Terry Cooke: the Class of ‘92’s long lost graduate

On the day legendary Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison was formally honoured for his extraordinary developmental work with young footballers – most notably his discovery and nurturing of the Class of ‘92, “Fergie’s Fledglings”, the cherished crop of youngsters who burst free from the Manchester United academy and into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team…

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Manchester United: the 26 barren years

Manchester United look set to end a fourth Premier League season in a row without winning the Premier League title. For those fans below the age of 30, this will be the longest barren spell without a league triumph in their lifetime. Therefore it seems inconceivable to imagine a Manchester United who once went two…

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Roy Keane’s head and Roy Keane’s heart

Everyone and their grandma knows how the Champions League concluded in May 1999. That balmy night in Barcelona, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær won it for Manchester United. What some fans — not United fans, mind you — may forget is that United’s road to that final was perhaps even more dramatic than their late comeback to…

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Wayne Rooney: an inconvenient legend

When the conversation topic turns to footballing legends, those that spring to mind are generally the quintessential one-club men – Francesco Totti, Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard, for example. None of these players had entirely unblemished careers by any means, but they were unanimously adored by fans for their unrivalled loyalty and dedication. Despite over a decade of…

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