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The Time Is Right For Vidic To Leave

The Time Is Right For Vidic To Leave

Nemanja Vidic didn’t take long to become a popular figure amongst Manchester United fans thanks to his no-nonsense approach to the game. He loved putting his foot in, was no stranger to a “cheeky” elbow and shirt pull and would stand toe to toe with any opposition player. He was nails and we loved him [...]

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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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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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INTERVIEW: Danny Higginbotham – On The Cliff, Fergie, Class of ’92 and being a red

INTERVIEW: Danny Higginbotham – On The Cliff, Fergie, Class of ’92 and being a red

Danny Higginbotham is one of many former United academy players who, despite not establishing himself in the first team at Old Trafford, went on to have a successful Premier League career. During his time at United, when loaned out to Belgian side Royal Antwerp, he was banned from playing for four months after attacking a [...]

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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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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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PART III: Bill Foulkes and the Munich aftermath

Part II of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at the rise of the Busby Babes and the tragedy of Munich. In this part of the story we’re told about the role Foulkes played as the club was rebuilt after Munich. The Munich Aftermath When the Babes were destroyed on the runway at Munich Bill [...]

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PART II: Bill Foulkes the Busby Babes

Part I of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at his early playing days. In this part of the story we’re told about Bill’s rise to the first team and being a part of the Busby Babes. Bill and the Busby Babes Eventually Matt managed to persuade Bill to quit the pit and go full [...]

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Best United goals under Fergie

United managed 2,762 goals under Sir Alex Ferguson, roughly two scored for every one conceded.  Everyone will have their favourites of the Ferguson era. Sometimes it’s about context – Solskjaer’s winner in the 1999 Champions League Final and the Mark Hughes volley against Oldham that saved the double spring to mind. Other times it’s about pure [...]

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