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22 Nov 2020 23:43:25
If there are any legs in the press stories about Juve wanting Pogba and Inter wanting to swap Fred with Ericsson I would be up for that. Then I would go all out to get Declan Rice to be the new Matic.

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{Ed002's Note - (a) They might be interested at the right price. (b) Inter want Eriksen moved on as soon as possible, preferably in January. If Manchester United were interested it would be as a Bruno Fernandes replacement.}

23 Nov 2020 10:19:05
Last year I was hoping United would sign Eriksen as we need an attacking midfielder. However, Bruno is our best player by a mile and VDB (while not getting much game time so far) is a great replacement for him as well as others in our midfield.

I'd much rather see us sign a defensive midfielder who is an improvement on Fred and Matic. The issue is we have too many players already so adding to that would be a problem.

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23 Nov 2020 10:27:36
What happened with Eriksen Ed? Seems to have lost his way?

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{Ed002's Note - It has not worked out and he is not a natural fit in the side and has asked to leave.}

23 Nov 2020 11:24:25
I like Eriksson. But now with bruno they fill the same role essentially so no need to go for him now.
Although there could all be clubs in for bruno soon enough and he may well get tempted to leave so maybe not a futile link.

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23 Nov 2020 11:31:24
Not to sound too cryptic Ed but do we need to be looking at Bruno Fernandes replacements?

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{Ed002's Note - It is not a position Manchester United are looking to add to right now as far as I understand.}

23 Nov 2020 11:34:44
Ed002 that is probably the second or third time you have mentioned a player being a Bruno Fernandes replacement. Is something going on with Bruno behind the scenes with him may be leaving the club soon?

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{Ed002's Note - People keep asking about AM players who would be first choice - the only way that would work is if BF were moving on.}

23 Nov 2020 12:00:09
Ah ok, understood. Thanks Ed.

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23 Nov 2020 12:39:45
Grass isn't always greener Eric79.

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23 Nov 2020 21:06:54
I’d Eriksen for Pogba.

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24 Nov 2020 00:46:36
Thanks Ed 02 for your reply. Could not Bruno and Ericsson work together a bit like De Bruyne and Silva did for City?

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{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely.}

22 Nov 2020 12:20:18
Hi ed 002
There are several reports recently that Manchester United are showing interest in Evertons DOF Marcel Brands.
Do you know if there is any truth in this? His contract with Everton expires at the end of the season.
In your opinion would he be a good candidate and do you think he would get the structure he would like?
Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Brands has a contract ending next year and much will depend how he feels after now being allowed greater control over at least the first team this season. He would be a great DoF but needs way more than Manchetser United would ever offer as he would want to instill the same approach and discipline throughout the club easing the process of bringing players through. It seems unlikely it would be viable.}

22 Nov 2020 13:19:22
Thanks ed002. Appreciate the switch response.

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15 Nov 2020 08:06:53
Reading interesting snippets re Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar are becoming of interest to United after they have hinted as to their time in Holland possibly coming to an end. Okay it is in the Mail but being picked up by other outlets as well. Any comments or observations from Ed's? I would love for it to be true.

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{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what "are becoming of interest to United" means. It is no secret that the pair may look for an interesting option next summer of the one after but I don't see how Manchester United would come in to this.}

15 Nov 2020 19:49:27
Nor me Ed002. I was quoting and hoped you might be able to throw light upon it.

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15 Nov 2020 00:32:29
Any update on Dean Hendersons future? I think 002 mentioned something a while back about another loan and a possible exit.

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{Ed002's Note - He signed a new contract and much will depend on what happens next summer with David De Gea and there might well be an offer from a Premier League side to think about. It is early days yet.}

15 Nov 2020 15:23:47
Thanks for that ed. be a shame to see him leave as he is showing all the right signs so far. Is there interest in de gea or is it still early days too?

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{Ed002's Note - No, there is no interest in him.}

15 Nov 2020 08:46:30
Being reported that Alex Telles tested positive for C.V. again yesterday Saturday 14th) .

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14 Nov 2020 03:00:55
Looks like we might be looking at David Carmo from Braga. A young tall left sided ball playing CB who seems to be strong, good in the air and most important left footed. The only worry being he seems to be lacking the pace.

Few reports of an agreement already in place to sign him in January. Do the Ed's know anything about this?

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{Ed002's Note - I would need to check. My notes are scant. David Carmo (CB) Fiorentina remain keen. Milan enquired last summer but decided he wasn't versatile enough. Roma had an offer rejected last summer.}

14 Nov 2020 13:25:01
Thanks Ed002.

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13 Nov 2020 17:14:16
I've heard a rumour that United and Juventus have/ are exploring the idea of a Pogba/ Dybala swap either in January or next summer.

Dybala's wage demands are beyond what Juventus are prepared/ able to pay him and the stalemate over a possible new deal means they will have to sell by next summer at the latest to avoid possibly losing him on a free in 2022.

While Pogba's position at United has been clear for a long time. He wants to leave, but the club have blocked a move as they would need to sell for less than they paid and they don't want to lose face. However, the club have now got themselves in the stupid position of not being able to sell him due to the activation on the one year extension and they cannot "profitieer" from that extension. Meaning they keep an unhappy player for the next 18 months then lose him for nothing, they offer him a new massive deal and pay a player far more than he's worth and throw the wage structure into disarray, or they find a solution where he leaves and the club save face.

So, I was wondering is a Pogba/ Dybala swap even possible?

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13 Nov 2020 17:39:25
Shappy they can sell him next summer or in Jan.

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13 Nov 2020 17:58:53
Dybala is a good player for sure but plays mainly as a second striker. Is that the position we really need to reinforce the most? Feels like we'd go for him due to convenience rather than extensively scouted him etc and he be right for the team. Mishandling Pogba will lose us some serious cash ultimately. If we were going to swap Pogba for anyone at Juventus though I'd be targeting Matthijs de Ligt. At least then that's moving on a known problem for a potential solution (to our CB issue) .

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13 Nov 2020 19:06:14
We already have too many Ams in Vdb, Bruno and Pogba why would we swap Pogba for Dybala. It would be like the dumbest thing to do.

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14 Nov 2020 07:30:07
I think dybala could suit an interchanging front 3 system but yeah I would worry about him wanting to play the Bruno role. In an ideal world we’d just sell pogba, we have no use for him. He cannot play in a team with Bruno in my eyes as they occupy the same spaces and Bruno is much more reliable and had shown more in less than a year than pogba has since he returned. For me I would sell him and bring in a quality DM. Ideal would be Saul as he can play the deeper role but I think if we were to go down the purely defensive minded midfielder we couldn’t go wrong with Zakaria. Saying that Partey certainly looks the real deal atm.

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14 Nov 2020 07:41:57
He isn't AM Singh, he is, as Halesini said, a second striker. It could mean a change of formation, and playing with two forwards.

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14 Nov 2020 13:44:26
Always thought he’d be a great option at RF.

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14 Nov 2020 14:10:14
Ken, my understanding is that as United triggered the one year extension in Pogba's contact (which would have been up next summer 2021) to last until 2022. That means any money from any sale would go to Pogba unless some sort of agreement can be reached between United and Pogba to circumvent the "profiteering" regulations.
i. e. the club can't activate the one year extension just to make money from his sale.

While Dybala wouldn't be my first choice option, I could see him working well in a two man front line if the management decided to go with a 41212 or 3512 shape full time with the squad.

I've heard that it is an option both club's are exploring to save face/ get a player they want/ avoid losing key players for free.

Personally I'd have sold Pogba last summer, and brought in Bruno a few months earlier.

Ideally I think we need a left sided CB partner for Maguire (as we are unlikely to drop a 80m player who is the club captain) . Getting a left sided CB means Maguire can be pushed over to the right hand side and get a little more protection from AWB.

A CDM to replace Matic long term, who struggles to play 2 games a week over a whole season. I really like McTominay, but I don't think he is a natural holding player. He best attribute is his running power and ability to move box to box, neither of which is used as a holding midfielder. While his passing range is limited, especially his long range passing accuracy, and his defensive reading of the game is average. Although he is strong in defensive duels. While Fred I'm not sure what his best role is. He isn't great creatively, his passing and first touch are erratic, he is terrible in the holding role. He is at his best as an annoying buzzing player, getting in the face of the opposition and winning the ball back then playing short, simple passes. However, I feel to really get the best out of him you would need BOTH a deeplying playmaker AND a No.10. either way, we seriously lack a natural holding CDM to cover/ replace Matic.

Then obviously we need a RW, it was meant to be Sancho. Whether that ship has sailed remains to be seen. Yet next summer we will likely have to compete with at least one of Liverpool, Chelsea, City, PSG, Real Madrid or even Barcelona for his signature. Meaning that he will likely cost more than what we weren't willing to pay this summer.

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14 Nov 2020 16:32:08
People keep saying that, but is that really the case Shappy? Sancho wants to go to England, which would leave 4 teams in the race. Chelsea already has a lot of atackers, and if he choose Liverpool, he would be 2nd choice. He won't go back to City. PSG might be an option, but I think that's highly unlikely. Real has different targets in Mbappe, Haaland and the player from Ren (forgot his name) . Barcelona has no money, unless they sell some of their expensive players. Back to Liverpool, as I think they could be an option, if Salah leaves.

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14 Nov 2020 17:18:28
Trololo, Salah might leave Liverpool next summer so Sancho could be the replacement.
City might have a new manager and could look for a big name signing for the manager and could look to Sancho.
PSG might lose either Mbappe or Neymar and would look for a top signing to replace either of them.
Real Madrid have been approached by his agent and could easily switch their focus to him if they can't get other targets.
Barcelona might be looking for a replacement for Messi and Sancho could be the ideal player.
Chelsea are less likely to get involved, but do have a previous interest.

I doubt ALL of those sides would be interested, but if even ONE of them are then we immediately face competition for him which we didn't have this year. While the likelihood that NONE of them would show an interest is slim at best.

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14 Nov 2020 20:39:32
Considering we keep playing juan mata right wing and let him drift infield and link up with other attackers, it isn't outside the realm of possibilities that dybala could do a similar sort of role.

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15 Nov 2020 01:07:46
We might as well swap him with cash. The guys is the modern day Carlton Palmer.

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15 Nov 2020 01:16:40
Sure Shappy, we both got our opinions about that possible transfer, but you made it look like every club out there is going to fight for Sancho. There is no chance that every club you mentioned will be interested in him. Liverpool could easily be the only contender.

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15 Nov 2020 05:42:41
Dybala has a fantastic left foot and can easily play on the right side of a front three.

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15 Nov 2020 10:31:27
Trololo, I'm not sure I did.

"Yet next summer we will likely have to compete with at least one of Liverpool, Chelsea, City, PSG, Real Madrid or even Barcelona for his signature. "

That's what Is said in my post. Where I clearly say "likely" and "at least one of".

I haven't said anyone would definitely be in for him, just that several other clubs are likely to hold an interest.

Personally I think the deal is dead. If we weren't prepared to pay what Dortmund wanted this year then why would we pay it next year?

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{Ed002's Note - Juventus are already in discussions with another side over Dybala as clubs are making an effort to agree transfers as early as possible. An exchange for Pogba is not something that has been discussed and there remains the issue of a renewed contract if Dybala were to drop his insistance on a particular clause in his contract.}

15 Nov 2020 11:35:57
Cheers Ed002, that puts that to bed.

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15 Nov 2020 22:42:19
Sorry, I read it in that manner. Yes, we wouldn't pay that amount, but neither did anyone else. Obviously the price was too high. As much as I'd like to see Sancho playing for United, it shouldn't happen at that price.
And virus is still active, I doubt much will change until summer, concerning other clubs (and Uniteds) budget.

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11 Nov 2020 17:14:00
Is there any update the Eds / fellow posters could provide re January window or future transfer plans? Given we have Diallo arriving in Jan I cannot see us in for Sancho again. We are still crying out for a CB and in my view a CF in this team but not expecting any movement at all in January.

I appreciate Greenwood is the longer term centre forward option and he will get plenty of opportunities this season in all of the front 3 positions. Current press about his attitude etc is more likely just to sell papers and I am aware he's had a close friend pass away. Greenwood will come good I've no doubt about it though not perhaps ready as first choice just yet?

I would prefer Rashford up top to Martial in all honesty and clearly Cavani was a bit of a panic buy late in the day. Albeit he's been a class player in his time. He like the lesser-spotted Ighalo is the wrong side of 30 though and I do think our team could be transformed with a class centre forward. Martial is just to in and out for me.

I strongly suspect the chequebook will be closed until next season and possibly it be a new manager looking to call the shots then. Ole still on borrowed time for me despite the Everton win. It was after all 'just' winning a must win game. And they are kinda all must-win now.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated as always and hope everyone is enduring Lockdown Part Deux as best they can.

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{Ed002's Note - Assuming Diallo arrives he won’t be for the first team.}

11 Nov 2020 18:33:52
Having spent £25m of our precious coin on Diallo and Pellistri combined (though paper quotes suggest that as high as £40m) I had mistakenly assumed one, Diallo presumably, would have been earmarked to integrate into the first team. I appreciate we, as all teams are doing, are buying up a lot of younger prospects at the moment though.

Does Diallo still have a work permit issue Ed? I am conscious he looks to have had a name change from Traore which doesn't strike me as a good sign!

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{Ed002's Note - There is an ongoing investigation due to rule in December.}

11 Nov 2020 23:06:37
Thanks Ed. Very helpful.

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