Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Where To Put Your Money vs Blackburn

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wood Park hasn't been a happy hunting ground for United in recent years as far as victories go, but bookmakers make them 1.4 shots to beat Blackburn and in their current form it would take a brave man to back against them not securing all three points.

Rovers recorded a shock 3-2 win against United at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve, but currently sit just three points clear of the relegation zone following their loss to Bolton Wanderers last week.

Fergie: We Have A Small Advantage

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Manchester United are three points clear at the top of the league but Sir Alex Ferguson is very mindful that our advantage can be taken away at any time.

"We all know that football can turn around and bite you," he said. "That's why we make the point about experience. We have a small advantage, not a great advantage, and one that can change in a single game.

Singing Section – What Do You Think?

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Prior to the Fulham game on Monday, representatives from the various groups behind the Old Trafford Singing Section met with senior Manchester United Officials Michael Bollingbroke, Phil Townsend and Karl Evans to discuss the Singing Section proposal.

As Manchester United had already decided to relocate away supporters to North Stand Tier 3, a decision made by the club before the singing section proposal was submitted, this has left an empty space within Old Trafford.

STATS: Penalties for Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, City and United

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Summary
- Arsenal have been awarded more penalties than any other Premier League club in 3 of the last 8 seasons. City have been awarded more in 2 out of 8 seasons. United and Chelsea have been awarded more in 1 of the 8 seasons.

- Arsenal and City have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League club in 1 of the last 8 seasons.

Desperate Vieira Claims United Favoured By Refs

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Patrick Vieira launched a bizarre attack on Manchester United last week, claiming we must be desperate to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement and that we wouldn't have lost our young stars, like Ravel Morrison, in the past. In just the few months since Scholes returned, he's already scored more goals than he did last season, and Morrison getting shipped off to a Championship club where he doesn't get a game after we didn't offer him a new contract is hardly "losing out" on our young players.

Reactions To Victory Over Fulham

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1. What was clear from the very start of the game was that Manchester United were far superior to Fulham. The only question was whether we were going to be able to break them down, with Martin Jol setting them up 11 men behind the ball for large chunks of the game. Ahead of kick-off we'd be forgiven for not only wanting a win but a chance to boost our goal difference too, considering we battered them 5-0 at their place earlier this season.

Giggs: I’m Living The Dream At United

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Ryan Giggs has claimed that his dream was just to play one game for Manchester United. Aged 38-years-old, having played more games for United than any player in the history of the club, he reckons he couldn't ask for more.

"For now, I just want to play football but I'm prepared for my life after retirement," he said.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Fulham

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

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

VIDEO: Rooney Goal vs Fulham

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VIDEO: Manchester Get All The Decisions

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"Typical!" would have been the exclamations up and down the country this evening, as Danny Murphy fell to the floor like a sack of shit under a challenge from Michael Carrick. "Typical United, always getting the decisions!"

If you were curious, only West Brom have conceded more penalties at home this season, but don't let facts get in the way of a good whinge, eh?

Fergie: Rio Great In The Dressing Room

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the influence of Rio Ferdinand on the Manchester United dressing room, claiming that he is a great role model for the younger players.

Fergie has already confirmed that he has left Rio in charge of talking to Paul Pogba to convince him to shun Juventus in favour of a new contract with us, but has today revealed that our defender has an influence on the entire dressing room.

Valencia: There’s A Lot Of Pride In Manchester

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Ahead of tonight's game against Fulham, Antonio Valencia has spoken about the pride in the city of having the best two clubs in the country, although is focussed on making sure United have a points advantage ahead of the derby.

"There's a lot of pride in Manchester that our two clubs are the best in England," said Valencia.

Smalling: We Want Manchester’s Bragging Rights

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Ahead of tonight's game against his former club, Chris Smalling has talked of the desperation the players feels to win the league this season.

"We're both Manchester clubs. That's bragging rights for a whole year. We can't let that happen!" he said. "They are not used to playing for just one trophy at United.

Long Overdue Chant For Antonio Valencia?

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Antonio Valencia,
Gonna beat a man or two,
Antonio Valencia,
He's from Ecuador, it's true.

Watch him running down the wing,
Watch the trophies he will bring,
Watch Old Trafford rise and sing,
It's a goal,
So nice one Tony.

This is Pete Boyle's latest attempt to get a song going for Valencia.

United still favourites despite a City win

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Manchester City closed the gap on United at the top of the Premier League table to one point on Wednesday with a 2-1 home victory over Chelsea. Despite the fact that Roberto Mancini's men came back to win from a goal down, and that Carlos Tevez returned to action, the latest free bets indicate that the current champions are still the favourites to retain their title.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph writers give their verdict on whether they think United or City will win the league.

Kissed The Badge shows the eight Arsenal players who have kissed their badge before leaving.

The Mirror looks at the 30 most valuable youngsters.

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"RoM Reads" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money vs Fulham

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United are a top priced 1.25 to beat Fulham and look bankers to do the double over their rivals and maintain their position as league leaders.

The Red Devils have been in outstanding form at league level, winning eight and drawing once in the last nine games.

The only dropped points came when they came from 3-0 deficit at Chelsea to draw 3-3, and they were unlucky not to come away with maximum points that day.

Fergie: City Must Be Desperate To Play Tevez

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Earlier this week, Manchester City ambassador, Patrick Vieira, claimed that Manchester United showed "weakness" in bringing 37-year-old Paul Scholes out of retirement.

In just the few months he's been playing, Scholes has already scored more than he did all of last season and has been an important player in every game he has featured.

Park: I Want Title More Than Ever

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Ji-Sung Park has revealed that he turned down a place in South Korea's Olympic squad to focus on his Manchester United career.

"I was called but I had to say no," Park said. "I know how it is like at the Olympics because I was involved in Sydney (2000). "I have also played in three World Cup finals and my best memory was the tournament in Japan and South Korea in 2002.

Rio: Our Aim Is To Win Every Game

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With just nine games left to play, Manchester United are top of the table. Rio Ferdinand says we're exactly where we want to be and the players are aiming to win all of their remaining games. Without any cup distractions, this plan may be more achievable than you might think.

"We're in the position at the minute that we want to be," said Rio.

Fergie: Valencia Has Got Everything

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of Antonio Valencia who was arguably our best player on the pitch in the 5-0 win over Wolves.

"He could be very important," said Ferguson. "His form before he got the injury was outstanding. Now he is back we hope he stays back fit. He is such an honest, hardworking player.

VIDEO: Evans, Valencia, Welbeck and Chicharito Goals vs Wolves

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"VIDEO: Evans, Valencia, Welbeck and Chicharito Goals vs Wolves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berba’s Leaving… But He Won’t Create A Scandal Like Tevez

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Dimitar Berbatov's agent, Emil Danchev, has confirmed today that the player will be leaving the club in the summer, as everyone thought. Berbatov hasn't even made the bench in recent matches and his agent has claimed the player doesn't feel comfortable getting paid for nothing.

"Mitko appreciates the money but that was always secondary to him, he just wants to play," he said.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Wolves vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez.

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

Bruce: Giggs and Scholes Stand Out From All The Rest

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Steve Bruce has claimed that of all the players to have graced the Premier League, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes stand out from the rest.

"The achievement of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, to play 900 and 700-odd games respectively for Manchester United is remarkable," he said. "To still have the hunger and desire to be as good as they are is remarkable.

Where To Put Your Money vs Wolves

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United travel to Molineux to take on woeful Wolves on Sunday and look bankers at 1.36 with Betfred and Paddy Power to come away with another valuable three points.

Sir Alex's side were not at their best when getting knocked out of the Europa League in midweek, but you can't help but feel that competition was a distraction for them.

Bruce: Evans Has Been Brilliant In Vidic’s Absence

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With Manchester City struggling so badly with captain Vincent Kompany missing for just a few games, former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce has sung the praises of United for coping so well without Vidic for most of the season. Bruce has singled out Jonny Evans for praise with the young defender coming on leaps and bounds since last season.

De Gea: We Must Secure Title Now

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Following Manchester United's exit from the Europa League last night, David de Gea has claimed now the club needs to focus on winning the title.

"It is very important for us now to try and secure the Premier League," he said. "We are first. We are the leaders. Manchester City are in good form but we have the team and the supporters to win the league.

What Athletic Bilbao Defeat Means

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For the first time since the 2001-2002 season, Manchester United will not play in a cup final, after losing to Athletic Bilbao over both legs.

The Spaniards were just better than us. Much better than us in fact. It makes a mockery of Sir Alex Ferguson's comments last month about how good this current squad is.

What Athletic Bilbao Defeat Means

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For the first time since the 2001-2002 season, Manchester United will not play in a cup final, after losing to Athletic Bilbao over both legs.

The Spaniards were just better than us. Much better than us in fact. It makes a mockery of Sir Alex Ferguson's comments last month about how good this current squad is.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Goal vs Athletic Bilbao

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LIVE BLOG: Athletic Bilbao vs United

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Athletic Bilbao vs United

De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs; Park, Rooney, Young.
Substitutes: Amos, Smalling, Hernández, Welbeck, Fábio Da Silva, Scholes, Pogba.

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

Chicharito: We Have To Work Harder Than Bilbao

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Javier Hernandez has talked up our chances of progressing through to the next round of the Europa League although acknowledges we've got an uphill battle against Athletic Bilbao tonight.

"We know we need to score two goals, but it's also important for us not to concede," Hernandez said.

Chicharito: We Have To Work Harder Than Bilbao

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Javier Hernandez has talked up our chances of progressing through to the next round of the Europa League although acknowledges we've got an uphill battle against Athletic Bilbao tonight.

"We know we need to score two goals, but it's also important for us not to concede," Hernandez said.

Rooney: We Let Ourselves Down

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Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao last week meaning they have a difficult task in the away leg tonight. Bilbao were the better side on the night and despite scoring one from an offside position and another from a bizarrely awarded freekick, they did deserve to win.

Wayne Rooney has acknowledged that we didn't give a good enough account of ourselves in the first leg but is confident we can improve tonight.

Rooney: We Let Ourselves Down

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Manchester United lost 3-2 at home to Athletic Bilbao last week meaning they have a difficult task in the away leg tonight. Bilbao were the better side on the night and despite scoring one from an offside position and another from a bizarrely awarded freekick, they did deserve to win.

Wayne Rooney has acknowledged that we didn't give a good enough account of ourselves in the first leg but is confident we can improve tonight.

Ferguson Concedes Berba Will Probably Leave

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A clause in Dimitar Berbatov's contract is automatically activated this month meaning that his contract will expire in the summer of 2013 although the chances of him staying that long are slim to none.

Despite 7 goals in 10 league appearances this season, last year's Premier League top scorer has barely been given a look in, after falling behind Rooney, Welbeck and Chicharito in pecking order.

RoM Reads

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Andy Mitten writes for The Daily Post about it being Rooney's time to emulate Cantona.

Red Flag Flying High wonders whether Anderson has missed out on his chance and it's Pogba's turn to shine.

The Mirror reports on the Athletic Bilbao players who fancy their chances against us on Thursday.

RoM Reads

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Andy Mitten writes for The Daily Post about it being Rooney's time to emulate Cantona.

Red Flag Flying High wonders whether Anderson has missed out on his chance and it's Pogba's turn to shine.

The Mirror reports on the Athletic Bilbao players who fancy their chances against us on Thursday.

Hazard: United Is A Club That Excites Everyone

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Lille's Eden Hazard, who seems to be attracting interest from all of Europe's top club, is impressed that Sir Alex Ferguson made the trip to France at the weekend to watch him play against Lyon.

When asked whether he was interested in joining Manchester United, he claimed it was an exciting prospect but for the time being is just focussed on Lille.

Carrick: It’s Nice To Be Top Again

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Manchester United went top of the table at the weekend following their victory over West Brom and Manchester City's defeat to Swansea.

Seven of United's remaining ten games are against bottom half of the table opposition, starting with second from bottom Wolves at the weekend. They've lost nine of the fourteen games they've played at home this season but Michael Carrick says we can't take any game for granted.

Carrick: It’s Nice To Be Top Again

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Manchester United went top of the table at the weekend following their victory over West Brom and Manchester City's defeat to Swansea.

Seven of United's remaining ten games are against bottom half of the table opposition, starting with second from bottom Wolves at the weekend. They've lost nine of the fourteen games they've played at home this season but Michael Carrick says we can't take any game for granted.

De Gea: I Love ‘This Is The One’

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David de Gea has told United Review that he likes 'This is the one' by The Stone Roses, the song which is played ahead of kick-off at Old Trafford. The song was introduced at the request of Gary Neville when he was captain.

"I like metal and rock bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Metallica," he said.

Rooney Explains Foster Stare

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Wayne Rooney put Manchester United 2-0 up against West Brom on Saturday after beating Ben Foster from the penalty spot.

After scoring, Rooney walked towards the former United goalie to give him a look. On Twitter after the game Rooney explained what it was all about.

"I looked at Ben Foster after pen because I took a lot of pens against him in training and before I took penalty he tried to put me off.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Goals vs West Brom

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GIF: This is how it feels to be City… XXI

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"GIF: This is how it feels to be City... XXI" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie Surprised City Lost

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Manchester United are top of the table after their win over West Brom and Manchester City's defeat to Swansea. With just ten games to go, United are now in the driving seat.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed he wasn't expecting us to go top today but is pleased with the team for turning things around.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Brom

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De Gea, Jones, Evans, Rio, Evra, Welbeck, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Rooney and Chicharito.

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

Manchester United To Claim Title #20?

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Having come through the toughest part of their fixture list almost unscathed, Manchester United head into the final 11 games of the 2011/12 season trailing bitter rivals Manchester City by just 2 points.

To head into 2012 with back-to-back defeats; first a 3-2 home loss by Blackburn Rovers and then a 3-0 thumping at Newcastle, Manchester City fans were right to expect their side to be in a more commanding lead over their neighbours at this point of the season.

After European disappointment, United need to bounce back against West Brom

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Sir Alex Ferguson remained upbeat after Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at home by Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, but the side need to return to form and victory when they face West Brom on Sunday. With Manchester City two points ahead of the Red Devils, a win against the Baggies at Old Trafford is a necessity.

Berba: I Want To Do Everything To Win Us The Title

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Dimitar Berbatov, who was the Premier League's top scorer last season, has barely got a game this season, with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez all head of him in pecking order.

Despite this, he's scored 7 goals in the 10 appearances he's made in the league and is waiting for his opportunity to score more.

This Is How It Feels To Be City: Part XX

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Mario Balotelli, who signed for Manchester City just eighteen months ago, claims he had never heard of the club when he joined them.

In an interview with Noel Gallagher, Balotelli admitted he knew absolutely nothing about the club or city, other than what he had experienced when coming to Manchester to play United in the Champions League.

DDG: My Defence Fell Asleep

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David de Gea was less than impressed with the defence last night after a bizarrely awarded freekick threw the defence off guard.

The Spanish keeper pulled off a couple of great stops, which were fitting with his recent form, with Sir Alex Ferguson claiming de Gea has kept us in the competition.

Where To Put Your Money vs West Brom

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United are 1.25 shots to beat West Brom at Old Trafford this weekend and it really should be a case of how many they put past the Baggies. Â They have won nine and lost none of the 11 Premier League meetings with Roy Hodgson's side, who to be fair come into this on the back of a good run of results and have lost just one of their last seven games on the road.

RoM Reads

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The Independent reports on Gary Neville's thoughts on yesterday's defeat.

The Guardian reports on United's massive Channel 5 viewing figures.

The Daily Mails gives Paul McGrath's response to Glen Johnson's ridiculous comments on Patrice Evra.

United Rant talks about Paul Pogba.

Cantona: Balotelli’s Action Calculated And Unspontaneous

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Eric Cantona isn't impressed with how Mario Balotelli celebrates on the field, claiming he should be more spontaneous.

Ridiculous myths circulate about the City striker, often with the press referring to the most mundane of actions as "madcap" and "bizarre". This week Balotelli was asked to remove the hood from his hoodie at the Trafford Centre and this somehow was deemed newsworthy by the Evening News.

Smalling’s Stitches Came Open

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Chris Smalling's stitches, from his injury whilst on International duty, came undone during last night's defeat to Athletic Bilbao. He is now a risk for Sunday's game against West Brom, who have an excellent away record.

"Rio is such a great player and he has great experience," he said.

Fergie: We Were Well Beaten

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Manchester United were beaten 3-2 at home at Athletic Bilbao following a brilliant performance from the Spanish side.

Whilst Bilbao's second goal appeared to be offside and their third came in bizarre circumstances after the referee arranged a strange freekick, they were clearly the better team.

Fergie: FA Asked Me To Keep Quiet

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he is not allowed to give his opinion on who he thinks should be the next England boss. After previously suggesting that Harry Redknapp would be great for the job, the FA wrote to Ferguson and asked him not to discuss it any more.

"The Premier League has written to me asking me not to talk about the England manager's job," he said.

Confirmed Line Up: United vs Athletic Club Bilbao

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Young, Jones, Giggs, Park; Rooney, Hernandez. Bench: Amos, Fabio, Ferdinand, Andeson, Carrick, Nani, Welbeck

"Confirmed Line Up: United vs Athletic Club Bilbao" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail claims that United are ready to get Ezekiel Fryers signed up to a new deal.

The Telegraph has a webchat with Mark Ogden on Pogba and the Europa League.

Kissed The Badge looks at Alan Smith's badge kissing career.

The Mirror reports on Fergie's claims that we need to be wide awake for tonight's game.

Ignorant Johnson Opens Up Race Row Again

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Nobody could believe it, including Kenny Dalglish, when Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra ahead of United's recent victory over Liverpool. Suarez quickly apologised for his decision to shun Evra's hand and shocked everyone. It was the first time that Liverpool had accepted any blame in the whole disgraceful affair.

Injury Update: Lindegaard, Cleverley and Ando

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In United's press conference ahead of tomorrow night's Europa League game, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that both Tom Cleverley and Anderson are available for selection after coming back from injury.

Anders Lindegaard damaged his ankle in training after claiming the starting place in the team from David de Gea.

De Gea: Being Dropped Helped Me

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David de Gea has enjoyed some good form after getting his place in the first team back following an injury to Anders Lindegaard, who had replaced him in the starting XI.

The media became fixated with every mistake the younger keeper made, blowing them all out of proportion, but de Gea claims this only served to make him a better player.

Carrick: We Expect Stick For Being In Europa

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When Liverpool slipped down the table and stopped playing in the Champions League, Manchester United fans were always keen to remind them of their fall from grace. "Thursday nights, channel five" we would chant, referring to when and where Europa League matches could be watched.

Liverpool then became so bad they couldn't even get in to the Europa League anymore, making the chant fairly redundant.

Carrick: We Expect Stick For Being In Europa

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When Liverpool slipped down the table and stopped playing in the Champions League, Manchester United fans were always keen to remind them of their fall from grace. "Thursday nights, channel five" we would chant, referring to when and where Europa League matches could be watched.

Liverpool then became so bad they couldn't even get in to the Europa League anymore, making the chant fairly redundant.

Pogba Has Agreed Juve Deal?

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The National is reporting that Paul Pogba has agreed to move Juventus on a deal worth around £20k a week. Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, who is famous for orchestrated big money moves for his clients like Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has reportedly earned £2m for himself in commission in organising the deal.

Reactions To Victory Over Spurs

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1. We needed to win yesterday and we did. There would have been no shame in drawing or even losing to the third best team in the country away from home but, with City winning on Saturday, we really couldn't afford to drop any points. The pressure that was on the team ahead of kick-off was massive and with the exception of the opening ten minutes, we were more or less battered in that first half.

Injury Update – Ando, Cleverley, Smalling and Valencia

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased to share our latest injury news.

"The good thing is I'm getting players back," he said. "Anderson is back now, Cleverley will be fit for next week [against West Brom on Sunday] and Chris Smalling will be back for Thursday [against Athletic Bilbao].

Injury Update – Ando, Cleverley, Smalling and Valencia

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased to share our latest injury news.

"The good thing is I'm getting players back," he said. "Anderson is back now, Cleverley will be fit for next week [against West Brom on Sunday] and Chris Smalling will be back for Thursday [against Athletic Bilbao].

Olympic Spirit: the amateurs who played for Manchester United

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These days it would normally be a term of abuse to call a Manchester United footballer 'an amateur', but it wasn't always so. Sometimes it's simply been a statement of fact, albeit applying to less than a dozen players in United's history from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Thoughts about this select band who pulled on the red shirt for nothing but expenses were prompted by the possibility that such Old Trafford luminaries as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs may play for Team GB in the London Olympics.

Olympic Spirit: the amateurs who played for Manchester United

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These days it would normally be a term of abuse to call a Manchester United footballer 'an amateur', but it wasn't always so. Sometimes it's simply been a statement of fact, albeit applying to less than a dozen players in United's history from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Thoughts about this select band who pulled on the red shirt for nothing but expenses were prompted by the possibility that such Old Trafford luminaries as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs may play for Team GB in the London Olympics.

Young: We Knew We Weren’t Playing Well

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Manchester United fans were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when the team managed to go in 1-0 up at half-time following a Wayne Rooney goal. United had been outplayed for much of the first half and probably would have been happy with just stopping Spurs from scoring.

Ashley Young went on to score two second half goals in a game United won 3-1 and he has acknowledged United weren't at their best on the day.

VIDEO: Rooney and Young Goals vs Spurs

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Spurs vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Evans, Rio, Evra,Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Rooney and Welbeck.

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

De Gea: It’s Special To Have Fans’ Support

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David de Gea was voted player of the month for February with 45% of the vote on United's official site.

After receiving a lot of stick from the press and some United fans, de Gea has done brilliantly well after losing his first team place to Anders Lindegaard, who then picked up an injury. He made incredible saves in February, most notably against Chelsea and Norwich, and is chuffed that the fans have recognised his contribution.

Fergie: Paul Should Stay On

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After Paul Scholes' shock decision to come out of retirement in January, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed our veteran midfielder should carry on for another season.

"I haven't discussed Paul's future with him but on the evidence we have seen at the moment there is no reason why he shouldn't (stay another year)," said Ferguson.

Where To Put Your Money vs Spurs

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United have a terrific record against Spurs and look good value at 2.5 with Betfred and Paddy Power to bag a vital three points at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The home side have won none of their last 21 Premier League games against the Red devils (D5 L16) and have also failed to find the back of the net in 13 of their last 20 meetings in the league.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph reports on Rooney's return for Spurs.

KissedTheBadge is a great new website showcasing the weird and wonderful world of badge kissers... featuring our very own Chicharito.

The Faithful MUFC has an article on why Jose Mourinho is the man for United.

The Guardian journalists talk about what irritates them most about football.

Princess Pogba and Arduous Agents

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Player: Mirror mirror on the wall...who's the fairest, sexiest, most skilful of them all?

Agent: Why Player X it is you. It will always be you. You are the one everyone desires....

It was only five minutes ago we were discussing Ravel ‘best player since Paul Scholes' Morrison and his worth to Manchester United.

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".