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19 May 2020 11:50:27
Hi Ed002,
Could you please provide the summary of United's targets when you get time.
I believe you said things would be much clearer this week.

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - The overall list of players looked at remains unchanged - as obviously there has been no football. I don't really think much has changed at the moment in terms of realistic targets and the club will look to to prioritise. Previously a DM would have been a target, but a new contract for Matic has delayed the immediate need. A versatile left sided CM/AM (ideally Jack Grealish) is still wanted. There is interest in the future with interest in Jude Bellingham remaining and Joe Hugill being taken as an option to Gelhardt. The club need to decide what to do about adding a striker with Odion Ighalo being the low cost option. There are other youngsters the club have an interest in and could still look to cherry-pick like Ricky-Jade Jones and Kalvin Phillips. Then the issue shifts to players departing to make space. Saul Niguez (CM) interest will have gone if Pogba decides to run down his contract next season because the club are holding him to ransom and have no Champions League. A decision needs to be made as Manchester United may have the chance to replace Pogba with Saul but they continue to make matters difficult for themselves. The situation with Sancho remains unchanged - although I expect Juventus to offer a selection of players in exchange for Pogba and that will include Douglas Costa amongst others.

Right now the big driver remains whether or not it will become possible to complete the season (I still think it unlikely) and, if not, how the season will be finished. Then it becomes much clearer what clubs will be able to do, who will be in the Champions League and who will be in the Europa League and how that affects transfers.}


1.) 19 May 2020 12:06:08
Thank you for the information Ed.
As always, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


2.) 19 May 2020 12:12:02
Hi Ed this is great stuff - would Dybala be in the list if exchanges for Pogba? Seems to me to kill two birds with one stone. Replace Pogba with Saul and add Dybala for right side forward spot.

{Ed002's Note - Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome. The player is open to a new contract and getting on well with Sarri, but wants a break clause when coaches change. If that can be dropped a new contract becomes a more likely solution.}


3.) 19 May 2020 12:58:13
Hi Ed002, thank you so much for taking the time to update us- very much appreciated.

Thank you also for update on Pogba. If I May, might you consider answering the following questions please? Completely understand if you don’t answer, as I might be reading too much into things, you’ve already given the info or I’m just being a bit of a wally:

1. When you say United are holding Pogba to random, does that mean they are holding out for a minimum fee, which is probably unrealistic?

2. Surely United know they will lose Pogba for nothing if they don’t compromise this transfer window, which must been they are prepared to lose him for nothing. Do you know if they have accepted this might happen?

3. Lastly, regarding Saul, it looks like there might be the opportunity to buy him, if we qualify for CL. Guessing this would be dependent on selling Pogba this window to get enough money to buy Saul (as well as take his position in the team; or, might Athletico even consider swapping Saul for Pogba?!

Thank you as always for any additional info you feel inclined to give. You e already taken the time to give us a wonderful detailed summary already today.

{Ed002's Note - (1) The amateurs who run the club have not been proactive in letting Pogba get his wish to leave and have not been in communication with his agent. (2) They understand the situation. (3) Saul would be a Pogba replacement. There is not going to be an exchange.}


4.) 19 May 2020 14:39:56
Thanks so much fir the informative reply Ed002, your time is very much appreciated.


5.) 19 May 2020 16:41:38
Seems like such an easy logical move to make. Get rid of Pogba for what we can. Get his high wages off the books. And then replace him with a fantastic midfielder in Saul.

If that's on the cards I would be very weary of the powers that be to not make it so.


6.) 19 May 2020 16:42:07
Saul as the Pogba replacement would put most of us in dreamland. We are idiots if can’t see Pogba will run down his contract so he and his agent bag a huge fee to move for nothing at the end of his contract. We are treating him like that really gorgeous girlfriend you once had who you knew she was mad as a box of frogs and it was all destined for disaster but you refused to let go!

Not a fan of Pogba for Juve’s castoffs. Dybala - take him in a heartbeat. De Ligt has something to prove but would be a great addition defence wise. Ronaldo is clearly never going to happen. Can’t see us making a deal for others.

Suspect the amateur hour Ed alluded to will continue and we will see Saul head to City and become a colossus while Pogba steals a wage biding his time for his free move.


7.) 19 May 2020 18:10:58
Agree completely Halesini.

If we can all see what’s staring us in the face, then surely the decision makers at United can.

I cannot think of one reason why they would want to hold onto Pogba given his underwhelming performances with us and thus why they would be making his transfer difficult.

Plus, if I were United, I’d sell him ASAP just to spite him and his agent and prevent them from collecting huge signing on bonuses next year when he’s a free agent.


8.) 19 May 2020 18:59:42
Been said over and over we are run by amateurs. It’s not open to debate of opinion, we are. 002 knows his stuff and well informed. Allow pogba to leave either in exchange or for as much as any one is willing to offer which I don’t think will be any more than what we paid, if even that amount. What’s the point keeping an unhappy player? Or even allowing the contract to run. No disrespect to arsenal but see how they’ve been in the past allowing that. We were only ever a stopgap as the only interested party who could afford him let’s not kid ourselves that he wanted to prove himself. 002 has said time and time again, it was never us he wanted at first.


9.) 19 May 2020 19:06:28
Hi Ed,

Thanks for such a detailed response. I wanted to enquire as to whether the club are still considering a CB as high priority - in particular Upamecano as I believe in the past we’ve been interested?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Dayot Upamecano (CB) looked at by Bayern Munich as a Jerome Boateng replacement but they had another preferred plan - now that is not achievable he is back on the table for BM with RBL having a replacement in their sights. Barcelona have DU on a long list of CBs primarily because he is more affordable than others as he only has a year left on his contract - but they are fearful of making another Umtiti or Mina type error. Milan asked about a price but they have financially more viable options in what are tough times for them. Real Madrid enquired after him when discussing Werner with RBL, but they have preferred options so he will be down the list a bit. It is hard to see CB as a priority for the summer for MU this summer unless they can sell players on.}


10.) 19 May 2020 21:11:32
Ed if you don’t mind me asking which players juventus are looking to potentially use in a deal? I’ve seen the reports of pjanic being available for a swap, and like you said Costa. I was just wondering who else? And if you were in uniteds positions would you take any of them?

Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Something like this:
Matteo De Sciglio (RB/LB) seen as surplus and could be used as part of a trade for Icardi.
Alex Sandro (LB) Juventus want PSG to take up their option on Icardi and Juventus will exchange Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic plus the taxes and fees incured for the player. Alternatively Juventus would offer Alex Sandro as part of an exchange for Emerson.
Daniele Rugani (CB) not playing regularly and would provide funds

Blaise Matuidi (CM) is available for sale or trade
Nicolussi Caviglia (CM) available to be exchanged
Emre Can (CM) turned down a move to MU and heading to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot (CM/DM) sick of the whining already - but could potentially be offered as part of an exchange could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or another.
Sami Khedira (CM)
Miralem Pjanic (CM) €70M asking price way too high - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi - or perhaps as part of a deal for Arthur.
Federico Bernardeschi (CM/AM,RW) A Barcelona move was rejected in January but he will be available in the summer. Bernardeschi's opportunities have been in decline on the RW and he has had to play out of position which has not worked out. Milan have dropped prior interest whilst both Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are not interested in any exchange deals involving him. Player wants to stay in Turin.
Paulo Dybala (AM/F) is possibly available to sell or trade unless an issue can be overcome. The player is open to a new contract and getting on well with Sarri, but wants a break clause when coaches change. If that can be dropped a new contract becomes a more likely solution.
Douglas Costa (RW/LW) available for sale or trade - could be offered as part of a deal for Pogba or Icardi with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa

Gonzalo Higuain (S) available but Juventus have offered a compromise where they would extend another year but he must cost no more than is budgetted for next year (so halve his package)


11.) 19 May 2020 22:11:23
Ed could you give us an insight into how easy or difficult it is going to be to offload players in the current situation - especially given the high wages united tend to pay. We seem to have a long list of players we want to offload but end up playing silly-ball or giving them unnecessary long contracts like Phil Jones. Do you expect more Smalling type season long loans with an option/ obligation to buy?

{Ed002's Note - Tough - wages in England are high so that doesn't help. Many clubs don't have the cash so will be looking to stay as they are for now - others will look to trade. Players will remain unsold. Loans will need to be used to keep squads at the right level.}


12.) 19 May 2020 23:39:02
Do you see uniteds approach changing regarding allowing pogba to leave? And/ or communicating with his agent?

{Ed002's Note - If the club wish to move ahead it must.}


13.) 20 May 2020 00:09:48
Thanks Ed.


14.) 20 May 2020 07:42:45
Hi Ed002, thanks again for all the detailed info provided (and the mega info on the Euro pages! )

Sorry to go on about Pogba and Saul but he’d be a dream signing for us. You say in your initial reply that United may have the chance to replace Pogba with Saul: this implies that could sign him if they got their act together/ CL etc.

So, perhaps the obvious question to ask is do United actually want to sign him (ie does Ole want him) and would Saul come to United?

Thanks again for everything.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are interested in buying Saul - I have explained that.}


15.) 20 May 2020 10:57:38
Thanks again for all your time Ed002, very Much welcomed and appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}


16.) 20 May 2020 11:00:07
Thanks Ed.


17.) 20 May 2020 14:29:17
What would people think if we solved the RW, Pogba and Saul issues in two transactions?

Take Costa from Juventus as part of Pogba deal.

Use that cash and money saved on Sancho deal to buy Saul from Athletico?

Would give potential first team of:

De Gea
Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw
Matic/ McTom, Saul, Fred, Fernandes
Costa, Martial/ Rashford.


18.) 20 May 2020 14:36:13
If peoples projections about pogbas “attitude” are anything to go by, should we really be signing douglas costa?


19.) 20 May 2020 16:25:00
No doubt Douglas Costa is a good player, but he has been unable to consistently get a game at Bayern Munich when they had a 32 year old Robben and a 34 year old Ribery. He then moved to Juventus and has similarly struggled for regular minutes.

I'd rather take Bernardeschi from Juventus, he is after all the player who has been keeping Costa out of the side. Incidentally Juventus are happy to sell both players and look for a new option on the right hand side.

Either way I'm not sure signing a 28 year old who has struggled to be first choice at two top club's is a great idea.

To be honest if the options were 20m plus a player such as Costa for Pogba or just accept 40m

I'd take the 40m. I think the club needs to cut ties this summer however they can. They can't save face. It has to be a cash deal though even if that means waiting for the cash and taking the payment in installments. Nothing is gained from taking another sides cast offs.

We have our targets and they are the players we should sign.


 

 

24 Apr 2020 15:58:24
Hi Ed002.
Do you know if United will try to sign Ighalo on a permanent deal?
And will United continue to put faith on Martial as the main striker or will they pursue any other targets?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained before - they may well look to signing Odion Ighalo. Other players they have shown an interest in are dropping away.}


 

 

14 Feb 2020 11:09:09
Hi Ed002,
Do United consider Dean Henderson as their first choice Goalkeeper in the near future?
Does the club have any specific plan for him.

Finally, will the club be open to offers for De Gea?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - De Gea signed a new contract about six months ago and is the clear first choice. I am sure that Manchester United would like to keep Dean Henderson but they will be aware that some high profile sides are looking for goalkeepers this summer and both PSG and Spurs have been watching Henderson.}


1.) 14 Feb 2020 11:45:45
Personally I would prefer to sell DDG this summer and bring Henderson back as first choice.

I have a sneaky feeling Henderson will get the nod for England at the Euro's and could have an absolute stormer of a tournament and we could see several sides push to sign him this summer.


2.) 14 Feb 2020 14:31:55
Absolutely agree shappy, if psg want a utd gk hopefully we can get them to show interest in the one that earns 400k and looks to be on a decline.


3.) 14 Feb 2020 14:52:34
Good luck shifting de gea with a long contract and big wages and with his reputation not what it once was after a string of poor performances.

We will have to sell henderson as he won't want to be number 2 or go on a perpetual loan cycle.


4.) 14 Feb 2020 14:27:24
ED002 is there any interest in DDG?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing noteworthy. He was third choice on Juventus' list but they resolved their problem with Wojciech Szczesny signing a new deal.}


5.) 15 Feb 2020 01:35:30
De Gea has probably been our stand out player again this season bar 1 or 2 errors.

Made a lot of top saves kept us in games.

For me still the best in the league.


6.) 15 Feb 2020 07:31:32
Probably the only area of the pitch where we have a very strong group of players to pick from.


7.) 15 Feb 2020 09:16:28
I am with Shappy on this. DDG doesn’t command his 6 yard box let alone the penalty area. Brilliant shot stopper but if I am a defender when a cross comes in I would have that lack of command in my mind. For me I wouldn’t have given him the big fancy new contract and would have given Henderson a chance this season. I definitely would next season, if we could shift DDG.


8.) 15 Feb 2020 17:00:35
Stone the crows me and Red Man agree on something.

On a serious note Red Man is right about the lack of command from DDG. I would say this is partially what leads to us conceding so many individual errors.

DDG for me is a world class shot stopper. But there isn't any other areas of goalkeeping where you would call him world class.

Distribution? Collecting high balls? 1v1's? Command of his area? Organisation? Although not a key metric he has only saved one penalty in 5 years.


9.) 15 Feb 2020 17:29:19
I too agree with Red Man here.
Henderson is showing a lot of promise at 22 and he is an ambitious lad.


10.) 15 Feb 2020 18:53:28
Bearing in mind that top goalies can play til their mid thirties and mature later than outfield players why not groom Henderson over the next few years by letting him go out on loan to good sides to get great experience then phase out DDG.

{Ed002's Note - Why would he agree to that?}


11.) 15 Feb 2020 19:00:25
If you played in defence you had to face forward and trust the keeper behind you. If there was any doubt it affected your decision making and concentration.


12.) 16 Feb 2020 15:15:51
ED 02 Maybe someone could talk to Henderson and explain that a lawyer or doctor or engineer has to train for a long time and do an apprenticeship, then practice as a junior before ultimately taking on increasingly more complex, responsible roles. That is a template for long term success. It would not harm Henderson to stay at a club like Sheffield Utd for another season or two.


13.) 16 Feb 2020 18:29:52
Salford, did you say the same about a 17 year old Messi, or Ronaldo, or Rooney. What about Donnarumma? He has been AC Milan's first choice since he was 18.

Henderson turns 23 this year. What's the phrase, "if your good enough then your olde enough".

Henderson is hungry and talented with a determination to improve. He is ready, PSG are looking at him.


14.) 16 Feb 2020 18:49:38
Poor old Romero. Probably the best backup in the Prem and good enough to start in most of the teams. When DDG-gate was in full swing I would have been happy with him as the first choice. Maybe it says a lot about his ambition that a World Cup finalist GK is content watching every game.


15.) 16 Feb 2020 20:09:11
Shappy it's different for goalies. Apart from The Milan keeper it is so rare to get young keepers for two reasons. Firstly their position needs a mental maturity that is usually lacking in young players and secondly the very best goalies need to be physically imposing. DDG is rightfully accused of not dominating his box and I am convinced his comparatively slight physique contributes to this.


16.) 16 Feb 2020 21:29:04
Salford, remind me again how old DDG was when he was first made our No.1.

What about Buffon at Parma, or Casillias at Real Madrid.

Keepers are playing regularly for top sides long before there 22nd birthday.

Henderson is ready, he has the joint most clean sheets in the EPL.


 

 

31 Jan 2020 11:00:12
Looks like Josh King will arrive before the deadline.

A second bid has gone in and looks likely to be accepted.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 31 Jan 2020 11:30:56
who said that?


2.) 31 Jan 2020 11:52:10
I just don't know if it's a permanent or loan deal?


3.) 31 Jan 2020 12:08:09
Would be quite ironic if we did sign him. We are short up front with Rashford being out, so go and sign Josh King - who is I believe currently out injured?


4.) 31 Jan 2020 12:21:26
I going to throw it out. Greenwood goes to Bournemouth on loan in exchange for us signing King.


5.) 31 Jan 2020 12:37:43
Doesn't that defy the point of signing him? We are in the market for a striker as Ole wants a different option up top but also because we are short on numbers.


6.) 31 Jan 2020 12:55:55
So in a month we've gone from talking about signing Haaland to talking about signing Josh King, a player who's managed three goals this season .


7.) 31 Jan 2020 13:14:40
I can’t understand this one. Why Josh King? He’s hardly prolific.
I heard something earlier that Ole told him after a recent Bournemouth game that he’d bring him back to United.
If that’s true then it’s ridiculous, he’s scored 3 goals this season.

{Ed047's Note - sounds like just what you need and he’s out with a hamstring injury until 22.02.20. What could go wrong 🤷‍♂️😉


8.) 31 Jan 2020 13:32:26
I’d take a punt on Dries Mertens. Quality player.

{Ed002's Note - Not going to happen.}


9.) 31 Jan 2020 13:51:43
Is he going elsewhere Ed002 or staying at Napoli?

{Ed002's Note - Try the appropriate page where it has been dealt with.}


10.) 31 Jan 2020 15:06:53
we would be better of putting a advert on ebay striker wanted.


11.) 31 Jan 2020 15:30:55
I am available. Am a mature 50yrbold so no late night social media stuff to worry about. Would not demand huge wages and I can run around for at least 20mins which is as much as some of our overpaid prima Donna's seem to manage. Plus I can misplace a pass with the best of them.


12.) 31 Jan 2020 15:32:41
Won’t happen. No need for King long term so makes little sense.


13.) 31 Jan 2020 18:50:03
I'm going with Salford 7 out of nostalgia, having been born there many many years ago!


14.) 31 Jan 2020 21:00:18
Ighalo.


15.) 03 Feb 2020 00:56:13
Thanks Shawthing. I won't let you down. Well not for the first 20mins.


 

 

14 Jan 2020 14:56:36
Italian journalist Fabio Santini reporting Koulibaly will be a United player in the summer.
Deal finalised for 60m by all parties.

He seems quite reliable as he reported about Ancelotti to Everton.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 14 Jan 2020 15:38:39
Would be a strange one of true. BOTH Maguire and Koulibaly prefer to play on the left hand side of a centre back pairing. Seems odd to spend another huge fee on a player who plays the exact same position as a player we spent 80m on last summer.

Also 60m is a long way short of the 100m+ they have demanded every other time a club has come in for Koulibaly.

Personally looking at our squad and what we need I would put both Fabian Ruiz and Milik ahead of Koulibaly as Napoli players we should sign.


2.) 14 Jan 2020 16:31:02
Koulibaly is far better than the very very average Maguire who hasn't really improved us.


3.) 14 Jan 2020 16:33:05
I feel Koulibaly can be a fantastic partner for Maguire.
He has pace and power. Both stand at 6ft 5.

60m seems not too bad for a proven CB in today's market.


4.) 14 Jan 2020 16:36:03
Unless we look to go to a 3 shappy. Lindelof, Maguire and koulibaly. Let’s say Poch comes in, he did like to play that formation so that makes more sense.


5.) 14 Jan 2020 17:06:24
No chance £60m ed002 says north of £100m and massive wages, "very very expensive".


6.) 14 Jan 2020 17:08:31
I think ED002 wrote something saying offers around €100-120million for him.

That alone would rule is out.


7.) 14 Jan 2020 17:45:34
Maybe we are trading Lingard for the other £40 million 😁.


8.) 14 Jan 2020 18:12:11
they turned down 102 mill in the summer say some reports. can only see it being right if it's 60 mill plus Phil jones- Napoli have seen Smalling this season and thought if that boy jones is half as good.


9.) 14 Jan 2020 18:49:58
It unlikely however if it is true none of us should moan. Most were calling for him in the summer.
Always questions around if a purchase is the right fit but he would absolutely improve our defense no matter who he is paired with.


10.) 14 Jan 2020 20:42:08
what if he get a serious injury and can not play next season.


 

 

 

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01 May 2020 14:36:34
Hi Ed001,
What is your assessment about Martial leading the line for United this season.
We have seen encouraging signs from him before football was halted.

Do you think United should persist with him as the first choice striker next season or go after someone else?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed001's Note - I have always said he should play up front, he doesn't have the skills for a wide player. However you still need someone with experience as well, to push him as first choice.}


1.) 01 May 2020 16:50:32
I think Martial when fit and played as a striker has been very good.

I agree that a more experienced option would be very useful, especially with Greenwood coming through.

Ighalo has had a very good impact, not just scoring goals and linking well with his teammates but that he has pushed Martial to work harder.

The same thing has happened with Williams pushing Shaw to work harder for his place.

Genuine competition for places will push our players to do more and work harder. If it doesn't then they don't have the mentality to be top drawer players.


2.) 01 May 2020 17:03:28
Martial is a very good player he just needs a touch more patience and support.

We have Rashford, Martial and now Fernandes all easily capable of scoring at least 10 plus league goals a piece. If we can acquire a RW capable of the same we'll have a very exciting team. The best Utd teams in my opinion have always shared the goal scoring burden and I think Ole is looking to create a mobile, dynamic, fluid and interchangeable attacking unit. Sometimes we can definitely lack a presence between the posts but Ighalo has done a very good job of filling that void and Greenwood also provides another great attacking option with the advantage of being able to play anywhere across the front line.

Will it be good enough to challenge and even topple the likes of City and Liverpool we'll have to wait and see but at the very least we should have a team capable of playing some exciting, attractive and attacking football.

I think this current team will possibly be defined by just how good the likes of Rashford, Martial, Fernandes and maybe even Greenwood can become; certainly whilst Ole remains in charge.


3.) 01 May 2020 19:13:02
Martial needs a bit of luck with injuries. He looks like the type of that needs games and always looks a bit off his game after coming back from injury .
The other side is once he gets a run of games he tends to start putting the ball in the net. Unfortunately evertime this happens he tends to pick up an injury.


4.) 02 May 2020 09:00:12
More than capable ability wise, I'll stick to my guns and say I don't believe he has what it takes upstairs to really be that no. 1 striker. He has been at the club quite a long time and injuries aside, I just don't think he has ever done enough.

I think we would be better off getting in a starting CF with Martial 2nd choice. I think he would benefit from more competition in that position and pressure would be taken off his shoulders to be the main man. He can play across the front 3 if required and I think that would suit him better.


5.) 02 May 2020 12:31:42
We've been waiting two or three seasons now for the likes of Martial and Rashford to mature and be more consistent. With the addition of Fernandes providing the creative spark something tells me that we're about to be rewarded for our patience. If we can somehow land Sancho watch this space!


6.) 02 May 2020 13:04:40
Martial is a better player when he doesn't play.


7.) 02 May 2020 21:37:13
I think Martial has is it all, can hold ball up, has pace and an eye for goal when he has a run in the team. However seems to have been sporadic with form due to injuries.
For me in the summer the big quality addition it will he one of a RF or CD. If we can get Sancho or similer then RF is the priority. I would keep Ighalo and bring Greenwood a chance to step up a cross the front 3.
With Fernandes behind we have real potential.


8.) 04 May 2020 14:02:38
DLIB, agree with Rashford, he has consistently shown more potential and willingness. Martial on the other hand just flatters to deceive. I think we would be better off getting in a better striker couple with Sancho. That would be really special.


 

 

22 Apr 2020 20:16:56
Hi Ed002,
Do United hold a genuine interest in Ferran Torres for the RW position?

TrueRedDevil

{Ed002's Note - Don’t hold your great.}


 

 

13 Mar 2020 08:15:40
Ed001, you were spot on regarding Ighalo's quality.
He has surprised many.

Three starts, four goals, one assist and two Man of the Match.

His overall gameplay such as hold up, first touch, strength, bringing others into the game were exactly what we needed.
Add to that he is a hard core United fan.

TrueRedDevil

{Ed001's Note - does make you wonder just what you missed out on when you weren't able to complete the deal to sign him when he was at Watford. It was the collapse of that deal that saw his form plummet as he was gutted. Understandably gutted as his dream move fell through. I doubt he would have been seen as a one season wonder if the move had happened.}


1.) 13 Mar 2020 10:03:16
I'm starting to hope we can make his loan permanent. He is doing so well.


2.) 13 Mar 2020 09:57:32
I'm starting to hope we can make his loan permanent. He is doing so well.


3.) 13 Mar 2020 10:26:23
that is the sort of player you want at the club. well chuffed to be here works his socks off and puts others to shame.


4.) 13 Mar 2020 10:30:58
I’ve said it already but I’m more than happy to eat my hat on this one. The lad has come in and done excellent. I was worried he would take time adjusting back to the PL after playing in China. How wrong was I.


5.) 13 Mar 2020 11:53:00
He will get better still as I don't believe he is at 100% fitness yet.


6.) 13 Mar 2020 13:21:43
I know we all moaned a lot about LVG, but he did have a good eye for some players, some still being here. Ighalo would have been a good singing at the time and obvs he did try for Mane.


 

 

27 Feb 2020 05:14:26
What is everyone's view on Jack Grealish.
What will he bring to team? And what position will he play on the pitch.

Ed002 has said, Grealish is a clear target for the club.
I have not watched much of him at Villa.
But, I see many pundits raving about him and saying he should snub United for Liverpool etc, .

Several papers today are also reportng that the club is trying to close the deal sson.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 27 Feb 2020 06:31:05
TRD, I'm not convinced by him. He has decent stats at villa. Bit of a diver and carries s bit of attitude also. Good player but can he make the step up? Who knows. He is talented and he does work hard at villa where he is the main man.
Dives a bit to easy for my liking i'm not sure if he would be a good signing or not only time will tell.

{Ed001's Note - does he work hard? He certainly doesn't track back much or press. That is a big part of their problem that he is just stood watching games for large periods as Villa don't have the ball and he is not putting in the work to get it back.

I fully agree with you on the diver bit, he is the 'most fouled' player in the league according to the stats. However if you actually look at the 'fouls', 99% of them are him throwing himself to the ground because he has run himself into a dead end and has nowhere to go. For some reason refs give him the decision, even though it is clear he is not being touched.}


2.) 27 Feb 2020 07:46:24
Reminds me of a slightly more consistent Jesse Lingard.
We need plays will play for the shirt. I'd stay clear of him.
Although in sure ED002 said that since we have signed Bruni that Grealish and Maddison were not longer targets.


3.) 27 Feb 2020 07:58:12
Tris is not a fan! I like him I like his swagger and I like his skills. He glides past players, sees a pass, and can score.

There are 2 clear issues for me. He doesn't work hard enough (which can be fixed) and the swagger I mentioned could morph into a Billy big boots attitude.

If he was joining the past United team full of leaders then I think they would have sorted him, this team I'm not so sure.

He will either let it go to his head or he will step up 6become a great. I'm happy to take the risk.

And I don't agree that 99% of his fouls aren't fouls, refs aren't that daft (sorry Tris) .

{Ed001's Note - are you serious? Refs are that daft, they are terrible. Did you not see the ones that have been given against Zaha? There was a piece about how opponents are ganging up on Zaha done in one of the papers. The 'fouls' referred to were shown on TV here and not one was a foul on Zaha. In fact a lot of them were him committing the foul and getting a free kick! Refs are terrible, just go back and look at the Lo Celso stamp if you still think they aren't that daft, then remember that the ref who was on VAR is now on FIFA's international list. So he is adjudged to be one of the best we have, not just in England, but in the world!}


4.) 27 Feb 2020 08:49:10
AJH,

He is a big fish in a small pond. If he moves to a United he would be a decent player. We need top players with the right attitude.

I'm sure he and Lingard would love sending snapchats to each other over who had the best summer holiday etc.


5.) 27 Feb 2020 10:27:06
Grealish is a good dribbler, can play wide, but really seems best driving forward out of midfield. He certainly pulls defenders in, which would open up space for the pacier lads like Rashford, James and Martial. I see him working well against smaller teams along with Fernandes, with Fred or McTominay. Grealish and Fernandes offer different kinds of threat, but both can unlock a stubborn defence, and trying to defend against both at once would make it all the more difficult.

Against Bigger teams, I think Fernandes would take the lead ahead of Fred and McTominay, as he's already shown he's got a tenacious combative streak as well, and the three of them together should win back possession effectively, with Fernandes having the vision to create openings on the break. Grealish could take that place if Fernandes is unavailable, he's quick enough and could carry the ball forward and make openings, but he doesn't offer much in winning the ball back.


6.) 27 Feb 2020 10:33:17
comes across a bit like memphis when at our club; loads of promise but never hitting the mark. The lad has confidence in himself but think he would struggle in our team even at the moment when we are in transition. There are a fair few players before him in my opinion especially with the figures mooted.


7.) 27 Feb 2020 11:14:12
Has played most of best football for villa on the left wing where we have rashford.

If ole sticks with 4-2-3-1 bruno is the clear number 10.

If ole moves to a 4-3-3 we don't have anyone remotely good enough to play as the deepest midfielder with bruno and grealish ahead of them. don't kid yourselves into thinking fred or mctominay can do that role.

Plenty of other priorites ahead of grealish.


8.) 27 Feb 2020 11:58:24
Don't you think we should go for John McGinn instead of Grealish Ed001? Replace Pogba with Saul and we'll have have a very strong midfield, McTominay, Saul, Bruno Fernandes, McGinn and James Garner?


9.) 27 Feb 2020 11:58:24
Don't you think we should go for John McGinn instead of Grealish Ed001? Replace Pogba with Saul and we'll have have a very strong midfield, McTominay, Saul, Bruno Fernandes, McGinn and James Garner?

{Ed001's Note - I would say so, much better player imo and much better suited to United's need too.}


10.) 27 Feb 2020 12:14:58
For me it could go two ways with Grealish. I think he is the right type of No.10 we need, someone who'll drive forward with the ball from deep and draw defenders to him.

That said is he good enough? I don't think there would be half the hype around him as there is if he was French for example.

He is clearly talented, but does he work hard enough? I wonder if he is one of these players that are better suited to being the big fish in the small pond. Some players look great when at mid sized clubs, but lack something when at a big club. He seems to have the attitude to take the pressure and the spot light while at Villa. But to do that at a club like United, Liverpool or Chelsea you need to work really hard as well. Does he have that?


11.) 27 Feb 2020 13:29:24
I think he would be a very signing, really hope we get him.


12.) 27 Feb 2020 13:00:28
Ed,

With regards to grealish not working hard or tracking back, could it be possible that he might have been instructed by the manager to do so. I mean if I am the manager and my player is not doing what I have asked to do, I would consider him dropping, isn't it?

{Ed001's Note - and who would you drop him for when you are in charge of Villa? He has never been good at tracking back or pressing, he just wants to be on the ball and pretend he is George Best.}


13.) 27 Feb 2020 15:51:50
What do you think of them midfield options Ed001? (Fernandes, Saul, McTominay, Garner, McGinn), got a bit of everything, well balanced. All hard workers but can actually play well aswell.

{Ed001's Note - certainly looks good on paper, the one worry would be that the two Mc's have been injured a fair bit this season, so maybe you could do with an extra body as cover. Especially with Garner being so young and inexperienced, he might well not play well right away.}


14.) 27 Feb 2020 18:39:28
I don't see why we're clamouring for grealish when we've just signed fernandes. Grealish best position is exactly where we should be playing fernandes. Much rather we focused on someone to replace pogba and matic.


15.) 27 Feb 2020 19:38:19
My bad Ed, never mentioned the cover players, focused on players who are good enough to be in first XI only. Matic, Fred, Pereira can step up in cup games or come off the bench to see off a win etc.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok sorry.}


16.) 27 Feb 2020 20:05:36
How are things Ed001? Must be looking forward to winning the, i can't even say it, but you get the gist? 😂.

{Ed001's Note - I am not ready to count my chickens just yet. Only when the trophy is lifted, by whoever it is that wins it, will I accept it is won. I know it may be silly, but so many things can turn a season on its head at the drop of a hat. I just think about the next game and take it one game at a time.

It is difficult to enjoy it when your team has thrown it away so many times before!}


17.) 28 Feb 2020 10:49:01
You'll be fine Ed, normal to be feeling how you are right now, 30 year wait coupled with a few very close title races but your time has come, not a chance you'll bottle it this time around. Hope we can challenge soon enough though 🤞🏻.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure you will be back at some point. Eventually.}


 

 

21 Feb 2020 04:26:50
Brandon Williams had a shocker. Good experience for the boy to learn from.
I understand the need to rotate. 2 days is hard to recover and we have another game in 2 days.

The game lacked quality until Bruno came on. He was on another level to rest of the players on the pitch.

TrueRedDevil

1.) 21 Feb 2020 07:07:11
He's a young lad just playing too many games and in a very demanding position as that. Considering how Lingard/ Perreira having shockers throughout the season, it's not that bad.

{Ed047's Note - if posters didn’t go over board to start with it wouldn’t be so bad.

The guys young and needs time to see if he will actually turn into a quality player rather than labelling him as that in his first few games.


2.) 21 Feb 2020 09:40:58
TRD totally agree BW struggled but good experience for him in those conditions.

Cannot make excuses for Periera, Lindelof or Lingard they were and have been so many times this season simply awful. OGS I think knows this but with the squad so thin and so many games to play I do not think he has much of a choice.

I do however think that Ighalo looks like a tall Paul Ince:-)


3.) 21 Feb 2020 11:11:51
most of the team struggled last night, shocking performance against an average team.


4.) 21 Feb 2020 11:37:56
An average team that went 2-0 up at the Bernabeu only a few months ago, they looked like they had some quality to me, we weren't great and they aren't a great side but 1-1 and bring them back is an alright result.


5.) 21 Feb 2020 12:15:03
Agree GDS.

Am's goal was also good to see. Aggressive pressing from a throw in, afterburners and cool finish.

When I first saw it I thought their goal should have been a corner to us. We should be able to defend a goal kick though.


6.) 21 Feb 2020 14:51:25
Williams was awful, we should sell him as soon as possible.


7.) 21 Feb 2020 17:44:11
A winter break is good for the legs, but you can lose a little bit of match sharpness. I think the rotation last night had more to do with making sure a few of our squad players can blow out the cobwebs, give them some minutes, and hopefully if we need them in a few weeks time it means it hasn't been 5 or 6 weeks since they last kicked a ball competitively.

The side looked very disjointed, yet we got an away goal and a draw. So should have more than a decent chance of finishing off the tie back at Old Trafford.

Three weeks ago I would have said winning the Europa league was our best chance of getting into the UCL next year.

Yet now, with Bruno looking good and McTominay back soon, coupled with us beating Chelsea, Spurs losing all the players they can rely on to score, and Arsenal in utter disarray I think there is still too good a chance to get top four in the league to just give up on it and focus on the Europa league. Winning cups is tough, you only need one off day and your out. Add to all this that 5th might get UCL football if City don't over turn their ban or it only gets reduced to one season.

{Ed047's Note - Arsenal in utter disarray! 😂😂😂😂


8.) 21 Feb 2020 18:53:07
gds if they were that good how come they did not get out of the group then.


9.) 21 Feb 2020 22:30:57
Ed047, sorry I hadn't checked the table when I made that comment. Arsenal have drawn HALF there games and have only won one more than they lost, sitting in 10th placed. Your right Arsenal are having a great season.

I like Arteta, he seems like a nice guy. But he is an Arsene Wenger lite. You still have the same problem since Viera and Gilberto left, soft centered and fold when the going gets tough. I don't think Arteta is the guy to change that.

I guess we'll see.

{Ed047's Note - no worries mate, it’s not the first time you’ve got something wrong🤦‍♂️

It must be all of those 4 points ahead of us with the well oiled supremely coached and fabulous squad you have that let’s you get a little over excited. 😂😂


10.) 22 Feb 2020 14:46:02
Lol - shows how far Arsenal have fallen that you don't think you are in utter disarray just because you are within 4 points of Utd!

A decade ago that would have been a good return Ed, you might want to recallibrate your targets!

{Ed047's Note - I don’t need to calibrate anything DB I didn’t once mention we were having a great season, Shappy kindly introduced that into the matter. I’m not trying to kid myself how good or bad we are.

That I leave for you guys and United.

My actual point being, if we’re in utter disarray, what on earth are you in, one of the alleged biggest clubs in world football trying as usual to put others down because of your clubs utter ineptitude.

You are woeful fella, poor squad, even poorer manager who if memory serves me correctly, got Cardiff relegated!

But hey you believe the hype. 🤦‍♂️🤣


11.) 22 Feb 2020 15:05:54
Loll Ed047 is at it again.

I don't think anyone believes the hype around United apart from Shappy Ed.

We have been crap for the last few years yet we have won more then you guys have in the last 10 years.

Arsenal are a big club too and should be doing better then what they are.

{Ed047's Note - I know mate, I’ve never said anything other, we foundered under Wenger, huge mistake with Emery and now a few short weeks with Arteta who is a complete unknown.

The players are trying, things have improved, but certainly nowhere near enough and I for one know that and have never stated differently.

It just made me laugh, the state you are and shappy saying we are in utter disarray mate 😂

Also seemed to recall the utter disarray that is Arsenal beat the fabulously well coached United 2-0 last month. 🤣


 

 

 

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19 May 2020 12:06:08
Thank you for the information Ed.
As always, much appreciated.

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14 May 2020 19:18:56
I think Ruiz is One of the targets of Real Madrid.
As Ed previously said, Saul may be available to raise some cash. Hope we go for him and move on Pogba.

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22 Apr 2020 13:40:45
For now he is a good back up player as he can play at both left back as well as Right back position.
Only downside is his poor injury record.

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15 Feb 2020 17:29:19
I too agree with Red Man here.
Henderson is showing a lot of promise at 22 and he is an ambitious lad.

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14 Feb 2020 09:02:57
Shappy, if we go for Jack Grealish, then Bruno will most probably play further behind alongside a defensive midfielder.
Therefore, we definitely need a RW.

As you suggested, Adama Traore looks like an absolute power house this year. Wilfried Zaha is another option.

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26 May 2020 13:15:59
Sancho has enormous potential and is another British player whom we could be moulding the team around.
If we cannot get him, I'd go for Adama Traore.

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20 May 2020 13:07:40
Consistency is the key to success.
So obviously it will be Saul.

The trio of Bruno, Saul and McTominay will be a dream midfield.
With Matic and Fred to deputize.

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20 May 2020 09:57:03
Agree with Ken.
The players signed under Ole have been solid.
Bruno has brought excitement to the team.

Really hope we get Sancho and Saul, to push us in the right direction in terms of recruitment.

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Shappy, I think Jred meant to say Jude Bellingham is just 16, so he has scope to learn and operate in multiple positions.

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18 May 2020 07:01:00
Saul and Sancho signing will propel us to challenge for the title.
Ighalo permanent deal to add more depth in attack.

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