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An unusual week so far. A first trip to Saudi Arabia watching Manchester United in a friendly, which Sir Alex FergusonâÂÂs side lost 3-2 to local big timers Al Hilal in the capital Riyadh. The ã1 million which United received should sweeten the defeat, a fee Barcelona and Real Madrid turned down because they felt it would compromise their players. The Spanish giants donâÂÂt have a debt the size of UnitedâÂÂs to serviceâ¦

I write this in my hotel room as a brilliant sunrise sets the morning on fire. A Gulf Air plane comes into land nearby, but the view is otherwise forgettable. ThatâÂÂs because, like Alan Partridge, IâÂÂm holed up in a Travel Tavern style hotel, this one at Heston Services on the M4 (Westbound).

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Andy Mitten
Editor at Large

Andy Mitten is Editor at Large of FourFourTwo, interviewing the likes of Lionel Messi, Eric Cantona, Sir Alex Ferguson and Diego Maradona for the magazine. He also founded and is editor of United We Stand, the Manchester United fanzine, and contributes to a number of publications, including GQ, the BBC and The Athletic.