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  • Guest Writer 19:19 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Power of Transition – How Moyes Might Be On To A Winner… 


    Once more unto the breach dear friends……………….kind of.

    For two decades Manchester United fans have set out in August, more in expectation than in mere hope. We had an advantage, an extra ingredient that set us apart from the rest.
    This isn’t just the view of someone born with pre-installed scarlet contact lenses; this was something a City fan said to me in March: “We can spend all the money in the world, but as long as you have Fergie – you’ll always have the upper hand”.
    I agreed with him of course, in fact during the conversation I agreed with most things he said. If you can put your colours to one side (occasionally) you’ll find the view from ‘The Enemy’ quite interesting. I had a similar conversation with a Liverpool fan In June. Although he’d filled his ‘LFC Conspiracy theory Bingo card’ within the first 15 minutes –I did eventually get some sense out of him. He too admitted that having a man like ‘Alex Ferguson’ (“It’s SIR Alex mate!”) in charge for such a long time, meant that going into each season United knew what to expect. (More …)
  • Guest Writer 10:58 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Wayne Rooney: Is he really in the wrong? 

    Sir Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney


    Today, The Faithful welcomes Nathon Woodhead from Red Flag Flying High. You can follow the site @RFFH and Nathon @nathonw on twitter.

    The retirement of Alex Ferguson spells an end to the greatest era in the history of Manchester United, but with every end comes a new beginning.

    The greatest manager of his generation, and arguably of all-time; Sir Alex brought success after success to the club, rebuilding squads, creating formulas for title winning sides and laying a foundation for future success – but he did not always get it right.

    We all know it took a fair few years before Ferguson won his first trophy. We all remember the sale of Jaap Stam, which should never have happened. We all remember the apparent forcing of David Beckham out of the club as he was perceived to be getting too big for his boots and far too much media attention. We are all aware of the Djemba-Djemba years in which Chelsea and Arsenal both dominated the Premier League, whilst United lurked in the background, miles behind the two London outfits in terms of ability, team spirit and all round solidity.

    Arsenal went a season unbeaten, followed by Chelsea who won back to back titles and a record breaking Premier League points total – not to mention they had the financial backing of a Russian billionaire so could continue to buy the best players… but Sir Alex, again, built a squad that not only won the domestic league title back, but went on to win the Champions League.

    The sign of a true winner is how you react when the chips are down. Sir Alex Ferguson was a winner. (More …)

    • REALLY? 11:16 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Because going against SAF is the new hip? Transfer req twice. Played outta position coz he was out of form. But hey, lets blame Fergie.

      • Sarah 11:39 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        This article was never going to be popular with all, it just offers a different view. Thanks for reading :)

    • kings 11:28 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If he wants to leave I think he should.Nobody is bigger than the club.Manchester united has made heroes and legends,we appreciate his service to the club but if he is not willing to play for man united he shouldn’t be forced to stay.There are many greats who retired or were sold but the club still winning medals

    • wayne 11:39 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Rooney’s form and fitness dipped considerably why should Rooney be guaranteed a starting place?because he’s Wayne Rooney doesn’t work like that.Rooney is a professional footballer making a fortune every month,yet he acted like a baby because although he asked Sir Alex for better players spat his dummy out because he was no longer the main man
      Rooney needs to grow up and start earning the fortune he get’s paid every week,is Rooney wrong of course he is in every way,spoiled little bastard.I read Rooney needs to feel wanted and loved,what a load of bollocks,he’s a in a decline and needs to lay off the smokes,junk food and booze and start applying himself

    • pjch 12:38 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the article. I am of the firm opinion that Rooney did not ask for a transfer and this was Ferguson sticking the knife in as a parting shot – we all know what he is capable of to get his own way. In fact haven’t the club denied that Rooney has not asked for a transfer at all.
      Lets put the Rooney saga behind him and support him when he puts on the shirt at the beginning of the season and not get on his back because of misguided words by Ferguson at the end of last season

    • lloyd 13:10 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I salute the objectiveness of the article. And yes SAF shouldn’t have spoke about the 2nd transfer request .. But this will turn out “a blessing in disguise”, Rooney with a point to prove and back by Moyes, we may see his best season at old Traford yet… When i first heard moyes was the new manager, i thought, “well there’s no way we’ll keep the premier league title” (a cup would seem more likely). I’ve never known Manchester UTD without SAF (felt like crap for quite some days)… then slowly, again, I see the champion team left by SAF, the club structure, the winning and fighting spirit, a whole new team ready for the challenge under a new manager. We still might not keep the title, but you’re not going to get it easy either and in a season’s time, The red devils will make you tremble again! Once a red, always a red!! Glory Man Utd!!

    • wayne 13:51 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      sure one of the greatest most respected managers of all time is lying and Rooney who all he’s ever done is lie and get into off field trouble is telling the truth.Like to point out it’s always Rooney’s ‘camp’ that comes out about him not asking for a transfer.Know why Rooney doesn’t because he’d lose his transfer fee,it’s all about greed and selfishness with Rooney.
      pjch you need to give your head a shake backing Rooney over Sir Alex what is wrong with you

    • Ayoola Alawusa 14:44 on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Firstly your article isn’t in the balance. It is sentimental…. Secondly , I think if as a player I’m dropped from games I’ll ask questions….. But not after I’ve questioned myself….. “What did I do wrong?” “Is my form a lil awful?!” “Is it a tactical plan that required me to sacrifice position?!” ….. All these kinda question should be in your head….. Yeah! Rooney is a great player but the truth was he wasn’t up to his standards last season…. SAF confirmed this after a match in which he played CM by saying a fit/in-form rooney wouldn’t be subbed….. Yeah! Maybe SAF shouldn’t have said that openly buh I’m happy he did….. I don’t think he has made a mistake with Rooney. I think Rooney should have thought well and hard before such utterances….. He was playing in CM and being subbed cos he wasn’t his super self….. Let’s not indulge or beat around the bush,if Wayne was Wayne then we’ll have 2 strikers pass the 20league goal margin…… He let himself down IMO….. SAF maybe just felt he was about to hold the club to ransom again so he wisely turned the fans against him….. So you blame him for that? You expect him to babysit him and start narrating bedtime stories about why he wasn’t playing CM&getting subbed?! Did you hear what Mike Clegg said about Rooney’s gym workouts?! The problem is with Wayne… I hope he stays,I hope he forms that lethal partnership with RVP…..
      Buh most of all I want him to realise is that he messed up,and like you said “The sign of a true winner is how you react when the
      chips are down. Sir Alex Ferguson was a winner.” So I expect him to act like one.

    • Rite$h 07:48 on July 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nobody is bigger than the club, if players like Beckham, Nistelrooy and CR7 were sold, then Rooney can leave if he wants, but of course at the right price. Rio has asked him to stay, so did Moyes so far, but just look at this pic to see that he’s not really in the mood to continue on: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/11/article-2359993-1AC1F16D000005DC-413_306x465.jpg

  • Guest Writer 11:51 on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Anderson – It’s time to take your chance 

    Anderson - time to take your chance

    Today, The Faithful welcomes Nathon Woodhead from Red Flag Flying High. You can follow the site @RFFH and Nathon @nathonw on twitter.

    They say love is blind. Never has there been a truer word spoken when it comes to football fans.

    Just look at the examples from the past 12 months, with the backing of Luis Suarez and John Terry by nobody but their own supporters.  All logic goes out of the window when you are defending your own player from criticism – especially that which has been directed from opposition or that journalist who seems to always be digging at your club.

    A defensive football fan can be compared to Eastenders’ very own Peggy Mitchell. Peggy was ‘that mum’ who would protect her boys Phil and Grant, no matter what they did. Theft? Adultery? Murder? “Nope, not my boys,” Peggy would say.

    With the above in mind, it baffles me how such a talented individual as Anderson can receive as much criticism as he does, on such a regular basis, from his own fans. Signed from Porto in July 2007 for a fee reported to be £20m, Anderson joined United with expectation on his shoulders. (More …)

    • Nigerian 22:32 on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I behemently beg to disaree! A CM who can pass only with one foot – and six years at United. This farcial experiment has gone wild, please stop it!

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