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03 Sep 2020 22:23:56
Ed002 has there been any concrete interest shown in any of our players available for transfer?
1 lingard 2 mata 3 jones 4 dalot 5 Smalling 6 jones 7 pierera. 8 romero
Is there interest in any of the other fringe players?
Apart from smalling I've seen no other retorts of concrete interest. Which surprises me a little.


{Ed002's Note - There is interest in Romero from Aston Villa as has been explained. Smalling has been of interest to Roma and it goes on.}

1.) 04 Sep 2020 08:09:20
Think Jesse will end up staying, Pierera will probably move on, Phil Jones seems to be with us for life.

2.) 04 Sep 2020 08:58:18
I am pleased for both Smalling and Romero if they get these moves and it leads to them being a 1st team player. Good hardworking players, just for various reasons not worked out recently with us.
I am okay if Jesse stays as a rotational player but we could see some interest come in late for him.
Dalot, Pereira and Jones need to definitely move on, I think West Ham or Newcastle could come in for Jones who if he stays fit would be a good addition for them. Pereira i imagine will head to somewhere else in Europe and may do well in a different league. Dalot I imagine will head back to Italy, offers a decent amount going forward but not trusted by OGS so needs to move on for all parties.

3.) 04 Sep 2020 09:01:35
Who would seriously buy jones that’s my question. his injury record is abysmal, his wages high and his level of performance average at best. Will be stuck with him until his contract expires. And to think that he’s eligible for a testimonial 🤦‍♂️.

4.) 04 Sep 2020 10:41:42
Phil Jones was given a new contract in 2019, why?

Ole said, “Phil knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player. He has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and is now one of the senior players within the team. He is coming up to his 27th birthday and entering into his prime years as a centre-half. We are delighted Phil has committed his future to the club”.

5.) 04 Sep 2020 11:20:44
well he's not going to slag the player off is he redman.

im not sure ole has much on the say on who is given a new contract,

but he is woeful and should have been gone years ago.

6.) 04 Sep 2020 11:41:46

To be fair to Ole, it was early in his time and likely he didn’t feel he had that level of authority at that time. However, do you think Ole had a say on who went on loan Smalling or Jones?

It seems a long way since the eulogy that SAF gave him.

7.) 04 Sep 2020 12:07:54
Supposedly Ole told Smalling that Tuanzebe was to be given more chances while Maguire and Lindelof were ahead of him making him 4th or 5th choice and that a loan might be best for him.

While Jones was given a new deal by the club while Ole was temporary manager, it was a club decision in order to protect the value of an asset and keep a player they hoped the next manager would want to use.

I don't expect many of our players to leave until late in the window. The players we have who are available for transfer are so because they are either declining or not good enough at the highest level. Hardly first choice options for most clubs, especially when you consider their wages. I think most clubs will likely move for them when other options have moved elsewhere or when their agents offer them to other clubs. We will likely have to accept minimal fees or allow loan deals to move them out.

8.) 04 Sep 2020 13:49:31
remember that red man, when he said he could become our best ever player.

theres only a few more players that need shifting.

9.) 04 Sep 2020 14:19:36
I'm sure the contract négociations with Jones were already advanced when Ole took over, on an interim basis at the time too, so harsh to lay the blame with him on this one.

10.) 04 Sep 2020 14:49:23
Decision time for these players; money or football?

11.) 04 Sep 2020 20:02:48
Being fair to Ole, you ok Red Man? 😉.

12.) 05 Sep 2020 00:13:56
Jones contract was given before ole was in appointed permanent manager. He was caretaker- I doubt he made the decision to hand jones a long term contract.

13.) 05 Sep 2020 09:17:01
Smalling to Roma and Rojo to Lazio would be nice.

14.) 05 Sep 2020 11:28:42
United need to work out a loan agreement with a club to give their fringe players game time.



31 Aug 2020 10:36:35
Good morning ed002.a couple of quick questions
Do you know if the signing of dvb well end our interest in grealish? They are different types of players and play different roles so just curious.
Secondly do you know if there is interest in fred from elswhere? Would the club be willing to sell?
Finally how do you see the goal keeping situation resolved. Looks like henderson.


{Ed002's Note - Yes they are diffent types of player - van de Beek was one of the options for a Pogba replacement with Saul etc.. Greathis is far more versatile. It will lessen interest and clearly the asking price for grealish is making any transfer difficult. I don't know what will now satisfy the GKs - typically swapping them in and out doesn't work.}



22 Aug 2020 11:01:07
Good morning ed002.
I know you have mentioned costa being offered as part of any deal for pogba.
Is there a chance united would try to buy him separately as a sancho alternative?
Are united trying to sign him?
Thanks ed have a good day.


{Ed002's Note - There is no reason why not - he available for sale or trade with plans to replace him with Federico Chiesa. Fabio Paratici has been in England this past week so that could be an option.}

1.) 22 Aug 2020 11:22:35
Anyone have any insight into how good Douglas Costa is? Never seen him play tbh.

2.) 22 Aug 2020 11:30:55
So we buy an older problem player and fund Juve's purchase of a young upcoming player would be an abysmal decision to sign Costa for me.

3.) 22 Aug 2020 12:31:56
I don't know too much about Costa. I've watched him in a number of games and always been impressed. But apparently has had a few off field issues as well as injury issues. So they'd have to be completely done with before making a move. But could be a good alternative.

4.) 22 Aug 2020 13:07:05
When fit considerably better than what we have and would improve our starting 11. i'd like to get sandro with him to good experienced heads used to top end clubs and top end football. Used to winning.

5.) 22 Aug 2020 17:05:46
Costa always looked like he had something while never really reaching the level you thought he would.
But he regularly picks up injuries, missed 29 games with 6 different muscles injuries over the last 2 seasons .
turns 30 next month and has only played more than 27 league in a season once.
Could be a decent option of the bench which has more or less been his role with juve.



03 Aug 2020 19:13:58
Some of the mite reputable journos now reporting a permanent move for sanchez.
Not being privy to the details obviously but on the face of it there are positives.
A €15m fee seems about right and a huge chunk off the wage bill.
Lets hope that smalling can get a deal that suits him i hope he does i'd like to see the club facilitate that.
With any luck jones rojo periera dalot tfm grant mata and possibly lingard won't be far behind.
Get shut of that lot and you take the best part of 60m a year off the wage bill and bring in 60m in fees
3 top players would cost 30m in wages per season max.
Move as many of those in as possible and then get ole the 3 players he wants.
Get him his 1st choices. Pay what's needed if affordable.


1.) 03 Aug 2020 19:33:26
Being report no fee.

2.) 03 Aug 2020 19:37:51
Fabrizio who seems to always be bang on has reported no fee for Sanchez. Glad to see the club have seen enough sense to just allow the player the move.

The wages saved are like a fee alone for a player his age.

Hopefully the same sense will be taken for players like smalling when reasonable fees are given to us to allow us to move forward.

3.) 03 Aug 2020 19:39:01
Fair play to Woodward if he gets €15m for Sanchez. I'm sure most of us would have accepted a slice of pizza and a Limoncello!

4.) 03 Aug 2020 20:03:16
The report is no fee but Inter will take care of his wages, meaning we will not to to payoff the rest of his contract. Considering his wages that is a fantastic piece of business.
We should have taken the same approach with Rojo.

5.) 03 Aug 2020 20:12:52
No fee expected. But shaving £400k a week off the wage bill is a godsend. Genuinely thought we’d be lumbered with him on massive money for nothing for another few years.

6.) 03 Aug 2020 20:27:35
Goodbye alexis you won’t be missed.

7.) 03 Aug 2020 20:28:16
True let's hope he is the 1st of many to go.

8.) 03 Aug 2020 21:15:00
I read he will earn €7 mill a year at inter and no fee between clubs so he has either walked away from a lot of money or you have paid him off to leave.

9.) 03 Aug 2020 21:29:19
Probably a handsome sign on for him from inter instead of a them paying us a fee.
Also the tax in Italy is a lot less for international players. So i'd imagine that's a net 7m but either way we can have 3 top players in on for the same 500k a week we are paying him.

10.) 03 Aug 2020 21:52:52
It's no fee so they can pay his high wages. I think ed002 already mentioned this a week or so ago. Still good to move him on and hopefully we've learnt from the whole shambles of a transfer.

11.) 03 Aug 2020 22:02:17
The telegraph are reporting that Unt paid off some of his contract for him to leave would be interested to know if Ed002 has any knowledge on it. Players don't usually take £10mil pay cuts.

{Ed002's Note - I really don’t know.}

12.) 04 Aug 2020 04:30:14
Best of luck to him. It’s a shame things didn’t work out for him at OT.

13.) 04 Aug 2020 16:33:30
Good luck to him. Disaster for him and the club - totally lost his mojo and hopefully signifies the end of that type of transfer from us again.



28 Jul 2020 11:04:06
Good morning ed002.
I see united linked again with SMS this morning. Is there any truth we are looking at him again?
I thought he was psg bound?


{Ed002's Note - Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (CM) Manchester United has not shown any interest in Milinkovic-Savic this season and have been difficult with Pogba and his agent in looking to leave - and that never looks good in the eyes of players or agents. Right now, it seems unlikely and the price would be about €100M to Manchester United as a starting point - and Pogba has nowhere to go. Juventus are looking at other options, but he remains on the list. The player was offered to PSG but there are issues holding up commitments from them at this time - although they might push with a better offer than the one that was rejected. Lazio have a replacement in mind but think that they could lose him elsewhere. Real Madrid see him as the preferred option to Pogba - where interest is waning as Manchester United are stuck in the "stupid" cycle but they now have a significant matter to deal with so they can be discounted. Manchester City see him as an option to their preferred choice and could well turn to him - but that is not happening at the moment. Every chance he will stay where he is unless he is available at a reasonable price or PSG decide to push for him before addressing their management issue.}

1.) 28 Jul 2020 18:10:53
Could you expand on what the significant issue is regarding united please ed?

{Ed002's Note - The way the club is run without a proper structure is a mess.}

2.) 29 Jul 2020 08:19:52
Hi Ed002. Hope you’re well. Still in Cornwall? Regarding the club, are they aware as such that the way they run the club is amateurish and is there someone external/ independent to the club who is able to point out that the structure is a mess?

{Ed002's Note - The amateurs do not accept that they are amateurs.}

3.) 29 Jul 2020 08:43:35
Morning Ed002,

You Firstly suggest that United have a significant matter to deal with then elaborate that it is a structural issue within the club (I’m guessing that the footballing matters that should be dealt Autonomously by a Director of Football as ably demonstrated by Chelsea, Liverpool and City are trapped in a painfully inefficient hierarchical structure)

Are United aware of how incompetent their existing structures are compared to other more dynamic clubs? And if so, are they actually going to do anything about in in the near future? Or are they just content to keep things as they are and continually conduct transfer business in an amateur way?

{Ed002's Note - The club periodically look for a Director of Football but those running the club seem reluctant to give up the associated responsibilities.}

4.) 29 Jul 2020 14:31:48
Thanks Ed002. Their attitude to relinquishing control seems at odds with making the club more successful. You’d think that intelligent business people would understand that. They only have to look at other elite clubs to see what kind of DoF structure is needed.

You’d really hope they’d put their own egos or agendas aside for a minute to Look longer term for the good of the club.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 20:50:37
Thanks Ed. Pretty shocking that they have no self-awareness. Seems like there’s going to be plenty of ups and downs over the next few seasons unless they pull their finger out.




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27 Sep 2020 18:07:50
I see city spending a few bob next week. They were worse than we were yesterday.


1.) 27 Sep 2020 18:52:24
They were poor against Wolves as well, but got away with it.



22 Sep 2020 10:39:47
So we are back on the pitch tonight thankfully.
What does ole to tonight given its only the league cup. Traditionally we play fringe players at least in the early rounds.
Is there a need to play our 1st team tonight?
We need to find our rhythm.
We need match minutes
Players are unfit we only had 1 pre season friendly.
Do we use this game to sharpen up our 'better players' or go with full rotation?
Interesting choices ole has to make tonight.
Id go with our 3 main forwards matic vdb and bruno. Henderson awb shaw bailly and mnaguire.
If he was moaning about a lack of prep time surely this is a good chance to get some mins on the clock.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 10:49:18
He surely has to use this game to get the players fitness up and like you said some Rhythm to our play. I would like to see a Almost full strength side. I would put Henderson in, this should be his competition. I think the line up you have would be a good choice.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 10:57:50
I think we should be looking to use this game to get our first choice players up to full match fitness, where possible. We can rest and rotate in later rounds (assuming we win tonight) or in the FA cup, UCL or in some league games.

3.) 22 Sep 2020 10:58:51
Ken I don’t think you’re far off with that side.

I’d say he will go with Henderson in net, back 4 or Awb, Bailly, maguire and Williams.

Midfield of matic, Fred and Van de Beek

Front 3 of greenwood, martial and rashford.

Personally I’d have someone like mengi playing and on the bench someone like Anthony Elanga to come on and make an impact- would be nice to see some of the academy lads get some game time too.

4.) 22 Sep 2020 11:29:16
Agree twenty shaps. and caolan.
No point moaning about lack of match sharpness and not taking advantage of this use it like a pre season game.
Im not sure if Luton will be able to cope with being favourites 😂.

5.) 22 Sep 2020 12:09:04
Go with a strong team because we need to build fitness.
Many of our players had to be in quarantine before participating in training.
Shaw said that only 4 first team players trained on the eve of our only pre season game.

So field a strong team and build match fitness and sharpness.

6.) 22 Sep 2020 13:02:57
only 4 players were available for training but 11 could play plus subs the day after?
Does that make sense to you? sounds like a crock of sh** to me.

7.) 22 Sep 2020 17:03:15
If Luton beat us then he should walk to keep his legend status 😷😷.

8.) 22 Sep 2020 19:04:54
Mixed loyalties. United's my club but Luton is my home town. Don't underestimate them. They love a giant killing in the cup and can score goals.



22 Sep 2020 09:58:22
Hi ed033.
Can you do 2 polls please.
Q. given the improvement in our competitors squads do you think we have enough in our squad currently to finish in the top 4?


1.) 22 Sep 2020 10:38:15
You don't need a poll for this ken anymore than you need one to know whether water is wet. The answer is na big fat NO.

3 out of the 4 teams in top 4 have improved more than we have and in city's case are still looking to improve further. Same goes for Tottenham and arsenal and we can add even add everton to that to an extent.

We are 1 injury away from having Daniel James as our starter, unless Woodward opens his cheque book and starts using whatever littlebrain he has been given, we are going to finish midtable.

2.) 22 Sep 2020 12:12:06
Absolutely CSM, We are under prepared for our season.

Teams who furloughed their staffs are spending more than us. Just wondering why we are holding back.



20 Sep 2020 09:32:57
Im reading the excuses already.
You could give ole more windows than buckingham palace
You could give ole the Liverpool squad and city squad combined.
You could give ole another 500m
You will still get safety first, boring, unimaginative insipid turgent boring football.
Our team was so unfit and team selection so wrong yesterday it was bordering on unprofessional.
I really hope he is fired a week before the window closes.


1.) 20 Sep 2020 09:37:51

Mike Phelan and the backroom staff aren't good enough. OgS needs a top number 2 with tactical nous.

{Ed047's Note - like ed666 said, bin him off, he’s hopeless, spend the big money on Nagelsmann.

Then watch a man with a plan who genuinely knows what he’s doing. I’d be gutted if you got him as it would be a the biggest statement of intent your club has made since 2013.

2.) 20 Sep 2020 09:48:02
Ken you only have to look at Leeds to see what a world class manager can do and he's done it with average players, I've sat on the fence and tried to give him time but yesterday was just a complete embarrassment.

3.) 20 Sep 2020 10:02:27
Ed, is Nagelsmann available at all? Would he leave the current club at this point, is he open for a move to United, or England in general, since there was talk that he was planned for next Bayern manager?

{Ed047's Note - there is that talk but equally money talks, have United even made attempts and in reality if not why not.

Plenty of players and managers who it’s been indicated are going somewhere to end up somewhere completely different.

If you don’t ask the question you’ll never know the answer.

4.) 20 Sep 2020 10:17:56

Totally agree, but the amateurs are too sentimental.

{Ed047's Note - he’s the Norwegian Unai Emery Red, flatters to deceive with these fortunate unbeaten runs then falls apart when it matters.

Nagelsmann would be an incredible coup. I’d take him at Arsenal in a hear beat.

5.) 20 Sep 2020 10:36:52
You're risking being subject to condescension with that opinion, Ken.

6.) 20 Sep 2020 10:37:13
47 would you sack arteta then.

{Ed047's Note - if it meant getting Nagelsmann, absobloodylutely!

Would I have OGS at Arsenal, not in a trillion years.

7.) 20 Sep 2020 10:43:00
Ed47, so you would sack arteta . Why I'm i not shocked its not fifa 🤦‍♂️.

{Ed047's Note - how is that difficult to understand, if it meant getting Nagelsmann 100% I would.

But you, your happy to stick with OGS and don’t see the need for Nagelsmann I guess 🤷‍♂️

I actually like Arteta and for me he’s way better than OGS, you only have to listen to them talking to see that, let alone anything else.

But good luck with Ole mate. 🤦‍♂️

8.) 20 Sep 2020 10:51:23
ed47 that's nothing to do with ole?
So you would sack arteta, which was the discussion 🤔.

{Ed047's Note - and I gave you the answer, not once but twice, you for reasons best known to you swerved mine. 🤷‍♂️🤣

9.) 20 Sep 2020 11:24:37
He always does that ed047.

{Ed047's Note - I know mate🤦‍♂️ I believe we may be chatting on weds?

10.) 20 Sep 2020 11:27:34
Ed047, not unreasonable at all. If you could have one of the best coaches in football in charge of your team, you'd take it.

Instead we have a club legend that we continue to stick with. Blind loyalty?

{Ed047's Note - it’s crazy angel, there are only two teams in this league that I’d put money on wouldn’t swap their manager for him.

I’d add that both of those teams would love to replace their current managers with him when the time comes.

11.) 20 Sep 2020 11:34:19
Agreed Ed047. Oles been here for two years mate, it's terrible.

But I should note, it's not Oles fault, he has a terrible team in charge of transfers and a shocking coaching staff. The club didn't give him any of tools needed to at least be somewhat successful.

Rinse and repeat this season mate and I really worry that it's going to get even worse.

{Ed047's Note - it’s not good and aside that any can agree that fitness may be an issue first time out that’s doesn’t stop a team having a system and working to it.

Showing commitment and desire and everything else that goes with representing United.

The only thing to really change is the variety of league positions you’ve had since Fergie left, everything else seems just as misjointed.

12.) 20 Sep 2020 11:54:58
Yes ed047. Looking forward to that. should be a laugh.

{Ed047's Note - me too mate and hope so! 🤣

13.) 20 Sep 2020 12:04:35
There are a couple of things that should be the bare requirements for when you are a professional footballer at this high level.

1. To be fit (no excuses if not)
2. To also give 100% (Hunger/ Desire)

I understand first game back, rustiness etc. But we weren't actually fit at all.

It was like that Sunday league game where you get the call on Saturday night from the manager and he asks you if you'd be able to fill in for the match because they are lacking players. You get there and after 20 mins, you are blowing.

It was also clear that there was no coherent system. And if we want to get serious, the very minimum is to have a coach in charge who knows what they are doing.

You should read shappys post today, he covers all of the excuses 😂.

14.) 20 Sep 2020 12:59:10
Unbelievable how you can defend that team and manager, absolutely unreal. Ed047 doesn't even support man utd and he has more passion for the club.

Feck me defending this manager is unreal, he's useless.

15.) 20 Sep 2020 13:08:17
Doesn't matter what manager we get, they'll just get shafted the same way Jose did and Ole is now.

That doesn't mean Ole is great and nothing is his fault. Just that changing manager won't fix it.

Personally, I hope the club sticks with Ole longer, because I think he could become a really good manager if he can learn from some of his mistakes. I like the style of play he seems to want, and the team is so much better to watch than under Jose. Woodward and co need to pull their fingers out and do their job, so Ole can at least have a chance to do his.

16.) 20 Sep 2020 13:23:22
Ed047 is bang on Nagelsmann is who I want to replace Klopp and the majority would take him if he was available. I think you will give OGS the season but if you don’t I could see you going for someone like Simeone which would be the wrong move but apparently your run by amateurs so wouldn’t surprise me. Although by the time OGS is removed from his post Moyes will be available.

17.) 20 Sep 2020 14:07:47
What style of play does he want Thorne? I can't see any.

18.) 20 Sep 2020 16:01:44

Hope you answer Ken, because I am really interested to learn what Ole’s style of play is.

People keep saying oh don’t sack Ole, he might become a good manager. This is Manchester United, it’s Molde where they give chances to failed Cardiff managers. We have to get over the emotional sentimentality of Ole.

The club don’t have the cohones to make the tough decision and that means relative obscurity for years to come.

19.) 20 Sep 2020 21:12:42
Good points Ed, but if i remember correctly, he refused Bayern, because he felt he wasnt ready to take over such a big club. With such way of thinking, why would he accept to move to United, where structure is a mess and he won't be backed properly?

{Ed047's Note - I don’t think money has been an issue mate, you’ve definitely spent money, just not particularly wisely.

Liverpool, City and even now Everton have convinced a top manager to come, they convinced Mourinho, albeit he wasn’t the right choice.

Two of those clubs hadn’t won a title for years either. If there’s a will there’s a way.

20.) 20 Sep 2020 22:20:47
I hope you are right, he is a great manager, but him refusing Bayern, which is way better place then United atm, says something about him. I am not worried about the money at all, its his decision making that worries me - he is going step by step, making smart moves and learning along the way.
If we are going to sack Ole at some point, he needs to be the next choice.



09 Sep 2020 19:58:04
Ed002 i know this window is still open. But i'm wondering about the traditional January window. Has that been moved or shortened art all? Is there confirmed dates?
Im just Curious not that impatient😆.


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}




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20 Sep 2020 17:10:56
I hope we get someone deano. or ill have to cling on to the hope that they are saving the cash for the next manager😂😂 again.




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20 Sep 2020 09:35:10
A bit early for the kudos and celebrations then.




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19 Sep 2020 16:37:27
Have we signed him?




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18 Sep 2020 18:06:52
Delighted for him. Bit of a mad club for hiring and firing so i hope he gets a good run. Effectively replacing dacoure in the squad. Big shoes to fill. He has it in him to do really well.




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17 Sep 2020 15:16:24
Perisic has never played on the right. Played 90% of games in last 6 years on the left.





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27 Sep 2020 14:08:08
A word used all the time in here and its simply not true for anyone i'd imagine.
Criticising a player does not constitute hate. A load of bolloxollogy.




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27 Sep 2020 13:56:01
Reasonable suggestion caolan.




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27 Sep 2020 12:04:37
Obi I've seen no hate for rashford. I've seen people critisise him. But hate?




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26 Sep 2020 21:30:05
Yes for sure.




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26 Sep 2020 15:31:29
Bolger you keep banging on about woodward and signings.
They are not on the pitch. They are not coaching what we have. They are not picking out of form players.
Is ole getting the best out of iur players? I don't think he is.
Do we look like a coherent team attacking?
Do we look like a coherent team defending?
We are submissive and defencive for the most part. Static etc. We finished with 1 attacker on the pitch in a match against Brighton. They hit the woodwork 5 times, dominated the chances. That's not the boards fault that's the coaches fault.