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31 Aug 2021 11:49:32
As I understand it (and please feel free to correct me) We can register only 25 players for the season over the age of 21.
Who are these?
3 keepers, I assume Grant will not be part of the 25?
Def: AWB, Dalot, Varane, Harry, Eric, Victor, Shaw, Telles (assume jones won't be reg? )
MF: Fred, Mctom, Pogba, VdB, Matic, Lingard, Bruno, Mata
FWD: Sancho, Rashford, CR7, Cavani, Martial, Greenwood

If this is right and Greenwood is U21, don't we have room for an extra player?
Or maybe my assumptions above are naive.


{Ed002's Note - I have explained that space needs to be made for any additions.}



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?


{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?


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?


{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.


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

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

9.) 19 Jun 2020 18:50:52
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.




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04 Dec 2021 09:21:26
Any news on CR7's injury?


{Ed001's Note - wasn't it cramp?}

1.) 04 Dec 2021 09:35:02
I'd hope so, read somewhere he got injured celebrating the goal.

2.) 04 Dec 2021 23:20:52
All 801 of them.



24 Nov 2021 15:19:57
Who is a better fit for Utd Valverde or Rudi Garcia?




08 Nov 2021 10:58:40
I just don't understand why the Eds, especially Ed 001 and 002 haven't sacked Ole yet.


1.) 08 Nov 2021 11:11:15
Ed001 is a Liverpool supporter while Ed002 is a Chelsea guy. Why would they want to sack Ole? They are enjoying this???.

2.) 08 Nov 2021 11:24:24
UA lol . ok Ed004 then.



27 Oct 2021 13:01:13
It seems we all want a change and something has to give. After a lot of venting and ranting on my part, I decided to look at it from the perspective where if I had the power at utd to make decisions what will I do.
What i am 110% sure is I will replace Ole.
Now who can come in for Ole seems 2 candidates at the moment if we are to believe all the news, Conte and Zizu. Ziziu may not want the Job nor will I want him at utd, personally I think he wants to be next French national team coach. Conte who seems willing I fear will be a mourinho like move. If we learnt anything from lvg go it is that long term plans trump knee jerk decisions.
Initially I was thinking let Ole and his assistants go, and someone like steve bruce comes in to see us to the end when we can possibly approach coaches like Ten Hag, Marcelo Gallardo or even Graham Potter or Urs Fischer.
But then why trade one bad apple for another when you can stick with what you have until a good option avails itself.
So i settled on I will probably look at the players and see if they still back their coach and decide whether he stays, or he leaves and a caretaker comes in to see the season to the end. No matter how good the caretaker is, i WILL NOT make him permanent.


1.) 27 Oct 2021 13:19:24
well ain't we all glad your not in charge. steve bruce

if they are going to be looking long term just leave ole in the job till the summer, look for candidates now and then we have enough time to get the right manager in.

2.) 27 Oct 2021 15:00:41
Trouble is that given the inertia of the board will the club be such a wreck by the time they find someone that they will not want to take the job?
Basic rule of life is Grow, develop and live.
Try to tread water, regress and die.
The problem is that with Ole we are sadly already well into the regression stage.

3.) 27 Oct 2021 16:04:26
Bolger, like i said if you read farther, it was an initial thought and gave reason why i won't do that.

4.) 27 Oct 2021 16:48:04
Urs fischer really?! Wow.

5.) 27 Oct 2021 17:28:54
LOL RedW, that's the even column.



21 Oct 2021 12:51:51
Let's not get too carried away. The players' desire and talent won us the game. We played zero tactics and strategy. Unless an argument is to be made that being unpredicatable is Ole's tactic, then the sooner we get a proper tactician who will use this wealth of talent we have, the sooner we will win relevant trophies and inch towards becoming a football powerhouse once more.


1.) 21 Oct 2021 13:16:12
The two halves encapsulated the issues quite well

The first half was the Ole tactical set up they have worked on. The second half was the underdog team mentality situation relying on better players pulling something out of the hat, driven by fear of going out and emotion.

It will work some days but won’t be anywhere near consistent.

2.) 21 Oct 2021 14:44:33
Defensively we were very poor in the first half. The first goal came from Lindelof being dragged out of position wide left to cover for Maguire, McTominay dropped in to cover for him as he should but he allowed the player to get ball side of him. The second goal was simply Shaw losing his man from a corner. Interestingly I wonder why Shaw (a full back) was picking up Demiral (a CB) in the first place.

That said we did create chances in that first half, at the break it could have been 2-1, 2-2, 3-2 or 3-3 based on the chances for both sides. It was a very open game played by two sides who attack well but struggle to defend.

The real difference between the first half and the second half is we took our chances in the second half and didn't make any silly defensive errors like we did in the first half.

For me the real concern is that we don't seem t play without fear until we are chasing a game. Which means we need to concede before we get going, while you play like that you are at the mercy of luck. In previous games we ran out of luck, while last night we seemed to find it again.

Simply put we have too good a squad to rely on luck.

{Ed001's Note - McTominay was marking Demiral and got a little shove in the back just before the ball came in, which left him in front of Shaw.}

3.) 21 Oct 2021 15:26:07
Ed001, You might want to watch it again. Shaw is picking up Demiral and is tussling with him before the ball is played in. Demrial then pushes Shaw and runs around Maguire toward McTominay, nudges McTominay in the back Shaw then catches up but gets under the ball with Demiral nodding home. Maguire sees what is happening too late and tries to get to Demiral but doesn't make it.

On YouTube the BT sport highlights pick everything up between 2.38 and 3.15 if you want to see.

It was Shaw who for some reason was asked to do a man marking job. It's down to our hybrid zonal/ man marking system where we have some players marking zones (such as McTominay taking the near post zone) and others marking players who are considered a threat. I suppose Shaw at 6ft and fairly mobile makes more sense to be man marking rather than someone like Maguire who's heavy footedness could leave him flat footed.

either way Demiral's movement was excellent, although Shaw should have done better. It was a well worked corner routine, but we need to do better on those.

{Ed001's Note - ok, but the guys outside the 6 yard box are meant to block, not mark in those systems usually. The ones inside the 6 yard box are meant to pick up the flight of the ball and deal with anyone who gets near it.}

4.) 21 Oct 2021 15:58:31
So now our 80M centre half can't man mark at set pieces.

5.) 21 Oct 2021 16:22:24
Ed001, without a doubt our defensive system is a shambles. I'm not sure anyone really knows what they should be doing.

1 clean sheet in 22 matches highlights the obvious issue.

Yet still we are making obviously and silly errors. We supposedly brought in Eric Ramsey to deal with the set-piece goals we give away so often. So far it doesn't seem to be working.

The annoying thing is sometimes due to the way you set up to get the best out of other players on the pitch there are some defensive weaknesses that are hard to eradicate from your game. A propensity to get caught with balls over the top for example could come from having to play a high line to get the best out of your midfield/ forwards. If you don't have quick defenders or a keeper comfortable to come out a sweep then you either have to change your system entirely or accept you will concede a certain amount of goals from the same situation all season.

Yet the most frustrating thing for us is that we concede so many goals from set-pieces. Something that isn't impacted much if at all by which system you want to play.

Be organised and do your job and it should be easy enough to defend. We have defenders more than good enough to win most defensive duels from set-piece situations. The fact we concede so many just means we are poorly organised and not working hard enough on the training ground.

Such a simple fix which would make such a big difference, probably stop us conceding 10-15 goals a season, would get us through a few more rounds of cup competitions and an extra 10-12 points a season.

No more players needed just competent coaching. So frustrating.

{Ed001's Note - you don't need quick defenders nor a keeper comfortable sweeping. What you need is defenders who can read the game, and they are rare as hen's teeth these days.}

6.) 21 Oct 2021 16:42:06

Not sure that is what has been said above.

7.) 21 Oct 2021 16:48:02
ED001, are you still a fan of McTominay?

I feel with the right manager he could be a terrific player if utilised properly. He is far more effective as box to box midfielder.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, he is a very good player being badly used. You could say pretty much the same about most of the United team. They are much better than they are being made to look under Ole.}

8.) 21 Oct 2021 17:06:40
Ed001, true, but like you said there might only be a handful of such defenders in top flight football.

I blame the coaching, they train to react to and not read the game. Also the tendency to try and make defenders have the technical ability of a midfielder means than much more time is spent training them to receive and pass the ball.

{Ed001's Note - and almost all of them are midfielders in their youth that get put at the back, that doesn't help either.}

9.) 21 Oct 2021 17:39:12
If we continue with solskjaer tactics or lack of them, then we won't keep clean sheets. We're simply not condensing the pitch when we don't have the ball. Only a change of formation and hard work is going to solve the problem.

10.) 21 Oct 2021 18:56:35
AAA, change of formation has nothing to do with it. A formation is only a starting point, the formation should change multiple times during the game depending on phase of play.

It's the tactics and the speed/ ease in which we transition that is the problem. We dally on the ball which slows attacking transitions while we are slow to react to change into defensive shapes when we lose the ball.

11.) 21 Oct 2021 20:21:00

I agree with your comment about the players.

Even with the addition of Varane Utd look very poor defensively. Maguire is abysmal, a lack of match fitness is one thing, but his defending for the second goal was horrendous. I do wonder if a new manager comes in, whether Maguire improves or gets sold.

12.) 21 Oct 2021 21:14:23
Hatter, I think McTominay could be a very important player for us if he was to play a proper box to box role.

He has stamina for days, is strong in the tackle and has a really good shot on him.

Play him alongside a deeplying playmaker type player and he would add bite and work rate to the midfield and would probably come up with 8-12 goals a season from midfield if allowed to break forward more often.

Last season everyone raved about Tomas Soucek because he grabbed a few goals, but McTominay is every bit as good if not better.

Asking him to play a deep lying player goes against his best attributes and he is only being asked because there is no one else capable in the squad.

13.) 21 Oct 2021 23:12:03
The main weakness being he can’t pass Shappy.

14.) 21 Oct 2021 21:25:59

McTominay when allowed to play as a Box 2 box midfielder has been phenomenal. He has really controlled games when he plays as b2b. however he hasn't really played as one for nearly 2 years. Hopefully a new manager comes him and okays him in the right position.

15.) 22 Oct 2021 05:13:37
I had big hopes on McT, but he has regressed.
His passing, positional awareness have not improved. Again boils down to poor coaching.

16.) 22 Oct 2021 08:21:39
Eric, his passing is good, it's his long passing which is limited. Again this is something that is a bigger problem when you play him deeper and he is expected to make 30-50 yard passes.

17.) 22 Oct 2021 09:59:58
Shappy, not sure about the abilities of any of our players on the pitch.

Probably most of them are just carrying out Ole's instructions so that they can be part of the first team. And who knows, they might just be doing the same in the training sessions which gets transferred on the pitch.




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13 May 2022 12:30:02
To quote someone 'the info I got when asking is that during talks with Ten Hag, FDJ was mentioned, Utd inquired, Xavi and FDJ both were not interested. Barcelona however are keen to talk, they would like a bidding war, obviously Utd want to avoid this. No champions league is a big blow. It’s thought Ten Hag will have to convince him of the project. '




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18 Oct 2021 12:39:25
Ten Haag please, Ed 002 kindly wave your magic wand and abrakadabra it for us (me) .




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11 Aug 2021 17:57:59
Does Tuanzebe's loan move count as a departure in this sense?


{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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19 Apr 2021 15:07:17
We MAY just have dodged a sancho bullet by messing them around last season, so not every mess is necessarily bad news :P.




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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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08 Apr 2022 12:38:44
Rene Meulensteen is as world class a coach as NIck Powell is a world class MF. :P.




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21 Dec 2021 09:42:50
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14 Dec 2021 13:55:13
Many Hamilton fans here :)