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05 Oct 2023 16:17:43
Ed02 - are we actively looking to appoint a DoF? I saw on the Liverpool page you mentioned a few names and that other clubs were showing interest so I wondered if we are one of them.



{Ed002's Note - The club has a DoF.}

1.) 06 Oct 2023 09:54:11
No changes such as Director of Football would likely happen unless there was a major reshuffle- likely caused by a takeover.



21 Aug 2023 15:35:24
Ed02 - few reports today linking Varane with Al-Ittihad and us being interested in Antonio Silva as his replacement. Is there any truth to either of these stories?



{Ed002's Note - Antonio Silva (CB) Benfica say that "many scouts" have been to watch the player - perhaps they are looking for someone to pay his €100M buy out clause - a move at that price seems unlikely but PSG are keen. Juventus and Napoli would want a reduction in the asking price to make any move viable. Newcastle would like to do something but it looks difficult for this window. Looked at by Spurs, whose interest may well have gone, and Manchester United as an option to replace Maguire. For Liverpool perhaps a Konate replacement but very, very unlikely. Discussed with Chelsea during a conversation about another player.

I did not epect to eave this summer.}

1.) 21 Aug 2023 16:33:31
Just noticed a similar post on the Liverpool page ed, at first I figured this meant Silva to leave this summer but now see you meant Varane, I'm very surprised if he's going and imagine the club would want around 50-60m if he did.



06 Jul 2023 12:42:59
Ed02, a couple of questions if you don't mind:

1) Are we still targeting a CB? If so, do we have a preferred option as most of the ones listed previously seem to be heading elsewhere (Timber, Torres, Kim Min-jae etc) .

2) Is Amrabat our primary target now for the DM position? Seems somewhat uninspiring if so. Any other players we still hold an interest in as like with CB's, a few listed previously have gone/ heading elsewhere?



{Ed002's Note - 1. Yes and the club has options. 2. The situation with Amrabat remains largely the same as I have previously explained.}

1.) 06 Jul 2023 13:45:44
Amrabat is pretty good. Stood out whenever I've watched him at the world cup and in the conference league final where Rice was also playing. He's at a good age, apparently available at no more than 40M and can play either alongside or in place of Casemiro. Could be an inspired signing if we get him.

2.) 06 Jul 2023 13:46:32
Amrabat is an excellent CDM and also for the price would be a very good signing.

3.) 06 Jul 2023 14:04:04
For 26 million pounds which is what is being reported he's an absolute bargain.

{Ed002's Note - It is not as simple as that.}

4.) 06 Jul 2023 16:56:37
Ed, is Disasi the clubs preference now for CB?

{Ed002's Note - There is interest in him - I have explained that.}

5.) 06 Jul 2023 17:53:35
Any club getting Amrabat for under 35 mill are getting a bargain - terrific player who would improve us if we were ever in the runnning for him.

6.) 06 Jul 2023 18:14:42
Gotta agree that Amrabat could be a great option, but again I can only base that view on what I saw at the World Cup when he was fantastic. Quite understated and able to do a bit of everything. With Mount probably a more offensive option, could be a decent few midfield options.

7.) 06 Jul 2023 18:34:42
Amrabat would be an outstanding signing. Could play alongside Casemiro when we need to close games out and instead of him when our soon-to-be new vice captain needs a break/ is suspended.

As for centre halves, Disasi is as cumbersome as Maguire and should be avoided at all costs. I can’t believe we haven’t gone in for Timber or Torres at £40m. Todibo, van de Ven, Upamecano etc. all respresent far better options for us. Varane cannot play three games in a week - the CB signing needs to be strong.

8.) 07 Jul 2023 06:42:06
Ambrabat is an excellent player and a great addition. He might not be as sexy or well known as some of the other names that get floated around but he having watched him through the world cup and a few games in Italy, He has always been excellent playing against much more touted expensive opposition.

I am surprised at the figures being quoted to get him and as ed says more to it. We can pretty much not worry about our midfield for a few years if he joins with what we already have and can play against anyone with him in there.



05 Jun 2023 11:23:16
Ed02 - with a lot of conflicting news stories and nothing concrete from searching the site, I was hoping for clarity on a couple of points;

1) Is DDG still expected to stay/ sign a new contract? Previous reports have suggested it's just waiting to be signed off, whereas more recent reports have said he may well leave now. Seems like an awfully expensive #2 if the plan is to sign a new GK.

2) Who is our preferred target (s) for an incoming GK? You'd mentioned Diogo Costa back in November but can't find anything since?



{Ed002's Note - David De Gea (G) If Mr Mourinho stays at Roma, which I think unlikely, then perhaps interest. perhaps someone in Spain. Manchester United have a list of potential replacements.

Manchester United have identified at least 8 potential replacements but Costa will remain first choice if available. There are also at leat three identified for the purpose of cover.}

1.) 05 Jun 2023 19:21:37
Maybe we can play all 8 in goal next time we play City.



01 Jun 2023 15:16:09
Ed02 - are we showing interest in Ugarte at all?

I've seen your posts on the Chelsea page stating that they are confident, but there have been reports from Portugal in the last couple of days stating that we are now showing interest.



{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware - Manchester United have other DM targets they are working on.}

1.) 01 Jun 2023 16:57:32
Is one of them Rice, Ed?

2.) 01 Jun 2023 19:24:47
Really hope we sign a DM as well as Rice (and not CM who does a bit of DM) ; need cover for Casemiro as fragile without him.




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26 Oct 2021 15:12:37
Ed02 if you don't mind - are there any developments in regards to Solskjaer's position and whether we are looking to make a change? Are we actively looking at a replacement?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything specific. The club will have talked about it but they will likely be reluctant to make a change immediately - it is expensive and disruptive. Also of importance is what the options are and the timing of any change. If they could make do until next summer or December 2022 then the chances of the preferred options of Mauricio Pochettino or Gareth Southgate might be available. Of those available immediately, Ziodane wants the PSG job, or perhaps the France job. Antonio Conte is a complex charachter and I am far from convinced the structure would suit him - an outstanding coach but he won't be happy for long. The likes of Martinez and Rodgers may be tempted by the job. Rangnick would work as a Sporting Director better than as a coach. Certainly there will be third parties and agents hoping for a little action out of all of this.}

1.) 26 Oct 2021 15:55:17
Out of those mentioned Rodgers would be my choice and not just because he is a fellow Northern Irishman. I know his Pool connections and he is accused of winning nothing (up until recent FA Cup) but he is a track suit coach, decent tactician and I think sooner or later he would win a big trophy playing decent football .

Maybe Pool job came a bit too early for him to go all the way to the PL but all in all I like his approach to the game.

2.) 26 Oct 2021 16:33:07
Agree with the above post 100%.

3.) 26 Oct 2021 17:40:23
Difference being, Rodgers has won with Celtic.
Came a very close 2nd with Liverpool.
Won an FA Cup with Leicester (outclassing United on the way) .

The progress is clear with Rodgers.

Whether he is the correct the person to go forward to handle all those personalities remains to be seen.

The problem is, United haven't won the league since 2013.
Its unlikely if a coach like Rodgers arrives that we will win the league. that's not a dig at Rodgers because clearly he is talented. Its more of being in awe at Pep, Klopp and Tuchel. They are the best 3 coaches in the world right now, and by some distance. You could argue Nagelsmann is a top coach however German league is always a 2 horse race and largely Bayern always win (note Klopp won it with Dortmund) . To compete with those 3 managers, you need a serial winner - someone with a winners mentality. On the pitch you have that - Ronaldo, Pogba (world cup) and Varane. It needs backing up in the coaching department.

Looking at Contes record, he rarely (? if ever) remains longer than 2 seasons. He does guarantee silverware (though we thought that with Mr Mourinho and he did deliver, just everything but what we wanted) . he's the only coach currently that can compete with the above 3. Zizu has won CL as a coach but RM football wasn't always fun to watch. He can manage big personalities, though there's probably more at United than there were at Madrid. (Ronaldo, Fernandes, Pogba) .

Ten Haag is being touted as being exciting because of youth etc, so perhaps long term could be an option. That should only be an option though AFTER some silverware. Champions League or Premier League. Sorry but the Europa/ FA Cup/ League Cup don't cut it.

Tuchel came in half way and won the goddamn champions league, and if my memory serves me correct, he THEN signed a longer a contract (correct me if wrong) . We haven't won the CL since 2008 and Prem since 2013. 8 years without significant trophies is ridiculous. We need some proper silverware this season, or the next at the latest. We can claim to still be an attractive club - but as City, Liverpool and Chelsea become more dominant, why would Haaland or MBappe want to come to the PL and not even play for the best team in Manchester let alone premier league. We have lost domination since Fergie. Even Klopp referred to us in 2014 as an adult Disneyland and rejected us.

The next 2 weeks are pivotal in shaping the next 5 years. The board have signalled they will make the wrong footballing (perhaps right monetary for them) decisions. The club is in crisis right now, the worst it has ever been. Worse than Moyes. Make no mistake, 0-5 to Liverpool was worse than 1-6 to City. By a mile.

4.) 26 Oct 2021 18:44:33
Porch always has been my preferred choice. Glad to see Ed mention him.



24 Aug 2021 11:16:31
Diario AS reporting that we are 'winning the race' for Niguez but Chelsea are still interested.

Still can't see it happening.


1.) 24 Aug 2021 11:19:09
Interestingly it’s down as a loan to buy in the article as well.

2.) 24 Aug 2021 12:07:06
Would love this to happen, Ed has said that we might try and bring in someone who we’ve been looking at previously…let’s be honest though, he will end up at Chelsea😔.

3.) 24 Aug 2021 13:43:16
Saúl is one of the possibilities for Chelsea as he has chances to leave Atletico, as reported here. Chelsea will decide this week whether to buy a new midfielder or not

thats from fabrizio

cant see us signing another cm just to sit on the bench while the likes of matic and fred continue to play.

4.) 24 Aug 2021 13:54:34
Romano apparently said there’s a bid in from Chelsea, loan with buy option. That’s that then. Apparently we enquired but as usual are way too slow.

5.) 24 Aug 2021 14:20:56
Let pogba off. Buy Saul. Play Saul plus 1 of mctom or donny.
Fred and matic can play if required. We will have a much more skilled and pro active team

Play sancho left greenwood
Cavani up top until rash gets back. Then any 3 from that 4 will do well.
James and amad can back them up get martial out of the club on loan or permanently.

6.) 24 Aug 2021 14:25:09
You auditioning for the manager/ DOF role Ken? 🤣.

7.) 24 Aug 2021 14:30:56
They couldn't afford me Tim😊.

8.) 24 Aug 2021 16:37:55
Is anyone interesting in Martial Ken?

{Ed077's Note - Martial to PSG anyone?? To replace Mbappe.

Better yet, Pogba and Martial for Mbappe. One can dream :-D}

9.) 24 Aug 2021 17:00:28
Think they would rather play with no striker than sign Martial Ed.

{Ed077's Note - I wouldnt give a rats a$$ whether Martial got the Donny treatment or the Bruno treatment if we could use him to bring Mbappe in.

But alas that aint happening.}

10.) 24 Aug 2021 19:12:15
Really 077 would you prefer pogba gone, don’t get me wrong I feel he’s been nothing special and has not showed great loyalty but with most other big teams around us looking so strong, and pogba starting so good I couldn’t think of anything worse he looks different class this season.

{Ed077's Note - I have been on the "let's move Pogba" on camp and 2 good games aint gonna change it. Let's hope he can keep his form up



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.}




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15 Nov 2023 13:54:57
Just on that note Ed, you've mentioned SJR would like Paul Mitchell - there have also been reports about Dougie Freedman from Crystal Palace - is there any truth in that or is PM still the preferred choice?


{Ed002's Note - Paul Mitchell is the person who is wanted.}



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15 Nov 2023 13:25:33
Ed002 - are you able to share any of our preferred targets? Looked back through previous posts and all I can recently see in relation to the CM/ DM position is that Andre isn't a target, and Amadou Onana is way down the list.



{Ed002's Note - I would expect changes with the new DoF.}



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23 Aug 2023 10:05:42
Ed02 - would this be an alternative to Amrabat? Whilst I've always thought Veratti is a good player, it seems like a very short-sighted move again.

Are there any younger CMs we're actively looking at Ed02? I can remember Kone and Khéphren Thuram being mentioned in previous posts, but all seems to have gone quiet on both of them.


{Ed002's Note - Veratti plays as a DM, Amrabat doesn't.}



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06 Jul 2023 13:21:08
Is there any interest in Watkins Ed? Quite a step down from Kane but most would be. Would likely be very expensive as well.


{Ed002's Note - Yes but not from Manchester United.}



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29 May 2023 16:56:49
Ed02 or can anyone else please share the DM targets that have been posted previously?

I've searched but can't find anything recent.



{Ed002's Note - Khephren Thuram (DM/CM) Interest of Manchester United has returned. Interest of Newcastle and Crystal Palace remains although I would discount Crystal Palace. RBL want him as a Laimer replacement and will push following initial discussions. Liverpool asked Nice about his availability given that they looking to add a more DM player and he could become first choice. If interest grows his price will rise and the club would sell given the emergence of Alexis Beka Beka and an impressive youngster in Reda Belahyane. Player wants PSG but they have no interest at this time.
Arthur Vermeeren (DM) Barcelona have offered the well liked Royal Antwerp youngster the opportunity to join their B side. Manchester United had a long history with Royal Antwerp but would face Work Permit issues in England and would have to apply for an exception or wait until he gets a full cap.
Declan Rice (DM) There remains interest from Manchester United even having signed Casemiro. The interest of Manchester City went with the signing of Kalvin Phillips although I would not totally discount them as they are looking to upgrade Phillips - but they have preferred options. Chelsea lost out on their preferred target last summer and the club is supportive of looking again to have Declan Rice return to Stamford Bridge, something that I understand will be acceptable to the player, but I also understand Chelsea have a preferred choice. If Arsenal were to move Xhaka and Elneny on then they would have space in the squad, but they have have a preferred target, although they cannot be discounted. A wildcard would be Bayern Munich. West Ham will resist a move, but if the player were to push for it they would have to reconsider that position. The player has rejected offers to sign a new contract so the reality will bite this summer and West Ham have been looking at potential replacements. Will be significantly expensive. Liverpool have not declared an interest nor would he be an alternative to Bellingham.
Mateo Kovacic (DM/CM) I am not aware of him asking Chelsea for a move and Chelsea would rather not sell but would desire an extension be agreed before the end of the season - but that seems unlikely and they will listen to offers. Inter Milan have sustained interest but even with Nicolo Barella perhaps departing in the summer they have preferred options. Manchester United and Manchester City are talking with his representatives. Bayern Munich were expected to provide a wildcard option but Kovacic was not mentioned in a recent meeting between clubs, although Thomas Tuchel may look to a deal of some type.
Ryan Gravenberch (CM/DM/AM) Versatile midfield player who only joined Bayern Munich last summer and won't be for sale. I am not aware of any approach by Liverpool to Bayern Munich and Team Mino are certainly not offering him around, but they have had enquiries from a number of clubs, including Manchester City. The player has made it clear he would like his next move to be to Manchester United and they will provide an option if available. If Liverpool has gone directly to the player again they may want to start fearing the worst.
Manu Kouadio Kone (CM/DM) Prior interest of Milan has gone. Newcastle did approach Borussia Muenchegladbach but they will resist a sale and try and agree a new deal, but Newcastle remain keen. RBL are keen to add Kone to replace Laimer. Bayern Munich are light on DM and CM and are looking to add Kone and Laimer in the summer. Borussia Dortmund see him as a Bellingham replacement if he leaves in the summer. Not first choice for Chelsea but Vivell will push for him - which could spell the end for Ngolo Kante or Loftus Cheek. Watched by a number of other Premier League sides including West Ham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Brighton. A wildcard maybe PSG. Player wants Chelsea move but not being in the CL could influence him further. Asking price will by €60M including add ons.}




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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.


{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.


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