20
Sep

Ashley Young still doesn’t know if it was indeed a bird that pooped in his mouth

It’s been more than a month since the infamous moment in Manchester United’s loss at Old Trafford to Swansea. No, it wasn’t the loss itself.

It was what appeared to be bird poop flying into Ashley Young’s mouth.

There was much speculation at the time about whether it was actually bird poop, or perhaps a loogie, or something else disgusting that no one would want flying into their mouth.

It turns out, Ashley Young still doesn’t know what hit him, either. 

Bless whoever put the pigeon above his locker.

(H/T Who Ate All The Pies)

23
May

Class of ‘92 play against construction workers on a rooftop

It’s the dream of just about any Manchester United fan to play against one of the best groups of footballers the world has seen: the esteemed Class of ‘92.

A group of construction workers at the Hotel Football project had that very opportunity, on the roof of the structure no less. The project, being built next to Old Trafford, was visited by United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers.

When they wandered up to the five-a-side field being built on the rooftop, something pretty wonderful happened:

The five former players are all involved in the Hotel Football project, so while this was probably totally staged, but you can’t say these workers enjoyed it any less than if it had been an impromptu kick-about. 

(H/T SB Nation)

11
May

Man United fans troll Liverpool on final day of season

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Manchester United fans haven’t had much to laugh about this season, so a group of them felt they might as well find a way to depress their arch rivals as well. You never suffer alone, right?

With Liverpool having thrown away their chances at a first championship in the Premier League era over the past couple weeks, a pack of United supporters hired a plane — yes, again — to fly over Anfield with a cruel message aimed at captain Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool fans were not amused.

The banner, of course, refers to the number of Premier League titles Steven Gerrard has won - zero, or exactly 20 less than Man United.

However, Liverpool fans can throw a ‘0’ right back at ‘em: that’s the exact number of games United will play in Europe next season, while the Reds will strut their stuff in the Champions League.

But please, no more airplane banners.

H/T 101GG

6
May

Man United youngster steals Ryan Giggs’ thunder in final home match

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Manchester United’s interim player-manager Ryan Giggs subbed himself on for one final run-out at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but it was a player just starting his United career — 18-year-old James Wilson — who stole the show in a 3-1 win over Hull City.

Wilson bagged a brace on his United debut to nab Man of the Match honors, while also becoming the first player in club history to score goals for the U-18, U-19, U-21 and first team in the same season.

When Wilson was subbed off (come on Giggsy, did you have to?) for Robin van Persie in the 63rd minute, the home crowd — which hasn’t had much to cheer about this season — even serenaded him with a “Wilson for England” chant.

Making his performance even sweeter, his parents were in the stands to witness it all. And they were besides themselves with happiness:

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11
Apr

Manchester United fans experience every emotion possible in just 22 seconds

This season hasn’t been kind to Manchester United fans. After more than two decades of success under Sir Alex Ferguson, the sudden dip in form (and position on the table) has left Red Devils’ fans in a pit of despair.

When the once-fearsome club took on mighty Bayern Munich on Wednesday, no one expected Patrice Evra to score a stunner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Euphoria. Tears of joy. Cloud nine. Hope.

But just 22 short seconds later, United fans came crashing back to Earth. Mario Mandzukic shut down the party before it even had a chance to really get started.

It was hard enough for United fans watching from afar to digest what unfolded on their televisions; for the supporters at the Allianz Arena, the pain was tenfold.

It’s the hope that kills you.

(H/T SB Nation)

3
Apr

Bayern Munich deny pair of English newspapers access to Allianz Arena

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Bayern Munich have denied two popular English newspapers accreditation for the Champions League return leg against Manchester United next week after publishing disparaging headlines involving Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bayern released an e-mailed statement condemning both The Sun and The Mirror for reporting in “disrespectful, discriminatory and personally abusive manner” on Schweinsteiger. Both papers had, perhaps foolishly, opted to play on the German word “Schwein,” which means “pig.” 

We’re used to seeing edgy headline puns from the English press, but they seem to have crossed the line just a bit in this instance. We highly doubt, however, that a stadium ban will make them think twice next time.

23
Feb

Man Utd win the battle for Gundogan

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According to the Daily Star on Sunday, Manchester United are convinced they have won the £25 million race for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. If true, this would be the first piece of business in a busy summer of transfers for the Red Devils. The central midfield position has been a long-term target for United and they’ll be happy to get it sorted early doors.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

18
Feb

Manchester clubs battle for Mangala

In January it was rumored that Manchester City missed out on Porto star Eliaquim Mangala. This summer they look set to go back for the highly-coveted defender and could be rivaled by Manchester neighbors United for his signature. The France under-21 international is thought to be valued at around £35 million by the Portuguese club.

For this rumor and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.