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07 Apr 2021 11:37:02

Have Utd shown any interest in Vazquez from RM?

If they are, do you think he woikd be a good signing?

Thanks in advance.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Lucas Vazquez (RW/RM/RWB) out of contract in the summer. Prior interest of Liverpool has gone. Spurs and Leeds are keen and Bayern Munich may offer him a role as cover. Agent has spoken to other sides including Manchester United but it seems unlikely they would be interested to me unless it is as cover for AWB as a wing back or at RW. It had been expected that a new contract would be agreed with ease as he has been playing regularly this season but Real Madrid are still finalising their plans for the summer and there are a couple of unresolved issues to be considered first.

His advantage i versatility on the right. Downside is he is coming up to 30 and the demands to sign will be significant.

1.) 07 Apr 2021 14:24:53
Thanks ED002.



05 Mar 2021 17:56:08

I've seen today that Utd have been linked with Moriba at Barcelona.

Do you Utd have any interest in the player?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Ilaix Moriba (CM) Barcelona fended off interest from Chelsea when he was 16 and the sustained recent interest of RBL who offered a structured career growth option when he turned 18 in January by explaining they would sell if his €100M release clause was met. He is playing in Spain, and for Spain, under the Cotonou Agreement - that could make it difficult for him if he left for Germany. I am not aware of any approach from Manchester United nor any idea what they would try to do with him.}

1.) 05 Mar 2021 21:42:06
Cheers ED002.



19 Jan 2021 12:30:37

Are Uyd looking at bringing in any loan signings this January?

Or is the focus primarily on fringe players leaving?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware. In what position? The focus is on clearing the decks a bit and figuring out the futures of a couple of players. They also need to start working towards looking at solutions for the summer, deciding if players can step up from the U23s, deciding if they want to try and make a major signing such as Sancho or whatever.

1.) 19 Jan 2021 16:22:10
Thanks ED002,

Is Matas contract up at the end of the season?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

2.) 20 Jan 2021 10:53:23
For me the best signing would be a DOF, removes the amateur status and the club can start repairing its foundations internal and external.



13 Jan 2021 17:49:01

It has been reported that Lingard might be moving on loan to Nice?

Is there any truth in these rumours?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract - Atletico Madrid, Roma, Newcastle, West Ham, Nice, Real Sociedad may offer options. Manchester United may offer to extend to save money on purchases.}

1.) 13 Jan 2021 22:22:33
Thanks ED002.

2.) 14 Jan 2021 10:41:39
thought he already has extended for another season.

3.) 14 Jan 2021 23:53:46
Glad that the club are trying to find him a nice loan. Personally, I think he’d like Villa.

4.) 20 Jan 2021 11:28:43
Mmmmm, Birmingham or Nice? Tough decision that!

{Ed002's Note - Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract but options are reducing. Nice interest has gone as they wanted a loan in January which only works if he renews his contract for a further year. Manchester United have been informed of the situation by a third party and apparently have no interest in such a transaction. Atletico Madrid were given a report on the player that has caused them to step back. Prior interest of Roma has switched to a different player. Real Sociedad have spoken with Real Madrid about the loan of a player and they can now be discounted. That leaves options in the Premier League with Newcastle, West Ham and Sheffield United now interested. Manchester United may offer to extend to save money on purchases.}



04 Jan 2021 18:18:36

There are reports the Rojo could join Boca junior's is there any truth to this?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - It will be an option.}

1.) 04 Jan 2021 23:10:43
Thanks ED002.




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06 May 2021 22:14:23
Talk about making it hardwork. Roma were unlucky to not go through tonight.

At least we have made it past a semi under Ole. Hopefully we can beat Villareal in the final.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 May 2021 23:01:17
Wouldn’t quite go that far, they lost 8-5 and we never got out of 2nd gear tonight, especially 2nd half where we rested a few. They needed 4 more goals to get through, wouldn’t say they were unlucky.

2.) 06 May 2021 23:28:47
Ddg played great tonight but I can't agree that roma were unlucky not to go through.
I don't think 6 or 7 goals would have flattered them tonight but we could also have had another couple.
Decent game to watch for what was effectively a dead rubber.

3.) 07 May 2021 08:33:10

It's not how well you play, it's about taking your chances.

Roma didn't take their chances. Another night and we might have been pushed through to extra time.

4.) 07 May 2021 11:49:59
So MH if you miss your chances your not unlucky you have done badly ergo they are not unlucky.

5.) 07 May 2021 12:37:12
Cavani missed 2 sitters in the first half. One where he lobbed keeper onto bar, one where he blasted the ball at the keepers face. They were better than any of the scrappy chances roma created.

It was a dead game and roma were playing for pride.



18 Apr 2021 16:57:37
Why are Utd playing with 6 defenders. If Fred and McTominay play any deeper they will be sweepers.

Mad Hatter



16 Apr 2021 07:09:54
I thought VDB played well when he came on. Greenwood should have buried his header. He certainly needs to be involved in more games.

Tuanzebe played well. Calm and often composed, considering this was his first game in a while.

Mad Hatter

1.) 16 Apr 2021 09:53:29
It’s the first time he’s looked interested, not sure one good game in a season means he should be involved in more games, maybe if he did that more often and showed that fight then he would be.

2.) 16 Apr 2021 11:24:54

The team actually played at a higher tempo last, which meant it suited VDB link up play.

Overall, it was a determined performance, given some of the theatrics that were happening last night.

3.) 16 Apr 2021 15:26:42
Solid yet unspectacular performance all round. Granted, they were games we were expected to win, but the lads did more than was needed over the two legs and got us through to the semis. I suspect Roma will put up much more of a fight, but, touch wood, am glad it’s them and not Ajax.



11 Apr 2021 16:16:54
We need a win today. 6 points ahead of 5th place and we have Liverpool to play in May. It may prove to be a crucial game.

Mad Hatter

1.) 11 Apr 2021 17:21:43
Those worry lines will show MH🤣.

2.) 11 Apr 2021 18:29:55
Happy now mh?
That for me was our best of the season. Totally dominant. Well done to Henderson pogba and cavani in particular.

3.) 11 Apr 2021 18:36:08
Agreed Ken, 2nd half was a fantastic performance, why don’t we always play like that?

4.) 11 Apr 2021 18:55:28

Last 30 we played well, Cavani a leader on the pitch and showed the value of a proper centre forward. Greenwood is looking like he is starting to come back to form. I liked what Pogba did too. Henderson commanding and loud. Good win.

5.) 11 Apr 2021 19:35:23
Fantastic comeback. Our reaction at conceding goals is world class. The only thing i disagree Red Man is for Greenwood. Scoring or not he is our best player upfront for months.

6.) 11 Apr 2021 22:49:32
For me Sarr from Watford is perfect for our right flank.

7.) 11 Apr 2021 23:27:26
I disagree Red Man, just because we scored didn't make it better, the goal was always coming from the start of the 2nd half, we were good for all of it, I know it is impossible for you to just agree but seriously, great half.



22 Mar 2021 08:14:40
Utd need to stop playing football out from the back until we have players capable of actually being able to do so.

Maguire and Fred have both been guilty of misplaced passes over the past two seasons when the ball has been played out from the back.

Ultimately we have a stubborn manager who refuses to change his tactics, despite them not working.

Does this remind anyone of Mourinho? Perhaps LVG.

Mad Hatter

1.) 22 Mar 2021 08:51:46
The problem with playing out from the back is you need technically proficient intelligent midfielders to play the ball out to.

It's pointless playing out from the back of the player you're passing to is Fred, as he takes three touches to get the ball under control by which time he has two players on him and even if they don't tackle him he'll likely pass it to the opposition anyway.

2.) 22 Mar 2021 09:24:10

I agree, but we need a pirlo/ Carrick player with better CBs. The problem is, Ole persists with playing out from the back, when the team has made so many mistakes and conceded when playing out from the back.

3.) 22 Mar 2021 09:38:25
The problem is though Hatter is the options are play out from the back or hit long balls. I don't fancy any of our strikers to consistently win the first ball and find a teammate. Maybe Cavani, but that isn't a long term answer. In fact with his injuries it's not even a consistent short term solution.

So the options are pass out from the back and risk the midfield in losing the ball, or ping it to Martial and almost certainly lose the ball.

Neither are great options. Personally with the players available I'd probably play a back three with Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw, then a midfield of McTominay and Pogba, Bruno in the No.10 and Rashford and Greenwood as split strikers. Telles at LWB adding width, and work with AWB to improve his ability going forward as a RWB.

That way we can still play out from the back, but we have strong mobile midfielders who can take the ball who are less likely to give the ball away. The extra CB should mean we can get away with not having two dedicated CDM's. While not playing with wingers negates the fact that we don't actually have any.




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06 May 2021 11:01:45
He needs to move and we need to reduce our wage bill.

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27 Apr 2021 12:08:10
Rojo has gone.

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07 Apr 2021 14:24:53
Thanks ED002.

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05 Apr 2021 20:01:49

Does anything actually surprise you anymore as far as the club are concerned?

It feels like a ship that is slowly sinking.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Not really.}



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31 Mar 2021 09:40:15
Kane would cost far too much. DdG would still be liability in goal.

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09 May 2021 22:58:24
Maybe we should get Leicester to scout for us. They seem to pick up some top midfielders.

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09 May 2021 11:36:09
Unfortunately he is unlikely to be given a chance at Utd.

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08 May 2021 15:13:58
That would certainly make Utd title contenders and even CL contenders.

UTD need to get rid of their average players at the club. Give a youngster or two a chance as well.
Perreira is still at the club, they need to sell him, let Jones leave for free, allow Mata to go and give James a loan move to see how he progresses.

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08 May 2021 12:28:31
Tuanzebe was brilliant against PSG.

But a lakcknof game time has affected his confidence. You can respect a player to come in after not playing for months and do well.

A lack of squad rotation hasn't helped.

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07 May 2021 08:33:10

It's not how well you play, it's about taking your chances.

Roma didn't take their chances. Another night and we might have been pushed through to extra time.

Mad Hatter