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01 Jul 2022 19:21:50
Ornstein reporting we are in talks for Martinez. Think his versatility could be a major asset. CB DM RB. Interesting signing of it happens and clearly one the manager has requested.


1.) 01 Jul 2022 20:34:00
Interesting one this. Don’t know anything about him but had a Google and as you say can play a number of positions but I wonder what position he’ll predominantly come to play. Lots of talk of Lindelof today being best choice to partner Varane so could Martinez be the defensive minded CM we all want?!

2.) 01 Jul 2022 22:04:57
Lisandro Martinez was player of the year last year.
Had the most interceptions, blocks and clearances.
Would probably be easy for him to adapt to Ten Hag's system.

3.) 01 Jul 2022 22:42:44
I think it will be CB but obviously his versatility is a huge plus.

4.) 02 Jul 2022 00:32:44
He is a CB, said that as soon as Timber rumours started he was a much better player and more important to Ajax style. The knock is his size.

Don't figure him to be bought to play DM or RB.

{Ed004's Note - has he ever played as a cdm?}

5.) 02 Jul 2022 08:21:23
He’s left footed.
Predominantly plays left sided centre-half, with a particular eye for interceptions and passes the ball through the lines incredibly well.
Actually signed for Ajax as a holding midfielder and has played there a few times (also covered at LEFT back on several occasions) but ETH saw in him immediately that he’d do incredibly well as a ball playing centre back.
Trouble is his height in the EPL but if we are going to become this short, sharp passing team, I don’t think there’s many better CBs out there than him to ping it around.

6.) 02 Jul 2022 08:58:21
neither he or Timber touch 5ft 10 - not a fan of these shorter CBs in the PL. -just my opinion.

7.) 02 Jul 2022 09:16:04
Tyler Malacia is 5'7, left side would be weak.

8.) 02 Jul 2022 10:17:36
While there is a disparity between the physical nature of the EPL and the Eredivisie, Martinez was winning over one more header per game than Maguire last season, which a far greater aerial duels success rate.

Being tall helps obviously, but reading the game, knowing where to be and having a good leap and timing are also big factors in successfully winning headers.

What Martinez lacks in height he makes up in tenacity, intelligence and reading of the game.

He's the same height as Fabio Cannavaro, the last defender to win the Balon d'Or.

Maybe his height will be an issue in the EPL, maybe EtH wants him for midfield and not defence, or maybe he'll do well despite his height.

If it happens let's just sit back and see how he does.

9.) 02 Jul 2022 11:01:38
Lol Shappy you were tearing apart Torres' lack of height last week saying he wouldn't cut it in the Prem, until you were reminded of Cannavaro and all the other great 'shorter' centrebacks, and now you're all over Martinez like a pair of dirty grots. :p Not defending Maguire at all, he's no Beckenbauer but of course he can head the thing and he's up against far superior strikers every week than Martinez so to simply whip out the constant stats across leagues is an unfair comparison.

10.) 02 Jul 2022 11:37:04
If your good enough your tall enough why are people obsessed with our cbs being tanks.

If you have a brain and a good player you don't need strenth,

How many strikers are units in the prem, what strikers hold the ball up and use strenth very little.

If he's good enough which i'm sure ten hag knows himself.

11.) 02 Jul 2022 11:45:14
I think we need to accept that we will be susceptible next season in certain areas/ games. Like everyone is saying with the purchases coming in they may lack the Arial presence . however I think EtH will make us difficult to attack against in other ways.
As the saying goes. there are many ways to skin a cat. there are many ways to play football.
We will hopefully dominate possession and what Martinez appears to bring will benefit that from the back or as DM in a fluid system.

12.) 02 Jul 2022 12:17:43
Spenno, I never said Torres has a lack of height, the guy is 6'2.

I said he was weak in the air.

13.) 02 Jul 2022 14:54:38
Harland and nunez will both make the top two teams far better in the air than they have been in recent years. The trend for small strikers (aguero) or false 9 quick and Clever players (foden, mane. Jotta, silva) could be over.



28 Jun 2022 15:48:21
Rumours we have jumped in to try and get the kid malacia from feyenoord. Looked like he was going to Lyon but it appears we may have moved in and are trying to scupper that deal? Ed do u have any info on this please? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Tyrell Malacia (LB/LWB) Ajax failed to persuade Malacia to move from Feyenoord last summer and have now shifted their interest to another as a more versatile Tagliafico replacement - but they face competition from Chelsea and Juventus - and possibly Barcelona, so they could look to him again. With ten Hag moving to Manchester it is not unreasonable to speculate that they could look to him, but would he be interested in a role covering for Shaw, but there is interest. Lyon are keen and have been speaking to Feyenoord. Feyenoord have a replacement already lined up.

1.) 28 Jun 2022 23:08:18
Thanks Ed, sorry as it appears you’ve been asked the same question multiple times today. Sorry for making u repeat yourself. Thanks again.

{Ed002's Note - no problem.}



26 Jun 2022 19:48:36
Hey Ed sorry to bother you on a Sunday evening, reports tonight that Fulham and united are close to agreeing a deal for Andrea's pereira, any truth to this? Be good to finally move him on and get some funds in. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Andreas Pereira (CM/AM) Flamengo wanted to turn their loan in to a permanent move but their finances are not in a good state and Murtough wanted to hang on to the player. He was offered as part of a deal offered to Benfica for another player but that did not happen. Fulham and Fenerbahce offered options and I expect Fulham will win out.}

1.) 27 Jun 2022 11:43:47
Thanks for the response Ed, hopefully he will move on, it’s best for us and his own career. have a lovely day ?.



17 Jun 2022 19:47:33
Reports today that we want to sign Michael Elibowei from derby, any truth in this Ed? Also would he be a free transfer or would ompensation be needed for derby? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - No, there would need to be a transfer fee and compensation for two other clubs. Another side is working on it already.}

1.) 17 Jun 2022 21:13:40
Thanks Ed, have a lovely weekend.



15 Jun 2022 20:51:07
Hey Ed if possible can you provide an update on Andreas pereira? By the sound of it he's back with us again? Any chance we can finally offload him this summer as he seems to be in a perpetual loan cycle which is no good for anyone.


{Ed002's Note - Andreas Pereira (CM/AM) Flamengo want loan to pay the agreed price to convert his loan fee to make the move permanent but their finances are not in a good state and Murtough wanted to hang on to the player until the summer, but the timing is not good with the Brazilian season. However, he was part of the deal offered to Benfica for another player so the club are perhaps open to moving him on.}

1.) 16 Jun 2022 09:11:18
Thanks Ed, appreciate that ?.

2.) 16 Jun 2022 11:29:50
He's about to enter the form of his life and will be a key player for the 6 pre-season games, before his form drops off a cliff the moment he comes up against a team that isn't just trying to build fitness but actually win the match.

3.) 16 Jun 2022 11:43:22
Ed, as a matter of interest, who was the Benfica player?

{Ed002's Note - Nunez - we have been through this.}

4.) 16 Jun 2022 12:23:04
You know it shappy…pre season pirlo incoming!

5.) 16 Jun 2022 12:16:10
Ha sorry Ed, i'd already forgotten about him being a Benfica player.

6.) 16 Jun 2022 15:41:46
The pre season Porto is ready to stake his claim.




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02 Jul 2022 20:48:22
Laporta saying Barcelona wants to keep Fdj. day keeps getting worse. Really think the club should move on. Barcelona playing about and Fdj doesn't want to come, it's a bad combo.


1.) 02 Jul 2022 20:52:34
wouldn't worry about what he says too much he also said he'd have to take a lesser salary. I don't think we go this far down the rabbit hole to come back with nothing.

2.) 02 Jul 2022 20:56:27
Agree completely Tim. I think it's time to walk away from this one.

3.) 02 Jul 2022 22:24:19
You're taking what Laporta (a politician) says as gospel. He said last month that Frenkie wasn't going anywhere and then continued to negotiate with us.

If De Jong doesn't want to leave then we should walk away bit don't take any credence to what Laporta says. I would assume FDJ signs in the next week.



25 Jun 2022 20:42:33
Ronaldo looking at an exit plan by the sounds of it. Been numerous murmurings this week and it looks as though mendes is offering his services to see who bites. He could also be trying to pressure the club to make signings so it's a case of wait and see. More negativity around the club isn't a good thing though, not in the current climate.


1.) 25 Jun 2022 20:58:17
There seem to be limited options. Seems CL is his main motivation so only Chelsea are a realistic Prem option, and Bayern. Be a pretty tasty PSG team to have Messi and Ronaldo though!

2.) 25 Jun 2022 21:28:05
No, he wants to leave. He has maybe 2 more years in Europe before maybe heading over the the MLS. He will want to spend those playing in the UCL so he can further his phenomenal individual records in that competition.

3.) 25 Jun 2022 21:32:02
I’d say it’s mendes and ronaldo trying to put some pressure on the board.

4.) 26 Jun 2022 09:05:42
I agree Caolan. He played the board like a fiddle to get the move, and I reckon he’s going to play them like a fiddle again to get some business done!

5.) 26 Jun 2022 07:48:03
Caolan, I think that is wishful thinking.

There were rumours and murmurs that Ronaldo wanted to leave before the season ended and it was clear we weren't going to make top four.

That wasn't about putting pressure on the board. It was about wanting to play in Europe's premier competition.

If there is a UCL club that is prepared to pay him then he'll go there.

I love Ronaldo, but not as much as he loves himself. He is driven by personal achievement, it's what has made him the player he has been.

Next season we will be scrapping about in the EL, while fighting for 4th place.

That isn't going to push Ronaldo. He wants to increase his UCL goal tally, he wants to get his hands on more trophies. There's a strong argument that he won't get either at United next season.

6.) 26 Jun 2022 10:59:49
I don’t think Ronaldo will leave. Yes he wants UCL and to improve his medal haul etc but if those were the only drivers he could’ve gone to City and be guaranteed to get that. Maybe he would’ve never have done that out of respect for United, who knows. Maybe he was on the verge of doing just that when we intervened. If Ronaldo does leave it will leave a blemish on his United career. He came, he saw, he conquered, he came again, milked £500k pw then naffed off as soon as the going got tough?

Don’t see it but yeah I’m looking through red tinted specs sat writing this in a Ronaldo United too so maybe I’m just a teeny weeny bit less objective here!



23 Jun 2022 20:43:40
Tom Keane joining the club to replace Matt judge, he will have an active role in negotiations and transfer deals apparently. Not sure how involved judge has been lately but it can't make sense to change this role, if important half way through the window. anyways hopefully he has more success than those before him and he's actually qualified to do the job.


1.) 23 Jun 2022 21:26:56
Judge was leaving ages ago. We knew this.

Not sure it will make much differebce now as you say but again let's see what happens

New faces but same issues atm.

2.) 23 Jun 2022 21:38:02
There was a report the other day that judge was still actively involved in negotiations and would be until he leaves next week. That kind of dis function wouldn’t surprise me and typifies us currently.

3.) 23 Jun 2022 23:58:09
Tim, don't worry, as some keep telling us the transfer window has just opened and we're overreacting. All the clubs above us have strengthened. We've done nothing. And now, our negotiator is leaving.
But don't worry as everything will be OK.
We've been at this for 16 years and people still give them the benefit of the doubt. Good luck ETH, you're going to need it.

4.) 24 Jun 2022 13:45:17
Judge is apparently serving his notice period and it certainly feels like he is still involved hence, the lack of progress.

5.) 24 Jun 2022 13:50:55
Would you not think that he's hoping to get the transfers completed that he has been negotiating before he leaves? I would have thought it would be more dysfunctional if a new person came in at what you would imagine is the business end of negotiations now and try to finalise them.



18 Jun 2022 19:26:59
Interesting little video doing the rounds on social media. Richard Arnold talking to a few fans whilst having a beer. Seems to genuinely have an interest in the club, whether he'll be any good at the job is another thing.


1.) 18 Jun 2022 22:26:22
The guy who posted it said it was just PR nonsense and they weren't falling for it. Arnold seemed to confirmation that the protests were hurting the club and the fans at the pub now see this as an incentive to carry on.

2.) 19 Jun 2022 11:26:18
The guy who posted it and filmed it is an absolute idiot! We finally get opportunity to speak directly with the hierarchy at the club and we abuse the trust . I’m not sticking up for Arnold or anyone here just saying he had decency to speak and was very honest, yet he won’t do that again now after he gets shafted by video .

3.) 19 Jun 2022 13:18:16
It's definitely a catch 22 where your not going to please everyone. i think the people running the club need more engagement with the fans and I think Arnold did the right thing, but like someone said the person that filmed it is an idiot looking for some followers.

4.) 19 Jun 2022 15:07:31
S***house behaviour recording somebody without their knowledge.



16 Jun 2022 21:59:50
I'm really hoping that Barcelona approving new financial measures will bring the Fdj saga to a head. They've freed up a large amount of money although their wage bill is still high and will need trimmed to meet Spanish regulations. United need to get a firm yes or no and either sign him or move on. Seems this one move is affecting everything so we need an outcome one way or another.


1.) 17 Jun 2022 10:53:02
I think this transfer is holding everything up and will dictate who else we move for and how much we have left over. It's in both club's interests to resolve it so they can move forward with the rest of their transfer plans, but by holding out Barcelona get to leave the door open for other interested clubs to offer more.




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29 Jun 2022 13:59:49
Think we might be being used to push Arsenal to move. Apparently they’ve now upped their bid as a result of this rumour. Maybe we are interested but how much is the question?!




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28 Jun 2022 23:08:18
Thanks Ed, sorry as it appears you’ve been asked the same question multiple times today. Sorry for making u repeat yourself. Thanks again.


{Ed002's Note - no problem.}



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27 Jun 2022 11:43:47
Thanks for the response Ed, hopefully he will move on, it’s best for us and his own career. have a lovely day ?.




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23 Jun 2022 19:59:27
Oakbark you might just want to hold your beer on that one lol.




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22 Jun 2022 21:48:07
Maybe we should have got the deals done quicker before ajax sold off half their team…just a thought ?‍♂️?.





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01 Jul 2022 19:20:36
Ornstein reporting we are in talks with Ajax for Martinez and he’s keen on the move. Looks like the club is moving for who ETH wants ??.




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28 Jun 2022 15:56:14
Not done yet just ‘closer’ ?.




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25 Jun 2022 21:00:26
U could very well be right. No one will admit that though and the club will keep putting it out there that they are working on things. Keeps us high on social media and keeps the interactions up. I do expect plenty of quotes this week about how ETH rates the squad, how much quality there is, they’re so much better than last year etc etc.




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23 Jun 2022 21:38:02
There was a report the other day that judge was still actively involved in negotiations and would be until he leaves next week. That kind of dis function wouldn’t surprise me and typifies us currently.




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21 Jun 2022 08:34:05
Think the previous post may be onto something. Expect on fees agreed on Fdj maybe others on Friday. Trying to distract us from the parasites leeching the clubs money. Positive publicity to counter the negative.