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November 28, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 11/28/2011

We football fans are a notoriously fickle bunch. Either we are not happy because of the quality of the show or perhaps the fortitude of the results irk us. Either way, it’s certainly a mixed bag with United at the moment.

November 20, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 11/20/2011

In general, writers like things called ‘themes’ that they can hang their articles around. Therefore, if there is anything mildly unusual or different about a story, for example one of the teams in an English league match being Welsh, then you can expect the scribe to bang on about it for ages.

November 10, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 11/10/2011

As the dust settles on the anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson’s arrival at the club we are still a quarter of the way through an active football season and in the thick of the battle.

If you had offered us 26 points from that opening run of fixtures many of us would have taken it. Although we have managed to put Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham to the sword the performance against City was such an abomination that nothing can be taken for granted.

November 3, 2011
Posted by Mark Payne on 11/03/2011

It is certainly not business as usual when the best way to view a Manchester United match is via the ‘minute by minute’ report. Sadly, the club’s reputation for swashbuckling football that takes the breath away is looking misplaced at the moment.