Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Third 5-0 In A Row Against Blackburn?

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United have enjoyed a terrific festive period and they are not surprisingly long odds-on at 1.14 to beat Premiership whipping boys Blackburn Rovers.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side come into this having registered back-to-back 5-0 wins over Fulham and Wigan and it would come as no surprise to see them register a similar wide margin victory in this clash.

RoM Review Of 2011: Goal of the Year

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Wayne Rooney started United's Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea with a bang, putting us 1-0 up with less than 25 minutes played. A great spot from Carrick to find Giggs, a wonderful first touch from Giggs to beat his man, before Rooney opened his body up perfectly to slot the ball past Cech.

RoM Review Of 2011: Goal of the Year

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Wayne Rooney started United's Champions League quarter-finals against Chelsea with a bang, putting us 1-0 up with less than 25 minutes played. A great spot from Carrick to find Giggs, a wonderful first touch from Giggs to beat his man, before Rooney opened his body up perfectly to slot the ball past Cech.

VIDEO: Probably The Best United Video You’ll See…

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"VIDEO: Probably The Best United Video You'll See..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Is Berba Going Back To Bayer Leverkusen?

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Dimitar Berbatov was the Premier League's top scorer seven months ago and lifted a record breaking 19th title with Manchester United. He has been fourth choice striker at the club this season though, behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

The club tried to sell the striker in the summer following his omission from the Champions League final squad but the player wasn't having any of it, determined to stay on our books and fight for his place and has behaved admirably since.

Reactions To Victory Over Wigan

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1. How do you make hard work out of beating Wigan? Change your team around and play everyone out of position. I was looking forward to a late Christmas present in the form of United blowing Wigan out of the water, like usual, then the manager had to go and spoil it all. Carrick, our best player of recent weeks, shifted in to defence.

Evra: I’m So Proud To Play For United

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Following Manchester United's 5-0 win over Wigan, Patrice Evra, our captain in the absence of Nemanja Vidic, has hailed the spirit of the players at Manchester United.

Due to injuries, Valencia played at right back, Michael Carrick played in the centre of defence, and after Jonny Evans went off at half time, Evra moved to the centre too.

VIDEO: United 5-0 Wigan (MOTD)

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Manchester United v Wigan Athletic by perkusett "VIDEO: United 5-0 Wigan (MOTD)" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Wigan

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Lindegaard, Valencia, Carrick, Evans, Evra, Park, Gibson, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov and Chicharito.

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

Manchester United Betting: Another 4-0 drubbing on the cards for Wigan?

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United are back in full stride, and their game against Wigan at Old Trafford on Boxing Day should really be a stroll in the park. Bookmakers are not surprisingly offering a best price of just 1.17 about them after impressive victories over QPR and Fulham in their last two games. Victory at Craven Cottage meant that Sir Alex Ferguson's side have now won all 8 games against bottom-half opposition this season, and only a brave or madman would back against them making it nine in his one.

Happy Christmas from RoM

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"Happy Christmas from RoM" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Time For Carrick To Be Our Midfield General

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Following weeks of excellent form from Michael Carrick, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed now is the time for the 30-year-old the consistently boss the midfield.

"He's grabbed the nettle, there's no question about that," said Ferguson. "In some ways, he's maybe seen the departure of Paul Scholes as his opportunity to be the main man in midfield.

Fergie: FA Right To Ban Suarez

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Whilst Liverpool decided to wear t-shirts for Luis Suarez, who has been found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra this week, Manchester United have kept quiet. Today, Sir Alex Ferguson has given his reaction to the ban but is eager to put it all behind us, claiming it was never about United against Liverpool.

Our Lads Show Their Christmas Spirit

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Rio Ferdinand, Danny Welbeck, Nani, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick, Michael Owen, Darron Gibson and Mame Biram Diouf visited the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung, Patrice Evra and Tom Cleverley went to The Christie.

"Our Lads Show Their Christmas Spirit" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph looks at Manchester United's 2011.

The Guardian reports on the abuse Stan Collymore has received for criticising Liverpool for supporting Luis Suarez in light of his racism charge.

ManUtd24 praises Gary Neville for his work as a pundit.

Dirty Tackle has the latest update from Berbatov, the Continental.

Jones In, Young Out

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Despite picking up three points following a 5-0 win at Craven Cottage, United fans were left disappointed by the news that Phil Jones had probably broken his cheekbone and would be out for six weeks. He has been brilliant in the centre of our midfield and the idea of having to go a month or more without him in the team was gutting, particularly in light of all the other injuries we currently have.

PICTURE: Typical Scousers

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"PICTURE: Typical Scousers" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cole: I Remember When Keano Battered Schmeichel…

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Andrew Cole has reflected on memories of his former Manchester United team mate and manager when he was at Sunderland, Roy Keane, following his very public falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I was trying to sleep in a Hong Kong hotel when I heard the banging in the corridor," said Cole.

Giggs Chuffed With Fulham Performance

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Ryan Giggs spoke to MUTV after our 5-0 win over Fulham and claims it's great getting to play in the centre of midfield when the players in front of him create so much space for themselves.

"It's been a good few weeks," said Giggs. "You saw what we're capable of (at Fulham) and that's the standard we set ourselves.

VIDEO: United Fans Modify Suarez Chant

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During last night's 5-0 win over Fulham, Manchester United fans took the opportunity to let Luis Suarez know what they thought of him after the FA have found him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Meanwhile, up in Wigan, Liverpool fans were singing the original song, which was met with boos from the home fans.

Quick Reactions To United Victory Over Fulham

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1. For whatever reason, Craven Cottage has been a difficult place for United to get a result in recent years. Tonight we more than made up for that, thrashing Fulham 5-0 without even looking like we were trying hard. This was the form of the start of the season again, blowing the opposition out of the water without even having to get out of second gear.

VIDEO: Welbeck, Nani and Giggs Goals vs Fulham

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"VIDEO: Welbeck, Nani and Giggs Goals vs Fulham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Poyet: We Call Them “Blacks” In A Natural Way

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Despite Luis Suarez being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, Gus Poyet has continued to back his countryman, claiming that Evra is "no saint".

In Liverpool's official statement about Suarez's guilty verdict, they falsely claimed that Evra has made unfounded accusations of racism before.

Lazy Journalism In The Independent Supports Liverpool Lie

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Carl Markham has written an article for The Independent in response to Luis Suarez being found guilty of making racist remarks to Patrice Evra.

The FA report: "The two witnesses who say they heard those words directed by Mr Bethell at Mr Evra are the Manchester United first team coach Mr Mike Phelan and the goalkeeping coach Mr Richard Hartis.

Liverpool Fans Should Be Ashamed Of Club Statement

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Liverpool Football Club have released an astonishing statement in response to the eight match ban Luis Suarez has received for racially abusing Patrice Evra two months ago.

After Kenny Dalglish foolishly repeatedly defended their racist striker, the club had been left with little option to back Suarez.

Suarez Guilty Of Evra Racist Abuse

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Luis Suarez has been banned for 8 games after the FA have deemed him guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra in our 1-1 draw at Anfield two months ago.

"Suarez Guilty Of Evra Racist Abuse" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail reports on our FA Cup ticket dispute with City.

Stretford End reckons talk of Rio being past it was premature.

Sabotage Times talks about United target Christian Eriksen.

The Mirror reckons we'll go for Tiote in January.

The Telegraph's Henry Winter reviews football in 2011.

Confirmed team: QPR vs United

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De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani, Rooney and Welbeck.

Subs: Lindegaard, Berbatov, Giggs, Park, Chicharito, Young and Fryers.

"Confirmed team: QPR vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Da Silvas Are Like Robbo

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of Manchester United's Brazilian twins, Rafael and Fabio Da Silva, and hopes that the injuries which have seen them miss so much of the season so far will become more infrequent the older they get.

"The two of them are terrific talents," said Ferguson.

Young: I Turned Down City For Biggest Club In The World

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When asked about interest from Manchester City this summer, Ashley Young has admitted they wanted to sign him, although he had no interest in joining them once Manchester United made a move for him.

"That's true, but as soon as I heard about Manchester United there was no other club for me," said Young.

Fergie: No Point Crying (Or Buying) Over Injuries

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Manchester United have enough experience of injuries to get through the season without needing to buy someone in the January transfer window.

"I think it's how you handle the situation," said Ferguson. "We're not panicking. We've got enough experience in the staff to cope with these things.

Fergie: Pogba’s Agent Making Things Difficult

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Over the past few weeks, with Manchester United keen to extend Paul Pogba's contract with the club, there have been rumours linking him with a move to Italian clubs. The papers suggested that the talented youngster would be able to leave on a free this summer although the manager has today confirmed we have the option to extend his current deal for another year.

Will United overtake City this weekend?

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United travel to London to take on QPR this weekend, and are a top priced 1.5 with Betfred and Paddy Power to win at a ground where they haven't lost for 22 years. They have won eight and lost none of the last 11 meetings with the Hoops in all competitions and come into the game on the back of thrashing Wolves 4-1 to extend their unbeaten run in the league to eight (won 5, Drawn 3).

Everything You Need To Know About Ajax

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Established: 1900
Nickname: de Godenzonen (the sons of the Gods)
Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA (capacity 52,342)
2010-2011 position: Champions
Current position: 4th
Top scorer: Miralem Sulejmani (10 goals in 14 games in the league this season)
Top talent: Christian Eriksen
Coaching team: Frank de Boer (manager) and Dennis Bergkamp (assistant manager)
European success: European Cup (4), Cup Winners' Cup (1), UEFA Cup (1) and UEFA Super Cup (2).

Cleverley: I’ve been tearing my hair out

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Tom Cleverley doesn't have a date to return from injury yet and claims it is very frustrating having to watch the action from the sidelines.

"The injury is not bad, I am just working hard with the physios and doing what they tell me at the minute," Cleverley said. "I am in the gym just working hard really to try and get back fit.

Cleverley: I’ve been tearing my hair out

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Tom Cleverley doesn't have a date to return from injury yet and claims it is very frustrating having to watch the action from the sidelines.

"The injury is not bad, I am just working hard with the physios and doing what they tell me at the minute," Cleverley said. "I am in the gym just working hard really to try and get back fit.

Q&A With FA Cup Winning Goal Scorer Lee Martin

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Former Manchester United player, Lee Martin, has taken time out to answer a few questions for RoM on his time at the club and what he's been up to since.

STR: You joined United when you were a kid. How confident were you of making it for the first team then?

LM: I was never confident I was ever good enough to play in United's first team.

Feed the scousers, five Cantonas

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Take a look at the range of designs on the shop or take a look at the ideas for Christmas.

A greater range of designs are available on the US shop which unfortunately bumps up p&p to European destinations, although most t-shirts are available for around £16-17 including delivery.

Feed the scousers, five Cantonas

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Take a look at the range of designs on the shop or take a look at the ideas for Christmas.

A greater range of designs are available on the US shop which unfortunately bumps up p&p to European destinations, although most t-shirts are available for around £16-17 including delivery.

Kiko Off In January

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Federico Macheda's agent Giovanni Bia has today claimed that the striker will be off on loan in January when the transfer window opens.

After a disappointing time on loan with Sampdoria, Bia claims that the Italian striker won't be returning to his homeland on loan again, but will probably accept one of the offers that has come in for him.

Fletcher Takes “Extended Break” From Football

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Manchester United have today confirmed that Darren Fletcher will take an extended break from football for health reasons.

"Fletcher Takes "Extended Break" From Football" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Injuries – Comparing United With Arsenal, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Spurs…

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Even before the terrible news that Vidic's season is over, many of us were already questioning whether the football Gods were conspiring against United with an unusually high rate of injuries this season. Indeed, some have gone further, raising the concern that this is not an isolated phenomenon but the continuation of a trend that has been evident for several years—a fact that would point to a more earthly cause such as human incompetence, rather than the mischievous deeds of some dastardly deity.

Carrick: Happy With Our Position

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Following Manchester City's defeat at Stamford Bridge yesterday, United are now within two points of the top.

Michael Carrick has claimed that he is happy with our current position and reckons we'll be even better off come the new year.

"City have set the standard and not dropped many points but there's a cluster of clubs behind them which we're heading up, so we're quite happy with the way things have gone," said Carrick.

PICTURES: Players At United UNICEF Event

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Pictures from Inna Ivanova

"PICTURES: Players At United UNICEF Event" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

A Very Red Christmas: Give the Gift of Signed United Gear from ICONS

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The holiday season is upon us, and while some already know what they're receiving or are giving someone else, there are many who are still drawing a blank.

For many a Manchester United fan, the ideal gift outside of getting to meet their United favorites or having a chance to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford would be primo match tickets.

AVB Timeline: Is Chelsea Boss The New Benitez?

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Remember when Rafael Benitez showed up that press conference ahead of Liverpool's game against Stoke and produced a sheet of paper containing 'facts' about Sir Alex Ferguson?

During Andre Villas-Boas Friday press conference, the Chelsea manager produced a laminated chart to show the press his club's current points compared with other teams of years gone by.

Reactions To Victory Over Wolves

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1. Well that was just the kind of performance we needed following the devastating result in Basel this week. We passed the ball around well and at long last put away a good number of the chances we created. Only Swansea have a worse away record than Wolves though and after playing them, it is obvious why.

VIDEO: Rooney and Nani Goals vs Wolves

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szólj hozzá: MU 4-1 W "VIDEO: Rooney and Nani Goals vs Wolves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Wolves

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De Gea, Smalling, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani, Rooney and Welbeck.

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

Betting Preview: United To Bounce Back With Thumping Win

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Manchester United have endured a catastrophic week, crashing out of the Champions League and then losing Vidic for the rest of the season due a knee ligament injury. They need to bounce back, and the visit of Wolves to Old Trafford this weekend gives them a glorious opportunity of doing just that. Bookmakers make than a best priced 1.

RoM Reaction To Europa League Entry

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Ahead of kick-off on Wednesday I was nervous but I was still entirely confident we would progress to the Champions League Round of 16. I would have preferred not to endure a nervy draw and fancied us to get a win, but it was neither here nor there. Whilst there was some talk of the game falling on the 6th anniversary of the last time we had failed to get out of the group, it didn't feel within the realms of reality that history could repeat itself.

Vidic Out For The Season!

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"Vidic Out For The Season!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ruptured Cruciate To Keep Vida Out For Months

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Nemanja Vidic left the stadium on crutches last night following our 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Basel and his agent, Silvano Martina, has today confirmed the severity of the injury.

"It seems inappropriate to talk about that, because unfortunately he has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Fergie Dismisses Failed Manager Roy

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Roy Keane, in his new role as ITV pundit, spoke of how the Manchester United players were letting Sir Alex Ferguson down at half time in last's night 2-1 defeat against FC Basel.

At full time, Keane claimed that our young players hadn't done well enough. He also made reference to Phil Jones' comments ahead of kick-off and questioned how relaxed he felt now.

Evra: Embarrassing To Be In Europa League

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Patrice Evra has expressed the feelings of many of the fans, claiming that it is embarrassing that Manchester United will now have to play in the Europa League. After failing to make it out of the group stages, United will now join the final 32 in the secondary European competetion.

Whilst Evra has always been a great speaker, his form over the last eighteen months has been poor, and he is certainly one of the players who needs to take a look at his contribution, or lack of, to United's recent performances.

How Much Will Glazer Charge Us For Europa?

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Six years ago to the day since Manchester United last failed to get out of their Champions League group, the club suffered a frustrating defeat at the hands of FC Basel to finish 3rd in the group tonight. A draw would have been enough to see United through but despite dominating the game, they couldn't score more than one, after going 2-0 down.

LIVE BLOG: FC Basel vs United

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

CONFIRMED TEAM: FC Basel vs United

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De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Park, Jones, Giggs, Nani; Young, Rooney.

"CONFIRMED TEAM: FC Basel vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Will Face City On…

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United will play City away in the FA Cup 3rd Round on Sunday, January 8th with a 1pm kick off.

United
December 31st – Blackburn (h)
January 4th – Newcastle (a)
January 8th – City (a) FA Cup
January 14th – Bolton (h)

City
January 1st – Sunderland (a)
January 3rd – Liverpool (h) League Cup
January 8th – United (h) FA Cup
January 11th – Liverpool (a) League Cup
January 16th – Wigan (a)

"United Will Face City On.

Jones: We Thrive On Pressure At This Massive Club

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Ahead of tomorrow night's crucial game against Basel, Phil Jones has claimed the pressure on them to win and qualify will have a positive impact on them.

"It (pressure) does bring the best out of me," said Jones. "As a group of players we thrive on it. Pressure comes with every game.

Young: Don’t Come Much Bigger Than United

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Ashley Young has reflected on his move to Manchester United, following the 1-0 win against his former club Aston Villa at the weekend.

"They don't come much bigger than Manchester United," said Young. "I have always had confidence in my own ability and the club had enough confidence to sign me.

Fletch: We Are Under No Illusions

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Ahead of tomorrow night's crucial Champions League against Basel, Darren Fletcher has insisted that the players are fully prepared because they know what is at stake. In 2005, United failed to qualify from the group and thankfully were saved from having the compete in the UEFA Cup.

"It doesn't get much bigger than this," said Fletcher.

Reactions To Victory Over Villa

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1. So we're barely in December and we've already won as many games away as we had done all of last season. Whilst the scoreline meant we had a nervy ending to the game, it was a convincing performance that was worthy of victory. Whilst I don't think dominating a team in the top half away from home is anything to be sniffed at, it is frustrating to see us struggle to put games to bed.

United Draw City Away

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Manchester United will face Manchester City in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

This game will be played on January 7th/8th 2012 and will be our first opportunity to redeem ourselves after the awful derby that we shall say very little about.

"United Draw City Away" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Jones Goal vs Villa

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"VIDEO: Jones Goal vs Villa" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Villa vs United

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Lindegaard, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Jones, Carrick, Young, Rooney, Hernandez

Bench: De Gea, Evans, Giggs, Park, Welbeck, Fletcher, Valencia

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

PICTURES: Lads Enjoy Training Ahead Of Villa

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"PICTURES: Lads Enjoy Training Ahead Of Villa" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Aston Villa tough test for United

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United may not have had the best of weeks but the bookmakers make them a top priced 1.73 to bounce back and notch an away victory over Aston Villa and the stats suggest they will do just that.

Sir Alex Ferguson's young guns were frustrated in their 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, as Javier Hernandez's opener was cancelled out by Demba Ba following a controversial penalty decision that the gaffer described as "shocking".

Vida: I Tackle But I’m No Killer

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Nemanja Vidic has talked about his role as a defender but claims he isn't a murderer, as his song would have you believe.

"I am not a number 10, I know that," said Vidic. "I am defender and I have to stop the other team from scoring the goal. If I play well but make one mistake, than all anyone remembers is the goal I conceded.

Vida: I Tackle But I’m No Killer

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Nemanja Vidic has talked about his role as a defender but claims he isn't a murderer, as his song would have you believe.

"I am not a number 10, I know that," said Vidic. "I am defender and I have to stop the other team from scoring the goal. If I play well but make one mistake, than all anyone remembers is the goal I conceded.

RoM Reads

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101 Great Goals has the best 10 goals scored by the opposition at Old Trafford.

The Independent reports on the legal case Wayne Rooney has won against his former representatives.

The Daily Mail talks about the Christmas quiz between Ferguson and Giggs.

F365 look at the money clubs spent on agent fees last season.

United look to return to winning ways at Villa

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After ending November with a shock home loss to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup quarterfinals, Manchester United will look to open a busy and pivotal December with a win, as they visit Aston Villa this weekend.

United are always a popular Premier League betting pick, and they'll be favored to take the spoils in Saturday's showdown at Villa Park.

Fergie: I Have To Apologise To Fans

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Following United's League Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, Sir Alex Ferguson has apologised to the fans.

Despite the winning goal being scored from an offside position, the fans would have expected more from the players who started, even though they weren't the first XI.

"I'm so disappointed," said Ferguson.

Evans: I’d Swap Captaincy For Victory

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Jonny Evans made his debut for United in the League Cup against Coventry in 2007. Four years later he was named captain of the side that had the opportunity to reach the semi-finals. However, following the 2-1 defeat, Evans has claimed that he would swap the captaincy for a win.

"Before the game I was delighted to be given the armband, but I'd happily take that away to have the victory instead," he said.