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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.



10 Dec 2020 15:09:54

Do you know/ expect amy players to leave during the January transfer window?

Are the club looking/ trying to sell players aswell?


Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - The club has a number of players out of contract in the summer and there is a chance that Paul Pogba may find a club willing to show an interest in January. If James Tarkowski leaves in Jaunay, Burnley may look to Phil Jones. Jesse Lingard is another who could leave in January.

1.) 10 Dec 2020 17:03:08
I think exits are a bigger issue in January than signings. Very few top level players are available in January without blowing a huge hole in your summer budget to sign them. While one of the things that held us back in making signing in the summer was our bloated squad.

If we can move on 3 or 4 players in January then that is less work on shifting them in the summer. Which might make more space and give more time to sign some next summer.

2.) 10 Dec 2020 18:06:00
Yup. Clear the decks. Hope Romero can find a new club as well. And we will lose ighalo too. we should then keep the current squad as it is and play the kids in europa with the likes of mata, james and bailly, williams etc. to add a bit of first team experience. i would also give hendersont eh arm band and see how that pans out.
we need to focus on the league. A slow start by everyone has given us a chance to make top 4 but it will be tough with chelsea, tottenham, city and liverpool all looking like title contenders.

3.) 10 Dec 2020 18:30:56
Would be very happy if we managed to get rid of pogba on some sort of loan with obligation or even a trade dembele maybe? Managing to finally move on Jones would be great and lingard needs to go. With rojo in the last 6 months of his deal we might actually be able to strengthen the defence next year.

4.) 10 Dec 2020 19:31:20
Need to move on defenders as Ed002 recently said we might be looking at bringing in a CB like Pau Torres if we free up space in the squad.

5.) 10 Dec 2020 20:14:01
Thanks ED002,

Is there any news on a DOF or is it still the same as last time?


{Ed002's Note - There is nothing right now.}

6.) 10 Dec 2020 23:47:51
Yes please Phil Jones to Burnley.

7.) 11 Dec 2020 10:30:16
Dybala and Ramsey for Pogba?

8.) 11 Dec 2020 11:21:47
Dybala doesn’t want United. We surely don’t want Ramsey?

9.) 11 Dec 2020 15:18:23
Would anyone take Jovic in part exchange from Real Madrid for Pogba, then sell Martial to Inter Milan as their replacement for Lautaro Matinez who'll be heading to Barcelona?

10.) 11 Dec 2020 16:04:25
Probably the best p/ ex we could get.

11.) 11 Dec 2020 16:48:55
Shappy, I would take a three legged armadillo in exchange for Pogba.



08 Dec 2020 12:06:39

Are Juventus interested in Paul Pogba. I've sent the Mino said they were a possibility?

Which if any, are the viable options for Pogba?

My feeling is that the amateurs will keep him until his contract expires.

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Paul Pogba (CM) offered to Barcelona - may be available as a Free Agent in 2022 - Manchester United have wrecked the relationship with his agent. I doubt that the club would meet any demands which Mino Raiola would want to agree a new contract. They have extended his contract to 2022 and will need to strike a deal with Mino over any sale next summer (I am sure he would be open to taking, say, half of the sale fee) and hope a buyer can be found - this will need to be through a third party. PSG are in discussions to add two MF players, one possibly as early as January. I don't think paying a significant fee for Pogba is part of their plans right now. Real Madrid have a preferred target although their current coach would like Pogba. Juventus have other priorities in CM but there have been talks and he might be a realistic option at the right price - but Juventus may look to including a player in the deal.}

1.) 08 Dec 2020 12:44:29
Sack him and a weight will be lifted from the club. Never do business with Mino again.

2.) 08 Dec 2020 12:33:19
what does anyone think would be a reasonable price to let him leave for?

we are obviously going to take a loss but united will no doubt like to save face a 2nd time around and not lose him for free.

3.) 08 Dec 2020 12:53:04
Oh Ed - you son of a gun!

4.) 08 Dec 2020 13:10:29
£40m and run.

5.) 08 Dec 2020 13:21:12
Bolger. If it were me I’d run his contract down and let him walk for nothing in 2022. If it’s true that we could lose half of any fee to him and his agent we’re probably looking at somewhere between 15 and 30 million, which considering what we’ve wasted over the past few seasons is a drop in the ocean.

Even playing badly he’s worth far more than that in terms of brand appeal and I’d take some sick satisfaction from knowing that we forced him to waste his prime years playing at a club that he really didn’t want to be at.

It would be a little different had he put in the work since arriving and not repeatedly embarrassed himself and the club with his (and his agent’s) public comments regarding his future. As things stand though, the club owes him nothing, because that’s exactly what he has offered since signing for us.

6.) 08 Dec 2020 13:30:46
club should have just sold him 2 years ago when he first wanted to leave.

he will be what 29/ 30 by the time his contract runs down.

7.) 08 Dec 2020 13:40:05
Hi Ed - any chance of him leaving in January? can't wait to see the back of this circus.

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement at this time.}

8.) 08 Dec 2020 14:47:40
We have created this situation ourselves, refusing to sell an unhappy player. At this point the financial situation can't be saved, our options are sell him at a reduced price and lose potentially half the fee to Mino and Pogba or force him to run down his contract, meaning we get nothing and have to pay Pogba the best part of 300k a week to do so (around £20m between now and the end of his contract) . Either way we will stand to lose a substantial amount on the over inflated 89m we paid for him.

What we can save is our appearance to other players, refusing to allow an unhappy player to leave will not encourage other players to sign for us. Players will have different drivers when looking at who they move to, just as we would when considering job offers. For footballers things like wages, ability to challenge at the top, location etc are all things they will consider. Just like we would consider wages, ability to progress our careers and location ourselves.

We would also ask other ex-employees or people we knew with experience of that company about their experiences with them. Some companies are known to be a bad company to work for.

In refusing Pogba his move and making life difficult for him we will further alienate potential footballers from wanting to join our club. While as fans we might see playing for United as the highest honour, not all footballers will. They see a job for the most part. We have already seen how when Chelsea matched our wages many players preferred to move to London. While currently we aren't as successful as we once were. We are in danger of making life even harder for us to compete for the best players.

For me its time to stop being silly, to put the egos away and make Pogba's exit front he club as clean and as easy as possible. We aren't going to get our money back, we aren't going to save face and he isn't going to be a key member of our squad moving forward. It's in everyone's best interests to end this failed marriage as soon and as amicably as possible.

9.) 08 Dec 2020 15:41:45
Thanks ED002.

10.) 08 Dec 2020 15:43:34
Pressed reply to early.

Thanks ED002.

Shappy I agree with your post. He should have been sold a while back when he first said I want to go.

As for playing him tonight, i'd drop him. Although he might try harder to make a January move materialise, however unlikely that may be.

11.) 08 Dec 2020 16:03:41
Hahahaha SHAME! Lol only joking, surprised Pogba is doing this. We have Özil so we are no better. Hope you lose tonight though :)

12.) 08 Dec 2020 16:00:36
Thanks for the update Ed. On the point that Juve would want to include a player in a deal, do you know which players they have available / would likely offer? Personally I'd like us to ask for Bentancur but I reckon that's not happening.

{Ed002's Note - Paulo Dybala would be the obvious choice.}

13.) 08 Dec 2020 16:30:06
Isnt Dybala another AM like Bruno/ VdB. It would be silly for us to buy him.

{Ed047's Note - isn’t that United’s thing, to buy random players you don’t need

14.) 08 Dec 2020 17:54:40
Mino maybe in the eyes of fans a little s*** rhymes with hit.

But in a way I am glad he's showing us up. Ed 02 has been saying forever how the amateurs are running the club and this highlights exactly that. Mino is not the disease, the club is. Even though most of you wouldn't dream of admitting it.

15.) 08 Dec 2020 17:54:54
I'm totally split on Dybala if I'm honest.
Firstly, clearly there is a player there, but he doesn't show it often enough. Plus he has displayed a few odd views/ behaviours in the past.
Secondly I wonder how he would fit into our side. He isn't a lead the line striker, more of a hybrid second striker/ No.10. To that end he would fit best in the position that Bruno plays in, which isn't ideal. However, if we were to play a 442 diamond or 3412 type shape then he could play on the right of the front two very well. Which would still allow Bruno in his No.10 position.

So do we take a player who is talented, but might not want to join and doesn't really fill a need we have?

Personally if we are to sign a player from Juventus the two I would consider best for us would be Merih Demiral or Dejan Kulusevski, neither of which I think Juventus would consider selling.

16.) 08 Dec 2020 17:01:54

Unfortunately it's all about the commercial revenue a player brings in. Or trying to blakc cat other teams. We got badly burnt with Sanchez. Utd are like the kid that never learns.

{Ed047's Note - it’s been crazy mate, maybe the current financial climate will force the club into a more sensible approach to it all and you’ll start to see the benefits.

17.) 08 Dec 2020 18:51:50
I know Ed047 and I don't know when all of this will stop! . Its getting to a point I might stop watching football until things change.

{Ed047's Note - can’t argue with that Singh, but as I’ve said to MH maybe the situation now will bring a semblance of calm amongst all this crazy stuff. 🤞

18.) 08 Dec 2020 19:29:32
In fairness FZZ we all know United are poorly run. But it’s a disgrace the timing and what’s worse is the 100% pogba has allowed it to be released at this stage. That’s my only issue. I don’t want him near the squad again.

19.) 08 Dec 2020 18:30:23
Ed02 do you know if it would be viable in Jan or the summer for Juve to include Ronaldo in a swap deal? Seems like a perfect solution.

{Ed002's Note - Any such move would be a retrograde step for Manchester United who should be looking to the next Ronaldo not the last one. Manchester United are stuck in the loop of not addressing the future sadly.}

20.) 08 Dec 2020 20:01:33
Thanks for your reply Ed, although I agree with your statement i very much doubt that united have it in them to find the next ronaldo sadly.

21.) 08 Dec 2020 20:33:49

I live in hope. Although if OGS got the sack would they be able to afford to sack him and the backroom staff. Generally speaking a new manager likes to bring his preferred staff with him.

{Ed047's Note - I don’t think clubs ever seem too concerned about replacing managers and back room staff MH, the amount of times they do it.

Ole is for me clearly not the man but at the same time he isn’t taking you to oblivion so for me the club need to, if they haven’t already, be taking the opportunity to find the right guy whilst Ole’s still in post.

We all know there are quality managers out there and you have a good base of talent in the squad.

Get rid of Pogba, get Saul and Upamecano and you start to really look the part. Maybe even nick Gnabry from Munich and you’d be good to go.

22.) 08 Dec 2020 21:30:49

Those two would be great signings. Not sure Gnabry would leave BM to join Utd.

{Ed047's Note - they would mate and not sure either on Gnabry but think he’s better than Sancho.

23.) 08 Dec 2020 21:48:47

I'm not sanchos biggest fan. His attitude sint great either. Utd need to focus on hard working players who will take them to the next level.

{Ed047's Note - agree totally mate and with Gnabry, Saul and Upamecano you get all that and more.

24.) 09 Dec 2020 08:52:29

Time will tell. UTD remind me of Arsenal under Wingerworth in his final few seasons. Hit and miss, persisting with zonal marking.

{Ed047's Note - it sure will mate but that’s not a great sign!




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17 Jan 2021 15:36:54
I'd be happier if Bailly was playing. Lindelof and Maguire always looked scared when paired together. A lack of pace between the two is always worrying.

Finger crossed we get a win.

Mad Hatter

1.) 17 Jan 2021 15:43:39
Can’t believe he has picked Lindelof, what a kick in the teeth for bailly . he has been pur best defender. those 2nin the middle will struggle with mane and Sarah. shocking.

2.) 17 Jan 2021 15:47:42
A little confused by the selection. No Bailly and 4 in midfield is not what I’d have gone with, but let’s hope there’s some method in the madness. I’m guessing the plan will be to absorb pressure and hit them on the break, but I worry that if/ when they go ahead and then sit back and defend we’ll struggle to cause them too many problems. You have to assume that Klopp will have expected us to set up defensively and planned accordingly. First goal will be crucial tonight, I think.



12 Jan 2021 19:24:01
I predict a VDB substitution in the 87th minute.

Mad Hatter

1.) 12 Jan 2021 19:29:44
If he doesn't show us any thing good when he gets his cameo, we should just get rid.

2.) 12 Jan 2021 20:12:10
Nice team selection.



12 Jan 2021 12:19:44
Having listened to the odd press conference that OGS has given, he has said Uyd need to stop conceding silly goals from set pieces, but continues to use zonal marking.

Is it zonal marking or the players fault?

Perhaps reverting to back to man marking would help. I can't help but state the obvious. If I can see it why can't the coaching staff.

Mad Hatter

1.) 12 Jan 2021 13:44:33
As Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. ”

If Ole wants us to stop conceding silly goals he needs to change to a man-marking system, and change our style of play to control possession.

If we keep letting the other team have the ball in the hope that we can catch them on the break, we will keep conceding chances and therefore goals.

2.) 12 Jan 2021 13:56:34
Each system has its flaws, and really comes to down to tactical preference.

Man marking systems mean you have to win your individual battles. While it can cause havoc with your defensive shape if one player has to follow another around.

Zonal systems mean you can keep your shape much better, but without effective communication defenders can be caught unaware of who is in their zone.

In modern football especially at the highest level, zonal marking is pretty standard. We are just bad at it. Is it the coaching? Or are our players poor at communicating and/ or poor with staying in their position.

Probably a bit of both. Maguire often gets caught ball watching and get drawn out of position because of that. While he also doesn't talk enough with his fellow defenders, often letting someone run into his partners zone on their blindside without giving them a heads up.

3.) 12 Jan 2021 15:47:15
I think that whatever preference you have as a coach, it really boils down to the intelligence and quality of the players at your disposal.

4.) 12 Jan 2021 16:04:36
We do what a lot of teams do and use a mixture of zonely and man to man.
You mark what are considered dangers zones and lines while also picking up players.

5.) 12 Jan 2021 16:05:24
Shappy, if we are bad a zonal marking, why are we continuing with it?

You ask are we just bad at zonal marking? Yes. Look at the goals we've conceded.

Or are our players poor at communicating? Yes. No obvious leaders out there doing the organising.

Is it the coaching? Yes. If we are poor at zonal marking, a coach (es) needs to be saying something.

It's another situation where every man and his dog can see it, except our own manager and coaches.

Our defenders need to be at their most determined tonight. They have Tarkowski, Mee, Barnes and Wood who will win plenty of aerial duels against us.

6.) 12 Jan 2021 16:42:35
Improving players, especially defenders isn't Ole's strong suit unfortunately. His idea of improving the defence is playing with 2 defensive midfielders.

7.) 12 Jan 2021 17:04:01
Wazza, a lot of the problems which make us bad at zonal marking will carry over to man marking.

Communication, positioning, reading of the game and winning your personal duels are issues for most if not all our defenders.

8.) 12 Jan 2021 18:05:41
A lack of coaching hasn't helped. Mahuire and AWB often drop deep and play opposition players onside.

Poor communication hasn't helped. I remember. ber the old days of Pallister, Bruce, Sam, Rio etc shouting making secure players kept the backbone tight and onside.

9.) 12 Jan 2021 19:41:56
Shappy, does that mean we just stick to what we’re doing and continue to concede goals from set pieces? Sorry but that’s rubbish.

If we don’t change it, the same things will keep happening. Communications is much less of a factor in a man to man system, compared to zonal.

10.) 12 Jan 2021 20:02:09
How many goals have we conceded from corners.

11.) 12 Jan 2021 20:40:58
jred, I believe we are 6th for most goals conceded from set pieces this season. That needs to improve.



06 Jan 2021 22:16:53
It was a semi final. City had a makeshift attack, albeit a good attack.

Tonights game really summed Utd up. More so the coaching aspect, from AWB's positional awareness and deciding making to Rashfords numerous offsides.

Whilst to some, this maybe perceived as overreacting with what I will next say, but OGS isn't upto the task and the ineptness of Woodward and Co haven't helped.

Sure, 2nd in the league, but was it just another good run that will now end?

Personally I would pick Tuanzebe at RB, Bailly Maguire in the middle with Telles at lb.

The team woukd be more balanced and we could stop playing two holding players.

Mad Hatter

1.) 06 Jan 2021 22:24:02
Thought we defended ok apart from the 2 silly set pieces, their attack did nothing, our forward line was the problem tonight.

2.) 06 Jan 2021 22:25:12
Ole said there would be no excuses if we lost, well apparently there are.

3.) 06 Jan 2021 22:26:24
That’s my worry as we have been a very streaky team under ole, both good and bad. On AWB he’s been doing the same thing for months and nothing has been done by the coaching staff, opponents will no doubt target that area in future games. Surely his positioning should have been flagged and corrected before now🤷‍♂️.

4.) 06 Jan 2021 22:50:19
If it wasn’t for Bruno, ole would’ve been sacked. He’s been saving him every game. Yes we are second, but I still fail to see our game plan. We need a manager who’s ruthless and has actual tactics. We look to have no style of play and just hope for a get out of jail. Lindelof and Maguire as a Cb pairing aswell makes me sick. People say ole was resting baillly so if I see Lindelof start vs Burnley, I’m going to he fuming and it would be clear ole has favourites

Also to add I found it disgusting and disrespectful bring Donny on for 2 minutes when he had no chance to change the game.

5.) 06 Jan 2021 23:05:37
OGS was one of the . a agers who wanted 5 subs instead of 3. Tonight was his chance to utilise them he didn't. It was a semi final. If yiu are losing, then you go for it. Go out an attack.



06 Jan 2021 20:17:11
Rashford needs to work on his timings. He gets caught offside far too much.

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22 Jan 2021 10:20:38
They should let him move in the summer and respect his wishes. The club needs to grow up.

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19 Jan 2021 16:22:10
Thanks ED002,

Is Matas contract up at the end of the season?

Mad Hatter

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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13 Jan 2021 22:22:33
Thanks ED002.

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12 Jan 2021 11:06:31
Thanks ED002.

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12 Jan 2021 11:06:17

Saul would be ideal. It's a shame Pogba wasn't allowed to go in the summer and Saul bought in as a replacement.

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23 Jan 2021 09:20:07
A very good Matic replacement aswell. With Mata potentially leaving, there is a space or two available, especially if Pogba leaves aswell.

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22 Jan 2021 10:27:24

It is a strange season. I do think at rb AWB needs competition. Perhaps Tuanzebe may provide that, should the club not wish to strengthen the RB position any time soon.

A concern for me are Martial and Rashford. We need them firing on all cylinders if we are to win the league.

Hopefully we can shift all. the deadwood come summer.

What are you feelings on the EL? I for one would rather focus on the league and a CL spot than the EL.
It might be better to play our squad players to gain some game time I stead. DvB, Mata, Tuanzebe, Henderson, Greenwood, maybe Diallo and lingard too, should the latter stay.

Mad Hatter

{Ed004's Note - I think a lot depends on how the league is going with regards to the EL. KdB being out for 6 weeks is a bit blow to City. They've been struggling to score lately and been relying on the form of their cbs. With KdB out and Aguero struggling with form/covid where are the goals coming from.

If we have a chance at the league, big if at this stage, you got to prioritise that surely. I also agree AWB needs competition. Would love to see Laird promoted in the summer if he is successful on loan but could see us bringing in a veteran like Trippier (shades of Telles & Shaw here).}



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21 Jan 2021 10:57:39
Martial and Rashford need to follow Cavani, his work off the ball is phenomenal.

I hope we agree terms to extend his contract another year. It would be nice to loan a RW this January, unless There is a plan for Dialo to get some game time?

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21 Jan 2021 07:54:46
Cavani needs to play against Liverpool.

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19 Jan 2021 12:29:05
The climb to the top of the ladder is never an easy one. I for one don't think OGS is a clown, yet like all if the previous managers at the club i have questioned there team selection and tactics from time to time.

Upon reflection, a draw at Anfield isn't too bad. We as fans always want to beat Liverpool.

As it stands we are doing very well in the league. Whether we can keep it up remains to be seen. Confidence is key, this can be seen on the pitch.

VdB, Greenwood and Mata could do with playing against Liverpool and get some much needed minutes. There may even be some minutes made available for Lingard. If he stays fit and the club choose not to sell him, then we will need to make sure our squad is sharp and ready to go.

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