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Match Of The Midweek: Schalke 04 0-2 Manchester United

This, it has been implied, is a foregone conclusion. Much of the talk over the last few weeks has been centred upon which of the Spanish behemoths Manchester United would stand a better chance of beating at Wembley next month and the small matter of winning this semi-final has been comparatively overlooked. FC Schalke 04…

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April 26, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

A corner of the north-west of England has decamped to north-west London. The folly of the FA’s decision to hand FA Cup semi-finals to Wembley for the forseeable future has been amply demonstrated this weekend, with the closure of the M1 motorway on account of a fire having pushed the rail system as far as…

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April 16, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Midweek: Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

The machine trundles on. Manchester United go into this evening’s Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea looking more likely become, if some sources are to be believed, the first ever English club to win the treble without actually playing that well. Is there, however, anything behind this throwaway comment? The recent statistics speak for themselves. They…

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April 12, 2011
Ian

Crossing the Mangnall Line

To borrow a phrase, football makes strange bedfellows. It is not entirely uncommon for a manager to lead one club for years only to depart for said club’s principal rival, at times irking supporters on both sides of the divide. Some have become so adept at hopping into the enemy’s bed though, they feel no compunction…

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April 12, 2011
Ian

So Much To Answer For: The Anatomy Of The Manchester Derby

As everybody is doubtless already aware, Manchester City and Manchester United face each other at Wembley for the first time this weekend, in the first of two FA Cup semi-finals. To mark this, we are running a week’s worth of articles about football in the city of Manchester, kicking off with an overview of a…

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April 11, 2011
Ian

On How Wayne Rooney Ruined Mother’s Day

You’d think that Saturday would have beeen a day of celebration. A vivid carnival of all that is right with being Red and Mancunian. Big United larruped West Ham in the East End yesterday, despite having been two down at half-time. And up in weird, charity-shop filled Retford, FC United came back from a goal down…

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April 5, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Manchester United 1-0 Crawley Town

Perhaps we should spare a thought for the ordinary supporters of Crawley Town. The thousand or so die-hards that have been going to Broadfield Stadium for a few years have had a tough time of it over the last few seasons and they may well believe that they, if no-one else, have earned their day…

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February 19, 2011
Ian
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