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Let’s start on a serious note.

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The last time Manchester United won 9-0 in the Premier League, 26 years ago next month, they could only win their next match 1-0, and at Wimbledon thanks to Steve Bruce’s late goal. Wimbledon were also down to ten men thanks to the red card issued to Alan Kimble, perhaps the only Premier League player who shares his surname with a Lee Scratch Perry song later covered by The Fall in a Peel Session. To follow on yet more clumsily in using another title from that 1993 session, there are plenty of Words of Expectation around United, even if it does look like City’s title to lose. (It was too difficult to squeeze in Gut of the Quantifier or Spoilt Victorian Child but do let us know if it’s possible.) Everton present tough opposition, even if they have won just twice at Old Trafford since football was invented in 1992, and the first of those was in August 1992, the second coming during David Moyes’ internship. The Ev’s win at Leeds, including a goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, was the first in the league since 12 January and Don Carlo’s team have rather dropped from the top-four picture. So, both really could do with something from the game. The question is whether United suffer a comedown from their midweek turkey shoot.

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