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16 Jun 2020 17:13:35
Some rumours that we may be after Willian - not sure about much there is in it or even if he will consider moving to Manchester having had the chance once before. But if we are serious, it would be an astute signing for the RW position. Hardworking, pace, decent finishing. Especially if the sancho fee is as ridiculous as it currently stands. I very much doubt the fee will increase next year and the gaping hole at RW is the only reason for us to pay that amount. WIllian will help fill that gap and allow us to evaluate our options come end of next season.

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{Ed002's Note - It would have to be a three year contract for Willian.}

1.) 16 Jun 2020 17:19:07
Are we interested in Willian Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I don't see that Manchester United would offer a 31 year old a three year contract.}

2.) 16 Jun 2020 19:48:06
ED002, you did say they are amateurs.

3.) 16 Jun 2020 19:55:16
Shame. Thanks for the info Ed. We could do much worse.

4.) 16 Jun 2020 21:29:45
If we needed a short term solution Jose Callejón would fill the gap nicely.

5.) 17 Jun 2020 08:11:22
It would be a huge side step from recent transfer policy. No way we’d offer him 3 years. A move to China surely beckons. Rather us play Greenwood there / give Chong more minutes.

6.) 17 Jun 2020 13:32:46
Agree on the 3 year contract - two years tops. We need a first team starter in RW till we can get a long term solution in place. Not sure Chong or greenwood are the answer.

{Ed002's Note - It won't happen then as he has that offer from Chelsea where he wants to stay.}

7.) 18 Jun 2020 10:50:10
We’ll never know unless they’re given a chance. If Bayern are keen on Chong, he just have something about him.

Signing Willian to block their progress would be ridiculous.



02 Jun 2017 09:57:34
Would the AG situation make us see James rodriguez as an option? similar player - not in quality, but possibly ability? If real want degea so bad what do you guys think of a ge gea + £70m for james, kroos and morata? Plus I will not be surprised if we see Zlatan by October, so we may not need a talisman forward so urgently after all.

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{Ed025's Note - is that you ed woodward?...come on ryan mate real are not going to buy that..

1.) 02 Jun 2017 10:11:36
i know ed. bit of a stretch. it may be upwards of £100m if we got all 3. On a side note, does anyone know what is happening with rooney? Surely he can't be considering China, although it may be worth it when we see him try to speak mandarin.

{Ed025's Note - now that would be fun ryan...hes still struggling with english!, i expect wayne to leave united this summer and everton could well be his destination but im spending a lot of time in church praying that hes not mate.. :)

2.) 02 Jun 2017 10:21:41
I don't know ed, he may make a decent replacement for barkley in the squad and can have a good impact on the youngsters - davies being one.

{Ed025's Note - if we want our youngsters hanging around old peoples homes looking for top totty then your right ryan.. :)

3.) 02 Jun 2017 10:58:45
Wouldn't take James or Morata. Neither are good enough.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 11:18:29
Morata is definitely good enough what attacker has scored 20+ goals starting mainly in the bench in Europe still younger enough to improve! Just real madrid overprice every single player he's a 25-30mill player at most!

5.) 02 Jun 2017 11:40:07
Morata is actually quite good at Juventus. It's just that Zidane preferred playing Benzema that you people get a bad impression of Morata.

6.) 02 Jun 2017 16:16:22
Morata for me please.




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14 Jan 2021 12:35:58
What do you guys make of the no hugging while celebrating goals? Is that very different from standing shoulder to shoulder for free kicks and grabbing each other in corners?

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1.) 14 Jan 2021 12:50:35
Ignorant bollocks deleted..................

2.) 14 Jan 2021 13:18:16
I thought the whole point of elite sport continuing during these lockdowns was that they were being tested regularly therefore with a relative degree of certainty you can say the matches are taking place in a C.V. secure environment.

I guess the argument being made is that it is not setting a good example to the country with people not complying with social distancing but i think the public are smart enough to realise the players are being tested lol.

On the point of football continuing, there's a pretty good argument that it is a pretty good public health measure, i mean what else is going to keep a large section of the population parked on their sofas at home than football especially blokes lol.

Theres a pretty good argument for the government having a 24 hour bingo channel during the C.V. which would keep a lot of old people at home glued to the tv which could alleviate the burden on the health services in my opinion.

3.) 14 Jan 2021 15:58:22
First off if all the footballers stayed in proper bubbles and their families and the other staff at the football clubs also acted sensibly and with real care then the incidence of positive C.V. tests would be a lot less for the players.
Unfortunately many footballers are quite clearly not taking this seriously enough.

On the playing field as things stand then again it is clear that celebrating goals by hugging is just plain stupid. Physical contact during the game is inevitable but that's primarily for a few seconds at most and normally limited to two players on opposing teams.

Regarding the only partly to vue in cheek comment about bingo for older people. those older people will have worked all their lives paying taxes which have built the NHS to what it is now. They paid their taxes in the expectation that of they needed medical care then it would be available for them.

Whilst nobody really foresaw this crisis and whilst I do sympathise with the effect on young people I do think that condemning older people as "irrelevant" or "of lesser value" as some have commented elsewhere not on this site is absolutely shameful.

4.) 14 Jan 2021 16:42:02
Salford i think that's a great post.
Perception is everything and there is a perception that football players are flaunting rules that we all must adhere to.

5.) 14 Jan 2021 17:27:39
Agree Salford and Ken. Good one. If e football bubble was followed then things will be much simpler - the haircuts suggest otherwise me thinks.

6.) 14 Jan 2021 19:35:44
Salford top post.

7.) 14 Jan 2021 21:22:36
Whilst we are asking people to forego seeing relatives, we are losing people to it and are asked not to go near others, it is wrong and a poor image for PL footballers to be hugging like they are. There are also too many stories of flouting rules off the pitch. Yes there is emotion, imagine scoring a last minute winner, yet exercise some control, don’t slap those watching in the face.

8.) 14 Jan 2021 21:58:43
wait till you get older dsg and some knobhead calls you a burden.

9.) 15 Jan 2021 00:02:28
Dazw, not really about old people being a burden, just that clearly there's a burden on the health service due to the C.V.

I feel like some age related policies and messaging from the government and health bodies could have helped alleviate that burden as opposed to getting up in arms over footballers celebrating a goal.

10.) 15 Jan 2021 07:49:41
First off if all the footballers stayed in proper bubbles and their families and the other staff at the football clubs also acted sensibly and with real care then the incidence of positive C. V. tests would be a lot less for the players.
Unfortunately many footballers are quite clearly not taking this seriously enough. " The very same applies to society generally though.

To DSG. I just know that if this C.V. only, or more largely, affected the young the older folk would be working their nuts off to ensure safety. The old aren't a 'burden'. Awful thing to suggest. The 'burden' continues because people generally are not helping. Voluntary compliance isn't working for a few that are infecting the many.

11.) 15 Jan 2021 09:14:43
Reaplce the word burden with pressure to make it less controversial.

My point is more protection should have been provided to the cohort of people who are at most serious risk of hospitilisation/ death. That should be the leading news story.

Not whether footballers celebrate a goal by hugging each other or two young women go for a coffee on their walk.

12.) 16 Jan 2021 11:12:57
I think to expect them to think at that moment of joy to not celebrate is not going to happen, if as an elite sport with regular testing you can do the one thing sport naturally makes you do in the throws of the moment then we may aswell cancel the season now.
Yes I get the other side of the argument, the spread of C.V., being role models etc. but this is a reactionary thing that just happens, we've all done the same in the pub with a late winner or a great goal, rationale goes out the window. It won't be easy to eradicate, especially late goals but threats to cancel the season if they don't change instinct in the moment is poor aswell, may aswell just cancel it then.

13.) 16 Jan 2021 11:13:00
Of course it is different.
We keep using the term strange times yet we question reasons for some unpopular directives.
Imo we should count ourselves lucky that we still get to watch matches, lockdown without footy on the tv was quite depressing. Why should unnecessary actions be permitted.
I think until this C.V. blows over, fist bumps can suffice.

14.) 16 Jan 2021 11:15:02
Rugby League stopped the hugging after scoring a try throughout the whole season and removed scrums for the game (actually made the games more enjoyable for me) and the players just adhered to it and celebrated on their own or pretended to do a fist bump or whatever.

I score goals for my 11 a side team regularly without everyone hugging me (unless it is a really important goal, but I am sure with C.V. people would be more sensible) so I am sure players can score without hugging, it really isn't difficult and it is so weird that managers are saying that it is.



04 Jan 2021 18:00:02
hi Ed - with Poch being appointed at PSG, do you think they may come knocking for one of our midfielders? Pogba with the usual french connection or DVdB given Poch has spoken highly of him in the past and his agent is looking to get him out?

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{Ed002's Note - No, I don’t think so.}

1.) 04 Jan 2021 22:32:16
Cheers Ed.



23 Dec 2020 22:13:18
How anyone got us thinking McGuire is good on the ball is beyond me! Not a clue as to what to do with it.

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1.) 23 Dec 2020 23:32:03
You genuinely just watched that game and that is what you wanted to post? Maguire was good tonight, maybe McGuire wasn’t, I didn’t notice. Bailly was also good, we fully deserved the win.

2.) 23 Dec 2020 23:54:24
He played some nice passes through the lines into Bruno and Donny, first half especially.

3.) 24 Dec 2020 11:06:17
Bailly made Maguire look better, he lost the ball in a very bad position yesterday, and it was Bailly who was able to catch the Everton player and regain possession, probably would have been a different outcome had Lindelof been on the pitch, they just lack pace. Unfortunately, Bailly will likely not be fit long enough to cement a place as first choice. But either one of Maguire or Lindelof need to be replaced by one of Bailly or Tuanzebe to have that pace in the backline in case anyone loses the ball too cheaply.



19 Dec 2020 10:50:30
We all know that we desperately need a proper CF to help out Martial and Cavani till Greenwood can take up that role. If we decide not to make a deal with the devil that is Raiola, Haaland is pretty much out of reach. Who else do you guys think we should go after to fill the role of Man Utd’s CF?

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1.) 19 Dec 2020 11:32:30
We bought zlatan, cavani, ighalo etc. to help martial, rashford and now greenwood to secure the strikers role. Martial and rashford haven't progressed a lot in that role after a lot of opportunities.

Question is what has the coaching staff done to solve the issues, especially in terms of off the the ball movement, positioning, hold up and linking play. Rashford and martial seem to have missed a lot in terms of developing in that position partly because of being fast tracked to the first team.

Overall problem is the team look disjointed especially when faced against teams who sit back and absorb pressure. This is where link up play becomes important as a team and all that comes down to coaching.

2.) 19 Dec 2020 14:56:19
What type of CF we get will depend entirely on how we want to set up going forward.

You could go for a false 9 type striker who'll play deeper and pull a defender out to create space for wide forwards to attack. That could work well with the likes of Rashford and Greenwood in the future. Liverpool do this with Firmino dropping deeper and dragging a CB out for Mane and Salah to attack the space.

We could go for a more traditional target man, someone who'll bully defenders and create space behind them for someone like Bruno to attack and maybe get a shot off or find a through ball to a wide forward like Rashford cutting in.

We could go for another wide forward and play with a split strike duo, maybe someone left footed who can cut in from the right like Rashford does on the left. The concern is you would want someone who is 27 or older so as to not totally block Greenwoods path.

Which way we chose to go will depend on how the manager wants to set up going forward.

3.) 19 Dec 2020 17:53:16
Rashford is never going to be a striker Mumbai . Martial is not consistent enough and Cavani is not a long term solution. I would love someone like Calvert Lewin as he has all the attributes Martial lacks.

4.) 19 Dec 2020 19:56:05
Rashfords finishin is improvin and that was his issue. The best way for us is go the Liverpool at the moment with the type of strikers/ wingers we have in Mason, Martial and Rashford.

Cavani can also do a job for us on temp basis! .

5.) 19 Dec 2020 20:31:57
Haaland has got a buy out clause of around 50 million hasn't he which means there is no way his next move would to be United (even if he wanted to) only when his value is around 120-150 million or more providing his career is on track will United -City-Madrid-Barca be allowed into the race to sign him.

6.) 19 Dec 2020 21:12:37

7.) 20 Dec 2020 09:56:33
Haaland is a striker of such quality you just sign him if you have a chance and then you adjust your attack to make the most out of him.

He is a future Balon d'Or winner if not a future multiple winner. He has at least 10 years at the very highest level ahead of him.

That said I think he'll end up elsewhere, the 50m clause means that he will have his pick of club's more or less, which isn't something most players of that quality have. Without that clause he would be 150m+ easily. A few years ago Dortmund sold Dembele to Barcelona for 140m, in my opinion both Sancho and Haaland have more potential so should normally be expected to go for a similar or higher fee. So his clause opens up the chance to move to a club that would ordinarily be priced out of any deal.

So with him having his choice of club's within reason I doubt he'd move to us.

He's a boyhood Leeds fan, our celebrated former captain ended his father's career, and we are a long way off being a side to challenge for the league and UCL on a yearly basis.

I can see hi moving to Real Madrid (although they seem to want Mbappe more) or Man City (his dad's former club) .

Unfortunately for us I think Real Madrid will look to sign either Mbappe or Haaland next summer. However, depending on who they sign the other one might well end up in the EPL, with Liverpool linked to Mbappe if Real Madrid sign Haaland. Or Man City linked to Haaland if Real Madrid sign Mbappe.

8.) 20 Dec 2020 11:28:30

I don’t believe Keane ended his fathers career, it was the other knee that finished was it not?

City will need to replace Aguero

I can’t see such large fees being likely for some time with the financial hit most clubs have taken. Cash is the key element of any business at this time and I can’t see any clubs paying 150m.

In terms of attractiveness of our club, he already knows Ole but I think Ole will have to prove he is going to be able to deliver the big trophies to bring top players to the club. I also think how DvB, Pogba, Romero, Henderson have been treated might put some off.

9.) 20 Dec 2020 11:39:36
Moving to Madrid, United, City isn't in Raiolas interest - and the player himself said he wants to try a few different leagues. Juve makes more sense next - they can afford the buy out clause and then when he's a 130-150 mill player you let him talk to Madrid, United, PSG, City.

Top Dutch journalist said that was Raiolas plan for De Ligt. keep the big money move up your sleeve . If the players career goes the way they think then another good 18 months at Juve and 2-3 clubs would pay 100 + for De Ligt . same clubs that wouldn't pay that when he was leaving Ajax for 70 million.

10.) 20 Dec 2020 12:01:05
Keane didn't end his career.

11.) 20 Dec 2020 13:19:37
Keane did not end his father's career.



25 Sep 2020 10:01:25
If we want to press from the front as a team we cannot do so with Harry and Victor at the back. A back 3 with Harry, Axel and Eric would be much better with brandon and Luke as wingbacks. It gives us good recovery pace and physicality to cope with counter attacks and and crosses. Our midfield can have VdB and Bruno with Mata sitting behind Martial and Rashford. I know this leaves Pogba out, but with VDB and Bruno we should have enough creativity in midfield with the legs to back it up defensively. And Pobga's defensive capability as a midfield player are limited at best.
Maybe i am getting carried away with Mata and Bailly in the win over Luton and rate Axel higher than he is because its been so long since we saw him play, but i think that starting 11 with matic, pogba, greenwood, James, AWB, Victor and henderson on the bench is a very entertaining team. Plus Mata has shown throughout his career that he is an exceptional player when he is played behind two strikers as he can then find more space between the lines.

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1.) 25 Sep 2020 10:11:23

When was the last time Mata showed he was exceptional behind the striker? I must have missed that game. Mata is nothing more than a carabao cup player this season and should really have left, we have no chance if he’s starting regularly.

I think if we do move to the 3 at the back which we used successfully last season Shaw is better dropping into the back 3, he did very well there last season and Telles (if we get him) would work well in a partnership with him. The problem then is AWB isn’t really good enough as a RWB so it leaves us weak on that side, you could potentially play Williams there though as he is better getting forward as you mention.

Over the last 6 months we have looked stronger defensively when Matic plays in front of a back 4, the difference in number of goals we concede when he plays is huge compared to when he doesn’t, so I would struggle to pick a first choice team that doesn’t include him at the moment.

2.) 25 Sep 2020 10:31:58
Moving to three would reduce the burden or need for Matic every week I guess? Also, if we can’t sign a RW Like Sancho or whoever, makes sense to play two up top
And rotate Rash, Martial and Greenwood.

Means we can accommodate the midfielders more, Harry can go on his strolls up the pitch, and potentially be more solid at the back and be less exposed to pace.

3.) 25 Sep 2020 10:34:16
I think it's strange you refer to them by their first names, and then later refer to them by their last name 🤷‍♂️.

4.) 25 Sep 2020 11:05:56
Yea I get what you mean dan! Weird when people do that James!

5.) 25 Sep 2020 11:31:09

I thought that too but didn’t want to be pedantic, very strange, like they are best mates.

6.) 25 Sep 2020 12:39:17
yeah. don't know what happened there.

7.) 25 Sep 2020 13:55:28
Where does AWB fit in, tho?

8.) 25 Sep 2020 15:02:28
The bar for harry maguire is getting even lower now, he has to play in a back three for us to be defensively solid.

He is the most expensive central defender in the history of association football, i would go out on a limb and say over 75% of teams in europes top 5 leagues play 4 at the back systems with 2 central defenders.

I would expect the most expensive defender to play exceptionally well in a back 4.




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23 Dec 2020 09:41:13
Unless its a Sanchez type deal, i would love Alaba. We need an experienced head in Defence as the current crop have no one to learn from / look to. Plus i didn't realise he was only 28, so has a good 4 years left. Maybe move the captaincy from Mcguire to fernandes as well.

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15 Dec 2020 11:41:33
i can understand Henderson's frustration especially as for this back 4 / 5 he is a better fit given how much more vocal and brave he is.

We are gettignto a point where we have more quality options in the squad than we did over the last 5 years. it is easier to manage good players not playing when there is trust in the manager and the team is doing well. Ole needs to up his management game.

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11 Dec 2020 14:18:42
Will break our wage structure adn very short term. Great player, but no thank you.

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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.

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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.

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18 Jan 2021 09:42:26
I agree with Neville and with Redman to a certain extent. But Liverpool did not play anywhere near the level that the 11 on the pitch are capable of. If they had we would have been well beat, and a point is a better result for us than it is for them.
Not to mention our 11 did not play well at all and should have done so much more. Have to agree on Martial - his form slump has gone on for 6 months now - too long for it to be considered a slump. We are cyring out for a CF and a winger to add to that front line.

We have setup to attack teams on many occasions this season - e. g. Leeds. I don't think we can expect the current squad to go toe to toe with everyone in the league yet. So i don't mind the pragmatic approach. The issue with MouMou was that he het up defensively agaist mid-table sides and Sevilla.

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18 Jan 2021 09:34:42
Agree Jred. A potential 40 points from the first half of the season is probably slightly above par for the squad we have, but given the lack of match sharpness in the first 4 weeks of the season (7 points from 6 games), i think we have done well. Another 40 points in the second half will get us into the top 4 and maybe 5-8 points off the eventual champions.

80 points is about the most we can hope for i think. We need a top CF. winger, CB and CDM for the additional 10 points which will see us challenging for the title. From what Ed 002 says, these are the positions we are looking for so fingers crossed. I do have concerns on how much we will spend in the summer though. Hopefully we clear the squad this month and its a buyers market.

Solksjaer has improved our return enough to suggest that he deserves to be backed by the board and the fans. Where his ceiling is, i don't know, but he is doing a better job managing the players, media and the football than the 3 experienced winners who came before him.

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16 Jan 2021 17:17:30
Agree with Neto looking like a proper future star.

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14 Jan 2021 17:27:39
Agree Salford and Ken. Good one. If e football bubble was followed then things will be much simpler - the haircuts suggest otherwise me thinks.

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14 Jan 2021 11:50:43
I would be cautious and pho with a 4-3-2-1. AWB, Bailly, McGuire and Shaw as a back 4. Mctominay and Fred on either side of DvdB in the middle with pogba and Bruno in front of them Cavani to lead the line. Would bench rashford to bring him and Greenwood on later in the game. If we can keep control of the midfield we can take the game to them and retain possession in their half.

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