Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2008

Initial Reports: Scholes Out For Two Months

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Paul Scholes was stretchered off with 15 minutes played in United's Champions League group stage match against Aalborg. Although not looking in great deal of pain, carrying an embarrassed look as he sat upright when carried off the pitch, our fans of course feared the worst. With Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick both carrying injuries, the [.

Berbatov: Team Winning More Important Than My First Goals

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Everything about Dimitar Berbatov has been fairly casual since joining Manchester United. Whilst I'm more than happy to give him time to settle in, some people have already begun to get on his case a bit for being lazy. I think we have to be mindful that Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored 149 goals in 217 [.

VIDEO: Rooney and Berbatov’s Goals Against Aalborg

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Click here to see Wayne Rooney's goal, here to see Berbatov's first, and here to see his second. "VIDEO: Rooney and Berbatov's Goals Against Aalborg" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Dress Up Warm! Discount On RoM Winter Clothes

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The RoM shop is running a sale until October 15th on all longsleeve items. Simply enter in the voucher code DRESSUPWARM when it comes to paying to receive a 20% discount. Once at the shop, click on the "Designs" tap, which will allow you to see all the designs available. Click on the one you fancy [.

Giggs: We’re Disappointed With Last Season

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Any wonder why people don't like Manchester United? Today, Ryan Giggs has given an interview claiming that despite winning the Premiership title and European Cup, the shine was taken off last season by not winning the FA Cup. Let's remember that just one team on one occasion has lifted all three trophies and that was of [.

Berbatov Rant: Jog On El Tel… You Bitter, Cockney Failure

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Tottenham Hotspur finished 10 points above the relegation zone last season, after failing yet again to break in to the top 4, an ambition that is voiced at the start of every season. So, why is it that they're failing so badly? It surely has nothing to do with the fact they sold on Steed Malbranque (37 [.

Fergie Throws A Wobbler Over “Old Chelsea” Reports

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Before the season kicked off, Sir Alex Ferguson gave an interview with the press with him suggesting Chelsea didn't have much room for improvement because of the age of their squad. I wrote about his comments at the time, after Ron Harris claimed Fergie was "talking out of his arse.' Charming and TinyTears agreed.

Fergie Wont Make The Same Mistake Again

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Manchester United beat Celtic at home before getting a result away to Benfica, following by a 3-0 thrashing of Copenhagen at Old Trafford. 9 points from 9 games and we were flying. We just needed to pick up a point or two from our remaining games to seal our qualification, no bother. However, in our next [.

Real Madrid: Ronaldo Never Clearly Said He Wanted To Come Here

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Real Madrid's sports director, Pedja Mijatovic, has conceded defeat where Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, admitting that our winger never showed much commitment to securing a deal with the Spanish club. That's what felt so good about the transfer saga this summer, knowing that we'd won. Sir Alex Ferguson had said since day one that there was [.

Eusebio: Ronaldo Is Without Doubt The Best

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Portuguese footballing legend, Eusebio, has spoken out in admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo. The man who played against United in our first European Cup win in 1968 claims that whilst Kaka holds the title for the best player in the World, it won't be long until Ronaldo's status as the best will be recognised.

My Alarming Realisation…I Don’t Like Ronaldo

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Whilst not ranting and raving with my disgust in certain players when we're not doing well, I will have a shout if one of our lads is repeatedly screwing up. The likes of Mikael Silvestre, Darren Fletcher, Kieran Richardson and John O'Shea have probably had me grumbling more than anyone else over the past 10 years [.

Cantona: I Should Have Punched Him Harder

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After Eric Cantona had been sent off at Crystal Palace and walked towards the tunnel, an opposing fan started shouting racist abuse at the Frenchman, which lead to that famous kung-fu kick. Cantona was quite literally attempting to kick racism out of football and it cost him 9 months of his career. Cantona has spoken out [.

Is Ferguson Right About Referee Decisions?

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The usual hacks got all excited when they saw that Manchester United were awarded a penalty for a good tackle at Old Trafford, with their 'what a surprise' articles and 'only at Old Trafford' remarks. Of course, there's this myth that United get it all their own way at home, with referees like putty in our hands.

Ronaldo: I Didn’t Want A Penalty

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been quick insist over the past year that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the type to dive for penalties, although his pathetic dive at Chelsea may suggest Fergie isn't totally right with his assertion. However, even from the stands on Saturday, as clear as it was not a penalty, it was equally [.

Is Neville Playing As Well As Ferguson Thinks?

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With Gary Neville's proposed date for his return to injury set back so many times, United fans began to worry whether their captain would ever be able to hold down a place in our team again. Like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before him, would Neville be forced in to retirement because of his reoccurring injuries?

Mad Eric On FCUM Winning The European Cup and Fergie’s Retirement

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Manchester United fans will always have a lot of time for whatever Eric Cantona has to say. Whilst sometimes he is rather 'out there' with his statements, there usually is an intriguing thought behind it all. Today, Cantona has spoken about his hopes for Football Club United of Manchester, whilst expressing his concern for our future [.

It Wasn’t A Penalty…But Ronaldo Didn’t Dive and We Deserved To Win

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With the sun shining down on the East stand, Bolton took the decision to allow United to attack the Stretford End in the first half, something that rarely happens at Old Trafford. It was because of this I didn't get a good view of the penalty incident, although, even from my poor view, I could see [.

VIDEO: Ronaldo and Rooney’s Goals Against Bolton

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Click here to watch Ronaldo's penalty and here to see Wayne Rooney's first of the season. "VIDEO: Ronaldo and Rooney's Goals Against Bolton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LEAGUE CUP DRAW: Another Home Tie Against Last Year’s Victorious Manager

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Manchester United have been drawn at home against Queens Park Rangers in the Carling Cup. The Championship side finished 14th last season, with Iain Dowie appointed manager at the end of the season. Lest we forget, it was Dowie's Coventry side which knocked us out of this competition last season. Arsenal take on Wigan Athletic at [.

Fergie: Liverpool Derby Will Be Fun And Games

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Steven Gerrard threw himself to the ground as soon as he got in to the box, the "big and hard" scouser apparently not as tough as his fans would like to think he is. Tony Hibert kept out of the referee's way, waiting to receive the yellow card Mark Clattenburg had in his hand. Then [...]

Rooney: United, Chelsea and Arsenal All Above Liverpool

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Liverpool beat United at Anfield a couple of weeks ago for the first time since 2001. We're not big on records, we'll never go a season unbeaten and we won't go years without losing at Old Trafford, but the fact that Liverpool couldn't even beat us on our home turf was something I enjoyed. So, that's [.

Rooney Goes Eight Games Without A Goal Then…

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Wayne Rooney has played in eight matches for United since he last scored, with that coming at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. In the 2006/2007 season, Rooney went eight matches without scoring for United, then scored a hat-trick against Bolton. Hmmm... "Rooney Goes Eight Games Without A Goal Then.

Giggs: The World Is Focussing On Manchester

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Ryan Giggs scored for Manchester United in the week against Middlesbrough, providing a cool finish when one on one with the keeper. Giggs is one of the few players, who are still playing, that can be happily referred to as a legend. He has won more league titles than any other player in the history of [.

Ole Happy With United Youth In Boro Game

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Sir Alex Ferguson mixed youth with experience to ensure victory over Premiership side Middlesbrough in the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the post as the Reserves' coach, was very proud of their performance, and believes we have several young players in the ranks capable of cutting it [.

Fergie: I Knew Fans Would Support Loyal Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the Prodigal Son, welcomed back to Old Trafford lovingly at both the Villarreal and Middlesbrough matches. His song was sung (although it must be noted, not as frequently as it was last season) and fans rose to their feet when he was subbed on or off the pitch. Before recovering from his injury, Ronaldo [.

Terry Christian On Ronaldo, “Liverpool’s Year” and Fergie’s Replacement

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After previously getting Tim Burgess of The Charlatans to give a few minutes to talk about United, proper red Terry Christian has spoken to Republik of Mancunia about several United related topics. Christian, Old Trafford born and bred, got his first gig at local BBC Radio stations, with his 'Barbed Wireless' programme winning Sony Awards in [.

The Richest Club In The World Knocked Out By Brighton

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Michael Ball, remember him? The day before United won the league the season before last, United travelled to Far East Lands (formerly known as Wastelands) knowing that a win would mean Chelsea had to beat Arsenal the following day to still be in the running. In the first half, with Ronaldo lying on his back following [.

Pogatetz Ready To Make Second Appology

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Manchester United's victory over Middlesbrough in the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup was overshadowed by the horrendous 'challenge' on United youngster, Rodrigo Possebon. Following the clattering tackle, Pogatetz looked bewildered by the referee's decision to show him a straight red card. The Boro captain has claimed it was unintentional, despite catching our player just below the [.

Could We Ever Love Ronaldo Like Cantona?

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Following a superb season by Manchester United, the wind was taken out of sails somewhat by the constant speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a move to Real Madrid. Ramon Calderon stalked our winger, talking about him to the press almost every day and the column inches were filled with stories of Ronaldo rather than stories [.

Fergie Speaks: Southgate Appologised For Middlesbrough Captain’s ‘Terrible’ Tackle

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Manchester United knocked Middlesbrough out of the League Cup this evening with a team showing just the right combination of youth and experience. Rodrigo Possebon, a young player United fans already rate extremely highly, played in his useful composed and effective manner. However, the lad is now in hospital following a disgraceful 'challenge' from the Middlesbrough captain, [.

PICTURES: Middlesbrough Thug Pogatetz Strikes Again… This Time It’s Possebon

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Whilst playing for Spartak Moscow, Emanuel Pogatetz was banned for 6 months following a leg breaking tackle. The player known as "Mad Dog", for reasons which have become all too clear this evening, saw his ban reduced to just 2 months on appeal. In United's match against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup this evening, Pogatetz, aged [.

VIDEO: Ronaldo’s Goal vs Boro

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Click here to watch Ronaldo's first goal of the season. "VIDEO: Ronaldo's Goal vs Boro" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Anderson and Tevez On Chelsea Fan Attack

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It was reported after United's 1-1 draw away with Chelsea at the weekend that a group of Chelsea fans attacked the bus carrying the players, for the second time in the past three years. The windscreen was smashed and Chelsea have launched a 'full investigation'. Tevez, who has spent the past couple of days winding up [.

Paul Ince Is A ‘Good Manager’ Thanks To Ferguson

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Danny Simpson has been loaned out to Blackburn Rovers this year, following a few first team appearances for United last season. His most impressive display came in our victory over Wigan, with Simpson assisting a Wayne Rooney goal. Competitions for places is rife at United at the moment, with Gary Neville, Wes Brown, and Rafael Da [.

Anderson’s Druggie Mate?

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A notorious Brazilian drug dealer, known as Gigi, has been arrested in Anderson's home in Porto Alegre. The police have been following the drug dealer for a year, but insist the United midfielder does not play any part in their investigations. "Anderson's Druggie Mate?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evans, Da Silva, Welbeck - Who Do You Want To Start Tonight?

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Last year, to the relief of all Manchester United season ticket holders who were forced in to purchasing Carling Cup tickets, our lads were dumped out of the League Cup at home to Coventry. Sir Alex Ferguson was less than impressed, loaning out the youngsters who he didn't feel pulled their wait in the 2-0 defeat.

Not The First Time For Card Happy Ref

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Manchester United have been fined for the 7 yellow cards the players picked up in Sunday's 1-1 draw away to Chelsea. The number of cards would suggest there was some kind of bloodbath on show, which certainly wasn't the case at all. United committed 22 fouls whilst Chelsea committed 18. In the midlands derby between West [.

Tevez Wind Up: Chesea Can’t Handle Their Failure

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Before the match against Chelsea on Sunday, Carlos Tevez was more than happy to wind up our opponents, letting them know they'd get to see the real Champions playing at Stamford Bridge. It seems he's not content to leave it there though, rubbing in their failure of last season, claiming they're not over the pain of [.

Chelsea’s Mikel STILL Feels The Need To Overcompensate

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The saga of John Obi Mikel was a fairly ridiculous one. He had been revealed to the World as a Manchester United player, all smiles as he paraded around in a United shirt. Yet in the weeks that followed, Mikel hilariously claimed that he had been forced in to signing the contract and he really [...]

Chelsea Scumbags Attack United Bus

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If their groundsman isn't making racist comments, their captain isn't rugby tackling his opponent, then their fans are attacking the United team bus. A United spokesman has confirmed that our coach was attacked with a bottle being thrown and cracking the windscreen. "Yes. There was an incident but the matter is now in the hands of the [.

VIDEO: Chelsea’s Joe Cole Handball Which The Press Missed

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There has been one thing that has surprised me in reading the match reports of today's match between United and Chelsea. Not Park being given a '6′ by most player ratings, when for me, he was probably our best, most determined player (and it seems I'm not alone, with the fan vote on MEN suggesting [.

Van der Sar Will Be Back For Bolton

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Edwin Van der Sar was substituted with half an hour played against Chelsea today, following a tough challenge with Florent Malouda. Whilst Andy Gray was hoping for a penalty, it was clear our keeper got something on the ball. He tried to stay on the pitch, but it was only minutes later that he made way [.

In Pictures: Chelsea vs United

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"In Pictures: Chelsea vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Park Goal Against Chelsea

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Park Ji-Sung was the surprise goalscorer in United's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge today, capitalising from Petr Cech's inability to cling on to the ball, following a shot from Dimitar Berbatov. "It was disappointing to only get one point," Park said after the match. "In the first half we played well and created good chances - [.

Tevez Is “United Through and Through”

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With Carlos Tevez's permanent move to Manchester United yet to be sealed, there had been reports that Manchester City were looking to hijack the deal. His loan deal ends in the Spring, opening up speculation that those at Far Eastlands could try and lure the player away. However, just like with Dimitar Berbatov a few weeks, there [.

7 Yellow Cards? You Having A Laugh Riley?

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When one team is awarded 7 yellow cards in a match, you would imagine the game to have resembled something like a blood bath. Crunching tackles, studs in the air, violent altercations. Reports suggested that Mike Riley had been given the job because he wasn't hated by either side. If United fans didn't have a [.

This Is Their Year

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Just a week after beating Manchester United, following a woeful United display, an own goal and an accidental goal from Babel, Liverpool have drawn 0-0 at home to Stoke. Before today, Stoke hadn't managed a clean sheet in any of their previous games this season. They started the season with a defeat against Bolton and have [.

It’s Imperative We Get Something Out Of The Game

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On Sunday, Manchester United travel to a ground where the home fans haven't seen a league defeat in an incredible 84 matches. Whilst United like breaking other teams records, namely Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten run in 2004, and Chelsea's 40 game unbeaten run in 2005, the odds of geting a result at a place where [.

View Of The Enemy: Blue Perspective On Tomorrow

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TheChelseaBlog.org has given some of their time to answer a few questions from me on their biggest threat, that night in Moscow, John Terry's red card and predictions for tomorrow. 1. Who is your all time favourite Chelsea player? Has to be Gianfranco Zola, total professional on and off the pitch and a "clever little so-and-so" as [.

Tevez Winds Up Chelsea - “We are the real Champions”

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After saying that he wants to spend the rest of his career with United, Carlos Tevez has today rallied the troops ahead of our match with Chelsea. Tevez scored his first Manchester United goal against Chelsea in our 2-0 victory over them at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs played in a beautiful ball in to the box [.

Scolari Is Wrong - Chelsea Want Revenge

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The most over-hyped game of the season so far, Chelsea vs Manchester United. After beating the rent boys to the league title and European Cup last season, it would be normal to expect that Chelsea are going to be rather worked up for tomorrow's game. Of course, any game, particularly on home turf, against your biggest [.

Tevez Changes His Tune - I Want To Stay At United Forever

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Whilst Manchester United always want to cling on to their best players, but when you have enough respect for someone, you have to respect their decision. At the end of the 1997 season when Eric Cantona decided to hang up his boots, whilst we desperately wanted him to stay, we couldn't begrudge wanting him to [.

Scolari: Maybe Ronaldo Will Be At Chelsea Next Season

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Sir Alex Ferguson started the mind games with Chelsea today, claiming that the rivalry with the rent boys was nothing compared to the history with Arsenal. Scolari has had a go with a response, claiming that Ronaldo might be playing with the Stamford Bridge club next season. "He is one of the three best players in [.

Fergie: Arsenal Rivalry Bigger Than Chelsea’s

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Manchester United take on Chelsea this weekend, in a match the blues will certainly be eager to win after losing out to us in the Premiership and European Cup final last season. Whilst during the past four years Chelsea have posed the biggest threat to us, between 1997 and 2003, the league title was passed back [.

VIDEO Great: Arsenal’s Wenger And Fergie Dressed Up To The Nines

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At a recent LMA fundraiser, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, and Sir Alex Ferguson were asked questions on a variety of topics. They both agreed with the decisions of Alan Curbishley and Kevin Keegan to walk out on their clubs, before Fergie almost hit Wenger over the head with his microphone after the Arsenal boss claimed his [.

Out With The Old And In With The New? Evans To Replace Neville

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Gary Neville's injury got fairly tedious for the fans last season. He was forever on the verge of a comeback, yet at the last minute, there'd always be another set back. He'd get an odd game for the Reserves here and there, then pick up another injury. Neville finally returned to the first team in our [.

Ronaldo: They Will Kick Me But I’ll Keep My Cool

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Earlier in the week, Sir Alex Ferguson played down the idea that Cristiano Ronaldo would be featuring against Chelsea at the weekend, saying, "that was his first game back so it is a big ask to think about Sunday," after the Villarreal match. However, Ronaldo seems mentally prepared for the challenges that will come his way [.

What’s Pally Been Smoking?

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We've heard quite a lot from our former defender, Gary Pallister, over recent weeks. It was only the other day he was praising United and insisting this wasn't going to be Liverpool's year. However, following our 0-0 draw with Villarreal, he's come out with some rather odd comments, suggesting maybe he hasn't been paying as much [.

Giggs: I’ve Just Been Lucky

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Whilst Ryan Giggs is a player loved by many, I can't help but think it will take his retirement to make people understand exactly what he's achieved in his years at Manchester United. He now has more appearances than any other player who's pulled on our shirt, he has won ten league titles as well as [.

Xpert XI on RoM Forum

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The Republik of Mancunia forum runs an Xpert XI competition where members take charge of teams with fictional players. You create the team name, choose the kit and pick the team. Each other players have certain strengths and weaknesses, in terms of their ability and personality. You can buy and sell on the transfer market, [.

Evra: Easy To Win, Hard To Retain

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Manchester United players seem up for the challenge of retaining the Champions League crown, something no other team has yet managed. The defence of the trophy started fairly slowly last night, with a 0-0 draw to Villarreal at home, however Patrice Evra believes we've got it in us to rise to the challenge.

Fergie: No Complaints & Ronaldo Chuffed With Reception

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Fergie on Ronaldo "He dedicated himself to getting fit and his commitment to the club," Ferguson said. "It (the crowd's reception) was important for Cristiano. I think he realises what a great club he is at and how loyal the fans are. He will take great encouragement from that." Fergie on Villarreal game "We made a lot of [.

Small Details Make All The Difference

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To finish the opening game of our Champions League title defence with a 0-0 is always going to be disappointing. Whilst missing a few players, we had enough quality on the field yesterday to beat Villarreal, especially based on the way our Spanish opponents played. However, it was just 'one of those days'.

VIDEO: Ronaldo Does A Babel

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Except he isn't lucky enough to score. "VIDEO: Ronaldo Does A Babel" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Jonny Evans Almost The Hero…

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...but denied by the woodwork. "VIDEO: Jonny Evans Almost The Hero..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo Was Right

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On the blog, I questioned whether Cristiano Ronaldo was right to claim that he would be loved once he returned to the first team. It seems as though Ronaldo was right. As Ronaldo warmed up along the touchline, fans stood and applauded him. As he was suiting up, his song was sung. His first few touches of [.

Lampard: We Can Deal With United At Their Strongest

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Ahead of this weekend's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United, Frank Lampard has spoken of his confidence of getting a result against us, with or without Ronaldo. The last time the clubs played each other was in the European Cup final, which of course United won. This came just days after we pipped them to the [.

Can We Believe Ronaldo?

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The fuss that surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo always appeared to be something that amused the winger, which frustrated our fans all the more. His comments about loving "playing in white", when referring to the colours of his national team's shirt during Euro 2008 wound us up good and proper. Our club had just helped him develop [.

Predictions: United vs Villarreal

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Manchester United kick start their defence of their Champions League title this evening, taking on Villarreal at Old Trafford. Last season we had a close to perfect record in the Champions League, winning every match apart from our last group stage game against Roma (before which we had already confirmed our spot as top of the [.

Ronaldo Hasn’t Thrown His Toys Out Of The Pram

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Earlier in the week, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that when he's back on the pitch playing for us, the fans will love him again, following a summer of speculation concerning his future. RoM readers generally thought that whilst some sections would show him support, he was likely to endure the cold shoulder from a lot of [.

Did We Miss A Trick With Senna?

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Two years ago Sky Sports News reported that Manchester United had signed Marcos Senna for £3.5 million. Guillem Balague then announced the deal hadn't yet been confirmed, but would be shortly, however for a fee closer to £6 million. The reaction from the United fans was fairly mixed, with most being put off by his age.

Ferguson Starts On Hackett AGAIN Following Terry’s Red Reversal

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been waging war on referee's boss, Keith Hackett, for some time now, looking at the inconsistencies of the FA and the referee's under Hackett's guidance. Towards the start of last season, Ferguson pointed out the slipping standards in refereeing, saying that the buck stopped with Hackett.

PICTURES: Manucho In Training - Set To Play Tonight?

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With Dimitar Berbatov unable to play against Villarreal tonight, there's every possibility that we'll get to see our first sighting of new signing Manucho, who joined the club last season. As United trained at Carrington yesterday ahead of tonight's match, all eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo. However, I'm far more interested to see what our Angolan [.

Going To Stamford Bridge?

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Not so long ago, it appeared as though Chelsea were going to dominate football on a domestic and European stage for some time. With all the money in the World to spend and the latest Champions League winning manager in charge, Chelsea were like an efficient machine who never looked like losing. Thankfully, United ended up [.

This Is Why We Needed Rio To Be Captain

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Whilst many readers of RoM couldn't give a fuck about the England football team, there was greater interest in the goings on of the national team when the issue of Fabio Capello's captain came about. Rio Ferdinand looked favourite to be given the armband and it is of course rather nice to see the effort [.

AIG Sponsor Collapse A GOOD Thing?

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News broke yesterday that our current shirt sponsor, AIG, who took over from the contract Vodafone cancelled the season before we won the league, were in trouble. Their stock fell by 61% and it wasn't looking good for the company, whose collapse could have massive effects on the global financial system.

Rooney Reflects On Ridiculous Behaviour

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Things seemed to go from bad to worse for United fans back in 2005. It was a bit of a wake up call for fans who just assumed success and glory would come their way every season. This was the year we didn't make it out of the group stages in Europe. It was ridiculous. We'd [...]

Chelsea Will Beat United In The Final This Season

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It's always good to have a sneaky peak at the footage of us winning the European Cup a few months ago. If you've got a couple of minutes to fill or you're feeling a bit down in the dumps, wandering over to YouTube is not a bad idea. You see, in our club's brilliant history, this is [...]

Terry Will Even Things Out Following Vidic’s Red Card

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It is hard to find highlights of the weekend just gone, following an embarrassing defeat to our hated rivals, Liverpool. Even seeing City lose wasn't a completely joyous occasion, considering it was Chelsea, our biggest title rivals, on the receiving end of the points. Whilst I enjoy thinking of the bluenoses getting terribly giddy following [.

Will We Love Ronaldo Again On Wednesday?

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Cristiano Ronaldo's recovery has taken a lot less time than we'd initially imagined, with the winger set to return on Wednesday for our Champions League match against Villarreal. This would suggest he is available to play in the weekend match against Chelsea, meaning he will have only missed three league games through injury.

VIDEO: Carrington Trial For Sheffield United Teen

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Sheffield United midfielder, Lee Askham, has been offered a trial at Old Trafford, following rave reviews of his performances in the England youth teams. The lad is a right winger, known to be a "tremendous dribbler of the ball", meaning he could come in handy when Cristiano Ronaldo leaves. He scored at the weekend for Sheffield United's [.

Another Tasteless Chant From The Dippers

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Last season Rafael Benitez had the nerve to criticise Everton fans for the songs they were singing about Steven Gerrard, bringing to life the rumour that he isn't actually the father of his wife's children. Remember all those rumours about the scouse gangster called 'Pancake'? Well anyway, he blasted them for being disrespectful.

Kuszczak Is One Of The Best

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Tomasz Kuszczak has had a rather eventful time in the two years and limitted appearances he's had. The season before last he gave away a penalty against Arsenal, before going on to save it, and last season, as the subbed on goalkeeper, gave away another penalty and got sent off. Whilst most United fans aren't overly [.

Berbatov A Sulk? Rubbish!

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It looked as though it was going to be a brilliant Manchester United debut for Dimitar Berbatov yesterday, having a penalty appeal wrongly turned down and assisting a goal within the first three minutes. After a summer of speculation, Sir Alex Ferguson had finally got his man. Whilst there was no denying his ability, his mentality [.

United Feeling Generous Against Liverpool

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With five minutes four minutes played, Manchester United were a goal up as well as having been denied a clear cut penalty, and it seemed as though we would cruise to victory. Our attack which lead up to the goal was so sweet, with new man Dimitar Berbatov with the assist. As he beat his man [...]

Arsenal’s Manager Backs United

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Tottenham Hotspur's complaint to the Premier League concerning United's interest in Dimitar Berbatov was turned away, with the authority requesting more evidence. Essentially, Daniel Levy launched his complaint on the basis of the comments that appeared in The Sun. Sir Alex Ferguson laughed off his claims whilst the Scandinaivan website, where the comments initially appeared, [.

Liverpool’s Rafa Spits His Dummy Out

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Sir Alex Ferguson loves the old mind games and it seems that his opposing manager today, Rafael Benitez, hasn't quite got the hang of them yet. Well, it has only been four years. When Ferguson spoke of his surprise for Robbie Keane's price tag, a sentiment echoed by most people in the know where football [.

Liverpool’s Carragher: United Have Deserved To Beat Us

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The statistics don't make pretty viewing for Liverpool fans, with their last home league win against us taking us as far back as 2001, whilst their last league goal against us came in 2004, and that was a John O'Shea own goal. Two of the many recent United victories have come through last minute goals, with [.

Pally: This Isn’t Liverpool’s Year

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"This is our year," Liverpool fans and players will be heard saying at the start of every season. This has been one of the first years where that talk has died down, from the more experienced players like Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher at least, with them recognising they fall some way short of being [.

City vs Chelsea Supercedes Liverpool vs United?

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"We've got Robinho! We've got Robinho!" the delirious Manchester City fans chanted to the Sky Sports News camera after news broke Robinho would be playing in City's blue this season. There were times in the summer where it appeared inevitable that the Brazilian would be playing at Stamford Bridge this season, but following the takeover [.

Ronaldo: I’m Not The Best In The World

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Cristiano Ronaldo has missed two league games for United so far this season and is set to miss his third when we take on Liverpool tomorrow. Reports back in August claimed that Ronaldo would be playing by the end of September, with the Bolton game set to be his return date. He has today said that he [.

Sing A Song For The Unsung

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The entries for the RoM "Sing a Song for the Unsung" competition are coming in thick and fast. The idea behind it is basically to get more songs up and running for players who don't have their name sung at Old Trafford. Whilst recognising quieter stadiums are a problem for all Premiership clubs these days, and [.

Liverpool’s Arbeloa: Ronaldo’s Absence Doesn’t Make Saturday Any Easier

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One of our biggest games of the season will be played out this weekend and already my stomach is doing flips. There aren't many things that compare with the excitement and sickness that come with the anticipation of a match against Liverpool. Playing at Anfield has been a bit like playing at Villa Park for United [.

Berbatov WILL Play Against Liverpool

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After getting over the excitement of the transfer deadline day, the new 'worry' for United fans is how we're going to fit Dimitar Berbatov in to our team. Of course, this is a problem any football fan would love to have. We simply have too many great players deserving of a first team place to [...]

What A Surprise… Chelsea Groundsman Found Guilty Of Racism

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As was said on RoM, there was little doubt that Sam Bethell, the Chelsea groundsman who fought with Patrice Evra following our defeat at Stamford Bridge last season, had been guilty of a racist attack. Whilst Chelsea pleaded innocence, not much was made of the fact by claiming Bethell had done no wrong, the blues were [.

It’s All About Wayne Rooney For England

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Theo Walcott might have scored a hat-trick for England, but their victory over Croatia was all about Wayne Rooney. After Rio Ferdinand brought the ball forward, it was Rooney's pass that lead to the Croatian mistake from which Walcott scored his first. The second goal saw Rooney at his best, passing the ball around the box [.

Bible Reading Berb Never Swears

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Dimitar Berbatov is likely to get his Manchester United debut this weekend in one of the biggest games of the season. Following his brilliant scoring record over the past four years, United fans are right to have high hopes of what he can achieve in a team of our quality. Whilst his personality has been criticised [.

Liverpool’s Keane Surprised O’Shea Doesn’t Play Every Week

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Sir Alex Ferguson enjoys dabbling in the mind games before big games and this week it has been no different. He spoke of his surprise that Liverpool had forked out a whopping £20.3million for Robbie Keane. When asked if he had been impressed by any other club's transfer dealings, Fergie replied, "the big surprise was Liverpool [.

Can You Imagine If Cantona Did This?

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Whilst the Chelsea team of old was not exactly something I had any fondness for, that little Italian chimp, Gianfranco Zola, certainly had skills that were kinder on the eye than anything the blues have to offer these days. He learnt his trade from Diego Maradona, of all people, before moving to the Premiership when he [.

If The World Ends…

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If the World ends today, we can die as supporters of the Champions of England and Europe! Just a little note to cheer you up if you're filling yourself with the doom and gloom of the 'end of the World'.   "If The World Ends..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fighting It Out With Chelsea Over Danish United Fan Defender

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There was a time not so long ago that United seemed to lose out to Chelsea on transfers all the time. Whether it was Arjen Robben or Michael Essien, the top talents in Europe wanted a piece of Chelsea's money and sucess, whilst we settled for Djemba-Djemba shaped crumbs. The tides have turned somewhat since then, [.

You Couldn’t Make This Up… Another Liverpool Player Burgled

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First it was Jerzey Dudek. Then it was Peter Crouch and Daniel Agger in the same month. Florent Sinama-Pongolle then had his name added to the list. Then it was Pepe Rene. Then Steven Gerrard, followed by Dirk Kuyt. Welcome to Merseyside, Robbie Keane! Oh yes, it's 'lifelong Liverpool fan' Keane, who turned down a move to [.

Rossi Can’t Wait To Play Against Best Team In The World

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Giuseppe Rossi is seen as 'the one that got away' considering the great expectations we had on him. Whilst securing a nice transfer fee of 6.7 million, the fans were keen to keep a hold of him. He has thrived at Villarreal, leaving us rather interested in supposed option we have to buy him back. We have [.

League Clubs Bigger Than England

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The football fan that has confused me more than any other is the England fan who will sing Wayne Rooney's name when they're at Wembley, yet will come to Old Trafford the following week and chant "you fat bastard!" whenever he's on the ball. How does the England fan do it? Passionately support a team that [.

What do we have to do…

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...to make Old Trafford be like this again? Realistically, what are the options to allow Old Trafford to return to the noise levels of a Jumbo Jet taking off? All football stadiums are quieter, and even the Liverpool Echo conceded last season that the home of the 'best fans in the World' was dead last season [.

Quick reminder…

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RoM are running a competition with FootballBikes.com where you have to answer three simple questions to be in the running for winning a United bike. You will be one of the first to own such a bike and can pick from 4 sizes, kids to adult. So whether you want to save it up for [...]

Drop Wayne Rooney, Now There’s A Good Idea

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Manchester United lost five games last season. Wayne Rooney was absent for four of them. In the fifth, he scored the equalising goal, making it 1-1, before he was subbed off through injury, after which United conceded and lost. Is this a man you'd want to leave out of your side? If you're an England fan, [.

United vs Liverpool: Most Important Match In The World

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There are plenty of games hyped to be the biggest in the World, with local rivals passionately hating their opponents eager for the war. When your team wins one of these matches, you are buzzing for days, even weeks sometimes. When your team loses, it's absolutely gutting, and the sooner next Saturday comes the better.

Ready To Wind Up The Dippers?

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Before looking to see who we play on the opening or closing days of the season, before checking out when derby day is, before even thinking about when we play Arsenal or Chelsea, I want to know when we're going to Anfield. There's that eerie feeling that they're due a result. For years now, we've beating [.

Fergie Had To Let Bruce Down Over Signing

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Manchester United usually get all their business done long before the transfer deadline, so the stress that came with September 1st was rather foreign to us. Were we going to sign him? Would the Premier League approve it? How much were we going to pay? Would City pinch him off us? It seems as though we [.

City Tapping Up Ronaldo

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When you're worth roughly $1 trillion, the price of any top class footballer will be cheap to you. Real Madrid were looking to pay something around £60-70 million for Ronaldo in the summer, but City's new owners are happy to double that figure. David Gill has admitted today that whilst United aren't in the business of [.

How Could We Have Missed Rooney’s Arrogance?

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Wayne Rooney has been accused of many things, the latest of which, "arrogant". Andorra midfield, Oscar Sonejee, obviously wants to make a name for himself. Maybe the salesman by day isn't make enough commission, so he thought he'd get a name for himself as the man slagging off Rooney. Asked if Rooney swore at him, he [.

Cheer Up Alan Shearer

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Oh those mad Geordies eh? Emotional Kevin Keegan has walked out on his beloved team, the club he almost won the league with, leaving Newcastle fans debating whether to show up for their next home match against Hull. Alan Shearer, a man famed for turning down United to play out 10 trophyless years with Newcastle, has [.

Which United Player Is Next On City’s Wishlist?

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Whilst we've been told to fear Manchester City's new takeover, there seems to be a clear feeling of 'if anyone can fuck this up, it's City' buzzing around Manchester. Whilst the new owners may have all the money in the World, the fact they tabled over £200 million worth of bids on the transfer deadline [.

Two Reds In Three Matches For Tevez

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Whilst Carlos Tevez has shown himself as United's best player on the park so far this season, he's having a harder making the same impression on the International stage. It was just last week that Tevez revealed he was determined to cling on to his first team place with Argentina, after seeing the impressive display from [.

Evra: I Did What I Had To For Heinze’s Place

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It's hard to think back to the time when Gabriel Heinze was a greatly loved member of our squad. He was a ferocious player who never shied away from tackles and loved to get stuck in. "ARGENTINA!" was the chant that would go around Old Trafford every time he put the ball, and the man, [...]

Fergie: We’ll See Off City… Just Like We Did Arsenal and Chelsea

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I'd bet Manchester City have never had so many column inches in their life. They're the talk of the country at the moment, with reports realised every day about what the latest high profile figure in the game has to say about their takeover. Sir Alex Ferguson is the latest to join in the fun, [...]

Are The FA Having A Laugh? Rio vs Barton

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I am no stranger to starting rants targeted at the FA, for what I find to be increasingly unacceptable behaviour and rulings. They are bloody clueless and seem to delight on really digging the knife in to our club and players. They have been guilty countless times of punishing one player a certain way, yet when [.

Fergie Brings Stability… And We Can Progress Without Carlos

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With Rene Meulensteen taking on the new role as First Team Coach, filling the shoes of Mike Phelan who was promoted to Assistant Manager, he believes Sir Alex Ferguson has made the right decision in trusting in stability and continuity when appointing the two men. "Part of the success at Manchester United over the years is [.

RoM Chants Competition With Prizes

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The Republik of Mancunia runs yearly competitions for a bit of a laugh, with Mancunia Merchandise prizes up for grabs for the winner and runners up. Last year's was in honour of Carlos Tevez, when after signing him RoM spotted a video of the Argentine dancing, and the "Can You Shake It Like Tevez" competition [.

Tottenham Boss Praise For Campbell

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Following months of speculation, Dimitar Berbatov finally joined Manchester United, with our young striker, Frazier Campbell, begrudgingly going in the opposite direction. Whilst a lot of Spurs fans are happy with the money they got from the Berbatov transfer, they're not thrilled at training up and giving experience to a player which should only benefit United [.

Chelsea Are Lucky

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Whilst Manchester City fans are over the blue moon about their latest signing of Robinho, who would have signed for anyone to get away from Real Madrid, his home nation are less than impressed! Pele "Chelsea are lucky. This boy needs some serious counselling." Marcelo Teixeira, club president of Robinho's first club, Santoa "This is one of the most [.

Giggs: Money Can’t Buy City A History Like United’s

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Ryan Giggs, a lifelong United supporter, started his career at Manchester City's youth team. When he turned up at training, he'd show up in red shirts and be told to take them off. He didn't think twice about leaving when Sir Alex Ferguson came knocking. He has today reacted to City's transfer, claiming it doesn't matter [.

This Country Is Obsessed With Ronaldo

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Since the World Cup, there's been one player talked about more than any other. Cristiano Ronaldo. Obsessed with hatred to begin with, then obsessed with admiration, then obsessed with his transfer and injury. People can't seem to get enough of him. It's like David Beckham all over again, but maybe worse.

Sale On RoM Shop

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MancuniaMerchandise.com are offering 20% off all 'organic' products until September 15th. If you fancy stocking up on any anti-scouse gear before the game, or any other design, then check it out. If there's a design you would like which isn't already on an organic product, e-mail us at: Republik_of_Mancunia@hotmail.

Bitter Blue Gallagher

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To be a city fan... all together now. "It'll be nice to know that every gallon of petrol a Manchester United fan buys is going into our kitty," Noel Gallagher said today, in response to news they had been bought by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment. Nothing like a bit of stereotyping eh?

Surely Phelan Isn’t The Right Man For The Job

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Gutted would probably be a good way of describing most United fans' feelings over Carlos Queiroz leaving the club. He was set to be the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, and for a whole host of reasons, he's was very important to the club. We have been linked to some rather high profile replacements for [.

United’s Collection Of Strikers Grows

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There was a time over the past couple of weeks where United could be left with just Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez as striking options, with Tottenham refusing to sell Dimitar Berbatov, with offers   "We couldn't get a work permit for him straight away, but when we looked at the rules and regulations we found that [.

Gill: Were We Worried? Nah

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Whilst United fans were sweating over Dimitar Berbatov's transfer last night, being forced to wait until 12.40am before confirmation finally came through. However, David Gill claimed last night that the club were never worried, despite a late bid coming in from our local rivals Manchester City. When asked if he was at any point concerned about the [.

Berbatov: I’m Here For The Shirt, Not For The Money

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Dimitar Berbatov has said all the right things since becoming a red. After cutting a sulky figure on the Spurs bench for the past few weeks, we see a new, happy player emerging. He is at his dream club. Whilst Berbatov has received a lot of stick for his moody behaviour, now that he is a [...]

Tottenham New Boy Campbell Disappointed To Leave United

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Frazier Campbell turned out to be the key link in organising the Dimitar Berbatov deal to United. Once the price had been agreed upon, Daniel Levy was determined to see Campbell, who Hull had previously bid £7 million for, went to White Hart Lane as a part of the deal. It has emerged since that Steve [.

Gill: Why Frazier Wasn’t Sold And Saha Was

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After possibly the most dramatic close of the transfer window ever, Manchester United finally landed their man, Dimitar Berbatov, and loaned out young striker, Frazier Campbell, in return. Hull were prepared to pay £7million for the 20-year-old, following the brilliant season he's had with them, aiding their promotion to the Premiership.

City Are Quickly Becoming A Joke…

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My expectations of fellow Mancs, even if from the blue side of town, would lead me to believe that even they've got to cringing following the comments of Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim today. After news broke through that City had bid for Dimitar Berbatov, one of their websites wrote a piss-taking article regarding them signing Wayne Rooney [.

Are You Happy With Berbatov Deal?

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After staying up until close to 1am to get the official confirmation through, I am fairly relieved that I can now say Dimitar Berbatov is a Manchester United player. At the start of the day, upon hearing that City had tabled a new British transfer record for the player, I must admit I got a [...]

Liverpool’s Carragher: I love Fergie the Master

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Steven Gerrard claimed he wanted 'Manchester United to die' in his recent autobiography, but his team mate Jamie Carragher has gone for a different approach. Rather than wishing harm on United, he is actually full of praise for our manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. "It would be more of an achievement as manager because it would come [.

City The New Chelsea? No, It’s Much Worse Than That

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The City fans were going nuts outside Wastelands yesterday, celebrating their new takeover. It certainly isn't a case of once bitten, twice shy, following the disastrous takeover by Thaksin Shinawatra. Despite being described as "a human rights abuser of the worst kind", the City lot were more than happy to have him in charge of [.

Chants For Berbatov?

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So let's get our minds working over what chants our fans can sing at Anfield in a fortnight's time! Surely we can do better than what Spurs already have on offer. To That Boy Ronaldo: He plays on the left He plays on the right That boy Berbatov Thinks City are shite To Another One Bites The Dust: Dim Dim Dim, Dimitar [.

RoM Forum Packed

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The Republik of Mancunia forum was jam packed throughout the day yesterday until after the transfer window closed. As news about Dimitar Berbatov and Robinho was fed through over Sky Sports news, with scores of United fans discussing the latest goings on. Over 1000 guests popped by to check out the latest news as well as [.

PICTURE: Berbatov Wearing United’s Number 9

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The official Manchester United site has already added a player profile for our new signing. It has been announced that he will be wearing our number 9 shirt, which was vacated by Louis Saha who left for Everton. "PICTURE: Berbatov Wearing United's Number 9" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov: This Is A Dream Come True

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After plenty of drama, Manchester United secured the signing of Dimitar Berbatov. Given the fact we had months to sort out this transfer, you wouldn't have thought it would have been as last minute as it was. United fans mobbed Berbatov as he left Old Trafford at around 12.30am, half an hour after the transfer window [.

It’s OFFICIAL! Berbatov Signs For United! £30.75 million

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Done deal! The transfer window closed but it took a further 40 minutes for the deal to be confirmed. Tottenham Hotspur have sold Dimitar Berbatov for £30.75 million. "It's OFFICIAL! Berbatov Signs For United! £30.75 million" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

This All Could Have Been So Much Easier

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There's less than four hours to go and I imagine you, like me, are sitting at your computer desperate for any updates. If someone had told me yesterday that we'd be in a bidding war with Manchester City, believed to be around £33 million, for Dimitar Berbatov, I would have laughed in their face. Is this [.

Berbatov At Carrington With Ferguson… But Real Madrid Bid £36.5 million

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The latest reports are now saying that Dimitar Berbatov was driven to our Carrington training ground and is in talks with Sir Alex Ferguson, after the manager himself went to pick him up. Excitement around the red side of Manchester mounted, until a bulletin on Sky Sports News announced that Real Madrid were bidding a [.

Hughes: Bid Accepted And I’m Meeting Berbatov

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Earlier today I reported that Manchester City had put in a bid for our top transfer target, Dimitar Berbatov, around the £30 million mark. There is talk of four players joining the blues today following the takeover by people who supposedly dwarf Roman Abromovich's riches. Before going off for a game of golf, Mark Hughes confirmed that [.

Louis Saha Move To Everton Completed

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Louis Saha's move to Everton has cleared after the French striker passed a medical today. Everton will initally pay nothing for the player, with the Merseyside club stumping up cash based on appearances. The two-year deal is great news for the player, who has struggled to stay fit for United in the season gone, although I [.

Check RoM Forum For Transfer Updates

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The Republik of Mancunia forum has opened up the chat room for discussion of all the latest transfers. So for all the latest news on United's transfers as those of all other Premiership clubs, check it out. The transfer board is business as usual, so pop over if you fancy discussion with loads of reds on [.

Fuss Over Nothing… Annan Staying In Norway

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A couple of weeks ago, there was plenty of talk surronding Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan. After training with Blackburn, the highly rated player confessed that United would be a dream destination from him. "I know that Racing Santander, Blackburn and Arsenal are interested," he said. "I have not heard anything about the United interest myself.

Surely City Can’t Spoil Our Berbatov Bid

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I can't even imagine Sir Alex Ferguson's face upon hearing reports that Manchester City have put a bid in for Dimitar Berbatov. Following their takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group for Development, reports this morning suggest that their primary transfer target before the window closes today is Berbatov, with rumours of bids from £28 million [.

New Possebon Chant

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Seeing well-loved former United players return to Old Trafford with their new club is always a nice occasion. We sang for Roy Keane when he returned with Sunderland last season, we've sung for Teddy Sherringham when he's returned with West Ham, we chanted Alan Smith's name when he came back with Newcastle and the list [.