Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

Nani: I Want To Help United Win The League This Season

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Nani has spoken about his frustration over missing the World Cup through injury and his hopes for the season.

"It was a bad time," said Nani. "No-one wants to miss a World Cup or a European Championship. I was very, very bored in my house. Now I want to help United win the title next season and I will work hard for that.

Kuszczak: I Want To Be United’s Number 1

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Whilst Edwin Van der Sar is still going strong, it is clear that our keeper, who is almost 40-years-old, cannot go on forever.

After Peter Schmeichel left the club, Manchester United had a disastrous time trying to find a reliable and consistent number 1, and it was six years after the Great Dane retired that we found a worthy replacement, when Edwin joined us from Fulham.

Kiko: This Season I’ll Show What I Can Do

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After scoring two goals against the MLS All Stars, Federico Macheda has spoken to SB Nation Houston about his hopes for next season.

"Kiko: This Season I'll Show What I Can Do" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News still fancies us to sign Ozil.

United Rant looks at Ferguson's latest defence of the Glazers.

Studs Up decides on the perfect footballer.

One United USA reports on our victory over MLS All Stars.

The Spoiler has great footage of Ashley Young's crossbar challenge.

Rafael: I Play For The Best Team In The World

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Rafael da Silva has been called up to the 23-man Brazilian national squad for their friendly against the USA in August. New manager Mano Menezes has left out some of Dunga's World Cup squad, after the team's disappointing end to the tournament.

Rafael is obviously very happy to have been called up and recognises he is likely to play in Maicon's absence.

Evans: I’m Loving Getting A Run In The Team

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Jonny Evans speaks with SB Nation Houston after our 5-2 victory over MLS All Stars. He reflects on the win, the trip to New York and playing alongside his brother Corry for Northern Ireland.

"Evans: I'm Loving Getting A Run In The Team" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Kiko and Chicharito Are Staying

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about his plans to keep Javier Hernandez and Federico Macheda at Manchester United next season, which suggests the likes of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley will be loaned out.

"I need to keep Macheda and Hernandez," said Ferguson. "There was a lot of purpose in the way they played their football.

10 Quick Observations From MLS All Stars Victory

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1. We are the first British team to beat the MLS All Stars before going to penalties.
2. Ryan Giggs has played plenty of the pre-season so far and looks to be in top notch condition.
3. John O'Shea shouldn't be played in midfield.
4. We do have players capable of scoring in the absence of Wayne Rooney.

VIDEO: Kiko, Gibson, Cleverley and Chicharito Goals vs MLS All Stars

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Federico Macheda's first goal on 24 seconds, his second goal, Darron Gibson's cracking freekick, Tom Cleverley's skilful set up and finish to make it four, before substitute Javier Hernandez scored on his début.

"VIDEO: Kiko, Gibson, Cleverley and Chicharito Goals vs MLS All Stars" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Chicharito – I’m Living The Dream

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Javier Hernandez scored in the fifth goal in our 5-2 win over MLS All Stars.

"VIDEO: Chicharito I'm Living The Dream" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Don’t Buy A Shirt, A Pie Or A Pint…

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"VIDEO: Don't Buy A Shirt, A Pie Or A Pint..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

City Assistant Speaks Fondly Of The Gaffer

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Brian Kidd spent 11 years wearing our shirt, after progressing through the ranks, winning two league titles, the FA Cup as well as scoring in our 1968 winning European Cup final. Sir Alex Ferguson then brought him back to the club in the 1980s to work with our youngsters, before promoting him to assistant manager in 1991.

LIVE BLOG: MLS All Stars vs United

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All you need to know about the MLS All Stars

"LIVE BLOG: MLS All Stars vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: United At Nasa

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"PICTURES: United At Nasa" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

All You Need To Know About The MLS All Stars

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Manchester United take on the MLS All Stars in Houston tonight, wanting to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the weekend.

Goalkeepers
Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy) 33-year-old who has played for Bolton and Bradford City.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
Heath Pearce (FC Dallas)
Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire)
Kevin Alston (New England Revolution)

Midfielders
Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew)
Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution)
Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)

Forwards
Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls)
Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Jaime Moreno (DC United)

RoM will be running a live blog from 1am.

Giggs: I’ve Never Wanted To Leave United

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Ryan Giggs has reflected on how he still has the hunger for football and his career at United.

"In my first full season we lost out in the league to Leeds," said Giggs. "That just sticks in your mind. It makes you more determined, and after that I had a lot of success but along the way lots of disappointments.

STATS: Which Teams Spend The Most?

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Continuing on with the theme of buying success, I was pointed in the right direction of an article in The Mirror which looked at every Premiership season's top spender. It is interesting to note that only on 5 occasions have the summer's biggest spenders gone on to win the title the following season.

STATS: Chelsea, City and United – Buying Success

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Before the debate of Chelsea or City's money was brought to the Premiership, jealous fans of other teams used to talk of Manchester United 'buying' success.

As City and Chelsea have kindly proven for us since then, having a load of money isn't the be all and end all to success. There are several elements you need to create a dominating club and whilst money is essential, so is the guidance of a skilled manager, the dedication of a talented squad, and that little bit of luck that always seems to go hand in hand with successful teams.

TRANSCRIPT: Ferguson’s Interview On Loyal Players, The Debt and The Agony Of Leaving

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What keeps you motivated?

A lot of factors come in to it. The most important thing is I'm at the right club. It's a fantastic football club which demands the challenge all the time, every day and every year. We have the challenge of being at the top, I think that helps me. The second thing is you need good energy, natural energy which I've been blessed with and been fortunate enough to have.

VIDEO: Chicharito Meets Up With Fergie and Co.

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"VIDEO: Chicharito Meets Up With Fergie and Co." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Money Cousins

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When Roman Abramovich came on the scene, Manchester United fans were very touchy. Here we were, with a vast history, with wealth we'd amassed from our massive fan base, a massive fan base we'd amassed because of our vast history, and in walks Abramovich to attempt to buy it all. We were outraged. Probably not as outraged as Liverpool, whose impressive history really was a distant memory, but nevertheless, we weren't impressed.

Rio Tweets: Career at United, Reliving Rome, Robinson’s Spitting and Rooney on FIFA

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Q: Are you planning to spend the rest of your career at United?
A: Of course. I still get a buzz when I go into Carrington to train everyday and I don't want that to end.

Q: What is the most annoying pre-match ritual you have seen of a player?
A: Paul Robinson spitting copious amounts on the floor before games not great hygiene!

Fergie: Well Done Scouts For Finding Hernandez

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Manchester United new signing, Javier Hernandez, scored against France and Argentina in this summer's World Cup, an impressive feat for our young striker, given the likes of Messi, Rooney, Kaka and Torres failed to score.

Sir Alex Ferguson is relieved we signed the 22-year-old before the summer, recognising that the competition for his signature and price tag would have dramatically increased following his performances in the World Cup.

Chicharito Joins Up With Squad And Will Play On Wednesday

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Javier Hernandez joined up with the Manchester United squad yesterday after being given a break after the World Cup. After visiting the Texas Children's Hospital with the squad yesterday, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke of his short term plans for the 22-year-old striker.

"He joined us today and so we have to ascertain what he has been doing in the last few weeks physically, we would like to use him in part of the game on Wednesday partly because I know there is a big Mexican population in Houston and it would be a very exciting attraction for them," Ferguson said.

Scholes: I’d Rather City Were In Division Two

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Paul Scholes has questioned Manchester City's potential to mount a title challenge this season, wondering whether Roberto Mancini has the ability to bring the team of individuals together.

Only Chelsea have spent more cash than City on players in the Premiership years, although as yet, two years on, they have nothing to show for it.

RoM Reads

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The Philly Soccer Page looks at the United fans who were not allowed to wear anti-Glazer material when watching the reds in their pre-season game against Philadelphia Union.

Check out United Nights which are evenings organised by David May and hosted by Pete Boyle with former United players coming along to take part in fun Q&A sessions.

COMPETITION: How Prolific Was Ruud In The White Shirt?

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RoM are backing the idea of resisting purchasing the latest Manchester United shirt as another attack in getting the Glazers out of the club. We're not preaching or telling any other red what they should do, but if you're undecided, read the thinking behind this.

Every week over the summer we will be giving away a pre-Glazer United shirt as a way of encouraging people to dig out their old shirts, buy off eBay, or wear another United-related t-shirt, instead of going out and buying the newest shirt.

View from the stands vs Kansas

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And after that dreadful performance, the fans in Kansas applauded United off the pitch.

Big thanks to Joel Simburger for the picture and videos.

"View from the stands vs Kansas" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Quoted

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Here's a collection of quotes about Manchester United or our players which all individually made me smile. Some of them you will have heard before, some you might not, but I hope you enjoy them.

A United player is a passionate mix of skill, heart and youth. Manchester United are all about flair and improvisation; a club with history and style bred on romance.

VIDEO: Lazy Berbatov Scores Perfect Lazy Penalty

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A cool finish from Dimitar Berbatov from the spot took United to 1-1, before conceding to lose 2-1 against Kansas City Wizards.

"VIDEO: Lazy Berbatov Scores Perfect Lazy Penalty" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: Kansas City Wizards vs United

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All you need to know about KCW
Interview with RoM in the Kansas Daily Star

"LIVE BLOG: Kansas City Wizards vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

All You Need To Know About Kansas City Wizards

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1. Founded in 1995 and known as The Wiz and KC. The "Wizards" name refers to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was set in Kansas.
2. They play at the 10,385 capacity stadium called Community America Ballpark. The noisiest section of the stadium is known as "The Cauldron".
3. In 2008, the Wizards moved their home game against the Los Angeles Galaxy to Arrowhead Stadium to accommodate the larger crowd that was expected to be in attendance for David Beckham's Kansas City début.

Giggs: I’m About 25 In My Head

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Ryan Giggs reckons he's a better player now than he was in the earlier stages of his career because now he can't just rely on his pace to beat his opponent.

"I am a better player now than I was in my early 20s, I have lost that explosive pace where I could knock the ball past a defender and knew I would beat him," said Giggs.

Giggs: Fergie Will Be Here Years Yet

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Ryan Giggs reckons there's no chance of Sir Alex Ferguson retiring any time soon, with him having the passion and dedication to help him stay in charge for at least another five years.

"The manager is as good as ever and will go on for a long time," said Giggs. "To be honest I can see him as a manager of United in five years time, easily, even at 75.

Van der Sar: It’s A Great Club To Be At

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Edwin Van der Sar, who turns 40-years-old in October, has responded to questions about his retirement.

"I have been hearing these questions for the last three or four years," said Edwin. "Sometimes you surprise yourself also. It is a great club to be at. You play in the Premier League, the Champions League, you have a chance of winning titles and trophies and competing against the best players in the league.

Kansas City Star Talks To RoM

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Ahead of United's game in Kansas tomorrow, the Kansas City Star got in touch and this is what they wrote...

To really get to know Manchester United, you need someone who follows the team day-in and day-out, lives in Manchester and writes the best Red Devil blog in the world.

Lucky for us, I've found that guy.

Quotes Of The Week

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"It's a dream come true. I've only been here for a couple of days and my head is still in the clouds. It has all happened so quickly. I could have stayed at Chelsea because the fans loved me and I won things, but I wanted to challenge myself and when I knew Liverpool were interested it was a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country.

RoM Reads

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Two Hundred Percent has a great article on our season ticket sales.

The Daily Mail also talks about season ticket sales.

The Guardian looks at the red devil and vuvuzelas.

The Daily Mail questions Joe Cole's claims over who the biggest club in England is.

Check out our Reclaim Our Club Facebook group for the latest protest stories.

VIDEO: We Have Aon In…

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The winner of the first shirt will be announced on Monday and the second shirt competition will be launched.

"VIDEO: We Have Aon In..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDIC DEFINITELY STAYING!

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Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a move away for United all season, despite the player's constant reassurance that he was staying until the end of his current contract, which expires in 2012.

I argued that may well be his plan but there was no way United were going to let him go on a free transfer, so would probably sell him to Real Madrid next summer once the likes of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling had another year of Premiership football under their belts, and any other potential replacement had been spotted.

Only 4,000 Season Tickets Available?

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In almost 25% of the sections available for season tickets, the club class the ticket availability as "good", limited availability in 30%, with just 45% of the sections completely sold out.

Less than three months ago, the club were offering fans the opportunity to join the "season ticket waiting list", but today put 4,000 season tickets on general sale.

View From The Stands: Philly vs United

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United's second game was in the city or brotherly love. The game ended 1:0 to United with Obertan scoring the only game of the game.

Philadelphia is a perfect representation of all things America. They love their sports teams and they are a passionate bunch. So it wasn't entirely surprising when I was greeted to a sea of Philadelphia Unions fans.

Scholes: I’m At The Top Club In The World So Why Would I Have Left?

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Andy Mitten had a chat with Paul Scholes before the end of the season about several topics, including his favourite meal from the chippy and Sir Alex Ferguson's advice on tackling.

Whilst the praise from his peers his never-ending, with the likes of Zidane, Davids and Henry claiming he was the best central midfielder of his time, his unassuming nature means he doesn't get the recognition he deserves when the official awards are handed out.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reckons we're about to offer Nemanja Vidic a contract worth £90k a week.

Andy Mitten writes for the Evening News about Paul Scholes.

The Spoiler has pictures of our lads in New York.

The Mirror works out who the biggest club in the country is.

The Rossobianchi blog is back to speed.

Corry: To Be With United Is A Real Privilege

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Corry Evans has just enjoyed a great season for the Reserves, captaining the side as they won the Northern and National league titles.

The 19-year-old is been included in our USA Tour squad and has got some playing time under his belt, much to his delight.

"It has been a great few months for me and I want it to keep going," said Evans.

PICTURES From The Stands: Philly vs United

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Big thanks to Tejash Patel for the photos.

"PICTURES From The Stands: Philly vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO From The Stands: Philly vs United

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Big thanks to Sanjay Raveendranath for the videos, who had the fortune of Bryan Robson holding the door open for him.

Cleverley: Playing Alongside Scholesy Is Every Young Lad’s Dreams

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Tom Cleverley, who has impressed on the pre-season so far, reckons he is living the dream getting to play alongside the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

"Playing for United and alongside someone like Scholesy is what every young lad dreams of," Cleverley said. "He's a great mentor for me – I look to him every day in training and he's definitely someone I can learn a lot from.

Arsenal Legend: Evra Did Nothing Wrong

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During this summer's World Cup, Chelsea striker, Nicolas Anelka, called his International manager's mother a whore, and told him to go fuck himself.

Raymond Domenech gave Anelka the opportunity to apologise but he refused.

The events of this were reported in L'Equipe and without consulting the players or manager, the French FA sent Anelka packing.

VIDEO: Obertan Explains Goal Celebration

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After Gabriel Obertan scored the winning goal against Philadelphia Union last night, the Frenchman performed a fairly odd celebration. Danny Welbeck, who assisted the goal, ran over to celebrate with him.

Obertan, who is only 21-years-old and speaks perfect English, explained his celebration after the match.

Happy Anniversary Rio

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It was on this day eight years ago that Rio Ferdinand joined Manchester United from Leeds.

"I'm delighted to be joining Manchester United," said Rio, then just 23-years-old. "I'm hoping to improve as a player and this is definitely a step in the right direction. I never thought in a million years I would be playing alongside players like Juan Sebastian Veron and Roy Keane.

PICTURE: Who Wore No.14 Before Chicharito?

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Manchester United newbie, Javier Hernandez, will wear the number 14 shirt for Manchester United, with his nickname, Chicharito, on the back.

But who else has worn this shirt?

Zoran Tosic is the most recent who was given the shirt number last season. It had remained empty for a couple of seasons after previous no.

RoM Reads

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F365 reckons Sir Alex Ferguson is wrong about his opinion on the FA and England.

The Mirror has Fergie's post-match thoughts bout Philadelphia Union.

The Spoiler has Beckham's best haircuts.

Kickette shows Coleen is bringing in her hair share to the Rooney household.

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

PICTURE: Do The Obertan

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"PICTURE: Do The Obertan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fletch: I’d Like To See Chelsea Play With Lampard And Ballack In Defence

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The Manchester United injury crisis hit rock bottom when for several games we were forced to play with Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick as our central defensive pairing. The extent of our injuries was ridiculous.

We were just 8 games away from the end of the season before our first choice back five played and that only occurred in a total of 6 out of the 38 games.

VIDEO: Obertan’s Goal Against Philadelphia Union

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Gabriel Obertan scored the winning goal for Manchester United against MLS side Philadelphia Union. Dimitar Berbatov also came close to scoring.

"VIDEO: Obertan's Goal Against Philadelphia Union" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Everything You Need To Know About Philadelphia Union

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1. Philadelphia Union, known as Zolos, were founded in 2008. Their nickname came about at a "Meet-the-Owners" event held two days before the expansion press conference, they wore nametags with handwritten numbers intended to read "2010." The number was mistakenly interpreted as "ZOLO" by an ownership group member.

LIVE BLOG: Philadelphia Union vs United

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Reflections On Former Chelsea Player’s Decision

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Joe Cole signed for the Chelsea when he was just 21-years-old, which was a dream come true for the winger who grew up supporting Chelsea.

After 7 years with his boyhood team, Chelsea refused to meet Cole's wage demands of £90,000 a week after a couple of dodgy seasons with injury and failure to find form.

PICTURES: United Players On Rocky Steps

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Manchester United are currently in Philadelphia ahead of their pre-season game tonight (which we will be running a live blog for) so took time out from training to re-enact the famous scene from Rocky where Sylvester Stallone runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"PICTURES: United Players On Rocky Steps" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Nani’s Pre-Season Training

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How Will The Glazers Get Around This One?

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Religious leaders in Malaysia have told Muslims that they should not wear a Manchester United shirt because of the image of the red devil in the logo.

"There is no excuse for wearing such garments because it means, as a Muslim, you are idolising the symbol of another religion," Datuk Nooh Gadot, the Mufti of Johor, said.

Smalling: It’s Great To Be A Part Of Such A Great Club

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Chris Smalling is loving life at Manchester United so far, following his move from Fulham in January which saw him meet up with the players this summer.

He is currently on tour with the team and, despite giving away a penalty on his début, is having a great time.

"The tour has been a really enjoyable experience so far," said Smalling.

Brown: Giggs Is My Favourite Player Of All Time

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Wes Brown may have embarrassed club team mate Ryan Giggs when naming him his favourite all time player.

Brown reckons the length of his career and achievements with one club put him above anyone else, with only Sir Bobby Charlton, whose appearances record Giggs broke in 2008, coming close.

"I know it is going to sound daft this but I would have to say Giggsy," said Brown.

Pique: Never Seen Anyone More Upset By Defeat Than Wayne

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Gerard Pique won the Premiership and European Cup in his last season with Manchester United, before joining Barcelona, where has won a shed load more medals, including a couple more league titles, another European Cup, and most recently, the World Cup.

Still, have played for current world champions, Spain, and current Spanish champions, Barcelona, Pique admits he has never come across a player more frustrated by defeat than Wayne Rooney.

Pique: Rooney Won’t Ever Leave United

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Gerard Pique, who left Manchester United to return to boyhood club Barcelona, reckons Rooney is a red for life, thanks to the great relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I am sure that many clubs want to sign Rooney but I will be surprised if he ever leaves Manchester ­United," said Pique.

PICTURES: View From The Stands At United’s Opener Against Celtic

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United started the pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Celtic, thanks to goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.

United fan and Toronto resident, Bruce, got in contact with his review and pictures from the game...

United's match against Celtic at Toronto's Rogers Centre stadium was a unique event for many Canadian football fans who are not able to see United week in week out, as well as a reunion for English expats who stand by the team.

Leaders – Comparing Arsenal To United

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I was having a conversation with an Arsenal fan about what his club will do about the captaincy this season if Barcelona aren't permitted to buy Cesc Fabregas. The lad has repeatedly stated his desire to join his boyhood club and if he stays at Arsenal it's nothing to do with his own wishes, rather the fact his club won't negotiate and Barcelona won't offer enough cash.

Vidic Will Be Told To Wait Like Ronaldo

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Rumours linking Nemanja Vidic with a move away from Manchester to somewhere hot have been circulating all season, with the defender repeatedly insistent that is going to see out his contract. The problem with that, from the club's perspective, is he would 30-years-old then and would leave on a free.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News reports on Solskjaer's opinion of youngsters in football.

Man Utd 24 has a write up on Javier Hernandez.

Dear Mr Levy will make you laugh.

The Guardian want Beckham to clear off now.

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

VIDEO: Robson Pitches At Chicago Cubs In New Shirt

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Whilst in Chicago launching Manchester United's new shirt design, Bryan Robson was invited to a Cubs game to throw the first pitch.

"VIDEO: Robson Pitches At Chicago Cubs In New Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I Turned England Job Down Twice

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Sir Alex Ferguson was offered the England job on the back of our double winning season in 1996 and our treble winning season in 1999. Obviously, our manager turned the FA down on both occasions, claiming that it would be a 'terrible job' to have.

"I was offered the chance to manage the England team on a couple of occasions but, of course, it was just out of the question," said Ferguson.

Fletcher’s Pep Talk Worked

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On the day of United's first pre-season game against Celtic, Darren Fletcher spoke out in praise of Dimitar Berbatov, hailing him as a great player and an important component of our squad.

"Dimitar is a great player," he said. "He has fantastic ability. I cannot see him going anywhere.

VIDEO: Berbatov, Welbeck and Cleverley Goals Against Celtic

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LIVE BLOG: United 1 – 0 Celtic

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Cantona: City Stand A Chance Against United… Over 89 Minutes

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Manchester United beat Manchester City in injury time on three occasions last season, which ultimately denied the blues their place in the Champions League, as well as propelling United to their League Cup final win.

Eric Cantona has today mocked City and fancies United's chances to win the league this season.

Rooney The Red

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What does Wazza make of our new kit?

"It's a good colour," he said. Yes Wayne, yes it is. "It's not as tight around the neck which gives you a bit more freedom and I really like the fact it has a collar."

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RoM's stance on the new shirt

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VIDEO: Chicharito Goal Against Barcelona

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In the summer of 2008, Guadalajara took on Barcelona in a pre-season friendly. The team that we had knocked out in the European Cup semi-final that year beat the Mexican team 5-2, but it was our very own Javier Hernandez, who had just turned 20-years-old, who scored one of his side's goals.

Chicharito's goal against Barcelona starts at 5.

Berbatov: Fans Show How Big United Is

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The reaction to Manchester United in the USA is somewhat different to the hysteria that follows them in the Far East, but Dimitar Berbatov is still impressed with the welcome the club have received on this summer's pre-season tour.

"You get a positive energy from the fans," Berbatov said.

PICTURE: United Players Launch New Kit In Chicago

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Don't forget about the RoM competitions which are offering you plenty of opportunities to win a pre-Glazer shirt

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Fletch: I Never Want To Leave United

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Darren Fletcher has again spoke highly of his club, claiming that anywhere after United is a step down.

"You look at it as a step down if you leave," said Fletch. "If you're lucky enough to stay, you'll have played at the top for your whole career and it doesn't get much bigger than Manchester United.

COMPETITION: Wear Your Old Shirts With Pride

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In a bid to encourage more people to dig out their old shirts rather than fund the Glazer's latest United shirt, RoM will be giving away old shirts for you to wear in place of the new jersey. What better day to launch this than the day United's new kit is revealed in Chicago!

The first shirt on offer is our home strip from 96-98.

Scholes: Next Season Might Not Be My Last

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Paul Scholes has today claimed that he might play on longer than the current season he has a contract for, as long as he's playing well.

Last season he scored the winning goal against Besiktas in the Champions League, as well as in the league against Wolves and Manchester City. He also scored in the League Cup semi-final against City, and against AC Milan in the San Siro.

Best Pictures You’ll See All Year – Torres and Fabregas

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Liverpool FC were ever so proud to see their striker, Fernando Torres, wearing their scarf as he celebrated in the dressing room with the World Cup. They claimed it was the best sight they would see all year (let's face it, Thursday nights on Channel 5 is their highlight for the continuation of 2010), particularly consider the striker has refused to commit his future to the club after plenty of speculation he is ready for a move following Liverpool's dismal season and failure to win anything in Torres' time at the club.

RoM Reads

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Sky Sports reveals Ferguson's claims that our World Cup players may miss the opening game of the season.

ManUtd24 shows pictures of Fabregas wearing a Barca shirt.

The Daily Mail shows how Fernando Torres exchanged his Liverpool scarf for an Atletico Madrid one to celebrate bringing home the World Cup.

Iniesta: I Dream Of Playing At Old Trafford

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Andres Iniesta, who at the weekend added a World Cup winners medal to his already impressive collection, has today revealed that he would love to play at Old Trafford... sadly, in his Barcelona colours though.

"It's a league I love to watch, but I never have any intention of leaving Barcelona," said Iniesta.

You’ve Made Your Decision On Renewal… Now The Shirt

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Since the Glazers bought our club, the fans have been posed with all sorts of dilemmas. Should I renew my season ticket? Should I still go to the ground? Should I buy a beer and programme when I get there? Should I wear the latest shirt? Should I watch FC United instead? It goes on and on.

I have renewed my season ticket for next season.

PICTURE: No Twitter For Chicarito

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At the beginning of the year, the club claimed that no Manchester United players have their own personal network account for places like Facebook and Twitter.

However, during the boring summer months for Rio Ferdinand, he joined the world of Twitter, and has becomed fairly obsessed with it.

Smith: It Will Be Special To Go Back To United

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Against all odds, Alan Smith won over the Manchester United faithful following his move from hated rivals Leeds. He had previously claimed he would never sign for United, given his feelings for us growing up in Leeds, and when he arrived here, his scoring record was dreadful. Just 6 league goals in 31 appearances during his first season meant that our manager shifted him in to the centre of midfield, where he often looked out of depth and lacking confidence in what he was supposed to be doing.

Fergie: Sneijder Didn’t Snub Us

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Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for Holland's Wesley Sneijder, following great performances from the midfielder in the World Cup.

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti claimed that United had asked about the availability of the player, before Sneijder confirmed that he would be staying in Italy next season.

City Target: United Is A Great Club

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Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini, revealed that he was interested in signing Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli this summer.

"We are always interested in good players," Mancini said in reference to the 19-year-old. "If Inter decide to sell, we will be there."

The striker who scored and assisted a total of 19 goals in Italy last season has revealed that he is flattered to be linked with a move away from the club, specifically naming United as a great club.

PICTURE: Snoop Dogg Performs In Rio’s United Shirt

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Snoop Dogg performed at Manchester Apollo for Orange RockCorps last night and took to the stage wearing his pal Rio Ferdinand's United shirt.

Rio met up with Snoop earlier in the day and gave him a shirt to perform in.

Rumour has it that we'll see Snoop making a cameo appearance on Coronation Street too.

PICTURE: Smalling & Team In Training… Wearing Crop Tops

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VIDEO: Pally On Talking To The Fans, Going To The Games and Rooney Replacing Ron

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Are You Disappointed Forlan Won’t Return?

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Diego Forlan played the first game of the 2004-2005 season and then was sold rather mysteriously. Whilst he hadn't set the world alight during his time with Manchester United, it was fairly odd for him to leave after the season began.

We had paid Independiente £7.5m for him just a month after selling Andy Cole to Blackburn for £8m, but then sold him on to Villarreal a couple of years later.

More Bad News On Hargreaves

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It's amazing to think that Owen Hargreaves was registered in Manchester United's European squad for the group stages, so confident were the club that the midfielder would make his return before Christmas.

Months have flown by and Hargreaves was still out, although did get a run out for a few minutes at the end of the season, much to our relief.

PICTURE: What The Hell, Fergie?

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It was just like any other day at Manchester United's Carrington training ground. The players who weren't on World Cup duty had returned, the manager was sussing out which youngsters should go on loan, the Kwakwaka-Wakw tribe popped by for a chat...

Ok, so actually, a fairly unusual day for United, with the Canadian Indian tribe from Vancouver visiting our training ground after a visit to Salford.

VIDEO: Fergie, Sign Him Up – Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Fletch: We Need To Share The Goal Load

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"There was a lot of pressure on Wayne to score all the goals last season and he took that burden on," said Fletcher. "But sometimes that does not happen. All strikers go through phases when they do not score goals and that is when it is important that everyone else steps up and does their bit.

PICTURE: Rio With His Homeboy Snoop

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Rio Ferdinand, who sees himself as a big of a g, met Snoop Dogg at Orange Rock Corps today.

Our central defender is back in rehab training at the moment overcome the injury which kept him out of the World Cup.

"PICTURE: Rio With His Homeboy Snoop" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News reckons we're going to sign Gary Cahill.

The Telegraph confirms that it was Joe Cole's salary demands which put United off, which was said on here weeks ago.

Kickette has the latest news on new daddy Ronaldo.

F365 reports on Torres' agents claims which suggest if he does leave Liverpool he will stay in the Premier League.

VIDEO: United’s Crossbar Challenge

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Fergie: We Wanted Villa

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David Villa is one of the few big name players who can actually be proud of their World Cup performance, with him scoring 5 goals in 5 games.

Villa signed for Barcelona at the beginning of the summer, after United put a last minute bid in for the striker. He seems to be worth every penny of the £35m the Spaniards spent.

“Carrick Should Have Played For England”

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Real Madrid midfield, Xavi Alonso, has today claimed that one of the reasons England failed to impress during this World Cup was because Michael Carrick was below Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Manchester City's Gareth Barry in the midfield pecking order.

"Gerrard is a great player. He inspires and leads, he is very strong and is capable of making players around him raise their game, but he also needs players alongside to bring the best out of him," said Alonso.

Suarez: I Would Leave Ajax For United

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Luis Suarez, who scored an incredible 49 goals in 48 games for Ajax last season, has claimed he would be interested in moving to Manchester United.

The 23-year-old striker has scored 3 goals so far in this World Cup but has been at the centre of controversy following his goal line handball which helped Uruguay beat Ghana to reach the semi-finals.

Liverpool Boss Doesn’t Want To Lose Ferguson Friendship

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Liverpool's chairman is a Chelsea fan and their new manager is desperate to keep his excellent relationship with Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I know Sir Alex is not really a Liverpool man so I'm a bit concerned about my excellent relationship with him," said Hodgson. "I hope he forgives me for moving north and, hopefully, we can have a glass of wine together, maybe in secret.

Why Is The Club Selling This Book?

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Wayne Rooney employed law firm Schillings in an attempt to prevent John Sweeney's book, Rooney's Gold, being published.

Sweeney, who recently presented the Panorama documentary on the Glazers, has delved in to Rooney's past, looking at his life in Croxteth, his encounters with prostitutes, the agent controversy and his marriage to Coleen.

Funny What Money Can Do

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David Silva claimed that he wanted to sign for a big club in England, and in the last month named both Manchester United and Chelsea as teams he wanted to join.

However, he then put pen to paper on a deal with Manchester City.

Yaya Toure, who is another player who has been linked with the likes of United, Arsenal and Chelsea, but who also wanted to sign for a big club.

Nev Prompts FA To Develop Backbone

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Gary Neville had a pop at the FA after they announced they would take two weeks to decide whether Fabio Capello would keep his job as England manager.

A week before the World Cup began, the FA were so confident in the Italian that they offered him a two year extension on his current contract.

Owen: Everyone Driven To Win Here

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Michael Owen has explained what stood out to him the most upon joining Manchester United, after playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle.

"One of the things that struck me when I arrived at United was the desire to win," he said. "Giggs, Scholes, Neville, and the manager, all expect to win.

Evans Is The United Future

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Michael Owen has today claimed that lifelong Manchester United fan, Jonny Evans, is the future of our club.

"Jonny is the future of Manchester United," he said. "Obviously Rio is in his 30s now and has a good few years left but Jonny has the potential to be every bit as good and commanding as Rio.

Thank You and Farewell

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Ken Ramsden started working for Manchester United as a 15-year-old office boy. Over the next 50 years he worked his way up through the ranks at the club, moving up to ticket office manager, programme editor, press officer, assistant secretary all the way up to club secretary.

He got the job two years after the Munich Air Disaster, so was a part of the club as it started rebuilt and the next great team was formed.

VIDEO: Fletch, O’Shea and Evans Dish The Dirt On Team Mates

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