• Whiteboard Extra: Eric Cantona – The Man & The Myth

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: March 27th, 2017 Skilful, thoughtful and aggressive; Eric Cantona wowed English football in the 1990s and was key to Manchester United’s dominance at the time. Though idolised for his football, Cantona is also remembered for his various altercations; a kung-fu-kick against a Crystal Palace fan at Selhurst Park is perhaps foremost amongst them. Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to discuss the man and the myth. ...

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  • Manchester United Should Be Suspicious Of Mourinho’s Familiar Patterns

    In last week's column I suggested that it was pretty likely that Jose Mourinho, if given any chance to do so was going to Mourinho. Since then, he has Mourinho'd all over the shop. Indeed, this past weekend might just be the weekend in which he has Mourinho'd the most since his arrival at Manchester United. Sure there was his petty feuding with Antonio Conte last season, the lazy jibes which followed the breakup of his second marriage with Chelsea. There was the Europa League final wherein he combined the two key forms of Mourinhoing—he negated an opponents strengths at the expense of pretty football and won a trophy. ...

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  • Looking Back At Sir Alex’s Last Season At Manchester United

    One of the greatest managers the game has ever seen; we take a look at Sir Alex Ferguson's last season at Manchester United. ...

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  • Gabriel Jesus: Get Ready For Manchester City’s Second Coming

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: December 19th, 2016 There is less than a week to go before much of the world celebrates the birth of a kid who amazed one and all with his extraordinary gifts. Soon after, Manchester City fans will be rejoicing in similar fashion and for similar reasons but with his namesake. ...

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  • Ander Herrera Will Get A Chance To Re-State His Importance To Manchester United

    Marouane Fellaini tended to be known for his magnetic chest, his sadly sharp elbows and his famous frightwig. Given the fixation on other parts of one of football’s more idiosyncratic frames, his knees went overlooked. Until, that was, a medial ligament sidelined him at a point when Paul Pogba was already out. Enter Ander Herrera. Manchester United’s pivotal performer at Anfield last season should be primed for a return to the side on Saturday. The Spaniard has represented one of United’s obscured curiosities, the reigning Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, but a man granted just 131 minutes of Premier League football. ...

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  • Tactical Questions As Manchester United Approach Their First Few Tests

    Manchester United's season is about to get real. So far, it has been something of a procession. There have been four 4-0 wins and a couple of 4-1s thrown in for good measure. This means that six of of the 11 times they have taken the field in all competitions so far they have scored four. If you go and see United this season there is a better than 50 per cent chance they will score four goals. At home they have scored four in four out of six games. ...

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  • Martial, Rashford and Manchester United’s Legacy Of Crowd-Pleasers

    When Anthony Martial nutmegged Andros Townsend during Manchester United's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Old Trafford made an amazing noise. It was a collective "ohhh" of amazement, delight, and just a hint of sharing in Townsend's evident pain. Apart from J-Stand and the top tier of the Stretford End, both of which had been in excellent voice throughout, the ground had been relatively quiet for most of the game. When the Palace fans sung "where's your famous atmosphere" it was unclear whether they were being ironic, as they certainly were when they sung "we're Crystal Palace, we score when we want." Given Old Trafford's reputation as a cavern which sucks sound out of the ground before an atmosphere can ever truly build for anything but the biggest games, the idea that the atmosphere is "famous" is surely outdated. ...

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  • Tactical Profile: How Marouane Fellaini Has Become Vital To Manchester United

    Marouane Fellaini has revived his career at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho. This video explores why the midfielder is of great value to the club, and to Mourinho's preferred style specifically. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Could Mesut Ozil Really Move To Manchester United?

    According to an exclusive in the Independent, Manchester United are ready to make a move for Mesut Ozil in January, with a view to coming back for him next summer when his contract runs out. The 28-year-old's current deal runs out at the end of the season, and with talks at an impasse as he has continues to show no real willingness to remain at the Emirates beyond this campaign, United are now planning to try and sign him. The report states that Jose Mourinho is 'confident' of convincing him to join United based on their strong working relationship at Real Madrid - but could it really happen? ...

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  • Whiteboard Extra: Analysing Swansea City, Manchester United & Manchester City

    Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart. The pair set out to discuss Swansea's tactics, in partciular, how they managed a goalless draw with Tottenham a couple of weeks back. Though they did tangent rather abruptly into discussing the two Manchester clubs, who currently seem to be the front runners for the league at this early stage. ...

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