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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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BALLBAGS – Manchester United’s “luck of the draw” in domestic cup competitions

When David Moyes hit out at the Premier League a couple of weeks ago, suggesting a “conspiracy against United” in terms of our opening run of fixtures in the new campaign (I think we all know that run now: Swansea, Chelsea, Liverpool, Palace, City), he may have been continuing a fine tradition of controlled paranoia [...]

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TOP 5: Starts to the season

1992-1993 Ah, the first year of the Premier League, the gift that kept on giving, to players’ and agents’ bank balances. The glamour, the glitz and the gaudiness – all these things were not able to ruin what was Manchester United’s first league title in over 400 years. And how auspiciously the season did start. [...]

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United fans might make it impossible for Moyes to succeed

I have spent my life as a football fan, bathing in a river of negativity… Self imposed, I might add. Every match that I attend, I put myself through an excruciating ritual of superstitious nonsense, purely so United will not lose. What doesn’t help is I have convinced myself over this thirty year period of [...]

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Jack Crompton – Our last living link to the 1948 Cup Final

Jack Crompton – Our last living link to the 1948 Cup Final

On July 4th, Jack Crompton, the last living link to Manchester United’s 1948 FA Cup winning side past away. Jack was 91 years young, the goalkeeper in that first post-war trophy winning team, a gentleman, a truly likable man, who still found pleasure in watching his beloved United, in particular the Reserves, and would often [...]

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