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23 Sep 2019 07:55:20
Hey Eds,

Is it too soon to ask about January targets?


{Ed002's Note - Clubs do not look to do business in Jaunary - clubs don't wish to sell and be disrupted. However they could look to resolving the RW situation and potentially look to replace Matic (if the can sell him).

Eric Dier (DM) bereft of any ideas Manchester United have returned to another Mourinho target and made an enquiry to a third party about whether or not he would be open to a move as a replacement for NM
Hakon Evjen (RW/AM) signed for AZ after rejecting Manchester City - Manchester Uniter were planning on a January offer. Scratch him.
Isaac Lihadji (RW) kiddie from Marseille who is attracting interest of several leading sides - will not be interested in joining MU. Scratch him.

1.) 23 Sep 2019 15:11:27
oh dear.

2.) 23 Sep 2019 15:43:14
Do we not have any scouting team? Dier can't get into the Tottenham team ahead of Moussa sissoko.

3.) 23 Sep 2019 18:38:45
I’m weeping inside.

4.) 23 Sep 2019 20:03:10
dier would rather keep matic they are both as bad as each other.

5.) 23 Sep 2019 21:03:11
That would be a Dier signing.

6.) 24 Sep 2019 12:13:38
I would not worry about January signings.
I would be more concerned about who our manager will be in the new year.
Woody has his firing pistol at the ready, just waiting for the moment to pull the trigger.
If Ole continues as he his, it won't be long.
Results speak for themselves I'm afraid.

7.) 24 Sep 2019 14:09:51
Prioritise a proven Right sided forward who can add goals, then a CM, then a ST, then another CM.

Some options that have been mentioned.

RW: Sancho, Willian, Richarlison, Bale, Chiesa
CM: Rice, SMS, Longstaff, Ndidi, Maddison, Bruno Fernandes, Tonali, Havertz, Eriksen
ST: Haaland, Mandzukic, Zlatan, Dybala

There are no guarantees when signing new players, and I imagine our next 4 signings will be at least £50m each. Perhaps we need to move away from such expensive players.
Dan James looks to be having a good impact and he didn't break the bank.

When you look at players Liverpool signed a few years ago (before they became CL winners again, and after Brenda nearly won the league) you notice Matip and Milner on free transfers, Klavan £4m, Gomez £5m, Karius £5m, Wijnaldum and Robertson £35m and £8m from relegated teams. Even the expensive signings weren't seen as world class at the time (e. g. Firminho, Salah, Mane, Ox, all less than £40m I think)

I know they aren't all key starters for them, but they have all played a role in the evolution of the team. I guess all I'm saying is not every signing needs to be a player who walks straight into our starting XI for £80m.

It would be good if we could identify players that weren't 'obvious', like we used to with Park, Vidic, van der Sar, Chicarito, Nani, Valencia, Smalling (a few examples) . Makes you think there is some thought gone into it, rather than just reacting on impulse and trying to buy the players everyone else wants.

8.) 24 Sep 2019 21:16:19
Oh Dear, Dier.



23 Oct 2015 08:31:26
Could any Eds shed light on Ballagues comments this morning regarding messi having been contacted by 2 BPL teams? !


{Ed002's Note - It would not be an FFP issue in any one year for a number of clubs but it would be an issue for any club looking to do any other business over forthcoming years. And the amounts of money involved are well beyond significant. As I have explained before, although Barcelona have not been hawking Messi around, my expectation remains that Messi will be available and Barcelona will start looking to rebuild around Neymar from January 2016 when they can start bring players in again. And I expect that Barcelona will make Messi available from next summer - regardless of who the manager is at that time. Whether or not there would be any takers is another matter, and Barcelona are well aware of that and are looking at the same of others to raise funds. A number of questions were asked of representatives of UEFA in December 2014 regarding the transfer of the financially very high-end players and the impact on FFP. It is clear that exceptions would need to be put in place as the alternative could be lawsuits from players regarding restrictions on trade. In the past Messi has turned down a transfer to one side who had agreed to meet Barcelona's then €250M price tag, and Barcelona and a commercial partner resisted an approach by a commercial organisation on behalf of an English side with an offer to buy, or at least part fund, the player. I am aware that in Spain there has been speculation about an offer being made during the summer 2014 transfer window, but it is "largely" incorrect. This all started in 2012 when in mid December Anzhi made an offer to Barcelona that matched the €250M euro release clause that existed in his contract, and put up what I am told was a "very" significant personal package. However, Messi was not interested in a move to Russia and Barcelona did not want to sell - so Messi, in early February 2013, extended his contract with Barcelona. In the early summer of 2013 efforts were being made by Adidas to broker a deal that would get Messi away from Nike and to one of their three high-profile clubs. Very quickly Real Madrid were ruled out and with Pep Guardiola moving to Bayern Munich that pretty much saw the end of any chance of a move there (given the strained relationship) at the time. This left Chelsea and I can confirm that discussions were held about making a firm bid - at this point we are in late 2013 and early 2014 and Messi was in a verbal spat with Barcelona about getting a further extension - which the club were against. Ultimately, the player was (at least in his eyes) available during the Spring of 2014 and at that point Chelsea and Adidas made his management representatives and Barcelona aware of what they would be willing to do to make a transfer happen. Since then he has again extended his contract with Barcelona. I understand that again they see three possible destinations for the player but I am not going to get involved in any further speculation at this time. The situation will be if the right money were offered then Barcelona would be open to selling - and if the package were good enough, the player would consider any offers. The difficulties include his tax issues and the vast amounts of money involved.}

1.) 23 Oct 2015 13:39:18
Messi next summer then or Ronaldo!

But seriously, it could be a very interesting year or two with the two worlds best players potentially leaving their clubs and moving on - will be a fascinating development regardless of who is involved. I guarantee that we would make an effort for either though.

2.) 23 Oct 2015 16:03:12
Thanks Ed, quite interesting.

3.) 23 Oct 2015 16:24:50
I beleive a football finance guy actually reported to the bbc a while back that only us and Madrid have the resources to purchase Messi.

4.) 24 Oct 2015 11:53:56
Thanks for the response! Very interesting reading!

{Ed002's Note - No problem. As for the previous post, the "football finance guy" was wrong if that is what was told to the BBC.}

5.) 24 Oct 2015 13:20:18
Would be a waste of money.

6.) 24 Oct 2015 19:23:49
Can't see either moving. Maybe in the summer of 2017 but not if they keep going at the rate they are going. Neither seems to show any decline and by all accounts unaffordable as most teams would need to sell half their players thereafter and prune wages as ed002 puts it.

7.) 24 Oct 2015 20:12:12
That's why it would be a waste of money. We have other issues.

8.) 24 Oct 2015 23:13:01
Messi wouldn't have the toughness of character for the premier league.

My guess would be PSG in Ligue 1.

9.) 25 Oct 2015 01:08:04
I'm sorry but this is just crazy talk. Messi is a great player and would be a great player in any league. Do you not think he has been targeted and kicked /double man marked in the Spanish league? I've seen games in the last where he has has 3 players constantly tracking him.

He would be the most fouled player in the league but he would still be amazing.

{Ed007's Note - And he'd still be a cheat!}

10.) 25 Oct 2015 07:40:50

100% agree and absurd to think he would not light up the Pl like he does the spanish league or any other league. For me the best in the world in any league but we will never see him at United.

11.) 25 Oct 2015 08:36:31
Ed you said that "Adidas wanted to get Messi away from Nike" do you mean in terms of the fact the Barcelona strip has a Nike logo because as far as I am aware he signed up with Adidas in 2006 as I remember a high profile law suit by Nike against Adidas at the time?

Also to anyone who says he will be a waste of money or wouldn't be a hit the PL get your head your ***. He is the best of the best and even better than what was previously known as the best, infact he is the definition of the best and the Oxford dictionary should be looking to add the word Messi as a new synonym for the word best.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, they wanted to get him away from a club sponsored by Nike to one of the three high profile clubs they sponsored.}

12.) 25 Oct 2015 13:50:49
Maze stop being a fud. I agree he's a top player but we have other priorities.

Can we afford to pay 180 million plus all the hidden transfer costs plus 500000 a week in wages for 1 player?

At a time when we need to ease Rooney out and think about a long term replacement given martial and Wilson are both teenagers. We need a right winger. We need a long term replacement for Carrick and Schweinsteiger. We could do with a utility fullback who could cover Shaw and Darmian rather than using young and Valencia. Given the question marks over rojo and jones and that blind is a fill in we need a centre back.

I think that's a better use of money than playing fantasy football.



28 Jul 2015 15:50:10
Do any of the eds know if we have shown any interest in benzema, i would much prefer him to lewandowski et al.


{Ed004's Note - he will most likely be staying at Madrid this season}



21 Jan 2015 18:33:44
With Chelsea being strongly linked with Cuadrado have we shown any interest, or is there a chance of snatching from the clutches of jose by matching his buyout clause?


{Ed002's Note - Barcelona were looking to replace Dani Alves with Cuadrado but due to the delay in the sale of Alves lost out to Fiorentina in the summer who finalised the purchase of the rights held by Udinese. That gave them full control over the future of the player but efforts to get an auction between Monaco, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona failed. Manchester United would certainly like Cuadrado, but it would have to be "at the right price". He remains of interest to Chelsea and they have scheduled talks with his agent, but they too will want to avoid an auction and the price they have in mind is far from that being asked by Fiorentina. He has not been playing particularly well and Fiorentina would likely consider a January sale if they can sign a replacement - and if they can get a decent price.}

1.) 21 Jan 2015 20:57:27
Thanks for your quick response! Very insightful




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26 Jun 2019 09:06:16
With the increasing fan protest against the the Glazers, do any of the Eds have any insight regarding the sale of the club or interested parties?


{Ed002's Note - No - if the Toxics get their way I personally hope that the club moves in to institutional ownership and the supporters will really get what they deserve. Untill then the Toxics will continue to attempt to destroy the club and the decent fans will suffer.}

1.) 26 Jun 2019 09:32:54
Ed do you agree though that the club has been run as their own piggy bank the last 10 years?
City have had a billion pumped in. We have had a billion paid out in dividends, directors fees etc in the same time span. City got Txiki in to sort the recruitment which paved the way for Pep. We got Ed and David Moyes.
End of the day the Glazers own the club and can do what they want but we look at Liverpool and City. They don't pay their owners dividends. They have invested in the club. Not just the team. The Glazers have never put a penny of their own money into the club. Its been take take take. Its not even to do with the money in my head. Its the piss poor recruitment behind the scenes. This has transffered onto the pitch and now we are at the point where we need a massive rebuild on the pitch too. Now clubs will bend us over a barrell. I bet Liverpool wtc wouldn't be quoted the money for AWB by Palace but they know we are desperate and will pay it.
We used to be a a club that players wanted to join for the chance to win big trophies. Now its for the wages and we don't have a billionaire sugar daddy financing it all by getting a friend to sponsor Peps en suite in his office for 200 mill a season.
The club is at a crossroads. Get the next 2 years wrong and I beleive we will struggle to get anywhere near the success we had under the current owners.

{Ed002's Note - No of course it hasn't. It is nothing whatsoever to do with Manchester City. I don't think you understand the finances at Liverpool or Manchester City - you need to forget the money as a lot of what you have said is embarrassing.

The owners are not responsible for the recruitment - aside from failing to understand the finances the Manchester United fans have no grasp of how the business is run at all. Crystal Palace are not looking to charge Manchester United any more for a player than they would from Liverpool - you are deluded.

The club has the well deserved problems that it does because of the Toxics - I warned you all at the time.

Now all of this has started again just because Spurs have gone to sign a player that the club has no interest in. It is stupid and very, very embarrassing seeing all of this whining.}

2.) 26 Jun 2019 11:31:10
For some reason people feel the need to blame someone.

3.) 26 Jun 2019 10:53:19
Im not looking at the Ndombele transfer at all. i'm looking at a club that has been a football powerhouse that us now in free fall. It can't be all the fans fault. It shows a proper lack of backbone if the club does what the fans want all the time and if that is the case, I would say the wrong people are running things at the club.
11 years ago we had one of the best teams I have seen. Now we have no identity in our play. No passion. While I understand you saying the fans got Moyes and LVG the boot, surely the were never the right men in the first place?
We have never been ruthless in the market. After 99 and 08 we stagnated. That was the time to go big. Get the best players in. After SAF and Gill left, the same should have been done. The best coach/ manager and a top cheif exec and maybe a Technical Director. We didnt. We let a tactically inept Moyes take over and LVG who played football from the 90s. They are appointments from the top of the club and I am sure the Glazers have to green light it at the advice of their cheif exec. Yes the fans drummed them out but it was dross to watch. Bobby Charlton always said that Old Trafford was there to entertain the working man who had spent their hard earned money. There was no entertainment for any United fan in those years. Yet, we keep announcing record breaking commercial deals. It felt the football took a backseat. It was all about the bottom line. Sure, some fans will look the other way if success is in tandem but its not. For 25 years the club built a dynasty and now it feels like its been pissed away in 5 years.
Like I said the buck has to stop somewhere Ed and it can not be at the feet of the fans. There is no way the club is being run correctly in my view. Its hatdly like the infrastructure was never there and when I say in my view, I mean from the players on the pitch, the coaches, the transfer dealings and contracts. Take money out of the equation, as you say we struggle to understand that and I am a simple bloke. I make my judgements on the teams form these last 5 years and the crazy contracts given out. Its not good enough. Crazy decisions and it makes the club look foolish. So again, the question is who takes the blame?

{Ed002's Note - (a) It is in the position it is in (which is totally deserved) because of the Toxics - I explained at the time what would happen - and it has. (b) You obviously don't understand how the business is run.}

4.) 26 Jun 2019 14:39:14
Hi Ed002,

Please don’t bite my head off for asking this but, given your impeccable insights into how clubs are run, is there any truth in Woodward’s reported reluctance to sell Pogba? (I appreciate this might just be media mischief making! )

If there is, is it for footballing reasons (ie keep your best players) or for business reasons, such as him bro g tied into a commercial deal with Adidas and their sponsorship of the club? (Again, apologies if I e been taken in by scurrilous media reports)

Any insights would be greatly appreciated, many thanks as always!

{Ed002's Note - Paul Pogba wants out and if a suitable offer is made to the club and player then it will happen. MU will try to avoid players being included in any deal.}

5.) 27 Jun 2019 08:48:58
Thanks for taking the time to reply Ed, much appreciated!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



22 Jan 2017 13:03:45
Forst of all, a huge well done to Rooney, quite the achievement and sometimes not the credit deserved these days, with that said. have any clubs showed any interest in taking Rooney, hea far from firat choice now and has a substantial wage bill, leaving on a high note may be a good option for him


1.) 22 Jan 2017 14:53:21
he might do a scholes giggs .
just keep going playing a lesser role as he gets older

2.) 22 Jan 2017 15:14:08
I don't see that myself. Rooney typically needs to be a starter, he loses sharpness far too quickly if he isn't playing regularly.

If he isn't first choice next season (which I doubt he will be), then he will move on if he intends to play to the best of his ability. Just depends how much he wants to rot on the bench and pick up his hefty pay packet, no way will he get a new contract imo.

He looked really sharp a few weeks ago, but Jose clearly doesn't see him as a regular starter anymore - sold/ let go in the summer or even before now the record has gone is my guess.

3.) 22 Jan 2017 15:20:48
rot on the bench
or continue to be a part of a squad that he has played for, for the last 13 year?

4.) 22 Jan 2017 15:21:07
he might be happy playing for united

5.) 22 Jan 2017 15:35:02
Yes rot on the bench.

It's his call, but I don't think he is very effective when not fully match fit and he gets match fit only by playing regularly. I'm sure he is happy playing at United, but it's a competitive environment and I would like the very best players given games, rather than sentiment being a driving force.

Do you think he is going to be a starter next season? Do you think he plays better coming off the bench or from the start? Do you think his best is good enough now to warrant his pay or even a new contract?

6.) 22 Jan 2017 15:35:02
Yes rot on the bench.

It's his call, but I don't think he is very effective when not fully match fit and he gets match fit only by playing regularly. I'm sure he is happy playing at United, but it's a competitive environment and I would like the very best players given games, rather than sentiment being a driving force.

Do you think he is going to be a starter next season? Do you think he plays better coming off the bench or from the start? Do you think his best is good enough now to warrant his pay or even a new contract?

7.) 22 Jan 2017 16:02:05
the money brand rooney makes for united prob covers his contract
he is not a starter this season like mata and co who imo aren't rotting on the bench .
can he be effective of the bench he got us a point yesterday .
as players get older there roles in a squad change. giggs scholes etc

rot on the bench or part of a squad?
spurs is the only game when fit he hasn't played .

8.) 22 Jan 2017 16:20:38
You are clutching at straws and you are wrong about the Spurs part. There have been numerous games this season where Rooney has been on the bench.

Didn't think it would take you long to pull the goal out the bag to justify Rooney staying with us until he is drawing his pension. You realise it was a freekick, Stuart Pearce could probably still bang in free kicks now?

9.) 22 Jan 2017 16:32:03
Smart thing would be to sell him and free up wages I think.

10.) 22 Jan 2017 16:39:46
its a squad game beast, as players get older there role change, the spurs game is the only time he has been on the bench and not come on.

is mata rotting on the bench rashford martial? or is a squad game?
is every player who starts on the bench rotting?

it was a free kick? so what most player miss freekicks even pearce.

the problem is you say he can't effect games from the bench but he did . only yesterday your opinion is never backed up by facts

11.) 22 Jan 2017 16:43:15
angle ar we skint, struggling for cash?

12.) 22 Jan 2017 16:39:46
its a squad game beast, as players get older there role change, the spurs game is the only time he has been on the bench and not come on.

is mata rotting on the bench rashford martial? or is a squad game?
is every player who starts on the bench rotting?

it was a free kick? so what most player miss freekicks even pearce.

the problem is you say he can't effect games from the bench but he did . only yesterday your opinion is never backed up by facts

13.) 22 Jan 2017 16:43:15
angle ar we skint, struggling for cash?



07 Dec 2016 13:57:46
Hello, a lot has been made regarding signings at United, but could any of the ed's provide information on out goings at the club with possible suitors?


{Ed002's Note - When I get time to do the sharkopod.}

1.) 07 Dec 2016 16:09:18
Thanks Ed, looking forward to it.



29 Jun 2016 21:36:18
I'm currently working in Germany, and its being reported over here that German bookies Bwin have slashed there odds of manu signing Draxler from 11/ 1 - 3/ 1 overnight due to a significant number of bets/ money being placed on the transfer last night. probably nothing but thougt i'd share.




12 May 2016 13:38:31
do any of the Ed's actually know what Mourinho's plans are. All we have to go by is the rags which provide very little accurate information?


{Ed004's Note - He isn't even garunteed the job not sure anyone knows what his plans are}

1.) 13 May 2016 09:23:31
I think he will be our next manager and the deal was done some time ago.

2.) 13 May 2016 10:52:02
X files, can you enlighten us how you think the deal was done a while ago?

I believe Jose will come but I don't think Man Utd made any 'deal' with him ages ago. I'm sure most of the eds have alluded to that.

3.) 13 May 2016 11:31:56
Jose stated he didn't want to come in mid season. He has since declined offers from Roma PSG and Real Madrid. Have you ever known him to be this quite in all the time he has been a manager. The reason for this could well be a deal which was signed in January. The bookies very rarely get things wrong (Leicester) and they have had him as our next boss since the day after he was sacked by Chelski . It is going to happen shortly (10th June) 😆😆.

4.) 13 May 2016 12:24:46
If a deal was signed in January, wouldn't it have been made known publicly to shareholders?

And the bookies get it wrong a lot. They simply don't care about being right or wrong, they only want to ensure that they make money. He is only favourite because punters have put a lot of money on him.

5.) 13 May 2016 14:53:09
Do people really think that jose and mendes have not been in contact with woody and vice versa and both don't know the others plans

Why would a manager with the rep of jose still be out of work .
I would be amazed if he didn't know what his next job was going to be.

6.) 13 May 2016 15:07:23
I doubt shareholders have a "right" to know about managerial appointments ahead of time. IF Mourinho was joining the board in some capacity then maybe that is different.

IF he has joined then we should be a force next year, 6 months of total preparation - deals will be done and waiting to be announced. We'll be a real force next year once we get rid of this has-been.

7.) 13 May 2016 16:19:59
Beast I think this has already been spoken about. Look it up. If United have had a contract signed by Mourinho it 'has' to be declared to the shareholders. That is but a fact.

Maybe one of the eds can correct us on that.




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14 Mar 2018 18:22:36
I think Joachaim Low would be a viable option, as well as Ancellotti.




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03 Sep 2017 13:14:44
Im sure Ed002 mentioned maybe 18 month back that the Glazers were actually looking to sell around now, can any of the Eds confirm this?


{Ed002's Note - The exchange rate has shelved plans most foreign owners had for selling for now.}



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10 Aug 2017 15:44:41
Just to help you out READ THE F*****G Page.


{Ed007's Note - That's not right.}



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31 Jul 2016 10:59:19
Side note schweingsteiger doesn't mean pig commander - its more pig farmer.




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05 Jul 2016 20:12:26
not too sure why some posters are getting abit arsey. this is a rumours site, it's only because the Ed's are insightful that they get a lot of questions, if the Ed's decide to step away for a while then that's fair enough, it can go back to being a rumours site, so many people get crap on here, you Guy's come on here to see if there are any new questions or leaks etc. and then condemn people when they ask relevant questions. It's people who are rude or disrespectful to other posters that apathy should be showed to.

Anyway, that aside thanks for the reply Ed002.





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07 Aug 2019 11:01:14
Anyone get the feeling Ed002 can’t wait for thursday 8PM.




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19 Aug 2017 14:11:46
Martial surely has to start next game!




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19 Dec 2016 07:47:53
What about martial, playing wing now but definitely a forward jn the making and equally a very young man.




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17 Nov 2016 12:20:33
Here is the thing, there are always going to be 'trolls' on any site like this it's the internet! it's a shame a small minority have to be so confrontational. At the end of the day the Ed's give us prompt and informative responses, if you disagree that's fine but have some respect!