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Nicky Butt – A scrapper not a fighter

Nicky Butt – A scrapper not a fighter

Watching football, and United in particular, is a visceral experience, a sharp, intense mess of bodies, noise and smells. So it’s not surprising that the majority of fan favourites are linked by a single trait: they are men with whom it is deeply unwise to fuck. In my own lifetime, that includes Remi Moses, Bryan [...]

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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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Hull Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Hull Preview: Five Keys To Victory

So here we are my friends, the final game of Manchester United’s 14/15 season as the Reds face the prospect of a relatively meaningless encounter (for us anyway) with Hull City. A seven-goal swing remains unlikely at this stage meaning Louis van Gaal will be forced to settle for fourth place when the dust has [...]

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TOP FIVE: Manchester United Season Finales

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Season Finales

  Manchester United’s season looked to be ending in a much more “exciting” manner than it should have been. United should have been miles clear of Liverpool already, but those three losses in a row made European qualification less certain than it looked after we’d absolutely battered City off the park in the middle of [...]

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Everton Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Everton Preview: Five Keys To Victory

United’s six-game winning run came to a cruel and unfortunate end last week at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea edged a 1-0 victory courtesy of an Eden Hazard counter. Late injuries to Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones didn’t look to hamper United’s performance too much besides a shift in the side which [...]

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Chelsea Preview: Five Keys To Victory

So… It happened again. Van Gaal’s carpet has been lifted as high as possible, with a sub-standard beginning to his tenure and ridiculous David Moyes comparisons swept underneath and into the darkest crevises and beyond reach following a rousing 4-2 derby win last weekend. With United holding down third place with an eight point advantage [...]

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City Preview: Five Keys To Derby Delight

City Preview: Five Keys To Derby Delight

You’d scarcely have believed it to be possible this time last year, let alone last month, but with the Premier League undergoing more twists and turns that Alton Towers’ Nemesis, Manchester United enter this weekend’s derby ahead of Manchester City with just seven games remaining. The teams come into the game in starkly contrasting form, [...]

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TOP FIVE: Manchester United Bromances

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Bromances

It was truly beautiful. Once Juan Mata had set Ander Herrera up for United’s third goal on Saturday, he celebrated with the Stretford End, meaning he was separated from the group of players surrounding his friend. Ander, spotting Juan across a crowded box, broke away from the pack and jogged over to his mate, before [...]

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David Beckham will always be “one of us”

David Beckham will always be “one of us”

The rise of David Beckham through the Manchester United youth system was, in some ways, a curiosity. He was not one of the fiercely humble local lads that have come to symbolise the famous Class of 92 of which he was a member. He was a Londoner, a little bit flash even then with his [...]

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Villa Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Villa Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Where oh where did it all go right? After ridicule from all quarters this year at the prospect of Manchester United going a second season in succession with as many managers, missing out on a place at Europe’s top table, things have taken a drastic and fairly unforeseen turn in our favour. Unforeseen refers more [...]

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Forget the superstars, United need to unearth more diamonds in the rough

Forget the superstars, United need to unearth more diamonds in the rough

When the transfer window drew to a close, United fans could scarcely believe what they were seeing, as despite a seventh placed finish the previous season, the Reds somehow (£££) were able to convince world-class operators in the form of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao that Old Trafford was the place for them. The [...]

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Liverpool Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Liverpool Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Was it the “Philosophy”? Was it just a case of “Lads, it’s Tottenham”? Or was it just a fluke? Whatever it was, things took a huge step to improving for Manchester United last week, in perhaps the most complete and satisfying display since the Sir Alex era drew to a close. FA Cup defeat to [...]

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The players under threat at United

It is heading towards two years since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager, and what a dramatic turn of events has ensued. Fergie hand-picked David Moyes as his heir apparent which ended with the former Everton boss being shown the Old Trafford exit door within twelve months. Step forward Louis van Gaal, [...]

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LIVE BLOG: United vs Spurs

———— To mark the anniversary of United winning the Treble with a team that had academy products at the core, Made in Manchester is available for just £3 for today only. Some of the best football writers take a player each, from Sir Bobby Charlton to Ryan Giggs, George Best to David Beckham, Duncan Edwards [...]

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Spurs Preview: Five Keys To Victory

Spurs Preview: Five Keys To Victory

No sooner had Danny Welbeck’s inevitable winner hit the back of the net on his return to Old Trafford, were “#narrative” klaxons sounded off left, right and centre as Manchester United were confined to competing on just one front as another trophyless season beckons. United turned in another frustrating showing in which they failed to [...]

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