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August 19, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/19/2012

The atmosphere at Old Trafford has been one of enthusiasm and excitement since Robin Van Persie signed on Friday. Fans will be hoping that translates onto the pitch. However, the chances of Everton rolling over to give United an easy victory are zero. The Toffees share all of the grit and determination of their manager David Moyes and have previous when it comes to making United hurt.

August 16, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/16/2012

The signing of Robin Van Persie from Arsenal has sent a ripple effect through the rest of the league and, before a ball has even been kicked, Fergie has struck the first blow in this season’s title race. Whether or not the Dutchman proves as prolific as he did last season, his impact on Manchester United’s squad can already be felt.

August 15, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/15/2012

Robin Van Persie’s transfer to United has been confirmed by a reluctant Arsenal, as Fergie finally gets his man. Reports put the final fee at £23m, less than the London club had hoped for but still a healthy figure considering Van Persie was keen to leave and out of contract in 12 months.

August 13, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/13/2012

The start of any season brings out the doom-mongers and the shameless optimists in equal force. In some ways, last season could not have ended more horribly. All of the major trophies ended up at the truly despicable clubs and our heroic effort in the league was left unrewarded.

August 7, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/07/2012

The Olympics has been an extremely satisfying experience so far. Unless you are a fan of Team GB’s football contingent of course, or Australian. It is unlikely Sir Alex Ferguson shed any tears as the British Isles’ Frankenstein 11 fell to South Korea on penalties this week, thankfully without injuring any United players.

August 3, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/03/2012

As has been widely reported, Manchester United are on the brink of offering hugely overpriced shares through the New York stock exchange. For the past seven years United fans have learned more about the nature of hedge funds and aggressive takeovers than we ever thought necessary. These past few weeks, it seems as if a new low has been reached.

July 16, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 07/16/2012

It is not often we have two summer tournaments for English fans to take an interest in. It is a situation that highlights the popularity of the game on our fair shores. Popularity, unfortunately, does not equate to health and events off the field this past month have brought that to the surface.

June 15, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/15/2012

Years after his retirement, Roy Keane has established himself as the most entertaining thing at Euro 2012 already. England’s performances thus far are fairly unmentionable. Here is part 2 of the player-by-player reviews for United’s season.

June 4, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/04/2012

David de Gea 8/10
In some ways a baptism of fire for the young Spaniard, but it was never going to be any other way. I have great confidence in his ability and he may be more naturally talented than even Van Der Sar was. There is no doubt that with backing and experience he will get better and better.

May 29, 2012
Posted by Mark Payne on 05/29/2012

This column has completed its fifth year and here are my End of Season Awards. In many ways, this has been the most heartbreaking campaign during my time at the keyboard. Nevertheless, there was still a fair amount to cheer about, even if the trophies ended up with the evil clubs this time out.