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09 May 2019 17:55:31
This Director of Football rumour mill is just another example of the absolute shambles we have going on internally at the club.
We were linked with some experienced, proven DoF such as the fella's from Roma and Juve, Van Der Saar, Luis Campos who done exciting things at Monaco, even an internal appointment like Marcel Bout but now I have read Rio's name and Fletcher's name. The mind boggles.

Personally I am still happy with Solskjaer, it is so easy to say we should have gone for Poch now they are in the final however, recent form in the Premier League seems to be forgotten. I like the way Ole has been conducting himself, I like the what he has been saying. People seem to forget that this is still not his team, he was brought in to steady the ship and he overachieved in this and suddenly people get carried away and think we are fixed. We are not, there are to many ego's in the team and to many incompetent individuals internally driving the club.

If we get the wrong appointment of a DoF then no manager, Pep, Poch, even the great SAF will have problems to turn this ship around. The otherside of it is if we get the right person for DoF, will they be given the autonomy for the rebuilding of the football club. My fear is not but either way we need a strong minded, proven DoF, otherwise it doesn't matter who is the gaffer, we will just fall further and further behind the 5 teams above us and more worryingly 3 or 4 clubs below us.


1.) 09 May 2019 18:15:40
Here here.

2.) 09 May 2019 18:20:23
Unfortunately Ports we have been liked with many highly qualified people as potential DoF, Luis Campos, Fabio Paratici, Monchi, Andrea Berta, Ralf Rangnick, Michael Zorc and Edwin van der Sar. As well as potential options who have never performed the role but could maybe step up such as Paul Mitchell or our own Marcel Bout.

Now we are being linked with Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra. All good players for us, but none have held a similar role.

For me this indicates that this DoF or Technical director role won't change much if anything about how the club is being run. We have approached the best and none want it. What does that tell you? Now we are looking at ex-players with no experience. This to me suggests that what we are looking for isn't someone to come in and change things and shake things up, but someone to come in and act as a buffer between the people currently running things and the fans. Someone else to blame when it all goes wrong. Someone to do the boring day to day jobs maybe that the current people running things maybe see as beneath them or a hassle. While the big key important decisions will still be made by the same people who have been ballsing them up for the last 6 years.

{Ed025's Note - i think your right there shappy..

3.) 09 May 2019 20:39:06
Good post Shappy and that's why the club ain't going anywhere.

4.) 10 May 2019 02:12:41
Guys I understand the thoughts but I don’t recall it being said that Fletcher would be the DoF. I think they were just talking ‘a role’ within the club. Given the recent diluting of United values and ethos I think having ex players around the club (who experienced the winning culture) is a good move. I like that management seems to have recognised this and is prepared to bring some back in. It has to be the right role though. A DoF should be knowledgeable about the job.

5.) 10 May 2019 10:28:34
Spot on by the way ports.

6.) 10 May 2019 16:22:38
Is it possible that the person that the club want as DOF is currently under contract elsewhere so they are keeping quiet on any rumours until the summer.
There appears to be so many different links for the past 6 months from creditable options through to completely left field.
I might and and probably am wrong but I would like it if the club are trying to stop these leaks out of the club and the work has gone on for the right person to come in.

7.) 11 May 2019 13:27:29
If we're going to have an ex-player as Dof, Roy Keane gets my vote.



07 Feb 2019 21:17:09
Anyone know much about Upamecano and whether there’s any substance to the rumours we’re interested in him?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of specific interest from MU but many sides have looked but the asking price has put sides off.}

1.) 09 Feb 2019 00:40:21
Apparently we had an agreement to sign him but tried to change something regarding the deal last minute and it fell through. Sound like typical journalist bull to me though.



06 Jun 2018 16:25:00
Someone mentioned a Kohler sleeve deal a while ago and apparently the guy who brokered it let slip United have activated Griezmann’s release clause?! This was a while ago and just read United are about to announce Kohler as a sleeve sponsor for £10M a year! 😳.


1.) 06 Jun 2018 18:25:42
Was just about to post this. Has some legs as it was posted 7 days ago.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 18:17:05
Yeah I posted about it last week. It's a rumour that certainly has some legs. Maybe as an early Christmas present ed002 can put us out of our misery and let us know if we're still interested?

{Ed002's Note - The "release clause" for Griezmann is not anything to do with Manchester United.}

3.) 06 Jun 2018 18:49:08
Thanks ed. Have United been in contact with Atletico over a deal for the player?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained their interest in the apst. Right now the player is at the World Cup and no doubt pondering the Barcelona situation. AM want him to stay.}

4.) 06 Jun 2018 19:01:07
Thanks ed! If you have the time in the future to explain "release clauses" it would be amazing. I think the general consensus of them is X player has a £50 million clause. We bid and that's that. I think this assumption stems from Football Manager. Would love more details about it when you have the time. Cheers!

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a release clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.}

5.) 06 Jun 2018 19:13:05
On another matter, I see Diogo is all over the Man Utd homepage, But no sign of Fred as yet . I thought it was all done and dusted. And who next? . I wonder.

6.) 06 Jun 2018 19:31:55
Rock - i asked the same question. It looks like we have agreed the deal with his club but no official signing.

7.) 06 Jun 2018 20:52:40
Fred passed his medical on Monday so unsure why there hasn't been an official announcement. Only thing on the club website confirms the agreement between clubs.

Funny article I read that Arsenal are looking to make a move for Fellaini on a free transfer.

8.) 06 Jun 2018 21:18:23
Its possible due to the player concentrating on Brazil where dalot isn't with Portugal!

9.) 06 Jun 2018 19:41:41
Ed002, this is exactly why I come to this site; a proper education. Thanks for the breakdown.

10.) 06 Jun 2018 20:04:13

11.) 06 Jun 2018 21:37:46
I thought it was because of international clearance? Whatever that means.

12.) 06 Jun 2018 23:34:40
Excellent insight into the world of transfers, thanks ed002, much appreciated.

13.) 06 Jun 2018 23:38:24
It’s quite easy to understand really.

14.) 06 Jun 2018 23:40:37
thanks ed02.

15.) 07 Jun 2018 00:02:05
Thanks ed002.

16.) 07 Jun 2018 00:56:52
Great insight Ed002 much appreciated.

17.) 07 Jun 2018 09:17:39
I would guess it’s related to him needing to obtain a work permit while Dalot doesn’t.

18.) 07 Jun 2018 10:39:25
Really interesting to read ed002, Thank you. Maybe one of us should forward this to the press I blame them most of the time for people's misunderstanding of transfer issues.

{Ed002's Note - They are on "red alert" waiting for it.}



21 Jun 2016 11:41:10
Hi Ed's, can you confirm the rumours regarding the Manchester City Rumour Page approaching Ronnie to sign for them til the end of the summer transfer window?


{Ed001's Note - it is done deal, just awaiting Ronnie's signature on the dotted line....}

1.) 21 Jun 2016 12:17:27
I lead a sad life unfortunately Ports and Manchester United is my one and only love!

I may annoy a lot or if not all of you, but, I'm here! Sorry!


2.) 21 Jun 2016 12:37:26
Ha, no need to apologise Ronnie, good to see a fan with as much passion as you do.

3.) 21 Jun 2016 12:47:30
Cheers Ports! 👍.

4.) 21 Jun 2016 13:02:51

Keep posting buddy. Fans like you and fresh add a lot of value to the site.

5.) 21 Jun 2016 13:12:38
Keep going Ronnie, to be honest you are not doing anything different from most of the tabloids. taking a punt on a player coming in with the hope that one of them is correct. Then they can claim an exclusive.
Your suggestions are just a little more random and I don't know most of them.
I enjoy everyone on here, regardless of whether we agree. Beauty of being a fan. we have differing opinions.

6.) 21 Jun 2016 13:26:22
Keep it up Ronnie. Got to admire how you have got under the skin of a minority.

7.) 21 Jun 2016 14:33:00
How about Ronnie for England?

8.) 21 Jun 2016 16:25:04
Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh, matron!

9.) 22 Jun 2016 08:34:12
Top stuff Ronnie and Tony😀😀.



11 May 2015 21:58:07
Evening Ed's, kudos on the Benzema shout regarding the possibility of a bid being made as this has come out in some of the media today. My question is, if possible to offer an answer or opinion would be where United would stand against other clubs in the transfer. Obviously money is not going to be an issue, I should imagine we are ahead of Liverpool but I suspect Chelsea would be interested so do any of you have any insight or heard any murmurs on who Benzema would potentially favour? I'm not sure how his relationship with Mourinho was which would be a factor. Thanks for any views.


{Ed004's Note - Impossible to answer because I don't know what Benzema thinks. If he's available a number of clubs will be interested but I can't see him leaving.}

1.) 12 May 2015 15:22:40
havent we tried to sign him in the past and he said no?




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17 Jun 2019 11:07:13
I think it is time we stop talking about Pogba, the guy is not worth all our attention. How about we applaud Dean Henderson and the comments he has made this weekend. This is what we need at United, someone passionate and determined to make it and who has got the talent to achieve this as well. Would be happy to see him have a season in the Premier League with Sheffield United but equally, if De Gea was to move on and Solskjaer was to give him a chance, I wouldn't be disappointed in that.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 11:29:13
I agree with you Ports, but think it would do a world of good for Henderson to play for another PL club without any pressure or expectations and gather some experience first. I think Romero can do the job for the moment provided we strengthen our defense with a CB and RB as well.

2.) 17 Jun 2019 12:36:15
Well said Ports.



14 May 2019 12:50:24
I'm struggling to understand where these Fletcher rumours for Technical Director are coming from? Apart from he was at United, why him specifically? I can imagine Rio's PR team drumming up some interest and stories for him but the Fletcher rumour just seems bizarre to me considering all the ex players we have who could also be linked. He's not that long been retired also. Is it that inconceivable that some players prepare for life after football by doing their coaching badges, has Fletcher, like Van Der Saar gone and done a masters degree in sports and brand management?

Otherwise it just baffles me where the rumour has come from!


1.) 14 May 2019 16:09:03
I don't think we should be looking at an ex player for this role. However, depending on what the role will entail I could imagine the fact that Fletcher came through our academy might be something that places him above other candidates. He does understand the inner workings from a players perspective from academy to first team. What benefit that could have depends on what his job would be.

2.) 14 May 2019 17:08:38
Its not going to be the normal "director role" that normal clubs hire someone for anyway.

We may aswell add krusty the clown the the mix to go along side coco and Ronald.

3.) 14 May 2019 17:54:31
Why appoint someone who understands the workings of the past? We should be appointing someone who will structure the workings of the future.

4.) 14 May 2019 18:16:11
Red Man, how do you build for the future if you don't know what was done in the past? Understanding what worked and what didn't work previously and why, is the starting point of any future plan.

5.) 14 May 2019 18:28:42

We learn from history but have to build for the future. You can learn the structure as is, in fact that is what consultants do before designing a forward path, a forward strategy, the knowing how to implement it. If you bring someone in just to do the same old, nothing will change. We have to modernise with new ideas to face the football of now, not the 90’s. This is a fundamental problem and one which brings decline in many industries, the lack of willingness to accept change. It’s denial and we are in it.

6.) 14 May 2019 18:29:46
That doesn't have to be someone who came through the club though shappy does it?

It would be nice if there was someone qualified who came through the club. But Darren Fletcher and Rio are certainly not qualified.

Its ridiculous to even have their names mentioned for these type of roles.

I can't believe that people are even considering it. It just shows our clear lack of knowledge when it comes to this.

7.) 14 May 2019 18:54:21
Red man and Angel, I completely agree. I said in the first line of my reply that I don't think we should hire an ex-player for that sort of role.

I'm merely saying why the club might want an ex player for that role. I agree with Red man's analysis that you can learn the structure without ever having been involved with it.

Just pointing out why the might be looking for an ex player.

8.) 14 May 2019 19:50:03
I know, I can see the half logic in it. But an explayer should only be considered if they are truly qualified to fill such a position. It would be a dream, much like the appointment of an explayer to the managers role.

But I am in fear that even though we have wandered down a troublesome road, it is only going to get worse.

The only positive I can take right now is that Woodward is making a rod off his own back. If this fails and it most likely will, Woodward and the decision makers will be directly in the firing line.

9.) 14 May 2019 22:08:11
How do people get experience without doing it.

We've been trying for 4 years to bring someone in and have been turned down by practically everyone in European football because we haven't a clue or we're such a mess no one will touch us. Hence its ex players we're looking at.

It also depends on the role. If as Ed2 said all he's doing is coordinating scouting with what the manager needs how much experience is needed. If he's going to see potential signings to sell them United then an ex player is perfect.

We don't know what the job will be yet so let's leave the panic for another day.

10.) 14 May 2019 22:31:04
Sometimes in life its not about what you know, it's about who you know.



13 May 2019 10:00:26
Morning. A question for any of the Ed's or anyone who may have any knowledge or idea. After Mourinho's comments, during and after his time with us alluding to the running of the club and more recently, Gary Neville's honest and rather damning verdict of the clubs hierarchy, is there any indication that the club IS looking to make the drastic changes required to get the club moving forward again? I don't mean appointing Rio or whoever in as DoF or whatever role just for the sake of having that position at the club or relying on a Saudi Prince to buy us or whatever the papers wish to report.

I suppose I want to know are people involved with the running of the club aware of what needs to change or are they happy to keep bumbling along as a business rather than a Football Club?


{Ed002's Note - The club will look to improve. The underlying problems were caused by the tixic fans and the club kowtowing to them. This has been explained in the apst.}

1.) 13 May 2019 13:21:29
Are the club aware that they made a mistake in kowtowing to the fans? And if so, will they be sure not to do so again?

{Ed002's Note - Yes the club are aware.}

2.) 13 May 2019 14:42:51
Must have burned a lot of bridges and lost a lot of credibility in the market when we pulled out of the Allegri deal Ed?

{Ed002's Note - A major mistake.}

3.) 13 May 2019 15:56:55
Of course they list credibility. They made a commitment and backed out it because they didn't have the courage of their convictions. Personally I think Allegri would've been another mistake, I don't think he was the right fit. But we'll never know. Certainly couldn't have been any worse.

My question is though, if they're aware they made a mistake in bending to fan opinion what are they doing to avoid a repetition? The fans backed the players over the manager twice. And as we've seen the last few weeks there's a proportion on here already heading that way again. So will there be an effort to move on the bad eggs in the dressing room?

{Ed002's Note - There will be players coming and going this summer.}

4.) 13 May 2019 16:57:54
Honest question: is the factor of the toxic fanbase based on behavior at Old Trafford, or online? I hear about mostly positive support from the fans at Old Trafford. But the nature of social media lends itself to fans venting their frustrations online. It's an outlet for angry fans, whether or not it is healthy, helpful, or constructive in any way. It also may be a very unrealistic gauge.

{Ed002's Note - It has been done to death.}

5.) 13 May 2019 17:07:36
It'll be the online fanbase.

6.) 13 May 2019 17:13:31
And most of them fans couldn't name the the last 11 that started a game for united, some of the stuff I see is laughable, they are clueless.

7.) 13 May 2019 17:14:35
The Glazers had thick skin during the green and gold campaign. But fans unhappy at the results over a rough period with LvG made them pull out of two transfers and bin a plan that would see the club through to 2022. Utter nonsense from the club. They moved the goalposts for whatever reason and used the excuse of "toxic" fans.

8.) 13 May 2019 18:40:16
Mumbles, I think ed has referred to them as toxic fans.

9.) 13 May 2019 19:35:15
I agree with mumbles what clowns are in charge if they changed there plans because of the fans.

We panicked when pep went city. Woodward crumbled and gave into the pressure of trying to be the biggest team in Manchester.

And now ex players like fletcher and Rio are being thought about for the dof role.

Utter embarrassment.

We will all be having the same conversations at xmas. Ole will prob be put of a job because he won't be given time or backed to make changes and we will ne back to square 1.

10.) 13 May 2019 21:24:43
They had an agreement with Allegri in place and then didn't have the backbone to see it through after a difficult period with LvG. They needed a reason to call off the deal in place with Allegri so they put out the "sorry mate, we can't wait around 18 months for you because the toxic fans are are outside with pitchforks".

They used the fans as a poor excuse to put out of a deal with him.

11.) 13 May 2019 19:12:00
Its possibly the fans that have held season tickets for the last 30 yeqrs or so who are probably close with the a number of high end mployees in Manchester United.

I think these are the type of fans that have voiced their opinion but i could well be wrong.



29 Apr 2019 10:27:58
Morning. Disappointing result yesterday but pretty much reflects the last couple of weeks resulting in our season fizzling out. Time to start thinking about next season so last couple of games, no reason to not give Greenwood a chance in the squad and some minutes, allow Rashford an early preseason break to recharge, give Garner a chance in Midfield alongside McTominay.

But moving forward, recruitment this summer has never been so important to this club due to the unrest an uncertainty of individuals willingness to stay. With no CL football and stories of ''big name'' players wanting to leave, I don't believe we can rely on the Manchester United name to enthuse players to join us anymore.

So where do we go? Well having watched the highlights of Leicester v Arsenal last night, I'd be happy if we signed, Pereira, Tielemans and Maddison. I have mentioned Doherty from Wolves previously, there is Doucoure at Watford, Anderson and Rice from West Ham, Coady of Wolves or Keane at Everton. I know people will say we should be aiming higher but these players I believe would all improve our team and Solskjaer has said some of our players need a reality check, well to be honest us as fans do as well I think.

I do believe we will challenge for the title again in the next 3 years but not next year and not until we have a squad of players with a completely different mind-set and attitude to the current players. Once we have a bit more stability and consistency within the team, we will then go back to signing the higher profile players.


1.) 29 Apr 2019 10:58:48
Good morning Ports,

Ok let's play fantasy football.

I think the last few weeks have been helpful in illustrating the problems within our Club. A cull is needed and the re building process must start this summer.

Pogba has presented us with a tactical dilemma since his arrival. Not disciplined enough in play in a midfield axis and not consistent enough to be given a free role. By selling him we might just burden ourselves of that problem and give the team more structure.

I think we need a fresh, new approach to our transfer policy where we look to recruit young, hungry, ambitious players who have proved themselves at other Clubs but are looking for the next step at a bigger Club. I also think it's important that we retain a British influence within the squad with players that all want to play for the Club.

With that in mind I think there is a group of very talented English players emerging who we should be looking at to help us re build our squad.

Next season I would look to revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation and in the summer I would target Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Declan Rice, James Maddison and Jadon Sancho. We also need a CB but I'd be inclined to promote Tuanzebe.

I'd sell Dea Gea, Pogba and even listen to offers for Lukaku. I'd get Sanchez out by any means possible and I'd also let Herrera, Mata, Rojo, Darmian and Valencia all leave the Club and try to get our wage bill under control.

Potential team for next season

Henderson, Shaw, AWB, Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Rice, Mctominay, Maddison, Martial, Sancho and Rashford.

That's a young team full of energy, pace and mobility with a strong British core and influence. Maddison, Martial, Rashford and Sancho are all capable of hitting double figures so there should be goals in the team. We have players like Garner, Gomes and Greenwood knocking at the door, it's bold but exciting. They won't win the league immediately but if they all develop and grow together, continue to improve and play exciting football, we remain patient and add to the squad intelligently Pep and Klopp won't be around forever therefore we must be in a position to take advantage when the opportunity arises!

2.) 29 Apr 2019 11:33:56
Interesting thoughts DLIB, but with the players let go I'd be concerned around how thin the squad would be and the lack of experience.

Id happily sell Pogba if Madrid are willing to pay £120-150m which in turn should be enough to but Saul and Wan Bissaka. Personally of those your happy to see leave I'd keep Mata and Herrera. Both are experienced, have a genuine affection for the club, and give their all.

I agree on Sanchez. And I'd also be willing to sell Lukaku to Italy. Sancho would be a great signing but I'd prefer Ndombele or Kante than Rice if possible. I also think a word class CB is needed whether that be Koulibaly, Varane or another.

3.) 29 Apr 2019 12:19:31
I think we could improve this team with players from the prem, from the likes of Leicester, Wolves and Watford.

Id like to see come in:

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
CB: Toby Alderweireld (gives Tuanzebe a chance to come through over the next few years)
CM: Ruben Neves (although really unlikely)
AM: Bruno Fernandez
CM: Adrian Rabiot (free - but could cause issue - unsure what the actual issues with PSG are)
RW: Pepe/ Hirving Lozorno

Players that could be good alternatives:

RB: Doherty
RB: Piererra
CB: Wiley Bolly
CB: William Saliba
CM: Gueye
CM: N'didi
RW: Steven Bergwijn

That is 6 players in the door and I highly doubt that we will get 6 players in even if one of them is on a free.

4.) 29 Apr 2019 12:37:00
Even David / brooks as a RW option! Lots of player on the next teir down in the EPL we should be cherry picking to fit a system.

5.) 29 Apr 2019 12:41:24
we are in dream land if you thing we are going to be signing players like Sancho and the likes of varane.

we are in denial of how bad it actually is.

6.) 29 Apr 2019 13:03:52
Ports i can't remember since fergie left probably even before that when a player signed for us because we are man utd. Were now the club that pays more wages than others that's why they sign. I personally would love us to get away from big name signings. But we also need to get away from over paying wages to players. There needs to be value in the players we buy. We have shaw and martial on mass wages because they have potential. Personally i feel it will be a hard summer to attract the types of players we need. Sorting sanchez pogba and ddg out are my main concerns for summer.

7.) 29 Apr 2019 13:25:24
W16 and ports.
My view is that its nearly more important to rid ourselves of certain players than who we bring in to replace them.

8.) 29 Apr 2019 14:03:05
Couldn’t agree more Ken.

I want rid of the players that are commanding good wages who are simply not good enough and any who don’t want to be at Utd and can cause an unhappy dressing room.

A deep push on the reset button is needed and a longer term plan of building something over 2-3 years is required.

9.) 29 Apr 2019 14:08:21
My view is that I’m not sure why ambitious hungry young players looking to make a step up to big club would be inclined to move to us.

Unless we can prove that club is ambitious, and genuinely hungry for success, our only draws are history and money. Our appointment of an unproven former player doesn’t help shed this image, and we need to recognise that there are reasons why the club is attracting players who lack desire and effort.

10.) 29 Apr 2019 15:08:10
Henderson is nowhere near ready to be Utd's no.1. Potential, without a doubt. I'd do everything to keep Dave, and at a push, use Romero. But uf Dave goes, we need an experienced, premiership-proven keeper, and I'd be looking at the likes of Schmeichel.

11.) 29 Apr 2019 16:16:49
Agree hoggy. Poison needs to be removed.

12.) 29 Apr 2019 17:37:34
He is older and better suited to united than ddg was when he started at United noucamp there is no doubt about that.

13.) 29 Apr 2019 19:03:29
I hope you mean Peter Schmeichel as Kasper belongs in the Championship along with Rojo.

We just need to stump up the cash for DDG - poty the last 5 years. If anyone deserves its him. With so many issues in our squad and club, the last thing we need is to replace a world class keeper right now.

14.) 29 Apr 2019 19:13:59
The problem is Eric when you start paying a 28 year old goalkeeper 400K per week then soon enough everyone wants to be on 400k.

As good as DDG has been (and he has pretty much held this club on his shoulders for 4 years), we can't give in to demands like that.

{Ed025's Note - you did with sanchez shappy..

15.) 29 Apr 2019 19:35:23
I’ve been harping on about that point for a while now shappy but people don’t seem to understand the implications of giving DDG such an astronomical wage. It’s all well and good saying oh just pay him whatever he’s world class. Then in two years time you have another crisis because your players all believe they are worth the same. It’s the short sighted actions and lack of planning that we don’t seem to be learning from. Spurs have shown you don’t need to pay ridiculous wages to be successful. Retain a wage structure, get rid of those that aren’t playing ball, and build a cohesive team with identity, passion and entertainment. Need to stop pandering to players demands and regain control of the club.

16.) 29 Apr 2019 20:08:28
The ideal is ddg signs a deal that he and the club are comfortable with.
There is no way the club should pay more than they can sustain writhing the squad.
For 1 year now his form has been patchy is it all a distraction.

Its in the players hands does he want to stay here. If he does then take the best the club offer.
Paying ddg an extra 100k 5m a year per week could very soon cost 5 or 6 times that through other player negotiations using ddg as a benchmark.
100k players want 150 or 200. 200k players want 250 or 300k

I see where ddg's advisors saying pay him 20m a year and he will sign for 5 years. If you don't it will cost you 100m for oblak and 10m a year so 150 total plus fees. You can have ddg for 100m over 5 years with less risk.
But it will cost us more through other players.

17.) 29 Apr 2019 20:05:50
This is the problem Ed025.

We threw money at Sanchez in an effort to get one up on City and bring in a big name.

No plan for how he would fit in with squad, the manager, or the impact it would have on existing players when they started looking for contract renewals.

De Gea has been our most important players since Fergie retired. Player of the season on multiple occasions. What do people think he’s going to do with his contract running out? Dave we have a bit part squad player, who is probably more helpful to the squad when he’s injured, on £350k per week, but we’re not going to offer you anything like that. Same situation with Herrera.

The club need to recognise the impact Sanchez’s salary has had on others at the club, and accept that it completely screwed our wage structure. Either pay De Gea the same or sell him, there’s no point in dragging it out.

{Ed025's Note - i agree with all of that danny and obviously they have made a rod for their own back with sanchez, there are also quite a few who are not pulling their weight and these need weeding out as well mate, its not a quick fix though and the supporters will have to be patient..

18.) 29 Apr 2019 20:14:01
So should everyone be paid the same then, Park, because that's the implication. We all know the money's obscene, but there is always going to be a hierarchy of earners. Dave is our only world class player. He should be paid more than the others. Someone up above suggested it's silly money for a keeper. It's a specialist position, and you need a top class one to win leagues normally. For anyone who thinks they're not that important, look how we struggled between Pete and VDS.

19.) 29 Apr 2019 20:36:00
Not sure Spurs being successful rings true either. They’re doing ok, but depends what you measure success as? No trophies or league titles means they’re not successful.



12 Mar 2019 14:54:50

I must say, it's nice to see a few players on social media wishing LVG all the best in his retirement. I know he wasn't everyone's favourite but he did give Rashford his debut, signed Martial and brought Lingard into the United team as a regular and won the FA Cup.

I think he should be recognised as an important figure in Football and I think despite the football he played, he put in a lot behind the scenes that will go unrecognised in getting United back to being successful, especially with the youth.

Cheers Louis.


{Ed002's Note - Good for you.}

1.) 12 Mar 2019 19:41:05
I always loved LVG, mad as a box of frogs but a great character. We got him far too late, he would have been a real success15 years earlier but then we had SAF.

2.) 12 Mar 2019 22:33:25
Totally agree Ports. It is far too easy to overlook the good he did. He was a manager at big clubs for a reason and he did win us a trophy.

3.) 12 Mar 2019 23:01:47
Best of luck to him in his retirement.

4.) 13 Mar 2019 01:26:50
Louis Van Gaal was the best of the three managers since Sir Alex. He stamped his imprint on the team straight away, the players learned a lot from him, and what a character he was. He had an eye for young talent, and showed more imagination than Moyes or Mourinho. A true original.

5.) 13 Mar 2019 07:17:15
You guys have a short memory. Nothing against the fella but do you not remember the boring sideways football. The man got sacked after winning us a trophy because no one could stand to watch the dull football he made the team play. All the best in your retirement Mr van gaal but let's not forget how glad we all were to see the back of him.

6.) 13 Mar 2019 09:15:30
I also wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors.
I also found his tenure at utd the most boring time to be a utd fan.




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07 Jul 2019 18:12:13
I know this maybe a silly question but why is Rojo limited to where he can move to?


{Ed002's Note - It is not really a matter of discussion but some places - including the likes of Rojo and Keita - are restricted where they ca move to.}



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19 Jun 2019 20:25:54
Surely they should offer cash and diop for an England international with Premier League experience?!




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19 Jun 2019 20:24:19
Some fans, moan when we don’t spend, moan when we do. Pretty well documented our defence needs a big upgrade.




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12 Jun 2019 20:03:26
I’d get rid of Lukaku and a couple more and hopefully stop signing these football mercenaries. What will get us out of this mess is energy and enthusiasm to complement football talent. From what I have seen recently of James, from what I saw of Wan-Bissaka last season, these should be the blue print of our signings (hopefully we get Wan-Bissaka) .




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12 Jun 2019 19:57:37
Madrid have just signed Ferland Mendy who is a LB for £45Million. Wan-Bissaka has the best stats as a full back in the Premier League which I think we’d all agree is a tougher league than the French League. City changed the playing field when they stumped up for Mendy and Walker and Munich have splashed out on Lucas Hernandez. We get Wan-Bissaka for £60 Million and for 10 years, it’s good business.





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27 Jul 2019 14:30:05
I find Twitter much more reliable!


{Ed047's Note - what, than a chocolate fire guard?



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17 Jul 2019 19:17:26
I agree Twenty. We have been so bad with not only transfers in but transfers out in the past with clubs getting very good deals from us, I like the stance the club are taking. If a club make an offer that is acceptable then there is business to be done. It sets the tone moving forward in the transfer windows. Fed up of getting mugged of by clubs buying from us and selling to us.


{Ed002's Note - Of course it is not like that. Think more headless jerks.}



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19 Jun 2019 22:23:11
That’s the romantic fairytale but a realistic one? Can’t see it ever happening but if there was a way for the club to adopt the 50+1 rule they have in the bundesliga, that would be so great for the club.




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12 Jun 2019 20:19:45
Timo Werner, good link up play, can drift wide so can interchange with Rashford, Martial, James. Good finisher and only 23.




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08 Jun 2019 13:02:27
I’m not sure on how reliable the reports were about the team taking a pay cut if they failed to qualify for the Champions League but if it is to be believed, I know renewing a contract may result in a different scenario to existing contract but surely (I know I shouldn’t be giving Woodward to much credit here) they wouldn’t renew at a higher wage?! Therefore I think Mata on a lesser wage, assuming he wasn’t one of the bigger earners anyway, is not the worst idea. Against the “lesser” teams playing him in a 10 role with 2 energetic CM’s and him playing balls to James, Rashford and one of Lingard or Martial would be quite effective IMO.