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10 Jul 2019 16:39:29
Eds, any word on Matic leaving this summer? Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - not that I know of.}

1.) 10 Jul 2019 17:47:33
Thanks Ed. Critical position to fill. Matic is slowing down, and we don't have another true DCM. McTominay is a good worker defensively, but not ready to be a single pivot when we play 4-3-3. We need a mobile DCM. Ndidi would be ideal. Longstaff, if he comes, does sound like he has potential.

{Ed001's Note - it is possible to manage without one though mate.}

2.) 10 Jul 2019 18:39:24
Doesn't Longstaff have a knee injury?

3.) 11 Jul 2019 05:54:16
Ndidi is limited on the ball. Would instead prefer the improving Declan Rice or Longstaff who has good passing range.

4.) 11 Jul 2019 06:59:18
Left field but young Choudhury at Leicester looks to have real potential.

5.) 11 Jul 2019 12:03:16
good shout redman on Choudhury. I still think Ndidi though. I actually like the look Lemina. £18m is a steal.

6.) 11 Jul 2019 12:45:35
I can't see matic leaving this summer. We're already two short and pogba is likely to go as well.



17 Jun 2019 13:50:38
Any word on the Bruno Fernandes transfer? It has gone very quiet.

At least the Wan Bissaka updates remain positive.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 14:19:06
I'm fairly confident we're getting him, everything has pointed to us signing him, even if it'll be a big fee.

Good timing too as it will soften the blow of the potential departure of Pogba.

2.) 17 Jun 2019 14:46:40
Pogba needs to go. He wants to leave. I only players at the club who want to play for the club.

3.) 17 Jun 2019 17:04:57
Wouldn't say it's good news on awb. Another bid rejected. Can't see utd paying what palace want upfront.

4.) 17 Jun 2019 18:12:07
The differences between Palace and Utd on the AWB deal appear mainly to be around the initial payment and then the basis of the staged payments.
It doesn’t sound like a deal can’t be done, Utd need to offer more up front plus change the details around the performance based payments. At the end of the day £50 to 60M for AWB is reasonable on the basis he is 21 and proven in the PL. In 5 years time if he is still at the club this would look like good business.

5.) 17 Jun 2019 19:57:10
Doubt we will go again prob go for the Norwich guy now.

Can see this being a sham of a window and another season of dross.

6.) 17 Jun 2019 20:03:06
I think AWB will be the second signing. A lot of talk about Pogba, he stays - good, he leaves - I think we have planty of options in the market. But what about Lukaku, we can't rely on Rashford only, plus I think he is better on the wing. So if Lukaku leaves, I really don't see any available striker, maybe Cavanni. But that's it.

7.) 17 Jun 2019 20:37:33
This might sound daft but I genuinely think it would be a good signing. If Lukaku leaves, I'd like to see us target Salomon Rondon. That gives Rashford the chance to be number one striker for the season but also a different option if needed.

I appreciate it's hardly going to be the most popular option but if you sell Lukaku for £60m-£70m then you're saving two thirds of that to go towards another player and getting the back up striker who is a different type of player to Rashford and has scored goals in the Premier League. Kind of similar move to Spurs buying Llorente or Chelsea signing Giroud.

8.) 17 Jun 2019 20:51:28
Rondon are you serious rj we have enough strikers who can't score. we have really become a laughing stock.

9.) 17 Jun 2019 21:13:42
Yeah I am serious, I think Rondon is a pretty good player. Like I said it isn't going to be the most popular opinion but it's fairly low risk, Rashford would be free to be number one striker, Martial is there as well as a 2nd choice but Rondon would offer a different option. He has played in the Premier League for a while and maybe he would be happy with the chance to move to a club like United? He also scored more league goals than both Martial and Rashford last season.

The option we are looking at to replace Lukaku in the update the Ed gave was Sebastian Haller. Is he better than Rondon? Probably but I've not seen enough of him to say for definite. Probably far more expensive as well.

10.) 17 Jun 2019 22:05:52
If Pogba goes and he is replaced with let's say Bruno Fernandes, Rabiot and AWB for the same money then I think it's good business. Look what Liverpool have done, especially with the Coutinho money. It's about building a team, not having a couple of superstars. Pogba is the icing on the cake we don't need right now, that will hopefully come in a couple of years when we have a hard working settled team. Hopefully.

11.) 17 Jun 2019 22:42:16
i find it odd how players linked with united aren't trying to force a transfer like monsieur Pogba is trying to do, are things really that bad at United that players such as AWB and Harry Maguire aren't looking for a challenge?

12.) 17 Jun 2019 23:57:16
I wonder if Ed Woodward has shares in SkyBet? they seem to just work on one transfer at a time and literally drag out the whole process.



09 Jun 2017 13:37:31
It sounds like the Morata deal is happening. I think he will be a good addition. He is young, mobile, technical, intelligent, has good size, and has performed well at both Juventus and Real Madrid.


1.) 09 Jun 2017 13:55:06
225 k a week being reported. saying belotti asked for griezeman salary of 300k . maybe tabloid nonsense.

Timing of the Morata news if confirmed might take some of the sting out of Ibra moving on for some people if its announced -

Dont know much about Morata or Belotti to be honest.

My choice would be amyadingdong but that's not likely, only as I've been impressed with him each time I've seen him -some say he is a flaky character though.

2.) 09 Jun 2017 14:09:59
I seem to get the feeling we're in for both of them not just one or the other.

Has Morata been known to play out wide or is he just a central striker?

3.) 09 Jun 2017 14:13:13
Is there a sting from Zlatan moving on? He is injured until the new year and slowed down our attack all year, he had a good season for us goals wise but we would be absolutely mad to give him a new deal IMO.

4.) 09 Jun 2017 14:23:52
Dave, I would love it if United went for both the players, but I don't think that would happen. What makes you say that?

5.) 09 Jun 2017 14:43:32
Hi. not been on here for ages, Still a few that I recognise.
I just wanted to agree with GDS2.
I can't fault Ibra for the season he had but I felt he did slow our attack down a lot of the time.
I also think he's a very big personality in the dressing room and noticed that he was pulling rank over players when taking free kicks and penalties.
He's not going to be fit until the new year and it makes no sense paying someone 300 grand a week for the remainder of that season. Definitely time to move him on now
In my opinion we need a top centre forward, a top central defensive midfielder so the shackles can be taken off Pogba and let him get forward more.
We also need another centre back.

6.) 09 Jun 2017 14:47:41

Nothing really just a feeling. There's some reports stating Morata is close and ed002 has said we have a 3rd party involved in trying to secure a deal for belotti

So 2+2 = 5 probably 😂.

7.) 09 Jun 2017 14:52:46
No sting from me GDS2,but I saw more than a few on here yesterday saying he still had a part to play - i say thank you and get him off wage bill.

8.) 09 Jun 2017 14:59:53
I'm not one for worrying about the money the club spends but around £70m for a player who was worth £26m only 12 months ago and has sat on the bench since, seems ridiculous.

9.) 09 Jun 2017 15:12:19
Makes sense to go for 2 forwards with Ibra leaving. A replacement for him plus one more.

10.) 09 Jun 2017 15:20:12
Hahah! Yeah. I thought maybe you knew something that none of us did.

I hope we do get them both. It would be quite a solid front line.

Love the math! :D.

11.) 09 Jun 2017 15:25:32
I've seen a few reports that we're in for both. Seems a bit odd but with Zlatan and Rooney both seemingly off, it would do no harm in having 2 new forwards come in.
Belotti is an out and out no.9 but Morata has a bit more to his game so not identical signings.

12.) 09 Jun 2017 16:48:47
I'd prefer the one. Simply because I believe it means more playing time for rash. Unless Jose is looking for a different formation where both belotti and morata play together. But I can't see that happening.

13.) 09 Jun 2017 17:52:30
Welcome back Simo, love when some familiar names from the past come back on here, hope all is well. I remember we didn't agree on much in the past, a rest must have done you some good ;)

I wouldn't mind if we signed both Belotti and Morata if that is even an option. If we are losing zlatan and Rooney then no reason why we don't replace both of them and they are 2 players who could be brilliant for us.

Wasn't many of us moaning in 99 when we had Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Teddy, I wouldn't be moaning if our striker options turned out to be Morata, Rashford, Belotti and Martial, we have plenty of games to rotate. Not saying it will happen but it wouldn't annoy me if it did. Obviously not at the expense of other positions we need though, so I am guessing it will be one or the other.

14.) 09 Jun 2017 17:53:36
Welcome back simo👍
Id rather sign morata and buy greizman in jan.

15.) 09 Jun 2017 18:48:23
i wouldn't rule out a short contract if Zlatan can get fit by January 2018.

16.) 09 Jun 2017 18:54:31
Zidaniel, he has good size. 🙄.

17.) 09 Jun 2017 19:12:50
Exactly right the more we have to choose from the better. Rashford started lots of games last season and his goal return was not amazing.
Lots of potential and talent but we can't wait forever for him to be the player we require.

I remember once somebody saying what a great player Cleverly will become! There are many more to add to that list but no point as we all know who they are.
Just saying that Manchester United should not be sitting by hoping youngsters come good while other teams take the top players on and win the awards.

For the record i love Rashford and would be absolutley delighted if he scored a shitload next season and became a top player.

18.) 09 Jun 2017 21:50:43
Get them both in and switch to a diamond 442. Enough game time for them and Rashford to play upfront.

19.) 10 Jun 2017 12:05:45
To be honest, it is not surprising that Man United released Zlatan at the moment. However, when he is fit, I would not rule out Zlatan getting a contract like Valdes.

20.) 11 Jun 2017 12:25:56

Morata was worth a lot more than 25 mil mate even last year and you confuse a buyback clause to market value. He is mobile, really smart with his runs, good finisher and can set up goals and 24 years old. In this market very hard to get strikers like that. hope we get it done early.

Lukaku at 90 is what i don't want us to ever go near. Hope Chelsea buys him as it is a poor mans version of Costa at double the price :)



13 May 2017 21:16:45
Ronnie, it looks like your man Youri Tlielemans will be signing for Monaco. He was impressive in our home and away vs Anderlecht. Hope you will be alright ;)


1.) 15 May 2017 12:37:59

I know, I saw the news and was gutted!

Prob best for him though as the prem league would to tough ever though he is superb!

Few years, Monaco will make a pretty buck on him!

2.) 15 May 2017 23:19:11
Yes Ronnie, Tielemans did impress in our Europa games. He was skillful and confident, unafraid of the occasion. Maybe this will turn out well for us at Man Utd, if Monaco now may be more open to selling Fabinho.



02 Jun 2016 02:26:30
Reports are out that we are in contact with Bordeaux over their young winger Adam Ounas. He looks very talented from what I have seen, 19 yr old left-footer, nice touch on the ball, very good dribbler and passer. I like the looks of him as a prospect for the right wing.


1.) 02 Jun 2016 17:34:03
I had been watching the lad on tv, and thought, this lads got something here? The only thing I would say, he can be thrown off ball alittle too easily and would need some balking yo to do? Mind you, at 19, plenty of time?

2.) 02 Jun 2016 19:37:46
He seems a decent talent Ronnie but we already have lots of young potential in the team mate. We need a couple of reliable experienced players up there.

3.) 03 Jun 2016 13:43:35
I agree Redfaith but maybe I'm a dreamer in the fact that buy the right players, if they are good enough, they will gel!

Bringing in these players NOW will lay foundations for years to come?




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17 Jul 2019 21:00:05
Question for the eds or any of who have studied this one a bit: what are the pros and cons of young players going on loan? Thinking of our current group. Sometimes good players go out on loan and never make it back.


{Ed002's Note - It depends entirely on the club. At the top end, ech loan player from Chelsea has a liaison officer assigned (some are ex-players) who regularly see them, deal with any issues and report progress back to the club. For instance there was an issue with Lukaku and the club decided at the start of 2014 that he would be sold in the summer. His liaison tried very hard to reverse that decision, but to no avail. There was also a problem with a couple of players in the Netherlands and that resulted in the club having them get involved with spending some time with the local community (schools and charities). Chelsea has also helped clubs they have and are building relationships with - this may include providing training facilities, loaning coaching staff, having ex-players work with them in some capacity etc.. They have a structure in the Netherlands and Belgium in addition to relationships with South American and old Eastern Bloc countries. They are still working a deal with a Champions League side as well. In Italy I know that the clubs with a significant number of players on loan have regular contact and bring them back as a group for training on a couple of occasions mid-season. I am sure there will be someone at Liverpool keeping contact with the younger players on loan as they know there is a problem and are looking to fix it. Manchester United has a couple of long-term relationships with mainland European sides which have helped considerably in the past. Manchester City are building up their capability. Many clubs in Spain and Portugal have built relationships with other sides and it helps with brining in players from South America.}

1.) 18 Jul 2019 00:52:35
Thanks very much Ed002, that is very helpful.



21 Jun 2019 19:42:49
Any of the eds know if we have made any progress with signing either Issa Diop or Ruben Dias? Either one would be a great addition.


{Ed002's Note - What do you mean by progress. Ruban Dias (CB) - is heading elsewhere according to Jorge Mendes but he was very much a target for Mr Mourinho and I would not strike him from the list yet - as the side he was due to join did not see the value in the asking price and Benfica are looking to a new contract.
Issa Diop (CB) West Ham implied there has been some interest but they are not looking to sell the player.}

1.) 21 Jun 2019 21:45:40
Thanks, Ed002. Still hopeful we can sign one of these two.

2.) 21 Jun 2019 22:59:27
Dias is going to Bayern and Diop will be priced out of a move.



25 Apr 2019 19:08:01
Top four race:
We are on 64 points, can finish with 73. The Chelsea game this weekend is paramount. The last two we should win.

But then we will still need help. Chelsea are on 67 points, if we beat them, they can still get 73 and beat us on goal differential. So we will need Chelsea to draw or lose either game to Watford or Leicester City, both tough opponents. And they play two games vs Eintracht Frankfurt in Europe. So with Chelsea there seems a good chance for us.

Then we still need Arsenal to falter. They are on 66 points. Besides playing Valencia twice in Europe, they will play Leicester, Brighton Hove, and Burnley. Two wins and a draw and they will also beat us on goal differential. So we need an Arsenal loss.

So this Sunday looks massive. Arsenal vs Leicester and Chelsea coming to Old Trafford.


1.) 25 Apr 2019 19:42:01
Leicester, Watford and Burnley can give anyone a tough game. I wouldn't want to have to win against any of them.

I would be very surprised if Chelsea and Arsenal don't drop points against at least one of them.

The tricky thing is can we win our last three games. Chelsea on paper looks the toughest game. Yet both Huddersfield and Cardiff are relegation threatened. They will be fighting for their lives. If we don't match that desire then we will struggle against both of them.

On paper our run in looks slightly easier. Yet we have shown time and again that we can screw it up. There will be twists and turns yet. I still expect one of City or Liverpool to have a shock result which could change the direction the title heads in.

2.) 25 Apr 2019 19:53:24
I’d be surprised if we picked up any points before the end of the season with the way we’re playing.

3.) 25 Apr 2019 21:53:42
Huddersfield will be glad to hear they are only relegation ‘threatened’ Shappy. They are 20 points off safely with 3 games left, we would have to be pretty terrible there to not win. 3 wins and we will get top 4 in my opinion, we could even catch the goal difference up with a couple of big wins. Sunday is massive, lose and the season is over, win and it’s game on. With 2 penalties in the last 4 our only goals I would be tempted to think we will lose on Sunday but let’s get behind the lads and see if we can save this season.

4.) 25 Apr 2019 22:33:29
We’ve won the league with 79 points before haven’t we 😂.

5.) 25 Apr 2019 22:58:35
I don't think we will all 3 either.

To win games you need to score and we don't have players that can put the ball in the back of the net, it feels like they alergic to the goal.

6.) 25 Apr 2019 23:09:01
Gds catch up the goal diff 😂😂😂😂

Chelsea might play for the draw that just might just suit us.

{Ed002's Note - I would very much doubt that - a draw won't help Chelsea.}

7.) 26 Apr 2019 07:14:52
Top 4 is gone.

Reality still hasn't set in for some.

8.) 26 Apr 2019 08:24:03
Ken- it is not likely on current form, but a 4-0 win moves us above chelsea on goals scored. The same GD.


9.) 26 Apr 2019 13:20:09
Top 4 was gone in January. Now we have a chance, albeit remote. i'd have taken that in January.

10.) 27 Apr 2019 04:40:35
Not long ago we had title winning form. Now we lose a series of games in a row and everyone is disposable. Truth is, we are somewhere in between.

Most interesting story for us for the rest of the season is who will be in Ole's plans after the summer?

I don't think Martial suits his desire for high press. Neither does Mata or matic.

I'm convinced he wants a new CB to partner Lidelof.

I suspect he is duey eyed over pogba, but maybe better if he is traded away out of his control. IF (and it is a big if) we can find a good replacement.

DDG is not playing at a level that warrants a world record fee. Madness if we give him that.



19 Apr 2019 15:43:19
Mourinho quote about the Barcelona game:
"Lots of mistakes, lots of goals with awful defending on the inside foot. You look to Coutinho goal, even to Messi goal. " How would you explain what he means about the inside foot? I take it as a failure to force the player wide, but it's a phrase I have never heard. Does your inside foot mean your foot closer to the middle of the pitch? I want to hear how any of you might explain it.


1.) 19 Apr 2019 16:24:16
Showing the player inside, English isn’t his first language, but it seems fairly clear to me.

2.) 19 Apr 2019 16:27:21
Cutting inside.

3.) 19 Apr 2019 17:38:45
I agree with you zidaniel. I think that's what he means . They allowed him to cut in towards goal instead of forcing home wide.
In fairness messi does that just about every week and against every team he plays against. The theory is good but against messi its only theory because he can do what he wants he is that good.

4.) 19 Apr 2019 17:57:13
Jose said you need to put messi in a cage which is probably true .
Possibly the greatest of all time, though call between him and Maradona.

5.) 19 Apr 2019 19:58:49
Pele first. Cruyff second. Maradona third.

6.) 19 Apr 2019 20:37:23
Cough cough. Georgie Best. cough cough.

7.) 19 Apr 2019 21:16:55
No one better AJH.

8.) 19 Apr 2019 23:13:33
I'm glad someone remembered, Tony. :)



10 Mar 2019 00:38:04
If you haven't seen it yet, on the club website, Fletch has an account of the 4-2 win at Highbury, the one where Keane and Vieira went at it in the tunnel. Fletch really gets into the mindset of a player in a game of such magnitude. He was such a dedicated player for the club.
His insight into what motivates a team player was very inspiring. Well worth a read before the match later.


1.) 10 Mar 2019 01:31:35
It's good isn't it. This fixture thrown up some incredible battles in the EPL years. Last year was one of my favourite games of the mourinho era.

It's a massive game. There will be many twists and turns to come yet, but winning tomorrow will be a big statement from either team. I hope the squad take some of that Keano spirit into the game tomorrow and look to dominate their opposite number.




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17 Jul 2019 18:25:47
Either that or Rojo will become the new Michael Carrick and reinvent himself as a calm, composed defensive MF.




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12 Jul 2019 15:44:14
I really hope we get Dias or Milenkovic rather than Harry Maguire.




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10 Jul 2019 17:47:33
Thanks Ed. Critical position to fill. Matic is slowing down, and we don't have another true DCM. McTominay is a good worker defensively, but not ready to be a single pivot when we play 4-3-3. We need a mobile DCM. Ndidi would be ideal. Longstaff, if he comes, does sound like he has potential.


{Ed001's Note - it is possible to manage without one though mate.}



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01 Jun 2019 14:51:36
If Fernandes comes in, would that mean Pogba is closer to leaving?




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17 May 2019 12:53:41
Thanks Ed001. I find McTominay outstanding in his attitude, but technically, a player who mostly keeps it simple. But I must admit, he has grown as a player with more minutes. I will have to research some more on Longstaff.


{Ed001's Note - he is worth watching, he is growing as a player as well. Shame he got injured when he did.}




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18 Jul 2019 00:52:35
Thanks very much Ed002, that is very helpful.




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12 Jul 2019 22:29:25
Get used to it, Torqs. We can't just snap our fingers at any given prospect anymore. We've made top 4 twice in the last six years. In less than that time, Madrid have won 3 CL. That alone might mean a little more drawing power.




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21 Jun 2019 21:45:40
Thanks, Ed002. Still hopeful we can sign one of these two.




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29 May 2019 19:51:32
The days of the quartet are over, with the 4-3-3 more prominent. If Lukaku and Sanchez go, my guess will be Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Mata, Greenwood, plus one more.




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28 May 2019 01:11:54
He never played on the right when he was here. And I don't think such a media conscious player is what we need right now. It is enough of a problem already.