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20 Jul 2019 13:16:54
Wan-Bissaka. that is all.

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20 Jul 2019 13:26:39
Literally no point in the other team playing a left winger. I’ll say it now I think he will get player of the year this season.

20 Jul 2019 14:09:44
The guy is a beast. loves defending


I've never seen us play down the right so much in years.

20 Jul 2019 14:58:54
Mane Vs Obi Wan
👀🍿.

20 Jul 2019 12:33:51
Hi All,

Just wanted to say thanks to all the Ed's for their expertise and input - it's amazing to have your insights.

Been a long time since my last post but literally can't remember the last time I didn't check the site on a daily basis over the last 10 years.

Had lots of personal up and downs in this time and the people on this site have always supported me through it.

You are all my family and I love you all for the help and support you have given me.

So thank you one and all.

On to all things United.

In my opinion it's time we move on Pogba and Lukaku. We need to understand that financial fair play both in terms of transfer fees and wages means that we can't demand ridiculous fees for either or both.

People on here are talking £130m for the Pog alone but I feel realistic that's the sort of figure we will get for both combined.

Let's be fair, neither are players that have been amazing for us and we are clearly not desperate to hang onto either. We are ready to sell and both players are ready to leave after underwhelming for us even though in Pogba's case it seems more down to effort and application rather than ability at the top level. Not a comment on either players talent but just the current situation we and they are in.

I would sell Pogba for around £75m and Lukaku for around £60m - no player exchanges - just straight cash to get the deals done. We can then use the money to sign a cb and cm, maybe 2.

I am not crazy about blowing 60% of it on Maguire. He is a decent cb, and could do a job at United but I feel United need a leader that can help nurture the other defenders at the club and unsure whether Maguire fits the bill. An upgrade on Smalling, Jones and Rojo for sure but not someone that can help develop Lindelof, Shaw and AWB.

Personally, I would have gone for Toby A from spurs and promoted Tuanzebe, also selling Jones and Rojo for a combined fee of ~ £15m. That would give us a defence of:

Rb - AWB and Dalot (Tuanzebe if needed there)
Lb - Shaw and Dalot (Young, limited game time but good experience in dressing room and someone that will put in required effort)
Cb - Lindelof, Toby A, Bailly, Smalling, Tuanzebe

We would then have about £125 million which can be spent on a couple of midfielders. That would easily cover Fernandes and Longstaff.

I would not worry about RW or CF as we have plenty of options in the squad.

So transfers of:

Ins: Awb, Toby A, Fernandes, Longstaff, James for about £175-£200m

outs: Jones, Rojo, Damian, Pogba, Lukaku for about £160m

Not an awful lot of net spend but definitely a stronger defence.

I would worry about creativity from the centre of the park, but if we have a combative midfield and our forward 3/ 4 (depending on formation) play with pace and pressing we may well be okay.

After all Liverpool sold their most creative midfielder in Coutinho and arguably have a more workman like Midfield centrally with their purpose being to get the ball quickly to a mobile front three.

I believe this would give us a good platform to build from and we should expect to fit for top four and battle for domestic cups and Europa success.

It would also allow us to promote plenty of Youth such as Gomes, Greenwood, Chong, Garner, Tuanzebe etc and continue the development of Rashford, Martial and McTominay etc.

We have spent plenty of money on transfers and wages on big name players like Sanchez, Pogba, Lukaku in recent windows without actually thinking about style of play. Some of this is obviously down to a lack of consistency of Managers with so many coming and going in the short time since Sir Alex left.

Just to be clear, I am a massive fan of Pogba's have been ever since I saw him in our Youth team. However, he is a luxury player that should be bought for a complete team as a final flourish. We bought him in when we needed major surgery in all departments and it has definitely worked against both him and the club.

My major concern this summer has been that with Woody at the helm we would spend all summer being linked with lots of players some of which could really improve the team and then end up with Bale as he is another big name.

Yes, we are far away from the likes of Man City and Liverpool and some of Europe's elite but we need to accept that and find a way to close the gap on our terms rather than hoping a big signing or two will make the difference.

It's time to revert to hard work, application, team work and desire in order to close the gap.

We will not get there in one season but what we can do is lay the foundations to become competitive, fight for cups and challenge for the league in 2/ 3 years.

Time to accept how far we have fallen and take strategic steps to get back to where we belong in the long term rather than short term fixes to paper over the cracks.

Football is cyclical - we had our time, longer than most expected but that was down to Sir Alex's ability in building three different teams over 30 years that managed to stay front and centre.

We can get there again and I firmly believe we will but it starts by supporting OGS, someone that has seen United rebuild successful teams.

Ole will get us playing the United way and if supported at all levels he is capable of leading us to trophies in long term - my concern however is that both the hierarchy at the club from big name fancy players all the way to the board room and turnstiles will not be patient enough to give him a real chance to succeed.

Please show faith in Ole and cross your fingers (I know I will) that he and his coaching staff gets the time required to build a new and successful team.

Will be a lot of downs, possibly more than ups but I fear that should we sack him mid season because he is off the pace and look for a big name manager, the problems of the last 7 years will just resurface.

As mentioned before, love you all for the support given to me personally and the fact that we all love the greatest club in the world.

Time to be United. Not just for today or tomorrow, but forever!

All the best to each and everyone of you.

Look forward to reading your posts throughout preseason as well as the 2019-2020 campaign.

Kind regards,

Amar (U-N-I-T-E-D F-O-R-E-V-E-R)

P. S. apologies for the ridiculously long message.

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19 Jul 2019 16:42:46
Off the transfer subject I'm quite glad to see Rooney doing quite well in America. Just hope he stays away from the nursing homes 😁😁😁😁😁.

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20 Jul 2019 11:47:45
Must admit I feel nostalgic when I wake up to the news he’s won another game or scored another wonder goal.

If only he’d have looked after himself better, he would probably still be around the club now.

20 Jul 2019 14:10:47
At least he left with the record of most goals for us

Well deserved.

Imagine he played as the striker all his career may have got close to beating Shearer.

19 Jul 2019 06:10:25
I believe signing Fernandes and Maguire is going to be the most crucial piece of transfer business for us before the start of the season.

We have been missing a strong, physical presence in our backline for a while now and Maguire can fill that void. He might have his weakness as many suggest, but he could be the need of the hour as far as having a commanding presence at the back.

We have really struggled in terms of sorting our midfield for too long. We brought in players who were either not able to settle in the PL or were played out of their natural position. Fernandes seems to have it all and would make a huge difference to our attack and contribute to a lot of goals and assists. This is one signing we need to make sure to get over the line and hopefully he is allowed to flourish in his natural position.

Plus if we could shift out a few including any unwanted ones and players those who want to move on and also sign another CM and attacker (if Lukaku goes) then it would be a good window for us.

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19 Jul 2019 07:21:32
Fernandes looks the type of player to build a team around.

Play him in his best position, get someone sat behind him with a good engine and forwards with good movement (the latter we already have) .

19 Jul 2019 07:48:19
I’d take a CB and a CM and be happy if we give some of the youngsters a chance, and by that I mean give them a run, not the odd game her or there.

20 Jul 2019 09:40:06
Wan bissaka is our most crucial piece of transfer business imo. Teams bombarded our rb last season because every man and his dog could see it was our weakest area that will change this season.

18 Jul 2019 06:58:49
Not sure if I can post this.
On The BBC website, there us an article on Bielsa pre season training. Upto 4 training sessions a day. Well worth a read. Shows you how dedicated a manager he is aswell with all the in depth analysis he does.

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19 Jul 2019 06:18:36
Glad, he wasn't appointed as our Manager otherwise the players would have got him sacked by now.

17 Jul 2019 18:46:48
Here comes my stupid question of the day! Could Phil Jones play the Matic role along with McTominay, I don't mean both playing there, but could he be an option?

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17 Jul 2019 19:33:21
His time is up at United.
Very unreliable because of his injury record.

17 Jul 2019 20:38:36
No no no no no no no.

17 Jul 2019 20:53:51
Ken - you missed a no.

We can't count on jones to play his role. if we get a decent offer i think he will be gone.

17 Jul 2019 21:37:51
Ken, his distribution is ok, he just can't defend. Maybe he could do the role.

18 Jul 2019 02:20:11
If the seagulls weren't following the trawler, but were keeping the bench warm in the medical center, maybe it is time to choose another player to build your team around.

The best player in your squad is your worst player when he is unavailable for selection.

Everyone understands players can be unlucky with injuries, but when they start to stack up to level PJ has had, and then when you watch him play you wince when you see him try to make yet another stupid lunging recovery tackle due to being out of position, maybe it is time to move him on.

Give tuanzebe a chance ahead of PJ.

19 Jul 2019 08:16:42
I guess he maybe could do a job, but no manager has really tried it so I guess that’s your answer.

19 Jul 2019 11:55:55
Jones shouldn't be anywhere near the pitch let alone as a holding midfielder, he like smalling hasn't ever really been good enough.

17 Jul 2019 18:24:16
So what transfers do people expect to see with United between now and the close of the window and what do people think our starting 11 will look like?

Personally I think we will see Pogba and Lukaku leave, along with Darmian, Rojo and possibly Jones.

I expect us to sign Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Longstaff and Milinkovic-Savic. To go with AWB and James who have already signed.

I think we'll start the season like this:

DDG, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, SMS, Bruno, Lingard, Rashford, Martial. In a 4231 type shape.

However, I think we'll finish the season with this line up:

DDG, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Longstaff, SMS, Bruno, Greenwood, Rashford, James.

{Ed004's Note - I think Maguire, Fernandes and Pepe (pure guess work) will sign with Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Lukaku and hopefully Sanchez leaving. First choice side will be:
De Gea, AWB, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Pepe, Bruno, Martial and Rashford.}

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17 Jul 2019 18:53:11
We will sign 2 more.

{Ed004's Note - Im going for 3 more}

17 Jul 2019 18:47:47
Ed 4 - Not a bad team I hope your right!

Shappy - I think Pogba will stay pal.

{Ed004's Note - I don't think we will get a winger so probably sub in Lingard or James for Pepe. Although if we got a winger we would have a strong back up 11 as well}

17 Jul 2019 20:29:18
I'm hoping for Maguire bruno and savic

Keep bailly sell rojo Jones darmian.

17 Jul 2019 20:37:55
Dan James will start the 1st game imo.
3 more in cb 2 xcm. Maguire bruno longstaff
4 More out rojo darmian Lukaku plus 1 more
Tuanzabe henderson will go out on loan possibly with chong imo

If any of pogba matic or sanchez leave it would require another in.

17 Jul 2019 21:00:25
I am with you Ken, 3 more in and that is without losing Pogba. If Pogba does go then we have to put all that money into SAUL. Savic is a good player, but if Fernandes signs then Saul would fit in better than Savic. If he is unobtainable then Savic would be next up.

I think the front 3 for the Chelsea game will be, James, Rashford and Martial, unless Greenwood keeps scoring in pre season.

18 Jul 2019 11:16:04
I am staring to think it will be 2 more in and that will be Fernández and Maguire. Pogba will stay as will Sanchez with agreement he can go to RM next year. Baily Rojo out
Starting team DDG, AWB, Lindelof, Shaw, Mctominy, Pogba, Fernández Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
Front 3 being very fluid.

18 Jul 2019 19:04:05
Brad that would make us playing 3 at the back 1lb,1cb,1rb. i would be amazed if we lined up like that ever.

16 Jul 2019 15:33:18
Can somebody please tell me why we are allowing someone like Trippier to leave the country for £25m when we are crying out for a player like him? Why didn't we kidnap the lad and make him play for us, he is exactly what we need, just my opinion.

Deadwood is ruining this club taking so long to get good deals with players that the manager wants and not the exact ones I want, GGMU.

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16 Jul 2019 16:15:26
Haha GDS2,

You will struggle getting bites.

16 Jul 2019 16:19:59
Dalot and Wan Bisaka. Does anymore need saying.

16 Jul 2019 16:36:56
MH,

Apparently not.

16 Jul 2019 17:26:39
GDS2,

Shooting fish in a barrel.

16 Jul 2019 17:44:34
Maybe because we've just signed Wan Bissaka for right back. Some people are never happy.

16 Jul 2019 18:41:52
Oh dear, bait well and truly gobbled up.

16 Jul 2019 19:12:07
I guess this just shows what people are expecting united fans to say now, this is the kind of nonsense I see on Twitter all the time and it’s a shame. I assumed the kidnapping part would make it fairly obviously that it was a joke though!

16 Jul 2019 19:12:43
That’s 2 . Keep fishing.

It was the last sentence that made me laugh about the manager getting the players he wanted and not the ones you want GDS. what did Ed say when you gave him your list and told him you know best :)

16 Jul 2019 20:50:30
Haha I read the post and thought ‘not another’. Always check the author!

17 Jul 2019 06:00:59
I think it's a heinous crime. One that definitely should result in the manager getting the boot. How our scouts miss out on talent is beyond me.

This will take a while to digest.

17 Jul 2019 14:52:22
My reply was tongue in cheek guys. Just wanted to see if anyone believed it lol.

15 Jul 2019 21:22:14
Question.
Considering that Sporting want around 70m for Fernández. Does it make sense to pay a bit more and get Milinkovic Savic instead?
Or it's difficult to fit him alongside pogba?

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16 Jul 2019 10:19:12
dev, why would you want to do that?

16 Jul 2019 12:49:42
They are two diff players. One plays like Gerard and the other Lampard.

16 Jul 2019 15:05:58
If you believe the papers we are showing interest in both. Bruno to replace Herrera and SMS to replace Pogba if he leaves.

16 Jul 2019 20:51:58
Perth, Bruno and Herrera are totally different.

I think we will look at McT or Fred to fill Herrera’s boots.

17 Jul 2019 15:18:14
Wazza, I didn’t mean In style, just personnel. Numbers. 1 out 1 in.

14 Jul 2019 19:40:44
Well done England in the cricket. They were passionate positive and never gave up. I hope we play with the same intensity and desire this season.

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