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31 Mar 2019 09:48:54
Fresh its anyones guess at this stage.
I would imagine there are question marks over the following
Darmian valencia rojo mata herrera jones sanchez bailly ddg and pogba.
Of course all won't go although in reality i would not be over concerned about any leaving except pogba and ddg.
Wages are the issue so in order to buy we need to get some wages off the books naturally.
Selling some of the above is an issue because of their inflated wages so its not as simple as it looks.
Mata and herrera can possibly go on free transfers. Herrera may stay but its a 30m commitment from the club for a squad player approaching 30 doesn't seem like a good call to me mata likewise.
Ddg can't even command a top fee now going into the last year of his contract.
Valencia is being released darmian and rojo hold little value and we will have to pay sanchez off.


1.) 31 Mar 2019 15:11:21
I don't think bailly or jones will leave and i agree don't want to see dsg and pogba leave.

I think there is something in rumours that ole is happy with the options at cb whether people like it or not.

Could see two signings at CM and none at the back.

2.) 31 Mar 2019 21:48:39
If he is happy with the CB options he must still think he is managing Molde.

3.) 31 Mar 2019 22:28:08
Frankly with our current club structure and management we won't be able to compete with Real Madrid and Bayern when it comes to recruiting the best new players. Zidane will have made sure he can decide who they sign and Bayern are very well run and have a big budget. We are going to struggle to hold on to our best two players in DE Gea and Pogba and we have Sanchez to sort out room. Ole has his work cut out.

4.) 01 Apr 2019 10:43:01
With our current wage structure, basically maxed out, we are backed into a corner anyway.

We need to get rid of overpaid players and probably focus on cost efficient signings (wage wise) compared to Kroos or Bale etc.

We simply can’t afford to trade Pogba for Kroos and Bale, as we don’t have the wiggle room to pay the wages needed.

5.) 01 Apr 2019 13:26:56
We could do without Bale and Kroos anyway. Bale would play 25 games a season and command a silly wage. Kroos doesn't work hard enough and I can see him struggling in the Prem. He's excellent on the ball but doesn't fit Ole's desire of being one of the most hard-working teams in the league.

I hope the days of Blockbuster signings are over and we go back to signing younger players with desire to reach the very top.



23 Mar 2019 19:25:48
Well ed002 hope all is well.
Do you know what the club plans are for dean henderson next season.
He has had 2 great loan spells over the past 2 seasons. He looks like a a very good keeper and unless ddg leaned his path to our 1st team looks cut off.
I think he will be Englands no 1 by the time the euros come around.
Thanks have a great day.


{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know Ken. There might well be interest in DDG again this summer; actually I am pretty sure there will be interest. I don’t see MU opting for DH right away and second pick for the first team really needs to be an older player who can also help with the training of the younger GKs, because chances outside of injury are typically limited to the League Cup (or what ever it is called now).

1.) 24 Mar 2019 07:39:41
Henderson does look a great keeper in the making but if ddg leaves its a big risk to throw him straight into the 1st team, it is tempting because the last thing I want to see is him leave looking for 1st team football, if ddg does leave maybe give romero next season as number 1,grant number 2 or 3 and vgive Henderson a prem loan so he has got prem experience.

2.) 24 Mar 2019 08:18:34
If DDG leaves I would be tempted to make Romero first choice with Henderson as second choice/ fighting it out for first choice.

3.) 24 Mar 2019 09:57:29
Like so many other positions in world football there's a dearth of genuine world class replacements out there. I'd be happy to go with Romero for a season with Grant as number 2 and Henderson as third choice but playing in the cup games and selected league games to see how he does. It saves money for other positions then and I suspect that pleases our glorious commander in chief as well. If we can improve the defence and midfield we'd concede less chances and wouldn't need the keeper to bail us out as often anyway.

4.) 24 Mar 2019 10:20:23
The issue we will have when DDG leaves is whoever replaces him will have to live with constant comparisons. The pundits will say "De Gea would have saved that" etc.

We could spend 60-80m on a replacement such as Oblak or Donnarumma. But they will still be a step down on DDG. Ultimately we will be on a hiding to nothing. Whether we spend 80m or make Romero first choice the pundits will say the same things.

5.) 24 Mar 2019 11:24:51
I'm with you there Shappy, Romero has proven to be a very good back up and while he isn't at De Gea's level, any mistake from any keeper signed would be viewed as something that De Gea would not have done. Henderson would ideally be back up for a year or 2 then take over the number 1 spot.

Save the cash for other areas of the squad which need investment.

6.) 24 Mar 2019 22:07:45
Ed002 thanks.
Its a certainty that ddg will have other offers i would think.
Rm psg and juve are all in the market for a top keeper i would imagine. With 1 year on his contract the market value will not reflect his true value to the team and club. Another mess of a contractual situation by the looks of it. The club are in a vulnerable situation on this one.
Henderson is a very good keeper. Lacks experience but i would love to see him take the top spot and flourish.

7.) 25 Mar 2019 05:58:59
Real already have Courtois.

{Ed001's Note - yes and he has been a disaster so far.}

8.) 25 Mar 2019 16:33:01
What is your take on Courtois ed1? I personally think he is/ was massively overrated. He hasn't lived up to the promise he showed 6_7yrs ago. He seems to regress with every game he plays.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you. He never improved if anything he regressed recently.}

9.) 26 Mar 2019 17:54:43
DDG is in my opinion the best there is, but Romero is bloody good. With a world class defender the chances on goal will go down. Stam left, we carried on. Beckham left, we were ok. Ronaldo went and we won trophies. De Gea goes, we will carry on as we have in the past.

10.) 27 Mar 2019 12:39:54
Apparently now we no longer see a need to spend 50 million on a centre back and will look at right back and midfield instead. Would anyone be shocked if true.



08 Mar 2019 20:35:06
Hi ed002
all good i hope.
Can i ask if you have heard or know anything on new contracts for mata and herrera.
also i think darmian and periera are entering the final year of their contract in July do you know if they will be offered need deals?
Finally do you know if any club at all is interested in rojo.


{Ed002's Note - I have no real interest in contracts Ken. However, I do expect Darmian to leave in the summer. I am not aware of current interest in Rojo and he is actually somewhat restricted as to which countries he can move to.}

1.) 09 Mar 2019 14:40:44
Thanks ed 002 have a good day.



26 Feb 2019 19:56:36
I think our bench tomorrow night will be a joy to see (ok for the wrong reasons) but we could well see 2 or 3 academy players on the bench with a realistic chance of playing a part in the game.
It depends on injuries but if the 4 attackers mata rash tony and jessie are injured it only leaves lukaku sanchez and at a stretch young as forwards so chong and gomes are probably next in line.


1.) 26 Feb 2019 20:34:10
I can't really see young playing in an attacking role given he's cover for Shaw and currently first choice right back.

The injuries are unfortunate but could be a good thing if it gives younglings a chance. Rashford after all got his chance because of injury.

2.) 27 Feb 2019 00:52:24
Would you consider Pogba playing LW (unless Rashford or Martial have recovered) as he prefers the left side, can score, can cross, can put the killer pass in, and could be given some freedom from there. Lukaku, Sanchez and Pogba OR Chong, Lukaku and pogba up front.
It would also allow us to put 3 players in midfield, relieving Pogba of major defensive duties apart from supporting the full back.
Then we could have McTomm, Pireirra and Fred (or Garner) controlling midfield with good numbers?

3.) 27 Feb 2019 07:37:23
Perth, removing Pogba from midfield means we are missing our 3 main CMs. No way can we let that happen. We need consistency and players playing in their best position.

4.) 27 Feb 2019 18:42:33
Could see Dalot starting RW and Sanchez left to be honest. He’s quite attacking and Palace have been on a good run of late with Zaha down that side.

5.) 28 Feb 2019 01:03:19
Right side Fred? Or too sexy?



05 Aug 2018 16:01:26
Hi ed002.
You said that pogba and martial will obviously stay if we can't do deals for them.
Should any club move for them at this late stage are the club in a position to replace them with incoming players at this point?
So isuppose i'm asking is there a couple of deals for potential incoming players dependent on the sale of pogba and martial. I would imagine any player or club that we are looking to do deals with would be less keen to sell later in the window.


{Ed002's Note - Yes. The transfer window is still open Ken. The club has targets, as you know.}




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21 Apr 2019 23:36:03
Results all went our way for once.
So despite today's performance we didn't lose any ground.
A lot to play for on Wed. It will be a tough job selecting a team
I think ole has to draw a line in the sand and pick the ones he is keeping and want to finish 4th.
We can't keep relying on spurs and arsenal losing to keep us in the game.


1.) 22 Apr 2019 01:09:31
I just pray we see mason greenwood play between now and the end of the season. Not good enough from our attacking players. In fact just play the damn kids, they’ll show more fight than that lot today.

2.) 22 Apr 2019 09:46:16
We once said this for Rashford, but now he is on the same ship and super inconsistent. So i would keep the younger players away for a bit and let them learn or may be a loan move would help them.

3.) 22 Apr 2019 10:15:40
Hope I am so wrong but even with other teams faltering I don’t see us getting top 4.
We are on such a bad run and we have no confidence.

Lindelof needs to play at CB, Shaw will be back. Matic is unfit, Martial is useless, Fred and Jones speak for themselves.

I am at the point of wondering whether De Gea and Pogba are dropped and put in the stand but I don’t know what their influence is in the dressing room so that is only something that Ole will know. I personally don’t like their body language in recent games but will accept that this may be an overreaction on my part.

This is the time when Ole needs to make tough decisions about squad selection to show the players who is in charge and has the backing of the fans. The players need to know that if they are not good enough then they need to leave. If they don’t want to stay then they also must leave as the fans have had enough of watching overpaid premadonas.

I will accept several seasons of not winning silverware on the basis of building a team that is hungry for success and plays to win games and go after teams.

We need to purchase good young players going forward plus determine which ones from the academy can make it at the top.



19 Apr 2019 20:46:35
Had the opportunity to watch Bruno fernebdes play 90 mins for sporting tonight.
Poor game to be honest it is not a great standard.
He did shine. Lots of good movement and technical ability. Lots of sloppy passes.
Played as a 10 but often dropped deep to get the ball. Very quick over 1st 5 yards. Played with his head up all the time with great body shape to decieve the ball no matter where he was and he was around him. Impeccable 1st touch.
Not bothered at all defensively but maybe he isn't asked to.
That's my summary of the 90 mins.
He affected the game positively.
Epl is a different animal.
Rash judgement on that 90 mins . Better than andre gomes but not as good as bernardo silve.


1.) 19 Apr 2019 21:10:41
Kenneth like a nice body shape😎.

2.) 19 Apr 2019 22:58:12
I like Bruno from what I’ve seen. Creative and goals from midfield. Think he would be a very good signing.

3.) 20 Apr 2019 00:42:51
I know youtube isn't the best place but he certainly knows how to shoot and he does play in a weak sporting side compared to the big boys and he has single handedly won them a few games this year.

4.) 20 Apr 2019 01:16:32
He needs to deceive the opposition, not the ball!

5.) 20 Apr 2019 01:29:54
I've only seen him on YouTube and he was smashing them in from 30 yards to a dodgey European trance tune.

6.) 20 Apr 2019 12:14:10
I'd try and sign him. Offers something a bit different and could work well in games where Pogba is having one of his other days.

7.) 20 Apr 2019 20:32:01
Most games then Mort.

8.) 20 Apr 2019 22:21:33
It will be interesting if he is signed and the club block pogbas move, how we would fit them both in the team given they are much more attacking players than defensive players.

City have managed to do it with kdb and silva but they have fernandinho to back them up and they also have centre backs who aren't allergic to the football unlike smalling and jones and can therefore play our from the back.

Would make more sense if he was signed to replace pogba.



19 Apr 2019 19:02:53
What do people make about oles recent comments to the press
That we were 2 levels below Barcelona in both games.
A rebuild is needed
That he had spoken to martial reminding him of the faith the club have shown in him and that he needs to improve quickly
Same for rash rom and sanchez.
That we are well behind city and Liverpool in terms of quality.

I think all are true and valid comments. He is publicly challenging them. This has not worked for these players in the past.
There is no doubting he does ut with a different demeanour than jose or lvg but all 3 of them have all reverted to the same tactic.
Let's hope we see a different result.

A win on Sunday is imperative before we face city and chelsea. We need some positive momentum players need to respond i'm backing them to win on Sunday.


1.) 19 Apr 2019 19:15:58
I think he is spot on.

2.) 19 Apr 2019 19:20:27
Everything he’s said is true. Even though he’s publicly criticised the players, he’s done so in a more constructive way than Jose did. I have no issues with a public challenge of players. My preferred method is behind closed doors but sometimes a public cajoling is needed. I’m not a fan of throwing players under the bus. Everything ole has said is valid. Let’s hope he gets a response. From Woodward and from the players.

3.) 19 Apr 2019 20:09:52
Yeah park his demeanour our different entirely.
I believe for the most part they are all trying under ole but jose had lost them completely.
It will be interesting to see who plays at the weekend.
Personally if fit i'd play sanchez in every game between now and the end. He will give 100% effort even if its to put himself in ship window and it might spark a few others. Rash doesn't look 100%
So why not try martial through the middle and sanchez on left.

4.) 19 Apr 2019 23:00:41
I agree about Sanchez ken. He’s been poor but I think he does need a run of games. Still a player in there. But he needs to adjust his game.



18 Apr 2019 14:18:15
How do you build a squad?
Nowadays we expect a 50 plus games every session.
Given that few oitfield players really start more than 40 games due to injuries and suspensions it means that the best and most successful squads have about 18 players that are genuinely 1st team starters that any of whom can start without reducing the quality very much at all.
Assuming a 433 it means imo we ideally need
2x rb 2 x lb 4xcb 6xcm 2xrw 2xlw 2xcf
Extended cover for cb midfield and forwards can be provided by youth players. Or perhaps in the case of cb 4th choice cover could be tuanzebe or 2nd cf greenwood .
Again a players like jessie martial sanchez and rash are fairly interchangeable across the front 3 so that helps reduce the need for having to dig too deep for cover.
Dalot plus 1
Shaw plus 1
Lindelof smalling tuanzabe plus 1
Fred matic mctom plus 2 ( if pogba goes)
Jessie plus 1
Lukaku and rash
Martial plus 1 if sanchez goes

So to me ed002s list makes sense in terms of positions
Lb perhaps if we buy a rb dalot can cover both sides and young as a last resort if 2 or injured or a youth player.

Then you look at it and think if rash and lukaku compete for a starting position its not ideal as they play so differently.

There is lots for ole to ponder.

But until the summer he has the squad he has and getting them playing well until the end if the season to get top 4 is a must. It will make his job easier next year in many respects.


1.) 18 Apr 2019 14:38:12
I think missing out on champions league could be a blessing in disguise.

Its seems as though getting top 4 won't change pogba and de geas mind as they seem adamant they want out.

It could be a good oppurtunity to give the likes of greenwood, gomes, chong, garner and tuanzebe game time at europa league level similar to how kane got started at spurs or hudson odoi has for chelsea this season.

Also looking at the targets ed002 shared i am not sure champions league football will be the deciding factor for them. The likes of AWB, zaha, milenkovic would join regardless.

2.) 18 Apr 2019 15:18:44
ed has said dave wants out becuase we ain't paying him the money. just pay the guy the money give him a 5 year contract.

at least then if he does want to leave next year we get what he's worth.

3.) 18 Apr 2019 15:25:20
Makes sense DSG.

4.) 18 Apr 2019 15:49:53
Overpaying players is a mistake. If we pay well above the going rate for a goalkeeper like De Gea we end up with situations like Herrera asking for the moon and an unhappy squad. He should remember that if he'd signed for one of the other top clubs in England he'd have been shipped out pretty quickly due to an awful first season. If players don't want to be here or are going to hold the club to ransom then they can go elsewhere. There are other goalkeepers out there.

5.) 18 Apr 2019 16:45:57
Champions league could be a decisive factor because many teams are rebuilding this summer.

Hopefully we can finish our recruitment early and have a solid pre season.

6.) 18 Apr 2019 19:09:48
Ken - Have to agree with your numbers there. ED02 has indicated that we want 5 and if Pogba and Sanchez leave this will increase to 7.

These are BIG Numbers and would leave OLE needing a FULL pre-season with them all to get his style across.

Looking at the names ED02 has said we are interested in then we could be looking at a 1st team containing, Wan-Bissaka, Milinkovic, Rice, Fernandes and Sancho if we can get them all as ED02 some will be harder than others. Then if Pogba leaves possibly Saul too. that's a new right side, and a complete new midfield. On paper it looks mental but it is what is required at this stage in our history. The squad is in such a mis-match state that MAJOR work is required.

7.) 18 Apr 2019 19:39:53
Yes pog its a crazy outlook.
Wages have gone out of control so shifting players on is the key.
Rojo darmian mata herrera valencia sanchez are costing us in excess if 40m a year for little or no return on the pitch. After sanchez are 4 highest earners are pogba martial ddg and shaw.

8.) 18 Apr 2019 21:09:54
I know Ken. Nearly £42m in wages and the only player in that list that comes close to being a starter is Herrera on 75k a week. We really do need to shift all those players on.

9.) 18 Apr 2019 21:19:52
I think the club has to make a stand against stupid wages, admit they have been silly I. The past and say no one will get these massive wages, offload those player on or wanting them and start trying to run the club likes club.

10.) 19 Apr 2019 05:44:55
All this news about DDG's demands is really coming at a bad time. In the Barcelona tie he didn't even look like the best goal keeper in the tie, let alone the world.

The is no chance he should get the same money Sanchez is on, Sanchez shouldn't have got the money he is on. Football has got completely out of sync with the real world.



17 Apr 2019 20:24:03
Hi ed002 thanks for the summary below.
This would be a very large overhaul in 1 window. Do you know if the club have the appetite to have so much churn?


{Ed002's Note - The plan is to bring in about five players.}

1.) 17 Apr 2019 20:45:29
That would be great and with a couple of promotions from within if we can find buyers that could allow for most or all the outs you have mentioned.
Thanks for the response ed002.

2.) 17 Apr 2019 21:00:25
Music to my ears.
Hopefully they are players that are fitted to playing the style we want to play and not just big name mercenaries.
Thanks Ed.

3.) 17 Apr 2019 21:12:50
Wan bissaka
Bruno Fernandes

Would be my 5 if that where to happen.

4.) 17 Apr 2019 21:58:51
Centre back, RIght Back, Attacking Midfielder, extremely fast right winger and maybe another midfielder.




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19 Apr 2019 09:12:43
And do say all of us reman.
Well nearly all.
Thr odd one is clinging on to the belief that this squad is great.




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15 Apr 2019 16:30:13
Thanks ed002
A significant clearout would be good imo.
If players want out i'm a firm believer in letting them go, as long as we can identify and procure good replacements.
An unhappy player can cause a lot of damage to squad morale and unity.
As well as the humane perspective.




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15 Apr 2019 16:18:14
Ed 002 thank you for the update hope you are well.
Of the 8 players you listed obviouslythe 3 out of contract will go on the summer unless they are renewed.
Is it possible or viable to shift them all in 1 window and replace them? Not withstanding the need it is a lot of churn.
Between 6 and 8 out would be my ideal but i didn't think it could happen that quickly. They wouldn't do it for the previous manager.
I suppose 4 or 5 new signings in complemented with a 2 or 3 youth promotions is possible a big ask in 1 window.


{Ed002's Note - As I said the club can block a couple from leaving - that leaves them with players who are unhappy at the club which is never good. Mata is getting older and wants playing time. It is not out of the question they will all go, but not all need replacing.}



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10 Apr 2019 22:08:48
Yeah i agree.




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10 Apr 2019 19:56:37
Touchè. Hope your well. I meant to ask you before what's your opinion on doherty the wolves rb. He has been playing rwb but i think he is just as effective in a 4. I really like him.


{Ed001's Note - I like him too, though I have never seen him play as a right back, so can't judge him on that. He does seem good defensively at wing back, rather than just an attacking force who puts a body in the way when forced back. He has probably been their best player this season.}




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22 Apr 2019 16:51:23
I think that moment coupled with his service and attitude all contribute to his status as club legend.
When people talk about united quality. that's exactly what ole was.
Team before self at all times.
Try to be as good as you can be at all times.
Respect the club the manager and the fans at all times.
Realise how lucky you are and to work hard every day to maintain that status.
Ability to deliver in key moments.
Keep a low profile off the pitch.
Have a winning mentality.
Make mistakes but bounce back stronger.
Thats united quality that's what its all about.
Ole had them all as a player and gave us possibly our finest moment on our history. that's why he is a legend.
He can't see those qualities in too many of his squad. Nobody can.
He has a big job ahead of him.
Extremely light on experience he needs to learn on the job and learn quickly.
Can he do it? Who knows, but the odds are stacked against him. I would say a man coming into this job with as little experience as ole has a less than 5% chance of success.
Whatever the strategy is and at the moment it remains totally unclear' we will know a lot more about our chances next season when the transfer window shuts.




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21 Apr 2019 20:37:55
Good post mumbles.
Betty don't be so sure. The odd one has a line drawn in the sand and they are not for turning.




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21 Apr 2019 11:42:03
For me its about how you apply yourself in training and matches.
Not everyone is a messi a Ronaldo or even a scholes or rio.
But good examples are neville fletch o shea. They tried to be as good as they could be. No over inflated ego. They made the most of their opportunity and worked hard to maintain it.
That for me is united quality.
Making the most of what you have. Bringing that to the team and doing it or trying to do it every week .
Its not about the flicks or tricks or the odd moment its about applying yourself the united way.




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20 Apr 2019 21:54:32
Of course not.




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20 Apr 2019 13:13:29
Lots for ole to ponder. We simply can't sell everyone although there are question marks over nearly everyone.
I would have thought that lukaku would be further down the list than many. But i suppose it depends on the player and if offers come in.