Over recent times the Mag website has had a number of articles relating to other clubs as well as Newcastle United, obviously Glasgow Rangers featuring prominently.

However, I want to turn to last week’s opponents Manchester United.

Last night they suffered a quite amusing FA cup exit to Arsenal, but the game to me epitomised all that is wrong with the nation’s ‘favourites’!

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Absolute blatant attempts at cheating, firstly £60millionwaste of space Angel de Maria was booked for ….well they called it simulation, I call it cheating! The fact he then hilariously got himself sent off by grabbing at the referee just iced the cake, take a look at Rooney’s face when he grabs the ref’s shirt – a picture of disgust at his teammate?

Then moments later Adnan Januzaj attempts the same thing, sprawling into the box after being tackled by the invisible man, for what turns out to be his 4th booking for a similar offence!

What is more annoying is the lack of comment from the manager, he is overseeing one of the best known clubs in the world and cheating is seemingly the norm-  after the events of last  week you have to wonder why nothing is being done. The deafening silence condoning the players’ actions.

Just returning to last week for a moment, it seems the press sought opinion about ‘spitgate’ from any number of unbiased individuals, including Paul Scholes, LVG, and even a certain Mrs Evans!

Papiss Cisse admitted and apologised within hours of the event, while Evan lied and denied, astonishingly the FA then only gave him the same tariff as Cisse despite a deliberate attempt to deceive the adjudicating panel.

If the shoe had been on the other foot I have no doubt Cisse would have got 10 games minimum.

Manchester United; creator of all things evil in football and bad example to kids everywhere!

Anyway, what about us? Well it has all been quite quiet for a change, with a game I would describe as intriguing coming up on Sunday against the Scouse mackems.  This time last year I think everyone had Everton as possible challengers to breakinto the top 4, however it would seem they too are like us, mid-table cack.

Difference being between us and them is they will be looking nervously over their shoulders at the moment, which suggests it is a good time to be taking them on. If we can stay solid and and let their supporters get a little nervous it might spread onto the pitch, and we could take advantage.

Over the years I have found Everton supporters to be fairly quick to get on players’ backs, so here is hoping, if a couple of results go the wrong way they may well end up as the team who gets dragged in.  We need to be up and at them from minute one.

Interesting reports/ articles regarding Jonas and Alan Pardew, if what is being reported is true then I am afraid Alan Pardew has a lot to answer for. Never slow to comment in the past, my guess is he will say nothing. The fact is his treatment of Jonas is below appalling and next time he sets foot in St James Park we should let him know exactly what we think of him.

There were a few rumours about the treatment from the club for Jonas. I was actually prepared to give the club the benefit of the doubt but it seems my faith was misguided, it’s disgusting.

On a happier note, the prelude to the weekend is magical as legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers play the academy on Friday night, always a raucous night and worth a visit, so  if you’re stuck for something to do – get along.

Just the fact 50 year old blokes like me think they can enter and survive an Alternative Ulster mosh pit is reason enough to go!

Front man Jake Burns was a season ticket holder up here a few years back, before relocating to the US. Despite the lure of Man Utd or Liverpool etc, Jake fell for the toon. He is always welcome in this fair city and he ALWAYS puts on a good show,