Mark Kelleher

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What Now, Wayne?

(5) Comments | Posted 29 August 2012 | (16:21)

The nauseating bone-deep gash to his thigh was not the only thing that would have had Wayne Rooney grimacing on Saturday last. The horrific wound, imprinted there by the landing-boot of Hugo Rodallega, would have created severe instant torture, but discomfort had already marked his day before the incident took...

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A Sad Mess - The Glazers, Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United's Supporters

(5) Comments | Posted 23 July 2012 | (13:32)

Those with heroes all share a propensity for thinking the individuals they adore are somehow infallible. A state of unadulterated perfection is moulded around the hero and any flaw traced in their DNA is rejected as a momentary blip, as something that should be left hidden behind those traits that...

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There's More to Ireland Than This

(2) Comments | Posted 22 June 2012 | (11:06)

There's something amiss when you leave a tournament with a 'Best Supporters' accolade stored in the overhead compartment. While the generous title may herald an admirable off-field trait, it speaks much about a team's worth when it is their fans, not their players, who leave with credit. It may have...

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What We Talk About When We Talk About United

(2) Comments | Posted 4 June 2012 | (23:23)

Reducing an entire campaign to the amount of points amassed during it is a dangerous thing. While a high total can signify a high win percentage, it says absolutely nothing about the performances that go into shaping a season. When Manchester United's late capitulation saw cross-town enemy Manchester City snare...

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Caring Only When it Suits - The Glazers and Manchester United's Supporters

(5) Comments | Posted 7 May 2012 | (11:41)

It was only a few short weeks back, but the events in between have made it seem like it was an eternity ago. Eight points clear and facing into what should have been six easily attainable points against Wigan and Everton, my perpetual doomlordery came to the fore and my...

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Reflections on the return of Paul Scholes

(1) Comments | Posted 26 April 2012 | (11:05)

Football is more of a mental disorder than a sport. Its beauty is often too infrequent and the only real certainty it provides is that madness will inevitably prevail. Manchester United supporters will know this truism as well as most; immersed in success, the side's propensity for the surreal, particularly...

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Patience Key to de Gea Form

(1) Comments | Posted 10 April 2012 | (23:06)

It was in the dying stages at the end of a feisty affair at Stamford Bridge: that was the defining moment. Up until that split second, his short United career had been obituarised and wrought with doubt, to the point where even the most ardent of optimists had begun wringing...

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