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Confessions of a London Red

The text message arrived from Paddy at 5:44pm on Friday the 26th of April 2013. “You busy at 4pm on Sunday?” “Was planning to watch football down the pub, you?” I replied. “Was planning on watching football at the stadium. Fancy joining?” Did I fancy joining!…It was a good thing there was no-one else nearby [...]

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What do the fans make of Moyes’ appointment?

What do the fans make of Moyes’ appointment?

Daniel Harris – The Guardian and On the Road: A Journey Through a Season Seems odd to admit to it now, but I’d always kind of looked forward to the post-Fergie era. New stuff is exciting, United are exciting, and I was interested in whether a fresh perspective could retain what was best about the [...]

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Part Two of Sir Alex’s Masterplan – Moyes Just the Next Cog in Fergie’s Dynasty

So the time finally arrived… As day always follows night, the inevitable retirement of an ageing Scotsman in his twilight years on this planet, was always going to occur sometime very soon. Of course, it feels no less of a shock. That sudden feeling of loss, your heart detaching itself from the arteries and veins, [...]

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Spilled beer and smiles on faces – how Ferguson was all about moments (and how he’s like Old Simpsons)

I was about 12, and playing Playstation at a friend’s house. After roughly our 60th head-to-head match, he suggested we start a career game together. He was one of those odd sorts that didn’t support a particular team, “just the game in general”, so we were Manchester United. “Ah”, he said. “There’s only one manager, [...]

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A Knee-Jerk Reaction to the Fergie Bombshell

Yesterday Sir Alex dropped the bombshell that he is officially retiring at the end of this season. As for most privileged Reds of Generation X and Z, Fergie is all I’ve ever really known. Whilst in the deepest recesses of my subconscious rests Big Ron, Fergie is the only footballing face of authority I’ve ever [...]

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A Rather Alternative, and Slightly Premature, End-of-Season United Perspective

A Rather Alternative, and Slightly Premature, End-of-Season United Perspective

Following his inaugural season, it seems slightly rhetorical to enquire, as Naughty by Nature did all those moons ago, who’s down with RVP? Fittingly, almost poetically (well, at least if you’re an accountant) our number 20 bags a hat-trick to secure title number 20. Forget Justin Timberlake’s recently-released musical namesake, this season at OT truly [...]

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The Month: 20 Things That Happened In April

The Month: 20 Things That Happened In April

Exactly 22 things happened/were worth talking about in April. One of them was Margaret Thatcher’s death. Another was this picture of George Osborne crying. Here are the other 20. (20: what could possibly be the significance of that number?) 20 things (not quite in chronological order): 1: Take away this Cup from me Manchester United [...]

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A man for all seasons: The Enduring Genius of Sir Alex Ferguson

A man for all seasons: The Enduring Genius of Sir Alex Ferguson

‘People say mine was a poor upbringing. I don’t know what they mean. It was tough, but it wasn’t bloody poor. We maybe didn’t have a TV. We didn’t have a car. We didn’t even have a phone. But I thought I had everything, and I did: I had a football.’ On the final day [...]

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TOP 5: Title Run Ins

TOP 5: Title Run Ins

5. 2002-03 It’s easy to forget how, in the days between the formation and dissolution of the Sky Four, the Premier League was largely filled with utter dross. Stern John and Collins John would count themselves as solid, dependable Premier League strikers and Allardyceball was the dominant religion. The saving grace of those soulless days [...]

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Sir Alex Ferguson and the three ages of Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson and the three ages of Manchester United

I’ve been trying to understand Sir Alex Ferguson’s effect on Manchester United, and to do so I have had to go back in time. About half my life ago – well, seventeen years back, but it sounds more grand when I express it as a fraction – I studied Medieval History at school. It was [...]

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Tactical Thoughts On Shinji Kagawa

There has been much debate amongst United fans about Shinji Kagawa recently. Some feel his first year at the club has been a disappointment and that he is unlikely to make the grade, whilst others feel he has great promise and will blossom in the years ahead. It’s safe to say that the jury is [...]

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Ding Dong – Why we should not observe minute’s silence

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcolm X. We’re witnessing the sort of sanctimonious, manipulative whitewash that occurred after the death of Princess Diana. Only this [...]

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TOP 5: Wins Over Chelsea

TOP 5: Wins Over Chelsea

1. Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea, (1-1 AET, United win on penalties), European Cup Final, 2008 You probably remember how this one went, so rather than retell a familiar story, let’s take the time to smash one myth about this game: Chelsea were in no way unfortunate to go into the shootout having not already won [...]

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The Month: Kagawa hat-trick, Nani red card and 15 points clear

The Month: Kagawa hat-trick, Nani red card and 15 points clear

Ah, March: the weather slowly improves, as does the football. With the title race and the narrative of relegation to consider (SIX POINTERS EVERYWHERE!), it all starts to mean something. Or maybe not. In fact, forget football, what’s the point of life? Webbe (2002) observed that the nature of ‘life’ means it’s liable to “flip [...]

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RoM’s CoM – March

RoM’s CoM – March

I had a number of versions of this written and ready to publish but wasn’t sure which one would be most entertaining or enjoyable for the average Republik of Mancunia reader. I did, in fact, send two of these versions to Scott and if you’re reading this one (Version 2) he has decided that Version [...]

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