Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

United 3, Chelsea 1, Merseyside 0

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So, where did all the trophies go this year?

Manchester United: 3 trophies

Chelsea: 1 trophy

Merseyside: 0 trophies

"United 3, Chelsea 1, Merseyside 0" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Hiddink To Replace Ferguson? Yes Please

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A month or so ago I wrote for Soccerlens about why Guus Hiddink was a good shout for the next Manchester United manager.

He is a classy guy, he is a proven success at both domestic and International football, he has cut it in the Premiership and Champions League, he values the importance of bringing through youth, and he's even gone out and got pissed with George Best!

United Are In Decline Again - What Are We Going To Do?

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When I was younger, the occasions I came across someone who wasn't a United fan was few and far between. There was a lad at primary school who support Oldham but even the kids whose parents were City fans saw themselves as United fans when we were small. How it must have broken their dad's hearts to have to go out and buy the latest United strip and decorate the bedroom in United colours.

Finally… The RoM Reaction To Barca

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I was confident before the game. Barcelona had really struggled against Chelsea so it stood to reason they would really struggle against us. What I didn't really account for was the fact Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't going to play anywhere near as defensively as Chelsea did, meaning Barca would have more room to attack.

Heysel Remembered

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There was recently an outpouring of grief in this country as the Hillsborough disaster was remembered. 96 innocent men, women and children lost their lives when out supporting Liverpool FC.

Four years earlier, Liverpool fans had been involved in another stadium disaster in which 39 fans died.

Criticising Ferguson’s Tactics? DO ONE!

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After the defeat against Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo told the press that their tactics were no good. Today, Carlos Tevez has echoed that opinion.

"I wanted to play in the starting line-up in Rome but that decision was down to the coach," said Tevez. "But with a strategy more attacking in the first minute then perhaps the result would have been different.

Our History Makes Us Strong…

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"Our History Makes Us Strong..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo: Barca Were Lucky To Even Be In Final

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Following our 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo was not happy with how the team played or the tactics. He congratulated our opponents but claimed it should have been Chelsea in the final anyway.

"I cannot explain," said Ronaldo. "We, the players, were not well, the tactics were not good.

Ronaldo: We Will See About My Future

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After winning the Champions League final last season, Cristiano Ronaldo told the press that he was staying at Manchester United. A few weeks later he claimed only God knew about his future. A few weeks after that he said he wanted to leave for Real Madrid.

After losing the Champions League final this season, Ronaldo told the press his future is with the national squad, resting, and we will see what happens after that.

Pique: I’m Sorry For United But Happy For Me

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Gerard Pique, who returned to Barcelona after a few years with Manchester United, has admitted he felt sorry for his former team-mates, although is of course over the moon to add another winners medal to his collection.

"It was special because we played really well, we deserved to win and Barcelona was always my club since I was a young lad," said Pique.

Fergie: First Goal Made Us Nervous

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today conceded that the best team won, following our 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, claiming that our opponents made us nervous by scoring early with their first attack.

"I think the first goal was a killer, the first attack they had they scored and that was a bad start to the game for us," Ferguson said.

Giggs: We Didn’t Turn Up

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Ryan Giggs, who already has two Champions League winners medals, is disappointed with the way Manchester United played against Barcelona last night. He reckons United just didn't show up, in contrast to Barca, who played some great football.

"We are disappointed with the result and the performance," said Giggs.

Rio & Vidic: We Weren’t Good Enough

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Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic had a poor game yesterday, particularly the latter, in not showing up when they were needed. Samuel Eto'o ran past Vidic with ease to score the opening goal and somehow that midget Messi managed to get to the ball first to head in to the net to make it 2-0.

Both our centre backs are rightly disappointed with their performance.

Who’s Supporting United Tonight?

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If an English team was in the final tonight I'd be cheering on whoever they were playing. I'd go as far as saying I'd rather Real Madrid won the European Cup than any English club!

But which players will and won't be cheering on us tonight?

Cheering on United

Ruud van Nistelrooy
"They are my old team-mates and I am going to support them tonight.

The RoM Champions League Final Preview

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I read an interview with Darren Fletcher earlier in the season where he claimed that as the lads celebrated in Moscow, before the trophy had even been award, Ryan Giggs had them in a huddle. "Lads, this is what it's all about," he said, "let's have it next year as well!"

Giggsy had just broken Sir Bobby Charlton's appearances record for the club as well as scoring the final penalty for United in sudden death to win us our third, and his second, European Cup.

VIDEO: Ronaldo Interviews Himself - I’m STAYING!

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"VIDEO: Ronaldo Interviews Himself - I'm STAYING!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What The Media Report Today… RoM Reported Days Ago

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On Saturday, RoM reported that Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex Ferguson had been named the best player and manager of the season.

Sky Sports and Football 365 published the same story today.

"What The Media Report Today... RoM Reported Days Ago" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: For Sir Matt

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"PICTURE: For Sir Matt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Winners!

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Republik of Mancunia recently offered you the easiest way possible to win an official Manchester United jersey. All you had to do was write 50 words about why Manchester United were bad for your health.

We had loads and loads of entries to read through so I had the help of Rob Smyth from The Guardian, Ahmed Bilal from Soccerlens, Mr Spleen from Red Issue, James Ryddel from A Kick in the Grass, as well as the staff on the RoM Manchester United forum, when it came to picking the winners.

Free £10 Bet For CL Final - What Will Happen To Ronaldo First?

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Ladbrokes are offering readers of RoM a free £10 bet for the final tonight.

This is what £10 would win you on the following bets:

Final score
United to win = £26.25
United to win 1-0 = £80
United to win 2-1 = £110
United to win 2-0 = £120
United to win 3-2 = £230
United win 3-0 = £290

First scorer
Ronaldo = £60
Messi = £70
Rooney = £80
Berbatov = £90
Tevez = £90
Giggs = £150
Park = £170
Vidic = £210
Carrick = £260
O'Shea = £410

Final score and first scorer
United win 2-1, Ronaldo to score first = £360
United to win 2-1, Rooney to score first = £510
United to win 3-2, Ronaldo to score first = £760
United to win 2-1, Messi to score first = £810

To score anytime
Ronaldo = £27.

One Of Ours Has Been Stabbed Already

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Greg Wheldon, 34, is the first stab victim in Rome, after he was attacked in the early hours of this morning as he walked to his hotel. The hotel staff ran out to rescue him whilst his attackers, obviously believed to be Roma Ultras, legged it. His injury was to his left leg, which along with arse slashing, is a trademark of the Ultras' attacks.

Fergie: I Could Trust Giggs, Scholes and Nev With My Life

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What should help the future of Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson retires, whenever that may be, is the likelihood that people who know what it means to be United will be around. Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are already part of the staff, and it would be no great surprise if the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville become a part of it after they've hung up their boots.

Which Barca Player Do We Need To Look Out For?

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"Which Barca Player Do We Need To Look Out For?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM CL Reads

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The Guardian reckons United need to prove they're the best as well as believing they are.

The Independent thinks United can overcome Barca's beautiful football.

Martin Samuel at The Daily Mail writes a preview on the final.

F365 Blog reckons British fans should be supporting United this evening.

Evra: Ronaldo Doesn’t Like Us Taking Mickey Out Of Diving

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Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was given a hard time regarding his over the top reactions to being fouled.

Patrice Evra has today confirmed that story, whilst also claiming that despite his big ego, Ronaldo plays for the team.

"He can overdo it when he falls," said Evra.

Guillem Balague Interviews RoM Part II

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Following Part I of the interview with Balague yesterday, Part II has now been published.

Part Two of the Republik of Mancunia - Guillen Balague - FCB News battle

Guillem: You both seem to talk about destinies, historical references and past records quite a lot..

Giggs: Ronaldo Already At Best Club

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With summer approaching, the Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid rumours are likely to resurface. Despite Ronaldo recently claiming that his heart was at Old Trafford now, he will certainly be linked with a move away from the club over the next few weeks.

Ryan Giggs, who has spent his entire career with Manchester United, has told Ronaldo that he's at the best club already and should find no reason to move.

Press Conference In Full - Better Than Madrid, Marking Messi and Retaining Trophy

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Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Cristiano Ronaldo attended the Manchester United press conference ahead of our Champions League final against Barcelona. Our three representatives looked very composed but there were huge technical issues throughout. Ronaldo and Rio had a laugh about it, but the most bizarre moment came when a man gave Ronaldo a shirt to sign instead of asking a question.

Potential Banners For Next Season

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With United winning a record equalling 18 times this season, Stretford End Flags will certainly be organising a gloating banner.

You fancy any of these?

"Potential Banners For Next Season" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

May 26th 1999

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"May 26th 1999" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Road to Rome

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Road to Rome oldtrafford.dk from United4real on Vimeo.

"VIDEO: Road to Rome" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: I Can See Myself Lifting The Trophy Now!

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Wayne Rooney couldn't go up much higher in our estimations after this season, with him announcing his hatred for Liverpool and insisting he wants to stay here forever.

Ahead of the European Cup final tomorrow, Rooney has been thinking about the final, imagining scoring the winning goal, and picturing himself lifting the trophy.

PICTURES: United vs Barca 1991

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Cup Winners Cup 1991: Manchester United 2 - 1 Barcelona

After the ban on English clubs competing in Europe, the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Rotterdam was United's opportunity to end a 23-year European trophy drought. Johan Cruyff's great Barca side - who were to win their first European Cup at Wembley a year later - were without goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta and key midfielder Guillermo Amor through suspension and star striker Hristo Stoichkov through injury.

Guillem Balague Interviews RoM

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Ahead of our biggest game of the season, Barcelona born Guillem Balague has asked RoM to conduct a debate with a Barca blogger.

Part One of the Republik of Mancunia - Guillen Balague - FCB News battle

Guillem: At first glance, this is a fairly evenly matched contest between the respective title winners of their domestic leagues – and for once, the final that many predicted and wanted to see: between the two strongest sides on the continent.

Evra: I Came To United To Win Champions League

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Patrice Evra recognises he will have a difficult time against Lionel Messi tomorrow evening, although reckons he is up to the task.

"I remember in my first interview after I arrived in Manchester, I said: 'I didn't come here to play in the Champions League, I have come to win it'," Evra said.

Berb: I Dunno If I’d Take A Penalty Tomorrow

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Dimitar Berbatov, who set Manchester United back £30m, took a dreadful penalty in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton. With some fans already on his back, there was no way he was going to be forgiven for striking the ball so poorly.

Ahead of the Champions League final, Berbatov is hoping that the match won't be decided on a shoot-out, recalling the hurt from Wembley a few weeks ago.

Messi: I Would Pay To Watch Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi has praised the quality on offer in the Manchester United squad, although singles out Cristiano Ronaldo as "unbelievable".

"Manchester United have quality everywhere," said Messi. "So many good players. But if I had to pick one out it would be Ronaldo. He is a player I would pay to watch.

100 Today

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Today would have been Sir Matt Busby's 100th birthday, thank you for it all.

"If you don't put them in, you can't know what you've got."

"100 Today" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Barca Fear Rooney

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It appears as though Wayne Rooney is the player worrying Barcelona the most, ahead of our Champions League final tomorrow. Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique have both claimed Rooney is the one to look out for, as they prepare to stop United retaining the European Cup.

"What I value most about the way they play is how hard players like Rooney work," said Iniesta.

RoM Reads

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The Times looks at where the final can be won and lost.

The Guardian interviews Dimitar Berbatov.

Tony Cascarino at The Times wonders whether Henry will get the better of O'Shea.

Don't forget to join the Republik of Mancunia Manchester United forum to discuss the final and all the recent news stories.

Tevez: United Fans’ Support Means Everything To Me

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Ahead of our European Cup final against Barcelona, Carlos Tevez has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Manchester United, claiming the fans mean everything to him and he wants to win another Champions League title for us.

"The fans at this club have made me feel very welcome and loved, and I want them to know how much it means for me," said Tevez.

Vidic: Football Is About Winning Not Winning In Style

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The Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League final has been billed as the final neutrals were looking for. Two great teams who play brilliant attacking football fighting out for the European crown.

Nemanja Vidic has played this idea down though, claiming he is far more interested in winning than he is with playing beautiful football.

The Best Goal I Saw Denis Law Score…

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Carrying on from The First Time I Saw Denis Law Play, Giles Oakley reflects on Law's best goal.

On the eve of United's Champions League Final against Barcelona, this is a good moment to remember Denis Law, the greatest Red to miss out on a final at such a level. No-one deserved a European Cup winner's medal more than the King of the Stretford End but tragically he was stuck in a hospital bed after surgery for a recurrent knee injury the night that United beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley in May 1968.

PICTURES: Players Leaving Manchester

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"PICTURES: Players Leaving Manchester" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Big Daddy Ferguson Makes United Happy Family

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Anderson has taken a rest from practising his penalties to praise Sir Alex Ferguson.

"He is the big daddy, especially to the young players," said Anderson. "He supports them and gives them the maturity needed to achieve things. Above all, he trusts them. Basically he tries to keep everybody happy.

Alcohol Ban In Rome

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From 2300 on Tuesday to 0600 on Thursday alcohol will be banned in Rome.

"Alcohol Ban In Rome" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Eagles Is Back In The Premiership

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Chris Eagles moved to Burnley last summer in a bid to get more first team football. Burnley had just finished thirteenth in the league meaning Eagles was well out of his comfort zone, given that he had been with United since he was 14-years-old and now had a real battle to fight.

"Eagles Is Back In The Premiership" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cantona: My Name Is On United’s Bench

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Eric Cantona reiterates his plan of returning to England and football one day.

"I will guide probably the strongest team in the world," said Cantona. "I don't know how many years will go by before that happens but on the Manchester United bench my name is already written down. I'm not saying Ferguson will leave.

So, Was Ferguson Right About Chelsea Then?

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Last summer, Sir Alex Ferguson made comments about Chelsea which caused a lot of fuss in the press. Our manager asked how much improvement there could be from a team whose most effective players were in their 30s, which was a comment the press turned in to meaning 'Chelsea are too old to win the title', which upset the Chelsea camp.

Complacency Getting The Better Of Us

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This is what it's all about. Last season we were the Champions of England and Europe. This season we're the Champions of England again, we've won the League Cup, we've won the World Club Cup and now we're just two days away from potentially being crowned Champions of Europe again. Even by United's high standards this is all a bit much.

Fletcher: I’m Going To Rome As A Fan

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Darren Fletcher was robbed of his place in the Champions League final by an inept referee. There were no temper tantrums from Fletcher though, as he admirably walked off the field without a fuss and never went on to publicly criticise the referee.

As one of the few experienced players in our line-up yesterday, Fletcher was pleased to get the result whilst the players featuring on Wednesday got a well-needed rest.

Evans: It’s Been A Great Season For Me

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Manchester United turned down a reported £10 million bid from Sunderland to keep Jonny Evans at the club. They let Gerard Pique go but Ferguson obviously saw something in Evans that was worth clinging on to.

However, Evans was loved in Sunderland and he wanted to go there. In fact, Evans had a bit of a sulk about it.

RoM Reads of the Day

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The Times looks at Ronaldo and Messi's stats.

The Evening News gives the player ratings against Hull.

The Guardian looks at how Pique has come on since leaving United for Barca.

The Independent looks at our Road to Rome.

Stan Collymore writes for The Mirror about the importance of Wayne Rooney.

Neville In England Squad But Not United’s?

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Gary Neville, who might not even get a place in United's squad for the European Cup final on Wednesday, has been recalled to the England squad.

With so many of our players fighting it out for a spot on the bench, Neville would surely only get picked for sentimental reasons, as our captain, as a proper red, and as a player who missed out on last season's final through injury.

Kompany: I’m Glad I’m At City And Not United, Honest!

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Vincent Kompany has claimed today that he is glad he turned down a move to United, Chelsea or other 'big clubs', as he calls them, when he was younger. Why? Because it means he gets to play for Manchester City and get to the top with them.

We won't let the fact that City have done worse this year than last spoil the party.

Almost Perfect Day - Reaction To Hull

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The only way today could have gone any better would have been if Robbie Keane scored a late winner at Anfield. I suppose we'll have to settle for our Reserves beating a team that will be in the Premiership next season, a record points total for Manchester United, and Shearer's Newcastle going down!

VIDEO: Gibson Goal Against Hull

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Cheer Up Alan Shearer!

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Cheer up Alan Shearer, oh what can it mean, to a sad Geordie bastard and a shite football team!

Newcastle fans didn't want boring and safe Sam Allardyce. Those mongs wanted to be entertained. They wanted exciting football. They wanted goals. So as Fat Sam drove Blackburn away from the relegation zone, Newcastle fans got to see the exciting football they craved.

Our Last Meeting With Hull

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"Our Last Meeting With Hull" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The First Time I Saw Denis Law Play…

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This week I asked RoM favourite, Giles Oakley, to reflect on some of his favourite Manchester United moments. Here is his account on the first time he saw the King of the Stretford End, Denis Law, play.

I became aware of Denis Law a good couple of years before he joined United in the summer of 1962.

Ronaldo: Old Trafford Is My Heart and Home

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Cristiano Ronaldo has given the clearest indicator yet that he is staying put at Old Trafford for next season at the least. Whilst I don't think we should get ahead of ourselves, given that he said he was going to stay last year, before then deciding he wanted to go, it certainly is the right time to be putting on a united front.

Evra Slams Arsenal Behaviour

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Patrice Evra is quickly making a bit of a name for himself where Arsenal are concerned, after comparing their recent display against us as boys compared to men. It must have been hurtful to hear but if we're honest, it was a fairly accurate assessment. Arsenal were on their home turf and we totally bossed the game.

11 Times - Fergie’s Red and White Army

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Evra: Manchester United Is A Club Apart

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As if winding up Arsenal fans and being the best left-back in the league wasn't enough to win us over, Patrice Evra has spoken extremely fondly of the club today, referring to us as a family.

This is the player who on his first day at Manchester United asked Gary Neville for the directions to the nearest church, so he could thank God for letting him join the biggest club in the World.

Best Manager and Player In The League

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted the Barclays manager of the season, whilst Nemanja Vidic has claimed the player of the season award.

Well done!

"Best Manager and Player In The League" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: Manchester United and Paul Smith Partnership

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Manchester United have signed an agreement with clothes designer Paul Smith which will see him as the supplier of all "formal wear and accessories" for the next three years, starting with this season's Champions League final.

"The outfits are outstanding," said Sir Alex Ferguson.

RoM Last Weekend of the Season Reads

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The Guardian interviews Rio.

The Independent looks at our potential transfer list.

Russel Brand writes for The Guardian about Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Telegraph prints a nice article on Fergie and Rooney.

The Guardian's Seven Deadly Sins feature continues with an artice on George Best.

Final Word From Fergie On FSW

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Bitter Rafael Benitez refused to congratulate Sir Alex Ferguson after we claimed the title a week before the end of the season.

Our manager has today responded to that, after be asked about his thoughts on the snub.

"I was surprised," said Ferguson. "But really, it was a great season for us and I am not that worried about anyone else.

Ferguson: Premier League Damage English Chances

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been fighting with the Premier League about their choice of fixtures all season. During the opening months of the season he was not impressed that we had to play all the best sides away from home during the first half of the season. Fortunately, we kept ourselves in contention for the title, but we easily could have gone to Japan a long way behind our rivals.

Fergie Changes Mind On Shearer, Southgate and Sbragia Call

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that the team he picks for Sunday will be one capable of winning, as he intends to keep the integrity of the league in tact.

"I don't think it's wrong to concern yourself with what's going to happen on Sunday," said Ferguson. "I think it's important that we have got the league that's got the best integrity in the world and we'll play a part in that on Sunday.

“Massacre” At Old Trafford

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You couldn't make this shit up!

Won four one and won fuck all!

""Massacre" At Old Trafford" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Of COURSE Nani’s Relaxed

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It's no bloody wonder that Nani feels relaxed ahead of our Champions League final, given the probability he won't get to play, following a disappointing second season for Manchester United.

The winger has today revealed that preparations for the final are going well, with the team relaxed ahead of their biggest game of the season.

Scholes: Nothing I Can Do To Make Fletch Feel Better

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Manchester United take on Barcelona in the European Cup final next week and will do so without the services of Darren Fletcher, who was wrongly sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal.

Many people have likened Fletcher's situation to that of Scholes' in 1999 but the cases are not the same at all.

Busby Tribute In Rome Approved By UEFA

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Like the 'Believe' and European Cup mosaics of the past two semi-finals and last year's final, United fans in Rome will be creating a mosaic which reads 'for Sir Matt'.

Sir Matt Busby would have been 90 on the day we won the European Cup back in 1999 and the eve of this year's final will mark what would have been his 100th birthday.

RoM Reads

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The Times prints a brilliant interview with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Sun reckons they know which line-up will start on Wednesday.

A Kick in the Grass weighs up the prospect of O'Shea vs Henry.Â

The Guardian's seven deadly sins feature continues with Sloth

Favour: Vote for RoM

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

Fergie: Team-mates Give Ron Stick Over Diving

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Over the past couple of months there has been a change in attitude in Cristiano Ronaldo, for the most part at least, with what once appeared to be inescapable transfer to Real Madrid this summer now looking dead in the water.

The dream of Real Madrid will always be there but now it looks as though Ronaldo may fulfil the wishes of many reds and stay at United for another year or two, pushing himself to the limits, before settling in to life in Madrid.

Fergie: F**kin ell, what is Rooney made of??

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I think Wayne Rooney is the dog's bollocks. If we had eleven of him, I'd be made up. He swears too much at the ref, which is something I can do without, but other than that, I struggle to find fault with him.

He's brilliantly skilful, passionate, determined, a grafter, fast, cheeky and he has it in him to stay at the club forever.

Liverpool’s Musketeers

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"Liverpool's Musketeers" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo Talking About Next Season With United

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Looks like God has plans for Cristiano Ronaldo to stay in Manchester.

"At the moment I'm only thinking about the final independently of what will happen to me or my team-mates next season," said Ronaldo. "I'm sure Perez would create an incredible team at Madrid but at the moment I'm at United and I don't care about what happens there.

Rafington’s Bitter

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Liverpool Captain: I Want United To Win Champions League

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Jamie "Mr Liverpool" Carragher, loves Sir Alex Ferguson, and just when scousers thought their week couldn't get any worse, Stevie Me, Liverpool's captain, says he wants United to win the European Cup on Wednesday.

"I hope it's a very good game from a neutral point of view," said Gerrard.

Park: Tevez Should Be Patient

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"It would be disappointing not just for me but for everyone involved at Manchester United because he is one of the best players and we need that," said Park. "Hopefully he will stay. This season when he has come on the pitch he has scored a lot of goals and helped the team. He has saved the team.

Vidic: We Will Attack Barca

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Nemanja Vidic, who was recently voted the best United player of the season by the fans and players, has today claimed that contrary to some reports, United have every intention of attacking Barcelona. Chelsea tried to contain the Spanish Champions like United did last season, but it backfired. United won't want to find themselves in a similar situation next week!

Scudamore: Be Realistic - United Have Final To Think About!

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There has been plenty of hype concerning Manchester United's clash with Hull at the weekend, with fears that the 'wrong' team might be allowed to stay in the Premiership thanks to our manager likely fielding a weaker team. The title is wrapped up and the Champions League final is approaching.

The situation is similar to that of Liverpool in 2007, apart from the fact United have already been crowned Champions, whilst Liverpool were out of the title race by the turn of the year.

Park Knew He’d Get His Chance At CL Final

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Park Ji-Sung missed out on a place in our Champions League final last season after putting in a great display against Barcelona. Having been injured for most of the season, Ferguson preferred the likes of Fletcher and O'Shea.

Park has today confessed that it was heartbreaking to miss out, but that he was always confident United would get to the final again and he would get to play.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News looks at further comments made by Tevez.

The Guardian reckons Real Madrid's politics will force them to hold off on Ron bid.

The Daily "ABU" Mail reports on Sir Alex's falling out with a reporter yesterday.

The Times questions whether Fergie has a moral duty to field strongest team on Sunday.

Rio: No Chance Of Me Missing The Final

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Whilst Jonny Evans has been great when called upon this season, every red should have their fingers crossed that the injury plagued Rio Ferdinand is fit for the European Cup final next week.

The calming influence Ferdinand has with his ability to command the back line is going to be vital when facing the attacking flair Barcelona have on offer.

Anderson: I Will Be A Part Of United History

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After comments attributed to Anderson within the past year, with him apparently claiming he was interested in a move to Inter Milan, our Brazilian has today claimed he sees himself at the club for a long time.

He believes this is just the beginning of his time at the club, as he strives to follow the example set by our veterans.

NEWS FLASH: NEXT Year Is Liverpool’s Year

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Ever feel like you're in a time warp? That the same things keep happening over and over again?

"I just hope Rafa can build on the good work that he has achieved this season," said Kenny Dalglish today. "Obviously we would love to be in Manchester United's position, everybody would.

Who Would Our Three Foreigners Be Now?

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The topic of who the greatest Ferguson team was has come up recently, with some arguing that the 1994 Double winning side was the best. They didn't have any European success to back up their claim though, with Ferguson often criticised for not winning any many Champions League titles as he should have.

Going To Rome? Get Your Gear Here

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Time is running out on the RoM shop for deliveries to arrive in time for Rome, so you need to get busy if you're planning on buying! There is an express delivery option if you want to be on the safe side.

Use this shop if you live in: UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Ireland, Italy Spain, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Cyprus, Iceland and Japan.

Berb: I Get So Nervous I Shake Before Matches

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Whilst Dimitar Berbatov still has his critics, the fans who were slating him not so long ago are slowly turning in his favour. The guy is a cut above and if you can block out the myth of him being 'lazy' when you watch him play, it is a lot easier to enjoy what he has to offer.

He had been desperate for a move to Manchester United over the past two summers and was finally granted his wish during the last minutes of the transfer window.

The North East To Sue United? Be Serious

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Reports in the morning's papers suggest that Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are all set to sue Manchester United if we field a weakened team against Hull at the weekend.

With the Premiership title already wrapped up and a European Cup final to play three days later, it is ridiculous to expect us to field our strongest team.

Cruyff Should Leave United Out Of English Club Criticism

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Johan Cruyff, whose fairly useless son, Jordi, spent several years with the club, has today criticised United, amongst others, for the amount of foreigners we have in our team. He reckons football in general is suffering because of the foreigners we have in our league. Right.

"However much English teams reach finals or semi-finals, I'm sorry, I do not buy it," said Cruyff.

Barca Fitness News Ahead of Rome

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Joe Davies gives us the latest news on our European Cup final opponents.

Its early days yet, but if reports today are to be believed, Barca think that Iniesta and Henry will be fit for the final in Rome in 8 days time.

Both are now set to resume light training and ball work on Thursday after completing light running exercises.

VIDEO: From The Stands On The Deciding Day

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In all my excitement over the past few days, it appears as though I forgot to post up my videos from the stands.


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How’s The Greatest Week Of The Season Been For Everyone Else?

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Whilst we've been busy celebrating our 18th title, how has everyone else been getting on?

Jamie Carragher proved himself as passionate and dedicated as ever when trying to knock Arbeloa's head off against West Brom. I wonder if 'passionate' and 'the heartbeat' would be the description of Wayne Rooney if he attacked a team mate on the park over a bloody clean sheets record!

Ian YSB Rush Blind To Benitez’s Lack Of Class

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Ian Rush wrote for the Liverpool Echo today claiming there was no problem with Rafael Benitez's decision to make a point of not congratulating Sir Alex Ferguson on the title.

Whilst Benitez wasn't expected to kiss and make up with Ferguson, who got the better of the FSW this season, it surely shouldn't have been too much to ask to say a simple 'well done' to the manager.

Cartoon: The Difference Between United and Liverpool

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Cartoon by Neil Jones.

"Cartoon: The Difference Between United and Liverpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cristiano Ronaldo Will Get White Kit Wish

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"I love to play in white," Cristiano Ronaldo said with a cheeky grin, amidst the rumours that he was leaving Manchester for Madrid. "The white of the national team," he clarified.

Well seeing as though Ronaldo likes to play in white so much, he will be pleased to hear that is the kit we are set to play in for the European Cup final is our white away one, with Barcelona set to play in their home strip.

Where Do We Need To Strengthen? Erm, nowhere?

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In a week or two, United will be linked to several players a week, whilst a few of our players will be reported to be moving away. Some of the rumours might turn out to be true, most won't, as usual.

But are there any rumours which you would like to be true?

GK: Van der Sar - Ben Foster - Tomasz Kuszczak
RB: Wes Brown - Rafael - Gary Neville
CB: Rio Ferdinand - Jonny Evans
CB: Nemanja Vidic - John O'Shea
LB: Patrice Evra - Fabio
MF: Cristiano Ronaldo - Nani - Zoran Tosic
MF: Michael Carrick - Ryan Giggs - Anderson - Rodrigo Possebon
MF: Paul Scholes - Owen Hargreaves - Darron Gibson
MF: Darren Fletcher - Park Ji-Sung
ST: Wayne Rooney - Carlos Tevez
ST: Dimitar Berbatov - Federico Macheda

A team made entirely of our second string players would be a match for most teams in the league, let alone if we were to throw one or two of the likes of Rooney or Ronaldo in the mix.

RoM Reads

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The Times looks at our 20 defining moments of the season.

A Kick In The Grass reckons we need to replace Tevez or we won't win the league next season.

The Telegraph talks about Tevez's lack of respect.

Soccerlens looks at the best and worst Italians to play in the Premiership.

Evra: I Was Just Teasing Arsenal

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Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates, after beating them 1-0 at home, to book our place in the European Cup final. United played very well but Arsenal didn't really put up much of a fight. After the game, Evra likened the game to men against children, so superior were United to our former rivals.

Seventh Heaven - The Games That Won Us The League

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If over 38 games you accumulate more points than anyone else, then there can be no denying you are the best team in the country (paying attending fatty?). United only needed 37 games to prove their superiority over everyone else.

Whilst three points is still just three points, there were certain wins this season which meant a lot more than others, for various reasons.

Cantona Eyes Manchester Return

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After recently filming Looking For Eric in Manchester, Eric Cantona has claimed that if he is to return to football, it will come to England.

"If I am to return to football one day it will be as a coach and because I could bring something new," said Cantona. "But it will be in England, with the national team or at Manchester.

Credit Due to Phelan and Meulensteen

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Continuing with our contributing writer section, Rich, of Penguin United takes his hat off to Phelan and Meulensteen.

When Carlos Queiroz left last season to take over the Portuguese national team, there was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the damage it might do to our prospects.

The Last Team Shearer Wanted To Rely On

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Alan Shearer turned down the opportunity to be a Manchester United player not once, but twice. He instead opted to play for his beloved Newcastle, where he won nothing but became a local hero.

He has since taken the job of Newcastle on a temporary basis, picking the only time when the situation is win-win for him.

He’s Won It 11 Times

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Ryan Giggs t-shirts available from the RoM Manchester United shop for as little as £8.

"He's Won It 11 Times" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Picks

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The Guardian looks at Sir Alex Ferguson's ability to turn youngsters in to World beaters.

Martin Samuel of The Daily Mail sees no reason why Fergie should retire any time soon.

Studs Up takes a look at the Fergie vs Rafa feud.

Fanzone on The Times shows a proper WUM United point of view.

ANOTHER Injury For Foster

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Ben Foster won't play any further part in our season, meaning he will miss out on any Champions League medal with Kuszczak ready to sit on the bench.

Having missed large chunks of his career through injury, Foster will now miss a further nine weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb.

Fergie, Sign Him Up?

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The Stretford End chanted "Fergie, sign him up!" over Sir Alex Ferguson's speech on Saturday, (rudely) showing how keenly they wanted Carlos Tevez to stay.

One contributing writer on RoM argued it was time to say goodbye to Tevez last week, but today, another begs to differ.

With a record equalling 18th League title secured, and the possibility of becoming the first club in history to retain the European Cup, in its current format, it has truly been another great season for the Reds.

Gill: Liverpool Boss Talking Nonsense

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Rafael Benitez refused to congratulate Sir Alex Ferguson after we won the Premiership with a game still to play. He also excused Liverpool's failure to win the league, despite leading the table for large chunks of the season, on the money United have available.

Maybe the FSW should be reminded that Chelsea massively outspent United in the lead up to the our 2007 season, but our manager was still able to create a great squad that won the title.

Vidic Wishes He’d Thought Of Better Speech

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After missing out on the PFA and Footbal Writers awards this season, Nemanja Vidic was last night awarded with the United fans' and players' player of the season 08/09.

However, Vidic hasn't claimed too many individual honours, which he claims was obvious by the speech he made when accepting the awards.

Darren Fletcher, Football Genius

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It's about time Darren Fletcher got some recognition, particularly following the unfair dismissal which has cost him his place in the European Cup final.

From the RoM Manchester United t-shirt shop for as little as £8. Bargain!

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Bitter Liverpool Boss Still Showing Himself Up

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The Premiership season is over, for the teams at the top at least, yet Rafael Benitez still can't manage to at least pretend to be a man of dignity. When asked if he wanted to pass on his congratulations to Sir Alex Ferguson and the team for wrapping up the league, Benitez didn't have the decency in him to do so.

United vs Liverpool - Look How Many More Games We Played

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We all know how many more trophies than Liverpool we won this season but how many more games have we had to stretch ourselves over to win the league early?

FA Community Shield Man Utd 0-0 Portsmouth 10-08-2008
English Premier Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle 17-08-2008
English Premier Portsmouth 0-1 Man Utd 25-08-2008
European Super Cup Man Utd 1-2 Zenit 29-08-2008
English Premier Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd 13-09-2008
European Cup Man Utd 0-0 Villarreal 17-09-2008
English Premier Chelsea 1-1 Man Utd 21-09-2008
English League Cup Man Utd 3-1 Middlesbro 23-09-2008
English Premier Man Utd 2-0 Bolton 27-09-2008
European Cup Aalborg 0-3 Man Utd 30-09-2008
English Premier Blackburn 0-2 Man Utd 04-10-2008
English Premier Man Utd 4-0 West Brom 18-10-2008
European Cup Man Utd 3-0 Celtic 21-10-2008
English Premier Everton 1-1 Man Utd 25-10-2008
English Premier Man Utd 2-0 West Ham 29-10-2008
English Premier Man Utd 4-3 Hull 01-11-2008
European Cup Celtic 1-1 Man Utd 05-11-2008
English Premier Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd 08-11-2008
English League Cup Man Utd 1-0 QPR 11-11-2008
English Premier Man Utd 5-0 Stoke 15-11-2008
English Premier Aston Villa 0-0 Man Utd 22-11-2008
European Cup Villarreal 0-0 Man Utd 25-11-2008
English Premier Man City 0-1 Man Utd 30-11-2008
English League Cup Man Utd 5-3 Blackburn 03-12-2008
English Premier Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland 06-12-2008
European Cup Man Utd 2-2 Aalborg 10-12-2008
English Premier Tottenham 0-0 Man Utd 13-12-2008
FIFA Club World Championship Gamba Osaka 3-5 Man Utd 18-12-2008
FIFA Club World Championship Man Utd 1-0 LDU Quito 21-12-2008
English Premier Stoke 0-1 Man Utd 26-12-2008
English Premier Man Utd 1-0 Middlesbro 29-12-2008
English FA Cup Southampton 0-3 Man Utd 04-01-2009
English League Cup Derby 1-0 Man Utd 07-01-2009
English Premier Man Utd 3-0 Chelsea 11-01-2009
English Premier Man Utd 1-0 Wigan 14-01-2009
English Premier Bolton 0-1 Man Utd 17-01-2009
English League Cup Man Utd 4-2 Derby 20-01-2009
English FA Cup Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham 24-01-2009
English Premier West Brom 0-5 Man Utd 27-01-2009
English Premier Man Utd 1-0 Everton 31-01-2009
English Premier West Ham 0-1 Man Utd 08-02-2009
English FA Cup Derby 1-4 Man Utd 15-02-2009
English Premier Man Utd 3-0 Fulham 18-02-2009
English Premier Man Utd 2-1 Blackburn 21-02-2009
European Cup Inter 0-0 Man Utd 24-02-2009
English League Cup Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham 01-03-2009
English Premier Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd 04-03-2009
English FA Cup Fulham 0-4 Man Utd 07-03-2009
European Cup Man Utd 2-0 Inter 11-03-2009
English Premier Man Utd 1-4 Liverpool 14-03-2009
English Premier Fulham 2-0 Man Utd 21-03-2009
English Premier Man Utd 3-2 Aston Villa 05-04-2009
European Cup Man Utd 2-2 Porto 07-04-2009
English Premier Sunderland 1-2 Man Utd 11-04-2009
European Cup Porto 0-1 Man Utd 15-04-2009
English FA Cup Man Utd 0-0 Everton 19-04-2009
English Premier Man Utd 2-0 Portsmouth 22-04-2009
English Premier Man Utd 5-2 Tottenham 25-04-2009
European Cup Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal 29-04-2009
English Premier Middlesbro 0-2 Man Utd 02-05-2009
European Cup Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd 05-05-2009
English Premier Man Utd 2-0 Man City 10-05-2009
English Premier Wigan 1-2 Man Utd 13-05-2009
English Premier Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal 16-05-2009
English Premier Hull vs Man Utd 24-05-2009
European Cup Barcelona vs Man Utd 27-05-2009

European Cup Standard Liege 0-0 Liverpool 13-08-2008
English Premier Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool 16-08-2008
English Premier Liverpool 2-1 Middlesbro 23-08-2008
European Cup Liverpool 1-0 Standard Liege 27-08-2008
English Premier Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool 31-08-2008
English Premier Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd 13-09-2008
European Cup Marseille 1-2 Liverpool 16-09-2008
English Premier Liverpool 0-0 Stoke 20-09-2008
English League Cup Liverpool 2-1 Crewe 23-09-2008
English Premier Everton 0-2 Liverpool 27-09-2008
European Cup Liverpool 3-1 PSV Eindhoven 01-10-2008
English Premier Man City 2-3 Liverpool 05-10-2008
English Premier Liverpool 3-2 Wigan 18-10-2008
European Cup Atl Madrid 1-1 Liverpool 22-10-2008
English Premier Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool 26-10-2008
English Premier Liverpool 1-0 Portsmouth 29-10-2008
English Premier Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool 01-11-2008
European Cup Liverpool 1-1 Atl Madrid 04-11-2008
English Premier Liverpool 3-0 West Brom 08-11-2008
English League Cup Tottenham 4-2 Liverpool 12-11-2008
English Premier Bolton 0-2 Liverpool 15-11-2008
English Premier Liverpool 0-0 Fulham 22-11-2008
European Cup Liverpool 1-0 Marseille 26-11-2008
English Premier Liverpool 0-0 West Ham 01-12-2008
English Premier Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool 06-12-2008
European Cup PSV Eindhoven 1-3 Liverpool 09-12-2008
English Premier Liverpool 2-2 Hull 13-12-2008
English Premier Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool 21-12-2008
English Premier Liverpool 3-0 Bolton 26-12-2008
English Premier Newcastle 1-5 Liverpool 28-12-2008
English FA Cup Preston 0-2 Liverpool 03-01-2009
English Premier Stoke 0-0 Liverpool 10-01-2009
English Premier Liverpool 1-1 Everton 19-01-2009
English FA Cup Liverpool 1-1 Everton 25-01-2009
English Premier Wigan 1-1 Liverpool 28-01-2009
English Premier Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea 01-02-2009
English FA Cup Everton 1-0 Liverpool 04-02-2009
English Premier Portsmouth 2-3 Liverpool 07-02-2009
English Premier Liverpool 1-1 Man City 22-02-2009
European Cup Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool 25-02-2009
English Premier Middlesbro 2-0 Liverpool 28-02-2009
English Premier Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland 03-03-2009
European Cup Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid 10-03-2009
English Premier Man Utd 1-4 Liverpool 14-03-2009
English Premier Liverpool 5-0 Aston Villa 22-03-2009
English Premier Fulham 0-1 Liverpool 04-04-2009
European Cup Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea 08-04-2009
English Premier Liverpool 4-0 Blackburn 11-04-2009
European Cup Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool 14-04-2009
English Premier Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal 21-04-2009
English Premier Hull 1-3 Liverpool 25-04-2009
English Premier Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle 03-05-2009
English Premier West Ham 0-3 Liverpool 09-05-2009
English Premier West Brom 0-2 Liverpool 17-05-2009
English Premier Liverpool vs Tottenham 24-05-2009

We had played 64 games in all competitions by the time the title was won, collecting the Community Shield, the FIFA World Club Cup and the League Cup along the way, as well as booking our place in the European Cup final.

Poor Mr Liverpool

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Can you imagine what it was like for the red half of Merseyside waking up today? No, it wasn't all a horrible dream. Their hated rivals really have equalled the record they have been protecting since 1990.

Clearly Jamie Carragher was one of those who got up on the wrong side of bed this morning.

Gill: United The Club For Trophies, Not Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo was keen to leave Manchester United last summer but after having a word with Sir Alex Ferguson, changed his mind. Having a long term contract at the club which brought him through from a skinny, one-trick pony teenager, to the best player in the World, meant he didn't have much room for negotiation.

‘Come back when you’ve won 18′ t-shirts

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The BRILLIANT Liverpool Banner

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Tevez: I’m Off Because I Was Disrespected By United

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Cheerio!

"I know that I am not going to continue at Manchester United," said Tevez. "I feel that they have lacked respect towards me. It's not about whether they pay £5million more or £5million less, but I feel I have been badly treated. There are ways in which the club is managed that I don't understand.

VIDEO: Lifting The Trophy

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Trophy celebrations

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Nev: Our Squad Showed Guts This Season

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Gary Neville has secured a playing contract with the club next season but you have to wonder how much he has left to give the team, on the pitch at least. Off the pitch, you can imagine Neville sticking around forever, giving the inspiring talks and teaching the young lads what is expected of them at this club.

Fletch: You Don’t Get Used To Winning It

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Darren Fletcher, who will miss out on the Champions League final in Rome thanks to a dreadful decision to send him off at Arsenal, has thoroughly enjoyed our last home game of the season today.

Fletcher earned his 200th appearance for the club this season, in which was certainly his best year with the club.

Ronaldo: The Future? You Never Know

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Whilst the other players lapped the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo went straight to the press. I'm not trying to be too critical of him, but this act seemed to sum him up for me this season. Every other player made sure they had thanked all the fans before talking to the media but Ronnie missed out the South and East stands all together, catching up with his team mates at the North stand.

We Won The League At Old Trafford, We Won The League In Manchester!

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To steal one of Arsenal's favourite songs...

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Emotional Tevez: Maybe It Is Goodbye

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Carlos Tevez took his time leaving the pitch after he was substituted today, waving at all the stands. The decision to sub him off was met with boos from all around Old Trafford and as Sir Alex Ferguson gave his speech at the end, the Stretford End sang over the top of him, telling him to sign Tevez up.

Fergie: It’ll Be Even More Special When We’re Ahead Of Liverpool

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When Sir Alex Ferguson became Manchester United manager, we had just 7 titles to the scousers' 18. Today, we levelled their record, but the best manager of all time in this league has claimed he has no intention of retiring any time soon, to add further disappointment to Liverpool fans today.

"It'll make it more special when we are in front of them," said Ferguson.

Rio: Thank You Fans

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Rio Ferdinand, who is battling fitness to be ready for the Champions League final, has thanked the fans for their great support, claiming the title won today, our 18th, and our third in a row, is for the fans.

"The fans travel far and wide and spend a lot of money coming to watch us week in, week out and for a lot of them it's what they live for," said Rio.

Poor Liverpool And All Their Excuses

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Rafael Benitez has spent £171,425,000 on transfers in his five years at the club, an average of £34,285,000 a season.

"When you talk about United you're talking about a side spending big, big money on every player, every season," said Benitez. "For me that is the main difference between the teams.

7 Deadly Sins: Greed

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Greed

The Guardian looks at how greed has effected the beautiful game. From City's "human rights abuser of the worst kind" ownership, to Chelski's Abramovich takeover, from the charitable types, to the Premiership money losers.

Money and greed have effected our club more than most over the past couple of decades, with us certainly making the most of the money that has come along with Premiership football and Sky Sports.

Vote for RoM

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EPL Talk are voting on who the best blog is. Do us a favour and give us a vote.

Vote for RoM

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Desperate Liverpool Make Up Additional Titles To Keep Back United

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Manchester United are just one point away from winning their eighteenth English league title, equalling the record of Liverpool.

Obviously this is not something the Liverpool fans are very happy about and had you told them 17 years ago we would be equally their record, they would have laughed in your face.

City are s**t and that’s a fact!

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With Manchester City more than happy to roll over and help us win the title last weekend, United fans showed their appreciation with a special and spontaneous chant. Combining our mocking of the FSW with our mocking of the bluenoses, "City are shit and that's a fact" was created.

If you want to carry on with the mocking, you can buy them from our Manchester United themed shop from as little as £8.

Arsenal Boss States The Obvious

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Manchester United need to get at least a draw out of tomorrow's game against Arsenal to win the Premiership for the third year in a row.

Arsene Wenger, whose team used to rival United for the title, has praised his former rivals.

"The 18-point gap is a reflection we have to take on the chin," said Wenger.

The Famous Man United Went To Rome To See The Pope

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The famous Manchester United are on their way to Rome to play in the European Cup final, hoping to defend their title as Champions of Europe.

It's fairly fitting that we can use the song that rival fans attempt to use on us to take the piss. It's on odd question though isn't it?

Tevez Would Get Support If He Wanted Out Of Contract

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Chris Heaton-Harris, president of the EU's powerful Sports Intergroup which deals with sporting matters across the continent, has given hope to United fans over the prospect of us signing Carlos Tevez on a permanent basis.

"It is unique and bizarre that an entity, rather than a club, owns a player," he said.

You’ll Like This Story About A Banner At Anfield…

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In 1994: "Come back and sing ooh ahh Cantona when you've won 18″

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"You'll Like This Story About A Banner At Anfield..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Payback Time For Arsenal Fans

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After beating United on our own turf to claim the Premiership, Arsenal fans take great joy in singing about winning the league at Old Trafford.

At the weekend, we will play Arsenal for the third time in as many weeks and will hope for a repeat result. After beating them 1-0 at home, then 3-1 away, United certainly have to go in the game the more confident of the two.

VIDEO: Tosic Goal In Cup Final

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Zoran Tosic scored his first goal for the club in the Manchester Senior Cup final against Bolton last night, in our 1-0 victory. Kiko and Welbeck were also in the starting line-up, helping Solskjaer win a trophy in his first season as manager.

"VIDEO: Tosic Goal In Cup Final" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

“There Should Be No Conceit In Victory And No Despair In Defeat”

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Fergie: Ref Was Annoying

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Our managers and players were not too impressed with the performance of referee Rob Styles in tonight's 2-1 victory over Wigan.

Nemanja Vidic spent the first half entirely unimpressed with the ref for not awarding a foul against Hugo Rodallega for what he believed to be a foul in the lead up to the goal.

Carrick: It Feels Great To Score Important Goals

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Michael Carrick was presented with a great first half opportunity to level the score against Wigan tonight, but saw his attempt go just over the bar when under pressure from the defender.

He more than made up for it with an 86th minute winner, after assisting the equalising goal, scored by Carlos Tevez.

VIDEO: Tevez and Carrick Goals Against Wigan

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Carlos Tevez equalises before Michael Carrick nets the winner.

"VIDEO: Tevez and Carrick Goals Against Wigan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tevez Has Been Offered A Deal!

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After the final whistle in our 2-1 victory over Wigan, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Carlos Tevez has been asked to stay after meetings with David Gill took place earlier today.

"He is a fantastic little player," said Ferguson. "He knows I want him to stay. I have had a chat with him today.

Nobody Complains About Carrick’s Transfer Fee Now

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When Manchester United signed Michael Carrick I was disappointed. Not because I didn't think he was a good player but because I didn't think he was good enough. It had been three years since we had won the title and I felt like we needed someone with a bit more umph that Carrick. The fact that we were forced to shell out a massive £18.

WTF?!

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United Constantly Trying For Ibra

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Jose Mourinho thinks Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the best player in the World. The Inter Milan striker's agent, Mino Raiola, has today claimed that Manchester United are one of several clubs in 'constant' contact with him.

It must be because of how well he played against us in the Champions League this season.

Dodo: I’m On My Way To United

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17-year-old Brazilian teenager, Dodo, has claimed that he will be signing for Manchester United in the summer, with reports suggesting he would cost £5 million.

Reports in Sao Paulo today suggest the defender will first come on loan from Corinthians before the deal is made permanent.

If he was to join, he would be linking up with the Brazilians we already have at the club, Anderson, Rafael, Fabio and Possebon.

Could the 94 Team Take On The 09 Team?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has created several great teams in just over the two decades he's been with the club. Whilst he had great players before 1994, that was certainly the start of the great teams. They won the double that year, winning the league by eight points and thrashing Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup final.

Well Done Giggsy and Rooney

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Steven Gerrard was voted the Football Writers' Player of the Year, after dragging Liverpool through the season, whilst Ryan Giggs was voted runner-up and Wayne Rooney came in third.

Rooney has played all over the shop this season and has made a success of every role he's been asked to play.

Whelan Lurrrrves Manchester ‘Heart and Soul of Football’ United

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Wow, Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, really has a soft spot for us and admits it will be a shame if they beat us tonight!

"I think United are the heart and soul of football," said Whelan. "Bobby is an ambassador and does a fantastic job for football. When you talk about the maestro himself, he is just something different.

RoM Reads of the Day

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Oliver Kay of The Times argues there's a good reason for Ferguson putting up with Ronaldo's behaviour.

The Spoiler looks at the loophole that could see us sign Tevez for free.

Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reckons Ferguson has mastered rotation.

A Kick in the Grass talks about United's betrayal of Tevez.

Berbatov - One Of Football’s Biggest Ever Transfer Flops

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The Daily Mail has Dimitar Berbatov as the 40th biggest transfer flop in the history of the Premier League, making him a bigger disaster than Reyes' £17 million move to Arsenal in 2004, Wright-Phillips' £21 million move to Chelsea, Pennant to Liverpool, Deco to Chelsea, and even David fucking Bellion!

Agggh! My EYES!

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With the press linking Carlos Tevez with a move to Liverpool, it was only so long before we were presented with a mock up picture of what that would look like.

Vomit.

"Agggh! My EYES!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tevez Celebration Was Directed At Media, Not Ferguson

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Much has been made of Carlos Tevez's celebration following his goal against Manchester City at the weekend, but his agent, Kia Joorabchian, insists the player was not disrespecting Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson has clearly shown his faith in Tevez, starting him in the League Cup final, the European Cup semi-final against Arsenal, as well as the derby, taking Wayne Rooney's place in the team.

Rio: In Fergie We Trust

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The decline of Manchester United was a popular topic in the press back in 2005, with United winning nothing and bombing out of the Champions League at the group stages. You only have to think about how much we were slated after losing two games in a row this season to really remember what it was like for us four years ago.

Yorke: Ole Wasn’t Happy On The Bench Either

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Reports in this morning's papers suggest that Carlos Tevez is on his way to Liverpool, eyeing a reunion with his Argie team-mate, Javier Mascherano.

This idea is flawed for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the asking price is around £30 million, a price tag Liverpool are unlikely to play. Secondly, Tevez is happy at the club and was telling the directors to listen to the 'sign him up' chants on Sunday.

Fergie and O’Shea Amused By Tevez

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"Fergie and O'Shea Amused By Tevez" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads of the Day

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The Guardian looks at the lack of English players in our team on Sunday.

Inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo, The Times looks at the best football hissy fits.

The Evening News reports on the angry fans who feel bribed by the club.

The Telegraph thinks Ronaldo is lucky to escape Beckham treatment.

Ricky Hatton A Red Afterall?

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Ricky Hatton, who boxes in Manchester City blue, went to Old Trafford on derby day. Was he sat with the travelling blues? In a box with his City mates? No.

"Ricky Hatton A Red Afterall?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Easiest.Way.To.Win.United.Shirt.Ever.

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Can you write 50 words on why Manchester United is bad for your health?

If yes, read on.

We have another Manchester United jersey on offer thanks to the lovely people from SoccerPro, as well as a Nike hoodie, shorts and red football socks for the runner up, courtesy of the people behind the Nike Five adverts.

Laughing At City On F365

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They changed the title of my e-mail. It was actually "City are shit and that's a fact!" but Football365 have allowed us to rub in our result that bit more.

"Laughing At City On F365" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

UEFA Confirm Fletcher Out

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We knew it was going to happen anyway but the news that Darren Fletcher's ban has been upheld feels like a fresh blow. For as long as there was hope you could believe he wasn't going to be robbed of his place in the Champions League final.

Getting to start against Barcelona would be the perfect finish to Fletcher's best season in our jersey, but thanks to a refereeing error he will have to miss out.

Carlitos - a team player and a good player - not a squad player or a great player

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Rich, of Penguin United, has mused over Carlos Tevez's future.

Carlos Tevez has to go, it's as simple as that. For all the chants of "Fergie, sign him up", for all the protestations of love for United, for all the good and crucial goals he has scored, for all the gut-busting charges around the Old Trafford pitch - he has to go.

2-0 In Their Cup Final

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Last season was a great year for Manchester clubs, with both teams doing the double. United won the Premiership title and the European Cup, whilst City beat United home and away. Hooray!

This season, United are on course to do the double again, scarily enough, but this time City don't have any consolation in their cup finals against the reds.

Park Confident Of Title Success

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Manchester United can secure the title before our closest rivals, Liverpool, even play another game, with a win and a draw against Wigan on Wednesday and Arsenal early on Saturday, enough to see us crowned Champions.

Whilst of course we should be favourites for both these games, it certainly is not a forgone conclusion.

Which Would You Prefer? Henry, Iniesta, Abidal, Alves or Fletcher?

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With the Champions League final quickly approaching, there is plenty of talk about formations and available players. Darren Fletcher will get the news of his UEFA appeal sometime today, whilst Alves and Abidal are set to miss the final through suspension, whilst Henry and Iniesta and struggling to come back from injury.

Silly: Evra Disrespected Arsenal

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Manchester United beat Arsenal 4-1 on aggregate, with their only goal coming from a bad penalty decision. Whilst they were dominated at Old Trafford, Arsenal were played off the park on their own ground, as United secured their place in the second European Cup final in two years.

After the game, Patrice Evra compared the two teams as men against boys, which former red, Mikael Silvestre, hasn't taken too kindly too.

RoM Reads of the Day

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The Times compares the 99 team to the 09 team.

A Kick in the Grass reflects on the events of Sunday.

The Mirror questions the behaviour of Ronaldo and Tevez during derby day.

The Guardian shows the best pictures from derby day.

On Soccerlens, I slag off referees.

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

VIDEO: From The Stands vs City

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Picture of the Day: 33 Years

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The 33 years banner on show moments before Cristiano Ronaldo scores our opening goal in the 2-0 win.

"Picture of the Day: 33 Years" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson Defends Tevez’s Comments

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The last thing United need at the moment, just a handful of matches away from possibly repeating the wonderful success of last season, is one of our players repeatedly talking to the press about their future away from the club. Even Cristiano Ronaldo has the good grace to keep telling the media to piss off and that he's staying, so why is it so hard for Carlos Tevez to keep his mouth shut?

Grow Up Ronnie Lad!

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I've yet to see Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction to being substituted but I've received enough texts to know it wasn't pretty.

I can appreciate the frustration of being subbed off in a big game and I think it's a good sign that Ronaldo wants to play every minute for us. That is a healthy attitude.

Favourite Spontaneous Chant Of The Season: City Are Sh*t

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Manchester City have now gone 33 years without winning a trophy. 33 years.

It's no surprise that when they reached the quarter-finals of a competition that they were going to get a bit giddy. "Are you going to Hamburg?" one of the City fans in the local asked. "No, but I'm going to Istanbul," his mate replied.

Tevez Will Be In England Next Season… But Not Playing For United

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"Fergie! Sign him up! Fergie, Fergie, sign him up!" is the weekly chant from Manchester United fans this season. With Carlos Tevez's long term deal yet to appear, the United faithful are urging the manager to set the wheels in motion.

The chant usually comes about when Tevez has worked his arse off, chasing the ball all over the pitch to win it back.

Ronaldo’s Mam vs The Fans

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When Cristiano Ronaldo lost the ball against Aston Villa, then refused to track back, I was not very happy. When Villa went on to score and make it 2-1 from that attack I was even less pleased. These emotions were echoed all around the ground.

Ronaldo's mam was in the ground that day, sat in the South stand near the tunnel with all the other families of the players.

Wigan Chairman May Very Well Complain Now!

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Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson complained about the timing of our Premiership game against Boro, playing the early kick-off following a Wednesday night Champions League semi-final.

Ferguson ended his complaint by recognising if you sell your soul to the devil then there isn't much room to complain.

Manchester City Lie Perpetuated

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"Thank you for your fantastic support! Today's attendance is the season highest!" it was announced over the speakers. The United fans let out an ironic cheer. Who would have thought eh? Manchester City getting their highest attendance when they played Manchester United? The 'only team from Manchester' only able to sell out their ground when United come to visit.

Ferguson: Nobody On The Radar

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We have been linked to Kaka and Ribery over recent weeks but Sir Alex Ferguson has today insisted that there is nobody in particular that we are looking to sign this summer.

"We won't be going for a lot of players ourselves this summer, that is a fact," said Ferguson. "We have a big squad at the moment and I can honestly say there is no one we have actually identified that we want to bring here at the moment.

Someone Should Tell Dunne That Ronnie Is Owed A Few Decisions!

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who got stood on in the box during the League Cup final and was booked for doing so, and who had earlier been throttled in the area only for the ref to wave play on, has earnt some criticism from City captain, Richard Dunne.

The defender who has scored more goals for us than Anderson, who has also been sent off a massive three times this season, has flagged Ronaldo up because of his diving.

What’s The Disgrace?

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"What's The Disgrace?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra vs Bayern On Ribery

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Manchester United have been linked with Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery over the past few weeks, with the idea that Cristiano Ronaldo may be ready to move on in the summer.

Wayne Rooney has already supported the move and Patrice Evra has joined him today.

"Franck has everything required to impose himself at Manchester," said Evra.

Ferguson Praises Honest Fletcher… But Doesn’t Have Hope

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Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Darren Fletcher today for his reaction to the red card, but concedes he isn't hopeful of getting it overturned by UEFA.

"I am not optimistic at all," said Ferguson. "We have to do it for Darren and sometimes in these situations, you never know. But I don't think it will be overturned.

Gutted, Wes Out For The Season

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After making his comeback through the Reserves over the past few weeks, it has been confirmed today that Wes Brown will play no further part in the season.

During our brilliant Double winning year last season Brown played in more games than anyone else, scoring against Liverpool before assisting our only goal in the Champions League final.

Chelsea Are The F**kin Disgrace

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Didier Drogba had to be pulled away from the referee last night, shouting at him and pointing in his face. Michael Ballack joined in and captain, John Terry, contributed his fair share, making little effort to hold his players back.

Chelsea have a reputation for their dreadful discipline and last night it was at it's worse.

Chelsea’s Ballack Goes MENTAL

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Signed for a big club, you could have signed for a big club!

"Chelsea's Ballack Goes MENTAL" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Thankfully Chelsea’s Money Couldn’t Stop United

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"Have you ever won the Treble, have you fuck!" we shouted at Chelsea, watching our team get beaten 3-1 during the last home, after seeing our team applaud Chelsea, the Champions, on to the pitch. It was painful and humiliating and our Treble talk was all we could throw at them, as if they gave a shit less.

Fancy £150-£750 JUST For Being A United Fan?

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What's the catch? No really, there isn't one.

A company got in touch with me asking for United fans (lads only I'm afraid) between 18-35 to show up wearing their United gear for a picture. You'll get paid £150 for getting your picture taken and then a further £750 if your picture is chosen.

Anderson: After Arsenal Performance We Are The Big Favourites

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Anderson put in a good couple of performances for Manchester United in the semi-final against Arsenal, helping us command the midfield and dominate our former title rivals on their own pitch.

The young midfielder has today claimed Sir Alex Ferguson was very impressed with how he played and now he can't wait to see our fans take over Rome.

Some Hope For Fletcher!

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Following the disgraceful decision to send Darren Fletcher off for winning the ball against Cesc Fabregas, we were told the only way Fletcher could get off with it was if there had been a case of mistaken identity, which there clearly hadn't.

The Uefa general secretary, David Taylor, has today given United some hope though, suggesting that the case should be referred to UEFA's disciplinary body for review.

United’s Style More Like Chelsea Than Barca?

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The current Champions of England, Europe and the World, with the current best player in Europe and the World, apparently don't play football that is based on talent, control, performance and effort. Who knew.

"The final will be a clash between two different styles," said Laporta. "Manchester, similar to that of Chelsea, and ours, which is a football that is based on talent, control, performance and effort.

Well I Didn’t See That One Coming!

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As if any team would need extra motivation to beat us in a European Cup final than losing out to us on sudden death penalties the season before. To play Chelsea in the final would have meant we faced a enraged monster who were desperate not only to win the first European Cup in their club's history, but even the score with United.

Bad News As Expected

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"Manchester United have the right to file a protest within 24 hours of the match, however a protest against a caution or sending off is only admissible if the referee's error was to mistake the identity of the player."

"Bad News As Expected" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

One Trick Pony? Isn’t A Big Game Player?

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When Cristiano Ronaldo first came to the Premiership he was accused of being a one-trick pony. Plenty of stepovers but 'no end product'.

However, in his fourth season with the club, he added goalscoring to his list of talents, finishing the third highest goalscorer in the Premiership with 17 goals, had the highest assists with 13, and a total of 23 goals.

VIDEO: Fletcher’s Red

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Darren Fletcher shows 100% commitment. Knowing that United were certain for the final, he could have let Cesc Fabregas run through and score. He's not that kind of player though and at full-stretch poked the ball away from Fabregas' path. That commitment cost him a place in the European Cup final and possibly a medal, if we are to win.

PICTURES: Ferguson Snubs Beckham

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David Beckham flew to London with AC Milan team mate, and former Arsenal midfielder, Flamini, to watch the Champions League semi-final at the Emirates.

As the third goal went in, cameras showed Beckham's celebration, made up to see his boyhood team reach the final.

This wasn't the first time he has been to watch United this season though, with him meeting up with the team ahead of our 0-0 draw against Inter Milan.

RoM Rome Reads Of The Day

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The Independent looks at the possibility of Fletcher playing in the final.

The Daily Mail's Hatchet Man says there is no need to worry about Fletcher's red because we have a better replacement in Scholes.

The Guardian fight in Fletcher's corner.

A Kick in the Grass talks about the semi-final.

Our Lads Gutted For Fletch

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Manchester United's big concerns for last night were Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and Carlos Tevez, who were all one yellow card away from missing out on the European Cup final, should we make it.

At 3-0 up, I was massively relieved to see Rooney and Evra taken off, and didn't consider for one moment that any of our players could get a straight red now.

Giggs: This Is Very Special

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Ryan Giggs will be travelling to Rome in a couple of weeks time with the aim of winning a third European Cup.

He has hailed the Champions League final as the biggest game you can play in and is very happy with the way we played to get there.

"It is very special," said Giggs.

Possible Fletcher U-Turn?

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Contributing writer Joe Davies looks at there being any possibility of UEFA changing their mind on Darren Fletcher's red card.

No-one get there hopes up but there is a very slim chance Fletcher could have his red card rescinded. UEFA don't use the same scheme as found in The Premier League which can see red cards rescinded via an appeal process which can reverse decisions by an F.

Make Your Mind Up On Bloody Penalties, Poll!

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Manchester United beat Spurs 5-2 the weekend before last after going 2-0 down at home. United's opening game from a penalty, which Michael Carrick won as he burst in to the box. Carrick tried to round the goalkeeper, before Gomes hurtled out touching the ball momentarily before he took out Carrick.

Fergie: I Won’t Disappoint Park Again

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Park Ji-Sung missed out on last year's European Cup final after spending a large chunk of the season out injured. Sir Alex Ferguson didn't pick the Korean as one of his seven subs which was the hardest decision our manager has had to make, he has claimed. Park joined in with the celebrations in Moscow but did not collect a medal.

Rooney: Ribery Is Great And He’s Welcome Here

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After reports linking us to Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Wayne Rooney was asked of his opinion on the current best player in Germany.

"He is a great player and we like to bring top class players to the club," said Rooney. "I'm sure if the manager and everyone else is interested in him and he can come here then he will be a good addition for us.

Fergie: Barca Leave Me Drooling… But We’ll Probably Play Chelsea

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Manchester United booked their place in the European Cup final last night and by this evening will know who we will face.

Personally, I'd rather Barcelona in the final instead of doing Moscow The Rematch: This Time It's Personal, but I have to agree with the manager and expect we will face Chelsea.

Evra: Where Has Beautiful Football Got Arsenal’s Children?

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Patrice Evra has told Arsenal some home truths following their fairly embarrassing two-leg performances against Manchester United.

Whilst Arsenal are often praised for their beautiful football, they haven't seen the title for five years and haven't won a trophy for four.

Evra questions what the point of playing beautiful football is if you can't win trophies, claiming United manage to play attractive and win competitions.

Darren Fletcher, Football Genius

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Nothing should be able to take the shine off reaching our second European Cup final in two years, after totally battering our hateful rivals Arsenal on their own turf, but sadly, thanks to inept refereeing, we certainly aren't grinning as much as we might.

Darren Fletcher, who has been superb this season, and who had a fantastic night at the Emirates, has been robbed of his European Cup final place.

VIDEO: Park & Ronaldo Goals Against Arsenal

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The three goals that sealed our place in Rome.

Park's goal

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Ronaldo's first goal

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Ronaldo's second goal

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"VIDEO: Park & Ronaldo Goals Against Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

For Sale: Arsenal Flags

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For Sale
57,000 Arsenal flags for sale. Good as new. Only waved for seven minutes.

"For Sale: Arsenal Flags" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Famous Man United Went To Rome To See The Pope

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The famous Man United went to Rome to see the Pope,
The famous Man United went to Rome to see the Pope,
The famous Man United went to Rome to see the Pope and this is what he said
FUCK OFF!

Who the fuck are Man Uniiiiited?!
Who the fuck are Man Uniiiited?!
Who the fuck are Man Uniiiiited?

United > England, Old Trafford > Wembley

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In 1990, following the supposed need for all stadiums to become all-seater, Old Trafford's capacity dropped to just 44,000. Five years later work began on the North Stand, turning in to three tier stand, which allowed for about 55,000 match-goers. Five years later work was completed on the East Stand, taking capacity to 61,000, before the second tier was added to the Stretford End, giving us a 68,217.

Ribery? Kaka? Yeh Right

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In the past few days, Sir Alex Ferguson has laughed off the idea of spending a ridiculous sum of money on Kaka, claiming there's no way United would pull a City in the transfer market.

However, the Kaka rumours have kept coming thick and fast, with AC Milan claiming they would not stand in the way of their star player leaving if that's what he wanted.

Predictions For Tonight

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

And the winner of the RoM Competition is…

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At present, RoM are giving away a Manchester United jersey every month to reward the loyal readers of the blog. The next competition will be announced tomorrow with an even easier way for you to lay claim to an official shirt.

For now, here is the runner-up and the winner.

David Moyes' house by Ian Hull

But the winner is.

Fergie Butters Up Ref To Keep Full Squad For The Final

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When ABUs talk about our win in the Nou Camp in 1999, they will refer to it as "lucky", thank to the two winning goals we scored, without any luck, in injury time. Ahead of kick-off that evening, I felt anything but lucky, with probably our two most effective players, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, sitting out through suspension.

Pique: United Always In My Heart… And I Want Them In The Final

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Gerard Pique certainly showed his ability in the fleeting chances he was given at Manchester United, scoring a couple of goals in Europe as well as proving himself strong defensively. However, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic too difficult to displace, Pique had to look for other options for his future.

Second Leg Preview

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The biggest day of the season so far is upon us!

With Rio expected to start after returning to training today and Giggs' suggesting that if United approach this second leg the same way they approached the first, United will reach the final for the second year running.

After United's dominant display at Old Trafford last week, eyes will be fixed at The Emirates' tomorrow for the return leg of this all British tie.

Rio vs RvP - Who Means More To Their Team?

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Reports today suggest both Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie are set to play in tomorrow's European Cup semi-final, following fears injuries would rule them out of the clash.

Whilst I'm very relieved that Rio is back in contention, following a nasty lung-bruising incident which saw him coughing up blood, I think I am more nervous about the return of van Persie.

PICTURES: United In Training Today

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Arsenal Clown Has Red Swine Flu? More Like Vacuus Casa Febris

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Vacuus Casa Febris: An illness which is most infectious outside of Manchester, exhibiting symptoms such as inane rambling, increased frustration and rage, and an incredibly bitter taste in the mouth. The best cure, as far as we can tell, is to jump on a red bandwagon or avoid all contact with BBC 1 at 10.

How Our Season Ticket Prices Have Changed

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67,000 or so people will have had their season ticket renewal forms for Old Trafford in the past week. I imagine most of us will be renewing whilst there will be several people who can't afford the new prices or refuse to pay out of principle.

Ahead of the Arsenal game last week I was speaking to someone who had to pay over £100 to buy tickets for his two seats.

Our Great Support Finally Given Recognition

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The volume of the crowd doesn't seem to matter, they can be deafening or subdued. But the commentators will only ever comment on the "incredible" support of Liverpool, Portsmouth or Newcastle. Stoke get a mention every now and again these days too.

Our away support is second to none. Whether you're in the midst of it yourself or you're watching on the telly, there's no greater feeling than bouncing at someone else's ground, completely out-singing them, with a plethora of chants I've never heard any fanbase replicate.

Rooney: I’m United For Life

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After United's easy 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough yesterday, Wayne Rooney has again reiterated his commitment to the club, claiming he will sign any extension given to him.

Having spent five years at the club already, Rooney intends to spend the rest of his footballing career at Old Trafford.

Fergie: Rooney Reckons He’d Be Better At Centre-Half

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Having already played the same number of games as last season, Wayne Rooney has already scored more goals, bringing his total for the season to 20. Given he has spent much of the season out on the left, this is an impressive feat, and another four goals will see him have his most successful goal-scoring season ever for the club.

Ronaldo: Real Madrid Dream Is Dead

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On the same day Real Madrid got battered by Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo has confessed he believes his dream is dead, with his only objective being to win the European Cup with us again.

"I'm no longer thinking of Madrid. That dream is dead," said Ronaldo. "The only thing I dream about now is Manchester United and winning the Champions League again in Rome.

Fergie To Rooney: You Should Have Saved Us Money On Transfer!

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"When we signed Wayne, it was a bargain at the time," said Ferguson. "We knew what we were getting. We had identified him a long time before that. We tried to get him at 14 and then again when he was 16. Eventually we had to pay that money for him. I said to him if he had joined us earlier he could have had the £26million for himself!

What Is God Planning For Ronnie Now?

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As if getting battered by Liverpool wasn't enough, Real Madrid got absolutely thumped by Barca in El Clasico today, with former red, Gerard Pique, scoring their sixth goal. A lovely finish!

This is the club Ronaldo dreams of eh?

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Philip Neville’s Still A Red

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VIDEO: Goals vs Middlesbrough

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Giggs goal

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Live blog: Boro vs United - Red Perspective

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Remember This? Getting Worked Up For Boro

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What’s The Arsenal Boss Talking About Now?

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"I didn't see it!" is Arsene Wenger's catchphrase. This can't be used as an excuse for his comments today though, as they weren't made in the post-match interview. Wenger has conceded that we were the better side on the night but after analysing statistics, reckons things were "very level" in the penalty area.

Do We Want Lennon This Summer?

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Some papers are today linking us with a move for Aaron Lennon this summer, with him playing a position we need to look at strengthening whether Cristiano Ronaldo moves on or not. I want Nani to be good but he hasn't been this season and whilst I'm a big fan of Park, who is set to get an improved £50k a week contract soon, he's not your typical winger.

RoM Reads of the Day

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Terry Venables writes for The Sun comparing Rooney to Messi.

Paul Merson on Sky Sports reckons Boro may give us a shock today.

Soccerlens compares United and Liverpool's stats this season.

The Guardian contemplates a referee of the year award.

The Independent looks at the best final day dramas.

Getting Worked Up For Middlesbrough

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What’s That Unfamiliar Feeling? Oh yeh, confidence!

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I'm trying to think when the last time I had a good feeling about a game was. With the way United have been playing this season, it's hard to have total faith we're going to end the day with the right result. More often than not, this is what we've managed to do, but we've been far from convincing on several of these occasions.

The Greatest Teams Of All Time - United 2nd

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The Daily Mail has looked at the greatest football teams of all time, with one of Sir Alex Ferguson's sides coming second to the 1970 World Cup winning side (Felix, Brito, Piazza, Carlos Alberto, Everaldo, Clodoaldo, Gerson, Jairzinho, Tostao, Pele, Rivelino)

46 Manchester United (1994)
Schmeichel, Parker, Bruce, Pallister, Irwin, Kanchelskis, Keane, Ince, Giggs, Hughes, Cantona

English champions and FA Cup

Eric Cantona was bringing the good times back to United, while the likes of Roy Keane, Paul Ince and Ryan Giggs were emerging as heroes.

Moody Players Won’t Stop Me Picking Correct Team

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Sir Alex Ferguson has said the reaction of the players does not stop him dropping players when he believes they need it.

"Players react differently," said Ferguson. "Some accept it, others find it hard. It depends on the nature of the personalities. But it doesn't deflect me from picking what I feel is the correct team.

RoM Reads Of The Day

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The Guardian looks at how Ferguson and Wenger became friends.

The Daily Mail talks of the fringe players at United who would be regulars elsewhere.

Sportingo looks at the contribution of JoS

The Times reports on the changes

The Spoiler shows video footage of Eric's trial with Sheffield Wednesday.

Tevez: I’m Off

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After starting our two biggest games of the season so far in the League Cup final and European Cup semi-final, Carlos Tevez has been speaking to the press again, giving his strongest indication yet that he is leaving.

"It's true I see myself more leaving United than staying here," said Tevez in an interview with Cadena COPE.

Giggs: Why Would I Ever Have Considered Leaving This Club?

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Ryan Giggs has today spoken about his commitment to the club and the chances of his record being beaten.

"It was never a consideration to leave," he said. "I was linked with a few clubs but it was never really close. Why would I think about it when I was always happy here?"

After making his 800th appearance for the club, questions have been raised over whether this will ever be beaten.

Arsenal MOTM: Our Players Were Lost At Old Trafford

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Whilst Manchester United go in to the second leg of the Champions League with the advantage, our position could have been much better if not for the brilliant work of Manuel Almunia. He made several brilliant saves in the match, most notably those from Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, which kept Arsenal in the tie.