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05 May 2021 12:24:45
Question to Ed002 if you would oblige please- I seem to remember some written comments about Inter missing payment (s) for the Lukaku transfer and subsequently the outstanding amount was now due? Been over to the European pages and given that inter (amongmany) are not at full health financially, is this right or has the problem gone/ been sorted? TIA.

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{Ed002's Note - There was a delayed payment for two players.}


1.) 05 May 2021 15:04:11
ED002,

What would be the outcome of the delayed payments to the monies owed to the clubs?

Would they have to negotiate a new structured payment plan or perhaps make players available who clubs might be interested in as part of a deal for the monies owed?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing.}


 

 

29 Apr 2021 12:14:56
Question for ed002 if you could please- after the uproar of the ESL, it was suggested that governing bodies and all and sundry would impose sanctions upon the clubs. Has there been any or is there a planned proposal or info? Thanks in advance.

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{Ed002's Note - Legal advice was taken and it came to nothing - there will be no sanctions.}


1.) 29 Apr 2021 14:57:37
Many thanks ed002 - mixed feelings personally as I didn't like the way in which it was rolled out, the esl proposal, whilst think that any sanctions could actually accelerate a change .


2.) 29 Apr 2021 15:31:06
I think we haven’t heard the full details yet, all sorts of stories seem to be leaking, even that some clubs were bounced into it.


3.) 29 Apr 2021 16:15:01
Seems like a right dogs dinner Tony.
The new cl format will give them back door entry possibilities to the cl they just wanted to take control from uefa and keep the money for themselves.


 

 

29 Apr 2021 12:05:27
After reading the usual clickbait regarding the transfer business of utd this summer, there is conflicting accounts on Cavani leaving, staying etc. Would you try and keep him another season or part ways and spend (probably big money) on a replacement?
Personally would let him go with a handshake and thanks as I believe he has reasons to be away and there is not a long term solution with him at utd.

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1.) 29 Apr 2021 12:41:45
It depends on who we're targeting as a replacement. I'd rather keep Cavani than sign a player like Andre Silva for example as I don't think he'd improve us and isn't as good as Cavani anyway. However, if it's let Cavani go and we will target Harry Kane then it's a different story.


2.) 29 Apr 2021 12:44:37
When fit, Cavani has been one of the best in the league.
Amazing professional with a great striker's instinct.

I see him leaving as he wants to stay close to his family. Even his father reiterated the same.


3.) 29 Apr 2021 13:07:19
Would love Cavani to stay one more season. But he often looks (understandably) frustrated by the lack of quality around him. I think he can't be bothered at his age scratching around waiting while Rashford wastes attack after attack blasting pointless shots into defenders legs or row Z.


4.) 29 Apr 2021 16:08:47
Johnny, bit harsh on Rashford who has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season despite playing the majority of games half fit. If I had to pick one of the two for a first 11 it would be Rashford all day every day and twice on Sunday.


5.) 29 Apr 2021 21:03:27
Not many seem convinced by Silva. Not seen much myself, but I suspect opinions will shift if he ends up taking the golden boot from the Euros. I've had a sneaky punt on Portugal (9/ 1).


 

 

22 Mar 2021 21:42:27
Well, after that shocker, its not surprising to see the names we should be signing in the summer!
Rice, Indidi, Haarland, grealish etc but does anyone realistically believe those eg would want to push to leave their current clubs for us?
I will wait with great anticipation ed002s update on what could happen and acknowledge his and others insight but we cannot afford wholesale incomings that are required to make this a go to club for the premier players.

My guess is we could see the need for a good back up keeper, we need at least 1 cb, 1 dm possibly another am or creative mid, atop striker and a right side forward. >7 players and then shipping out equally the same numbers- many on inflated wages that noone will pay fully - ed002 calls it 100% that we are amateurs. As for the manager, he simply isn't cut out for the job, but the rot runs far deeper and further up the club ladder. Very negative showing that is more of a true indicator as to where Man utd are as a club.

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1.) 22 Mar 2021 21:49:34
We'll be back in for Oles number 1 target Matty Longstaff. We need more industry in the midfield.


2.) 23 Mar 2021 03:29:19
Oh mumbles, it was Sean longstaff.


3.) 23 Mar 2021 06:59:44
lol Rohan :)


4.) 23 Mar 2021 09:33:25
Thanks Rohan, I'll sleep easier tonight now.


5.) 23 Mar 2021 09:51:37
Funky, this is exactly it. People say we have a great squad, yet we need to ship out at least 7 players, probably a few more long term who aren't at the required level. While we need to bring in replacements for most of those players, the one who don't need replacing because we have young players who can step up only really don't need replacing IF those young players actually step up.

As we have seen with players like Cleverley, Welbeck etc they might have a lot of promise but they don't always make that step up.

Henderson looks like he could replace DDG, but that doesn't mean he will be able to.

Greenwood looks like he can become a top striker, but he is young and there is a long way to go before he is a top striker.

Will AWB develop the offensive side of his game or will he remain a one dimensional full back, great at defending and poor going forward. If not then is that good enough for a top team?

When looking at the squad does anyone truly feel that any of Joel Pereira, Maguire, Bailly, Jones, Fred, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Andreas Pereira, James or Martial are actually good enough to be part of a title winning team? Are any of them even good enough to be a key squad player playing 20-25 games a season for us?

Then we have players like Pogba who wants out, or Telles and Donny who haven't really settled and kicked on yet. Will they ever?

Players like Lindelof and McTominay are solid squad players, are they or will they be good enough to kick on and become first 11 quality for a title winning side?

We have Bruno, Rashford and Shaw (on this season's form) who are definitely good enough and look like players we can build around.

The rest are young players with potential who we are hoping will kick on and reach that potential, but that could be a few years away yet. Players like Henderson, AWB, Tuanzebe, Williams, Garner, Diallo and Greenwood. Some closer than others currently.

So when we assess this squad we need to sort out the GK situation. Henderson can't stay as back up he either needs to be first choice or leave either on loan or permanently. If he stays as first choice what of DDG, can we have the highest paid player in the league sitting on the bench? Probably not so he'll have to leave. Either way one of DDG or Henderson will leave this summer. Meaning we will need a decent back up keeper as Romero will be out of contract and leaving, while Grant is 90 years old and is retiring.

In defence we have one LB who is good enough and one who hasn't yet proven himself in the EPL. Two RB's with potential but still have a way to go. One squad CB, one with potential but injury prone. The rest aren't good enough.

So we definitely need a couple of CB's who are good enough for a title winning team.

In midfield we have one player who wants to leave (Pogba) who on paper is good enough but often doesn't show enough on the pitch. One in Donny who should be good enough, but is really struggling to adapt. A solid squad player in McTominay. While neither Fred or Matic are good enough. We have hope with Garner, but he is at least another year on loan away in reality.

Again ideally we need two first choice options here. Pogba should leave as should Fred and Matic. If Donny can prove himself then we only need one midfielder. But that's a big if.

We have no wingers at all who are good enough. James is a squad player at best. Rashford and Greenwood are strikers who play wide to find space to run at defenders with the ball. But neither are creative enough. Diallo might start to have a squad role over the next year or so.

We 100% need a creative winger who is first team quality. Otherwise all creativity will have to flow through Bruno.

Strikers is a weird one. Martial isn't good enough, he has the quality in his feet but he doesn't have an elite mentality to enable him to use his talents consistently. Rashford plays better from wide left. Cavani looks decent but not quite elite when he is fit enough to play. But at 34 isn't even a short term solution. However, Greenwood has the potential to be an elite striker and will need regular minutes as a striker if he is to reach that potential.
For me the striker situation is all about creating a pathway for Greenwood while not putting a the pressure on him right away to allow him time to develop. We either need to bring in a top level elite striker who is in their late 20's or early 30's, ideally between the ages of 28-31. Someone who can be first choice for a couple of years before being back up to Greenwood in 2-3 years time. Or if we can't get that sort of player then we need to look at a player the next step down from elite level, someone who can carry the burden with Greenwood but won't block him as he develops.


So ideally we need a back-up keeper, at least one CB but ideally two. At least one midfielder, but maybe two. At least one winger and a striker. A minimum of 5 players maybe 7.

While we would need to move on at least as many of not more to make the space in the squad.


6.) 23 Mar 2021 12:25:04
I think cleverly and Wellbeck have epl medals. I think they did step up when called upon by a great manager.
Short memory.
But they Cornhill do it without a great manager just like some of our players now.
Robertson was not regarded a great left back till he played for a great manager.
Henderson never mentioned in the same breath as Keane until he played for a great manager.
Matip a fee transfer from Germany but cl and epl winner under a great manager.
Put ole in charge of city and they struggle imo but they are rebated great players under pep.


7.) 23 Mar 2021 15:47:07
i would like to see a back three- bailly/ tuanzebe/ maguire with awb and shaw as wingback- crazy but play llndlehof as dm then rash bruno and vdb/ mactom with cavani up front- based on who we have. it surely can't be worse than what we have witnessed on occasion.


 

 

 

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11 May 2021 10:56:18
Shappy I think 80 mil is a low budget even for us but if you add the sales then maybe. i reckon the positions noted need addressing but agaain it depends on price and availability. Agree with a journey man GK but if DDG or Hendo goes a top Gk is a must, rb cover not high as long as we have keep williams but I think he'll go if only on loan. CB is the biggy- torres, varane is my bet on the clubs top 2 but wouldn't rule out milenkovic. Mid and DM are 2 areas we may need to address if pogba goes as well as matic (possible Roma)? Camavinga will be mega bucks as will be rice- would like brozovic will inter listen? Grealish will be mooted but again price. If available would look at pulisic - don't think chelsea manager fancies him. I guess we'll have to do 2 things, wait for sharkopod and the window itself.

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11 May 2021 10:43:45
Shappy re strikers- kane is up there as is his probable fee but vlahovic at fiorentina, daka, silva, icardi, vieto. Okay Icardi is more proven but the price tags won't bust the bank and all reletively young with potential- whose to say Haarland will thrive in EPL- everything is a risk.
Obviously the parameters change all the time and now Cavani is staying 1 more year I can see more lieage in bringing in a rough diamond as opposed to 300k per week 150m man.

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10 May 2021 17:36:42
shappy - you make the points well but we have a nation of players that we first of all can get mainly small but a couple of decent fees for, that are on salaries 50-100k+ pw and also we can use as bargaining chips. Apart from the keepers,
IN Defence- telles, lindlehof, jones, tuanzebe dalot all could go.
We would get fees for 3/ 4 of them and wages off the books.
Midfield- van de beak, mata, matic, periera, again fees off them in dvdb a decent chunk return + wages
Forwards - Dan james, martial, chong
and then we have the imo 2 players that will determine who and how many go- lingard, pogba.
Amad and pellestri were bought for the future and we have built up a decent amount of younguns for the future, add in shoretire, hannibal, mengi and hughill, garner levitt to name a few . It can be achieved but it doesn't have to be sub standard additions to fill all the boxes in order to hit budget. Alas the major problem is who will be selecting and negotiating: that's the position we need to get right.

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10 May 2021 17:20:21
UA - by a younger striker -I meant one with at least 4/ 5 years in the tank at a decent level- personally I would stay away from HAarland - Way too much for a stiker playing in inferior quality leagues
Kane is quality but Levy would want double his worth, he spent weeks out the last couple of seasons. I know there isn't many about but but there are players out there.

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10 May 2021 14:30:20
Shappy not stirring up the debate again but if true i can see both sides
Heads) great tutor for several players on all aspects of the game but
Tails) it stops the purchase of a younger stiker now who could give us several years service and also takes up best part of 1 million a month in wages from the wage budget!

With him, DDG out on loan and pogba in wages alone we could cover 5/ 6 quality additions - I know which direction I would take.

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10 May 2021 13:12:30
Cheers Ed002- makes more sense after you fill in the background thanks- totally agree re cavani - can't wait for the sharkapod going to be a very interesting summer window.

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10 May 2021 12:01:53
Ed002 - that's a pretty expensive shopping list if going for quality in all though positions - wouldn't for a moment disagree that its needed but could you think the megabucks could/ will be available after the last 18 months?
I suppose that a few million could be offset by sales as we have a lot of players not getting minutes on big pay deals.

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{Ed002's Note - Well at least 2 of the 4 first team GKs are leaving in the summer and even if they promote one then they will still need one. If either of the other two leave then the club will need to look at the higher end. TFM left without being replaced and I am told by someone close to the situation that there is no suitable replacement in the U23s. I expect at least Jones to depart and the stand out youngster Lukasz Bejger has gone. So A decent CB is needed - and that might be the big spend of the summer. In midfield something needs to happen with regards vDB, Lingard, Mata and PP. So I can see an addition. The club need to see if the two youngsters who arrived last summer meet their RW needs or if they need to return to screwing around over Sancho or looking again at their huge list of other options. The club will look to keep Cavani to save money on buying a replacement - but that might be a false economy.}


 

 

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08 May 2021 12:12:10
GDS2 cheers fella- thought there was but everything a bit of a muddle this last year. At least that's one headache not to worry about atm for the fans.

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08 May 2021 08:54:09
Go all out to secure top 3 - then rest anyone we can before the final. We don't want 4th to avoid a qualifying round of ECL. Leicester made our task easier last nite and will definately be looking at the cup game so again there for the taking imo.

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07 May 2021 13:03:20
totally agree Tony that's why i said he needs complete rest- his game has changed because he is injured or not 100% and also striking up a rapport with pogba on left isn't there yet. Over last 2 seasons he is left wingewr, right winger and striker not only in different games but in the same game- that doesn't help him either but even then he has a pretty decent goal return that would be 10 goals better if he was left to fully recover.

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