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31 Dec 2021 12:55:12
Hi Ed, is there any interest in Douglas Luiz as a potential defensive mid? Seems to be doing a very good job at Villa and maybe wouldn't cost the earth.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - Not from Manchester United.}


1.) 31 Dec 2021 14:56:24
Cheers Ed!


 

 

15 Dec 2021 13:12:28
Shame to see confirmation of Aguerro’s retirement. Is there a chance they’ll move for Cavani in a few weeks?

spenno

{Ed002's Note - No.}


 

 

16 Aug 2021 23:35:10
Hi Ed, is there any interest from Utd in Pape Matar Sarr, a young midfielder who is already a full Senegal international I hear?

spenno

{Ed002's Note - Pape Matar Sarr (DM/CM/AM) Metz don't want to sell the very versatile youngster after only signing the him last summer but if a good offer were made they would consider it. Unlikely to qualify for a Work Permit in England unless paying over the odds and one who will be off to AFCON although clubs could seek an exemption for the Work Permit. Was watched by Everton and Aston Villa last season but his representatives have approached Chelsea and both Manchester clubs to see if they would be interested in buying the player and loaning him back for a season - knowing he is nowhere near ready for their first teams in the PL. At the time Everton and Aston Villa saw the need to recruit a replacement for Luiz and Besic but his representatives will only look to them again if they have no luck with the other clubs with a view that Manchester City and Chelsea have a sustained interest and likely both remain keen.}


1.) 17 Aug 2021 08:54:07
Brill, thanks for the comprehensive reply Ed.


 

 

16 Apr 2021 22:44:21
How about Ricarlison as a transfer target? Is the jury still out?

spenno

1.) 17 Apr 2021 09:08:42
A no ta from me.


2.) 17 Apr 2021 09:40:13
I thought Richarlison liked to play as a striker type and will cut in from the right in the same way that Rashford does it from the right?


3.) 17 Apr 2021 09:48:18
Richarlison is one of those players a little like Nani, clearly hugely talented, but seems to struggle to consistently play to his ability.

Just as capable of having a 5 out of 10 performance as they are a 10 out of 10 performance.

I like him, he has a really competitive attitude, but unless he can turn the talent into consistent performances then he is in no way worth the 70m+ that Everton would demand for him.


4.) 17 Apr 2021 10:15:41
He be ideal for Barcelona. Think he be a squad player at United.


5.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


6.) 17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.


7.) 17 Apr 2021 11:57:18
Clearly Everton value him, in fact want to build a team around him, after rejecting (a somewhat surprising) £100m wasn't it? Think that raised a few eyebrows, I'd have bitten their hand off.


8.) 17 Apr 2021 12:19:27
You can say that again Ken😂.


9.) 17 Apr 2021 12:52:34
Where is this ability Martial has that everyone keeps referring too lol? A completely underwhelming player in my view who is in the wrong league.


10.) 17 Apr 2021 22:04:34
Not good enough. We need a striker guaranteeing 20+ goals a season. Also has to be one who leads the line like Cavani.


 

 

28 Jul 2020 15:33:37
Hi Ed. Might Buendia be a cost-effective AM/ RW option for Utd? He's very young and I can't see Norwich being able to hang onto him. Plus I suspect he'd cost a fraction of the main target.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - To replace the purchase of Sancho? He has not been looked at whereas others have.}


1.) 28 Jul 2020 18:07:08
I don’t see the fascination with Buendia? I watched him a few times after lockdown and he didn’t work back, got a stupid red and tried to do everything himself at times?


2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:40:37
Anyone wanting wanting players like buendia clearly want to step back not step forward.


3.) 28 Jul 2020 21:12:15
Out of that Norwich team the only players I’d consider adding to the squad would be Aarons, Lewis and cantwell.


4.) 28 Jul 2020 22:10:07
Buendia is 24 in a few months he's not that young. Plus a lot of Norwich games I noticed he starts on the bench. Nowhere near good enough for us in my opinion.


5.) 29 Jul 2020 14:27:00
Buendia is criminally underrated by so many, mostly likely because he plays for Norwich.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for Key Passes, with only KdB, Maddison and Grealish above him.

He ranks 4th in the EPL for expected assists (xA), with only KdB, TAA and Mahrez ranked above him.

Ranks 4th for successful dribbles in the EPL, with only Traore, Saint-Maxmin and Zaha ahead of him.

In Europe's top five leagues only Messi has played more through balls and created more "big chances".

And ranks 3rd in the league for passes into the opposition penalty area.

Yet he isn't just about creativity, he works hard for the team and does loads of defensive work.

He averages 13.6km distance covered per game, for context the league average is 11.4km. Anything over 12.5 places you in the top 10. Buendia is second in the league.

He ranks 5th for presses per game in the EPL, and is first amongst players 23 or under.

Is 4th in the league for counterpresses.

Makes more tackles in the defensive third of the pitch than any other forward in the league.

While, he is third for Norwich for appearances this season and 7th for minutes played. So is very much a regular starter.

Emi Buendia is one of the most complete and creative forwards in the EPL this season. He is EPL proven, which is far more than most other targets for the RW and would be significantly cheaper than most. Especially when we consider that he has managed this while playing for the worst team in the league. He was responsible for 21.3% of Norwich's league goals this season.

The only thing that really let's him down is he doesn't shoot enough, yet in a United side that would potentially contain Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Bruno we don't really need a goalscorer, but a goal creator. And Buendia is one of the best in the league.

Buendia combines the work rate and defensive nous of Park Ji Sung, but with elite levels of creativity.

Sadly the team pressing hardest for his signature appears to be Leeds United and he would absolutely thrive under Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play. If Leeds sign him I can see them having a similar season to Sheffield United, maybe even going one better and getting into Europe in their first season back in the top flight.


6.) 29 Jul 2020 15:30:19
Shappy
Are Barcelona or Madrid in for him?


7.) 29 Jul 2020 15:43:39
Yes jred.


8.) 29 Jul 2020 22:15:28
Jred.

Barca just got rid of Arthur to sign an aging pjanjc. Their recruitment is a shambles in itself.


9.) 30 Jul 2020 08:20:36
Shappy
I think not, its also a really strange way to judge if we should buy a player.


10.) 30 Jul 2020 02:28:47
Stats can be deceptive at times, but that list does make a compelling case.

I haven't watched Norwich that much, so could be wrong, but he looked like he'd be comfortable at CAM as well as either wing, so maybe an alternative to Grealish rather than Sancho perhaps?


11.) 30 Jul 2020 11:58:10
Thorne, Buendía is definitely better coming off the right, but can equally play in the No.10 role. Not sure he has played much from the left. But then with Rashford, James, Martial and even Greenwood more than comfortable playing on the left I'm not sure we need any more cover for that side.


 

 

 

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03 Jan 2022 12:48:54
When was the last time Utd signed a real unexpected bargain, a player under the radar no-one had ever heard of for a modest fee? Is being forced to pay double a player's worth simply the plight of any top club when the selling club knows they're flush?
Or is it more about scouting? How are dozens of scouts suggesting the likes of AWB and Sancho, who frankly anyone down the pub could do, while pretty much everyone else picks up bargains season after season? When's the last time we had a Cucurella or a Dennis?
Just food for thought. I prefer the idea of a few low-key signings who fit a plan rather than forking out on a big name personally.

spenno

1.) 03 Jan 2022 13:23:13
Varane was unexpected and a bargain.
Evra and Vidic before that.


2.) 03 Jan 2022 13:25:23
I would argue that Evra and Vidic were low-key purchases, started off badly then became regulars.


3.) 03 Jan 2022 13:44:18
I'd say only Vidic was largely unheard of at the time of his signing and an absolute steal, given what he went on to achieve with us.


4.) 03 Jan 2022 14:13:19
Spenno, I think there are two main things that limit our ability to pick up an unheralded bargain signing.

The first is our name and status as a club. A mid-table club in a European league might be prepared to accept 15m from another mid-table side in what is considered a better league. But will they accept 15m from a UCL side with ambitions to win the league? Of course not. It also doesn't help when you're CEO is shouting about how rich we are at every opportunity. That means we will always pay 20-50% more for the same player as any "smaller" side.

How many times have we seen a player linked to United for 35m only for him to sign for someone else for 20m.

The second and probably more prominent point is that simply the step up from those lesser known, lower standard leagues to the top of the EPL for a side with the global appeal of Manchester United requires players to make a massive jump.

The media scrutiny, the tougher games and against sides that always see your team as a scalp, make that step up huge.

We have often seen us sign players like Djemba-Djemba, Kleberson, Bellion, Bebe, Chicharito, etc in these cheaper deals. But more often than not those players struggle to step up and adapt under the glare of playing at Old Trafford with over a billion views around the world.

We do make those sort of signings, it's just rarer for them to pay off due to the sheer level they need to step up and the pressure that comes with playing for United.

Playing for Manchester United is the equivalent of being a director at a fortune 500 company. Hiring the work placement intern for that role will rarely pay off. Simply put they need to work their way up to that position.

Very few players have the skill and the required mentality to go from 0-100mph playing for Manchester United.

They need to finish their apprenticeship first, hone their skills, develop their mentality, then test that at various levels before going to the top.


5.) 03 Jan 2022 14:34:06
I think poor old Bebe's fate was sealed when Fergie declared him potentially the best player in the world.


6.) 03 Jan 2022 20:47:11
I think the last of those signings was Javier Hernandez in 2010. A player not many had heard about before the WC. Wasn't world-class but I thought he was an excellent signing and served his purpose as an impact sub.

I suppose only Bruno stands out as a bang for buck signing followed by Sergio Romero who was an excellent stand-in for De Gea.


 

 

20 Dec 2021 13:07:13
Neville reckons TAA and AR could be the best Premier League fullback pairing ever. Bold claim and I'm not disputing it as they're both highly effective, even if I'm not keen on either. Both have a nasty tackle in them.
But it got me thinking. When is the last time Utd had a truly great fullback, let alone one on each side at the same time? Ours are so lame and I reckon at least 4-5 sides have better options.
With these positions crucial in today's game, I hope they are both areas being looked at, but there never seems to be much talk of them.

spenno

1.) 20 Dec 2021 13:32:44
Evra was the last top class full back we had. While Dennis Irwin is and will always be the best full back in EPL history period.


2.) 20 Dec 2021 13:43:19
Good old Dennis Irwin. Handy at freekicks to say the least. I was expecting a bit more from Telles on this front as he came with a bit of a reputation for being involved in so many goals for his previous club.
Cancelo is the best for me at present.


3.) 20 Dec 2021 13:47:34
God, the flack Evra used to get on this site! Irwin was world class. So was Ashley Cole.


4.) 20 Dec 2021 14:30:54
Yeah Ashley Cole in his prime was a great full back and one of the only ones i've seen who got the better of Ronaldo on a consistent basis.


5.) 20 Dec 2021 14:44:38
Patrick, Evra tended to get flack in this site in his final couple seasons when he started to decline and was capable of what he was at his peak.

Evra between the ages of 26-30 was world class and could have got into any team in the world.

Irwin was class and it's such a shame that the younger fans won't fully appreciate just how good he was. Defensively he locked down his flank. While his crossing and free kick ability is second only to Beckham at our club in the EPL era.

Absolutely phenomenal player.

{Ed014's Note - but not as good as Ashley Cole, period!


6.) 20 Dec 2021 14:55:40
Ed014, not as good as Ashley Cole, but Cole in my opinion was the only LB better than Evra at his peak.


7.) 20 Dec 2021 15:19:39
What age where you when irwin was at his peak with us shappy? About 6?
Those younger fans like yourself missed a lot?.


8.) 20 Dec 2021 16:11:02
Looking back on it Young and Valencia did admirable jobs filling in as full backs under mourinho between 2016-2018 and Shaw has had some good spells like last season.


9.) 20 Dec 2021 16:13:31
I was 8/ 9 years old as Denis was in 29/ 30. He was the first footballer I used to impersonate on the play ground and my first footballing hero. And why I spent most of my youth playing at LB despite being right footed.

It would have been great to see him at his peak while I was older to truly be able to appreciate him. But then I think there is a special kind of magic you only get from watching players as a kid, that hero worship element.


10.) 20 Dec 2021 16:22:21
I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned Neville. Personally I think he was a model pro and he rarely let us down. But in truth you could always name 3 or 4 right backs at any point in his career that was better than Neville. Never in the Cafu/ Lahm class of full back.

That said I'd have still thought Neville might get a mention.


11.) 20 Dec 2021 16:25:09
No comparison between Cole and Irwin, Irwin was well ahead in all departments.

{Ed014's Note - apart from being the best left back in the Prem era! ?‍♂️?


12.) 20 Dec 2021 18:02:12
Funnily enough I first got into the side around 83 just as Irwin got into the team, but it was a certain Danish left-winger named Jesper Olsen the club had signed from Ajax I used to try to emulate.

For me Gary Neville was a completely average player, but he had so many other the other skills so many modern day players are lacking, like desire, motivation, effort. Right at the top on those and maybe that's enough as we had a few of those in that team.


13.) 20 Dec 2021 19:48:24
Irwin everyday over Ashley Cole.

{Ed014's Note - ???


14.) 20 Dec 2021 19:52:47
Irwin, was fantastic.
I'm man United through an through but alexander Arnold 8s by far the best full back about.
Chelsea defenders are getting to the same stage.
Reese James especially.
I can't remember our last great full back.
Telles is a great goal scorer, yet so far has just shown glimpses.
We need to stick with telles and dalot.
As atm they are are only outlet who threaten attack minded.


15.) 20 Dec 2021 20:15:40
Both Liverpool fullbacks, as well as Cancelo and Reece James are doing amazing things at the moment. Chilwell is pretty good too.
Personally, I like James the most right now, i'd love to see him at Utd (I know it won't happen) .


16.) 20 Dec 2021 20:35:06
Spenno irwin didn't sign till 1990.
Jesper Olson was about 8 years before him.


17.) 20 Dec 2021 23:45:05
Showing my age Ken! Looking at some geeky pages at the time of Olsen it looks like the fullbacks were Clayton Blackmore who I remember well and Mike Duxbury (name is familiar but can't remember more of him) . Also supposedly the great Arnold Muhren signed in 84, can't remember him being there at all but I would have had no idea who he was back then.


18.) 21 Dec 2021 09:12:02
I can’t believe no one has mentioned Colin Gibson, the king of LBs. Or if I’m serious for a minute, Arthur’s Albiston, a Fb ahead of his time.


19.) 21 Dec 2021 09:42:50
Gabriel Heinze!


20.) 21 Dec 2021 11:10:31
mbd, I loved Heinze, but he was never a top class LB. He seemed like one of those players who gets caught between two positions. Not quite good enough in the air to be a CB in the EPL and not quite good enough/ quick enough to be a full back.

Similar to Daley Blind and maybe Lindelof.

Ultimately I think Lindelof, Blind and Heinze would have been/ are best suited to playing as one of the wider CB's in a back three.


21.) 21 Dec 2021 12:12:39
Olsen still United's best ever signing in my opinion. Like Spenno I tried to imitate him in style both on and off the field, the haircut was the closest I ever got.


22.) 21 Dec 2021 21:08:34
Get out of here with that nonsense ed014 ??.

{Ed014's Note - ok dreamer ??


 

 

18 Dec 2021 14:49:02
So what is the criteria for a game to be called of? 'x' number / % of players/ staff testing positive? Just curious what the actual guidance is for clubs.

spenno

{Ed002's Note - There is guidance for the PL Board which says if a club have 14 players available from their named first team squad, then there should be no postponement although subsequent days of positive testing is now being taken in to account.


1.) 18 Dec 2021 15:12:45
Cheers Ed.


 

 

13 Dec 2021 18:56:02
Hypothetically, Lingard could be on the move (loan or otherwise) in a few weeks.
West Ham or Newcastle could be likely destinations.
Would it be wise to allow him to strengthen the former, given the impact he made there last season, and West Ham's need to strengthen?
It could well turn out that West Ham and Manchester Utd are fighting for 4th.

spenno

1.) 13 Dec 2021 21:14:15
Let him go, it will free up a place in the squad.


2.) 14 Dec 2021 10:23:48
Just let him go, no point keeping players who aren't a part of our plan.

We need to stop worrying about what other sides might do and focus on ourselves and what we can do.

If Lingard leaves and makes the side he joins stronger then so be it. No club will sign our players in the hope that it makes their side weaker.


 

 

02 Dec 2021 22:40:29
Carrick to leave, as many seemed to favour given his work alongside the previous two managers. Ironically he better than either of them in a just over a week!
So will Ralf be bringing a new assistant or will one be stepping up? Hopefully the former….

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16 Jan 2022 17:39:23
Surely critical things - including a January budget and whether the club would back him - that would arise during Ralph's 6 months were discussed when first speaking to him. I doubt he's suddenly woken up this week to find they've decided to completely go back on any agreements. I think a little patience is needed.

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14 Jan 2022 18:25:22
Henderson had a brief spell under Ole and just like VdB, Martial, Bailley et al didn't stand out at all when given his chance. He was in by default due to DDG's very dodgy form at the time.

But now Dave the Save is back, he is light years ahead of anything I saw from Henderson. He may be much younger and the better long-term option, and deserve to be starting somewhere, but the club needs whatever world-class players in form it can find atm and DDG is one of those.

It's a case of reluctantly letting him go and getting a few more years out of the Save for me. Who knows who else will be around by then to succeed him. Maybe Henderson himself.

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13 Jan 2022 19:49:12
I can't see a permanent deal in this window. Maybe a loan to a non-rival at best.

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09 Jan 2022 20:47:53
Shappy, I know, but I imagine it would take more to tempt them to part early.

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09 Jan 2022 20:21:12
£5m? No chance.

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19 Jan 2022 13:19:59
Shappy, I think Rudiger has been one of the top CBs in the league this year. He’s imposing and great at coming forward. Yet I just can’t see him staying in England, or certainly switching Chelsea for Utd. It has PSG / Real all over it?

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18 Jan 2022 23:55:10
There could be up to half a dozen players leaving over the next two windows, whether out of contract, unhappy, not required etc. I don’t think 3/ 4 of the back line (exc. Varane) is good enough but you can’t sell everybody. A new centre back like Kounde wouldn’t be a surprise in summer.

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18 Jan 2022 10:31:12
Maze, I'm sure no club is ever contacting other managers and players when they're still under contract. Definitely not. Simply doesn't happen.

Please refrain from the pretentious habit of referring to yourself in the third person before pulling your own trigger while you're at it.

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18 Jan 2022 07:21:37
I wouldn’t be surprised if the club is in contact with the new manager (almost certainly the case) and that he will be giving his own feedback on signings too.

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17 Jan 2022 20:48:19
Cripes not Potter again! It's way beyond him. He is managing a club renowned for scraping draws against midtable sides. I am sure he is a lovely man and fits nicely into the clutch of managers able to make the most of limited players on limited resources etc and while we need someone with those skills we need a tactical genius who can handle egos just as much. I imagine he would die of shock when leading the team out at the Bernabeu on a wednesday night.

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