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05 Apr 2021 17:03:32
As Garner has progressed well with forest this season i was wondering if there is any interest in him going out on loan for next season or a plan in place going forward? Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - James Garner (DM) It has been made clear to Manchester United that the player now wants to be in consideration for first team football and there is an acceptance that even with Matic coming to the end of his career they will look to throwing money at a replacement rather than giving him the chance to prove himself. This has opened the door to Nottingham Forest to consider him as an option - but they will know that interest from lowere end PL clubs like Brighton will be joined by those looking to achieve promotion and build a side that can challenge in the Premier League - this will include the likes of Reading and Norwich.}

1.) 05 Apr 2021 17:55:31
Any names United have in mind for the Matic replacement this summer? I know you have said Laimer before.

{Ed002's Note - THey are likely not looking to replace him this summer - they gave him a nice new long contract last summer.}

2.) 05 Apr 2021 18:14:13
Oh I see. Cheers! Suppose only if Pogba leaves will we do anything this summer.

3.) 05 Apr 2021 19:38:48
Garner looks a really tidy player.

2 year loan to Brighton as a sweetner for Bissouma?

4.) 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.}

5.) 05 Apr 2021 20:01:49

Does anything actually surprise you anymore as far as the club are concerned?

It feels like a ship that is slowly sinking.

{Ed002's Note - Not really.}

6.) 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.}

7.) 05 Apr 2021 23:21:29
Thanks for the reply 002.
Seems a shame to not even give him the oportunity to prove himself as he looks like he could make a good player. Atleast were not going to waste his early career and let him move though.
One we could possibly regret!

{Ed002's Note - It is a problem many clubs have - many youngsters look to move on through the lack of opportunity.}

8.) 06 Apr 2021 07:38:17
It's a sad state of affairs. More of McFred in midfield rather than an academy graduate who knows how to pass a ball.

9.) 06 Apr 2021 08:12:52
Wow - what an insight.
Ed002, what are the priority positions for the club this Summer?

Hope everyone remains safe and well.

{Ed002's Note - It is as I have explained before. Before next season starts: G (second or third choice - perhaps both depending on who leaves), RB (back up to AW-B), CB, S - it will be determined whether to push for a RW.}

10.) 06 Apr 2021 09:53:17
I really like Garner and think he has a big future ahead of him. I think he has the ability to be a long term option for us in midfield.

However, he has had a very good dozen games in the lower reaches of the Championship. Personally I think he needs to play every week next season to continue developing, and I don't think he would do that if he stays with us. Therefore another loan next season seems the best option.

Then he could come back at the start of the 2022/ 23 season to replace Matic ready to fight for his place.

11.) 06 Apr 2021 11:14:30
personally think a striker is becoming more urgent than before- cavani although a former worldie, get rid: may only be the media but his fathers alleged comments, and the fact that he has been fit to play but stated he wasnt is a poor show imo.
Add to the mix that martial is martial we are extremely lightweight up front. Haarland would be a fortune, unproven in the epl and 100+m could be a costly mistake if one mistimed tackle or injury away from leaving us in the same predicament with best part of the transfer budget gone.

12.) 06 Apr 2021 18:42:43
Agree on Garner. He’s had a handful of good games. Needs another loan in the Premier League next season. If he impresses then he replaced Matic season after next.

13.) 07 Apr 2021 07:48:32
Thanks so much Ed002.



15 Nov 2020 00:32:29
Any update on Dean Hendersons future? I think 002 mentioned something a while back about another loan and a possible exit.


{Ed002's Note - He signed a new contract and much will depend on what happens next summer with David De Gea and there might well be an offer from a Premier League side to think about. It is early days yet.}

1.) 15 Nov 2020 15:23:47
Thanks for that ed. be a shame to see him leave as he is showing all the right signs so far. Is there interest in de gea or is it still early days too?

{Ed002's Note - No, there is no interest in him.}



04 Feb 2020 23:22:19
Any chance of a list of the players activly looking to leave at some point?


{Ed002's Note - This is the same as I have previously provided. The likes of Young (managed to get out); Smalling (move blocked by MU); Marcos Rojo (although not wanted and Fiorentina were very interested, MU blocked the move and he ended up on loan at Estudiantes; Angel Gomes wants out; Paul Pogba wants out and wants to get his career on track again with interest for this summer - else he will run his contract down; Tahith Chong desparately wants out and talking to another side; Jesse Lingard knows that Manchester United see him as potentially being surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and that the current coach is not keen on him - so, not unreasonably. there is an ad hoc agreement with Mino that allows him to look for other options for the player. Right now I am aware there have been approaches to several sides and that a couple might be open to making a formal approach, but there remains a concern that as an English player there is a high risk if he were to move to mainland Europe - so the interest could easily wane. Interest in England I am told is thin on the ground although at least two sides have been approached. I suspect the summer and decisions yet to be agreed at the club will define whether he stays or goes.}

1.) 05 Feb 2020 10:05:44
Aside from embarrassing decisions made by non-football professional businessmen, no great loss here.

Chong been given chances and not taken them - looks too light weight for PL

Gomes - must be a reason he hasn’t had more game time. Other youngsters have taken their chances

Rojo - too rash and never United quality

Smalling - decent back up, can understand why he wanted to move

Pogba- please please go, you don’t want to be at United. Please go and start your career elsewhere.

Lingard - maybe needs a fresh start elsewhere, maybe too much going on off football pitch.

2.) 05 Feb 2020 11:07:17
Gomez and Chong are dissaponted but that is based on promise not actions. On the whole I have no problem with any of that list leaving.
Creates financial room and space in the 25 to bring in new blood or move up some under 23s.
To be honest it is one of her positives Olly shoukd be praised for his strength to move players on, despite the club wanting to hold on certain circumstances.

{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated to OGS.}

3.) 05 Feb 2020 10:44:29
Won't be dissapointed with the above players leaving. The player that really should be shown the door is Phil Jones.

4.) 05 Feb 2020 18:01:08
ED02 thank you for the information. Just one thing - who s actually taking decisions? If I m not wrong some time ago you said that Woodward does not make footballing decisions. Earlier on today, when commenting about players being shipped out, you remarked that Ole is not involved in this.
So who s making these decisions?

{Ed002's Note - The club has a number of people who are responsible. Most of the supporters are not bright enough to realise that an accountant (mr Edwards) is not deciding which players to buy and sell.}

5.) 05 Feb 2020 20:18:14
Will be a shame to see Lingard go, a combination of off field issues and a coach who doesn't believe in him has probably finished his United career. Will hopefully get back on track where ever he ends up.

6.) 05 Feb 2020 22:46:11
But he is a part of the team who negotiate for players?

{Ed002's Note - Who? What do you mean?}

7.) 06 Feb 2020 10:42:26
Grim, he needs to take some personal responsibility for his own performance as well. Too easy to blame everything and everyone else, rather than the player himself.

8.) 13 Feb 2020 12:29:41
There are many factors involved probably. Every player is different, it's up to the manager how to identify how to get the best out of them.




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02 Jul 2020 22:31:41
Any remaing interest in alderweireld from spurs? Could be a good squad option if we can shift the likes of rojo smalling etc.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 08:09:53
A few years ago mufc3 maybe, i think our defence is good. we started off a little shakey but we are on a great run.

i do think we need another CB if rojo smallling and jones are sold.

but hopefully tunz and bailly stay injury free next season.

2.) 03 Jul 2020 08:49:29
I do hope not.



22 Jan 2020 11:23:04
Just a quick question for ed regarding Dean Henderson. Does there seem to be any plan in place to keep him and give him a chance at man utd? In my opinion he has done amazing these last 2 seasons and for me will become a top class keeper. Cheers.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans - certainly unless DDG leaves he won't be getting a chance at MU.}

1.) 22 Jan 2020 12:10:20
Hopefully we can improve the lads contract to keep him around and send him back on loan to Sheffield United. I'd like to see the club slowly transition him into our first team keeper.

De Gea is amazing but is reaching the end of his career, will he want to remain at the club for his whole career? If a club like PSG or Real came in for him I'd seriously listen to their offers because in Henderson we have a young, English keeper who is showing he has what it takes to be one of the best in the league.

2.) 22 Jan 2020 13:20:11
If someone came in for DDG I'd let him go, not because I don't rate him. I still think he is a top keeper, but I do wonder for how much longer he will be at that level.

For me Dean Henderson looks like the future of our goalkeeping position, DDG is the present, for how much longer who knows. I do wonder what would happen if both Henderson and DDG were to compete on an even keel, who would come out on top.

3.) 22 Jan 2020 13:24:21
De Gea is 29, for a keeper he should have another 5-6 years at the top level. Hardly the end of his career.

4.) 22 Jan 2020 12:56:03
DDG doesn’t command the six yard area let alone the 18 yd box. Great shot stopper particularly with his legs but I said last summer I would have sold him and given Henderson a chance. The money can be spent elsewhere.

5.) 22 Jan 2020 12:58:17
Why keep a player so we can use him fuether down the line. I would rather him move to a top club so he can make a name for himself.

6.) 22 Jan 2020 13:06:59
I think the club should really look to try and offload De Gea in the summer, his main attribute was shot stopping and that's rapidly going, he can’t command his area, he's weak and his distribution is awful. Time to offload and that’s assuming there are any takers.

7.) 22 Jan 2020 13:15:21
maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but would like to see him in the first team in the summer. Agree regarding his developement though.

8.) 22 Jan 2020 13:36:06
I got lashed for suggesting this in the summer.
We now have the best paid lb in the league who shouldn't be in any team
We have the best paid Keller in the world who some would be happy to move on
We have the best paid cf in the league who only truss trys on occasion and wouldn't get into most other top teams
We have the best paid cm in the league who only trys when he wants to.
Shifting these players on when they have the contracts they do will not be easy at all.

9.) 22 Jan 2020 14:50:49
I'd sell Henderson in the summer with a potential buy back clause if possible? Keep Romero as number 2 if he still wants to stay but he does have the ability to be a good number 1 somewhere else.

Henderson is in my opinion the best English keeper at the moment and should fetch a reasonable amount which could be reinvested on players we actually have a need for in the short term.

10.) 22 Jan 2020 15:00:36
Danny, in theory your right, as a keeper he should have another 5-6 years at the top.

Yet, which attributes of DDG's would you say are world class? Shot stopping? Absolutely. Commanding his area? Organising his defence? Distribution? Collecting high balls?

I think its fair to say DDG isn't world class in any of these areas. In fact would you even put him in the top ten in the world for any of those areas?

Shot stopping heavily relies on reflexes, which is the first thing a player loses as they age.

Iker Casillias was a similar keeper, was he world class still at 31? Nope. He had a dramatic fall from grace as when his shot stopping ability dropped he was a very average keeper. I fear the same might happen with DDG unless he is working very hard on developing the other areas of his game. Which if he had you would expect to have seen some improvement in them by now.

Unless DDG leaves in the next year or so I can see us stuck with a highly paid No.2 keeper in a few years time.

11.) 22 Jan 2020 15:19:11
so you’re more concerned about ddg’s play (one of our only top class players) and his merits for remaining at the club but our useless and clueless manager should maintain his position and continue to fail and make us into a laughing stock - have I got that right shaps? God help us.

12.) 22 Jan 2020 15:45:54
tombomb, In the short term I think we should stick with Ole yes. I don't see an advantage to sacking him without a clear plan/ vision moving forward otherwise we will keep making the same mistakes.

DDG is still a top class player, but one who might not remain top class for that much longer. IF a good deal was to arrive for him this summer be that from PSG, Real Madrid or whoever than yes I think the club should seriously consider accepting it.

Dean Henderson is an excellent young keeper and is already better at commanding his area, collecting high balls and organising his defence. So In the next two season I would expect Henderson and DDG to make a similar number of vital saves and silly mistakes. However, Henderson is clearly on an upward trajectory, whereas DDG will soon start to be on a downward trajectory if he isn't already. So yes moving him on for a large fee and replacing him with an improving keeper not far from his level seems like a sensible idea to be honest.

13.) 22 Jan 2020 16:25:34
Also good for regulations- homegrown, British etc.

14.) 22 Jan 2020 17:41:57
Wilder has already said that they are talking about keeping him another season. let's see how he does in the Prem for another season and then go from there. Hopefully, he pushes on and has another good season. I'd rather he got a couple of seasons under his belt before we play him behind Phil Jones.




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05 Apr 2021 23:21:29
Thanks for the reply 002.
Seems a shame to not even give him the oportunity to prove himself as he looks like he could make a good player. Atleast were not going to waste his early career and let him move though.
One we could possibly regret!


{Ed002's Note - It is a problem many clubs have - many youngsters look to move on through the lack of opportunity.}



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15 Nov 2020 15:23:47
Thanks for that ed. be a shame to see him leave as he is showing all the right signs so far. Is there interest in de gea or is it still early days too?


{Ed002's Note - No, there is no interest in him.}



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19 May 2020 23:39:02
Do you see uniteds approach changing regarding allowing pogba to leave? And/ or communicating with his agent?


{Ed002's Note - If the club wish to move ahead it must.}



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16 Mar 2020 06:43:47
There is only two fair ways to go from here in my opinion, neither is ideal but health is most important.
1. Cancel the season and start fresh next year meaning no promotion or relagation, no cup or league champs across the board.

2. Find a way to finish all leagues and cups wether with fans or behind closed doors.




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19 Dec 2018 23:32:53
Do you mean with smalling getting a new deal the club don't see us needing a new cb? Or am i reading it wrong?





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09 Jun 2020 23:50:37
Has ole got full backing off the club?


{Ed002's Note - I doubt it.}



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22 Apr 2020 00:17:23
Any updates on united going for sancho and/ or bellingham ed?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing happened overnight.}



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01 Jan 2020 23:31:37
Surely if they don't back him they are just waiting for him to fail and sack him. Not a great way to run a business again.


{Ed002's Note - No, they don’t want him to fail.}



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01 Jan 2020 23:12:18
Ed if i may ask, youve mentioned a couple of times recently that a big decision will be made in the summer. Would you mind explaining further about the decision?


{Ed002's Note - About weather to financially back OGS or not.}



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02 Dec 2018 23:36:04
Will the club be looking at any changes regarding woodward if he carries on ignoring most people/ advisors opinions?