Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2009

VIDEO: Giggs and Carrick Goals Against Wolfsburg

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LIVE BLOG: United vs Wolfsburg

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

Owen: I Totally Lost It After City Goal

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"Owen: I Totally Lost It After City Goal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tevez: I Will Celebrate Goals Against United

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"Tevez: I Will Celebrate Goals Against United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Rooney Worth Every Penny

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"Fergie: Rooney Worth Every Penny" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen: Fergie Told Me Benzema Was First Choice

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"Owen: Fergie Told Me Benzema Was First Choice" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

‘Funny Animal’ Given Central Role Against Wolfsburg

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"'Funny Animal' Given Central Role Against Wolfsburg" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Scholes: Leeds And Liverpool Are Biggest Rivals

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With there be plenty of fuss concerning United's local rivals, City, Paul Scholes believes our real hated rivals are Liverpool and Leeds.

"City probably aren't the closest of rivals, but in terms of geography, if you like they are close rivals and it's a game you want to win," Scholes said.

Rooney: I Love This Club

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Wayne Rooney has again reiterated his strong feelings for the club, claiming that he hopes to spend as many years with the club as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

"I hope I'm still at United when I'm the same age as guys like Ryan, Scholesy and Gary Neville," said Rooney.

Scholes: Manager Expects Me To Stay Back

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Paul Scholes was United's best player on the park on Saturday, despite being up against the five man midfield. All our play revolved around Scholesy with him spraying inch perfect balls to the right and left.

He has today acknowledged that he doesn't score as often as he used to or would like to, but the manager has asked him to remain in a more central role rather than going forward.

Bored?

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You will notice at the bottom of all posts there is now an option to 'share this' which means you now have an easy way of sharing articles with people who you think might be interested.

Other things to do when bored: Read RoM's best articles. If you're on Facebook, add me or become a fan of RoM.

Zabaleta: Tevez Wanted To Stay At United

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Pablo Zabaleta has today reiterated the fact that Carlos Tevez didn't want to leave Manchester United before penning a contract at local rivals City, which would see him earn over £50,000 more a week.

He also believes that our reaction to our former player during derby day, which upset Tevez, vindicates the decision to join City, because of course City fans wouldn't boo a player who left them for us.

Foster: I Was Made To Face Up To City Mistakes

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Ben Foster had a nightmare during the derby and sections of the press claimed he was going to be dropped for our next Premiership game.

Ferguson rightly stuck by Foster though and the keeper picked up a clean sheet in our 2-0 victory over Stoke. Foster didn't have a lot to do but looked more composed and confident than the weekend before.

Having A Laugh On F365

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"Having A Laugh On F365" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reaction To Victory Against Stoke

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A good performance from United and an even better three points. In all honesty, after beating Arsenal, Spurs and City, I did wonder whether we'd come unstuck against Stoke. They're so robust at the back and I remember how difficult they were to break down last season. Had they not gone down to ten men, I do wonder whether we could have got that very late winner.

VIDEO: Berbatov & O’Shea Goals Against Stoke

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Manchester United go top of the league after beating Stoke 2-0 away from home. Ryan Giggs grabbed both assists after coming on as a second half substitute, with Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea scoring.

"VIDEO: Berbatov & O'Shea Goals Against Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Stoke Fans, Where’s Your Famous Atmosphere?

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Stoke fans were more concerned with booing our players than they were with cheering their own on when they visited Old Trafford last season. I can't stand that small-time mentality, an obsession with another team that makes hating another team more important than supporting theirs.

Stoke are famed for their great support though and have loads of original songs.

Stoke vs United LIVE BLOG

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Best United live blog on the net - Stoke vs United

"Stoke vs United LIVE BLOG" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: Stoke vs United

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

Can’t Watch Stoke Game?

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If you can't watch the Stoke vs United match today, RoM will be running another live blog to keep you updated.

"Can't Watch Stoke Game?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Away To Barnsley In Fourth Round Of League Cup

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Manchester United face Barnsley away in the next round of the League Cup, which is good news for all of us who have been dragged in to the automatic cup scheme in order to apply for away tickets!

United last faced Barnsley in the 97-98 season, where we thrashed them 7-0 in the league, thanks to goals from Cole, Giggs, Scholes and Poborsky, but then were knocked out of the FA Cup by them.

RoM Links

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The Times writes in praise of Giggsy.

The Daily Mail looks at Neville's claims that players deserve their wages.

United Rant lets loose on the FA.

The Telegraph interviews Neville.

ManUtdPeople are selling up if you're interested.

The Spoiler shows a Swedish keeper literally moving the goal posts.

Howard Lesson Should Teach Fergie To Keep Foster Faith

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Tim Howard played a blinder in his first season at United, so much so, he was named PFA Keeper of the Year. It is important to note he fought off competition from Jens Lehmann who had just enjoyed an unbeaten season with Arsenal and Chelsea's Carlo Cudicini, who both conceded fewer goals than him.

Arsenal Star: Evra Gave Me Really Little Push - But Why Did Fans Boo When I Fell?

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Robin van Persie has today admitted to exaggerating his reaction to contact with an opposing player. He can't understand why a chorus of 'Same old Arsenal, always cheating' was heard after he chose to go to ground after a 'really little push' from Patrice Evra.

"Yes, I did," Van Persie replied, when asked had he ever exaggerated a fall.

Ronaldo: I’m Always Happy When United Win

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Cristiano Ronaldo has today claimed that he watches Manchester United play on the telly whenever he can and is always chuffed to see us do well.

"Every time I can I try to watch United's games on television," said Ronaldo. "I still like to know what's happening at Old Trafford.

Welbeck: England? I’m Like Any Manc Concentrating On United

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After scoring a brilliant goal in his debut during our 5-0 battering of Stoke last season, Sir Alex Ferguson tipped Danny Welbeck for a big International future, as well as with United.

Welbeck scored our only goal in a 1-0 win over Wolves this week, where we played with ten men for an hour of the match, and says he's more concerned with his United career than with England.

What Do City, Spurs and Arsenal All Have In Common?

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Just six games in to the season and there will be some people who are totally baffled by Manchester United's start to the season. We were supposed to struggle to find the back of the net in Cristiano Ronaldo's absence but have already achieved in six matches what it took us ten games to do last season, by scoring 15 goals.

VIDEO: United vs City Fanzone

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Fergie: We Battered Them And Hughes Needs To Get On With It

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Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to the issue of the amount of injury time played but says that managers just need to get on with, however frustrating it is when it goes against you.

"I understand the frustration of Mark Hughes as the manager on the receiving end of a very late goal," said Ferguson.

Liverpool Fans Are ‘Brilliant’ With Former Players - You Sure, Jamie?

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Jamie Carragher reckons had it not been for Michael Owen's decision to join Manchester United, the fans' former hero would have been treated well. He reckons that Liverpool fans are usually 'brilliant' for their former players but it appears as though Ferguson's biggest fan has a very short term memory.

VIDEO: Welbeck’s Winner vs Wolves

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PICTURES: Tonight’s Impressive Victory Over Wolves

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VIDEO: Fabio’s Red Card

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Slagging Off Bellamy And Tevez On F365

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Fergie: Wolves Can Be Top Club Again

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Sir Alex Ferguson is full of praise for Wolves ahead of our League Cup fixture at Old Trafford this evening.

"More recently I used to be a regular visitor to Molineux because my son Darren played there for four years, and I would go down to watch him whenever I wasn't involved with Manchester United," said Ferguson.

Carlos “4-3″ Tevez T-shirts For £8

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Rio Opens “Red” Restaurant In Manchester

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Rio Ferdinand has added to his money-making schemes with a new restaurant set to open in Manchester, called 'Rosso' or 'Red' in Italian.

The restaurant is located just off Kings Street in an 114-year-old, Grade II-listed building, with two restored domes, polished-marble columns and walls, delicate stained glass and ornate plaster ceilings.

If Only Every Team Had A Gary Neville…

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Gary Neville has been issued with a warning for running down the touchline after Michael Owen scored an injury time winner. How bizarre. No, not Neville celebrating a winning goal scored by Owen, I know that still takes some getting used to, but for Neville to be warned for celebrating a goal. Again, not because Shay Given did exactly the same thing after Bellamy made it 3-3 but because Neville's passion is something that should be celebrated, not punished.

The City Perspective On Bellamy and Hughes

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"All Craig has done is go over there and tell the guy to get off the pitch," said Mark Hughes. "Craig wasn't privy to how much time was left to enable us to get back into the game. The guy made an aggressive move towards him and Craig wanted to get him off the pitch. Craig just put a defensive hand out to push him away.

More Rubbish From Hughes

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I'm sure I wasn't alone in being unimpressed with City's travelling support in the weekend. Whilst they sung a song or two in the aftermath of a goal, they didn't give out the impression it was derby day and they were really up for it. Whilst the Old Trafford atmosphere is often mocked, honest City fans there that day would have to admit they were completely outdone on Sunday.

The Lady Behind The “Welcome To Manchester” Banner

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Ahead of kick-off on Sunday a 'Welcome to Manchester' banner was hung from the East Stand in response to City's poster about Carlos Tevez.

Whilst they were bragging about a striker who'd scored on just five occasions in the league last season, our banner took pride in all the trophies we've won.

City Receive Favourable Treatment Again Whilst FA Do United… Again

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Craig Bellamy
Crime: Slapping a restrained United fan in the face
Punishment: Warning

Shay Given
Crime: Turning to face the Stretford End, fists clenched, jumping up and down, celebrating Bellamy's last minute goal
Punishment: None

Gary Neville
Crime: Celebrating Owen's injury time goal in front of the South Stand, where he was sat, in front of United fans
Punishment: Warning

Yet another example of when the FA have come down hard on United and let another team get away with murder.

Blue: “Get Off The F**king Pitch You F**king K**bhead” Red: “4-3 mate”

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The United fan who Craig Bellamy hit on Sunday has spoken out about what happened.

"I was flung towards the barrier when Michael Owen scored - the place went mad, everyone was hugging each other and I can't explain why it happened," said Jake Clarke. "I was just loving the moment I guess after all the excitement throughout the match.

Le Havre Update: What United Sent To Parents, FIFA’s Stance and His Mum’s Opinion

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Paul Pogba's agent and mother, as well as FIFA, have spoken out about the recent claims made by Le Havre about our supposed tapping up.

FIFA
"So far, no contractual claim against the player Paul Pogba and/or the club Manchester United has been lodged by the French club, Le Havre, at Fifa.

Tevez: United Fans’ Reaction Was Hard To Take

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Since leaving Manchester United for Manchester City, Carlos Tevez has repeatedly talked about Sir Alex Ferguson and spoken of his strong feelings towards the fans. It is understandable that he would have a hard time getting over his time at United, given that in his two years with the club he won two league titles and played in two European Cup finals.

Evra: Thanks To God I Play For United

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Just in case seeing Carlos Tevez with his arm around Patrice Evra put you off our defender, the Frenchman has got himself back in our good books following his comments about derby day.

"Sometimes we need mistakes to have a great game like this," Evra said. "I really think we could have killed the game early on, but when we scored we started to make mistakes.

RoM Reads

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The Times compares Owen to Tevez.

Daniel Taylor at The Guardian looks at the Ferguson-Hughes relationship.

F365 blog give their conclusion to derby day.

Sky Sports blog is full of praise for Giggsy.

YouTube have the latest FIFA 10 advert which includes our Wayne.

Dirty Tackle rounds up this weekend's abuse.

PICTURES: Our Lads Hit The Races After Derby Victory

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In Defence Of Ben Foster

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Ben Foster has been on the receiving end of plenty of flack following our 4-3 victory over City yesterday but one of our favourite bloggers, Penguin United, is fighting his corner.

So that's it. It's official, apparently. If you read the papers and the blogs today, Ben Foster is not good enough for United, and never will be.

VIDEO: From The Stands On Derby Day

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PICTURE: Welcome To Manchester Banner

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RoM Reaction To Derby Day Victory

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As Manchester United fans we have been blessed in watching outstanding football on a regular basis for years. The amount of superb performances, great results and lifted trophies has left us spoilt with success. We are famed for our dramatic results and have a habit of scoring vitally important goals late on.

Fletch: Great Move and Fantastic Finish

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Darren Fletcher did his 'big game player' tag no harm on Sunday after scoring two goals in our 4-3 win over Manchester City.

Fletcher is full of praise for his team-mates though, after a beautiful pass from Ryan Giggs lead to a brilliant finish from Michael Owen to wrap up the points.

"It was a great move and a fantastic finish," said Fletcher.

Evra: I Told Tevez We Weren’t Friends On The Pitch

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Patrice Evra, Park Ji-Sung and Carlos Tevez were inseparable at United which made it difficult for Evra to hear the Argie booed constantly throughout our victory on Sunday.

"Carlos Tevez is a blue, he hates Munichs!" the City fans chanted after Tevez saw a shot come back off the woodwork.

At half time, Tevez and Evra walked off the pitch today and as they approached the tunnel, Carlos applauded the fans in the Stretford End, who returned his gesture with a load of abuse.

Bitter City Make False Injury Time Complaint… Awww

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After defending Craig Bellamy for punching a restrained pitch invader, Mark Hughes went on to have a complaint about the amount of injury time added. He said he would love someone to explain to him where it came from. Ok, deal.

Four minutes of injury time had been decided upon when United lead 3-2.

GIF: Thug Bellamy Hits Restrained Fan

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It makes you wonder that if Cantona was banned for the best part of a year for kicking a fan hurling racist abuse at him, why should the authorities not throw the book at Craig Bellamy for hitting a restrained fan that had nothing to do with him in the face?

Not only a thug but a pussy too, given that he needed three stewards to hold on to the United fan.

PICTURES: Best Bits Of Derby Day

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Stats: Comparing Owen To Tevez

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Michael Owen: Free
(09/10) - 110 minutes, 2 goals.
Strike rate - 1 goal per 55 minutes.

Carlos Tevez: £25-47 million
(09/10) - 274 minutes, 0 goals.
Strike rate - N/A
(08/09) 1856 minutes, 5 goals.
Strike rate - 1 goal per 371 minutes.

PICTURES: Our Response To City’s Tevez Poster

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My Favourite Moment Of The Match

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After Rio Ferdinand fucked up massively, allowing City back in to the game seconds before injury time was announced, I was as angry as I was totally gutted. Then to look up and see Shay Given turn to the Stretford End, shaking his fists and jumping up and down, was infuriating. The "don't incite the crowd" memo obviously hadn't made it's way around the City dressing-room, following Adebayor's celebration last weekend which will probably earn him a two match ban, with Given doing everything he could to get our fans going.

Is Fergie Right? Best Derby Ever?

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"The mistakes probably made it the best derby of all time," said Ferguson. "What would you rather have, a 6-0 win or the greatest derby of all time? I would prefer to win 6-0."

"Is Fergie Right? Best Derby Ever?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen: It’s A Privilege To Play For United

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Michael Owen scored a dramatic and late winner for United today in the Manchester derby, which has gone some way in helping our fans forget his scouse roots.

"If there was any doubt before then maybe this has sealed the deal," Owen said of his relationship with the fans. "Me coming to Manchester United was always going to create a bit of noise.

Darren Fletcher FOOTBALL GENIUS!

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Darren Fletcher t-shirts from £8.

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VIDEO: Rooney, Fletcher and Owen’s Goals Against City

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I'm sure I echo the sentiments of every United fan when I ask, again, "where will all the goals come from?"

"VIDEO: Rooney, Fletcher and Owen's Goals Against City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Bellamy Punches United Fan

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Mark Hughes, who last week shamefully defended Adebayor's stamp on Van Persie's face, has again attempted to defend the indefensible.

"The guy shouldn't have been on the pitch, that's just not acceptable," he said. "I seem to remember Brian Clough clipping someone around the earhole because he was being daft, and maybe that's what Craig has done.

A Derby Day Memory - Come On Reds!

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Derby day weekend has long been my favourite weekend of the year. It sometimes ends in tears but generally it's great, regardless of the result.

My local is a red pub but there are a few blues who drink in there. There's plenty of banter and usually it's good natured. We'll take the piss out of each other and have a laugh, but generally everyone gets along fine.

Rio: I Speak To Ronaldo… But I Will Kick Him If Needsby

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Rio Ferdinand has let former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo know that if we drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League there will be no special treatment.

"I've been speaking to him on the phone," said Rio. "I think it's in the stars it will happen. You want to play against the best players, and he is the best.

WINNERS: RoM Gives Away Derby Day Tickets

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On Wednesday, RoM informed you of the competition for derby day tickets we were running in association with Betfair.

Joseph Brown-Pobee and Mark Dobson-Hill are the lucky winners of the City tickets for tomorrow's game, winning a couple of tickets each. Congrats and enjoy!

In other competition news, Ashley Williams was the winner of the No.

PICTURES: Derby Day Training

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City Star: I Grew Up Supporting United But Joined City For First Team Football

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Manchester City fans' favourite, Stephen Ireland, has claimed he grew up as a Manchester United fan and had trials with the club when he was a teenager.

However, he reckons that the lack of first team opportunities sparked a decision to join City. There's no mention of an offer from United though and Ireland did just have a week long trial with us.

132 Days Ago…

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Vidic: Ronaldo Left, Not Joined, Best Club In The World

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Nemanja Vidic has continued to make the right noises following rumours that he was interested in a move away from the club by today claiming that we are the best club in the world.

He reckons that nobody at United talks about Ronaldo anymore and our former winger left the biggest club to join Real Madrid.

Vidic: Rooney Loves United And Will Be Here Forever

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Nemanja Vidic has sung the praises of his team mate Wayne Rooney, claiming our young striker loves the club, has a relationship like a "marriage" with the fans and that no amount of money would convince him to leave us.

"He loves United and the club loves him," said Vidic. "The relationship he has with the fans is like a marriage and he won't break that.

VIDEO: The Good Ol’ Days

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Ian Brown: City Will F**k This Up

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Ian Brown, a South Manchester lad like myself, who is a firm club over country man, has revealed he would disown his kids if they grew up in to blues... if he couldn't beat it out of them first!

Ahead of the derby day, Brown has passed his opinion on City's wealth, claiming if anyone can fuck up having this amount of money, the bitters can.

Cole: I’m A United Fan With Season Tickets In Normal Seats

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"I have got two season tickets at Old Trafford and sit in the main stand in a normal seat," said Cole. "I am a United fan and just mingle in, paying my money like everybody else – though United's chief executive David Gill usually sees me. I saw him at halftime during the Arsenal game recently and he shouted: 'Get your boots on, we need some goals.

VIDEO: Some Great Derby Day Goals

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Cocky? Arrogant? Do We Have Room To Talk?

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"It showed an arrogance," Ferguson said. "It was naughty. It showed a cockiness that wasn't required at the time because they hadn't done anything. The season hadn't even started."

These comments by the manager about the Carlos Tevez poster have upset City fans. How dare Sir Alex Ferguson brand another team cocky and arrogant, when United have shown themselves to be both those things on numerous occasions under Fergie's reign.

VIDEO: The Difference Between United and City Fans

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View From The Enemy: City Fan On Tevez, Munich and Derby Day

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After writing an article in response to City's 'worry' about us singing the racist Adebayor song, I got an e-mail from a fella called Jack who is behind the City blog, The Lonesome Death of Roy Carroll. If my track record for receiving e-mails from City fans was anything to go by, I was fully expected a hate-filled rant, calling me a Munich bastard and ending with the hope I died in a plane crashed.

Is Rio Right About Tevez’s Decision Over Rivalry?

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Rio Ferdinand reckons the fact Carlos Tevez chose to join City over Liverpool proves that the scousers are our bigger rivals.

"The fact Carlos Tevez went to City speaks volumes about the rivalries between Manchester United and both Manchester City and Liverpool," said Rio. "Carlos said he wanted to respect the fans by not joining Liverpool.

Tevez Is Embarrassingly Deluded…

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Carlos Tevez blamed his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson as a reason why he left the club, claiming the manager ignored him for two years.

He also claimed the move had nothing to do with the extra £50-60k a week more City were prepared to pay him.

It's odd then that in April, just a couple of months before he signed for City, Carlos Tevez was singing the manager's praises, claiming how fair Ferguson was with the players and what a massive influence he'd had on his career.

Fergie Is Everyone’s Boss In Football

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Former Manchester United player, Danny Webber, reckons he has no regrets about leaving the club for Watford in 2003 after spending 11 years with us.

Now aged 27, Webber now plays for Portsmouth.

"I don't look back. Leaving United was my choice. I know a lot of people expected me to stay around the place but I made my choice.

Evans: Wes And I Fighting For Derby Day Place

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Jonny Evans believes he has settled well in to the first team squad and is hoping we have the upper hand against City at the weekend.

"I feel very settled among the first team squad now," said Evans. "I also felt very much part of it last season, but it was kind of a new thing for me.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reckons Wayne Rooney should never become a saint.

A Kick In The Grass questions Ferguson's tactics.

Dirty Tackle gets inside Rooney's brain.

Graham Poll tells The Daily Mail about the referee experiment this weekend.

Free tickets for the derby and free £25 bet.

Fergie: No Chance Of Scholes Playing For Oldham

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Rumours have often linked Paul Scholes with a move to his hometown club, Oldham, when he is no longer good enough for Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson reckons after two decades at the top there is no way Scholes will be going down to League One to play.

"I don't think this is Paul's last season," said Ferguson.

VIDEO: Temper Tantrum Or Passionate Display?

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Win A No.1 Fan

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If you're interested in winning a No.1 fan yourself or to give to one of your kids, send your answer to the following question to: republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.co.uk

Dwight Yorke recently retired from football after enjoying a 20-year-long career, 4 of which he spent with Manchester United.

RoM Reads

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United Rant reviews our match from last night.

The Guardian talks about Peter Kenyon's exit from Chelsea.

With the group stage matches underway, Soccerlens looks at the Eto'o vs Ibrahimovic contest in the tastiest match on calendar, when Inter take on Barca.

Studs Up looks at what Adebayor has planned for his next victim.

Evra: I Will Boo Tevez With The Fans

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I imagine I wasn't alone in being totally gutted upon learning there is next to no chance of Carlos Tevez returning to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby. Whilst it would have been so annoying if he had scored against us, I was really looking forward to the even more heated atmosphere his presence would have brought.

Win free tickets to the Manchester derby

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In case you haven't been paying attention, United take on City this Sunday and RoM have got two pairs of tickets to give away, courtesy of Betfair.

Betfair recently became the official betting partner of Manchester United and now we've teamed up with the world's leading betting exchange, to give you a chance of attending the big match.

Fergie: Rooney Was Always Coming Off But I Understand Reaction

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"Wayne played as a lone striker for an hour and he was always coming off," said Ferguson. "He is never pleased to come off as he has that kind of energy."

"Fergie: Rooney Was Always Coming Off But I Understand Reaction" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

I Don’t GET England Fans

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This was written by a City fan about Wayne Rooney: I sit there awaiting with baited breath for him to receive a beautiful through ball that he then latches onto, and promptly puts it in the back of the opposing net.

The insanity of an Ingerlurnd fan. One week they will come to Old Trafford and chant "you fat bastard!

PICTURES From Tonight’s Win In Turkey

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VIDEO: Scholes Scores Winner Against Besiktas

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Job Done In Europe

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Sir Alex Ferguson made a few changes to tonight's line-up, picking a team which was capable of picking up the points, whilst making sure we have enough fresh players for derby day at the weekend. Gary Neville started in place of John O'Shea, Jonny Evans for Rio Ferdinand, whilst Darren Fletcher and Ryan Giggs were also given a rest.

So Far So Good Compared To Our Rivals?

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Last season, United had played all of the season before's top ten away from home before Christmas, which was reflected in our position in the league. This season we've had another pretty tough start, playing Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur when they were on fire, and the other form team, City, are to come.

I Wonder If Mark YSB Lawrenson Feels A Bit Daft Now?

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Sir Alex Ferguson laughed off comments made by one 'journalist' ahead of our Premiership victory over Tottenham Hotspur, which claimed this was our worst team in years.

Mark YSB Lawrenson claimed that the story of our season would be other teams bringing the game to us in his article for The Mirror.

Maybe The ‘Worst United Team In Years’ Will ONLY Win The League This Year

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Manchester United were more or less written off when we sold Cristiano Ronaldo, given the great contribution he made to our team over the past few years. Similar things were said after Ruud van Nistelrooy was sold, when David Beckham joined Real Madrid, when Eric Cantona hung up his boots etc. It seems as though the media and rival fans just don't learn.

Our Lads Still Hurting Over Rome

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Ahead of our first Champions League game of the new campaign against Besiktas tonight, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra have reflected on the pain defeat in Rome caused.

"Having lost a Champions League final, I know what it feels like," said Rio. "It was sickening in Rome because we felt we were on the cusp of greatness, so to lose the way we did was really difficult.

“Fergie Kicked Me Out For Wearing Wrong Boots!”

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Diego Forlan's last game for Manchester United was on the opening day of the 2004-2005 season, on a day where Miller and Djemba-Djemba started in midfield, with Roy Keane filling in at centre back during an injury crisis.

A fortnight after leaving United Forlan scored for Villarreal on his début.

GIFS Aplenty: Stamp One, Stamp Two Or Arsenal Fans?

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Emmanuel Adebayor is set to miss derby day after his poor behaviour in City's victory over Arsenal. The FA are set to fast track the disciplinary for the in-form striker but it's not entirely clear which incident they will be punishing. His celebration is worthy of at least a fine, although Greater Manchester Police have got involved and condemned Adebayor, which might mean he faces a ban.

Three More Years For Park

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Whilst one of his best mates has left the club for local rivals Manchester City, Park Ji-Sung has confirmed his future is with United, after agreeing a three year contract extension.

The deal will keep him at the club until 2012 which will take him past his 31st birthday.

"Park and Manchester United have reached an agreement on a three-year deal," Park's agent Kim Jung-Soo said.

Rio: Defoe Goal Was Wake-Up Call

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Rio Ferdinand came back in to the Manchester United first team after missing the first four games of the season with a calf injury.

With less than a minute played, Rio was watching Jermaine Defoe score a cracking goal to put us 1-0 behind.

"It was a bit of a wake-up call, it hits home the fact you're back playing in the first team again," he added.

RoM Reacion To Spurs Victory

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Like a lot of reds, I was fairly aprehensive about our trip to White Hart Lane yesterday, given that they were yet to lose a game and Jermaine Defoe is in great form. Whilst Spurs' opposition teams before this weekend haven't been world beaters necessarily, they have seen off Liverpool, and every one knows that this is the year they are going to win the league again.

Adebayor To Miss The Derby? Well Done!

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Sunday's back pages should have been filled with pictures of Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor for all the right reasons, after he put in a great shift for his new team and capped it off with a goal. City fans will forget they battered Arsenal last season yet still finished 10th in the league, and will claim Saturday's result means they are one step closer to a top four finish.

I Wonder If Matt Lawton Feels A Bit Daft Now?

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Keep your chin up, Arsene Wenger... it's Sir Alex Ferguson who has reason for worry

He [Ferguson] has to convince his stuttering side that they can succeed without Cristiano Ronaldo and remain among the European elite. And it might just work, even if three of the four Barclays Premier League games they have so far contested have exposed worrying deficiencies that could seriously undermine their chances of becoming the first team to win four successive English titles.

Realistic Scouser Admits Title Defeat Already

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Every year since Liverpool last won the title in the 1989/1990 season, their fans harp on about this year being their year. This season the glory days will return and they will win the title, something they used to be able to claim they had won more than any other team.

Since Liverpool last won the league, United have won an incredible eleven titles, as well as two European Cups, but this doesn't seem to dampen the scouse spirit.

Giggs: Ando Got Stick Over Celebration

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Anderson scored a great freekick against Boca Juniors in the Audi Cup this summer and scored a goal for the Reserves last week, but yesterday he bagged his first competative goal for Manchester United at the start of his third season for the club. Whilst it became a standing joke amongst the fans and players, Anderson was quick to remind people of a vital goal he did score for us in Moscow!

Rooney: Fletch Has Had Some Stick Over Scotland Failure

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Darren Fletcher faced even more International disappointment this week after a defeat to Holland meant he will not be travelling to next summer's World Cup.

With Wayne Rooney enjoying great goal-scoring form for his country as well club, England have qualified with two games to spare, which has meant the English players have been giving Fletcher a lot of stick.

Fletch: Rome Absence Made Me Better Player

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Darren Fletcher cruelly missed out on Manchester United's Champions League final last season after being wrongly sent off against Arsenal in the semis.

After watching United get played off the park by Barcelona, with us being totally overrun in midfield, plenty of United fans have wondered whether it could have been different if Fletcher was playing.

Giggs: Rooney, Nani and I Will Share Freekicks Now Ron’s Gone

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Cristiano Ronaldo has taken pretty much every freekick Manchester United have been awarded over the past few years. Whilst plenty would be rifled straight in to the wall, there were some truly sublime goals scored from great distances and seemingly impossible angles.

Ryan Giggs scored a great freekick against Tottenham Hotspur to take it to 1-1 after Jermaine Defoe scored with less than a minute played.

Ferguson: Ridiculous Decision Could Have Cost Us Spurs Result

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After going a goal behind with less than a minute played, things weren't looking good for Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

Our lads managed to get us in a favourable position though thanks to goals from Ryan Giggs and Anderson, but with over half an hour to go, United were reduced to ten men and faced a tough challenge.

VIDEO: Giggs, Anderson and Rooney Against Spurs

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After dishing out Arsenal's first defeat of the season, United became the first team to beat Tottenham Hotspur this season thanks to goals from Giggs, Anderson and Rooney.


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Ferguson: Becks, Nev Scholes & Co. Idolised Cantona

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Much is made of Alan Hansen's infamous quote 'you won't win anything with kids' at the start of the 1995-1996 season, with our lads going on to win the Double in May.

In the squad on the first day of the season were 20-year-olds David Beckham, Gary Neville, John O'Kane, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and 18-year-old Phil Neville.

Berbatov Couldn’t Say No To United

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Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals in three games against his former club last season, including the goal that knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Cup.

Ahead of another game against them, Berbatov claims the fans were good to him but there was no way he could turn United down, despite his exorcist uncle telling him not to.

More Of The Same Please

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Fergie: Fletcher Annoyed Arsenal

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There was a bit of afters between Robin van Persie and Darren Fletcher during International week, as Scotland took on Holland in World Cup qualifying.

Van Persie was probably still feeling the hurt of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to United, particularly given that he scored a goal deep in to injury time which was rightly ruled out for offside.

How Will We Fare Against More In Form Teams?

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Our performance against Arsenal wasn't actually as bad as it was reported but it was still pretty poor. Whilst we can point the finger at individuals, the biggest problem for me was the tactics. Playing Rooney up front by himself was a daft idea and I would be relieved to see Sir Alex can that formation for the rest of the season (although I imagine as soon as the big European games come about it's exactly what we will see again!

RoM Reads

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Red Rants has an exlusive interview with Nemanja Vidic.

The Times looks at Rooney in the central role.

Studs Up ponders on the smell of Carlos Tevez.

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

Fergie: Le Havre Will Have To Retract Comments

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Sir Alex Ferguson insists we have nothing to worry about where the stories of tapping up are concerned

"There has been a lot of jumping on the bandwagon of course but I can assure you that Manchester United have behaved absolutely correctly in all their dealings with young players and their parents," said Ferguson.

“Foster Was Disappointed With Arsenal Goal”

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Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele, has claimed that Ben Foster was disappointed with the goal Arsenal scored. Arshavin's shot had plenty of power behind it but Foster really should have been able to push it away.

Steele reckons that you can judge keepers on how they respond to conceding goals and he believes Foster reacts well.

VIDEO: Rooney Scores England’s 5th

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Actually Drogba, Yes We Have

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"I often sacrifice myself for the good of the team," Didier Drogba said today.

"I don't look at my scoring statistics. Have you ever seen any other great striker do as much defending as I do?"

"Actually Drogba, Yes We Have" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

“Fletch Was Scapegoat… Now He’s First On Team Sheet”

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Manchester United legend, Paddy Crerand, has recognised the improvement in home grown midfielder, Darren Fletcher. Crerand rightly states that Fletcher used to be singled out by United fans as a player who wasn't good enough, but then who would look good enough in comparison to Roy Keane and Paul Scholes?

Whilst Paddy Crerand is piling the praise on Darren Fletcher today, Sir Bobby Ch

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Whilst Paddy Crerand is piling the praise on Darren Fletcher today, Sir Bobby Charlton has spoken of his great admiration for Wayne Rooney.

Sir Bobby reckons both club and country are lucky to have Wayne and looks to our young striker being able to bag 50 goals or more for England.

"Wayne Rooney is a very important person for club and country," said Charlton.

Nev: The Manager Still Thinks I Have Something To Contribute

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The ending to Gary Neville's Manchester United career is not how he would have wished it to be, thanks to repeated injuries which have kept him off the pitch. He missed out on pretty much the entire 2007-2008 season, which saw us win the league title and European Cup, and hasn't managed to get a run in the team since.

Ole: Chat With Charlton About Busby Taught Me United Lesson

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When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored that goal against Bayern Munich, you probably felt you loved him as much as you could love any other man without actually being gay. That was the best moment of my life and Solskjaer gave it to us.

However, since then he's given us more reasons to love him: his strength and determination when coming back from what might have been a career-ending injury for another player, his connection with the fans which saw him become the only player to openly support MUST in our battle against the Glazers, and his willingness to continue on with the club developing stars for the future in the academy.

Italy Boss: It Took All Our Defence To Stop Berb

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Dimitar Berbatov was named Man of the Match in Bulgaria's 4-1 win over Montenegro at the weekend, after scoring a pen and assisting other goals.

His country take on Marcello Lippi's Italy tonight in a World Cup qualifier and the Italian coach is on the look-out for Berbatov, who ran his defence ragged in their last meeting which finished 0-0.

Gill: We Are Insulted By Le Havre

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David Gill has let rip on Le Havre who have claimed we tapped up Paul Pogba.

"It is an insult by Le Havre to suggest that Manchester United and the employees of Manchester United have paid the players' parents and bought the parents a house," said Gill. "We will not accept the good name of Manchester United being trawled around on websites and the press to say that we have done these things which we are not allowed to do and we would never do.

O’Shea Can’t Walk Thanks To Blood Clot

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed that John O'Shea has a blood clot on his calf, which could mean he would miss two months if it was aggravated.

He hasn't been able to walk thanks to the injury he sustained in his country's 2-1 win over Cyprus.

"He has blood on the muscle and it is up to the club to decide but I have told him to be careful because it is an area of the leg which makes it difficult to run and he could be out for two months," said Trapattoni.

Oi, Louvel, SHUT IT!

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Manchester United have today responded to Le Havre's claims that we have tapped up Paul Pogba.

"In response to the wholly unfounded comments widely reported in the media of Le Havre AC President, Jean-Pierre Louvel, Manchester United wish to categorically confirm that as a matter of club policy and in accordance with the applicable football regulations, we do not offer inducements to the parents of players who sign for the club such as monetary payments or the purchase of houses," said United in a statement.

What’s The Deal With This Pogba Kid?

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At the beginning of August, news broke that Manchester United had beaten Arsenal to the signing of Le Havre youngster, Paul Pogba. At the time, their chairman Jean-Pierre Louvel accused United of being "impolite" and claimed "in the best case scenario we will only get some €110,000 to €120,000.

Andy Cole Rates Our Strikeforce

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Manchester United season ticket holder, Andy Cole, has praised our strikeforce today, claiming that Wayne Rooney is ready to fill Cristiano Ronaldo's boots and that Dimitar Berbatov is 'elegant'.

"Rooney has started the season really well," said Cole. "He's ready to step into Ronaldo's shoes.

Fergie: Rooney Has Real Hunger And Drive

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Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Wayne Rooney for his enthusiasm but says our striker has to concentrate on playing centrally rather than playing all over the pitch.

"The boy's got a real hunger and drive about him," said Ferguson. "He has so much energy that sometimes he overdoes it in the sense that he wants to use it all; he'll drop into midfield or he'll go outside left.

Giggs: We Always Prove The Critics Wrong

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Ryan Giggs has today claimed that you would be foolish to write Manchester United off following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Giggsy has just started his 20th season as a Manchester United first team player and has seen our club and manager doubted time and again.

He sends out a warning to all those that might question our future success: don't underestimate the manager.

Giggs: Football Is My Life So I Might Fall In To Management

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Ryan Giggs will turn 36-years-old in a couple of months so it makes sense for him to be thinking about his future. His United playing career will likely draw to a close within the next couple of seasons and Giggs is planning to stay in football, although as yet is undecided as to what career path he wants to follow.

Berbatov: Rooney Offers More Than Ronaldo Did

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Dimitar Berbatov has been very praiseworthy of his team mate Wayne Rooney, claiming that he is the best player in the league.

Like every other United player these days, Berbatov has been asked how we will cope without Cristiano Ronaldo, but our Bulgarian reckons we already have a player, in Rooney, who will add a lot more to our team than Ronaldo did.

Berbatov: I Will Sweat Blood For This Club

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Dimitar Berbatov has been criticised by some sections of our support for being 'lazy'. I'd argue that was an ignorant point of view but each to their own.

He has today claimed that he is aware of the expectations that come with his price tag but that his playing style is different to the likes of Wayne Rooney.

VIDEO: Berbatov Pen and Assist For Bulgaria

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Arsenal Fans Claim A Moral High Ground That Doesn’t Belong To Them

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Goodplaya: Wenger chants smear everything United say they stand for rant.
As Mike Dean and his assistant will well know, for 13 years Arsene Wenger has had to endure thousands upon thousands of people sing at him "sit down you paedophile" every time he stands up at Old Trafford. Presumably even the majority of Spurs and Chelsea fans think it beyond the pale because despite the tune being around for years, the only place you ever heard it song with any great gusto is Old Trafford.

Ole: Ando Will Be A Great United Player

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Anderson has gone off the boil since his storming first season with Manchester United, which he ended with scoring one of the sudden death penalties in the European Cup final against Chelsea.

Still, in the pre-season he scored a blinding freekick against Boca Juniors and this week he scored for the Reserves.

Thanks For The Memories, Dwight

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Dwight Yorke had a great time at Manchester United, scoring an incredible 30 goals in his first season with the club. 1998-1999 was a magic season for us and Yorke played a massive part in it.

The goal that probably stands out in most memories is the equaliser he scored against Juve in the European Cup semi-finals, after we had gone 2-0 in ten minutes in Turin.

Fletch: I’d Never Dive

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Darren Fletcher has waded in to the diving discussion by claiming he would never dive.

"I'd play honestly every time I play," said Fletcher. "Sometimes a keeper can obstruct you and you stumble and fall and there is a difference between that and diving. That's where there is not a clear, defined line about how the referee perceives it.

We’ve Won It Three Times

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A Liverpool website started a campaign to stop the selling of the 'Without Killing Anyone' t-shirt on the RoM shop. As a result, I received a good 50 or so e-mails calling me a 'Munich cunt', telling me I was the scum of the earth, and several wrote to tell me they hoped I died in a plane crash. Some of them jumped to conclusions and thought for some reason that I was the bloke behind that ridiculous '96 wasn't enough' shirt in the news recently.

RoM Reads

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Rob Smyth of The Guardian reports on the best six volleys of all time.

Dirty Tackle shows the latest example of Ronaldo proving how much he loves himself.

The Daily Mail shows the worst managerial stints in English football.

The Spoiler looks at Real Madrid's mad idea to have their own theme park.

Rio To Barca Or Real? Yeh Right!

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The Sun today has an 'exclusive' which claims Rio Ferdinand is thinking about a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"Rio can see the sense of it," said 'a source'. "Not only would it be a fresh challenge as he nears the end of his career, it would also fit all his projects off the pitch.

Worst Premiership Divers

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TalkSport ran a poll to see who the Premiership's all-time biggest diver was. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is talked of a lot more fondly in the media now that he has left us, finished an impressive fourth, way behind Steven Gerrard!

Jürgen Klinsmann - 35%
Steven Gerrard - 29%
Didier Drogba - 18%
Cristiano Ronaldo -12%
David Ginola - 6%

"Worst Premiership Divers" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Oldies Will Hold Fort During International Break

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Oh great, it's international week. Wake me up when it's over. Sir Alex Ferguson reckons he likes to see our players representing their country though and reckons England will be going out for the win so that they can secure their qualification in to the World Cup, after missing out on last summer's European Championships.

VIDEO: Anderson’s Reserves Goal

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After scoring on the pre-season against Boca Juniors, Anderson found the back of the net again when playing with the Reserves against Wigan Reserves last night.

United went a goal behind before Anderson equalised just before half time. Magnus Eikrem scored the winner for United early in to the second half.

Evra: I Want To Be Better Than Evra Of A Year Ago

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Patrice Evra is enjoying a good start to the season so far and was one of the few players who put in a good 90 minutes against Arsenal last weekend.

He says he isn't thinking about being the best left-back in the world, rather what he can do to improve on his performances and form.

"I always think more can be done because I always want to develop," said Evra.

Anderson Scores Again!

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With 45 minutes played, Manchester United Reserves are drawing 1-1 with Wigan Reserves following a goal from Anderson, after Wigan had taken the lead!

He burst in to the box, took on a couple of players, then struck with force with his left foot to beat the keeper at his near post.

The game has been fast pace so far and rough, with 18 fouls so far!

At Least Chelsea Have An Excuse For Not Signing Anyone!

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When the £80m transfer deal for Cristiano Ronaldo was confirmed United fans were writing out their shopping list of players they wanted Sir Alex Ferguson sign. We could do with another winger, another central midfielder, another striker, maybe a right-back, but our transfer kitty meant we could buy as many players as we wanted.

City Are Totally Hypocritical… But I Hope We Listen

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"Adebayor, Adebayor, your dad washes elephants, your mum is a whore!" the Spurs fans chanted, racially abusing the former Arsenal player when he was still playing for their rivals.

Sections of our crowd seemed to like this chant, maybe because they're simple folk and enjoy things that rhyme, leading to it being sung inside Old Trafford - never in great numbers or at a great volume, but I've heard it.

Most Valuable Sports Club In The World

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Manchester United have been named the most valuable sports club in the world by highly respected American business magazine, Forbes.

They list us as being worth $1.87 billion (£1.14b) after having increased in worth by 4%.

This puts us above NFL team, Dallas Cowboys, who are worth $1.

Will Rooney Outscore Sir Bobby?

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Wayne Rooney recently joined an elite group of players who have scored one hundred goals for Manchester United. He has since claimed that he wants to stay at the club forever, which has sparked comments from Gary Neville, who reckons Rooney could one day become our all time top scorer.

Rooney is currently on 102 club goals which is still some way behind Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249.

Why Has Tosic Been Left Out Of CL Squad?

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Owen Hargreaves has been named in Manchester United's 25-man Champions League squad, as has new signing Obertan and plenty of youngsters, but there is no place for Zoran Tosic.

The Serbian winger featured heavily in our pre-season but hasn't played for United since the friendly at Old Trafford at the beginning of August.

Arshavin Blames Tactics For Arsenal Defeat

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Manchester United beat Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday after the Gunners dominated much of the play. Worryingly for them, they couldn't finish off a United side who were enduring what will probably be remembered as their worst performance of the season. Regardless, Arsenal tested Ben Foster on just one occasion after scoring, which allowed United back in to the game.

No, No Jamie… United Are The Comeback Kings

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"I thought the lads showed what great character we have," said Carragher after going behind twice against Bolton before winning. "No-one can ever write us off because I think ourselves and Manchester United, not just in this league but probably anywhere in the world, are the best at coming back from deficits and winning games.

Diaby Can’t Explain Own Goal…

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Abou Diaby scored Manchester United's winning goal on Saturday, when jumping up under no pressure to head the ball in to the back of his own net.

Why?

"I have to forget it," said Diaby. "I made a silly mistake and it's difficult to explain what happened. The goalkeeper called out to me to leave the ball, but it's all my fault.

Fergie Interested In Japanese Youngster

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Catania general manager, Pietro Lo Monaco, claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in their 21-year-old striker, Takayuki Morimoto. Catania are a small club in Italy, finishing sixth from bottom in Serie A last season, which leads Lo Monaco to believe they have no chance of holding on to the young star.

How’s This For Anti-Football?

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"How's This For Anti-Football?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov Is A Couch Potato

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"Everybody in the team watches a lot of movies, but with me it is a real hobby," said Berbatov. "When you are a foreign player in another country sometimes you have a lot of time on your hands. I am always watching movies at home. If I wanted to, I could open a video store with my DVDs!

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reckons we need a play-maker.

The Evening News says that Ferguson will not be making any more signings.

James Lawton of The Independent looks at Wenger and anti-football.

United Rant reports on our victory over Arsenal.

The Chelsea Blog gives a great account of "Mr Chelsea" and his new contract.