Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Rooney: I Don’t Panic Now

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that with experience he has learnt not to panic in matches, even if the scoreline isn't going our way.

At the weekend against Norwich, United waited until injury time again before wrapping up the points, thanks to a Ryan Giggs goal.

"When I was a young lad and first at the club we might have been losing a game 1-0 or 2-1 and I'd have been saying ‘just put the ball in the box' and panicking a bit about losing the game," he told Inside United.

Fletch: I’m Trying Everything To Get Back

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Darren Fletcher is expected to miss the rest of the season after the club announced he suffered from ulcerative colitis, a rare inflammatory condition that affects the bowel.

After missing large chunks of the season and pre-season over recent years, the club had previously told the media it was a "virus".

RoM Reads

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ManUtd24 doesn't think our problems on the pitch are down to complacency.

The Evening News reports on Darren Fletcher's recovery.

Stretford-End thinks it's time for United to get tough with Pogba.

The Glazer Out blog discusses whether we could have a supporter on the board next season.

United Complain To UEFA Over Bilbao Prices

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Manchester United will speak to UEFA about the prices Athletic Bilbao are charging for the away leg of the Europa League's round of 16.

The Spanish club have announced that tickets will £77.50, which is more money than any club has ever charged us before.

United last played Bilbao exactly a year before the Munich Air Disaster, on February 6th 1957 at Maine Road.

Saha: Still Got Fergie Hairdryer After Scoring Twice

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Two weeks after signing for Manchester United and on his second game for the club, Louis Saha scored twice against Everton within the first half an hour. He had scored a goal on his debut too so was feeling rather chuffed with himself.

When United went off 3-0 up at half-time, Saha was expected a pat on the back from Sir Alex Ferguson, but instead was given a hard time for not putting away all his chances.

Pogba Agent: Situation Precarious… But We’re Willing

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Speculation that Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United this summer is mounting, with top clubs in Italy keen to secure the talented youngster. It was disappointing to learn that Pogba is now represented by Mino Raiola, the same agent as Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who doesn't have the best reputation.

Reactions To Victory Over Norwich

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1. Days like yesterday have the potential to win you or lose you the title. When it's 1-1 with 90 minutes played after a lacklustre second half you're thinking it's a day that could lose you the title. It doesn't matter that Norwich have performed so well this season, sitting in 8th place despite getting beaten, we needed the points.

Scholes: We Might Have To Win Every Game

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After scoring his second goal since making his shock return from retirement, Paul Scholes has claimed that Manchester United may have to win every one of the remaining twelve games if they are to retain the title.

"There is no point drawing games so we were throwing everyone forward going for that goal, and I am sure we will do the same thing again," Scholes told MUTV.

Giggs: We Probably Frustrated Our Fans Today

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After Norwich equalised against Manchester United late on this afternoon it looked as though we would have to settle for just one point.

However, Ryan Giggs, making his 900th appearance for the club, ensured we left with all three after scoring an injury time winner.

"I think it's team spirit," Giggs told MUTV.

VIDEO: Giggs’ First United Goal… Against Norwich

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Ryan Giggs scored a last minute winner for Manchester United today on his 900th appearance for the club against Norwich.

On September 7th 1991 Giggs scored his first United goal, also against Norwich.

Only seven players have scored more goals than Giggs for United and only Rooney has scored more Premier League goals than him.

VIDEO: Scholes and Giggs Goals vs Norwich

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

STATS: Ryan’s 900th Game

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Ryan Giggs makes his 900th appearance for Manchester United against Norwich today which is his 427th game away from home. It is also his 500th Premier League start. Giggs has started 85% of those 900 games. He has scored or assisted 306 of all Manchester United's 1348 Premier League goals, which is 22.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP:Norwich vs United

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De Gea, Jones Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Chicharito and Welbeck.

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

Fergie: Evra Needed A Break After Suarez Incident

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Patrice Evra, who hasn't played since our home win over Liverpool, is set to come back in to the team against Norwich today after being given some time off.

"The intention was always to give Patrice a clean break away from it all after the Suarez thing," Fergie said. "He needed that rest factor because don't forget he's been playing non-stop for four years.

Where To Put Your Money vs Norwich

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Wayne Rooney is still doubtful for Man United trip to Carrow road this weekend, but they still look a solid bet at 1.57 with Paddy Power to beat Norwich.

with or without Wazza, United have a formidable record on the road and have lost just once in their last 13 away games.

They have won 8 of those, and despite not being at their best in midweek against Ajax have made it through to the last 16 of the Europa League and can now firmly concentrate on the job in hand.

Fergie: I Picked The Wrong Team

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Manchester United were defeated by Ajax last night but still managed to progress the Europa League quarter-finals thank to the 2-0 lead they brought to the game from Amsterdam.

Despite taking the lead, United conceded two goals and had to endure a nervous final few minutes after Ajax dominated the second half.

Fergie: I Picked The Wrong Team

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Manchester United were defeated by Ajax last night but still managed to progress the Europa League quarter-finals thank to the 2-0 lead they brought to the game from Amsterdam.

Despite taking the lead, United conceded two goals and had to endure a nervous final few minutes after Ajax dominated the second half.

Good News On Valencia

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Despite initially fearing he would be out for a month, Antonio Valencia will likely be available for our trip to Tottenham next weekend.

"The availability of Ashley Young and Nani as natural wide players considerably strengthens our attacking options," Ferguson wrote in the programme for Ajax.

Good News On Valencia

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Despite initially fearing he would be out for a month, Antonio Valencia will likely be available for our trip to Tottenham next weekend.

"The availability of Ashley Young and Nani as natural wide players considerably strengthens our attacking options," Ferguson wrote in the programme for Ajax.

RoM Reads

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Andersred looks at United's increasing wage bill.

The Evening News reports on Fergie's hopes for an all Manchester Europa final.

BBC Football talks about Phil Neville's role with the England U-21s.

Mancunia Merchandise still has the Wellbred Welbeck t-shirts which are donating all profit to The Christie in February.

RoM Reads

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Andersred looks at United's increasing wage bill.

The Evening News reports on Fergie's hopes for an all Manchester Europa final.

BBC Football talks about Phil Neville's role with the England U-21s.

Mancunia Merchandise still has the Wellbred Welbeck t-shirts which are donating all profit to The Christie in February.

Confirmed Line Up: Utd v Ajax

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Fabio, Nani, Cleverley, Park, Young, Berbatov, Hernandez

"Confirmed Line Up: Utd v Ajax" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Six Reds In England Squad

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Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Fabio: Eriksen Is Very Good

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Fabio da Silva has sung the praises of Christian Eriksen ahead of Manchester United's game against Ajax.

Sir Alex Ferguson singled Eriksen out for praise after last week's game against the Dutch club and even suggested we might be interested in buying him.

"Eriksen is a very good player," he told United Review.

Fergie: No One Will Match Giggs

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When Ryan Giggs scored Manchester United's last penalty in Moscow, moments before Nicolas Anelka's penalty was saved by Edwin Van der Sar, there was speculation over whether that would be last game for the club. He had broken Sir Bobby Charlton's all time appearance record when coming off the bench to replace Paul Scholes.

No More Saturday Games For United

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If Manchester United knock Ajax out of the Europa League on Thursday, they will not play another game on Saturday for the rest of the season.

The following changes were announced today:
QPR (H) Sun 8 Apr (1.30pm Sky)
Wigan (A) Wed 11 Apr (7.45, not televised)
Villa (H) Sun 15 Apr (4pm Sky)
Everton (H) Sun 22 Apr (12.

Kuszczak: Watford Is My Team Now

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After joining Watford on loan until the end of the season, Tomasz Kuszczak has revealed he hopes he can get playing time so he can be considered for the Euros.

"I really miss the feeling of a matchday when you're involved," Kuszczak told Watford's official website. "Where Watford were in the Championship table never crossed my mind.

Kuszczak Leaves On Loan

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Tomasz Kusczak has joined Watford on loan until the end of the season.

Watford are currently 17th in the Championship.

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

Fergie: Never Discussed Who Will Replace Me

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed in an interview with Radio 5 Live that he has never discussed which manager will replace him when he's ready to retire.

"Never discussed it it is a dangerous game," said Ferguson. "At this moment in time there are about half-a-dozen managers doing very well in the Premier League, all the others are fighting for their lives.

Smalling: I Should Win The League Every Year At United

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Five years ago, Chris Smalling was playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Maidstone and now he plays for the Champions of England.

After signing for the club over two years ago, Smalling came in to the first team squad 18 months ago and says that he doesn't feel like one of the newbies any more.

Young: United Is The Biggest Club In The World

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Ashley Young, who scored Manchester United's opening goal against Ajax this week, has claimed that he is getting used to every game being a cup final for the opposition.

"You realise from the first time you join the club how much pressure is put on you," he said. "And every team wants to beat Man United.

Rooney: I’m Really Looking Forward To Europa Games

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax this week, Wayne Rooney has insisted he is keen on winning the second rate European competition and doesn't think going for the Europa League will have an impact on our title challenge.

"I've no concerns about it hindering our progress in the league, not at all," he said.

Chicharito: You Can Never Stop Improving At United

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Javier Hernandez enjoyed an excellent first season at Manchester United following his £6m move. He scored 20 goals in all competitions and earned a regular place in our starting XI, ahead of the Premier League's top scorer, Dimitar Berbatov.

This season he has dealt with two periods out on the sidelines with injuries, which has seen him drop below Danny Welbeck in pecking order.

Valencia: I Am Angry

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Antonio Valencia has been one of United's best players this season, which is why it is so frustrating that he picked up a hamstring injury in his ten minute substitution appearance against Ajax.

After suffering a nasty injury the season before last, which saw him miss most of the season, he admitted he was worried this latest injury would keep him out for a long time.

Keano: Being Happy At United Made Me Turn Down Moves Abroad

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After managing Sunderland and Ipswich, Roy Keane is now working as a football pundit on the TV, but says he would go back in to management if the right offer came along.

"I don't know until I get the call," he said. "I have to say, I think I am keeping myself busy, but I don't sit around all day with my feet up, it is not in my make-up.

PICTURES: Fans In Uruguay Support Suarez And Tell Fergie To Shut Up

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Luis Suarez, who has recently served an eight match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, has the full support of the fans of his former team, Nacional.

The banners say: "Ferguson, wash your mouth out before you talk about Sir Suarez", "Suarez, Uruguay is with you" and "Suarez is Nacional, Evra must be Penarol".

Keane: I Had To Change My Mindset After United

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Roy Keane has claimed that after playing for Sir Alex Ferguson and then going in to manager, he struggled to adjust his mindset from one of winning all the time to one that has to put up with defeat.

"I think when you are playing under a manager like that and winning lots of games, part of your mindset is that it is going to be easy," said Keane.

Keano: Captains Like Bruce And Cantona Didn’t Have An Ego

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Roy Keane, who won more trophies with United than any other captain, has talked about the importance of captains. Looking back to the likes of Pearce, Bruce and Robson, Keane was impressed with how little ego they had about their role and instead their focus on setting a good example to their team mates.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has some nice GIFs from last night's game.

BBC Football has a nice article on the man who sold us Chicharito.

KCKRS talks about Rooney's new horse.

The Mirror reckons we're after Gotze whilst The Guardian thinks we could be in for Pique.

The Evening News reports on Rio's claims that we'll be fine without the injured Valencia.

Valencia Out For A Month

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Antonio Valencia was rested last night in order to help bring Ashley Young and Nani back to fitness. He was brought on in the second half though and ran through the defence before giving the ball to Rooney, who set Chicharito up for our second.

However, he only lasted ten minutes before being subbed off with an injury.

Eriksen And Fergie Impressed With Each Other

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Before Thursday night's game against Ajax, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was looking forward to watching Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with a whole host of top clubs.

Eriksen didn't have a particularly good game but Ferguson sang the lad's praises anyway.

"He's a good player a typical Ajax player who is good on the ball but we already knew that," he told TV3+.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Ajax vs UNITED

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De Gea, Jones, Evans, Rio, Fabio, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, Chicharito. Subs: Amos, Smalling, Park, Welbeck, Scholes Valencia, and Pogba.

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

How Good Are Ajax?

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- Ajax are currently 6th out of 18 teams in the Eredivisie this season having won just 4 of their 9 games at home.
- Ajax have won just one of their last four games, losing against 14th placed FC Utrecht at home and 4th placed Feyenoord away.
- Miralem Sulejmani is Ajax's top scorer this season with 12 goals in 26 appearances.

Gary Neville Q&A: Ando’s English, Away Dressing Rooms and Galatasary

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Gary Neville has done a nice Q&A session on Twitter.

Q: Who did you sit beside in the dressing room?
A: Scholes and Solskjaer

Q: Most hostile crowd you've played against in the Champions League?
A: Galatasaray! No one will ever see that again!

Q: The one match you want to replay?

Fergie: Scholes Is Our Xavi

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Speaking in Amsterdam ahead of tomorrow night's game against Ajax, Sir Alex Ferguson has described what prompted Paul Scholes' decision to retire and the positives that have come because of his U-turn.

"It's hard to describe Scholes," said Ferguson. "Honestly, on Saturday, he was unbelievable.

Fabio: Suarez Behaviour Inspired United Win

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Fabio da Silva has criticised Luis Suarez for refusing to shake Patrice Evra's hand ahead of Manchester United's 2-1 victory at the weekend. Rio Ferdinand refused to shake Suarez's hand in response and Fabio reckons the Uruguayan's behaviour helped motivate United even more than usual.

"I believe that in life it is always necessary to forgive," he told Globoesporte.

Pereira: My Dream Has Come True

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Andreas Pereira, who agreed to join the club last year from PSV before signing when he turned 16-years-old this year, has spoken of his happiness at being a Manchester United player.

The Brazilian-born Belgium youth has that he is settled in well, thanks particular to his countrymen in the first team squad.

Ryan On “Giggsy 12 Gerrard 0″ Chant

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Like everyone else at the club, Ryan Giggs is eager for us to move on from the fuss Liverpool has created following Luis Suarez's racial abuse of Patrice Evra.

Giggs has no problem with friendly banter and cited the chant our fans were singing during Saturday's victory over Liverpool.

"The rivalry will always be there, but let's have it as healthy rivalry and nothing else," Giggs told The Telegraph.

Pogba Enjoying Training With Top Class Players

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A few months ago, it looked as though Manchester United were set to lose their brightest young talents, with Ravel Morrison and Paul Pogba reportedly looking for more money elsewhere.

Since then, it appears as though Morrison wasn't offered a new contract, with United becoming fed up with his failure to attend training and drama that followed him, whilst Pogba has been given a chance with the first team.

Fergie: I’m In Charge At United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been Manchester United manager for an incredible 25 years and saw the North Stand at Old Trafford named after him this season.

The manager has claimed that he been allowed to be successful for so long because the club isn't reactionary and has been supportive of his long term plans.

Giggs: I Almost Retired Last Season

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Ryan Giggs is set to make his 900th appearance for the club on Thursday in Amsterdam but has today revealed that he almost copied Paul Scholes in hanging up his boots at the end of last season.

Giggs played in 38 games in total last season on the way to collecting his record 12th league title and as the season progressed, realised he wasn't ready to stop playing yet.

Welbz: I Grew Up Idolising Giggs and Scholes

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Danny Welbeck, a lifelong Manchester United fan, has revealed how much he looked up to the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, and is made up he gets to play alongside his heroes.

"I grew up idolising the class of 1992," he told GQ magazine. "The guys I came through the ranks with took great inspiration from them.

Welbz: I Never Looked Back After City Released Me

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Having played football on the streets of Longsight with Wes and Reece Brown, Danny Welbeck, who attracted United's attention when he was just six-years-old, started his football career at Manchester City. However, when he was just eight the blues let him go, allowing United to snap him up.

"Dad took me to one side," Danny told GQ magazine.

Welbz: History Of Club Is Ingrained In Youth

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Danny Welbeck has given some insight to what it's like being a youngster coming through the ranks at Manchester United, revealing that all the lads are given a history lesson.

"You know that the boss and the club are keen to give youth its chance and that gives the lads such a lift," he told GQ magazine.

Can Tevez Really Play For City Again After This Interview?

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Amazingly, Manchester United are still in touching distance with Manchester City at the top of the table, despite our crippling injuries.

Carlos Tevez, who was City's top scorer last season, finally had enough and refused to play for the blues again, having a strop in Munich then fleeing to Argentina.

Tevez: Ferguson The Best Manager

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Speaking to Fox Sports Latin America, Carlos Tevez has today revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager he has played for, as well as former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa.

"I know Ferguson really doesn't want to lose this title race," said Tevez. "I think Ferguson and Bielsa are the best managers.

STATS: Michael Carrick Has Been Ridiculously Good

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vs Liverpool attempted and completed more than any other player with 92/98 (94%)
vs Chelsea attempted and completed more passes than any other player with 66/76 (87%)
vs Stoke attempted and completed more passes than any other player with 129/139 (93%)
vs Arsenal completed more passes than any other player with 51/56 (91%).

RoM Reaction To “The Handshake”

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The fuss about handshakes is all the rage at the moment, after the FA cancelled the pre-match handshake between Chelsea and QPR following rumours that Anton Ferdinand's teammates would all be willing the snub John Terry's hand.

Last weekend we had more fuss, with speculation then suggesting that Rio Ferdinand wouldn't shake Terry's hand in support of his brother.

STATS: How Do Our Strikers Compare To The Others?

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- Adebayor has more assists (10) than any other striker in the league.

- Rooney has more shots per game (4.7) than any other player in the league, followed by van Persie (4.6) then Suarez (4.3).

- Van Persie is the best striker on home turf (13), followed by Augero (11) then Rooney (9).

GNev: Suarez Snub Hasn’t Helped Liverpool

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Luis Suarez decided to snub Patrice Evra's handshake ahead of today's 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Given that Suarez was the guilty party, having been banned for eight games for racially abusing Evra, it is incredible that he opted to disrespect our captain again today.

However, this could have been predicted when you consider Suarez revealed this week that Evra was wrong to report the racial abuse he received.

Buy The Red Issue Which The GMP Took Away

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Given I only get to the ground about ten minutes before kick-off, I missed the opportunity to buy the latest edition of Red Issue which went on sale today. Why? Because the GMP, without receiving a single complaint, deemed the picture on the back page "potentially offensive" so went about confiscating it and threatening the sellers with arrest.

Fergie: Disgraceful Suarez Should Never Play For Liverpool Again

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that after refusing to shake Patrice Evra's hand ahead of kick-off, Luis Suarez should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again.

"I could not believe it, I just could not believe it," Ferguson said. "He's a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club, that certain player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again.

VIDEO: Rooney Goal’s vs Liverpool

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Manchester U. 1 0 Liverpool by Anatolly7

Second goal

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

Rio: I Didn’t Shake Suarez’s Hand Because I Don’t Respect Them

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Rio Ferdinand refused to shake Luis Suarez's hand today after seeing that the Uruguayan snubbed Patrice Evra's offer to shake his hand. Despite being found guilty of racially abusing Evra, our captain was the bigger man in agreeing to shake his hand, but bizarrely, Suarez chose not to.

"Bad decision making from their guy," Rio told MUTV.

VIDEO: Suarez Snubs Evra, Rio Snubs Suarez

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Evra vs. Suarez Racism Scandal Handshake by Anatolly7 "VIDEO: Suarez Snubs Evra, Rio Snubs Suarez" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Evra Celebrates At Full Time

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Channel Name_20120211200000 by footyh1 "VIDEO: Evra Celebrates At Full Time" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Cleverley vs Henderson Playing Tennis

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"VIDEO: Cleverley vs Henderson Playing Tennis" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Confirmed Line-Up: United vs Liverpool

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Rooney and Welbeck.

"Confirmed Line-Up: United vs Liverpool" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money vs The Scousers

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It will be a hostile atmosphere when United take on arch rivals Liverpool this weekend, and Sir Alex's side are slightly odds-on at 1.91 with Paddy Power to come out on top in what promises to be a real hard fought battle.

The game sees Patrice Evra come face to face with Luis Suarez for the first time since the Liverpool striker was banned for eight games after racially abusing the United defender and the role of referee Phil Dowd will be crucial.

Breaking Down The Deloitte Football Money League Report

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The Deloitte Sports Business Group presents the Football Money League 2012

"Breaking Down The Deloitte Football Money League Report" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Park: People Don’t Say I’m Here To Sell Shirts Now

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Park Ji-Sung made his 200th appearance for United last weekend in our 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

When Park joined United for £2m in 2005 several people claimed it was just to appeal to the Asian market in order to sell more shirts. Those people obviously didn't watch him play for PSV against AC Milan in the Champions League a few months before we bought him.

Berba: I Won’t Talk To Papers If I’m Unhappy

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Dimitar Berbatov, who was last season's top scorer in the Premier League, is disappointed with how few games he's played this season, but claims he won't be speaking the media about his current situation.

He has scored 7 goals in 10 league appearances this season but has spent most of the season as fourth choice behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

VDS: People Asking Will I Do A Scholes

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Following Paul Scholes' return from retirement and Manchester United's issues settling in a new number one goalkeeper, Edwin Van der Sar has revealed people have been asking whether he has any plans on doing the same.

"I got a few text messages from friends saying, 'What about you?'," Van der Sar said.

STATS: Comparing Giggs, Silva, Nani, Mata, Young, Bale, Nasri and Valencia

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David Silva is behind more goals than any other midfielder, having a total of 17 goals and assists, followed by Gareth Bale on 16. Nani and Mata are tied on 13, Valencia and Nasri on 10, Giggs with 9 and Young on 7. However, when you take in to consideration the games they've actually played in, specifically focussing on starts, Giggsy comes out top with an impressive 1.

Red For The Day

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There is 10% off every red item on Mancunia Merchandise for today only.

Voucher code: RED2012

This means that most t-shirts, including p&p, will cost around £15.60 when shipped to Europe.

"Red For The Day" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Dalglish Stirs More Suarez Trouble

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Ahead of United's game against Liverpool at the weekend, Kenny Dalglish has created even more ill-feeling by claiming that Luis Suarez, who was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, shouldn't have been banned.

"We don't think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to get him back," he said.

Rio’s Twitter Row With Journo Over JT

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Rio Ferdinand was booed throughout United's 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Whilst Rio has never been a popular player with Chelsea fans, given his West Ham and Leeds history, as well as the issues over the England captaincy, it was clear that Rio was singled out for special abuse yesterday thanks to John Terry's charge for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Fergie: De Gea Showed Why We Bought Him

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David de Gea put in another good shift against one of the top teams in Manchester United's 3-3 draw with Chelsea.

The Spanish keeper's every move is heavily scrutinised by the press but he has been rightly praised for his brilliant save from a Juan Mata freekick which saved a point for United in the dying moments.

Carrick: Disappointed We Didn’t Win

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With just over half an hour to play, Manchester United were 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge. However, after coming back to make it 3-3, Michael Carrick has claimed he is disappointed we didn't go on to get the win.

"We were slightly disappointed in the end," said Carrick. "Obviously, when you're 3-0 down and have your backs against the wall, if someone offers you a point then you'll be happy with that but getting a third goal with a fair bit of the game to go, we fancied ourselves to go on and win it.

Lest We Forget

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Want To Go To United vs Liverpool?

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Manchester United take on Liverpool this weekend as they look to go make up ground on City yet again. Following the dramatic come back yesterday, managing to get a point from Stamford Bridge after going 3-0 down, United are now two points off the top.

Luis Suarez, who was banned for eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, returns to the Liverpool squad tonight as they take on Spurs at Anfield.

Reactions To Draw Against Chelsea

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1. At the start of the day I'd have taken a point at Stamford Bridge. We never win there, regardless of which team goes in to the game in better form, so a draw is a decent enough result. Don't forget that City lost there a few weeks ago, so despite some of their drag performances this season, Chelsea are still the 4th best team in the country.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Chelsea vs UNITED

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young Welbeck and Rooney.

Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Park, Chicharito, Fabio, Scholes and Pogba.

Chelsea team: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa, Essien, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres and Mata.

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

STATS: United vs Chelsea

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Manchester United head into Sunday's fixture at Stamford Bridge off the back of three consecutive victories in the Premier League and an opportunity to back on level points with City.

Penalties from Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov either side of half time on transfer deadline day lead Manchester United on their way to 3 points as Manchester City were being beat at Everton thanks to a strike from former Red Devil Darron Gibson.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea Fan On Terry’s Captaincy, Sacking The Manager and Torres

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Ahead of this afternoon's game against Chelsea, Darren Mantle from CFCNet has taken the time to talk to us on all things Chelsea.

Scott the Red: Does your current league position match with your expectations at the start of the season or had you been anticipating a serious title challenge from Chelsea?

PICTURES: Manchester City Manage A Sell Out?

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On Tuesday, the Manchester City official website claimed that they had already sold out the weekend's fixture against Fulham. This obviously came as a surprise, given that just 30,000 blues bothered to show up for their League Cup semi-final against Liverpool a few weeks ago, with tickets being sold for as little as a tenner on the day.

VIDEO: Swansea 1-5 United (Youth Cup)

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Manchester United are through to the Youth Cup quarter-final following a 5-1 victory over Swansea. Gyliano van Velzen scored twice and the other goals came from Jack Barmby, Sam Byrne and Tyler Blackett. Barmby and Blackett particularly shone.

United will now play against the winners of the Charlton and Tottenham tie on a fortnight.

Where To Put Your Money vs Chelsea

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Stamford Bridge hasn't been a pay hunting ground in the league for United in recent years, but they look overpriced at 2.9 with Betfred to beat their arch rivals Chelsea and bag a vital three points to maintain their title challenge.

Having played Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool in quick succession, and with Liverpool coming up again, United are now at a crucial stage of their season having hauled themselves level on points with Roberto Mancini's men at the top of the Premiership.

Fergie vs Hansen: Round III

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Sir Alex Ferguson, January 31st 2012

"I noticed Alan Hansen was at it again, saying we had not played well for one and a half years. I reckon that comment goes alongside his claim a few years ago that you don't win anything with youngsters, and you know how he finished up with egg on his face after dismissing the Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville crop of kids so foolishly.

Should Rio Be Ashamed If He Shakes Terry’s Hand?

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John Terry has today been stripped of the England captaincy for a second time following allegations of racism.

Terry allegedly called Anton Ferdinand a "black cunt" in Chelsea's defeat against QPR. In last weekend's Cup game between the two clubs the FA scrapped the traditional handshake ahead of kick-off after it became apparent that the QPR players would snub Terry in support of Ferdinand.

RoM Reads

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ManUtd24 fights De Gea's corner.

United Rant looks at how Giggs and Scholes can guide our youth.

Stretty News looks at the importance of Scholes' return.

The United Religion reviews February.

The Mirror claims Rio will not shake hands with Terry on Sunday.

The last day of the United Nights competition is today.

RoM Reads

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ManUtd24 fights De Gea's corner.

United Rant looks at how Giggs and Scholes can guide our youth.

Stretty News looks at the importance of Scholes' return.

The United Religion reviews February.

The Mirror claims Rio will not shake hands with Terry on Sunday.

The last day of the United Nights competition is today.

Lindegaard Out For 4-6 Weeks

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Anders Lindegaard has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. David de Gea should be fit for Chelsea though.

"Lindegaard Out For 4-6 Weeks" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Lindegaard Out For 4-6 Weeks

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Anders Lindegaard has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. David de Gea should be fit for Chelsea though.

"Lindegaard Out For 4-6 Weeks" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Injury Update Ahead Of Chelsea

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Wayne Rooney and Nani have trained for the last two days and will be in the squad for Chelsea. Ashley Young should also be included and there is the possibility that Tom Cleverley will be too. It is more likely that Tom will next play for the Reserves against Chelsea on Monday but he will travel with the squad this weekend.

Injury Update Ahead Of Chelsea

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Wayne Rooney and Nani have trained for the last two days and will be in the squad for Chelsea. Ashley Young should also be included and there is the possibility that Tom Cleverley will be too. It is more likely that Tom will next play for the Reserves against Chelsea on Monday but he will travel with the squad this weekend.

Rafael: I Am So Unlucky!

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Rafael Da Silva has made just three league appearances this season after bad luck with injuries have kept him out of the team. Even when he does get on the pitch, there are plenty of tongue in cheek sweepstakes amongst United fans predicting what time he will be subbed off with an injury.

Rafael has reflected on this bad luck but wonders whether his style of play has an influence on it.

Rafael: Maybe I’ll Become A Midfielder

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Rafael was thrown in to the centre of midfield alongside Ji-Sung Park for Manchester United's 3-2 defeat against Blackburn.

Whilst he admits he is far happier in his usual position, he hasn't ruled out making a move to the midfield when he's older.

"A little bit, yeah," he said.

Fergie: We’ve Had Terrible Luck Against Chelsea

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Sir Alex Ferguson has looked ahead to this weekend's game against Chelsea, playing at a ground which has typically been a difficult place for us to go. Whilst we've beaten them there in the Champions League, we haven't won in the league at Stamford Bridge since 2002, when Scholes, Nistelrooy and Solskjaer scored in a 3-0 win.

Gibbo: Phone Backed With Texts From United

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Following the final whistle on Tuesday, Darron Gibson was beaming about the winning goal he scored against Manchester City. Not only did he push Everton in to the top half of the table, but he also put United on equal points with City at the top.

"I know my phone will be packed with texts from United," he said.

Well Bred Welbz

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Following on from last month's design, Sir Alex's XXV, Bearded Genius' "Well Bred" is available to buy on Mancunia Merchandise with all profit from this design going to The Christie in February.

The t-shirts are available for £8.70 ($13.40) although because they have to be shipped from America, the p&p takes the overall price to around £17 for deliveries to Europe (more on p&p).

VIDEO: MOTD Highlights of United vs Stoke

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VIDEO: Fergie, Fergie, Sign Him Up!

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With about half an hour left to go in last night's game against Stoke, a roar came from the Stretford End, followed by a loud chorus of "the city is yours, the city is yours, 20,000 empty seats, are you fucking sure?"

It was clear that Everton had taken the lead.