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The dangers of desperate spending



Piers Barber

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Sir Alex Ferguson was a manager defined by his ability to manage change. Although he occupied the head role at the same club for 27 years, he effectively built and managed three separate teams: the side which won the 1992/93 Premier League title, the 1999 treble-winning squad, and the European Cup winning side from 2008. Indeed, Ferguson’s greatest quality was his ability to succeed, dismantle, rebuild and then – against all odds –succeed again. 

Now David Moyes, his successor, must manage the latest major transition at Old Trafford. This a United squad defined by uncertainty, with five of its most influential players in recent years having already left or thought to be set to leave the club by the end of the year: Paul Scholes retired at the end of last season, Ryan Giggs’ powers are fading, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra look likely to leave the club, whilst Nemanja Vidic’s agent has announced he may not be signing a new contract when his current deal runs out in the summer.  Read the full story


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The curious case of Wilfried Zaha


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This is the peculiar story of a £15 million signing. A player who lit up the Championship last season and has twice been capped by England, but has made just three appearances for his new side as of January 2014. A known prodigious and rapid attacking threat, but whose continued lack of playing time at his new club continues to bemuse. What on earth is going on with Wilfried Zaha at Manchester United? Read the full story


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2013/14: The season so far

Adnan Januzaj

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Manchester United love to do things the hard way. Indeed, it is fortunate the club have traditionally been masters of the comeback: in order to emerge triumphantly from the 2013/14 season, they will have to muster one of the most impressive in their recent history.

It’s been a half season that will live long in the memory of new manager David Moyes. Following another home defeat to Tottenham on the first day of the new year, United sit 7th in the league, 11 points from leaders Arsenal and, perhaps more relevantly at this stage, five from the top four. They have already suffered league defeats to the likes of Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Newcastle. The shadow of the departed Sir Alex Ferguson hangs heavier than expected over Old Trafford. Read the full story


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