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Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

Posted on August 02, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players, Transfer Speculation   18 Comments »
Wayne Rooney: a regrettable situation for club and player

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On October 20th, 2010, a gang of 40 or so local Manchester United supporters turned up outside Wayne Rooney’s home in Prestbury, Cheshire. Most wore black hooded jackets, some wore balaclavas. It was a threatening mob and one that carried an unambiguous message: join City and there will be consequences. Rooney had just recently handed in a transfer request. Media reports had suggested that his agent, Paul Stretford, had flirted with Manchester City executives in a bid to secure a cross-town move for the want-away striker. A similar group had turned up at Rio Ferdinand’s house five years previously. The defender had reached a stalemate in negotiations with United over a new contract. He had been seen in a London restaurant with then Chelsea Chief Executive Peter Kenyon, prompting speculation that he wanted out. As with Rooney, the supporters wanted answers. Upon seeing them, Ferdinand came out and addressed the issue. Rooney stayed indoors and rang the police. Both players eventually stayed. It is unlikely that the men outside their gated homes influenced their decisions. The new contracts and higher wages that followed their stalling may have. Rio Ferdinand will play his testimonial match at Old Trafford on Friday. Rooney is likely to be gone by the end of the month, twelve months from his own testimonial year. He wants out, again, and it appears this time really will be the end. No mob will arrive to persuade him to stay. Many now would drive him away.

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Sir Alex Ferguson: champion supreme

Posted on April 22, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Managers, Premier League   7 Comments »
Sir Alex Ferguson: champion supreme
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates yet another title win after beating Aston Villa 3-0

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.”

~ Ernest Hemingway

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It’ll be important to play The United Way on Monday

Posted on April 05, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Manchester City   6 Comments »
It'll be important to play The United Way on Monday

Michael Carrick and Yaya Toure do battle in Manchester United vs. Manchester City from last season.

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Writing in the late 60s in his introduction to “The Football Man,” the late Arthur Hopcraft rightly asserted that, in terms of what it does to people, football has no equal in sport. Attempting to define its magnetism and enduring allure, he also noted that something so deeply woven into the fabric of society could not ever be regarded as merely a “game.” With a focus on the most common sentiment uttered by those who have no passion for it, Hopcraft went on to say that “no player, manager, or fan who understands football, either through his intellect or his nerve-ends, ever repeats that piece of nonsense trotted out by the fearful every now and again which pleads ‘After all, it’s only a game.’” Like any devotee, he recognised that football – with its dramatics, celebrations and crises, tribalism and triumphs – was something more that what it appears to be on the surface. It is something altogether deeper. Any supporter who has experienced the deflation of defeat or the euphoria of victory will testify that football is an assault on the nervous system. Any observer who has bore witness to the winger in flight, the toe-controlled 50-yard pass, or the simplicity of a killer through-ball will declare it is also a form of art. The reason why so many are compelled by it is because a combination of both creates a ceaseless obsession, a snare no one can wrangle free from. Next Monday night will once more serve as a reminder of how this is undoubtedly true.

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Sunderland 0-1 Man United: Shinji’s contribution, 672 minutes and another win

Posted on March 31, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Reports, Premier League, Sunderland   No Comments »
Sunderland 0-1 Man United: Shinji's contribution, 672 minutes and another win

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Authors: Herzog’s Child and Doron

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Revenge wasn’t necessarily the right word to be using going into this game; after all, United did win there last year. Playing before City, this was a chance to open a temporary 18 point lead and continue the run of wins. Sunderland are devoid of form and goalscorers – fighting a battle at the bottom of the league, few saw Martin O’Neill’s position as hanging on the result of this game, least of all the Sunderland blogger we spoke to pre-match, but by the end of Saturday, Sunderland were manager-less and United a game closer to the title. As ever, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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In defence of Danny

Posted on January 24, 2013  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Players   15 Comments »
In defence of Danny
Danny Welbeck scored for Manchester United when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in August 2011
Danny Welbeck gets some stick from Manchester United fans

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Given his unfortunate ubiquity, there’s a healthy chance you will have encountered Bad Luck Brian. Residing on most social network platforms, the spectacled goofball, complete with retainer-clamped teeth, has been subjected to hundreds of captions describing the catastrophic ends his perpetual misfortune leads him to. Thankfully for Brian, he doesn’t actually exist, but the satire that renders his life one better off unlived prods lightly at those whose existences are marked by misery. The loveable individuals whose excellent intentions are too frequently crapped on by the Gods of Luck – good people, forever wilfully shambling in terribly bad situations. Sometimes, sadly, they’re footballers.

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Aston Villa vs. Manchester United preview: opposition thoughts and the United plan

Posted on November 10, 2012  by Herzogs Child  in Aston Villa, Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   7 Comments »
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United preview: opposition thoughts and the United plan

Phil Jones scores against Aston Villa

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Manchester United travel to Aston Villa, marking the start of four away games in a row for the league leaders. With Champions League qualification assured, focus now is on staying top for as long as possible, particularly with rivals facing each other this weekend. Villa know they can’t drop into the relegation zone regardless of the score but will want to pull away from the dangerous territory they find themselves in. We welcome comments from both sets of fans.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United preview: line-up, past tales and predictions

Posted on August 31, 2012  by Herzogs Child  in Herzog's Child, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   2 Comments »
Southampton vs. Manchester United preview: line-up, past tales and predictions

Javier Hernandez scores at Southampton

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Manchester United travel to Southampton in the late Sunday game, hoping to pick up their first away points of the season. Southampton meanwhile are yet to win any points at all and in front of their home fans they’ll be pumped and ready for an upset. We preview the match and invite predictions and comments from both sets of fans.

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United and rivals – predictions and thoughts for 2012/13

United and rivals - predictions and thoughts for 2012/13

The new season is just days away so we decided we’d make some predictions and share our thoughts on both United and our rivals. Bookmark this so you can tell us how wrong we were come May 2013! We hope you’ve got your new kit and football equipment all ready for Saturday!

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We’re free to do whatever they want

Posted on February 21, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Herzog's Child, Liverpool, Man United   31 Comments »
We're free to do whatever they want

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Given the enormous brouhaha that emanated from the now tedious race-gate, one would be forgiven for thinking the sneering one’s refusal to shake the hand of someone he racially abused was the one and only vile act of February 11th last. Yet the day’s initial ugly act had already occurred when The Greater Manchester Police, those rarefied bastions of all that’s great and good about our society, felt obliged to confiscate and subsequently impound Red Issue fanzine for having the gall to provoke humour through its pages. Concealing a parody Ku Klux Klan cut-out mask embossed with a sympathy message for Luis Suarez, the ‘zine was rounded up from its sellers and carted off to the cop-shop on the grounds that the mask could potentially incite racial hatred and untold disturbance amongst supporters. That the size of the mask rendered it quite impossible to conceal one’s face mattered little. Nor did it seem pertinent that its message was overtly anti-racist. The message from those who felt compelled to drive Red Issue from the streets – an act which could have potentially set the publication’s future into ruination – was clear from their motivations: the satirising of serious situations are prohibited – when it suits those who can divvy out unjustified and criminally insidious authority. On a day blighted by an ever-enlarging grotesqueness permeating the game, the removal from the street of a publication that regularly exposes football’s absurdities was a low that could set a worrying trend. And the most worrying aspect is that most won’t care.

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Daniel Taylor talks United squad, owners, social media and Liverpool

Posted on January 17, 2012  by nameonthetrophy  in Guest Writer, Herzog's Child, Man United, Premier League   8 Comments »
Daniel Taylor talks United squad, owners, social media and Liverpool

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Given we’re at the midway point in an already bemusing – some would say disheartening – season, perhaps now is as important a time as ever to glance back over our shoulder at what has gone before surmising what is happening and what will be in the future. Daniel Taylor was the Guardian’s man in Manchester until last week and has just been appointed chief football writer at the newspaper. Our warmest congratulations go towards him on a richly deserved promotion. Daniel has been kind enough to answer at length on a number of issues surrounding United. For this and the insights that follow, I thank him. Daniel has had two Alex Ferguson-related books published, the links for which follow below. Cheers.

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