Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

LIVE BLOG: United vs Bayern In Audi Cup Final

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United in the Audi Cup

Scott is in Munich for the Audi Cup so Joe Davies will cover the United game tonight, kick off 7.45.

"LIVE BLOG: United vs Bayern In Audi Cup Final" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Celebrating Anderson and Valencia Goals In The Allianz

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There are more on the way, but here is a taster of what its like inside the Allianz during the Audi Cup. An overhead kick effort by Boca, Anderson and Valencia celebrations, and a Mexican wave during the Bayern Munich vs AC Milan game.

"VIDEO: Celebrating Anderson and Valencia Goals In The Allianz" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cathcart Blames Adidas Ball For Near Own Goal

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Craig Cathcart put in a good performance for United last night against Boca Juniors, playing the centre of defence alongside Wes Brown, then Rio Ferdinand.

However, in a game that ended 2-1 to United, Cathcart almost scored for the opposition, with his header coming back off the woodwork! Still, that didnt stop him from enjoying his day.

Ahead Of Audi Cup Final Against Bayern Munich

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It`s just a pre-season tournament but we have to imagine Sir Alex Ferguson is going in to tonight`s match expecting us to win. Given the way Bayern Munich played last night and the fact they are in front of their home fans, I`d say the odds are against us. They looked a lot sharper than we did again Boca and showed no signs of the team that got humbled in last season`s Champions League.

RoM Visits The Memorials

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I was lucky enough to visit the memorials for the Busby Babes yesterday, the original one and the one made in 2004. It was an odd feeling being so close to a place that has shaped our club`s history, which totally devastated so many people and destroyed a team that had the potential to be one of the greatest of all time.

Can’t Watch United In The Audi Cup Tonight?

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"Can't Watch United In The Audi Cup Tonight?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Just In Case You Need Reminding…

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I bumped in to an AC Milan outside the ground today. I of course said sorry, to which he replied, "Do you remember that 3-0?". Yes, you bastard, I do.

So how about we take a trip of our own down memory lane ahead of the Audi Cup final against Bayern Munich tomorrow...

"Just In Case You Need Reminding.

VIDEO: Anderson and Valencia First United Goals

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"VIDEO: Anderson and Valencia First United Goals" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Goes To Munich

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Day One: July 29th 2009
Leave home 4.40am to arrive at Manchester Airport for 5am (ish).
Get a full English and watch the planes take off.
Take off 7.05am from Terminal 1. Get the iPod on and read more of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Arrive in Frankfurt for 9.

Reaction To Our Victory Over Boca

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I get to say I was there. I was there when Anderson scored his first goal for Manchester United. Ok, so it was a pre-season friendly that doesnt even count... but I was there!

The game was fine, nothing too special, but it was definitely a tougher contest than the games we´ve been getting in the Far East.

PICTURES: United In Munich

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"PICTURES: United In Munich" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: Dimi, Carrick and Giggs’ Working For UNICEF

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Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick have talked about their work with UNICEF and the difference they hope they can make to the perception of HIV/AIDs.

"PICTURES: Dimi, Carrick and Giggs' Working For UNICEF" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I’ve Been Watching Boca At 3am

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Boca Juniors are Manchester United's first opponents in the Audi Cup which kicks off tomorrow evening Munich.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confessed that during sleepless nights in Manchester he has watched Boca Juniors playing on late night telly.

"If you can't sleep at three in the morning in England, then you can see Boca," said Ferguson.

Fergie: Hargreaves Still In America

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Following the World Cup 2006, the view of Owen Hargreaves in England shifted, much to the annoyance of Sir Alex Ferguson. He had been trying to land Hargreaves for some time and new that his impressive performances on the biggest football stage was only going to make Bayern Munich less reluctant to sell him and push the transfer fee up.

Valencia Début Set For Wednesday

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Manchester United take on Boca Juniors tomorrow in the opening game of the Audi Cup in Munich. Sir Alex has today revealed that Valencia will start in that game, making his début, after missing out on the tour of Asia.

"Valencia didn't join us in the Far East because he was behind the rest of the squad in terms of his fitness," Ferguson said.

No End To United’s Skills… Now Stopping AIDs

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Last year, the number of men practising safe and getting tested increased dramatically in Sierra Leone, a country that had seen a 75% increase in all new HIV infections since 2002. The reason? A nationwide campaign across TV, radio and billboards. It was doctors telling men to put a condom on, it wasn't politicians fighting the stigma of the virus, but three footballers.

All You Need To Know About… Boca Juniors

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Day one - July 29th 2009, Manchester United vs Boca Juniors, 5.30 GMT, Allianz Stadium.

1. Nicknames: The Manure Handlers (Los Bosteros) and The King of Trophies (El Rey de Copas)
2. Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), with a 49,000 capacity.
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I Like Reading…

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On a weekly basis I will read...

Rossobianchi, United Rant, Rob Smyth's stuff on The Guardian, The Spoiler, Studs Up, Red Rants, Jamie Kanwar on Liverpool Kop, The Chelsea Blog, A Kick In The Grass, Dear Mr Levy, Daniel Taylor's stuff on The Guardian, Soccerlens, Dirty Tackle,

Whilst not agreeing with everything written, these blogs tend to be thought-provoking and make a good read.

This Is Dimitar Berbatov’s Time To Shine

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The signing of Dimitar Berbatov concluded the most exciting final day of the transfer window United fans can remember. City had just become The Richest Club In The World (TM) and had a bid accepted for the man Sir Alex Ferguson had been chasing for over two years.

Sky Sports News kept giving updates, first with Mark Hughes beaming because he was meeting Berbatov later that day.

Just A Quick Thought… On “Small Clubs”

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After Rafael Benitez's very public melt down last season, some people have tried to make the same claims about Sir Alex Ferguson's sanity following his statement which called City a "small club" with a "small club mentality".

Ferguson once criticised Benitez for calling Everton a "small club" so comparisons are being made.

Would United Allow Chelsea Captain’s Behaviour?

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Believe it or not, John Terry was a player I was once an admirer of. I knew that he'd turned us down in favour of Chelsea when he was lad, despite his dad bringing him up a United fan, but kids do stupid things, eh?

Lots of people seemed to see Terry like I did though, which probably contributed to his downfall.

TNSSO: I Would Consider United… But Would They Consider Me?

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For the 374th time, Jose Mourinho has claimed he fancies the United job, although this time recognises that he might not be our choice of manager.

"I would consider going to Manchester United but United have to consider if their want me to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson," said Mourinho.

PICTURES: United Against Hangzhou Greentown

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"PICTURES: United Against Hangzhou Greentown" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Owen, Berbatov, Giggs, Nani and Tosic Score Eight In China

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Manchester United win 8-2 in China against Hangzhou Greentown.

Goal 1: Owen

Goal 2: Berbatov

Goal 3: Tosic

Goal 4: Owen

Goal 5: Nani

Goal 6: Giggs

Goal 7: Giggs

Goal 8: Giggs

On it's way.

VIDEO: Owen’s Goal Following Sublime Berbatov Flick

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If you can't watch the game, follow the live blog.

"VIDEO: Owen's Goal Following Sublime Berbatov Flick" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I Don’t Have To Deal With Miserable Players

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Sir Alex Ferguson has looked at where he expects to see the squad to improve next season but also is happy that there won't be miserable players in the squad.

"Nani will improve," said Ferguson. "He has not got the maturity of Ronaldo, but he will improve. I expect Darren Fletcher to establish himself as a big player in our squad.

LIVE BLOG: Hangzhou Greentown vs United

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

City Striker Desperate For United Or Chelsea Move After Leaving Arsenal

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"I would like to see one Arsenal fan who worked somewhere for £10 and was offered work elsewhere for £30 to say they would refuse. Yes, they offered me a very fine contract and I have signed it."

May 6th 2009: "Arsenal put me where I am today - they made me one of the biggest strikers in the world.

Can’t Watch Hangzhou Greentown vs United?

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"Can't Watch Hangzhou Greentown vs United?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ferguson Laughs At Small Club City

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When the advertising campaign was launched in town, I wasn't alone in pointing out how small time it was for City to attempt to wind up United fans. Had a fan got out a pot of sky blue paint and made the same point you would have to applaud them for it. But for a football club to sink to such behaviour highlights more strongly than ever just how small time Manchester City is.

PICTURES: United In China

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If you can't watch the match tomorrow, check out the RoM liveblog.

"PICTURES: United In China" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM On Sky Sports

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From Sky Sports

"RoM On Sky Sports" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News gives a match report of yesterday's victory over FC Seoul.

The Independent say £25m for Tevez is "the most inflated example of a wild idea."

The Times reports on Gerrard getting booed in his first game since the trial.

The Daily Mail shows Everton's new pink striped kit.

Fergie Tips Owen To Beat Tevez Goal-Scoring Record

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When Manchester signed Michael Owen on a free and didn't fork out £25 million on Carlos Tevez, the press wondered whether Sir Alex Ferguson was pulling off a great deal or whether he had lost his mind.

Tevez scored 15 goals in 51 games last season, whilst the manager fancies Owen to score 15 in 25.

Rio: It Was A No-Brainer For Evans

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Jonny Evans was in two minds about staying at Manchester United last summer when a £10 million bid came in for him from Sunderland.

He went on to play in 32 games for United, including our league matches against Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as the European Cup semi-final.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he spoke to Evans last summer but concluded that having the opportunity to win so many trophies at United makes it hard to leave.

Rio: I Thought Like The Fans And Wasn’t Sure About Owen

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Rio Ferdinand confesses he thought like the fans when he first heard that Michael Owen has signed, but the England striker has since changed his mind.

"Initially I was surprised when he signed. But I was thinking like a fan," said Rio. "If you look at his stats, he has played a lot more games than I thought but after seeing him close up I am very confident we have signed the right type of player.

Rio - I Wouldn’t Leave United For Trophyless City… Like Chelsea Captain Might

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Unlike Chelsea captain John Terry, Rio Ferdinand wouldn't think twice about leaving his club for Manchester City's money.

"JT is his own man, he will make his own decision," Ferdinand said. "For what reason he might go there will be down to him. I'm sure he'll tell everyone when he decides to come out and speak.

Gill: Tevez Couldn’t Grasp What Being A Squad Member Meant

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David Gill suspects Carlos Tevez's advisers weren't interested in sorting a deal with Manchester United and reckons the Argie couldn't grasp the concept of "squad player".

"There were clearly issues with Carlos," said Gill. "Whether he couldn't grasp what being a member of a squad was I don't know.

Fergie: Macheda Has Real Chance Of United Career

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Federico Macheda equalised for United at 2-2 in today's win over FC Seoul. He took the ball around the goalkeeper brilliantly before slotting it in to the back of the net.

Sir Alex Ferguson was very pleased with the goal and reckons that Macheda will be in our first team group of strikers this season.

Becks: United The Best, Fans The Greatest And I Want To Go Back

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'Top red' David Beckham thinks we're the best.

"I'd love to go back to United because they are the team I support," said Beckham. "They're the best club that I've played for, but I'm 34 years old now – I'm getting a little bit older. I was very successful there and made a lot of friends and for me they are the best fans in the world.

Who Fancies A Punch Up?

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This evening I plan to go out and get pissed with my mates. Get rat arsed. Sing football songs. Have a go at any bluenose who gets cocky.

Then I'll be in the mood for a bit of Stone Roses. Love Will Tear Us Apart Again. The DJ won't fancy it as it doesn't really fit in with the 'scene'. Give a fuck.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Goal vs FC Seoul

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If you can't watch the game, follow the RoM Live Blog for FC Seoul vs Manchester United.

"VIDEO: Rooney's Goal vs FC Seoul" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Watch United Train The Day Before Chelsea Game

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There's been a RoM competition overload since the season ended. Yes, I'm as bored as you all are. There was the Summer Competition and then the Michael Owen competition. The prize for these competitions was a shirt of choice from the Republik of Mancunia shop.

The prize on offer for this competition is two tickets in the South Stand to watch United train the day before the Community Shield.

Evra: Park Is The David Beckham Of Korea

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Patrice Evra has sung the praises of best mate Park Ji-Sung ahead of Manchester United's match against FC Seoul in the South Korean's home town.

"When Ji first arrived in Manchester he never talked and people didn't know much about him. But when we arrive in Seoul you can see he is the King of Korea!

LIVE BLOG: FC Seoul vs Manchester United

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FC Seoul "LIVE BLOG: FC Seoul vs Manchester United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

English and British XIs - How Do We Compare To Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Liverpool…

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United English XI

England caps: Ben Foster (2), Gary Neville (85), Wes Brown (21), Rio Ferdinand (72), Danny Simpson (0), Michael Carrick (17), Owen Hargreaves (42), Paul Scholes (66), Danny Welbeck (0), Michael Owen (89), Wayne Rooney (52). Total = 446

United British XI

British caps: Ben Foster (2), Gary Neville (85), Wes Brown (21), Rio Ferdinand (72), Ryan Giggs (64), Darren Fletcher (42), Michael Carrick (17), Owen Hargreaves (42), Paul Scholes (66), Michael Owen (89), Wayne Rooney (52).

Can’t Watch Our Game Against FC Seoul?

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Manchester United take on FC Seoul at midday today and if you're at work or can't get a stream, you can rely on the RoM live blog to keep you updated. It'll start at 11.30pm with any team news.

Meanwhile, Patrice Evra is very excited about the game and is hoping history will repeat itself, with him scoring a goal here just as he did two years ago.

Fergie Admires Love In Far East For United

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Dimitar Berbatov is enjoying his first pre-season as a Manchester United player and described the reaction towards the squad as being like that towards The Beatles. Sir Alex Ferguson says it's not just the new players who are taken aback by the reaction but the more experienced and even himself.


"But its not just them,"
Fergie admitted.

VIDEO: Funny Fella Evra Interviews Best Bud Park In Seoul

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Patrice Evra, Ji-Sung Park and Carlos Tevez were best buds at United, so it's nice to see they're getting on just fine without him!

"VIDEO: Funny Fella Evra Interviews Best Bud Park In Seoul" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggsy Keeps The Crowds Entertained

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There will certainly have been some very disappointed Manchester United fans in the Far East when news broke that Cristiano Ronaldo had been sold. The fanatic nature of those going to watch United on tour meant that Ronaldo's presence certainly added a lot more entertainment value, given his big name and dazzling skill.

Ferguson Sings Park’s Praises

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Holding a press conference in Park Ji-Sung's home town, Seoul, Sir Alex Ferguson has explained the reasons why Manchester United signed the South Korean midfielder. Fergie is pleased with how Park has developed since joining the club and is pleased to see the great reaction the player has received so far.

Wes: I Enjoyed Title Win Last Season… But It Wasn’t The Same

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Wes Brown has joined the squad for the pre-season after making a surprise return to the first team on the final day of the season. Brown had been out since January after spending the first half of the season struggling with injuries.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Brown's fitness would make a big difference to our coming season and the defender is raring to go.

Debt Update

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As well as explaining why Manchester United haven't spent the £80m from Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer, Glazers spokesperson, Tehsin Nayani, has given an update on the current debt situation.

"We do have debt service and carry a significant amount of debt," said Nayani. "But our interest payments are around £43.

PICTURES: United Training In Seoul - All Eyes On Park

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Manchester United trained in the World Cup stadium in Seoul today ahead of their match against FC Seoul tomorrow. This is the city Park Ji-Sung was born in so understandably all the attention has been on him. Park has yet to play in our pre-season tour but after taking part in the training today, he will certainly get a run out tomorrow.

Be Patient To Spend Ron’s Money… And Avoid Mercenaries

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Imagine Real Madrid had been spent up this summer, after breaking the world record transfer fee twice within a few weeks, Karim Benzema would likely be a Manchester United player now. He would have cost us £35m and at 21-years-old he has room for improvement. However, like RoM mentioned at the time, we would just be a pit stop for the ambitious forward.

Pity The Fool Who Leaves The Theatre Of Dreams For Wastelands

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MCFC got themselves involved in a mud-slinging battle with football fans when they paid thousands of pounds in an attempt to wind us reds up. For me, it's totally bizarre that a football club would lower themselves to such petty behaviour. Had a City fan got out the sky blue paint and had a go at this, it would probably bring about a wry smile, but fancy a football club sanctioning such a thing!

Pete Boyle Judges Owen Song Competition

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Whilst the mood has generally changed in favour of Michael Owen, there are some of us still having a hard time adjusting to our squad now containing a former Kop hero.

To make him feel more like one of ours, RoM ran a competition to find a song for Owen. Fans of the forum voted as well as the staff of the Republik of Mancunia football forum.

PICTURES: Lads Arrive In South Korea

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"PICTURES: Lads Arrive In South Korea" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph talks of the boredom our lads face on tour.

The Daily Mail ponders on United's new formation now Ronaldo has left.

Football365 looks at the Premiership's neediest clubs.

The Times shows football's biggest mercenaries

Tell me a joke and win free tickets to watch Manchester United train at OT the day before the Community Shield.

Giggs: I Didn’t Think I’d Ever See Owen In United Shirt

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Ryan Giggs has given his thoughts on Manchester United's most talked about summer signing, Michael Owen.

"I don't think I ever thought we'd see Michael in a United shirt but he's shown over the two games here what he is all about," Giggs said. "He is a goalscorer. It's as simple as that.

Fergie: No Question Over Ben’s England Future

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Ben Foster already has his eyes on next summer's World Cup, despite not even being Manchester United's #1 yet. Our second choice keeper is aware of the challenges he faces in getting more football so that he can get in to the England squad.

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed time and again that Foster has the quality to be England keeper so will obviously be more than willing to give the keeper opportunities to prove himself.

Pleased But Not Giddy Over Owen Start

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I know it's only the pre-season but I think we can be forgiven for being pleased with the start of Michael Owen's Manchester United career. I'm not going to get giddy like those deluded idiots down the road but there's something very satisfying in seeing Owen bag two goals in his first two games.

Owen was certainly lacking in confidence before Sir Alex Ferguson invited him out for breakfast, after four miserable years up in Newcastle.

Giggs: We’ll Get By Without Ron… Just Like When Robson, Hughes, Cantona and Ruud Left

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Ryan Giggs has today claimed that the fuss about the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez is much bigger outside the club than it is within.

In his nineteen year career at Manchester United, Giggsy has seen some of the greatest players the club has ever had come and go, so isn't too bothered about the transfer activity this summer.

VIDEO: Steven Gerrard Fights

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Pretty much every day is a slow news day at the moment, so let's take a look at those rat-munchers in Merseyside. The day after losing their opening friendly of the pre-season, Steven Gerrard appeared in court on charges of affray.

Fergie: We Are In Business If Wes Stays Fit

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Before a surprise return on the final day of the season, Wes Brown's last game for Manchester United was back in January, with the injury-prone defender making just 12 appearances in all competitions for us in 08-09.

Brown has impressed so far in our tour of Asia and Sir Alex Ferguson reckons his fitness would be a big boost to us next season.

YOU Decide: The Michael Owen Song Competition

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Which song is your favourite?(answers)

One vote per member... get on with it!

"YOU Decide: The Michael Owen Song Competition" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Want To Watch United Train For Free?

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Following the RoM Summer Competition and the RoM Michael Owen song competition, this Manchester United blog is now offering you the opportunity to watch the first team train at Old Trafford for free.

Along with the first team training session on the Old Trafford pitch, you will also get to see the Manchester United Premier Cup Final.

RoM Reads

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Dirty Tackle looks at Dimitar Berbatov, the Continental.

The Guardian looks at FC United's trip to Asia.

YouTube shows Becks losing the plot on his return to Galaxy.

Join the RoM Manchester United forum for all the latest discussion.

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

Ferguson: Tevez Not Worth £25m

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After scoring just 5 goals in 29 league games for Manchester United last season, Sir Alex Ferguson decided Carlos Tevez wasn't worth the £25m his owner was asking for.

"We made contact with Carlos," Ferguson said. "We sent him texts and spoke to him when he was in Argentina. Our chief executive, David Gill, made an offer to Kia Joorabchian and we spoke to Tevez before we played Inter Milan and told him we had spoken to Kia but we never heard back.

Ferguson: Ronaldo Loved United So He Might Return

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was begging to leave Manchester United last summer but that there is the possibility of him one day returning.

"His best is yet to come because he is just 24," Ferguson said. "I will be very proud when I see him at his best because we had a part to play in it.

Ferguson: We Offered £30m For Benzema And Met With Bayern Over Ribery

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United offered £30m to sign Karim Benzema before he opted to join Real Madrid, as well as contacting Bayern Munich in regards to Franck Ribery back in March.

"We tried for Benzema because, at 21, I felt there would be an improvement there," said Ferguson.

Fergie: City Have A Hell Of A Lot Of Strikers But Aren’t A Threat To Us

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked today about what threat he feels Manchester City will pose to us next season.

There's been some bizarre behaviour down the road. City fans mobbed Carlos Tevez, the man who that day claimed he loved United fans. They paid £25m for the hard-worker who scored five league goals last season.

Foster: I Need To Play More So I Can Go To The World Cup

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Ben Foster has given his thoughts after United's 2-0 victory today, as we make it two wins out of two on the pre-season so far.

Foster is hoping he has more to do in the up-and-coming games and also admits he's already thinking about next summer's World Cup.

"It was a good performance," said Foster.

Fergie: Pitch Was Bad But Owen’s Contribution Was Good

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Sir Alex Ferguson has given his reaction to our 2-0 win over Malaysia XI this afternoon.

"The pitch was poor, bumpy and cut up a lot," said Ferguson. "We could have scored a lot of goals but we missed a lot of chances, in the second half particularly. We started the game well and I'm pleased Owen and Macheda formed a partnership.

Kiko: Of Course I’m Learning From Owen

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Federico Macheda, who scored Manchester United's first goal in their 2-0 win over a Malaysian XI, has claimed that he has a lot to learn from Michael Owen and is grateful to the manager for him giving him a chance at playing first team football.

"Yeh I enjoyed the game," said Macheda.

VIDEO: Macheda and Owen Goals vs Mayalsia XI

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If you can't watch the match, check out the Republik of Mancunia liveblog for Manchester United vs Malaysia XI.

"VIDEO: Macheda and Owen Goals vs Mayalsia XI" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LiveBlog: Malaysian XI vs United

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Malaysia XI vs United

"LiveBlog: Malaysian XI vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen: I Don’t Care That Fergie Wanted Benzema More

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Sir Alex Ferguson blamed a crazy market for us not being able to land transfer target Karim Benzema. The truth was he didn't want to come to Manchester United over Real Madrid. Michael Owen has said he's not bothered that Benzema was Ferguson's priority signing though.

"There were clubs who linked themselves with me just so they could give their fans something to talk about," said Owen.

Rooney: Owen Arrival Means I Get My Position Back

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Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen were both on the scoresheet as Manchester United beat a Malaysian XI 3-2.

Rooney has acknowledged the criticism levelled at Owen but reckons it's completely unfounded, with our new striker looking sharp in training.

"Over the last couple of years Michael has had some criticism but it would have been difficult for any player to score in the Newcastle team he was in last season," said Rooney.

Owen: I Told Fergie I Could Handle #7 Shirt

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Michael Owen scored his first Manchester United goal on his début yesterday and is eager to continue proving he can handle the pressure of being one of our players.

He has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to him about the responsibility that comes with wearing our famous number seven shirt, but Owen insisted without hesitation he was up to the job.

The One With All The Lying

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City fans have always been a pretty delusional bunch but never more so than right now. With player after player leaving their current club for the doubled/tripled wages City will offer them, the fans have bought in to the players' made up reasons. There's lots of talk of it being 'an exciting, new project'.

Too Good To Be True - Hargreaves Back For September?

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It was a disappointing result on Owen Hargreaves' début for Manchester United but his performance was top-notch. Not since Roy Keane had we seen a player boss the game as effectively as he did but unfortunately a deflected goal and missed sitters meant we were the losing team that day.

Whilst his performances remained at a high standard, it's hard to feel as though we've really seen the best of him yet, with injuries cutting in to his playing time.

THAT Poster - The Reality

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Following City's ever so 'witty' poster, which shows a picture of Carlos Tevez running to Manchester United fans with a big grin on his face, it's time we forced them and him to face reality.

"THAT Poster - The Reality" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Owen’s First United Goal

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"VIDEO: Owen's First United Goal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

One In One Out

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Goodbye Manucho, welcome Diouf.

Manucho, who spent half of last season on loan to Hull, is moving to Spanish side Real Valladolid. Best of luck to him.

We have brought Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf in his place, who has an impressive scoring record for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's former team Molde.

Owen: It’s Nice To Play In United Shirt

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During his first appearance for Manchester United, Michael Owen grabbed his first goal for the club, sealing a 3-2 win against Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed with the different angle Owen offers us, whilst the player himself feels good about getting his first goal for United.

Ron: Owen A Good Choice For #7

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Michael Owen was surprisingly revealed as Manchester United's new number seven, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Real Madrid. Owen, who spent a year in Madrid, has been fully endorsed by Ronaldo as the new number seven.

"Michael Owen is an experienced player. He has played at the biggest clubs," said Ronaldo.

Does Vidic’s Absence Mean He’s Leaving? No, no, no, no…

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No reason was given at first for Nemanja Vidic's absence from the group of players travelling to Kuala Lumpur for the pre-season tour today, leading to whispers that he could be leaving.

Antonio Valencia, Federico Macheda, Fabio da Silva and Danny Welbeck will also miss out.

It is believed that an ankle injury has lead to Vidic being ruled out and his agent, Paulo Fabbri, insists our defender is not moving clubs.

Free Shipping On RoM Shop

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Mancunia Merchandise is offering free shipping on all items between July 16th and July 19th on any orders which include at least two items.

There are currently some countries which the RoM Shop doesn't ship to because of restrictions Spreadshirt have on their shipping destinations.

Lee Martin Scores On His Debut

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Lee Martin scored eight minutes in to his debut for Ipswich as Roy Keane's men beat Brentford 3-1 in a pre-season friendly. Well done lad!

"Lee Martin Scores On His Debut" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Gooooooo Manchester!

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The fastest man in the World is disappointed that Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United this summer but still fancies us to do well this season.

"I'm a bit disappointed he left the club because he's definitely a great player," said Bolt. "I like watching him play because he's very skilful.

We Won’t Think He’s A Traitor?

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"Fergie, sign him!" our fans used to chant, recognising the hard work Carlos Tevez put in to every match. Our feelings towards him were much like those we felt for Alan Smith, although the former Leeds man was more prolific in front of goal, bagging 6 Premiership goals in his last full season with the club, more than Tevez managed last season.

Eckersley: I Had No Desire To Leave

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Richard Eckersley agreed to join Burnley this afternoon in a bid to get more first team football. The Salford lad had been with the club since he was nine so conceded it was a hard decision to make but leaving was something he felt he had to do.

"It's been a hectic week, but also a very fantastic one," said Eckersley.

RoM Reads

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Red Rants looks at Ferguson's dealings in the transfer market.

The Guardian talks of Michael Owen's place as our new number seven.

Soccerlens looks at the five reasons why United will be just fine.

The Daily Mail reckons Peter Kenyon is leaving Chelsea for a better paid job at City.

Cheerio Richard!

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Richard Eckersley has joined Burnley on a four year deal. The 20-year-old defender rejected a contract from Manchester United, fancying his chances of getting in the newly promoted Burnley's team next season.

The Salford lad is the younger brother of Adam who left the club last year, after spending four years on loan at Port Vale, Brondby and Barnsley.

City’s New Signing Still Loves United Fans And Keeps Us In His Heart

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Carlos Tevez was mobbed by a sea of City fans this afternoon as he was unveiled as their latest signing.

It's lovely they can be so accepting of someone who clearly has such strong feelings for Manchester United fans.

"The fact that I am not staying at United is not because of the fans, it is because Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill did not do enough to keep me there.

We’ve Had Money To Spend Because Of Academy Sales… Unlike Rivals

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Since "Fergie's Fledglings" because the biggest thing since the "Busby Babes", the pressure has been on the Manchester United academy to produce excellent talent.

When looking at the squads of our rivals, it's bizarre that United's academy is sometimes viewed as a bit of a failure. As if being unable to bring through a group of players like we did in 1995 means our academy isn't good enough.

City’s New Signing Still Loves United Fans

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Carlos Tevez was mobbed by a sea of City fans this afternoon as he was unveiled as their latest signing.

It's lovely they can be so accepting of someone who clearly has such strong feelings for Manchester United fans.

"The fact that I am not staying at United is not because of the fans, it is because Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill did not do enough to keep me there.

Carlos Tevez Is A Liar

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Carlos Tevez was unveiled as a Manchester City player this afternoon with crowds of City fans gathering to see. Tevez claimed the reason why he left United was because the manager didn't speak to him for two years and never made him feel wanted.

"I was there for two years and Sir Alex never called or sent any text messages in that time," said Tevez today.

Fowler: I Hope Owen Does Well At United

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Robbie Fowler has sensationally claimed today he hopes Michael Owen does well at Manchester United.

"Obviously I want Michael to do well but I don't want Man United to do well," said Fowler. "It's a sticky situation and I don't want to get drawn into things with Michael and Man United. Everyone knows I'm a Liverpool fan.

Carlitos’ Dreadful Miscalculation - He Played More Than Robinho!

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Manchester City's new signing, who said he 'gave his life for the United shirt', claimed he was leaving for football reasons. The fact that City are prepared to pay £150,000-a-week for a player who was on £90,000-a-week at United did not factor in to Tevez's decision, he claims. It wasn't a move about money rather a move for football.

Beckham’s Heart No Longer In Manchester

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David Beckham was a great player for us and will always be someone I remember fondly after he progressed through our youth system as a life-long Manchester United fan.

What irritates me is the belief that Sir Alex Ferguson 'forced' Beckham out of United. Whilst there is no denying the two had a falling out, it should also be remembered this occurred long after Beckham had spent over a year stalling on a new contract.

Panic Stations! We’re Doomed! Doomed I Tells Ya!

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Remember the days when it looked as though Chelsea's reign would last forever more? They were an efficient machine, powered by the mighty captaincy of John Terry with all the arrogance in the world provided by Jose Mourinho. When we beat them 1-0 in 2005, during a season where they would go on to finish eight points above us in the league, we had Richardson, Bardsley and Rossi on the bench, whilst they had Gudjohnsen, Carvalho and Wright-Phillips.

Tevez Is A Bluenose

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Subject to a medical, Carlos Tevez is a Manchester City player, where he will keep the 32 shirt. It goes without saying we'll miss the five Premiership goals he contributed last season.

"Carlos is an international player of the highest class who possesses all the attributes that will help drive this club forward," said Hughes.

RoM Summer Competition WINNER

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With the 8th-5th placed entries being revealed earier today, now is the time for the winner and the three runners up to be announced, as voted for by: the staff of the RoM forum, Red Ranter, Ahmed Bilal of Soccerlens, Ed of United Rant, Rob Smyth of The Guardian, Chris Toy of Studs Up, James Ryddel of A Kick In The Grass and Tufty of SEF.

Fergie: I Knew Tevez Was Leaving When He Didn’t Return My Calls

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Sir Alex Ferguson claimed today that he had been expecting Carlos Tevez since January after making an offer which was never responded to.

The manager claims he had called and text Tevez to try and sort out a deal but the player never got back to him. It was around the time that Manchester United played Inter Milan and Tevez's international coach, Diego Maradona, spoke to the press about how the striker should consider playing for Inter Milan.

PICTURES: New Signings Unveiled

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"PICTURES: New Signings Unveiled" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: We Were Sensible To Back Out Of Benzema Deal

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At the unveiling of new signings Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan, Sir Alex Ferguson explained why Manchester United didn't sign Karim Benzema.

"There are some amazing numbers being talked about, not all of them realistic," said Ferguson. "It is very difficult to get value now.

And The New Number Seven Is…

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Michael Owen.

"And The New Number Seven Is..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Respect The Fans

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Watching the FA Cup semi-final on telly this year, now that the game has been taken away from venues like Villa Park and staged at Wembley instead, it was fairly obvious how the FA had fucked over fans with their allocation. A good ten to fifteen minutes after the restart the best seats in the house were pretty much completely empty.

RoM Summer Competition Runners Up

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We had some brilliant entries for the Republik of Mancunia Summer Competition and it was really hard work to get these shortlisted to just eight.

The winner will claim a RoM shirt of their choice and prizes will be sent out to the remaining seven people who entered.

The winners were voted for by the staff of the RoM forum, Red Ranter, Ahmed Bilal of Soccerlens, Ed of United Rant, Rob Smyth of The Guardian, Chris Toy of Studs Up and James Ryddel of A Kick In The Grass,

So, drum roll please, starting with the 8th-5th placed entries:

Damian Melaugh shows a popular favourite moment of the season with Federico Macheda's celebration after scoring the winner against Aston Villa.

Nev: Owen Is Ideal Now Tevez Has Gone

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Gary Neville wasn't best pleased with Carlos Tevez's goal celebration where the Argie cupped his ears after scoring at Old Trafford. It appears as though there is no love lost between the pair with Neville looking forward to the impact of Owen now Tevez has departed (and is likely to join the bitters).

Campbell: I Joined Sunderland Because They’re Massive

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Frazier Campbell has claimed his reason for joining Sunderland over Hull is because the North-East outfit are a bigger club, massive in fact!

Good luck to him.

"Sunderland are a massive club," said Campbell. "All you have to do is look around the facilities here. I spoke to the people behind the scenes and everything here is impressive.

McClair: Tevez Very Disrespectful

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Two days after losing the Champions League final, Carlos Tevez spoke to the press about the manager's decision to sub him on at the start of the second half, instead of playing him from the beginning. Despite contributing nothing in the 45 minutes he was on the pitch, Tevez claimed that we could have won the game had he started.

Macheda Is The Latest Victim

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Federico Macheda has become the latest footballer to have his house broken in to, following a string of robberies in Merseyside, and more recently, the robbery of Darren Fletcher's house.

Kiko was in his house in Sale when the robbery took place but was left unharmed, whilst his friend suffered minor head injuries.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News thinks now is the time for Nani to step up to the plate.

The Guardian quizzes you on United's youth team products.

The Chelsea Blog isn't best pleased with JT.

Soccerlens looks at Brazil's greatest.

Don't forget the Michael Owen song competition

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

Chelsea Star: Rooney Better Than Zola

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Frank Lampard, who will probably be captain next season after "Mr Chelsea" moves to Wastelands, has spoken in full praise of Wayne Rooney today. Lampard, who has played alongside the likes of Gianfranco Zola and Steven Gerrard, reckons Rooney is the best he's played with.

"Wazza is the best I've played with," said Lampard.

Red Faith Across The Ocean

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The Manchester United supporters group in Brazil got in touch with to ask whether I could show their tribute to our club on the blog.

"Red Faith Across The Ocean" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Now Owen Comes To Work With A Smile On His Face

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Pictures released of Michael Owen training at Carrington showed our new player having a laugh with his team-mates, clearly very happy to have made the move away from Newcastle.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that Owen is enjoying himself at United and there should be no concerns about his goalscoring.

Campbell A Steal At £3.5m?

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Sunderland have signed Manchester United youngster, Frazier Campbell, for an initial £3.5m fee which could rise to £6m should various criteria be met.

Given that Hull were offering £7m for him last summer, it seems as though we've come up short. His time at Tottenham Hotspur likely did us no favours.

United’s Heroes: Robson Is Nev’s, McGrath Is O’Shea’s, Maradona Is Rooney’s

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Sir Alex Ferguson - Denis Law

ALEX FERGUSON said: "Denis was my hero. I idolised him. When I first met him I was so excited. It was at a game in Paris, he had played in the first half and we went for a cup of tea afterwards. I thought, 'This is it, I've made it!'

"He epitomised everything a Scotsman is about.

Evra: Privilege To Represent United Abroad

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With Manchester United preparing for their pre-season tour in Asia, Patrice Evra has stated that it is a privilege to represent United and that he's looking forward to spending time with people in the local communities over there.

"We have great memories of our last trip to Asia when we won the Club World Cup and it's always a pleasure to go back," said Evra.

PICTURES: Owen Having A Laugh With Giggs And Rio In Training

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"PICTURES: Owen Having A Laugh With Giggs And Rio In Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Hull or Sunderland - Where Should Frazier Go?

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Manchester United accepted a bid from Hull for Frazier Campbell a month ago although talks were not to begin until our striker returned from the U-21 European Championships.

After spending a season long loan with Hull and helping them gain promotion to the Premiership, it is understandable why they were interested.

The Michael Owen Song Competition

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The RoM Summer Competition closes today just in time for us to launch our next competition, whereby the readers of RoM send in ideas for songs for our new signing, Michael Owen. Given his past, I'm sure we could get some really tasty verses going.

Simply send your words with the name of the tune to our usual competition e-mail: republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.

No Saturday 3 o’clocks

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After the release of dates that Sky Sports and ESPN will show Premiership games, a massive ten fixture changes have been brought to Manchester United's schedule.

With kick-off times being listed up until the end of November, we currently have none at Saturday 3 o'clock.

United v Birmingham Sun 16 August KO 13.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian shows how City could learn about 'humility' from United.

Soccerlens looks at foreigners and English football.

Two Footed Tackle's fantasy fight: Ronaldo vs Mellberg.

Become a fan of the Republik of Mancunia on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

The RoM Summer Competition closes tomorrow!

Obertan: Ferguson Bought Me Because Of My Potential

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It seems as though Laurent Blanc isn't the only person surprised by Manchester United's latest transfer, as even the player himself, Gabriel Obertan, didn't expect the move to happen either.

"I knew they had been following me for a few years but I did not think it was going to happen this season," said Obertan.

Eckersley Expected To Make QPR Loan Move

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Richard Eckersley has been linked with a loan move to QPR today which will see him get a years worth of experience in the Championship.

The right-back featured in four games for Manchester United last season, including two Premiership games against West Brom and Hull.

The 20-year-old Salford lad is seen as having potential to replace Gary Neville/Wes Brown and will be hoping to have a more success loan move than fellow full-back Danny Simpson.

Rio: We’re Successful Because Of Our Pre-Season

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Next week, Manchester United will be kicking off their pre-season in Asia ahead of the 09/10 season where we will be aiming to retain the league title for a fourth successive year.

Rio Ferdinand has today claimed that the hard work of the pre-season pays off when the important games begin.

"The most important thing about pre-season is getting some good training done," said Rio.

Everton Captain: I’m Gutted To See Ronaldo Leave United

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Former Manchester United player, Phil Neville, has claimed that he was 'gutted' when Cristiano Ronaldo agreed a deal with Real Madrid. The former Manchester United winger, who today insisted he owed everything to United, 'entertained' fans in this country, although Phil reckons we still have the best league even though he's done.

Ronaldo: I Owe Everything To United

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Cristiano Ronaldo has spent more time talking about United, our manager and our fans, than anything else since officially joining Real Madrid this week.

He spoken to the press again today hailing Sir Alex Ferguson as the 'maestro' and that it was a 'pleasure' for him to play at Old Trafford.

Ferguson Has Tracked New French Signing For Years

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Gabriel Obertan is now a Manchester United player after completing a medical with the club yesterday, with the fee believed to be around £3 million.

The 20-year-old was sent out on loan by Bordeaux last season although Sir Alex Ferguson believes the winger is one for the future.

However, Obertan is carrying a slight injury so will not be taking part in the pre-season tour.

VIDEO: Obertan > England

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Manchester United's new signing Gabriel Obertan put in a great performance for the French Under 21 team against England back in March.

"VIDEO: Obertan > England" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea Boss Doesn’t Need Owen

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Chelsea's new boss has today claimed that there was no need for him to try to sign Michael Owen because they already have a good enough strike force.

"Because now we have very good strikers in the team - Drogba, Anelka, Kalou," said Ancelotti. "Sturridge is a young player but he can potentially be a great striker.

Foster: I’m Happy To Commit Future To The Club

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It was reported that Ben Foster was about to be offered a new four-year-deal which would double his wages back in June and today our keeper put pen to paper on the contract extension.

"I'm really happy to commit my future to the club," he said. "The team spirit here is fantastic and working alongside Edwin and Tomasz has been a great influence on my career.

Nobody Buying Owen’s Shirt?? Why Not?

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The Sun has claimed today that Manchester United fans aren't keen on our new signing, which has been proven by the 'tumbleweed blowing across the club shop in reaction to Owen's free transfer'.

"As far as I know, no one has asked for an Owen shirt," said a worker from the megastore.

Obertan Is United Medical… Whilst Larry Is Surprised

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Gabriel Obertan has arrived at Carrington to complete his medical with Manchester United.

"I was surprised too, but it is an unexpected chance for him to play with one of the best clubs in the world," he told Europe1.

"Manchester United have been tracking him for a long time. They certainly hope to advance him, something that Bordeaux and Lorient have failed to do.

“Huntelaar To United? Maybe, Why Not?”

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was a player who topped many United fans' wishlists for years, although his big move to Real Madrid seemed to signal the end of any possibility of him coming to United. If we were going to get him, then surely it had to be when he made his first big move away from Holland, but apparently United weren't going to pay the £17-23m Real Madrid were prepared to fork out.

RoM Cantona T-shirt Competition Winners

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Republik of Mancunia offered the readers an opportunity to win an Eric Cantona t-shirt from the good people at Philosophy Football.

The winners are: Steve Belcher, Evan Martin, Steve Perkins, Nikhil Saraf and Ingar Rostvag Ulltveit-Moe.

Don't forget that you have until Friday to enter the RoM Summer Competition where you have to draw your favourite moment from the season on Microsoft Paint, with a t-shirt of your choice from the RoM Manchester United shop up for grabs.

Ron: Fergie Wants A United vs Real Final… And Evra To Kick Me

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During the flamboyant ceremony to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, he gave a mention to the fans and manager who have supported him during his six years at the club.

He also revealed that Ferguson has his eye on a third successive Champions League final and is hoping to meet Ronaldo's new team in the final which will be played in Madrid.

Chelsea Keeper: Ron Will Miss United More Than They’ll Miss Him

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On the day that Cristiano Ronaldo passes his Real Madrid medical and is unveiled in front of 80,000 fans, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech reckons our former winger will miss us more than we'll miss him.

Whilst Real Madrid gushed over him as one of the 'chosen ones' during the unveiling ceremony, Cech isn't convinced that his absence is going to make an awful amount of difference to how we do next season.

Shock! Horror! Keano Signs Martin!

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Roy Keane has attempted a different transfer strategy since taking over as Ipswich boss. Today, he completed the signing of Manchester United youth player Lee Martin... oh no wait, this is Keano's transfer policy in its entirety.

"It obviously wasn't an easy decision to leave a club like Manchester United but I know how ambitious the manager is here and I'm delighted to be a part of his plans for the future," said Martin.

Anderson: Owen Is The Pride Of The Country

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Anderson has gone all out on praising Manchester United's new signing Michael Owen. It appears as though we've got quite a fan in the ranks!

"I am certain that he will help us a lot," said Anderson. "He is a player who has played a big part in the history of English football. I hope he has more success in Manchester and helps us repeat the excellent season that we had last year.

Hit, Miss or Maybe - What Do The Press Think Of Owen’s Move?

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The idea of Manchester United signing Michael Owen would have been insane a week ago. Now that the deal has been completed, it's not just the fans who are coming around to the idea, but the press as well, who would all love to slate Ferguson for losing the plot... but are struggling to find grounds.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian looks at Owen's potential to be the 'next Solskjaer'.

Manchester United News shows Kiko smoking.

Arseblog reveals Adebayor's 'Michael Owen style' brochure.

Soccerlens looks at the possibility of JT joining City.

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

RoM Reaction To Michael Owen Signing

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It's not often that a player is undergoing a medical at Carrington and I'm hoping they fail it. It isn't the natural behaviour of a fan to want a player who your beloved manager is keen on to fail their medical. But then it isn't natural behaviour for a product of the Liverpool youth team, who played in almost 300 games and scored over 150 goals, to agree terms with Manchester United.

Tevez: United Fans Won’t Think I’m A Traitor

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Carlos Tevez slags off the manager again and reckons we won't think he's a traitor for joining City.

"If I play for Manchester City I don't think the United fans will feel I am a traitor," he told The People. "They have to remember that at least as far as I know I have been thrown out of the club and I have to study the best offers available.

Massacci To Join After Hour-Long Conversation With Fergie

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Alberto Massacci is the latest young Italian talent to join Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to come. Amazingly, the 16-year-old spoke with Ferguson in English for a whole hour, although I wonder whether the length of time was more to do with the player needing Fergie to keep repeating what he was saying!

PICTURE: New Away Shirt?

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Tevez: I Will Score Against Ferguson And Shout In His Face

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Michael Owen really is starting to look like a good replacement for this cunt...

"Ferguson still believes I will be at United next season," Tevez is quoted as saying in The Mirror. "He thinks I will return. But I know what I want and I know that Ferguson did not respect me as a player.

Owen’s Pitiful Wages Mean Good Business For United

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The Independent reports that Michael Owen will earn a basic wage of £30,000 a week, with the rest of his salary dependent on appearances and goals. The Guardian also support the idea that bonuses are the basis of his contract, as do The Times.

Some will make transfer this about our debt and our 'need' to get players on the cheap but essentially it's a great bit of business.

The Michael Owen Song

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Probably my first of many attempts to express our feelings about signing Michael Owen through the mode of music... who became a Manchester United players after a conversation with Sir Alex Ferguson over breakfast.

"The Michael Owen Song" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Shocked Owen: Never Imagined This In My Wildest Dreams

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Michael Owen has spoken with MUTV about his shock at signing for Manchester United. He also acknowledges that he didn't have the best spell at Newcastle but reckons he can restart his career with us.

"It feels great. I never even had it in my wildest dreams really but then I got the call from the manager to come and meet him," said Owen.

OFFICIAL PICTURES: Owen In United Shirt At Carrington

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"OFFICIAL PICTURES: Owen In United Shirt At Carrington" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

OFFICIAL: Owen Signs On Two Year Deal!

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Manchester United have signed Michael Owen on a two year deal. As the rumours mounted that the former Liverpool player was about to join us, the opinion on him was split. RoM rang a poll which, at present, 2007 people voted on.

39% felt that he's a good player and the fact we're getting him on a free makes it a win-win deal for United.

Owen: After Breakfast With Fergie, I’m Looking Forward To Being A United Player

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Michael Owen has spoken of the great fortune he feels at being a Manchester United player. He has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson rang him on Wednesday afternoon and after meeting with the manager for breakfast, there was no chance of him signing for any other club.

Sir Alex was drawn to Owen because of his 'proven goalscoring record at the highest level' which is why we've offered him a contract which should keep him at the club until he's 31-years-old.

Possebon: I’m Excited About Year With Braga

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Rodrigo Possebon has joined Sporting Braga for a season long loan and is happy with the "ambitious project" the Portuguese club have on offer.

"I was very excited with the ambitious project that was presented to me," said Possebon. "I did not have any doubt in accepting this invite. This stadium is beautiful, I have not seen anything like this.

PICTURE: Michael Owen At Carrington For Medical

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"PICTURE: Michael Owen At Carrington For Medical" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Official RoM Michael Owen Poll

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We could be just seconds, minutes or hours away from having Michael Owen as a player for our club. Which of the following statements best describes how this potential deal makes you feel?

"The Official RoM Michael Owen Poll" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Deja Vu With Michael Owen

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With it looking increasingly likely that Michael Owen will be a Manchester United player by the end of the day, take a little time to relive his decision to join Newcastle over Liverpool, after he was linked with us in 2005.

June 19th 2005 - United linked with Michael Owen after it appears he will be returning to the Premiership from Real Madrid.

What Do The Dippers Think?

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It's hard to measure what the general reaction from United fans has been to news that Michael Owen looks to be on his way. Whilst I would rather we didn't, to put it mildly, I do trust the manager. I think he's a horrible little cunt and don't want him anywhere near the club, but if Sir Alex thinks it's worth a punt, then we have to accept it.

Michael Owen’s Damning Statement From 2004

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May 10th 2004, three months before signing for Real Madrid.

"We will sort something out amicably next summer," said Owen. "I won't just up and leave on a Bosman. I have the rest of this season and all next still left on my existing contract but talks have already started on a new one.

God No, Not Michael Owen

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1. "In a perfect world, it would be the greatest team in the world, and I would stay my entire career. I am dreaming about that." (2 months later)
2. He's injury-prone (something he has been denying since he was at Liverpool and something Giggsy warned him about years ago)
3. He'll play for anyone for the money (Newcastle?

Chelsea Captain: We Could Have Beaten United In The Final

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After Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League last season their players behaved in a way we've never seen before. They came out and openly claimed the referee had thrown the game whilst another was effin and blindin in to a Sky Sports camera which was being broadcast around the world.

Predictably, that whiney little cunt John Terry was fully behind Didier Drogba.

RoM Reads

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Red Rants looks to the future after Benzema snub.

A Kick In The Grass is less hopeful.

Virgin Media have put together a video of our goals of the season.

Studs Up gives a good analogy of the tug between City and Real Madrid.

The Guardian reports on David Beckham's fall from grace in the USA.

Forget About Ribery Too

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After losing out on Karim Benzema yesterday, it appears as though we can now forget about Franck Ribery too.

It is beyond me why so many superstars would want to be smothered at Real Madrid but it quickly appears as though La Liga is by far the most attractive league to the best players in the World.

Benzema Happy To Join United… But We Wouldn’t Cough Up

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Karim Benzema has been a transfer favourite for plenty of reds and certainly has attracted attention from Sir Alex Ferguson over the years. Despite claims that he wanted to stay in France for one more year to remain settled ahead of the World Cup, it was starting to look like Ferguson might finally get his man.

Ron: I’ve Spent A Quarter Of My Life There So They’ll Always Be In My Heart

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Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of great fondness for the club, staff, players and fans, after completing his big money move to Real Madrid.

He talks of the great influence Sir Alex Ferguson has had on his life, who he apparently met for a farewell dinner in Alderley Edge, how he will miss Wayne Rooney and what he thinks of the fans.

Does Ronaldo Go Down As A United Legend?

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Cristiano Ronaldo has split the opinions of Manchester United fans for some time. For United fans who follow England, they weren't best pleased following the World Cup 2006 incident with Wayne Rooney. Then there were the dives and the temper tantrums. Then there was his behaviour last summer. Then there was his lack of effort last season.

It’s Official - He’s Gone

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Manchester United are £80 million better off today after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid has been completed.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken kindly about our former winger and wishes him well for the future.

"Cristiano has been a marvellous player for Manchester United," said Ferguson.

“Barca offered £30m for me… my wife wants me to leave… but I’m staying put!”

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Whilst his unhappy wife is a concern, the good news today is that Nemanja Vidic has pledged his future to United until he's in his 30's.

After Carlos Tevez's recent shameful behaviour, it's good to know there is still some loyalty left in the game!

"My wife Ana is unhappy with our lifestyle in Manchester but I am not going to change my mind as I am happy with the team and Manchester and the club's ambition for next season," said Vidic.

Why Do All These Deluded Scousers Believe FSW’s Lies?

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Rafael Benitez's 'facts' episode was a source of much amusement for Manchester United fans last season, given that the opinions he was insisting were facts were nothing of the sort.

Another of Benitez's lies is that Manchester United spend more money than Liverpool FC in the transfer market.