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31 Jul 2020 19:59:42
Hi Ed002, I recall in the past you mentioned Benoit Badiashile as one that United have looked at for the future.

I've seen a few stories linking him with us as a target this summer, any truth to these? I'm assuming not based on the many CB's we already have.


{Ed002's Note - There has been plenty of interest from clubs but he would never achieve Home Grown status in England, so it makes a move less likely for now and he has signed a new contract. Forget him for a year or two but I am advised he is potentially a huge emerging talent.}

1.) 31 Jul 2020 21:12:35
Thanks ed, much appreciated as always.



17 May 2019 05:59:11
Hi ed, hope you are well? With United needing to rebuild and some players wanting to leave, do you know if the club has softened it's stance on player exchanges as part of transfers?

I recall you stating in the past the club weren't keen on this and that they are very difficult to complete. I noticed you mention Cancelo on the European pages and that he could be part of any Pogba deal.



{Ed002's Note - No, what it means is JUventus would be open to offering him up as part of a deal. As a club Manchester United remain of an opinion that player trading in not the way forward.}

1.) 17 May 2019 11:22:58
I thought as much, it only really seems a viable option if the club were genuinely interested in a specific player that would be offered as part of a deal. Cheers as always Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Right, and to some extent that makes sense.}



09 Mar 2019 07:23:50
Hi ed, with United looking to sign a CB this summer, are Milenkovic and Ruben Dias still our main targets for that position?

Also is it feasible that 2 or 3 of the current CB's (probably Rojo, Jones and Bailly) will leave and we will see Tuanzebe get a chance when he returns from loan?



{Ed002's Note - Certainly Dias remains the primary target. Rojo could well leave and the plan under JM was that Jones would go but that may not still be the case.}

1.) 09 Mar 2019 11:15:25
Quite surprised that 21 year old Ruben Dias is our primary target.
I expected an established star like Koulibaly or Skriniar to be our main target for CB.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, he looks a lot better suited to the way United want to play than either of those. I watched him a fair bit for a player profile recently and he was extremely impressive, though it was in the Portugese league so not the highest level.}

2.) 09 Mar 2019 10:56:37
Cheers Ed. From the little I've seen of Dias he looks pretty good but do you think he is capable of being the top class CB we badly need or will he need a bit of time similar to Lindelof?

{Ed002's Note - He was wanted by JM and that should be enough for you.}

3.) 09 Mar 2019 13:05:53
Interesting, I imagine he would be much better value long term than Koulibaly.

{Ed001's Note - very good on the ball as well. Had that really polished technique that seems to be a hallmark of players coming through their youth academy.}

4.) 09 Mar 2019 13:27:09
Ed001 would be v interesting to get your thoughts on how you think United wish to play, as mentioned above.
And from that, what you think we need to do with current players/ in the transfer market to make it work. Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - the club wants to have the option, not necessarily to use it in ever game like but the quality at the back to play out from the back. Hence why Lindelöf was brought in. It does not really mean in the way say Brendan Rodgers thinks of playing out from the back though. With the passing it around the back four that you find with his teams, with no penetration. It is having a centre back, like Luiz or van Dijk, that can change the point of attack with a ball in behind an opposing defence or out to a wide player high up the pitch.

You do need another centre half with quality on the ball, none of Smalling, Jones, Rojo or Bailly really have the ability to pick a pass. Other than that, you are not really that far off in terms of a team. It is more about improving on what you have, rather than needing to replace them, buying better versions or improving them through coaching and experience.

The thinking is that De Gea is not the best with his feet, so you can't really go with the really high line and press high on a turnover, except initially. You don't want a big gap between defenders and keeper, as he is not that comfortable racing off his line to clear. But stats analysis suggests the best way to create chances is on quick attacks on turnover (the so-called transition), whether it is from the break itself or a setpiece won on the break. So you have the pacey forwards to play in behind, but you need the ability to pick them out from defence or you lose valuable moments playing the ball into midfield for those quick balls. Every moment lost allows a defence to prepare, against a quick attacker that usually means they are dropping off and so reducing the space available for a midfielder to play the same pass.

It is not about being defensive or becoming a counter attacking team, it is about adding another attacking outlet, for those times when you are not in controlled possession high up the pitch. The expectation is that you will dominate possession in most games but, when it matters in bigger games against opponents that can have as much possession as you, then you need that extra option, even if it just ensures that opponents can't commit to the attack as they would like, because they are wary of a ball in behind.}

5.) 09 Mar 2019 16:29:55
Nice write up ed - as you say it is another string to the bow and something else that the opposition have to take into consideration.

The more options and variations in play that we can have the better.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate, it is something Mourinho wanted too, but because he wanted to sit deep, however it is a useful weapon to have in all types of teams. City have Ederson do a similar thing, more than the centre backs.}

6.) 09 Mar 2019 16:54:38
The quicker the balls moved forward the better the chances created.

7.) 09 Mar 2019 17:19:59
Ed001 if we are targeting that sort of a cb and we clearly are looking for a young player shouldn't we be targeting someone like de ligt.

{Ed001's Note - from what I have seen of de Ligt I wouldn't recommend him at all. He has very little defending to do with Ajax, but whenever he is actually put under defensive pressure (when I have seen him anyway so a limited view admittedly) he is not good. Excellent on the ball but he is a midfielder for me.}

8.) 09 Mar 2019 18:44:44
I can see de Light going to Barca, would fit in well there.

9.) 09 Mar 2019 23:30:04
That could explain those Maguire links.

10.) 10 Mar 2019 01:07:29
Thanks Ed001 - read with interest and I strongly agree. We have pace in behind but really only pogba with the vision and accuracy to pick out a runner (although I feel he could do with quickening it up at times) . Having a centre half that can pick a pass or drop it into space would be a real weapon.

Agree that DDG is the best keeper in the traditional mould, not one of the new breed of sweeper keepers.

I finally have some confidence going in against the 'lesser' teams that we will get the result. It's against the top teams that I really don't know what we'll get. I feel we need players in defence to midfield that have both quality on the ball and the ability to do things quickly, especially in those high pressure, high tempo games against the Citys and Pools.

{Ed001's Note - at least now they are giving their all, which is a huge step forward.}

11.) 10 Mar 2019 08:42:51
Nice one Ed. Have a good one.

{Ed001's Note - you too Rave.}

12.) 10 Mar 2019 09:56:08
Ed001, could be have a player profile for Ruben Dias please.

{Ed001's Note - way ahead of you mate: Ruben Dias profile. I did it a few weeks ago as Ed002 had told us there were a bunch of clubs looking at him.}

13.) 10 Mar 2019 11:51:23
Do you see de Ligt as a potential replacement for Busquets? Or Pique, as Barcelona have been fond of defenders who struggle at defending?

{Ed001's Note - Barca have certainly been the ones showing the most interest.}

14.) 10 Mar 2019 15:23:09
Fantastic, cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Nice to have one ready for a change when it is asked for!}



24 Jan 2019 23:53:38
Timo Werner has stated if he could, he would like to play for Man Utd. Do you know if this is something United have looked at? Or may act on?

Like Martial or Rashford he can play right across the front 3 positions and in my opinion would be a pretty good signing. Not my first choice but still a good option.


1.) 25 Jan 2019 05:04:13
From now we need to target players who can take us to the next level.
We already have 6 forwards fighting for 3 spots.
Werner doesn't seem to be a significant upgrade amongst the current options.

2.) 25 Jan 2019 06:23:15
Imo Timo Werner would be an upgrade on our striker options having said that he doesn't appear to be an option ed002 gave a reply to a similar question on the European page 😁.

3.) 25 Jan 2019 10:20:02
Werner is best utilised through the middle. If we signed him and played him out wide it'd be a disaster. Doubt it will happen anyway - Bayern need new blood after all.

4.) 25 Jan 2019 10:38:16
Ed002 said he would be interested in moving to us but we are not interested in him. I like him I think he is a talented player and can play across the front 3. He did disappoint in the World Cup but no German player really covered themselves in glory. I would love to sign him but I assume he will be off to Bayern in the near future.

5.) 25 Jan 2019 12:04:12
I quite like Werner however, I would like to see one more season of Lukaku under potentially the guidance of Solskjaer.
He has all the physical attributes to be a dominant striker, he can score goals in the league and at International level. I just think he needs some guidance and coaching to fine tune the areas that really let him down, 1st touch, movement off the ball and a bit of composure in front of goal. I appreciate these are all very important things but like I said, he just needs fine tuning as it seems his professional career he has got by on his raw talent that got him to this standard but since then, no one has really developed him to go onto the next level like a Drogba. A good pre season under someone like Solskjaer could really unlock that potential and take him from a 15-20 goals a season to a regular 25-30 goals a season.

6.) 25 Jan 2019 13:17:20
I agree we need players who can take are upgrades, however, we have thought a lot of players we have signed over the past few years are upgrades and they have been poor.

Also it's hard to see Mata (wonderful player but not physically able to press and counter at pace) and Sanchez (has pretty much been a disaster all round) having much of a future here so we need to sign an attacking player.

Like I said he isn't my first choice but he's 22 years old, can play all 3 forward positions, is very quick, played at a high level for the last 3 or 4 seasons and he actually wants to play for United. Compared to other options for attacking positions we've been linked with such as Perisic or Bergwijn, I think he is pretty good option.

7.) 25 Jan 2019 14:28:54
Werner in and Lukaku out.



20 Jan 2018 08:52:54
Ed, are we still looking at Jose Gimenez from Atletico or is Umtiti our main CB target?



{Ed002's Note - Barcelona won't be selling Umtiti - Gimenez right now seems happy where he is after an approach from another English side was rejected by the player.}

1.) 20 Jan 2018 12:31:53
Cheers Ed. Hopefully we see a quality centre back signed in the summer. Not long until we get the annual Raphael Varane wants to work with Jose again stories.




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03 Aug 2020 11:38:32
I'll start by saying this is entirely hypothetical and won't happen but I'd say would be a win win for both clubs. Swap deals might also be more prevalent this window due to the impact of C.V.

We need a quality defensive midfielder despite Matic extending his contract as he has shown over a number of years he runs out of steam in the 2nd half of a season. Admittedly, because he is run into the ground due to lack of options managers have had both here and at Chelsea when he was first choice. Chelsea need a goalkeeper as Cabellero is almost 40 and Kepa has been a huge disappointment.

How about United offer Dean Henderson to Chelsea in exchange for N'golo Kante? I'd argue both sides benefit from the deal as Kante has been in and out at Chelsea this season and Henderson has never played a game for United. It's clear De Gea will be number 1 next season and I'd argue Kante gives a bigger upgrade to our midfield than almost anyone could.

In my head the above makes sense but it also looks like something ripped out of Football Manager haha.


1.) 03 Aug 2020 11:59:24
Kante is well past his best imo.
Still a good player obviously but very much in decline. Lots of injuries popping up.
Henderson is a rising star straight from our own academy. Just like greenwood. Should were swap greenwood for kane?
I wouldn't personally get rid of henderson without ever giving him a chance.

2.) 03 Aug 2020 12:22:58
I’m with ken.

3.) 03 Aug 2020 12:24:24
Ken, I disagree that Kante is in decline, just don't think he was a good fit under Sarri and as you say he has picked up a few injuries this season. If given a chance I'm sure he'd be one of the best CM's in the league again.

Henderson is clearly a talent and IMO will be England number 1 at the Euros but I genuinely can't see how he becomes number 1 at United. De Gea is on a big wage and looks set to be number 1 for at least another season. His performances have fallen off a cliff over the past couple of years but it looks like he's the first choice going forward too so I'd say there's just as much of a chance that Henderson never becomes United number 1 as there is that he does.

I also suggested this as my mates and I have bored ourselves talking about Jason Sancho and Jack Grealish 😂😂.

4.) 03 Aug 2020 12:42:20
Henderson will be our number 1, in the not so distant future.

5.) 03 Aug 2020 13:08:30
I'd swap DDG for Kante, gets rid of a huge wage and let's Romero and Henderson battle for the number 1 spot (which I would expect Hendo to cement over the course of the next season)

6.) 03 Aug 2020 13:23:06
No way Chelsea entertain that idea. Kante is easily worth more than Henderson (despite his looking promising in PL this season) .

Plus that would leave our club without a defensive minded midfielder. Now if United were to add money on top of Henderson, maybe then it could make sense.

7.) 03 Aug 2020 13:47:43
If we’re unable to agree a new contract with Henderson (which seems possible given we seem to have trouble providing players with a roadmap, which Henderson apparently wants) then I’d absolutely make this deal.

Realistically, if the club don’t make Henderson our number one this summer I don’t think they ever will and he’ll end up leaving (for a relatively low fee if he doesn’t sign an extension this summer) .

8.) 03 Aug 2020 15:13:54
Considering that Deano is both better and younger than the world's most expensive goalkeeper was when he went for a hefty £71 million, it would take Kante plus £30 million to even entertain the idea.

9.) 03 Aug 2020 18:03:51
No chance. I'd be more inclined to offer DDG than Henderson.

DDG has been on the decline for two seasons now. That's not just a blip. Something seriously needs to change as he is drifting into mediocrity. Whether that is a kick up the arse to make him work harder, or a change or goalkeeping coach, or even a change of club. Something with DDG needs to change or next season will be his last as first choice at United.

With that in mind why would we allow Dean Henderson to leave? He is the future first choice keeper for both us and England. What impresses me most about him isn't his natural ability, but his mentality. He is mentally strong, bouncing back from setbacks, driven to improve.

The idea of letting him join a rival is madness.

As for Kante I wonder if he has the energy and drive anymore. His determination and work rate are what rose him above his contemporaries. He has a huge contract at Chelsea and has suffered some niggling injuries. Does he still have the appetite to fight for ever ball and run himself into the ground anymore. For the last three years the number of tackles, interceptions and pressures he makes have dropped, as has the distance covered per game.

I think we need to look more toward the future.



14 Jul 2020 07:26:52
Last night's game was a bit of a reality check to show we're not a title challenging side yet. Our performance was probably the worst we've produced since the restart and had plenty of errors (not big ones but misplaced passes heavy first touches etc) with the odd bit of great play in between. Southampton deserved their point and we can't win every game.

Southampton came with a game plan of high pressing United and not allowing the passes of Maguire and Lindelof to get to Matic and Pogba and they carried it out very well, Hasenhuttl deserves enormous credit for how he has turned them around. The way they set up now will cause most sides problems.

Despite the above, this post isn't all doom and gloom. We didn't play at our best, the players looked tired and yet we created 4 or 5 excellent chances in the game. That's a huge step up from the first half of the season where we'd struggle to create much even when playing well. Martial was very good, Rashford had a few great moments, I thought Shaw had another good game until his injury too. I have confidence in this side which is not something I've had in years and I'd expect us to win at Palace. Had this result happened in December there is no chance I'd have any confidence we'd win our next game.


1.) 14 Jul 2020 07:51:49
Yes RJ.
We created some excellent opportunities to kill the game.
On another day we would have taken them.

Btw, Romeu shouldn't have been on the pitch. Hopefully Greenwood is ok.

2.) 14 Jul 2020 08:16:52
you can't win every game, but the attidude from the players was spot on we was still trying to make things happen. i think if we didn't have the injuires to shaw and then williams we don't concede that goal.

a point was the fair result, its still in our hands,

i still think 2 wins from our next 2 games gets us top 4,

both chelsea and Leicester have tough games still to play.

we have a far better good than chelsea and only a few behind the foxes which will count for double when we play them.



19 Jan 2020 10:09:21
I've seen a few rumours today that United are close to appointing Luis Campos as DoF.

Not sure I believe it right enough but that'd be another target we are after from when Mourinho was in charge.




19 Jan 2020 10:09:21
I've seen a few rumours today that United are close to appointing Luis Campos as DoF.

Not sure I believe it right enough but that'd be another target we are after from when Mourinho was in charge.


{Ed002's Note - Of course.}

1.) 19 Jan 2020 12:56:43
Is there any credibility to the rumours Ed002? Every now and then this pops up then quickly disappears again.



30 Sep 2019 14:22:08
Strangely, I'm feeling quite positive about tonight's game. I honestly wouldn't back us to win against Newcastle at the moment, however, Arsenal at Old Trafford is a game I genuinely never think United will lose.

We're obviously not in a great spot but if there is one side in the league we should create chances against, it's Arsenal. They are a complete shambles in defence but will play open, attacking football so lend themselves well to the way United will likely set up.

I might be totally wrong but I'm going 2-1 United, James and Greenwood the scorers with Aubameyang scoring for Arsenal.


1.) 30 Sep 2019 14:54:49
A week ago i wouldve said we will win this game but with Martial and Pogba out we will not win this game.

I am hoping for a draw but i reckon we will lose 2.1 or 2.0.

Our attack is ver poor and we can't expect mason and james to perform each week.

2.) 30 Sep 2019 17:19:02
Im not sure what difference martial would make. i'd rather play greenwood.

3.) 30 Sep 2019 18:51:49
Martial is much more clinical then Rash and we will have a better chance of scoring if he was in the team.

4.) 30 Sep 2019 19:19:22
All the stats from the last 3 years say otherwise singh.
I want martial to play a dozen games in a row up front.
There is a player in there with great talent but he has to prove it and needs a consistent run to do that.
Im still sceltical because i can only go on what i see and what i see is a player that either die-hard see the runs he should be making or can't be arsed.
I hope its the former as that can be coached but while he is a good and martial finisher he is not a natural cf or he would see the runs and make them instinctively.
OGS has said the same so let's hope the hard work on tje training ground pays off.
When greenwood plays just watch his movement he never stands still in the box and makes runs across defenders and when outside the box he is busting a gut to get in there. In case something happens. Fowler owen Rvn rush law costa ronaldo lew even ole himself all moved around the box like lightening.
Then watch martial.

5.) 30 Sep 2019 22:36:05
I get what you mean Ken but i was just comparing the two and at the moment i would trust Martial to lead the line.




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23 Sep 2020 21:31:51
It somehow gets more farcical by the day. I understand it's a business and the club will want to make money where possible but surely there's one person with some common sense who sees we should cut our losses with some of these players?




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15 Sep 2020 10:21:57
Bale when fit and motivated is excellent. Even 30 games a season from a fit and motivated Bale makes our squad considerably better. His contribution would outweigh that of James, Pereira, Mata etc you'd expect.

The issue for me isn't even the fitness side of things, it's more the motivation element. He's achieved everything he could have at Real from a silverware perspective but from an individual one not so much. Does he still have the drive to be one of the best in the world? He gets to stay in a lovely city with good weather, good food, gets to play an incredible golf course at the Santander Madrid and when he is at work he gets to play football for one of the biggest clubs in the world, earning a massive wage doing it. He's living the dream and motivation must be hard to muster when that is the case.

I think it is a risk but based on the other options of Perisic or Costa, I'd still edge towards Bale but that's probably more in hope that he rediscovered his best form than expectation.




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14 Sep 2020 15:33:27
Deependra, I've said a few times recently that Alaba is who we should be looking at. Fantastic player.

Ed with Pini dealing with Alaba does that mean any reports of a deal for Telles being close are wide of the mark?


{Ed002's Note - No it doesn't exclude that.}



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02 Sep 2020 15:51:42
Upamecano would be a great signing but it seems massively unlikely.

I still don't understand why we haven't looked at Alaba. His versatility, ability on the ball and pace would help us in defence.




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25 Aug 2020 19:55:21
Woodward obviously knew this was happening. Sancho was the smokescreen for Messi 😂😂😂.





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26 Sep 2020 20:19:36
Even though it is the rules, I'm sure even the refs must think it's a joke. Dermot Gallagher's defence of it the other day was, "you cannot argue it's not consistent". Which seems like code for I know it's hopeless, however, it's hopeless for everyone. I'd argue it's also easier to enforce these decisions with no fans in the ground.

It'll be a shame when later in the season a cup exit, relegation etc is confirmed by a penalty won by the opponent flicking a ball from 3ft away onto someone's hand.




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18 Sep 2020 13:09:07
I don't think you could call it a failure but it would be pretty underwhelming in my opinion with the exception of VDB. Squad options were one of the main issues last season and signing those players makes the squad stronger in the face of it.

I'd say the main problem with these signings is why would we improve the squad by signing players who are not certain starters? Signing 2 or 3 who are good enough to push others out of our current best 11 makes our squad stronger. Sign Alaba for example, he is considerably better than Telles and Shaw. Shaw would then make a good back up left back / left CB in a 3. That's the sort of signing we should be looking at imo.




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16 Sep 2020 14:20:37
Unfortunately Ole is the latest to have his job made significantly more difficult due to our horrendous transfer dealings.

They may not have been the right managers and some have been given plenty of money to spend but it doesn't mean they've ended up with the players they wanted. Moyes has mentioned trying to sign Kroos, Bale and Fabregas, Jose said some of the players signed were 4th or 5th choice, LVG is in the same boat with naming various players he wanted but got others.

It's the hope that kills you and I thought we'd started to turn a bit of a corner with Bruno, Maguire, AWB etc not being complete flops and then signing Van De Beek which looks like an astute deal but it doesn't look like it. Chances are we will sign more players but they may well be 4th or 5th choice again.




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13 Sep 2020 21:02:47
I really like Sancho as a player but we could potentially sign Reguilon / Telles, Upamecano, Bale and Thiago for not a huge amount more considering the total cost of Sancho. As good as Sancho is, we'd be infinitely better with the second option even though Bale could be a mistake.




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07 Sep 2020 17:49:14
I'd genuinely not be surprised to see us go for Bale if we don't end up signing Sancho. Bale on loan for 12 months then try again on Sancho next year is plausible in my opinion.