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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.


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22 Feb 2021 13:22:12
Question for Ed002 if you're about.

I saw you say on the Liverpool page that Nikola Milenkovic's reps are keen for him to move to us. There seems to be a lot of links in Italy about it today, so do you think this is one we currently working on and should be able to complete?

Cheers.

Caolan_2

{Ed002's Note - I know nothing more than what I explained - there would be others ahead of him for MU.}


1.) 22 Feb 2021 17:40:59
Cheers Ed.


2.) 22 Feb 2021 19:36:08
From what I've seen of him (which isn't loads) I would say he strikes me as a great "B" list defender. He is solid and dependable but not great at anything in particular. The guy you pair with a world class CB rather than a world class one himself.


3.) 22 Feb 2021 20:04:41
Saw the Milenkovic links but surely he's a 'second' CB signing only. Torres first choice? I can see us in for 2 CBs if the penny finally drops that between Jones / Bailly / Tuanzebe that's only actually one player though its costing us about £250k a week!


4.) 23 Feb 2021 11:17:33
I think Ed 001 and I discussed Milenkovic and Dias before Utd got Harry. I still rate Milenkovic quite high. Utd can probably get him at half what was paid for Maguire and significantly improve our defense. He is still young and can develop into a world class CB!


 

 

25 Jan 2021 19:35:45
Ed, with the club looking at defensive midfield options do you know if they are planning on moving matic on? Still feel he is a very good player and if his minutes are managed well he can be very effective for us.

Caolan_2

{Ed002's Note - Matic will stay another year.}


1.) 26 Jan 2021 00:23:50
That’s good to know Ed. I think his experience could be very important to us.


2.) 26 Jan 2021 01:28:16
I think the club wants Magic to transition into a coaching role, ideally.


3.) 27 Jan 2021 12:53:22
Matic like Mata for me I am happy to keep for one year longer than is probably necessary. He still offers a decent amount when needed, good role model to either McTominy/ Fred, new addition or from the youth set up.


4.) 27 Jan 2021 21:11:08
Have you seen him tonight, don't think he will survive another year.


5.) 28 Jan 2021 20:04:56
I often think that ‘experience’ is misused. Just because he’s old and his legs have gone doesn’t mean he is any more experienced than Rashford whose player a couple of hundred matches in his early 20s. It’s certainly no reason to keep a player when their quality goes.


6.) 29 Jan 2021 10:32:05
Fresh, of course it does. How many UCL semi finals/ finals has Rashford appeared in, how many league titles has he won?

Players like Matic and Mata offer something without even being on the pitch due to there years of experience at the top level.

We have a severe lack of experience running through the team. DDG, Lindelof, Maguire, Bailly, Telles, Pogba, Fred, Matic, Mata and Cavani are the only players in our squad over the age of 26. Of those only Telles, Pogba, Matic, Mata and Cavani can say they have any experience of challenging and winning the top honours.

Of those 5 Pogba wants out, while Matic, Mata and Cavani are all 32 or older and only have a year or two left in them. So we can't afford to just cull the experienced players as we lack leadership and experience.


 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

RedWhiskey
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.

Caolan_2

{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.


 

 

 

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19 Apr 2021 16:24:34
I had hoped to come on here today and chat about something positive from yesterday- however, with the news the game is just an afterthought.

I had a conversation with one of my mates about our memories growing up watching united. I was born in 96 so I don't remember the treble, but we both agreed that the Champions League win in 2008 was probably the best feeling as a fan we have ever had. I still remember running about my living room like a mad man when Scholes scored against Barcelona in the second leg. I still remember the absolute awe of my grandad (who has seen them all from Edwards to Cantona) when Ronaldo scored the header in Rome.
At the time I took those achievements for granted, I thought we would always be at the top table and in champions league finals every year. Now that I am older I look back on those memories with so much fondness, so many games to tell my son (due in July. wish me luck) about when he is growing up. Roma 7-1, Barcelona in 08, the Madrid 4-3 and the final with Chelsea.
The same way my grandfather told me growing up about Munich, Jimmy Murphy and the Busby Babes. Football for me is about memories that we pass on to friends, kids and whoever. We all have a story I'm sure from growing up about the club.

I guess what I am getting at is, with this new proposed Super League we lose that. I don't want to watch us playing Madrid, Barcelona etc every other week. Those games are special because they don't come around often, usually when they do it is for big prizes on the biggest stage. I want my son to value a scrappy 91st minute win away at the likes of a West Brom, but also to cherish those special occasions and games like the ones I've mentioned. I want the feeling of winning league titles, the excitement of a title race. Will we get that in a closed league with no risk if we do rubbish? No chance. Will we make more memories like we already have? No chance.

Caolán.

Caolan_2

{Ed014's Note - nice post fella and hope all goes well on the birth of your son in July.


 

 

12 Apr 2021 19:03:34
I think the games behind closed doors has shown how pathetic some footballers are. The screams that we hear every week with no fans, the rolling around etc. How are they not embarrassed?

I played rugby for years, Gaelic football too. Never once did I or anyone else let out a roar unless there was a serious injury.

Yesterday son needed 3 minutes to get off the floor, he was hardly touched. Lacazette a few weeks back let out the loudest scream I've ever heard and was in up in seconds.

We have our own players who do it as well, I have mates who did it when I played football at school. Why is this a thing? We honestly will need a referee to just tell a player to get up and stop acting- but then you have the argument when they don't stop for a serious injury I guess.

Other than that rant, great performance yesterday. I rate son as a player, but I've lost respect for him after watching him roll about like he's been hit by Francis Ngannou.

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1.) 12 Apr 2021 19:37:17
Son's antics stopped his side conceding a goal, if the dark arts work, then footballers will push the boundaries.


2.) 13 Apr 2021 10:46:42
Just as lamela's antics worked in the 1st game. I would have thought our team would have learnt from that lesson. Great result, we deserved it and more whereas spurs deserved even less. That said, I think Cavani and Bruno were lucky not to get red cards for 'lashing out' at various points in the 1st half. Seems like Mou asked his players to rile up our players and get them to lose control for a minute like what happened in the reverse fixture with martial.


 

 

08 Mar 2021 14:04:14
Anyone else feel a lot more confident with Henderson in goal? The big difference between him and de gea for me is that you can hear him the whole game. He's got a very good presence too and what I've noticed the last few times he's played is his willingness to come off the line and get the ball.

I really hope we get to see a lot more of him now.

Caolan_2

1.) 08 Mar 2021 15:02:15
I think their pretty even atm. DDG is the better shot stopper, but Henderson commands his box better. Both could do with sharpening up their distribution.

That said, DDG has been declining for a good 2-3 years, whereas Henderson should improve.

So personally I'd pick Henderson over DDG and look to find a solution (move DDG on) in the summer. I also think Henderson's skill set is more useful with our current defenders who need clear instructions and a keeper who will command his area.


2.) 08 Mar 2021 15:13:07
I definitely feel more confident from set pieces, Henderson has made some pretty good catches which is always reassuring as De Gea is either rooted to his line or flaps at the ball which doesn't help anyone.

Still think henderson is poor on the ball and will be interested to see if we do player a higher line eventually whether he is able to sweep up effectively.


3.) 08 Mar 2021 15:14:28
Think you've hit the nail on the head there Shappy.

I'd put Henderson in now for the remainder of the season because we can't catch City and we have a good enough gap to 5th.

Give Henderson the last 10 or so games to play with Vic and Bob and let him get used to the players in front of him for the remainder of the season.

Play De Gea in Europe where his weakness won't be overly exposed.


4.) 08 Mar 2021 15:26:12
De Gea is on a decline and no longer first choice for Spain due to his lapses.

Henderson is probably not even at his peak yet and has a fantastic mentality to fight for his place.

{Ed077's Note - DDG isn't suited to possession style of play. He is a good shot stopper but not too great at playing out from the back. That is why he lost the number 1 spot for Spain, not because Spain had better GKs than DDG.


5.) 08 Mar 2021 15:48:04
That's true Ed077, But De Gea let in some shockers during last Euro and he has not been the same since.

{Ed077's Note - World Cup you mean. He has never looked great for Spain even when he was winning PoTY/PoTS awards with us. He just isn't good at passing around at the back. His long distance kicking is not bad but he seems really uncomfortable and awkward when he ball is played around, in and around the 18 yard box. He has struggled more and more as we have tried to play around the box more and more. That and the addition of Maguire, which again has meant playing at the back more


6.) 08 Mar 2021 16:02:09
Yes I was thinking this yesterday and even the CBS seem more solid and assured. It's his presence in the area which impresses me, he will come for a lot more than de gea which probably eases the defenders in not having to make a decision. De gea is happy to stay on his line which could be a reason for conceding a lot of set piece goals although there's no denying de geas shot stopping abilities.


7.) 08 Mar 2021 16:14:17
ED077,

I agree with about DDG. Since OGS took over and wanted the team to play out from the back, it just doesn't suit DDG.

Also we don't have CBs in Maguire and LIndelof who are good enough to play out from the back.

Do you see or know if there are any truth in the DDG to PSG rumours?

{Ed077's Note - I know nothing more than you do MH, sorry. The fact that DDG is reportedly the highest paid player in the league (basic salary) is always going to make it tough to move him on. Also dont forget that we are very likely going to lose 2 senior GKs already in the summer in the form of Romero and Grant.


8.) 08 Mar 2021 16:39:57
Ed077,

I was surprised he was made the highest paid GK given that his form was bad at the time.

It was a sign of weakness from the club to not cash in on him Instead of agreeing a new contract.

If imagine that he may be open to moving. His partner doesn't like living in the UK.


9.) 08 Mar 2021 19:41:06
Mad Hatter, with Woodward in charge anything is possible and it isn't really surprising however, it's not as bad as some of the other contracts dished out - Jones comes to mind.


 

 

19 Feb 2021 12:37:14
Tell you what was good to hear last night- a goalkeeper commanding his box.

Henderson didn't have much to do in terms of shots, but every ball he came for you could hear on the tv and he was very positive when he would come for the ball. His distribution is also excellent in comparison to de gea. Wouldn't mind him getting a good run now, but I can't see it.

Caolan_2

1.) 19 Feb 2021 13:46:45
Yup loved Deano organizing. He was also heard ordering the players to push forward.


2.) 19 Feb 2021 14:23:51
Ole needs to start Henderson in games where the opposition is going to be physical and rely on their deliveries into the box and that's where Hendo's qualities would come good for us. DeGea can play the other games and this will ensure Henderson settles in quietly while gaining more experience and confidence along the way to becoming first choice.


3.) 19 Feb 2021 14:50:38
Think we are in danger of mythologising Henderson. The biggest issue at the back is not the goalkeeper, its the defensive line. Time and again they hold a line, then Maquire will step back 2 paces, the forwards push up and the other 3 are suddenly chasing back. I can only assume Maguire does this because he is terrified his lack of pace will see him struggle and he so he tries to get a metre head start.


4.) 19 Feb 2021 16:00:36
Grim it’s not a case of thinking Henderson is something he isn’t. I do think though that the lack of confidence in de gea could be a reason why we drop deep at set pieces and maybe why maguire is dropping back- because he feels like he needs to deal with it. I admit complete speculation. Each time Henderson has played, Sheffield United game aside he’s been good and I think he probably helps the back 4 a lot more than de gea because he’s vocal.


5.) 19 Feb 2021 18:28:31
Grim,

Ive said the same thing about Maguire for ages. He is a liability. He consistently plays the opposition onside. he's the main reason why we concede so many goals.


6.) 20 Feb 2021 10:32:59
MH, I wouldn't go so far as saying he is a liability, it is more a case of getting him a complementary playing partner. I think he is trying too much to cover his deficiencies, speed is not his strong point and he needs to leave the faster defenders to be the last man, whereas he should be the one to take the ball out of defence. For me Bailly is his perfect playing partner, unfortunately Eric never seems to be able to play more than 5 games without getting injured, so we have never got to see the relationship develop.
Henderson is a very good keeper and will be the first choice when DDG leaves in June 2023. He comes across as a very confident lad, but the pressure cooker of playing for United is something different. He will still only be 25 when he takes over the No.1 jersey and a few years of playing the cup games and a few premier league games will do him no harm.


7.) 20 Feb 2021 11:15:54
GrimisnotDead you are probably undermining the qualities of a GK who can command his box and how immensely it helps the defense. The defense will be at ease knowing they have a keeper who isn't hesitant to come off his line and is brave to handle any physical challenges from the opposition while also being vocal to organize his defense.

You have to remember the defense is not just the defenders it also includes the GK and having a commanding one is only going to help improve the quality of our defense.


8.) 21 Feb 2021 11:24:18
Ultimately defending is all about communication, if your fellow defenders and keeper aren't telling you where they are, where the danger is and whether to push up tuck in or drop off then group decisions are being made by individuals often without all the information or a view of the bigger picture.

Generally when you think about the best keepers they have always been very vocal, Schmeichel, VDS, Khan, Cech, Seaman, Buffon, Newer etc, great keepers who you will see bellowing at their fellow defenders throughout the match.

Ultimately no one has a better view of what is happening than the keeper, passing that information on is a vital part of defending as a team.

While the debate over which is the better option currently for us DDG or Henderson will rumble on, one thing has become crystal clear over the past season and the tail end of last season, and that is DDG would probably be drown out by a church mouse. Only ever really saying anything once he is fishing the ball out of the back of his net.


 

 

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.

Caolan_2

{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.


 

 

 

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09 Mar 2021 17:52:43
His dad has pretty much confirmed he’s going to boca in the summer.

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22 Feb 2021 17:40:59
Cheers Ed.

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26 Jan 2021 00:23:50
That’s good to know Ed. I think his experience could be very important to us.

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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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15 Apr 2021 18:45:33
If we can do it financially, I think Kane would be perfect. He’s at an age where he doesn’t block greenwood, McNeilll, Hugill- in fact he would be perfect for the three of them to learn from.

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14 Apr 2021 13:12:25
I wouldn't be surprised if we went for Ollie Watkins to be honest. No idea if we would be interested, I can just see one of the big sides taking a punt on him.

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12 Apr 2021 15:38:45
Mason is outstanding and has the potential to go right to the very top.

His composure on the ball is excellent, and he really is an outstanding finisher. Yesterday his cross was out of this world, there have been a number of good crosses from him this year which no one got on the end off. His goal was excellent and it showed a little bit more variation from him in the box, he is coming good now.

I think by the time Mason is 23 or 24 you will see why those in the club rate him as such a special talent.

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12 Apr 2021 07:28:45
Jesse played where he’s playing now many times. His confidence was shot ( a lot due to the cretins on social media I would imagine ) . He had personal issues off the pitch as well.

Sometimes all players need is a new environment as he’s always had ability and a good eye for a goal. Made up for him to be doing so well, I hope West Ham and ourselves come to an agreement for him to remain there permanently.

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11 Apr 2021 08:47:03
Expected points, expected goals. all a load of rubbish. The table at the end of the season never lies.

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