May 8, 2013
Alex Ferguson retires as manager of Manchester United -€“ live!

Stunning news this morning from Manchester (even though the speculation had ramped up over the last few days, most thought it was just that…speculation) as Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement from United effective the end of the season.

Now the race will be on to see who the successor will be to the best manager in modern English history. 

April 22, 2013
Manchester United 3 - 0 Aston Villa
Title number 20 for Sir Alex Ferguson, as Robin Van Persie tallies a first-half hat trick (including this ridiculous volley goal). United have a chance to best Chelsea’s record of 95 points if they win out, including games against Arsenal (where the Gunners will be forced to give United a “guard of honor” including RVP), Chelsea, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.
Congratulations to Manchester United.

Manchester United 3 - 0 Aston Villa

Title number 20 for Sir Alex Ferguson, as Robin Van Persie tallies a first-half hat trick (including this ridiculous volley goal). United have a chance to best Chelsea’s record of 95 points if they win out, including games against Arsenal (where the Gunners will be forced to give United a “guard of honor” including RVP), Chelsea, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.

Congratulations to Manchester United.

March 5, 2013
UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, 2nd legs.

There’s Borussia Dortmund hosting Shakhtar Donetsk today after the initial 2-2 draw, but I suspect most of you aren’t watching that. (Pencil me in for a BvB advancing with a 3-1 home win though, Shakhtar always gives a good game but Dortmund should be more comfortable at home.)

Yeah, today’s mostly about Man United hosting Real Madrid and the return of CR7 to Old Trafford. 1-1 after the first leg at the Bernabeu. I don’t think United’s defending is good enough to keep RM from snagging goals on the counter and the visitors will advance. 2-1 Real.

WHO YA GOT?

December 10, 2012

Things came unhinged at Eastlands yesterday after Manchester United’s Robin van Persie unleashed a game-winning free kick past a diving Joe Hart. 

United’s players understandably let out a fairly raucous celebration. Predictably, angered by the celebration and the fact that City was about to lose at home for the first time in almost two calendar years, someone whipped a twopence coin at Rio Ferdinand and struck him near the eye. As you can see by the above video, the coin missed hitting him IN the eye by a fraction of a centimeter.

I will never condone unruly fan behavior, ever, but were the United players “inciting” the City supporters with their celebration?

United legend Paddy Crerand seemed to be appalled by this suggestion. You should listen to this rant. He makes a LOT of sense here.

November 7, 2012

Here’s a three year old Arsenal supporter being taught and guided by his father (according to the article) to sing the vile “Robin van Persie ‘She said no, Robin' song”.

If you ever wondered what the hell is wrong with England and it’s attitudes, this might start clueing you in.

(Source: Daily Mail)

October 31, 2012
bendawson:

Of course.

Clearly Manchester United supporters were happy to be at Stamford Bridge again today, even though the result went against them in the League Cup match.

bendawson:

Of course.

Clearly Manchester United supporters were happy to be at Stamford Bridge again today, even though the result went against them in the League Cup match.

(Source: fuckyeahmanchesterunited)

October 29, 2012
Aw, shitsnacks. I thought we were gonna get through the Prem weekend without a mention of racism.
At least this is a new one: Chelsea have lodged a complaint with the FA over racist language allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg in yesterday’s loss to Manchester United, in which two Blues were sent off. Reports are that the slurs, if any were used, were directed toward Mikel John Obi. This came after Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole shook hands in the pre-game after coming to heads over the John Terry case.
So ugh.

Aw, shitsnacks. I thought we were gonna get through the Prem weekend without a mention of racism.

At least this is a new one: Chelsea have lodged a complaint with the FA over racist language allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg in yesterday’s loss to Manchester United, in which two Blues were sent off. Reports are that the slurs, if any were used, were directed toward Mikel John Obi. This came after Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole shook hands in the pre-game after coming to heads over the John Terry case.

So ugh.

July 31, 2012
Alex Morgan commemorates the U.S. Women’s team’s match at Old Trafford by sporting this Manchester United kit. Upon seeing the photo, Sheikh Mansour offered her two million pounds to exchange it for a Man City shirt.

Alex Morgan commemorates the U.S. Women’s team’s match at Old Trafford by sporting this Manchester United kit. Upon seeing the photo, Sheikh Mansour offered her two million pounds to exchange it for a Man City shirt.

May 23, 2012
With not much happening on the pitch, it looks like this week is as good a week as any to show off the kits teams are wearing this upcoming season.
This here is of course the 2012/2013 Manchester United home shirt. Not willing to rest on their laurels after failing to win the title on the last day of the season, United are pushing forward and looking to the future by wearing a sleek and stylish….plaid?
Manchester United and Nike have apparently completely forgotten that the 1990’s were full of unmitigated disasters worse than Mikaël Silvestre’s defending.   
Or maybe we’re wrong and this is about to become bigger than Fellaini’s hair. What do you think, friends?

With not much happening on the pitch, it looks like this week is as good a week as any to show off the kits teams are wearing this upcoming season.

This here is of course the 2012/2013 Manchester United home shirt. Not willing to rest on their laurels after failing to win the title on the last day of the season, United are pushing forward and looking to the future by wearing a sleek and stylish….plaid?

Manchester United and Nike have apparently completely forgotten that the 1990’s were full of unmitigated disasters worse than Mikaël Silvestre’s defending.  

Or maybe we’re wrong and this is about to become bigger than Fellaini’s hair. What do you think, friends?

May 13, 2012

(Source: theagonyofdefeat)

March 8, 2012
"Manchester United CEO Gill was one of the participants in the “Business of Sports: Winning Off the Field” panel. One thing he mentioned which caught the attention of those in attendance was that there were new owners of a PL team who didn’t know about relegation. “Not sure what the due diligence was there,” stated Gill of said owners. I later spoke to Gill directly to clarify erroneous rumors spreading on Twitter that Gill was in fact alluding to Fenway Sports Group’s purchase of Liverpool. Gill categorically denied that he had been referencing or inferring that it was FSG in any form and said that he held Liverpool’s owners in the highest regard. “I would never say anything negative about John W Henry, ever.” However, when I put it to Gill that the party he was in fact referring to was Venky’s (it’s long been believed in some quarters of the industry that the mechanics of relegation was just one among various things Venky’s were unaware of when acquiring Blackburn), Gill said nothing but gave a broad smile."

Sports Illustrated’s Jen Chang passes along a tidbit that would probably give Blackburn Rovers fans even more heartburn than they already experience with the team’s play, courtesy of Manchester United chief executive David Gill.

February 28, 2012
meninblazers:

In case you were wondering about this Raffaella that Mario loves, here’s all you really need to know. The Italian model once planned to sell her virginity for one million euros. Unfortunately, there was no investigative followup.

I mean, obviously. The only thing that would be less surprising than this is if Mario loved a couch he had named Raffaella.

meninblazers:

In case you were wondering about this Raffaella that Mario loves, here’s all you really need to know. The Italian model once planned to sell her virginity for one million euros. Unfortunately, there was no investigative followup.

I mean, obviously. The only thing that would be less surprising than this is if Mario loved a couch he had named Raffaella.

February 24, 2012
Cost of Glazers' takeover at Manchester United reaches £500m | David Conn | Football | guardian.co.uk

If this is not staggering to you, then you need to read it again. Even Manchester United haters like yours truly have to be flabbergasted by those numbers. Imagine the reinforcements that could be purchased to have made a real run in Europe instead of being nipped by Basel and playing in the Europa League in the name of servicing the owners’ debt to make the purchase of United.

All one can surmise is that United are truly screwed when Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

(American football fans, particularly those living in the Tampa area, might also want to be flabbergasted by this, as you might wonder how much this leaves the Glazers to spend on their NFL team.)

February 13, 2012
On the pre-match handshake

This is my opinion. I did not seek out opinions from any other contributors on this blog, so I want it known that they may or may not agree with me and I am not speaking for this group as a whole.

This past weekend, a HUGE firestorm re-erupted in the longstanding rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool. As I’m sure everyone knows by now, during the pre-match walk-by/handshake, Luis Suarez of Liverpool allegedly refused to shake Manchester United’s Patrice Evra’s hand. Suarez was then summarily snubbed by United’s Rio Ferdinand. The genesis of all this was an on-pitch situation between Suarez and Evra where Suarez was accused (and subsequently suspended eight matches for) of racially abusing Evra.

I am not here to discuss the ins and outs of the racial abuse situation. What I am here to discuss is this antiquated ridiculous notion that these players MUST shake hands before the match starts. It’s merely a formality at this point, a ritual that has existed for a long time, but has now outstayed it’s overlong welcome.

Why should any of these players be forced to shake hands before the match? The captains and officials already meet before the match in the center circle for the introductions, captains handshakes, and coin toss. That should be enough pre-match pomp and chivalry right there, in my opinion. If players choose to seek each other out before the match to exchange hellos, so be it, but this idea of a formal line of handshakes with the cameras trained to catch any slight is beyond ridiculous at this point.

I understand that Evra was supposedly being the bigger man by being willing to shake Suarez’s hand and let the racial incident come to a close, but honestly, he couldn’t have been happy about it. I’m absolutely sure that Suarez did not want to shake Evra’s hand and the evidence to that was pretty obvious. Why should they have to if they cannot stand each other? Yes, it’s a sporting thing to do, but many many players have made it a point to be even more sportsman-like after the matches are over and do so with hugs, handshakes, and exchanges of shirts. That is more than enough for me, quite frankly. 

I think the media took a HUGE amount of pleasure in what happened on Saturday. They got what they were hoping for, and even more, as Suarez’s gesture then apparently caused a tunnel incident at half, and the stewards had to separate Evra and Suarez after the match when Evra made sure to celebrate directly in front of him, as United claimed a 2-1 victory.

There have been plenty of situations like this, too, this is not the first time I’ve thought this. Obviously the mess between John Terry and Wayne Bridge is another recent issue that was played out in the player lines as they ignored each other over handshakes. Why should they be forced to even confront each other if one definitely doesn’t want to? If they wanted a word or whatever, the post-match timeframe was when it should have happened. The same is true of Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez. Again, this is no commentary on what Suarez allegedly did, because racism has no part in society let alone football. What I am commenting on is that this contrived sportsmanship has run its course and should be put to rest. Let them shake hands after the match ends if they want to, and have done with this ridiculous antiquated made-for-television ritual.

January 28, 2012
From today’s Liverpool-Manchester United FA Cup clash. This Liverpool supporter in the white sweater jacket allegedly made this “gesture” at Patrice Evra of Manchester United, who was famously involved in an on-pitch racism dust-up with Luis Suarez of Liverpool.
I would suspect you’ll be hearing more about this as this week goes on. Liverpool were victorious in the match, 2-1.
[picture courtesy of about a million people on Twitter]

From today’s Liverpool-Manchester United FA Cup clash. This Liverpool supporter in the white sweater jacket allegedly made this “gesture” at Patrice Evra of Manchester United, who was famously involved in an on-pitch racism dust-up with Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

I would suspect you’ll be hearing more about this as this week goes on. Liverpool were victorious in the match, 2-1.

[picture courtesy of about a million people on Twitter]