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16 Jun 2020 17:13:35
Some rumours that we may be after Willian - not sure about much there is in it or even if he will consider moving to Manchester having had the chance once before. But if we are serious, it would be an astute signing for the RW position. Hardworking, pace, decent finishing. Especially if the sancho fee is as ridiculous as it currently stands. I very much doubt the fee will increase next year and the gaping hole at RW is the only reason for us to pay that amount. WIllian will help fill that gap and allow us to evaluate our options come end of next season.

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{Ed002's Note - It would have to be a three year contract for Willian.}

1.) 16 Jun 2020 17:19:07
Are we interested in Willian Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't see that Manchester United would offer a 31 year old a three year contract.}

2.) 16 Jun 2020 19:48:06
ED002, you did say they are amateurs.

3.) 16 Jun 2020 19:55:16
Shame. Thanks for the info Ed. We could do much worse.

4.) 16 Jun 2020 21:29:45
If we needed a short term solution Jose Callejón would fill the gap nicely.

5.) 17 Jun 2020 08:11:22
It would be a huge side step from recent transfer policy. No way we’d offer him 3 years. A move to China surely beckons. Rather us play Greenwood there / give Chong more minutes.

6.) 17 Jun 2020 13:32:46
Agree on the 3 year contract - two years tops. We need a first team starter in RW till we can get a long term solution in place. Not sure Chong or greenwood are the answer.

{Ed002's Note - It won't happen then as he has that offer from Chelsea where he wants to stay.}

7.) 18 Jun 2020 10:50:10
We’ll never know unless they’re given a chance. If Bayern are keen on Chong, he just have something about him.

Signing Willian to block their progress would be ridiculous.



02 Jun 2017 09:57:34
Would the AG situation make us see James rodriguez as an option? similar player - not in quality, but possibly ability? If real want degea so bad what do you guys think of a ge gea + £70m for james, kroos and morata? Plus I will not be surprised if we see Zlatan by October, so we may not need a talisman forward so urgently after all.

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{Ed025's Note - is that you ed woodward?...come on ryan mate real are not going to buy that..

1.) 02 Jun 2017 10:11:36
i know ed. bit of a stretch. it may be upwards of £100m if we got all 3. On a side note, does anyone know what is happening with rooney? Surely he can't be considering China, although it may be worth it when we see him try to speak mandarin.

{Ed025's Note - now that would be fun ryan...hes still struggling with english!, i expect wayne to leave united this summer and everton could well be his destination but im spending a lot of time in church praying that hes not mate.. :)

2.) 02 Jun 2017 10:21:41
I don't know ed, he may make a decent replacement for barkley in the squad and can have a good impact on the youngsters - davies being one.

{Ed025's Note - if we want our youngsters hanging around old peoples homes looking for top totty then your right ryan.. :)

3.) 02 Jun 2017 10:58:45
Wouldn't take James or Morata. Neither are good enough.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 11:18:29
Morata is definitely good enough what attacker has scored 20+ goals starting mainly in the bench in Europe still younger enough to improve! Just real madrid overprice every single player he's a 25-30mill player at most!

5.) 02 Jun 2017 11:40:07
Morata is actually quite good at Juventus. It's just that Zidane preferred playing Benzema that you people get a bad impression of Morata.

6.) 02 Jun 2017 16:16:22
Morata for me please.




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05 Jul 2020 22:03:46
I don’t hold Souness in the highest regard when it comes to punditry, but I agree with his assessment of Grealish. I have seen him play a few times but never thought that he would suit the quick forward play we are trying to adopt. Ed has said he adds something different, but I am not confident it is what we need. Not for £80m.

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1.) 05 Jul 2020 22:22:04
He is awful and should not be coming to United.

He tries to act like Beckham but he is nowhere near the ability of him.

2.) 06 Jul 2020 01:40:43
More like bellion than Beckham 😐.

3.) 06 Jul 2020 01:55:07
Well no, but we wouldn’t be playing £80m!

4.) 06 Jul 2020 08:16:45
We'd still have to pay 50 million for him, he's villas captain they won't sell him on for less than that. Like a few have said on here he'd be a decent squad player, but you don't pay 50 million for a squad player. Not when van der beek is apparently available for a simular figure, I'd take van der beek over grealish every time. He's a Dutch international who has played in the latter stages of a champions league campaign and won titles with ajax. Yeah grealish would be an upgrade on lingard and pereira but there are a lot of players who would improve us more.

5.) 06 Jul 2020 10:16:21
GDS, people said we wouldn't be paying 80m for Maguire.

Or that we wouldn't pay Sporting what they wanted for Bruno.

But we did, the best we managed with Sporting was to delay a few payments until Bruno hit certain "easily obtainable" targets.

We have shown we have little negotiating skills.

I have my doubts about the 80m figure being reported in the press as accurate for what Villa are demanding. But whatever Villa demand I expect we will end up paying.

6.) 06 Jul 2020 11:46:35
if we did go ahead and buy him where will he play? If we keep the front 3 in a 4 3 3 formation I don't rate him above Greenwood and he is not getting into the midfield Yes we need depth but with his ego would he settle for lots of time on the bench over what he has now?

7.) 06 Jul 2020 11:56:05
I’d be extremely surprised if we paid £80m for a player who would be in the championship next season if they go down, just not going to happen.



19 May 2020 22:17:24
Ed001 - a request for you if you have the time. Could you do a "what to look for" series on how to evaluate a manager, and different positions across the pitch? The reason i ask is that most fans including myself have a limited understanding of the overall game and rely on possibly meaningless stats and you tube videos to form opinion of players. Also, while watching the game we are focussed on the ball and play and tend to support players based on which direction the wind is blowing. some pointers and examples on what to look for and how to evaluate players would be really handy. Thanks!

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{Ed001's Note - I have added that to my to do list for you, I will try and work on that sooner than normal as a series I can add to the list of ones I work on. Just need a name for it?}

1.) 20 May 2020 09:58:17
Nice idea that Ryans left foot, I would certainly read that.

2.) 20 May 2020 10:54:16
What about Football Ed001ucation?

{Ed001's Note - I like that one Sepp, might have a winner right off the bat there mate.}

3.) 20 May 2020 10:59:00
Thanks Ed. Much appreciated and look forward to it.

{Ed001's Note - you are very welcome mate, I like the idea a lot.}

4.) 20 May 2020 11:50:27
Great idea Ryan and brilliant name Sepp! More work for Ed001, let us know if we can assist in any way.

{Ed001's Note - I will have to find a way to involve others more, I am just not sure how to do so. I could really do with people to help with the research, as that is what takes up most of my time. Most of it is wasted time trying to find relevant information when 99% of articles are just a site copying and pasting from wiki. Even if I could just have people weed out all the rehash info it would save me a lot of time.}

5.) 20 May 2020 12:10:48
I don't mind rehashing info when I can (still working from the office, no lockdown here) . I am sure others will be enthusiastic as well especially with time on their hands during this uncertain era.

{Ed001's Note - how about we start with an obvious one, Diego Maradona and see how that works out. Not sure what the best way to do this is, I usually take short notes but that works because it jogs my memory of what I have read. So we would need to figure out how to get the info over to me.}

6.) 20 May 2020 13:30:42
Sure, lemme see what i can dig up and put something 'sensible' together and once I do, maybe i can drop it in the 'contact us' portion of player profiles until a better option comes up.

{Ed001's Note - that's a good idea, I will speak to Ed033 in the meantime to set something up.}

7.) 20 May 2020 14:25:31
Just to clarify, Maradona as a coach or as a player?

{Ed001's Note - sorry I should have been clear, it is for a Legends of the Game article, so his entire life is relevant.}

8.) 20 May 2020 14:48:37
Ok, that'll take a while lol.

{Ed001's Note - tell me about it! The worst is those that suddenly start getting their names in the papers just as you are finishing. Lance Armstrong has been doing that and it is so frustrating as it is always just as you have finished research.}

9.) 20 May 2020 17:03:32
Hahahaha, I can imagine.

{Ed001's Note - still something for you to look forward to!}



30 Jan 2020 19:02:42
Don’t know about you guys, but I for one enjoyed watching Ole lay into Lingard after he gave the ball away last night. We need more of that.

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1.) 30 Jan 2020 19:33:56
He must have made himself hoarse over the last few months given that Lingard has the first touch of Edward Scissorhands.



28 Dec 2019 15:47:27
I hope we go for Giroud. Apart from Cavani I think he is the perfect compliment to our options at CF. Good header, great hold up play and a hard worker. Will help Martial and Pogba that he is French. Might not cost much but may be difficult to get Chelsea to sell him to us.

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1.) 28 Dec 2019 17:42:03
Don’t think him being french will any effect of Pogba and martial. Both speak good enough English. There is a reason he’s a long way down Chelsea’s pecking order, but because he’s french let’s give him a go.

2.) 28 Dec 2019 18:55:44
Raul Jimenez for me. Great link up play, good goal scoring record, and good in the air. EPL experience, and at a good age.

3.) 28 Dec 2019 22:03:41
Giroud! He’s awful.

4.) 28 Dec 2019 23:51:06
I would take jimenez and traore from wolves but they are surely not stupid enough to sell two of their best players.



28 Oct 2019 08:36:51
If given the choice who would you guys have playing behind the striker for us? Maddison, Alli or Eriksen?

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{Ed047's Note - did you put the last two down as a joke?

1.) 28 Oct 2019 10:01:02
Maddison or Kai Havertz for me.

Eriksen often goes missing in the big games, and we don't have the quality in our side to have a player who doesn't turn up for the big games.

Alli for me has badly gone off the boil. A couple of years ago he looked a cert to become a top level world class player. Yet not I'm not sure what his best position is? He hasn't developed his all round game enough to play as one of a midfield double pivot, while he drifts in and out of games when played as a No.10 or wide. I thought he would develop into a midfielder in a similar mould of Frank Lampard starting deep then stepping forward to sweep home chances as part of the second or third phase of an attack. Although he had the potential to be far more athletic in that role.

Pochettino often gets a lot of credit for developing young players, yet Alli and Dier have gone backwards under him in recent seasons. There is a big difference between playing young players and developing them as a player.

2.) 28 Oct 2019 10:06:10
Haha Ed. I wouldn't have Alli in the national league north, terrible player, Eriksen at one time yes but has shown he has the Mesut Ozils about him, Maddison would be a no brainer but Leicester in a great place atm so why would he leave.

3.) 28 Oct 2019 11:06:41
Alli so overrated Eriksen’s legs have gone. Maddison all day long.

4.) 28 Oct 2019 11:55:28
At least you would have given us better options like Bruno, Tielemans, Dybala? :P

Madison all day long as i don't want Rashford to take Free Kicks.




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06 Jul 2020 14:47:47
Agree Ken. Seems to be a top professional and a good influence on the team. I was pleased to hear him speak about Scott in particular. Sensible.
Question is if we are willing to give a 31 yr old Matic a 3 yr deal, could we offer willian the same? i know this is unlikely, but may be a shrewd piece of business. knows the league, still has pace, good work ethic and adds experience to the front line. Will allow greenwood to develop more over the next couple of years. Maybe free up some cash for a quick CB, AM cover and postpone the move for Sancho?

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05 Jul 2020 21:56:01
Maybe the club think he can play the odd game till he is 34 like Carrick did. Plus he may be a proper professional who has a good influence on the younger members of the squad and in the dressing room - not many of them to go around. I think Matic may have something to contribute for the next few years and with all the ins and outs, some consistency may be valuable. If he can play 10-15 games in the 22-23 season and help get the replacement in place- someone like Declan rice or Ruben neves or Ndidi will do nicely.

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17 Jun 2020 13:37:53
Is there a reason MU are not giving Marcel bout the job? He seems to have similar qualifications. Apologies if I am way off!

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{Ed002's Note - Because they don't really know what they are doing as has been explained.}



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17 Jun 2020 13:32:46
Agree on the 3 year contract - two years tops. We need a first team starter in RW till we can get a long term solution in place. Not sure Chong or greenwood are the answer.

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{Ed002's Note - It won't happen then as he has that offer from Chelsea where he wants to stay.}



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16 Jun 2020 19:55:16
Shame. Thanks for the info Ed. We could do much worse.

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30 Jun 2020 16:05:13
If the 5 substitutes rule becomes the norm from next season on, i think it will have a major impact on the tactical approach to games. We may see teams looking at adopting distinct tactics at different points in the game as they will now have enough substitutes to make a significant difference in the way they play. We may start seeing extreme formations as result of this. while a defensive 5-4-1 is not uncommon for teams setting up a low block, we seldom see teams play with a 2-4-4 or 2-4-1-3 style formation for large periods of the game as they can't bring on enough personnel to play in the formation effectively or can't revert back if things go awry. Now teams can start sway between extremely attacking and defensive formations fairly quickly, and mroe importantly, with the right personnel. Almost a NFL -type approach with sets of players with special qualities (special teams -esque) coming on to do a particular job.
Half time and first half substitutions may become more common as will substituting substitutes and the concept of a starting 11 will become diluted. I also expect the play to become more intense (pressing, chasing etc. ) and games to end with greater energy.
On a side note, i expect (and hope) they also sort this VAR thing out.
A bonus would be having a minimum of 3 home grown players in any match day squad.

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02 Jun 2020 20:37:58
I like ndidi from Leicester. Or Neves from wolves. A midfield of neves, Saul and Bruno with Mctominay, Fred and one youngster stepping up next year will put us in a good place.

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01 Jun 2020 14:57:14
Most likely its something commercial / marketing related like the guys have said. I don't think Saul is one for a Zlatan / griezmann-esque ego trip. Especially when the season is not anywhere near finished.

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25 May 2020 23:17:38
Clubs would fold Alty. Players and staff may be laid off. The revenue loss would be stratospheric. I doubt the league pyramid will ever return to normal if this happens.

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25 May 2020 21:40:32
Hiring that PR guy seems to have done ya some good. Any maybe Ed is finally getting his act together and now that he need not worry about who the manager will be next season we can start planning ahead.

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