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26 May 2020 19:27:04
Hi ed002 was there any breakthrough at the epl meeting today with regards to a restart?

ken

{Ed002's Note - That was not the purpose of today - there is a meeting between clubs on Thursday but they won’t be confirming a date. They have to resolve a number of issues first.}


1.) 26 May 2020 21:31:34
Thanks ed002. Hope all going well for you in Cornwall.

{Ed002's Note - Fine thanks.}


 

 

04 Jan 2020 14:57:55
Ed002, good afternoon.
Lots of reports today linking madrid and juve with player plus cash offers for pogba.
The players mentioned in part exchange groom juve are emre can or Raibot.
From madrid kroos.
Do you think any of those 3 players would want to join and of the 3 which player would suit best for United long term if a deal could be done?
Thanks.

ken

{Ed002's Note - They have plenty of players they could include as part of the deal. It is perhaps no more than the batch picked today.}


1.) 04 Jan 2020 16:51:26
Adrien Rabiot could be a good signing. Good defensive instincts and work ethic with an expansive passing range, mobile and young enough to grow into the team.

Can I'm not a fan of, too inconsistent. While Kroos is getting on a bit and I wonder if he would have the appetite for the EPL now. Fast physical league when he's in this thirties and was never the quickest or most mobile.

Although not mentioned the other player from Juventus I personally would consider would be Bernardeschi. Excellent on the RW, creative, hard working and flexible enough to play RW, CAM, LW, RWB or LWB.

I would happily take Rabiot and Bernardeschi in a straight swap for Pogba.

{Ed002's Note - Zero chance.}


2.) 04 Jan 2020 17:52:40
Good. I don't tate Rabiot. Not wanted by PSG or Juve should tell you he should not be wanted by Utd.


3.) 04 Jan 2020 22:42:27
Salford, he was wanted by PSG. He ran his contact down and left on a free last summer.


4.) 04 Jan 2020 23:57:42
they fell out with his mother that says enough.


5.) 05 Jan 2020 09:17:45
And PSG and Juve are much better than we are.


6.) 05 Jan 2020 10:08:25
We do have form for taking difficult to handle highly talented Frenchmen and getting them to perform.


7.) 05 Jan 2020 10:22:31
Like William prunier?


8.) 05 Jan 2020 12:35:58
Wernt we linked with rabiot when he signed for juve in the summer? Wasn't he a free aswell? I can't see either wanting to join us in our current state, the club seems to have no direction do they.

{Ed002's Note - No, there was no interest shown by Manchester United in the summer - pleanty of clubs, but not MU.}


 

 

28 Nov 2019 19:36:33
Hi ed002. If the offer does come in from madrid or juve for pogba do you know which players they will try to involve in part exchange? I know you have said that the club tend to about this type of deal.
Why do you think a move for haaland would not be good at this time?
I know little of him to be honest. He appears to be doing very well in a weak league but also in the cl.
Finally if both matic and pobga leave in jan do you know uf the c lub plan to replace them in jan or wait until the summer?
Thanks for your time.

ken

{Ed002's Note - Juventus will look to offer Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic and cash for Pogba and Chong. Real Madrid will offer a pick from any of their outbound players including Isco (AM), James (AM/RW), Toni Kroos (CM), Gareth Bale (RW/F), Mariano Diaz (S) or Isco (AM).}


1.) 28 Nov 2019 21:39:27
With all due respect. United should just take the money because the players on offer ain't worth it in my humble opinion. Secondly the only way to entice them to come to United is to offer them silly wages. Because right now we can't offer them the prestigious champions league football which they crave.


2.) 28 Nov 2019 20:53:15
See what ya did there Ed 002. Isco is coming to united in January boys and girls 😂😂😂.


3.) 28 Nov 2019 23:39:52
Depends what the money on offer is.


4.) 29 Nov 2019 00:41:29
I'll have 2 Isco's, please!


5.) 29 Nov 2019 09:33:48
3 years ago, I was a huge fan of Kroos. Makes passing look easy.
Set piece specialist on which our tall players like Maguire, Lindelof would thrive.

If he is still close to that level, McTominay and Kroos will be decent duo. McT's industriousness can complement Kroos's technical ability.


6.) 29 Nov 2019 10:18:05
Whilst I get there has been massive inflationary pressures on transfer prices over the last few years, has PP done anything to warrant the huge windfall your expecting .

Poor workrate and attitude sprinkled with a bit of flair (on the pitch and hair salon) and a load of flashy penalties.

Can't help but think the big clubs will look at his time with MUFC and price him accordingly, if you got offered what you paid for him you should bite their hands off just to be shut of him.


7.) 29 Nov 2019 11:22:27
Idontlooklikeklopp, I think your right. We are expecting a fee close to 150m, but what has he done to deserve that fee?

He isn't a young kid with potential, he is peaking as a player and he is peaking well below where most people thought he would.

I think we will be lucky to get 100m for him. There just isn't the interest in him to drive that up.

Its arugable that his stock was higher when we signed him than now.


8.) 29 Nov 2019 11:45:48
Agreed shappy, if Madison (many posters on here's wet dream) is worth the 80 mill you all seem to think, how is PP worth more.

Madison's English, younger, works harder, talented and seems a really good guy (see the articles regarding the poor young lass that died, and his brutal putdown of the sun comic) .

Bet Leicester wouldn't do a swap.


9.) 29 Nov 2019 11:51:41
Per Ed002, some significant investments could be made in January.
Excited that the squad will strenghten, just hope we get the right players in.


10.) 29 Nov 2019 11:54:58
Would take Isco and Bale and 700m tbh. Bales still a good player. Isco in Pogbas position. Then use the 700m to buy another few cms.


11.) 29 Nov 2019 15:36:17
Honestly I don't think I would take any of the mentioned players.


12.) 29 Nov 2019 23:45:43
I'd agree mort, wouldn't really want any of them. But that said, Isco and Kroos in front of mctominay would be an absolutely huge improvement on what we have, and given we have a pretty strong front 3, we'd probably be pretty good like that.


13.) 30 Nov 2019 11:24:40
Most of the players on that list are a big jump In class over what we have here.


14.) 30 Nov 2019 12:54:39
And most of them like isco or kroos wouldn't want to come here. Kroos would struggle in this league, he makes Fred look like billy whizz. The rest either aren't good enough or injury prone.


15.) 30 Nov 2019 23:27:56
Let's be realistic. No top top player from one of the premier European teams who might be challenging for champions league places or titles in their current county are going to want to come to us unless they are on not playing regularly or are on the decline.


16.) 01 Dec 2019 20:09:35
People saying they wouldn’t take any of the players on offer even though they are all better than what we have. Who exactly do you want?


17.) 02 Dec 2019 17:35:27
GDS

I would prefer we sign younger up and coming players with an age profile below say 25. I think they will fit better into this squad and can gel into becoming the next great team.

Not sure adding isco or kroos really fits well.


 

 

22 Nov 2019 22:25:00
Hi ed002 when you say he will have an option to leave in January do you mean a club will make a bid?

ken

{Ed002's Note - Obviously Ken. I thought it was pretty clear.}


1.) 23 Nov 2019 04:13:54
Hope we have a replacement lined up Ed.
There were strong rumors about SMS towards the end of previous window.


2.) 23 Nov 2019 07:51:13
Guessing you’re talking about Pogba? Sorry, some thread/ ed2 comments maybe missing.


 

 

12 Nov 2019 19:51:57
Reports today that chong had turned down a contract and told the club he will be leaving in June.
If true its disappointing. Although he has not shown a great deal So far he has always been touted as a top talent.

ken

1.) 12 Nov 2019 21:38:05
Dont blame him to be honest, if he can't get a kick with the paucity of options we have at right wing at the moment, then he will never get his chance when/ if the area is addressed in the transfer market.


2.) 13 Nov 2019 06:11:30
Yes DSG.
I haven't seen anything extra-ordinary from him.
No electric pace like DJ to play on the wing.
But he has some skills in his locker although that's not enough to make it at top level.


3.) 13 Nov 2019 16:57:47
Ive they to see him do anything to make me take notice. Gomes had some nice touches, Garner can find a pass, Greenwood is scoring, obviously Williams has been a revelation, but Chong has been forgettable every time I’ve seen him. They can’t all make it.


4.) 13 Nov 2019 18:25:43
To be honest I thought he looked better on the left than he has on the right. Which is a problem as we have Rashford, James and even Martial all comfortable from the left. He won't be getting minutes ahead of them.

I think he is a talent, but he needs a loan and to play regularly at a higher level than he has to kick on. He could be a great player, but he is one who needs a loan.

However, I can't see the club sending him out on loan without a new contract signed. They wouldn't agree Dean Henderson's loan until he renewed.


5.) 13 Nov 2019 22:56:31
him and gomes both look like if they played at stokes ground on a windy night they would blow over. they need a loan out in the championship for a season to toughen them up.


6.) 14 Nov 2019 09:49:50
Loll Dazzzz.


 

 

 

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07 May 2020 12:38:30
Hi ed002. I hippie your not piling on the pounds with all those pasties and clotted cream.
Just wondering about the angel gomes situation. i'm sure his contract experts on June.
Is he a 'free agent' on that date or is his contract automatically extended until the end of the season?
I could ask the ssme of the likes of Giroud at Chelsea.
Is there a hard and fast rule or is each case up to the players and clubs to sort out?

ken

{Ed002's Note - I am fine thenks Ken and avoiding the nice pastries. The contracts expire on June 30 under FIFA rules - although agreement has already been reached to allow them to be mutually extended by month or by game, but it is not automatic.}


1.) 07 May 2020 12:59:46
Thanks ed002.
So essentially if a player out of contract had plans to move and his potential new club are still willing and able to give him a contract he can leave.
I'm assuming he will not be able to play for his new club until the beginning of next season and not take part in a restart of this season?
Good call best to avoid the pastries pastries I've seen what they did to ed001😂.

{Ed002's Note - No, you misunderstand. (1) Transfers already agreed (e.g. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax to Chelsea)) where one side won't be playing football anymore this season are unaffected. The transfer will go ahead when the window is open and international clearance is achieved. (2) Transfers already agreed (e.g. Trincao (Braga to Barcelona)) where both sides may be playing will require the clubs to agree that the player can continue to play until the season is complete. (3) The big number, players who have a contract up this season (e.g. Willian, Lallana) but nowhere to move to will be free to agree to stay on a month-by-month or game-by-game basis or to leave on June 30.

The only players who can play if the season is seen out are those registered at the end of January with the Plremier League.}


2.) 07 May 2020 15:41:27
Super thanks for that.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Ken.}


 

 

30 Apr 2020 21:53:54
Hi ed002 hope all is well with you and your loved ones.
Has there been any solution to the players who are out of contract in June at their clubs. If sessions are extended.
Can a club force a player to sign a temporary extension? i'm assuming players can't sign for a new club as a free agent and play a part in an extended season for that club due to regestration issues mid season.
I suppose its just another conundrum for the authorities to consider and is probably a legal minefield.
It could mean a team could lose squad members before the season re opens without being able to replace them.

ken

{Ed002's Note - They are allowed to extend the contracts but can’t force a player to sign. Players have to have been registered at the end of January to play. It is not a conundrum and it is covered by FIFA rules already.}


1.) 30 Apr 2020 23:04:28
Thanks for the clarity. So it is plausible for a team to lose players and have no opportunity to replace them?
From a players perspective signing on for a few weeks may be attractive or not, i suppose each situation will be dependent on their future plans and loyalty to their current employers.
Do you have any personal feeling or opinion as to whether the epl should resume or cancel ed?

{Ed002's Note - Unless the club have kids who are ready you can expect repalacements. MY opinion is shut it down, no relegation, two promoted, three down each of the next two years, existing positions for Europe.}}


2.) 01 May 2020 00:12:45
Sounds like the best possible plan Ed002, problem is that the people making the decisions aren't as wise or sensible as you 😊.

{Ed002's Note - Well they are not as good looking.}


3.) 01 May 2020 08:26:08
😂😂😂.


 

 

24 Apr 2020 21:04:35
Just on Pogba firstly he is a very good footballer. He has not been a huge success since he came back. Lots of reasons for that.
He wanted to leave he may still want to leave but he was priced out of a move.
If he still wants to leave then i think the club should do the best deal they can and sell him.
I don't think he has behaved well and has let himself his teammates and the club down with many of his actions and non actions.
I don't doubt his footballing ability but i doubt his desire to be here and give his all.
Ole has got 5 new signings inc ighalo. 3 or 4 more in the summer and he will have bought nearly a full new team. Let's see how he gets on with his team. 8 or 9 new signings plus greenwood mctom rash williams tuanzebe possibly laird henderson gomes and chong coming through the academy will be the backbone of oles new squad. plus shaw martial lindelof bailly fred possibly ddg matic
Moving out the reminants of jose moyes fergies and lvg's squads will not be easy
Jones smalling jessie mata pogba matic hopefully will find new clubs and ole can get the 3 or 4 he wants to compliment his young squad.
Sancho saul or sms bellingham plus 1 and clearing out the above would resent a dream summer for me.
That would be a really good squad with lots of options and depth.
A lot will depend on what competitions we are playing in next season i suspect.

ken

1.) 24 Apr 2020 21:28:23
Its just a natural progression every team buys 3 or so players a season.
Club and ole have taken a massive step in the right direction .
Many won't be happy until ole is sacked but I'm happy at the moment I think injuries last season played a bigger role than people realise.
Whats peoples obsession with SMS, honestly forget what you read on this site actually watch him play.


2.) 25 Apr 2020 03:37:00
The Sancho deal is going to cost around €200 million all in. This is a deal we need to avoid at all costs. The signings Ole has made have been promising, but we didn't push on in terms of performances. For every great result against a top side, there's an abysmal one against relegation fodder. He took over the team in 6th, finished that season in 6th and we were on course to finish 5th. He gets another swing at it.

As for Pogba, he's one of the last pieces of the jigsaw. He will complement a better team very well. When the club decided to not bother challenging for the league when we finished 2nd, we started hearing he wanted to leave. Brand Pogba is better than footballer Pogba but there's still a player there.


3.) 25 Apr 2020 07:58:01
If there is a chance to get Sancho, we must go for it.
It will be an investment for many years to come.
The boy has real quality.

Rash, Martial, Greenwood, Ighalo, DJ and Sancho. 6 players fighting for 3 spots will be the ideal scenario. There is quality, pace, youth and energy.

If Pogba leaves, invest the amount on a top class midfielder like Saul.

Personally, I'd be content with these 2 signings, as the team showed great improvement and togetherness before the lockdown.


4.) 25 Apr 2020 11:33:34
I’ve just posted about transfers, I just don’t see them happening given the current situation and whilst I may be wrong, the ‘norm’ has gone for now. And when did we last sign 4 players in a window?


 

 

06 Apr 2020 22:33:20
Im quite sure that every football fan no matter who they support feels for Pep and his family today.

Losing a parent or loved one at any time is a difficult time its such an awful time to be kept apart from your family.

Best wishes to Pep tonight.

ken

1.) 06 Apr 2020 23:44:57
Had a few friends of mine have loved ones pass away, either from coronavirus or other reasons. So difficult not being there for the ones you love and not giving them a proper send off. Heart breaking. Thoughts with pep and his family.


2.) 07 Apr 2020 10:58:42
This highlights how everyone will be touched by this in one way or another. My deepest condolences to Pep and his family. This situation is horrific.

Keep safe everyone, look after yourself, your loved ones and anyone else you can during this time.


3.) 07 Apr 2020 20:01:00
I love Pep, I love Klopp, hell I love pretty much everybody. Horrible news about Peps mother, I can’t imagine the pain he is in. This virus has no favourites, I worry where this will end.


4.) 08 Apr 2020 10:23:42
Hopefully it will end with a working vaccine, and limited deaths. But only if countries start mass testing and contact tracing. Unfortunately with clowns like Trump, Bolsonaro, and Johnson refusing to follow expert advice, we could be in for far more deaths.


5.) 09 Apr 2020 07:51:35
So my original reply wasn’t printed. I wish people would stick to football rather than calling our own PM a clown. If Danny is allowed to say he is a clown then in balance I must be allowed to say Boris is great.

Let’s talk football and not pontificate on subjects we don’t know, like virology.


6.) 09 Apr 2020 14:10:30
He is a clown who ignored global medical advice that stated that herd immunity was not a viable strategy because there was no knowledge on how strong immunity would be or how long it would last. Johnson pursued this strategy knowing that it would result in tens of thousands of deaths.

Taiwan has a population of over 20 million. Only 5 deaths because they quickly implemented a lockdown and ramped up community testing and contact tracing. Here we recorded close to 1,000 deaths yesterday. Clown is a mild name for what he is.


 

 

22 Mar 2020 15:56:20
Hello all.
Just a quick note to say i hope all our regulars and extended families are keeping well.
How's all this staying indoors and lack of social and physical contact working out for everyone?
Lots of people deal with it in different ways but if you are not coping well and find it difficult, please, confide in someone by phone and don't bottle it up.
Ive a new challenge again this evening to hold onto our household monopoly title 😴😴
Another tip for a Netflix binge series, try, Queen of the South. good watch imo
Best wishes to all.

ken

1.) 22 Mar 2020 17:35:25
Hi ken, hope you and your family are well 👍.


2.) 22 Mar 2020 18:07:02
The wife just said, “Do you even listen to a word I say? ”. What a strange way to open a conversation! Stay safe folks.


3.) 22 Mar 2020 20:09:37
Queen of south is wicked Ken!


4.) 22 Mar 2020 20:10:15
I also hope everyone and their families stays safe. i'd each one of us look after our family then we will be in a better place in a years time.


5.) 22 Mar 2020 22:05:24
Hope you and the family are well Ken.


6.) 23 Mar 2020 08:12:23
Have a look at the "all or nothing " series . Behind the scenes at the Dallas cowboys etc .
Also do city, the all blacks brazil . Good watch.


7.) 23 Mar 2020 13:07:27
Wife got me spring cleaning 😩😩.


8.) 23 Mar 2020 16:43:04
Banshee or the league are amazing shows imo if anyones looking for something to watch.


9.) 23 Mar 2020 17:16:38
I do a bit of shopping for the elderly around my area, now I take measures, I wear gloves and mask, but the amount of teenagers I see going around in groups of 10 and 12 is unbelievable, people in shops having a good old chat, one shop I was in had to close for an hour because of people in groups talking, beaches and parks having to be closed down, are people really that slow, any parents with children under 18 should be fined if they are outside in groups, and wouldn't you know an odd back door opened in a few pubs, anyway I like a good David Attenborough myself.


10.) 23 Mar 2020 17:46:23
Leahy, they were probably the same parents screaming for the schools to close earlier than recommended, because Sandra on Facebook said so. Then got them home, realised they were doing their heads in, and bucked them straight out the door.


11.) 23 Mar 2020 17:56:44
Good man leahy nice touch.


12.) 23 Mar 2020 22:00:32
Nice one corky🇮🇪☘.


 

 

 

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26 May 2020 21:31:34
Thanks ed002. Hope all going well for you in Cornwall.

ken

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12 May 2020 22:19:23
To be honest I've only seen Chiesa in a couple of games and a few highlights and I've not been watching him intently. So I've no real opinion on him. He is exciting at times. Looks a good player.
There have not been too many hugely successful Italian imports into the epl, i'm not sure why that is. Like the English players they tend to stay at home more often than not.

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12 May 2020 19:09:49
Im disagreeing that its loads of people. it was a couple that's all. I don't think that's the overwhelming feeling.

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12 May 2020 14:53:14
Im not arguing with you other than i'm not sure that its lots of people that are saying that.
As a club we have paid and will always pay over the odds for some players.
Its a fine balance of getting value and getting the right player.
In the past we only had to buy 1 or 2 players to compliment a great squad successful winning squad so paying over the odds for 1 big player was palatable but now the money has got so much bigger and we need 3 4 or 5 players to compete so busting the budget on 1 player will probably not have the desired affect. Liverpool are now at that point. They don't need as many players so can pay big money on 1. It will take a while to rebuild yet again.
So perhaps that's where people are coming from.
Personally i think we need 3 or 4 starters and if we buy sancho we won't get them as there is so much going on him. If we don't get the balance right i would have a concern that sancho would come but because of other deficiencies in the team that he won't be enough to move is forward.
A lot will depend on cl qualification which is by no means certain.
A lot will depend on budget for transfers
A lot will depend on getting others sold and freeing up space.
Matic looks set to stay
Pogba will he stay or go? This will have an impact in the budget for sure.
Rojo jones smalling lingard are likely to move on but I'm not sure they well generate big money so perhaps with the changing landscape we will Neff to be more creative and open to player swaps if its possible.
Like so much else in today's world so much is up in the air.

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12 May 2020 12:40:23
I agree jred that would be my choice also to get sancho. But if the numbers are not workable from our point of view i would look for an alternative.
Mumbles doesn't think he is worth the money being asked, valid opinion and slunky feels that sancho is not the best option again a valid opinion.
Im not sure anybody is saying buy sancho at all costs but i think most would agree that if he is affordable them he would be the best option. some don't think so which is their prerogative.
Ed002 said the deal is upwards of 200m it seems to be very expensive. His agent has demanded a fee in the region of 50m and unless he reduces his ask substantially then i'd say the deal is dead in the water sadly. I can't see us paying the agent that sum ire anything close to it.
He won't sign unless we have cl football according to reports either if that's the case it doesn't bode well.
Id really like him but if the numbers don't work them we will have to look elsewhere.

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26 May 2020 18:29:08
Greenwood is not a rw solution imo.
Im very hopeful he will be our 1st choice cf within 18 months. Huge potential.
Unless we sign a couple of new midfielders we are not likely to dominate possession too often dlib. We have not done that much all season and don't have players in midfield that are designed to keep possession. Nor is our team set up to dominate possession which is fine as long as we are effective women when we have possession.
Bruno fred mctom and pogba all lose the ball a lot and give up possession consistently.

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24 May 2020 21:26:28
There are so many things i miss more than football.
Im very relaxed about it. It will start when its safe to do so. Mid to End of June looks likely with a September start for next season.
If that's pushed out so be it. I don't see the epl not trying to restart when Spain and Italy have been able to.

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22 May 2020 15:04:28
There are way too many professional clubs imo. There is no way they call all be sustainable going forward they were not even sustainable really in the past. Many clubs limping from season to season. Losing money.
They will need to cut their cloth accordingly like any other sustainable business.
Perhaps semi pro is the way to go for some and others will just close i'd imagine.

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20 May 2020 15:58:02
Jred he took over a squad that finished 2nd the season before. You said it was a great squad. And that the precious manager was under performing. But now you say it was a mess.
I would argue that the squad was poor and the previous manager over performed in finishing 2nd and winning 2 cups and losing a final.

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19 May 2020 23:46:13
Ole is in the job 18 months or so.
He had an incredible first 3 months then a really poor 3 months to finish the season with no cl qualification
Then this season he had a very poor 1st 3 or 4 months followed by a good 2 or 3 months.
His signings have all been pretty good to very good. In fact arguably our best players which shows the state of the squad he took over.
I don't think he is a top coach he is learning on the job and failing more often than succeeding.
That said there has been improvement since bruno signed.
I think there are any number of managers who could do better but ole has the job for the moment and that's the way it is so all we can do is wait and see.
I found our play very negative predictable and uninspiring until bruno signed but it has improved since he came. We were on a decent run and still in 2 cups while hovering around 4th spot.
Not good enough but like the OP stated there was some obvious progression. There was more energy and effort from our midfield albeit not much invention until bruno arrived.
I don't think martial is the right cf i'm hopeful that greenwood will step out of his shadow over the next 12 months and a good rw would help no end.
We have 4 good full back options good keeping options. Cb pairing is not yet solid but options to get a good combination exist on paper at least.
Midfield is a bit of a mish mash.
Pogba will he be let go? Will we get a deal we find acceptable? What happens if we dont? Will we trigger his extension? Will he sign a new contract? Too many questions and too few answers. My view is sell him.
Mctom. Improving all the time.
Fred. Improved in leaps and bounds.
Matic still our best dedicated dm but is on the wane.
Ideal for me would be a new established dm and pogba out saul in.
Leaving midfield options of
New dm saul bruno matic fred mctom.
Attack has 1 obvious glaring weakness that's rw.
Left rash / james
Rw james / mata / lingard
St martial / greenwood
Ideally sell lingard sign ighalo and rw sancho
In the current circumstances and uncertainty surrounding everything a summer of
Ighalo sancho saul and a dm (party or ndiddi ) is too much to hope for but for me that's the ideal.
Jones rojo lingard andreas pogba sold.
Smalling possibly staying.
That would give ole a squad to compare with any for strength in depth. And a 1st 11 capable of competing with any. It would give ole a 8 of his own players in a starting 11.
Its a squad he could have no excuses with.
Does he have the tactical nous? The coaching ability? The managerial skills to drive a squad like that to the title?
Time will tell.
That squad above along with a cb if an effective combination can't be found is as good player and talent wise as liverpool or city imo. So after that its up to the coach.
I don't buy into this we are out of it for years.
The wrong coach had us ahead of Liverpool 2 seasons ago. By the end of the summer i'm guessing ole will have 7 or 8 new signings of his own a spend in the region of 400m more than any other manager in our history.
There can be no excuses if he gets 3 more this summer.

ken