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Touring With The Stones: The Long And Winding Road, Part II

In which Stones sleep in the high grass of Banbury before roaring to life at the Vale. Continue reading »

Do Man United Need To Take A Step Back To Move Forward?

Is Harry Sherlock crazy? Maybe, but his harebrained idea just might work. Continue reading »

Blues Beat: Liverpool And Leverkusen Defeats Mean That Chelsea Must Change The Guard

It’s shaping up to be another blue, blue Christmas at the Bridge. Continue reading »

Life Sucks When You Realise Mike Ashley May Be Right

Is this one of those cases when three hundred thousand people are wrong? Continue reading »

Sir Alex Ferguson: Dynastic Is An Understatement

Harry Sherlock pays tribute to the only Manchester United manager he’s ever known. Continue reading »

The Scouser Report: Cross Roy Hodgson Off Liverpool’s To-Do List

If the Premier League was the Princess Bride, Liverpool would be Inigo Montoya and Roy Hodgson would have six fingers on his left hand. Continue reading »

Liver-who? Manchester City Are Finally The Derby Rival United Have Deserved

What a difference half a billion pounds can make! Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Can Manchester United Go Through The Season Unbeaten?

Will it be another season wherein United chase Arsenal’s Invincibles? Two early matches may have a lot to say about any such pursuit. Continue reading »

Blues Beat: Clinical United Remind Chelsea That It’s Goals Which Matter In Football

Chelsea’s situation isn’t as bad as it may seem after their setback at Old Trafford. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Is The New Man United Better Suited To Beat Barcelona?

With the young Red Devils surprising success and the Blaugrana’s early struggles, is there finally hope for United in Europe again? Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: What’s Going On In Owen Hargreaves’ Head?

Harry Sherlock gets his feelings about Owen Hargreaves off his chest. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: United Makes Wenger Pay The Butcher’s Bill

On Sunday, Arsene Wenger saw fifteen years of success counterbalanced in one afternoon. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Busby’s Babes, Fergie’s Fledglings, I & II… Who Says Manchester United Have Abandoned Youth?

Last season, the word was that United was just too old to get the job done for an entire season. This year, they’re too young. Meanwhile, they just keep winning. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: A Manchester United Defensive Crisis? What Defensive Crisis?

Fans may remember the winter of 2009-10, when United were playing Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs at the back because there was simply no one else. There’s no need to panic early in 2011-12, says Harry Sherlock. Even if Rafael, Rio and Vidic are out, United have a group of capable reserves ready to fill their boots. Continue reading »

Elementary My Dear Stretford: Who Are Man United’s Key Challengers In 2011-12?

harry Sherlock investigates which clubs will provide the stiffest competition for Man United’s title defence. Continue reading »

20/20 Vision: The WFC 2011-12 Premier League Preview

To save a few comments from disgruntled supporters, this is how much I don’t know about the Premier League. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Is Wesley Sneijder The Answer For Manchester United?

Harry Sherlock wonders why United would run off to Italy for milk, when they have a perfectly healthy cow in the barn. Continue reading »

Elementary, My Dear Stretford: Man United & City Stretch The Meaning Of Friendly

Who’s Harry Sherlock? Well, he’s not a bumbling private detective or a master of disguise (that was Harry Crumb). When you read the first edition of Elementary, My Dear Stretford, you’ll immediately deduce that he’s our new Manchester United correspondent. So, if you’re a City fan, well – hit the bricks, Moriarty! Continue reading »

On Man United v Barcelona, Jellystone Park & The Need For Klinsmann

Barcelona gets dissed outside the White House, United get revenge and Juergen Klinsmann has his job cut out for him. Continue reading »

On Manchester United’s US Tour, Fergie Faces Both Illusion & Truth

Sir Alex Ferguson announces, in the middle of United’s rampage through MLS, that he’s happy with the midfield he already has, thank you very much. Continue reading »

Steve Bruce Says, “Red Devils Don’t Die; They Just Turn Into Black Cats”

Steve Bruce is often derided for his reliance on his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson but whilst Mark Hughes and Roy Keane simmer on the sidelines, the Sunderland manager’s loyalty continues to be rewarded. Continue reading »

Blackburn Owners Venky’s Have A Bone To Pick With Phil Jones & Man United

Venky’s feathers are ruffled over the Phil Jones to manchester United deal. Continue reading »

Ashley Young: A Move In The Right Direction For Manchester United

Dale O’Donnell speculates on rumours of Ashley Young coming to Old Trafford. Continue reading »

European Lights: Barcelona, Messi Shine Brightest

Andrew Gibney turns out the lights on another year of European nights. Continue reading »

Barcelona Leave Man United In Their Wake Again

Barcelona are champions again, although Manchester United won’t take any consolation in having pushed the Catalans much harder than they did two years ago. Continue reading »

FA Turn Their Back On Respect Campaign, Censor Fergie & Ancelotti

If you thought Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti were stunned to be threatened with disciplinary action for praising Howard Webb, imagine how all the referees felt about another disturbingly contradictory policy from the FA. Continue reading »

European Lights: Man United & Barcelona – Theatre Of Dreams v Ridiculous Theatrics?

The second leg of the Madrid/Barca Champions League semi-final toned down the extra-curriculars, although Javier Mascherano apparently didn’t get the memo. Meanwhile Man United cruised past Schalke, setting up a juicy rematch of the 2009 final. Continue reading »

Manchester United v Barcelona – A Light At The End Of A Long, Listless Champions League Tunnel?

After a whole lot of not much at all, the two strongest clubs in European football will meet in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Hopefully, the contest won’t prove as bereft of promise as the rest of the tournament. Continue reading »

Man United’s Dimitar Berbatov: The Man Who Wasn’t There

Sometimes, Dimitar Berbatov shows up and doesn’t. The most annoying aspect you never know when up and deliver the goods. It’s really frustrating, when need them isn’t it? Continue reading »

Man United 0 – 1 Man City: Where’s Howard Webb When Fergie Really Needs Him?

Manchester City have finally earned the key to the Premier League’s executive loo, with a 1-0 victory over United at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final. But while it may be the beginning of great things for City, it’s by no means the end of the road for United. Continue reading »

FA Cup: Man City & United Have The Spotlight But Stoke & Bolton May Offer More Punch

Did you think we forgot the FA Cup semi-finals when we posted the Weekend Catch? Hardly. They deserve a spotlight to themselves! Continue reading »

Mourinho & Chelsea: Who Says You Can Never Go Home?

When Martin Palazzotto says never say never, he means it. Not content with teaching pigs to fly or installing air conditioning in Lucifer’s offices, the WFC editor takes a flight of fancy, examining how the impossible could occur, by tracing Jose Mourinho’s path back to Stamford Bridge. Continue reading »

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