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Where from: Born in Fifth Street Trafford Park, Dad worked at Turners Absestos.

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21 Nov 2021 23:30:33
Compare to ZZ.
Ex Man U defender, loved the club, SAF favourite, successful club manager, successful national manager, English speaker, available for some compensation,
Laurent Blanc is flying under the MSM radar.


1.) 22 Nov 2021 12:12:52
Blanc as interim consideration only and then I am not sure. If he won a few games the ridiculous clamour for a permanent position would start and likely Ole mark 2. We need to learn the lessons that ex players do not always make the best choice, stop the sentimental tosh. Actually, what league is he managing in right now and how is he doing?

2.) 22 Nov 2021 13:04:19
I don't think the interim manager should be anyone who could seriously be considered long term.

It needs to be either an in house option, an old hand who's practically retired, someone like Rangnick who'll move to another position at the club in a managerial/ structural shake up, or someone who is an international manager and able to take the job "part-time" during the season while there is no international football.

None are great options and all have at least one or two drawbacks or potential issues.

I mean would any temporary option bring their own staff or work with the coaches we have?

If they work with what we have then the question still remains about whether they are good enough.

If they bring in their own coaches then by the start of next season, with the new full time manager and his staff, that will be the third lot of coaches working with the players in less than 12 months.

{Ed002's Note - I expect Manchetser United to see how Fletcher and Carrick get on in the coming couple of weeks and maybe let them see the season out and work on Mauricio Pochettino for next summer as a background activity.}

3.) 22 Nov 2021 13:07:08
I don't think the interim manager should be anyone who could seriously be considered long term.

It needs to be either an in house option, an old hand who's practically retired, someone like Rangnick who'll move to another position at the club in a managerial/ structural shake up, or someone who is an international manager and able to take the job "part-time" during the season while there is no international football.

None are great options and all have at least one or two drawbacks or potential issues.

I mean would any temporary option bring their own staff or work with the coaches we have?

If they work with what we have then the question still remains about whether they are good enough.

If they bring in their own coaches then by the start of next season, with the new full time manager and his staff, that will be the third lot of coaches working with the players in less than 12 months.

{Ed002's Note - I expect Manchetser United to see how Fletcher and Carrick get on in the coming couple of weeks and maybe let them see the season out and work on Mauricio Pochettino for next summer as a background activity.}

4.) 22 Nov 2021 13:09:51

Will Richard Arnold eventually take over from Woodward or has nothing been decided as of yet?

{Ed002's Note - I expect him to.}

5.) 22 Nov 2021 13:41:39
Ed002, that's probably the most sensible course.

Although many fans will be screaming blue murder every time we lose under Fletcher/ Carrick. Which of course puts pressure on the club to find a solution quickly.

Pochettino wouldn't be my first choice, but I don't think he's a bad choice. I actually think he is better suited to the role at United than PSG. He seems more like a project manager who wants to work with and develop his players into a specific footballing vision/ style/ system. That I think fits what United need. While PSG seems to be more about getting the star players to perform at the right time in the UCL to win it. That actually seems perfectly suited to Zidane.

I suppose that's why there seems a lot of store in the Zidane to PSG and Poch to United rumours.

Maybe in February if PSG get eliminated from the UCL then maybe Pochettino will be available before the end of the season.

6.) 22 Nov 2021 13:51:50
Ole was an interim manager who was rushed into the full time position on the back of a few positive results (probably because they looked around and there were no top managers out there who wanted to work for the incompetent anti-football soul sucking incubi who run the club) . Interim should mean interim. The appointment of an interim manager as a full time manager prior to the end of the season would basically be an admission that they don't have a plan and don't know what they're doing. Of course, just waiting for waiting's sake doesn't mean that they do know what they're doing but it does mean they might have learnt something from past mistakes. which is a step in the right direction.

7.) 22 Nov 2021 14:54:33
Surely if we appoint someone, e. g. Blanc as an interim til the end of the season there should be some option for them to get the job on a permanent basis, i mean wwhat if for example they won the Champions League?

{Ed002's Note - LB will not be taking any interim job.}

8.) 22 Nov 2021 15:16:20
Ed, was just using his name as an example.

9.) 22 Nov 2021 15:33:00
Lots of noises coming from God knows where that Poch really wants the job. I never know if this is media speculation or people acquainted with Poch but I do seem to remember SAF being very complimentary about him before.

10.) 22 Nov 2021 22:31:51
Aren't all managerial jobs interim?



11 Aug 2021 10:23:01
Latest MSM rumour this morning. Ander Herrera just listed by PSG because of Messi, and could be on his way back to OT.


1.) 11 Aug 2021 10:38:49
No ta.

2.) 11 Aug 2021 11:13:19
I hope not. average player at best.

3.) 11 Aug 2021 12:45:39
Won’t happen…but of lazy journalism there. Talk of tolisso though and I’d take him at the reported €10m price.

4.) 11 Aug 2021 13:16:42
Was a very good player, not a great, but should have been made captain back when, as his attitude would have been infectious to his team mates (kinda like Jordan of d scouser)

5.) 11 Aug 2021 14:30:42
I think he was a pretty decent player for us.
At a really cheap price and okay wages, someone who acted like he really loved United.
I'll have back because we need a nasty player and honestly we have no one like that.
Won't be coming back, but he's better than matic, fred and mctominay defensively.

6.) 11 Aug 2021 14:48:08
I always liked Ander, but more for his attitude than his contributions on the pitch. I’d welcome him back under normal circumstances as I’d much rather have him in the starting lineup than Fred, but we’re overstocked as it is in that department (Beeky can’t get a game to save his life) and he’s not at all what we need in regards a DM.

7.) 11 Aug 2021 16:21:28
We have missed him in midfield. A far better player than Matic, Fred and Mctom.

8.) 11 Aug 2021 16:53:18
Re Ander Herrera.
Since 2019/ 20 season when he left, Ander Herrera played a total of 40 games for PSG. (avg 20 games a season) He missed a considerable amount of games due to injuries.

Moreover I don't think he s what we re looking for - a more defensive minded CM.

9.) 11 Aug 2021 18:27:18
As much as i like him i wouldn't touch him because of injuries.

10.) 11 Aug 2021 19:28:10
If even Herrera wouldn’t touch him I think that says it all. We want to be looking forward not back.

11.) 11 Aug 2021 20:40:45
Kived united my ass. Loved himself. Went for the money. Hardly kicked a ball for psg. Average player.
I read people call messi a mercenary what does that make herrera. Never delivered anything at united.

12.) 11 Aug 2021 22:01:00

Once again 100% agree but I gave that opinion when he played for us and it didn’t go down too well so I thought I would reign it in a bit.

13.) 11 Aug 2021 23:15:04
Ander was never good enough. Worked his tail off, but he’s no upgrade on what we have.

14.) 11 Aug 2021 23:44:11
Ken i think you underestimate the lad both on and off the pitch. What would you do if your team wait until last months of your contract to offer you a contract extension? I think you would understand that you are not loved and wanted and if you find a better proposal you would jump at the first chance. I would do the same even if i support the team and he did the same. He was clearly not wanted, we clearly didn't rate him that high and we didn't make a contract proposal at the right time. At the time we keep giving contracts at Jones Smalling Lingard because we didn't want to lose the "assets" but not to him.
As for his performances? I know you will not agree but he was the best midfielder in our team for the last 10 years. I can't count the times he was by far our best player in a derby. In Mourinhos first derby against City they schooled us in first half until Herrera came on and we had a game again. Against Liverpool in which he made record of interceptions tackles etc, against Chelsea who took Hazard in his pocket and made an asist too (if i remember correctly) and many more. In the road to Europa League he was also one of our best players and he always was a big game player. You can see Paris last years games at Champions League and he also was one of the better players.
The guy don't have the physicality and pass of Pogba neither the technique of Mata but he was an all round very good player. Give him some credit. He could be our own Henderson. He wasn't our favourite player when he came, he was one of my favourites before when he played for Bilbao. And I assure you in their system (Bielsas? ) he was even better and all round excellent.

15.) 12 Aug 2021 00:08:32
Imo he was slight before average Herrera fit his entire time at the club. He played a few really good games in 5 years.
His wife is French he had the psg deal lined up for 12 months he was always going there he never had any intending of staying. He is a diving cheating little sneak on the pitch imo. Feigns injury and was not a player i ever enjoyed watching extremely limited in most aspects of the game at that level not withstanding his energy and effort.
I appreciate you think different but that's what I see.
Giving it all that woe is me i'm not loved or appreciated yet has his psg deal lined up for over a year full of crap he was.

16.) 12 Aug 2021 08:20:34
Ander's girlfriend, Isabel is Spanish Ken.

17.) 12 Aug 2021 08:34:20
Anders won't be returning to United's treatment room. Always thought he had more to offer and used to roll around dramatically.
As for Tolisso, seems to be permanently injured. Is he actually any good?

18.) 12 Aug 2021 10:32:58
I’d keep well clear of Tolisso.

As I said give Garner a shot - he’s too good for the Championship so nothing to lose by giving him some minutes. Even Bruno has singled him out as a talent.

19.) 12 Aug 2021 14:29:40
Ken i appreciate too that you think differently but I simply think you are wrong and don't remember him very well. He very rare had a bad game. He simply hadn't much hype because he wasn't master of something. Not the Hollywood pass of Pogba, not the excellent close control of Mata, not distacting the tempo like Scholes or the perfect passing of Kroos. But he had it all in an acceptable level which made him an all round very good midfielder in both boxes and he was the kind of players that made his mates play better because of his passion cleverness and moving, he was there to provide cover for them and he was there to help them when they were in blind positions.
Pogba (and even Bruno) seems good for 2 minutes in highlights with ball in every match, Ander was the opposite, he was excellent for 88 minutes and he wasn't bad with the ball either.

20.) 12 Aug 2021 15:21:08
While i don't think bringing him back is on now, i think some people here are being very harsh on the guy .

If you go back to the good games / runs of games we had under LVG, Mourinho and Solskjaer you'll find that Herrera played a big part in them, when we went on the great run under Ole early on in his time as managaer it was no coincidence that it ended when Ander got injured .

When we had a run of about six games under LVG when we played some good stuff, ander was a big part of that, especially his link up with Mata .

And he very often got asked to do jobs that were'nt his natural game and went and did them . When he was allowed to play in a midfield three, close players down and then be constructive with it it when he won it he was good .

As for being snide and fouling etc, i never had a problem with it as it showed he wanted to win and some of our other players could have done with a bit of that in them .

21.) 12 Aug 2021 16:06:58
I think Ander was decent for the team he was playing in at the time but we had to improve on him if we were ever going to challenge for the league.

22.) 13 Aug 2021 13:40:52
Herrera. I know you think I'm wrong i think your wrong and that you don't remember him very well.

Its a simple case of 2 different opinions. I don't like his style and think he is no better than Fred. Bottom line neither is good enough and both have proven that.

23.) 15 Aug 2021 07:27:46
Ander is far better player than our current central Midfielders.

24.) 15 Aug 2021 13:00:57
I wouldn't want him back now either, but seriously, he was the best CM we've had in a long time.

Not quite a true playmaker, but he still had very good passing, excellent close control and composure on the ball, was pretty much immune to pressing, fabulous work rate and determination, an absolute warrior with just the right amount of nasty mixed in.

I agree he came here for money and never truly loved the club, but he was professional and gave everything on the pitch. If Pogba had half the attitude Herrera did he'd be the best player in the world.



13 Aug 2020 19:51:27
So the latest from Phil Space, ace reporter, in papers everywhere, is Ben Chilwell for £80m.


{Ed0666's Note - Surely Sancho and chilwell in the same window is not a financial realization even for a club as wealthy as United?

1.) 13 Aug 2020 20:19:16
So we are signing Sancho for 120m, Koulibaly for 90m, Grealish for 80m, Chilwell for 80m and Rice for 70m.

Next everyone know United are going to smash out 440m in one window 🤦‍♂️.

2.) 13 Aug 2020 20:22:56
Not a chance that’ll happen, apparently we want a younger lb to be backup to shaw and move Williams to backup for awb.

3.) 13 Aug 2020 22:02:13
We already got the 17 year old from Madrid.

4.) 13 Aug 2020 23:48:41
I don't see that deal happening at all.

5.) 14 Aug 2020 22:12:11
what a pointless buy that would be, other areas should be a massive priority over this. don't think there is much to this to be honest.

6.) 16 Aug 2020 13:25:25
Phil Space? Great name!



26 Oct 2019 14:13:47
Daily Mail 2pm. Zidane to offer £85m plus Bale for Monsieur Pogba. Don’t shoot the messenger.


1.) 26 Oct 2019 15:24:30
nope. thank you.
not enough cash to replace him with the player we want and we will get a player we don't want and who does not want to be here. not good business selling one player who doesn't want to be here for two players we don't want.

2.) 26 Oct 2019 15:53:17
Can we just have the £85 million?

3.) 26 Oct 2019 18:43:15
Problem with Real s proposal (Assuming we want Bale) is Bale s huge salary. We re still trying to get rid of Sanchez' salary off our books, why should we hire another past his best player with an even bigger wage?

4.) 26 Oct 2019 18:50:50
85million would do just fine. Keep bale.

5.) 26 Oct 2019 20:25:14
Ceballos cash maybe?

6.) 26 Oct 2019 22:25:55
I'd be prepared to take 80m if they agree to keep Bale😂.

7.) 26 Oct 2019 23:10:49
Bale on 18 month loan - yes please
Pogba for £150m - yes please
Replace with SMS - yes please.

8.) 26 Oct 2019 23:50:42
85 mil and Isco and I'd accept.



01 Jul 2019 10:26:50
Football-Oranje Reporting us signing NEC Breda’s 16 yr old CB, Bjorn Hartley, yesterday, for a rumoured €90k training fee.





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08 Aug 2021 09:30:18
Tahith Chong MOM for Birmingham in their 1-0 win. Lee Bowyer didn't use him in his normal position, but had him playing left side of a midfield three. 7 tackles won, 3 shots on target. Food for thought.


1.) 08 Aug 2021 10:07:55
Maybe he has found his level?

2.) 08 Aug 2021 11:07:48
He's a haircut I'm afraid.

3.) 08 Aug 2021 13:17:03
A solid season will do him loads of good, his cross was pretty decent, and he seems energetic and hard working.
Looks more suited centrally than out wide.



30 Jul 2021 09:53:49
Todays MSM clickbait from El Gol Digital. Barca offering us Griezmann for Lindelof plus cash. Mileage?


1.) 30 Jul 2021 10:40:45
Do we have a need for Griezmann?

He's an expensive, self-centred player who has shown little regard for the club's he represents. He also hasn't shown top class form for 2-3 years now.

He plays in a position that we are strong in. He doesn't get a start ahead of Rashford, Sancho, Cavani or Greenwood for me.

Barcelona seem desperate to offload him, prepared to swap him with any player another club will offer just to get him off the books. Understandable given his huge wages, his little contribution and Barcelona's dire need to address the wage structure at the club.

I don't think we need or should even want him. He's the footballer equivalent of a second hand condom.

2.) 30 Jul 2021 11:10:00
Not for me.
Good player but turned 30 and epl is not the place for him imo.
€630k per week. What were Barcelona thinking?
A loan is best they can how for i'd imagine while still paying over 50% of his wage.
Very good player mind you.

3.) 30 Jul 2021 12:53:05
Barcelona are doing everything to get rid of their highly salaried under contract players like Griezmann.
Thanks but no.

4.) 30 Jul 2021 14:40:32
Barcelona are desperate. Greizmann is like the plague, avoid at all costs. He is Barcelona's problem. i'd still let them buy lindelof though.



29 Jan 2020 16:06:30
Bubbling up. Vedat Muriqi, Fenerbahce striker. Scored 12 in last 18, Burnley have been in but didn’t offer enough. We are supposedly ‘putting a late bid in’. 3 days left and how the rumours pile up.


1.) 29 Jan 2020 16:55:04
Josh King is another name doing the rounds.



27 Nov 2019 13:18:12
Bruno Fernandes rumoured to have signed a new four year deal and Sporting have upped his release clause to £85m.


{Ed001's Note - not a rumour, Sporting announced it. He was already on a 4 year deal, it is just upping his release clause.}

1.) 27 Nov 2019 14:24:15
Still worth every penny. Pretty sure Sporting have some financial issues that need sorting. I would imagine the increase in release clause is about making sure they bank enough money to clear the financial issues and have enough to finance a replacement for when Bruno leaves.

2.) 28 Nov 2019 06:07:25
Yes Shappy, We are crying out for a Bruno Fernandes or Maddison or Kai Havertz for our no 10 role.

Andreas and Lingard are hardworking but neither posses the creative spark or guile needed to be our first choice no 10.

3.) 28 Nov 2019 09:02:44
TrueRedDevil, we need someone who can spot a forward pass and put pressure on the opposition though their use of the ball.

I think we need a No.10 AND someone who can offer creation from deeper.

4.) 28 Nov 2019 10:43:09
Yes exactly.
In addition to a no 10, we need someone similar to the ilk of SMS or Saul Niguez to control the midfield.

In most of the games this season, we are getting overrun in midfield. Without McTominay, there is no energy or mobility as well.
Therefore central midfield is the area we must address asap.



24 Nov 2019 17:37:17
Posted this on live chat. Sir James Radcliffe, Britain’s richest man, was asked today why he bought into Nice rather than Utd, when he’s been a lifelong Reds fan. His answer? 'They are in quite a big pickle as a business.
'They haven't got the manager selection right, haven't bought well. They have been the dumb money, which you see with players like Fred. ”
Not a lot more to say really.


{Ed002's Note - He is a season ticket holder who has repeatedly tried to buy Chelsea.)

1.) 24 Nov 2019 18:36:58
Do you blame anyone wanting to buy a business.

The debt is still going up.

Maybe a few years of this garbage will make the owners sell up.

2.) 24 Nov 2019 19:22:02
99% of business men would love a debt to turnover ratio like United's bolger. Its a fantastic position to be in i'm not sure you understand the finances.

3.) 24 Nov 2019 19:49:26
I do ken we make loads of money but the club could be making more money

That's what I don't understand.

4.) 24 Nov 2019 21:45:24

Yes you are right but when there is debt (leverage) In a business it usually has been spent to improve the business, our debt has done absolutely nothing for the business or club.

5.) 25 Nov 2019 08:10:55
The debt is the least of the clubs issues. Frankly owners can do what they like with the money its their club and its in a financially fantastic position. Much better than when they took over.




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24 Jun 2019 13:45:36
According to his local newspaper Heraldo d’Aragon, he is apparently very quick, can play left or right wing, is known as “the jewel of Zaragoza”, scored 53 goals in his last 29 games and cost us £600k.




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18 May 2018 20:44:55
DD I don’t think you are too far off the mark. I also think JM’’s next assistant will speak fluent Portuguese.




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21 Jul 2017 16:48:48
Fee stated as £50m.




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21 Jul 2017 16:48:00
Telegraph mentions it too DW.




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17 Jun 2017 18:12:50
Cheers Kidder. He goes to Preston, rips up the league and scores 20+ and we go back in for him next season for 15mill ish. With Keane in mind it Feels like groundhog day.





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27 Aug 2021 18:23:03
He’s actually right. Stop stroking Ed2’s ego. Any moment now Ed2 will, as he does once every one or two seasons, get hissy about criticism and then leave. To come back later. Kudos Utd.


{Ed0666's Note - So you expect Eds 002 to correct 100% of the time about every football transfer? Such a fickle business where deals can break down at the very last second. So he got Ronaldo to United wrong but what about all the others over the years on this site he’s got right way ahead of any media outlet?? Moron.



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24 Jul 2021 20:19:18
Hat Tip Shappy, good points well made.




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20 Jul 2021 22:45:18
Hat tip Shappy 👍.




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10 May 2021 20:22:53
Agree totally Stand. I urge everyone to go to MUFC's site and read the interview that he has just given about why he signed for another year. The man is a total professional and one who appears to have taken on what it means to play for us.
His comments about how the manager helped sway his decision, plus the support and affection he has been given in the dressing room are everything we want to hear from one of our players. All it needs now is for Mason and Marcus to walk over to him and ask "teach me to be you" and magical things could happen.




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29 Jul 2019 12:25:47
Darmian also not travelling. It’s been all quiet on the transfer front re Matteo, anyone heard anything?