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April 26, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/26/2009

Manchester United's capacity for drama is certainly not on the wane. There are times when I wonder if I follow football or merely suffer from it. This still wasn't vintage stuff from United but five goals against a resurgent Spurs is very respectable. One question that is left in hanging in air though. What on earth has happened to Howard Webb?

April 19, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/19/2009

Okay. So we are not trapped in the marshy trash compactor of a Starship Destroyer wearing uncomfortable Stormtrooper outfits with a strange beasty lurking beneath but, beware we should. I am not at all sure our record at New Wembley ((C) Tony Blair) is anything to feel confident about.

April 16, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/16/2009

Opponents are a little bit like carpets. If you (p)lay them right the first time, you can walk all over them for years. Porto must still be reeling from that 4-0 tonking we gave them in '97 because they were in a very strong position going into this match.

Despite United being wobblier than that rope bridge from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in recent weeks. Porto still couldn’t dominate. United controlled this match and for once, we have a performance as satisfying as the result. We also have a clean sheet for a change. Geronimo.

April 11, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/11/2009

Fingernails are overrated anyway. This was terrifying stuff for most of the afternoon. Both of our nearest rivals had managed to score four and even as we reorganised ourselves into a 1-1-8 formation we seemed unlikely to get a winner. Again. There are times when I allow myself to slip into a "it's one of those days" mindset. I should not play these tricks on myself when it comes to United.

April 8, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/08/2009

Reports of Manchester United’s demise have been exaggerated. The Los Angeles Earthquake was a disaster. The eruption of Mount St. Helen’s was a disaster. Every single one of Glenn Hoddle’s haircuts in the eighties was a disaster. Drawing 2-2 with Porto is an understandable result and a retrievable situation. On the other hand, Hoddle’s barbour will never work again.

April 6, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 04/06/2009

If you could bottle Manchester United you would have a serious concoction on your hands. It would be the kind of potion to rewrite prohibition laws, alcohol legislation worldwide would undergo serious scrutiny and support groups would pop-up like shoots in the spring time.