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  1. August 10th Premier League 1/38: Manchester United vs Watford De Gea; Dalot, Jones, Maguire, Williams (Kolarov 67); Mata (James 67), Pogba, Fernandes, Lingard; Dzyuba (Greenwood 20), Rashford Mark Wilson’s Manchester United got off their 2019/20 campaign off to a flying start with a comfortable win over Watford in front of their home fans. Summer signing Artem Dzyuba took just 17 minutes to open his account with the club with a towering header from a Juan Mata cross, only to be taken off injured moments later. Bruno Fernandes curled in a fine second midway through the first half, a
  2. Just having a play with the formatting of this - does this spacing look better or worse than previous posts? -- July 23rd Teenage starlet Mason Greenwood lit up Old Trafford in a superb home debut for manager Mark Wilson as Manchester United thrashed Lyon 5-1 in a pre-season friendly. Greenwood added an injury-time strike to his two first-half goals to complete his hat-trick, and only an injury to Aaron Wan-Bissaka could dampen the spirits of the Red Devils faithful. Victor Lindelof and youngster James Garner added United’s other goals in an excellent evening for Wilson, Greenwood and
  3. July 10th Artem Dzyuba’s Manchester United debut was not one to remember, as his new side went down 1-0 at Championship side Stoke City, the club’s second defeat in a row to lower league opposition. The Russian striker was clearly off the pace after signing just two days beforehand, and United clearly have some work to do ahead of the Premier League campaign. July 16th Mark Wilson finally picked up a win at the third attempt, with goals from Dzyuba, Pogba and Mason Greenwood leading the Red Devils to a 3-1 win away at Birmingham City. United controlled the game from start
  4. Thanks guys, I just hope the theory works out in practice. It's not often I try and deliberately fail at a game! -- July 6th The Mark Wilson era at Old Trafford is off to a shaky start, as less than a week after taking over, a strong United XI were beaten 1-0 by Cameron McGeehan’s 82nd minute goal at Fratton Park. Portsmouth were forced to hang on for the win, but United fans the world over will be hoping that the new manager can chalk this one down to inexperience and move on to more successful results sooner rather than later. July 7th Wilson’s first move in the
  5. July 1st 2019 After the sensational sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for ‘not being very good,’ the Glazers have stunned the footballing world by announcing the appointment of 41-year-old Mark Wilson as the new Manchester United manager. A lifelong fan of the Red Devils, Wilson boasts a CV that defies time itself, listing sides as varied as Matlock Town, The New Saints, Barcelona and England among his employers without ever being noticed by the football community. Despite this odd résumé, the Old Trafford club have backed their man – Wilson is rumoured to have been handed a contract w
  6. Somewhere deep in the bowels of FMS HQ… “Dave, we’ve got to stop this. Seven awards in one year is not a ratio I can deal with.” “I know Boss, he’s blown past PM7 in no time. You worried?” “Less of the ‘boss’ stuff, I’m only a mod. I’m not worried, but…” “That sounds pretty worried to me.” “Maybe a little. It’s nice up here, OK?” “OK, so what are we going to do about it? Do we need Neil on board?” “No, he’s new to this. We can’t have the new mod caught up in this. It’s got to stay… private. Low-key. Understand?” “Gotcha. Just the two of us. So…” “Da
  7. Thanks Matt, much appreciated. After an unwanted hiatus, this is now back - it may slow down a little in the coming weeks, but I'm keen to pick Raphael's story up once again. -- With Alessio von Gunten taking a slight knock against Japan, Lavergne was forced into handing Alex Hoffman a start against Les Elephants, with Ricardo Rodriguez brought in at left-back in place of Elrich Elvedi. Nico Elvedi resumed his defensive partnership with Laporte in the heart of the back line, while Marques came back in for Bickel at the tip of the spear. It was as close to a first-choice team as Switzerl
  8. Thanks Salkster, I appreciate that. Their house was always in a state of welcoming, happy chaos, and she was the calm glue that held it all together. It's still surreal seeing their faces on various news pages but the initial shock is starting to clear, which is helping. We've just this weekend made this short move from Norfolk Park to Heeley, how about you? I'd be surprised if we weren't locked down further given everyone else nearby is heading that way, although I haven't heard anything yet. Any chance you get can there and 'accidentally' get locked on holiday?!
  9. Thanks guys, I appreciate that. I'll be hanging around, more out of habit and clinging to something normal than anything, and really appreciate the support.
  10. I'm absolutely heartbroken. We moved house on Friday, and when taking a break from painting a wall earlier I saw this article. Chinnor isn't a big place, and when I saw the ages of the family involved my heart sank. A call to their local church office confirmed my worst fears. I know and love the Powells - Zoe was one of my wife's best friends at university, and we've stayed close despite them moving to the other end of the country. Josh is a real larger-than-life, gentle giant of a man - doting dad, leads the local Scout group, belts out bass in a gospel choir, always tinkering with
  11. Thanks 10-3, it's been a good campaign for our man so far. Glad you're still enjoying proceedings! Just a quick heads-up to say I'm moving house tomorrow, so this may be the last post for a little while as we settle in and get things sorted. Hopefully it won't take long, but you never know. -- That next round would come against Japan, who bounced back from a 3-1 defeat by Germany with a stylish victory over Costa Rica to book their spot in the last 32. Switzerland would be favourites, but up against one of the world’s best midfielders – Liverpool’s Hajime Furuya, who had amassed
  12. The expanded World Cups throw up all sorts of qualifiers, it's wonderfully mad. Not sure I agree with the IRL decision, but it makes for FM fun! -- Accordingly, Raphael shuffled his pack emphatically. Burki started in front of an all-new back four in Hajrizi, Henrique, Bamert and Elrich Elvedi, while Zakaria and Hoffman replaced Jimenez and Renaud in the midfield. Breel Embolo kept his place on the right, as did Marques up front, but the left wing saw an international debut for 18-year-old Fabrizio Lisi, with the eyes of the world curious to see how the rocket-propelled teenager
  13. Good to have you back Chris - I'll have some Soviet nonsense to put up against you I'm sure Take care all, g'night!
  14. Mark, on tonight's showing you're going top of the table next year. @tenthreeleader, the challenge has been laid down!
  15. You make a valid point. Maybe I need to work less on my writing and more on my excuses
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