Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Van der Sar: I Love Fergie Arguing With Refs

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Sir Alex Ferguson was criticised for giving the officials a bollocking during United's 4-3 win over Newcastle earlier this week.

Edwin Van der Sar has stuck up for his former manager, claiming his rant showed passion and was performed for the sake of the team.

"When you see Sir Alex arguing with referees and linesmen, he is showing passion that has taken him to the very highest level of the game," Van der Sar told The Mirror.

STATS: Speed, passing and distance covered vs West Brom

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Distance travelled

In the first half, United covered 30.63 miles but in the second half upped this to 31.18. Michael Carrick covered 6.54 miles over 90 minutes which was more than any player on either side.

Average speed

Our average speed in the second half increased to 3.

Fergie: Incredibly Talented Nani Going Nowhere

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Following rumours that Nani had played his last game for Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of selling the winger in January.

Nani was on the receiving end of criticism following our League Cup defeat in extra time against Chelsea after he lost the ball in the last minute to allow the blues to equalise.

Vidic: I’ll Keep Getting Better

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Nemanja Vidic played 90 minutes in our 2-0 win over West Brom yesterday, which was our first clean sheet in over a month. He completed more tackles, interceptions, blocks, clearances and won more aerial duels than any player on the pitch.

He hasn't been thrown in at the deep end since returning from a long spell out with a knee injury but Vidic insists he will improve with more playing time.

PICTURE: Van Persie’s Message For Tchuna

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"PICTURE: Van Persie's Message For Tchuna" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Goals vs West Brom

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"VIDEO: Goals vs West Brom" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Brom

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De Gea, Smalling, Rio, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Young, Kagawa, Welbeck.

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against West Brom…

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There were times during Wednesday's game against Newcastle that I thought we'd be going in to today's game just one point clear at the top. News had spread around the ground early in the second half that City had gone a goal behind but you had to expect for them to go on and win it.

STATS: Speed and distance covered vs Newcastle

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Distance covered

In the first half, United covered a total of 30.81 miles but in the second half upped this to 33.19 miles.

Carrick has covered more distance for United this season than any other player and against Newcastle there were no differences. He covered 6.83 miles over the 90 minutes which is more than any player on either team.

Reactions To Victory Over Newcastle

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1. It doesn't matter how many times we do it, winning games in the last minute feels fucking fantastic on every single occasion. To go behind three times, at home, was ridiculous and infuriating. Every time we clawed ourselves back in to the game we messed it up and let them take the lead again. In the first half, the players didn't even seem that bothered by the fact we were getting outplayed by a poor Newcastle team.

Fergie Calls Newcastle A Small Club

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Following our 4-3 win over Newcastle, which put us seven points clear, a lot of the press focus was on Sir Alex Ferguson's bollocking of the officials. In the first half, a Newcastle goal was allowed to stand despite Cisse standing in an offside position as a "distraction" to Jonny Evans, who put the ball in his own net.

Bebe On Loan

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Bebe will join Portuguese side Rio Ave on loan this January, according to club president Antonio Silva Campos.

"He is one of the players who should be just hours away from joining, but there are still some details left to address," he said. "His signing could be announced very shortly."

"Bebe On Loan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Evans, Evra, Van Persie and Chicharito Goals vs Newcastle

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"VIDEO: Evans, Evra, Van Persie and Chicharito Goals vs Newcastle" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Newcastle

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De Gew, Smalling, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney, Van Persie.

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Newcastle…

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Repeatedly this season I've said that Wayne Rooney is our most important player. This isn't to be confused with me thinking he's our best player. Robin van Persie is a far superior striker and his 12 goals/6 assists in 16 starts go a long way to supporting this.

Happy Christmas!

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"Happy Christmas!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: United’s Hardest Working Players

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For those who have played the equivalent of five games in the league, this is the ranking of how much distance they've covered minute on the pitch: 1. Rooney 2. Carrick 3. Van Persie 4. Cleverley 5. Scholes 6. Young 7. Welbeck 8. Evans 9. Rafael 10. Hernandez 11. Evra 12. Valencia 13. Vidic 14. Smalling 15.

Van Gaal: RvP Getting Better Since Leaving Arsenal For United

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Louis van Gaal, manager of Holland, has sung the praises of Robin van Persie, claiming that our striker has benefited from moving to Manchester United.

"Robin van Persie is getting ­better and better – it's incredible," said Van Gaal. "He is a super ­professional player who really knows what he wants from his ­career and how he will achieve it.

GIF: Incident That ‘Could Have Killed’ RvP

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After Robin van Persie had been fouled and the whistle had been blown, Ashley Williams intentionally kicked the ball as hard as he could at our strikers head. He was booked, as was Van Persie for his reaction.

Following the game, Ferguson said it was one of the most dangerous things he'd seen on a football pitch, that Van Persie could have been killed and that Williams should be banned for a long time.

VIDEO: Evra’s Goal vs Swansea

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Swansea vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, Van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes, Fletcher, Buttner

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Swansea…

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Following City's injury time win in controversial circumstances, it's important that United get the three points today to restore our lead to six points.

Swansea don't have a great home record, having only won 3 from 9, but they have been scoring plenty of goals at the Liberty Stadium.

Fergie: United Fans Will Welcome Ronaldo… Then They Can Boo Him!

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Sir Alex Ferguson has rightly claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo will receive a fantastic reception when he comes back to Old Trafford. At times, he has had a difficult relationship with the Real Madrid fans, whilst United fans still sing his name from the stands, this season more than ever since he left in 2009.

Fergie: I Hope Ronaldo Wants To Come Back To United

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Whilst ruling it out as a serious possibility at the moment, Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo may one day like to return to Manchester United.

"I'd love to see that, but it's fanciful thinking really," he said. "First of all, how much it would take to get him from Real Madrid, and secondly, I don't think there's any chance they would want to sell him anyway.

Evra: Ronaldo Loves And Misses United

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Patrice Evra has encouraged Cristiano Ronaldo to return from Madrid and sign for United again, where he will be appreciated as much as he deserves.

"I have been in touch with him many times," Evra told MUTV. "He still loves Manchester United and misses Manchester United. He has done some incredible things for Real Madrid, he broke all the records, but they didn't show him the respect he deserves.

Fifty Shades Of Dimitar

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Despite the best efforts of Sasa Curcic, football and sex haven't had much to do with each other down the years. Players sometimes compare scoring a goal to the physical act of love "scrambling it in that consolation goal from a yard against Villa gave me an even bigger thrill than when I splattered my beans up 'er indoors, Des" and there was that recurring childhood dream we had about Micky Quinn as a Page 7 fella, wearing only a thong and a roguish grin.

Evans Signs New Deal

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Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract, the club today confirmed.

Evans' current deal was set to expire in the summer of 2014 but following his performances in Nemanja Vidic's absence he has been rewarded with an improved contract

"I'm delighted to sign my new contract," he told the club website.

Martinez Wants Henriquez

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Our young striker, Angelo Henriquez, has been linked with a loan move to Wigan all week, but now Roberto Matinez has confirmed the rumours.

"Angelo is as good a goalscorer as you will find," said Martinez. "He scored goals at Universidad de Chile and he is going to score goals here.

Fergie: I’ll Need To Order Some Good Wine For Jose

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Sir Alex Ferguson has responded to the news that we have been drawn against Real Madrid in the next round of the European Cup.

"It's the tie of the round," Ferguson told the official website. "It's a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again I'll need to order some good wine!

“It’s going to be a special game for Ronaldo”

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Real Madrid director, Emilio Butragueno, has claimed that playing Manchester United in the next round of the European Cup will be a special occasion for Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It's going to be a special game for him," he said. "He's a great professional and he will do his best for Real Madrid.

United favourites to beat Swansea and maintain 6 point lead over City

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Swansea v Manchester United
Premier League
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Sunday 23 December 2012
13:30 GMT

Manchester United have the chance to maintain a three point lead at the top of the table when the side travels to Swansea City for our last match before Christmas.

For Roy Keane: “Hail to the Tempest”

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What To Make Of Champions League Draw

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So, it had to happen sooner or later, didn't it? Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the Round of 16.

These are the games that the European Cup is all about, playing against massive clubs, with great history and cracking players. Our fans will get a night at the Bernabéu and Sir Alex Ferguson will get to see if he can outmaster the self-proclaimed Special One.

VIDEO: Bebe Puts U-21s In To Semi-Final

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Bebe scored the only goal of the game in our U-21s win over Morecambe in the Lancashire Senior Cup. 904 fans watched United's quarter-final win and they will now Fleetwood Town or Oldham Athletic in the semis.

"VIDEO: Bebe Puts U-21s In To Semi-Final" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: I Spoke To Pep About His Future

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Pep Guardiola is one of the most wanted football managers in the world, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all reportedly keen to bring him to their clubs.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked what his opinion on Guardiola is and our manager has revealed that the former Barcelona manager insists he's not ready to come back in to management yet.

De Gea: I Feel At Home At United

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David de Gea, who has been one of the best keepers in the league this season, has claimed that he has settled down well to life at Manchester United.

"I'm very settled and feel like part of the furniture around the club," said De Gea. "I feel very much at home in the Premier League and, of course, with my team-mates here at the club.

De Gea: I’m At A Huge Club

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David de Gea, who made several costly mistakes last season as he made the adjustment from Spain, is well aware that there is a lot more pressure on him at United than anywhere he's been before.

"I'm at a huge club now and there are big demands on you," he said. "As a goalkeeper, I'm well aware that any mistake can be magnified by the fans.

Fergie On One, Two and Four Strikers

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked about the different popular formations these days, with lots of clubs moving away from 4-4-2 and playing with just one striker instead. During Euro 2012, Spain played several games without any strikers, which is an approach Barcelona also use.

"It is only really Barcelona that play without a striker all the rest play with a striker," he said.

Fergie: Van Persie Is Like Cantona

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Robin van Persie is currently the top scorer in the league, having scored 12 and assisted 5 in his 15 starts this season. Sir Alex Ferguson has today likened the signing of Van Persie with that of Eric Cantona.

"He has got a similar profile to Eric in terms of age and maturity," said Ferguson.

Reactions To Victory Over Sunderland

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1. United played some fantastic football at times on Saturday, displaying exquisite one touch passing and lightening fast attacks, in a game that deservedly saw us pick up all three points. Like so many games before though, we just didn't kill it off, despite creating so many clear cut chances. It would be wrong to say we had a nerve-racking finish but it was nowhere near as comfortable as it should have been.

What is love? Robin Van Perise. Van Persie. Scores goals (and doesn’t exist).

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Last year, my flatmates all Arsenal fans, kept going on about this Robin Van Persie bloke. I kept telling them that Wayne Rooney would slap in him in the face in terms of quality of football player. They were adamant that he was stupendously good and every week, I watched Match of the Day and I would see him score amazing goals.

VIDEO: Kagawa Sings Gangham Style

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VIDEO: Van Persie Sings “Glory, Glory Man United!”

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VIDEO: Van Persie, Cleverley and Rooney goals vs Sunderland

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Sunderland

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De Gew, Jones, Smalling, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, Van Persie.

Sunderland team: Mignolet, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Bramble, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Sunderland

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As I've repeatedlysaid all season, Wayne Rooney is our most important player. Last weekend he showed exactly why he holds that title. Not just because of the goals he scored, which obviously helped us on our way, but because of the hard work he puts in for every minute he's on the pitch.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best moments from the derby in GIF form.

The official site has a webchat with Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck.

The Telegraph looks at Arsene Wenger's worst buys for Arsenal.

The Guardian wants us to return to the days of the terraces.

See what Mancunia Merchandise has on offer this Christmas.

Welbz: I Went Wild When We Won In ’99

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Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young took part in a webchat on the official site where they were asked questions by the fans.

Ashley Young said that if he could have played a part in any game from our history it would be the Nou Camp in 1999.

"I'd say the Champions League final from 1999," he said.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland Fan On Poznan, beating United in 68 and O’Shea

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Ahead of our game against Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith who writes for Salut Sunderland, has answered some questions for us.

Scott the Red: Why have Sunderland been so poor this season?

Pete Sixsmith: We have never got going. The first home game was postponed, there were two International weekends, the new players (Johnson in particular) took time to settle in, some of the others had a poor pre season and have not found form.

Rafael: I Want To Play In Every Single Game

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Only Patrice Evra has had more playing time that Rafael da Silva this season, as our young right back has gone from strength to strength.

Rafael admits he is surprised he has played so often but is hoping that he continues to play in every game.

"I start every season hoping to make an impression and play a lot of games, but I couldn't have imagined how well this season has gone for me," Rafael told Inside United.

Young To Replace Evra As Dressing Room DJ?

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In a webchat with Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck on the official site, they both confirmed that Patrice Evra was past his best when it came to choosing the music to listen to in the dressing room ahead of kick-off.

DW: I think I can speak for both of us here. We've had discussions recently and as for Patrice's skills.

Win Tickets To Manchester United v Newcastle United On Boxing Day

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We have two VIP tickets and four general tickets to give away to ROM readers for the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Newcastle United. The tickets are courtesy of bwin, the official online betting partner of Manchester United.

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Van Persie And Rooney Most Popular Shirts In North America

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1. Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
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Rooney: If There’s One Team I Want To Beat It’s Sunderland

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When the whistle blew at the Stadium of Light after our final game of the season, Manchester United were top of the league. Moments later, Manchester City scored a late winner against 10 man QPR, who capitulated once they learnt they were safe, to win the league.

As news of the goal started to spread around the ground, Sunderland fans starting celebrating and copied City's lame Poznan celebration.

GIF: Tevez Escapes Punishment

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Gareth Barry was charged by the FA yesterday for verbally abusing fourth official Mark Clattenburg following City's 3-2 defeat against Manchester United. The result could have been a lot worse for the blues if the linesman didn't incorrectly rule out Ashley Young's goal, which would have put us 3-0, and if the referee didn't miss Kolo Toure fouling Patrice Evra in the box.

RvP: I Love Chicharito’s Attitude

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One of the benefits of having one of the best strikers in the world in your squad is the impact he can have on the younger players. Robin van Persie has scored 11 goals in 14 starts this season, against the likes of City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, and is a great influence on the training ground.

Evra: Van Persie Is Perfect For United

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Robin van Persie spent eight seasons at Arsenal but all he has to show for it is the FA Cup winners medal which he picked up in his first season against us, after coming on off the bench.

Since then, United have won four league titles, the European Cup, three League Cups and the World Club Cup.

Giggs: Rio Entitled To Celebrate

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Following Manchester United's injury time win over Manchester City, Rio Ferdinand was struck in the face by a coin. Whilst most people were united in their condemnation of this fan, some suggested that Rio deserved it for provoking the City fans.

Ferdinand celebrated directly in front of the away supporters who were sitting behind the goal.

Vidic Definitely Back For Sunderland

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After rumours that Nemanja Vidic may have been fit in time for City, Sir Alex Ferguson has said it would have been ridiculous to bring him back for such a big game, although expects him to play against Sunderland.

Jonny Evans might be the one to make way for Vidic after picking up a hamstring injury in the derby.

Giggs: I Got Hit By Chelsea Fans

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Earlier this season, Manchester United beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, with the blues reduced to nine men. United had gone 2-0 up early on only to see Chelsea claw two goals back. With quarter of an hour remaining, Javier Hernandez scored the winning goal.

Our Mexican isn't very popular with Chelsea fans because of how regularly he scores against them.

Shock! Ashley Cole’s family is scum too!

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Earlier this summer, the FA deemed that Ashley Cole lied to defend John Terry who was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

In Cole's first statement to the FA, he claimed he heard or saw Anton use a "B" word, which he suggested might have been "Bridge" as Anton said it whilst making a sexual gesture.

Reactions To Victory Over City

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1. Like a lot of fans, I would have happily taken a point from Sunday's game ahead of kick-off, with City having not lost at home in the league for two years and us just needing to draw to stay top of the league. With ten minutes played it looked as though we were going to have our work cut out to get a result.

Players Shouldn’t Celebrate With Their Own Fans! Ever!

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You would think that by now we would be used to it. Dramatic last gasp wins have been commonplace for Manchester United fans during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign. It doesn't seem to matter how often we do it though, it feels fucking fantastic every single time. That realisation, a second or so before the ball hits the net, when you're deep in to injury time, is one of the greatest feelings you'll ever experience, and as United fans, we get to experience it more than most.

VIDEO: Rooney and Van Persie Goals Against City

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GIF: Mancini’s Reaction To Going 2-0 Down

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Manchester City vs Manchester United

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United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Young, Rooney, RVP
Bench: Johnstone, Jones, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli
Bench: Pantilimon, Maicon, Kolo Toure, Garcia, Tevez, Dzeko, Lescott

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

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on welcoming back Tevez, strange signings and winning the league

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Ahead of today's big game, we've spoken to Rob Pollard from Typical City about their title hopes, their failure in Europe, their business in the transfer market and their Prodigal Son, Carlos Tevez.

Scott the Red: United fans have been fairly unhappy with our performances this season yet we're still top of the league.

Ahead Of Our Game Against City

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Both United and City saw their team lose earlier this week in Europe, but whilst we had confirmed our place at the top of the group after four games, the blues confirmed themselves as the worst performing English team in the history of Champions League football. There's no denying they were in a ridiculously tough group but there's no real excuse or explanation for their drab performances in Europe.

Valencia Set For Shock Return Against City?

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An account on Instagram that claims to belong to Antonio Valencia has hinted that he may make a surprise return to our starting XI today after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled him out yesterday.


bwin specials
Fergie to tap his watch in second half injury time (90 mins or later) – Yes: Evens
Man Utd to score in injury time – Yes: 5/1
Tevez to be sent off – Yes: 10/1
RVP to score more goals than Aguero – Yes: Evens
Rooney to score more goals than Tevez – Yes: 11/10

"Valencia Set For Shock Return Against City?

Owen: Fans Will Always Remember My Derby Day Winner

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Former Liverpool legend, Michael Owen, was part of United's record breaking 19th title squad. However, the highlight of his time at United is probably the injury time winner he scored against City, after Craig Bellamy had levelled the score in the last minute of the game.

"I think if you ask any United fan what was the best ­moment of Michael Owen's time here they'd all say that derby goal – and it's probably the stand-out moment for me too," he said.

PICTURE: City Fill Ground With Plastic Flags?

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Manchester City are likely to welcome a sell out crowd this afternoon, something that sadly doesn't happen every week for the blues, and they will be greeted with a lovely plastic flag each. Adorable. But still not quite as embarrassing as the scarf twirl to dance music a few years back.

"PICTURE: City Fill Ground With Plastic Flags?

Charlton: Mourinho Wrong Man To Replace Fergie

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Sir Bobby Charlton has yet again reiterated his opinion that Jose Mourinho doesn't have the right character to be manager of Manchester United.

"A United manager wouldn't do that," Charlton said, referring to Mourinho gouging Tito Vilanova's eye, then Barcelona's assistant coach, in the 2011 Spanish Super Cup.

RoM Reads

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Scott the Red talks to The Mirror about derby day.

Scott the Red talks to Typical City about derby day.

The Guardian reports on Sir Bobby Charlton's thoughts on Manchester City.

ManUtd24 sings the praises of David de Gea.

The Evening News looks at Fergie's City penalty claim.

RvP: I’m Very Happy I Picked United Over City

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Ahead of Robin van Persie's first Manchester derby he has spoken about his delight at turning down Manchester City to join Manchester United. Both clubs were keen on signing last season's top scorer when it became clear he wasn't going to sign a new contract with Arsenal but Van Persie didn't have any hesitation over picking us over them.

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In Depth Look At United’s Formations

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For as long as we have been watching United our team has always played with width. So we can all be forgiven for not seeing this one coming. Yes United have played a 4-3-3 formation on the odd occasion, and with some success, (notably at The Emirates in recent years), but United are known for their wingers.

VIDEO: Ahead of the derby

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Fergie: Rooney Will Hit Form For Sunday

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Wayne Rooney has struggled for goals and good performances over the past few weeks, with last night's defeat against Cluj the latest example, but the manager reckons Rooney will play better on Sunday against Manchester City.

"Wayne has another 90 minutes under his belt and hopefully by Sunday he is in real top form," said Ferguson.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Cluj

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Wootton, Büttner, Giggs, Cleverley, Powell, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez

Bench: Lindegaard, Vermijl, Rafael, Young, Scholes, Fletcher, Macheda

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

Deepest Red

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Deepest Red is a unique collection of writing about the myth, madness, and glory that is Manchester United. Bringing together writers, bloggers and journalists to provide fresh insight into the club's history, this anthology pinpoints the defining moments that have created a global legend.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Cluj

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Thanks to our performances in the opening four games of the Champions League, we have been confirmed as top of the group of some time now. That has left us with two meaningless games, with us losing to Galatasaray away a couple of weeks ago and facing Cluj tonight.

ATTENDANCES: Manchester United vs Manchester City – The city is ours

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City fans claim that Manchester is blue and that the only reason why we have more fans these days is because of the glory supporters that have latched on to the club since our period of dominance which started with the days of the Premier League and Sky Sports.

This is a myth.

Manchester United have been a better supported club than our local rivals since World War II and the stats below can prove it.

Mancunia Merchandise

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Check out the range of t-shirts and other goods at Mancunia Merchandise for all your red loved ones this Christmas. We've created an Ideas For Christmas category as well as an MUFC philosophy, or you can browse all the designs. T-shirt + p&p to the UK = £17 Shipping available to the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

Van Der Sar: RvP Absolutely Loves United

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Ahead of Robin van Persie's decision to choose Manchester United over Manchester City, countryman and former red, Edwin Van der Sar, advised him to join United.

Having met up with Van Persie at Sir Alex Ferguson's statue unveiling, Van der Sar has revealed how happy Van Persie is at United.

Cantona: Ferguson Has Created Generations Of Great Players

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Eric Cantona has sung the praises of his former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming that his greatest strength is his ability to understand people as well as tactics.

"Last season United lost the league in the last minute. Sometimes that happens, but they are still a top team and a top team in Europe," Cantona told Inside United.

Fryers: I Rejected United Offer

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After rejecting the contract off from Manchester United, it looked as though Ezekiel Fryers was set for a move to Tottenham Hotspur last summer. He trained with the London club throughout the summer, only for an agreement not to be found for a compensation package, with United reportedly asking for £4m whilst Spurs were only prepared to pay £2m.

Reactions To Victory Over Reading

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1. Ahead of kick-off I suggested that United give us a weekly surprise these days, whether it's because of the chosen starting line-up, the formation, the tactics, or the events of the game. The surprise for yesterday was conceding three goals in the first half, as well as scoring four of our own.

Win A RoM Mug

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Manchester Mugs have started stocking an RoM mug. They're available to buy for £5.99 but we have a few to give away. Simply e-mail your full name and address to: republik_of_mancunia_competition[at]hotmail.co.uk

Or buy one here. Christmas is coming...

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GIF: Van Persie’s Disallowed Goal

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Had this goal stood, United would have the same goal difference as Manchester City, as well as being three points clear.

"GIF: Van Persie's Disallowed Goal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Anderson, Rooney and RvP Goals vs Reading

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Bad News On Anderson

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The club have confirmed that Anderson has injured his hamstring.

"Bad News On Anderson" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Reading vs United

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Lindegaard; Rafael, Evra, Evans, Ferdinand; Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, Van Persie.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Cleverley, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Reading…

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Looking ahead to matches is becoming fairly predictable now, in the sense that we have no idea what will happen, so we just aimlessly speculate one way or another, discuss our preferences, then experience one surprise or another. One thing that we can bet on is that United will play 433 again, thanks to the lack of wingers.