Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

LIVE BLOG: United vs Crystal Palace

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace – No Pogba or Morrison

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Amos, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Park, Diouf, Berbatov, Macheda.

Bench: Lingard, Cole, Pogba, Morrison, M Keane, Fryers and Lindegaard

Jonny Evans, making his 100th United appearance, will wear the captain's armband.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace No Pogba or Morrison" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Give Giggsy A Statue

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Wayne Rooney has sung the praises of his team mate Ryan Giggs, who turned 38-years-old today, claiming that United should put a statue of him outside the ground.

"If there's one player over the last 20 to 25 years who deserves a statue outside Old Trafford, it's Ryan Giggs, because what Giggsy has done here is absolutely incredible," he said.

COMPETITION: Rooney Goal Machine

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Wayne Rooney has brought out a DVD which shows every goal he has scored for United up until our 8-2 win over Arsenal this season.

To win a copy of "Rooney Goal Machine" simply post a YouTube link to your favourite Rooney goal in the comments section below.

The DVD is now available from any good online retailer.

RoM Reads

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The National has the latest on Paul Pogba's contract situation.

United Rant talks about youth ahead of Wednesday night's game.

The Daily Mail talks about Beckham writing off City's chances.

The FCF remembers our 6-2 win over Arsenal in the League Cup.

Dirty Tackle has pictures of Real Madrid's top banner.

Fergie: Pogba Could Start

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Ahead of Wednesday night's League Cup game against Crystal Palace, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that we will be playing a young side like usual.

Palace are currently 10th in the Championship and managed to beat Southampton, who are top of the table, in the competition last month.

Ferguson is putting his faith in youth though and singles out Paul Pogba as a player who might start.

Man U, Munich and Duncan Edwards… Part II

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We have seen in Part I how the term 'Man U', considered objectionable by many supporters today, was created entirely uncontroversially by newspapers at least sixty years ago, as an easy printed abbreviation for Manchester United. Used initially almost exclusively for fixtures, results and league tables, it only later became part of grassroots speech a little later.

Fergie: Linesman Could Have Cost Us The Title

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Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed the assistant referee, John Flynn, after a ridiculous decision which denied United three points against Newcastle today.

The referee, Mike Jones, initially indicated that a corner should be awarded, before the linesman flagged for a penalty.

Ferguson criticised the linesman and reflected on an equally poor decision by an official at the end of the 2009-2010 season against Chelsea, when Didier Drogba scored the match-winning goal from an offside position.

VIDEO: Excellent Rio Tackle Which Resulted In A Pen

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Rio Ferdinand put in a brilliant challenge on Ben Arfa in the box only for the linesman John Flynn to flag for a penalty. Mike Jones, who was filling in for Phil Dowd, had initially rightly indicated that a corner should be awarded, before a discussion with Flynn saw him award a penalty, denying United the three points.

Obertan: Evra In For A Tough Game

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Ahead of returning to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving for Newcastle, Gabriel Obertan has claimed his friend and former team mate, Patrice Evra, is going to be in for a difficult afternoon.

"You always want to go back to your old club and prove to the gaffer that you are a better player," Obertan said.

Man Utd v Newcastle: Ferguson too good for Magpies

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Manchester United have an unbelievable record against Newcastle, so it's no surprise to see bookmakers make them long-odds on favourites to win this weekend's game at a top priced 1.4.

The visitors have never won at Old Trafford in the Premier League losing 11 of their 17 visits.

It's a similar story overall, with United having won 13 and lost none of their last 17 matches against Alan Pardew's side.

RoM Reads

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United Rant claims our current situation in Europe is nothing like it was in 2005.

The FCF looks at our 3-3 draw with Barcelona 13 years ago today.

The Daily Mail reports on claims Mario Gotze is not for sale.

It's Friday. Follow Scott on Twitter. #ff @R_o_M

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

Why Saying ‘Man U’ Isn’t So Bad…

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It has been estimated that Manchester United have 333 million supporters in over 200 countries, providing an astonishing cumulative audience of 4.2 billion television viewers watching the team in 2010-11. It would be lovely to think we're all one big happy family but it's probably no exaggeration to say that millions of those very fans have no idea that the name they routinely use for their favourite club irritates the hell out of untold thousands of others.

Ando Out Until February – Time To Buy?

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Anderson has been ruled out until February with a knee injury he picked up earlier this month.

His last game for United was against Otelul Galati where he was subbed off with ten minutes left to play.

With Tom Cleverley out until Christmas and Sir Alex Ferguson resorting to playing our best striker in midfield to try and bridge the gap in quality we have for this position, surely the manager has to be looking at strengthening our squad with our top midfielder when the transfer window opens.

Ando Out Until February – Time To Buy?

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Anderson has been ruled out until February with a knee injury he picked up earlier this month.

His last game for United was against Otelul Galati where he was subbed off with ten minutes left to play.

With Tom Cleverley out until Christmas and Sir Alex Ferguson resorting to playing our best striker in midfield to try and bridge the gap in quality we have for this position, surely the manager has to be looking at strengthening our squad with our top midfielder when the transfer window opens.

Manchester United on TV: Carling Cup quarterfinal and Champions League survival

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Manchester United prepare for an important few weeks ahead as the chase for silverware gets a little bit more significant with some key fixtures coming thick and fast as the busy Christmas period looms.

As well as the matter of playing catch-up with Manchester City's irrepressible Galacticos, the Red Devils are participating in the advanced stages of the Carling Cup and the small matter of completing qualification for the knock-out stages for the UEFA Champions League still needs to be done.

Simpson: I’m A Red At Heart

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Danny Simpson, who spent 12 years at Manchester United, has today claimed that when he comes back with Newcastle this weekend he is coming for three points.

Simpson, who is from Salford, admits to still being a United fan but insists it will be strictly professional on Saturday.

"I can't wait.

Jones: Don’t Write Us Off

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Phil Jones has set his sights on United getting to the top of the table by the start of next year, with City having some tough games to play between now and then.

"City have done fantastically this season," Jones said. "I am not taking anything away from them. But they do have some tough games coming up.

Fletch: United Is My Home

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Darren Fletcher made his 300th United appearance against Sunderland, meaning only 50 players have played more games for United in the club's history.

Fletch has reflected on his team at United so far, whilst also looking to the future.

"The time has flown since my debut and I've enjoyed everything about playing for Manchester United," he said.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Benfica

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Benfica

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De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, Carrick, Nani, Young, Berbatov.

Bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Rafael, Giggs, Park, Gibson, Hernandez.

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

RoM Reads

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United Rant previews tonight's game against Benfica.

Surreal Football shows a graph of feelings between United fans and Wayne Rooney.

MUFC Info has stats ahead of our game against Benfica.

The Express talks about Danny Welbeck's new contract.

The Daily Mail has pictures of Phil Jones' new Aston Martin.

Fergie: We’ve Wanted Jones For Years

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Manchester United's surprise transfer deal of the summer came when we paid £16m for Blackburn's Phil Jones. With plenty of other clubs circling, Sir Alex Ferguson decided now was the time to buy him, even if the original plan was probably to wait another year or two.

Ferguson has revealed that United have been watching Jones since he was in Blackburn's youth team, before Sam Allardyce gave him his first team debut.

Morrison, Petrucci and Fryers Train With First Team

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Ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League game against Benfica, Ravel Morrison, Davide Petrucci and Zeki Fryers trained with the first team at Carrington today.

"Morrison, Petrucci and Fryers Train With First Team" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vida: Chelsea Had A Good Start Last Year Like City

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Nemanja Vidic has played down the importance of the difference between United and City at the top of the table, claiming that it's where we are with weeks left to play that matters.

Midway through November last season Chelsea were 4 points clear of United but we still went on to finish 9 points ahead of them.

Liverpool Fans Wearing “Evra Is A Liar” T-shirts

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Liverpool fans showed up at Stamford Bridge today wearing "Evra is a liar" t-shirts, which stewards made them remove ahead of kick-off.

Despite Luis Suarez admitting he called Evra a name in Spanish and the FA charging the Liverpool striker with directing racial verbal abuse at Evra, Liverpool fans have predictably rolled out their usual hero worship of their player.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Swansea vs UNITED

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de Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Park, Giggs, Rooney, Hernandez

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

Welbeck: Giggs My Role Model Since Arsenal Goal

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Phil Jones managed to make us all feel rather old this week when revealing he was still in primary school during the 2002 World Cup. Danny Welbeck has helped rubbed it in further by letting on just how young he was when Ryan Giggs scored that incredible goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final in 1999.

Welbeck: Giggs My Role Model Since Arsenal Goal

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Phil Jones managed to make us all feel rather old this week when revealing he was still in primary school during the 2002 World Cup. Danny Welbeck has helped rubbed it in further by letting on just how young he was when Ryan Giggs scored that incredible goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final in 1999.

Fergie: Role Model Berba Is Staying

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Whilst his agent hinted that he would be open to a move to Anzhi Makhachkala this week, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Dimitar Berbatov is going nowhere.

"Dimitar is still in my thoughts," said Ferguson. "I have read some things but there is absolutely no reason for me to let him go.

VIDEO: Morrison, Petrucci and Fryers Goals vs Wigan

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More United related videos

"VIDEO: Morrison, Petrucci and Fryers Goals vs Wigan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Poyet: Evra Is A Cry Baby

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Former Chelsea and Spurs player, who is currently the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, Gus Poyet, has launched a remarkable attack on Patrice Evra, who the FA believe is the victim of racial abuse.

This week, Luis Suarez was charged with verbally abusing Evra during the recent game between United and Liverpool.

Ole: I Stole Fergie’s Line

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Molde won their first ever title in their 100 year history this year in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first year of management with the club.

However, it wasn't all plain sailing and Solskjaer has today admitted to stealing a line Sir Alex Ferguson used on Manchester United players in 1996.

Following the 6-3 defeat to Southampton and 5-0 defeat to Newcastle, Ferguson sat his players down and gave them a talking to.

Poyet: Suarez Said Negro… But He Isn’t Racist

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Following on from his attack yesterday, Gus Poyet has dug himself an even bigger hole, by basically claiming that Luis Suarez called Patrice Evra a "negro" but shouldn't be punished as it isn't a racist term in Uruguay.

"I know Luis very well and I will go to court if someone wants to prove he's not racist," he said.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has an interview with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

ManUtd24 looks at the development of Ron-Robert Zieler's career.

The FCF reflect on how United won the Super Cup 20 years ago today.

Surreal Football talks about Suarez's racism charge.

The Guardian reports on Blatter's failure to understand the anti-racism message.

Swansea vs Man Utd: A tougher test than the odds suggest?

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United travel to Wales this weekend to take on Swansea, and although bookmakers make them long odds-on at a top priced 1.53 it promises to be a much tougher game than the odds suggest.

Swansea have conceded just one goal on home soil this season, fewer than any other Premier League team on their own ground, and are now on an unbeaten run of 13 (won 9, drawn four).

Jones Reveals Bizarre Superstition

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Players, like fans, have plenty of pre-match rituals which they believe have the power to make the difference between winning or losing games.

I know someone who looks away for every kick-off, believing that will give their team the luck they need. Others have special pants or socks which apparently provide the players that extra boost on the pitch.

Jones: I Used To Hate United’s Last Minute Goals

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Speaking to the official site, Phil Jones has revealed that his favourite moment at United was our win against City in the Community Shield.

United went in 2-0 down at half time but came back to win 3-2, with Nani scoring the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.

Jones has revealed that before he joined the club, he used to hate it that United always scored last minute goals, but now he loves it.

Berba To Anzhi?

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After becoming the Premier League's top scorer last season, Dimitar Berbatov has found himself as Manchester United's fourth choice striker this season, behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

Whilst the player has repeatedly spoken about the manager in a respectful way and stated his desire to get back in to the team, his agent, Emil Danchev, has claimed Berbatov would be open to a move away from the club this January.

Berba To Anzhi?

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After becoming the Premier League's top scorer last season, Dimitar Berbatov has found himself as Manchester United's fourth choice striker this season, behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

Whilst the player has repeatedly spoken about the manager in a respectful way and stated his desire to get back in to the team, his agent, Emil Danchev, has claimed Berbatov would be open to a move away from the club this January.

Butt: I’m Learning To Coach At Carrington

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Nicky Butt has today revealed that he has started taking his coaching badges to fulfil his ambition of becoming a manager.

"I've started my badges now and am getting the hours in," Butt said. "I'll get assessed in the next five or six months. I go to Carrington a lot and just watch, I don't really take any of the sessions.

Suarez Charged With Racist Abuse Of Evra

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Following United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Patrice Evra claimed that Luis Suarez called him a racist name on at least ten occasions.

The FA have charged Suarez with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules.Â

It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.

VIDEO: Nani’s Cracking Goal For Portugal vs Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Nani scored a brilliant goal in Portugal's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight to put them 2-0 up after Cristiano Ronaldo's opener.

"VIDEO: Nani's Cracking Goal For Portugal vs Bosnia-Herzegovina" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Stats suggest Anderson’s influence is increasing

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Since Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira joined Manchester United from Porto back in 2007 the Old Trafford faithful have been split over the midfielder's influence, importance and ability to be included in Sir Alex Ferguson's first team. Gifted? Yes. Committed? One thinks so. Frustrating? Also at times yes.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian claims that the language barrier is slowing down the Evra/Suarez race row.

Alan Hansen writes for The Telegraph on Phil Jones.

Dirty Tackle has the latest edition of Berbatov The Continental.

The Daily Mail reports on the racial abuse Frazier Campbell received on Twitter.

Joyce Turns Down Hull Job For Reserves

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once turned down the offer of becoming the manager of the Norwegian national team in favour of staying in charge of our Reserves.

"I work for Manchester United and my career is going in the right direction," he said. "It would have been exciting to take on a much bigger job than my current job, but I have a job at United.

Owen Out Until Christmas

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The club have today confirmed that Michael Owen will be out until Christmas after sustaining an injury in our 2-0 win over Otelul Galati.

Owen was setting up the opening goal when picking up the injury, although it was initially thought not to be too serious.

"Michael has a thigh muscle injury and will be out for six weeks or so.

Chicharito hails competition amongst young stars at United

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Hernandez has highlighted the young players at United, are key to maintaining the hunger and competition within the squad.

With Danny Welbeck having made an impressive start to the season, and the success of Phil Jones, Chicarito spoke to Inside United about the mix of the youth and experience within the club, as well as the healthy rivalry between the players.

United to face Swansea, Benfica & Newcastle in November

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After their Manchester derby defeat put them five points behind archrivals City in the Premier League table, Manchester United responded with back-to-back league wins over Everton and Sunderland and four consecutive wins in all competitions prior to the current international break.

United must keep that positive momentum going coming out of the international break.

David Gill: Ferguson’s successor will have to follow in his footsteps

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Following the 25th anniversary celebrations last week, Gill admitted today that he dreads the day that he will have to replace Sir Alex Ferguson and had said the search for a successor has yet to begin.

One thing is clear, that the new manager, whenever he may come, will have to follow Sir Alex Ferguson in running the club the Manchester United way

"We are a great club whose values go back in history to our heritage to the 50s and 60s and the last 25 years with Alex.

COMPETITION: Win Manchester United Greatest XI DVD

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We are spoiling you with competitions on RoM at the moment and the latest is a unique, fan-driven project, Manchester United: Greatest Ever XI, which sets out to select a definitive team of the greatest players ever to pull on the famous red shirt. A worldwide fan poll was held on the official site, giving fans the chance to vote for their Greatest Ever XI and decide the line-up that will be featured in this official club DVD collection.

Why Is Liverpool Boss Moaning Now?

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Kenny Dalglish has been on one this season, demanding meetings with the Head of Referees every time he doesn't get a decision, hilariously claiming Luis Suarez doesn't dive and he's now complaining about Liverpool's fixtures.

"When we ask the Football League to move our game to a later date, we're told it's impossible.

Vidic’s Agent: Captain Staying At United

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Following reports in this morning's Daily Mail linking Nemanja Vidic with a move to Real Madrid, our captain's agent, Paolo Fabbri, has come out quickly to deny any possible move.

There were strong rumours that Vidic was going to leave in the summer of 2010, which his agent repeatedly denied, before the player went on to sign a new four year deal.

Kuszczak denies slavery claims

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After reports emerged last week claiming Tomasz likened his situation at United with that of a slave, he has spoken out insisting he did not use the words being attributed to him

In a statement released this morning, Kuszczak denies using the word "slave" or even implying that the club has been treating him like a slave.

Welbeck: Tom Is Great

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Manchester United's best form this season has coincided with Tom Cleverley starting in the centre of midfield. With plenty of people claiming Cleverley is ready to fill Paul Scholes' boots, Danny Welbeck has today sung the praises of his team mate.

"I think he can become a world-class player," said Welbeck.

Sir Jimmy Savile: The Manchester United connection

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Amidst the eulogies for the veteran disc-jockey, showbiz star and champion charity fund-raiser, Sir Jimmy Savile, who died at the end of October at the age of 84, there was little mention of one small, largely forgotten but rather touching charitable stunt that he performed which is worth remembering if you are a Manchester United supporter.

Kuszczak: I Wanted To Join Leeds

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Tomasz Kuszczak has again spoken about his frustration at not being allowed to leave Manchester United following options to join other clubs on loan.

Towards the end of last season, as United battled to claim that 19th league title, Kuszczak spoke to the papers about his desire to leave the club and become a #1 elsewhere.

Kuszczak: I Wanted To Join Leeds

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Tomasz Kuszczak has again spoken about his frustration at not being allowed to leave Manchester United following options to join other clubs on loan.

Towards the end of last season, as United battled to claim that 19th league title, Kuszczak spoke to the papers about his desire to leave the club and become a #1 elsewhere.

Park: I Have To Prove I Can Stay Here Forever

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Park Ji-Sung has today claimed he hopes to spend the rest of his career at Manchester United although recognises he can't take his position at the club for granted.

"When I came to United I didn't expect to be here for this long," he said. "Looking back on my career I can't believe I've been here six or seven years.

Daniel Taylor On Fergie’s BBC Feud, Keeping Rooney and Press Conference Ban

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To mark the 25th anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson being Manchester United manager, Daniel Taylor has re-released his book This Is The One. This book saw Danny banned from Ferguson's Friday press conferences four years ago and apparently news of the re-release didn't go down too well either.

Daniel Taylor On Fergie’s BBC Feud, Keeping Rooney and Press Conference Ban

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To mark the 25th anniversary of Sir Alex Ferguson being Manchester United manager, Daniel Taylor has re-released his book This Is The One. This book saw Danny banned from Ferguson's Friday press conferences four years ago and apparently news of the re-release didn't go down too well either.

Ronaldo: Ferguson Is The Main Man

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Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson on the 25th anniversary of our manager taking the job at Old Trafford.

"Sir Alex has a special place in my life. In fact, he was the main man," said Ronaldo. "I was not famous, I was not a star. I arrived at Old Trafford as just another young talent.

Cantona: Fergie Told Me I’d Become Great At United

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Eric Cantona, who was a key figure in bringing Sir Alex Ferguson his first title with Manchester United in 1993, has talked about his relationship with our manager on the 25th anniversary of him taking charge of the club.

"I remember my first meeting with Sir Alex when he wanted to sign me from Leeds and in the first minute I knew that I had to work with the man," said Cantona.

Fergie’s Greatest Achievement Has Been Managing Himself

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A lot has and will be said about Fergie's winning mentality this week. It's at milestones such as these (and let's face it, SAF's had a few) that well worn phrases are paraded about like leathery skinned ex-pros at identikit stadia they never graced. "Never knows he's beaten", "obsession with winning" and "addicted to success" are all old favourites.

PICTURES: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25 Manchester United Years

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"PICTURES: Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 Manchester United Years" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Sunderland

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Lindegaard

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

VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part 4

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"VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part 4" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End looks at Sir Alex's Ferguson's possible last United team.

The Guardian's Joy of Six remembers Fergie's best moments.

The Telegraph talks to Bryan Robson about why Fergie has been so successful.

The official site talks about why Fergie won't spend much time dwelling on the past 25 years.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End looks at Sir Alex's Ferguson's possible last United team.

The Guardian's Joy of Six remembers Fergie's best moments.

The Telegraph talks to Bryan Robson about why Fergie has been so successful.

The official site talks about why Fergie won't spend much time dwelling on the past 25 years.

Ferguson’s Greatest Achievement: Part II

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Henry Winter, The Telegraph

On his 25th anniversary, Sir Alex is being hailed as one of the greatest managers of all time. Rightly so. He possesses the four qualities that shape the finest leaders of footballing men: he buys well, bonds well, prepares well and exudes an aura. Never underestimate the power of an aura in a sport where psychology is key.

VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part 3

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"VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part 3" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reaction To 25 Years Of Sir Alex

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I was recently asked to write a couple of paragraphs about what Sir Alex Ferguson meant to me. How on earth do you put in to words what a difference this man has made to us? My life is considerably better and I have been unquestionably happier than I would have otherwise been because Ferguson became the manager of Manchester United in 1986.

United v Sunderland: Premier League title chase is on!

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United are a top priced 1.25 to make the annual return to Manchester another unhappy experience for former captain Steve Bruce, and if the form book is anything to go by then they should comfortably beat the Black Cats.

Since suffering a heavy defeat in a certain match which we no longer talk about, the Reds have answered the calls of the gaffer and quickly got back into winning ways.

Ferguson’s Greatest Achievement: Part I

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Mark Ogden, The Telegraph

It's a tough call trying to pin down the highlight of Sir Alex Ferguson's time as United manager, but I think everything revolves around the title win in 1992-93.

But for that, would United have gone on to be successful for so long? I just think that was the platform for everything because it lifted the weight of expectation and it was perfectly timed, with the biggest club suddenly becoming the best team at precisely the moment that Sky came in to inject money and global appeal into English football.

PICTURE: Ravel Morrison Backtracks On Twitter Rant

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Ravel Morrison was left out of last night's Reserves game and voiced his frustration on Twitter, hinting he may leave the club at the end of the season.

After saying he couldn't wait for the season to end, Wayne Rooney replied to him, claiming his season might end sooner than he thought with that attitude!

Wes: I’m Really Looking Forward To Return

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Echoing the sentiments of Kieran Richardson this week, another former Manchester United youth product at Sunderland, Wes Brown, has claimed he is looking forward to returning to Old Trafford this weekend.

"It'll be good. I'm really looking forward to going back to Old Trafford," said Brown.

Bruce: The Turning Point For Fergie Was Wimbledon 88

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It took Sir Alex Ferguson over three years to win his first trophy with Manchester United, after taking over the club during the 86-87 when the club had sunk to the relegation zone.

Steve Bruce, who captained United to their first title win in 92-93, has reflecting on the turning point in Ferguson's reign.

What Makes A Racist? Ince, Barnes and Sinclair Are Unsure

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Following Chelsea's defeat to QPR, footage of John Terry allegedly calling Anton Ferdinand a "black cunt" was circulated on the internet. Chelsea fans immediately insisted that the word being used was "blind" and scolded rival fans for thinking they were lip-reading experts.

As much as anyone hates Terry, no one should wish for him to have said something racist because that's fairly sick.

Ferguson – Remarkable performances on and off the pitch

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People will tell you that when someone of power and prominence walks into a room, before you have even seen them, you feel their presence. It's an absurd notion really. The idea that anyone has an invisible aura of authority or influence is at best descriptive indulgence, more accurately it's physically not possible.

VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part 2

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Otelul Galati

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Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio,Valencia, Rooney, Anderson, Nani, Owen, Berbatov

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VIDEO: Fergie Documentary Part I

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Richardson: Returning To Old Trafford Big Event For Me

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Kieran Richardson joined Manchester United as a teenager and showed great promise down the left wing. He made his England début when he was 20-years-old and scored twice, seeming to be another youth product ready to make his mark at United.

However, poor form and unimpressive attitude made him unpopular amongst United fans, with him receiving jeers from some when he scored against Watford in the FA Cup semi-final in 2007 and even when he lifted the Premier League trophy later that year.

RoM Reads

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BBC Sport looks at the highs and lows of Fergie's 25 years.

The Evening News has Fergie's best bust ups.

Henry Winter writes for The Telegraph about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's success with Molde.

Sabotage Times claims Fergie's United success is tainted.

Tuttosport has opened the voting for Golden Boy 2011 vote for Phil Jones who is currently 2nd.

Fletch: I Feel Fine

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Darren Fletcher was plagued with illness earlier this year which meant he missed out on the end of last season as well as our pre-season.

His recovery from the virus hasn't been smooth though, with the midfielder having a set back and missing further games this season. However, the International break came at the right time for him, with him getting a couple of games under his belt to aid his match fitness.

Chicharito: Unbelievable Fergie Will Never Get Bored Of Winning

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In the week that marks Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th year in charge of Manchester United, Javier Hernandez has spoken of his respect and admiration for the manager.

"He's completely different," Hernandez told Inside United. "You can't compare him to anybody else. What's impressed me most about him, and this is something I noticed from the first day I met him, is that he's a very simple person.

Hansen: Fergie Has Me To Thank For Success

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In the week that marks Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th year in charge of Manchester United, Alan Hansen has remarkably claimed that our manager has him to thank for our success.

On the opening day of the 1995/1996 season, the former Liverpool man famously claimed that "you'll never win anything with kids.

VIDEO: Evra Takes The Mick Out Of Fergie

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Fergie: We All Text Ole On Sunday

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Having won the league with Molde on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he has been in touch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to offer his congratulations.

"All the players have been in touch," said Ferguson. "I texted him on Saturday thinking he had won the league but he was playing on Sunday.

Fergie: Ole Shouldn’t Come Back To England Yet

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was linked with moves to Blackburn and Portsmouth even before winning the league title with Molde on Sunday, but Sir Alex Ferguson has advised his former player to learn his trade in Norway before coming back to England.

"I don't think he should rush into it because experience is good and the experience he has got at Molde is a very good one," he said.

Fergie: Rio Has Lost A Yard Of Pace

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Having been dropped for United's game against Everton at the weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Rio Ferdinand is no longer first choice for us.

Nemanja Vidic obviously has a place, whilst Rio will compete with Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for the other spot in the centre of defence.

Two United Players In Ballon d’Or Running

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Just four players from the Premier League have been included in the short list for this year's Ballon d'Or, two of them from Manchester United, Nani and Rooney.

Interestingly enough, Rooney is the only Englishman mentioned.

Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Pique (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suarez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).

COMPETITION: Win Tickets To See United vs Sunderland

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After giving away Andy Mitten's latest book, United! United! yesterday, RoM has two tickets for United's game against Sunderland for one lucky reader.

To enter the competition follow RoM on Twitter and tweet "I want two tickets for Sunderland @R_o_M #RoMUnitedTicketGiveaway Follow and RT to enter"

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