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Sandy Turnbull’s story III: The opening of Old Trafford and more controversy

Sandy Turnbull’s story III: The opening of Old Trafford and more controversy

February 19th 1910 saw the curtain rise on the new Old Trafford home, a venue considered the most modern in the land, with tip up seats and a playing surface akin to a billiard table. The setting was perfect. The result was certainly not. As on the previous Saturday, United shared seven goals with their [...]

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Sandy Turnbull’s story II: United’s first ever FA Cup

Sandy Turnbull’s story II: United’s first ever FA Cup

So, A. Turnbull was now on the Manchester United pay-role, making his debut in red, along with his former blue team mates, against, ironically enough – Aston Villa and he ran out behind captain Charlie Roberts to a rapturous welcome from around forty thousand supporters. The pitch, however, wasn’t as welcoming as the fans, as [...]

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Sandy Turnbull’s story I: From City to United

Sandy Turnbull’s story I: From City to United

The noise was deafening, incessant, vibrating through his whole body, making the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, creating a nervous tension, a feeling surpassing all others. But this wasn’t a familiar arena such as Hyde Road or Ewood Park, nor was it the more familiar, much loved environs of the [...]

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Stoke City: A Tall Order

Stoke City: A Tall Order

Rewind a year. As another year notched on the calendar, United entered 2014 in lowly 7th place, preparing for what would be a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham – our sixth loss in the league that season. Despite being just two points better off at the turn of the year this time around, things are [...]

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Spurs Preview: Ending The Year On A Good Note

Spurs Preview: Ending The Year On A Good Note

Is it just me, or are things beginning to feel a little 2012/13? Robin van Persie is consistently scoring, Wayne Rooney is effective in a central midfield position (minus the transfer request), Liverpool flirt with mid-table mediocrity and – most importantly of all – United are consistently winning matches. Order almost restored. It’s almost as [...]

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Villa Preview: The Season To Be Jolly

Villa Preview: The Season To Be Jolly

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? A resounding 3-0 victory over Liverpool last week sees United travel to Villa Park on Saturday having put together six wins in succession. Further woes for Southampton leave Louis van Gaal’s side three points ahead of fourth placed West Ham, with the Saints and Arsenal a [...]

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Liverpool Preview: The Joy Of Six

Liverpool Preview: The Joy Of Six

United welcome the visit of bitter rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford this afternoon having now put together a run of five consecutive wins. A 2-1 victory at St Mary’s on Monday evening ensured the Reds moved back into the top three after an injury-ravaged opening to the season. In truth, besides the three points it’s [...]

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Southampton Preview: Give Me Five

Southampton Preview: Give Me Five

A fourth consecutive victory for United on Tuesday night leaves the Reds on the cusp of returning to the top three of English football, remarkably for the first time since the opening weekend of last season. Marouane Fellaini continued his impressive form scoring the game’s opener, before a teasing Juan Mata free-kick found its way [...]

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Stoke Preview: Without Our Guardian Angel

Stoke Preview: Without Our Guardian Angel

Stoke City are the visitors to Old Trafford this evening as United look to put together a fourth straight victory with Southampton’s third place coming increasingly within touching distance for Louis van Gaal’s side. United’s emphatic victory over Hull City on Saturday was marred only by a hamstring injury suffered by Angel Di Maria, which [...]

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The Month: That’s better, Manchester United

In the month that Andy Townsend peaked, we say: That’s better. And, well, it is: Manchester United have played at such a poor standard in the past 16 months that a run of wins — precisely three — is considered good progress, only slightly damning since they’d held aloft a Premier League title not too long [...]

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Hull Preview: Taming The Tigers

Hull Preview: Taming The Tigers

  Last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal could be described as many things; undeserved, lucky, a robbery, a tactical masterstroke? Whichever way you’d wish to label it, it was undeniably both hilarious and brilliant at the same time. With some firmly set in panic stations – wondering how a fourth placed finish could possibly be [...]

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Arsenal Preview: All’s Well That Ends Welbz

Arsenal Preview: All’s Well That Ends Welbz

  In the modern era, any Arsenal v Manchester United offering has signified a table topping battle for domestic glory and all-important bragging rights. This season’s first serving may represent a slightly less appealing dish as a result of each side’s positively under-whelming beginning to proceedings. At sixth and seventh respectively in the table after [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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