Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Will Scholesy Sign?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that Paul Scholes might be reluctant to sign a new contract extension, despite his overriding confidence that it will happen in the end.

Ryan Giggs has recently put pen to paper on a new deal whilst Gary Neville announced his immediate retirement. Scholes seemingly sits somewhere between the two, after spending months of the season out injured.

Cantona: Honour To Wear United’s Number 7

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Eric Cantona has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson's ability to work with players to ensure that he gets the best out of them. Whilst his man-management is second to none, it has been widely reported that our manager made special allowances for Eric that he hasn't made for any of the others.

Cantona has also revealed the pride he had in wearing United's famous number 7 shirt.

Cantona: Ferguson Is Like Gandhi

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Eric Cantona has told the New York Times that he believes Sir Alex Ferguson is a football genius.

"All I will say is that I think Ferguson will stay as the manager, after that, there will be more problems," said Cantona. "Today, he is like Gandhi on the game side. With Manchester, I prefer to say, to think, to realise that Ferguson is a kind of genius.

Evra: Heinze Will Get An Ovation From OT Crowd

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Patrice Evra claims that Gabriel Heinze, whose place he took in the team, will receive a standing ovation from Manchester United fans when he plays at Old Trafford.

I can only assume Evra is underestimating the feelings Heinze's demand to join Liverpool inspired in United fans.

"Gaby has been playing well for Marseille," he said.

Heinze: United Most Special Club Of All

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Gabriel Heinze, who spent three years at Manchester United before two seasons at Real Madrid, winning the league at both, has claimed that United is the most special club in the world.

"I cannot wait for the chance to go back onto the pitch at Old Trafford because this is the most special club of all, and I include Real Madrid in this list," said Heinze.

Heinze: I Regret My Fall Out With Fergie

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Gabriel Heinze had been a fans' favourite at Old Trafford, with the crowd loving him for his strong tackling and tough nature. "Argentina!" we would chant when he got stuck in to a really meaty challenge. After Patrice Evra became Manchester United's first choice left-back, Gabriel Heinze wasn't prepared to work for his place in the team, and he was off.

Progress For Green And Gold

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A respected sports-business analyst, Sport+Markt, has claimed that the green and gold campaign has made a significant impact on the revenue of the Glazers'.

"Our data show the club has lost retail revenue from the year 2009 to 2010 by around 10%," said Dr Peter Rohlmann, the report's author.

Evra: Dream Come True Playing Here

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Patrice Evra has put an end to the transfer speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, as RoM reported he would, by signing a new contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2014, when he's 34.

"Ever since I arrived at United, it's been a dream come true playing here," Evra told the official site.

The City Is Yours? Course It Is

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Manchester United fans were left to feel aggrieved that the Glazers were insisting on charging our fans normal price for our FA Cup 5th Round game against non-league Crawley Town. My seats cost £41.

Our neighbours took on League One Notts County today in the FA Cup 4th Round replay and like the last round, charged just £15 for adults, £5 for children.

In The FA Cup, United Play…

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Manchester United vs Arsenal/Leyton Orient

Other draws
Stoke vs West Ham/Burnley
City/Villa vs Everton/Reading
Birmingham vs Fulham/Bolton

"In The FA Cup, United Play..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: United U18 6 – 1 City U18

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"VIDEO: United U18 6 1 City U18" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Well Done Phil

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Congratulations to top red Phil Neville for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup today.

After leading his team to extra time, Everton like they would be making their exit from the competition after Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead. But with a couple of minutes of extra time remaining, Leighton Baines stepped up to score a cracking freekick to take it to penalties.

Ahead Of United’s Game Against Crawley…

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When United are your local team, whilst you're obviously always aware of the size of it globally, it takes weekends like this to remind you of just how massive this club is.

Watching the reaction of the Crawley fans seeing their team get drawn against United was great viewing. It makes you realise that as a United fan, there are certain things you'll never get to experience.

Cantona: Football Is Not For The Rich

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In the same week that Michel Platini has announced that the cheapest tickets available for the European Cup final will cost £80, Eric Cantona has slammed the current state of football, with the working classes becoming priced out of attending matches.

"What I think is a shame is that people from lower backgrounds can't afford to go to the stadium anymore," Cantona told ESPN.

Cantona: No Place For Mercenaries At My Club

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Eric Cantona was asked about Wayne Rooney's decision to hold Manchester United to ransom over a massive pay rise. Cantona has claimed he has no problem with players taking their share but can't abide by players whose motivation is money rather scoring a last minute winner.

"I have no problem with players taking their share, because without players you have no game," Cantona told ESPN.

RoM Reads

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Rossobianchi has a funny biography of Nemanja Vidic's life.

Henry Witter writes for The Telegraph about Crawley's visit to OT last night.

The Daily Mail reports on Michael Owen's latest injury.

The Mirror reckons winning the league this season would be Fergie's greatest achievement.

Ryan Giggs Signs Extension

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Ryan Giggs has put pen to paper on yet another contract extension which will see him stay at Manchester United until the summer of 2012.

"All I've ever wanted is to play for Manchester United and I've been lucky enough to do that for twenty years."

Despite being 37 years old, Giggs has shown time and again this season he's still up to the job, most recently on Derby day when he left Micah Richards for dead all afternoon.

Evra Has Agreed New Deal?

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The rumours linking Nemanja Vidic with a move to Spain were so frequent last season, with his agent umming and aahing over whether his client wanted a move to Real Madrid or not, left most United fans assuming it was a done deal. Whilst Vida repeatedly claimed he had no intention of leaving and that he wanted to see out his contract, with just a couple of years left of his current deal it appeared as though the club would accept an offer rather than wait for him to run out his deal.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph reports on Qatar Holdings bid denial.

Ghana Soccer reports that Asamoah Gyan is trying to convince Danny Welbeck to choose Ghana over England.

The Evening News looks at who may replace Scholesy.

The Daily Mail talks about Gary Neville's work with the youngsters this week.

VIDEO: Smalling’s Contribution vs Manchester City

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"VIDEO: Smalling's Contribution vs Manchester City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Smalling: Rio’s Advice Kept Tevez Quiet

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Carlos Tevez has been crucial to City's position in the table this season and is currently the 2nd highest scorer in the league, behind Dimitar Berbatov.

However, against Manchester United at Old Trafford, you wouldn't have known he was even on the pitch, with the inexperienced Chris Smalling ensuring he was out of the game.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Today's the day to remember your first love... Manchester United.

"Happy Valentine's Day" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: Midfielders vs Strikers – United vs City

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United: Total passes (415/534) in 90 minutes. 78%.

Carrick (6/6) in 12 minutes. 100%. 0.5 passes per minute.
Scholes (53/62) in 78 minutes. 86%. 0.68 passes per minute.
Fletcher (46/54) in 90 minutes. 85%. 0.51 passes per minute.
Anderson (23/30) in 67 minutes.

Berba: I Want To Make It 19 For Manager And Fans

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Dimitar Berbatov has today claimed that he is hoping Manchester United can win a record breaking 19th title for Sir Alex Ferguson and the fans.

"Everything's going well for me this season," he said. "And if we can win the title it will be even better. That's my main wish. If, in May, we've won the title and I'm there to lift it, then it would be a personal best for me.

Mancini, Another Deluded Bitter

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The talk of the town is that Manchester City have improved. Blues yesterday were claiming they were happy on Saturday because of their performance and that, tick tock, their time was coming.

"I told the players to go home and have a drink," said Mancini. "They should be disappointed by the result, but not by the performance.

The City Is Yours? Are You Sure?

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It two weeks time, Manchester City will have to reflect on the 35 years that have gone by since they last won a trophy. 1976 marks the year when Abba were at the top of the charts with Mama Mia, the first commercial Concorde flight took off and Rocky was the most popular film at the pictures.

Smalling: We Watched Wazza’s Winner In Dressing Room

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Chris Smalling has revealed that following our 2-1 win over Manchester City yesterday, the lads watched Wayne Rooney's brilliant winner in the dressing room.

"We saw it on TV in the dressing room," he said. "It has come right out of the middle of his foot and flew into the top corner.

Rooney: I Owed United Fans That Goal

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After messing the club about earlier in the season, agreeing a new massive contract, then not performing, Wayne Rooney scored an incredible goal to win the Manchester derby yesterday.

"The Manchester United fans deserve that from me," Rooney said. "I haven't had the best of seasons and I know how big this game is in Manchester, so I hope they enjoyed that.

Smalling: I Really Enjoyed Manchester Derby

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Chris Smalling was my Man of the Match yesterday, putting in a composed and confident performance that would have been unfair to have expected from the youngster in his first Manchester derby. Carlos Tevez didn't get a sniff of goal thanks to Smalling's imposing presence and he has explained how he was able to play so well.

PICTURE: Atlético Madrid Copy United’s G&G Protest

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Atlético Madrid fans have adopted green and gold scarves in protest against chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin and president Enrique Cerezo.

They initially used blue and white scarves, the colours of their first kit, but felt like these weren't different enough from their current colours which differs only by having additional red.

Do The Poznan!

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"Do The Poznan!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

GIF: Our Bench Goes Mental After Rooney Winner

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After Wayne Rooney's winner against Manchester City, Anderson, Michael Carrick, Wes Brown and Chicharito all went mental on the bench.

"GIF: Our Bench Goes Mental After Rooney Winner" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Becks At Football With More Appropriately Dressed Kids

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Last month, David Beckham took his son Romeo, who donned an Arsenal scarf, to the Emirates.

He took all three of his sons to the Manchester derby today but Romeo and Cruz were more appropriately dressed, sporting Manchester United bobble hats. That's better.

Becks went for dinner with Gary Neville at Rio's restaurant, Rosso, last night.

Rooney: Haven’t Scored A Goal Like That Since School

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Wayne Rooney scored a goal that was worthy of winning any football game today, with an overhead kick on the volley which he fired in to the top corner, leaving Joe Hart rooted to the spot.

He's scored some great goals in his time at the club, like the volleys against Newcastle and Middlesbrough, as well as that chip against Pompey, but when asked if he thought this was the best of his career he replied: "I think so.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XVI

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This is how it feels to be City series

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

Quick Reactions From Victory In The Derby

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1. Winning the derby has always been a great feeling but over the past few years, the pressure has been on. When City were shit, they still managed to hand out drubbings to our team that would go on to be champions, and not much was made of it outside of Manchester/Stockport. These days though, even if City got a fluky 1-0, the talk of the power shift in Manchester would go in to overdrive.

VIDEO: Nani and Rooney Goals vs Manchester City

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"VIDEO: Nani and Rooney Goals vs Manchester City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Bitter Blue Sumerbee’s Reaction To City Defeat

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Manchester United beat Manchester City today thanks to two great goals. The blues had come back in to the game after a bizarre goal from Edin Dzeko, where he managed to flukily deflect it off David Silva's back in to the goal, but like usual, City just aren't as good as United.

City are now 8 points behind United, despite playing a game more, but former City player, Mike Sumerbee is obviously struggling to come to terms with this.

Ahead Of Our Game Against City…

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I just couldn't understand why he did it. How the fuck did that just happen? It was agony. Three times we had taken the lead and three times we had thrown it away.

Rio Ferdinand trudged back to his position ahead of the restart and imagine the same rage was going through his head. Why had he tried to flick the ball of Craig Bellamy's head in the dying moments of the game?

VIDEO: He Scores Goals

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"VIDEO: He Scores Goals" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen: I Ran Faster When Celebrating City Goal Than Scoring It

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Michael Owen has reflected on the home derby last season when he scored an injury time winner to beat City 4-3.

"Scoring the winner in the derby last season was one of those moments where the adrenaline takes over and everything goes blank," Owen told the official site. "You literally have to wait until you get home and watch the replay to see how you reacted.

PICTURE: City Fans With Munich Graffiti At Old Trafford

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Manchester City fans have written 'Munich' in sky blue spray paint outside the Bishop's Blaize down the road from the ground as well as on the walls of our Carrington training ground.

This shouldn't come as any surprise after some United fans used red spray paint to vandalise City's match day pub, Mary D's, with "35 years" and "Foe cunts" (in reference to former Manchester City footballer, Marc-Vivien Foe, who died in 2003).

Prepare For The Embarrassment Tomorrow

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Ahead of kick-off tomorrow, the new United 'anthem' will be played.

It's bloody awful.


The Telegraph article

"Prepare For The Embarrassment Tomorrow" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads: Derby Special

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The Independent has the greatest Manchester derbies' gallery.

Soccerlens has some nice stats comparing Dimitar Berbatov with the Argie Troll.

Stretford Enders reflect on the top five derbies.

The Evening News has Sir Alex Ferguson's comments ahead of the derby.

Studs Up looks at the City employee who started a United hate group on Facebook.

City Owner More Interested In United

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Sir Bobby Charlton was in Abu Dhabi this week for the Laureus Sports Awards. He was asked about Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour, who he recently met, and Sir Bobby claims that he was more interested in talking about the reds than the blues.

"This [Abu Dhabi] is not the home of Manchester City," said Charlton.

Xavi: Scholes The Best Midfielder For 20 Years

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Xavi, who is described as the heartbeat of Barcelona and Spain, has today revealed that Paul Scholes is the player to look up to.

"Paul Scholes! A role model," said Xavi. "For me – and I really mean this – he's the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years.

Smalling To Start Against City

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that Chris Smalling will play alongside Nemanja Vidic in this weekend's derby.

Rio Ferdinand was injured in the warm up ahead of the Wolves defeat at the weekend so Jonny Evans filled in for him. The manager revealed after the game he would have preferred to start with Smalling, a more natural replacement for Rio, but he hadn't been involved in the warm up because he hadn't been named on the bench.

Nev: We Have Nothing Without Fans

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Gary Neville's has revealed how his relationship with the fans has been one of the best bits of his Manchester United career.

"One of the most special things about my career here has been the relationship the team has had with the fans over the last 20 years," Neville told the official site.

Xavi: I’d Only Have Left Barca For United

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Xavi made his way through the ranks at Barcelona and has spent 13 years in their first team. In this time, he has won 5 league titles and 2 European Cups, amongst other trophies.

However, when revealing his admiration for several Manchester United players amongst those from other Premiership teams, he claimed that if had ever left Barcelona, United would have been the only club he would have joined.

Rio: As Manager, I’d Have Nev As My Number 2

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With all his business and show biz lifestyle on the side, Rio Ferdinand may have surprised some recently when he claimed he one day wanted to be a football manager.

Speaking with Andy Mitten, Rio has explained it's something for the future, when asked where he'd be in ten years time.

"I'll either be managing a club or will be doing the school run and working on my magazine and charities," he said.

Kiko: Can’t Wait To Return To Club I Love

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Federico Macheda scored the winning goal for Italy U21 against England U21 this week and whilst he's enjoying the weather in Italy whilst on loan with Sampdoria, he admits he's missing Manchester United.

"I'm looking forward very much to getting back to Manchester United but not the English weather," said Macheda.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores For Mexico… Kind Of

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Chicharito played in Mexico's 2-0 win over Bosnia this week and despite having a fairly average game, got his 12th goal for his country.

Hernandez won a penalty in the second half but Bosnian keeper Kenan Hasagic pushed it away. However, the ball bounced out then back over the line. It looked as though defender Miralem Pjanic deflected the ball into his own goal but Hernandez was credited with the goal.

How Is Our PickLive League Going?

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You may have played in the game against Wolves, like me, but closed the window before the end of the game. This means your points, like mine, won't have been registered. D'oh.

Fortunately, now that PickLive are our partners, they've kindly offered to refund that game to any of you who closed the window if you get in touch with michaelATpickliveDOTcom (obviously change AT and DOT to symbols).

VIDEO: Nani Answers RoM Reader’s Question

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RoM offered readers the opportunity to ask Nani a question.

The question was sent by shubhangmanred. He has won a Champions League football signed by Nani (although has yet to reply our e-mail with contact details).

Q: "Who is the hardest player to beat in training?"

A: "Rafael.

Some Sensible and Kind Behaviour From Serbia

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Serbia have kindly agreed not to play Nemanja Vidic in their friendly tonight against Israel to reduce the chances of him getting injured before the derby this weekend.

Rio Ferdinand injured himself in the warm up ahead of our defeat to Wolves and the manager is obviously concerned about losing Vida too.

Nev: Rafael My Replacement

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Now retired, Gary Neville believes that Rafael da Silva has all the attributes to keep as Manchester United's first choice right-back for years to come.

"He's more than capable of going on to become United's right-back for many, many years," he said. "His performances in the last six months in particular have been brilliant.

VIDEO: Gibson’s Goal vs Wales

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"VIDEO: Gibson's Goal vs Wales" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Liverpool Keeper Admits United Appeal

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After losing their hero, Fernando Torres, to Chelsea, it looks as though Pepe Reina is interested in jumping ship and joining the team at the top of the league.

"Yes, well Van der Sar will hang up his gloves in the summer so of course they are looking," Reina told Spanish radio station Ondo Sera.

No Torres, United Have Been Stronger Than Chelsea

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"Because of its history, Liverpool is a bigger club than Chelsea but it's going through a difficult time," said Torres. "Chelsea is like Manchester United, the strongest over the last 10 years."

Since 2001...

Manchester City
League titles: 0
European Cups: 0
FA Cups: 0
League Cups: 0
World Club Cups: 0

Liverpool
League titles: 0
European Cups: 1
FA Cups: 2
League Cups: 2
World Club Cups: 0

Arsenal
League titles: 2
European Cups: 0
FA Cups: 3
League Cups: 1
World Club Cups: 0

Chelsea
League titles: 3
European Cups: 0
FA Cups: 3
League Cups: 2
World Club Cups: 0

Manchester United
League titles: 5
European Cups: 1
FA Cups: 1
League Cups: 3
World Club Cups: 1

It may feel like it's been longer, Torres, but Chelsea have only been buying success since 2005.

VIDEO: Last Minute Kiko Pen vs England U-21

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Federico Macheda scored a penalty in the 89th minute to ensure a 1-0 win for Italy U-21 vs England U-21.


More United related footage at RoM videos

"VIDEO: Last Minute Kiko Pen vs England U-21" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Time For Rooney To Earn His Money

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Like many other United fans, I'd laughed off rumours linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from the club. Granted, it was odd that he had claimed that he'd never been injured, contrary to what Sir Alex Ferguson had said in the press, particularly because we all saw him icing his injury after coming off with an hour played against Bolton, but nothing too out of the ordinary and certainly not a cause for concern.

Gone… But Never Forgotten

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"Gone... But Never Forgotten" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Nani’s Goal vs Wolves

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"VIDEO: Nani's Goal vs Wolves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED TEAM – LIVE BLOG: Wolves vs United

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VDS; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Giggs; Rooney, Berbatov

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

Gary Neville – His Best Quotes

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On the attitude a United education instils (March 2010): The idea was that you've never made it. With a young player sometimes you hear people saying: 'He's made it.' Our idea was that you've never made it. You can perform well here and still be out if you don't fit the plan. There are no passengers, it's a conveyor belt, and if you're not contributing to the success of the club in some way you won't be here much longer.

VIDEO: Berbatov – The Season So Far

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"VIDEO: Berbatov The Season So Far" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Nev: People Always Slagged Me Off… Now They’re Full Of Praise

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Gary Neville has laughed about the reaction to his retirement, with newspapers and rivals suddenly singing his praises, after slagging him off for his whole career.

"I have had 20 years of people slagging me off, then I retire and people start to praise me," laughed Neville. "That happens, doesn't it?

Evans: I Love United… But I’d Leave

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After Manchester United turned down a bid from Hull for Corry Evans during the transfer window, the Northern Irish defender has revealed that he would be interested in leaving in the summer if the opportunity of first team football came around.

"It's a club you grow to love," he said.

PICTURE: Why Did Torres Leave Liverpool For Chelsea?

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"I wanted to join because Chelsea always have shown a big respect for me. They really want me and it is important when you have the support of the people in the club, and the support of the fans who always showed respect to me when I came to Stamford Bridge and at Anfield."

"PICTURE: Why Did Torres Leave Liverpool For Chelsea?

Well Done Berb and Fergie

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"Well Done Berb and Fergie" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Giggs: Fledglings Will Go On To Coach

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Ryan Giggs reckons pretty much all of the 'Fergie Fledglings' will carry on in some type of coaching role after retiring from the game.

"Gary would be a brilliant assistant manager because he is focused and organised," said Giggs. "He could do the day-to-day coaching. He gets his point across well on the training pitch.

Fergie: United Will Find A Way To Keep GNev

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After Gary Neville's retirement, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Manchester United will be working out a way to keep Neville on United's books after his contract expires this summer.

"Gary will remain with the team," said Ferguson. "He will train whenever he wants. The next step forward for our club is to retain Gary in a capacity in which he will be satisfied.

Gary Neville – One Of Us

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We love Gary Neville because he is one of us. All this phony hugging and high-fiving you see other teams do ahead of kick-off, the badge kissing, the promises of finishing a career at a club, the sulks, the agents and everything else involved in football these days made us appreciate Nev all the more.

Which RoM Reader Wants £100?

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RoM have formed a partnership with PickLive and through this have the opportunity to offer a RoM reader £100 for nothing.

I'll be signing up and having a go and a league table for RoM readers will be formed. Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition between us lot.

The game will be launching this week ahead of our match against Wolves but you can join after that and still be in a chance of winning the prize.

Smalling: Manchester Is More Chilled Out Than London

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Chris Smalling has revealed how easily he has settled in to life at Manchester United and how playing in more games helps him feel like he belongs.

"A lot of the young lads have been here for a long time," he said. "I only came here in the summer and I wasn't at Fulham for too long, so I have surprised myself how settled I have become.

VIDEO: GNev + Crosses = Lots Of United Goals

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"VIDEO: GNev + Crosses = Lots Of United Goals" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Mr Liverpool: I Take My Hat Off To Neville

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Jamie Carragher, who has already revealed what a massive fan of Sir Alex Ferguson he is, also has very kind words for Gary Neville.

"For me he's the best full-back the Premier League's had," said Carragher. "And also just behind David Beckham probably one of the best crossers of the ball we've seen.

What Would You Ask Nani Now?

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Last April, RoM were lucky enough to interview Nani at a Nike event in Manchester.

Our winger had just started to hit good form after looking like he was certain to leave a few months previously.

Nani has continued with this great form, despite being frustrating at times, with his assisting 12 goals (highest in the league) and scoring 7 goals (16th in the league) in 20 games.

Becks: Nev One Of The Best Ever

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David Beckham has sung the praises of best mate and former team mate, Gary Neville, after he announced he retirement yesterday.

"Not only is Gary a great person, he is one of the best defenders ever to have played the game," said Beckham. "It was an honour to play with him at United and for England.

Bruce: GNev Least Talented But Most Determined

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Steve Bruce believes that Gary Neville was the least talented of the group of players to come through to the first team in '95 but his sheer determination to be a Manchester United player meant he worked hard enough to remain our first choice.

"It's probably part of the Manchester United thing but no body can argue that he wasn't single minded enough," said Bruce.

Arsenal Boss: Neville Is An Example To Other Players

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Arsene Wenger has sung the praises of Gary Neville after the announcement of his retirement yesterday, claiming that his motivation sets him apart from others and that players should look to him as a example for what they can achieve.

"A huge career and fantastic achievements, that is what he has done," said Wenger.

PICTURES: Gary Neville’s Manchester United Career

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- Playing for the youth team in 1993
- In the background of the celebrations for United's Premiership title win in 1994.
- Taking a throw against Villa at Old Trafford in our 1-0 win during the 94-95 season.
- Against Wimbledon during the opening week of the 95-96 season (you know, the year we weren't going to win anything with kids)
- Holding on to Premiership trophy with brother Phil at the end of the 95-96 season.

“I’ve been a United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I’ve ever had”

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Gary Neville has announced today that he is retiring from football with immediate effect.

"I have been a Manchester United fan all my life and fulfilled every dream I've ever had," he said. "Obviously I am disappointed that my playing days are at an end, however it comes to us all, and it's knowing when that time is and for me that time is now.

Fergie: GNev Leaves Legacy For Every Young Player At United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of Gary Neville in light of his retirement.

"Gary was the best English right back of his generation," said Ferguson. "He is an example to any young professional; hard-working, loyal and intelligent. As a United fan born and bred, his fantastic career at Old Trafford has cemented his place in the affection of the club's supporters everywhere.

VIDEO: Rooney and Vidic’s Goals vs Aston Villa

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CONFIRMED TEAM: United vs Villa

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VdS, Evra, Vidic, Rio, OShea, Giggs, Fletcher, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov.

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Who Voted In This Poll Then?

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Inside United readers, as well as fans on the official website, have voted for their all time top ten Manchester United players.

1. Ryan Giggs
2. Eric Cantona
3. George Best
4. Sir Bobby Charlton
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
6. Paul Scholes
7. David Beckham
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Obertan Did NOT Hand In Transfer Request

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"I have read that Gabriel has handed in a transfer request, but no, he has not done this," he said. "He is very happy at Manchester United and he doesn't want to leave. He is still learning and he knows he is not ready to be a regular starter in the team, but he is working hard to be a member of the first team.

Pires: GNev Made My Life A Misery

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Robert Pires has revealed that Gary Neville used to make his life a misery when his club, Arsenal, played Manchester United.

The two played against each other a couple of years ago, when United were in the same group as Villarreal in 2008.

Pires will come to Old Trafford again tonight, but this time as a Aston Villa player, and this time without Neville marking him.

Rio: You Never Lose Faith When You Play For United

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Very uncharacteristically, Manchester United have managed to go the whole season so far without a defeat.

The closest we came to losing was against Blackpool last week, where we found ourselves 2-0 at half time. But Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez saved the day.

Rio Ferdinand has today revealed that it is the winning mentality of the manager which helps the players believe they will win a game, even when the odds are against them.

Giggs: I’m Lucky To Have Played For Such A Great Club

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Ryan Giggs has expressed the kind of attitude all Manchester United players should have.

"You've got to have done it on the pitch, and have that affinity with the fans whereby they know that you've always given your all," said Giggs. "Humbleness is very important – you have to remember you're very lucky to be playing for, or to have played for, such a great club.