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About David Hammons / theunitedreligion.com

"The United Religion: A Manchester United View From Abroad," www.theunitedreligion.com, is a blog that delivers an American perspective on one of the world's most successful football clubs. Since I have an opinion about anything and everything, I decided to put many of my off-the-wall ideas as well as passionate feelings about the ongoings of United into words. In my writings, you will discover that I do my best to back up all of my outlandish opinions, and finicky analysis with statistical and/or factual evidence. If you wish to publish any of the articles, or have any questions, please contact me directly at theunitedreligion[at]gmail[dot]com.
  1. Battling The Bull's Eye On Their Back

    There is a bit of chatter as to whether Manchester United can go the entire Barclays Premier League season unbeaten or not, but that is not an objective for the club. United did superbly well to stretch their unbeaten start to the league to 21 matches this season, 26 games overall, against Tottenham, but even Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that running the table is a bit of an unrealistic goal, and it is not even being discuss inside the club.


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  2. Sir Alex's Slender Squad Selection

    Manchester United were forced to rely heavily on their defensive linchpins to extend their impressive streak against Tottenham, but it could have been very, very different this time around. On top of reclaiming the top spot in the standings, the Reds also elongated their impressive unbeaten streak over Spurs to 20 Barclays Premier League games – 24 overall – but unbiased bystanders, including a somewhat troubled-looking Sir Alex Ferguson, would have thought it was Tottenham who were the holders of that streak.


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  3. Spurs 0 United 0: Escaped With A Point

    In a very enthralling Barclays Premier League match, Manchester United earned a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The Reds not only extended their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to 26 games, but also their personal streak over Tottenham to 24 games, but United was forced to dig deep and defend astutely against a very vibrant Spurs’ team – especially in the second half after the referee, Mike Dean, wrongfully sent off Rafael.


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  4. Tottenham Preview: Looking To Spurs On Their Streaks

    After a much-needed week off, Manchester United take a trip to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur for a mouth-watering Barclays Premier League match. After their controversial 1-0 win over their most-hated rival Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were able to take a short breather before enduring a tough stretch of five games in 16 days, which begins against Spurs.


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  5. Local Prominence Or Global Dominance?

    Upon signing for his new club, Edin D┼żeko had a pop at Manchester United’s fan base inciting that the majority of supporters within Manchester are City fans. Everyone knows that there will always be a bitter rat race to see which Manchester club controls the mass majority of fans within the city limits, but, honestly, what does that really matter anymore?


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  6. How The Mighty Have Fallen Off Their Perch

    After Manchester United’s well-deserved win in the FA Cup, there has been a lot of verbal vomit being spewed out by the Liverpool supporters, which shows just how bitter they have become. There was no question that Liverpool was the model club back in the 1970s and 80s, which is why Sir Alex Ferguson set out to knock them off that perch, and based on Sunday’s victory they are on the bottom of the cage.


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  7. United Cup-letely Outclassed Liverpool

    The FA Cup is a competition that allows clubs to forget their form, but class always seems to show through, which is exactly what propelled Manchester The FA Cup often allows clubs the chance to forget their poor form, but their class always seems to show through, which is exactly what propelled Manchester United to the victory over Liverpool. In terms of trophies won, United has not been up to their own very high standard in the FA Cup lately, but that could all change following their latest confidence-boosting triumph over their hated-rival, which should not only rekindle their love for this competition, but spur them on in their other competitions.


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  8. United 1 Liverpool 0: Red Devils Pile On The Misery

    The FA Cup always offers up great matches that are filled with contention, and Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Third Round was no different. A lot of pundits will criticize the two contentious decisions from Howard Webb by claiming that they dictated the outcome – he awarded United a soft penalty, which was expertly converted by Ryan Giggs, but the referee also brandished a straight red card to Steven Gerrard for a harsh tackle on Michael Carrick.


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  9. Don't Count Our Chickens Just Yet

    Manchester United has enjoyed the best part of the last month at the summit of the Barclays Premier League standings, but that could all change in a blink of an eye. With no real surprise, a lot of the United supporters were left beaming after how the results have unfolded after the turn of the New Year, but, like the players, we must remain level headed until the Reds has maneuvered through their tough schedule and secured that elusive 19th English top flight title.


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  10. Liverpool Preview: Magnify Their Misery

    Manchester United battles their long-standing, bitter rival, Liverpool, in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, and it should the tie of the Third Round. After a week of good results in the Barclays Premier League, United now shifts gears to focus on the FA Cup, which has been the one bogey competition for the Red Devils over the past couple of years, and what better way to turn around those misfortunes then against your most-hated rival.


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  11. Is Ferguson Pondering A Facelift For United?

    After some very favorable, but yet remarkable results, the press has, almost unsurprisingly, incited rumors that Manchester United’s squad is about to be completely restructured. Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been infamously known to influence matches with his mind games, must have pulled out his magical wand yesterday, because all of United’s title – including their most-hated – rivals either lost or drew their respective matches, which sees the Reds sitting very pretty on top of the Barclays Premier League standings all by themselves.


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