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August 27, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/27/2009

It really has been a wonderful week. United win five nil, England claim the ashes and fortress Anfield is ransacked by men in purple shirts. There has been a bit of glow to bask in – but just as we start to relax the Arsenal team bus comes into view.

August 20, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/20/2009

Order a bouquet of red roses now. Go home with a box of chocolates and find the slow CD, this was a result for the romantics. Owen Coyle’s purple clad side in their wooden stadium sent United home looking like planks.

August 18, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/18/2009

Whilst United were not utterly convincing in their defeat of Birmingham there are a lot of positives to glean from the performance. There were many shades of last season’s impenetrable run in that we had several injuries but held firm. There was also the expected return to 4-4-2 to assess.

August 14, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/14/2009

You can start counting them now. We had about thirty seasons wondering 'who will be this year's 'next George Best'?' and now the new Ronaldos will start clocking up. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that after a decent hour of football Nani has been proclaimed as the next Portuguese hope. I remember a friend of mine remarking that Russell Beardsmore reminded him of Best. Shortly afterwards that friend returned to his pint, yet to return with his head held high.

August 6, 2009
Posted by Mark Payne on 08/06/2009

So here we are. Not gigantic amounts can be read into who wins these games, neither for the following season’s champions nor for the form of the competing teams. But there is one thing I am interested in seeing from the fixture. What on earth is going to be United’s formation this season?