Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

What Did You Make Of Ronaldo’s Red Card?

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With over 20 minutes to play and United playing City off the park at Wastelands, we were looking for our second goal to kill the bluenoses off. Robinho was in 18-year-old Rafael Da Silva's pocket throughout the match, whilst Steven Ireland and Dietmar YSB Hamann no contest for the impressive Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher.

Sparky: City Nowhere Near United

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Wayne Rooney nonchalantly delivered a dig in City's direction this week, claiming that despite the money they had, he would start worrying about them when they stopped lingering around the middle of the table. Well it's happened, City certainly aren't a mid-table team any more. They are 14th, above 15th placed West Ham on goal [.

Ten Men! We’ve Only Got Ten Men!

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More possession, more shots on target and most importantly, more goals... all with ten men for 20 minutes away from home. Have it, you bitter bluenoses! "Ten Men! We've Only Got Ten Men!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Ronaldo’s Sending and Rooney’s Goal/Late Chance Against City

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Rooney's goal Ronaldo's sending off Rooney's late chance "VIDEO: Ronaldo's Sending and Rooney's Goal/Late Chance Against City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ready For Derby Day?

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"Ready For Derby Day?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Say what, Drogba? Punch Vidic?

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"Say what, Drogba? Punch Vidic?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Another ‘War Of Words’ Between Arsenal and United

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Just when you start to think Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are becoming top mates, our manager can't resist getting another dig in. With five games lost and out of the top four, things aren't looking too great for Arsenal. When you consider their toughest away day this season has been Fulham, with Old Trafford, [.

Anderson Ready To Beat Mates At City

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Anderson will face three international team mates if he plays against Manchester City tomorrow, in Robinho, Jo and Elano, but is certainly up for the fight. He claims that whilst they are great people and players, he wants to be on the winning side on Sunday, and will dish them out a rough few days if [.

RoM Likes… Studs Up

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Studs-up.com "RoM Likes... Studs Up" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Let’s All Laugh At City!

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"Let's All Laugh At City!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs On City… Bootlace Goal, Tights and Leaving Blues For Red

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A few years back, the only tickets I could get for derby day away were with the home fans. A couple of blues I knew gave us their season-ticket seats, whilst they got their hands on seats with a better view elsewhere. We were under strict instructions not to give away our identity, as they [...]

City’s Richards: It’s An HONOUR To Beat United

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Can you imagine any United player claiming that it is an 'honour' to beat City? No, me neither. Micah Richards has spoken out about City's chances ahead of the derby, reflecting on their results last season. 'Unbelievable', 'fantastic' and 'great honour' is how he described it. Honestly, City are a MASSIVE club!

Derby Day Chat

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Leave your prediction for derby day here, then on Sunday, check out the chat room to talk about the game with other reds. "Derby Day Chat" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tosic Gets A Work Permit!

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Reports earlier this week suggested that the supposed transfers for Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic were a load of rubbish. It seems as though Partizan Belgrade were double bluffing though, as now it appears as if a work permit application has been approved, with the left-winger set to join United in January.

Manchester City Star: I Watched United And Ruud Was My Hero

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Ahead of derby day on Sunday, City star Robinho has confessed he used to watch Manchester United play when he was a kid and that Ruud van Nistelrooy was his hero. Probably not what the bluenoses wanted to hear. "United are a club known all around the world," said Robinho. "No matter where you grow up, [.

Tickets Up For Grabs - Win United Tickets With RoM

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We like to share the love here on RoM, so when I got an offer of tickets from Vodafone, I only thought of you lot! The tickets have come about through Vodafone UK promoting the launch of LiveGuy – an interactive game of cat and mouse using the power of the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 [...]

Chelsea Boss - The Differences With United

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With Luiz Felipe Scolari, Chelsea were guaranteed to win the Premiership. If they could push United until the final day of the season with that gimp Avram Grant in charge, then they would certainly take it up a gear under Scolari's leadership, right? So far, I've been fairly impressed with Scolari, with him coming across far [.

Tickets Up For Grabs - Win United Tickets With RoM

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We like to share the love here on RoM, so when I got an offer of tickets from Vodafone, I only thought of you lot! The tickets have come about through Vodafone UK promoting the launch of LiveGuy – an interactive game of cat and mouse using the power of the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 [...]

City Are A MASSIVE Club… Derby Day Sold Out

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The Richest Club In The World (TM) take on the Champions of England and Europe this weekend at the Wastelands. After losing out to the bluenoses at home and away last season, United are eager to even the score. If there was any doubt that City are a MASSIVE club, I'll reassure you by confirming that [.

Outdated Hatchet Claims Fail To Prove His Point

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Another day, another ABU article, following on from the appalling attempt from Peter Bills, which signalled the need for him to stick to his rugby writing, rather than delve in to the waters of football writing where he is massively out of his depth. This one suggests that Ferguson is hypocritical to complain about the treatment [.

Ronaldo, Ferguson and United Would Be Treated Differently… Really?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has asked for better protection from referees for Cristiano Ronaldo, after our winger felt the studs of Joan Capdevila on his knee during Tuesday night's Champions League game. Whilst this country is overly concern with Ronaldo's dives, those with an interest in United tend to be far more worried about our best player [.

Rooney Wind Up: Why Would I Be Bothered About Mid-Table City?

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We saw Robinho attempt to get the mind games under way ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, reminding Ronaldo of the embarrassing defeat Portugal suffered at the hands of Brazil last week. Wayne Rooney has got himself involved, claiming he couldn't care less about City's publicity, as they're not winning anything and lingering about the [.

Rooney Explains Why He Dived

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It appears as though controversy follows Wayne Rooney when we play Villarreal, considering this is the only club our forward has been sent off against during a competitive match. Sarcastically applauding a poor decision by the referee (the one who sent off Beckham in the World Cup!) saw him take an early bath in 2005, [.

Peter Bills - You Are A W**ker

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Another day, another ABU article in the mainstream press, this one coming from The Independent. The acts of petulance continually committed by Manchester United on the football fields of this country and the Continent never cease to amaze. The fact that a team with talent and quality to animate the football Gods in their prime seats cheerfully [.

VIDEO: Pique Scores For Barca

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Former red Gerard Pique scored against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League this evening. This was Barca's second, after Thierry Henry put them 1-0 up with less than quarter of an hour played. "VIDEO: Pique Scores For Barca" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Bloody Hell, You Wouldn’t Hear Pires Apologise For Diving!

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Long before Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba or Steven Gerrard were diving in the Premiership, Robert Pires was perfecting the art for Arsenal. His most famous dive arguably came towards the end of Arsenal's unbeaten season, where the penalty he earnt with a dive saved Arsenal from defeat, and kept their record in tact.

Peter Bills - You Are A Wanker

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Another day, another ABU article in the mainstream press, this one coming from The Independent. The acts of petulance continually committed by Manchester United on the football fields of this country and the Continent never cease to amaze. The fact that a team with talent and quality to animate the football Gods in their prime seats cheerfully [.

Are We Signing Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljaji? Apparently Not

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Partizan Belgrade youngsters, Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, have been linked very heavily with a move to our club, with talks of work permits and millions of quid in transfer fees flying around. Apparently, it's all nonsense. "It is not true that Tosic and Ljajic have already signed for Manchester United," said Partizan sports director Ivan Tomic.

Rossi: I Still Support United

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Manchester United played out another boring 0-0 draw with Villarreal last night, which seals both clubs' position in the next round. Former United player, Giuseppe Rossi, started up front for the Spanish club, although didn't have the impact on the game he probably hoped for. After the match he spoke about his feelings towards United, claiming he [.

Rooney: We’re Saving Goals For City

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Manchester United dominated Villarreal last night, but left Spain with just a point following a 0-0 draw. Wayne Rooney, who is currently going through one of his scoring droughts, has said that the goals will come on derby day at the weekend. "Although we didn't win the game we're still pleased because we're through," said Rooney.

Bloody Hell, You Wouldn’t Hear Pires Appologise For Diving!

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Long before Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba or Steven Gerrard were diving in the Premiership, Robert Pires was perfecting the art for Arsenal. His most famous dive arguably came towards the end of Arsenal's unbeaten season, where the penalty he earnt with a dive saved Arsenal from defeat, and kept their record in tact.

VIDEO: Ronaldo Off The Woodwork and Red Card

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Watch Cristiano Ronaldo's attempt that was pushed on to the woodwork and the red card challenge by Capdevila on Ronaldo. "VIDEO: Ronaldo Off The Woodwork and Red Card" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie Laughs At Real Madrid Over Tevez Link

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Sir Alex Ferguson's war of words with Real Madrid continues, taking their latest reported interest in Carlos Tevez as an opportunity to mock them. "No, I've not spoken to Carlos about Real Madrid's interest," said Ferguson. "We get used to them talking to our players. I could have the opportunity to respond to Real Madrid every [.

PICTURES: Wayne Rooney Always A Happy Chappy In Training

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Whenever I see pictures of United training, I always seem to notice how happy Wayne Rooney looks. He always has a grin on his face! Whilst I'm looking forward to his good goalscoring form to return, it is good to see a player at the club who just appears to be so content. How many professional [...]

“Older Players Marvel At Rafael’s Ability”

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Rafael Da Silva is likely to get the nod to play against Villarreal in United's Champions League match tonight, with both Gary Neville and Wes Brown not making the journey to Spain. Rafael's only appearance since his wonder goal at Arsenal has been in United's 1-0 win over QPR in the League Cup, not getting any [.

Sod Villarreal Fergie, Think About The Derby!

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For a number of years now, Sir Alex Ferguson has not paid derby day with the respect it deserves. Whilst he may feel the club has bigger fish to fry, he doesn't have to drink in Manchester's locals, hearing those bitters drone on and on. We were fortunate that we won the Double last season, [...]

Robinho Attempts Ronaldo Wind Up… Will It Work?

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Cristiano Ronaldo didn't do his bid for World Player of the Year any favours last week as he featured in Portugal's 6-2 defeat at the hands of Brazil. Kaka, Robinho and Fabiano all stole the show, leaving Ronaldo incredibly frustrated, lashing out at the opposition and failing to leave his mark on the game.

Ferguson Defends Ronaldo’s Hand Gestures At Villa

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Aston Villa kicked Cristiano Ronaldo all over the park on Saturday, reacting more and more dramatically every time one of their crunching challenges came in. With ten minutes left to play, enough was enough for Ronaldo, and Ferguson was forced in to a substitution, with the Portuguese winger limping towards the tunnel.

Liverpool Striker: No One Can Rival Ronaldo

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Fernando Torres has today sung the praises of Cristiano Ronaldo, claimining our winger is 'incomparable' to any player he's ever seen. Torres scored an impressive 33 goals last season, yet Liverpool still failed to win anything. As a striker, he was still 9 goals short of Ronaldo, who played as a winger for the majority of [.

Fergie Cancelled Sinatra Meeting After Charlton Defeat

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Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' sums up the attitude of our manager fairly well. If we were to polite, we'd call him headstrong, whilst he might also be called him bloody-minded and stubborn to the core. I'll say it clear. I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full, I travelled each [.

Evra: I Wish Rossi The Best But Not Against Us

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed this week that the clause to buy back Giuseppe Rossi is still in place, meaning we could take our former striker back from Villarreal. Ahead of tomorrow's Champions League match, Evra has spoken about Rossi. "If you give him time and space in the box, he'll score every time," said Evra.

PICTURES: Ronaldo In Training… Set For Villarreal?

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Cristiano Ronaldo was in training this morning, suggesting that he will be travelling to Spain for tomorrow's Champions League game against Villarreal. He limped off before the end of United's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa draw, going straight down the tunnel for treatment. "His leg is in a mess," said Ferguson.

Liverpool Focus On CL… Title Is Between United and Chelsea

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Michael Ballack would have been perfect in Manchester United's midfield following the departure of Roy Keane. He wasn't interested though, the general belief being that United were in decline, and he has since failed to win the Premiership or Champions League with Chelsea, whilst United have won both of these since Ballack joined the rentboys.

MUST Get Involved

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United's season ticket prices have been on the up for some time, long before the Glazers' name was even uttered at our ground. Roy Keane's new contract was blamed for the rises once upon a time with the club eager to make all the money they could, knowingly ripping off the fans, but trying to [...]

Our Tougher Fixtures… Compared To Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool

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Sir Alex Ferguson was talking about the league fixtures handicapping us this week, looking at the difficult games we've been forced in to playing so early on in the season. Of course, the other side of this is that we'll have an easier second half of the season, but by which point, we could be some [.

Aston Villa STILL Can’t Beat Us… And We’re Still Eight Points Behind

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With Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all dropping points earlier today, the pressure was on us ahead of our trip to Villa Park. It was a great opportunity for us to claw some points back on our rivals, with a win seeing us six points behind with a game in hand. But it wasn't to be... United just [...]

Rooney and Rio Booed By Ingerlernders At Aston Villa

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With just minutes played, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand found themselves on the receiving end of loud boos whenever they went near the ball. Like Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole were on the receiving end of hassle from travelling Newcastle fans earlier today, the Villa fans were letting it be known they are [.

United Speak To Lyon About Benzema

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Karim Benzema is a player who has impressed Sir Alex Ferguson and was given the opportunity to show off his skills first hand when we played Lyon in last season's Champions League Round of 16. Benzema has made it clear on several occasions that he would prefer to play in Spain though, signalling any hopes for [.

Taking Campbell Back From Tottenham?

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Frazier Campbell has scored three goals in his last two games for Tottenham Hotspur, getting a brace against the dippers last week. After a storming season at Hull, helping them achieve promotion as their highest goalscorer, as well as providing the assist for their only goal in the play-off, it has come as no surprise to [.

Middlesbrough Skipper: Possebon Incident Doesn’t Make Me Dirty

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"That was my first sending-off since moving to Boro, which isn't a bad record is it?" said Pogatetz. "I have been booked only once this season. I think that shows I am not a dirty player. I am physical yes. I like the physical side and it is part of football, but not dirty." "Middlesbrough Skipper: [.

Just What I Did NOT Want To Hear… Rio And Cole

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Rio Ferdinand is a player I was happy to slate a few years back. He seemed to represent too many of the bad things about football and I felt little to no affiliation with him. Sure, he played for United and was a good enough defender, but his attitude was all wrong. My opinion has changed [...]

Vote For RoM!

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The SoccerLens.com awards are back. If you like what you read here, then please submit a nomination for us using this form. Cheers "Vote For RoM!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Keane Speaks Of What A Captain Should Be… In Light Of Arsenal Ex-Skipper’s Remarks

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Roy Keane was a superb captain, something which is undeniable to even those that hate the man. His ability was never the greatest on the field, but his passion, desire and commitment outweighed anything his team mates and usually opposition had to offer. "He did not have the ability of someone like Eric Cantona or Ryan [.

Scholes In Training ‘Like He’s Never Been Away’

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Reports today suggest that Paul Scholes in back in full training in Carrington, suggesting he should be back for our derby day clash at the Wastelands. "It's like he has never been away," said 'a United insider'. "He's been absolutely flying. If he was called upon, he would certainly be fit enough to play.

Ronaldo Makes A Prat Out Of Himself

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There will always be moments when one of our players do something or say something which you know they deserve to get laughed at for. When Rio Ferdinand's 'You Got Merked' programme was broadcast, I was cringing (until I saw Gary Neville tell that scouse copper where to go, at least). When the stories about [.

Best Defender In The World

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World class. Oliver Holt agrees. His main contribution was just being here. He set a captain's example when he got on the plane and refused to succumb to injury. Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were not here. But Terry was. Terry put himself on the line and the team around him responded magnificently.

Our Ridiculous Record Against Aston Villa - We’ll Never Win Anything

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Whilst United have great records against a number of teams, it is rare to see a team that finishes in the top half of the table suffer so badly when playing us. Aston Villa's record against us is absolutely ridiculously bad. It's funny to think that the last time they got a result against us in [...]

Barry: United Biggest Game Of Aston Villa Season

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Gareth Barry sold his soul to the devil this summer in his desperate attempts to leave his boyhood club for Liverpool. After making his way through to his position of captain, after playing for the team since he was a teenager, he was happy to throw it away for what he hoped would be a [...]

Berbatov Injured As He Faces Thrashing From Vidic’s Serbia

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Dimitar Berbatov was replaced in the first half of Bulgaria's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Serbia, with the injury believed to be his hamstring. He is now obviously a doubt for this weekend's match against Aston Villa. It could have been much worse for Bulgaria when considering that Serbia missed two penalties.

BBC’s England Man of the Match

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Michael Carrick! Well done lad. Nice to see even when we only have one player representing the national team, one who is always overlooked in favour of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, that he is giving a good account of himself. I didn't watch the game so don't expect any more from me on it! The Guardian [.

Something MUST Be Done About Our Season Tickets

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There are between 56,000-57,000 in the entire World who get to enter Old Trafford for every home match with a season ticket in hand. 'It's that season ticket feeling' is United's ad campaign. When I got to watch recent European Cup semi-finals against Barcelona and AC Milan without having to apply for tickets, I would [.

Pique: United Players Are Fat Beer-Guzzlers

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Gerard Pique returned to Barcelona after failing to break in to United's first team. Despite plenty of appearances in the Champions League, the Spaniard was all too happy to make the £6 million move back home. When he signed for United there was a bit of bad blood between himself and Barcelona, with Pique claiming that [.

Bad News… ‘The Next Solskjaer’ Is A Dipper

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Earlier in the week I reported about a Norwegian striker, Mohammed "Moa" Abdellaoue, who had been linked with a move to Manchester United. Bad news, it turns out he's a Liverpool fan. "Liverpool are my club," he said. "I am a Liverpool supporter, although not a member of the supporters' club. Of course it is great to [.

Get Your Christmas Presents Early

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Just two days left remaining on the 15% discount sale on all items at MancuniaMerchandise.com. If you're looking to treat yourself or you're after a Christmas pressie for any reds you know, then it might be worth your while to splash your cash before the end of the month. Santa Hats Other festive goods Favourite players 2007-2008 Simply enter voucher [.

Do You Think Ronaldo Should Be Taking Our Free-kicks?

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored two free-kicks against Stoke at the weekend, silencing the vile away fans and stopping the home fans from rolling their eyes. Ronaldo has rushed to the ball every time a free-kick has been awarded just outside the penalty area. When in the opening few minutes against Stoke he steadied himself over the [.

No Surprises Here… Ferguson Banned and Fined

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been fined £10,000 and banned for two league matches by the FA for 'improper conduct'. When Manchester United played Hull a few weeks back, Ferguson was not very pleased with Mike Dean's handling of Michael Turner who deserved to be sent off. Already on a yellow card, Turner came crashing in to [.

Vidic: I Feel At Home With United

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Nemanja Vidic took his time to settle in with United, adjusting to life in England as much as playing on the pitch. He quickly won the fans over though with his tough attitude and brave approach to the game, with a chant created for him not long in to his United career. Comments circulated a few [...

Carrick Disagrees With O’Shea On Ferguson and International Duty

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Yesterday, John O'Shea claimed that despite what people may think, Sir Alex Ferguson is very supportive of his players going on International duty. With a friendly scheduled for tomorrow, something which Ferguson has branded 'a waste of time' in the past, our manager is obviously less that impressed, particularly when considering the injuries we already [.

Fletcher: I Don’t Want To Play For Anyone Else

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There are plenty of United fans, myself included, who have been forced to eat their words where Darren Fletcher is concerned, following a good few seasons for the club, improving with each one. Whilst for the past couple of seasons he was more famed for his appearances in the 'big games', it's hard to argue [.

What Does Rio Make Of New Pink Boots?

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Nike have launched a new football boot, the Mercurial Rosa, which Niklas Bendtner and Marco Materazzi are set to be the first to wear. What does Rio Ferdinand, along with his fellow professionals, think of them? "What Does Rio Make Of New Pink Boots?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Even Our Rivals Love Berbatov… Isn’t It Time We Did Too?

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United fans don't seem to be entirely bowled over by Dimitar Berbatov yet, much to my amazement. People see him as lackadaisical and want to see him bombing about the pitch in a similar fashion to Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney. I personally am more than happy with Berbatov's contribution at the moment.

Poor Ronaldo Harrassed By Beautiful Brazilian Women

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It's a hard life for Cristiano Ronaldo isn't it. He gets to play for our beloved club, women throw themselves at him and he earns more in a week than we do in years. Still, no need to rub it in Cristiano! Ahead of Portugal's friendly with Brazil, Ronaldo has spoken about the treatment he expects [...

He’s 22-years-old now…

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Happy birthday, Nani, 22-years-old today! He is currently in Brazil with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Portugal's friendly with Brazil. In modern football, 22 is no longer that young. Just think, Wayne Rooney is 22-years-old and this is his seventh season of Premiership football! Plenty of comparisons have been made between Ronaldo and Nani, with them both being [.

‘The Next Solskjaer’ Is Old Trafford Bound

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Moroccan-Norwegian striker, Mohammed "Moa" Abdellaoue, has been linked with Manchester United in reports from Norway today. The 23-year-old has caught the attention of several top clubs, but it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's agent, Jim Solbakken, has helped put United at the front of the queue. The Norwegian international had previously been linked with a £3 million [.

Ferguson NEVER Tries To Talk Players Out Of International Duty

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International matches take place this week meaning several players came off 'injured' during the weekend's Premiership fixtures. In the past, Ferguson branded Internional friendlies, like the one England will be playing against Germany on Wednesday, 'a waste of time', after Darren Fletcher picked up an injury whilst playing for Scotland.

Lampard: ‘Man U’ Bigger Threat Than Arsenal and Liverpool

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Frank Lampard reckons Chelsea are going to win the league this season, a feeling shared by many before the season had even started. Their home defeat to Liverpool, their 3-1 defeat to Roma, their home draw with Spurs who were woeful, as well as being knocked out on penalties by Championship side Burnley, suggests they aren't [.

Berbatov: Don’t Compare Me To Legend Cantona

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"I am just myself," said Berbatov. "I don't want to be compared with anybody else - especially a legend like Cantona. If you ask some of the guys here, I am the quiet one. I don't talk much. I prefer to listen and watch. I've been like that all my life." Berbatov has also hit [...]

VIDEO: Ronaldo, Carrick, Berbatov and Welbeck against Stoke

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Ronaldo's freekick, Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Welbeck's debut goal, and Ronaldo makes it 5-0. "VIDEO: Ronaldo, Carrick, Berbatov and Welbeck against Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

From The Stands: United vs Stoke

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A part of the action from United's 5-0 win over Stoke earlier today. Ronaldo's first celebration 15.11.08 Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Berbatov celebration 15.11.08 Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Penalty shout 15.11.08 Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Danny Welbeck celebration 15.11.08 Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia "From The Stands: United vs Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Welbeck: Every Lad From Manchester Dreams Of What I Did

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Whilst most United fans have been ranting and raving about Rafael Da Silva for some time, the rest of the Premiership were forced to pay attention after his brilliant goal against Arsenal last weekend. Everyone wanted to know who he was and when we'd got him. I took great pride in letting them all know [.

How Our Fans Had A Bigger Impact Than Angry Stoke - Ronaldo vs Delap

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The Stoke fans were singing about their hate for "Man U" even before kick off this afternoon, in what became the most venomous travelling support we've had for some time. Forget the scousers or the bitters, Stoke were there to abuse today, giving Cristiano Ronaldo a harder time than any other fans. "Wanker!

Big Time Charlie It Is Then

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Manchester United have been drawn against Blackburn Rovers for the quarter-finals of the League Cup. United faced Blackburn when another former red was at the healm, knocking out Mark Hughes' boys in the semi-finals back in 2006. We went on to win the competition, after facing Premiership opposition in every round, with Louis Saha shining.

Liverpool Manager Learnt From The Best… Sir Alex Ferguson

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50 years ago today, Sir Alex Ferguson was a wee 16-year-old lad, ready to make his debut in professional football for Queen's Park. He has come a long way since then, winning thirteen League titles in England and Scotland, six European trophies, five FA Cups, two League Cups, as well as a further five trophies [.

Rio: Of Course We Can Still Win The League

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Frank Lampard kindly offered up his opinion on the current state of the league table, letting us know we can't really afford to lose any more games. Edwin Van der Sar, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Wes Brown, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher, John O'Shea and Wayne [.

Berbatov: I Still Watch Every Tottenham Game

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A year in to his Tottenham Hotspur career, Dimitar Berbatov decided he wanted to play for Manchester United. He let Daniel Levy know his desires but Berbatov was told he wouldn't be going anywhere. He had just seen United finish Champions of England, reaching the FA Cup final and European Cup semi-finals.

Ferdinand: Our Manager Is Untouchable

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Fifty years to the day after his professional football career began, Sir Alex Ferguson is receiving a lot of praise for the remarkable things he has achieved. Future captain, Rio Ferdinand, believes that replacing him will be a massive task, although thinks if any club is capable of bringing the right man in, Manchester United [.

Famous Last Words… United Can Deal With Delap Throw

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Before the season started, Stoke were favourites to go down. So far, they're doing fairly well, with only goal difference keeping them out of the top ten, as well as being above The Richest Club in the World (TM) in the table. Their not-so-secret weapon appears to be the incredible throw-in of Rory Delay, which averages [.

Shameless Defence Of Chelsea’s Drogba… But What About Rooney’s Fan Relations?

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"Die die, Rooney Rooney, die!" sing the Everton fans whenever they face Wayne Rooney, their former hero. Rooney doesn't stick his fingers up at them, swear at them, or respond in a negative way. Instead, he celebrates ecstatically when we score and kisses our badge. All a bit of harmless banter, with Rooney returning the [.

I Would Never Forgive Myself For Turning Down United

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Frazier Campbell scored two goals against Liverpool during the week, dumping Liverpool out of the League Cup. With both teams playing a weakened side, Tottenham Hotspur totally outplayed the dippers in the first half, continuing the great run of form since Harry Redknapp took over. Cambpell knows he could have moved to Wigan or Hull on [.

Fergie Reflects On His Debut - The Bastard Bit Me

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Sir Alex Ferguson's football career begun 50 years ago tomorrow, making his debut for Queen's Park as a 16-year-old. He has reflected on that game, talking of a nasty incident with an opponent that toughened him up. "My troubles began with the decision to play me at outside-right, which didn't suit me at all," said Ferguson.

Bruce: I Doubt Arsenal Kids Will Be As Good As United’s

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Questions have been raised as to whether Arsene Wenger is disrespecting the League Cup by fielding a team of youngsters. As I have argued, based on the wise words of Sir Matt Busby, if they're good enough, they're old enough. Their 3-0 win over Premiership wide Wigan certainly suggests they're more than good enough to [.

United Supporting Opposition Can’t Wait To Return To Old Trafford

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Former player, Danny Higgingbotham, is returning to Old Trafford this weekend with Stoke, and is hoping for a better result than most he's had since coming to our ground with his team. "I still support United," he said. "To be able to go and play in front of such a large crowd, at a big stadium, [...

Maradona: Tevez Is Fearful… Even Though He’s In Fergie’s Plans

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Diego Maradona paid a visit to Carrington last week to check out Carlos Tevez ahead of selecting his team for the Argentina vs Scotland game. The new Argie boss was impressed with Tevez, although acknowledges that our striker is fearful over his future at the club. Whilst I think he will certainly stay, we have to [.

Liverpool Star: We Don’t Want United To Equal Our Record

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Fernando Torres has a blinding first season in the Premiership, yet his team finished fourth in the league, were knocked out by Chelsea in the Champions League and League Cup, and were knocked out by Barnsley in the FA Cup. After winning the European Championships with Spain this summer, he will surely be hungry for more [.

Chelsea Out… Liverpool Out… How Does This Affect Us?

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Liverpool were beaten 4-2 tonight by Tottenham Hotspur, after getting totally battered during the first half. United loanee, Frazier Campbell, scored two and assisted one, claiming the Man of the Match award. Chelsea were knocked out at home by the ten men of Championship side Burnley, with former United midfielder, Chris Eagles, scoring in the penalty [.

Chelsea Out… Liverpool Out… How Does This Effect Us?

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Liverpool were beaten 4-2 tonight by Tottenham Hotspur, after getting totally battered during the first half. United loanee, Frazier Campbell, scored two and assisted one, claiming the Man of the Match award. Chelsea were knocked out by the ten men of Championship side Burnley, with former United midfielder, Chris Eagles, scoring in the penalty shoot out.

VIDEO: Frazier Campbell’s Goals Against Liverpool For Tottenham

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Frazier Campbell, who is currently on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, has got on the scoresheet in tonight's Carling Cup 3rd Round match at White Hart Lane against Liverpool. Click here to watch his first and here for his second. "VIDEO: Frazier Campbell's Goals Against Liverpool For Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Oliver Holt Eats His Words On Sir Alex Ferguson

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I have had a long-running dislike of Oliver Holt, who repeatedly wins the Journalist of the Year award, whilst bashing United and Sir Alex Ferguson whenever he can. During the summer ahead of the 2006-2007 season, Holt totally slated our manager, claiming that 'his judgement is waning faster than everybody thought.

Rossi To Juve… Did we miss a trick here?

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Everyone was rather bewildered when Giuseppe Rossi left Manchester United for Villarreal a couple of seasons ago, with United fans tipping him to make it with the first team once he'd developed. To learn he'd been sold on to Spain was disappointing, even after learning the rather impressive £6.7 million price tag.

Could It Be Possible That Ronaldo Is Actually Staying?

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Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has today suggested that contract negotiations are on the way, with the player keen to stamp out any rumours of a future away from the club. I have been long resigned to the idea that Ronaldo was off to sunny Spain this summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson battling off interest from Real Madrid [.

Evans Has Dreamed Of This Since He Was A Kid

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Jonny Evans has previously declared his desire to play regular first team football at Sunderland, but thanks to reassurance from Sir Alex Ferguson, has changed his tune somewhat. Rio Ferdinand has advised Evans to be patient as he will reap the benefits in the future, something the young defender has clearly taken on board.

Time For Manucho To Get English Football Experience

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Rumours have been circling for some time now which suggest our Angolan signing, Manucho, is set for a loan move to West Brom. WBA manager, Tony Mowbray, has hinted there could be truth to the rumour, claiming that top clubs have been offering their players on loan to his club. "Some top clubs like the way we [.

Pete Boyle On… United Players Singing in Moscow, Best Away Day and Favourite Chant

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Pete Boyle is that loud fella you'll see in the Bishop's Blaize, acting as the conductor for the crowd of reds around him. If you read Red Issue, he's the bloke on the back page educating you on the history of several chants, as well as creating chants that are sung around all the pubs [...]

Discount Time Again… In Time For Christmas

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Until November 20th, there is a 15% discount on all items at MancuniaMerchandise.com. If you're looking to treat yourself or you're looking for a Christmas pressie for any reds you know, then it might be worth your while to splash your cash before the end of the month. Santa Hats Other festive goods Favourite players 2007-2008 Simply enter voucher code [.

Is Possebon Ready To Replace Hargreaves?

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Owen Hargreaves has been ruled out for the rest of the season following months of investigating the options available to him. After travelling to America, Sweden and London in the past fortnight, it was agreed that Hargreaves would have surgery in a bid to cure his tendonitis. He has undergone surgery on his right knee which [.

What Has Walcott Been Smoking?

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"Everyone knows that Manchester United are a worldclass team - and we need to make teams come to the Emirates and be scared of us," said Walcott. "That performance will put fear in people's minds. The players tried to ignore the criticism and we showed against Man United that if we just play like that [.

No Contract Offer For Neville… But Does He Deserve One?

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It was a bittersweet moment for Gary Neville at the end of last season. As as lifelong United fan, to celebrate on the pitch in Moscow after seeing the club win the European Cup must have been an amazing feeling. The Premiership title had been won a week or so before, with United really establishing [.

Goal King Cole’s Career Is Over

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Whilst it was Kevin Keegan's 'I'd love it if we beat them' rant that seemed to confirm to most people that he was off his rocker, I'd say his real moment of madness came a lot sooner. After picking up an amazing strike rate of 68 goals in 84 games for Newcastle, Andy Cole was sold [...]

Have United Replaced Keane and Scholes With Anderson?

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When Anderson first joined United, I was expected a flair player, who'd be great on the attack, but whose work rate may suffer. He was billed as the replacement for Paul Scholes, which was incredibly exciting, considering the thought of finding someone to fill Scholes' shoes should have been a worry for all United fans [.

Chelsea Lampard’s Advice For United

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Following United's defeat against Arsenal at the weekend, Fat Boy has chirped up with his take on the league table, warning United that it won't be easy for us to chase and catch up. I believe Tiny Tears made similar comments when United trailed by five points last season, but we all remember how that one [.

Fergie’s Fixture Complaint - Is He Right?

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Last month, I commented on how our fixtures may play a big part in what we win this season, considering we have no played all of the top teams away from home, and will have taken on all of the top half of the table on away from home by the halfway point of the [...]

Another Chance For Rafael To Shine

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Rafael Da Silva replaced Gary Neville in United's weekend clash against Arsenal, putting in a great performance and scoring a brilliant goal. Neville's days in the starting lineup are certainly numbered with this young Brazilian looking for a first team place, and no doubt Patrice Evra, who has had a very good season so far, [.

You Heard It Here First!

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What The Mirror and Tribal Football print today, Republik of Mancunia printed over a week ago. "You Heard It Here First!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Arsenal Legend: My Team Mate Is Better Than Ronaldo

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How we define 'the greatest player in the World' is tricky, with it generally coming down to personal opinion. It is rare for there to be an obvious player who stands out above the rest, as different leagues offer up different styles of play, however in the past year, the winner of the World and [...

Don’t Worry About Tevez, He Will Stay

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Like most United fans, I have become increasingly frustrated, as well as anxious, over the limited playing time Carlos Tevez has been afforded since the signing of Dimitar Berbatov. We all knew that players were going to lose out on minutes on the pitch once the deal had gone through, but I don't think anyone imagined [.

Small Details Make All The Difference

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More shots on target, more shots off target, more blocked shots, greater possession, better passing completion rate, better tackling completion rate, superior territorial advantage, away from home... yet we left with nothing. It's the small details that make all the difference in these games and unfortunately for United, it was Arsenal who got the rub of [.

VIDEO: Rafael’s Blinder Against Arsenal

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VIDEO: Best Bits Against Arsenal

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To get you in the mood... Beating them 4-0 in the FA Cup Wayne Rooney ending their 49 match unbeaten run Cole and Solskjaer get the win at Highbury FA Cup semi-final replay 98-99 The 6-1 thrashing in 00-01 Nani taking the piss Roy Keane double 99-00 2004/2005 "VIDEO: Best Bits Against Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Pinch Leeds Youngster

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Reports today suggest that United have wrapped up the signing of 18-year-old Fabian Delph, who plays on the left for Leeds. He has already been linked to Arsenal and Newcastle, but it appears as though United have wrapped up the deal at £5 million. The move will supposedly take place in January. "It's as certain as [.

Kit Manager Shows Ronaldo How It’s Done

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Ferguson Compares Arsenal Manager Songs With Munich Chants

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The Ferguson-Wenger love in continues, with Fergie getting on the back of our supporters who give Arsene a hard time whenever the clubs meet. Wenger is an dislikeable character who has brought relative success to a team that challenged us to the title for a while. Whenever a decision wrongly goes in favour for his side [.

Ferguson Just Can’t Help Himself Where FA Are Concerned

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Sir Alex Ferguson has had 'FA charge' written all over him for the past few weeks, following the criticism he's been levelling at officials. Whether he's wrong or right, the simple fact is you cannot have a go at refereeing decisions. Just ask Roy Keane, who got sent to the stands and later charged for [.

Rio Chuffed After Maradona Birthday Cuddle

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Maradona paid a visit to Carrington today, which happens to be Rio Ferdinand's 30th birthday. He was given a signed shirt from his idol which has seemingly got him all revved up. Hopefully he'll still be in the same state of mind tomorrow! "We were like school kids around a star coming to school," said Rio.

Ferguson Criticises Arsenal’s New Stadium

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In last season's 2-2 draw with Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson was not very happy with the security around the dugout. He believed the home fans were too close to the dugout, meaning that he, along with the subs, endured what our manager believed to be unnecessary verbal abuse. "Our own bench were getting terrible abuse from [.

PICTURES: ARGENTINA! ARGENTINA! Maradona Comes To United

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Argentina's new manager, Diego Maradona, paid a visit to Carrington today, keen to watch Carlos Tevez before their international match against Scotland. Meeting the manager With the whole team Alongside Rooney and Tevez "PICTURES: ARGENTINA! ARGENTINA! Maradona Comes To United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: We’ve Deserved To Beat Arsenal

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Wayne Rooney typically plays well against Arsenal, his first goal against them coming as a 16-year-old to end their 30 match unbeaten run. In his first season as a United player, he scored our second in a 2-0 win which saw their 49 match unbeaten run come to an end. In his second season he blasted the [.

Vieira On Arsenal vs United, The Tunnel, Ruud and Tension

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Patrick Vieira has spoken out ahead of the Arsenal vs United match tomorrow, refleting on the infamous incidents between the two clubs. Patrick Vieira ran away from Roy Keane ahead of the 'Battle of Highbury', where United beat Arsenal 4-2 on their own turf. After having a go at Gary Neville, our skipper was not very [.

Ronaldo: We’re Going To Arsenal For Three Points

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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident as ever ahead of our trip to the Emirates. Games against Arsenal have to be amongst those I most look forward to, although it is without doubt the fire of years gone by has been lost. Ronaldo scored two goals against Arsenal in our wonderful 4-2 victory at Highbury, the game that [.

No Surprises Here… FA Hand Out Ferguson Punishment

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After having a go at the referee for booking Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park a few weeks ago, I knew Sir Alex Ferguson was walking on dangerous ground with the FA. There is only so much he could get away with and it appears that his angry tirade at Hull is the straw that broke [...]

Reaction To Celtic - Can You Imagine If Your Team Played Like That At Home?

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The finish for Scott McDonald's goal was perfect, slotting in to the right place at the right time to get away from the defence, and applying just the right amount of pressure to allow the ball to rise over Ben Foster's head, before dipping under the crossbar. It was a goal worthy of collecting a [..

Who IS Ferguson Still Talking To? Upset With Liverpool and Arsenal Pundits

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Reports today suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson will not be talking to Sky Sports following comments made about Wayne Rooney on Soccer Saturday. Mike Phelan will presumably take the limelight, as he does on Match of the Day, to answer the questions on our future games shown on Sky Sports. In a heated studio discussion, it [.

Real Madrid Really Must Have Given Up On Ronaldo!

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Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon, doesn't have the best relationship with Manchester United following his tireless pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. A couple of weeks ago, Calderon attempted to build bridges, banging on about what a 'nice and friendly' club we were. Things have turned sour since then though, with Calderon calling Sir Alex Ferguson [.

Fergie Isn’t Fiddling About… He Wants A Result Against Celtic

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In the past, Sir Alex Ferguson has chopped and changed our team against opposition he felt we were too strong for, in order to rest our big guns for the bigger teams, only to end up with egg on his face and points dropped. Whilst it has been a while since I've seen such an [...]

Who Will Be Around To Score Arsenal Goals Against United?

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In the last three seasons, United have played Arsenal on seven occasions. United have won three, Arsenal have won two, and we've drawn two. In those games, Arsenal have had five different goalscorers, scoring a total of six goals. How many of them will be in the team on Saturday? The way it's looking, just one, [.

How Does The Liverpool Skipper Get Away With These Dives?

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I watched the second half of Liverpool's home match in Europe last night, after learning they were 1-0 down. As injury time begun, I was waiting for their moment of luck to strike. So far their results have usually come from own goals, playing against ten men, accidental goals, or penalties, so I knew something [.

Rafael To Start Against Celtic - Will he hold his nerve?

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This morning, Edwin Van der Sar and Wes Brown were ruled out of tomorrow night's game between United and Celtic. Gary Neville has now been added to the injury list, meaning Rafael Da Silva is set to start at right-back. Considering this is a ground we lost at a couple of years ago, with an impressive, [.

Ferguson Reflects On Fantastic Wins Over Chelsea and Bayern Munich

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The joyous nights in Barcelona and Moscow will be fresh in United fans' minds for their whole life. The intensity of feeling which came from the fear of losing combined with the ecstacy of winning will be with us forever. In Barcelona we were just minutes away from losing, going in to injury time still a [.

Messi Blows His Chances Leaving Ronaldo In The Clear

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi was about the only person who can stand between Cristiano Ronaldo and his European and World Player of the Year titles. Kaka claimed both titles last year, with Ronaldo beating Messi to the European honour, whilst Messi finished ahead of Ronaldo in the World competition. If there was any doubt over whether Ronaldo [.

Fergie Tells Us His, But What Is Yours?

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Lucky as we are, we've seen many a great United game whilst Sir Alex Ferguson has been our manager. "The one that sticks in my mind was when we were at Tottenham in September 2001 and were 3-0 down at half-time," said Ferguson. "But then we went on to beat them 5-3. It was such [...]

Heinze Could Care Less About Stupid Fergie…Honestly

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Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson suggested that Real Madrd were only interested in Gabriel Heinze as a way of enticing Cristiano Ronaldo to Spain. Comments appeared in the paper the following day with a response from Heinze, however he quickly came out to deny these remarks were anything to do with him. He was saving up [.

Hargreaves Faces SIX MONTHS Out

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In a bid to cure his injury problems once and for all, Owen Hargreaves is reportedly set to have an operation that will keep him out of the team for six months! "The doctors hoped the injections would help the problem but everyone has accepted now it needs another approach," says 'a source'. "Owen has been [.

Arrogant Tottenham’s Levy Needs To STFU

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Earlier this week, Daniel Levy was still mouthing off about Dimitar Berbatov. His decisions as a chairman have been costly, with his club lingering around at the bottom of the table. Following a dramatic draw in the week against Arsenal as well as the late win over the dippers yesterday, they have moved up to [.

Congratulations Hull For Repeating Chelsea Feat

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It was an utterly humiliating experience. Chelsea had won the title and their players were given a Guard of Honour. 50 years earlier, Sir Matt Busby had shown the same respect to the first and only other title winning side the rent boys had produced. Our last home game of the 2004-2005 started well though, with [.

Hull Away Fans, Berbatov and Losing The Second Half

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My observations from today's game are as follows: 1. Hull FC's away support is the best we've had so far. 2. Dimitar Berbatov was worth every penny. 3. Why can't we maintain dominance in the second half? Away fans Anyone who has been to a United away or listens out on the telly knows how impressive our [.

VIDEO: Ronaldo, Carrick and Vidic’s Goals Against Hull

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Click here for Ronaldo's first, click here for Carrick's, click here for Ronaldo's second, and here for Vidic's. "VIDEO: Ronaldo, Carrick and Vidic's Goals Against Hull" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

This Is Their Year!

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After going 1-0 up after three minutes, Liverpool managed to throw away all their points against the team which started today at the very bottom of the table. Jamie 'Mr Liverpool' Carragher scored the equaliser for Spurs, before misfit striker Pavlyuchenko scored the winner in injury time. "This Is Their Year!

Mike Dean Bottles It In Turning Point Of The Game

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With 70 minutes played and the score at 4-2, goalscorer Michael Carrick was about to burst in to the box, before Michael Turner cynically brought him down, making no effort to even go near the ball. The crowd were anticipation of a sending off, either as a straight red for denying Carrick a goalscoring opportunity, or [.

Tevez: I’m Happy To Stay Despite Complications

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There has been plenty of speculation concerning Carlos Tevez's future, as the club have yet to seal the deal on his long term future. Earlier in the week Sir Alex Ferguson reassured the fans that there was nothing to worry about, after speaking personally with the player to let him know what his position was.

Ronaldo: I WILL Win Fans Over

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Earlier in the week I commented on how proud I was of our fans for their stance on Cristiano Ronaldo. We haven't booed him, yet we've shown remarkable indifference for a player who was on fire last season. Following his behaviour over the summer, we have let it be known that no one player is [...]