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Manchester United must be the most written about football club on the planet and it's hard to keep up with the new publications which pour off the presses. We do our very best to keep you up to date with our comprehensive guide to the latest books about the club and the players.

We still like to handle our books and haven't fully got into the e-reader world so apologies if your a Kindle person.

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Our featured choice.

There's been a shortage of decent books on Manchester United over the past two or three years, probably in part due to the dire football seen in the Moyes and Van Gaal era. Our featured book of the moment provides an in-depth study of those gloom-laden post-Fergie years from a fan's perspective.

The fan in question is Bruce Thomas, who made his name as the bassist in Elvis Costello's Attractions. A lifelong Red, he's well-informed, perceptive and a really good writer. Bruce is highly critical of the two sacked managers, but this is not a rant. It is a well researched and passionate look at a period which had fans of other clubs thinking that we may be entering the black hole of ongoing mediocrity. The book doesn't follow the common trend of a match-by-match commentary, but focuses on the bigger picture of internal politics, relationships, ambition and inflated egos. Thankfully, it finishes on an upbeat note, with Mourinho in charge and his first trophy in the cabinet.

Our bookshelves are weighed down by books celebrating our successful years but it's difficult to find any offerings, for example, on the Sexton, O'Farrell and McGuinness Years so we're pleased that one author has bitten the bullet at an early stage and written a definitive account of a period of failure and a troublesome search for a worthy successor to the greatest manager in history.

The one mistake for me is the title of the book because everybody knows that "We'll Never Die, We'll Never Die!" Any would-be assassins will never get their way.

The Men Who Killed Manchester United by Bruce Thomas is a self-published book issued in 2017.

The Men Whi Killed Manchester United by Bruce Thomas

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Other Manchester United books

 

Let's start with books which have been issued or re-worked to mark the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson:

Fergie - the Greatest. Manchester United 1986-2013 by Frank Worrall

20/13: A Tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson by Harry Harris

This is the One; Sir Alex Ferguson; The Uncut Story of a Football Genius by Daniel Taylor (Revised and Updated)

Sir Alex Ferguson. The Official Manchester United Celebration of his Career at Old Trafford

So far, there have been surprisingly few efforts coming off the presses. Frank Worral and Harry Harris are journalists who are always quick off the mark. Daniel Taylor has updated his 2008 well-received book and the Official Celebration has yet to hit the shelves. We'll comment in more detail if we're sent review copies.

These three classy books are all from the pen of our favourite 'Red' writer, Iain McCartney and they bring to life key matches from United's history. The legendary games are covered in all their glory, with great illustrations, and are supplemented by accounts of many other key matches not usually mentioned. This type of book often rather lazily reproduce newspaper reports but that's not Iain's style. He can always be relied upon to bring a fresh approach.

Iain McCartney has been busy recently and this is his account of United's remarkable resurgence after the tragedy of losing their magnificent team at Munich. We've not yet had a review copy but we know that Iain doesn't serve up dud and are happy to recommend this one blind!

 

The Red Eye; A Manchester United Fan's Distorted View of the World.

David Blatt shot to fame with his Manchester United Ruined My Wife and this is his excellent follow up, different but, again, very funny. David and his "ruined" wife sold their house to do a world tour and the book tells the story of their 90,000 mile trip, interwoven with an account of twelve months watching, or trying to watch, the Reds from afar. We laughed from start to finish. As you'll see, if you pick this book up, David is very witty, a passionate Red, a great storyteller, and (a big tick from us) a true member of the LUHG club. This is a book which will will suit not just United fans but also World travellers.

 

Manchester United; 20 Times Champions of England. The Story of the 2012-13 Season.

 

John White is a stalwart of the Irish Reds and has, in recent years, come to the forefront with his popular books. These are three examples, our personal favourite being "the Irish Devils" which tells the story of the love affair between the Irish and the Reds and the constant stream of both players and fans across the Irish Sea. John has also produced an app, which we wouldn't normally feature but here's a link for those who would like to have this inexpensive well-produced app on their phones The Story of Manchester United (App)

 

Mark Metcalf tells the story of United's first Championship success back in the days of Meredith, Bell, Turnbull et al. A match by match account of the 1907-08 season, coupled with pen pictures of players and officials.Some historic photos embellish this welcome addition to the United history bookshelves.
An ambitious undertaking by multi-talented James Mackie and his first book about football. This offering tells the story of the many players and coaches who have worked under and been influenced by Sir Alex. A total of 23 individuals, going back as far as his days in Scotland, are covered, in every aspect of their individual careers.
The Doc's Devils - Manchester United 1972-1977. Sean Egan has done a superb job in telling the story of Tommy Docherty's reign at United. This 580 page book is the definitive account of the Doc's teams, which went from the ignominy of relegation to Division 2 Champions to FA Cup Winners. Docherty's initial cautious approach may have been the most boring football seen at OT, but he then went on to produce exhilarating, swashbuckling stuff, which packed the place to the rafters. A terrific book.
Manchester: A Football History. A big book in every sense - 544 pages packed with masses of information about all of our local clubs. The story is told with clarity and enthusiasm and this is a must-buy for anybody who wants to understand the rivalries and the development of our local clubs. We doff our caps to its' author, Gary James (despite his allegiance to the Blues!)
Forever A Babe; Growing up with Manchester United. This is an engrossing book and a must for anybody who really wants to understand what makes United the legend they are today. Tom Clare tells of his childhood in a poor Catholic 'two-up, two-down' household in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester, at the time that Matt Busby was nurturing his great Babes. Tom's grandfather had been a fanatic Red since the Newton Heath days, and he instilled in the young boy a passion which was all-consuming. Tom grew up watching the Babes as they emerged from the all-conquering youth team and he gives us a detailed account of that momentous period of United's history. This is a book which fills a big gap in the United library and it does it in a hugely enjoyable manner. Very highly recommended!
An excellent personal memoir from one of United's legion of overseas supporters. Kevin Leyland lives in Atlanta, USA, and his account of watching the Reds' 2008/9 campaign from a distance is enlightening, funny and passionate. Highly recommended.
is a big book written by a renowned expert on United, Iain McCartney, and is a detailed look at United's post-war fixtures, which haven't previously received much coverage.Testimonials, pre-season friendlies and other matches are given detailed write-ups in this well-illustrated tome from highly respected Breedon Books
by Keith Falkiner is an excellent work, beautifully illustrated and very nicely set out. It gives details of many of the legions of Irishmen who have been such a huge part of United's history.
Red Dawn is another book giving us an insight into where our great club has come from - covering the first three decades from Newton Heath onwards
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