Tag: Manchester United

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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Algernon Martial: Built Up, Knocked Down… Repeat (Every Nanosecond)

It used to be said that there were sections of the press who liked nothing more than to “build ’em up and knock ’em down.” We seem to live in a more sophisticated age than that, now, but only in so far as that the up-building and down-knocking processes engaged by the media have become so frantic and chaotic that it can be impossible in any one moment to be able to fully process whether any particular individual or institution is supposed to be lauded or despised. But what happens when a football club – and not just any...

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Saturday Evening Live! Manchester United vs Liverpool

Good afternoon, sports fans! And welcome to our live-blog on this early season clash of the titans, between Manchester United and Liverpool. Actually, you know, all is not quite well in the House of Trafford and the House of Anfield, at present. Manchester United’s end of transfer window activity had the hint of a single father in a toy shop at ten to five on Christmas Eve about it, performances have been sluggish even before defeat in their last match against Swansea City, and Louis Van Gaal had to say “I am not a dictator” at a press conference...

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