Bolton

City semi final derby is NOT the end of the journey

There’s a dangerous tendency amongst football fans – of every club, to put the cart before the horse and the Manchester United ones are no different. If it’s been heard once it’s been heard a thousand times. “The FA Cup Semi Final derby on Saturday is the Final with the winner certain to lift the Cup at the end of May” REALLY? Is that not being a little presumptuous? Cup Finals have been riddled with underdogs coming out on top for over a century. Remember Sunderland beating Leeds United, Wimbledon doing the same against Liverpool and indeed, Southampton denying Manchester United? Every one of those winners were complete outsiders before causing their boilovers.

RIP Johnny Morris – One of Uniteds greats

While many fans can easily quote chapter and verse about the recent history of Manchester United, only a few old farts like myself are still around to remember the stalwarts who helped weave the rich tapestry of a club they helped develop into one of the world football’s giants. One of those men was Johnny Morris who passed away at the ripe old age of 87 earlier this week. He spent eight years at Old Trafford but like so many other greats at the time, most of those years were during the war years which robbed those players the full recognition they deserved. Ivor Ponting from The Independent paid tribute to a United great who should be remembered by those who have little or no memory of.