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16 May 2021 19:11:14
Anything in the rumkutschiere of Pogba interesting PSG?
What kind of fee would we settle for and what part of it would we get to keep?


{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new regarding PSG. They have had a discussion with his agent a while back.}

1.) 16 May 2021 20:40:24
Thanks Ed002!

Take care.



18 Dec 2018 09:57:21
It has happened!

Ed002, are you as surprised as I am?
And I understand you were more in the Jose Camp then in the Club Camp, but do you know whether there is a plan or whether it was panic?
And if so is the plan going to be beneficial or is it just going to be more of what we have seen since SAF left and Woodward came in?

Thank you for your insight.


{Ed002's Note - I am not surprised he has gone but in terms of a plan it would not be a surprise to see the club wait until the end of the season before there is a permanent replacement, unless a move for someone like Zidane strikes them as a sensible idea. Zidane would be far more suited to a Director of Football role in mainland Europe. I will see if there is anything in the background that I can find out. Timing wise there are a couple of jobs that might be suitable for Mr Mourinho after a little break.}

1.) 18 Dec 2018 10:28:17
Inter milan would be a good fit for him next season. The club where he probably had his most successful spell and got on with the most.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}

2.) 18 Dec 2018 10:30:05
I wonder if ZZ comes in until the end of the season then they move him to DoF and appoint a new manager then?

{Ed002's Note - Why? His English is poor, he has no Premier League experience and there are better options available.}

3.) 18 Dec 2018 10:38:54
"His English is poor, he has no Premier League experience and there are better options available". Well sounds like the perfect candidate for United bosses.

4.) 18 Dec 2018 10:47:51
Hi ed002.
I tend to agree with you there must be better options available.
Who do you think those better options are?

{Ed002's Note - It is really the same as I have said before, but I would not try and separate it from the Director of Football issue. And the club need to be very clear going forward, they cannot employ someone that they don't completely trust or have confidence in - and that was the case with Mourinho and a couple of people from day one did not want him at the club.

The wildcard but best option for me is Laurent Blanc. Laurent is available, knows the club and has the perfect skill set. There are numerous other coaches who could do the job perfectly well but the club will have to think about availability, cost, desire etc.. They also need to think about the level of risk there would be involved. It is easy to argue that Max Allegri could do a good job, but he is already at Juventus and has been messed around in the past by Manchester United and turning down Real Madrid shows he is not looking to move. Carlo Ancelotti could do a fine job but his has just joined Napoli. Antonio Conte has had repeated success and could do a good job but may not be interested in a return to England and there are others already looking at him and a couple have spoken with Chelsea - but I would certainly not rule him out, and he would bring discipline. Pochettino would be of interest but perhaps not available. Simeone has been taking English lessons for three years and could do the job - but I am pretty sure would not be interested.

I would say putting the likes of Giggs, Butt or Carrick in charge on a full time basis would be a disaster and will end in tears. Perhaps the club would do better simply to put Woodward in charge of the team?}

5.) 18 Dec 2018 10:48:10
I think Ed Woodward told Jose he wanted top 4 by end of the year and Jose then made that statement last month. Jose has wanted out and seemed to have used the same exit plan he did at Chelsea. that's my opinion.

6.) 18 Dec 2018 10:55:19
Ed, you say better options available, is it for the post of the manager or DOF.

Who would you pick, if you had to?


{Ed002's Note - See above.}

7.) 18 Dec 2018 11:00:41
Don't know why fans would want Zidane, he has quite a defensive style like Mourinho did.

8.) 18 Dec 2018 11:14:23
Thanks ed002. I said in aug i thought jose should have resigned in Aug when the window closed. He was not aligned with the board on too issues.

9.) 18 Dec 2018 11:15:03
ed do you see Blanc as a interim manager or permanent? from what we are being told by the media the club will be going with an interim appointment.

{Ed002's Note - If the club do the sensible thing he would be given the job and the backing full time.}

10.) 18 Dec 2018 11:55:06
But the question is, who has the power to sack Ed Woodward? This has all the hallmarks of Liverpool’s desperation to end the longevity without success and only now 30 years later showing the signs of proper title credentials. Too vague a plan, bad leadership at the top and spending in the wrong areas at the wrong time. The club needs proper direction before any true success will be achieved again. Blanc may aid with some sort of stability, if hovering around 7th to 4th is acceptable, but then it’s a poisoned chalice for whomever takes charge. Good luck guys, your going to need it.

11.) 18 Dec 2018 12:59:48
I think Conte would be a good appointment if he is given full backing. He certainly seems someone who can bring discipline and has a very good track record. He succeeded at Juve and Chelsea, knows the language, the league but does he want to manage in England.

Also ed, does this bring forward the hiring of DoF or pushes it further back (if it is even possible for you to answer) . As an outsider looking in, our club doesn't seem to have the structure to succeed so I don't think any managerial change is going to bring too much long term success, and eventually result in regression only.

{Ed002's Note - Conte would needed to be persuaded back to England and there are two other sides keen, one of which has very recently spoken with Chelsea whilst in Milan. Conte knows this so I would think it less likely for now. It makes no conceptual difference in respect of the DoF - as I have said before it is an important role for the club to fill and he or she needs to bele to work with whichever manager is in charge.}

12.) 18 Dec 2018 15:14:38
But ed2 wouldn't it be better for the club if the DOF chooses/ recruites the permanent manager. Whatever may happen, the fact that the club has been unable to appoint a competent DOF for more than 2 years for whatever reasons might they be means something significant is wrong at our club.
I remember one of the eds (probably ed2) mentioning that the manager role at our club was veiwed as poison chalice by some. Maybe same goes for DoF who knows.

{Ed002's Note - No, that is not how it happens.}



12 Sep 2018 12:19:12
Hi Ed’s and anyone else in the know.
Are we seriously in for the director football from athletico?
Sounds we are looking to appoint a defensiv minded DOF to go along with our last three defensive minded managers.
What’s going on in the club?
Thx an advance.


{Ed002's Note - Andrea Berta was the Director of Football chosen as the desired choice of Mr Mourinho in 2016. I cannot answer the "seriously in for" aspects of your question but the club are looking for a Director of Football and Berta was one of the two that Mr Mourinho was comfortable with but he has since then been promoted from his position as Technical Director to the co-ordination role of Director of Football which might well suit Woodward but would not address the true problem the club has. If appointed to a similar role at MU it would be another major mistake.}

1.) 12 Sep 2018 12:54:24
Thank you Ed.

What is the major problem at the club?
Wrong people making footballing Decisions? If so who are making the decisions?

{Ed002's Note - We have been through this ad nauseum Jonny.}

2.) 12 Sep 2018 13:19:54
I’ll try my luck on the research then.
Thanks for the reply.

3.) 14 Sep 2018 23:11:28
What's so special about Berta?

4.) 17 Sep 2018 09:09:06
My guess is he’s played a very key role in atleticos recent success missingfergie.



23 Jul 2018 19:08:22
Hey Ed002,

Is there any legs to the rumour that Marquinhos agent approached United whether interest still exists?

Could be the CB for both Jose and the board to agree upon.
Enough seasons under his belt to appeal to Jose, possibly and still young enough for the board to hope for rising value.


{Ed002's Note - It would be reasonable to assume Bertolucci has after talking to at least two other sides, one English, about the player.}



30 Apr 2018 12:52:15
Hi Eds,

Any truth in the rumors Buvacs is leaving Liverpool and Klopp in anger?

He would be a great addition to our backroom.

Someone mentioned the idea of getting another assistant for Mourinho, as Fergie did so often, to keep him tactically up to date.

Can’t see it happen for multiple reasons unfortunately.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - bit early to say, things might be resolved yet.}

1.) 30 Apr 2018 13:34:23
Apparently Klopp's assistant is off, the plot thickens.

2.) 01 May 2018 16:15:18
Talk that he's Wenger replacement.




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12 May 2021 12:01:41
Hey Ed002,
Thanks so much for the insights so far, looking forward to your next sharkopod.

I am wondering if there is any interest from us in Mbappe.
He seems like the ideal target considering we sell to be unsure whether we want a central striker (Kane) or a right winger (Sancho) to not stunt Mason‘s growth in the other position.
Knappe can play both positions so we Greenwood could develop in both as well.
And as it seems Real and Liverpool won’t be able to afford him and PSG will not want to loose him on a free next summer.

I‘d personally talk to his team and see if there is any chance in getting him, probably as big on the commercial potential as Kane and Sancho as well and could be a reason for Pogba to stay, if we really want that, or we could him offer him in exchange.

Thanks for your thoughts Ed and everyone else’s of course.


{Ed002's Note - No, there is no interest in Mbappe.}

1.) 12 May 2021 13:45:25
Mbappe? 🤣🤣🤣
Ye Gods no!



20 Apr 2021 20:17:50
Hi there.
Crazy times with the ESL bombshell!
Does anyone have any information on why Woodward has resigned?
I doubt he resigned because of fan protests against the ESL.
Was it done over his head as well?
Or can he see it falling apart already and thus wants out early?


{Ed002's Note - Humiliation would be a good start.}

1.) 20 Apr 2021 20:31:45
Hopefully the same for the glazers though that might take a bit longer.

2.) 20 Apr 2021 20:25:04
Surely he has thicker skin than that Ed, especially after some of his antics over the last few years.

3.) 20 Apr 2021 20:26:03
Thanks Ed002
So it was his brainchild and he already knows it’s dead?

I actually thought he had turned the corner a couple of weeks ago with him believing in Ole, changing the structure of the recruitment side and everything looking up from a sporting perspective.

{Ed002's Note - No. Nobody has said that.}



17 Jan 2021 13:28:38
Hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday.
It’s snowing like crazy here and we are enjoying the day outside with the kids before our two (! ) top of the table clashes today with us being three points in front in both.

Let’s acknowledge what both our first teams have done so far this season.
Neither team was expected to be where they are at the moment and still are there on merit!
Long may it continue.




18 Oct 2020 13:03:20
seeing the start of the season so far, what do you guys the winning points total will be?

City seem to be unstable, I can't see Everton keep this kind of form up all season and even Liverpool (who I was expecting to run away with it as they had a huge summer break and strengthened amazingly) are sketchy and possibly without van Dijk for most of the season.

It seems to be shaping to be an even stranger season then expected.

I'd guess the winning total will be around 85 points, probably still out of reach for us, but it'll definitely be interesting. Maybe another season like Leicester winning it?


1.) 18 Oct 2020 13:43:03
This season was always going to be disjointed. A shortened summer, lack of pre-season, players having to sporadically isolate and there being no fans in stadiums.

This was never going to be an average season.

2.) 18 Oct 2020 13:43:08
If I were a Spurs fan, I would be cautiously get optimistic.

3.) 18 Oct 2020 14:28:09
I would give a possibility at Spurs if they don't have injuries. But they can't be optimistic with Kane and Bale because every year they have injuries. They could be in the mix.

4.) 18 Oct 2020 17:34:34
The year ends in a 1 so I’d imagine spurs fans are optimistic anyway!



13 Oct 2020 06:56:41
Words of Atalanta‘s president:
“This leads to the growth of the club and enriches the work of everyone, from the general manager, Umberto Marino, to the entire staff. ”
“A few days after the Youth League game against Manchester City, the other Manchester contacted us. They had followed him, the real negotiation started. We went twice to England. ”
“The text of the final agreement is a contractual masterpiece. ”
“The professionals involved in the operation are of a high level. In terms of negotiations, we have learned a lot. And it is above all thanks to Luca’s work that we arrived at the final figures. ”

Finally someone that appreciates Matt Judges work 😂
Too bad it’s from across the table.


1.) 13 Oct 2020 17:40:05
No disrespect to the kid hope he turns out amazing, but we just spent €40m on an 18 year old with 25 minutes of first team experience. It's no surprise they appreciate his work. 😂.




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03 Dec 2021 12:11:08
i have respect for Carrick for his handling of the last couple of weeks and his playing career especially.

Am just a little disappointed he didn't decide to learn from Rangnick for 6 months and then take his break.

It would have been completely different philosophy and training ideas compared to Jose and Ole and he could have benefited from that immensely.

On the other hand I can understand why he feels it is the right time to leave.
Probably a huge learning curve involved and thus even less time for his family and probably would still have had to endure the stick from the fans.

All the best, let's hope he does evolve into a more expansive style of play before he comes back to the club as manager.




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26 Jul 2021 15:18:19
I agree on the fear of RedWhiskey.
And isn't there a limit on how many players can be loaned from on e club to another?

Not sure United can save them, if wanted.




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12 Jul 2021 22:33:58
Thanks Ed for the reply and clarification.
Any progress on selling players so far?


{Ed002's Note - Some. Money is the issue everywhere so more creative solutions can be looked at.}



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11 Jul 2021 21:58:13
Thanks Ed002,

Would FFP stretch that far that United could sign Kane on top of Sancho during the C.V.?
Or is FFP2 no issue because of the C.V. or it being hollowed out?



{Ed002's Note - It is not an FFP issue - the club need to sell players to make space in the squad.}



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16 May 2021 20:40:24
Thanks Ed002!

Take care.





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29 Apr 2022 20:42:13
Hi ed002,

Thanks for your insight.
You say Judge, Bout and Lawlor all left on their own free will and weren’t pushed out. Is there a specific reason all those people are leaving now?
Or is it coincidence?
Or are they all being poached be Newcastle etc.?

Thanks again for your insight and have a nice weekend.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t see any benefit for getting in to all of this.}



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15 Sep 2021 20:25:29
This reminds me of the final SAF years, only without the trophies unfortunately.
And the link is Phelan. I don’t see Carrick having the impulse to park the bus after going one man down against Young Boys and it seems McKenna did. a great job at drilling the United way into the academy kids, so everything points to Phelan, for me.

I‘m sure Ole isn’t a great tactician, he is a motivator (apparently), great man manager and seems to be great at building a squad.
And this reminds me of SAF as well. So we need to find a better assistant for Ole.
I feel Ole is perfectly suited for a Director of football type of role - develop an overarching philosophy, guard the culture at the club and select players that fit into both. He‘s excelled in that role in the last years, just look at the squad he built (yes there is a big hole in the middle - and again a parallel to the final SAF years - but otherwise it looks amazing) .
And if he gets a more progressive and expansive No. 2 like Queiroz back in the day we should be golden.




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31 Aug 2021 07:46:58
What’s wrong with mugging Leeds?




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09 Aug 2021 21:07:00
Not trying to defend him here as I believe he is a greedy person and is cultivating a fake good guy image.

But I believe according to Spanish law a new contract / contract extension must not be lower then 50% of the previous salary to curb financial manipulation.

So then he would not have been able to take anything less then 50% of his wages.

But obviously his wages are one reason of the mess Barcelona is in at the moment, together with stupid buys like Dembele, Coutinho and Griezmann. But I‘m sure their wages are so high as Messi‘s were astronomical and this destroyed their wage structure.

Anyway, I guess they got what they deserved, to bad Bartomeu isn’t the owner of the Club and has to foot the bill now.




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20 Apr 2021 20:26:03
Thanks Ed002
So it was his brainchild and he already knows it’s dead?

I actually thought he had turned the corner a couple of weeks ago with him believing in Ole, changing the structure of the recruitment side and everything looking up from a sporting perspective.


{Ed002's Note - No. Nobody has said that.}