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26 Apr 2021 13:54:37
Hi ed002.
You said a couple of weeks ago that United were not one of the clubs trying to complete transfers early. ( or words to that effect)
Do you know if that's changed and if they have started to engage with their priority targets agents or clubs?
Likewise for any players moving on have they started the process with any of those yet?
Have you any dates for your latest sharkopds for the United and other epl clubs yet.
Ta. Have a good day.


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure much has changed. I know there has been a discussion with one agent over a player leaving and a third-party is dealing with two other departures on behalf of the club. I am not aware of Manchester United pushing for any signings at this time, but they know what needs to be done in terms of positions and will be trying to clarify targets. THere will be a Sharkopod for Manchester United when time allows.}

1.) 26 Apr 2021 14:56:34
I love a sharkopod. Will Sparky be helping you out with it Ed?

{Ed002's Note - He is picking the music.}

2.) 26 Apr 2021 15:05:32
Exciting stuff! Thanks Ed002!

3.) 26 Apr 2021 15:07:04
Ed002, are you able to share with us who the 3 players are in discussion around leaving the club?

{Ed002's Note - There is no benefit to it.}

4.) 26 Apr 2021 16:31:36
Thanks 002.

5.) 27 Apr 2021 10:25:13
Ed, have our transfer targets been influenced at all by the new appointments made by the club?

{Ed002's Note - They are simply internal appointment.}

6.) 27 Apr 2021 10:43:32
Another disasterous summer awaits, there will be plenty of stories and names linked but we will end up with minimal investment and probably 4/ 5 choice players.

7.) 27 Apr 2021 12:21:06
Seeing all the talk of a Sharkopod, has led me to think - who decided on that brilliant name?

{Ed002's Note - Sparky.}

8.) 28 Apr 2021 02:01:20
Sparky has ruff! Taste in music 🐶.



31 Dec 2020 18:10:55
Ed002 thanks for the review below.
Just when you mention Saul you said 'not January' is he a realistic summer target ed?
Thanks and happy new year .


{Ed002's Note - Not right now he is not a summer target. Manchester United would be interested if they had cleared out midfield and if he were available.}

1.) 01 Jan 2021 19:44:00
Happy new year to everyone.

What does “cleared out the midfield” mean?
Pogba and Lingard sold for cash?
Anyone else?

Thank you very much Ed002.

2.) 01 Jan 2021 22:28:09
Guessing offloading Pogba is the key one here and then finding a role for VDB. Lingard surely not even in the equation.



01 Dec 2020 08:53:21
Good morning ed002.
Do you expect Manchester United to try and get any new players in during the Jan window.? Who if anybody are the club targeting?
Secondly do you think we will be able to sell on any players? Is there any interest in any of our players from elswhere?
Thanks for your time.


{Ed002's Note - I don't see a concerted effort to do anything specific in January right now and my expectation is that clubs will not be looking to do too much in January as it is very difficult to plan for. Ighalo is out of contract in January and the club need to make decisions about those out of contract in the summer. The club will look toward players for the summer and already many clubs are talking to each other and agents about what will happen next summer. The club will look to add a third choice GK, perhaps internally, a CB, DM, and perhaps a LM. Much depends on sorting out the midfield problems.}

1.) 01 Dec 2020 12:11:29
Thought as much ed thank you.
Jan never the best time and with the unpredictability around finances its even worse this year.
I think shifting a few out will take priority this winter.
I hope that we can do that. Rojo and mata are both out of contract in the summer i'm not sure who else is.

{Ed002's Note - My notes say:
Sergio Romero (G) out of contract
Lee Grant (G) out of contract
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB) out of contract
Marcos Rojo (LB/CB) out of contract
Jesse Lingard (AM) out of contract
Edinson Cavani (S) out of contract
Odion Ighalo (S) out of contract in January}

2.) 01 Dec 2020 13:26:29
Amateurs may still offer or trigger options players have to their contracts.

3.) 01 Dec 2020 14:09:33
i think cavani will likely get a new deal

the rest can leave for me.

4.) 01 Dec 2020 15:03:45
Cavani might be useful to keep for another year, he does have a one year extension option.

All the others should be allowed to leave. None are anywhere near the first 11, they are taking up a lot of wages and even if given a new deal we wouldn't be able to get much for them. Best cutting ties and allowing them to move on.

5.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:07
I'd keep Cavani as he is useful. The others can go as it will free up spaces in the squad aswell as wages. After all, C.V. effects will last some time. We need a new shirt sponsorship soon, it will more than likely be less than what we got last time.

6.) 01 Dec 2020 15:46:19
All of those players out of contract should be let go only one I'd consider keeping is cavani but that will be based off how he does this season. also ed wouldn't Mata be on the list?

7.) 01 Dec 2020 15:27:16
Hasn't TFM signed a new contract?

{Ed002's Note - He may well have done - I didn't check

8.) 01 Dec 2020 15:56:50
I hope Woodward doesn't do the "need to protect the value" thing.

9.) 02 Dec 2020 03:41:32
So we are not after a rw now such as Sancho which is good news as I think buying him doesn't make sense afyer buying Diallo and Pelistri.

10.) 02 Dec 2020 09:31:02
At least Phil Jones is'nt out of contract, thank God.

11.) 02 Dec 2020 11:34:53
Many thanks as always, Ed002.

I wouldn't object to any of the out of contract players leaving, with the exception of Cavani who should be renewed for a further year.

Interesting that you mentioned the club may look at left midfielder, I can't understand that when we have Rashford and Martial for that role. Are you able to shed any light onto this please? If you have chance before Christmas a broader transfer target update would be much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Rashford and Martial are forwards not midfield players. Don't expect much if anything in January.}

12.) 07 Dec 2020 22:04:11
We absolutely have to keep Mata and not just for what he can still provide on the park as a fringe player. He embodies everything about being a Red. He loves his craft, he is passionate and gives 100% every time he steps on the pitch. More like him across the park and we would be flying. Sure he is older but purely as an example to the youngsters he has to stay and eventually become an ambassador. The rest can leave including the circus that is Pogba.



22 Nov 2020 12:20:18
Hi ed 002
There are several reports recently that Manchester United are showing interest in Evertons DOF Marcel Brands.
Do you know if there is any truth in this? His contract with Everton expires at the end of the season.
In your opinion would he be a good candidate and do you think he would get the structure he would like?


{Ed002's Note - Brands has a contract ending next year and much will depend how he feels after now being allowed greater control over at least the first team this season. He would be a great DoF but needs way more than Manchetser United would ever offer as he would want to instill the same approach and discipline throughout the club easing the process of bringing players through. It seems unlikely it would be viable.}

1.) 22 Nov 2020 13:19:22
Thanks ed002. Appreciate the switch response.



16 Oct 2020 17:33:38
As predicted the club have apparently triggered the 1 year extension on pogbas contract well before jan to prevent him leaving on a free next summer.
I wonder will this move trigger new contract talks or not.
Im not sure too many clubs want to pay a big fee but if he runs his contract down there would be no shortage of offers to consider i'm sure.
Let's hope ole finds a way to get him playing well.


1.) 16 Oct 2020 18:24:19
Who will be at United longer, Ole or Pogba?

2.) 16 Oct 2020 21:30:58
Just want to stop him leaving free i guess but tbh I'd pay for his taxi to wherever he feels like.

3.) 16 Oct 2020 18:59:49
Very good question Grim!

4.) 17 Oct 2020 10:03:35
Both need to go, edd too n we can maybe salvage our season.

5.) 17 Oct 2020 10:06:44
Worst kept secret in Manchester. His hearts been in Madrid for years. There ain’t a hope in hell that he’ll sign a new contract with us, it’s all been engineered by his agent to get him over there. He’d have been over there last year if Madrid had the money, but what they’ve probably said is hang on until you have a year left and we’ll sign you then when United are forced to take a smaller fee.

I hate the Spanish mob and their little games, you watch when he’s got a year left with us, they’ll wheel out Benzema in front of the cameras to spout about how great a player Pog is and he’ll always be welcome at the Bernabaeu. Plus, it’s no coincidence we’ve signed DVB, he’s obviously been identified as Pog’s replacement, it’s just that we had to sign him now at a decent price to prevent the fee been inflated when we inevitably flog Pog!

6.) 17 Oct 2020 14:07:48
If he’s smart he’ll sign a new deal with an agreed release clause and be gone in January. He’s 27 now and will be 29 by the time his contract’s up. He’ll get a nice signing on fee if he runs the contract down but will struggle to find anybody willing to give him a long contract - especially if his form hasn’t improved massively. Getting a big 5 year deal in January would make a lot more sense than wasting his best years at a club that he doesn’t want to be at and then getting a 2-3 year deal in 2 years time.

7.) 18 Oct 2020 10:45:41
Sad it didn’t work out with Pogba - but stop flogging a dead horse. He doesn’t want to be here anymore and that’s fair enough. You can’t keep someone against their will it’s crazy.

Encourage some decent bids, get him out in Jan and build the team around Bruno and VDB who looks a class act in the glimpses we have seen so far.

8.) 18 Oct 2020 12:48:37
why not be proactive for once and offer Pogba to Real in exchange for Rafael Varane in January or next summer. Both at the same age and the same contract length, should be a decent offer from our side.

We could cut some 30 million quid from our annual budget (13 million wages plus at least 19 million amortization from the fee paid to Juventus, not even accounting for agent fees etc. as I don't know whether they are deducted over the contracting period or as a one off) and thus make room for new signings.

9.) 19 Oct 2020 15:06:16
Why on earth would selling Pogba mean manchester united would gain money from Juventus. it would only change the timing within the accounts nothing else.

10.) 19 Oct 2020 20:45:17
I know what i would do with Pogba, tie his 2 feet into 1 boot around the back of his head and kick his ass to Spain for free! :D Fukn Mercenary!

11.) 19 Oct 2020 21:13:08
Pogba hurts his career. He should ask a transfer request to force a move away. No point hold a player who doesn't want to be here, again no point for him staying in a place doesn't want to. Its a lose-lose so i can't understand why they don't sit down to find a solution.




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10 May 2021 15:51:49
hi ed002.
Have you any insights as to which players may leave the club over the summer?
I think grant and mata are out of contract.
Pereira dalot Jones matic James tuanzebe martial pogba dvdb lingard all either are not playing very much at all or are coming into their final year so must have doubts?
I know your probably sick of answering questions on pogba.
What decision do you think he will come to in the summer. Its only 1 of 3. Renew, play out his final year without signing a new contract. Or leave this summer?


{Ed002's Note - I have answered this before and not much will have changed Ken.}

1.) 10 May 2021 18:17:03
Ken, didn't you see one of the posts last week that said Pog's hasn't given notice at his kids nursery, so I fully expected him to sign up for another 6 years, when he will overtake Cantona as the greatest ever Frenchman to wear the famous red jersey.

2.) 10 May 2021 18:55:14
Grim he would never take over Cantona unless he won the champions league and league for those 6 years and he was outstanding in nearly every game so ain’t going to happen. He won’t even take over Evra.

3.) 10 May 2021 19:01:45
Forgot that grim. 🤣
The reason I asked is that he's been playing as a wide forward recently so imo if he is staying and is going to play there it sort of negates the need for another wide forward.
We can't fit him and rash in the same team and maintain balance as rash is awful on the right.
It also means we need a midfielder that can pass the ball properly as he is the only one that can do that from midfield. Matic fred and mctom have all the vision of a blindfolded stevie wonder.

4.) 11 May 2021 13:25:58
I don't worry about formation Ken, that is what Ole gets paid to do. My job is to buy all the merchandise, cheer when we win and moan when we lose.



10 May 2021 15:42:36
Reports cavani set to sign his new 1 year contract. really good news if its true. As I think it negates the need to chase a striker this summer. I'd be more than happy to go into the season with cavani or greenwood fighting for the cf spot. Rasford as 3rd choice phil Jones for 4th choice and if we are stuck martial as 5th option.


1.) 10 May 2021 18:23:14
Cavani showing exactly what we have been missing up front. Martial will probably need to move on to continue his career, but who will pay his wages.



07 May 2021 16:43:18
Fixture pile up gives opportunities to see a few players for the 1st time and maybe a few for the last time.
I'm stating it here and now that ole gets a pass from me for all team selections for the next 3 games. The only caveat to that is there is no excuse to overplay anybody or play anybody not 100% fit.
He has been dealt an impossible hand so we are likely to see a few odd looking teams. Best of luck to them all its a very tough schedule.


1.) 08 May 2021 08:04:49
I expect to see more of Donny, Telles, Amad, Brandon and Tuanzebe.

2.) 08 May 2021 08:42:44
I wouldn’t like to see Tuanzebe. Very nervous whenever he plays. Hasn’t seemed to kick on from his loan at villa. Think we’ll see him leave in the summer.

3.) 08 May 2021 09:59:59

Agreed Ole needs to be sensible and not overplay people. However, I want to beat Liverpool, because it’s Liverpool and to make it harder for their top four aspirations. It is another opportunity to give some young players time on the pitch, like Diallo and if fit the Megbri type of players as well. Focus needs to be ensure top four and win the cup.

One point about resting players though, that does not always work to keep them fresh for finals, they need to keep their edge.

4.) 08 May 2021 12:28:31
Tuanzebe was brilliant against PSG.

But a lakcknof game time has affected his confidence. You can respect a player to come in after not playing for months and do well.

A lack of squad rotation hasn't helped.

5.) 08 May 2021 14:58:51
I agree Red Man, but if he rests players against Leicester, the rest will still be playing every 4 days. It’s madness.



04 May 2021 20:48:00
Rip Alan mcloughlin a former academy graduate and the man that died the goal that got Ireland to their first major tournament finals under Jack Charlton. 54 is no age. Thanks for that night in particular Alan.


1.) 04 May 2021 21:04:48
Scored# the goal.



04 May 2021 16:25:30
I'm sure Chris smalling will be delighted to see jose.
Q fellini to Roma I don't suppose he will want Jones 🤣.


1.) 04 May 2021 17:58:20
Mkhytarian must be happy as well :)

2.) 04 May 2021 18:21:44
forgot about him🤣.

3.) 04 May 2021 21:13:42
Ken I try to forget about him🤣.

4.) 04 May 2021 22:40:17
Smalling or miki.




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11 May 2021 07:24:13
Can we throw in Jones?


{Ed014's Note - absolutely not mate, he wants to finish his career at United and wants that statue in the sickbay after he finally goes.



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10 May 2021 19:07:54
Mate how did you land out gary Birtles? 🙈🙈🙈.




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07 May 2021 01:11:10
Yes scooby an all round good bloke.
Its a real conundrum some players face he has been a bit part player for 4 years. He has won a lot but I'm sure he could have played a lot more elsewhere but would have to turn his back on millions. We see it often in many clubs. Jones or rojo and jesse are good examples at united. Now jesse has seen that there is joy to be found elsewhere he has done so well he might earn more elsewhere. Its a tough decision to leave united voluntary.
Some players are happy to be great squad players also I suppose Juan is one of them. I'd like to see him have a last hurrah at a club of his choice.




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30 Apr 2021 13:21:21
I hope so grim.




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30 Apr 2021 13:18:58
Classic put a smile on my face this thread.





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11 May 2021 18:53:39
jjred he is not an epl player. He would do well in Spain france or Germany imo I wouldn't have him in a pub team there are not that many united players that I would want to give a slap but he is one. i'd love to see him sold not fussy to who. anybody at all really.




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11 May 2021 18:50:16
Most header won by any defender in the league. More interceptions than any defender in the league. He has had a good season. Played beside jelly lindelof.




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11 May 2021 18:13:07
Get rid.




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11 May 2021 09:29:06
Eze is not a rw nor central and maximin is predominantly lw and a bit of a flake.
Sancho is imo streets ahead of both. I'm not saying he is the only option but he is a far better rw option than 2 players that don't play there only my opinion of course.
There are other alternatives to sanch but he is the guy ole wants by all accounts.




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11 May 2021 11:18:10
I'm with you Simo.