Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

England’s Player Of The Year

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
After scoring five goals in the eight matches he played for England in 2008, Wayne Rooney has been voted for by fans as England's Player of the Year. "I am absolutely delighted to win this award, especially as it has been voted for by the England fans," said Rooney. "Having said that, it would not have [.

Chelsea Are “Vice-Champions Of Europe”

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"We are vice-European champions behind Manchester, who only won it on penalties," Drogba said today. Come on Drogs, let's be honest. You were European Cup finalists, but since when has any team that reached the final and lost referred to themselves as 'vice-champions'? And if Chelsea had won it on penalties, there would be no 'only [.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool Don’t Threaten Like Barca

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
After drawing one of the most difficult sides in the first knock-out round, Manchester United have potentially an easy route to the final. If we are to beat Porto, we would face Arsenal or Villarreal in the final. This would mean the only way we could face Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea or Liverpool is if we [.

Rooney: I’ll Always Be A Bad Loser

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
'Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser' said American football coach Vince Lombardi. His other sayings include: 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing' and 'If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?'. When you were at school you were told it was the taking part [.

PICTURES: What About These Retro Shirts?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 14 views
AIG aren't too popular these days meaning there is a push for a new shirt sponsor to come in. Saudi Telecom have been heavily linked to replace AIG, who are likely to rebrand themselves as AIU, meaning there's some confusion as to which logo we will see on next season's shirts. Regardless, pictures claiming to be [.

RoM’s Best Reads Of The Day

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The MEN looks at the tough task Tevez may have ahead of him, given Wayne Rooney's suspension and Dimitar Berbatov's potential absence due to injury. Having played in South America for the week, then having the pressure of being a lone striker, it won't be easy for our little Argie! The Times talks about the problems with AIG and whether [.

Skrtel Concedes Defeat Against Rooney

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Before England's friendly against Slovakia this weekend, Martin Skrtel was tipped to keep Wayne Rooney in his back pocket. Rooney went on to score two in a game where he was announced man of the match before even netting his second. Skrtel has conceded defeat, claiming Wayne is one of the best forwards in Europe.

One Day To Go For Free Official United Shirt

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Don't forget the RoM competition! "One Day To Go For Free Official United Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Jose: No Manager Would Turn Down United Job

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 8 views
Jose Mourinho is becoming increasingly desperate for the Manchester United job it seems, today confessing that he wouldn't be able to turn it down if it was offered. Hopefully that never happens. "Which is the manager that says no? Nobody can say no," Mourinho said. "Manchester United belongs to a small group of clubs from around the [.

VIDEO: Tevez vs Venezuela

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Carlitos scored the second of four goals as Argentina crushed Venezuela. "VIDEO: Tevez vs Venezuela" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Scholes: I Enjoy United Too Much To Worry About England

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Paul Scholes ended his England career earlier than necessary after Sven-Goran Eriksson moved our man out of position, to accommodate for the inferior Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Since then, Scholes has been repeatedly asked to return, the managers no longer taking him for granted, but he hasn't fancied it.

Rooney Stayed On The Pitch For 90 Minutes… For A Change

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The Guardian: Wembley's corner-flags remained unmolested as Wayne Rooney capped a quietly effective game with two simple yet well-taken second-half goals, the fiery striker marking his return to London by staying on the pitch longer than those around him for a change. Wayne Rooney has had two red cards in his competitive career for Manchester United, [.

Arsenal Mug At It Again

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Back in 2005, highly rated journalist Martin Samuel compared the situation at Manchester United with the fall of the Roman Empire. He wrote at length explaining why United's best days were behind them and like with Liverpool following the 1980's, it was United's turn to step aside. "A team in transition or a club in decline?

After Queiroz and Mancini… Phelan Was The Obvious Choice?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Mike Phelan comes across as a good lad, shorts and all. He's been with the club for donkeys and knows how things should work behind the scenes. I assume he has a good relationship with the players and is clearly a man who Sir Alex Ferguson trusts. However, after losing Carlos Queiroz, whose tactics transformed United [.

Wayne Is Going To Be A Dad?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Reports today claim that Coleen Rooney is three months pregnant with the baby due at the end of September. Unlike the controlling Victoria Beckham with David, Coleen certainly seems to have a positive effect on our boy wonder, with him keeping out of the limelight, rather than whoring themselves out as a "celebrity couple" to the [.

Did Skrtel Handle Wayne Rooney?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"Skrtel knows Rooney quite well and he can stop him all the time," said Slovakian coach Vladimir Weiss. "We believe he can do it again on Saturday and avoid any danger. You know Skrtel is a very tough player and knows how to handle Rooney, he is a good defender." Rob Smyth's livetext on The Guardian: 29 [.

VIDEO: Rooney Is England’s Saviour Again… Whilst Evans Gets His First For NI

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
Following a week of slatings in the press and the England manager Fabio Capello calling him a 'crazy man', Wayne Rooney went on to score two goals in England's 4-0 victory over Slovakia. Rooney was named Man of the Match before even scoring his second, which turned out to be the last kick of the game.

Depression, Deeper Depression… Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
For the past couple of weeks I've been a bit of a miserable bastard. I haven't bothered going round to see my family, my bird has been on the receiving end of some temper tantrums and people at work have given me a wide berth. Whilst the less understanding features in my life, ie. those who [...]

Stevie Me The New Sir Bobby? Get Lost!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Whilst England are not a big concern of mine, I like all our lads to do well on International duty. Of course it made me chuckle when England failed to qualify for Euro 2008, particuarly given that there wasn't a single United player in the squad for England's last crucial qualifying match, but I was [.

Picks Of The Day In The Midst Of International Week

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
My article on Soccerlens puts Rooney's recent red card in perspective whilst Oliver Kay at the The Times appears to love our Wayne almost as much as I do! The Spoiler looks at Ronaldo's new 'fashion boutique' in Madrid, which for now, is still called CR7, rather than his other trademarked name, CR9. Mark Lawrenson writes something [.

The Best Of UnitedTube

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
If you need a bit of cheering up... This is the One Our Wayne 1958 European Cup semi-final defeat to Real Madrid What does Berbatov do again? United > England Schmeichel shows a dirty Turk where to go K Stand Barmy Army Best scores six against Northampton Giggsy Nani making a prick out of himself "The Best Of UnitedTube" [.

Feeling Bad About Our Defeat To Fulham?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Maybe this will cheer you up. Hated and adored, but never ignored. "Feeling Bad About Our Defeat To Fulham?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo: I Don’t Dive

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 6 views
Cristiano Ronaldo has hilariously claimed that he doesn't dive, in light of Henrik Larsson's comments about him. "It doesn't bother me what Larsson says, because I know I don't dive, and that is all that matters," said Ronaldo. "I may get kicked, but I don't dive. It seems everyone wants to have a go at me [.

Best Reads of the Day

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The Times' Tony Cascarino fights in Wayne Rooney's corner, claiming our striker is a bit of a hot-head, but he isn't 'crazy' like Fabio Capello thinks. The Guardian addresses our debt problem, in light of City now being The Richest Club In The World (TM). The Daily Mail looks at the best defenders to grace English football.

Rangers Want Fabio? They Having A Laugh?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Reports in The Daily Record this morning claim to Rangers are interested in securing a loan deal for Fabio da Silva. Their chief scout, Ewan Chester, watched Fabio in the Reserve victory over Middlesbrough this week and was apparently keen to get a deal sorted. Whilst Patrice Evra is the clear favourite for the position at [.

Head To Heads Mean Nothing, Alonso

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
One of the wonderful things about league football is that the best team always wins. If over 38 matches you pick up more points than any other team, you are the best team. You might not be the most entertaining, you might not be the best defensively, you might not have the best player, but [...]

Headline of the Week: Dimitart Boobatov

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The tabloids come up with their fair share of pretty poor headlines in regards to football, with you being able to predict what is coming following a particular result. "Stevie 3″ when Gerrard got his hattrick, "Top Drogs" when Drogba has a good game, or "Fabtastic" for Fabregas, or "Wayne's World" for Rooney.

PICTURE: Not What We Wanted To See?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 19 views
With Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes all missing for our clash against Aston Villa, the last thing we need is Cristiano Ronaldo out of action too. Portugal bosses have insisted his calf injury isn't anything to worry about, which inspires some confidence, although I'm sure we'll see just how injured he is if [.

RoM Had A Read Of These Today…

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
A new feature on RoM will be to look at the most interesting reads of the day, just to take even more time away from what you should actually be doing! A Kick In The Grass correctly draws attention to the hype surrounding Wayne Rooney's red card and the FA's decision not to extend the ban [...]

Another Youngster Doesn’t Make The Grade

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Reports today suggest that Salford-born Danny Simpson is set to return to Manchester United at the end of the season. The defender was sent on loan to Blackburn at the start of the season to sweeten the deal which saw us take goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, from the club just days after he had joined [.

Vote For Our Player Of The Season

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
The Daily Mail are looking at who has been each clubs' player of the season so far, with Edwin Van der Sar, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs making their shortlist. Who do you reckon deserves it? "Vote For Our Player Of The Season" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Larsson: Ref Needs Warning About Ronaldo’s Diving

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The press thought Sir Alex Ferguson had lost the plot when he invited aging star, Henrik Larsson, to join Manchester United on loan the season before last. Larsson went on to score in every competition and was an important part of the team that went on to win the title for the first time in [...]

Wigan Prepared To Lose Manager To Replace Fergie

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who once had the opportunity to buy Manchester United for £1 million but backed out for fear people in this country wouldn't shop at JJB anymore, has sung the praises of his manager today. He reckons former Manchester United captain, Steve Bruce, is capable of managing a club in the top [.

Gazza’s United Regrets Continue

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Paul Gascoigne is a player who has always managed to gain sympathy from this country, from his tears at the World Cup to his crippling alcohol addiction. Just last week Gazza was talking about his United regret and those sentiments have been repeated again today, asking for sympathy again. To think, he turned down playing for [.

Foster: I’ll Give My All For Biggest Club In The World

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Ben Foster, who has been called up for England this weekend, has today spoken of his desire to do well for Manchester United. It is certainly his performance in the League Cup final which caught Fabio Capello's eye, given that Foster rarely plays for United's first team. "I did my cruciate and that put me out for [.

Just A Blip Or Not? Evra vs Fletcher

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
The single most frustrating phrase overused by footballers has to be "We'll do our talking on the pitch." Yes, I understand the reasoning behind it, with players not wanting to talk about the things they're going to do, particularly when under fire, rather get out on the field and show people. However, this cliche is repeated [.

Finally! A Decent Pre-Season!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Since withdrawing the Amsterdam Tournament following the FA's ridiculous decision to uphold three match bans for Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes in Premiership matches, United have been left wanting when it comes to the pre-season. Whilst often playing a top Italian side in a one off match at Old Trafford, the standard of our competition [.

Gary Neville A Good Role Model For Liverpool Youngsters

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"If I was to pick out a good role model, it would be Gary Neville, an estimable professional over a long period of time." Chris Grayling, the Tory shadow minister for Liverpool, believes young scousers should look up to Neville, as Grayling tries to crack down in knife crime in Merseyside. Joey Barton, who has been involved [.

Manchester United Players’ Lounge Bar At OT

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Not exactly the flash setting you would expect for our superstars, but this is where you'll find our lads before every home game. "Manchester United Players' Lounge Bar At OT" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra: United Fans Support The Team Despite Defeat

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Another reason for you to love Patrice Evra. "When I arrived in England, I had the impression that I was doing a new job because of the impact of the stadiums and the supporters. There it's a religion," said Evra. "We don't lose on purpose, nobody does that, we all go out there to win. In [...]

Brad YSB Friedel

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
So, Brad Friedel, who always manages to have a good game against United, has seen his red card against Liverpool rescinded, making his able to face us at the weekend. Great. "Brad YSB Friedel" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

We Need Shire Horses Like Neville, Not Show Ponies Like Ronaldo

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under criticism from United and non-United fans alike this season, following his temper tantrums and petulance. Against Fulham, there were occasions where Ronaldo was fouled and should have been awarded a freekick. However, referee Phil Dowd didn't notice and play continued.

Fletcher: 2007 Title Was The Best

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Darren Fletcher has spoken out about his favourite medal, his toughest opponent and how it feels to score in a big game. "I think my first Premier League title in 2006/07," Fletcher said. "We hadn't won it for a while - Arsenal had gone undefeated for a season and then Chelsea won it two years in [..

Easy Way To Win A United Shirt

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
There are just a few days left to go before our competition closes, so hurry on up getting your entries in. This is certainly the easiest opportunity you'll ever get to win a Manchester United shirt. The prize was kindly donated by SoccerPro.com. "Easy Way To Win A United Shirt" was originally published at The Republik [.

Worst Referees God Ever Created

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
"We have a situation in England at the moment where we have the worst referees God ever created," said Paddy Crerand. "The Paul Scholes sending-off decision, you couldn't argue with that. But the Rooney dismissal was a farce. United are losing, he wants to get on with the game, he picks the ball up and [.

Fergie: Did He Throw The Ball At The Ref? Did It Hit Him? No

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
"Did he throw the ball at the referee?" questionned Ferguson. "The ball was thrown direct to where the free-kick was being taken - did it hit the referee? No. He threw it because he wanted to get the game going. What can you say about that?" "There wasn't a bad tackle in the game but John [...]

Since When Is Throwing The Ball Back A Yellow Card?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 7 views
Ryan Giggs goes to take the freekick early, so takes it from the spot where the ball is. Phil Dowd orders for the freekick to be retaken. Wayne Rooney picks the ball up and overhead throws it back to where the freekick should be taken. Wayne Rooney is given a second yellow card and sent [...]

Liverpool Have Spent More During The Premiership Years… FACT

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Crazy ol Rafa is talking "facts" again. "Check the figures," Benítez said. "It doesn't matter what Ferguson says about money. They have more money and can spend more than us, so we have to manage and do our best in every single deal." Wrong again! It turns out that Rafael Benitez has £43m more than Sir Alex Ferguson [.

What Are You Hoping For?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
If United progress past Porto in the quarter-finals, who would you most like to face in the semis and final? var so = new SWFObject("http://www.addpoll.com/flashPoll.swf", "flashpolls", "300", "300", "9"); so.addVariable("questionId", "30117"); so.write("write_flash"); "What Are You Hoping For?

Manchester United Draw FC Porto In Quarters… With Arsenal Possibilities For Semis

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
The Champions League draw for the quarter-finals has just taken place, with the games planned to take place on 7/8 April and 14/15 April. Manchester United have drawn Porto playing the first leg at home, whilst Liverpool and Chelsea face each other. Arsenal will take on Villarreal. In the semi-finals we'll be at home against the winner [.

Barca Don’t Want To Play Us

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Manchester United managed to contain an incredibly able Barcelona side last season to enable our progression to the Champions League final. Whilst Barca saw a lot of the ball at Old Trafford, Van der Sar wasn't tested, meaning Paul Scholes' wonderful strike was all that separated the sides. Barcelona defender, Carles Puyol, has today admitted he [.

Gazza: I Should Have Known I Wouldn’t Get Second Chance With Fergie

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Sir Alex Ferguson has often said that not managing to bring Paul Gascoigne to Manchester United, the man who our manager has described as "the best player of his era", was one of his biggest regrets. "Around 1987, when Newcastle were bobbing above the relegation zone, we played them and my three central midfielders that day [.

Neville and Rafael Close… Wes No Chance

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Manchester United have been playing with a fourth choice right-back over the past couple of months, following the injuries to Rafael da Silva, Gary Neville and Wes Brown. Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Neville is close to returning and might even be in the squad for the weekend. Rafael isn't far behind, whilst [.

Giggs: Fans Care More About Record Than Us

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Ryan Giggs has won ten English league titles, two more than any other player in the history of the game. If United win the league this season it will put Giggs totally out of reach and it will also see our club equal the total number of titles won by Liverpool. "Obviously it would be brilliant [...]

Ferguson Does Rubbish Job Of Picking Dream XI

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Scmeichel and Van der Sar. Both top keepers. Full-backs Denis Irwin, Gary Neville, Evra and these Da Silva boys are something else. Centre-backs you'd have to say Stam, Bruce, Pallister, Ferdinand and Vidic. Ronny Johnsen was top drawer as well. Jonny Evans will be up there. For midfield I ask myself who were the players you could not [.

Fergie Earns Less Than Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool Bosses

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
1 Guus Hiddink £5.2m per year 2 Rafa Benitez £5m per year 3 Arsene Wenger £4.5m per year 4 Sir Alex Ferguson £3.6m per year 5 David Moyes £3.2m "Fergie Earns Less Than Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool Bosses" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

“Vidic Is European and World Champion - Why Would He Leave United?”

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 5 views
It's a bloody good job Nemanja Vidic is so well-loved at United because our feelings for him were certainly tested at the weekend. Whilst the team were all sub-standard, the result certainly could have been different hand Vidic just booted the ball when it came to him in the first half, rather than dithering and [.

Sir Alex Ferguson - The SHAME Of English Football

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Sir Alex Ferguson has his problems with the BBC over a TV show which claimed his son, Jason Ferguson, who was a football agent at the time, was up to some dodgy dealings. So our manager fucked them off. More and more organisations and people have been added to Ferguson's hate list since, with the manager [.

Ferguson: Quintuple Is Asking Too Much

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Winning the Treble in 1999, a feat no other team in this country has ever achieved, was a great moment in Manchester United's history. The close run games in all three competitions left United fans on the edge of their seat for the final two months of the season. The FA Cup semi-final going to [...]

Fergie: Rafa’s Outburst Was Weird… and I Bet Players Agree!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Whilst Liverpool fans are fairly giddy at the moment, following their 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, they seem to be forgetting the bigger picture. The title was there for the taking this season and that should have been confirmed by our travels to the other side of the World and extra games we played there.

FA Prove Themselves Incompetent… Surprisingly

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
No longer do we get to travel to Villa Park to see our team in the FA Cup semi-finals, rather make the trek down to London to watch the match at Wembley. Not only does this spoil the excitement and magic of having the final held at the same venue as the semis, but it's [...]

Good News - FSW Here Until 2014

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
As was mentioned at the time, the only good thing to come from Liverpool's brilliant week was the likelihood Rafael Benitez would be offered a contract that was too good to turn down. It has happened. Benitez is contracted with Liverpool until 2014. Following two seasons where Liverpool have won nothing, alongside their continued failure to [.

VIDEO: Fabio da Silva Hat-trick

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 6 views
"VIDEO: Fabio da Silva Hat-trick" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Neville’s United Garden

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Yet to flower, Neville has had bulbs spelling "MUFC" planted in front of the gate at his mansion. Any guesses on what colour flowers they will be... "Neville's United Garden" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

MORE Recognition For RoM

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Following our mention from CNN yesterday, The Republik of Mancunia has made the shortlist for the Football Fans Census Best Blog 2009. Three RoM articles from the season which best sum up what we do here must be submitted. Any ideas? "MORE Recognition For RoM" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Don’t Forget The Free United Shirt!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
REMINDERS: 1. Our competition in connection with SoccerPro.com An official brand new Manchester United shirt is up for grabs. Read more. Deadline: March 31st 2. Our competition in connection with PhilosophyFootball.com A George Best t-shirt is on offer. Read more. Deadline: March 31st 3. Sale at the RoM shop.

da Silvas: Arsenal Tried To Tap Us Up

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Rafael and Fabio da Silva have been extremely impressive in their time at Manchester United, proving to be a lot more than the gimick some of us (including myself) half expected them to be. Fabio's shoulder injury kept him out of the first team, whilst Rafael competed with Gary Neville for the starting spot at right-back, [.

And He SPITS, Does Fabregas

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Arsenal are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Chelsea, following their 2-1 win over Hull last night. Despite comprehensively dominating the game, Arsenal relied upon a controversial late goal to progress. William Gallas was clearly several yards offside before he scored, yet amazingly the linesman failed to spot it.

Clearance Sale At The Shop

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The RoM shop is having a clear-out meaning some products have up to 30% off their usual price. To see all the items on sale, go here. "Clearance Sale At The Shop" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reaction From The Enemy

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Following our humiliating defeat, I've had a few words with Liverpool fan Jaimie Kanwar from Liverpool Kop, to balance the opinion of Liverpool fans we have on this blog over the past few days. Guaranteed he will not mention Munich once and his opinions may surprise you. RoM: So, after Saturday, how do you rate your [.

United Helpline

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
"An emergency helpline for despondant United fans has been set up, following their defeat at the weekend," a witty scouse bird said on the news on Radio 1. "So for any fans who are feeling the pain following their game against Liverpool, get in touch on 0800 41 41 41." Chortle. There seems to be some [.

Blessed To Have O’Shea… Really?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
One of the reasons Manchester United can afford to splash the cash in the transfer market is because so much of our squad cost us absolutely nothing. Of the 26 players who have represented us in the Premiership this season, 11 came from our youth system. 6 of them have been playing for our Reserves in [.

Arsenal Boss: United Dominated Liverpool At The Weekend

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following our 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that we had been the better side. This opinion was supported by the fact we had more shots, more possession, as well as better passing and tackling completion. Essentially, United gifted Liverpool three goals with dreadful mistakes and were in the game [.

Some RoM Recognition On CNN

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
On the CNN homepage today and here's the Republik of Mancunia - Manchester United blog profile. We're actually the first blog CNN have chosen for their new Blog of the Month feature, so, well done us! "Some RoM Recognition On CNN" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Good Days, Bad Days and the Fans Need To Accept that

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Anyone else struggling to get out of bed this morning? October 20th 1996 Newcastle United 5 - 0 Manchester United It was United's worst defeat since October 1984 when they lost 5-0 at Everton. Alex Ferguson said it was the worst scoreline of his 22-year managerial career. History was being rewritten, chapter by chapter: the flood of goals [.

Why Didn’t We Think Of This?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
As Steven Gerrard was approaching the box in front of the Stretford End and Nemanja Vidic got that glint in his eye, why didn't we think of this? Ok ok, so obviously I don't mean it, before you all go mental at me. However, after the past couple of days with insults being traded back and [...]

Rio: We Won’t Be Complacent Anymore

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Rio Ferdinand has given an honest response to yesterday's horrible result, owning up to the possibility of complacency in the United camp. It is pleasing to hear that he is aware of how much a result like that should hurt, getting comprehensively beaten by our fiercest rivals, but insists we must now focus on Fulham.

We’ll Take The Laughs Wherever We Can Today

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
"We'll Take The Laughs Wherever We Can Today" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Charlton: Fergie Will Sort Them Out

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Sir Bobby Charlton is feeling the hurt as much as anybody else this morning, following our dreadful result against Liverpool yesterday. However, looking on the bright side, he believes the pressure has been released, with the expectation of us being perfect no longer on our shoulders, and backs the manager to sort us out for next [.

Which Players Did Fergie Think Weren’t Up To It?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"One or two players were a little bit short today in terms of what we expect of them but I do know the football was good, we kept driving on and they showed good energy, even though we only had two and a half days to prepare for the match," said Ferguson. So, who wasn't up [...]

Just In Case You Forgot

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
    "Just In Case You Forgot" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

He Kisses The Badge On His Chest

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 11 views
"Steven has told us he will not accept our offer of an improved and extended contract because he wants to leave," a Liverpool club statement read. "I fully intended to sign a new contract after the Champions League final, but the events of the past five to six weeks have changed all that," said Gerrard.

Top of the League… and that’s a fact

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Fuck me. Losing 4-1 at home to the dippers. I was thinking on the way back that it doesn't get much worse than this. Then I realised that it actually could be at lot worse than this. We could be four points behind them, as well as them having a game in hand on us. This [...]

Will Vidic’s Red Card Be Rescinded?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 7 views
When John Terry rugby tackled Jo, the referee sent him off for serious foul play. It didn't matter than Terry wasn't the last man, the fact was rugby tackles weren't a part of the game and Jo was denied a chance at a goalscoring opportunity. Today, Nemanja Vidic rugby tackled Steven Gerrard. Rio Ferdinand was the [.

Ferguson Shows Up Liverpool Boss With Ease

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
As if the current situation wasn't embarrassing enough for Liverpool, with their manager repeatedly sounding off his supposed 'facts', whilst their team throws away the points. United have won every one of the nine league games they've played since the FSW's little episode, whilst Liverpool have won less than than half.

Best Singing Voices For Today

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"Best Singing Voices For Today" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea Skipper Gets Ripped For Cry Baby Moment

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Manchester United have lost finals. Manchester United have lost semi-finals. Manchester United players have suffered defeat with England. But would you ever see Gary Neville cry? Terry's passion was blamed for him bursting in to tears instead of consoling his team-mates, but is Neville not a passionate player?

Mad Liverpool Boss Still Going

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Manchester United have won all nine of their Premiership games since Rafael Benitez got his list of 'facts' out on the telly, whilst Liverpool have won just three of their eight. Eesh. Yet Benitez claims he has no regrets about reelings off his, erm, 'facts'. At the time he said everybody agreed with him, except the [.

Ferguson Plays Down Fuss Over Rooney’s Hatred

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Steven Gerrard wrote that he wanted Manchester United "to die" in his autobiography, whatever that means. Wayne Rooney said this week that he "hates" Liverpool. And? Apparently it's a big deal though, leading Sir Alex Ferguson to play down the meaning behind Rooney's words today. "As David Moyes has pointed out, the rivalry between Everton and Liverpool [.

Deluded Liverpool Keeper Making Excuses and Embarrassing Himself

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is already making excuses for his team losing out on the title this season, claiming that financially they just cannot compete with Manchester United. He thinks that because we've spent more than £100million over the past few seasons, we obviously have the advantage. Reina probably should have had a look at this Liverpool [.

Our Favourite Photo

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
LG did a write-up on the photo chosen by readers of RoM. Mancunians Vote For Busby Babes "Our Favourite Photo" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo: I Want To Stay Put

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following Liverpool's battering of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to think his future is in God's hand anymore. "I feel very happy where I am now," Ronaldo said. "I like to do what I do, it's my dream and this is my life. There is always speculation about me. It's normal, the people have [.

Beckham: United Will Do Liverpool

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
When not ditching his "I take soccer in the US really seriously" routine for a life away from his wife in Milan, David Beckham enjoys prattling on about how much of a United fan he is. As I United fan, he thinks this, and as a United fan, he thinks that. It's something special to [...]

Get Your Mad Rafa Fact Sheets!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
If you're going to the match on Saturday, download the Rafa Fact Sheet or simply click on the image above to enlarge it then print, to take along with you. Spread the word! "Get Your Mad Rafa Fact Sheets!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: I Hate Liverpool

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Everton FC rarely rub me up the wrong way. I'm impressed with the results David Moyes gets out of his shallow squad and we have three former reds at the club. Essentially though, we share a common enemy. Not that it makes us friends but it certainly gives us an understanding. That's why a Neville [..

Sore Loser Mourinho Has Been A Naughty Boy

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
It has been alleged that Jose Mourinho punched a Manchester United fan last night outside Old Trafford, following our 2-0 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League. After taunting TNSSO with "chin up Mourinho!" and "you're not special anymore!", it appears as though the piss-taking he received outside the ground was too much for him [.

Ferguson Pleased We Won After Being Handed Toughest Draw

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"It was the type of match where we had to play a different type of football," said Ferguson. "Inter showed fantastic experience at times and showed that South American mentality and were very difficult to break down. The end result was very good. Good result, not a great performance. When I first heard the draw [.

That’s Why We’re Champions!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Well, what a bloody good night that was! The nerves were quickly settled thanks to our opening display and an early goal from Nemanja Vidic. There was the feeling of us starting the way we'd finished in the San Siro. Dominant, looking for a goal, desperate to progress. You only had to look at TNSSO's starting [.

Rooney Looking Forward To Ending Liverpool Title Bid

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
"I think we're in pole position anyway, but we can certainly end Liverpool's chances of winning the league if we win, so we're looking forward to it," said Rooney. "We always try and win every tournament we go into, that's our aim at the start of the season. We're in all the competitions, but we [...

Contrary To RoM’s Message… Is Jose The Man For The Job?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Following on with our RoM Contributors, here's another piece written from a Red who isn't me, which should be fairly obviously a few paragraphs in! I have one observation I'd like to make ahead of tonight's game with Inter, and one fairly controversial view on the topic of Mourinho as a future United manager to share [.

What Will Our Midfield and Attack Look Like Tonight?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The defence should be fairly obvious for tonight's match, with Van der Sar, O'Shea, Rio, Vidic and Evra all expected to start, but it is a lot trickier to predict what the rest of our team will look like. In the away leg, Dimitar Berbatov played as a lone striker, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Park Ji-Sung [.

Scholes: We Can Beat Inter Even If They Do Get Away Goal

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
United fans are encouraged to bring their flags and scarves to tonight's Champions League match against Inter Milan, in a similar effort to the Show Your Colours campaign of last season against Barcelona. Whilst the 0-0 at the Nou Camp was viewed as a good result, there has been a more negative slant on our result [.

I Wonder If Ronaldo Is Arsed About What God Thinks Now

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Whenever Cristiano Ronaldo is asked where he wants to be next season, his general response is something along the lines of: I am very happy here. I owe a lot to the manager. I have won lots of things here and I want to win more. But only God knows the future. All this talk of [...]

WIN An Official Manchester United Shirt With Latest RoM Competition

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
We love a good ol' competition here at Republik of Mancunia - Manchester United blog, so it should come as no surprise to you that we're running another one, this time, with the prize being an official Manchester United shirt, provided by the lovely people at SoccerPro.com. Now this is a fairly simple competition which hopefully [.

Rooney: After Missing Out On San Siro I’ll Be Doubly Determined Tonight

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Wayne Rooney played a cameo role in our 0-0 draw at the San Siro, still recovering from his hamstring injury at the time. He has been on a great goalscoring run at the moment and is desperate to get on the field tonight. If there's anyone who has the determination and passion to drag [...]

Evra: Experience Of Barca Will Help Us Win Tonight

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Last year's Champions League semi-final was one of my favourite experiences at Old Trafford. I've seen my fair share of quality games on well-supported occasions, but there was something very special about the Barcelona game. We knew how close we were to reaching the European Cup final, in the year that marked the 50th anniversary [.

NEW CHANT: Rafael and Fabio

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 6 views
"NEW CHANT: Rafael and Fabio" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sepp Blatter On His Way To Manchester With A Gift

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following our success in the FIFA World Club Cup, Sepp Blatter is travelling to Manchester tomorrow ahead of our European Cup game against Inter Milan. The FIFA president will be commemorating our win in the competition by awarding us with a special badge. That will be something nice to rub in Mourinho's face.

Ronaldo: They Have To Kick Me To Stop Me

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't been an angel in his career with United, with lapses of concentration allowing him to react violently to a situation. He went in late and high on derby day towards the beginning of his career, he touched heads at Pompey and got himself sent off, amongst a few other occasions where he [.

United Youngster Enjoyed Outplaying City Superstar

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
The da Silva twins have created a lot of excitement amongst United fans, given their great ability, their attacking nature, and ease at which they made the transition to the English game. Whilst Fabio comes as the more highly rated of the pair, it is Rafael we have seen a lot more of, due to his [...

Rollin Back The Years… The Top 10 From 10 Years Ago

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Just to brighten up your morning... "Rollin Back The Years... The Top 10 From 10 Years Ago" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Everton Striker Looking Forward To Playing Against His Mates

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Louis Saha scored the winning goal against Middlesbrough at the weekend, taking Everton through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. I was listening to BBC 606, waiting for the draw, when an Everton fan rang in singing the praises of Saha. "If we can just keep him fit for 90 minutes then..." but he was [.

Spreading The Word On F365

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
I may be starting to sound a little obsessive with my feelings on keeping Jose Mourinho as far away from a job at Manchester United as possible, but I'm afraid I'm going to keep banging on about it for as long as people mention his name as a suitable replacement. Whenever the topic of replacing Sir [.

Foster’s iPod Fuss Is Embarrassing

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
When Ben Foster told news reporters that he had been helped to win the League Cup for Manchester United by the technology Eric Steele had an offer, there is no way he could have anticipated the reaction it would create. The press unintentionally revealed themselves as technophones, considering iPods have been knocking about for some [.

There’s Only One Ronaldo… Isn’t There?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 5 views
It wasn't long in to Cristiano Ronaldo's career at United that the chant, "there's only one Ronaldo!" started to do the rounds. It was 2003, our Ronaldo was a skinny, spotty teenager, a bit of a one-trick pony, but had bags of potential. The year before, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, or, the real Ronaldo as [.

Mourinho Deluded Over His Premiership Past

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The 2006-2007 season was a great one for Manchester United. We had been written off in the summer, with Chelsea destined to win a third title (didn't anyone tell them that they'd never win three in a row?), and our club well and truly in decline. Our second placed finish and League Cup win from [...]

Fergie Tells Italian Press: We Controlled Mourinho’s Men In Milan

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken with Italian press today, showing his confidence ahead of our second leg against Inter Milan on Wednesday. Speaking with Gazzetta dello Sport, Ferguson claims we limitted Inter to just a couple of half chances and following intense preparation, we should make it through to the quarters.

Would Missing Rio Be A ‘Big Loss’?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
We are waiting to learn whether Rio Ferdinand will be missing for our second leg Champions League match against Inter Milan. After going over on his ankle at the weekend against Fulham, he is now a doubt for what could prove to be one of our defining matches of the season. Jonny Evans, who has also [.

Everton It Is Then

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
If I was to assume that Arsenal were going to beat Hull, there would have been plenty of positives about any of the teams we could have been drawn against. We knocked Arsenal out of the Cup with a 4-0 victory last season and I'd fancy us to beat them again. Whilst Chelsea are on [...]

Ferguson: Ronaldo IS Arrogant, So What?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Arsene Wenger this week claimed that it was Cristiano Ronaldo's arrogance lead to the kickings he gets on a weekly basis, but agrees with Sir Alex Ferguson that our winger should get better protection. When asked if he should warn Ronaldo against his flamboyant style, Ferguson was quick to explain why he wouldn't.

People Thought Fergie Had Gone Mad When He Picked Me For Chelsea

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
I was fucking fuming by the time I got to my seat ahead of the United vs Chelsea game this season. We were without Rio Ferdinand because of injury, but when Sir Alex Ferguson opted for Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs in the centre of midfield, dropping Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick to the pitch, [.

VDS: Three Points More Important Than Any Record

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
I've always been surprised when Arsenal or Chelsea fans try to compare their 49 unbeaten run or brilliant home record to United winning the Treble. Not losing a game doesn't mean as much as winning. You could go unbeaten for a season and pick up 38 points, but it is only through winning games that [.

Mourinho Can’t Rule Out United Future… But I Can

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Jose Mourinho has no interest in bringing youth through. Jose Mourinho is entirely clueless in the transfer market (just compare the team he was given by Ranieri to the team he left Grant with). Jose Mourinho does not know how to be successful by playing attacking football. Yet alarmingly, some reds think he's the man [.

Fletcher: Roy Keane Gave Me A Hard Time

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
In that infamous interview with MUTV, Roy Keane tore a strip off Fletcher, saying, "I can't understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher." Ouch, but it was an opinion most reds agreed with at the time. A few years down the line, Fletcher has won over the vast majority of us, putting in great [.

Another RoM Giveaway

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
A shirt to remember all the good times George brought us. This most outrageously gifted of footballers lived life to the full. A superstar, who paid eventually for all that excess but lets never forget just how brilliant a player he was too. Available from www.philosophyfootball.com we have 5 t-shirts which celebrate Best's flamboyance to be [.

Fergie: We Sold Beckham, Ruud and Heinze To Real Because We Wanted To

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following the harrassment Manchester United faced from Real Madrid in regards to Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he wouldn't even sell a virus to the Spanish club. They have clearly rubbed him up the wrong way in their conduct towards Ronaldo, meaning our manager is less inclined to let The Best Player In The [.

How Ryan Giggs Moscow Speech Inspired Season Of Success

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
The media called winning the league title, the FA Cup and European Cup "impossible" after we beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final in 1977. Three decades later Manchester United were achieving it. This year, much has been made of the 'quintuple', with United already winning two of the five trophies on offer.

One Man Team Win 4-0 Without Their One Man

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Well that was almost the perfect evening. Through to the next round of the Cup, won 4-0, managed to rest several players, and played the second half almost at walking pace in preparation to our massive week ahead, playing Inter Milan and Liverpool. The only downside of course are the injuries to Rio Ferdinand and [.

Live blog: Fulham vs United in the FA Cup From Red Perspective

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Fulham vs United FA Cup "Live blog: Fulham vs United in the FA Cup From Red Perspective" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What REALLY Happened In The Tunnel

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
There have been plenty of rumours circulating over what happened in the tunnel at half time in the Newcastle game. With the help of Studs Up can reveal what went down. "What REALLY Happened In The Tunnel" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson Explains Relief Over Taylor Escaping Ban

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following a bad tackle on Michael Carrick as well as hitting Cristiano Ronaldo around the face, it is incredible that Steven Taylor got away with just a yellow card. Despite the referee watching footage after the event and claiming that he would have awarded a second yellow, the FA said they were powerless to act [.

Sir Alex Ferguson Beats Paisley and Clough… Again

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Earlier in the day, I reported on how The Daily Mail deemed Sir Alex Ferguson the best ever manager in British football. They then wanted to confirm their findings so asked the people over at Championship manager what they thought. The results varied, except for who they ranked as the best. 1. Sir Alex Ferguson Why?

VDS: I’ve Always Wanted A Save I’ll Be Remembered For… Now I Have It

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Edwin Van der Sar has been centre of attention over the past few months, following his great record in goal. It's hard to believe that before Wednesday night, the last time we conceded in the league was our 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, which feels like forever ago. He has today spoken about the impact Sir [.

Sir Alex Ferguson Beats Paisley and Clough

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
The Daily Mail has run a feature on the top 50 managers in British football, in which both Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby feature in the top 5. With his second European Cup in the bag last season and an 11th league title seemingly on the way, it is no surprise who number [...]

Wenger Stands Up For Ronaldo… Then Calls Him Arrogant

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Thierry Henry. A player without a European Cup winners medal, no European or World Player of the Year to his name, yet his ability made him one of the most arrogant players to ever grace the Premiership. Cristiano Ronaldo has all three, scoring the only goal in his team's final, and he's only 23-years-old.

Fergie Ready For Mourinho… After Humiliating Defeat

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 3 views
"I have got a good one ready for him," said Ferguson. "The great thing about Jose is he can laugh at himself and is able to separate what happens on the pitch and off it. He might lose a game but you can still have a conversation with him about anything and everything after it. [...]

Messi: Ronaldo Deserved Awards

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the best player in Europe and the World thanks to his brilliant season with United. After five years with the club he emerged from a scrawny 'one trick pony' to the best footballer going. Lionel Messi, who came 2nd to Ronaldo, has today claimed that our winger deserved the awards.

Rooney Looks Forward To Massive Week… Following Dodgy Start Against Newcastle

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Not picking up three points at St James' Park last night would have seen United get the press on their back. With the games in hand we have, as well as the self-belief our players have, drawing or even losing at Newcastle wouldn't have been the end of the World. To the press though, it [...]

Well, Thank God That’s Over With

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Creating defensive records is something that has never been associated with United before this season. Whilst we win the vast majority of our games at home, it's unlikely we'd go years without losing there. Whilst we tend to outscore our opponents, we usually concede a goal or two along the way. We pride ourselves on [.

‘Ugly’ Rooney Will Cry Himself To Sleep Over ‘Rubbish’ Newcastle Player’s Insult

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
In this day and age it seems perfectly acceptable to run polls over who the ugliest footballers are. It appears as though their love of the beautiful game is not enough for some people, instead, they would rather get swept away in the girlie magazine fad, rating footballers on their looks. This week, The Sun published [.

That’ll Do… Easiest Title In Years?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Seven points clear. A game in hand. Is it really going to be this easy? In hindsight, the title win in 2006-2007 was fairly easy, given that we lead the table from the very start of the weekend and were crowned Champions with three games to play and eight points separating us and Chelsea. However, at [.

Manucho Scores Injury Time Winner!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Following their great start, Hull had picked up just 3 points from a possible 33, winning their last game on December 6th. Heading for a respectable 0-0 draw away to Fulham, Manucho, our Angolan on loan since January, was brought off the bench with less than 15 minutes to play. Within the first minute, he'd had a [.

VIDEO: Rooney and Berbatov Goals Against Newcastle

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Wayne Rooney's goal and Dimitar Berbatov's goal. "VIDEO: Rooney and Berbatov Goals Against Newcastle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Campest Story Of The Day - I Know All Your Secrets

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Fortunately, once you get past the headline and the picture, it's a fairly interesting read, concerning Newcastle's Fabricio  Coloccini and his link to our very own Carlos Tevez. "Campest Story Of The Day - I Know All Your Secrets" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson on Newcastle and the Working Class

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
The best news ahead of tonight's clash with Newcastle is that Wayne Rooney is back! Winning just one of their past eleven games, on paper, tonight shouldn't be too tricky. However, as we all know, football isn't played on paper and the geordies should give us a run for our money tonight, particularly after the [.

Chelsea Hero Fancies Us Over Them

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Plenty of Chelsea fans sadly still aren't over the departure of TNSSO, with every failing replacement strengthening their feelings towards him. They all seem to forget how strongly they were tipped to win the league in his last season, particularly after signing one of the best defenders, midfielders and strikers in the World in the [.

Why Does Chelsea Keeper Believe He’s Qualified To Give Us Advice?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
At the end of last season our team got to take home a winner's medal for arguably the best league in the World as well as the European Cup. They were denied the chance of winning the FA Cup after the referee failed to spot Cristiano Ronaldo get shoulder barged off the ball in the area [...]

Mad Liverpool Boss Gets His Facts Wrong Again

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
"Maybe if Torres had not been injured so much things would be different in terms of the Premier League," said Rafael Benitez this week, explaining why Liverpool were so far behind United. Whilst they decreased that gap to just four points last night, United have the potential to go ten points ahead. Given that we've [.

More Praise For Foster

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Ben Foster has been soaking up the praise since the weekend, with the perfect conclusion to the biggest game of his career. Not only did he pick up the Man of the Match award for his display at Wembley, but he is also managed to save a penalty. Oliver Holt, who has become increasingly and surprisingly [.

Rooney Back For Newcastle

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Chelsea have the potential to close the gap to four points this evening, although United will still have two games in hand, which could take us to ten points clear. Regardless, we don't want to be taking any chances with these games in hand, which is why it is such good news to hear Rooney, amongst [.

Arsenal Better At Dominating Than United… Ha

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
Arsenal aren't looking good for playing Champions League football next season, following the departure of several key players without replacements being drafted in. It didn't take a genius to work out you couldn't sell the likes of Flamini, Hleb and Gilberto without buying someone to fill their boots.

The Average United Fan Is Thai?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
Yawn. I'm trying to perish the thought but it simply won't be perished - Manchester United could actually win the Quintet. Until recently the word "quintet" didn't exist in anyone's vocabulary, least of all a Mancunian's with his limited grasp of language. If you asked your average Reds fan what he thought about the Quintet, he'd reply [.

Rumour Mill Ticking Over - Vidic The Target

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
I'm so used to reading stories about Cristiano Ronaldo's future that it takes me a bit by surprise when I see other players of our linked with moves away. Reports in Italy claim that AC Milan are ready to make an offer we can't refuse for Nemanja Vidic this summer. They say the whole of Europe [...]

Evans: I Didn’t Lose Sleep Over Rape Allegations

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 4 views
Jonny Evans was a little-known United youth player when the relegations of rape following that Christmas party surfaced. It could have predicted that one of the fit birds Rio and co. had drafted in would try it on. After the allegation had been made by a girl who was at the party with her boyfriend, Evans [.

Foster: I Want To Spend A Decade Or More At Biggest Club In The World

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
Ben Foster was Man of the Match against Tottenham Hotspur in this weekend's League Cup final, making a couple of good stops during the match, as well as saving the first penalty in the shoot-out. He has been unlucky with injuries in his time at United, but Sunday was certainly his chance to shine and show [.

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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
"VIDEO: Interview With Foster At Wembley" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Fergie Interview At Wembley

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
"VIDEO: Fergie Interview At Wembley" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: United Lifting The League Cup

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
"VIDEO: United Lifting The League Cup" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Penalty Shoot Out Against Tottenham

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
"VIDEO: Penalty Shoot Out Against Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM’s Breakfast Banter With Spurs

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
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?

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 0 views
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!

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 1 view
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

Republik Of Mancunia at related • 2 views
"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 [..