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May 30, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 05/30/2010

With Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to make huge splashes at this year's summer jamboree, two Manchester United alumni are set to take centre stage at the World Cup for possibly the first time. I thought this would be a nice opportunity to look back through the archive and see which United players had made the biggest impact on World Cups gone by. Here is the (by no means definitive) list:

May 24, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 05/24/2010

Clouds were gathering at the start of this season with the departures of Ronaldo and Carlos “cough” mercenary “cough" Tevez. The Guardian predicted United would finish sixth and this very correspondent said that four in a row would be too much to ask. Michael Owen’s signing had gone down like a turd sandwich and many of us entered the campaign with fears it may be a season of damage limitation.

May 9, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 05/09/2010

As the curtain comes down on the 2009/10 season, how will this campaign be remembered by Reds fans? A gallant effort after selling the world’s best player? An acceptable return after an injury disrupted 10 months? A disappointment at finishing second to an excellent but not exceptional Chelsea side?

May 2, 2010
Posted by Mark Payne on 05/02/2010

So after 37 games, 3390 Premier League minutes (+ Fergie time), of a long, hard season it seems United may fall just sort of the magical 19th title. Only the wonderfully inconsistent Wigan Athletic can stop Carlo Ancelotti claiming the League crown in his debut season.