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January 30, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/30/2009

The transfer window is starting to close and the gaze of the footballing world is starting to point in new directions. Where does it rest its unceasing gaze for the next few months? Well, onto the Player of the Year awards, and who are the likely contenders for this seasonâ..s prize.

Last week Sir Alex Ferguson stated that Ryan Giggs would be enjoying another extension to his contract and that he also thought Giggs was is line for a personal award this time round too. Was this comment the crafty machinations of a fatherly manager, or is English footballâ..s most decorated player a genuine challenger for the title of best Premier League Player 2009/2010?

January 29, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/29/2009

We will, I hope, look at back at this stretch of games as one of the most impressive in the club's history. The number of fixtures we have played, with a full treatment room, is astonishing. If we win nothing, then this run faces being lost in the memory except for one stand-out fact. VDS now has the clean sheet record and that, if nothing else, is going to stick around for a while.

This also means that I have to tuck into a a large serving of humble pie....

January 24, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/24/2009

I had a tremendous sense of dread before this game. We all have a habit of inheriting the sins of our fathers and Cloughie senior loved nothing better than to put one over on Alex. But, thankfully, United's young guns managed to prove me wrong. However, like almost all United teams that have gone before them, they made us suffer a bit for it.

My trepidation was based around the assumption that Fergie would play a weakened team and Derby would go for it, if they had scored first we would have needed three and that is a tricky prospect against any opposition.

January 23, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/23/2009

"How do you take him on? You don't!"
Sir Alex Ferguson's former captain Steve Bruce warns Rafa Benitez off another attack.

"He's cracking up, he's cracking up, he's cracking, Rafa's cracking up!"
United fans to the tune of Three Lions.

Posted by Mark Payne on 01/23/2009

It is pretty tough to imagine how this week could get any better. Perhaps Angelina Jolie will call and tell me she has â..had enough of Brad and can I take her in for a couple of weeksâ.., or maybe I will open tomorrowâ..s newspaper and read the headline:
Unfortunately, despite the longing glances I am casting at my phone, neither of those things will happen. Instead, when I read my copy of the Daily Hooray over breakfast I will see the follwing two things:
1. Cahill equalises
2. Kaka snubs Man City

Tim Cahill is no Tomb Raider but he will do for now.

January 13, 2009

The significance of this result cannot be overstated. We have utterly murdered the very team who were short favourites to win the league this year. Incredibly, this was not a particularly classy display from United, but it was more than enough to do the job.

Berbatov was involved in all three goals and after his recent contributions I estimate that he has been worth about 9 points over the last month. That is not ÂŁ30million but it is important.