Day: July 31, 2011

The (Possibly Un)Welcome Return Of Non-League Videos Of The Week

The Football League begins its new season next weekend, but non-league football doesn’t begin again for a couple of weeks. With this in mind, it’s time to take a quick look around how some clubs are doing in their pre-season friendlies. All of these matches are from the last couple of weeks and, it has to be said, we have no details on how strong the teams taking part in these matches my or may not have been. Anyway, as a teaser for the start of the new season, here’s a quick look at: York City vs Hartlepool United, Woking vs Charlton Athletic, Bury Town vs Colchester United, Chorley vs Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town vs Notts County. Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Manchester United

Seldom, in recent years, has the gap between the Premier League and Champions League titles seemed so great. In the minds of some, Manchester United’s trip to Wembley for the Champions League final against Barcelona should have been a coronation, a celebration of a uniquely long-lasting dynasty that has dominated English football for almost two decades. This, however, was reckoning without a Barcelona side which some have longingly described as one of the greatest club sides of all time, and on that cloudy, wet evening in North London two months ago, Alex Ferguson’s team was swept aside by an opposition at the absolute peak of its powers. Set against such a conclusion to last season, one of the summer’s most tantalising questions became, “Which way now for Manchester United?” For with the last kick of last season came something of an enforced changing of the guard at Old Trafford. The retirement of Gary Neville came at the end of February, and that was followed by those of Paul Scholes and Edwin Van Der Saar at the end of last season. It was, therefore, always likely that Manchester United were going to spend considerably during the summer – replacements for that little lot were never going to come cheap, either. The obvious straight swap of the three comes in the form of the arrival at Old Trafford of David de...

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