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March 30, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/30/2010

Beating Bolton four nil away was a terrific was to start off the current set of fixtures but a hefty main course now awaits us. Twenty years ago, the final games in March saw us play Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and Coventry - we were also five years away from our last trophy. As such, there can be no complaints against facing two of the richest sides on the planet three times in eight days. This is what it's all about and we are lucky to be here. How we will fare is another question.

March 25, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/25/2010

I am not into any of the darker elements of the famous enmity, but after the pasting we received last season United fans are entitled to enjoy a couple of things. Firstly, Benitez has clearly lost his dressing room, a fact made starker by the fact our best players were the hard working squad men Fletcher and Ji Sung Park.

March 20, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/20/2010

There is nothing wrong with optimism. Cynics claim they are merely being realistic but if I wanted to hang around with people who see something bad in everything good I’d start kicking back with Mary Whitehouse and Jeremy Paxman.

That’s not for me, I live in a world here the only reason Jessica Alba hasn’t confessed her undying love for me is because we haven’t met, where the winter is a gift and where it ain’t so bad if someone leaves the toilet seat up from time to time.

March 12, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/12/2010

It seems strange that a result as momentous as 4-0 against AC Milan can be shoved into the background by events elsewhere in the ground. In the words of the Pretenders, "Don’t get me wrong, I'm glad we spanked their Milanese butts" (roughly), but there was more than football going on at Old Trafford.

March 10, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/10/2010

United wore black armbands on Saturday as a mark of respect to the recently deceased Macclesfield manager Keith Alexander. You only need to take a quick peek at JT’s absurd armband celebration to understand why he is the most dislikeable man in the universe.

I am not going to argue that United’s players go home every night to polish their halos, but if Chelsea’s title campaign is distracted by the shenanigans of Cole and co. there will not be great mourning in the religious community methinks.

March 4, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 03/04/2010

A "source" claims that two "mystery bidders" have offered £1bn+ for United this week but were turned down by the Glazer family. What a convincing story! How brimming with factual evidence it is.

Perhaps the more cynical among us would say this is misinformation, a lame attempt at discouraging the Red Knight campaign. Surely our impeachable owners would not stoop to such a tactic. This can be nothing more than quality news reporting at its best.