Social networks have many plusses and an equal amount of negatives, none of which I will go in to here in much detail. Personally I use Twitter as a forum to discuss many things, none more than United, with people from all over the world. But one thing is abundantly clear from using this forum, and that is the majority of ‘fans’ on there act like hormone-ravaged schoolgirls at a Justin Beiber concert when it comes to Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison. Recent news of moves away for the two talented youngsters has sent the fan-boys and girls into melt down. The level of hysteria shown by the masses of United related tweeters have surpassed the feelings shown when Ronaldo left, when Rooney threw his wage-related paddy or when Scholes retired. The statements I have read have filled me with a plethora of emotions ranging from disgusted to embarrassed, annoyed to just down-right confused. I read calls for Fergie losing the plot because we aren’t doing enough to secure their signatures. I witnessed tweets where people have actually abused Morrison and his girlfriend because he is rumoured to be moving to Newcastle. What the hell is going on people? (More …)
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This article is written in response to Rob B‘s article, Hargreaves to City – Has Fergie Dropped A Huge One?
When I first heard the news that Owen Hargreaves was having a medical at Manchester City, I assumed I’d mis-heard what the presenter on Sky Sports News had said. Obviously, I hadn’t. It took me a couple of minutes for it all to sink in, but straight away I had a peek on Twitter to have a look at the outrage by my timeline full of disgruntled reds. I was honestly shocked to see that there were more than a few people who were wishing him good look at reviving his career. I loved Owen Hargreaves as much as your next United fan, but surely a move to the blues total negates all feelings of well-wishing? (More …)
After our fantastic result on Monday night against Spurs, our old foe Arsenal are next up at Old Trafford for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. Arsenal come into the game with an injury and suspension problem. But every United fan knows that you never take the wily old Frenchmen and his Gooners lightly.
We will again be running a live blog throughout the match with comments from our writers and readers on the game. The blog will be kicking off at around 3.30pm with team news and pre-match chat. There are a number of ways you can join in the live blog:
- Click on the link below to enter the live blog site and main feed. The console will allow you to post comments and join in the chat.
- If you are on Twitter, include the hashtag #TFLive with your tweet and it will appear on the Live Blog feed
- The Live Blog console is compatible with all major Smartphones and iPad, so if you are streaming the match on your PC you can still join in with the Live Blog.
We look forward to seeing you there, and cheering on The Champions with The Faithful.
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Can Fergie overcome his Barcelona nightmare?
Do I think Fergie has come up short against Barcelona? Yes I do. I think everyone was expecting the final last May to be a closer affair than the one in Rome. But in truth, we saw the same battering as we did last time around. What do I think Fergie, or United, could do to alter the result? (More …)
Welcome to the opening game of the 2011/12 season and the start of a new feature for The Faithful MUFC. We will be hosting a live blog throughout the game and we would love for you to come along and give us your opinion on the game, the line-up, the summer signings, in fact anything to do with United.
The event will go live at 3.15pm on Sunday 14th August, just in time to bring you team news and to start the build up to the game. All you need to do is to click on the link below which will open the live blog console.
We look forward to chatting to you and hopefully celebrating a good three points!
Well the new season is under way and it’s already looking like its going to be a good one. We here at The Faithful will be bringing you a new, match-day feature this season, starting with tomorrow’s game away at West Brom. We will be running a live blog throughout the game which is open to any fans looking at sharing an opinion with us about the game, the team or absolutely anything to do with United. Twitter has given United fans around the world the chance to speak to each other, and that point is always true leading up to, and during, match-days. But Twitter can also be an infuriating place during this time, as there is no structure to the discussions and you can miss tweets very easily. The live blog will give you a platform with more structure and less hussle-bussle than struggling with a Twitter feed.
The Live blog will start roughly 30-45 minutes before kick-off on match days, bringing you the build up to the game. This will include team news, polls, videos and much more. We will be continuing the talk throughout the game, with our writers giving you their opinion on how they think the game is going, and conversing with fans joining us for the live blog. The live blog will run until about 30 minutes after the game has finished, giving the writers and fans a chance to get their point across about how they felt the game went, player performance and Man of the Match rating.
Mostly though, the live blog will be about you, The Faithful’s readers, and your chance to share your views with other fans around the world and with The Faithful writers. We hope that you will pop and join us during the first live blog of the season, tomorrow afternoon, at about 3.15pm. Go on, give us a go. You know you want to…
If you turn on Sky Sports News between 7pm and 10pm you will see that they have thawed out Jim White from his cryogenic hibernation. This can only mean that silly season (otherwise know as the transfer window) is almost upon us. Whilst Jim uses his incredible talent of turning even the most insane of transfer rumour into a momentous news story, clubs are beavering away behind the scenes to improve their squads for next season. From a United point of view, this means that in the space of three months we will be linked with almost every footballer to lace on boots last season. Occasionally one of these rumours becomes reality (and I stress the occasionally), but more than likely Fergie springs a fast one on us all.
The summer of 2010 saw Fergie splash cash out on Chris Smalling, who was barely out of non league football, and Javier Hernandez, who at that point only Mexicans had heard of. Both players were young, but we needed established talent didn’t we? Where are the Mesut Ozil’s or the Wesley Sneijder’s? Where were the Karim Benzema’s or the Joe Cole’s? Fergie’s lost it! You don’t win anything with kids (I thank you Alan Hansen!)! If you know a group of United fans, I’m 100% positive you heard at least one of these shouts. But that wasn’t all, Fergie then shocked the footballing world by paying £7m for the littlest hobo a.k.a Bebe. Outrageous! Laughing Stock! Stitched up! (More …)
Well, what an emotional rollercoaster we have been through for the past nine months. It seems an age ago we started the season, dreaming of regaining the league from Chelski and claiming the fabled number 19. That dream seemed to fade away as we performed like a Sunday league team away from Old Trafford. We had our best player, our remaining talisman, tell us he wanted to leave back in October. I remember feeling like I’d lost faith in football that week, and feeling like this season was slipping away from us. Rooney remained, and United plodded along. Slowly but surely things started to slip into place. Our home form was immaculate, our away form improved slowly and eventually a formidable partnership formed between Rooney and our ‘little pea’. We had our highs, we had our lows, we had our nail bitters and we had our celebrations. As our rivals seemingly disintegrated before our eyes, we secured the magical 19th title and stuck a massive finger up to our friends in Merseyside. Although we were handed another footballing lesson by possibly the greatest club team the modern game has seen, it still didn’t seem quite as bad as it did in 2009. In a season in which we had been written off by practically everyone in football from the media to our own fans, we still managed to win the league by 9 points, secure an FA Cup semi-final and a third Champions League final in four years. Not too shabby by any means. With all this in mind its good to finally take a breathe and have a look back at the best moments. (More …)
Yesterday’s result at The Emirates has left a bad taste in my mouth. Not because of the manner of the defeat, in which United were outplayed for vast amounts of the game. Not because what was seemingly becoming a stroll to the historic 19th title, has suddenly become a straight-out fight between ourselves and Chelsea. Not even because it give the celebrity Gooners on Twitter something to bang on about despite their teams dire end to the season. It left a bad taste in my mouth because it was yet another stale, washed-out display away from Old Trafford after a European away game.
Away from home this season has been a very strange experience for United fans as the team has failed to perform to our usual high standards week in, week out. Our record so far this season is an unimpressive won 5, drawn 9 and lost 4. Blackpool, who currently lie in 17th have won the same amount of games away from home this season. Compare this to last season were we won 11 away from home and in the 2008/09 season we won 12 on the way to our 18th title. But there is one thing that is consistent over the these seasons and that is that United struggle to play away from home after an away tie in the Champions League.
Travelling to an away game on the continent midweek, followed by an away game in the league is never going to be an easy task. So you may think that I am being unjust and unfair against United, but sadly this is not the case. In the past five seasons, United has a worse record in matches of this type than both Chelsea and Arsenal. Since the 2006/07 season, United have played 15 away games after a Euro away, winning 7, losing 6 and drawing 2. That’s a win percentage of 47% and an average of 1.5 pts per game. If you compare this to Chelsea (50% win and 1.8 pts per game) and Arsenal (56% and 1.9 pts per game), you can see that we tend to struggle a bit more than our rivals in these games.
Despite this, in the five seasons I looked back at, United have of course won three league titles and got to two Champions League finals, winning one of them. So these results clearly haven’t effected us when all is said and done as we have clearly picked up points in other areas in which our rivals haven’t. And the one thing that has saved us this season is our amazing home form. Played 17, won 16, drawn 1. Old Trafford is once again becoming a fortress, so with two of our remaining three games in the League being at home it still bodes well for us.
So whilst yesterday’s result still stings, still represents a chance lost to wrap this league up, it’s not all doom and gloom. This type of result isn’t something out of the ordinary. It doesn’t represent United bottling it when it really matters and it doesn’t represent some kind of tactical deficiency by Fergie. It is simply a case of a Euro hangover, coupled with playing an Arsenal team who really have no pressure on them at all now they are out of the running for the league. United will regroup, and we will give Chelsea a hell of a game at Old Trafford next Sunday. This title is most certainly still in our hands and Fergie will have the lads ready.