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Impact of Cup win against Arsenal

The 4-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal was a fantastic game of football if you were a neutral or United fan but obviously not so much for any Gunners but with the game over, what bearing is it likely to have on the rest of the season if any?

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Aston Villa 0 United 2

United went to Villa Park with a sense of deja vu, having played so often there in the FA Cup. For the current crop of players they could look at 4 ties against Villa in the cup in recent years and the recent 4-1 league victory, as well as several semi finals at Villa Park all of which saw us winning. And for the fans too memories of Cantona’s performance against Chelsea there in the 1996 semi, the epic 1999 battle against Arsenal, as well as the 3-2 comeback against Villa that saw one of van Nistelrooy’s finest performances in a United shirt. But a great track record meant very little going into this game, especially on the back of some less than impressive results and performances over the Christmas period.

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The season so far

Arsenal fans are all crowing about being top at Christmas, but so what?! The league ends in May not December, and the little one point gap can be overhauled in a week. The second half of the season should be enthralling, especially when it could be more than just a two horse race and when the Champions League comes back into play in late February. United ought to benefit from the African Nations, namely with our rivals losing players such as Adebayor, Toure, Drogba and Essien. Read more

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Season preview

It is less than two weeks until United and Chelsea walk out the tunnel at Wembley to kick off the new season, and rarely have things been so focused on off the field activity. The press seem to have become Hollywood celebrity experts camping out in LA to catch a glimpse of a former Red, or polishing up their legal skills to report on sagas including those surrounding Heinze and Tevez. A dodgy Thai has moved in at City, Liverpool think money should be spent on even more over-rated Spanish strikers (as if Luis Garcia and Morientes were not enough), Leeds are embroiled in a row over tax dodging and loan repayments, Arsenal are losing players by the second and Chelsea are fighting to hang on to Robben whilst also bringing in some useful additions. What a summer and a ball has not even been kicked yet! Read more

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Middlesbrough 2-0 Man Utd

The journey up to the Riverside was just the beginning to a very bad day. Hung over we set off at 9am and it was not too long before I had been pulled over and handed 3 points and a £60 fine for speeding. Arriving at the overcast bleak stadium we thought things could only get better.

The highlight of the day was the pre match training where Ruud smashed every effort into the net whilst Yorkey failed to score once in a 20 minute shooting session. Every strike from Ruud was greeted with a cheer by the travelling faithful.

The game started in a surreal atmosphere. The part time Boro fans failed to show up and the stadium was barely half full. Songs from travelling reds echoed against the stands as United passed the ball around fluently and we were confident of a victory.

With 5 minutes left and the boredom mounting I opened up the programme to look for details of a reply. Typically as soon as I looked down Boro were one up and United’s brief cup run was over. A second goal minutes later wrapped the game up.

We left the ground pissed off at the score, the traffic, the weather, the atmosphere and the crap food. But most frustrating thing all day was the patheticness of the stewards and police who wanted to strictly enforce the no standing policy. To state it clearly, THERE IS NOTHING DANGEROUS ABOUT US STANDING. If anyone has any doubts please contact me on this issue or visit safestanding.com.

All in all a bad day. Out the cup, speeding fine, and all hopes of another Treble over. Could be worse, we could all be City fans.

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