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Mike Phelan: The autobiography

Mike Phelan: The autobiography

The Fresh Prince of Burnley Now this is a story all about how my life got flippin’ turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Burnley. In the Borough of Pendle I was born and raised, on [...]

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Shinji Kagawa – Functional, Efficient and Beautiful

“Our goal is to try to bring a calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems so that you’re not aware really of the solution, you’re not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved.” – Jonathan Ive As with any sport, football lends itself to classification. There’s a pleasing definition [...]

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A Day In The Life Of Ed Woodward

07:00 am I awake to the glorious sound of the Lighthouse Family filling the room. Yes! Yes I could be lifted! It’s a suitably rock n roll start to a day on which yours truly is the headline act. Club tie. Lucky Penfold underpants. Freshly pressed slacks. Let’s do this! Today’s the day I put [...]

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A Love Letter To Postal Pat

A Love Letter To Postal Pat

How can you not love a man who invites the opposition to suck upon his imaginary lady parts before the biggest game of his career? If you look hard enough you’ll find decade-old footage of a shirtless Evra demanding Frank Lampard do just that. It was prior to the Champions’ League semi-final against Chelsea in [...]

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Love is not a victory march…

There are stomachs knotted all over Manchester. Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur too. Whether Stockport or Stockholm bred, bitter blue or #mufcfamily red, there are whole swaths of people around the world feeling an uneasy mixture of hope and fear. It’s because there’s a football match on next Monday that matters quite a lot to them. [...]

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Fergie’s Greatest Achievement Has Been Managing Himself

A lot has and will be said about Fergie’s winning mentality this week. It’s at milestones such as these (and let’s face it, SAF’s had a few) that well worn phrases are paraded about like leathery skinned ex-pros at identikit stadia they never graced. “Never knows he’s beaten”, “obsession with winning” and “addicted to success” [...]

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The Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Find

So we lost. 6-1. To City. In a week that brought us the catastrophic news of Westlife splitting up, it had me wondering – what about now? Could this really be City’s season in the sun? It’s always a mini-trauma to lose heavily to a bitter rival, and we all have our own personal coping [...]

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Forever Young – 1993

1993. The year the youngest of United’s squad breathed their first. Paul Pogba, Sam Johnstone and Ravel Morrison are all younger than Dumb and Dumber (the film, not the Arsenal centre-half pairing). If that doesn’t make you feel old, stop reading this and go tidy your room – I’m not telling you again. I myself [...]

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