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01 Aug 2022 08:06:28
Morning Ed002,

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

Rumours seem to be gathering on social media that United interested in Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz (as FDJ alternative? In addition to? ) one “ITK” even saying United will be in contact with him again this week!

Any truth to these rumours please, or just scurrilous click bait?

Thanks for any updates you can provide.


{Ed002's Note - Fabian Ruiz (CM/DM/AM) was seen by Real Madrid as a replacement for Kroos and/or Modric but he is not their first choice. There have been discussions with his agent involving Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle and Bayern Munich - although the player is not particularly keen on a move to England or Germany, but may have few other options. Napoli have also met and spoken with Barcelona who see him as a possible replacement for Pjanic but they have to integrate their youngsters so they can be discounted. His agent thinks that PSG and Manchester United could also look to him, although again both have preferred options. Do not lose sight of Inter. Won't sign a new contract.}

1.) 01 Aug 2022 08:44:16
Wow thanks for such a quick and detailed response Ed002! Very much appreciated!



26 Jul 2022 18:01:56
Rumours gathering on Twitter that we’ve agreed a deal with Ajax for Anthony (60-80m initial fee plus add-ons)

Guessing this could mean that Sancho Woukd play on the left - wonder where that leaves Rashford and Elanga….


1.) 26 Jul 2022 18:32:32
Across 60 games I imagine there will be plenty of games for all 5-6 of em….

2.) 26 Jul 2022 19:08:56
Elanga will probably play the role he should have last year but for Rashford’s form and Greenwood.

It’s up to Rashford now to get himself back in the fold for a starting position, whether that is left, right or through the middle. Based of preseason, Martial and Sancho are ahead of him for 2 of the 3 places but as spenno says, plenty of games this season to deliver and have plenty of game time.

3.) 26 Jul 2022 19:39:40
You need 3 or 4 good options for the wide forward areas to keep everyone on there toes if they don't perform someone else will plus as someone said many games and injuries will happen so need the strength in depth.

4.) 27 Jul 2022 07:45:49
Not a chance. Not for sale apparently.



26 Jul 2022 17:08:40
Hi Ed002,

Thanks as always helping us be privy to intimate transfer news: can only guess how you get to know everything you do! Guessing a Gentleman Adventurer always has his contacts…

Thus, and sorry to ask as can guess the answer, is there any chance that Man United might try to sign Declan Rice this Summer if FDJ doesn’t happen?

Or his he just not got sake, too expensive or simply woukdnt be interested in United this year?

Was just thinking that reported De Jong money (£75m? ) plus sales might be enough to tempt West Hsm? (Apologies for my ignorance on how transfers really work/ cost)

Thanks for any info as always.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t think he is for sale.}

1.) 26 Jul 2022 17:29:14
Another player who doesn't want to come to United.

2.) 26 Jul 2022 17:59:43
Thanks for swift reply Ed002!

3.) 26 Jul 2022 18:36:41
Do we really need another overpriced English player. We already have Maguire.

{Ed014's Note - to be fair one is class the others an ass!

4.) 26 Jul 2022 20:34:07
Rice would be a great signing. He would complete the midfield.

5.) 27 Jul 2022 01:04:38
Rice is a wonderful player, his clubs captain who has got better each year, I do t understand why anyone would knock him at all.

6.) 27 Jul 2022 08:52:27
Rice is a great player who'd improve the starting 11 of most if not all teams in the EPL.

That said I don't see United chasing after his signature with EtH as manager. He isn't the highly technical type midfielder that EtH builds his side around.

Also when asked why he has focused more on players from outside the EPL this summer in terms of signings, EtH said that EPL player, particularly British players come with a high price that he/ the club didn't feel was worth it. Or words to that effect.

I can't imagine he'd sanction a 100m+ deal for a player who doesn't perfectly fit his criteria.

Maybe what he wants from a midfielder might change between now and next summer after he has had a year to learn and adapt to the EPL. But I wouldn't count on it.

7.) 27 Jul 2022 12:05:33
Rice to Chelsea, Bellingham to City or Liverpool. Two outstanding midfielders who will never wear the United shirt IMO. Unless Chelsea seriously implode I just can't see how Rice wouldn't end up there - stays in London, Top 4 club, playing with his best mate Mount, earning £250k+ a week.

And his feet won't become webbed when moving to Its Grim Up North.

The rest of us have to put up with it. Rice won't.



10 Jul 2022 17:43:38
Hi Ed002, if you’re in the UK, hope you’re enjoying the sun!

If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind gifting us with ETH/ United’s alternative MF targets if De Jong collapses please? I know you've mentioned the main target was SMS until ETH persuaded them towards FDJ - and Rice seems unobtainable for now? - but might there be any other targets such as Neves or Tielemans? Maybe a wild card or two?!

Thanks as always for any info you are generous enough to provide.


{Ed002's Note - It would be as I have previously explained save for the likes of Mattias Svanberg, Amadou Haidara, Enzo Fernandez and Franck Kessié (amnd others) who can be discounted. SMS may be available to MU still; Se Jong I have explained about; Neves perhaps; Laimer I very much doubt.}

1.) 10 Jul 2022 20:45:21
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply Ed002 - apologies for any repetition with previous answers.

{Ed002's Note - Noproblem.}

2.) 10 Jul 2022 21:49:28
Ed - thanks as always, this list doesn’t look all that promising.
So it’s FDJ, SMS, or Neves?

3.) 11 Jul 2022 00:38:27
Eds said neves and fdj play different positions i believe fdj and sms would be pogba replacements and neves and laimer matic replacements.



07 Jul 2022 12:35:55
Hi Ed002,

Sorry to bother you but social media suggesting Chelsea now very keen on De Jong.

Any truth to these rumours please?

Thanks as always for any response.


{Ed002's Note - Frenkie de Jong (CM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell although if a significant offer (perhaps €90M) were made, their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. There is a chance that a deal involving Lewandowski and cash could see something happen. During discussions between Barcelona and Chelsea, options for a number of players were discussed but Chelsea do not again want protracted negotiations which led nowhere over another player last summer - they may make a take it or leave it offer including a player or perhaps two. Manchester City may provide another solution using Laporte or Silva as part of the deal - and don't be surprised if PSG switch their attention to him but have preferred targets. Manchester United did switch their attention to de Jong but have failed to make an acceptable offer to Barcelona - and it would be a hard sell for MU without Champions League, although no doubt having a coach he knows well will help. Manchester United are still talking to Barcelona about the player but at some point will revert to other ideas. And he could yet stay where he is.}

1.) 07 Jul 2022 12:53:27
Thanks for the swift reply Ed002 - always good to know what’s really going on.

2.) 07 Jul 2022 16:26:58
I think the fact he's owed £17m by Barcelona may have a bearing on his transfer. he wants it before he leaves.

3.) 07 Jul 2022 19:04:41
I think its just another click bait. Chelsea is linked to ~15 players since the takeover.

And just to mention the few, Sterling, Raphinha and De Ligt, which are all above 50mil.

4.) 07 Jul 2022 20:48:45
Guy asked you about Chelsea interest in De Jong and you copy your comment from long time ago that includes City, Bayern, Man Utd and Chelsea. Things change over time probably. Why don't you just answer his question about Chelsea?

{Ed002's Note - It is not the same.}

5.) 07 Jul 2022 21:04:45
Thanks Ed002 for all that you do and share. Has there been any indication where FDJ would like to go if he decides to leave Barca?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

6.) 07 Jul 2022 23:15:41
Tha k you ED2 for thw I sight, its much appreciated on this forum.




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10 Aug 2022 12:29:04
Just watched James Muppetiers latest video and really interesting some of the explanations he raises to contextualise the current situation:

1. Transfer targets manager led, with scouts by-passed will always be disasterous as he needs to stick to what he’s good at coaching and leave recruitment and scouting to D of F and analysts. Hence Arnautovic, as manager will always go for who he knows. At Ajax, Overmars and VDS did this for him.

2. Positive side is that United are setting up an analysis based recruitment system akin to Liverpool and city (albeit years too late) which should identify the right players for ETH who will fit way he plays (as Liverpool do so brilliantly)

3. However, not be set up in time for this Summer so mistakes like Rabiot etc will be made as ETH not equipped to scout players, only coach them

4. And next year, absolute imperative we qualify for CL or else we’ll have no money. Hence panic buying now.

5. Linked to this is preparation for worst case scenario where incomings will be our youth players only, who need to be hardened for this by going out on loan (hence Laird, who will be Dalots successor) and possibly even Alvarez. To fit into this, wouldn’t surprise me if GRner, Iqbal, Savage, McNeill, Mengi and Hannibal go out on loan soon - will need to be ready to join first team next year if we don’t get CL.

Given competition for top 4, can see us going all out for Europa League this year (though Arsenal and drop outs from CL…)

Woukd urge you to give his video from yesterday a watch, whether you think it’s a load of billocks or not.


1.) 10 Aug 2022 13:14:41
Some interesting points.
I like to think I'm a positive fan, it was only one bad result and there is still time left in the window. but I can I really see Utd finishing in the top 4? Absolutely no chance is my reluctant opinion.

2.) 10 Aug 2022 13:51:22
Not sure any of us expects top four. We know we are far far behind, it's not just the players on the pitch but the structure, personnel, stadium, owners, where do you stop.

Expecting an up and down season as normal and how long before the manager gets fed up and is snapped up by a better team.

3.) 10 Aug 2022 14:17:27
Top 5 is already done ✔ ? we are lucky if we got 6th.

4.) 10 Aug 2022 14:19:31
Firstly it's never worth wasting your time on something you believe to be bolloxs. Times precious why waste it on something you don't believe in or doesn't enhance your life.

Secondly, you know what a Muppeteers is? It's the puppet master pulling the strings of the puppet/ muppet.

Whose strings do you think they are pulling? In that case what does that make you? ?.

5.) 10 Aug 2022 15:17:46
Muppetier guy said Maguire is quality.
Stopped reading their page ever since.

6.) 10 Aug 2022 15:23:40
they sold a lie to us all towards the end of last season.

I new era, new way of doing business, its all a load of pr BS to get the season tickets sold.

ETH has been set up to fail already

these leachy owners need to go.

7.) 10 Aug 2022 20:16:39
Shappy, surely you can’t tell me you’ve never had your strings pulled?

8.) 10 Aug 2022 23:28:02
Wallace, of course I have. Everyone has had their strings pulled at some point. The trick is to recognise it and to learn from it so people can't keep doing it.

So if they are the Muppeteers, then who are the Muppets whose strings they are pulling?

9.) 11 Aug 2022 08:16:03
Very meta Shappy, perhaps their strings are being pulled by their supposed sources at United, which means they are certainly sevindcstring and we are merely vessels to be filled by the hyperdermic syringe of curiosity.

However, whether our strings are being pulled or not, if you enjoy it then why not allow yourself to receive a tug or two.

10.) 11 Aug 2022 08:20:39
On a serious note Shappy, surely you’re as guilty as trying to influence opinion with your posts as every other media influencer?

The trick is to consider all opinions and arrive at a considered, well-researched outcome and not be blinded by one point of view.

Then your strings really are being pulled.



09 Aug 2022 10:29:25
James Robson has captured United approach to transfers perfectly:

Waited too long to sign Sesko - usual businessman haggling approach which doesn’t work in modern football (Glazers penny pinching) ; should just paid the fee and Woukd have got him. But no, United in their arrogance thought they could negotiate better deal as player bound to want to come to United and wait for them to agree a lower fee.

Thus evolution of a United transfer:

Nunez (Liverpool just paid) - Anthony (couldn’t haggle price down) - Sesko (could’ve just paid) - Arnautovic….

How just do incompetent…,

Won’t change while businessmen make the decisions or get a decent scouting structure.

Please not Arnautovic.


1.) 09 Aug 2022 10:56:23
Unless Ten Hag pulls this disastrous squad together, I think it could get even more uncomfortable for the owners.

Coming up on a decade since we've won the league, there have always been people in the way shielding the Glazers somewhat. Each new manager bringing a fresh start and some optimism. We've signed some big names in football albeit with several of them passed their sell by date.

The Glazer masterstroke of pulling on the sentimental heartstrings hiring Ole bought them time. With many fans caught up in a civil war of whether Ole was second coming of Fergie. Sadly for us he was more Darren Ferguson and not Alex.

Now we have a coach on the way up. If he didn't sign for us he would have been on the shortlist for the top jobs in football very soon. If these players resort to type and we have another poor season, Ten Hag won't be in the firing line. There's no Woodward to take the blame, there's no smiling manager to take the blame. It will lay solely at the feet of the owners.

Now they're probably impervious to feeling any sort of pressure from fans as they've been hated everywhere they've gone in the sporting world. But the tide has changed. With the likes of Neville using every chance he gets on national TV to say "sell up". I genuinelly think we're a few underwhelming signings and one poor season away from empty stadiums and mass protests.

Murtagh showed some of his cards when he engaged with the fans. He said something like "the protests make us look bad in front of our sponsors" even though we think the owners are bulletproof. With cracks in the stadium being visible, maybe the cracks in the ownership are starting to show.

Some job Mr Ten Hag has on his shoulders.

2.) 09 Aug 2022 11:34:10
I don't think the Glazers care as the get their dividends and the debt is on the club. i don't see them being forced out at all personally even if i would like them to go.

In my opinion if things continue as they are it will be ETH that ends up taking the fall. Its quite toxic in our club at the moment what with the team being booed off after 45 minutes of competitive season and players (even new ones) being written off after one game (obviously people who forget about evra/ vidic first games etc) .

I was hoping that the fans (not supporters) would cut a bit of slack considering a new coach, trying to create a new team identity etc but it appears not. I would be surprised if any player wants to join having heard everything last season or the response at half time on sunday.

Just so negative at the moment and I am not saying people should not have the right to voice their opinion just that i cannot see how voicing it in the first competetive game is fair or what benefits it brings the team, individual players or time for ETH to try and get things right. Am sure people will disagree with me and that is cool, we all think differently but would be interested in peoples thoughts on how booing helps?

3.) 09 Aug 2022 11:41:53
They’ll only sell when the club is on its knees and stops being a personal ATM for them.

4.) 09 Aug 2022 12:27:59
I mean there were chants from United fans at the Brighton game wishing death on the Glazers, along with brawls breaking out amongst United fans.

It does seem like its becoming ever more fractious at the club and certainly an uncomfortable place to be. I can't imagine many people would want to sit in the Directors box at Old Trafford while thousands of people chant death threats at you.

How long until some idiot decides to try and act out those threats. It could become dangerous.

While the reality is the Team Viewer like Chevrolet before them have no intention of extending or renewing their shirt sponsorship deal.

While a club stuck in mid-table mediocrity will also put off new sponsors and current ones from renewing sponsorship. Or at the very least put them off at previous figures, and would expect to pay far less than before. While Richard Arnold told fans that the protests themselves are off putting to sponsors and restrict the clubs ability to bring income in to the club.

Sponsorship drying up, lack of UCL funds and penalties tied into current sponsorship deal due to a lack of UCL football, along with a growing fractious and disenchanted fanbase who are chanting death threats during games.

Things could be coming to a head, unfortunately for United fans things will likely have to get much worst before they have any chance of getting better.

5.) 09 Aug 2022 12:47:02
TBF we were being quoted 50 million pound for Sesko and he has now been sold to Leipzig for 24mil euros, understand we need reinforcements but being bent over a barrel is what got us in this mess.



03 Aug 2022 08:56:06
Ornstein today confirming serious Chelsea interest in FDJ.

Chelsea also have players Barcelona interested in to sweeten negotiations.

So, if FDJ forced out, might come down to FDJ having to make a choice between United and Chelsea…

Manchester and Europa vs London and Champions League….

Personally I hope United now focus on Fabian Ruiz (similar player to FDJ but better defensive stats) and Sangare (DM) and get two midfielders in for the price of FDJ.

Sesko looking promising and Benni McCarthy looks like a really promising coach.

And hope Ronaldo leaves (part of deal for Ruiz?! )


1.) 03 Aug 2022 09:35:03
I know they're flush but . Koulibaly, Sterling, probably Cucurella, maybe Fofana, and they haven't even replaced Lukaku yet (in fact are entertaining the idea of letting Werner go on loan) . are they really going to go for another massive outlay?

2.) 03 Aug 2022 10:03:39
Chelsea will spend. They have the funds and bosses who want to make a statement and really challenge for titles. They have seen Arsenal and Spurs spend and know that there are realistically three teams who will be fighting for that all important champions league place. Shame our club hierarchy aren't as focused.

3.) 03 Aug 2022 10:05:17
If they offer Azpi and Alonso in part exchange (combined 40m? ) then be 40m extra for FDJ (though surely be some FFP restriction on wages at least? )

4.) 03 Aug 2022 10:08:32
I thought Chelsea might not do aswell this upcoming season, but they seem to be signing good players. They certainly need a forward.

5.) 03 Aug 2022 10:25:51
azpilicueta and alonso would probably be closer to £4m than £40m.

Ten Hag and the club are going to look extremely foolish if FDJ ends up at Chelsea after chasing him for 3 months and maintaining the line that no other central midfielder in world football comes as close to FDJ in suiting ETH's system.

Starting another season with MCFRED as the midfield pivot is criminal IMO.

Here's hoping that eriksen can work his way into a deeper role and Bruno starts playing like an adult footballer again.

6.) 03 Aug 2022 10:28:51
The club are going to look like incompetent idiots if they fail to sign De Jong after all these months. I hate to imagine the kind of response we’ll see if he moves to Chelsea though.

7.) 03 Aug 2022 10:49:45
Would be a blessing if he signs for them soon, he doesn’t want to come to us and we need to move on, chasing him until deadline day and not signing anyone else would be a disaster. Let’s hope if he’s going there and genuinely doesn’t want to come they snap him up quickly and it doesn’t drag.

No panic here, leave that to twitter.

8.) 03 Aug 2022 11:17:47
Just to cheer up the doom mongers, I actually think we’ve done extremely well so far in the window three excellent signings from what I’ve seen! Granted I’d of wanted more but pleased so far .

9.) 03 Aug 2022 11:31:05
I mean, the fact that we would have to wait for another club to come in for him so we can move on is pathetic. Should have moved on a month ago.

Amateur hour.

10.) 03 Aug 2022 11:34:41
Me too Chris.
There will be others just don't know who yet.

11.) 03 Aug 2022 11:43:42
Agree GDS, gives time to get others in.

Potential alternatives touted as FDJ replacements:

Fabian Ruiz (my personal favourite - DM/ CM like FDJ, creative passer and can run midfield)

Ruben Neves: won’t fit ETH pressing style as concerns over his athleticism

SMS: again, doesn’t suit ETH blue print . Also more of a CM

Rice: wouldn’t mind getting him and coaching him to ETH way of thinking

Tielemans: not keen, seems to have a bit of an attitude and think he’s more of a CM

Sangare: betree as destructive foil to more creative partner

Renato Sanchez: too injury prone

Konrad Laimer: more destroyer than creator

Koopmeiners: progressive passer but still emerging

Preference Woukd be Fabian Ruiz and Konrad Laimer. But both will never happen.

As GDS said, just get it sorted asap.

12.) 03 Aug 2022 12:13:12
Op- personal choice would be forget FDJ. Not a fan of Neves, sanchez injury prone but would like to see Laimer in a utd shirt: we have a history of tough tackiling ball winning mids, robson, keane etc. Always liked SMS andrumoured to be around 50m? change out of the fdj money allegedly to maybe get dest or rb in? wouldn't be against depay on a free and would be very happy with the window.
Telles out on loan is a goer and shifting bailly, tuanzebe and awb would be beneficial as minutes on the pitch would be minimal for these guys, add jones to that.
Priority today mr Ten Hag if you're reading- fine cr7 2 weeks wages and get rid . Let him buy out his deal and go - we save the wages, but more importantly get rid of the soap opera a year earlier. Also dean henderson hasn't done himself any favours and his situation should be monitored. These guys are supposedly pro athletes who should have a bit more to their behaviour.

13.) 03 Aug 2022 12:26:03
If FDJ moves to Chelsea and we are looking at alternatives, what about Jourginho?

14.) 03 Aug 2022 12:46:08
Not that we know exactly what's happening with de Jong but United appear to be doing exactly what the manager wants by holding out for the player. If he doesn't come, or joins another team, so be it. There's no point in rushing into purchasing another inferior player just for the sake of making the fan's feel happy during the transfer window, because those fans will be the first to turn on the club when the transfer doesn't work out. Rather than regard the saga as a failure I think it's a highly positive statement of intent. The club is backing EtH to the maximum extent of the now reduced budget.

15.) 03 Aug 2022 13:11:33
Shawthing, I see where you coming from its just that fdj according to a variety of statements doesn't want to come to us. We have tried but he is although a top talent in his position, not the only piece of the jigsaw that may fit: just an expensive one.

It could be countered that by pulling away from the deal also shows a positive statement of intent that we will not be treat like crap and messed with false hopes by Barcelona or any other club. We have always paid over the top for players and that is why we fail to shift them when required.

Also, one for the eds to clarify possibly, but Barcelona have issues with fdj for as long as we have had interest and haven't burst their size5's to resolve. this is more pressing as if they don't shift personnel they can't or will struggle to register lewandowski, kessie etc etc.

16.) 03 Aug 2022 13:42:26
The means justify the end. If the manager has his heart set on De Jong, then let's see how it plays out. If he's happy to get through a couple of opening games without midfield reinforcements then that's him rolling the dice.

Two ways to look at it. We look like fools chasing a player that for intents and purposes doesn't want to come. Or we're composed, know who we want and won't be forced into the market buying players that we don't 100% want.

I'm sure we'll sign someone before the window closes.

17.) 03 Aug 2022 14:41:52
Mumbles either way the folk with all the double standards will throw their toys from the pram.
There is no pressing most united fans right now that's for sure.
The fans either dislike the players, the linked players, the manager, the owners, the coaches, the stadium, or the training facilities.
So there is no keeping most happy.
Some just want a sugar daddy to come in and change everything overnight.
Nonsense sentimental and emotional talk.
We have a challenge facing us and its a huge challenge. We can only face it 1 step at a time and that's what we will do.
Fans are Amatures but think they know it all when in reality they know sweet fanny Adams.

18.) 03 Aug 2022 14:52:02
Spot on ken.

19.) 03 Aug 2022 15:22:14
Ken, you are a massive hypocrite. You spent years crying about Ole, even though the club appointed him and he had more management experience than you. And here you are criticising other fans for behaving like you did.

20.) 03 Aug 2022 15:35:09
Until FDJ either signs a new deal with Barcelona, a deal with United or moves to another club the press will have to continue to speculate and keep the story going. Too many people invested in this story now for them not to have to add twists and turns to keep people going until it comes to its conclusion.

Do your best to ignore it all, 99% of it is made up rubbish, of the current 168 players we have been linked with this window only three have signed. Which makes the other 165 probably bollocks to make you click the link or buy the paper.

21.) 03 Aug 2022 16:41:12
Just to add to the doom, Chelsea in for Sesko.

(Think our back up is the tall fella who plays for a German club)

How much money are they going to spend?!

More gazumping in this window than an 80s estate agents!

22.) 03 Aug 2022 16:53:14
Whether it’s Fdj or someone else the reality is that we seriously need strengthening in that area, we can’t be doing with another season of mctominay and Fred can we? That spells calamity. I agree that we shouldn’t just sign anyone if the Fdj deal goes south but surely there should be backups in place if that happens, with some groundwork already done. Fred I think can improve under ETH to what level I’m not sure, as for mctominay I just don’t think he can cut it at this level.

23.) 03 Aug 2022 16:55:25
Ken, just because we're calling the way the club is run and the quality of the squad and facilities, it doesn't mean we're "amateurs". Non of us have thrown our toys out of the pram. Are you satisfied with the squad, facilities and the way the club is run? If you are, then that's fine, but to most of the fans, it's not good enough.
We've been without a title for 9 years without a trophy for nearly 5 years. No one gives us the right to win anything and everything, but we need to see a clear plan. The plan has started with the excellent appointment of ETH. We've bought decent players. But ETH needs to be backed. The club need to sort the Ronaldo issue, the investment into the facilities, the transfers, the players contracts. And if the current owners can't do this, then we will continue protesting until the club has owners who can.
We all want the same for our club, and we know its going to take a bit of time for ETH to impose his methods, but he's going to need help from the club, the coaches, the players and from us, the fans.
I'm not holding out much hope for a top 4 finish, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be losing my voice during every match as I'll be supporting our team 100%.

24.) 03 Aug 2022 22:14:28
Bang on AAA. As United supporters who actually go to Old Trafford we only want the best for the football club.

We want the club to act in a professional and efficient manner when dealing with transfers. We want contracts and wages to be administered in a controlled manner for once.

We want the stadium to move with the times and reflect the fan base. We want the training facilities to be the best training facilities in the world.

We want the infrastructure in and around the ground to give the best supporter experience.

We want all of this because we love the club and want it to be on a par with its world standing……. at the very pinnacle of world football.



10 Jul 2022 14:00:57
Regardless of any transfers, perhaps the most productive move this Summer to kick start the rebuild is to move on Ronaldo.

1. No plater is bigger than the club, no matter how many Instagram followers he has. He’s starting to over shadow everything good, all positive preseason training reports etc

2. Apparently, platers last year were intimidated by him and felt the need to pass to him all the time, so it became a one man team. Look at decline in Bruno…

3. He doesn’t fit a modern hard-pressing multi-positional philosophy that ETH wants to create.

4. Wages are astronomical

5. Better to look forward, not back.

Probably more reasons too. Yes, he’s a legend but his time has now gone.

If he goes I think there will be a big collective sigh of relief from many people at the club and hopefully be the end of the Woodward sign for brand rather than potential era.


1.) 10 Jul 2022 14:26:51
We could do with a few platers to help rebuild O. T.

2.) 10 Jul 2022 14:50:01
Think Shaw would be chuffed to have a few more platters at the club.

3.) 10 Jul 2022 15:04:35
Agreed, yet all could become overruled by the complete lack of options at no.9 we have.

Martial should never play for us again and certainly won’t run in the way ETH wants and Rashford is a left winger, nothing else.

I’d only be happy letting Ronaldo leave IF an out and out centre forward was signed first, and another were soon to follow.

4.) 10 Jul 2022 15:10:43
Partridge had a big plater.

5.) 10 Jul 2022 15:50:45
Lol! Damn autocorrect (and my eyesight)

Here’s hoping the platers don’t get eaten alive by Liverpool on Tuesday!

6.) 10 Jul 2022 16:04:20
If Ronaldo leaves… Martial will be our top scorer next season.

7.) 10 Jul 2022 17:56:13
With 7 goals….

8.) 10 Jul 2022 18:10:00
To the point above. He’s our only recognised striker. So unless we have a replacement, why be happy if goes?

No exactly nailing the transfers in are we either so adding a striker to that list seems ambitious.

9.) 10 Jul 2022 18:22:36
Interesting points from the OP. Can’t really argue. No surprise that Bruno’s levels dropped considerably when Cristiano arrived. Maybe there was no intentional pressure from Cristiano himself, but it goes without saying that Bruno will have heaped pressure on himself to live up to his countryman’s high standards. Expect Bruno to be at it again if CR7 leaves.

10.) 10 Jul 2022 18:28:19
7 years of lazy nonsense from Martial. play Charlie McNeil there if the Glaziers are embarrassing enough to let Ronaldo leave without replacing him.

11.) 10 Jul 2022 20:10:57
If Ronaldo leaves I expect there to be a striker signed. However, there is no chance that the new striker will be on Ronaldo's level.

Yet that doesn't mean that the team will necessarily be worse off. We might bring someone in who suits how EtH wants to play, which may benefit the team overall.

12.) 10 Jul 2022 20:57:23
Martial and Garner are like signings. Think after Eriksen and a back up keeper we’re done. Amazing transfer window. Strengthened the defence, midfield and attack without breaking the bank.

13.) 10 Jul 2022 22:05:41
Danny, please ???

This club, is so amateur like it's unbelievable.

14.) 10 Jul 2022 22:54:08
Agree with the original post, we're better off without him. But I think everyone's ignoring the big giant elephant in the room (no not Maguire) . will a top CL team even come in for him? I'm not so sure.

15.) 10 Jul 2022 23:57:00
Danny. Nailed it ??.

16.) 11 Jul 2022 03:35:57
I’ve been saying this for a while…. we are SKINT! Don’t expect a glut of 40 million pound signings. I tend to agree with Danny.



07 Jun 2022 10:36:13
Hi Ed001,

Sorry to be such an alphabet pedant, but was wondering why, in the drop down menu for clubs, is “Everton” before the “European Rumours”?

Apologies for being such an anorak!


{Ed033's Note - the drop down menus aren't in alphabetical order.




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09 Aug 2022 18:36:33
Thanks for informed and polite response Ed002: you had every right to tell me to search past posts.

Thanks for your forebearsnce - always difficult to know what to believe at the moment!




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09 Aug 2022 11:25:17
Hi Ed002,

So sorry to bother you but, amidst the media excuses, briefings and general United incompetence, your info is really the only news we can absolutely trust.

(Still can’t believe United have pursue FDJ all this time despite being so obvious he didn’t want to come to United. So amateur - should’ve given up ages ago and got decent targets in begire they were all signed, such as Palhinha and Ruiz)

Thus, are you able to offer us any hope in these really dark days about potential realistic signings that United are actually trying to get? (Hopefully DM? )

Or are we going to be stuck with whinging weakling, mother-dominated Rabiot and awful knuckle-dragger Arnautovic?

Thanks for any response and will understand if your response is RTFP.


{Ed002's Note - As I have said before their are options but it is difficult to expect players to drop down a level in many cases. Rabiot wants to kickstart his career and the club seem to have switched attention to him from SMS.}



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09 Aug 2022 11:27:23
Apparently ETH very unhappy with Murtough’s competence this window and told Arnold that he needs someone in like paul Mitchell.




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09 Aug 2022 10:33:26
Yep absolutely amateur, childish and arrogant, still not making grown up, well-informed football decisions.

The people running the club have no clue about recruitment and will continue to destroy the club until they are replaced by football people.

So disappointing that nothing has changed.




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09 Aug 2022 08:37:22
It’s the complete lack of anticipation and planning that is so troubling: United always so reactive….

Look at what RBL just done: sign Sesko in a year to replace outgoing Nkunko….

Appearing so panic-stricken now…

Surely a huge question mark over scouting also - hope analysts brought in can rectify this.





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15 Aug 2022 08:29:18
At the very least we need a decent scouting and recruitment structure.

How on earth have a club like United not got one?

Everyone rise seems to got something.

Jyst such incredible ineptitude.




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14 Aug 2022 14:00:46
We’re in a real mess. The players can’t adapt to ETH’s and he can’t bring the right players in. And inept management structure don’t have a clue about scouting the right players for him. So, if ETH can’t coach the current players or adapt his style to the Prem, then we’re shafted for the season ?

Martinez clearly being targeted by teams; However, his attributes ideally suit a CDM, so maybe the best team at the moment is:


Dalot/ Williams
Maguire (?)






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13 Aug 2022 20:28:32
Unfortunately we have to accept we’re at rock bottom now like Liverpool were.




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13 Aug 2022 14:27:21
We’ll look like a team of goalkeepers.




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11 Aug 2022 08:20:39
On a serious note Shappy, surely you’re as guilty as trying to influence opinion with your posts as every other media influencer?

The trick is to consider all opinions and arrive at a considered, well-researched outcome and not be blinded by one point of view.

Then your strings really are being pulled.