Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

VIDEO: Nani and Owen Goals vs Barcelona

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More United related footage RoM videos

"VIDEO: Nani and Owen Goals vs Barcelona" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie Admits Sneijder Contract Offer

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"If he wants to come he must accept our contract offer If not, we have
other options in mind. We're done talking."

"Fergie Admits Sneijder Contract Offer" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED TEAM: Barca vs United

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De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Welbeck

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

The Redemption of Eric Cantona: The Double Double of 1995-96 Part II

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Cheer Up , Kevin Keegan

On course, for United to now go on to win the Double, having secured their place at Wembley, much depended on how Newcastle handled the pressures of the league run-in.And we got a very significant clue only a few days after the semi-finals, in one of the all-time great Premiership matches, on 3 April, 1996.

The Redemption of Eric Cantona: The Double Double of 1995-96 Part II

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Cheer Up , Kevin Keegan

On course, for United to now go on to win the Double, having secured their place at Wembley, much depended on how Newcastle handled the pressures of the league run-in.And we got a very significant clue only a few days after the semi-finals, in one of the all-time great Premiership matches, on 3 April, 1996.

New Contract For Valencia

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Antonio Valencia, who had two years remaining on his current deal at United, has agreed to sign what is believed to be a new five year contract with the club.

"We are in the process of finalising that," said Gill. "Antonio has been away at the Copa America and we've been away here in the US, but that's broadly sorted out.

Berba Has “Effectively” Two Years On Current Deal

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David Gill has today played down any suggestion that Manchester United are prepared to sell Dimitar Berbatov. Despite both Berbatov and his agent repeatedly claiming he has no interest in leaving United, he has been linked with moves to Italy.

With just one year remaining on his current deal, there was the belief that Berba had to agree a new contract this summer, or leave on a free next year.

GNev: Robson Helped Me With First United Contract

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One of the worries I've had this summer is about the number of experienced players, who have been brought up in the United way, have left the club this year. Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, John O'Shea and Wes Brown have all moved on, whether to retirement or another club, and I can't help but wonder whether this will have any effect on the players coming up through the ranks at the moment.

The Redemption of Eric Cantona: The Double Double of 1995-96 Part I

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I love it when Manchester United players show an interest in the club's history. I want my idols to understand what it means and why it's important, just like a supporter. That's why Patrice Evra long ago endeared himself, with his immediate immersion in United's past when he arrived in 2006, getting out books and DVDs to study the matter.

The Redemption of Eric Cantona: The Double Double of 1995-96 Part I

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I love it when Manchester United players show an interest in the club's history. I want my idols to understand what it means and why it's important, just like a supporter. That's why Patrice Evra long ago endeared himself, with his immediate immersion in United's past when he arrived in 2006, getting out books and DVDs to study the matter.

GNev: Fergie Protects His Players

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Gary Neville has reflected on how he made the decision to call it a day on his football career earlier this year, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson handled the situation perfectly.

"I'd had conversations with my wife and my mum and dad," he said. "And I spoke to Scholesy and Ryan Giggs too, because we have shared most things over the last 20 years.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph talks about the possibility of signing Wesley Sneijder.

Stories Explained looks at the Sneijder story in great detail.

101 Great Goals has footage of Max Lonsdale, who convinced Sir Alex to give him a trial after going to see him with a tape of his performances.

KCKRS has footage of the awful Blackburn Rovers/Venky's ad.

PICTURE: United At The White House

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Ahead of our game against Barcelona in Washington, Manchester United players visited the White House.

"PICTURE: United At The White House" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

First Question For Aguero About United

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You couldn't make it up. In Sergio Aguero's first interview with Manchester City, the first question he is asked is about the rivalry with Manchester United.

We can't wait for tomorrow's interview, when Aguero will likely trot out the line all the new signings are told to say about Mancunians being blues.

Scholes: I Don’t Need Replacing

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After never replacing Roy Keane, Manchester United probably can't afford not to replace Paul Scholes, but there is a possibility of that happening if things remain as they are. Maybe Anderson was seen as a Scholes successor when he was bought four years ago but he hasn't made the grade.

David Gill has admitted we are looking at other players to bring in, with Wesley Sniejder, Samir Nasri and Luka Modric amongst the players who have been linked to the club.

VIDEO: Ando, Park, Berba and Welbeck’s Goals vs MLS All Stars

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"VIDEO: Ando, Park, Berba and Welbeck's Goals vs MLS All Stars" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

LIVE BLOG: MLS All Stars vs UNITED

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Tune in from 1.30am (GMT) for a live blog for a 2am kick-off.

"LIVE BLOG: MLS All Stars vs UNITED" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chicharito Hospitalised With Concussion

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During training at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night, Javier Hernandez suffered mild concussion, ahead of United's friendly clash with the MLS All-Stars.

A club spokeswoman told ManUtd.com: "Chicharito sustained a mild concussion during training last night. We have taken all the necessary precautions, which included an overnight stay in hospital.

Who Are The MLS All Stars 2011?

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Goalkeeper:
Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo) 26 years old. Signed for Danish club Esbjerg when he was 22 years old and spent two years there, but didn't play in any competitive games. Scored a goal from his own half in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Isidro Metapán. He has a dog named Fifa and supports Spurs.

Who Are The MLS All Stars 2011?

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Goalkeeper:
Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo) 26 years old. Signed for Danish club Esbjerg when he was 22 years old and spent two years there, but didn't play in any competitive games. Scored a goal from his own half in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Isidro Metapán. He has a dog named Fifa and supports Spurs.

One More Player – Gill Contradicts Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Manchester United had finished their business for the summer.

"We are not looking at the moment but we are looking at combinations of central midfielders now at the club," he claimed earlier this week, much to the horror of United fans.

Last season, the central midfield was crying out for a new addition, with United resorting to padding the midfield to compensate for the lacking quality.

Berba: Great Quality Doesn’t Require Much Effort

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Dimitar Berbatov was last season's Premier League top scorer, although the 20 league goals he scored weren't enough to even get him a place on the bench for the Champions League final.

Berbatov watched the game from the dressing room, to keep his emotions hidden, something he claims has lead fans to misjudge him over the years.

Berba: Big Step Down After United

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Dimitar Berbatov turned 30 this year and after missing out on the Champions League final squad, looked to be on his way out of the club. However, the Bulgarian has shown his determination to stick at it.

Speaking from the USA tour, Berbatov has reflected on how he would like the fans to remember him.

VIDEO: United Drama

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Congratulations to Ambrose TJ Smith from Cornwall and Ash Blackshaw from Bolton who won copies of this DVD. Available from Amazon from £8.

The winner of the Stone-Dri Newton Heath t-shirt competition is Christian Atkinson from Nottingham.

"VIDEO: United Drama" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Wes: Yorke And Welbeck Advised Sunderland Move

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Much to the disappointment of lots of reds, Wes Brown left the club for Sunderland earlier in the transfer window.

Having played in just seven league games last season, Brown realised it was time for him to move on.

"I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson," said Brown. "I decided it was probably for the best that I moved as it didn't look like I would be playing much this season.

Chicharito: Time To Repay United’s Faith In Me

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Following his Gold Cup success, Javier Hernandez is looking forward to joining up with his Manchester United team mates.

"I've been treated wonderfully in Manchester, and I simply need to repay that faith," said Chicharito. "I had a very good first season and I hope to be able to contribute much more.

Actually, Manchester United have been playing ‘socker’ since at least 1902

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It's sometimes easy to laugh at Yanks. I remember watching a pulsating FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge in 1995 when Manchester United roared into a miraculous 5-0 lead against Chelsea only to concede three goals in the last twenty minutes, leaving them desperate to hang on for the 5-3 win. As the huge crowd drew breath at the end a lone American voice was heard saying, 'Wow, that was some game!

Evra: I’ve Told Nasri How Great United Is

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It's as though Patrice Evra thoroughly enjoys being so widely hated by Arsenal fans, who sing that he's a "cant" every time the two teams mate.
After previously claiming that Samir Nasri needed to join Manchester United if he wanted to win trophies, Evra has again reiterated the fact he has spoken to the players about the benefits of joining our club.

VIDEO: Let’s All Laugh At City – Balotteli At It Again

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"VIDEO: Let's All Laugh At City Balotteli At It Again" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

More Lies From The Troll

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Sir Alex Ferguson explained one of the reasons why Manchester United did offer Carlos Tevez a new contract was the Argentinian's plans to retire from football.

"Tevez told us he was only going to play for four more years," he said. "If we had signed him on a five-year contract knowing that he was going to quit in four, there would have been no re-sale value for us.

Fergie: FA Treat Us Differently

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Following United's 3-1 win over Chicago Fire, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the FA singling our club out when it comes to

In recent years they have banned Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney for three league games following sending offs in a pre-season, banned Rooney for swearing and even charged Ferguson for praising a referee.

Barton: Thanks But No Thanks United

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For some reason, some Sunday papers have linked Manchester United with former City midfielder, Joey Barton.

In response, clearly knowing there's no truth in the story, Barton pledged his loyalty to Newcastle, claiming he would turn a move down.

Barton is currently in England whilst his team mates are on tour because his criminal convictions mean he wasn't granted a visa.

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chichago Fire Fan On Who To Watch Out For

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Ahead of our game this evening, Guillermo Rivera from Chicago Fire Confidential has taken time to answer a few questions for us.

Scott the Red: Are you excited about the game?

Guillermo Rivera: I'm excited about the game because it's an opportunity to have one of the top clubs in the world come into Chicago to play against the local side but the feeling isn't one of a big match since it's really not much more than a warm up for United and an exhibition friendly for the Fire in the middle of the season.

Vida: It’s Nice Training In Peace

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Whilst on tour in America, Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has spoken about the importance of playing these games in preparation for starting the defence of the title next month.

"It is important," Vidic said. "It's nice when we come here, we have great facilities and the peace to train properly.

Rio: I Won’t Lose Place To Smalling Or Jones

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Rio Ferdinand has today claimed that he has no intention of losing his starting place in the team to new signings Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

"I remember what I was like when I was young," said Ferdinand. "I remember looking up at Slaven Bilic, Marc Rieper, Alvin Martin and Steve Potts at West Ham.

Liverpool Reduce United’s Away Allocation

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Liverpool FC have jumped on the bandwagon and plan to reduce the away allocation for United's trip to Anfield next season due to our fans standing.

Last season, 2,948 tickets were given to United fans, but now they plan to give us just 1,965.

Manchester City, Sunderland and Bolton are amongst the clubs to have already reduced our away allocation for persistent standing.

Park Offered Two More Years

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Park Ji-Sung has been offered a new two year contract extension, which would see him in to his eighth year at Manchester United.

"He's been offered a new contract, yes," said Ferguson. "I'm sure he'll sign it. His career at United has been nothing but excellent.

Park: I Don’t Know Why Tevez Left United

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Last week, RoM readers were given the opportunity to think of questions to be asked by Manchester United players whilst on tour in the States, thanks to KCKRS. Unfortunately, at the last minute, there was a change in the people who were going to be interviewed, so I sent over a few questions for the new line-up, including these for Park Ji-Sung.

RoM Reads

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101 Great Goals has footage of our 7-0 win over Seattle Sounders.

Annie Eaves writes for The Mirror about how Carlos Tevez saved the derby.

The Daily Mail reckons Bryan Robson has been in touch with his lawyers after allegations made about him in recent Dispatches programme.

CSN Chicago interviews STR ahead of United's game against Chicago Fire.

Fergie: De Gea Not Guaranteed #1

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Manchester United completed the signing of Spanish U-21 goalkeeper David De Gea last month. He has obviously been seen as the successor to Edwin Van der Sar, but to keep motivation high, Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted there could be a competition for that number 1 shirt.

"Obviously we have signed David de Gea as the main choice I would imagine," said Ferguson.

Young: Delighted To Be Here

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Ashley Young has again reaffirmed his happiness at being a Manchester United player, claiming there were no doubts in his mind over what to do when he heard our club were interested.

"I am just delighted to be here and get myself on the pitch," said Young. "No disrespect for the Villa boys but as soon as I heard of Manchester United's interest, I just wanted to get the deal done and start training.

Diouf: I’m Confident I Can Play For United

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Mame Biram Diouf has been strongly linked with a move away from the club, with Blackpool and Blackburn apparently interested in signing him on a permanent basis.

Diouf joined the club 18 months ago but has spent a whole season on loan at Blackburn, with his highlights including a hattrick against Norwich in the League Cup and scoring against Arsenal in his first start for the club.

VIDEO: United Welcome Family On To Tour Bus

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Fergie: Berba Has Been First Class Since CL Snub

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After missing out on a place on the bench for the European Cup final, despite being the league's top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov confessed he was too upset to leave the dressing room. Whilst there were lots of disappointed players that day, none of them would have been as shocked as Berba was to learn he was missing from the squad.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Seattle Sounders Fan

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Ahead of our game today, Dave Clark from Sounder At Heart has shared his thoughts on Seattle Sounders' chances, their best players and the history of the club.

Scott the Red: Are you excited about the game?

Dave Clark: I'm actually not excited about the game. Friendlies are nice exhibitions and do a decent job of growing the potential fan base here, but I'm a fan of winning trophies (Seattle has two in the last two years) and would rather the organization concentrate on competitive matches while reaching out to people who will actually support a team to which they have local ties rather than one across the pond that happens to be much better, but of little significance locally.

COMPETITION: Win A United T-Shirt

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Stone-Dri's story began in the 1940s when a family of four brothers from Salford began to produced coats and costumes from 95 Broughton Lane, Salford, under the name of ‘Stone-Dri – The Direct Rain Coat Company'.

They manufactured mainly with traditional shower proof fabrics such as, cotton gabardine, poplin, terylene and wool gabardine.

Park Ji-Sung – Manchester United’s Energizer Bunny

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Park Ji-Sung is the most successful Asian player of his generation and arguably of all time, as the South Korean has had a glittering career in Europe with PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, as well as captaining his country. The 30-year-old has played a part in six league title wins, four domestic cup victories and has a Champions League winners medal.

Rio: We Won’t Make Grey Kit Mistake Again

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Last week, RoM readers were given the opportunity to think of questions to be asked by Manchester United players whilst on tour in the States, thanks to KCKRS.

KCKRS: Everyone remembers the grey kits of 95/96, which only lasted a few games. How important is color of the kit to the run of play?

Fergie: Time For United To Benefit From Welbeck And Cleverley

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Tom Cleverley spent last season on loan at Wigan, whilst Danny Welbeck was up in Sunderland, and there have been suggestions that one or both of them may find themselves loaned out again next season.

However, the manager has today claimed they won't be going anywhere next season, as now they are ready to have an impact at United.

STATS: Who Do The Refs Favour? United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or City?

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It is perhaps one of football's most popular myths that Manchester United get help from referees, in the form of anything from the rub of the green to outright corruption. Not only will it be referenced several times throughout the season by rival fans, it has actually entered the mainstream media, with phrases like "that was an Old Trafford decision", "if that was down the other end it was a pen" and "Fergie time" entering the common parlance of footballing punditry.

STATS: Who Do The Refs Favour? United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or City?

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It is perhaps one of football's most popular myths that Manchester United get help from referees, in the form of anything from the rub of the green to outright corruption. Not only will it be referenced several times throughout the season by rival fans, it has actually entered the mainstream media, with phrases like "that was an Old Trafford decision", "if that was down the other end it was a pen" and "Fergie time" entering the common parlance of footballing punditry.

Giggsy For Golden Foot

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Ryan Giggs is one of ten players who has been nominated for the Golden Foot award which is given to players over the age of 29.

Sports journalists from all over the world have shortlisted the ten players and the winner will leave his footprint on Monaco's Champions Promenade 'Walk of Fame'.

Mancini Comments On Nasri Explain Fergie’s Sneijder Stance?

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Despite Manchester United being strongly linked with a move to Wesley Sniejder, Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to play down the story this week. Without point blank claiming that we were not interested, the manager wanted to distance the club from the story.

"The situation is that there is no real interest in Wesley Sneijder at this moment in time for a lot of reasons," Ferguson said.

PICTURES: United On The Way To Seattle

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"PICTURES: United On The Way To Seattle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen: My passion is horses, erm, no, football…

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June 16th 2011
"I have never cried scoring a goal. But racing is my passion. I am so keen. It is one thing to buy a horse at the sales and see it win. It is a different thing entirely to win with a horse bred from an 11-year-old mare who is pretty much a family pet. The kids pat her every morning and love her so much.

United’s Day With Special Olympic Athletes

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On Tuesday, the Manchester United Foundation and Aon joined together to host the first of five football clinics as part of the USA tour. About 30 Aon colleages from the Boston area joined with Manchester United players Jonny Evans, Gabriel Obertan and Anderson, coaches from the Manchester United Soccer School, and representatives from the Manchester United Foundation, including Foundation chief executive John Shiels, in giving approximately 50 Special Olympic athletes from Boston a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

RoM Reads

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Sabotage Times has an interview with STR on the transfer window.

The Guardian reckons Sneijder will help us close the gap on Barcelona.

talkSPORT has footage of a fan showing up at Liverpool pre-season game wearing a United shirt.

The Daily Mail reports on Arsene Wenger's claim that they will win the title soon.

COMPETITION: “United” Busby Babes DVD

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In April, the BBC showed a drama called "United" which was based on the Busby Babes leading up to the Munich Air Disaster.

This will be released on DVD on August 8th and RoM has got two copies of it to give away.

Question: How many league titles did the Busby Babes win before Munich?

Ask Sir Alex, Rio and Evra…

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KCKRS will be speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra at the United kit launch in Seattle this week and have asked the readers of RoM to provide them with some questions.

RoM will send over a selection of questions but you also have the opportunity to send your question directly to KCKRSÂ by following them on Twitter.

Rooney: Young Has Settled In Well

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Ashley Young played his first game for Manchester United last night in our 4-1 win over New England Revolution at the start of our US Tour.

Wayne Rooney has claimed that our new player has settled in well and will help bring more success to the club in the future.

"Ashley has settled in well," said Rooney.

Valencia Misses Out On Pre-Season

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Antonio Valencia has flown back to Manchester to receive treatment and will play no part in our tour of the US.

"Antonio has gone straight back to Manchester," said Ferguson. "He got an injury playing in the first game for Ecuador so he is back in Manchester.

VIDEO: New England Revolution 1–4 United

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First goal: Michael Owen
Second goal: Federico Macheda
Third goal: Federico Macheda
Fourth goal: Park Ji-Sung

Manchester United (4-4-2): Lindegaard; Rafael, Evans, Vidic (Ferdinand, 46), Fabio; Nani (Giggs, 67), Carrick (Park, 75), Anderson (Diouf, 75), Young (Obertan, 67); Berbatov (Macheda, 46), Rooney (Owen, 46).

VIDEO: United At Harvard

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"VIDEO: United At Harvard" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM FF

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This season, RoM have joined up with the Metro's Fantasy Football league.

League Name: Republik of Mancunia
League Pin: 4356

If we can get 100 people to join up, the winner of our league will win £100, so spread the word.

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

RoM Reads

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The Faithful has published STR's article on glory supporters.

The Telegraph reports on Gill staying in Manchester to agree a deal for Sneijder.

The Guardian reports on Rio's happiness with the squad.

The Evening News talks about the real Captain Fantastic, Roy Keane.

ManUtd.

Forever Young – 1993

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1993. The year the youngest of United's squad breathed their first. Paul Pogba, Sam Johnstone and Ravel Morrison are all younger than Dumb and Dumber (the film, not the Arsenal centre-half pairing). If that doesn't make you feel old, stop reading this and go tidy your room I'm not telling you again.

Evans: Challenge What United Is All About

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Despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club, particularly after the arrival of defender Phil Jones, Jonny Evans has claimed he up for the challenge of working for his place in the team.

"I have always thought that being at a club like Manchester United, if you can't accept a challenge of someone wanting your spot, you don't deserve to be here," he said.

Fergie: It’s Difficult Because Inter Refuse To Sell

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"No, these reports are not true," said Ferguson. "Inter refuse to sell him, so it's a difficult situation. We'll see."

"Fergie: It's Difficult Because Inter Refuse To Sell" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Kiko Let’s Sneijder Story Slip?

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GNev: I Hope We Sign Sneijder

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Gary Neville has revealed he hopes Wesley Sneijder joins Manchester United this summer.

Reports from Holland this morning suggest that a deal will be thrashed out between United and Inter Milan this summer, whilst the player today claimed he was happy in Italy, but you never knew what would happen in football.

United In Talks With Inter For Sneijder

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Reports from Holland claim that Manchester United will meet with Inter Milan in the next 48 hours to discuss the transfer fee for Wesley Sneijder.

De Telegraaf claims that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to try and sort out a deal, with an offer of £35m looking like the required sum of money.

United In Talks With Inter For Sneijder

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Reports from Holland claim that Manchester United will meet with Inter Milan in the next 48 hours to discuss the transfer fee for Wesley Sneijder.

De Telegraaf claims that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to try and sort out a deal, with an offer of £35m looking like the required sum of money.

Looking Back – The Rooney Saga

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Being a Manchester United fan has obvious benefits. There's the trophies, the youth system, the stadium, the nice kit, the fact that you'll never struggle to see a game on television, and the lack of managerial turmoil. And the more of this you have, the easier it gets to take it all for granted even those who lived through the barren years will say silly things after a defeat at Anfield or a home draw against relegation fodder.

Looking Back – The Rooney Saga

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Being a Manchester United fan has obvious benefits. There's the trophies, the youth system, the stadium, the nice kit, the fact that you'll never struggle to see a game on television, and the lack of managerial turmoil. And the more of this you have, the easier it gets to take it all for granted even those who lived through the barren years will say silly things after a defeat at Anfield or a home draw against relegation fodder.

Sunderland Fan On O’Shea and Wes Signings

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Whilst still struggling to the cope with the loss of John O'Shea and Wes Brown to Sunderland, we've had a chat with Collin Randall from the excellent Mackem blog, Salut Sunderland, about their new signings.

Scott the Red: Are you pleased with the signings of Wes Brown and John O'Shea?

Tour – Who’s Going and Who’s Left Behind

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Going
Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Rafael, Fabio, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Nani, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Ji-sung Park, Gabriel Obertan
Forwards: Mame Biram Diouf, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Ashley Young.

Chris Smalling Signs New Five Year Deal

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Just a day after selling experienced defenders, Wes Brown and John O'Shea, to Sunderland, Manchester United have confirmed the contract extension of 21-year-old Chris Smalling.

Smalling signed for United 18 months ago and joined the club last summer.

Following the impressive performances from his debut season, the club obviously believe he is worthy of an improved contract, as well as wanting to ward off any interest from elsewhere.

Time To Get A Second Team?

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Not being Irish, I don't really understand the whole "second team" malarky. When Robbie Keane signed for Liverpool, claiming they were his boyhood team, before signing for Celtic, and claiming the same, he was ridiculed on this blog. I, like many, didn't and don't understand how you can support two teams.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph reckons United will wait until August to sign Samir Nasri.

The Guardian say Nasri won't sign a new deal with Arsenal, so will leave on a free next summer if they don't sell him.

Soccerlens takes a look at Modric, Nasri and Sneijder.

A bit late with this one but the Evening News reports on Stretford students honouring Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph reckons United will wait until August to sign Samir Nasri.

The Guardian say Nasri won't sign a new deal with Arsenal, so will leave on a free next summer if they don't sell him.

Soccerlens takes a look at Modric, Nasri and Sneijder.

A bit late with this one but the Evening News reports on Stretford students honouring Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards.

Daniel Taylor On Ravel Morrison, Signing Nasri and The Hairdyer

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RoM: Do you like Fergie?

DT: Well, I'd probably like him more if he re-admitted me to his Friday press conferences! I certainly find him fascinating, I admire his achievements, his longevity, the way he has beaten the system for so long. He's always got an opinion, he's never dull.

Daniel Taylor On Ravel Morrison, Signing Nasri and The Hairdyer

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RoM: Do you like Fergie?

DT: Well, I'd probably like him more if he re-admitted me to his Friday press conferences! I certainly find him fascinating, I admire his achievements, his longevity, the way he has beaten the system for so long. He's always got an opinion, he's never dull.

PICTURE: O’Shea and Brown in Sunderland Kits

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"PICTURE: O'Shea and Brown in Sunderland Kits" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: O’Shea Epitomises United’s Approach

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"John has been an outstanding servant to the club, since he broke into the first team almost a decade ago," Sir Alex told the official site. "His versatility, calmness under pressure and his commitment to the cause at United means that fans will remember him with great affection. John has won so many medals – and has deserved every one of them.

PICTURES: Wes Brown’s United Career

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"PICTURES: Wes Brown's United Career" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Wes: Bruce Deciding Factor In Move

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After securing a four year deal with Sunderland, Wes Brown has explained the reasons behind his move were lack of playing time at Manchester United and the influence of Steve Bruce.

"It was disappointing not to have played as much as I could at Manchester United over the last couple of seasons so just to know that I'll be back in, playing, I'm focusing on that really and looking forward to it," said Wes.

Steve Bruce has sung the praises of new signing Wes Brown, after a four year dea

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Steve Bruce has sung the praises of new signing Wes Brown, after a four year deal was completed today.

"We are delighted to welcome a player of Wes' ability, experience and character to the club," said Bruce. "He has been a fantastic professional for Manchester United through the years and not only will he strengthen our defensive options, he will also bring with him a winning mentality and level of maturity which can only be positive for the players around him.

Fergie: Hard To Let Loyal Servant Wes Leave

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Sir Alex Ferguson has passed on his best wishes to Wes Brown, who has today agreed a four year deal with Sunderland.

"Wes has been a great asset to the club during the most successful period in its history," Ferguson told the club's official website. "He was a product of the youth system and marked himself out from an early age as one of his generation's most natural defenders.

FLASHBACK: He said what? Wesley Brown

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January 4th 2001: "There is no doubt Wes is an outstanding young centre half," said Jaap Stam. "He has pace, is good in the air and is a fantastic tackler. He is as good as any English centre-half in the Premiership, certainly alongside Jon Woodgate and Rio Ferdinand. The way he is playing at the minute, he obviously has a fantastic future ahead of him.

Why We Should Be Gutted To See O’Shea Go

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A few months in to the season, after Rafael da Silva started playing regularly at right back, I was frustrated that the manager had started John O'Shea there for so much of the season. Rafael was great going forward and tenacious in defence, whilst O'Shea just seemed to bumble along, doing his job.

Liverpool Player Adam: I Used To Watch United Home And Away

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At long last, it has been confirmed that Liverpool have signed Charlie Adam from Blackpool.

I wonder if they know he's a United fan?

Ahead of our game against Blackpool at the end of last season, Adam gave an interview which was printed in the matchday programme, claiming he's from a family of United supporters and used to watch us play home and away.

If Rio, Giggs, Tevez and Terry Had Phones Tapped…

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Phone-hacking is wrong. Very wrong. Hopefully those who indulged in it will have plenty of time to think about it at Her Majesty's Pleasure. However, phone-guessing is fine, especially when it's guessing what may be on the answer machines of some of our favourite football characters. So, what news could people in football have been getting this week?

Almost Another Broken Bone For Valencia

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During Ecuador's Copa América match with Paraguay on Sunday, Antonio Valencia hurt the ankle he broke last year. That injury against Celtic kept him out for months last season and there were fears a recurrence had taken place.

Thankfully, Ecuador's team doctor, Tony Ocampo, has today confirmed that Valencia will miss just one game.

Almost Another Broken Bone For Valencia

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During Ecuador's Copa América match with Paraguay on Sunday, Antonio Valencia hurt the ankle he broke last year. That injury against Celtic kept him out for months last season and there were fears a recurrence had taken place.

Thankfully, Ecuador's team doctor, Tony Ocampo, has today confirmed that Valencia will miss just one game.

Evra: Cantona is The King

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Patrice Evra has sung the praises of fellow Frenchmen Eric Cantona, claiming that he paved the way for their other countrymen to join United,

"I already knew Cantona was 'The King', but I really discovered who he was when I arrived here," Evra told the official website. "He is a legend.

Scholes: What’s The Point Of Arsenal’s Football?

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Paul Scholes was one of our few remaining players who was there for the hate-filled contests with Arsenal, back in the days when they used to win things.

He will have particularly painful memories of those winning days, after it was his penalty miss during the FA Cup final in 2005 which saw them collect their last piece of silverware.

Scholes: Rooney Regretted Disrespecting Us

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Nine months ago, Wayne Rooney told the world's press that he had no intention of extending his current deal with Manchester United, which had just over 18 months remaining.

The player knew that United would be forced in to selling him sooner rather than later in order to recoup some of the £27m we spent on him.

Clichy: If You Only Think About Money Then You Join City

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Gael Clichy has today completed a £7m move from Arsenal to Manchester City, after spending eight years with the London club.

After his former former team-mate, Emmanuel Adebayor, made a move to City less than two years ago, Clichy claimed only money hungry players would do the same.

July 25th 2009: "I really believe if you are a player who thinks only about money then you could end up at Manchester City," said Clichy.

Evra On The Curse Of Manchester United

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On Manchester United's trophy tour of Asia, Patrice Evra has told CNN Go that he never gets bored of winning trophies.

"No, that is the curse of Manchester United. It is never enough to win the trophies," he said. "That's why Manchester United is a big club, and we want to stay on the top.

Journo Answers United Fans’ Questions

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Daniel Taylor from The Guardian will be answering your questions on anything to with the club, whether that be new signings, the season ahead, who should the club be looking at etc.

If you want to ask a question, leave it in the comments section below.

"Journo Answers United Fans' Questions" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The United Religion looks at swapping Liverpool for United. The Daily Mail has a

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The United Religion looks at swapping Liverpool for United.

The Daily Mail has a picture of the disgusting new England goalie shirt.

The Mirror reckons United still have a chance of landing Sanchez.

Studs Up is enjoying the women's World Cup.

"" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra On The Curse Of Manchester United

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On Manchester United's trophy tour of Asia, Patrice Evra has told CNN Go that he never gets bored of winning trophies.

"No, that is the curse of Manchester United. It is never enough to win the trophies," he said. "That's why Manchester United is a big club, and we want to stay on the top.