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02 Aug 2020 16:58:35
Hi Ed's.

Just wondered if you comment on the future of Dwight McNeil please. He would be a wonderful addition to United in my opinion and offers something that we don't have - the ability to beat a man down the line.



{Ed002's Note - Burnley are not looking to sell Dwight McNeil although a trustworthy scout has been pressing Manchester United to declare some interest, he would do best to stay where he is for now. Whilst the likes of Cantwell or McNeil would help address the LM role they would not be starters at Manchester United and it could easily put a dent in career prospects. Burnley do not have the money problems that many of the Premier League clubs have so they cannot be pressured in to selling - and moving knowing opportunities will be limited makes little sense at a young age.}

1.) 02 Aug 2020 17:26:07
Wasnt he once in our academy? Maybe he will one day like to return and prove us wrong for letting him go early?

2.) 02 Aug 2020 19:06:23
Thanks Ed as always.



24 Jul 2020 19:01:14
Silly season is almost upon us!

The 'reputable' Athletic are reporting United are in talks for Coman. Is there any truth in this? Great player but could it be a leaked bit of nonsense to help push the Sancho deal along.


1.) 25 Jul 2020 01:35:29
probably United leaking a story to try pressure dortmund in to selling sancho.



04 Dec 2019 11:40:33
Excuse my ignorance but has the Ed put together a January transfer target post yet?


{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 04 Dec 2019 12:04:18
Might you have time this month Ed? Would be a great read.

{Ed002's Note - I will try Fresh!.}

2.) 04 Dec 2019 12:18:36
Hugely appreciated as always.

3.) 04 Dec 2019 12:23:13
One of my friend close to a football agent said we will push really hard for Declan Rice in the January window.

Hope Ed002 puts a sharkapod to genuinely know who our list of targets are and which amongst them will be practically possible.

4.) 04 Dec 2019 15:35:52
Really feel that would be a dumb move and another overpriced purchase.

Kalvin Phillips represents better value and has more about him.

5.) 04 Dec 2019 16:50:11
Rice is a cb playing in cm. I don't see him pulling up trees at West ham.

6.) 04 Dec 2019 17:09:31
Rice is an excellent young player, from a defensive view point he reads the game really well, and as an ex-defender his tackling, and timing of when to tackle is top notch. While he is also strong in the air and hard to knock off the ball and mobile. As a physical presence he can dominate the area in front of the CB's and offers a great shield in front of the back four.

However, as a side aspiring to reach back to the top level of world football is Declan Rice the sort of midfielder a top side will need every week?

Sure when up against another top side who'll have a fair bit of possession and who will look to get at your defence as often as possible he is a great player to have.

But against 90% of sides who will look to sit back and try and hit you on the counter, how useful is Rice?

On the ball he is good at recycling the ball but he doesn't offer much in the way of creative forward passing, he isn't the guy to set the tempo.

The type of player Declan Rice is, means he is the type of player we will only need 10-15 times a season. You don't spend 80m on a player like that.

While Kalvin Phillips isn't as good as a defensive shield in front of the back four (he's still pretty good), he offers much more to the team when in possession. Which when you consider he will likely cost half of what Rice would. He makes much more sense as a signing.

7.) 05 Dec 2019 11:42:26
As a midfield player rice has nothing on McTominay. I agree that he’s a Centre Half.



18 May 2019 08:44:45
Ed I was wondering if you could provide an update on our alleged interest in De Ligt? Mixed reports with some saying he would take a Champions League hit for a season to become the face of our rebuild.


{Ed004's Note - I would be disappointed if we were not interested but I think he is Barcelona bound}

1.) 18 May 2019 09:24:21
Ed, Is he that good? If we were going for a young defender, don't you think Milenkovic, Dias or Skrinar would be best? .

{Ed004's Note - I dont think Skriniar is good enough on the ball for what he would cost. Milenkovic seems a good and realistic target. I havent seen enough of Ruben Dias but I worry that from what ive seen hes more suited to right cb which is where Lindelof (especially), Smalling and Bailly prefer playing. Ideally we would sign one of De Ligt, Koulibaly or Romanagli but that will be hard to accomplish}

2.) 18 May 2019 10:50:59
Koulibaly will be the one for me and i think he would have the same type of effect as Van Dijk. I think De ligt will be more suited to City or Barcelona and i don't know much about Romanagli.

3.) 18 May 2019 11:07:36
Both Koulibailly and Romagnoli are on my list of players I hope we sign this year.

4.) 18 May 2019 12:22:13
Giggsy they would be my two choices as well, both would add steel to our defence. KK is said to be happy where he is though.

5.) 19 May 2019 10:43:34
I’d love to have De Ligt he’s unbelievable. I watched one of their games when I went to Amsterdam and Ajax were so comfortable with him at the back they all went forward and he stayed back on his own. He drills players when needed and if anyone saw they’re celebration just look at his speech. The kid for me is the full package and I’d take him in a heartbeat.

6.) 20 May 2019 09:25:44
Agreed Gazza. He has all the attributes to be the first choice CB for the next 10 years. The only negative is his agent being Raiola.



17 May 2019 18:53:50
Wonder what the future holds for Ronaldo now Allegri is leaving?

Pogba for Ronaldo swap anyone? 🙈.


1.) 17 May 2019 19:09:46
Not a chance.

2.) 17 May 2019 19:29:39
Still clinging on to your man crush Fresh 😀.

3.) 17 May 2019 20:27:41
Absolutely 😂 need a winner in this squad somewhere!

4.) 17 May 2019 20:28:08
Experienced, very professional, knows the club, the language. Tempting.

5.) 17 May 2019 20:35:33
Sell rashford, Lukaku and Martiql and Ronaldo will score the same amounts goals as all of them combined but i think if we weree going to go for him then we shouldve gone for him instead of Sanchez.

Its too late now and he is getting on a bit! .

6.) 17 May 2019 21:39:01
He needs to win the europa cup for the full set😂.

7.) 18 May 2019 12:01:12
People don't get sarcasm.

8.) 19 May 2019 06:56:17
I've found it hard to convey sarcasm in text mort, people just assume you must be an idiot! 😂.




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15 Mar 2021 10:03:14
Did anyone else see that nonsense headline about Maguire wanting an English speaking partner and so would like Ben White to join? I really hope we don't go for another overrated English defender that will cost the world when there are for better options on the Continent.


1.) 15 Mar 2021 10:29:27
Well that would be nonsense considering lindelof speaks fluent english and Axel has been in Manchester for pretty much his whole life.

2.) 15 Mar 2021 10:30:59
I think we need a partner for lindelof who can defend and doesn't give me heart palpitations everytime I see him running back toward goal 😂.

3.) 15 Mar 2021 11:01:53
3 goals conceded in the last 10 games.
Is there a better player in the league than shaw at the moment .

4.) 15 Mar 2021 11:03:58
A "fit" Bailly is much better than Maguire and Lindelof.

{Ed077's Note - but that doesn't exist. Hasn't for many years now.

5.) 15 Mar 2021 11:18:21
Bailly can't stay fit the other issue is he has been really poor on the ball of late .

{Ed077's Note - I don't think Bailly can manage a proper run to build any kind of form and understanding. If he is playing 1 out of 3 games or so OR out injured very other appearance then no surprise his game starts to suffer.

6.) 15 Mar 2021 11:18:42
Yeah Ed077. Tuanzebe is another player who is physical and has good recovery pace.
Not sure if we have a plan for his progression.

{Ed077's Note - He too has to prove he can stay fit for an elongated period of time; which he has managed this season.

7.) 15 Mar 2021 11:21:34

Tbh Bailly has been fit for most of the season. i'd play him alongside Maguire. Our performances are better when he plays.

Last season Maguire took him out twice in the same week during 2 matches which didn't help.

{Ed077's Note - it's the first time in years Bailly has been fit enough to be involved in the playing squad for a month or so without missing games in between. He has to earn the trust to be thrust into the team week in week out. I wouldn't be starting him much if I was Ole either.

If you aren't in the team to build an understanding then those sorts of incidents happen more often. Dislike them as we want and think they aren't of the required level but Lindelof and Maguire are the only CBs who have proven their ability to actually get on the field week in well out. Put in Ole's shoes and they would be starting for me as well.

8.) 15 Mar 2021 11:46:28

I think Bailly and Tuanzebe should play in the EL. Both Maguire and Lindelof need a rest. I get your pont about them starting, but lindelof has a back problem, so rotating him with Bailly and or Tuanzebe would be beneficial.

In regards to his back injury, do you know what his actual back injury is?

{Ed077's Note - I agree that Bailly and Tuanzebe should be the starting in the Europa. Either they do well and prove themselves worthy enough of a place in the squad for next season or they prove doubters like me that we can only afford one of them 2 a squad place.

I have no info about Lindelof back injury, but I do know that back injuries are notoriously hard to track down. If you guys ever want to fake injury, back is the place to fake😂😂 (not suggesting VL is faking btw)

9.) 15 Mar 2021 12:37:36
I think that before you start asking for certain things from a defensive partner you should at least work on the basics of your game.

For the record I doubt Maguire actually said that. Or at least maybe his words were taken out of context. Maybe he was asked.

10.) 15 Mar 2021 13:06:23

Thanks. This summer we certainly need to sign a world class CB. We haven't had one since Rio and Vidic.



11 Mar 2021 22:09:40
You can't say we deserved anything more than a draw. Everything about that performance annoyed me. Maguire was useless yet again, how he's captain I'll never know. Henderson with a poor error. The only positive was that I didn't have to watch Martial sulk in the second half. He's much better with a mask on sat in the stands.

Well done Diallo. A star could be born.


1.) 12 Mar 2021 12:15:46
Bruno should have been captain by now however Ole sees something that others don't.

Diallo and the other youngsters need to keep their head down and work hard and I pray the attitude of players like Martial doesn't rub onto them.



09 Mar 2021 23:00:57
Evening Ed's,

My annual question - what does the summer transfer window hold for Ronaldo. It sounds as thought financially Juventus need to move him on and won't want to lose him on a free in 2022. I imagine the only clubs in the running would be PSG and ourselves.

If we aren't in the running then I apologise in advance for raising this on the United page!




{Ed002's Note - PSG and the MLS could provide options. I did provide more information on the appropriate pages.}

1.) 09 Mar 2021 23:27:41
Thanks - I couldn’t see anything recent so maybe I’m looking in the wrong place? For what it’s worth I hope he has another year or two before a move to the States.

2.) 10 Mar 2021 00:55:22
His nest days are well behind him. We need a top striker to be here for several years. He is not the player we need.

3.) 10 Mar 2021 06:48:26
Best move for him would be to go the states this summer, does he really need one last hurrah in Europe.



07 Mar 2021 18:52:30
Fantastic performance and result, no complaints from me and Martial was superb by the way.

See, I can be magnanimous.


1.) 07 Mar 2021 20:01:05
I'm beginning to get the taste for humble pie, it is actually quite sweet.

A great performance and tactically the perfect way to play city.

Martial was excellent as was Shaw, bit of a toss up who to give MOM to, the whole team produced, but agree, I think further down the page, someone said we need to upgrade Fred and I think that is very true. I still love his work ethic but he just does not create enough for me.

2.) 07 Mar 2021 20:07:18
Well done you.

3.) 07 Mar 2021 20:52:51
Much improved performance from Martial, should've scored at the end to cap his performance.

Fred is very good at winning the ball back, but his distribution is awful at times.

4.) 07 Mar 2021 21:01:44
Maybe I was watching a different game, Martial's problem is that's he not working hard, you can't jog you have to run and run hard to closs people down. And for a time last season he was doing that. I agree the United CFs don't get much service but that doesn't give you the license to jog around. If I was his manager I'd give him an earful for being lethargic.

5.) 07 Mar 2021 21:17:52
Fred is one of the weak links for sure and is an area that I hope is addressed in the summer. Lindelof and Maguire did well today but are still a problem. Martial is still not good enough to be our long term number 9, even though he had a good game.

6.) 07 Mar 2021 21:33:58
I thought Martial was brilliant, our ex full back gave him man of the match, know we go off what our ex players say as gospel now, he had his best game of the season and I wish he played like that all the time.

I logged on to the chat towards the end of the game to see everyone happy for once and I just saw people slagging martial off saying he should be taken off and how can Ole not see it. I would say I couldn’t believe it but it doesn’t surprise me. I swiftly left. People make their opinions on players before they even play and then base everything on what they thought before.

7.) 07 Mar 2021 23:50:49

He did a lot better than recent months, but let's not go overboard. He was drifting out to play wide left wing too much. Was pretty lucky for the pen - bad play from Jesus. He missed a sitter that would have made the last 15 mins a cake walk.

He did fight a bit more (can't believe this is even a comment) and he held up the ball quite well to relieve pressure and launch counters.

His movement in the box just looks flat, he doesn't attack space in the 6 yard box. So you don't leave the game thinking "if only" the cross had picked him out. You leave the game thinking "if only" our front 3 attacked the 6 yard box better we would score more goals.

James and Shaw now are putting in more crosses. Be nice if we had a striker who could score goals in the middle.

8.) 08 Mar 2021 01:53:33

I totally agree, I just thought he was good today and was surprised to see some saying he needed to be brought off, at times he was unplayable and was causing their defence all sorts of problems, he was even tracking back. He has to show he can do that more than once a season though!

9.) 08 Mar 2021 08:16:23
Rohan I agree Martial looked lazy again.

The difference yesterday is that he got himself on the ball and was involved at key moments. He hasn’t done anything at all recently so maybe the bar is set lower for him.

It’s so frustrating watching Rashford, Bruno and James apply the press while Martial rarely breaks into a gentle jog. The press doesn’t work unless everyone works together.

Shaw MOTM for me.

{Ed077's Note - well Martial essentially bullied Ruben Dias and Stones, the best CB pairing in the league this season. Was it a perfect perfprmance? no. But did he do most of the things expected? Yes. Maybe he should have pressed more but nobody actually was pressing that much and running around closing people down too much.

10.) 08 Mar 2021 09:36:30
Ed077 yes I totally agree, like I say he was involved at key moments. Won the penalty and got involved in build up play. It was a refreshing change and a very welcome one at that.

But we can't flip flop our opinions based on a single performance. Martial has been very poor all season. If he keeps that up then I'd be over the moon because on his day he can be very good. Whether that is good enough remains to be seen.

I disagree about the pressing, particularly in the first half we were excellent at closing down their defenders, but City always had one or two options centrally as Bruno couldn't do it all on his own centrally while Rashford and James occupied their full backs.

{Ed077's Note - well we can say a player had a good game when he had a good game. Thats not flip flopping, thats just saying what happened. If Martial wants to be the undisputed first choice going into next season he has to build on that performance because that was possibly the only good game he has had this season. This season he hasnt done anywhere near enough to be even considered worthy of a place in the squad let alone in the first team.

Martial hasnt been good enough at all this season but he was good yesterday.

11.) 08 Mar 2021 10:09:49
Bullied them is complete nonsense. He played much better than usual. It's amazing what a bit if effort can do.
He missed his only chance. He didn't create a chance except for the pen in 1st min where he did well even though he was running up a dead end before Jesus got excited.
He played well with his back to goal but he should play at least that well every week.
He bullied nobody yesterday. He had a good game though.

12.) 08 Mar 2021 13:42:00
He again showed he has ability WHEN he applies himself, (martial) and a good display yesterday. Regarding bullying the cbs I can reacall the run second half when Dias went in on him about the halfway line and he simply shrugged him off and carried on but that was it for me: didn't see him bullying any of them tbh.
Would still sell him in the summer as he simply doesn't deliver as often as he should.
Rashford was a worry for me in the warm up! he looks to be in pain and awkwardly tries but the first challenge he was wincing and holding his side/ back- we cannot keep risking him to a long term injury.

Overall they all played well yesterday, Shaw stood out for me but they were a joy to watch: as much as watching pep getting stroppy in the post match and as satisfying as Jurgen AKA dierdre barlow throwing another tantrum. Well done united!



04 Mar 2021 22:15:52
Shappy look what a top coach can do to a team. Chelsea have just won at Liverpool and they didn't park the bus or play for a 0-0.!


1.) 04 Mar 2021 23:11:05
Fresh we are on the same page but that's not fair comparison to beat Shappy. They are better with Tuchel but don't forget they are still on honey mood and don't forget that we had great results with Ole at the start too.

2.) 05 Mar 2021 00:40:15
Honey mood I love that herrera 🤣🤣 many a man been on honeymoon and got a bit of honey mood 🤣🤣.

3.) 05 Mar 2021 09:10:32
Same cheksea who drew with us just last week 🤦‍♂️.

4.) 05 Mar 2021 09:10:56
Context is everything. When we played Liverpool they hadn't lost a home game in something like 3 years.

By the time Chelsea played them at Anfield last night Liverpool had lost 4 home games on the bounce.

How you approach a game against a side that hasn't lost a home for the best part of 3 years, and how you approach a game against a side who have lost their last 4 home games and are in relegation form might be a little different don't you think?

We are judging decisions made weeks ago based on recent events. That is the benefit of hindsight.

5.) 05 Mar 2021 09:16:58
Context is everything. When we played Liverpool they hadn't lost a home game in something like 3 years.

By the time Chelsea played them at Anfield last night Liverpool had lost 4 home games on the bounce.

How you approach a game against a side that hasn't lost a home for the best part of 3 years, and how you approach a game against a side who have lost their last 4 home games and are in relegation form might be a little different don't you think?

We are judging decisions made weeks ago based on recent events. That is the benefit of hindsight.

{Ed077's Note - Shappy don't try to rewrite things again. People were up in arms with the way Ole approached the Liverpool game. The results after have only justifies people's complaints if anything.

6.) 05 Mar 2021 09:54:50

They were there for the taking when we played them, everyone knew it and Ole bottled it.

7.) 05 Mar 2021 11:11:33
that's Fact bilko.

8.) 05 Mar 2021 11:57:08
No, it's not a fact. It's your opinion.

9.) 05 Mar 2021 12:07:20
Match results are effected by the form of BOTH sides.




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17 Mar 2021 11:51:25
Thanks Ed - I haven't seen enough of Laimer or Leon Bailey to play, can anyone shed some light? I've seen plenty of Ben White and I'm not a huge fan, he's ok but there are better options for (I imagine) cheaper. Andre Silva seems to have come good over in Germany and has a physical presence so could be a sensible move as Haaland is impossible.


{Ed002's Note - Laimer is very well thought of and RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for next summer and some of the interest is driven by the price of Zakaria which has put interested sides off. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement) and Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield problems).

Leon Bailey (LW/RW) A player who has had his mojo drifting away and Bayer Leverkusen are open to him moving on. Spurs are keen but want the price to drop further. Prior interest of Everton and Leeds has drifted away - Everton already being over loaded with players who are predominently LW and Leeds have preferred options. Arsenal or Manchester United may offer an option but Arsenal really need to make some decisions on their squad.}



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28 Jan 2021 20:04:56
I often think that ‘experience’ is misused. Just because he’s old and his legs have gone doesn’t mean he is any more experienced than Rashford whose player a couple of hundred matches in his early 20s. It’s certainly no reason to keep a player when their quality goes.




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23 Jan 2021 14:07:25
Form is temporary mate.

I could only see Grealish being played off the right or in a very attacking midfield 3 alongside Fernandes and a defensive midfielder. It would be exciting viewing, reminiscent to Xavi and Iniesta.




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23 Jan 2021 12:55:05
Pleased to see we are still thinking of Grealish - I’d love to see us adopt the Bayern model of buying up the best domestic league talent.

I’m not sure where exactly he would fit into the side but a player of that quality has to play.




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02 Dec 2020 11:34:53
Many thanks as always, Ed002.

I wouldn't object to any of the out of contract players leaving, with the exception of Cavani who should be renewed for a further year.

Interesting that you mentioned the club may look at left midfielder, I can't understand that when we have Rashford and Martial for that role. Are you able to shed any light onto this please? If you have chance before Christmas a broader transfer target update would be much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Rashford and Martial are forwards not midfield players. Don't expect much if anything in January.}




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09 Apr 2021 13:03:31
Or we could pay £75m plus Jones as Jones brings the transfer value down.




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03 Apr 2021 16:36:34
Great connection with Bruno too - would be a very sensible signing.




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31 Mar 2021 11:24:05
The spine of the team is the big issue - our main number 9 is dreadful and our two midfielders (that are the managers favourites) are awful. Greenwood and Diallo for the right isn’t a problem, and I’d have Dalot back as an attacking right back.




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30 Mar 2021 13:57:31
Haha touché! I do think that players can win leagues - I think RVP did that in many respects. With Kane in the side you’re guaranteed 25+ goals, Greenwood will only get better, Rashford is a top player and Fernandes is probably the best number 10 in the League if not Europe. It would be nice to see a ‘you score 3 we score 4’ attitude instead of this safety first dithering Boris Johnson style approach.

After all, football is about entertainment, right?




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30 Mar 2021 13:36:37
Kane lifts us to the title in my opinion.

Despite having a human P&O Ferry and a Dacia centre back pairing our defensive record of late isn’t all that bad. I’d rather see Tuanzebe step up alongside the Fridge and sign Kane than sign a centre back and a right winger, for example.

A front three of Rashford, Kane and Greenwood would be mouth watering with Fernandes behind. If DVB can win favour then he could be in the double pivot with McTominay.


{Ed077's Note - so you are saying Ole doesn't have the right personnel to challenge for the title right now. And OGS can lead us to the league with Kane leading the latest line and Maguire captain?😜