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02 Aug 2020 16:58:35
Hi Ed's.

Just wondered if you comment on the future of Dwight McNeil please. He would be a wonderful addition to United in my opinion and offers something that we don't have - the ability to beat a man down the line.



{Ed002's Note - Burnley are not looking to sell Dwight McNeil although a trustworthy scout has been pressing Manchester United to declare some interest, he would do best to stay where he is for now. Whilst the likes of Cantwell or McNeil would help address the LM role they would not be starters at Manchester United and it could easily put a dent in career prospects. Burnley do not have the money problems that many of the Premier League clubs have so they cannot be pressured in to selling - and moving knowing opportunities will be limited makes little sense at a young age.}

1.) 02 Aug 2020 17:26:07
Wasnt he once in our academy? Maybe he will one day like to return and prove us wrong for letting him go early?

2.) 02 Aug 2020 19:06:23
Thanks Ed as always.



24 Jul 2020 19:01:14
Silly season is almost upon us!

The 'reputable' Athletic are reporting United are in talks for Coman. Is there any truth in this? Great player but could it be a leaked bit of nonsense to help push the Sancho deal along.


1.) 25 Jul 2020 01:35:29
probably United leaking a story to try pressure dortmund in to selling sancho.



04 Dec 2019 11:40:33
Excuse my ignorance but has the Ed put together a January transfer target post yet?


{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 04 Dec 2019 12:04:18
Might you have time this month Ed? Would be a great read.

{Ed002's Note - I will try Fresh!.}

2.) 04 Dec 2019 12:18:36
Hugely appreciated as always.

3.) 04 Dec 2019 12:23:13
One of my friend close to a football agent said we will push really hard for Declan Rice in the January window.

Hope Ed002 puts a sharkapod to genuinely know who our list of targets are and which amongst them will be practically possible.

4.) 04 Dec 2019 15:35:52
Really feel that would be a dumb move and another overpriced purchase.

Kalvin Phillips represents better value and has more about him.

5.) 04 Dec 2019 16:50:11
Rice is a cb playing in cm. I don't see him pulling up trees at West ham.

6.) 04 Dec 2019 17:09:31
Rice is an excellent young player, from a defensive view point he reads the game really well, and as an ex-defender his tackling, and timing of when to tackle is top notch. While he is also strong in the air and hard to knock off the ball and mobile. As a physical presence he can dominate the area in front of the CB's and offers a great shield in front of the back four.

However, as a side aspiring to reach back to the top level of world football is Declan Rice the sort of midfielder a top side will need every week?

Sure when up against another top side who'll have a fair bit of possession and who will look to get at your defence as often as possible he is a great player to have.

But against 90% of sides who will look to sit back and try and hit you on the counter, how useful is Rice?

On the ball he is good at recycling the ball but he doesn't offer much in the way of creative forward passing, he isn't the guy to set the tempo.

The type of player Declan Rice is, means he is the type of player we will only need 10-15 times a season. You don't spend 80m on a player like that.

While Kalvin Phillips isn't as good as a defensive shield in front of the back four (he's still pretty good), he offers much more to the team when in possession. Which when you consider he will likely cost half of what Rice would. He makes much more sense as a signing.

7.) 05 Dec 2019 11:42:26
As a midfield player rice has nothing on McTominay. I agree that he’s a Centre Half.



18 May 2019 08:44:45
Ed I was wondering if you could provide an update on our alleged interest in De Ligt? Mixed reports with some saying he would take a Champions League hit for a season to become the face of our rebuild.


{Ed004's Note - I would be disappointed if we were not interested but I think he is Barcelona bound}

1.) 18 May 2019 09:24:21
Ed, Is he that good? If we were going for a young defender, don't you think Milenkovic, Dias or Skrinar would be best? .

{Ed004's Note - I dont think Skriniar is good enough on the ball for what he would cost. Milenkovic seems a good and realistic target. I havent seen enough of Ruben Dias but I worry that from what ive seen hes more suited to right cb which is where Lindelof (especially), Smalling and Bailly prefer playing. Ideally we would sign one of De Ligt, Koulibaly or Romanagli but that will be hard to accomplish}

2.) 18 May 2019 10:50:59
Koulibaly will be the one for me and i think he would have the same type of effect as Van Dijk. I think De ligt will be more suited to City or Barcelona and i don't know much about Romanagli.

3.) 18 May 2019 11:07:36
Both Koulibailly and Romagnoli are on my list of players I hope we sign this year.

4.) 18 May 2019 12:22:13
Giggsy they would be my two choices as well, both would add steel to our defence. KK is said to be happy where he is though.

5.) 19 May 2019 10:43:34
I’d love to have De Ligt he’s unbelievable. I watched one of their games when I went to Amsterdam and Ajax were so comfortable with him at the back they all went forward and he stayed back on his own. He drills players when needed and if anyone saw they’re celebration just look at his speech. The kid for me is the full package and I’d take him in a heartbeat.

6.) 20 May 2019 09:25:44
Agreed Gazza. He has all the attributes to be the first choice CB for the next 10 years. The only negative is his agent being Raiola.



17 May 2019 18:53:50
Wonder what the future holds for Ronaldo now Allegri is leaving?

Pogba for Ronaldo swap anyone? 🙈.


1.) 17 May 2019 19:09:46
Not a chance.

2.) 17 May 2019 19:29:39
Still clinging on to your man crush Fresh 😀.

3.) 17 May 2019 20:27:41
Absolutely 😂 need a winner in this squad somewhere!

4.) 17 May 2019 20:28:08
Experienced, very professional, knows the club, the language. Tempting.

5.) 17 May 2019 20:35:33
Sell rashford, Lukaku and Martiql and Ronaldo will score the same amounts goals as all of them combined but i think if we weree going to go for him then we shouldve gone for him instead of Sanchez.

Its too late now and he is getting on a bit! .

6.) 17 May 2019 21:39:01
He needs to win the europa cup for the full set😂.

7.) 18 May 2019 12:01:12
People don't get sarcasm.

8.) 19 May 2019 06:56:17
I've found it hard to convey sarcasm in text mort, people just assume you must be an idiot! 😂.




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20 Apr 2021 19:53:28
Can it really be true, Edward Woodward has resigned.


{Ed002's Note - Obviously he has to go.}

1.) 20 Apr 2021 20:05:58
Well 1 less amature at the club now for the owners to go.

2.) 20 Apr 2021 20:06:36
How could he stay. He pushed for this new league to make the glaziers lots of money and now it's falling apart.

He has to go so best of now.

3.) 20 Apr 2021 20:07:24
Wow. what a turn of events.

4.) 20 Apr 2021 20:08:01
Juve president resigned too.

I'm sure I'm not alone in enjoying this.

5.) 20 Apr 2021 20:08:46
End of 2021, but nowt to do with ESL farce say BBC.

6.) 20 Apr 2021 20:11:02
So do the owners, large pressure needs to be applied now so we can finally get rid of them.

7.) 20 Apr 2021 20:11:31
Hopefully sense prevails and a football man gets the position 🤣🤣.

8.) 20 Apr 2021 20:06:03
Why ed002?

{Ed002's Note - The club has been embarrassed and put in a dreadful position by him and the owners (one in particular).

9.) 20 Apr 2021 20:14:38
Not buying that for a second. good riddance and I hope he doesn’t pick his successor.

10.) 20 Apr 2021 20:17:56
Our next home game should be eventful.

11.) 20 Apr 2021 20:21:27
Yes ed, Joel, let's be having you!

12.) 20 Apr 2021 20:27:17
Woodward has lurched from misstep to misstep in his time at the helm. This is just the culmination. His disastrous approach to transfers, to contract negotiations (with ed002 having detailed previously how he has ignored the advice of consultants in both of these), the embarrassing "leaking" of inside stories to the BBC and others, the manner in which he fired LVG in particular (sacking him was right but not how it was done) . It's not right to relish in someone's misfortune but him stepping down was long overdue.



19 Apr 2021 00:13:16
Well gents, it's been a pleasure but I can no longer say I will be a registered supporter of our once great club. I hope we get a massive pints deduction, fine and then every player asks to leave.

Utterly shameful behaviour - the football love affair dies today.


{Ed0666's Note - I think you’ve succinctly expressed what most honorable football fans are thinking fresh. Thankyou

1.) 19 Apr 2021 07:14:45
Same here. I'm ashamed and couldn't have expressed my feelings better than Gary Neville did.

2.) 19 Apr 2021 07:45:07
There will be so much refining and alteration of the existing proposition during negotiation in order to get a compromise that works for most.
Its not for the faint hearted these type of radical changes. But radical changes are needed in order to build a sustainable model works.
No point in saying I'm out until we know what the final proposals are. All the pundits that are up in arms did make the move to the premiership and to a cl that had more than league winners in it.
Progression will happen progression should happen and it will look very different from the starting point put out yesterday.
Let there be no panic. Let's see what the compromise proposals are when they come. Sounds exciting to me with some obvious alterations.
Lots bemoaned the epl until we started winning it.
Lads on here from every corner of the world sporting united over their local teams. I'm looking forward to see what direction they take and how they do it.

3.) 19 Apr 2021 08:10:09
Sorry ken but that’s bollox. However you dress it up it’s bollox. That our club can even consider this option is a disgrace. The founding of the EPL didn’t so many other clubs possibly facing bankruptcy due to the financial pyramid collapsing. Bollox.

4.) 19 Apr 2021 08:16:40
Sounds anything but exciting to me Ken. The beauty of football in this country is the strength in depth of the 4 leagues, the competition in the National League and thriving grass roots football. They’ve all been s*** on from a great height.

How dare a team like Spurs say they are a Super League club when they’ve one bugger all. Clubs like Villa and Forest are much bigger clubs who will now be thrust into some sort of second string domestic league?

The current model needed tweaking to become more sustainable. Tougher FFP laws and more fair distribution of capital across the leagues, especially following the C.V.

So we are now in the position that, apparently, Roma and Villareal will be going straight through to the Europa League final. PSG crowned Champions League winners and god knows what domestically. West Ham champions?

5.) 19 Apr 2021 08:16:47
Weren't there howls of derision back in 56-57 when we first decided to join a European competition against the wishes of the FA, who said it would destroy the integrity of the English game and then threaten to dock points.

6.) 19 Apr 2021 08:26:34
The foundation of the epl did exactly that scooby.
Im interested to see what the final propossls will be. I'd like to think they are a far way removed from the proposals laid out yesterday.
Once I know what they are I'll know if I'm in favour until then I'll reserve judgement.
Plenty of posters and editors on this site scoff at the EL or league Cup. Not worth winning they say only for losers. Why enter. We're too good. Play the reserves. That's what some eds and posters have been saying. Its what many elitist fans say. Lots of double standards and lots of 2 faced or 3 faced remarks to the small comps and wanting to dis respect those comps.
All I'm saying is wait and see it will be a far cry from the original proposal and the current model is failing. Small clubs are failing. Things need to change. They don't need to change as set out yesterday but its a starting point and there will be lots of negotiating and compromising to be done on all sides to find a more sustainable model.

7.) 19 Apr 2021 08:51:49
This has no upside to me.

Where's the incentive? Arsenal are going to finish 10th and be in it. Why would players move to a club not playing in it? Where's the incentive for smaller clubs moving forward? That you might be one of 5 clubs throughout Europe that is thrown a bone? Where's the incentive to win the league or do as best as you can of qualification is guaranteed?

Those European nights at old Trafford were special. Granted not lately but playing Madrid now and again is a lot more exciting then seeing them every year. It's rubs the shine off it.

This looks like a big poker game and both sides are bluffing. The players won't stand for being barred from world cups, so they have to get for a on board. Seeing as they are run by dinosaurs and are allergic to too much change and giving away power, I doubt it.

This is just a blatant money grab by foreign owners. Based on American ideas of promotion or relegation. I see Joel Glazer is vice chairman of the new league and that makes me sick. It's bad enough he owns us now he's actually going to be the public face or the super league?

It's not been picked on football merit. It's what your turnover is. It's more telling they announce this when no fans are at games. They would be getting players and no ammount of sky hitting the mute button would save them.

I'm disgusted by the greed and the club's throwing away the domestic game.

8.) 19 Apr 2021 08:52:59
Like playing chess with a pigeon ken 🙄.

9.) 19 Apr 2021 08:54:00
Fresh the strength of the 4 league system.
They are drowning mate in the bottom 2 league for sure and many championship clubs. If you think that's a strength your very much mistaken.

10.) 19 Apr 2021 09:02:56
Perfectly true grim.



15 Mar 2021 10:03:14
Did anyone else see that nonsense headline about Maguire wanting an English speaking partner and so would like Ben White to join? I really hope we don't go for another overrated English defender that will cost the world when there are for better options on the Continent.


1.) 15 Mar 2021 10:29:27
Well that would be nonsense considering lindelof speaks fluent english and Axel has been in Manchester for pretty much his whole life.

2.) 15 Mar 2021 10:30:59
I think we need a partner for lindelof who can defend and doesn't give me heart palpitations everytime I see him running back toward goal 😂.

3.) 15 Mar 2021 11:01:53
3 goals conceded in the last 10 games.
Is there a better player in the league than shaw at the moment .

4.) 15 Mar 2021 11:03:58
A "fit" Bailly is much better than Maguire and Lindelof.

{Ed077's Note - but that doesn't exist. Hasn't for many years now.

5.) 15 Mar 2021 11:18:21
Bailly can't stay fit the other issue is he has been really poor on the ball of late .

{Ed077's Note - I don't think Bailly can manage a proper run to build any kind of form and understanding. If he is playing 1 out of 3 games or so OR out injured very other appearance then no surprise his game starts to suffer.

6.) 15 Mar 2021 11:18:42
Yeah Ed077. Tuanzebe is another player who is physical and has good recovery pace.
Not sure if we have a plan for his progression.

{Ed077's Note - He too has to prove he can stay fit for an elongated period of time; which he has managed this season.

7.) 15 Mar 2021 11:21:34

Tbh Bailly has been fit for most of the season. i'd play him alongside Maguire. Our performances are better when he plays.

Last season Maguire took him out twice in the same week during 2 matches which didn't help.

{Ed077's Note - it's the first time in years Bailly has been fit enough to be involved in the playing squad for a month or so without missing games in between. He has to earn the trust to be thrust into the team week in week out. I wouldn't be starting him much if I was Ole either.

If you aren't in the team to build an understanding then those sorts of incidents happen more often. Dislike them as we want and think they aren't of the required level but Lindelof and Maguire are the only CBs who have proven their ability to actually get on the field week in well out. Put in Ole's shoes and they would be starting for me as well.

8.) 15 Mar 2021 11:46:28

I think Bailly and Tuanzebe should play in the EL. Both Maguire and Lindelof need a rest. I get your pont about them starting, but lindelof has a back problem, so rotating him with Bailly and or Tuanzebe would be beneficial.

In regards to his back injury, do you know what his actual back injury is?

{Ed077's Note - I agree that Bailly and Tuanzebe should be the starting in the Europa. Either they do well and prove themselves worthy enough of a place in the squad for next season or they prove doubters like me that we can only afford one of them 2 a squad place.

I have no info about Lindelof back injury, but I do know that back injuries are notoriously hard to track down. If you guys ever want to fake injury, back is the place to fake😂😂 (not suggesting VL is faking btw)

9.) 15 Mar 2021 12:37:36
I think that before you start asking for certain things from a defensive partner you should at least work on the basics of your game.

For the record I doubt Maguire actually said that. Or at least maybe his words were taken out of context. Maybe he was asked.

10.) 15 Mar 2021 13:06:23

Thanks. This summer we certainly need to sign a world class CB. We haven't had one since Rio and Vidic.



11 Mar 2021 22:09:40
You can't say we deserved anything more than a draw. Everything about that performance annoyed me. Maguire was useless yet again, how he's captain I'll never know. Henderson with a poor error. The only positive was that I didn't have to watch Martial sulk in the second half. He's much better with a mask on sat in the stands.

Well done Diallo. A star could be born.


1.) 12 Mar 2021 12:15:46
Bruno should have been captain by now however Ole sees something that others don't.

Diallo and the other youngsters need to keep their head down and work hard and I pray the attitude of players like Martial doesn't rub onto them.



09 Mar 2021 23:00:57
Evening Ed's,

My annual question - what does the summer transfer window hold for Ronaldo. It sounds as thought financially Juventus need to move him on and won't want to lose him on a free in 2022. I imagine the only clubs in the running would be PSG and ourselves.

If we aren't in the running then I apologise in advance for raising this on the United page!




{Ed002's Note - PSG and the MLS could provide options. I did provide more information on the appropriate pages.}

1.) 09 Mar 2021 23:27:41
Thanks - I couldn’t see anything recent so maybe I’m looking in the wrong place? For what it’s worth I hope he has another year or two before a move to the States.

2.) 10 Mar 2021 00:55:22
His nest days are well behind him. We need a top striker to be here for several years. He is not the player we need.

3.) 10 Mar 2021 06:48:26
Best move for him would be to go the states this summer, does he really need one last hurrah in Europe.




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17 Mar 2021 11:51:25
Thanks Ed - I haven't seen enough of Laimer or Leon Bailey to play, can anyone shed some light? I've seen plenty of Ben White and I'm not a huge fan, he's ok but there are better options for (I imagine) cheaper. Andre Silva seems to have come good over in Germany and has a physical presence so could be a sensible move as Haaland is impossible.


{Ed002's Note - Laimer is very well thought of and RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for next summer and some of the interest is driven by the price of Zakaria which has put interested sides off. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund (as a Weigl replacement) and Manchester United (but not until they have sorted out their midfield problems).

Leon Bailey (LW/RW) A player who has had his mojo drifting away and Bayer Leverkusen are open to him moving on. Spurs are keen but want the price to drop further. Prior interest of Everton and Leeds has drifted away - Everton already being over loaded with players who are predominently LW and Leeds have preferred options. Arsenal or Manchester United may offer an option but Arsenal really need to make some decisions on their squad.}



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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.




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23 Jan 2021 14:07:25
Form is temporary mate.

I could only see Grealish being played off the right or in a very attacking midfield 3 alongside Fernandes and a defensive midfielder. It would be exciting viewing, reminiscent to Xavi and Iniesta.




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23 Jan 2021 12:55:05
Pleased to see we are still thinking of Grealish - I’d love to see us adopt the Bayern model of buying up the best domestic league talent.

I’m not sure where exactly he would fit into the side but a player of that quality has to play.




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02 Dec 2020 11:34:53
Many thanks as always, Ed002.

I wouldn't object to any of the out of contract players leaving, with the exception of Cavani who should be renewed for a further year.

Interesting that you mentioned the club may look at left midfielder, I can't understand that when we have Rashford and Martial for that role. Are you able to shed any light onto this please? If you have chance before Christmas a broader transfer target update would be much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Rashford and Martial are forwards not midfield players. Don't expect much if anything in January.}




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02 May 2021 09:36:12
I don’t think you can take anything from it, but I presume you will use it as evidence that Ole is the Messiah.




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28 Apr 2021 22:18:55
In what way did Poch choke just then Shappy? Did he tell Navas to be useless or the wall to part like the Red Sea? Or Gueye to to get sent off?

PSG were fantastic in the first half. You’re so fickle.




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19 Apr 2021 08:16:40
Sounds anything but exciting to me Ken. The beauty of football in this country is the strength in depth of the 4 leagues, the competition in the National League and thriving grass roots football. They’ve all been s*** on from a great height.

How dare a team like Spurs say they are a Super League club when they’ve one bugger all. Clubs like Villa and Forest are much bigger clubs who will now be thrust into some sort of second string domestic league?

The current model needed tweaking to become more sustainable. Tougher FFP laws and more fair distribution of capital across the leagues, especially following the C.V.

So we are now in the position that, apparently, Roma and Villareal will be going straight through to the Europa League final. PSG crowned Champions League winners and god knows what domestically. West Ham champions?




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09 Apr 2021 13:03:31
Or we could pay £75m plus Jones as Jones brings the transfer value down.




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03 Apr 2021 16:36:34
Great connection with Bruno too - would be a very sensible signing.