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16 Jan 2018 13:30:29
Ed is the Short Term Cost Control rule proving to be an issue with the Sanchez deal?


{Ed002's Note - I don't understand your question Jred. Sorry.}

1.) 16 Jan 2018 14:07:54
Is it true Ed that it’s just a case of Miki agreeing terms with arsenal?

{Ed002's Note - Not "just a case".}



15 Jan 2018 13:27:03
Ed is it true that arsenal want martial.


{Ed025's Note - they are losing sanchez, ozil and probably walcott jred so they will need replacements of high quality, im sure the likes of martial will come into the equation but i have not heard that it will be him specifically mate..

1.) 15 Jan 2018 13:59:45
Cheers ed.

2.) 15 Jan 2018 14:05:28
I think City will take Sanchez in the end especially if Arsenal can't get the player (s) they want in exchange from us. We are a rival to Arsenal's top 4 aspirations so doesn't make sense for them to strengthen us and weaken their own chances. Catching City is out of their scope this year.

3.) 15 Jan 2018 14:09:43
City are only out of range for 3/ 4 months then it’s a meek playing field next season, so City are still a rival club they’d be selling too.

4.) 15 Jan 2018 15:24:09
I certainly wouldn't want Sanchez if it will cost us Martial. Martial's potential is huge.

5.) 15 Jan 2018 15:25:05
Id be fustrated if we let martial leave to get sanchez he's played well on the left. Has been one of our better performers.

6.) 15 Jan 2018 15:47:56
Totally agree if its the case of losing Martial then i am definitely against signing Sanchez.

7.) 15 Jan 2018 15:52:08
Doubt we'd let martial go. And arsenal ain't a rival for top 4.

8.) 15 Jan 2018 15:53:37
can't see jose letting martial go. His ceiling of potential is massive and in 2-3 years I expect real to come calling for him. It was be a massive step down for him to go to arsenal who are in turmoil so I think it is just the media stirring to sell copies. I don't doubt arsenal have interest in him but I cannot see us including him in any deal to bring sanchez in.

9.) 15 Jan 2018 16:27:04
Please tell me and assure me Martial WILL NOT LEAVE with this Sanchez deal?

Massive backwards step if this happens!

10.) 15 Jan 2018 18:01:51
A lot of reports United knocked the swap deal with martial back.

11.) 15 Jan 2018 18:24:09
I can't see anyway that martial will be let go. You can see he has magic in his feet. I'm hoping that working with a player like sanchez will help martial realise his potential. Sanchez has such good movement off the ball, it's an area where martial needs to improve so if martial wants to improve and I'm sure he does then he has an opporrunity to work with a 1st class operator every day so he will learn. Rash too for that matter.

I think the attacking part of our squad is in pretty good shape. 2 players with huge potential in rash and martial. Lukaku a more than decent goal scorer but pretty inexperienced in European competition. Mata a pretty solid and experienced pro. Jessie on fire. Sanchez adds great experience and that extra goal threat and touch of class and magic.

Miki looks to be a goner and ibra looks to be finished so the chance to get a player of the pedigree of sanchez is amazing imo.



14 Jan 2018 11:20:05
Talk Sanchez hasn't travelled with the arsenal squad? Trying to push through a move to United after city bailed at the price?


1.) 14 Jan 2018 11:31:41
He hasn't travelled hopefully this can be put to bed by this evening either way.

2.) 14 Jan 2018 12:41:09
It’s BSI g reported that Arsenal players believe he is going to Utd.

3.) 14 Jan 2018 12:41:38
It is being reported that Arsenal players believe he is going to Utd.

4.) 14 Jan 2018 13:14:53
Ozil hasn't travelled either. Surely Not?

5.) 14 Jan 2018 19:58:12
Ironic if city have bailed at the Price.

6.) 14 Jan 2018 22:25:04
Would love them both to come wouldn't mind mykie going other way then but would hsne a top squad with sanchez lingard/ mykie/ ozil and rash/ martial behind lukaku add a cm or cb would be massive upgrade.



01 Jan 2018 16:19:50
Ed are United showing an interest in  Lucas Moura.


{Ed002's Note - MU were one of two clubs who asked PSG about him in Geneva on Sunday December 10.}

1.) 01 Jan 2018 18:19:13
Jred, I would take Lucas Moura! We desperately need someone with speed and creativity to wreak havoc from the right wing. I'm tired of going into the match knowing everything is coming down the left side.



28 Dec 2017 15:34:33
Ed any truth in the rumour United have made an offer for dybala.


{Ed002's Note - They are one of the interested sides but an offer, not that I am aware.}

1.) 28 Dec 2017 23:51:54
Cheers ed.

2.) 29 Dec 2017 20:09:46
Apparently we have offered £70 million and mhktaryan but juventus want around £86 million.

3.) 02 Jan 2018 11:48:54
Paper talk, we are interested (ever body is on a player of that calibre) but he would cost more than £140 million We need a winger and cm and a 10, would love us to get him but can't see us spending that figure and get the others in we need.




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20 Jan 2018 14:15:54
Club didn't want to spend the cash on perisic few month later look to make Sanchez the highest paid player in the league .

Good call imo.


1.) 20 Jan 2018 14:46:14
Well said Jred. A really good move imo.



19 Jan 2018 09:14:50
Does the arrival of Sanchez mean the end of Mata?
I like Mata but I would say he could be on the move now . Out of contract in the summer as well I think.


1.) 19 Jan 2018 09:53:30
I think we will convince him to sign a new contract, with mkhi leaving this window followed by zlatan next, i think no 10 pos will be him and lingard, even he knows he is not going to be a starter at any big club.

2.) 19 Jan 2018 10:00:45
He turns 30 in April, can't see him sitting on your bench when he's got 1 more decent move in him. Good player just lacks pace, maybe Spain or Italy.

3.) 19 Jan 2018 10:15:22
Mata is a top player. Would rather keep him and rotate. If he's happy with that then great.

Mata has brought into the ethos of the club. He seems like a decent man who gives his some of his wage to charity and has called for fellow pros to do the same. He always makes time for fans and is a great role model. Plus he always seems to grab big goals when we need them.

I hope he stays but for his own career, if he can get minutes elsewhere I definitely won't hold it against him.

4.) 19 Jan 2018 10:34:50
May be i am completely wrong, but how would Sanchez's arrival affect Mata. Sanchez plays through the right while Mata is on the left (mostly) . If anything, Sanchez's arrival affects Rash and Martial. May be Mata could be used as the thir midfielder alongside Pogba and Matic. That would give us options for the 3 upfront. Lingard might slot to the right of the front 3 or even rotate with Mata for the midfield role.

5.) 19 Jan 2018 10:38:12
Some of Mata's control is worth the entrance fee alone. Questioning his speed is what's wrong football in this country. Technique above speed should be the priority.

6.) 19 Jan 2018 10:40:34
Shan mata plays on the right and martial and rashford play on the left.

7.) 19 Jan 2018 10:52:47
Shan your TV is up-side-down. Turn it over my man.

8.) 19 Jan 2018 11:02:40
Yeah just read it again and saw my TV set reflected on the mirror. Or just may be its the Friday fever hitting early.

You get the gist, Mata and Sanchez are on opposite flanks.

9.) 19 Jan 2018 11:10:13
But sanchez has played on rw too, i think he will play on the right with martial on the left.

10.) 19 Jan 2018 11:33:00
Sanchez has and can play on the right as well as off the striker.
People really can't see how this could affect Mata. Miki out, where did he play .

11.) 19 Jan 2018 12:04:26
Miki played in the streets outside Old Trafford, i didn't really see him play inside Old Trafford. If anything, Sanchez affects Martial and even more so Rashford (not that i m complaining for him) .

"Sanchez has and can play" is different from "where Sanchez wants to and will play"

12.) 19 Jan 2018 12:24:18
Mata can play midfield and in the middle people and on the left.

13.) 19 Jan 2018 13:06:24
Sanchez played a lot of his caeer on the right and off the striker .
But because Arsen have used him mainly on the left that means he is a left winger?

Interesting reading pep saying his best position is off the striker and that he probably used him wrong at barce, playing him out wide .

Class player Sanchez and can play anywhere across the front 3 .

He will start every game if fit so if he has been bought to play on the left this must be the end for martial .
Or will Jose play martial on the right?
Either way I can't belive you can't see how this won't affect Mata or any of our attackers with the exception of lukaku.

14.) 19 Jan 2018 13:32:51
He is another option allbeit a better one.
Who is to say rash won't take lukaku place or martial won't take lukaku place?
I agree with jred mata is the most likely to lose his starting berth when all fit and available.

15.) 19 Jan 2018 16:26:44
So Jose said 1 in 1 out and he wants a team of 22 players or something along those lines . Andreas Pereira and TFM will return to the team this summer. assuming we make two signings in the summer, that would mean minimum of four people would need to leave right?

16.) 19 Jan 2018 18:20:23
I'm not so sure Pereira will return. A lot will depend on mata I think. He is doing very well and i'd love to see him come back and do a jessie and earn his place but i think he will want a move but i could well be wrong.

17.) 19 Jan 2018 19:42:10
Andreas Pereira, tunez and tfm should all be around the first team next season.



16 Jan 2018 13:24:15
"Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal, "

"Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it's his decision. "

"Sanchez is part of the Mkhi deal, not the other way around" raiola mikis agent.


1.) 16 Jan 2018 13:31:49
Arsenal would be the ideal place for micky in my opinion. Wenger has drained the expectation out of the club, if he goes missing for 75% of the season, no one will mind. don't think wages will be an issue either.

2.) 16 Jan 2018 14:02:05

Maybe so, but remember how much money Raiola usually makes out of moving his players to different clubs, this one coming out of left field with nothing to do with him will not help here, he will want something from it as he would have got if he moved Miki elsewhere.

{Ed002's Note - No, that is not true at all.}

3.) 16 Jan 2018 14:07:11
Mino looking for a big fat pay day is all.

4.) 16 Jan 2018 14:25:04
Armenian reporter close to miki reporting it's a done deal.

5.) 16 Jan 2018 14:25:53
Say what you want about mino. you wouldn't mind being a client of his. Seems to get great deals for his players.

6.) 16 Jan 2018 14:20:07
Why has Raiola just hung his client out to dry? Hypothetically speaking if Miki stays I don't think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that some fans will resent or hold it against him? I can’t see how saying united getting Sanchez depends on Miki moving helps if the later decides to stay? It will simply fracture an already weakening relationship between Miki and the club/ fans. Personally I feel he has an ulterior motive here although I’m not completely sure what that is.

{Ed002's Note - No he hasn't. You don't see the bigger picture and another option he has.}

7.) 16 Jan 2018 14:45:56
Enlighten us ed02.

I'm pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say we literally always want your insight. Every little nugget you throw out is appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Not worth the grief. Everyone has turned on his representative now and I am not going to try and explain.}

8.) 16 Jan 2018 14:52:18
Luke Chadwick. Mino will be making sure he gets the best deal for all his clients. I'm sure the move is on and mino is saying the right things to ensure that he gets the best outcome for both miki and Sanchez. He seems to be a very very clever bloke.

9.) 16 Jan 2018 15:26:11
Apologies, wasn’t turning against him in the slightest, it’s his job to get more money and the best deal for himself and his client as far as I’m aware.

{Ed002's Note - it is rather more complicated than that.}

10.) 16 Jan 2018 15:45:14
From his comment I think it was just a bit of a push on Arsenal to get a deal that's right for miki. He said he put the deal to Arsenal 6 weeks ago, can't understand him doing that if miki wouldn't entertain the move.

11.) 16 Jan 2018 16:59:07
And United to give him a pay off.

12.) 16 Jan 2018 17:33:23
I'm not a regular poster I prefer to read than write but none of us have got it right and 02 has his head wobbled with all the other what ifs.

Reg Miki, Sanchez and M. Riola.

Its not just about the players or Agent. Arsenal don't want to be seen to have been robbed or giving away players easily as the fans will go mad etc

This has to be best for both players? Having to uproot and move is not easy and what we value miki at Arsenal might see it less

First reports were 35 plus miki. How does that make miki feel so the Agent has said this to boost miki confidence

On his day miki can be great and at Arsenal he will flourish not to mention he is multi lingual. He can speak or translate for others in Arsenal and is better suited to their style of play.

Oh and

Straight player swap is ideal. The if miki plays exceptionally well into next season then Arsenal can sell for 60/ 80 million or more so they are not loosing on the sanchez of deal.

13.) 16 Jan 2018 17:58:24
The complexity of a deal like this must be a nightmare for both clubs. The legal and financial details are at extreme levels which are beyond what most people would be familiar with.
On top of that when you take into account that there is the personal feelings and wishes of 2 or more players involved.
By some reports its a runner and miki will go to arsenal. If he does i wish him the best I think he will do a lot better in their set up it suits him better.
He has a contract he is entitled to a pay off. His agent will try to secure him the best deal he can involving many aspects.
Agreeing a fee for miki may prove difficult with arsenal too.



16 Jan 2018 08:19:23
Good performance last night .
Confidence is the key word for me, not sure if the team had a lift with city and Chelsea dropping points but we looked confidante last night.
Our back 4 looks solid with Tony playing again did little wrong, and Shaw with no injuries and a run of games is showing what a good player he is .
Pogba continues to improve and ran the game last night, something he is capable of and should be doing more often . What a difference it makes, just like KDB has done all season .
Also done it in a cm2 in the middle of the park .
Lingard continues to give an example of a player playing to his potential.
Martial in a way was quiet at times but showed his class .
And lukaku gave a great example of what United where missing last season .
Mata was busy through out and linked a lot of the football up .

Hopefully we kick on now at what is the business end of the season and the lads show everyone what a good squad this is .


1.) 16 Jan 2018 09:10:07
Hmm, I wouldn't say defence looked solid at all. Shaky at times and Ireland missed two sitters because the defence was all over the place. I do agree that confidence is key though.

2.) 16 Jan 2018 09:11:55
Lukaku looked much more confident which is great to see. We need a nice run now and who knows, maybe we can stop City winning league so easily.

3.) 16 Jan 2018 09:15:13
It's definitely a good squad Jred. Just need to strengthen our first XI. Sanchez would do that if we can sign him.

4.) 16 Jan 2018 09:16:50
Ireland ran off his cm marker twice.

5.) 16 Jan 2018 09:46:52
We weren't man marking the mighty Ireland Jred. The defence was all over the place at times. Luckily for us it was Ireland on the end of those sitters. It goes 1.1 and then it's a different game. We got a squeeze, twice, so we cannot complain. But I don't think we were solid at all. Shaky at times, lucky too. But doesn't matter, we just need to tighten up a little more.

6.) 16 Jan 2018 10:00:43
Got to admit that even the mighty Citeh have had to rely on luck in arts.

7.) 16 Jan 2018 10:08:00
Who said we where man marking Ireland?
Our cms didn't track his run twice.
But after that stoke barely had a sniff
Totally controlled the second half good team performance.
Some won't be happy until Tony v is replaced tho?

8.) 16 Jan 2018 10:08:03
The squad is 4/ 5 players short of bwing a really good sqiad imo. Jose is getting them playing well. Confidence is the key.

9.) 16 Jan 2018 10:10:26
I thought we played well and got a great result, especially when you consider that Chelsea and City dropped points over the weekend.

I thought defensively we were poor and against a better side or a more in form side we could have been punished for a sloppy defensive performance.

Having both full backs move forward at the same time when we play with a midfield duo where one of which also likes to move forward and can be lax in his defensive duties it is a risk. Mourinho generally prefers only one of his full backs to get forward at any one time.

Having both move forward and one of our two midfielders also leaves only three players covering our defence and makes us susceptible to being hit on the break.

You say both of Ireland’s chances came as he ran off a midfield marker but with them playing three in midfield and us playing two which of our midfielders did you expect to be able to mark two players at once? That is where a full back is supposed to cover.

If you are going to have BOTH full backs move forward at the same time then you need to either have two midfielders sit back to cover them or play a back three with one midfielder sitting. Or just accept that you will be prone to the counter and hope your team can keep the ball so well that the opposition doesn’t have many chances to counter (ala City), or hope your team can outscore your opponents (ala Liverpool) .

A shout out to Pogba, who in my opinion the most important player to his side in the league. Everyone is raving about how De Bruyne is the best player in the league and how he makes City tick, yet Pogba has just as many assists in the league as he does (9), and has managed that in 13 games as opposed to KDB managing 9 assists in 23 league games. Imagine how many more goals and assists Pogba would have at this point if he had been available for those extra 10 games.

10.) 16 Jan 2018 10:48:17
In simple terms stoke have conceded 56 goals so far this season .
Which at this stage of the season is up there with the most ever in a EPL season .
So we had a go at them .
Assist are a by product of playing well . A miss hit shot or 5 yard yard pass can be an assist.
Kdb has been outstanding for city and is a major reason why they are setting records .

Take him out that team and people may appriciate just how good he has been and how important he has been to the players around him .

Would that amazing miraculous city squad with 22 world class players look quite as good with out KDB pulling the strings?

Would our average squad that needs millions spent on it look a little bit better if pogba controlled the game like he did yesterday week in week out?

11.) 16 Jan 2018 10:58:49
Have a look a Ireland second chance I think .
He is stood with both pogba and matic about 25 yards out in the middle of the pitch . Just them 3 he makes a run neither player tracks him, he runs into the box on his own .

Nothing to do with full backs just a lapse.
But it happens, we had a go at them grew into the game and in the second half had a swagger about us the first time in a while .

12.) 16 Jan 2018 11:03:43
Also shout out to lukaku . When he has played well United have .
When he hasn't United haven't.
But that's football
United had a dip, drew 3 games in a row and lost to Bristol.
6 points dropped in them 3 games and out a cup .
That's looking the big difference at the moment.

13.) 16 Jan 2018 12:45:13
Tony is a good player but we need to be planning his replacement.

14.) 16 Jan 2018 13:11:02
Pogba, Lukaku and Tony V were excellent yesterday.

Our service into Lukaku is terrible, he keeps showing his wide men the crosses he is looking for whenever he crosses. If we could start to give him better service he could score a bucket load. Even his goal he had to perform a magic trick to control the pass.

In terms of setup, we are almost playing 4-1-4-1 when Pogba pushes high. It works well when we apply a high press and have so much energy on the pitch, but we could never play that open against better teams.

15.) 16 Jan 2018 15:42:31
I think City have been missing that wee magician, Silva, as well lately. I don't think they ever look as good without him.

16.) 16 Jan 2018 16:59:58
He is a class act.



14 Jan 2018 10:27:34
“Let’s say we have three targets in the summer – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player. If in the winter you do one of the three, then in the summer you do three minus one.

“If we do something now, we don’t do it in the summer again.

“Our plan was not to have new players in January. We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with Mr Woodward and the owners. " Jose.


1.) 14 Jan 2018 11:42:45
Think it’s quite obvious that we didn’t think Sanchez was an option and now he’s been offered to us have plans have quite rightly changed.

2.) 14 Jan 2018 12:37:46
Interesting point GDS, I wonder whether he was offered to us and how we came to be involved. I guess we will never get to know what has been in his head, all the press reports about his desperation to pay for Pep again could just be paper BS.

Separate to this though, the rumours for us were all about Ozil, I wonder where that one stands now.




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21 Jan 2018 16:11:43
I agree, may move forward like bale did.




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21 Jan 2018 13:22:40
Ryan looks a very good player could and might play a bit further forward in the future.




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19 Jan 2018 08:54:36
People only care about cash if they have an issue with the player.
Good player Sanchez and could be the cherry on top of what is a very good squad .
Good time to kick on in the second half of the season.




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15 Jan 2018 18:01:51
A lot of reports United knocked the swap deal with martial back.




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15 Jan 2018 13:59:45
Cheers ed.





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22 Jan 2018 23:32:12
And of course it's not the last step the ed has told us we are still after a few more big names.




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22 Jan 2018 23:31:29
Yer red man after 90 mil on lukaku world transfer record on pogba .
Second in the league going well in the CL just pulled off the biggest deal of Jan.
To make Sanchez the highest paid player in the league.
Added to the fact they got Jose in the first place .

Funny you used the fact city where going to sign Sanchez as a sign they where ambitious just a week ago . Yawn yawn yawn.




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22 Jan 2018 20:55:58
Another example of the club's ambition .
Real statement.




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22 Jan 2018 18:30:08
Can play the piano as well.




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22 Jan 2018 16:25:36
Great day/ weekend.