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Whisper it, United still on track for unlikely treble!


The first impression one got upon looking at the starting line up Manchester United fielded in this Old Trafford quarter final was that the FA Cup was not high on Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of priorities. He surprised by naming seven defenders to face Arsenal with one eye firmly fixed  on Tuesday nights Champions League meeting with Marseille and setting up his side to simply avoid defeat. In the end, United did far better than that, handing the Gunners a morale shattering 2-0 defeat to secure a trip to Wembley for a semi final which keeps them on track for an unlikely treble! Talk of such an achievement is far too early of course, there are too many pundits who feel that they’re not worthy of it, but the fact remains that after this result, United are still very much in the mix.

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0-0 in Marseilles not brilliant but totally efficient


Far from brilliant but total, professional, efficiency which has pretty much been the hallmark of Manchester United this season. The scoreless draw at the Marseille Velodrome should see the Reds safely through to the quarter finals in the return leg. It must be said that keeping substitute hit man Javier Hernandez on the bench was surprising as the young Mexican could have snatched a winner in the last 10 or 15 minutes as he did at Valencia in the Group stage. But Sir Alex Ferguson is fully aware that a home and away Cup tie presents a different challenge.

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Cantona…the ultimate Manchester United cult hero


This is a confession from an unashamed Eric Cantona tragic. There must have been millions of words written about the man known as ‘Dieu’ and given half a chance I would have read every single one of them. I simply cannot get enough of the great Manchester United legend. Some of the people reading this may think otherwise but I doubt if there are too many United fans who would. When Four Four Two magazine recently published this piece by Andy Mitten therefore, there was never any question that it had to be shared. My apologies to anyone who may have read it before. If not, you can be guaranteed to enjoy it.

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