Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2010

COMPETITION: Wear Your Old Shirts For Liverpool Game

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All summer RoM have been giving away old shirts in a bid to encourage fans not to go out and buy the latest strip. If you're undecided or not sure, read the thinking behind this.

With the green and gold campaign proving to be hugely popular last season and generating a huge amount of media interest, it has been suggested that for our upcoming game against Liverpool, all fans should shun the latest shirt and instead wear an old one, which dates to pre-Glazer.

Ferguson Has To Pick Hargreaves

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If there's any chance whatsoever of Owen Hargreaves ever being able to come back as a professional footballer for Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has to select him in his 25-man squad. Even if we don't think he'll be back until January, when a new squad list can be submitted, I think it is imperative he is included in the first 25.

Ruud: It Was Harder To Leave United Than Real Madrid

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Ruud van Nistelrooy has scored 6 goals in 3 appearances for Hamburg already this season, helping his club achieve maximum points.

He has been asked whether he found it hard leaving Real Madrid for Germany, but Ruud has revealed that leaving United was more difficult.

"It was harder to leave Manchester United," said Ruud.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden of The Telegraph talks about D-Day for Owen Hargreaves.

The Sun reckons we're going for Jack Rodwell for £10m + Carrick.

Stretford End has a good interview with David May.

The Independent picks out the best ever football kits.

The Chelsea Blog slags off Jose Mourinho.

Dig Out Your Old Shirts

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Spread the word!

"Dig Out Your Old Shirts" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reaction To West Ham Win

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It must be fairly embarrassing when, as a 24-year-old in your prime, you get totally skinned by a player approaching their 37th birthday. Poor Jonathan Spector was left with his head in his hands after Ryan Giggs' trickery saw him beat his man, only to get hacked down.

Wayne Rooney took a long run up and sent Rob Green the wrong way to put us 1-0 up.

For You Father

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The Mirror reckons this is a message for Berbatov's daughter, Dea, whilst other people claim this for his dad, reading "For you father".

The less said about Berb's dad the better though. The former professional footballer, Ivan, spent two years in prison after found guilty of taking part in a 'roasting' session with his team mates in a hotel on an unsuspecting and unwilling 34-year-old woman.

Word On The Street II… Vidic’s Wife, Anderson’s Attitude and Berbatov

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Rumour would have it...

- Just like RoM revealed this time last year, Nemanja Vidic's wife doesn't give off an 'unhappy' persona at all. She was at Old Trafford yesterday and was laughing at Vidic's chant, which was sung repeatedly.

- The change in Nani's attitude has been very noticeable at Carrington and there were hopes that Anderson would follow suit.

GIF: Scholes and Giggs Rob Scott Parker

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"GIF: Scholes and Giggs Rob Scott Parker" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Phelan: World Cup Left Rooney Dishevelled

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Mike Phelan has revealed the impact a disappointing World Cup had on Wayne Rooney and is pleased he's got his first goal of the season under his belt.

"Wayne came back to us a little bit dishevelled from his England exploits," said Phelan. "But as long as you keep your head up and keep persevering, things like this will happen.

Nani: I’m Working Hard Every Day

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Nani scored a great individual goal in United's 3-0 win over West Ham, as well as bagging an assist for Dimitar Berbatov's goal.

The player who really seems to have had an attitude transplant over the past year is just glad to be helping the team though.

"It was a good game and a good performance from the team," said Nani.

VIDEO: Rooney, Nani and Berbatov’s Goals vs West Ham

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Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for United from the penalty spot, sending Rob Green the wrong way, after Nani missed a crucial penalty last weekend in Rooney's absence at Craven Cottage. Nani was happy to do his bit to make up for that though, scoring an excellent goal himself before setting up Dimitar Berbatov, who acrobatically scored a third for United.

Ahead Of Our Match Against West Ham

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After drawing at Craven Cottage last week, United will be looking for a win at home to West Ham today. The International break is upon us and we want to go in to that with as many points as possible on the board.

Man of the moment, Paul Scholes, could sit this game out, giving Michael Carrick the opportunity to come back in to the team.

Carragher: I’d Do The Same For Owen

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Michael Owen has agreed to appear in Jamie Carragher's testimonial, where a Liverpool XI will take on an Everton XI. This of course means Owen returning to Anfield wearing a Liverpool shirt.

Carragher has today responded to questions about Owen's decision to do this.

"He's doing it for me.

United Away To Scunny? Get In

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Gone are the days when many Manchester United fans hope for a home draw in the cups. With it essential for season ticket holders to purchase Champions League and FA Cup tickets, it's nice not to get rinsed for another £40 for a cup game. If you want to stand a chance of going to aways, you also have to purchase League Cup tickets, meaning by the end of the season, you can spend a few hundred quid on top of the basic season ticket price, particularly given how far United tend to go in cup competitions.

VIDEO: Diouf’s Goal Against Arsenal

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After Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Arsenal, Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf equalised shortly after.

He's currently on 4 goals in 2 games. Did Fergie find value in the market after all...?

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

VIDEO: Nani On What Is Fundamental In Football

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"VIDEO: Nani On What Is Fundamental In Football" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I Don’t Need To Sink To Arsenal Boss’ Level

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Arsene Wenger gave a glowing report of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes last week, talking of his great contribution to United's success and English football in general.

However, Wenger being Wenger, couldn't keep it as a totally classy affair, with him launching in to an attack on Scholes' apparent "dark side".

PICTURE: Man Of The Moment As A Boy

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"PICTURE: Man Of The Moment As A Boy" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

England Fans Disrespect Scholes and Pay The Price

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Paul Scholes is one of the most gifted players to ever pull on an England shirt yet he retired from International football before he even reached 30. The reason? Scholes will say it is because he wanted to spend time with his family and that he wanted to prolong his club career, and I think that's totally true, but he probably won't mention the other reason.

RoM Reads

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Truly Reds look at the increase in PIK loan interest.

Caught Offside imagines how Ferguson's interview with the BBC after the Fulham game might have done.

The Evening News reports on Carrick's desire to get back in the team.

The Mirror reckon Chelsea will stroll to the title.

RedCafe have an interview with Henrik Larsson.

Fergie: Walter Smith Has Already Been On The Phone

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Sir Alex Ferguson is happy with our Champions League draw, with our toughest opponent being Valencia, who have since sold their best two players from last season, David Villa and David Silva.

"You can't complain about that, it's a good draw for us," said Ferguson. "You always look at the travelling side of it and the only one that's of any great distance is the trip to Turkey.

What Do Liverpool Fans Think Of Owen’s Return For Carragher’s Testimonial?

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It was announced several weeks ago that Michael Owen was planning to feature in Jamie Carragher's testimonial at Anfield and the press have picked up on it today. The match is set to be played at the beginning of September against Carragher's boyhood team, Everton, who he supported whilst on the books at Liverpool.

All You Need To Know About United’s CL Group

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Valencia
- Finished 3rd in La Liga last season on 71 points, 15 behind Real Madrid and 18 behind Barcelona.
- They play at Mestalla which has a capacity of 55,000.
- Their manager is 38-year-old Unai Emery who joined the club in 2008 after spending two years at Spanish side Lorca Deportiva, where he gained promotion to Division 2 in his first season, the first time in the club's history, then 5th in that division in his second season.

LIVE UPDATES: Manchester United Champions League Group

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Group C
UNITED
Valencia
Rangers

Group A
Inter Milan
Werder Bremen

Group B
Lyon
Benfica

Group D
Barcelona
Panathinaikos

Group E
Bayern Munich
Roma

Group F
Chelsea
Marseille

Group G
AC Milan
Real Madrid

Group H
Arsenal
Shakhtar Donetsk

Goalkeeper of the Year: Julio Cesar (Inter)
Defender of the Year: Maicon (Inter)
Midfielder of the Year: Sneijder (Inter)

"LIVE UPDATES: Manchester United Champions League Group" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Old Shirt COMPETITION: Who Scored The Goals At Highbury That Night

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After the players voted our black shirt from the early 90's as their favourite, Nike produced an all black strip for us at the start of the 2003 season.

We wore this shirt when away at Highbury during the season we ended Arsenal's unbeaten run. After winning 2-0 at Old Trafford, we were promised a reaction from the Gooners, and after 8 minutes when they took the lead, it looked as though they were going to be true to their word.

VIDEO: It’s A Pleasure To Wear United’s Shirt

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"VIDEO: It's A Pleasure To Wear United's Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Torres Gets Liverpool Off The Mark

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"PICTURE: Torres Gets Liverpool Off The Mark" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

City Signing: To Play With Scholes Would Be Unbelievable

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New Manchester City signing, James Milner, has revealed that he is desperate to play alongside Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

"Paul Scholes is a top player," said Milner. "As someone lucky enough to be an England player and an England fan you want the best players out there.

Fergie Really Has Gone Soft If Supporting ANOTHER World Cup Bid

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It's safe to say that Manchester United were fairly unpopular in England in 1999. We had won the league, the European Cup and the FA Cup all in one season, something no other team in the history of English football has ever achieved.

Our likeability went from bad to worse when we snubbed the FA Cup for the following season.

Mourinho: Scholes? Fantastic!

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Jose Mourinho is the latest member of the Paul Scholes fanclub.

"Scholes? Fantastic," said Mourinho. "Why isn't he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him.

STATS: “Dirty” Scholes vs Arsenal Players

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Arsene Wenger gave an interview about Paul Scholes offering plenty of praise, claiming he wished he played for Arsenal and that he has been integral to United's success over almost two decades.

Wenger was then asked whether he thought Scholes was a fair player. I think any United fan would be happy to admit that Scholes' tackling can be suspect at times, with him flying in on an opponent and not always coming away with the ball.

STATS: Does Scholes Get Away With More Than Arsenal Players?

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Arsene Wenger claimed that Paul Scholes was a dirty player, with an unfair approach to the game and possessed a dark side.

RoM published statistics showing that Scholes is far from a dirty player. Nobody is saying he's never made a bad tackle, nobody is claiming he has never made a cynical challenge, but Wenger's accusations implied a far more sinister characteristic in Scholes.

VIDEO: U-18 Beat Chelsea, Reserves Beat City “Elite”

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Manchester United U-18 came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in their FA Premier Academy League game.

Manchester United U18 starting XI: Johnstone; M Keane, Fornasier, Thorpe, McGinty; Hussain, Tunnicliffe, Cole, Lawrence, Lingard; Cofie.

Tonight, a strong United Reserve side beat Manchester City's Reserves, who now pretentiously and hilariously refer to themselves as "Manchester City Elite Development squad", 3-1 after going a goal down in the Manchester Senior Cup.

VIDEO: Diouf Scores Hattrick In Blackburn Full Debut

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Mame Biram Diouf, who is currently on a season long loan with Blackburn, scored a hattrick in his full début against Norwich in the League Cup.

"VIDEO: Diouf Scores Hattrick In Blackburn Full Debut" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: Wenger On Scholes? “Dirty” Players At Arsenal and United

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"It depends what you call clever and what you call dirty," said Wenger, who was asked whether he felt Scholes tackled unfairly. "Unfairly, of course, unfairly," he replied. "How many times have you watched Paul Scholes? Have you seen only fair tackles from Paul Scholes? I don't want to come out on one specifically but I can remember a few.

Berb: I Want This To Be Our Season

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Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that time to reflect on last season over the summer has helped him ready himself for this season. He feels in good form and wants our title back.

"I went back home to Bulgaria in the summer, I thought about things," said Berbatov. "We wanted to win the title last year, we did our best but it ended up disappointing.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph's Mark Ogden is holding a webchat on United and City until 1pm.

The Promised Land responds to Arsene Wenger's comments about Paul Scholes.

Oliver Holt of The Mirror writes about Fabio Capello's regrets over Scholes.

The Daily Mail links us to Ben Arfa.

F365 has some Premiership stats.

Vidic The Captain?

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Nemanja Vidic has been an incredibly popular figure around Manchester United since signing for us in 2006. He's one of the best central defenders we've ever had wear our shirt and there's no denying the impact he's had on our success. We've won something every year he's been here, including three league titles and the European Cup.

Did Giggs Not Feel Good On The Day? Or Repeating STUPID Mistakes?

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"With Wayne out Nani and I were practising in training. It was whoever felt good on the day. Nani felt confident but as captain and elder statesman I decided to take it. There were nerves. But you have to trust yourself and trust what you did in training the day before. You have to try and keep calm.

Zidane: Paul Scholes Is Untouchable

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Zinedine Zidane, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of our time, has claimed that Paul Scholes is as close to the complete footballer as you can get and regrets never getting to play alongside him.

"He's almost untouchable in what he does," said Zidane. "I never tire of watching him play.

VIDEO: United’s Goals and Penalty Miss Against Fulham

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"VIDEO: United's Goals and Penalty Miss Against Fulham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Scholes: I’m From Manchester So Why Would I Want To Leave United?

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Paul Scholes, who scored United's opener in the 2-2 draw against Fulham, has confirmed he'll stay at the club for as long as Sir Alex Ferguson wants him.

"I have stayed here because it's the best club," said Scholes. "I'm from Manchester, so why would I want to move? As long as the manager wants me I have wanted to stay.

Craven Cottage Defines Our Season

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Craven Cottage has given us mixed memories over the past few years. As the final whistle has blown, it has given us a feeling that our season might have been defined.

2006-2007

Looking back, this season is one of my favourites. This season was full of insecurities. Despite leading all the way through, after going years without a title and seeing so much unsatisfactory football played by too many substandard players, I was almost waiting for us to mess up.

Pete Boyle Judges RoM Bébé Chant Competition

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All in all, Pete was very impressed the compilation of songs readers of RoM came up with, although wasn't too keen on the more obvious 'Hey baby' and 'I love you baby' songs which are used by fans up and down the country.

"The Wild World and 'he's tall, he's thin' chant are very amusing," he said.

VIDEO: Evra Doesn’t Want Incredible Pecs But Wants To Be Fit

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van der Vaart: Only United Equal To Real Madrid

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Rafael van der Vaart is one of the players who could exit Real Madrid this summer to make way for Jose Mourinho's new players.

The talented Dutchman has claimed that the only club that wouldn't be a step down after the Spanish giants in Manchester United, claiming he would find it difficult to turn down an offer to play for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Top Red Peter Kenyon On His Way To Liverpool?

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Honestly, you could not make this stuff up.

After claiming to be a die hard Manchester United fan, there at Wembley with his dad when we became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968, Kenyon left United for Chelsea when Roman Abramovich took charge. With him, he took several of our transfer targets, paying above what United were prepared to, and the claim that Chelsea would be the world's biggest club and self-sufficient by 2010.

VIDEO: Quick Decisions In United’s Training

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Possebon Gone

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It looks as though Rodrigo Possebon is leaving Manchester United with it being reported he has joined Brazilian side Santos on a 4 year deal.

He is apparently set to be revealed next Monday.

United fans had high hopes for the lad who started brightly in his career with us, although for the past few months we've been left in the dark as regards to his future.

RoM Reads

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Oliver Holt of The Mirror has a great article on Tom Cleverley.

YouTube has the Juan Mata clip Cleverley was talking about.

The Guardian has pictures from every one of 21 goal scoring seasons.

The Evening News has an article on Rooney.

The Daily Mail shows just how fat the original Ronaldo has become.

Giggs: I Kept Out Of Fergie’s Way For 10 Years

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Ryan Giggs has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson has mellowed over the years, but that he spent the first ten years of his United career avoiding the intimidating manager.

"Over the years he's mellowed," said Giggs. "Maybe the dynamics of the game has changed but it comes from experience, the success he's had and the enjoyment he gets out of it.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part V

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Stephen Ireland was forced to train with Manchester City's reserves ahead of his planned move to Aston Villa.

Ireland, who is being used as a makeweight in the £26million deal to bring England midfielder James Milner to Eastlands, had a frank 15-minute exchange with City's first-team coach David Platt during first-team training at the club's Carrington complex.

Bobby Manc Gets It Wrong Again

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Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini, hilariously claimed that his first year in charge would be the year City ended their trophy drought, which has gone on for longer than three decades.

First he said they would beat Manchester United in the League Cup and therefore take away our ticker banner which commemorates just how many years it's been since they last won silverware.

Didn’t Bellamy Join Boyhood Club In 2006?

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Craig Bellamy has just signed for the club he supported as a boy, which is weird, because I thought he did that in 2006.

February 21st 2006: "I'm not just here [Blackburn] for a season and then going to say 'Thanks a lot'," said Bellamy. "I want to try and do as well as I can for Blackburn.

What Did Ozil Say Again?

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When Mesut Ozil, who had been linked to United, amongst other clubs, signed for Real Madrid for £16.6m, our fans wanted to know what on earth was going on. Ozil cost less than Chris Smalling and Bébé, who were unveiled yesterday, leaving fans to question why Sir Alex Ferguson hadn't tapped in to this value in the market, which he has been harping on about.

Anderson: I’m So Happy To Be Back

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Anderson is back in training at Carrington after doing his cruciate last season. The Brazilian midfielder had a problem with his attitude before his injury, becoming fed up of not starting after disappointing displays.

Eye-brows were again raised when Anderson was involved in a car crash in the small hours after spending all night in a night-club, just before he was due back in Manchester to continue the rehabilitation work.

Chicharito: I’ve Loved United Since I Was Kid Watching Cantona

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Javier Hernandez has revealed that he has loved watching Manchester United since he was a little lad seeing Eric Cantona and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wear our jersey. They were his heroes and he wants to become just like them.

"It is like a dream," he said, a broad grin spread across his face.

VIDEO: Lads Having A Laugh At Team Photoshoot

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PICTURES: Chicharito, Smalling and Bébé (with new hair)

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Some media sources claimed that the Portuguese press had Bébé's new haircut down to Sir Alex Ferguson's strict orders. However, I think that's stereotyping the old Fergie. He's not so much like that now. Just like he didn't actually ban Nani's extravagant celebratory flip and just like he allowed Anderson to have long braided hair, it's probable he had no problem with Bébé's hair.

VIDEO: Berbatov, Fletcher and Giggs’ Goals Against Newcastle

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Rooney Only Premiership Representative In UEFA Player Of The Year

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Goalkeeper of the Year: Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Defender of the Year: Lucio (Inter Milan), Maicon (Inter Milan), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

Midfielder of the Year: Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

Forward of the Year: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

"Rooney Only Premiership Representative In UEFA Player Of The Year" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chicharito: I’m Happy And Thankful For Reception

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Butt: I Didn’t Want To Leave United

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When looking at all the players who have ever played for Manchester United, Nicky Butt sits within the top 30 for appearances after spending ten years in the first team squad.

During his United years, he won six league titles, three FA Cups, the European Cup and Pele even named him the best player in 2002 World Cup when representing England.

Caption Competion: Chicharito and Alan Smith

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Following Our Win Over Newcastle…

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Sitting in my seat, singing along to 'This is the One' in my head and awaiting the boys to appear out of the tunnel, it was like we had never been away. The pitch was perfect, even at the goalmouths, and the colours around the ground were brighter than I remembered, like always. I love being there.

Evra’s France Hearing Revealed

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Patrice Evra has been suspended from the France national team for 5 games following the part he played as captain in the training ground strike.

Nicolas Anelka, whose filthy mouth caused the biggest problem, has been suspended for 18 games. He called the manager mother a whore in a dressing room bust up and refused to apologise.

Fergie Full Of Praise For Scholes

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Paul Scholes pulled all in the strings in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Newcastle in the opening game of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out in praise of our veteran midfielder after the final whistle.

"Last week he showed at his age you don't lose what he's got," said Ferguson.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Newcastle…

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Finally, here we are, the start of the season. As if we didn't have to wait long enough over these summer months, Sky Sports organise it so we have to wait until Monday night. Fancy playing the first game of the season on a Monday night. Regardless, we're here now and I can't wait.

The first day of the season holds so much expectation and whilst it defines nothing really, you want to start as well as you can.

What Would You Ask Duncan Drasdo?

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Last season ended with the climax of the green and gold protests, with MUST providing 'GO Glazer Out' cards, whistles and flags.

MUST have launched their new anti-Glazer campaign ahead of our first game of the season tonight against Newcastle.

The support of MUST grew at an incredible rate last season, with many more United fans reaching breaking point as far as their tolerance of the Glazers went.

Why The Guardian Writers Are Wrong To Predict Third Place Finish… Again

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The Guardian writers predicted United would finish 2nd in 2009. We finished 1st. They predicted we would finish 3rd in 2010. We finished 1 point off first. It should therefore come as no surprise that they don't fancy us for the league this year either.

The predictions are based on an average from the football writers at the paper.

Giggs: Rafael Best Young Right-Back In The World

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Ryan Giggs has claimed the competition provided by Rafael da Silva in training helps keep him at his best.

"When you train with Rafael, he's trying to kick you and it keeps you motivated," said Giggs. "You're against the best young right-back in Britain – probably the best in the world.

VIDEO: The Latest From MUST

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VIDEO: Match of the Day Intro – United Bits

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Mr Liverpool Picks Keane Over Gerrard In All Time XI

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Jamie Carragher, who the club's official website refer to as 'Mr Liverpool', has named his all time XI, rating Roy Keane ahead of Steven Gerrard.

"Talking of Roy Keane, I'd have him alongside Souey at the heart of midfield," said Carragher. "The Man United skipper may be a little short of Souness in the passing department but he has so much drive, he can get forward into the box to score vital goals, and he can also put his foot in.

Smalling: I Get On So Well With Everyone Here

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Chris Smalling is loving life at United and the response to the players in our pre-season in America has made him realise just how big the club is.

"It's been really exciting," Smalling said. "When you join a new club you have to get to know everybody and I think I've surprised myself with how I've got on with all the players.

Berb: We’ve Worked Hard In Training For Tonight

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Ahead of Manchester United's opening game of the season against Newcastle, Dimitar Berbatov has revealed they are not taking our opponents lightly and have been working hard in training to help ensure victory.

"It's always good to beat a top team like Chelsea," said Berbatov. "They are likely to be our main rivals for the title and the victory definitely gave everyone – the players, the staff and the fans – a big lift.

STATS From The Season

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The Guardian kindly sent me a copy of their guide to 2010-2011, The Season. The format is fairly strange, in that every team's preview seems to be written by someone who hates that team. Think of those little WUMs you came across on BBC 606 before you wondered why you bothered going on there any more, and you're along the right lines, although spelling is perfect and the vocabulary is obviously more impressive.

City Midfielder: Scholes Is The Best and Keane Had Everything

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Manchester City midfielder, Patrick Vieira, has nothing but good things to say about Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. 35-year-old Scholes scored twice against City last year and Vieira reckons that even with him best years behind him, Scholes is still one of the best players out there.

Owen: I’d Prefer To Play Half The Games At United Than All The Games Elsewhere

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Michael Owen has found himself move down in pecking order at United, with Javier Hernandez joining the squad and looking already to be a great buy.

However, he reckons he would rather have less game time and get to be a United player than get to start every week at another club.

"It's somewhere I feel comfortable," said Owen.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part IV

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This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part III

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

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part II

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

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part I

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Giggs: This Is The Biggest Club In The World and The Best In The League

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Ryan Giggs has spoken about his feelings towards United and his belief that we'll be champions again this season.

"I grew up as a United fan and in football you ­always want the challenge," said Giggs. "It's the biggest club in the world as far as I'm concerned and I still get a buzz when I play for United.

Giggs: My Aim Is To Be United Manager

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Ryan Giggs has spoken of what he hopes to do once he's finished playing football.

"My aim would be to manage either Manchester United or Wales," said Giggs. "I don't think I'll know whether I'll cope with the aggravation until I've finished playing and say, 'what do I do now?' Football is such a massive part of my life and to just stop in your late thirties and do nothing is tough.

VIDEO: Chicharito In Action For United

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STATS: Who Couldn’t Sell All Their Tickets?

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At the start of last season, 30,000 United fans had given up their season ticket over the space of 4 years. At the start of the season, it will be something like 50,000. The waiting list has long since disappeared which was confirmed by the 4,000 season tickets which went on general sale a few weeks ago.

PICTURES: This Season’s Mugshots – Anderson But No Hargreaves

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Owen Hargreaves is still in America but Anderson has returned from Portugal.

"PICTURES: This Season's Mugshots Anderson But No Hargreaves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Nani: I Will Help Bébé

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Nani has reassured new signing Bébé, who apparently doesn't speak any English, that he will help with translation.

"Every place you go, you need someone who speaks your language to help you because if you have no confidence, know nothing about the language then you don't know what to do," said Nani.

Premiership Predictions: A Sight For Sore United Eyes

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Everybody seems to have having a go at this predictions lark, so on the eve of the new season, RoM is going to tap in to the psychic wavelengths to have a go at predicting how the season will go. After reading preview after preview which has United down as 4th, just as they have done for the past four or five years, I figured it was time to put a different slant on things.

View from the Enemy: Wolves Fan On Ebanks-Blake, Premier League Fine and Rio Chant

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Mick McCarthy replaced Glen Hoddle as Wolves boss in 2006 and promised the club Premiership football within three years. They had just finished outside the play-off positions and were forced to sell a number of their first team players. McCarthy invested time in youth and made some good signings from lower divisions and fulfilled his promise of Premiership football, finishing top of the Championship in 08-09.

Comparing United To Arsenal and Chelsea After Homegrown Rule

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After looking at what the homegrown rule means for United, I thought it would be interesting to see how we compare with rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Here's a quick recap on what the changes mean:

- Homegrown players are defined as those having been trained at a club or clubs in England or Wales for three years before the end of the season in which they became 21 and do not have to be English.

View from the Enemy: Wigan Fan On Valencia, Stealing Liverpool’s Song and Bobby

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When Wigan first joined the Premier League, I remember being very fond of them. I wouldn't go as far as saying they were my second team but I looked out for their results and wanted them to do well, given that they were underdogs and they were local. I suppose it was assumed they would go straight back down and so you felt a bit sorry for them.

View from the Enemy: West Ham Fan On Relegation Battles, Having One Song and

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The relegation battle last season fizzled out to nothing, with the three teams decided by April and no final or penultimate day drama. West Ham finished one place above the relegation zone but were a good five points clear of Burnley, with Gianfranco Zola enduring a pretty dismal season. Don't forget the Hammers finished 9th the season before, separated from 8th placed Spurs by goal difference alone.

RoM Reads

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BBC has a video on United's World Cup players.

Daniel Taylor of The Guardian looks at Bébé's rags to riches story.

The Chelsea Blog has an interview with a red ahead of the season starting.

YouTube has footage of Joshua King's great work for Preston against Stockport.

The Mirror reckons Paul Scholes is our best ever player.

See You Later, Danny

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It has been confirmed that Danny Welbeck has joined Sunderland on a season long loan where he will play alongside Darren Bent and former red Fraizer Campbell.

With Kenywne Jones leaving for Stoke, Welbeck really should get the opportunity to shine and bring on his game.

Danny got 45 minutes for England U-21s on Tuesday night, in their 2-0 win over Uzbekistan U-21, replacing Wigan's Victor Moses.

VIDEO: Bébé Song Competition

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Thanks to a brilliant response from RoM readers, we've compiled a video of songs for new signing Bébé. Whilst some are real candidates for songs that could be sung, the majority are there for comedy value and shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Enjoy!

Pete Boyle will be judging the best one.

VIDEO: Mame Biram Diouf Goal For Senegal

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Mame Biram Diouf scored the winning goal in Senegal's 1-0 win over Cape Verde.

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Bébé: Football Can Change Lives

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After growing up in an orphanage and taking part in the Homeless World Cup, new Manchester United signing Bébé has talked about what a difference football can make.

"I am very happy. I had the dream of playing, one day, for a major club. That dream has come true," he said. "Football can change lives, very much.

Ferguson’s Found Value In The Market Then?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been harping on about there being no value in the current market. Granted, with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City chucking money away there has been some shift. When a club is paying £24m for Joleon Lescott or £80m for a player who is already desperate to leave their current club, you have to wonder how far you can stretch your cash.

VIDEO: Chicharito’s Goal Against World Champions Spain

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Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in Mexico's 1-1 draw with the World Champions, Spain, last night.

"VIDEO: Chicharito's Goal Against World Champions Spain" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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Soccerlens has my Manchester United preview for the season.

The Promised Land takes a look at this season's title challengers.

United Latest has a bit of info on our new striker, Bebe.

Studs Up takes the piss out of Gerrard's claim that Joe Cole is better than Messi.

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

COMPETITION: Chants For Bébé

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As soon as it was announced that Manchester United had signed £7.4m Portuguese striker Bébé, the internet got flooded with potential chants and silly songs about the unknown player.

We will be running a song competition, just as we did last year with Michael Owen.

Get creative and send your best chants to republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.

View from the Enemy: Spurs Fan On The Project, Redknapp’s Chat and Howard Webb

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Tottenham Hotspur were the first team to break in to the top four since Everton back in 2005. When looking at their fixtures towards the end of the season, having to take on Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City, it really didn't look good for them. But with three wins out of four they secured that CL qualifying spot.

Don’t Get Excited By Ozil’s Profile On Official Site

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Manchester United fans got very excited when they saw a profile for Mesut Ozil on the official site this morning.

But Steve Bartram, who works for the club and was recently in Mexico reporting on pre-season, has confirmed that it's a technical glitch. Every opponent or player linked in transfer speculation gets a player ID.

View from the Enemy: Sunderland Fan On Richardson, Newcastle’s Promotion and Frazier

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Sunderland have become a club we have lots of connections with over the years, thanks mainly to Roy Keane's appointment as their manager. His transfer policy seemed to be sign United youth team players, loan United youth team players, sign former United players or sign Irish players. That connection has continued now that another former United captain, Steve Bruce, has taken the position.

VIDEO: Park – Always Use Your Brain

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EXCLUSIVE Interview With Rafael: United Dream, City’s Cash and Brazil Call-Up

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Since being spotting by Manchester United scouts when they were 15, with the da Silva twins have gone from strength to strength, Rafael in particularly. He's close to half a century of appearances for the first team despite only being 20-years-old. With Gary Neville, Wes Brown and even John O'Shea occupying his preferred right-back position, this season Rafael should see his opportunity to push himself in to the first XI.

View from the Enemy: Newcastle Fan On Relegation Under Shearer, Nicky Butt’s Retirement and Mike Ashley Chant

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Long gone are the days when United and Newcastle were rivals, with Alan Shearer snubbing us with hopes of titles in the North-East, Kevin Keegan's very public break down on Sky Sports and nabbing Andy Cole from under their noses. Ah yes, those were the days.

Much to everyone's surprise, Newcastle weren't 'too big to go down' the season before last, and were relegated on the final day of the 08/09 season.

All You Need To Know About United Under New Homegrown Rule

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- Homegrown players are defined as those having been trained at a club or clubs in England or Wales for three years before the end of the season in which they became 21.

- Homegrown players do not have to be English.

- Clubs are also permitted to register and play an unlimited number of under-21s.

Picking Apart The Guardian Writers’ Predictions

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Predictions for 08/09 season

After Manchester United won the title and European Cup in 2008, The Guardian writers got together and predicted that we would finish 2nd in the following season. This is what they said:
- United would struggle because of Carlos Queiroz's exit, particularly given the English language problems for Nani, Anderson and Tevez.

Good News – Ozil Speaks To German Paper About Barca Deal

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German newspaper, Bild, spoke to Mesut Ozil this morning after reports last night claimed that an £8m deal had been agreed between Werder Bremen and Barcelona.

Before then, it looked increasingly like that United would be signing him for £13m, after a very flustered Sir Alex Ferguson said "I don't know" when asked whether we were interested in signing him, before leaving.

Giggs: We Made Chelsea Look Ordinary

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Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-1 in this year's Community Shield and rarely looked out of their comfort zone. Edwin Van der Sar made a couple of great saves whilst United put their efforts in spots the keeper couldn't get to.

Ryan Giggs has today conceded that the Shield doesn't mean an awful lot, but shows what United are capable of.

Quick Berb Stat

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Opta Stats have revealed that Dimitar Berbatov created an average of 2.2 goalscoring opportunities per 90 minutes in the Premiership last season. And, you guessed it, that was more than any other striker in the league.

"Quick Berb Stat" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

View from the Enemy: City Fan On Chicharito, Losing 4-3 and Nigel de Jong Chant

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Manchester United beat local rivals Manchester City on three occasions in injury time last season. Michael Owen grabbed a late winner in the dramatic 4-3 win at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney made in 3-1 and knocked City out of the League Cup, contrary to Garry Cook's very public assertions, before United denied City entry to the Champions League with a Paul Scholes' injury time winner at Wastelands.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Liverpool Fan On The End Of The Rafalution, Hernandez and Carra’s Dad

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It's hard to believe that a couple of years ago that Liverpool were the team closest to us when we won the league again. In the end, they won three less games than us but there were serious worries that Liverpool were in the ascendancy and that the claims of a 'Rafalution' were starting not to sound so ridiculous.

Chicharito: Every Player In The World Would Like To Be Here

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Javier Hernandez scored in United's 3-1 win over Chelsea yesterday and is loving his time at United so far. He reckons that every player in the world would like to be in his position, playing for a such an important club like this.

"Everything was incredible, the way they treated me, the possibility of being coached by someone like Ferguson, one of the best managers in the world," said Hernandez.

Looks Like Ozil Deal Is Back On?

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Mesut Özil assisted a goal every 199.9 minutes last season, which was the 12th best rate of all players in the top five European leagues. This means that even at an inferior team, Ozil still had a better assist rate than Xavi.

The rumours that we are set to sign the German midfielder have rumbled on and weren't helped when Sir Alex Ferguson appeared at Craven Cottage to watch Fulham take on Ozil's team, Werder Bremen.

View from the Enemy: Fulham Fan On Cleverley, Lily Allen and Mark Hughes

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The game that summed up United's season came at Craven Cottage, with Edwin Van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Wes Brown, Gary Neville, John O'Shea and Rafael da Silva all out injured. Like the season before, United lost the game and this was something we were left to reflect upon in May when missing out on the title by just one point.

VIDEO: Capello To Carrick – “I Thought You Were Injured?”

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Michael Carrick pulled out of Fabio Capello's England squad with an ankle injury, which we believed would keep him out for the first couple of weeks of the season. Wes Brown and Paul Robinson have announced their retirement from International football, with seemingly inferior players getting chosen ahead of them for Capello's World Cup squad (Carragher and Green).

COMPETITION: Who Had Eric Just Scored Against?

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Our old shirts competition is going strong, so much so, that others want to get involved. The fourth shirt we're set to give away has been donated by Promotional Codes and is one of my all time favourites. Our home shirt with the stadium embossed in the background was absolute quality. Lads around Manchester wore this with pride, collar turned up, feeling like the bees knees.

Wes: Time To Concentrate On Club Career

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Wes Brown has announced his retirement from International football after making 23 appearances for England. Fabio Capello chose to call up retired Jamie Carragher, who confessed he wasn't all that arsed about his performances for his country in his autobiography, with Glen Johnson as the only natural right back in the squad.

Fletch: Nowhere Better Than United

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Darren Fletcher has reiterated his commitment to Manchester United.

"I can't imagine being anywhere else. For me there is nowhere better than United and if I can play my whole career at this club, I'll be a very happy man," said Fletcher. "Everything about the club from the fans, the facilities, right through to the structure is just fantastic and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and there is something very special about staying at one club for your whole career.

Berbatov: A Goal Is A Goal

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Dimitar Berbatov scored a beautiful goal to make it 3-1 to United in this afternoon's Community Shield against Chelsea, however downplayed Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that it proved his 'genius'.

"It's my first goal in the Community Shield, so it's a good day for me," said Berbatov. "It's always good to score against a good side like Chelsea.

VIDEO: Valencia, Chicharito and Berbatov Goals Against Chelsea

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View from the Enemy: Chelsea Fan On Moscow, Berbatov and Same Ol’ Terry Always Cheating

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It's so easy to hate Chelsea isn't it? Their bought trophies, their odious captain, and their rivalry with us for the title makes it so simple.

The fact that John Terry is still regarded as a "legend" at Chelsea, despite the fact he was getting off with a former Chelsea player's bird, sums up their support.

RoM Reads

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Soccerlens compares Nani and Valencia.

The Chelsea Blog interviews STR.

Sky Sports reports on Michael Owen's concerns about the Wembley pitch.

Robbie Savage tells The Mirror that Rooney's smoking shouldn't be an issue.

Soccerlens wonders whether this is Rafael's year.

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Freebies With Season Ticket

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My season ticket arrived this morning. Of course there's still the excited feeling in the pit of my stomach but a certain amount of frustration, and even shame to a certain degree, now comes with it.

I was interested to see what came with the season ticket this year. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure we used to just get a free yearbook (members used to get one of those too a few years back but I think they nipped that in the bud) and a discount on the museum/Red Cafe.

VIDEO: Nani Getting Agility Back

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Nani: I realise where I am now

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The Project Gets Boring

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"I'm trying to motivate myself, because the World Cup was my goal. For the first time in my life, I'm having problems to find something that motivates me."
Whilst other Premiership players are chomping at the bit, Carlos Tevez can't be arsed just a fortnight for the season kicks off.

Fergie: Carrick Will Miss Season Start

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Michael Carrick was substituted off in the first half of United's 7-1 win in Ireland this week. It was thought to be nothing serious but after having it scanned it has been revealed he will be missing for a fortnight.

"Michael hurt his ankle on Wednesday," said Ferguson. "It is nothing serious but he will be out for a couple of weeks, so he will miss the start of the season.

Nani: I Realise Where I Am Now

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There has been a definite change in Nani over the course of the past year, and that change on the pitch has coincided with a change off it. Nani has repeatedly spoken about how he now realises what a privilege it is to play at Manchester United and that seems to have had a great effect on his game.

Fergie Changes His Mind On Cleverley

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In July, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the club were looking at sending Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley to a Premiership team on loan.

"Tom is a very talented boy," he said. "He is going to be a very good footballer. We are also considering putting him on loan to a premier division team.

View from the Enemy: Bolton Fan On Wilshere, Bad Atmosphere and Dirty Davies

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Bolton looked certain candidates for relegation early on in the season with Gary Megson becoming increasing unpopular with our neighbouring fans. Then Owen Coyle came in and saved the day, much to the disappointment of Burnley fans, who then saw their team take a turn for the worst and get relegated, whilst Bolton finished a respectable 14th.

View from the Enemy: Blackpool Fan On Charlie Adam, 1948 FA Cup Final and Away Days

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It's hard to believe that ten years ago, Blackpool were about to start the season in the fourth tier of English football, what we now refer to as League 2. They finished 7th that season but gained promotion through the play-offs, a habit they would repeat time and again over the next few years.

It wasn't until 2007 that they got out of that division, finishing third and using the play-offs for promotion.

Vidic: I’m Very Happy To Be Here

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David Gill announced that Nemanja Vidic had agreed a new contract with Manchester United, although it hadn't yet been signed with the defender enjoying a holiday after the World Cup.

Vidic played in his first game for United since the season ended last night and then confirmed his future was with us.

Fergie On Rooney Smoking

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Wayne Rooney was pictured on a night out with his mates last week and a lot of fuss was made of him smoking and urinating up a wall.

Some people even likened that behaviour to Anderson writing off his car after leaving a nightclub at 7am.

Following United's 7-1 win last night, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked about Rooney's antics.

VIDEO: What Happened In The Tunnel? Rio vs Savage

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In January 2006, Manchester United had their backs up against the wall. The press told us our club was in decline and after winning nothing the season before, not even seriously competing for the title the season before, we were in desperate need for a trophy.

We'd enjoyed a relatively easy run in the League Cup, knocking out Barnet, West Brom and Birmingham, before being drawn against Blackburn in the semi-finals.

View from the Enemy: Birmingham Fan On Foster, Wenger Chants and Winning 5-1

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United were pretty dreadful during their away draw against Birmingham last season, with an own goal saving us following a dismal performance. Still, Birmingham denied Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs the three points at St. Andrews after enjoying a very successful return to the Premiership, so there was certainly no shame in dropping points there.

VIDEO: Park, Owen, Chicharito, Valencia, Evans and Nani Goals

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LIVE BLOG: Airtricity League XI vs United

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Owen Interview Transcript: United Move A Dream

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Michael Owen has given an exclusive interview with the FA inside Wembley stadium ahead of the friendly tonight in Ireland and Charity Shield at the weekend.

How's the training going?

I'm in full training now with the lads. It would be ironic wouldn't it, playing your last game here then coming back from injury and playing the next game here in the Charity Shield.

Hey Robbie, Did You Ever Consider That Fergie Just Doesn’t Like You?

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Robbie Savage has dedicated some column inches to Sir Alex Ferguson in his autobigraphy. The former Blackburn, Birmingham and Leicester midfielder spent three years on United's books as a striker after joining us after his GCSEs. He played up front in the 1992 FA Youth Cup final, which United won 6-2 against Crystal Palace, playing alongside Gary Neville, who was captain, David Beckham and Nicky Butt.

View from the Enemy: Villa Fan On League Cup Finals, Holte Enders in the Sky and Gareth Who?

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When looking at Premiership sides, there are plenty of players and managers who are easy to dislike. Aston Villa are one of the few set-ups that I find totally inoffensive. Martin O'Neil is a good manager, doing a good job. They've got some handy players who go about their business in a respectable way.

Nev: I Got Stick For Kissing Scholes

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After Paul Scholes scored that late winner against City last season, Gary Neville did what any proper red would, and showed his feelings in their shining glory. He grabbed Scholes by the face and kissed him on the lips but has had to put up with some stick as a consequence.

"A few people have given me a bit of stick," said Neville.

Nev: City Fans Thought It Was Their Day

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Manchester United had already beaten City 4-3 at home in the league and knocked them out of the League Cup ahead of derby day at Wastelands. Still, their club was still aspiring to finish in the top four and their fans actually believed it was going to happen. They showed up with their 'see you in the Champions League' banners and were so certain of a win against United.

Gibson: I Was Going Mad By The City Fans

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Darron Gibson has reflected on derby day at Wastelands last season, and his reaction to seeing Paul Scholes' late winner go in.

"I was going mad on the bench near the City fans," he recalled. "They weren't happy and there were nearly a few punches thrown in there. When we scored a few of them leaned over to try and get to us, but there's nothing you can do about that.

RoM Reads

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Daniel Taylor writes for The Guardian about the need for Rooney to get over the World Cup.

The Evening News reports on Chris Smalling's desire to score more goals for United.

The Mirror wonders whether Fergie will talk to the BBC next season.

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View from the Enemy: Arsenal Fan On Captain Fabregas, Defensive Disorganisation and Wenger’s Future

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I imagined this summer would be easier to get through because of the World Cup and the first week or so kept me fairly entertained. But thanks to my obsession with United, football that isn't United can only hold my attention for so long. Don't get me wrong, I'm a football fan, but I'm a United fan first, and that's the way it's been since I was a lad.

VIDEO: Three Ball Routine

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Phelan: It’s Important To Make Mistakes

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STATS: Ronaldo, Saha, Rooney, Tevez and Berbatov – What Have They Contributed?

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Here you will find how many goals, assists and combined goals and assists our players have contributed since we first won the title against in 2007 up until the season just gone.

To give some perspective, the percentage of the total goals scored in that season has also been given.

Louis Saha has been included because he was our third highest scorer in 2007, accumulating his highest ever league goal tally, although it should be noted that the conclusions drawn obviously don't take in to consideration his entire United career, rather just one season.

Anderson: United Fans, I’m Fine, Don’t Worry

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Anderson has spoken out to calm worries following his dangerous car accident. It emerged that after clubbing until the small hours in Portugal, Anderson drove his car in to a wall after he lost control.

"I am very lucky because the accident was serious," said Anderson. "I knew the road well.

Diouf To Blackburn?

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Sky Sports have reported that Blackburn are interested in bringing Mame Biram Diouf to their club on loan.

"Diouf To Blackburn?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Pre-Season Red Cards – One Rule For Us

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Mascherano elbow vs Rio elbow
Gerrard elbow vs Rio elbow
Pogatetz strangles Ronaldo

"VIDEO: Pre-Season Red Cards One Rule For Us" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

City Player Let Off… So, This Is A Rule Just For United Players?

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Patrick Vieira was handed a straight red card by the referee in Manchester City's 3-0 defeat to Inter Milan in a friendly.

There were concerns that the has-been was going to be given a ban for the Premiership, which starts in two weeks.

However, the FA have moved to dismiss these concerns.

COMPETITION: Forlan Struggled Putting His Shirt On Against…

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We're on to the third shirt to be given away now in our bid to encourage reds to dig out their old jerseys instead of buying the latest strip. If you're undecided, read the thinking behind this move.

The shirt on offer this time around is from 2002-2004, the home strip for league and FA Cup winning seasons.

Anderson Is A Lucky Boy

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The stories had been going around since yesterday afternoon that Anderson had been involved in a car accident.

Confirmed reports today reveal just how lucky Anderson is to not only still have his career in front of him, but his life too.

It's hard to avoid going Hollywood on you here, as he was pulled "lifeless" from the burning wreckage of a car, before it exploded.

VIDEO: United’s Pre-Season Continues

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Maybe Ozil Dream Can Become A Reality

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Mesut Ozil was one of the stars of the World Cup and I have therefore been very surprised to read all week that we are favourites to sign him. The bookies have suspended bets on a United deal whilst all sorts of media outlets claimed he had been seen at Manchester airport. But since when have United been able to land one of the world's most coveted stars?

Scholes: We’re Not Old

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Paul Scholes has refuted claims that Manchester United have an old squad.

To prove his point, Nani, 23, and Chris Smalling, 20, were our goalscorers in our last game against Chivas. Federico Macheda, 18, Tom Cleverley, 20, Darron Gibson 22, and Javier Hernandez, 22, were the scorers in the previous game against MLS All Stars, previously undefeated against British teams over 90 minutes.

Owen: I Want To Retire At United

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Michael Owen has claimed that he hopes to retire at Manchester United, with the plan of lasting another five years like red legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.

"I'd love this to be my last club," said Owen. "You look at Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville and you like to think you have five more years in the game.

Giggs: We Dont A Marquee Signing

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Ryan Giggs has supported the manager's claim that are current squad is good enough for the title.

"We don't need a marquee signing before the deadline," said Giggs. "We're OK at the moment. The quality of the players we've got is very good. And we've got players coming back from injuries.