Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Baines: Would It be Hard To Turn United Down?

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Manchester United have been linked to Everton full-back, Leighton Baines, following yet another disappointing season from Patrice Evra.

Whilst not admitting he wants to join United, Baines, who is currently preparing for Euro 2012, has more or less implied he'll join United if an offer comes in for him, regardless of how difficult he would find it to say goodbye to Everton.

Of Course Scholesy Has Signed A New Deal

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Manchester United have today confirmed that Paul Scholes has signed a year long contract extension to keep him at the club next season.

As the years have gone by, Scholes hasn't played as regularly as he wanted and this was something that has bothered him for a while. Sir Alex Ferguson had wanted Scholes to carry on playing but the midfielder decided that he wasn't prepared to play a bit part role so retired.

Young: Everyone Wants To Beat The Biggest Club In The World

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Ashley Young has reflected on his first year at United, claiming that his strong desire to win is something he shares in common with Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has been a massive influence on me," Young told The Mirror. "I said at the time that as soon as Sir Alex comes knocking at the door, it's a no-brainer.

Kawaga’s £12m United Deal Almost Complete

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German football magazine, Kicker, have today reported that Shinji Kagawa is set to make the move to Manchester United this week. Borussia Dortmund had wanted £16m but United have apparently agreed a £12m deal with the potential for it to rise to £17m.

"The transfer is not yet complete," said Michael Zorc, the club's director of sport, with Kicker claiming the agreement has been negotiated, but lacks the signatures of the parties involved.

Hazard Chooses Chelsea Over United And City

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Eden Hazard has confirmed he will be joining Chelsea this summer. The talented youngster, who currently plays for Lille, has spent the past few weeks teasing the press with little snippets of information about where his future lay.

"Hazard Chooses Chelsea Over United And City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Young’s Goal Wins It For England

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szólj hozzá: Norway England 0:1 Young "VIDEO: Young's Goal Wins It For England" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Will Keane On England U-19 Duty

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"VIDEO: Will Keane On England U-19 Duty" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best moments of the season in .gif form.

Red Rants discusses who should be our next number 7.

Beyond The Pitch has an interview with Jaap Stam about when he left United (from September 2011).

The Guardian reports on how racism will become a sackable offence for footballers.

Ref’s Mistake Gifts City The Title

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Manchester City fans have spent decades complaining about United receiving favourable decisions from the referee. This season, City messageboards were filled with talk of a 'conspiracy', in which the FA and Sky Sports were working against City to help United win the title. Seriously.

The debatable decisions table shows that United would have won the league by five points if the referee had always made the correct decisions in United games.

Not A Shred Of Evidence, Suarez?

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Luis Suarez is continuing to fulfil his role as a victim perfectly at Liverpool in his recent statements about his eight match ban for the racial abuse of Patrice Evra. A born and bred scouser would be proud of Suarez's efforts to appear innocent and blameless.

"My conscience is clear [on Evra]," he said.

Evra: Hazard Will Win Titles With Red Side Of Manchester

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With speculation mounting over which team Eden Hazard will join, Patrice Evra has claimed that he can assure the young Belgian he'll win titles at United.

"I'm not his father but, if he comes to Manchester, I assure him that he will win titles," said Evra. "That's if he joins my Manchester not the blue side.

Lescott: Nev Told Me To Keep Away From The Chocolate Cake

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After a brilliant season for Gary Neville working for Sky Sports, with even the most passionate fans who hated Neville throughout his United career acknowledging how good his punditry is, Roy Hodgson asked the former United captain to join the England coaching staff for the Euros.

"A lot of people thought he might be biased towards Manchester United but, watching the games and hearing his opinions, I don't think he has," said Lescott.

Berba Interested In PSG Move

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Dimitar Berbatov will leave Manchester United this summer after playing in just 12 league games this season. He still managed an impressive return of 7 goals but after being the league's top scorer last season, it is obviously time to move on.

Berba's agent, Emil Danchev, has claimed that the Bulgarian has no interest in playing for another English team, and yesterday said that he would be open to a move to PSG, who finished 2nd in France this season.

Keane: Too Many Rivalries In England Squad

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Roy Keane has given a damning verdict of the England set-up and has claimed that as well as wanting to spend more time with his family, Paul Scholes retired from international football because of how things worked behind the scenes.

"England have not done well at big tournaments and everyone is intrigued by it, but the priority for a lot of top players now is not international football," said Keane.

Will Hazard’s Decision Really Be Based On Playing Time?

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Eden Hazard is a name that has filled football forums over the past few weeks as he's repeatedly teased the fans of Premier League clubs with speculation over which club he would join.

Whilst City plan to make no amendments to their current financial structure, with the wage bill currently exceeding their turnover, and Chelsea continue to have the highest wage bill in the league, it was safe to assume that Hazard would not be coming to United.

Hurry Up FFP

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Tables from The Guardian

"Hurry Up FFP" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Manchester United stars set to shine at Euro 2012

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The Manchester United squad have had an exhausting and emotionally-draining 2011-12 season, and for some a well-deserved break is in the offing after a rigorous campaign. However, with the big summer tournament just round the corner, a contingent of Sir Alex Ferguson's men will have little rest before heading to Ukraine and Poland with their respective countries.

PICTURE: There Is No God?

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"PICTURE: There Is No God?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea Fail In Attempt To Sign Rafael

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The National is reporting that Chelsea are keen to sign Rafael da Silva and put in an enquiry about his availability last week.

Rafael lost his place in the starting XI after a disappointing performance against Everton in that costly 4-4 draw with Everton towards the end of the season.

Berba: I’d Never Do What Tevez Did

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Dimitar Berbatov is leaving United this summer but insists he would never behave like Carlos Tevez has since leaving the club.

"Tevez did ​​it out of spite," Berbatov told BG TV. "But I wouldn't do something like that. I had the opportunity to sign for City but I chose United.

Berba: I Reached The Top At Manchester United

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Dimitar Berbatov has today spoken about his time at Manchester United coming to an end. After being the league's top scorer last season, the Bulgarian striker has hardly had a look in. The 31-year-old will leave United this summer but insists he's achieved his goal by playing for us.

"I rejected City's offer to play in the best club in the world," Berbatov told BG TV.

Evra: Tevez Is Disrespectful

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Patrice Evra has criticised former United team mate and best friend, Carlos Tevez, following his decision to hold up a 'RIP Fergie' poster last weekend.

"I was very surprised by Tevez's attitude against Sir Alex Ferguson," said Evra. "I'm not sure how the manager feels about it but I'm sure he won't be impressed.

Solskjaer Falls Out With Molde Over Villa Talks

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner this week over the possibility of taking over as manager. Having won Molde their first ever title in his first season and winning a second phase Champions League qualifying position, plenty of people have urged the United legend to stay in Norway and learn his trade.

Welbz: I’m Lucky To Have Rooney’s Advice

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Danny Welbeck has sung the praises of his strike partner, Wayne Rooney, claiming that money couldn't buy the advice he's been given.

"I owe Wayne a lot," said Welbeck. "He has been a terrific friend and a brilliant help to me. We have really forged a great partnership. And he is amazing during a game.

Fans Without Borders – United 3rd Most Popular In Europe

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One quarter of Europe's football faithful (41 million) are classed as Fans Without Borders, with FC Barcelona the most popular foreign team (29%), followed by Real Madrid CF (10%) and Manchester United FC (8%).

Fans Without Borders have been categorised into three groups:
1. Highlight Fans, representing 60% of all Fans Without Borders, are attracted to a club's playing philosophy (85%) and success (79%).

Ronaldo: United Still The Kings Of England

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Cristiano Ronaldo was disappointed to see City win the league last weekend but says that United are still the "kings of England."

"I saw a few days ago they scored two goals in the last minutes, 91 and 93," he said. "I had a bet that Manchester United would win the league but I lost.

Solskjaer In Talks With Villa

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Reports emerged last night link Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the vacant manager's position as Aston Villa.

This morning, word from Norway was that Solskjaer was absent from Molde training.

The club have now confirmed that our former striker is in talks with the Premier League club.

"Molde FC is aware of interest and contact from Aston Villa, and that they are talking together.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian has a nice article on Scholes.

Caught Offside looks at the five players we should buy and sell.

Beautifully Red has all the gifs from our best moments of the season.

Soccerlens looks at Ferguson's big decision this summer.

RoM has a Valencia 16 Ecuardor shirt to give away.

Park: I May Not Get United Retirement Wish

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Park Ji-Sung has acknowledged that despite wanting to retire at United, he may not get his wish.

"It's true that I said I want to retire at United," he said. "But what I want does not always translate to reality. It becomes more feasible when the whole situation clicks."

Park, who will be out of contract next summer, admitted he had a disappointing season.

POLL: Who Should Be Our New #7?

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Who do you want to be our new number 7?

"POLL: Who Should Be Our New #7?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Owen Won’t Be Retiring Despite Leaving United

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After joining Manchester United, Michael Owen was full of praise for the club and claimed that if he couldn't finish his career here, he wouldn't take a step down.

"As long as I'm wanted at a good level I will play on, but part of that is in my hands and part isn't," Owen said this time last year.

VIDEO: Welbz Chip In Training

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An old clip of Danny Welbeck chipping the keeper at England U-21 training.

"VIDEO: Welbz Chip In Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Reserves – Double Winners

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After being crowned Champions of England, United Reserves became double winners after beating City's "Elite Development Squad" 2-0 in the Manchester Senior Cup final tonight at the Etihad.

Will Keane and Luke Giverin scored the goals, with the latter grabbing his in the 93rd minute, just a few minutes after coming on.

Singing For England?

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"Did you cheer, did you cheer, did you cheer when Beckham scored?" we would sing to opposition fans following David Beckham's transformation from villain to hero in the eyes of England fans. After his sending off in the World Cup 1998 he was given an awful time in this country, with effigies of him being hung in London, his face at the centre of cut out dart boards in the tabloids and vile abuse from the stands.

Tevez: It Seems Ferguson Is The President Of England

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During City's title celebrations on Monday, true to blue form, Carlos Tevez was pre-occupied with thoughts of United, "begging" City fans to hand him an "RIP Fergie" poster.

"He was leaning over the side of the bus, obviously trying to reach for this poster and begging the crowd to pass it to him," said a City fan in the crowd.

Evra: Other People Wouldn’t Have Tried To Shake Suarez’s Hand

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Patrice Evra has reflected back on the season and the incident with Luis Suarez at Old Trafford. After being found guilty of racially abusing Evra, Suarez then refused to shake his hand ahead of kick off.

"The whole thing was so difficult," he said. "People thought my celebration at the end of the Liverpool game was because Suarez had abused me, but it was more than that.

Kagawa: It Was Good To Talk To Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched Dortmund's 5-2 German Cup final victory over Bayern Munich in Berlin on Saturday with Mike Phelan to scout Shinji Kagawa.

Kagawa, who has a year remaining on his current deal, was in Manchester this week to negotiate a deal with United.

"It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk," said Kagawa.

Evra: This Has Been A Tough Year

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Patrice Evra, whose form has been questionable this season, has claimed that this has been the hardest time he's had since joining the club.

"What's happened to me this year, personal things, have been really tough," said Evra. "I know people will think I'm only saying this because we've lost the title but this is the most difficult season I've ever had for Manchester United.

Rooney: We’ll Win It Next Year

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Following Sunday's disappointment, Wayne Rooney is already looking to next season.

"Sunday was a difficult day for everyone," said Rooney. "One minute you think we have won the title, then we haven't, which was heartbreaking. That is how it goes sometimes. We have to believe in ourselves.

Four Reds In England Squad

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Hart, Green, Ruddy Baines, Cahill, Cole, Johnson, Jones, Lescott, Terry Barry, Downing, Gerrard, Lampard, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Parker, Walcott, Young Carroll, Defoe, Rooney, Welbeck.

"Four Reds In England Squad" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Terry Asked For Deciding Penalty In Moscow

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Avram Grant has reflected on the European Cup final of 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.

After Cristiano Ronaldo missed his penalty and Chelsea scored all of theirs, it came to John Terry to win it for the blues. Terry slipped and the rest is history but Grant has today talked about how his captain asked to take the deciding penalty in place of Didier Drogba, who had been sent off in extra time.

Rio To Miss Out On England Squad

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Reports this evening suggest that Rio Ferdinand will miss out on the England squad for Euro 2012 despite enjoying a great season for United.

"Rio To Miss Out On England Squad" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Want A Valencia 16 Ecuador Shirt?

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Antonio Valencia won a clean sweep of prizes at the club's awards last night. His team mates and the fans voted him the player of the season, whilst his goal against Blackburn was voted goal of the season.

Valencia joined the season late, missing out on the pre-season, when recovering from his injury.

Fergie and Giggs The Best

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been named the best manager over the past 20 Premier League seasons whilst Ryan Giggs has been named the best player. Unsurprisingly.

Well done.

"Fergie and Giggs The Best" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Players Dominate PL Greatest Team

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Six Manchester United players were chosen in the greatest Premier League team of the past 20 years.

Schmeichel; G Neville Adams Vidic Cole; Ronaldo Scholes Gerrard Giggs; Henry Shearer

"United Players Dominate PL Greatest Team" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United Players Dominate PL Greatest Team

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Six Manchester United players were chosen in the greatest Premier League team of the past 20 years.

Schmeichel; G Neville Adams Vidic Cole; Ronaldo Scholes Gerrard Giggs; Henry Shearer

"United Players Dominate PL Greatest Team" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Valencia – Players’ Player of the Year

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Antonio Valencia was named the Manchester United player of the year, as voted for by the players, taking over form Nani.

The Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year is Mats Daehli, taking over from Ryan Tunnicliffe.

The Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year is Michael Keane, taking over from Oliver Gill.

Scholes Staying On

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Paul Scholes will continue playing for United next season. It was always likely that he would agree to play for another season, as there would be little point in coming out for retirement for just a few months more football. Importantly, Scholes proved that he's still up to scratch and was arguably our best player since January.

Ruud In Quotes – From Injury to Departure to Retirement

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March 7th 2000 Injury

Van Nistelrooy sustained an injury in a friendly match with Danish side Silkeborg, tearing the medial ligament in his right knee and he had his leg placed in a cast.

April 9th 2000 No to Rangers

Ruud turns down a move to Rangers after the Scottish club put in a £15m bid for him.

Rio: No Other Team Would Have Coped As Well

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Rio Ferdinand has talked about how well he believes this current squad have done this season after losing out on the title on goal difference.

"It's a cruel way to have lost it," he said. "But you have to congratulate the other team. Any team that wins it obviously deserves it and they have played well throughout the season.

Ruud van Nistelrooy Retires

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Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has today announced his retirement from football.

In a Malaga press conference, the 35-year-old said his body could no longer handle the physical pressure being put on his body.

After scoring 75 goals in 91 games for PSV, Ruud joined United for £19m and spent five years at the club.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Goal vs Sunderland

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

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Sunderland vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney.

Subs: Amos, Rafael, Park, Nani, Owen, Berbatov and Chicharito.

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

Celebration Of Our Lives?

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Today is the day we were meant to be lifting the trophy. After City lost 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates four weeks ago, we were eight points clear at the top. You'd fancy any club to go on and win the league at that stage but the fact it was United meant it was game over. I had City fans begrudgingly congratulating me on the title and whilst not celebrating too soon, for fear of jinxing us, you couldn't help but feel chuffed in anticipation for another title win.

Where To Put Your Money vs Sunderland

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United travel to Sunderland for the final game of the season and are a top priced 1.44 to beat the Black Cats and keep alive their slim hopes of retaining the title.

The Red Devils need City to slip up in their home game at QPR, and will be hoping that history doesn't repeat itself.

Carrick Out For Tomorrow?

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It has been reported that Michael Carrick hasn't trained for the past few days due to illness, meaning United could be playing Sunderland with a squad down to the bare bones, again.

Carrick has been our most important player this season so his absence could be costly. Tom Cleverley has barely played this season because of injury but after a few substitute appearances recently may get called back in to the starting XI.

PICTURES: Official Pictures Of Players In Next Season’s Kit

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Robson: Young Players Are So Attentive To Fergie

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Bryan Robson has sung the praises of the Sir Alex Ferguson today, claiming that it's the manager's persona which allows him to have so much influence over the players.

"I think he's still got that aura," he said. "You can see it in the younger players as soon as the boss is about; they are attentive to what he's doing, what he is overseeing, what he is looking at.

Robson: Welbz Should Go To Euros

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With Wayne Rooney suspended for the first two games of the Euros, Bryan Robson has claimed that Danny Welbeck would do a great job filling in for him before joining him as a strike partner this summer.

"I don't think Danny would let anybody down," said Robson. "He's a real hard worker.

Fergie: QPR Need To Do An Aberdeen

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If Manchester United get a better result than City at the weekend, they will retain the title. Chances of this happening are unlikely though, considering City have QPR at home and United have Sunderland away.

What works in our favour is that QPR are fighting a relegation battle so will be desperate for even one point.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End looks at why we capitulated.

ManUtd24 says that Rooney's goals don't make him our player of the season.

Here Is The City looks at what happened to Kleberson's career after leaving United.

Dirty Tackle looks at how Fred Done is set to lose £500k for paying out on United winning the title.

Campbell: It’d Be Nice If We Both Could Win

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Fraizer Campbell joined Manchester United's youth set up when he was 10-years-old and spend 12 years at the club.

This weekend, United have a slim chance of winning the league if they beat Sunderland, and Campbell has admitted he wishes it was possible for us both to win.

"It would be nice if we could both win," he admitted.

Bardsley: No Divided Loyalties

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Salford lad Phil Bardsley joined Manchester United when he was just 8-years-old. In the past, he has talked about his continuing feelings for United and revealed that he still goes to games with his mates.

United take on Sunderland this weekend and a win would give them a small chance of retaining the title, depending on the result at the Etihad.

Smalling Out Of Euros

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Chris Smalling will miss Euro 2012 after it has been confirmed the groin injury he sustained in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Swansea won't heal in time.

Smalling may still be involved in the Olympic squad though after Ferguson has refused participation in both competitions to our players.

PICTURE: United Reserves Celebrate As Champions

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United were named Premier Reserves League North champions a few weeks before the end of the season after coming back from 3-0 down to win 6-3 away to Newcastle last month.

Tonight, they were named Premier Reserve League National champions after beating Aston Villa in the play-off final.

Singing Section Update

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Fans United is a supporters consortium consisting of Manchester United fans groups, fanzines and supporters. We have been in talks with Manchester United officials about introducing a singing section to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

The club have offered us the current away section at Old Trafford to use as a singing section next season and the aim is to bring back the atmosphere and colour of the old Scoreboard Paddock, making this section a fans area and raising the volume at Old Trafford.

No Olympics For Chicharito

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Javier Hernandez will not be representing Mexico in this summer's Olympics.

Last summer he won the Gold Cup with Mexico as the competition's top scorer and best player. The summer before he played in the World Cup and scored goals against Argentina and France.

Jones: I’d Have Snapped Someone’s Hand Off For 40 Games

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Phil Jones is pleased with how his first season has gone with Manchester United, after playing in 40 games in all competitions. Only Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra have played in more games than our youngster, who turned 20 a couple of months ago.

"It's gone really well," Jones told the official site.

Jones: I’d Have Snapped Someone’s Hand Off For 40 Games

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Phil Jones is pleased with how his first season has gone with Manchester United, after playing in 40 games in all competitions. Only Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra have played in more games than our youngster, who turned 20 a couple of months ago.

"It's gone really well," Jones told the official site.

POLL: Which Is Your Favourite Ever United Shirt?

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1892 Newton Heath shirt

1958 FA Cup Final shirt

1968 European Cup final shirt

1984-1986 Home shirt (FA Cup final 1985)

1990-1992 Manchester United away shirt

1992-1993 Home shirt

1992-1993 Away shirt

1993-1995 Away shirt

1997-1999 European shirt

2006-2007 Home shirt

2007-2008 Away shirt

Favourite United kit?

PICTURE: Awful Shirt Next Season Confirmed

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RoM Reads

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The Independent claims Fergie won't be retiring yet.

EPL Index has the stats comparing this season with last.

The Telegraph talks about Paul Scholes playing on.

ManUtd.com has some news on our pre-season.

Dirty Tackle has the latest Dimitar Berbatov is... The Continental.

RoM Reads

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The Independent claims Fergie won't be retiring yet.

EPL Index has the stats comparing this season with last.

The Telegraph talks about Paul Scholes playing on.

ManUtd.com has some news on our pre-season.

Dirty Tackle has the latest Dimitar Berbatov is... The Continental.

Evra: This Isn’t The End Of The Empire

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Some sections of the press have already started talk about United in decline, as they do every time it looks as though we won't win the league, but Patrice Evra insists that even if City do win the title, United will be back next year.

"I know that if we don't win the league then a lot of people will say this is the end of the empire and ask how we will survive," said Evra.

Fergie: Hughes Will Remember Unethical City Sacking

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Former Manchester United hero, Mark Hughes, could be our last hope at winning the title, with QPR going to City on the final day of the season.

Fergie has turned to Hughes, who he hasn't had a great relationship with for years, to see where his praise might get him.

After City beat Sunderland in December 2009, Hughes came on to the pitch to applaud the fans, with the press having already revealed that he was going to be sacked after the game.

VIDEO: Scholes and Young Goals vs Swansea

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Swansea

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Young, Rooney and Chicharito.

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

Fergie: We Should Have Asked For £800m For Ronaldo

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that the £80m that Real Madrid paid us for Cristiano Ronaldo was a bargain. He has finally won the league with them this season, having won just one trophy in his first two years in Madrid.

Ronaldo has scored 145 goals in 143 games for Real Madrid (33 in 35 in the first year, 53 in 54 in his second and 59 in 54 this season), leading the manager to believe we could have charged a lot more with hindsight.

Keane: United Still The Best Club On The Planet

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Roy Keane is refusing to buy in to the doom and gloom talk surrounding Manchester United at the moment, claiming even if we don't win the title this season, we will bounce back.

"They'll be disappointed, not necessarily just because of the result, but because of the performance," said Keane.

Where To Put Your Money vs Swansea

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United go into their final home game of the season against Swansea knowing only a win is good enough in order to keep their title hopes alive, and they are a top priced 1.2 with Boylesports to do just that.

Having been 8 points clear and looking to have the title in the bag they now sit in second place on goal difference behind arch rivals City.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph has comments from Roy Keane about his relationship with the manager.

United Rant looks back on the derby.

The Mirror has Martin Keown's column on why Rio shouldn't go to the Euros.

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Carrick: All I Care About Is Playing For This Club

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Michael Carrick has been one of United's best players this season which has been crucial given how many injuries we've had in midfield.

Whilst he has often been on the receiving end of criticism since joining the club, Carrick insists all he's bothered about is what Sir Alex Ferguson and his team mates think of him.

VIDEO: Best Ever Premier League Goal

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Wayne Rooney's winner against Manchester City last season has been officially named the best goal in Premier League history.

Rooney's goal received 26% of the vote, Dennis Bergkamp's goal in 2002 at Newcastle came 2nd with 19% and Thierry Henry against Manchester United was third with 15%.

Evans? De Gea? Valencia? Rooney? Vote For Them

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The Republik of Mancunia has been shortlisted again for the EPL Talk Awards for best club blog. Vote for RoM on the EPL Talk awards. Here are some other categories you might be intersted in...

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Vidic Going Nowhere

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Nemanja Vidic's agent Silvano Martina has dismissed rumours coming from Italy that our captain is ready to move to Juventus when he recovers from his injury.

"Vidic is still out with a cruciate ligament injury," Silvano Martina told tuttomercatoweb.com. "A future in Italy? You have to consider that he has a non-EU passport and that would make it difficult for him to arrive in Serie A.

Reactions To Defeat Against City

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1. So, there we have it. Just like Manchester City, we've managed to throw away an eight point lead. To pick up four points from four games at this stage of the season is so un-United that I don't really know what to say about it. What are we playing at? Last weekend's game was probably more painful than last night's but that doesn't change the fact it's bitterly disappointing losing to that lot, particularly now it means we've surrendered our position at the top of the table.