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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?



{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.



{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.



16 Oct 2019 10:41:24
Ed02 - there has been a couple of reports in the Italian press that we want to replace OGS with Allegri - any truth to it at all?



{Ed002's Note - The situation remains unchanged. Should Manchester United overcome their reluctance and decide to replace OGS then Max Allegri will be a possible option.}

1.) 16 Oct 2019 12:37:48
With him being a possible option, we can assume the damage of messing him about years ago isn't a deal breaker. I wonder if we repaired the relationship or if he is simply a classy man who doesn't hold grudges.

{Ed002's Note - No it won't be a deal breaker - but I guess you know little of him if you think he is "a classy man who doesn't hold grudges."}

2.) 16 Oct 2019 13:51:31
He's always sent me a Christmas card ed.

3.) 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?

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

4.) 16 Oct 2019 18:55:03
If Allegri does belatedly arrive, does this mean a revert back to the previous plans you alluded to Ed?

{Ed002's Note - No, that was for 2017. Things were very different.}

5.) 17 Oct 2019 05:09:25
I see thanks Ed.

6.) 17 Oct 2019 08:53:12
Hi Ed,

Who do you think is best suited to the job? If you were in charge who would you hire?

{Ed002's Note - Laurent Blanc.}

7.) 17 Oct 2019 09:58:22
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, I think blanc could be a good appointment. Makes sense therefore it probably won't happen. Its a pity you aren't the ED in charge 😂.

8.) 17 Oct 2019 12:43:36
I honestly don't get blanc. He's been out of management for a long time and the club had changed out of recognition since his brief stint here as a player.

9.) 17 Oct 2019 13:40:21
I thought the same Mort. Why aren't any other top clubs after him.

10.) 17 Oct 2019 18:45:00
Sorry but Laurent Blanc does not do it for me. He was a square peg as a player, bought in desperation. Intelligent footballer but no Premier League experience as a manager and no one is knocking on his door at any of the top clubs. It would feel like another placating manager, that the fans may give more leeway to than another manager. We need to trust the next manager based on previous record, for a long period, it can’t be another guess and Blanc would be a guess for me.

{Ed002's Note - Maybe if you give him some cash he will do it for you?

I suspect you know little about him or the offers he has had. You deserve Sam Allardyce.}

11.) 17 Oct 2019 20:16:29

Interesting that you seem a strong advocate of Blanc.

I am concerned at why he hasn’t worked for 3.5 years. Why didn’t he take any offers? He was given a big pay out by PSG by all accounts so could choose to be picky, yet 3.5 years is a long time in football. Was he overlooked recently for the Lyon role? Did I read that he turn down the chance of United previously?

If we stay with OGS, Allardyce may get the call after Christmas, perhaps if OGS stays longer it would be a call to Neil Warnock next May.

{Ed002's Note - He has turned down offers that he did not see as suitable, and he spoke with Lyon.}

12.) 17 Oct 2019 22:56:06
Would love blanc to be honest. He'd be a great fit.

13.) 18 Oct 2019 08:39:14
I’d take Blanc over OGS and Pochettino - although Allegri would be my first choice.

14.) 18 Oct 2019 10:23:07
Always loved Blanc as a player and thought he was a good manager. Ed002 has been consistent in mentioning him for us for some time now.
I think if OGS leaves Allegri may be the favoured one. Interesting if he does come what he gets out of Pogba if he's still here.



22 Aug 2019 15:37:40
Ed02 - keep reading stories about us being interested in Llorente on a free, any truth in this at all?

Guess it'd make a little bit of sense if Sanchez were to leave given our lack of options up top.



{Ed002's Note - I know nothing of it I am afraid.}



19 Jun 2019 10:01:20
Supposed interest in Max Aarons now as an alternate to AWB. Any truth in this Ed02 or possibly just a ploy to try and push things along with AWB?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest in Aarons from MU and there are no such loss.}




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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?



{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.



{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

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.


{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?



{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.


{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?


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




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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.


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