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I own every copy of the magazine since the first issue in 1992. The content is indeed biased but what else would you expect? There are plenty of publications out there that just love to have a dig at United so this one is a nice change. Having said this, I do recall a number of critical match reports over the years so it's not entirely one-sided. The match reports are comprehensive and include player ratings. There is also a section for the fan's views and you get the chance to win prizes. But I do agree that it is full of advertising, aimed at sellin gother club products.
If you are a fan then this is the best place to get all the information about the team, specially the youth set up and academy players which I find to be one of the best features. Among other great features are an interview with Sir Alex every month and interviews with former players.
I have been an avid reader of the official Man Utd magazine since the 95-96 season, through to its present day status of 'Inside United.' For any United fan wanting to gain an insight into the club this is certainly a decent source of information and gives monthly updates in the form of exclusive interviews with players past and present.
Of course, the opinions conveyed are as biased as you can find but it does make for an enjoyable read, especially covering aspects of United that one would not usually see, quality coverage of reserve and youth team action and is never short of a 'top 50' this or 'best ever' that, whether its foreign players or all-time comebacks. The centrefold poster is also a nice touch but I think that is the big give-away. What I mean by this is that, while I know foreign markets must be covered for fans abroad etc, the magazine has declined in recent years and unfortunately produces fairly 'dumbed-down' journalism, suitable for children and those whose English is limited.
This simplicity of writing deems 'Inside United' as inferior in my opinion to more diverse and educated journalism featured in 'FourFourTwo.' Of course, if it's only United that interests you, then by all means, the official magazine is for you, but if you are a United fan interested in football in general I would probably look elsewhere and this is why I buy 'FourFourTwo' as well, because it provides a deeper insight into the beautiful game, giving one a more holistic overview. Not only this but the questions in player interviews are less uniform, therefore producing more interesting, and even controversial answers - something one would never find in the official United mag.
Overall, it's a good read but is let down by its slightly childish approach and if you want your money to be kept in the family rather than read 'FourFourTwo' for example, I would suggest you subscribe to MUTV if you have Sky as this provides a more in-depth account of the club as a whole, especially if you are interested by the reserve and youth teams.
You can't really argue with a magazine created for the worlds best football club constantly saying how great they are, but you can go way over the top some times. I think the mag is a superb source of knowledge for most Singapore Reds but it deffinately appeals to the die hard reds aswell (speaking as one). The problem is the general inability to admit anything attall is wrong with anything to do with United. For this reason I prefer the websites that offer objective views of the real fans. So why do I still read the mag? The interviews are great and the editorial is always worth a glance. There is no shortage of mags telling us how good United are but the thing that stands this out as by far the best is the insider feeling you get from reading it. It also cares about everything in the club, such as the much neglected youth team. The columns are brilliant aswell with the likes of Alex Ferguson, Bestie and Gaz Nev commenting on the events. Despite this my favourite page is deffinately the letters section. It never fails to ammuse how Agiud from Kuwait was shocked at the lack of atmosphere inside Old Trafford he experienced after hearing from a mate who watched a game on the telly and how Mike from Liverpool writes to complain about all the United fans being obsessed with the bitter Merseysiders- yet they get printed and are worth a laugh. (a word has to go to the Phil & Wes cartoon that has come from nowhere and is going nowhere- this month the mag asked for emails from people who read it just to be sure it was worth the print- I'm glad to say the people who don't read the mag are now as clueless about it as who do, never mind eh.) The main part of each edition is the interviews which are always well edited (obviously they don't print the 50 odd 'y'knows' from their 30 second chat with Becks) and great reading. With the likes of Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez and Japp Stam (nothing groundbreaking I quickly add) all in one
issue you can tell UNITED has close links with the actual club- makes a change don't it. I guess despite my reservations about the iminant awarding of the licky-licky-brown-nose award to UNITED I will still come back for more because of the well placed wit and hell, I admit it, I just wanna gloat. By the way- 26 years and counting.
The magazine is aimed at? Yes you guessed it the Manchester United fan. Well it would be wouldn't it? The trouble is it is just really a marketing ploy aimed at getting the readers to buy the latest book,video shirt etc. It does not give you any real insight into the club or indeed any news that you do not know from other sources. As it stands it is an excellant brochure detailing what Manchester United can sell you. For the die hard fan who has to have everything that the Reds produce I can see the appeal, for the small boy who wants pictures of his heroes again it is worthwhile, however for the casual reader it is not worth parting with your hard earned cash. Indeed if you can read this review then you can get far more information about Utd from the web and with a reasonable printer get more pictures than you can possibly need.
I have never been a very big reader. Infact I own possibly the smallest collection of books in the country. But my collection of Man Utd magazines is awesome. And in all my time buying them, one stands out above the rest. The Official Manchester United Magazine is all you need. A nice collection of interviews with your favourite stars is comprehensive in its style and content. The game reviews are nicely laid out easy to read, you can see everything clearly and easily. The letters page is often one the first pages in a magazine, and good quality letters can often keep a reader interested. United magazine has a good spread of opinions and views, there?s a regular section for the best letter from opposition fans, there?s a letter of the month, which often has superb views or a hilarious story to tell. There is no bragging in this here publication. Everything is dealt with immaculately. Not only are the first team covered, but also you can read all about the latest news in the world of the reserves and the youth team. A must see for all die-hard fans if you want to keep up with the latest news of the future United stars. All the latest transfer news and gossip is covered, there is certainly nothing left uncovered here. There are plenty of nifty little articles and pieces by actual United first teamers. The advert content is medium to low, which is good and doesn?t spoil the reader?s concentration. Most ads in the magazine focus on football, United or other vaguely related items. You will not be shown an ad wanting you to try grandma?s latest cookies or the newest fly-fishing range. As is with most magazines, there are competitions. Match tickets are an often giveaway. There is plenty of behind the scenes action and news, nothing is left uncovered. The price is reasonable, £2.99 is not too shabby at all. The magazine comes out once a month and is not some flimsy kiddies footy mag, this is good quality stuff. So if you want to read ab
out United, then get the Official Manchester United Magazine. You cannot go wrong.
This magazine is well worth the £2.99, its a glossy magazine with at least 92 pages in most issues. And most importantly the best Manchester United source of information. It has current news, interview with the players and managers and match reports for every match thatw as played within that month. There is also a match review for forth coming matches. This magazine looks at the up and comng stars of man utd and a very informative and interesting letters page. Every issue has opinions from George Best, Sir Alex, Gary Neville and Steve Mclaren. All in all its a very well presented magazine.
There can be no doubt in any sane person's mind that the team of the last decade in the British League were the men from Old Trafford. Six titles in ten years and the first English team to lift the Champion's Cup since 1984. This year, as I write - the title race looks over before the end of February - the Reds 6-1 blitz of Arsenal, their nearest challengers being reminiscent of Liverpool's 5-0 win over Forest in 1988 - and on a par as possibly the most devastating performance ever seen in the British top flight. Manchester United lord it at the top of the domestic game and there seems precious little that their rivals can do about it. They are the most successful club of the modern era - a brand name recognisable the world over and have more supporters than anyone else. They even seem set to snap up yet another European trophy (although their Spanish rivals may have other ideas). What thus do I find paradoxical about them. First, the manager. Sir Alex Ferguson is without peer as a boss in today's game. Apponted as successor to Ron Atkinson in 1986, he initially struggled - and three years later was on the verge of being sacked as United slipped near to the bottom three and such luminaries as Ralph Milne, Jim Leighton, Danny Wallace and Russell Beardsmore were turning out on a regular basis. That year saw them defeat Palace to win the FA Cup - the following season saw Hughes goal beat Barcelona to win England's first European trophy since their return to Europe and the rest, as they say is history. Possibly, the pinnacle of his career was the famous victory in May 1999 as United beat a stunned Bayern to lift the European Cup. Ferguson has fashioned one of the finest teams in history - his managerial skills mark him out as one of the all-time greats. Indeed United fans must be wondering if their dominance will survive his departure. There is a downside, however. Ferguson seems oblivious to criticism from the press and blindly defends pla
yers such as Roy Keane even when they are totally out of order. The nadir for me was last season's clash against Middlesborough where rookie refree Andy D'Urso was nearly manhandled off the pitch after having the bravery to award a clear penalty against United. Ferguson defended his players' bully boy tactics - to my mind disgracefully. had D'Urso sent the five players concerned off (as he was well within his rights to do) it might have straightened out the fact that no club is entitled to 'hold officials to ransom' just because decisions go against them. On the pitch, it is a similar story. Man U's squad is almost beyond comparison. Barthez is magnificent. The defence, featuring Stam,Brown and the Nevilles is stunning. Even squad players such as Irwin, Greening and Wallwork would walk into most Premiership sides. The midfield quartet of Giggs,Beckham,Scholes and Keane are all players who could turn out for any club in the world. The latest addition to the conveyor belt, Chadwick is described by Ferguson as the best of the lot. Up front, Cole,Sheringham,Solskjaer and Yorke provide firepower that would be any manager's dream. There can be no doubt this is a team, that both as individual and as a unit is a match for any team in the world - and leaps and bounds ahead of the Premiership. For evidence look at the comprehensive beatings dished out to Leiceter and Ipswich. Both team came up against the Reds having been in a rich vein of form.Both left rueing that little though that they might have had a slight chance of beating the champions. In terms of skill - peerless. Too often, though they react to bad decisions with all the grace of spoilt children - taught that they can have anything they want and 'how dare that horrible man in black give nasty Bradford a free-kick'. Petulance,dissent, abuse of officials - it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth - and the point is it is unnecessary. When the early Wi
mbledon resorted to such tactics, they did so to buy time. United are not them - they should be setting an example, not swearing at every hapless official who dares award the opposition a throw-in. Where United cause me most to dislike them is their attitude toward the domestic and European compettions. They have an arrogance that is well-known and some would say merited. The most visible example of this was their failure to defend the Cup last season. Though not their fault, specifically, they had a chance to stand up to the TV barons and media interests whose impact on the game has become so pernicious. They have not done so, for it is that very media domination which has made them almost unchallengeable. Their impact in Europe is equally damaging (more on that later) but whenever they play a virtual youth team against Bradford or Watford (for example) - they send a powerful message to every small club in the land. That message is 'bugger off - how dare you threaten our shareholders' interest by playing with such spirit - don't you know there's a 'vital' European game' Have you no regard for the English game? There's another thing - I'm normally quite placid. However, if I meet one of the commentators who argue that United 'carry the hopes of all England' with them - I shall be tempted to pull the trigger on him. United are a multinational corporation. I will freely admit, that in a game between United and Kiev - my support went to the delightful Ukrainians - who to me are the David against United's monolithic goliath. Short of resources, unloved by the TV companies, because according to one mogul 'the Ukraine hasn't got enough Satellite subscribers' (interesting- this is now the basis for the allocation of European places) Kiev represent the forces of the beautiful game against Man United plc. There is an element of jealousy here. I would love Wimbledon to have United's
resources - but would I want us to be United? No. And here is why: 1/ Europe - the Champions League is now a pale shadow of what the Champions Cup once was. Too many teams are in that shouldn't be. Why are five teams from Germany and Spain allowed? The reason is this -money. The big clubs (the so-called G14) have basically said to UEFA 'if you can't guarantee us a place - we'll form our own League' Man U, as a member of the G14 was at the forefront of this process - it has led to European football becoming a rigmarole. Something to watch on the TV in the absence of any other more suitable entertainment. 2/ The theatre of dreams - it has a poor atmosphere, and the genuine fan seems to be outnumbered by corporate types. When I saw the highlights from a game between United and the Dons in 1994, Fashanu equalised Pallister's early goal - the striker wheeled away to the Stretford End in triumph and the camera focused on a group of very young United fans weho were crying. I am ashamed to admit I laughed - a sick reaction, but one that was a response to my delight that Wimbledon had put a spoke in the wheel of the Corporate giant. Cheers, United -now I rejoice in the sorrow of small children if they are wearing United shirts. 3/ First the UK - then the world. United have turned the business side of the game into an art form. They average three kits a season - all astronomically priced, putting burdens on households that can often ill-afford to pay for such largesse. This is again, not them alone, but were they to set an example and keep their kits longer - the problem might not be so pronounced. Such ventures as the recent tie-up with the Yankees are designed to again draw more kids into the web of exploitation. There you have it then, perhaps these comments are the small-minded rantings of a man jealous of this team's success - but I'll reiterate. As a team on the pitch, they are a joy to watch and th
e best in Britain. As a club, they have forfeited any right to respect from genuine fans of the game. In the next Champions League game - it will be this fan who is cheering the 11 brave souls of the Austrians Sturm Graz - and to hell with 'loyalty' to English clubs
This magazine is a must in my life and should be to any pure RED. The magazine tells you everything in the last month, ranging from what gos on outside United to the actuall games. Weather United win or loose this magazine always come,s up tops. I have a whole collection up stairs and read them on the occsion. I like to no what is going on at united, whos happy, whos not happy and why? . It keeps you informed of everything. It has a short Home and Away section witch tells you how they have done since the last issue and who played well and scored ect. The magazine is a cheap thriller for home or at work as you'll never take your eyes of it untill you have read the whole lot.
The problem with most football magazines is that they spend most of their time asking some little s**t like Micheal Owen what he would have done if he wasn't a football. We all know the answer is rob cars and stab granny's for their pensions anyway. This, being the offical magazine of manchester united, has unrivilled access to the players and the club news. The interviews are generally decent, although it would be nice if gary neville was allowed to say what he thought of the scousers a few times. The best feature is the round up of the months games. Ita llows you to track the progress of the reserves and the youth team to see how players like nardiello and fletcher are getting on. it also highlights particulalry promising members of the youth set-up as ones to watch for the future. The Northern Soul feature is always worth a read. The entire magazine is reassuringly partisan, and it is always nice to see Wrenger and David Mellor in the dock for their many crimes against united. although the fanzines are much more funny, and much more offensive, this is still well worth a read
Although I am a red through and through and I do enjoy reading the Manchester United Magazine I have to say that it is a tad biased. It is an interesting read and always entertaining but it doesn't always represent things fairly and it isn't really the best for just general footy facts. It is the type of mag that ABU would love to get their hands on because it represents everything they love to hate about United. It is aimed at the younger reader but provides light entertainment for the older one too. I would recomend it but at the same time be well aware what it is your getting.
I have been buying this magazine for a while now, and i have to say that it's not a bad mag! If you like Manchester United, and you're fed up with buying magazines like 'MOTD' and '4-4-2' because they contain every single team in the league, and all you want is United, then this is the one to buy! It beats 'Glory - glory Man UTD' anyday! At £2.95, it's a bit expensive, but then again (around) 111 pages of United aren't that bad! (That's including adverts, but they're all football related anyway...) The United magazine has some good 'regular' sections, my favourites being 'inside old trafford' and 'home and away.' 'Inside Old Trafford is a section which holds lots of 'mini' articles on United related news, for example, a small part on David Beckham's recent honour of being made England Vice - Captain. 'Home and Away' is a section with match reviews, Statistics and game previews. There's also a small part which i particually like called 'On the recieving end' which shows steps in how United have scored in a recent match. Of course, there are lots more sections, one of which written by Sir Alex ('The Gaffer') and another written by George Best. As most magazines, there is always (note i say allways) a interview with one of the players. So, If you're looking for a good Manchester United Magazine, then this is the one for you! hf.