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Introducing Coton’s Replacement… Pinched From Ince

Last week I reported on the likelihood of Eric Steele, the recently employed Blackburn goalkeeping coach. Mark Hughes had his own man for the job, Kevin Hitchcock, when he took at the position at Manchester City, meaning that Steele joined Paul Ince at Blackburn less than a month ago. Obviously United moved too slowly and [...]

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Simpson To Blackburn: Great Experience Or United Exposed?

Danny Simpson will be joining Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan, following previous stints at Sunderland, Ipswich and Royal Antwerp. Just as Tom Heaton and Febian Brandy have secured temporary moves away, to Cardiff and Swansea respectively, Simpson will be starting 2008-2009 with Paul Ince’s men down the road. Whilst loan time away usually provides [...]

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“Where Will All The Goals Come From?” Ruud… now Ronaldo

United had just finished second in the Premiership and won the League Cup. It was our most successful season since winning the title in 2003, and whilst still some way off our high expectations, at least we could finally believe we were getting there. However, our top scorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, was certainly on the [...]

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Alan Smith’s First Year Away – Did Fergie Ruin Him?

Alan Smith’s First Year Away – Did Fergie Ruin Him?

Alan Smith quickly won over the Old Trafford crowd, despite his Leeds United roots. In fact, it was probably the fact that he had grown up loving Leeds, yet was able to play his heart out for us, that warmed us to him. See, we all remembered Smithy as that Leedscum youngster who came to [...]

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No Love Lost Between Fergie and Ince

After 10 years of working as our goalkeeping coach, Tony Coton was forced in to retirement because of a persistent knee problem last season. The former City goalkeeper was regarded as one of the best coaches in the business, leaving United with the problem of replacing him. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that a [...]

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Poll: Best Ever United Team?

Poll: Best Ever United Team?

If there’s one thing United fans struggle to agree on, it’s which of our great sides could be given the title ‘the greatest ever’. Whilst United’s success in 1999 is unrivalled by any other team, some argue that our teams from the early 90s were superior, however were held back in Europe because of the [...]

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Rio Better Than Chelsea’s Terry and Liverpool’s Carragher?

Rio Ferdinand is a player that I have taken several years to warm to, with the player’s change in attitude aiding my change in opinion. Whilst he has matured immensely in his time at United, his form has improved every season, which culminated in last season’s brilliantly reliable presence that he provided. Had Ronaldo not [...]

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Season Ticket Holder Andy Cole: I want Ronaldo To Stay

Andy Cole was a massive part of our incredible 1999 Treble winning team, scoring many important goals. The winner away to Juventus in the European Cup semi-finals, the equalisers at home to Arsenal and Leeds, as well as, most importantly, the goal that clinched us the title on the last day of the season, putting [...]

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“Leaving United Was The Best Thing I Ever Did”

“From playing under Sir Alex you learn high standards and ruthlessness is required at any level of management, more so at the top. I’m sure I’ll find that out,” said Paul Ince, the new Blackburn Rovers manager, today. Becoming the 4th player from the 1994 Double winning side at United to manage a Premiership team [...]

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What Does the Guvnor’s Appointment Say About Fergie?

Paul Ince had the potential to go down as one of the Old Trafford greats. He was cocky and cheeky but had the ability to back it up. The self-named Guvnor thought he was bigger and better than what United had to offer, so Fergie got rid, making £7 million on him in 1995. Ince [...]

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Robson, Cantona or Keane – Who Was Fergie’s Greatest?

In the 21+ years that Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge of United, we’ve been blessed with some highly talented players. To pick a strongest United XI, even in just the Fergie era, is something that can never be agreed upon. Beckham instead of Ronaldo? Pick two from Hughes, Nistelrooy, Cantona, Cole, Yorke and [...]

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Pique: United Will Always Be In My Heart

Manchester United sold Gerard Pique back to his former club, Barcelona, this week, ending what was a rather disappointing time at United. Whilst Pique got to share in the joy of winning the league and European Cup double, he did so knowing he hadn’t really left his mark on the club this season. He scored [...]

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Kanchelskis: Let’s Stuff Chelsea Again

Andrei Kanchelskis was a top quality United player, bombing down the wing long before the days of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. With the cuff of his shirt in his hand, he provided goals for the likes of Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes. He was also capable of scoring the odd goal or two for [...]

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“Big Time Charlie” To United? You Having A Laugh??

Paul Ince was a player I loved as a lad. I loved his cocky nature, I loved his ability, I loved how he played, I loved his strength in the tackle, and like most lads in Manchester, I imitated his goal celebration moves that he carried out with Ryan Giggs. He appeared to love the [...]

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Alan Smith – What Were You Thinking?

I’m not quite sure how Alan Smith had imagined his return to Old Trafford. Maybe he thought Newcastle would hold their own away to the Champions, sticking together on the pitch after all the disruption off it. Maybe he thought he could get his first goal for Newcastle against his former club, and celebrate in [...]

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