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Manchester United
October 25, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 10/25/2011

Ouch. I have barely been able to leave the house for two days. Going to work has been unavoidable and extremely unpleasant. This is not the first time United have been beaten by a large score since I have been watching, not even the first time we’ve been handsomely beaten by City, but for some reason I have been feeling this more than the others. But then again, it is entirely possible I might be oversensitive in the immediate aftermath of such a freak result.

October 16, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 10/16/2011

Perspective is important when assessing anything. Although it is hugely important to be fully involved in the business at hand, it pays to be aware of what happens elsewhere in the world. To be perfectly frank, fans of other sports look at football and laugh their arses off at the diving of our players. It is pathetic, tiresome and damaging to the game. It’s finest exponents play for Liverpool FC.

October 12, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 10/12/2011

The capacity that some people have for hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me. In a week when the shameful England rugby team have crashed out of a World Cup in disgrace, half of the country is up in arms about Wayne Rooney misplacing one kick in anger. The lack of perspective required to endorse these standpoints boggles the mind.

October 2, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 10/02/2011

Let's face it. A lot of the joy in following a sports team is found in barracking the opposition's fans. Don't ask me why, but there is a lot of fun to be had in poking fun at members of the other tribe. I like to think that United fans tend to do this with a bit of class and intelligence. This week, we concocted one of our finest coups des graces.