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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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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.



20 Sep 2020 15:22:57
How does this change - no idea. I agree with Ed that we need to be sensible and not overpay for transfers and let our substantial debt get out of control - one of the many pains of the current ownership.
But a bigger question is what does our beloved football club now stand for? There was a time not long ago where we strived to be the best team on the planet - season after season. We called the league cup as the Mickey Mouse cup as our aim was the big treble - every year.
What is the ambition of the club today? To get into the top 4 and protect our revenue? Is that it? All the actions or the lack of it point towards the fact that we want to do everything to get into the top 4, after that there is no ambition to go on and challenge at the very top of the game.
We won 5 premier league titles in SAFs last 8 years. In the 8 years post that we have won 0. That is likely to go on for another two years at least. If winning PL titles was a key measure of success for the senior mgmt of the club then the CEO should hang his head in shame at the abject failure of his tenure. If it isn’t a key measure of success for the football club we should ask ourselves what the f*** are we doing here.

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18 Sep 2020 11:13:57
if we ended the transfer window with a few outs and managed to get in VdB (40m), Alex Telles (20m), perisic (10m + smalling) and Ismailia Sarr (40m), would you classify this window as a failure? i think we will still be a striker and a CB short of a decent squad, and having spent only about £110m, if we can recover some decent money for players leaving, there may be some opportunity for business in Jan and setting up the squad nicely for a a top class forward next summer (e. g. haaland, sancho, fati etc. ) and a few peripheral players.

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1.) 18 Sep 2020 12:51:41
Depends on your definition of ‘decent’. I think we would be a player or 2 away from challenging for the top honours if we did that, remember after Bruno signed we didn’t lose a league game, a good start and a couple more signings and we will have more than a ‘decent’ squad, I think we already have one, people (Myself included obviously) just want us to get them extra players in order to challenge for the title.

2.) 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.

3.) 18 Sep 2020 13:19:31
I think a successful window also includes moving on a number of players. I won't bother listing them because we all know who they are.

4.) 18 Sep 2020 14:18:01
It would mean we would have signed a LB, CAM, RW and auxiliary forward. I don't think we could really complain too much about that. Personally there are other possible targets that I think would be better or at least I'd prefer. But then I don't own the club so I don't get a say.

While there is a lack of quality at CB there certainly isn't an issue with depth. While the striker position is an odd one. Martial looked like making the position his own last season, however he does pick up a few injuries. Rashford also had a breakout season as a top player, yet he clearly is better off the left hand side. Then Greenwood looks a future great, but is he ready to lead the line for potentially a couple of months if there was an injury to Martial? Ighalo is decent cover but he will leave in January. So on the face of it we have 4 players for one position, yet there is a potential issue with all of them.

I'd be happy if we sign a RW and a LB to go with DvdB. I'd be happy if we only sign Sancho from here on out.

We have a decent squad with some excellent youngsters coming through.

5.) 18 Sep 2020 15:16:46
Absolute failure. Bringing in Perisic would be a terrible move, especially for £10m and arguably the best defender in Italy last season. I wouldn’t take Perisic + £10m for Smalling, let alone the other way around.

6.) 18 Sep 2020 18:03:41
Who is arguing that smalling was the best defender in Italy last season?
He wasn't. He did well for sure but that's an exaggeration.
Perisic is a lw and would have been a good signing a couple of years ago but we are not short at lw and he is not the force he was.
I agree with manc man. Get players out. But they are of no interest to anybody at the wages they want. Rojo 160k a week jones 120 mata 140 lingard 90 periera and dalot have a chance at 60 and 25k its not ready to find takers. Smalling at least appears to bee trying to get his move and i admire him for that. Same with young. I hope some if not all of them get good moves.
Id like to see them all do well.

7.) 18 Sep 2020 18:26:45
A real top RW on top of VDB would make an OK window IMO. A top RW and Telles would make a very good one.

Realistically, I'm hoping for Telles and a decent winger who can rotate with Greenwood on the right. Not sure who. That and a few outgoing would be a good but not outstanding window.

I'm wary of Perisic. Bernardesci looks good, but I haven't watched him all that much. Buendia still looks like a good cheaper option.



02 Sep 2020 13:30:31
Here is a question for you lot. If we only have another £100-120m to spend this summer, after sales, would you:

A) Buy sancho
B) Swap pogba for Costa plus 45m, Get Saul for 65m, Thiago for 30m and a first choice CB for 60m?

Option A gives us that stellar frontline and improves our first 11, although i am not sure it improves it by 120m worth of talent.
Option B improves the squad as a whole, gives us a good mix of experienced and young players across the team and provides us with more options for the upcoming season. and Saul would complement VDB and our style of play in general much better than pogba / matic. Having costa in the team will also allow Mason to play in 30-40 games next season which is ideal.

Option B may also stop arsenal buying Partey.


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1.) 02 Sep 2020 13:41:10
Option B would be fantastic, but I think I’d still go with Sancho and keep Pogba.

2.) 02 Sep 2020 14:03:04
A because B is unrealistic.

3.) 02 Sep 2020 14:10:43
Option B is unrealistic, but Option A isn't. Sancho is quality and will get better and better. He's probably the most exciting young talent in world football at the moment. If United are serious we need to buy him this transfer window or risk loosing out to another club next season. I know it's a lot of money but it's a no brainer for me, pay the money and get him in and try and recoup some money selling deadwood like Lingard, Rojo, Jones, Pereira, Mata, and Smalling. There is also Romero who will probably want to leave now that Henderson is back at United. We should recoup at least 50 million from that lot.

4.) 02 Sep 2020 14:56:14
If Sanchos agent offering him at other teams for a better package then i understand that it is Sancho ordering him to do this because he wants to go elsewhere. He doesn't have any problem with the outrageous package United has to pay because he doesn't care so much if we will pay it or not, he doesn't care so much if we can't pay it and stay at Dortmund . If that's the case and is so desperate to go to another team that he (his camp) change the price for other teams then i would wish him good luck and move on. There is nothing wrong to have his preferences, to have another favourite team instead of United. But then there is a line, if other teams can't pay the price but i can (the same price) and you want to come so be it, but if the only way to buy him is to pay say 20-30 millions more then its a no. Move on.

5.) 02 Sep 2020 15:41:10
Herrera. What exactly makes you think that Thiago and Saul would be jumping at the chance to play for us either? It seems very likely that as soon as GW moves to Barcelona, Thiago will move to Liverpool and Saul will sign for Bayern. As with Sancho, the only way we’re going to get them to sign is by offering more money - and even then there’s no guarantee they’d want to join a team whose main aim is to finish in the top 4. At least we know that Sancho is willing to play for us.

6.) 02 Sep 2020 16:00:03
How can we know that we wants to play for us redseven? With facts? Hm, facts, as Ed002 explained and as i understand it, shows otherwise. Sanchos camp makes it easier for other teams to buy him but they cant. He makes it more difficult for us and his camp asks more money from us. So you clearly see that he wants to play for us? I fully disagree, he just has no problem to play for us, but he doesn't want it. There is a huge difference between them.
You seem that offering better package to other teams is ok for you. For me its unacceptable.

7.) 02 Sep 2020 16:01:27
Herrera. it's quite simple if we pay the money we get him in this transfer window. If we don't then we risk loosing out next season.

8.) 02 Sep 2020 16:20:27
Sim so we must be so desperate to not risk loosing him that he can play games with us? It is ok for you the double standards? For me clearly not. We are a club with pride and no player is bigger than the club. I prefer to lose him than my pride and that's based on the belief that he is desperate to go elsewhere. If he really wants to come then i would be glad. But then if he wanted to come his camp would have offered a reduced package to us too :)

9.) 02 Sep 2020 17:22:17
I would be happy simply to get just Saul and sell Pogba and that's not even meant as a slight on Pogba I just think Saul is that good.



06 Aug 2020 22:55:03
cant believe we are not in for Havertz. great little player. fantastic movement, brilliant left foot, and not too slow either.

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1.) 07 Aug 2020 07:39:09
Chelsea have a better manager are really building for the future with a discernible style of play and proper management plus the allure of living in London makes them more attractive.

2.) 07 Aug 2020 08:30:37
Chelsea have a proper manager who came below us in the league and has such a brilliant tactical mind that he lost 6-0 over the two premier league games between us and them this season.

Behave Salford and leave the Lampard love-in to the papers.

{Ed047's Note - both managers were miles away so neither any good in reality

3.) 07 Aug 2020 08:54:46
Isnt his best position as a number 10 where we just signed bruno to play?

Unless people have had enough of bruno already lol.

4.) 07 Aug 2020 09:34:29
Exactly DSG.
Bruno has mind blowing stats already in half a season. In addition to that he is a leader.

We need an out and out right winger which is Sancho.

His adaption to English football will be much easier as he has already played his rookie years in Manchester.

5.) 07 Aug 2020 09:57:44
Wait for Hannibal Mejbri,

6.) 07 Aug 2020 10:01:18
I think that's the issue with Havertz, he is clearly a hugely talented player. Yet he is best used centrally, and with us signing Bruno in January for a big fee to play in the central creative midfield role, it really doesn't make much sense to spend a further 90m on another player to play the same role.

We need someone who could play a creative role from deeper in midfield. As cover/ replacement for Pogba should he leave.

We need a RW, and we need a CB worthy of being first choice for a club with title ambitions.

However, first and foremost we need to clear the decks of several average players who are claiming large wages and contributing very little.

7.) 07 Aug 2020 10:03:58
bruno has taken this team to a new level, albeit we are still not at a level where we can compete for the title. The main difference between Chelsea and united at this point in time is the people and structure Frank has to support him - something one of the Eds mentioned a while ago. THat comes through in recruitment and player contracts especially. Meanwhile we are working off a shopping list and getting our pants pulled down.

Havertz can cover the RM, LM and AM positions adn would be a better fit than Grealish and may also be a better fit than Sancho. Plus we could do with another left footed forward.

8.) 07 Aug 2020 10:27:26
Ryan, there's some truth that havertz can play across those three forward positions but most of his time at leverkusen has been spent centrally, where we already have a key player.

When there is a clearly available top winger available in sancho, i can see why the club is chasing him to fill the rw spot over havertz.

9.) 07 Aug 2020 10:27:58
Can’t believe we aren’t signing a Bruno replacement already 😂😂😂😂😂

Oh and Frank Lampard? Please.

10.) 07 Aug 2020 11:42:48

Megbri looks a player, if he develops next season we may have a player.

11.) 07 Aug 2020 11:10:57
But Arteta is the second coming Ed047, haven't you heard? He took you from 9th to 8th😂😂😂.

{Ed047's Note - I’m not pretending Arteta is taking us anywhere mate, on the other hand you guys...🤣🤣🤣

12.) 07 Aug 2020 13:31:08
Shoosh Ed047, our's took us from 66 points last season to a whole new level of 66 points this season. don't you see progress? Better behave or else people will gang up on you and tell you that you don't support football.

{Ed047's Note - well to be fair they’ve being saying next year is our year since 2013 so it’s gotta come true at some stage Shan.🤣

13.) 07 Aug 2020 14:09:29
Shan you have moved effortlessly from every post being rashford is rubbish and needs sold to ole is rubbish needs sacked .

14.) 07 Aug 2020 14:25:16
Is Shan the new Maze? 🤣.

15.) 07 Aug 2020 14:52:57
I don't think any United fan should be playing manager top trumps against other teams.

We should be quietly going about our business not worrying about anyone else.

16.) 07 Aug 2020 15:01:01
Yeah jred :)
Patience is needed to carry out certain plans.

17.) 07 Aug 2020 15:31:17
Maze or no Maze someone got to keep you guys on your toes isn't it. else it would be boring with everyone calling Ole as Jesus.
I stand by what i said for Rashford is not a striker, has improved as a forward but not a striker. He lacks that striker's instinct.

I am not calling for Ole to be sacked right now given that he has achieved top 4 albeit by others poor performance rather than ours being better but still. We were 80+ points season before last and now at 66 even though we have replaced the "dross and poor" players with "United Way" players. So, my expectations are higher. I know Liverpool, Real, Barcelona, City, Juve will not be looking at Ole when they need a manager. I look at these teams and the level i want to reach.

18.) 07 Aug 2020 15:46:47
You’re right Shan, none of us who think that Ole as Jesus (sic) want to reach the level of the top teams in Europe. What a thing to suggest. Also, you’re obsessed by points aren’t you? League position means more than anything, just ask Liverpool fans about last season. Time to drop the agenda maybe and be a little more fluid in your stand point.

19.) 07 Aug 2020 15:59:45
Bingo we have a winner, no denial that you are in fact Maze🤣.

20.) 07 Aug 2020 16:12:32
Your not keeping anyone on their toes.

21.) 07 Aug 2020 16:32:46
Can someone uncover Beast as well :)

22.) 07 Aug 2020 16:44:51
You mean one of his alter egos, right Shappy?

Jred then why are you replying?

Alty Jim, remind me again why was Jose sacked then. We finished 2nd that season, right? Do you think 66 points would be enough next season to keep us in the top 4?

23.) 07 Aug 2020 17:39:38
You know Jose was sacked halfway through the next season when he was going to finish nowhere near 2nd.

24.) 07 Aug 2020 23:36:15
I couldn’t possibly say 100% but I could guess. Going from 2nd place to clearly nowhere near doesn’t look great. Going from bad to better, then better to even better does look good, and worth some credit.

As it happens, no, I don’t think 66 will be enough for 4th next season as I think more points will be nicked off the current top 2. There are only so many points available in the league, ergo if it’s close at the top, the points will be lower for the eventual winner with the chad in pack having higher points. What I will give you is that 4th would not be seen as progress next season, but given how far ahead city and Liverpool are, I want to see progress in terms of playing style and the like if 3rd is to be our ultimate position.

Shan, would you take 4th next year if we got more than 66 points? Or 5th if we somehow broke 100 points?

25.) 08 Aug 2020 09:36:44
Shan, would you be calling for Ole to be sacked next summer if he wins the league with 65 points?

Unlikely I know, but the points gained in a season are relative to that season and to the performances of other teams as much as your own.

With the gap between the top and the bottom widening in terms of money spent on wages and transfer fees, the gap in point is also widening.

There was a time you wouldn't survive without 40 points, at least one team has managed that every year for the past 7 years, two or three on occasions.

When Man City played Bournemouth just their bench, the 7 players not starting on the match day cost more than the entire Bournemouth squad, and earned more than the entire Bournemouth starting 11.

The use of points as a marker across multiple seasons is a poor one, as it doesn't hold any context.




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07 Oct 2020 19:42:03
Should have gone last summer. Hopefully we don’t give him another deal just so that we don’t lose him for free.

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07 Oct 2020 18:28:32
That makes so much sense - gutted we couldn’t get it done. At least it’s reassuring knowing pogba was intendeded to be sold.

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25 Sep 2020 15:41:18
i am with Shan on this one. I think they will do well. The spurs midfield with winks, sissokko, ndombele, lo Celso, Fernandes has good options. Hojberg is an astute signing and i expect him to do well under jose as he is very good at doing a job (herrera style) . Their defence will also be vastly improved with reguillon and doherty, not to mention if they get Ruben Dias.

You could even argue that their starting 11 with Lloris, reguillon, doherty, alderweireld, Dias (if), Winks, Sossoko, Locelso, Bale, Son, Kane is almost as good as ours. Bonus is they have less focus and pressure on them to perform, a better options frrom the bench with moura, bergwin, ndombele, a new striker maybe and alli, than we do.

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25 Sep 2020 13:59:02
i have them finishing third in the league this year and may give city some tough competition. All said and done, jose is a very good manager and the Spurs team profile suits him - not many prima donnas, mature players, good physicality, anything he achieves will be more than what they did under Poch, profile of the club is not too big to overshadow him etc.

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23 Sep 2020 21:44:01
Just when you think it can't get worse. if this doesn't make the club realise they need a DoF, i don't know what will.
We will be holding onto players after haggling over a few mil and paying that and more in wages over the course of the year. Worse, it doesn't free up squad space for new recruits. P**s poor planning.

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18 Oct 2020 13:43:08
If I were a Spurs fan, I would be cautiously get optimistic.

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12 Oct 2020 14:59:40
Woah! That was awesome! Thanks Ed.

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12 Oct 2020 15:03:01
It’s very rare that footballers give you perspective that puts football in the back seat. He may not be the best player on the pitch every week, but he is what every kid should aspire to become and the type of role model our society needs.

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10 Oct 2020 20:42:49
Idiots everywhere. So proud of the work he has done. What a role model.

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04 Oct 2020 19:42:34
Perfectly said shaw.

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