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01 Apr 2020 15:05:14
Hi Ed002,

Hope you’re staying well and using your Gentleman Adventurer skulls to keep yourself busy during lockdown.

A few days ago, you kindly replied to my post about Juventus offering players in any Pogba deal. Media outlets of various repute are speculating that De Light might be used in a deal to take Pogba to Juventus. Would Juventus be prepared to include MDlL in any deal and would he actually want to leave and come to United?

Thanks again



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any offer of MdL to Manchester United by Juventus. He has had a difficult start but has been growing in to his role at Juventus and I am not sure that he would be open to what would be a significant step down for him.}

1.) 01 Apr 2020 15:23:26
Wow, that was such a quick reply, thank you!

Bitter pill to swallow about being a step down at the moment but hopefully won’t take us long to remedy that.

Thanks for all info, gratefully received!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 01 Apr 2020 16:30:16
Its not really a step down though is it Manchester united will always be a bigger team than Juventus. Sure they're winning the league every year but haven't done it in europe for a number of years. I'm sure with the team we seem to be building United will be back in the champions league and competing for the top honours.

3.) 01 Apr 2020 18:51:11
In footballing terms man utd is a step down. they are not close to competing with solskjaer and won't for years to come under current leadership. Juventus took over Utd a while ago, and they are 1 of the few legendary european sides with utd so even if utd were at the top it would always be a sideways move rather than up to utd.

4.) 01 Apr 2020 22:02:54
How young are you?

5.) 02 Apr 2020 05:08:28
How does being young or old have anything to do with this?

De Ligt plays for a team that is challenging for titles in italy and europe, even if you are optimistic utd are atleast 2-3 years away from challenging for epl and then will need further investment to challenge for CL alongside the league.

For any player going from city, Juventus, Barcelona, madrid and psg to utd will be a step down. That's the reality of things, accept it don't be like liverpool fans going on and on about historical greatness of the club, that means zilch to a player, he isn't going to be playing for fergie's utd.

6.) 02 Apr 2020 22:50:05
Nelly when asking somebody something it would be best to add their name.

7.) 03 Apr 2020 14:52:37
I was referring to you danjames as I'm at an age where it doesn't matter what we do on the football pitch. It's the club and what it represents to me and that means no club is bigger or better than Manchester United. Also I'm of the opinion we've turned a corner and are now heading in the right direction.

Ole may or may not be the manager to get us actually winning things but as a club I believe we'll be in a better place than with previous managers with a younger and more vibrant team. With our recent signings including ighalo and most notably bruno our play has also improved. Other signings will only improve us further.

8.) 03 Apr 2020 21:55:44
For me Juve have only been bigger than Utd in the mid 80’s. At this moment only just. Yes they’re romping there league every year but come on it’s a Mickey Mouse league. With one of our worst sides in the last 30 years we turned them over at their place.

9.) 05 Apr 2020 10:00:35
At the moment the Ed is correct. Between Busby and SAF United fans kept saying we were relevant, a big club, when we were historically big but inconsequential where it mattered. Liverpool were the same for nearly 30 years. Now we are kidding ourselves again. We are irrelevant where it matters in the league and in Europe. We have a manager that has no one convinced, doesn’t have the know how to challenge or make the club relevant. We wallow in sentiment, dewy eyed about history but not able to look at reality of our situation. We have an amateur set up with the focus on finance not football. We have huge debts and will no doubt see a huge loss of income to service them. At the moment we are not at Juventus‘s level. If the league doesn’t finish and unless there is a major change I can’t see it, there will be a large financial hole and trap awaiting us. Maybe the huge debt we have just became an even bigger problem that might wake some up.

We think because of history that we are as big or bigger than Juventus, folly and emotional tosh. A giant club would not have been so amateur over the last 7 years, it wouldn’t have been so sentimental in its decision making. If we are struggling to attract a Birmingham youth to play for our club and OGS, what gives anyone the idea that MDL, who isn’t involved in the sentimental claptrap, will want to take a step down because that is what it would be until we wake up.

10.) 05 Apr 2020 21:55:48
In the years we have been apparently irrelevant we have won a league cup, f.a. cup and europa league while playing absolute tosh with past it managers. We now have a manager who has Manchester united's best interest at heart and though he may win nothing we were more or less in the quarter finals of the europa league same with the f.a cup.

Ok we may have not won those competitions but progress on the team and playing style is there for all to see. Rome wasn't built in a day. Lampard or arteta are not having the same being said about their lack of experience at the top level.

Pep guardiola has lost about 7 games in the league and lauded as the best their is solskjaer has beaten him 3 times this season. Imagine him with the team he wants in his head with the same drive. green shoots are there for all to see. I'm beginning to believe as I was solskjaer out. Now I'm patient.



29 Jan 2020 11:41:58
Hi Ed002,

I appreciate this is a speculative question about United’s future transfers and, despite your superhuman knowledge of the football world, you don’t Have a crystal ball but, if Fernandes does sign for us (as an attacking midfielder presumably), would United still be looking to sign a similar AM such as Maddison or Grealish in the Summer, or is that position now taken and they’ll focus on other areas of the midfield, such as a defensive midfielder?

Thanks for any info you might have!


{Ed002's Note - Assuming he signs that removes the need for Maddison or any other AM.}

1.) 29 Jan 2020 15:12:30
Thanks as always for your time Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 29 Jan 2020 18:23:11
Exactly ed, now we move for b2b and defensive mids 👍.



27 Jan 2020 07:53:37
Morning Ed002,

Hope you’ve had a restful weekend!

Reports speculating in the media that Sporting waiting for other bids for BF as well as United.

If true, mind you mind disclosing who they might be?

Thanks loads as always

as well as United.


{Ed002's Note - As I have previously explained about Bruno Fernandes, and ithout dipping in to too much detail, an ex-Manchester United employee has been tasked by a third party with talking directly with Bruno Fernandes regarding his thoughts on the options of other clubs that will be approached in regards to him. There are no other bids at the moment that I am aware of, but other clubs will be approached.}

1.) 27 Jan 2020 10:27:43
This deal isn't happening is it?! Amateurish as already detailed by Ed002. Think the club are just dragging it out now to create the illusion of trying. A whole month negotiating without actually any compromise, embarrassing.

2.) 27 Jan 2020 11:31:01
Thanks for swift and detailed reply Ed002!

3.) 27 Jan 2020 11:34:26
Same old, same old.

4.) 27 Jan 2020 15:20:07
You know the spin the club are going to come out with WE WERE NEVER IN FOR BRUNO .
The truth is the club don't want to give Ole 50 million to spend, When they have every intention of sacking him in the summer. They would rather the new manager has a pot full of money to piss up the wall again. Our club is funnier than the one on Phoenix Nights.

5.) 27 Jan 2020 16:37:39
If they don't want to back Ole then why come out and say it. Give the guy a chance and get him some reinforcements through the door.

6.) 27 Jan 2020 17:39:48
Here here.

7.) 27 Jan 2020 18:15:40
Exactly what I was thinking. Leaks will probably start Wednesday, we were never in 4 him, Thursday club focused on summer, Friday we are targeting x y and z. Heard it all before, come the summer there will be a whole new set of excuses when we fail to land our targets.

8.) 28 Jan 2020 07:58:14
Jam tomorrow.



20 Jun 2019 16:48:02
Another youngster’s name being linked with United: David Brooks

So, is Ole trying to emulate Class of 92? Fergie’s Fledglings?

If so, what name will they take in the media?

Solskaer’s Starlings?

Gunnar’s Groupies?

Ole Gunner’s Runners?

Solskjaer’s Sproutlings?

Have to be better than Pogba’s Ego.


1.) 20 Jun 2019 18:36:32
“Gunnar’s Groupies. ” Oh dear. That’s all sorts of wrong.

2.) 20 Jun 2019 18:37:38
Perhaps your over analysing all the players were being linked with.

Judge him on how the team performs next season.

3.) 20 Jun 2019 20:39:26
Ole's baby faced assassins if we're targeting young players.

4.) 20 Jun 2019 21:01:00
Could be

Ole's nursery tots.

5.) 20 Jun 2019 22:42:18
Solsktars. I’ll get my coat.

6.) 20 Jun 2019 23:11:17
Solsjaers Stuttering stumblers.

7.) 21 Jun 2019 09:36:17
Cole's gonners.



04 Dec 2017 14:18:12
Hi Eds,

Apologies for speculative nature of the question but, if Real Madrid do indeed sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 (even as soon as January) do you think RM will still try to sign David DeGea?

Many thanks for any info you might be able to provide.


{Ed002's Note - No, I they would not have a need.}

1.) 04 Dec 2017 18:23:30
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to reply Ed002!

{Ed002's Note - I was on a train so I had time.}




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30 Apr 2021 08:26:35
Did anyone watch the Villareal Arsenal game (highlights? ) yesterday?

Just wondering how Torres got on against Premiership players.

(Can’t seem to find any player ratings for Villareal)


1.) 30 Apr 2021 10:01:45
Poor mans Aymeric Laporte.

2.) 30 Apr 2021 10:20:52
He's very smooth on the ball, and he has good defensive instincts and is fairly pacy. However, I think he does have some physical limitations. While his style of defending is to stay on his feet and dely the attack while his teammates get back into position. That is useful and certainly something our defence could do with. However, I feel he defends this way as he is lacking somewhat in the physical attributes. He is tall, but he isn't particularly strong in the air, and can be bullied by smaller players aerially.

If he moved to the EPL he would need to toughen up a bit before he was ready for a battle on a cold wet Monday night at Turf Moor for example.

He's fairly similar to Lindelof in many ways, just a touch quicker and left footed.

3.) 30 Apr 2021 11:21:44
Thanks for analysis Shappy

Maybe spend his money on a DM to avoid having to use an extra man in midfield with McFred.

4.) 30 Apr 2021 12:29:31
@Shappy You summed up Pau Torres nicely. I ve watched him, Milenkovic and Varane play 4 or 5 times each. Most physical of the three is Milenkovic and he was brilliant vs Juventus. However he s not as good when bringing ball out of defence. Lately he was inconsistent too.
Varane looks most complete of the three.
(I didn't mention Kuonde because his attributes are quite similar to Bailly who just extended his contract)

5.) 30 Apr 2021 13:08:23
Varane is without doubt the best of those 3 Dev. But the physicality of the epl would be a potential issue. He is a bit flakey at times and injury prone.
Milenkovic is hit and miss and I agree he is not as confidant on the ball. I've only seen torres in highlights and he stands out as being comfortable in possession and strong.
All good options both torres and varane would complement Harry better than milenkovic imo.



05 Jan 2021 09:34:49
Absolutely loving the results at the moment - real distraction from the misery and loss in tbe real world.

To think we could be 3 points clear at the too by the time we play Liverpool.

Realistically though, still think either City or Liverpool will end up Champions. We’re still effectively in transition and at least 3 top players away from consistent results:

Centre back: Torres? Bailey too injury prone though Axel might step in.

Right Wing: still has to be Sancho, though wouldn’t mind David Brooks. Maybe Amad Diallo will surprise us earlier than expected, or even Pellistri.

Def. MF: ideally Rice but maybe Zakaria. Too soon for Garner perhaps

Plus we have some real prospects at youth level (Mengi, Shoretire, Hugill, Hannibal, etc)

So, to dream a bit is harmless so let’s enjoy it while we can - then the serious business hopefully starts next season.


1.) 05 Jan 2021 10:23:46
I wasn’t convinced by Rice but he’s changing my mind this season. He’s the standout player in the WH side. I thought his passing was suspect but it’s actually one of his best traits. He can run with the ball too which is something we currently lack in CM.

With the English tax i’m sure WH will be asking for upwards of £60m for him but he’s got age on his side.

2.) 05 Jan 2021 10:43:33
I mentioned earlier in a post that Pau Torres and Rice would make us genuine title contenders.

Declan Rice will be an upgrade on Fred.
He has a good passing range and is excellent in breaking up play and anticipating danger.

3.) 05 Jan 2021 10:48:34
Rice is a good player looks the part, will cost a bob or 2 .

4.) 05 Jan 2021 12:05:21
Wazza, when mentioning WH standouts, I have to chip in Bowen, this kid caught my eye at Hull way back during the Maguire and Robinson Days.

5.) 05 Jan 2021 12:08:30
I’m not convinced that Sancho is the guy who transforms this side, and for the money I think we need to spend it elsewhere. 100% we need a genuine RW but I don’t see the value in spending 100m or close to on Sancho.

If you could choose between say a top class CB, a top CDM and a decent RW (say Upamecano, Ndidi and Buendia) or a decent CB and CDM and a top class RW (say Badieshilie, Moises Caicedo and Sancho) which do you think would take us to the next level?

I rate Sancho, he looks a top prospect. But he doesn’t fix the problem that costs us the most points, a top CB and CDM would provide the team with the balance it desperately needs to gain a level of consistency to challenge for top honours.

6.) 05 Jan 2021 12:24:07
Interesting opinion Shappy, but so many of our attacks go down the left - opponents know where to focus their defences.

We’re too one-sided.

7.) 05 Jan 2021 15:05:15
Wallace, I'm not saying to not sign a RW player, but that the focus needs to be where we lose the most points. Also if we were more defensively solid then we would have a better platform to attack.

I'm just of the opinion that a 100m RW wouldn't solve our biggest issue when it comes to winning games. Which for me is the easily prevented leaked goals. At the moment we give every opponent at least 2-3 really good easily preventable chances, and that costs us points.

8.) 05 Jan 2021 15:52:52
Just sign virgil van dyk and have done with it 🤣.



15 Dec 2020 08:32:55
Lots of reports circulating that United have dropped interest in Upemecano to focus on other targets.

Normally I’d be disappointed by this but the wonderful Ed002 has told us that our primary target now is Pau Torres (if we can move on players)

This begs two questions:

Why have United changed focus to Torres rather than Upemecano? (Is it because the main rivals for his signature, Bayern Munich) would be more likely to sign him so United want to avoid another futile pursuit? )

Who would be rather have/ who is more suited to us: Torres or Upemecano? (Have read that Torres is fast, left footed and eye for a pass, great anticipation, only weakness being in the air, which Maguire might compensate for) ; not sure if Upemecano has any weaknesses

Not sure who I’d prefer - don’t know enough about their playing styles or if there demeanour is right for the club.


1.) 15 Dec 2020 09:09:14
Pau Torres is a left sided CB with pace. He recorded the highest sprint speed in La Liga last season. And is also good on the ball and in the air being 6ft 4".

More info will be provided by Ed001 soon in his player profile :)

2.) 15 Dec 2020 11:12:24
Upamecano will have the choice of Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG and maybe Real Madrid and Barcelona if they decide to look at a CB. He has a clause so there won't be a bidding war, but that also means that he will have the choice of where he goes.

Maybe the club have reached out to his intermediaries and have been informed he has a destination in mind and the club are not going to pursue a player who doesn't want to join our club.

Pau Torres makes a lot of sense, he can be bought for a reasonable price in the current market, is good in the air (but not great, although he has the height and ability to improve), great passer, and is very quick. As well as being left footed and plays on the left side of the CB pairing.

So times the best player for a specific club isn't always the best player available in the position.

3.) 15 Dec 2020 11:55:29
Why such negativity? Can't you think that maybe they scouted him and he is simply not so good? Also they fear about injuries.
I never went crazy about Upamecano. Post lockdown i have seen him 3 times and he was awful. Then he comes against Diego Costa (i think) and he destroys him. He is a physical presence who plays with physicality. He is not a class defender, at least yet. I always thought that he is not great.

4.) 15 Dec 2020 13:57:25
If we are signing a centre back to partner the most expensive defender in the world harry maguire, good luck to whoever that is, they have one hell of a job on their hands.

5.) 15 Dec 2020 14:19:18
Herrera, I've watched quite a bit of Upamecano and I must say there isn't another defender in the world at his age who is better than him. He's strong, quick, good on the ball and has a good reading of the game. You need to remember he has only just turned 22, he isn't going to be the finish product yet and will have bad games from time to time. He's also playing under Naglesmann who plays many different systems, so he is still learning how to adapt between a 4 or 3 man back line.

In a few years time I think Upamecano will be genuinely be the best CB in the world unless some other youngster comes out of nowhere.

That said, just because he has huge potential and is very good at the moment. That doesn't mean he's either the best fit for us, or the best player to pursue. Tactically he might not suit what they want, or they might just appreciate that he will be difficult to obtain given the competition and they have decided to go down another route.

How many of us wish the club had made that call with Sancho over the summer. Surely Buendia, Thauvin, Ferran Torres, Chiesa, Traore, Kulusevski, Dembele, Coman, Leon Bailey, Ocampos, David Neres, Chukwueze, Bernardeschi, Ismaila Sarr, Tsygankov, Tete, Stengs or David Brooks. Some might have been better than others, but surely any of them would have been an improvement on signing no one.

6.) 15 Dec 2020 14:52:15
I don't think he is that good Shappy, yes he is good but not that good. He is the obvious choice as Sancho was. I agree that the obvious choice isn't always best for the team and there is no guarantee that had Sancho came he would be good, at least better than the other options such as Bailey Chiesa etc.

7.) 15 Dec 2020 14:54:30
I think Torres is most likely to become a Van Dyke type defender and build the defence around him. He seems a class and smart defender and he is excellent with the ball. If you ask me maybe i would buy Torres first and then Upamecano to sit next to him.

8.) 15 Dec 2020 15:51:42
Shappy, you are not the only one that rates Upamecano highly, almost every pundit raves about him, and some of the Eds here have also spoken highly of him. So surely there is something there to warrant all this hype.
I remember Umtiti at one point had similar hype.
That said, how many Bundesliga defenders have come to the EPL and made an impact? Boateng, klavan, Mertesacker, Baba Rahman, Sokratis, Boulahrouz, Tim Klose, Bernardo, Wimmer, Danso, Wollscheid, etc I am sure you can add more.
These are all Kompany hopefuls yet flopped.
Maybe Soyuncu will fare differently.
Granted that probably none of these names showed the potential Upemacano does, but still, there is a history there that shows defenders from the German league rarely set the EPl ablaze.

9.) 15 Dec 2020 15:56:57
Torres unlikely to waste his career coming to us with the present management.

10.) 15 Dec 2020 16:05:30
What about De Ligt. would it be worth a swap deal with Juve for Pogba. Not to sure how he's been playing this season as i haven't followed much of the Italian Football.

11.) 15 Dec 2020 16:46:22
De Ligt is a Mino Raiola player. I doubt he and the club will do any future business. I certainly hope not.

12.) 15 Dec 2020 17:04:25
Torres or Kounde over Upamecano.

13.) 15 Dec 2020 19:05:23
I wonder how many people are basing their posts about Upamecano after Utd played Leipzig?

14.) 15 Dec 2020 19:55:33
mbd, while there might be some truth in the idea that players from certain leagues might not adapt too well to the EPL there is always the exception to the rule.

You could say the same thing about creative midfielders, we signed Kagawa and Mkhitaryan from the Bundesliga without great success, yet Spurs signed Son and City signed De Bruyne (a player who has already flopped in the EPL with Chelsea) .

The other way of looking at it is that although he is playing in the Bundesliga he played most of his youth career in his native France. How many great centre backs have France churned out in recent years (Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe, Zouma, Lucas Hernandez, Pavard, Laporte, Umtiti, Diakhaby, Issa Diop, Diallo, Konate, Zagadou, Kounde and Upamecano makes 15 players who could seriously make their Euro squad in the summer) .

Upamecano is a top young player, and if he reaches his full potential he will be one of the world absolute best CB's.

Simo, I'm not that impressed by De Ligt, I thought he was very poor against us in the Europa league final. For me he looks like a midfielder who has been pushed into defence due to a lack of mobility and because of his height and build. He doesn't seem to have the instincts of a defender, he doesn't sense danger and more often that not is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is Harry Maguire but several years younger and with better technique and distribution, defensively they are the same player.

Pau Torres looks an interesting player. If we signed him I don't think we will necessarily need another CB. We have Maguire and Lindelof on the books, and I think both Tuanzebe and especially Mengi have huge potential so I wouldn't want to totally block them.

15.) 15 Dec 2020 20:38:07
He was terrific in the Europa League final Shappy and doninated Rashford. And don't forget back then he was 17-18. Ofcourse i agree that he is not good and i don't want him near my team. But in the final he was perfect.

16.) 15 Dec 2020 21:58:42
Both of them look to be 2 of the best up and coming cbs.
Both have heart attributes and they will both hope to make a big impact wherever they go.
City are also in for torres maybe madrid too so maybe rojo or bailly would consider a move plus a fee to help them replace torres.
I don't expect anything in Jan other than perhaps a couple of sales or loan deals for fringe players.

17.) 15 Dec 2020 22:06:46
Herrera, maybe I'm remembering things differently. My memory or the Europa League final was that Dr Ligt was built up before the game as the second coming of Beckenbauer, but in the actual match he didn't stand out at all, in fact his CB partner Davinson Sanchez looked the better defender. At least that's how I remember it.

18.) 15 Dec 2020 22:39:18
You never forget the feeling. The feeling after the final was *what an amazing CB and so so young". I never rated Sanchez, neither De Ligh except that match. Anyway i wouldn't even consider De Light. I would go for Torres and wish Tuanzebe grow up and become a partner of him or Torres with a Upamecano type CB. I always preferred Konate but i don't know about his injuries.

19.) 16 Dec 2020 06:15:20
Seem to remember that Ed001 rates konate higher than upamecano and I think he's right.



09 Dec 2020 14:20:57
Oops sent too early (story of my life)

So there is a chance we could win the league this year but only with a more skilful manager.

Then next year, add a RW, CB and. DM to give a more finished look to the first team.

Not sure if there are many managers around who are as skilled as Ferguson was though.


1.) 09 Dec 2020 15:16:42
You might win the most points in 2020 title but that's about it mate.

Seriously a title race? So are Southampton in a title race too seen as they're above you?

You're a 2nd rate European team as you have been for the past few years it really is that simple.

2.) 09 Dec 2020 15:45:06
like it or not Unbearable, but we’re in the race to win the title if we can be more consistent.

Same for Southampton if they’re consistent too.

3.) 09 Dec 2020 15:55:11
Okay Wallace, Okay 😂.

4.) 09 Dec 2020 22:18:12
We must be doing something ok as Liverpool fans are posting on our page. I agree the league is there for the taking this season, it’s so tight, but under the current regime we will never be consistent enough.



09 Dec 2020 14:16:54
Here’s a question if it hasn’t been asked before:

Would Sir Alex have won anything with the current squad?

I think he would - look at how he inspired his last team to win the title, a team inferior to today’s. Man management and square pegs in square holes, each with a clear job to perform.

I like what Ollie’s done to change the culture around at the club but he was always going to be a stop-gap until a better manager came in to add the finishing touches.

Thus, I think that the league is very open this.


1.) 09 Dec 2020 14:38:07
Wallace, that team was old but nowhere near inferior, they were serial winners. RVP, Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Evra all knew what it was to play for the club and win trophies. This bunch is soft and inconsistent.

2.) 09 Dec 2020 15:11:58
Hard to say, but I don’t think we’d have ended up with some of the dross we have now had SAF stayed on. The man certainly spent a lot in his day, but nowhere near as much as some of his successors. Had he been given that kind of money I’ve no doubt we would have continued to dominate the Premier League and added a few more Champions League trophies to the cabinet too.

It’s somewhat irrelevant though really. The real question is, does anybody see Ole winning trophies with the squad we have now?

3.) 09 Dec 2020 15:46:42
I’m with you R7, can’t see them winning anything until better manager comes in.

4.) 10 Dec 2020 00:09:31
Becks58 fergies greatest achievement was winning the title with that team of oaps and a pissed up Rooney, the standard of play was poor lots of scrappy wins/ draws.

He and the board left Moyes with mission impossible, total rebuild with no real money to spend.

5.) 10 Dec 2020 06:09:22

I answered that very question a few days ago. SAF was a leader and a brilliant motivator, we would definitely have been challenging and yes we would have been winning something with this team. It may be disjointed but SAF got players to play well beyond capabilities, such was his greatness. As to Ole, I can’t see it, fail when it matters.

6.) 10 Dec 2020 07:36:45
They did spend money Mr. Klopp.
But they did not spend it wisely.

There doesn't seem to be a coherent strategy about the system we want to play and the players we need to recruit.




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27 Apr 2021 12:57:58
Centre back (Torres), defensive midfielder (Rice) and striker (Silva) would do very nicely.




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05 Apr 2021 20:16:53
Thank you for taking the time to reply so quickly, Ed002, much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



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05 Apr 2021 19:44:08
Hi Ed002,

Sorry if I’m reading too much into your explanation, but, as it seems that you are suggesting that Garner wants to be part of the first team squad next season (with a view to potentially breaking into the first team if the chance arises) there won’t be space in the squad because of Matic and his long contract, then does this mean that United will look to throw money at a Matic replacement only towards the end of Matic’s contract, so they won’t be looking for a DM this Summer?

And also (sorry! ) is Garner still in United’s long term plans and thus likely to be loaned out again to, say, Brighton, or are they likely to just sell him with a view to throwing money at another DM?

Thanks for any reply, sorry to bother you or to be stupid in not understanding your initial info.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of MU looking at a DM as a priority this summer. They will deal with the priorities first and then after that other changes. I don’t think the club see JG as a replacement for Matic - at least at this point in time.}



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31 Mar 2021 07:31:17
Thanks for sharing Hopper, great rumour.




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28 Mar 2021 09:16:07
Am guessing, with the esteemed Ed002’s comment, that recent restructuring inside club has not made any difference as yet to the way we approach buying and selling. 😔😔.





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30 Apr 2021 11:21:44
Thanks for analysis Shappy

Maybe spend his money on a DM to avoid having to use an extra man in midfield with McFred.




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21 Apr 2021 11:37:02
Thanks for swift reply Ed002! Always appreciate your informed opinions.

That sounds ominous: dare say, as successful ruthless businessmen, they’re sore about losing this one and will be plotting something else, either to wring more cash out of the game or just to send a belligerent message that they should treated like this again.


{Ed002's Note - They won't be plotting anything for a while - they need to decide on the way forward following this mess. They will no doubt be speaking with FSG and Kroenke but early indications will be coming from the "elite clubs", the Italian FA (although Inter jave just stepped back), the Spanish FA (noting Atletico have just stepped back), the ECA and the UEFA Executive.}



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21 Apr 2021 11:20:08
Thanks Ed002, value your opinion on these things.

Also, from reading between the lines from your comments, you seem a very moral person who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, so would imagine that you probably feel very strongly about the greed underpinning the ESL. (Though guess we all know professional football is motivated by money but just choose to ignore it. )

Do you think this failed project will have any repercussions on the Glazers attitude towards the club, such as reducing investment/ funds needed for improving the team, or even selling the club now the golden goose has left the building?


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure my wives would agree about my morals. The Glazers will be smarting and regrouping but it is too early to say what will happen. They will no doubt watch what happens with the various meetings scheduled this week.}



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15 Apr 2021 08:08:15
Think Herrera’s right: more playing time in first team convinced Bellingham to go to Dortmund. Also think they were in contact with him for a few years before and put on tbe full charm offensive to win him over - all the effort they put into getting him certainly paid off though.

On a byword, Man City still hoovering your all the best youngsters in tbe world. Why aren’t we as good at doing this?




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12 Apr 2021 16:16:41
If you look at injury-free Liverpool side, they have

Best GK in world

Best CB

Two of best attacking full backs

One of best DM (two, if include Henderson)

Some of best attackers

The spine - and more - of their team is world class, Liverpool only started winning things when they got the quality players into key positions.

Same for Man City: Ederson - Dias - Fabhino - De Bryce etc

For us to get that quality, we need works class CB, DM, RW plus striker. I think we’re all happy with GK, LB, RB, CM and LW. Thus ideally get Torres, Rice, Sancho/ Sarr/ Raphina plus Kane (lol! )

OR bring in the youngsters to blood so they can do the Fledglings thing in a few years? (Garner, Mengi, Amad, Hannibal, McNeil, Hugill)