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31 Aug 2020 20:32:20
Hi Ed - are there any clubs after my favourite Utd player, gentleman and handsome devil that is Juan Mata?


{Ed002's Note - No - Valencia would like him but they have issues.}

1.) 31 Aug 2020 22:06:46
It’ll be a sad day when mata leaves. Cracking player, shame we didn’t get him when he first came to England. He was unplayable for them.

2.) 01 Sep 2020 00:20:29
You took a Juan Mata that was in his prime and obviously the rest at Man Utd is history. Same could be said about Sanchez, Matic, Pogba and many more.

3.) 01 Sep 2020 00:38:18
Or Parker, Sidwell, Wright Philips, Drinkwater, Crespo, Torres, probably best you don’t start Shak.

4.) 01 Sep 2020 08:09:16
Mata, Matic and Sanchez were not at their peak when they joined United. Not watching too many football, CFCShak?

5.) 01 Sep 2020 10:30:45
Thanks Ed - great asset to the squad, just don’t think he’d be happy with a bit part role.

6.) 01 Sep 2020 21:24:07
Mata was brilliant a few years ago, but imo time has come for him to move on and play some football. Brilliant pro, but can't see much gametime for him, he deserves to play and not sit on the bench. Italy or Spain would suit him because you don't need to much pace and can't be more technical, the pl is a bit too much for him physically now.

7.) 02 Sep 2020 09:14:51
Mata will one day come back to coach United alongside Herrera.



21 Aug 2020 13:32:04
Ed - Some of my chelsea mate's are in meltdown as they are hearing Kante May be coming to Utd? Any truth in these


{Ed002's Note - There have been four clubs who have enquired after Kante but Manchester United are not amongst them.}

1.) 21 Aug 2020 14:28:32
Think Kante would do very well for us with his energy etc. not sure how much Chelsea would want but It’s probably too sensible a move for us to do anyway.

2.) 21 Aug 2020 14:44:58
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 21 Aug 2020 16:04:18
Would bring us to the next level. Best CM in my opinion. Either him or Saul would work wonders for us. Would give the freedom to our front 4.

4.) 21 Aug 2020 16:30:08
Too bad not happening, Chelsea won't sell to us (hope I'm wrong), if Kante, Pogba and Bruno play in the same team 4-3-3 is a must.

{Ed002's Note - What? Wilkins, Mata, Matic.}

5.) 21 Aug 2020 17:19:58
I Kante see us signing him to be honest 😂.

6.) 21 Aug 2020 17:13:21
Ed002, soooo basically you are confirming he is coming? :D :D :D.

7.) 22 Aug 2020 10:46:02
Manchester United being used to boost Kante's value?



26 Jul 2020 22:40:53
Hi Ed - are we still looking at Josh King or has that ship sailed now since we got Ighalo?


{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it right now.}

1.) 26 Jul 2020 23:22:37
Thanks Ed.

2.) 27 Jul 2020 10:12:32
Hope not.



26 Jul 2020 22:40:53
Hi Ed - are we still looking at Josh King or has that ship sailed now since we got Ighalo?


{Ed002's Note - I would rather doubt it.}



07 Jun 2020 13:02:23
Did Fosu-Mensah sign a new deal anyone know? What's the plans for him Ed? Available to leave? And any updates on Angel Gomes and his contact stand off? Much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Fosu-Mensah is available to be sold. There is no agreement with AG yet.}

1.) 07 Jun 2020 21:04:10
Thanks Ed. Had high hopes for TFM but not up to the level




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24 Feb 2021 23:00:53
Really looking forward to the second leg. Like these games a lot as great opportunity to see some players we've been wanting to see get a chance get some minutes:

Henderson, Mata, Amad, Martial (needs a goal or two badly), James again, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Telles etc.




06 Feb 2021 12:12:01
Hi Ed - OGS suggesting Pogba may sign a new deal today. PR games from the manager or any truth in the matter in your view?


{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea whether he will sign a new contract today. Sorry.}

1.) 06 Feb 2021 13:47:03
Thanks Ed. Seems neither does he. This’ll rumble on.

2.) 06 Feb 2021 16:16:07
I don't see why Pogba would sign a new deal. He, his agent and his family have all stated his preference to move to another club. United have turned down approaches for him from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. Much to Pogba's annoyance.

This summer he'll have a year on is contract with the option of moving this summer for a fee, or in the summer of 2022 when he'll be 29 for a free and a huge signing on fee, probably something in the region of 40m, but that's just speculation.

So his options are move this summer, move next summer and pocket a fortune, or sign a new deal at the club that has refused to sell you and where you are unhappy.

This saga will rumble on as long as the club make his exit awkward.

3.) 06 Feb 2021 17:28:16
I’ll be glad when the pogba saga is finally over, good player on his day, but is he good enough to put up with all the drama he brings? (especially his agent) . If he plays well until the summer it would be smart to let him go and probably best for all parties.

4.) 06 Feb 2021 17:07:53

5.) 06 Feb 2021 23:17:09
he will probably sighn because nobody else wants him.



11 Oct 2020 10:24:11
So the latest comments by Evra are that OGS May have lost the dressing room by appointing Maguire as club captain.

Couple of points on this:
- seems to be a recurring theme with whoever is in charge with our squad. Time to ship all of the rotten apples out ASAP
- if this is really causing the squad to down tools, they really are a bunch of over hyped prima donnas.

My guess is there are good players in that squad totally baffled by what their manager and coaches are trying to do.


1.) 11 Oct 2020 10:37:19
I think its pretty much consensus now that you can't just ship out a large chunk of the squad, we can't even give away jones and rojo for goodness sake lol.

If ole really has lost the dressing room (which i doubt) then he will end up getting the chop, that's just modern football, the manager is much more disposable those 'rotten apples' you refer to.

On Maguire i think most fans were consistent in the opinion that it was too soon for him to be appointed permanent captain. I didn't understand the rush to be honest, its not cricket the captain hardly does anything apart from a ceremonial coin toss. It would have made much more sense to just have a temporary captain (de gea or matic) .

Between 2006-2014 we basically had the captaincy on rotation between van de sar, ferdinand, vidic, evra, giggs, scholes and gary neville, hardly adversely affected us.

Now we have the most expensive defender in the world as captain making him pretty much undroppable no matter how poorly he plays.

On a side note, does anyone actually know why he fouled shaw for the first goal last week, i remember him hugging AWB on a corner against southampton last season which led to us conceding. Is he genuinely colour blind?

2.) 11 Oct 2020 10:59:39
Could he be a double agent DSG? 😂.

3.) 11 Oct 2020 11:45:27
When i used to play at primary school the coach/ teacher used to award the captains armband to the "man of the match" from the previous game. Maybe we should try it if they are acting like 7 year olds 😂😂.

4.) 11 Oct 2020 11:59:34
My worry is that Bruno spoke out against the bluffers and it was him that got subbed, we need more of Bruno's character in our dressing room not being subbed off for wanting better. I worry Bruno will say sod this ameuterish set up get me out of here, have seen enough of Donny to know he's of Bruno ilk also and apparently agent already piping up.

5.) 11 Oct 2020 15:35:28
The captain in cricket does a whole lot than a captain in football.
So many times captains making bowling changes or field changes directly affect the match.

6.) 11 Oct 2020 17:12:35
Some DC on twitter suggested Ole won't be sacked but will rather step aside for a new man to take over.

We will see, either way I am with the rumoured players in thinking the coaches have no idea what they are doing.

7.) 11 Oct 2020 17:24:43
Twitter. don't you just love it 😷😷.

8.) 11 Oct 2020 17:44:25
I don't think we have collected bad characters which want to outlast managers and don't play for him because they are bad characters of dislike him. Why this is not the case with other clubs? They only buy "angels"?

The problem is they don't enjoy football with Ole and the same was with Mourinho. They don't believe in Ole and his methods and they don't see a platform to close the gap.

So its not about they dislike the manager, its rather they don't believe in him and they question his methods and his choices. Which means it is matter of time before he goes.

9.) 11 Oct 2020 20:00:20
Most of us seem to think he's a bit clueless and we can't tell what he's trying to do so I'm not surprised if the players are the same.

10.) 12 Oct 2020 00:40:53
IF this is the case then Ole needs to prove himself and be strong enough to drop those players. He is the manager, not the captain. That can be his way of showing who the bad apples are. It may not work but it does send the correct message to the players and to us as fans as to who wants to be here and play football and not be involved in politics.

11.) 12 Oct 2020 13:15:51
Doesn't that take us back to the virus days. Players are an asset with a value, managers are not and will be moved on first.



07 Oct 2020 23:53:58
Watching the Spurs documentary with great interest. Jose is clearly marmite. I know it's a massive PR stunt, but I really like like how he comes across - he's clearly a much more
Shrewd tactician than OGS.

Why do you guys and the Ed's think he didn't quite reach his potential at our club? Why didn't we give him an extra year to sort it out. My guess was his family situation was untenable living in a hotel away from his loved ones had a seriously negative affect on his mentality and demeanour.


{Ed001's Note - too many at the club were against from the start, adding that to him being away from his family and you have a mess. It was always going to end up in a fight, with Jose being so angry all the time without his family around.}

1.) 08 Oct 2020 06:31:05
Jose finished 2nd behind Man City but a fair distance away from 1st. After that season he wanted at least 1 first team CB like Koulibaly, Alderweireld, etc. He also identified the Midfield and Wings as the position in desperate need of reinforcements.

But the club went and bought Fred (a player Jose didn't really want) because City showed some interest, Dalot (an RB for the future not the here and now) and Lee Grant as 3rd choice GK.

So whatever we thought of the Jose appointment, he never received the full support from the board/ club. And on top of those things he was literally living out of a suitcase.

2.) 08 Oct 2020 07:50:40
Jose was never right for us. The club were never 100% behind him, and it was always going to be a battle. Having said that, Jose is all about short term. We needed, and still do someone with a long term vision to build for the future. Jose was never that man.
OLE does have that long term view, be it unfortunately does not have the skills or the personality to deliver it.

3.) 08 Oct 2020 08:03:05
I don’t think he’s totally blameless.

Some of his own signings were poor, he’s a dinosaur and the football was horrible to watch. Sevilla stands out.

It wasn’t all his doing. When there are so many things wrong from top to bottom it’s hard to know where the blame lies.

4.) 08 Oct 2020 09:11:17
We knew what we were getting with Jose.
He obviously knew how to get results.

Jose had clear transfer targets like Ruben Dias, Koulibaly, Joao Felix, Bruno, Perisic etc, .
But our club delivered him Fred, a 3rd choice GK and an unproven young RB in Dalot.
When he wasn't backed, he just got grumpy and created a toxic atmosphere.

Ultimately the decision making to hire him has to be questioned.
And the most baffling thing was giving him a new contract and not backing him in the transfer market.

5.) 08 Oct 2020 09:16:26
Some of the Spurs docu is hard to watch for knowing how he is a tactical genius and then you see OGS take off our best player at half time.

6.) 08 Oct 2020 09:44:52
Jose is a great manager, some of his ideas might be a little outdated but he still tends to get results.

However, the Jose/ United marriage was never going to work and he was a poor appointment.

Jose plays defensive pragmatic football, while United fans expect exciting, open attacking football.

Jose prefers older players with experience, while United have a fantastic history of trusting in youth.

Jose as a manager and a person splits opinion, he can be both charming and cantankerous, witty and blunt.

Jose never saw United as a long term deal, he refused to move his family (at the expense of his own happiness), he felt the club did have ambition to match his own. While important individuals at the club felt Jose didn't have the club's best interests at heart and would throw the club under the bus to save himself.

It was just never going to work, the club backed Jose initially, but didn't during his last summer. Although they did spend 70m. So let's not pretend he had nothing to spend. Jose had his typical meltdown and it all ended rather messily as everyone could have predicted.

Time to draw a line under that, learn from it and move on now.

7.) 08 Oct 2020 10:16:43
The trouble is we replaced him with a tactical numpty and therefore took a backward step. OGS will be gone soon but i'm really struggling to see who we could go for. I would love someone who is a bit more passionate and has a lot more fire . who can stand up to any top Manager . i keep saying it but we've tried all the other styles. Ladies gentleman and fellow sufferers i give you Roy Keane 😤😤.

8.) 08 Oct 2020 10:50:39
Thing with Jose is, if he doesn't think the players are good enough he won't go to win the game first, he will go to stop the opposition which in his view are better. You can tell it from a mile away with him. Some like it (winning trophies with a poor game mind) and some just want to attack and lose attacking.

9.) 08 Oct 2020 11:46:55
BFRO, Ole was what the squad needed at the time. After Jose had a meltdown, fell out with 90% of the players, threw most of them under the bus and generally created a terrible atmosphere around the club. Ole offered the friendly face, an arm around the shoulder, he brought the smiles back and reunited the dressing room. However, he didn't need to be made permanent manager, he had pretty much done everything he needed to do by the end of the season. At which point the club should have hired the right man to take the club forward. Last season we stagnated and reached what many believe to be Ole's maximum, yet he didn't fail so sacking a club legend after relative success wouldn't go down well.

I think Keane would be a disaster as a manger for us, he would fall out with the owners and Woodward very quickly. A man like Keane who demands the best from everyone and loses his rag if he doesn't get it will cause more problems than he would fix.

I have two schools of thought on the way the club should go. They either need a steady hand who is tactically savvy enough to get the best out of the players we have. Someone who can keep things progressing while the club sort out a structure behind the scenes bring in a Dof, create a long term vision and plan and start to implement it. Someone like Laurent Blanc could do this well. Or alternatively we could bring in someone like Ralf Rangnick to manage the team for a season or two before stepping back into the DoF role, setting up the team for his eventual successor.

The other option is to not change things behind the scenes and to keep going as we are. In which case we are looking for a manger who can get the best out of what they have, develop our young players and play good football. Someone like Erik Ten Hag, Marco Rose or Julian Nagelsmann could fit well. The problem with this route though is the same problems will keep happening. Poor recruitment, lack of backing for the manager once UCL qualification is achieved, no direction or vision, that will eventually lead to the sacking of the manager and staring all over again in 2-3 years time.

10.) 08 Oct 2020 13:03:36
If we are replace Ole, I'd go for Ancelotti.
Proven manager with great CV. PL and CL winner.

11.) 08 Oct 2020 13:14:29
I like Roy Keane but him as manager would be a disaster, he would likely have half the squad hating him after a week or so. I heard Darren bent talking about him laying into the Sunderland squad for 2 hours after a game, everyone who looked at him he started giving them some. I don't think that type of management works with modern footballers.

12.) 08 Oct 2020 14:17:23
If Keane were to come with an assistant in a kind of Good cop Bad cop set up i think it would work.
We have had the Chosen one the Dutch one The Special one and atm The Weak one
Its time for "The Anger Management One".
There is no doubt Keanes passion and will to win and seeing him on Sky i actually think the man has mellowed. 🤣🤣.

13.) 08 Oct 2020 14:29:22
Keane has mellowed in front of camera because he'll lose his job if he goes off on one. I actually think Keane is more scary when he's sitting there quietly seething.

Keane has had a crack at management, he then had a crack at being the assistant to a "good cop" manager. Ultimately he has failed every time. You can't let your emotions rule your head in management, and that is what will always hold back someone like Keane.

14.) 08 Oct 2020 14:38:48
Getting Sunderland promoted isn't failure Shappy is it. Considering their side at the time.

Does that mean I'd have Keane as manager? No. No.2 though, Yes.

15.) 08 Oct 2020 15:41:58
I will say this last thing about Keane and then i think we should discuss another topic.
Working under arguably the two best managers in British football is where he gets his winning mentality from . His passion is also from Clough and Ferguson .
The anger is in his DNA which was also running through Mr Clough and SAF vains
He is more mellow now just like what happened to his former managers . My God we have all heard the tea cups smashing stories and not mention the hair dryer treatment. The stories about Clough are even worst.
Its just what we need as Uncle Pat said "Slap a few faces". Put the pride back into wearing our great shirt and if that means upsetting the wimps then there's nobody better than Keane to do it

Peace out😎😎.

16.) 08 Oct 2020 16:32:54
ExFZZ, he did well enough for a short time with the most expensive side with the biggest wage bill in the Championship at the time.

But listen to the stories of the players who worked with him at Sunderland.

BFRO, Sir Alex and Clough worked in different generations. Sir Alex practically kicked Keane out of United because he was upsetting the apple cart and failed to adapt to a different football climate to the one he started his career in.

Players have changed, this idea that you can slap them in the face and rough them up. You'll end up in an employment tribunal.

We need to stop this harking back to the past, the football landscape has changed, and we need to adapt to it. Look at the most successful managers in the EPL currently? Klopp and Pep are loved by their players, and that is what get the extra 10% out of them. These players don't have the emotional fortitude to withstand a public bashing. Jose tried it several times and it only turn the dressing room against him.

Keane was a great player, he is a mediocre manager. Let's just leave it there. We are already likely to see one club legend has his memory tarnish with Ole. Let's just remember Keane as the awesome player he was, and find a manager who is tactically astute, and has a track record of playing good football, developing youngster and winning something.

17.) 08 Oct 2020 18:44:33
Club could do a hell of a lot worse than getting Patrice Evra involved in some capacity.

{Ed025's Note - i like evra caolan, full of passion and obviously loves the club..

18.) 08 Oct 2020 18:47:19
It should of been either Guardiola Klopp or Ancelotti. All these other names being banded about are risks. The main problem is the structure of the club which most fans in the know have known this for the last 15 years. Nothing will change.

19.) 08 Oct 2020 19:09:43
Ed025 the stories of him taking bobby Charlton out to dinner, studying on the busby babes etc that Evra did is something I feel every player who comes into the club should do (maybe not taking sir bobby out) . I also think with Evra his social media puts people of him, but you don’t have the career he had without an incredible level of professionalism and passion.

He would certainly be a big help in the dressing room too. Ole could do a lot worse than getting him in.

20.) 08 Oct 2020 19:27:50
If Ole is staying for any length of time- which I seriously doubt- he should change the backroom staff . SAF did it a few times. the coaches look bored, tired, and defeated at every game when the camera picks them out. not going to inspire any player. surely they must be different in training.

21.) 08 Oct 2020 19:46:42
While United retained Ole, whose honours include relegating Cardiff and the Norwegian league, Everton went for Ancelotti last year. Ancelotti, 3 times Champions League, Premier league Champion, FA Cup, Spanish Cup, German Champions, French Champions amongst other things.

I find myself agreeing with Shappy, Ole is tarnishing his reputation. Jose should have resigned the day after the window closed, didn’t, waited for the pay off and it looks like that is what Ole is doing. We as a club, should be looking for a manager or coach who is forward looking, not back. Ole harks back to SAF days, a cultural reboot, reboot backwards, not forwards. Keane, great captain, leader, not right as manager.

Why oh why are we continuing with this nonsense.



08 Sep 2020 07:33:13
We are surely not going ahead with the release of the zebra kit today?


1.) 08 Sep 2020 08:12:14
Beckham is already styling it out, so I would say yes.

2.) 08 Sep 2020 10:27:05
Are clubs contractually obliged to wear the third kit a certain number of times? Or would this kit only appear if the first and second kits clashed with the home side?

{Ed002's Note - There is no contractual obligation to wear the alternate kit.}

3.) 08 Sep 2020 10:31:43
I quite like the shirt but its the shorts being the same design I hate, black shorts would be better.

4.) 08 Sep 2020 10:56:08
I'd be lion if I said I liked it :-)

and the grey second kit isn't much better.

5.) 08 Sep 2020 11:18:26
Think the second kit is officially green.

6.) 08 Sep 2020 11:43:24
The badge on the black kit looks green. A gold and green kit would have been good.

7.) 08 Sep 2020 11:45:56
The players will wear whit shorts and socks with red trim. the zebra print shorts and socks are a fan alternative only. Thank god 🙌.

{Ed001's Note - it does seem odd choosing a pattern that nature designed to make it difficult to see against a background. Surely you want a football shirt to stand out proud against the backdrop so players can see each other? I mean when those fluorescent coloured shirts were in fashion a while back, there were regularly problems with players passing to a steward on the sidelines because they just saw the colour in the corner of their eye. Anyone would think the manufacturers are only interested in how many they can sell rather than making the best shirt for the team to play in.}

8.) 08 Sep 2020 12:26:27
Maybe we can use the ‘we couldn’t see each other out there’ excuse. it’s happened before 🤣.

9.) 08 Sep 2020 12:28:21
I think we've given up improving our defence and instead will try to hide the goal :D.

10.) 08 Sep 2020 12:39:48
I don't get the hate. Looks fine to me. I wouldn't wear it, but then I wouldn't wear any football shirt aside from when playing football.

11.) 08 Sep 2020 12:34:56
Spot on Ed001, Just don't understand what kind of thoughts the designer's put in.
Doesn't please aesthetically at all.

{Ed001's Note - it will sell though and that is what matters.}

12.) 08 Sep 2020 14:06:36
ED001, think the shirt was specifically request by certain players who want to make it easier for them to go missing in big games.

{Ed001's Note - thanks for that, I nearly choked on my cuppa laughing at that!}

13.) 08 Sep 2020 15:13:04
To be fair it might be tough to pick out against a crowd but there won’t be one, the players are more likely to blend in with the red seats in the home games, so if there was any season that this would work it’s this one.

Nope who am I kidding, dreadful.

14.) 08 Sep 2020 16:11:35
Maybe the club were told it was new technology, the first “stealth” football shirt and the opposition wouldn’t see our players as they made runs into the box. Someone forgot our players would not see them either. From memory it bears a passing resemblance to that awful jacket Giggs wore after the first league win

It’s a leisure shirt for down the beach, not a football shirt. Maybe we are entering a beach football league?

15.) 08 Sep 2020 17:26:12
Its manky. simple. The old 1977 away kit is still my favourite. White top with 3 black stripes on 1 side black shorts and socks. I remember my mother having to steal it from my bedroom to wash it because i never took it off. I was only 9 and didn't sweat much😂😂.

16.) 08 Sep 2020 17:56:59
That was a great top Ken. Always makes me think of the Greenhof brothers and a midweek night game against Lpool I think. back in the days when Sportsnight on BBC showed about 15 minutes of highlights in total for any games played that night or the night before.

17.) 08 Sep 2020 18:28:12
Its an absolute train wreck of a kit 🤣🤣🤣 wouldn't have it for free.

18.) 09 Sep 2020 18:01:54
I got that for my 9th birthday too. my favourite away kit too.




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14 Feb 2021 09:00:36
Still think the club view Greenwood as a striker option hence the pursuit of Sancho and purchase of Diallo and Pellestri.




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13 Feb 2021 13:04:05
He’s doesn’t get played there yet as it’s easier to bed him in on the flanks. He’s the most natural and best finisher at the club with either foot so a central position is perfect for him.




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13 Feb 2021 08:40:42
Personally I think we will go in for Sancho and give Greenwood a season up top with Cavani.




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23 Jan 2021 07:41:54
I’m sure VDB is fully aware that Pogba is on his way and he’s been bought to replace him if Ed2 also has this information don’t you think? Truth is Pogba is currently undroppable.




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07 Jan 2021 08:52:24
I think the last thing we all want is another Pogba!





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22 Feb 2021 13:11:02
Martial works in a front 3 of Rashford, him and Greenwood if they can rotate positions. However not sure how they manage that in game when not in possession as who has the responsibility for covering?




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21 Feb 2021 21:54:56
Nani was a great player. His biggest weakness was we all compared him to Ronaldo!




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15 Feb 2021 08:22:55
Lukaku? He was awful.




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10 Feb 2021 11:31:16
Dias looks the business at City.




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06 Feb 2021 13:47:03
Thanks Ed. Seems neither does he. This’ll rumble on.