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13 Apr 2021 20:00:29
Hi Ed002,
With Eric Bailly's contract expiring next year, what are United's plan for him?
And are there any interest in Phil Jones?


{Ed002's Note - The club still want Bailey to stay but he will look for other options this summer. Jones would need to drop down a division to find interest.}

1.) 14 Apr 2021 09:44:12
I find it sad that Jones would need to drop down a division, when fit I think he is comfortably a mid table EPL player. I do wonder where his career will take him next, he is on massive wages, even more so for a Championship club.

I guess with Jones where will always be a feeling of what might have been had he not picked up so many injuries.

{Ed002's Note - He should stay at Manchester United then.}

2.) 14 Apr 2021 10:11:21
Boy did SFA get that one wrong. At the time Jones was playing as CDM for Blackburn and was seen as a future Man Utd and England captain. What went wrong?
Not the first time SFA was wrong either. Bebe, potentially the greatest player on earth. Unless you subscribe to the notion that every player is potentially the best player on earth, at some point.

3.) 14 Apr 2021 10:24:52
Ed002, at 29 with another 2 years left n his deal I do wonder what is in it for him if he were to move away.

He'd almost certainly be on lower wages, would probably be injured and unable to play just as often, and like you suggest probably at a team in a lower division.

Hardly inspiring reasons to quit United.

Might as well sit tight take his wages and leave on a free in 2023, unless the amateurs activate the one year extension clause then he'd get an extra years wages for nothing more than keeping the physio busy.

{Ed002's Note - Players are not all mercenaries. Most want to play as much as they can and the likes of Middlesboro or Derby might offer a good solution.}

4.) 14 Apr 2021 20:36:09
No matter where he goes he can't stay fit. May as well stay, get his wages and play in the carabao cup.

5.) 14 Apr 2021 22:51:06
Inter Miami with Ryan Shawcross.

6.) 16 Apr 2021 10:40:23
In an ideal world Bailley would stay but if we are looking to bring in an additional CB then I think we should sell and generate some revenue. When he plays he offers that additional piece that Maguire lacks, however it appears that OGS does not have enough faith in him so it would be a waste to keep him.
A return to Spain could be a good move for him.
On Jones, another that appears to have had a career ruined by injuries. He never really kicked on from those first few seasons but showed bursts of what he could do (even in the HM role) . If he can get clear of injury a loan season to the championship would be the best considering no one would buy him or likely even loan him in the PL. Should he be able to show he can last a season and perfom we may be in a position like with Lingard where the asset is greater after the loan and could get a buyer then. If not then maybe buy out his contract and free up a space on the books.

7.) 18 Apr 2021 08:08:54
Bailly needs to leave. Never fit and never going to be good enough as he can’t string 5 games together.

Give Tuanzebe a bigger role and replace Jones and Bailly.



28 Mar 2021 08:04:16
Hi Ed002,

Do United still retain interest in Ismailla Sarr for RW position?
Or Would United be patient with Amad Diallo for the role?


{Ed002's Note - Ismailla Sarr is still an option for RW.}

1.) 28 Mar 2021 16:23:28
Sarr would offer something different to Diallo on the RW if we were to sign him. Far stronger he offers a strong quick direct option, while being right footed he is more comfortable going on the outside than the left footed Diallo.

2.) 28 Mar 2021 18:17:07
Only our spanners could sign 2 Africans in the same position so we have no option when they head off for their cup.

3.) 28 Mar 2021 18:41:12
That's a good point Ken, we will almost certainly sign Sarr🤦‍♂️😂.

4.) 29 Mar 2021 22:39:38
Sarr was fantastic in the french league and played very well for Watford in the premier league. I would welcome him.



22 Mar 2021 19:27:46
Hi Ed002,
Have United considered Danny Ings as a potential striker if Cavani were to leave.

And is Pedro Gonzalves an option for United?


{Ed002's Note - (a) Not that I am aware. (b) I have explained about Goncalves before.}

1.) 22 Mar 2021 22:31:22
I think he would be a great signing. Consistent goal scorer and would not cost the earth.

2.) 23 Mar 2021 13:04:27
salford consistent? he's had 1 good season in the 8 years he's been in the prem. if anything he has been consistently poor

if we want to get back to the heights of winning things these below par players need to be avoided.

can you really see ings going to city as an aguero replacement, me thinks they are trying to trigger some sky betting odds.

3.) 23 Mar 2021 13:05:36
He'd be an interesting option. Solid EPL player, well rounded goal threat and at an age where he won't be a long term barrier to Greenwood.

The only real concern is that he has had some injury concerns in the past. But as long as he is fully over them then it shouldn't be a serious concern.

4.) 23 Mar 2021 15:07:50
Really, Ings as Manchester United's main striker?
I did chuckle at this then remembered that if Cavani leaves that means Martial will be up top.
Then I stopped chuckling.

5.) 23 Mar 2021 17:03:23
Spenno, the reality is who can we get and at what price?

Haaland and Mbappe will go for too much and will have better options than us, so we can strike them off the list.

Aguero wouldn't cross the city.

Lewandowski won't leave Bayern.

Messi and Ronaldo are pipe dreams and in reality too old anyway.

Harry Kane would cost a fortune but in many ways would be ideal, but will just be almost impossible to buy from Spurs.

Suarez is past it and should be avoided for obvious reasons.

None of of direct EPL rivals will really sell to us.

Immobile does well in Italy but has flopped when he has left.

Lukaku would be a backward step.

Benzema is a possibility maybe if Real Madrid get either Haaland or Mbappe. But he's 33, has never played in the EPL and has had bad publicity (acquitted of sex with an underage prostitute) .

Lautaro Martinez is another one who we could possibly look at, but again he would be expensive and it would be a battle with other teams he might prefer to join. Certainly not an easy signing to get over the line.

Beyond those players we could look at players like Andre Silva who has had a great year in Germany after a good year with Porto 5 years ago, followed by year in Italy with AC Milan where he failed to impress, then a year in La Liga with Sevilla where he failed to impress, he then did okay in Germany with Franfurt before making the permanent move there last summer and having a great year this year. Clearly talented but has struggled at a couple of sides since leaving Portugal, could be considered a journey man.

Luka Jovic is another we could look at, but again a player who flopped at a big club with Real Madrid.

There aren't a host of great options out there and we would face serious competition from teams that could offer a better chance to win things than us for the few options that might be available.

6.) 23 Mar 2021 21:50:54
Mbappe is a pipe dream I agree. But I don’t think Haaland is completely out of the question. It’s unlikely, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
Jimenez wouldn’t be a bad shout, I don’t know if he’s expected to return soon. Obviously less likely than it might have been.
I’ve not even heard of Andre Silva, but his name is doing the rounds a fair bit.
Eduard? Giroud? I imagine if Cavani leaves and Chelsea spend a billion pounds on new players, he’d fit the void United fill with ageing target men.

7.) 23 Mar 2021 22:03:20
Andre Silva has been in great form and will likely lead the line for Portugal at the euro’s, if we were going for him we need to do so before the euro’s.

8.) 24 Mar 2021 11:16:09
Haaland will not be happening, 002 has said this countless times.

9.) 24 Mar 2021 13:42:06
Does anyone on this site really know for sure what will happen with any deals? I doubt it very much.

10.) 24 Mar 2021 16:19:15
With the money the club makes we should be able to buy Mbappe and Haaland.

11.) 24 Mar 2021 18:36:13
Utd Road, they would cost 100-200m each. Potentially as much as one third of our debt. While that's without agents fees, taxes and wages.

Maybe we could afford to sign one of them if we only spent on them and didn't buy any other players. But that really wouldn't help us that much.

Besides there is a more important reason for us not being able to sign them. Quite simply neither of them want to play for us.

So it's not really worth even pursuing.

12.) 25 Mar 2021 10:03:27
We could just wait until June 2022 and pay the £65m release clause then.

Wouldnt be surprised to see us sign an hasbeen striker on a one year contract to tie us over until then.

{Ed077's Note - its actually a termination clause; not a release clause. Or else it wouldnt matter to foreign clubs like us.}

13.) 25 Mar 2021 14:56:52
It has Giroud written all over it.

14.) 25 Mar 2021 15:01:23
Ings is at an age that he isn't a long term barrier to Greenwood. Why not just play Greenwood up front from next season? why would they bother with Ings - never rated him beyond one good season. Greenwood is clearly good enough if not a little underwhelming vs last year

If Cavani doesn't stay, why not take a (probably relatively cheap) punt on someone like Odsonne Edouard from Celtic? - not a terrible finisher, contract runs out in 2022 relatively young at 23.

15.) 26 Mar 2021 20:34:23
Ings? Seriously? Crikey we’ve fallen far.

16.) 27 Mar 2021 09:20:40
What is Henrik Larrson doing now?



12 Mar 2021 18:00:42
Hi Ed002,
Do United have any interest in Yusuf Demir?


{Ed002's Note - I don't know but if they do they need to be very careful. Yusuf Demir (AM) Kiddie who Barcelona have been talking to Rapid Vienna about and efforts were made to complete a deal in January. The player has an agent who has illegally approached sides in England including the Manchester clubs and Spurs. Desire is to move to Germany with guarantees.}



09 Mar 2021 15:57:55
Hi Ed002,
Will United look to renew Solskjaer's contract?

Do you see progress on and off the pitch and does the decision makers have any definitive plan laid out?


{Ed002's Note - I think it ios too early to say if he will be offered the contract or not. Solskjaer will be judged at the end of the season.}




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11 Apr 2021 20:49:14
What a player Cavani is!

A leader in attack with great hold up play and excellent movement.


1.) 11 Apr 2021 22:30:10
He had a super match today. We need the 26 year old version of him.

2.) 12 Apr 2021 08:05:27
Deserves a contract, but only if he wants to stay.

Cavani is the anti of what dimaria and sanchez were.

The unhappiness have been regarding moving back to latin america, which is fair to me, as he's getting older and he wants to live closely with his family.

He has justified his wages for me.



25 Mar 2021 12:33:22
Several outlets saying Ole is about to be rewarded with a new 3 year contract worth 30 million.


{Ed014's Note - wow, that’s nuts!

1.) 25 Mar 2021 12:56:34
That's madness.

{Ed077's Note - believe it when you see it. Media outlets have us signing 500 players every season. Hardly 5 come through the door. The board are in no rush to offer OGS a contract renewal and nor should they.
2 days ago the media outlets were linking Allegri to the Man Utd job. When you have to write 10-20 pages of "news" everyday, darts come in handy lol :-). OGS might get a new deal at the end of the season depending on how things stand at that point. Might.}

2.) 25 Mar 2021 13:39:59
I don't get how that rumour/ news is nuts or madness.

I completely uncerstand if you feel like renewing oles contract as manager is not the right thing to do and the club should move on as we haven't made enough progress to warrant extending oles tenure but its not exactly the craziest thing to do,

When Ole picked up the team we were the sixth best team in the league and since then we have progressed to third best team in the league and are now on course to be the second best team in the league.

Surely its not out of the realms of possibility that oles contract is being extended to see if he can continue that progress.

3.) 25 Mar 2021 13:39:59
I don't get how that rumour/ news is nuts or madness.

I completely uncerstand if you feel like renewing oles contract as manager is not the right thing to do and the club should move on as we haven't made enough progress to warrant extending oles tenure but its not exactly the craziest thing to do,

When Ole picked up the team we were the sixth best team in the league and since then we have progressed to third best team in the league and are now on course to be the second best team in the league.

Surely its not out of the realms of possibility that oles contract is being extended to see if he can continue that progress.

4.) 25 Mar 2021 13:45:24
Was always going to happen. They have restructured the club with Ole in mind, he is almost certainly going to hit the top 4 target.

I suspect we'll see Ole in charge at least until Christmas. He'll get a new deal and unless he struggles early next season and top four looks a pipe dream then He'll probably stay until March next year most likely.

5.) 25 Mar 2021 14:47:35
Dog did we not finish 2nd the full season before ole took over?
He had us as low as 14th maybe he should have got the bullet then.
He will get his contract let's see if he delivers titles and trophies.
Surely he can't fail to win the el with the quality of teams left so he should break his duck this season and hope he builds on that momentum.

6.) 25 Mar 2021 15:15:35
Ken, my concerns with the EL are that even though on paper at least we are the best team left in the competition. We have seen against AC Milan in the first leg and against Leicester last weekend that we are more than capable of just not turning up for a game.

While with a congested season and with Ole either not keen or untrusting to rotate the squad round fatigue will become more and more of an issue as the season reaches its final stages.

7.) 25 Mar 2021 16:26:59
I am not convinced one bit we will win the EL this season. Every good opportunity we get we just seem to throw it away under Ole. We have good runs and pick up some good wins but every time it comes to the big crunch games we fail.

8.) 25 Mar 2021 16:33:34
tbh if that and the prospect of the poor level of performances by lack of quality coming in, will shift me toward taking a year out from season ticket renewal for me and the youngun! its been a tough ride since 2013 but we are treading water with the bunch of clowns boots we have running the asylum and a 9-10 hour day with travel and the match to watch incompetence is starting to lose its appeal.

9.) 25 Mar 2021 19:21:53
When it counts, Utd fall short. We were poor against Leicester and were deservedly knocked out of the FA Cup.

If we get knocked out of the EL, without making it to the final, surely that would be a sign to Woodward that Ole isn't capable.

Furthermore, with our tepid EPL performances, we could easily drops in April, as we have some very tough games. Fortunately there is an 8 point gap between 2nd and 5th. However, we once had a nice lead our City, for us to go and throw it all away.

Chelsea look to be organised very well under Tuchel. I for one, would not be surprised to see Chelsea finish above Utd.

Leicester have the luxury of not being in the EL and West Ham are no mugs and could still get a CL place.

A decision to award Ole a new contract will more than likely take place after the season has ended. Last time he signed a new deal, Utd went on a very poor run.

10.) 25 Mar 2021 19:52:37
Hatter, I agree the time to offer Ole a new contract is when the season is over. However, we have amateurs in charge and they will likely make the same mistake twice. They just don't learn, they will keep making the same mistakes until the fans hold them accountable rather than allowing them to shift the blame.

11.) 25 Mar 2021 20:20:50
I can not understand any thoughts of a new contract for Ole. The football is dire, his coaching obviously very limited. Even if you take the optimistic view that things are improving, there is still no need to rush into a contract that would mean a payoff should the penny drop, and the board see his failings. let's face it there is no worries of him being poached by another club.

12.) 25 Mar 2021 21:27:02
inhope, you assume that the decision makers watch our matches. They don't, they don't understand football, just money.

They see results and nothing else.

Ole finished 6th, 3rd and potentially 2nd.

On paper that sounds great.

13.) 25 Mar 2021 21:50:09
Woodward is focused on employing ex Utd players so we can return to the old Utd ways under Fergie.

We needed the best of the best when it came to the coaching staff, DOF and Tech director. People with proven track records.

Only time will tell.

14.) 25 Mar 2021 22:11:27
Summer transfers are being discussed now I guess. Not just in the 3 minutes of the summer when transfers happen. Players / agents are unlikely to entertain discussing moving to a new club where the manager's contract is under review.

Woody's approach seems to be to do this stuff before the run in ti create stability and show that the club know where they are going.

Whether you agree with what they are doing is a different matter, but can't people see why it would be silly to go into the summer transfer window with uncertainty in the managers contract? Makes sense to me.

15.) 26 Mar 2021 06:38:25
I said when the new structure was announced based upon who it was, that it was there to support Ole and I couldn’t see a senior experienced manager under it.

The club or should I say what appears to be Woodward has staked his position on Ole and has to get it right or I suspect Ed will be gone. So you can almost hear the panicked voice saying give him more time, so what if players or fans don’t all believe Ole is up to it, give him a contract and that means they know they HAVE to work with him and “support” him. It’s what Woodward did with Moyes. It’s madness to give Ole a contract now, how many mistakes must Woodward make to get the boot? He gave Moyes 6 years thinking it showed support, Mourinho a new one then didn’t support him. The key seems to be that Woodward and whoever is making these decisions think the answer to get support for a manager is to offer them a new contract. Amateur indeed.

Thing is when you look back the sense is that Woodward longs for the long term stability of SAF, where he can go about making money whilst the trophies just come in. The whole thing is an amateur operation from top to bottom like the Ed says. A new contract for Ole would just add another piece of evidence of incompetence in the jigsaw of Uniteds decline.

16.) 26 Mar 2021 07:26:02
Perfectly said Red Man.

17.) 26 Mar 2021 10:24:23
Spot on dodgy.

18.) 26 Mar 2021 10:34:40
No way will he be offered that amount of money. The main reason that they are going for Ole is because he is cheap and he is a yes man.

19.) 26 Mar 2021 12:25:01
In terms of attracting top players having ogs on a long term contract would prove counter productive imo DB.

20.) 26 Mar 2021 13:21:13
The rest of the league will be happy seeing Ole remaining in charge.

21.) 26 Mar 2021 14:27:28
Ken, that depends on the calibre of player the club are aiming for.

22.) 27 Mar 2021 12:25:56
No it doesn't shappy.



24 Mar 2021 13:11:13
Hi Ed002,
If time permits, could you please provide your inputs on United's transfer IN's and OUT's.
Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - In a couple of weeks or so.}

1.) 24 Mar 2021 13:26:20
Thanks Ed002.



21 Mar 2021 18:56:41
Another step backwards.




19 Mar 2021 13:01:33
Manchester United have signed the biggest shirt sponsorship deal in Premier League history with TeamViewer starting from next season.

Commercially we are going from strength to strength.


1.) 19 Mar 2021 13:34:34
Ed’s very good at that part of his job. not so much at the football side 🤷‍♂️.

2.) 19 Mar 2021 13:59:15
That's so true Tim :)

3.) 19 Mar 2021 14:15:29
Wasn't Cheverolet worth £67million a year and this one is worth £47million. The difference being we will put another sponsor on the training kit, where Cheve was for both.
Logo could be interesting, two arrows pointing in opposite directions.

4.) 19 Mar 2021 14:24:52
Grim, the club will likely look for both a new training kit sponsor AND a new car manufacturer sponsorship deal as well.

I think if you split the Chevrolet deal up into its individual components then the shirt deal part was worth around 45m a year. So it shows a minimal increase but not much. Which in the current market is a decent deal.

The fact it is only a 5 year deal as opposed to a 7 year deal, AND the additional work of finding and negotiating a car partner and a training kit sponsor means Ed will likely have a busy summer. I fully expect our big signings this summer to be Audi and Burger King.

5.) 19 Mar 2021 14:36:06
Burger King? Well I expect luke shaws form to fall off next season then.

6.) 19 Mar 2021 15:32:12
Just had a look of the company's logo. Whosoever is designing next season's kit has a tough job on their hands.

7.) 19 Mar 2021 17:53:28
Shap, considering current business conditions any deal is a good one,

8.) 19 Mar 2021 18:15:32
Didnt the guy who signed off on the Chevrolet deal find himself on gardening leave about 3 months later and then gone permanently?

9.) 19 Mar 2021 19:29:11
Boyfromburrenway, That is what was reported in the press at the time. Don't know how true that was though.

10.) 19 Mar 2021 19:40:49
Good deal, I'm glad we will have a new sponsor. The chevrolet logo ruined a lot of our shirts imo.

11.) 20 Mar 2021 14:36:37
People keep making fun of Shaw's weight but I think He has been one of our best players this season.




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18 Mar 2021 14:25:56
I think Sancho should no longer be a priority we the ridiculous overall fee .
We have Greenwood who can play on the right and Diallo for whom we paid 35m million odd.
And there is Pellistri too.

A top class striker has to be a priority over a Right Winger.


{Ed077's Note - with the younger players you've mentioned TRD Sancho's youth almost plays against him, IMO. I would rather a little more experienced player for the RW role. Someone around 24_27, ideally.



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10 Mar 2021 14:59:33
Eric, Rashford's work rate is incomparable to Martial.
Even in the last match, Rashy chased down 70 yards to stop a City attack.

Will Martial do that?
Work rate and right attitude is the bare minimum expected from any player.




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09 Mar 2021 12:43:02
Not a good news that Cavani would be looking to leave. With Martial blowing hot and cold, we would definitely need a reliable Centre Forward.




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04 Mar 2021 07:38:23
The decision makers are lowering our expectations for transfers.
It's not like we are Burnley or Brighton working on a limited budget, we are one of the top 3 biggest revenue generating club in the world.




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17 Feb 2021 10:42:13
Ed said previously that our top targets are Pau Torres and Ben White.


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17 Apr 2021 12:34:07
Liverpool - Mane
City - Ruben Dias
Chelsea - Ngolo Kante
Spurs - Kane
Arsenal - Bukayo Saka
Leicester - Fofana.




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16 Apr 2021 11:14:24
If Cavani leaves, a striker is a must.

Also, Shapps if we get a good CB, we can abandon playing 2 Defensive Midfielders and have another creator alongside Bruno centrally.

Pep used David Silva and De Bruyne so effectively to destroy opposition defences.

We have to be creative dealing with transfers. Lingard will have many takers for example, so try getting Rice the other side.
Similarly, Pogba can be used in a swap for Varane as he is looking for a new challenge.




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15 Apr 2021 18:30:49
I think we need more leaders in the team as we have a relatively young squad.
Therefore an established striker and a leader like Kane fits the bill.
He is at his peak and would add great quality to our team.




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14 Apr 2021 20:06:14
Both Ings and Belotti have just 1 year left on their contract.




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12 Apr 2021 15:10:06
lol Leahy :)