on loan he as we have recognised above he can play either side and i would be looking to snap him up on loan if i were a team short on good defenders.
Vdb finds himself in the same position although he has had about 500 mins but he has bruno fred mctom matic and pogba ahead of him.
Ole generally prefers to have 2 players behind bruno he obviously feels vdb is not the player he wants to play. But he needs to be patient and to his credit he seems to keep his head down. He has not had the chance to play in the team for a run of games but that's oles choice.
8 wins 2 draws in the league I've not been calling for ole to start him in the league at all for the past 6 games ole is getting results his way in the league. My view on the sub in 88th min was a public humiliation of the player. A jose type act. That's my opinion on that one.
Lingard jones rojo romero tfm ighalo willams all appear to be totally out of favour and of those if willams stmt on loan and the rest left permanent it would make no difference to the squad at all.
To a much lesser extent mata he also has to decide if he wants to go and play somewhere or be a mentor type squad player at united.


18.) 09 Jan 2021 18:52:44
Danny c
I agree with that.
Ken
I agree with your points on DVB, maybe not thd public humiliation part .


19.) 09 Jan 2021 19:05:33
Laird played there when fit with willams on the left. But its rarely the same 11 at un23 for 2 games in a row. He played rb and cm in a couple of games
Bang on Danny.
He ain't getting into the team here for whatever reason ole doesn't fancy him. There have been rumours and counter rumours about him and Greenwood discipline wise but i don't always pay too much attention to that.


20.) 09 Jan 2021 20:53:49
Looks like he is playing rb to me 😉.


21.) 10 Jan 2021 00:03:01
Does it bloody matter where he plays lol. Like two kids bickering 😂.


22.) 10 Jan 2021 09:07:06
Coalan very true 😂.


23.) 10 Jan 2021 12:26:37
Williams is a right footed LB but can of course play RB. Good little player. Shame we don't see him as much.


24.) 10 Jan 2021 14:06:40
When you talk about a planned path to the first team, for the youth to have milestones, what about right back? We had Dalot, shipped him out, bought AWB who doesn’t attack in the way the manager wishes to play. We have Laird, Williams, Tuanzebe, TFM, Lindelof all who can play RB, so naturally we are looking to buy another RB.

In the summer the club brought in a young RB from Barca, Mark Jurado, too young for the first team, just yet. So what is the plan for him? Don’t worry about us having 5 RB and buying another, we will sell you on in 3 years. We can’t guarantee he is good enough but what will be the path for him?


25.) 10 Jan 2021 15:14:48
Redman very few make it through to the first team at this level.


 

 

08 Jan 2021 14:52:10
Ole just confirmed both Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo are free to leave.
Both of their contracts will not be extended.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 08 Jan 2021 15:37:59
Rumor is, both to Boca Juniors. What I read the other day.


2.) 09 Jan 2021 08:03:49
At their ages more like Boca Seniors 😂.


3.) 09 Jan 2021 09:41:10
Good luck to Romero, always liked him.


 

 

30 Dec 2020 12:14:22
Hi Ed002,
If time permits, requesting your inputs on United's possible transfer in's and out's.

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - Potential outgoings before next season begins:
Sergio Romero (G) out of contract with an offer from Inter Miami on the table
Lee Grant (G) out of contract
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB) out of contract
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) out of contract
Brandon Williams (LB) a loan consideration for January.
Phil Jones (CB) an option for Burnley if James Tarkowski leaves.
Eric Bailly (CB)
Paul Pogba (CM) offered to Barcelona - may be available as a Free Agent in 2022 - Manchester United have wrecked the relationship with his agent. I doubt that the club would meet any demands which Mino Raiola would want to agree a new contract. They have extended his contract to 2022 and will need to strike a deal with Mino over any sale next summer (I am sure he would be open to taking, say, half of the sale fee) and hope a buyer can be found - this will need to be through a third party. PSG are in discussions to add two MF players, one possibly as early as January. I don't think paying a significant fee for Pogba is part of their plans right now. Real Madrid have a preferred target although their current coach would like Pogba. Juventus have other priorities in CM but there have been talks and he might be a realistic option at the right price - but Juventus may look to including a player in the deal.
Donny van de Beek (CM) has been offered to Real Madrid and Juventus, and will be offered to Barcelona due to a lack of a plan or direction at MU. But both Spanish clubs have moved on and unless Manchester United would accept a long-term payment plan or loan to buy there would not be the spare money to buy him. If Pogba leaves there will be space in the team - but MU seem intent on holding him hostage. Juventus has a preferred CM target but might be open to a loan to buy deal. Inter may provide an option if he is to leave.


Don't expect too much in terms of arrivals January.

Manchester United have agreed to complete the transfer of Amad Traore by December 31 to allow him to move in January subject to a Work Permit etc..

Before next season starts: G (third choice), CB, DM, LM, RW (I expect Cavani to be extended)

Pau Torres (CB) Manchester City have him as an option. Manchester United have him as first choice but only if sufficient sales are made. Barcelona has a sustained interest but price will likely be an issue and they may look to horse trade some players - but little will become clear before the election is completed.
Ben White (CB) an alternative to Pau Torres for Manchester United, but seen as expensive because of the "English premium". Spurs have sustained interest but the funding will go on other priorities. Liverpool could look to white to boost their HG quota if they opt for a January addition. Brighton will look to hang on to him.
Raphael Varane (CB)

Konrad Laimer (CM/DM) RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for next summer and some of the interest is driven by the price of Zakaria which has put interested sides off. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement) and Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield problems).
Declan Rice (DM) Price is against a move but there is some interest from Manhester United.

Saul Niguez (CM) Not January
Moises Caicedo (CM/DM) My understanding is that he impressed when Manchester United were following up on looking at another player who they had first seen in the Real Sociedad reserves. There has been interest in Caicedo from a couple of other sides including PSV and Chelsea.}
Jadon Sancho (RW) messed everybody around last year and may be offered elsewhere.
Ousmane Dembele (RW) would only be interested in a loan.
Samuel Chukwueze (RW) Lyon interest went after Villareal requested €75M for a player they value at far, far less. His agent is hawking him around the Premier League but clubs don't see value in the price or goals return and he comes with a required "must be a starter if fit" caveat which few English sides would agree to. Wolves may look to him if Adama Traore departs in the summer. Manchester United and others would be keener at half the price.
Jack Grealish (LW/LM/AM) and expensive option, but versatile.
Thiago Almada (AM) The situation is a little bit complicated and there is a chance of a slightly strange deal involving Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City (who were close to making the signing last season). Atletico Madrid looked to an offer but the amount and payment terms were not what Velez Sarsfield were looking for. Inter Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United, PSG, Barcelona and Zenit St Petersburg have had scouts watch the player. Concerns exist that whilst skillful, he may not be suitable for the more robust European leagues.
Isak Bergmann Johannesson (CM/AM/W/F) I am aware he has been watched by Odense and Burnley on several occasions. Manchester United, Oostende, Liverpool and Brann have had scouts at games recently. The Burnley link will be because of his father.


1.) 30 Dec 2020 12:54:40
Very much appreciated Ed, thank you and happy new year 🙏.


2.) 30 Dec 2020 13:10:34
Thanks ED002.


3.) 30 Dec 2020 13:17:59
what was the actual point in buying vdb.


4.) 30 Dec 2020 13:37:13
Bolger2,

A Woodward signing? One which OGS wasn't too keen on.


5.) 30 Dec 2020 13:38:38
Thanks ED002 appreciated as always-especially during the holidays. All the best in 2021.

On a side note we have a very good player in DVDB, frustrating to see a young talented lad get messed about -no other word for it - better coaches would find a place for him at Utd.


6.) 30 Dec 2020 15:43:02
Pogba to real madrid with varane in exchange, solves the pogba issue, solves the cb issue and solves the van de beek issue. if only it was that simple haha.


7.) 30 Dec 2020 17:28:34
Thanks a lot Ed002.

I believe Declan Rice and Pau Torres would make us title contenders.


8.) 30 Dec 2020 19:49:40
Thank you so much Ed002 for taking the time to give us this detailed update - especially at this time of year!

Really appreciated and we’re so lucky to have your impeachable insights to chew over and digest.

Thank you again - wishing you and all the other Eds a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year.


9.) 30 Dec 2020 22:19:18
Thanks Ed002 for taking the time out as always. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully a better 2021 for everyone.


10.) 31 Dec 2020 03:44:48
Worrying that VdB is being hawked around already. Absolutely ridiculous.

If we win our game in hand we are joint top with two games against Liverpool still to play. We could absolutely win the league this year with a couple more signings (assuming we play the B team in Europa, so whether or not we sign anyone will speak volumes of the board’s aspirations for the club.


11.) 31 Dec 2020 08:49:37
Maybe we should just concentrate on getting this squad playing as a team rather than looking to buy.


12.) 31 Dec 2020 11:54:23
Pogba has repeatedly expressed in interviews in France that he has no desire to play for PSG as his father supported Marseille, their biggest rivals. Whether this would continue to matter if a substantial offer was made would remain to be seen, but that is something he has expressed several times.


13.) 31 Dec 2020 13:08:11
Thanks a lot ed002. That was a great new year present for us.
Have a happy new year.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}


14.) 31 Dec 2020 13:08:11
Thanks a lot ed002. That was a great new year present for us.
Have a happy new year.


15.) 31 Dec 2020 14:25:55
Many thanks Ed002

Have a lovely new year 👏👏.

{Ed002's Note - And you.}


16.) 31 Dec 2020 15:33:45
Ed002 do you also provide this info to a group called muppetiers who used to be on reddit and now are on discord is someone just stealing your info and posting it as their own?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know anything about any other sites.}


17.) 31 Dec 2020 16:26:39
DVDB is a player who will come good for us. Some players hit form immediately (Bruno), some take their time (Vidic, Evra) . He will be a key player for us once we can get Pogba out.


 

 

19 Dec 2020 11:03:07
Hi Ed002,
Do United have any interest in Yves Bissouma for the defensive midfield position?

Also, are there any updates on Declan Rice and Saul Niguez?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - Yves Bissouma (CM/DM) Brighton will resist any approaches. He shares and agent with Pepe who he spent a season with at Lille and the agent failed to persuade Arsenal to move for him - and since then they have signed Partey and a change in the decision process at Arsenal means any move is unlikely. He is another who would be off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2022 and not Home Grown makes him less attractive to most English sides although Liverpool and Monaco have spoken with his representative.

Declan Rice (DM) Price is against a move but there is some interest from Manhester United.

Saul won't be moving in January.}


1.) 19 Dec 2020 19:32:48
Thanks Ed002,
Glad that we are interested in a top DM.

{Ed002's Note - Don't loose sight of Konrad Laimer either.}


2.) 22 Dec 2020 12:52:47
Tris how much have you seen of Laimer and what do you make of him? Not seen much myself to have a concrete opinion of him.

And Merry Christmas to all.

{Ed001's Note - I have seen RBL play a few times but honestly can't remember him from those games, so not sure if he didn't play or just because I was focused on others I never spotted him. I have only seen them while doing profiles on other players, so it is quite possible I never noticed him. I will add him to the profiles list. Though at the rate I am getting round to them he will probably retire before I get to him!!!}


3.) 22 Dec 2020 13:58:25
Or he might have already moved clubs maybe even to us by then lol.


4.) 22 Dec 2020 14:22:25
BTW I wasn't taking a shot at you Tris; just referring to the fact that a transfer window is fast approaching.

{Ed001's Note - I wasn't taking it as a dig, he will have probably made 5 or 6 moves by then!}


5.) 24 Dec 2020 10:21:27
I'm a CFC passing by but I regularly watch RBL. Laimer is a player an my manager would want in their team. He can play in variety of roles such as a box to box midfielder and DM. He also played a lot as the RWB last season when Klosterman was moved to CB when we had a lot CB injuries and played very well there. Great player and is the engine of the midfield. As a RBL fan and also a CFC fan I would be gutted if he left to you guys.


 

 

 

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24 Feb 2021 15:43:05
Per Ole's press conference, he expects Mata to leave in the summer.

He also admitted the club is still following Erling Haaland.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 24 Feb 2021 16:04:52
Id love Haaland at the club. Having Cavani play shows you how we missed having a proper striker in the team.
But let's be honest, he turned us down 12 months ago. He'll have his pick of any team he wants, it won't be United.

{Ed077's Note - And don't discount Mino so easily, he is bound to play a key role in Haaland's transfer.}


2.) 24 Feb 2021 16:35:01
Mino already talking numbers, he will go to who ever can afford him.


3.) 24 Feb 2021 17:16:07
Money talks, and we usually have lots of it. Let’s assume Pogba goes but his departure and maybe a couple of others funds his replacement. We need to go all out for a top top CB and striker, they will make all the difference.


4.) 24 Feb 2021 17:17:33
I think we would have no problem paying his fee and wages jred. I could see City and maybe even Liverpool needing a striker soon too. Plus there's always Bayern and Madrid who could pull the trigger.

The heir to Lewandowski maybe?


5.) 24 Feb 2021 17:18:15
Don't expect Haaland to be turning up at Old Trafford anytime soon, unless he is on the oppenents bus.


6.) 24 Feb 2021 17:26:46
Andre Silva looks better overall and a great alternative to Haaland. Haaland though is very clinical in front of goal and his finishing is top notch.

And like jred says Mino is going to be the deal breaker and something we wouldn't be comfortable with.

{Ed077's Note - I am all aboard the DCL hype train and starting to be very impressed by Watkins as well. I am a little bit skeptical about buying any attackers from Frankfurt going by their recent record. Maybe their attackers aren't brilliant on their own and Adi Hutter is the real reason for their success. The relative failures of Haller, Jovic and to a lesser extent Paciencao makes me unsure.
And don't forget that Andre Silva wasnt much impressive at Milan or even Seville before.

But if comes to Man It's than full support to him}


7.) 24 Feb 2021 17:38:14
Honestly think we got to do whatever we can to get haaland. If we have serious ambition he’d be the type of statement signing to show it.

{Ed077's Note - what is a statement signing? And who is the statement being made to?

Pogba was probably a "statement" signing right? And he hasn't lived up to the expectation. Whereas Bruno who wasn't necessarily a "marquee" signing has transformed the team.}


8.) 24 Feb 2021 17:43:10
Haaland as Aguero's replacement just seems like the perfect storm.

It's never easy replacing a club legend and the timing of a top class replacement being available at that time is highly unlikely, but that could be the case for City this summer.

I doubt we'll get Haaland due to the Leeds/ City links, he didn't come last time he was available, and throw Mino into the mix it seems highly unlikely, plus Ed002 saying don't hold your breath, so I think we can forget about that transfer.

DCL looks like a good option if we are interested and he can step up a level. I'm not sure if Everton need to raise funds for their new stadium but if that's the case then they may listen to offers.

{Ed077's Note - Kane is more suited to Man City/Guardians currently and that might be a deal City can pull off.}


9.) 24 Feb 2021 17:47:57
Ed077 you could probably be right about Andre Silva given his previous stints at Milan/ Seville but we never know.

I really can't see Haaland coming to us unless we are ready to compromise with his agent and throw away insane money in the process. Ed do you really see Haaland as a possibility in the summer?

{Ed077's Note - I don't see Haaland moving to United this summer even if he moves in the summer and its only a pipedream and not happening. But I have no inside info EU}


10.) 24 Feb 2021 18:54:43
I've said previously that someone practically possible to strike a deal is Lautaro Martinez.
Another one I like is Odsonne Edouard.

{Ed077's Note - I don't think Lautaro is moving anytime soon. He was about to sign a new deal at Inter last I heard.}


11.) 24 Feb 2021 21:02:45
Why would Haarland come to us if he has City or Bayern or Liverpool and even money is no object for Chelski?

They all have better managers and more likely to be trophy winners than us.

I think City will go all out to sign him. He is young and is the type of forward they don't have. In all other positions City two quality players competing.

Harry Kane is not old but he always seems to get injured once or twice a season. He is not old but is unlikely to get much better. Haarland is amazing for his age and with Pep coaching him and with the bullets supplied by De Bruyne and the rest he would get bucket fulls of goals.


12.) 25 Feb 2021 09:23:28
Ed what I mean is more that if United are serious about winning premier leagues and champions leagues then signing haaland would show that intent.

{Ed077's Note - but keeping Ole at the helm doesn't "show that intent" so to say. I am not calling for OGS to get sacked but he hasn't shown enough to suggest that he can win the league or the UCL as manager.}


13.) 25 Feb 2021 13:37:55
I agree on that Ed, but if he’s who the powers that be want in charge, you should provide him with the tools for the job as they say.

{Ed077's Note - Haaland isnt the be all and end all in Striking options that Man Utd can pursue Caolan. In reality he is a very good young player who is still more of a diamond in the rough and needs fine tuning in many of his raw attributes. So he should only be signed if the club trusts that he can fit in and the coaching staff can help improve his game in line with improving the team.

I will just point out to you that SAF's worst trophy run in the PL era came with the same timeframe in which RVN led the line impeccably for Man Utd. He is probably the best out and out Striker SAF had at his disposal throughout his reign and RVN scored goals at a rate very rarely seen in the PL. Yet the team as a whole didn't perform to the levels seen before or after RVN's tenure.Sometimes it's better to sign players who fit in more easily than just signing "marquee names" just to make a statement.

And Haaland is going to join Man Utd by the looks of it anyways.}


14.) 25 Feb 2021 14:30:56
I get that Ed, but don’t forget I think Haaland has more to his all round game than RvN for me. We need a top striker and he’s the best that’s going to be available if you ask me? I’m all for greenwood moving down the middle but I still think he’s a couple of years off that happening.

{Ed077's Note - Caolan I am not trying to compare Haaland to RVN, just saying that having great players doesn't necessarily make the team better if the player doesn't fit in with the team or the system. The best option doesn't always mean the right option Caolan.

I am not saying I would be against signing Haaland but my point is he isn't the only good player that might become available.}


15.) 25 Feb 2021 14:33:15
I will add Ed that the type of striker I think we need is more of a van Persie, as there was nothing he couldn’t do and he was so prolific. I just think there’s a shortage out there of top top strikers and I’d love United to go and get the best in the world, or one of the very best in that position. RvP was probably the best number 9 at the time when we signed him.


16.) 25 Feb 2021 16:32:38
Haaland would be fantastic for our team if we manage to sign him however I am not sure how long he would stick around as he looks a very ambitious guy and in a few years time he would probably look for a move to RM/ Barca I feel.


 

 

17 Feb 2021 13:34:29
Bad news related to injury.
Cavani and VDB are out with muscle injuries. McT and Martial have sustained knocks.

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1.) 17 Feb 2021 14:06:53
Not looking good. Apart from Martial who has anyway been poor, it is a worry. Ole would be forced to play his substitutes now who haven't had much of a look in and probably some of them can show what they can do.


2.) 17 Feb 2021 15:44:46
He should play a second string team and concentrate on the league.


3.) 17 Feb 2021 16:07:55
How will we cope without DVBD?


4.) 17 Feb 2021 17:24:29
Cavani and McTom are the real concerns.


5.) 17 Feb 2021 20:37:17
McT is on the plane as well as Shoretire and Amad who are both in the first team bubble for the rest of the season with Hannibal.


 

 

15 Feb 2021 11:46:22
Our CB's are costing us. That's it.
Both Lindelof and Maguire can't defend 1 vs 1.
To cover their problems we play two defensive midfielders. At times, even our full backs don't venture enough forward in order to protect our Center Halfs.

The decision making from our club is so poor. De Gea gets dropped for Spain frequently for his mistakes, but our club is reluctant to drop him and play Dean Henderson.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 15 Feb 2021 12:55:09
TRD

Who is making those decisions? Oh and you missed Martials situation.


2.) 15 Feb 2021 13:13:29
Ole has his favs. No matter how they play they will not be dropped

Martial lindeloff and maguire should all be dropped but they wont


He was put an 80 million fridge in the stands.

But the players who can replace them are liabilites. We are not blessed with quality replacements.


3.) 15 Feb 2021 15:29:16
Gotta love coming here after points have been dropped. We can literally go from turning things completely around and second, to utter gloom after a 1-1. Not a great result at all, and actually they were lucky with a point. But come on. No wonder Ole's hair is grey.

Utd haven't had a great CB since Vidic. Neither do I think Maguire is a great player. He's slow and error-prone, but was a decent (overpriced) signing. But surely he's the best of a bad bunch? He's a threat at the other end (as well as ours. ), and is vocal. The thought of having any combination of Lindelof, Bailley, Jones (who Ole has said will feature at some point! ) or any of the kids everyone is raving about is, frankly, petrifying.

I agree that Martial seems to have come to the end of the road, and if there is still interest in Sancho (who can play on both flanks) he would be a useful signing, still leaving scope for Greenwood / Diallo to feature.

The midfield options are a conundrum. All can be very good, and poor old Fred, who is taking a lot of stick again, was one of our better players only recently. McTominay has proved very useful and I imagine he'll start more, but there's no need to be playing the pair. Matic's legs have gone but he's still a useful player in my opinion. As for Donny, I loved watching the Ajax side, and thought we'd got a bargain when everyone else was scrapping over Zayech and de Jong. Not quite happened yet but I hope he sticks around as I suspect the midfield will be changing over summer. And Pogba? There was a moment in his goal in December when he, Cavani and Fernandes combined, and I thought those three on their day would easily have been Fergie players (technically Pogba was, duh) . He's clearly a great player but it's too little and too far between.

Then there's the GK situation. I think Romero is still at Utd (? ) after all the rumours, and I think he's their best GK - and he's not even on the bench. Easily good enough to start for the majority of PL teams. I have seen much of Henderson but haven't had the feeling either that he's a long-term solution.


4.) 15 Feb 2021 20:20:12
spenno, to be honest, we were lucky with a point.
It pains me to say that WestBrom had better clear cut chances.


 

 

12 Feb 2021 13:45:18
Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire promoted to first team.
Fantastic talents and well deserved.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 12 Feb 2021 15:21:56
Great. Let's hope they slowly find their way into the first team in the coming years.


 

 

05 Feb 2021 20:45:44
Another exciting U23's game.
Amad Diallo with a hatrick of assists and a goal with about 10 mins to go.
Shoretire is another lovely little player.

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17 Feb 2021 10:42:13
Ed said previously that our top targets are Pau Torres and Ben White.

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12 Feb 2021 20:45:05
I'd like us to compete for Lautaro Martinez, who reminds me of a young Aguero.

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31 Jan 2021 15:07:41
Agree, we lack proper structure going forward.
There seems to be a lack of direction how the moves needs to be constructed.

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24 Jan 2021 12:07:43
lol DSG. Thankfully we are interested in Rice, Zakaria and Saul.
Either one would be another step towards high quality.

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23 Jan 2021 13:52:05
Looking at the current form Grealish will easily replace Rashy on the left. He can also help to rotate Bruno at no 10.

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26 Feb 2021 12:47:31
Ed077, I meant United and Milan as the fallen giants :)
Zlatan is proving age is just a number to him.
And definitely this will be the fixture most around the world would be eagerly watching.

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26 Feb 2021 12:30:35
I also wondered starting Bruno, but apparently Mata is injured as well.
So made sense to give him half a game.
Hopefully we get few players back soon.

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26 Feb 2021 12:28:20
Battle of the fallen giants.
Zlatan vs Cavani, Interesting draw.

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{Ed077's Note - Cavani is certainly not a fallen giant yet. And Zlatan is still one of the top scores in Serie A. But an interesting draw none the less.}


 

 

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25 Feb 2021 09:12:46
Ruben Dias has transformed their team. Added the leadership void left by Kompany.
He never stops talking and organizing for the entire game.

Imagine Aguero coming back at the end of the season. They are right up there.

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24 Feb 2021 18:54:43
I've said previously that someone practically possible to strike a deal is Lautaro Martinez.
Another one I like is Odsonne Edouard.

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{Ed077's Note - I don't think Lautaro is moving anytime soon. He was about to sign a new deal at Inter last I heard.}