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19 Aug 2023 09:44:15
good morning eds- I asked this previously but didn't see the post or reply if there was one so I'll try reposting if ok? is there any interest from us in the young lad marco leandro from santos I think? cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Marcos Leandro (AM/F) With the books balanced after the sale of Deivid Washington and Angelo Gabriel Santos wish to keep hold of Leandro. West Ham had an offer rejected in January and Roma are pushing hard to secure a deal now for this coming January. He was discussed with Chelsea who are now comfortable with Washington. Manchester United and Arsenal attended the U23 World Cup and have both declared an interest, as have Lazio.}

1.) 19 Aug 2023 11:38:57
cheers once again ed 002
have a great weekend!

{Ed002's Note - And you.}



28 Apr 2023 08:40:33
Quick 1 for the eds if possible.
Several suggestions about cassemeiro and a link to bayern munich in the summer: can see the attraction, but asking if there has been any preliminary enquiries for him to any other club- thanks .


{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

1.) 28 Apr 2023 11:34:26
cheers ed002 for the reply- probably just been unlucky to catch more lazy journo stuff- enjoy the bank holiday weekend!



06 Oct 2022 08:46:49
Question for ed002 if possible-
there are a few, granted clickbait, rumours regarding rashford being linked as a departure soon: is there any substance or just lazy journalism, again . Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Marcus Rashford (F) has an uncertain future at Manchester United although there has been no final decision. PSG have previously enquired although their interest has drifted away. He may provide an option for Arsenal still. Newcastle and Spurs may well provide options. Right now he would be difficult to sell given he is out of contract in the summer - although the club has a one year option they could invoke - then they potentially end up with another hostage situation. The club is certainly considering options, one of which will of course be a new contract.}

1.) 06 Oct 2022 12:13:54
thanks ed 002 - personally think he may thrive at another club as he seems to have lost his way from the raw exciting prospect we had a few seasons back. Prefer to see him in a different league to the epl as he could come back to haunt usin an arsenal or spurs team.

2.) 06 Oct 2022 13:48:08
It's time to let him go, along with a few others.

3.) 06 Oct 2022 14:56:43
We have several players who are out of contract next summer which we have to deal with. Some have one year options, others don't and would need a new contract offer to stay.

We all have our own opinions on what the club should do.

Personally I'd activate the one year option in both of DDG and Rashford's deals. In Rashford's case it gives EtH another season with him to see if he can tap into that potential.

With DDG I'd expect us to sign a new keeper next summer, but we can't sell everyone. Henderson I'd expect to go and Dubravka might not be signed on a permanent deal. Having DDG for one final year means if the new keeper struggles we have a solid option to play in DDG (even if his skillset isn't ideally suited) .

Dalot I'd give a new deal to, he's one of the few that is on a low wage, we could give him a pay rise and a longer term deal and still find a buyer in a couple of season's time if he doesn't reach the level we require.

Ronaldo, Tuanzebe, Jones etc will leave and that's probably best for their careers.

Fred should probably leave as well, with Casemiro, McTominay and Eriksen ahead of him and the likelihood that we will sing another midfielder. Along with academy players like Iqbal and Savage needing game time it just makes sense to let Fred leave.

Shaw is the one I'm stuck on. He isn't good enough, but if he goes someone will have to cover LB. If Alvaro Fernandez is ready then let Shaw go next summer. If Alvaro needs another loan then keep Shaw for one more year.

As much as we'd all like to boot 10 or more players out the door, the reality is we won't be able to sign enough players to come in and cover.

Some need to stay if only for one more year just as squad players until we are ready to bring in better players in their positions.

4.) 06 Oct 2022 18:42:35
I'd give him a new contract. If in a year we sell him then we would get decent fee.

5.) 06 Oct 2022 19:56:44
Apart from the obvious players like Tuanzebe or Jones etc I think the club should wait till December end and see the performances over time before dishing out contracts.
If he stays and plays like today, happy to keep him.
But 40-50m with 1 year left on his contract is an absolute steal. (That's what PSG were rumoured to offer)

6.) 07 Oct 2022 08:51:59

40-50 is cheap imo given what players are going for in the market. If he continuous on current form this year for the full season and under contract to united, think much higher.

The guy at psv is 23 and people talking about 50 mill, honestly nothing better than rash if you watch him. Might go to Italy or even Germany and bulk up his stats but in the pl he will find it a lot more difficult and physically hard to cope with.

Is Anthony twice the player rash is from what you have seen so far. I even think Bellingham at the numbers they are talking about is overvalued and will find the PL a much different animal.

I like Sesko who I think has a huge ceiling and think he is the one if the club was going to make a move.

7.) 08 Oct 2022 13:14:22
Sesko is the one i would go for too!




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28 Sep 2023 08:48:45
Being from north east I was unfortunate to be surrounded by wannabe mags watching the game last nite. The talk before the goal was about how strong a team to put out in the cup games . Until they won they mainly were accepting of a "weaker team" but then after the draw against us, it changed .
Always thought that a team should play a strong side with minmal changes - just interested in the thoughts of folk on here re- the 4th round against the mags?


1.) 28 Sep 2023 10:12:03
I can see the need to rotate, especially in today's era of playing potentially 60+ games. I know it's always been the case (for the top sides who are in Europe anyway), but the game have never been as physical or intense. I don't think it's sustainable - look at the injuries at not just Utd, but many of the top clubs. You can argue either way, that something needs to change, or that a squad is there to be utilised.
There are increasing issues with fixture congestion and scenarios like the farcical situation where the real Liverpool were playing on the other side of the world at the same time that a team made up of cooks, ballboys and fanzine competition winners were playing back home in one of the domestic cups. A one-off I guess.
As for Newcastle, I imagine we'll drop a few. We play City two days before which you fancy will be our strongest team, then Fulham away four days after. Seems a good call to start with the likes of Martial up front and the youngsters like Pellistri and Hannibal.



28 Jun 2023 12:48:53
With reports of rice 100m, belligham 115m, and caicedo expectedly 80m is there more sense in going for talented younguns in the current budgetry constrained window at united- snippets on taylor booth, tyler adams and ramsey from villa (who had a good season) being mooted. Wonder on the people on heres thought as they could be the next crop?


1.) 28 Jun 2023 13:10:41
You mean trying to sign a young and talented midfielder like Moises Caicedo for £4.5m?

2.) 28 Jun 2023 14:03:50
That's the trick, isn't it. Having a team firstly able to spot these next superstars, then being able to convince the money people to fork out on them as opposed to the more ready-made players we usually go for.
Our scouting network is often mocked but they did recommend Bellingham, Haaland, Caicedo. but the club went for other targets in every case. Seems like these departments are often at odds with each other.
I want whoever Brighton want.

3.) 28 Jun 2023 14:54:50
Bellingham chose Dortmund over us because they had a route to the first team, United didn't offer that apparently.

Never sure Haaland was realistic, no matter what age we went for him, the links to City and what Keane did to his dad would always have been an issue I believe.

Caicedo is one where you don't know how they will adapt, he could have easily crashed and burned on moving to Europe, he could still fail when he moves to a top club with all the extra pressure that brings, just look at Sancho.

{Ed077's Note - people seem to not know that Caicedo had a loan spell away from Brighton, in Belgium iirc, and still took time to get into the Brighton first XI.
Would he have had the same support and patience, not only from the club but also the fans, had he joined us back then? I highly doubt it.

4.) 28 Jun 2023 16:48:13
Your right Ed, is it better for these young players to develop out of the limelight than have the added pressure of playing for a top club.

How many players experienced players rock up up at Old Trafford and struggle. I think we woefully underestimate what it takes to succeed at the big European clubs.

{Ed077's Note - not just the limelight, it's the weight of the expectation and also for some you may just have a better player ahead of you already at the club, and as such never get enough chances to cut your teeth.

Look at Kelleher at Liverpool, or Julian Alvarez at City. They're both good players but have a World class player ahead of them in their position, limiting their chances. Sometimes it can be about timing as well.

And yes it must be beneficial for youngsters to be involved in matches week in week out, train with the first team players and coaches regularly; than to get lost in the shuffle and never get a real look in. Ultimately game-time out on the field is the most important way to improve, IMO

5.) 28 Jun 2023 18:04:05
That’s why a multi club ownership has so many benefits. Not to mention scouting networks and growth of young players. Ed’s are there any rules around sale of players between clubs - pricing to avoid FFP etc.?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you mean. I am sorry.}

6.) 29 Jun 2023 18:48:21
I think you’re spot on we have Case and need someone who’ll be happy being 2nd but has the potential to takeover and fill in. £80M is way too much for that role.

The kid at Antwerp would be my choice tbh.

7.) 29 Jun 2023 19:13:27
There are issues for aspiring top teams buying future prospects. Firstly, they need their transfers to yield immediate results if they're going to challenge the teams above them.

Secondly, they have limited squad openings. Thirdly, there are many prospects who simply end up not making it. And, fourthly, the players themselves may be lured by the prospect of immediate 1st team football rather than waiting in the wings. especially if the wings are at a club which has not been well run, like United. The top contenders may be developing up and comers, but they are also out there jockeying for proven top players who can help them fulfill their immediate objectives, like winning trophies. The prospects who actually develop into top players are a bonus.

As good as Brighton are, and as enviable their ability to find younger talent is, Man United is not aspiring to be Brighton.

8.) 30 Jun 2023 08:12:07
100 million if true for Calcedo is a crazy valuation and never worth the investment imo and we should stay away.

We need to get a striker on board and sort out a replacement for maguire and DDG. Move DVB, Maguire, fred, Williams, henderson, telles, bally on as a minimum. We get that done I think its a good window. A 5th signing would be a bonus in terms of someone to provide cover/ rest for cas. can't play a guy who is 31 over 50 games.

Most important announcement imo is to get the glazers out of running the club and start a new chapter.

Other noteworthy news Marcus seems to be making up for the time spent being in a relationship and getting a leg over on everything that moves :)



16 Jun 2023 08:12:02
Well only 2 days into the tw and the same old twaddle is bandied about, kane too much-off the list, osinhem too much off the list, mount the potential new fdj saga, can't get rid of players due to wages and ddg could walk away for nothing! We all know a vast majority is click bait but it never ceases top amaze how much is generated compared to other clubs and that we rarely get much near to line as over it like a lot of the rest. Have a great nail biting summer guys.


{Ed077's Note - but also nothing surprising or confusing.

1.) 16 jun 2023 08:35:33

what signings woukd you make this summer?

{Ed077's Note - In a dream world it would be Magic Mike at GK, Kimmich or Bruno G or FdJ for midfield (all unlikely) and Mbappe (highly unlikely, impossible even) or Kane (I've come round to that idea now). Defence maybe we could look at Bastoni or Kim Min-Jae.

Realistically maybe Onana or Costa for GK, but not seen enough of them to make up my mind either ways; Kim maybe doable for Cb or maybe trust the scouting system and go for Inacio from Spoting CP, Milinkovic-Savic for midfield and maybe David and Hojlund for attack?}

2.) 16 Jun 2023 12:51:24
totally agree ed077- we never do ourselves any favours in the windows though
reading the list above the realistic list sounds good to me.

3.) 16 Jun 2023 15:34:56
Cheers ED077,

Your realistic picks are good choices.

{Ed077's Note - I'm glad you guys like the shouts but I might have jinxed them all now ;-D



26 May 2023 09:39:01
Apologies in advance - but do 4th place have to play qualifying rounds in cl : such a complex web I'm officially baffled.


1.) 26 May 2023 09:57:22
Straight to group stage and pot 2 for United.

2.) 26 May 2023 10:01:24
No, it was done away with years ago for Premier League. We will be in Pot 2 for the draw in August.

3.) 26 May 2023 10:39:20
Makes total sense then to not play first teamers and risk more injuries against fulham.

Id play something like
brandon maguire dalot malacia
Fred iqbal weghorst
Pellistri martial Elanga

Garnacho, mainoo on the bench along with other younger players.

Let maguire captian the side one last time and give a lot of these players their last game for us.

4.) 26 May 2023 11:21:29
Martial? He will be starting the cup final so very unlikely he plays on Sunday. Wouldn’t have any of the starting line up for the final anywhere near the pitch on Sunday.

Garnacho needs minutes so I would play him for 60 minutes. Unlikely we play with 3 full backs and 1 centre back as well, sure we have a kid that can play. Scott needs minutes so he will probably start, will be an interesting line up and hopefully a few kids on the bench like Gore and Mainoo who won the awards last night.

5.) 26 May 2023 11:30:46
I'm sure there's a not small £ difference between finishing 3rd and 4th. I think Erik will go strong without taking major risks.

6.) 26 May 2023 13:35:12
Yeah, I can see a few reserve players come in, but think the club will want to finish 3rd. Especially since a win at home against a mid table side will guarantee it.

7.) 26 May 2023 18:27:14
£2m difference finishing 3rd. But EtH will want it. I expect Weghorst, Garnacho, Maguire, McTominay, Dalot, Fred and Elanga to get a run out. Mixed with first teamers.

8.) 27 May 2023 10:56:29
That was just a reference lineup.
Whoever in eth mind is in the starting XI should not even be in the squad.
We lost antony and possibly shaw as well for the final. Losing shaw is a big blow.
I wouldn't want to lose anyone else who are the first 11.

The players who start tomorrow will also have a chance to stake a claim for man city final and make the bench.

I have a feeling rashford will start as CF and martial will be on the bench. Martial has done nothing to deserve a starting berth.

I also feel bruno will play RB and mctominay would play in midfield.

Not sure if there are any CBs in the squad, that's why I thought dalot can play CB as he seems to have all the attributes for it.



06 Jul 2022 08:58:23
Well we're off and running with regards to incomings. Positivity with the malacia signing and potentially there are more to come. Be interesting eriksen coming as his play is similar to bruno but he will offer great dead ball delivery: worry there's noone that is readily identifiable as an expert header/ finisher though, atm.
The cr7 saga rumbles and for me he can go to whoever as 1 years wages and say £10-15 m fee would allow the books to balance with say Martinez?
Worried about our stiking options though with the options reducing but would look at, silva, calvert lewin as options with attacking prowess of gnabry or anthony. Still many weeks to go and unlikely scenarios to pan out. Have a great summer guys!


1.) 06 Jul 2022 12:18:37
Good man funky.
I tend to agree with a lot of that. I think if we do get fdj our midfield looks a lot better.
If martinez comes in our defence looks better.
I think ronaldo should leave but leaves us very short up top imo.
Rashford and martial would have to have some turn around under eth to get us the goals we need.
Ronaldo exit was not planned for publicly at least so I'm sure they will work hard on options now.
Can't wait till the session kicks off.

2.) 06 Jul 2022 13:30:14
I’d maybe give Rashford the benefit of the doubt, purely because he’s been plagued by other distractions and probably never been given a good run as lead striker. Martial……. he can sit in the U23’s for me.

As for Calvert Lewin……. as low as we may have fallen, we can do better. But in the long term Ronaldo saying he wants to go has actually done us a favour, it makes our mind up for us.

3.) 06 Jul 2022 13:49:51
Bruhhh calvert lewin do we need another maguire situation?

4.) 06 Jul 2022 14:23:53
With several positions needing upgrade, we may have to try for a free transfer like Dybala or Belotti.

Ideally I'd have loved the club to go after Lautaro Martinez, Vlahovic or Scamacca.

5.) 06 Jul 2022 17:37:39
If I could I'd try to get Hugo Etikite and one of Depay, Belotti, Moussa Dembele, Icardi or Dybala.
Etikite seems to one of the wonderkid striker signings but at 19 being a regular starter might be too much for him. That's why I'd sign one of the other 5 who are players that have reached their peak and are like 10-15 goals a season strikers with experience playing CF. Belotti and Dybala are free transfere, Depay is available on the cheap, same for Dembele. Icardi could be a loan signing, but he could be a problem too.




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15 Nov 2023 08:48:18
agree with your thoughts shappy on what we need with the exception of 2 cb tbh, but i think that is what we need pdq. Factor in the next couple of windows and we could lose, maguire, lindlehof evans, varane,
midfield- eriksen, casemiro possibly even fernandes, donny
up front, martial, sancho, pellestri, antony.
Really think they could be realistic departures and soon due to form, fitting the play and age which leaves even more gaps to fill both first team and squad players.




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19 Sep 2023 14:50:33
GTS - They did put their chances away. hold on that's what they were trying to and did it well! We were ok for 15-20 mins but although we had opportunity, we didn't make the keeper make a save! we had a goal disallowed because the ball was out -no argument there either. We still had players labour on the ball and they didn't learn anything from the fact that brighton were most threatening by their left sided players: surely that shouldve been identified as an area to plug? There was way too many schoolboy errors by most of the utd players and we simply got beat to what amounts to a well drilled more organised and enthusiastic bunch of players, a team which we werent. I agree we should and will improve but at this moment we are simply not at the races in terms of effort and/ or application.




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19 Sep 2023 10:49:50
Personally, its a mix, underperforming, poor or not understanding the tactics and the massive feeling of apathy at the club.
Poor form is exactly what it is but not trying, giving up the chase and neglecting the role are inexcusable,
Tactical nouse? why did we constantly leave dalot isolated against two of their best in lamptey and mikado? Subs made late, no chance to rescue or impress and the set up in mid was again all over the place with casimero overun and isolated with a loss of form!
The sale of club saga is a point of ridicule now and frustrations are obvious. The players shouldn't be subjected to that side of club matters but due to the longevity and uncertainty they will be.
It can be said that we are missing players, injuries but Brighton changed out 6 regulars on saturday and still made it look like men against boys.
We need to back the manager but questions already starting to be asked and only hope is we can get back to winning our home games and picking up points on the road in all comps.




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07 Sep 2023 11:18:17
Take their hands off for that sort of money- go in january for another striker and also ship varane with him tbh and get a young cb- we have cover up front and hopefully players coming back by then.




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19 Aug 2023 11:38:57
cheers once again ed 002
have a great weekend!


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23 Nov 2023 08:46:49
the most difficult thing to coach a player is attitude. Rashford is lazy, always has been and its rubbing off on garnacho. Last season was a one in terms of his return goals scored and seriously think if we were not playing so badly at this time the stars could align and he would be considered if offers came in.




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23 Nov 2023 08:43:35
ahmad- the issue with city and chelsea seems obvious :they have money and will ride out any scenario. Everton are imo being used as scapegoats but their plight and actions should have been sorted at the time. With city and chelsea, it has been allowed to ramble on for in citys case over a decade and is still miles away. OPersonally think that there are worries that the big "2" being severly punished could start a rollercoaster repeat of the breakaway?
Newcastle and others will come to light over the next couple of years and can see a backlash if clubs "loan" players from saudi or feeder clubs as apparently that door is still open.




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10 Nov 2023 11:57:55
blackpool red - regarding the money; it comes from us in varying ways, the tickets, the shirts, the subscription to tv and on and on. We as fans have no other main option other than to not go, not watch and not buy product but that is shooting ourselves in the foot and with the fan base as large as it is there will be plenty to fill the stadiums and eventually succumb to the sales and marketing. So sorry, but it is important that we as fans have an opinion on where the cash is spent for our enjoyment. In saying that nobody who deals with finance at the club is going to listen lol.




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08 Nov 2023 12:19:48
Ahmad i'd take a punt on chiesa for the right hand side tbh but we need rid of antony and sancho asap. Maguire tbf at least tries and in the last 2/ 3 games has shone more than the others although that isn't hard. I know clubs generally don't do much in the market in jan but think this year we will bring in 2 and let go of 3/ 4.




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02 Nov 2023 10:40:53
Chris, eth left hannibal and cas on after 36 mins on yellows, he could have made changes then! ole got grief for leaving fred on after 1/ 2 time when he was on a yellow and we went out of europe. These are basic errors of judgement that managers shouldn't do, simple. He persisted with out of form pand big name players and although he has had some bad luck with injuries, he has systematically trolled out bad tactics, poor decisions and then in the pressers tried to justify the crap we are watching by stating they aren't following instruction or trying to convince us we played well- for 1 half. Last year was a blip on the +ve side with the side over-acheiving and let's be honest not exactly performing at a top top level. The dressing rooms turned and ultimately eth will carry the can- as a club we shouldn't be in the mindset of changing manager even 2 minutes but we are due to the apathy and small mindedness of those who make the decisions.