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02 May 2019 10:34:20
Media linking us very stongly to Joao Felix and Bruno.
Hopefully we can beat the ompetition and close the deal.
More than the footballing ability, I am impressed with the hunger of these portugese duo.


1.) 02 May 2019 11:23:41
Not trying to be obtuse but how have you managed to work out their level of hunger?

What about them in particular strikes you as singnalling they are hungry?

2.) 02 May 2019 11:33:49
The hunger to win the ball back after loosing it. I highlighted it because it is in stark contrast to the likes of Martial.
For rebuilding, We need to be targeting players who give everything on the pitch as Jose says "Mad Dogs".

3.) 02 May 2019 12:02:23
Thats a fair point, but that could be very much dependent on the system and style they are playing.

Plenty of the signings we have made have fitted the ‘mad dog’ profile but then they get the hunger neutered out of them.

4.) 02 May 2019 12:05:02
Have you seen the competition we have for their signatures?

PSG, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid.

Ask yourself if you had no attachment to United would you seriously sign for Manchester United over any of these clubs especially when taking into account Manchester United's current state?

Unfortunately, especially without UCL football these are the kind of players we are a year or two away from being able to sign.

5.) 02 May 2019 12:26:04
It depends how we sell ourselves. Come to United for a genuine challenge or go and be bored in France, Italy or Germany in one horse leagues. Sit on a bench in Spain or start regularly here.

Probably won't work and if its Woodward giving the speech we'll end up paying them to go elsewhere.

6.) 02 May 2019 12:35:16
Manchester United is still a huge appeal to many top players.

Without UCL: We signed Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Matic, Mkhitariyan, Pogba.

7.) 02 May 2019 12:44:01
Well said Mort but it would be tough to sign them. It just depends on the individual, if they want to be a first team staeter here then United will be a club for them or if they want to win titles immediately then they will choose the clubs above but i think because they are young they might choose the project and the money.

8.) 02 May 2019 12:48:39
Matic signed the year after we won Europa, so had CL.

Zlatan - Mid 30s, got a massive wage.

Bailly - Hardly a top player when he signed.

Pogba - No other club could afford him, massive wages, has been trying to get a move to Spain since he arrived, couldn’t give a toss in 50% of games.

Mkhitariyan: Massive wages, was on the decline when he arrived, didn’t have many other options.

The fact of the matter is that the type of ‘top’ players who are willing to join a club like us that are miles of winning the biggest trophies, are generally in decline, looking for the biggest wage, or both. This approach to transfers is what has left us with the laziest squad in the league.

9.) 02 May 2019 12:55:18
By paying obscene wages. If we are serious these lads would play regularly where ever they go. They will be very well paid where ever they go. They will challenge for titles and cups at all those other clubs, and most of those places offer a nicer place to live, which is more suited to the "European" culture and way of life.

We can't offer them UCL football, we can't offer them a nicer place to live, we can't offer them a genuine chance of winning the league.

The only thing we could offer them is more money and potentially more minutes on the pitch.

When up against these sides when competing for players we will more often lose, unless the player is a mercenary and just in it for the cash.

10.) 02 May 2019 13:29:50
Even under LVG without UCL,
We signed Worldcup stars like Daley Blind, Rojo. Others like Herrera, Luke Shaw (Best emerging player at that time), Radamel Falcao, Di maria.

I still believe United are a huge pull for emerging as well as top players.

11.) 02 May 2019 14:14:54
A lot of talk that Bruno Fernandes is off to city.

12.) 02 May 2019 14:20:47
Blind has never been a world class player.

Rojo has a criminal record that put off many sides, also not world class.

Herrera good player, but was at Bilbao who are a nightmare to sign players from. We were the only ones willing to go through the buyout procedure.

Shaw is English. English players seldom move abroad. We beat Chelsea to his signature, but only after Chelsea pulled out of a deal because it was too expensive.

Di Maria was being forced out of Real Madrid, PSG couldn't afford him that summer due to FFP rules. So he went to the only side who would pay him the wages and match Real Madrid's asking price. He then forced a nice to PSG the following summer.

Falcao needed a change of scenery after overcoming a serious injury. He was on the decline and we were the only ones prepared to pay his wages.

See a pattern here. We sign players on contacts no one else would offer. Often for players who are either on the decline, recovering from serious injury or else at a club or in a situation that makes signing them difficult.

Since Sir Alex left there hasn't been one truly successful signing as of yet. Dalot and Lindelof could change that.

The thing with them is they were signed as future signings. Maybe that highlights that we shouldn't be going for the ready made players, but young hungry players.

13.) 02 May 2019 14:29:27
Blind - hardly top class. A decent player, but nothing more.

Rojo - average player.

Herrera - coming from a smaller club, higher wages, etc.

Shaw - Chelsea wouldn’t meet his wage demands, we did.

Falcao - returning from injury, well below full fitness, massive wages, Monaco were desperate to get him off their wage bill. Ed was happy to help.

Di Maria - priced out of a move to his preferred destination, came here, couldn’t care less about how he played, forced a move to his preferred destination a year later for a reduced price.

You’re just confirming the reasons why our transfer strategy has been a massive failure since Fergie retired.

14.) 02 May 2019 15:02:25
Kids these days would sign for any team for Money iMho. Everything is driven by agents and would sign for any team.

15.) 02 May 2019 15:32:12
becks you select your job without thinking about money?

16.) 02 May 2019 18:20:28
When becks was a lad, you took the job you were given, and were glad to have it.

But honestly, players have every right to seek the highest wage they can. Football is a massive industry now, with huge profits, and these profits are dependent on people coming to watch the players. Let’s face it, if players agreed to wage caps, it wouldn’t lead to any savings for the fans.

17.) 02 May 2019 19:05:15
With the money sloshing around in football, I've never had any issue with mostly working class lads making as much money as possible. Nobody gurns about the money film stars make.

18.) 02 May 2019 19:41:02
It seems like Lukaku might be going and with Ole preferring counter attacks, we could do worse than signing Vardy. If ever there was a striker that you could leave up on his own and have the ability to run defenders legs off, its him. Plus he has trouble standing up in and near the area so we'd get a few pens too.

19.) 02 May 2019 20:18:53
Vardy is 32, and relies almost entirely on pace. He would a stupid signing.

20.) 02 May 2019 20:30:31
We’ve lost our way in transfers. Fergie and team knew where to shop. Young English talent, Scandinavia and Holland in the main. Similar climates and countries, English speakers, easier to settle in.

Players from nicer tropical climates and cities, Iberian peninsular etc just don’t work in Manchester (Ronaldo as an exception) .

Let’s hope OGS and team remember this.

21.) 03 May 2019 08:27:44
This 'woe is me' attitude about our 'current state' is hilarious, players will sign for us, hopefully ones that will improve the team and fit the type Solskjaer is after.

22.) 03 May 2019 13:27:09
My point is, we can sign anyone. :P.

23.) 03 May 2019 21:50:01
Thanks GDS, I was reaching for the razor blades. People need to get a grip.

24.) 03 May 2019 23:53:37
Joao Felix is #1 on my wish list.

25.) 04 May 2019 10:56:27
GDS, ole is after nobody pal. He merely is just a face on the dugout.

26.) 04 May 2019 11:48:23
I agree with eric, blonde hair and blue eyes, that should be our recruitment policy.

{Ed001's Note - will Wayne Hennessey and the Valencia support be brought in to teach the players how to salute as well? =o/

27.) 04 May 2019 12:06:25
Wayne Hennessey would be club captain, much better than that tropical keeper we have at the moment.

{Ed001's Note - and he makes much better excuses for his mistakes too.}

28.) 04 May 2019 16:08:14
Wishful thinking maybe, but the current lack of quality of competition for their place in the squad, standard of the Europe league and growing with us to be good again, might be a selling point. Well, I can dream.

29.) 05 May 2019 22:14:19
What an absolute joke of a football club we have become . Not one player is interested in putting their body on the line for this club. Jones . Sanchez . Pogba . Smalling . Lukaku. martial. just contract whores in my eyes . And why oh why give ole the job before we know our end of season league position and champion league Hopes.
We won't win nothing for the next ten years . That's how shocking we have become. teams no longer fear us anymore . other teams pray they draw us in cup competitions. because they know they will get a result. we should be 6 points clear of spurs by now.
Tossers all of them. embarrassing tossers.



29 Apr 2019 15:17:26
Good evening Ed002,
If United are open to selling De Gea, Is Oblak a viable option?
Saw the news in espn, so just wanted to if there is any truth in that.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what ESPN has said but Oblak has been of interest in the past. There have already been discussions with another side about him but they are working on a new contract. If that gets rejected and MU decide to move DDG on after screwing him about, then who knows.}

1.) 29 Apr 2019 17:45:52
Thanks for the clarification Ed.

2.) 30 Apr 2019 07:44:42
I would sell DDG to the highest bidder. And get the backup keeper in FCB JC. I believe he would do well or we could play with Romero. Either would work for me.

3.) 30 Apr 2019 11:01:05
cilessen is shocking. Romero for a year then look to Oblak.

4.) 30 Apr 2019 09:36:12
Ed, I take it is only Karma that he is now screwing us about.

5.) 30 Apr 2019 13:11:39
If de gea wants to go back to madrid, maybe atletico could offer him that option if oblak were to move to a different club.



03 Apr 2019 13:15:25
espn sources linking us to Saul Niguez.
Hopefully there is some truth.
He would be the dream midfield signing.


1.) 03 Apr 2019 13:39:10
I don't see it as plausible to be honest for a few reasons:

1.) The fee and wages will be vast to prise him away from atletico and away from potential other clubs interested. Only way is if pogba is sold which could happen.

2.) does he even want to come to us? I remember ed002 saying we had a deal agreed but pulled out because of the decision to part ways with LVG. that's got to leave a bitter taste in his mouth.

3.) City are rumoured to be interested, surely they are a better fit for him. Or he could look at how well things have gone for our last signing who chose us over city. A certain chilean attacker springs to mind.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester City has already met with Atletico on more than one occasion to discuss Saul - the issue is that they are far apart on price but they are also very much expecting Saul to leave this summer - and it would help to bring money in as they are looking at some significant changes.}

2.) 03 Apr 2019 16:22:59
The papers are now repprting that City has moved onto Rodri Hernandes as they seem as a better fit then Niguez.

Ed are you aware of this at all?

{Ed002's Note - Try the Manchester City page.}

3.) 03 Apr 2019 20:11:49
I just looked over on their page and he wasnt mentioned as a potential signing so i guess its crap news.



17 Mar 2019 17:35:13
Hi Ed,
Are Real Madrid still pursuing De Gea?


{Ed002's Note - There are a couple of sides who could look to DDG.}

1.) 18 Mar 2019 06:31:04
I'm guessing it's PSG and Juventus.



14 Mar 2019 11:55:24
Hi Ed002,

Are Dortmund open to selling Sancho in the summer considering the exit of Pulisic.

Is the interest from United genuine?


{Ed002's Note - No, they are not looking to sell him. A couple of EPL sides including MU have shown and interest but nothing has come of it.}

1.) 14 Mar 2019 15:42:38
He's young and inconsistent. Let him develop over in Germany for another couple of years.

2.) 14 Mar 2019 18:12:46
Yeah agree Shappy. The press is linking us to him almost everyday, so wanted know the truth behind it.

3.) 15 Mar 2019 10:50:18
Sounds like Woodward, build up rumours of big money transfer for rising star who's actually not for sale, chase him all summer with no success then on deadline day turn around and announce with signed a sponsorship deal with persil, gorilla glue and Kawasaki o an by the way I've signed Willian.




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06 May 2019 19:33:53
Hello Ed002,
Does Lukaku intend to leave United this summer. If so, sre United going to persist with Rashford or look for established names?


{Ed002's Note - Lukaku may want Champions League football but has not shown a desire to leave so he will need to get on with it like many of the others.}

1.) 07 May 2019 08:25:44
Hasn’t shown much desire for anything by the looks of it. Waste of space.

2.) 06 May 2019 23:19:07
Do you know if United are looking for another striker Ed? Would you also have any information as to whether the first team manager and coaches think there is a realistic likelihood of U23 midfielders being used next season and not just for one or two appearances. If so who. Thanks for all your work and info over the regularseason. The silly season awaits!

{Ed002's Note - In terms of forwards, Manchester United's priority is to bring in an AM and a flexible RW/F and, if they can move both Sanchez and Martial on, a flexible LW/F leaving Lukaku and Rashford as strikers. And that is what they have been lookimg for. Of course, bereft of their own ideas they are still looking to Mr Mourinho's targets - and it will be made much tougher by not having any Champions League not having a coach who instills any sort of confidence at all. In terms of midfield players they will look to bring in at least one, perhaps two, to replace Herrera and if they can find someone to pay the asking price, Pogba. They will not be looking at any emerging players from the younger group beyond Scott McTominay who is already on the fringes, although I understand much is expected of a young DM (Garner) and the kid from PSG (Traore).}

3.) 07 May 2019 14:16:42
Thanks for the reply. Sounds very depressing. Should be used to it by now I suppose.



23 Apr 2019 07:04:01
The 4th spot is still wide open.
Arsenal, United and Chelsea are all hugely consistent.
Looks like no one wants that spot. All 3 are capable of losing to anyone.

The match against Chelsea is huge. I believe winning 3 out of the next 4 will sneak us into the 4th spot.


1.) 23 Apr 2019 08:12:27
Worst case we might win the city game which would hand liverpool the title and still end up not qualifying for the champions league. We are a joke of a club right now. Hopefully there is some ambition shown in the summer.

2.) 23 Apr 2019 09:52:24
Worst case is us winning our local derby? No wonder people think we are a joke with fans like that.

3.) 23 Apr 2019 10:06:08
I don’t want top 4! Get rid of show boaters and rebuild properly without the pressure of losing in europe. We are mikes behind the elite of Europe so pointless entering the comp.

Play the kids in the Europa, and concentrate on getting back to where we should be in the league.

4.) 23 Apr 2019 10:49:48
Yes gds. Best case is we win the derby, city still ends up winning the league and we qualify for the champions league.

5.) 23 Apr 2019 11:17:15

Not being in the CL next season will mean another 2/ 3 years of 'rebuilding', as long as you are happy with that and not complaining when we have similar results to Sunday all next season then fair enough.

6.) 23 Apr 2019 12:08:10
Seems like it's battle of the dummies on Sunday :) playing Chelsea is the easiest way to regain form after a tough run right now.

I'm not looking forward to it lol.

7.) 23 Apr 2019 12:43:24
We need to beat City anf that should be our motive rach game. I don't care wjo wins the title but we shouldn't lose to City just because Liverpool qill have a chance of winning.



11 Apr 2019 05:27:03
I think yesterday we saw a glimpse of the football Ole wants to implement going forward. At times, the pressing was immense and we forced Barcelona into making mistakes. Not many teams in the world can do this to them. Fred sloppy at times, but he recovered a lot of balls and always passed forward.
He does suit our system. Maybe he is taking time to settle down similar to Lindelof.
Mctominay, the local boy playing between the 90 milion and 50 million man was full of energy.

The main difference between the 2 teams obviously was the quality. We don't have a genuine world class forward who can produce something out of nothing.
We defended as a team and I was really surprised that Barcelona did not have many genuine chances.

If we strenghten the squad wisely and implement the high energy football, we will definitely be a dangerous team.


1.) 11 Apr 2019 09:51:07
Agree with everything in this post!

2.) 11 Apr 2019 09:59:30
I suppose Scotland isn't that far away from Manchester!

3.) 11 Apr 2019 10:50:46
Great post mate.

4.) 11 Apr 2019 11:36:04
Surely, Once OGS gets his players rather makeshift players, our performance will be batter. I still have questions over his substitutions and favourism towards Rashford and Lingaard. Need to see after 1 window.



19 Mar 2019 04:58:27
Hi Ed002,
Is there any update on Adrien Rabiot. Do United hold genuine interest?


{Ed002's Note - Try searching.}

1.) 20 Mar 2019 04:44:44
Thanks Ed. Just now saw in European page.



01 Mar 2019 10:56:25
So Antonio Valencia will be leaving in the Summer.
Ole hailed him as a fantastic servant for the club.

Who would you guys choose as the next captain for United?
Young might be one (although he might not play regularly next season), the other one I would like it to be De Gea.
Hopefully he becomes more vocal on the pitch.

I might get sticks for this but I would also consider Pogba if he commits to us and maintains the current standard.
He is pretty vocal on and off the pitch. The responsibility could possibly bring more out of him.


1.) 01 Mar 2019 11:21:56
Herrera. Most of our best captains have been midfielders.

2.) 01 Mar 2019 11:31:55
Herrera is a great shout.

3.) 01 Mar 2019 11:47:14
Herrera is the obvious candidate. Lindelof could be a good future option, but I don't think he's ready just yet.

4.) 01 Mar 2019 11:59:42
I do not think Pogba is captain-material. For me as a captain, you need to lead from the front and need to work hard on the pitch and set an example. Pogba's languid style and his antics when things don't work well for him on the pitch, would probably not go down well with his teammates.

5.) 01 Mar 2019 12:50:44
Pogba has become a father now.
Maybe that will keep his off field antics in check :)

6.) 01 Mar 2019 14:07:44
I might be stuck in a bygone era, but I think that the club captain should be someone who actually wants to stay at the club, so I wouldn’t give it to Pogba.

7.) 01 Mar 2019 14:09:20
thats if pogba is still here in the summer.

his agent will still be hawking him around.

8.) 01 Mar 2019 16:19:34
De Gea, throw in the armband as part of a negotiating tactic.

9.) 01 Mar 2019 16:46:49
Id give it to jessie.




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02 May 2019 13:29:50
Even under LVG without UCL,
We signed Worldcup stars like Daley Blind, Rojo. Others like Herrera, Luke Shaw (Best emerging player at that time), Radamel Falcao, Di maria.

I still believe United are a huge pull for emerging as well as top players.




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02 May 2019 12:35:16
Manchester United is still a huge appeal to many top players.

Without UCL: We signed Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Matic, Mkhitariyan, Pogba.




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02 May 2019 11:33:49
The hunger to win the ball back after loosing it. I highlighted it because it is in stark contrast to the likes of Martial.
For rebuilding, We need to be targeting players who give everything on the pitch as Jose says "Mad Dogs".




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29 Apr 2019 17:45:52
Thanks for the clarification Ed.




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27 Apr 2019 12:55:34
Perfect replacement for Pogba and a dead ball specialist.





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20 May 2019 11:43:13
Yes Bolger.
I do believe Koulibaly and Wan-Bissaka would completely transform our defence.

But the lack of champions league could make us a less desirable option.




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20 May 2019 10:31:47
Koulibaly would be an outstanding recruit.
But Napoli may price him out of a move.




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20 May 2019 10:28:32
Thanks for the information Ed.
Never knew the financial significance of a transfer request.




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06 May 2019 18:30:53
We need to sign atleast one amongst Sancho, Felix, Nicolas Pepe or Bergwin to play on the left or right side.
Pace can always hurt teams.

Felix on the left and Sancho on the right would be terrific for years to come.
But lack of Champions League could very much hurt us.




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06 May 2019 18:26:40
The lack of proper structure is the root cause of all our problems.
And the current squad does not have any leaders.
It was good to see Lindelof motivating the players after we conceded.