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Club Culture

Manchester United once was a club feared for their on-pitch resilience and ability to turn around matches late, i.e., in injury time. The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 was a landmark moment in the club’s recent history. In the ten years since he left the managerial role, United have won four trophies; in the last ten years with Ferguson, there were 18 titles! Of course, not all this is related to Ferguson, but for most of the transfers he got it right.

What a difference a decade makes! Within a year, the club has to deal with two players who are alleged to have attacked their partners/girlfriends. And although the case against Mason Greenwood was dropped, there will always be a residue remaining – on both sides. The latest are accusations against Anthony, a Brazilian player whom United signed in 2022. He faces allegations of physical attacks by his girlfriend.

It is indicative of the culture at the club, one is inclined to say. A culture of scouting that seems to give little attention to the personal development of future players. Of course, there is never a guarantee that nothing ever happens – it is, however, an unfortunate coincidence that two players in a relatively short time span at the same club have problems of this sort.

The club have to look after themselves, first and foremost, of course. That is why Greenwood’s contract was terminated. The same scenario is likely to happen in the case of Anthony. His national team, Brazil, have dropped him over the issue and United are once more under pressure for all the wrong reasons.

Calibrating the Compass? Rangnick at Manchester United

Since the second half of November 2021 Manchester United have caused all sorts of headlines for all the wrong reasons. The sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the latest chapter in the club’s history, a history that has been somewhat turbulent since Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire in 2013. The parallels to the retirement of…

Enough is Enough

The world of football took note on Sunday when a mere 200 fans stormed Old Trafford ahead of Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool – one of the most important games of the season for either club – and caused the game to be postponed. It is a strong signal that something is wrong in…

Play, Repeat, Paris

Equipped with petro dollars and stars, Paris Saint Germain cannot drop the image of big time bottlers. The latest defeat against a limited Manchester United is just another repeat of previous seasons failures. Whoever manages PSG these days has to achieve one thing: to keep the club in the Champions League beyond April. It is…

Red Star Belgrade 3 – Manchester United 3

As this blog celebrates its eighth anniversary in June it is time to remember the name sake, the original Harold Donald Davies also known as Don Davies who signed his match reports for the Manchester Guardian with ‘Old International’. Davies and eight of his colleagues travelled with the Manchester United team to Belgrade and reported…

The Curious Case of Major the Dog

A little film from December 1973 depicting the history of Newton Heath Read more →

The Manchester Derby

The name sake of the blog, Don Davies, also known as Old International was a Manchester United supporter. He was also a fine football writer, combining literary skills with football knowledge thus providing his readers a highlight to read on their Sunday or Monday mornings. On one occasion he wrote: ‘No one, not even Gordon…

The Watney Cup – A Preview

This video clip from 1971 shows how Halifax Town beat Manchester United, THE Manchester United with Law, Best and Charlton, 2-1 at The Shay in the first round of the Watney Mann Invitation Cup. This competition had a life span of only 4 editions but was revolutionary nonetheless. This clip however, is a little teaser for things to come here.

Patience Is A Virtue

Manchester United’s aura, its sense of impregnability at Old Trafford and its hold on the Premier League are fading. A third of the way into the new season, United has lost back-to-back home games, for the first time in the memory of many fans. So said Rob Hughes in the International New York Times from…

Paris St. Germain: The World is not enough or La Folie

[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]Once more PSG made the headlines today. As the owners grow frustrated about the lack of reputation of their toy, they have decided to splash money. And it is big money they want to spend. According to various newspapers and Internet platforms the Parisians are ready to spend up to