Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

POLL: Scapegoat award

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"POLL: Scapegoat award" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Anton Gets Rio’s United Supporting Kids Sunderland Kits For Christmas

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed on Twitter how his brother, Anton, has bought Rio's kids, Lorenz and Tate, Sunderland kits for Christmas.

"Anton bought my little men Sunderland kits for Christmas," he said. "I get home today and they are wearing them! I thought we agreed they wouldn't be worn?

Kiko Ready For Loan To Italy

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Federico Macheda's agent, Marcello Bonetto, has revealed that the young striker may well be on his way to Italy on loan.

"Federico could leave United, that is true, but only on loan," he said. "The club and Ferguson have absolute faith in Chico. With the return of Michael Owen, confirmation of Wayne Rooney, plus fine form for Dimitar Berbatov and Hernandez, the space for him in Manchester has been reduced.

Does It Matter That He’s Lazy Now?

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Alan Smith was much loved by our fans because of the effort he put in to every game. His tackles would come flying in, he would track down any ball and he was rewarded with his name being sung week after week.

However, he was supposed to be a striker and the best he could manage was 6 goals in 31 games (9 goals in 41 games in all competitions).

VIDEO: Mame Biram Diouf’s Goal vs West Brom

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"VIDEO: Mame Biram Diouf's Goal vs West Brom" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

5 Quick Reactions To Birmingham Draw

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1. Dimitar Berbatov has now scored 14 league goals in 15 games, which is 2 more than last season and just 1 short of his best Premiership tally in 07-08 with Spurs. He looks happy, he's got the confidence to have a go himself instead of always trying to find a better option and his languid style isn't even getting commented on any more.

PICTURE: The Birmingham Goal Which Should Have Been Disallowed

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See the goal in real time at 101GreatGoals.com

"PICTURE: The Birmingham Goal Which Should Have Been Disallowed" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Berbatov’s Goal Against Birmingham

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Don't forget RoM videos for all the latest United related clips.

"VIDEO: Berbatov's Goal Against Birmingham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Obertan: I Would Not Leave United For Anything In The World

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Gabriel Obertan has taken a sensible approach to his career at Manchester United, recognising the importance of being patient.

"I am at Manchester United to improve," Obertan told L'Equipe. "I would prefer to play all the time, but I am not panicking. At a club like this, there is no reason for me to be impatient.

Are You Ready For Liverpool In The Cup?

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Liverpool in the FA Cup in a couple of weeks time, Mancunia Merchandise is offering a 15% discount on all items, with a few particularly in mind for the game.

Enter voucher code YOUMADEIT for discount. Offer ends December 29th.

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Evra: My Joke With Berb Inspired Goals

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Patrice Evra has revealed that it was a conversation with Dimitar Berbatov on the training ground which inspired our Bulgarian to score two goals yesterdays to maintain his place as the top scorer in the league.

"I am very happy with Dimitar," Evra said. "He is working hard. He is a good guy and is different class.

Oh DO Shut Up Ben Foster

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Ben Foster spent years of his career biding his time, hoping for the opportunity to be Manchester United's number one.

His opportunity came last season when Edwin Van der Sar was ruled out for months with injury and dealing with the illness of his wife. Sadly, Foster blew his big opportunity.

Evra: I’m An Arsenal Fan

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Patrice Evra has revealed he hopes Arsenal beat Chelsea this evening, which would see us stay 6 points clear of the blues, having played two games less.

Like Nani, Evra clearly thinks that Chelsea will be our biggest title challenger comes May so therefore would appreciate any opportunity for them to drop points.

5 Quick Reactions From Sunderland Game

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1. Good ol' Berbatov. 13 goals in 14 games for the Bulgarian this season. Great work from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney to create the first and a nice bit of luck for the second. He is playing with so much confidence. He one shot off the woodwork in the first half and had a great attempt saved in the second half too.

VIDEO: Cleverley’s Goal Against Wolves

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

VIDEO: Berbatov Goals vs Sunderland

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"VIDEO: Berbatov Goals vs Sunderland" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Owen Stays Here

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After Aston Villa and other clubs have been linked with a move for Michael Owen, Sir Alex Ferguson has said there's no way our ickle scouse bastard is going anywhere.

"He is looking really good," Ferguson said. "He has trained really well this week. People may have forgotten just what a good player Michael is.

Onuoha: Got To Respect Table Toppers United

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Nedum Onuoha, one of the few City academy products who stands even the smallest chance of playing for the first team one day, has spoken of his respect for Manchester United.

Onuoha is currently on loan to Sunderland with Flavour of the Month Danny Welbeck and will likely feature at Old Trafford today.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Sunderland…

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As hard as it may be, we should never take for granted our success. A couple of seasons ago we got to sing "Champions of England, Champions of Europe" every game. It was only the second time in the club's history that our fans would be entitled to brag about such a thing. But it becomes habit and you soon forget the real implications of that chat and things our players achieved on the pitch to allow us to sing about that.

The Best And Worst Of United Gifts

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The best

This book is put together by journalist Alex Murphy and mastermind Andrew Endlar, behind the excellent Streford End statistics website. Brilliant.

The good

After promoting the soap and scarves on RoM, it was rightly assumed I'd quite fancy some myself!

Happy Christmas From RoM

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"Happy Christmas From RoM" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

My First United Game…

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"First game I went to was West Ham at home on Bank Holiday Monday at the start of 85/86. I'd been nagging to be taken for a while I was displeased to discover my parents went to the 83 Cup Final replay without me, and dissatisfied with the rosette that I was given as compensation. When my old fella sneaked off to a game away to Watford without me it was immediately prior to the 85 Cup Final, and United lost 5-1 I was still pissed with him upon discovering the subterfuge the following morning, a sentiment I doubtless expressed with eloquence, dignity and restraint.

New Date For Chelsea Game Falls…

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According to the BBC, the new date for Chelsea game falls just four days before we travel to Anfield to play Liverpool and four days after we play Wigan away, on Tuesday March 1st 2011.

United's fixtures:
February 23rd Marseille (a)
February 26th Wigan (a)
March 1st Chelsea (a)
March 5th Liverpool (a)
March 12th FA Cup
March 15th Marseille (h)

Chelsea's fixtures:
February 22nd Copenhagen (a)
February 26th Birmingham (h)
March 1st United (h)
March 5th Blackpool (a)
March 12th FA Cup
March 16th Copenhagen (h)

"New Date For Chelsea Game Falls.

VIDEO: Fergie Ends Ban… But Gives Press A Right Talking To

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Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to the press today for the first time in six weeks after becoming frustrated with the lies they were telling and the sensationalised headlines they used to accompany his quotes.

Today he spoke to them again but let them know where they stand.

"First of all, I just want to address you people in front of me, from the dailys.

Fergie Rules Out Beckham Return

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David Beckham hinted at the possibility of returning to Manchester United on loan this week but Sir Alex Ferguson has played it down.

"I don't think so with David at his age," said Fergie. "I've never signed a player as old as that have I? Larsson only came for a month."

Well, it was actually three months.

United Fan Gyan: I Hope I Get To Swap Shirts At Old Trafford

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Sunderland's £13m striker, Asamoah Gyan, has revealed his wish to swap shirts with a Manchester United player at Old Trafford this weekend. The self-confessed United grew up worshipping Eric Cantona but insists his feelings for United won't stop him trying to score a goal against us.

"I've been waiting for this for a long time," he said.

All The Latest Football Videos

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RoM have formed a partnership with 101 Great Goals to provide you lot with a feed of videos that are likely to be of interest to United fans.

Check out RoM videos.

"All The Latest Football Videos" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Evening News’ Average Player Ratings

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1. Dimitar Berbatov 7
2. Rio Ferdinand 6.9
2. Nemanja Vidic 6.9
2. Paul Scholes 6.9
5. Patrice Evra 6.7
6. Nani 6.6
6. Anderson 6.6
8. Rafael da Silva 6.4
9. Edwin Van der Sar 6.3
9. Michael Carrick 6.3
9. Wayne Rooney 6.

Nani Must Be 1600 Times More Intelligent Than Arsenal Boss

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Manchester United winger Nani was today asked who he thought was going to win the league. "I no longer see anybody winning the Premier League this season outside of Manchester United or Chelsea. Hopefully, it will be United," he replied.

Ahead of our victory over Arsenal, Nani had claimed that the Gunners were our biggest title rivals.

Fergie: It Was Hard To Explain To Berb He Was Dropped

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Sir Alex Ferguson took the decision to drop Dimitar Berbatov for Wayne Rooney when Manchester United played Arsenal. Rooney has scored just two goals in all competitions since March, both from the penalty spot, whilst Dimitar Berbatov is the Premier League's top scorer.

Ferguson has conceded that sometimes he does have doubts about his bold decisions but has to go with his feelings over what will get the team a win.

Nani: I Can Shine Now Ronaldo Has Gone

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Nobody has more assists in the league this season than Nani, who has come in to his own since February this year.

The Portuguese winger has conceded that whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, his departure has meant that other players have been given the opportunity to shine.

"It is easier for me to stand out now that Cristiano Ronaldo has left the club," he said.

Van der Sar Set To Retire

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August 31st 2010, Edwin Van der Sar: "I don't worry about when that day arrives. I am now exceeding my own expectations so it doesn't bother me. When I was younger I thought maybe I would finish in my mid-30s. But that is a normal time to be thinking about it when you are younger and for players at this level.

Compare and Contrast: Berb vs Balotelli

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Two award ceremonies, two players, two very different reactions...

Mario Balotelli after being presented with the Golden Boy trophy, organised by the Turin newspaper Tuttosport and voted for by European journalists to honour the most talented footballer under the age of 21.

Berb: Stop Voting For Me

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Dimitar Berbatov has been voted Bulgarian Footballer of the Year for the 7th time (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) but has asked for people to stop voting for him so one of the younger players can win the award.

"I prefer to see some of the younger lads winning the award. Please, don't vote for me anymore.

Becks: Maybe I Will Play For United Again

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After picking up a BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement, David Beckham revealed that he might return to Manchester United one day.

"I've missed playing in the Premier League since I left it seven years ago now," said Beckham. "It's one of the most competitive leagues in the world and maybe one day I'll come back and play here, but I've always said it will only be for Manchester United.

Berb: I’d Rather Retire Than Leave United

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After being named Bulgarian Footballer of the Year for a 7th time, Dimitar Berbatov was asked of his plans for the future.

"I fought to have a chance to play for United and now I can only go down if I leave," he said. "Why I should do this? It would be better to retire."

"Berb: I'd Rather Retire Than Leave United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Arsenal Skipper: We Were Scared At Old Trafford

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Cesc Fabregas has revealed that Arsenal are lacking the right mentality to win the big games. So far this season they have lost to United, Chelsea and Spurs, leaving their captain believing it is their fear of losing which is effecting them.

"They were more aggressive than us," Fábregas said.

VIDEO: Same Ol’ Arsenal

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Same Old Arse
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Pay attention to the timings of the fouls just to see the mentality Arsenal started the game with.

"VIDEO: Same Ol' Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Can Chelsea Justify Postponement?

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It's 4pm. United and Chelsea fans should be enjoying a massive fixture which could hugely shape the way the rest of the season would go.

As it is, we have no game to enjoy, with Chelsea Football Club making the decision to postpone the game 29 hours ahead of kick off.

Daniel Taylor, The Guardian, reported at the time of postponement that conditions outside Stamford Bridge were "not bad at all", "only slushy" and "pavements well gritted".

Ole: I’ll Miss Manchester

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Ahead of leaving Manchester for Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his last interview with the club.

"It's dawning on me that I'm actually going," said Ole. "It's been a bit strange. Every time I do something it's the last time I'll be doing it. It's dawning now that the family is leaving.

Silver Lining… Why Cancellation Is A GOOD Thing

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1. Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia will most likely be fit for whenever the game is rescheduled, which definitely is a bonus where our starting XI is concerned.
2. Wayne Rooney might have found some goalscoring form and can then be entering the game full of confidence.
3. The pressure is now on Arsenal and Chelsea, not us, as they play next weekend.

Berba 10

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Another Game OFF… Why?

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Yet another game has been called off with it just being announced that Chelsea vs Manchester United has been postponed. Whilst the pitch will be ok, there are fears for support safety around the ground.

In other news, all shops, pubs and restaurants have closed for fear of customer safety. Oh no wait, if you want to do your Christmas shopping, go for a pint or eat out, you are trusted to make your own decision over whether it's safe or not.

VIDEO: Welbeck Scores Against Bolton

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Danny Welbeck put Sunderland 1-0 up against Bolton. He's now scored 5 goals in his past 6 games.

"VIDEO: Welbeck Scores Against Bolton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Press Reflect On Sir Alex’s Achievement

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The Guardian Sir Alex Ferguson reminds us of the importance of a good manager
The Independent Old Trafford's two greatest men share one crucial characteristic: an undying yearning for victory
The Telegraph United stalwarts remember the key moments in Sir Alex Ferguson's 24-year reign
The Daily Mail Pictures of Sir Alex through the years

"The Press Reflect On Sir Alex's Achievement" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea Fan On Roman’s World Cup, Tevez and Paying Off Officials

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Scott the Red: So, the most obvious question has to be about Chelsea's form. What the fuck is going on?

Chelsea Den: Swine flu? Delirium? Sabotage? I could give you any number of excuses but the bottom line is I think we started the season still buzzing from the double and probably didn't even notice half the squad had gone.

Facts About United’s Opponents… Marseille

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1. Marseille are the French champions but are currently 5th in Ligue 1 after winning just 7 of their 17 games this season. Still, that only puts them 4 points behind league leaders and our former CL opponents, Lille.
2. Their highest scorer this season is Loic Remy, with 6 league goals. He joined Marseille at the start of the season from Nice.

Rooney: Berb And I Have Been Working Harder Together

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Wayne Rooney has revealed that he has been working hard with Dimitar Berbatov on the training ground to improve their partnership.

"Dimitar Berbatov and I have been working on the training ground to work closer, play more one-twos and play a bit quicker," said Rooney. "It worked really well in the Blackburn game, when we won 7-1, but we only had one up front against Arsenal, so you have to alter the way you play sometimes.

Chelsea Boss: I Wish I Could Do What Fergie Has

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Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Sunday's game, where our manager will become the longest serving manager in the club's history, beating Sir Matt Busby by a day.

"He's involved in United not just as coach but also really inside this club," said Ancelotti. "He has a lot of passion.

Vida: I’m Feel Very Proud To Be United Captain

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Nemanja Vidic has revealed how proud he is to be named Manchester United captain, but insists he is working as hard for the team now as he always has done.

"I feel very proud," said Vidic. "It came as a bit of a surprise but I am enjoying the role. You have to think about your responsibilities your behaviour, the way you play, the way you train.

Fergie: Our Players Have The Experience And Desire To Win

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected upon this weekend's game against Chelsea, following a steep decline in performances and results from our title rivals.

People have been using John Terry's injury as an excuse for Chelsea's poor form of late, although it is important to point out that Rio Ferdinand has missed just as many games for United through injury.

Gallagher Clearly Regrets ‘Tevez Is God’ and ‘Tevez Gallagher’ Remarks

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Noel Gallagher, who has come out with gems like: "I'm just gonna take me voting card and I'm gonna put in massive letters, 'Tevez is God.'" and "The new baby, if it's a boy, it's definitely going to be called Carlos. Or just Tevez. Tevez Gallagher. Carlito Gallagher." has come crashing back down to earth after learning that Carlos Tevez wanted to leave Manchester City just 12 months after signing for them.

Vida: We Must Be Ready For Chelsea

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has stated the importance of keeping focussed now to ensure we're in the group of teams that pull away from the rest next year as we challenge to win back our title.

"I think this is the time in the season when the table is going to change quite a bit," said Vidic.

Evra: Not Arrogant, Just Better

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Arsenal, Patrice Evra claimed our opponents were in crisis, after going over half a decade without any silverware. Considering United haven't gone longer than one season without a trophy since Sir Alex Won his first in 1990, 20 years ago, it's hard to argue with what Evra is saying.

‘Twas the night before Christmas: Chelsea v United

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'Twas the night before Christmas: Chelsea v Manchester United, 24 December 1960

I think I must have had a very deprived childhood. Unlike more privileged folk I never witnessed anyone pissing on the terraces at a football match. My grandfather did, when he saw men up from the Northumberland pit villages relieving themselves at Newcastle United's St James's Park before the First World War.

And Manchester United Will Play…

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Marseille.

Arsenal have been drawn Barcelona, purs take on AC Milan and Chelsea will play Copenhagen.

"And Manchester United Will Play..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Paddy Crerand Reacts To RoM Article

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RoM have received an e-mail from the fella who helps Paddy Crerand run his website.

After RoM interviewed Paddy earlier this year, Giles Oakley recently wrote an article on him, which he has read and was very impressed with.

Paddy has asked me to pass on his regards to Giles and he thought the article was fantastic.

No Wonder Wenger’s Soft Lads Never Win Anything

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Arsenal last lifted a trophy in May 2005. Patrice Evra recently called this a "crisis". When you consider that Manchester United haven't gone longer than just ONE YEAR without a trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson's first in 1990, it makes the five trophyless years of Arsenal look dreadful.

The problem with Arsenal is they're soft lads and cry babies, a trait they have picked up from the manager, who never sees anything his players do wrong, but is quick to blame someone else for everything.

Anderson: This Is The Best Club To Be At

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Anderson has today signed a contract extension with the club that keeps him here until 2015.

Following a falling out with the manager, a lengthy injury, a car accident after leaving a nightclub drawing the small hours during recovery, being linked with a return to Gremio, Anderson has finally got his place back in the team and has been performing well.

Prize For Guessing What Was Promised To Carlos Tevez…

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Carlos Tevez's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, has today expanded on the reasons why the player wanted to leave Manchester City just 12 months after signing from United.

He says the club promised the player certain things, which had nothing to do with money, and failed to see them through.

"At the end of last season Carlos was very disappointed and upset after City didn't qualify for the Champions League," Joorabchian said.

Park Misses 7 Games

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed today that Ji-Sung Park, who has scored 4 in his last 6 league games, will play his last game for a few weeks on Boxin Day. The battling midfielder will be representing Korea in the Asian Cup in Qatar in January.

"Ji is in fantastic form," said Ferguson.

Fergie: Rooney Usually Keeps His Pens Down

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As Wayne Rooney prepared to take his penalty last night, there was a sinking feeling he was going to miss. Despite already scoring against Rangers from the penalty spot since his revelations he wanted to leave Manchester United for a club with more ambition, there was no doubt this game was a lot bigger.

Shameless Begging

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If you enjoy reading RoM, please vote for us in the Soccerlens Awards.

RoM has a successful history in the Soccerlens Awards. In 2009, the blog was voted the best team blog and Scott was voted the best team writer. The year before, RoM was voted best British Blog.

You might want to share the love around and vote in the other categories too.

The Telegraph Uses Our Tevez Posters

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The Telegraph has used our alternative Carlos Tevez posters on their website.

"The Telegraph Uses Our Tevez Posters" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Becks In The Stands With GNev For Arsenal Win

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"PICTURE: Becks In The Stands With GNev For Arsenal Win" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Park Goal vs Arsenal

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"VIDEO: Park Goal vs Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

10 Quick Reactions Against Same Ol’ Arsenal

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1. Park Ji-Sung does it again. It doesn't matter how much people bitch and moan about him, he still keeps coming up with the goods. 4 goals in the last 6 league games is a record any striker would be proud of, let alone a battling midfield. In the last five minutes he was running with all the energy he did in the first five minutes.

PICTURES: Sir Bobby Meets

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The Chilean miners are guests at Old Trafford for tonight's game against Arsenal.

Sir Bobby Charlton greeted them when they arrived earlier today.

"PICTURES: Sir Bobby Meets" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XIV

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Carlos Tevez has today revealed that he wanted to leave The Project (TM) just twelve months after joining.

Tevez got out the Crayolas this week and scribbled a transfer request, just in case his repeated statements of unhappiness and desperation to retire left the club under any illusions about his true feelings.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Arsenal…

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These games used to be the highlight of the whole season. Not only could they have a say in who was going to win the league, but the players absolutely hated each other, as did the managers, and the fans. It was brilliant.

The excitement surrounding these games has faded somewhat in recent years, despite the importance of some of those meetings.

Terry: We Were The Best Team By A Long Way

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Chelsea blew the chance to win their game against Tottenham Hotspur today after Didier Drogba saw his injury time penalty saved.

After the full time whistle, Terry paraded around White Hart Lane, pounding the badge, and mouthing "trophies" at the Spurs fans. He then mimed lifting a trophy up in the air.

VIDEO: Diouf Scores For Blackburn

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Mame Biram Diouf scored a late equaliser for Blackburn against Bolton, only for his side to concede the winning goal 10 seconds later.

"VIDEO: Diouf Scores For Blackburn" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio: I Want To Finish Career At United

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he is hoping to extend his current deal at Manchester United to allow him to finish his career at the club.

Rio is just two years away from being entitled to a testimonial but would like to stay at the club past then.

"I want to finish my career at United," said Rio.

Fletch: Wenger Called Me Dirty In Heat Of The Moment

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After losing to Manchester United last season, thanks to a Diaby own goal, Arsene Wenger launched an attack on one United player, believed to be Darren Fletcher, by claiming he "was on the pitch only to make fouls".

At the time, Sir Alex Ferguson believed this petulant attitude after defeat showed Wenger up.

PICTURES: The Rise and Fall of Carlos Tevez

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Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer request to Manchester City after just 18 months at the club. He has claimed it is being homesick that has caused his depression and repeated talk of retirement, but if that was the case, why was he trying to negotiate his contract at City? Despite being the best paid player, he was looking for a pay rise, which the club refused to give him.

PICTURES: Alternative Tevez Posters

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In light of the news that Carlos Tevez has handed a transfer request in to Manchester City, just 18 months after signing for them, here's some alternative versions of the poster they probably wish they'd never produced.

"PICTURES: Alternative Tevez Posters" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tevez In Quotes – From United For Ever To City Depression…

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September 20th 2008: "I cannot ever imagine leaving Manchester United. I am in the perfect situation. My relationship with the club is perfect. Patrice Evra is my closest friend but the feeling I get from all the players is something I've not experienced before. I want to get the contract sorted and play for United for the rest of my career.

United Christmas Elves Do Disco – Part III

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- Mancunia Merchandise: Christmas related: Feed the scousers, Five Cantonas, United Santa hats and general ideas for Christmas.
- Early Bath: Red, black and white soap or green and gold soap.
- Savile Rogue: Fancy red, black and white scarves.
- RoM gave away some quality fixture posters at the start of the season.

Missing You Already Carlitos!

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Carlos Tevez has handed in a transfer requestion to Manchester City with the hopes of joining Real Madrid in January. This should come as no surprise, given that the blues' captain has repeatedly spoke of his unhappiness since moving over to the blue side of Manchester.

Whilst at Manchester United, he initially talked of a long career with us, before returning to Boca Juniors in his 30's.

Arsenal Wouldn’t Ever Be Disrespecful Like Evra… Erm, Pizza Anyone?

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Arsenal fans have spent the past day coming to this blog saying that their club and their fans are way too classy to sing the type of songs sections of Manchester United fans sing at Arsene Wenger.

They of course fail to acknowledge sections of their fans replicate the hissing noise of the gas chambers when they play Tottenham Hotspur.

Evra: The ‘Arsenal Way Of Playing’ vs 5 Years With No Trophies

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Patrice Evra, who is not a popular guy amongst Arsenal fans after saying our Champions League semi-final battering at the Emirates was like 'men against boys/babies', has rubbed further salt in the wounds.

Arsenal's last trophy came in 2005 after beating United on penalties. Since then, United have won three league titles, the European Cup, three League Cups and World Club Cup.

Sorry But Paedo And Munich Songs Shouldn’t Be Compared

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It's that time of year again. Manchester United play Arsenal so Sir Alex Ferguson feels the need to try and placate our fans and stop us singing songs about Arsene Wenger being a paedophile by likening them to Munich chants.

I'm not for one second suggesting that United fans should call a grown man and father a paedo.

Vida: I Enjoy The Responsibility At United

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has claimed that he enjoys the responsibility he has at the club as one of the more experienced members of the squad.

"Obviously there's a bit more responsibility and I'm coming to the age when I have more responsibility, me and a few others in the team," said Vidic.

Berb: People Should Feel Embarrassed About Writing Us Off

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Dimitar Berbatov reckons that the people who wrote United off at the beginning of the season, and those that continue to do so, should feel embarrassed.

"With the goals we score it's stupid to say that Manchester United is not a contender for the league," he said. "It's a statement that if someone is going to make then they should feel embarrassed because it's Manchester United, and you have the best players in the world playing there.

United Christmas Elves Sing You A Song – Part I

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- Mancunia Merchandise: Christmas related: Feed the scousers, Five Cantonas, United Santa hats and general ideas for Christmas.
- Early Bath: Red, black and white soap or green and gold soap.
- Savile Rogue: Fancy red, black and white scarves.

"United Christmas Elves Sing You A Song Part I" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Christmas Elves Do You A Dance – Part II

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- Mancunia Merchandise: Christmas related: Feed the scousers, Five Cantonas, United Santa hats and general ideas for Christmas.
- Early Bath: Red, black and white soap or green and gold soap.
- Savile Rogue: Fancy red, black and white scarves.

"United Christmas Elves Do You A Dance – Part II" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Berb Is Happy To Be Top Scorer

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Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the Premiership's highest scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, for the five goals he scored against Blackburn. However, the manager reckons the Bulgarian has enjoyed better performances, but understands it is by the goals that he scores that he will be judged.

"It was his best goalscoring performance," said Ferguson.

Wes: Da Silvas Are The Future

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Wes Brown has sung the praises of Rafael and Fabio da Silva, who he reckons will one day both be United's first choice full-backs. You could argue Rafael already is but Fabio will have to weight for Evra to hang up his boots first.

"They are great lads who train so hard," said Wes.

STATS: Which Fans Don’t Go To Their Ground? Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Liverpool, Spurs or United?

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After an on going discussion over what portion of Manchester was red and what was blue, I had a look at attendances of the season just gone.

Despite the fact that more fans have come to watch United play than City every single season since 1947, long before the glory supporters from outside of Manchester, which therefore suggests United is the more popular team to have been passed down from one generation to the next, you often hear people (usually who have never been to Manchester) suggesting City is the more popular team in Manchester.

Before United Face Valencia…

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Manchester United play Valencia in the Champions League tonight where top spot of the group should be confirmed. Only a defeat would see us finish 2nd because of Valencia's superior goal difference.

It can all change by Wednesday but right now Inter Milan, Lyon, FC Copenhagen, Roma, Marseille and AC Milan are the teams we could potentially face in the next round.

Video – Anderson’s Goal

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"Video Anderson's Goal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs: How Do You Replace Keaney? You Dont.

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Ryan Giggs has reflected on what makes our club what it is, with it continually replacing the most important and effective player with someone else.

"Over the last 20 years, lots of good players have left United," said Giggs. "How do you replace Keaney? You don't. You are never going to get another Roy Keane, but different players come in and the team evolves that way.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XIII

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Didn't take long, did it? Mario Balotelli and Jerome Boateng had a fight in training today when the Italian striker reacted badly to a tackle from the German defender.


This is how it feels to be City series

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

Not Good Enough, Blackpool

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Blackpool have confirmed that their match against Manchester United, scheduled for tomorrow evening, has now been called off. Bloomfield Road doesn't have undersoil heating which means the overnight temperature has left the pitch frozen.

This is unacceptable for several reasons:
1. Fans who have pre-paid tickets will lose their money and when the game is re-arranged, likely for midweek, some fans may not longer be able to attend.

Blackpool, Stanley Matthews and United’s ‘dwarf of football magic’

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In some ways the enjoyment of football is like seeking a perpetual return to the freedoms of childhood, with all its agonies and ecstasies. Perhaps that's why I'm so pleased to see Blackpool FC back where they belong, in the top division, trying to play progressive, attractive football in the best traditions of the club, just like they did when I was a kid.

Old Trafford Won’t See Any World Cup Games In 2018

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Old Trafford, which will see some of the football from the Olympics in 2012 and the rugby from the 2015 World Cup,won't be hosting any World Cup games in 2018 and it was announced this afternoon that Russia won.

After all his efforts in the campaign, will we now see effigies of David Beckham hanging from pubs in the East End again?

PICTURE: Blackpool Game Will Go Ahead

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Amid fears that United's game would be called off this weekend, Blackpool have cleared the pitch of snow and put on a cover, full of hot air, to ensure the ground doesn't freeze.

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Picture from Mark Ogden.

"PICTURE: Blackpool Game Will Go Ahead" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Manchester is RED

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Manchester is red at Mancunia Merchandise.

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Football attendances since the 1940's: United vs City
Yet they will insist Manchester is blue
They couldn't sell all their tickets

"Manchester is RED" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sir Alex: I Enjoyed Having A Cuppa With Sir Matt

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When United play Chelsea in a few weeks time, Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to celebrate becoming the longest serving Manchester United manager. With 24 years, one month and 14 days in charge, Fergie will have been at the club for one day longer than Sir Matt Busby in both his stints with the club.

VIDEO: Nani On Why He’s Called Nani, ‘Ello Mate’ and Beating Rio In Training

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Nani's interview with Rio Ferdinand's magazine #5.

"VIDEO: Nani On Why He's Called Nani, 'Ello Mate' and Beating Rio In Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Some Much Needed Perspective On Jonny Evans

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Jonny Evans has been poor for some time now and I write that with a heavy heart. He has made some dreadful mistakes this season, some of them very costly, and it is a worry to see this happen repeatedly. This run of dreadful form has lead some fans to doubt his future at the club and on recent performances, it is hard to look at him and think he is United quality.

Yet They Will Still Insist Manchester Is Blue…

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Manchester City were giving away tickets for tonight's game against Salzburg for £5 and £1 for Under-16. These are prices any red would be envious of, given how much the Glazers rinse us for tickets to any competition, be that the League Cup or in Europe.

So, considering City fans always claim that Manchester is blue, you would think these tickets would have been snapped up, right?

Manchester United Top 25 Scorers

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Sir Bobby Charlton 249
Denis Law 237
Jack Rowley 211
George Best 179
Dennis Viollet 179
Joe Spence 168
Mark Hughes 163
Ryan Giggs 156
Paul Scholes 150
Ruud van Nistelrooy 150
Stan Pearson 148
David Herd 145
Wayne Rooney 133
Tommy Taylor 131
Brian McClair 127
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 126
Andrew Cole 121
Cristiano Ronaldo 118
Sandy Turnbull 101
Joe Cassidy 100
George Wall 100
Bryan Robson 99
Lou Macari 97
David Beckham 85
Eric Cantona 82

Available at MancuniaMerchandise.

Becks: United Show You Have To Keep Fighting Until Last Minute

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David Beckham is doing his bit to help out England's World Cup 2018 bid. Russia were the favourites at the start of the day but their Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, today revealed that he will not be visiting Fifa's headquarters in Zurich because of the 'unscrupulous competition'. The final pitch is made on Thursday and it's each country's last opportunity to win vital votes, so Fifa will unlikely be impressed his no show and comments.

STATS: Minutes per goal for Rooney, Carroll, Berb, Tevez, Drogba, Chicharito…

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Here's some statistics showing the minutes per goal scored by some of the top strikers in our league in all competitions for their club.

Dimitar Berbatov (United)
Minutes: 1348
Goals: 12
Minutes per goal: 112.3

Javier Hernandez (United)
Minutes: 934
Goals: 7
Minutes per goal: 133.

Lace Up, Save Lives

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Today is World AIDS Day. For just £4 you can buy these very nice Nike laces and contribute to the fight against AIDS. You can get free shipping with voucher code JUSTDOIT.

What happens with the money?
1. You buy the laces.
2. 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund and to football based programs that help fight AIDS in Africa.

Giggs: This Disappointment Will Help Youngsters

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Ryan Giggs has offered some support for the young players involved in last night's 4-0 defeat against West Ham.

"Disappointment can help you," said Giggs. "It doesn't feel good at the moment but hopefully the young players who have experienced this can learn from it. Next time they're playing they'll be determined to improve their performance and get a better result.

Yaya Toure Not Fit To Scholes, Keane or Robson’s Boots

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David May has launched a scathing attack on Manchester City's £24m midfielder, Yaya Toure. Despite earning a record £220k a week, the former Barcelona man has yet to leave much of an impact on the Premier League.

Whilst still at Barcelona, his agent made it clear that he wouldn't be going to a small club like City.