Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy at United Nights

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The next United Nights is taking place on Friday, February 10th, the day before Liverpool. Mickey Thomas and Sammy Mcllroy will be joining David May at Walkabout bar in Manchester in the upstairs private function room for the event.

Sammy was the last youth player Sir Matt Busby signed for United when he moved from Belfast as a 15-year-old.

Merseyside Police Deny Liverpool Fans’ Sick Rumour

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During today's FA Cup game at Anfield, Liverpool fans booed Patrice Evra every time he touched the ball. His crime? Being racially abused by Luis Suarez in the last game between the two clubs.

One Liverpool fan was caught on camera doing a monkey impression when Evra was on the ball. "This matter is now under investigation by specialist hate crime detectives and we are working with Liverpool Football Club to identify the man in question.

PICTURE: Liverpool Fan In Monkey Gesture At Evra

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"PICTURE: Liverpool Fan In Monkey Gesture At Evra" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Park Goal vs Liverpool

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Diouf Sold To Hannover?

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Reports this morning suggested that Mame Biram Diouf has agreed a loan move to Hannover, however, more recently, claims have been made that he has signed a two and a half.

German site, Kicker, claims he passed his medical this morning and is ready for a permanent move for around £1.5m. Hannover are currently 7th in the league, 10 points behind Bayern Munich, having scored just 21 goals in 19 games.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs UNITED

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Park, Welbeck.

Bench: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio, M.Keane, Pogba.

LFC: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Maxi, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Carroll.

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

What Can We Expect From Liverpool Fans Today?

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Patrice Evra will be on the receiving end of some abuse today but I'd like to think it won't be racist abuse. Maybe I'm naive and I'm probably giving the vermin too much credit but I genuinely hope that Liverpool fans don't turn their dislike of Evra, having been lead to believe that he's a liar by the ridiculous propaganda from their club, in to something far more sinister.

Fergie In Dig At Morrison?

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"He has a good attitude, although he should have, he's a young player with an opportunity at Manchester United," said Ferguson. "That's one of the reasons you pick these players, because they show their temperament as they come through the youth programmes and the reserves. I am always confident about their temperament, their attitude to the game and their enthusiasm to play.

Where To Put Your Money Against The Scousers

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United have a whole host injuries going into their fourth round FA Cup game at Anfield against arch rivals Liverpool, and bookmakers are keen to take them as a result.

They are 2.88 shots with bet365 and without the injury worries that would look a massive price given that they knocked out Man City in the last round and come into this on the back of a win over Arsenall at the Emirates.

Most Important Man At United Is The Manager

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated his opinion that no one is more important at the club than him.

The most recent example came a few weeks ago when the manager fined our top earner, Wayne Rooney, and dropped him from the squad after coming to Carrington unfit to train following an evening out.

Gerrard Worried About How Game Will Be Remembered

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Ahead of the it being confirmed that Luis Suarez had racially abused Patrice Evra, Kenny Dalglish claimed that the guilty party should be punished. That would mean if Evra couldn't prove he was innocent, he should be punished for making the accusation.

Liverpool players then warmed up in t-shirts in support of Suarez and once Suarez was found guilty, showed no remorse.

Evra Ready

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‘Welcome to Hell' read the memorable banner as United arrived in Istanbul to be greeted by Galtasaray fanatics in 1993. The second leg of a European Cup tie saw Aslanlarsupporters arrive four hours before kick-off within the confines of the infamous Ali Sami Yen stadium, as the intensity soon resembled a war zone.

GNev To Give England Rugby Team Talk

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Gary Neville has been asked to give a motivational talk to the England rugby team today. England's rugby coach, Stuart Lancaster, asked Neville to deliver the talk to help sort out the rugby team who made a show of themselves at last year's World Cup.

"When Gary Neville says it is an honour, it is an honour, if the players understand that, then you get more responsible behaviour as well," said Lancaster.

Fergie: Evra Is Captain Because He’s Popular

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Ahead of our game, Sir Alex Ferguson has explained why Patrice Evra has been wearing our captain's armband for most of this season.

Nemanja Vidic is our captain but has spent most of the season injured, meaning Evra has filled in. Ferguson gave Evra the responsibility because of his fitness and his personality.

Cole: I Loved Scoring At Anfield

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Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup game against Liverpool, Andy Cole has reflected on his time playing for United at Anfield.

Cole scored at Anfield in our 3-1 win in the 1996-1997 season, scored two there the following season, and again in 1999.

"When I was in the team I used to love playing at Anfield," he told the official site.

Wall hits Fan: Manchester United Star Does A ‘Cantona’… 100 Years Ago

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When Eric Cantona of Manchester United did his amazing Kung-fu kick on an obnoxious Crystal Palace supporter seventeen years ago this month, I was there. By chance I was also an eye-witness thirty-five years earlier when United's goalkeeper Harry Gregg spectacularly whacked a spectator at Luton Town in April, 1960, knocking him to the ground.

RoM Reads

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When Saturday Comes has a nice article on John O'Shea.

Sabotage Times talks about Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick.

The Mirror reckon that United need a new right-back.

The Evening News says there are no problems over Welbeck's contract negotiations.

FIFA has a good Q&A with Gerard Pique.

How Badly Do We Need Jones For Saturday?

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Phil Jones was subbed off after 20 minutes in Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Arsenal, needing a stretcher to take him off the field. Reports from the touchline suggested he had just twisted his ankle but the following day there were claims he had ligament damage.

However, Mike Phelan has given us hope that Jones could be available for our FA Cup clash at Anfield.

VIDEO: Robson Reflects On Liverpool Cup Memories

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"VIDEO: Robson Reflects On Liverpool Cup Memories" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph talks about the letter Sir Alex has written to fans attending Anfield at the weekend.

The Express reveals Scholes' fear of returning to play.

The United Religion compares Lindegaard with De Gea.

Red Flag Flying High has the latest on our players out on loan.

The Daily Mail reckons Paul Pogba is off to Juventus.

Aguero: United Striker My Idol

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Ahead of Manchester City's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool, Sergio Aguero has revealed that Michael Owen was his hero when he was younger.

"One of the players who was my idol when I was a boy was Michael Owen," he said. "He was quite small and had an eye for goal, just like me.

PICTURE: Ferguson’s Letter To Fans Ahead Of Anfield

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"PICTURE: Ferguson's Letter To Fans Ahead Of Anfield" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Don’t Treat Welbeck Like Wes… Give Him The Deal

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Wes Brown was repeatedly given a hard time by Sir Alex Ferguson when it came time for contract negotiations. In October 2004 the club had offered Brown what they believed to be a reasonable deal and weren't prepared to budge.

"We've made the boy an offer and he's turned it down," said Ferguson.

Reactions To Victory Over Arsenal

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1. After the man that should have been sent off for a nasty stamp won and scored a match winning penalty in injury time for Manchester City, you had to wonder whether today was going to be our day. There had been plenty of talk of "revenge" from Arsenal players ahead of kick-off, in reference to the 8-2 battering we dished out at Old Trafford, so we knew they would be up for this game even more than usual.

VIDEO: Valencia Goal vs Arsenal

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manc1034 by arsenalist "VIDEO: Valencia Goal vs Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

When Arsenal beat Manchester United 5-2 in 1960, was the match ‘fixed’?

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I was lucky when I first used to go to Manchester United matches, over fifty years ago. Although the team was in the painful early stages of recovery from the Munich Air Crash they still often managed to play wonderfully expressive football in keeping with the finest traditions of the club.

Welbeck And Cleverley Give Arsenal Youngster Plenty Of Stick

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Henri Lansbury's last game for Arsenal this season was the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford. He's been at Arsenal since he was 9-years-old but his worst ever day in football came at the hands of Manchester United earlier this season.

Two weeks after our demolition of Arsenal, Lansbury signed for West Ham on loan and was quick to grab their badge when he scored on his debut.

Where To Put Your Money vs Arsenal

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United to travel to the Emirates this weekend to take on Arsenal, and they look a big price at 2.62 to beat the Wenger boys. Â The Gunners were thrashed 8-2 earlier in the season at Old Trafford, and although they have improved since then I can't see why they are virtually the same price as United in the betting to gain their revenge.

RoM Reads

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ManUtd24 reflects on Roy Keane's time at United... and his departure.

The Daily Mail talks about Vidic's claim that we'll win the title without him.

The Telegraph discusses the Bayern Munich president's attack on the Glazers.

United Rant looks to the returning players from injury ahead of crucial games.

Welcome Back Thierry – we missed you so much!

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The return of that smug prick Thierry Henry might be just what the doctor ordered to make Sunday's game more like the fiery encounters we used to enjoy. Whilst the Arsenal official site claims this match will be "epic" and one of the biggest games on the clubs' calendar, I can't help but think they're living in the past.

PICTURE: Rio’s Twitter Boots For Arsenal Game

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"PICTURE: Rio's Twitter Boots For Arsenal Game" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Why 2006/2007 Was The Best…

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In the summer of 2006 Manchester United were written off. Chelsea had just won the league with ease and added one of the best players in the world for each position to their squad. Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko joined them, whilst in contrast we sold our top scorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and didn't replace him, and brought in Michael Carrick, who was hardly the midfield general the fans had been hoping for.

STATS: How Do We Compare At This Stage To Other Seasons?

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It's interesting to see that, despite all our complaints, that we've only bettered our current points total on 21 games on just one occasion in recent years, back in 2006/2007. Even if you didn't take in to account the fact our injury list has been far worse than our title rivals, Manchester City, to be three points off the top at this stage in the season is a good position to be in.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph talks about how Berbatov splits our fans.

ManUtd24 reminisces about the Yorke and Cole partnership.

The FCF looks at Wenger's best misplaced rants.

Ellzed's Blog looks at the reaction to Giggsy's birds.

The Daily Mail ponders on whether Cristiano Ronaldo would return to United.

VIDEO: Dynamo visits Rooney, Owen and Cleverley‏

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"VIDEO: Dynamo visits Rooney, Owen and Cleverley‏" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sir Alex – XXV

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Mancunia Merchandise is proud to announce a partnership with The Christie, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe. Every month there will be a sponsored t-shirt and all profits from that will go to The Christie, who treat about 40,000 patients each year. Bearded Genius is the man behind the designs, all of which are outstanding.

Ravel Denies Contract Claims

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After reports emerged than Manchester United had turned down a £1m bid for Ravel Morrison, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the youngster's agent was trying to find the player a new club.

"His demands are unrealistic as far as we're concerned," the manager said.

One of Morrison's friends showed him a picture on Twitter of the player in a United shirt, but with "CASH" photoshopped across the front.

Evra: I Think We’ll Be Champions Again

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After our 3-0 win against Bolton put us on the same points as City again, ahead of their game against Wigan on Monday, Patrice Evra reckons we will win the league.

"Everyone's coming back and in great form," Evra told MUTV. "We still have some injuries but I think when everyone is back fit, it will give us the strength to win the title.

Carrick: Fans Reception For Scholes Was Fantastic

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Michael Carrick has sung the praises of team mate Paul Scholes who played his first game in front of our home grown since returning from retirement.

Scholes scored a big goal for United, putting us 1-0 up just before half-time, although Carrick believes our legendary midfielder has as much to offer away from the pitch as well as on it.

VIDEO: Scholes, Welbeck and Carrick Goals vs Bolton

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"VIDEO: Scholes, Welbeck and Carrick Goals vs Bolton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio: Baffled By Kompany Debate

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Echoing the sentiments of Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand has expressed his surprise that there has been so much discussion in regards to Vincent Kompany's red card against Manchester United last weekend.

"I don't understand why this debate is still going on," said Rio. "It's stated clearly in the rule book, we get told before the season when all the referees go around the different clubs: a two-footed tackle is a red card.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bolton

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, Welbeck.

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

Why Does This Travel Company Have Our Tickets?

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"Why Does This Travel Company Have Our Tickets?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

TRANSCRIPT: Fergie On Being The Best, Dream Dinner Party Guests and His Hero

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Who was your sporting hero growing up?

My hero was Denis Law; as a player I loved Denis Law even though he is only a couple of years older than me. He epitomised to me everything about a Scotsman. He could start a row in an empty house, fight his own shadow, unbelievable courage, electric pace, exciting and dynamic to watch – I always loved Denis as a player.

PICTURE: Gibson In Everton Shirt

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"PICTURE: Gibson In Everton Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Ravel’s Agent Is Looking For A New Club

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed the rumours that Newcastle have had a bid rejected for Ravel Morrison.

The player who has been long tipped to be the most talented player to come through our youth team since the likes of David Beckham and Paul Scholes looks set to leave Manchester United.

Who To Put Your Money On Against Bolton

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Following their terrific performance to knock City out of the FA Cup it's back to Premier League business this weekend for United who are a top priced 1.16 to beat Bolton at Old Trafford and keep the pressure on Mancini's men. Â The performance put in by Wayne Rooney and Co to beat City 3-2 at the Eithad would have delighted Sir Alex, as they looked sharp and threatening and a different side to the one that got hammered 3-0 at St James'.

Good Luck Darron

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Darron Gibson has agreed a four and a half year deal with Everton today. His contract was due to expire in the summer and the club were not interested in offering him a new deal.

Gibson had been desperate to make a go of his Manchester United career and has waited until he is 24-years-old to make the move on after failing to hold down a regular place in the team.

Rooney Talks About Fergie Falling Out

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Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad for our 3-2 defeat to Blackburn. Had we won that game we would now be on the same points as City at the top of the table.

Reports quickly emerged claiming that Rooney had been dropped from the squad after being deemed unfit to train following an evening out with some team mates and their wives and girlfriends.

Anders Lindegaard Leads League in Save Percentage

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Despite struggling to overtake David de Gea as Manchester United's outright first choice goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard has the highest save percentage in the Premier League through 20 games.

The Dane, who caught people's attention when he kept 5 clean sheets in his first 5 Premier League starts has saved 84.

Just 30k Blues Bother To Show Up For Semi-Final

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Taking in to consideration the 5,700 travelling Liverpool fans, there were just 30,317 City fans in the ground tonight to watch their team in the League Cup semi-final.

The tickets were originally on sale at £35 for adults, £15 for 16-21s and £5 for children, although over the past few days they have been trying to flog them for a tenner at local colleges and the university, as well as giving them away for free at local schools.

Ravel: No Contract Offer To Talk About

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The Sun reported earlier today that Ravel Morrison's contract talks with Manchester United had broken down.

Speaking on Twitter, Morrison has claimed that there is no contract offer for him to talk about. Is that because he's signed a deal? Is it because he's rejected the latest offer and there isn't another deal on the table?

United To Get Proper Allocation At Anfield

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After receiving reduced allocation at Anfield for the league game, reports today suggest that United will get a proper allocation of around 6,000 for our FA Cup game against Liverpool at the end of this month.

"We have taken into account the improvement of the Manchester United supporters at the most recent Premier League fixture relating to the blocking of gangways and aisles," said Stephen Clare, Liverpool City Council's principal licensing officer.

Rooney Makes FA Reject City’s Kompany Appeal

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Vincent Kompany was rightly sent off for a two footed challenge on Nani at the weekend in a game that saw Manchester City knocked out of the FA Cup.

Nani got out of the way of the challenge, saving himself from getting hurt, and Wayne Rooney complained to referee Chris Foy.

After the game, Roberto Mancini claimed that the challenge was "300%" not a red card and accused Rooney of influencing the ref.

President Cantona

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"President Cantona" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Evra: Manchester United Never Die

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Patrice Evra is one of a select few foreign players who genuinely seems to get what this club is all about. Whilst Eric Cantona and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will forever be remembered as United legends, I struggle to think of any player who speaks as eloquently about United as Evra does.

Following back to back defeats in the league before an important win over Manchester City in the FA Cup, Evra has claimed that because of the history of this club, we never give up.

Rooney and Vida In FIFA World XI

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Iker Casillas
Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Nemanja Vidic, Dani Alves
Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso
Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi.

"Rooney and Vida In FIFA World XI" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Players Have Made United A Special Club

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At the Ballon d'Or ceremony last night, Sir Alex Ferguson was presented with the FIFA presidential award for services to football.

Ferguson claimed he was lucky to have managed so many great players who have helped him achieve the success he's had.

"It is an honour for me in the twilight of my life and very, very much appreciated," said Ferguson.

Rooney: I Want To Play For Fergie For Rest Of My Career

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Wayne Rooney has against reiterated his respect for Sir Alex Ferguson after the manager was presented with FIFA's Presidential Award at the Ballon d'Or ceremony last night.

Following Rooney's Boxing Day meal out, the press have been reporting of a big rift between the player and manager.

Either Rooney and Ferguson are better actors than we thought or the newspapers have been blowing the situation out of proportion this week.

PICTURE: Paul Scholes, From 22 to 18 and back again

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Paul Scholes' first shirt number was '24′, which was registered to him in the 93-94 season and 94-95. In 95-96 he wore the '22′ shirt, which had been worn by Craig Lawton who had joined Port Vale after breaking his leg.

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"PICTURE: Paul Scholes, From 22 to 18 and back again" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Absolutely No Chance Of Vida Leaving

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Whilst Nemanja Vidic is still working on coming back from an injury which has ruled him out for the rest of the season, his agent, Silvano Martina, claims there is no way he will be leaving the club in the summer. Vidic's current deal expires in 2014.

"Vidic for Manchester United is like Messi for Barcelona.

Rooney Respond To Mancini’s Red Card Claim

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany foolishly got himself sent off early on in yesterday's FA Cup derby after a dangerous tackle on Nani. The defender went in with both feet off the ground and with a scissor kick took the ball away from Nani who, unsurprisingly, got out of the way of the challenge.

Fergie Reveals Scholes’ Retirement Regret

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Paul Scholes made an incredible return to the Manchester United team today after retiring last summer. Despite not playing football for eight months, Scholes was brought on for the last half an hour against City in the FA Cup 3rd round game today.

Incredibly, he made more passes than any City player did all game, with a 97% completion rate.

United Drawn Against Liverpool In The FA Cup

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After knocking holders Manchester City out of the FA Cup today, United have been drawn against Liverpool at Anfield for the 4th Round of the FA Cup.

Chelsea face QPR or MK Dons away, Arsenal or Leeds play Aston Villa at home, Spurs are away to Watford.

"United Drawn Against Liverpool In The FA Cup" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reactions To Victory Over City

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1. Well, that was piss easy, wasn't it? Hmm. What should have been a walk in the part for United following the first half was worryingly more difficult than it needed to be, but we got the result and that's all that matters. United have knocked our local rivals, our noisy neighbours, and current holders, Manchester City, out of the FA Cup at their own ground.

VIDEO: Rooney and Welbeck Goals vs City

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

Bitter Reaction From City Players On Twitter

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A big well done to City for winning in their heads today. Also, a big well done to United for winning on the pitch.

"Bitter Reaction From City Players On Twitter" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: United Do The Poznan

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"PICTURE: United Do The Poznan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: City vs United

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Lindegaard, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Welbeck and and Rooney.

Bench: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Anderson, Park, Chicharito and Scholes...

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

Scholes Comes Out Of Retirement!

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It has today been confirmed, after weeks of rumors, that Paul Scholes has rejoined the playing staff at Manchester United.

"Scholes Comes Out Of Retirement!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Good News On Cleverley? Not Really

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There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tom Cleverley over the past year or two which reached a climax this summer once Paul Scholes announced his retirement. Cleverley was tipped by plenty to be the successor to one of the most gifted midfielders this country has ever seen.

Fortunately for the lad, and for the team, Cleverley dealt with the expectation well, and confirmed his place in the starting XI at the start of the season.

Good News On Cleverley? Not Really

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There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tom Cleverley over the past year or two which reached a climax this summer once Paul Scholes announced his retirement. Cleverley was tipped by plenty to be the successor to one of the most gifted midfielders this country has ever seen.

Fortunately for the lad, and for the team, Cleverley dealt with the expectation well, and confirmed his place in the starting XI at the start of the season.

The Independent’s Story On Rooney Is Nonsense

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The Independent has run a story today which claims that Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson have fallen out which has lead to the striker looking for a move away from the club, again.

Acting quickly, in a statement issued last night by the club and Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, it was confirmed that Rooney has no intention of leaving United.

The Independent’s Story On Rooney Is Nonsense

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The Independent has run a story today which claims that Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson have fallen out which has lead to the striker looking for a move away from the club, again.

Acting quickly, in a statement issued last night by the club and Rooney's agent, Paul Stretford, it was confirmed that Rooney has no intention of leaving United.

Fergie: Nice Of Liverpool To Go Through The Press

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Following Luis Suarez's eight match ban for being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, Liverpool FC refused to accept that their striker or club had done anything wrong.

Despite refusing to apologise to Evra, reports in the press claimed that Liverpool wanted to engage in "peace talks" with United.

Where To Put Your Money For Sunday

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United are 3.5 shots to gain their revenge on City in this weekend's derby clash at the Etihad and claim a place in the fourth fourth round of the FA Cup.  Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be keen to banish the memory of their meeting in the league earlier in the season at Old Trafford which saw City register a 6-1 victory.

Tunnicliffe To Stay At Peterborough

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It has been confirmed today that Manchester United youngster, Ryan Tunnicliffe, will remain at Peterborough on loan for the rest of the season. He has made 24 appearances for the club since joining them in the summer.

It has taken several weeks for an extension to be agreed but Barry Fry, the director of football at Peterborough, spoke highly of the teenager when the deal was being talked about.

Diouf: Wigan Want Me

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Mame Biram Diouf has claimed that Wigan are amongst several clubs who are interested in signing him on loan this January.

After an average loan spell at Blackburn last season, scoring 6 goals in 29 games, including a hattrick against Norwich in the League Cup and a goal against Arsenal, he is hoping to end the season well so he can get in United's team next year.

Sneijder: 90% Sure I’m Staying Put

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Wesley Sneijder has more or less ruled himself out of a January transfer move after reports linked him to a move to Manchester United.

The Dutch midfielder was close to a move to United in the summer and rumours suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson isn't prepared to give him a second chance at joining the club.

Quick Reactions To Newcastle Defeat

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1. Back to back defeats for Manchester United now against teams we should not be losing to. Blackburn have been woeful this season and Newcastle have had a pretty poor record at home. We are of course missing important players like Nemanja Vidic and Tom Cleverley but that isn't a good enough excuse for not getting the wake up call we should have had after the Blackburn result.

PICTURE: Lindegaard In Wrong Shirt On Sky Sports

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Spotted by @kenzieian

Follow the game on the RoM live blog

"PICTURE: Lindegaard In Wrong Shirt On Sky Sports" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Newcastle vs United

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Lindegaard, Valencia, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Berbatov.

Subs: De Gea, Anderson, Hernandez, Welbeck, Fabio, Pogba and Lingard.

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

LIVE BLOG: Newcastle vs United

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Press Reaction To Barmy Liverpool Suarez Response

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Oliver Holt, The Mirror.

What a shame Liverpool chose to couch their decision not to appeal in ­inflammatory language that continued to insist Suarez had done nothing wrong. Suarez has admitted calling Patrice Evra "negro". To persist with the argument, as he and the club are doing, that this was a term of endearment is not just "incredible", as the tribunal found; it is also laughable.

Will United Get Crucial Three Points Against Newcastle?

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United are a top priced 1.75 with Paddy Power to bounce back from their humiliating defeat at the hands of Blackburn and beat Newcastle at St James' tonight, and everything suggest they will do just that.

New Year's Eve turned into a 70th birthday nightmare for Sir Alex when Steve Kean's men pulled off the unthinkable, but if the past is anything to go by he will have read the riot act to the players and they will respond with a victory.

Another Disgraceful Statement From Liverpool… After Accepting Suarez’s Guilty Charge

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Liverpool Football Club have released yet another incredible statement in response to the Luis Suarez racism case. After being found guilty of the charge of using an offensive word relating to Evra's skin colour, "negro", the club have responded very negatively, despite Suarez and all his witnesses admitting he used this word.

After Cutting Our Allocation City Can’t Sell Out Again

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After reducing our allocation for this weekend's FA Cup game at The United Stadium, Manchester City still haven't managed to sell out their home section. The tickets are on general sale (the only criteria being you have bought one match day ticket from City already this season) yet just days before kick-off, they still have tickets available.

De Gea: I Could Be A Bigger Legend Than VDS

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David de Gea has claimed that he reckons he can be as big a legend for this club as Edwin Van der Sar, despite his early mistakes for the club.

"Hopefully, I will equal or even surpass the performance and ­contribution he made to the club," said de Gea. "Let's face it, all goalkeepers make mistakes once in a while and none of us like it when we do.

Kiko Makes QPR Debut

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Federico Macheda's loan move to QPR was confirmed today ahead of his début against Norwich.

"There is a lot of competition at Manchester United, there are some very good strikers there," Kiko said. "But I am still young and I need to get more experience in the Premier League. I am here to train hard firstly and then I hope to play a big part in the games.

Scouse Journo Embarrasses Himself With Suarez Defence

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After reading the written reasons behind the decision to charge and ban Luis Suarez, you would think even Liverpool fans would be forced to ditch their usual "victim" stance and admit their player had done wrong. Not just their player though, but their club, for releasing that shameful statement and then organising for their players to parade around in t-shirts supporting a man who had just been found guilty of racial abusing someone.

The Suarez Report Broken Down

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Here are the most interesting and important points from the 115 page document which explains why the decision was made to charge Luis Suarez with racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Evidence
- The FA and Evra watched some video footage of the match. Evra pointed out to the FA, by reference to the video footage, when it was during the match that Suarez made the comments about which Evra had complained.