Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

Rio’s Very Sensible Advice For Tottenham

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With 20 minutes played, Tottenham ran the ball out of play but the linesman somehow missed it. They were awarded a corner as a result, which United cleared.

With the Spurs players going mad that the 2nd goal against them stood, Rio Ferdinand said to William Gallas: "If you had scored when the ball went out in the first half would you say 'no goal, the ball was out'?

United Are Imploding, Arsenal Are Soaring

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Piers Morgan's latest article for The Daily Mail: Manchester United are imploding, Arsenal are soaring, Roy Keane is facing the axe and England will retain the Ashes in Australia...

Piers Morgan: One of the greatest pleasures in the world (and I realise most of you are just going to have to take my word for this) is drinking Chateau Latour 1961.

PICTURES: United Anti-Glazer Protest

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"PICTURES: United Anti-Glazer Protest" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Spurs Defender Publicly Slams Crouch

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has launched a stinging attack on team mate Peter Crouch for sleeping with prostitutes.

Crouch went on a stag do in the summer and slept with a teenage prostitute behind the back of his fiancée, who was then two months pregnant with his child.

VIDEO: Vidic and Nani’s Goals Against Tottenham

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"VIDEO: Vidic and Nani's Goals Against Tottenham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Same Old Spurs, Same Old Excuses

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Some things never change. Tottenham Hotspur bottled it at Old Trafford. Tottenham Hotspur try and blame it on anything they can.

Since Spurs last beat United away, we have met 26 times in all competitions and United have beaten them on 21 occasions.

For all their bleating in the press that now they were ready to end this record, they came up North and yet again failed to impress.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Spurs…

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Manchester United have beaten Tottenham Hotspur in 20 of their last 25 games at Old Trafford.

Records are there to be broken though and Luka Modric fancies this side of being capable to do it.

"We started to beat those teams at home but it's true, we need to start sometime to beat them away from home," said Modric.

West Ham Away

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Manchester United have drawn West Ham away in the next round of the League Cup.

Only Blackpool have a worse home record in the league this season, with WHU winning just one from five at home and losing three.

West Ham were at home to Oxford in the 2nd round and beat them 1-0, thanks to a last minute goal from Scott Parker.

VIDEO: Van der Sar’s Best Bits At United

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"VIDEO: Van der Sar's Best Bits At United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United DISRESPECT DEAD SOLDIERS AGAIN… Oh

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The Daily Mail today claimed that Manchester United would again disrespect dead soldiers as they were continuing to refuse to 'wear the poppy with pride'.

I, like many people, wear a poppy around this time of year, and agree it's a respectful thing to do.

But this tireless bullying from The Daily Mail to have the poppy stitched in to the shirt is utterly pathetic.

PICTURES: Tottenham Hotspur vs United 1960

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I took this photo at White Hart Lane on 3 September 1960 as the teams warmed up. Sadly United lost 4-1 that day...

Here's another, taken with my trusty Brownie Box Camera, of Albert Quixall preparing to take a corner.


Manchester United and The Tottenham Hotspur Double Winners of the 1960's

"PICTURES: Tottenham Hotspur vs United 1960" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United and The Tottenham Hotspur Double Winners of the 60’s

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On the eve of Manchester United's Premier League clash with a resurgent Tottenham Hotspur my mind goes back fifty years to when I first saw the two teams face each other in the flesh, in September 1960. The Londoners were then almost effortlessly cruising to the first League and FA Cup Double of the 20th Century.

Ronaldo: Fergie and Mourinho Best In The World

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Cristiano Ronaldo has sung the praises of former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, whilst bigging himself up for the success he helped Manchester United achieve.

"When I was in England United won many titles, trophies and cups," Ronaldo said. "Last year they didn't win anything special and this time they don't play so good, but this is just a moment.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs Fan On Signing Bale and Notverybrightitis

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Harry Hotspur has taken a few minutes to answer some questions for RoM ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's trip to Old Trafford.

Scott the Red: Where does Spurs finishing top 4 rank with your club's all time achievements?

Harry Hotspur: I wish people wouldn't keep bringing that up.

Get To Work…

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"Wayne's away at the moment, so there's no recovery," said the boss. "He did his remedial work before he went away, but thereafter we're happy that he's resting." Asked if the three week prognosis still applied, Sir Alex added: "I think it may be longer."

After already missing Fulham and Everton away because of his personal life, Wayne Rooney is missing Spurs (h), City (a) and Villa (a).

Conversation With Daniel Harris On The Berb, Ownership And The Anderson Song

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Daniel Harris has taken time out to answer some questions about RoM. After reading his excellent book, On the Road: A Journey Through a Season, we thought we'd get to know a little bit more about the author.

Scott the Red: What are your earliest memories of following United?

Daniel Harris: Though there are pictures of two-months old me in red and white babygro on the day of the 79 Cup Final, my first proper memory is of being presented with a rosette from the 83 replay, that my parents sneaked off to without telling me.

RoM’s No.1 Fan Digs Out Old Shirt

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Dig out your old shirts
Dig out your old shirts competition

"RoM's No.1 Fan Digs Out Old Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Unavoidable Next Manager U-Turn

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Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the firm anti-Jose Mourinho approach for several reasons, written about in STATS: More Reasons To Keep Mourinho Away From United, Mourinho Show Continues to name a few.

In summary: 1. Jose Mourinho inherited a great squad at Chelsea (finished 2nd in the league, reached CL semi-finals) yet after spending hundreds of millions on players over several years, left them with a much weaker squad.

Dear Mr Levy Challenge

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STR has been put under pressure by an ABU Spurs' forum to answer some United related questions for Spooky at the excellent Dear Mr Levy. Loads of questions which make for a great debate, like...

Will you be accepting Wayne 'once a red always a red' Rooney back with open arms or accepting that he's royally mugged off the club and fans for a bumper pay packet always with that option to still move away?

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has a quick look at our youngsters.

The Mirror claims that reports in Spain suggest Pep Guardiola has been lined up to replace Sir Alex.

The Promised Land offers a tribute to Gary Neville.

Rossobianchi puts a humorous spin on the Rooney saga.

Dirty Tackle has the latest edition of The Continental.

Why You Should Read Daniel Harris’ Book

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The ever-so-charming Daniel Harris sent me a copy of his book a few weeks ago as well as a copy to give away in a competition. How very nice. I was very busy for a few weeks though so in the end saved up reading it for my trip to France.

By the time the plane had landed I was about a third of the way through, having read it non-stop from Manchester.

Mehico Mehico! Força Brasil!

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The winner of the Mexico shirt, which was given to RoM by SoccerPro, is Nicholas Kelsall from Paris. The shirt was of course chosen in appreciation for our new striker, Chicharito. With us continuing our boycott against the official United shirt, it looks as though you'll have to make do with International shirts in our give aways, along with the old shirts.

VIDEO: Bebe, Park and Chicharito’s Goals vs Wolves

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Chicharito stats for the season

"VIDEO: Bebe, Park and Chicharito's Goals vs Wolves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Wolves (League Cup)

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Ahead Of Our League Cup Game Against Wolves…

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The last round of the League Cup was fairly eventful, with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City all getting knocked out. Automatically, United became favourites to win the trophy for a third consecutive season.

Ben Amos is set to start tonight whilst other youngsters Ravel Morrison and Robbie Brady have been handed squad numbers with the hope of getting a game from the bench.

STATS: Why Hasn’t Rooney Been Nominated For Ballon d’Or?

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Whilst not Wayne Rooney's biggest fan at the moment, I was shocked to find his name not even amongst the nominations for Ballon d'Or this season. Just a few months ago, he was being tipped as a potential winner, but after a disappointing World Cup campaign, his name has been omitted from the shortlist.

What’s The Big Deal About Ravel Morrison?

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Ravel Morrison has been handed shirt number 49 ahead of Manchester United's League Cup game against Wolves tonight. This came as somewhat of a surprise considering the manager is keen to keep him out of the limelight and the hushed concerns over his attitude.

Whilst his off field persona needs cleaning up, people can't speak highly enough of the Longsight lad's ability on the pitch.

Defour: I’d Leave For United

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Belgium international and Standard Liege midfielder, Steven Defour, has admitted that once he recovers from his injury he will be ready to make the next step in his career.

"I know that Manchester United are monitoring me, but there hasn't been any contact," said Defour. "I've been sidelined for quite a while due to the injury, but I'm playing at a high level again.

PICTURE: Who Says Rio Doesn’t Care?

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With Rio Ferdinand serving as the director of 10 different organisations (Rio Ferdinand Live The Dream Trading Ltd, RGF Enterprises, White Chalk — Youths In The Basement Ltd, Rio Films LLP, Scion Films Sale and Leaseback Sixth LLP, Rio Ferdinand Live The Dream Foundation, White Chalk Publishing, White Chalk Records, Next Generation TV and Film Ltd, Broomfield Business Ltd.

Rio Indulges Fans (and himself) With More Twitter Q&A

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Q: How's the team's reaction to Rooney's presence?
A: We are all happy he has signed and now we can focus on winning trophies.

Q: What's your favourite game to warm up to before training and matches?
A: Me and Scholesy play two touch in the dressing room before most games.

Stoke Chant Leaves Fans With Egg On Their Face

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"You're shit and Rooney said you are!" the Stoke fans chanted after scoring their equalising goal against United at the Britannia yesterday.

Five minutes later, Chicharito stepped up to score the winner.

Stoke are now 1 point above the relegation zone whilst United are 3rd, with Arsenal's +3 goal difference keeping us off 2nd.

STATS: Chicharito Compared To Drogba, Rooney, Tevez, Malouda and Berbatov

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Javier Hernandez
Minutes: 534
Goals: 5
Minutes per goal: 106.8

Didier Drogba
Minutes: 715
Goals: 6
Minutes per goal: 119.2

Dimitar Berbatov
Minutes: 877
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 125.

PICTURE: Yet Another Giddy Blue – Rooney Tattoo

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Not only were they getting Rooney 10 shirts but Rooney tattoos as well. Although any blue you ask about Rooney now will tell you they never wanted him anyway...

"PICTURE: Yet Another Giddy Blue Rooney Tattoo" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chicharito: It’s About The Team, Not Heroes

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Javier Hernandez has pledged his future to the club, claiming he wants to stick around for a long time a lift a lot of trophies.

"We were very happy with the result," said Hernandez. "We know about Stoke's style and are delighted. I'm working a lot because I want to stay here a long time and win a lot of tournaments.

Fergie: Agents Are The Problem

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Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised agents in the modern game, saying it is them, not players, which make contract negotiations a problem.

"The players are no problem. Some agents are difficult," he said. "It is always tough at United. There are always issues to deal with. When your top players come towards the end of their contracts you have to do something to get them a new one.

Nev: Rooney Made The Right Decision

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Gary Neville has publicly backed Wayne Rooney after his decision to sign a new 5 year deal with the club.

"The right thing has happened in the end for Wayne, for his career, for his life he has made the right decision," said Neville. "The club gets to keep a great player someone who works hard for the team every week.

Oh Dear God – Stoke Fans Reach New Low

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As if being totally outsung by Manchester United (with reduced allocation!) for the second year running wasn't bad enough. The rabid hatred they show for our fans and team, referring to our support as plastic and shit, becomes somewhat of a comedy when their 26,000+ can't be heard for our 1,000.

VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Stoke

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Stoke City 0-1 Manchester United @ Yahoo! Video "VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra: Respect The Shirt

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Patrice Evra has been making all the right noises in light of revelations that Wayne Rooney was preparing to leave United for City.

Our left back, who is struggling for form this season after a mentally draining World Cup, has talked of the importance of our history, of respecting the shirt and being positive about the future.

LIVE BLOG: Stoke vs United

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Ahead Of Our Trip To Stoke…

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There wouldn't have been many worse places to go than Stoke had Wayne Rooney not bottled his move to Manchester City. This hateful bunch of supporters, who put more time and effort in to slagging off the opposition than supporting their own team, would have had a field day if Rooney had left.

As it is, they will start the day very deflated, unable to sing their well rehearsed songs they had been penning together on their football forums.

VIDEO: Turkish Airlines United Advert

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Stoke Boss: United Do A Great Job With Youth

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Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, has sung the praises of the Manchester United academy, after taking on several players from our youth set up.

"I have to say, you look at the players we have taken who were at Manchester United as young players, and their attitudes are absolutely fantastic," said Pulis.

Denis Law: I Had Similar Row With Sir Matt… Over A Tenner

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Denis Law, the King of the Stretford End, has revealed how he put himself in a similar situation to Wayne Rooney over a contract. Whilst Rooney has now put pen to paper on a deal worth £160k-a-week, Law reveals how it has amused him to watch the fuss and compare it to the row he had with Sir Matt Busby over a £10-a-week pay rise.

Becks: Best Fans In The World Should Be Happy

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David Beckham, who left his boyhood team Manchester United for Real Madrid when he was 28-years-old, has today expressed his happiness over Wayne Rooney's decision to stay at the club.

Becks has gone on to play for AC Milan and LA Galaxy and recently returned to Old Trafford to receive a battering in the Champions League.

Chicharito: I’m Living The Dream

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Javier Hernandez has expressed his happiness with the start to his Manchester United career and reckons joining the club was a dream come true.

"United's interest in me came as a complete surprise," he said. "Initially, I believed it to be pure rumour but now I am here. Even when I signed the deal, I was still worried about the question hanging over my work permit.

RoM Reaction To Rooney Fiasco

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So, where to start?

A good beginning is probably self-criticism, for being naive and allowing myself to think the modern poison of the game had been kept out of our players, which only made this past week more painful. Painful? Yes, I'm more than aware of how pathetic that sounds but sadly it is true.

Top Journos Reflect On Rooney Madness For RoM

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On top of their busy schedule of meeting their own deadlines, a few select journalists have taken time out to RoM their insight to the Wayne Rooney ordeal.

1. Who is responsible for this mess?
2. Do you think Rooney will now spend the rest of his career/most of his remaining years at United?

Top United Bloggers Reflect On Rooney Situation

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Some of the best Manchester United writers going have kindly taken time away from their own blogs to voice their opinions on Wayne Rooney for RoM.

1. Who is responsible for this mess?
2. How do you feel about the player now? Is that going to change?
3. Do you have any sympathy with what he was saying?

Rooney: I Can’t Wait To Wear The Shirt Again

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Wayne Rooney has given fans assurances about his future with the club.

"I certainly can't wait to pull on the red shirt again," Rooney told MUTV. "I am gutted to be injured. I just want to be out there playing, get back to form and doing what I do best. And I will be back to my best.

T-Shirt: It’s Probably Not As Good As Your Own Cow

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Mancunia Merchandise has added a new design in honour of Sir Alex Ferguson's recent comments about any player wanting away from Manchester United. His cow analogy isn't quite up there with Eric Cantona and his seagulls, but I'm sure it'll be one we hear quoted time and again.

Available in the UK shop and the US shop.

POLL: How Do You Feel About Rooney Now?

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PICTURE: Another Giddy City Fan

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After tattooing themselves with the name of a player who never signed, then tattooing themselves with the name of a player who couldn't get out of the club fast enough, then tattooing themselves claiming to be European Champions in 2011, despite later failing to even qualify for the Champions League, let alone win it, we have another giddy City fan in our midst.

Rooney: I Know This Is Where I Belong Thanks To Genius Ferguson

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After putting pen to paper on a new five year deal, Wayne Rooney has confirmed it was Sir Alex Ferguson who convinced him to stay.

"I'm delighted to sign another deal at United," said Rooney. "In the last couple of days, I've talked to the manager and the owners and they've convinced me this is where I belong.

PICTURE: Rooney and Fergie BFFs Again

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Arsenal Boss Suprised But Chelsea Boss Isn’t

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Some quick reaction to Wayne Rooney's decision to stay:

Carlo Ancelotti

"I'm not surprised. Manchester Untied are happy to keep a fantastic player. I think that Rooney did a fantastic job for Manchester United and, in the future, I think he will do the same."

Arsene Wenger

"Once the club came out and said that they couldn't find an agreement it was a message that they wanted to sell.

So, what now? City? Chelsea? Barca? Real Madrid?

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The 10am meeting between Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill did not take place but you have to wonder what will be said later today when they do talk.

It appeared as though it was a done deal with City, regardless of Robert Mancini's assertions of the contrary. The Evening News certainly think this is the most likely outcome but they are notoriously inaccurate for transfer stories these days.

Ahead of tonight’s game against Bursaspor

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Manchester United take on Bursaspor tonight at Old Trafford and will be looking for a win to prevent any group pressure. Following a great result in Spain in the last match, United will be looking to kick on.

Ryan Giggs went off with a hamstring injury against West Brom so will be a big miss.

Breaking News: Rooney Reveals Reasons

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that the reason why he wants to leave Manchester United is because he has not been given the assurances he wanted abiut the future of the squad.
He claims in a meeting with David Hill last week not enough was said to convince him that we'd be adequately strengthening the squad.

Chicharito Chant In Light Of Rooney News

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Viva Hernandez, viva Hernandez
Call him Little Pea,
Shits on Wayne Rooney,
Viva Hernandez!

"Chicharito Chant In Light Of Rooney News" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Brief Rooney Reaction From Abroad

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I'm currently out of the country so it will be difficult for me to write at length or in any way that could accurately convey what today's news feels like.

I, like too many reds, was naive where Wayne Rooney is concerned. I honestly believed that when he kissed our badge and repeatedly spoke of his desire to see his career out with us it was because he got Manchester United.

COMPETITION: Win A Mexico Shirt

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RoM have a Mexico shirt to give away thanks to the lovely people at SoccerPro, chosen in appreciation for our new striker, Chicharito. With us continuing our boycott against the official United shirt, it looks as though you'll have to make do with International shirts in our give aways, along with the old shirts.

Protest Before Spurs Game

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Date: October 30th
Time: 3.30pm
Place: Tollgate Inn Pub, 48 Seymour Grove, off Talbot Road.

LUHG

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Reclaim Our Club

"Protest Before Spurs Game" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney Rumours Gather Momentum and Credibility

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Sadly, the rumours linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from the club are starting to become more credible.

It has been revealed this evening that Rooney has told the club he won't sign the offered £160k contract, instead holding out for a £200k a deal.

Oh Wayne, put your dummy back in, and get over yourself.

Van der Sar Mistake Serves Reminder Of Dark Days

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Do you remember the days whenever the opposition got in to our half, you felt nervous? I'm not talking about that long ago. The 2004-2005 season was probably when it was at its worse. Our midfield was easily bypassed, with Kieran Richardson, Alan Smith and Darren Fletcher not up to the job, but our defence was alright.

Trying To Avoid That Horrible Cliché But Shut Up Patrice

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Following a week of criticism, then a great performance, we can put money on the captain to be shoved in front of a Sky Sports camera, asked about the turnaround, and replying: "We did our talking on the pitch."

It irritates me.

I like the sentiment but the cliché really irritates me because you can guarantee it will get used.

Paul Scholes Welcomes Arsenal Youngster To The Dark Side

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How embarrassing. After being lauded a hypocrite for waging a war on tough tackling once all his dirty players, like Vieira (more red cards than anyone in the history of Premiership football), Keown, Lauren etc. have left, Arsene Wenger was left with egg on his face on Saturday afternoon.

Arsenal youngster, Jack Wilshere, was guilty of a nasty tackle against Birmingham today.

10 Quick Reactions From West Brom Game

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1. Nani replicated a freekick style which Cristiano Ronaldo proved to be very successful. Get it on target. Scoring isn't essential but as long as you force a save from the keeper, you're massively increasing your chances of a goal.
2. Chicharito was in the right place at the right time to put us ahead.

Ahead Of Our Game Against West Brom

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It's a worry when you're relieved to collect a point against Sunderland. Saying that, it was an injury time own goal which earned us a point against them at Old Trafford last season. See, when you compare things to last season, we do alright. We lost at Goodison Park and Craven Cottage last season yet we've picked up points at both of those grounds this season.

Hicks Adds To Unpopularity By Siding With Fergie

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With Liverpool fans putting the blame of their current dismal situation, dwelling in the relegation zone, on their American owners, Sir Alex Ferguson questioned Rafael Benitez's input to their financial situation.

"I don't know if Liverpool's current situation is anything to do with the financial position," said Ferguson.

PICTURE: Unhappy Rooney Drags Feet In Training

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After the tabloids were claiming yesterday that Wayne Rooney wanted away from Manchester United, he did a pretty good job of his concealing his unhappiness at the club today in training.

"PICTURE: Unhappy Rooney Drags Feet In Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has some good news on Hargreaves.

The Evening News reports on Vidic's claims that Rio's return is like a new signing.

The Spoiler names a few United players in their team with the best feet.

The Daily Mail has an interesting article on Eric Dier.

Dirty Tackle has footage of the crowd reaction to the 2-2 between Mexico and Venezuela in which Chicharito scored.

The Obvious Conclusion: Wayne Rooney Is Going To Real Madrid

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Wayne Rooney has today confessed that he no longer wants to play for Manchester United. After repeatedly stating his desire to spend the rest of his career at the club, talking of his love for the club and his respect for the manager, he has now made a massive U-Turn.

According to him, he now wants to move with his wife to Spain, taking their 11 month old baby boy with them.

Carrick: No Disrespect To Tottenham But I Was Desperate To Join United

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Michael Carrick has reflected on the time leading up to him leaving Spurs for Manchester United in the summer of 2006. We had only won the League Cup that season, nothing the year before, and had gone since 2003 since winning the Premiership title, but this didn't sway Carrick's desperation in joining.

VIDEO: Chicharito Goal Against Venezuela

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Javier Hernandez scored the first equalising goal for Mexico in their 2-2 draw with Venezuela in an International friendly.

"VIDEO: Chicharito Goal Against Venezuela" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Goalie: I Can Confirm United Are Interested In Me

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Following the shambles which came in trying to replace Peter Schmeichel in 1999, Manchester United are keen to avoid the same drama when Edwin Van der Sar decides to retire.

Aalesunds shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard is a player that has been linked to the club and he has today confirmed that interest.

Quotes Of The Week

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"I'm not quite happy with the level of the team, but such things do happen. It's just life. I did tell the papers that Birmingham is not exactly Barcelona or Arsenal. The Birmingham style is not the kind of game I dreamed about. It is good that now I have a lot of time on the pitch, but I want to play football of a different kind.

Berb: It’s Great To See My Team Mates So Happy For Me

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Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that watching the highlights of the celebrations that followed his goals against Liverpool made him feel like one of the lads.

"I feel at home," said Berbatov. "I was watching the highlights and I saw that they were happy for me as well as for the goal, so that made me feel great.

Berb: I Was Screaming At Rooney To Leave It

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Dimitar Berbatov has reflected on his brilliant overhead kick against Liverpool.

"I was just in the box and I saw Nani's cross coming," said Berbatov. "Wayne Rooney was in front of me and he was going for the ball so I was screaming for him to leave it. I think he heard me – afterwards in the dressing room he said he did and that's why he left the ball at the last minute.

Mourinho: GNev and Sir Came To Shake Hands After Porto Win

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that after Porto knocked Manchester United out of the European Cup, following a match-deciding decision by the linesman, Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville were dignified in defeat and congratulated his players.

"You would have thought we had won the World Cup," said Mourinho.

“I Should Have Listened To Ferguson And Stayed”

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Henrik Larsson joined Manchester United on loan for a few months half way through the 2006-2007 season.

He scored goals in the Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League and made a big impression on the staff and fans.

Henrik was asked by the manager to stay, instead of returning to Helsingborgs, but he said at the time he had to honour the agreement he had made with his boyhood club.

Corry: Big Bro Is A Big Help

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Corry Evans, the younger brother of Jonny, has saluted the effect his brother's career has had on his own.

Aged just 22, Jonny has over 70 United appearances to his name, as well as 19 International caps.

Corry, who is 2 years older, has yet to make his debut for United, although has 5 appearances and 1 goal for his country.

Smalling: This Is The Best Place To Learn My Trade

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been full of praise for Chris Smalling since he has come in to our first team, particularly at Scunthorpe, which has put Rio Ferdinand's nose out of joint a tad. With Nemanja Vidic being preferred for the United captaincy, despite Rio retaining the England captaincy, Rio has felt a bit pushed out by the United manager.

Berb: Maybe I’ll Be A Midfielder When I’m 37

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Dimitar Berbatov has outlined his aims for the season and his future career.

"My first target is to stay clear of injury," said Berbatov. "I think that's the first target for everybody. Then you think about what you want to do in the season. Obviously you'd like to win everything, but it's not easy, so you think about how you can help the team score goals, make assists, as much as possible.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: X

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Carlos Tevez, 10 years younger than our very own Ryan Giggs, who was named PFA Footballer of the Year the season before last, claims that he's an old man and ready to retire.

"I have been playing many games this season, and my body is feeling it. I am tired," he said. It's a strange one because wanting more playing time for the reason why he left United.

“I Scored That Goal Against Arsenal Because I Was Playing Badly”

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Ryan Giggs has revealed the motivation behind scoring that goal against Arsenal when he single-handedly took on one of the best defences in Europe.

"The only reason I went on that run in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal was because I was having such a dreadful game," said Giggs.

The Truth Behind The Sun’s ‘Exclusive’ On Wes Brown

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The Sun is today claiming that Wes Brown's future at United is hanging by a thread after a furious row with Sir Alex in the pre-season.

The United lads went out on the piss when on the tour of the States in the summer, something the manager approved. However, when they were getting a bit rowdy on the journey home, Sir Alex told them to keep the noise down.

VIDEO: Chris Smalling Scores Winner For England U-21

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Chris Smalling scored the winner with just over 5 minutes to play for England U-21 against Romania U-21 tonight. Danny Welbeck started as a lone striker and should have been given a penalty after dribbling in to the box. England's opening goal came from a cleared Tom Cleverley corner landing at the feet of Jordan Henderson.

VIDEO: Nani Scores Twice Portugal Against Denmark

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Nani put Portugal ahead with less than half an hour played, with a Cristiano Ronaldo assist, before putting them 2-0 up straight from the restart. Liverpool defender, Cristian Poulsen, gifted him the ball before Nani smashed it home.

"VIDEO: Nani Scores Twice Portugal Against Denmark" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Detailed Explanation Of Today’s News Of Losses

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At the start of the year, Abhay Bhaniramka wrote an article for RoM to clear up a few misconceptions about the debt and explain it a bit more detail.

Following the news of a our losses over the past financial year, he's allowed us to pick his brain again.

Apparently some people are happy that we have posted a £83.

Giggs Interview: Best Mates In Football, Wales Job and The Cliff

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Ryan Giggs has given an interview with CNN, reflecting on his career and looking to the future.

Ryan Giggs: I've been so lucky to be part of United's most successful time. We had it rammed down our throats and Liverpool were just winning everything and I grew up as a United fan hating that.

We’re Rich!

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Manchester United have made a record breaking £100+million profit this year, the first English club to do so.

Imagine what our great club could be doing if we didn't then have to consider an £83.6million loss which we've been bundled with thanks to the ownership of the Glazers.

"We're Rich!

Kiko: I’ve Asked Rio To Explain To Roo What I Meant

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After Sir Alex Ferguson boycotted a press conference following several newspapers' decision to claim our manager had called Fernando Torres a 'cheat', Federico Macheda is the latest victim of the tabloids trying to stir up trouble.

Several papers went with a headline claiming that Kiko had called Wayne Rooney 'vulgar'.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy?

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Liverpool FC are currently trying to replace their American ice hockey franchise owners with American baseball franchise owners instead.

"Everyone knows it'll be a good thing for the club," said Carragher today. "Hopefully it will be sorted sooner rather than later and we can start looking forward on the pitch and start improving results, which is what we need to do.

RoM Reads

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The United Religion thinks it's time to tackle tough tackling.

Chelsea Daft refutes Essien's claims that City are their biggest rivals.

F365 looks at the 'not that kind of player' players who break people's bones.

The Daily Mail is interested in the English lad who captains the German U-21s.

United “Bemused” By City Striker’s Claim

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Craig Bellamy has today hinted that he could have signed for Manchester United in the summer transfer window, after failing to make City's 25 man squad.

After being asked about rumours linking him to Spurs, Liverpool, Fulham and Everton in the summer,

"Something else came in which would have caused a few stirs," Bellamy said.

Cleaned Up For Christmas

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Phil Wilson from Belfast was the lucky winner of our United bar of soap for correctly identifying that the soap 'Manchester United fan' Snoop Dogg most wanted to appear in was Coronation Street. Lame question? I challenge you to think of a better 'soap' and United related question!

You can buy this Manchester United soap from Early Bath.

The Berb – PFA Fans Player of the Month

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In the 3 games in September, Dimitar Berbatov scored 4. He is currently the highest scorer in the league, after scoring 6 goals in 7 games, as well 1 assist.

"The Berb PFA Fans Player of the Month" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Ask Wes Brown About His Chant, Nou Camp 99 and Brother Reece

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Who do you enjoy beating the most – Liverpool or Manchester City?

I would have to say Man City....even though it's very close. The reason it would be City is just because I am a Manchester lad and it's always a game I look forward to in the season.

Over the past couple of decades, there has always been a significant group of players in the first team squad who have come through the academy.

Carrick: Why Would I Ever Want To Leave United?

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After a successful start to his United career, winning three league titles in his first three season, as well as the European Cup and League Cup, Michael Carrick struggled in his fourth season. He was arguably one of United's worst performing players in 2009-2010, lacking the confidence and imagination of seasons gone by.

Value In The Market

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27-years-old, £8m, 3 goals in 4 league games, 4 goals in 6 games in all competitions.

"Value In The Market" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Bardsley: I’m Still A Red And Go To Games

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Phil Bardlsey has spoken of the difficulties of facing the team he supports whilst wearing the shirt of Sunderland.

"I lived on Littleton Road, which was right next door to the training ground," said Bardsley. "In the summer holidays, I would spend all my time standing outside trying to get autographs.

Rooney: I’m Only Human

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Wayne Rooney has spoken honestly about what he's been going through over the past month and is hoping that football will help him.

"It's obviously been a hard time but I just need to try to get back to doing what I do best, and playing football the way I can do," he said. "I'm only a human being, I hurt as well, but I need to get through this and get back to playing football the way I know I can do and I'm sure everything else will settle down after that.

Fergie: Bruce Never Gave In For Us Either

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Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping that our result in Valencia will act a springboard ahead of our trip to Sunderland. After conceding lots of sloppy goals, United were able to keep out their opponents, who currently are top of La Liga.

"The most important part for me was not losing any goals because we've been frivolous in our defending this season," said Sir Alex.

RoM Reads

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Salut Sunderland has an interview with STR ahead of this weekend's game.

The Guardian looks at Javier Hernandez in the latest of a long line of young talent doing the business for United.

The Independent looks at Steve Bruce's suspicions over Rooney's injury.

The Daily Mail reckons Rooney will push to play for England over the next couple of weeks.

Oh Dear Fergie

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In the post-match interview following United's 3-2 win over Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Torres "made an absolute meal" of contact from John O'Shea, saying there was "no doubt he tried to get the player sent off".

Instead of the back pages full of praise for Dimitar Berbatov, becoming the first United player in over 60 years to score a hattrick against Liverpool, much of the press focussed on Sir Alex's comments on Torres.