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23 Dec 2017 13:54:36
Hey Ed. Is Fabinho still a midfield option? Liked the look of him last season, also a useful RB.


{Ed002's Note - when he plays in midfield it is as a DM player. Monaco will not be looking to sell in January - which is what they have told two clubs who asked.}

1.) 23 Dec 2017 15:05:28
Cheers Ed. Merry xmas!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. And you.}

2.) 23 Dec 2017 18:16:10
Any wildcard for January Ed? . Merry xmas and New years to all of the Eds.

{Ed002's Note - Can’t think of any right now.}

3.) 23 Dec 2017 19:07:39
No worries Ed. Have a great evening.

4.) 24 Dec 2017 07:42:33
2 Bad results in one week, Shocking draw against Leicester. Then Jose comes out and says childish attacking and defending. No Jose its childish management, Why take off our most dangerous winger Martial and replace him with I can't be arsed and ball greedy git Rashford. This team at the moment is starting too look so one dimensional, it pains me to say it but Jose is starting to show the same attitude he had at Chelsea just before he was handed his P45.

5.) 24 Dec 2017 09:28:21
rock it was anybody but mourinho's fault, he took martial off for a simple reason that we have a game on tuesday and we need fresh players for that one as well. It wasn't mourinho who missed 4 sitters in the game, it wasn't mourinho who give the ball away cheaply in the 91st of the game when we could have had a corner or with a good pass even a 3rd goal, it wasn't mourinho who decided to lety smalling mark their biggest player when he couldn't walk, the fault solely lies with the players.

6.) 24 Dec 2017 11:29:23
Rashford came on and got their full back sent off.

7.) 24 Dec 2017 12:28:05
gds that was the fb's own doing neither occasion did he need to foul rash but he did and got sent off, rashford had a great chance to kill the game in added time yesterday he acted greedily in the end costing the us the game, can't blame him alone but he smalling and hererra share the most blame for yesterday's result.

8.) 24 Dec 2017 19:55:26
I think we needed leadership yesterday and it was severely lacking. Who picked the captain? Who sat and took no ownership as things were starting to crumble and players were unsure of what to do?

Yes the players are responsible in many ways, but Jose had the experience and know-how to counter the pathetic Leicester threat that emerged - he just sat there and left it to our leaderless team to try and figure out for themselves - this wasn't training it was a really important match. Jose is the most to blame, and the players as always were found wanting when it mattered.

I felt sick watching it.

{Ed025's Note - you can be a bit of a moaner beast, but i agree on that mate..

9.) 27 Dec 2017 01:11:39
How can you blame Smalling? I don't rate him, but the guy was walking on one leg. Up to José to sort it out. Either go 10 v 10, or keep Mike out of trouble up front. Don't keep him in the danger area, with one leg.

10.) 27 Dec 2017 05:13:03
Nou Jones tried that he had lindelof playing as cb and wanted Herrera to play rb, Herrera acted like a tat and Smalling decided he knew better, if you can't walk you shouldn't be playing and that is a decision player himself needs to make no one else can be blamed for that.

11.) 27 Dec 2017 08:47:33
it's clear we need a number 10 lingard has done well but Miki has not lived up to expectations Mata is ok there but we need a real top quality player in that position I like The Fekir from Lyon he is the wild card who Jose will look to bring in.

12.) 28 Dec 2017 14:27:05
CSM, I think Smalling might have been overcompensating after the last time he was injured, when José wasn't exactly sympathetic to his plight. Having said that, the manager could see the pain he was in, and still just sat there. That's when a proper touchline manager earns his crust. How can you organise, cajole and inspire, when you're sitting with your hands in your pocket most of the game, snuggled up in your parka looking mean and moody. Would Herrera have been so awkward if it was José barking the instructions at him?



26 Apr 2017 22:06:09
Seriously, all these reports every season of a handful players leaving. Not just Man U but any top team. How often does this happen? 3-4 in, the same out for continuity. Rooney, Young, maybe Blind or Carrick out, and if something ridiculous is on the table, DDG out. No-one else.


1.) 29 Apr 2017 11:43:53
Jose needs to build a team that can challenge immediately but have medium-longer term crack at Champs League, i. e. winning it at least twice overly the likely 7 to 10 year period he sees himself here. I think he is 53 now and has said previously he would love to be Portugal national coach as his final managerial post. I think and hope this is Jose's last club manager role. The days of Ferguson like characters (with obvious exception of Wenger) staying 20 years anywhere are long gone.

So players wise I think we are looking to build a core of 24-27yo players ideally. Players who are fully developed, fully proven and class reinforcements who can walk into the first team.

With De Gea seemingly gone a world class keeper is a must. I think we will be knocking on Tottenham's door for Lloris or go for Jan Oblak at Athletico.

Defence wise there is only Bailly who is a shue-in first team for me with Valencia a great RB back-up (only given age) and Blind a versatile CB/ FB cover. There were reports back in Jan that a deal for Lindelof the Benfica CB was done and dusted but gone quiet there. Alderweireld is a must if rumours of a buy-out clause of £25m are true. I do think prising any players from Tottenham will be very difficult though. They are clearly the emerging team to beat and if they can keep their squad together and bulk their squad up a little they are definite contenders next year.

Midfield - a Carrick replacement a must. Pogba he will look to build a team around logically though interestingly where do folk think his best position actually is? Herrera has been immense at times and proved via Chelsea the occasionally man to man job that may be required he is absolutely perfect for. Fellaini I appreciate remains a head scratcher for all of us but he is the tall physical player Jose likes so don't see him going.

Mkhitaryan needs to improve for me- either sublimely class or looks to go missing a bit. The younger pacier forwards such as Rashford, Martial and Lingard will all be safe but only see Rashford as a regular first X1 tbh. Ibra and Rooney both gone already. Mata I think could still do a job for us but likely he won't get game time he wants.

I think squad wise we are looking as a minimum at:
1 x GK
2 x FB
2 x CB
1 x DM
1 x CF
1 x CF / Winger

So appreciate that's 8 players in but I see following all going out:
De Gea (sadly)
Jones (too crocked)
Smalling (too not good enough)
Young (too old)
Ibra (possibly retired now)
Rooney (retired about 3 year back lol)

Those on the possible list to go:

I do think this is the summer we will see the Jose revolution. He inherited a squad he's not convinced by and had a year to suss them all out. Rooney he sussed in 6 games in fairness to him. Jose knows Chelsea will go again in the market, Spurs already are contenders and City have a major re-build to. let's not underestimate the size of the task to make us into League winning and Champs League challenging regulars.

And if you don't believe that then ask yourself this question:
From our current squad, barring De Gea, who would walk into any premiership team? who would walk into any team in Europe?




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17 May 2019 00:23:20
As an avid follower since the eighties I have seen so many great free kick takers at United. I would suggest we haven’t had one for years, even since the likes of Beckham. I suppose the best we have in my view is Mata who is a squad player if not on his way out. The only ideas we seem to have around the box are Rashford blasting it with a very low success rate to say the least. Are there any realistic targets that could be classed as free kick specialists? I’d love to see Eriksen as unlikely as it seems.


1.) 17 May 2019 01:40:31
Can’t tell if you’ve completely forgotten Ronaldo or are intentionally omitting him due to his poor conversion rate.

2.) 17 May 2019 06:59:55
Andreas Pereira can hit a great free-kick. It's a shame that the goal/ assist bonuses mean the same people keep taking them rather than it being down to who is best.

3.) 17 May 2019 07:06:09
Of course but that’s my point, that was 10 years ago.

4.) 17 May 2019 07:49:17
James maddison from Leicester seems to be decent a fre kicks.

5.) 17 May 2019 10:03:35
Greenwood seems capable of whipping them in with both feet at youth level. If he plays next season i'm sure he will be on them instead of rashford.

6.) 17 May 2019 10:06:36
If I recall correctly Mata has one of the best conversion rates in the world.

7.) 17 May 2019 14:49:18
Ronaldo is an awful free kick taker.



27 Apr 2019 10:42:47
I would much rather we signed 3-4 lesser-known hungry players, excelling at smaller clubs, who would relish the step up rather than any more superstars who’ve already won everything. Any of Wan-Bissaka, Milenkovic, Fernandes, Neves, Doucoure would be great. I have no problem with giving Romero a proper go of it if De Gea goes. The problem will be the creative force in midfield with any number of our mids supposedly likely to leave.


1.) 27 Apr 2019 12:18:50
Spot on. Those are exactly the sort of players we should be targeting. Build a team, not rely on one guy. You take de Bruyne or silva out of city and they still play at the highest level. Pogba has a bad game for us (9 times out of 10) and we can’t play. Need to create a system and a cohesive unit.

{Ed025's Note - exactly park..

2.) 27 Apr 2019 13:11:26
Alderweireld and wan-bissaka would instantly sort our defence and wouldn't cost the earth.



05 May 2018 09:51:47
I’d be interested in knowing on average how many ‘big’ names (ie first team squad) Utd have purchased/ sold each season since the Prem began. I would wager 3-4 in and the same out. Yet here we are again clearing out half the squad. It simply never happens - there isn’t enough squad depth.
In my opinion three fringe players will leave, namely Darmian, Blind and maybe one other defender plus Carrick who we knew about, and in will come 1-2 central mids and maybe 1-2 fullbacks.


1.) 05 May 2018 13:13:51
Correct and that is the reason why we will be here in exactly the same place next season because we are 6 or 7 players behind city and that’s without them strengthening in the summer.

2.) 05 May 2018 15:45:19
Agree Jaimej79 : but on last nites and several others, I can honestly say I wouldn't be surprised if any of eight outfield players were moved on.



07 Apr 2018 18:05:07
What’s the history of Alan Green with Utd? I love listening on 5 Live whilst I’m pottering about but always sigh when he’s in the seat. For some reason he’s always so pessimistic about them whatever they do. Don’t get how such bias can be allowed from a commentator.


1.) 07 Apr 2018 19:34:33
He's always been like that. cremember listening to him as a child and thinking the same.

2.) 07 Apr 2018 20:04:42
He has said he is not a Man Utd fan . We annoy him 😆😆.

3.) 07 Apr 2018 20:07:48
He's a Scouse fan and he's so biased. And that's why Fergie banned him from OT.

4.) 07 Apr 2018 21:07:02
He's from my neck of the woods. And he is a Liverpool supporter.



31 Dec 2017 10:12:42
Gotta love the constant media coverage suggesting this or that top player is going to be sold by clubs in January, many of them on the brink of huge European fixtures. Seriously, Dybala? Rose? Coutinho? Sells papers I guess.





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01 Jul 2020 12:05:45
Dalot has been utterly underwhelming for me. When he was signed even Mourinho put him down as 'the best player in his position for his age in Europe'. I'd hate to see the worst.




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20 Jun 2020 10:17:46
Willian for two seasons would do me.


{Ed002's Note - Obviously not an option.}



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15 Jun 2020 22:43:21
Chong is just a haircut and has shown absolutely nothing to suggest he is even in the right sport let alone Premier League standard. There are players of the same age who are far more developed.




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14 May 2020 10:57:20
Sadly for me, Greenwood and Williams aside this is a very underwhelming crop of youngsters, referring to those of the age where they would expect to be getting chances in the first team and making an impression. I've seen Chong the most and he has shown nothing but a haircut I'm afraid. I don't buy the fact that Gomes' size is a problem either but neither has he done enough to suggest that he is any better than the thousands of other kids clubs of this magnitude scout every season. If the tens of thousands he wants every week aren't sufficient let him go, I'm sure we'll resign him for £50m in a few years!




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30 Apr 2020 19:21:08
Herein lies the problem. City would have three players capable of rotating that position, yet because Utd have just one, noone else is of interest :D.





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23 Jun 2020 14:56:14
Didn't Utd buy James for his blistering pace? :D Sadly he's nothing more than a squad player, although he started the season well. Shouldn't be anywhere near the first team, imo.




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20 Jun 2020 10:29:35
Bit depressing to hear pundits still grumbling about Utd passing sideways and lacking creativity, after we’ve changed managers four times and spent a trillion pounds. It’s glaringly obvious how important Fernandes is already so hopefully one or two first team signings can make a big difference. Also not keen on why Rashford was shaping ip for the second penalty. Bruno is 3/ 3 and still on the pitch, haven’t we learnt from this need to haggle over who takes them?




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28 May 2019 19:06:24
Matt Doherty’s name seems to have fallen down the pecking order as a legit RB option. British, proven in the Prem and had a terrific season.?




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22 May 2019 07:04:02
I remember when we signed Jones.
‘Future Utd and England captain, ’ they said.




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20 May 2019 11:39:38
Maguire and Koulibaly seem to be the two ‘top end’ centre-backs we are linked with and that seems to be the fee being banded about, simply based on VVD’s valuation. In my opinion there is a HUGE gulf in class between the pair. Maguire is nowhere near the level of Koulibaly or De Ligt, and may as well be in a different sport to Van Dyke.