• Emotionally Investing In Manchester United’s Big Signings Is Folly

    This week in "my-goodness it's a long summer please can the football start again or at least the let the transfer window be over" news at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is apparently unhappy with the speed of the club's summer business. You and us both, Jose, though from this perspective it is not because of any worries about deals that will or will not be done, but because the tireless, tiresome churn of rumour and nonsense has reached its midsummer nadir and it would be great if it could all just end. One of the reasons it is hard to get excited about transfer rumours is that most of the players linked with a club do not end up coming. If they did, United would have one heck of a reserve side, given all the top-tier names with whom links have been made in the last few years. ...

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  • Manchester United Have Forever Lost Their Fear Factor

    Manchester United used to be scary. They were a side that, even in their lowest moments, offered sides little to no hope of overcoming them. They had a cat-like knack of always landing on their feet and, for a while, it seemed like the hold they had over English football would never slip. Having been born in 1992, a weak Manchester United, or a vulnerable Sir Alex Ferguson, was something that had never existed in my lifetime. Michael Schumacher was the king of Formula 1, Michael Jordan was the king of the NBA, and Manchester United ruled English football—that’s just how it was. ...

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