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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry

Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Best team moment: Going to the stadium of light to see united vs Sunderland and witness the debut of adnan.

Interests: Rugby, Football, Tennis, Formula 1 and school work.


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27 Dec 2017 22:49:42
Ed with the potential departure of Mkhitaryan this January, is it possible United could look to replace him with Özil. I know you have said there is interest there, I was wandering if there was the chance that this will develop into something more concrete in January?


{Ed002's Note - probably not.}

1.) 27 Dec 2017 23:06:00
Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated!



10 Dec 2017 18:38:20
Well lads here we are. Completely and utterly out classed. They came to Old Trafford and made us look very average. The one thing I must say we have failed massively in recruitment.

I'll explain, we are currently playing with Valencia and young in the full back areas, Whilst they have performed admirably, they're not good enough. City have Walker and when fit mendy, a massive upgrade.
We move into the midfield and I must say they're light years ahead. Pogba is world class, but he wouldn't have made a huge difference there. Our options are Pogba, Matic, Herrera, Fellaini and Carrick. You could maybe bring young mctominay into that list. City brought gundogan off the bench for heavens sake.
Forwards wise we are okay, but the midfield and defence needs a huge improvement of quality.

There's a lot of areas that need addressed and unfortunately it takes a game like that where ( and I hate to say this ) we play someone just a step up in class.
We aren't a million miles of, but we aren't as close as we think I'm aftaid.


1.) 10 Dec 2017 19:15:49
Been saying the same for ages.

2.) 10 Dec 2017 20:13:05
Pogba is world class but wouldn't have made a difference. Ok then.

3.) 10 Dec 2017 21:58:34
Sorry FZZ but what I mean is one player in pogba would not have turned that game around and we would have won 3-0. Look at the squad depth of both sides, if De Bruyne is missing for city they have gundogan, the two silva’s. who do we have? Fellaini, Herrera or mctominay?

4.) 11 Dec 2017 02:28:50
To be fair, they were playing with a midfielder at left back, and he's done pretty well so far, apart from today's slip up.



26 Oct 2017 21:38:55
Ed001/ 002 if you're about, quick question.
What the hell is going on with Luke Shaw? Seeing so many reports and I've no clue what's happening. If either of you have any info at all it would be greatly appreciated!


{Ed002's Note - The point has been reached where there needs to be a parting of the ways. As we have previously discussed Manchester United want to refresh the left back position and there remain the same two players they would like to bring in. That will allow Shaw to move on, and perhaps Darmian as well.}

1.) 27 Oct 2017 10:06:41
Has there been a breakdown in his relationship with the manager Ed? Thanks for your reply! I’ll take it the two left back targets are the same as the ones previously mentioned. Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - This is not a gossip page.}

2.) 27 Oct 2017 10:32:04
Don't suppose anyone has an amazing memory and can remember who the two potential LB targets are please?!

{Ed002's Note - Aaron Martin and Danny Rose.}

3.) 27 Oct 2017 10:54:29
Whose the 2 left backs Ed, Rose and Aaron Martin? Would love Tierney, I don’t suppose he could be prized away Ed?

{Ed002's Note - The targets are as I have explained. Tierney right now is a firm target for another side but is best off where he is for now.}

4.) 27 Oct 2017 11:55:17
Sorry Ed I sent this before I saw the above post.

5.) 27 Oct 2017 14:08:15
Who are the two players, Rose and.? Sessegnon? Tierney?

6.) 27 Oct 2017 14:59:39
You joking panebello?

7.) 28 Oct 2017 09:40:40
Get rid. His attitude stinks.

8.) 28 Oct 2017 09:02:03
Thanks for info Ed002! ☺️.

9.) 30 Oct 2017 17:05:12
Maybe not Ed002 but it is a rumours page. You might not like to gossip but have you heard any rumours about why Shaw needs to move on?

{Ed002's Note - or for the gossip - not here.}

10.) 31 Oct 2017 11:28:27
The fact that his own parents came out and said he needs to stop eating garbage food and take care of his weight issues says it all.



02 Jun 2017 13:53:41
A few rumours of semedo heading to Barcelona now.


1.) 03 Jun 2017 13:41:53
I will be really disappointed if we miss out on Semedo. He looks like a great prospect and Valencia will turn 32 this summer. Semedo has great attacking ability down the flank.



26 May 2017 19:24:31
Hi ed002, a few weeks back you said to a poster to ask again about the possible outgoings? I was just wandering if this has been done and I've missed it? if not and if you have the time off course would it be possible for you to share the potential outgoings?


{Ed002's Note - I did it, you should find it on the site. The only change is Hererra is now staying.}

1.) 27 May 2017 17:58:49
No bother I'll have another look!

2.) 27 May 2017 20:57:17
That's every bit as good news as signing a new player. Herrera for me is the next captain.

3.) 27 May 2017 21:09:05
Good news ed, thanks.

4.) 28 May 2017 09:58:40
Any one know what to search for can't seem to find it.

5.) 28 May 2017 10:15:22
I couldn't find it either but I imagine if you type ed002 you'd find it eventually.

6.) 28 May 2017 10:39:41
Yeah it's there if you search Ed002. Then do a find for Darmian and you should find the list.

7.) 28 May 2017 13:40:28
Type in ed002 then scroll down to 9th may.

Copied Ed's comments below if Ed kindly allows them to be pasted:

{Ed002's Note - A mess of:
Matteo Darmian
Marcus Rojo
Phil Jones
Ashley Young
Michael Carrick (will not get a new contract unless no replacement is available in the Summer - else a one year extension)
Wayne Rooney
De Gea
Sergio Romero
Juan Mata.

8.) 28 May 2017 14:59:35
No Smalling on that list?

{Ed002's Note - You can add Smalling. The club wants two CBs if they can.}

9.) 28 May 2017 15:10:15
rojo, jones and smalling? don't u think that is too many defenders out in a single window ed?
Even if we get two. defenders, we may be light in squad.

{Ed004's Note - Well I don't think Rojo is in a position to pass a medical currently so I'd guess it would be Jones and Smalling instead}

10.) 28 May 2017 15:46:26
That would be good ed. Rojo has improved a lot under jose. isn't a first choice but can be a good squad player.

{Ed004's Note - I would keep Smalling tbh because I can't see Keane wanting to play a squad role. Bailly + a new signing with Smalling and Rojo covering seems ideal with Tuanzebe, Blind, Carrick and maybe Dier able to cover}

11.) 28 May 2017 15:06:49
Thanks Ed. Enjoy the sunny Bank Holiday weather.




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19 Jan 2018 13:47:19
Very high praise for Luke Shaw today from Jose. Looks like he's winning him over finally. 3 points a must tomorrow!


1.) 19 Jan 2018 14:00:57
Had a run of games and starting to show people what a good player he is .
Still only 22 .
If he can stay clear of injuries he will be a top player.

2.) 19 Jan 2018 14:43:54
He's still a fat heffer, seems to run through treacle. Hoping this run of games keeps him away from the kebab shop.

3.) 19 Jan 2018 14:57:43
Shaw has been impressive, speaks highly of life at united, Jose sees the quality himself, up to Luke to prove he’s worth being at united, he’s currently doing that, i for one an very happy that he is.

4.) 19 Jan 2018 15:21:33
I'm sure he let himself go a bit when he thought signing for United on a fat wage was the same thing as making it, but it's hard to be too critical of a young lad who suffered such a terrible injury for taking a couple of years to come back from it. The game is not just physical, it's also psychological, and having had such an injury I'm sure anyone would doubt their ability to withstand a heavy challenge thereafter. Sometimes nervousness will lead to a semi-committed approach which in turn can more likely lead to another injury, which unfortunately for Shaw he experienced. I for one am delighted that he's starting to fulfill the potential he had shown at Southampton which was the reason we spent so much on him thus keeping him out of Mourinho's clutches when he was at Chelsea.

5.) 19 Jan 2018 17:25:57
Nice to see that bit of praise from the manager today.

6.) 19 Jan 2018 18:12:10
Shaw has played well and deserves the praise.
He has got his head down and obviously worked hard to win his place and deserves to keep it imo.
If he keeps his fitness and form he could earn himself a new contract.
He does need to improve and the ball is back in his court. If he delivers stays fit and improves then he will get a new contract and allow the club to spend transfer funds elsewhere.

7.) 19 Jan 2018 18:12:10
Shaw has played well and deserves the praise.
He has got his head down and obviously worked hard to win his place and deserves to keep it imo.
If he keeps his fitness and form he could earn himself a new contract.
He does need to improve and the ball is back in his court. If he delivers stays fit and improves then he will get a new contract and allow the club to spend transfer funds elsewhere.

8.) 19 Jan 2018 20:21:28
I think ken nails it, he has stepped up and made the Manager take notice. All credit to the boy.



14 Jan 2018 12:55:46
May be a daft question, but if he signs could Sanchez play champions league? Or does the Europa league stop him?


{Ed007's Note - Sanchez would be eligible to play in the CL buddy.}

1.) 14 Jan 2018 13:20:45
Cheers Ed, I’m trying so hard to not get excited about this!

{Ed007's Note - Sounds to me like you are getting hard and excited! :)

2.) 14 Jan 2018 14:53:37
🤣🤣🤣🤣 bond!

3.) 14 Jan 2018 18:31:42
. no comment bond lol.

{Ed007's Note - Ed004 hasn't been seen all day....

4.) 14 Jan 2018 20:33:28
I’m sure it’s not just today he’s been missing.



03 Jan 2018 13:04:15
Danny rose injured again, wonder if that will stop us having a look at bringing him in? He'd had a few this season and I think he had some injuries last year. Surely we give Shaw to the end of the season now, unless the possibility of signing someone of the Calibre of Alex Sandro or David Alaba is a real one.


1.) 03 Jan 2018 13:31:37
I like rose as a player very much when fit but I'm not convinced he can stay fit and we have enough sick note players on the books.

High risk and there are other options. i'd rather wait until the summer to get the correct left back. As badly as we need several new players this us not a time for panic buying. Player recruitment has been nothing short of pathetic over the last 5 years so getting it right is more important than doing it quickly.

2.) 03 Jan 2018 13:41:12
Rose is a fantastic player when fit, but he is struggling to stay fit often enough.

I would let Shaw have a run at it until the summer, we still have Young and Blind who can fill in there if needed.

Then look at some of the other options in the summer if Shaw isn't showing enough promise there. My gut feeling is Shaw won't do enough to convince Mourinho. Other options could be Grimaldo (although he has his own injury concerns), Aaron Martin, Jose Gaya or even Jetro Willems who is having an excellent season over in Germany.

3.) 03 Jan 2018 13:48:51
Shappy I think Jose said that about Shaw a year ago. 'Let's see how he does'. He obviously feels he isn't good enough or has what the role requires. Otherwise we wouldn't be looking at other options.

4.) 03 Jan 2018 13:55:37
I really like Shaw and he is currently looking good. Poch got the best out of him, perhaps Jose needs to step back and consider how to do the same, Shaw is clearly a bit fragile but he has huge potential.

5.) 03 Jan 2018 14:46:22
Angel, in October Jose said Shaw still has a future.

"He has a future here, but the situation is not easy because he comes from injury, after injury, after injury. He needs [lots of] matches in a row to play, to make mistakes, to get conditioned, to get match fitness and at this moment I can't give him that, "

6.) 03 Jan 2018 14:50:25
Angelred, Shaw is a fantastic talent, and has all the ability to become the best LB in the world. Several managers have said he needs to work harder. The whispers coming out of Old Trafford is that he is working much harder. Maybe the penny has dropped.

For all the other options out there none are as good as Shaw could potentially be. So as Tony says we need to address how we can get the most out of him. He has looked better than all other options we currently have at LB in the last month or so.

Also I'm not convinced Mourinho will be here at start of next season. So I am quite happy to give Shaw until the end of the season as clearly currently he is our best LB, the chances of us getting someone better than him in January are limited so let's wait and see.

7.) 03 Jan 2018 16:03:58
For sure shappy, but maybe that penny has dropped far too late. Ed002 still maintains we want another LB. Could be a case of too little too late for Shaws United career.

FZZ, you really believe Jose here?

8.) 03 Jan 2018 16:16:20
Shaw has played every game since the start of December and is the only player to have played well in every game. So with 5 games in quick succession under his belt he hopefully can kick on from that.

9.) 04 Jan 2018 00:56:40
Some won't be happy until Shaw is sold .
Some can't wait until he proves them wrong.



02 Jan 2018 02:17:33
Great to see Shaw playing very well at the moment. Hopefully he is winning José over? Fingers crossed he's not on the outgoing list any more. Talent is there, he's looking fit, I thought he was in the shop window initially, but now he looks well ahead of Blind and darmian (who I think is definitely off with the fact lindelof was at RB) . Fingers crossed Shaw takes this chance and kicks on.


1.) 02 Jan 2018 09:25:06
Shaw is looking good just needs games.

2.) 02 Jan 2018 11:57:22
Is it too little too late or has he actually fought his way back.

If the latter then it does save us 30-50 million in the summer that can be better spent elsewhere.

3.) 02 Jan 2018 12:43:33
He needs more games but it looks as though the Jose treatment has worked again.

4.) 02 Jan 2018 16:51:06
I agree Angel, Mourinho had previously said Shaw needs a run of games to get fit, but he couldn’t see it happening. I honestly think it says a lot when we aren’t seeing Blind or Darmian currently playing at left back, as they were definitely ahead of him at the start of the season.

5.) 02 Jan 2018 16:43:23
Jose has said previously Shaw is the future at left back, he had a big injury and is now looking like his mental side is right not rocket science we need a cm a winger and maybe a 10 defence is not an issue for me.



28 Dec 2017 16:57:22
I'm not sure if any of you fellas saw the pictures of training today? Quite a number of lads from the youth sides were there. Angel Gomes, Callum Gribbin and RoShaun Williams all took part. Does anyone think we could see some of these lads step up soon? I'm certainly interested to see the development of Angel Gomes and Gribbin as both have immense talent.


1.) 28 Dec 2017 17:27:22
Didn't see he pics but good to know. I'd like to think that they take part in senior sessions regularly, it would make sense.

{Ed001's Note - at this time of the year teams often use them to allow tired players to sit out training matches.}

2.) 28 Dec 2017 17:33:19
I was thinking the same although i don't think any of them will play in the next game.

It definitely is a good experience for them to train with the first team players.

3.) 28 Dec 2017 17:51:01
Ah okay ed001. Thought it's also good experience to see if they can mix it with the top seniors at the club.

{Ed001's Note - it is usually excellent for them, even those that get sent back down, as it gives them a chance to see that they need to work harder to reach the level required.}

4.) 28 Dec 2017 19:18:11
If you are still about Ed001, i was wondering if you had any info on the quality of UTD training sessions under Mourinho.

Managers such as Poch, Klopp and Pep are often considered the modern men and my impression is that their training sessions are thought of as very intensive and cutting edge.

Do you (or anyone else) have any info about the differences in training ground approaches from each of the top coaches in the EPL?

{Ed001's Note - every manager is different, so it is difficult to really compare one with 3 others or give out info on training differences as an overall. Jose tends to delegate to his coaches, who take the sessions, while he oversees them. The coaching staff do try and keep up to date on the latest developments, but they have a different outlook and see the game differently from other managers.

Managers like Dyche, Klopp and Pochettino tend to be less hands on and work on developing their players and teamwork. Pep is a micromanager, who wants to manage every single tiny little detail and is extremely intense, which is why he does not last long in a role. It is not just hard for the players to maintain the intensity over a long period, it is also hard to keep them motivated when he is constantly staring over their shoulder. Every move you see them do in the match is pretty much planned out in advance in training, it is not off the cuff like watching Maradona weave his magic. It is a plan they follow to do what they are doing. For me that is not what I enjoy watching, even when it is going well, it just feels too robotic and lacking in flair and imagination.

Managers such as Hodgson concentrate on just drilling the team defensively and then leave the attacking for the players to figure out on the hoof. When he had been at Liverpool for a few months I asked one of the players about the attacking training, as the players were so disjointed, and his reply was 'what attacking training?' He told me they had done nothing at all about breaking down defences, just constant drills and repetitions on stopping the opposition.

Jose's ideas are very similar to that, in that he concentrates a lot on drills but he does work on the attack. However I would put him in the Pep category, in that each match he plans out how he wants the team to play with his dossiers, picks out weak points in the opposition etc and then works in the days up to the game on how to nullify and beat the opponent. It can be seen as negative, but he does always look at ways to win, such as targeting a weak aerial link by asking a taller player to pull onto them and the rest of the team look to play early balls to them. It is very planned and organised, rather than freeflowing and exciting.

He gives his players much more rest and less hard work than Poch, Klopp, Pep, who like to work on 2 sessions a day, while Jose has not tended to do that. What has gone missing though is his tendency to inspire his players to extreme loyalty to him and to want to run through brick walls for him by protecting them from the press. Now he is throwing them under the bus and it is not inspiring the players the way he once was able. That to me is more of a problem than the training sessions, which are usually in line with the latest thinking.}

5.) 28 Dec 2017 19:48:10
Great read, thanks. Very interesting.

{Ed001's Note - cheers Beastie.}

6.) 28 Dec 2017 20:09:40
Thanks Ed, great read. A few stats show utd as low down the league in sprinting intensity and distance covered. Do you put that down to style of play (low press, direct) or do you believe that utd are perhaps less fit than most teams in the league?

{Ed001's Note - style of play for me. Fitter teams tend to score later in games, which United have done a lot of. If they were fading late in matches, then you would worry about fitness.}

7.) 28 Dec 2017 20:50:21
Ed001 whilst on the topic of coaches, do you have any idea how the academy is getting on with regards to developing talent. I know Keiran McKenna is highly thought off and there’s been a bit of an overhaul to our youth recruitment as well, I was just wondering if you think or academy is improving again?

{Ed001's Note - the United academy constantly looks at how it can improve and tries to move forward. They did get caught up in purely looking to make it about making money for the club for a while but a lot has been done to get back to just making it a place for young players to develop in the last couple of years. It will take a few years to show the full benefits but things have defo improved.}

8.) 28 Dec 2017 21:08:07
Thanks ed, appreciate the reply! Good to know the academy is doing better, some talents in there. Really interested to see how Chong, Gomes and Gribbin get on personally.

{Ed001's Note - you have brought in some good staff as well recently, should move the club forward.}

9.) 28 Dec 2017 21:12:13
Thanks ed001, I tend to agree, but sometimes I also think the players can get a bit lazy or switch off rather than keep the intensity up.

{Ed001's Note - true. Good point.}

10.) 28 Dec 2017 22:32:27
Wow Ed001 that is some great info and ins. Fantastic read. Thank you and great questions from thenpostersas well. 👏👏.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate. You are right they were great questions.}

11.) 29 Dec 2017 07:01:21
Lovely post, Ed.

I remember, a couple of years back I was working with a grassroots development company, we picked up a club in the regional league of Punjab and restarted their youth and first team. I was lucky that I got the chance to manage the project and I was working closely with the coach (Spanish fellow) who was managing both the teams.

I remember we'd wake up at 6 in the morning and have drills and sessions that were planned the night earlier for the teams. A lot was based on coordination, interchange of play, linking the defence with the midfield and midfield with the attack and vice-versa. Even the set-piece practice was a joy to watch, simply because the coach knew what he wanted from the team and how he made them accustomed to the drills.

Before every match, we'd go and scout the teams we were to play against and I remember the notes the guy would take and then the drills that followed were based on what he's seen and when the match happened, a lot of those drills and tactics were put into play.

I'm sorry I'm trying to compare the regional leagues here in India, but the post on drills and how the coaches work got me to type all this out.

Thanks, again.

{Ed001's Note - it is all relevant mate, no matter the level.}




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14 Jan 2018 12:46:58
I’m pretty sure Sanchez will be the player who replaces Ibra in the squad. If he comes I expect him to play just off lukaku.




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09 Jan 2018 15:33:50
Surely he can’t agree to join if we haven’t agreed a fee?




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05 Jan 2018 17:03:58
His comments about coming back haven’t filled me with confidence. I don’t doubt his quality and can see his decision but he would be in the team now I reckon, would just like to have seen him fight for his place. I want him to make it here, I was just disappointed in some of his comments.




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05 Jan 2018 15:42:43
He made the decision to go on loan rather than fight for his place and take his chance. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was fairly annoyed at that. He has also stated that he doesn’t want to be contacted about a return to united in January. That’s not the attitude of someone who will make it here imo.




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27 Dec 2017 23:06:00
Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated!





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14 Jan 2018 20:33:28
I’m sure it’s not just today he’s been missing.




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14 Jan 2018 18:31:42
. no comment bond lol.


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14 Jan 2018 13:20:45
Cheers Ed, I’m trying so hard to not get excited about this!


{Ed007's Note - Sounds to me like you are getting hard and excited! :)



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14 Jan 2018 12:51:18
I don’t think Sanchez relies to heavily on pace shappy? He’s not like bale, I think he’s an extremely clever player and that can be seen by his goals and assists when he plays centrally. He’s an intelligent player, who I think would work brilliantly just off lukaku, a truly Top top player.




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13 Jan 2018 09:34:35
I would say he was poor last season, should have had double the goals he scored. He missed some sitters.