Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2011

VIDEO: Stars and Strikes

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"VIDEO: Stars and Strikes" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Honour To Captain United

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that after wearing the captain's armband on occasion, he would love to be named the permanent captain of United and England. Sir Alex Ferguson singled out Rooney as a future captain a couple of years ago, although this is probably fairly unlikely given his behaviour last October.

Park: Goals Against Chelsea And Liverpool The Best

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Park Ji-Sung has a reputation for showing up in the big games, scoring important goals against tough opposition.

Last season, he scored the winning goal against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final, moments after Didier Drogba had brought the opposition level.

However, Park believes it is his goal from the season before against Liverpool, where United came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1, which is his best for the club.

Injury Update: Rooney, Vidic, Chicharito, Cleverley, Smalling, Evans…

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will be fit to face Norwich tomorrow.

He has also given expected come back dates for longer term injuries, Vidic and Cleverley.

"Wayne and Hernandez should be fit for tomorrow," Ferguson said. "They've been training very well so I'm pleased.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden writes a great article in The Telegraph comparing how City's reaction to Tevez with United's reaction to Rooney.

The Guardian reckons Phil Jones still has a lot to learn.

United Rant looks at Ferguson's comments about TV schedules and money.

Left Back In The Changing Room talks about Dimitar Berbatov's current situation with the club.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XIX

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During Manchester City's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, Carlos Tevez refused to be substituted on.

Following the game, Roberto Mancini claimed he hopes the Argentinian never plays for him again, insisting that players at big clubs like Manchester United would never behave in this way.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XIX

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During Manchester City's 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, Carlos Tevez refused to be substituted on.

Following the game, Roberto Mancini claimed he hopes the Argentinian never plays for him again, insisting that players at big clubs like Manchester United would never behave in this way.

VIDEO: Welbeck and Young Goals vs Basle

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"VIDEO: Welbeck and Young Goals vs Basle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Basle

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Fabio Jones Ferdinand Evra
Carrick Anderson Giggs
Valencia Welbeck Young

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Basle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where Can You Watch City In Manchester Tonight?

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Some Manchester City fans are still intent on pushing the "Manchester is blue" myth to anyone who will listen, despite compelling evidence to the contrary. United have had higher attendances than City every single season since the 1940s, regardless of which club was the most successful at the times.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail reports on Sir Alex Ferguson's soft side.

The Faithful MUFC wonders whether Phil Jones should be our midfield man.

MUFC Info has the stats ahead of tonight's game against Basle.

Surreal Football pays tribute to Eric Cantona.

The Guardian gallery laughs at Fernando Torres' miss.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail reports on Sir Alex Ferguson's soft side.

The Faithful MUFC wonders whether Phil Jones should be our midfield man.

MUFC Info has the stats ahead of tonight's game against Basle.

Surreal Football pays tribute to Eric Cantona.

The Guardian gallery laughs at Fernando Torres' miss.

Reactions To Draw With Stoke…

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1. After making a better start to the season than Sir Alex Ferguson has ever managed with Manchester United, we dropped our first points on Saturday evening. Based on the performance, we can have no complaints. We didn't create enough opportunities to score and didn't deal with the Freak well enough for a cross.

Owen: I Could Have Earned Lots More Elsewhere

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Michael Owen has dismissed moronic claims that he joined Manchester United for the money, despite signing on a pay per play deal following an injury ridden time in the North East.

"It's obvious I've had a good career and earned money," said Owen. "The last thing I thought I'd be accused of by going to Manchester United was doing it for money.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Stoke…

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This season has started ridiculously well and you start to wonder whether it's too good to be true. Five wins in five, despite being presented with a tricky start fixture wise, is a great achievement for the team.

After the standard of our football getting increasingly worse over the past couple of seasons, dragging ourselves through away games and putting ourselves in difficult situations on the road, we're blowing teams away this season.

All You Need To Know About League Cup Opponents

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Manchester United have been drawn against Aldershot Town, in the fourth round of the League Cup, after beating Leeds United 3-0 earlier this week.

Founded: 1992 (replacing debt ridden Aldershot FC who were founded in 1926)
Division: League Two
Last season: 14th in League Two
Current season: 11th in League Two
Stadium: Recreation Ground (7,100 capacity)
Manager: Dean Holdsworth (35% win record)
Highest finish: 6th in League Two (2009-2010)

"All You Need To Know About League Cup Opponents" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Mirror reports on Rooney's clams that his good form is down to his hair.

The Daily Mail talks about Nani's dream to be the best in the world.

The Telegraph reports on Chicharito's return from injury.

Left Back In The Changing Room talks about Torres' miss.

Dirty Tackle has footage of Maradona kicking a fan at his new club.

United Disappointed With Hargreaves’ Invalid Comments

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The club has released a statement in response to the remarks made by Owen Hargreaves this week:

Manchester United is disappointed with Owen Hargreaves' remarks after the game on Wednesday. The Club gave him the best possible care for three years and is as disappointed as anyone he was not able to play a part in the team's success at that time.

Betting: Rooney to score first against Stoke

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Javier Hernandez is fit to face Stoke at the Britannia this weekend, and that's the last news that the Potters would have wanted.

Chicarito has scored three goals in two appearances against them and netted in the 27th minutes in both games.

He was lucky to escape serious injury following Ashley Cole's horror tackle in United's 3-1 defeat of Chelsea, and it was terrific news when the gaffer revealed on Thursday that he was available for this game.

Hargreaves Becomes Fully-Fledged Villain

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Days before signing for Manchester City, Owen Hargreaves claimed that he had offered to play for United for free, only to be told he was no longer required by the champions.

"I don't blame them for letting me go. I can understand it," he said. "There comes a point when you have to say this hasn't worked out.

Owen: Berba Plays In Defence In Training

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Dimitar Berbatov cleared off the line twice as United beat Leeds 3-0 in the League Cup last night. Later in the game, he switched to play as a centre back, Ezekiel Fryers' cramp, who was making his debut in defence.

Michael Owen has said it is no surprise Berba volunteered for the role, given that the Bulgarian sometimes plays there in training.

Fryers: It Was A Massive Experience

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Ezekiel Fryers, who is a left back by trade, played in the centre of United's defence on Tuesday night in our 3-0 win over Leeds.

The 19-year-old has expressed his delight in making his debut but is also eager for another chance to prove himself in the first team, after such a successful debut.

RoM Reads

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Surreal Football reckons this United squad is so good we no loner need Sir Alex.

Stretty News talks about Paul Pogba.

Oliver Holt writes for The Mirror about what the fan reaction to Torres' miss means.

Daniel Taylor writes for The Guardian to ponder Michael Owen's future.

Studs Up takes the piss out of Torres.

Owen: I Want To Play All The Time

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After scoring two goals in our 3-0 win over Leeds United in the League Cup last night, Michael Owen has insisted he will only be happy if he's playing more regularly and isn't here for the money.

"I'm not content if I'm not playing," he said. "I get criticised a lot with things like 'you don't play, you pick your money up' and all the rest of it but I'm not proud of that fact.

VIDEO: Owen and Giggs Goals vs Leeds

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

Pogba To Start Against Leeds?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Paul Pogba will feature in tonight's game against Leeds.

The 18-year-old has impressed for the Reserves since joining United from Le Havre in 2009. The French club kicked up a big stink about his departure and given the way he has come on at United, it's no surprise.

Reactions To Victory Over Chelsea…

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1. It's not often we'll beat Chelsea 3-1 and still feel like that at the final whistle. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted with the result and don't want to come across as too much of a brat, but it wasn't an enjoyable second half. After thrashing them in the first half we seemed to lose the plot in the second.

How Is Solskjaer Getting Along At Molde?

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Molde FK are a 100 year old Norwegian club that most of you probably hadn't heard of until they sold us a 23-year-old striker in 1996. He had scored 31 goals in 38 games and had attracted interest from a few clubs across Europe. Åge Hareide was the manager at the time and offered the Norwegian striker to his former club, Manchester City, we well as Everton, for £1.

How Is Solskjaer Getting Along At Molde?

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Molde FK are a 100 year old Norwegian club that most of you probably hadn't heard of until they sold us a 23-year-old striker in 1996. He had scored 31 goals in 38 games and had attracted interest from a few clubs across Europe. Åge Hareide was the manager at the time and offered the Norwegian striker to his former club, Manchester City, we well as Everton, for £1.

Fergie: Reckless Cole Should Have Gone For Shocking Tackle

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With over ten minutes left to play this afternoon, Ashley Cole got away with just a yellow card for a vicious challenge on Javier Hernandez. Phil Dowd opted just to book the defender, although he certainly should have received a straight red. A penalty wasn't given because the ball had already gone out of play by the time Cole's studs reached Chicharito.

Nani: We Were Better Than Chelsea

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Nani, who put United 2-0 up against Chelsea this afternoon, has claimed that the result was fair, after both sides squandered lots of chances.

"I think everyone saw a game with a lot of opportunities for both sides," Nani, said. "Chelsea created a lot of chances to score as well, but I think our performance was better than them and that's why we scored three goals.

VIDEO: Smalling, Nani and Rooney Goals vs Chelsea

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"VIDEO: Smalling, Nani and Rooney Goals vs Chelsea" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Torres Incredible Miss vs United

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You may have looked away, as I did, and missed this Fernando Torres miss. So, kick back and enjoy the replay.

"VIDEO: Torres Incredible Miss vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea

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De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Fletcher, Young, Rooney and Chicharito.

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Keane: United Are Going To Get Even Stronger

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Roy Keane has been very complimentary of his former club today, claiming that thanks to the quality of the academy, we'll only continue to improve.

"United to me are just going to get stronger and they are the team to beat as usual," said Keane. "At reserve and academy level, they have got such good young players coming through.

View From The Enemy: Chelsea Fan On Old and Slow, Boycott and Torres

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We couldn't let a game against Chelsea pass us by without having a quick chat with The Chelsea Blog...

Scott the Red: So, are Chelsea "old and slow"?

Chelsea Den: Ask Torres! Obviously, we have two or three in the squad who are a little older and slower than they may once have been, that's not exactly earth shattering news though is it?

View From The Enemy: Chelsea Fan On Old and Slow, Boycott and Torries

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We couldn't let a game against Chelsea pass us by without having a quick chat with The Chelsea Blog...

Scott the Red: So, are Chelsea "old and slow"?

Chelsea Den: Ask Torres! Obviously, we have two or three in the squad who are a little older and slower than they may once have been, that's not exactly earth shattering news though is it?

View From The Enemy: Chelsea Fan On Old and Slow, Boycott and Torries

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We couldn't let a game against Chelsea pass us by without having a quick chat with The Chelsea Blog...

Scott the Red: So, are Chelsea "old and slow"?

Chelsea Den: Ask Torres! Obviously, we have two or three in the squad who are a little older and slower than they may once have been, that's not exactly earth shattering news though is it?

The Young and The Relentless: How United Can Beat Chelsea

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It's not often you get the chance to back United at 1.85 to win at home, but you can get that price with Paddy Power and Victor Chandler for them to beat arch rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

That looks a terrific punt especially as they have started the season on fire and have an excellent record against the Stamford Bridge mob.

RoM Reads

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ManUtd.com talks to Anders Lindegaard about his game against Benfica.

MUFCInfo.com has the stats following the Benfica game.

Red Flag Flying High looks at United fans and scapegoats.

The Guardian reports on Darren Fletcher's claims that this year will be the toughest title defence.

VIDEO: Rooney’s New Nike Ad

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Lindegaard: I’m Not Here To Warm The Bench

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After playing in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Benfica in the Champions League last night, Anders Lindegaard has reiterated his desire to get the number one jersey.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already claimed that David de Gea is our first choice, although Lindegaard should expect plenty of appearances in the cup competitions.

The City Is Yours? Really?

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With tickets being sold at just £25 for adults and £5 for kids, Manchester City failed to sell out their first ever Champions League game last night.

The opposition were no minnows either, with Napoli finishing 3rd in Serie A last season and boasting the talent of Edinson Cavani, who was last season's 2nd highest scorer.

The City Is Yours? Really?

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With tickets being sold at just £25 for adults and £5 for kids, Manchester City failed to sell out their first ever Champions League game last night.

The opposition were no minnows either, with Napoli finishing 3rd in Serie A last season and boasting the talent of Edinson Cavani, who was last season's 2nd highest scorer.

Fergie: De Gea For League, Anders For Cup

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After starting Anders Lindegaard in last night's draw away to Benfica, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that David de Gea will be back in the team on Sunday.

Like with Tomasz Kuszczak last season, Lindegaard will likely play our Champions League group stage and domestic cup games, whilst de Gea will remain our number one in the league.

Fergie: De Gea For League, Anders For Cup

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After starting Anders Lindegaard in last night's draw away to Benfica, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that David de Gea will be back in the team on Sunday.

Like with Tomasz Kuszczak last season, Lindegaard will likely play our Champions League group stage and domestic cup games, whilst de Gea will remain our number one in the league.

Fergie: Berba’s Attitude Is Spot On

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Dimitar Berbatov was left out of Manchester United's starting line-up again, much to the surprise of many fans who had been expecting the Bulgarian to make a return after barely getting on the pitch this season.

Sit Alex Ferguson still insists that the striker has a future at the club, although this is becoming more and more difficult to believe.

Reactions To Draw Against Benfica

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1. Oh bore. Benfica are a good side but they're not a great side. Why can't we take out football to them? I completely appreciate the fact that United have got this European football malarky nailed on these days and a score draw away from home against the toughest side in the group is a decent result, but you can't help but feel it's 90 minutes of your life you won't get back when the final whistle blows.

VIDEO: Giggs’ Equaliser Against Benfica

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Benfica vs United

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Lindegaard, Fabio, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Fletcher, Park, Rooney

"CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Benfica vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph compares Rooney with Pele after Sir Alex Ferguson's comments yesterday.

United Rant looks to Benfica.

Swiss Ramble looks at United the brand.

The Mirror reports on Giggs' claims that Scholes cannot be replaced.

MUFC Info has all the stats ahead of tonight's game against Benfica.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Benfica Fan On Their Best Players, Rooney and David Luiz,

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Ahead of our Champions League game against Benfica, Éter from Ceu Encarnado has taken time to answer a few questions for us about tonight's opponents.

Scott the Red: Last season you finished miles behind Porto. Are you confident you can catch them up this season?

Éter: Sure.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Benfica Fan On Their Best Players, Rooney and David Luiz,

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Ahead of our Champions League game against Benfica, Éter from Ceu Encarnado has taken time to answer a few questions for us about tonight's opponents.

Scott the Red: Last season you finished miles behind Porto. Are you confident you can catch them up this season?

Éter: Sure.

Kuszczak: I’m Angry And Disappointed

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"I am angry and disappointed with the way I am treated," said Kuszczak. "I had a few good offers. The problem was the club who wanted to sell me for £4 million."

"Kuszczak: I'm Angry And Disappointed" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

FA’s Rio Treatment All The More Ridiculous

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Rio Ferdinand's ban for failing to show up for a drugs test has rightly been a frustration to Manchester United fans, given that Manchester City's Christian Negouai also failed to attend a drugs test in 2003 and received no ban.

Channel 4′s Dispatches has today shown we have even more reasons to feel aggrieved, with 240 drugs tests being abandoned between April 2007 and August 2010 after players failed to attend.

View from the Stands: United Batter Bolton

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A trip to a usually hostile Reebok Stadium probably isn't the ideal way to return from and international break, one which United headed into with great momentum, having put 8 past an abysmal Arsenal side and 3 past Spurs.

From the side that did so well last season, Bolton missed Elmander, Sturridge, Steinsson, Holden, Muamba and Lee, bringing in City loanee Boyata as an uncomfortable right back, Klasnic/Tuncay/N'Gog as poor replacements for Elmander and Sturridge, both of whom left Bolton without a penny coming in, and Eagles, Reo Coker and Mark Davies filling in for injured or unfit players in the midfield.

Fergie: Rooney The White Pele

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Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to claims by Benfica coach, Jorge Jesus, that Wayne Rooney plays like a Brazilian or an Argentinian, by suggesting that whilst he is typically British, he is similar to Pele.

"I think he's a typical British player," said Ferguson. "There have been British players over the last few years, maybe for the last decades, who have similar great qualities that make them great players, whether it's a Gascoigne, George Best, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law.

Reactions To United Victory Over Bolton

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1. After spending most of last season dreading our away games, how thoroughly refreshing it was to see United put in a performance like that at a ground we often struggle at. When the chants of "Are you Arsenal in disguise?" started, with us 3-0 up after 25 minutes, you knew it was going to be a good day.

Jones: Being At United Has Improved Me

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Phil Jones, who joined the club this summer from Blackburn, has claimed that he has already improved as a player in the short amount of time it's been since his transfer.

Following injuries at the back, teenage Jones has made his way in to the starting line-up, playing in the centre of defence or at right back.

Cleverley Out For Four Weeks

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Tom Cleverley has been ruled out for four weeks following a poor challenge from Kevin Davies in United's 5-0 win over Bolton yesterday.

Thankfully, the youngster who has claimed his starting position for the club, has not broken his foot as first feared, but suffered ligament damage.

This means that whilst Tom will miss our games against Chelsea and Leeds, he may make it back in time for Anfield.

Capello: Young Benefiting From Very Important Team

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England manager, Fabio Capello, has today sung the praises of Manchester United winger, Ashley Young.

After some great form for England, scoring and assisting goals, Capello has hailed the impact moving from Aston Villa to United has had on his performances.

"The pressure Young has to face in every game is big so it is normal when he plays for England.

Dalglish Changes His Tune On Respect Campaign

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March 6th 2011

"There is a respect campaign in football and I want to know whether we are going to be the only ones that ­adhere to it. I think we have adhered to the campaign in every respect. We have never come out and criticised match officials in an of our games. It is impossible for officials not to make mistakes.

VIDEO: Davies Chops Down Evra

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VIDEO: Chicharito and Rooney Goals vs Bolton

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Live blog for Bolton vs United

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

LIVE BLOG: Bolton vs United

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5.4 on Chicharito first scorer and other great odds...

"LIVE BLOG: Bolton vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Independent has an interview with David de Gea.

The Mirror reports on Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Young owes Evra for helping him start well for United.

The Chelsea Blog compares the NHS to football.

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How many goals for United at Bolton?

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United travel to the Reebok this weekend, and are not surprisingly long odds-on to maintain their fantastic start to the campaign.

They are a top priced 1.44 with Paddy Power and Stan James to beat a Bolton side that have leaked six goals in their last two games.

By stark contrast United have bagged 13 goals in three games and with Rooney and Young currently on fire a comfortable victory looks on the cards.

VIDEO: Ashley Young’s Skills and Chat

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"VIDEO: Ashley Young's Skills and Chat" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evans: Kids Put Pressure On Us

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Jonny Evans is the latest to praise our young team, claiming that, even at just 23-years-old, there is pressure from the younger members of the squad on players like him.

"It is weird," he said. "It is hard to believe Phil Jones is only 19. Chris Smalling is 21. David de Gea is 20.

Evans Fearful After Wes and O’Shea Exit

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After enjoying a great spell at Sunderland in 2008, Jonny Evans came back in to the United squad and put in some really solid performances against some top teams.

However, after a couple of seasons in the first team squad, filling in whenever Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic were unable to play, Evans endured a stinker of a season last year.

Smalling: I Want To Stay At United For Life

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Chris Smalling has made a great start to the season in an unfamiliar right back role, which has lead to his call up to the England squad. Having started both of England's Euro 2012 qualifiers over the past week, it looks as though he may have made the position his own, nudging Micah Richards out of the first XI.

VIDEO: Young’s Goal vs Wales

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Ashley Young opened the scoring for England against Wales in tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier.

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

Fergie: Only Xavi Or Iniesta Could Replace Scholes

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Manchester United were keen to bring Wesley Sneijder to the club this summer but a deal could not be agreed for the player.

Speaking to the Italian media at an awards ceremony at University of Rome Tor Vergata, Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that whilst Sneijder is a great player, he's still not on a level with Paul Scholes, who retired this summer.

Ronaldo: Maybe I’ll Go Back To United

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For years we heard Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that only God knew where he future lay when asked about rumours linking him with Real Madrid.

Now the tables have turned, with Ronaldo playing for the Spanish club, and claiming that one day he may return to United.

"I don't close the door, so maybe in the future I hope so, because I know the league, I know the players, I know the atmosphere," said Ronaldo.

Ronaldo: Maybe I’ll Go Back To United

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For years we heard Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that only God knew where he future lay when asked about rumours linking him with Real Madrid.

Now the tables have turned, with Ronaldo playing for the Spanish club, and claiming that one day he may return to United.

"I don't close the door, so maybe in the future I hope so, because I know the league, I know the players, I know the atmosphere," said Ronaldo.

Garrrrry Cook – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Garry Cook, Manchester City's CEO, and the gift that keeps on giving as far as United fans are concerned.

City have today confirmed that they are investigating a matter involving an e-mail Cook sent to Nedum Onuoha's cancer-suffering mother, mocking her illness.

This isn't the first time Cook has shown the blues up though.

Fergie and Meulensteen: Different Hymn Sheets

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Just days ago, Rene Meulensteen claimed that United were scared of anyone this season and reckoned Chelsea were too old.

"Chelsea have just made one major signing in Juan Mata," he said. "Besides, Chelsea's squad is too old, and their tempo is not high enough to win the Premier League."

This is in contrast to Fergie, who looks at their age as experience.

VIDEO: Fletcher’s Goal and Assist vs Czech Republic

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Kenny Miller opened the scoring for Scotland thanks to an assist from captain Darren Fletcher.

Fletch then put Scotland 2-1 up with just over five minutes left to play, before a 90th pen for the Czech Republic.

"VIDEO: Fletcher's Goal and Assist vs Czech Republic" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Poland

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After going a goal behind, Javier Hernandez levelled the score for Mexico eight minutes later, to give his country a 1-1 draw.

"VIDEO: Chicharito Goal vs Poland" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sir Bobby: Rooney Can Break My Record

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Sir Bobby Charlton has today claimed he thinks Wayne Rooney can break his goalscoring record for Manchester United.

Our legend saw his appearances record broken by Ryan Giggs during the 2008 European Cup final in Moscow, but has still scored 98 more goals than any other player in the history of our club.

VIDEO: Rooney Goal vs Bulgaria

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Smalling For England Start

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Chris Smalling represented England U-21 over the summer, alongside United team mates Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

All of these have been called up to the senior team for this weekend's game against Bulgaria, although Welbeck was forced to pull out after picking up an injury against Arsenal.

Chicharito: I Feel Old Compared To Team Mates!

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There has been a lot written about the young players at United, particularly following our 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal with the 2nd youngest line-up in Premier League history.

Javier Hernandez has today joined in with this praise and has even claimed he feels old in comparison.

"Many of our players are between 19 and 21 years of age, then me, Evans and Ando are 23 so we feel older!

Fletch: I Feel As Fit As Ever

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Darren Fletcher has had a horrible time with an illness over the past few months, which saw him miss out on a place in the Champions League final as well as the pre-season tour with United.

Despite not having played for United yet this season, he has been called up to the Scottish team to face the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Chicharito: Playing For United Is A Dream

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Javier Hernandez has yet to start for Manchester United this season, after a busy summer of football followed by a concussion in pre-season training.

After an excellent debut season, Chicharito has revealed his targets for this season.

"To improve, keep learning and to enjoy myself," he said.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End has a chat with Magnus Eikrem.

The Guardian reports on our profits.

The Faithful looks at why we should be happy with our transfer activity.

Andersred looks at what these figures mean.

The Independent claim it's time to shorten transfer window.

F365 has all the confirmed moves from the transfer window.

JT: United Youngsters Are Huge Talents

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John Terry, the last player to claim a regular spot in the Chelsea first XI after making his way up the ranks, making his début in 1998, has praised the latest batch of United youngsters. Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley (as well as Danny Welbeck before his injury) have been called up to the England squad ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales, with CLL claiming they are hugely talented.

Jones: Signing For United No Brainer

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Phil Jones was a transfer target for several top clubs this summer, however, as soon as personal terms were agreed with United, he showed no interest in talking to any other club. In fact, Liverpool were so desperate to sign him, they offered Blackburn another £6m on the price we had offered for him, but the player declined to talk to them.

Snejider: I Was Close To United Move

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Wesley Sneijder has today confirmed that he was close to joining Manchester United this summer.

"I had felt that a move was close, yes," Sneijder said to Dutch newspaper AD. "There were talks on several occasions. The situation was that Inter had to sell a player Eto'o or me. There was interest, but due to a combination of things, it didn't happen.

Betting Preview: Manchester United stars ready to shine for England

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United's young guns have certainly impressed England boss Fabio Capello who has called up Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling into the senior squad for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria (bonus link: video interview with Cleverley and Jones).

They join team mates Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, who will be keen to carry on their goal scoring exploits on the international stage in tomorrow night's game (7.