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10 Oct 2020 15:00:50
The young Swansea CB Joe Rodon may be heading to Spurs seemingly but I'm conscious he was noted by the Eds as a player we've looked at previously. Is a move to Tottenham a done deal or someone United could yet look to before the 16Oct deadline?


{Ed002's Note - I had said there was no interest.}

1.) 10 Oct 2020 16:47:00
Thanks Ed002. Hope you're having a good weekend.

{Ed002's Note - A very busy weekend. But thanks.}



15 Aug 2020 12:29:08
Eds know if there's been any genuine United interest in Chilwell at Leicester? Or the usual United clickbait? I think he's Chelsea bound.

Talking of leftbacks one of our ex scouts apparently made not one, not two, but forty reports on a certain Alphonso Davies with a strong recommendation to sign him. Maybe our scouts aren't as crap as what we think. Their info just isn't acted on.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by MU.}

1.) 15 Aug 2020 14:23:23
Only appeared in the news a couple of days ago. get the feeling it’s just one of those stories to set up ‘chilwell chooses Chelsea over united’ headlines.

2.) 15 Aug 2020 18:27:50
Cheers Ed. Suspected it was the usual press BS.



21 Jul 2020 20:01:22
Sancho deal is done.
He's getting on the plane to us on 27July.
Just hope it's not the same one Sneijder is still taxiing on the runway.


1.) 21 Jul 2020 20:37:48
I doubt it mate.

2.) 22 Jul 2020 12:29:04
I remember John Obi Mikel holding up a United shirt all signed sealed and delivered. So don't blame me for keeping my powder dry on this one until I see him out on the pitch for us.

3.) 22 Jul 2020 18:22:38
Yes John Obi Mikel was a strange one. We did technically buy him and sold him to Chelsea before he kicked a ball as I recall. He was a good player for them.



30 Jun 2020 12:50:45
Hi Eds
Is it possible to provide any updated list of United's transfer targets? Comments on Sky today attributed to United suggesting we'd only pay £50m for Sancho so assume we can definitely scratch him from the list.

Just the 37 points behind Liverpool so clearly it's time to penny pinch : (

Federico Chiesa at Inter and Ferran Torres at Valencia previously mentioned as RW alternatives. Do you see either appearing in a United shirt next season? Or do you see a cheaper option such as Willian for a free transfer being what our glorious leaders will opt for.

Criminal not to address RW with a genuine class player in the next transfer window.


{Ed002's Note - Again, I don't really think much has changed at the moment and the club will look to to prioritise. Previously a DM would have been a target, but a new contract for Matic has delayed the immediate need. A versatile left sided CM/AM (ideally Jack Grealish) is still wanted. There is interest in the future with interest in Jude Bellingham remaining but a move being unlikely right now. Joe Hugill being taken as an option to Gelhardt. The club need to decide what to do about adding a striker with Odion Ighalo being the low cost option post his loan ending in January.

There are other youngsters the club have an interest in and could still look to cherry-pick like Ricky-Jade Jones and Kalvin Phillips. Then the issue shifts to players departing to make space. Donny van der Beek (CM) and Saul Niguez (CM) interest will have gone if Pogba decides to run down his contract next season because the club are holding him to ransom and may have no Champions League - and there is interest in both playersfrom elsewhere. A decision needs to be made as Manchester United may have the chance to replace Pogba with one of these players but they continue to make matters difficult for themselves.

In terms of Jadon Sancho, it is the overall cost of the package that is the major issue. His "agent" has approached other sides offering a better deal in terms of fees but both see the overall package as too high. Ferran Torres wants to be elsewhere and I don't see that happening. Federico Chiesa remains a very good option as I have explained. I doubt Manchester United woul offer Willian a three year contract if he becomes available.}

1.) 30 Jun 2020 14:04:43
Thanks Ed. Chiesa and Saul would be immense but Pogba running his contract down looks more likely.

2.) 30 Jun 2020 15:12:29
You'd like to think United will make a reasonable amount from sales with Smalling, Rojo, Jones, Pereira, Lingard and others available. Having any takers for the majority of them may be difficult though.

Chiesa looks like the best option at the moment. He's also played in a front two so the split striker tactic which we deploy when playing 3 at the back could suit him as well.

Ed, I don't suppose United have looked at Traore? I'd guess his cost would be very high as well.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for Traore.}

3.) 30 Jun 2020 21:26:33
Thanks Ed2 for the update.
My I ask what the options On the table to get rid of Pogba are?

You keep saying we are messing it up and making it difficult.
Sounds to me like there would be a reasonable offer on the table and the Plan to replace him with Saul/ van de Beek is done as well and we are just too stupid to sign it all off.

Is that really the case?

Thanks A lot in advance.

{Ed002's Note - There are none right now Jonny.}

4.) 01 Jul 2020 11:37:54
But we missed the opportunity last summer, right?
In hindsight it would have been way smarter to get Bruno in and sell Paul to Real Madrid.
But hindsight is a bitch 😂

What is the preferred option within United at the moment?
Keep Paul (with an extension) or sell him off and sign Van de Beek or Saul?

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United are not communicating with PP's representative who is focussed on other transfers now. van der Beek is now considering options and has permission to speak to other clubs. Nothing is happening with Saul.}

5.) 01 Jul 2020 14:24:24
So we would need to engage his agent in new talks to move this forward, otherwise nothing is going to happen?

Seems to me like stubborn kids waiting for the other to say sorry first. Guess time plays against the club here.

No chance of signing van der Beek regardless of what happens to Paul? He doesn’t seem to be overpriced to me.

What’s the deal with Sancho right now?
It seems we have set a max of 50mil for his transfer fee. Is that due to the fact that we can‘t negotiate the agent and possible third parties down and try to get the total costs down?
Or is it trying to safe face after it‘s clear we will not be able to sign him?
Any other angle I‘m missing?

Thanks a lot for your insights and time.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Manchester United seem to have no interest in moving this forward and the interested sides are looking at their other options. (2) The club would need to make space in the side for van der Beek. (3) The situation with Sancho is the price as I have explained - and perhaps his desire to move elsewhere. I know nothing of any maximum transfer fee (any limit would be on the total upfront costs not just part of it). There is nothing to stop Manchester United negotiating with his agent but he has offered a better deal to two other sides already - but it hasn't helped.}

6.) 01 Jul 2020 15:40:17
Thanks Ed!

1) is there an explanation for this? Are they expecting/ hoping Paul will extend if he doesn’t get the move?
2) so van der Beek wouldn’t join as it is right now?
3) I was talking about the Max fee of 50 million quid wandering through the press right now. Not saying I believe it, but that’s why I am asking you. What kind of fee is the agent looking for?

Thanks and have a good evening.

{Ed002's Note - (1) Because they are hopeless amateurs. (2) Where would he play? It is Grealish they will look to first. (3) His agent is looking for €50M from Manchester United. Plus there are other fees it seems easy for people to ignore.}

7.) 01 Jul 2020 16:39:35
Thanks Ed.
1)it seems Woodward/ the Team will only ever concentrate on one deal And then move on to the next.
Is that actually what’s happening?
2) he could rotate with Bruno and Paul
3) is there any reasoning for the 50 Million? Or us it simply a case of using your power over the player to extract the Max amount?
Have we paid such excessive, at least it sounds to me, before? Habe we set a precedent there?


{Ed002's Note - (1) I don't know, people keep naming Woodward but there are others involved and the club's structure is not something to be discussed. (2) Sure, but this sounds like the Liverpool's fans viewpoint on how they will be using Mbappe, Dybala and many others they are signing. You need to keep in mind that the squad is restricted to 25 over 21 and only 17 non Home Grown. Manchester United have the opportunity to cherry pick between the likes of van der Beek, Milinkovic-Savic and Saul as higher-end options to replace Pogba but have completely lost direction with the main issue they should have been working on. Grealish is the one unrelated to this as he offers something different - as does Cantwell who was also looked at. (3) It is nothing to do with power over the player it is to do with a planned rule change. It is cheaper for two other sides. The fees paid for the transfer of Pogba from Juventus were not dissimilar, but I don't want to open that up again.}

8.) 01 Jul 2020 19:37:35
So if Utd wait a year they would hope to get an overall cheaper deal?

{Ed002's Note - They cannot be that stupid.}

9.) 01 Jul 2020 23:02:14
Seems like the club need to grow a set get the player and agent in a room and ask the question if he wants to stay in not (if they have t already) then act on it with pogba rather than being childish and acting like nothings happening because pogba hasn't said it in person to them (although he did say it in a addidas press appearance last year!? ) If we can choose between Saul van de beek and SMS I'd sell pogba and bring in Donny and Saul. I'd also give grealish a miss as I don't see whatever the club seems too especially at the supposed fees. Would aouar from Lyon not be a better option for the am/ lm ed?



29 Jun 2020 11:58:58
Hi Eds and all.
Any updates on Sanchez loan at Inter? Appreciate United want his wages off the books permanently but could Inter extend the current loan with an option to or commitment to buy? Presume they'll wish to extend so he can compete in the Europa League. Potentially against us. Would parent club rule similar to that in Prem apply meaning Sanchez couldn't play against United in Europa? Assuming not.


{Ed002's Note - They would be happy to keep him on loan with MU paying most of his wages but won't look to buy him.}

1.) 29 Jun 2020 13:32:27
Thanks Ed002. Very helpful.

2.) 29 Jun 2020 15:23:58
I would rather take him back to add option, fixtures are coming thick and fast and if we are paying most of wages. its batter we pay full and use him on right hand side in rotation as required. I am sure he is not totally hopeless. If we can play Lingaard, we can play anyone. I m not saying not to sale him. but No for such type of Loan, where his wages are still our liability.

{Ed002's Note - I am not so sure that even Manchester United are that stupid.}

3.) 29 Jun 2020 18:22:07
Pay him off. Will cost us but he’s not going to have a buyer for the amount we will want. Saying that would paying him off be more amateurish or good business 002? I try not to understand our club as it makes me laugh and sick at the same time 😂.

4.) 30 Jun 2020 10:27:34
Ed002 suggested it would cost around 50m to buy him out of his contract, which is insane. The best solution would be to come up with some sort of an arrangement with another club to buy him for next to nothing and just draw a line under the who situation. That could be a loan for a year with a compulsory purchase option at the end as few clubs will want to take on his contract this summer in light of the global C.V.

5.) 30 Jun 2020 10:38:18
sanchez can't play for us if he comes back.

just loan him and pay half, its better than paying all for a player who has declined.

6.) 30 Jun 2020 11:50:49
I think we are lumbered with paying half Sanchez wages and he never kicks a ball again for us. Not that I wish him too.

7.) 30 Jun 2020 12:23:34
Is there no way we can get a tune out of him? He's only 31 and plenty of footballers are able to engineer some kind of renaissance after a bad spell or an injury.

Maybe a change of position would help? Could he play alongside Bruno as two number 8s? Could he be re-invented as a holding midfielder? Kitman? physio? Bloody hell, I don't know!

What is it that's wrong with him anyway? He used to be pretty good, why did he become so crap?

8.) 30 Jun 2020 18:02:53
I share your frustration MancMan.
He was a super player not so long ago. But he just seemed to fall off a cliff and with his introverted personality he got into a hole and couldn't get out of it. Its ok to choose to be a loner when your playing great but when your playing crap its not ideal.
I still think he has something to offer but the inner camp obviously think otherwise. i'd try to pay him a mutually agreeable settlement and give him a free transfer. He holds most of the cards in that regard.
He will go down on a list for me with blanc ibra larrson and bastian as coming 4 or 5 years after they should have or we would have seen much better players than we did. (Ibra and larrson did well)
If he had hit the ground running and scored a few early doors it might have been so different. But he came he flopped he got worse and worse the hole he was in got deeper and deeper.
Surely he too would do better with bruno in the team? I thought the same about bastian but he just didn't have it in him and it looks like the staff think either he doesn't have it in him or that he is just a wrong fit in the dressing room. Or a bit of both. Having him around as a squad player on his money and with his personality may be seen as potentially disruptive.

9.) 30 Jun 2020 22:35:28
Good point Ken, maybe it is that he is such a miserable so and so that they just don't want him around. Does anyone know how long he has left on his contract?

Also, can anyone remember why we signed him in the first place? Who at the club wanted to bring him in?




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05 Oct 2020 19:25:02
A predictably poorly managed transfer window. The key CB position we need to reinforce with genuine class is totally ignored. Though at least Telles has to be an improvement on Shaw at LB.

We've spent months agreeing personal terms with both Grealish and Sancho and lost out on both as not willing to meet their clubs valuations. The reality is clubs always add a few £££S when United are linked but especially now. Premier League clubs won't be bullied around anymore as they're all in much more healthier financial shape than say a decade ago. Dortmund's stance re Sancho is completely fair and good luck to them. These clubs know we are miles behind City and Liverpool etc and can force their premium prices or refuse to sell.

Grealish boat has sailed as he's signed his new deal and we've opted for Van de Beek. Sancho we look to have scratched completely given links to Traore and Pellistri. I can't help thinking both wanted to play for United and could've been great players for us. We'll never know now.

As for Cavani, class player on his day and having an old hand striker on board not a bad idea. But clearly it's a move that could've happened months ago.

As for the outs - scrambling to get Smalling out the door for €15m with moments to spare just about says it all. Pereira and Dalot loan moves are positive but doesn't feel like the mass cull we all know is needed.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 19:35:22
Good point. This window could have been worse - we nearly signed Grealish.

2.) 05 Oct 2020 19:58:44
Saw some stats that show Williams and Shaw are better at defending than Telles, but Telles is better at going forward. Will Telles solve our defensive problems?

3.) 05 Oct 2020 21:03:08
Attack is the best form of defence.

4.) 05 Oct 2020 21:03:39
Shaw is not better at anything since lacks position awarenes. Caughtout of the position so many times.



16 Sep 2020 12:34:29
The new season is upon us and time to face facts there will be no further signings. I doubt there will be anyone leave either as while the window is open a little longer teams will want to be as settled as possible.

So look forward to seeing Smalling gift a goal in the FA Cup and Jones hack someone down for a pen which knocks us out of the League Cup etc.

This summer was always going to be as much about selling the 6 or 7 names that all spring to mind immediately as surplus to requirements as much as it would be about signing a RW, CB or others.

As I understand it we have a squad of 30 now and can only name / play 25 for the league?

We look woeful again in the staffing department. Joy.

We are at least a quality RW/ forward line addition and permanent CB partner for Maguire short to compete at the top level. So get used to a battle for Top 4 and some good cup runs which looks to be about our level at the moment.

I personally think Liverpool can't post the 90+ pts they've done last 2 seasons this season and City have new blood but yet to be convinced they've really replaced the class of Silva and Kompany from their title winning sides.

Arsenal, Everton, possibly Spurs will improve as will Chelsea too if all their players bed down quickly. Leicester and Wolves will continue to battle for Europa places too. So I think the league will be much more competitive than last year.

Despite the gloom of not signing Star Player X etc whichever name you wanted that to be, we have played well in the calendar year so far, albeit without winning anything. That normally suggests we may have a good showing the following season.

Here's hoping it does!


1.) 16 Sep 2020 12:40:06
Utd and crisis are unfortunately two words synonymous in this post SAF Armageddon!

The lack of transfer activity has already created a sense of foreboding amongst an increasingly disillusioned fan base. With question marks surrounding the fitness of a number of key players the words crisis and Utd may be used in the same sentence once again come Saturday evening.

The Twitterati, key board warriors and transfer junkies have already turned the season toxic before a ball has even been kicked. News that Spurs now look set to sign both Bale and Reguilon has sent the haters into hysteria despite neither player being genuine transfer targets. Rewind 12 months and I doubt many fans had even heard of the name Reguilion. Bale has spent more time on the golf course than the football pitch over the past 18 months yet the war setting has already been notched up to defcon 1. Whilst some fans may have a point entering the season on a war footing is unlikely to help and blind panic may only push the Club into making bad decisions.

Utd have spent the summer in a state of transfer inertia. As the protracted Sancho talks rumble on the Club are now in serious danger of putting all their eggs in one basket and ending up with most of it on their face! At some point they must move on to other targets and surely the RW position cannot be ignored for another season.

It's rather perplexing that the likes of Smalling, Rojo, Jones, Pereria and even Lingard are still at the Club and with the C. V C.V. pulling tightly on the purse strings its fanciful to believe a CB will arrive before deadline day unless others leave.

As we enter the final few weeks of the window minds must remain sharpened and focussed. Mistakes of the past cannot be repeated and whilst a return to the Champion League is welcome especially as C. V bites any relief is likely to be short-lived unless the squad is strengthened in the correct areas. The clock is ticking and the words Utd and crisis may soon dominate the back pages once again. We've been here before!

2.) 16 Sep 2020 12:53:39
Wow. I wish we could bookmark posts on this website. Please check in if we lose the first game so we know you are safe.

3.) 16 Sep 2020 13:06:10
Wazza - I was just trying to describe the general mood around the Club not express my views particularly! Lose on Saturday and watch this place erupt.

We lose a friendly and social media loses its mind!

As I've said numerous times over the last few years Utd are always only a few games away from a crisis and despite recent good results this hasn't changed.

4.) 16 Sep 2020 13:41:40
DLIB. The annoying thing is that our decision makers are not learning from their mistakes.

Leaving transfers so late in the window. It doesn't help the manager nor the team.

It all started from 2013 when we targeted Ronaldo, Bale and Fabregas but ended up with Fellaini on deadline day.

There just doesn't seem to be a learning curve for our decision makers.

5.) 16 Sep 2020 14:12:35
Recent good results. last 6 matches were shocking performances and poor results in the main considering opposition.

6.) 16 Sep 2020 14:53:49
Not you DLIB 😂

It was in response to reading:
face facts there will be no further signing
I doubt there will be anyone leave
look forward to seeing Smalling gift a goal
We look woeful again.

7.) 16 Sep 2020 20:26:21
Wazza - we look woeful again in the staffing department. Or do you disagree and think we’ve had a stellar transfer window - buying 3 top class players and shedding 6 of 7.
Happy to check in lol.



30 Aug 2020 11:03:18
Henderson back from loan.
Van de Beek in from Ajax for £36m.
Smalling, Romero and Dalot looking to be on their way out for a combined figure that may be pretty similar.
Starting to look like a United zero net cost 'blockbuster' summer transfer window isn't it?

Any comments from the Eds on progress on further outgoings eg Lingard, Pereira, Rojo, Mata, Jones. Think our transfer budget has been well and truly clipped so we are only buying anyone else following generating cash from selling players. Which we all know won't be much.

Time to kiss goodbye any thoughts of Sancho, Grealish or anyone who'd cost north of £30/ 40m I think.

Outside chance we could go for Thiago Alcantara from Bayern but surely he's Liverpool bound. A real one that got away from the Moyes era.


1.) 30 Aug 2020 11:45:30
I'm fairly certain this window is going to be underwhelming considering who fans expected we'd would sign a month ago.

Despite this if we managed to get Van De Beek it'd be a good start, though. Thiago is a great player and he's the kind of player we don't have in our squad and in my opinion have badly needed since Carrick left.

2.) 30 Aug 2020 11:58:23
Why would we sigh thiago and van de beek in one window?

You don't just sell to buy because of cost, the actual physical number of players matter as well. We have 7 first team centre backs on the the books, 4 first team gks, 4 fbs, 5cms, 4 number 10s. The squad is very bloated with a lot of squad filler players who ole doesn't really have faith.

Can understand why the club wants to ship a few bodies out before bringing people in.

3.) 30 Aug 2020 12:44:04
Rojo as good as gone -however they do it- Smalling will go in next few weeks -I think they then have to really push jones out the door-probably to a promoted club on a pay as you play - and then make it abundantly clear that Lingard, perriera, dalot and Romeo are all for sale - even if it means paying part of their salaries for a year.

4.) 30 Aug 2020 13:01:30
Why ship Dalot out? Our back up right back is TFM?!

5.) 30 Aug 2020 13:29:03
Agreed, Eric. TFM is Championship/ League 1 quality. So, so poor on the ball.

6.) 30 Aug 2020 13:51:31
The plan might be to have AWB and Shaw as starters with Williams as first backup for either side and Ethan as second.

7.) 30 Aug 2020 15:16:37
Maybe, or maybe the club realise that with a first team squad of 30+ that several players will need to leave before we have space to bring others in.

I don't think it's a case of "balancing" the books, just a case that we have at least 10 players in our squad who played less than 5 whole games in the whole season.

Players like Grant, Romero (if Henderson is staying) Joel Pereira, TFM, Dalot, Rojo, Smalling, Jones. Have no place in our squad.

We then have players like Bailly, Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Mata and Ighalo.

Players who might have some use, but there are questions marks over whether they are either able to stay fit, good enough or just fit the style the team is going for.

That's 13 players who between them earn the best part of 2 million a week, around 100m per year. And for what? If the minutes they played were giving to academy lads would we really be that much worse off?

Imagine replacing them 13 with a combination of academy lads and 3 or 4 top level signings. We would probably save 50m a year in wages, see a few more kids make the step up from the academy and probably perform better.

This summer was always likely to see more departures than arrivals. Let's wait and see what happens before we condemn the window.

p. s. I'd be over the moon with DvdB.

8.) 30 Aug 2020 15:36:52
Halesini have you not read this site and Ed002 who says that we have cash and will spend? I think our net spend on whole Europe is the second behind City for the last ten years. Yet some people every year come here and saying the same things, we can't spend. Don't you think it's time to put a line on this nonsense, leave it behind and move on?

9.) 30 Aug 2020 15:44:57
Ofcourse you must sell too, as Ed002 repeatedly said you can't just bring players in. You can't have say 7 center defenders and keep adding. That doesn't mean that you have no money, doesn't mean you have to sell to find the funds for a player (ofcourse nothing wrong to take money for players you don't need) . that's vital for every team in order to have balance as a team and ofcourse balance the books.

10.) 30 Aug 2020 17:15:02
I’d say selling those players and getting Van de beek is great business. Price tags don’t make a great team, take mane for example- a 30 million signing (if even) now worth 4/ 5 times that amount. People are too fixated with transfer fees.



25 Aug 2020 22:52:52
James Rodriguez to Everton. Another one to strike off the list then!


1.) 25 Aug 2020 23:49:02
No need to worry. We will have Messi and Ronaldo up front in a few weeks.

2.) 25 Aug 2020 23:54:55
Messi does play as a right forward. Just sayin!

3.) 26 Aug 2020 00:38:54
I'm sure we can accommodate him somewhere.

4.) 26 Aug 2020 01:08:45
At least everton have changed their transfer policy and not signing players deemed surplus to requirements at the top pl clubs.

Never understood why they signed the likes of walcott and iwobi.

5.) 26 Aug 2020 05:57:05
Ancelotti has worked with James before.
He might get out something from the previous managers could not.

6.) 26 Aug 2020 07:38:15
No to Messi from me, a couple of years ago maybe, but he's not the same player anymore, father time has caught up with him. Seems like a Woodward kind of signing tho, would sell tons of merchandise.

7.) 26 Aug 2020 09:07:07
No to Messi haha amazing.

8.) 26 Aug 2020 10:25:06
I know GDS 😂 nah don't fancy that Messi, not sure he could do against Tyrone Mings.

9.) 26 Aug 2020 10:27:22
I'm sceltical that Messi at 33 and with all he has won still has the hunger and drive to be a success in the EPL. While I don't doubt his ability to succeed in England, he is clearly good enough to be a huge success.

I wonder why he is choosing to leave Barcelona now and under these circumstances. He has never shown any interest in trying a different culture, a different league, learning a new language, of breaking out of his comfort zone at Barcelona.

How would he cope switching the warm weather for cold and rain, the great food and culture for curry sauce on chips and Coronation Street, how about learning a new language, uprooting his family.

These are big changes for someone who hasn't really ever shown a desire to make these changes.

For me there can only be two reasons why, for money or glory. Where we are currently I would say we can only guarantee money over the next couple of years, which would take Leo to 35.

I see only a few options for him. A link up with Pep at City, could provide both money and glory. But it would be a huge culture change for him and his family. A move to PSG would also tick the money and glory box, and would be less of a culture shock. The final option could be a stunning move to Real Madrid, which would be the easiest transition.

10.) 26 Aug 2020 10:46:18
he is leaving because barce are going backwards quickly, dimpme case of jumping ship.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

11.) 26 Aug 2020 10:47:31
he won't go madrid no chance maybe inter.

12.) 26 Aug 2020 10:52:31
---------------take it to the European of Barcelona pages-------------------

13.) 26 Aug 2020 11:01:03
Messi's hunger would be there in a team like City. In a team like Utd devoid of any direction he would be a money collector.

14.) 26 Aug 2020 12:03:43
If he does move my money would be on Bayern. I can't see him coming to Manchester. With the constant bloody rain we have atm even I am planning an exit!

I reckon he can play at the top level until he is 40, like Giggs and I reckon Ronaldo can do the same.

I would be ecstatic for a 33 year old Messi to join Utd but I don't see why he would want to.

15.) 26 Aug 2020 12:18:52
It's my opinion, I think it would be a massive step backwards, no doubt that he has been one of the best players over the last 15 years. And yes he could maybe do it against Tyrone mings. It's all hypothetical he won't come to us anyway.

16.) 26 Aug 2020 13:07:47
Barca have just made a great hire in Koeman IMO. I don't think it's a case of going backwards, just that he wanted a new challenge and was going to be leaving soon anyway.

17.) 26 Aug 2020 13:46:44
Koeman will be there a year at most, once the presidential elections are over the new president will hire their own man.

Koeman supposedly said Messi's special treatment is over and he is just one of the players. His opinion over signings, tactics, training etc will now longer be considered.



25 Aug 2020 07:49:20
Clearly signing players is less fashionable than we'd like at United at the moment but I was wondering if there's any new sponsorship deals we could get excited about. I'm pretty sure we don't have an official Fish and Chips supplier at the moment. Dental Floss - easily stick a United crest on that too. I think I've reached the point when signing anyone/ anything would be better than nothing.

On a slightly more serious note sponsorship deals will be harder to come by / less lucrative post C.V. We may actually need to give Woodward credit for this area of expertise - ramping up the income. Just a shame it's all going to lining the Glazers pockets or paying off the interest : (.


1.) 25 Aug 2020 07:56:24
We need a C.V. mask sponsor and a toilet paper sponsor asap.

2.) 25 Aug 2020 08:13:23
Please done tell me your abbreviating C.V. to C. V.?




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Thanks Ed002. Hope you're having a good weekend.


{Ed002's Note - A very busy weekend. But thanks.}



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31 Aug 2020 15:36:22
Our current CB options are woeful. Smalling, Rojo and Jones all had their chance and not good enough. Bailly and Tuanzebe too injury prone. That’s 5 players we cannot rely on in a 60game season. We should arguably be in for 2 centre backs and sell four of the above if not all five.
Maguire and New CB should. be first choice.
Lindelof and Mengi back up.
Probably Bailly retained from the above for squad cover.




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25 Aug 2020 19:41:41
Credible and ITK in the same sentence? A first surely.
I hope a Sancho deal is done for obvious reasons. And not least as his plane has been taxiing for a good 3 weeks now. But we just do not seem to have the money for such a mega signing. We reportedly had £90m in cash in the bank when C. V. hit and accessed £140m of our £150m revolving credit facility to support us through the C.V. Appreciate Eds etc don't like going into the finances but that doesn't seem to suggest we are going into this transfer window all guns blazing to add the 3 or 4 quality players as a minimum we know we need. I strongly suspect we will have a net spend of £50-60m this summer. So a lot going out the door if Sancho is to come in. Hope I an wrong!




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25 Aug 2020 19:36:59
Messi could only go to City or Chelsea if he came to the Prem. And the link up with Pep is obvious. United are struggling to find £100m for Sancho so no way we would commit to the £1.5m a week wages Messi is allegedly on. No matter how many shirts he would sell etc.

City are the only real club who could take him for me.

Chelsea are busy building a good attacking young team by the looks of it.
PSG will have less appeal - Messi will want some continued personal glory too on the European stage surely - hasn't happened for Neymar or Mbappe in the weaker French league, and one of them is logically sold if he were to join.
Juve - allegedly have no money and the small matter of Ronaldo already in the side.
Bayern - not their style to go for the biggest galactico of them all.
Real - obviously assuming a move to Madrid wouldn't be countenanced (though Figo played for both) .
Liverpool - don't have the money.




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15 Aug 2020 18:27:50
Cheers Ed. Suspected it was the usual press BS.





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25 Oct 2020 17:29:16
I think the side would have had better balance yesterday with Rashford in his usual LW position instead of James and Greenwood played up top on his own. Whilst he has played RW for us CF is surely his natural position. He perhaps doesn't track back enough to play anything other than the main striker. A Rashford / Greenwood combination would have been much better than James / Rashford as the left sided / frontal attack. I cannot see James having too many performances for us if totally honest and suspect he will be loaned out at some point. I appreciate he is young but does need to develop.

Appreciate Martial is still serving his ban but I actually think when he's back i'd look to him as the RW option. Greenwood up top and Cavani the back up from the bench. Martial has improved playing No.9 for us no doubt but I still see Greenwood, despite his age, being a better out and out forward than Martial.

I see our optimal front 4 players as:

Rashford - Greenwood - Martial
(James - Cavani - Mata)

(Van De Beek)




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25 Oct 2020 17:17:30
Afraid I have to agree in James. He has blistering pace but that means nothing without any end product. He always seems to choose the wrong option when either taking a strike on goal himself or passing. Agree a loan would be beneficial. As would a run in the team to raise confidence etc in his favourite left wing position - but he just doesn't look up to that task at the moment.




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05 Oct 2020 22:29:15
Which two of those can play at CB though!




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05 Oct 2020 19:30:47
I think RW is more like:
Sancho - fanny around for 4 months knowing full well Dortmund under no pressure to sell yet not meeting their price.
Torres - signed by City for £37m
Chiesa - never keen on leaving Italy and signed for Juve
Dembele - unwanted by Barcelona and we weren’t (rightly) ready to take a gamble on his injury record with permanent deal rather than loan

Which leaves us shopping for kids in Traore and Pellustri.

So at best we can only attract our FIFTH choice. Joy.




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26 Sep 2020 23:22:04
Smalling is playing well in a weaker league. He was average at best for United. And not the CB we need to challenge for honours. We should be selling Smalling, Rojo and Jones as a minimum. Upamecano is a must buy.