Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

Good News On Rio Ahead Of Arsenal 2nd Leg

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Rio Ferdinand was substituted with three minutes remaining in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League. A stretcher came on for him inititally but in the end he was able to walk off the pitch, obviously in pain.

Rio went straight to hospital with United left to fear he had broken his ribs, which could have ruled him out for the rest of the season.

RoM Reaction To The Semi-Final

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I was happy with the line-up. Whilst I wasn't expecting Anderson and Carlos Tevez in the starting eleven, I appreciated the senitments behind it. We needed a bit of fight in us against Arsenal and those two are more than happy to do that.

Starting where we left off against Tottenham Hotspur, United were easily the better team from the off, totally dominating Arsenal.

Arsenal’s One Shot

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Arsenal had one shot on target in 90 minutes. This is it. Scary.

"Arsenal's One Shot" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Ronaldo Off The Woodwork

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After scoring that belter in Porto, it seems as though Cristiano Ronaldo has a real taster for long distance strikes. He was dreadfully unlucky not to see his late attempt on goal dip just under the woodwork.

"VIDEO: Ronaldo Off The Woodwork" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: From The Stands vs Arsenal

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Players Entrance with "Believe" and European Cup mosaics
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Pride of all Europe
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Same old Arsenal always cheating - after Adebayor deliberate handball
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Feared by the blues, loved by the reds
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Giggsy being greeted on his 800th appearance
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Ronaldo: Ref Robbed Us Of Two Goal Advantage

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After being subbed on and making his 800th appearance for the club, Ryan Giggs rounded the keeper and scored. The linesman's flag was up though making an incredibly right call. There were angry shouts from the crowd with Giggsy clearly looking onside. I've yet to see replays but everyone I have spoken to reckons it's too tight to call.

Squad Rotation For Boro

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Rio Ferdinand was subbed off in the closing stages of our victory over Arsenal last night and there will be obvious changes made to the team in order to keep our players fresh for the second leg. RoM contributing writer, Joe Davies, reflects on this.

Rio Ferdinand is a major doubt for the weekend after potentially breaking a rib in last night's 1-0 first leg victory against Arsenal.

Can Arsenal Stop Us Scoring At The Emirates? Not Bothered About The Win!

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Manchester United don't have a great record at the Emirates stadium, never winning a match there in the three years since Arsenal moved stadiums.

However, our second leg Champions League semi-final isn't just any trip to Arsenal. We can go there with the hope of winning, but it isn't our primary objective.

Petition To Sign Carlos Tevez

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If you're interested, there's a petition going round for United fans to show how much they want the club to sign Carlos Tevez. It's a bit lacking at present so get the bandwagon rolling!

"Petition To Sign Carlos Tevez" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reads of the Day

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On Soccerlens I go in to detail over the really big decision Webb and the media missed.

The Guardian looks at John O'Shea's impact and his place in the final.

Martin Samuel at The Daily Mail talks Carlos Tevez.

Messi states the obvious about The MASSIVE.

The Guardian doesn't think Arsenal will win the Champions League yet.

Fletcher: Disappointed Too… But Confident

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Darren Fletcher, who probably worked harder than any player on the field last night, has echoed the sentiments of Patrice Evra, that he is disappointed we didn't make the most of our domination.

He also believes the key for us to progress to the final is to get an away goal which shouldn't be out of our reach given the attacking ability we have.

At Atmosphere To Be Proud Of… Next Stop, The Library

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Can you hear the Arsenal sing? Nooo, noooo. Can you hear the Arsenal sing? Noooo, noooo. Can you hear the Arsenal sing cos I can't hear a fuckin thing, wooooooahhhhh shhhhhhhh.

No wonder their old ground used to be called the Library. Even their away support is quiet! It was a European Cup semi-final against one of their hated rivals and they could only be bothered with a few rounds of unoriginal songs every team sings, with the name of the club the only difference.

Arsenal Flop: We Will Be In The Final

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Nicklas Bendtner, who is Mr Unpopular at Arsenal it seems, has today claimed that despite a defeat at Old Trafford, is certain his team will be in the final.

Arsenal had just one shot on target in 90 minutes and that came in the first half, a tame effort from Cesc Fabregas that went straight to the keeper.

Evra “Very Disappointed” With Result

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Manchester United will go to the Emirates with a 1-0 advantage after the result last night, most importantly managing not to concede an away goal. However, following a game which United completely dominated, seeing their goalkeeper earn a Man of the Match award, we obviously are disappointed not to put the game out of reach.

VIDEO: United vs Arsenal Fights

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"VIDEO: United vs Arsenal Fights" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie predicts ‘perfect’ semi-final

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More from a contributing writer on Sir Alex Ferguson's expectations of the big match tonight.

Although Sir Alex was quick to highlight that nothing will be decided today he has stipulated that United must not concede an away goal. As things stand you don't have to go too far back to remember Champions League 2nd Legs where United have built on a poor first home leg and ended up going through, for example Porto most recently and obviously the 98-99 Juventus Semi Final.

How Tonight Could Inspire Return Of Arsenal Hatred

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God I used to hate Arsenal. I'm sure it was real hatred. My feelings for Liverpool are something entirely different but I really did hate Arsenal. I hated Wenger. I hated Pires. I hated Henry. I hated Adams. I hated Keown. I hated Lee "bitter blue" Dixon. I hated Vieira. I hated Ljungberg. I hated Bergkamp.

RoM Picks of the Day

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The Times shows United vs Arsenal stats.

The Guardian looks at the United-Arsenal relationship.

The National looks at the silent hero in United vs Arsenal games.

Studs Up is still bitter.

Rob Smyth of The Guardian looks at the greatest European Cup semi-finals.

Arsenal To Bring Swine Flu To Manchester?

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We've already reportedly got a case of swine flu in Sale but maybe it's set to spread to Old Trafford given the precautions Arsenal have gone to this week in regards to their Mexican striker, Carlos Vela.

"It looks to be a massive problem so we asked him to stay at home on Monday," said Wenger.

WILL Evra Be Able To Stop Theo?

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Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Patrice Evra will be able to deal with Theo Walcott. I hope I'm wrong but I'm not very confident.

"Patrice Evra is quick enough," said Ferguson. "He has played against Theo Walcott a few times and been alright with that. Walcott is very quick, probably the quickest forward in England at the moment, so we will have to prepare in the right way.

Fergie: I’m Not Tempting Fate… But I Want Back To Back European Cups

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Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged that some may think he is tempting fate by talking about winning back to back Champions League titles, an achievement no other team has managed before, but that at United there is no choice but to keep setting new targets.

"When we won it in Moscow the point was made in the press conference about no side having ever retained the cup in the Champions League format," said Ferguson.

Ferguson: Barcelona Atmosphere Was One Of My Great Moments Here

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Stretford End Flags have urged people to get to Old Trafford early tonight in a bid to help the atmosphere get going.

The atmosphere at the Champions League semi-final last season was absolutely brilliant and Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for more of the same tonight.

"Last year's atmosphere was one of the great moments of my time here," said Ferguson.

View From The Enemy: Arsenal Fan On Tonight’s Game

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Gooner Chris, from popular Arsenal blog Gooner Talk, has shared his thoughts on the greatest United vs Arsenal games, which all-time United player he would have liked to see at Arsenal (unsurprisingly, he went for a Frenchie!) and who he fancies for the Champions League this season.

Enjoy!

Scott the Red: What is your favourite ever United vs Arsenal game?

Webb: Carrick Did Touch The Ball… But Penalty Was Honest Mistake

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Howard Webb has today confessed he made the wrong decision in United's 5-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. I wonder if now he will also appologise for doing nothing to stop United scoring a further four goals and not sending Palacios off for his disgraceful challenge on Ronaldo.

"I've looked at it again and I think it was a mistake but we make these decisions honestly," Webb conceded.

Noise From The Gooners With A View To Wednesday

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With Chelsea getting a decent enough result at the Nou Camp, another RoM contributing writer looks at our chances against Arsenal tomorrow.

The only side yet to lose a game in this seasons' Champions League take on Arsenal tomorrow. With concerns about our full backs for this game and a slightly advantageous record against Sir Alex since Wenger arrived at Arsenal, how do the enemy feel going into what some of them are claiming is ‘by far the biggest game of the season'.

Silly Talks About Arsenal’s Differences With “Legendary” United

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When news first broke that Mikael Silvestre had legged it away from City for a medical at Arsenal, United fans had a bit of a chuckle. Whilst a loyal servant for nine years, Silvestre had often been a weak link and was ridiculed by many of our opponents. A useful squad player but a disaster as a starting player in the centre.

Tottenham Fans Should Consider Themselves Lucky Webb Missed Bigger Decision

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was whinging, Tottenham players were whinging, and their fans have been having a good old go too.

The press reckon Howard Webb has gifted us the title and that Manchester United always get the rub of the green. Ignoring the fact we were denied a place in the FA Cup final thanks to Mike "Manchester United fan" Riley failing to award a nailed on penalty at Wembley, Tottenham don't have much place to complain where refereeing decisions when playing us are concerned!

Giggs: I Might Repeat Arsenal Celebration, Who Knows?

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Cristiano Ronaldo is about our only player who celebrates his goals by taking his shirt off, surely a ploy for the ladies. Although Ryan Giggs was doing it long before Ronaldo even joined the club, famously ripping his shirt off and swinging it around his head after scoring that goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Scholes: We Don’t Care How Entertaining Arsenal Game Is

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With Manchester United and Arsenal playing the most attractive football in the country, there are high expectations for the standard of football shown in our semi-final matches.

Paul Scholes has played down this idea though, claiming United aren't too concerned about the match being great entertainment, rather they are focussing on getting to another Champions League final.

Reads of the Day

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The Independent reckons Nani is off after leaving OT before the final whistle on Saturday.

The Times shows videos looking at 22 years of Ryan Giggs.

The Telegraph looks at Fergie vs Wenger.

Mark YSB Lawrenson tells the Liverpool Daily Post that Liverpool fans are kidding themselves to blame Webb if the title goes to United.

“I Would Without Hesitation Choose United Over Liverpool”

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Simon Kjaer has been linked with several big clubs since signing a 5-year-deal with Palermo, with Real Madrid just missing out on his signature.

Last month, reports suggested that Chelsea and Liverpool were interested in signing him, although the player has today insisted his desired move is to United.

Tottenham Boss Has Some Nerve Complaining About Penalties!

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Remember this Harry?

How dare he rant and rave about penalties at Old Trafford when his team benefited from poor refereeing when they paid a visit last season.

United were denied a penalty in the opening minutes before Portsmouth were later awarded one, with our goalkeeper being sent off and Rio Ferdinand having to go in net!

Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again

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"Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio Ferdinand’s Mag

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Not content with just being a defender, Rio Ferdinand has tried his hand at TV shows, record labels, movie producing, goalkeeping, guest editing The Observer, and now he's got his own magazine!

"Rio Ferdinand's Mag" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Who Knew? Chelsea Are The Best Team In England

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"I think people thought this would be the final," Belletti said of Chelsea's game against Barcelona tomorrow. "Obviously there are other great teams like Liverpool and Manchester United, but Barca and Chelsea are the two best teams in their leagues at the moment."

Really?

They aren't the form team either.

Park With His Best Buds

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"Park With His Best Buds" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: We Watched Liverpool vs Arsenal Game In Hotel

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Wayne Rooney bagged two crucial goals against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, securing our place at the top of the table.

At one point, it looked as though we were certainly going to lose, but Rooney says he is used to these stressful moments.

He reckons that all the stress is worthwhile though, particularly when you get to see your rivals drop points, as Liverpool did last week at home to Arsenal.

I Wonder If Tottenham Midfielder Would Get The Irony…

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"I think it was a case of a referee crumbling under the pressure at Old Trafford really," said Jermaine Jenas. "The atmosphere, the occasion, the importance of the match, a lot of factors take their toll when making decisions."

Sorry, Howard Webb crumbled under the pressure?

Ronaldo: Fans Were Brilliant!

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Cristiano Ronaldo is full of confidence following our brilliant result against Tottenham Hotspur, knowing all too well that four wins will wrap up the title for us.

He was also quick to praise the fans after a brilliant atmosphere on Saturday carried the team through.

"We have five games left and we know that if we win the next four we will win the league," said Ronaldo.

Full Back Concerns Against Arsenal

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With Gary Neville and John O'Shea going off injured against Portsmouth, United were posed with the problem of who could play against Tottenham Hotspur.

Wes Brown had managed some time with the Reserves meaning he was rumoured to be available, but it seemed obvious that Rafael da Silva deserved the chance.

Where’s Ronaldo? THERE He Is!

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The whole team hasn't really played well enough this season. There's been the odd good performance but generally we've resembled something more like the Chelsea title winning sides than the United ones. We've relied on our great defence for large chunks of the season rather than putting emphasis on the usual attacking flair.

Congratulations Ryan Giggs!

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PFA Player of the Year: Ryan Giggs

"It's right up there, with personal accolades it's the best to have as it's voted by your fellow players," Giggs said. "I've been fortunate to win a lot of trophies, I won the young player award twice, but this is the big one."

Giggsy, who was rested for Saturday's victory over Tottenham, possibly with Arsenal in mind, has expressed his excitement with the end to the season.

United Dominate Team Of The Year

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Six of the best eleven players in the league, as voted for by the other players in the league, belong to Manchester United.

GK: Edwin Van Der Sar
LB: Patrice Evra
CB: Rio Ferdinand
CB: Nermanja Vidic

RB: Glen Johnson
LW: Ashley Young
CM: Ryan Giggs
CM: Steven Gerrard
RW: Cristiano Ronaldo
ST: Nicolas Anelka
ST: Fernando Torres

"United Dominate Team Of The Year" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads Of The Day

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Sky Sports show a Ryan Giggs profile.

The Times present their players of the year.

Hatchet Man at The Daily Mail is disgusted that one of our lads missed out on the PFA team of the year.

Soccerlens looks at Trebles and Quintuples.

A Kick in the Grass looks at the fuss over Saturday's refereeing decisions.

How Was The Match On Saturday? Yeh, It Was Alright

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At half time, Manchester United had over three times the amount of shots on target as their opponents, yet they were 2-0 down. Unlike performances of weeks gone by, we actually had a decent enough 45 minutes, creating chances and keeping possession well.

However, every time the ball got in to our half, there seemed to be panic.

Media Darlings On Football365

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Football365

"Media Darlings On Football365" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

SEF Reveal CL Semi Plans

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The atmosphere against Tottenham Hotspur was impressive yesterday. At 2-0 down, we were repeatedly singing "We love United we do!" and this song was repeated with every goal we then went on to score.

This is good practice for Wednesday night, when we, the fans, have an important role to play.

Evra: Don’t Rest Me, I Want To Play Every Game!

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Patrice Evra just hasn't seemed the same player in 2009. Before then, he was one of our best performers, but over the past few months there seems to be something missing from his game.

His worst performances of the season have come against Aaron Lennon, with the small winger getting the best of him in the League Cup final and yesterday's victory over Spurs.

Nani: I Don’t Want To Leave United

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Nani had another poor game against Tottenham yesterday and was subbed off at half time for Carlos Tevez, which had a brilliant effect on our game.

Sadly, Nani just doesn't seem to cut it this season. I want him so badly to do well because we saw great things from him last season, but it just doesn't seem to happen.

Decisions Hand US Title? What About Liverpool?!

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According to some, United were gifted the title yesterday. Who knew?

"Ref's cock-up hands Fergie crown"

"Two goal Cristiano Ronaldo inspired "lucky" Manchester United to an amazing 5-2 triumph over Spurs"

After Liverpool picked up three points yesterday the pressure was on. I can only imagine how chuffed they were when we were 2-0 down at half-time.

Arsenal Captain Lurrrrrves United

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Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, has attempted to butter us up ahead of our Champions League semi-final games.

He loves Ferguson. He loves Rooney and Ronaldo. He loves the way we play.

Cheers!

"I have no problem saying United are one of the best clubs in the world - even though I want to beat them," said Fabregas.

Was It A Pen?

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From the stands, it never looked like a pen. It looked like the keeper tips the ball clear and Michael Carrick fell over his boday. That's never a pen. I text my mate to double check and he said it was a nailed on pen. I assumed it was the red tinted specs talking.

I got in, got showered, went to the pub.

History Repeating… That’s Why We’re Champions

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April 28th April 2007
60 minutes played, United are 2-0 down.
90 minutes played, United are 4-2 up.

April 25th 2009
56 minutes played, United are 2-0 down.
90 minuted played, United are 5-2 up.

That's why we're champions.

"History Repeating.

VIDEO: All The Goals Against Tottenham! What A Day!

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All our goals against Spurs.

"VIDEO: All The Goals Against Tottenham! What A Day!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Predictions For Today

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Following an improved performance against Portsmouth midweek, how do you expect us to get on today?

"Predictions For Today" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vidic Compares Berb’s Miss With JT

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I knew it was coming. As the team list was read out ahead of Wednesday's victory over Portsmouth, there were sections of the crowd that booed Dimitar Berbatov. It sickens me. What kindof fickle twats do we have pouring in to our ground in their thousands?

Booing your own is never something you like to see.

What Will Arsenal Supporting FA Representative Do Now? Fabregas vs Evra

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The FA stitched us up over Patrice Evra's ban: Despite studying the CCTV footage, there was no proof he punched the Chelsea groundsman. They saw the Chelsea groundsman go for Evra on the footage but there was nothing to show Evra throwing a punch, the FA admitted in their report, yet they still punished him as though he did.

Fergie: I Want Tevez Happy Because He’s Important

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I want Carlos Tevez to be offered a permanent contract by Manchester United. He hasn't been great this year but he's already proven to us what he is capable of with his exploits last season and I think he is worthy of a place in our squad.

I've sided with him for much of the season, believing the club should have stuck to their promise of getting the situation sorted by Christmas.

Ferguson: I’m Happy For Benitez To Keep Talking

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Following Rafael Benitez's claims that Liverpool are the better team and that he never said Ferguson was scared (despite there being video footage of him proving the contrary), Sir Alex Ferguson has responded calmly, insisting he's quite happy to Benitez to do all the talking.

"He is definitely saying a lot," said Ferguson.

Ferguson: It’s Nice To See Keano Back In Work

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today come out in support of Roy Keane after he has taken up the position of Ipswich manager.

"He made the point about wanting to get back into the game," he said. "It is always nice to see that. We will just have to see what happens now."

"Ferguson: It's Nice To See Keano Back In Work" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Bruce Responds To Keano’s Dig

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After taking the Ipswich job, Roy Keane had a pop at his former team mates, Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce. He claimed that because they hadn't won anything, they couldn't call themselves successful managers.

Bruce has today responded to Keane's claims.

"It's fantastic isn't it, absolutely terrific," said Bruce.

Keano: Bruce And Hughes Aren’t Successful

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Roy Keane has turned on Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce today, claiming they are not successful managers because they haven't won anything. Whilst both have had disappointing spells in their career, it's hard to argue with what Bruce has achieved with Wigan and Hughes achieved with Blackburn. They haven't had a trophy to their name but between them they've had high league finishes and long runs in cup competitions, all without much to spend!

Bitter Blue Hatton Wants To Fight The Best

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Ricky Hatton has today confessed that if given the opportunity to uppercut any famous person, Cristiano Ronaldo would be the first on his list.

"I would say Cristiano Ronaldo. While he's the best footballer in the world at the minute, and I do respect him as a player, he plays for the old enemy Manchester United.

11 Reasons Why Ryan Giggs Deserves A Knighthood

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"11 Reasons Why Ryan Giggs Deserves A Knighthood" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read, City Fans

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Manchester City fans have been less giddy recently, following the madness that was the transfer deadline day in the summer. Their club became the richest in the World and were dropping bids for the best players all over the World. Robinho was the only one they could lure away, given that he was so desperate to leave Real Madrid and wasn't allowed to join Chelsea.

They Deleted Me

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I got deleted off Facebook, bastards.

But I'm back! Add me.

"They Deleted Me" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Eric Cantona Limited Edition Signed Shirt

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Kitbag Ltd are selling replica Manchester United shirts from the 1996, signed by Eric Cantona. It has been made in memory and celebration of his brilliant FA Cup winning goal against the scousers and there are only 250 of them Worldwide.

To see them, visit the Kitbag site and search "Cantona".

Will United End Up With Nothing?

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Following on with our contributing writer project, here's an article which looks at the question "Will United end up with nothing?".

The Carling Cup and World Club Championship may be in the bag but to the majority of United fans these trophies do not signify success. They are simply fashion accessories, which add a little extra glamour to the main outfit, but without the big trophies, for a club the size of Manchester United, they pale into insignificance.

Lying Liverpool Boss Determined To Make Us Laugh

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The media tried to get Sir Alex Ferguson to continue with his war of words with Liverpool boss, Rafael Benitez, this week, but our manager declined.

"I don't want to go on about it anymore," he said. "I made my point. There is no point carrying it on."

After United went three points clear with a game in hand last, Benitez was obviously not a very happy bunny.

Beckham Fan Of Hard Working Rooney And Spectacular Premiership

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David Beckham has sung the praises of Wayne Rooney and the Premier League today in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

He believes it is the work ethic of players in our league, like Rooney, which have meant English teams have dominated the Champions League over the past few years.

"Take Rooney, for example," he said.

Right Back For Saturday?

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"Wes is fine. He is training hard and should be OK for the weekend," Mike Phelan said today.

With John O'Shea and Gary Neville both picking up injuries at the weekend, who do you think should start against Tottenham on Saturday?

I would personally like to see Rafael starting.

Everton Captain: Bruv Was First To Congratulate Me

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After scoring in the penalty shoot-out and knocking Manchester United now out of the FA Cup, former red Phil Neville has claimed that his brother, Gary Neville, was the first to congratulate him.

"He was the first one to speak to me after the game and he was pleased for me," he told.

RoM Reads Of The Day

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The Evening News player ratings for last night against Portsmouth.

The Mirror reflects on Paul Scholes' reaction to 600th appearance.

Martin Samuel at The Daily Mail also gives Scholesy a mention.

Tony Cascarino at The Times reckons we can win the title without breaking out of second gear.

Job Done and Three Points Clear

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That is more like it! Forgetting the 20 minute spell in the second half, we actually put out a decent performance last night against Portsmouth. It wasn't the greatest display we've ever seen but we managed to pass the ball to our own players more often than not, which makes a nice change!

I haven't had chance to watch the highlights so I'm sure I'll stand corrected, but it looked as though at least one of those goals flagged up for offside should have stood.

Arsenal Youngster Aiming For City Result Because Of United Allegiance

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Arsenal youngster, Kyle Bartley, signed for the Gooners after a failed stint with Bolton. He's Manchester born and grew up as a United fan. With a City match on the way, the 17-year-old is hoping for a result, but insists he's not a United fan anymore. Honest.

"I am an Arsenal fan now but I was a Man United fan as a boy so it will mean even more to beat Man City," said Bartley.

Ferguson: Last Night Could Have Been Embarrassing

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If the past couple of months have taught us anything, it's that you can't count your chickens. On the morning of the Liverpool game we were seven points clear with a game in hand, looking to just coast our way until the end of the season.

Everything changed dramatically that day though and we've been walking on egg shells every since, contemplating the possibility of throwing our title away and giving it to Liverpool, of all clubs!

Blip Is A Blessing

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A couple of months ago we were cruising to our eighteenth league title. A win against Liverpool would have seen us go ten points clear with a game in hand. It seemed too good to be true... and it was.

However, not just for the neutral, but for our fans too, the season has been made so much more interesting.

Put A Sock In It Tevez

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Carlos Tevez wants to play regular football. We get it.

"I have many offers, not only from Spain: I need to see which club I can go to and what can be done," said Tevez. "We must not only consider the money, I also have to ensure my family feel comfortable, especially my daughter.

Calderon: Ferguson Only Opens Mouth To Attack Real Madrid

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The man we all love to hate, Ramon Calderon, has laid in to Sir Alex Ferguson this morning, following our manager's criticism of the former Real Madrid president.

"He called me a buried dinosaur," said Calderon. "I have a lot of respect for Manchester United as a club and Ferguson as a coach, but he must have had some tremendous problems in his life because he seems like a tormented soul.

FSW: United Are Favourites

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After throwing away a 2-1 lead at Anfield last night, eventually drawing 4-4 with Arsenal, Rafael Benitez has conceded we are in pole position for the title.

Their result last night put them top of the league but United have the potential to go six points clear if we win our games in hand.

RoM’s Best Reads of the Day

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With Paul Scholes set to make his 600th appearance for the club tonight, The Telegraph looks at his best and worst bits.Â

The Evening News reacts to news that United are raising ticket prices.

Studs Up shows the difference between Moyes and Benitez's mind games.

The Guardian talks about the effect of ranking the FA Cup as third priority.

Arsenal After A Favour?

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With the Champions League semi-finals on the way, could Arsenal be after a favour? We'll help you win the title if you let us win in Europe? No? No.

Thank you anyway Gooners.

A win tomorrow would see us three points clear at the top. Sadly, a home win against Portsmouth is not guaranteed for United these days, but we're certainly in a great position.

Stupid Fulham Defender In Trouble After Ronaldo Claim

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"I remember hearing our fans in the stands who were surprised at my refusal to join the attack shouting and urging me to go forward," said John Paintsil. "But I refused and it paid off in the end. Ronaldo couldn't score, we won the match and my coach gave me £10,000 for a good job done.

Fergie: Every Knew Scholesy Would Never Leave

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Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Paul Scholes today, claiming he is within the best players ever to represent the club and had a better touch of the ball than anyone else on Sunday.

"Funnily enough we have never had one enquiry for Paul Scholes," he said. "You know why? Because they all know he will never leave.

United Charge “Customers” £1 More

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Whilst other clubs are reducing or freezing their ticket prices for next season, Manchester United have confirmed the prices will be going up.

According to the Evening News, the rises are expected to be £1 per ticket, meaning the cheapest ticket for a league game will be £26 whilst the most expensive will be £48.

Rooney: There’s Still More To Come From Me

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Wayne Rooney has already scored 21 goals for United and England this season, which is one more than his total goals for last season, and he is just one goal short of equalling last year's total for us.

Our young forward insists there's still more to come from though and is targeting better consistency with scoring goals.

Possebon Fancies Italian Football Over Brazil

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Rodrigo Possebon has elected to play for Italy who he qualifies to play for thanks to his father. It is his Italian passport which allowed him to sign for Manchester United as he was not subject to European Union legislation regarding non-Europeans working in Europe.

He has been called in to the Under-20 set up this week and is chuffed to have been asked.

Great News Ahead Of Our Arsenal Games!

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Arsene Wenger reckons Manuel Almunia will be missing for both of our Champions League games, meaning Fabianski is set to fill in. Reports had suggested that he was ready to make a come-back but Wenger has denied there is any truth to that.

For those of you who watched the other semi-final at the weekend, you'll see just what a bonus this could be!

Ferguson: Everyone Thinks A £30million Should Be Able To Score A Pen

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Following the criticism Dimitar Berbatov received from United fans and ABUs alike after his penalty kick miss, Sir Alex Ferguson has attempted to defend his player today.

"I don't see any evidence of Berbatov's season tailing off. He has missed a few games and overall on Sunday, I thought he did really well," said Ferguson.

“I Hope Everton Captain Phil Lifts The Cup!”

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Phil Neville scored one of the crucial penalties in our defeat to Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, proving himself as a model professional.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today praised his former player, acknowledging the difficulties he may have faaced when stepping up to strike the ball.

"Phil is one of the special people in the game so I hope he is picking up that cup," said Ferguson.

Fergie: I’ve Made My Point, Move On!

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Sammy Lee has been all over the papers and radio over the past couple of days insisting that contrary to Sir Alex Ferguson's claims, Rafael Benitez is not arrogant.

At a press conference today Ferguson was asked to respond to these latest comments from Merseyside, but he was quick to play the whole situation down.

Automatic Cup Scheme To Continue

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Last year, MUST got stuck in to Manchester United's ticket policy, particularly where season tickets were concerned. Then the OFT got on board in MUST's fight after seeing how the normal fans were being priced out and how unrealistic and unfair the Automatic Cup Scheme was.

Following the investigation, United have told the OFT they do not believe the terms and conditions are unfair but plan to make things "clearer" in the future, whatever that means!

Ferguson Puts Pressure On Arsenal

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Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow night, following their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday.

This is as good an opportunity as any for Liverpool to drop points, which would give United some welcome breathing room at the top. Whilst Steven Gerrard won't play, sadly neither will Robin van Persie or Emmanuel Adebayor.

Was Ferguson Wrong To Play The Kids?

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Our Carling Cup games have involved more experienced players than our FA Cup semi-final against Everton this weekend. Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Rafael, Fabio, Darron Gibson all starting, as well as Ben Foster. Out of the first XI players, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were the only usual first choice players.

A Week To Go…

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 There's just over a week remaining in our RoM competition where a United shirt is up for grabs.

RoM readers in Atlanta sent over their picture today. Can you do better? E-mail us!

"A Week To Go..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Everton Boss: United Should Have Had A Pen

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Two trips to Wembley. Two stonewall penalty called turned away. In the League Cup final this year Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled in the area and booked for diving. In the FA Cup semi-final, Welbeck had beaten the keeper and was brought down by Jagielka and nothing was given.

I wonder how much longer the myth that United get all the decisions will continue.

Everton Match Winner: I Was Lucky Not To Give Away Pen

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The man who scored the decisive penalty for Everton yesterday should have been given his marching orders for a foul on Danny Welbeck towards the end of the game.

Phil Jagielka has today confessed that he was lucky Mike Riley chose to ignore Manchester United's penalty claims when Welbeck was brought down.

WE HATE BERBATOV!

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If United had to lose on penalties, I wish it was Carlos Tevez that missed one. We love him and he would have been forgiven. Most likely he will already be forgiven for going AWOL for the entire game today.

Dimitar Berbatov is a different kettle of fish though. For whatever reason, the fans are already against him.

Everton Boss Got His Tactics Right!

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Football Managing Rule 101: How to beat United

Ask the FA to review the decision of making Mike Riley, who the press called a Manchester United fan, the referee.

Phil Jagielka fouled Danny Welbeck in the area as the last man and it should have been a penalty and a sending off. Riley waved play on, no penalty was given and Jagielka was allowed to stay on the pitch.

Fergie: Ronaldo’s Agent Not The Problem

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In the past, Sir Alex Ferguson has been very critical of the effect players' agents have on transfers, with the agent seemingly prioritising making money over their player's best interest.

Ferguson believed Gabriel Heinze's agent, Roberto Rodriguez, really put a spanner in the works for the Argentinian, causing friction between the club and player and trying to force a move to our hated rivals, Liverpool.

Grumble: The Pitch

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"I think it's not a pitch," said Wenger. "When you build a stadium with that kind of money and you still have no pitch, it's laughable. The quality of the pitch is a disgrace."

It's fairly normal for the losing team to find an excuse. When it's Arsene Wenger, you take it for granted he will find something to blame the result on.

Everton Boss: I Wanted United Job But They Turned Me Down

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David Moyes has been linked with replacing Sir Alex Ferguson when he retires and has even been endorsed by our manager himself.

The Everton boss has today revealed that he went for our assistant manager's job, most likely when Steve McClaren left for Middlesbrough in 2001, but was turned down.

Vidic: I’ll Never Forget My Mistake With Torres

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Against Liverpool, Nemanja Vidic's decision to let the ball bounce instead of booting it in to touch was the start of bad times for Manchester United.

Fortunately for us and for him, he had been the best player in our team and in the Premiership up until that point, making the difference between us winning and losing enough to mean he could get away with such a costly mistake.

Everton Idol: Ronaldo, Giggs and Scholes Are My Favourite Players

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Tim Cahill, who's had a brilliant season for Everton, has answered a few questions for The Guardian before taking on Manchester United in this afternoon's FA Cup semi-final.

As far as United fans are concerned, he has given several pleasing answers.

It's the Premiership's public enemy number one that Cahill would list as his favourite player today, after growing up supporting Milan and idolising the likes of Rijkaard and Van Basten.

Things Really Aren’t As Bad As They Seem

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Before watching the Chelsea vs Arsenal FA Cup semi-final I wanted Chelsea to win. I wasn't overjoyed at the prospect of facing Arsenal in the Champions League semi as it was, on top of already having to play them in the league again in what could prove to be a crucial game. The prospect of having to play them a fourth time in as many weeks if we are to may the FA Cup final wasn't too appealing.

Arsenal vs Chelsea - Who Do You Want To Win?

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If United beat Everton tomorrow, who would you most like to see us face in the final?

I personally would prefer Chelsea to win (I feel all dirty inside. I've cheered them on TWICE this week!) as I would rather not face Arsenal four times in the last month of the season. There's always the fear we'll win and lose the wrong games (for example, beat them in the CL, only to lose to Barca in the final, whilst losing to Arsenal in the league then losing out on the title!

Is Everton Boss Right About Riley?

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He's awarded 2 penalties in 08/09. None of them are to any top four club.

He awarded 7 penalties in 07/08. None of them were to any top four club.

He awarded 6 penalties in 06/07. Two of them were to Arsenal, one of them was for United.

He awarded 8 penalties in 05/06. Two of them were to Arsenal, one each for Liverpool and Chelsea, none for United.

Which Child Is Evra? Does Moyes Do The Hairdryer?

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Evra was interviewed on the BBC ahead of tomorrow's game against Everton and joked about the consequences of United reaching the final. As one of twenty six children, he was curious whether he would be able to ask for thirty tickets for the family.

"When I call my family, they go 'Who are you?

RoM Reads Of The Day

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The Times are bitter about Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Guardian's Daniel Taylor interviews Michael Carrick.

If you're going to Wembley tomorrow, don't forget about the RoM competition with a United jersey up for grabs!

The Daily Mail looks at how Real Madrid proves money isn't everything in football.

DISGUSTING! The Problems With The FA and Tickets

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I've been to my fair share of FA Cup semis at Villa Park over the years, the most recent coming a couple of years back against Watford. It's a nice atmosphere down there and it doesn't take forever to get to.

Since building the new Wembley, the FA have wanted to get as many games played there as possible.

“Fans Won’t Be Happy… But I’m Not Playing Strongest Team For Everton”

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today conceded that he will be unable to play his strongest team in our FA Cup semi-final against Everton tomorrow, particularly following the injury of Wayne Rooney.

Whilst of course the FA Cup semi-final is a massive game, with everything still to play for in the league and Champions League semis on the way, Ferguson has to have his priorities.

Ronaldo: At The Moment I Think I’m At The Right Club

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Cristiano Ronaldo has praised the strength of the Premiership after at least one English team is guaranteed a place in the Champions League final, and for the time being Manchester United are the right club for him, he thinks.

"It is not luck that there are three English teams in the semi final of the Champions League," said Ronaldo.

Rooney Out For Semi?

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Reports this evening suggest that Wayne Rooney will not face Everton in our FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

"Rooney Out For Semi?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Problems So Far

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This is our best squad ever and the 'quintuple' is still a possibility, but the team haven't been performing as we'd like.

Why not?

Never hitting top gear

Manchester United have been treading water for pretty much the entire season. Every time we have a good game, I'm waiting for us to move up a gear and stay at the level, but it just hasn't seemed to happen.

Clever David Moyes Earns Everton Ref Bias

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One of our players would have to get his legs broken in the box to get a penalty from Mike Riley this weekend, following David Moyes' suggestion that he's a Manchester United fan.

Much is made of the stats concerning how many penalties Riley has awarded at Old Trafford. Nobody tends to look at the fairness of those decisions though.

Ferguson: Liverpool Managers Should Be Better Behaved Than Benitez

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Rafael Benitez once called his team's Merseyside rivals, Everton, "a small club" but when you consider only three clubs (Liverpool, United and Arsenal) have won more English league titles, it's was a fairly ridiculous put-down.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who is less than impressed with the hounding he has received from the loopy FSW, has today criticised his rival manager ahead of our FA Cup clash against the fairly big club Everton.

How Special Is Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run?

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After Arsenal's 3-0 thrashing against City at Wastelands, the Gunners have gone unbeaten for 18 matches.

Unbeaten runs are something United have never been good at. Winning games is our speciality, avoiding defeat is not.

Whenever an Arsenal fan responds to our bragging over the Treble with their 49 game unbeaten run, I never quite it.

Arsenal Players Aren’t Scared At All

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Walcott isn't scared

"There is a lot of confidence in the dressing room, everyone is buzzing," said Walcott. "We feel every team are scared of us as soon as we step on the pitch. It's great to play when things are going like that. We are playing brilliant football and scoring goals from all sorts of positions.

Arsenal Defender Looking Forward To Playing United Mates

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Mikael Silvestre is looking forward to facing us in the European Cup semi-finals, although recognises it could be a challenge to play against his friends.

"I still have a lot of friends at United but it's part of the competition," said Silvestre. "You go to a match and you want to fight, no matter who you play against.

Reads of the Day

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Daniel Taylor writes for The Guardian about our up-and-coming Arsenal matches.

The Daily Mail looks at the best of Cristiano Ronaldo.

A Kick in the Grass shows the difference Rio brings.

The Mirror discusses the Ferguson-Wenger rivalry.

The Times reckons Tevez wants out.

Hull Impressed With Manucho Progress

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Frazier Campbell is on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, Manucho is on loan at Hull, whilst Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck are being given opportunities with the first team.

Manucho scored Hull's winning goal away to Fulham and last weekend he scored their equalising goal against Middlesbrough, before going on to lose 3-1.

Ronaldo: I Can Learn From Ferguson Criticism

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I have got stick from readers of this blog for criticising Cristiano Ronaldo for not working hard enough and throwing strops on the field at a drop of a hat.

This opinion was vindicated by Sir Alex Ferguson who told the media he'd had words with our winger about his behaviour and attitude.

Ronaldo came off the bench that day and tracked back on numerous occasions, even when he hadn't lost possession in the first place, showing a massive improvement in the work ethic he had shown

My opinion on Ronaldo's season, which is shared by many, has been vindicated further by the player himself, who says he has no problem with what Ferguson has said and wants to learn from the manager.

Berb: Arsenal May Be Great… But We Are Manchester United!

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Manchester United are through to the semi-finals of the European Cup again thanks to a brilliant goal from Cristiano Ronaldo against Porto.

Dimitar Berbatov believes playing against another English side will make it different for us, although is confident of us progressing.

"The Arsenal games are going to be great for everybody to watch and I know it is going to be difficult," said Berbatov.

The Wenger Bus Is Coming

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"The Wenger Bus Is Coming" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

I Didn’t See This Injury Coming…

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Louis Saha is set to miss this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against us because he is suffering from a virus.

"I Didn't See This Injury Coming..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Competition Round Up

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The winners of the George Best competition are: John Austin, Scott Bennett, Michael Kilduff, Omar Nour, Danny Wallhead.

The RoM Poster competition, with an official United the prize, is running for a further two weeks. All you have to do is print out our poster a take a picture of it somewhere.

VIDEO: Ronaldo Goal Against Porto

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Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant strike against Porto.

"VIDEO: Ronaldo Goal Against Porto" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Another Semi-Final On The Way!

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With five minutes to go, knowing a goal from the opposition will see you out of the competition, you're always going to be shitting yourself, but when you look at the game as a whole, it's nice when you think your keeper didn't really have a save to make.

The one heart in mouth moment was when Edwin Van der Sar came out for a cross and then gave up half way, meaning he didn't get anything on the ball and they had a chance to head in to his open net.

Ronaldo: We Haven’t Been Great… But Now We Will Be

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal in our Champions League quarter-final tonight and it also happened to be a bloody screamer.

Ronaldo is hoping this result will start us off on a run of good form and can't wait to face Arsenal in the semis.

"This will give us confidence," said Ronaldo.

Fergie: Bring On Arsenal!

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Sir Alex Ferguson is a happy bunny.

"They did well," said Ferguson. "They had good concentration at the back - they defended very, very well. That was key for us. If we can get back to that foundation of not conceding away goals then we can do well. The stability at the back, the recognition of Ferdinand and Vidic together, it's always going to be a great start for your team.

Arsenal Star Looking Forward To Playing Best In The World

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"It is unbelievable for us. What can I say?," said Fabregas. "To be in the semi-finals of the Champions League and play against maybe the best team in the world, it is a great opportunity for us and we can take it. We are excited about it. But let's be focused on Chelsea this weekend.

Arsenal Boss: We Might Cancel Each Other Out

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Arsene Wenger is looking forward to facing United.

"History always has a little part to play," said Wenger. "I believe both teams Manchester United and Arsenal,always produce very exciting games. Both like to go forward. It will be a promising semi-final. We're relishing the challenge.

Reads of the Day

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Rob Smyth writes for The Guardian about the importance of our defence, not our attack, in the CL.

Setanta have a video interview with Rooney about his feelings on facing Arsenal, whilst Ferguson hails his work rate.

Red Rants discusses the return of Owen Hargreaves.

The Daily Mail looks at the future conflict for Wayne Rooney, with their baby's due date coinciding with the World Cup qualifiers.

Rooney: Everton Match Means Something To Me

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As a child playing in the Youth Cup for Everton, Wayne Rooney showed a "once a blue, always a blue" shirt, proclaiming his love for his boyhood club.

As he became a young man and the relationship with the Everton manager broke down, Rooney was offered the opportunity to play for Manchester United, which he of course took.

Your Money On A United Win Tomorrow?

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Your £10 free bet would win you: Result United win = £13.60 United win 1-0 = £70 United win 2-0 = £70 United win 2-1 = £80 First scorer Ronaldo = £50 Tevez = £60 Giggs = £80 O'Shea = £410 Combos Ronaldo first scorer, United win 1-0 = £210 Tevez first scorer, United win 1-0 = £260 Carew first scorer, United win 2-1 = £1010 "Your Money On A [.

Rio Only Shown Captain Potential In Last Few Years

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With Gary Neville always injured and Ryan Giggs not always a starting player, there have been calls for Rio Ferdinand to be given the armband on a permanent basis. Sir Alex Ferguson has today said Rio is the future captain, although claims Ferdinand didn't look like a captain when he first joined, despite already captaining Leeds.

How Much Do You Want For Him?

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So all the stories in the press linking Cristiano Ronaldo to a move to Real Madrid have started. I'm sure it's a bit earlier this year! Anyway, if Ronaldo is to leave this summer, how much do you want for him? The reports today claim a deal is in place for a £75m move, with Ronaldo apparently [...]

Time Fillers

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The Times has printed an interview with Gary Neville. Red Rants is puzzled by the recent EXCLUSIVE stories regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's future. The Evening News gives a preview of Sunday's game. Soccerlens writes about the rest Ronaldo will have to pass if he's to be regarded as a great. The Chelsea Blog looks at Kanchelskis' recent comments about Mourinho [.

Striker Problems At Just The Wrong Time

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With Wayne Rooney suspended and Carlos Tevez making the long trip back to Manchester following Argentina's humiliating 6-1 thumping by Bolivia, the last thing we needed to hear was that Dimitar Berbatov was injured. Shit happens. "It's probably going to be another two weeks," said Ferguson. "Hopefully he will be back training with us at the end [.

Rooney Rubs The Salt In The Wounds For Liverpool

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Wayne Rooney hates Liverpool. We love Wayne Rooney. Where the confusion amongst dippers seems to arise I don't know. I don't give a shit about Everton just as I imagine Liverpool fans don't give a shit about City. When we sing of our hatred of scousers we're singing about Liverpool, not bloody Evertonians.

Tevez: My Heart Is With United And I Don’t Want To Play Anywhere Else

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Fergie, sign him up! "My loan deal ends in June but I cannot think of any team except United," Tevez said. "The United fans love me and my family is very happy, both in Manchester and in England. My thoughts are only about winning titles with United, and if this happens then I hope I will [...]

United’s England Heroes

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In light of the International break, The Daily Mail has looked at England's all-time greatest heroes. Unsurprisingly, several United players feature. 46. Duncan Edwards One of the Busby Babes who tragically perished as a result of injuries sustained in the Munich Air Crash. A brilliant wing half, who was robbed of what would have been a sensational [.

Train At Carrington And Help Charity

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Football Aid, a charity for which our very own Wilf McGuinness is an ambassador of, are offering you the opportunity to train at Carrington. Learn the world-class tricks from official Manchester United coaches, with Football Aid`s fantastic Manchester United Master Class at Carrington - 2009`s most definitive training experience!

United Fan Bolt Looking Forward To Arsenal Game

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We've known for some time that Olympic champion and fastest man in the World, Usain Bolt, is joining the lads at Carrington to help them out with their sprinting. He will be taking part in a 150m race with our players in the week leading up to our match against Arsenal in a few weeks time. "I'm [...]

Maradona Gets Inspiration From Fergie and United

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Carlos Tevez has revealed that the Argentina manager, Diego Maradona, uses Manchester United's winning mentality as inspiration for his team. Maradona paid a visit to Manchester last November after being appointed and spent the day with our lads at Carrington. Clearly he was impressed with what he saw!

Our Heads Firmly In The Sand On This One!

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"Our Heads Firmly In The Sand On This One!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Are You Jealous Of The Geordies

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I wrote about Alan Shearer's appointment as Newcastle manager and confessed that it made me jealous. Are you? "Are You Jealous Of The Geordies" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Another International, Another Injury

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After Anderson was confirmed injured after training in Brail, Rio Ferdinand made an early exit from England's 2-1 victory over Ukraine tonight, heading straight to the treatment room. With Nemanja Vidic suspended for the weekend, United are going to be pushing it for defenders when they line-up against Aston Villa.

Liverpool Legend: FACT, Sir Matt Is The Greatest Ever

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"Matt Busby is without the doubt the greatest manager that ever lived. I am not saying I think he is the greatest manager, I am saying he is the greatest manager. Facts can prove that. He had tremendous courage, and his foresight and ability, everything a man needs to be a football manager, Matt Busby [.

Berbatov Wants To Be Like All The Rest

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Dimitar Berbatov is making all the right noises at the moment, showing his faith in our squad to be successful and his personal desire for more trophies at the club. "I told the boys in the dressing room, 'you have already won the Champions League and Premier League'. The only one who hasn't is me," Berbatov [.

Giggsy Launches Groundbreaking Goalpost Technology

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"Giggsy Launches Groundbreaking Goalpost Technology" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ibra: Losing To United Was Worst Day Of My Career

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Following our 0-0 draw with Inter Milan at the San Siro, there was a feeling that maybe we had wasted a great opportunity to almost guarantee us progression in the Champions League quarter-finals. We totally bossed them off the pitch in front of a sell out crowd, Inter's first of the season, yet left with [.

Bug

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This virus is effecting RoM so appologies for the post changes and any issues with the comments. Hopefully it will all be sorted ASAP. "Bug" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov Wants To Be Like The Rest Of The Team

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Dimitar Berbatov is making all the right noises today, talking about his belief in this squad's ability as well as his desire to join them as major trophy winners. "Everything is possible," said Berbatov. "If you believe and have faith, and you really want it, it can happen. We need to really believe in our quality [.

Liverpool Legend: Sir Matt Busby Is The Greatest Ever

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"Matt Busby is without the doubt the greatest manager that ever lived. I am not saying I think he is the greatest manager, I am saying he is the greatest manager. Facts can prove that. He had tremendous courage, and his foresight and ability, everything a man needs to be a football manager, Matt Busby [.

Arsenal Defender Wants United In Europe

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Mikael Silvestre legged it out of a medical at Wastelands when he got a call from Arsenal. He was on his way out, barely featuring in his last season due to injury and no United fan was going to be too upset about his departure. Ol Silly had been a bit of a joke in [...]

Gary On… THAT Celebration, Being Called Citizen Neville and Lifelong United Support

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Gary Neville has missed much off this season, just as he did nearly all of last, because of injuries. With Wes Brown and Rafael both suffering too, it has left United playing John O'Shea as our fourth choice right-back. After missing out on the chance to win a second European Cup medal, I imagine Neville [.

United In Transfer War Over Craig Bellamy

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confessed today that if the permanent deal for Carlos Tevez proves to be too expensive for the club, they will have to look elsewhere. Craigh Bellamy, who City signed when failing to land Kaka, may have a questionable past, but that certainly shouldn't be too much of a task for Sir Alex [.