Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

Why Offering Ronaldo £200,000 A Week Would Be Ridiculous

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Reports over the weekend claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was about to be offered a deal worth £200,000 to keep his eye on United and away from Real Madrid. Of course, it's just crappy tabloid stuff, but often there is no smoke without fire. Whilst there's no denying what a talented player he is and what a [.

Fergie Wants Foy Answers… Whilst Ronaldo Escapes Ban

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Ledley King made a late challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo inside the box with just ten minutes remaining. Whilst a penalty should have been given, Ronaldo found himself on the receiving end of the punishment, with referee Chris Foy halting play and booking our winger. King then shamelessly applauded the referee's decision.

Ronaldo Fouled In The Box Against Tottenham… Then Booked For Diving

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Cristiano Ronaldo dives. We all know it. Last weekend we saw him booked for it. Cristiano Ronaldo gets kicked off the park every match. We all know it. Often, he'll be rewarded freekicks for it, sometimes, penalties. In the League Cup final yesterday, Ronaldo was fouled by Ledley King in the box. Chris Foy brandished a [.

How An iPod Helped Us Win The Cup

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After Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Tony Coton, was forced in to early retirement, RoM broke news that Eric Steele was likely to be his replacement, pinched from under the noses of Blackburn Rovers. Sure enough, he was the man for the job and Ben Foster, who saved one of Spurs' penalties this afternoon, has revealed how [.

Giggs: It’s All Thanks To Fergie

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Ryan Giggs was the first penalty taker in this afternoon's League Cup final win against Tottenahm Hotspur. Just as he did in Moscow, Giggsy put away his penalty to help us go on to lift the trophy. After the match, our veteran spoke to the press about the effect Sir Alex Ferguson has on the players, claiming [.

VIDEO: Interview With Foster At Wembley

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"VIDEO: Interview With Foster At Wembley" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Fergie Interview At Wembley

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"VIDEO: Fergie Interview At Wembley" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: United Lifting The League Cup

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"VIDEO: United Lifting The League Cup" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Penalty Shoot Out Against Tottenham

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"VIDEO: Penalty Shoot Out Against Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM’s Breakfast Banter With Spurs

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Following the interview I posted with Harry Hotspur yesterday, the favour has been returned at his blog. Enjoy! "RoM's Breakfast Banter With Spurs" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

How Are We Feeling Then?

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On a hangover, there aren't many things that will get me to wake and keep me awake, but I surprised myself as much as anyone else when upon my eyes opening at 8am I had that excited feeling. You know, when your stromach just keeps turning over on itself (and no, it wasn't the Stella [...]

Oi, Rio, Shut It!

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I have made my feelings on the potential for Jose Mourinho to take over at United very clear. He doesn't know how to play attacking football. He can't recognise quality in the transfer market. He couldn't care less about bringing through youth players. Sir Bobby Charlton agrees with me. "I would hate for anyone to take this [.

Ruud Wants To Clear Air With Fergie… But Won’t Take Full Blame

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After patiently waiting for Ruud van Nistelrooy to recover from an injury before signing him, he was a goalscoring machine for Manchester United. Took him until his last season at the club to score from outside the box, a fact rival fans enjoyed, but after scoring 150 goals in 219 games, there weren't many United [.

Rio Describes Fergie Going Bananas After Badly Behaved Nights Out

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"It's not pretty, it's unbelievable," said Rio. "If you talk back to him, he just keeps going louder and louder until you shut up. The worst we've seen is after we behaved badly on a night out. Then, the fireworks explode and he goes bananas. Everyone's heads are on the floor, trying not to catch [..

League Cup Is A Bonus

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I want us to win tomorrow. I want us to lift as many trophies as we possibly can this season. I want the younger players in our squad to get a taste of success like they did in 2006, following the barren year of 2005. I want Tevez to score. I want Welbeck to score. [...]

How Liverpool And United Have Faired Since Rafa Cracked

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What has happened since Rafael Benitez talked facts? January 10th: Stoke 0 - 0 Liverpool Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton Wigan 1 - 1 Liverpool Liverpool 2 - 0 Chelsea (against 10 men) Everton 1 - 0 Liverpool Portsmouth 2 - 3 Liverpool Liverpool 1 - 1 City Real Madrid 0 - 1 Liverpool Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Liverpool In all [.

Fancy A Flutter For The Final?

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Ladbrokes.com are offering all RoM readers a free £10 bet for tomorrow's League Cup final against Spurs. Will Tevez, our highest scorer in the competition, get his name on the scoresheet first? What will the final score be? If you've got a good feeling then see how much your free tenner could earn you.

Liverpool, PLEASE Get Rafael Benitez To Sign!

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Liverpool lost 2-0 to Boro today, who were second from bottom this morning, after failing to pick up three points in the league since November 9th 2008. Now I know some of you will find this result confusing, particularly as it means Liverpool now have the potential to go ten points behind if we win our [.

How United Made Their Way To The Final

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League Cup Round 3 - 23.9.08 Pogatetz's thuggery will probably be better remembered by United fans that the result of this game, which saw United progress to the next round of the League Cup. Ronaldo gave us the lead early on in his first start for the club since his operation over the summer. However Boro equalised [.

Tottenham Striker: I Fancy Following Berb To United… But He’s An Arrogant Snob

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First it was Teddy Sheringham, then it was Michael Carrick and most recently it was Dimitar Berbatov. Spurs have done well in transfer fees from our club and whilst that prick Daniel Levy rubs his hands at all the cash he's bringing in for his latest manager to waste, the fans are none too pleased [.

Rooney’s Memories Of Wembley and League Cup

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Back in the 90's, oh the Worthless Cup, as us arrogant United fans used to call it. It was a competition for us to play our kids, give them a bit of experience, but nothing more than that. We'd won it in 1992 but that was before our proper trophy haul had begun. It's not [...]

Only God Knows About Ronaldo’s Future: Part 2,167

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NEWSFLASH: Only God knows about Cristiano Ronaldo's future! "I feel very happy where I am now. I feel very happy in Manchester," Ronaldo told Sky Sports News today. "Manchester are challenging for titles and I have to appreciate that. Maybe the other clubs don't have an opportunity like us. As for the future, only God knows.

Whose Support Is F**king S**T?

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Manchester United fans will be measured against Tottenham Hotspur's this weekend over who can make the most noise. Carling and Sky Sports will be measuring the noise levels from both ends at Wembley. The readings will be based on a percentage share of the volume based on maximum decibel levels over 10-minute periods.

Traitors At United

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The Daily Mail have been running a feature which names and shames the top 50 football traitors. Quite a few of them have a United connection... 42. Dimitar Berbatov For sulking his way out of White Hart Lane - infuriated everyone connected to Spurs 33. Mark Hughes For taking the manager's job at Manchester City.

Well That’s Her Ruined

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Everyone loves a bit of Angelina right? She's pretty weird, I'll give you that, but generally pretty fit and an all round do-gooder. Well if she's ruined for me, I'm going to have to ruin her for you and all. Not the perfect woman after all... "Well That's Her Ruined" was originally published at The Republik of [.

Tevez: I’m Similar To Wayne… But Not TOO Similar

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When Manchester United first brough Carlos Tevez to the club, there were fears that the two would be unable to play with each other. Thankfully, they proved early on that they made a great partnership and their goal against Middlesbrough, almost requiring telepathic ability to pull off, epitomised that.

Tottenham Love Paul Scholes

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Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final on Sunday, something which United are obviously favourites for. However, United are likely to field a team with more youngsters, in fitting with our attitude throughout the competition, including the likes of Evans, Gibson, Welbeck, Eckersley and Possebon.

Tottenham Believer Arry Knows How To Beat United

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Harry Redknapp's teams have lost to United twice already this season, with United knocking Spurs out of the FA Cup as well as beating Portsmouth away from home, but apparently there is a belief in the Spurs' camp than Redknapp has what it takes to get a win against United on Sunday. "The manager has been [.

Our Unluckiest Position This Season

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Rafael da Silva is likely to be out for a further month due to ankle ligament damage. With Gary Neville and Wes Brown already missing chunks of the season due to injury, it is now official that the right-back position has been our unluckiest when it comes to injuries this season. In the weekend's League Cup [.

Ronaldo: I Picked United Over Inter

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Cristiano Ronaldo left Portugal as a skinny little lad, a 'one-trick pony', but a few years in to his Manchester United career, he is the best player in the World. The sought after winger has today revealed that before leaving Sporting Lisbon he was approached by Inter Milan, the team United have to beat to progress [.

View of the Enemy: Harry Hotspur On Berbatov, the Final and Levy

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Another RoM: Manchester United blog interview to add to the collection and this time it's with Harry Hotspur, the top Tottenham blogger who gives his insight on a whole host of topics, such as Bentley being a twat, John Terry being a twat and Daniel Levy being twat. Enjoy! RoM: Is Daniel Levy a hypocrite for [.

Anderson: Don’t Forget, I’ve Already Scored An Important Goal!

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Anderson had an incredible debut season with Manchester United, particularly in the big games, where he showed the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Steven Gerrard who was boss. Sadly, his second season has been somewhat of a disappointment, spoilt by injury and poor form. He is still yet to get off the mark for United, which is [.

Vidic: Why Not Enjoy The Limelight That Comes With Player Of The Year Speculation?

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Nemanja Vidic has been brilliant this season, scoring goals as well as proving a strong force in defence. He has played his part in United's brilliant defensive record this season and his contribution has been recognised by the fans and media alike. Vidic has today claimed he enjoys being centre of attention as he has worked [.

El Blanco Pelé

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The Republik of Mancunia shop has a 15% sale on all items involving colour in the design, including this new one for Wayne Rooney. "El Blanco Pelé" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evans: Our Lads Don’t Get Nervous

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Jonny Evans' ability is something most people took note of following Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to sell him. Sunderland saw a £10 million bid rejected for a player that hadn't even had a look in on the United first team. Having already won over the fans at Sunderland, who chanted "There's only one Jonny Evans!

Tevez: The Best Is Yet To Come

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"The best part of the season is coming up," said Tevez. "We're in the last 16 of the Champions League, we are top of the league and we're in the Carling Cup final. We want to win everything, that's what the fans are demanding, and we will try to win on all fronts. Let's hope [...]

Jose Insists He Didn’t Snub Boss

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Much is made of the friendship between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, with both insisting on numerous occasions they have the greatest respect for one another. However, reports in this morning's papers suggested that Mourinho had snubbed Ferguson after the game, refusing the shake hands, following the match in which United dominated.

Same Old Jose… Whenever His Team Is Undone, He Blames The Ref

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Jose Mourinho, what a character he is, I hear people say all the time. A character. A breath of fresh air. A personality. Let's be honest, the guy is a prick. He got outdone by Ferguson in the title race and blamed it on injuries. He didn't like Cristiano Ronaldo stealing the show, so claimed 'the boy' was [.

Holt Joins Fergie Fan Club

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I've always voiced my negative feeling on journalist Oliver Holt, who has repeatedly and unfairly ripped our club, manager and players apart. He once incredibly claimed that it was Sir Alex Ferguson's fault that Wayne Rooney missed the World Cup, as Rooney was clearly riled at Stamford Bridge and should have been substituted.

Outplayed On Your On Turf, Jose! How Was That For Defensive?

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"I don't believe Manchester will come to the San Siro to win, they will play very defensively," Mourinho said on Monday. More possession. More shots on target. More shots off target. More corners. Higher passing completion. Fewer fouls. The difference between football in England and Italy was shown ever so clearly on Tuesday evening, with the Italian [.

Forget The Rafalution… In Youth We Trust

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The fresh faced and future star studded United youth team of 1992 may now almost seem like a distant memory to many United fans, but it was these players who provided the nucleus of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad for many years to come. After breaking into the first team ahead of his other class of 92' [.

Media Reaction: Ronaldo Better Than Ibra, United Better Than Inter

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What did the media make of our 0-0 draw at the San Siro? The Daily Mail: If Jose Mourinho is to progress at Old Trafford in two weeks' time, he is going to have to do it the old-fashioned way. The Porto way. Smash and grab, as it was five years ago. What was proved at [...]

United Line-Up For Tonight Announced - Good and Bad News!

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Following the fretting over which players were going to start in defence for United tonight, following the injuries to the majority of our defenders, it has been confirmed that John O'Shea, and more importantly I'd say, Jonny Evans, have passed late fitness tests and will be in the starting XI. Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Evans, [.

Former Arsenal Star Dropped By TNSSO For United Game

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Patrick Vieira, who shat himself when confronted by Roy Keane ahead of our 10-man, 4-2 thumping of our former title rivals, has voiced his shock at being left out of Inter Milan's 19-man squad tonight. The central midfielder, who has seen better days, was not picked by Jose Mourinho for what could be the most crucial [.

Thoughts Are With You Dazza

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News reports today have announced that Darren Fletcher's home in Bowdon was robbed last night, with his missus and kids there, whilst Fletcher was in Italy ahead of our Champions League game with Inter Milan. Hayley Grice, who had Fletcher's twin sons back in 2007, had a knife held to her throat as she was forced to hand [.

PICTURES: O’Shea and Evans In Italy

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God only knows which players Sir Alex Ferguson will pick at the back for today's massive game against Inter Milan. As it stands, Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are our only confirmed fit defenders for this evening, with Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Rafael da Silva all ruled out through injury, Nemanja [.

Once a blue, always a Red

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The Republik of Mancunia shop has a 15% sale on all items involving colour in the design, including this new one for Wayne Rooney. "Once a blue, always a Red" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Goal That Should Have Won Us A European Cup

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"In 2004, Manchester United went out to a young Porto that nobody would have even bet a euro on winning and that's football," said Mourinho, ahead of today's match against Inter Milan. Oh yes, I remember, when a linesman failed to see the three players playing Paul Scholes on side and disallowed a goal that should [.

You Saw It Here First!

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Well, you probably did anyway. This is the yet-to-be-aired Nike advert featuring our very own Rooney and Rio, as well as Chelsea's Joe Cole and Liverpool's Fernando Torres. Everyone who isn't one of the cool crowd and doesn't read RoM will see this ad during the half time of tomorrow's Champions League game.

Ibra: I Want To Be Better Than Rooney and Berb

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Cristiano Ronaldo had no problem putting Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his place, after Jose Mourinho claimed his striker was the better player of the two. Today, Ibrahimovic has claimed he wants to be better than Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov, ahead of the Champions League clash tomorrow.

Pretentious Cantona On Artistic Football Coaching Job

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With time running out on Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United career, the search for his replacement brings about an element of panic for our fans. After spending over two decades with the club winning trophy after trophy, the idea of bringing someone else in is terrifying. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently learning his trade with our [.

‘United Fan’ Beckham Fancies United To Beat Inter

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David Beckham, who is currently behaving dreadfully towards the club that pay him £500,000 a week, has today confirmed that he will be in the San Siro tomorrow night, cheering on his boyhood team, Manchester United, against his current team's rivals. "I'm sure that United will have had scouts at the game against Milan last week [.

Ronaldo: We Are Better Than Inter

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"From now on, all games are important," said Ronaldo. "It's time to kill or be killed. Whoever loses will exit the competition and we don't want to lose, we don't want to get stuck along the way. It will be a difficult game, but I think that Manchester United have a better team, and we'll [...]

When The Earth Stood Still For Ronaldo

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Whilst the rest of the team ran to celebrate with United hero, Edwin Van der Sar, following his penalty save against Nicolas Anelka, Cristiano Ronaldo fell to the ground in tears. If not for John Terry's miss, Ronaldo's tears would have been of sadness rather than joy, as he was our only player to miss [.

Ferguson Fancies Liverpool Over ‘Slow’ Madrid

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Are Real Madrid favourites to win the Champions League? "No chance," Ferguson responded bluntly. "Their game lacks pace. They have great players like Heinze, Cannavaro, Gago, but they aren't quick. There is Robben, the only one who can give them some rhythm, but he isn't very brave. The three English teams - Chelsea, Liverpool and [.

Pedersen vs Fergie: Was It A Dive?

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The diving debate has reared its ugly head once more, following a booking for Cristiano Ronaldo and a turned down penalty appeal for Pedersen at the weekend. Is it a dive if there's contact? I'd say yes. If a player makes the decision to go to ground, they are diving. If a player can stay on [...]

Liverpool’s OT Record On The Decline… But Mad Rafa After A Win

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After drawing at home to City, Liverpool are now seven points behind Manchester United at the top of the table. Rafael Benitez, whose mental stability has come in to question at times this season, has conceded their title chase is a lot more difficult now, but is focussing on getting a result at Old Trafford [.

Vidic: Our Great Team Spirit Behind Success

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"You cannot have good results without a great atmosphere in the camp that is a reality, every club needs that," said Vidic. "But the most important thing is that the atmosphere is not fake, it must be genuine and good natured. We have a great team spirit. After that, when you have quality players like [.

Club Over Country For Solskjaer

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Any player who chooses club over country goes down fairly well with the United faithful, with a United > England stance running through large sections of our support. Alan Smith once turned down the opportunity to play for his country in order to get 90 minutes for our Reserves, which did his reputation amongst the [.

Put A Sock In It, Moaninho!

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TNSSO is up to his usual tricks with the press this week, having a go at decisions made in United's favour over Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic. Mourinho believes both players should be missing for both games against Inter Milan and will stomp his feet and shout about it until people pay attention to him.

Milking It

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We've only ever been English and European Champions in the same season once before, so I figured with just a couple of months until the end of this season, where the next set of trophies will be handed out, it's time to milk the success of last season for all it's worth. "Milking It" was originally [.

City Fan Tells Truth Behind Manchester Myth

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Whenever I'm outside of Manchester and I get talking to whoever, the topic will usually turn to football. It's not long before I'm talking about United. "You're from Manchester? I thought proper Mancs supported City." If I had a quid for every time I heard this I'd be almost as loaded as the Arabs at [.

Show Your Five

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Last week I posted a video of Rooney getting nutmegged by a kid when filming the latest Nike advert. The official advert is out now and 5-a-side teams can sign up. "Show Your Five" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What Damage Will Be Done Against Blackburn?

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Will United go another game without conceding? Will Tevez score with his like he did last season against Blackburn? How many will we win by? Ladbrokes are offering a free £10 bet to new customers and below is the money you could win... 1-0 to United = £60 2-0 to United = £60 2-1 to United = £90 3-0 [.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, Man United, European Champions

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"Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, Man United, European Champions" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs: I Love This Club

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Ryan Giggs has successfully re-invented himself as a central midfielder this season, enjoying great form and even better write-ups in the press. Sir Alex Ferguson wants him to be knighted, but Giggsy will settle for just winning trophies! "We're pleased to be in four trophies at this stage of the season, that's what you aim for," [.

Vote For Us… Please

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If you like what you read, please spend the couple of seconds it takes to select RoM from a drop-down menu. We were nominated in the 'Best Blog' category at TheFootballFansCensus, as one of just a couple of Manchester United blogs, and of course we'd like to add this to previous awards. Click on the image [.

Neville Reaction To Contract Extension

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After months of set-backs, Gary Neville finally returned from an injury which had kept him out for over a season. He had to sit back and watch Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand lift the trophies, missing out on United's second most successful season ever. It was Neville's performance in our 2-1 defeat against Arsenal that lead [.

Tevez: We’re The Best In The World

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Carlos Tevez has today claimed that Manchester United are the best in the World at the moment, thanks to the strength in depth on offer to Sir Alex Ferguson. Whilst it would be hard to argue with Barcelona being the best side at present, it is reassuring to hear Tevez speak positively about the size of [.

Fergie Has A Problem With Welbeck Celebration?

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Whilst many reds had been following the career of striker Danny Welbeck, the whole country was forced to acknowledge our young talent after his debut goal against Stoke this season. He hit the ball perfectly from distance, the ball rocketing in to the top corner of the goal. More recently, he scored another good goal, this [.

Chelsea Striker Embarrassed By United Defeat

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Had Didier Drogba not slapped Nemanja Vidic in last season's Champions League final, he would not have been sent off and therefore would have been available to take one of the penalties. Instead, John Terry took one of the penalties, missed, allowing United back in to win. Of course, there's no guarantee Drogba would have scored, [.

Bookies Paying Out Over United Treble Because Nobody Can Score Against Us!

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"We know and punters know the race for trophies is all but over for another year so why wait for the formalities?" said a Paddy Power representative. "If none of the opposition are able to even score a goal against United what chance have they got of actually beating them to silverware? We just hope [.

Scholes: I Caught It Quite Well

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Paul Scholes is on two goals in three games at the moment, with his goal against Fulham last night going down as one of his better finishes. He caught the ball perfectly and fired the ball in Mark Schwarzer's direction. The keeper could only block it though, unable to stop it crossing the line, given [.

Fergie: We Can Cope With Injuries Now

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Over the past few weeks Sir Alex Ferguson has had to think on his feet when it's come to picking the team, given the amount of injuries we've suffered. There have been matches when Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Brown, Neville and Rafael have all been injured, meaning the likes of Eckersley and Fabio have been drafted [.

VIDEO: Scholes, Berbatov and Rooney’s Goals Against Fulham

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Manchester United cruised to victory last night against Fulham, taking us five points clear at the top. Paul Scholes was first on to the scoresheet, before Dimitar Berbatov doubled the lead, and Rooney wrapping up the points with our third. "VIDEO: Scholes, Berbatov and Rooney's Goals Against Fulham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: I’m Glad Fergie Saved Me Until Yesterday

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Wayne Rooney had been out of action for over a month, missing out on seven games before coming on as 61st minute substitute against Fulham last night. Two minutes after being on the pitch, Rooney had scored United's third goal in a 3-0 win, and has today claimed he is glad he didn't rush his return [.

Patient Play At Its Finest

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Manchester United have played patient football throughout the season, particularly at Old Trafford, when the opposition come and park the bus. Breaking down teams who are clinging on for a 0-0 draw for dear life is a difficult task and something Sunderland, Bolton and Middlesbrough have almost proved successful with against us this season.

Fergie: My Players Know How To Handle Pressure

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today reflected on the difficult games we've had this season and the impact they've made. Our trip away to Japan was going to make or break our season, with us having to fit in a couple more matches as well as a long journey in the middle of our Premiership campaign. We've [...

Tevez: I Will Sort Out United Future In June

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Last time Carlos Tevez gave an interview in Argentina, he let rip on the manager and seemed as though he was certainly going to leave Manchester United. Today, in an interview with Radio Del Plata, Tevez has confirmed he wants to stay here for another few years and will move to resolve the situation at the [.

Schmeichel: Rio Is The Best… But Vidic Deserves Credit

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Edwin Van der Sar has been on the receiving end of plenty of praise this season after beating the English and British records for length of time without conceding a goal. That record will again be put to the test tonight in our match at Craven Cottage, but former United keeper, Peter Schmeichel, believes the praise [.

Berbatov: I NEED To Win The Title

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Dimitar Berbatov has shown why we forked out the money we did in the summer by his top notch performances so far. His touch is fantastic and it is not surprise he has more assists to his name than any other player in the Premiership this season. Today he has spoken out about his desperation to [...]

How We’ll Win Five Trophies

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The Times looks in to the future and predicts the 25 steps needed for United to claim all five trophies on offer to us this season. "How We'll Win Five Trophies" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Others Start To Notice Flaws In Liverpool Boss’ FACTS

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Rafael Benitez made a bed for himself with his recent press conference where he repeatedly claimed he was talking 'facts'. Not much work had to go in to disproving Rafa's facts but that didn't stop the FSW going on and on. Benitez couldn't resist making further comments about Manchester United though, in which he inaccurately painted [.

Gerrard’s Never Destroyed United Like Rooney Destroyed Liverpool

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The love and affection Liverpool fans have for Steven Gerrard has baffled me ever since he handed in his transfer requests. This fella claims to love the club but on two occasions was tempted to leave to become a rentboy, of all things. The problem with Gerrard is, despite his talent, he loves himself far more [.

Arsenal Boss Gives Up On Catching United… What’s Happened To Them?

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A few weeks ago, Wenger was claiming United had an unfair advantage in the league and that you couldn't rule out Aston Villa or Everton from winning the league. Since then, someone has knocked a bit of sense in to him, with the Frenchman now acknowledging his side's chances of catching United are slim to none.

Just In Time For Rooney’s Return…

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The RoM shop has a 15% discount until March 1st on any design which has colour. "Just In Time For Rooney's Return..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Image That Represents Our Club

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The LG Blog got in touch with RoM in regards to running a competition. They're looking for the most iconic representation of our club in the form of a photograph and they will post the winning image on their blog. To enter: simply attach your photos to an e-mail or upload and send the link to [...]

TNSSO: United Are The Special Ones

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Jose Mourinho is a man plenty of reds want to see replace Sir Alex Ferguson. I am not one of them. Being drawn against his side is an extra incentive to win, as if claiming a place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup wasn't enough. We saw him off in England, winning the title by [...]

Gibson The New Keane? I Don’t Think So

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Darron Gibson has certainly started to make a bit of a name for himself, getting his name on the scoresheet more often than not when he's given an opportunity to play. The best of these was clearly his blinding shot against Peterborough in the pre-season, but his FA Cup goals against Southampton and Derby shouldn't [.

No Other Team In The World Would Have Coped With United’s Injuries

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At the start of the season, Gary Pallister was not best pleased with our start to a new campaign, defending the Premiership and European Cup. He has since changed his tune, praising the strength in depth United have available. Whilst the greatest first XI is a topic debated by reds, there can be little argument against [.

Giggs Is Better Than Ever? Do Me A Favour!

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Like most United fans, I am enjoying Ryan Giggs' good form of late. He has successfully made the transition from winger to central midfielder, taking on players, providing goals (11th highest assister in the league) and starting to look more like a captain. Whilst it's great to see Giggs get the praise he deserves, particularly when [.

Chelsea Boss On… Getting Drunk With George Best

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I got a text in the early hours which read "Mourinho has gone!". It didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time but in the morning it all became clear. Roman Abramovich had got rid of Mourinho and the chances of the title staying in Manchester increased. Whilst Avram Grant was nothing to [...]

City Should Give Up On Terry

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"City Should Give Up On Terry" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Stats To Prove Liverpool Boss Wrong

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Earlier today I responded to Rafael Benitez's latest comments about Manchester United. In the past week, this is the third time our club has been spoken about by them, with Carragher and Agger already 'taking their hat off' to us. "Manchester United make €65m a year more than we do and buy three £20m players a [.

VIDEO Exclusive: Rooney Megged and Rio Killing Himself Laughing

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Last week I posted up a video which showed Wayne Rooney getting nutmegged in the latest Nike advert. Today, I have the same incident filmed by the Nike cameras, showing Rio Ferdinand's reaction. "VIDEO Exclusive: Rooney Megged and Rio Killing Himself Laughing" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Liverpool Boss Has Cracked… FACT

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"He's crackin up, he's crackin up, he's crack, Rafa's crackin up!" our fans sing on almost a weekly basis these days, in reference to the Liverpool manager who has seemingly started to lose the plot. Attending a press conference with a list of inaccuracies which are falsely reeled off as "facts" is never going to be [.

VIDEO: Goals By Nani, Gibson, Ronaldo and Welbeck Against Derby

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United knocked Derby out of another cup competition today and are due to face Fulham or Swansea away in the next round. After losing at Pride Park in the League Cup, Ferguson made sure his team got a more fitting result this time around! "VIDEO: Goals By Nani, Gibson, Ronaldo and Welbeck Against Derby" was originally [.

At Last! Rooney Return Date Revealed

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Last season, Manchester United lost five games in the Premiership. Rooney wasn't available for four of them and in the fifth he scored the equalising goal, before being subbed up through injury, after which we conceded and lost. It is Rooney's drive and competitiveness which makes United more likely to win when he's on the field [.

Nike Ignite - United vs Arsenal

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"Nike Ignite - United vs Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Carrick: We Don’t Want Any Regrets… So Let’s Win All Four

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Nemanja Vidic is probably our own player who has enjoyed better form than Michael Carrick this season, who has proved himself as a great asset to our team this season. Reflecting on last season, Carrick notes how disappointing it was to lose against Portsmouth in the FA Cup final, particularly when the run to the final [.

Forget About Rossi Because He Ain’t Coming Back

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Nobody could quite believe it when Sir Alex Ferguson sold Giuseppe Rossi a couple of summers ago. The lad showed bags of potential but had never really been given a go, then just at a time when he could have had more of a starting role, he was sold on to Villarreal. We were desperate to [...]

Fancy A Flutter vs Derby?

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Ladbrokes are offering a free £10 bet to RoM readers. The 'magic of the FA Cup' is with us this weekend, meaning the odds are pretty decent. You just never know eh? If you place your free £10 bet on the following scenarios, here's what you'd win... United to win the FA Cup = £32.50. United to beat [.

Thank The Lord This Clown Left Us For Chelsea

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United announced an impressive pre-tax profit of £59.6 million just a few weeks ago, obviously aided by our Premiership and Champions League wins of last season. In contrast, Chelsea have just announced losses of a massive £65.7 million. Under the experienced guidance of Peter "United4ever" Kenyon, who embarrassingly lead the Chelsea team up to collect their [.

Berb Luvs Giggsy 4eva… IDST

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Everybody's ranting and raving about Ryan Giggs at the moment, with Sir Alex Ferguson recently asking for a knighthood for our legend. The fuss began following his brilliant performance against Chelsea in our 3-0 win. After successfully making the transition from winger to central midfielder, Giggsy bossed a midfield that boasted the talent of Frank Lampard [.

Exclusive Video: Rooney Gets Megged By A Kid

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Shooting an advert for Nike's latest campaign, Nike Five, Rooney gets nutmegged by one of the kids on the opposite side. Nike Five is a national 5-a-side tournament, dedicated to giving urban footballers a stage to showcase their skills and prove that they're amongst the best sides in the country. Credit to the lad who [.

Mr Liverpool Tells Takes His Hat Off To Us… And Scousers Follow Suit

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Just yesterday, Jamie Carragher, who often speaks of his love for our manager and his respect for our club, admitted he had to be impressed with our success over the past sixteen years. "It`s something Manchester United have done a lot in the past to win titles and you've got to take your hat off to [.

Guaranteed To Make Your Friday Even Better

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My favourite bit is the couple of seconds you see of Ferguson's reaction to John Terry missing. I don't know about you but I'd never seen footage of that before, his private moment of relief and joy and celebration. At that very moment, he knew, like most of us felt, that the European Cup was [...]

Carrick Slated… But England Need Rooney

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Following England's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spain, Michael Carrick, who was picked ahead of Frank Lampard in the centre of midfield, was on the receiving end of some harsh criticism. In contrast, Wayne Rooney is being hailed as England's saviour... again. I wonder how long it will last for this time!

How Did Carrick Get On For England?

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The Sun: GIVEN the nod to start ahead of Frank Lampard after his decent performance in the 2-1 win against Germany last November. Did not make the best of it though as he was too slow in making passes and watched the game pass him by. Nowhere near his club form and in the company [...]

VIDEO: Ronaldo Goal For Portugal

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"VIDEO: Ronaldo Goal For Portugal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson Reckons Europe Is The Priority Over Liverpool Record… Hmmm

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Picking Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest ever team is a tough task. He has successfully completely several transitions in his time as manager at Manchester United, all of his teams winning a trophy. The team of the early 90s, including Eric Cantona, Andrei Kanchelskis, Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, Denis Irwin, Gary Pallister and [.

Mr Liverpool: Take Your Hat Off To Manchester United

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Jamie Carragher grows on me more and more all the time. First, he was repeatedly declaring his love for Sir Alex Ferguson, calling him 'the master'. He also admitted following all our victories over them over the past decade or so that we were worthy winners. He's claimed he's embarrassed over Liverpool's lack of success and [.

Giggs: There’s No Truth To The Rumours

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Ryan Giggs has confirmed he has every intention of signing a new one-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2010. Our very own legend is enjoying great form this season, recently scoring the winning goal against West Ham. "I won't be retiring," said Giggs. "There's no truth in these stories.

Carrick Won’t Lose Sleep Over England Place

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Paul Scholes was overlooked by Sven-Goran Eriksson in order to accomodate both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the England midfield. Scholes retired to focus on United, clearly not impressed at having to play out of position, and every manager that followed Sven asked him to reconsider. This was over four and a half years ago, [.

Rio’s Usual England Spiel

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Rio Ferdinand has come out with the usual pre-match rubbish, ahead of England's match tonight against European Champions, Spain. He reckons they're the best team in the World but after beating Germany in a friendly, thinks England are good enough to take them. I'll settle for Torres getting injured and United players going unscathed.

Back By Popular Demand… Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again

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Following Giggsy's great run of form, the "Giggs Will Tear You Apart" design has been added to the shop, with t-shirts from as little as £8. "Back By Popular Demand... Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

I Hate To Say I Told You So, Chelsea Fans…

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Whilst always biased when writing about United, I really couldn't get my head around the idea Chelsea were starting the season as favourites. In all the write-ups and down the bookies, Chelsea were apparently going to win the league. Why? The logic was if Avram Grant can get them to a few points away from [.

All Hail Giggsy

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Ryan Giggs has now scored in each of the 17 Premiership seasons, the only player to do so. After claiming the most appearances for United last season, before winning a record number of English league titles, it is nice to see another record added to Giggsy's collected. Four Four Two have compiled a photo album of [.

BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea Boss Sacked!… and then there were two

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Having just been appointed in the summer to replace Avram Grant, who had himself only been in the job a few months before, Scolari has been sacked by Chelsea. Ray Wilkins is set to take over for the time being until a replacement is found. Earlier today, Chelsea captain John Terry was critical of their [.

City Fans Don’t Help Themselves!

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Every now and again, I wonder if I'm being a tad harsh on City fans. It will just be a fleeting thought, something I usually dismiss fairly quickly, but I still do consider it. Whilst on derby day they are just a mass of total cunts, on a one to one basis, in the local, [...]

Bryan Robson SPOT ON About Former Chelsea Boss

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With time running out on Sir Alex Ferguson's career, panic sets in whenever I start to think about the reality of this. Until very recently, there have been no genuine candidates for the job, as far as I've been concerned. Whilst when one of our players looks set to retire and move on you find [...]

VIDEO: Giggsy’s Great Goal Against West Ham

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"VIDEO: Giggsy's Great Goal Against West Ham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: We Needed Experience To Beat West Ham

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United have lost on their past two visits to Upton Park, which was a result we really could have done without today, bearing in mind Liverpool's flukey win against Portsmouth yesterday. A great goal from Ryan Giggs meant we didn't have to hear about Liverpool's resurgence though, with all attention on us returning to the top [.

Live blog for West Ham: Can’t Watch The Match?

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Don't forget RoM's liveblog! It's pretty damn good, even if we do say so ourself... "Live blog for West Ham: Can't Watch The Match?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Live blog: West Ham vs United - Fastest and Most Detailed On The Net

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Following the success of past live blogs, RoM will be filling you on all the action of United's afternoon match against West Ham today. West Ham vs United "Live blog: West Ham vs United - Fastest and Most Detailed On The Net" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tevez: I Still Don’t Know Where I’ll Be Next Season

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"Fergie, sign him up, Fergie, Fergie, sign him up!" chant the Stretford End after every Carlos Tevez shot, run or tackle. He is well-loved by our fans and we are desperate for him to be a permanent fixture in our team. For whatever reason, the club are stalling though, leaving Tevez fairly unsettled.

Who’s Ravel Morrison?

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Failsworth Devil, a regular poster on here, wants to open to your eyes to young teen Ravel Morrison, a great prospect in our ranks. I was messing about on YouTube last night when I came across this kid which we have on the Academy U-16s named Ravel Morrison. After watching this video a couple of times, I [.

Ferguson Not Bothered By Bad Form In London… Are You?

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It turns out that Cristiano Ronalo's late and brilliant run at Craven Cottage, which was capped with a crucial winning goal, is just one of the two occasions we've won in London during our past ten visits. United head to Upton Park with the odds against us then, particularly when considering our recent results away to [.

Ronaldo: Mourinho Reckons Ibrahimovic Is Better?

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Manchester United were drawn to face Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the next round of the Champions League. As defending Champions, the pressure is on, particularly when considering no team has successfully defended their Champions League title. Mourinho, who like those before and after him, couldn't keep up with Sir Alex Ferguson, and in his last [.

Huyton Born, Huyton Bred… Once A Blue, Now A Red

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"Huyton Born, Huyton Bred... Once A Blue, Now A Red" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vidic and Fergie: Best of the Premiership

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"Vidic and Fergie: Best of the Premiership" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Remember

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United's official website have got a few interesting pieces up today in remembrance of those who lost their lives 51 years ago today. Sir Alex Ferguson speaks of his great admiration for Sir Matt Busby, taking pride in the foundation of our club originating from Busby's work. Fergie also talks of Busby's bravery to come back [.

Remembered and Never Forgotten

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The Flowers of Manchester Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Billy Whelan. Numquam Moribimur "Remembered and Never Forgotten" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Mummy’s Boy Ronaldo On Hat-trick, Being A Star and Penalty Nerves

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Despite scoring a massive 42 goals for United last season, Cristian Ronaldo managed a hat-trick on just one occasion, something his mum couldn't understand. When it finally came against Newcastle, the joy on his face was clear. Ronaldo has dedicated this hat-trick to his mum, as well as admitting to penalty nerves during the Wigan [.

Fletcher: I Thought About Leaving… But I Never Will Again

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Darren Fletcher has today given an interesting insight to his big decision over the summer and his plans for the future. "It was a difficult summer," confessed Fletcher. "I had a lot to think about in terms of what teams were interested and what I wanted to do about my future. My main goal was always [.

Dippers Out Of The Cup

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120 minutes of gruelling football. 45 minutes with ten men. Steven Gerrard injured. Last minute winner for Everton. Liverpool demoralised. Hilarious. "Dippers Out Of The Cup" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Separated At Birth?

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On a daily basis I will sift through the e-mails sent to me from readers of the blog. Some will be a heads up on a particular article or a video, some will be asking my opinion on a particular issue, some will be giving suggesting new ideas for the shop, but today I was [...]

Beckham: United Aren’t Interested… But They’re The Only English Club I’d Join

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"I received offers from English teams and two other Italian sides, but I wanted Milan from the first moment I knew they were interested in me," said Beckham. "Playing with Kaka, Ronaldinho and Pato is just too good to refuse – I think Kaka is the best in the world. I am trying to learn Italian [..

Ronaldo Reckons He Can Score 42 Goals Again - Is He Right?

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"I've improved every season and last season was the best, but I want more," Ronaldo said. "This season I want to score the same amount of goals, or more. It will be hard but it's possible." Is it possible? Ronaldo has played in 29 games and scored 13 goals. In Ronaldo's first 29 games of last season [.

Ronaldo: I Like It When They Boo Me and I Want To Stay At United

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Love him or hate him, Ronaldo is a bloody good player. As he has improved year on year, the viciousness of the opposition fans has increased, with Chelsea fans recently wishing death upon our winger. He has today spoken out about his feelings towards those that boo him, as well as reinstating his desire to stay [.

Joga Bonito: Rooney Takes On Ronaldo

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"Joga Bonito: Rooney Takes On Ronaldo" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

It’s True - The San Siro Is Never Full… Unless They’re Playing Man United!

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The season before last I was at the council house for derby day, knowing that if we won that day and Chelsea did anything other than beat Arsenal the following day, we were Champions for the first time since 2004. The away end was buzzing, with songs about us being Champions and chants belittling our inadequate [.

BTC: United Aren’t Even Playing Well

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Paul Ince has taken time aside from his usual routine of the dole queue, followed by asking God why football is so racist, to give his opinion on Manchester United. He correctly identifies the fact that the team at the top of the table isn't even really playing that well yet. The odd performances aside, like [.

Legend Ian Brown: We’re The Republik of Mancunia… We Don’t Give A F**k About England!

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Before each match at Old Trafford, The Stone Roses - This Is The One is played. Ian Brown, the band's frontman, is a massive red, who grew up in Timperley and names Eric Cantona as his favourite player. He once picked up an NME award but told organisers he would only come to receive it if [...]

Our Manucho Chant Is Spreading

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Earlier in the season, RoM ran a "Sing a Song for the Unsung" competition, with the idea of getting new chants sung for players who don't have one regularly sung at the ground. It was a chant for Patrice Evra that won, which has since done the rounds in the Old Trafford local. One of the [...]

Chelsea Feel Hard Done By… Why?

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Chelsea fans feel hard done by this season, as do their players, as does their manager. But just how much have referees let them get away with this season... "Chelsea Feel Hard Done By... Why?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

They’re Going Dowwwwn, They’re Going Down

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As sure as you can be that United fans will chant "Champions of England! Champions of Europe!", you will always certainly hear the song for our neighbours down the road. Poor old City fans eh? I'm sure they are the only club who would be able to manage fucking this gift of a situation up. [...]

RoM Update: Get Connected

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Can't get enough of RoM? You can add RoM on Facebook or join the Republik of Mancunia group on Facebook. There's also the United > England group, the He Shits On Fabregas group, the ever-festive Feed The Scousers group, and the topical FACT: Fat Spanish Waiter Has Lost The Plot group all set up by RoM.

Berbatov: Fergie Says My Relaxed Style Is Just Fine!

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"Half the people might like me - the other half might not," said Berbatov. "But throughout my life, I have had high expectations for myself - so I just try to make the non-believers into believers. But even when things are going great I keep telling myself I need to do more. I am a [...]

FA on Chelsea: Rugby Tackle? Fine. Kick In The Back? Fine. Alleged Post-Match Tussle? 4 Match Ban

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The FA have today confirmed that they will not be taking any action on Jose Bosingwa for kicking Yossi Benayoun in the back. They will certainly rescind Frank Lampard's red card for his high challenge on Xavi Alonso, with Mike Riley cocking up in a spectacular and unsurprising fashion, meaning the blues are off the hook [.

Ferguson Helps Out Son With Peterbough Loan

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Warrington lad, James Chester, made his Manchester United début recently in our League Cup semi-final against Derby. As a 5-year-old he was playing for his local team's Under-9s, before joining United when he was 8-years-old. The tough-tackling defender made more appearances for the Reserves last season than any other player, which was rewarded by a place [.

Arsenal Manager Reckons We’re Buying Our Success

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Tottenham Hotspur have spent £140 million in transfers in the past two years, yet they are just one point away from the relegation zone. Does money buy you success? Ask Newcastle, ask Spurs, ask Chelsea. They have all spent vast amounts of money and whilst the rentboys were repaid with a couple of great years, they [.

VIDEO: Song For Liverpool Striker Who Will Fight Us All The Way

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"It's a long race," said Torres. "We know Manchester United are top of the table but we are going to fight them until the end. We are much more confident now. But we know that we still have to improve." "VIDEO: Song For Liverpool Striker Who Will Fight Us All The Way" was originally published at [..

Love Is In The Air… For Two More Days

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Champions of England, Europe and the World El Hombre vs El Nino UNITED > England "Love Is In The Air... For Two More Days" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

If Any Of You Have Dipper Mates…

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...you might want to show them this: "If Any Of You Have Dipper Mates..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio Has A Word With The PM About Chelsea Squad, Diets And His Brother

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Working for The Observer, Rio Ferdinand interviewed Gordon Brown last month, chatting with the Prime Minister at length. Brown, a Raith Rovers supporter, was particularly keen to talk about Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren Fletcher and David Moyes. With the interview taking place the day after our 3-0 win over Chelsea, Ferdinand was quick to talk about [.

Liverpool Captain Diving Against Chelsea… But I Didn’t Think Stevie Me Did That Sort Of Thing?

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For years we've been talking about what a diver Steven Gerrard is. Liverpool fans tend to turn a blind eye, pretending that their captain is like what the song says, "fucking hard". To acknowledge that he actually dived and cheated like someone who learnt to play the game on the continent would be a tad [.

Another Three Points From Everton… We’re Getting Closer

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Sitting in my seat, scanning the latest edition of Red Issue before kick-off, we were shown the new Hublot scoreboard. Manchester United 0 Blackburn Rovers 0. What the fuck? A few moments earlier, as I'd climbed up the stairs I'd been confronted with one of the things I detest most. Having a look around, it's something Arsenal, [.