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17 Jul 2020 11:31:08
Hi Ed. Can you please provide an update on the Grealish? With the FFP ruling I imagine City might be happy to enter the bidding war for Grealish.


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed - Manchester City had an interest in Grealish last summer, as did Spurs. Right now their primary focus is on continuing discussions with clubs over other players and they have not spoken to AV again as far as I know.}



11 Jun 2017 17:43:23
So were the Eric Dier rumours false then Eds? I would personally love him at United, but know that Levy would never allow it.


{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. Hopefully it's because we are prioritising Fabinho}

1.) 11 Jun 2017 18:54:05
I was hoping for both as Fabinho can also play at right back and Dier can also cover as a centre back.

{Ed004's Note - I think Jose will look to sign specialists. So I'd rather Fabinho and someone like Semedo for that money}

2.) 11 Jun 2017 19:11:56
Fabinho has played at right back more than midfield though. He only played midfield this season.

{Ed004's Note - I think he's far better in midfield though}

3.) 11 Jun 2017 22:54:40
I don't get the Dier love in for a midfield spot. He's not good enough in the ball. He's an English Daly Blind!

4.) 11 Jun 2017 21:15:54
Fabinho is too talented to play RB, been a revelation as a Midfielder, looking forward to seeing him, Ander and Pogba playing together.

{Ed004's Note - Hopefully that happens}

5.) 12 Jun 2017 00:05:09
I agree about Fabinho. I actually think adding him is more important than any attacking player at this point. He is a versatile player, and I don't just mean positionally. He will round out the midfield nicely and allow Pogba and/ or Herrera to play further forward, as Jose sees fit.
I also think Semedo would be an outstanding addition. I hope he ends up with us and not Barca. I don't buy the argument that we have Valencia so we don't need Semedo. Semedo can challenge for time next year, as we challenge on all fronts, and grow into the right back role as Valencia gets older.

6.) 12 Jun 2017 01:37:44
Dier is extremely overrated guys. I think since he score that free kick in the euros he has been highly rated. Not great on the ball. If we wanted to sign a defensive midfielder off spurs wanyama is the man to sign.

7.) 12 Jun 2017 07:56:13
Dier and Bertrand are sub standard, they are not first team signings if we want to be winning the league/ CL.

8.) 12 Jun 2017 10:06:23
I'd love Fabinho at United. He's just what we need so we can take the shackles of Pogba.
Lindelhof, Fabinho, Morata and maybe Perisic would signal a very good transfer window for us.

9.) 12 Jun 2017 10:38:03
For once we seem to have a majority agreeing. Dier is not good enough o play for us and i am being serious. He is a very poor passer and IMO the weak link in a very good spurs team.

10.) 12 Jun 2017 11:09:53
I'll be honest, I've not seen a lot of Fabinho play, I know Monaco was a tremendously attack minded team did Fabinho do his defensive duties well?

11.) 12 Jun 2017 11:48:01
Welsh Red Devil. he had a great season. He would be a great signing for us as a defensive midfielder.

12.) 12 Jun 2017 16:45:41
I think many here are really underrating Dier. He's never going to dribble past players like Pogba for example, but his passing and work rate are brilliant. He's at least as good as Carrick was at that age.

13.) 12 Jun 2017 16:46:45
Breast it has to be said i agree on dier but chelsea did win the league and cl final with bertrand. Having said that i don't think bertrand is top class i would like either mendy or rose if we sell shaw. If shaw is being kept i'd like to buy tierny who would provide great competition for shaw. For me fabhino would prove to be a vital cog in our team next year. Love the way he plays. If we are to play 3 in midfield fabhino pogba herrera sounds like a perfect combination with atttributes that compliment one another. Backed up by carrick Pereira and my preference would be to sell fellaini and buy matuidi we would be in great shape in midfield.

14.) 13 Jun 2017 06:38:05
Ken - True, but in our style/ system we rely on our full backs a hell of a lot for creating space and chances, Bertrand is not good enough. Also he played 28 games for Chelsea in total (not one season, 9 seasons with various loan outs I admit I thought it would be more than that), I imagine the majority of those were in meaningless cup games and coming on as a sub as well.

Mendy and Rose are the two I'd want as well mate, Bertrand is a typical Liverpool player for me.



18 Oct 2015 19:07:44
Ed 001/002 - A couple of questions if you do t mind:
1. Do you see it possible that Depay could be sold next summer if his performances and attitude don't improve? Seems a little hasty but that's the impression I'm getting now.
2. Do you see Bale being available anytime soon ie next summer?
3. Are we targeting any centre backs for January and if so do you know who?
4. Do you think Carrick will still be at the club after next summer? I can see him moving to the MLS or similar, as I'm not sure he will figure much in LVGs plans going forward.



{Ed002's Note -
1. Unlikely - he wasn't ready for the move, I spent the summer explaining that was the view of someone who knows far more about the player and Dutch football than anyone at Manchester United.
2. The situation is unchanged, if someone offers ridiculous money he might be available.
3. Mustafi and Martins-Indi are being repeatedly looked at.
4. I am not sure by what you mean "or similar".}

1.) 19 Oct 2015 01:32:24
Carrick is still top class imo, if he is still able to perform at the top level there is no way we should sell him.

2.) 19 Oct 2015 13:01:39
Jase -o Carrick has been great over the last few years but he is clearly struggling now. He's good at picking passes through the lines but he plays at a very slow temp and is very immobile which is the opposite of what LVG wants from his players. Ed - when I say "similar", I mean a lesser retirement friendly league.

3.) 19 Oct 2015 05:42:39
Thanks so much for transfer targets Ed002 - don't suppose we're liking at any strikers as well? ! Info much appreciated!

{Ed002's Note - Right now I think the focus is on the CB position - MU will not buy a striker for the sake of it.}

4.) 21 Oct 2015 14:08:03
Prodigal, Schweinsteiger is also very immobile, but the difference is that Carricks positional awareness far outweighs his. Carricks the best passer of the ball we have got, and is also the best at shielding the back four. I agree his tempo has been slowing down, but so was Scholes towards the end of his career, but he was still able to come back and help us win the league. I think we would be stupid to get rid of Carrick, who else could we bring in to replace him? Intelligent players like him are few and far between these days.

5.) 22 Oct 2015 08:48:04
Schweinsteiger is both more mobile and a better passer of the ball than Carrick, not sure why you would think that Jase. He also makes more interceptions and tackles per game so that would tell me he is positionally better too. VG is not stupid, there is a reason why Carrick is usually on the bench for him. Carrick has always played at a slow tempo, and SAF didn't care about that because when you play on the counter like SAFs It doesn't matter much.



07 Jun 2015 11:08:59
Could an Ed please tell me what's going on with Gundogan?


{Ed004's Note - Nothing new}



31 May 2015 20:16:19
Der Westen still saying we are interested in Gundogan. They seem to be the only ones of that opinion.


1.) 31 May 2015 20:23:44
Probably cooking the rumour up again because it's gone cold from everyone else.

2.) 31 May 2015 21:39:14
Ian Ladyman said we were interested which to me says we were at some point recently. Perhaps he turned us down and the club are just saving face by not going back in. Der Westen have consistently said he was coming to us and haven't changed their mind.




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04 Aug 2020 01:15:13
Ed can you please confirm that Rashford is settled and happy at the club? Someone told me he might Decide to move somewhere else to play as a 9.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of him being unhappy with his lot. He won't be moving this summer but there will be interest in him next summer.}

1.) 04 Aug 2020 09:39:34
prodigal i play football with his best mate, he's always coming down when he's free, he ain't going nowhere pal.

who ever told you this is pulling your leg.

2.) 04 Aug 2020 09:59:15
Thought it was rashford himself who didn't want to play as an out and out striker and preferred cutting in from the left as a wide forward which is why him and martial swapped.

3.) 04 Aug 2020 10:33:10
I believe PSG have him as a top target for next Summer.
But I guess no worries since he is a muncunian.

4.) 04 Aug 2020 11:09:17
PSG expect to see Mbappe leave for between 200-250m next summer, they have Rashford earmarked as a potential replacement. Failing that if Real Madrid can't afford Mbappe then they might look too Rashford as a cheaper alternative.

I'd fancy our chances of keeping Rashford from PSG, yet if Real Madrid come in for him we might have a battle to keep him. The pathway between United to Real Madrid is a well walked one, we pushed Beckham and Heinze to Real Madrid, while we fought to keep RvN and Ronaldo and lost.

I'm hoping Real Madrid get Mbappe next year.

We need to keep our best players, especially the homegrown ones as they provide something that you just don't get very often from players signed.

5.) 04 Aug 2020 11:25:05
Where did you hear we fought to keep RVN Shappy? I heard him and Ronaldo had a fallout and Fergie decided to get rid of him and keep Ronnie. All hearsay though obviously.

6.) 04 Aug 2020 12:37:54
TheDarkKnight, Real Madrid first attempted to sign him two years before we sold him to Real Madrid, in the same way as Ronaldo.

For two years we fought to keep him. Ultimately RvN and Ronaldo had a falling out and the club decided not to fight to keep him for a third time.

7.) 04 Aug 2020 14:21:43
So basically we let him go just like we let heinze and Beckham go and completely different from what happened with ronaldo.

8.) 04 Aug 2020 16:24:10
Not quite CSM. We packed Beckham off to Madrid out of spite, a deal was agreed with Barcelona but they then pipped us to Ronaldinho, so we approached Madrid and said would they like to sign Beckham. We were actively looking to sell him.

With Heinze he tried to push through a move to Liverpool, which we blocked and then looked to offload him abroad.

With Ronaldo we didn't want to sell at any point and Real Madrid kept coming back every summer pushing for a move. In the end the club agreed to the sale as it was the players wish.

With RvN Real Madrid approached us in both of the two summers before we agreed to sell him, with us rejecting them both times. Eventually we agreed as the player wish to leave after a falling out with Ronaldo and the club backed Ronaldo. So RvN with his nose out of joint wanted to leave and the club agreed to let him leave.

Much in the same way Ronaldo left a few years later.

9.) 04 Aug 2020 19:46:18

Does rashford strike you as the beckham type who wants to be a global superstar? Most South American players dream of Madrid or Barcelona and obviously ronaldo had it as his dream from a young age.

I might have been a bit younger but I don’t remember Ruud ever trying to force his way to Madrid.

Rashford born and bred in Manchester. For him this is his dream, can call me naive but I can’t see him being desperate to end up at Madrid or the likes unless we don’t challenge for trophies.

10.) 04 Aug 2020 19:56:23
Shappy did rvn ever want to leave though? Ronaldo was pushing for the move and we wanted to keep him. Rvn left when we wanted to get rid of him, very different situation, whatever happened i don't see madrid having any pull over rashford. There is no i want to play for madrid 1 day thing there and one thing we have shown with pogba is we won't sell just because madrid want a player.

11.) 04 Aug 2020 20:33:23
Rashford has never openly said he wants to play for Real Madrid. But then neither did Gareth Bale until Madrid came knocking.

If Real Madrid come calling for Rashford he will genuinely give it some serious thought. We are a few years away from genuinely challenging for the title, whereas Real Madrid are regularly challenging for titles and UCL's.

12.) 05 Aug 2020 07:57:34
Shappy just accept you maybe wrong sometimes mate, this is just arguing for sake of it. Rashford isn't a 30 year old whose prime is about to end is looking for trophies and a final payday.

Its a huge difference between going from tottenham to madrid and utd to madrid, we aren't winning right now but club are going in the right direction and more important than that rashford is under contract until 2023 with a 1 year option for 2024 and is paid 200k a week which will increase if he performs well, to suggest that utd and tottenham are similar statured clubs and madrid can somehow sign him from us with utd being unable to stop it if madrid are adamant enough is pure bull crap and you know it.



05 Feb 2016 16:14:10
we're now partnering with 20th century fox. perhaps Ed think this will make up for the lack of Hollywood signings.
This is getting ridiculous.


1.) 05 Feb 2016 18:23:13
Why is it ridiculous?

2.) 05 Feb 2016 22:39:33
Say what you like about woody but that bloke could screw money out of anything a financial genius.

3.) 06 Feb 2016 04:18:33
That utd-deadpool advert is pretty cool.



02 Oct 2015 14:28:43
Ed could you tell us which club Martial turned down to sign for us? Just heard the Monaco president saying that they got a better offer from another team but Martial only wanted United.


{Ed002's Note - I am afraid there is some bravado here.}

1.) 02 Oct 2015 23:46:18
Accrington Stanley

2.) 03 Oct 2015 07:03:24
Who are they?

3.) 03 Oct 2015 09:35:40



11 Sep 2015 16:06:26
De Gea using Madrid to get a better Contract? Lol, jokes aside, glad he is staying, even if he does want to return to SPain eventually. Perhaps he will end up at Barca instead.




03 Sep 2015 10:40:48
I'd say we had a good window overall, though it's disappointing we couldn't get a real marquee signing. Schweinsteiger doesn't count for me, he's not the player he use to be. Though the Martial fee is a bit high, I still think it could be good business and the ABU press reaction is just typical. It is a £36m fee but the add ons only kick in if he wins the ballon D'or/is top scorer in the league/we win the league. If any of those happen then i'd happily spend a few extra million!
Ed, there have been stories now that Real will refuse to do any business with United going forward. Is that true? Bale would likely become impossible then.


1.) 03 Sep 2015 11:49:22
Of course that isn't true, think about it logically, it would make no sense for them not to do business with us if we were the highest bidder for any player.

2.) 03 Sep 2015 22:10:05
Why should RM refuse to do business with us when they extracted a King's Ransom for Di Maria and scuppered the deal with De Gea. If anything, we should think very carefully about doing business with them.
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06 Jun 2022 10:38:51
He’s been the number 1 target since Ten Hag was confirmed.




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06 May 2022 18:29:32
Interesting Ed. I was told that the his agent is just using united to boost his profile in negotiations with Lazio for a new contract or a move to another Italian club on a bigger contract. The club placed that “he wants to go to Manchester” story because they were annoyed with his agent making up the interest.




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27 Nov 2020 11:44:54
@scoobydog because he’s so old at 26?!
Are you Meryn Trant?




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29 Oct 2020 18:03:38
Ed could you shed light on Bartomeus comments about the super league? I know a little bit about it through work in that it’s United and Arsenal with Liverpool possibly being invited if they can increase their global appeal. But it seems like the negotiations have taken off in various directions recently?


{Ed002's Note - He was discussing the proposals of the "elite" sides which I have been explaining for several years. The other idea are simply options, which I have explained as well.}



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16 Oct 2020 18:59:08
Given how Pogba has played for the last year he doesn’t even merit a place in the starting 11. If it wasn’t for his commercial/ social media value the club would be working much harder to shift him out. Also, our relationship with Real Madrid is horrendous and I can’t see us ever selling anyone to them under the current environment. I saw Spanish reports that Barcelona were interested and perhaps we could get some players from them in exchange. De Jong would be my top choice, he’s come into some criticism from the Catalan media recently and when that happens then 90% of the time it doesn’t work out well for the player.





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