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20 Jun 2019 16:48:02
Another youngster’s name being linked with United: David Brooks

So, is Ole trying to emulate Class of 92? Fergie’s Fledglings?

If so, what name will they take in the media?

Solskaer’s Starlings?

Gunnar’s Groupies?

Ole Gunner’s Runners?

Solskjaer’s Sproutlings?

Have to be better than Pogba’s Ego.


1.) 20 Jun 2019 18:36:32
“Gunnar’s Groupies. ” Oh dear. That’s all sorts of wrong.

2.) 20 Jun 2019 18:37:38
Perhaps your over analysing all the players were being linked with.

Judge him on how the team performs next season.

3.) 20 Jun 2019 20:39:26
Ole's baby faced assassins if we're targeting young players.

4.) 20 Jun 2019 21:01:00
Could be

Ole's nursery tots.

5.) 20 Jun 2019 22:42:18
Solsktars. I’ll get my coat.

6.) 20 Jun 2019 23:11:17
Solsjaers Stuttering stumblers.

7.) 21 Jun 2019 09:36:17
Cole's gonners.



04 Dec 2017 14:18:12
Hi Eds,

Apologies for speculative nature of the question but, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 (even as soon as January) do you think RM will still try to sign David DeGea?

Many thanks for any info you might be able to provide.


{Ed002's Note - No, I they would not have a need.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 18:23:30
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to reply Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I was on a train so I had time.}



17 Feb 2017 08:35:28
Hi there Ed002!

Sorry to bother you but would you be good enough to shed any light on rumours that Lindelof has signed a pre-contract agreement with United, apparently warding off strong interest from Roma, who apparently want him to replace Kostas Manolas?

Thanks again for your precious time!


{Ed002's Note - Lindelhof cannot agree a pre-contract with Manchester United as he is not out of contract in the summer.}

1.) 17 Feb 2017 13:57:08
Thank you Ed002 for your swift and definitive response. Very much appreciated.

2.) 21 Feb 2017 19:19:46
Id rather have the kid from roma he looks dast strong an a perfect fit for the prem.



13 May 2016 13:12:49
Some papers reporting advanced discussions with The Legend Ibrahimavich, wages 300k/ wk not an issue apparently.

He also loves Mourinho (inter past) and would be a short term marquee/ marketing signing to compete with City's growing brand. Then he's off to America. Apparently.

Hail the new King! (lol! )


1.) 13 May 2016 13:42:05
Seems a bit wayward to be honest, latest i've heard is that Jose has offered Zlatan a one year deal but the club are unwilling to meet his demands. Will most likely be playing in the MLS next season.

2.) 13 May 2016 13:49:04
I really hope not excellent player but luxurys that we don't need we've seen falcao come and fail and the same to an extent with swine. Rather build a squad for the future than pay someones big last pay day! Were getting more like city when they got new owners just throwing money around without planning.

3.) 13 May 2016 14:00:46
I would love that.

4.) 13 May 2016 14:06:56
I've said before, I would love to see it happen. We have always been heavily linked with Morata today because of the Mourinho factor which is another player I'd be delighted to have.

5.) 13 May 2016 14:19:38
If Zlatan comes in he will inject a winning mentality into the club. How successful it will be is debatable.
He will however not be a flop like previous ones. it's just how successful it could be.
Martial left, Zlatan centre and someone like mahrez Right would add strength and be a great front 3.
To then have Rashford, lingard, depay, as replacements would give the depth
Would be exciting times.

6.) 13 May 2016 14:47:38
We should learn and act better with what's happening with mr. German.

7.) 13 May 2016 14:51:30
Just thinking of Ibrahimovic in utd shirt makes my balls tingle. He would be perfect. A natural born winner who always has a point to prove.

8.) 13 May 2016 14:54:47
Also using schwieney and Falcao as equivalents is unfair. Both were knackered. No reason to think ibrahimovic would go the same way. He's nearly broken a record for goals scored this season.

9.) 13 May 2016 20:41:04
I personally think he would be a terrific signing! And he definitely should not be compared to Schwein and falcao! RedD totally agree, tried and tested, scoring for fun, fit and a total monster, scoring a goal a game ratio! Yeah French league is poor but he's proved it elsewhere on the big stage! Def worth a punt as a free transfer!

10.) 14 May 2016 01:00:18
People on this site are incredibly harsh on Schwieni. Whenever he plays he is always driving forward, pressing the ball and pushing his teammates on. The keys and quality may not be quite there but he has been no where near our worse performer.

As for Zlatan, it would certainly be a signing to bring back the fear factor which is exactly what's needed.

11.) 14 May 2016 09:01:46
Still believe Bastian will be a great signing and always preferred us this season when he played (with the exception of arsenal of course)

12.) 14 May 2016 03:49:25
I thought we were targeting fast attacking players no?



01 Dec 2015 15:12:21
I might be being too optimistic here but Nick Powell looks in much better shape, physically and mentally.

Does anyone (inside knowledge?! ) know the story behind this? Is he trying to prove himself for a loan/transfer? has he had a chat with a mentor inside OT who's made him hungry again? Or is his contract up for renewal?!


1.) 01 Dec 2015 17:20:11
Just watched some highlights of that game, had a hand in a lot of good in that u21s game. I hope he will keep improving, most importantly having his head right should he wish to be a man utd player. He has bundles of talent.

2.) 01 Dec 2015 18:19:22
He had become disillusioned with the game, with a series of injuries adding to the problem. By all accounts he seems to be giving it a go again, and I would love to see him get things back on track. He made a mistake moving to us before he was ready, and could still be a good player with a bit of luck.




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16 Jul 2019 21:02:37
What with Lukaku departure looking more likely, any inside info or any thoughts on who United should replace him with?

Remember Ed002 mentioning Sebastian Haller, but looks like he’s on his way to West Ham.

Ed also mentioned Steven Bergwijn, but also suggested he might move elsewhere also.

Ed also mentioned Lewandowski as an ideal replacement for a year but surely wouldn’t happen

Guess he might put faith in Martial to move to CF but he hasn't got a great track record in this position.

Maybe also Mason Greenwood, but not sure if he’s ready yet.

Not sure which forwards are available and could do a good job for United.

Possible names might include:

Icardi (though seems high maintenance)

Moussa Dembele (has done well in France)

Krzysztof Piatek: AC Milan

Timo Werner: RBL

Was sim Ben Yedder: mixed reviews about attitude

Guess there’s always OGS!


1.) 16 Jul 2019 21:32:34
Some good options you’ve put there Wallace. It seems rashford is first choice and I hope he steps up but I have my doubts whether he’s a 20+ goal a seasons striker at the moment. Martial can be but his off the ball movement and workrate is atrocious. It’s actually embarrassing. If he put in half the work rashford does he’d be first choice, especially with his finishing.

I am a massive fan of piatek and I think he’d kill it in the premier league. If not him, Dembele or Werner would be my shouts. But we don’t seem to have interest in Werner. Dembele would be worth a punt.

2.) 16 Jul 2019 21:53:38

3.) 17 Jul 2019 01:49:58
I don't think he will be replaced.
Sanchez and martial can provide cover at cf.
Lots of people think martial would be better through the middle.
In a 60 game season rash won't start many more than 40 so that's 20 games up top going for someone to stake their claim to rashfords position.
Right side is a concern but awb will make a big difference there.

4.) 17 Jul 2019 01:44:19
Wasn’t there chat about Justin Kluivert at one stage too.

5.) 17 Jul 2019 08:05:11
Werner would be my personal pick.

Only 23 and has lots of talent. Fast and strong so will fit in well in the Prem too.

He is also known to be a big admirer of Manchester United and has said he would love to play for us. Also 1 year left on his contract I believe.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 08:20:59
Martial is a forward but I'd always played in the wing. It's unfair to judge him as a forward when he plays as a winger.

His work rate though is clearly lacking at times. Like his attitude aswell, it could be and should be better.



13 Jul 2019 12:12:02
Watching the game:

James looks constantly dangerous while Matic just keeps giving the ball away.


1.) 13 Jul 2019 12:24:17
James looks very exciting.

2.) 13 Jul 2019 12:34:10
You forgot to mention Young. In giving the ball away bracket.

3.) 13 Jul 2019 12:56:52
Chong. looked. the. brightest.

4.) 13 Jul 2019 12:59:20
Dan James, Andreas, Dalot and Lingard only bright spots
Martial looked sharp in bits. His passing has been awful as last season.

5.) 13 Jul 2019 13:01:56
Interesting first half, can't really judge after 45 minutes.

Tuanzebe and Jones didn't have much to do, the two times Perth were on the attack it was because Jones was caught out of position, but he managed to make up for it on both occasions, still a worry.

Dalot got forward a few times and Young was one of the better players, seems more comfortable on the left, but wasn't tested too much defensively and as OotRD pointed out did give the ball away.

Andreas just seemed very rusty, may several interesting runs.

Matic was bad, too slow, gave the ball away easily.

Lingard was more or less invisible bar on one or two occasions where he skipped past a couple of players.

Chong and Martial didn't have much of the ball, and the defence was very tight, but they both looked dangerous when they did get a bit of space.

James was great to watch, high energy, faded a bit towards the end of the half, but that may be because most the play still went down the left side and he switched over to the right.

Think Pogba and Mata if they play in the second half may have enough creativity to break the defence down as it's like a constant 10 man wall.

6.) 13 Jul 2019 13:10:10
Thought James faded a bit when swapped left wing to right but no real chance to run beyond the defence as they were all packed in their own half: basically defence vs attack.

Defence very comfortable (had very little to do! ) though Axel looks very calm in possession.

Matic improved a bit, Perriera trying but no impact; Jesse looks like he’s not taking it too seriously, though couple of decent efforts.

Martial looks like he’s still on sulk mode, not appearing to make too much effort.

Fingers crossed new 11 in second half find a way through!

7.) 13 Jul 2019 13:26:52
Rashford and Greenwood looking sharp.

Gomez trying, not sure if Pogba is or not

Wan Bissaka amazing, nothing getting past him!

8.) 13 Jul 2019 14:03:00
Thought Gomes, Wan Bissaka and Greenwood stood out second half.

However, Pogba, when involved, just looks head and shoulders above everyone else in the pitch - finds it so easy. If only he put the effort in for the whole game, what an amazing player he’d be.

In my opinion, best 11 based on both halves/ new team second half: (no system, just best performance in position)


Wan Bissaka
Axel Tuanzebe
Phil Jones
Luke Shaw

Scott McTominay
Paul Pogba
Juan Mata
Dan James

Marcus Rashfford

9.) 13 Jul 2019 14:03:23
Gomes, Mata and Pogba, nice assist, with all the creativity, Rashford and Greenwood getting on the end of that. Rojo looked worse than Jones. AWB was a brick. McTominay looked calm and secure, better than Matic in that position. And Garner's goal was very well taken. Not a bad start, looking forward to Leeds.

10.) 13 Jul 2019 14:59:41

How did you watch that 2nd half and not put Gomes in that team?

11.) 13 Jul 2019 16:04:57
I thought Mata was more influential but you’re right, Gomes did really well.

12.) 13 Jul 2019 16:07:13
Gomes looked very good. I'm hoping he gets plenty of chances on tour to put down a marker.

However, I think we will know more about where these players are after the Leeds game, which will be far more competitive.

13.) 13 Jul 2019 16:09:52
Have to agree with GDS, I thought Gomes looked really good. Very sharp and clever on the ball, think he should get some minutes when we're trying to break down teams who have parked the bus.



10 Oct 2018 10:23:58
Article from Independent’s Miguel Delaney (has decent track record for accuracy) about DoF links to Juventus:


1.) 10 Oct 2018 11:03:21
Interesting read, I posted something last week about Marrotta. Read somewhere today about Paul Mitchell if RB Leipzig.

2.) 10 Oct 2018 10:40:19
Im pretty sure ED002 mentioned something about Patarici not happening.

{Ed002's Note - What I said a couple of weeks ago was "I previously named a wildcard option from Juventus who might just be available (but that may not be clear for a little over three weeks and right now I think I understand well what will happen there), Fabio Paratici." It is all down to what is announced on October 25 and any information that comes out before hand - but right now Juventus know what they want but have so far been able to agree it. The "senior negogiator" they approached has said no to them (as well as Barcelona) and they will now split a role previously occupied by one person.}

3.) 10 Oct 2018 21:08:17
Hi Ed,
I recall about 2 weeks ago you posted along the line of Jose having suggested two people for the DoF role (one was the ex Athletico DoF if i recall) . was Patarici the other name Jose recommended?

I think you may have also mentioned that the DoF will have to assess whether to continue with Jose and identify targets that will work for him/ his system or identify a different direction for the club. Do you know Patarici's preference and do you think he would be a good appointment for the club?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - The two folks that Mr Mourinho was cool with were Andrea Berta and Luis Campo.}



27 Sep 2018 11:44:09
Question to any ITK Ed’s if possible please:

Given Pogba’s alleged social media posting and consequent alleged friction with JM, do players now have it in their contract to follow the club line/ not post anything harmful to the club? And if they break this policy, could it lead to disciplinary action? This is something I feel modern contracts should address, if they have not done so already.

When I was a teacher, we were banned from posting anything in social media given the potential abuse mischievous students could extract from the personal info.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know about what has happened on social media with PP but clubs are typically wanting players to not do anything dumb on social media. An example used by someone (I don’t recall who) to me was Juan Mata’s use of social media. Some clubs discourage social media usage and some have training and guidance provided to the players. The expectation is that the players will not abuse it.}

1.) 27 Sep 2018 13:13:29
Interesting Ed002,thanks as always for the quick response!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Always worth remembering the dumb as a box of rocks/bonehead quota for footballers is very, very high.}

2.) 27 Sep 2018 15:04:42
I think that's a little harsh on rocks and boneheads Ed.



26 Aug 2018 20:17:22
If Jose does implode and leaves, thoughts on replacing him mid-season?

Media loves Zidane, and he does have a good record, has history with Pogba and Martial and seems a good man-manager, but, for the rest of the season, I’d go for the Venga bus, The Professor: point to prove, can organise a team, knows how to attack and would be a good short term option until the end of the season (ZZ woukd want a long contract - stuck with him if not live up to the hype)


1.) 26 Aug 2018 20:41:35
If we are talking about anybody, then jardim for me.

ZZ i'm unsure about and a definite and resounding NO for wenger.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 20:49:11
Which history does he have exactly with Pogba and Martial Wallace? Hasn't managed any of them before?

3.) 26 Aug 2018 21:55:26
I am very wary of us appointing ZZ. I think he doesn't have a great deal of experience as a coach. Yes he has done well but he managed a squad that would probably have done well for any manager. Correct me if I am wrong but everything wasn't hunky dory between him and club president. Could be great but. Bit of a risk.

4.) 26 Aug 2018 22:36:12
Zidanes a good man manager, which some of our lot need, but there's questions about his tactical versatility. Jardim would be good but ed2 suggests unlikely. I could see Woodward going for Wenger. Used to working on a budget with young players.

5.) 26 Aug 2018 22:47:33
Wenger is about to turn 69 struggled at arsenal for the last few years and with the history he has with arsenal there is no way the club would go for him, or he would take a job with us .
The ed has suggested blanc and his name has come up before, not managing at the moment as well.

6.) 26 Aug 2018 23:54:24
If jose leaves before the pudding and honey glazed ham i would take Wenger till the end of season.

His football style is miles better than park the bus jose. AW has a nac for getting great players and let's be honest if he had of kept his best players instead of rubbishty snapping them up and us with RVP

Who knows.

7.) 27 Aug 2018 00:14:12
Maybe but whoevers picking managers isn't doing great so far. Personally I wouldn't want Wenger but I can see the thinking that could suggest him. In short I've very little confidence in the people running the club not botch it again.

8.) 27 Aug 2018 03:11:47
You can't be serious about Wenger guys. He was far too rigid in his thinking towards the end and having inherited a terrific defensive unit he never built on that. Even today Arsenal suffer from lack of a solid base. All title winning teams are built on a solid defensive foundation which has been recognised by both Pep and Klopp. Zidane inherited a fantastic team but it's superstars were getting older and maybe he knew that and also that's it's talisman Ronaldo was going to Juve. Working under the pressure in the Premier League might be more than Zidane is capable of. As weird as this may sound I would not mind if Bielsa was given a chance. He has the knowledge and experience to handle a big club and would make out players a team who fight as well as play attractive football. (it would also really upset Leeda fans which would be a nice little bonus)

9.) 27 Aug 2018 06:40:07
A bit left field but what about glen hoddle or micheal laudrap?

{Ed001's Note - the Michael Laudrup who wouldn't take coaching sessions in the rain because it messed up his hair when managing Swansea? He would only do one training session a season in Manchester!}

10.) 27 Aug 2018 07:18:26
I cannot find Ed002's post on why Jardim was ruled out for us as Mort said. But, I wish we would get Jardim after Mourinho with Marcel Bout as DoF and back them wholeheartedly.

11.) 27 Aug 2018 10:16:55
I would not mind a combo of Hoddle and Gary Neville if they could be persuaded to work together. Steel and no nonsense and Creativity.

12.) 27 Aug 2018 10:21:05
For me, the outstanding candidate is Pochittino. He has experience in the PL and he's done fantastically well recruiting players on small budget. Spurs are great to watch and have a good balance between defence and attack.
I also think Diogo Simione will have to be considered. His teams don't play all action attacking football, but they play to a certain cohesive plan. And the players are super fit and can play the high pressing game.
Finally, i know he's taken on the Spain job, but Luis Enrique will be a different direction for the club and will finally have us playing the Barcelona way. But this will involve us changing half the team as we'll need players who can actually pass the ball under pressure. Our current crop of players are particularly bad at that.

13.) 27 Aug 2018 10:22:37
Perhaps I’ve used the idea of “history” rather loosely Scholes but he has at the very least connected with both. Reports suggest they are “intrigued” by the prospect of Zidane as manager; indeed, Zidane admitted he’d have liked him at Madrid and described him as a cross between Makele and Viera.

(Plus the French Connection of course 😉)

{Ed002's Note - Maybe Pogba and Martial will move to a club that Zidane eventually joins then? Because both want out of Manchester United.}

14.) 27 Aug 2018 12:02:05
Interesting insight Ed002, many thanks as always. May I ask if you think that PP and AM want out of MU just because if Mourinho, or do you believe they’d stay if Jose goes first? (Ie deeper issues at the club, not just JM. )

Shame though, as they get paid so much to be professional and do a job, regardless of who the boss is - unless JM is being unprofessional too.

{Ed002's Note - Players come and go, they are transient employees. The players Manchester United sign have come from other clubs - there doesn't need to be any weird background story going on. Pogba should never have signed. Martial was never worth what Manchester United paid for him. Nobody is being unprofessional.}

15.) 27 Aug 2018 12:34:11
Hoddle is an interesting left-field choice. I'll be honest, I'd never really considered him until I saw him mentioned above. His England team were decent to watch, and there's no doubt he knows what he's talking about. Except when it comes to karma, obviously!

16.) 27 Aug 2018 18:18:14
Could be anyone but he needs 4 or 5 new players whoever it is because this squad hasn't enough strength in depth to win the league.

17.) 27 Aug 2018 18:33:34
Martial is not good enough and Pogba doesn’t want to be here. End the circus and sell them both!

{Ed002's Note - The circus is the fans.}

18.) 27 Aug 2018 23:11:31
if that's the case about micheal laudrap that makes him an even more exceptional coach - what a legend!




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19 Jul 2019 15:21:51
Thanks for sharing your fascinating life Ed002. Looks like the Source family headed off to a mixed reception in Hawaii! The restaurant looks like it was the place to be though. The music seems really eclectic and, maybe under another more established name such as Jefferson Airplane, would have gained more commercial success. Shame so much was lost. Thanks again for sharing Ed - much more interesting than surviving the jungle that is comprehensive school everyday here in the UK!


{Ed002's Note - Currently flying over the Med. I originally came to England to do a masters degree in London. I know some of the albums have been re-issued.}



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19 Jul 2019 13:48:36
Thanks Ed002: I've just read about the Source family, Father Yod, Yahowa 13 - and much more - and, as Seagull alludes to above, that's some life you've experienced so far. We really are lucky to have you on this site; I've no doubt that every minute of your time is precious. Would be intrigued to know how you've ended up being so omniscient about all football matters though - surely the capitalist market forces that fuel the rivers of money involved in the game - plus the instant gratification culture that drives both players and fans - contradict the Source family/ Laurel Canyon beliefs about life? (Please forgive me for this rhetorical question - just really fascinated by all the things I've read! )


{Ed002's Note - The Canyon was very laid back for the few months we were there but a lot of folks were pretty strung out. The Source Family were preparing to head for pastures new and the restaurant was attracting a lot of vagrants (we had nothing to do with the restaurant). There was a lot of music being recorded at the time by the Source Family and Father Yod’s daughter was born when we were there. There were a huge number of tapes recorded but I don’t know what happened to them.}



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19 Jul 2019 11:38:40
Looked up Laurel Canyon Ed - sure was a crazy time late 60s/ early 70s! Did you get to hang with Crosby, Stills, Nash, Joplin etc?!


{Ed002's Note - I was there with my girlfriend for the lost summer of 1974 in the Hollywood Hills with the Source Family and then in Laurel Canyon.}



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17 Jul 2019 08:40:49
Sounds like our incoming Prime Minister!




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12 Jul 2019 15:18:55

My point was that United can’t be finding it easy in the transfer market because of multiple factors.

So you think they are finding it easy and everything going to plan?





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23 Jul 2019 16:23:08
Can imagine what Ed002’s ryders would be for every board meeting! Seriously though, with all their money, surely United could employ someone with a comprehensive overview of the transfer/ football world like Ed002? And I can’t imagine people at clubs are so insulated that they don’t gossip on WhatsApp groups etc - or at least look at the comments on this site occasionally!




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22 Jul 2019 13:03:46
Wow! That was a quick reply!

Thank you so much for your time Ed002! Really do appreciate your insights and omniscient information. Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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22 Jul 2019 12:52:43
Thank you so much for such a detailed reply, very much appreciated! If only they had an advisor like yourself involved with transfers!

On that subject, and linked to your comment above about time restrictions regarding g Napoli/ SMS/ needing it done soon to get a replacement etc, are the people at United who are managing transfers actually aware of all these important factors, are they blissfully unaware it do they think: we are United, we don’t give any considerations to what other clubs think/ need to do?

Thanks again fir any answer - know you’re very busy!


{Ed002's Note - They will be aware that Napoli want their side settled before the season starts - and they will be aware that Napoli want a replacement for SMS in soon - but they may not be aware the player Napoli want is also being chased by Juventus. So to me the priorities:
1. Maguire.
2. Bruno Fernandes.
3. Decide on Pogba and Lukaku.
4. Decide on Sanchez}



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22 Jul 2019 12:05:35
Thanks Ed002, looks like they need that DoF urgently.

Preseason/ comments to the media does suggest some sort of plan (ie looking at younger players rather than older professionals) but maybe this is more by accident than design.

Imagine what we could achieve with a proper long term strategy, given the fan base and the finances in the club. Fingers crossed for successes this season though: out of his depth or not, OGS is certainly making the right noises.


{Ed002's Note - The problem is that targets are discounted and rather than look again the club are jumping around. If you look at the RW situation. There was a clear first choice (Sancho) who was not possible. Other options like Bale (on some odd loan deal with vast wages), Costa (at an €80M asking price) and Kalu (who could provide no better cover than the kids already at the club) should have been scratched from the list an age ago. Dancing around the likes of Zaha have done nothing useful which takes the club back to Pepe (who was initially discounted over concerns about his attitude and step up - MU cannot afford a potentially very expensive mistake (€80M) who might be considered as Lukaku replacement of all things. Unless the attitude to using players in trades, with prices getting so high the club can end up getting stuck until they are forced to make a knee-jerk reaction at the end of the window. Inter will likely return one more time this week before turning to their alternate CF target offering Perisic and some cash for Lukaku and Darmain - they are not going to be returning with anything like the €90M asking price. Juventus may look to an offer for Pogba with Dybala involved - but they are now looking at discussions with the next generation of leading midfield players given the prices of Saul, Pogba and SMS are so high. Right now I suspect the initial step is to get Maguire and Fernandes out of the way, sort out a contract for the goalkeeper, decide what to do with Sanchez, Lukaku and Pogba and look at practical alternatives for replacing them - but pricing them out of the market won't help anyone if they want out.}



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20 Jul 2019 14:12:31
Greenwood. What a striker!