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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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Evra – Written in to United’s history books

There are times at which Old Trafford feels akin to Ellis Island in New York. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” reads the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty in reference to the millions of immigrants who headed to the United States in search of [...]

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Evertonians on Moyes

Evertonians on Moyes

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 really recognized. This has rendered a significant number of younger United fans extremely anxious, constantly questioning and [...]

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Moyes need to prove he can weather the storm

The supporters of Manchester United are not enjoying themselves much at the moment. Defeat to Swansea in the FA Cup has left Old Trafford a sombre place. Nobody can disguise the poor quality of United’s performances or results and a glance at the league table speaks volumes. Whilst the current situation is not David Moyes’s [...]

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James Wilson – United’s striking hope for the future

Although Manchester United have, by far, the best record for playing home grown talent since the last World War, the 2 positions we have struggled to make a breakthrough in the last 25 years has been Goalkeeper and a Striker. Why that is I really cannot figure out as we have done really well in [...]

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The Month: United make tentative steps

December has left nobody knowing how good Manchester United really are: a tame draw and two defeats showed a team stumbling to one of those mythical places that doesn’t even offer the Europa League. The six consecutive wins in all competitions that followed, however, at least allows United to be relevant for a lot longer [...]

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TOP 5: United games at Christmas

Winter is a wonderful time, and Christmas is even more special. It is special because amongst all the utter, utter tedium of hanging out at home and eating the worst meat of all time, turkey, you get to watch an enormous amount of football. Christmas has so many games that it can destroy a season [...]

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PART V: Bill Foulkes and the Harry Gregg fall out

The hidden legacy of Munich: tensions between Bill and Harry Gregg One of the pleasures of seeing the ‘Class of ‘92’ in action is the palpable sense, even after all these years, that the likes of Giggs, Scholes, Beckham, Butt and the Neville brothers are still terrific friends. There are bonds that will bind them [...]

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Miscellaneous Musings on Keane vs Vieira: Best of Enemies

Miscellaneous Musings on Keane vs Vieira: Best of Enemies

The finest sentence of Roy Keane’s 2002 Autobiography reads; “I like dogs, because unlike humans, they don’t talk shite.” As a human myself, who also happens to be a dog owner, I can see where he’s coming from. It’s the sort of candor that’s become synonymous with the man; a brand of deliberately outspoken contrariness [...]

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PART IV: Bill Foulkes and the End of the Rainbow in ’68

The Holy Grail in Europe Everyone at Old Trafford and indeed throughout football, if not the wider world, knew that Matt Busby was obsessed with winning the European Cup. He never put it into words but everyone assumed he saw it as the only possible way of vindicating his original decision to enter Europe back [...]

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United’s midfield problem has a solution

The spine of a Manchester United team is emerging from the wreckage of the season’s first fifteen games. In Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Villa Park, David Moyes quietly found a solution to United’s central dilemma; How to disguise United’s lack of midfield bite. The solution was not a surprise. The win over a flailing Aston [...]

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