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28 Nov 2019 19:36:33
Hi ed002. If the offer does come in from madrid or juve for pogba do you know which players they will try to involve in part exchange? I know you have said that the club tend to about this type of deal.
Why do you think a move for haaland would not be good at this time?
I know little of him to be honest. He appears to be doing very well in a weak league but also in the cl.
Finally if both matic and pobga leave in jan do you know uf the c lub plan to replace them in jan or wait until the summer?
Thanks for your time.


{Ed002's Note - Juventus will look to offer Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic and cash for Pogba and Chong. Real Madrid will offer a pick from any of their outbound players including Isco (AM), James (AM/RW), Toni Kroos (CM), Gareth Bale (RW/F), Mariano Diaz (S) or Isco (AM).}

1.) 28 Nov 2019 21:39:27
With all due respect. United should just take the money because the players on offer ain't worth it in my humble opinion. Secondly the only way to entice them to come to United is to offer them silly wages. Because right now we can't offer them the prestigious champions league football which they crave.

2.) 28 Nov 2019 20:53:15
See what ya did there Ed 002. Isco is coming to united in January boys and girls 😂😂😂.

3.) 28 Nov 2019 23:39:52
Depends what the money on offer is.

4.) 29 Nov 2019 00:41:29
I'll have 2 Isco's, please!

5.) 29 Nov 2019 09:33:48
3 years ago, I was a huge fan of Kroos. Makes passing look easy.
Set piece specialist on which our tall players like Maguire, Lindelof would thrive.

If he is still close to that level, McTominay and Kroos will be decent duo. McT's industriousness can complement Kroos's technical ability.

6.) 29 Nov 2019 10:18:05
Whilst I get there has been massive inflationary pressures on transfer prices over the last few years, has PP done anything to warrant the huge windfall your expecting .

Poor workrate and attitude sprinkled with a bit of flair (on the pitch and hair salon) and a load of flashy penalties.

Can't help but think the big clubs will look at his time with MUFC and price him accordingly, if you got offered what you paid for him you should bite their hands off just to be shut of him.

7.) 29 Nov 2019 11:22:27
Idontlooklikeklopp, I think your right. We are expecting a fee close to 150m, but what has he done to deserve that fee?

He isn't a young kid with potential, he is peaking as a player and he is peaking well below where most people thought he would.

I think we will be lucky to get 100m for him. There just isn't the interest in him to drive that up.

Its arugable that his stock was higher when we signed him than now.

8.) 29 Nov 2019 11:45:48
Agreed shappy, if Madison (many posters on here's wet dream) is worth the 80 mill you all seem to think, how is PP worth more.

Madison's English, younger, works harder, talented and seems a really good guy (see the articles regarding the poor young lass that died, and his brutal putdown of the sun comic) .

Bet Leicester wouldn't do a swap.

9.) 29 Nov 2019 11:51:41
Per Ed002, some significant investments could be made in January.
Excited that the squad will strenghten, just hope we get the right players in.

10.) 29 Nov 2019 11:54:58
Would take Isco and Bale and 700m tbh. Bales still a good player. Isco in Pogbas position. Then use the 700m to buy another few cms.

11.) 29 Nov 2019 15:36:17
Honestly I don't think I would take any of the mentioned players.

12.) 29 Nov 2019 23:45:43
I'd agree mort, wouldn't really want any of them. But that said, Isco and Kroos in front of mctominay would be an absolutely huge improvement on what we have, and given we have a pretty strong front 3, we'd probably be pretty good like that.

13.) 30 Nov 2019 11:24:40
Most of the players on that list are a big jump In class over what we have here.

14.) 30 Nov 2019 12:54:39
And most of them like isco or kroos wouldn't want to come here. Kroos would struggle in this league, he makes Fred look like billy whizz. The rest either aren't good enough or injury prone.

15.) 30 Nov 2019 23:27:56
Let's be realistic. No top top player from one of the premier European teams who might be challenging for champions league places or titles in their current county are going to want to come to us unless they are on not playing regularly or are on the decline.

16.) 01 Dec 2019 20:09:35
People saying they wouldn’t take any of the players on offer even though they are all better than what we have. Who exactly do you want?

17.) 02 Dec 2019 17:35:27

I would prefer we sign younger up and coming players with an age profile below say 25. I think they will fit better into this squad and can gel into becoming the next great team.

Not sure adding isco or kroos really fits well.



22 Nov 2019 22:25:00
Hi ed002 when you say he will have an option to leave in January do you mean a club will make a bid?


{Ed002's Note - Obviously Ken. I thought it was pretty clear.}

1.) 23 Nov 2019 04:13:54
Hope we have a replacement lined up Ed.
There were strong rumors about SMS towards the end of previous window.

2.) 23 Nov 2019 07:51:13
Guessing you’re talking about Pogba? Sorry, some thread/ ed2 comments maybe missing.



12 Nov 2019 19:51:57
Reports today that chong had turned down a contract and told the club he will be leaving in June.
If true its disappointing. Although he has not shown a great deal So far he has always been touted as a top talent.


1.) 12 Nov 2019 21:38:05
Dont blame him to be honest, if he can't get a kick with the paucity of options we have at right wing at the moment, then he will never get his chance when/ if the area is addressed in the transfer market.

2.) 13 Nov 2019 06:11:30
Yes DSG.
I haven't seen anything extra-ordinary from him.
No electric pace like DJ to play on the wing.
But he has some skills in his locker although that's not enough to make it at top level.

3.) 13 Nov 2019 16:57:47
Ive they to see him do anything to make me take notice. Gomes had some nice touches, Garner can find a pass, Greenwood is scoring, obviously Williams has been a revelation, but Chong has been forgettable every time I’ve seen him. They can’t all make it.

4.) 13 Nov 2019 18:25:43
To be honest I thought he looked better on the left than he has on the right. Which is a problem as we have Rashford, James and even Martial all comfortable from the left. He won't be getting minutes ahead of them.

I think he is a talent, but he needs a loan and to play regularly at a higher level than he has to kick on. He could be a great player, but he is one who needs a loan.

However, I can't see the club sending him out on loan without a new contract signed. They wouldn't agree Dean Henderson's loan until he renewed.

5.) 13 Nov 2019 22:56:31
him and gomes both look like if they played at stokes ground on a windy night they would blow over. they need a loan out in the championship for a season to toughen them up.

6.) 14 Nov 2019 09:49:50
Loll Dazzzz.



30 Oct 2019 22:29:13
Ed002. January is usually a difficult window to try and buy players especially those who are regular starters for their clubs.
Do you think that united will try to buy in Jan? and do you know what positions are seen as priority right now by the club?


{Ed002's Note - January is indeed not the best time to be buying but I expect MU will look to a DM player and then it will depend if anyone leaves. If they can also find a suitable S then that will also be a priority in January.}

1.) 31 Oct 2019 13:28:02
Based on what we've seen I'm expecting Mandzukic and either Eric Dier or Kalvin Phillips.

2.) 31 Oct 2019 15:11:48
I'd still love to see us go for Werner as a forward option. Ed002, do you happen to know whether this defensive midfield player is to replace Matic?


{Ed002's Note - Manchester United would be happy if Nemanja Matic were to leave in January and then they could look to a replacement - would be a significant kick in the gonads for those who have been playing, but MU is not a club that cares for their players any longer. If they over price NM they need not worry about it.

3.) 31 Oct 2019 16:30:49
Ed002 Thanks.
I would agree that a dm is a priority.

4.) 31 Oct 2019 19:17:51
Players don't care about the club and are transient by nature.

But I'd say the club cares about certain players.

5.) 31 Oct 2019 19:47:47
Ed002. If Matic leaves, a new DM would become a necessity. McT and Fred are doing very well but there s no backup for them except for Garner who is still a bit raw.
I don't think it s a case of caring or not for their players.

{Ed002's Note - How many DM players does the club need then?}

6.) 01 Nov 2019 15:22:21
Ed002 considering Ole s preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 which involves a double pivot, we need a backup for those 2 (Mc T and Fred) - Matic being the only current senior backup player. Hence I think we need at least 1 other player who plays in. that position considering we re playing twice a week and also the intensity.

7.) 02 Nov 2019 10:14:08
People have different ideas about what a DM actually is because there are different interpretations of the role to suit different tactics.

We have McTominay and Fred who are more box to box players who work hard defensively rather than holding midfielders who will sit, shield the defence and recycle the ball and try and launch attacks from deep.

Garner may develop into that sort of player, yet he has really flourish this season in the under 23's in a more box to box role which has seen him grab some important goals.

Matic was the kind of player we are lacking in the first team but his legs appear to have gone. He is still good at recycling the ball, but he lacks the ability to cover the defence due to his poor mobility and lack of pace.

So quite simply we are looking to replace Matic who appears to be finished at the top level in the EPL with someone younger and more mobile. Someone who can shield the defence better while also having the ability to hit quick accurate passes to break the lines quickly and launch counter attacks.

Ole keeps saying during interviews that he wants our players to play forward passes quicker.

So someone in that area of the pitch who can hit those passes is what we need.

8.) 05 Nov 2019 12:38:48
More of a deep lying playmaker or to go hipster a regista rather than a ball winning destroyer.



01 Jul 2019 22:01:51
Hi ed002.
I know you don't like providing updates but thought i'd ask if any clubs are showing interest in some of the players that we would like to move on this summer?
Darmian rojo sanchez tfm in particular?
Secondly do you think inter will be able to make an acceptable offer for lukaku and get a deal done?


{Ed002's Note - Darmian could end up at Inter but he is down the list. Rojo is limited in which countries he can move to which means he will be used in horse trading if they can. Nothing has changed with Sanchez.}

1.) 02 Jul 2019 20:01:56
Ed002 thank you.
To be fair you did say they would bee hard to shift.
Did you miss the second question or just choose to ignore it hooing i'd take the hint? 😁.

{Ed002's Note - Inter would like to include players.}

2.) 03 Jul 2019 22:36:32
Cheers. Pity its the wrong players. Probably be three case with pogba do i'd imagine with juve and real Madrid looking to move some players on.




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10 Dec 2019 23:09:26
What do people think of sancho?
A bit like maddison i was not totally sold on him at first but the more i watch him the better i like him.
He is always looking to get involved he goes on search of the ball. And is always trying to do something positive either on the ball or with his movement off it. He played spells on both wings tonight and was excellent on both. With a goal and ' true' assist.
Prices don't matter to me at all anymore. When maguire goes for 80m or dembele for 90m then the market is potty. We will pay over the odds but won't pay more than we can afford.
I do think we need some experienced players but sancho looks a bit special to me. We only have 3 snr attacker's and having sancho as a 4th who plays in a simialar way to our current 3 allows rotation, injury cover, loss of form, suspensions etc. Add an improving greenwood into that and possibly an old hand in the mould of Henrik Larson when he came in that is happy to play a supporting role but be an integral part of the squad for 18 months that you know you can rely on to come on and make an impact. Its tough to find the right sort of character or player that is motivated by that type of role. Is manzukic that man? I've no idea. But getting the right one could be invaluable to our young attackers.
Midfield is the the other area of main concern.
Matic a likely departure in jan and out in the cold anyway.
Pogba. Still wants to leave will be available for selection within 2 weeks.
Ed002 has said we will get an offer of manzukic and cann plus cash for pogba and chong.
Cann is pretty run of the mill for me. A bit of a nearly man. Solid enough, tecnically sound decent experience and would provide suitable rotation and competition with fred and mctom. Leaving room for a 4th and hopefully your 1st choice in the summer.
Saul would be my 1st choice SmS very different type of player. But he would be my second. Both young but great experience both have something classy about them.
A/ M (10)
Jesse andreas and mata the latter 2 for me i don't see any future for them at United.
So who? Maddison / erikson /.


1.) 11 Dec 2019 01:11:49
sancho for england looks prety ordinary. rather stick with james on right he looks like he is special and spend money elsewhere.

2.) 11 Dec 2019 04:34:06
Agree with you Ken.
Jadon Sancho has excellent end product. Always a goal threat and tries to make something happen.
First touch, technique, quick feet, dribbling in tight areas - all fantastic attributes.
Considering he is young, his decision making is also pretty good most of the time. He will be worth the investment imo as he is not even close to his peak.

Saul would be a dream signing. He will instantly elevate our quality in midfield.
Maddison will most probably be priced out by Leicester.
Ed002 stated that we are still interested in Bruno Fernandes. Christian Eriksen is also a possibility. Either of those 2 at no 10 would be a massive improvement on Lingard/ Mata/ Andreas.

3.) 11 Dec 2019 08:46:28
I will stay clear of sancho for now. The hype is more than the actual delivery. He is 19, will a move to utd stagger his growth (Depay comes to mind)? I'd wait till he is 23+ and try to get him, if possible.

4.) 11 Dec 2019 08:54:41
I'd definitely buy a right sided attacker ken, James has done well and its good to see us attack from both sides but one injury to rash or james and we are straight back to fill ins that have got us nowhere for years .
If you have no interest in the money side of it and just want a right sided attacker then why not Sancho it's only when you add the has he done enough for a sky high fee that you may pause .
Manzucic and caan I'd have no interest in personally I get the impression they are players juv happy to get rid of .
I'd like us to concentrate on players ready for the first team and not squad options.

5.) 11 Dec 2019 09:04:11
Sancho on the pitch for Dortmund looks already at an elite level, yet he hasn't as yet been able to transfer that form to playing with England.

We have seen several players look amazing for Dortmund in the past few years only for them to look not as good when they've moved elsewhere. I'm thinking Kagawa, Gotze, Mkhitaryan and Dembele. All similar attacking players. What I've loved about Dortmund in recent years is the teams ability to play beyond the sum of their parts. They have taken decent players, and made them look great, while also developing young players into world class players.

Alcacer, Witsel, Schmelzer, Kehl, Adrian Ramos, Weidenfeller, Subotic and Bender who all fit in the first category of good players who looked great at Dortmund. As does Kagawa and Mkhitaryan.

You then have young players who have developed to world class or very close to, such as Gundogan, Hummels, Lewandowski, Weigl and Reus.

Gotze and Dembele are interesting cases as they clearly had/ have world class talent, but they have struggled when they moved to a bigger club. Maybe they had the talent but not the mentality, although to be fair to both of them they did/ have suffered with injuries while at Bayern/ Barcelona.

The question is would Sancho be third time lucky for us or would we get our fingers burned again with a signing from Dortmund. Apparently Dortmund are happy enough to sell him, and he has shown on a few occasions to have a questionable attitude.

Player attitude is something that should be of vital importance to us when signing players as we have in recent years spent huge amounts of money on players with questionable attitudes, only for them to not work out as we had hoped.

A similar player but much less talked about is Dani Olmo the young Spanish international playing at Dinamo Zagreb. A hybrid winger/ No.10 who has pace along with intelligent passing and movement. Was the player of the tournament at the Under 21 euros last summer, works harder off the ball than Sancho as well from what I've seen. So there are other options out there.

Maddison though for me is the one we really need to go all out for. He is versatile, able to play as an 8, 10 or on the wing. Was the most creative player in the EPL last season as the only player to make more than 100 goal scoring chances for his team mates, works hard off the ball and has that nasty edge about him, which is something our side lacks currently.

I would choose Maddison over Sancho every day of the week.

If we signed Sancho I would feel much the same as I did when we signed Pogba, over the moon that we had signed a potentially world class player, but have a small niggle that he might lack the attitude required to achieve that potential. Only time will tell where Sancho's path takes him.

6.) 11 Dec 2019 10:16:44
You just never know if people will be a success. Look at Abraham, he looked ok last year in the Championship but he’s been tearing up the League this year. Did any of us expect James to be first choice and playing as well as he is.

I’m not sold on Sancho yet, and if we sign him whose place is he taking? Maddison looks good but the numbers being quoted at the moment are ludicrous.

Look at our squad, the most consistent performers right now are Rashford (academy), Scott (academy) and AWB (big money) . Also impressing is James (bargain) . Fred at £50M is just about getting it together after a long time and Maguire has been ok but not the dominant leader I was expecting. Min recent years we have signed so many players who arrived, disappointed, and left.

We bought pretty well last time and if we can add another 3 who can contribute the way the last 3 have then we will take another step up. As I said though, until they get here you just never know.

7.) 11 Dec 2019 11:36:02
What happens with James if we go for Sancho or are we looking to get 4 players of quality to fill the wide attacking roles. My only issue with this if if rotating does any of them get in a groove.
Also James brought cheap with massive upside is surely the model so why stunt it, and I say this as a fan of Sancho.
Spend on the AM/ 10 role if Pogba is gone.

8.) 11 Dec 2019 12:41:33
Brad, its a squad game and currently our biggest weakness is a lack of depth in our squad. We need more than 3 forwards if we are going to succeed at all.

9.) 11 Dec 2019 13:00:36
I would personally steer clear of Sancho for the price quoted, i would look elsewhere for squad depth. Adama Traore wouldn't be a bad option either. Can run, Dribble and Cross, not a bad player IMO.

10.) 11 Dec 2019 13:55:01
I like him Becks. He's starting to get clever and developing an end product.

11.) 11 Dec 2019 18:12:32
Daz and Brad. Do you expect rash and james to play every game. Very few players start more than 40 games a season if you have rash james plus 1 that's 40 starts a year each in a 60 game season.
If you would rather stick with what we have them we won't mount a league challenge as the squad is not strong enough.
Mmm why did city sign silva when they had mahrez sterling and sane?

12.) 11 Dec 2019 19:51:41
greenwood can come in and do a job. for the money being quoted rather fix midfield first and then look for another forward in the summer. see were we end up and then look for players who whant to join us.

13.) 12 Dec 2019 04:15:34
Yes Shappy.
City have 2 top options for every position.

Aguero and Jesus for striker.
Bernardo and Mahrez on right side of attack. Sterling and Sane on left side.

Moreover, these top players can come off the bench and change the game.
It also keeps the squad fresh when the team plays 2 matches in a week - League and Europe.



05 Dec 2019 18:09:43
Great win last night.
So what do we expect to see v city at the weekend.
On the plus side there is no better time to play them.
Their record over last 6 games is as bad as ours.
We are going in high in confidence.
Its a great opportunity to gain some momentum.
Is last night another false dawn?
Can ole get them playing at that level and intensity consistently?
We need back to back perfomances and back to back results.
Once again opportunity knocks for ole,
I hope we put it up to them. They are still devastating on their day but they are fragile just now so we can win.


1.) 05 Dec 2019 20:15:55
We do play better in the big games but form goes out the window in derbies.

2.) 05 Dec 2019 21:47:36
Hi Ken

My guess will be a similar formation to Liverpool home. City like to work the fullbacks, manoeuvre them out of position before slotting a straighter pass than usual putting strikers in on the keeper. So discipline in full back areas is important so five at the back. City play their full backs high, however drop someone like Rodri back in front of the back two. Our pacy forwards are key and breaking down the channels will be dangerous for City. We may split James and Rashford again. We need a player in midfield to follow DeBruyne
Derby games are difficult to predict, see how we feel on the day.

3.) 05 Dec 2019 23:19:44
Wots the thoughts on play Alex as a DM player he is decent on the ball and has good pace?

4.) 06 Dec 2019 05:56:12
Yeah, as Red Man said, anything can happen in a derby.

City's midfield of De Bruybe, Rodri, Bernardo and David Silva is at a different level when compared to ours. So they will clearly dominate possession.

On the other hand, our front 3 can cause a lot of problem for City's fragile back line.
Since City don't have lot of tall players, we must use Maguire, McT and Lindelof to our advantage in set-pieces.



05 Dec 2019 14:34:16
Its clear that ole has stil got the support of the hierarchy and to a very large extent the players.
Given that jan is not a great time to buy players what do people think ole needs to improve the squad immediately and for the longer term.
A couple of shrewd loan deals for a couple of experienced forwards would be great.
Cavani mandzucic bale spring to mind.
If pogba and matic were to leave we would need a couple of midfielders too i can see matic leaving but maybe players in part exchange for any pogba deal in jan.


1.) 05 Dec 2019 14:53:27
Give the captaincy to Mctominy now, but like Henderson for Liverpool not necessarily the best but makes everyone else better.
If either hope Pogba can get his head straight for the rest of the season to play the am/ 10 role or bring someone In.
RM but think this will have to wait for the summer to get who we want.
Torn between an aging striker loan or cheap or hope that Martial/ Greenwood can manage but that may be too much.

2.) 05 Dec 2019 14:55:54
If isco and kroos are ready to come here a swap for pogba would be great, solves our midfield and no 10 problem.

Definitely need a striker, cavani would be a good short term signing, timo Werner would be a good young choice if he can be convinced. I hope we go nowhere near the golfer loan or not and mandzukic I don't think is that much of goal scorer these days.

Midfield and strikers have to be signed if we want to have any hope of playing in CL next season.

3.) 05 Dec 2019 15:14:38
Sounds sensible ken. even without considering matic our mid field is so week. when we played with Andreas and Fred we were outrun in the midfield. mctominay and Fred seem to come good in some matches but we rely too much on them. same as when martial/ rash gets injured we rely too much on the kid Greenwood it's important to address both these area. but the most important thing is to move Pogba asap. we really don't want to drag till next summer end and be a major problem incoming transfer plans.

4.) 05 Dec 2019 15:56:56
First of big shout out to you Ken for predicting last night's win.
What you said makes sense, if only it is possible. I also agree with Rivian, Pogba should be allowed to move on and reinvest his fee. Matic also seems to be on the verge of leaving so those two MUST be replaced, esp considering we have almost done without them this season.
We already have quite a young team, an experienced player on a one year contract of sorts will not be a bad idea.

5.) 05 Dec 2019 16:51:20
Midfield is the obvious area we need strengthening, as well as another centre forward as Martial is injury prone and Greenwood probably isn't ready to carry the burden every week.

However, I don't think we should sign players in January unless they are part of our long term vision. Quick fixes rarely work and we shouldn't sign players for the sake of it.

In midfield it might be difficult to get our long term targets in January and we might have to make do until the summer. Hopefully, TFM could come back and make an impact as a CDM, or one of Levitt or Garner could play a few more minutes in the second half of the season.

Up front though I think potentially a first choice target may be available in Moussa Dembele from Lyon. His off the ball movement, ability to link up play, and his clinical finishing means he would be an upgrade on what we have and would hopefully make us more potent in the final third.

We might be able to bring in a RW in the form of Steven Bergwijn or David Neres from the Netherlands in January. They would be good options for the RW as Sancho doesn't look likely unless we get UCL qualification.

{Ed002's Note - There are no plans to make Moussa Dembele available in January but they are trying to bring another striker in - which means at the right (very high) price something could be done.}

6.) 05 Dec 2019 16:54:45
For me the issue is midfield but I’m going to disagree with most of the posts. We actually need players like James Milner (as an example) . Solid experienced professionals that will bring experience to a very young dressing room without necessarily upsetting the current vibe. I remember when Sanchez arrived and it seemed to set back Martial and Rashford so I’m not sure I want to see particularly big names arriving. We need depth and experience, not just stellar names unless they are happy being part of a squad and not a guaranteed starter.

7.) 05 Dec 2019 16:55:08
matic can sign a pre contract with someone in jan, we should just let him go for free in jan.

sell pogba in jan

buy 1 or 2 centre mids and a striker

but only if they are the first choice players, would rather buy no one than go for 3 and 4th choices.

8.) 05 Dec 2019 16:57:54
Haaland- Striker,
Bruno Fernandes- No 10
Rakitic- Central Midfield

If an offer comes in for Pogba, then swap him for Isco, Bale and Kroos.
RW, no 10 and midfield will be sorted instantly.

9.) 05 Dec 2019 17:09:34
Apart from none of bale, isco ir kroos want to cone here its perfect.

10.) 05 Dec 2019 17:23:00
Ed002, that's the issue though. Hardly anyone will actively look to sell a player in January who is probably worth buying. Mostly the players available are either ones who aren't in a managers plans, or ones who could be labelled as "problem" players.

The only way to bring in top quality players in January is to pay through the nose for them. That said, if a top player who is a long term target can be bought, even at an inflated price then maybe the club should look to do something.

What is important though is to not sign players for the sake of it, or because they suddenly become available and aren't part of future plans of the club.

Personally, I think the January window should only be a loan window.

I know its a very subjective question, but do you see United being able to bring in a player or two in January?

{Ed002's Note - This is the big decision Manchester United have to make - keep throwing money in support of the second rate coach to address the issues he has with CM, DM, CM/AM, W/F needed plus possibly a S - or take a more measured approach and look to working on summer replacements. If the deired players are available then that is a different matter. Pogba wants out - see what is on offer from the suitors - although as I have explained they already know.}

11.) 05 Dec 2019 18:00:31
I agree with most above. Midfield is obviously am issue and the pogba and matic situation leaves us in a dilemma unless its sorted quickly.
Id love to see someone like cavani come in. He is an inspirational sort of character i think the fans would take to and he scores goals and works the line really well. He is 31 and has a good 2 sessions in him. We really only have 3 snr front players so there is plenty of football for 4 given their flexibility.
In midfield we need a player to play along side mctom and a no10 to compete with jessie.
Lots of possibilities taking into account what players may become available as part of any deal for PP.

12.) 05 Dec 2019 19:31:52
Hi Ed

Agree the decision on the coach is huge but if the organisation above the Coach was aligned as per Chelsea surely the transfer strategy should be lead from there?

Are they planning to offer for Haaland btw?

Thanks for you me insights.

{Ed002's Note - There are numerous sides following the kid but there is no point in him moving somewhere for significant money to end up on the bench.

The structure at Chelsea is clear and simple, although they are still trying to add a DoF - but the desired cbhoice doesn't want to commit. Manchester United have a very different structure.}

13.) 05 Dec 2019 21:01:49
Thanks Ed

Would it be fair to the structure in place is somewhat limiting for forward planning and transfer strategy?

Appreciate I’m stating what could be obvious but I don’t see how the club get out of this spiral without change up stairs.

If not Haaland would it be possible to get a list of targets when your time permits.

{Ed002's Note - They will continue as they are. The decision will be whether to continue with this coach beyond the summer with this coach or not.}



04 Dec 2019 11:20:25
Martial is out tonight.
Does ole go with youth and throw greenwood on as a straight swap?
Or does he move rash in from where he is scoring?
Move james back to the left?
Or change formation altogether?

Id go with greenwood as a straight swap. He looks like scoring every time he plays which is more than you can say for martial.
It minimises disruption to the team.
He has earned the chance.


1.) 04 Dec 2019 11:24:58
I think Ole will 3 at the back, with Lingard as number 10 and Rash and James up front.

2.) 04 Dec 2019 11:25:33
Switch to 5-3-2? Extra body in midfield with pacebof rash and james up front wide. Jesse in false nine/ 3rd midfielder role? (Not that he has really earned it)

3.) 04 Dec 2019 12:13:34
I don't see Greenwood starting. Plus you always need a player on the bench who can change things and get you a goal.

I would switch to 4312 or 3412. My preference would be to keep a back four, but with us having so few midfielders I struggle to see how we name three in the middle.

Have Rashford and James up front. Lingard in the No.10 role, he has been poor but his off the ball work against a top side will be needed, and he has a habit of scoring in the important games.

In midfield I would go with Fred and Levitt. However, I don't see Andreas Pereira being dropped. Maybe play all three is the solution, rather than going to a back three.

That would give is a lot of work rate and numbers in midfield, with pace up front. If Tuanzebe is fit enough to play the full 90 then I would start him ahead of Lindelof who will likely be targeted by Jose who knows his weaknesses better than anyone. If we can go into the game with AWB, Tuanzebe, Maguire and Williams then Jose will only really know Tuanzebe, but not as well as he knows Lindelof or Jones for example. Jose is a well prepared manager, we need him to have as little intimate knowledge of our defence as possible. As he will exploit any insider knowledge he has.

4.) 04 Dec 2019 12:15:30
Yes Greenwood has a striker's instinct.
Hope its a straight swap between Martial and Greenwood.

But yet again the midfield is the biggest concern. We just simply lack quality with Andreas, Mata or Fred.

5.) 04 Dec 2019 12:16:09
Could even go 4312 with an extra body in midfield. Spurs tend to play narrow and rely on fullbacks for width. James and rash are ideal to pin back fullbacks. Mctom, Andreas, Fred, with Jesse at 10.

6.) 04 Dec 2019 12:40:01
We will need a strong midfield tonight. If Spurs are on form though they will just be far too strong for us regardless of who we put out. Bearing that in mind I would play four four two with James and Rashford up top in midfield I woukd have Jesse and Garner to provide some attacking threat and have pereira and feed sitting more defensively. Would instruct our fullbacks to try and get forward to provide as much width as poss. Then have Gomez and Greenwood on the bench as attacking options.

7.) 04 Dec 2019 12:41:08
Not sure I would be starting McTominay. We can't afford to rush him back and risk him breaking down again. He was carrying a knock for a few games before the injury. Maybe a role on the bench with 20-30 minutes in the second half to shore us up in the closing stages.

We need Mctominay over the Christmas period, better for him to miss one game now then 3-4 over a two week period over Christmas.

8.) 04 Dec 2019 12:45:31
I believe McT is still injured.

9.) 04 Dec 2019 12:56:12
I think he’ll go with 3 cb’s with Fred, Perreira and Lingard / Mata in midfield and Rashford and James up top. They could cause problems for Spurs’s cb’s.



02 Dec 2019 18:24:33
Its a great game on Wed to gain some real momentum by stuffing Jose leave us buzzing for a game v city who are in a bit of a slump too recently with 1 win in 5.

Mind you i can also see us losing both.
Where would that leave ole? Bottom 6 and in a massive downward spiral.
Wed night will be a great atmosphere and we need to take advantage. Send spurs back with their tail beteeen their legs.
Lots riding on these next 2 games.


1.) 02 Dec 2019 23:04:29
With the current midfield options we have that's going to be a very tall task but anything can happen in football.

2.) 02 Dec 2019 23:52:33
Spuds will stuff us. It's not going to be pretty.

3.) 03 Dec 2019 04:30:55
McTominay and Pogba coming back will be a huge boost.

With Fred and Perriera, there is serious lack of energy, steel and creativity.

Ole will be under huge pressure if we suffer back to back defeats against Spurs and City.

4.) 03 Dec 2019 10:05:14
No Pogba. McTomm and Matic 50/ 50. I would take another Rafael/ Park midfield at the moment over that rubbish on Sunday we saw.

5.) 03 Dec 2019 11:18:13
Interesting you think that Salford as nobody has 'stuffed us' all season and our results against the top teams have been pretty decent.




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10 Dec 2019 22:03:51
Red whiskey😂😂 quality.




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09 Dec 2019 23:30:13
Ed002 as i was reading down the OP
i was wondering)
1 if you would reply
2 how short the reply would be
3 would i laugh
2 outta 3 ain't bad.
On a serious note i think you have said there will be a bid from juve with players plus fee.
Do you think madrid will also bid in jan.
And do you know if united hold an interest in any of the players that may possibly be offered by either club?


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04 Dec 2019 16:20:24
Jesus 047 your going to knock the stuffing out of any positive 😂😂 i tend to agree people used to tell me him and shaw were going to be world class.


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04 Dec 2019 11:26:30
There is no way i think we will be relegated but loose tonight wee are within 4 points of drop zone so and dropping fast so while its hardly a dog fight we are showing relegation form over our last 25 games or so.
Results need to imorove.
Tonight would be a great time to start.




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03 Dec 2019 13:05:26
Spot on csm. shappy you need to read a history book mate.





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13 Dec 2019 07:43:51
Couldn't agree more singh. A snr experienced cf coming in would be s good thing for 18 months or so.




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12 Dec 2019 22:59:36
Caolan he is the only natural cf in our squad. His movement around the box is excellent.
He needs time to develop. Once he fills out and if he develops his back to goal game he can become a really really good cf. 2 feet and a natural settlers instinct.




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11 Dec 2019 18:12:32
Daz and Brad. Do you expect rash and james to play every game. Very few players start more than 40 games a season if you have rash james plus 1 that's 40 starts a year each in a 60 game season.
If you would rather stick with what we have them we won't mount a league challenge as the squad is not strong enough.
Mmm why did city sign silva when they had mahrez sterling and sane?




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11 Dec 2019 18:06:45
Csm. The results in the 2 games since would suggest you are talking bolloxology.
He was there and he did call 1 player out for his demeanour on the day . He didn't name said player. as confirmed by keane's radio interview on Monday.
He is the ideal man for a one off pep talk.
Not the ideal man to have their all the time as his tolerance levels will never allow him to become a top manager again proved by his various stints and subsequent fallouts.
Vidic and fletch have been in before too to give their input in oct.
I mate of mine roomed with brian mcClair a month ago at a legends function. He said he wanted united to go for poch but that the club have no appetite for changing from ole at this time.