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The dangers of desperate spending


 

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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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United Tiki-Taka-ed


Rooney hides his face as United are embarrased on their own home turf

In his pre-match press conference, Sir Alex Ferguson called for his players to wake up in Europe at Old Trafford. His comments weren’t heeded as we slumped to yet another defeat at home in Europe. That’s 1 win in 5 home European ties now. Manchester United were well and truly beaten by Athletic Club Bilbao and the score-line is flattering to the Red Devils as they were convincingly played off the park by the Spanish team. There would have been no injustice at all if the Red Devils were beaten by more than a 1 goal margin. Read the full story

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Can We Really Make It 20 This Season?


The statistics this morning read; Manchester United joint top but still second in the table due to an inferior goal difference compared to that of Manchester City. Our neighbours lost thanks to a goal by an ex-Red Devil, the most recent one to move to the blue half of Liverpool, Darron Gibson. Ironically, his departure might have brought about some cheers among United fans all over the world and what is more ironic, is that perhaps his goal in the blue of Everton must have been cheered loudest by United fans; louder than any that he has scored while wearing the red of Manchester United. Read the full story

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