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10 Dec 2019 04:45:45
Hi Ed002,
Could you please list the potential transfer targets of United when you get time.
Also, please provide your insights if the targeted players are ready to make the move.

You had mentioned few months before that United handle transfer dealings like amateurs and bully clubs to accept low offers. Do you think the club have learnt their lesson in handling transfers and are there improvements being made behind the scenes?


{Ed002's Note - CB, DM, CM, CM/AM, W/F and S are needed over coming transfer windows

Benoit Badiashile (CB) interest in taking him in the future but also interest from elsewhere.
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) ironically a Mourinho favourite and very, very expensive. Interest has likely gone.
Eric Dier (DM) bereft of any ideas Manchester United have returned to another Mourinho target and made an enquiry to a third party about whether or not he would be open to a move as a replacement for Nemanja Matic. Now interest from another side and very likely won't happen.
Declan Rice (DM) could also look to him again but very unlikely in January.
Kalvin Phillips (CM) has been watched but I would not expect anything to come of it in the short term
Emre Can (DM) scraping the barrel but Juventus will offer Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can with some cash for Paul Pogba and Tahith Chong in January.
Denis Zakaria (CM) BM will sell in January but Spurs and Bayern Munich baulked at the €60M asking price - other clubs (Borussia Dortmund - as a Weigl replacement; Manchester United - but unless they get a decent coach; and Inter Milan who won't be able to commit to the price and want Matic instead) have been looking at him.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) Manchester United remain keen on the player but not the price.
Christian Eriksen (AM) an approach may be viable in January – but the player wants elsewhere (but he is not the first choice there)
Hakon Evjen (RW/AM) signed for AZ after rejecting Manchester City - Manchester United were planning on a January off. Scratch him.
Jadon Sancho (RW) MU remain keen.Isaac Lihadji (RW) kiddie from Marseille who is attracting interest of several leading sides - will not be interested in joining MU.
Steven Bergwijn (LW/RW/F) has been watched by MU but there is interest from elsewhere including Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Spurs, Milan and Napoli - several of these sides are able to offer CL football which has always been an important point for the player.
Mario Mandzukic (S) showing signs of desperation if MU head down that route, but I suspect they might still if no other option is available - may well impact getting a long-term solution on board
Moussa Dembele (S) If the right offer is made he may be available – but interest from elsewhere
Callum Wilson (S) Bournemouth will not be open to selling in January
Aleksandr Sobolev (S) makes little sense
Erling Haaland (S) There is significant interest in the player from a number of sides and there have been discussions with one interested side already and one other side that could be offered him regardless of a lack of interest right now. Manchester United are interested and OGS knows him, but it would be a big step up with no guarantee of a starting place. The kid needs to consider any move carefully and not end up on the bench.

Transfers will continue to be dealt with on an amateurish bais.}

1.) 10 Dec 2019 10:03:51
Thanks Ed002, great info. You mention that the transfers at the club are being handled in an "amateurish" way, in your opinion what does the club need to do to improve their handling of transfers?

{Ed002's Note - Restructure how they are handled. Get a new coach and bring in a DoF to co-ordinate.}

2.) 10 Dec 2019 10:10:04
Whoa god level info.

3.) 10 Dec 2019 10:14:23
Thank you for the summary ED.

4.) 10 Dec 2019 10:20:34
Without pushing our luck but any chances of Outs?

{Ed002's Note - Matip, Smalling, Jones, Pogba, Mata, Sanchez. But much depends on the coach.}

5.) 10 Dec 2019 10:45:27
Boy great info 02 thank you!
Nothing in these plans that excites much.
Saul, Madison, Sancho and Haaland should be top choices imo and leave the rest or until someone else in that category comes into view.

(but it seems you really do not like Ole, he could win the Champions league and you still wouldn't be convinced) .

6.) 10 Dec 2019 10:52:43
Thanks Ed.

7.) 10 Dec 2019 11:36:06
Don't know what Sancho has done to get so much of attention, whenever pitted against a top side he has struggled.

8.) 10 Dec 2019 11:54:56
becks, he's hungry, young and British (the criteria we are putting first apparently with transfer targets) with reasonable talent but I agree that he's not worth the figures quoted, but who is?

9.) 10 Dec 2019 12:05:07
Thanks a lot Ed. Extremely informative.

10.) 10 Dec 2019 13:02:36
Sancho for 100 mil, no thanks.

11.) 10 Dec 2019 20:34:21
When did we sign Matip?

12.) 10 Dec 2019 21:31:49
anything new to report on a new DoF appointment Ed or has it been shelved? Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}

13.) 10 Dec 2019 23:03:17
Eriksen, Mandzukic and Koulibaly in January would be tidy. Sancho in the summer if still lookig decent.

14.) 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.}

15.) 11 Dec 2019 09:43:48
Thank you so much for your time and effort Ed002! Really made my day to see so much info in red writing!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

16.) 11 Dec 2019 10:03:05
Why do we need a cb? Smalling's showing how good he is at Roma, bring him back. Smalling, maguire, lindelof and tuanzebe is a pretty decent set of cbs to have. Get rid of jones and rojo.

The midfield options look sad, Phillips, rice, dier, can, which one of these will be creating chances and help take the load off the forwards? We need a midfielder who can bring some creativity to the side while not being as hopeless on the defensive end as pogba is.

17.) 11 Dec 2019 10:27:49

Are you joking about Smalling? He’s proved he isn’t good enough in the EPL, perhaps he is doing well in Italy because it suits his game more. Also, are you basing his performances in Italy on the fact he’s scored a few goals, because he scored a few for us, he was still poor in defence.

18.) 11 Dec 2019 10:31:14
Phillips is making over two key passes per game with Leeds, he is pretty creative in his passing, while being strong defensively.

19.) 11 Dec 2019 10:37:08
CMS. Kalvin Philips has a good passing range but he is still raw and makes some rash challenges.
If he continues to improve, he will be a solid signing.

20.) 11 Dec 2019 11:54:22
gds his biggest issue was his incessant need to grab opponent's shirts, he wasn't the greatest passer but that never really hindered him. This season maguire is clearly showing that all shirt grabbing still won't amount to penalty for the other side, so don't see why he can't come back. Especially since smalling is clearly better than lindelof.

Shappy, TRD it is a big difference playing in the championship and PL.

21.) 11 Dec 2019 12:36:03
CSM, tell that to Dan James, Aaron Ramesey, Garth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, James Maddison, Ruben Neves, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham etc etc.

The difference in the quality you are playing against is matched by the difference in quality you are playing with.

Stick a top young talent from the Championship in a team full of better players why would their performance go down? The logic is that you improve and play better when you play with better players.

So there really is no reason why a young player like Phillips if playing in a more talented team couldn't step up. In Maddison, Neves, Mount, Abraham and James we have some of the most in form players in the EPL who were all playing in the Championship within the last 3 years.

Personally I feel the Championship is a better hunting ground for young talented British players.

We bought James for 18m, yet if we went for Dwight McNeil from Burnley who has had a good season this year in the EPL but probably not a better season so far than James he would cost 40-50m.

If the talent is there it doesn't matter where they are playing. Chris Smalling and Jamie Vardy although not elite players started off in non-league football.

Eric Dier who is in poor form would likely cost 20-30m more than Phillips, yet offers nothing more from defensive ability, while isn't as good with the ball.

Personally I would be very happy if we signed the best young talent from the Championship every year. I would be very confident of them having a better success rate than the 900m worth of players we have signed in the last 6 years.

22.) 11 Dec 2019 15:51:46
shappy all the names you have provided were wonderkids who made their transition from championship to pl before they hit 20 except for abraham.

Also you ignore the big fact that except for bale none of the older players actually turned into anything more than decent and we are long way from coining any of the younger players as worldclass. We need an actually worldclass midfielder to replace pogba and we need it now not 2-3 years in future and phillips or any of the names mentioned are not that.

23.) 11 Dec 2019 16:23:15
CSM, we won't be able to get world class players in every position.

Also the idea we need a world class DM to replace Pogba is actually quite funny.

We might need a world class or potentially world class player to add creativity to our midfield as we struggle to break down sides that sit deep and in numbers.

But we don't need a world class DM.

Think about it like this, we have beaten Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, City and PSG either this season or last season with a midfield of Fred and McTominay.

24.) 11 Dec 2019 17:14:41
Thanks for the latest update Ed002 as always

I wish all the eds, posters and regulars a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best guys. Have a good one.

{Ed002's Note - And to you Shane. Keep it greasy.)

25.) 11 Dec 2019 20:45:23
Thanks Ed - great stuff as always. Enjoy a Christmas egg nog or two.

26.) 12 Dec 2019 00:54:03
Hi Ed. Thanks for the info. As always, it’s very much appreciated.

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m a little confused by your attitude towards coaches.

When fans wanted Moyes, LVG and later Mourinho to be replaced, you branded them toxic, but I have seen you post a few times that you think OGS should be replaced. I’m curious how you come to this assessment.

Performances and results were not great under Moyes, Mourinho and LVG, but at least with OGS we have occasionally seen good attacking performances. The others also had more time before fans started to get in their backs. Is it your view that established coaches should be given more time to succeed regardless of results and performances (and that OGS simply isn’t good enough), or was it the manner in which some fans were calling for managers to be removed that lead to you calling them ‘toxics’?

{Ed002's Note - MU have a generally ill-informed and toxic fan base who know little about how the club is run yet make embarrassing and irrational attacks on individuals which make them a laughing stock. They have driven out coaches with their hate and have now ended up with someone who is simply not up to the job. The fans are largely responsible for the downfall of the club over recent years and deserve the situation the club is now in. You reap what you sow.}

27.) 12 Dec 2019 09:44:57
Hi Ed,

I don’t disagree. Sadly, it is similar with other football clubs. The levels of criticism (particularly online) from supporters (sic) is as distasteful as it is ignorant. Not helped by the media coverage - TV and press. I do feel clubs and owners have failed to move with the times though and don’t do enough to communicate with the fans more directly about what is going on. I noted the CEO of United has been doing more interviews recently to explain decisions. That’s a good move.

I think people crave news, which is why sites like this are so popular and welcomed.

Thanks for everything and have a good festive break.

{Ed002's Note - The toxics did the damage when they forced a coach out of the club and ruined future plans. I explained this in detail at the time and told you all what would happen. It is nothing to do with other clubs.}



06 Nov 2019 04:33:31
Reports linking us to Kai Havertz.
Looks like a fantastic prospect and could be a long term no 10 solution for us.
But not sure if he is better than Bruno or Maddison.


1.) 06 Nov 2019 09:07:37
He has more potentiat and i'd take him over both of then.

2.) 06 Nov 2019 09:43:29
Won't happen, he will eithr stay in Germany or go PSG as per with German players and wind up at Bayern as per.

3.) 06 Nov 2019 12:28:50
We will need to break the bank to get him and I hope we do just knows when to be in the box at the right time reminds me of Michael ballack .

4.) 06 Nov 2019 16:05:41
He is reported saying that he spoke to Kroos about Madrid weather.

5.) 06 Nov 2019 17:08:19
It’s a bit sad that people still think we’re in the mix for players like Havertz.

Lad will have the pick of top clubs, but getting Woodward’s attention is usually a good way to drive up the price.

We would be extremely lucky to get Maddison, but I think the ship has sailed on Fernandes.

6.) 06 Nov 2019 18:21:10
Not a chance of getting him He has his choice of all the best teams. We are not even close.



29 Oct 2019 09:43:34
Hi Ed002,
Is there genuine interest in Boubakary Soumare from United?


{Ed002's Note - Lyon listed the clubs that have shown an interest in BS but as he is out of contract (although a new contract will be available to him) other clubs may well have approached his agent. MU were not on the list and I don't know if they have spoken with his agent.}



18 Sep 2019 14:07:47
So Tuanzebe, Greenwood, Romero and Fred are set to start on Friday per Ole's press conference.


1.) 18 Sep 2019 15:14:31
Gutted for them as the rest of the team play thursday.

2.) 18 Sep 2019 15:19:27
Very good, TB 😂.

3.) 18 Sep 2019 15:21:05
TopBomin - LOL. had me laughing into my coffee.

but seriously i hope we see Gomes and Chong too from the start. No James so Chong could start left. Gomes in at 10 and Lingard right

Fred and Scott.

And then an English back 4 with Romero in goal.

4.) 18 Sep 2019 15:57:09
The match commences at 12.30 AM on Friday morning here in India TB :)

5.) 18 Sep 2019 16:57:20
Ah touche True Red, touche.

6.) 18 Sep 2019 19:21:56
Who’s starting on Thursday? 😉.

7.) 23 Sep 2019 00:34:26
That’s one way to tell people they are playing without actually having to play them 😂.



01 Aug 2019 17:52:09
Maguire left out of squad in friendly.
Looks like United have finally wrapped him up.


1.) 01 Aug 2019 19:48:07
A manikin is a slight improvement on smalling and jones tbh, there is a fantastic thread from @alexLUHS on twitter about him very funny.




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09 Dec 2019 14:42:32
Hi Ed001,
How do you analyze OGS's record against the top sides.
In your perspective, what is he doing differently against these sides.

Also do you think he is growing in his current role or will he be given time to grow in the role ?
Do us fans deserve to be optimistic or is it a false dawn again ?


{Ed001's Note - he is not doing anything differently, they are (as in the top sides) and it suits the way Ole plays. Top sides come out to attack you, which leaves space to counter into, lesser sides sit deep and try to counter on you.

I don't see that anything has changed at all. I have seen nothing that makes me think he is doing anything special. You have a goalkeeper that was the best in the world until recently and a world record fee spent on a centre-back, a top class defensive right back, but you struggle to defend and are wide open. It just seems like expectations have been lowered by fans and excuses made for mediocrity because Ole was a hero as a player.

However, fans have every right to be optimistic. There are a lot of young players being bedded in and there will be money made available to spend. It is not a either or situation in terms of optimism and false dawns. You can be optimistic, even if you are not looking like you have the right man to lead you back to the top. At least he has put things back on an even keel and stopped most of the rot. There are still signs of things getting better in the long term.}

1.) 09 Dec 2019 17:09:23
One of the papers did a mini League this morning of the games where the top 6 have payed each other. United were level top with Liverpool, miles ahead of the other 4. That says we are good enough but need to find a way to break sides down.

{Ed002's Note - Actually, it doesn't mean anything.}

2.) 09 Dec 2019 17:49:38
Liverpool were like that for the last 20 years. They always turned up against the big boys. The battered us 4-1 at Old Trafford and Gerard ran over and kissed the camera. 3 months later Gary Neville was kissing the premier league title.

You play 38 games and you finish where you deserve. I would rather wins against Bournmouth, West Ham, Newcastle, Palace, Wolves, Sheffield United and Villa than beating Spurs and City.

Wonderful performances, but don't come out if we drop points against Everton with the same old excuses. The team has shown what they can do. If Ole can't get that out of them more often than not, then get a manager with a history of improving players.

3.) 09 Dec 2019 18:45:38
Means nothing or not much more than nothing ajh imo. There are 19 other teams in the leagueif we only perform v 6 of them it won't get us very far.

4.) 09 Dec 2019 22:53:50
Im not suggesting that we can't do better only that we havnt done.
Playing teams who us attack suits the way ole sets his team out. It suits our players strengths. But he has not found a system yet or seems to struggle to adapt our system to play against teams who don't give them acres of open space to run into.
That's the key part of the job of any coach.
Lets hope ole and the players can figure it out. I have some renewed hope that they can but my confidence is fragile.

5.) 10 Dec 2019 00:20:48
Ole is training us for the European Super League. We only beat the big teams, we'd be champions every year!

6.) 10 Dec 2019 09:18:26
Are spurs a top team that come out and attack? People always making these sweeping statements .
City attacked left space we exposed it .
Spurs where typically Jose sat deep and played long ball after long ball .
Injuries have hurt us and a lack of form from players and the team for various reasons .
Rashford for example is playing well at the moment regardless of it's a team that are in the so called top 6 or an international team. Same goes for a few others .

7.) 10 Dec 2019 09:41:15
There’s definitely been an improvement for me. This is seen by us scoring more goals and creating more chances. Hopefully we can get a bit more consistency now which is what is letting us down.

8.) 10 Dec 2019 14:20:40
Yes spurs are a top team that come to attack. Cl finalists. Scoring more goals now than they were weeks ago too. They did attack us and left space galore behind their rb which was well exposed.
Its not a sweeping statement our results accident better sides shoes that as do our results against lesser teams because we have not been breaking them down often enough.



06 Dec 2019 14:53:25
What's everyones thoughts on a cut price deal for Christian Erikson in January?

EPL proven and will be a huge upgrade on Andreas for the no 10 role.

Set-piece specialist and has a good passing range.
At 27, he will be at his peak now.


1.) 06 Dec 2019 15:30:05
stay clear, its obvious he has downed tools since the summer becuase he was not allowed to leave,

whats to say he wouldn't do the same here?

look at Ramsey he was leaving but still gave 100 in every game.

he might be a good player but i wouldn't touch him.

2.) 06 Dec 2019 16:17:38
Its a tricky one. He is a proven EPL player approaching his peak. I wouldn't was he has downed tools because he wasn't allowed to leave. Another player had an affair with his wife, which has caused tension in the dressing room.

I have two issues with him, first he has rarely performed when up against the top sides. Which isn't ideal for us.
Second, he doesn't really want to join us, his heart is set on Spain. However, that might not be possible. It stinks of Di Maria, a player who wanted to move elsewhere, but couldn't get there so we were the fall back option.

We need to steer clear of players who don't want to be at the club and aren't going to give their all for the club, no matter how talented their are, or how much we might need a player in that position.

I'd rather wait until the summer and sign a player who wants to be at United.

3.) 06 Dec 2019 16:48:50
I think we need a couple of ‘for now’ signings.

Erikson has PL experience and maybe a point to prove.
A big yes for me.

If we can build a spine of experience it will make it easier to bring in this youth generation.

I’m down for Manduzick too.

4.) 06 Dec 2019 17:14:15
Erikson is a wonderful footballer. Would walk into our first 11 and is available. We won't get a better player in January.

Shappy, all involved in that rumour of an affair have denied it. Not very nice to using that against the lad. Unless of course you were hiding under the bed?

5.) 06 Dec 2019 17:16:54
Allegedly 🙄.

6.) 06 Dec 2019 17:19:43
I don’t think he wants to join us, and can’t see why he would when he’ll be a free agent in the summer.

7.) 06 Dec 2019 17:24:16
how much of that story is true is anyone guess.

8.) 06 Dec 2019 17:51:06
He rejected our offer in the summer, so why go fo him? He's a fantastic footballer, but his heart is set on Spain. Wait until the summer and go for Maddison, a United fan who will suit us. Also, Fernandes will also be a good addition and I'm sure we can get him in January if we tried. He's carried on with the good work at SL this year, he's only 24 and creates and scores plenty.

9.) 06 Dec 2019 19:23:16
I agree we need a couple of now signings. He would knit the front 3 (who do look dangerous at times) together.
If he signs in Jan it would be because he wants to come as he will be free agent in the summer.
He is a very good player and ud live to see him sign he would get more from our front players. Add his set piece a ability and you get another box ticked. A big yes from me.

10.) 06 Dec 2019 19:44:16
Mumbles, I think you misunderstand me. Firstly, the affair would be denied whether it happened or not. I've been told by someone who has links within football that it did happen. Regardless, I wasn't using that against Eriksen, I was using it in defence of him. People are suggesting he has downed tools because he didn't get his move, while I'm suggesting that off the field events outside of his control may well be affecting him.

As for your assessment "is a wonderful footballer. Would walk into our first 11 and is available. We won't get a better player in January". Couldn't that have been said about Alexis Sanchez?

Sanchez wanted to join City in the summer, it was blocked. Then he joined us in the January.

Eriksen wanted to join Real Madrid in the summer.

Di Maria wanted to join PSG, but we swooped in and priced them out of the market due to FFP rules. Then a year later we sold Di Maria at a loss to PSG.

Pogba wanted to join Real Madrid, then we swooped in and priced them out of a deal. Now he is pushing to leave and putting in half arsed performances.

I appreciate Eriksen would be our best out field player if we signed him. But at some point we have to appreciate that signing players who don't want to truly play for us just isn't working.

11.) 06 Dec 2019 19:58:24
We've got one half-arsed footballer already in Pogba.

12.) 06 Dec 2019 21:41:11
If it was true it wouldn't necessarily be denied. The thing is, the people involved said it wasn't true, but I'll trust your "contact" in the world of football over them.

Fact is, even on his worst day, he's a better footballer than Lingard or anyone that can play No.10, better than anything we can get and wouldn't break the bank. Ole needs reinforcements in January or he could well be out of a job come February.

Your fact about the comparisons to him and Sanchez are entirely valid. But it is a risk we should be taking to get in a player that will improve our squad.

13.) 06 Dec 2019 22:02:33
Yes please.



04 Dec 2019 12:58:38
Ed001, what do you think about United's midfield duo of fred and Andreas Pereira ?

Will any team succeed having these at as the focal point in midfield ?


{Ed001's Note - it is possible, they are a good combination of types. Fred provides the combative, mobile ball winner, Pereira the silky passing. On paper it should be workable. Both were highly rated before becoming regulars with United, so the question has to be were they overrated or just not being used correctly by United?}

1.) 04 Dec 2019 13:37:34
For me Pereira's issue is he has played far too much in many different positions and hasn't been able to maximise his ability in any one position/ role. I think he works best as a destructive No.10, someone who can press and harass the opposition then play the killer pass when the ball is overturned. Unfortunately he tends to play with his head down when he gets the ball in the final third and looks to shoot when other players are in better positions.

Fred, could be a very good player if used correctly. But he isn't a holding midfielder either as a deeplying playmaker or as a destructive shield in front of the defence. He needs to play as a roaming ball winner, either as part of a double pivot with a holding midfielder or on the right of a three man midfield.

The issue isn't so much that they are bad players, but that they need the right players alongside them to get the best out of them.

If we had a proper holding midfielder, either as a playmaker or destructive shield then we would look more stable in midfield. We also lack that creative spark in the final third who can unlock a low block.

2.) 04 Dec 2019 15:39:32
the simple fact is pereira is garbage.

fred has been better but he isn't the type of player to control games.

{Ed047's Note - I love shappy’s stories. 😍

3.) 04 Dec 2019 15:58:02
we just need a new midfield.

4.) 04 Dec 2019 16:32:59
shappy so pereira's biggest strength is his ability to play a killer pass but his weakness is his inability to want to pass, makes total sense.

5.) 04 Dec 2019 16:44:04
Andreas I'm afraid simply does not have the quality, for me he reminds me of cleverly, his overhype and now similar toils, similar players also.
There is a player in Fred and he should stay and form part of our midfield but we need 2 serious additions for cm.

6.) 04 Dec 2019 16:46:53
Perreira: see that defence? I could split it with a through ball.

Fred: do it!

Perreira: naw mate don’t want to. But I could.

Ole: wow, what a talent!

7.) 04 Dec 2019 16:59:54
CSM, I thought what I wrote made sense. However, I am dyslexic so I appreciate I've probably not been as clear as I could have been.

The first sentence "I think he works best as a destructive No.10, someone who can press and harass the opposition then play the killer pass when the ball is overturned" is referring to they type of role he plays best in. It is the idealised view of what the role should be, not necessarily how he does perform.

The second sentence "Unfortunately he tends to play with his head down when he gets the ball in the final third and looks to shoot when other players are in better positions" is how he often does play.

So what I was saying was this is how he should play, but this is how he actually performs.

Hope that's a bit clearer.

8.) 04 Dec 2019 17:01:36
But they are happy.

9.) 04 Dec 2019 17:10:21
Shappy its not your writing i am wondering about but your thought process mate, i think danny put it perfectly.

How can he be best suited to role a where he needs to pass when watching him makes it clear he is a ball hog who refuses to pass. That's like assuming valencia would have been a great left winger when everyone can see he refuses to use his left foot.

10.) 04 Dec 2019 19:57:45
Don't want to be rude or blunt here but i'm struggling to see how people think Pereira is anything other than simply not good enough.
He's had a run in the team in various positions, along with Fred and we are 10th. There has been one decent delivery on Sunday for the goal and apart from his hard work (should be a given) he's gives us nothing going forward.

It's really not that hard to see a talent and most people can see it straight away. Pereira is not even close to being good enough and at 24 it's embarrassing he is a regular in this team.

Gibson, Cleverley, Eagles, Greening, Bellion, Richardson, Mcheada, Obertan, Thornely, Clegg, Curtis, King, and now Pereira.
The list is endless and him and Bebe are top of it.
Love giving young players a chance but they need to be good enough.



28 Nov 2019 06:12:55
Hi Ed002.
I was going through the posts of yesterday and had a question about your reply to one of the posts.

Could you please ellaborate about :
"The club will stick with him and have a massive financial decision to make in the coming months"

Is the massive financial decision related to investment in Janaury transfer window?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, and the summer. If the coach changes it will be difficult to recruit anyone who wants significant involvement in transfers under the existing system.}

1.) 28 Nov 2019 15:12:05
Ed002, without naming names could you give a brief overview of how transfers are currently conducted at Manchester United? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't think that would be a good idea.}

2.) 28 Nov 2019 16:03:17
Fair enough. Thanks anyway.

3.) 28 Nov 2019 16:09:38
We signed good players in the summer. We seem to be looking at the right players for future windows.

4.) 28 Nov 2019 17:47:22
Yeah Mort.
Hopefully we recruit well in January window as well.

5.) 28 Nov 2019 19:29:39
James has been very good. The two at the back? We concede goals for fun. Only 2 clean sheets this season. Would we be in a similar position if we played Young and Smalling instead of Maguire and Wan Bisaka?

6.) 28 Nov 2019 19:37:30
We. Have. No. Mid. Field.

Pogba doesn't want to be here.

Fred struggles with the pace and physicality.

Pereira isn't a centre midfielder and isn't good enough anyway.

Matic is slower than a oil tanker in reverse.

That leaves us with mctominay. Lad can't do it all.

7.) 28 Nov 2019 20:43:12
Liverpool have conceded for 11 consecutive league games. A few less than us with a settled defence. We've two new starts in, and a kid at left back. I'd say, give it time, but I know that's not a popular concept these days.

8.) 28 Nov 2019 22:32:15
Awb looked better last season i think he has adjusted well was out for a bit and looks like he will be a top player.
Maguire and lindelof have not been great lindelof in particular looks like he has regressed a bit and is a tad shakey. I think Williams has been very good particularly as he is right footed. Shaw will come back to compete with him. Dalot will compete with awb so we look well stocked with 4 young full backs all with good potential.
Tuanzebe and bailly could well give lindelof a fight for his place. Jones and rojo are a waste of wages.
Id still like to see another cb but there is obviously more pressing areas to address.
To be fair to our defence the protection in front of them is virtually non existent and we give the ball away so often that the defence finds themselves all out of shape with full backs moving forward only for someone to lose the ball again so they have to turn and chase back. The amount of goals conceded by us in transition shows that.
With the exception of mctom and at a real stretch fred nobody else puts their heart and soul into defending.

9.) 28 Nov 2019 23:35:08
Liverpool also go up the other end and score 3 or 4. They're also 20 points ahead of us after 13 games. We can't keep clean sheets and we're not particularly hot going forward. Buts let's compare a stat with Liverpool without looking at the bigger picture.

10.) 29 Nov 2019 05:37:19
Which, as Mort points out, is where the lack of a midfield comes in. And even without one, our defensive record is still not that much worse than any of the teams either above or around us, and better than most. Imagine what could happen once we get a decent midfielder, and the defence get used to playing with each other a bit more.

11.) 29 Nov 2019 05:41:31
As Ken said, our midfielders do not offer protection to the defence.
Worse thing is they can't keep the balls. Just gives it away time and time again.

12.) 29 Nov 2019 07:07:11
The midfield is the big picture. Ot can't support the attack or protect the defence.

The handling of Herrera and then not replacing him were a pair of major blunders.

13.) 29 Nov 2019 10:04:11
Recently I've had to double check if your name is Mumbles or Grumbles.

The quality of our defence has improved, yet performances are reliant on the team. As pointed out above, most people would probably say our best back four would be AWB, Lindelof or Tunazebe, Maguire and Williams right now.

Williams and Tuanzebe are making there way into the first team with limited experience. While Magiure and AWB are new and settling in, with AWB being young with only one season EPL experience under his belt.

A great defence works well as a unit, but to do that takes time to build relationships and understanding between all the players. they need to play together for a season or so to build that up.

The fact it is a very new defence is being compounded by the total lack of protection they are getting. McTominay isn't really a shielding midfielder, yet the number of goals we are conceding without him in the team has gone up. Which highlights how troublesome our lack of a midfield is.



24 Nov 2019 15:44:20
Great to see Ole putting the faith on Brandon Williams over Ashley young yet again.
The lad has deserved it.


1.) 24 Nov 2019 16:13:41
Agreed. He has been better than young and better than shaw delighted for him to start.

2.) 24 Nov 2019 18:09:05
And what a goal from him. Top finish.

3.) 24 Nov 2019 19:22:26
Agreed hopefully he be doing a nice bit of sliding today like he was sliding into girls DM's on instagram :)




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11 Dec 2019 10:37:08
CMS. Kalvin Philips has a good passing range but he is still raw and makes some rash challenges.
If he continues to improve, he will be a solid signing.




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10 Dec 2019 12:05:07
Thanks a lot Ed. Extremely informative.




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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.




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04 Dec 2019 11:03:57
Exactly Shappy.
Whoever the manager is, will struggle with a team having midfielders such as Fred and Andreas.
The squad depth is so thin in quality that 1 or 2 injuries severly impacts the team.




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03 Dec 2019 09:46:12
Yeah GDS :)
I myself was typing a long post. But Yaz and CSM summed it up perfectly.





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12 Dec 2019 04:26:34
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12 Dec 2019 04:15:34
Yes Shappy.
City have 2 top options for every position.

Aguero and Jesus for striker.
Bernardo and Mahrez on right side of attack. Sterling and Sane on left side.

Moreover, these top players can come off the bench and change the game.
It also keeps the squad fresh when the team plays 2 matches in a week - League and Europe.




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11 Dec 2019 04:34:06
Agree with you Ken.
Jadon Sancho has excellent end product. Always a goal threat and tries to make something happen.
First touch, technique, quick feet, dribbling in tight areas - all fantastic attributes.
Considering he is young, his decision making is also pretty good most of the time. He will be worth the investment imo as he is not even close to his peak.

Saul would be a dream signing. He will instantly elevate our quality in midfield.
Maddison will most probably be priced out by Leicester.
Ed002 stated that we are still interested in Bruno Fernandes. Christian Eriksen is also a possibility. Either of those 2 at no 10 would be a massive improvement on Lingard/ Mata/ Andreas.




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10 Dec 2019 13:02:47
Utd Road - I too want Ole to succeed.
He is bringing in core values back to the club such as promoting youth and out working teams.
Seems very honest, humble and breathes United.

Hopefully he grows into the role and take the club back to the top.




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08 Dec 2019 11:55:18
Yeah Tony, his pressing and energy was really good yesterday.
However, He needs to improve his goals/ assists tally to share the burden with other forwards.

His is yet to score or assist in the league this season and that really is not a good stat. Hopefully, he has gained confidence with 2 good performances this week and kicks on.