Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

United Tight With Agents… Unlike City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal…

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The Premier League has revealed clubs paid £70.6million to agents from October 2008 to September 2009.

Whilst other teams in the top four have wasted millions on agents' wages, it's fairly refreshing to see United come so low down.

1. Manchester City £12,874,283
2. Chelsea £9,562,223
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RoM Reads

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Dirty Tackle reports on the trouble between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade fans in which Adem Ljajic scored the winning goal.

Martin Samuel writes for The Daily Mail claiming Sir Alex Ferguson was right not to fork out £30m for Carlos Tevez.

The Evening News talks about Fergie's critical comments of those who slagged off the manager's selection choice against Besiktas.

FA Cup Third Round: United At Home Against…

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Manchester United have been drawn at home against Kettering or Leeds!

More to follow...

Spurs vs Peterborough
Brentford vs Doncaster
Boro vs City
Stoke vs York
Notts County vs Forest Green Rovers
Huddersfield vs West Brom
Sheffield United vs QPR
MK Dons vs Burnley
Chelsea vs Watford
Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham
Preston vs Colchester
West Ham vs Arsenal
Villa vs Blackburn
Pompey vs Coventry
Sunderland vs Oxford United/Barrow
Wigan vs Hull
Everton vs Carlisle
Sheffield Wednesday vs Crystal Palace
Tranmere/Aldershot vs Wolves
Blackpool vs Ipswich
Fulham vs Swindon
Stockport/Torquay vs Brighton
Scunthorpe vs Barnsley
Southampton vs Rotherham/Luton
Bristol City vs Cardiff
Reading vs Liverpool
Staines Town/Millwall vs Derby
Plymouth vs Newcastle
Leicester vs Swansea
Bolton/ vs Lincoln
Accrington/Barnet vs Gillingham
United vs Kettering/Leeds

Ideas for Christmas

"FA Cup Third Round: United At Home Against.

VIDEO: Ryan Giggs’ 100th Premiership Goal

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PICTURES: Pompey vs United

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VIDEO: Rooney Hat-Trick vs Portsmouth

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Wayne Rooney scored his third hat-trick for Manchester United against Portsmouth today, making him the second highest scorer in the league with ten goals in thirteen games.

"VIDEO: Rooney Hat-Trick vs Portsmouth" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: How The F**k Is This A Pen??

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Is it any wonder Sir Alex Ferguson complains about the referee when they persist in making truly awful decisions?!

Notice the Portsmouth players complaining when the whistle is blown, believing a freekick has been given against them for jumping in on Tomasz Kuszczak. Not a single Portsmouth player appeals for a penalty.

Rio: Owen Listened To Fergie In Amazement

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Rio Ferdinand has looked to the reasons why he thinks United will win a few trophies this season, as well as reflecting on his first impressions of the manager, which are shared by Michael Owen.

"When I look at the players around me in the dressing room I can't help but feel confident and believe that we will win," said Rio.

Rio Reveals Moscow Team Talk

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Rio Ferdinand, who will sit out today's match through injury, has revealed what Sir Alex Ferguson said to the team before kick-off in Moscow.

"I'll never forget the manager's speech in Moscow," said Rio. "Before the game he just plunked his chair in the middle of the dressing room and just started a random conversation totally unrelated to football.

Ahead Of Our Trip To Fratton Park…

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United travel to Portsmouth knowing we can go within two points of league leaders Chelsea if we can secure a win.

Unfortunately for us, this game has upset written all over it. Pompey are rock bottom of the table and have just appointed a new manager. Not just any manager though. This is the manager who guided Chelsea within one penalty kick of winning the European Cup at our expense.

Fergie: Wes Is The Best Natural Defender In England

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Not for the first time, Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Wes Brown the best natural defender in the country.

With injuries across the back four, Ferguson is thankful to have Brown back fit for the weekend and has sung his praises.

This morning RoM reflected on the beginning of Brown's career and the impressive start he made at the club,

"I must say that Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown have been absolutely fantastic in recent games," said Ferguson.

Jimmy Murphy Players Of The Year: Where Are They Now?

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With Sir Matt Busby still in hospital, recovering from the tragedy in Munich, Jimmy Murphy, the man Busby made his assistant manager when being appointed himself, took the reins. It had been his job to scout and train the team which was known as the Busby Babes, known for his dedication to the job, but after the Munich Air Disaster, he became the caretaker manager.

When The Seagulls Follow The Trawler reviews the Besiktas defeat. United Rant lo

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When The Seagulls Follow The Trawler reviews the Besiktas defeat.

United Rant looks at our player of the year so far

The Guardian says our youngsters aren't ready yet.

The Times looks at bad challenges vs diving.

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LIVE BLOG: United vs Besiktas

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United vs Besiktas "LIVE BLOG: United vs Besiktas" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The BBC have a nice feature on Jonny Evans.

101 Great Goals has footage from the Reserves' 2-1 win over Hull, Tosic scoring both goals.

Studs Up has a laugh at Liverpool.

United Rant has published the latest 'rant cast'.

Liverpool Kop is not very happy.

"RoM Reads" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sound Familiar? Vidic To Do A Ronaldo?

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We've all heard the rumours that Nemanja Vidic fancied a move to Barcelona last summer, but in an interview with one of our fanzines, Red News, the defender has given out a very confusing message.

Remember when Cristiano Ronaldo used to get asked if he was staying and he could never really make up his mind?

Wes: I’m Thinking About United… Not World Cup

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Fabio Capello seems to be a fan of our Wes Brown, choosing him as the first choice right back until he picked up another injury. If he can stay fit, he will certainly be in Capello's squad and likely to be a starting player ahead of Glen Johnson.

However, Wes reckons he isn't distracted by thoughts of the summer, claiming it's all about United right now.

Ahead Of The Besiktas Game…

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Manchester United take on Besiktas tonight in a bid to claim top spot in the group. As it stands, that would mean missing the likes of Barcelona, Bordeaux, Sevilla and Milan for the time being, although a lot can change before the places are set in stone.

United will play a young team tonight, with Darron Gibson confirmed as a starting player.

VIDEO: They Need Our Support Now More Than Ever

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In the light of Liverpool's crushing exit from the Champions League, it's only fair we give our North West pals all the support they need. We should understand that leaving the competition so early in what was supposed to be 'their year' will be incredibly painful for them, never mind totally embarrassing.

PICTURES: United In Training (Hargreaves Back!)

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Whilst it's great to see the likes of Owen Hargreaves, Ji-Sung Park and Dimitar Berbatov present, it's not so great to notice Edwin Van der Sar, Jonny Evans, John O'Shea, Gary Neville and of course, Rio Ferdinand, are all missing.

Of course, it's only Besiktas, meaning Van der Sar wasn't expected to play anyway, but let's hope the knock to the knee he received against Everton doesn't keep him out at the weekend.

Fletch: United Stronger Now We Dont Have To Cover Ron

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Darren Fletcher is man of the moment and reckons part of his great form is down to being able to play in his own position, rather than having to double up down the right when Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn't track back.

Ronaldo's failure to work for the team really irritated me. Not because I expected Ronaldo to run around like a blue arsed fly to defend, but because his failure to even try to win back balls he had lost meant the rest of our team had to work harder.

Owen: Nev Isn’t Happy I’ve Nicked Hating Scousers Song!

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Quite predictably, our fans have pinched Gary Neville's song and used it for Michael Owen, claiming he's a red and he hates scousers.

Owen has again sung the praises of our club and joked that Neville isn't too impressed about the song pinching!

"I'm not sure Gary Neville's too pleased with me nicking his song!

Fletch: Keane and Scholes Tore Me To Shreds – Not Lampard, Fabregas or Gerrard

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Darren Fletcher has been receiving praise from all over recently as he goes on to prove himself as one of Manchester United's most important players.

Long hailed as a 'big game player' by our fans, the 25-year-old has now raised his game for every match, and topped that off with a blinding goal against Everton at the weekend.

STATS: United This Season vs United Last Season

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Having looked at the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure on the goalscoring of other players in the squad, and seeing the positive effect, I thought it would be interesting to compare like for like fixtures. The press wrote us off in the summer (but they did tip Liverpool to win the title, so we shouldn't be too offended, and instead, comfort ourselves with the knowledge journos know fuck all, it seems) and our own fans have been grumbling about the performances and results, but how justified are the complaints?

New Stretford End Banner Chosen

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Stretford End Flags have announced today that the new banner to be added to the collection we already have on the Stretford End will be "Manchester Is My Heaven".

This was RoM's favourite of the good designs put up for the vote, with us already incorporating Sir Matt Busby's words on our header at the forum.

Feed The Scousers, Let Them Know It’s Christmas Time

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The Feed the Scousers chant got it's first outing of the year at Old Trafford on Saturday, with our fans considerately remembering those less fortunate than ourselves. Until the end of the week, you will receive 15% off all purchases by simply entering voucher code "NOVEMBERSALE".

Check out the RoM Feed the Scousers range at Mancunia Merchandise and join the Feed the Scousers Facebook group

Take a look RoM's other Christmas ideas.

Owen: I’d Love To Win League With United

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Michael Owen got another 90 minutes under his belt for Manchester United and has reflected on the reasons why he signed for us.

After eight years in Liverpool's first team without winning the league title, Owen says he would love to win the league with United.

"When I was first asked to sign for Manchester United I went to bed thinking about what it would feel like to join a new club and meet new staff and new players," said Owen.

After All The Fuss About The Poppies…

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Evra: Don’t Always Have To Score To Be MOTM, eh Fletch?

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What Did We Say About Replacing Ronaldo’s Goals?

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Last season United beat Everton 1-0 thanks to a penalty scored by Cristiano Ronaldo. This season, United beat Everton 3-0 thanks to goals from Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valenca.

I'm not suggesting that United are better this season than they were last just because we beat a weaker Everton side by a larger scoreline, rather reinforcing the point I made when Ronaldo was sold.

Darren Fletcher, Football Genius

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He can tackle, he can pass, he can run with the ball, he can lead... he can score bloody brilliant goals.

Darren Fletcher is a football genius!

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Owen: I Can’t Complain!

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Michael Owen got another 90 minutes under his belt against Everton today, filling in for the injured Dimitar Berbatov, and reckons life at Manchester United has left him with nothing to complain about.

"I have played in a team that was struggling and I much prefer life at a winning club, even if that means I don't play every minute of every game," Owen said.

VIDEO: Fletcher, Carrick and Valencia’s Goals Against Everton

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Original Video More videos at TinyPic

Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia's goals.

"VIDEO: Fletcher, Carrick and Valencia's Goals Against Everton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

MORE Money Off RoM United Gear In Time For Christmas

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The Republik of Mancunia shop has some offers on for shoppers in the USA and Canada (CADCYBER29 and CADFREESHIP1). There is a wider variety of designs in this shop which can still be bought from the UK, although sadly without the discounts aren't available to you.

Although over at Mancunia Merchandise (which ships to UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Ireland, Italy Spain, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Cyprus, Iceland and Japan) there is a 15% sale on ALL products until November 29th.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about Manchester vs Merseyside

Studs Up looks at the Henry handball conspiracy theory

Oliver Holt writes for The Mirror about Henry's loss of reputation

The Times looks at how referee's favour the home team

When The Seagulls Follow The Trawler has a chat with Oliver Kay

"RoM Reads" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ahead Of Our Match Against Everton…

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It feels like months since United's last outing. I'm not sure whether that's because of the boredom the International break breaks or the need we've felt to bury our last game to the back of our memories. Losing against your title rivals is always going to be painful but to lose how we did, at the hands of poor officiating, is even harder to take.

Cantona: Henry Wouldn’t Have Lasted Three Seconds With Me!

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Every man and his dog has been asked what they think of Thierry Henry disgraceful cheating this week which denied Ireland a place in the World Cup.

Eric Cantona is the latest to give his opinion on Henry and seems to imply if he had been playing, and if was Irish, he would have kicked the shit out of the smarmy twat.

Rodwell Staying Put? That’s Not What Moyes Said

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The Mirror: United Have No Chance Of Signing Rodwell

The Telegraph: Moyes Rodwell Staying At Everton

Yahoo Sports: Rodwell Isn't Going Anywhere

But what did David Moyes actually say?

"Of course Jack is a talented young player who is English and already established in the Premier League at a top-six club, so there is bound to be interest from other clubs," Moyes said.

Cantona Rates Larry White

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Laurent Blanc is flavour of the month at the moment after winning the league with Bordeaux and currently standing top of his Champions League group, which contains Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Back in May, RoM looked at the reasons why Blanc should replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but Eric Cantona wants him to be the next manager of France.

Fergie: FA Use Rooney Every Blinking Time!

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Sir Alex Ferguson gets in a dig at the FA after point out how often Wayne Rooney is used to do all the press for England.

Our manager is famous for wanting to lower the profile of his young stars but this doesn't seem to be a method the FA are familiar with.

"Every time England go on a trip, who gets on the television?

Fergie: Foster Is England’s Best

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Fergie: We Understand Ireland Pain After Chelsea Game

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Rooney: I Want Best United Scoring Record This Season

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Ferguson Talks About Rooney’s England And United Captaincy

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"Ferguson Talks About Rooney's England And United Captaincy" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Hargreaves Delayed Return Down To Lacking Confidence

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Sir Alex Ferguson reckons the reason behind the delay in Owen Hargreaves' return is the player's lacking confidence after over a year without football.

"He is training very well," Ferguson said. "It is more of a confidence thing for the lad to come back into real full training with us.

RoM Reads

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Martin Samuel brings some perspective to the Fergie and Maradona punishments

Red Rants takes a look at Henry's disgraceful action from last night

Soccerlens looks at how United can improve

A Kick In The Grass previews our visit from Everton

The Evening News talks about Dimitar Berbatov ahead of Everton game

The Daily Mail looks at the top ten teenage sensations

"RoM Reads" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Phillip Neville’s Still A Red… Who Hates City And Mocks Blue Ketchup

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When Everton put United out of the FA Cup on penalties last season, Phil Neville stood with his arms folded looking away as his team mates raced forward in celebration. Not the behaviour you'd expect from an Everton captain, but certainly the behaviour you'd expect from a born and bred red.

Coton: Heaton Wants To Leave In January

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Former Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Tony Coton, has revealed that Tom Heaton is looking for a move away from the club this January, ahead of his contract running out in the summer.

The 23-year-old knows he won't be getting the opportunity any time soon at United so is hoping one of the clubs interested in him comes in with a formal offer.

Scholes: I Hope Fergie Stays For A Long Time

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Paul Scholes is hoping Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't retire any time soon as he believes having the stability of one manager can ensure silverware.

"His record speaks for itself," said Scholes. "Twenty-three years is a long time and, hopefully, he can continue to be here and win trophies for a long time to come.

VIDEO: Berbatov’s Goals Against Malta

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And Dimitar Berbatov becomes Bulgaria's all time highest scorer.

"VIDEO: Berbatov's Goals Against Malta" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Wonder What Platini Makes Of This Cheat?

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Once an Arsenal player, always an Arsenal player...

"Wonder What Platini Makes Of This Cheat?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

And The Scousers’ Obsession Continues…

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Liverpool's European Cup win in 2005 was one of the most incredible moments in their history. It stands to reason that somebody would make a film about it and I suppose it also makes sense they wouldn't be able to do so without including United.

Fifteen Minutes That Shook The World had its premiere on Monday night, attended by Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Rafael Benitez.

PICTURES: New United Banners

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After some less than impressive banners from SEF of late, it looks as though there's a good selection on offer to vote for this time around. The banner will cost around £650 to make and only paying members of SEF can have their say.

Check out the Streford End Flags forum to find out more.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jeff Winter On His Favourite United Game, His Mistakes And Ferguson

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Jeff Winter has been causing a bit of a fuss of late with his seemingly totally biased and negative opinions against our manager.

No manager has ever been given a touchline ban for comments he made about a referee but Winter went as far as claiming Ferguson should have been given a FIFA stadium ban!

Simpson: United Is My Club… But I’d Sign For Newcastle

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Danny Simpson left Manchester United under a bit of a cloud after mistakes in his personal life saw Sir Alex Ferguson ship him out to Blackburn Rovers. The move was supposed to be as a favour to Paul Ince but Danny struggled to get in the team and the move became a bit of a waste of time.

Simpson is enjoying himself a lot more at Newcastle though and reckons he would sign for them if he was asked in January or at the end of the season.

Foster: I’m First Choice For England… Third Choice For United

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Ben Foster was again chosen to play for England this weekend but is disappointed not to get any outings for his club of late.

"It's a weird one," said Foster. "I am third choice for United yet I am playing for my country. It is very disheartening to not even be on the bench at United.

Fergie Wants To Spend In January… But Who On?

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"I would like to do business, but only if the prices are right and that can be a problem in January," Ferguson said today.

We have been 'warned off' Carlton Cole after reports in the papers reckoned we were ready to part with £20m for the Chelsea reject. Don't get me wrong, he's doing a good job for West Ham this season but Darren Bent is having a better time at Sunderland.

Rooney: I’m Proud I’ve Captained My Country

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Wayne Rooney was England captain during their 1-0 defeat to Brazil yesterday, something he never thought would happen.

With captain and vice-captain, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, both out injured, Fabio Capello trusted Rooney with the responsibility.

"I remember the best players in the world Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Platini were captains, no?

Vidic: I Don’t Think About Leaving United

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Quotes Of The Week

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"It will be Rooney. I think Rooney is ready to be a captain. Why not?"
Fabio Capello is a pretty bright chap.

"There was never any doubt that I would play for Wales, my family wouldn't have let me play for England! It would not have tempted the young Ryan Giggs it was never an issue for me.

Evans: We Don’t Play-Act But We Still Have To Beat Ref

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Jonny Evans has reiterated the comments of other United players and fans in claiming that big decisions have gone against us so far this season.

"We are usually quite good with referees," Evans said. "I think there are a lot of teams that do a lot of play-acting, but I don't think that's the case with Manchester United.

Rooney: I Want To Be A United Legend Like Cantona

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The papers over the weekend were linking Wayne Rooney with an £85m move to Barcelona whilst Cristiano Ronaldo said he would welcome Wayne at Real Madrid.

Rooney has moved to put an end to end rumours before people start getting carried away by again claiming he wants to spend the rest of his career with us.

Rooney: I Could Have Said A Lot Worse Than ‘12 Men’!

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After Manchester United were robbed by the referee against Chelsea at the weekend, Wayne Rooney walked off the pitch and mouthed "12 men" at the Sky Sports camera. He has since been warned by the FA over his future conduct.

Rooney has today explained his comments, acknowledging he probably shouldn't have said it, but sure he would have said worse!

Evra: At United You Carry The Weight Of The Club’s History

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More talk from Patrice Evra which makes you love him that little bit more.

"To play for Manchester United demands huge sacrifices," said Evra. "This is a club of hard workers. You are there to work hard, there are no glass jewels or paste trinkets here. At United you are carrying the weight of the club's history.

Nani Not Considering Leaving?

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Just a week or so ago I wrote on here claiming we needed to be more patient with Nani, following a string of frustrating games with the odd flash of something good. We've spent a lot of money on the lad and he should be given a fair run in the team before he's out on his arse.

But unfortunately for Nani, he couldn't just be patient and see what the manager's plans were for him.

FA Make An Example Of United… Again

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been handed a four match touchline ban as well as a £20,000 for questioning the fitness of referee Alan Wiley.

After spending an unusually long time to book Anton Ferdinand in the second half, Ferguson claimed this was because Wiley needed a chance to get his breath back.

INTERVIEW: Times’ Columnist On ABUs, Da Silvas and Referee Complaints

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The Times columnist and Spiked magazine editor, Mick Hume, has taken some time out of his busy schedule to speak to RoM.

Scott the Red: How long have you been following United?
Mick Hume: My whole life since I was seven anyway, in 1967. I am the stereotypical Surrey Red, from the suburbs where there was no professional football.

Evra: After I Laughed At England Team-Makes Are Joking About France

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Patrice Evra has confessed that he is on the receiving end of some piss taking after he rinsed his English United team-mates for failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

With Darren Fletcher's Scotland missing out on the World Cup, Evra has revealed how Fletch tells him they will be spending the summer together, after France fail to beat Ireland in the qualifier.

Hargreaves Will Probably Pass Out But Wants To Repay Fan Faith

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Owen Hargreaves can't wait to come back.

"It will be an amazing feeling to run out at Old Trafford again. I'll be so excited I'll probably pass out," said Hargreaves. "I just want to be part of it again, to be available and healthy. I can't wait to get involved. I want to be able to pull on the shirt and have an effect on games.

United Stewards Charged With GBH After Blue Breaks Legs

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Two Manchester United stewards are set to appear in court next week after allegedly throwing a City fan down the stairs during the match derby which finished 4-3 to us.

Peter Sweeney admits to being caught smoking inside the ground twice before being lobbed down the stairs, breaking both his legs.

FREE SHIPPING On United Goods For Christmas

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Until 24th November 2009 you can claim free shipping on orders worth £23 or more from the RoM Manchester United shop, MancuniaMerchandise.com If you're struggling for Christmas gifts, take a look at the shop then simply use the special 'RELAX' voucher code when going through checkout.

Ever Wondered What It Would Feel Like To Lift The Premiership Trophy?

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No? Well, Liverpool FC have...

Why would they take the piss out of themselves like that?? Who reckons Stevie will have already entered? Doing it this way has got to be better than never at all, right?

"Ever Wondered What It Would Feel Like To Lift The Premiership Trophy?

RoM Reads

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The Evening News defends Fergie's latest referee complaint.

Mark Ogden compares Owen to Tevez in The Telegraph.

Red Rants looks at the ref conspiracy after the penalty Liverpool won for a dive last night.

The Guardian looks at Ngog's "embarrassing case of cheating"

F365 reports on Fletcher's comments about Wenger

"RoM Reads" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What Do City Fans Make Of Tevez Then?

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Manchester City fans were pissing themselves when the now infamous poster popped up in town. The club had forked out a small fortune to a London-based design company to come up with the slogan. Mark Hughes described it as "a bit of fun between fans", likening it to the counter we have on the Stretford End which marks how many years the bitters have gone without a trophy.

VIDEO: Rooney “12 Men”

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Drogba Gif: Funny, Embarrassing Or Painfully Cringeworthy?

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I know Ronny would act the twat at times but I'm honestly struggling to think of an occasion when I would be more embarrassed to support a team who had a player like this in it. How can Chelsea fans tolerate this totally cringeworthy episode. I mean, seriously, what the fuck is he doing?

"Drogba Gif: Funny, Embarrassing Or Painfully Cringeworthy?

What Do The Press Make Of The Robbery At The Bridge?

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The Times: They [United] had been the more assertive team throughout, defending diligently and attacking with purpose when the opportunity arose, and would surely have claimed something from the game, quite possibly a victory, had not the two big refereeing decisions gone in Chelsea's favour.

Has Chelsea Manager Never Watched Chelsea Before?

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"The Manchester players protested a lot. I don't know why. I don't like this."

Oh, the irony.

John Terry said he 'loved' Didier Drogba's disgraceful reaction to their result against Barcelona last season. Remember the one? He had to be dragged away from the referee before shouting "it's a fucking disgrace!

Wes: Drogba Was Holding Me And Pulling Me Down

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Wes Brown speaks out about Didier Drogba fouling him in the lead up to the goal that never should have happened.

"It's very hard to take, we played really well," said Brown. "I thought we played really well as a team and passed the ball brilliantly. We were the better team and had more chances.

RoM Reaction To Daylight Robbery At Stamford Bridge

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Ahead of today's game I had several concerns about how we were going to get on. I was worried that we were going to get outpassed in midfield. I worried that Didier Drogba would have too much for our third and fourth choice central defenders. I was worried after the less than passionate display against Liverpool that our players would struggle again to get themselves up for a big game.

Anybody Fancy A Sing Song?

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RoM Reads

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Patrick Barclay writes a nice piece for The Times about our manager.

Red Rants takes a look at the poppy fuss.

The Guardian looks at Darren Fletcher as the new Roy Keane.

The Times reckons Michael Owen needs a good game today to get in the England squad.

United Rant looks to the Chelsea game.

Ahead Of Our Trip To Stamford Bridge…

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It doesn't matter whether the night before I drank the local dry or was tucked up by ten o'clock with a hot mug of cocoa, I wake up too bloody early on the morning of a big game and can't go back to sleep again. As I'm lying in bed, telling my brain to switch off again so I can sleep, I play out scenario after scenario of how the day could go.

Fergie: You Don’t Leave Manchester United

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In November 1959 Bill Shankly was approached by two men at the end of a Huddersfield game. One was Tom Williams, the Liverpool chairman, the other Harry Latham, a director. "How would you like to manage the best club in the country?" asked Williams. "Why?" Shankly replied, sharp as ever. "Is Matt Busby packing it in?

United and Liverpool Disrespect DEAD SOLDIERS

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The decision of Manchester United and Liverpool not to have an embroidered red poppy on their shirts has caused quite a fuss. United have said that the poppy will not show up on their shirts and with all the work and charity they already do for the armed forces, don't feel that joining other Premiership clubs in having a poppy on their shirt will add to the contribution.

RoM Reads

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Between The Lines is concerned with the club's handling of Darren Fletcher's injury.

The Times lets you pick a United/Chelsea XI

F365 talks tactics ahead of Sunday

Dirty Tackle looks at the random musings of Wayne Rooney

Soccerlens predicts which teams will make it in to the final 16 of the Champions League

Caught Offside reckons Nani is moving to La Liga

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Not A Wise Move, Tomasz

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Tomasz Kuszczak has stupidly given an interview with MUTV criticising Edwin Van der Sar for not helping him enough and suggesting that the Dutch goalie doesn't like him.

Oh dear.

"I must say this, Edwin doesn't help me. Maybe he doesn't like me," said Kuszczak. "He's got more experience and many more games under his belt.

Obertan: Very Proud The Fans Sing My Name

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Manchester United fans revised the Nicky Butt chant for Rodrigo Possebon as he started to shine in League Cup performances last season.

The same has been done for Gabriel Obertan, particularly during his impressive display against Barnsley, which has made him feel very welcome.

"I'm very proud of that," he told MUTV.

Rooney: I Used United Success To Taunt Liverpool Fans As A Kid

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Wayne Rooney, who caused a fuss last season by telling a national newspaper he "hated" Liverpool FC, has today confessed that when he was growing up as an Everton fan, he used United's success to wind up any Liverpool fans he came across.

"United won most of the trophies in the 1990s and for me, as an Everton fan, it was a chance to have a go back at the Liverpool fans," said Rooney.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: A Discussion Ahead Of The Chelsea Game

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Ahead of our match against Chelsea, RoM and The Chelsea Blog teamed up for a discussion to put you in the mood for Sunday.

Scott the Red: The question has been raised a few times in the media who would you prefer out of Drogba, Rooney and Torres? Why?

The Chelsea Blog: The first thought that came into my head was Drogba.

VIDEO: Rio Rapping With Kano

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Rooney: I Want To End My Career Here… Like Giggsy

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Wayne Rooney has again reiterated his love for our club, claiming he wants to spend the rest of his career here and hopefully get somewhere near Ryan Giggs' appearance record.

"I have always said I would love to end my career at this club," said Rooney. "If I can get anywhere near what Ryan has done it would be an amazing achievement because I regard him as the perfect role model.

Gerrard: Difficult To See Owen At United

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Things aren't looking good in Merseyside at the moment, with Liverpool picking up yet another disappointing result in Europe last night, which puts them five points behind the team above them and six points off the top of the group, with just two matches to play.

In the league, they are currently 6th with just three points distancing them from 10th placed Burnley.

VIDEO: Reliving Our Favourite Chelsea Moment

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As if we need an excuse...

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VIDEO: Rooney Is Brilliant

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The new series starts this Sunday at 6pm.

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Evra: Something Always Happens With Chelsea

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Patrice Evra seems to get himself in trouble when we play Chelsea. The season before last he was involved in a fight with a member of Chelsea's groundstaff after our defeat.

There was CCTV footage of the incident and the FA conceded that this did not show Evra hitting the groundsman. The FA noted that the groundsman claimed he was hit on his right ear and that Evra is right-handed, making it impossible for him to have struck him, given they were stood squared up to each other.

Fergie: Time For A Rule Change

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Fletch: Hopefully My Luck With Cards Changes!

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Fergie: I Wanted To Leave Sleepy Rooney On The Bench

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PICTURES: United vs CSKA Moscow

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VIDEO: Michael Owen’s Goal vs CSKA Moscow

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Confessions Of A Cabin Crew – United Players So Polite

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Apparently our players have great manners... according to a cabin crew's revealing stories in The Times today.

We often get football teams flying to European games, and it's always interesting to see how they behave. Without doubt the rudest was Spurs. They were going to Prague a couple of years ago, and they were all very impolite.

LIVE BLOG: United vs CSKA Moscow

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VIDEO: Adem Ljajic Scores

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Fergie: Fans Know How Important Fletcher Is

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Darren Fletcher will make his return to the first team today after missing our last five games through injury.

With the United game coming up this weekend, the manager recognises Fletcher's return as a big boost.

"Most people now recognise Darren Fletcher as a big-game player," said Ferguson.

Quotes Of The Week

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"Rio Ferdinand has been in poor form this season by his standards and I think Sir Alex Ferguson would be shrewd to cash in on the star in January."
Stan Collymore couldn't be a bigger prick if he tried.

"I don't want to play United in the knockout rounds they're a very strong team and I have many friends there.

PICTURES: Training Ahead Of CSKA Moscow Match

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United Last Thing On Owen’s Mind Before Sleep

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Michael Owen says playing for Manchester United is his priority and he wants to score goals so we win, not so he gets picked for England.

"England is something I don't really think about," said Owen. "It is probably something people talk about a lot more than I think about really.

Kai Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen gave birth to a baby boy this afternoon, Kai Wayne, after being nine days overdue.

The couple arrived at Liverpool's Women Hospital on Sunday evening but when Rooney missed training ahead of our CSKA game tomorrow the rumours began.

"Mother and baby are both absolutely fine," said their spokesperson.

Football Unites Manchester and Moscow

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As part of the Football Unites project, the British Council and Stretford End Flags is organising a match between visiting Moscow CSKA and Manchester United fans. Just a few hours before the two sides face each other at Old Trafford on 3 November, their fans will take to the pitch at the Cliff Training Academy in a celebration of football and the friendships created through sport.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about Neville spoiling his legendary status.

Oliver Kay writes for The Times about Owen's increasing England chance.

The Mirror reckons Rooney's absence from training means his missus has gone in to labour how considerate of her to pick a non-matchday.

Nev: No Point Appealing To FA These Days

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In last week's 2-0 victory over Barnsley we were forced to see out another League Cup with ten men following Gary Neville's sending off.

Just days after losing at Anfield, passionate scouse-hater Neville left a foot in on Liverpool supporting Adam Hammill after winning the ball.

Sir Alex Ferguson conceded the referee was "probably correct" to send Neville off but our captain isn't so sure.

PICTURES: United vs Blackburn

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Gab: I Was Nervous But Kept Encouraging Me

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Gabriel Obertan has made a bright start to his Manchester United career, putting in a good performance against Barnsley in the week and impressing during his half hour run against Blackburn yesterday.

With ten minutes left to play and the game still at 1-0, Obertan had the opportunity to make it a dream start when Valencia presented him with a chance to score from five yards out.

Berbatov Relieved After “Doing Something Special”

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Dimitar Berbatov has been widely praised for his performance in our 2-0 victory over Blackburn yesterday. It was his goal that put United ahead in the second half after receiving the ball with his back to goal but expertly turning and slotting it in to the corner.

He is pleased that our patient play paid off and confesses of the relief he feels whenever we score.