Tag: Manchester United

Video of the Day: West Ham United vs Manchester United, October 1982

By 1982, West Ham United were back as an established First Division football club. Relegated from the top flight for the first time in two decades in 1978, the club had responded by winning the FA Cup against Arsenal from the Second Division in 1980 and then getting promoted back as Second Division champions whilst reaching the final of the League Cup before losing to Liverpool after a replay the following year. Getting promoted back wouldn’t cause the club any significant problems on the pitch, either. In their first season back the team finished in ninth place, and would...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs Liverpool, March 1985

It may only be a match between the teams in sixth and ninth place in the Premier League, but Liverpool and Manchester United have a history that reaches far beyond their relative league positions at any particular time. For today’s video of the day, we’re going back to March 1985 for an FA Cup semi-final between the two sides, from an extremely windy Goodison Park. Liverpool, for all their success in the Football League and European Cup, had at this stage only won the FA Cup twice in their history, in 1965 and 1974, whilst Manchester United might have...

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Louis Van Gaal on Borrowed Time

If it is possible to subscribe to the idea that pathetic fallacy has any traction as a real life phenomenon, the full-time whistle at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon was the place to go looking for proof. As the heavens lashed the spectators with rain, the sky fell in on Manchester United’s season with a home defeat by Norwich City which added grist to the swelling mill of opinion that all is most definitely not right within the club at the moment. There has been a feeling that supporters are in a state of uneasy detente with manager Louis Van...

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The Have Nots Weekend In The Premier League

It is, perhaps, a reflection upon the uneven times in which we live that, upon the blowing of the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, most eyes were trained on the home dugout rather than the away one. This season has been a strong one for the lovers of sch├Ądenfreude, and perhaps, in a Premier League context at least, we may end up looking back upon this particular final whistle as the one at which it reached its peak. In his post-match interviews, there was a different sense to the Jose Mourinho in post-match interviews. The appeal for a penalty...

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1985/86 Week: Manchester United & Ron Atkinson’s Perfect Ten

The summer of 1985 was not much of a time for optimism in English football, but if there was one club that had a reason to feel a little sanguine, it was Manchester United. Still the most-supported club in England despite not having lifted the Football League Championship since 1967, they had ended the previous season winning the FA Cup for the second time in three years, a sign that the club’s fortunes were changing for the better for the first time in almost two decades. And for a while, throughout the tail end of the summer and the...

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