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31 Dec 2020 16:38:43
Ed02, just a quick one on something I've not seen mentioned for a while - the Director of Football for the club. Are we still actively looking for one?

There was a report quite recently naming Luis Campos, Paul Mitchell and Marc Overmars as the 3 main candidates - any truth to this?

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with this, but Luis Campos (DoF) I am not aware of any approach by Manchester United although he was the Director of Football that Mr Mourinho wanted when he was at the club. The job he planned to move to has now gone, the interest of another side will go nowhere due to a conflict of personalities, leaving one club of interest right now. I suspect he will take his time and see what firm offers are made.
Paul Mitchell (DoF) The safe bet if Monaco will let him go.
Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar - Come as a package deal but interest from elsewhere.}


1.) 31 Dec 2020 17:18:08
ED002,

Why is there a reluctance from the club to appoint a DOF?

It's clearly the way forward, granted that it is set up correctly in the first place, unlike Arsenal.

Do you know anything about new sponsorship deals the club are looking at when the Chevrolet deals comes to an end?

Thanks and a Happy New year to you, all these eds and posters.

{Ed002's Note - The club is not set up correctly and it would take a restructure and a commitment to give out responsibilities.}


2.) 31 Dec 2020 18:49:37
Thanks ED002,

Sounds like those in charge have let it go to their heads.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody is in charge.}


3.) 31 Dec 2020 20:18:33
Ed002,

The blind leading the blind then?


4.) 03 Jan 2021 10:27:48
Remember that TV series with Digby-Jones called The Troubleshooter, where he went into businesses and told them where they were going wrong.
We could pitch a new TV series The Ed, where Ed02 goes into football clubs and tells them how to fix their problems. Netflix will snap it up, especially if we sell it as a rival to Prime's All or Nothing show.


 

 

19 Aug 2020 21:05:56
Ed02 - a quick one if you wouldn't mind;

Is Brooks a genuine target? And if so, is he an alternative to Grealish or Sancho?

Secondly, the last update I saw from you in regards to a CB is that we weren't looking to add one, but since then we're being regularly linked with various. Has anything changed that you are aware of, and if so, who is our primary target (s) for that position?

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Yes, he is an option to Sancho. I can’t see it as a priority given those already at the club.}


1.) 20 Aug 2020 07:24:59
Are utd scouts and decision makers stupid? We have gone from trying to sign a player who scored 20 goals and nearly 20 assists to trying to sign a player who has yet to score 20 goals in his entire career and as an added bonus he doesn't even play as a rw. His best performances for Bournemouth have been as a AM.


2.) 20 Aug 2020 08:07:22
Why do you think are stupid? Do you mean Chelsea and Madrid not seeing the value on Sancho are stupid too?
Sancho is very good but statistics don't tell everthing about players.


3.) 20 Aug 2020 08:10:32
csm, i think we just flirt with the idea of wanting sancho.

just so the club can say we tried.


4.) 20 Aug 2020 09:15:18
Kenedyandy its not about the money its about the gulf in quality of the targets.

The likes of coman and dembele are the level we should be looking at if not sancho not David Brooks!


5.) 20 Aug 2020 10:21:58
Kenedyandy a logical, not stupid person would try to sign chiesa or dembele or koman, they won't jump straight to brooks. This is the same philosophy that saw us target kroos and end up with fellaini and we know how that worked out.


6.) 20 Aug 2020 11:15:45
CSM, Brooks hasn't signed yet and we have been told Dembele, Coman, Chiesa and costa are an options plus Brooks. And we don't know for sure if those players would opt for utd.


7.) 20 Aug 2020 13:18:41
Kenedy,

That’s not how it works mate, we believe every player we don’t want as 100% true and definitely signing and every player we do want is never going to happen. Welcome to man united fans page.


8.) 20 Aug 2020 13:49:12
Kenedyandy there has been no credible report linking us to chiesa or coman, Barcelona president just came out and shutdown any dembele talk, costa is just experienced and brazilian brooks, the guy has never scored more than 4 goals in a season since 12-13 and gets double digit assists just once every 2 years.


9.) 20 Aug 2020 14:29:33
Brooks has played only 39 Epl games with 8 goals and 5 assists, and was unlucky with injury which kept him out for long time, before that i think everyone wanted him. Statistics sometimes judges players unfairly, by using statistics Divid Silva, can't be put among the best. Players can influence the game without assisting or scoring.


10.) 20 Aug 2020 16:21:07
Kenedyandy is he better than any of the names you suggested as sancho alternatives? I don't think he is any better than greenwood. He's basically another daniel james type signing what we need is a quality player who improves our first 11 not a hopefully decent squad player.


11.) 20 Aug 2020 16:36:10
Brooks is a quality player on my opinion, my worries is about the injury he had and it effects long term.


12.) 22 Aug 2020 10:23:02
While I agree we need to bring in the right quality of players. We also need to bring in players who want to play for us and are physically robust enough is also important.

Coman and Dembele look to have the talent, yet both are available because they are unable to get out on the pitch regularly enough to make an impact for their club's.

While Chiesa doesn't want to leave Italy, and many Italians have struggled outside of Serie A. Immobile is a prime example, struggled for Dortmund and in Russia, yet golden boot winner when playing in Italy.
So do we spend 50m+ on a player who has never played in England and has no desire to?

Brooks looked a great player for Bournemouth and last season while he was out injured they went from comfortable mid table team to being relegated.

Liverpool signed VvD and Mane from Southampton, they weren't considered "big names" when they signed, just players who had done well for a "smaller" club.

Brooks could be a very shrewd signing.


 

 

01 Aug 2020 10:57:00
Ed02 - you mentioned that we've been quoted a price for Grealish that we won't meet - could you share the alternative options that we're looking at as I can't seem to find the list looking back through posts.

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - I said James Rodriguez.}


1.) 01 Aug 2020 11:06:26
Ed are Real Madrid looking at a straight sell or would they be happy with a loan or loan to buy? I know you don't like discussing money as such but what sort of figure do RM want for James for a straight sale?

{Ed002's Note - I really don't want to discuss the money but Real Madrid would prefer to sell him.}


2.) 01 Aug 2020 11:14:14
Thanks ed2.


3.) 01 Aug 2020 12:52:26
A few are seriously against united getting grealish, would they be happier with James?


4.) 01 Aug 2020 12:59:11
Personally not sure on either Grealish or James, Grealish is good and offers something different, I can't say I've seen much of James, has he struggled to make it at several clubs tho?

{Ed002's Note - He is a talented versatile player but doesn't fit in at RM so has been played on the right. He doesn't get on with the coach there.}


5.) 01 Aug 2020 13:24:26
Id take james before grealish any day jred.
Quality player imo with good pedigree.
Cost comes into it. 23m for james v 50 or 60 for grealish is a no brainer for me. It could enable us to strengthen another position as well which has been an argument put forward by shappy and mumbles among others.
James had a decent season for madrid this year.
I think he is a better and more experienced player than grealish but its not my choice.


6.) 01 Aug 2020 13:25:38
Id take Rodriguez over Grealish everyday!


7.) 01 Aug 2020 14:28:08
While James Rodriguez wouldn't be my first choice I would 100% take him over Grealish.

Much better player, with a better attitude. While he would cost less. No brainer really.


8.) 01 Aug 2020 16:10:53
James above Grealish is a no brainer considering quoted price.


9.) 01 Aug 2020 16:13:02
James would be a no from me, struggled at madrid, in and out the first team at Munich. 29 years old with no EPL experience lacked pace in his prime.
Best days behind him, never lived up to the hype of the world Cup imo.
Personally I would have grealish all day long .
He will be on a good whack as well.


10.) 01 Aug 2020 16:22:26
Vanda beek over either of them for me.


11.) 01 Aug 2020 17:10:43
Neither will mar is weaker and neither will be starters but would add quality to the squid. Happy with both.


12.) 01 Aug 2020 17:26:20
Who else would people recommend for the am lw role we are looking at?
Van de beek would be my choice but don't think he could play as a wide player so could probably discount him.
David brooks from Bournemouth always impresses, yet plays from the right.
Maddison would be my choice but that ship has sailed.


13.) 01 Aug 2020 17:47:38
Tom neither maddison or van de beek can play that wide left position in our system imo .
Thd ed says we are looking for versatile player to play more than 1 position, which is probably why there is interest in grealish . Can play the lw, ACM or in a mdfield 3.


14.) 01 Aug 2020 18:31:02
Jred, I can play both full back positions and CDM, versatility is pointless unless you're good enough. And ken will account for this having watched me play, I fall a shade short of what is needed to play for United😂.


15.) 01 Aug 2020 18:43:11
I like grealish but Rodriguez is already a better player and very importantly a much better person and professional.

If it is between the two, Rodriguez would get the nod for me.


16.) 01 Aug 2020 18:46:17
Shappy
Maddison and dvdb can't play lw in 9ur system imo, Ed reckons we are looking for a versatile player to play cm acm lw.


17.) 01 Aug 2020 19:27:14
Id love vdb. Lovely player great box to box player super distribution. If pogba were to go then yes i see him being an option. i'd like to see him arrive even if pogba stays.
But the club are interested in grealish for a different position as jred says.
Maddison is not an option anymore.
I disagree jred i think he can cover the left cm cam just as well as grealish could, ok, left being his weakest i agree, but he is better in the other 2 than grealish imo.
That's why sancho makes so much sense due to his versatility. He can play 10 left or right.
Ole obviously wants grealish.
He would not be my choice.
But i think he would do ok. I'm not sure he will excel but i wouldn't be shocked if he did. He has been a dipstick no doubt on several occasions that's a worry but if he knuckles down he could do well.
It will come down to cost i'd imagine and what sort of deal they can do with villa. I think there will have to be some creativity to make this deal happen. Perhaps a player makeweight jones lingard maybe or a loan of a couple of players in rtn to help reduce the cost.
Villa could do worse than get tuanzebe or henderson on loan, 2 weak areas in their team. Grealish will take a lot of replacing for them he is their only creative spark to be fair.


18.) 01 Aug 2020 19:31:48
Shappy mate you are just short of the required level but at least your not short of the required level AND too old. 😭.


19.) 01 Aug 2020 19:36:58
Ken
I disagree on maddison, I like him as a player but he doesn't travel well with the ball, I don't think he would be a good fit as cover for rash on the lw in our system .
Null point tho, he is stopping at Leicester.


20.) 01 Aug 2020 20:33:50
Jred, do we really need cover for the LW?

Rashford is first choice, James back up, Martial and Greenwood can play their comfortably enough. If we sign Sancho then that's a 5th player who can play LW.

How important is a 6th option?

Whereas, I'd argue that creative central midfielders have Pogba and Bruno but beyond that we have no one who can be creative from deep.

With Grealish I'd argue that his weakest position is central midfield, and his best LW. Which is kind of the opposite to what we need.


21.) 01 Aug 2020 20:35:16
How that kid Angel Gomes? Free transfer could be good cover.


22.) 01 Aug 2020 20:53:48
Shappy the ed has said that's what we are looking for I've explained before why I agree .
And remember it wasnt a player to play just lw.


23.) 02 Aug 2020 07:24:44
Looks like “wonder kid” Gomes is making the step up to Lille. grass isn’t always greener kid.


24.) 02 Aug 2020 10:43:14
Id rather play for lille gain a new experience get some games under my belt than be here and not even making the bench.
Best of luck to him i admire him for taking the risk. I really hope it works out for him and he flourishes.
Lets be honest he is not going to play here to often and 30k a week is not worth sacrificing your development for.


25.) 02 Aug 2020 11:37:43
Not sure that’s true ken. He’s no guarantees starting at Lille either. The step up to any top level adult professional first team is steep which he will now start realising. I can’t imagine he’d hoped to leave Utd to sign for Lille either.


26.) 02 Aug 2020 15:53:47
Nobody forcing him to go to France i assume so they have convinced him somehow. I think its fair to say you have no idea what guarantees he has eric no more than i do.


27.) 03 Aug 2020 12:37:12
Took my info from Ed2 on the European pages Ken - which I think is fair to say is right most of the time.


 

 

22 Jun 2020 15:46:12
Ed02, are there any updates on Bellingham's future? Lots of talk of him choosing Dortmund but nothing announced so far.

Also, do you know if there are any plans to buy a CB in the summer or do you think we'll be focusing on other areas?

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Dortmund have continued discussions over Bellingham and have thought for a while that they will reach a formal agreement.

I am not so sure a CB is a priority at the moment with five registered for the Premier League. But if one or two could be sold and one came up at the right price who could improve the squad, maybe it might happen.}


1.) 22 Jun 2020 16:07:53
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 22 Jun 2020 17:54:43
Looks as though Dortmund have continued discussions for Bellingham Ed002 but have other teams made formal offers too?

{Ed002's Note - I am pretty sure not.}


3.) 22 Jun 2020 18:52:33
Dortmund are doing some great business then if getting Haaland and Bellingham in the same year. Two players I’d love to see at United.


4.) 22 Jun 2020 19:08:40
It’s ok we will sign them next summer for 150mill combined. that’s how we roll 😂.


5.) 22 Jun 2020 22:35:50
Is bellingham to Dortmund connected at all with our pursuit of Sancho? Or is that just clutching at straws?

{Ed002's Note - No.}


6.) 23 Jun 2020 11:02:27
I think Bellingham to Dortmund makes much more sense, for the player and for both Dortmund and United.

Bellingham needs to play every week to progress and become a top player, while Dortmund have a fantastic recent history of working with young players and making them top stars. I don't see how he gets into the United first team on a consistent basis especially if Pogba stays. Matic, Fred, McTominay, Pogba and Bruno ahead of him. Garner hasn't got as many minutes as most would have liked this season, and while Bellingham is probably ahead of him in his development he is only due to playing every week at a professional level for the past season.

While I see the logic in spending 30m on a player now who could be worth 150m in 2-3 years time, that only works if the player can play every week and fulfil that potential. Other wise its 30m spent on a player who will at best sit on the bench every week and stagnate. For an extra 10m we could potentially sign Donny van de Beek who could challenge our first teamers next season and actually contribute to the team next season.


7.) 23 Jun 2020 17:05:50
Agree with that Shappy, there’s almost no point signing him if there’s no route to the first team for him. However, I would’ve thought that the club would try to sign him anyway if they are that convinced he’s the real deal, and simply loan him back to Birmingham for next season so he will continue to play week in week out. Then ideally Birmingham get promoted and we can loan him back for one or two more seasons in the Premier League just like Henderson at Sheffield United, or another Premier League club if Birmingham don’t get promoted, which isn’t all that likely. Either way, he comes back to United at 20 years old with 4 full seasons of first team football under his belt. But that surely makes far too much sense for it to ever happen.


8.) 23 Jun 2020 17:31:42
Gilly, the problem with that is Bellingham is 16 years old and still a child. He isn't able to leave the club on loan until he is 18 at least.

If he joins us the options are play him in the first team or play him in the academy. That's it.

Personally I think signing a professional deal with Birmingham and having another year in the championship would be the best idea. Then look to move next summer to a higher level of Birmingham don't get promotion. That way he would sign for another club a few months before his 18th birthday. He could see how he settles and if he isn't getting enough game time could leave on loan in the January.

Wherever he moves there needs to be a clear path of progression, he has huge potential. But that will never be fulfilled unless he is constantly challenged while not being pushed beyond what he is physically capable. He needs to be challenged technical and mentally but not physically yet as he will still be growing.

It's a very fine balance and the wrong move to a club without a clear plan for him could set back his career or even ruin his chances of ever reaching his full potential.

If he is determined to move this summer then Dortmund might be the best club for him.


 

 

18 Feb 2020 11:58:18
Ed02, if you don't mind, the Independent are reporting that we are 'strongly considering Antero Henrique and Ralf Rangnick for the role of technical director' - is there any truth in this?

Rangnick seems like a very good option given his work at RBL.

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Ralf Rangnick is the target for Milan - I don't know if Manchester United are keen on him. Henrique has been spoken of before and he is available - I am not sure the structure of the club would suit him.}


1.) 18 Feb 2020 12:27:03
I'm a huge fan of Rangnick I think he's done a brilliant job at Leipzig.

Ed002, considering the structure of the club who do you feel would be best suited to the role the club is looking for?

{Ed002's Note - They need to change the structure.}


2.) 18 Feb 2020 13:03:47
Ed002, is it a reluctance to change the structure the thing which is holding up the club finding the right person to appoint?

{Ed002's Note - Not just that.}


3.) 19 Feb 2020 14:27:11
Ed, would you be prepared to explain in brief how the structure needs to be changed? Many of us are not familiar with the United specifics compared to other clubs. Perhaps also it would help to reduce the volume of questions and speculation in the future. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No, the supporters will simply carry on their hate campaign with other members of club staff.}


4.) 19 Feb 2020 21:43:53
I appreciate that Ed but let's face it we are a very small band of supporters on this page. Anything you say is unlikely to migrate too far.


 

 

 

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14 Jan 2020 12:02:13
Ed02, it's been reported that we've bid for the Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham - is there any truth in this?

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - I don't know I am afraid. He is only a kiddie as far as I recall.}


1.) 14 Jan 2020 13:47:23
Good player, only 16 and scoring goals in the championship.


 

 

07 Oct 2019 09:20:26
Ed02 - do you think the board will continue to give Ole time, no matter how bad the results are?

Given the importance of top 4, I struggle to see how he stays for much longer.

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed. I am not sure why you mention "the board", but Manchester United, if they are going to improve, need to deal with this terrible mistake and move on. There is a reluctance to do it but there is an inevitability that it needs to happen. It was a stupid mistake and thoughts about keeping it in the MU family are at best naive.}


1.) 07 Oct 2019 11:19:03
And here you go guys, ed002, tells it as it is, and even he has been saying ogs was a mistake. But will Woodward and co finally accept that maybe they're not best placed to make footballing decisions. Somehow, I think the Glazers/ Woodward circus will be running for a long time as we, the fans, keep lining their pockets with gold.


2.) 07 Oct 2019 11:20:29
ED 02. You seem to imply that the Board don't make the football decisions about hiring and firing the manager so if not who does.

{Ed002's Note - The fans are looking for people they don’t know so they can abuse them. The complete lack of knowledge about the set up and operation of the business and club is laughable.}


3.) 07 Oct 2019 11:44:56
Well whoever is making these decisions needs to go as well.


4.) 07 Oct 2019 12:02:44
You agree he needs to go Mort?


5.) 07 Oct 2019 12:48:01
Mumbles if were in charge I would give him the time. However I'm not in charge so I think he will go sooner or later.

However I have no confidence in the suits to not make a mess of it.

If he goes it should be Wenger short term whilst we approach 4 managers to gauge their interest and ask them to formally apply.

My 4 man shortlist would be the managers of Leeds, Salzburg, Leipzig and England.


6.) 07 Oct 2019 12:53:00
I'm pretty sure Woodward does the hiring and firing of the managers. The board as in the Glazers leave the running of the club up to people like Woodward.


7.) 07 Oct 2019 14:09:02
Remind me again why I wholeheartedly agree with Ed002?

His knowledge, insight and vast information are undeniable. Sometimes, I do wonder if, just if the glazers were to ask Ed002 to man the helm just for a year.

& no, I don't mean as the manager but a key strategic football position like a DoF. Or PERHAPS, a CEO's position like Woodward.

But a man can only wish.


Anyway, maybe Wenger can be a good short-term solution.


8.) 07 Oct 2019 14:43:47
Yaz,

I don't think the club could afford ED002s wages.


 

 

17 Jul 2019 22:40:33
Few reports linking us with Zaniolo who Spurs are supposedly after. Anything in them Ed02 if you don't mind? Seems like another name to add to the long list of false targets.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath.}


 

 

11 Jun 2019 10:35:13
Ed02 - if you don't mind - I saw a post of yours on the Liverpool page outlining targets and who would be a good option for certain positions. We quite clearly need to buy a new CB, could I ask your opinion on who you think the club should look to / would be a good solution?

Thanks.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Dias would be an excellent long term solution.}


1.) 11 Jun 2019 16:18:06
Sounds like he'd be more affordable than De Ligt who's the hot topic right now and also has Mr Raiola whispering in his ear.

Lets hope the club can bring him in.


2.) 11 Jun 2019 16:28:30
How much would he cost? I assume he has a buy out/ release? He has looked great whenever I have seen him, seems to read the game really well. Out of all the defenders we’ve been linked with over the past few windows I’ve been impressed with him the most.

{Ed002's Note - What does his cost matter?}


3.) 11 Jun 2019 17:03:34
Rom is Red,

A buyout clause or a release would not matter to us as we couldn't active his release clause and idoubt Dias would be in a position to buyout his contract.


4.) 11 Jun 2019 18:04:06
yes to Dias and to Wan Bissaka, we get those 2 and our defense is going to be more solid at the back but we need to get a very speedy right footed right winger as well.


5.) 11 Jun 2019 17:36:55
Only asked his potential cost to compare with other CB’s we have been linked with and what they would apparently cost. Maguire at 80M, Kouilibaly 100m, Toby 25m just be interested to see the fee we could bring him in for. Not much point in a forum if questions are met with such a sharp response. I’ll stick to reading posts only in future.

{Ed002's Note - Good.}


 

 

 

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22 Jun 2020 16:07:53
Thanks Ed.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


 

 

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16 Oct 2019 13:58:13
Thanks Ed.

Hypothetically, if OGS was to leave, who do you think personally would be a good choice to replace him with?

pudding

{Ed002's Note - Done to death. Please read the posts.}


 

 

 

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05 Nov 2020 13:54:40
Ed02 - are you able to expand at all please?

Have we actually made any approach to Pochettino? You'd think another loss against Everton could be the end for Ole.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - My understanding is that there has been a general discussion with a third-party - and no more.}


 

 

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29 Jan 2020 11:58:35
Ed02 - do you think he'd be a good fit for the position if it was to happen? Read a few articles from him and it wasn't great reading in regards to his time at PSG.

pudding

{Ed002's Note - It would depend on responsibilities - but I fear the stucture would not suit him.}