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What if we had four years of Moyes?

Signs of life have become growingly infrequent. Once an arena filled with joy and optimism, now bogged down in gloom and misery. Over the years a pantheon of greatness has now become a desolate, barren wasteland. Like the fall of Constantinople before it, Manchester was besieged and broken, what was once United is now torn [...]

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All we need is Shinji Kagawa

All we need is Shinji Kagawa

How strange it is to be watching Manchester United treat the closing weeks of a season as a sandbox rather than a run-in. With their every trophy-hunting hope having been dashed by mid-April all that is now left for David Moyes is a period of extended limbo, ripe for experimentation. The products of this tinkering [...]

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United’s next star is already in the ranks

Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn’t let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits [...]

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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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TOP 5: United’s Champions League quarter-finals

As every Manchester United fan, and pundit around the world, was sure of, Manchester United breezed past Olympiacos last night to ensure they would get to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Of course, this will lead to a thrilling victory in May, when David Moyes becomes Sir David Moyes, as United beat Bayern [...]

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Welbz is dat guy

Welbz is dat guy

There’s something rather wonderful about a local boy from Longsight becoming the saviour of Manchester United, even if the circumstances by which his importance emerges are less than agreeable. Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, this season has felt like one long wait for some transformative individual to spark off a grand revival under David Moyes. [...]

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Most Memorable Manchester Derbies

Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against [...]

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MATCH REPORT: U-18s vs Middlesbrough

Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 [...]

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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 dangers of complacency

In 2005, the England cricket team won a test series against Australia for the first time in 18 years. The rivalry between the two nations is the fiercest in the sport and an Ashes series usually makes for compelling viewing. Almost two decades is an awfully long time to consistently come second in a two-horse [...]

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TOP 5: Most disappointing Manchester United seasons

For most United fans on the internet, they’re too young to really the leanest periods of the club’s history. Munich, for them, is an anniversary to be marked rather than a visceral tug at the heart. The miserable times as United tried to replace Matt Busby sound like an aberration, a time served out by [...]

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How do our youth teams look in comparison to City’s?

The last week or so has seen both our U-21 and U-18 play home games against our rich neighbours from across town. That gave us an opportunity to see how we compared to a team that is throwing money at all levels of the club. First up was the U-21, played at Salford. Before the [...]

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Chelsea’s loss is United’s gain

Chelsea’s loss is United’s gain

Chelsea’s loss is most definitely United’s gain. One thing that cannot be argued is that United have signed Chelsea’s best performer over the last 2 complete seasons. The mood at Stamford Bridge is one of regret at letting such a mercurial talent leave at all, selling him to a direct rival seems insane. For the [...]

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TOP 5: Manchester United non-summer signings

As Manchester United hurtle towards the end of the winter transfer window without a single signing, fans can count themselves lucky that the club have once again avoided the pitfalls of the break. The risks are obvious: there’s no value in the market, none of the players United want are available, and it’s hard to [...]

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I need excitement, oh I need it bad, and it’s the best I’ve ever had…

In October 1978 the Irish punk rock band The Undertones released their classic debut single Teenage Kicks. In two minutes and twenty seven seconds of pure genius songwriter John O’Neil captured the intensity, joy and pain of teenage passion. The song’s anonymous hero blurts out his feelings for a girl he sees regularly around his [...]

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