Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Diouf: Fergie Is A Legend

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Former Manchester United striker, Mame Biram Diouf, has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson... despite not always being able to understand him.

"Alex Ferguson is a great manager, a football legend," Diouf told Bild. "But it was hard for me to understand him. He had such a strong Scottish accent.

Vidic Back Ahead Of Schedule

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Nemanja Vidic has returned to full training and could play for United again next week against Cluj.

Vidic has been missing for over two months with a serious knee injuryand wasn't expecting to return until closer to Christmas.

"It would be nice for him to play on Wednesday," said Ferguson.

Neville Hints England Career Was A Waste Of Time

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Gary Neville has suggested that his England career was a bit of a waste of time because of the lack of success they had.

After winning eight Premier League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups and two League Cups with United, he feels a void left by the failure with England.

"The fact of the matter is that when you play 85 times and in five major tournaments, and you don't get past the semi-final or win a tournament maybe 'waste of time' is too strong but if I played for Manchester United for 15 or 20 years and did not win a trophy, I'd say that was a waste of time," he said.

Reactions To Victory Over West Ham

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1. When you score the earliest goal of the season your expectations of the game suddenly rise. Whilst you might have been hoping for two or three goals, when you're 1-0 up with 89 minutes left to play, you hope a thrashing is on the cards. This hope is only cemented when you spend the first ten minutes passing the ball around at ease.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Ham

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Evra, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Hernandez, Rooney, Van Persie.

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

DDG: I Heard United Were Comeback Kings Before I Signed

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David de Gea has today revealed how he much he has enjoyed being part of a team that doesn't seem to give up and so regularly scores late goals to pick up the points.

"I have been surprised," he told United Review. "Certainly, when I was in Spain I'd heard about this aspect and seen for myself on TV the way the team always seemed to conjure up a late goal to either draw or win matches.

Strootman Agent Confirms United Interest

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The agent of Kevin Strootman, Chiel Dekker, has confirmed that Manchester United are interested in signing the PSV midfielder in the summer.

"All the top clubs in Europe know about Kevin, but a move to England next summer is his first priority and, yes, Manchester United and other big clubs in Europe have been in touch with me.

The Truth About Selling Jaap Stam and How He Wanted To Stay Forever

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EINDHOVEN MIGHT BE Holland's fifth largest city, but they still had to find the keys to unlock the airport when I arrived there with a photographer in the spring of 1998. We had flown there to meet Jaap Stam just a week after he had joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven for £10.75 million, then the largest transfer fee ever paid for a defender.

DDG: I’m At A Huge Club

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Following a difficult first season at the club, David de Gea seems a lot more settled this season and has started to show improvements where making his presence known in the box is concerned.

De Gea recognises the pressure he's under at United but insists he enjoys the challenge.

"I'm at a huge club and there are big demands on you," David told United Review.

Ahead Of Our Game Against West Ham…

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Finally, after weeks of hoping it would happen, Anderson is finally set to start in the league for United. Anderson's career at United has been in a fairly depressing cycle, where he hits good form, then picks up a lengthy injury that keeps him out of most or all of the season, before returning, looking overweight and disinterested.

VIDEO: All Of Eric Cantona’s Goals

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"VIDEO: All Of Eric Cantona's Goals" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Win two tickets to United v Cluj at Old Trafford courtesy of bwin

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We have four tickets (2 pairs) to next Wednesday's UEFA Champions League game between United and Cluj at Old Trafford to give away to RoM readers courtesy of bwin, the official online betting partner of Manchester United.

All you have to do is answer a simple question and you (and a friend) could be watching United play live at Old Trafford next week.

Lindegaard Speaks Out About Homosexuality In Football

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Anders Lindegaard has today spoken out about homosexuality in football, rightly suggesting that footballers are too afraid to come out because of the treatment they would receive from the fans.

The last footballer to come out was Justin Fashanu in 1990 but it would be ridiculous to presume there haven't been any gay footballers since then.

Finally! Ando Starts!

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After several top performances from the bench in the league, as well as solid displays when starting in the cups, Sir Alex Ferguson has finally decided to start Anderson in the league.

He came on for the last half an hour against QPR when we were 1-0 down. We were 3-1 up within 15 minutes and Ando even grabbed an assist for himself.

Schmeichel: I Admire De Gea

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David de Gea was put under a ridiculous amount of pressure last season when replacing our experienced former keeper, Edwin Van der Sar.

Whilst he did make some costly mistakes, he was a target for the media, whilst other keepers' mistakes were ignored. Joe Hart has made some dreadful mistakes for City this season but some sections of the media would still tell you he's one of the best keepers in the world.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has a great read on Darren Fletcher.

Beautifully Red has started the 12 GIFs of Cantona.

Rob Smyth writes for The Guardian about Cantona.

ManUtd24 continues with the 7 Deadly Sins, looking this time at Gluttony.

Red Flag Flying High talks about 20 years since Cantona signed.

PICTURE: Roma Fans Pay Tribute To George Best

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"PICTURE: Roma Fans Pay Tribute To George Best" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Tribute

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"VIDEO: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Tribute" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reactions To Victory Over QPR

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1. Whenever a side sacks their manager you have to worry about what impact it will have on their players ahead of the next game. Mark Hughes, who has had a dismal time at QPR, was sacked before the game and new manager Harry Redknapp was watching from the stands. "There's only one Harry Redknapp!" the away fans sung and their players seemed genuinely motivated to perform.

Senchenko Wears Manchester United Shirt Ahead Of Hatton Fight

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Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young were all at the MEN last night to watch Ricky Hatton take on Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Hatton, who walks out to City's anthem "Blue Moon" and who was wearing sky blue shorts with City's badge on, was confronted by his opponent, Vyacheslav Senchenko, wearing a United shirt.

Ronaldo: United Will Win Their Title Back

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After ensuring that Manchester City won't progress out of their Champions League group for a second year running, with the 10 men of Real Madrid holding them to a draw at Wastelands, Cristiano Ronaldo has given his backing to United to win the league this season.

"There are three or four teams who can perhaps win the league, which is why it is the most competitive anywhere in the world," said Ronaldo.

Fergie: Fletch Never Let’s Us Down

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Darren Fletcher played for 90 minutes for the second time in a week today, as he makes his return to first team football after suffering from a chronic bowel condition. There were times last season when it looked as though his playing career may be over and he started coaching the younger players.

Jonny Evans – The New Steve Bruce?

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Jonny Evans has now scored three goals in his last seven games, a scoring record that matches Wayne Rooney, which has lead the manager to compare him to Steve Bruce.

"Jonny Evans is capable of doing that but it's only this season that he's emerged as a goalscoring centre-back," he said.

Fergie: Ando Changed The Game

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Sir Alex Ferguson wasn't impressed with our performance today but was happy with the energy Anderson brought to the game after being subbed on with half an hour to go at 1-0 down.

"I thought Anderson changed the game," Fergie told MUTV. "We played for about 10 or 15 minutes, that was the sum total of a real performance for Manchester United.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs QPR

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Rio, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Young, Rooney, Welbeck and Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Anderson, Cleverley, Hernandez and Powell.

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against QPR

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Football clubs need big squads if they are going to compete for all four trophies, we all know this. Back in 98-99, the best season any English club has enjoyed in the history of the game, you didn't even had to think about which eleven players we would start, particularly for the big game.

Singing Section Update

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We hereby support the creation of a dedicated standing/singing section at Manchester United's ground.

This section should be close to, yet not, the upper West stand in order to supplement the Stretford End atmosphere; not to take away from it or create an 'echoing' effect that would occur if the singing section were too far from Stretford End.

PICTURE: Ferguson’s Statue

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"PICTURE: Ferguson's Statue" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Let The Battle Commence – Fergie Stats On Benitez Already

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Rafael Benitez, the man who lost the plot when Sir Alex Ferguson beat him with mind games, has only been back in the Premier League two minutes and our manager has already started.

When Benitez was sacked by Liverpool, he took over the job at Inter Milan. Jose Mourinho won the treble with that team months earlier, but Benitez managed to drag them 13 points behind AC Milan, the team they finished 12 points ahead of the season before.

Becks: Fergie Makes You A Part Of The United Family

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On the day that the club have unveiled a statue to celebrate Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th year in charge last November, David Beckham has spoken fondly about his former manager.

"He's been so successful because he's passionate about Manchester United and he's a born winner," said Beckham.

Wenger: Fergie’s Achievements Are Exceptional

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Arsene Wenger has joined in with praising Sir Alex Ferguson after his statue was unveiled at Old Trafford earlier today.

"I don't remember anybody else being at the top, top level for such a long time," he said. "His commitment is always there, you never feel that his commitment is weakened.

Welcome Back Benitez!

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It's true. Rafael Benitez is returning to the Premier League as manager of Chelsea.

Here are his best bits:

5. Benitez refuses to congratulate Ferguson on winning the title in 2009.

4. After Gerrard stuck his fingers up at a referee after he was booked, Benitez had a great excuse.

Jones: I’m Knackered Now!

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Phil Jones played his first game for United since the final day of last season against Sunderland. Whilst disappointed with the result, Jones was happy to get some playing time after such a lengthy period on the sidelines.

"I'm knackered to be honest," he admitted. "It wasn't the best of pitches to play on either.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Galatasaray vs United

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Jones, Carrick, Buttner, Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson, Powell, Welbeck, Hernandez

Bench: Johnstone, Wootton, Young, Cole, Vermijl, Macheda, King

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Galatasaray

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Tonight we find ourselves in an unusual position. Not only have we qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League with two games to go, we have definitely qualified top of the group too. When you consider United didn't even get out of the group last season, it's quite a remarkable achievement.

Fletch: I’m One Of The Seniors Now

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Ahead of United's Champions League game against Galatasaray, Darren Fletcher has spoken about his role within the squad as one of the more senior players.

"I'm 28 and one of the most senior players in the squad," he told MUTV. "But it's a role I'm used to with Scotland – you talk to the younger players, give them encouragement.

Didn’t Get A City Ticket? Here’s Why…

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"Didn't Get A City Ticket? Here's Why..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Tribute to Kenny Morgans

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Kenny Morgans, a survivor from the Munich Air Disaster, sadly passed away this evening. He was taken ill on Saturday night and later passed away in hospital.

Morgans signed for United upon leaving school when he was 16-years-old and played on the right wing for the youth team. After making his debut when he was 18 he replaced Johnny Berry as United's first choice right winger.

STATS: How Do United’s Midfielders Compare?

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Following yesterday's defeat against Norwich, Ryan Giggs was on the receiving end of much of the criticism. With the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and even Darren Fletcher on the bench, it seemed puzzling that Giggs would get the nod to start in the centre of midfield.

The stats above show the accuracy in passing amongst the players in the games they have started in the centre of midfield, with the exception of Anderson, who has only started one game in the Premier League this season, so the games where he has played at least 20 minutes have been included to give some comparison.

De Gea’s Wisdom Teeth Troubles

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David de Gea isn't in Manchester United's squad for their game against Norwich after having some problems with his wisdom teeth.

De Gea pulled out of the Spain U21 squad a few days ago to have the tooth removed and seemingly the issue hasn't been resolved in time for today.

"De Gea's Wisdom Teeth Troubles" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Norwich vs United

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Lindegaard; Rafael, Smalling, Rio, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, van Persie, Young; Hernandez.

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

Norwich v Manchester United: A chance for defenders to shine

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Given the defensive troubles United have faced this season, it's telling that in a season when City look weaker and Chelsea still look incomplete, United are top of the table and through to the Champions League knockout stages in mid-November.

VIDEO: Andy Cole at The Cliff on Fergie and Van Persie

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"VIDEO: Andy Cole at The Cliff on Fergie and Van Persie" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rio: Fergie Showed Us League Table Before Newcastle Game

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United started the season by losing to Everton away and Tottenham Hotspur at home. To have lost two games so early on was pretty damaging to our title hopes and with a difficult trip to St James Park, a ground we had lost at the season before, things didn't look good. We were 3rd in the table, behind Chelsea and Everton, and a defeat against Newcastle would have meant we could have dropped as low as 10th.

Cantona: United Is Special and I Love To See Them Win

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Manchester United legend, Eric Cantona, is currently director of football at New York Cosmos, but has admitted that if the opportunity to manage United came about, he would have no hesitation in accepting.

"I would say, 'United is special, of course I would do it'," he said. "Today I'm with the New York Cosmos.

Buttner: Being On The United Training Ground Is Great

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Alexander Buttner made a bright start to his Manchester United career, putting in a good performance against Wigan and scoring a great goal. With Patrice Evra's form continuing to suffer at the start of the season, there were some calls from fans for Buttner to be started more regularly in the first team.

VIDEO: Welbeck Goal vs Sweden

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Evra: We’ll Always Be Superior To City

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Ahead of the international friendly fixtures, Patrice Evra has been asked about the rivalry between United and City.

Evra claims that City winning the title last season doesn't change the fact that United are superior to them.

"I don't know if we could talk about rivalry between both Manchester clubs, because we have always been superior to Manchester City," said Evra.

Rafael: Fabio Always On The Phone Criticising Me!

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Fabio da Silva joined QPR on a season long loan to ensure he got more playing time, presumably so he is ready to take over from Patrice Evra.

His brother Rafael has gone from strength to strength this season and whilst he misses his brother, thinks Fabio's absence has helped him grow up.

"It's not strange but it's different," Rafael told MUTV.

Rio Yet To Decide On United Future

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Rio Ferdinand's contract expires next summer, something Sir Alex Ferguson was only recently reminded of, but has yet to decide on his future. The manager has indicated he will be offered a year extension to his current deal which he signed in 2008 but it appears as though Rio is keeping his options open.

Nick Powell Wins At Northwest Football Awards

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Nick Powell was tonight given the League Two Player of the Year Award at the Northwest Football Awards for his contribution to Crewe Alexandra's season.

Powell was Crewe's top scorer and finished his season with a brilliant goal against Cheltenham Town in the play-offs at Wembley.

Crewe had already named him their Young Player and Player of the Year, as well as awarding him with goal of the season.

RoM Reads

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The Independent talks about Javier Hernandez as our new super sub.

Beautifully Red has the best moments from our win over Aston Villa in GIF form.

The Daily Mail reports on Rooney and RvP pulling out of their international fixtures.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at why James McClean didn't wear a poppy on his shirt this weekend.

Reactions To Victory Over Aston Villa

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1. After picking up maximum points against the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea and Arsenal, ahead of the game I said I hoped that Aston Villa wouldn't be a banana skin for us. It's so typical of United to win the difficult games then throw it away against someone they should be battering. Villa have been awful this season so, even though they were playing home, should have provided United with an easy three points.

Solskjaer Wins The League… Again!

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lead his team to the Norwegian title for a second season running after beating Hønefoss 1-0 at home. They started today just one point clear but after a shock defeat for Strømsgodset by Sandnes Ulf, Molde were crowned champions.

Solskjaer won the title in his first season in charge of the club he played for before joining United, the first title in their 100 year history, and now has delivered consecutive titles.

Carlos Tevez’s Weird Rant About Gary Neville

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Carlos Tevez has been in England for almost seven years but unfortunately still can't manage to string a sentence together in English.

He has been interviewed by The Sun today (which has obviously been translated) about England's problems at major tournaments and for some reason has gone on a strange rant about Gary Neville:

Players like Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, one of the greatest players I've had the privilege to play alongside, possess those qualities —and they're not alone.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Villa vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney and Van Persie.

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

Berba: I Left United With My Head Held High

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After United won the record breaking 19th title with Dimitar Berbatov the Premier League top scorer, he found himself out of favour the following season and only started 12 games in the league. Despite racking up 7 goals in these appearances, he was on the bench most weeks as fourth choice striker.

Rooney: RvP Is Our Talisman

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Wayne Rooney has today sung the praises of his new team mate, Robin van Persie, claiming that he has had a great impact on the whole team.

"Of course everyone knows he is a fantastic player and he has a calmness about him I think he's great for the whole team," he said. "He's a talisman and if you can get players around him and feeding off him it's great for all of us; myself, Chicharito and all the midfield players as well.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best moments from the Braga game in GIF form.

Sons of United has historical stats on the youth team.

The Telegraph looks at KIO t-shirt protest.

David Baddiel writes for The Daily Mail about the Y word.

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Diouf: United Is A Great Club

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Mame Biram Diouf's time at Manchester United was fairly forgettable, with him making just 9 appearances and scoring 1 goal.

He left United for Hannover half way through last season and has gone on to score 15 goals in 24 appearances for them.

Whilst singing the praises of Manchester United, Diouf recognises he had to leave for the sake of his career.

Smalling: Floodlight Failure Helped Us

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The first half of United's 3-1 win was possibly the most boring football we've played all season and when we went 1-0 down, we could hardly complain.

Then there was a power cut, the players went off the pitch, then when they returned, with the addition of Robin van Persie, turned the game around.

Rooney: RvP And Chicharito Are Great

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Two seasons ago Wayne Rooney looked set to leave Manchester United because he believed the club didn't match his ambition. Since then, United have won one title and lost another on goal difference.

However, it was hard to ignore some of the truth in Rooney's statement, with United rarely dipping in to the transfer market to secure big signings.

A Flock Of Seagulls

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After kicking a fan in the Crystal Palace crowd, Eric Cantona was told he had to attend a press conference. He sat down, had a drink of water, and said: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

Everyone was left scratching their head, trying to wonder the true meaning behind this philosophical statement.

VIDEO: Van Persie, Rooney and Chicharito’s Goals vs Braga

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Braga vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Nani, Anderson, Giggs, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez

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

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manager of the Month

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On the day that marks Sir Alex Ferguson's 26th anniversary of being Manchester United manager, he has been named manager of the month.

In October, United beat Newcastle 3-0, Stoke 4-2 and Chelsea 3-2, (as well as winning both Champions League games).

This is the 27th time Ferguson has been named Manager of the Month since the Premier League began.

Two Youngsters Out On Loan

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Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard have joined Leicester on loan in a bid to get more first team football and experience.

"We have been operating with a smaller, more balanced squad this season, but we felt the time was right to increase the options available to us," said manager Nigel Pearson.

Ex-Liverpool Star With Disgraceful Stance On Racism, Evra and Suarez

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John Aldridge's take on Luis Suarez's racial abuse of Patrice Evra has always been embarrassing, but after reading his latest Sunday World column, it appears as though it's not just his Liverpool bias which has lead him to look like an ignorant prick when it comes to racism.

To give you some context to Sunday's column, here is a selection of some of Aldridge's most ridiculous remarks on the issue, which come from several different articles he has written.

Solskjaer: I Dream Of United Job

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In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first year of management at his former club Molde he won the league title, for the first time in Molde's 100 year history.

With two games remaining in his second season, Molde are currently top of the league by one point, having beaten title rivals Rosenborg 2-0 last weekend.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph talks about the gulf in quality between United and Arsenal following yesterday's win.

The Daily Mail reports on unhappy Arsenal fans after Santos asked for Van Persie's shirt at half-time.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at Blatter's claim that English football is run by idiots.

Reactions To Victory Over Arsenal

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1. Ahead of the game yesterday I said that Ferguson has worked out how to beat Arsenal and, for the most part, Wenger has failed to find a way to counter our tactics. The Arsenal team that came to Old Trafford was one of the worst I can remember in a decade or more. On paper, they are have some decent players in there, looking specifically at Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla and Podolski, but they offered absolutely nothing.

POLL: Who Should Be Taking Our Penalties?

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Who should take our penalties? "POLL: Who Should Be Taking Our Penalties?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Van Persie and Evra Goals vs Arsenal

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Arsenal…

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Arsene Wenger said that Arsenal fans should applaud Robin van Persie when they face their former captain on Saturday. The chances of that happening are nil. Arsenal fans are a bitter bunch these days and they have every right to be. They haven't won a trophy since 2005 and their best players keep leaving them.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Arsenal

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De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Cleverley, Rooney, van Persie.

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

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team looks at why Ferguson was wrong to back Clattenburg.

The Guardian reports on Arsene Wenger's claims that Arsenal fans should show Robin van Persie respect.

Beautifully Red offers GIFs from our best moments against Chelsea in the League Cup.

ManUtd24 carries on with the 7 Deadly Sins series and looks at Pride.

Manchester United v Arsenal Preview: Goals, Goals, Goals

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Another big game awaits Manchester United this weekend as Arsenal, their chief rivals from the last decade but not so relevant these days, travel to Old Trafford. Although the Gunners have failed to maintain any sustained title challenge in the recent past, this still remains one of the biggest rivalries in England owing to its rich recent history.

Fergie Doubts Chelsea’s Clattenburg Claims

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today been questioned about the allegations Chelsea players have made about comments made by referee Mark Clattenburg on Sunday.

Whilst even most Chelsea fans are struggling to get their heads around the idea a referee would racially abuse two players during one game, Ferguson has categorically ruled out the possibility of it happening.

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See, Chelsea, you don’t HAVE to injure your own steward!

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When Javier Hernandez put United 3-2 up against Chelsea on Sunday, he celebrated his goal in front of the Chelsea fans. You know, the same fans who chanted "let him die!" on repeat when Ashley Cole took him out at Old Trafford last season and he was receiving treatment, before being stretchered off.

Chelsea Manager Talking Nonsense

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An incorrect match-defining decision was witnessed at Stamford Bridge on Sunday which likely had a huge impact on the result. Manchester United only won the game 3-2 but if Fernando Torres has been sent off for kicking Tom Cleverley in the chest in the first half, when Chelsea were still losing 2-1, who knows how many goals United would have won by.

PICTURE: Chelsea Fan Monkey Gesture At Welbeck

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