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07 Jul 2019 10:49:38
Hi guys,
I don't know about you all but with all the crazy talk surrounding Man Utd, I could really use an Ed002 sharkopod to calm the good old nerves. Ed whenever you are free, we will be waiting.
Thanks a million.

titifils

{Ed002's Note - I have time issues at present but I can answer specific questions.}


1.) 07 Jul 2019 11:53:20
Hi Ed002
Who behind the scenes is making the decisions toward re transfer targets
Does Ferguson or charlton have a say on anything?
Also do we view Fred as a player we are likely to persist with?

{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant who makes decisions. There are no efforts being made to sell Fred although there has been an approach to take him on loan.}


2.) 07 Jul 2019 12:11:20
Hi Ed I see there's no Dean Henderson in the tour squad, is the plan to loan or sell him?

{Ed002's Note - Dean Henderson was at the Under 21 tournament and is not due back yet. I suspect a loan to Sheffield United will be the best option if he signs a new contract first.}


3.) 07 Jul 2019 12:30:56
Cheers Ed completely forgot about that tournament!


4.) 07 Jul 2019 12:40:22
Ed if you don’t mind.
Have any clubs shown interest in Bailly, Rojo, Smalling and Jones?

I know you’ve said Rojo will be difficult to move, and I wondered if Smalling and Jones signing new contracts is to protect any value or because they are genuinely considered good enough for the medium term.

{Ed002's Note - To the best of my knowledge:
Eric Bailly (CB) Not for sale - Lyon enquired in February or March.
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) not wanted but limited which countries he can move to - no interest being shown in himChris Smalling (CB) not for sale at this time
Phil Jones (CB) available but no interest in him.}


5.) 07 Jul 2019 12:57:52
That’s positive that the right players look to be available at least. Jones signing a new deal I think will have made others think twice about going for him unfortunately.


6.) 07 Jul 2019 13:20:41
Thank you for the prompt response Ed, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


7.) 07 Jul 2019 18:12:13
I know this maybe a silly question but why is Rojo limited to where he can move to?

{Ed002's Note - It is not really a matter of discussion but some places - including the likes of Rojo and Keita - are restricted where they ca move to.}


 

 

31 Aug 2016 21:22:40
James Weir off to Hull on a 3 year deal. I thought he was one for the future.

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1.) 31 Aug 2016 21:46:34
Good luck to him.


2.) 31 Aug 2016 21:48:15
Same but opportunities limited this season. Would've thought a loan would be better.


3.) 31 Aug 2016 21:52:29
Any buyback clause or something?


4.) 31 Aug 2016 22:26:48
Weir was just a reserves player. He was never seen as 'one for the future' from the club itself. He did a wonderful job coming up from the U18s to end up captaining the reserves but for him to transition to 1st team football, he will have to move becoz he won't get that at United. He isn't good enough, not at that standard. He was a lot better than Jack Barmby tho, they both came p at the same time but Jack was let go of after his first season and Weir went on to become Reserves captain. Barmby was seen as the golden boy, something special, when he fist came over here because of his footballing dad but tbh he completely flopped, his attitude was terrible, never passed and couldn't keep hold of the ball. In the same year Weir was the one dominating and being a team player and them traits helped him outshine everyone. In the end Weir moved up and Jack was moved on. Weir was just an outstanding player with a brilliant work ethic that kept him with us for so long. But there are a lot of young talents at the club with a lot more potential and ability than weir.


5.) 31 Aug 2016 22:31:01
He is. Well just buy him back for 100m in three years.


6.) 31 Aug 2016 23:03:35
Joel Pereira joins Belenenses on season-long loan.


7.) 01 Sep 2016 10:15:56
14 sold or released and 7 loaned.


 

 

19 Nov 2015 08:36:16
Hey, does anyone have any info about the progress of the young rb Varela?

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08 Jun 2020 12:44:04
Hi Eds. I know Ed002 has said several times Man Utd are poorly run and getting the crucial decisions wrong. I can agree with that.
However, just for a glimmer of hope what in your opinion are they actually doing right in the last say 2-3 years?
Thanks in advance for your views.

titifils

{Ed002's Note - The obvious "right" thing has been the signing of Bruno Fernandes. Aside from that I can see little on the footballing side. They still need a proper Director of Football and they need to make sure they do not slip up next season. Not paying down the debt and keeping cash back may not have been the best idea if they do not make it to the Champions League. They revamped the scouting network three or four years ago and did not put enough thought in to it. Mr Mourinho wanted it reworked again under a proper structure with a DoF and that might have paid dividends going forward as the club needs to be finding the Bellinghams and not paying significant fees for them when so young. They also need to deal better with "agents" via a DoF and not an accountant.}


1.) 08 Jun 2020 13:16:18
Sounds like the club are denial ED002. Surely they must be looking at other successful clubs and thinking why can't we be like that.

Do you think the club under the current set up will ever appoint a DOF? I know in the past yiu haven't spoken fondly about Woodward and co.

{Ed002's Note - They are not looking to at the moment.}


2.) 08 Jun 2020 18:45:26
Hi Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - No. You need to stop asking for names.}


3.) 09 Jun 2020 09:06:10
you have to laugh you really do. we have not got with the times.

stubborn fools at the helm, poorly run behind the scenes. outdated stadium.

ive said it enough times, but until we stop making the money nothing will change behind the scenes.

shambles of a club.


4.) 09 Jun 2020 11:34:24
You can kind of understand the thought process though.

The difference between winning the UCL and merely being in the UCL in monetary terms is maybe as much as 20m if your knocked out at the group stages, make the quarters or semi's and that figure might drop down to a few million.

Same with the league, the difference in prize money from finishing 1st or 5th is as little as 5m.

The difference in prize money between a season where the club finishes 1st and makes the UCL final or 4th and makes the quarter finals of the UCL might be around 10m.

We could sign a sponsorship deal that guarantees more money each year than winning the league.

If I was an investor I know where I'd want my money spent. As a club we have spent the best part of 1 billon pounds in 7 years without winning the league. While in the same time for just the wages of a few people working on sponsorship deals the club have earned more money back for its investment.

From an investment point of view the club has been a shining light, from a football point of view we are lost at sea.

There is no excuse though, for the amount of money spent we should be achieving far more on the pitch. The money has been spent poorly and key footballing decisions have been poorly made. We have outspent many sides finishing above us. The issue is that the money hasn't been spent wisely.

Our main target this summer is Jadon Sancho, he is clearly a top level talent, yet we are supposedly having a free run at him because no one else thinks he is worth the asking price. Yet the club are looking to spend the best part of 200m in total to bring in a player for who we aren't even his first choice. He wants to go to London, ideally to Chelsea. Yet Chelsea have pulled out of any deal due to his asking price. They have spent 38m on Ziyech in January, are looking at 50m on Werner and possibly following that up with around 60m on Chilwell. While they are also looking at another wide player if possible.

So they made the choice improve one area of the side or strengthen the entire squad. While Sancho might have had a bigger individual impact at Chelsea next season he is unlikely to match the kind of impact Werner, Ziyech and Chilwell would have.

I'm not saying I wouldn't be happy if we signed Sancho. I would be over the moon. But we could sign 2 or 3 players who would between them have a bigger impact. Maybe if we signed a different wide player we would also be able to sign someone like Upamecano and solidify our defence, or a top level CDM such as Partey, or maybe we could have brought in Werner as competition for Martial.

Sancho is a top young talent who will improve our side. Yet I can't shake the feeling that he is being prioritised over other options because he is far more "marketable", and our side might be weaker overall for it.


5.) 09 Jun 2020 13:17:49
Shappy i think you are overthinking the sancho deal.

He is one of the best young attacking players in the world, which is the obvious reason to sign him. Having him rashford, martial and greenwood means our attack could be set fair for a decade near enough.

If we just signed sancho this summer as our only signing, i think that would be a great window for the club.


6.) 09 Jun 2020 14:54:23
DSG, like I said I wouldn't be unhappy if we sign Sancho, and I agree that if signed he could form part of our forward line for the next decade.

However, all I'm suggesting is putting all your eggs in one basket can backfire.

We could spend our entire budget on one player then that player might struggle or get injured. While other areas of the side that needed strengthening go on without.

At Chelsea if Werner struggles or gets injured then Ziyech and Chilwell will still make them a stronger side, increasing their chances of a top four finish next season.


7.) 09 Jun 2020 18:06:47
From the original post, 002 I want to ask. Obviously oles pedigree does not bode well, do you personally see any improvement since day one on his part? If no, do you see any way he can learn and handle the mantle of being united manager? Do you think he’d be helped by having a dof?

Obviously it’s very easy for us united fans to back who will always be a club legend but red tinted specs off I do worry. The general demeanour of the club on the surface seems okay and the players seem to have camaraderie but I do believe he should only be the stop gap. I think bringing phelan back was also an error, during fergies latter years we went more and more defensive with him as assistant.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United have improved with results. Recruitment remains an issue. If there was a DoF (like Marcel Brands at Everton) with the skillset to instill a styale across the entire club and get the youth coming through then it would be a great improvement. Really should have left OGS as a temporary manager, sorted out the structure, eased Pogba on etc., and then looked to the future with a new coach.}


8.) 09 Jun 2020 18:11:41
Shappy I agree to an extent, the money involved for Sancho I think could get us Chiesa or Adama obviously cheaper. Chiesa as a young Italian I’d worry as to settling and adama although very much improved only works again to our counterattack style. But it would leave funds elsewhere to strengthen. Much depends on pogba allowed to leave or not imo, I think if he goes we’ll sign Grealish and also another mid. CB I don’t think is pressing personally.


9.) 09 Jun 2020 20:25:26
I know you don’t like to speculate but who do you think that person should have been ala future with a new coach?

{Ed002's Note - They screwed up the deal with Allegri, did not support Mr Mourinho. Jorge Jesus would have been a good choice.}


10.) 09 Jun 2020 23:50:37
Has ole got full backing off the club?

{Ed002's Note - I doubt it.}


11.) 10 Jun 2020 08:05:49
Well ole hasn't done that bad of a job has he.

Love the slating yet he's took the club on 2 unbeaten runs that neither of the previous 3 managers could manage.

I'm not sure combined.

And this is the worst united team in the past 30 years apparently.


12.) 10 Jun 2020 13:17:39
Bolger, I've asked all the Ole out brigade numerous times to list the mistakes he has made, and no one can come up with any. Recruitment has gone well under Ole, the players who have left are players everyone has wanted moving on for a long time, Ole has the record for longest unbeaten run, generally we play better football, most of our squad have improved, we now have a captain who seems right to be a United captain, he has given many academy lads game time and has seen a couple make their mark in the squad. All this while changing the feeling around the club and bringing the right attitude back to the dressing room.

Also before the break we were the most in form team in the league, reeling in those above us and going for a top four finish and in good stead to challenge for the FA cup and the Europa League.

All in all pretty good. The things against him is he isn't Pep or Klopp, and he doesn't have a fantastic CV (although he has more titles won as a manager than Pochetino) .

While I sadly doubt he has what it takes to be a title winning Manchester United manager, he hasn't as yet done anything but take the club forward, so we can't really sack him without making the managers job at United untenable.

If we can make 2 or 3 good signings this summer and our young players continue to improve and kick on then next season could be our best season since Sir Alex retired. If we do poorly next season then we might have grounds to move Ole on.


 

 

26 May 2020 11:51:11
Jadon Sancho OR Ferran Torres.
Who will you want at our club?

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1.) 26 May 2020 12:04:35
Sancho, if we can't sign him would like to see the club give greenwood the chance to step up next season and play with martial and rashford.


2.) 26 May 2020 12:19:36
Sancho makes more sense, far less likely to struggle to adapt to the league or the culture.

While Ferran Torres want's to play for Barcelona one day, so will likely want to move within the next few years. While Barcelona want to sign him as well.

If we can't get Sancho then there are other options I feel could be worth looking at. Emi Buendia has had a great season and has all the attributes to kick on if he went to a bigger side. David Brooks could be an option if he has fully recovered, although due to his injury he could be seen as a gamble. Yet his absence from the Bournemouth line up this season has seen them drop from comfortable mid to top half table team down to relegation candidates. While a potential none EPL proven option could be David Neres from Ajax who has looked a great and constant threat from the right hand side when played there.

While if we aren't able to sign the right sort of player, then we could look within our sqaud. It would give James, Greenwood, Chong or even Dalot the chance to step up and make the RW role their own.

{Ed002's Note - Neres is not an option.}


3.) 26 May 2020 13:07:20
DSG - I completely agree mate, I think Greenwood could be fantastic off the right especially against teams where we will dominate possession. Whilst not typically a winger I wouldn't expect him to provide width but play in the channel between centre back and full back. He is incredibly dangerous with the ball in and around the box as he can shoot from either foot with unnerving power and accuracy. If he can continue to work hard and stay humble from what I've seen I think we genuinely have one of the most promising young players in world football.

I'd love to see him given more game time if the season resumes especially against teams where we will dominate possession. Maybe we already have the answer right under our nose!


4.) 26 May 2020 13:15:59
Sancho has enormous potential and is another British player whom we could be moulding the team around.
If we cannot get him, I'd go for Adama Traore.


5.) 26 May 2020 13:21:43
Sancho out of the two.

However, I'd prefer we went for Chiesa for the right wing. Signing Sancho would probably limit what else we could do in the market based on the Ed saying he will cost a ridiculous amount.


6.) 26 May 2020 13:46:41
Ed, is Champions League football still a necessity for Sancho? It's something I don't think we'll be able to offer next year.

{Ed002's Note - For now it has been made clear that he would not consider a move to a club without CL.}


7.) 26 May 2020 16:44:40
Shappy I am surprised you left out I. Sarr.


8.) 26 May 2020 18:00:25
Mbd, I like Sarr, but he looks very raw. Against Liverpool he looked a world beater, but against sides that don't give you as much space in behind down the flanks he had had a very mixed season.

I think we have some frightening players who can play on the counter, such as Martial, Rashford and James. What we lack is a clever wide player, a more technical dribbler rather than a knock a run dribbler. Someone who can ghost past teams when they sit deep and open up a chance. I feel Sarr is better playing on the counter.

Buendía and Brooks are both EPL proven and more technical dribblers.


9.) 26 May 2020 18:25:25
Domenico Berardi at Sassuolo is a very good player at a good age too. Don't know if he has been looked at by the club or not.


10.) 26 May 2020 18:29:08
Greenwood is not a rw solution imo.
Im very hopeful he will be our 1st choice cf within 18 months. Huge potential.
Unless we sign a couple of new midfielders we are not likely to dominate possession too often dlib. We have not done that much all season and don't have players in midfield that are designed to keep possession. Nor is our team set up to dominate possession which is fine as long as we are effective women when we have possession.
Bruno fred mctom and pogba all lose the ball a lot and give up possession consistently.


11.) 26 May 2020 20:03:08
While I agree that Greenwood isn't the solution to our RW, that doesn't mean he can't be an effective player out there over the next 1-2 years.

Rooney played LW for us for more than a couple of seasons.

While Greenwood has 12 goals from 15 starts while playing on the right wing. So I am more than confident that he could do well there for a season or two.

The issue though is that beyond Rashford, James and Greenwood we have very few if any quality options on the flanks. I'm not sure going into next season where Greenwood is first choice and there is little to no other options is a good idea. He will need resting and potentially taking out of the firing line if he has a poor run of form (which is almost a certainty for a teenager) .

So even if Sancho doesn't sign we will need to look at other options. I've mentioned Buendía and Brooks as possible alternatives, while Adama Traore has been mentioned (who I really like, but feel he is most effective playing counter attacking football, and I feel we need a wide player who can pick the lock of a deep defence) . So there are other options out there.


12.) 26 May 2020 21:23:59
Can’t say I’ve actually watched any of Torres, but a guy I really like and I know Ed has said he should maybe be someone we look too and that is Chiesa.


13.) 26 May 2020 22:57:13
I like Sancho but I’d go for adama over him, pl proven, perfect for how we break, cheaper and also not too young to potentially stop any of greenwood James and Chong having a fair shot.


14.) 26 May 2020 23:03:55
None . Let Sanchez have a go 😁🤣.


15.) 26 May 2020 23:04:31
None . Let Sanchez have a go 😁🤣.


16.) 27 May 2020 08:30:09
Moussa Dembele.


17.) 27 May 2020 10:15:13
Red Whiskey, I really like Adams Troare, and while I feel he is an upgrade on Dan James I'm not sure he is an ideal solution to our problems going forward.

We have show time and again that we are probably the most dangerous counter attacking side in the league. However, we struggle when there isn't space in behind to exploit. While I feel Bruno has gone some way to fixing that issue we still lack that clever wide player with the technical ability to dribble in tight spaces.

Otherwise we will suffer the same issues next season of struggling to breakdown deep sitting teams. We need to become more multifaceted in out play and less predictable. Stop teams from being able to nullify us.

Sancho is in some ways the best of both worlds, very quick and able to play on the break, but also a very technical dribbler who can work in tight spaces and create openings. Which is why for me he should be our first choice.


18.) 27 May 2020 11:09:12
Shappy and co what do you think of Ryan Fraser? Is he just an older version of Dan James?


19.) 27 May 2020 11:51:10
Mbd, he's a solid player, low centre of gravity, hard to knock off the ball. But primarily plays on the left. With Rashford and James I don't think there is much need for a player like him.


20.) 27 May 2020 15:08:31
Ronaldo started out wide and gradually moved inside. Might be good for Greenwood. If our midfielders scored more too it would ease the burden on our forwards. That said it was great to see wingers playing on both flanks. Hill and Coppell. Giggs and Beckham/ Kanchelskis. All players who played predominantly on the wings but could switch sides and play through the middle too. Used to torment defenders. Wish we saw more of it.


 

 

02 Dec 2019 19:21:04
Eds what do you think of Laurent Blanc as a coach? Why hasn't he been able to land a job?

titifils

{Ed002's Note - Laurent will decide on taking a job when a suitable offer comes along. As has been explained, he would have been a good choice for Manchester United.}


1.) 02 Dec 2019 19:47:44
Is there any possibility that United might approach him?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United has a coach already.}


2.) 02 Dec 2019 20:17:56
Should a vacancy arise?

{Ed002's Note - I suspect that it may be something lost to the wind and MU will look to others instead - they likely missed the boat on LB.}


3.) 03 Dec 2019 10:02:46
I wanted Blanc years ago. He knows the club and the league and can keep egos in check. Should have got him in after Moyes imo.


4.) 03 Dec 2019 11:15:36
Cheers Ed002. That's a shame, I think he is a great fit.


 

 

02 Dec 2019 14:01:31
I know Ed002 has mentioned this in the past. Would anyone take Laurent Blanc over Poch?

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1.) 02 Dec 2019 14:30:09
I'd take anyone with an ounce of tactical nouse.


2.) 02 Dec 2019 15:20:33
I think right now is about getting to the end of the season for the board.


3.) 02 Dec 2019 15:28:11
i would be surprised if no one tries to get brendan rodgers apparently he mentioned yesterday he has an exit clause in his leicester contract.


4.) 02 Dec 2019 15:30:46
Personally I’d go for fish face Rodgers over Poch. I know most wouldn’t because of his time with the mickeys.


5.) 02 Dec 2019 18:29:11
The club are sticking with ole lads unless things get drastically worse they will stand by him until the summer. Unfortunately i can see things getting worse.


6.) 02 Dec 2019 23:34:04
For me, Rodgers will be the best fit. He knows the league and the status of our club, and he's an excellent coach.


 

 

16 Nov 2019 11:31:25
Hi Eds I'm from Cameroon. I wish to know what your opinions are on Sanuel Eto'o as a player. Where does he rank?

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1.) 16 Nov 2019 11:38:25
Poor mans sylvan ebanks-blake.


2.) 16 Nov 2019 11:39:21
A great ability to score goals. A little arrogant. When he left Chelsea he left behind dozens of mobile phones.}


3.) 16 Nov 2019 19:22:16
Ed002 😂😂😂😂.


 

 

 

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12 Nov 2019 21:14:27
Thanks for the reply Ed. I really want him to succeed. i think he is a DM as well. Maybe useful for us this season as I see us picking up a lot of injuries before the end of the season.

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{Ed001's Note - I hope he gets a run of games, I like him as a player, though he is very raw.}


 

 

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27 May 2019 17:22:14
We are being linked to AWB of Crystal Palace. Won't that hamper DD development?

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20 Mar 2019 20:30:03
Yes Ed001. That's the reason why. The English side has been oppressed since independence and the French side has been trying to assimilate them. English are against this ans taking a stand. In response a president who has been in power for the last 38 years decides to kill and abduct people, telling the international media it is unknown gunmen or rebels so western powers side with him. Sick stuff. I have faith the coach will be released in due time.

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{Ed001's Note - ouch. Well I hope you are right mate and that things get better there quickly. Take care of yourself mate.}


 

 

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20 Mar 2019 08:35:37
Hi Ed001 I am from Cameroon and what is happening there is sickening. I pray the coach is safe. Military abducting English speaking people and claiming to be "unknown gunmen"

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{Ed001's Note - I hope so too mate. Is that why his abductors were listed as "unknown gunmen"? That explains a thing or two, as all the reports were very vague on that one point.}


 

 

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31 Jul 2017 15:47:25
Rainfishtrombone
Matt Busby is dead, football evolves, Fellaini serves a purpose, the MANAGER trusts him. Deal with it and move on.
I pray he stays!

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