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13 Nov 2017 10:10:05
Good morning ed002.
I know you said we had looked had 4 potential left wingers and that is the priority above greizman. Can you enlighten us as to who the 4 potential options are that we have looked at?
Does the club not see martial or rashford filling that left sided role long term?
Thanks Ed.


{Ed002's Note -
Gareth Bale (LW) - Will be offered to Manchester United but I think will be priced out of a move when his injuries are taken in to account
Jose Arnaiz (LW) - viable option
Marco Asensio (LW) - unlikely because Madrid want to keep him - which will be easier if Bale goes
Ivan Perisic (LW) - Manchester United could yet return

1.) 13 Nov 2017 11:26:28
Thanks ed.
Bales injury record has got to be a concern for an suitors.
Asensio its hard to see him moving
ARNAIZ I know little about ill try and remedy that this morning.
Perisic is in great form for inter so i hope that deal can be revived.
Appreciate your response 002. Have a good day.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 13 Nov 2017 11:49:10
Ed, I think it was in the summer you mentioned that Forsberg was someone we had looked at, could he be added to the list above or have we moved on from him now also? Thanks for the info anyway Ed and correct me if I'm wrong about Forsberg, memory's a little hazy.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United have watched Forsberg on a number of occasions, as have Arsenal, but I am not aware of any approach to his club or to Cetinkaya, who also represents Lindelof.}

3.) 13 Nov 2017 15:14:30
Arnaiz? Interesting choice, asensio
Looks a real talent would be surprised if Madrid let him slip through there fingers although reports are saying 180 mil so you never know, not sure he is a winger .
Perisic just signed a new contract will soon be 29 .
3 very different players.



20 Oct 2017 18:35:26
Hi ed002. I read a report today saying that fellaini had rejected a new contract offer made to him by united. Do you know if there is any truth in that? Do you think he still wants to leave or that he will sign up for a couple more years? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Yes. The damage was done over the summer when he lost the move he wanted to Turkey - he is at an age where he wants to be in the side each week.}

1.) 21 Oct 2017 11:23:05
On a similar topic we have, according to reports 8 players who could leave in summer for free: how many / who do you think could stay or go?
Carrick, young and zlatan in summer, with fellaini, shaw in January.

2.) 21 Oct 2017 12:56:40
Is only be qorries about Herrera, mata and Young aa fhe others are now too old or reqching towards the end of their careers.

3.) 21 Oct 2017 14:48:37
think blind will stay as he does what is asked, mata and herrera though are worrying: much could depend on who is being looked at-others as said are coming to the twilight of their careers or want minutes on the pitch.

4.) 21 Oct 2017 12:54:49
Cheers ed.

5.) 21 Oct 2017 17:14:19
Would be comfortable with all 8 of them leaving in the summer, don’t think any of them are good enough to see us get to where we want to be, none of them would get in the city team and that’s our biggest challenge.

6.) 24 Oct 2017 23:22:20
John O'Shea wouldn't have got into too many other top teams, either, but still played a solid part in our success. What's wrong with having good, solid squad players as back up? We all know we can't have 25 worldies.



13 Oct 2017 11:11:27
Ed002 can i ask you if manchester united have a serious interest in signing danny rose? And if so do you think a move would be possible in jan?
It would be pretty high risk imo as he has not played since last jan and had a knee op in may i think. a really good player at his best but can he recapture that form? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Ken, Manchester United are very keen on Danny Rose and would like a deal in January - whether or not Spurs will be open to that I don't know at this time, but for the right deal I suspect they may be.}

1.) 13 Oct 2017 12:46:10
Thanks ed.

2.) 13 Oct 2017 14:18:12
Does that mean Mourinho has given up on shaw or atleast he doesn't see the improvement in him which he expected.

{Ed002's Note - I would not read anything like that in to the interest Singh.}

3.) 13 Oct 2017 16:40:28
Jose does like two good players in each position. And maybe he feels a challenge might spark him into life.

4.) 14 Oct 2017 07:33:28
Oh okay thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - Remember in the summer Rose was injured so it makes sense to look again. The other two he likes are young - Aaron Martin from Espanyol (be a giant step up) and Kieran Tierney (not available).}

5.) 14 Oct 2017 08:33:17
What about Tierney at Celtic ed? Is there any interest there?

{Ed002's Note - A number of clubs have shown interest including MU, but he is not the target.}

6.) 14 Oct 2017 15:39:55
Manchester United will stick with what hey have defensively as I've heard, rose will Be too costly and Tierney is waiting for his preferred club as o have heard, but who knows money talks.

7.) 14 Oct 2017 14:25:19
Sorry ed. The post above Tierney wasn't there when I asked the question.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}



03 Oct 2017 21:35:05
For the way jose sets up his team a player of his type is fundamental to the set up. There are not many better players of his type anywhere. casimeriro at mafrid is another.

Its a role very under valued by many its only when you see a player playing the role as well as matic plays it that you appeeciate what it can bring to a team.
I think he has been great so far. He is one of the real specialists in the squad where we don't have a direct replacement in the squad. Carrick is the closest i suppose but he is not as aggresive. I have seen it mentioned here that TFM might be his understudy I the long-term.

In his role he is one of the best in the world so in todays market we got him at a great price.


1.) 04 Oct 2017 10:38:15
Great player. I can't understand why Chelsea let him go. and Mata.
And kevin d. b. why the left him go.
That's 3 players that would make Chelsea favourites for the title.

{Ed002's Note - Matic wanted to leave and Chelsea are not a club to stand in the way of a player leaving should an acceptable offer be made. Mata was not wanted by Mourinho because he did not see him doing what was asked of him on the defensive side - so they moved him on. de Bruyne acted like a petulent child and whined a lot - and wanted guarantees of first team football which Chelsea don't give. There was a very good offer and they moved him on.}

2.) 04 Oct 2017 11:14:13
Cheers ed. understandable reasons.



12 Sep 2017 13:28:15
Is it true that martial is not in the squad for tonight's game? Seems odd.


1.) 12 Sep 2017 13:45:53
Seems odd too, unless he is getting rested for the next premier league game.

2.) 12 Sep 2017 13:50:01
Yeah been wanting to find out. His name doesn't seem to be in the list?

3.) 12 Sep 2017 13:56:16

4.) 12 Sep 2017 15:10:36
No report of an injury yet jred. My fear for martial at the beginning of this season was that he would be the odd man out when all were available and that he wouldn't get the game time he needs to progress. Its early days but 119mins of football over 5 games despite his decent form speaks volumes. The lad needs game time I'm not sure he will get enough under jose when all are fit.
Maybe he is being held back for the weekend if the reports of him not playing tonight are true. If not it begs the question does jose fancy him? He has done well coming off the bench even if he didn't excel In the game he started.

5.) 12 Sep 2017 15:51:18
I think he will be fine, going to be a top player .
Been involved in every game this season and scored 2 goals .

6.) 12 Sep 2017 17:24:48
I think he looks our most dangerous player to be honest, very quick and direct. He should get plenty of game time. I'll be very dissapointed if he's phased out.

7.) 12 Sep 2017 18:42:57
He's in the starting 11?

8.) 12 Sep 2017 18:53:32
Strange. Not in the squad but starting.

9.) 12 Sep 2017 19:02:04
One reporter started a story about him not arriving with the other players and it escalated from there. A New Ed has joined the ranks and he posted a piece about how stories are made up for click bate interesting read.

10.) 12 Sep 2017 19:25:05
Strong attacking lime up. New back 4. Can't wait.

{Ed004's Note - Looks like the resting of Valencia has started earlier this year}




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15 Nov 2017 10:44:32
So Newcastle at the weekend. A must win game. We have plenty of prep time and can offer no excuses.
Martial and lindelof should come back bouncing after really good confidence boosting performances for their countries others should be fresh and ready to deliver. It's time to be stand up and be counted.
Imo a lot of our squad are in last chance saloon too many have been average for too long so if there is more in them then its time to start showing it or there will be a significant clear out over the next 2 windows. There are too many players hanging on and putting in 6 / 7 outta 10 performances consistently on a weekly basis we need 7 or 8 players producing 8 out of ten performances and a couple of 9's . The 'game changers / difference makers ' in our squad lukaku rash martial mata miki and the returning pogba and ibra have got to get back to producing match winning moments and creating chances for each other.
Obvoiusly i'm with the majority of posters on the full back issues that curtail our wide play and that may not be addressed until the summer so in that regard i'd like to see rashford used in a wide right position so that we would have at least 1 natural wide player comfortable going to the by line on his stronger foot.
Perhaps if we can get a left back / wb then jose will revert to a 3 5 2 which with a proper lwb would suit the squad personnel at this point very well. 3 cbs from bailly jones lindelof smalling rojo blind tuanzebe. 3 in midfield from matic pogba herrera mata miki jessie fellaini and 2 up front from rash lukaku ibra martial. A new left wb valencia young and darmian . A new lb or a miracle return to form from shaw is key to either a 352 or 4231 or any other formation. I think it's ado easy to double up on rash or martial. They lose the ball time and again but this is partly because they are operating in tight spaces. They have little or no overlapping support dragging defending players out of position and creating space and options for them. So they end up beating a man and losing the ball to the covering defender.
Pogba ability so stay on the ball does encourage players to make runs off the ball to support him. That has been missing let's hope that he can bring the best out of those around him.
Its time for this hugely under achieving squad to deliver in the epl and to improve individually as well as collectively and to maintain a high standard. if 6 or 7 of them don't show significant improvement then this time next year they will be plying their trade elsewhere.


1.) 15 Nov 2017 19:24:27
Can you format your text please Ken, its quite difficult to read hence why I didn't bother.

2.) 15 Nov 2017 22:17:45
Yh ken and a comma wouldn't go a miss either lol.

3.) 15 Nov 2017 22:19:21
Bit over dramatic Ken. 🙂.

4.) 16 Nov 2017 03:27:53
Did Jose help you with that brick wall of text Ken?

I agree with your post mate, we need expert wide players to come in and the instruction from the manager to be "overlap, only one CM sit if absolutely necessary to protect the back 2 (or 3 if the opposite full back sits), the rest of the team attack! ".

5.) 16 Nov 2017 08:17:21
You were bothered enough to comment though FZZ.



12 Nov 2017 00:52:30
I still wouldn't bet against Ireland leahy but tonight was about as anti football as a team can get. Hopefully the crowd and a few team changes will drag them over the line on Tuesday.


1.) 12 Nov 2017 09:28:52
Have to push forward at home,
And Denmark are pretty bad as well.
Have to win at home. i think we might get lucky. A 1-0 set piece or penalty.



12 Nov 2017 00:48:43
What a sad end to Patrice Evra's career. A player I always admired. A great player for this club. A complete moment of madness and punished accordingly but i still feel its a bad way for a great player to bow out.


1.) 12 Nov 2017 01:05:01
Absolute legend ken.

I don't condone his actions but it hasn't altered my opinion of him, one of my favourite players.

2.) 12 Nov 2017 01:32:12
Should of smashed suarez.

3.) 12 Nov 2017 01:49:23
Didn't do Zidane any harm, Cantona enshrined himself in folklore. Granted going out in this manner isn't particularly nice if you just look at the violence. I prefer to look at the fact that Evra doesn't take any rubbish, especially from a thug of a fan. They showed him zero respect, he asked them what their problem was, they showed him even more disrespect, he reacted, it escalated - Evra stood his ground and maybe went too far, but when the adrenaline gets pumping most of us know what that can be like.

I get it in this day and age you are meant to run off, cry, type something on social media about your horrific experience (wait for all the BS sympathy), then maybe consider gender reassignment - but Evra showed he is a man and football lacks men at the minute.

If he were at the start of his career then it would have been stupid for him personally as clubs are held over a barrel by the PC brigade now, but as he had probably had enough, great way to say 'Au Revoir" to a despicable fan and probably deep down knew that by doing this he was killing his career and took away a difficult decision by just going for it.

Violence isn't nice, but Evra just did what many of us would like to do sometimes and don't because of the repercussions.

4.) 12 Nov 2017 10:41:15
Beast i don't think I've ever agreed with a post of yours as much as i do that one 🙂.

5.) 12 Nov 2017 11:55:52
Anyone who thinks that opposing someone being kicked in the head for using mean words is a matter of political correctness is obviously a moron.

People showing admiration for violence (not to mention using their stupid little rant to have a random pop at trans people) is exactly why the world thinks football fans are d*ckheads.

6.) 12 Nov 2017 12:14:43
Beast there is no condoning his actions in any way imo. The punishment fits the crime its a sad end to his career. If your son or daughter said something out of place in a nightclub for example and someone took objection it wouldn't justify them being beaten up and I'm sure you would have a different opinion in that case.

7.) 12 Nov 2017 12:16:32
Haha, not sure if you are being sarcastic or just just out to prove my point.

Funny how the 'PC Brigade' are always the first to get personal and start with the name calling when they find something to take offence with.

8.) 12 Nov 2017 12:20:45
Hi Ken - It all depends on the circumstances, if my kid got in the face of somebody for no reason whatsoever, then continued to bate that person - maybe a slap around the chops will teach them a good life lesson. Maybe the guy he kicked has re-evaluated his life since and will become a better person for it.

Obviously violence is horrible, but people have emotions and some people break down, others break out - the guy obviously got Evra on a bad day.

9.) 12 Nov 2017 12:37:29
Sticking with the theme of not knowing what PC means eh? Moron wasn’t name calling, just an accurate description.

10.) 12 Nov 2017 12:48:24
hmm I think I figured it out, you were the guy in the crowd weren't you!

Anyway I'm not getting bogged down in it, there is no winning or point in this.

11.) 12 Nov 2017 13:41:46
Beast 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.

12.) 12 Nov 2017 14:47:29
Hi beast. I understand your point and I agree that there is too much PC B. S. nowadays but pat took it too far there is no disguising that.

13.) 12 Nov 2017 21:43:53
The world thinks football fans are dickheads pogbas hair because a lot of them are the case in point being the knob who got a clap from evra.

And I don't really understand how you can drag someone across the coals for name calling and then in the next breath call him a moron? .

I don't condone paddy's actions for the simple fact that he is a role model to millions but in the real world they were very real actions .



11 Nov 2017 00:36:15
I have a feeling we might see some transfer activity more than usual In January. There are a few players with contract issues at the club that if they are not signing new deals will be mafe available for sale and there may well be a couple that force a move due to world cup ambitions. also there are a couple of players we have been linked with that are potentially available in Jan. So perhaps a couple of fresh faces to come in and freshen things up and improve options in key areas.
Our wide play has been poor particularly the last 5 or 6 games and lukaku needs that type of service.
Martial has a glorious talent. I know his form as a young player will blow hot and cold my wish for him is to get a 10 game starting run to see if his decision making improves. But he does frustrate me and i agree with neville in terms of he looks like he doesn't give 100% all the time.
Miki is having a tough time and in the 4231 its such a key role and since pogba has been injured his form has dipped badly same can be said of lukaku.
Having a player like oogba always available, making runs, drawing 2 markers creating space is hard to replace
City as jred says are on fire i'm sure they will have a wobble we have to get back on track now to keep on their coat tails and take advantage when they slip.
But for me we have to improve in wide areas.


1.) 11 Nov 2017 08:34:18
I hope we see some world class players come in, but a lot will depend on firstly how secure Jose is, secondly the money we have to throw around and thirdly availability. Griezzmann has to be a nailed on signing for me.

In terms of City - the answer in beating them is to fight fire with fire. They are weak defensively yet everyone is terrified of attacking them for obvious reasons, it's very much what we were like back in the day, but their defence is nowhere near as good as ours was when we looked this good going forward! I think it's a confidence game with them, if you show no fear and go for it then you are more likely to get something than just applying the nullifying anti-football tactics we seem to adopt against half decent teams.

2.) 11 Nov 2017 09:25:52
Good point Ken and I agree with Beast Greizmann has to the the signing if he's available.

3.) 11 Nov 2017 09:48:54
Good posts guys. Agree with beast we must strengthen in January and I think griezmann is a must. The guy is class and although some people prefer bale (don’t know why he is so injury prone), I think he’s that world class game changer we are missing.

Beast you make a good point regarding attacking city. Teams have sat back and allowed them to run rings on them. I think the way spurs play is the perfect way to counter city. They press higher up the pitch but also have a solid defensive unit. Interested to see if we invest heavily in January as there seems to be rumours this will be one of our biggest.

4.) 11 Nov 2017 10:26:06
Wouldn’t touch bale misses more games than he plays . Griezmann every day for me.

5.) 11 Nov 2017 12:43:01
Would Griezmann really be allowed to flourish under José's style of play?

{Ed002's Note - I would not worry about that happening.}

6.) 11 Nov 2017 14:02:29
Griezman is going to Barcelona. Do you not read what Ed002 says?

7.) 11 Nov 2017 15:10:47
So we admit we lack width an everyone says griezmann. Who isn't a wide player. I for one hope that ed2 is right.

{Ed002's Note - At this time Manchester United have considered four different left wingers that I am aware of - all with varying levels of viability. They will continue to look such that they then have the best options available. It is the same with other clubs and it is the same in different positions.}

8.) 11 Nov 2017 15:52:33
Thanks Ed. I get we have different options. I just hope your right on Griezmann going to Barcelona though.

9.) 11 Nov 2017 20:57:57
Greizman will not solve our problems. We need width and creativity. He goes missing in matches and I guarantee will flop if we bought him.



10 Oct 2017 16:19:44
We are just entering into a tough 4 game spell all away from home. Suddenly we look a little light in midfield with 2 out. Hope carrick can be an option he was injured not sure of how that is.
3 wins and a draw from these 4 away games would be a great return.
On a side note good luck to toni v tonight and equador in their quest to knock argentina out of the world cup. That would be a huge shock a wc without messi dybala aguero di maria etc etc. i'm not sure it would devalue the wc in anyway either.


1.) 11 Oct 2017 04:28:21
Watching Messi last night I'm sure it would devalue the wc the lads a genius.

2.) 11 Oct 2017 16:55:42
He's certainly the greatest player of my generation, Jred. Not sure how people have disagreed with you.




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21 Nov 2017 15:11:40
Unfortunatly CAN its not as simple as that. If he has 2 years on his contract and wants to go he holds all the cards or most of them anyway. If he won't sign a new deal then he has to be sold really.

I agree with you that the price is too low but with only 2 years left on his contract it diminishes our ability to negotiate from a position of strength. If he had 4 or 5 years left then you can charge what you demand or send them packing.




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16 Nov 2017 21:43:18
I really can't see spurs letting rose go on jan. If rose is keeping his head down and not upsetting the camp I can see no reason for them to strengthen a rival for the remainder of the season.
Don't see much else on the horizon unless fellaini goes in Jan.
Not the best time to do business but sometimes a deal can be done that gives the squad a lift. I will live in hope for a left back.




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15 Nov 2017 16:03:02
He is 29 he wants to start regularly. It's his last big opportunity to negotiate a last big contract on his terms.
Does he want to be a impact sub here and be a cover player or does he want to get the same or more money at a lesser club or a big club in a lesser league.
He is a very good pro and has shown great attitude and professionalism during his time here and yes he does possess obvious and different attributes to other players but he is not my cup of tea. I respect him as a man and as a professional and jose rates him so i'm indifferent. If the manager wants him In the squad for next season then fine but if the player doesn't want to be here and wants to try something else I won't be disappointed.
Put yourself in his shoes 20 starts and 30 bench appearances at united is the best he can hope for and that's before united sign another midfielder in the summer. He knows he can't command a regular starting position so i would admire him if he chooses to move to Turkey to play weekly and this is his last chance to do that and command huge wages if he goes on a free or nominal fee.




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14 Nov 2017 14:49:45
I'm also a long term admirer of bales but at his age and likely cost its a huge risk given his injury record.
Bale at his best is awesome but are we likely to see him fit often enough?
A very reluctant no from me.
Sods law tells me he will sign for spurs and play 150 games in a row if we pass him up.




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13 Nov 2017 11:26:28
Thanks ed.
Bales injury record has got to be a concern for an suitors.
Asensio its hard to see him moving
ARNAIZ I know little about ill try and remedy that this morning.
Perisic is in great form for inter so i hope that deal can be revived.
Appreciate your response 002. Have a good day.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}




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21 Nov 2017 16:25:21
That is one off the issues ed but the structure of underage football is all wrong couple that with the pressure put on under 8 div z to win its not conducive to developing player skills.


{Ed001's Note - very true, but again part of that is down to the coaches wanting to show how good they are to get promoted up the chain. Youth coaching should be seen as the highest level, it is the most important time and when a coach can have the most impact on a player's development, if they are good.}



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21 Nov 2017 14:57:04
Or roy Keane. because that's gone well unless you support Ipswich Sunderland or Ireland.
The best players don't always make the best coaches in fact they seldom do.
And not too many retiring epl players want to coach for 25k per annum at an acadamy or for free at grass roots.

The whole system needs updating in the UK from grass roots right through to the epl, that is of course unless everybody in Spain Holland Germany italy and France has it wrong and all those world cup and euro wins were flukes.

At grass roots level I've seen referees parents and coaches come to blows and have arguments at u12 age group. I mean they don't even play competitive football in Spain or Germany or Holland at that age.

But as I said perhaps they all have it wrong!


{Ed001's Note - a lot of the problems stem from the ridiculous cost of getting badges meaning you only get people doing it who see it as a career. The enthusiastic amateur simply cannot afford to do them and so you end up with a bunch at the bottom end coaching kids with a chip on their shoulder as they think they should be coaching Premier League teams.}



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20 Nov 2017 23:32:49
Have the England under aged teams not going through their best ever ruin of results ever winning euro and world cups. Someone is doing something right with these elite players.

Its thre rough diamonds that don't get access to the elite coaches and facilities and education that are suffering.

The elite underage coaching is fine all belie that is a mess and Tyne fa need to sort it in order to become a superpower art international level again. Too many youngsters getting too much too soon and never fulfilling the potential they had as teenagers.

I have no idea what The answer is but premier league clubs are not bringing through enough English youngsters.




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20 Nov 2017 22:54:59
Jose going nowhere imo.




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19 Nov 2017 21:57:02
City will have their slip ups but they will be few and far between. I believe city will loose 3 and draw three between now and the end of the season. That's dropping 15 points. So do the math on that basis we can not afford to drop 8 more points so it's a big ask.