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The Month: Van Gaal thinks August is overrated

The Month: Van Gaal thinks August is overrated

August for Manchester United didn’t go as expected considering the ridiculously easy set of opening fixtures and associated betting odds – but then it sort of went exactly as expected, in the back of our minds, at least since David Moyes made it his mission to make us all a little more humble. It turns [...]

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The Month: Giggs!

Manchester United saw out April last year as Premier League champions; this year, as the team in seventh. Everyone knows that, of course. But it’s important to know, because it’s why David Moyes lost his job. He was committed, though. He didn’t really have the chance to build his own squad. His players should have [...]

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The Month: This could be us but you Plane

When Manchester United won in March, there were goal cushions, of two and three, and there were clean sheets. The football was acceptable, and sometimes better than that. Good, then! But wait. When they lost, oh god, when they lost. Bad! Really, really bad. This has been a terrible season. It has piled up on [...]

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The Month: The longest February in existence

There was no The Month in January for three reasons: it was, admittedly, forgotten about until fairly late, then there was the lack of time anyway, because you know how busy people are, and, finally, perhaps most importantly, oh god, please don’t make me do this. Look at all those commas. That’s what January did. [...]

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The Month: United make tentative steps

December has left nobody knowing how good Manchester United really are: a tame draw and two defeats showed a team stumbling to one of those mythical places that doesn’t even offer the Europa League. The six consecutive wins in all competitions that followed, however, at least allows United to be relevant for a lot longer [...]

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The Month: November

November is the focus so, naturally, it’s worth looking at a game played in December. The 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane was a disappointment, though, yes, it doesn’t much sound like one: but, given the points Manchester United dropped prior, a win was as necessary as one can be around this point of the [...]

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The Month: Moyes makes strides

David Moyes told us in September that he is “learning every week”, and some of that, now with October gone, has shown. Though, yes, the month could have been a lot more favourable to United, Moyes can reflect on a job done better. Of course, a job done ‘better’ is different to one done ‘well’ [...]

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The Month: The Possible Job

The Month: The Possible Job

You hear it a lot, and will probably hear it a lot more, but managing Manchester United is not the “impossible job”. It’s a difficult one, of course, exclusive to those who have learned, then earned. It’s the pinnacle for a lot of people, but, it’s only the pinnacle, only something to work to because, [...]

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THE MONTH: What did United get up to in August? No, really. What?

THE MONTH: What did United get up to in August? No, really. What?

Writing The Month at the start of the year – 2013, in case you forgot – was easy. The column started in January, not August of 2012, and that meant last season’s uncertainty period was pretty much skipped over. In years previous, that uncertainty period would have ended a lot later, but things were looking [...]

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The Month: 20 Things That Happened In April

The Month: 20 Things That Happened In April

Exactly 22 things happened/were worth talking about in April. One of them was Margaret Thatcher’s death. Another was this picture of George Osborne crying. Here are the other 20. (20: what could possibly be the significance of that number?) 20 things (not quite in chronological order): 1: Take away this Cup from me Manchester United [...]

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The Month: Kagawa hat-trick, Nani red card and 15 points clear

The Month: Kagawa hat-trick, Nani red card and 15 points clear

Ah, March: the weather slowly improves, as does the football. With the title race and the narrative of relegation to consider (SIX POINTERS EVERYWHERE!), it all starts to mean something. Or maybe not. In fact, forget football, what’s the point of life? Webbe (2002) observed that the nature of ‘life’ means it’s liable to “flip [...]

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The Month: Danny Welbeck, Real Madrid and perceptions

The Month: Danny Welbeck, Real Madrid and perceptions

There are a lot of people thankful for the place the world has become; which is mostly great, because it’s nice when people are happy (except when it allows for some to write off the very serious issues: who was responsible for ‘post-racial society’, anyway?) because things are, of course, different now and not like [...]

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The Month: De Gea, Giggs, Van Persie and spot-kicks

The Month: De Gea, Giggs, Van Persie and spot-kicks

January, you’d be happy to hear, was a good month for Manchester United. And it is, on the simple premise that January will nearly always be more important than September, their best of the season yet. United were able to preserve their seven point lead at the top, beat Liverpool and ensure there were no [...]

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