Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

De Gea Reveals United Offer

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After being photographed in Manchester yesterday for his medical with United, David De Gea has revealed on Twitter why he is in the city.

"Invitado por el MANU para conocer el Club, la ciudad junto a mi familia y presentarme una oferta...."

Which translates as: "Have been invited by MAN U to see the club and the city with my family and to be given an offer.

Kiko: I Want To Play In The Premier League

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Federico Macheda had a dismal time on loan at Sampdoria, our young striker has told Sky Italia he hopes to return to the Premier League next season.

"Psychologically it was not easy because to go from United to Sampdoria and to fight to avoid the drop was a difficult situation," he said.

De Gea: Great Privilege To Be At Great Club Like United

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At long last, Manchester United have confirmed the signing of David De Gea from Atletico Madrid.

Reports suggest United have forked out £18m for the young keeper, who has just won the U-21 Euro Championships.

"I feel very proud and I can't wait to start playing here," De Gea said to MUTV.

David De Gea Transfer Timeline

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January 27th 2010 Agent confirms interest

"A few Premier League clubs have been asking about De Gea. Especially Wigan, who made an offer which Atletico turned down. Roberto Martinez thinks De Gea is ready for the Premier League but Atletico have insisted they want De Gea to stay at Calderon.

De Gea: I Want To Spend A Great Number Of Years Here

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David De Gea has again reiterated his admiration for Edwin Van der Sar, but now, after signing for Manchester United, hopes to match the contribution made by the Dutchman to our club.

"In my opinion Edwin has been the best goalkeeper in the world whilst here at United," De Gea told MUTV.

Gill: FA Made An Example Of Us

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David Gill has today spoken about the FA's treatment of Manchester United last season, claiming that they singled us out for harsher punishments because we're the country's biggest club.

Wayne Rooney was given a two match ban for swearing at the camera, despite the laws of football making no distinction between any sort of swearing.

Evra: Our New Signings Are Great

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On United's trophy promotional tour of the Far East, Patrice Evra has praised our new signings, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea, and reckons they will help us conquer Europe next season.

"I think they are great signings," said Evra. "We will give them all a nice welcome.

Evra: Our New Signings Are Great

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On United's trophy promotional tour of the Far East, Patrice Evra has praised our new signings, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea, and reckons they will help us conquer Europe next season.

"I think they are great signings," said Evra. "We will give them all a nice welcome.

Gill: FA Made An Example Of Us

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David Gill has today spoken about the FA's treatment of Manchester United last season, claiming that they singled us out for harsher punishments because we're the country's biggest club.

"I do genuinely believe there have been some poorish decisions that, in my opinion, wouldn't necessarily have hit other clubs," he said.

De Gea: I Want To Spend A Great Number Of Years Here

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David De Gea has again reiterated his admiration for Edwin Van der Sar, but now, after signing for Manchester United, hopes to match the contribution made by the Dutchman to our club.

"In my opinion Edwin has been the best goalkeeper in the world whilst here at United," De Gea told MUTV.

David De Gea Transfer Timeline

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January 27th 2010 Agent confirms interest

"A few Premier League clubs have been asking about De Gea. Especially Wigan, who made an offer which Atletico turned down. Roberto Martinez thinks De Gea is ready for the Premier League but Atletico have insisted they want De Gea to stay at Calderon.

De Gea: Great Privilege To Be At Great Club Like United

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"It's a great privilege to be part of a club like United and I'm keen to do my best and show what I can do."

"De Gea: Great Privilege To Be At Great Club Like United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

De Gea Reveals United Offer

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After being photographed in Manchester yesterday for his medical with United, David De Gea has revealed on Twitter why he is in the city.

"Invitado por el MANU para conocer el Club, la ciudad junto a mi familia y presentarme una oferta...."

Which translates as: "Have been invited by MAN U to see the club and the city with my family and to be given an offer.

Kiko: I Want To Play In The Premier League

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Federico Macheda had a dismal time on loan at Sampdoria, our young striker has told Sky Italia he hopes to return to the Premier League next season.

"Psychologically it was not easy because to go from United to Sampdoria and to fight to avoid the drop was a difficult situation," he said.

Nani: I Respect Manager’s Decision To Bench Me

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Nani played the last 20 minutes of the Champions League final last month, after coming on for Fabio Da Silva in the second half.

The winger admits he was disappointed to miss out but trusts Sir Alex Ferguson to make the best decision for the team.

"Last season I played more games than ever at United," said Nani.

Nani: I Respect Manager’s Decision To Bench Me

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Nani played the last 20 minutes of the Champions League final last month, after coming on for Fabio Da Silva in the second half.

The winger admits he was disappointed to miss out but trusts Sir Alex Ferguson to make the best decision for the team.

"Last season I played more games than ever at United," said Nani.

PICTURE: De Gea Medical Not Kept Quiet

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David De Gea is at Carrington having his medical with Manchester United.

Having won the U-21 European Championships, De Gea can now concentrate on his domestic future. His signing has from Atletico Madrid has been the worst kept secret in football, right up until the day of his medical, with his people failing at keeping him hidden upon his arrival.

Chicharito: I’m at the best club in the world

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"I never believed that I would adapt so quickly to Manchester United's style," he said. "I thought I would have just limited participation in the first year with more time on the bench than on the field and probably used when things went wrong, but I progressively gained confidence and scored goals It was all very quick and I never expected this.

Nani: United Is A Fantastic Club

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Echoing the sentiments of team mate Antonio Valencia, Nani has revealed he is pleased Manchester United have signed Ashley Young because he will improve the team.

"Of course I have to welcome everyone they sign, I think Man United is a fantastic club," said Nani. "When they bring in new players, they know if it is good for the team or not, and this (Young signing) has to help them.

VIDEO: Chicharito Wins Gold Cup

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Chicharito receives top scorer award

Chicharito receives player of the tournament award

Mexico presented with Gold Cup

Watch all the goals at 101 Great Goals

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Football Support and Misplaced Schadenfreude‏

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Football and schadenfreude are frequent bedfellows. The ability to derive pleasure from the misery of others is a genuine component of supporting a football club. You get a kick seeing your rivals doing poorly and when a player you find particularly distasteful encounters misfortune you take pleasure from it.

PICTURES: Chicharito Wins Gold Cup

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One of several attempts by Chicharito against USA's goalie, Tim Howard.

Chicharito lifts the trophy he was awarded for being the competition's top scorer with 7 goals.

Chicharito with the trophy he was awarded for being the player of the tournament.

Celebrating the Gold Cup win with team mate Paul Aguilar who plays for Club America in Mexico.

GNev: Why Have A Burger When There’s Fillet Steak??

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Whilst in Singapore, Gary Neville has been speaking to The New Paper about whether he had any regrets about spending his entire career at Manchester United, rather than sampling football elsewhere.

Unsurprisingly, our former skipper has confirmed that the only reason he would have ever left United is if the manager told him he wasn't good enough anymore

"No, I can't have regrets," he said.

LIVE BLOG: USA vs Mexico (Gold Cup Final)

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Another Badge Kissing Moron

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The season is over so please forgive me for talking about something with little to no relation to United. The story links with Sunderland, our second XI/Mini Manchester United, so I guess it's not completely random.

I've just read that Craig Gardner is set to sign for Steve Bruce after spending the last 18 months at relegated Birmingham City.

GNev: We’ve Signed Young? He Wont Force Out nani

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Gary Neville is currently in Singapore, meaning he missed out on the news that Ashley Young had finally signed for Manchester United.

When asked about our new player by The New Paper, our former captain had to double check it was all official before talking about him.

"Sorry, have we signed Ashley Young?

GNev: Phil Jones Could Be United Captain

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Gary Neville has sung the praises of 19-year-old new signing, Phil Jones, claiming that he has the potential to be the captain of United one day.

Speaking with The New Paper from Singapore, our former captain has hailed the performances of Jones in the league for Blackburn, particularly against us on the day we won the 19th title last season.

Supporting Chicharito In Gold Cup Final

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Mexico take on USA in the Gold Cup final tonight (or 2am on Sunday morning for us on Eurosport 2) in a bid to retain the trophy. This is the third final in a row to feature the two teams, with Mexico winning 5-0 in 2009 and USA winning 2-1 in 2007.

Chicharito scored five goals in the three group stage games, scored the winner in the quarter-finals, as well as scoring in extra time in the semi-finals to help Mexico beat Honduras.

RoM Reads

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Daniel Taylor writes for The Guardian about our new signing, Ashley Young.

Stretford Enders has a rhyme about our season.

The Daily Mail reckons that Lass is staying at Real Madrid.

The Telegraph has footage of an Australian footballer who was sent off for a piercing on his bits.

Valencia: Young Will Help Us

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia does not the fear the arrival of Ashley Young, who will certainly provide him with competition for his place in the team.

The £16m winger, who joined us from Aston Villa, is only beaten by Cesc Fabregas on assists since 2007-2008, which puts the pressure on Valencia to keep his place.

COMPETITION: Win United Diary Of The Season

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RoM has a copy of The Official Manchester United Diary Of The Season to give away.

Question: Who were United's top three goalscorers in the league in 2010-2011?

Send your answer, full name and address to republik_of_mancunia_competition[at]hotmail.co.uk

Congratulations to Hayden Barker from Norfolk who won the 2010/2011 season DVD.

Park: Honour To Play For World’s Biggest Club

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At a fan meeting at Manchester United Restaurant & Bar in Hong Kong, Park Ji-Sung has informed reporters there is no truth to rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

"It would be honour for me to keep playing for Manchester United,"
Park told reporters. "I have nothing to say about any transfer rumours I just want to stay at Manchester United.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores In Gold Cup Semi-Final

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Javier Hernandez has added another goal for Mexico in the Gold Cup, scoring in extra time against Honduras to book his country's place in the final.

With 7 goals in this season's Gold Cup, only Luis Roberto Alves's 11 goals in 1993 better his record in the history of the competition, which dates back to 1963.

De Laet: Time To Prove I’m Good Enough For Red Shirt

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Ritchie de Laet played on loan for three different clubs last season and it was confirmed this week he would be spending next season on loan at newly promoted Norwich.

He played just a total of ten games at Sheffield United and Preston North End but was a regular for Portsmouth after joining them in the January just gone.

VIDEO: Tom Hanks Dances To Chicharito Song

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Tom Hanks showed he's got the moves to our Mexican's song, "El Chicharito", on Univision's Despierta America alongside Chiquinquira Delgado on Tuesday.

Hear the full song on YouTube.

"VIDEO: Tom Hanks Dances To Chicharito Song" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berba’s Future Still To Be Decided

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With Danny Welbeck set to return to Manchester United following his loan spell with Sunderland and Michael Owen having signed a new contract, rumours have been rife about Dimitar Berbatov's future.

Earlier in the week, there were claims that the club had agreed a deal with PSG for the Bulgarian, although these have since been refuted.

Young: Let’s Make It 20

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After weeks of speculation, the signing of Ashley Young was announced today, after a five year deal was agreed and medical passed.

Since 2008, only Cesc Fabregas has more league assists to his name than the former Aston Villa winger, who has cost £16m.

"The opportunity to come and play for one of the biggest clubs in the world is one I couldn't turn down," Young told MUTV.

What If There Isn’t A New Midfielder?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has always been tough to predict in the transfer market, he's capable of securing transfer deals that seemed incredibly unlikely, unexpected, genius, or sometimes, baffling. From Henrik Larsson to Chicharito to Gabriel Obertan and Bébé, there's usually something from way out in left field.

RoM Reads

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The Metro asks RoM a few questions about our transfers.

The Guardian pokes fun at Rooney's hair in the gallery.

Red Flag Flying High wonders if our reign is coming to an end.

Red Manc looks at this summer's ins and outs.

The Telegraph show Luka Modric in Spurs' promotional pictures for their new shirt.

RoM Reads

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The Metro asks RoM a few questions about our transfers.

The Guardian pokes fun at Rooney's hair in the gallery.

Red Flag Flying High wonders if our reign is coming to an end.

Red Manc looks at this summer's ins and outs.

The Telegraph show Luka Modric in Spurs' promotional pictures for their new shirt.

Jones: I’m Looking Forward To Sir Alex Call

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Phil Jones turned down offers from Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs to join Manchester United.

The young defender, who has played well for England U-21s in their disappointing European Championships, can't wait to get back home and speak to Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I'm not sure when my first day is going to be.

Park: I Might Not Retire In Manchester

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With team mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Edwin Van der Sar all retiring this summer, Park Ji-Sung has revealed he has started to give own retirement some thought.

He joined the club as a 24-year-old, but six years later, and his contract set to expire next summer, Park has hinted he may not end his career with United.

VIDEO: David De Gea Penalty Save

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The Spanish U-21 side finished top of the group and have progressed to the semis in the European Championship.

Goals from Juan Mata and Adrian Lopez put Spain 3-0 up against Ukraine before soon to be United goalie, David de Gea, saved a penalty.

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VIDEO: Welbeck Scores Again For U-21s

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Danny Welbeck seemed to have put the England U-21s through to the semi-finals of the European Championships, before two late goals from the Czech Republic knocked them out.

England needed a win to progress following their draws against Spain and the Ukraine. It was a disappointing tournament for England, although most of the United lads can be proud of their performances.

Chicharito: I’m At The Best Club In The World

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Chicharito has helped Mexico progress to the Gold Cup semi-finals as the competition's top scorer this year with six goals.

The young Mexican has reflected on his début season in England, claiming he is at the best club in the world.

"I am very happy that, as a squad, we won the English championship," said Chicharito.

PICTURE: United > England 1966

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This newspaper clipping, taken from March 1966, shows the opinion of referee Concetto Lo Bello that Manchester United were better than the International team, who went on to win the World Cup a few months later.

"PICTURE: United > England 1966" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Again For Mexico

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Javier Hernandez has scored yet another goal for Mexico in the Gold Cup, this time against Guatemala. After going a goal down early on this quarter-final, Aldo de Nigris equalised for the Mexicans, before Chicharito scored the winner on 66 minutes.

Mexico will now face Honduras in the semi-final on June 22nd and could face USA, Jamaica, Panama or El Salvador in the final, with the other quarter-finals being played today.

What’s Happening With Modric?

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Manchester United have been missing a special player in the centre of the park for sometime. Gennaro Gattuso, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack and Mesut Özil are amongst some of the top class players we've missed out whilst our midfield has gradually deteriorated.

Gone are the days when we could afford to have players of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes' quality in the team, then still splash £28m on someone like Juan Sebastián Verón.

RoM Reads

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Sky Sports has our fixtures for 2011-2012.

The Guardian reports on United entering bidding war for Modric.

BBC Sport has a video of Michael Owen's reaction to his horse winning at Ascot.

The Glazer Out blog talks about Supporters Direct.

United Rant discusses Lord Fergie.

Bebe: Ferguson Wasn’t Wrong By Signing Me

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Ahead of his move to Turkey, Bebe has spoken of his regret at failing to make an impact during his début season at United after signing for £7m last summer.

"I was happy to come to the best team in Turkey," said Bebe. "I want to prove that Ferguson was not wrong by hiring me.

Bye bye Bébé

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After a week of speculation, Bébé has joined side Beşiktaş on a season long loan.

"Bye bye Bébé" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Patrice Evra signed a new deal with United after offers from top clubs all aroun

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Patrice Evra signed a new deal with United after offers from top clubs all around Europe came in for him.

Evra has revealed that it is his feeling for the club that kept him around.

"It was an important decision for myself. I love this club, everyone knows that," Evra told the official site.

De Gea: I want to play until I’m 40… like VDS

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In the Extra Time section of Gazzetta, David de Gea has given some interesting answers to some questions about the players he most admires and what he plans for the future.

"I'd love to play until I'm 40, like Van der Sar," he said. "You need to take care of yourself an awful lot to do that.

VIDEO: Berba Kick About In Bulgaria

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COMPETITION: 2010/2011 DVD

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RoM have the official club DVD for the 2010-2011 season to give away.

Unfortunately, the DVD hasn't received the best reviews, although I guess it's better than getting a smack in the mouth!

Q: In all competitions, how many games did United win in 10-11?

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RoM Reads

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Dirty Tackle shows Wayne Rooney singing karaoke on holiday (which comes with a health warning).

Surreal Football takes a dim view of our transfer policy.

The Daily Mail report on Cristiano Ronaldo's claims that he would never join City.

Danny Merritt from Peterborough is the winner of the Manchester United book which has newspaper clippings on United since 1909.

Scholes: Hopefully Eric Will Overshadow Me

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"The plan was for Eric to come back and overshadow me," laughed Scholes. "Hopefully everyone will be concentrating on him and I can just mosey off somewhere and be out of the way. Seriously, the Cosmos are just getting back together again and it seemed a sensible thing to do. He was a big influence on a lot of the United lads' careers.

Gibson Agrees £5m Sunderland Move

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It is being reported that Darron Gibson has agreed a move to Sunderland after Manchester United accepted a bid for him last week. Wes Brown and John O'Shea were also a part of that offer, although it is understood Wes is more interested in a move to Everton.

Gibson had hoped to secure a first team place this season but has failed to impress when given the opportunity.

Bid In Tatters? The Daily Fail

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Two days later, Jones signs for United, as every other newspaper predicted, and claim the move was "never in doubt."

"Bid In Tatters? The Daily Fail" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Jones: Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

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Phil Jones has spoken out on Twitter about his move to Manchester United which was confirmed today.

After rejecting offers from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Jones is aware of what a big deal it is to play for United.

"I'd just like to start off by saying that I've loved my time at Blackburn and I will always be a huge fan.

Smalling: Hopefully we can play together for a few years

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Ahead of the official confirmation that Phil Jones had signed for Manchester United, Chris Smalling claimed he was very pleased to hear that he was on his way.

The defensive pairing put in a good performance for the England U-21s last night in their 1-1 draw with Spain.

Smalling is 21-years-old whilst Jones is only 19, meaning that potentially we have our defence sorted for the next decade or more, something which Chris hopes for.

CONFIRMED: United Sign Jones

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Manchester United have confirmed that they have signed Phil Jones from Blackburn on a five year deal.

The teenager passed his medical last week and the deal has finally gone through today.

After Liverpool appeared to be the favourites to sign the young defender, who has already been tipped as future England captain, Sir Alex Ferguson secured a deal at the last minute.

Ole: I Haven’t Called Up Fergie… Yet

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of his former club, Molde, in January.

The Norwegian club are currently 6th in the league, five points behind leaders, after nine games played. Last season

"It been great," said Solskjaer. "The results have gone up and down, but I'm going to make sure that changes.

VIDEO: Welbeck Scores For England U-21

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With just two minutes remaining, Danny Welbeck scored the equaliser for England U-21 in their first game of the European Championship in a 1-1 draw against Spain. Sheffield United's youth team product, Kyle Walker, who currently plays for Spurs, created the goal.

Spain dominated the game and kept possession well, however, their early goal was scored thanks to a handball from Ander Herrara.

PICTURE: Carrick At Canadian Grand Prix

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Michael Carrick is currently in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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“I’m Captain Of Manchester United – Why Would I Leave?”

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This time last year, it seemed almost inevitable that Nemanja Vidic was going to leave Manchester United. Whilst the player had repeatedly claimed he was going to see out his contract, his agent seemed less certain.

However, out of the blue, Vidic went on to sign a new deal with the club and was named captain for the 2010-2011 season.

Dalglish Getting Embarrassed By Fergie Again?

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"Keane is the hottest prospect in football right now," Brian Clough said of Roy in his last season at Nottingham Forest. Jack Walker was trying to buy Blackburn success, something he would later go on to achieve, and Kenny Dalglish identified Keane as the man to take the club forward in 1993.

Sneijder: I Love Inter… But I Might Leave

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After previously claiming he was certainly staying at Inter Milan, Wesley Sneijder has revealed there is the possibility of him leaving this summer.

"The Inter fans have always treated me very well," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "They were wonderful and I want to simply thank them.

STATS: United’s Spending vs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City…

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All stats from TransferLeague.co.uk

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PICTURE: De Gea’s FB Confirms Deal?

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Gibson: Wouldn’t Phase Me To Leave United

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Sunderland have put a bid in for Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Darron Gibson, in a bid to add further former reds to their set up in the North East. All three players have to agree terms otherwise a new deal will have to be offered by the club.

After Gibson's international manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, told the midfielder he needed to leave United in order to gain more first time football, Gibson claimed there was nowhere better for him to learn his football than United, so he would stay.

Cleverley: I Want To Be Like Xavi and Iniesta

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After watching how Barcelona passed the ball around the midfield at Wembley a few weeks ago, Tom Cleverley is determined to use the example set by the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi and Pedro to improve his own game.

"As a United player and fan it wasn't a great experience at Wembley but as part of my education it was a massive lesson for me," he said.

Cleverley: I Hope I Can Fill Scholes’ Boots

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Tom Cleverley has confirmed that after talks with Sir Alex Ferguson, he is hoping that he will get a chance to prove himself worthy of a place in the first team next season.

"Paul Scholes' boots are very big ones to fill," he said. "He's been a winner and a great player. Any team is going to miss a player of that ability.

Rooney Sings “We Are The Champions” For RoM

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PICTURE: Berba Wearing United Gear For Friendly

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Every year, Dimitar Berbatov plays five-a-side friendlies in a competition with his friends. They were kitted out in United shirts and in the picture above had just won a game 10-5. Berba scored 2 goals but played in defence.


Thanks to Inna Ivanova for the picture

"PICTURE: Berba Wearing United Gear For Friendly" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: GNev Turns To Baseball

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Gary Neville was invited to throw the first pitch in the Chicago White Sox versus Oakland Athletics match yesterday.

Wearing a number 2 jersey with his surname on the back, he showed that baseball probably isn't the sport for him.

"VIDEO: GNev Turns To Baseball" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cantona Returns For Scholes Testimonial

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New York Cosmos are making the trip to Manchester on August 5th for Paul Scholes' testimonial.

Eric Cantona is their director of football at the American club but will be coaching the side for the game.

"I wish to congratulate Paul for such an incredible career at Manchester United," said Cantona.

Modric Hints At Transfer

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After spending all season claiming he was committed to Totenham Hoptspur, after signing a contract last summer, Luka Modric seems fairly open with a move away from the club.

Reports have suggested that he is Manchester United's priority signing this summer, despite Harry Redknapp's claims they won't sell him for anything.

PIG: Fergie Never Tells Me Anything

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Tomasz Kuszczak has confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester United summer. After unsurprisingly failing to displace Edwin Van der Sar as our number one and David De Gea all but signed as our future number one, the Pole is no longer happy to warm the bench.

Kuszczak has become increasingly petulant as his frustration has grown.

PIG: Fergie Never Tells Me Anything

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Tomasz Kuszczak has confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester United summer. After unsurprisingly failing to displace Edwin Van der Sar as our number one and David De Gea all but signed as our future number one, the Pole is no longer happy to warm the bench.

Kuszczak has become increasingly petulant as his frustration has grown.

RoM Reads

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The Faithful asks whether we need another superstar like Veron.

The Daily Mail reckons we're in talks over Samir Nasri.

The Sun reports that Ashley Young has cancelled his wedding with suggestions that tying up the United deal is the priority.

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RoM Reads

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The Faithful asks whether we need another superstar like Veron.

The Daily Mail reckons we're in talks over Samir Nasri.

The Sun reports that Ashley Young has cancelled his wedding with suggestions that tying up the United deal is the priority.

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VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Brace

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After scoring a hattrick against El Salvador in the opening game of the Gold Cup, Chicharito has made it five goals in two games following his efforts against Cuba.

He scored the opener with his head before half time. Giovani Dos Santos and Aldo De Nigris made it 4-0 between them, before Chicharito added the 5th.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Brace

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After scoring a hattrick against El Salvador in the opening game of the Gold Cup, Chicharito has made it five goals in two games following his efforts against Cuba.

He scored the opener with his head before half time. Giovani Dos Santos and Aldo De Nigris made it 4-0 between them, before Chicharito added the 5th.

COMPETITION: Win United Newspaper Clipping From 1909 Book

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19. The magic number that finally knocked the Scousers off their perch. Here's your chance to relive United's latest title win, as well as every other success that went before it – going all the way back to 1909.

GoneDigging's Manchester United football book is a tabloid-sized book featuring reprints of original newspaper reports on United.

Sir Alex Spending Better On Wages Than Any Manager

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Robert Peston from the BBC has concluded the following from the latest Deloitte annual review:

- If you combine spending per unit of output with success in winning trophies, there is no doubt that Alex Ferguson is incomparably the most successful manager in the UK. United's wage bill per Premier League point is £1.

PICTURE: Berba On Sports Management Course

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Dimitar Berbatov is currently studying a Sports Management course at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria.

On Tuesday, he passed his latest exams with flying colours, before going on holiday to Greece.

"PICTURE: Berba On Sports Management Course" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Jones: I Ignore The Papers

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Phil Jones, who reportedly joined Manchester United yesterday afternoon, is currently in Denmark with his England U-21 team mates. His departure was delayed after taking part in a medical with the club.

Jones has talked about the strengths of his game and the qualities needed to be a top defender.

RoM Reads

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Daniel Taylor writes in The Guardian about how Fergie got one over on his rivals to land Phil Jones.

The Daily Mail looks at the sought after young English football talent.

Rational Football has a statistical analysis of Luka Modric's passing.

Studs Up reflects on what we can do now the season is over.

Bolt: I’m Good Enough To Play For United

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Usain Bolt has claimed that when he retires from athletics, he wants to become a football player.

The 24-year-old hasn't kept his support of Manchester United a secret over the years and has visited the training ground a couple of times.

Speaking in Oslo, Bolt told reporters that he obviously has the speed, as well as the skills, to make it as a footballer at our club!

Another Day… Another Stupid Blue With A Tattoo

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If they're not getting tattoos of players they haven't signed, they're getting them of trophies they haven't won. Now we've got another daft blue to add to the pile.

Proudly showing off the picture of his tattoo of the club mottoo on a City forum, it wasn't long before fellow blues pointed out to "Chesney" that he had got it spelt wrong.

Redknapp: United Have Landed Future England Captain

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This morning's papers suggested that Blackburn's Phil Jones would soon be a Liverpool player, despite interest from other top clubs. News later today has revealed that Arsenal held talks with the youngster yesterday.

However, after having a medical with United in Manchester today, it looks as though the promising defender will be confirmed as ours sooner rather than later.

Chicharito: I’ll Pay My Debt To Fergie

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Javier Hernandez was relatively unknown in world football before signing for Manchester United.

At the World Cup, Chicharito exploded on to the scene, scoring against Argentina and France, and being named the fastest player at the competition. Thankfully, United had already put their faith in him and signed him.

Sunderland Calling Wes, Gibson and…

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According to Sky Sports News, Sunderland have confirmed their interest in signing Wes Brown, Darron Gibson and one other Manchester United player.

"Sunderland Calling Wes, Gibson and..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Phil Jones Having United Medical

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There were whispers this morning that Blackburn's Phil Jones had signed for Manchester United for £18m. With it previously looking as though Liverpool were favourites to sign him, alongside Jordan Henderson who they have valued at £20m, the rumours seemed unlikely. Arsenal were reportedly also keen to sign him.

Knock Them Off Their Perch

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RoM has been nominated for the best club specific blog in the Caught Offside awards.

We are currently trailing to Empire of the Kop, famous in these parts for immediately offering their full backing to Spirit of Shankly in light of the Munich singing videos which appeared. Despite the highest ranking members of SoS admitting to being present and doing nothing to stop the Munich chanting, EOTK thought it was best to write two articles to offer their support.

Ashley Young For £20m – Value?

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The Ashley Young rumours are gaining more momentum and it looks as though the player could sign today. Last week RoM briefly discussed the pros and cons of signing Young, given that at turning 26, he's hardly set the world alight.

My thinking is that Antonio Valencia had done much less when we brought him in for £16m a couple of summers ago and look how important he's turned out to be.

Manchester Evening News – What Are You Doing??

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- After claiming he wanted to spend the rest of his career at Manchester United, Carlos Tevez left the club whose badge he used to kiss to join Manchester City.

- Despite being given the captaincy at City, Tevez handed in a transfer request less than 18 months at the club.

- After repeatedly claiming he was unhappy because he was so far away from his family, City gave him time off to visit them.

PICTURE: Rooney’s Hair – Before and After

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Two days ago, Wayne Rooney had hair transplant surgery at Harley Street hair clinic in London, after becoming fed up of balding at 25.

Despite offers for loads of dosh for the exclusive pictures, Rooney posted a picture of his new hairline on Twitter, after the bruising had gone down.

VIDEO: Chicharito Hattrick In Gold Cup

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After goals from Efrain Juarez and Aldo de Nigris gave Mexico a 2-0 lead over El Salvador in the Gold Cup, Chicharito headed the third from a deep cross on 60 and seven minutes later the Manchester United striker made it 4-0 with a shot across the keeper. Yet another impressive showing from Javier Hernandez was capped off in injury time when he chipped home a "Panenka" style penalty.

Bent: Young Wants To Play For 2nd Best In The World

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Aston Villa striker, Darren Bent, has confirmed what we all knew when saying Manchester United are chasing his team mate, Ashley Young.

Whilst some United fans are less than impressed with the winger, Sir Alex Ferguson has clearly spotted something in him which he believes he can make something out of.

One Of Arsenal’s Best Open To United Move

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The press were in love with Samir Nasri for much of this season after some great performances. On paper he didn't look amazing, with just 1 assist to rival Edwin Van der Sar's record. Arsenal favourites, Patrice Evra, Alexander Hleb and Nicklas Bendtner, amongst 175 other players, all managed to set up more goals than Nasri this season.

Decline? Valencia Replacing Ronaldo, Young Replacing…

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After losing the last real super star from the Premier League, this country's press circled like vultures with their predictions of what would come of us. The exit of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, amongst others, didn't bring about our decline, but the press were keen to believe that Cristiano Ronaldo's departure meant that "the decline" had begun.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail says Antonio Valencia's contract has stalled over an image rights issue.

Surreal Football explains why we should love Rooney.

The Express reports on the upset Michael Owen has caused Newcastle fans.

The Independent looks at Van der Sar's career, from start to finish.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail says Antonio Valencia's contract has stalled over an image rights issue.

Surreal Football explains why we should love Rooney.

The Express reports on the upset Michael Owen has caused Newcastle fans.

The Independent looks at Van der Sar's career, from start to finish.

Rodwell? Henderson? No! We Need Someone Special

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Paul Scholes was a bit older and slower, Michael Carrick struggled to find the form he enjoyed before the disastrous 2009 Champions League performance, Owen Hargreaves was permanently injured, attitude and injuries held Anderson back from fulfilling his potential to the maximum and Darren Fletcher still had plenty in the engine but his virus only interrupted what was an ineffective season for the Scot.

The Story Of Our Strikers – What does the future hold?

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Chicharito, our Little Pea, has superseded any expectations our fans, players and manager had of him. After signing for United, he left the World Cup as the fastest player of the competition, having scored goals against Argentina and France. He had given us plenty to be excited about but having spent his career in Mexico and not having the build you would think necessary for English football, it was hard to imagine he would make much impact during his first season.

The Story Of Our Strikers – What does the future hold?

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Chicharito, our Little Pea, has superseded any expectations our fans, players and manager had of him. After signing for United, he left the World Cup as the fastest player of the competition, having scored goals against Argentina and France. He had given us plenty to be excited about but having spent his career in Mexico and not having the build you would think necessary for English football, it was hard to imagine he would make much impact during his first season.

Q&A: Berbatov On Missing Final and Sharing Golden Boot With Tevez

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Here is the full transcript of the interview between Naiden Todorov with the newspaper, "24 Chasa" in Bulgaria.

Naiden Todorov: Mitko, how was the ride on the number 19 bus in Manchester?

Dimitar Berbatov: Great. It was cool. Very nicely done. Except that the weather was bad.

RoM Reads: Paul Scholes Special

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Midfield maestro with a passion for Oldham Athletic Henry Winter, The Times

A scrawny little kid with asthma who became a titan Kevin McCarra, The Guardian

World salutes the great, the incomparable, Paul Scholes United Rant

Paul Scholes the master will be sadly missed Phil McNulty, BBC

Simply the best Matt Lawton, The Daily Mail

Paul Scholes' retirement leaves a gaping hole at Old Trafford Evening News

Control, touches, passes YouTube

"RoM Reads: Paul Scholes Special" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berba: I Am Staying

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"I will stay," Berbatov told Bulgarian TV. "I will fight for the twentieth title. There will be new finals and we will be fighting for new titles. I am moving ahead. When you go through difficult times, you should not quit. Everything at Manchester United starts from scratch for me on July 4th."

"Berba: I Am Staying" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.