Long before it was announced last Friday night that Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani had launched a personal bid to buy the club, Manchester United's ownership stirred emotions.
If Erik ten Hag is to succeed as Manchester United manager, he needs to negotiate and potentially overturn the system which has malfunctioned so badly for the past nine years.
The executive chairman's departure was marked by a series of articles reflecting on his time but they only underlined the key problem with Woodward's Manchester United - Woodward.
Manchester United are no longer a club run on sound principles, but the talk of tradition and the Manchester United Way should be seen for what it really is: a dependence on superstition.
Manchester United's sentimental attachment to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preventing them from challenging Liverpool.
The Manchester United manager is backed by most of the club's supporters but he may become a peripheral figure.
A viewing of the Alex Ferguson documentary Never Give In prompted Tommie Gorman to reflect on his encounters with the great manager and how sport and the memories it generates lead us to what matters.
The latest wave of nostalgia for the Manchester United of old won't do Ole Gunnar Solskjaer any favours.
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