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13 Oct 2017 11:11:27
Ed002 can i ask you if manchester united have a serious interest in signing danny rose? And if so do you think a move would be possible in jan?
It would be pretty high risk imo as he has not played since last jan and had a knee op in may i think. a really good player at his best but can he recapture that form? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - Yes Ken, Manchester United are very keen on Danny Rose and would like a deal in January - whether or not Spurs will be open to that I don't know at this time, but for the right deal I suspect they may be.}

1.) 13 Oct 2017 12:46:10
Thanks ed.

2.) 13 Oct 2017 14:18:12
Does that mean Mourinho has given up on shaw or atleast he doesn't see the improvement in him which he expected.

{Ed002's Note - I would not read anything like that in to the interest Singh.}

3.) 13 Oct 2017 16:40:28
Jose does like two good players in each position. And maybe he feels a challenge might spark him into life.

4.) 14 Oct 2017 07:33:28
Oh okay thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - Remember in the summer Rose was injured so it makes sense to look again. The other two he likes are young - Aaron Martin from Espanyol (be a giant step up) and Kieran Tierney (not available).}

5.) 14 Oct 2017 08:33:17
What about Tierney at Celtic ed? Is there any interest there?

{Ed002's Note - A number of clubs have shown interest including MU, but he is not the target.}

6.) 14 Oct 2017 15:39:55
Manchester United will stick with what hey have defensively as I've heard, rose will Be too costly and Tierney is waiting for his preferred club as o have heard, but who knows money talks.

7.) 14 Oct 2017 14:25:19
Sorry ed. The post above Tierney wasn't there when I asked the question.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}



03 Oct 2017 21:35:05
For the way jose sets up his team a player of his type is fundamental to the set up. There are not many better players of his type anywhere. casimeriro at mafrid is another.

Its a role very under valued by many its only when you see a player playing the role as well as matic plays it that you appeeciate what it can bring to a team.
I think he has been great so far. He is one of the real specialists in the squad where we don't have a direct replacement in the squad. Carrick is the closest i suppose but he is not as aggresive. I have seen it mentioned here that TFM might be his understudy I the long-term.

In his role he is one of the best in the world so in todays market we got him at a great price.


1.) 04 Oct 2017 10:38:15
Great player. I can't understand why Chelsea let him go. and Mata.
And kevin d. b. why the left him go.
That's 3 players that would make Chelsea favourites for the title.

{Ed002's Note - Matic wanted to leave and Chelsea are not a club to stand in the way of a player leaving should an acceptable offer be made. Mata was not wanted by Mourinho because he did not see him doing what was asked of him on the defensive side - so they moved him on. de Bruyne acted like a petulent child and whined a lot - and wanted guarantees of first team football which Chelsea don't give. There was a very good offer and they moved him on.}

2.) 04 Oct 2017 11:14:13
Cheers ed. understandable reasons.



12 Sep 2017 13:28:15
Is it true that martial is not in the squad for tonight's game? Seems odd.


1.) 12 Sep 2017 13:45:53
Seems odd too, unless he is getting rested for the next premier league game.

2.) 12 Sep 2017 13:50:01
Yeah been wanting to find out. His name doesn't seem to be in the list?

3.) 12 Sep 2017 13:56:16

4.) 12 Sep 2017 15:10:36
No report of an injury yet jred. My fear for martial at the beginning of this season was that he would be the odd man out when all were available and that he wouldn't get the game time he needs to progress. Its early days but 119mins of football over 5 games despite his decent form speaks volumes. The lad needs game time I'm not sure he will get enough under jose when all are fit.
Maybe he is being held back for the weekend if the reports of him not playing tonight are true. If not it begs the question does jose fancy him? He has done well coming off the bench even if he didn't excel In the game he started.

5.) 12 Sep 2017 15:51:18
I think he will be fine, going to be a top player .
Been involved in every game this season and scored 2 goals .

6.) 12 Sep 2017 17:24:48
I think he looks our most dangerous player to be honest, very quick and direct. He should get plenty of game time. I'll be very dissapointed if he's phased out.

7.) 12 Sep 2017 18:42:57
He's in the starting 11?

8.) 12 Sep 2017 18:53:32
Strange. Not in the squad but starting.

9.) 12 Sep 2017 19:02:04
One reporter started a story about him not arriving with the other players and it escalated from there. A New Ed has joined the ranks and he posted a piece about how stories are made up for click bate interesting read.

10.) 12 Sep 2017 19:25:05
Strong attacking lime up. New back 4. Can't wait.

{Ed004's Note - Looks like the resting of Valencia has started earlier this year}



05 Jul 2017 23:59:19
Hi ed002. Can i ask you if united are actually attempting to sign both moratta and lukaku as some press reports are suggesting?


{Ed002's Note - I have made no secret of Manchester United's interest in both players. I am not aware that anything has changed and they are still keen on both Ken.}

1.) 06 Jul 2017 09:08:24
I believe we need 2 strikers if Rooney is off and with the rash and martial playing out wide mostly.

I would prefer us to not get a winger and buy both morata and lukaku.

2.) 06 Jul 2017 09:16:31
I hope we are interested in both especially since the Griezeman option was taken away. I would like to think that Belotti is also still being considered, we do not score enough goals. Whatever people think of him, Lukaku is a proven scorer in the EPL and I know some criticise his record against the 'top' club's, but last season it was our inability to beat the so called lesser clubs that cost us dear.
I've also seen some comments saying that Lukaku won't help us beat Europe's best, I don't see that as an issue at the moment. Let's get back to competing for the EPL and being the best team in England first, if we can achieve that then we will be more appealing to the very top players. Some players will want to play for us because of our history but most of the top players want to be competing to win leagues and the CL.
Since Fergie left we have struggled to compete, so first and foremost let's concentrate on seriously competing for the EPL, the rest will follow.

3.) 06 Jul 2017 09:44:22
I don't get the hate on lukaku the guy has scored 85 goals in 176 games (or around) and that's playing for Westbrom Everton on loan and Everton permantly.

Scoring that amount of goals for teams who you don't class as the big clubs speaks for itself.

We created a sack full last season but just couldn't finish.

Lukaku would be the number one choice for the striker option.

{Ed025's Note - romelu is an excellent goal scorer bolger, if united do get him then im sure he will score a hat full of goals, not the hardest worker and his first touch not the greatest but if you want the ball putting in the net..then he,s your man..

4.) 06 Jul 2017 12:02:52
Thanks ed002 i was wondering was it both or one or the other. Much appreciated. K.



30 May 2017 09:16:38
Whilst traveling this morning I got to catch up with all the usual click bait and transfer gossip.
Here is a summary most of which is probably madness.
United are willing listen to offers for martial
United are trying to sign either rose or mendy for left back
Perisic has agreed terms on offer but united are about 15m short of inters valuation so no deal agreed.
Herrera will not go to Barca
Jose more confident than ever of keeping ddg
Greizman might come might not might stay might not stay aaaaaaggggghhhh annoying already
Smalling will be sold
Jose wants lindelof and Keane
Everton are not sure about investing what's required on Rooney so mis or China might be his best options
So it's all as clear as mud. I'm sue by the times I'm traveling home tonight there will be another wave of possibilities.


1.) 30 May 2017 09:38:24
It's all smoke the club want neymar.

2.) 30 May 2017 09:58:41

You forgot about Fabinho done deal apparently ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Also I don't think we will see Griezmann in a MU shirt next season.

3.) 30 May 2017 11:25:55
Dave he is The of signing i'd prioritise. Super player. Exactly what we have been missing for a while now. i'd snap him up in a heartbeat.

4.) 30 May 2017 12:43:35
I've heard that the club are heavily investing in time travel and cloning technologies although Jose wants Ardiles whilst Ed prefers Maradona.

Also Sylvester Stallone is ready to become the new keeper.

5.) 30 May 2017 12:39:29
What About Sniejder and Gaitan. That normally comes out of the woodwork by now.

6.) 30 May 2017 13:48:44

If that was the case then city would have already signed both of them, their technology is miles ahead of ours and thy have already signed all of the best players we could have got.




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10 Oct 2017 16:19:44
We are just entering into a tough 4 game spell all away from home. Suddenly we look a little light in midfield with 2 out. Hope carrick can be an option he was injured not sure of how that is.
3 wins and a draw from these 4 away games would be a great return.
On a side note good luck to toni v tonight and equador in their quest to knock argentina out of the world cup. That would be a huge shock a wc without messi dybala aguero di maria etc etc. i'm not sure it would devalue the wc in anyway either.


1.) 11 Oct 2017 04:28:21
Watching Messi last night I'm sure it would devalue the wc the lads a genius.

2.) 11 Oct 2017 16:55:42
He's certainly the greatest player of my generation, Jred. Not sure how people have disagreed with you.



03 Oct 2017 21:59:56
I know its a 12 days away but who would everybody kike to see play left back against Liverpool?
Salah is a big threat in behind.
If we play a flat 4 i would like to see young there.
Even if he does play 3 cbs i'd still like to see young as the left wingback.
Martial will be well rested with no intl football so i expect hin to be starting too.
I suppose that at this point all we can hope for is that all the players come back with a clean bill of health and not having played 180 mins and are knackered. Hopefully pogba will be the only player unavailable.
The opportunity to go 10 pints clear of them after 8 games is one i'm sure jose will want to take.


1.) 03 Oct 2017 22:37:09
I can't see him playing Blind there with his pace. I think it will be a back four of Young Smalling Bailly Valencia. All four are pretty quick.

I think mourinho will play with them sat back. Playing a high line would be suicide.

2.) 03 Oct 2017 23:25:26
Yeah, if Shaw isn't match fit, and Blind's lack of pace an issue, it really has to be Younf, doesn't it? I know Darmian can play there, and I like his wily, sometimes underhand Italian style of defending, but Young has rarely put a foot wrong since he came back, so he has to be the one.

3.) 03 Oct 2017 23:34:57
On recent evidence it has to be young, but there is a chance he'll go Darmian for a more defensive setup, which I would hate by the way.

We can hurt their dodgy defence if we take it to them, I just hope we actually do that rather than revert to any negative tactics. For me the measure of a United side is how we set out at anfield and the etihad. Both games last season were slightly embarrassing so I hope we can apply our new found confidence this year.

4.) 04 Oct 2017 09:19:15
I think quite differently, I feel with Salah you need a proper defender. Having someone who is quick such as Young isn't going to help much unless he is a savvy defender as well. Salah is quicker than Young too, so Young's recovery pace isn't going to be enough is Salah gets in behind him.

I've watched nearly every game over the last few years and I can't remember Blind ever really letting us down defensively, sure in his first year he was a little shakey at times. Particularly in midfield. But I've seen him play against Lukaku and keep him in his back pocket when everyone said he would be bullied by the Belgian. I've seen him up against players such as Walker or Sterling when the precieved idea was he would be done for pace and yet he snuffed them out completely.

Against Liverpool I feel we should go with either Blind or Darmian at LB. Someone who first and foremost knows how to defend properly. Blind would be my choice as I feel his passing from deep could set off quick counters against Liverpool who like to play a high line and don't have the best recovery pace. With players like Lukaku, Rashford and Martial we need players with the ability to play quick accurate passing over the top and in behind. Blind for me does this far better than Young or Darmian, and he is a better defender than Young.

For me Darmian is the guy you turn to purely for a defensive full back, Young is your quick offensive full back who can get in behind and get accurate crosses into the box and Blind is solid defensively with a great football brain and the technical ability to play passes out from the back.

For me Blind should probably be our first choice LB this season with Young and Darmian pitching in from time to time. Hopefully Shaw gets a chance to prove himself and he takes it. If not then we need to look for a new LB next summer.

5.) 04 Oct 2017 10:30:00
Agree Shappy that Blind is a 'happy medium' between young and darmian in terms of attacking v defending, but that is pretty strong praise for Blind as a left back.

Don't get me wrong I've always liked him and for me he did a sterling job at centre half, but his performances at left back this season have been pretty ordinary. Still I'd agree with you he'd probably the sensible choice (I do not want to start Darmian) .
It's all relative though as LB is a real weakness of a positIon for us whoever plays.

What I do not want to see at anfield is our wide attackers playing as auxiliary full backs!
The most insurance I want to see is Herrera in as an extra midfielder, possibly in for Mata. Though a back three is also a distinct possibility from Jose for this game.

6.) 04 Oct 2017 11:36:19
I disagree Shappy. I understand your arguments but Blind and Darmian offer very little from full back and I think both have been outshone by Young this season.

Young has a good football brain but he also more dynamic and mobile. I think he plays with well controlled aggression and offers us much more fluidity on the left than the other two.

On top of that he is the only player we have who can put in a decent cross and we have seen what a difference that makes.

Hopefully Jones will be fit because his pace and tackling will be useful to support Young against Mane.

7.) 04 Oct 2017 11:42:14
Rave, I don't think I've over egged it by saying I can't remember Blind letting us down. I'm sure he has made mistakes in games as everyone does, but I can't remember any that have cost us points.

He is a solid steady eddy, like O'Shea before hand. Someone who doesn't let you down, but you know you could get a better player in that position. But until we sign a better left back I see Blind as the best person for that position within our squad.

8.) 04 Oct 2017 13:08:17
Darmian will play in games like this as he's a defensive full back. Young will play in games like Palace as he's more attacking we won't be expecting to defend too much. I foresee Darmian in this game and a new player in the summer.

9.) 04 Oct 2017 16:48:25
Young's crossing could be a deciding factor. Especially with big target men.

10.) 04 Oct 2017 17:01:22
Nah Shappy, I'm not having that. I have no problem with Blind; like you say he is a consistantly solid and dependable player. Good to have in the squad but has nowhere near enough mobility which really restricts his influence from that position (bar a few wonder passes such as to Van Persie in the WC) .

In the few games this season where Young has played we have looked a lot better. I think he combines well with Rashford both going forward and defending.

I don't think we should go all out at Liverpool, my view is we would be better soaking up pressure then getting at them on the break. If we agree it would be foolish to leave Liverpool space in behind, I think Young is perfectly capable at keeping the team's shape and defending deep. In fact it seems to me he is more of a leader and organiser than Blind or Darmian plus he's definately better at breaking forward.

11.) 04 Oct 2017 17:20:50
I'll bring my boots and take one for the team. A Mane style challenge, going for the ball of course.

12.) 04 Oct 2017 17:40:53
Mancman, Young has made us look much better going forward. But that should be a given with him being an offensive player by nature. But his tendency to push forward leaves space in behind him. You have to consider that as yet we haven't played a top side, so he hasn't been tested defensively yet. Liverpool were the better team against City until the sending off. It will be a tough match, Mane and Salah as well as Coutinho. We will need to be tight defensively.
That's why for me, playing Blind who will tuck in on the left and provide an extra body in the box is vital. We cannot afford to have two adventurous full backs against Liverpool's attack. Bare in mind both Valencia and Young have spent most of their careers as wingers. To play both of them is to go into a match against one of the best attacks in the league with only two natural defenders. I don't think that will end well. Liverpool always up their game against us. For me we should go with a back four of Valencia, Bailly, Jones and Blind. Otherwise we would be playing into Liverpool's hands and expose our flanks.

13.) 04 Oct 2017 19:20:15
Consider yourself told mancman. You will just have to wait for sat week to be proven right๐Ÿ˜.

14.) 05 Oct 2017 08:58:22
I don't think I've been told anything Ken. Shappy and I agree it would be better not to leave Liverpool space in behind on the flanks.

My solution to that is for the whole team to play deep and compact.

I just think because Young is more mobile and skilful than Blind he would be better when we do gain possession and can break on Liverpool. His combinations with Rashford on the left are a good attacking outlet. I also think Young has a good football brain and will be able to follow instructions if he is told to be sit more than usual.

I would actually rather play with Young at LB and Darmian at RB if you want one of the full backs to be more defensive. At least if Young gets forward he can put in a decent cross. Unlike Valencia where there is no point in him going forward anyway because nothing ever comes of it.



03 Oct 2017 21:43:07
I saw a report today that Jones was sent home from the England party injured. Is he likely to be fit for the Liverpool game does anybody know?
I think he has done really well and formed a good partnership with bailly so far this season. He has taken his chace well and has resoonded to the signing of lindelof really well and on the evidence so far rightly keeping him out of the team.




30 Sep 2017 17:46:16
3 more points 4 more goals and anther clean sheet. Super stuff.
After the intl break we face 4 away gsmes in a row
Liverpool, benfica, huddersfield and swansea in the league cup. Would anyone bet against 4 more wins?
Liverpool will be without doubt our most difficult game of the seadon with only a couple of days to prepare.
Im predicting a start for martial in that one as he will have no intl matches to play.
Beat them and we will be in great shape.
Well done to jose and all the players.


1.) 30 Sep 2017 19:57:28
If we beat Liverpool, I'd fully expect to win the next 3 games quite comfortably. We will be in some position.



28 Sep 2017 17:45:48
Ed001 i'd appreciate your opinio on my last post re ' world class players'


{Ed001's Note - ok mate I replied.}




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Thanks ed.




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07 Oct 2017 12:56:13
He was originally in the man city academy and now plays for valencia youth team. He is highly thought of by all accounts.




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03 Oct 2017 21:18:28
Correct oxford. But if he played in europa league he wouldn't be available. If arsenal intend selling him in jan they won't cup tie him i'd imagine as it decreases his value and would reduce the amount of possible suitors.




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24 Sep 2017 14:06:24
True ed. I thunk he is a class act. He does seem a little stale or de-motivated at aresenal.


{Ed001's Note - the whole team do at times look stale and demotivated.}



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24 Sep 2017 13:49:41
Ed001 amazing that anybody could label Oezil lazy. He id's always I the mice always showing for the ball. He breaks into the box well. Just because a player isn't flying into tackles every 2 mins doesn't mean he is lazy. I think he is a superb player technically excellent and tactically very astute. Not sure there is any truth in the reports of him wanting to go to united but it wouldn't shock me. I can see a couple of players looking to exit united in jan in search of games to make world cup squads and I'm sure there are a couole at united that would interest wenger so stranger things have happened.


{Ed001's Note - the problem with the English media is that they will look to drag down anyone. The guy was playing well so they couldn't criticise his ability, instead they had to pick at his workrate because it seems only players flying into 50/50s every few seconds are seen to be trying. It is incredible, he tracks back 50 yards in a game and the commentator completely ignores it, but they make a point of every moment he is not racing back 80 yards to throw himself into a tackle! They should be trying to see a balanced picture and look at what he does bring to the team as well as what he doesn't.}




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15 Oct 2017 15:24:07
Its what jose does in big games away from home. No surprise there. i'm disappointed with the approach i think most fans would be.
I expect to see more attacking intent in the home fixtures against the other ' big 5'




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14 Oct 2017 16:05:06
I agree with jred on this one to a large degree. I also fancied us to win today but when i saw the team it was obviius that there was no real attacking intent.
Liveroool are low on confidence but do have some very good players and have the best record against the top sides.
The manner of our approach was disappointing but not surprising. Its what jose has done for years.
Darmian is ponderous and negative in every respect but that's why he was picked today.
I think darmian had a negative effect on martial too as he offers no support and creates no space or time for anybody ahead of him.
Still in all a point at anfield is never the worst thing but the manner of our approach is hard to take on the back of our great start.




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13 Oct 2017 18:03:06
I expect us to win too AJH. We have seen over the years this game does not always go with form. I think there are players in our squad who still have a lot to prove. But the good thing is i think they know that and they want to take this chance to proove themselves. I expect high energy all action displays from everybody. And within all the hype and frantic nature of this game our attacking players must remain calm and make the most of whatever chances come their way.
This is an opporrunity to put 10 points between us and to keep the presure on city spurs and chelsea. A win at anfield will be a marker to them.
Keep the crowd quiet give them no encouragement.




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13 Oct 2017 10:55:43
Im with you guys. This is my favourite fixture of any season. The game i always most want us to win and never to lose. Great rivalry and i have great respect for their history and records if i had my way liverpool would be 2nd in every competition every year because if there is one thing better than liverpool losing its liveroool nearly winning then losing๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
That aside i think tomorrow is a huge game for both sides and could possibly be the spring board for the winners to really kick on for the next few matches. If we win and i do expect us to then we go 10 points clear of them. We then make all those people that say we haven't been tested take notice. It will top up the squads confidence and give us real mental strength going into the spurs and chelsea matches coming up.
If liverpool win they will come out of the slump be banging their hairy german chests and win a few games until their next inevitable mini slump. A draw would not be a bad result for either side.
I suspect that jose may go with 3 at the back.
Id prefer 4 and the set up that's been working but jose while i'm sure he believes we can win will approach it as a must not lose game firstly.
For me its all about couthino stop he and to a lesser extent salah then that's the attack nullified. Herrera may be asked to do a job on couts like he did on hazard before.
Their defence is poor particularly on the left so i expect toni v to exploit that and for either rash or martial to torment gomez or TAA.
Matic has to be at his aggresive best closing down spaces and tracking runners and i think lukaku will be like a beast tomorrow to show the world he can do it on the big occasion running channels closing down hold the ball up well and getting on the end of chances, his work rate tomoorow will show us if he is the real deal and wants to be the best.
Miki not traditionally great in the fastest paced games. The harum scarum games have not been his best. But he is playing with great confidence he will want to deliver tomorrow to prove that he can operate when everything is 100mph.
I can't wait.
Herrera and bailly need to show cool heads. Both can get a bit excitable at times. Tomorrow is about keeping cool heads under the most extreme pressure. Keep the crowd quiet for 1st 20 mins give them no encouragement.
Lose and its a crap weekend win and its like a bank holiday weekend.
All i want is for tbe players tomorrow to do themselves justice to give their all in every minute and to walk off the pitch with their heads held high and lukaku to be carring the match ball after his hat trick.




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12 Oct 2017 17:49:47
Cheers ed. Ill look forward to that one.


{Ed001's Note - glad to hear it mate. I look forward to learning more about these players while doing the research as well. I wish I had started doing these articles years ago now.}