Following our best and worst goals of the past decade, as well as our best and worst signings, the final review is of the best and worst matches from the noughties.
Not the usual news story but an argued point of view.
With Sir Matt Busby still in hospital, recovering from the tragedy in Munich, Jimmy Murphy, the man Busby made his assistant manager when being appointed himself, took the reins. It had been his job to scout and train the team which was known as the Busby Babes, known for his dedication to the job, but [...]
Gary Neville has been issued with a warning for running down the touchline after Michael Owen scored an injury time winner. How bizarre. No, not Neville celebrating a winning goal scored by Owen, I know that still takes some getting used to, but for Neville to be warned for celebrating a goal. Again, not because [...]
In this modern era of football we so often see the word ‘saga’ follow any talk of transfers, with money playing such an important role in our game and complicating so many situations. The first transfer saga that really got under my skin involved us, Chelsea and John Obi Mikel, and with hindsight, the timing [...]
Last season we were written off because Cristiano Ronaldo was injured at the start of the season, we’d have to make a trip to the other side of the world during the busiest period of the season, and quite frankly, it just wasn’t possible to repeat the success of 07/08. Ronaldo scored 16 fewer goals [...]
I have often wondered if I am the only person who witnessed both of the two most spectacular match-day assaults ever perpetrated by Manchester United players on spectators, explosively sudden moments of violence which occured with a 35 year interval between them and which had markedly different impacts on the players concerned, and on the [...]
The Guardian wrote us off for winning the Premiership title last season, predicting that Luiz Felipe ‘He’s won the World Cup, you know?’ Scolari would lead Chelsea to victory, something RoM of course disagreed with. Next season is less predictable than most Premiership seasons, it has to be said, with Scolari coming with the potential [...]
Since “Fergie’s Fledglings” because the biggest thing since the “Busby Babes”, the pressure has been on the Manchester United academy to produce excellent talent. When looking at the squads of our rivals, it’s bizarre that United’s academy is sometimes viewed as a bit of a failure. As if being unable to bring through a group [...]