Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Congratulations Ole Gunnar Solskjaer!

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won the Norwegian league title in his first year of management at the club he used to play for. Molde FK are a 100 year old Norwegian club that most of you probably hadn't heard of until they sold us a 23-year-old Solskjaer in 1996. He had scored 31 goals in 38 games and had attracted interest from a few clubs across Europe.

Jones: We’re Delighted In The Changing Room

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Phil Jones put in a good performance at right back in United's 1-0 win over Everton today. The young defender claims that getting the win shows the character of the club after last weekend's horrible result.

"Everyone showed today what Manchester United are about," Jones told MUTV.

Smalling Out For A Month

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"Smalling has a small fracture on his foot," said Ferguson. "I think he'll be out for a month and it's unfortunate that one."

"Smalling Out For A Month" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Quick Reactions To Victory Over Everton…

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1. What we wanted to see today was a reaction to last weekend's disaster. A 1-0 win at Goodison Park, a ground we haven't won at since 2007, is a good result. Of course we all wanted to see United come out and rip Everton apart, the way we did Bolton and Arsenal earlier this season, but that isn't necessarily a realistic expectation.

VIDEO: Chicharito’s Winner vs Everton

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League Cup Draw: United vs…

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United will play Crystal Palace at home.
Arsenal vs City
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Cardiff vs Blackburn

"League Cup Draw: United vs..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Everton vs United

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de Gea; Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Park, Fletcher, Cleverley; Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez

Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Fabio, Nani, Valencia, Owen and Berbatov.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Coleman, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Fellaini, Rodwell and Saha.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Everton vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: Everton vs United

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Everton vs United "LIVE BLOG: Everton vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: Rooney At Goodison

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February 19th 2005: United won 2-0 on Rooney's return to Goodison Park since leaving Everton to progress to the FA Cup semi-final. Roy Carroll with hit with an object thrown from the crowd, 30 fans were arrested and 5 police officers were injured.

August 13th 2005: Rooney scored United's second goal in a 2-0 win on the opening day of the following season.

PICTURES: Rooney At Goodison

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February 19th 2005: United won 2-0 on Rooney's return to Goodison Park since leaving Everton to progress to the FA Cup semi-final. Roy Carroll with hit with an object thrown from the crowd, 30 fans were arrested and 5 police officers were injured.

August 13th 2005: Rooney scored United's second goal in a 2-0 win on the opening day of the following season.

Fergie: Rooney Has Had Mixed Fortunes At Goodison

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Ahead of Manchester United's trip to Goodison Park, Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on Wayne Rooney's contribution at the home of his former club.

"He's had mixed success going to Everton," said Ferguson. "He's scored a couple of goals in previous games and gets booed as normal.

Everton v United: Rooney, Chicharito to help repair broken hearts

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In the words of the gaffer it's time to "kick-on" following last week's Derby loss to City and get back to what United know best winning.

United face a trip to Goodison this weekend to take on David Moyes' Everton, and Sir Alex has challenged Wayne Rooney to lead the fight back from the sides derby mauling by putting his old club to the sword.

He’s Cracking Up…

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Following Rafael Benitez's bizarre rant about Sir Alex Ferguson in January 2009, our fans got to sing "he's cracking up, he's cracking up, he's cracking, Rafa's cracking up!" from the stands every week. The chant spread to the stands of whoever Liverpool's opponents were, with everyone making fun of the Spaniard who had seemingly lost the plot.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail talks about our link with Gaitan.

The Independent reports on Ferguson's opinion on the PFA defence of Carlos Tevez.

The Telegraph takes the piss out of "Captain Marvel", John Terry.

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

Pele: I’d Play For United Or Barcelona

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In an interview with Talk Sport, Pele has revealed that if he was still playing today, Manchester United or Barcelona would be the teams he would choose.

"I was invited to play in Italy, in England, Spain, Germany. You have two teams today, Barcelona and Manchester United. These two teams would be good to play with.

How Deluded Is Arsenal Boss?

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Arsene Wenger gave a rousing speech to the Arsenal AGM this afternoon at the Emirates and made a very peculiar claim.

"I hope as well that in many years, people will look at this period and think that we have put the club on the right track and defended the right values and think that together we were not too stupid," he said.

Manchester United to bounce back after derby destruction

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Now that we've had a few days to digest our implosion against Manchester City, the only thing to do now is move on. It's confined to the history books, forget it. Nothing can be changed now. The only thing that can be done is correcting it in the future. Starting on Saturday when we kick-off at noon away to Everton.

VIDEO: Berbatov, Owen and Valencia’s Goals vs Aldershot

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"VIDEO: Berbatov, Owen and Valencia's Goals vs Aldershot" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: Aldershot vs United

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Aldershot vs United "LIVE BLOG: Aldershot vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Aldershot vs United

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Amos, Fabio, Jones, Vidic, Fryers, Valencia, Cleverley, Park, Diouf, Owen and Berbatov.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Aldershot vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Find

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So we lost. 6-1. To City. In a week that brought us the catastrophic news of Westlife splitting up, it had me wondering what about now? Could this really be City's season in the sun?

It's always a mini-trauma to lose heavily to a bitter rival, and we all have our own personal coping mechanisms.

Why Always Us?

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"Why Always Us?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vidic International Retirement Confirmed

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After hinting strongly that he would be retiring from International football after Serbia's failure to qualify for Euro 2012, Nemanja Vidic has today confirmed he will not play for his country again.

"After a great deal of thought and with a heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football," Vidic told the official site.

Reactions To Defeat Against City…

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1. In writing this I am acknowledging that yesterday actually happened. We actually lost 6-1 to City at Old Trafford. There aren't many worse days than that for us but even just in recent times, I'd argue the 4-1 against Liverpool and the 2-1 during the Munich 50th anniversary week hurt more. It was the worst day for our manager though, he claimed after the final whistle, so now we have to see what he will do to remedy it.

United will recover from derby day disaster

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There are bad days, and there are really bad days. Yesterday was one of those days for United and United supporters, with the embarrassment of embarrassments at Old Trafford.

Losing to City is one thing, but losing 6-1 to City, at home no less, and losing to City in the manner that it all unfolded, makes it even harder to swallow.

Exclusive Interview: Ogden On Rio, Rooney and Twitter Movement

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Jonathan Shrager has interviewed The Telegraph columnist Mark Ogden, giving a fascinating insight into Twitter usage from the perspective of a renowned UK football reporter.

JS: @SteveForbesCEO (editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes) recently asserted that "print journos used to look down on digital hacks as "trailer park.

Chicharito: Playing For United Is A Dream Come True

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Two weeks after his agent revealed that a new five year deal had been agreed, Manchester United have announced that Javier Hernandez has extended his contract with the club.

"Playing for Manchester United has been a dream come true for me," he said. "I never expected my first year to go so well and I'm delighted to commit my future to United.

VIDEO: England Captain Uses Racial Slur… To Deny Racial Slur?

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In light of Patrice Evra's allegations of racism against Luis Suarez in our draw with Liverpool last weekend, John Terry has been accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in Chelsea's defeat to QPR today.

Footage circulated on the internet with the claim that Terry had called Ferdinand a "black cunt".

Fergie: There’s Embarrassment In The Dressing Room

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Following United's defeat on derby, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that this is his worst ever defeat but than the experience we had on the field should have meant we conceded fewer goals.

"I can't believe the scoreline. The first goal was a blow for sure but it was retrievable at 1-0," he said.

VIDEO: Fletcher’s Goal vs City

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs City

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De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Fletcher, Young, Rooney and Welbeck.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

It’s Derby Day!

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One of the few good things that have come from Manchester City's new found wealth, other than their club genuinely aspiring to be and have everything their fans have criticised United for over the past two decades, is Sir Alex Ferguson taking the derby seriously again.

For too long, whilst City were total shite, the manager seemed to lead our players in to that game without the respect required for one of the most important days of the season for the fans.

Jones: We Want Reds Happy Today

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Ahead of what could be his first league Manchester derby, Phil Jones has claimed nasty atmosphere don't effect him and he's hoping it's our fans smiling come the final whistle.

"I played for Blackburn against Burnley and that was pretty hostile, although I would imagine this tops that one," he said.

Young: I Go To Training Grinning Every Day

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After making his move to United from Aston Villa in the summer, Ashley Young has revealed how easily he has settled in at the club and how happy he is here.

"I am extremely happy with how things have gone," Young said. "It is an easy place to settle. There is a great team spirit and they welcomed me with open arms.

Young: Joining United Was A No-Brainer

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Ahead of his first Manchester derby, Ashley Young has spoken about why he joined United

"You just look at the club's history and the titles they have won," said Young. "I am an ambitious person and I wanted to win titles and play in the biggest competitions. Obviously United are winning Champions Leagues and playing in Champions Leagues every year.

Fletch: City And Chelsea Will Never Be As Big As United

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Ahead of the derby, Darren Fletcher has stated the obvious in claiming that no matter what City go on to achieve, they will never rival United in terms of the size of the club.

"We don't want to give City the confidence of winning trophies to get to our level," Fletcher said. "Our job is to keep Manchester United on top and as long as we keep on winning the big titles, it means they're not winning them.

Keano On Playing For United Again, The Dressing Room and That Derby

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Roy Keane has spoken to the BBC about his thoughts on the Manchester derby ahead of Sunday.

On playing again

"When football is in your blood or you've played for a great club like Man United, you still have your days where you go 'I'd give anything to go back and play in one of those games, anything.

Owen to give City the blues?

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It's not often that you able to back Manchester United at odds-against to win at home, but you can this Sunday when they play host to arch rivals City.
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United are 2.1 Boylesports and Victor Chandler to bag three points in the Derby clash and regain the top spot in the league from Mancini's men.

Competition: Win Signed Robson Cup Final 85 Shirt

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In association with FootballFanCast, we've got our mits on a shirt signed by Bryan Robson. He's signed his name across the 7 United top to create a priceless memento for one lucky winner.

To be in with a chance of winning it, all you need to do to enter is ‘like' FootballFancast on Facebook.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian compares our defence with City's.

Bloomberg looks at how United have become the biggest brand in sport.

Sabotage Times looks at the Manchester rivalry from the perspective of a blue.

The Evening News reports on the measures City are going to in order to shift tickets at Wastelands.

Evans: I Had To Have A Word With Myself

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After two great seasons in the United first team squad, Jonny Evans' form dropped dramatically last season, with him repeatedly being shrugged off and outjumped by opponents.

In more recent times, whilst the likes of Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea have had long stints in the first team following poor form, the likes of Kieran Richardson and Phil Bardsley weren't so lucky.

Cockney Media Claim Evra On Trial

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It beggars belief that somebody could earn a salary for writing such dross but James Olley, from The London Evening Standard, has managed to do just that.

Olley claims that if Evra cannot prove that he was racially abused then he should have the book thrown at him. Is that how justice works?

Lindegaard: United Take Every Opponent Seriously

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Following another game for United in last night's Champions League victory in Romania, Anders Lindegaard has spoken highly of the way our club prepare for every game.

"One of the things that impressed me most when I came to United is that every game is handled the same way," he said.

VIDEO: Rooney Pen vs Otelul Galati

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PICTURE: One Year On – Rooney Kisses Badge Again

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On October 19th 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed to the world's press that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave the club. Just months after the player claimed he wanted to see out the rest of his career with the club, he decided that he needed to move to a club that matched his ambition.

"I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad," Rooney said the following day.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Otelul Galati vs United

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Lindegaard, Evra, Vidic, Smalling, Fabio, Nani, Anderson, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney and Chicharito.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Evans, Fletcher, Owen, Berbatov and Welbeck.


Keep up with the game with Daniel Harris at FCF.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Otelul Galati vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Otelul Galati vs Manchester United: Must win for United; footballing lesson for Galati

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Manchester United travel to Romania to face UEFA Champions League debutantes Otelul Galati as the visitors seek to finally secure their first win in Group C. Alex Ferguson's men are definitely favorites here unless the Romanians can come up with a shocker. Check out the football betting offers and place your bet where you see fit.

Barclay Refuses To Acknowledge De Gea Mistake

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When Manchester United signed 20-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea for £20m you could more or less predict what was going to happen. His first mistake would be magnified, he'd get ripped apart in the press and would be under the spotlight from then on.

So, the script had been written and de Gea complied, letting in two soft goals against City at the Community Shield at Wembley.

How Patrice Evra has never played the race card and why assumptions are dangerous

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Football can do a lot of things. It can turn completely stable people into emotional wrecks, it can play with our emotions like nothing else, save perhaps a member of the opposite sex. In short, it's a very powerful thing. One thing it should not do, however, is to change our perspective. Not footballing perspective, of course you should feel free to argue that your team is better than my team, your fans are louder than my fans, your grass is greener than our grass.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph writes in praise of David de Gea and so does The Guardian.

Football365 has the latest on the Evra vs Suarez race row.

Soccerlens reminds you of the ban the FA gave Evra for being racially abused.

Studs Up looks at why Rooney's ban should be reduced.

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

Jones: I’ll Play Where The Gaffer Tells Me

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Whilst there were several surprises about Sir Alex Ferguson's team selection this weekend, one of the bigger ones was the positioning of Phil Jones.

Last week, RoM was amongst several reds calling for Jones to play in the centre of midfield, but I don't think anyone expected his first opportunity to come at Anfield.

Chicharito: De Gea Is Unbelievable

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Following the stick that came for his first couple of appearances, David de Gea has shut up his critics after pulling off some great saves in our games this season.

Kenny Dalglish sang the praises of our goalie following his performance at Anfield yesterday, questioning why the press had targeted the Spaniard, whilst Javier Hernandez has spoken highly of De Gea today.

PICTURE: Evra Kisses Badge In Front Of The Kop

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Chicharito Is United’s Best Ever Super Sub

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Five minutes after coming off the bench this afternoon, Chicharito scored the equalising goal for Manchester United at Anfield.

Following the game, Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for our Mexican striker.

"Hernandez did it again," said Ferguson. "When you see the goal he was strangled by Martin Skrtel but he managed to free himself.

VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Liverpool

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"VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Liverpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Some FACTS For Benitez On Liverpool And United Spending

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The football was nothing to write home about in 2008-2009 but in terms of excitement and nerves, it was one of the best seasons for years. As usual, we were fighting it out for the title, but this time it was against our hated rivals, Liverpool.

United were a few matches behind everyone else at the turn of the year after taking time out to compete in and win the FIFA World Club Cup.

Some FACTS For Benitez On Liverpool And United Spending

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The football was nothing to write home about in 2008-2009 but in terms of excitement and nerves, it was one of the best seasons for years. As usual, we were fighting it out for the title, but this time it was against our hated rivals, Liverpool.

United were a few matches behind everyone else at the turn of the year after taking time out to compete in and win the FIFA World Club Cup.

Manchester United Betting: Finally A Win At Anfield?

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There's no love lost between these two sides but it's the reigning Champions who have to be the bet at general price of 2.5 to emerge victorious in what promises to be a titanic battle.

Sir Alex Ferguson's young guns may have dropped their first points of the season when drawing away Stoke when last seen in premiership action, but before that they had been banging in goals for fun with wide margin victories over Spurs, Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea.

Vidic Injury Update Ahead Of Anfield

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Nemanja Vidic hasn't played for Manchester United since the opening day of the season against West Brom.

Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have all played their part in defence since, but after playing 90 minutes for Serbia this week, Sir Alex Ferguson is wondering whether Vidic is ready to start against Liverpool tomorrow.

VIDEO: Morrison Goal vs Bolton

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VIDEO: Remember This Rooney Three Match Ban, FA?

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In the summer of 2006, Wayne Rooney was sent off during the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament for an innocuous challenge on Pepe, as both players jumped for the ball. It was only a couple of months earlier that Rooney had been sent off against Portugal in the World Cup and Pepe was prepared to use this to his advantage.

Massive Or Just Like Any Other Game?

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For years, Manchester City were no threat to us, yet derby day was still the fixture most United fans looked forward to. Fighting it out with your local rivals, knowing anything could happen and form doesn't matter, playing for pride and bragging rights, is one of the best bits about football. You win the derby and you can go on about it for days.

RoM Reads

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Sport Witness translate JT's statement on CPO and take the piss out of the FA for their handling of Rooney

The Telegraph wonders how Rooney will respond to Kop abuse.

United Rant discusses Vidic's International retirement.

The Daily Mail reports on opposition to Liverpool's TV rights plan.

Chicharito’s New Deal Keeps Real At Bay

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Following reported interested from Real Madrid, Javier Hernandez has just agreed a new five year deal with Manchester United.

His representative, Eduardo Hernandez, today reported that after scoring 20 goals in his first season, the club have decided to reward the striker.

"We have renegotiated Javier's contract and he is now committed for five years with Manchester United," he said.

John W Henry: Liverpool Who?

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Liverpool FC's owner and chairman, John W Henry and Tom Werner, have today admitted that they didn't know anything about the Merseyside club before taking over, although they knew about United.

"Very little," replied Henry when asked of his knowledge of the Premier League. "We knew virtually nothing about Liverpool Football Club nor EPL.

Vidic Retires?

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Following Serbia's defeat against Slovenia, Nemanja Vidic spoke to journalists about his future. Whilst no official statement has been released, it appears as though Vidic has decided to call it a day on his International career.

There is the possibility that these comments were made in the heat of the moment, with our captain bitterley disappointed about the result.

Becks: No Club Can Repeat 1999

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With David Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy coming to an end the midfielder has been linked with a move back to Europe.

Having already played in England, Spain and Italy, French side PSG are the latest team to show an interest.

However, when he has finished playing, he claims he would like to turn to United in some role, just like his former Real Madrid team mate Zidane.

RoM Reads

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Written Offside discusses Danny Welbeck.

The Evening News reports on Vidic's return for Anfield.

ManUtd24 looks at Ruud's United career.

The Mirror links us to a Plymouth teenager.

The Independent reports on Chelsea fans' fight against their owners to keep Stamford Bridge

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

Fergie Defends Rooney… Despite Ignored Text

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Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking to The Football Show on Sirius XM in New York, has today defended Wayne Rooney for his red card for England and praised the striking for generally improving his temperament.

"I texted him but he's not got back to me yet," Ferguson said. "Obviously he will be disappointed.

Is Swearing Worse Than Kicking, FA?

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Last season, Wayne Rooney swore during the celebration of one of his goals against West Ham and was banned.

Rooney broke Law 12 and was charged with using "offensive, insulting and/or abusive language". Despite players directing this language at referees and opponents on a weekly basis and receiving no punishment, the FA banned Rooney for two games.

COMPETITION: Tickets For The Derby

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RoM has two tickets for the Manchester derby to give away thanks to Live Sport on TV.

Simply follow RoM on Twitter and RT this for a chance to win.

#RoMDerbyDayTickets

"COMPETITION: Tickets For The Derby" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Well Done Giggsy – Golden Foot

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Ryan Giggs has today been named the winner of the Golden Boot award, which is recognition given to players over the age of 29 who are selected by journalists from all over the world and voted for by fans.

The other nominations for the 2011 award were Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Carles Puyol, Raul, Xavi and Javier Zanetti.

PICTURE: Marriner To Repeat Mistakes Of Anfield 2009?

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Andre Marriner has been appointed referee for United's game against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.

He has previous...

1. After being shown a yellow card for a two footed challenge from behind, Steven Gerrard told Marriner to fuck off, before sticking his fingers up at him. No punishment was given.

Rooney To Work For England Place? Yeh Right

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Wayne Rooney will find out on Thursday how many matches he will miss this summer at Euro 2012 following his sending off last Friday.

Fabio Capello has incredibly claimed that England will try different striking options in their friendly against Spain and if the new players do well, Rooney will lose his place in the starting XI.

Cleverley: I Want To Help Us Win Trophies

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The club has today confirmed that Tom Cleverley has signed a new four year deal with the club, reportedly worth £40,000 a week.

After making a great start to the season, Cleverley has been missing since our 5-0 thrashing of Bolton after Kevin Davies injured him.

Cleverley is set to return to the team after the International break and the manager previously hinted he could be involved in our game at Anfield this weekend.

Is Valencia The Answer To Our Midfield Problem?

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The press lazily claimed Antonio Valencia was our replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined in the summer of 2009. Having scored just a handful of goals over a couple of seasons, the media and rival fans scoffed at the idea of Sir Alex Ferguson believing this relative nobody from Wigan was going to replace the Best Player In The World (TM) who had been our top scorer for the past three years running.

Sir Alex Denies Welbz U-21 Game

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After spending the summer representing England with the Under-21 squad, Danny Welbeck has made the step up to the senior team.

Wayne Rooney was sent off in England's last game against Montenegro which gave Welbeck the opportunity to show what he could do.

"We moved on as a team," said Joe Hart after the game.

VIDEO: Nani’s Goals For Portugal

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Nani scored Portugal's opening two goals on Friday in their 5-3 victory over Iceland.

"VIDEO: Nani's Goals For Portugal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

GNev: England Always Looking For Excuses

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Gary Neville has reflected on Wayne Rooney's red card in England's Euro 2012 qualifying game against Montenegro on Friday.

"What gets me is that now everyone will get caught up in the circus and furore surrounding the sending-off," said Neville. "The most disappointing thing about his red card is that it distracts from the major issue.

VIDEO: Young Goal and Assist For England

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RoM Reads

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The Evening News reports that Darren Fletcher may be well enough to play on Saturday for Scotland.

The Guardian talks about United's dwindling away allocations.

Football Talk talks about Carragher's claims that Liverpool can win the league.

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Time To Cash In On Rio Ferdinand?

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Back in April 2005, who would have one day predicted we would be talking about Rio Ferdinand playing in his tenth season at Manchester United. Less than three years after joining the club, the then 26-year-old defender was spotted with in restaurants with Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, on two occasions that month.

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The Daily Mail reckons Chicago Fire are trying to sign Rio.

The Telegraph talks about Welbeck's "big buzz".

The Chelsea Blog is standing up against CFC and their proposed stadium plans.

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Tevez Strop Highlights Berba’s Class

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By January of last season, Dimitar Berbatov had scored more hattricks for Manchester United than Wayne Rooney had goals, as we chased down that historic 19th title. Berbatov ended the season the league's top scorer with 20 goals and United knocked the scousers off their perch.

After failing to fully justify his massive price tag in the first two seasons it was great to see our Bulgarian play such a vital role in such a massive season for the club.

Berba: I play for a club I love, the biggest club

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Speaking with Paddy Crerand in an interview for MUTV, Dimitar Berbatov has again reaffirmed his love for Manchester United.

"My mind was always set on joining Manchester United," he said. "How can you not go to United? I don't play for money. I play for glory and winning championships.

Fergie: Cleverley Could Play At Anfield

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Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling should be ready to return to the team after the International break.

Today, he has revealed that they could play at Anfield in our next league game. Whilst Smalling almost certainly wouldn't start, given the cover we currently have in defence, it would be great to see Vidic and Cleverley brought back in to the team.

Scholes: United and Liverpool Rivalry Affected England

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Paul Scholes has previously been very damning of the current England set up, believing that the players are too pampered.

Scholes has claimed another damaging element was the rivalry between United and Liverpool players, with the dislike between them effecting the atmosphere.

"There is a big rivalry between clubs in this country and it isn't healthy when you go away on international duty," he said.

Reactions To Victory Over Norwich

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1. That was probably the least enjoyable game of the season so far, with United playing like a group of strangers. To be fair to Norwich, they set themselves up well, with nine men behind the ball all the time, but we were lacking ideas when it came to breaking them down. You're going to have those games every now and then but it's not particularly encouraging when it follows the performances we've seen against Stoke and Basle.

Scholes On Tunnicliffe, Pogba, Keane and Cole…

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Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson singled out Ryan Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba and Will Keane as youngsters at United who had the potential to make it in the first team.

Paul Scholes, who has been working with our youngsters in his new coaching role, has supported the manager's assessment, as well as praising Larnell Cole, who made his début against Leeds in the League Cup last week.

VIDEO: Anderson and Welbeck’s Goals vs Norwich

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Norwich

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Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Park, Rooney, Chicharito.

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Jones: Joining United Just Felt Right

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Several clubs met Blackburn's asking price for Phil Jones last summer but the young lad decided that he wanted to join United. Liverpool even beat the asking price by £6m but Jones rejected moves to all the others.

Jones has revealed today in The Telegraph how he felt when he heard United wanted to sign him.

Jones: Joining United Just Felt Right

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Several clubs met Blackburn's asking price for Phil Jones last summer but the young lad decided that he wanted to join United. Liverpool even beat the asking price by £6m but Jones rejected moves to all the others.

Jones has revealed today in The Telegraph how he felt when he heard United wanted to sign him.

Jones: Honour To Remind Sir Bobby Of Duncan

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Phil Jones has been incredibly popular with Manchester United fans since joining from Blackburn in the summer. All the top clubs went in for him but as soon as he spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson, Jones made up his mind that he wanted to be a red.

Sir Bobby Charlton, who played alongside George Best and Denise Law, claimed Duncan Edwards, who lost his life in Munich, was the only player who ever made him inferior.