Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Happy Birthday Brilliant Berba

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Dimitar Berbatov is 30 today. Once upon a time that age seemed to spell decline or the closing of a career. In this day and age, with players looking after themselves the way they do, that doesn't have to be the case.

Berbatov joined United in what was meant to be his prime as a 27-year-old, which is why we forked out a massive £30m for him.

In The FA Cup 5th Round United Will Face…

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Crawley Town!

West Ham vs Burnley
Notts County/City vs Villa
Stoke vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Leyton Orient vs Arsenal
Everton/Chelsea vs Reading
Fulham/Spurs vs Bolton/Wigan

"In The FA Cup 5th Round United Will Face.

Fergie: I think ‘crikey here we go’ when GNev comes to my office

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the natural ability of Gary Neville when it comes to a future career of being a manager. Fergie admits that he gets nervous when GNev comes to his office to fight a youngster's corner.

"He has definitely got coaching qualities," said Ferguson. "He's a leader and already looks after the young players at the club.

Quick Reactions To Victory Over Southampton…

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1. Sir Alex Ferguson obviously has a lot of faith in Ander Lindegaard to let him make his début behind a defence with the average age of 23 (that's including 29-year-old John O'Shea!). Or maybe he really believes in Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans' ability. By and large, we got away with. Smalling got higher than his opponent time and again to head clear and Fabio made some great runs down the left flank to get the ball out of danger.

VIDEO: Owen and Chicharito Goals vs Southampton

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

LIVE BLOG: Southampton vs United (FA Cup)

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Whether you're watching the game or not, the RoM live blog is a great place to be on match days.

"LIVE BLOG: Southampton vs United (FA Cup)" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VDS: That Save In Moscow Was Special

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After confirming he will be retiring at the end of the season, Edwin Van der Sar has reflected back on his brilliant career, singling out his penalty save against Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka, which won United the European Cup, as the best moment.

"That save in Moscow is a nice moment to look back on," said Edwin.

Fergie: Chicharito Made Great Impact After Rooney Sub

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Sir Alex Ferguson has explained the events which lead up to our dramatic 3-2 win against Blackpool this week after going 2-0 down.

Wayne Rooney was played on the left at the start of the game before moving in to a more central role in the first half. However, like many of our players, he struggled to play a significant role in the game, creating little and allowing the ball to bounce off his shins time and again.

Fletch: Fergie Inspired Us At Half Time

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Things weren't looking good for Manchester United at half-time against Blackpool, with the score 2-0 to the opposition. We were a different team in the second half though and Darren Fletcher has credited Sir Alex Ferguson with the turnaround.

"We were desperate to get back out for the second half and try to put things right.

When Eric Cantona turned Peace Maker, and my Kat saw the King, fifteen years ago

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A year after Eric Cantona made his leap into history with his amazing kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace in January 1995 he still had an extraordinary hold on the public imagination. One of my colleagues at the BBC came into work soon after New Year in 1996 with her 7-year-old son who spotted a little Cantona figurine on my desk, prompting him gleefully to trot out the little playground rhyme,

'Ooh aah Cantona, show us your tits, show us your bra!

Pathetic Richard Keys Hits Back At Rio

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Andy Gray claimed that women didn't understand the offside rule. Richard Keys responded, straight faced, no wry smile, by saying "of course they don't."

If we're honest, there's more evidence to suggest blokes don't understand the offside rule, given how frequently male referee's assistants get such vital calls wrong.

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

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Dimitar Berbatov (United)
Minutes: 2109
Goals: 20
Minutes per goal: 105.5

Javier Hernandez (United)
Minutes: 1161
Goals: 10
Minutes per goal: 116.1

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
Minutes: 2224
Goals: 16 (inc.

GIF: Berbatov’s Sumblime Touch

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"GIF: Berbatov's Sumblime Touch" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Pique Happy United Beat Blackpool

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Former Manchester United defender, Gerard Pique, expressed his happiness over our win against Blackpool tonight.

Wow! Man Utd finally won after losing 2-0 against Blackpool! Great! I go to sleep and hope that tomorrow we match against Almeria!

"Pique Happy United Beat Blackpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Quick Reactions To Victory Over Blackpool

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1. Where to start? The beginning I think. That was a poor first 45 minutes from United. Looking objectively, it wasn't dreadful, it wasn't shocking, but it wasn't good enough. Both goals came from corners after our lads failed to mark up. Chris Smalling, who had been impressive in his games so far this season, looked shaky and nervous.

VIDEO: Berbatov and Chicharito’s Goals vs Blackpool

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"VIDEO: Berbatov and Chicharito's Goals vs Blackpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED TEAM – LIVE BLOG: Blackpool vs United

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VDS, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Scholes, Gibson, Fletcher, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov.
Bench: Lindegaard, Owen, Anderson, Giggs, Chicharito, Fabio, Evans.

"CONFIRMED TEAM LIVE BLOG: Blackpool vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Gill: We’re Worth £1.25billion

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David Gill has dismissed reports linking us to a sale, claiming the club is worth £1.25billion.

Forbes ranked us as the most valuable sporting franchise in the world, ahead of New York Yankees, Real Madrid and Dallas Cowboys.

"Well Forbes reckon we are the most valuable sporting franchise in the world.

Cathcart: Leaving United Didn’t Hurt At All

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Arsenal and Chelsea were both interested in signing Craig Cathcart but instead he chose to join the ranks at Manchester United. He made his way up through the ranks and was named captain.

However, after not progressing as much as the club hoped, he was allowed to leave for Blackpool at a bargain price at the start of this season.

If Charlie Adam Was A Chocolate Bar He’d Lick Himself

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Charlie Adam is a Rangers' reject who has been pivotal to Blackpool's return to the top flight. They are currently 12th in the league and if they were to win their game in hand tomorrow against Manchester United, would move up to 7th.

Adam is Blackpool's record signing at £500k but the move almost didn't happen.

Anderson: Bébé Ate All My Food!

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Anderson has revealed that he has helped our summer signing Bébé adjust to life in England, just as fellow Portuguese speaker Cristiano Ronaldo helped him when he joined the club.

"He stayed with me for two months," Anderson said. "I can tell you, he eats a lot. He ate all my food!

Ando Helps Explain Berbatov’s Unpopularity

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Anderson has revealed that he still feels some discomfort with his knee following his long term injury but that his fitness is much improved.

Our midfielder acknowledges that good fitness is a priority in the Premiership but that it shouldn't be the be all and end all.

"Of course it's a priority, but I think it's more important to make the ball do the work," he said.

STATS: United vs Birmingham – Passing, Foster’s Kicking and Our Strikers

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- United completed 107 more passes than Birmingham, with a 78% success rate compared to Birmingham's 74%.

- 24% of both Rooney and Berbatov's passes came from our own half.
- Both Rooney and Berbatov were involved in more action on the left hand side of the field.
- Rooney had 3 shots, all off target, compared to Berbatov's 6 shots, 4 on target and 3 resulting in goals.

Giggs: Rafeal Improving As Player And Person

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Ryan Giggs has sung the praises of Rafael da Silva after the noticeable improvements in his game this season, both offensively and defensively.

"Rafael has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few months," said Giggs. "I have seen a massive improvement, not only in the way he plays but within him as a person.

Inter Milan Approached United Over Evra

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Patrice Evra's agent, Federico Pastorelo, has revealed that Inter Milan tried to sign our left back this summer.

Whilst insisting that there are no plans for Evra to move on just yet, Pastorelo suggests that the player could potentially leave this summer.

"No, there is nothing really to report on Patrice," said Pastorelo.

Ando: I Want To Make History Here

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Anderson has claimed that he wants to see out most of his career at Manchester United before returning to his first club in Brazil, Gremio.

"I want to make history here," said Anderson. "I look at players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes and I want to do what they have done. I want to remain here until just before the end of my career.

Top Red Becks Gives Son Arsenal Scarf

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David Beckham is currently living in London so he can train with Tottenham Hotspur during the close season in the States. After a loan deal with the North London club broke down because an agreement over insurance couldn't be reached, Becks picked up an injury on the training ground.

David took his son, Romeo, to the Emirates yesterday to watch Arsenal's victory over Wigan.

Rio Replies To RoM On Twitter

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"Rio Replies To RoM On Twitter" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Blue Jason Manford Admits Truth About Manchester

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Manchester is red.

"VIDEO: Blue Jason Manford Admits Truth About Manchester" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Quick Reactions From Birmingham Game

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1. Dimitar Berbatov, you beauty. Fancy scoring three hattricks in one season? Fancy scoring more hattricks than Rooney has goals? 17 in 19 games is some return, at long last! This is the way a striker we paid £30m should be playing. Now, surely it's time the fans treated him the way the Premiership's top scorer should be.

VIDEO: Berbatov Hattrick + Giggs and Nani Goals vs Birmingham

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"VIDEO: Berbatov Hattrick + Giggs and Nani Goals vs Birmingham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

“I’m playing for Manchester United, how good is this?”

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Dwight Yorke has reflecting upon becoming Manchester United's record signing when he joined from Aston Villa for £12.8m in August 1998.

"You go from being pretty well-known to being public property," he said. "The expectation level rose from the change in clubs rather than the fee itself.

Fergie: Giggs Has Another Two Years In Him

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that a new one year contract extension has been agreed for Ryan Giggs, but reckons the Welsh midfielder can go another year after that.

"I spoke to Ryan a few days ago," said Fergie. "He is happy to have another year and that is good news. You can see his fitness.

Ruud: I Apologised To Fergie For Fall Out

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Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed that he has apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson for the way he behaved after not playing in the League Cup final of 2006.

Louis Saha was in the in form striker and the highest scorer in the League Cup that season, meaning Ruud started the game from the bench. Sir Alex opted to bring on new signings Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic to give them a taste of success so early in their United careers, as well as youngster Kieran Richardson, so he could win his first trophy with the club.

No Ban For Rafael

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FA statement: "At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Manchester United's Rafael Da Silva was fined £8,000 and warned as to his future conduct. Rafael admitted a charge of improper conduct relating to his behaviour towards match official Mike Dean following his sending off in Manchester United's game against Tottenham Hotspur on 16 January 2011.

Fergie: I’m Delighted For Eric

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he is pleased that Eric Cantona has returned to the great game after taking on the job of Director of 'Soccer' at New York Cosmos.

"I am delighted for Eric," Ferguson said. "It is quite an innovative move by New York Cosmos. They are rebuilding their team and although it doesn't start until next year, whether they want Eric's knowledge, charisma or personality, it will be interesting for him.

Fergie: They’d Never Know If I Played Rafael

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All week Manchester United fans have been joking about the idea of playing "Fabio" at right back this weekend following Rafael's suspension.

"I might put Rafael in there," Ferguson said. "They wouldn't know. Their DNA is probably the same."

Rafael has been fined today and warned about his future conduct.

Rooney: I Enjoy Playing With Berbatov

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Wayne Rooney has praised his team mate, Dimitar Berbatov, who is currently the top scorer in the league.

Rooney believes their partnership is improving after years playing together on the pitch and in training.

"I enjoy playing with Dimitar," Rooney said. "If we are playing well together it is the product of us playing and training together for years.

Nat Lofthouse, United and the Bolton 1958 FA Cup Final‏

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Nat Lofthouse, United and the 1958 FA Cup Final My oldest friend is a life-long Bolton Wanderers supporter. That's why for more than fifty of the sixty-odd years I have known him we have argued about whether Nat Lofthouse, who sadly died earlier this month at the age of 85, fouled Manchester United's goalkeeper Harry Gregg in the 1958 FA Cup Final when scoring his 'controversial' second goal.

Lindegaard: There’s Footage Of Me Talking About United Dream

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Manchester United's new goalie, Anders Lindegaard, has revealed there is footage of him from a few years ago saying that he wanted to play for a club. Since signing, he has reiterated that he has been a United fan since he was a little lad, with posters of our players, including fellow Dane, Peter Schmeichel, on his bedroom wall.

VIDEO: Kiko’s Goal For Sampdoria Against Udinese

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Federico Macheda scored his first goal for Sampdoria in their 2-2 draw against Udinese. The Coppa Italia game went to penalties which Sampdoria won 5-4.


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"VIDEO: Kiko's Goal For Sampdoria Against Udinese" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Will New York Cosmos Make Me A Loser?

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Every now and again you'll see some prat wearing an LA Galaxy shirt with 'Beckham 23′ on the back and I just wonder what on earth they were thinking about when they bought it.

Chances are, they hadn't even heard of LA Galaxy before David Beckham signed for them so why on earth would you want to pay £40 for a shirt of a team you probably never have and probably never will watch play.

Rooney: I Made The Right Decision To Stay

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Wayne Rooney reckons his form has been good since his return from injury although obviously wants to be scoring more goals.

"I feel good," said Rooney. "My form has been good in recent games. As a striker, you always want to be scoring goals and I just want to score as many as possible until the end of the season.

United Fan Lindegaard: I’m Not Here To Pick My Nose

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If Anders Lindegaard can impress on the pitch as much as he is doing off it, we're looking at our next long term number 1.

The 26-year-old Dane has to the Evening News about his aspirations at the club he grew up supporting, claiming he isn't here just to warm the bench and pick up his pay cheque.

Nani: Nobody Gets Near Incredible Scholes In Training

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Nani has sung the praises of Paul Scholes, claiming that even in training he controls the game and that his team mates can't get near him.

"Scholesy is just incredible and it's a privilege to be in the same squad," said Nani. "I said to him the other day in training: ‘Scholesy, you should have stayed at home because you are playing alone.

Giggs Contract Extension Talks To Begin

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David Gill has revealed that Manchester United will open talks with Ryan Giggs next month to extend his current deal with the club.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he extends his contract for another season," said Gill. "That will be addressed in the next month or so. He has been playing well, keeps himself in great shape and is a wonderful advert for the modern footballer.

Cantona Makes Bizarre Return To Football

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Bizarrely, Eric Cantona has returned to football as director of 'soccer' at New York Cosmos.

"I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos," said Cantona. "It's a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It's kind of a mix between football and art.

Leeds Defender: If Only I Could Be Half As Good As United Legend

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My first memory of Alex Bruce was watching him as a young lad on Steve Bruce's excellent 'Captain's Log' video. He grew up as a red and played for our academy but was released when he was 16-years-old.

However, the coaches at our academy had spotted something in him and were in the process of helping him change positions from the striker he had hoped to be when he was 9-years-old to the defender we now see him as at Leeds United.

United Players Most Loyal Of All In Europe

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A United player stays at his club an average of 5.71 seasons the longest in Europe.

The Professional Football Players' Observatory is a research group that generates comparable statistical indicators in the areas of demography, training, international recruitment, mobility and pitch performance of professional football players.

PICTURE: Edin Dzeko Must Be Confused

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Manchester City's failure to beat Leicester, who are currently in the bottom half of the Championship, the replay was held at Wastelands tonight.

I'm sure Edin Dzeko is really confused tonight though. In his first press conference with the club, he revealed he had been told that most football fans in Manchester supported City, not United.

Why Didn’t Mike Dean Report John Terry?

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The FA charge for Rafael da Silva because of his reaction to the unjust red card at the weekend was a result of Mike Dean specifically referring to it in his post-match report.

The referee who awarded a penalty against Rafael for a foul on Craig Bellamy outside of the area last season in the League Cup semi-final, made specific mention of Rafael's response to the decision, which could result in the player missing a total of two games for a red card decision that even opposition manager Harry Redknapp disagreed with.

STATS: Spurs vs United

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Wayne Rooney had a passing success rate of just 50% and only 3 successful passes going forwards in the opposition's half.

Darren Fletcher (80%) and Michael Carrick (82%) had surprisingly high passing completion rates. Although what caused the worry during the game was that 45% of the unsuccessful passes came from our own half.

ASIA CUP: How Is Park Getting On?

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South Korea 2 1 Bahrain
Attendance: 6,669

Ji-Sung Park was captain and played just behind the striker Ji Dong-Won. It was left winger Koo Ja-Cheol who scored both the goals though.

Australia 1 1 South Korea
Attendance: 15,526

Park played the same role and Koo Ja-Cheol scored the only goal again.

Sorry Modric, United Are Better

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Tottenham Hotspur drew 0-0 in their home game against Manchester United at the weekend, prompting their manager and players to claim they're as good as us.

United are potentially 11 points better than Spurs though, with us currently having won 8 points more than them with a game in hand too.

VIDEO: Manchester United Reserves 8-0 Bury

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Manchester United Reserves booked their place Manchester Senior Cup final after a 8-0 victory over Bury.

Paul Scholes inspired the team to success as Anders Lindegaard got his first taste of English football.

Team: Lindegaard; Gill (R Brown 46), W Brown, Wootton, O'Shea; King (Vermijl 46), Gibson, Scholes (Norwood 60), Fabio; Brady, Obertan.

PICTURE: Rafael vs Terry, Gerrard, Rooney, Carragher and Wenger

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Rafael da Silva was sent off against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday after a poor decision from referee Mike Dean. After the game, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp conceded the second yellow was a wrong decision.

However, the reaction of Rafael, which was certainly way over the top, even if slightly understandable given that he just been sent off for nothing, has been deemed worthy of an FA charge.

Rafael Charged… What Happens To Mike Dean?

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The FA have charged Rafael da Silva for his reaction to the second yellow card Mike Dean showed him in our 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

This was the third time we've seen such an explosive reaction from our little Brazilian. The first game from the bench after United went 2-1 up against Spurs last season.

So, What Happens To Our Danny Now?

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Aston Villa have pulled £18million out of a magic hat to put a bid in for Sunderland's Darren Bent. He's scored 36 goals in 63 appearances since his £10million move from Spurs but has now handed in a transfer request.

This raises several questions for football fans today. Where have Villa got this money from?

Evra: Whole Country Wanted Us To Lose Yesterday

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Manchester United have now gone 26 league games unbeaten and the press are debating whether we can last the rest of the season.

Patrice Evra insists the only thing the players are thinking about though is winning the league.

"Nobody in the squad is talking about that challenge," said Evra.

Reaction To Our Draw Against Tottenham…

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Ahead of kick off I said the most important thing today, the necessity, was to secure the point that would take us back to the top of the league. Spurs are a good side and to get a draw at their place has to be considered a good result and a win would be a bonus.

When Rafael was sent off with 17 minutes of normal time remaining, a point was looking better than ever, so credit to our lads for not doing what Spurs do when a decision goes against them.

VIDEO: Rafael’s Red Card Against Tottenham

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Rafael da Silva was sent off at Tottenham today with 17 minutes (+4 injury time) remaining on the clock.

With Spurs fans always whinging about the decisions that have gone against them, as if it's an exclusive disadvantage, you have to wonder if their hypocrisy can continue.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Spurs… (LINE UP)

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Manchester United have a brilliant record against Tottenham Hotspur and will obviously be hoping that continues today so we can reclaim our place on top of the table. Despite playing three games more, City are only one point clear at the top, so our superior goal difference means even a draw would see us move up.

Is There Some Truth To Busquets Rumours?

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Over the past week or so, the papers have been linking Manchester United with a move for the highly rated Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquets.

Aside from landing a top player for United, the press also reckoned this was seal Arsenal's fate, with Cesc Fabregas going to Spain to fill the gap in the team left by Busquets.

Fergie: We Tried To Sign Bale As A Teen

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that United tried to sign Tottenham Hotspur star, Gareth Bale, when he was still a kid at Southampton. After our bid failed, he later joined Spurs for £10m and has gone from strength to strength.

"We tried to sign him as a 16 or 17-year-old boy," said Ferguson.

STATS: United Represented With Every Ballon d’Or Winner

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Every single player who has won the Ballon d'Or from the English league has played for Manchester United.

Winners
1956: Stanley Matthews (Blackpool at the time)
1964: Denis Law
1966: Bobby Charlton
1968: George Best
2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool at the time)
2008: Cristiano Ronaldo

Matthews was a war time guest player for United whilst Owen is a current United player.

EXPOSED: David Beckham And His Lies

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RoM has been on the receiving end of quite a bit of stick for some of the articles written about David Beckham. Not being badly inlove with him is often confused with hatred, apparently, but let me assure you that isn't the case.

Beckham was a great player for United and you could tell he really cared about the club.

Fergie: Becks Couldn’t Have Played Against Us

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed he wasn't concerned about the potential of facing David Beckham this weekend, after our former player joined the London club for training.

"I didn't expect David Beckham to be playing on Sunday," said Ferguson. "You cannot all of a sudden come in to train for a few days and expect to play in the Premier League, even less so against Manchester United.

Great Discount For RoM Readers

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Don't forget, RoM readers get 10% off all SUFC football tees until this Sunday Jan 16th, so make sure you get your orders in and enjoy the savings.

I singled out the red "Greatest Team" tee as one I thought was perfect for United fans and apparently you guys have snapped up almost all of their current stock in a matter of days.

RoM Reads

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BBC Sport fills us in on Corry Evans' loan move to Hull.

The Telegraph says Wayne Rooney will be fit for Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports on Wayne Rooney's brother joining Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.

Studs Up pokes fun at thick Carlos Tevez.

The Guardian shows us exactly how much of a cry baby Cesc Fabregas is.

PICTURE: Chicharito City WUM?

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After Manchester United fans mocked Manchester City's new signing, Edin Dzeko, for attempting to wind up the reds in Manchester by claiming the city was blue (arf!), we were left to wonder whether our Chicharito had become small time too when this picture started doing the rounds online.

But alas, it turns out this was just a return to the good ol' days, when fans got involved in the banter, long before football clubs forked out £1000s on advertising boards in attempt to wind up opposition fans.

PICTURE: Berbatov The Mafia Boss

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"If I made The Godfather: Part IV, I'd put Dimitar Berbatov in there as a Mafia boss," Ferdinand said. "He looks exactly like Andy Garcia [who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vincent Mancini in The Godfather: Part III]... and he actually thinks he is in The Godfather movies half the time.

Giggs: I’m Enjoying It More Than Ever

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Ryan Giggs has revealed that he is enjoying his football more than ever, suggesting that he will be interested in renewing his contract at the end of the season.

"I've always said the three things I'm always looking for are that I'm getting picked, that I'm enjoying it and that I'm fit," he said.

Kuszczak: I Deserve My Chance After Being Patient

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Tomasz Kuszczak has revealed that he has plans to replace Edwin Van der Sar at the end of the season as Manchester United's number one.

"I know I have not got the biggest name in the world but, and I don't want this to sound arrogant, I think I am good enough," he said. "I have talked to the boss a few times and he said we will see what happens at the end of the season and I know that in the meantime if I get a chance I have to play well because that is the only way I am going to impress him.

Lindegaard: I’ve Been A Red Since I Was 4

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Anders Lindegaard has revealed that signing for Manchester United is a dream come true after his dad brought him up as a fan of the club.

"It feels great to be here," he said. "It's a dream come true for me. I've been a Manchester United supporter since I was four years old. My father taught me that.

VIDEO: Kiko Sets Up Winner On Debut

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Federico Macheda came off the bench for Sampdoria in the 78th minute of their home game against Roma. He nearly scored straight away but his header was narrowly wide. Five minutes later he played the ball forward whilst being fouled in the box, with the defender making a hash of his clearance and Stefano Guberti putting away the winner.

Why On Earth Would We Want “The Next Theo Walcott”?

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Every few weeks, Manchester United will be linked with "the next *insert brilliant player's name here*" in the next transfer window. The deals never materialise and more often than not, the players never fulfil the potential.

The next Ronaldinho, Douglas Costas, was rumoured to be joining United from Gremio and caused a great deal of excitement amongst some reds.

VIDEO: At Least Foster Doesn’t Have To Worry About These Mistakes Now

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"I don't wish I'd stuck around at all. A club like United is cutthroat, win at all costs, whereas here, you know you're not going to win every game but the players we've got bottle and don't give anyone a second breath. There is more pressure at United, without a doubt. Even if we drew there, it was the end of the world.

SAF: Players Can Voice Opinion When Dropped

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that when dropping players to the bench for certain games, he will make sure he has explained why.

For example, Premier League's top scorer Dimitar Berbatov was recently left out for United's game against Arsenal and the manager is always rotating between Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson and even Darron Gibson in the centre of midfield.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reports on Ferguson's opinion about foreign owners and sacking managers.

United Rant looks at United's January transfer window targets.

Studs Up responds to Ryan Babel's FA charge.

Dirty Tackle looks at the Ballon d'Or voting system.

The Chelsea Blog wonders whether Liverpool are dipping in their bin.

New Bitter Dzeko Perpetuates City’s Desperate Lie

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Edin Dzeko has been in Manchester for all of two minutes before speaking to the press about the lie City fans spread, that Manchester is blue.

So desperate are City to get some leverage on United, they hound their new signings with their nonsense.

"I have heard a lot about the fans and that most of the people from Manchester are Manchester City fans," he said.

If you're unfamiliar with SUFC, it's an excellent football clothing line started

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If you're unfamiliar with SUFC, it's an excellent football clothing line started by Chris Toy of Studs Up fame. They've got a great range of football t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts and more on the way all inspired by football culture. I'm delighted to say I've partnered up with SUFC to get all RoM readers 10% off their full range of gear until January 16th.

Alonso: Spanish Fans Rate Ideal Scholes

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Former Liverpool midfielder, Xabi Alonso, has claimed that Paul Scholes' ability isn't appreciated as much in England as it would be if he played in Spain.

"I've still got Paul Scholes' shirt at home, which I swapped with him once," said Alonso. "When I was at Liverpool he was one of the players I liked most.

PICTURE: David Beckham At Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur

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Owen: Liverpool A Two Man Team

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Michael Owen has insisted he is not shocked to see Liverpool just four points above the relegation zone, believing that they are a team dragged through by a couple of players.

"I am not particularly surprised," he said. "I would say their position reflects where they are right now.

Adler: I Had United Posters All Over My Bedroom Walls

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Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Rene Adler has revealed that as a kid he had Manchester United posters all over his bedroom walls.

The club revealed earlier this season that the goalie has a special clause in his contract which specifies that if Manchester United offer the asking price, they have to sell him, so intent is he to his dream of being a United player.

PICTURE: United Fan Laughing At Dalglish

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VIDEO: Liverpool Fan Chanting Munich In Today’s FA Cup Game

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5 Quick Reactions From Victory Over Liverpool…

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1. Beating Liverpool is always brilliant. Knocking them out of the FA Cup is great. Destroying all the good feeling and positivity that came with Kenny Dalglish's appointment is even better. Although I'm frustrated we didn't totally destroy them today. We dominated the game entirely, as you would expect for a side with an extra man for an hour, but just weren't clinical enough in the box.

VIDEO: FA Cup 4th Round 1999 – United vs Liverpool

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Ahead Of Our Cup Game Against Liverpool…

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Liverpool in the Cup. These are those 'Football Factory' moments, when you get drawn against a hated rival in the FA Cup, which every fan looks forward to it. I won't just be Mancs and scousers watching today's game, but football fans from all over the world, whichever team they support. It's a massive fixture and it means the world to both sets of fans.

VIDEO: FA Cup Final 1996 – United vs Liverpool

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VIDEO: FA Cup Final 1977 – United vs Liverpool

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Rooney: Watching Everton Beat United Was My Best Day As A Fan

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Wayne Rooney has admitted that watching Everton beat Manchester United was his best day as a football fan.

"It's the only club trophy that I haven't won and it bothers me a little bit," said Rooney. "I used to watch the FA Cup growing up and I was lucky enough to go to the final at the old Wembley in 1995 when Everton won it.

Owen: I Have Loved Every Minute At United

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Despite struggling to get a game, Michael Owen insists he has enjoyed every minute of his Manchester United career, claiming that missing out on game time is worth it for getting to play for Sir Alex Ferguson and train with our players.

"I knew when I came here that I wouldn't play every game and it would be a bit different to what I was used to," he said.

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For those of you who haven't joined the Twitter revolution, turn away now and grumble about the irritation of Twitter. For those of you that have, you will be pleased to learn that RoM was ranked 55th in the UK during Follow Friday this week, making us more popular than Jonathan Ross, Lily Allen, Gabby Logan, Tinah Tempah, Derren Brown and award winning MCFC.

Owen: Of Course I’ll Celebrate Against Liverpool

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Michael Owen has today confirmed that if he plays against Liverpool tomorrow and scores, he will celebrate.

"I will certainly celebrate, that's not a question," said Owen. "Let's hope I have that problem, that I get a chance and that I put it away. I'm not really a fan of players going to their old teams and not celebrating.

Dalglish Could Be A Disaster For United

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We woke up today to learn that Kenny Dalglish has replaced Roy Hodgson as Liverpool manager. As far as United are concerned, this could be a disaster.

How often do we see clubs galvanised in the first game since the manager was sacked, particularly when their first game is one they would never be expected to win.

When Bobby Charlton silenced the Kop in the FA Cup

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Liverpool 1 Man United 3, January 30, 1960

You've got to love the Scousers. When Liverpool were drawn at home to Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup in January 1960 it was immediately declared an all-ticket match, naturally enough as United had already attracted the two largest league attendances of the season, despite being in the bottom half of the table.

Berb: I Don’t Care About Hodgson… I Just Want To Score

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Dimitar Berbatov was asked about Roy Hodgson's situation at Liverpool ahead of our FA Cup clash against them this weekend. The Liverpool manager is likely to be sacked following relegation form which has seen The Biggest Club In England (TM) drop to four points above the relegation zone.

The last time Berbatov played against Liverpool he scored a hattrick against them, and insists he is far more concerned with doing the business for United than he is Liverpool's manager.

Fergie: Becks Is Near The End… Like Giggs, Scholes and Nev

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After claiming the only club he would play for in England was Manchester United, David Beckham entered talks with Tottenham Hotspurs, amongst others, a fortnight later. It now looks as though he will join Spurs on loan this weekend.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked what he makes of Beckham's return to the Premiership, but our manager doesn't seem very excited about the impact the former United man could make on the league.

RoM Reads

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The Chelsea Blog has an excellent article on their crisis from the perspective of an old Chelsea fan.

The Guardian looks at our weekend's cup game.

The Evening News reports on Sir Alex's claim that Leeds defeat will spur us on this weekend.

Studs Up explains why Hodgson cancelled the press conference.

Yeh Jack, We’re Terrified

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Arsenal youngster, Jack Wilshere, has claimed that teams are scared of going to the Emirates because of the football Arsenal play. After boring, boring City put 11 men behind the ball all night this week, Wilshere reckons they need to learn to break teams down.

"We just have to learn to break teams down," said Jack.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about Fergie getting ready to ditch the old guard.

The Evening News has word from Patrice Evra's agent that Real Madrid rumours are rubbish.

The Daily Mail reports on Jose Mourinho's desire to keep our transfer target, Diarra, at Real Madrid.

Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about our summer plans in our '2nd home'.

PICTURE: Good Day

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Delayed Quick Observations Against Stoke…

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1. Well done Chris Smalling. Ahead of the game there were worries that our 21-year-old new signing was going to struggle with the height and strength of Kenwyne Jones, who scored at Old Trafford with Sunderland last season. The lad didn't put a foot out of place though. I don't mean to get carried away with myself but right now, Smalling has all the makings of a Rio Ferdinand replacement.

VIDEO: Chicharito & Nani Goals Against Stoke

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Stoke…

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I really don't like Stoke fans. They will put that down to successfully achieving their status as wind up merchants but it's so far removed from that. Fans come to Old Trafford every week thinking they're clever singing "we support our local team", as if they were the ones that made it up, as if we've never heard it before, and as if it bothers in the slightest, whether a red from Manchester, the North West, down south, Ireland or anywhere else.

Fergie: Arsenal Boss Does Go Off On A Tangent

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Ahead of our clash with Stoke City, Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked whether he shares the opinion of Arsenal's manager on Stoke's approach to the game.

This season, Wenger has accused Stoke of using rugby tactics and even went as far as criticising Stoke's captain Ryan Shawcross for a non-event in a game which didn't even involve Arsenal.

Ando: Fergie Is World’s Best

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Just like with Nani before him, Sir Alex Ferguson has rescued Anderson's Manchester United career after bad attitude and a lengthy injury threatened to end it.

"Sir Alex has always offered me advice from the day I arrived, in the good and the bad moments," said Anderson. "Many times he was unhappy with my work but that only added extra incentive to me.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XV

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Another day at Manchester City's training ground, another bust up. Former Arsenal players, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor, had to be dragged apart by their team mates, with another former Goon, Patrick Vieira, giving Adebayor a talking to.

But this is totally normal, k? This happens on training grounds up and down the country every day, alright?

IN DEPTH STATS: Scholes/Ando vs Fabregas

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These statistics compare the passing success of Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas, Paul Scholes and Anderson in the games they've played against each other for Manchester United and Arsenal.

The stats are taken from all the games where at least two of the three players featured and show how many passes per minute were successfully completed, as well as what percentage of their attempted passes were completed.

PICTURES: David Beckham’s Manchester United Years

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Pulis: Fergie Will Be Smiling After Being Written Off

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Ahead of the season, lots of pundits, journalists and retired footballers had Manchester United down for a 3rd or 4th placed finish this season, predicting the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to finish above us.

Half way through the season, United are top of the league having played fewer games than the title rivals below them.

United Have First Refusal Clause On Shawcross

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Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, has revealed that Manchester United have first refusal on their captain, Ryan Shawcross.

"Alex has covered his backside, he's got first shout on Ryan the crafty bugger has sorted it!"

Shawcross left United almost 3 years ago in the January transfer window for £2m.

Kiko: I’ll Miss Fergie The Maestro

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Federico Macheda has revealed that the reason why he chose to join Sampdoria on loan for the rest of the season, ahead of other Italian teams, like Lazio, who showed an interest, is because they were the keenest to sign him. With the recent departure of Antonio Cassano, Kiko knows he should get a lot of time in the team which will help him improve as a player.

Kiko’s Move To Sampdoria Confirmed

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Sampdoria club president, Riccardo Garrone, has confirmed that Federico Macheda will join the Serie A outfit until the end of the season.

"I am very happy that Macheda has chosen Sampdoria and I think it's the same for the fans," said Garrone. "Macheda has easily filled the void left by Cassano, he will definitely do well.

Beckham Should Be Honest Instead Of Lies For Adulation

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December 21st 2010: "Maybe one day I'll come back and play here, but I've always said it will only be for Manchester United."

November 30th 2010: "It is always great to be wanted by different managers and different teams even if it's on loan or a more permanent spell, it's always nice.

Rio Ferdinand’s Brilliant Disciplinary Record

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Rio Ferdinand's last yellow card, for both club or country, came on March 14th 2009, during our 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford for a foul on Dirk Kuyt.

That's 53 appearances and 4515 minutes of football with a yellow card.

Whilst some of this might be down to his status as England captain (don't forget he escaped a booking for giving away this foul on Jerome Thomas a denying a goalscoring opportunity) we shouldn't discount Rio's excellent positioning which means he isn't required to make the last ditch tackles that Jamie Carragher and John Terry are hailed for.

STATS: Half Way Point

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09/10
P19 W13 D1 L4 GF43 GA15 GD28 PTS40
Position: 2nd

Chelsea 1st
P19 GD28 PTS42

Arsenal 3rd
P18 GD27 PTS38

10/11
P19 W11 D8 L0 GF41 GA18 GD23 PTS41
Position: 1st

On 19 games...
United 1 point better off.

CLL: We’re The Best Team In The Country

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"The top of the league is really open at the moment we saw that Manchester United and Arsenal were held to draws in the last round of games, we still have to play Man U twice and, before kick-off today, Manchester City have played two matches more than us. So we know there are plenty of opportunities for the teams in and around us to drop points again and we just have to make sure that we are picking up maximum points as often as we can.

VIDEO: Welbeck Goal vs Blackburn

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Danny Welbeck scored his sixth league goal of the season in Sunderland's 3-0 win over Blackburn. Steve Bruce's team are now 6th in the table.

"VIDEO: Welbeck Goal vs Blackburn" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Harry: Beckham Fancies Spurs Move

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has claimed that David Beckham wants to join his club on loan in January.

Despite repeatedly claiming he is a Manchester United fan and would never play for another English club, Becks has been in talks with Spurs over a potential loan move.

"I think David fancies it," said Redknapp.

Arsenal Keeper With Egg On His Face

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Arsenal goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny ended up with egg on his face today after spending the afternoon Tweeting whilst watching Manchester United's victory over West Brom.

In the first half, Gary Neville should have conceded a penalty after committing a foul in the box. Nothing was given. Later on, Rio Ferdinand conceded a penalty for foul in the box.

IN DEPTH STATS: West Brom vs United

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As a new feature for 2011, RoM will be providing an in-depth look at the statistics from each league game Manchester United play.

vs West Brom (a)

Summary
- The player who attempted the most passes was Rio Ferdinand
- The player with the most completed passes was Michael Carrick
- The player with the highest completion rate was Michael Carrick (90%), followed by Vidic (88%) and Fletcher (83%).

PICTURE: Rio And Anderson On Coach Back From Midlands

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Rio Ferdinand has kept himself entertained on the journey back from West Brom by Twittering.

Anderson wanted to pass a message along to the supporters via Rio: "Nice one and Happy New Year to you all" thumbs up for the result!

Rio also reflected on the game and the penalty he gave away, which fortunately was put wide by Odemwingie.

Chicharito: Very Happy To Celebrate With Brilliant Fans

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Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score another winner for Manchester United, to help keep the team at the top of the league in 2011.

"I remember I was near the goalkeeper," he said. "Wazza crossed the ball, I moved towards it and headed it into the goal. I was very happy to celebrate with our brilliant fans.

5 Quick Reactions From West Brom Victory

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1. Well done Wayne Rooney. A goal, an assist, and playing through the pain barrier when he was injured with minutes to play and we had no subs left. He looked in agony at the time, hobbled off the pitch with United fans fearing a lengthy injury, but before you knew it he was on his toes on the touchline, desperate to come on.

VIDEO: Rooney and Chicharito Goals vs West Brom

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Ahead Of United’s Game Against West Brom…

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Manchester United's line-up is a bit of a worrying one today: Kuszczak, Neville, Rio, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Rooney, Berbatov, Obertan.

Bench: Michael Owen, Chicharito, Fabio da Silva, Jonny Evans, Darron Gibbson, Bebe, Ben Amos.

Let's not forget that West Brom took a well deserved point from us at Old Trafford this season and are no mugs.

Rooney: I Listen To Susan Boyle Ahead Of Kick Off

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Wayne Rooney has revealed that he listens to Susan Boyle in the lead up to games for United.

"I always go into the physio room after the warm-up and pray," said Rooney. "And I listen to a bit of music. Susan Boyle's voice is amazing – it relaxes me before a game. I get a massage while listening to it.

Happy New Year

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