Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Brown: Let’s Make It 19 For Fergie

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Wes Brown, who has been in Sir Alex Ferguson's bad books since jokingly calling him a "cunt" last summer after a few drinks on our tour of the US, has today claimed he hopes Manchester United win the record 19th title this summer for the boss.

"It would be amazing for the players and a great feeling for fans," said Brown.

INTERVIEW: Oliver Holt On Eating His Words, Nani Criticism, Fergie Press Conferences and Modric

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In March 2006, The Republik of Mancunia blog was born. Having become tired of reading dross like this and this, I felt like something had to be written to counter act the doom and gloom that surrounded Manchester United in the press.

Martin Samuel, then at The Times, compared United's situation to that of the fall of the Roman Empire.

Welbeck: I Can’t Play For Both Countries

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Danny Welbeck made his England debut last night against Ghana and was booed as he ran on to the pitch by the 20,000 away fans in Wembley.

"I kind of understand that," said Welbeck. "I've been playing for England at every single youth-team level so it's kind of a natural progression just moving to the seniors and I'm obviously delighted with my own progress.

CONFIRMED: United’s Pre-Season In America, Playing Barcelona + Official Video

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July 13 New England Revolution Boston

July 20 Seattle Sounders Seattle

July 23 Chicago Fire Chicago

July 27 MLS Allstars New York

July 30 Barcelona Washington DC

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Fergie: Chicharito Has Been Fantastic

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Sir Alex Ferguson is currently in the USA promoting Manchester United's pre-season tour and has been asked about Javier Hernandez's progress.

The manager is full of praise for the youngster but is mindful of keeping him fresh and not burning him out.

"Javier has had a fantastic season," Ferguson said.

Ghana or England? Danny Welbeck In England Call

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As suggested last night on RoM, Danny Welbeck has been called up to the England squad.

Welbeck could represent Ghana if he wanted because of his parent's nationality, but so far, as represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18 (2 goals in 2 games), U-19 (2 goals in 8 games) and U-21 level (3 goals in 10 games).

Fergie: FA Have Ensured Chaos

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Sir Alex Ferguson is less than impressed with the date the FA have chosen to play the FA Cup semi-final.

"Just think about this one issue, which is important: there'll be 60,000 people coming down from Manchester you think about how much petrol is used for that," said Ferguson. "This is one issue alone.

CONFIRMED: United’s Pre-Season In America, Playing Barcelona + Official Video

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July 13 New England Revolution Boston

July 20 Seattle Sounders Seattle

July 23 Chicago Fire Chicago

July 27 MLS Allstars New York

July 30 Barcelona Washington DC

The official video will be available after 4pm.


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Evans: International Success Would Eclipse Club Success

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Jonny Evans, who is hardly the most popular player amongst fans at the moment, has made the unwise decision to claim that Northern Ireland qualifying for a major tournament would eclipse winning anything with United, apart from maybe the Treble.

"I think qualifying for a major tournament with Northern Ireland would sort of eclipse anything I could achieve with Manchester United, unless it was something like the treble, really cleaning up," said Evans.

Fergie: International Friendlies A Waste Of Time

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Ahead of International friendlies, Sir Alex Ferguson has taken the opportunity to call them pointless again.

"I am all in favour of the competitions. The players should play in the major competitions; the European Championship, the World Cup," Ferguson said. "But friendlies are a waste of time as far as I am concerned.

CONFIRMED: Fixture Changes vs Chelsea, Blackburn…

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Manchester United were originally set to play Chelsea on Saturday May 7th at 2pm. That game has now changed to Sunday May 8th at 4.10pm.

United's next game is against Blackburn on Saturday May 14th. If United are to play in the FA Cup final, this game will move to Tuesday May 17th at 7.45pm, five days before our final game of the season against Blackpool at home.

Arsenal Defender: Difficult To Lose Out To Evra

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Patrice Evra returned to International football after being suspended by the FFA for his part in the protests against the former French manager Raymond Domenech.

As captain, Evra was seen as a ring-leader, a role which he himself denies having.

Ahead of France's 2-0 win over Luxembourg this weekend, former Arsenal midfielder, Robert Pires, expressed his sympathy for Evra and the rest.

PICTURES: United Players Representing Their Countries This Weekend

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Wales 0-2 England
Wayne Rooney was replaced by James Milner after 70 minutes. He has been released from the England squad with alongside the Chelsea players who have Champions League football approaching.

Rep of Ireland 2-1 Macedonia
The Macedonian goalie spilled Darron Gibson's freekick which allowed Robbie Keane to put Ireland 2-0 up.

Carra: I Asked Owen About Nani Injury After My Terrible Tackle

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Jamie Carragher has admitted that his attack on Nani, which left our winger with a cut to the bone, was "terrible". With the game being played at Anfield, Phil Dowd failed to send Carragher off for the assault, but Mr Liverpool has admitted that his action took the shine off the result for him.

"It was a terrible tackle," Carragher said.

Gerrard: Capello Told Me Rio Was Losing Captaincy

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Fabio Capello revealed in the week that he had spoken to members of the squad about the change of England captaincy. Despite not bothering to let Rio Ferdinand know of the change, Steven Gerrard was one of the players he told.

Gerrard has revealed that he got the call and despite being upset for Rio, is very happy that John Terry is England captain again.

VIDEO: Individual Chicharito Highlights vs Paraguay

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"VIDEO: Individual Chicharito Highlights vs Paraguay" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Twice For Mexico vs Paraguay

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Chicharito, just 22-years-old, has 14 goals in 22 games for Mexico. Mexico's leading goalscorer of all time, Jared Borgetti scored 11 in his first 25 games.

"VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Twice For Mexico vs Paraguay" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Capello Spoke To Squad About Captaincy… But Not Rio

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Fabio Capello has today dug himself a deeper ditch after revealing that despite still not having spoken to Rio Ferdinand about the captaincy issue, he spoke to all the squad!

"I spoke with the players and personally with some players, and I spoke with the squad before I decided that John Terry will be the captain," said Capello.

Welbeck Not Certain Over Desire To Return

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Steve Bruce has made no secret of the fact he would love on loan striker, Danny Welbeck, to remain at Sunderland on a permanent deal. The lad from Longsight has done well in the North East and has obviously benefited with playing week in week out.

However, at United, he would still be fourth in pecking order, which has meant he's less than certain about his return to United next season.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XVII

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This is how it feels to be City series

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

RoM Reads

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The Evening News reports on the fan being sued by Manchester United.

5 Added Minutes has a statistical analysis on how United cope with pressure.

Football Fix has a very interesting interview with The Guardian's Daniel Taylor about being a journalist in Manchester.

Portugoal.net reports on Nani's claim he is not obsessed with being the best.

Edwin: I didn’t know what great years I’d have with United

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Edwin Van der Sar has revealed he won't be returning to Ajax when he retires, but instead will have a role created for him at Manchester United.

"I'm not going back to Amsterdam, though it would be very comfortable there with Frank de Boer, Danny Blind and Dennis Bergkamp," said Van der Sar of his former Ajax team-mates.

VIDEO: Danny Welbeck Goal For England U-21

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Danny Welbeck, currently on loan at Sunderland, opens to scoring for England U-21 against Denmark.

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"VIDEO: Danny Welbeck Goal For England U-21" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Nani: Fergie Doesn’t Allow Me Much Freedom

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Nani has admitted he doesn't get the freedom to play as he would like at Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson putting pressure on him not to try risky tricks before the game is wrapped up.

"I try to enjoy playing now, but it is not always possible because I have a responsibility to the team," Nani said.

Ryan Giggs: United’s Biggest Loser

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As the Euro 2012 Qualifier between Wales and England this weekend approaches it reminds me of a great sadness I've always had about Ryan Giggs. Despite winning 64 caps for his native Wales, he's never appeared at any major international tournament. No World Cup, no European Nations finals. It just doesn't seem right.

Robbo: The Prognosis Is Good

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Manchester United fans sang "there's only one Bryan Robson" on repeat during the 1-0 victory over Bolton at the weekend. After it was announced that he has had an operation to rid him of throat cancer, the former United captain has received a lot of support and is hopeful for the future.

"The prognosis is good, so I count myself extremely lucky and am even more committed to raising funds to help improve the lives of vulnerable youngsters," said Robson.

Holden: No Problems With Jonny

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Bolton's Stuart Holden has revealed today that he will be out for six months after an injury he picked up following a challenge from Jonny Evans. Evans was sent off, despite replays showing both players lifted one foot of the floor and Evans actually won the ball. It's only pure good fortune which saw Evans get away without an injury and bad luck that has left Holden with such a lengthy injury.

Rooney: I’d Love To Beat Liverpool’s Record

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Wayne Rooney has revealed he would love to be a part of the team that wins a record breaking 19 league titles, particularly as though that would mean overtaking Liverpool.

"It's something I've been thinking about a lot," said Rooney. "I'm from Liverpool and grew up as an Everton fan so to be part of the team that overtake Liverpool would mean so much.

VIDEO: Evans’ Red Card vs Bolton

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Jonny Evans was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Stuart Holten which saw the Bolton player receive a cut on his leg. Both players' feet left the ground, with Evans' winning the ball, but after the Bolton player came off worse, Evans was sent off.

Fergie's right, the refs are shite.

‘Cheat, cheat, cheat!’ – How Cantona’s late strike at QPR put United on course for the Double Double in ‘96

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No more Beatles' 'When I'm Sixty Four', I'm afraid. I officially became an Old Age Pensioner this week, which I celebrated by watching Manchester United on television beating Marseilles in the Champions League. It was a pretty good way to mark the occasion as it kept alive tentative hopes of United winning the Treble and inevitably got me thinking of times past, as these landmark events in life always do.

Time For Rio To Hang Up England Boots

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I was pleased when Rio Ferdinand was named England captain. Not because I'm arsed about England but because I was looking forward to the preferential treatment players of this status get, like John Terry and Alan Shearer before him. Kick someone in the head or rugby tackle them, who gives a fuck, you're England captain, you can do what you like.

VIDEO: Berbatov’s Goal vs Bolton

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szólj hozzá: "VIDEO: Berbatov's Goal vs Bolton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chicharito: I Go To The Gym A Lot!

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In Manchester United's recent game against Marseille, Javier Hernandez showed that he was capable of dealing with physical challenges better than he has in any game before. Whilst no one can doubt his finishing ability, there have been several games this season when he has been nudged off the ball far too easily.

Pique: Giggs One Of The Greatest In The History

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Gerard Pique has spoken fondly of Rio Ferdinand, who acted as a mentor for him in his time at Manchester United.

"What you have to remember about Rio is that he always cost so much money," Pique said. "He has always had to maintain a very high level to justify the price tags. That is why the fact that he has always performed game after game, season after season, at such a high level has so much value.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bolton

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Given the injuries we are currently suffering, the starting line-up isn't too shabby today. The obvious worry is the centre of defence. Chris Smalling has played well alongside experienced players like Wes Brown and Nemanja Vidic, but how will he do alongside Jonny Evans, whose had a dodgy season and has just returned from an injury today.

Smalling: Showing Fans I Can Be A Real Player Here

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Chris Smalling has acknowledged that we're fragile at the back with all our injuries, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Rafael, John O'Shea and Jonny Evans all currently injured. However, he hopes that he's played well enough in Rio's absence to ensure the fans have faith in him.

"We're down to the bare bones in the defensive department but whoever has stepped in has done a great job," said Smalling.

Pique: I’ll Always Be Grateful To Fergie

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Gerard Pique has reflected on his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in an interview with The Independent. Pique joins the long list of ex-players who has so many nice things to say about the manager.

"My style suits Barcelona's style of play," said Pique.

VIDEO: Cheer For Terry

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A nice walk down memory lane. The reaction from Old Trafford as the team sheet is read out ahead of kick-off against Chelsea in our first home game against them since Moscow.

"VIDEO: Cheer For Terry" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I’m Looking Forward To Chelsea Game

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Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't think that our Champions League draw is trickier than any other, with the belief that once you get down to the last eight, you have to show up to beat any side.

"It doesn't matter what draw you get at these stages, you have got to perform and we need to perform," said Ferguson.

United Face Chelsea In Quarters And In The Semis…

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Quarter final: CHELSEA v MAN UTD

Semi-final: Inter Milan/Schalke 04 v CHELSEA/MAN UTD

"United Face Chelsea In Quarters And In The Semis..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Rio Got Years Ahead Of Him

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Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed media speculation that Rio Ferdinand's Manchester United career may be over after revealing his latest injury may keep him out for the rest of the season.

"Rio has plenty of years ahead of him," said Ferguson. "He has had a few injuries over the last few years I am sure that are a concern for him.

VIDEO: Chicharito Stars In Manchester Based Coke Zero Ad

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Translation: I arrive at Manchester, and I knew I had to start at the bottom... soon everything began to change, why not try new things, why not make my parents proud, like I'm proud of them, why not lose that fear to lose, well why not.

"VIDEO: Chicharito Stars In Manchester Based Coke Zero Ad" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio Probably Out For Season

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today revealed that Rio Ferdinand might be missing for what is left of the season.

"We may be lucky to get him back for part of this season."

Chris Smalling has done a brilliant job in the centre of defence since Rio got injured, proving he is more than capable of doing a job against the best teams in the league as well as any other team.

Rooney Has The Nerve To Get Angry

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Wayne Rooney has remarkably claimed today it angers him when people question whether he really intends to stay at the club or not.

Just a few months ago, the player released an official statement saying he had no intention of getting in to talks to agree a contract extension with the club. He had a meeting with the club and decided Manchester United's ambition did not match his own.

Nani: I Cried Because I Thought My Season Was Over

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After Jamie Carragher's assault on Nani at Anfield, our winger was seen lying on the pitch crying. Today he has revealed the reason why.

"When I saw my leg for the first time, I thought my season was finished," he said. "That is why I was crying. "Afterwards, the doctor saw my leg and said I had been lucky because it just needed stitches and I would be out for two or three weeks.

STATS: What Happened In Fergie’s Other Banned Games?

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- P8 W6 D0 L2
- Before now, he has been banned for 2 games in 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2003.
- With today's ruling, his fines total £75k.
Games won: Everton, Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Birmingham and Leeds.
- Games lost: v Fulham (1-3 in 2003) and at West Ham (1-2 in 2007)


With thanks to Steve Bartram

"STATS: What Happened In Fergie's Other Banned Games?

Nani: I Don’t Know Carragher Was Thinking About!

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Nani has laid in to Jamie Carragher after recovering faster than anticipated from a horrible injury the Liverpool player left him with.

Carragher went nowhere near the ball and put his studs in to Nani's leg, cutting him to the bone.

Nani is frustrated that referee Phil Dowd didn't show Carragher the red card he deserved, particularly because this is the second time he has been left injured by Carragher.

Nani: I’m Not Leaving, I Love United

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After reports this week have linked Nani with a move away to Italy, he has confirmed he has no intention of leaving on Twitter.

"I've seen some false reports on the press. I want you to know that you will hear the truth from me. Love MU."

"Nani: I'm Not Leaving, I Love United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED: Fergie Banned For City Semi-Final

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a 5 match ban for his comments about Martin Atkinson at the end of our 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

For the second year running against Chelsea, Atkinson made crucial mistakes which changed the outcome of the game. John Terry blocked an on target Nani shot with his arm whilst David Luiz managed to stay on the pitch after committing three yellow card offences, one of which a deliberate trip on Rooney off the ball as he was running in to the box.

Nani: My Confidence Has Taken A Knock

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Nani made a shock return to the starting line-up after suffering a horrible challenge from Jamie Carragher, where the Liverpool player made no attempt for the ball and cut Nani to the bone with his studs.

Given his pace and skilful feet, rough challenges are often the tactic of defenders given the job to mark him, but after such an assault from Carragher, Nani is understandably having some confidence issues.

Carrick: Not In Defence Again, Please

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There were times last season when Manchester United were forced to play Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher in the centre of defence due to our crippling injuries.

Currently, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Rafael and John O'Shea are all injured, meaning United are rather thin at the back again.

Chicharito: I’m In The Best Team In The World

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After scoring two goals against Marseille last night, Javier Hernandez now has 16 goals in 33 appearances. Whilst he is happy with that return, he was reluctant to receive too much praise for his tally.

"It's impressive," he said. "I always say I am in the best team in the world.

Get Better Soon Robbo

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A Manchester United club statement has today revealed that former captain and current ambassador, Bryan Robson, has throat cancer.

"Bryan Robson underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his throat on March 3, 2011 in a hospital in Bangkok. The laboratory report revealed a cancerous tumour, which will need further treatment.

VIDEO: Chicharito Goals vs Marseille

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP Against Marseille…

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Tonight's Champions league game against Marseille is live on Sky Sports HD2 at 7.45. Click here for more info on Sky Sports HD.

- 81% of teams who keep a clean sheet away from home in the first leg in the Champions League knockout phase progress to the next round

- United have never lost to French opposition at Old Trafford.

Richards: This Is For Rooney Revenge

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Micah Richards has claimed Manchester City will be looking for revenge after Wayne Rooney's brilliant overhead kick sealed a 2-1 win for United at Old Trafford this season, as the sides prepare to face each other at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

"We're looking to gain revenge for Wayne Rooney's overhead kick," said Richards.

Rafael: Fergie Still Mixes Us Up

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When the Da Silvas first joined Manchester United, the boss used Fabio's wedding ring to tell him apart from identical brother Rafael. Since our right-back got married in the summer, Sir Alex Ferguson now struggles to tell them apart.

"When we came to the club, Fabio had just got married and wore a ring so our boss just had to look at the left hand to tell us apart.

Chicharito: Lucky To Be At Most Important Club In The World

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Chicharito expected to spend his first season at Manchester United playing in the Reserves and getting rare outings from the bench.

As it turns out, whilst not often getting a starting role, Chicharito has played plenty of football and Robin Van Persie is the only top flight striker with a better strike rate than

"I thought that during my first season in England I was going to spend a lot of time sitting on the bench, getting adapted to English football, but it hasn't been that way and I feel that I am very lucky," he said.

Rooney: We’re Trying To Convince Edwin Like Fans

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For large chunks of the second half of yesterday's 2-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup, Manchester United fans repeatedly sung about Edwin Van der Sar. First his name was chanted, then "Fergie, sign him up!" followed by "one more year", urging the great goalie, who was named Man of the Match yesterday, to delay his retirement.

Vieira Picks SIX Reds, Four Arsenal Players… But Snubs City For Best XI

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Patrick Vieira was interviewed by SportingIntelligence.com and asked which players would make his best XI from all the years he's played in England.

Remarkably, Vieira's team, which he couldn't restrict to just eleven players, was filled with Manchester United players, some Arsenal players, and nobody from his current club, Manchester City.

FA CUP SEMI DRAW: United Will Play…

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After knocking Manchester City out of the League Cup semi-final last season, United have another chance to deny City their first trophy in over 35 years, after being drawn against them in the FA Cup semi. City will first have to beat Reading to book their date at Wembley, on April 16th or 17th.

The other semi-final draw is Bolton vs Stoke.

VIDEO: Liverpool 2-3 United (FA Youth Cup Quarter-Finals)

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Manchester United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Anfield in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals, in a game that saw two players from each side sent off. Larnell Cole scored United's first from the penalty spot, after Paul Pogba was bizarrely shown a second yellow for dummying his penalty kick. Ravel Morisson went on to score two goals, the second of which five minutes before time, to see United through to the semis to face Chelsea.

PICTURE: Ravel Morrison Kisses The Badge In Front Of Kop

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"PICTURE: Ravel Morrison Kisses The Badge In Front Of Kop" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Just How Much Do You Love The Twins?

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When the Da Silva boys joined Manchester United, it was Fabio who came with the biggest reputation. He was the Brazil U-17 captain who cost slightly more than his brother.

However, it was Rafael we grew to love first. Whilst both aren't the most robust, Fabio suffered more with injuries and when fit, had a better player to displace in Patrice Evra than Rafael did for right-back.

VIDEO: Fabio and Rooney Goals vs Arsenal

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"VIDEO: Fabio and Rooney Goals vs Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Quick Reactions To Victory Over Arsenal

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1. I was fuming when I heard the line-up. I've tried to limit knee jerk reactions to the team news given the amount of times Sir Alex Ferguson has made me look a knob head for doing so but I couldn't hold back today. I was furious. Hearing that Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher were now also injured allowed it to make more sense but I couldn't understand having Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes on the bench when we were playing a midfield like that.

PICTURE: Arsenal Mug In “Naseri” Shirt

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"Nicky Butt, Nicky Butt, Nicky Nicky Butt, na na na na na na na na!" Manchester United fans have been singing since the 90's. The KC and the Sunshine Band tune enjoyed a resurgence in our ground a couple of years ago when Rodrigo Possebon was on the scene.

Arsenal fans have now adopted the song for Samir Nasri, or, Naseri as the song would have you believe.

Have A Laugh During United vs Arsenal

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Picklive Preview: Man United v Arsenal Saturday 5:15, ITV 1

This evening's FA Cup Quarter Final now has extra spice; both on the pitch and on Picklive. Both sides left licking wounds after recent setbacks, not to mention being the latest chance for RoM readers to stake their claim for that £100 prize.

Valencia: I’m Ready To Play

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With Nani set to miss our next three games, Manchester United fans can breathe a sight of relief when they hear the confidence that Antonio Valencia has in his fitness, after being ruled out since September through injury.

"In the last few weeks, United have not wanted to risk me but I'll be ready to play if the coach wants me," he said.

VIDEO: Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again

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Two Teams Angry At Officials And In Desperate Need Of A Result
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"VIDEO: Giggs Will Tear You Apart Again" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Valencia: I Thought My Career Was Over

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With Antonio Valencia on the mend and set to return to the first team over the next couple of weeks, he has reflected on the moment the injury occurred back in September.

"The injury was the worst moment of my career," he said. "The pain was terrific. I remember the impact on the ankle, a big crack and a feeling of seasickness that must have been down to the pain and the effect on my nerves.

Fergie: Blackout Came From Burning Media Spotlight

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Sir Alex Ferguson has explained today why he refused to speak to the press after Manchester United's defeat at Anfield.

"The papers keep on and on about it because Manchester United are involved, and they failed to get the FA Compliance Unit to pick up on the Wayne Rooney incident in the Wigan game," said Ferguson.

Fergie: Dalglish and Taylor Have Short Memories

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After Sir Alex Ferguson was critical of referee Martin Atkinson when he failed to send David Luiz off for three yellow card offences and missed John Terry's handball in the box which blocked a Luis Nani shot, he received an FA charge and criticism from all over the place.

"People have short memories," Ferguson said.

Fergie: Carragher Tackle Was Disgraceful

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Nani will be missing until April after Jamie Carragher ripped open his leg last weekend. The first half challenge, which saw Carragher's studs cut Nani to the bone, was only punished with a yellow card.

Sir Alex Ferguson has rightly criticised the tackle but has refused to criticise Phil Dowd for failing to punish Carragher accordingly.

Two Teams Angry At Officials And In Desperate Need Of A Result

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It's been a fairly depressing couple of weeks for Manchester United fans. First we lost to Chelsea, with the unjust result at the hands of incorrect officiating yet again, rubbing salt in the wounds.

VDS Better Than De Gea, Valdés, Hart, Neuer, Casillas…

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Congratulations to Edwin Van der Sar who is currently the highest ranked goalie in Europe.

Castrol Rankings is the world's first rankings based on the actual performance of every football player across Europe's top five leagues.

With a few weeks remaining, Van der Sar currently has a higher average performance than all the top keepers in Europe.

Giggs: My New Banner Is Brilliant

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The 20th anniversary of Ryan Giggs' début for Manchester United took place last week and Stretford End Flags have marked the occasion by making him a new banner.

"It is brilliant," said Giggs. "It is where I used to go as a kid so to have a banner there up with the legends who are already there will be great.

PICTURE: Lee Sharpe Is Green and Gold

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Lee Sharpe has joined the green and gold campaign to be part of fans' bid to to get rid of the Glazers. Unlike David Beckham, who denied all understanding of what the colours represented after wearing the scarf after our Champions League game against AC Milan last season, Sharpe is happy to put his name behind the campaign.

RoM Reads

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ITV has RoM and Arseblog's preview of this weekend's game.

Mark Ogden writes for The Telegraph about Owen Hargreaves' last chance.

The Daily Mail links United with Ashley Young.

F365 has the quotes of the week.

Today is the final day to receive a 10% discount on Eric Cantona Death From Above t-shirts

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

Gill: Other Players Didn’t Demand Rooney’s Salary

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Manchester United blew their strict wage structure to keep Wayne Rooney at the club after he revealed he had no intention of staying.

There has been talk of rewarding bad behaviour which could have a negative impact on other players' contract discussions.

However, David Gill has today revealed that players who have recently signed contract extensions (Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick) didn't mention Rooney's deal in a bid to improve their own contract.

PICTURES: United Players Signing Their Contracts

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July 15th 1962: Denis Law
Denis Law relaxes watches Club Secretary Les Olive complete his new contract following his complicated transfer from Italian club Torino.

May 8th 2003: Quinton Fortune
Four years in to his time at United, Fortune signs a three year extension deal.

What Does Arsenal Battering Mean For Our FA Cup Game?

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Two seasons ago, Manchester United were beating City 1-0 at Wastelands. We'd taken a well deserved lead through Wayne Rooney and were playing well.

With over 20 minutes left to play, Rooney delivered a perfect ball in to Cristiano Ronaldo to put us 2-0 up. Instead of heading it in to the back of the net, he tried to catch it.

Gazza: Massive Regret Turning Down United

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Paul Gascoigne was set to join Manchester United when he was just 21-years-old from his boyhood club, Newcastle after winning the Young Player of the Year award.

Sir Alex Ferguson went on holiday after reaching an agreement with the player, only to return and find out that he had signed for Spurs for £2m instead.

INJURIES: Nani and Valencia Update

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Antonio Valencia was due to play in the Reserves' gave against Blackpool this evening but the pitch was deemed unfit. On Monday, he played a full 30 minute each way game against our youth team. He is now set to play for the Reserves against Sunderland on March 17th.

Nani is out for 10-14 days, meaning both could be back in time for our game against Bolton.

RoM Reads

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BBC has the interview with Eric Cantona from the weekend.

The Evening News has Gary Pallister's thoughts on United's siege mentality.

Caught Offside has the results for their poll on the Sir Alex best United XI of (voted for by people born in the 90's).

Martin Samuel writes for The Daily Mail about Phil Dowd's awful performance at Anfield.

Gibbo: Vida Has A Go At Us When Necessary

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Darron Gibson has hailed Nemanja Vidic's captaincy style, as we come towards the end of his first season with the armband.

"He's a good captain," said Vidic. "Everyone gets on well with him and he's a good leader. He's a nice man but when he wants to, when he has to, he can give someone a dressing down.

Gibbo: I Don’t Want To Leave United

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Darron Gibson has been given a few chances in the first team this season but by and large has been unimpressive. It would be unfair to single him out though, as many United fans have, given the poor displays we've watched so often from the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael and Carrick and even Paul Scholes this season.

Fergie On Nani’s Injury

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed today that Nani won't make it back in time for our league game against Bolton next weekend, meaning he will miss at least three games and will be out for as much as four weeks, with our next possible game being away to West Ham at the beginning of April.

"We have managed to stitch the injury, which is good news," said Ferguson.

Fergie: We’ve Missed Valencia

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Antonio Valencia made a great impression during his first season at United, after signing from Wigan for £16m.

He had scored just 7 goals in 3 seasons at Wigan so critics questioned whether he was good enough for United. Valencia went on to score 8 goals and provide 9 assists in the league.