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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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Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

Just after Chelsea had fallen behind to Basle in the Champions League last night, the Sky Sports commentator asked whether Chelsea’s youngsters truly had it in them to drag themselves back into the game. I thought it seemed a fairly astonishing thing to say given the experience within the Stamford Bridge team’s first x11, and [...]

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A Day In The Life Of Ed Woodward

07:00 am I awake to the glorious sound of the Lighthouse Family filling the room. Yes! Yes I could be lifted! It’s a suitably rock n roll start to a day on which yours truly is the headline act. Club tie. Lucky Penfold underpants. Freshly pressed slacks. Let’s do this! Today’s the day I put [...]

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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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Gary Neville: A very ordinary hero

Gary Neville: A very ordinary hero

Gary Neville is not a hero in the classical sense of the word. He is not big or strong, noble or valiant, moral or handsome. In fact, last year Sir Alex Ferguson went as far as to say that his erstwhile charge had made an unwise move in pursuing a career in television given his, [...]

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