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  1. despicable
    June 4, 2012

    Very nice piece!!!

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  2. tonymontanna4united
    June 5, 2012

    Always had a soft spot for big les sealey. Was one of my dads heroes (really dont know for what reason exactly) and he sort of made sure he became one of mine too through constantly going on about what a great bloke he was.
    Always remember one story my dad telling me. Outside OT, absolutely pissing down after the game, about 100 fans waiting for an autograph.
    The majority of the players run on past them and jump into their cars and drive off.
    Sealey being the man that he was though, stays for 20 mins and signs for every single person that wants it and doesnt leave until everyone is happy. Just Sheer class really.
    Thats what sums him up for me. By no means a very talented player, but without doubt one of the most down to earth, and big hearted players the club has had.
    Might not count for much in the grand scheme of things i suppose, but for people like me, it counts for alot.
    Cant believe its nearly 11 years now since his death. About the same age as david rocastle of arsenal who died the same year too i think.
    Very sad. RIP to them both.

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    • Ian
      June 5, 2012

      Exactly my sentiments Tony, it’s hard to figure out exactly why Les warranted such adoration but he definitely got it and still gets it today. Taking the time to sign a few bits of scrap paper is what sets some players apart from others, knowing when to make the most of what’s in front of you rather than think you’ve made it is another. He had both in spades. Top bloke. Sorely missed by those who were close to him I’m sure.

      What about the others? Would you make any changes?

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      • Stephen
        June 5, 2012

        @Ian: Great article and I loved Sealey, I remember literally screaming at a young ball boy in the Cup Final replay.
        Truthfully I was never a big John O’Shea fan, Jack of all trades master of none. Lee Sharpe was also a player as a kid I liked, but in hindsight he really wasted his talent. Mike Duxbury was a real unsung hero for me, as was an obvious one Choccy Mcclair.
        But Ian, no Mark Hughes?! I know the City business has tainted him in the eyes of a lot of fans, but he was in his day a God.

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  3. Opti
    June 5, 2012

    Hazard on why he picked Chelsea over United:

    “The team is young and I have a better chance to play there”

    I’m pissed! 👿 👿

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    • godzilla
      June 5, 2012

      @Opti: he said they have a BETTER PROJECT. Obviously the whole debt thing is turning off people from United and of course the pay package. Dont think we really expected him to join us.

      what are the latest rumors or is ‘No value’ in the market the accepted norm this summer?

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    • Moscow
      June 5, 2012

      @Opti: He probably didn’t want to benched by Giggs and Scholes in a title decider.

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      • AndyCR7
        June 5, 2012

        @Moscow: You forgot Park. He’s ahead of Giggs and Scholes in the picking order as far as biggest games of the season are concerned.

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  4. Owen
    June 5, 2012

    Welcome to Manchester United Shinji Kagawa

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    • Moscow
      June 5, 2012

      @Owen: Specialist Attacking Midfielder – Check

      Remaining Targets: Deep lying playmaker, defensive midfielder, left back, striker.

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      • Owen
        June 5, 2012

        @Moscow: MANAGER??? 👿

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  5. Yang
    June 5, 2012

    Happy thread, You cannot explain how these player gives you few minutes of happiness without reasoning.

    Oh, Kagawa guy, I know few people already start to grumble but we are not a money printing club so we must adjust our expectation about player recruit. Kagawa can do the job provided solid two central midfielders which I start to worry.

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  6. ash is the man
    June 5, 2012

    I just read that we have signed kawaga….. I dont know anything on this player. What posyion is he? please dont tell me he is another winger, also will he actually improve our team. Any response will be appreciated

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    • Moscow
      June 5, 2012

      @ash is the man: He’s an attacking midfielder in the David Silva mould. He can cut in from the left, but this doesn’t make him a winger so won’t be hugging the touchline.

      He’ll improve the team only if he is played in the role Rooney occupied last season. This means Rooney should be played up front.

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      • ash is the man
        June 5, 2012

        @Moscow: ya i just had a look at him on youtube, he looks good but we will have to wait and see. I am still annoyed at the hazard deal. And I have funny feeling we will play 4 2 3 1 next season but with kagawa cutting in of the left with ROONEY STILL behind welbeck 😐

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    • Yang
      June 5, 2012

      @ash is the man: Em, I advise a lot, do not put much expectation on this guy. He is excellent number #10, He has good speed, nice touch, eye for goal and good link up play. so overall he is good prospect but his physique is weak, has problem with smart spending of stamina, invisible when team does not work well.

      I think tricky stuff is that we are not play through center so he may find to need adjustment of playing style, I think he need one or two seasons settle in period.

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  7. ash is the man
    June 5, 2012

    I just have one question for eden hazard……. what is so young about the chelsea team???

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    • Nuevo
      June 5, 2012

      @ash is the man: Mint Fresh $$$$ 😉

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      • Owen
        June 5, 2012

        @Nuevo: Man Utd has even a player named YOUNG 😆

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  8. babyface
    June 5, 2012

    think Kagawa is a great signing; there’s shades of Paul Scholes in him. He’s young, energetic, and does beautiful, pinpoint, through-ball passes…

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    • Opti
      June 5, 2012

      @babyface: I agree that he will be a great signing. 12 million for young star material with potential to be world class. ME GUSTA! 😀

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  9. colver
    June 5, 2012

    Hazard was way over-priced. Kagaya seems like a good piece of business. But yeah I think he is too lightweight to play in a 4-4-2. I think the main advantage of signing him is that it lets us shift to a 4-4-1-1 in Europe with Kagaya filling the role Giggs used to play and Rooney leading the line.

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  10. JonyB
    June 7, 2012

    Nice one Ian…..
    Bough back some great memories, and although i’d of propably gone with a Quinton Fortune, Dennis Irwin or Arthur Albiston instead of Blackmore who i never been able to take to (Don’t know why!)…..

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  11. Craig Mc
    June 7, 2012

    My DAD raves about Martin Buchan, and says he was a fan fave to the very rafters of Old Trafford – a proper legend. 😀

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    • Ian
      June 7, 2012

      Yep Craig can’t disagree with him there, Buchan really was a favourite although he was ‘just’ finishing as I was starting to go so my memories of him are all tele-visual or, like you, built on what my Dad says (and others). Willie Morgan’s another, Gordon Hill, Jimmy Greenhoff…..and Stuart Pearson (who I’m named after – well middle name anyway!)….there’s dozens from the late 70’s early 80’s who, although I did actually see them play, I wasn’t old enough to know a thing about it.

      Someone, somewhere, a genius software guy, needs to build a United team for each decade, then run it to see who wins!

      50’s team – Aston, Edwards, Berry, Byrne, Jones, Foulkes et al
      60’s team – Best, Law, Charlton, Stepney, Brennan, Herd, Crerand et al
      70’s team – Morgan, Macari, Greenhoff, Coppell, Buchan, Albiston, Jordan et al
      80’s team – Whiteside, Robson, Muhren, Bailey, McGrath, Olsen, Duxbury, Moses, Stapleton et al
      90’s team – Keane, Cantona, Hughes, Kanchelskis, Beckham, Scholes, Giggs, Schmeichel, Irwin, Solksjaer, Cole, Yorke, Sheringham et al
      00’s team – Ronaldo, Rooney, VDS, Ferdinand, Vidic, Scholes, Neville, Giggs, Ruud, Beckham, Bellion et al

      In a perfect world it would actually be possible to arrange a league where each team from each decade played each other in a round-robin at their peek, I’d pay to see that :)

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      • Ian
        June 8, 2012

        I’m shocked no one called me out on the Bellion inclusion! :(

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