Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

RoM Reflects On 2008: August

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August 2008 2nd: Solskajer's testimonial United beat Espanyol 1-0 thanks to a Frazier Campbell goal. Solskjaer showed he'd still got it though, with some fancy footwork and a great effort late on. It was a great day out and nice closure on the career of a player who means so much to us. "I have had the best players [.

Joke of the Day - Gerrard Special

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"Joke of the Day - Gerrard Special" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Is Strangling OK Now Too, FA?

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Sir Alex Ferguson described the FA's decision to ban Patrice Evra as the worst thing the FA had ever done to us. Of course, United fans are well aware of the one rule for United, another rule for everyone else, where the FA are concerned. That is why our players who miss drugs tests and [...]

Today ONLY: 20% off RoM Shop

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For TODAY only, there will be 20% off the top 12 selling products at MancuniaMerchandise.com. Enter voucher code: BESTSELLER20 The best way to go about selecting your product is to click 'Designs', find the one you like, then click on that, then find your desired product. Champions related products.

VIDEO: From The Stands VS Boro

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Just a few today, starting with Van der Sar showing off our new trophy, followed by the players celebrating Berbatov's goal, then our response to Park's miss from a yard out. "VIDEO: From The Stands VS Boro" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Free Steven Gerrard NOW

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"Free Steven Gerrard NOW" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Middlesbrough Thug Up To His Old Tricks… This Time It’s Ronaldo

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5 minutes 25 seconds in So that thug Middlesbrough call their captain, Emanuel Pogatetz, has been up to his old tricks. Aged 25-years-old, he's already broken one player's leg and had a good go at breaking our own Rodrigo Possebon's earlier in the season, planting his studs just below Possebon's knee.

Liverpool May Be ‘Capital of Culture’… But Manchester Is Capital Of Trophies!

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The new banner was revealed on the Stretford End today, celebrating all the trophies we've won in 2008. It reads 'European Capital of Trophies - Manchester 08′. This is in contrast to the city of Liverpool, who were amusingly named 'European Capital of Culture in 2008′, whilst their football team won fuck all.

VIDEO: Berbatov Goal Against Middlesbrough

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"VIDEO: Berbatov Goal Against Middlesbrough" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Liverpool Skipper Wants Pride In City… After Punch Up In Early Hours

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There aren't many occasions when I'll dedicate an entire post to a player or team who bears no relation to to United, but this opportunity is too good to let pass me by. St. Steven Gerrard spent the night in a police cell after being arrested in the early hours of the morning following an alleged [..

RoM Reflects On 2008: June and July - Ronaldo Transfer Special

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Just to give you a bit of perspective on just how farcical the Ronaldo situation was over the summer, I will show every quote about him over the summer months. June 2008 1st: Ronaldo #1 "Let's see, I hope there will be news soon," said Ronaldo. "In two to three days I will announce my decision." 2nd: Ronaldo #2 "I [.

United Title Favourites… Despite Being Below Liverpool And Chelsea

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Liverpool thrashed Newcastle 5-1 today, whilst Chelsea drew 2-2 away to Fulham. Regardless, United, without even playing today, are favourites for the title. Despite playing three fewer games than everyone else, United are sitting in a strong position in the table. Winning our games in hand would see us over take Chelsea and remain one point [.

RoM Reflects On 2008: May

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May 2008 1st: Money, money, money United are named the richest club in the World, worth £0.9 billion, rising from £0.7 billion of last season. 2nd: Another award for Ronaldo After being named the PFA Player of the Year for the second season running, he matches that with a consecutive Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award.

Ferguson Won’t Make Ridiculous Statements About All Four Trophies

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The turn of the year is usually the time when managers set out their intentions and hopes for the remainder of the season. Wenger reckons Arsenal are still in the title race, whilst our own manager has ruled us out of winning all trophies. United look almost certain to be playing in the League Cup final [.

Park Hoping He’ll Be Offered A New Contract Soon… Are You?

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It is safe to say Park Ji-Sung has improved every season he's been with United, after joining us for £4 million in 2005. For that price, it would be hard to argue with the fact he's was a great bargain. His contract is up for renewal now, with just one season left to go. Park has [...]

Following Middlesbrough ‘Ronaldo-like’ Behaviour, Fergie Makes The Peace

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Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded a penalty against Middlesbrough the season before last. Had Ronaldo stayed on his feet, he would have had an open net to score in. He was unable to stay on his feet, won a penalty, and Louis Saha got the glory as the goalscorer. Whilst Mark Schwarzer did not make any contact [.

RoM Reflects on 2008: April

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Following on from the reviews of January, February and March, we're getting to the good stuff with April! April 2008 1st: Roma away This match exemplified more than ever how far we had come in the past year. Playing away against Roma the season before, we were generally outclassed. After going a goal behind, Rooney scored a brilliant [.

VIDEO: Tevez Winner Against Stoke

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"VIDEO: Tevez Winner Against Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Small Time Stoke Show Themselves Up… Again

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There are the obvious teams to hate as a United fan. You may hate Liverpool, Leeds and City fans for singing their Munich songs (unless the eyes of the World are watching, when City suddenly decide to pay respect to Frank Swift). You may hate Arsenal for singing about winning the title at Old Trafford.

Ferguson Has Another Swipe At The FA

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"Obviously, all the top brass from Fifa were there [in Japan], everyone was there, including a couple of our representatives from the FA in England," said Ferguson. "They don't miss their trips do they? On the back of Manchester United, of course." "Ferguson Has Another Swipe At The FA" was originally published at The Republik of [.
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Rafael: Fergie Like A Father To Me

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"Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father for me. Off the pitch, he is a great and lovely man," said Rafael. "He helps me out a lot in Manchester. He knows perfectly how to deal with youngsters and when to bring them to the first team. He doesn't talk much but when he talks, he [...]

Christmas Boredom: United Quiz For Prizes

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Just to keep the Christmas spirit ticking over nicely, RoM have devised a quiz. A couple of winners will be selected at random. Just make sure you have your answers in by tomorrow evening. 1. Who holds the record as United's most expensive player? 2. Who was the first club captain since Roger Byrne to be born [.

Christmas Flutter

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Labrokes are offering RoM readers a free £10 bet. You first have to cash in your own £10, then win, lose or draw, you will be offered a free £10 bet. With 100/1 odds of United winning 3-0 against Stoke, you could win £1010 by putting a £10 bet. Betting £10 on Ronaldo being the first [...]

RoM’s Christmas Gift For YOU

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Need a hand spending some of that Christmas money you received this morning? Then look no further than the RoM shop, where we are have a 20% off sale on ALL PRODUCTS until December 28th. Simply enter in voucher code EXTENDXMAS. Here are some of the designs available at MancuniaMerchandise.com. To see all the RoM designs [.

Flashback: Christmas Party 2006

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No no, we're not talking the disaster-waiting-to-happen party of last Christmas, but the one before, where United players were singing our chants. Singing "Build a Bonfire", "Red Flag", "Who put the ball in the German's net?" were sung, amongst other, with Wes Brown particularly enthusiastic! "Flashback: Christmas Party 2006" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs: I Didn’t Want Beckham’s Celebrity Lifestyle

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Girls around Manchester went crazy for Ryan Giggs in the 90s. He was a teenage girls dream with his curly locks, his hairy chest, and his muscley legs. He had every chance to go the same way George Best did, shagging and boozing his way around town, courting the media's attention and lapping up any sponsorship [.

Ferguson Believes Japan Trip Has Paid Off

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Going to Japan was definitely a good thing for United. After all the criticism and doubts beforehand, it seems as though it was the right thing to do, travelling all that way. Of course, the proof will be in the pudding and we have to beat Stoke the day after tomorrow to ensure we don't [...]

Happy Christmas!

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Don't forget to sign up for RoM on your mobile to keep you up to date over Christmas! "Happy Christmas!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reflects On 2008: March

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With the end of 2008 approaching, RoM will be reflecting on the year we've had as United fans. Here are the write-ups for January and February. March 2008 1st: Fulham away Hargreaves scored his first goal for United with 15 minutes played, with Park making it 2-0 just before half time. To put the game beyond any doubt, [.

UnitedTube

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Since the explosion of YouTube as a accessible way for everyone to get their hands on videos, we have seen the emergence of more specialist websites. GodTube, TeacherTube, PornTube, and the like. If there's a lot of people interested in it, you'll probably find a 'Tube' to go with it. So, it obviously wasn't going to [.

Forest Not Impressed With Martin

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After a disappointing loan spell with Sheffield United, Lee Martin tried his luck with Nottingham Forest. His initial one-month loan was extended up until the end of the year. However, Martin will return to Old Trafford after his last game for Forest against Norwich on December 28th. "Forest Not Impressed With Martin" was originally published at [.

FA Admit They Should Have Handled The Chelsea-Evra Case Better

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The FA regrets that those involved in providing evidence at the hearing concerning Manchester United's Patrice Evra's charge were not verbally advised that their words would be publicised before, and after giving evidence Additionally, The FA has also made clear it is regrettable that it did not extend the courtesy generally provided to clubs, to advise [.

Evra: After All These Trophies, Now I Want Three Titles In A Row

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The FIFA World Club Cup final was Patrice Evra's last appearance for United until January 11th, when we will take on Chelsea. Our French full-back is now serving his unjust ban for the events of 'The Battle at the Bridge'. He has today reflected on his time at United, looking at all the trophies he's won, [.

Get The Latest RoM And United News Straight To Your Mobile… For FREE

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RoM have organised a partnership with Natajak which allows you lot to get the latest updates from us straight to your mobile phone. The service is completely free and will you up to date with latest goings on with United. United stories from the Manchester Evening News as well as BBC Football are also available, giving [.

Where’s The Fuss Over Chelsea Stamp?

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Following United's progression through to the next round of the Champions League, top of the group, all of the talk about was our 'thug' Wayne Rooney. Replays has shown as supposedly intentional stamp on Aalborg player Risgard. Slow motion, like usual, made the incident look worse than it was, but in normal time, it just appeared [.

Can We Go To Japan EVERY Season?

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We were told what a waste of time the FIFA World Club Cup was going to be over and over again. What were doing flying to Japan when we had a Premiership title to defend back in England? Who cares about this competition anyway? A week after arriving in Japan, United are now 'Champions of the [...]

RoM Reflects On 2008: February

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With the end of 2008 approaching, RoM will be reflecting on the year we've had as United fans. January's edition was yesterday. February 2008 2nd: Spurs away Dimitar Berbatov took an early lead for Tottenham in what looked to be a devastating defeat for United. With Arsenal topping the table, we simply couldn't afford to lose games like [.

No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Champions… Of The World

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Champions of England, Europe and the World products at MancuniaMerchandise.com. "No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Champions... Of The World" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

FA: We’re Not Anti-United… Honest

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Despite the massive flaws in the FA's report handling Patrice Evra's case, they have today insisted that there is no anti-United bias. The CCTV footage did not show Evra punch Chelsea groundsman, Sam Bethell, yet the FA still made the decision to ban him for four matches, based on the words of Bethell, who did swing [.
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Chelsea Skipper COULD Miss United Clash

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John Terry was sent off in Chelsea's match against Everton tonight following a late and high tackle on Leon Osman. As it stands a three match ban would see him miss Premiership games against West Brom and Fulham, as well as Southend in the Cup, one match short of their trip to Old Trafford. However, if Chelsea [.

RoM Reflects On 2008: January

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With the end of 2008 approaching, RoM will be reflecting on the year we've had as United fans. January 2008 1st: Birmingham home United beat Birmingham 1-0 at home in what was a dire game of football. Hungover and cold, the crowd were at bit worse for wear, reflective of the football we watched. After Tevez put us [.

This Country’s Negative Reaction To Best Team In The World… Surprisingly

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Before a football was kicked by a United player in Japan, I asked the readers of RoM what they made of this FIFA World Club Cup. 56% of you said you wanted to win it, but not at the cost of the league. 34% of you were really keen on it, enjoying the fact no [...]

Ronaldo *wink* Yehhh We’re The Best… Rock On

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"Ronaldo *wink* Yehhh We're The Best... Rock On" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vote For Giggsy

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Remember Piers Morgan? That Goon who failed miserably at a war of words with Sir Alex Ferguson? Well, he's running a poll in his column on the British Sports Personality of the Year. Vote for Giggsy! "Vote For Giggsy" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

A MASSIVE Relegation On The Cards?

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The Richest Club In The World (TM) confirmed their place in the relegation zone today after losing to West Brom away from home. West Brom are now sitting at the bottom of the table on 15 points, whilst City are two places above the very bottom on 18 points. They really are making it difficult for themselves [.

Rooney: We’re The Best Team With The Best Fans In The World

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Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal in our 1-0 today against LDU Quito earlier today, making that three goals in two games for our young striker. He is enjoying our title as Champions of the World, whilst also thanking the fans who travelled all the way to Japan to join in with the team's success. "We're the [.

Live Blog Second Half: United In The Final With Vidic Sent Off

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Click here for today's most quickly updated live blog on United's FIFA World Club Cup Final match "Live Blog Second Half: United In The Final With Vidic Sent Off" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Vidic’s Red Card

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Harsh sending off? Or silly behaviour from Vidic? "VIDEO: Vidic's Red Card" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: We Want Fans To Sing ‘Champions of the World!’

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"We are the Champions, Champions of Europe!" the ol chant used to go. It's been given a bit of an upgrade this season though, following our Double winning year, with our fans chanting "Champions of England! Champions of Europe!" With our game later today against Liga de Quito, the title "Champion of the World", which Wayne [.

LIVE BLOG: United vs LDU Quito

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1 min: And we're off Pre-match: Andy Cole joins the panellists to talk about United's chances. He fancies Carlos Tevez to make the difference. "LIVE BLOG: United vs LDU Quito" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo Does His Best John Terry Impression

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"Ronaldo Does His Best John Terry Impression" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov Is Hilarious

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Dimitar Berbatov is set to make the bench in United's FIFA World Club Cup final against Liga de Quito. He missed out on the semi-final after spending three days in bed once arriving in Japan (he is not lazy! I swear!!) but is set to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson's 12 substitutes for the [...]

Five Cantonas!

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MancuniaMerchandise.com - Manchester United shop "Five Cantonas!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Predict: Can United Win The League?

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I came across a way to predict whether United will make it three in a row, using TheSpoiler.co.uk predicting tool. How many points do you think we'll need to secure the title this season? "Predict: Can United Win The League?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Real Have Better Things To Do Than Respond To Fergie… They Say In Response To Fergie

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At the beginning of the month, we saw Piers Morgan getting his knickers in his twist over Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming he couldn't care less what our manager had to say about him. The problem is it became fairly obvious ol Piers did care less, as he went to the effort of writing an entire [...]

Feed The Scousers… Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time

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It's not too late to order your 'Feed The Scousers' products from the shop if you want them to arrive before Christmas. Check out all the Feed the Scousers products. "Feed The Scousers... Let Them Know It's Christmas Time" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

GET IN Neville! Fighting The Good Fight Against The FA

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The FA's decision to ban Patrice Evra for four games was ridiculous. The FA's decision to then take an unprecedented step in publishing the report was equally as ridiculous. Raising awareness amongst reds about the poor and unequal treatment of Manchester United by the FA is something I try to achieve whenever the opportunity arises (sadly, [.

Mourinho’s So Desperate He’s Attempted Mind Games Already

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Jose Mourinho came to England as a likeable character, willing to speak his mind and tell a situation as it was. He began to believe a bit too much of his own publicity, acting up in the press conferences and starting to make some embarrassing comments. Worst of all was his insults directed at Ronaldo, [.

The FA Stitched Us Up Again… The Evra Report Broken Down

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Rival fans will tell us we're foolish for falling for the siege mentality Sir Alex Ferguson tries to instil in his players when we claim the FA are against us. Rival fans cite unfairly awarded penalties, players escaping red cards, more injury time allowed, and the like, as proof we are treated well by the [.

Calderon Bites Back: United Lack Respect, Not Us!

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Following Sir Alex Ferguson's comments suggesting he wouldn't sell a virus to Real Madrid, let alone Cristiano Ronaldo, their president, Ramon Calderon, has responded. Whilst Gary Neville would beg to differ, Calderon plays the innocent card and insists they would never disrespect any club or player.

What Do Mourinho And Ferguson Think Of The CL Draw?

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Following the Champions League draw earlier today, which will see United face Inter Milan, old friends, as well as foes, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have given their opinion on the tie. Whilst Mourinho is quick to flatter his opposition, Ferguson does much of the same, whilst being sure to remind everyone of the luck [.

United Drawn ‘Special’ Inter In Next Round Of Champions League

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I'll feign a look of surprise when I announce that United have been drawn against Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the next round of the European Cup. "I want them because I want to play at Old Trafford or Anfield again as I had great experiences there in the past," Mourinho said earlier today, hoping for [.

Not The First Time The FA Have Got Racism Wrong

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After reading through the FA's report on why Patrice Evra was punished with a four match ban earlier this month, my eye was drawn to the people who compiled the report. I thought I'd do a bit of digging to see if I could get any dirt on these men. My findings were rather interesting. Barry Bright Bright [.
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Ronaldo And Neville Respond To ‘Disrespectful’ Real Speculation

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Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to dismiss the rumours, originating in Spain, that Real Madrid had already struck a deal with United for Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. His exact words were "I wouldn't sell them a virus." Gary Neville, who is currently with the team in Japan, has accused Real Madrid of being disrespectful.

Perfect Timing For Fabio Return?

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Manchester United Reserves drew 1-1 with Everton yesterday, with Manucho scoring his first goal for the club after Everton took an early lead. Manucho played a big part in a game United dominated, with Everton keeper Ruddy making several crucial saves against the likes of Tom Cleverley, Danny Drinkwater, and of course, Manucho.

Rooney More Potential Than Any Number Nine In The World

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Manchester United were winning 2-0 with 72 minutes played, before Wayne Rooney was subbed on to the pitch. The game exploded in to life, with a fruther five goals being scored in the remaining 18 minutes, Rooney scoring two of them. Rio Ferdinand, who will spend most of this season as our captain with Gary Neville [.

The FA Stitched Us Up Again… The Report Broken Down

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Rival fans will tell us we're foolish for falling for the siege mentality Sir Alex Ferguson tries to instil in his players when we claim the FA are against us. Rival fans cite unfairly awarded penalties, players escaping red cards, more injury time allowed, and the like, as proof we are treated well by the [.

Fergie: No Chance Of Real Deal With Ronaldo

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Reports in Spain this week claimed that a deal between Manchester United and Real Madrid had already been agreed for the summer, regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. The idea that United would agree to sell their best player to Real Madrid almost a year before the end of the season is pretty ludicrous, particularly given Sir Alex Ferguson's [.

VIDEO: Ronaldo, Vidic, Rooney and Fletcher’s Goals In World Club Cup Semi

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Manchester United take on Gamba Osaka in the FIFA World Club Cup semi-final today. Nemanja Vidic put United 1-0 up with half an hour played, putting away a Ryan Giggs corner, before Ronaldo used his head to score from another Giggsy corner. Vidic makes it 1-0 Ronaldo puts us 2-0 up just before half time Masato Yamazaki scores [.

Club Confirms Continued Serbian Talks

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David Gill has today confirmed that the deals for Serbian pair Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic are still being ironed out. Whilst work permits and transfer fees have been organised, the personal terms are yet to be agreed, either suggesting the club are being tight bastards, or the Serbians are greedy. Knowing what we do about [.

Evra: I Am Very Angry With Ban

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Patrice Evra and David Gill have today responded to the four match ban imposed on our left back following an incident with a member of Chelsea's groundstaff. "I am very angry about it because I didn't touch anybody, yet I have a four-game ban," Evra said. "But sometimes bad things happen in life - now I [.

“Gary And Wes Are England’s Best… But Rafael Is Better”

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Even before Gary Neville returned to first team action again, following over a year out injured, there were serious doubts over whether he would be able to hold down a place in the team. Wes Brown had played more games than any other in our Double winning season, meaning Neville was going to have to [.

Tottenham Target Arshavin Wants United or Chelsea Move…

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Andrei Arshavin was talk of the town in this past year, emerging as a big player for UEFA Cup winners, Zenit St Petersburg, as well as the semi-finalist of Euro 2008, Russia. "I still have a desire to play abroad and I'd like to play either in Spain or England," said Arshavin. "Barcelona are my favourite [.

Arsenal Camp Immediately Bite Rio Bait

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Rio Ferdinand has won three Premiership titles with United and is aiming for his fourth this season. When talking about the teams that might deny him another title, he claimed fifth placed Arsenal's chances were fairly slim. "It is not beyond Arsenal but it is my personal opinion that it will be between the other three [.

Ex-Arsenal Mug Has A Pop At Ronnie

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Oddly, former Arsenal player, Alex Hleb, has today criticised the decision to name Cristiano Ronaldo the best player in Europe. Hleb, who was pictured kissing Barcelona's badge on the day he signed for the club (wanker), thinks that Lionel Messi was robbed of the award. There's no denying that Messi is a truly gifted player and I'll [.

United Won’t Appeal Evra Ban… But Point To FA Chelsea Inconsistencies

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Today it was announced that Manchester United will not be appealing Patrice Evra's four match ban, which was dished out to our player after he responded to the taunts of a member of Chelsea's ground staff. Chelsea were punished for not instructing their staff better, after Sam Bethell was found guilty of provoking the incident.

Tevez: My United Contract Will Be Sorted Soon

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The future of Carlos Tevez has been debated over the past few months, with no long-term contract for the player being offered as yet. Whilst the club have remained calm, insisting that a deal would be sorted in December, the press keeps linking our Argie with moves abroad. Today, Tevez has made it quite clear he [.

Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio…

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Paul Ince, what a cunt. I have made my feelings on this odious being known on numerous occasions. It fills me with great joy that Blackburn have today got rid. No, not because he's black, like detestable Oliver Holt would insist, but because he is shit. Not so cocky now, are you! "Three wins in 17 games [.

Anyone Still Interested In Benzema?

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Karim Benzema is keen to move to one of the best clubs in the World sooner rather than later, after previously stating he wanted to stay with Lyon until they won the Champions League. At the beginning of the month, Benzema claimed he liked Manchester United, although saw Real Madrid as top priority. Still, some United fans [.

Fergie Still Opposes 39th Game

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Whatever the argument against the proposed 39th Premiership game you might hear, none is more compelling than the fact the English league would become an English cup competition if an extra game was introduced. The fact that each team plays each other twice, once at home, once away, is the most fair way to decide [.

RoM On ITV.com

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Republik of Mancunia - Manchester United blog, has been featured on ITV.com following the award given by Soccerlens earlier today. Not too shabby. Cheers for all the support, you lot. "RoM On ITV.com" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Votes Are In…

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Republik of Mancunia - Manchester United blog, has been crowned the Best British Blog by Soccerlens! Cheers for all your support in voting. Picking up 57% of the vote whilst competing against five other nominees, it is official that RoM is the best blog covering UK football. In the same awards, Manchester United were voted best football [.

Losing Scouser Says Japan Trip A Waste Of Time

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Graeme YSB Souness has today claimed that Manchester United's trip to Japan to take place in the FIFA World Club Cup is a waste of time. The team landed in Japan this morning, with the intention of winning the competition for a second time, as the only British club to ever do so. There is a mixed [..

PICTURES: United Stars On The Beer In London

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After the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, Manchester United players hit the town, suited and booted in club crested attire. The lads were at trendy London club Movida, with William Gallas and Emanuel Adebayor also partying the night away there. "PICTURES: United Stars On The Beer In London" was originally published at The Republik [.

PICTURES: Manchester United Land In Japan

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Manchester United have landed in Japan to take part in the FIFA Club Cup, with the first game taking place on December 18th. If we beat Japanese side, Gamba Osaka, we will then face Mexican side, Pachuca, or LDU Quito from Ecuador in the final. "PICTURES: Manchester United Land In Japan" was originally published at The [.

Dawson Won’t Make A Fuss Of Ronaldo’s Petulance… But The FA Might

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Cristiano Ronaldo showed himself up in Saturday's draw with Tottenham Hotspur, unecessarily kicking out at Michael Dawson after they had challenged for the ball. As Dawson jogged to his box in preparation for the United throw, Ronaldo swung his leg out at the stand-in Spurs skipper, clipping his ankle.

Fixture Fight: We’re Looking Good In Comparison To Chelsea

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With United trailing behind Chelsea and Liverpool this season, I have often stressed the point that we have played much more difficult fixtures this season. This is not a whiny excuse, rather a pretty reasonable explanation. Our performances haven't been anything special, but then, neither have Chelsea's or Liverpool's.

Well Done Sir Bobby Charlton

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At tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, our very own Sir Bobby Charlton was presented with a lifetime achievement award. He was visibly moved on the stage, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, whistling and cheering the United legend. His brother Jack presented him with the award, reflecting on Bobby as a child, [.

Who Has The Most Assists For United So Far This Season?

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6 assists in the league, with just two players in the Premiership assisting more than him. Lazy or brilliant? "Who Has The Most Assists For United So Far This Season?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Have You Done Something Different With Your Hair? It looks good… RoM Favour Please

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The voting for the Soccerlens competition closes tomorrow. If you enjoy reading this blog and haven't voted yet, please do so! Vote for Republik of Mancunia, Manchester United blog! "Have You Done Something Different With Your Hair? It looks good... RoM Favour Please" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Gary To Join Phil At Everton?

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There are reports today suggesting that David Moyes is interested in bringing Gary Neville to Everton. Whilst there's every chance that story is fabricated bullshit, it does raise some interesting questions. It has always been assumed that Neville would end his career with United, but now that he's approaching 34-years-old and in possession of a contract [.

Scholes Doesn’t Want To Go To Japan

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As the Champions of Europe, United are obligated to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, which we have won before in 1999, meaning we'll have even more games in hand on the teams above us in the table. United have played their last Premiership match until Boxing Day, with the lads set for Japan [...

Frustration For The Richest Club In The World’s Fans

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Following Manchester City's ninth defeat of the season, their fans kicked off, throwing missiles at the away end. After booing and jeering their own team off the pitch, tempers flared between both sets of supporters, with police having to get in between them and fight them off. Slapped wrists from the FA I imagine (no doubt [.

I Wonder If Fergie Knows About Nani’s Second Job…

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With the Barcelona vs Real Madrid game failing to fulfil its potential, I had a flick through the channels and stumbled across the X Factor final. Oggled Ashley 'Rent boy' Cole's wife a bit, listened to that irritating little Irish man witter on, then something quite remarkable happened. Obviously not content with his place on the [.

Opportunity Lost… Teams Have Sussed Us Out

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I wonder when we will look like scoring again. The only league game in the past month or more where we've caused our opposition serious problems was against Stoke, when we battered them 5-0. Against the likes of Sunderland, City, Villa and Arsenal we have completely dominated the game, in terms of possession and shots, [.

Don’t Suspend Rooney… Says Aalborg Player

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Aalborg midfielder Kasper Risgaard has today claimed he doesn't think UEFA should dish out any punishment for an alleged stamp by Wayne Rooney in United's 2-2 draw with Aalborg this week. The press, as usual, made a big song and dance about it, much to Sir Alex Ferguson's frustration. Risgaard has spoken to the press saying he [.

Christmas Gifts For Proper Reds

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MancuniaMerchandise.com is offering free shipping on all items until December 15th. Enter SHIP4FREE when given the option to enter a Voucher Code. Christmas related items... Champions related products... Our beloved players... "Christmas Gifts For Proper Reds" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tottenham To Give Campbell Back Next Summer

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The Dimitar Berbatov transfer worked out fairly well for United in the end. We didn't get him for the price we wanted, but we got him, and that's all that matters now. As a bonus, we also got to loan out Frazier Campbell to Spurs, who wouldn't get a look in at United this year, [...]

Teddy: Tottenham Will Abuse Berb Because He’s A Threat

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Teddy Sheringham knows how Dimitar Berbatov will be feeling today, after he made the move from Tottenham to United after also believing Spurs didn't match his personal ambitions as a player. "Ohhh Teddy, Teddy, went to Man United and he won fuck all!" were the chants after Sheringham's first season with United.

At Least Tottenham’s Manager Has Sense

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Since Dimitar Berbatov's move to United went through, Tottenham Hotspur fans haven't been his biggest fans. Whilst Robbie Keane promised the club he was staying just a month before he signed a contract with Liverpool, Berbatov had made his intentions very clear. He wanted to play for Manchester United and he wanted to play Champions League [.

Free £10 Bet For RoM Readers… Berbatov To Score Against Spurs?

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How do you think we will get on against Tottenham tomorrow? United to finish first this season, Chelsea second? Blackburn to be relegated? Have an opinion? Put your money where your mouth is! To get the free £10 bet, you have to first stump up one £10 bet. It doesn't matter whether you win or lose this [.

Ferguson Shuns On Press Over Rooney Stamp

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Wayne Rooney has attracted plenty of attention this week following his red mist moments against Aablorg. It always appears to be in the most random of situations that Rooney decides to go mental. You could expect it against Liverpool or Everton, but Aalborg? Regardless, the press have yet again painted him as a violent thug, probably [.

Evans: Eboue Abuse A One-Off… Fans Love Players Really

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Dimitar Berbatov is set to be on the receiving end of a lot of abuse at the weekend, as United make the journey to the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur, our striker's former club. The fans were not impressed with his desire to leave relegation-battlers for the Champions of England and Europe, and will let [.

MUST Update: Success! With Chelsea, Liverpool and City Supporting MPs Getting Involved

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Following the complaint launched by MUST in November, the OFT has today confirmed that they will be investigating Manchester United over their rising ticket prices. A successful meeting in Westminster took place yesterday to explore the arguments of the 'Fair Deal for Fans' campaign. MUST's chief executive, Duncan Drasdo, was understandably very pleased with the result.

Competition Winners For Aalborg Match With RoM

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RoM sent two lucky winners to Old Trafford yesterday to watch our final Champions League group stage game against Aalborg. The competition was sponsored by Vodafone with readers simply having to e-mail in how many Premiership medals our home grown lads, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea, have between [.

United Equal Record… Ready To Smash It In The Next Round?

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Manchester United have now equalled the Champions League record of 19 games without defeat. Our last defeat came in the European Cup semi-final against AC Milan the season before last, before progressing through the 2007-2008 campaign without defeat and lifting the trophy. Ajax and Bayern Munich are the other teams sharing the unbeaten record.

Evans:

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"There's only one Jonny Evans!" the Sunderland fans chanted on Saturday, keen to show their feelings towards their former loanee. "I was not expecting to play as many games as this," said Evans. "Wes has been injured and the manager wants to rest Rio and Vidic at times. It is nice to get a few games.

Time For Paul Scholes To Make The Difference To Our Season

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In terms of the effect they have on the team overall, I'd say Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes are the most influential players United have. Their creativity outshines what any of our other players have on show, seeing passes and movement with ease, and having the ability to then follow through with the required ball.

Calderon’s Ronaldo Obsession Continues

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Real Madrid have just got rid of their 10th manager in 10 years and are currently fifth in the table. "We have left that, it has been a very big story, which we didn't provoke," said Calderon. "The player said he wanted to come here, a dream to come to Real Madrid and we [...]

Roll On Real Madrid

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Let's do these fuckers. With Inter Milan, Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid, Lyon and Real Madrid the teams available for the Round of 16, I'd absolutely love to get those Spanish twats and teach them a thing or two. Following the shameless behaviour of Ramon Calderon and Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to leave our club for theirs, [.

VIDEO: Tevez’s Goal vs Aalborg

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VIDEO: Ronaldo Shows Off Award In Front Of Charlton And Law

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Ahead of Manchester United's Champions League fixture with Aalborg, Cristiano Ronaldo was presented the Ballon d'Or by former winners and United legends, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton. Dressed in a suit and United tie, Ronaldo proudly held up his trophy, as the crowd received the threesome with a rapturous applause.

PICTURES: Ronaldo’s Disgust - Anderson lad, sort it out!

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When Anderson returned from the Olympics for our pre-season match against Portsmouth, he had the piss well and truly ripped out of him for his hair. It seems as though Anderson is looking for the same treatment, turning up at United's training ground today with a hairstyle fashioned on that of Sideshow Bob.

Feed The Scousers, Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time…

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With Christmas just over a fortnight away, it's a time to reflect on those less fortunate than yourself. Poor little scousers all over Merseyside will be resorting to foraging the bins for their Christmas dinner again this year. What can they wish for this Christmas? A new shell suit? A trip to the salon for [.

Fergie: We’re The Only British Team To Win It… and We Want It Again

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Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan are amongst the clubs who have recently won the FIFA Club World Cup, although the competition has been running since 1960, with Real Madrid the first team to win it, under its original name the Intercontinental Cup. Liverpool lost in the final to Sao Paulo in 2005, meaning [.

Tickets Prices: The facts MUST will be presenting today

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In 1960 you could pay 12p on the gate to get in to Old Trafford and purchase a programme for 2p. Those were the days, the old fellas at the pub will tell you, when you could show up on the day and squeeze yourself in to one of the stands. Things have changed considerably since [...]

Ferguson: Worst Example Of FA Treating Us Unfairly

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My feelings on the the FA's ridiculous decision to ban Patrice Evra for four games have already been well voiced. Unsurprisingly, the manager is just as shocked as us, claiming of all the poor decisions we have received, this is the worst of the lot. "It was a shock," said Ferguson. "Of all the things the [.

PICTURES: Ronaldo Back In Training After Sunderland Injury

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Cristiano Ronaldo subsituted himself in Saturday's victory over Sunderland after colliding with the opposition in the penalty area. Clutching his side, Ronaldo made his way down the tunnel with over 20 minutes to play, Ryan Giggs filling his place. Ahead of our match with Aalborg on Wednesday (which two lucky RoM winners will be going to thanks [.

Sir Alex Ferguson Hoping For Arsenal Title Favour

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If United win their game in hand, we're three points behind Liverpool and just two points behind Chelsea. Considering we've now played all of the remaining top four teams away from home, this is an extremely healthy position to be in. If there's any manager who knows how to cope with the pressure of a title [.

EXCLUSIVE Rio Video: I Loved The Club From Moment I Signed

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Last week I reassured Rio Ferdinand following his admission that he used to hate United, letting him know we haven't always been his number one fan either! At the beginning of November I was invited to the Nike Store in Manchester for a question and answer session with Rio. Here are his answers, with the defender talking [.

Anderson On Arsenal Competitor and Terry’s Slip

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Anderson was awarded with Tuttosport's Golden Boy trophy ahead of our win over Sunderland at the weekend, recognising him at the best Under 21-year-old in Europe at the moment. He has spoken about his pride in winning the award, after finishing third a couple of years ago, as well as reflecting on the talent of Arsenal's [.

So Bad They Named Him Twice Returning To The Premiership?

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The year that Leeds were relegated from the Premiership, we played them in the 3rd Round of the League Cup. This was a day when our flops got the last laugh. United went a goal down at Elland Road just after half time, before David Bellion equalised with ten minutes to go. With nine minutes of extra-time [.

Vidic: Ferguson Convinced Me Not To Leave

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Nemanja Vidic didn't have a very happy start to his life in Manchester. He struggled to adapt to our league whilst also not being a big fan of the city. He has filled us in on his time of woe in the past, but today he has gone as far to say he was ready to [...]

Rooney Earns A Fortune… But He Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Wayne Rooney and his wife Coleen are currently being sued for almost £500,000 in a disagreement with their agents, Proactive. The accusations are Rooney hasn't paid two months worth of commission and that he also owes them £19,000 for the cost of Wayne's stag do, which was put on the agency's credit card.

Ronaldo Saying The Right Things… Again

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been making all the right noises again as the January transfer window approaches. Obviously Manchester United would not sell the player in the next month, but that won't stop the media writing about it. Real Madrid have lost three of their last four games in La Liga and lost to Juventus twice in [.

Anderson: Rafael Will Succeed Me

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Anderson won the Tuttosport Golden Boy award this week, which recognises the best player in Europe under the age of 21-years-old. Previously won by Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas, Anderson has claimed the award and has made his predictions for next year's winner. When asked who he thinks could win the award next season, [.

Reaction To “Lucky” Result Against Sunderland… F365

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WUM football site, Football365, claimed United were "lucky" to beat Sunderland yesterday. In the article, the writer claims, 'United looked as though they would be forced to settle for a draw as the Black Cats bravely battled through a goalless 90 minutes.' I responded immediately, as you do, and I wasn't alone!

Hargreaves Set For Second Surgery In The States

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Owen Hargreaves travelled to Colorado last month for surgery on his right knees, in a bid to cure his tendonitis. Richard Steadman was his surgeon, who has previously worked on the likes of Alan Shearer, Allesandro Del Piero and Michael Owen, and is widely regarded to be the best in the World at what he does.

Injured Ronaldo Picks Up Trophy

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Cristiano Ronaldo substituted himself during United's 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, following a clash in the penalty area. Sir Alex Ferguson, who is currently serving a touchline ban, was frantic on the phone to the bench, communicating which players he wanted to come on, whilst Ronaldo jogged off down the tunnel.

Translation: What Did Anderson REALLY Say?

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I'll confess, I am not fluent in several languages, particularly not Portuguese, so I have to rely on the tools of the internet to understand the comments our foreign players give. Reports have emerged over the past couple of days which claim that Anderson is dreaming of one day playing for Jose Mourinho's Inter.

Golden Boy Anderson, what the…?

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The Old Trafford crowd erupted in song for Anderson yesterday ahead of kick-off, with news that he'd been awarded with the Tuttosport Golden Boy. The Italian newspaper award the best talent in Europe, under the age of 21, on a yearly basis. Sergio Aguero was the winner in 2007, Cesc Fabregas in 2006, Lionel Messi [.

Thank God It Wasn’t ‘One Of Those Days’

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You know things aren't going your way when the crowd cry "SHOOT!" when the goalkeeper comes to collect the ball close to the half way line. It was just one of those days. It didn't seem to matter how many chances we created, how much possession we had, or how much time we spent in [...]

Caption Time… What Is Vidic Thinking?

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Arsenal Supporting Piers Morgan Gets His Knickers In A Twist Over Ferguson

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It's brilliant when you come face to face with the opposition. You can be sat near the away end, you can be in a pub where the other fans happen to be drinking, you can even be on football blogs like this. The verbal sparring can be brilliant at times, these ongoing duels, the one-upmanship [...]

VIDEO: He Comes From Serbia…

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VIDEO: Nemanja’s Injury Time Winner Against Sunderland

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Nemanja Vidic scores as injury time is announced against Sunderland. "VIDEO: Nemanja's Injury Time Winner Against Sunderland" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Maybe I’m Getting Ahead Of Myself Imagining A Tottenham Final…

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...but what are the chances of this fella scoring the winning goal? "Maybe I'm Getting Ahead Of Myself Imagining A Tottenham Final..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Derby It Is Then…

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Manchester United are playing Derby County away from home in the semi-finals of the League Cup. The first leg will be played on Tuesday, 6th January or Wednesday, 7th January, with the second leg taking place on Tuesday, 20th January or Wednesday, 21st January. The first leg falls between our FA Cup tie against Southampton and [.

If FA Say Chelsea Groundstaff Wasn’t Racist… Then He Wasn’t Racist

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The boot on the other foot. Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford today, putting the reds firmly back in the title race with just two games to go. If the semi-finals go in their favour, these two clubs could also be meeting in the Champions League final in Moscow, which is now less than [.

Sing A Song For Evra

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Arsenal Boss Wishes He Seduced Ronaldo… Not His Mum

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Over the past few days there has been plenty of talking concerning Cristiano Ronaldo's potential move to Arsenal, before a deal with United was agreed. This wasn't anything we hadn't heard before, with Arsene Wenger revealing as much earlier in the year. Ronaldo let on that his mum, Dolores Aveiro, had been very taken with the [.

Let’s Just Look At What A Joke The FA Are… Lucky, Lucky Chelsea

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One rule for United, another rule for everyone else. The ridiculous decision to ban Patrice Evra for four matches following the racist comments from Chelsea groundsman Sam Bethell has only again exposed the double standards the FA have where United are concerned. This isn't the first time though and it won't be the last.

Kick Racism Out Of Football

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Evra vs Chelsea Verdict Out… and it’s not a good one

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Patrice Evra has been banned for four matches following his fight with Chelsea groundstaff, Sam Bethell. Looks as though the FA are playing their usual trick of making an example out of United. It's not as if we expected anything different though, is it? As of December 22nd, Evra will be out of action for four league [.

Free £10 Bet For RoM Readers… Ronaldo To Score First? 4-0? United to win the league?

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How many do you fancy us to beat Sunderland by tomorrow? Who do you reckon will score first? Reckon anyone will get a hattrick? United to finish first this season, Chelsea second? Blackburn to be relegated? Have an opinion? Put your money where your mouth is! To get the free £10 bet, you have to first stump up [.

Ronaldo On World Cup Incident: I’d Do It Again

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Following England's exit from the World Cup 2006, it wasn't long before debates over Cristiano Ronaldo's future at our club began. After he 'got Rooney sent off', how could he maintain a career at United? 1. If you watch the footage again, you can Ronaldo is one of four people who surround the referee following an [.

Here We Go Again… Another Real Madrid Fan

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Despite Sir Alex Ferguson being a fan, Karim Benzema has always made it fairly clear that he fancies playing in Spain when he's finished with Lyon. Today, however, he has claimed he likes us, but that he's been a Real Madrid fan since he was a child. Great. "I feel good at Lyon, but leaving before or [.

Tevez Drags Up Chelsea Age Debate

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During the summer Sir Alex Ferguson gave an interview which referred to our main title challengers, Chelsea. Rather than claiming they were too old to win the league, as the headlines reported the following day, Ferguson questioned how much room for improvement there was in a team whose best players were in the 30's.

“My Only Regret Is Turning Down United!”

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There aren't going to be many players who have said 'no' to Sir Alex Ferguson over the years. When one of the greatest managers of all time tells you he wants you to play for his team, the expected response is to ask where you have to sign. Darren Anderton is one of those rare few [...]

Giggsy Praises ‘The One That Got Away’ Arsenal Youngster

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Aaron Ramsey looked set to sign for Manchester United in the summer, given we were the team he supported and Ryan Giggs was his idol. However, after Wenger sent out a private jet and promised first team football, Ramsey's decision was made a lot easier. Clearly, Arsenal wanted the player more than United.

Choccy Not Impressed With Players’ Pedicure Routine

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Brian McClair wasn't sure what to make of a discovery on a recent visit to the first team dressing room. Football is not like it was in his day, it appears, with McClair coming across appointment times for pedicures, massages and yoga classes. Surely it's all gone a bit too far when the players can't even run [.

Ronaldo’s Mam: It Was Football Or Drugs Addict

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Ronaldo's mam, Dolores Aveiro, hasn't made many friends with United fans after previously claiming she wanted her son to play for Real Madrid. Not just that she wanted him to play in Spain but that she could die a happy lady once it had happened. No pressure there then, Ronnie! "I don't like English teams but [.

Keane To Replace Fergie? You’re Not So Sure NOW Are You…

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Roy Keane has left Sunderland but it is unclear as yet whether he has been sacked or left on his own accord. He faced criticism following poor results and wasted money, with Eamon Dunphy laying in to Keano during the week. "He doesn't appear to be cut out for management like a lot of great players," said [.

Huntelaar: I Would Have Joined United… But Not City!

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Giddy City fans all over Manchester were talking about Champions League football and trophies after their new rich owners came to town in the summer. However, with player after player turning them down, their club just two points off the relegation zone and thirteen points behind where they were this time last season, the bubble has [.

The 99s… MUTV’s Band of the Year

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The 99s are the MUTV 'Band of the Year' winning by a public vote by reds earlier in the year. These lads from Saddleworth (you know, Oldham way) are lifelong United fans whose name is obviously inspired by our wonderful Treble winning season. Tim Burgess, who had a chat with RoM not so long ago, has also [.

Time To Celebrate Christmas… Champions, Rio, Vidic, Scholesy, Chants and more…

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Want to treat yourself for Christmas or you're stuck for a gift for any reds you know? Well check out RoM's Manchester United shop with t-shirts going for as little as £8! Click on any of the designs below that take your fancy to see what items are available. If there's a particular item you would [.

Chelsea, Evra, Racism and FA - Case Today

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Patrice Evra is set to appear in front of the FA today to resolve the brawl that occurred after last season's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Mike Phelan, Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez, amongst others, have all given statements to support the story that Chelsea groundsman, Sam Bethell, made racist comments in Evra's direction.

Tevez: Four Goals Is Better Because It’s For United

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Manchester United thrashed Paul Ince's Blackburn 5-3 in the League Cup, with Carlos Tevez getting his name on the scoresheet four times. Having lost his first team place since the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov, Tevez was keen to make an impression on Sir Alex Ferguson whenever he was given a chance, which he certainly did.

VIDEO: Tevez and Nani Goals Against Blackburn

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What a pair of pricks we had on show tonight at Old Trafford. As if Paul Ince's appearance wasn't enough, Blackburn dragged that fat scouse bastard Robbie Fowler along with them. Must admit, it feels good to knock those two out of a cup! Read on for all our goals against Blackburn to put us through [.

“Keane And Scholes Were Best Opponents When I Was At Arsenal”

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"For me, being in England for nine years, I would have said Roy Keane. (He) is really tough, really strong, but he was fair," said Vieira. "What I like about him is the fact that he would not talk, he would take the kick, he would not say anything, then, on the next one, he [...]

Don’t Worry Rio, We Used To Hate You Too!

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"I don't care about Rio, Rio don't care about me, all I care about, is watching FC!" is sung at FC United games. Whilst most United fans have forgiven Rio Ferdinand for the fuss over his contract a few years ago, it is something that won't be forgotten. Whilst players like Paul Scholes don't even [..

City Warned By FA Over Ball Boy Lob At Ronaldo

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The FA have reprimanded City over the behaviour of one of their ball boys during United's 1-0 win on derby day. As Cristiano Ronaldo went to take a corner, the ball boy lobbed the ball with some force at the player's face. After initially looking startled, a smile crept across Ronaldo's face, not reacting angrily like [.

Liverpool Skipper Jealous Of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs

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Steven Gerrard has handed in two transfer requests to his supposed beloved club, with the intention of joining Chelsea and winning the title with them. Gerrard was just 9-years-old when Liverpool last won the title and despite claiming it is 'their year' for pretty much every season since, they have failed to even put up much [.

Scholesy Is Back!

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Reports today suggest that Paul Scholes is ready for first team action after missing two months with his bad knee. Tonight he is likely to have a place on the bench after spending the past two weeks in full-time training. "I have Paul Scholes in mind," said Ferguson. "He is on the verge of playing again following [.

Big Time Charlie: You’re Killing Me!

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Paul Ince travels to the home of his former club tonight with his current team Blackburn Rovers. Ince has progressed quickly up the managerial ladder, taking charge of a Premiership side just a few years in to his career. He is expected to be given a rough time for the home support, after his shamelessly kissed [.

Mourinho: I Have No Praise For Ronaldo

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Before Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager after losing out to United for the title despite starting the season as favourites, he laid in to Cristiano Ronaldo. Grown man Mourinho made a dig at Ronaldo's 'difficult childhood' and 'lack of education'. After leaving Chelsea and watching Ronaldo enjoy a truly fabulous season with United, he [.

VIDEO: Fergie Watches Former Player Grab Both Assists Against Arsenal

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Chris Eagles highlight for United came when he scored our fourth in our 4-2 win over Everton towards the close of the 2006-2007 season, in a game which saw us go 2-0 down before leaving Goodison with three points. Sadly, he never proved himself to be up to United's standards, despite being given a go during [.

Chelsea Fan Wonders… Was Ferguson Right All Along?

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Sir Alex Ferguson wondered how much improvement we'd see from this current group of Chelsea players, considering the majority of the team had already hit the peak of their careers. His comments were exaggerated in the press, leading to criticism from Ron Harris and John Terry, before Ferguson put a ban on interviews with the papers.

Fergie: United Have Been Waiting 40 Years For This

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today spoken of his pride in Cristiano Ronaldo for winning the Ballon d'Or. To think that just as we missed out on having Ruud van Nistelrooy playing in a United shirt when scoring the goal to make him the highest ever scorer in the Champions League, we could have missed out [..

The Best Player In Europe Belongs To United… Again

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Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best in Europe last night at the prestigious Ballon d'Or awards ceremony. He becomes just the sixth player from an English club and the fourth United player to win the award, following on from Stanley Matthews, Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Michael Owen.

Where Rooney, Vidic and Van der Sar Were Placed In Ballon d’Or

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Cristiano Ronaldo is in the spotlight today but he wasn't the only United player given a mention in this year's Ballon d'Or. Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Edwin Van der Sar were all shortlisted and voted for in this years European Player of the Year. 30 players were shortlisted, yet the likes of Karim Benzema, Rafael van [.

Ronaldo: This Country Is Obsessed With Me

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Along with being a United player comes the usual obsession from this ABU nation. The media loves to talk about our club, building us up only to tear us back down again. Just think, United were 'in decline' after one trophyless season and finishing third, whilst Arsenal have gone three years without a trophy, four [.

“I Handballed Because Of Richards!”

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Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for a second yellow card at Wastelands on Sunday after deliberately handling the ball in the box. It was clear Ronaldo thought he had heard a whistle as he patted the ball down to the ground, rather than instinctively going for goal. Howard Webb didn't see it that way though and [.

Is Republik of Mancunia The ‘Best British Blog’?

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If you think Republik of Mancunia is the best blog covering UK football, then please vote for us at the Soccerlens awards. If you need some held making up your mind, here our the best articles, here are some of my rants, and here are some interviews with notable reds. Click here to vote for us, you [.

PICTURE: Zoran Tosic With United Shirt

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Zoran Tosic, who was given a work permit last week which enables him to join United in January, has been seen out with a United shirt. Following Dimitar Berbatov signing a United shirt before he'd officially sealed the deal with the club, Tosic has gone one step further and actually looks set to try it [.

Chelsea Resolve Mikel Signing… But United Keep The Money

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John Obi Mikel, what a prick. After signing for Manchester United and smiling for the cameras at the press conference, he clearly got word of the news he could be earning a lot more at Chelsea. He disappeared, stomped his feet, before United eventually gave in and sold him to the rentboys before he'd even [.

Remember That Chelsea Blog…

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Remember that Chelsea blog that wrote a very nice piece on Dimitar Berbatov? Well, they're up for an award, so click here to vote for them. "Remember That Chelsea Blog..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

“I Turned Down City Because I’m A United Fan!”

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Tiago Gomes is a product of the Benfica youth system who now plays for Romanian side FC Steaua Bucureşti. On loan at the first easter European club to ever win the European Cup, Gomes has confessed he had the opportunity to join Manchester City. However, he turned down to move because of his feelings for [.

Liverpool Star: United Catching Record Would Be A Tragedy

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Fernando Torres, who has yet to get his hands on any silverware with Liverpool, has today confessed that it would be a small tragedy if United won the league this season, equalling the dippers' record of 18 titles. Whilst none of the current players have come close to winning the Premiership with Liverpool, Torres acknowledges that [.

Holt: City Still In United’s Shadow

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The Mirror's Oliver Holt is a man I rarely agree with. Emily Bishop's son tends to be more critical of United and Sir Alex Ferguson than is ever necesary, but following our derby day victory, it would be hard to find fault with our performance. Even with ten men we were the better team, leading [...]

Three Days Left… Free Aalborg Tickets Up For Grabs

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United take on Aalborg on December 10th in our final Champions League group stage game. If you don't fancy spending close to £40 for North Stand Tier 3 seats, then take part in RoM's simple competition to earn yourself two free tickets to the match. Vodafone have been running a promotion called FindLiveGuy and through this [.

Cheaper Beer At Old Trafford Than Wastelands

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The average cost of a pint at a Premiership football ground is £3.19, some 44p more experience than the country's average price. Outline of the London club, who you'd expect to be more expensive anyway, City, Sunderland, West Brom, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Everton all charge more for a pint than at Old Trafford.