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January 26, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/26/2011

It is lovely to be able to write the words “late Manchester United comeback”. Even better when I can attach them to the words “five points clear” and “season defining victory.” This was a hefty win and no mistake.

January 24, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/24/2011

For the time being at least, we must assume that Alex Ferguson is safe from the sack. The club's ownership could not be any more satisfied with the job he is doing at the moment, not least because of his sense of timing. This victory should gloss nicely over the worrying, phantom bid from Qatar and the Guardian's recent investigation of Bebe's transfer.

January 15, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/15/2011

The 1988-89 season I remember being a particularly chastening one as a fan. We'd finished strongly in the previous campaign and, after a terrific 3-1 over Liverpool and advancement to the 6th round of the FA Cup, there was talk of a United league and cup double for a while. We had never won one at the time and it was a big deal with genuine excitement attached to it. In fairness, it was only the truly optimistic who thought we could do it, but considering I was ten years old at the time I was one of those optimists.

January 7, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/07/2011

Roy Hodgson is not a dazzlingly charismatic man. The men who employed Rafa Benitez will tell you that charm is not a prerequisite for Liverpool managers. But charisma is a quality that can bridge the gap between manager and fan when the fans are unsure of your abilities. Unfortunately for Woy, that gap is widening at Anfield into a perilous chasm. Will United be the ones who push him into it?

January 5, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 01/05/2011

Picture the scene, a club playing free-flowing football with young players being integrated into the side tops the league. The club have fallen below their normal standards of late and are climbing back up. Their manager is taking a lot of stick from the press about his philosophies but he is sticking to his guns and putting his faith in youth. If the club were Arsenal, the plaudits would be raining down from Kingdom Come, as it is Manchester United people just say we are playing badly and that we're getting all the luck. Rubbish.