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04 Dec 2017 14:18:12
Hi Eds,

Apologies for speculative nature of the question but, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 (even as soon as January) do you think RM will still try to sign David DeGea?

Many thanks for any info you might be able to provide.


{Ed002's Note - No, I they would not have a need.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 18:23:30
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to reply Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I was on a train so I had time.}



17 Feb 2017 08:35:28
Hi there Ed002!

Sorry to bother you but would you be good enough to shed any light on rumours that Lindelof has signed a pre-contract agreement with United, apparently warding off strong interest from Roma, who apparently want him to replace Kostas Manolas?

Thanks again for your precious time!


{Ed002's Note - Lindelhof cannot agree a pre-contract with Manchester United as he is not out of contract in the summer.}

1.) 17 Feb 2017 13:57:08
Thank you Ed002 for your swift and definitive response. Very much appreciated.

2.) 21 Feb 2017 19:19:46
Id rather have the kid from roma he looks dast strong an a perfect fit for the prem.



13 May 2016 13:12:49
Some papers reporting advanced discussions with The Legend Ibrahimavich, wages 300k/ wk not an issue apparently.

He also loves Mourinho (inter past) and would be a short term marquee/ marketing signing to compete with City's growing brand. Then he's off to America. Apparently.

Hail the new King! (lol! )


1.) 13 May 2016 13:42:05
Seems a bit wayward to be honest, latest i've heard is that Jose has offered Zlatan a one year deal but the club are unwilling to meet his demands. Will most likely be playing in the MLS next season.

2.) 13 May 2016 13:49:04
I really hope not excellent player but luxurys that we don't need we've seen falcao come and fail and the same to an extent with swine. Rather build a squad for the future than pay someones big last pay day! Were getting more like city when they got new owners just throwing money around without planning.

3.) 13 May 2016 14:00:46
I would love that.

4.) 13 May 2016 14:06:56
I've said before, I would love to see it happen. We have always been heavily linked with Morata today because of the Mourinho factor which is another player I'd be delighted to have.

5.) 13 May 2016 14:19:38
If Zlatan comes in he will inject a winning mentality into the club. How successful it will be is debatable.
He will however not be a flop like previous ones. it's just how successful it could be.
Martial left, Zlatan centre and someone like mahrez Right would add strength and be a great front 3.
To then have Rashford, lingard, depay, as replacements would give the depth
Would be exciting times.

6.) 13 May 2016 14:47:38
We should learn and act better with what's happening with mr. German.

7.) 13 May 2016 14:51:30
Just thinking of Ibrahimovic in utd shirt makes my balls tingle. He would be perfect. A natural born winner who always has a point to prove.

8.) 13 May 2016 14:54:47
Also using schwieney and Falcao as equivalents is unfair. Both were knackered. No reason to think ibrahimovic would go the same way. He's nearly broken a record for goals scored this season.

9.) 13 May 2016 20:41:04
I personally think he would be a terrific signing! And he definitely should not be compared to Schwein and falcao! RedD totally agree, tried and tested, scoring for fun, fit and a total monster, scoring a goal a game ratio! Yeah French league is poor but he's proved it elsewhere on the big stage! Def worth a punt as a free transfer!

10.) 14 May 2016 01:00:18
People on this site are incredibly harsh on Schwieni. Whenever he plays he is always driving forward, pressing the ball and pushing his teammates on. The keys and quality may not be quite there but he has been no where near our worse performer.

As for Zlatan, it would certainly be a signing to bring back the fear factor which is exactly what's needed.

11.) 14 May 2016 09:01:46
Still believe Bastian will be a great signing and always preferred us this season when he played (with the exception of arsenal of course)

12.) 14 May 2016 03:49:25
I thought we were targeting fast attacking players no?



01 Dec 2015 15:12:21
I might be being too optimistic here but Nick Powell looks in much better shape, physically and mentally.

Does anyone (inside knowledge?! ) know the story behind this? Is he trying to prove himself for a loan/transfer? has he had a chat with a mentor inside OT who's made him hungry again? Or is his contract up for renewal?!


1.) 01 Dec 2015 17:20:11
Just watched some highlights of that game, had a hand in a lot of good in that u21s game. I hope he will keep improving, most importantly having his head right should he wish to be a man utd player. He has bundles of talent.

2.) 01 Dec 2015 18:19:22
He had become disillusioned with the game, with a series of injuries adding to the problem. By all accounts he seems to be giving it a go again, and I would love to see him get things back on track. He made a mistake moving to us before he was ready, and could still be a good player with a bit of luck.



10 Sep 2015 11:35:56
So what's happened with Smalling? So the media commentators pencilling him in with Stones as best England defensive partnership for years to come.

He seems to have matured as a player, ball distribution, awareness of others and just seems more confident.

Can we credit LvG/coaches for this?

If only Jones would fulfil his potential now too.


1.) 10 Sep 2015 12:51:00
Where's bond when you need him? ;)

{Ed007's Note - I couldn't give a monkeys what any pundit says and I don't care about international football but as an outsider looking in Harry I'd say this to Wallace, every two years the English media hype up their players and their squad and at every tournament they're found out to be diddies.
It tells you more about the awful standard of players England is producing than anything else if pundits are saying that about Smalling, the Germans, Spanish and the good old Argies must be terrified of having to face Smalling for years to come - I mean Jesus wept, do people actually watch games or just see what a pundit says and decides 'See I must be right, that master tactician Ian Wright said the same as me.'
Why is it when a pundit praises a Utd player he's right but if he criticises Utd or a Utd player he must be wrong and doesn't know what he's talking about or he's a bitter etc?
How many games would Smalling have played if Utd had got any of their numerous CB targets in the summer? He'd have played in the LC and cover injuries - think of an English John O'Shea or the new Wes Brown when you see Smaling, a short-term stop gap until Utd get someone better in, which they tried all summer to do.}

2.) 10 Sep 2015 15:04:11
I think LVG and his coaching team have to take the credit. Faith has been put in him and he is performing well. I'd love Jones to sort himself out too but it just doesn't look like happening for him.

If it was me I'd look to get Stones in January and pair him up with Smalling. We would have 3 of the England back 4 for years to come in Stones, Smalling and Shaw. And if Stones is looking for a move then I could see us being interested. There would be no serious City interest, Wenger wouldn't pay the money, he wouldn't go to Liverpool and Chelsea have quite a few centre backs now so I'd see a fairly clear path to his signing if we wanted him.

3.) 10 Sep 2015 15:05:20
In fairness to Smalling I think he would of stayed in the side, we would only have signed one center back and he is currently the best the squad has to offer.

4.) 10 Sep 2015 14:53:53
Tbf when was the last time Smalling had a bad game ed? He's improved a lot, coming from someone who used to criticise him a fair bit. I think he current looks very assured.

{Ed007's Note - We've been through all this before with players like Cleverley and Welbeck, for years I said they weren't good enough for Utd and there was people on here saying they would be in the Utd and England team for years to come and looked how that worked out.
Utd aren't going to win any trophies under LvG and having players like Smalling isn't going to make any difference, they're part of the problem rather than any solution.
If Chris Smalling was playing for Stoke or Aston Villa would you be on here saying Utd should bust the bank for him and saying X pundit said he'll be playing for England for years and he won MOTM against Switzerland? Folk would just laugh at you.
I always find that gives you a realistic opinion of your own players, everyone is bias for their own team but just think to yourself, if he wasn't at Utd would I want them to sign him?
I doubt that there's many would want Smalling signed.}

5.) 10 Sep 2015 14:55:26
First Smalling - Jones, now Smalling -Stones. Smalling will fall out of favour soon as soon as a left centreback has a few good games the press will jump all over them and it'll be A N Other - Stones. Wasn't it going to be Chambers-Stones that were going to carry us to World Cup glory just after Brazil? I love our press.

6.) 10 Sep 2015 16:39:54
Sorry Ed, this is one I just cannot get on board with. Smalling is maturing into one of the best defenders in the league. Cleverly and Welbeck were constantly criticized, despite having a few good games occasionally. They also played in far fewer games consistently than Smalling has. He was a solid defender last year, and has been outstanding at the start of this season, arguably our best player, you could never have said that about Welbeck or Cleverly. I agree the standard of English players is declining, but to say Smalling is backup at best is pure nonsense.

{Ed007's Note - That's just babbling twaddle, you obviously didn't see the posters on here bigging up Cleverley and Welbeck season after season which is what I said. Do you really think it's a good thing that Smalling is arguably you're best player? I'd say it just shows again how far behind the current top clubs Utd are and how garbage they've actually been lately, I can't even remember the last Utd domestic game I enjoyed watching.
Would Smalling be playing for any of the other 3 of the top 4 in England last season, he wouldn't get in the Spurs or Southampton teams either and the Scousers probably see him as a bit of a diddy anyway, would he have been seen as a potential replacement to Ramos or Hummells if they had left their clubs?
As I said, we'll see where Smalling is in two years time (I'll say Everton or Aston Villa), hopefully by that time Utd have a manager who knows what he's doing.}

7.) 10 Sep 2015 17:16:52

I usually agree with you, but anybody who has watched Chris Smalling play regularly in the last 9 months would struggle to agree with what you are saying. Just because you were right about Cleverley and Welbeck doesn't mean you are right about Smalling, and not sure Cleverley and Welbeck ever had 3 or 4 good games in a row never mind 6 months of good games, like No.7 said, when was his last mistake, because I can't think of any since the City game last November.

8.) 10 Sep 2015 17:25:10
I agree with cleverly and welbeck but I believe a bit harsh on smalling bond. He has seriously stepped up and I believe if he were to play with another top CB he would improve even more. But he has looked the part the past 10 months or so.

Forget about all the England crap, I never listen to that hype, nor do I listen to what any pundit has to say apart from Johnny Giles and Liam Brady, Oh and of course G Neville.

Your belief that LVG won't win anything is quite strong, going to be interesting to see how he gets on. His track record is quite good in terms of trophies so I'm still going to stay positive and with the belief he will win something within the next year or two. I'll hold my hands up if I'm completely wrong. I hope you will too

9.) 10 Sep 2015 18:48:05
Can't disagree about cleverly or welbeck but you couldn't be more wrong about smalling imo. To say he would get in the Spurs or Southampton team is a joke.

10.) 10 Sep 2015 20:29:27
I have literally no idea why I constantly see everyone slating Jones on here. It's as if I'm watching a different game to everyone else. For me he's quality and gives his all, the only problem is how often he's injured.

As far as Smalling is concerned, he's having a decent season so far by his standards, but I still think he's distinctly average and not United quality. All he's really done this season is the minimum that should be expected, nothing amazing or great, so no idea why people are suddenly raving about him.

11.) 10 Sep 2015 21:42:44
Ed said, 'diddies' :)

12.) 11 Sep 2015 01:36:36
Badger, sorry to disagree but I believe half of PJ's problems are that he's so "committed" that his mind wanders from positional sense, and he gets injured going in my tackles you shouldn't need to make.

13.) 11 Sep 2015 01:41:01
Ps Badger, I meant to close my disagreement on your PJ post with agreement on Smalling. IMO he had a slow start, is starting to look more comfortable but still has a way to go.

14.) 11 Sep 2015 05:21:02
When was Smalling's last mistake? In my opinion it was in the last game. He was marking nobody for the first goal. And he was expecting Romero to come out for the second goal instead of being more proactive by pressuring the attacker or trying to cut him off.

15.) 11 Sep 2015 06:15:39
Bond is bang on the money, Welbeck and Cleverley were both nowhere near good enough and Smalling albeit our best central defender at the moment is no Rio or Vidic and never will be.
A very good back up squad player at best.

16.) 11 Sep 2015 07:36:27

I disagree with you on smalling.

BTW I was one of the very few who never rated cleverly or welbeck even when they were having a decent time on the pitch. Smalling barring injuries is a very good cb and n this market worth a lot of money. If we get someone like varrane/marquinos/stone next to him with shaw and darmian, i think we will see our trophy cabinets bulging again.

Jones I never rated either and don't believe he will ever be good enough and only a squad player at best. BTW i also don't think blackett or Mcnair are good enough unless they have an incredible development over the next few years.

Whilst we are on that subject wilson and Janusaj are borderline and the next 2 years they need to improve quite a bit from where they are to make it with us.

17.) 11 Sep 2015 16:09:45
Ed, Cleverly nor Welbeck had a good long run of form where they sometimes looked the best player on the pitch at times, just because Smalling plays for the same club it's exactly the same situation? Anyone who has watched him closely will realise he's becoming a defender more suited to a club like ours playing at the top level.




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10 Oct 2018 10:23:58
Article from Independent’s Miguel Delaney (has decent track record for accuracy) about DoF links to Juventus:


1.) 10 Oct 2018 11:03:21
Interesting read, I posted something last week about Marrotta. Read somewhere today about Paul Mitchell if RB Leipzig.

2.) 10 Oct 2018 10:40:19
Im pretty sure ED002 mentioned something about Patarici not happening.

{Ed002's Note - What I said a couple of weeks ago was "I previously named a wildcard option from Juventus who might just be available (but that may not be clear for a little over three weeks and right now I think I understand well what will happen there), Fabio Paratici." It is all down to what is announced on October 25 and any information that comes out before hand - but right now Juventus know what they want but have so far been able to agree it. The "senior negogiator" they approached has said no to them (as well as Barcelona) and they will now split a role previously occupied by one person.}

3.) 10 Oct 2018 21:08:17
Hi Ed,
I recall about 2 weeks ago you posted along the line of Jose having suggested two people for the DoF role (one was the ex Athletico DoF if i recall) . was Patarici the other name Jose recommended?

I think you may have also mentioned that the DoF will have to assess whether to continue with Jose and identify targets that will work for him/ his system or identify a different direction for the club. Do you know Patarici's preference and do you think he would be a good appointment for the club?

Thanks in advance!

{Ed002's Note - The two folks that Mr Mourinho was cool with were Andrea Berta and Luis Campo.}



27 Sep 2018 11:44:09
Question to any ITK Ed’s if possible please:

Given Pogba’s alleged social media posting and consequent alleged friction with JM, do players now have it in their contract to follow the club line/ not post anything harmful to the club? And if they break this policy, could it lead to disciplinary action? This is something I feel modern contracts should address, if they have not done so already.

When I was a teacher, we were banned from posting anything in social media given the potential abuse mischievous students could extract from the personal info.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know about what has happened on social media with PP but clubs are typically wanting players to not do anything dumb on social media. An example used by someone (I don’t recall who) to me was Juan Mata’s use of social media. Some clubs discourage social media usage and some have training and guidance provided to the players. The expectation is that the players will not abuse it.}

1.) 27 Sep 2018 13:13:29
Interesting Ed002,thanks as always for the quick response!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome. Always worth remembering the dumb as a box of rocks/bonehead quota for footballers is very, very high.}

2.) 27 Sep 2018 15:04:42
I think that's a little harsh on rocks and boneheads Ed.



26 Aug 2018 20:17:22
If Jose does implode and leaves, thoughts on replacing him mid-season?

Media loves Zidane, and he does have a good record, has history with Pogba and Martial and seems a good man-manager, but, for the rest of the season, I’d go for the Venga bus, The Professor: point to prove, can organise a team, knows how to attack and would be a good short term option until the end of the season (ZZ woukd want a long contract - stuck with him if not live up to the hype)


1.) 26 Aug 2018 20:41:35
If we are talking about anybody, then jardim for me.

ZZ i'm unsure about and a definite and resounding NO for wenger.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 20:49:11
Which history does he have exactly with Pogba and Martial Wallace? Hasn't managed any of them before?

3.) 26 Aug 2018 21:55:26
I am very wary of us appointing ZZ. I think he doesn't have a great deal of experience as a coach. Yes he has done well but he managed a squad that would probably have done well for any manager. Correct me if I am wrong but everything wasn't hunky dory between him and club president. Could be great but. Bit of a risk.

4.) 26 Aug 2018 22:36:12
Zidanes a good man manager, which some of our lot need, but there's questions about his tactical versatility. Jardim would be good but ed2 suggests unlikely. I could see Woodward going for Wenger. Used to working on a budget with young players.

5.) 26 Aug 2018 22:47:33
Wenger is about to turn 69 struggled at arsenal for the last few years and with the history he has with arsenal there is no way the club would go for him, or he would take a job with us .
The ed has suggested blanc and his name has come up before, not managing at the moment as well.

6.) 26 Aug 2018 23:54:24
If jose leaves before the pudding and honey glazed ham i would take Wenger till the end of season.

His football style is miles better than park the bus jose. AW has a nac for getting great players and let's be honest if he had of kept his best players instead of rubbishty snapping them up and us with RVP

Who knows.

7.) 27 Aug 2018 00:14:12
Maybe but whoevers picking managers isn't doing great so far. Personally I wouldn't want Wenger but I can see the thinking that could suggest him. In short I've very little confidence in the people running the club not botch it again.

8.) 27 Aug 2018 03:11:47
You can't be serious about Wenger guys. He was far too rigid in his thinking towards the end and having inherited a terrific defensive unit he never built on that. Even today Arsenal suffer from lack of a solid base. All title winning teams are built on a solid defensive foundation which has been recognised by both Pep and Klopp. Zidane inherited a fantastic team but it's superstars were getting older and maybe he knew that and also that's it's talisman Ronaldo was going to Juve. Working under the pressure in the Premier League might be more than Zidane is capable of. As weird as this may sound I would not mind if Bielsa was given a chance. He has the knowledge and experience to handle a big club and would make out players a team who fight as well as play attractive football. (it would also really upset Leeda fans which would be a nice little bonus)

9.) 27 Aug 2018 06:40:07
A bit left field but what about glen hoddle or micheal laudrap?

{Ed001's Note - the Michael Laudrup who wouldn't take coaching sessions in the rain because it messed up his hair when managing Swansea? He would only do one training session a season in Manchester!}

10.) 27 Aug 2018 07:18:26
I cannot find Ed002's post on why Jardim was ruled out for us as Mort said. But, I wish we would get Jardim after Mourinho with Marcel Bout as DoF and back them wholeheartedly.

11.) 27 Aug 2018 10:16:55
I would not mind a combo of Hoddle and Gary Neville if they could be persuaded to work together. Steel and no nonsense and Creativity.

12.) 27 Aug 2018 10:21:05
For me, the outstanding candidate is Pochittino. He has experience in the PL and he's done fantastically well recruiting players on small budget. Spurs are great to watch and have a good balance between defence and attack.
I also think Diogo Simione will have to be considered. His teams don't play all action attacking football, but they play to a certain cohesive plan. And the players are super fit and can play the high pressing game.
Finally, i know he's taken on the Spain job, but Luis Enrique will be a different direction for the club and will finally have us playing the Barcelona way. But this will involve us changing half the team as we'll need players who can actually pass the ball under pressure. Our current crop of players are particularly bad at that.

13.) 27 Aug 2018 10:22:37
Perhaps I’ve used the idea of “history” rather loosely Scholes but he has at the very least connected with both. Reports suggest they are “intrigued” by the prospect of Zidane as manager; indeed, Zidane admitted he’d have liked him at Madrid and described him as a cross between Makele and Viera.

(Plus the French Connection of course 😉)

{Ed002's Note - Maybe Pogba and Martial will move to a club that Zidane eventually joins then? Because both want out of Manchester United.}

14.) 27 Aug 2018 12:02:05
Interesting insight Ed002, many thanks as always. May I ask if you think that PP and AM want out of MU just because if Mourinho, or do you believe they’d stay if Jose goes first? (Ie deeper issues at the club, not just JM. )

Shame though, as they get paid so much to be professional and do a job, regardless of who the boss is - unless JM is being unprofessional too.

{Ed002's Note - Players come and go, they are transient employees. The players Manchester United sign have come from other clubs - there doesn't need to be any weird background story going on. Pogba should never have signed. Martial was never worth what Manchester United paid for him. Nobody is being unprofessional.}

15.) 27 Aug 2018 12:34:11
Hoddle is an interesting left-field choice. I'll be honest, I'd never really considered him until I saw him mentioned above. His England team were decent to watch, and there's no doubt he knows what he's talking about. Except when it comes to karma, obviously!

16.) 27 Aug 2018 18:18:14
Could be anyone but he needs 4 or 5 new players whoever it is because this squad hasn't enough strength in depth to win the league.

17.) 27 Aug 2018 18:33:34
Martial is not good enough and Pogba doesn’t want to be here. End the circus and sell them both!

{Ed002's Note - The circus is the fans.}

18.) 27 Aug 2018 23:11:31
if that's the case about micheal laudrap that makes him an even more exceptional coach - what a legend!



15 Jul 2018 22:34:14
Dear Ed002,

Thank you so much for taking the time to compile the megapod!

Really made my day - thank you.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

1.) 15 Jul 2018 23:39:43
Thank you very much for sharing this information with us ed. It is greatly appreciated.

2.) 16 Jul 2018 00:09:53
Great stuff ed and thanks for putting a lot of effort in this.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

3.) 16 Jul 2018 00:20:50
That Dolly Parton song, is now on my playlist. Genius :)

{Ed002's Note - Great stuff. The Jealous Bofriend is another.

4.) 16 Jul 2018 01:18:42
The magic mushroom song is on my mind.
I was surfing once in my mates sitting room🤢.

5.) 16 Jul 2018 12:02:22
Worth the wait Ed, thank you for the effort you put into these and all the info obvs. Listened to a fair few of your Sharkopod's now and I'm always trying to work out your accent, still none the wiser!

{Ed002's Note - I am American by birth but left there in 1981 and have sinced largely lived in either Monaco or England (a little more England) aside from a couple of short stints elsewhere.}

6.) 16 Jul 2018 18:24:32
Ed002, I'm too old to get excited over possible transfers, but I thank you for opening up the world of MacLean and MacLean to me. Much appreciated!



30 Apr 2018 14:03:25
Looking bit clearer now what Jose’s gameplay might be next season if Fellaini does indeed sign a new contract.

As well as saving the need to get two midfielders, he’ll hopefully concentrate on getting a top class Carrick replacement to dictate play, rather than another box to box player.

Also, Fellaini (and Lukaku) thrives on crosses so priority will be two pinpoint crossing fullbacks. Perisic would’ve been perfect but we’re already overloaded on the left hand side.

#statingtheobvious 😉.





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10 May 2019 18:40:23
Thanks Ed002 for all your insights and information a always - we are very lucky to have you.

Glad to hear there seems to be a will to move on Pogba. In my opinion, he is a negative influence at the club as it seeks to rebuild. I really hope they find a way of moving Sanchez on too.

Interesting to hear about OGS being viewed as a soft touch. I guess this attitude could have positives (ie handling sensitive players) but also negatives, such as more business-savvy people taking advantage. You would hope, however, that others at the club would intervene and not let this happen.

Thus, my question Ed002, if I may please, is that is it just people in the football business (ie non players) who see OGS as a pushover, or is it the players as well? And, to take it a step further, is this possibly a reason why he was appointed, as he wouldn’t argue with the board or contest decisions in the media like JM? Essentially a “yes” man with no real bite? (Please forgive the crass assumptions and my ignorance of how the game works! )

Hope this isn’t the case as we need a strong personality with a forward thinking vision (shared by his team) if we are to unravel the mess we are in and plot the foundations for a new era.




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07 May 2019 11:14:33
While it’s hard to know the real story, as all we get are media reports, various sources seem to suggest that Pogba is the root of a lot of attitude problems in the dressing room, due to his dominant personality, use of self-promotion and less than committed attitude:




Perhaps these players might improve if Pogba (the “virus”, according to Jose) goes.




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20 Apr 2019 14:29:15
Not knowing Zaha or what he’s really like, my impression through the media is that he’s a bit precious and wants to be the main man.

I’d stay well clear.




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16 Apr 2019 11:58:08
I think a wholesale cleariut is needed to sort out the haphazard transfers of recent years and to reset the wage structures obviously skewed by Sanchez maybe worst decision in recent years

Bring in youngsters who have the tight mentality and build up again

Pogba De Gea etc can go if they are becoming mercenary about wages.




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06 Mar 2019 11:45:13
Thank you for the swift and informative answer!





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06 May 2019 20:39:40
Thanks Ed, I’m presuming you’re alluding to us blaming Woodward when maybe he’s just the public face of the board and there are other structures going on that we are not aware of, such as scouting, coaching, psychology, youth development etc.

Perhaps the need for someone who can oversee everything and pull it all together into a cohesive and progressive unit has never been more needed.




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07 Apr 2019 10:20:49
I think we need to dig in for the long overhaul, maybe years, until we are consistently challenging again.

We are at the START of a major rebuild as we beefing to find our identity again, find a DoF plus over one the following obstacles:

1. Sanchez wages has completely skewed all wage negotiations with existing players. He needs to go and maybe the others demanding high wages will need to go also.

We need to start rebuilding our team with young hungry players rather than bringing in seasoned players who bring baggage

2. Hence undoing hap-hazard transfers of previous managers where players like Sanchez, Schweinsteiger, Matic, etc were brought in on huge wages and expected to be the main player. We need hungry youngsters who want to play as a team.

3. We need to keep in sorting out the other footballing structures in the club from producing and blooding youths players to the women’s game to management t and because hi g structures. It’s been a real mess and it’s only now starting to be addressed.

4. As such, for the extra few years, I’d give OGS the target of top four while we completely rebuild.

I’d usher out: Sanchez, Lukaku, Matic, Young, Rojo, Darmian, Mata, Jones, Pogba, even DDG if it’s going to unbalance a new wave structure.

I’d bring in young hungry players such as Wan Bissaka, Rice, Etc, bro g back Henderson for GK and Tuesnzebe for CD.

Obviously there needs to be some experience but a future team, based on mon-superstar signings might look like:


Wan Bussaka
Axel Tusnzebe



Either way, we need to accept a major rebuild I’d beeded and it’ll take a few years to achieve.

Whether OGS is up to this huge job is up to debate!




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12 Oct 2018 08:37:43
Some great summaries of wider context and link to toxics which, when taken with Ed002’s comments below, really make sense. Cheers.




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05 Oct 2018 07:49:43
Too many in squad that were never good enough in the first place, have declined in ability, unreliable starters or attitude stinks:

Never good enough: Lindelof, Fellaini, Darmian

Declining: Matic, Valencia, Young, Mata

Unreliable: Jones, Bailly, Rojo

Attitude: Pogba, Martial, Sanchez

Unfortunately, we’ve accumulated a hitch-potch of abilities in last few years and it needs a very brave manager to come in, dismantle it and build again.

So build on:

De Gea

Smalling (! )



And start to blood youngsters:





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02 Oct 2018 09:05:01
GlD you’re better Ken. very proud dad, the boy did good.