Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

The Support Ronaldo Received Is Now Sickening

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Steven Gerrard, who missed one of the penalties that saw England knocked out of the last World Cup, deflected any possible negative attention away from himself and in the direction of Ronaldo instead. "If it was one of my team-mates, I'd be absolutely disgusted in him because there's no need for that," said Gerrard.

Congratulations Chelsea’s Ballack On Fantastic Season

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"[They are] not the Manchester of before," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in August 2005, after the player was linked with a move to United. "If I were a player, I would laugh about it." "I just can't imagine that he would go to Manchester United," Rummenigge said in October 2005. "What would speak for Manchester and against [.

Would You Take Messi In Ronaldo’s Place?

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We're left in limbo whilst Ronaldo holidays with his bird who has the body of a goddess, not knowing whether he will be in Manchester or Madrid next season. Whilst there's every possibility of United sticking to their guns and fending off Real Madrid for at least another season, as we did after a similar situation [.

“Leaving United Was The Best Thing I Ever Did”

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"From playing under Sir Alex you learn high standards and ruthlessness is required at any level of management, more so at the top. I'm sure I'll find that out," said Paul Ince, the new Blackburn Rovers manager, today. Becoming the 4th player from the 1994 Double winning side at United to manage a Premiership team [.

Er, Eric, What Are You Doing?

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Half time of the Spain vs Russia game last night and I heard the familiar voice of Eric Cantona. I looked up to see Cantona in full armour, chest puffed out as we've seen many times before, speaking in his thick French accent. "Sons of England," he said. "Elimination is painful and the wound has yet to [.

It’s That Time Again… This Is Liverpool’s Year

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Repetition is a serious problem for our scouse neighbours. The season before last they won nothing, which was repeated in 07-08 when they again won nothing. It's not only their trophyless seasons Liverpool choose to repeat, but their pre-season sayings. "This is our year," Gerrard will tell Sky Sports news.

United Should Be Flattered By Ronaldo Interest?

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"If it was me, it would make me proud that the big clubs were asking about our players," said Real Madrid rat Calderon yesterday. I'll address the possibility of this being a dig at the size of United as a club later. First, it's important to state that United don't have any problem with other big [.

VIDEO: They Always Score… 38 of United’s Late Winners

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"Can Manchester United score? They always score," are the infamous words which epitomised our 1998-1999 season. However, throughout our recent history, spanning over a period of 15 years or so, United are well known for being the team who don't know when they're beaten. This has been both a blessing and a curse for United.

Real Madrid Passive Spectators? I Beg To Differ

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"We know that it's something between the player and Manchester United," Ramon Calderon said yesterday, trying to fan the flames yet again. "If the player continues to insist that he wants to come and if United will consider letting him go, then we'll ask. If the price is right and everyone's happy, then it won't [.

And the RoM Goal Of The Season is…

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According to Match of the Day, Wayne Rooney claimed the goal of the season last year, for the second time in three years, for the great goal scored against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford. This year, Arsenal's Adebayor claimed the award for his effort against Spurs. But which goal did the RoM forum vote as our greatest [.

Rooney On The Cigs - Out Of Order?

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Wayne Rooney got married to childhood sweetheart, Colleen McLoughlin, a fortnight ago, and is currently enjoying his honeymoon in Las Vegas. There were talks of a rift between Rooney and Ferdinand following Rio's late decline of a wedding invitation, although I'm sure this is nothing more than paper talk.

What Does Scholes Think Of Anderson, Carrick, Hargreaves and Fletcher?

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For the final third of the 2005-2006 season, Ryan Giggs and John O'Shea proved to be the best central midfield pairing we had. Our team was ravaged by injuries, meaning even the likes of Richardson had a stint in the centre of our midfield. It was painful. Times have changed vastly since then, with Sir Alex [.

No Ronaldo? I May As Well Support Gillingham Now

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An Arsenal fan with too much time on his hands... If you can't beat em, join em "No Ronaldo? I May As Well Support Gillingham Now" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Liverpool’s Small Club Mentality… Please Leave Ronaldo

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To guarantee an argument which will last all night, put a Manchester United and Liverpool fan in a room and get them to discuss which club is the greatest. "Have you ever won the Treble?" "We've won it five times," "18 years," and "18 vs 17 titles," would probably be the phrases that appeared most often.

And the RoM Match of the Season is… (close your eyes Arsenal fans)

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In a season where your team wins the league and European Cup, it is incredibly difficult to decide on which games shines out from the rest, and is worthy of the "Best Match of the Season" title. For me, the greatest game has to tick the boxes in several categories. The opposition has to be one [...]

Just When You Think You Can’t Love Solskjaer More…

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Ole Gunnar Solsjaer's place in our history books was cemented when scored against Bayern Munich during injury time in the European Cup final to win us the trophy, however our love for him runs much deeper than that. The guy is a class act, one of the few United players who is respected by all (apart [.

He Scores Goals Galore - Paul Scholes

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With Giggs' having two shirts dedicated to him at the MancuniaMerchandise.com shop, we thought it was only fair that red legend Paul Scholes was honoured with a design. There have been many great moments at the club that Scholes has contributed to, however, the one that will be remembered most fondly in the history books is [.

The Tide Turns: Real Madrid Bad News For World Football

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Of all people, the Bayern Munich chairman has stood up for United today, claiming Real Madrid's behaviour is unacceptable and bad news for all clubs. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson is not a man to be messed with, and that if he doesn't want to sell a player, he won't be forced in [.

And The RoM New Signing of the Season is…

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After winning the league, whilst making the FA Cup and European Cup semi-final, it appeared as though United were just a few players short of a truly World class team. When Ferguson dipped in to the transfer market, forking out large sums of money for youngsters Nani and Anderson, Carlos Tevez who had kept West Ham [.

What Is Confident… Where Did This Ronaldo Go?

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Remember that geeky, spotty teenager that came to Old Trafford in the summer 2003? Whatever happened to him... "What Is Confident... Where Did This Ronaldo Go?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Would You Like To See Eto’o At United?

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Louis Saha is likely to be shown the exit door at Old Trafford this season, with his injuries making him too much of a liability to hold a place in our squad any longer. United have yet to replace Ruud van Nistelrooy with an out and out striker, not that we haven't been consoled with the [...]

Shut Your Trap Rent Boy… How Can Ronaldo Be So Stupid?

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At the end of May, before his appointment as Chelsea manager had been announced, Luiz Filipe Scolari, speaking as Ronaldo's international coach, claimed he thought Real Madrid were the right club for Ronnie. "I have told him that in football you cannot live on memories," Scolari said. "You have to take the opportunities when they come [.

Queiroz Coy On Portugal Link

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With Cristiano Ronaldo delaying the announcement of where he intends to spend his future, it appears as though this is a characteristic of the Portuguese. Carlos Queiroz, who I back to take on the manager's job after Sir Alex Ferguson retires, has been named favourite to take over from Scolari as Portugal boss.

What Does the Guvnor’s Appointment Say About Fergie?

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Paul Ince had the potential to go down as one of the Old Trafford greats. He was cocky and cheeky but had the ability to back it up. The self-named Guvnor thought he was bigger and better than what United had to offer, so Fergie got rid, making £7 million on him in 1995. Ince returned [...]

Forget Arsenal, City and Everton… Time For Fergie To Show Arshavin Interest

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Andrei Arshavin has the potential to be the next big thing, with clubs all over Europe taking an interest in him this season. He has just helped Zenit St. Petersburg claim the league title and UEFA Cup, showing bags of ability and big potential to make it in a stronger European league. Yesterday, Arshavin's coach has [.

Ronaldo STAYING: United Fans Will Like Me Again When I Stay And Score Goals

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The message which has been coming from the press today is that Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly on his way out of Manchester United. Portugal were knocked out of Euro 2008 last night meaning Ronaldo finally had to comment on his current situation, after weeks of speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

VIDEO: Patrice Evra Fighting Again… This Time With Former Arsenal Man

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"I'll see you out there!" Roy Keane threatened Patrick Vieira, the referee standing between the two players after the Arsenal midfielder had hurriedly made his way down the tunnel away from our captain. As the images were broadcast over Sky Sports ahead of the much awaited Arsenal vs United clash at Highbury, I couldn't quite [.

Ronaldo Not So Bad Afterall?

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Back in February, United fans were relieved to hear that Ferguson was coming down hard on players for using their mobiles in training. Our manager appeared to have tone down his ferociousness, so when The Sun reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had been fined £8k for using his mobile in training, it was a clear indication [.

PICTURES: What Do You Think Of The New Manchester United Kit?

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In May, The Republik of Mancunia revealed pictures of potential away kits for the 08/09 season. It has today been announced that one of those shirts which had been leaked will officially be our away kit next season, as we defend our English and European titles. I can only imagine what comments are going to be made in [.

What Has Petrucci Got To Do With Ronaldo?

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Further statements emerged from the Real Madrid camp today in reference to their hope of signing Ronaldo this summer. FIFA turned away United's complaint about the Spanish club, meaning it's business as usual at Real Madrid, with them commenting about our player in the media on a daily basis. "We're waiting for Cristiano to make a [.

Pictures Which Tell The Story Of Our Season - We Won The Double, Remember?

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With the Euros and Ronaldo speculation dominating the press at the moment, I thought it was about time we got back to living in the moment and enjoying the success of our season. Only on three occasions in United's history have fans been able to say, "we are currently the Champions of Europe." With the expectations [.

Eric The King In Manchester Making Film Dedicated To Us

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Eric Cantona confessed last week that he would be interested in taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager. With Fergie fancying retirement in 2-3 years, Cantona has a wait ahead, so is filling his time with more acting roles. He is set to play himself in a new film, 'Looking For Eric', which is [.

RoM Best Of The Season… Player, Moment, New Signing, Goal and Match

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With the Euros keeping us ticking over with football action, the Republik of Mancunia forum is taking time to reflect on the wonderful 07/08 season. What was our greatest moment of the season? Which new signing has proven to be the most effective? Which goal had you cheering the loudest? Which match had you on the [.

Solskjaer Not Impressed With Ronaldo

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a loyal servant to Manchester United, most favourably remembered for his good nature and total professionalism on the pitch, as much as that winning goal in the Nou Camp to crown United Champions of Europe. His decision to be the only player to publicly involve himself in the fight against [.

The FA Are A Hindrance Not A Help For Manchester United

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The fixture lists were announced yesterday, showing United to have away Premiership fixtures following all of their key Champions League games. The managers of all clubs playing in Europe often have a thing or two to say about the timing of league games in relation to the games they have to play on the continent.

South Korea Do As They’re Told - No Olympics For Park

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Sir Alex Ferguson strongly promotes a club over country attitude, which is usually adopted by the players in his team. Gabriel Heinze was a player who always went against the grain in that sense, picking his national team, Argentina, over United. After spending the whole season out injured for United, he rushed himself back early to [.

The Best and Worst of United’s 08/09 Fixtures

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United take on Kevin Keegan's Newcastle at home on the opening day of the season and finish with newly promoted Hull City away. September could prove to be a very important month for our title defence. We face Liverpool at Anfield then travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea the following weekend.

“Ronaldo Is Next To God In His Ability”

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Gabriel Heinze is a player who used to be adored by the Old Trafford crowd. Chants of "Argentina" could be heard every time he played. Despite losing out on his first team place to Patrice Evra, he was a player we were always happy to see on the park. Then he dropped a bombshell. "I've spoken with [.

Next United Captain - Chief Fiwagboola

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Manchester United have been without club captain, Gary Neville, throughout the 2007-2008 season. This didn't stop United from going on to win the League title and European Cup double, with Wes Brown deservedly being offered an improved contract after great displayers in our defence. Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have shared the captaincy responsibilities this season, [.

Park: I’m Not Here To Sell Shirts!

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When Manchester United bought Ji-Sung Park from PSV, the ABUs start whispering that he was just here to sell shirts. Is there no end to the lengths Manchester United will go to in order to firmly establish their global brand? United went on their pre-season tour of Asia just after the signing, which seemed to confirm [.

RA Is Richer Than FA - Scolari The Coach Of Rivals Chelsea

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It was announced yesterday that our main title rivals, Chelsea, will be managed by Luiz Filipe Scolari next season. The current Portuguese boss turned down the potential job offer as the England national team manager two years ago after feeling as though our media was too intrusive. "There are 20 reporters outside my house now," said [.

Sad Day When Agreeing With Arsenal Muppet…But That Is What Ronaldo Has Driven Us To

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Ian Wright, who accurately described himself as a "jester" recently, has put me in quite a predicament with comments he made this week. The "loveable" cockney geezer first entered our lives back in 1990, coming on against us in the FA Cup final and turning the game around, forcing it in to a replay. Since then, [.

Ronaldo Is Just Hilarious - Loves To Play In White

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Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to confirm that he is staying at Manchester United next season, following weeks of speculation linking him to Real Madrid. A fortnight ago, Sir Alex Ferguson asked Ronaldo to appear at a press conference, pledging his future to the club, but the player declined Fergie's suggestion.

Viva Ronaldo - Still Supporting Portugal

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Scored one and unselfishly assisted another against the Czech Republic. At the very least, he's bumping up his transfer fee with every game he plays in the Euros! It's a shame we can't take the same enjoyment from Ronaldo's performances as we would if we knew for certain his future, for the next season at least, [.

Arsenal Develop Youngsters, Unlike Manchester United

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It was announced yesterday that Aaron Ramsey chose to sign for Arsenal over United, following weeks of us being tipped as the favourites to sign him. I addressed this issue yesterday, which brought about lots of interesting feedback from United and Arsenal fans alike. The general conclusion seemed to be that Arsenal's bid was more impressive, [.

Cantona: I’d Love To Be United Manager

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Eric Cantona, the best player to grace the Premiership, is a player United fans idolise, over 10 years after he left the club. The greatness of the man can be measured by the feelings he inspires in the red faithful, who have seen more than their fair share of great players, but still hold Cantona [.

Why Has Ramsey Snubbed Us For Arsenal?

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Recently, I wrote about the potential new signing, Aaron Ramsey, after we had been tipped favourites to sign him. Last week, Cardiff boss, Dave Jones, spoke in favour of United signing their talented young player. "We have no doubts whatsoever that Aaron could make the grade at somewhere like Manchester United," he said.

Roque Santa Cruz - Too Similar To Saha To Replace Him

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Roque Santa Cruz has just completed a very successful debut season in the Premiership, finishing the 4th highest scorer with an impressive 19 goals. The Paraguayan striker looks to be the complete package, with his height (6′ 3″) and age (turns 27 this summer) also on his side, so it no surprise we are being [.

Owen Hargreaves - I Want Curly Hair Too

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Owen Hargreaves has completed a good first season for United, with us finally appearing to have a player with the potential to fill Roy Keane's boots. His debut against City at the Wastelands filled me with huge confidence as he fought for every ball and played with so much presence. Unfortunately though, he has spent [.

Chelsea’s Cech Loves Ronaldo

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Despite saving Cristiano Ronaldo's spot kick in the European Cup final penalty shoot out, Petr Cech was on the losing side in Moscow after Edwin Van der Sar saved Chelsea's sixth penalty taken by Nicolas Anelka. Unlike his captain, John Terry, who bawled like a baby, Cech was able to put a hold on the waterworks.

Rio: I Didn’t Think JT Would Miss

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Rio Ferdinand has avoided Wayne Rooney's stag do this weekend, which certainly won't do his status with Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello any harm. Instead, after travelling with the national side to Trinidad last week, he's made a trip Nigeria, where he's had several commitments to fulfil within a short 36 hour period.

Bitter Liverpool Fans - The Silver Lining To Ronaldo Saga

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Amidst rumour after rumour being posted on the RoM Forum concerning Ronaldo's future, a fellow Red posted a rather entertaining link from Red and White Kop, the forum for the dippers. Whilst I thought our thread on the Ronaldo situation was updated regularly, nothing can beat the thread they are running.

Wait…Ronaldo’s Real Supporting Mum Says He’s Staying

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Cristiano Ronaldo's mum, Dolores Aveiro, has long admitted she would one day like to see her son playing for Real Madrid. Earlier this year, she claimed she would only be happy once he signed a deal with the Spanish giants. "They are my favourite team, the best in the world," she said. "If one day he [.

Liverpool’s Torres Reveals Why He Was In Rio’s Back Pocket

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Despite the impressive 24 league goals Fernando Torres scored this season, Liverpool failed to compete for any trophies this season. Dropping out of the title race half way through the season, having their FA Cup run ended by Barnsley (snigger), as well as being knocked out of Europe and League Cup by Chelsea, Liverpool fans [.

Vomit In The Mouth

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"Vomit In The Mouth" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cantona: We Don’t Need Ronaldo

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Eric Cantona will always rank amongst the very best ever United players. He was loved by the fans due his incredible skill, his ability to turn a game around, and his beautiful goals. He was full of confidence, full of fight, and full of magic. When he left us there were major concerns over whether we [.

Ronaldo’s Exit - How Much Would It Effect Us And Do You Care?

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We couldn't praise Ronaldo enough this year. He was been incredible. I struggle to think of the last time a player had such an obvious effect on our season. A goals total of 42 in 48 games is phenomenal, particularly from a player who has spent much of the season on the right wing. I have [...]

Disappointed By Dean Signing?

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Dean Ashton has been linked with a big money move to a top clubs this summer, following signs of great potential since joining West Ham. However, rather than leave his club and fans hanging, a la Ronaldo, Ashton has today penned a new 5 year contract with his club. "I am delighted. I said all along [.

The Cheating One

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Jose Mourinho claimed this week, after being appointed the manager of Inter Milan, that he wanted to drop the "Special One" tag. When Mourinho first came to Chelsea his confidence was soaring after winning the SuperLiga and Champions League with Porto the season prior. Whilst his opening day victory over United could never be described as [.

Who Is Aaron Ramsey?

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In approaching Aaron Ramsey, United have stuck to their tradition in trying to secure talent young and turn potential in to real ability and talent. "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has agreed terms with Cardiff City for the transfer of Aaron Ramsey subject to contract terms being agreed and the player passing a medical," [.

Robson, Cantona or Keane - Who Was Fergie’s Greatest?

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In the 21+ years that Sir Alex Ferguson has been in charge of United, we've been blessed with some highly talented players. To pick a strongest United XI, even in just the Fergie era, is something that can never be agreed upon. Beckham instead of Ronaldo? Pick two from Hughes, Nistelrooy, Cantona, Cole, Yorke and Rooney?

I Thought They’d Given Up… But No Price Is Too High For Real

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Real Madrid's president, Ramon Calderon, as well as their Sporting Director, Predrag Mijatovic, can't seem to keep their mouths shut when it comes to Ronaldo. For several weeks the Real Madrid representatives have spoken about our player to anyone who will listen. Knowing that is a lifelong dream for Ronaldo to one day play in [.

Can Hughes Come To Us After City Job?

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Mark Hughes is the 7th highest scorer in the history of Manchester United, spending a total of 13 years with the club. He joined us as a teenager and was a fans' favourite early on. Hughes won the FA Cup with us in 1985 before leaving for Barcelona the following year. He didn't do too well [...]