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Team: Manchester United

Where from: Northen Ireland, county Derry/Londonderry

Favourite player: Cristiano Ronaldo

Best team moment: Going to the stadium of light to see united vs Sunderland and witness the debut of adnan.

Interests: Rugby, Football, Tennis, Formula 1 and school work.


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04 Oct 2020 16:00:15
Telles deal agreed- Ed spot on with the info on this one from the start. Thank you for sharing. Sancho next 😂 we can dream. No dan James today in the squad, wonder if something is going on there.


1.) 04 Oct 2020 16:15:08
with a late season start, i would not be surprised if United are thinking of holding out until January transfer window for Sancho which is only under 3 months away.

2.) 04 Oct 2020 18:48:39
Hope we don't get Sancho. No better than rashford. Goes missing in big games like pogba. German League easy in comparison to prem.

He dosent want United. Wouldn't give more than 60mil for him. Much better available for a fraction. Look at Rodriguez at Everton. Class.

3.) 04 Oct 2020 19:22:25
Pogba goes missing in every game he plays. Why the club never sold him is baffling.

4.) 04 Oct 2020 20:00:25
I don't remember the last game I saw Pogba playing like a real player. He's been missing for 2-3 years now.

5.) 04 Oct 2020 21:24:46
and yet they keep telling us he is world class.

6.) 04 Oct 2020 21:30:32
France in WC?

7.) 04 Oct 2020 21:41:35
Had he had a good game in a red shirt? Let’s not single out Pogba though. Since the restart they’ve all been awful which signals a much wider malaise.

8.) 04 Oct 2020 21:48:33
does not matter what players we give ole eric he takes them backwards.

9.) 04 Oct 2020 22:51:07
what a result for us in typical fashion it will probs kick the board into gear now and get who we need wldnt be surprised if we got sancho now absolute morons.

10.) 04 Oct 2020 23:22:43
Pogba had a great run when ole joined- but that was it. He was hardly in the team last season- time for Donny to start for me.

11.) 05 Oct 2020 07:49:14
Let’s hope Telles knows how to defend.



03 Oct 2020 17:20:19
We have apparently paid Facundo Pellistri's buy out clause of €10 million. He plays for penarol, 18 years old and apparently Forlan who I believe is there coach recommended him.


1.) 03 Oct 2020 17:33:22
He is one of three 18 year old wide forwards that we have been looking at, along with Filip Stevanovic and Amad Traore. I'm not sure if we are looking at signing more than one of them.

2.) 03 Oct 2020 17:42:02
Traore is moving to someone else in Italy, maybe Parma I think shappy (not sure if permanent or on loan)

3.) 03 Oct 2020 17:55:41
Correct ala traore caolan. However the Pellistri has some weight behind it, it’s said there’s a dispute that his club want to keep him for a loan despite the sale but we want him now.

4.) 03 Oct 2020 18:15:22
For LAN was sacked a month or so ago Caolan.

It was said that unlike Lyon we were willing to allow him to remain on loan for the rest of their season which meant a deal with us was favourable for Peñarol. I don't know if we've changed our stance on it.

5.) 03 Oct 2020 18:40:43
Yes Deependra he was sacked, but there’s also stories that he recommended him to us months ago.

6.) 03 Oct 2020 19:53:39
Forlan did recommend him to us Caolan.
Actually I wanted Forlan to be a success at Peñarol and one day lead us to a few titles. Right now that doesn't look that likely.

7.) 03 Oct 2020 19:59:04
Deependra any idea what Forlan is up to now? So gutted he never really worked out for us. Class player.

8.) 04 Oct 2020 05:40:04
He was sacked just a month ago Caolan so not much of note I would say.

You can give a listen to the latest Man Utd podcast mate. Forlan was the guest on it.

9.) 04 Oct 2020 08:23:34
The smart thimg to do now is sell james to leeds recoup some of our money and buy stevamovic I've not seem much of him but what i have he looks like he could be a steal he looks very technocally gifted unlike james and can play om the left so can cover rashford.

10.) 04 Oct 2020 12:53:43
I think cavarni deal is a no brainier, 2 year for our present front 3 to learn from a (past) world class striker.



27 Sep 2020 16:19:22
Some talk of Andreas going to Lazio on loan. Some places saying a loan with an obligation to buy and others saying an option to buy instead. Even seen 27 million euros quoted. Thought I'd share. Ed have you heard anything, I know you were saying we were looking to high a fee for him.


{Ed002's Note - Lazio and Benfica provide options.}

1.) 27 Sep 2020 18:20:53
Thanks Ed. Hopefully a busy week for the club with regards transfers.



30 Jul 2020 16:15:35
Some reports in Portugal today of Paulinho (from Leverkusen I think) to wolves, with Raul Jiminez coming to us? I saw sports witness translate a few reports.

Ed do we still hold any interest in Jiminez or is the just rubbish?


{Ed002's Note - He would be very expensive and who would he replace?}

1.) 30 Jul 2020 21:09:45
I think it's the striker Paulinho at Braga.

2.) 30 Jul 2020 21:27:00
Cheers Somerset. I’ve no idea Ed, thought it was a strange one. I think we were linked before ighalo which is why I asked but obviously ighalo is here until January now.

3.) 30 Jul 2020 22:47:29
Heard he is signing for Juventus (for a very high fee) .



31 May 2020 14:36:05
Looks like Igahlo's deal is being extended.


1.) 31 May 2020 17:02:49
Good news, has been impressive and gives us a different option.

2.) 31 May 2020 19:00:11
Very happy if he stays. Has shown enough to be given a longer stint and also maybe allows us to invest elsewhere in the team. Another overlooked point is that he seems good in the dressing room and has a real hunger to do well for us. Good news if true.




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20 Jan 2021 12:29:21
Ed, have you heard anything about Elanga's contract? I believe it's up in the summer? He seems a very promising player from what I've seen, great pace.


{Ed002's Note - I am not really the one to ask about contracts as I generally have to enquire to get an answer.}

1.) 20 Jan 2021 13:07:04
I don't know much about his contract, but we have just signed Diallo and Pellistri who play on the flanks.

2.) 20 Jan 2021 13:58:04
We also signed a Spanish winger from Atletico Madrid (Alejandro Garnacha), so that makes three young wingers signed between the ages of 16-18. Is there space for Elanga as well?

It's a fine balance between signing all the best young talent and being able to give those players the game time and chances they need to progress their careers. Nothing is more important to a young player than game time. If you're not playing then you're not learning.

3.) 20 Jan 2021 17:20:16
Thanks anyway Ed, appreciate the response.

As we know with this club there’s not the clearest pathways for these kids shappy.

4.) 20 Jan 2021 18:15:46
Garnacho is going to be a huge talent.

5.) 20 Jan 2021 18:06:05
Thanks for the info Ed_Shappy.



18 Jan 2021 09:23:12
Typical overreactions on here to yesterday's result. Were people expecting us to put 6 past Liverpool because of who was at centre back yesterday? These games are usually close and tight.

I thought the set up and performance was good. We defended very well, and a bit more quality up front with the final ball/ timing of the run could have seen us create quite a few chances. The two key men didn't perform (Bruno and Rashford) . We should have won that game, we had the two clearest chances by a mile.

Liverpool are still a superb team and if you go all out attack like many wanted, they would pick us off on the break.

Disappointed not to get the 3 points- that alone is a marker of progress if you ask me.



1.) 18 Jan 2021 09:39:14
If someone said at the start of the season we’d be top of the league mid-January I’d have laughed in their face.

Most people on here said at the start of the season our aim should be CL qualification and to close the points gap to Liverpool. We are exceeding that, with a favourable run of fixtures to come.

Rashford, Bruno and Martial were poor yesterday. Ole once again dithered over his substitutes. I’m sure he thinks his attacking subs are going to recreate 1999 every week.

But it’s a point in a game we could easily have lost. We defended brilliantly, however our attackers couldn’t take advantage of that platform they were given.

A lot is said about Liverpool’s defence but seem to forget we won the league playing John O’Shea and Rafael in midfield. Henderson and Fabinho are very good players and their presence in defence doesn’t nullify the threat of their forwards.

Personally I’d have taken a draw before kick off so can’t be too disappointed.

2.) 18 Jan 2021 09:52:48
No one wanted “all out attack” but do you think it was right to set with fear of what might happen?

3.) 18 Jan 2021 10:31:33
Couldn't agree more Caolan. I think a draw was a fair result based on the pattern of play for most of the game but we definitely had the better chances to win.

I was one of those people saying if we see a 10-15 point improvement in the league then that is a good indicator of progress the team are making. Despite this, at the start of the season I didn't think we would actually get many more points than last season. However, we are on course to end in the high 70's / early 80's for points which is great.

In my opinion there were far fewer issues in the game yesterday and in the defeat against City than there were in games we won earlier in the season against the likes of West Ham, WBA and Southampton. We missed some chances and were playing a good team. A point away to Liverpool is never a bad result for United and considering the difference between the two sides across the last few years, it definitely isn't now.

4.) 18 Jan 2021 10:33:15
Whilst I wish we had taken our chances, had pressed a bit more for a winner and can see clear floors in the game. I can't help but think this was quite a Sir Alex performance for these games.
Ensure we do not give them anything early, slowly build momentum and hit on the break. We had some chances that if one were put away we would have been saying what a great result.
Like I say, wish we had gone for it a bit more. but maybe to be expected.

5.) 18 Jan 2021 10:34:16
Red Man, personally I thought the set up was fine, and it was what I expected. You have to credit Liverpool for the first 30 mins where they dominated the game- we hung in there and came out unscathed. You have to expect that away to Liverpool (with or without fans) . Apart from the 2-1 win there under LVG, I struggle to recall a game at Anfield where we dominated first half.

After that I felt like we were dangerous and grew into the game. Our most influential attacking players didn't turn up Red Man, that is what cost us. We had chances, but the finish and final ball just wasn't there. If we won that game 1-0 we would be saying that it was a brilliant performance.

6.) 18 Jan 2021 11:13:02
Usually a point against Liverpool is a good result.
But yesterday imo was an opportunity missed by us.
Liverpool don't have VVD, the best CB on the planet. They also don't have their 2nd and 3rd choice CB's.

Unfortunately we didn't exploit their weakness.
Whenever we had a go at their defence, we created more clear cut chances.

Anyways it is a positive sign to see us aiming for higher standards .



09 Dec 2020 11:07:07
People may think I'm completely ole in blah blah blah. I've said many times I don't think he will deliver titles. Last night was on him. So my question is when he does get the road who is everyone's choice to replace him?

Personally I still think pochettino- he seems a good coach and a very likeable man. The lack of investment around his last couple of years meant it got a bit stale, we may not recruit well but we would give him some new players. I've seen people on here and on other platforms criticise his lack of trophies etc and say he's not that great. Personally I think he fits the principles of Manchester United.

The other option would be allegri imo but whether he would want to come after the previous shambles I don't know.

I think we have some cracking players who need taking to the next level. Looking at Bruno, Wan Bissaka, Rashford, Greenwood in particular with some good youth prospects to work with coming up. That needs to be a key for the next appointment.

Interested to hear everyone's thoughts- I doubt we will see w change before the end of the season but unless we get a couple of trophies this year then I feel the writing is on the wall- in reality it is stick or twist time.


1.) 09 Dec 2020 11:20:10
I feel Poch will have this team play better football.
Only few of the individuals in our team press the opposition. There seems to be a lack of proper coaching to play at a higher tempo.

2.) 09 Dec 2020 11:40:11
Nagelsmann is the only one I want. Give him whatever resources he wants and let him work his magic. Amazing coach and plays football the right way.

3.) 09 Dec 2020 12:10:35
Big red I like JN. I just think we struggle to get him out of Leipzig during the season, perhaps in the summer? But he seems to have his head screwed on and would want a lot of assurances regarding the future plans. I hate the word project.

4.) 09 Dec 2020 12:11:15
Big red ed the club don't give any manager the resources they want

We are always going to fail and be this once grest club

We won't win anything untill the structure ofnthe club is run by people who know what they are doing.

5.) 09 Dec 2020 12:13:23
Pochettino has two issues as a manager, and neither of them are his lack of trophies. You win trophies by doing things the right way, so his lack of trophies are at best a symptom of his issues as a manager rather than an actual problem itself.

Firstly, the issue is his poor recruitment, he inherited a good Spurs side, but none of his signings actually improved Spurs as a team. There is a huge difference between being a manager and being able to spot talent. Nearly all of the good players both Southampton and Spurs signed during Pochettino's time at those clubs came about from Paul Mitchell's work. Once he left both clubs ability to spot and bring in a great player dropped. He has since joined th Red Bull group and leads their scouting. Pochettino was too focused on physicality in his signings rather than technical ability. Which is a mistake as its easier to improve a players physical condition tan it is to improve their technical abilities.

The second issue Pochettino has is actually his ability to develop players. Many people point out the successes he had at Spurs with several of their younger British players. However, the reality is that many of them had either hit a wall and stagnated or gone backwards by the time he left. All of these players were in their early 20's at the time, so still had significant potential for growth. Ultimately he gave them a chance and drilled them in how he wanted to play, but he didn't round off their skillset, ultimately limiting them as players. Anyone can throw a kid on the pitch, but working with them to improve them is another thing entirely. Does Pochettino do that? From my observations if he does he doesn't do it very well.

Ultimately what in my eyes would be serious issues with him as a potential Manchester United manager is his inability to develop young players effectively. While his poor track record when getting involved in transfers is another issue considering our own clubs poor record with transfers.

6.) 09 Dec 2020 12:58:33
What has nsgalsman won?

7.) 09 Dec 2020 13:13:17
What about Ralph Rangnick? Experienced, could move into a DOF in a couoke of years time aswell. He might be better at setting up a new overall structure at Utd, similar to Leipzig.

{Ed001's Note - I would agree with Shappy and go for him as DoF.}

8.) 09 Dec 2020 13:23:27
Naglesman is an outstanding young coach Ken. He’s got Leipzig competing with Bayern and took them to a European semi final. Don’t forget he’s only 33 as well. If we want someone with a great coaching pedigree then I’d say he would be a great appointment.

Shappy- how much of the recruitment at Spurs was down to Poch? They didn’t do any business after after getting to a champions league final or even any that season. Paul mitchell did great work which highlights the need for a proper Director of Football or someone in that role. I’ll ask you, who would you want to replace ole?

9.) 09 Dec 2020 13:56:42
Shappy, you’re finding reasons to not employ Poch. But these reasons are also the same reasons Ole is not qualified to be our manager. So you can defend Ole all you want, but you’re kidding yourself if you think Poch is a lesser coach or manager than Ole.

10.) 09 Dec 2020 14:08:13
Caolan, Nagelsman would be my first choice now. However, he might be a hard person to convince to join. He has a young family and is a Bavarian and ideally would like to bring his family up in Bavaria. I think Bayern Munich is his destination at some point. I think he will be happy to stay at Leipzig until that happens.

So, failing that I would look to Marco Rose or Erik Ten Hag. Rarely is a great and in demand manager free to join a club. Good managers are nearly always in work.

11.) 09 Dec 2020 14:27:21
Caolon_2 if we were guaranteed to get Nagelsmann in the summer I would go for that. You're probably right that it would be hard to get him during the season. Maybe ragnick as DOF too and we can actually start having a proper structure and style of play. Although on both it's more than likely wishful thinking.

12.) 09 Dec 2020 17:03:42
Wazza, clearly Pochettino is a better manager than Ole. I've never stated Ole as being a great manager. Just that he had done some good while he's been here, and I wasn't as quick to be ready to pull the trigger than most.

My argument is that I don't think Pochettino has the ability to dramatically change where we are and what we are doing.

13.) 09 Dec 2020 21:30:08
I know Ole’s days are numbered but how are we judging who’s a better manager? If Pochettino is a better manager than Ole then clearly that’s not evidenced on silverware. So how empirically are we making that assessment? Win ratio? Goals per game? Points v £ spent?
Curious to hear on what basis one manager is better than another if neither have silverware to prove their worth.



08 Dec 2020 21:33:36
We've all seen a proper midfielder tonight in sabitzer. Once again a united team with basic individual errors. Never looked like doing anything tonight.


1.) 08 Dec 2020 21:58:27
Complete wrong team selection. Not sure why we resorted to 5 at the back.

Incompetence again from the manager.

2.) 08 Dec 2020 22:09:34
I have to say, we were shown up tonight. Solskjaer has done a lot right in the past couple of years. But he is not a manager of the caliber required. Their players looked well coached. Ours did not. Simple.



06 Dec 2020 23:02:24
One for ed001 if you're about. What are your views on Bruno in comparison to someone like De Bruyne? Obviously KDB is too quality but I think Bruno is every bit as good and I'd argue that the numbers he's putting up are in a much worse team. What do you think?


{Ed001's Note - Bruno is more of a leader than de Bruyne and so more important to his team. It is difficult to compare them because they play a different way, both are well suited to the tactical system they play in. Bruno has great vision and loves those killer balls into a breaking forward. City are about sucking opponents into tight areas before playing a longer ball, either cross-field or forward, into the space created. De Bruyne is particularly good at hitting those longer passes accurately. Bruno is more about intricate play in tight areas. Even their finishing is different. De Bruyne will smash it hard from range, Bruno will place it. They are both great players for the tactics they are playing, but it is difficult to say one is better than the other because of the differences.}

1.) 07 Dec 2020 08:09:18
Thought as much. Both equally as crucial to their respective teams too.

2.) 07 Dec 2020 09:06:04
Great insight ed001 as usual. Both great players.
Who do you think would perform better if they changed their teams? Obviously City are a better team as a whole but KDB is their crown jewel. Also if given the choice between Bruno and KDB who would you rather have at Liverpool?

{Ed001's Note - I think de Bruyne would probably find it easier because he is more mobile, while Bruno would probably suffer the way Bernardo Silva has done at City. For the way Liverpool play, de Bruyne's mobility would be a plus, as he would have to play as one of the central midfielder's who are expected to press high and work back. I am not sure Bruno would cope with the physical demands.}

3.) 07 Dec 2020 13:28:52
Don't like to disagree with Eds but saying Bruno wouldn't cope with the physical demands I'm not sure about.

He never stops running for a second, one of the hardest working players we've had since Park Ji Sung, except Park would get rested quite often.

{Ed001's Note - I agree he is, I didn't mean he couldn't do the amount of running, it is the mobility to reach position quickly enough I am referring to. De Bruyne is quicker, he can get about the field more quickly, while Bruno lacks a little in that regard. He is no slouch but he is not quite pacey enough for the high press teams. That is why he was available for you to buy, that was the worry teams had about him, could he keep up with the pace of the game? He is quick mentally but that doesn't help when the ball is moved quickly around the way City and Liverpool do with the quick switch, unless players have pace they can get left behind. He has shown he is quick enough and physical enough for just about any other team though.}

4.) 09 Dec 2020 02:27:02
Thats perfect responce Ed001, thank you. I always thought about them two. I think De Bruine is more mobile-fast and ofcourse a better passer and crosser of the ball. While Bruno is more of a leader with greater vision and (i think) he has an edge at technique and first touch over KDB.




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10 Jan 2021 00:03:01
Does it bloody matter where he plays lol. Like two kids bickering 😂.




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03 Jan 2021 13:40:03
Red man I think it was an error as gasperini had said that Atalanta hoped to loan him back to the end of the season.




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22 Dec 2020 20:01:28
A lot of talk in Ecuador (social media so pinch of salt lads) that something has been agreed.




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08 Dec 2020 19:29:32
In fairness FZZ we all know United are poorly run. But it’s a disgrace the timing and what’s worse is the 100% pogba has allowed it to be released at this stage. That’s my only issue. I don’t want him near the squad again.




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10 Nov 2020 12:16:01
Isn’t it a coincidence that another young English forward for us gets it in and the press? And every time there’s an apparent story it’s Bruno who’s involved in a “bust up” or argument.

I’m not saying there’s not anything in the stories, but they are more than likely exaggerated. If mason wasn’t performing in training he shouldn’t be picked.





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20 Jan 2021 17:20:16
Thanks anyway Ed, appreciate the response.

As we know with this club there’s not the clearest pathways for these kids shappy.




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18 Jan 2021 12:41:28
Fabinho has been absolutely fantastic for them at cb- think we missed a trick not going for him as I remember us being linked to him. We could have done a bit more to get at Henderson- but he did well. First half we did not have enough quality on the ball and the timing of the runs were off.




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18 Jan 2021 10:34:16
Red Man, personally I thought the set up was fine, and it was what I expected. You have to credit Liverpool for the first 30 mins where they dominated the game- we hung in there and came out unscathed. You have to expect that away to Liverpool (with or without fans) . Apart from the 2-1 win there under LVG, I struggle to recall a game at Anfield where we dominated first half.

After that I felt like we were dangerous and grew into the game. Our most influential attacking players didn't turn up Red Man, that is what cost us. We had chances, but the finish and final ball just wasn't there. If we won that game 1-0 we would be saying that it was a brilliant performance.




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14 Jan 2021 11:19:39
Fred and mctominay will come in, I’d say pogba will be pushed out to the left with rashford and cavani up top.




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13 Jan 2021 16:11:55
He’s a game away from saying ole was offside in 99.