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  1. Scholes hits the bullseye ... again

    Mark Payne

    Stories have long emerged from Manchester United's training ground about the unfathomable accuracy of Paul Scholes' right foot. Rio Ferdinand once told a story about Scholes picking out a tree around 40 yards away and claiming he could strike it. Bul...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  2. Giggsy's greatest moments

    Mark Payne

    The shirt To become the greatest goal scorer in Real Madrid's history is not something to be sniffed at. Raul had nothing left to prove in the game when he left Madrid to play for Schalke in 2010. Later that season Schalke met United, and Raul sta...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  3. Adios, Rio, as rebuild begins

    Mark Payne

    Rio Ferdinand's record in a Manchester United shirt ranks with that of the finest centre-backs in the club's history. He has lodged 12 years at the club and collected a wheelbarrow full of trophies during that period. On Sunday evening, shortly after...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  4. Inglorious season peters out

    Mark Payne

    Manchester United's season is now officially over, but it finished as a meaningful exercise more than a month ago. Tottenham's handsome victory over Aston Villa ensures that there will be no European football at Old Trafford next season for the first...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  5. A Learning Experience

    Mark Payne

    Manchester United held their player of the year awards ceremony this week. Incredibly, all of the players showed up, which was more than could be said for them in the fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool this season. Tuesday night's lap ...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  6. Out with the old, in with the new

    Mark Payne

    Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" provides the tune and inspiration for one of football's most enduring and appropriate chants: "Giggs, Giggs will tear you apart again." It rang through the tannoy at Old Trafford with loud exuberance before...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  7. Man United's season sauntering to nowhere

    Mark Payne

    The relationship between expectations and disappointment is unbreakable. While United fans perhaps expected a downturn this time last year, they cannot have been prepared for 12 league defeats with two games to go. It is woeful. At least Sunderland f...

    Blog | May 04, 2014
  8. United must be wary of Black Cats' pace

    Mark Payne

    Sunderland have not beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford since John Major was Prime Minister and Ryan Giggs was in his twenties. Fergie's original fledgling will be in the dugout for the second time amid rumours that he could manage elsewhere nex...

    Blog | May 03, 2014
  9. A marriage of inconvenience

    Mark Payne

    Manchester United managers are like buses in the rain lately. You wait all season for an appropriate leader, and then two come along at once. With a World Cup deadline approaching for Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs developing a taste for chewing gum, ...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  10. Giggs brings joy after the division

    Mark Payne

    Old Trafford has run through the gamut of emotions this season. So long an arena of frustration, as Ryan Giggs emerged in a club suit for his first game as manager the heavens were shaken such was the vigour of the home crowd's approval. Giggs, weari...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  11. Leadership vacuum leaves Man Utd adrift

    Mark Payne

    It has been a breathless few days at Manchester United. What could have been a quiet changing of the guard has turned into a feeding frenzy for the media. Poor David Moyes got out just in time, it seems. The rest of us have no such escape from the on...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  12. Manchester United: A shambles wrapped in a maelstrom

    Mark Payne

    Even the sacking is bundled it seems. On Monday the message became clear: David Moyes was to be relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager after a season from hell. On Tuesday, Ryan Giggs officially took over, with a permanent replacement to...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  13. Welbeck sounds alarm as United feeble again

    Mark Payne

    Everton have always been a respectable side with plenty of grit and organisation. In this 2-0 victory over Manchester United they were made to look like Real Madrid. This match was over by half time and United were feeble in the extreme. There was no...

    Blog | April 20, 2014
  14. Glazers set marker as Moyes meets his makers

    Mark Payne

    Two teams will take the field this Sunday at Goodison Park but only one has even a passing interest in what remains of the season. And it isn't Manchester United. The spotlight will naturally fall on the demeanour of the two managers. One is much ...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  15. Will Man Utd learn from their transfer shambles last summer?

    Mark Payne

    Manchester United have not learnt from the mistakes they have made over the past nine months -- despite unanimous agreement that last summer's transfer window was an abject failure, the club are shaping up to repeat the blunders that landed them in t...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  16. Lost weekend provides stark reminder

    Mark Payne

    Contrary to the prevailing mood, Manchester United's season is not over. Not quite yet anyway. Despite the fact that United have now been dumped out of the Champions League and do not have a fixture this weekend, the season still has business unfinis...

    Blog | April 12, 2014