Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

“Big Time Charlie” To United? You Having A Laugh??

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Paul Ince was a player I loved as a lad. I loved his cocky nature, I loved his ability, I loved how he played, I loved his strength in the tackle, and like most lads in Manchester, I imitated his goal celebration moves that he carried out with Ryan Giggs. He appeared to love the [...]

Neville ALMOST Made Villa Start

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United fans would be forgiven for getting increasingly frustrated with the Neville injury business. He hasn't played for our first team in over a year now, but this recent rehabilitation period has proven to be his most successful since the initial injury. He has featured for the Reserves several times in quick succession, managing 90 [.

Will Fletcher’s Injury Have An Effect On Our Season?

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Darren Fletcher has never been a player I have rated too highly. Had he not been billed as "the next David Beckham" then maybe we could have been more accepting from the young Scot. Had his place in the team always depended upon the injuries of others, then I'm sure he would have been welcomed [...]

One Day Left in Mancunia Merchandise Sale

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MancuniaMerchandise.com has held a sale in March for Easter, meaning you can bag a couple of t-shirts for less than £20. All designs and shirts are included in the sale but the minimum purchase price has to be £20. However with 20% off and free postage and package, it means you could pick up two shirts [.

How John Terry Attempts To Belittle Rio For Captaincy…

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There has been a lot said about Fabio Capello's decision to make Rio Ferdinand temporary captain of England in the press this week. Some questioned how appropriate it was to make Ferdinand captain when taking in to consideration his less than glowing past. Others recognised the change in Ferdinand and his commitment to being a [.

Can Ronaldo Really Be Compared To Best?

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"Maradona good, Pele better, George Best" say United fans, believing Best to be the greatest player ever to play the game. In 1968, when United were the first English team to be crowned Champions of Europe, George Best scooped the European Player of the Year award. His team mates Bobby Charlton and Denis Law had [.

Incredible, Half A Lifetime Playing For United

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Ryan Giggs has been on the receiving end of some criticism from reds this season, after below par performances. Sir Alex Ferguson has sold him short in this respect, playing him in more games than his old legs can handle. Giggs has shown flashes of brilliance this season, but the occasions have been few and [.

Anderson: Praying For Goals With Celebrations Planned

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Anderson was quick to win the fans over at Old Trafford through his hard working nature and great ability. After bossing some of the best midfield's in Europe when playing against Liverpool and Arsenal, he has filled us with great hope of what he will achieve in the future. However, despite having several powerful shots on [.

Anderson: Team Mates Sing My Song

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"Annnnnderson, Annnnnnderson," was the first chant new boy Anderson had within Old Trafford (to the "Murderers" tune) but it wasn't long before his popular (yet still not entirely defined) new chant to "Aga do" was created. In an interview with United Review, Anderson has confessed that he loves hearing his song and that his team mates [.

Have United and Mascherano Cost Liverpool A CL Place?

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It has been announced today that Javier Mascherano has been dished out a charge from the FA for improper conduct. The club has until 6pm tomorrow to respond to the charges, which could see Mascherano serve anything between a 3-5 match ban, for what should have just been a 1 match ban for a two [...]

Why Rio Was Given Captaincy Over Rent Boy

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Two or three years ago, John Terry was one of the few players representing a rival team that I had a certain amount of respect for. I regarded him as a very good player, a great leader, and someone I would have been very keen to see partnering Rio Ferdinand at the back. However, his [...]

United Love Squeaky Bum Time

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Manchester United usually perform when their backs are up against the wall. Some of the most monumental occasions in United's history took place when the pressure was really on them, including both European Cup finals. John O'Shea reckons the experience United have in their squad, from Ryan Giggs' nine titles, to Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo's [.

Is Rio’s England Captaincy A Good Thing For United?

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"You can stick your fucking England up your arse" goes the Manchester United fans' chant. Following years of negative treatment from England fans and the FA directed at our club, players and fans, the most devout United fans are proud of their anti-England stance. The sense of being Mancunian is much stronger than the feeling [.

How The Scouser Success Could Have Been Sweeter

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I got back to the local ten minutes in to the Chelsea vs Arsenal game on "Grand Slam Sunday", after returning from Old Trafford to see our lads do over the scousers again. Whilst there were mixed feelings amongst the people in the pub over who they wanted to win, it essentially didn't matter a [...]

Red Issue Recognises The Republik

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"New Red Issue OUT today," are words that make me happy as I walk down Warwick Road on the way to the ground. The official programme isn't really my cup of tea, so I look forward to the days when Red Issue is out so I can have a decent read before kick off and [...]

VIDEO: From The Stands vs The Dippers

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Singing before kick off Championees Cheerio to Mascherano Celebrating Ronaldo's goal Celebrating Nani's goal

Benitez’s Words Come Back To Haunt Him

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March 22nd: "I don't know how interested United were in him last January but they have signed two or three players in his position, sometimes paying more money than we did for Mascherano. We are happy with what we have. I don't know if United are happy but we are. Javier has a fantastic mentality. [.

Time For The Daily Mail To Appologise To Ronaldo

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In this past week, I had a lot to say in regards to the Daily Mail article criticising Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is a player United fans have felt very protective over since the World Cup 2006 and don't respond kindly to him being slated. This season, you would think it was impossible to criticise him, [.

RedRanter On… Dippers, Our Best XI, Anderson and the Chelsea Threat

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The end of this season will mark the 18th season Liverpool have gone without the title. Whilst this nice little record keeps on developing, United are closing in on their own record for total league title wins. Last season marked our 16th win, two short of Liverpool's 18. With less than two months until the [.

Giggs: I Leave Liverpool Rivalry To Neville

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During what was otherwise a rather disappointing season, with just the League Cup serving as consolation for silverware, a big highlight was the last minute winner against Liverpool at Old Trafford. In a game where we'd been second best for large chunks, to pick up all three points, at the death, was an incredible feeling.

Fergie: I Love Playing Liverpool

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Since "knocking Liverpool off their fucking perch", Sir Alex Ferguson has made his feelings on Liverpool very clear. He hates the dippers as much as the average United fan and has been vocal about this several times over the years in charge at the club. Back in December, some ridiculous journalist from The People had the [.

Unhappy Benitez Talks Nonsense About Fergie, Gerrard & Ronaldo

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The game of the season is upon us. United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford. It is the first fixture I look at when the match days are released at the beginning of the season and for the weeks preceding that match I feel an odd combination of sickness, excitement and nerves. No result compares [...]

No Need For Simpson This Season

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United youngster, Danny Simpson, has played for the first team on seven occasions this season, in all four competitions. He was part of the team that was disgracefully beaten by Coventry in the League Cup, started two games in the Champions League, and has played in three league victories against Everton, Wigan and Newcastle.

Ronaldo The Great Pretender? Are you having a laugh?

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Even a blue-blooded fan who traipsed down the division supporting City would have been embarrassed with this bitter criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo. Apparently, scoring 23 league goals in as many starts, and 34 goals in as many games in total, is apparently an "illusion of grandeur." Ronaldo has easily proved himself the best player in the [.

Arsene Should Take A Leaf From Fergie’s Book

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Following Arsenal's fourth successive draw in a row, which meant United claimed top spot in the league after falling five points behind just a few weeks previously, there was some talk questioning Arsene Wenger's job security. Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has questioned Wenger's position on a couple of occasions, most recently taunting, "Arsenal are a [.

Sale At United Shop

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MancuniaMerchandise.com is offering a massive 20% off goods on the shop, meaning you can get two shirts for less than £20. The designs include: To get 20% off simply type in: EASTER2K8 when asked for a voucher code

Schmeichel’s Boots Filled?

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Nobody could have predicted the difficulty United would have had in finding a stable goalkeeper since Peter Schmeichel's departure at the end of the Treble winning season. From van der Gouw to Bosnich, Taibi to Bathez, Howard to Carroll, United have seen many a costly mistake from our men between the posts, with it appearing [.

Viva Ronaldo: New United Chant

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Following Anderson's chant now being heard inside the ground, a new Ronaldo chant is doing the rounds. Does it have the potential to replace "He plays on the left..." as the anthem sung whenever Ronaldo scores? Click below to hear the chant. Viva Ronaldo Viva Ronaldo Running down the wing Hear United sing Viva Ronaldo

Foster: More Difficult Than I Thought

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Ben Foster made his competitive debut for United's first team yesterday in our 1-0 win over Derby County. Following Chelsea's 6-1 thrashing of Derby just a few days before, most United fans were rubbing their hands together imagining how many goals we were going to put past them. However, for periods in the game, it [.

VIDEO: Ronnie’s Winner vs Derby

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What was supposed to be a great opportunity for United to boost their already impressive goal difference turned in to a nail biting match for the Champions today. Following the 6-1 mauling by Chelsea, Derby were not going to roll over for the second time this week. Thankfully, that boy Ronaldo stepped up to the plate [.

The Modest Motor of Manchester United

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Carlos Tevez is seeking to win his first winners' medal(s) in England this season, with United look strong both in the league and the Champions League. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, to name a few, collecting their first Premiership title last season, Tevez is hoping he can [.

Adebayor: I Won’t Be Dominated By Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has had an incredible season so far for United, totally eclipsing the season which saw him collect a clean sweep of all the domestic awards. His goalscoring record currently stands at 30 goals in 31 games in all competitions for United, and he leads the Premiership leaderboard with 21 goals.

Evra: I Don’t Give A Damn About Arsenal

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The draw for the quarter finals of the European Cup are due to be held tomorrow, with United progressing past the Round of 16 thanks to the win against Lyon last week. Whilst most reds may have a team they are hoping to be drawn against, either for the location of the away day or what [...]

United Have Their New Number 9

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Following United's exit from the FA Cup, in a game where we created at least four clear scoring chances without finding the back of the net, most reds are eager to hear of what we have planned for next season. Following another disappointing season from Louis Saha, it looks as though there is no way [.

Annnnderrrr-son-son-son

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With Anderson winning over the hearts of many a red, it was about time we thought up a chant for the lad. Before the past couple of weeks, singing his name to the "Murderers" tune was the only really audible song from the stands. However, Fulham away really started to get this song going, which [...]

Ole: We Repaid Fergie’s Faith With Title

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's name is still sung on a weekly basis at Old Trafford, after he retired from the game earlier this season, moving up to United's coaching staff. He is a player all reds remember fondly, and one of the rare United players who's earned the admiration and respect from rival fans (well, not [.

Tired of the Lies: Keane vs Haaland

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Cristiano Ronaldo spoke out at the weekend about the poor treatment he gets from the referees in this country, claiming he will end up like Arsenal's Eduardo, who suffered a broken leg, if the referees don't offer him better protection. United are the most fouled team in the league this season, despite the inaccuracies Arsene Wenger [.

No Keepers For Derby - Is This A Problem?

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Horror could be seen on the fans' faces at Old Trafford yesterday when the referee wrongly showed Tomasz Kuszczak a red card. Our team had battered Portsmouth all game and in attempt to get the winning goal, threw all our players forward on the attack. Portsmouth were given the opportunity to break, initially with 2 [.

Fergie Phone Rant At Hackett Received With Little Response

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Sir Alex Ferguson let his feelings known on referee boss Keith Hackett following United's exit from the Cup on Saturday. Portsmouth committed 16 fouls in the game with only two yellow cards being awarded. The most notable events were fouls on Cristiano Ronaldo, where the referee, Martin Atkinson, enforced no punishment on the fouling players.

Ronaldo: I’ll End Up Like Eduardo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a hate figure to most away fans at Old Trafford, with cheers resounding from the away end whenever he is fouled. Sir Alex Ferguson has long called for better protection of our Portuguese winger, who is currently the best player in the World, with little response from the referees.

Rooney: Once A Blue ALWAYS A Red

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"Once a blue always a blue" Everton fans jeer at Wayne Rooney, in reference to the t-shirt he displayed under his shirt as an Evertonian youngster. Things have changed a lot since his teenage years, with Rooney now kissing the badge of Manchester United, the club he won the title with last season. Today, Rooney has [.

Have We Been Too Quick To Slate Fletcher?

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Darren Fletcher is a player United fans have scoffed at over the past few seasons, with the majority believing he is not good enough for our club and has kept his place for longer than he deserves primarily because of his shared nationality with the gaffer. As a youngster, he was tipped to be "the [.

Ronaldo - Overrated and No End Product

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Scour any football forum and you are bound to find a thread from the past year or more debating the topic of whether Cristiano Ronaldo is overrated. This discussion is likely to have sparked from the outcry from United fans following UEFA and FIFA's decision to crown Milan's Kaka as the Player of the Year.

Do You Fancy A United vs Arsenal Quarter Final?

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United booked their place in the quarter finals of the European Cup, after six wins and two draws in the competition, with further games taking place this evening. Barcelona, Arsenal and Fenerbache have also made it through to the quarters. It is in our best interests that Arsenal stay in the competition for as long as [.

United, Arsenal and Italian Records

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Manchester United booked their spot in the Champions League quarter finals yesterday evening thanks to a 1-0 home win against Lyon, whilst title rivals Arsenal reached the same stage after beating AC Milan 2-0 in the San Siro. Italian teams have a total of 11 European Cup wins in comparison to England's 10, with United hoping [.

United Target Priced At £19 Million

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Manchester United fans have been eager for Sir Alex Ferguson to sign us a striker for some time. Since Ruud van Nistelrooy left in the summer of 2006, United have been lacking a consistent out and out striker. Louis Saha stepped up to the plate at the close of the 2005-2006 season and continued this [.

Evra: Our Atmosphere Best In Europe

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After snatching a 1-1 away to Lyon in the Champions League, United will play them at home this evening, hoping to make their way to the quarter finals. With almost a full squad available to us and the home advantage, United are certainly the favourites to progress. Patrice Evra has today talked about the importance [.

Cantona: Two Successive CL Titles For United, Please

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Manchester United take on Lyon tonight in the Champions League as favourites to progress to the quarter finals. Following a 1-1 away draw in France, United have a crucial away goal and will be hoping to cruise through to the next round. Eric Cantona has recently spoken out about United's chances in Europe, saying he hopes [.

February Match of the Month - United vs Newcastle

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RepublikOfMancunia.org's monthly paper, The Voice of Mancunia, has deemed our devastating victory over Newcastle as our match of the month in February. With a month that saw our 4-0 Cup win over Arsenal, Tevez's last minute equaliser against Spurs and a crucial away goal against Lyon in Europe, it is our 6-1 routing of Newcastle [.

Rio Dishes Out Liverpool Dig

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Following that night in Istanbul in 2005, Liverpool fans laud their five European Cups over us whenever they are given the opportunity. United join the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan with two European Cups to their name, and with a semi-final place last season, as well as a strong Champions League campaign [.

Tevez The New Ole?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was one of the rare United players who fans of other teams admired. He was a hard worker with a great attitude to the game, a model professional. However rivals fondness of him often lessened when he was brought on off the bench against their team. Known as the "super sub" thanks [.

Sentimental Fergie On Scholesy European Selection

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As the lineup was announced ahead of United's Champions League final against Bayern Munich, groans will have echoed out around Manchester. We of course knew Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were suspended for the match, but seeing the team list really brought home the fact we were about to play in the European Cup final [.

United Winning Mental Battle - Fergie Lands Taylor Blow To Wenger

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are well famed for their mind games, both more than willing to make a cheeky remark or two to the press in the hopes of it unsettling their opponents. Whilst United have managed to keep rather level headed over the past few weeks, despite falling five points behind title rivals [.