6,500 matches for this Manchester United side

Those last few hours before a match are always nerve wracking ones as the kick off is anxiously awaited. So here’s a piece put together by the Manchester Evening News which could help sooth those nerves. It has selected the ultimate Manchester United starting eleven based on legends who have made the most appearances for the club. A total of 6,500 were made between them and a flexible 4-4-2 formation – with a touch of journalistic license here and there, was used to come up with this star studded, long service line up.

A Premier League Record: Man United 9 v Ipswich 0

Four 6-0 defeats in just 20 Premier League matches! So what’s going on? Could there have been such a yawning gap created between the top and bottom of the league? Manchester United could have easily made it five 6-0 scorelines had they taken even half the hatful of chances that went begging in the 3-0 defeat of Newcastle in their opening game. Yet the newly promoted Magpies came back themselves to inflict a six goal hammering of Aston Villa a few days later.

Irwin expects Ferguson to surprise everyone

It’s the question which has been on everyone’s lips for years. The one which Manchester United fans fear most, rival ones cannot wait for, fellow managers watch closely and media pundits talk about constantly…while Sir Alex Ferguson relishes the continuous speculation. When will British footballs most successful manager finally call it a day? That question may well need to be answered with another – does he know himself?