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Favourite player: Ryan Giggs


Best team moment: The 1999 FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Manchester United, Giggs scoring!


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17 Feb 2021 10:49:20
At the risk of sounding like I am pulling random names out of thin air, kindly indulge me on this one Ed 002. Do we have any interest in Matthew Hope from Schalke, and is he the kind of player Utd needs?

mbd

{Ed002's Note - Matthew Hoppe (S) American youngster has been advised to stay in Germany when Schalke likely sell him in the summer as it will be in his best interests. However, he has attracted interest from a number of sides including Spurs and the feeling is in the States that FSG might look to having him recruited for Liverpool as he is one of the up and coming American players. Certainly clubs have been scouting him and recent form has been good. I don't see that he would be a starter for any of the leading clubs and unless paying well over the odds a Work Permit may be an issue in England.}


1.) 17 Feb 2021 12:46:24
Cheers Ed.


 

 

14 Oct 2020 15:31:57
I got a rumour forwarded to me the other day that SAF will take a C.V. 19 test with the manchester united squad so he can travel with them to newcastle and be with them in the dressing room. Anyone else chance upon something like this?

mbd

1.) 14 Oct 2020 15:55:27
Not sure Fergie will be in the dressing room as it would undermine Ole. Think the only time he has visited the United dressing room was after the PSG win.
I can see him travelling with the squad, but only as part of the club delegation like him and Bobby have done in the past. Doesn't David Gill still travel with the squad from time to time?


2.) 14 Oct 2020 16:18:30
He should stay well away. Having him around d the squad etc would be liked having a hangover. It ha Peter Liverpool in the past.


3.) 14 Oct 2020 19:43:04
Regardless of the footballing side of things, whether it undermines ole or makes it look like were harking back to the past etc it doesn't make sense from a health point of view as he's surely in the high risk category from CV 19 given his age and previous health concern.


4.) 14 Oct 2020 20:08:57
Why? SAF was our greatest ever. Arguably the GOAT. But he is our history and that’s where it should stay. Move on.


5.) 14 Oct 2020 21:11:28
Totally inappropriate for a host of reasons imo and I'm sure its a made up story.


6.) 14 Oct 2020 23:25:22
We are Liverpool now as they were in the 90s - early 2000s. History repeating itself.


7.) 15 Oct 2020 08:22:42
Just 1 more way ole can embarrass this club.


8.) 15 Oct 2020 13:52:56
Didn't Fergie used to be a centre half? Maybe he's going to play?


9.) 15 Oct 2020 21:01:17
Centre forward mate. Not a great one by his own admission.


10.) 16 Oct 2020 12:58:08
He scored a fair few goals all the same ken.


11.) 16 Oct 2020 17:35:44
Id say he was a hard man. He did he was never blessed with great talent and made the most if what he had.


12.) 16 Oct 2020 21:04:49
Ken, imagine if our lads were like that. We'd be champions every year.


 

 

30 Jun 2020 17:38:48
Eds, any news on Marc Jurado? Is Utd looking to sign him and what kind of prospect is he?

mbd

{Ed002's Note - I understand there is an agreement with Marc Jurado but he is just a child - you won't see him playing for anything except the academy any time soon.}


1.) 30 Jun 2020 19:02:45
Plus he is another RB which with TFM 22, AWB at 22, Dalot 21, Williams 19 and Laird 18. We now have Juardo 16 to give us a 6th option at RB going forward.


2.) 30 Jun 2020 20:15:37
I think next season we will most likely see dalot leave.


3.) 01 Jul 2020 10:49:37
Thanks Ed.


4.) 01 Jul 2020 12:05:45
Dalot has been utterly underwhelming for me. When he was signed even Mourinho put him down as 'the best player in his position for his age in Europe'. I'd hate to see the worst.


 

 

19 Jun 2020 13:04:44
Are the rumors true about Utd having an offer of 50m euros for Chiesa rejected by Fiorentina? It goes on to say, Utd is expected to come back with a better offer.

mbd

1.) 19 Jun 2020 16:04:10
If our previous negotiations are anything to go by, we'll bid a lower amount, only to sign him next year for more than we could get him for now.


2.) 19 Jun 2020 16:09:25
Would love this to be true. Please tell me it’s from a respected gem like Di Marzio!


3.) 19 Jun 2020 16:11:35
As much as I would like Jadon Sancho, the club need to be careful that they don't spend all summer chasing a player who ultimately the club can't afford.

Federico Chiesa could be bought for half the amount Jadon Sancho would cost, while a deal could be far easier to conclude.

The club would be mad to at least not considering Chiesa.


4.) 19 Jun 2020 16:50:45
Probably irrelevant now I remember ed saying fiorentina where interested in rojo aswell maybe he could be used as a sweetner in the deal.


5.) 19 Jun 2020 17:37:21
We have to be looking at other options to Sancho for RW such as Chiesa and Torres. Madness not to. Think Ed002 has said Torres has stated his desire to play for Barca. Either one of these 3 improves the first team though.


6.) 19 Jun 2020 17:58:40
Sorry Halesini, the source is La personone.


7.) 19 Jun 2020 18:11:48
Bailey has been offered up as another option, I liked what I saw when I watched him last season not had much time to watch bundesliga this season so not too aware of how he’s done. Anyone able to fill me in?


8.) 19 Jun 2020 18:40:56
RedWhiskey,

ED002 said that he is a LW and not a RW. So he is not an option.


9.) 19 Jun 2020 18:50:52
W16wes
A sweetener? Rojo couldn't be more sour🤮.


10.) 19 Jun 2020 19:05:09
W16wes, having watched Rojo over the past few years I'd imagine any deal to exchange him with Fiorentina would work something like this.

Chiesa for 55m

Or Chiesa for 70m + Rojo

Seriously if we can get him and Jones off the books that would be a great summer.


11.) 20 Jun 2020 10:17:46
Willian for two seasons would do me.

{Ed002's Note - Obviously not an option.}


12.) 20 Jun 2020 12:50:13
I agree shappy it wouldn't be a sweetner really but if they have any interest we need to exploit it. I mean i duno how true the reports where of evertons interest in rojo but if we did ask for 30m not 3m then were crackers. there's a lot of players that we need to cut ties with using a player as a make weight in a deal would be ideal for us in some cases as i don't see many others lining up for rojo.


13.) 21 Jun 2020 06:52:44
I’d really like us to go all out for Sancho in this summer.
RW position has been for years a pain point in the squad and should definitely be the first priority.

Adding a world class winger on the right side of the attack would, I believe, massively improve our chances of closing the gap towards the top two teams in the league - Pool and City.

With the development of the other areas of the team, and adding only a WC right attacking player, while maybe offload some of the players that don't deserve to play for United (Jones, Alexis, Andreas, Lingard, . ) the transfer period would count as a huge success for me.

That said, if we don't manage to get Sancho - due to unsucessful discussions with BvB (it has been written that the player already approved the move) - getting a player a calibre of Chiesa for much less, would also be a really decent option.


14.) 22 Jun 2020 16:20:12
Mad Hatter, he has mainly played on the left wing this season and last season, partly due to the emergence of Havertz, but he has often on the right wing previously, and more importantly he’s a left footed winger, and I think we’d be stupid not to consider him if he’s available for €40 million as some reports have suggested.


 

 

12 May 2020 14:07:53
I read a rumor that utd is looking at getting Thiago Almada. Never heard of the player so resorted to our trusted you tube.
Can anyone shed light on this rumor and the kind of player Almada is.

mbd

{Ed002's Note - Thiago Almada (AM/LW/F) - Manchester City have been in discussions over the player since early 2019 and have accepted any move may be complicated and may involve a long-term "loan" to Sporting. Plan B was a loan to Girona but that would leave complications remaining. In January 2020 discussions were held with Atletico Madrid. Inter, Juventus and Barcelona have declared an interest in the player and have spoken with Velez Sarsfield and his agent has apparently spoken with major sides across Europe including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madid.}


1.) 12 May 2020 14:55:41
Cheers Ed.


 

 

 

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06 Apr 2021 11:02:23
Hi Eds and Members, just a crazy question, why can't (or do they) clubs have dedicated agents (Employees of the club) for players coming from academy?

mbd

{Ed077's Note - What exactly do you mean by dedicated agents? As in player representative (like Mino and Jorge Mendes, etc...)? Or player liaison?}


1.) 06 Apr 2021 11:30:05
Like player rep, considering the fees some agents are making, it will be interesting if some clubs had a whole Agency department, or will it be a conflict of interest?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously - it is not allowed.}


2.) 06 Apr 2021 12:22:27
You can't dictate that an individual needs to hire a specific person to represent their own interests.

The role of an agent is to negotiate with the club on behalf of an individual to protect that individuals needs.

Obviously if that agent is a club employee then it is a conflict of interest.

There were rumours that certain academy graduate didn't get first team opportunities during Sir Alex's time at the club purely because they didn't sign up to his son's agency.

Whether that holds any truth or not I don't know, but that was the rumours at the time.


3.) 06 Apr 2021 12:41:03
Ok, I thought as much, my follow up question is can players drop agents without consequences or are there contractual obligation in those respects as well?

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand your point - if they have no agent they have nobody to represent them. Do you want to explain what you are trying to get or which player this is you are thinking about?}


4.) 06 Apr 2021 14:35:33
I presume MBD is asking that if player x has an agent, is that an agent they have a long term contract with or can they cut ties at any point. I presume if Raiola does not get Pogba a move he wants, can he just bin him off?

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure what “bin him off” means - is it some sort of bizarre sexual act?}


5.) 06 Apr 2021 16:45:22
Depends on what you do at weekends Ed? Your choice i suppose. Most people on here know what I mean so why give that answer. Do you want me to say cut ties, sack him, have other discussions?

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps you could stick to plain English and it would be easier to answer your questions.}


6.) 06 Apr 2021 16:50:57
Ed002 thanks for taking time with my far fetched questions, what i am wondering is, what are (if any) the consequences of a player sacking his agent and signing with another he the player feels will better represent him.

{Ed002's Note - It happens all of the time.}


 

 

29 Mar 2021 12:20:04
Does anyone think prior to recent appointments, would it have made sense to put Ole as DOF and brought in a new coach?

mbd

1.) 29 Mar 2021 13:14:52
Mad

Ole doesn’t have relevant experience for manager or coach let alone DOF. Is coach driver available?


2.) 29 Mar 2021 13:15:50
Ole has no experience as a DOF, so doesn't make sense.


3.) 29 Mar 2021 13:20:37
the person given the DOF role has no experience either.

bit of a trend with our club.


i might apply for a role myself and lie on my CV seemed to work for others.


4.) 29 Mar 2021 14:09:24
Don't bother bolger. Shappy sent in his cv it will take them 3 months to read that. 🤣🤣.


5.) 29 Mar 2021 14:25:06
Bolger, if you want the job then lie by telling them you used to play for United rather than revalent experience. It seems to count for more🤦‍♂️.


6.) 29 Mar 2021 15:52:49
What experience did Van De Sar have before becoming the marketing Director of Ajax?


7.) 29 Mar 2021 16:19:18
No previous practical experience but graduated with a business and Marketing degree and I think he has since completed his masters.


8.) 29 Mar 2021 18:05:18
“ Don't bother bolger. Shappy sent in his cv it will take them 3 months to read that. 🤣🤣. ”

Too funny 😂😂😂.


9.) 29 Mar 2021 18:51:08
Thanks Ken, at least mine is devoid of the bolloxsology that litters your CV😂.


10.) 29 Mar 2021 21:03:25
Ole should be the 'other' guy. The Carrick, the good cop, the one who puts his arm around the players and motivates them and hangs out to play pool. The guy above him needs to be a no-nonsense tactical wizard who isn't just there based on a 2 yard goal scramble two decades ago, friggin great as it was.


11.) 31 Mar 2021 00:57:52
2 yard goal scramble 🤦🏼‍♂️ Ole’s amazing goal in the CL final gets worse with every person trying to discredit him.

{Ed077's Note - You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.


 

 

01 Mar 2021 11:21:49
Still don't see how that was not a penalty
Guess you win some you lose some and draw some apparently.

mbd

{Ed077's Note - maybe you can argue that Greenwood knocks CHO's hand towards the ball?}


1.) 01 Mar 2021 13:29:33
Looks like Shaw might wish he hadn't said what he did.


2.) 01 Mar 2021 13:33:36
It was a modern day penalty.
Hand in unusual position, could go either way.


3.) 01 Mar 2021 15:43:22
That's not the debate. Shaw said he heard the rev day something that could ruin the refs career.
Shaw is back tracking now saying he was mistaken. Dumb ass thing to make up and could have killed the regs career. A ban should be enforced. Pity as along with bruno he has been out best player this season.


4.) 01 Mar 2021 16:06:05
Ken - I don't see that as Shaw backtracking.

Sounds more like he said exactly what he heard and now the club has had to cover it up and he's is left holding the pieces.

Doubt we'll ever really know the truth but I don't think Shaw would make up such a lie on camera.


5.) 01 Mar 2021 17:09:22
FA have decided there will be no further action so that will be the end of it I guess.


6.) 01 Mar 2021 20:26:30
The FA after listening to the Ref audio decided not to take any further action. Make of that what you will.


 

 

04 Jan 2021 12:53:41
I read some interesting things, thought it may interest the members here in case some missed it.

Mufc are taking a data-driven approach to recruitment and sports science. Solskjær has overhauled the backroom staff and brought in or promoted staff in coaching, sports science, strength and conditioning, recruitment, youth and data analysis departments.

Solskjær feels he can change up to 20% of the team each season. His door at Carrington remains open and his team go and talk to him with their ideas. They were less likely to do that under José Mourinho, but Solskjær likes to share responsibility.

When the rest of the staff took time off in the international break, Solskjær stayed in Manchester. He’s shown a huge amount of interest in the youth system and was personally involved for the signings of Facundo Pellistri and Hannibal Mejbri.

Martyn Pert arrived at the start of last season and has a masters in sports science, also having studied Bielsa’s methods. A role of his is maximising training for #mufc players who aren’t playing, needing them to be ready when called upon.

mbd

1.) 04 Jan 2021 13:55:24
very good post mdb, interesting reading.

I have mentioned before that it looks like Ole is learning as he goes along, let's face it how many managers had won anything or had experience before they started?

I'm enjoying eating my words of doom and failure of Ole, as I will admit I did not think he would last this long but he appears to be growing in to the job.


2.) 04 Jan 2021 13:54:35
It all sounds very interesting. There seems to be a lot going on beneath the surface. It's been announced today that Darren Fletcher has now officially joined the coaching staff, but there are whispers that he has been involved in an advisory capacity over the past month or so. Which interestingly coincides with us picking up our form.

Lots of interesting stuff happening, and it will be fun to see how it all pans out.


3.) 04 Jan 2021 14:00:53
Darren Fletcher been brought into the first team coaching set-up as well.
I still think Ole would be best as a DOF at United, but who can argue with results hey, the Villa game was one of the most entertaining United games I have seen in a few years.


4.) 04 Jan 2021 16:23:27
Great news on Fletch, seems universally liked and heard some great things about his training methods and tactical eye, good to see Ole shaking things up.


5.) 04 Jan 2021 17:20:25
Really? Heard what exactly about his methods? He’s been training the u16s as far as I’m aware. Not much to shout about there.

Like the guy but the sentimentality of this club is becoming ridiculous now. Ole should have never got the job, carrick hasn’t shown anything to show he’s a maverick and now darren fletcher.


6.) 04 Jan 2021 17:55:47
got to agree with RedWhiskey. I don't know enough about Fletcher to comment on his credentials, but working with u16s is not the best way to promote yourself to the first team setup. we should be getting the best coaches available, not sure if he was in that category.


7.) 04 Jan 2021 23:02:50
Heard from some important people within the game that he’s expected to go far as a coach / manager and I can see why. Just because you don’t know enough doesn’t mean he isn’t good.


8.) 05 Jan 2021 12:17:09
Hear hear GDS2.


 

 

21 Oct 2020 16:37:17
The dilemma that is FRED!
Fred had a good game against PSG.
Made some great tackles, recoveries, interceptions and tried to thread neat passes. I remember sreaming at the tv for him to release rashford on a dangerous break in the 2nd held but he held the ball till being fouled. Going forward, those are the passes Fred should be able to pick out.
All that aside, as long as Fred stops trying those shots outside the penalty box, then he has my full support. I noticed he didn't try any against PSG, stand to be corrected though. 99.8% (my out of the blue stat) appear wayward.

mbd

1.) 21 Oct 2020 17:16:09
Fred is a player that splits opinion. The issue is that he is great at certain things, yet he isn't well rounded enough to be a top level box to box player. His passing vision and execution isn't consistent enough and his shooting is woeful. Yet not every player needs to do every job. His pressing, harrying, tackling and turning over of possession is great. While he is very mobile, and quick. As a player who's job it is to disrupt the opposition, win the ball back and lay it off to better players he is excellent. But if your expecting him to be the next Xavi you will be disappointed.


2.) 21 Oct 2020 18:30:39
If Fred learns to play to his strengths and not try to be all things to all men then he has a bright future. And I’m his biggest critic usually.


3.) 21 Oct 2020 19:59:05
Fred is a road sweeper. Unfussy, does all the dirty work, in some games he is exactly what is needed. Endless energy, team player, love his approach. Unfortunately, he isn’t the most skilful but if he accepts that and concentrates on the dirty work he is very valuable.


4.) 21 Oct 2020 20:26:52
Fred would do well to stick to the basics and become a good DM. He has the stamina and can tackle, it’s when he has to be offensive that he quickly gets found out.


5.) 21 Oct 2020 20:46:13
Fred and McTominay's dirty work makes others look good.


6.) 21 Oct 2020 21:14:59
I mentioned yesterday that I'd drop either Fred or Mctom for VDB. Not because they didn't play well, more to do with how VDB link up play passing and movement helps to speed to our play.


7.) 21 Oct 2020 21:36:53
Hatter, for me the best shape is either 3412 or 442 diamond with our squad. Either way the solution is clear. Play two defensive minded midfielders (Fred, McTominay or Matic) against the top teams, with one or two of Pogba, Bruno and DvdB depending on whether it's a 3 or 4 man midfield. Then against the rest play with one defensive midfielder and 2 or 3 offensive midfielders.

My ideal line up atm would be the line up from last night but with DvdB stepping in for one of Fred or McTominay, then depending on form maybe either Greenwood or Cavani stepping in for Martial.


8.) 21 Oct 2020 22:30:36
So can Fred be the new Kante? Learn the ropes at DM and take over from Matic?


9.) 22 Oct 2020 03:34:34
Kante isn't a DM and Fred isn't either. You can't have a player with their energy sitting in front of defence, that's not their game.
They are defencive eightees who are all over the place and break up play. Both of them are like Herrera but with better engine, so better defencively on papper, but more average than Herrera on the ball.
Both Kante and Fred wants someone to sit behind them to receive the pass from the defence and organize from deep and someone in front of them with quality on the ball.
Kante is 5-6 years at Premier League and i can't believe that people still refer to him as a defensive midfielder.

{Ed025's Note - please dont mention fred in the same sentence as kante mate..


10.) 22 Oct 2020 06:43:01
Fred is more suited to the champs league than epl imo.

{Ed025's Note - i was thinking championSHIP to be honest RW, but he has improved of late i must admit mate..


11.) 22 Oct 2020 12:22:07
Kante is a DM and on his day one of the best 😊😊.

{Ed001's Note - no he is not. He is not a DM at all, he is a CM. He has only played DM once or twice in his career. When he is restricted by a role like that he is not going to perform to his best.}


 

 

 

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23 Feb 2021 11:17:33
I think Ed 001 and I discussed Milenkovic and Dias before Utd got Harry. I still rate Milenkovic quite high. Utd can probably get him at half what was paid for Maguire and significantly improve our defense. He is still young and can develop into a world class CB!

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17 Feb 2021 12:46:24
Cheers Ed.

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01 Dec 2020 15:27:16
Hasn't TFM signed a new contract?

mbd

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16 Oct 2020 13:08:01
Maybe Paul Scholes?

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22 Sep 2020 17:27:29
Thank you Ed.

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15 Apr 2021 17:07:07
You forgot the twilight players like Mandzukic, Dzeko etc.

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15 Apr 2021 10:35:17
Well said DSG, quite evident in how he reacted after Gundogan came at him, knowing he was on a yellow.

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14 Apr 2021 14:45:46
Kane!

Haland has his sights elsewhere and so should we.

Recently read somewhere DCL needs ten chances to score one goal. He had a good 1st half of a season, is that enough to come and lead the line at utd? Would bring in Mitrovic before DCL.

mbd

{Ed004's Note - Not convinced by DCL now the purple patch is over and as much as I would love Haaland - how long before he pushes for a move. Currently I would probably edge towards Kane but can't see Levy dealing with us}


 

 

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13 Apr 2021 10:46:42
Just as lamela's antics worked in the 1st game. I would have thought our team would have learnt from that lesson. Great result, we deserved it and more whereas spurs deserved even less. That said, I think Cavani and Bruno were lucky not to get red cards for 'lashing out' at various points in the 1st half. Seems like Mou asked his players to rile up our players and get them to lose control for a minute like what happened in the reverse fixture with martial.

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12 Apr 2021 14:06:30
And Fred has hand more than 1decent game in 20. Much more.

mbd