Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Where To Put Your Money For Spain vs Italy

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Spain v Italy (7.45pm, Live on BBC1 and ITV1)

Bookmakers make Spain the favourites at 2.2 to win in normal time, but their are plenty of reasons to believe that Italy are worth a punt at 3.75 with bet365 and Paddy Power to come out on top.

They put in an encouraging performance against the world champions in the opening game in the Group stages when drawing 1-1, and since then have improved with every game.

Where To Put Your Money For Spain vs Italy

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Spain v Italy (7.45pm, Live on BBC1 and ITV1)

Bookmakers make Spain the favourites at 2.2 to win in normal time, but their are plenty of reasons to believe that Italy are worth a punt at 3.75 with bet365 and Paddy Power to come out on top.

They put in an encouraging performance against the world champions in the opening game in the Group stages when drawing 1-1, and since then have improved with every game.

Baines For £17m? Value In The Market??

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The rumours linking Leighton Baines with a move to Manchester United have become more common over recent weeks.

Before the Euros kicked off, Baines was asked whether he would find it hard to turn down United if an offer came in.

"The United link is flattering," he said. "There is no harm in people talking about it because it is a great club.

Nani: Ronaldo Demanded To Take Last Pen

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The semi-final between Spain and Portugal ended in a draw meaning a penalty shoot-out decided who would be in the final.

The Portuguese side seemingly forgot their order, with Bruno Alves almost reaching the penalty spot before Nani caught up with him to take his place. Nani took an excellent penalty but Alves missed his and Spain won.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End talks about following Cristiano Ronaldo three years after he left.

Left Back In The Changing Room wonders whether Kagawa is United's next star.

United Rant looks at how our players performed at the Euros.

The Mirror claims Rooney won't be going to the Far East with United this summer.

De Laet: First Class Education From United

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Ritchie de Laet, who joined Leicester last month, has spoken about the impact Manchester United has had on his career.

He was a surprise signing from Stoke in 2009 and in the few opportunities he was given in the first team he looked like a good prospect.

The 23-year-old spent time out on loan at Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich, before believing it was time to find a club where he could play regular football.

Giggs Takes Beckham’s Team GB Place

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Stuart Pearce has named Micah Richards, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs as the three over-23 players in the 18-man squad for Team GB at the Olympics.

David Beckham, who was part of the team that helped secure the London Olympic bid, has missed out.

"Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me," he said.

Rooney: Disappointment Will Inspire Us To Do Better

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that the disappointment of finishing the season empty-handed will spur the team on to do better in the coming year.

"I think we've all learned a lot," he told the official website. "There have been a lot of games where you get a feeling afterwards that you never want to have again.

Capello vs Hodgson: War of Words Over Rooney

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When Wayne Rooney was banned for three games for a straight red against Montenegro in qualifying, England manager at the time, Fabio Capello, claimed it was his fault.

Following England's failure at Euro 2012, Roy Hodgson seemed to put some of the blame of Rooney's shoulders, despite his winning goal against the Ukraine.

United To Face Barcelona

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You might be sick to the back teeth with them but Manchester United have today announced that we will play another friendly against Barcelona this summer.

Following last year's Champions League final defeat against Barcelona, we played them again during the pre-season in Washington DC. 82,000 fans attended the game which United won 2-1, thanks to goals from Nani and Michael Owen.

Tunnicliffe For The First Team

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Warren Joyce has confirmed that Michael Keane will be loaned out to the Championship this season whilst Ryan Tunnicliffe might stay at the club for any opportunities in the first team, presumably in the League Cup.

"There's bound to be interest from the Championship as they both did well last year," Joyce said.

RoM Reads

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The Evening News stands up for Wayne Rooney against Fabio Capello.

United Rant talks about the reaction to United players following more International failure.

The Sheffield Star reports on United's agreement with Barnsley for the sale of Oliver Norwood.

The Guardian looks at Portugal's decision to leave Cristiano Ronaldo until the end in last night's penalty shoot-out.

Where To Put Your Money For Germany vs Italy

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Germany v Italy (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

A fascinating clash and it's the Italians who make most appeal from a betting perspective at 3.25 with bet365 and Betfred in the draw/no bet market.

The bookmakers heavily favour Germany, who boast the best attack at Euro 2012 with 9 goals scored, in the 90 minutes market and they are general 1.

Where To Put Your Money For Spain vs Portugal

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Spain v Portugal (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

The first semi-final of the Euro 2012 pitches the defending champions Spain and their Iberian neighbours Portugal in what promises to be a classic encounter.

Bookmakers heavily favour Spain to come out on top, going 1.95 about them winning in 90 minutes.

Too Little Too Late From The FA On Racism?

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Following penalty misses from Ashley Young and Ashley Cole in England's defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, Twitter was littered with England fans racially abusing them.

All the tweets have been deleted and some users have blocked their accounts but the police are investigating complaints made.

The FA have today released a statement condemning the behaviour of these fans.

PICTURE: Valencia Back In A Wigan Shirt

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Antonio Valencia was in Honduras last week helping former Wigan team mate, Wilson Palacios, with the opening of a sports complex, along with Maynor Figueroa.

"He had two years at Wigan when we arrived," said Palacios. "We have a very good relationship with Figueroa. He is a good friend and supported us when we were new, so I invited him to thank him.

Never Mind, Ashley

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England are out of Euro 2012 after losing on penalties to Italy in the quarter-finals. After Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney scored their penalties, Ashley Young smashed his penalty against the crossbar before Ashley Cole took a tame penalty which was an easy save for Buffon.

Young lifted his penalty, with Buffon getting nowhere near it, so it's puzzling as to why he felt the need to hit it so hard.

Never Mind, Ashley

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England are out of Euro 2012 after losing on penalties to Italy in the quarter-finals. After Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney scored their penalties, Ashley Young smashed his penalty against the crossbar before Ashley Cole took a tame penalty which was an easy save for Buffon.

Young lifted his penalty, with Buffon getting nowhere near it, so it's puzzling as to why he felt the need to hit it so hard.

GNev: No Egos With England

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Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, was asked by Roy Hodgson to join his team of coaches for the Euros, despite having no experience. After retiring, Neville walked in to a job with Sky Sports as a pundit and has been a roaring success. It is presumably because of his excellent pre and post match analysis that Neville was seen capable of providing something to the set up for this tournament.

PICTURE: Sir Bobby Charlton With Olympic Torch

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"PICTURE: Sir Bobby Charlton With Olympic Torch" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money For England vs Italy

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England v Italy (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1)

England are 2.88 shots with Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes and book their place in the semi-final.

Italy can be backed at 3 with Boylesports, with the draw a 3.1 shot with Paddy Power.

As far as the stats are concerned the Three Lions have managed just one win from their last nine games against Italy (D2, L6).

Kagawa Turns Down #7 Shirt

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After returning from Manchester following his medical and contract signing, Shinji Kagawa landed in Tokyo's Narita Airport and confirmed to the Japanese press he had turned down the chance to wear the famous #7 shirt.

"I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet," Kagawa told journalists.

Kagawa: United Is Such A Massive Club

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Shinji Kagawa has today passed a medical and obtained a UK work permit which means the transfer from Borussia Dortmund has now taken place.

The Japanese midfielder has agreed a four-year contract commencing 1 July 2012, keeping him at the club until he is 27-years-old.

"This is a challenge I am really looking forward to," he told the official site.

Racist Liverpool Fan’s Ridiculous Defence

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After Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and banned for eight games, Manchester United were drawn Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield.

After the club had come out and publicly supported their racist striker, with the players and manager wearing t-shirts with his face on, it came as no surprise that their fans tried to excuse the inexcusable too.

STATS: Rooney and Social Media

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Whether we like it or not, social media is impacting the world of football on a more regular basis – proven by the Advertising Standards Authority's (AAS) decision to ban the Nike "#makeitcount" campaign on Twitter after Rooney's recent "tweetvertisements".

More and more people are concerned that footballers and celebs alike are cashing in on Twitter.

PICTURE: Kuszczak Signs For Brighton

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VIDEO: Rooney Goal For England vs Ukraine

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szólj hozzá: www.dailygoalz.com England 1-0 Ukraine

Another England game, another winner scored by a United player.

"VIDEO: Rooney Goal For England vs Ukraine" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney Ready To Be A Scapegoat?

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Following a draw with France and victory over Sweden, the English national team are in a good position to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, Russia went in to their final game with the same number of points a couple of nights ago but after an unlikely defeat against Greece, were knocked out.

Rooney Returns To Boost England’s Euro 2012 Odds

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England's Euro 2012 odds of a positive result in their decisive Group D game against Ukraine tonight have been boosted by the return of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, with a nation's hopes and dreams firmly planted on the talented forward's shoulders. With the Three Lions only needing a draw to progress, the Red Devils talisman should give the side an added thrust in attack, and is most likely to start up front with club team-mate Danny Welbeck.

RoM Reads

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The 4th Official says Michael Carrick is England's most underrated player.

This Is Futbol talks about why Thiago would be a great buy for United.

The Guardian reports on Rio's attack of UEFA's fine for Bendtner in the light of racism fines.

The Telegraph looks at United's more difficult fixture list.

Where To Put Your Money: England vs Ukraine

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England v Ukraine (7.45pm KO, Live on ITV1)

England go into the game knowing that a draw will be good enough to book them a place in the quarter-finals, and that outcome is a 3.4 shot with Boylesports.

The Three Lions can be backed at a top priced 2.25 with Paddy Power to do it in style with a victory, while Ukraine are 3.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Time Is Now

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"VIDEO: Rooney's Time Is Now" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United’s 2012-2013 Fixtures Are Out!

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The first game of the season is Everton away on August 18th and the last game of the season is away to West Brom.

September 22nd Liverpool away
October 27th Chelsea away
November 3rd Arsenal home
December 8th City away
January 12th Liverpool home
April 6th City home
April 27th Arsenal away
May 4th Chelsea home

See United's fixtures for 2012-2013 in full.

United’s 2012-2013 Fixtures Are Out!

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The first game of the season is Everton away on August 18th and the last game of the season is away to West Brom.

September 22nd Liverpool away
October 27th Chelsea away
November 3rd Arsenal home
December 8th City away
January 12th Liverpool home
April 6th City home
April 27th Arsenal away
May 4th Chelsea home

See United's fixtures for 2012-2013 in full.

Rooney: Welbeck Always Practices That Finish In Training

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Danny Welbeck scored the winning goal for England in their 3-2 win against Sweden this week. A sublime finish saw England in a great position to get out of the group, however, some people doubted whether Danny meant it.

Wayne Rooney has today confirmed that Welbeck is always practising that finish in training and he definitely knew what he was doing.

STATS: How Euros Have Affected United Players’ Social Media Influence

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Football and social media can be more closely correlated than perhaps we realise. Whilst we don't care so much what they say, the fact we now have the option to hear our idols has helped bridge the gap between fans and footballers like never before.

Players from across the globe take to social network sites – mainly Twitter – to express anger, rage, happiness, exchange "banter" with their celebrity ‘mates' & ultimately boost their profile even further, with our very own Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) a prime example of this.

STATS: How Euros Have Affected United Players’ Social Media Influence

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Football and social media can be more closely correlated than perhaps we realise. Whilst we don't care so much what they say, the fact we now have the option to hear our idols has helped bridge the gap between fans and footballers like never before.

Players from across the globe take to social network sites – mainly Twitter – to express anger, rage, happiness, exchange "banter" with their celebrity ‘mates' & ultimately boost their profile even further, with our very own Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) a prime example of this.

New Deal For Rafael And Loan Move For Fabio

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Rafael and Fabio's agent, Cassiano Pereira, has been speaking to Estadao ESPN about the twins' future.

"Rafael is very happy to stay at Manchester United, who are one of the giants of world football and always play in Europe's biggest competitions," he said. "Manchester United are the club that opened the door to Europe for him.

VIDEO: Welbeck Winner For England vs Sweden

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Where To Put Your Money – England vs Sweden

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Sweden v England (7.45pm KO, Live on BBC1) England look a good bet at 2.15 with Paddy Power to win this and edge a step closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals. They played well in their opening 1-1 draw against France, looking extremely well organised and solid in defence.

COMPETITION: Win Cantona Print

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"Anyone who is different from the ordinary is considered crazy and I am happy to be considered so. And proud."

Post a YouTube clip of your favourite Cantona goal in the comments (using a valid e-mail address) below to win this print. This Graham Jones print is available on Print For Good where profits go to good causes.

PICTURE: How Has Rooney Had No Stick For This?

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"The barber came in and set up his own little shop in Ashley Young's room," said Welbeck. "Quite a few members of the England staff and players went in. He's had no stick about it."

"PICTURE: How Has Rooney Had No Stick For This?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Daily Mail talks to Danny Welbeck about his England career.

Red Flag Flying High talks about Nick Powell's move to United.

Check out Kissed The Badge for the latest Euro 2012 badge kissers as well as others from all around the world.

Sports Witness reports on Modric being asked about moving to United.

VIDEO: Powell’s England U-17 Goals

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PICTURE: What have our players been up to?

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What have our players been doing since the season ended?

Ryan Giggs was in Shanghai to help launch the partnership with Chevrolet

David de Gea arrived in Switzerland with the Spain squad ahead of Euro 2012.

Rafael da Silva trains ahead of his start for Brazil in their friendly against Argentina.

PICTURE: What have our players been up to?

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What have our players been doing since the season ended?

Ryan Giggs was in Shanghai to help launch the partnership with Chevrolet

David de Gea arrived in Switzerland with the Spain squad ahead of Euro 2012.

Rafael da Silva trains ahead of his start for Brazil in their friendly against Argentina.

Kagawa: Manchester Is The Place For Me

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Manchester United's new signing, Shinji Kagawa, has spoken in detail about his move to the club after a deal was put in place last week.

"United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I was given a chance to play for them," he said. "I took a lot of things into consideration, like the fact that they've got a deep squad, their style of football and it wasn't an easy decision.

VIDEO: New Powell Signing

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After weeks of speculation, Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Crewe Alexandra teen, Nick Powell.

"We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe," said Ferguson. "I'm delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.

Where To Put Your Money For England vs France

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France v England (5pm KO, Live on ITV1)

England kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign with a really tough clash against the tournament third favourites and as far as the bookies are concerned it won't be a winning one.

They are 3.2 chances with bet365 for victory, with France general 2.

Choose England

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Breaking – Hodgson’s Shoddy Rio Excuse

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Following Holland's defeat to Denmark, an interview with Roy Hodgson was showing on BBC1 with him trying to explain the reasons behind leaving Rio out of his squad.

"No, I don't think it's surprised me," he said. "It's just a pit that the real story behind it hasn't been told. I picked twenty three players and left Rio out.

VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Again For Mexico

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Javier Hernandez scored the third and was involved in the second goal during Mexico's 3-1 win over Guyana in today's World Cup qualifying game.

"VIDEO: Chicharito Scores Again For Mexico" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Where To Put Your Money For The Euros

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Group A

Poland: 3.5 to win Group and 1.91 to qualify

Arsenal's Wojciech Szcesny kept Ronaldo and Nani at bay in the co-hosts 0-0 draw at the end of February in the first game played at the new National Stadium in Warsaw. Poland have only competed in one previous barren European Championship and will be looking to break their duck when they entertain Greece in Warsaw tonight.

“Lewy Is Going To United”

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Poland national team coach Franciszek Smuda claims striker Robert Lewandowski, club team mate of Shinji Kagawa, is on his way to Manchester United this summer.

"Lewy is going to Manchester United, Kuba also somewhere in England, Piszczek to Real," said Smuda. "They have a goal and they want to grow.

VIDEO: All Of Lewandowski’s 2011-2012 Goals

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Robert Lewandowski has been linked to United for some time and his national coach has today revealed he is set to join United.

"VIDEO: All Of Lewandowski's 2011-2012 Goals" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Kagawa Scores Against Jordan

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Other Manchester United related videos from 101 Great Goals

"VIDEO: Kagawa Scores Against Jordan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: Scholes’ Season In Full In Comparison To Others

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Paul Scholes was brought out of retirement after Manchester United struggled with injuries in midfield, with Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher all ruled out for a period of several months.

Having not played any competitive football for seven months, aged 37-years-old, how did Scholesy get on?

Nani: My Future? I Have A Contract With United

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Nani has moved to play down any rumours linking him with a move away from the club. He has already started negotiations with United, despite having two years remaining on his current deal, and towards the end of the season claimed "Manchester United is my home."

Nani goes in to the Euros hoping to win something with Portugal, with only two players (Muller (32) and Rosicky (31)) having created more goalscoring opportunities than Nani (29) when qualifying.

What Do Pros Make Of Rio’s Exclusion?

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Sol Campbell

"What we can say for sure is that this entire situation goes back to what did or did not happen between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand last season. That is the only logical conclusion that can be drawn and I for one never bought the argument that Rio had been left out of the original squad for "footballing reasons".

Cheers Jimmy

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The club have today announced that Director of Youth Football, Jimmy Ryan, is retiring. He started his career at United when he was a teenager after moving down from Scotland to play for our youth team. Ryan made his début for United at the end of the 1965-66 season against West Brom and scored in his second appearance for the club in a 6-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Kagawa Kid – Facts and Videos You Won’t Have Seen

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1. Shinji Kagawa 香川真司 means "true ruler" in Japanese.
2. He was born in Kobe on March 17th and turns 24-years-old this season.
3. He will be the 11th smallest player in the Premier League, two inches taller than Shaun Wright-Phillips, one inch taller than Jermaine Defoe and the same height as Juan Mata.

Who Is Richard Arnold And Why Does He Keep Saying Ridiculous Things?

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Richard Arnold has been Manchester United's Commercial Director for five years and is responsible for the commercial operations at the club, including media relationships, merchandising, sponsorship, marketing and sales.

With United drawing in ridiculous sums of money in this time it is clear that Arnold is good at his job.

Rio Reacts To England Omission After Kelly Replaces Cahill

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Gary Cahill has a fractured jaw and so has been ruled out of the England squad for Euro 2012. Liverpool's Martin Kelly has been called up in his place.

Rio Ferdinand, who enjoyed a great season for United, was left out of the initial squad because of "footballing reasons", according to Roy Hodgson.

Welbz: Great To Start With Ashley For England

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Danny Welbeck got his first England goal in their 1-0 win over Belgium in a friendly. Ashley Young got the assist for the goal which saw Welbeck finish with a lovely dink over the keeper.

"To get my first England goal in that way, obviously I'm really delighted and it's a massive honour," said Welbeck.

VIDEO: Nani Scores In Portugal Defeat

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Portugal lost 3-1 to Turkey after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and Pepe scored an own goal.

"VIDEO: Nani Scores In Portugal Defeat" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Vida: Hopefully Back For First Game

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Nemanja Vidic had today claimed that he hopes he will be available to play in United's first game of the season after missing six months of last season with a cruciate ligament injury.

"Hopefully, I'll be fit for the big kick-off," said Vidic. "I can now run and do some things on the pitch which is better for me psychologically because for the last four months it's been every day in the gym, which is hard.

VIDEO: Evra Wipes Backside With France Shirt

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Patrice Evra's popularity in France has sunk either further after he was caught on camera wiping his arse with Mathieu Valbuena's shirt.

Paris magazine, Le 10 Sport, said: "It was disgusting! But this gesture shows above all a real lack of respect towards the blue of France and all that it stands for.

VIDEO: Welbeck Scores For England

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STATS: Carrick’s Season In Full In Comparison To Others

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vs Sunderland one player attempted and completed more passes (Scholes 98/103 or 95%). Completed 73/78 (94%)
vs Swansea attempted and completed more passes than any other player with 82/88 (93%)
vs City attempted and completed more passes than any United player with 49/53 (93%).

Nani: I’m Waiting On An Offer From The Club

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Nani is in talks with Manchester United to extend his contract with the club with his current deal expiring in 2014. He is on a reported £90k a week and is holding out for £130k.

"I am really happy but I don't know about my future. Now I will study opportunities," he said in an interview with Portuguese television station RTP.

Carrick Has An England Future… If Everyone Else Is Injured

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With England midfielders dropping like flies, more and more questions have been asked about why Michael Carrick isn't going to the Euros. He has had a brilliant season for Manchester United but, as always, hasn't received much recognition for this.

When Roy Hodgson announced his squad, eyebrows were raised when Carrick not only missed out but also didn't make the standby.

Devastating News For Keane

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Will Keane is likely to miss most of next season after tearing his cruciate ligament.

Keane has been playing with England in preparation for the U-19 European Championships. He scored twice for them last week in qualifying.

"Devastating News For Keane" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Schmeichel Back To United

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Reports in this morning newspaper claim that Peter Schmeichel is coming back to United in the role of a club official ambassador. He joins the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Gary Neville who travel the world promoting Manchester United.

"Schmeichel Back To United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chicharito: My Winning Goal Was Totally Random

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Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score a 92nd minute winner for Mexico in a friendly against Bosnia.

"It was totally random," he told Medio Tempo. "Everyone was joking right now in the dressing room. The most important thing was that we won 2-1 thanks to God. I'm happy. I've always said I'm 100 percent [fit] and available for the team.