Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

They’re All Going Mad! Now Chelsea Boss Has Caught It!

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First it was Rafael Benitez, then it was Arsene Wenger, now it's Luiz Felipe Scolari. Referring to an incident involving Boro's Mohamed Shawkey, Scolari had claimed the defender deserved a red card. "If that was my player, it's a red card," said Scolari. "But not for other players. It's time to change.

Fergie’s Missus Doesn’t Like Knighthood… but SAF Reckons Giggs Is Deserving

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If there's one thing that drives a scouser mad, it's that Bob Paisley wasn't knighted and our manager is. Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about his knighthood as well as the possibility of us calling Ryan Giggs a sir. "The important thing is just to keep your feet on the ground," said Ferguson. "I have a common [.

Well Done Edwin

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Van der Sar, Superstar "Well Done Edwin" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea Striker: Ferguson Is So Smart

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It was John Terry who was on the receiving end of our sarcastic praise and love when Chelsea and United met earlier in the month. However, we shouldn't forget that Terry wasn't the only player to miss a penalty on that brilliant night in Moscow. Nicolas Anelka, former dipper, bluenose and goon, had the deciding [.

Fergie Says No To British Football Job

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Sir Alex Ferguson had been approached to manage the 2012 British Football Olympic Team. Given that he will almost certainly have retired from the United job by then, the rumours that he wouldn't be able to resist the challenge of the Olympics. However, our manager has today confirmed that once he has finished with United, he [.

The Sun Says Sorry

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Last Saturday's paper reported how Manchester United were 'investigating' an FA ruling that potentially allows teams drawn against each other in the FA Cup to play extra time after their first game and not just the replay. Regrettably, our headline 'Cup Killers' gave a false impression that United, and their manager Sir Alex Ferguson, were [.

After Berbatov Fuss, Tottenham Have Some Nerve!

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"I won't sit here and say I wouldn't like to have Robbie Keane at my club because I would be a liar if I did," said Redknapp. "I have a lot of time for Robbie as a player and as a person, he's fantastic." After reporting both Liverpool and Manchester United to the Premier League for [...]

Hughes Reckons City Are A Massive Club

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"We are now viewed as a big club and as a consequence of that everybody connected with us has to have a big club mentality," said Hughes. "The focus on us this year is more than tenfold what it was in the past and we have to deal with it. It has to be expected [...]

Van der Sar, Superstar, Won More Medals Than Petr

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I like Edwin Van der Sar. So do Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs. "Edwin is the best keeper I've played with. It's as simple as that," said Rio. "The record stuff we've won together, the assuredness that he transmits from himself to the back four is great. I also don't think I've seen a better keeper [..

Giggs: Chelsea and Liverpool Missed Their Chance

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Ryan Giggs has taunted title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool for not making the most of our time away in Tokyo. United were supposed to return exhausted but instead have come back and got straight in to winning ways. We're now top of the table, despite playing a game less than the two clubs. Liverpool dropped more [.

Liverpool Manager Gift Wrapping Title For Us

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Whilst some Liverpool fans were honest enough to admit they weren't too happy to see Rafael Benitez's press conference a few weeks ago, some insisted that he hadn't lost the plot. In fact, his decision to speak for several minutes about Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson was very clever. United would feel the pressure, [.

Fergie: I Am Proud And Edwin Is Thrilled

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Currently holding the record for the most goals scored in a Premiership season, United now have a defensive record to their name. Last night, United went for their 11th league game without conceding, beating West Brom 5-0, making it 1031 goals since the opposition last scored against us. Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed he is very proud of [.

We Were Right… Arsenal Boss Has Lost The Plot

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Last week I wondered whether Arsene Wenger was 'doing a Rafa' with his comments siding with the Spaniard, claiming United had an unfair advantage with their fixtures. He had a problem with our Premiership match falling on a Tuesday, when Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea's are played today. However, United played in the Cup on Saturday, [.

Anyone Would Think Ronaldo Actually WANTED To Be Here

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With Ronaldo's every move being analysed recently, everything being taken as a "clue" that he's really unhappy at United and wants to be at Real Madrid, he surely put on a good act this evening. With United beating West Brom 5-0 tonight, Ronaldo bagging two goals, he looked very happy indeed. Despite not starting a game [.

Van der Sar Breaks Chelsea Record

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Edwin Van der Sar has broken Petr Cech's Premiership record for length of time without conceding a goal, surpassing the 1025 minutes set by Cech in the 04-05 season. Earlier, most reds were more concerned about the 3 points. To pick up the 3 points, 5 goals and a new record, is pretty good going! The record [.

Live Blog: West Brom vs United

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Ronaldo: 99% Of Defenders Are Fair… And I Don’t Fear Anyone

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Cristiano Ronaldo has said the most important qualities in a footballer are skill and courage. In his interview with ITV, our winger believes that most defenders are fair with him, but acknowledges the minority who intentionally go out to hurt him. I think he's being a bit kind there. "Skill and courage are very important," Ronaldo [.

Cantona Wouldn’t Even Be On Scholes’ United XI Bench!

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Schmeichel; G Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Robson (capt), Giggs; Van Nistelrooy, Sheringham. Substitutes: Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Carrick, Butt, P Neville, Stam. And how does Scholes explain himself? "Cristiano Ronaldo won't be happy to hear it, but he's a substitute," he said. "I've got to have Becks on the right, you see.

Scholes: No Point Being Here If You’re Not Hungry For More

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Paul Scholes got his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season at the weekend. Having missed a large chunk of the season due to an operation, it's taken Scholes longer than usual to find the back of the net. He has today reflected on his desire to score more goals and win more [...]

Can United Break Chelsea Record Tonight?

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Record breaking isn't something United tend to go in for. We don't have the season unbeaten like Arsenal or the ridiculously good home record like Chelsea did. We've won a shit load of trophies over the past twenty years or so, but never seem to smash any records along the way. If we win the [...]

Everton Fan To Ref Tottenham Cup Final

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All applications for the League Cup final are now in, the deadline falling this morning, and now the referee has been decided upon. Merseyside man, Chris Foy, will be taking charge of the final between United and Spurs. The man who has recently sent off a few of our opponents, Stoke's Andy Wilkinson and Blackburn's David [.

Vote for Giggsy

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Ronaldo, Gerrard and Lampard all join Ryan Giggs in the running for this month's PFA Fans Player of the Month. Vote for Giggsy! "Vote for Giggsy" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Back To The 70’s

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Stretford End Flags are hoping to recreate the 1970s so are encouraging all those going to Derby/Forest in the next round of the FA Cup to get their banners out. Dust off your old ones or make new ones. The best banner will win a United related prize, but to ensure you get your banner in [...]

WIN A Denis Law T-shirt

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United's greatest-ever number 10, the 'Lawman' records the evolution of the game that the club has ruled over whatever else has changed, with putting the ball in the back of the net our speciality from Denis to Wayne, and all points in-between. The strictly unofficial shirt is available from PhilosophyFootball.

Scholes Unsure Whether Tottenham Goal Belongs To Him

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Manchester United are through to the 5th Round of the FA after beating Spurs at the weekend. After going a goal down early on, United scored two goals in two minutes to earn their progression. Dimitar Berbatov scored the winning goal in front of the fans of his former club, who up until that point had [.

If Only This Chelsea Boy Was Ours

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John Obi Mikel has been arrested and charged with drunk driving, after being pulled over at 5.30am... the morning of Chelsea's FA Cup game against Ipswich. He will appear in court April 3rd, the day before Chelsea travel to Newcastle, and his punishment could range from a driving ban to jail time. We really missed out on [.

Collymore, STFU

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Stan Collymore has reared his ugly (and misinformed) head once more, having a pop at Sir Alex Ferguson about his recent comments on the Winter break and FA Cup replays. Sir Alex Ferguson is deluded that being manager of Manchester United entitles him to dictate to the FA about the running of the game.

VIDEO: From The Stands vs Tottenham

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A few chants and piss-taking against Spurs in the FA Cup on Saturday. And we'll really shake em upUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia City's going down with a billion in the bankUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia You're going down with City!Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Tosic's first freekick for UnitedUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia "VIDEO: From The Stands vs Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United’s Draw… Deja Vu

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The FA Cup draw is in... and it's Derby away. "United's Draw... Deja Vu" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Watching Fabio Is Just Weird

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Watching the lads warming up ahead of the Spurs game yesterday, it was odd watching Fabio da Silva. I knew it was Fabio because on the radio on the way to the ground I'd heard he was starting and I knew his twin brother, Rafael, was out injured. However, it was odd to watch Fabio, [...]

Mr Liverpool Questions United’s Spending… Gutted About Vidic

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Jamie Carragher has kept United fans happy recently, talking of his love for Sir Alex Ferguson and his respect for our football team. "United have got that edge on us financially," Carragher said. "Vidic is a classic case. He had a buyout clause of four or five million. We met that but United came along [.

Liverpool Captain Deserved Awards Over Ronaldo

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Last season, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 42 goals in 48 games. He was the Premiership top scorer, he was the Champions League top scorer, he scored more goals than anyone else in Europe, he scored his side's only goal in the European Cup final, and he won two trophies. However, Guus Hiddink thinks Ronaldo's awards were about [.

Giggs’ Cardiff City Remarks Worked!

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Earlier this month I was drawn to headlines which suggested Ryan Giggs was on his way out of the exit door, but most alarmingly, to our hated local rivals. "Giggs Attracted By City Move". What the fuck? "I always look at Cardiff City's results because they are my home-town team," Giggs told the South Wales [.

The Positives and Negatives Against Tottenham

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Positives Dimitar Berbatov scoring against his former club. They booed him when he touched the ball at first, but following what became the winning goal, the Spurs fans kept quiet when our striker was on the ball. Carlos Tevez looked like a player who desperately wanted to stay and had the belief that he was.

VIDEO: Scholes And Berbatov Against Tottenham

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United are through to the next round of the FA Cup after being Spurs 2-1 at Old Trafford. After conceding just five minutes in, two goals in two minutes was all we needed to secure victory. "VIDEO: Scholes And Berbatov Against Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Mr Liverpool Embarrassed… But Respects United

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Sir Alex Ferguson's biggest fan, Jamie Carragher, has today confessed that he is embarrassed as the disappointing years he's had as a Liverpool player. In the 12 years he's been playing for the first team, Liverpool have been in contention for the title on just one occasion. Mr Liverpool, as he is dubbed by the club's [.

Ferguson Exposes FA Hidden Rule Ahead Of Tottenham Clash

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One has to question the motives of Harry Redknapp claiming he will play his weakest squad against Manchester United on Saturday. Surely he isn't naive enough to think that Sir Alex Ferguson would play a weaker team on the word of the opposition manager, so why lower the morale of team? Any player turning out [.

Top Red Terry Comes Second… But Knew Chelsea Result

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Terry Christian came second in this year's Celebrity Big Brother. The fella who has shared his thoughts on the season with RoM a few months ago seemed to win over the British public, surprisingly. Coolio made reference to Terry's football allegience, which was met with boos from the crowd, after he had previously announced that [.

Top Red Terry Comes Second

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Terry Christian came second in this year's Celebrity Big Brother. The fella who has shared his thoughts on the season with RoM a few months ago seemed to win over the British public, surprisingly. Coolio made reference to Terry's football allegience, which was met with boos from the crowd, after he had previously announced that [.

Arsenal Manager Joins Up With Mad Rafa

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We've all been having a good chuckle at Rafael Benitez's expense following his pre-planned speech about Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Liverpool have failed to win since and United have gone top of the league, whilst still having a game in hand. Arsene Wenger has got involved today though, surprisingly.

VIDEO: You’ve Only Come To See United

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Sorry for the delay. Here are the videos from our League Cup semi-final against Derby. When Johnny Goes Marching Down The Wing...Uploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Argentina! ArgentinaUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia You've only come to see UnitedUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Ronaldo's penUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Que sera seraUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia "VIDEO: You've Only Come To See United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs: This Is The Best Team I’ve Played In

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Ryan Giggs has won ten English league titles, more than any of player in the history of the game, but he hasn't finished yet. With United favourites to win the league this season and a contract extension on the cards, it is possible that Giggs could hang up his boots with twelve league titles to [...

Nani: I Must Do Better

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Nani had a good debut season for Manchester United, showing us glimpses of his great talent with his goals against Spurs and Boro, as well as getting on the scoresheet against Liverpool and Arsenal. In Moscow, he took and scored one of our penalties when we were in sudden death, helping us to claim our [.

Kaka Don’t Care Too Much For Money…

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Cheers Alan! "Kaka Don't Care Too Much For Money..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Marbles

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FACT - Fat Spanish Waiter Has Lost The Plot "Marbles" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo: My Only True Happiness Is United

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Cristiano Ronaldo received a warm applaused yesterday (or Ryan Giggs received a good send off) as he was subbed on to our League Cup semi-final against Derby. A couple of rounds of his "Viva Ronaldo" were sung ahead of him scoring the penalty in front of the Stretford End. Maybe our hearts are thawing?

VIDEO: All The Goals From United vs Derby

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Manchester City Fans Crowd Around MASSIVE New Signing

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Evans’ Family Of Massive Reds - Watched United When He Was At Sunderland

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Jonny Evans has been receiving plenty of praise over the past few weeks, with some people even claiming Rio Ferdinand, when he returns, will have a job pushing Evans out of the team. Not long ago, Evans wished he'd been allowed to stay at Sunderland, wanting first team football. "When Sunderland came in for me it was [.

United Believe Tosic Is Ready To Play Tonight

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Following reports in yesterdays paper hinting that Zoran Tosic might feature for United tonight, Mike Phelan has more or less confirmed that to be the case. With the games becoming more and more important, tonight's League Cup semi-final is a good chance to throw him in to the mix, knowing that hopefully we can afford or [.

First Kaka, Now Robinho… But At Least City Still Have Bellamy!

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Just yesterday, Noel Gallagher was confirming City's lack of identity, whilst gloating over their potential signing of Kaka. Less than 24 hours later, AC Milan announced they would not be selling Kaka. Protesting fans showed up at Kaka's house, only for him to appear to the window, hold up an AC Milan shirt, and beat his [.

UNITED, TOP OF THE LEAGUE! Ta Liverpool

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United remain top, despite playing a game less than Liverpool, following a draw in the Merseyside derby. Stevie Me thought he'd saved his club, yet again, before Cahill scored Everton's equaliser three minutes from time. Liverpool fans thought they had seen the worst of their sorrows over the past few days, following late winners from United [.

Bitter Bluenose Gallagher Has A Pop At United And Arsenal Managers

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City have spent decades despising United because of our money. Their only response to seeing us lift trophy after trophy, whilst they won fuck all, was that we were 'buying' our success. Blackburn, Newcastle and Chelsea have all proven that it's not possible to buy success, not for the long term anyway, but the bitters [.

Benitez STILL Talking About United

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After United and Chelsea scored late winners this weekend, it was a pretty miserable time for the scousers. Liverpool take on Everton tonight in a game they must win if they want to go back to the top of the table. Just like before their important game against Stoke, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been talking [.

Fancy This At Old Trafford?

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"We explained to both clubs that we don't deal in petty cash and they were Premiership clubs as well," Ken Bates said last week, one of those Premiership clubs reported to be United. "We don't want to sell Fabian. He's happy and we're happy Fabian is staying. Unless something unexpected happens which we can't forecast, [.

Beckham: United Are The Only Team In Manchester

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David Beckham has been making all the right noises in light of the Manchester City takeover. With his AC Milan team mate Kaka currently being linked to the bluenoses, Beckham insists that for him, there's only one team in Manchester. "I only care about Manchester United, personally," Beckham said. "Manchester City are a team that has [.

Another Reason To Be Happy About Our Last Minute Winner

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The murders are fuming! One scouser: See, that's where they truly are Jammy Bastards. If that had been us we'd have bloody conceded in the last minute, not scored. Another scouser: If it happens once, its luck. When they do it every season for he last 15 seasons, its not luck. Another scouser: God help us, then, because [.

Nev: I was clock watching today!

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Gary Neville had a relatively quiet afternoon at the Reebok today, watching his team batter Bolton but fail to find the back of the net. An uncomfortable pattern has been developing, with United failing to score more than one goal a game in the league for months. Neville has today confessed that he was looking at the [.

VIDEO: Petrucci Scores Twice In 4-1 Win

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UNITED! Top of the league! United, United, top of the league!

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VIDEO: Berbatov Goal Against Bolton

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Dimitar Berbatov scored in the last minute of the game to put United top of the table on the same day he insisted we shouldn't compare him to Cantona. "VIDEO: Berbatov Goal Against Bolton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov: Long Way To Go Before Cantona Comparisons

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"It's not good to be compared to a legend, as it brings more pressure," said Berbatov. "I have my own style, I play my own way. I want to be known for that, rather than the comparison to be made. And there is no comparison. I have a long way to go." "Berbatov: Long Way To [...]

Can’t Watch The Match Today?

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The last live blog RoM did went down very well, so today we will be running another. Feel free to enter your e-mail address below so you can receive an e-mail reminder. See you at 3! "Can't Watch The Match Today?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reebok Again… Better Result This Season?

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"Ohhhhh wanky wanky, wanky wanky wanky Wanderers" doesn't have quite the same effect when you're 1-0 down against Bolton at the Reebok. Nicolas Anelka, the bitter-bin-dipping-rent-boy, scored with 11 minutes played following a mistake by Gerard Pique. Without Wayne Rooney, the player who was absent in every single defeat of our title campaign last season, we [.

Calderon Resigns As Real Madrid President

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The man who has hounded us over signing Cristiano Ronaldo for the last couple of years has handed in his resignation, according to reports in Spain. Looks like Guillem Balague was talking out of his arse earlier this week then! "Calderon Resigns As Real Madrid President" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rafael On Arsenal Goal, Derby Day and Gary Neville

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Rafael Da Silva has impressed most reds since breaking in to the first team this season. Along with his brother Fabio, Rafael is tipped to be a big star over the years to come and has shown every sign of fulfilling that potential so far. "When I arrived, I had not played for a year," said [...]

Manucho Loaned Out - Great Idea?

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The timing of sending Manucho out on loan seems a little odd, given we are coming up to the most crucial part of the season and Wayne Rooney has just been ruled out for at least three weeks. The Angolan striker was impressive at the last African Cup of Nations and after signing for United, [...]

A Bit More Recognition For RoM

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Apparently we're the best... "A Bit More Recognition For RoM" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

He’s Cracking Up…

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"He's crackin up, he's crackin up, he's crackin, Rafa's crackin up!" "He's Cracking Up..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Wigan Fans Support Their Local Team… Kind Of

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The other day I commented on the tedious "I support my local team" chant, after watching a Spurs vs Wigan game. Logic told me the chant must have been coming from the Wigan fans, although I imagine all people in the ground that day were local to their respective clubs. Regardless, when we took on Wigan [.

Neville: Liverpool Boss No Match For Fergie

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Everton captain and former red, Phil Neville, has today spoken about the recent war of words between Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez. Whilst enjoying the battle, Neville recognises Benitez is not up to outsmarting Ferguson.  "I think these things are absolutely brilliant for football – it's what sets our league apart from any other league in [.

How Much Will We Miss Wayne Rooney?

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After scoring our winning goal against Wigan last night with less than a minute played, Wayne Rooney was forced off through injury. A damaged hamstring will see him out for 3-4 weeks. Whilst we have Carlos Tevez to fill in, there is no substitute for Rooney's passion and dedication. He will certainly miss our league [.

United Respond To Liverpool’s Mad Rafa Over ‘Totally Inaccurate’ Criticism

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Rafael Benitez has provided United fans with plenty of laughs over the past few weeks, after laying in to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in regards to decisions made by the FA and our chairman's position with the FA. Without needing notes, Ferguson dismissed Benitez as 'disturbed', 'ridiculous' and 'angry', not wanting to pay too [.

Ronaldo - Love Him? Hate Him?

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Free Delivery OR 15% Off

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Mancunia Merchandise is currently having a sale but you can pick which discount you would prefer. You can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders until Thursday by entering voucher code: NOCOSTPOST Or you can receive 15% OFF all orders until next Thursday by entering voucher code: NEWYEARSHIRTS "Free Delivery OR 15% Off" was originally published at The Republik [.

Ronaldo Staying… Probably?

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Guillem Balague broke the story this week that Cristiano Ronaldo had already agreed a deal to join Real Madrid next summer. Balague reckons that Ronaldo's recent denial of such a deal at the recent FIFA World Player of the Year awards was very significant. After reports surfaced that Ronaldo had agreed a deal with Florentino Pérez, [.

Our Patient Fans Give Us Advantage Over Liverpool

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"We have the experience of having been there and done it. Liverpool maybe don't and that might bring a bit more pressure," said Fletcher. "But the best thing is the fans have been in this position before. They know what it takes to win the Premier League. There are times when you have to be [...]

Tosic Could Feature This Season… But He’s No Ronaldo

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Zoran Tosic, our new number 14, joined us in January, bringing with him our high expectations for the future. A freekick specialist and Serbian international, we're hoping for big things from him. Ferguson has today revealed that Tosic may feature before the end of the season, one he's toughened up, but is quick to play down [.

No One Can Beat Ferguson At Mind Games

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Ahead of United's match against the in-form Wigan, who currently lie 7th in the league, former United captain and current Wigan manager, Steve Bruce, has spoken about Sir Alex Ferguson's mind games. "It is fantastic radio and television. I found it humorous like everyone else," said Bruce. "There is always a little bit of banter going [.

Evra Out For Three Weeks After Making Chelsea Return

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After serving his unjust four match ban, Patrice Evra made an impressive return to the first team in our 3-0 victory over Chelsea. He was substituted in the second half though with John O'Shea taking his place. It has been reported that he has suffered minor ligament damage in his foot which occurred when he crossed [.

Finally! Some News On Wes!

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After playing more games for United than any other player in our Double season last year, Wes Brown has barely had a game in 08-09. Battling to keep his first team place ahead of Gary Neville and Rafael Da Silva, Wes hardly got a game. His last appearance for us was our 1-1 draw away to [...]

Maradona Does TNSSO A Favour For Tevez Transfer

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It's a laugh picturing the Chelsea team stood on Peter Street shivering at 7am following a fire evacuation. Silly ol Diego Maradona lighting up a cigar in his room after what I can only imagine was a big night on the town! I wonder if it was outside the Radisson that Jose Mourinho and Maradon got talking.

The Nationwide Discussion This Morning

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Chris at Studs-up.com reflects the conversation that was going on up and down the country this morning... FACT - Fat Spanish Waiter Has Lost The Plot "The Nationwide Discussion This Morning" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra Dedicates Result To Chelsea and FA… After Arsenal Fan Banned Him

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The holes in the published FA report regarding Patrice Evra were embarrassing. The bias towards the Chelsea perspective were ridiculous, with emotive phrasings and opinions given to several United testimonies, yet no judgement was made upon those of Chelsea's. It was in this report that it was confirmed that despite having CCTV footage of the whole [.

The Best Player In England, Europe and the World… At the best club in England, Europe and the World!

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Congratulations Cristiano Ronaldo! FIFA World Player of the Year! He is the first player from the English league to ever claim the prize, after the likes of David Beckham and Frank Lampard have only managed second place in the past. Ronaldo was presented his award by Pele, with Messi and Torres claiming the other top spots.

TNSSO Not Impressed With United Or Chelsea

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"Was I impressed? No," said Mourinho. "Manchester United deserved to win, but it was not an excellent game. It was an exceptional result, but the game was average." Mourinho also revealed that he shared some wine with Ferguson after the match. "Did I have wine with Ferguson? Yes, of course, I didn't bring the wine though.

Mikel: United Didn’t Play That Well

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John Obi Mikel missed a year of his footballing career so that he could move from his initial 'dream' club, Manchester United, to his second 'dream' club, Chelsea. After signing with United, showing up at a press conferences smiling, talking of how lucky he felt he was to be one of our players, he went [.

RoM Reaction To Chelsea - A Brilliant Day

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After necking a quick pint down the road I made my way to the ground. "Viva John Terry" was being sung on repeat by the masses outside Lou Macari's chippy and whilst we were all smiles and laughter, we knew we'd had a tough task on our hands. I've been almost as repetitive as the manager [...]

It Was Nice Whilst It Lasted, Chelsea

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At the beginning of the season United were told that we weren't favourites to win the Premiership, despite winning the league and European Cup the season before. No no, this was going to be Chelsea's year. The Guardian had us down for finishing 2nd whilst Chelsea, with their new manager, would finish 1st.

Chelsea Support Summed Up With Classless Ronalo Chant

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Chelsea aren't famed for their great support. Whilst they too will have seen a lot of the 'real fans' pushed out of the grounds due to the rising ticket prices, you would at least expect for them to be able to get a decent lot travelling to Old Trafford. Their support is always shit at United [...]

Mad Rafa Benitez Is At It Again…Third Rant In As Many Days

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You would think Rafael Benitez would learn his lesson, wouldn't you? Following his pre-meditated insanity speech, quoting 'facts' that weren't actually facts at all, Liverpool went on to drop points against Stoke for the second time this season, playing out another 0-0 draw. After dropping points and allowing United in to a position where they can [.

Slow Motion Replay Shows Odd Appearance In Neville’s Celebration

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Rooney: We Want To Go Top

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"It's down to us," said Rooney. "If we win our two games we'll be top of the league. That might only last until Liverpool play Everton on the Monday but on Saturday night we want to look at the table and see ourselves at the top. Today's win against Chelsea was very important. After watching [...]

VIDEO: From The Stands vs Chelsea

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Ripping the piss out of John Terry and celebrating our goals. What a bloody good day! Cheer for Terry when team list read outUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Viva John TerryUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Celebrating Vidic's goalUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Rooney celebratingUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia We shall not be movedUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia Berbatov celebrationUploaded by RepublikOfMancunia "VIDEO: From The Stands vs Chelsea" was originally published at The [.

Now That Was The Performance Of A Nervous Team, eh Rafa?

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Liverpool drop points to Stoke whilst United batter Chelsea 3-0. Who's scared and nervous now? "Now That Was The Performance Of A Nervous Team, eh Rafa?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Vidic, Rooney and Berbatov’s Goals Against Chelsea

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"VIDEO: Vidic, Rooney and Berbatov's Goals Against Chelsea" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Queiroz Makes Da Silvas An Offer They CAN Refuse

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Manchester United haven't quite clicked yet this season, leading some people to question just how a big an impact Carlos Queiroz leaving the club has had. There is no doubt that he had a massive impact on our training and tactics, so with just Mike Phelan as the replacement, it's no wonder question marks lie [.

Rooney: Our Fans Will Remind Chelsea Of Moscow Defeat

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"Losing the Champions League final to any team is difficult but to lose to one of your big rivals is hard to take," said Rooney. "The next game against that team is always going to be a big one, with people talking about the final and the players no doubt thinking about it as well. [...]

Rattled Rafa’s Men Predictably Drop Points… And Rafa Could Be Punished

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Liverpool dropped points away to Stoke today following Rafael Benitez's moment of madness yesterday. Following his bizarre rant, his team were unable to score against Stoke, who were in the relegation zone at the start of the day. Had Benitez spent more time focussing on Liverpool's game today, rather than compiling notes about Sir Alex Ferguson, [.

Cheer Up Rafa Benitez…

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Cheer up Rafa Benitez, oh what can it mean, to a fat Spanish waiter and a shite football team... FACT - Fat Spanish Waiter Has Lost The Plot "Cheer Up Rafa Benitez..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson Banks On Home Form To Win Title

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Sir Alex Ferguson has asked the players to focus on our home form, claiming that a brilliant run of results at home put us in a great position for winning the league. So far, we've only dropped 2 points at home, whilst Chelsea have dropped 10 points and Liverpool have dropped 8 points. This weekend will [.

Fletcher: I’m Fatter And More Selfish

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Darren Fletcher is enjoying the best season of his United career so far, which certainly bodes well for the future when considering he is just 24-years-old. Fletcher has had his criticis over the years but he is finally starting to answer them (myself included). He has attributed his improved form to putting on weight, progress in [.

Berbatov Prefers Rainy Manchester To Crazy London

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"People talk about the north and the south but I don't make comparisons like that, I am just interested in my football," said Berbatov. "People says it is not sunny here and it rains all the time but that doesn't bother me. I like it the way it is. In fact, I like it better [...]

The Media Reaction To Liverpool Boss Madness

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The view from Liverpool fans is that Benitez is totally composed during the press conference, not anger or emotion on show, therefore he can't have done a Keegan. Maybe they truly believe Benitez is doing them a service in this press conference, taking some of the attention away from their jail bird captain?

Rafa Benitez: Hypocrite? Fool? Mad Man?

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"I want to talk about facts," Benitez starts. "I want to be clear, I do not want to play mind games too early, although they seem to want to start." So, we're talking facts are we Rafa? Excellent. Fact: "On November 1, they played Hull and Mr Ferguson had a two-match touchline ban and a £10,000 fine [.

Bored Waiting For Chelsea Game?

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Sunday kick off 4pm. Thank you Sky Sports! I'll wish my whole weekend away because you want your Super Sunday. So, if you want a way to fill your time before the big match, check out Soccerlens' top goals from 2008. It's not just the Premiership goals you'll find, but goals from all over the World. "Bored [.

Evra Looking Forward To Chelsea Game

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"Patrice will be the freshest match on the pitch," said Ferguson. "He has been training well and is looking forward to it. It is a great boost to have him back because he has had a fantastic season for us." Don't forget the Patrice Evra chant. "Evra Looking Forward To Chelsea Game" was originally published at The [.

Fergie Won’t Respond To Tevez Comments

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Carlos Tevez let off steam in Argentina during the week, leading to speculation that his time at United would be over at the end of the season when his loan deal expired. Sir Alex Ferguson has got wind of Tevez's comments but has insisted that the situation is a private one. "I have no thoughts on what Carlos [.

VIDEO: Benitez Loony Bin Rant

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You thought I was making it up? That Rafael Benitez couldn't be as mad as I described him? Well here's a 'fact' for you. Benitez has lost the plot and here's the video to prove it. Look at him with fucking notes! What a clown. "VIDEO: Benitez Loony Bin Rant" was originally published at The Republik of [.

What Do Messi And Robinho Know About Football Anyway?

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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Lionel Messi has come runner up to both Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top individual player awards but has yet to scoop one himself. This week there has been much talk about the World XI he picked which included Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney. However, Ronaldo's name was missing.

Mad Liverpool Boss Loses Plot In United Focussed Rant

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Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez, has launched a scathing, yet comical, attack on Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United today. He starts by claiming he doesn't want to get involved in mind games, then goes off on some long, babbling rant, talking about how Ferguson has recently been given a touchline ban for confronting a referee, only [.

View of the Enemy II: Blue Perspective On Tomorrow

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Ahead of the United vs Chelsea game earlier this season, I had a word with TheChelseaBlog.org about Terry's red card, Scolari's appointment and predictions for the match. Since then, with a best new blog award to their name, not a lot has changed. We talked about Terry's red card, Scolari's progress and predictions for the [.

Bosingwa’s Bragging Falls On Deaf Ears

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United take on Chelsea tomorrow so all the players start crawling out of the woodwork to give their thoughts. Chelsea's fullback, Jose Bosingwa, has today claimed Chelsea know how to stop Cristiano Ronaldo. Well, it's not exactly hard! Hasn't he been watching United recently? "To stop Cristiano is not easy," said Bosingwa, "but at Chelsea there are [.

£7 T-shirts Sale… CHAMPIONS - ‘Viva John Terry’ - Cantona - ‘Free Steven Gerrard’ - Our Midfield Magician

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The latest MancuniaMerchandise sale means you can buy any of the designs on a shirt for as little as £7! Click on the t-shirts below to see all the products available with that design. Get in touch if there's something you're after which isn't available on the shop at the moment. "£7 T-shirts Sale.

Robinho Is ‘Not Stupid’… But He Wouldn’t Come To United Over City

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United played City off the park at Wastelands earlier this season and this time left with the right result. Even when United went down to ten men with over twenty minutes to play, City still couldn't show up. All the City fans you'd come across in the weeks leading up to that game bleated on and [...

Ronaldo Escapes Crash By The Airport… But His Car Is Written Off

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Cristiano Ronaldo was lucky to escape unharmed after writing off his Ferrari sports car earlier this morning. Edwin Van der Sar was travelling behind Ronaldo in his Bentley with both players believed to be on their way to Carrington. He crashed into a roadside barrier in a tunnel which takes traffic under the airport runways between [.

Just HOW Bad Was Our Performance Against Derby?

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Reaction To Derby… Hmmm

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In the games where we haven't got the result we wanted or just scraped a 1-0, it's usually been a game we've totally dominated. Tonight was an entirely different kettle of fish. Poor doesn't come close to describing that performance tonight and there is absolutely no excuse for it. Derby had more shots on target than us [.

Giggs, Rio And Rooney All Richer Than Ronaldo

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Football's Rich List 1. David Beckham £125M 2. Michael Owen £40m 3. Wayne Rooney £35m 4= Rio Ferdinand £28m 4= Robbie Fowler £28m 4= Sol Campbell £28m 7. Ryan Giggs £23m 8= Michael Ballack £20m 8= Frank Lampard £20m 10. Steven Gerrard £19m 11. Cristiano Ronaldo £18m 12. John Terry £17m 13.

Following All The Tottenham Outrage Over Berbatov… They Do The Same To Boro

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What a fuss we had over the summer concerning the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov. Tottenham Hotspur were not very happy with us and their chairman, Daniel Levy, said all sorts of mean things about Sir Alex Ferguson. "This is a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players," Levy said.

Joorabchian: We’re Not Talking To Other Clubs About Tevez

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The Tevez 'saga' rumbles on... "I think we've made it very clear until now that we've always said he's a Man United player and if anybody wants to buy Carlos or talk about Carlos they must talk to United," said Joorabchian. "We're not in the process of people trying to contact us etc etc. We've never [.

Fat Boy: Chelsea Visit Old Trafford With Hopes of Winning or Drawing

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Frank Lampard has spoken out ahead of the United vs Chelsea game, claiming that they're coming to Old Trafford not to get beaten. People have been banging on about Chelsea's away record, but it's considerably easier to have a good away record when the toughest place you've been to is Goodison Park. Aside from United, they [.

VIDEO: Eagles Assist Against Spurs

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Just days after Chris Eagles talked about his potential future at Manchester United, he bagged a great assist in Burnley's 4-1 defeat to Spurs. Tonight's result almost certainly means we will face Spurs if we are to reach the League Cup final. "VIDEO: Eagles Assist Against Spurs" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fletcher Has The Right Attitude

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"I want to stamp down my place in this team," Fletcher said. "But most importantly I want to keep winning things and feel as though I have played a part. Personal praise is nice but United being successful is what matters most and there is always a new challenge. I strive every day in training [...]

Good News On The Patrice Evra Chant

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In the opening months of the season, RoM ran the "Sing a Song For the Unsung" competition, where we asked fans to think up chant for player who don't have one widely sung at Old Trafford. The winner was a chant created for Patrice Evra, which we created a video for to spread the word. It is Evra's [.

Fergie: Liverpool Will Feel The Nerves… Unlike Us

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This time last season Arsenal were top of the table, two points ahead of Manchester United. They had lead from the top all season, brushing off the criticis with every passing month. When they five points clear half way through February, people were wondering if they were going to end up with egg on their [.

Phew! Crossed Wires Explains Tevez’s Ferguson Outrage

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Carlos Tevez returned to Argentina during the week off he had been granted by the club, set for a return to play in the first leg of our semi-final against Derby on Wednesday. Last night, reports emerged showing Tevez to be incredibly frustrated with Sir Alex Ferguson and his contract status. He went as far as [.

Serbian Dreams Come True

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The Serbian lads, Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, who signed for us last week, have today claimed that playing for Manchester United is a dream come true. Tosic was in the stands for our recent 3-0 win over Southampton, sitting behind Sir Bobby Charlton, and cannot wait to get started. "At the beginning it [.

Giggs’ United Future Depends On Three Things

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After scoring United's last goal in our Premiership winning season, as well as our last penalty in the European Cup final, many wondered whether Giggs was going to call it a day over the summer. He's had a brilliant career, one which will probably only truly be recognised once he retires, so there might have [.

Mourinho At Chelsea Game On Sunday

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Reports in this mornings' papers reveal that Jose Mourinho is planning to visit Manchester this weekend, coming to watch the United vs Chelsea game on Sunday. Mourinho had been sacked in the week leading up to our last meeting at Old Trafford, meaning his last visit to our ground was the 1-1 the season before.

Tevez Situation May Have Taken An Extreme Turn For the Worst

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Why is that seemingly ever transfer we're involved in has to contain the words 'saga'? We take forever to get our business done these days! The Carlos Tevez 'saga' has been rumbling on for some time now. Whilst in the summer the club acknowledged that the deal would be resolved in "October, November or December", according [.

Vidic: Fergie Gets Message Across… Despite Thick Scottish Accent

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Nemanja Vidic has been a revelation at Manchester United, with his tough approach to the game earning the team points on several occasions. He's not on the receiving end of our praise alone though, with him being placed 21st in Europe the recent Ballon d'Or awards. He has today spoken about his role in the club, [.

Nothing Decided By Chelsea Game

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With the League Cup semi-final and Premiership game against Chelsea to be played this week, United have got to keep their concentration, whilst also allowing for the rotation of players. We're approaching the crucial part of the season and our focus needs to be at its best. Assistant manager, Mike Phelan, has today claimed that whilst [.

Southampton Boss: It Was A Normal Tackle, Not A Red Card

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Manchester United beat Southampton 3-0 yesterday in a game United controlled and dominated, as you would expect. However, there were several talking points after the game. Firstly, replays showed United's first goal, scored by youngster Danny Welbeck, should have been ruled out for offside. He wasn't standing in an offside position when the ball came to [.

VIDEO: Welbeck’s Goal Against Southampton

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Follow the game on our live blog! Don't forget about Banana Skins For Terry! "VIDEO: Welbeck's Goal Against Southampton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Live blog: Southampton vs Manchester United

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The Draw Is In, We’re At Home, and It’s…

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Tottenham Hotspur. "The Draw Is In, We're At Home, and It's..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

A Bit Of Wishful Thinking From Eagles With Buy Back Clause

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Chris Eagles showed a fair bit of potential in his time with United but he never really looked as though he was going to make it with us. Maybe he would be good enough for another Premiership team, but not United. Eagles is the same age as Wayne Rooney, give or take a few weeks. However, [...]

Rooney: Arsenal And Chelsea Lucky To Beat Us In The Final

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I was at Cardiff in the pissing down rain, amidst the anti-Glazer protests, when United battered Arsenal for two hours but lost the FA Cup final on penalties. I was at the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley when two absolutely knackered teams, in United and Chelsea, competed against each other in one [.

My Favourite Write Up On Gerrard So Far

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Everybody hates them and they don't care. Millwall fans, detestable bunch of thugs by and large. Sam Bethell, the fella who swung for and missed Patrice Evra, was one of them. But I've just read an article by Millwall-loving Ron Liddle in The Times which is really worth a read. As if slagging off that prick [.

Fergie: Berbatov lazy? Nah, he did more running than Rooney!

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Dimitar Berbatov has received criticism from opposition fans as much as our own fans this season. For whatever reason, reds have been quick to get on his back, whilst the away end will chant "what a waste of money!" or "who are ya?" whenever he misses an opportunity to score. The biggest criticism he gets is [.

The Richest Team In The World ‘Pretending’ To Be Rubbish

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After being knocked out of the League Cup in 2nd Round by Brighton (League One), Manchester City were today thrashed by Nottingham Forest (Championship) in the FA Cup 3rd Round at home. Now, I can only assume this is all a big act. We know they're going to finish in the top four at the end [...]

Fergie Looks To Fixture List Conspiracy

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Last season there were two Super Sundays, where the top four clubs played each other all happened to be selected to play against each other during the same weekend. On both Manchester derbies, one in August, the other in February, Chelsea and Liverpool played each other. Clearly the fixtures, whilst random in parts, are organised depending on [.

Vidic: Serbian Lads Are Living The Dream

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Nemanja Vidic has today spoken about our new Serbian signing, Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic. After not signing Ivanovic, another Serbian we'd been linked with, Vidic is pleased that fellow Serbs have joined the club. "It's great for Serbia and it's great for me to have people from the same country around me," said Vidic.

We Support Our Local Team

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Every week the away section are guaranteed to sing two things. "We support our local team" and "Your support is fucking shit". Doesn't matter who the opposition, doesn't matter how many songs we've sung, those two chants will get sung. Once upon a time I could have got wound up by that but you become immune [.

January 2nd… Our Transfer Window Is Shut

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After the agreed terms and transfers fees for Serbian duo Tosic and Ljajic had been announced, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed we will not be bringing in any new targets during the January transfer window. "Tosic joins us immediately, his work permit is through; Ljajic will join us next year," said Ferguson.

Big Red Terry Christian In Big Brother House

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Massive Manchester United fan, Terry Christian, will be taking part in Celebrity Big Brother. Terry, who was interviewed by RoM in September, currently earns his crust with BBC Radio Manchester. I only hope one of the Z-listers in there with him supports Liverpool, which could actually make that programme worth watching!

Mr Glass Is Back

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United fans might have been entitled to feel a tad disgruntled upon seeing how often Louis Saha had been playing for his new club Everton. Whilst I wished him well and never resented him in a way a lot of reds began to, I wasn't too impressed to see that after spending his entire United [...]

Serbian Terms Agreed At Long Last… And Squad Numbers Given

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Manchester United agreed a deal with Partizan Belgrade for their two players, Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, almost a month ago. It should have been plain sailing from this point but we were unable to resolve their personal terms, with the players obviously clinging on to the idea of more money than we were prepared [.

Tevez Confirms Interest From Elsewhere… But Wants To Stay

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A permanent deal for Carlos Tevez has still not been agreed upon, with United fans everywhere fearing our Argie will get fed up over lack of playing time and delay in being offered a contract. Real Madrid have been named as a club who would be interested in signing him, however Tevez, for the time being [.

£6mill Leeds Lad On The Way

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As RoM reported here back in November, it is looking more and more likely that Fabian Delph is on his way to Manchester United. Leeds have already turned down a bid from Newcastle for the player, with Ken Bates hoping they could cling on to the talented teenager. "Fabian Delph will be moving to Premier League - [.

Can’t Watch The Game On Sunday?

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If you can't watch the match on Sunday for whatever reason, keep up to date with all the goings on with RoM Live Blog. Enter in your e-mail address below to receive a reminder about this. "Can't Watch The Game On Sunday?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What REALLY Happened…

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Don't waste your time reading the papers, Chris has all the answers... "What REALLY Happened..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson’s Hats Of Allegience

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First there's his Australian rugby team cap, which he was spotted in after our 4-1 win over Derby last season. Then a Brazil cap he was wearing in training, as well as a hat bearing the Welsh coat of arms, which he often can be seen wearing at Carrington. But this was certainly Ferguson's best hat [.

Fergie: I Can’t Tell Da Silvas Apart

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"I can hardly tell them apart, except that one is married and wears a ring," said Ferguson. "It will be interesting to find out if their football ability is identical too. There's every chance it is because Fabio captained the Brazil team at every youth level. Rafael has been a revelation this season.

Banana Skins For Terry

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Chelsea will make the trip up North to take on the Champions of England, Europe and the World on January 11th. This will be the first occasion John Terry has played at Old Trafford since helping us win the European Cup in Moscow. Had he stayed on his feet when taking Chelsea's final penalty, he would [.