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The Mirror has a trash talk discussion between Scott the Red and a Liverpool fan.

By Far The Greatest Team has individual player stats for United vs Liverpool.

The Telegraph has Twitter stats to show Manchester is red.

The Guardian looks at Sir Alex Ferguson’s big buys and bargains.

Red Flag Flying High looks at the key battle between Carrick and Gerrard this weekend.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Good banter between Scott and Jim. Thought Scott tipped
    it though. Stuck to the script and the fachts! ;)

    Congrats to Robin van Persie, Barclays player of the month!

  2. WeAreUnited says:

    “Suarez, for racially abusing Evra, never apologising for it and refusing to shake Evra’s hand after racially abusing him. ”

    Imagine how crazy of a person Suarez is. Amazing.

    “We’ll be running round Old Trafford with 19, we’ll be running round Old Trafford with 19, we’ll be running round Old Trafford, running round Old Trafford, running round Old Trafford with 19. Singing we knocked the scousers off their perch…”

    Liked this one!

  3. WeAreUnited says:

    Scott points on you mate with this one also

    “If I had to pick between the two, then Owen, mainly just because it was funny that Liverpool haven’t won the league for over two decades then Owen wins the record breaking 19 title with us”

    their legend helping us getting to that 19 hahaha.

    “We’ll be running round Old Trafford with 19, we’ll be running round Old Trafford with 19, we’ll be running round Old Trafford, running round Old Trafford, running round Old Trafford with 19. Singing we knocked the scousers off their perch…”

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Speaking of the twitter issue. I am struggling to understand how some of this is calculated.

    Clearly, the Telegraph article suggests that Manchester is red when you double click to expand on the Manchester region of the map. But the data points are not available, so you don’t know if one area is listed as blue because it only had 4 mcfc vs 2 mufc tweets, whereas another area might be red because there were 50K mufc tweets and 100 mcfc.

    Take for instance another article which clearly shows that City is way in front of United in engaging twitter users. United has a facebook page, but very little twitter presence. Additionally, you can’t get a tiny URL for any article. All around, is not a very twitter friendly site.
    So there is an article that highlights this point, and suggests almost nobody at United uses twitter very effectively. But again giving no real numbers on where the data is coming from.
    (remover the spaces between // and blog to activate this link)

    On the other hand, there is a nice table in yet another article which is really easy to understand. This article show that United fans significantly out tweet any other club in the world over the last 30days.
    (scroll to the bottom past the Real madrid love in stuff)

  5. Fab says:

    Looking forward to the battle of the midfield. Excellent banter between Scott and Jim. haha

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Guardian read is a good treat: They have actually put together a pretty fair list of our best bargain XI and it’s hard to argue.

    Best Scots Bargain XI (or Best Old Miser XI if you prefer)

    1. Peter Schmeichel: £750,000 from Brondby
    2. Paul Parker: £2m from QPR
    3. Denis Irwin: £625,000 from Oldham
    4. Steve Bruce: £825,000 from Norwich
    5. Gary Pallister: £2.3m from Middlesbrough
    6. Paul Ince: £1.8m from West Ham
    7. Eric Cantona: £1.2m from Leeds
    8. Roy Keane: £3.75m from Nottingham Forest
    9. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: £1.6m from Molde
    10. Mark Hughes: £1.8m from Barcelona
    11. Andrei Kanchelskis: £1m from Shakhtar Donetsk

    I might take a punt on Ronaldo in place of Ince, but thats me then! We paid £12.24m but got £80m 6yrs later!

  7. onside says:

    Happy Birthday Bryan Robson!!!

  8. Pratyush says:


    I don’t think that those lists are really fair, because while the amounts for players like Pallister and Hughes may seem small now, it certainly was a huge amount back when they were bought.

    I doubt you’d be able to buy, say Keane for 3.75m any more. Just look at the example of Wilf Zaha. That kids’ going for upto 20m!

  9. trollhunter says:

    In the trash talk discussion that picture of Brendan Rodgers is Ricky Gervais wtf

  10. trollhunter says:

    In Roy Keane’s day it was Italian football with all the money top players were going for 10 to 13 mill so Keane was still a hell of a signing

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Pratyush, Cheers, Still a good team was my view.

    But fully agree. Except for Schmeichel Solskjaer and Kanchelskis, all were established first division players.

    I wonder who you could look at as an indication of what Cantona might be worth. Misfits looking for a place to fit? Maybe Balotelli’s €22m move from Inter. Cantona also won the first divison with leeds the year before he came over, but nobody at Leeds gave him much credit (their loss then?)

    Name your favorite misfit then? Nasri? probably not.

  12. King Eric says:

    trollhunter – Read it mate. It says Rodgers is like Brent!

  13. trollhunter says:

    King Eric lol ok just noticed the picture,that’s spot on Rodgers is hard to bear

  14. King Eric says:

    “In real life: Much the same as us in many ways with far more in common than maybe we’d like to admit.”

    The scouser is correct. Both sets have apathy toward Ingerlund.

  15. WeAreUnited says:


    good call, I would have never thinked that way. Exactly they were a bit expensive in that time.

    But for those players that @fletchtheman put solskjaer, schmeichel and kanchelskis are a good example.

    I would also add Ronaldo, and of course Chicharito . Kagawa for 14mill is not a bad deal either :)

  16. sam says:

    How do you think Liverpool will set up for this one? 4-5-1 with shelvey, Allen and gerrard in the middle and downing and sterling on the wings?

  17. sam says:

    Cantona definitely – he was top drawer from the word go, but ronaldo I reckon was about par at 12 million. He was a talented skinny teenager who had a lot of developing to do. In hindsight definite bargain

  18. mara says:

    It is interesting that Cantona came from Leeds one of the most hated club from United fans. In that term i dont consider myself as a fan because i m not from UK so i dont hate those clubs like you.

  19. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ronaldo 12m in > 68m profit. Not bad work, if you can get it!

  20. FletchTHEMAN says:

    What about your BEST EPL era Home grown XI :

    Ben Amos 7 (Foster 23, but not a real home grown)
    Neville P 602
    O’Shea 393
    Wes Brown 362
    Neville 386
    Beckham 394
    Nicky Butt 387
    Fletcher 312
    Giggs 925
    Scholes 714 (scholes as a forward so I can get Fletcher as mf)
    Lee Sharp 263

    Bench Ron-Robert Zieler (he’s the now Germany #3 or 4 keeper), Rafael 113, Fabio 53, Evans 146, Cleverley 34, Wellbeck 86

    Keepers are tough! Most home grown keepers don’t even start anymore. Zieler (on the bench) broke is shoulder and never played a game, but is turning out pretty well. 1st choice at Hannover. Liverpool are considering him as a replacement for Reina which says something

  21. King Eric says:

    Fletch – Alright mate. Can’t strictly have Sharpey as we got him from Torquay! I loved Lee Sharpe.

  22. United Till I Die says:

    Not too sure why Fergie is a called a hypocrite in the mirror piece. Newcastle have a great following and a half decent history, but they are without doubt a small club in comparison to Everton. Thats my opinion anyway, I can’t see Fergie ever calling Everton a small club, because they aren’t. As for Pardew, nobody would lose sleep if Wolves were called a wee club, so whats the difference with NUFC? Might not be nice but at least its accurate!

  23. United Till I Die says:

    Not too sure why Fergie is a called a hypocrite

    - haha I sound like Mancini…


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