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20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?



{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}

1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.



21 Aug 2017 14:23:32
Ed, Sky are reporting United are considering a bid for Ryan Sessegnon. Do you see us making a bid for him? Thanks.


{Ed004's Note - I've no idea. It looks like all the top clubs are keeping an eye on him}

1.) 21 Aug 2017 16:07:34
Apparently we are willing to buy and loan back like we did with Smalling. Seems a good deal for Fulham if they are willing to do business.

2.) 21 Aug 2017 16:38:50
He's certainly a player who looks very promising. However, he's nowhere near ready for the top end of the PL so a loan back for a year or two makes far more sense.

3.) 22 Aug 2017 15:24:51
More of an age issue with him, Ed002 said this months ago, possibly around January. You have to remember he is still a kid, whoever buys him will have to loan him back to Fulham. But, he does look like a talent.

4.) 22 Aug 2017 16:57:54
Seen him play a few times as my mate is a Fulham fan and I take his tickets when he can't go.

Actually started as a winger but injuries forced him into full back. His has a great engine and gets up and down the line well. Needs to work on his 1 v 1 defending a little but that will come.

His brother, Steven, was rated the better prospect before a bad injury, he's at Fulham too. Apparently he is a little reluctant to leave his family and his family will not let him go anywhere that he's not looked after. Not just financially.

Not ready for us yet but a loan in both the championship and maybe another in the EPL and he would be perfect to rotate with Shaw.



18 May 2017 18:47:41
I'll be the one who takes the Sly Sports bait today. Are we actually interested in Nainggolan? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Mourinho was very keen on Radja Nainggolan whilst at Chelsea who were not interested at the asking price for a player of his age - and if Manchester United are interested, he certainly won't be first choice for them.}

1.) 18 May 2017 20:34:29
Would be ideal player to add some energy to the midfield.

2.) 19 May 2017 07:33:16
Is he still smoking 50 a day and partying every other night? He's a brilliant player who'd improve our midfield immensely but he is damaging his own longevity with his lifestyle.



04 Jan 2017 10:42:59
Ed I'm assuming this is complete rubbish before I even ask, however, there are some rumours today that we are looking at Patrice Evra?

Apparently to solve our issues at left back which I wasn't aware we had since we're very well covered in that position. The only reason I can think of is additional cover since Darmian may be moving although Semedo looks to be the target for that?



{Ed002's Note - I really don't know anything of it.}

1.) 04 Jan 2017 14:13:53
Its based off Rio's twitter and everyone assumes stuff. Apparently its a coaching role next season.

2.) 04 Jan 2017 17:36:19
I would love to see Patrice back at the club in a coaching role. Great player, great guy.

3.) 04 Jan 2017 18:20:26
He could teach Luke Shaw a thing or two about how to look after yourself as a professional athlete.

4.) 04 Jan 2017 19:11:59
I would take him back for 6 months, just like Ibra with rashford, shaw could learn from him for the rest of the season before he moves into a coaching role, who better for shaw to learn from than one of (if not) uniteds best left back.

5.) 04 Jan 2017 19:16:32
Coaching role yes, playing no. We sold him when it was the right time to do so. The pace of the PL was leaving us and him vulnerable. Loved him while he was here, but can't come back other than as a coach for me.

{Ed002's Note - Do you think he is a good coach? Is Mr Mourinho happy with the coaching Evra has been doing to such an extent he has invited him to join the coaching staff?}

6.) 04 Jan 2017 19:34:41
I would give him a try ed, personally, but maybe my heart rules my head on that one. He was a very good full back and we have been a bit short in that department for some time. Can't see it doing any harm having someone with Evra's experience around the place.

{Ed002's Note - Typically Mr Mourinho would not have random ex-players coaching anywhere near the first team simply for sentimental reasons. Downhill from there.}

7.) 04 Jan 2017 19:39:03
Its funny why people would love to invite old players back as coaches, just to have them round like a sentimental thing.

Evra isn't someone going to be drafted in to coach left back, its laughable even considering it.

If he comes back he will be playing, because Jose thinks he can do a job simple as that.

8.) 05 Jan 2017 01:53:49
Ed has a point with the sentimental reasons actually, only have to look at giggs for that one.

9.) 05 Jan 2017 12:54:49
evra got torn to bits on this site for his last 18 month?
people couldn't wait to sell him.

10.) 05 Jan 2017 13:49:23
Good man jred. You are bang on there. Short memories sometimes.

Wouldn't have evra near the coaching unless he proved himself in that department first.



29 Jun 2016 18:01:07
Ed's there have obviously been lots of posts about who's coming in at United but is there any news on interest on the likes of Mata and Blind leaving? It was reported they were likely to leave when Mourinho took over but there hasn't been much news since.



{Ed004's Note - I haven't seen many of our players linked with other clubs}

1.) 29 Jun 2016 21:41:35
Rojo, Blind, Mata and Fellaini hopefully find some suitors.

2.) 30 Jun 2016 11:14:32
Why blind Fresh? Great squad player.

3.) 30 Jun 2016 13:19:17
I agree Irish. I would like him to stay but I'm not sure he will. There are plenty of teams where he would command a regular starring place. We will have to wait and see there had been none of our players with the exception of Damian linked with moves away really.

4.) 30 Jun 2016 15:10:30
Ken I also really want Darmian to stay think next season will be a lot more settled for him.




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04 Jan 2019 10:20:31
I have to say, a few weeks ago I don't think I would be particularly excited about any team we would field against Reading. However, with the positivity returning, I'm really hoping that a couple of the youngsters get a chance tomorrow. Also fringe players like Fred, Pereira and Romero will likely be in.

Lukaku and Sanchez should start with probably Lingard on the right with Rashford, Martial etc rested. I'm pretty sure 1 or 2 of the youngsters will be on the bench. The likes of Greenwood, Gomes, Chong etc. Maybe a couple of them will get 20/ 30 minutes? Greenwood looks like the most first team ready youth player we have had in a long time and if he gets 30 mins I'd be fairly certain he will score.


1.) 04 Jan 2019 13:23:52
I think we need to rest several players while also giving others a chance. DDG, Lindelof, Shaw, Young, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Martial and probably Lingard need to be rested. An injury to any of them ahead of the Spurs game would weaken us.

Players like Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Rojo, Smalling, Bailly, Fred, Andreas Pareira, Fellaini, Mata, Sanchez and Lukaku need game time.

While youngsters such as O'Connor, Williams, Garner, Chong, Gomes and Greenwood should all be in contention. Particularly Chong who looks right on the cusp of the first team.

2.) 04 Jan 2019 16:05:20
It'd be interesting to see who plays at CB tomorrow. Lindelof and Jones may be rested and Smalling and Rojo are unfit. Any youngster from the academy?



07 Aug 2018 06:35:15
Apologies hit send too early.

So sell the players we want rid of without replacing them, therefore bringing in a large amount of cash. Then next summer going all out in the transfer market and bring in several new players?

Or would you rather see us in the situation we are in just now, keep the likes of Pogba and Martial but struggle to bring in other targets?


1.) 07 Aug 2018 07:36:58
Rj, good post. Also, if he tries some of the younger players who have done so well in the reserves, they might even surprise mr Mourinho and we might not need a 30yr old Brazilian right winger at £75m, if Chong has a good season. We might not need a playmaker, if Gomez is given a chance to shine. But sadly, i don't think it'll happen.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 07:50:15
I agree AAA. At the moment the way our squad is compared to others, I think we are probably 3rd/ 4th best in the league. Which isn't a terrible place to be by the way.

However, wouldn't it be just as good as seeing us finish 4th with this squad, probably playing a cautious style of football, if we finished 5th or 6th while giving the likes of Fosu Mensah, Gomes, Chong, Pereira etc a lot of game time? It'll never happen with Mourinho in charge but if you are unlikely to win today, try to plan for a win tomorrow. Mourinho is constantly looking for a win today which considering we are far behind City may actually set us back further going forward?

3.) 07 Aug 2018 07:50:51
Tuanazebee and TFM going out on loan seems very rash as well with no replacements. TFM could be good RB cover . good for him and good for us.

4.) 07 Aug 2018 07:52:42
Rj, if we were to lose Pogba and Martial and others which seams very likely and don't have proper replacements we are probably in for a terrible season.
Then as you say this would leave us with a lot of cash and we could invest heavily on star players next summer, but after one year anything could happen.
- Jose might leave at the end of the season due to bad season. That would leave us with a bad squad with a new manager to bring in lot of new players then we would be said another year needed for gelling, and after another year anything could happen again. This would leave us falling well behind than our rivals.
- Jose is staying and invests heavily on star players. Again no guaranty that we would transform to a very good team and challenge. Just forget the performance Jose has brought in Sanchez Lukaku Pogba Bailey Miki Matic Lindelof Fred but still we haven't become title challengers. This was also because of city doing good business but we should also take other teams' business.

So it would be a great risk to lose key players and not replace them now.

The club management should have a sensible concrete plan as what we are going to do. Who the manager would be and what would be our identity. But seems the club aleady had such a plan with LVG and Allegri, thanks to us Toxics ;) :P.

5.) 07 Aug 2018 08:34:11

The reserves came bottom of the league and got relegated, the under 18s had a great season but most are 2 maybe 3 years away from being strong enough and good enough for the first team.

6.) 07 Aug 2018 08:50:12
What happens when he plays those young kids and results go south?

Will we blame Jose? The board? The players?

Fact is, these kids aren't ready now. Their results in the last couple of seasons show that.

Jose asked for more quality and he hasn't got it yet. I'd be pretty miserable in his position too.

7.) 07 Aug 2018 09:22:56
Fully agree Angel. It's one thing to give the kids a chance it's another thing entirely to rely on them and expect them to make the difference.

8.) 07 Aug 2018 11:07:48
You can only give kids a chance if they are good enough. Fact is, they arent.



07 Aug 2018 06:32:38
Here's a question for you guys.

Many here think this season isn't shaping up to be a great one. We seemingly haven't landed our targets, the manager seems upset with this and we have a few players we want rid of but can't get rid of.

Would you accept a season where we don't challenge for the league and maybe finish 4th, 5th or 6th as well as sell the likes of Pogba, Martial, Darmian and others.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 08:00:54
Yes, if it means the end of Mourinho and draws a line under the horrible last seven years of awful football we've had to endure.

If we make those sales then there should be plenty of money for a new manager to spend on players.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 09:27:30
Rj its a hard question i think. The season is a long one and fifth or sixth would likely mean we finish behind liverpool, city etc. Not much in the way of bragging rights. As fans i think we would not find that easy at all. Its hard to see much choice here except to support this Mourinho and hope Pogba has a better year, Sanchez has a better year, Fred starts well, defence is settled . i'm hoping a few wins at the start will put jose in better form and boost players too.



15 Jun 2018 07:33:23
Who do you guys think will/ should get more game time out of some of our younger players? Players like Tuanzebe, McTominay and Fosu Mensah.

McTominay is obviously quite highly rated by Jose and will likely see a reasonable amount of playing time but Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah don't seem to have an obvious place in the squad. Do you think these guys will have another year at United of playing in the early rounds of the cups or can you see them breaking into the team? Personally, though I'd love to see it, I can't see much game time at all for Tuanzebe and Fosu Mensah.


1.) 15 Jun 2018 08:03:40
Fosu mensah should get the most game time because i think he's the most talented of the three, can play multiple positions and i don't think his work ethic is in question.

Dont see how tuanzebe can get any game time if we plan to have 6 centre backs on book and only play with two central defenders at one time.

Reality is mctominay will play much more next season especially if fellaini leaves because he works hard and is willing to do everything the manager says.

2.) 15 Jun 2018 11:06:33
I think mctominay will go out on loan depending on another cm signing and AP coming back.

3.) 15 Jun 2018 11:26:06
TFM depends where he's going to be playing. RB or DCM. Tuanzebe probably needs a loan until we can free up some space. Maybe like TFM and go to a lower prem team for a season, see how he gets on.

4.) 15 Jun 2018 13:37:42
I can see TFM leaving. He has made it clear that he wants regular game time, and I don’t think he’s at the stage where he will get it with us.



20 May 2018 08:49:28
The end of another season and it looks like we're still needing a bit of a clear out. Many on here have been saying this since Fergie was still the manager. Too many ok players and not enough great ones. Unfortunately that couldn't be more correct in my opinion. It's incredible that our 1st choice back 4 was here when Fergie left despite us buying 6 or 7 defenders since he retired. I suppose that says who we've bought have not lived up to expectations.

Jose's attritional style of play can at times help hide the flaws of some. However, it has stifled others leaving our side in a weird place. We have fantastic attacking players like Sanchez, Pogba, Martial etc who aren't sure when to attack/ try to express themselves meaning we attack without any pattern and look confused in the final third. Then we have average players who are very comfortable playing without much risk and have become almost definite starters each week.

Many on here have been saying for years that Smalling, Jones and Young should be nowhere near the club never mind the starting 11. However, who replaces them? Shaw doesn't seem to be very professional, Lindelof has struggled at times and Bailly can't stay fit for very long.

We also have a number of players who have contributed very little over the past season. Would it do a huge amount of harm to replace them with youth team players? I'm sure we would all prefer to see Angel Gomes named in a squad than players like l Blind or Darmian who haven't really been seen since January? Even if he doesn't get on the pitch it gives you some hope he will. We're hardly screaming for Darmian to get on.

Moving forward I hope we see a new left back, right back, centre back and Central midfielder in the summer. Alex Sandro ideally or Kieran Tierney for left back, Djibril Sidibe or Fabinho for right back, Alderweireld for centre back and Jorginho for centre midfield (though looks City bound) would be a great summer. Here's hoping we don't have to spend any of our budget on a new 1st choice keeper. Hopefully this summer we get our signings right and were in a position that sees Jose give the players a bit more creative freedom because he trusts that the defensive players don't need quite so much protection.


1.) 20 May 2018 09:26:04
No point spending more millions on new players if you can't get the ones you have playing well .

2.) 20 May 2018 11:01:32
Agreed jred but what evidence have the likes of Smalling, Jones, Darmian, Young, Fellaini, Rojo, Blind etc provided to show they can play any better than they actually are or have? It's not like any other top side is clamouring to have any of them in their team. Is there a coaching issue with some? Absolutely. Are some just not as good as you'd like to see in the squad? Definitely.

3.) 20 May 2018 11:37:36
1 . Jose really wants fellaini so it's not me but the manager who thinks he is good enough
2 . Rojo has just signed a new contract so again you could argue Jose thinks he is good enough
3.young and smalling have both played well imo this season and are both first choice for Jose
4. Looks like darmian is off to juventus .

So if Jose rates them he needs to get them playing better.
I don't think our back 4 have been that bad it's cm and attack where the problem is .
Young and co have played about par for the course, we don't conced many .
Pogba Sanchez martial rash Miki and co have all underperformed we don't create, score enough even look like we have an attacking plan .

4.) 20 May 2018 12:42:26
If the manager rates them, that's fine but it doesn't make them any better or worse a player because the manager rates them. They are as good as they are and if they are after 2 years of Mourinho being in charge there isn't any improvement then maybe they aren't good enough?

For me, not conceding many and being good at the back don't go hand in hand nowadays. When you think of great defensive teams you think of Mourinho's original Chelsea or Atletico. Compared to them in terms of defensive capability and simply behind very difficult to score against City are horrible at the back, so are Barca, Liverpool aren't great either despite a recent upturn in their form but they all defend in a different way from us or those defensive sides. They all have pretty good defensive records.

They keep possession for long spells or press energetically for the majority of games. This means defenders such as Otamendi, Pique, Mascherano are in defence when teams rarely concede. Pique is a prime example. He is seen by many as being amongst the best in the world at CB when in fact he is nowhere near. They play in sides which hide their flaws and mean they don't have to defend much throughout a 90 minutes. Then when they do the opposition are knackered and can't really provide support meaning a striker is isolated or perhaps has one pass on if he's lucky. Having Smalling, Jones, Rojo etc all have to defend far less often would be brilliant for us.

Our side isn't built to defend that way. We wait until the opposition are in our half then start to press. The way we set up usually is how Jose has been successful but football has moved forward from having a big physical side who have a low defensive block. We have a good defensive record because of it as we pack men behind the ball but we achieve this in a far more boring way than the sides I've mentioned above. Even in the past a Mourinho side could play the ways we do defensively but they were lethal on the counter. Nowadays sides know how to play against that, where as 10 years ago it was new. Counter attacks start 20 or 30 yards further up the pitch now. This is why when we get into the final third we look lost as the tactic of hit them on the counter has been countered and our players seem to have no spotaniety within them to get around this.

5.) 20 May 2018 13:08:42
I disagree, we have the most exposed back line about, team just walk through our cm .
We don't defend our back line and our posseion is poor, we don't defend from the front or as a team .
Our cbs are completely exposed.

I do agree that city and Barcelona etc don't have superstar backline but that's my point they have a good enough midfield and forward line .

Our back line is probably good enough nothing wrong with 28 goals in 38 league games but it's our midfield and attack were the problem lies.




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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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01 Jan 2019 11:36:30
Isn't Alderweireld's release clause only active in the summer? He would be a brilliant signing but I'd imagine we'd still need to offer way over the £25m this month to even have a chance.

Plus I doubt Levy will be willing to sell to us based on the likelihood we will go for Poch in the summer as well. As the Ed said in the sharkopod, they should have sold Alderweireld last summer.




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08 Aug 2018 21:21:04
We've been linked with so many centre backs in the last week it's unreal!

Since every CB under the sun is being linked with us, I'm going to hazard a guess that our new CB who will start against Leicester on Friday will be David May. That seemed as likely at the start of the summer as Kurt Zouma. David May works for MUTV so we know it's achievable by the deadline. Who knows we might even get that winger we all want if he brings Bojan Djordjic with him?




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06 Aug 2018 20:17:20
His form over the last 12-18 months has fell off a cliff. Before that he was one of the best around. If he plays how he has in the past he s head and shoulders above any of our defenders. However, Bayern know when to get rid of a player. We've been caught out by it in the past and it's tough to see that this will be different.

Still prefer him to Maguire though 😂😂.




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31 Jul 2018 20:29:46
Fingers crossed. Selling one of the CB's hopefully means Alderweireld is on his way!





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19 Jan 2019 21:40:58
Delighted that it looks we're keeping a hold of Martial. As daft as this sounds, I'm not bothered that we're keeping him just because he's a good player or might become a great player, I'm delighted because he's exciting to watch. He's one of those players who I just don't care if he is in brilliant form or not, every time he gets the ball and starts running at a defender there's a feeling of excitement in the stadium.

Some players have that and some don't but having grown up in the 90's/ 00's watching Giggs, Kanchelskis, Ronaldo etc, United need players like Martial who get fans off there seats and entertain.




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13 Jan 2019 12:07:42
Poch should be the clear number 1 choice in my opinion. He's done brilliantly at Spurs.

Others such as Allegri or Blanc are possible alternatives.

However, if we are simply looking at managers we would like and not necessarily those who are likely to move, how about Lucian Favre? He did well at Gladbach, made Nice a much better side and now at Dortmund he has them playing quick, exciting football which has them top of the Bundesliga. The average age of the Dortmund starting line up has been something like 23 which is unbelievable considering how successful they have been this season.




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13 Oct 2018 07:38:28
Skriniar looks like a very good player from what I've seen of him, as does De Ligt. Upamecano is another young but very promising player who looks like he will become an excellent defender.

Even though we clearly need a bit of a clear out in defence with the likes of Jones, Smalling, Darmian and Rojo all not being good enough in my opinion plus we also have Young and Valencia being out of contract, hoping Shaw signs an extension. Surely if even half of the above leave we need so PL experience in defence? I'd go back to Spurs for Alderweireld in January or the summer as well as looking to bring in someone like De Ligt, Skriniar or Upamecano. We will also need to address right back and sign another left back to either back up Shaw or replace him if he leaves.

Baring in mind that is just the defence, it's a huge rebuild of a squad.




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10 Aug 2018 17:47:28
1-0 United. Sanchez to score. A performance that is not hugely convincing despite the win.




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07 Aug 2018 07:50:15
I agree AAA. At the moment the way our squad is compared to others, I think we are probably 3rd/ 4th best in the league. Which isn't a terrible place to be by the way.

However, wouldn't it be just as good as seeing us finish 4th with this squad, probably playing a cautious style of football, if we finished 5th or 6th while giving the likes of Fosu Mensah, Gomes, Chong, Pereira etc a lot of game time? It'll never happen with Mourinho in charge but if you are unlikely to win today, try to plan for a win tomorrow. Mourinho is constantly looking for a win today which considering we are far behind City may actually set us back further going forward?