Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

10 Quick Reactions To West Ham Defeat

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1. Well, if our unbeaten run was going to end, better it be in the League Cup against West Ham than Liverpool in the FA Cup or any Premiership game. It's frustrating though because you had to feel like this competition was there for the taking, with so many good sides knocked out already. But we have bigger fish to fry, right?

LIVE BLOG: West Ham vs United League Cup Quarter-Final

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West Ham vs United League Cup

Kuszczak; OShea, Smalling, J.Evans, Fabio; Fletcher, Giggs, Anderson; Obertan, Hernandez, Bebe

Subs: Amos, Brown, Park, Carrick, Rafael, Eikrem, Macheda

"LIVE BLOG: West Ham vs United League Cup Quarter-Final" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Becks: I’m A Red So Everton Too Close To Home

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David Moyes expressed an interest to sign David Beckham on loan in the same way Landon Donovan joined Everton last season.

Becks is keen to keep up his fitness and with a return to AC Milan not on the cards, clubs around Europe became interested.

The last time Beckham visited Goodison Park, it was the last day of the season in 2003.

NASA Help United

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It is the reaction of the nearby players which usually tells you how serious an injury is. When Ruud van Nistelrooy started throwing up after seeing Alan Smith on the ground at Anfield 4 years ago, we had a good indication something was seriously wrong!

Against Rangers, Kirk Broadfoot was waving wildly at the bench after Valencia went to ground.

May: Being At United Improves You

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David May has sung the praises of Manchester United youngster, Chris Smalling, claiming he's getting better all the time.

"He's done really well, he's been fantastic," said May. "He's only 21 and to go from non-league to Manchester United and the England squad is fantastic. He's 6ft 3ins, he's got pace and he's getting better on the ball.

Rafael’s Brilliant Tackling

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Of the 13 tackles won, 6 were in the air, despite Rafael being just 5ft 8ins tall.

Wes Brown and Gary Neville having started two games each at right back, and John O'Shea five in that position. But Rafael has got the nod in six, including United's last two fixtures.

"Rafael's Brilliant Tackling" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Wes: I Always Try To Do My Best For The Team

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Wes Brown, who has struggled to get in to the team thanks to a big falling out with the manager on the pre-season tour, is eager to make the most of every opportunity he has to play.

He's 31-years-old and his contract expires next summer. When his last contract was negotiated he was our first choice right-back, yet the club failed to offer Wes what he believed he deserved.

That’s The Spirit, Roy!

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Manchester United fans were delighted when it was announced that their team had been drawn against hated rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round. It's there kind of draws every football fan relishes. Being your rivals in the league is always a great feeling and for United, can prove decisive when winning titles, but the buzz of knocking them out of the Cup is pretty special.

GET IN! And United Are Set To Play…

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Manchester United vs Liverpool

Other notable draws

Arsenal vs Leeds
FC United/Brighton & Hove Albion vs Portsmouth
Leicester vs City
Chelsea vs Ipswich

"GET IN! And United Are Set To Play..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United, United, Top Of The League!

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"United, United, Top Of The League!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

How Did Ando Do? Wow

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Anderson put in a good shift for Manchester United in our 7-1 win over Blackburn this afternoon.

If he keeps on going, he could be an incredibly useful option for our centre midfield as we kick on to such an important stage of the season.

United, United, top of the league!

"How Did Ando Do?

Carrick: I love everything about being a United player

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Michael Carrick's current contract expires in 2012 and talks over a new deal haven't begun. Rumours suggest he won't be offered another contract and will be sold or used as part of an agreement to bring someone else in next summer.

Still, Carrick has made his intentions clear, stating he wants to stay at the club.

VIDEO: Tom Cleverley’s Goal Against West Ham

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Tom Cleverley scored a consolation goal for Wigan in their 3-1 defeat against West Ham.

1 minute 18.

"VIDEO: Tom Cleverley's Goal Against West Ham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Danny Welbeck’s Goal vs Wolves

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In the 77th minute, Danny Welbeck put Sunderland 2-1 ahead away to Wolves. However, late goals from Hunt and Ebanks-Blake gave Wolves a 3-2 win.

1 minute 37.

"VIDEO: Danny Welbeck's Goal vs Wolves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Berbatov’s 5, Park and Nani’s Goals vs Blackburn

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Berb: I Can’t Believe I Scored Five Goals!

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Dimitar Berbatov became the first foreigner to score 5 goals in the Premiership, with his name now alongside Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermaine Defoe, as one of the four strikers to manage so many goals in one game.

"It was an fantastic afternoon for the team and for me personally I still can't quite believe I scored five goals," said Berbatov.

10 Quick Observations From Blackburn Game

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1. Exactly two weeks ago, Chelsea's goal difference was 12 better than United's. It should take months to claw back that kind of difference. To wipe it out in such a short space of time is incredible.
2. Before the game, Sir Alex Ferguson said that Wayne Rooney's return would help unlock Dimitar Berbatov.

Lindegaard: Dream Come True

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After weeks of rumours, Anders Lindegaard has finally signed for Manchester United. The Danish keeper has joined the club in a deal that will keep him at the club until at least 2014, for a fee expected to be around £3.5m.

"Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me," he said.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XII

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"This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XII" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Paddy Crerand – ‘A wonderfully good natured chap’

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In the Sixties Pat Crerand and Denis Law used to argue about who should be selected for the ugliest football team in Britain and the craggy midfielder would consistently nominate his electrifying goal-scoring team mate as Britain's 'least handsome player'. When, 'for some strange reason', Denis didn't agree, Pat set out to prove it to him: 'Look in the mirror', he said, 'Now just imagine you're bald.

VIDEO: Georgie Best

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"VIDEO: Georgie Best" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: I’m Sorry!

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Wayne Rooney has today apologised for "his side" of things. I'm not sure who else is to blame, given that he pays Paul Stretford's salary, but there we go. The fans have finally got the apology we were looking for.

"I feel like I have apologised to the fans but everyone keeps saying that I haven't," he said.

Cole: The Gaffer Would Have Gone Crazy If He Knew

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Andrew Cole has reflected on Manchester United's time in Brazil when the club were pressured in to representing England and Europe in the World Club Championships. The competition ended in disappointment for United, after losing to Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.

"Ten years ago, Manchester United were criticised for playing in the tournament because it meant pulling out of the FA Cup," said Cole.

Free Stuff At Arsenal Game

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Betfair are offering all United fans who are going to our game against Arsenal the Betfair Boost. You'll also get a free meal deal vouchers for you to use on the night of the game.

Register for your free stuff from Betfair and then you're in with a chance of winning tickets for our game against Villa.

Welbeck: I’m Not Thinking About United

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When Jonny Evans spent two loan periods with Sunderland, he was eager to stay. The fans loved him, he was playing every week and he wasn't ready to give that up.

However, after selling Gerard Pique and talking up his future role, Sir Alex Ferguson managed to convince Evans that his future was at United.

Rooney: I Know Not All Fans Will Sing My Name

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After being booed by sections of the Old Trafford crowd when coming off the bench against Wigan, Wayne Rooney has acknowledged that he has driven a wedge between himself and the fans that used to adore him.

"Not all the fans are going to want to be singing my name all the time or going to want to be cheering me all the time and I fully accept that and understand that," said Rooney.

VIDEO: Rooney Pen Against Rangers

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24-11-2010 Rangers $-1 Manchester United (Group C) @ Yahoo! Video "VIDEO: Rooney Pen Against Rangers" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Unbeaten

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Manchester United's unbeaten run started on April 4th 2010: Blackburn 0-0, City 1-0, Spurs 3-1, Sunderland 0-0, Stoke 4-0, Chelsea 3-1, Newcastle 3-0, Fulham 2-2, West Ham 3-0, Everton 3-3, Rangers 0-0, Liverpool 3-2, Scunthorpe 5-2, Bolton 2-2, Valencia 1-0, Sunderland 0-0, West Brom 2-2, Bursapsor 1-0, Stoke 2-1, Wolves 3-2, Spurs, 2-0, Bursaspor 3-0, Wolves 2-1, City 0-0, Villa 2-2, Wigan 2-0.

Rooney: I Was Scared Of Fans’ Reaction But I’m Here For The Long Haul

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It must have felt great to pull on the shirt and start playing again...

Yeh it was. It was a great feeling, obviously. I've been out for a long time and obviously the issues that have gone on for the last couple of months. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about the reaction from the fans.

Sir Alex Turned Down Arsenal, Tottenham and Rangers For United

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Birmingham manager, Alex McLeish, who used to play for Sir Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen, has revealed that our manager turned down the job at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers, because he had his eye on the United job.

"Alex declined the chance to manage Rangers but that was only for one reason," said McLeish.

VIDEO: Welbeck Goals vs Everton

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Danny Welbeck scored both of Sunderland's goals in their 2-2 draw with Everton.

"VIDEO: Welbeck Goals vs Everton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra Hadn’t Scored Since Roma Demolition… What About The Rest?

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Patrice Evra scored our opening goal in our 2-0 win over Wigan at the weekend.

"I don't think my son was even born the last time I scored a goal for United!" Evra joked.

So, when was that?

Our brilliant 7-1 against Roma.

Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Heinze, O'Shea (Evra 52), Ronaldo, Fletcher, Carrick (Richardson 73), Giggs (Solskjaer 61), Rooney, Smith.

The Great Power Shift – Manchester or London?

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Last year we heard a lot about the "power shift" that was taking place in Manchester. Manchester City had become The Richest Club In The World (TM) and therefore it stood to reason that they would overtake Manchester United. The fact that they had signed Carlos Tevez, a United fans' favourite, who went on to be their top scorer, was further evidence to this.

Ideas For Your Red Friends & Family This Xmas

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"Ideas For Your Red Friends & Family This Xmas" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Wigan

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Wigan are a side we pencil in as 3 points in at the start of the season. We always beat them and usually by scoring at least 4 goals. This isn't because Wigan are a weak side. They beat Chelsea 3-1 last season, they beat Arsenal 3-2, and they beat Spurs at White Hart Lane this season.

There's something in the mentality of Wigan, regardless of the manager or the players on the field, which seems to have a mental and physical block where United are concerned.

VIDEO: Evra and Chicharito Goals vs Wigan

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"VIDEO: Evra and Chicharito Goals vs Wigan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

So, How Did The Fans React To Wayne Rooney?

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Ahead of kick-off, it was the reaction to Wayne Rooney's name that was most heavily anticipated. Cheers came for all our players, quieter when they got to the subs... until Rooney's name was read out. Disappointingly, there was a definite difference in volume when it got to his name, with him getting the loudest cheer of the subs.

Fan View: How Are Our Loanees Getting On?

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Alan Moore, Not A Patch On Harry Lyon. Tom Cleverley.

I'll probably go to my grave ever so slightly annoyed that Preston got first goes on David Beckham. Ok, we'd had Keith Gillespie on loan a couple of years earlier but he never announced his arrival on the big stage with a goal from the half way line, become England's most capped outfield player or marry a Spice Girl.

It’s Friday… Let’s Laugh At Terry

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Oh John Terry. If ever there was a footballer worthy of mocking and hatred, it is him.

After shagging the mother of Wayne Bridge's child, the man who was his England team mate and a friend, Terry was rightly stripped of the captaincy. Chelsea fans responded by adoring him all the more and booing Bridge.

Going To Blackpool Away?

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Wonga have got in touch to offer a RoM reader who is going to Blackpool away the opportunity to take part in the half-time fun. The club is looking for a brave red to take on a Blackpool supporter in the half-time Wonga Cash Dash, when the teams meet at Bloomfield Road on Saturday 4th December.

The Cash Dash is a race in two giant zorb balls, across the Bloomfield turf, between one home and one away supporter.

VIDEO: Brilliant Bebe Goal For Reserves

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Bebe cracker against Wigan res 3:0
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This Is How It Feels To Be City: XI

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On the day he signed for Manchester City, Mario Balotelli confessed he wished he could have stayed in Italy.

It should therefore come as no surprise that a couple of months later he is already planning his exit from the club.

In September, Balotelli sung the AC Milan anthem to journalists outside his hospital, before shouting "Forza Milan!

Ferguson: I’ve Changed Because Players Have Changed

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that whilst he still loses his temper with players, he has mellowed as he has got older. Not because of his old age but because of the changing nature of players.

"There is nothing wrong with losing your temper if it's for the right reasons," said Ferguson.

Rio NOT Injured

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Rio Ferdinand has played down fears that he was injured in England's defeat to France last night.

"It was precautionary," said Rio. "We have played quite a few games of late a few us, so I just came off as a precaution."

"Rio NOT Injured" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Robson Didn’t Cry… But Who Does?

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"Some players even cry now in the dressing room Bryan Robson never used to cry."

Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't appeared to be too impressed with the softer nature to football players these days, but who do you think he could be talking about? Whilst we obviously know that Cristiano Ronaldo is a crier, who do you think sheds a tear in the dressing room after games?

De Laet: I Want Games

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Ritchie De Laet, who has joined Preston on loan, has claimed he's hoping increased first team opportunities will help develop.

Preston, who are managed by Sir Alex Ferguson's son Darren, are currently struggling at the bottom of the Championship.

"I want some games. I am not getting them at United at the moment and so the best thing for me is to go out on loan, get some games and help Preston," he said.

Ferguson: Rooney’s Agent Is Not Popular At United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly slated Wayne Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, for giving our striker bad advice on his future. Stretford had been in talks with Manchester City behind our club's back for several months before Rooney released a statement to the media claiming that he wanted to leave because the club's ambition didn't match his.

Ferguson Changes His Mind On Qatar

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Sir Alex Ferguson has made a trip to Qatar this week whilst his players are involved in an International friendly. Qatar is hoping to host the 2022 World Cup and our manager has given his support.

"I would back the Qatar bid," Ferguson said. "I admire their purpose and vision."

Of course, he's hardly going to speak of the country in negative terms whilst enjoying himself over there, is he?

The Loudest Cheer At Team Sheet Reading

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Ahead of kick-off, when the team sheet is read out, the loudest cheer is always heard for "number ten, Wayne Rooney." Our best player, United's top scorer from last season, the player that exhibits so much passion and displays a genuine love for the club with his performances on the pitch and comments off it.

PIK Update

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News has emerged today that the Glazer family will pay off £220m PIK loan.

Have they sold a stake of the club to raise the money? Have they sold off another of their assets? Or have they refinanced or borrowed more against the club?

Details are still pretty murky but this potentially could be very good news.

Rio: England Need United’s Winning Mentality

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Ahead of their friendly against France, England captain Rio Ferdinand has spoken about the difference in mentalty at his club, Manchester United, and his country.

"That mentality comes from the confidence of winning," he said. "Winning things would help. But we [at England] have to get into the situation to win things.

STATS: After 13 Games Last Season…

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With us now over a third of the way through the season, here's a quick comparison between this year and last after 13 games played.

Also, like for like results against the teams we played in the Premiership last season who we have played this season.

2009/2010
P13 W9 D1 L3 GF27 GA12 Pts28

2010/2011
P13 W6 D7 L0 GF26 GA15 Pts25

Opponents
Fulham away
09/10 3-0 (L)
10/11 2-2 (D)

West Ham home
09/10 3-0 (W)
10/11 3-0 (W)

Everton away
09/10 3-0 (L)
10/11 3-3 (D)

Liverpool home
09/10 2-1 (W)
10/11 3-2 (W)

Bolton away
09/10 0-4 (W)
10/11 2-2 (D)

Sunderland away
09/10 0-1 (W)
10/11 0-0 (D)

Stoke away
09/10 0-2 (W)
10/11 1-2 (W)

Spurs home
09/10 3-1 (W)
10/11 2-0 (W)

City away
09/10 0-1 (W)
10/11 0-0 (D)

Villa away
09/10 0-0 (D)
10/11 2-2 (D)

09-10
P10 W7 D1 L2 Pts 22

10-11
P10 W4 D6 L0 Pts 18

Scorers
09-10
Rooney 7
Berbatov 4
Fletcher 3

10-11
Berbatov 6
Nani 4
Hernandez 3

"STATS: After 13 Games Last Season.

Rio: People Used To Laugh At The Nevilles

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Gary Neville once revealed that when he was younger he basically dropped all his friends from school so that he could concentrate on his Manchester United career.

"If you aren't the most talented player in the world, you have to sprint to keep up," said Nev in 2006. "You have to make sacrifices.

COMPETITION: Win A Well Nice United Scarf

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The lovely people at Savile Rogue have got in touch to offer RoM readers the chance to win a very nice Manchester United cashmere scarf. They're worth £49.95 and they're giving us two to give away. They also have some for sale at £38 on their site and are offering RoM readers an exclusive 10% discount until December 23rd.

At 2-0 Down…

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At 2-0 down away from home at Villa Park, Manchester United suddenly woke themselves up and fought to go home with something. Sir Alex Ferguson claimed if the game had gone for a further 5 minutes, we would have won.

The fact we salvaged a point does not make up for the shocking display up until the 80th minute, but it does say something about our mentality.

VIDEO: Danny Welbeck’s Goal vs Chelsea

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Danny Welbeck was named Man of the Match in Sunderland's 3-0 win over Chelsea in the Premiership this evening.

Well done lad!

"VIDEO: Danny Welbeck's Goal vs Chelsea" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ronaldo Talks About Possibility Of Returning

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Cristiano Ronaldo has talked about the possibility of returning to Manchester United, after revealing he misses the league, his friends at United and the manager.

"To be honest I miss the Premier League a lot," said Ronaldo. "Of course I have good memories about Manchester. I have good friends there and I miss them a lot, so you never know.

Bruce: First Valencia, Now Henderson…

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Steve Bruce has more or less suggested that Sunderland's 20-year-old midfielder, Jordan Henderson, may very well join Manchester United sooner or later.

"Only once has Fergie talked about one of my players, and that was Valencia, and bugger me he bought him!" said Bruce. "He had spoken to me about him.

Fergie Blames Dwight Yorke For His Grey Hair

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'Here he is, the boy who's given me all this grey hair!' Sir Alex Ferguson says whenever he comes across Dwight Yorke.

"That's what he says every time he sees me," Yorke said. "I had a fantastic four years at the club. Don't forget, I'm a little island boy who's come from the Caribbean not knowing football at all.

Well Done Chris

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Congratulations to Chris Smalling who has been called up to the England squad for the first time. After impressing for the U-21, Smalling is one of the eight defenders that Fabio Capello has named in his squad for a friendly against France on Wednesday.

Two years ago he was playing for the Isthmian League side Maidstone United.

VIDEO: Macheda and Vidic’s Goals vs Villa

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Quick Observations From Villa Draw

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1. We deserved absolutely nothing from today's game. Fancy playing that badly and in such a disorganised fashion just days after having almost complete control at Wastelands.
2. Our midfield is desperately poor. Whilst we don't enjoy seeing it padded out the way it was at Wastelands, at least then we have control of the game.

Rio: Fergie Wouldn’t Allow Us To Play Like City Did

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Following City's poor home showing in the derby on Wednesday, Rio Ferdinand has confirmed what we all knew, that Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn't allow a team of his to play like that home.

The press rightly pointed out City's inferior mentality, despite their false claims of a power shift, with the blues playing like a midtable team would do against United, not a side that is supposed to be aspiring for silverware and a top four finish.

Rooney Adds Insult To Injury With Fantasy XI

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Wayne Rooney has been asked by EA sports to pick his Fantasy XI.

The only United team mate who gets a mention is Nemanja Vidic, with Rooney opting to choose the likes of Micah Richards over Rafael, Ashley Cole over Patrice Evra.

Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
Michah Richards (Manchester City), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City).

Ole: Fergie Was Furious Over Rob Lee Moment

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A fond memory of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for many reds took place when Manchester United hosted Newcastle at Old Trafford.

Before that match, United had been top of the league for 6 months, but now, towards the end of April, we were losing our grip on the title. There were three matches remaining after this match and it was must win.

Ole: I Dream Of Returning As United Manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has just accepted the manager's job at his former club Molde, has today revealed that once he has some experience under his belt, he would love to return to manage Manchester United.

"I am not ashamed of saying that if I enjoy management and that invitation came in 15 years time I would say yes," he said.

View from the Enemy: City Fan Reflects On Dull Derby

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Ahead of the derby, I'd say most United fans would have been happy enough with a scoreless draw at Wastelands. We were anticipating a number of our players to be missing, or at least under the weather, following the virus that effected so many of our players.

We were right to be more hopeful after seeing the team sheet, but after a cagey first half, with neither side willing to commit to the attack, a 0-0 draw still seemed like a good result.

STATS: The Berb

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United's results with Berbatov
P 100 W 71 (71%) D 16 (16%) L 13 (13%)
GF 202 (2.02 gpg) GA 72 (0.72 gpg)

United's results without Berbatov
P 39 W25 (64%) D 10 (25%) L 4 (11%)
GF 74 (1.89 gpg) GA 36 (0.92 gpg)

Goals by venue
Home – 20
Away – 12
Neutral – 1

When Berbatov scores
0-15mins – 0 goals
16-30mins – 4 goals
31-45mins – 3 goals
46-60mins – 9 goals
61-75mins – 8 goals
76-90mins – 9 goals

Where Berbatov scores
6-yard box – 10 goals
Penalty area – 19 goals
Outside box – 4 goals

How Berbatov scores
Right foot – 27 goals
Left foot – 2 goals
Head – 4 goals


Stats by Nick Coppack

"STATS: The Berb" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VDS: City Only Played For Point

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Edwin Van der Sar has been critical of Manchester City's tactics in our 0-0 draw against them last night.

Our local rivals have aspirations of being a top four club, however last night, showed they have all the ambition of a midtable team at best. Fancy playing so defensively at home on derby day!

The Press Put City In Their Place

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Martin Samuel, The Daily Mail

If Manchester City are going to come anywhere near to achieving their ambitions this season, they need to stop mocking their neighbours and start learning from them.

A catchy slogan is one thing, but it will never make up for the type of bold strategies that put Manchester United on their pedestal.

10 Quick Observations From Derby Day

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1. Fairly even first half but we bossed it in the second. City were there for the taking. They sat back and invited us to come at them. Our own careless passing prevented us from getting a goal as much as their defensive work.
2. First Gareth Bale, now Carlos Tevez and David Silva. The players who everyone is ranting and raving about are impressively neutralised by our defence.

CONFIRMED: City vs United Team Sheet

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United team: Van der Sar; Rafael, Rio, Vida, Evra; Fletch, Carrick, Scholes; Nani, Berbatov, Park.
Subs: Amos, Brown, O'Shea, Smalling, Gibson, Obertan, Chicharito

City team: Hart; Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta; De Jong, Barry; Silva, Y Toure, Milner; Tevez.

United Stewards Cleared Of Breaking City Fan’s Legs

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During Manchester United's 4-3 win over City at Old Trafford last season, two stewards allegedly threw a blue down the stairs, breaking both his legs.

With the two stewards, Mark Roberts and Paul Stringer, both charged with grievous bodily harm, the blue, Peter Sweeney, went around selling his story to the tabloids.

“United are still my life and will always be in my heart”

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Andrei Kancelskis spent four years at United, winning two league titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Super Cup. In 1995, he became Everton's record signing at £5 million, making way for the kids that would never win anything at United.

"I still have a lot of friends in Manchester and my son was born there," said Kanchelskis.

Latest Injury News Ahead Of Tonight’s Derby

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Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Dimitar Berbatov, Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher all fit to start tonight after suffering from a virus.

Even better news is that Nani is over his injury and is expected to start.

Ryan Giggs has also been in training for 12 days, despite not playing, so will almost certainly be included in the match day squad, if not starting.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On Rooney Shirt, Kinkladze and Crisis

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So, tonight brings one of the biggest games of the season and the GMP's busiest night of year, as Manchester City host United at Wastelands. No derby is complete with a bit of rival banter though, so Danny Pugsley from the popular City blog, Bitter and Blue, has taken some time out to have a chat with us at RoM.

Come Home Soon, Ole

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As a player at Manchester United
Premier League (6): 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07
FA Cup (2): 1998–99, 2003–04
Champions League (1): 1998–99
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999

As the manager of the Reserves at Manchester United
Premier Reserve League (1): 2009-10
Premier Reserve League North (1): 2009-10
Lancashire Senior Cup (1): 2008-09
Manchester Senior Cup (1): 2009

As the manager of Manchester United
TBC

"Come Home Soon, Ole" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: 14 Years Of A Legend

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Ole: It’s Massively Hard To Leave United… I’d Love To Come Back

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that it was the talks he had with Sir Alex Ferguson recently that gave him the confidence to take up the Molde job. After turning them down several times in the past, he felt that now was the time to get that extra bit of experience.

Ole also confesses that he would love to come back and manage United one day, although we may have quite a wait on our hands.

Blanc Fancies The Challenge Of Replacing Sir Alex

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Laurent Blanc has confessed that he would be interested in the challenge of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager.

"Sir Alex is the cornerstone of Manchester United. He personifies Manchester's project — he's got this passion," said Blanc. "It would be a very interesting.

VIDEO: Welbeck Assists Equaliser Against Spurs

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Danny Welbeck did all the hard work to set up Asamoah Gyan for the equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane tonight. Sunderland are now 7th in the table, just 1 point behind 5th placed Newcastle, although have played a game more.

"VIDEO: Welbeck Assists Equaliser Against Spurs" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: United vs City – Charlton, Law, Robson, Hughes, Ole, Ruud, Ronaldo…

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Chicharito: To Score In The Derby Would Be Incredible

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Javier Hernandez has spoken of the importance of winning this evening

"The important thing is victory for United. But I am living a dream in England and if I play in the derby and score it will be incredible," he said. "I can sense from the dressing room the importance of this derby and also I have noticed the atmosphere in the streets.

Fergie: Posters Or Trophies? Your Club Is Embarrassing!

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Sir Alex Ferguson has once again been asked about Manchester City's decision to put 'Welcome to Manchester' posters up in town after Carlos Tevez made the move to the city's lesser club.

People at the time compared it with the banner we have at Old Trafford, reading 34 years, counting how long it's been since City have won a trophy.

16 Years Ago Today…

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Premier League, Old Trafford, Thursday 10 November 1994

MANCHESTER UNITED 5
Cantona, Hughes, Kanchelskis 3

Manchester City 0

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PICTURES: City Local Vandalised With Red ‘34′

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Ahead of derby day tonight, some United fans have been busy at a local pub for many City fans ahead of match day.

As if tonight's clash wasn't going to be heated enough, they'll be plenty of blues heading to the game tonight with a point to prove after seeing their pub in such a state ahead of kick off.

Lamps 4 Wazza 4eva IDST

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Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of Wayne Rooney, singing his praises, after months of criticism in the tabloids.

"Some people like to align themselves to the bigger names in the squad, to speak to certain players or stick to their own little group," said Lampard. "Wayne talks to David Beckham the same as he would to a new player who's just come into the squad from Stoke or Bolton, and that's the beauty of him, I think, as a person.

VIDEO: 10 Minutes Of A Legend

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RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about the biggest derby in the country.

ESPN reports on Solskjaer's potential move back to Molde.

Liverpool Kop compares United and Liverpool's wage bill during the Premiership years.

Jamie Redknapp writes for The Daily Mail about Hargreaves' lettest set back.

COMPETITION: Win On The Road…

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Daniel Harris has kindly donated a copy of his book to RoM to give away to one of our lucky readers.

Q: Who scored United's winning goal in the last away game of our latest title winning season?

Send your full name and address to: republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.

VIDEO: Park’s Goals vs Wolves

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10 Quick Observations From Wolves Game

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1. We were fucking dreadful. I would have been grateful to get in 0-0 at half time. Couldn't keep the ball, when on the ball, didn't know what to do, passing the ball straight to the opposition. Just all round appalling in the first half.
2. Park Ji-Sung. Well, well, well. The player who has been slagged off mercilessly for his poor performances this season popped up with the goods again.

Ahead Of Our Game Aganist Wolves…

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Wolves game United a game in the League Cup a couple of weeks ago, with us relying on Chicharito to come off the bench to score us our winning goal.

That game bears no relevance to what will take place today, given that Amos, Brown, Smalling Evans, Fabio, Gibson, Obertan, Macheda, Bebe were amongst the starting players.

Thank You Sir Alex

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Sir Alex Ferguson, thank you for making our lives so much better. Thank you for ending the dark years, for Eric Cantona, for squeaky bum time, for the Nou Camp 99, for Ryan Giggs, for 11 titles, for the bragging rights, for putting faith in youth, for the great football, for the last minute winners, for rebuilding us time and again, for Moscow, for Paul Scholes, for knocking them off their perch, for the Treble, for the tears of joy and everything else in between.

“Ryan Used To Say I Was Better Than Him”

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Rhodri Giggs, the younger sibling of Ryan, reckons that he had the potential to make it as a United player, but lacked the maturity to keep his head together off the pitch.

"I lacked confidence, I had the skills as a player but not the head. I've got that now," he said. "That nags, not every day, but there's enough of it to act as an incentive.

PICTURES and VIDEO: FC In The 2nd Round

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Surely the FA will have to fix this so we get them in the 3rd round, if they make it through? Although if it's drawn at Old Trafford, we should expect an empty away end...

"PICTURES and VIDEO: FC In The 2nd Round" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Kalou: United Are Biggest Rivals

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Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has claimed that Manchester United are their biggest rivals for the title this season.

"If we can be at least five points ahead of Manchester United by the festive period it will be a good step towards the title," said Kalou. "The goal is to be even further ahead by Christmas.

Thursday Nights…

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It's that day of the week when Manchester United fans don't have a lot to do. Given that we're in the Champions League, and have been every single season since 1994, our midweek football is out of the way by Wednesday at the latest.

So, with not much else to talk about, we'll cast an eye over football played in the lesser European competition, the Europa League.

Bebe: Nani Teaches Me English

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Nani was given the responsibility of helping Bebe settle in when he first signed for the club in the summer and has been a great help to the youngster.

Nani was born in the same city as Bebe's parents, helping strengthen the bond and sense of home our new player has enjoyed since moving to Manchester.

Evra: Obertan Is Like My Little Brother

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Patrice Evra has revealed that he is on Gabriel Obertan's case to make sure he fulfils his potential at Manchester United.

"Gaby is like my younger brother, but I hope now he wont get too sleepy because now he needs to work harder and play better games than this," he said. "It was definitely his best performance.

Vidic Praises Smalling, Smalling Credits Vidic

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Nemanja Vidic has sung the praises of Chris Smalling following another impressive display from the youngster last night. His confidence on the ball shone through against Bursaspor, earning himself a pat on the back from the captain.

"Chris did very well but you are not just talking about one night, he has done well over the last few games," said Vidic.

Bale: Ronaldo Is My Inspiration

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Gareth Bale destroyed Brazilian defender Maicon in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-1 victory over Inter Milan last night.

After the game, Bale claimed that he is using Cristiano Ronaldo has his inspiration to become unstoppable.

"Obviously teams are trying to stop me in a way, and obviously I've got to think of other ways to get past them," said Bale.

Arsenal Boss: I Like What Nani Is Doing

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Arsene Wenger has sung the praises of Nani, who has scored 4 goals and assisted 8 in 10 league appearances this season.

"I like what he is doing," said Wenger. "He has individual quality in one-on-ones, but he has improved a lot in his team play and in front of goal. He has started scoring goals with both feet, and is a great crosser of the ball.

PICTURE: Bebe Celebrates Goal With Chicharito

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VIDEO: Fletcher, Obertan and Bebe’s Goal vs Bursaspor

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LIVE BLOG: Bursaspor vs United – Fans View

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My Name Is John Alridge and I’m As Bitter As They Come

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Oh dear. Nani will be upset to learn that he doesn't have a fan in former Liverpool player, John Alridge, who has written an embarrassingly bitter article in the Liverpool Echo. You would be forgiven for confusing it with the rant of an angry Tottenham fan on BBC 606, given how biased and ridiculously over the top it is.

Pique: Rio and Vidic Gave Me Lessons Worth Paying For

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Gerard Pique, who has gone on to help his club win the European Cup and country win the World Cup since leaving United, has spoken of the great help Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were in his career.

"I learnt a lot, above all from Rio and Vidic who play in my position," said Pique.

Pique: Keano Used To Give Half Time Team Talks

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Former Manchester United defender, Gerard Pique, claims that during half-time in the dressing room, it was captain Roy Keane who used to address the players.

"He is the player that has the most influence in a dressing room that I have ever seen," said Pique. "I have been in many dressing rooms and with very important players, but I remember reaching half time in games and it was only him that spoke, the one that made the speech.

Gomes: Scholes Told Nani To Shoot

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Heurelho Gomes has blamed his embarrassing blunder at the weekend on referee Mark Clattenburg.

Despite the referee not blowing his whistle or the linesman holding up his flag, Gomes decided that a freekick had been awarded, then proceeded to throw the ball 10 yards away from where the incident occurred.

Refs Agree That Spurs Should Point Finger At Gomes

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Alan Wiley

"First and foremost, what we have to remember is that the goal is within the laws of the game. The game hadn't stopped and so, in essence, Mark was right in law. You're taught right from the very start that you don't stop until the whistle blows or the ball goes out of play, so in law the goal is a correct goal.

Nani: Giggsy Has Helped Me Mature

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Nani believes that his brilliant form this season, scoring four goals and assisting eight in ten appearances, is down to the fact he's matured, something he credits the older players with helping him do.

"I've learnt a lot, particularly from the older players at the club – Giggsy, Scholes and Rio," said Nani.

RoM Reads

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Graham Poll writes for The Daily Mail saying that Gomes was at fault for Nani's goal.

Studs Up pokes fun at Spurs fans' reaction to Nani's goal.

The Mirror reports on Harry Redknapp's threats of a media black out if faced with FA charge.

Dirty Tackle has the latest edition of The Continental.

Nani Fulfilled Promise To Fans Over Celebration Flip

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Ahead of the weekend's victory over Spurs, Nani had been asked why he didn't celebrate with a flip any more.

"Since I injured my shoulder, I've been taking care of myself a little bit more!" said Nani. "I can do the backflip without putting my hands down, but I don't want to risk putting my hands down and injure my shoulder again.