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31 Dec 2020 18:10:55
Ed002 thanks for the review below.
Just when you mention Saul you said 'not January' is he a realistic summer target ed?
Thanks and happy new year .


{Ed002's Note - Not right now he is not a summer target. Manchester United would be interested if they had cleared out midfield and if he were available.}

1.) 01 Jan 2021 19:44:00
Happy new year to everyone.

What does “cleared out the midfield” mean?
Pogba and Lingard sold for cash?
Anyone else?

Thank you very much Ed002.

2.) 01 Jan 2021 22:28:09
Guessing offloading Pogba is the key one here and then finding a role for VDB. Lingard surely not even in the equation.



01 Dec 2020 08:53:21
Good morning ed002.
Do you expect Manchester United to try and get any new players in during the Jan window.? Who if anybody are the club targeting?
Secondly do you think we will be able to sell on any players? Is there any interest in any of our players from elswhere?
Thanks for your time.


{Ed002's Note - I don't see a concerted effort to do anything specific in January right now and my expectation is that clubs will not be looking to do too much in January as it is very difficult to plan for. Ighalo is out of contract in January and the club need to make decisions about those out of contract in the summer. The club will look toward players for the summer and already many clubs are talking to each other and agents about what will happen next summer. The club will look to add a third choice GK, perhaps internally, a CB, DM, and perhaps a LM. Much depends on sorting out the midfield problems.}

1.) 01 Dec 2020 12:11:29
Thought as much ed thank you.
Jan never the best time and with the unpredictability around finances its even worse this year.
I think shifting a few out will take priority this winter.
I hope that we can do that. Rojo and mata are both out of contract in the summer i'm not sure who else is.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say:
Sergio Romero (G) out of contract
Lee Grant (G) out of contract
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB) out of contract
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) out of contract
Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract
Edinson Cavani (S) out of contract
Odion Ighalo (S) out of contract in January}

2.) 01 Dec 2020 13:26:29
Amateurs may still offer or trigger options players have to their contracts.

3.) 01 Dec 2020 14:09:33
i think cavani will likely get a new deal

the rest can leave for me.

4.) 01 Dec 2020 15:03:45
Cavani might be useful to keep for another year, he does have a one year extension option.

All the others should be allowed to leave. None are anywhere near the first 11, they are taking up a lot of wages and even if given a new deal we wouldn't be able to get much for them. Best cutting ties and allowing them to move on.

5.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:07
I'd keep Cavani as he is useful. The others can go as it will free up spaces in the squad aswell as wages. After all, C.V. effects will last some time. We need a new shirt sponsorship soon, it will more than likely be less than what we got last time.

6.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:19
All of those players out of contract should be let go only one I'd consider keeping is cavani but that will be based off how he does this season. also ed wouldn't Mata be on the list?

7.) 01 Dec 2020 15:27:16
Hasn't TFM signed a new contract?

{Ed002's Note - He may well have done - I didn't check

8.) 01 Dec 2020 15:56:50
I hope Woodward doesn't do the "need to protect the value" thing.

9.) 02 Dec 2020 03:41:32
So we are not after a rw now such as Sancho which is good news as I think buying him doesn't make sense afyer buying Diallo and Pelistri.

10.) 02 Dec 2020 09:31:02
At least Phil Jones is'nt out of contract, thank God.

11.) 02 Dec 2020 11:34:53
Many thanks as always, Ed002.

I wouldn't object to any of the out of contract players leaving, with the exception of Cavani who should be renewed for a further year.

Interesting that you mentioned the club may look at left midfielder, I can't understand that when we have Rashford and Martial for that role. Are you able to shed any light onto this please? If you have chance before Christmas a broader transfer target update would be much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Rashford and Martial are forwards not midfield players. Don't expect much if anything in January.}

12.) 07 Dec 2020 22:04:11
We absolutely have to keep Mata and not just for what he can still provide on the park as a fringe player. He embodies everything about being a Red. He loves his craft, he is passionate and gives 100% every time he steps on the pitch. More like him across the park and we would be flying. Sure he is older but purely as an example to the youngsters he has to stay and eventually become an ambassador. The rest can leave including the circus that is Pogba.



22 Nov 2020 12:20:18
Hi ed 002
There are several reports recently that Manchester United are showing interest in Evertons DOF Marcel Brands.
Do you know if there is any truth in this? His contract with Everton expires at the end of the season.
In your opinion would he be a good candidate and do you think he would get the structure he would like?


{Ed002's Note - Brands has a contract ending next year and much will depend how he feels after now being allowed greater control over at least the first team this season. He would be a great DoF but needs way more than Manchetser United would ever offer as he would want to instill the same approach and discipline throughout the club easing the process of bringing players through. It seems unlikely it would be viable.}

1.) 22 Nov 2020 13:19:22
Thanks ed002. Appreciate the switch response.



16 Oct 2020 17:33:38
As predicted the club have apparently triggered the 1 year extension on pogbas contract well before jan to prevent him leaving on a free next summer.
I wonder will this move trigger new contract talks or not.
Im not sure too many clubs want to pay a big fee but if he runs his contract down there would be no shortage of offers to consider i'm sure.
Let's hope ole finds a way to get him playing well.


1.) 16 Oct 2020 18:24:19
Who will be at United longer, Ole or Pogba?

2.) 16 Oct 2020 21:30:58
Just want to stop him leaving free i guess but tbh I'd pay for his taxi to wherever he feels like.

3.) 16 Oct 2020 18:59:49
Very good question Grim!

4.) 17 Oct 2020 10:03:35
Both need to go, edd too n we can maybe salvage our season.

5.) 17 Oct 2020 10:06:44
Worst kept secret in Manchester. His hearts been in Madrid for years. There ain’t a hope in hell that he’ll sign a new contract with us, it’s all been engineered by his agent to get him over there. He’d have been over there last year if Madrid had the money, but what they’ve probably said is hang on until you have a year left and we’ll sign you then when United are forced to take a smaller fee.

I hate the Spanish mob and their little games, you watch when he’s got a year left with us, they’ll wheel out Benzema in front of the cameras to spout about how great a player Pog is and he’ll always be welcome at the Bernabaeu. Plus, it’s no coincidence we’ve signed DVB, he’s obviously been identified as Pog’s replacement, it’s just that we had to sign him now at a decent price to prevent the fee been inflated when we inevitably flog Pog!

6.) 17 Oct 2020 14:07:48
If he’s smart he’ll sign a new deal with an agreed release clause and be gone in January. He’s 27 now and will be 29 by the time his contract’s up. He’ll get a nice signing on fee if he runs the contract down but will struggle to find anybody willing to give him a long contract - especially if his form hasn’t improved massively. Getting a big 5 year deal in January would make a lot more sense than wasting his best years at a club that he doesn’t want to be at and then getting a 2-3 year deal in 2 years time.

7.) 18 Oct 2020 10:45:41
Sad it didn’t work out with Pogba - but stop flogging a dead horse. He doesn’t want to be here anymore and that’s fair enough. You can’t keep someone against their will it’s crazy.

Encourage some decent bids, get him out in Jan and build the team around Bruno and VDB who looks a class act in the glimpses we have seen so far.

8.) 18 Oct 2020 12:48:37
why not be proactive for once and offer Pogba to Real in exchange for Rafael Varane in January or next summer. Both at the same age and the same contract length, should be a decent offer from our side.

We could cut some 30 million quid from our annual budget (13 million wages plus at least 19 million amortization from the fee paid to Juventus, not even accounting for agent fees etc. as I don't know whether they are deducted over the contracting period or as a one off) and thus make room for new signings.

9.) 19 Oct 2020 15:06:16
Why on earth would selling Pogba mean manchester united would gain money from Juventus. it would only change the timing within the accounts nothing else.

10.) 19 Oct 2020 20:45:17
I know what i would do with Pogba, tie his 2 feet into 1 boot around the back of his head and kick his ass to Spain for free! :D Fukn Mercenary!

11.) 19 Oct 2020 21:13:08
Pogba hurts his career. He should ask a transfer request to force a move away. No point hold a player who doesn't want to be here, again no point for him staying in a place doesn't want to. Its a lose-lose so i can't understand why they don't sit down to find a solution.



05 Oct 2020 18:46:45
Free reputedly agreed for smalling.
Delighted for him.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 18:59:47
Hes one of a few that gave his all for every manager since fergie. He might not be the standard that we want to be playing at but he can leave with his head held high! Good luck to him.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 19:21:05
A real shame that it’s taken this long. He’s been a good servant to us and should have been allowed to go much much earlier. Ed said all window we were asking for too much. We could have got this deal done weeks ago imo.

3.) 05 Oct 2020 19:28:53
Here here W16. and fee agreed obviously.

4.) 05 Oct 2020 19:49:27
Good to see it will go through, good luck Mike.




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22 Mar 2021 17:54:42
A great new sponsorship deal signed today.
Fred has been sponsored by specsavers as their 'before 'model.




22 Mar 2021 08:46:20
Our manager does not believe winning trophies is a sign of success and progression.
Our manager wouldn't change a thing about his team selection even though we lost.
I mean what's that all about?
This is not the mentality of a winner. Its the mentality of a perennial substitute who accepts being second best or 3rd best or 4th best.
Winning is for fools that's oles mantra.


1.) 22 Mar 2021 09:43:45
Exactly Ken. The life is being strangled out of this once great club. It all starts from the top. The clubs a joke. I read the other day whether it’s true or not probably will be though. Rashford improved deal on £300,000 Bruno improved £200,000 and Shaw improved deal on over £200,000 absolutely scandalous. Yes people will argue that Bruno deserves it, Rashford the golden boy who can do no wrong and Shaw who has improved but come on we’re talking astronomical numbers here and best of all Ole 9 million a year on 3 year deal. This club just goes from one disaster to another.

2.) 22 Mar 2021 12:13:30
Blackpool, it's almost like all the real problems at our club stem from further up than our manager.



09 Mar 2021 23:41:07
Not necessarily United related but can you give us some insight as to how you expect this summer transfer window to go given the severe financial impact to clubs during the 12>18 months?
Do you see a substantial reduction in fees generally as 30m plus seems to have been a regular fee for even mid to lower table pl teams and 40/ 50 m plus at the higher end?
Do you also see clubs being able to and looking to spend the 100 m fees for the mbappe's kanes neymars Maguires of this world?


{Ed002's Note - Some clubs are still in a good position financially still so you will still see a handful of higher end transfers but all clubs have suffered huge losses so in general you may see clubs looking at fewer changes than the would otherwise have made.}

1.) 10 Mar 2021 11:07:07
I think you left out one 'still' Ed :) :) :) lol.



08 Mar 2021 11:57:50
Yesterday I felt the manager and players got most things right against one of the best teams in Europe and the best in England by quite a distance.
A great start we could have been 2 or 3 up within 10 mins.
The dominated the next 30 mins but without really hurting us.
In the 2nd half we should have scored 3 but fluffed great chances.
We passed forward quicker and with intend running off the ball was much better.
Shaw was outstanding and awb not far behind. Martial was very good with his back to goal and brought others into play well. That was his best performance for a year and would have deserved his goal but it wasn't to be. It makes his lethargic last 12 months look hard to defend.
Ole deserves the credit for the approach yesterday. Others are improving we need to maintain the buffer built up yesterday for me was a bonus 3 points and keeps us just above what will be a dogfight for the minor but vital placings.
Can we have more of the same from now till the end of the season.? I loved hearing bruno say that. He has a winners mentality.


1.) 08 Mar 2021 13:36:50
Ken - I’ve said it a thousand times but against the lesser teams there is definitely a significant drop off in our energy, hunger and desire.

This Utd team can press, it can play on the front foot. We did it brilliantly against City yesterday and it led to the early penalty. We did it in the first half against Chelsea and we should have had another penalty. We created some good opportunities against Chelsea and were a bit sloppy with the final pass on occasions but the opportunities were there.

I think it was Klopp who said his pressing was better than any No10 and I’d just like to see Utd do it more often. If we can press higher up the pitch and win the ball back it also negates the lack of quality in the midfield pivot. Win the ball back then play it quickly into Bruno, Rashford, Martial, Greenwood etc. They all thrive on quick ball and being able to isolate defenders and play 1v1. We are not the most assured team in possession and really struggle to keep the ball on occasions thus sustain attacks.
A high press offers a different solution to this problem allowing us to dominate the game and sustain attacks by pining the opposition in their own half.

A lack of pace at CB is a problem but if the press is effective it’s very hard to play accurate long balls over the top if there is pressure on the ball.

I think if Ole wants to take this team to the next level then this is an area we can definitely improve.

On a final note there has been some criticism of Fred and his wayward passing which I agree with but we really miss his energy and tenacity when he doesn’t play. I’ve not done the stats (maybe Shappy can help) but I bet our record is pretty impressive when Fred and Mctominay start together in the midfield pivot. If we pressed more aggressively which suits their game anyway it might just help with their lack of creativity.

2.) 08 Mar 2021 16:17:17

It is true what you say, the desire isn't there against lesser teams.

Perhaps they are just far too arrogant. Under SAF, a Utd loss against a lesser usually resulted in spurring the team on and going on good run.

Against West Ham we could quite easily lose, as this team is hit and miss. Fingers crossed we can go on a good run. We have certainly failed to make the most of the teams below losing.



04 Mar 2021 10:11:44
its going to be some race for the 2nd 3rd and 4th
Who do people see the top 4 being come the end of season?


{Ed077's Note - Man Utd Liverpool and Everton in no particular order. Maybe Chelsea might sneak in ahead of Everton.}

1.) 04 Mar 2021 10:38:36
Man City, the other 3 places are up for grabs. We are favourites for one of them, Leicester are in good form as well, they need to keep Maddison fit as they are a much poorer side without him. Barnes injury will hit them hard as well.

For me City are the only side in the league with a strong enough squad to rotate 3 or 4 players out of their first 11 and not have much drop off in quality if any.

No one else can do that so every other side in the league will be at the mercy of injuries/ suspensions/ fatigue. Whoever can navigate those issues best will make top 4 this season. Could be any three from United, Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton or West Ham. I think Villa and Spurs are too far away to make a sustained push, but if the other sides above them struggle with injuries and fatigue then it might even open the door for them.

2.) 04 Mar 2021 11:07:26
In short you'd rather not say?

3.) 04 Mar 2021 11:16:45
In short Ken its a weird topsy turvy season that is unlike anything any of us have seen before. So I expect lots of twists and turns before then end of the season.

4.) 04 Mar 2021 11:18:01
1.) Man City
2.) Chelsea
3.) Liverpool
4.) Man United (Win against wolves on the final day to clinch it)

5.) 04 Mar 2021 12:08:46
Shappy, so if we swapped DDG for Henderson, Maguire for Bailly, Lindelof for Tuanzebe, Shaw for Telles, Fred for Matic, as examples, we would be much weaker?

Our squad depth is on a par with City's.

6.) 04 Mar 2021 12:27:16
Sepp, what are you on about, our squad depth is on par with City's?

Having equally as poor options on the bench as in the first team doesn't make for a strong squad.

Which of the players that you mentioned would get near City's starting 11?

None of those CB's are good enough. Neither are Fred or Matic, both can only work as part of a double pivot in midifled as neither is capable of doing the defensive work by themselves. They are either to slow and immobile (Matic) or lacking understanding and reading of the game (Fred) .

7.) 04 Mar 2021 12:58:55
You said no other team could afford to rotate 3 to 4 players without being considerably weaker?

I'm not talking about comparing on an individual basis, but you can't say that we don'thave a strong squad with strong depth?

8.) 04 Mar 2021 13:18:54
We can easily take 5 out and put 5 in without weakening or team. Your talking rubbish shappy.

9.) 04 Mar 2021 14:46:31
Okay Sepp, so who do we rotate with Bruno, Rashford, Pogba, Canavi or AWB to give them a rest without weakening the team?

I'll wait.

{Ed077's Note - Shaps no teams remain at the same high level when you replace their 5 best players, even City.}

10.) 04 Mar 2021 15:32:25
But you didn't say strongest players.

Jesus is pants compared to Aguero. Who would replace Ederson? If Sterling and Mahrez got injured, are they just as strong?

Again, I'm not saying on an individual level, but you can't say we don't have strength in depth.

11.) 04 Mar 2021 18:06:41
Bolloxology at its best.




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17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.




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17 Apr 2021 11:43:41
Works harder than martial but doesn't have quite the same ability imo.




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28 Mar 2021 18:17:07
Only our spanners could sign 2 Africans in the same position so we have no option when they head off for their cup.




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19 Mar 2021 14:57:08
If haaland and sancho can't drag dortmund in to the top 4 in Germany I don't fancy their chances of bringing us a title.




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09 Mar 2021 20:44:24
When did martial blow hot this season. been blowing cold and colder.





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17 Apr 2021 11:50:45
City kdb he is brilliant.
Liverpool fabhino top cdm we should never have missed out on him
Spurs kane. Kane scores goals
Chelsea mount. One of my fav players in the league to watch. Really good team player
Leicester fofana. This lad is going to be top class imo.




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17 Apr 2021 09:57:21
Don't care if he stays don't care if he goes. just don't care either way.




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16 Apr 2021 11:18:11
Agreed with you in 7 paragraphs but disagreed with you in 9 paragraphs it was to hard to determine who he was agreeing with in the other 6 paragraphs. Not even sure he agrees with himself in those 🤣🤣.




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16 Apr 2021 07:54:25
I'm expecting a semi final win.




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16 Apr 2021 07:32:18
Martial is no galactico he is a clown.