Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

Rooney: Staying At United Was Best Decision I’ve Made

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Ten months ago, Wayne Rooney stunned United fans by claiming he wasn't prepared to sign a new contract. After spending the previous six years kissing our badge and pledging his career to the club, nobody could have predicted the predicament he would leave us in. With just 18 months remaining on his contract, we were faced with the prospect of selling him in the January transfer window, just so we could make more money on him, than if we kept him until the end of the season.

PICTURE: Hargreaves Has City Medical

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Reports today claim that Owen Hargreaves is on the brink of signing for Manchester City after spending three hours at Bridgewater Hospital earlier today.

Hargreaves recently revealed that he offered to play for United for free this season but the club declined. However, he said he was in great shape and ready to make 40 appearances for a club this season.

RoM Reads

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ESPN has an article on the pain that comes with supporting United.

The Telegraph sings the praises of Tom Cleverley.

MUFCInfo has the stats in light of our game against Arsenal.

The Guardian sings the praises of Wayne Rooney.

Gary Neville writes for The Daily Mail about how we used to bully Arsenal.

How Do Benfica Get Away With Charging So Much?

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Away tickets for United's Champions League group stage game against Benfica have gone on sale, with the tickets available going for £41 and £91.

When you consider they have something called a Red Pass, their season ticket, which costs just £83 and works out at £5.50 a game, you wonder how they can get away with charging our lot so much.

Van Persie: United Were Missing Players Too

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Any attempt from Arsenal fans to deflect yesterday's humiliating defeat by pointing to their injured and suspended players has been dismissed by captain Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman, whose penalty was saved by David De Gea at 1-0, has reminded people that United were also missing players.

Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Rafael Da Silva and Antonio Valencia were all missing for United.

The Big Mistake: Aaron Ramsey’s Timeline

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Three years ago, Aaron Ramsey turned down the opportunity to play for Manchester United so that he could sign for Arsenal. With United's young team earning lots of praise this season whilst Arsenal don't have an awful lot to be happy about, let's look in detail at how Ramsey's career has gone since turning us down.

Was Arsenal Support Really Worthy Of A Freebie?

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Arsenal FC have today confirmed that they will cover the cost of one away game for the fans who travelled to Old Trafford yesterday.

After a quiet first half, Arsenal fans sang "we love you Arsenal, we do" repeatedly for a good ten or fifteen minutes in the second half, once the game was beyond them.

PICTURE: How Did Arshavin Not Get Sent Off?

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As well as these two challenges, Andrei Arshavin was guilty of a deliberate handball, yet Howard Webb saw it fit just to dish out on yellow card. You will obviously find this all the more surprising, considering we're told this ref is a red. Hmmm. Weird.

"PICTURE: How Did Arshavin Not Get Sent Off?

Quick Reactions To Victory Over Arsenal…

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1. You don't forget days like this in a hurry. United could beat any side 8-2 and I'd be buzzing but to beat Arsenal? Beautiful football playing Arsenal? Wow. I'd love a result like this over Liverpool or City, obviously, but after our proper rivals, getting to absolutely thrash Arsenal is as good as it gets.

Lindegaard: Not Arrogant, Just Better

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Following Manchester United's incredible 8-2 win over Arsenal, Ander Lindegaard, who was on the bench for today's game, was quick to give his thoughts on the result.

"Lindegaard: Not Arrogant, Just Better" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Welbeck, Rooney, Young, Nani and Park Goals vs Arsenal

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"VIDEO: Welbeck, Rooney, Young, Nani and Park Goals vs Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: No Way Are We Selling Berba

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With Dimitar Berbatov seemingly behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in pecking order, there have been suggestions that the Bulgarian will be on his way out of the club this summer.

Berbatov has just one year remaining on his current deal, with the option for the club to extend it by one year.

Fergie: United Would Never Do An Arsenal

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Since Sir Alex Ferguson won his first trophy with United, 21 years ago, he has gone just three seasons without winning something, and never in consecutive seasons.

Our opponents today, Arsenal, last won a trophy in 2005, with sections of their fan base now turning at their manager, who stubbornly seems to get about his business without spending, despite the board repeatedly claiming there is money available.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Arsenal…

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United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford this afternoon when the clubs are further apart than they've been in years. Having just sold Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, drawing and losing their opening two games, and struggling to qualify for the Champions League group stages, Arsenal look like a spent force.

Chicharito: It’s Great To Be Back

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After being ruled out of Manchester United's pre-season following concussion, Javier Hernandez played with the team again as a second half sub against Tottenham Hotspur.

"It was great to play again, unbelievable," Chicharito told MUTV. "I had one month off after the Gold Cup, and then the thing happened with my head, so it was two months without games.

Bring On Leeds!

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Manchester United have been drawn against Leeds United in the 3rd Round of the League Cup. The last time the teams faced each other was in the FA Cup the season before last, with our hated rivals leaving with a 1-0 win. They brought out t-shirts to mark the momentous occasion, replacing the "0″ with their own club badge.

Manchester United Betting Preview: Rooney to score against Arsenal?

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The only problem facing the gaffer in United's game with Arsenal is which side to put out to beat the Gunners once again. United have won five of their last six meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford, and look sure to have too much firepower for the Londoners to handle.

As usual Wayne Rooney will be the first name to go down on the starting 11 sheet, but who will partner him up front is the big question.

Hargreaves: I Cried After Last Game For United. It’s A Wonderful Club.

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Owen Hargreaves has given a frank interview today in The Daily Mail where he discusses his injury hell as well as his hopes for the future. He doesn't have an agent and offered to play for United for free this season, showing the measure of the man, and sadly, making his story all the more heart breaking.

Injury Update: Fletch, Vidic, Rio and Valencia

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Sir Alex Ferguson has given us an injury update ahead of our game against Arsenal at the weekend.

"Fletcher is in the squad," said Ferguson. "He is back now. He's had a terrible time but now he's looking terrific and he'll be in the squad for Sunday."

Rio Ferdinand is back in training following a hamstring injury and Antonio Valencia is training well after an ankle injury.

PICTURE: City’s Badge Kissers

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Pull The Other One, Samir

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Samir Nasri has astonishingly claimed that he turned down the Champions to sign for Manchester City, which is interesting, considering United didn't bid for the player.

"I did not see myself leaving England. The question arose of whether to go to United or City," said Nasri. "But I prefer to make history with a club, rather than be just one player among the rest.

Ferguson: FA Treat Us Like S**t

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Sir Alex Ferguson has had a pop at the FA for the repeated double standards they show towards our club. Time and again our players and manager are made an example of, receiving harsher punishments for identical crimes as managers and players from other teams.

Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Chris Smalling have all been called up to the provisional squad to face Bulgaria and Wales in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, much to the delight of the manager.

LIVE: United’s CL Group Draw – Benfica, FC Basel and Otelul Galati

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Group A
Bayern Munich
Villarreal
City
Napoli

Group B
Inter Milan
CSKA Moscow
Lille
Trabzonspor

Group C
Manchester United
Benfica
FC Basel
Otelul Galati

Group D
Real Madrid
Lyon
Ajax
Dinamo Zagreb

Group E
Chelsea
Valencia
Bayer Leverkusen
KRC Genk

Group F
Arsenal
Marseille
Olympiakos
Borussia Dortmund

Group G
FC Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk
Zenit St Petersburg
APOEL Nicosia

Group H
Barcelona
AC Milan
Bate Borisov
Viktoria Plzen

POT 1: United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan.

Everything You Need To Know About United’s CL Group

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Benfica Portugal
Last season: 2nd in the league, 21 points behind Porto. Semi-finals of Europa League. Winners of the League Cup.
This season: 3rd out of 16. 2 points behind the leaders.
Last season's top scorers: Javier Saviola (9) and Óscar Cardozo (9).
European success: 2 European Cups (1961 and 1962).

LIVE: United’s CL Group Draw

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POT 1: United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan

POT 2: AC Milan, Lyon, Shakthar Donetsk, Valencia, Benfica, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow and Marseille

POT 3: Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, Leverkusen, Olympiakos, Lille, Basle, BATE Borisov and City

POT 4: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Dinamo Zagreb, APOEL Nicosia, Genk, Viktoria Plzen, Otelul Galati and Trabzonspor

"LIVE: United's CL Group Draw" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

BBC and Fergie

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After going seven years without speaking to the BBC, Sir Alex Ferguson has now put an end to the boycott and will replace Mike Phelan as the voice of Manchester United on MOTD.

"Sir Alex and the BBC have put behind them the difficulties which led to Sir Alex feeling unable to appear on BBC programmes.

Time To Replace Brick Wall With Youth?

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It's easy for football fans to get carried away when their team or individual players are doing well. It's just as easy for fans to lose all faith as soon as a rough patch comes along, forgetting all the superfluous praise being heaped on a week or two before after a fancy bit of football or a great result.

RoM Reads

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Surreal Football looks at the greatest ever football XI with Roy Keane as captain.

The Mirror writes about Danny Welbeck coming of age.

Dear Mr Levy reflects on United's victory over Spurs.

The Telegraph looks at how successful United have been with loaning out youngsters.

F365's Mediawatch laughs at City.

STATS: Best Value For Money In Manchester

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Source: VoucherCodes.co.uk

"STATS: Best Value For Money In Manchester" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Who’s Trying To Buy The Title? United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Blackburn, City?

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1992-93: Blackburn £8.11m (4th); ­champions Manchester United £2.3m.

1993-94: Blackburn £8.65m (2nd); champions Manchester United £3.75m.

1994-95: Everton £10.9m (15th); champions ­Blackburn £6.8m.

1995-96: Newcastle £14.

PICTURE: Kissy Kissy

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Diego Maradona kisses the Argentina shirt after reaching the final of Italia 90. 20 years later, he went on to manage Argentina and told the press to suck his dick after qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa.

After joining the club from Juventus months earlier, Attilio Lombardo was seen kissing the Crystal Palace shirt during a 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Smalling: I’m Excited To Be A Part Of United Future

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Following a great performance at right back in our 3-0 victory over Spurs, Chris Smalling has said he's excited about the future of this young team. Playing alongside England U-21 team mates Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, as well as 20-year-old De Gea and 23-year-old Evans, Smalling reckons our performance should make people excited for the future, when their potential is fulfilled.

Welbeck: Best Feeling For Manc Kid Is Scoring For United

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Following Danny Welbeck's goal against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, our striker from Longsight said that scoring for United is something Mancunian lads dream of.

"There is no better feeling for a Manc kid than scoring for United," he said. "I want more of it."

He was set up for the goal by Tom Cleverley, who he plays alongside for the England U-21s as well as United, and the understanding they've had allowed him to know where he needed to be to score.

What Does This Say About Arsenal’s Ambition?

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This country's press hailed the decline of Manchester United in 2005. We had last won the league in 2003, won the FA Cup in 2004, but then finished 3rd and empty handed. Whilst the more optimistic amongst us claimed we were just in transition, with Sir Alex Ferguson rebuilding our next title winning team.

Which Former United Academy Boys Are In The PL This Season?

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Chris Eagles Bolton
Total appearances: 17
He joined United's academy when he was 14 years old and left the club for Burnley when he was 22. He made his début when he was 17-years-old in the League Cup against Leeds. He spent time on loan at Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen.

Which Former United Academy Boys Are In The PL This Season?

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Chris Eagles Bolton
Total appearances: 17
He joined United's academy when he was 14 years old and left the club for Burnley when he was 22. He made his début when he was 17-years-old in the League Cup against Leeds. He spent time on loan at Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen.

VIDEO: Welbeck, Anderson and Rooney goals vs Spurs

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Spurs…

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Spurs…

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"Ahead Of Our Game Against Spurs..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Keep This Man Away From Old Trafford

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When the trademarked Special One was at Chelsea, I was an advocate of him. No doubt he brought something interesting to the table that other foreign managers simply don't. Wenger, Benitez and the rest are generally as dull as dishwater. And as much as we already had cause to dislike him for his hop, skip and a jump down the Old Trafford touchline after being robbed by his lucky Porto side, there was always that respect factor for a man that was achieving trophy hauls in what appeared to be a new manner.

Keep This Man Away From Old Trafford

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When the trademarked Special One was at Chelsea, I was an advocate of him. No doubt he brought something interesting to the table that other foreign managers simply don't. Wenger, Benitez and the rest are generally as dull as dishwater. And as much as we already had cause to dislike him for his hop, skip and a jump down the Old Trafford touchline after being robbed by his lucky Porto side, there was always that respect factor for a man that was achieving trophy hauls in what appeared to be a new manner.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has more on the Glazers' flotation plans.

Stretford End looks at Jonny Evans' future with the club.

The Mirror reports that Nasri had his heart set on United.

The Guardian tests your knowledge of Tom Cleverley.

The Independent looks at the worst excuses given in sport.

Breaking: United Apply For Singapore Stock Exchange

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As was rumoured earlier this week, it looks as though the Glazers are prepared to float on the Singapore stock exchange.

United have lodged a listing application and the share sell off could be complete by the end of the year.

The money raised by selling off this chunk of the club could then be used to pay off the PIKs, reducing the club's debt.

RoM Reads

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The United Religion looks at what position Fabio should play in.

The Sun claims Wesley Sneijder is ready to take a pay cut to join United.

The Guardian reports on the possibility of United's partial flotation on the Singapore stock exchange.

Red Flag Flying high reports on the false claims made about Cleverley in yesterday's papers.

Desperately Seeking De Gea – How Fans Tie The Noose So Very Quickly

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So 90 minutes into his Manchester United career, young Spanish goalkeeping wonderkid David De Gea has ended his spell as MUFC's number one.

At least that's what some fans would have you believe.

Never before has the word ‘howler' been used out of context in such a short space of time.

VIDEO: Rooney and Young Goals vs West Brom

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INTERVIEW: Telegraph’s Mark Ogden On Sneijder, Fergie Press Conferences and Morrison

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WBA v Manchester United in 1961, when ‘kicking-off’ meant something different

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'There are so many very unhappy people around..' my wife said , her voice tailing off despondently as we watched the TV coverage this week of rioting, looting and arson wrecking lives and destroying communities. As Hilary and I tried to make sense of it all, our mood swung wildly from anger at the wanton nature of the destruction to despair at the social alienation these tragic events signified.

INTERVIEW: Telegraph’s Mark Ogden On United

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wolves Fan On Relegation Battles, O’Hara and McCarthy

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In our final View from the Enemy preview, David Johnston from the Wolves Offside blog has talked to us about his hopes for Wolves this season.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

David Johnston: I think in the first two seasons in the top flight the target has to be survival.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan Fan On Cleverley, Survival and Rooney’s Elbow

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Alan from This Northern Soul has talked in detail about Wigan's hopes and aspirations for this season after retaining their place in the Premier League for yet another year.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Alan: After six (yes six, count them) full seasons in the Premier League we would have ideally progressed from perennial relegation battlers to.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Swansea Fan On Representing Wales, Sinclair and Relegation

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Our first chat with one of the Premier League newbies, Swansea fan Chris Carra, from Forza Swansea, has spoken about his hopes for the season ahead.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Chris Carra: Yes, Swansea had their bad periods and dips in form, but overall delivered an exciting, fluid footballing experience, with promotion as their deserved reward!

Evra: United The Best In The Country

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Patrice Evra fancies United to win a fifth title in six years this season, claiming that Chelsea will be our closet rivals.

"In my mind Manchester United are the best team in the country and then it is Chelsea," he said. "City have spent a lot of money but with that comes a pressure and how they will cope with that I do not know.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs Fan On Keeping Modric, Redknapp and Berba

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Tottenham Hotspur, the team United love to play. Spooky from the excellent Spurs blog, Dear Mr Levy, has spoken to us about his hopes for the season ahead, including finally getting a result against United.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your Spurs' performance last season?

Spooky: Yes and no.

Park: I’ve Enjoyed Every Minute At United

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Park Ji-Sung has put an end to any rumours linking him with a move away from the club after signing a new two year deal.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time at United," said Park. "I'm delighted to be part of the club during this latest stage in its history with another exciting young team being built.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland Fan On

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Colin Randall from Salut! Sunderland, who we've talked to plenty of times before when yet another United player signs for his club, has spoken to us about hopes for next season after all their spending.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with Sunderland's performance last season?

Colin Randall: Pleased until the drubbing at St James' Park, ecstatic after Stamford Bridge, despondent during the slump, moderately satisfied with 10th finish.

RoM Reads

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RoM talks to The Metro and ITV about United's chances.

The Independent reports that the Sneijder deal is dead.

The Mirror reports that West Brom have offered Owen Hargreaves a contract.

The Guardian looks at the top six prospects for the title.

The first newsletter of the season is upon us.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Stoke Fan On Wembley, Shawcross and Transfers

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Our next View from the Enemy on our final day is with Jon Owen from Why Delilah who has spoken to us about the highs and lows of last season.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

John Owen: Very. It was disappointing not to finish in the top half, but it was another season of progress for us.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Newcastle Fan On

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On our final day of View from the Enemy, Ed Harrison from the NUFC Blog has shared stories about their hated owner and transfer woes.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Ed Harrison: Yes, Newcastle did very well and but for a last minute equalizer in the last game against WBA, then Newcastle would have finished in 9th place, but 12th place was good, when the primary goal was just survival.

VIDEO: Vida’s Exclusive Interview With CNN

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Vida: I’ll Fight To Keep My United Place

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Nemanja Vidic, who turns 30 this season, has claimed he's as hungry as ever to win trophies, particularly the FA Cup which is missing from his collection. Speaking to CNN World Sport, our captain has claimed that if he doesn't perform, there will be players ready to take his spot in the team. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans will all be waiting for their opportunity and are all desperate to prove themselves, which should keep Vida on his toes.

Berba: I’m Always Ready To Entertain

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Last season's top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, has claimed that whenever he plays football, he plays with the aim to entertain.

"I'm always ready to entertain," he told MUTV. "It's because when I watch a game, I don't want to see people falling asleep during it. Even if I watch a game, if it's boring for me, it doesn't matter if it's Real Madrid, Barcelona or some other big club playing, I just switch off the TV.

Vida: Song Helps With Hard Man Rep

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"Nemanja, wooah, Nemanja, wooah, he comes from Serbia, he'll fucking murder ya!" is the song you'll hear loudly whenever Vidic goes in hard on a player. Vidic seems to play without fear and will put his head, body (or arm) in the way of anything to protect the goal.

Speaking with CNN World Sport, Vidic has shrugged off talk of him being a hard man, claiming the song helps his reputation, but is aware of how tough you have to be to succeed in this league.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On FFP, Tevez and Winning The League

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Steven McInerney from the impressive City blog, In Esteemed Kompany, has had a chat with us about his aspirations for the season ahead, as well as looking back at the success of last season.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Steven McInerney: Of course it was a fantastic year for us.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Liverpool Fan

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Given how unpopular this blog is with Liverpool fans, I thought I was going to struggle to find a scouser to do our View from the Enemy section. Fortunately, Rob Marrs, who is behind the excellent football (not LFC) blog, Left Back In The Changing Room, has agreed to talk to us about the pain of our 19th title and how much Liverpool have spent.

Terry: United Set The Benchmark

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After finishing 9 points behind United and losing out on the title for the fourth time in the past five years, Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed the hurt inflicted by our success.

"We all see the quality they have got, the hunger they have still got and the manager has," said Terry.

Eriksen: I’m Happy At Ajax For Now

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Christian Eriksen, the highly rated 19-year-old Danish international, has been linked with a whole host of top clubs across Europe, with United and Real Madrid supposedly keen to land his signature.

The playmaker's agent claimed that he turned down an offer from Manchester City, whilst the player himself played down talk of a move to Liverpool.

Welbeck: Hopefully Fergie Will Keep Picking Me

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Danny Welbeck put in a good shift against Manchester City during the weekend's Community Shield game. With Chicharito out of the team whilst he recovers from a busy summer and concussion, Welbeck was preferred to Dimitar Berbatov to start alongside Wayne Rooney.

Ahead of the start of the season, Welbeck is hoping to push on from his loan spell away at Sunderland and earn himself a regular place in United's starting team.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Fulham Fan On MJ Statue, Hughes and Nani

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Our first View from the Enemy of the day is from Kris Balkin from Cottagers Confidential, who has shed some light on that awful Michael Jackson statue and Mark Hughes' ridiculous departure.

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your Fulham's performance last season?

Kris Balkin: More than.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea Fan On Channel 5, Modric

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Over the years, RoM has had many a chat with Chelsea Den from The Chelsea Blog in the lead up to match days and season. This year, we get to hear about the hopes for the latest Chelsea manager, what went wrong last season and United's best players.

Scott the Red: So, after spending periods of the season in fifth before pulling it back to just nine points behind us, were you happy with your team's performance last season?

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Blackburn Fan On Phil Jones, Sankys and Kean

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We won our record breaking 19th title at Ewood Park last season, thanks to a penalty scored by Wayne Rooney. Blackburn manager Steve Kean came under some criticism for allowing his team to watch United pass the ball around our half for the last five minutes or more. Joe Ainscough, who writes for Vital Blackburn and has his own blog, The Rovers Report, has reflected on last season under Kean, pondered on the future, and discussed in detail the quality we have in new signing Phil Jones.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph sings the praises of Tom Cleverley.

The Mirror claim Sneijder's deal to United will be confirmed in the next two days.

Alan Hansen predicts in The Telegraph that United will win the league.

The Daily Mail reports on Laurent Blanc's claims that Nasri should leave Arsenal.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Bolton Fan On Sturridge, Holden’s Injury and Cleverley

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Continuing on with our View From The Enemy series, Chris Mann from Bolton blog Burden Aces has spoken to us about

Scott the Red: Were you happy with your team's performance last season?

Chris Mann: Up until the end of March, we had spent the whole season inside the top eight and then, all of a sudden, things just fell apart.

Remembering Dave Gaskell and the best save seen from a United goalie

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There can be few more thrilling experiences than watching Manchester United come from being two goals behind at Wembley to beat 'noisy neighbours' Manchester City 3-2 with a last minute winner in the Community Shield. However much City may now try to dismiss the occasion as simply a 'pre-season warm up' it's still a terrific feeling to see so many United youngsters rising to the occasion in classic Busby Babes' style, all those players like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, each giving hope that another generation of 'kids' is coming through at Old Trafford.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Villa Fan On Young, McLeish and Smalling

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Following this morning's chat about Arsenal's season, we're now taking a look at Aston Villa's, with Damian Dugdale from The Villa Blog. With Villa replacing Gerard Houllier with Alex McLeish, who has relegated hated rivals Birmingham twice, there's maybe not an awful lot to be happy about if you're a Villa fan at the moment.

PICTURE: Obertan With Newcastle Shirt

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Obertan: I Left United To Play Games

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After sealing a five year deal with Newcastle, Gabriel Obertan has spoken about the seasons why he left Manchester United.

The Frenchman joined United two years ago for £3m, much to the surprise of his manager, Laurent Blanc, who didn't think he was good enough for us.

He's played just 28 games in all competitions in the past two seasons and despite showing some potential, isn't prepared to bide his time to see if he makes the first team.

Young: I Am At The Biggest Club In The World

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Born and raised just outside of London, Ashley Young has today revealed that Arsenal's Ian Wright was his boyhood hero. However, despite any possible aspirations of emulating his idol's career, Young confirms that most lads his age grew up wanting to play for Manchester United.

"Ian Wright was my hero," said Young.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Arsenal Fan On Bottling It, Fabregas and Finishing Fourth

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It's that time of year again. The new season is upon us. RoM has asked several top club bloggers to answer questions about the season ahead.

We kick off with Arse Blog, arguably the best club blog on the internet, to talk about Arsenal's incredible ability to bottle it year on year, whether Arsene Wenger is the right man to turn things around and whether Fabregas should stay.

Manchester United much closer to their 20th title than Liverpool are to their 19th

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After capturing their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, Manchester United are hotly tipped to lift the trophy again in the 2011/12 season (hey, even the Guardian hacks agree now).

The talent is certainly there, as along with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Nani, and Chicharito, the defending champions have spent 50m on summer reinforcements (with more to come?

Quick Reactions To Community Shield Victory…

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1. The Community Shield is preparation for the season, it's not a big deal. Had City won it, I'm side they'd refer to themselves as Community Shield champions but let's not pretend it's a big deal because we won. However, derby day is derby day and I'd enjoy watching our lads beat them at tiddlywinks so it's nice to get a win against them at Wembley.

Quick Reactions To Community Shield Victory…

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1. The Community Shield is preparation for the season, it's not a big deal. Had City won it, I'm side they'd refer to themselves as Community Shield champions but let's not pretend it's a big deal because we won. However, derby day is derby day and I'd enjoy watching our lads beat them at tiddlywinks so it's nice to get a win against them at Wembley.

Ahead of the Community Shield…

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It's always nice to get a result over your rivals but like every year, this is no more than good preparation for the season. After beating Barcelona in the USA and going unbeaten during our pre-season tour, we'd all enjoy getting a win over City too, no doubt.

No Carrick, Fletcher or Chicharito for United.

Berbatov – If you love him, let him go

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When the rumour that Berbatov's departure from Old Trafford was imminent took flight, we witnessed perhaps the biggest love-in that the striker has had since he joined the club. It was so great that you wondered whether Berbatov had hauled us to the title single-handedly, and felt a bit sorry for James Collins.

The Guardian Writers Ruin My Fun

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Year after year, The Guardian writers predict any team but Manchester United will win the league, which means every year I get to write an article ripping them apart. It was most enjoyable when they believed that Luiz Scolari's Chelsea would pip us to the title, only for him to get sacked in February when four points behind United despite playing two games more, and United going on to win the league.

The Guardian Writers Ruin My Fun

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Year after year, The Guardian writers predict any team but Manchester United will win the league, which means every year I get to write an article ripping them apart. It was most enjoyable when they believed that Luiz Scolari's Chelsea would pip us to the title, only for him to get sacked in February when four points behind United despite playing two games more, and United going on to win the league.

Who’s Playing In Scholes’ Testimonial?

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United (from): De Gea, Kuszczak, Lindegaard, Amos; Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Rafael, Evans; Anderson, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Young, Fletcher, Valencia, Obertan, Gibson, Cleverley, Pogba, Norwood, Morrison; Owen, Berbatov, Rooney, Welbeck, Macheda, Diouf.

PICTURE: Cantona Shows Up Balotelli And Tevez

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VIDEO: Scholes’ Passing

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Jones: I’m A Defender, Not A Midfielder

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Manchester United's £16m bid for Blackburn's Phil Jones came as a surprise to most fans as there were far more pressing transfer concerns that needed to be addressed. Clearly the attention from all the other top clubs forced United's hand, with Jones a player they were keeping an eye on to sign in the future.

VIDEO: VDS Dream Team 2-1 Ajax

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In Edwin Van der Sar's testimonial last night his Dream Team beat Ajax 2-1, with Louis Saha and Dennis Bergkamp scoring.

Dream Team: Edwin Van Der Sar, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst, Gary Neville, Andre Ooijer, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Phillip Cocu, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Boudewij Zenden, Dirk Kuyt, Dennis Bergkamp, Alessandro Del Piero, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha.

PICTURE: Mosaic For Scholes Testimonial

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Paul Scholes approached Stretford End Flags about designing a mosaic for his own testimonial. They canvassed United fans' ideas and from those submitted a design was presented to Paul. The SEF mosaic will go all along North Stand Lower and the 18,000 cards will make up an image of Paul's face, along with the wording "GENIUS", with a faint number 18 outlining the IU to reflect Paul's shirt number.

PICTURE: Scholes Best Moment On Paint

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Congratulations to Jennifer Rix from Bury who has won two tickets to the sold out Paul Scholes' testimonial tomorrow.

"PICTURE: Scholes Best Moment On Paint" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Cantona: Can’t Understand Why Tevez Doesn’t Like Manchester

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Manchester City captain, Carlos Tevez, has repeatedly criticised our city since signing for the blues. He won't be taking part in this weekend's Charity Shield, having been given extended leave by his club.

"There's nothing to do in Manchester," Tevez recently said. "There's two restaurants and everything's small.

VIDEO: Fergie Tells Bob Cass To…

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Sir Alex Ferguson has a row with The Daily Mail journalist, Bob Cass, after he printed off the record comments by the manager about Wesley Sneijder.

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PICTURES: Scholes Best Moment On Paint Runners Up

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The runners up for the competition to draw Paul Scholes' best moment are Oliver Dale from Irlam and Ryan Marsden from Droylsden.

Prizes will be in the post for them. The winner of the Scholes' testimonial tickets will be announced later.

"PICTURES: Scholes Best Moment On Paint Runners Up" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sneijder Bid Accepted? Berba To PSG?

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The Mirror has today reported that Inter Milan have accepted a bid in excess of £30m for Wesley Sneijder.

They have also claimed that PSG are prepared to pay £18m for Dimitar Berbatov.

"Sneijder Bid Accepted? Berba To PSG?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Valencia Signs Four Year Deal

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It has been confirmed today that Antonio Valencia has put pen to paper on a new four year deal with the club.

"Valencia Signs Four Year Deal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

What Does Victory Over Barcelona Mean?

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Last night, Manchester United made it five wins out of five from the pre-season tour, beating Barcelona 2-1 in Washington. Whilst you can't read too much in to results from a pre-season, like Liverpool fans would tell you after the batterings they received off Hull and Galatasary, it's good to see United playing well and scoring so freely.

WIN Two Tickets To Scholes’ Testimonial

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We've got two tickets for Paul Scholes' testimonial to give away with seats just three rows from the pitch. The testimonial takes place this Friday so obviously only enter if you are able to attend the game. To win the tickets, you have to e-mail your favourite Scholes moment, illustrated on Paint.