Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

Chelsea Blame Drogba And Anelka… But Terry Was The One At Fault

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With six minutes remaining in extra time before the penalty shoot out, Carlos Tevez kicked the ball out of play, to return possession to Chelsea. Just before, Joe Cole went down 'injured' with Chelsea playing the ball in to touch. From the resultant throw-in, United gave the ball back in the form of a throw-in [.

Roll up, roll up… The RoM Redesign

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With the help of Ahmed at Soccerlens, RoM now has a lovely new layout. We've hopefully ironed out any glitches, but if you notice any problems, don't hesitate to leave a message here to let us know. The design is in keeping with the forum, which is a place all of you are more than welcome [...]

The Dust Has Settled… Is Tevez Worth It?

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When news came in that United had secured Carlos Tevez on a permanent deal, I was made up. He was brilliant for us last season and aside from his goals, provided us with the extra fight and determination all winning teams need. However, when the supposed transfer fee was quoted at £32 million, I, along with [.

We Won The European Cup, Remember? - Player Reaction

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With the departure of Carlos Queiroz as well as the constant talk linking Ronaldo away from United, the fact United have just enjoyed the second most successful season in the club's entire history has been overshadowed. It's important that we strive against this though, making sure our great season is remembered.

“Chelsea Better Than United And Arsenal”

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I remember distinctly waking up at some ungodly hour in September as the text message sound on my mobile phone went off. "Jose Mourinho sacked!" read the message. When it was later announced that Avram Grant was the man to replace him, I couldn't quite believe our luck. Chelsea were nothing without Mourinho.

Carlos Tevez’s Goals - Which Was Your Favourite?

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Carlos Tevez has been somewhat of a revelation to Manchester United this season, confirming he was well worth the wait last summer. His attitude is superb and his determination certainly helped United claim the title last season, scoring several vitally important goals. So here's a quick look at Tevez's contribution to our season.

Washed Up Arsenal Legend To United? No Ta

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Thierry Henry is a player I love to hate. It filled me with great satisfaction that United finished Champions of England in his last year in the Premiership. Arsenal fans loved Henry and since I'd strongly disliked Arsenal during the late 90s and early 00s, it came naturally to have such a negative opinion of [.

Do United Have To Make A Dodgy Donation Like Liverpool To Sign Spurs Berbatov?

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Liverpool have finally managed to secure the deal for lifelong dipper, Robbie Keane. As the transfer was looking more and more likely to be completed, I questioned the behaviour of Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, who just a week before accused Liverpool of being 'disgraceful' and 'arrogant'.

Chelsea Anelka: Rooney Wrong About United

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Wayne Rooney is a fans' favourite at Old Trafford following the past few seasons of entirely dedicated performances from the young forward. He is often criticised from those outside of United, but inside, he is loved and praised in excess. I have questioned in the past whether winning the Champions League automatically makes you the best [.

Anderson - What a bloody nice bloke

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Poor ol Kleberson. As if his stint at United wasn't embarrassing enough, without Old Trafford's favourite new chant having to bring back all the memories. Anderson, unlike his fellow Brazilian, is a top quality player and certainly is better than Kleberson. "I have come from one big club to another so I am very happy," Kleberson [.

Manchester United Is My Home…Money Doesn’t Make Much Difference

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Ryan Giggs has spent half his life playing for Manchester United's first team, and over half his life as a United player. His list of honours is absolutely ridiculous. 10 League titles, 2 European Cups, 4 FA Cups and 2 League Cups amongst the winners medals in his possession. During his playing career at United, which [.

Cantona: I Will Manage United When I’m Ready And Will Revolutionise Football

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Carlos Queiroz's decision to leave Manchester United and take on the Portugal job has certainly thrown a spanner in the works for us. Sir Alex Ferguson had been grooming Queiroz as his own replacement, allowing him far more freedom and responsibility than most assistant managers. With Fergie already confirming that he only had two to three [.

No Love Lost Between Fergie and Ince

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After 10 years of working as our goalkeeping coach, Tony Coton was forced in to retirement because of a persistent knee problem last season. The former City goalkeeper was regarded as one of the best coaches in the business, leaving United with the problem of replacing him. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that a deal [.

Fergie Hairdryer Treatment Last Appearance: Arsenal Away

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Getting a victory over Arsenal is always something I enjoy, whether we're in a position to fight it out for the league or not. There have been so many great matches between the two clubs over the past 10 years or more, fuelled by the intense rivalry between the two clubs for the Premiership title, [.

What Chants Could Rodrigo Possebon Inspire?

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Rodrigo Possebon was flown out to join the United team last week to take part in the pre-season preparations. The 19-year-old Brazilian has got tongues wagging around Old Trafford, all speaking highly of the young talent. "Rodrigo is a tall, elegant midfielder who fits into the idea of a modern footballer," said Brian McClair.

Cantona: Ronaldo Would Be Absolutely Bloody Stupid To Leave United

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Eric Cantona has enjoyed a bit of a comeback, being linked with the manager's job at United as well as featuring in a film dedicated to him and new advert on the telly. His most recent example of stardom comes thanks to Coronation Street. There are apparently lots of reds on set, which has lead to [.

Fergie: We Would Have Developed Chelsea Mikel The Right Way

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"Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio," the Old Trafford crowd jeered, waving John Obi Mikel off the pitch enthusiastically. Just days before, Jose Mourinho had been sacked and with half an hour played in to their first game without him, they were down to ten men. Mikel had clattered in to Patrice Evra and Mike Dean showed no hesitation [.

Tribute To 20LEGEND - YOUR Favourite Solskjaer Memory?

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Whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has secured his future with United, currently working as the Reserve team coach, the fans are being given the chance to say goodbye to Solskjaer the player, after he retired from the game at the start of last season. Of all the players to grace the field at Old Trafford over the [.

Spurs The Hypocrites - Doing Business With ‘Disgraceful’ and ‘Arrogant’ Liverpool

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Reports today suggest that a deal has been agreed between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool for Irish striker Robbie Keane. It is believed that he has already undergone the medical and could be flying out to Spain tomorrow to join his new team for a friendly against Villarreal. The fee is expected to be in the £20 [.

Anything Giggs Can Do In Salford, Stevie Me Can Do In Liverpool?

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A couple of weeks ago, Ryan Giggs was presented with an honoury degree from Salford University for his contribution to sport and charitable causes. "I'm really pleased to accept this degree," he said. "When I started my career as a professional footballer I didn't envisage that one day I'd be made master of arts.

Poll: Best Ever United Team?

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If there's one thing United fans struggle to agree on, it's which of our great sides could be given the title 'the greatest ever'. Whilst United's success in 1999 is unrivalled by any other team, some argue that our teams from the early 90s were superior, however were held back in Europe because of the [.

If We Want To Hate Ronaldo, That’s Up To Us…But You Lot Can Clear Off!

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Manchester United fans rallied behind Cristiano Ronaldo following the dreadful behaviour he received in this country after the World Cup 06. The press, football fans, rival players and pundits were all after him, criticising and berating him, in quite shocking fashion. This country became obsessed with him and that obsession is still present two years [.

Is Arsenal The Team To Fear Next Season? Nahh

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Arsenal are a team I have a certain amount of sympathy for. They are a 'team in transition', with Arsene Wenger selling off the last of his 2004 'Invincibles' team this summer, eagerly anticipating the success of years gone by to return. This is a situation, as United fans, that we are very familiar with.

It’s Chealsea’s ‘Chopper’ Talking Out Of His Backside…Not Fergie!

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Sir Alex Ferguson clearly put a few Chelsea noses out of joint with his recent comments about their ageing squad. Whilst Scolari managed to resist taking the bait, Ron 'Chopper' Harris couldn't help himself. He launched a scathing attack on our boss, claiming that Ferguson was 'talking out of his backside'.

Quick poll: Will You Boo Ronaldo?

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The boos were relentless as Aston Villa beat Walsall 3-2 this week, with Villa fans letting former idol, Gareth Barry, know exactly what they now think of him. He was stripped of the captaincy, with the armband going to Marlon Harewood instead, as he was forced to play with the Reserves. Cries of "Judas" and "You're [.

Scholes: Our Young Lads Totally Unfazed

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Following Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Chelea's players were getting on a bit, Paul Scholes has championed the great young players we have in our squad. Of our seven players involved in the penalty shoot out against Chelsea in the European Cup final, four were 23-years-old or younger. Whilst it was Scholes' goal against Barcelona that earned [.

Rio Better Than Chelsea’s Terry and Liverpool’s Carragher?

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Rio Ferdinand is a player that I have taken several years to warm to, with the player's change in attitude aiding my change in opinion. Whilst he has matured immensely in his time at United, his form has improved every season, which culminated in last season's brilliantly reliable presence that he provided.

The Tide Turns… Time To Praise Rooney Following Fergie’s Sacrificing

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Wayne Rooney made a positive impact in United's dull 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates last night, injecting a bit of class and excitement in the match. Earlier in the week, Rooney was on the receiving end of some harsh criticism from legend Pele, the namesake of our favourite chant for the striker. It was claimed that [.

Chelsea’s Scolari Chickens Out Of Fergie’s Mind Game Battle

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Sir Alex Ferguson had a bit of a pop at Chelsea's aging squad yesterday, questioning whether this current crop of played plateuxed under Jose Mourinho. Chelsea's three highest scoring players from last season carry an average age of 30.3, in contrast to the average age of 22.6-years-old that United's top three scorers have.

Hargreaves: We Shouldn’t Be Punished For Rangers’ Behaviour

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Manchester was a complete mess just a couple of months ago, following the dreadful behaviour of travelling Rangers fans to watch their team in the UEFA Cup final. Following the failure of one of the screens as well as a defeat for the Scottish side, the Rangers fans went mental, destroying our city. As a consequence, it [.

Stats To Prove Fergie’s Right…Chelsea’s Aging Squad No Concern For Us

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Do you remember how painful football was for us United brats not so long ago? After years of having our pick of the trophies, suddenly another club came in to the frame, and they appeared impossible to compete with. They were like a machine, playing in a way we'd never seen United perform. No, they [.

Chelsea’s ‘Big Man’ Terry Relives Penalty Miss EVERY Morning - Weak Leader?

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It should have been the moment Manchester United lost the European Cup. John Terry stepped up to take Chelsea's fifth penalty, knowing that if he scored, Chelsea were the Champions of Europe for the first time in their clubs history. After the first 45 minutes of football, United should have been 3-0 up, after completely terrorising [.

Get Out The Essien Calculator… Chelsea Are Going To Win The League!

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Michael Essien had trials at Manchester United aged 17-years-old. After growing up idolising Roy Keane, he was eager to sign for us, however the issue of a work permit denied him the move. "My biggest hero was Roy Keane," he confessed. "I just loved the way he used to play, his attitude and commitment.

Read Scandinavian Supporters Controversial Interview Here

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Wow. What an awful amount of fuss over something which seems rather insignificant. Did Fergie make those comments to the Scandinavian Supporters website? Are we going to get done for tapping up Dimitar Berbatov? Is Daniel Levy "different" or devious? Well there seems to be all kinds of conspiracy theories flying around at the moment, which [.

Answer This Question For Free United Bike

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The lovely people at FootballBikes.com have offered RoM readers the opportunity to win a United bike for free. They are accepting entries from all over the World, so don't be put off entering if you live outside the UK. There are three bike sizes on offer, so if you think maybe you're not quite cool enough to [.

Eagles And Martin - Two More For The United Scrapheap?

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United beat Orlando Pirates this evening, with a Lee Martin goal giving us the needed 1-0 victory. This pre-season can be regarded as somewhat of a 'last chance saloon' for some of our players, who are creeping in to their 20's, have spent some time away on loan, and are looking to break in to [...]

How They Rated - United Beat The Pirates

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Manchester United beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in tonights Vodacom Challenge game in South Africa. Lee Martin was the goalscorer in a game that ended in rather drab fashion. How did our players rate? Carlos Tevez had the first best chance of the game, striking the ball early on five minutes, which nearly caught out the keeper, but [.

Spurs Dossier Thinner After Scandinavian Supporters Admission?

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Following recent comments from Sir Alex Ferguson about Dimitar Berbatov appeared in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur's chairman, Daniel Levy, launched a scathing attack on the United boss. He claimed he was going to report United (along with Liverpool) to the Premier League following what he regarded the tapping up of wantaway Berbatov.

United After Greek Teen Defender

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Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a 16-year-old central defender who currently plays for Olympiacos, who have dominated Greek football for the past ten years or more. Having already made his first team debut, he is the youngest player to ever play in the Greek league. He is a member of the Greek U-19 side, playing every one of [.

Back Off Pele! Proof That Rooney Gets Better Every Season

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"Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United... and it's not the last time you'll hear that," said the commentator, as Rooney put away the first of three goals in his United debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League. Wayne Rooney was the signing I had been the most excited about in years. Here was a youngster who [.

What Happened To The Keane Of Old?

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The 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough was arguably one of the most embarrassing moments United have endured over the last ten years or so. We got absolutely battered that day at the Riverside and certainly didn't deserve the consolation goal Cristiano Ronaldo scored at the death. The following day, there was talk in the tabloids of a [.

Shiver Me Timbers… Time To Get Winning Habit Back

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After the 1-1 draw with the Kaizer Chiefs, Manchester United take on Orlando Pirates next, in a game which will be shown on Setanta Sports tomorrow evening. United lost out on penalties the last time they played in the Vodacom Challenge tournament, with Ben Foster, United goalkeeper, seeing his attempt come back off the crossbar.

Would You Still Have Queiroz As Next United Manager?

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Sir Alex Ferguson conceded that his time as United manager would be up within the next "two to three years", meaning our immediate thoughts went to which man would be good enough to fill his shoes. At RoM, Carlos Queiroz was the man backed to do the job, after spending years at the club where [...]

United’s Hard Stance Guarantees We Won’t End Up Like Chelsea

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Following Cristiano Ronaldo's great rise in form during the 2006-2007 season, the player was rewarded with a contract extension that saw his wages increase to £120,000 a week. If fulfilled, this contract would see Ronaldo at the club until he was 27-years-old, hopefully after winning a bagful of trophies.

Portugal Boss Sways Ronnie In Right Direction…For One Season

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Despite later denying he made such comments, Luiz Filipe Scolari, who then had been in talks with Chelsea, advised Cristiano Ronaldo that a move to Real Madrid would be in the player's best interest. "It's a great opportunity and, as Scolari says, that train passes by only once and we have to take advantage of it," [.

Our Condolences…We’ve Got Wesley Brown

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Wes Brown put pen to paper on a new contract at United following a period of months where it looked as though he was going to leave the club. He was backed 100% on RoM in regards to his contract bother, after the club really were selling him short in terms of what he was [...]

Chelsea Trying To Escape Racist Connections But Add Insult To United Injury

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Whilst still confident United had it in them to go and win the league, the 2-1 to defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was pretty devastating. To equalise in the second half, only to lose due to a soft penalty awarded a couple of minutes from time, left me upset, frustrated, and angrier than I'd [.

Rio: Ronaldo Has Spoilt What Should Have Been A Great Summer

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Manchester United enjoyed their second most successful season in the club's entire history before the summer started, claiming the league and European Cup double. Instead of the press lauding over our great success, the back pages have been filled with talk of Cristiano Ronaldo instead. The will-he-won't-he saga concerning his move to Real Madrid has left [.

Ronaldo: Do You Want Me To Tell You That I’m Leaving?

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Cristiano Ronaldo is currently turning a nice shade of purple in LA's sunshine and taking home a different bird every night. It's alright for some eh? He has managed to find time to comment on his future though, claiming they'll be no problems over where he plays next season, whether it's United or Real Madrid.

Spurs Mug - Fergie Embarrasses Levy

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Like the dippers, plenty of Spurs fans seem to get through the season on the 'next year' mentality. It's all gone to shit this season, but next season they'll find the form they know is there somewhere. Next season they won't have injuries. Next season they'll get Champions League football. Next season hasn't happened yet.

Fergie the Hypocrite? Do Me A Favour, Spurs!

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"We have made Tottenham an offer on Berbatov and we have good expectations that this deal will go through," Sir Alex Ferguson said yesterday. "Berbatov has been impressive during a long time and would be a great addition to our attack. I think time will work for us more than against us. We will not [.

Berbatov Is Fuming? Reasons Why He Only Has Himself To Blame!

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that we have put on a bid on the table for Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov, hoping to finally make the Bulgarian striker a red. "We have made Tottenham an offer on Berbatov and we have good expectations that this deal will go through," said Fergie. "Berbatov has been impressive during a long [.

United Always Deserving Of Their European Success…Unlike Liverpool and Milan

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I have always been a firm believer of the idea that winning the league proves you are the best team in your country. Whilst you may have good fortune along the way, there are no "lucky" winners of the Premiership. If over 38 games you accumulate more points than any other team, then you are [...]

Do We Need To Be Concerned About Hargreaves?

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When the signing of Owen Hargreaves was announced last summer, I was made up. Sir Alex Ferguson had been a long term admirer of the England international, who looked to finally be the man to step in to Roy Keane's boots. Hargreaves made his United debut during derby day at Wastelands. I was massively impressed with [.

Are You Ready For Us, Kaizer Chiefs?

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Our lads flew out to South Africa yesterday in anticipation of the Vodacom challenge, where United will be playing the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, ready for a rematch against one of these sides in the final. On Saturday we play our first match, our oppnents the Kaizer Chiefs, who beat us in 2006 to claim [.

Moving Servers

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Hello folks. Yesterday the site was offline for 8 to 10 hours due to a problem with the webhost (for those who're interested, it was a corrupt hard drive on the server where the RoM blog was hosted and it took a while to recover all data and fix the server). We had already planned to move [...]

Kissed The Badge and Made Them Cry - What Does It Stand For Anyway?

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When the football transfer window opens, loyalty seems to go out of the window. Clubs who turned nobodies in to somebodies are left with money alone to fill the gap vacated by their wantaway players. Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexander Hleb, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Emmanuel Adebayor are the most high profile of these players who appear [.

Is Fletcher Foolish To Stay Loyal To United?

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Darren Fletcher certainly splits the vote where United fans are concerned, with some trusting Sir Alex Ferguson's judgement on the player, whilst others are insistent he is not good enough for Manchester United. Now facing competition with Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick and Anderson for the central midfield roles, all of whom come above him [.

United Gear - Free Shipping For Today Only

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At MancuniaMerchandise.com there is free shipping on all items for today only. Simply enter in the code SUMMERSUNPOSTAGEFUN when given the option to redeem a voucher. Along with all the designs for our great players and successes, a couple of discounted designs have been added especially for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's testimonial, which will be played next [.

Berbatov May Fume…But He Only Has Himself To Blame

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When Dimitar Berbatov moved to the Premiership in 2006, he had a choice between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. United had finished 2nd in the league whilst Spurs missed out on a top 4 finish, and Champions League football, after a bout of illness rocked the Spurs camp on the final day of the season.

Youngsters Out On Loan…But Who Has A Future At United?

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Manchester United have always put a great deal of emphasis on producing talent from the youth team. Whilst more recently, we've seen far more profit on these players than we've seen talent emerging in to the first team, there is a current crop of younger lads who we have high hopes for. "They're all really good [.

And the RoM Moment Of The Season Is…

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After previously announcing the RoM Goal of the Season, Match of the Season and New Signing of the Season, now is the time for the big one, our moment of the season. Members of the forum had to choose between United beating Barcelona thanks to Scholes' goal, United beating Arsenal and ending their season following Hargreave's [.

“Ronaldo Bad News For Real’s Dressing Room Morale”

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The Slave has been warned away from a move to Real Madrid by Wesley Sneijder today, who claims the top wages Ronaldo is set to earn would make the other players at the club jealous. After previously coming across rather desperate for Ronaldo to sign for his club, Sneijder is now concerned what negative effects it [.

Who Was The First Player Since Norman Whiteside…

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The Republik of Mancunia is running a competition with FootballBikes.com for you to win a Manchester United bike. To be in the running all you have to do is know the answer to these following questions: 1.) Who, in 1999 became the first player since Norman Whiteside in 1984 to score a competitive goal for [.

PICTURES: Ryan Giggs - Master of the Arts

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Ryan Giggs today received an honoury degree from Salford Uni for his contribution to sport and charitable causes. Giggs, who played for Salford Boys when he was a lad, is an ambassador for Unicef, and regularly campaigns for children in South Africa who have been made vulnerable by HIV and Aids. "I'm really pleased to accept this degree," [.

How Do We Keep Ronaldo? Replace Queiroz With Banto

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When the news was finally confirmed that Carlos Queiroz was leaving Manchester United to become manager of Portugal, I was honestly absolutely gutted. He had been the man I'd backed to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in a few years time and the idea of finding another man capable of doing the job is pretty daunting.

Fans Are The Slaves, Not The Players

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In a week where Arsenal have announced that their cheapest season ticket will set you back 925, as well as a footballer earning 125,000 being dubbed 'a slave', it is no wonder football fans are feeling fed up. The money in the game is getting out of control, as are the egos of the players we [...]

FA Rubbing Hands Together Over Rio Ban

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With Platini and Blatter aiding the fight for most unpopular football organisation going, I'd almost forgotten how much I despise the FA. We all know the FA love to have a pop at United and it seems they have been given their latest excuse. There was Robbie Fowler's ‘five times' goal celebration, intended to wind up United [.

Becks Wants Madrid Job… Do You Still Believe He’s One Of Us?

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Earlier in the week I received a bit of flack in response to the article I wrote about David Beckham. Whilst at United, I loved the fella and couldn't speak highly enough of him. However, the way he left us made me re-evaluate my feelings on him. Whilst I'll always appreciate what he gave us, I'll [.

Neville: Contract Expiring… and No Club But United Will Do

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Gary Neville saw out the first half for United in our friendly against Aberdeen yesterday, in a match that we won 2-0. After making just one appearance for the first team last season, coming on in the second half against Roma in the Champions League, Neville is eager to prove his fitness and fight for his [.

Carrick Taking Penalties? O’Shea As Captain? Aberdeen 0 - 2 United

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In a somewhat emotional return to Aberdeen for Sir Alex Ferguson, 25 years after winning the UEFA Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid, United finished 2-0 winners. Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney were the goalscorers, in a game which featured first teamers Gary Neville, John O'Shea Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Michel Silestre, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, [.

Pele: Ron’s No Slave & He Should Stay At United

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Ignorant FIFA boss, Sepp Blatter, got everyone rather upset this week, after claiming Ronaldo was like a slave. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, however, it's not a great endorsement when someone of Pele's stature comes out directly slating what you have to say, as Blatter will now know.

The Shocking Truth Behind Blatter’s Foreign Quota Myth

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United fans' heads are buzzing with the latest ludicrous comments to come from Sepp Blatter, likening Ronaldo's situation at United to that of a slave. Football today is in a far more grave state that we ever could imagine with men like him and Michel Platini in charge. However, before today, his most controversial argument had [.

Blatter: A Hypocritical Xenophobe With Several Hidden Agendas

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Hypocrite - Example One: Webster Andy Webster is a Scottish defender who brought around a lot of controversy a couple of years ago after making a move from Hearts to Wigan, then managed by Paul Jewell. Following a disagreement over contracts, he was left out of the team and the club suggested he was on the [.

‘Proper red’ Beckham Ignores Madrid’s Lack Of Morals In Ronaldo Support

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David Beckham's stomach should be turning with the realisation that he left his boyhood team, Manchester United, for the opportunity to play for those tossers in Madrid. Whilst the 'will he? wont he?' saga involving Cristiano Ronaldo is boring me to tears at the moment, I can't help but feel a strong hatred towards Real [.

Ronaldo the Slave… Remind me, what’s the point of contracts again?

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"I am delighted," Cristiano Ronaldo said last April, after signing a new five year contract. "I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson about my future and everyone knew that I wanted to stay. I am very happy at the club" A year later, Ronaldo's future with the club seems less clear, with the player still not confirming [.

Arsenal, You Can Have Ramsey, We’ll Take Huntelaar

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Much fuss was made of lifelong Manchester United fan, Aaron Ramsey, choosing to leave Cardiff for Arsenal, over a move to United. In the end, Arsene Wenger showed that he wanted the youngster more, putting in far more effort than Sir Alex Ferguson to secure the deal. No doubt, the lad clearly has a lot of [.

Chelsea’s Scolari: United Aren’t A One Man Team

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In the midst of Euro 2008, there were several reports claiming Luiz Filipe Scolari, who had just taken on the job as Chelsea manager, was advising Ronaldo to leave United for Real Madrid. In an interview Ronaldo claimed that Scolari had said that the opportunity to join Real is once in a lifetime and he [.

Olympic Gold For Anderson?

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At just 19-years-old, Anderson already has Premier League and European Cup winners' medals, following an impressive debut season for United. His passion and commitment for the cause, chasing down any player regardless of their reputation, has won the United fan base over quicker than any new signing in recent years.

PICTURES: First smoking, now tattoos - What has marriage done to Wayne?

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Wayne Rooney married his childhood sweetheart, Colleen, this summer, on the back of a brilliant season for United. Whilst this is probably a positive thing for his career, meaning he will be even less drawn to the partying lifestyle that comes with being a young, single, successful footballer, it has coincided with less favourable decisions.

Fletcher Ready To Follow Neville?

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"It's a squad game," Fletcher said ahead of the Champions League final against Chelsea in May. "Nobody likes not playing - and I definitely don't - but I accept it. That's down to a few different factors and the form of the team. There's a lot of competition among the players. It's a Champions League [.

Does Foster Really Need Loaning Out Again?

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It's a sad state of affairs when your goalkeeper is the Man of the Match. It certainly implies a lot about the way the rest of your team played if the man between the sticks is getting all the praise. However, as United scraped past Derby at Pride Park, following the absolute thrashing Chelsea dished out [.

Forget Ronaldo, Queiroz Is The Man We Need To Stay

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"There is a need to sweep away the dirt in the Portuguese football Federation," Carlos Queiroz said, when leaving his post as the Portugal U-20 team, which contained the likes of Luís Figo, Rui Costa, Fernando Couto, João Vieira Pinto and Jorge Costa. His parting was an acrimonious one, seemingly shutting the door on his [.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Testimonial Shirts

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If you're one of the lucky 76,000 making your way to Solskjaer's testimonial on August 2nd, but not too keen on the idea of spending £15 for a poor quality shirt off the street to remember the day, check out MancuniaMerchandise.com. All Ole testimonial shirts are at a discounted price, starting at £12.

Season Ticket Holder Andy Cole: I want Ronaldo To Stay

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Andy Cole was a massive part of our incredible 1999 Treble winning team, scoring many important goals. The winner away to Juventus in the European Cup semi-finals, the equalisers at home to Arsenal and Leeds, as well as, most importantly, the goal that clinched us the title on the last day of the season, putting [.

Ronaldo Deal: Calderon In Doubt, Now Confident Again

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The fuss surrounding Ronaldo has quietened down over the past few days, with the media becoming as bored as we are about the rumours constantly linking him with a move away from the club. Comments from Ramon Calderon circulated in the Spanish press, presumably taken from an interview the day before, considering he was at the [.

What’s So Special About Huntelaar and Do We Need Him?

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Since selling Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2006, we have failed to bring in an out and out striker to replace him. Coupled with Louis Saha's injuries, United have found themselves playing a different style of football to what they'd played for years, particularly when Ruud had been in the team. Basically, our wingers bombed down [.

New United Blog

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FreshLegs.co.nr is a new Manchester United blog written from a female perspective. Comes highly recommended. Check it out. Taken from FreshLegs.co.nr How do you save a problem like Ronaldo? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Okay, too cheesy. I'll stop now. The Daily Mail reports this morning that Sir Alex Ferguson and David [.

PICTURES: Our New Third Kit Better Than Our Away One?

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The views on the new United away shirt were rather mixed, the opinions mostly shaped by our love of the black away kit we wore last season. Pictures have started circulating today of what is reported to be our new third kit, which will likely be used in our Champions League outing. It pays tribute to [.

Ronaldo Tells Family: “I Don’t Want To Leave United”

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The Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga is likely to rumble on for some time yet, with talks delayed because of the player's need for surgery. Sky Sports reported that Portugal's team doctor had claimed he would be set for surgery this weekend, whilst the club have released two statements saying no decision has been made.

Pre-Season Comes Around Too Quickly For Giggs

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The 2007/2008 season saw Ryan Giggs become the 11th person in United's history to score 11 league goals, beat Sir Bobby Charlton's record for appearances, win his 10th league title, and lift his 2nd European Cup. Now 34-years-old, Giggs is coming to the end of his footballing career, and next season will be used more sparingly [.

Out With The Old, In With The New - Giggs And Scholes Replacements Sorted

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The problem of replacing Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes became apparent a few years ago when the players crept in to their 30's. The pair had been such a vital part of our team for so many years, the prospect of replacing their skill, as well as their presence and experience, was not one we [...]

Is Fletcher Important To United?

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For all his faults, Darren Fletcher is a player who usually shows up in the big games, showing himself as a player who can be relied upon when we really need him. He was a strong figure in all of our Champions League games last season, and throughout the course of the season, put in great performances [.

The Hypocrisy Of Platini Exposed With Ronaldo Opinion

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Following a brilliant season for United, we scooped a sweet £33.9 million from Champions league television and merchandise alone, dwarfing the respective money clubs on the continent earned. Anti-English UEFA president, Michel Platini, who has already branded United "cheats" in the past month, was none too pleased.

Neville Gives Us What Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal Don’t Have

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Pepe Reina weakly palmed the ball in to the back of the net, the strength from Rio Ferdinand's header too much to keep out. The Stretford End behind went mental. We'd done it! In a match where Liverpool arguably did more with the ball, United snatched the three points at the death. Like every other [.