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04 Jan 2020 14:57:55
Ed002, good afternoon.
Lots of reports today linking madrid and juve with player plus cash offers for pogba.
The players mentioned in part exchange groom juve are emre can or Raibot.
From madrid kroos.
Do you think any of those 3 players would want to join and of the 3 which player would suit best for United long term if a deal could be done?


{Ed002's Note - They have plenty of players they could include as part of the deal. It is perhaps no more than the batch picked today.}

1.) 04 Jan 2020 16:51:26
Adrien Rabiot could be a good signing. Good defensive instincts and work ethic with an expansive passing range, mobile and young enough to grow into the team.

Can I'm not a fan of, too inconsistent. While Kroos is getting on a bit and I wonder if he would have the appetite for the EPL now. Fast physical league when he's in this thirties and was never the quickest or most mobile.

Although not mentioned the other player from Juventus I personally would consider would be Bernardeschi. Excellent on the RW, creative, hard working and flexible enough to play RW, CAM, LW, RWB or LWB.

I would happily take Rabiot and Bernardeschi in a straight swap for Pogba.

{Ed002's Note - Zero chance.}

2.) 04 Jan 2020 17:52:40
Good. I don't tate Rabiot. Not wanted by PSG or Juve should tell you he should not be wanted by Utd.

3.) 04 Jan 2020 22:42:27
Salford, he was wanted by PSG. He ran his contact down and left on a free last summer.

4.) 04 Jan 2020 23:57:42
they fell out with his mother that says enough.

5.) 05 Jan 2020 09:17:45
And PSG and Juve are much better than we are.

6.) 05 Jan 2020 10:08:25
We do have form for taking difficult to handle highly talented Frenchmen and getting them to perform.

7.) 05 Jan 2020 10:22:31
Like William prunier?

8.) 05 Jan 2020 12:35:58
Wernt we linked with rabiot when he signed for juve in the summer? Wasn't he a free aswell? I can't see either wanting to join us in our current state, the club seems to have no direction do they.

{Ed002's Note - No, there was no interest shown by Manchester United in the summer - pleanty of clubs, but not MU.}



28 Nov 2019 19:36:33
Hi ed002. If the offer does come in from madrid or juve for pogba do you know which players they will try to involve in part exchange? I know you have said that the club tend to about this type of deal.
Why do you think a move for haaland would not be good at this time?
I know little of him to be honest. He appears to be doing very well in a weak league but also in the cl.
Finally if both matic and pobga leave in jan do you know uf the c lub plan to replace them in jan or wait until the summer?
Thanks for your time.


{Ed002's Note - Juventus will look to offer Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic and cash for Pogba and Chong. Real Madrid will offer a pick from any of their outbound players including Isco (AM), James (AM/RW), Toni Kroos (CM), Gareth Bale (RW/F), Mariano Diaz (S) or Isco (AM).}

1.) 28 Nov 2019 21:39:27
With all due respect. United should just take the money because the players on offer ain't worth it in my humble opinion. Secondly the only way to entice them to come to United is to offer them silly wages. Because right now we can't offer them the prestigious champions league football which they crave.

2.) 28 Nov 2019 20:53:15
See what ya did there Ed 002. Isco is coming to united in January boys and girls 😂😂😂.

3.) 28 Nov 2019 23:39:52
Depends what the money on offer is.

4.) 29 Nov 2019 00:41:29
I'll have 2 Isco's, please!

5.) 29 Nov 2019 09:33:48
3 years ago, I was a huge fan of Kroos. Makes passing look easy.
Set piece specialist on which our tall players like Maguire, Lindelof would thrive.

If he is still close to that level, McTominay and Kroos will be decent duo. McT's industriousness can complement Kroos's technical ability.

6.) 29 Nov 2019 10:18:05
Whilst I get there has been massive inflationary pressures on transfer prices over the last few years, has PP done anything to warrant the huge windfall your expecting .

Poor workrate and attitude sprinkled with a bit of flair (on the pitch and hair salon) and a load of flashy penalties.

Can't help but think the big clubs will look at his time with MUFC and price him accordingly, if you got offered what you paid for him you should bite their hands off just to be shut of him.

7.) 29 Nov 2019 11:22:27
Idontlooklikeklopp, I think your right. We are expecting a fee close to 150m, but what has he done to deserve that fee?

He isn't a young kid with potential, he is peaking as a player and he is peaking well below where most people thought he would.

I think we will be lucky to get 100m for him. There just isn't the interest in him to drive that up.

Its arugable that his stock was higher when we signed him than now.

8.) 29 Nov 2019 11:45:48
Agreed shappy, if Madison (many posters on here's wet dream) is worth the 80 mill you all seem to think, how is PP worth more.

Madison's English, younger, works harder, talented and seems a really good guy (see the articles regarding the poor young lass that died, and his brutal putdown of the sun comic) .

Bet Leicester wouldn't do a swap.

9.) 29 Nov 2019 11:51:41
Per Ed002, some significant investments could be made in January.
Excited that the squad will strenghten, just hope we get the right players in.

10.) 29 Nov 2019 11:54:58
Would take Isco and Bale and 700m tbh. Bales still a good player. Isco in Pogbas position. Then use the 700m to buy another few cms.

11.) 29 Nov 2019 15:36:17
Honestly I don't think I would take any of the mentioned players.

12.) 29 Nov 2019 23:45:43
I'd agree mort, wouldn't really want any of them. But that said, Isco and Kroos in front of mctominay would be an absolutely huge improvement on what we have, and given we have a pretty strong front 3, we'd probably be pretty good like that.

13.) 30 Nov 2019 11:24:40
Most of the players on that list are a big jump In class over what we have here.

14.) 30 Nov 2019 12:54:39
And most of them like isco or kroos wouldn't want to come here. Kroos would struggle in this league, he makes Fred look like billy whizz. The rest either aren't good enough or injury prone.

15.) 30 Nov 2019 23:27:56
Let's be realistic. No top top player from one of the premier European teams who might be challenging for champions league places or titles in their current county are going to want to come to us unless they are on not playing regularly or are on the decline.

16.) 01 Dec 2019 20:09:35
People saying they wouldn’t take any of the players on offer even though they are all better than what we have. Who exactly do you want?

17.) 02 Dec 2019 17:35:27

I would prefer we sign younger up and coming players with an age profile below say 25. I think they will fit better into this squad and can gel into becoming the next great team.

Not sure adding isco or kroos really fits well.



22 Nov 2019 22:25:00
Hi ed002 when you say he will have an option to leave in January do you mean a club will make a bid?


{Ed002's Note - Obviously Ken. I thought it was pretty clear.}

1.) 23 Nov 2019 04:13:54
Hope we have a replacement lined up Ed.
There were strong rumors about SMS towards the end of previous window.

2.) 23 Nov 2019 07:51:13
Guessing you’re talking about Pogba? Sorry, some thread/ ed2 comments maybe missing.



12 Nov 2019 19:51:57
Reports today that chong had turned down a contract and told the club he will be leaving in June.
If true its disappointing. Although he has not shown a great deal So far he has always been touted as a top talent.


1.) 12 Nov 2019 21:38:05
Dont blame him to be honest, if he can't get a kick with the paucity of options we have at right wing at the moment, then he will never get his chance when/ if the area is addressed in the transfer market.

2.) 13 Nov 2019 06:11:30
Yes DSG.
I haven't seen anything extra-ordinary from him.
No electric pace like DJ to play on the wing.
But he has some skills in his locker although that's not enough to make it at top level.

3.) 13 Nov 2019 16:57:47
Ive they to see him do anything to make me take notice. Gomes had some nice touches, Garner can find a pass, Greenwood is scoring, obviously Williams has been a revelation, but Chong has been forgettable every time I’ve seen him. They can’t all make it.

4.) 13 Nov 2019 18:25:43
To be honest I thought he looked better on the left than he has on the right. Which is a problem as we have Rashford, James and even Martial all comfortable from the left. He won't be getting minutes ahead of them.

I think he is a talent, but he needs a loan and to play regularly at a higher level than he has to kick on. He could be a great player, but he is one who needs a loan.

However, I can't see the club sending him out on loan without a new contract signed. They wouldn't agree Dean Henderson's loan until he renewed.

5.) 13 Nov 2019 22:56:31
him and gomes both look like if they played at stokes ground on a windy night they would blow over. they need a loan out in the championship for a season to toughen them up.

6.) 14 Nov 2019 09:49:50
Loll Dazzzz.



30 Oct 2019 22:29:13
Ed002. January is usually a difficult window to try and buy players especially those who are regular starters for their clubs.
Do you think that united will try to buy in Jan? and do you know what positions are seen as priority right now by the club?


{Ed002's Note - January is indeed not the best time to be buying but I expect MU will look to a DM player and then it will depend if anyone leaves. If they can also find a suitable S then that will also be a priority in January.}

1.) 31 Oct 2019 13:28:02
Based on what we've seen I'm expecting Mandzukic and either Eric Dier or Kalvin Phillips.

2.) 31 Oct 2019 15:11:48
I'd still love to see us go for Werner as a forward option. Ed002, do you happen to know whether this defensive midfield player is to replace Matic?


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United would be happy if Nemanja Matic were to leave in January and then they could look to a replacement - would be a significant kick in the gonads for those who have been playing, but MU is not a club that cares for their players any longer. If they over price NM they need not worry about it.

3.) 31 Oct 2019 16:30:49
Ed002 Thanks.
I would agree that a dm is a priority.

4.) 31 Oct 2019 19:17:51
Players don't care about the club and are transient by nature.

But I'd say the club cares about certain players.

5.) 31 Oct 2019 19:47:47
Ed002. If Matic leaves, a new DM would become a necessity. McT and Fred are doing very well but there s no backup for them except for Garner who is still a bit raw.
I don't think it s a case of caring or not for their players.

{Ed002's Note - How many DM players does the club need then?}

6.) 01 Nov 2019 15:22:21
Ed002 considering Ole s preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 which involves a double pivot, we need a backup for those 2 (Mc T and Fred) - Matic being the only current senior backup player. Hence I think we need at least 1 other player who plays in. that position considering we re playing twice a week and also the intensity.

7.) 02 Nov 2019 10:14:08
People have different ideas about what a DM actually is because there are different interpretations of the role to suit different tactics.

We have McTominay and Fred who are more box to box players who work hard defensively rather than holding midfielders who will sit, shield the defence and recycle the ball and try and launch attacks from deep.

Garner may develop into that sort of player, yet he has really flourish this season in the under 23's in a more box to box role which has seen him grab some important goals.

Matic was the kind of player we are lacking in the first team but his legs appear to have gone. He is still good at recycling the ball, but he lacks the ability to cover the defence due to his poor mobility and lack of pace.

So quite simply we are looking to replace Matic who appears to be finished at the top level in the EPL with someone younger and more mobile. Someone who can shield the defence better while also having the ability to hit quick accurate passes to break the lines quickly and launch counter attacks.

Ole keeps saying during interviews that he wants our players to play forward passes quicker.

So someone in that area of the pitch who can hit those passes is what we need.

8.) 05 Nov 2019 12:38:48
More of a deep lying playmaker or to go hipster a regista rather than a ball winning destroyer.




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18 Jan 2020 17:10:07
23 minute hat trick for haaland on his dortmund debut. WoW.


1.) 18 Jan 2020 17:45:51
But can he do it on a wet weekday night in Stoke! . Quite Probably he can.

2.) 18 Jan 2020 17:45:55
Probably a strong career choice. Dortmund will make him a star. Then Bayern or Real will make him a superstar.

3.) 18 Jan 2020 19:29:38
Yeah, but at least we didn't let Raiola hold us to ransom ken.

4.) 18 Jan 2020 19:31:23
Of course is early days but could go down as one that got away along with shearer ronaldhino and gazza. Those 3 turned fergie down so can't use this as a stock too beat anyone players have be turning down united for years. You win some you lose some its always been that way.

5.) 18 Jan 2020 20:05:14
The one who I always wanted at United was Batistuta. He would’ve taken the league by storm. One of my all time favourites.

{Ed002's Note - And likely available now.}

6.) 18 Jan 2020 20:14:49
Any chance of a bid Ed002?

7.) 19 Jan 2020 07:10:32
Batistuta was closest to signing for Liverpool.



16 Jan 2020 18:50:12
LLooks like deal agreed for young.
That's some big wages off the books.
Hopefully to make room for Fernandes.
I wonder will anyone else leave this winter. I suspect not but who knows.


1.) 16 Jan 2020 19:06:38
Thanks for the service but you stayed too long. A good example of where the club is at.
So is Maguire now the captain?

2.) 16 Jan 2020 19:24:09
Him with rash as vice at say james.

3.) 16 Jan 2020 19:47:02
Thought it was De Gea.

4.) 16 Jan 2020 19:47:24
De Gea should be captain in my opinion.

5.) 16 Jan 2020 20:19:28
I don't think de gea should be captain. Let him concentrate on his own game.
Im not a big fan of keeper captains personally.
Perhaps it will bring a bit more out of maguire. He is made of the right stuff. His game has flaws but he has the right attitude and character to be captain imo.

6.) 16 Jan 2020 20:48:50
Would still be nice to get rojo off the books, matic I think will go if we get 2 midfielders this window, otherwise he will stay and go on a free in the summer.
Few loans for the kids?

7.) 17 Jan 2020 00:12:12
Ddg doesn't even talk and communicate with his defence, so he's the last person I'll want as captain.



06 Jan 2020 21:19:50
Anyone watching the Leeds arsenal game?
Leeds great to watch in the 1st half full of energy passing technique.
A pleasure to watch a really well coached team.
They may all end up losing this one but this young team have arsenal a game unlike our spanners.


1.) 06 Jan 2020 21:31:42
Yes Ken I have been watching it. Leeds have been very well coached, they know their positions, run off the ball well, pass it well. You can see their pattern of play. They have given Arsenal a real shock and should have been two up at half time.

2.) 06 Jan 2020 21:50:32
kalvin phillips played well.

3.) 06 Jan 2020 21:55:07
If we played like that and lost I don’t think we could complain much. I don’t think Leeds have better players than us so are we really expecting too much from our current crop of players?

4.) 06 Jan 2020 22:02:26

It showed what a top level organised coach could do after setting a pattern of play,

5.) 06 Jan 2020 22:17:32
Indeed. I do love Bielsa. Just a proper coach who wants to be out on the training ground getting his ideas across. He has already left his mark on the English game through managers like Pep but it is nice to see him here coaching now.

We don’t want Leeds to be successful but there is a part of me that wants them to go up so that we can see Bielsa in the premiership. Would absolutely love it if we had him!

6.) 06 Jan 2020 22:44:39
I hope they get promoted. They will enhance the epl more than the likes of west Brom or stoke.

7.) 06 Jan 2020 23:45:26
Arteta clearly got a tune out of arsenal in the second half! Both tonight’s teams, give us a glimpse of how to press, what it looks like.
I dare say both teams looked fired up, passionate and commitment.
We can hope.

8.) 07 Jan 2020 11:07:26
Bielsa is a brilliant manager. Leeds are a shining example of what a top manager can do. It would be hard to argue any Leeds players being superior to United’s (barring Kalvin Phillips whose phenomenal) .

However, there is the odd narrative that no other manager would do better with this squad. Get a top class manager who knows what he’s doing, and results and performances will improve.

{Ed047's Note - 100% Park, it’s an absolute given.

9.) 07 Jan 2020 12:13:34
Bang on park. and ed047.
I don't think the Leeds set up is any better than ours above him but he gets on with coaching players like a proper coach should. Improving them.

10.) 07 Jan 2020 12:50:04
But we have to be patient guys! 😁.

{Ed047's Note - very

11.) 07 Jan 2020 14:23:33
Similarly Liverpool reserve team against Everton although missing the star names, played the same way as the 1st team. It proves that if a team is well coached the personnel doesn't have to me all the top players. Nobody can argue that Klopp, Pep or Bielsa wouldn't have our squad playing better. We made a huge mistake giving OLE the job and now seem to embarrassed to rectify it.

12.) 07 Jan 2020 15:33:02
Inhope can i change your statement a little.
Nobody can CREDIBLY claim that no other coach could have our players playing better than ole.

13.) 07 Jan 2020 16:34:17
Spot on Inhope. Ken unfortunately there are people (especially on Twitter) who are hell bent on the view nobody can to better than ole. But you are right mate.

14.) 07 Jan 2020 17:30:07
Twitter or twits?



04 Jan 2020 14:57:55
Ed002, good afternoon.
Lots of reports today linking madrid and juve with player plus cash offers for pogba.
The players mentioned in part exchange groom juve are emre can or Raibot.
From madrid kroos.
Do you think any of those 3 players would want to join and of the 3 which player would suit best for United long term if a deal could be done?


{Ed002's Note - They have plenty of players they could include as part of the deal. It is perhaps no more than the batch picked today.}

1.) 04 Jan 2020 15:29:58
Ok thanks. Just hope it gets done in jan .
I won't hold my breath.

2.) 04 Jan 2020 15:59:32
Rabiot would be a good addition, kroos is pure class but at the arse end of his career so I'd be surprised if we were into that.

I'm past caring who we get in return at this point, I just hope we move pogba on, we are in enough trouble atm and the continued circus is just making things worse.

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt that you will be seeing Rabiot.}

3.) 04 Jan 2020 16:11:18
Unfortunate ed, think he is a very good player.



02 Jan 2020 10:10:36
I have to say i am quite torn on the January window.
Its obvious we need new players.
But i think we should not spend until the summer when we have a proper football manager in charge of the team.


1.) 02 Jan 2020 10:35:58
The entire season has been like this Ken.
1 step forward 2 steps backward or 2 steps forward and 1 step backward.

We seem to be over playing some of the players as well. Two quality signings will definitely help in the top 4 push.
Our rivals are also dropping points almost every week.
It's a shame we can't take advantage of it.

2.) 02 Jan 2020 10:42:55
The hashtags ken 😂. I’m of that view too. I think if he isn’t backed then it suggests the board will look in a different direction.

3.) 02 Jan 2020 10:46:05
Our manager can't get the best from what he has TRD.
Maguire looks worse than he did at Leicester
Awb looks worse them when he was at palace.
I wouldn't give ole another player to destroy.

4.) 02 Jan 2020 10:46:13
That's the million dollar question Ken. Admit our mistake and get a competent manager in or double down and back the manager who is clearly out of his depth. I'd hazard a guess and say we'll do something in between. We'll get maybe one in in January and Ole will be sacked at the end of the season.

Forward planning was never our strong suit.

5.) 02 Jan 2020 10:58:12
I feel Maguire is having trouble having to cover for the lack of positional sense in Luke Shaw.

Yesterday Matic although decent at times, didn't really close the space often against the Arsenal attackers.

Furthermore, The bench is too weak. Having to bring on Mata and Andreas shows how weak the depth of the squad is.

We are missing the energy of McTominay very badly.

6.) 02 Jan 2020 11:04:16
So rather than back your your manager and want the best this season for the club you'd be happier for us not to sign anyone when we desperately need cms and have for 12 mths and potentially lose more ground and have a season where we definitely finish outside the top 4 so Ole gets sacked. Instead of saying yeah there are problems, there have been for a long time, they are not all of oles making, there is progress in some areas, notablely use of youth and I think the development of rashford, martial, greenwood, James, Williams etc, maybe with 2 or 3 high class signings we could really push to cement top 4 or higher. Are people forgetting Chelsea and spuds dropped points this week.
People saying yesterday how arteta is doing to arsenal in weeks what ole has never done. Lol people forget his first 17 games, how many wins were there, psg miracle etc. Did people forget we had a new manager bounce too. Sure sack Ole, we might get another bounce, and then we can sell another 18 players and buy another 12 and all the while the years go by.

7.) 02 Jan 2020 11:22:40
Of that team that started last night, I suspect only rashford for sure, awb if he improves his attacking and Maguire possibly but by no means certainly will be part of our team that eventually begins the resurgence and sees us compete at the top again, without big changes we are so far behind the top teams .
We have a 200 million defense is that really the best defense you could assemble for that money, a midfield that I don't think scares anyone and has woeful creativity, still very little down right side of attack, I like james and glad we got him but to cover both wings as back up for me . Jury still out on martial for me uptop as I think other areas a bigger problem
I do think a better coach would see us with more points but we shouldn't kid ourselves that team last night would challenge city or liverpool whoever was in charge .
Lots of areas need addressing but fred matic and lingard as a starting midfield is a no brainer to me where to start .

8.) 02 Jan 2020 13:41:08
Ross i just don't want the club to spend money on player the new manager might not want.
It compounds the problem.
Of course i want the best for the season which is why I'm torn.

9.) 02 Jan 2020 13:53:42
I get that Ken but what I would say is Ole has spent well, perhaps the best of all recent managers, its widely known that we have had terrible recruitment so one would hope that it would be the right players for the club rather than just the right players for Ole so that if results do continue to disappoint and regretfully in my opinion sack Ole, the players should still lhe of the calibre needed for a new manager.
What I don't want is for a new manager to come in and for example say he wants to build the team around pogba again. I'm sorry but I way more passionalty want pogba out of my club.

{Ed002's Note - That is not how money is spent - OGS is no more than a small cog in that process as I have explained before.}

10.) 02 Jan 2020 14:31:31
You mean in that Ole is not the one responsible for the 3 transfers we have brought in so far Ed? . I get what you're saying in that Ole is only a small part of the process, ie, scouting, recruitment, contracts etc
But I'm sorry I don't get what you mean by that's not how money is spent however if I've picked up correctly and then make the point that if Ole is only a small part in the process then there should be no fear in the club buying players while he is our manager with the excuse they could not suit another manager.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained before that is not how it works.}

11.) 02 Jan 2020 15:27:06
I need to go back and revise 😂.




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18 Jan 2020 15:24:21
Your slipping again Ni. 😂😂😂.




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18 Jan 2020 15:04:35
Ni you are slipping into old habits again. bruno on the brain😂😂😂.




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14 Jan 2020 13:26:34
Shappy when your student days are over and you go back into the workplace looking for a job you will soon find out that the ideological world you speak of does not exist.




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08 Jan 2020 21:06:21
Davie there is talk of him going to join rodgers at Leicester. Good move vardy won't last forever.




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05 Jan 2020 20:02:49
I hope so ed.





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19 Jan 2020 22:21:43
Angel in fairness he was tripe for a while😂😂 opinions change with form.
With rash out now we are really light up front on numbers. Pogba should be fit in a month or so
Its going to be an interesting last week of the window. Top 4 somehow is still achievable. I just don't think ole can lead us there unless he pullss a few rabbits out of the hat before the end of the month.




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19 Jan 2020 21:05:49
Paragraph 5 totally unnecessary DB.
Can't fault the players today. We could have done a lot better it could have been a lot worse. I don't think any player was below average today and i don't think too many were above average. We looked better in our usual shape in the last 10 mins they got a bit nervy and we applied good pressure but couldn't knick one. We fluffed our lines on the 3 or 4 chances we made. Normally you would expect to score from at least 1. So the plan nearly worked. But ultimately failed due to not trying to win from early enough.




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19 Jan 2020 20:45:17
Now park i get the sentiments but i think 3 4 or 5 Fred's would be enough for anyone😂😂
But you got to say In terms of energy and effort he would but the Duracell bunny to shame.
Lots to like about fred.




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19 Jan 2020 15:20:15
Agree NI. And you didn't mention bruno once😂😂.




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19 Jan 2020 11:44:06
Well said ed047.
Shappy i said the same. Players turning united down for years. Alaways have always will. You win some you lose some.