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16 Jul 2019 13:35:14
Hello Ed002,
Would there be a Man Utd sharkapod this week?
(If time permits)


{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it - I am travelling and struggling with time.}

1.) 16 Jul 2019 15:50:02
OK Ed. Hope you have a pleasant journey.

{Ed002's Note - Numerous journeys right now - thanks.}

2.) 16 Jul 2019 21:21:45
Ed 002 : with the danger of really upsetting the Ed, could I ask if Ed002 works as a European football journalist? Waiting in trepidation for the bullets.

{Ed002's Note - No I am a gentleman adventurer and rodeo clown.}

3.) 17 Jul 2019 07:55:37
Ed002, you forgot oracle/ time traveller. And I'm guessing the rodeo clown is for crowd control at one of Ed003's parties?

4.) 17 Jul 2019 07:58:19
"One point Twenty one gigawatts! " - this is what Ed002 means when he struggles with time.

5.) 17 Jul 2019 08:05:54
Ed - if you ever need a suitcase caddy, let me know.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 08:40:49
Sounds like our incoming Prime Minister!

7.) 17 Jul 2019 11:10:05
Almost Wallace, if you remove the words "adventurer" and "rodeo". The "Gentleman" part is a judgment call.



04 Jul 2019 11:51:09
The former had of Marca, Eduardo Inda saying Pogba will be a Real Madrid player by next week.
80m plus Bale.
Sounds like bs as we have no interest in Bale.


1.) 04 Jul 2019 12:06:06
pogba needs to be sold and the sooner the better for all parties

if bale would be injury free he is class when he's on form but that's a big if.

would solve the rw position but its one of those, bale opens a massive debate up on here.

2.) 04 Jul 2019 12:12:27
forgot to add,

he will be 30 this month he's in the final years of his footballing life

would much rather stay clear of bale and look and someone younger who can develop.

3.) 04 Jul 2019 12:16:14
I just hope the Pogba debacle does not drag on all the way through this transfer window, don't want us to end up in panic mode again, Remember the Fellani signing.

4.) 04 Jul 2019 12:27:44
Bring bale in. Could be like another cantona signing, boosts the whole squad.

5.) 04 Jul 2019 12:36:03
Inda also says Kroos will be part of the deal but that part wasn't quoted.

They value Bale at £90m.

Seems far fetched.

In fantasy world would people rather have
1. Paul Pogba
2. Bale (RW) + Kroos (CM) + £80m.

6.) 04 Jul 2019 12:44:36
Personally i prefer the €60 + Dybala deal. Send The mouth back to Turin and bring in a player that wants to fight his team. I believe Dybala would be great at OT and in the prem.

7.) 04 Jul 2019 12:46:46
The second option is mouth watering.

8.) 04 Jul 2019 14:15:46
I’d prefer Kroos + 80m to Bale and Kroos + 80m.

We already have one player on massive wages that seems to spend most of his time injured and could do without having another. The wages being paid to Sanchez have created a lot of issues and doubling down by signing Bale would make things worse. By all accounts, Real want shot of Bale and so the idea of paying them anything to help them get his wages off their books isn’t one I’d even consider entertaining. Let them pay him to play golf for another few years.

9.) 04 Jul 2019 14:16:06
Bake injury free and point to prove would be short term asset but not help the attempt to keep wages in line. As loan maybe
Kroos I have always liked but can't see he fits well in PL but maybe with someone to be his legs could work
Just pay up or give us someone like Assensio.

10.) 04 Jul 2019 14:19:02
I can see the temptation with the Bale rumour. I can’t imagine Real are going to have the money to outright buy Pogba at £120-150 million or whatever we value him.
If you could get £80 million plus Bale and get a tune out of him then letting Lukaku go to Inter without replacing wouldn’t be the end of the world. Martial, Rashford, Bale and Sanchez would have goals in them if Ole can get a system going.
Invest heavily in midfield and a CB ( my preference would be Fernandes. Ndidi and Issa Diop) then see how we go.

Also having Bale about would be great for the new lad James.

11.) 04 Jul 2019 15:28:57
Bale = Sanches mk2.

12.) 04 Jul 2019 15:46:44
Id personally rather neither both are at the wrong end of there career on mass mass wages. Bale would see us as a step down and doesn't want to leave madrid so would be pointless. Plus his injury record and wage demand would be up there with sanchez and cause more issues in the long term. Kroos i personally feel wouldn't handle the pace of the prem at all. he's too old now to be coming to our league again would want mass wages. i'd rather young up and coming lads we can build a team round rather than instant signings that haven't worked for the last 5 years. Real stump up to our price straight cash thanks.

13.) 04 Jul 2019 17:39:24
Bale has been told that he has no future at the club.

His response is that he doesn’t care because he’s happy with his life in Madrid.

How can people think that signing him will be anything other than a disaster?
Do we even have a proper golf course up here?

14.) 04 Jul 2019 19:35:06
He obviously isn't going to budge on his wages. He wants to play football but isn't getting used and abused by Real when they want rid. He will want to play in the Euros if Wales get there, so sitting out a season isn't going to help his chances.

15.) 04 Jul 2019 19:37:34
Pogba is useless to us at the moment so I would be delighted with any of them deals. Bale at his best on the right would be better than any other player we have in our forward line. We aren’t very good anyway so worth a go imo, I understand everybody’s arguments against it though.

16.) 04 Jul 2019 20:29:06
FZZ I can’t see Wales leaving him out even if he sits on the bench for a season, he’s still their best player.

17.) 04 Jul 2019 21:17:38
We’re currently the 6th best team in the PL and playing Europa League next season with possibly only Rashford as a recognised striker (which is questionable) and people are turning up their noses at Bale and Kroos. Bale on his day is up there with the best and can produce brilliance and the other has won titles with Bayern, Real and Germany. One of the best midfielders of the last 10 years. Yes they are both in the twilight of their careers but we can’t keep buying 21 year olds and compete. We need some leadership, class and experience. Not one player in our current squad had that.

18.) 05 Jul 2019 11:41:33
2toms i'm not turning my nose up at either my queston would be how would the 2 you name be any different from signing bastian and di maria? At the time bastian was what kroos is now as was di maria although his stock was possibly higher than bales. I see signing those two as just a repeat of what's happened before. Its not turning my nose up its i'd rather a change from over paying players that don't want to be at man utd and we can't shift afterwards. i'd rather build for a future not keep making more issues how would matic be able to cover for kroos in a 2 man midfield? How many games could we rely on bale for? Sanchez is already injured all the time. Also what does that mean for the likes of ddg demanding a higher wage do we really want to be that club that keeps paying astronomical wages to players in the hope we gel? Or should we build a solid squad while losing some of the unwanted players we have then in a season or 2 add the star quality people crave?

19.) 05 Jul 2019 12:41:27
If we can shift Pogba and get Bale plus our money back then I say good deal.
Someone for the younger lads to look up to and learn from. No one in our squad has won 4 CL medals. It would be a short term fix, adding leadership and a bit of class to our squad.
I understand people comparing it to Sanchez or Di Maria but some deals do work out for the better.

20.) 05 Jul 2019 12:42:45
Agreed. Bale on his day is great but how many days does he have these days? By all accounts his attitude is questionable as he'd rather be on the golf course. I'd stay well clear.

21.) 06 Jul 2019 07:36:36
The only way I would entertain that deal would be Kroos + Bale + €80m then sell on Bale for a quick €60M and sell Kroos for €50M 😊 problem solved 👍.



07 Jun 2019 05:50:13
Good Morning Ed002.
Eagerly waiting for your updates :)
Hope you get some time today.


{Ed002's Note - In terms of those having their parking spaces removed:
David De Gea (G) wants out - but the club may block it
Antonio Valencia (RB) MLS beckons
Matteo Darmian (RB/LB) there is an offer from Valencia
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) not wanted but limited which countries he can move to
Ander Herrera (CM) wants more game time but club wants him to stay - will likely go to PSG
Paul Pogba (CM) wants out - but the club may well block a move - which could be a particularly dumb thing to do - they want to offer a new contract but were quoted just under £21M per season basic wage plus significant add ons
Juan Mata (RM/RW)
Alexis Sanchez (LW/F) there is no clear route to end the relationship - Likely not financially viable for Inter and Atletico would need to think hard about the risk
Anthony Martial (LW) Manchester United will be open to a good offer but getting one will be difficult
Marcus Rashford (F) Manchester United will price him out of a move - but Barcelona remain keen
Romelu Lukaku (S) like others he is keen to leave - currently priced out of a move to Inter.}

1.) 07 Jun 2019 13:30:11
I would sell rashford to Barcelona,
But we will be told he is btitish and local we can't sell him. I'd bite their hand off.

2.) 07 Jun 2019 13:01:52
ED002 would you be willing to give your opinion on Daniel James as a player, and if you think he is a good buy, the right attitude etc.

{Ed002's Note - I am not really the one to ask but I understand he is a level headed young man and expectations are high.}

3.) 07 Jun 2019 13:12:59
Thanks a lot Ed.

4.) 07 Jun 2019 14:49:23
Worrying signs that the likes of smalling, jones and young will still have their parking spaces come the start of next season.

5.) 07 Jun 2019 16:12:08
They were all offered new contracts when they should have been shown the door.

6.) 07 Jun 2019 17:19:25
Cannot understand how unappreciated Rashford is among our own supporters. Look, he isn't the finished article, far from it. He needs to work on his finishing. But he's 21 years old, and a United fan. He has bags of potential, the fact that Barcelona are sniffing around is testament to that. He works hard and he presses from the front, everything we bemoan Lukaku doesn't do. I'm not saying he has to be our no.1 striker next season, I just can't get my head around so many 'fans' wanting to see the back of the best acadamy player we've produced in the last decade.

7.) 07 Jun 2019 16:03:47
Thanks for the insights Ed, any knowledge of who the club may be looking to promote from the U23s?

{Ed002's Note - I am not the one to ask. Sorry.}

8.) 07 Jun 2019 18:08:02
Great. De gea, pogba, rashford and martial. Figures we’d let our only potentially world class players leave. What a joke.

9.) 07 Jun 2019 18:30:28
Young, Lingard are the two players who have the potential to make even great teams like 70 Brasil and Barcelona (2010-2013) look mediocre immediately. City have 2 top class players for every position, United have people like Lingard, Young not worth at all even for Bench. Till now I don't know What is the best/ Favourite position of Lingard. Easily the worst player in the Current United squad. Personally I think the manager who get rid of Lingard will win the PL title for United.

10.) 07 Jun 2019 20:18:58
Have to disagree only on the fact he isn’t United’s worst player that honour could go to either jones, rojo, darmian, Young first and to say whoever sells him will win the league we’ll that's just ridiculous.

11.) 08 Jun 2019 02:48:22
Lingard is a worker but a squad player I'd keep him n try n shift the likes of Jones young smalling rojo darmain matic!

12.) 08 Jun 2019 06:14:47
I don’t understand some of our fans. The guy that would bite Barcelona hand off for rashford. You don’t think theclue is in the fact that it is Barcelona that want him might suggest he’s going to be a top player. A local lad, born and bred red but you’d have him out the door I presume because you don’t rate him.

Lukaku, Sanchez, mata, martial all need to go before him but maybe you’d prefer to get rid of our entire forward line in one summer. Tool.

13.) 08 Jun 2019 06:19:08
I can see why Ed gets so frustrated with united fans. Some of you are utter morons. I come on and read a lot, rarely post but I’m a season ticket holding match going red and I’ve never heard fans in the bar or the ground giving rashford or Lingard the stick that they get in here. You’ve got some guys on here with seriously flawed and unrealistic views of football, players and in particular our club.

It’s embarrassing to read the drivel some days.

14.) 08 Jun 2019 08:16:55
Pep and Klopp raised the bar so high such that getting 100 points won't guarantee you PL title. Having people like Lingard in the bench won't help United go anywhere near those two teams. There is no single player in Current United team who performs 8/ 10 every match not even DDG who was erratic lately. City without their Best player KDB and best left back Mendy and few other quality players missing they play same high quality football because of their top notch squad. It is ok if United beat smaller oppositions and teams like current Chelsea, Arsenal easily and finish third, 10 or 12 points behind City and Pool then we have to do bring in few quality players to close the gap. Now the situation is United are outplayed by smaller oppositions and they create more clear cut chances than United in the last 3 or 4 seasons irrespective of manager we have/ had. Teams like Bournemouth play better passing creative football than current United side. Only god knows what Woodward and OGS will do in the coming months!

15.) 08 Jun 2019 15:06:59
Look at their managers though. The only reason these two clubs are reaching the heights they are. Plus it helps if you can buy any player you want as in city’s case.

16.) 08 Jun 2019 16:18:40
Ncs, it takes a lot more than a good manager to win trophies.

The current City team is one of the best teams of the PL era, and this is arguably the best team Liverpool have had for 30 years.

17.) 08 Jun 2019 21:49:05
Thanks as always for your very much valued insights ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Ross.}



02 May 2019 10:34:20
Media linking us very stongly to Joao Felix and Bruno.
Hopefully we can beat the ompetition and close the deal.
More than the footballing ability, I am impressed with the hunger of these portugese duo.


1.) 02 May 2019 11:23:41
Not trying to be obtuse but how have you managed to work out their level of hunger?

What about them in particular strikes you as singnalling they are hungry?

2.) 02 May 2019 11:33:49
The hunger to win the ball back after loosing it. I highlighted it because it is in stark contrast to the likes of Martial.
For rebuilding, We need to be targeting players who give everything on the pitch as Jose says "Mad Dogs".

3.) 02 May 2019 12:02:23
Thats a fair point, but that could be very much dependent on the system and style they are playing.

Plenty of the signings we have made have fitted the ‘mad dog’ profile but then they get the hunger neutered out of them.

4.) 02 May 2019 12:05:02
Have you seen the competition we have for their signatures?

PSG, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid.

Ask yourself if you had no attachment to United would you seriously sign for Manchester United over any of these clubs especially when taking into account Manchester United's current state?

Unfortunately, especially without UCL football these are the kind of players we are a year or two away from being able to sign.

5.) 02 May 2019 12:26:04
It depends how we sell ourselves. Come to United for a genuine challenge or go and be bored in France, Italy or Germany in one horse leagues. Sit on a bench in Spain or start regularly here.

Probably won't work and if its Woodward giving the speech we'll end up paying them to go elsewhere.

6.) 02 May 2019 12:35:16
Manchester United is still a huge appeal to many top players.

Without UCL: We signed Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Matic, Mkhitariyan, Pogba.

7.) 02 May 2019 12:44:01
Well said Mort but it would be tough to sign them. It just depends on the individual, if they want to be a first team staeter here then United will be a club for them or if they want to win titles immediately then they will choose the clubs above but i think because they are young they might choose the project and the money.

8.) 02 May 2019 12:48:39
Matic signed the year after we won Europa, so had CL.

Zlatan - Mid 30s, got a massive wage.

Bailly - Hardly a top player when he signed.

Pogba - No other club could afford him, massive wages, has been trying to get a move to Spain since he arrived, couldn’t give a toss in 50% of games.

Mkhitariyan: Massive wages, was on the decline when he arrived, didn’t have many other options.

The fact of the matter is that the type of ‘top’ players who are willing to join a club like us that are miles of winning the biggest trophies, are generally in decline, looking for the biggest wage, or both. This approach to transfers is what has left us with the laziest squad in the league.

9.) 02 May 2019 12:55:18
By paying obscene wages. If we are serious these lads would play regularly where ever they go. They will be very well paid where ever they go. They will challenge for titles and cups at all those other clubs, and most of those places offer a nicer place to live, which is more suited to the "European" culture and way of life.

We can't offer them UCL football, we can't offer them a nicer place to live, we can't offer them a genuine chance of winning the league.

The only thing we could offer them is more money and potentially more minutes on the pitch.

When up against these sides when competing for players we will more often lose, unless the player is a mercenary and just in it for the cash.

10.) 02 May 2019 13:29:50
Even under LVG without UCL,
We signed Worldcup stars like Daley Blind, Rojo. Others like Herrera, Luke Shaw (Best emerging player at that time), Radamel Falcao, Di maria.

I still believe United are a huge pull for emerging as well as top players.

11.) 02 May 2019 14:14:54
A lot of talk that Bruno Fernandes is off to city.

12.) 02 May 2019 14:20:47
Blind has never been a world class player.

Rojo has a criminal record that put off many sides, also not world class.

Herrera good player, but was at Bilbao who are a nightmare to sign players from. We were the only ones willing to go through the buyout procedure.

Shaw is English. English players seldom move abroad. We beat Chelsea to his signature, but only after Chelsea pulled out of a deal because it was too expensive.

Di Maria was being forced out of Real Madrid, PSG couldn't afford him that summer due to FFP rules. So he went to the only side who would pay him the wages and match Real Madrid's asking price. He then forced a nice to PSG the following summer.

Falcao needed a change of scenery after overcoming a serious injury. He was on the decline and we were the only ones prepared to pay his wages.

See a pattern here. We sign players on contacts no one else would offer. Often for players who are either on the decline, recovering from serious injury or else at a club or in a situation that makes signing them difficult.

Since Sir Alex left there hasn't been one truly successful signing as of yet. Dalot and Lindelof could change that.

The thing with them is they were signed as future signings. Maybe that highlights that we shouldn't be going for the ready made players, but young hungry players.

13.) 02 May 2019 14:29:27
Blind - hardly top class. A decent player, but nothing more.

Rojo - average player.

Herrera - coming from a smaller club, higher wages, etc.

Shaw - Chelsea wouldn’t meet his wage demands, we did.

Falcao - returning from injury, well below full fitness, massive wages, Monaco were desperate to get him off their wage bill. Ed was happy to help.

Di Maria - priced out of a move to his preferred destination, came here, couldn’t care less about how he played, forced a move to his preferred destination a year later for a reduced price.

You’re just confirming the reasons why our transfer strategy has been a massive failure since Fergie retired.

14.) 02 May 2019 15:02:25
Kids these days would sign for any team for Money iMho. Everything is driven by agents and would sign for any team.

15.) 02 May 2019 15:32:12
becks you select your job without thinking about money?

16.) 02 May 2019 18:20:28
When becks was a lad, you took the job you were given, and were glad to have it.

But honestly, players have every right to seek the highest wage they can. Football is a massive industry now, with huge profits, and these profits are dependent on people coming to watch the players. Let’s face it, if players agreed to wage caps, it wouldn’t lead to any savings for the fans.

17.) 02 May 2019 19:05:15
With the money sloshing around in football, I've never had any issue with mostly working class lads making as much money as possible. Nobody gurns about the money film stars make.

18.) 02 May 2019 19:41:02
It seems like Lukaku might be going and with Ole preferring counter attacks, we could do worse than signing Vardy. If ever there was a striker that you could leave up on his own and have the ability to run defenders legs off, its him. Plus he has trouble standing up in and near the area so we'd get a few pens too.

19.) 02 May 2019 20:18:53
Vardy is 32, and relies almost entirely on pace. He would a stupid signing.

20.) 02 May 2019 20:30:31
We’ve lost our way in transfers. Fergie and team knew where to shop. Young English talent, Scandinavia and Holland in the main. Similar climates and countries, English speakers, easier to settle in.

Players from nicer tropical climates and cities, Iberian peninsular etc just don’t work in Manchester (Ronaldo as an exception) .

Let’s hope OGS and team remember this.

21.) 03 May 2019 08:27:44
This 'woe is me' attitude about our 'current state' is hilarious, players will sign for us, hopefully ones that will improve the team and fit the type Solskjaer is after.

22.) 03 May 2019 13:27:09
My point is, we can sign anyone. :P.

23.) 03 May 2019 21:50:01
Thanks GDS, I was reaching for the razor blades. People need to get a grip.

24.) 03 May 2019 23:53:37
Joao Felix is #1 on my wish list.

25.) 04 May 2019 10:56:27
GDS, ole is after nobody pal. He merely is just a face on the dugout.

26.) 04 May 2019 11:48:23
I agree with eric, blonde hair and blue eyes, that should be our recruitment policy.

{Ed001's Note - will Wayne Hennessey and the Valencia support be brought in to teach the players how to salute as well? =o/

27.) 04 May 2019 12:06:25
Wayne Hennessey would be club captain, much better than that tropical keeper we have at the moment.

{Ed001's Note - and he makes much better excuses for his mistakes too.}

28.) 04 May 2019 16:08:14
Wishful thinking maybe, but the current lack of quality of competition for their place in the squad, standard of the Europe league and growing with us to be good again, might be a selling point. Well, I can dream.

29.) 05 May 2019 22:14:19
What an absolute joke of a football club we have become . Not one player is interested in putting their body on the line for this club. Jones . Sanchez . Pogba . Smalling . Lukaku. martial. just contract whores in my eyes . And why oh why give ole the job before we know our end of season league position and champion league Hopes.
We won't win nothing for the next ten years . That's how shocking we have become. teams no longer fear us anymore . other teams pray they draw us in cup competitions. because they know they will get a result. we should be 6 points clear of spurs by now.
Tossers all of them. embarrassing tossers.



29 Apr 2019 15:17:26
Good evening Ed002,
If United are open to selling De Gea, Is Oblak a viable option?
Saw the news in espn, so just wanted to if there is any truth in that.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what ESPN has said but Oblak has been of interest in the past. There have already been discussions with another side about him but they are working on a new contract. If that gets rejected and MU decide to move DDG on after screwing him about, then who knows.}

1.) 29 Apr 2019 17:45:52
Thanks for the clarification Ed.

2.) 30 Apr 2019 07:44:42
I would sell DDG to the highest bidder. And get the backup keeper in FCB JC. I believe he would do well or we could play with Romero. Either would work for me.

3.) 30 Apr 2019 11:01:05
cilessen is shocking. Romero for a year then look to Oblak.

4.) 30 Apr 2019 09:36:12
Ed, I take it is only Karma that he is now screwing us about.

5.) 30 Apr 2019 13:11:39
If de gea wants to go back to madrid, maybe atletico could offer him that option if oblak were to move to a different club.




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17 Jul 2019 12:01:32
Ole on Greenwood :
"Right-footed, left-footed. I don't think he knows if he's more predominant on his right or his left. He takes penalties with both feet and free-kicks with both feet. He finds space naturally.
"He'll always end up with chances. He'll score goals this year, I am 100% sure of that. "

Really excited to see him play this season.
He is probably the biggest talent emerging from academy in recent years.


1.) 17 Jul 2019 12:25:35
He just scored a good goal there now, hope he is kept around the first team for next season.

2.) 17 Jul 2019 13:02:01
Tucked that one away very nicely 👍.

3.) 17 Jul 2019 13:12:29
Fantastic energetic play in the first half.
Still Pogba is the creative force with those top passes.
AWB was awesome in both ends of the pitch.
Rojo at left back offered literally nothing.



14 Jul 2019 14:32:12
So the back 4 is sorted.
Luke Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, AWB.

All 4 are comfortable with ball at the feet.
Now we can build attacks from the back.


1.) 14 Jul 2019 15:10:58
Can't wait to see Shaw and Maguire leak goals like a sieve on the left side, barely an upgrade on Smalling.

2.) 14 Jul 2019 15:20:43
Seems to be in place now.

3.) 14 Jul 2019 14:42:14
Maguire comfortable with ball at feet? Shame he's no good with them 😂.

4.) 14 Jul 2019 16:23:12
Cant wait to see us leak goals. Great support that.

5.) 14 Jul 2019 17:13:26

The positivity of our fans is second to none. not even joined yet, played a game together and the fans already know it will be a disaster.

Sometimes I wonder why these fans don't go away and support another team.

Ok not the best CB available, but he may up his game or surprisingly gel well with the other players.

Who knows?

Fans have become so obsessed with the money, you'd think it was their pocket money being spent.

Utterly ridiculous.

It's a shame the Eds are right, we really are acting like a bunch of spoiled children, I understand their frustration with us.

6.) 14 Jul 2019 17:44:00
But that is exactly what is going to happen? Because neither of them can defend. Give it a year, majority of the fans will be asking for a LB and CB after seeing Maguire struggle for a year.

7.) 14 Jul 2019 17:45:32
I think he will do well.
A couple more in and a couple out and we are In much better shape going into next season than we were last.
We won't close the gap on city and liverpool completely i suspect but we can take a good chunk out of it.

8.) 14 Jul 2019 17:54:30
Jonny I've had to bite my tongue so many times so far the last week or so because it wouldn't get posted or i'd get banned. I'm considering hopping off the site till the window shuts. Just sick of the constant whining from supposed fans slagging players they clearly haven't seen play or moaning about things they have very little knowledge on. Toxic is far too gentle a term.

9.) 14 Jul 2019 18:31:02
wow Scholes. You have already decided Maguire and Shaw will struggle.
Great way of showing support.

10.) 14 Jul 2019 18:46:27
Just don't bite mort. Its easy to see who the silly ones are. Remember they are only 1 of a 7.5bn world population.

11.) 14 Jul 2019 20:04:54
TrueRedDevil, already decided? Have you not seen them play the past few years? Completely average, mediocre, very overrated and we needed a CB far better than Maguire who is a waste of money. Romagnoli, Dias, Milenkovic are better options than him. Nevermind the likes of Alderweireld, Koulibaly and possibly Varane.

12.) 14 Jul 2019 19:58:51
I don't see what the issue is with my comments, do you seriojsly think Shaw and Maguire are good enough? They can't defend to save their lives; just going to have another season where we concede goals for fun.

13.) 15 Jul 2019 06:41:44
Shaw was our player of the year. He had his best year at United.
So there is no question that he would improve even more next year.
Maguire hasn't even signed yet and the scrutiny has already started.



10 Jul 2019 06:32:51
After listening to Ole's press conference, it looks like Mason Greenwood will get a major role this season.
Ole seems to have a lot of confidence in his ability.


1.) 10 Jul 2019 06:58:44
Ole handled that presser very well, wonder if he was advised to answer everything like that or he just did it off his own back.

2.) 10 Jul 2019 07:21:46
Big V why turn a positive into a negative?

3.) 10 Jul 2019 08:04:01

I really hope so, he’s the best finisher to come through the academy for years and could save the club a small fortune. I know he’s young but I’d just stick him in as often as we can, I hope he scores a few in pre season, I think he could surprise a few this year if given the chance, he’s some player.

4.) 10 Jul 2019 08:36:25
He is gds. But he is still a kid and I hope, even If he does have a good showing in pre season. Not too much pressure is put upon him.

5.) 10 Jul 2019 09:22:00

He’s 17 so hopefully nobody is expecting anything too much from him, there’s no pressure and to be honest I think he will be better than people expect anyway. I watched a lot of the under 18s last year as they played some great football and he was far too good, it was a bit embarrassing at times for the opposition, man v boys.

6.) 10 Jul 2019 12:14:06
Yeah of course. But the way fans have behaved recently towards players, most notably rashford, they will expect him to deliver the world if he does well in a few games.

I think he's a cut above myself!

7.) 10 Jul 2019 15:00:30
I think you’re spot on angel. Watch greenwood has a few poor games or a couple of misses and the pack of wolves will be out. I hate the modern fan.



09 Jul 2019 05:46:59
There are reports suggesting that Ole's main focus in pre-season is building up fitness.
I believe that is the right way to begin.

The fitness, stamina of our players in the last 8-10 games were piss poor.
Poch has made Spurs remarkable by improving their overall energy, pressing opponents and forcing out mistakes.

Most of the players in the squad earn staggering pay checks.
Is it too much to ask of them to outrun the opponents?


1.) 09 Jul 2019 08:59:29
Hard work over takes talent when talent forgets to work hard.

A classic saying, and totally on the money. There are reports that some players aren't happy with the fitness work in training. While there are also reports that the players are surprised by Dan James's fitness levels.

Maybe Dan James just has the right fitness levels and the squad have been so used to not running for a living they find the expected fitness levels surprising.

Either way the result should be the same, work hard or ship out.

If your paid more than your opponents then you should be working at least AS hard but probably harder than them.

Spurs players accept it, as do Liverpool's.

We finished 6th last year, but in terms of distance covered, distance ran and high intensity sprints we were 17th in the league. While four of the top five finished in the top four positions.

That's a clear indicator that hard work is needed if you want to be a top team.

2.) 09 Jul 2019 09:03:28
It's the minimum you can ask for that money IMO.

3.) 09 Jul 2019 09:53:21
They haven't gave a solid shift for 6 years.

Ole worked under the best manager there was and I never once thought United were a last team.

But over the past 6 years we have slowly become a team that doesn't really care about putting the graft in.

Liverpool and city are perfect examples of how hard to work and credit to pep and klopps team every player give everything on the pitch

We don't even come off with an once of sweat.

4.) 09 Jul 2019 10:36:04
The problem I have is that Ole saying he is working on fitness, you can't help but do that. EVERY team is working on fitness during pre-season, even pub teams work on fitness during the summer! If you have a bunch of spoiled brats bitching and moaning every step then it won't take long for them to corrupt the ones that are taking things seriously.

There has been a lot of talk by both the manager and the players since OGS took over. Not seen much delivered, just saying one thing and doing another. I can't help but fear that he has been rewarding long contracts to players that we would maybe have been better drawing a line under. Too many players have signed that were stars at their former clubs and then get 'corrupted' by whatever is going on within our club - it's a pattern.

Daniel James is standing out at the minute, I hope he has the strength of character to keep embarrassing them and doesn't succumb to peer pressure of the lazy charlatans that claim to be elite athletes.

If it's true that some of our players are moaning about a fitness regime during pre-season and we don't get them out the door, then we are in for another rough year!

5.) 09 Jul 2019 11:43:02
Maybe city and liverpools players work so hard because their managers illicit that response from them.

These players seemed to nail lvgs slow and ponderous posessions style or joses sit back, defend deep long ball style.

Part of oles job description as a modern football manager is to motivate the players to put that extra work in and improve.

6.) 09 Jul 2019 12:41:49
Well hopefully he motivates them with fines an the transfer list.

7.) 09 Jul 2019 16:28:13
Some people can't be motivated. Some need the stick and not the carrot.

If world class managers with extensive CV's such as LvG or Mourinho can't motivate them then who can?

People talk about Pep and his ability to motivate players. But they forget the number of players he has also fallen out with. Zlatan for instance. Pep also has bought all bar 4 players of his current 25 man squad.
Which begs the question why couldn't he motivate or coach the former players he sold to play this brand of football?

8.) 09 Jul 2019 20:10:06
The stats from last season proved that Utd players were not fit enough.

New signing James is a fit lad and very quick but from the championship. However he apparently wiped the floor with all the other players in short and long sprints.
We now see footage of AWB running rings around players in a small sided game.

You can see why Ole wants young hungry players with no ego and willing to learn.

So many bad apples in the current squad.



08 Jul 2019 05:56:45
Do you guys think we would add 1 more forward to our squad?
Because at the moment, we have Sanchez, Lukaku, rash, Lingard, James, Mata, Martial fighting for 3 spots.
Surely we need to move 1 or 2 if we are planning to integrate Chong or Greenwood to the squad.

(Sorry Ed's, I had a problem with my Space key for the past few days so used dot to separate words. )


1.) 08 Jul 2019 10:41:44
The problem is that the club are actively looking to move Sanchez on and are happy enough to sell Lukaku. If both leave then we have a starting forward line of Lingard, Rashford and Martial with an aging Mata and a new to this level James. As well as the kids.

If both Lukaku and Sanchez leave then I think we will sign another forward. Sebastian Haller wouldn't be a bad shout without breaking the bank. Would offer an option of a target man who can actually finish as well as bring others into play.

We have the same issue in midfield but much worst. Of our travelling squad for the tour we have ten players listed as midfielders. However, that includes Mata, Lingard, James, Gomes and Chong who in reality will play wide or as advanced midfielders. That leaves Pogba, Andreas Pereira, McTominay, Matic and Garner. That gives us 5 players who can play in midfield, of which Pogba is likely to leave, Garner is a kid and Matic is on the decline. Midfield is in need of a serious upgrade?

2.) 08 Jul 2019 10:51:42
Offloading Sanchez will resolve a massive issue.

If Pogba leaves, we will probably need a new midfield.
I'd like to see Bruno, Saul and Longstaff in a midfield 3.
With Fred, Mctominay and Matic deputising or rotating.

3.) 08 Jul 2019 11:07:58
A midfield of Saul, Longstaff and Bruno is a massive upgrade even when you factor in the loss of Pogba.

Then rotate Matic, Fred, McTominay and Andreas Pereira.

Sanchez will be hard to offload. The club will likely have to take a bit with him. Be that paying him off, or even loaning him out and paying some of his wages. Its looking like an expensive mistake.

4.) 08 Jul 2019 11:26:21
If lukaku leaves have you guys thought about Salomon Rondon as replacement? i like how he works his socks off for the team, how he holds up play and he is a goalscorer too.

5.) 08 Jul 2019 13:30:01
Rondon is a bottom half player. Works hard, but isn’t good enough for a team hoping to challenge for trophies. Nowhere near the quality required.




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16 Jul 2019 15:50:02
OK Ed. Hope you have a pleasant journey.


{Ed002's Note - Numerous journeys right now - thanks.}



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16 Jul 2019 06:41:27
If it's true, it's great news.
The back 5 will be sorted.




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15 Jul 2019 18:30:18
Fred started to look good towards the end of the season.
He will have a better second season like Lindelof.




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15 Jul 2019 10:10:17
Most of the news are just click bait with twisted info.




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14 Jul 2019 19:23:31
Seriously Jones?
Jones is always injured.





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17 Jul 2019 16:02:00
Mctominay and Greenwood were full of energy. They will be an important cog next season.
I also expect Fred to step up and Luke Shaw to build on after his best season at the club.
It was nice to see Lindelof making that 50 yard run and looking for the forward pass. Maguire will do the same. These 2 can therefore be another attacking outlet against tight defences.

Overall, the energy and squad depth looked good.
This season, we will be very dangerous especially on the counter attack.




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17 Jul 2019 15:45:28
Agree DSG. If Pogba stays, I believe he will have a good season.
Mainly because we have injected some serious pace already to the squad.
Pogba can play those precise long passes with willing runners such as AWB, Rash, Greenwood, Shaw, James.

However, iff he leaves, replace him with either Saul Niguez (if attainable) or SMS.




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17 Jul 2019 15:39:37
Rashford's dummy and composure for finish was good to see.
If we don't sign a RW, we can probably try James and Greenwood for that spot.




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17 Jul 2019 13:12:29
Fantastic energetic play in the first half.
Still Pogba is the creative force with those top passes.
AWB was awesome in both ends of the pitch.
Rojo at left back offered literally nothing.




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17 Jul 2019 09:22:05
Longstaff may be eyed for the defensive midfield role.
He has high work rate and good passing range.
Ideally him and Matic rotating between themselves would be a fantastic option.