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16 Mar 2021 13:55:56
I'm going to copy what I saw on the Liverpool page to see if I have the same luck to get an answer. So here goes. Ed02 if you were Ole, (my apologies for the degradation) who would be your realistic targets for CB, CDM, RW, and FW this summer.


{Ed002's Note - Assuming money can be raised through sales and considering the players Manchester United have been looking at, Ben White (CB), Konrad Laimer (DM) - but there may not be space in midfield - more versatile than a RW would be Leon Bailey and then it would be down to departures but Manchester United will be offered Andre Silva or could go down their well-trodden path of bring someone in at the tail end of their career like Benzema.

1.) 16 Mar 2021 14:46:34
Thanks very much for your insight Ed02.

2.) 16 Mar 2021 20:25:49
Very interesting - is there any chance of another INS and OUTS update?

{Ed002's Note - At some point.}

3.) 17 Mar 2021 07:35:09
Thanks very much for this informed opinion Ed002 - just had a look at Konrad Laimer and he looks perfect for us if we can make room for him. Much better one of him than two of McFred. Glad to see that we’re interested in him, thank you.

Looking forward to the update when you have time!

4.) 17 Mar 2021 01:56:28
Love_United, I reckon Ed002 would love to be in Ole's position rather than be Ole.

Ed002, has anything changed with respect to VDB as there are rumours of him wanting out.

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained previously as far as I know. Donny van de Beek (CM) has been offered to Real Madrid and Juventus, and will be offered to Barcelona due to a lack of a plan or direction at MU. But both Spanish clubs have moved on and unless Manchester United would accept a long-term payment plan or loan to buy there would not be the spare money to buy him. If Pogba leaves there will be space in the team - but MU seem intent on holding him hostage. Juventus has a preferred CM target but might be open to a loan to buy deal. Inter may provide an option if he is to leave.}

5.) 17 Mar 2021 11:51:25
Thanks Ed - I haven't seen enough of Laimer or Leon Bailey to play, can anyone shed some light? I've seen plenty of Ben White and I'm not a huge fan, he's ok but there are better options for (I imagine) cheaper. Andre Silva seems to have come good over in Germany and has a physical presence so could be a sensible move as Haaland is impossible.

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

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

6.) 17 Mar 2021 12:07:09
Thanks Ed002 but do you rate VDB?

{Ed002's Note - He was a very good player in the old days when he got a game.}

7.) 17 Mar 2021 12:49:28

It is very strange that VDB has been bought and not played.

I actually feel sorry for the player.

{Ed002's Note - Clubs have to have plans for players.}

8.) 17 Mar 2021 14:11:07
Certainly sounds like VDB was bought and wasn't really what OGS wanted.

9.) 17 Mar 2021 17:52:36
Re:Pogba. According to italian media, Raiola had promised that Juventus would make a good offer for Pogba last summer. Then C.V. came, Juventus suffered big losses and the offer was never made.
So Juventus has to share part of the blame too.
Unless Raiola is pretending that United accept part exchange with Juventus players no one wants due to their high salary (eg Ramsey) .

10.) 17 Mar 2021 23:35:19
Is it the case Van De Beek was bought as a Pogba replacement though? Or is the 'not fitting with Ole's plans' bit as Ole actually wanted Grealish? Agree there has to be a plan for players when bought - we would say that for the likes of Pellestri let alone more senior experienced pros.

I actually think Van De Beek is a good player. Very highly regarded at Ajax and some stellar performances in Champs League. It does seem a little off that we have such a technically gifted player as VDB who can't even make the bench but Fred (guaranteed to spoon one over the bar from 30 yards every game / gift possession away with half his forward passes) starts every match!

11.) 18 Mar 2021 13:09:58
Honestly I'd find that window so uninspiring and underwhelming.

For me it's all out for:
Varane or Pau Torres, Sancho and Haaland (DCL or Silva as back up)

Sell: Ddg, Martial and one of Axel, Lindelof or Bailly, plus Jones and Mata going,

{Ed077's Note - NO to Sancho and Haaland from me, unless the price drops significantly. And also they need to start maturing a bit and stop being divas.}

12.) 18 Mar 2021 14:25:56
I think Sancho should no longer be a priority we the ridiculous overall fee .
We have Greenwood who can play on the right and Diallo for whom we paid 35m million odd.
And there is Pellistri too.

A top class striker has to be a priority over a Right Winger.

{Ed077's Note - with the younger players you've mentioned TRD Sancho's youth almost plays against him, IMO. I would rather a little more experienced player for the RW role. Someone around 24_27, ideally.

13.) 18 Mar 2021 16:55:25
I hear you 77 and to your point perhaps Bailey is an option.

I just think we should target based available no more Lindelof and Fred types.

Eyes will be on the new team.

14.) 18 Mar 2021 17:21:36
Haaland should be the number one target along with a creative central midfielder and a centre back.
Get a few quid in by flogging Martial, Dalot, Lingard and Pogba if he still wants to leave.
Just try and give Jones away as a freebie.

15.) 19 Mar 2021 14:57:08
If haaland and sancho can't drag dortmund in to the top 4 in Germany I don't fancy their chances of bringing us a title.

16.) 20 Mar 2021 07:36:41
If we weren't able to sign Haaland when we were only up against BVB, what chance do we have when the world and his mother are now trying to sign him.

17.) 21 Mar 2021 13:09:20
Haaland will look at Real and City before us. Chelsea no doubt be in for him too and I actually think they may be the dark horse for his signature as expect them to go very close in the Champs League this year. Tuchel has got that defence sorted for sure.

Agree our opportunity to sign Haaland was surely last season. The 'not signing due to Raiola's sell on clause' will really come back to bite us. I recall the Eds saying at the time though that Haaland more likely chose Dortmund as they had a defined plan for him including working on his weaknesses etc.

Think one of our problems trying to get the right players for us is we approach it as though players will automatically lust after signing for us irrespective of where we have been the last few years.




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25 Apr 2021 14:08:20
Read an article in MEN about Van De Sar being a choice to take over from Woodward. Ole's response was whosoever is chosen, the decision shouldn't be based on sentiments. Can somebody tell me again, how exactly did Ole become manager.


1.) 25 Apr 2021 14:36:02
He was caretaker manager and we went on a excellent run of results.

2.) 25 Apr 2021 14:44:52

3.) 25 Apr 2021 20:02:35
He's worried van der sar will reveal how much of a crap coach he is.

4.) 25 Apr 2021 20:02:35
He's worried van der sar will reveal how much of a crap coach he is.

5.) 26 Apr 2021 13:06:48
I agree 💯.



21 Apr 2021 02:57:10
Question for Ed02. I saw you you mentioned on the Liverpool page that the "Elite Clubs" will be having a meeting tomorrow. If you don't mind sharing. What exactly will be up for discussion.


{Ed002's Note - The "elite" clubs meet regularly to discuss a broad range of topics including the relationship with agents, issues of young player contracts, the potential pan-european league, proposed rule changes, etc..}



29 Mar 2021 01:21:02
Since most in here are of the opinion that a lack of proper funding is what's holding Ole and by extension the club back. I have a hypothetical question. If Ole is provided with all his targets this summer transfer window, will that in turn make him a better coach and change how he approaches games.


1.) 29 Mar 2021 08:07:13
Will it change Ole from the make sure we don’t lose first mindset? Will it change his underdog mentality? I doubt it

It won’t make him a better coach but it would give him and his fan club less excuses.

2.) 29 Mar 2021 09:19:56
It's a funny one, the club have spent well over 1bn since Sir Alex retired. So on one hand it's hard to say money hasn't been spent. Yet there is a clear pattern emerging that we spend big when we need to get back into the top four, and significantly less (half as much) when we have qualified for the UCL.

For me that suggests that they will spend money when they need to in order to keep the sponsorship money coming through the door. But there seems to be a lack of ambition to really make that push and invest to take the next step once we are in the top four. It seems like fourth or above is enough. Which should be concerning for all fans.

That said if the money that has been spent was spent more wisely then the gap between us and City would be much smaller.

People talk about the need to sign a CB, CDM, RW and a ST. But the reality is that would cost 250-300m if we are buying players at the level required.

Yet we have easily wasted 500-600m on players who have already left because they aren't good enough. While there must be 200-300m worth of players still at the club who still have a question mark over whether they are good enough.

If we spent that money more wisely then we would be much better off regardless of who is the manager.

As for would better players make Ole a better coach? Of course they wouldn't. They would make his job easier and by extension we would be a better team and gain better results. It's like any worker gaining better tools, it doesn't make them better at their job, it just makes their job easier.

3.) 29 Mar 2021 13:17:34
If Ole gets better players like Bruno, there would definitely be some impact.

However, He has struggled to integrate a technically strong player like VDB.
So it can go either way.



21 Mar 2021 19:15:07
Am not into bashing players. But Fred is rubbish. Pure rubbish. A professional footballer can't control a ball, can't make a 1 yard pass without giving away possession, and to make matters worse was substituted in the 83rd minute. What exactly was he doing for Ole to keep him on so long I don't know. Substitutions were wrong in my opinion. Would of kept Pogba and Donny on. Bruno on for Fred, McTominay for Matic. Donny to play alongside Mctom with Pogba and Bruno further forward. Apart from the atrocious attempt at defending, midfield cost us that game.


{Ed077's Note - Fred isnt good enough anymore to be starting most games. He was fine/tolerable when we were 6th-7th fighting to get top 4 but not anymore. Some fans now want to compete for trophies even if its just for ego.}

1.) 21 Mar 2021 19:42:39
Fred matic pogba need to go from the midfield pogba mainly because he doesn't want to be there and even when he does we don't know which pogba we get.

I'd sell all 3 promote garner buy Saul you then have Scott Saul donny garner I'd use hannibal as 5th option and Bruno cover as I don't expect Bruno to need cover to much.

I'd also let cavani go he seems to want to go back to South America might have been different had his year in Manchester not been during a lockdown and get rid of martial he's had enough time with us now to show if he can be consistent or not.

Biggest problem is at the back and for 80m we are stuck with him unless the club/ manager grow a set and realise he's not good enough and the fact he needs to play so deep ruins any chance of attacking football as he pulls the midfield even further away from the attackers.



21 Mar 2021 18:42:31
Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred,


1.) 21 Mar 2021 18:56:01
It just goes to show what a proper DM brings to a team.

Tielemans is playing 1-2’s round our midfield while we have the worst Brazilian CM since Kleberson.

Credit to Leicester they were brilliant today.

Not really sure what else to say about Fred without sounding “toxic”. I’ve said several times he’s just rubbish at football things and we’ve just seen proof of that. Really really poor, he wasn’t the only one, but he was the worse player on the pitch and has just shown we will win nothing with Fred starting in our midfield.

{Ed014's Note - 🙂

2.) 21 Mar 2021 18:58:32
One of the worst players on the ball. Never seen someone so poor in passing. And the first touch and ball control is laughable.

Who scouted him and we paid 50 million pounds?

{Ed014's Note - wasn’t he supposed to be better than Fabinho too?

3.) 21 Mar 2021 19:02:34
Someone blatantly saw that he was brazilian and runs around a lot and thought he was the next fernandinho.

Must not have watched any actual videos of him.

4.) 21 Mar 2021 19:07:09
I think you are being a tad unfair about Fred. No he is not a 50m player No his touch isn't always the best but he gives his all in every match and is far from the worst player I have seen in a Utd shirt.

Nobody laying into Scott who had a poor game today and fell asleep gifting the killer goal to Leicester.

{Ed077's Note - I would give my all every game as well. We are talking about the highest level of football. There needs to be more to any player than just runs a lot IMO}

5.) 21 Mar 2021 19:04:23
Ed14 you call people on this page trolls but you are the biggest troll of them all and there’s at least some validity to what another poster said to your earlier today.

Nobody said Fred is a good player, he’s really poor, and as I said many times I’m really not sure what our scouts saw in him to decide that he’s the right midfielder for us.

That’s where we’d take Partey but you can keep the rest “😉”.

{Ed014's Note - you need way more than Partey Wazza and I still wouldn’t swap squads. 🤷‍♂️

Also what have I trolled you about now and who exactly have I called or labelled one?

6.) 21 Mar 2021 19:13:40
Salford7 are you for real. Fred is abysmal and the problem with some fans and the clowns who run the club now accept mediocrity. I’d give my right ball to pull on that famous shirt.

7.) 22 Mar 2021 00:03:09
Blackpool Red
. I hate the mediocre fare Utd often serve up and yes Fred is nowhere near good enough but at least he does try every game. He alone is not the reason we lose matches so it is unfair to scapegoat him.

{Ed0666's Note - Buddha loves a tryer




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29 Apr 2021 00:30:39
No disrespect but Ole has no clue as to what he wants to play. Speaks it during interviews and does the complete.




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16 Mar 2021 14:46:34
Thanks very much for your insight Ed02.




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06 Mar 2021 16:49:25
I second that notion Mumbles. Get rid of the "INEPT ONE". Get a proper coach.





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26 Apr 2021 13:06:48
I agree 💯.




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10 Apr 2021 14:07:30
We could sell him to Arsenal Ed14. Maybe Arteta can bring out the player in him.


{Ed014's Note - there isn’t one to bring out mate and I don’t think Arteta is in to all that dressage stuff to be honest.



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10 Apr 2021 14:48:22
Nope. It won't happen. And even if there was some glimmer of hope of a collapse, Ole would find a way to muck it up.