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01 Apr 2020 15:05:14
Hi Ed002,

Hope you’re staying well and using your Gentleman Adventurer skulls to keep yourself busy during lockdown.

A few days ago, you kindly replied to my post about Juventus offering players in any Pogba deal. Media outlets of various repute are speculating that De Light might be used in a deal to take Pogba to Juventus. Would Juventus be prepared to include MDlL in any deal and would he actually want to leave and come to United?

Thanks again



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any offer of MdL to Manchester United by Juventus. He has had a difficult start but has been growing in to his role at Juventus and I am not sure that he would be open to what would be a significant step down for him.}

1.) 01 Apr 2020 15:23:26
Wow, that was such a quick reply, thank you!

Bitter pill to swallow about being a step down at the moment but hopefully won’t take us long to remedy that.

Thanks for all info, gratefully received!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 01 Apr 2020 16:30:16
Its not really a step down though is it Manchester united will always be a bigger team than Juventus. Sure they're winning the league every year but haven't done it in europe for a number of years. I'm sure with the team we seem to be building United will be back in the champions league and competing for the top honours.

3.) 01 Apr 2020 18:51:11
In footballing terms man utd is a step down. they are not close to competing with solskjaer and won't for years to come under current leadership. Juventus took over Utd a while ago, and they are 1 of the few legendary european sides with utd so even if utd were at the top it would always be a sideways move rather than up to utd.

4.) 01 Apr 2020 22:02:54
How young are you?

5.) 02 Apr 2020 05:08:28
How does being young or old have anything to do with this?

De Ligt plays for a team that is challenging for titles in italy and europe, even if you are optimistic utd are atleast 2-3 years away from challenging for epl and then will need further investment to challenge for CL alongside the league.

For any player going from city, Juventus, Barcelona, madrid and psg to utd will be a step down. That's the reality of things, accept it don't be like liverpool fans going on and on about historical greatness of the club, that means zilch to a player, he isn't going to be playing for fergie's utd.

6.) 02 Apr 2020 22:50:05
Nelly when asking somebody something it would be best to add their name.

7.) 03 Apr 2020 14:52:37
I was referring to you danjames as I'm at an age where it doesn't matter what we do on the football pitch. It's the club and what it represents to me and that means no club is bigger or better than Manchester United. Also I'm of the opinion we've turned a corner and are now heading in the right direction.

Ole may or may not be the manager to get us actually winning things but as a club I believe we'll be in a better place than with previous managers with a younger and more vibrant team. With our recent signings including ighalo and most notably bruno our play has also improved. Other signings will only improve us further.

8.) 03 Apr 2020 21:55:44
For me Juve have only been bigger than Utd in the mid 80’s. At this moment only just. Yes they’re romping there league every year but come on it’s a Mickey Mouse league. With one of our worst sides in the last 30 years we turned them over at their place.

9.) 05 Apr 2020 10:00:35
At the moment the Ed is correct. Between Busby and SAF United fans kept saying we were relevant, a big club, when we were historically big but inconsequential where it mattered. Liverpool were the same for nearly 30 years. Now we are kidding ourselves again. We are irrelevant where it matters in the league and in Europe. We have a manager that has no one convinced, doesn’t have the know how to challenge or make the club relevant. We wallow in sentiment, dewy eyed about history but not able to look at reality of our situation. We have an amateur set up with the focus on finance not football. We have huge debts and will no doubt see a huge loss of income to service them. At the moment we are not at Juventus‘s level. If the league doesn’t finish and unless there is a major change I can’t see it, there will be a large financial hole and trap awaiting us. Maybe the huge debt we have just became an even bigger problem that might wake some up.

We think because of history that we are as big or bigger than Juventus, folly and emotional tosh. A giant club would not have been so amateur over the last 7 years, it wouldn’t have been so sentimental in its decision making. If we are struggling to attract a Birmingham youth to play for our club and OGS, what gives anyone the idea that MDL, who isn’t involved in the sentimental claptrap, will want to take a step down because that is what it would be until we wake up.

10.) 05 Apr 2020 21:55:48
In the years we have been apparently irrelevant we have won a league cup, f.a. cup and europa league while playing absolute tosh with past it managers. We now have a manager who has Manchester united's best interest at heart and though he may win nothing we were more or less in the quarter finals of the europa league same with the f.a cup.

Ok we may have not won those competitions but progress on the team and playing style is there for all to see. Rome wasn't built in a day. Lampard or arteta are not having the same being said about their lack of experience at the top level.

Pep guardiola has lost about 7 games in the league and lauded as the best their is solskjaer has beaten him 3 times this season. Imagine him with the team he wants in his head with the same drive. green shoots are there for all to see. I'm beginning to believe as I was solskjaer out. Now I'm patient.



29 Jan 2020 11:41:58
Hi Ed002,

I appreciate this is a speculative question about United’s future transfers and, despite your superhuman knowledge of the football world, you don’t Have a crystal ball but, if Fernandes does sign for us (as an attacking midfielder presumably), would United still be looking to sign a similar AM such as Maddison or Grealish in the Summer, or is that position now taken and they’ll focus on other areas of the midfield, such as a defensive midfielder?

Thanks for any info you might have!


{Ed002's Note - Assuming he signs that removes the need for Maddison or any other AM.}

1.) 29 Jan 2020 15:12:30
Thanks as always for your time Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 29 Jan 2020 18:23:11
Exactly ed, now we move for b2b and defensive mids 👍.



27 Jan 2020 07:53:37
Morning Ed002,

Hope you’ve had a restful weekend!

Reports speculating in the media that Sporting waiting for other bids for BF as well as United.

If true, mind you mind disclosing who they might be?

Thanks loads as always

as well as United.


{Ed002's Note - As I have previously explained about Bruno Fernandes, and ithout dipping in to too much detail, an ex-Manchester United employee has been tasked by a third party with talking directly with Bruno Fernandes regarding his thoughts on the options of other clubs that will be approached in regards to him. There are no other bids at the moment that I am aware of, but other clubs will be approached.}

1.) 27 Jan 2020 10:27:43
This deal isn't happening is it?! Amateurish as already detailed by Ed002. Think the club are just dragging it out now to create the illusion of trying. A whole month negotiating without actually any compromise, embarrassing.

2.) 27 Jan 2020 11:31:01
Thanks for swift and detailed reply Ed002!

3.) 27 Jan 2020 11:34:26
Same old, same old.

4.) 27 Jan 2020 15:20:07
You know the spin the club are going to come out with WE WERE NEVER IN FOR BRUNO .
The truth is the club don't want to give Ole 50 million to spend, When they have every intention of sacking him in the summer. They would rather the new manager has a pot full of money to piss up the wall again. Our club is funnier than the one on Phoenix Nights.

5.) 27 Jan 2020 16:37:39
If they don't want to back Ole then why come out and say it. Give the guy a chance and get him some reinforcements through the door.

6.) 27 Jan 2020 17:39:48
Here here.

7.) 27 Jan 2020 18:15:40
Exactly what I was thinking. Leaks will probably start Wednesday, we were never in 4 him, Thursday club focused on summer, Friday we are targeting x y and z. Heard it all before, come the summer there will be a whole new set of excuses when we fail to land our targets.

8.) 28 Jan 2020 07:58:14
Jam tomorrow.



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.}




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05 Oct 2020 22:41:32
Looking on the bright side, our team in 5 years time will be world beaters, if they continue to develop (and if coached properly)

Goalie on loan Swindon

Wan Bissaka
Tenden Mengi
Fish fella just signed I think.




20 Sep 2020 00:03:09
See Alex Telles got an assist and two goals in Porto’s win earlier.

Bet he would’ve cleared the ball away from danger today.


1.) 20 Sep 2020 06:58:31
FR reported that United will put an opening bid soon.



30 Aug 2020 19:34:41
Romano just tweeted personal terms agreed with DvdBeek.

He might actually be coming here.


1.) 30 Aug 2020 19:48:32
Looks close as all Dutch journos are running the same story. I’d be ecstatic with his signing, would add real depth to a problem area. No more lingard and pereira 🙌.

2.) 30 Aug 2020 19:48:47
I think it's almost done mate.

3.) 30 Aug 2020 19:53:48
Great news!

4.) 30 Aug 2020 20:04:11
BBC reporting it too.

5.) 30 Aug 2020 20:06:50
Our midfield for years has been our biggest weakness. ole definitely realised and is addressing that area. Very happy if this deal goes through as looks likely.

6.) 30 Aug 2020 20:09:28
Very good signing if true. Skilful, hardworking, covers a lot of ground and was seen as being something of a leader at Ajax even at 23 -there are exceptions of course but kids coming through the Ajax system seem to have a lot of good character instilled into them.

7.) 30 Aug 2020 20:17:58
Can you confirm Ed?
If so What made us wrap it up now?

Thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}

8.) 30 Aug 2020 20:22:15
Wonderful signing. Think he slots in perfectly. Will definitely be a fan favourite. Can’t wait to see him play for us!

9.) 30 Aug 2020 20:25:47
I like this signing more than I would the move for Grealish. Interesting to see if this ends that avenue.
Let's hope he adapts well.

10.) 30 Aug 2020 20:28:05
With a good midfield, we can control games.

I guess we will play 2 amongst Bruno, Pog and VDB.
Great options and will provide competition which is much needed and would deal with any complacency.

Another player who has an eye for a forward pass and does great off the ball.



24 Aug 2020 21:25:09
Looking at how we are currently in the transfer window and comparing us to Chelsea makes me really sad.

They’ve basically refreshed their first team with exciting buys in positions they need, balancing the books with sales and loans.

Then there’s us. we’ve got all these players surplus to the team who could raise maybe £50m, which would get us a decent first team player.

Then, if Chelsea had the Pogba situation, I dare say they’d sell him to Juventus fir cash plus players, solving the RW position and maybe midfield depth, then using any additional money (Plus more funds) to buy someone like Saul or SMS. But no: we’ll get held to ransom by Mino who will demand huge signing on fees etc.

I genuinely feel we don’t need much to make our first team better, maybe a central defender and a RW, plus a few squad players and I really thought United would act swiftly and cleverly this window while giants like Madrid and Barcelona are rebuilding. But it the people who do the transfers just seems so incapable of doing any smart business: I think Silva is a great signing for Chelsea for two years.

I’d personally sign Brooks, Alcantra and a quality CB plus some youngsters like Jade Jones, Kelvin etc

So a few weeks left: let’s just hope we sell Lingard, Smalling, Pereira, Jones and Romero and make some smart buys, as well as sending Garner etc out on loan. And keep Henderson happy - another disaster waiting to happen.

Maybe the best purchase we could make this window would be the lady who does the transfers for Chelsea.


1.) 24 Aug 2020 22:00:54
Let's be fair, Chelsea due to their transfer ban are making up for lost time and have had 18 months to plan for targets.

2.) 24 Aug 2020 22:25:37
That as it may be shappy, they are moving at an incredible speed to close the deals.

We have had some of our targets for yonks too but will probably wrap it all up close to the end of the window. Pathetic stuff really.

3.) 25 Aug 2020 06:15:38
We should judge at the end of the window.

{Ed0666's Note - or just fire Woodward and get a someone in that can actually bring a deal to fruition. If you can’t sell Man Utd to a player then there’s something seriously wrong.

4.) 25 Aug 2020 07:44:37
Do you not think United are pretty abysmal when it comes to transfers?

They have had over 10 transfer windows now post fergie, how do you think they've all went? Or should we still judge them in October?

5.) 25 Aug 2020 07:54:57
Ostrich syndrome some call it angel. Revival to see paddy the nose on your own face or just bury your head in the sand.

6.) 25 Aug 2020 08:12:08

Interesting to see what LVG said in the papers about how he identified 10 and Woodward achieved zero of them.

Whilst the window remains open for some time and there is no reason to panic, I would have expected an early signing to have been lined up for some time and then perhaps deal with several tougher ones.

We seem to be buying at the very young end, the club made a big thing about buying a 16 year old Norwegian in recent days plus we know about Jurado and the Madrid lad. Can’t remember us signing a young centre forward in that way from abroad.

I am not impressed if they think Douglas Costa is the answer, that smacks of a “you asked for a right winger make do with that” signing.

The club needs to change, the owners need to change, get owners who want us to be the best on the field not the target of having the best asset value. It needs to be driven from the top, and the amateurs need to go. The owners have allowed the amateurs to continue and change is needed.

7.) 25 Aug 2020 08:17:40
ever since GILL left it has been a farce.

8.) 25 Aug 2020 08:24:12
I think the ed has said many time woodward just signs off the deal .
I was happy with the last transfer window, I will judge this one at the end if it .
Really don't know why People get so wound up .
I think its the FIFA generation, modern fans seem to enjoy the transfer window and building some kind of dream team more than watching football.

9.) 25 Aug 2020 08:45:03
Jred, you're like Wile E. Coyote after he runs off a cliff. You won't start falling until you look down. If you don't acknowledge your surroundings you'll never catch that RoadRunner.


10.) 25 Aug 2020 09:43:58
I think after 12 transfer windows, we can look back and judge how we feel they went. 1 in 12 is fairly good I suppose 🤔

Yes red man but what would Van Gaal know, he only managed the club for a few seasons. I think he is one of those FIFA generation kind of guys.

And this was the question I asked the other day. Although the owners don't have anything to do with day to day running of the club and we know they have people in place to run certain things. At what point are they culpable for how the club is run?

11.) 25 Aug 2020 09:52:26
What you think or want has absolutely no relevance to what united do this transfer window. So I don't understand why u get so wound up.
I can acknowledge my surroundings all I want . Is it going yo make a difference?

12.) 25 Aug 2020 10:00:01
I've yet to see a manager leave a club and say it was my fault.

Transfer window doesn't end until October and the usually suspects are back on moaning .
Thd same people will moan about who ever we buy anyhow . Ed said we wanted sancho and grealish, people moaned we shouldn't buy them.

13.) 25 Aug 2020 11:13:37
I must be on another planet here. This is a football banter site right? Full of opinions and what people think or don't think is the right thing to do. The club will do what the club will do but we, as fans, can say they are crap at it 😂

Yes ed has said Sancho and Grealish, some don't agree with the club but ed002 has also said they are crap at transfers and the usual suspects want us to judge them at the end of the window as if they haven't had enough windows, confused 🤔.

14.) 25 Aug 2020 17:16:45
ED Woodward doesn't do the transfer dealings. There is another guy who does the transfer negotiations and stuff related to transfers.



19 Aug 2020 20:31:21
Ed002, thanks loads for all your comments today on the United site, really grateful for your time and insights, thanks.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}




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07 Oct 2020 09:38:26
Completely with Cheshire here - really well explained, informed post.

Whilst I’m gutted at the moment about how the first team are playing (fitness? Mentality? Unrest? Maguire? Pogba? Others probably also? ) I think there is real hope for the future - which fills me with real excitement.

Yes, I’d like us competing now - and, after seeing his benefits for so long, OGS just has to go now, to be replaced by Pochetino, because of his hard ruthless focus and the way he works with younger players - and if we had an Upemecano and a Rice, I think we’d have a team/ squad to compete, but the future - with the right boss and management structure - looks amazing. Maybe the board have been planning 5 years ahead all this time?

Just look at the players who will be maturing together in the next few years (plus younger first trainers now) :

Swindon loanee goalie Kovar?

D’shon bernard
That new french lad Kuwumbala?!
Jurado plus other one from Real
Wan Bissaka
Axel Tuanzebe



I think the board did exactly the right thing with Sancho: way too expensive in current climate and didn’t want to come anyway (plus attitude to rules? ) and maybe get him next summer.

Thus we need to tread water for another season or two, with pochetino, trying to stay in the top 4, then go for it after that.

Though obviously this is being consumed by Man United - there are much more important things going on at the moment in the world, so guess we’re lucky just to have a team at all.




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18 Sep 2020 08:39:49
Do agree with you Cheshire to some extent: they’ve clearly got a plan which involves buying quality young players for the right amount (like other big clubs do) and not be taken for mugs again.

I believe they are planning for a title challenge in 2/ 3 years time, when Liverpool and City have passed their peaks, making sure they’re collecting class youngsters in preparation for that as well as blooding Unser 24s to step up such as Mengi, Hannibal, Garner, Shoretire etc. (I’m also hoping they get Benoit Badashille to add to this future team)

However in the meantime they need to stay in the top 4 which looks tougher given all other teams strengthening. They look short of quality squad depth and need options on the RW (I’d get Brooks and Sarr) as well as a CB (I’d go all out to get Upemecano now) plus the issue of selling unwanted players.

Tbh, I know they’re amateurs compared to the lady at Chelsea but they seem to have a plan. BUT they seem awful at getting rid of players who will never see the first team again and I think there’s a communication backlog in the management chain which prevents them acting quickly and decisively, thus a a D of F needed to grease the wheels.




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31 Aug 2020 13:16:43
I think he would be a wonderful signing, perhaps even more significant than Sancho. Look at all the title winning teams - they all have a world-class defender at the back. I think Upenecano has the potential to be world class, up there with Virgil, Laporte etc

I’d be surprised if we got him though: Ed002 has always been very adamant that he won’t be coming here; whether that’s because he’s got a pre-agreement with someone else (Bayern? PSG? ), his release clause is huge or he’d rather go elsewhere.

Also, if other teams who need a CB (Most top teams, including Chelsea - seems a real lack of top quality CBS now) saw us nipping in, surely they’d make a play too.

Also, we have so many CBs at the club plus youngsters such as Tuanzebe, Mengi etc.

I would be over the moon if we got him (the feeling yesterday as VdB signing became reality was amazing) but just do t think it’ll happen.




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31 Aug 2020 13:17:56
Grabbing some smellies.




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30 Aug 2020 20:15:00
Maybe Mino won’t have the upper hand in Pogba negotiations now: United don’t fall e to keep him now they hopefully have a replacement.

I’d sell Pogba, bring in Thiago as well and use any fee (and if they sell to Juve, a couple of their players plus cash) to afford Sancho deal or bring in Brooks and an elite defender.

Plus any sales (if they ever go)

If United board are smart now they can really add strength and depth. Maybe more through luck than judgement (ie Liverpool being mean and Barcelona caught up with Messi) but maybe something g exciting about to happen.





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01 Dec 2020 21:26:55
Thank you Ed002 ☺️☺️.




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01 Dec 2020 20:43:42
Hi Ed002,

Thanks as always for your excellent information re: transfer targets - so very much appreciated.

You mention Pau Torres as a United target dependant on sales: presumably Bailly and Rojo? Maybe even Lindelif or Tuanzebe?

Also, and apologies if you can’t answer this as not directly United linked, but who is interested in Torres please? Barcelona?

Thanks as always for your precious time.


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United would need to add space - the big issue is finding buyers. Manchester City is interested in PT.}



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05 Nov 2020 14:26:13
Thanks Ed002, that’s a relief as can't see them making concessions on that one.

Maybe Poch will seek assurances on the ins and outs of players.




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05 Nov 2020 13:55:36
I dare say Poch would want to see changes to the structure of the club before he took over, insisting on a DoF, less interference from the amateur management structure and the ability to bring his own people in - which would mean the politically sensitive issue of clearing out lots of Man Utd legends (ie Carrick, Ole, etc)

Plus also the club not wanting to be seen as a sacking club if things get difficult.

I’d love to know more from the omniscient Ed002 if he has any spare time - or inclination - to add further details about why bringing in pocketino is not such a simple thing to do.


{Ed002's Note - I would ignore your thoughts about a DoF.}



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25 Sep 2020 13:42:58
Thanks Ed002, you are so clever at giving little away!

Don’t suppose you could reveal where he might be transferred to please, or who’s he likely to sign for?

He seems a real future talent.