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Friday 23 October
17:22 I’ve been wandering about the Megastore getting quotes from fans (we call them voxes in the trade) for the 'United Family' section in United Review. I asked shoppers to tell me their favourite thing about Sir Alex, who celebrates his 23rd anniversary at United on 6 November. There were some varied answers, including his man-management, the trophies and his winning desire, as well his feat of knocking Liverpool off their perch. The best one, however, has to go to Australian fan Nick Lancaster, who said: “The way he chews his gum. It’s aggressive, just like his tactics!” (MN)
15:31 I've had a busy day doing interviews down at Carrington. First Paul Scholes, then Danny Welbeck and then man-of-the-moment Antonio Valencia. It was Valencia's first interview since he spoke to MUTV on the day he signed and he was in good form. It was done with the help of a translator, but the Ecuadorian appears to have a very good sense of humour. Oh, and in case you were wondering, he swears he's "happy on the inside" when he scores, even if he doesn't show it outwardly! (NC)
15:10 My interview with Kevin Moran earlier went really well. He was really friendly and talked at length about his memories of United and Blackburn. Look out for the feature in the match programme next Saturday – Kevin will be at the game as he's a season ticket holder at OT. There were so many things for him to talk about that he provided about 2,000 words worth of quotes, enough for several features! He’s a football agent these days, most notably for John