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25 Apr 2019 14:45:39
Di Marzio said there's a possibility for a swap between icardi and lukaku. Doubt there's anything in this, but thought I'd share.

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25 Apr 2019 15:36:49
Icardi has the right qualities on the pitch. Yet is at least as big a problem off the pitch if not bigger than any of our "bad egg" players.

I wouldn't go near him. His attitude stinks and his wife makes the characters on "footballers wives" look like a tame imitation.

She is makes Mino Look like a thoroughly decent and up standing bloke. This is a women who cheated on her husband with Icardi who was her husband's best mate, then weedled her way into being his agent. We need to give them two a wide birth.

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25 Apr 2019 16:35:02
I'd steer well clear. Wasn't there rumours of her cheating on Icardi with another teammate?

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25 Apr 2019 16:42:43
agree shappy stay well clear.

if lukaku wants to go then sell like anyone else wanting to go but do not get more baggage.

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25 Apr 2019 17:07:16
If Lukaku goes the only player i'd sign qould be Jovic or Piatek. They are the next two big strikers about.

Icardi has all the talent but he might turn out to be another Pogba.

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25 Apr 2019 17:23:32
Singh, I agree that these 2 strikers would improve us but unfortunately 1 has only just signed for Milan and the other will be chased by at least 3 or 4 top European sides this summer. These are the type of players we should be scouting and snapping up before their prices inflate.
We’ll end up paying over the top for ‘big names’ again.

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25 Apr 2019 18:27:18
Well said 2toms but i think the biggest problem we are going to have this year is selling thr players we don't want.

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25 Apr 2019 19:26:51
Icardi banged his teammate's Mrs then married her. Utd material right there!

But can you imagine Woodworm and Wanda's negotiation, Icardi will get £1m per week and a stand named after him 😂😂.

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25 Apr 2019 19:45:09
If people on the site think pogba is virus/ bad influence/ trouble i can not wait for icardi and his wife to be associated with the club.

Alternatively we could choose not to replace lukaku and promote greenwood as a back up to rashford and then put all our resources into getting a right winger.

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26 Apr 2019 06:23:53
Ideally I would gor for Robert Lewandowski for 2-3 years.
One of the best strikers for the past few years. He would take pressure off the youngsters and they can all learn from him.

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25 Apr 2019 00:24:54
Whatever our opinions on players ole and the club appear to be committed to rash and martial. So how does he get the best out of them. next season.
Should they both be competing for the no9 position so its a case of one or the other?
Could we see them play as a pair?

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25 Apr 2019 01:24:55
Keep Rashford, sell Martial, who is lazy and sulks whenever he or the team faces adversity.

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25 Apr 2019 05:46:50
How do we get the best out of them? Playing them as a pair would be nice to see and hopefully they could develop a partnership.

Being less cowardly on the ball would help as well, we should be able to introduce more sophisticated patterns of play rather than just hoofing it long or knocking it down the channel. Its the easy way out and top players are usually much more brave on the ball.

Also if we can get someone to play on the right or even at least just stand on the right that is some sort of threat as a professional football player then that should draw some focus away from that left hand side and create more space for those two.

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25 Apr 2019 06:14:34
One of the problems last night was zero support from midfield, especially the first half. Every time Rashford or Lingard had the ball they only had each other to pass to making our play very predictable. We need better, hard working players. Roll on summer.

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25 Apr 2019 07:27:24
I don’t think either are good enough to lead the line and both should be competing for the left hand side role.

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25 Apr 2019 07:59:25
The other problem yesterday was that one of them was being selfish. Even the commentators saw it and spoke out when there was a more deadly pass on in the first half but the striker turned towards the right and subsequently killed the move. Should have seen the look in the other ones face, supposedly they are best friends off field. Some need to understand that shooting from a 100 yards out will not get you goals every time, it happens once in a 100 chances.

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25 Apr 2019 08:41:11
Sell Lukaku and bring in Piatek or Jovic. Give Martial another year and see how he performs.

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25 Apr 2019 09:44:00
I personally believe that if we sell Pogba, this will have a big impact on certain players, in particular Martial, Rashford and Lingard.

I get the impression that Pogba is the big personality who people follow and despite his obvious talents, I just don't think he has the right attitude.

If Pogba is sold, I can see Martial, Rashford and Lingard becoming more focused and improving, in particular Martial.

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25 Apr 2019 10:01:16
Personally I like the idea of playing a 4312/ 3412 with split strikers and a floating No.10. We don't have any wingers, while we have several strikers and No.10's.

That way we can have Martial, Rashford, Lukaku and Greenwood as our four striker options.

Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Angel Gomes as No.10's. Plus maybe one other signed in the summer. Bruno Fernandes maybe.

Then sell Pogba and bring in two midfielders, NDombele being one.

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25 Apr 2019 10:17:16
agree shappy. bruno with a midfield of ndombele and say neves would be brilliant.

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25 Apr 2019 11:23:48
Although Martial has frustrated the s**t out of me, I would still like to see him given a run as striker, Rash has had plenty of games there but Martial has barely had a chance as striker. I do believe he is our best finisher.

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25 Apr 2019 11:49:38
Although Martial is a good finisher, he doesn't offer enough off the ball movement.
I would like to see a midfield of Bruno, Saul and Declan Rice.

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25 Apr 2019 12:38:23
I'd go either 352 or 4312 as our wide options are horrific. But 2 upfront could get the best out of martial and maybe even Sanchez.

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25 Apr 2019 14:40:27
What do people see in Martial I don't someone please tell me its frustrating the (swear word) out of me. Why does Martial get the mention that he deserves a run in the side as a number 9 or a pair with someone else, why?

I can list many many reasons why he shouldn't been given a run.
Yes let's give a free run a test maybe to see how it goes and if it doesn't work out we have out answer don't we. All the while whilst that free test doesn't work out we are losing games and points so the little test can be conducted.
All the while when he does actually play he can't be bothered and his effort is ZERO. Yes he deserves a run in the side doesn't he?

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25 Apr 2019 14:53:46
Martial gets away with it because he hasn't been given a run in the strikers position.

As soon as he gets the run and if he doesn't perforn then he will get criticised.

I do have my doubts over his attitude as he looks like one of them players that cries a lot if nothing goes right for him.

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25 Apr 2019 15:41:03
I don't know maybe because he is the best finisher at the club. Yes he doesn't work hard enough. But that is much less of a problem for a striker than a winger.

The biggest problem we have had over the last month is not finishing the chances we have made. I would argue that had Martial had the same chances he would have scored at least 70% of them.

That's not to say Martial is the answer to all our problems. Just that is might not hurt to give our best finisher a chance as a striker during a tough spell where we can't seem to finish our chances.

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25 Apr 2019 15:43:36
Simple answer FZZ. Martial is more talented and a more natural striker with that instinct for goal then the person currently leading the line. For me, Lukaku should lead the line, if not, then Martial. But the problem is that he can't be bothered to play. His head seems elsewhere and it has been since his 9 was given to Zlatan. Never seen such a reaction to a jersey being changed.

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25 Apr 2019 16:40:51
I dunno David Mellors was funny.

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25 Apr 2019 17:40:55
What a load of Tosh UA, no i am not having what you said or agree with. He isn't the best finisher, he's not a best at anything apart from looking like he hates playing football.

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25 Apr 2019 18:30:27
Play Herrera every game this season and the team will click.

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25 Apr 2019 19:15:51
I like Shappy's idea of the 3-4-1-2. I admit that Martial does have the talent and could thrive if he played with Rashford. Would Lukaku want to stay as 3rd choice? Not sure. This setup would allow Greenwood to get more minutes as well.

Lingard would be a natural in the #10 position. It would take advantage of his greatest quality, which is movement off the ball. But I think we need someone more explosive and dangerous on the ball. Someone that can run with the ball and ride some tackles. Bruno Fernandes might fit very well there.

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25 Apr 2019 22:53:10
Martial frustrates me so much.
I don't like watching him play and i would hate to play with him.
But he is a good finisher.
I would like to see him given the chance up front for an extended run as a striker. To see if he can do it. Particularly as nobody else is scoring when there.
2 up front would possibly suit all our strikers
None have been prolific while playing as the sole striker.
But with no defence and little creativity from midfield its tough to play 2 up top.

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25 Apr 2019 23:44:45
He hasn't done anything to deserve a run up front Ken.

Maybe if he actually tried to look bothered i wouldn't be against it but until he starts putting some effort in he doesn't deserve LB in the changing rooms.

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21 Apr 2019 11:48:55
Is there any interest in Lula Jovic from United Ed?

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{Ed002's Note - No, and I really don't want any random names thrown up.}

21 Apr 2019 17:54:20
How about 11 or 13 players all together. Absolutely shambolic against Everton. Cleary 5 or 6 players not interested in playing for our club. If de gea and pogba want to go. Let them. There are players out there as good if not better. still a mistake in my opinion appointing Ole, until we know where he could have taken this season. We need a major overhaul throughout the squad. get rid of the players who don't care . Stop Woodward being a commercial whore. At this rate the producers of cheese triangles would not want our name on their product.
Embarrassing simply embarrassing.

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21 Apr 2019 19:28:20
Right, but at the moment they are still raking in millions a year, while this is possible with this squad or set up, they won't change. and why would they

Spend silly money on silly players to maximise revenue, where United finish is of no interest to them, until it starts to affect the bottom line, at the moment it isn't, so Woodward gets to carry on, bringing in sponsors, some really laughable sponsors and the Glazers rake it in.

They are superb businessmen and you cannot fault them for that.
But they are in the business to make money and that doesn't come from attendance at games. and you can't blame them for that. we can't say they haven't renivested, as they have spent millions on players. just not the right players for the right reasons.

They are not sports people, they are buying companies, reaping as much as they can, then getting rid.

If United fans want a glimpse of the future, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, guys.

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21 Apr 2019 21:31:53
Are they superb businessmen?

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21 Apr 2019 22:07:39
Olly Gonner has no idea of how to coach. No idea of tactics. No ideas at all, it seems. Get rid. Rubbish.

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21 Apr 2019 22:18:46
It's hard to see how they're going to get out of this now. We have a very high payroll and are up against FFP regulations, we have a number of players who are unsellable because of their high wages. We are not going to be in the Champions League, and there's no reason to think next season will be any better whatever happens in the transfer market. We have not progressed at all in 5 years.

Are they good businessmen? They were certainly lucky. SAF could have left 10 years earlier and the success could have dried up leaving the debt un-repayable. They could not have known for sure how lucrative the TV rights might become or the revenue from sponsorships. Right now we may be looking at the moment they have maxed out from a financial perspective. Meanwhile Spurs made £120m on 60% of the revenues, while City and Liverpool are purring. It's been clear for years, the top players and managers are not impressed by United, and regard the structure as irredeemable. That's why Ole is the manager. No one else wanted the job. That's why we don't have a DOF. And that's why the best players are not coming to OT.

The day Woodward leaves is the day we might start to get our club back.

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21 Apr 2019 22:25:32
Absolutely Mort.

Bought a team, leveraged it, so they spent very little of their own money and are raking in millions per year and when they sell will probably make a couple billion in profit.

I think that qualifies as pretty good business acumen.

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21 Apr 2019 22:42:18
I still back Ole if the players aren't playing because a fourth place weakens their argument about moving on I say drop them. Let them sit and watch those who want to play for the shirt not just for the money.

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24 Apr 2019 21:58:13
Watching the derby. pogba is an absolute disgrace. I hope we get rid of him. strolls around like a prancing hoss.
It's still Jose, s team, we run like maniacs for 20 mins, don't score then run out of ideas. hope Woodward shows some balls in the transfer window.
We should be 3rd by now 6 points clear of fourth.
Unreal as to what is happening at this club
. I'll give ole untill Christmas.
Then on we go in our search for yet another manager unless of course he has the balls to stand up to these so called superstars we have, and tells them to eff off out of the club. we are sinking faster than the titanic.

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20 Apr 2019 12:02:02
Hi Ed hope you're well. Just seeing your round up of players United are interested in for the summer, thanks for that. Just wondering, you mention Zaha could be an option, would he genuinely be interested in coming back? Seemed a shame it didn't work out, didn't end very well either, so wouldn't be surprised if he was put off etc. Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - It will be difficult to sign hiom if Manchester United don't make it to the Champions League and there is serious interest from elsewhere, although price will be an issue. There is no problem with him moving back.}

20 Apr 2019 12:41:00
I think he’s much better option than some other names mentioned, and somewhat less of a risk.

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20 Apr 2019 14:29:15
Not knowing Zaha or what he’s really like, my impression through the media is that he’s a bit precious and wants to be the main man.

I’d stay well clear.

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20 Apr 2019 15:22:17
Could say that about 90% of current players today.

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20 Apr 2019 18:09:15
“My impression through the media”, good thing raheem sterling doesn't play for us then lol.

You would probably think he is another flashy youngster who thinks too much of himself and committed the crime of buying his muma house instead of one of the best forwards in europe and one of englands go to guys.

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18 Apr 2019 23:28:22
If Ole wants or pretend to have any success as a Man Utd manager he needs to be ruthless and get rid of a lot of average players in the squad and identify and demand from Woodward the players that he wants, otherwise it will be another 2 years of misery, oh and the club needs to appoint a DoF asap. We are in trouble, we really are in trouble. it will be hard to get to Liverpool and City standards but its possible, let any player that doesn't want to play for the club leave, let's get players who want to be here.

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19 Apr 2019 09:05:51
Before any of that, we need to let Ole manage the remaining games and wait for the transfer window to open.

Quite a lot of posts recently saying Ole needs to do A, B, and C. We’re all in agreement. He will know as well as us. We just need to wait to see what happens and not get caught up in things we can’t control.

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19 Apr 2019 09:12:43
And do say all of us reman.
Well nearly all.
Thr odd one is clinging on to the belief that this squad is great.

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19 Apr 2019 13:37:29
We see it. Ole see's it. And some of the players I'm sure see it. But the issue is does Woodward see it?

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19 Apr 2019 14:08:32
Reading the page it's a starting to sound like a bit of an infatuation, should I be worried 🤔.

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19 Apr 2019 15:31:29
Some supporters are saying not to get hung up on the appointment of a Director of Football. That is insane. If we want to be challenging again Manchester United need to take the control of the team off Ed Woodward and give it to someone or people who know football and can run a football team.

How is Manchester City, Liverpool and even Spurs doing so well right now? Some with collosal budgets and others with less. Because they spend wisely on transfers and contract renewals. They have football people running the team. Not just the manager or an accountant. Aitor "Txiki" Begiristain Mujika was installed years previous to Pep coming in and had half the team that Pep wanted ready. Pep gave it a year with them players and cleared the ones he didn't want. No questions asked, no contract extensions cause they're good club men. Michael Edwards at Liverpool has been doing phenomenal work with a small net spend and Daniel Levy at Spurs with the bare bones.

It's nearly May, if you don't have your transfers for the summer lined up at this stage you're panic buying and you know where that has gotten us. Expect more of the same this summer if one isn't installed ASAP.

I have never been a fan of planes flying over stadiums calling for someone's job to end but I wouldn't have problem with a plane and a banner saying, 'Ed Woodward Stick to Commercial Deals' before the seasons out.

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{Ed002's Note - You don't seem to understand how the club works at all.}

19 Apr 2019 18:56:31
I think the issue for many Ed is the convoluted structure in place at Utd where there seems to be many advisors working at or on behalf of the club with no clear visibility of who is calling the shots transfer wise.

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{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with advisors Eric.}

19 Apr 2019 19:32:09
The problem is Woodward though. GE doesn't want to hand power over. He's unwilling. Who are you expecting to suddenly move him aside and appoint a football person in charge of football matters?

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19 Apr 2019 20:29:00
could you please explain to us how it does work Ed002?

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{Ed002's Note - It is best not to as all it will do is give everyone two their people they know nothing about to trash.}

19 Apr 2019 23:25:28
Scouse here, go easy.

You're right in what you're discussing. Football men need to be handling football, but I'd you think Pep and Kloppo just shipped everyone out, got rid of those who didn't want to play for the badge and leaned on a DoF then you're absolutely deluded. We're carrying loads of dead wood, so are City. It's sound and efficient management and being wise that has produced points, not getting rid of half the squad and appointing a mythical figurehead.

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20 Apr 2019 08:29:45
Ed002 is not possible to explain without going into too much detail then? If you unable, thanks a lot I do understand and appreciate your response.

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{Ed002's Note - Whilst the ignorance of the fans is quite frankly astounding, it will simply lead to the trashing of other people the supporters know absolutely nothing about.}

20 Apr 2019 12:05:22
Other people that are doing such a fantastic job.

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20 Apr 2019 20:59:15
So you’re astounded how people can be so ignorant, but you won’t deign to step off your throne and explain? Because. then fans will be trashing people they don’t currently know are influential?

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{Ed002's Note - So it seems I did explain. It is the cretins like you that keep me so cheerful.}

20 Apr 2019 23:31:05
Ed002 please do your best to ignore idiots like the above. Your input has been greatly appreciated by the majority of us and we'd hate to lose you from this page again thanks to the odd numbskull.

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22 Apr 2019 08:50:23
liverpiol fan here. I must say, that whilst we are riding the crest of a wave it has been trophyless so far.! so kudos to manU for picking up titles aling the way!

But, that aside, one thing I have really enjoyed about FSG and Klopp's relationship is their shared vision and identity for the club. Rodgers had lost our identity and you could feel as a fan that there was little plan or direction. Since Klopp has come in that purpose has been common and we've progressed from there. Yes you make mistakes along the way, but the core of the machine is in tact. ManU look a bit like us from decades ago, trying to panic buy players that will shoot them straight back to past glory. it doesn't work like that and manU should really be look at the fabric of the club and putting key pieces in place to deliver on that.

Hope you guys turn up on wednesday. ! have some pride lads!

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17 Apr 2019 10:43:57
Hi Ed002, I was wondering if you'd any time for a list of players and positions MU are interested in this summer? Unless a Sharkopod is in the works? Much appreciated.

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{Ed002's Note - RB, CB, CM, CM/AM, RW/F needed plus possibly a GK

Ahmadou Dia (G) one for the future - there has been a meeting this week (Monday) but nothing came of it

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) MU are interested
Davide Calabria (RB) - has been watched by Manchester United, Lille, Everton and Samporia
Thomas Meunier (RB) has been watched

Kostas Manolas (CB) - expect his name to get some publicity soon but persuading him to leave Rome and move to the wastelands of northern England may not be easy
Nikola Milenkovic (CB) a very good option
William Saliba (CB) - one for the future, but I would not be surprised to see MU look to an offer this summer - but I suspect it will go nowhere given the interest of others
Raphael Varane (CB) prior interest of Mr Mourinho could very well return but a discussion has already been held with another side - plus Madrid will try and tempt him to stay, although he wants out - I suspect he could easily be priced out of a move by RM looking to block the transfer
Kalidou Koulibaly (CB) ironically a Mourinho favourite and very, very expensive, so unlikely right now
Toby Alderweireld (CB) would be no more than a short-term solution and Spurs want him to stay and sign a new deal as they will already be losing one CB
Harry Maguire (CB) Leicester want him to stay but MU could return with a good offer - and he has the advantage of being home grown
Milan Skriniar (CB) Financial demands of Inter are excessive (well over €100M) and will fend off interest with a new contract
Ruban Dias (CB) - heading elsewhere

Declan Rice (DM) has been watched, but no declared interest

Ivan Rakitic (CM) some discussions with another side have resulted in a tentative agreement for him to move elsewere - but only if Barcelona make him available which will only happen if they can secure the replacement they want
Rodrigo Hernandez (CM) I suspect he will go to Manchester City instead of Saul who they consider too expensive
Saul Niguez (CM) - If Pogba is to be replaced, a potentially expensive option that Manchester City have stepped back from

Bruno Fernandes (AM) has been of interest to Everton, Manchester United, Milan and Liverpool who have all looked at him on two or more occasions. Spurs maintain an interest but only if Christian Eriksen leaves. I am not aware of any interest at all from Inter. Asking price has more than doubled from what was already a high price in recent months and that has pushed aside interest from Juventus who don't see the value, Valencia and CSKA - and like priced him out of a move to all but a couple of the interested sides. Whilst Bayern Munich and another EPL side have looked as well, neither have a declared interest that I know of and both have other AM targets. Manchester United remain very keen and Milan have a creative solution in mind and it is certainly not out of the question that he will move to one of those sides this summer.
Joao Felix (AM) interest may have left with Mourinho and very expensive - in talks for a move elsewhere
Luciano Acosta (AM) has been watched by PSG, Manchester United, Genoa, and Newcastle but Fenerbahce have made an enquiry. A WP would be unlikely for England.

Jadon Sancho (RW) BD have no interest in selling
Samuel Kalu (RW) has been watched by MU but would be no more than cover
Douglas Costa (RW) price may well be an issue as asking price is €80M
Wilfried Zaha (RW) another option

Steven Bergwijn (LW/RW/F) has been watched by MU but discussions are in hand for a move elsewhere
Hirving Lozano (LW) a Sanchez replacement - else it is hard to see him getting any game time

Outbound:

David De Gea (G) wants out - but the club may block it
Antonio Valencia (RB)
Matteo Darmian (RB/LB)
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) not wanted
Ander Herrera (CM) wants more game time but club wants him to stay - will likely go to PSG
Paul Pogba (CM) wants out - but the club may block it
Juan Mata (RM/RW)
Alexis Sanchez (LW/F) there is no clear route to end the relationship

17 Apr 2019 11:48:55
Based on the info ed has provided, I would be happy with the following happening:

IN:

Wan-Bissaka
Milenkovic
Koulibaly (unlikely we'll get to CB's it seems)
Fernandes
Saul
Zaha

OUT:

Valencia
Darmian
Rojo
Herrera
Pogba
Mata
Sanchez

Only issue I have is I can't see all those players leaving, some will find a way to stick around another year. Also can't see us get any of our first choices.

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17 Apr 2019 11:51:33
It's also crazy how Douglas Costa could cost up to 80m. he isn't that good surely? I'd rather Zaha who is prem proven and much younger.

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17 Apr 2019 12:07:54
Thank you very much ed you’re a star.

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17 Apr 2019 13:00:47
Thanks a lot Ed.

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{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

17 Apr 2019 13:45:25
Thanks Ed, this is amazing!

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17 Apr 2019 14:53:39
weggy agree with most of your ins as probable but koulibaly is pricey as per ed002 so think if anything, a 25m punt on toby for a few seasons may be possible. don't know much on Milenkovic, but a name not listed by the ed is the cb Andersson ; cheaper alternative?

As for the outs totally happy with your list as it is very close to ed002 with pogba a possible and sanchez a tough one to shift. Would add to the list DDG, not as a gut reaction to last nite alone but its apparent that he wants to go. Get the most we can and march on: after all not much point in keeping someone who is as unhappy as he seems. His reactions, reflex saves and saves with his feet are impeccable but I really think his commanding of the box at set pieces and distribution is [poor. don't have any idea who could replace him but we have romero and henderson.

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17 Apr 2019 14:54:03
City fan here

Gutted about Saul. Honestly thought he is heading to City but then absolutely thrilled about Rodrigo. In Spain they call him the next Busquets.

Thanks for the info Ed02.

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17 Apr 2019 15:03:50
Thank you Ed, top class as always.

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17 Apr 2019 16:47:15
Having read the player profile on Nikola milenkovic I'd be quite excited to see him arrive sounds like he could be well suited to the epl.

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17 Apr 2019 17:11:23
Just another name: wasnt so long ago you were a liverpool fan. not at all sorry to see you go. I hope changing the team you support 3/ 4 of the way through a season so you can 'celebrate' silverware helps you sleep better at night.

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17 Apr 2019 16:57:15
Thanks Ed, and great to see us build from the back.

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18 Apr 2019 11:28:27
Thank you Ed.

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18 Apr 2019 14:42:49
Always good to hear what ED02 knows. very interesting as always

Thanks.

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19 Apr 2019 08:33:04
Nice work Ed.

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19 Apr 2019 10:58:27
Very interesting thanks for the info Ed.

Must admit I know little or nothing of many of those which, considering our recent transfer record, might actually be a good thing! I just want a new wave of hungry, up and coming players in our team.

Sell anyone who has doubts about staying and taking on the huge challenge of turning us into contenders. Or those that want to stay but are total rubbish.

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19 Apr 2019 18:46:47
Hi Ed, I was a little surprised to not see Bailly on the outbound list, would you expect him to stay?

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{Ed002's Note - There has been no effort to sell.}

19 Apr 2019 23:29:45
@Weggy.

Zaha. Lolz!

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20 Apr 2019 08:55:02
Thanks Ed, it's going to be interesting to see how he fits in next season, especially if another CD comes in and with Tuanzebe back in from loan.

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20 Apr 2019 10:43:33
Ed002,

You mentioned on the European pages that there was interest in Nabil Fekir; is that still the case? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - No, there has never been interest from Manchester United.}

14 Apr 2019 16:10:17
Apologies if you have given your opinion before Ed002, but with your vast footballing brain I was wondering if you'd give your thoughts on what United need on the pitch for next season.

Thanks in advance.

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{Ed002's Note - (a) Suitable younger players to address those leaving:
David De Gea (G) wants out - but the club may block it
Antonio Valencia (RB)
Matteo Darmian (RB/LB)
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) not wanted
Ander Herrera (CM) wants more game time but club wants him to stay - will go to PSG
Paul Pogba (CM) wants out - but the club may block it
Juan Mata (RM/RW)
Alexis Sanchez (LW/F) there is no clear route to end the relationship

The club are looking at some fairly high-end and expensive players and will look to some of the emerging players at the club as well. The problem will be others looking at the same players and with several high-profile and well positioned (financially) sides looking at major rework, it will be even more difficult than usual. The club are likely to need a RB (e.g. Aaron Wan-Bissaka), CB (e.g. Milenkovic), CM (e.g. Rodrigo Hernandez), CM/AM (e.g Bruno Fernandes), RW/F (e.g. Douglas Costa) plus possibly a GK.}

14 Apr 2019 17:17:12
Ed would the club be open to a termination if there's no route out or would it be more likely pay most of his wage if they can find a interested party?

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{Ed002's Note - No, that is not an option.}

14 Apr 2019 18:06:34
Thanks ed great info as always. Much appreciated.

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14 Apr 2019 18:29:15
Fantastic Ed thank you.

Are the names you mentioned the most likely targets for each position?

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{Ed002's Note - They are examples of players the club are interested in.}

14 Apr 2019 18:29:49
Thank you Ed.

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14 Apr 2019 18:49:12
Looks like it could be a tough summer for the club with our two best players wanting out and the club finding it difficult to get rid of sanchez.

Couple that with bayern, real and Barcelona all looking to rebuild we very much could be picking from their leftovers.

I am sure all the posters on this site will take it in their stride and not go overboard lol.

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14 Apr 2019 21:10:47
Ed don't worry about the Felix question. i just ch3cked on the european pages that he is most likely heading to Juve or Madrid and our interest is in Fernandes.

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14 Apr 2019 21:08:22
Ed, Do we still hold interest in Felix or is he more likely to be heading towards Juve or another club?

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{Ed002's Note - Yes there is an interest in him as an option but he is very expensive and there is serious interest from elsewhere.}

14 Apr 2019 21:27:37
I'd let the lot go. De Gea and Pogba have been as bad as they've been good this season.

I'm just not convinced the players we are targeting are good enough with exception of Wan Bissaka.

And based on the recent signings I have little confidence they will make the correct decisions.

I would rather see us give the youth a chance and supplement with top draw EPL players plus Saul.

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14 Apr 2019 22:02:30
Ed who do you think would be the better option out of Felix or Fernandes as they both seem to be very expensive.

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{Ed002's Note - I am not in a position to compare them.}

14 Apr 2019 22:40:25
Okay, Thanks Ed.

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14 Apr 2019 23:04:04
Felix is extremely talented for a kid but still raw. His comparison is Kaka

Fernandes is likened to Frank Lampard. I think he be more ready than Felix. If Pogba goes I think we will push really hard for him.

Personally I rather we go someone like Eriksen if we going to spend a large sum. I wouldn't mind James Maddison either but I don't think he be coming straight away and starting.

Think it time to buy within the league again. All teams in Europe are demanding large money for their players. I rather we went back to buying proven players in the Premier League. It also weaken the other teams doing this.

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15 Apr 2019 07:36:37
"The club are looking at some fairly high-end and expensive players and will look to some of the emerging players at the club as well"
- This has got me really excited.
I hope the sharkapod will be out this week.

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15 Apr 2019 12:10:31
de gea is the only player that i would be fuming about if we sold but players come and go. as long as we get decent money to re invest.


Herrera wants more game time yet has played loads. game time is earnt not demanded.

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15 Apr 2019 12:43:27
ed, do you know the reasons why dave wants out? be daft if we were to stop it, he can go for free next summer.

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{Ed002's Note - The club won't give him what he wants to stay.}

15 Apr 2019 13:47:05
Thanks ed. hopefully this one can get sorted and he renews.

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15 Apr 2019 16:18:14
Ed 002 thank you for the update hope you are well.
Of the 8 players you listed obviouslythe 3 out of contract will go on the summer unless they are renewed.
Is it possible or viable to shift them all in 1 window and replace them? Not withstanding the need it is a lot of churn.
Between 6 and 8 out would be my ideal but i didn't think it could happen that quickly. They wouldn't do it for the previous manager.
I suppose 4 or 5 new signings in complemented with a 2 or 3 youth promotions is possible a big ask in 1 window.

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{Ed002's Note - As I said the club can block a couple from leaving - that leaves them with players who are unhappy at the club which is never good. Mata is getting older and wants playing time. It is not out of the question they will all go, but not all need replacing.}

15 Apr 2019 16:30:13
Thanks ed002
A significant clearout would be good imo.
If players want out i'm a firm believer in letting them go, as long as we can identify and procure good replacements.
An unhappy player can cause a lot of damage to squad morale and unity.
As well as the humane perspective.

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15 Apr 2019 19:16:10
Some of those that are on that list barely play and contribute little when they do play so wouldn't really be missed. We can fill spaces for Valencia, rojo and Mata from the academy. Players like Herrera would need replacing.

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16 Apr 2019 11:58:08
I think a wholesale cleariut is needed to sort out the haphazard transfers of recent years and to reset the wage structures obviously skewed by Sanchez maybe worst decision in recent years

Bring in youngsters who have the tight mentality and build up again

Pogba De Gea etc can go if they are becoming mercenary about wages.

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16 Apr 2019 15:09:37
Maybe it's time to see how good are our young players on the fringe of the squad. I know you don't win anything with kids but they can't be worse than some of the bang average players we are hoping will move on.

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16 Apr 2019 18:43:32
3-4 top quality players and supplement the rest of the squad with youth. Garner, Chong, Gomes and greenwood were superb last night for the 23s. Those 4 deserve more minutes and I’d rather them play ahead of some of the experienced players we have here who are just picking up a very hefty pay packet.

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16 Apr 2019 21:09:14
Just promise me someone. That Ashley Young will be gone come the new season. You can not dilly dally on the ball against world class players like Barcelona have.
Felt sorry for Dave the save . He has saved us so many times. Want this season over with now .

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17 Apr 2019 09:06:29
It’s surprising, while in one aspect I am happy that the club won’t pay silly money for someone to stay they’ve been happy enough to pay silly money on players that have not deserved it, yet with the best Gk around they won’t break k the bank to keep him, baffling, is this a case of they won’t give him what he wants full stop Ed or with the wages issue at the club they just can’t? Would like to think we are moving away from silly wages despite how I’d like him to stay on.

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{Ed002's Note - The club has to be financially responsible with the wages.}

14 Apr 2019 16:12:09
I see Paul Scholes has said he can't see us challenging for the title next season. Given his opinion was so highly rated by many on here about Mourinho, who thinks he is correct on this?

I think there is a chance of challenging next season but it needs a strong summer window plus Ole to realise he is manager, none of this leave the car park space for his old boss nonsense (if that is true) and get Meulenstein involved. He needs set out a style, be decisive over failing players like Young and improve his in game management. However, my concern is that the club will fall short on what it needs.

The Ed's comment that Solskjaer will have little say in transfers is very concerning. I fear we will buy for some not all the positions and not at the quality level needed to save money, nor exit those who need to go perhaps because the decision makers don't want to be seen as wrong over previous decisions. That could see us challenging for third. It needs decisive action, selling and buying but are the club capable? In that case Scholes may well be right.

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14 Apr 2019 17:43:29
Red Man, nothings changed. Its the same squad Jose struggled with minus Fellaini. How much control over transfers did Jose have? We all know he asked for a centre back and never got one. As long as we have these owners and their man running things we won't challenge. We haven't challenged since we can Persie's first season.

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14 Apr 2019 17:55:29
Ed002 pointed out that we're looking at players that Jose wanted, but the club refused to purchase. That alone shows you there is no planning. We'll buy random players, for random systems, for different managers and hope that one clicks.

Ole really needs to grab this opportunity with two hands because it will never come again. The ruthless Ole that his old teammates talk about would want to put his stamp on this team.

The sad thing is, if Jose can't get the board to buy what we need, then Ole, a fan of the club at his dream job isn't going to ruffle any feathers. But I sincerely hope he does.

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15 Apr 2019 12:18:35
this summer will prove where the owners priorities are and what they care more for.

do they cash in on the only 2 players that will get a hefty fee for or do we invest and get rid of the rubbish.

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12 Apr 2019 17:52:13
Hi ed002, if u have a sec. Do we still hold our long term interest in Milenkovic savic or has our interest now switched to Ruben Neves.

Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about, sorry.}

12 Apr 2019 18:39:14
Maybe it’s just me that thinks Neves is rather overrated.

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12 Apr 2019 20:53:16
Thanks ed.

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13 Apr 2019 18:46:39
Watching Man U v West Ham. we are shocking, Does anyone else think we offered the job to ole too soon . Been dreadful since he took over . changes the team around too much for my liking.
This is my opinion only
No need to get shirty if u disagree.

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13 Apr 2019 18:55:18
I always thought we should have gone for Poch. But ole did enough to get the job. He needs to be backed. Unfair to judge him now.

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13 Apr 2019 19:22:41
I'm not and have never been a fan of appointing Solskjaer permanently. Not to say I don't like him or that he hadn't done a fantastic job but I think there are better managers out there. We were initially brilliant under Solskjaer but the last 6 weeks or so we have been dire. That includes beating PSG.

It's still probably too early to judge whether it will or won't work as regardless of who the manager is, it is clear we need better players and we need the hierarchy above the manager dealt with. Nevertheless, I'd be more confident of it working with someone like Pochettino, Allegri or Blanc in charge.

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13 Apr 2019 23:57:49
A lot of people agree that our squad is still lacking in a lot of areas and need a bit of a clean out at the end of the season
Ole has done a great job since he has come in and has us challegeing for top 4 again. How bout we give the guy a full season and a couple of transfer windows and see how we are going then. Always too quick to judge a manager, he obviously has said the way he wants to play and he may not have the players to do it
Lets give the guy a proper chance and get behind him.

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13 Apr 2019 22:50:16
It's amazing how so many pple were over the moon before about Oles apptmt and who disagreed strongly with myself and others who said he was the wrong man and now they are changing their minds. I really hope Ole proves me wrong but he has done nothing concrete in terms of football achievement as a manager to be given the reins. Allegri or Poch were my preferred choices but as others have correctly identified and especially Ed 02 the main problem is much more fundamental. Ed Woodward is a great money making man but he is not and has proved that he never will be up to the task of guiding us playing wise. We desperately need a director of football and proper structure in place so that we get the right type of players, playing style and lay foundations for the future success of the club. City have overtaken us and are streets ahead with the way they have built the club in a relatively short time into a world force with wonderful training facilities and young teams coming through too. Just as importantly they have reached out to the local fan base and to attract fans worldwide. Their biggest challenge will be when Pep decides to leave as he will within a year or two. Until then we have to get the basics right. All that being said what is key now is retaining our best players and signing really top notch ones. If we for example lose DE Gea Pogba and Herrera in the summer transfer window what sort of message does that send and how will we attract the best players to us. Being out of the Champions League will make things doubly difficult. I will support Ole and the team just like I supported Jose but fear for the future.

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14 Apr 2019 13:36:26
Oles had a easy start and now we are starting to see what the team and coach is made off! .

The way the team is playimg it is the same as how the team wa splaying under Ole but with a little bit more effort.

I don't think Ole is the right man but we can't b changing coaches like changing boxers.

Our plan for the next 2 years should be to clear out the players we don't need and buy players that are hungry to wear the United shirt.

It is going to be another 2 to 3 year project and if that doesn't work then we are just screwed.

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15 Apr 2019 12:29:40
how long did it take poch to implement his style and work ethic to the players.

people expect instant change. the reality is it takes TIME

while this team has these players regardless of manager we are not going to be title contenders.

some say we need to get out of this ole bubble when in fact its this whole title challenge bubble.

we are no longer a team to compete at the top level currently

untill we change the way the club is run and the recruitment is sorted we will be top 4 at best this is no easy fix.

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12 Apr 2019 17:52:25
The media is making a lot of noise with regards to Pogba wanting to leave. I believe most of us would not mind if he does leave, but would be disappointed to see his talents not come to fruition at United.

Imagine if he had the passion of Keane and the intelligence and vision of Scholes to go with his talent, would had been a deadly combination. At 26yrs and with all that talent, he should have stamped his identity as a world class player by now, but it seems he doesn't have the mentality to do it at United at the moment.

If he does leave, where do you expect him to go? Real Madrid seem to want him and so does he, but he better be prepared for it, knowing how the RM fans can be when you are not performing. Probably a return to Juventus could be a safest option as he is well regarded there and had the most success in his career there.

Who do you guys think we should target if Pogba does leave?

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12 Apr 2019 18:25:47
Someone with energy, desire and passion to play the game. I expect lots of disagrees but I’d say someone like Doucoure of Watford.

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12 Apr 2019 19:28:12
Matt - doucoure is a great shout. I’m a big fan of ndombele from Lyon. Him and Saúl with Fred at the base would be a tasty midfield for me.

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12 Apr 2019 19:46:25
Bruno Fernandes and Saul.

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12 Apr 2019 19:47:37
Pogba hasn’t worked out, let’s move on.

NDombele is impressive and Doucoure is a good watch but the step up will be a big challenge.

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13 Apr 2019 11:58:13
Geoffrey Kondogbia looks like he could be special at a bigger club.

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13 Apr 2019 19:19:08
I’ve said it before. Tielemens at Leicester (on loan from Monaco) would be a good signing. Classy player who seems to have acres of space and time on the ball. Add a Doucoure or Ndombele and we’d have a decent midfield.

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16 Apr 2019 08:23:48
Ndidi from Leicester would be a great signing imo. He looks like he is going to be a great player.

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