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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Surrey

Favourite player: Paul Scholes

Best team moment: Treble Winning Season of 1999

Interests: Football Coaching/Management

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10 Jun 2019 09:44:29
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
According to Van der Kraan, Van de Beek is keen on a move to us. His preferred destinations are either ourselves or Spurs.

I like the player, what are the thoughts of others?

Ed (s), is there interest from us?


{Ed002's Note - The player has often said he would like to play for Spurs at some point and there is known interest from half a dozen or more sides - but not Manchester United. The plan is that he will stay in Ajax one more year.}

1.) 10 Jun 2019 10:35:10
I’ve never seen us linked to him. Looks a decent player tbf, tidy on the ball. As ed said, spurs looks a more likely destination. Think there are better options out there for us.

2.) 10 Jun 2019 10:50:14
Thanks, Ed!



18 Jun 2018 17:04:14
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Ed's do you any info on the Fred transfer? Did we end up signing him?

Enjoy the game tonight all.


{Ed002's Note - Obviously he won't be joining before the end of the month.}



31 May 2018 18:16:46
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Interesting reports starting to appear, personally the Arnautovic rumours I find ridiculous but I hope Willian happens in terms of where experience can be added. Fred would also be an excellent signing IMO. At CB I wonder if we can expect to see someone coming in, what are people's thoughts on that position specifically?
Ed is there interest in Arnautovic from United or is this the media being thrown a bone?

Hope everyone has an excellent Summer (when it arrives) .


{Ed004's Note - There is interest in centre backs. Ed2 a few months ago mentioned Umtitti and Upamecano as targets and most recently Alderwerield is gaining a lot of attention. I disagree with William as I feel we need better quality. Would like Fred to sign and if there's any truth in thiago being available we should be all over that Lastly, I can't see Arnautovic happening at all}

1.) 31 May 2018 23:49:44
Rather take a punt on bringing Memphis back than sign Arnautovic.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 08:47:05
Thanks for the reply Ed - Toby is the best CB in the league IMO but we have barely seen him play this year. Would be a fantastic signing. We’ll have to agree to disagree with Willian mate, I’m a huge fan. Thiago would be an incredible signing, top top player.



20 Jan 2018 18:59:06
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Norwood has spoken, 48 hours time.


1.) 20 Jan 2018 21:01:03
Isn’t this the third 48hrs this week? :D.

2.) 20 Jan 2018 21:12:12

This one is right though, welcome Alexis.



20 Dec 2017 07:49:04
Merry Christmas to all, thanks to the Eds as always for the site.
Brilliant transfer rumour circulating this morning regarding Eden Hazard, Eds can you shed any further light on this one yet?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by Manchester United to Hazard's agent and I can confirm that there has been no approach to Chelsea about the player from Manchester United.}

1.) 20 Dec 2017 11:36:24
I think as the window opens it is good to always use this method before asking the Ed’s questions.

Does it sound too good to be true?

Yes - then it isn’t true, don’t bother asking.

No - it’s still probably not true, but there may be a small chance so worth asking.

2.) 20 Dec 2017 16:43:09
I thought Hazard and Señor José didn't get along?

3.) 21 Dec 2017 00:33:11
Let's be realistic why on earth would Chelsea sell their best player to an English rival its not like they need the money so it's not going to happen. Please think it through and don't waste Eds time and goodwill.

4.) 21 Dec 2017 12:38:06
People said Jose and Matic fell out. Doubt they'd make the mistake in selling to us again though.

5.) 21 Dec 2017 17:51:43
Selling Matic wasn't a mistake. Neither was Mata's sale. Selling Eden would be a mistake though. But there's no way in hell he's moving to Manchester. If he moves it'll be to Madrid.

6.) 21 Dec 2017 20:40:43
It seems like a mistake pal. You finished top last season. What position you going to finish this one?

7.) 22 Dec 2017 06:33:52
Probably top 4. At least we should get top 4. But not winning the league won't be because we sold Matic. It'll be because there's a certain team that's gone on an insane run of form. Matic isn't the one we miss.

8.) 22 Dec 2017 14:05:47
When utd played chelsea jose slapped hands with almost every chelsea player coming out of the tunnel except hazard.




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21 Jan 2020 13:55:19
At the very least we will be able to tell something about the clubs thinking based on activity during this window.
If we do not make any signings, I expect OGS to be gone before the end of the season. If we sign 1 possibly 2, i'd say it is highly likely he will leave in the Summer. Duncan Castles is providing regular interesting podcasts at present time that often mention something in detail about the United situation. I cannot see EW lasting much longer at United either regardless of how much in favour he is through the eyes of the owners. I expect a lot of change I've the coming months, hopefully for the better.


1.) 21 Jan 2020 15:39:13
I wouldn't read too much into any reports at the moment KG.
I too think we will see significant change in the summer of we fail to qualify for CL. Or at least i hippie there will be.
I hope a new coach will be appointed along with a new coaching team.
I hope he will work under a structure he is comfortable with and that the club will put that structure in place without delay.
I expect they will sign 6 players in the summer with a spend of 300m plus with half of that recouped in sales of pogba smalling matic lingard jones periera.
A front 3 with choices of rash martial greenwood james new rw new cf (my choices sancho dembele)
A midfield 3 from fred mctom 3 x new midfielders (my choices sms bruno ndiddi)
A defence from awb dalot williams shaw maguire bailly lindelof tuanzebe and new cb (not at all sure lots of possibilities at a push i'd say koulibaly he can be clumsy but has good pace and presence i still have hopes for bailly)

Im of course not expecting all of the above but for me it doesn't sound impossible to put a squad like that together and a good progressive coach should be able to compete with anybody with a squad like that after a couple of seasons together.
Its not at all unaffordable wouldn't bust the bank on wages. It keeps the age profile low and brings in players approaching their peak years.
Of course everybody will have their own favourites but that's how, who and what i'd like to see this summer.
As for the coach.
Poch and allegri are the ones i'd be focusing on with a wildcard of blanc.
If results and performances improve on the pitch the club is in a great place to move forward again and take big strides to regain our place at the top table.
Blame whoever you like but once things improve on the pitch the rest will fall into place. I know that's very much over simplifying things however its what i hope will happen.
We can all dream😂.

2.) 21 Jan 2020 16:39:55
I'm honestly not convinced the club are interested in shelling out the required amount to get us back to the top. Now whether that's the owners or Ed Woodward or the board I'm not entirely sure. I think they'd happily quite spend the bare minimum possible just enough to get us 4th and into champions league. I think they're honestly happy with that and that's based on what we have seen in the last couple of years. It seems to me that we are cutting back. Yeah I know we signed Maguire, Wan bissaka, James but lukaku was sold for nearly 75 million, Valencia was released, Herrera left, Fellaini sold, Young just been sold, Sanchez loaned out to save on wages. Also when we finished 2nd we weren't a fantastic runner up we finished 19 points behind City remember we didn't run them close or anything. What did we go and do? Signed Fred when that clearly was never going to be enough. We obviously make a hell of a lot of money but in terms of there being huge amounts available to go and get players I just don't believe there is. Hope to god I'm wrong as we sure as hell need it.

3.) 21 Jan 2020 16:49:00
I think we need to be mindful of our squad and how it will look at the start of next season, I count about 12 CBS and goalkeepers as it stands .
I'd like us to have 6 midfielders, I count the central attacking one as a midfielder not a forward but if pogba wants out, matic contract up and probably leaving, mata and Jesse may well be off that leaves 3 fred and mcctom who have Improved and are deserving of being in the 6 and peierria who the jury still out on, that would leave us requiring atleast 3 midfielders, two of which would need to be offensive . I don't know anything about bruno as I don't watch sporting Lisbon but even if he's added we look like we could be two short still .
I'd want a right sided attacker rather than a central striker, dan james would still get lots of football covering both wide players and if we play with one central striker we have martial, Greenwood or rash to play there, to be fair the front lads have scored goals and with a more creative midfield youd hope they would get more .

4.) 21 Jan 2020 17:47:06
Good post that Ken.



05 Nov 2019 07:29:49
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Ed, are you aware of any legitimacy in the growing speculation surrounding the sale of the Club e. g. to Saudi investors? I've read an article this morning which suggests the current owners would be willing to sell the club for £4 billion?


{Ed002's Note - Read the posts please.}



07 Oct 2019 12:28:24
Hi Eds,
Would it be possible to have a poll/ vote set up?
Vote topic: Stick with OGS, or twist?
Thanks as always.


{Ed033's Note -

OGS or twist poll

1.) 07 Oct 2019 12:47:50
Just in Costa's in Macclesfield and have just seen Ed Woodward read a few posts and then he clicked on the twist button. its the truth i tell ya 🤣🤣.

{Ed047's Note - maybe he should have pushed the big red button to ask ed01 what the hell to do next! 🤷‍♂️

2.) 07 Oct 2019 13:37:13
It's all well saying sack ole. He should walk etc etc.

But who comes in that will do any better?

This isn't a hav a go reply but who realistically would we turn to?

3.) 07 Oct 2019 14:01:50
Jose with Keane as henchman.

4.) 07 Oct 2019 14:09:21
Jose and Keane, I wonder who would play the good cop? More like bad cop/ psychopath 🤣.

5.) 07 Oct 2019 14:34:01
I'd bring Keane into the backroom staff if I was ole and get rid of phelan, he would sort the rotten from the good apples and kick them into shape, he might be brutal but he knows how what it means to wear the shirt and wouldn't take no crap. I'd love to see muelenstien back as number 2 otherwise.

6.) 07 Oct 2019 15:06:09
He wouldn’t, and I think the responses here are emblematic of why the club is failing.

Modern managers can’t succeed by copying Fergie, or ‘stamping their authority’ on players. That is now a relic of the past.

Top level footballers are, by and large, preened celebrities. If a manager tries to control or discipline them like Fergie did, they’ll just leave for another club. Kicking boots and the hairdryer don’t work.

Look at Pogba. A player that wanted to leave, underperformed for three seasons, the manager called a virus, and Real Madrid were still looking to sign him this summer.

The stick approach just doesn’t work. Successful managers like Klopp and Pep succeed because they use some juicy carrots - i. e. convince players to commit to their approach by playing exciting attacking football.

There’s a reason why our former players make such terrible managers, their rooted in a bye gone era, and literally trying to kick back the tide.

7.) 07 Oct 2019 15:15:20
Is Meulensteen not a step back to the Fergie era? Something that's regularly used as a stick to beat Ole with. I did like him, but I've no idea what he's done since. I'm sure someone will enlighten me 😁.

8.) 07 Oct 2019 15:45:38
Bolger i think most managers would do better.

9.) 07 Oct 2019 17:16:04
Keane would be ideal to put the fear factor back into our great club. Pep and Klopp are both angry individuals don't let the tv interviews kid you. There will always be a place for "stamping authority "in any game that deals with lazy rich sportsmen and women. How else do you get your message across- (could you please attack Pogba-thanks very much) . Every football Manager want to rule by fear-even Roy Hodgson 😆😆.

10.) 07 Oct 2019 18:51:04
Nou I think Rene was roundly acknowledged as a good coach. maybe I'm wrong.

11.) 07 Oct 2019 18:54:41
Keane would make things far worse. He never made it as a manager because ironically the heart desire passion and sheer professionalism allied to his technical ability thst he had as a player means he cannot tolerate players not up to his standard. It needs a more sophisticated managerial approach to solve our current problems. Sure some players need calling out but others will respond better to cajoling and being inspired. The ones who are not up to scratch will have to go but there is a nice way to do that too.

12.) 07 Oct 2019 20:10:34
Like I said, Angel, I did like him, but I honestly haven't heard anything about him since.

13.) 08 Oct 2019 07:29:51
Keane's type of management may not work for this generation.
Most of the players these days are spoilt, have no loyalty or commitment.



31 Aug 2019 10:11:59
Hi all,
Thanks to the Eds as always.
Jese Lingard seems to be the latest 'target' for fans who are looking for other ways of voicing their frustrations at the club's current situation. What is it with these people? Are you one of them? If so, please speak up, I really want to know what this guys is doing wrong on the pitch. For me, he is our best off the ball asset, often organising and leading a press on the oppositions possession and mistakes. He doesn't score many goals, but is it then fair to say he does nothing?
Simply looking to raise some discussion here, personally I'm a huge Lingard fan, what about you?


1.) 31 Aug 2019 10:57:33
Good morning KG. I think you may have owned pandoras box😂.
Ive nothing against lingard and think he is a decent squad player.
He has a few good attributes as you point out above. I don't think he is an expert or outstanding in any position but he can do a decent job in several positions.
I think he is good back up in 2 or 3 positions which should guarantee good gametime but he would not be my 1st choice in any position to be honest not withstanding his commitment.
He seems a nice lad if a bit immature in some ways i understand why he is popular and i also understand why he frustrates some supporters too.

2.) 31 Aug 2019 11:01:33
I'll get the popcorn.

3.) 31 Aug 2019 11:02:55
He’s the starting attacking mid for a club that purportedly wants to challenge for titles.

He struggles to create chances and score goals.

The job he does off the ball could just as easily be done by a well trained jack russell.

4.) 31 Aug 2019 11:16:01
If he was not wearing our colours i'd be convinced he is the ref. He always seems to be close to the action but never contributes to the game. The "panther sign" he calls his celebration? I prefer to think of his pointed indexes! More so as the gap between his goal and his last assist. He needs to hold them close to his face due to his lack of vision.

5.) 31 Aug 2019 12:25:33
Thanks for the responses so far.
Just under 18 months ago I described him as my favourite current United player. His background, graft, journey to the first team is an inspiration for all the youngsters coming through at the club. With the exception of some immature, poorly judged social media post (s) (which he is far from alone in making) he represents where
dedication and hard work can get you. He’s playing below his par at present time but I expect him to improve as the season goes on.

6.) 31 Aug 2019 13:28:21
I like Jesse. He had a good first half against Wolves but the 2nd half was the polar opposite. I’m not saying he should be a starter and we do need someone like Bruno Fernandes in his position, but he’s a good player to have in the squad and he has a habit of scoring at Wembley.

7.) 31 Aug 2019 14:43:28
KG, I think lingard is the most overrated player in the league. He runs around like a headless chicken. Creates nothing. His assist record is one of the worst in the league. He hasn't scored in 15 games. What is it about him you find good? I think Gomes will be ten times better, and should be given the chance. Lingard will not improve City, liverpool, arsenal, Chelsea or spurs. i'm not sure he'll improve Leicester even, which says it all.



29 Aug 2019 11:35:29
So it looks like Smalling is nearing a move to Roma.
I'm on the fence with this one. Firstly, we have too many defenders and so to see one leaving is a plus. However, Smalling is the type of 'squad' player I'd hope we kept as he is best of rest (with the exception of Tuanzebe) . On the note of Tuanzebe, hopefully this means he will be 3rd choice CB for us this season and get a decent run in the side. A Smalling loan deal does give him game time at least and perhaps an opportunity for growth. I would much rather Rojo and/ or Jones left.


1.) 29 Aug 2019 11:56:27
I'm surprised to be honest, lot of reports tho .

2.) 29 Aug 2019 12:02:28
Agree would much rather Jones or rojo go smalling would be a ok squad player.

3.) 29 Aug 2019 12:11:14
with var in he would give pens away right left and centre man handling players.

4.) 29 Aug 2019 12:13:43
I agree. Smalling has his limitations but has been picked by successive united managers ahead of the rest, and I rank him now as the 3rd best DEFENDER in the squad, after Maguire.

If he does leave, I wish him well. can't be accused of not giving his all, in the face of people try to make a mockery of him.
Also think Southgate was a bit shoddy the way he publicly dissed him when he was dropped from the England squad.

Maybe a change will be good for him - if he can get a proper run of games and be taken seriously again.

Good luck Mike.

5.) 29 Aug 2019 12:17:00
It’s a sensible decision.

Ultimately we should be looking to move Smalling, Jones and Rojo on. None are good enough, and it shouldn’t matter what order they are sold.

6.) 29 Aug 2019 12:36:31
The net spend could be quite interesting this summer couldn't it?

7.) 29 Aug 2019 13:04:52
It's a year loan.

8.) 29 Aug 2019 13:16:00
Rojo and Jones should be out before smalling, he is clearly our 3rd best cb.

9.) 29 Aug 2019 13:16:00
Makes sense for the player. He is our longest serving player currently 4th or 5th choice. Makes sense to get a nice loan fee and wages off the books. Nice experience for him and his family. Great city decent weather a improving league and regular game time at his age will be his priority. Looks like a win win all round.
I wish him the best actually.

10.) 29 Aug 2019 13:37:19
The squad reshaping has begun!

11.) 29 Aug 2019 14:19:51
Yes TruRedDevil now OLE needs to get rid of Rojo, Jones, Sanchez and Young, we have a very young energetic first 11 we need some additions specially in the creative/ attacking department, Fernandes in fromt of Pogba and McTommy would have been great this season with Lingard and Mata as back ups. Great to see Ole ranks Tuanzabe as our third choice central defender. i wouldn't be oppposed to see Garner/ Gomes starting instead of lingard in the 10 role. Good to see Greenwood getting minutes the kid is going to be very special, all we need now is to convert all that possesion into goals.

12.) 29 Aug 2019 14:38:59
True ken. Wish him well. Good player but looks like limited game time. He's got to think of his career and at least he's looking at options instead of taking the easy choice and staying just to pick up his wages.

13.) 29 Aug 2019 14:55:40
Jred, I thought Roma are paying for that loan? Does that not go in to the P&L?

14.) 29 Aug 2019 15:16:28
There is no point keeping players who aren't integral for the future of our club. The moment a decent offer comes in let them leave.

15.) 29 Aug 2019 15:21:38
When Bailly recovers we will have Tuanzebe and him as cover for Harry and Victor.

16.) 29 Aug 2019 15:39:01
Angel its reportedly 2.5 mill so I'm not sure it makes a massive difference to the net spend .
But no doubt its another opportunity to start some Glazer bashing,

17.) 29 Aug 2019 18:15:00
I didn’t know it was a loan, I don’t have time in the day to find out.
In terms of Glazer bashing as you put it, apart from hocking us up in hundreds of millions in debt, millions going out in dividends and not a cent being invested etc, exactly why shouldn’t they be criticised for what they have done?

18.) 29 Aug 2019 18:23:00
Each to there own but its all been said before .
I'm not massively bothered about net spend but again that's maybe just me.
This thread was on smalling tho and every thread being brought back to samd couple of topics gets s bit tedious imo.

19.) 29 Aug 2019 18:27:31
Any economic analysis will show how the Glazers have saddled the club with debt, made hundreds of millions in profit, and never invested a cent of their own money. On top of that they have sizing up the possibility of selling the club for a couple of billion, making it almost certain that any new owners will follow suit.

In what way has the club benefitted from their ownership?

The fact that there are still ‘supporters’ averse to ‘Glazer bashing’ is baffling.

20.) 29 Aug 2019 20:44:06
So like I was saying good luck to smalling.




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04 Feb 2020 19:06:48
Bolger2 - Duncan Castles is a fool and talks nonsense? Seriously? Probably the most reliable source of info with regards to United all window. Other than this site, he’s the only other journalist I take any notice of.




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29 Dec 2019 14:54:30
Many thanks Ed for another great update. Happy New Year all.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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11 Dec 2019 08:01:46
Thanks, Ed. If OGS is to believed then our transfer business will be completed in the early part of the Window. In terms of CB and DM, options seem limited. I’m beginning to think Phillips from Leeds might be the best option for the DM role.
Is James Maddison not a target Ed?


{Ed002's Note - Maddison is likely going to sign a new contract at Leicester. I would no longer hold your breath about a move to MU.}



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12 Sep 2019 19:35:43
My opinion that has been so since before the Summer is that we needed 2 new CBS. Maguire is great and Lindelof is a good defender but he isn’t strong enough in the air. I think it’s time we have Tuanzebe a chance.




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27 Jul 2019 01:20:18
Dybala is one of a few top talents in Europe that up until the signing of Ronaldo I couldn’t imagine leaving their existing club.

If and that’s is a big IF, he is an option as part of the sale of Lukaku, I sincerely hope we don’t the unique opportunity.





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24 Dec 2019 20:48:48
Merry Christmas, Red Man and everyone else.

If you could spare a few minutes on Boxing Day to share exactly what you think the best move is for United, Red Man?




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31 Aug 2019 12:25:33
Thanks for the responses so far.
Just under 18 months ago I described him as my favourite current United player. His background, graft, journey to the first team is an inspiration for all the youngsters coming through at the club. With the exception of some immature, poorly judged social media post (s) (which he is far from alone in making) he represents where
dedication and hard work can get you. He’s playing below his par at present time but I expect him to improve as the season goes on.




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06 Aug 2019 13:17:59
Thanks very much, Ed!


{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}



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05 Aug 2019 10:39:57
Personally I think there is a small chance Pogba could still leave but that depends on the arrival of another CM first and Madrid getting a suitable offer together.
This has been a fantastic window for us so far. We’ve improved in two key areas and promoted some very exciting youth.
I think one more CM will arrive, possibly a ST, and we’ll see Lukaku and one CB leave.




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03 Aug 2019 13:11:59
Love it, ken.