- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (3 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751539112
- ISBN-13: 978-0751539110
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Manchester United: The Biography: The complete story of the world's greatest football club Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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A rich and thoroughly enjoyable tapestry (Sunday Business Post)
All encompassing yet readable (Irish Times)
**** (London Metro)
A must read for anyone who takes football seriously (RTE Guide)
* The story of the biggest football club in the world.
* Covers everything from the birth of the club through to the 2008 Champions' League final in Moscow.
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In White's defence, though, he's not afraid to criticise, and key figures such as Roy Keane, Bryan Robson, Cristiano Ronaldo, former chairman Martin Edwards and even Alex Ferguson himself are all castigated for their perceived failings.
There are also, as Pat Stenson notes, multiple factual errors. That they appear in the book is probably a testament to White's confidence in his own memory of the events he witnessed first-hand, but even a cursory glance at YouTube will reveal that Brian Kidd was not wearing a "blazer" when he leapt on the pitch to celebrate the crucial 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1992-1993, while a cursory glance at Wikipedia will tell you that Jaap Stam was indeed bought from PSV Eindhoven rather than Ajax.Read more ›
There are some very minor errors (as other reviewers have pointed out) but they do not detract from a book that should be of interest to both fans and people interested in English football. What the author does so well is spend the right amount of time on things, he doesn't regurgitate George Best's history, or go through pages of statistics, he hits the important notes and fleshes them out with perfect pace.
I picked this up thinking I would dip into it over a couple of weeks, but ended up finishing it in two days. Recommended.
The only criticism I would have is that there are numerous glaring factual errors - for example, the words 'Football Club' were removed from the badge in 1998, not the initials 'F.C'; Gordon McQueen did not equalise in the 1979 Cup Final, rather Sammy McIlroy after McQueen had pulled one back (despite what Lou Macari bizarrely states!); Bryan Robson did not score 'the winner' in the 1994 FA Cup Semi-final, but the third goal in a 4-1 victory; and Jaap Stam was signed from PSV, not Ajax.
These are small details, however. On the whole this is a hugely entertaining read. Highly recommended.
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Brought this book as present for a member of the family, they love it.Published 5 months ago by BusyFamily
Awful condition. Dirty and front cover completely folded over. My brother was gutted.
Would not trust again.
A really enjoyable and informative read. Jim White has made it interesting and easy to read, showing the strengths and weaknesses of this great football club; its Managers and its... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roger Cook
I needed the answer to a question which I was asked on holiday regarding the original name of Manchester United and thought I would download a sample of this book to my Kindle... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by Win Reviewer
I am great a fan of Jim White's books, and he has done a splendid job with the Manchester United Biography. Recommended read.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
you love 'em or loathe 'em, me the latter, I only bought it for cross referencing for my book I'm writing, which all you haters will give 5 stars for...... Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by Stubby St.George
The best 'history' of manchester united I've read.
well written, researched and, most importantly, readable. Read more
Very thorough history of Manchester United, a must read for any fan wanting to know about the clubs history. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by TrueRedDevil