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Part III: Pete Boyle on the singing section and United’s atmosphere

Part III: Pete Boyle on the singing section and United’s atmosphere

The final part of RoM’s interview with Pete Boyle looks at the decline in atmosphere at Old Trafford and the new plans for a singing section. Read part I and part II. JS: As a leading campaigner for the Singing Section, you’ll presumably be in there full-time if it becomes a permanent feature. Nowadays the [...]

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A chat with Bill Foulkes…

Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we fitted in another workout. A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy [...]

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Part II: Pete Boyle on United’s original chants, YNWA and copying songs

Part II: Pete Boyle on United’s original chants, YNWA and copying songs

In Part 2 of my interview with the authentic piece of Mancunia that is Señor.Boyle, I focus more on Pete’s role as Old Trafford songsmith, his rise to prominence, his opinions on the state of football chanting generally, and his views on MUFC songs past and present. JS: I regularly see you discussing MUFC songs [...]

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TOP 5: Rafael Da Silva moments

Every United fan has their favourite player in the squad. For some, it’s Robin van Persie, the man who gave Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off, and who made Wayne Rooney look like the waste of skin he is. For others, it’s Rooney himself, seeking to prove that running about a lot for a whole match [...]

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PART I: Pete Boyle on chants, McClair’s intelligence and Moyes’ start

PART I: Pete Boyle on chants, McClair’s intelligence and Moyes’ start

Jonathan Shrager recently interviewed the infamous Pete Boyle, MUFC’s most famous, non-famous fan. Originally, he intended to procure Pete’s opinions on the newly-trialled Singing Section, but what ensued was an extensive conversation into Señor.Boyle’s life as United’s chant composer, and chant conductor extraordinaire. In this first part, he broaches multiple topics, including Pete’s relationship with [...]

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Hating our own players – now it’s Ashley Young’s turn

Manchester United are no longer mid-table, we’re no longer enduring the worst start in our Premier League history, we’re very much still in the title race. All of which leaves one important question: who are we going to demonise this week? It can’t be David Moyes, after all we’re winning, it can’t be Nani or [...]

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best XI

If Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it’s that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores. Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels [...]

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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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STATS: How do our wingers compare?

STATS: How do our wingers compare?

As the Moyes regime begins to take shape, it is a time for United fans to reminisce and remember the good times. Now, we all know the title race isn’t over and a new manager needs time to settle, but the retirement of Fergie himself was the final stage of the clubs transition; one that [...]

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Shinji Kagawa – Functional, Efficient and Beautiful

“Our goal is to try to bring a calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems so that you’re not aware really of the solution, you’re not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved.” – Jonathan Ive As with any sport, football lends itself to classification. There’s a pleasing definition [...]

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TOP 5: David Moyes Mistakes

Everybody makes mistakes. Even Alex Ferguson, even Miley Cyrus. David Moyes, however, can’t take a step without stepping into dog turd. A professional manager, you wouldn’t necessarily believe it. However, it’s apparently too early to call for his head – regardless of whether or not you thought he was the wrong choice in the first [...]

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Mark Hughes: My first hero

Mark Hughes: My first hero

Soon after he announced his decision to retire, I was asked to compile my best XI of the Ferguson era. Of course these things are entirely subjective and possibly pointless but that doesn’t stop them being quite good fun. It was an easier task than I’d anticipated and, after due consideration, I went for Schmeichel [...]

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The difference between Reserve and First Team football

The difference between Reserve and First Team football

I often get asked on Twitter, why such and such a Reserve or Youth player isn’t playing for the first team as they are playing well at the level they play at. My answer to virtually all the questions is that the player in question is simply not good enough to be involved in the [...]

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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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TOP 5: Defeats to the Enemy

TOP 5: Defeats to the Enemy

6-1, 5-1, 4-1. Playing Manchester City and getting tonked by them is actually a fairly regular occurrence these days. But way before then, it didn’t help that Manchester United were rubbish. It didn’t help that any team can have an off day. It didn’t help that Manchester City have recently been able to play really, [...]

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