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Horror in Wigan as Manchester United Felled by Plague

Sir Alex Ferguson mortifies his flesh, but to no avail.

It was never supposed to be this way. Things like this aren’t supposed to happen in football. An exciting day—that’s what we thought we would see. A contest. A game! Now the sole remaining question—the final, terrifying, all-important question—is how can we go on? How can we placate the wrath of a God who may no longer be willing to forgive us? How can we purify ourselves? How can we ever be safe?

Van der Sar Agonistes

The players writhe in agony.

The players cry out for help that does not come.

Wayne Rooney roars his defiance to the heavens as Ryan Giggs goes down.

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Horror in Wigan as Manchester United Felled by Plague

by Vandal-prone · May 11, 2008

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