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20 Jan 2019 21:51:01
I guess it's a conditioning and fitness issue that becomes more and more of a struggle to hold on to the leading score.

It is more likely down to mourinhos out dated game where we were becoming stagnated in our play. The sideways and backwards play meant no pressing and less work rate so fitness levels need to be drastically improved.

Enough gloom and doom 7 wins from 7 well done Ole GGMU.

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21 Jan 2019 06:05:24
Yes, the intensity of our pressing drops down drastically after the hour mark.
Hopefully, it gets picked up gradually over the coming months.

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21 Jan 2019 09:37:24
There are several issues when settling into a new style of play.

For us we have gone from a team that runs the least to attempting to press higher and more frequently. That level of fitness isn't something that comes out of thin air and will take time to build up.

Also attacking patterns and combinations which just didn't happen before will have to be worked on, improved and perfected.

February is a tough month, we have been fortunate that we have had a run of games which on paper at least are easier to practice and improve. Over the next month we will see what this squad and this manager is truly capable of.

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21 Jan 2019 11:13:27
Lingard and Herrera are two that work their bollocks off and then drop off mid way through the second half in games. I hope that Sanchez can seamlessly fit in to the fluid front three and that will alleviate one problem, Fred should likewise be able to dovetail in the midfield but he's only shown flashes of promise thus far. If both of those start playing like we know they can then we should be able to blitz teams for 90 minutes. Sadly, as Gary Neville said in commentary vs Spurs I don't see where Lukaku or Mata fits in to it.

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20 Jan 2019 16:47:59
According to report, we have triggered the year option in darmians contract, he will go to juventus on a lon with an option to buy.

I assume that valencia has enough fitness to see this season out then leave on a free in the summer.

Young will probably get an extension leaving dalot shaw young and fosu mensah as our full back options next season unless we bring someone in.

Believable0 1Unbelievable

20 Jan 2019 18:02:33
Tfm will not be in our squad next season as a full back option. If ww don't bring a full back in i expect the 4 would be mitchell shaw young and dalot.
Interesting that he cose to play dalot on the left yesterday when shaw fell ill instead of young.
It shows that both young and shaw can play either side adequately.

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20 Jan 2019 21:59:14
Not good enough options in my opinion. Shaw is playing better, I'm happy with him as my first choice atm, with young and depot as cover. We need a top class rb because we have nothing down the right. I like depot but not sure if he's ready to be first choice just yet. We could do with someone who's about 29-30 in their prime for a couple of years till dalot is ready. That and a top centre back and we'd have a good foundation to build from.

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21 Jan 2019 06:06:29
Shaw and young for LB. Dalot and a top right back at peak for RB.

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21 Jan 2019 06:26:16
Wan Bissaka.

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16 Jan 2019 20:04:41
Read that we have been linked to David brooks of Bournemouth, I'm from Sheffield and saw a lot of him at Sheffield Utd, great player, I'd take him and play him with Rashford instead of Lingard (already a better player in my opinion)

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17 Jan 2019 12:06:25
I really don’t understand the want to move Lingard on or have him out of the side. Played a huge role in the win against spurs. He’s versatile and has great movement. Yes, there are better players in world football than Lingard, but we’ve more important areas to address.

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17 Jan 2019 12:22:29
Lingard has been brilliant for us for a few years now. He reminds me a bit of Park, putting in a good shift high up the pitch, willing to fill in the gaps, great at covering out of possession and finding space when in possession. He’s certainly done more than a £50m Fred this season. I think Lingard isn’t as appreciated as he should be partly because he didn’t cost silly money with a silly name.

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17 Jan 2019 12:35:18
Better than lingard? A player with knack of scoring in big games especially finals and who was one of England's better players at the world cup. Or some random guy at a low league team.

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17 Jan 2019 15:26:12
I get the feeling if he was called Lingardinho people might respect him a bit more. He is one of the first names on the team sheet in big games, especially big away games, a link between the midfield and attack with seemingly unlimited energy. There are better players out there than Jesse but he gets my vote over a lot of them.

Not saying Brooks isn't a good player, I am sure he is, looks a decent prospect, but at the moment he is nowhere near the level of Lingard never mind better.

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17 Jan 2019 16:00:37
He does have a foreign name. Messi Lingard is awesome.

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17 Jan 2019 16:13:06
Obviously I’m outnumbered when it comes to Lingard but like i say it’s just my opinion.
I don’t dislike Lingard but think he flatters to deceive at times, i love his energy and it’s clear to see he loves playing for Utd and yes he scores the odd good goal but overall i think his end product is hit and miss and think Brooke’s is a better all round player and will be a top player.
This is one of the things that’s good about football, everyone has an opinion.

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17 Jan 2019 16:48:03
I agree he needs to be more consistent. But we've been saying that about most of the squad for 2-3 years. I think he's underrated. Brooks maybe one to keep an eye on but there's been too many like him move too soon and disappear.

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17 Jan 2019 21:47:19
Lingard is currently my favourite United player. Been at the club most of his life, loyal, worked hard during several loan spells and is now reaping the rewards. The guy is a role model on the pitch to the youngsters at the club.

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19 Jan 2019 13:50:29
For me, lingard stays! One of the first names on our starting 11.

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19 Jan 2019 21:54:41
Lionel Jesse.

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16 Jan 2019 13:04:29
Q for 002 if around, are the club actively looking to buy this January or are we most likely going to see nothing until clarity over the permanent manager?

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{Ed002's Note - I try and avoid discussions about timing but if the right player becomes available it is possible purchases could be made. Certainly the club has had discussions with agents and other sides as recently as today, but it is tough to make things happen in January.}

16 Jan 2019 15:32:20
002. Not sure if you have covered this off before. What are your thoughts on the January transfer window? Apologies if it's been covered and I missed it.

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{Ed002's Note - Does not really help anyone. I would scrap them completely.}

16 Jan 2019 16:08:46
The old system worked fine, was nothing wrong with it.

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16 Jan 2019 18:41:25
Agreed Mort, think having two windows puts a lot of pressure on clubs and many tend to make hurried decisions leading to overpaying and many times acquiring a player that is wrong for the club.

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16 Jan 2019 20:11:50
Would love to see the window open the day after the champions league final and close the day before the first game of the season. I know some leagues start different times but really the big leagues start around the same time so wouldn’t be that bad. Go with what you have for the season and if injuries occur, you go youth.

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16 Jan 2019 21:54:08
Heps to inflate prices, especially during the January transfer window.

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14 Jan 2019 20:36:49
Tony V leaving at the end of the season, I'd like to see wan bassaka of palace come in to compete with Dalot for the RB position and chilwell to compete with shaw for LB.

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14 Jan 2019 23:37:46
That would be the my ideal pair of signings 2smooth. Wan Bissaka has arguably been the best rb in the league this year. But being a palace boy it may be hard to prise him away. City will be all over him in the summer. I think shaw needs competition.

We need to have players fighting for each spot on the pitch. Greater competition within a squad produces higher performance levels and higher standards. Chilwell would be perfect. I actually think at this moment he’s better than shaw. I think shaw does need to improve positionally and his delivery / final ball. Hopefully that comes with more confidence and coaching.

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15 Jan 2019 06:33:40
Wan Bissaka looks like a very good player and I'd happily sign him to compete with Dalot. Another worth looking at would be Ricardo Pereira at Leicester. He was mentioned last season and through the summer by a couple of people on here and Leicester did well to get him. He has been great this season and can play on the right wing too.

For left back I'd keep Ashley Young as cover for Shaw. That isn't my ideal situation as I'd prefer we went out and got another left back to compete with Shaw but I think we have other areas such like CB, RB, CM and RW which need to be addressed before left back does. I can't see us signing 6 or 7 players this summer who are in the first team squad.

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15 Jan 2019 09:39:03
I see no point in having two young left backs competing for a spot. Shaw and Young for the left, and Dalot and a New right back to compete on that side would make more sense. Never quite sure why darmian has not quite made it - if you believe what you read there are some top Italian clubs chasing him, and he’s more than good enough as back up. He’s a good defender, just his distribution not quite good enough for a modern right back.

Tony V has had a great career at Utd, but you do get the sense it’s time to move on for him now for a new challenge.

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15 Jan 2019 10:59:33
Both Dalot and Young are capable of playing at both RB and LB. The obvious issue with them is one is young and is learning while the question is how long can Young go on for. For me the solution is bringing in a full back who is a solid RB but who can comfortably cover LB. Then readdress the full back situation at the end of next season.

Ricardo Pereira or Cedric Soares would be good shouts. Both settled and proven EPL players. Neither would cost the earth.

For me we need a first choice CB partner for Lindelof, and a couple of midfielders. Which is likely to cost a fair amount.

I'm not so concerned by a RW, I think Lingard can be a great option there, plus we have a couple of great youngsters who could look to breakthrough over the next two seasons in Chong, Gomes and Greenwood.

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15 Jan 2019 11:24:02
Park you really think City will chase Wan while they have Walker and Danilo? If I remember correctly Wan got his chance when TFM got injured at Palace, prior to that he (TFM) played quite well for them.

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15 Jan 2019 12:44:24
Good shout that Shappy. Both great options and won't cost much, but then again its United so even stones cost us diamonds. Wonder what happened with Bertrand. Remember he was linked to us and he is a good option for Shaw to compete with. Are there no fullbacks in our academy?

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15 Jan 2019 15:31:11
Mitchell having a great season with hearts last i read. Not seen him i don't watch as much of the Scottish league as i used to.

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15 Jan 2019 20:19:58
Mitchell has been alright but defensively suspect and isn't going to make. it here - Hearts form has went off a cliff.

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15 Jan 2019 20:19:43
I do mbd. I think pep doesn’t really fancy walker that much at the moment. Just my humble opinion of course but walker can be a bit of a liability. He’s got a mistake in him and is suspect defensively at times. He showed this against Chelsea when he switched off for kante’s goal. Don’t get me wrong he’s still a very good player and would walk into our side. But I think Wan Bissaka has a higher ceiling than him. Think city will be keeping tabs on him. Danilo is pretty average tbf.

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15 Jan 2019 23:02:30
I've watched quite a bit of Pereira and Bassaka this season, as they've been in my dream team since the start of the season. Both are potentially very good. Bissaka definitely the better defensively, with Pereira better going forward. Personally, I think Pereira is going to be a beast of a player.

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16 Jan 2019 04:04:19
Shaw, Pereira, Lindelof and Koulibaly could be a solid back 4.

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16 Jan 2019 08:03:00
I forgot about pereira Stevie. He’s brilliant and great going forward.

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14 Jan 2019 11:41:38
Great result, Ole has us bouncing and I feel good to say I'm a man Utd supporter after the gloom. If Jose looked at us first have I would love to know what was going through his mind? It is clear to see he was drowning us and losing the players.

Herrera, lindelof and Dave the feet celebrated with Spurs slumping to defeat.

Jones is not a defender no excuses. Every time Luke ran up the left Jones kept looking at VL before he proceeded forward to cover the space and got caught out over and over ball watching.

Victor is growing into a solid CB but he needs a permanent partner. I would love Bailly too.

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14 Jan 2019 12:40:59
5 years, 3 managers took us to finally get it right, 6 out of 6 and playing our way so tell me something why are we looking for something that we already have? OLE gets it, he knows what it means to be a man utd manager, he won it all as a player and you can see his passion for the club.

In my opinion, he is the way forward, he is the one that's going to take us back to where we belong, i wonder if the board would have fired the primitive one before the season started where would be in the table right now? 1st? Second? Third? No lower than that. Give him the job stop this nonsense already. let's start planning for the future right now. Oh before i forget Pogba should have scored twice today.

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14 Jan 2019 13:22:34
I Think whoever followed Mourinho was always going to do well as the players were determined to show that he was the problem and not them like he kept saying. I Agree 6 out of 6 is amazing but we need to see if this will continue or when Mourinho is forgotten about they start to take their foot off the gas. I really hope Ole does well and I hope he continues strong and stays but there is a long time left. If he finishes top 4 and Poch is unavailable then i can't see why not.

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15 Jan 2019 01:27:35
We should follow the process. I think that starts with a DOF. But Ole’s case is building fast.

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15 Jan 2019 09:07:46
I love what ole has achieved so far. ok apart from spurs the teams we have beat, We should have beat anyway regardless who the manager is.
It's the way we have beaten the teams which has impressed me the most. With jose we go one nil up then defend like hell for 80 minutes. it's nice to watch a game from kick off right untill final whistle.
My only concern should ole get job full time is could he attract big name players to the club. but so far so good.

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14 Jan 2019 09:38:14
United in contact with David Brooks?

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14 Jan 2019 10:25:39
Hugely talented prospect And would be nice to make something of a young lad City cut loose.

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14 Jan 2019 12:13:39
they haven't called me yet.

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14 Jan 2019 15:12:30


You win the internet today for that comment.

Have a thumbs up as well.

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13 Jan 2019 00:52:32
So we're are considering Southgate.

Please NO.

England overacheived but the teams we played we should have beat.

In my opinion Southgate is not the manager we need ole should be made manager if Southgate is in the running.

Believable13 3Unbelievable

13 Jan 2019 09:08:36
It’s nonsense. This shortlist is suddenly becoming very long if the press are to believed. I’m sure Southgate also realises he is in totally the right job at the right time. He’s building something very special with England.

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13 Jan 2019 09:14:35
Sky peddling stories hopefully, I’d be majorly disappointed if he was named our manager, would be a MASSIVE step backwards.

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13 Jan 2019 09:49:09
Definitely just the papers pushing nonsense stories. Some where else reported that we could also go in for Diego Simeone with his contract being up in 18 months.

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13 Jan 2019 10:38:32
While I too have reservations over Southgate he does tick many of the boxes. Primarily promoting youth and playing offensive football. He has also shown an ability to get players into the right mind-set as seen with England last summer.

Due to the nature of Ole's appointment we will have to endure 4-5 months of press speculation over who will be the next manager. Like with us being linked to 100,000,000 players every year, we will now be linked to just about every manager under the sun. It doesn't sell papers or get clicks if they just keep repeating the obvious. Pochettino is the most likely candidate.

On that point I found Pochettino's most recent interview very interesting. Cheering when Ole scored the winner in the 99 UCL final, saying to him Sir Alex IS football.

Now they could be brushed away as him being asked loaded questions during the interview as we play Spurs today it makes sense to ask him questions about us. However, he didn't need to be that honest or open. I would go as far as saying if Mourinho had said similar comments about another side while our manager it would have been construed as "flirting" with that team, especially if that team was without a permanent manager.

Either way they make interesting reading/ listening.

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13 Jan 2019 12:10:41
Who broke it? Sky.
Next thing we know is suddenly there's a surge of money on Sky Bet as all the chumps rush to take advantage.
Hardly coincidental.

For the record I would ask Southgate if he would want an interview. Sound him out and put him in the file for future consideration for the manager after this one. Assuming the one who gets the job this summer lasts 3-5 years we'll be looking again at some point.

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13 Jan 2019 11:59:31
Good post shappy agree completely at the Poch point. Seems to be batting his eyes at us and entertaining the questions. Could simply have said he doesn’t want to talk about united. Very interesting. I think he’s interested tbh.

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13 Jan 2019 14:48:55
I wouldn't touch Simeone with a barge pole. His football style is awful and he is definitely not what we need.

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13 Jan 2019 15:48:02
The world cup adventure is a total myth, yes it appeared to be togetherness and played some good football, but the teams played. come on. half the fans could coach England to the semi final with that group

Tunisia - W
Panama - W
Belgium - L
Colombia - D (W on Pens)
Sweden - W
Croatia - L
Belgium - L.

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13 Jan 2019 16:22:18
Yes England played against some teams at that world cup that would struggle in league two. No ones hailing Southgate as some tactical genius that's the love child of Menotti and Michels. But for the first time in over a decade there was a positive atmosphere around the England camp. Not the usual yeah were so great we expect to win but just relaxed and positive. He's cleared out some of the same old faces and looks to play positive pacy football with some of our players at the front of it. He's worth putting in the discussion and I'd have him ahead of the likes of allegri or simeone.

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13 Jan 2019 21:08:08
That makes no sense. He could not even justifiably sit in the same. e car as Allegri or Simione. They are both brilliant managers and experts at using their resources. Southgate is good on atmospherics but otherwise nothing proved.

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14 Jan 2019 07:19:25
There’s no way Southgate is appointed over Solskjaer now. I wouldn’t worry.

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14 Jan 2019 08:27:26
Bringing in Southgate will probably revive all the "the players are not good enough, we must sell 8 and buy 9 new players" discussions on this site. They have been abcent the last weeks, even Jones/ Smalling are not mentioned as often as they used to be.

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14 Jan 2019 09:02:19
Pochetino clearly looks like the best candidate right now, if he'll come. Southgate worth considering, but certainly should not be at the top of the list. If OGS can keep the positive performances coming, he should be ahead of Southgate.

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15 Jan 2019 04:53:55
I just don't see in what world, in any way can people think Gareth Southgate is even close to being a candidate for the Man Utd job.
Maybe it's because i'm Scottish and didn't get swept up in the football coming home nonsense in the world cup where England beat (and only just on occasion) really poor teams and lost to anyone with any quality they played. There was no evidence of smart tactical changes or a great gameplan basically Harry Kane scored from a few set pieces that's it. The stars aligned for a run deep into the competition but none of that was due to the manager IMO. People will be calling for Tim Sherwood next.

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10 Jan 2019 06:50:04
I have just read there has been a major rule change for this seasons Champions League. Any players signed in the January transfer window will be eligible for the knockout rounds even if they have played in the group stages of the competition for another club earlier in the season.

I wonder if that could stir up activity in the January transfer window!

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10 Jan 2019 11:25:18
10 days in and none so far Red Man.

Though if Solanke is worth £19m and Callum Wilson is worth £50m I think we might be better just sticking with what we have got.

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10 Jan 2019 12:47:24
Looking at most of what we've been linked with i'd save the money as well.

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10 Jan 2019 13:47:11
Callum wilson is a decent striker.

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10 Jan 2019 14:10:39

I know, but £50m? I appreciate the game has changed and the prices of players has increased but that is utterly ridiculous.

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10 Jan 2019 14:53:33
Decent players should not be going for £50m. Same with Tarkowski. Its this that pushes prices up for good players.

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10 Jan 2019 18:13:45
I know GDS but we can't do nothing to change it. It is still not bad as Andy Carroll going for 35 mil.

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10 Jan 2019 21:10:32
We paid over £50m for Fred, makes Wilson for £50m look like a bargain.

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10 Jan 2019 22:30:46
So true danny. We have gone after two players which city were after and both have so far let us down.

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10 Jan 2019 19:42:41
Hearing strong rumors that we are interested in signing Manolas from Roma this January. Does any of the Eds know if it's legit?

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{Ed002's Note - They will have the opportunity to talk with Roma in Geneva next week - with Roma looking to move him on in the summer.}

11 Jan 2019 09:58:08
With Aldervierweld supposedly have a £25 million clause surely that is great value. Even 35-40 would be.

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11 Jan 2019 12:01:20
You'll always pay a premium for decent English players.

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11 Jan 2019 16:03:30
If Wilson's worth 50 what's Rashford worth?

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12 Jan 2019 11:49:46
Mort it doesn’t matter what Rashford is worth because we won’t be selling him and don’t need the money.

£50m is the new £30m.

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12 Jan 2019 13:30:29
Never suggested we should sell him or that we needed the money. Just a question on what his value is.

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12 Jan 2019 17:17:25
According to transfermarkt, his value is 65m euro. Doenst mean United would accept that though :)

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