Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

PICTURES: Rooney vs City

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February 13th 2005
Scores the opening goal in a 2-0 win

December 9th 2006
Scores the opening goal in a 3-1 win

November 30 2008
Scores the only goal in a 1-0 win at their place

September 20 2009
Scores the opening goal in the brilliant 4-3 win

January 27 2010
Scores the goal that puts us through to the League Cup final in injury time

February 12 2011
Scores the winner in our 2-1 win at Old Trafford

January 8th 2012
Scores twice in our 3-2 win at the Etihad in the FA Cup

"PICTURES: Rooney vs City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: City vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Giggs, Rooney, Nani.

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (c), Lescott, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Nasri, Tevez and Aguero.

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

PREDICTIONS: What Do Journos And Fans Think Of Tonight?

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Oliver Holt Chief Sports Writer at The Mirror
City will go for it but United have experience and quality to match them. Ability of United's defence to cope with City attack will be key. 1-1.

Lee Clayton Head of Sport at The Daily Mail
Rooney to score. I'm loving his calmness and his focus.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has a great preview for tonight from Henry Winter.

MUFC Info has the preview for tonight's derby in numbers.

United Rant talks about classic derby days.

Stretford End previews tonight's derby.

The Daily Mail looks at tonight's ref, Andre Marriner.

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Micah Richards Basically Loves United

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Ahead of the derby, Micah Richards has sung the praises of Manchester United, reflecting on the determination of our club at all levels and what City are lacking in comparison to us.

"Any other season we would have enough points to win the league," said Richards. "But they always find a way.

DIVS

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"DIVS" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ryan Giggs – Finds Medals When Cleaning Out His Drawers

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Former Deputy Editor of the Official United Magazine, Sam Pilger, has written an excellent book on United's best ever XI. The eleven players are named and reviewed, looking at their qualities and revealing stories you probably haven't heard before.

The left wing position in our best ever team obviously goes to Ryan Giggs.

Where To Put Your Money vs City

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Sir Alex summed up the importance of United game against City at the Etihad when he called it "a derby of amazing proportions... probably the most important in my time".

 The Red Devils go into the game three points clear of their arch rivals having thrown them a lifeline after blowing a 4-2 lead against Everton through some uncharacteristically shoddy defending.

Where To Put Your Money vs City

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Sir Alex summed up the importance of United game against City at the Etihad when he called it "a derby of amazing proportions... probably the most important in my time".

 The Red Devils go into the game three points clear of their arch rivals having thrown them a lifeline after blowing a 4-2 lead against Everton through some uncharacteristically shoddy defending.

VIDEO: Scholes’ Last Minute Winner

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"VIDEO: Scholes' Last Minute Winner" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On Tevez

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The biggest derby for decades, or of all time, will be played this evening, with the title more than likely going to whichever team wins tonight.

Danny Pugsley from the excellent City blog, Bitter and Blue, has given his thoughts on the season.

Scott the Red: City were 8 points clear and are now 3 points behind.

What Does The Evening News Survey Say About Manchester’s Support?

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Whilst not at all scientific, given it was entirely dependent on who filled in the survey (I didn't, did you?), it was interesting to note that almost 1,000 more reds took part in the Manchester Evening News poll.

The fact that only 30,000 City fans went to Eastlands for the League Cup semi-final against Liverpool earlier this season speaks volumes about how many fans they have.

Different year, same outcome: United will hold nerve in title tilt

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After back-to-back defeats against Blackburn and Newcastle to end 2011 and open 2012, there were many who doubted that Manchester United would be able to successfully defend their Premier League crown. At that time, though only three points separated United and City at the top, many United supporters would've been content with a three-point lead going into the pivotal late-season derby at the Etihad Stadium.

When They Were 25…

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Red News celebrated its 25th anniversary this month, which is quite an incredible feat, and Sir Alex Ferguson wrote a letter to them to mark the occasion.

As part of the special edition of the fanzine, I wrote an article looking at some well known Manchester United players in their 25th year.

Did Hargreaves Blow People Away?

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Owen Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after failing to overcome a series of injuries. Despite claiming he was prepared to play for United for free to pay back the years of wages he had been paid whilst not playing any football, he then signed for rivals City.

United were convinced he was never going to make a full recovery but Hargreaves thought otherwise and managed to convince City of the same.

Love is not a victory march…

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There are stomachs knotted all over Manchester. Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur too. Whether Stockport or Stockholm bred, bitter blue or #mufcfamily red, there are whole swaths of people around the world feeling an uneasy mixture of hope and fear. It's because there's a football match on next Monday that matters quite a lot to them.

Love is not a victory march…

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There are stomachs knotted all over Manchester. Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur too. Whether Stockport or Stockholm bred, bitter blue or #mufcfamily red, there are whole swaths of people around the world feeling an uneasy mixture of hope and fear. It's because there's a football match on next Monday that matters quite a lot to them.

Fergie: We Subject Fans To Drama

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today reflected on the four goals we gave away against Everton last weekend which meant we lost our five point lead at the top of the table.

"We're smarting from the four goals we gave away last week," he told the official site. "We tend to make it hard for ourselves.

Rio: Scholes Saved Our Season

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Manchester United's most important player in the second half of the season has been Paul Scholes.

Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of Scholes' impact since coming out of retirement.

"There are a number of reasons why we've done well since the turn of the year," he told United Review.

Rio: Scholes Saved Our Season

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Manchester United's most important player in the second half of the season has been Paul Scholes.

Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of Scholes' impact since coming out of retirement.

"There are a number of reasons why we've done well since the turn of the year," he told United Review.

RoM Reads

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Sport Witness looks at Florida media mocking our protests against the Glazers.

The Telegraph reports on the new deal the club will offer Danny Welbeck.

Stretford End looks at the ten players we might sell.

The Daily Mail reckons we're in for Sao Paulo's Lucas.

The Guardian confirms John Terry will not lift the European Cup even if Chelsea win.

Captain, Leader… Liar

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April 24th 2012: After 37 minutes in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp, Terry was sent off for kneeing Alexis Sanchez in the back off the ball. From the dressing room, Terry preposterously claimed: "The player checked his run and piled into the back of me. He put his weight on the back foot, that's why my knee went up.

Evans: I Was Too Honest In The Summer

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After Wes Brown and John O'Shea were sold in the summer, Jonny Evans had a wake up call, and admitted he might only have one more season left at the club if he didn't improve on his 2010-2011 form.

When Nemanja Vidic got injured in December it should have ended United's title hopes. The fact that United have the best defensive record in the league this season, conceding just five more goals than City, speaks volumes about the way he has played with Rio Ferdinand.

STATS: United’s Excellent Youth System

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- Since October 1937, United have featured a youth player in every single match, except Arsenal away in 2011. This was a run of 3,516 competitive games.

- 516 players have represented United in the FA Youth Cup. 32% make 1st team & 38% play league football elsewhere. 70% hit rate!

- 202 youth players have featured in in the United first team making over 17,500 appearances with 90 internationals.

VIDEO: Geroge Best’s First TV Interview

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Spotted by @mrmujac

"VIDEO: Geroge Best's First TV Interview" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail reports on Fergie's interest in Eden Hazard.

Sports Witness has comments from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backing United to win the title.

The Evening News has comments from Bryan Robson on our summer spending plans.

Kickette talks about Nani's recent engagement.

Don't forget about the Antonio Valencia t-shirt on Mancunia Merchandise.

Rio: We Would Have Paid Nev To Shut Up!

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There were plenty of grumbles from rival fans when it was announced that Gary Neville would be joining the punditry team at Sky Sports. As a player, he was one of the most unpopular around outside of Manchester and none of them wanted him on their telly every week.

Now, even Liverpool and City fans admit he's the best man in the job, offering a fresh insight and concise analysis of the game.

Ronaldo: Of Course I Miss Manchester

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Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored a ridiculous 140 goals in 139 games since leaving Manchester United, has claimed that he still misses the club, the manager and his former team mates.

"I speak with Sir Alex sometimes and of course I miss Manchester," Ronaldo told Zoo magazine. "It felt like I left a family back there because I spent six years with all those guys and I still have a very good relationship with Ferguson and the rest of the lads.

Marriner To Ref The Derby – Should We Be Worried?

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Andre Marriner is set to referee the derby after rumours that Howard Webb was going to get it. Marriner hasn't caused us a great deal of problems over the years but any issue that has arisen with him is scouse-related.

1. Failed to send Jamie Carragher off for this challenge in the 87th minute at Anfield.

Reactions To Everton Draw

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1. When Manchester United are winning 4-2 at home with seven minutes remaining you assume the points are in the bag. There is always the possibility the opposition might be able to claw one more back but a team of United's experience, at this stage and the season, can be relied upon to get the job done, right?

35 Games Played – 2011

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BBC: Arsenal blew the Premier League title race wide open as leaders Manchester United were deservedly beaten at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey's winner early in the second half condemned United to defeat and leaves them only three points ahead of Chelsea with identical goal difference and a meeting between the two to come at Old Trafford next Sunday.

VIDEO: Rooney, Welbeck and Nani’s Goals vs Everton

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Manchester U. 4 4 Everton All Goals & Highlights by Anatolly7 "VIDEO: Rooney, Welbeck and Nani's Goals vs Everton" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United able to pile pressure back on City with win over Everton

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Manchester United take on Everton on Sunday with the ability to temporarily reopen an eight point gap over rivals Manchester City, and put a bit more pressure on Roberto Mancini's men, who face Wolves later in the day. Football betting odds will favour the Red Devils at home, but an able and combative Everton side will not make it easy for the champions.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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

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

Where To Put Your Money vs Everton

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United's record against Everton is outstanding, so it's no surprise that they are long odds-on at 1.33 with bet365 and Paddy Power to beat the Toffees at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have won 29 Premier League games against the Merseyside outfit -Â the joint-most by one team against a single opponent in the history of the competition.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reports on Fergie's claims that he's had a word with Ashley Young about diving.

The Daily Mail looks at five transfer targets for United.

ManUtd24 looks at why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a United legend.

Red Rants discusses who will win the Golden Boot this season.

Don't forget about the Antonio Valencia t-shirt on Mancunia Merchandise.

Who Is Leaving This Summer?

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David Gill has told Manchester United fans to expect an "interesting time" this summer ahead of the transfer window opening.

"The work goes on all year round but obviously intensifies as we come to the end of the season in terms of players," Gill said. "There's various contracts we've got to do, we'll look at some acquisitions and there will be some players who will leave.

United Richest Club Again

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Manchester United have once again been named as the world's richest club by Forbes magazine, This is eighth year in a row with our value estimated at an £1.39billion, which is a 20% increase on last year.

United is also worth £240m more than both America's biggest teams, Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Don’t Go To The Middle East, Come To United

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Schalke have today confirmed that legend Raul will be leaving the club on a free at the end of the season after two years in Germany. He was offered a contract from them but decided it was time to move on.

After an incredible career with Real Madrid, spending sixteen years in the first team, Raul was no longer first choice so decided it was time to leave.

DDG: Chelsea Save A Defining Moment

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David de Gea has claimed that his last minute finger tip save against Chelsea, to ensure a 3-3 draw after having gone 3-0 down, was a defining moment in his season.

"When you look back over a season there are lots of defining moments and key goals," he said. "But, I suppose, from a team point of view, and particularly from a personal point of view, the fact the save was right in the last minute was decisive.

Petrucci: It’s My Dream To Play For United

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Davide Petrucci, who has had a great season for the Reserves and has received a few shouts be worthy of a place on the pre-season, has spoken of his delight at being a Manchester United player.

"It's my dream. I would love to play for United," he told the official site. "That is my aim and my target for the moment.

Petrucci: It’s My Dream To Play For United

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Davide Petrucci, who has had a great season for the Reserves and has received a few shouts be worthy of a place on the pre-season, has spoken of his delight at being a Manchester United player.

"It's my dream. I would love to play for United," he told the official site. "That is my aim and my target for the moment.

Gibson: I Didn’t Fail At United

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The only time Darron Gibson's name was sung at Old Trafford was when he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over City... for Everton.

At the weekend, he will play against the team he played for since he was a teenager and feels as though he has a point to prove.

"I am just enjoying it and I'm in a better mood now, I know that," he said.

500 Great Goals

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From solo sensations to incredible team efforts, delicate chips to 40-yard screamers, The 500 Great Goals Collection serves up a feast of the finest strikes in football history. Each volume of this must-have collection features 100 memorable strikes from international greats such as Pelé, Cruyff and Zidane as well as homegrown heroes like Rooney, Beckham and Gazza.

Fabio: I’m Excited About Benfica

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Talk of a surprise loan move for Fabio Da Silva to Benfica emerged from the manager last week and after confirmation from his agent, the player himself has commented.

"I am excited about the opportunity to play for Benfica a very famous and big club," Fabio told A Bola. "I feel very honoured by Benfica's interest, but my transfer now depends on negotiations with Manchester United.

United Dominate Premier League Awards

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To mark the 20th anniversary of the Premier League, a series of awards will be handed out the recognise the best players, goals, matches, celebrations etc. of the past twenty years.

As you would expect, having won more Premier League titles than every other club combined, we dominate the awards.

Rafael: Valencia Is My Best Mate

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Rafael da Silva has claimed that United have been so strong down the right flank this season because of his understanding with his best pal Antonio Valencia.

"To be honest, I think it's well recognised by everybody that Antonio has been one of my best friends at the club," Rafael told MUTV.

Reactions To Victory Over Villa

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1. After dropping points against Wigan and seeing City batter Norwich 6-1, it was so important we went out and got a result against Villa. A scrappy 1-0 would have done but it was pleasing to see us go out and batter Villa to swing the momentum in our favour again. The second half performance was one of the best we've seen from United in a while.

CHAMPIONS!

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Manchester United were tonight crowned Reserves League North champions. The lads needed just three points from their remaining five games but after going 3-0 down to Newcastle Reserves tonight, it looked unlikely that the title would be wrapped up tonight.

However, after four goals from Will Keane, one each from Ritchie De Laet and Davide Petrucci, our Reserves were named champions with a 6-3 win.

United’s Best Miss Out On PFA Shortlist Again

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PFA Player of the Year shortlist: Joe Hart, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Scott Parker.

PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist: Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kyle Walker, Sergio Aguero and Gareth Bale

Last season, Nani was voted Players' Player of the Year for the champions but wasn't even shortlisted for the PFA award.

Fergie: Rooney Gets More Casual Than The Rest

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Wayne Rooney scored twice in Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa but had a frustrating afternoon. He gave the ball away too cheaply and his decision making was poor.

Rooney's form has been below par for some time but throughout this period he has still be scoring fairly regularly.

GIF: Why Did Given Handball Go Unpunished?

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The linesman flagged for this in the second half but the referee waved play on. No advantage was gained from waving play on. You won't have seen this on Match of the Day 2 though.

Can you imagine if David de Gea rushed out of the penalty area and handled the ball?

See Beautifully Red for more GIFs

"GIF: Why Did Given Handball Go Unpunished?

Guardian Journo Lies About United Fans’ Response To Silence

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Self confessed Liverpool fan, Sachin Nakrani, and Guardian journo, posted a six year old picture of a Chelsea fan doing a Nazi salute, suggesting it was taken ahead of today's FA Cup semi-final.

After several people pointed out to him that the picture was old he acknowledged his mistake. However, the strange thing about this was not the outdated picture, but that Nakrani would claim to take such offence after writing lies in The Guardian to defend Luis Suarez.

VIDEO: Rooney, Welbeck and Nani Goals vs Villa

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Villa

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

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

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph and The Daily Mail look at the title race over the last five games.

The Mirror reports on Fergie's claims that Wigan defeat won't derail title bid.

Beautifully Red has .gifs of some of the nicer moments from our defeat against Wigan.

Mowing Meadows has started an interesting "What If?

Where To Put Your Money vs Villa

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United will be desperate to correct their midweek slip-up at Wigan when they host struggling Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday and they are long odds-on at a best of 1.25 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get back to winning ways.

The Premier League leaders suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the DW Stadium, allowing second-placed City to cut their lead to five points with five games to play.

Stand up if you hate Man U – Manchester United against the world

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Following United's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, a match report appeared in the London Evening Standard. The opening paragraphs did not mention the score or the man of the match or anything to do with the tactics, instead they focussed on our fans' most popular chant at the time.

“United Would Never Sign A Player Like Balotelli”

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Just like with Carlos Tevez at Manchester City, Mario Balotelli's fall from grace has been fairly dramatic. After being hailed as a hero and a legend, City fans quickly became tired of his antics after his selfishness at the Emirates on Sunday helped end their hopes of winning the league.

Speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, first-team coach Rene Muelensteen has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would never sign a destructive player like Balotelli.

Adryan: I Turned Down United

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Flamengo midfielder Adryan has confirmed that he had held talks with Manchester United over a possible move last summer before opting to remain in Brazil. He 17-year-old turned down the opportunity to follow the Da Silva twins and Anderson from Brazil to Manchester as he doesn't feel like he's read for a move to Europe yet.

Pogba Still Deciding

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Mino Raiola has confirmed that his client, Paul Pogba, who was on the bench yesterday for our game against Wigan, has yet to decide whether he will stay at Manchester United or join Juventus.

"He can remain at Manchester United or go to Juventus," said Raiola. "It's a tough decision to be taken by the boy, thinking of his career.

Reactions To Defeat Against Wigan

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1. We all know United do things the hard way but at no point did I think we would lose to Wigan yesterday. If not for dreadful decisions by the linesman at the weekend, Wigan would have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but I underestimated their ability and the impact the sense of injustice from the Chelsea game would have on them.

PICTURE: More Empty Blue Seats

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With just a few weeks of the title race remaining, Manchester City are still unable to sell out their ground, despite this being their best season since 1968. On the morning of the game they were still trying to flog tickets but as the empty seats all around the ground prove, they were some way short of filling their ground.

Giggs: We Didn’t Perform

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After a disappointing performance and result against Wigan last night, Ryan Giggs has admitted that we didn't perform and have to get things right ahead of our game against Aston Villa on Sunday.

"We didn't perform," said Giggs. "For a start, our normal passing game wasn't as fluent and we kept giving the ball away.

Gaitán On The Way For £25m?

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Portuguese paper, O Jogo, has today claimed that Manchester United have agreed a £25m deal for Benfica star Nicolás Gaitán.

Gaitán's current contract expires in 2016 and has a release clause of £45m, which means that United are likely to offer players as well as cash. Macheda, Bebe and Petrucci are the players tipped to be of interest to Benfica.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Wigan vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Hernandez.

Bench: Amos, Smalling, Park, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Pogba.

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

LIVE BLOG: Wigan vs United

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Lack Of Investment Should Be Reflected In Ticket Prices

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MUST have called for the Glazers to lower ticket prices at Old Trafford next season to reflect the lack of investment that has gone in to transfer sales.

"We are throwing down a challenge to Joel Glazer to cut United fans` season ticket prices next season," said MUST chief exec, Duncan Drasdo.

STATS: City and Chelsea Prove Success Isn’t Just Bought

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For years, rival fans claimed that Manchester United "bought" their success. Unlike Liverpool, we took advantage of our big name globally, cashed in nicely on the Sky Sports money, exploited fans with regular new shirts and merchandise, so we had money to burn in the transfer market.

We broke the British transfer record in 1981 when we paid £1.

Richards: United Players Get Straight In To England Squad

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Micah Richards has claimed that Manchester United players get straight in to the England squad whilst players like him have to work twice as hard to get recognition from his country.

"Had McClaren been still in charge, I would have had 60 caps by now," said Richards. "McClaren believed in me and Capello believed in people like Phil Jones and Smalling.

Richards: United Players Get Straight In To England Squad

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Micah Richards has claimed that Manchester United players get straight in to the England squad whilst players like him have to work twice as hard to get recognition from his country.

"Had McClaren been still in charge, I would have had 60 caps by now," said Richards. "McClaren believed in me and Capello believed in people like Phil Jones and Smalling.

1 In 6 Reds Get City Ticket

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The ballot results for the derby were out yesterday. There were 16,000 applications for the 2,600 tickets available to United fans, meaning just one in six applications were successful. There were a surprising number of Loyalty Pot and Executive members who missed out too.

Last season, a total of 164,000 applications were made for the 55,000 away tickets available.

1 In 6 Reds Get City Ticket

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The ballot results for the derby were out yesterday. There were 16,000 applications for the 2,600 tickets available to United fans, meaning just one in six applications were successful. There were a surprising number of Loyalty Pot and Executive members who missed out too.

Last season, a total of 164,000 applications were made for the 55,000 away tickets available.

Richards: City Would Be Miles Behind If They Lost 6-1

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Ahead of Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Blackburn, Roberto Mancini claimed that we would draw the game. Micah Richards sat down to watch and with the score still at 0-0, he began to let himself believe we might drop points.

"At half-time and at 60 minutes I thought, 'You never know'," he said.

Richards: City Would Be Miles Behind If They Lost 6-1

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Ahead of Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Blackburn, Roberto Mancini claimed that we would draw the game. Micah Richards sat down to watch and with the score still at 0-0, he began to let himself believe we might drop points.

"At half-time and at 60 minutes I thought, 'You never know'," he said.

Reactions To Victory Over QPR

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1. The latest of a long line of must-win games, we had to yet again overcome playing a team that had no other game plan than to stick all their players behind the ball and hope we couldn't break them down. It doesn't half make for a dull game of football. We got the three points though to put us eight point clear but we did make hard work of it.

This is how it feels to be City… XXII

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What Did Mancini Say Again?

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"If we go eight points behind then it is finished."

"What Did Mancini Say Again?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Balotelli Escape Dampens Conspiracy Ranting

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You may be aware that some Manchester City fans, in all their wisdom, are claiming there is a conspiracy to help Manchester United win the league.

When Michael Carrick got away with a foul in the box against Fulham, they were full of it. They of course forgot that just two days earlier at Stoke Gareth Barry should have conceded a penalty and been sent off.

VIDEO: Rooney and Scholes Goals vs QPR

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs QPR

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

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

Rio: I Get In A Sulk When We Lose

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Rio Ferdinand will play against brother Anton in tomorrow's game against QPR. This obviously isn't the first time they've played on opposite sides though, with Anton scoring against us for West Ham but scoring an own goal for us against Sunderland.

Rio says that when he loses he goes in to a big sulk and won't speak to his other family members for a few days.

Is Arsenal Boss Right About United?

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"Manchester United do not look absolutely irresistible," said Wenger. "But they know how to deal with the money time. That means the last 15 minutes when it is 0-0. They have won so many titles because they are not nervous."

This season, our squad has been ravaged with injuries. Our captain and most important defender, Nemanja Vidic, has been ruled out since December.

Fergie: Valencia Has Been Unbelievable

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the form of Antonio Valencia since his return from injury. In the 16 starts and 20 overall appearances, he has scored 4 goals and assisted 12.

"What can I say about his form? He's been unbelievable," said Ferguson. "When he first came back into the fold after his long-term injury I played him at right-back one or two times with Nani in the forward position.

Where To Put Your Money vs QPR

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United have the chance to move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League if they beat QPR a Old Trafford this weekend, and they are a top priced 1.2 with Paddy Power to do so and heap the pressure on rivals City.

They play just hours before City visit Arsenal and Sir Alex will be well aware of the psychological blow they can inflict on their neighbours.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail has an interview with Michael Owen.

ManUtd24 has an article on Roy Keane's performance against Juventus.

The Telegraph says Mancini needs to learn from Ferguson.

The Mirror talks to Anton Ferdinand about QPR's chances on Sunday.

The weekly RoM newsletter is out soon.

PICTURE: Football Fan Drake

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Meet Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea fan, Drake, brought to you by Slow News Day.

"PICTURE: Football Fan Drake" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Welbz Is Our Player Of The Season

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Whilst Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia are strong candidates for our player of the season, Wayne Rooney, who is surely in the running himself as our top scorer, has claimed that Danny Welbeck has had the best season.

"There are a few candidates for our player of the season, but I'd have to say Welbeck," Rooney said.

Vidic: Rio Has Proved People Wrong

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Following a few seasons plagued by injury and losing out on his place in the England squad, people wondered whether Rio Ferdinand's career was coming to an end.

Rio has gone from strength to strength this season, having already played in more games than he has in the past two seasons, and Nemanja Vidic has claimed his top performances shouldn't have come as a surprise.

Vidic: I Knew Special United Would Challenge Without Me

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Nemanja Vidic has claimed he always knew that Manchester United would challenge for the title, even though he got ruled out for the season back in December.

"I always believed we would challenge for the title," he said. "It doesn't matter who is out. Manchester United never depend on one player.

Duncan Edwards – The Greatest Thing That Has Happened In British Football

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Former Deputy Editor of the Official United Magazine, Sam Pilger, has written an excellent book on United's best ever XI. The eleven players are named and reviewed, looking at their qualities and revealing stories you probably haven't heard before.

One of the centre-back positions in our best ever team goes to Duncan Edwards.

Young: We All Listen To Giggs And Scholes

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Ashley Young has reiterated the point about the importance of experience, claiming that the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes command respect in the dressing room.

"The younger players have taken over this season, with their music and general loudness," he said. "But if someone like Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes starts talking we all sit down and listen.

RoM Reads

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Mark Ogden of The Telegraph looks at how United will win the league.

The Mirror looks at the importance of Antonio Valencia.

The Guardian reckons this will be one of Fergie's greatest ever titles if we win the league this season.

Beautifully Red has all the .gifs from Blackburn.

Tono Maravilla

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Valencia scored our opening goal in our vital 2-0 victory over Blackburn this week and celebrated wildly, something very out of character for our Ecuadorian. He later dedicated his goal to Dragan Miranovic who gave Valencia his big break when he was at El Nacional at the start of his career, who sadly died of a heart attack.

Tono Maravilla

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Valencia scored our opening goal in our vital 2-0 victory over Blackburn this week and celebrated wildly, something very out of character for our Ecuadorian. He later dedicated his goal to Dragan Miranovic who gave Valencia his big break when he was at El Nacional at the start of his career, who sadly died of a heart attack.

Gerrard: This Is Our Year 2005-2012

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July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.

Guard of Honour?

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It was a marvellous occasion. Late Spring 2007. Wednesday evening. The pitch was so green. Their royal blue stood in marked contrast to our bright red. The stadium was sombre, all but for the 3000 man choir in the corner of the Shed End, singing to the man with orange skin and a silver puffa jacket.

STATS: Carrick’s Ridiculous Good Run Continues

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vs Blackburn attempted and completed more than any other player with 92/100 (92%)
vs Fulham attempted and completed more than any other player with 96/104 (92%)
vs Wolves subbed off after 58 minutes to give Paul Pogba a decent run. 49/56 (88%)
vs West Brom attempted and completed more than any other player with 88/96 (92%)
vs Tottenham attempted and completed more than any other player with 72/81 (89%)
vs Norwich attempted and completed more than any other player with 88/101 (87%)
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%).

Reactions To Victory Over Blackburn

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1. A month ago today Manchester United were five points behind Manchester City at the top of the table. The blues' had a goal difference superior to ours by 13. We are now five points clear at the top with just one goal difference, with us now having scored more than them. By the time City next play, we could be eight points clear at the top, assuming we beat QPR at home.

Reactions To Victory Over Blackburn

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1. A month ago today Manchester United were five points behind Manchester City at the top of the table. The blues' had a goal difference superior to ours by 13. We are now five points clear at the top with just one goal difference, with us now having scored more than them. By the time City next play, we could be eight points clear at the top, assuming we beat QPR at home.

VIDEO: Valencia and Young Goals vs Blackburn

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Blackburn vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Rio, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Jones, Rooney and Chicharito.

Bench: Amos, Welbeck, Giggs, Smalling, Pogba, Park and Young.

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

Shearer: Fergie Laughing His Head Off At City

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Following City's 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland this weekend, Alan Shearer reckons that our manager will have enjoyed not only the result but the behaviour of their players too.

"Alex Ferguson must have been laughing his head off watching the highlights of Manchester City's game on Saturday," he said.

VIDEO: Both Keanes Score In Dallas Cup Opener

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Manchester United twins, Will and Michael Keane, both scored in our youngsters' 2-0 win over FC Dallas Academy in the Dallas Cup opener last night.

"VIDEO: Both Keanes Score In Dallas Cup Opener" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney: Beating City To The Title Would Make It One Of The Best

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Ahead of tonight's game against Blackburn Rovers, Wayne Rooney has claimed that if we do manage to win the title this season, it will mean more because we'll have pipped City to it.

The blues have lead the table for the majority of the season but despite United's crushing injuries, have not managed to stay at the top.

VIDEO: Gerrard Shoos Away King Kenny

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If the season started in January, only Wolves would be below Liverpool FC in the table, after a run of extraordinarily bad form which has seen them drop below Everton in the table. In fact, this is their worst run for 59 years.

During Liverpool's latest defeat yesterday, King Kenny Dalglish was spotted wandering around the pitch after Pepe Reina had been sent off.

What Is Kompany Talking About?

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"It is not nerves there is nobody in the team who has not been in this situation before in another league. So, it wasn't nerves."

Joe Hart
League titles: 0

Micah Richards
League titles: 0

Vincent Kompany
League titles: 2 (Belgium)

Pablo Zabaleta
League titles: 0

Joleon Lescott
League titles: 0

James Milner
League titles: 0

Edin Džeko
League titles: 1 (Germany)

Adam Johnson
League titles: 0

Aleksandar Kolarov
League titles: 0

Stefan Savić
League titles: 0

Sergio Agüero
League titles: 0

Gareth Barry
League titles: 0

Samir Nasri
League titles: 0

David Silva
League titles: 0

Gaël Clichy
League titles: 1

Kolo Touré
League titles: 3 (2 in the Ivory Coast, 1 in England)

Carlos Tévez
League titles: 4 (1 in Argentina, 1 in Brazil, 2 in England)

Nigel de Jong
League titles: 1 (Holland)

Yaya Touré
League titles: 4 (1 in the Ivory Coast, 1 in Greece, 2 in Spain)

Mario Balotelli
League titles: 3 (1 by default, all in Italy)

"What Is Kompany Talking About?

Fergie: Jones Is Our Future Captain

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Phil Jones will be Manchester United's captain one day.

"He's definitely a future captain," said Ferguson. "There's no doubt about that. I said that from the minute he came to us that I thought there was something about the boy. He was doing great until he started getting all these injuries and a bit of illness with 'flu.