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What have we learnt from the pre-season?

What have we learnt from the pre-season?

As another pre-season comes to an end, we’ll have to try and guess what’s in Van Gaal’s head for the season ahead. The main developments concerning squad selection haven’t been entirely positive, however: Wayne Rooney looks like he might be our main striker, and Daley Blind looks like he might be converted to a centre-back. [...]

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United need to rethink their big-money targets

The strange recent years of Fergie’s last days and the bizarre comedown that followed it, combined with the emergence of Twitter, have seen a lot of strange opinions passed around the internet concerning United. Sometimes it’s revisionism – Moyes was terrible from the start, Ruud Van Nistelrooy held United back, and so on – and [...]

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Manchester United’s Player of the Year: Ander Herrera

Manchester United’s Player of the Year: Ander Herrera

Although the season has seen a marked improvement in league performance, there’s no doubt that it’s been a long way from a perfect season. We ought to have challenged for the title and didn’t. We ought to have finished ahead of Arsenal and didn’t. We ought to have seen the best of players like Angel [...]

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TOP 5: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest Challenges

TOP 5: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest Challenges

1. Europe As mentioned in the last section, Ferguson’s long transition to a system that would work in Europe was one of the greatest challenges of his career, but he was wise that he had taken the time before to make himself untouchable. For it was a return to the bad old days of ta-ra [...]

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TOP 5: Title Run Ins

TOP 5: Title Run Ins

5. 2002-03 It’s easy to forget how, in the days between the formation and dissolution of the Sky Four, the Premier League was largely filled with utter dross. Stern John and Collins John would count themselves as solid, dependable Premier League strikers and Allardyceball was the dominant religion. The saving grace of those soulless days [...]

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TOP 5: Wins Over Chelsea

TOP 5: Wins Over Chelsea

1. Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea, (1-1 AET, United win on penalties), European Cup Final, 2008 You probably remember how this one went, so rather than retell a familiar story, let’s take the time to smash one myth about this game: Chelsea were in no way unfortunate to go into the shootout having not already won [...]

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Top 5: Real Madrid games at Old Trafford

Top 5: Real Madrid games at Old Trafford

1. Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester United, 1968 European Cup Semi-Final (OK, so it wasn’t at Old Trafford, but this is the most important game United ever had against Madrid, and there are only four other home legs, and this column is called top fives. So be quiet.) Determined to prove his prophecy that preceded Munich, [...]

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Top 5 Manchester United One-Man Seasons

Top 5 Manchester United One-Man Seasons

Whereas true golden years and genuinely titanic struggles usually require an ensemble cast – squeezing every drop out of a hugely talented squad being a feature of both ‘99 and ‘08 – seasons which are dominated by an individual tend to instead be focused on what fate was avoided rather than what was won. The [...]

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Berbatov – If you love him, let him go

When the rumour that Berbatov’s departure from Old Trafford was imminent took flight, we witnessed perhaps the biggest love-in that the striker has had since he joined the club. It was so great that you wondered whether Berbatov had hauled us to the title single-handedly, and felt a bit sorry for James Collins. When Berbatov [...]

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Looking Back – The Rooney Saga

Being a Manchester United fan has obvious benefits. There’s the trophies, the youth system, the stadium, the nice kit, the fact that you’ll never struggle to see a game on television, and the lack of managerial turmoil. And the more of this you have, the easier it gets to take it all for granted – [...]

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