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June 24, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/24/2009

Welcome to the inaugural, and highly, highly unofficial, end of season ESPN/thedevilinme awards. It has been a season of ups and downs with moments to cherish and a few to forget, hasn't it Nemanja. Nonetheless, after careful consideration with the Crinkleys (the guys I go to the games with) and a few other season ticket holders, here is the honour roll for 2008/09....

June 16, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/16/2009

The transfer tittle-tattle basically bores me to tears. I much prefer to see players coming through the ranks than a new John Wayne walk into the dressing room any day of the week. I will post a review of our transfer targets in the next week but beforehand I think it is important to assess the strengths and weaknesses the squad has shown up over the last year. Here goes:

June 13, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/13/2009

I really admire diplomatic people. They have a skill which I lack, the ability to bring a clear head and the cool light of day to even the most frenzied of situations. Some subjects just divide opinion, there are topics that will have people gesticulating wildly, spittle jumping off their lips as they try and control their anger. Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have this type of effect on people.

June 7, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 06/07/2009

What we have seen at Old Trafford this year, and all around the world, was not really the United we have come to know and love. With the exception of Macheda’s goals I can think of very few moments from the past season when I sat on my chair and thought “this is United, this is why I follow”.