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20 Jun 2019 16:48:02
Another youngster’s name being linked with United: David Brooks

So, is Ole trying to emulate Class of 92? Fergie’s Fledglings?

If so, what name will they take in the media?

Solskaer’s Starlings?

Gunnar’s Groupies?

Ole Gunner’s Runners?

Solskjaer’s Sproutlings?

Have to be better than Pogba’s Ego.


1.) 20 Jun 2019 18:36:32
“Gunnar’s Groupies. ” Oh dear. That’s all sorts of wrong.

2.) 20 Jun 2019 18:37:38
Perhaps your over analysing all the players were being linked with.

Judge him on how the team performs next season.

3.) 20 Jun 2019 20:39:26
Ole's baby faced assassins if we're targeting young players.

4.) 20 Jun 2019 21:01:00
Could be

Ole's nursery tots.

5.) 20 Jun 2019 22:42:18
Solsktars. I’ll get my coat.

6.) 20 Jun 2019 23:11:17
Solsjaers Stuttering stumblers.

7.) 21 Jun 2019 09:36:17
Cole's gonners.



04 Dec 2017 14:18:12
Hi Eds,

Apologies for speculative nature of the question but, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 (even as soon as January) do you think RM will still try to sign David DeGea?

Many thanks for any info you might be able to provide.


{Ed002's Note - No, I they would not have a need.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 18:23:30
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to reply Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I was on a train so I had time.}



17 Feb 2017 08:35:28
Hi there Ed002!

Sorry to bother you but would you be good enough to shed any light on rumours that Lindelof has signed a pre-contract agreement with United, apparently warding off strong interest from Roma, who apparently want him to replace Kostas Manolas?

Thanks again for your precious time!


{Ed002's Note - Lindelhof cannot agree a pre-contract with Manchester United as he is not out of contract in the summer.}

1.) 17 Feb 2017 13:57:08
Thank you Ed002 for your swift and definitive response. Very much appreciated.

2.) 21 Feb 2017 19:19:46
Id rather have the kid from roma he looks dast strong an a perfect fit for the prem.



13 May 2016 13:12:49
Some papers reporting advanced discussions with The Legend Ibrahimavich, wages 300k/ wk not an issue apparently.

He also loves Mourinho (inter past) and would be a short term marquee/ marketing signing to compete with City's growing brand. Then he's off to America. Apparently.

Hail the new King! (lol! )


1.) 13 May 2016 13:42:05
Seems a bit wayward to be honest, latest i've heard is that Jose has offered Zlatan a one year deal but the club are unwilling to meet his demands. Will most likely be playing in the MLS next season.

2.) 13 May 2016 13:49:04
I really hope not excellent player but luxurys that we don't need we've seen falcao come and fail and the same to an extent with swine. Rather build a squad for the future than pay someones big last pay day! Were getting more like city when they got new owners just throwing money around without planning.

3.) 13 May 2016 14:00:46
I would love that.

4.) 13 May 2016 14:06:56
I've said before, I would love to see it happen. We have always been heavily linked with Morata today because of the Mourinho factor which is another player I'd be delighted to have.

5.) 13 May 2016 14:19:38
If Zlatan comes in he will inject a winning mentality into the club. How successful it will be is debatable.
He will however not be a flop like previous ones. it's just how successful it could be.
Martial left, Zlatan centre and someone like mahrez Right would add strength and be a great front 3.
To then have Rashford, lingard, depay, as replacements would give the depth
Would be exciting times.

6.) 13 May 2016 14:47:38
We should learn and act better with what's happening with mr. German.

7.) 13 May 2016 14:51:30
Just thinking of Ibrahimovic in utd shirt makes my balls tingle. He would be perfect. A natural born winner who always has a point to prove.

8.) 13 May 2016 14:54:47
Also using schwieney and Falcao as equivalents is unfair. Both were knackered. No reason to think ibrahimovic would go the same way. He's nearly broken a record for goals scored this season.

9.) 13 May 2016 20:41:04
I personally think he would be a terrific signing! And he definitely should not be compared to Schwein and falcao! RedD totally agree, tried and tested, scoring for fun, fit and a total monster, scoring a goal a game ratio! Yeah French league is poor but he's proved it elsewhere on the big stage! Def worth a punt as a free transfer!

10.) 14 May 2016 01:00:18
People on this site are incredibly harsh on Schwieni. Whenever he plays he is always driving forward, pressing the ball and pushing his teammates on. The keys and quality may not be quite there but he has been no where near our worse performer.

As for Zlatan, it would certainly be a signing to bring back the fear factor which is exactly what's needed.

11.) 14 May 2016 09:01:46
Still believe Bastian will be a great signing and always preferred us this season when he played (with the exception of arsenal of course)

12.) 14 May 2016 03:49:25
I thought we were targeting fast attacking players no?



01 Dec 2015 15:12:21
I might be being too optimistic here but Nick Powell looks in much better shape, physically and mentally.

Does anyone (inside knowledge?! ) know the story behind this? Is he trying to prove himself for a loan/transfer? has he had a chat with a mentor inside OT who's made him hungry again? Or is his contract up for renewal?!


1.) 01 Dec 2015 17:20:11
Just watched some highlights of that game, had a hand in a lot of good in that u21s game. I hope he will keep improving, most importantly having his head right should he wish to be a man utd player. He has bundles of talent.

2.) 01 Dec 2015 18:19:22
He had become disillusioned with the game, with a series of injuries adding to the problem. By all accounts he seems to be giving it a go again, and I would love to see him get things back on track. He made a mistake moving to us before he was ready, and could still be a good player with a bit of luck.




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12 Aug 2019 10:39:31
Thought another positive from match yesterday was potential emergence of McTominay and Maguire as leaders on the pitch.

Both were seen conferring with each other throughout the match and at the end. Maguire was marshalling the defence, particularly Shaw, and McTominay urging the team to keep focusing even after they’d scored a couple.


1.) 12 Aug 2019 11:58:30
Be careful Wallace calling Maguire a leader.

2.) 12 Aug 2019 12:03:29
Shame mctominay chose to represent Scotland. Could have been the driving midfield force for England in a year or two. Really has come on leaps and bounds. Goes to show hard work and professionalism pays off, few others in the squad should take note.

3.) 12 Aug 2019 12:33:01
I'm delighted he chose to represent Scotland as we're brutal and need all the help we can get.

I feel more sorry for McTominay having to play alongside the likes of Grant Hanley and Barry Bannan.

4.) 12 Aug 2019 12:33:21

You obviously care more about England than I do, I am glad he will get the summer's off every year and give himself chance to stay fresh and be the driving force is our midfield.



09 Aug 2019 09:34:08
Surely those responsible at United must now sit down and reflect upon their dealings in the transfer window, as any good business must.

And surely a sensible business would look at the models of competitors to evaluate and improve their own practices.

You would hope they would look at Man City: they identified a weakness in their squad and moved quickly and professionally to fix it (Rodri and Cancellao) ; or Arsenal, who knew what they needed and moved to dirt it all out, though maybe not quite as slickly as City.

You would hope that they would reflect that, if you don’t pay the money, you don’t get the player (Msn City seem to always pay up or meet the release clause) - or otherwise start to be seen as a bully by others, maybe even approaching Daniel Levy’s reputation.

Bit you get the feeling that those responsible are square pegs in round homes, more business men than football grounded. Perhaps like having a ruthless businessman in charge of a country who has no political savvy and the chaos that causes.

And you would hope that they would conclude that a Director of Football is desperately refer to join all the dots together, through all the teams and contexts at the club.

Now, I can see that they want to change strategy from getting in mercenary older players to bringing in younger players who will form the basis for a solid future, but surely these are clever people who can see that more needs to change at the club if they are to achieve sustained success in the future?


1.) 09 Aug 2019 09:55:38
City don't always pay up and are actually quite disciplined in the market when it comes to the big money acquisitions. How do you think we got maguire, fred and alexis sanchez? City walked away from all these deals because they thought the players were overvalued.

Also its much easier to address their very minimal weaknesses, competition for fernandinho and competition for walker.

The problem for united is that they had so many weaknesses to address, probably up to 5 or 6 and that was just the optimistic and positive fans lol. It was always asking too much for the club to do that in one window and also get rid of the players surplus to requirements.

Weve done well to get a quality right back and a centre back who is better than what we had in some quite key areas. Dan james seems like a punt or pet project for ole so i will reserve judgement on him.

As for arsenal addressing their weakness, is a 32 year old david luiz really that good a signing. If we did that we would have been accused of panicking and thinking short term. Tierney is a promising player but it is still a huge step up he has to make. Ceballos is a tidy player but will be back at madrid in a year in all likelihood. Pepe was very good last season but it is still a lower level and small sample size to go off.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 10:10:06
There maybe ok with the 3 signings?

3.) 09 Aug 2019 10:49:07
Arsenal's signings are all risky, whereas our signings will slot in straightly.
One thing for sure is the academy lads will feature often.

4.) 09 Aug 2019 11:00:23
Surely how successful a transfer window a club has had must come at the end of the season when the players signed can be assessed on their performances?

A players quality is surely measured by performances and not the fee paid for them or who other clubs bought?

If we finish 3rd will everyone say this transfer window was a failure?

5.) 09 Aug 2019 11:13:12
I appreciate that we’re still building but maybe having solid foundations will enable the end product have a greater integrity.

6.) 09 Aug 2019 11:38:47
Imagine if we had signed Luiz instead of Maguire, not sure people would be saying our window was better then!

7.) 09 Aug 2019 11:53:54
Luiz is a much better player then Maguire.

8.) 09 Aug 2019 12:04:09
Im not maguires biggest fan singh but that is the funniest thing I've heard all week. Always good to start the weekend with a good joke.

9.) 09 Aug 2019 12:19:05
Well you will know who is the better player in a years time.

Maguire has played for Leicester and has only been bought for 80 mill becuase he is english and clubs know that we are desperate.

I have never been Maguire's fan and never will be as he is Smalling and Jones Version 2.0 and slightly better.

The biggest joke is that we spent so much money on him and didn't go for Milenkovic or Dias.

We finally got a defender but got the wrong one and Luiz is a much better player having played for PSG and Chelsea and he can actually defend not run around like a headless chicken like Maguire and will end up losing the ball because Maguire thinks he is a midfielder but he needs to concentrate on defending first.

10.) 09 Aug 2019 12:30:53
Its great to know that you will never be a Maguire fan . And he hasn't even kicked a ball for united.
Red whiskey
I agree it put a smile on my face as well.
Along with the fact Luiz actually defends and doesn't run round like a headless chicken and think his a midfielder . Which is probably Luiz biggest issue.

11.) 09 Aug 2019 12:49:25
Singh your joke made my day. Luiz can actually defend? lol.
He is an absolute liability.

12.) 09 Aug 2019 13:22:47
Difference of opinion mate. I just have very high standards and wanted someone better then Maguire.

I actually think Maguire was bought to replace Fellaini's height in the box as that is one thing he is good at which is heading the ball.

85 million for heading the ball wow just wow!

Maguire is just as clumsy as Jones and Smalling.

I would love to be proved wrong and wish Maguire the best of luck at our club but i just don't see it happening.

13.) 09 Aug 2019 13:52:06
Maguire to replace the wig 👍.

14.) 09 Aug 2019 14:41:07

15.) 09 Aug 2019 15:46:56
Singh, what you smoking? You got your hands on that medical grade stuff?

16.) 09 Aug 2019 16:01:29
Luiz is an awful defender.



16 Jul 2019 21:02:37
What with Lukaku departure looking more likely, any inside info or any thoughts on who United should replace him with?

Remember Ed002 mentioning Sebastian Haller, but looks like he’s on his way to West Ham.

Ed also mentioned Steven Bergwijn, but also suggested he might move elsewhere also.

Ed also mentioned Lewandowski as an ideal replacement for a year but surely wouldn’t happen

Guess he might put faith in Martial to move to CF but he hasn't got a great track record in this position.

Maybe also Mason Greenwood, but not sure if he’s ready yet.

Not sure which forwards are available and could do a good job for United.

Possible names might include:

Icardi (though seems high maintenance)

Moussa Dembele (has done well in France)

Krzysztof Piatek: AC Milan

Timo Werner: RBL

Was sim Ben Yedder: mixed reviews about attitude

Guess there’s always OGS!


1.) 16 Jul 2019 21:32:34
Some good options you’ve put there Wallace. It seems rashford is first choice and I hope he steps up but I have my doubts whether he’s a 20+ goal a seasons striker at the moment. Martial can be but his off the ball movement and workrate is atrocious. It’s actually embarrassing. If he put in half the work rashford does he’d be first choice, especially with his finishing.

I am a massive fan of piatek and I think he’d kill it in the premier league. If not him, Dembele or Werner would be my shouts. But we don’t seem to have interest in Werner. Dembele would be worth a punt.

2.) 16 Jul 2019 21:53:38

3.) 17 Jul 2019 01:49:58
I don't think he will be replaced.
Sanchez and martial can provide cover at cf.
Lots of people think martial would be better through the middle.
In a 60 game season rash won't start many more than 40 so that's 20 games up top going for someone to stake their claim to rashfords position.
Right side is a concern but awb will make a big difference there.

4.) 17 Jul 2019 01:44:19
Wasn’t there chat about Justin Kluivert at one stage too.

5.) 17 Jul 2019 08:05:11
Werner would be my personal pick.

Only 23 and has lots of talent. Fast and strong so will fit in well in the Prem too.

He is also known to be a big admirer of Manchester United and has said he would love to play for us. Also 1 year left on his contract I believe.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 08:20:59
Martial is a forward but I'd always played in the wing. It's unfair to judge him as a forward when he plays as a winger.

His work rate though is clearly lacking at times. Like his attitude aswell, it could be and should be better.



13 Jul 2019 12:12:02
Watching the game:

James looks constantly dangerous while Matic just keeps giving the ball away.


1.) 13 Jul 2019 12:24:17
James looks very exciting.

2.) 13 Jul 2019 12:34:10
You forgot to mention Young. In giving the ball away bracket.

3.) 13 Jul 2019 12:56:52
Chong. looked. the. brightest.

4.) 13 Jul 2019 12:59:20
Dan James, Andreas, Dalot and Lingard only bright spots
Martial looked sharp in bits. His passing has been awful as last season.

5.) 13 Jul 2019 13:01:56
Interesting first half, can't really judge after 45 minutes.

Tuanzebe and Jones didn't have much to do, the two times Perth were on the attack it was because Jones was caught out of position, but he managed to make up for it on both occasions, still a worry.

Dalot got forward a few times and Young was one of the better players, seems more comfortable on the left, but wasn't tested too much defensively and as OotRD pointed out did give the ball away.

Andreas just seemed very rusty, may several interesting runs.

Matic was bad, too slow, gave the ball away easily.

Lingard was more or less invisible bar on one or two occasions where he skipped past a couple of players.

Chong and Martial didn't have much of the ball, and the defence was very tight, but they both looked dangerous when they did get a bit of space.

James was great to watch, high energy, faded a bit towards the end of the half, but that may be because most the play still went down the left side and he switched over to the right.

Think Pogba and Mata if they play in the second half may have enough creativity to break the defence down as it's like a constant 10 man wall.

6.) 13 Jul 2019 13:10:10
Thought James faded a bit when swapped left wing to right but no real chance to run beyond the defence as they were all packed in their own half: basically defence vs attack.

Defence very comfortable (had very little to do! ) though Axel looks very calm in possession.

Matic improved a bit, Perriera trying but no impact; Jesse looks like he’s not taking it too seriously, though couple of decent efforts.

Martial looks like he’s still on sulk mode, not appearing to make too much effort.

Fingers crossed new 11 in second half find a way through!

7.) 13 Jul 2019 13:26:52
Rashford and Greenwood looking sharp.

Gomez trying, not sure if Pogba is or not

Wan Bissaka amazing, nothing getting past him!

8.) 13 Jul 2019 14:03:00
Thought Gomes, Wan Bissaka and Greenwood stood out second half.

However, Pogba, when involved, just looks head and shoulders above everyone else in the pitch - finds it so easy. If only he put the effort in for the whole game, what an amazing player he’d be.

In my opinion, best 11 based on both halves/ new team second half: (no system, just best performance in position)


Wan Bissaka
Axel Tuanzebe
Phil Jones
Luke Shaw

Scott McTominay
Paul Pogba
Juan Mata
Dan James

Marcus Rashfford

9.) 13 Jul 2019 14:03:23
Gomes, Mata and Pogba, nice assist, with all the creativity, Rashford and Greenwood getting on the end of that. Rojo looked worse than Jones. AWB was a brick. McTominay looked calm and secure, better than Matic in that position. And Garner's goal was very well taken. Not a bad start, looking forward to Leeds.

10.) 13 Jul 2019 14:59:41

How did you watch that 2nd half and not put Gomes in that team?

11.) 13 Jul 2019 16:04:57
I thought Mata was more influential but you’re right, Gomes did really well.

12.) 13 Jul 2019 16:07:13
Gomes looked very good. I'm hoping he gets plenty of chances on tour to put down a marker.

However, I think we will know more about where these players are after the Leeds game, which will be far more competitive.

13.) 13 Jul 2019 16:09:52
Have to agree with GDS, I thought Gomes looked really good. Very sharp and clever on the ball, think he should get some minutes when we're trying to break down teams who have parked the bus.



10 Oct 2018 10:23:58
Article from Independent’s Miguel Delaney (has decent track record for accuracy) about DoF links to Juventus:


1.) 10 Oct 2018 11:03:21
Interesting read, I posted something last week about Marrotta. Read somewhere today about Paul Mitchell if RB Leipzig.

2.) 10 Oct 2018 10:40:19
Im pretty sure ED002 mentioned something about Patarici not happening.

{Ed002's Note - What I said a couple of weeks ago was "I previously named a wildcard option from Juventus who might just be available (but that may not be clear for a little over three weeks and right now I think I understand well what will happen there), Fabio Paratici." It is all down to what is announced on October 25 and any information that comes out before hand - but right now Juventus know what they want but have so far been able to agree it. The "senior negogiator" they approached has said no to them (as well as Barcelona) and they will now split a role previously occupied by one person.}

3.) 10 Oct 2018 21:08:17
Hi Ed,
I recall about 2 weeks ago you posted along the line of Jose having suggested two people for the DoF role (one was the ex Athletico DoF if i recall) . was Patarici the other name Jose recommended?

I think you may have also mentioned that the DoF will have to assess whether to continue with Jose and identify targets that will work for him/ his system or identify a different direction for the club. Do you know Patarici's preference and do you think he would be a good appointment for the club?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - The two folks that Mr Mourinho was cool with were Andrea Berta and Luis Campo.}




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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.}



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03 Dec 2019 15:31:48
I’m really not sure whether he should go now or not.

Can’t see any other manager doing any better with the weak midfield we have and players seem to be trying for him.

However. He’s not a long term answer and still looks very naive with tactics etc.

So do we stay patient while he rebuilds or get someone else to do it?

Though more I think about it, more coming down on side of bringing in more proven manager to oversee it all.




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23 Nov 2019 07:51:13
Guessing you’re talking about Pogba? Sorry, some thread/ ed2 comments maybe missing.




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05 Aug 2019 13:25:22
Would love Rakitic for a few years: seems like a creative hard-working midfielder. Could be a good combination with McTominay and Pogba.

Still think we need Bruno though - at game Saturday and lack of options final third.




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19 Jul 2019 15:21:51
Thanks for sharing your fascinating life Ed002. Looks like the Source family headed off to a mixed reception in Hawaii! The restaurant looks like it was the place to be though. The music seems really eclectic and, maybe under another more established name such as Jefferson Airplane, would have gained more commercial success. Shame so much was lost. Thanks again for sharing Ed - much more interesting than surviving the jungle that is comprehensive school everyday here in the UK!


{Ed002's Note - Currently flying over the Med. I originally came to England to do a masters degree in London. I know some of the albums have been re-issued.}




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02 Dec 2019 09:27:02
Can’t see any manager - eve SAF - getting results from midfield of Fred and Perriera, so no point sacking OGS at moment (unless to secure Poch before someone else gets him? )

Let’s see how results go after McT and Pogba return.

If OGS is still seen as a rabbit caught in headlights after that, then change managers.

Need two midfielders in Jan. Can see us getting Can and Vidal on loan.




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10 Oct 2019 16:03:25
Bryan Robson.




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21 Aug 2019 08:30:51
Great post mate, agree with it all, especially about bringing Greenwood on for James earlier, who was just getting knocked over endlessly, giving the ball away or running down blind alleys - impact sub while he develops is the perfect answer.




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12 Aug 2019 10:17:47
We are completely set up for the counter attack (hence us doing better after Chelsea had to find an equaliser) so solid defence will be crucial all season.

Trouble might be when we have to find a way through teams who park the bus (unless we coax them into attacking us so we can then get behind them) or teams realise we are one dimensional and play only one way - and plan to nullify this.

We will also struggle against superior midfields.

However, looks like we will take our chances and we’re still a work in progress. Still buzzing after yesterday and increasingly confident of reaching the top 4.




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09 Aug 2019 11:13:12
I appreciate that we’re still building but maybe having solid foundations will enable the end product have a greater integrity.