Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

David Silva’s Identity Crisis

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September 13th 2009: "It is true that there was a bid from a big English club," Silva said. "If it was only a question of money then I would have accepted the move."

May 10th 2010: "When you hear a club like Manchester United is interested in you it is an honour," Silva said.

STATS: World Cup’s Biggest Cheaters

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FantasyCheatersLeague.com has compiled statistics of the biggest cheats from this World Cup and it saddens me to tell you that my sweepstake team, Brazil, currently lie in first position.

There is also a break down of the cheating players with some unsurprising findings. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucio have the most points for strikers and defenders respectively.

Nev: Where Is The FA’s Backbone?

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Gary Neville has launched an attack on the FA after the revelation that Fabio Capello would have to wait two weeks to see whether he would keep his job following England's dreadful World Cup campaign.

The United captain, who hasn't been shy with his feelings about the FA in the past, thinks our footballing organisation need to have more backbone.

The Issue Of Technology For England, Mexico and Everyone Else

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Poor refereeing mistakes decided the Premiership title in 09-10, with costly decisions in the Manchester United vs Chelsea games handing the eventual champions points they wouldn't have otherwise got. With United finishing just one point off the top, they would have been crowned champions had the referee been able to use technology to make his decision.

Who Are All These Players Who Want United Move?

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Who is he? Luís Fabiano
What do we know? He's 29, he's a striker for Sevilla, he's scored an average of 24 goals a season over the past 3 years in all competitions, won the Copa del Rey and finished 4th in the league last season and was the 8th highest scorer in Spain.

VIDEO: Hernandez Scores Against Argentina

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"VIDEO: Hernandez Scores Against Argentina" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

GIF: Hernandez Acts On Behalf Of United Fans

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New signing Javier Hernandez didn't do his reputation with United fans much harm when shoving Gabriel YSB Heinze in to touch in Mexico's match against Argentina.

"GIF: Hernandez Acts On Behalf Of United Fans" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Rio Cosies Up To Jody Morris Ahead Of England Embarrassment

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Rio Ferdinand had bff Jody Morris round this afternoon to watch the England game. Again, Rio donned the shirtless face-painted look.

Why they were posing half naked with their faces just inches apart is unknown.

"PICTURE: Rio Cosies Up To Jody Morris Ahead Of England Embarrassment" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Portugal On Ronaldo, Brazil and Eusebio

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With a few blogs dropping out of The Sun's World Cup competition, RoM has been given Korea Republic and Honduras to support. Park is already through to the next round and will face Uruguay, whilst Honduras are currently bottom of their group. If Chile beat Spain then a big win against Switzerland could see them go through.

VIDEO: Brand New Write The Future

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RoM's sweepstake team, Brazil, are set to take on Portugal this afternoon, with Robinho fighting it out with Cristiano Ronaldo to be the star of the show.

Robinho, who is desperate to get away from The Project, has starred in a new Nike advert which will be aired on our tellies next week.

Here's a sneak preview:

"VIDEO: Brand New Write The Future" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Rio, What Do You Look Like??

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This time last year Rio Ferdinand was snapped out and about in hot pants and woman's top.

Clearly not wanting a whole year to go by without having another daft picture of himself circulated, he has taken this picture of himself in his boxers with England face paint.

Oh Rio.

"PICTURE: Rio, What Do You Look Like?

Scholes Looks To Future And Praises Ferguson

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Paul Scholes is likely to retire at the end of this coming season when his contract expires. He has spoken in praise of his manager before reflecting on what he wants to do in the future.

"He has been great," said Scholes. "It goes without saying what a top manager he has been.

Vidic Gives Big Hint At United Stay

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Following speculation linking Nemanja Vidic with a move away this season, despite the player's constant reassurance that he is staying, our defender has given a big hint that he will be wearing our shirt next season.

Milan Jovanovic, who was signed on a free for the summer by Rafael Benitez, is Vidic's Serbian team mate.

Ole: I Can’t Coach Reserves Forever

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a very successful start to his managerial career at United, leading our Reserves to be crowned English champions this season, as well as winning a couple of Manchester Senior Cups and the Lancashire Senior Cup.

However, our former player has conceded that he can't stay at the Reserves forever, and may have to return to Norway for work at some stage.

England v Slovenia Preview: Last chance for Rooney and co.

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How did it come to this? From a group that was labelled by one national newspaper as ‘easy', England have contrived to leave their World Cup progress down to the final match – a must-win 90 minutes against opponents who will go through to the last 16 should they pick up a lone point from the game.

What’s Rio Saying On Twitter?

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June 22nd 2010: Split screen is da way forward with all this sport on the box...
June 21st 2010: Gym session underway!! Anyone got any 'stay in shape without running' sessions for me?!
June 20th 2010: Happy fathers day 2 all the 'stay around fathers'! A "morning daddy" and a smile is all the presents I need from my little men!

Joe Cole NOT Coming To United

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The newspapers were all over Harry Redknapp's comments today which suggested that a deal had already been done between Manchester United and Joe Cole.

Whilst it was clear Cole was not going to do any business whilst in South Africa, whispers suggested that the salary and contract length the winger wanted did not match what United would be prepared to offer.

Evra: The French People Need To Know The Truth

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It's official. France are out of the World Cup. Following a week and a half of controversy, arguments and embarrassment, a defeat to South Africa this afternoon confirmed their bottom of the group finish.

Patrice Evra, who had been chosen as the captain ahead of Thierry Henry, was dropped to the bench for today's game, with the likes of Malouda and Abidal.

Evra Loses Captaincy

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The press are reporting that Alou Diarra will be named captain of France's crucial qualifier against South Africa today, following the removal of Patrice Evra from the first team.

The Bordeaux midfielder will become Raymond Domenech's third captain over the past couple of weeks, with Thierry Henry losing the armband to Evra at the beginning of the tournament.

Fergie: France Should Have Taken Blanc To World Cup

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Sir Alex Ferguson didn't have the highest hopes for Patrice Evra's France ahead of the World Cup, but certainly didn't expect the madness that has ensued.

He reckons that former Manchester United defender and French coach in waiting, Laurent Blanc, should have accompanied the team to South Africa.

Fergie: I Was Very Pleased With Hernandez

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Manchester United's new striker, Javier Hernandez, opened his World Cup account with the opening goal against France for Mexico.

Sir Alex Ferguson was watching and was pleased with the performance from his new signing.

"He did very well," said Ferguson. "He showed good movement, quick and sees space very well.

A Big Thanks To John Terry… Again

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Ahead of Manchester United's 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea in the 2008-2009 season, the fans booed routinely as the opposition's team sheet was read out. "...number seventeen, Jose Bosingwa" booooo, "... number 20, Deco" boooo, "... number 26, John Terry" yehhhhh!

This was the first time most of our fans were confronted with the man who was inches away from ruining our summer and denying us our third European Cup.

Fergie: I Sensed Tension In England Camp After Calling Wayne

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he called Wayne Rooney in the past week after feeling as though his player might be suffering from the pressure put on him.

"I had that feeling," Ferguson said. "I spoke to Wayne and I just said: 'Relax and enjoy it.' I just sensed there was a tension in and around the camp from what I was hearing.

PICTURE: Alonso Tells A Joke In Training

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"PICTURE: Alonso Tells A Joke In Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ron: Of Course I Miss Manchester

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Cristiano Ronaldo has today distanced himself from a return move to Manchester United, after his first season in Madrid ended trophyless.

"Yes, of course I miss Manchester," said Ronaldo.

But when asked if he would ever come back to United, Ronaldo winked and said: "No, I don't think I'll be going back.

RoM Reads

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A Kick In The Grass talks about Wayne Rooney as England's latest scapegoat.

The Evening News reckons Capello should drop Rooney on Wednesday.

Matt Lawton of The Daily Mail reports on John Terry's failed attempt of revenge.

Studs Up looks at the effects of this summers World Cup.

Mancunia Merchandise are offering all customers free shipping on any items order

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Mancunia Merchandise are offering all customers free shipping on any items ordered today.

Choose England (on sale), Green and Gold, United > England, Welcome to Manchester, When I Kicked That Hooligan and Manchester is my Heaven, have been the most popular designs of the last month.

If this shop does not ship to your location, check out the US shop, which also has a greater variety of designs.

What Did Fabiano Say About United Again?

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"If you are asking me what team I most admire, I would say Manchester United," Fabiano said in April. "If you play under Sir Alex Ferguson then you are probably going to win a title or another major trophy."

"What Did Fabiano Say About United Again?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ahead Of Brazil’s Second World Cup Game

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RoM was over the moon upon finding out our sweepstake team for the World Cup is Brazil. Despite being drawn in the group of death, alongside Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea, you always have to fancy Brazil's chances to do well in the World Cup.

Their opening game was against North Korea and we all expected them to wipe the floor with them.

VIDEO: Evra’s Bust Up With French Fitness Coach

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BREAKING NEWS: Evra finds his traitor

"VIDEO: Evra's Bust Up With French Fitness Coach" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

BREAKING NEWS: Evra Has Found His Traitor

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Whilst France captain Patrice Evra found it unacceptable for Nicolas Anelka to brand the manager Domenech's mother a whore, he was more frustrated about which person in the camp had sold the story to L'Equipe.

"We must eliminate the traitor from the group, because he wants to hurt the team," said Evra.

Evra: Chelsea Striker Did Say Those Things To The Manager

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Nicolas Anelka got sent home from the World Cup after a falling out with the manager. L'Equipe reported that Raymond Domenech was not too happy with Anelka's first half performance against Mexico and talked to him about it. The striker reacted angrily, leading Domenech to tell him that he was going to sub him off.

What Makes A Football Supporter

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Manchester United supporters have been spoilt over the past couple of decades. You go to Old Trafford expecting a win, regardless of the opposition. You start the season in August expecting at least one trophy come May. In the 20 years since Sir Alex Ferguson's first trophy with us in 1990, the only seasons we haven't won something are 1995, 1998, 2002 and 2005.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Ivory Coast On Tourés, Drogba’s Injury and Sven

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My sweepstake team, Brazil, play the Ivory Coast tomorrow, with the hope of making it six points from six after their slim win over North Korea.

I have had a quick chat with the ever so sharp Gerry McDonnell from GM Football about his sweepstake team's chances.

Scott the Red: So, Ivory Coast eh?

VIDEO: Rooney Slags Off England Fans

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"VIDEO: Rooney Slags Off England Fans" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tosic: How Do I Become A Better Player On The Bench?

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Manchester United sold Zoran Tosic for reportedly £1m more than we paid for him in January 2009.

In his 18 months with the club he made just two appearances in the league, coming on for Berbatov in 77th minute in our 5-0 win over West Brom and just three minutes in our insignificant final match against Hull, both in 2008/2009 season.

Evra: I Am Disgusted

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Patrice Evra was understandably not too impressed after France suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Mexico. It was his new Manchester United team-mate, Javier Hernandez, who scored the opening goal before Abidal conceded a penalty.

Evra, who has been chosen as captain since Thierry Henry has been relegated to the bench, has voiced his frustration with the team's performance.

VIDEO: Hernandezzzzzz Goal Against France

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Chicharito scored his 8th goal in 14 appearances for his national team having just turned 22-years-old this month, and what a time for it to come.

You've got to feel for Paddy who captains France but this is a great moment for our young lad.

"VIDEO: Hernandezzzzzz Goal Against France" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Arsenal’s Bizarre Preparation Exposed

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When Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the European Cup semi-final at the Emirates I could hardly believe it. Despite battering them at Old Trafford, our slim 1-0 lead meant we could have had a real battle when we played away.

"And it's Arsenal, Arsenal FC, we're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen!

FLASHBACK: John O’Shea

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Following on from our flashback of Darren Fletcher, let's take a look at how things have changed for John O'Shea over the years.

May 11th 2001: "We`ve had a dry spell for a couple of years," said Ferguson. "At some stage you have to let the system unchoke and allow it to breathe again.

What Do You Think Of United’s 2010/2011 Fixtures?

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The fixtures for next season are now out.

United have a potentially difficult start to the season, with tricky away trips to Fulham and Everton in the opening few weeks. Potential title deciders at the end of the season are Arsenal away, four games before the end of the season, and Chelsea at home the following week.

Past Openers Against Newcastle

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Opening day of the season 2008/2009: United 1 1 Newcastle
Darren Fletcher

Opening day of the season 2000/2001: United 2 0 Newcastle
Ronny Johnsen, Andy Cole

Opening day of the season 1929/1930: Newcastle 4 1 United

"Past Openers Against Newcastle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: What Is Rooney Playing At Now??

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Wayne Rooney was pictured taking a piss on the fancy golf resort at Lost City earlier this week and has today caused some more controversy. Whilst I'm not one for creating a negative fuss over nothing where our players are concerned, particularly during the World Cup when there are plenty of other media outlets doing that already, you have to wonder what is going through Rooney's head at the moment.

Nev: It’s A Dream To Have Played For United

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Gary Neville has reiterated his stance that he will not play for another club once he has retired from Manchester United and boasted of how lucky he is to play for his boyhood team.

"I am very lucky to have played for 20 years for the club that I grew up supporting and even more lucky that that club happens to be 25 minutes from where I live and that it has been one of the most successful clubs in Europe over that period," said Neville.

Come on Brazil!

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Also known as: A Seleção (The Selection), Verde-Amarela (Green and Yellow) and Esquadrão de Ouro (Golden Squad).
Manager: Dunga Played for Brazil in midfield for 16 years. Dunga's nickname is Portuguese for "Dopey", the smallest of the Seven Dwarfs, which was given to him by his uncle when he believed that he would never grow to be tall.

Nani: I Regret The Embarrassment I Caused

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Nani caused quite a stir this week after claiming that he would be fit in a week, despite being sent home from the World Cup. If he was to return to fitness so soon, it would be he only missed one group stage game, therefore begging the question why Portugal had replaced him in the squad.

Some rumours claimed he had failed a drugs test, although this was immediately denied by the head of anti-doping authority in Portugal.

FLASHBACK: Darren ‘Football Genius’ Fletcher

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So there's not an awful lot of news going around at the moment, so I thought I'd take this time to reflect on some of our players, starting with Darren Fletcher.

He has been one of the biggest success stories for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United over recent years, with the manager always showing faith in him no matter what the fans or captain had to say.

What’s Going On With Nani Then? – Drugs? Fall Out? Injury?

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On June 6th, Nani picked up a shoulder injury in training which wasn't believed to be serious. "I feel better already," the player said before setting off for South Africa. His only concern was whether he would be ready to play in the friendly against Mozambique.

However, two days later, it was confirmed that the injury was in fact so bad that he was no longer able to compete in the World Cup.

PICTURE: You Can Take The Boy Out Of Merseyside…

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Following England's disappointing performance in their 1-1 draw with USA on Saturday, Wayne Rooney enjoyed a spot of golf at the Lost City course of Sun City. Rooney barely got a touch in England's opening game and it became clear why this country is worried about him losing his temper. The best player on the park by a country mile was hardly involved in the game, so you have to wonder what Fabio Capello was thinking with the tactics.

“My feelings are those of pain, rage, sadness and bitterness”

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Nani misses out on the World Cup this summer after picking up a shoulder injury just before the tournament kicked off. After enjoying such a great second half to the season for United, it's recognised as a big loss for the competition that Nani is absent.

He has today revealed his feelings on the situation after returning to Portugal.

PICTURES: Now Fletch Gets Married

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Darren Fletcher has married long term girlfriend, Hayley Grice, and becomes yet another Manchester United player who has tried to find something to fill his World Cup-less summer with. The couple already have three-year-old twin boys.

They tied the knot at St Ambrose Catholic Church in Hale.

Much Truth To These Transfer Rumours? Ballack, Vidic, Kjaer, Krasic

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Nemanja Vidic's agent implied that the defender may be open to a move away from Manchester United after the World Cup finishes.Vidic has spent all season claiming that he is happy at the club and wants to stay here for the next two seasons at least, even having the nerve to get frustrated with speculation that he is seeking a transfer, so it seems fairly puzzling that the agent is now waiting on Vidic's decision on his future.

VIDEO: Park’s Goal Against Greece

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

COMPETITION: Win A Choose Ingerlernd T-shirt

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Q: How many goals will Wayne Rooney score for England against the USA?

Send your full name, address and shirt size to republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.co.uk before 8pm GMT on Saturday.

Choose England t-shirts available from Mancunia Merchandise for as little as £8.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Red Rants On Ingerlernd’s Chances, Brazil and Queiroz

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After adopting Brazil as our own following the draw for The Sun's World Cup sweepstake, RoM will be business as usual ahead of match day, so here is our first View From The Enemy from a Brazilian perspective.

Our first match is against North Korea, who fellow United blogger, Red Rants, got drawn with.

In The Sweepstake, United Have Drawn…

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The Sun contacted us today to let us know that RoM had been entered in their sweepstake along with another 31 bloggers. After finding out the team we had been drawn, I thought it was a bit of a wind up, so asked for clarification on what it was all about.

"In The Sweepstake, United Have Drawn.

“It is a big club but there is a down to earth and grounded quality to it”

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Ahead of England's game on Saturday, the USA coach has spoken out in praise of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I have had a number of really good opportunities to watch Manchester United train, to watch them play, and to spend some time with Sir Alex," said Bradley. "He is inspirational everything that goes on in that club, you can see his personality in it.

Captain Evra

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Patrice Evra has been named the captain of France ahead of the World Cup. Thierry Henry was the former captain but has lost his place in the starting line-up to Nicolas Anelka.

"I'm really proud to be the captain," said Evra. "With talent you win games, but you can only win a tournament with a great team".

The Press On Glazers In 2005

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Fans react to takeover May 12th 2005

Glazer takes control of United May 13th 2005

What will be the Glazer effect May 13th 2005

Glazer gets 98% of United shares June 28th 2005

Q&A: What next in Glazer takeover June 28th 2005

Glazers escape after fan protests June 30th 2005

Glazer makes promise to Ferguson July 1st 2005

Fans not won over by Glazers' vow July 1st 2005

Gloom remains as Glazer speaks out July 2nd 2005

Glazer sums 'fail to add up' July 8th 2005

Fans' Glazer protest 'peaceful' Augusth 10th 2005

Glazers play down European defeat December 8th 2005


"The Press On Glazers In 2005" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: Erm, O’Shea Got Married?

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It looks as though Will Young will be a very disappointed man, if rumours for the past decade are to be believed, with John O'Shea tying the knot with his long term girlfriend, Yvonne Manning.

O'Shea's sexuality has become an obsession for some rival fans, particularly Manchester City, who seem to sing about him every time we play.

Calm Down Wazza, Calm Down

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Every man and his dog seems to have an opinion on Wayne Rooney and his temper after he got booked in a friendly.

Rio Ferdinand

Wayne is experienced now. His disciplinary record has been magnificent over the last couple of years. Since the incident in Germany I think he has done so well to get to where he is now.

England’s odds at the World Cup

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In the last few days, a spate of injuries two of them involving United stars – have disrupted the preparations of the some of the World Cup's leading contenders. But how has this affected the Betfair markets?

The news that Rio Ferdinand will miss the tournament has seen England's odds drift to 8.

What Did You Think Of Panorama?

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Being honest, Panorama is not a programme I've ever made a habit of watching but my impressions from the few occasions I have seen it are that it was informative, detailed and for adults. Now, either Panorama has changed since the last time I watched it or they made a special exception to 'dumb down' for us.

PICTURE: Rooney and Defoe Convincing Chelsea Boy

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It has been confirmed today that Joe Cole is leaving Chelsea this summer after the club and player failed to come to an agreement on a contract.

With every month that has passed, my opinion that Cole was set to leave the club became more and more likely to happen. This will be the last big contract of his career, given that he is now 28-years-old, so it stands to reason he wanted reasurrance over his future.

Fergie: We’ll Bring Title Back To Best Place In The World

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Sir Alex Ferguson claims that the Premiership trophy will be returning home next season and that we would have retained our title if not for the dreadful officiating in our game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"Next season we'll go again and bring back the title to the best place in the world," said Ferguson.

Make Sure You’re Watching

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In case you hadn't already pencilled this in to your diaries, be sure to watch Panorama tonight at 10.35 on BBC1.

With the press reporting on the news that the Glazers are a massive £1.1bn in debt yesterday, I'm sure you will be keen to learn just how fucked we are.

However, for those who have scoffed at the green and gold movement, it can't be denied just how much press attention the iconic colours have drawn in.

Temper, Temper Wayne

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Wayne Rooney scored a goal and received a yellow card in England's friendly match against Platinum Stars. Surprisingly, the decision was made that England would take on the team with the worst disciplinary record in the league, just days before the World Cup kicks off.

The referee, Jeff Selogilwe, claimed he showed Rooney a yellow card for dissent.

Another United Player Ruled Out Of World Cup

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It has been confirmed today that Nani has been forced to withdraw from the Portugal squad after suffering a shoulder injury.

"After tests we conclude he is unfit to participate in the World Cup," read a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation.

He picked up the injury last week in training but inital thoughts were the injury wasn't too bad.

Choose England T-Shirts

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Choose England t-shirts available from Mancunia Merchandise for as little as £8.50.

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UNITED > England designs on Mancunia Merchandise: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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RoM Reads

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The Andersred blog has some startling research on the Glazers.

The Guardian also looks at the truth about the Glazers.

The Daily Mail talks about the making of Wayne Rooney.

The Promised Land looks at the Real Madrid players United should look to sign.

Studs Up takes the piss out of Benitez.

PICTURES: What Have Our Players Been Up To?

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Ryan Giggs played a charity match at Old Trafford at the weekend for Soccer Aid, helping The Rest Of The World beat England.

Nemanja Vidic was confronted by a shirtless and very brave Serbia supporter in a friendly against New Zealand.

Park Ji-Sung showed off his new haircut ahead of South Korea's game against Japan.

Quotes Of The Week

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"Rio said: 'I think somebody cursed me'. That is honestly how he feels. Rio is very down. He cannot understand why this has happened to him."
Rio's agent, Pini Zhavi, on how the defender is feeling

"The way France got to the World Cup with the handball in the play-off against Ireland could have an effect at the finals.

Choose England

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Choose England. Choose to string up and set alight effigies of Beckham after France 98. Choose to celebrate wildly four years later when Beckham scores the goal against Greece that puts England in the World Cup and go on to worship him. Choose to sing "Stand up if you hate Man U" at Wembley while Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham are on the pitch.

Toure To United?

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Yaya Toure looks set to make a move to the Premiership this season although there is no news on which club as yet. The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past and his agent confirmed a few weeks ago that he would not be joining Arsenal.

"If everything goes well, Yaya will go to England," said Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk.

Poor Rio

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Rio Ferdinand will miss the World Cup this summer after picking up an injury in training. The 31-year-old has endured an injury ravaged season although hoped that after getting a string of games together towards the end of the season that he would be fit to captain his country.

However, following a tackle with Emile Heskey in training, Rio will now miss out on what would have probably been his last World Cup and certainly his last opportunity as captain.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian has a nice article from the perspective of the scouts who first saw the likes of Rooney, Messi and Kaka.

Martin Keown writes for The Daily Mail about how Rio is irreplaceable for England.

The Evening News looks at what the World Cup can do for Carrick.

Listen to Key 103 to hear an interview with Aon's Chief Executive, Greg Case.

Reclaim Our Club

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Join RoM's 'Reclaim Our Club' Facebook group for all news related to the ownership of our club, the debt and the green and gold protests.

"Reclaim Our Club" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

No Red Knights Bid

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"The Red Knights remain committed to pursuing their efforts to try and help bring ownership of Manchester United to its supporters, and under a structure with materially less debt," said a statement on behalf of the group. "As we have maintained however since news of our ambitions first emerged in March, we will only attempt to purchase the club at a sensible price, consistent with the long-term interests of the club.

STATS: Benitez vs Ferguson Spending

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Jamie Kanwar from Liverpool Kop has compiled some excellent stats which look at the comparative spending of Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as their achievements with their respective clubs.

There are some key points which are important to consider before looking at these statistics.

RoM’s In Depth Review: Stories of the Season II

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January 2010

7th: Attendances: City vs United
We look at statistics which totally disprove City's ridiculous lie.
11th: Tribute to Albert Scanlon
RoM favourite, Giles Oakley, talks about his memories of the Busby Babe.
12th: Another analysis of the debt
A United fan looks at United's debt in detail.