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Ashley Young Is But The Tip Of The Iceberg In Footballs Culture Of Cheating

So, Ashley Young took a tumble for Manchester United against Aston Villa yesterday afternoon and now the whole man and his or her dog is up in arms about it. It was the second week in a row that Young had been up to such antics, with a swan dive against Queens Park Rangers last…

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April 16, 2012
Ian

Time To Draw A Line Under The Suarez Incidents

The football was always going to be overshadowed on Saturday lunchtime. It has been that sort of a season. At least, though, another gut-wrenching weekend of tribalism and mud-slinging, some good finally seems to have come from the poisonous atmosphere between Liverpool and Manchester United, and perhaps now we can get back to focussing on…

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February 13, 2012
Ian

The Bizarre Rituals Of Mutual Loathing

The FA Cup may well be the oldest football cup competition in the world – a fact that television viewers will doubtlessly be reminded of around three hundred times over the next seventy-two hours or so – but football supporters that don’t have to habitually wipe rage-induced spittle from the corner of their mouths could…

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January 28, 2012
Ian

Match Of The Week: Manchester United 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

The Premier League title race, we have been told repeatedly over the last couple of weeks or so, is back on. Since getting knocked out of the Champions League by FC Basel, Manchester United have started to rediscover some of their familiar imperiousness, with sixteen goals in their last four Premier League matches – including…

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December 31, 2011
Ian

Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

“Football is a simple game” were four words of Graham Taylor’s wisdom when he was managing Watford up the Football League in the late 70s and early 80s. And his Watford sides certainly “kept it simple.” But it is an unfortunate consequence of the contemporary 24-hour news culture that “keeping” football analysis “simple” leaves a…

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December 14, 2011
Mark

City & United Fall From The Champions League

Anyone taking a bet at the start of the season would not have been able to predict how this would all end up. Manchester City and Manchester United kissed goodbye to the Champions League this season, and there were few mitigating factors that they could cite as a defence. Manchester United can point to their…

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December 7, 2011
Ian

City & United’s Misadventures In Europe Do Not Constitute A Crisis

Both of the Manchester clubs came unstuck in Europe last night. The Champions League campaigns of both Manchester City and Manchester United was certainly been amongst the biggest curios of the start of this season. Imperious and already pulling clear of the pack in the league, they have been broadly misfiring in their midweek matches,…

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November 23, 2011
Ian
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