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  1. Shame James is out injured. Ideal game for him. Decent side and a good bench so no excuses.
  2. Given that five out of the six PL clubs have held protests, and the national mood has been so united against a European Super League, it's a useful little plus to have an all PL final. Strengthens the national hand further still.
  3. Agreed. Would have Redondo over either, but it's not by much. Kante's running is such an asset atop the rest.
  4. Oh he's not a secret, but I think if you asked a hundred lads to name a World XI there'd be a surprising amount overlook him. Like Redondo and Makalele previous it's something in the position.
  5. He's brilliant. I think he'd walk into an XI of his generation. Maybe not the sexiest position on the pitch but he has it mastered.
  6. I'd like to think so, but wonder if Ole might go with a stronger line-up given they all missed minutes at the weekend.
  7. We've done this upstream. I only assume you can't read. I'll leave you to it.
  8. Thought it was worth sharing the numbers for you, just to give a picture of what it is, in comparison to the debt-free, within its means model it was. £790million – the amount it cost the Glazer family to acquire a controlling stake in United in 2005. £550million – the total debt immediately loaded on to the club as a result of the Glazers’ takeover. This was made up of £275million of ‘payment in kind’ hedge fund loans at an initial 14.25% interest rate, and £265million of bank loans. £3.05billion – the club’s current valuation, according to Forbes. Barcelo
  9. Those numbers, to paste whenever you're dealing with this nonsense online. £790million – the amount it cost the Glazer family to acquire a controlling stake in United in 2005. £550million – the total debt immediately loaded on to the club as a result of the Glazers’ takeover. This was made up of £275million of ‘payment in kind’ hedge fund loans at an initial 14.25% interest rate, and £265million of bank loans. £3.05billion – the club’s current valuation, according to Forbes. Barcelona (£3.5billion), Real Madrid (£3.4billion) and Bayern Munich (33.06b
  10. Wasn't overly keen on the episode, but loved the aesthetic. Will likely stick with it at regular length eps, which I thought made the other animated stuff work well.
  11. Ek is an absolute arsehole, let's be clear on that. I don't think that means he would treat something he cares for in the same manner as something he doesn't, but then none of us even know how much of an Arsenal fan he is.
  12. Granted, but you asked the question and I gave the answer. Can't do much more for you than that.
  13. Again, I'd point you to the United thread for more on why this might not necessarily be the case in the current climate. In short: Populist idiot leader seeks easy points with electorate.
  14. If it was the club I support - without a moment's hesitation. Furthermore, I'd give enough of that ownership away to ensure it couldn't fall into the wrong hands after my passing. I mean, in fairness I support a club that is worth an awful lot of money, so that outstanding 30% of my net wealth would still be eye-watering. Let's make it more interesting then and say I would spend whatever I had, even if the outcome was me having to work a desk job there to get by after the fact.
  15. With the exception of his short The Index, which is one of the finest ever written imo, I've never got through a full Ballard. Bores me senseless.
  16. A decent fit for him, all things considered.
  17. I know it's never good form to answer a question with a question, but I think it's fair here. Would you rather your club be owned by an individual fan of the club, or an entity viewing it as part of a commercial portfolio?
  18. Arsenal is valued at 2bn. Daniel Ek, alone, is valued at 3.25bn. So he could, if he wanted, put in a bid at the going rate and still come out a billionaire. He can afford it. Now you're right that he might structure the deal in any number of ways. So might I, if I were lucky enough to be able to buy United. If I can structure it in such a way as to make a better deal then fine. Given that I am one person, with the interests of the club at heart, I feel that's OK. The caveat in all this is I have no idea how much of an Arsenal fan Ek is, but assuming he is then the deal
  19. There's a lot of this gone over in the United thread, and I can't be arsed repeating it, so read there if you like. But FWIW, said Spotify bloke would be pulling the money together to buy Arsenal outright, and could afford the entire thing out of his own pocket if he wanted. Nothing leveraged about it.
  20. Manchester United still maintained links to the community even under the PLC. I opposed the PLC, but there's a world of difference between that model and where we are currently. Nothing you're saying about 'if you were 15th' means anything. This has nothing to do with success, and everything to do with the ownership. United won the league and European Cup in 2008 with one of the best sides they've ever had. I never saw them play, and their success or otherwise has zero impact on the state of the club. £2bn wouldn't buy United, but if you want Saudi's rolling up to buy a
  21. Every inch of Manchester United's success since 2005 has been in spite of the ownership, not because of it. What do I want? A club that retains roots to its local community. I was raised within sight of Old Trafford and since 2005 charitable spending and giving back to the community has been stripped to almost nothing. I also want the club to tick along within its means - don't forget United didn't need the takeover, nor that the takeover was leveraged. The Glazers bought United with United's own money. Seeing as you're writing as if success on the pitch is the be all a
  22. Barring your unfortunate specifics, I could have written this post fifteen years back. I spent a long while chewing over what was necessary and the one thing I could immediately control was to leave the country. Perhaps a little tougher for you post-Brexit, but it's the first step towards calm. Message me if you want to chew any of this out.
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