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04 Jul 2017 08:12:58
Ed, are you aware of any interest from us the young lad Gelson Martins at Sporting? I think he would be an excellent addition to the team, a player who genuinely likes being a winger. I'd also look at William Carvalho if Fabinho and Matic are non starters - although he has been linked almost as long as Gaitan and Sneijder.


{Ed025's Note - arsenal have been tracking him fresh but no links to united at this stage mate..

1.) 04 Jul 2017 10:46:55
Cheers mate.



03 May 2017 12:44:49
Rumours today of an enquiry for Nainggolan. Brilliant, dynamic midfielder.



1.) 03 May 2017 13:00:05
So hope its true and we can pursue and sign. Vidal type of player imo and could be the steel and guille in midfield to allow pogba and herrera to push on.

2.) 03 May 2017 13:08:57
I have I agree with you mate. He would be our Kante equivalent but with a goal threat as well.

3.) 03 May 2017 13:40:32
He's a beast. Be a superb signing.

4.) 03 May 2017 14:54:00
Good but would prefer Vidal or Kante.

5.) 03 May 2017 17:20:42
Don't think he is keen on a move to England. Apparently because cigs are too expensive.

6.) 04 May 2017 07:18:24
What is it with us and signing players with weird names.
Mkhitaryan, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin.
Maybe sign Bernardeschi too 😂.

{Ed001's Note - if you sign Nainggolan I would be very surprised. He smokes more than Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Jack Wilshere put together. He makes Andy Carroll look like a teetotal professional athlete. His partying on a nightly basis is legendary in the Rome clubs. It is very doubtful he will have much more than a couple of years left at the top level.

Added to that, he has no interest in leaving the city, he loves it in Rome. I would seriously have worries over a recruitment system that recommends him as a potential signing, rather than steers clear of him.

Oh and I do think he is an excellent player, now, but his lack of real fitness and desire to concentrate on his game would make it extremely difficult to adapt to English football and its much higher paced style.}



26 Jul 2016 13:21:37
Hasn't taken the papers long to jump on the Fellaini to Sunderland story. £13 million apparently, seems a bit steep.

Also interest in taking Januzaj on loan. If there is one young attacker I'd like to see kick on this term it's Pereira so getting Januzaj out the way would be a good move.

Add to this the impending Pogba announcement and potential deal for Fabinho we look in good shape. However, I'd still like one more centre back to replace Rojo and see Blind/ Schweinsteiger leave.


1.) 26 Jul 2016 14:23:26
Schweinsteiger leaving over Blind would be better as he is older more injury prone and on vast wages. Although if he stays fit, the big if he could have an important season if utilised properly. That remains a big if.

2.) 26 Jul 2016 16:24:08
schweinsteiger has been an utter turd signing when you consider what he contributed, minutes played and wages. Blind for me was one of our top 4 or 5 performers last year no matter how you look at and i am bewildered why people think we should sell him. Ridiculous.

3.) 26 Jul 2016 17:00:12
Impending Pogba's announcement

Keep dreaming he's not coming and will end up at Madrid, he wouldn't keep stalling if he actually wanted to come.

4.) 26 Jul 2016 17:18:46
If we're paying Sunderland 13 mill for them to take Fellaini then that is step.

I also agree on Blind, he's a versatile utility player. Every squad needs one.

5.) 26 Jul 2016 19:51:57
I think Schweini was an expensive gamble that didn't work. His whole focus seemed to have been on getting fit for the Euros, he continued almost nothing last year.

6.) 26 Jul 2016 22:25:39
Why would anyone want to sell blind? Need a versatile player and he's our best one. And Pogba is far from imminent.

7.) 27 Jul 2016 17:19:44
I can see why Messi retired from International football. If Rojo plays at centre back for Argentina, then Messi will never win an International Trophy. Rojo is terrible.



01 Jul 2016 17:35:06
Rumours of Chinese interst in Rooney. A £60 million bid possible - that would be a dream situation. Get him off the books and suitably replace with a midfielder who specialises in that position rather than being shoe-horned.


1.) 01 Jul 2016 17:45:53
Just £60m? No thanks.

2.) 01 Jul 2016 18:05:03
This is a great chance to offload Rooney. On the back of a poor international performance no one will criticize United for offloading him. I like Rooney but for the sake of United he needs to go.
60M is a good deal keeping in mind that he earns 260K per week at United.

3.) 01 Jul 2016 18:05:09
Please please please let this be true.

4.) 01 Jul 2016 18:07:14
Lol Brendan.

5.) 01 Jul 2016 18:18:23
Rooney out for £60 million, Pogba in for £80 million would be rather nice. I'd then go and try for Draxler to be the new number 10.

6.) 01 Jul 2016 18:56:13
Micky is the new number 10.

7.) 01 Jul 2016 19:19:35

8.) 01 Jul 2016 19:32:41
I think it may be Rooney has bid £60m for his local Chinese restaurant!

9.) 01 Jul 2016 19:52:21
Number 10? Would that be Downing Street?

10.) 01 Jul 2016 20:50:55
Lol @ Brendan 😂😂😂😂😂.

11.) 02 Jul 2016 20:03:07
Lol @ beast 😂😂😂.



01 Jul 2016 13:20:13
Offer submitted for Lassana Diarra?

I know Mourinho was a fan at Chelsea and Madrid. Perhaps a player for certain big games and a cheaper alternative to Kante? If this happened it would suggest to me that Jose is happy with Schneiderlin and Carrick for the deeper role generally but in the big games may need more bite.


{Ed002's Note - As of Wednesday there was one offer but not from MU.}

1.) 01 Jul 2016 13:43:43
It's being reported that Giggs is set to leave Man Utd.
In my eye, s he ain't done bad out of it . Usually when managers are sacked, so are their back room staff.
Moyes sacked, Giggs not
Van Gaal sacked, Giggs not.
Fantastic servant to our club, and will always be a legend in my eye, s.
But he cannot dictate which job he wants, if not offered the managers job . There are many ex players from man Utd with better credentials to become great managers, Time for Giggs to go and make a managerial name for himself, Then one day maybe. He maybe approached for the big job . But I feel the reason he was not shown the door along with Moyes and Van Gaal, is the sentiment our board have for the man. Plus now he can concentrate on his other pastimes. wink. wink.

2.) 01 Jul 2016 13:44:33
Always liked diarra.

3.) 01 Jul 2016 13:43:30
Cheers for clearing that up Ed002, my heart sank when I read that from Fresh! Lol going from Pogba to Diarra in less than 12hrs

Is Kante still only of Interest to Arsenal and Chelsea Ed, if you don't mind me asking?

{Ed002's Note - Leicester's N'Golo Kante performances this season have attracted the attention of a number of sides not least Juventus, Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal. Although they will offer a new contract and would like to keep him, Leicester will be willing to sell on a couple of conditions and it will be Arsenal and Chelsea who will look to see if a deal can be brokered early in the transfer window - but it will be PSG that will be the most attractive of these clubs for the player and if they put an offer on the table that is acceptable to the club - and then they will have an advantage. Last summer Kante was on the verge of joining Marseille after rejecting the interest of West Ham and Rennes when Claudio Ranieri intervened, telling Caen their price would be met and taking the player on a guided tour of the Leicester City ground and training facilities. Anecdotally Shakhtar Donetsk approached Boulogne about taking Kante as a replacement for Fernandinho but Kante decided his future was in the French second division with Caen. Chelsea's interest dates from April 10 and they continued to watch him. His representative has said that Chelsea and PSG are his favoured destinations but with the change of manager at PSG that option may disappear.}

4.) 01 Jul 2016 13:48:19
And Kantes valuation wouldn't be anything much higher then the 30M, would you want to go for some one cheaper IF Kantes available?




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04 Jan 2018 15:21:29

Hypothetical question: If Wilshere doesn't sort his contract at Arsenal, is he worth a punt on a free? Or is he simply another crock on our books?


1.) 04 Jan 2018 15:42:39
With the lack of depth we have in midfield at the moment and the fact that Fellaini and Carrick will likely leave this summer I would consider it. Quality player on a free, if he's fit he is another option, if not then he is only costing wages. Plus helps to keep the number of British players in our squad up.

2.) 04 Jan 2018 15:55:56
Definite yes - can play and has a nasty streak in him too which I always appreciate.

3.) 04 Jan 2018 16:24:50
Has a nasty side but is unfortunately made of glass. Given we need 2-3 players and funds could be an issue I wouldn't rule it out. But i'd prefer to avoid crocks.

4.) 04 Jan 2018 16:55:01
Yes let's sign wilshere and bale while we are at it, it would be like collecting set of pokemon cards, we already have the injury prone defenders those 2 will make it injury prone midfielder and winger all we need after that is a injury prone striker that would complete the set.

5.) 04 Jan 2018 16:59:26
A fit jack wilshere is A very good player so yes if he was to stay fit .
Unfortunately like bale history tells us he probably will not.

6.) 04 Jan 2018 17:28:40
He'll probably go to Man City? Guadiola likes him and he's english and probably the best english midfielder we currently have on the ball.

7.) 04 Jan 2018 17:42:40
Got slated for this a few months back. Sign him up, when fits he’s great.

8.) 04 Jan 2018 17:58:26
Really good player before his long injuries. Always has his head up was telling my kids to watch him last night he always has his head up even running with the ball. If he plays at the level he did last night between now and the end of the season and proves himself then yes he would be an unbelievably good player to get for no transfer fee.
Highly doubtful and improbable He is an arsenal lad and if they were to lose ozil sanchez and one of their own Wilshere on free's and don't get cl football then Wenger should be run out of town.

9.) 04 Jan 2018 18:14:34
I don't know about injury prone but Nile Rangers now on a free.

10.) 04 Jan 2018 22:25:25
Years ago, when Sydney was defending Cleverly every week, I used the discuss Wilshere with Stoner, an Arsenal fan. I like be Jack, I think he has incredible natural talent but sadly he doesn’t look after himself and he’s always injured. It’s like having a Ferrari that’s always in the garage. I love him but he’s never fit.

11.) 04 Jan 2018 23:22:24
As is his accompanying ankle monitor - 2 for 1 - Bargain.



03 Jan 2018 21:00:32
Good evening chaps,

I must say, a break has done me good and given me a fresh perspective - excuse the pun. This will (more or less) be my first post of the season and now we are around half way through I feel it is a good time to add my two pennies. Firstly on the squad, and then on the club as a whole.

Defence: For me this is a very promising defence but needs some tweaking. We need Bailly to be a main stay, he is the glue and the best defender we have. Lindelof for me will blossom in time, like Vidic did. I'm also glad to see Shaw back, although the strength and depth in the fullbacks is pitiful. Valencia and Shaw are good first choices, but Darmian and Blind are no replacements whilst Young should be a starting fullback for a club of our stature. Delighted to see the Ghoulam links, he is a top class left back who would add a real balance to that side. How long can we trust in Shaw's fitness?

Midfield: Lack of strength in depth again. Carrick looks to be finished at this level and Herrera's form has severely dipped off. Matic is the only guaranteed starter whilst Pogba needs the freedom of the park. Another midfielder is required, Savic is a popular choice, although I'm not professing to know much about him.

Attacking Midfielders: Mkhitaryan has been a huge dissappointment and his form has tailed off. Lingard is a breath of fresh air, he has totally changed my opinion of him. Martial and Rashford for me are number 9's, especially Martial. He is far better up front and is the most clinical striker we have. Mata remains a good squad member, but lacks dynamism. I'd love nothing more than to see Ozil and Lucas Moura come in. Pace in Moura and fantastic ability in Ozil.

Centre Forwards: Lukaku gets such a hard time, because he plays for us, he is top class for me.

Overall, I would argue this has been a good season so far (except the Bristol result) . I'd like to see Lukaku and Martial paired up top, maybe with a midfield diamond behind it of Matic, Pogba, Savic and Ozil with the fullbacks providing the width.

Thoughts chaps? And, good to be back.


1.) 03 Jan 2018 21:15:39
Good to have you back fresh. Fair assesment imo.

2.) 03 Jan 2018 21:37:57
Welcome back fresh 👍.

{Ed004's Note - Welcome back Fresh! Agree with everything you have said although for right back I'd like to see Mensah act as understudy to Valencia next season and a left back come in to compete with Shaw. Even if we integrate Perriera in to the side still think we are two short in midfield and my marquee signing would be either Ozil or Dybala to play right side but given a free role}

3.) 04 Jan 2018 09:09:19
Hey Fresh, where have you been? 🙄

I agree with a lot of your post but if we play a flat back 4 then we need top quality FBs and Matic will need to just sit to protect. Right now, we end to use Pogba to his maximum, if we need to structure a team around him then let’s get on with it.

4.) 04 Jan 2018 11:30:35
Ozil seems so attainable. I’m sure anything over £25m in this window would tempt Arsenal. They’re a well run club in terms of finances and that is a lot of money to turn down.

He would also be eligible for the CL.



18 Aug 2017 22:43:34
Maybe a little fanciful but worth asking the question.

Would you take Robben at the right price? We need a good right sided option - no one is available, Robben is still unplayable on his day and Mourinho knows him well.


1.) 18 Aug 2017 22:54:40
No maybe 2 years or so ago.

2.) 18 Aug 2017 22:54:53
Everyone would take him for the "right price".
That's the definition of "right price" :-D

The question is rather what everyone thinks the right price is.

I wouldn't take him for free. Massive ego and wages.

3.) 18 Aug 2017 23:29:43
Not a chance. he is past his best.

We are sorted for wingers.

We should be looking at full backs

We have enough wingers in our team.

4.) 19 Aug 2017 09:42:19
I don't think we have any wingers actually.

We have strikers who can play out wide, ex-wingers who are now fullbacks, and enough number 10s to fill a decent sized hot tub (plus one of whatever Jesse Lingard is), but no actual wingers.

5.) 19 Aug 2017 10:56:40
On a free like zlat yeh.

6.) 19 Aug 2017 10:58:29
Sometimes a year wonder from a player of his stature is worth the risk. Vast experience and he still possess match winning ability. For a nominal fee and high wages i'd have no objection as it would improve our squad in an area that we don't have a player like him ie the right. Great professional too.

7.) 19 Aug 2017 11:46:04
Not sure how we have enough wingers when we actually don't have any.

8.) 19 Aug 2017 15:24:53
Absoluely. If he's available on a free then a zlatan kind of deal will be excellent. He's 33 not 43. He's physically fit so if we can get him then definitely go for it.



16 Aug 2017 22:06:55
Asensio is some player. I wonder how much he is worth already. I'd take him over Bale, Griezmann, Mbappe etc. He will be a top 3 Balon d'Or candidate within three years for sure.


1.) 16 Aug 2017 23:09:38
Yeah he has been managed well by madrid too over last 2 years. He imo is the successor to bale and eventually ronaldo.
Im not into the mpappe hype at all. Sure he looks terrific but he would need to show improvement year on year for a couple of seasons to be worthy of the hype. Assensio has done that and is ready to blossom.

2.) 16 Aug 2017 23:22:20
Well my general consensus is that the greatest players are worth about 30 quid plus a Maccies or if they have a worldie game I would stretch to a burger king.

As much as I love the game the millions the are flippantly being thrown around are plain daft. Newcastle bought the best striker this country will probably ever see for £15mil, which at the time seemed like about 80% of all the money in the world nowadays £45 mil buys you gilfi siggurdson or kyle walker, insane.



14 Aug 2017 17:27:01

What a great performance to kick start the new season. A very entertaining weekend actually. Believe it or not, we capitalised on rivals slip ups! It's only early I know, but there's already a gap in points term and I think in squad depth (aside City) .

Could the first goal be more perfect? Matic intercepts, Lukaku finishes first time after a beautiful pass from Rashford. Great finish from Pogba also as well as Martial who I think is in the top three of our most clinical finishers. I open he gets plenty of game time and nails down the left hand side - but Rashford will be significant competition.

Yesterday's system will work beautifully against the 'lesser' sides for want of a better word. I'm hoping we get a good few points on the board before our first big games where I have no doubt we will be hard to beat at the very least!

In terms of where we can improve, we have to be mindful of the available options. For example, no player available is an improvement on our front 3 or 4. Perisic is different but not an upgrade in relative terms nor is someone like Felipe Anderson. What we must decide is do we want diversification or an element of magic. If we want the former, we go for Perisic. If we crave the later, we hold fire and go big for Griezmann next summer or January if that is a suitable time for both parties. I say we should wait to add that sparkle. Imagine Griezmann playing where Mata did yesterday alternating with Mkhitaryan whilst Martial or Rashford provide direct running and a goal threat from the left.

The need for a touch line hugging left winger is removed if we sign a full back who provides with a la Rose or Bertrand. They have the engine to get up and down the pitch and provide width whilst the forward comes inside more. Memphis and Shaw did this for about three games in that second season of Van Gaal (then it all went down the toilet! ) .

Also very encouraged by our centre back options. Jones was good and is good if fit. Lindelöf will come good, but like others, he is being protected and rightly so. Centre half is a fundamental position and errors early on can cost vital points and kick confidence badly.

Lastly, I'll be very interested to see the outcome of the Aurier court case. A good player, similar stature to Valencia but 8 years his junior. And also I'd look forward to the guidance of Ibrahimovic coming back. Now, wouldn't you prefer to see long balls up to Ibra than Fellaini if we needed a goal? I'm sure it would be spelled out that he is a rotation and bench option - if he can accept that he's a no brainier. What fabulous experience and arrogance to have around, something that the best have.

As always, I'd love to hear all of your thoughts, eds included.


{Ed004's Note - I agree with everything you have written. It was a very dominant display and a very good win. This formation should work very well against lower opposition sides and we will be able to bring in either Herrera or Fellaini against the top sides. I would also wait until January or next summer for Griezmann as he would add another dimension to our play. If he was playing were Mata was he most likely would have had atleast a goal and he is a lot quicker than Mata so more dangerous on the counter.
Aurier would be a very good addition and one I'm optimistic we can make. He would probably be eased in like Lindelof (which is a good move) and eventually improve our attack. I don't see us going for a left back as I think Jose has faith in Shaw and Darmian is good cover for him. Hopefully, Shaw returns shortly as he would add another dimension to our attack and defence.
Lastly, Lukaku has already made a huge difference to our attack. His ability to run in behind is already creating far more space for our other players and we are looking to get inbehind the opposition defence far more often which will greatly improve our attack}

1.) 14 Aug 2017 18:48:55
Good post fresh. I think it was a really good start. I woukd like to see 2 full backs come in. I really like tierny and think he would be great back up and challenge to shaw. I would like a right back too as a challange to valencia.
If we can't get the wide/ forward player he wants be that perisic bale or greizman then waiting until jan which is highly unlikely or next summer for the right player is the right thing to do. If ibra is available and can accrpt a squad role for 6 months it would be great back up for lukaku with rash and martial playing left like yesterday.




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21 Aug 2017 12:30:38
I don't see how, Martial will continue to operate from the wide left and Jose has said what a change there has been in Martial.




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08 Jul 2017 16:24:03
Got to hammer you for suggesting injured all the time Ramsey.




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06 Jul 2017 10:11:56
Interesting. I hope Lukaku, Morata and Matic all get over the line. Signing Perisic would give us the option of playing with more width at times. Starting to think we will be playing narrow diamond this year with width from fullbacks.




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05 Jul 2017 12:34:38
How do you mean Ken?




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05 Jul 2017 12:08:44
We have set a precedents since SAF left for being stupid. Happening with Morata too - £80m is a joke and they've turned down £70m.





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17 Jan 2018 22:23:22
Financially it’s not a problem, we would have two top class players tied down for at least 2-3 of their best years.

Not my money!




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04 Jan 2018 11:30:35
Ozil seems so attainable. I’m sure anything over £25m in this window would tempt Arsenal. They’re a well run club in terms of finances and that is a lot of money to turn down.

He would also be eligible for the CL.




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30 Aug 2017 09:21:56
Left back and an X factor would be nice but we have to be realistic. The targets we wanted haven't materialised so I hope we don't settle for our 5th or 6th choices when we could wait a year.




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30 Aug 2017 09:20:48
I like the second idea Ken, the first however is not practical.




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20 Aug 2017 21:19:40
Who would you buy Syd? Good to have you back around.