Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2012

Berba’s agent: He’s a Fulham player now

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Whilst there is nothing official on either of the club's websites yet, Dimitar Berbatov's agent, Emil Danchev, has confirmed that the Bulgarian is now a Fulham player.

"Dimitar has passed medical tests and then signed with Fulham," he said. "Since yesterday we informed you that he firmly chose Fulham.

Fergie: We’ll always remember the ‘Welcome to Hell’ banners

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Sir Alex Ferguson has tonight reacted to our Champions League draw, with United being handed a relatively easy group.

"We have the experience of playing against Galatasaray in the past and we will always remember the 'Welcome to Hell' banners," he told the official site. "So it's always a difficult type of match.

VIDEO: When United last went to Hell…

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When Manchester United went to play Galatasaray in 1993.

"VIDEO: When United last went to Hell..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

COMPETITION: UEFA Great Goals & UEFA Great Matches

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The draw for the Champions League group stages takes place today. There is the potential for a group of death for some clubs, with the Champions of Spain in pot 1, Champions of England in pot 2, champions of Italy in pot 3 and the Champions of Germany in pot 4.

Pot One: Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Porto, AC Milan.

LIVE: Manchester United’s Champions League Group – Braga, Galatasaray

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Group H
Manchester United
SC Braga 2011/2012: 3rd in Portugal's Primeira Liga
Galatasaray 2011/2012: Turkish champions
CFR 1907 Cluj

"LIVE: Manchester United's Champions League Group Braga, Galatasaray" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Berbatov To… Fulham??

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After it looked as though Dimitar Berbatov was set to join Fiorentina earlier today, it was then reported that Juventus had come in at the last minute to sign him. However, following United's dealings with the Italian club after Paul Pogba ditched us for them, it is possible that United didn't want to do business with them.

Rooney: I’m Here To Stay

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"Rooney: I'm Here To Stay" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

New Signings Start For The Reserves

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Angelo Henriquez and Alex Büttner are both in the starting line-up for the Manchester United Reserves game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight. Henriques has been confirmed as United's new number 21, taking Rafael da Silva's old shirt.

"New Signings Start For The Reserves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reports that Berbatov is going to join Fiorentina.

100 Worst People on Twitter looks at why Michael Owen is one of the worst to follow.

The Peoples Person looks at Vidic's hopes for the season ahead.

Soccerlens dismisses rumours of Rooney leaving United.

By Far The Greatest Team shows the plight of a Blackburn Rovers fan under pressure to boycott.

Wayne Rooney: What a difference a year makes

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This time last season, if Wayne Rooney had been ruled out for a month, we would have been totally gutted. As well as being the glue that holds our team together, showing great vision on the attack and working tirelessly to help win the ball back, he also scores a huge proportion of our goals. He scored a goal in each of our opening two games last season against West Brom and Spurs, before scoring a hattrick against Arsenal in our third game.

Sid Lowe brings more embarrassment to The Guardian

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You remember our run in with Sachin Nakrani a few months ago. He posted that well known picture from years ago of a Chelsea fan doing the Nazi salute with his daughter in his arms and claimed that it was from Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final game against Spurs that day. Nakrani is a Liverpool fan and obviously had taken offence to Chelsea fans singing "murderers" during the minute's silence for Hillsborough, and fair enough.

VIDEO: Van Persie, Kagawa and Rafael’s Goals vs Fulham

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m 3-2 f by footyroom "VIDEO: Van Persie, Kagawa and Rafael's Goals vs Fulham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: United vs Fulham

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Manchester United fans hoping for a bright start to the season were disappointed as they were defeated by North West neighbours Everton in their first game
• There were some bright points from the game, with David de Gea putting in a great performance with seven saves in total, second only to Petr Cech who made ten saves on the opening weekend
• Paul Scholes and new signing Shiji Kagawa also shone in midfield and were each in the EA SPORTS Player Performance index's top five for passes completed in the opponent's half from the first games with 56 and 50 passes respectively
• Kagawa also covered more ground than any other player for United with 6.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Fulham

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De Gea, Rafael, Carrick, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Kagawa, Young, Van Persie.

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

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has Danny Welbeck's 5 most beautiful moments in GIF form.

The Daily Mail looks at what has become of George Best's council house in Belfast.

The Guardian reckons United and Chelsea's on-pitch appeal trumps City's money.

The Telegraph reports on Ferguson's claim that the spending is over.

Fulham Fans To Wear Green And Gold

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MUST have tonight claimed that the green and gold protests will continue this season and will start with tomorrow's game against Fulham, with the away supposedly joining in.

"At the match tomorrow assuming the Glazers' security don't try to suppress free speech a significant number of Fulham fans will be taking Green & Gold scarves into the away section," said Duncan Drasdo, chief executive of MUST.

Where To Put Your Money For United vs Fulham

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Manchester United have a terrific record against Fulham and are a top priced 1.33 with Paddy Power to beat them at Old Trafford this weekend.

Sir Alex's men got the new season off to a poor start when going down 1-0 to Everton at Goodison where the only real positive to be taken out of the game was an excellent performance by Shinji Kawaga.

Danny Signs Extension With Club He’s Supported All His Life

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Manchester United have today confirmed that Danny Welbeck has signed a four-year extension at the club to keep him with us until at least 2016.

"Playing for United is all I've ever wanted to do – it's the club I've supported all my life," he said. "I can't wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies.

Büttner: Best Day Of My Life

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The club has announced the signing of Alexander Büttner from Vitesse Arnhem after a Dutch newspaper broke the finalisation of the deal this morning.

"Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life," said the player. "It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.

PICTURE: Who is Andesron?

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"PICTURE: Who is Andesron?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Alexander Büttner Signs For United

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Dutch paper, Omroep Gelderland, has printed pictures of Alexander Büttner with a Manchester United shirt after signing a five-year-deal with the club, although the official site has yet to confirm anything. He is set to be unveiled in front of the press on Friday.

"PICTURE: Alexander Büttner Signs For United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Henriquez: I Can Play At United Straight Away

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Having turned down a move to Manchester City in preference for playing at United, Angelo Henriquez says he is keen to play straight away. There had been suggestions that he would stay in Chile on loan but the young striker wants to come straight in to the team.

"If I go Manchester United it is to play," he told El Mercurio.

Threads That Weave

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"Threads That Weave" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Reactions to defeat against Everton

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1. So there we go, this season starts in the same fashion that last season ended. Not playing very well, some nice moments, no defenders and disappointment. In the newsletter ahead of the game I said dropping points at Everton wasn't the end of the world. I imagined we could draw there, with a defeat a possibility, so a 1-0 defeat isn't a big shock.

What United Should Expect In 2012-2013

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When the final whistle blew at the Stadium of Light on the 13th of May 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson applauded his players, and waited for the news. The news was not good. Manchester City had scored at the death against QPR, and snatched the title on goal difference. Phil Jones wore a look of utter distress; Dimitar Berbatov put his hand behind his head and stared into the distance.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Everton vs United

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Robin van Persie starts the game on the bench.

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

RoM Reads

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Soccerlens looks at Alexander Buttner's FM profile.

Red Flag Flying High reckons they know why we haven't bought a new midfielder.

Stretty News previews Everton vs United.

ManUtd24 looks at the importance of RvP.

Goalposts for Goalposts look at the end of the Arsenal project.

Where To Put Your Money: Everton vs United

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Manchester United are a top priced 1.91 with Betfred and Paddy Power to get their season off to a flying start with victory over Everton at Goodison and look bankers to do so.

Robin van Persie is in the squad after completing his £24m move from Arsenal in time, and the thought of him linking up with Wayne Rooney is a mouth watering prospect.

Who Is Alexander Büttner?

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Manchester United have apparently agreed to sign Alexander Büttner today from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, with a medical scheduled to take place tomorrow. You may recognise the name because he was in the news last month after agreeing to join Southampton. However, a third party ownership issue stopped the transfer from taking place.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Wigan fan on rivalling Barca, selling Moses and the importance of fans

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Whilst it was the 4-4 game against Everton that really cost us the title last season, the 1-0 defeat to Wigan when they were enjoying top form, certainly didn't help. What was usually a guaranteed three points, often after a 4-0 win, was a game that saw our grip on the title loosen.

Alan Moore from This Northern Soul has shared his thoughts ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

MEN Journos on the Manchester rivalry, best Manchester XI and writing for the MEN

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Rob Dawson and Mike Keegan, football writers at The Manchester Evening News, has given their thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United usually end the season so strongly. What went wrong last season?

Rob Dawson: I've still got no idea. I think if United played that sequence of games 100 times, they wouldn't get a lower points tally than they did last season.

MEN Journos on the Manchester rivalry, best Manchester XI and writing for the MEN

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Rob Dawson and Mike Keegan, football writers at The Manchester Evening News, has given their thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United usually end the season so strongly. What went wrong last season?

Rob Dawson: I've still got no idea. I think if United played that sequence of games 100 times, they wouldn't get a lower points tally than they did last season.

Mark Ogden on signing RvP, imploding and conspiracy theories

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Mark Ogden, Daily Telegraph Northern Football Correspondent, looks ahead to United's 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Mark Ogden: United have had a few wobbles during the run-in in the past, so it wasn't totally unusual that it happened last season.

PICTURE: RvP Changes Twitter Bio

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Late last night, Robin van Persie changed his Twitter bio to reflect his change in clubs and also added lots of his new team mates to the people he follows.

"PICTURE: RvP Changes Twitter Bio" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM RvP Reads

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The Independent compares the influence of RvP to that of Cantona.

Who Scored has all the stats you need on RvP.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at all the other players who've worn our #20 shirt.

The Telegraph has some of RvP's best goals.

The latest Rant Cast discusses our new signings.

VIDEO: Van Persie’s First United Interview

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"It was quite funny," he said. "Before training I introduced myself to the players and of course we know each other because we've played against each other many times. It was quite funny. There were lots of smiles and jokes. It feels like a big family."

"VIDEO: Van Persie's First United Interview" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Manchester United squad numbers 2012/2013

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1: De Gea, 2: Rafael, 3: Evra, 4: Jones, 5: Ferdinand, 6: Evans, 7: Valencia, 8: Anderson, 9: Berbatov, 10: Rooney, 11: Giggs, 12: Smalling, 13: Lindegaard, 14: Chicharito, 15: Vidic, 16: Carrick, 17: Nani, 18: Young, 19: Welbeck, 20: Van Persie, 22: Scholes, 23: Cleverley, 24: Fletcher, 25: Powell, 26: Kagawa, 27: Macheda, 31: Wootton, 33: Bebe, 34: Cole, 35: Lingard, 36: Vermijl, 37: Brady, 38: M.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Swansea fan on slimy Rodgers, Allen’s worth and signing Berba

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Premier League newbies, Swansea, were one of the clubs that were favourites to be relegated last season, but thanks to the leadership of Brendan Rodgers, finished in a very respectable 11th place on the same points as 10th placed West Brom and just five points behind Liverpool.

Since then, they have lost both their manager and star player to Liverpool, but Chris Carra from Forza Swansea is hopeful ahead of the new season.

RvP Explains Why He Chose United Over City

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Robin van Persie was unveiled in front of the press with Sir Alex Ferguson this afternoon. The Dutchman was thankful to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, insisting that there was no hard feelings. However, he reiterated how "proud" he now was to be a Manchester United player.

When asked why he opted to join Manchester United over Manchester City, Robin van Persie replied: "Everyone knows by now that I'm a lover of football.

PICTURE: RvP – United’s new #20

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At this afternoon's press conference, it has been announced that Robin van Persie will wear our number 20 shirt this season.

"PICTURE: RvP United's new #20" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Villa fan on Young, silverware and no goals/assists Downing

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Poor Aston Villa. After assembling a half decent squad with some top youngsters ready to make their way through, they only go and employ the hapless manager who relegated their biggest rivals, plays dull football and dragged them down the table.

Damian Dugdale, from The Villa Blog, has looked ahead to the coming season.

Rio Fined £45k By FA

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Rio Ferdinand has been fined £45k by the FA following his "choc ice" remark on Twitter. Rio had been charged with acting "in a way which was improper and/or bought the game into disrepute by making comments which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

A fan tweeted Rio and called Ashley Cole a "choc ice", implying that he had betrayed his own race when supporting John Terry in his racial abuse case against Anton Ferdinand.

PICTURES: RvP’s First United Training Session

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Pictures taken from the official site.


See what Rio thinks about the deal.

"PICTURES: RvP's First United Training Session" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Rio – Fans Will Be Jumping For Joy About RvP

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Rio Ferdinand has spoken of the importance of Manchester United signing Robin van Persie, agreeing with Chicharito's statement that competition for places will only improve the performances of our strikers.

"He scored 35 goals, he was their player of the year, their captain, and for us to take him and bring him here is fantastic news and I'm sure our fans are jumping for joy," said Rio.

Fergie: RvP Was Desperate To Join United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has given further reaction to the completion of the signing of Robin van Persie, claiming that the former Arsenal captain was "desperate" to join United.

"We're delighted," said Ferguson. "It's not been an easy one, Arsene Wenger didn't want to sell, but the boy wanted to come and that's important.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Liverpool fan on Suarez, Gerrard winning the league and Dalglish

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Whilst there has been bad feeling between Liverpool and United for some time, it's hard to remember the last time there was as much hatred between us as there was last season. After Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, their club disgracefully stuck by him, continuing to stick their head in the sand and pretending he'd done no wrong.

Daniel Taylor on United as favourites and Rooney staying put

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Daniel Taylor, chief football writer for The Guardian and author of This Is The One, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season.

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season. What do you think happened?

Daniel Taylor: Lots of things.

PICTURE: Manchester United Confirm Signing Of Robin van Persie

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Robin van Persie is now a Manchester United player and will be unveiled by Sir Alex Ferguson at a press conference at 2pm this afternoon. He completed his medical in Manchester in the early hours and agreed on terms this morning. The 29-year-old has signed a four-year-deal which will keep him at the club until 2016.

Van Persie: It’s An Honour To Sign For United

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After signing a four-year-deal with the club, Robin van Persie claimed it was an honour to play for United.

"It's an honour to sign for Manchester United," he said. "I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of so many great strikers, bringing my experience and playing my part to help the team compete for the biggest trophies in the game.

Repeat of first home game 2006/2007 – Fulham

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Manchester United's first home game of the brilliant 2006/2007 season was that 5-1 stuffing of Fulham. We sold our top scorer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and didn't buy a replacement. We brought in Michael Carrick as our new number 16 but there weren't many who had him as their first choice to replace Roy Keane.

BREAKING: RvP Arrives For Medical

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At 9.10pm, Robin van Persie arrived at Bridgewater Hospital to complete his medical ahead of his move to Manchester United.

Good news on Danny Welbeck's future is also on the way...

"BREAKING: RvP Arrives For Medical" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland fan on O’Shea, the poznan and McClean

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As the final whistle was blown on our 1-0 victory over Sunderland on the final day of the season, we were top of the league, waiting for the game at the Etihad to end. News came through at the Stadium of Light that City had scored two late goals and had won the league, leading Sunderland fans to do their best poznan celebration.

Don’t worry, it’a not the naming rights…

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When news went around that there was a breaking Manchester United story today, rumours quickly circulated that we had sold the naming rights to Old Trafford. Don't worry, it's nothing of the sort.

bwin, Europe's leading sports book, today announces a new agreement with Manchester United to become the club's official online gaming and betting partner.

Henry Winter on a new Keano, best Manchester XI and Rooney

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Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent and columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Bear in mind, these answers came before yesterday's news about Robin van Persie...

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season but we dropped eight points in the last few weeks of 2011-2012.

Henry Winter on a new Keano, best Manchester XI and Rooney

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Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph Football Correspondent and columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, has shared his thoughts on United ahead of the 2012-2013 season. Bear in mind, these answers came before yesterday's news about Robin van Persie...

Scott the Red: United never implode at the end of the season but we dropped eight points in the last few weeks of 2011-2012.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team shows Robin van Persie is the 9th Arsenal player in ten years to kiss their badge then leave.

The Mirror reckons Chicharito might join Arsenal.

The Guardian claims signing RvP shows we mean business.

United Rant has a preview of 2012/2013.

By Far The Greatest Team has pictures documenting RvP's career so far.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on JT’s ban, sacking the manager and Torres

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Last season, Chelsea became one of the worst teams in the history of Champions League football, rivalled by Liverpool, to win the competition. After being outplayed in pretty much every single game, somehow they managed to drag themselves to a penalty shoot-out in the final which they won.

For all their success in the cup competitions, Chelsea fell some way short, finishing 6th, 25 points behind us and City.

RoM Reaction to RvP Signing

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On Wednesday night I was writing something for Red News about the pros and cons of signing Robin van Persie. With the deal having not been done, but the conclusion likely to have been reached by the time the issue went to print, it was important that a fair summary was given.

I had come up with several reasons why the transfer wouldn't be ideal for United (and I will address these later) but my reaction last night to learning that we had agreed a fee with Arsenal gave away my true feelings about the situation.

PICTURE: Arsenal’s RvP Banners

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I think it's safe to say that Arsenal now need Batman...

"PICTURE: Arsenal's RvP Banners" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

UNITED SIGN RVP

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of Robin van Persie. Initial reports claim that United have paid £24m for the Arsenal striker who was in the last year of his current deal.

The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.

Henriquez: I Am Fulfilling A Dream

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Angelo Henriquez, who passed his Manchester United medical yesterday, has revealed he will talk to Sir Alex Ferguson today about his future at the club.

It is likely that the 18-year-old striker will remain with Universidad de Chile on loan from United.

"I am fulfilling a dream that I have had for a long time and I will be able to realise it soon," he told La Tercera.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City Fan On the Tevez turnaround, winning the league and FFP

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Whilst I hope the feeling at the end of last season sticks with our players for a long time, serving as the motivation for them to work even harder, I have spent the past couple of months trying to pretend that 2011-2012 didn't happen. We didn't drop eight points behind then go eight points clear, only to lose it all with the last kick of the game at the Etihad.

We support our local team – Manchester is red

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Manchester United have had larger attendances every single season since the war, regardless of which team was more successful. United have fans from all around the country and the world, which somehow has lead people outside of Manchester to believe the myth that City fans put about, that Manchester is blue.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Newcastle fan on re-signing Carroll, Europe and Tiote

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After Alan Shearer lead Newcastle to the Championship before Chris Hughton brought them back up the following season, there really was a sense of doom and gloom surrounding the North East club. Mike Ashley was an incredibly unpopular owner and there was uproar when Alan Pardew was given the manager's job.

Darren Fletcher On The Bench

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Darren Fletcher has been named on the bench for Manchester United in tonight's pre-season friendly against Aberdeen.

"Darren joined in for four or five days last week," Mike Phelan said last week. "We decided that, if he felt well enough and felt good, we'd bring him into a training session.

PICTURE: Henriques’ United Medical

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Reports have emerged this afternoon that Angelo Henriquez (right) has passed his medical ahead of his move to Manchester United.

The 18-year-old striker has been linked to United for some time and reportedly an agreement was made between us and his club, Universidad de Chile, when he was 15-years-old.

RoM Reads

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London Evening Standard reports on the Glazers' ridiculous valuation of our shares.

The Independent reckons the Glazers will leave if the share prices go any lower.

The Daily Mail talks about Ferguson's phone call to Wenger over RvP.

Beautifully Red has the best GIFs from our win over Hannover.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs fan on signing Rooney, losing to United and AVB

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes... and not losing to Spurs. They may score from the half way line in the last minute, plain for all to see, but it won't be given. They may be 3-0 up at half-time, but we'll score five in the second half. They may believe they have a freekick after one of our players blatantly handballs it, but the ref will play advantage and we will score a goal regardless.

Rob Smyth’s Manchester United Season Preview

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Nobody turns failure into fuel like Sir Alex Ferguson. His response to a trophyless season is usually pretty uncomplicated: he just goes round collecting trophies like a giddy old broad in a supermarket sweep. Since his breakthrough in 1990, Ferguson has only failed to win something in five out of 22 seasons.

RoM Fantasy Football League

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We have joined up with a brand new Fantasy Football league, ProSportex. When you register, make sure you enter "republik" in the "access key" section. Then once you've picked you're team, join the RoM league.

The best thing about this FF game is that when you want to change your team, you have to put in bids for other players and put players from your own team on the market.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Arsenal fan on Van Persie, 8-2 and backing Wenger

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It's been a while since Arsenal mounted a serious title challenge and their fans have become increasingly frustrated at Arsene Wenger's seeming refusal to be competitive in the transfer market. This summer, at long last, Arsenal have been splashing the cash, but it looks as though as it may be too late to convince captain Robin van Persie that the club is ambitious enough to win trophies.

VIDEO: Chicharito, Rooney and Kagawa goals vs Hannover

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Chicharito goal

Rooney free kick

Rooney penalty

Kagawa goal

"VIDEO: Chicharito, Rooney and Kagawa goals vs Hannover" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Exclusive Pictures: United leave for Germany

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Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard; Evra, Ferdinand, M Keane, Vidic; Anderson, Bebe, Brady, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Valencia, Young; Berbatov, Hernandez, Kagawa, Rooney.


Pictures taken by Craig Norwood.

Exclusive Pictures: United leave for Germany

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Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard; Evra, Ferdinand, M Keane, Vidic; Anderson, Bebe, Brady, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Valencia, Young; Berbatov, Hernandez, Kagawa, Rooney.


Pictures taken by Craig Norwood.

Break Down Of The Guardian’s Season Predictions – City vs United

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1. Manchester City
Pros
- There would be scope for improvement even if the existing staff was unaltered.

- It would be a mistake to view the squad as mercenaries whose true allegiance is to the pay cheque. There had, for instance, to be admiration of the persistence as well as the sheer composure shown by Agüero in his winner against QPR.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has the best GIFs from United's friendly against Barcelona.

Reuters has a good article on the IPO failure.

The Guardian previews 2012-2013 for United.

The Telegraph reports on Rooney's welcoming for Robin van Persie.

By Far The Greatest Team has an interesting article on the history of Ashley Cole's relationship with Arsenal fans.

Carrick Back In England Squad

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Michael Carrick has been named in the England squad for the game against Italy next week. Having told the FA he wasn't interested in being considered for the squad if he wasn't going to play, Carrick was left out of Roy Hodgson's team that went to Euro 2012.

Despite statistically being the most effective English midfielder in the Premier League last season, along with Paul Scholes, Hodgson rated Scott Parker, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry more highly, meaning that Carrick wasn't asked to come out of 'retirement' and Jordan Henderson went in his place.

PICTURES: Ando’s Snaps From Tour

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"PICTURES: Ando's Snaps From Tour" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Lucas Moura Gone and No Progress On RVP

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Sir Alex Ferguson rarely confirms who are transfer targets are so when he opted to tell the media that we were trying to bring in Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo and Robin van Persie, conspiracy theories started to circulate amongst some United fans. Was he under instructions to make the club look more competitive to help with the IPO?

United Lose To Barca On Pens

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Tonight, United vs Barcelona at the Ullevi finished 0-0, before the reds lost on penalties. Nani hit the crossbar and Ashley Young's poor penalty was saved. Xavi and Gerard Pique scored for Barcelona.

United: De Gea; Valencia, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Scholes, Young; Rooney, Welbeck.

PICTURE: Alex Morgan In A United Shirt

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Manchester United fan, Alex Morgan, scores an injury time winner for USA at Old Trafford.

The game finished 3-3 in normal time after a dubious penalty for USA. In the last few seconds of injury time, added on to the extra time, Morgan scored the winner to put USA in to the Olympic final.

Day 3 in Oslo

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Despite having been forecast a weekend of rain, today was the first we saw of it, and we have pink cheeks from yesterday's afternoon in the sun at the national stadium to prove it. We were treated to a bizarre rendition of "Glory, Glory, Man United" ahead of kick-off yesterday, with an old guy wearing a 'Chicharito 14′ shirt dropping to his knees to belt it out.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has an excellent article on Roy Keane's time at Manchester United.

Beautifully Red has made GIFs of the best moments from yesterday's friendly.

The Guardian writes about Vidic's return.

MUST have written an open letter to the Glazers.

The Telegraph reports on Darren Fletcher's return to training with Scotland.

PICTURE: Morrison Joins Birmingham

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Ravel Morrison has joined Birmingham City on a season long loan from West Ham United.

Morrison was once one of United's brightest youth team prospects but after a series of indiscretions off the field as well as a poor attitude lead the club to not offering him a new deal and allowing him to leave.

VIDEO: Usain Bolt’s Manchester United Trial

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Everything You Need To Know About VÃ¥lerenga

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Founded: 1913
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion (national stadium), capacity 25,572
Colours: They played in green for their first year until Norwegian State Railways sold them their blue and red kit cheaply.
Honours: Norwegian Premier League 5 (1965, 1981, 1983, 1984, 2005).

Day 2 in Oslo

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I was pleased to see Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley put away their penalties for Team GB last night. The penalties Aaron Ramsey took in the game and Daniel Sturridge's in the shoot out were totally spineless. The South Koreans secured their semi-final spot in style, putting away five top class penalties.

Day 1 in Oslo

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The journey started at 4.30am which is earlier than anyone should ever be made to get up at. After a quick enough flight from Manchester to Amsterdam for the connecting flight to Norway, we finally paid attention to the fact our destination airport was Sandefjord, not Oslo. It was fine, there were shuttle buses outside.

Pogba Honour To Play For Racists

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In 2009, Juventus had to play a game behind closed doors after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli following the goal he scored against them for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw. This wasn't the first or last occasion that this club has had issues with racism though.

Last October they were fined €10,000 for racist chanting in another game against Inter Milan and were dished out a repeat punishment in January this year after Colombian wing-back Pablo Armero and Cape Verde-born Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes were the victims of racist chanting during both the first and second half in a game against Udinese.

PICTURES: United Training

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Manchester United players at training today at Carrington ahead of the second phase of the pre-season tour.

Pictures from Getty Images.

"PICTURES: United Training" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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Andersred apologies to Ferguson for making assumptions on the IPO and looks at the real issues related to the Glazers' latest plan.

A Fine Lung talks about Fergie's latest statement.

The Independent reports on Rio's denial of the FA charge.

Dan Leydon has some great football illustrations.

Lindegaard Signs New Contract

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Anders Lindegaard has signed a new four year extension at Manchester United which will see him at the club until 2015/2016.

"I'm very pleased to have signed a new contract," he said. "I'm glad and proud that the manager has shown the confidence he has in me by giving me a new deal.

Fergie Statement: I don’t want a rift between myself and United fans

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Following accusations that Sir Alex Ferguson offered his backing to the Glazers because he stood to gain financially from the proposed IPO, the manager has spoken out to deny these rumours.

"Being aware of the media coverage that is currently ongoing I felt, on this occasion, that I should make my position clear to the Manchester United fans," said Ferguson.

Valencia: I’m Excited And Humbled By #7 Shirt

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Antonio Valencia has again expressed his delight at being made Manchester United's number 7 after Michael Owen was released this summer.

"I'm excited to be wearing the no.7 shirt in the coming season," he told the official site. "It's a number I really respect because so many great players have worn the shirt and made history for Manchester United in it.

Valencia: I’m Excited And Humbled By #7 Shirt

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Antonio Valencia has again expressed his delight at being made Manchester United's number 7 after Michael Owen was released this summer.

"I'm excited to be wearing the no.7 shirt in the coming season," he told the official site. "It's a number I really respect because so many great players have worn the shirt and made history for Manchester United in it.

RoM Reads

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United Rant reflects on the latest Glazer revelation.

A Fine Lung looks at what Ferguson and Gill have to gain from the Glazers' share flotation.

The Guardian analyses the flotation.

ManUtd.com claims we'll see our strongest team in our coming tour fixtures.

By Far The Greatest Team wonders what Andy Carroll must be thinking now he's not wanted by Liverpool.

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United Rant reflects on the latest Glazer revelation.

A Fine Lung looks at what Ferguson and Gill have to gain from the Glazers' share flotation.

The Guardian analyses the flotation.

ManUtd.com claims we'll see our strongest team in our coming tour fixtures.

By Far The Greatest Team wonders what Andy Carroll must be thinking now he's not wanted by Liverpool.

Chicharito: I’d Swap Every Goal For The Title

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Javier Hernandez has claimed that after finishing the club's 2nd highest scorer last season, he won't be obsessing over setting a goal target for this season. He recognises that whilst his contribution will be important, he rates trophies over any personal accolades.

"I've never had a goal target," Chicharito told Inside United.

Chicharito: I’d Swap Every Goal For The Title

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Javier Hernandez has claimed that after finishing the club's 2nd highest scorer last season, he won't be obsessing over setting a goal target for this season. He recognises that whilst his contribution will be important, he rates trophies over any personal accolades.

"I've never had a goal target," Chicharito told Inside United.