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Manchester United
February 20, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 02/20/2011

It is a strange thing being Manchester United in the FA Cup nowadays. If you win, you lose, if you lose it's a disaster but if you do enough to progress - then that's even worse. It is a clear sign that the Empire is crumbling.

February 14, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 02/14/2011

The winner was the kind of goal everybody who has seen a football dreams about scoring. I remember commentary on an old United game from the sixties after Bobby Charlton had netted one of his belters. The man with the mic said something along the lines of, “That goal was good enough to win the league, the cup, the Open, even the Grand National”. Similarly, Rooney’s goal was worthy of winning any game, any contest in any sport. He’s back baby.

February 7, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 02/07/2011

Thank God that's out of the way then. United are now defeated this season but that’s no reason to predict we’re about experience any kind of Old Testament horrors. A look at the league table shows all is well, but it is time to face a few home truths. Our results over the last month have been a lot more flattering than our team’s beauty.

February 2, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 02/02/2011

Although not a great film The Expendables was a terrific concept. Lump together all of the action stars from yesteryear and surround them with some new explosions. As February begins, it looks like Alex Ferguson's Manchester United and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal will contest the title this year. There is nothing like a good old-fashioned feud to get the juices flowing.