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31 Aug 2021 13:57:00
Martial to PSG rumors starting to come in. Could be a good move for all involved.


{Ed077's Note - except PSG 😂😂. Although I would think it improbable at this stage of the window

1.) 31 Aug 2021 14:04:42
Really depends on whether Real come back with another bid for Mbappe. One has to suspect that PSG are hoping that they will though. I know they’re rolling in cash and Mbappe is a top player, but €180m + wages is a ridiculous amount to pay/ lose for the sake of one more season. If he goes, I can see them scrambling to spend the money on Martial and/ or Pogba, which may allow us to bring in a MF. Mendez is apparently working on the deal as an intermediary, although apparently we’re not overly keen.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 15:40:06
Did Tony start those rumors?

3.) 31 Aug 2021 19:05:23
Martial has more chance of signing for Melchester Rovers today than PSG. Sulkychops is here to stay sadly. Frustrating as we know there’s a talented lad there. Just doesn’t show it anywhere often enough!

4.) 31 Aug 2021 19:32:13
I can only see Martial playing in the league cup and fa cup this year unless we have a lot of injuries.

If we want a chance of winning anything this year the left side has to be rotated between Pogba and Rashford, the right between Greenwood and Sancho, the number 10 between Fernandes and maybe Lingard and CF between Ronaldo and Cavani. Rotating these players in each position doesn't significantly alter the quality in my eyes, it is CM that the issue still is.

McFred isn't ideal but it gets the best out of Pogba being on the left and let's the front 4 and full backs do what they do going forward, well maybe not AWB so much.

We always look worse with Pogba in the centre or when Matic comes in which is why we needed an upgrade there, however it was a pretty good window so hopefully CM will be addressed in Jan or next Summer 🤞🤷‍♂️.

5.) 01 Sep 2021 02:35:07
The front 4 options are incredible, and you didn't mention DvdB, Amad, Elanga, Martial. Crazy.

Lindelof and Bailly as reserve CBs

Our squad is stacked.

I actually like McT and Fred surrounded by this team, I am concerned when they can't play. I HOPE McTom and DvdB play together and create something new, I can see Scotty having the physicality height and field coverage to play well with Donny. He needs to be a bit more disciplined.

I think we will suprise a few non believers this year, we could pull it off. The league is very strong, be tough for anyone to win this year.

6.) 01 Sep 2021 17:55:51
I just don't see DVDB getting much league and CL game time again for whatever reason Dodgy, and Amad and Elanga will only be cup players on the whole I think and won't get many league or CL run outs.

I agree those 3 are very good players and add to the rest nicely, I just included the players I see playing plenty of league and CL games. Hopefully Martial isn't one of them, unless he stops being a moody, sulky baby and puts the required effort in.



07 Apr 2021 11:43:01
Question for Ed002, if you're around.

You mentioned recently that we may look to a more experienced striker like Benzema this summer as a stop gap of sorts and I was wondering if Aguero may be an option in that regard.

Reports today are suggesting that he wants to stay in the Premier League and would consider offers from Chelsea or Spurs. I'm aware of the animosity between United and City, but surely we could afford to pay more than either club, can all buy guarantee Champion's League football next season and our Manchester location means that he wouldn't have to relocate his family half way across the country.

Have we or he expressed any interest in making a deal?


{Ed002's Note - No, Aguero won't be moving to Manchester United.}

1.) 07 Apr 2021 13:53:37
Shame, Aguero and DDG are good friends and he would have been a nice stop gap for us.

2.) 07 Apr 2021 15:27:51
There is a good chance neither of them will be in Manchester come the start of next season.

3.) 07 Apr 2021 20:07:32
I wouldn't be surprised to see both back in Spain next year. If DDG does want to go, let's hope we don't make the same mistake as we did with Romero.

4.) 07 Apr 2021 21:48:59
Romero is very handsomely paid to sit on a bench every week.

5.) 08 Apr 2021 15:35:08
Still got that sinking feeling that Giroud is a candidate in this area. A scorer of great goals, but not a great scorer of goals, and you get the feeling Tuchel will be bringing in his own CF this summer (maybe Aguerro) .

{Ed077's Note - Giroud isnt a bad player for me. He would be a decent back up option but I am starting to think we need a starting ST.

Aguero to Chelsea? Improbable IMO.}



23 Jan 2021 02:58:30
Hi Ed002. Any truth to the reports stating that we've offered to take Eriksen on loan until the end of the season?


{Ed002's Note - Christian Eriksen (AM) Borussia Dortmund may offer a solution at the right price. Again PSG will look to an exchange with Leandro Paredes but Inter will again ask for some cash on top of any transaction but may be willing to forego that to resolve the situation. He is being offered to other sides as well with his return to Spurs, possibly on loan initially, being considered if Dele Alli were to depart. Christian Eriksen is seen as an option to Grealish by OGS but it makes no sense until the Pogba and Van de Beek issues are resolved and no offer has been submitted. It is difficult to see how he would fit in to the team as it stands right now. Leicester want a loan but cannot afford the wages.

1.) 23 Jan 2021 12:55:05
Pleased to see we are still thinking of Grealish - I’d love to see us adopt the Bayern model of buying up the best domestic league talent.

I’m not sure where exactly he would fit into the side but a player of that quality has to play.

2.) 23 Jan 2021 13:52:05
Looking at the current form Grealish will easily replace Rashy on the left. He can also help to rotate Bruno at no 10.

3.) 23 Jan 2021 14:07:25
Form is temporary mate.

I could only see Grealish being played off the right or in a very attacking midfield 3 alongside Fernandes and a defensive midfielder. It would be exciting viewing, reminiscent to Xavi and Iniesta.

4.) 23 Jan 2021 15:02:55
Xavi and Iniesta had nothing to do with a very attacking midfielder. They were first of all good at possession, their job was to control games. Grealish and Fernandez as a pair are totally different kind of players.

5.) 23 Jan 2021 18:52:28
Wash your mouth out Fresh!

6.) 23 Jan 2021 19:34:55
Agree with Herrera. Grealish and Bruno I don’t think could play central together unless we had an absolute beast of a DM. And for me grealish despite rashford form right now does not displace him.

7.) 24 Jan 2021 11:18:38
You would need an avenger to play dm in a midfield with bruno and grealish to cover defensively.

8.) 24 Jan 2021 12:07:43
lol DSG. Thankfully we are interested in Rice, Zakaria and Saul.
Either one would be another step towards high quality.

9.) 24 Jan 2021 14:36:10
I'd go for ndidi if we are looking for a cdm. I love watching him play.



05 Oct 2020 11:04:57
Cavani and Telles have both signed. Expect a deal for Dembele to come through late in the day after Dortmund reject our €120m bid.


1.) 05 Oct 2020 11:08:32
Hope you’re wrong. What I want to know is why Sancho (who is apparently unwell) has been out of the Dortmund squad for over a week and is currently in the UK. What is going on. Is it really unrealistic to think our terrible PR team have kept this all under wraps and will in fact announce Sancho this afternoon?

2.) 05 Oct 2020 11:13:58
would be peak woodward to bid what dortmund wanted all window to then be told to do one.

3.) 05 Oct 2020 11:18:27
Find it funny how so many United fans seem to not want dembele and the majority of Barcelona fans don't want to lose him.

On his day one of the best players in the world and a fast attacking style like ours would be a better fit for him than Barcelona who's play doesn't require players to be quick

Ed's already said it's a possibility I hope we are trying to make this one happen.

4.) 05 Oct 2020 11:18:41
Sancho not happening, deal went dead a while back, probably even if we offer the full amount today. Sancho is at St George's Park at the moment getting a C.V. test. Dembele, Cavani and Tellas will be the only signings today.

5.) 05 Oct 2020 11:29:29
O. Dembele's camp have come out and said he won't leave Barcelona today. He wants to stay there and fight for his place.

6.) 05 Oct 2020 11:32:22
Dembele off according to multiple reports.

7.) 05 Oct 2020 11:34:04
Sancho broke quarantine earlier in the year to go to UK for a haircut apparently, left out of squad in last 3 games due to challenge and is at a party in UK. might not be the best role model if true.

8.) 05 Oct 2020 11:38:32
I suppose Dembele could keep Tuanzebe company throughout this season.

9.) 05 Oct 2020 12:08:25
Sancho is trying to push the move too, or at least he will if and when a bid goes it.
Points re: Dembele, on his day, yes he’s great but we can say the same about Pogba. We need consistency, no more gambles.



03 Oct 2020 09:11:41
Rumors going round that Leeds are considering a £25m bid for Dan James. I appreciate you don't want to go into specifics ED002, but is James a player that Leeds are interested in and if so, would they be looking to loan or buy? Furthermore, would United be open to selling?

If there's any truth to this I'd snap their hands off and put the money towards meeting Dortmund's asking price for Sancho.


{Ed002's Note - Leeds have added Jack Harrison as a LW and are looking to add a young RW in Kerk leaving them wanting a versatile left-sided player. They have two in mind in Cantwell and Sessegnon, but Sessegnon looks to be heading elsewhere. After failing to sign James last summer Leeds could look to him, perhaps on a loan deal initially, as an option to first choice LW.}

1.) 03 Oct 2020 12:18:59
He definitely needs a loan this season. Even if it’s to a championship club where he will play every week, but ideally to a lower level PL club. I feel sorry for the lad he’s having a tough time. Clearly has some talent but seems to be the type of player who needs a long run of games to develop. Might actually do him some good to be trained by a better coach as well.

2.) 03 Oct 2020 12:22:59
After a bright start things just haven’t worked out for him. Whilst I think that regular playing time would do him some good, I can’t ever see him developing into anything other than a squad player for us and even that might be beyond him. If selling him brings in the funds required to secure a deal for Sancho, I think the club would be foolish not to.

3.) 03 Oct 2020 14:01:00
I think sending to work with Bielsa would be an excellent idea. In fact sending our entire squad to work with him would not be a bad choice.

4.) 05 Oct 2020 20:35:59
😂 Maybe we can send our coaches.




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05 Mar 2022 15:37:23
Fair play to Sevilla and Lopetegui. Martial has only been there for a little over a month and yet they've already figured out that he's not good enough. It took the clowns in charge at United more than half a decade to figure that out.


1.) 06 Mar 2022 08:30:08
Someone gave him a new contract, decided he was Lukaku’s replacement. The shocking decisions made. RR is absolutely right what he has been saying about player buying decisions, there again he could have been reading what a couple of us have been writing on here for years!

2.) 06 Mar 2022 08:41:56
Could have used him mind considering Cavani doesn't feel like turning up for work, Ronaldo is losing his battle with father time and Raahford looks increasingly amateurish.

Not saying Martial is perfect but our forward options are pretty poor until the end of the season.



15 Sep 2021 03:13:11
Yet another example of Ole's poor in game management last night. Granted, we were down to ten men, but the decision to drop deep and defend a one goal lead for 65 minutes is ultimately what cost us the game.

Ronaldo needed to come off the moment AWB did, but instead Ole opts to take off Sancho - the only player in our starting 11 with the pace to catch them on the counter - lumping the ball forward to a 36 year old who was completely isolated and lacked the pace to do anything with it if he did somehow get the ball under control. What's more, he lacks the pace and stamina to drop back and help out in times of need.

Worse teams have been able to hold on to leads with ten men against much better opposition, yet despite having five defenders and three midfielders on the pitch for much of the second half we just couldn't keep hold of the ball. All credit to young boys though; they exploited Ole's non-existent tactics and deservedly got the three points. Tbh, I thought they looked the better team when both teams had 11 men.

On a side note, the Ronaldo signing has been great for the club, but none more so than Jadon Sancho. Were it not for Ronaldo (and Ole's poor management) people would probably be starting to point to the fact that we're now five or six games in and our £76m signing is yet to contribute anything meaningful. I'm sure he'll come good eventually, but, in the mean time, Ronaldo and his goals are serving as an excellent distraction and will hopefully be eleviating some of the pressure on Sancho's shoulders.


1.) 15 Sep 2021 03:54:59
The biggest mistake Ole made was not bring on Bailly.
All we needed is another defender.
Imagine 4 CBs, 2 fullbacks and 2 DMs.
What a lineup that would be.



28 Aug 2021 15:17:50
Romano now claiming that we're happy with Dalot as our backup right back and will not be selling him, so looks like a CM or nothing between now and deadline day.

Given the window we've had so far, I feel like a spoiled brat for saying this, but if we want to compete, I think we should be moving heaven and earth to sign one. I just can't see us winning anything with McFred no matter how good the rest of the team is. I'd love to be proven wrong, but would love it a whole lot more if we just signed somebody like Ndidi!


1.) 28 Aug 2021 15:52:46
We would have been okay without ronaldo.
But even SAF said before when players like RVP or ronaldo are available you make space.
Midfielder should have been part of the original plan and I really hope we sign one up.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 15:58:42
Cant win anything with McFred and Matic legs have gone. Noises again today Pogba wants Madrid move so surely we plan ahead? DVB is possibly seen as Pogba replacement, but with Saul and Bissouma possibly available at decent prices we should be all over one of them.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 16:02:15
This isn't true, just posted on rumours page.



28 Aug 2021 14:44:05
So the Ronaldo signing has finally started to sink in and I have mixed feelings. For the most part I'm delighted that he's coming home, but there's also a part of me that would have preferred him to stay at Juve or sign for PSG instead. Of course, that will change very quickly if he picks up where he left off when he left, but it's definitely a bit of a gamble on the club's part.

If it's true we'll be paying him £470k a week, I can see this causing issues further down the line. We're currently trying to renew Pogba's contract and so it wouldn't be too surprising if his demands shoot up a little now that he knows the club are willing to push past the £400k mark. The same goes for Bruno, although given that DDG, Varane and Sancho are all earning between £375k and £400k a week, he arguably deserves it.

I'm not too worried about Ronaldo taking game time away from our younger players as I think that with a little bit of rotation there should be more than enough minutes to go around between him, Rashford, Sancho, Greenwood and Cavani. Cavani is going to miss 5-10 games through isolation and injury anyway, as too is Rash. Ronaldo himself has only once managed to take part in all 38 league games in a season once in his entire career, so I expect him to miss about as many, if not more.

Where I do see some issues arising is when it comes to penalties and free-kicks. His record from the spot isn't terrible, but it's nowhere near as good as Bruno's. Free kicks are another story though. He's scored some fantastic ones over the years, but his conversion rate is and has always been fairly shocking. As such, I can see him costing us a few goals in this way over the next few seasons. He also has a tendency to shoot unsuccessfully from range, although, to his credit, has become a little less selfish in recent years.

Thankfully, I think he'll score far more than he'll waste. Whether he's a massive step up over Cavani when it comes to finishing is a matter for debate, but given that Cavani will likely miss quite a few games this season, having a clinical finisher like Ronaldo available can only be a good thing. He's definitely a much better finisher than Martial and, like Cavani, could teach our younger players a thing or two about movement and positioning.

Another area where he'll prove valuable is through his experience, leadership and winning mentality. I've already seen people call for him to be made captain, but whether he is or he isn't shouldn't really matter. He doesn't need an armband to demand the best from his team mates and will do so whenever he feels that he needs to. I think this is where we'll see the bulk of his value on the pitch rather than through his goals. Of course, I'd prefer it if we got both.

Then there's the impact that the signing has on the United brand. I know we won't make much more money from shirt sales, but it definitely puts us in a stronger position when it comes to negotiating new sponsorship deals. GOAT or not, he's probably the most marketable player in the world (his announcement Tweet got more likes and retweets and likes in less than 1 hour than Messi's did in 2 weeks plus) and will lead to increased revenue for the club in both quantifiable and unquantifiable ways.

He could also prove to be decisive when it comes to our attempt to sign Haaland next summer. Ronaldo is his hero, after all, and the prospect of playing alongside him for a year (as well as with his good friend Sancho and under the manager who gave him his first big break in football) could make all the difference. Maybe not, but I do think he makes us a more desirable club either way.

Some might feel that we'd have been better off spending the money on a top drawer CDM rather than a 36 year old striker and in some ways I'm inclined to agree. Had we signed Ndidi instead, for example, I'd be putting a cheeky fiver on us to win the title, but as is, I'm not confident we'll finish in the top three. When all's said and done though, I do think that Ronaldo improves both our starting 11, our squad, and our club, which is more than can be said for a lot of our post SAF signings.


1.) 28 Aug 2021 15:21:15
Greenwood, Rashford, Sancho, Elanga and many others, watch and learn. What set Ronaldo apart was his work ethic and his desire to be the best. The guy out worked all his peers and became the GOAT because of it.

When he first joined, who would have thought he would become one of the best headers of a football?

These guys need to watch Ronny, watch Cavani and take every little bit they can from them.

Never stop improving. Never stop working. Never stop learning. Having those two to learn from is a huge privilege. The competition to play, the masters of movement and desire to learn from. Conditions are right for some of these guys to become the best in the world.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 15:51:36
We will win the title unless Ole fs it up.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 17:04:56

I don’t think it’s that easy tbh, City have a great squad as do Chelsea, Ronaldo doesn’t guarantee us the title, he means we should at least challenge.



28 Aug 2021 03:51:35
Genuine question; do people think that we now have the best starting XI in the league?

If I were to pick an XI out of us and Liverpool I'd only take Allison, VVD, Fabinho, Salah and Trent (although the latter is marginal as I think AWB is a better defender) . With Chelski I'd take Kante, Reece James and Aspi. From City I'd take Diaz, Gundogan, Silva and De Bruyne.

Assuming Maguire and Varane can strike up a decent partnership, I'm really not sure there's a better back five in world football than ours. If we can sign a top CDM like Ndidi, I don't think there'd be a better midfield 3 than him, Pogba and Bruno. Neymar, Messi and Mbappe is probably a better front three than Rashford, Ronaldo and Sancho, but with Mbappe seemingly Real Madrid bound, I'm not sure any other club can match us on that front either.

I guess what I'm asking is, am I looking at this through rose-tinted glasses or have we genuinely built an incredibly starting XI over the past few seasons? I know a lot of it is subjective and some might try to argue that Havertz is better than Pogba or De Bruyne is better than Bruno - but as a team of XI - I really am struggling to see how any team could even try to argue that they have a better starting lineup other than perhaps Liverpool.


1.) 28 Aug 2021 04:34:03
I think Rodri at city would get straight into to our first team. Hendo and fabinho would probably start.

We have a very competitive squad. This has been a very good window and hopefully we can build chemistry quickly.

Best first team in world might be a little rose tinted. But I'm an optimist, so why not 🤣👍.

2.) 28 Aug 2021 04:45:41
Speculation of the best team in Europe and whether we actually have a valid argument is not a discussion I expected this season. I've been a man utd fan since I was 9 years old and seeing as I'm from Nottingham I've had many arguments over my right to follow the club. Mark Hughes first made me a united fan purely by his volleying abilities and then cantona by his sheer class.
There have been many many great players at United but for me Ronaldo will be for the current history and foreseeable future be the best. Absolute determination and belief. A purely winning mentality that does not accept second place or cutting corners. Strong, and challenging until the final minute. In my mind's eye what sir Alex would see as the perfect player.

I've spoken to many of my other fellow utd fans this afternoon and I've not heard one murmur or the slightest of quarrel or dissatisfaction.
I'm genuinely absolutely buzzing and I can't wait until the next game. He will bring so much to this team in every aspect. It's not possible for this to be a bad signing.
All of the top clubs have made top signings and had good windows but I believe we have just smashed that little saucy grandma out the park.
Roll on Newcastle. Btw. Good job eds.

3.) 28 Aug 2021 06:52:16
Also whenever you feel like Ronaldo is done or finished he completely surprises you.
A happier Ronaldo, feeling extremely loved by the supporters and given a god like status will make him give an extra 10-20% more.
There were some posters saying he looked a shadow of himself in the champions league games or euros, maybe he did. But one thing I'm sure about is he will be back and he will prove his doubters wrong, he's a built career over it.
I know he won't start at Wolves, but given his extreme fitness level I would start him. Simply because I smell a draw incoming at Wolves.

4.) 28 Aug 2021 07:48:44
Ronaldo coming back to United where his career really took off would I am sure want to show the club, fans and everyone in the world that he is still the best.

The emotions, the fans getting behind him and singing his name and the fact that Sir Alex is going to be in attendance to watch him is going to spur him on and get him ready for one final dance at the "Theatre of Dreams".

And I can't wait to have him on the pitch.

5.) 28 Aug 2021 09:01:07
100% the camera will pan to sir Alex when he comes on and 100% I will get a little tear. I'm not even embarrassed.




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29 Mar 2022 23:15:33
Thanks as always, Ed002.

Out of curiosity, why do Barcelona need to worry about what happens to Dembele beyond the end of this season? Isn’t he out of contract, meaning he’ll walk away for nothing without any kind of input from the club?


{Ed002's Note - They would like a new contract.}



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21 Nov 2021 10:53:08
Expect they’ll wait until after the Arsenal game to bring somebody in now. I think in an ideal world they’d have waited till then to sack Ole, but after yesterday’s game that really wasn’t an option.

Fingers crossed we’re still in the champions league by the time the new manager is in place.




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20 Nov 2021 01:37:24
Wasn’t it only a few months ago that Ole blocked his departure? I really don’t get why players like Lingard, Donny and Martial are being kept at the club, unless it’s because those at the top believe that a new manager will come in soon and get more out of them.




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10 Nov 2021 10:36:21
Looks like Pogba has played his last game for us anyway. Injured until January, at which point he’ll sign a pre-contract with someone else.


{Ed077's Note - he can still play for Man Utd even after signing a pre-contract agreement in January.



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20 Oct 2021 01:28:28
Hiring Southgate would lead us right back where we started within two seasons. Far too negative, lacking experience at the highest level and tactically inept. Really hope he’s unavailable when Ole finally leaves the club.

Gasperini remains my pick. His brand of football, when combined with the talent within our squad and the money that would be at his disposal, would lead to success. I’ve no doubt in my mind.





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04 Feb 2022 09:35:42
Let’s hope he’s on a pay as you play deal. The whole situation is ridiculous. If a normal person tried this more than once they’d be sacked, yet somebody earning hundreds of thousands a week can repeatedly slack off with very few consequences. I like Edi and think he’s a top player, but he seems to be taking advantage of the terrible state of affairs at the club.




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30 Jan 2022 10:14:09
Hope he goes to prison. Disgusting behavior that seems to have been going on for quite some time. I’m sure his future cell mates will return the favor, mind.




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20 Jan 2022 05:13:21
I like that Ronaldo was angry about being subbed off. It shows passion, which is more than can be said for the actions of most of the team. As for the change itself though, we must be the only team in the world who look more defensively frail as the result of switching to a back five. HM’s passing accuracy was something ridiculous like 36% and a big part of what made the last 10 minutes or so so nervy. Last week at Villa (not to mention the Spurs vs Leicester game tonight) shows how quickly a two goal lead can be wiped out and, had Brentford got a second goal, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see them scramble in a third. We need a defensive midfielder and to persist with the VL RL CB partnership if we’re to have any hope of securing a top four finish. Also, anyone who still thinks we should sell De Gea needs to get their head looked at!


{Ed014's Note - it doesn’t show passion, just shows what an arrogant twonk he is. Perhaps he should channel that anger into working for the team when the lazy tit is on the pitch.

They guy is an anchor, just weighing you down!



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15 Jan 2022 11:12:49
Mancman: IIrc, the game you mentioned earlier with all the crossed was a 1-1 draw with Fulham. One of the most frustrating games in recent memory.




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13 Dec 2021 13:11:40
Can’t believe UEFA finally got caught rigging the draw. I’m sure they’ll still find a way to pair us with PSG in the redraw though.

The prospect of Ronaldo vs Messi is worth far too much for the corrupt so and sos, and with no guarantee that both sides will make it through to the next round, I really can’t see them leaving it up to chance even with all eyes on the redraw.