Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

League Cup quarter-final draw

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Leicester City vs Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
Stoke City vs Manchester United
Southampton/Sunderland vs Chelsea

Ties to be played week commencing 16th December.




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PICTURE: Fabio bows down to Stretford End

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After scoring our fourth goal against Norwich last night, Fabio da Silva bowed down to the Stretford End.

He posted a picture of his celebration on Instagram with the caption: "Thank you for the fans! This club changed my life and the life of my family."




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Reactions to United’s victory over Norwich

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1. Last night was a typical of example of the unpredictability we now face as United fans with our team that saw nine changes from the weekend easily brushing aside Norwich. We dominated the game from start to finish and played some really good football, particularly in the second half. Ferguson has said that this season will be considered a success for Moyes if he wins just one trophy so it was important we got a result last night.

Mike Phelan: The autobiography

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The Fresh Prince of Burnley

Now this is a story all about how my life got flippin' turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Burnley.

In the Borough of Pendle I was born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days.

STATS: How do our wingers compare?

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As the Moyes regime begins to take shape, it is a time for United fans to reminisce and remember the good times. Now, we all know the title race isn't over and a new manager needs time to settle, but the retirement of Fergie himself was the final stage of the clubs transition; one that has seen the club regress.

VIDEO: Chicharito, Jones and Fabio goals vs Norwich

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Manchester United 4-0 Norwich City All Goals by all-goals



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LIVE BLOG: Norwich City vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Norwich

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Lindegaard; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Büttner; Zaha, Cleverley, Jones, Young; Januzaj, Hernandez.




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What happened at An Evening With Sir Alex Ferguson?

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Last night was one of five evenings that Sir Alex Ferguson will spend with fans to promote his new autobiography. 1,700 people packed out The Lowry, after tickets were sold out in a record breaking four minutes, with the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, David Moyes, Mike Phelan and Albert Morgan in the audience.

“De Gea is the best in the world”

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Following our 3-2 win against Stoke at the weekend, Javier Hernandez has hailed the performance of David de Gea, claiming that our keeper is the best in the world.

"He was wonderful," Hernandez told the official site. "Like I always say, we are a team and there are no heroes, but in some games there are players who make the difference and David was the one on Saturday.

Moyes: Zaha hasn’t done anything wrong

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Wilf Zaha has yet to feature for United this season and there have been suggestions that David Moyes just didn't fancy the player. He was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for Nani, who was set to leave the club this summer. The plans changed when Moyes was given the job though, with him signing Nani up on a five year deal.

Evra: I love this club so much

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Patrice Evra has been under some scrutiny recently after calling 1998 World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu and three other commentators "tramps" after France's 3-0 win over Finland. Lizarazu and his fellow pundits criticised an impromptu half-time talk Evra gave his team-mates during the qualifying game against Belarus in September, which France won 4-2.

RoM Reads

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The Mirror looks at Van Persie's running feud with Shawcross.

Pride Of All Europe talks about United's current situation.

The Telegraph reports on Mark Bosnich's claims that Ferguson is a coward.

The Guardian looks at United's ridiculous swastika logo.

Enter the RoM competition with Campo Retro to win a retro United shirt from 1957 to 1999.

Shinji Kagawa – Functional, Efficient and Beautiful

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"Our goal is to try to bring a calm and simplicity to what are incredibly complex problems so that you're not aware really of the solution, you're not aware of how hard the problem was that was eventually solved." Jonathan Ive

As with any sport, football lends itself to classification.

VIDEO: Van Persie, Rooney and Chicharito goals vs Stoke

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Stoke

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De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie .

PICTURE: World’s Fastest Player – Valencia

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Spanish paper Marca has published a picture today showing Antonio Valencia as the fastest player in the world.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Kagawa.

The Telegraph has an article with the journalist who wrote Fergie's book, responding to Rodgers' criticism.

Huffington Post has an interview with Ruud Van Nistelrooy in light of Fergie's book.

The Guardian talks about Wayne Rooney's season.

What is the Liverpool boss getting himself worked up about?

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The headlines yesterday were filled with Brendan Rodgers' response to things that were written in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography about Jordan Henderson.

"I'm not here to give coverage to his book. The one thing I was bitterly disappointed about were the comments about Jordan Henderson," said Rodgers.

COMPETITION: Win a retro Manchester United shirt

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RoM is able to give away an old school Manchester United shirt thanks to the people at Campo Retro.They have a range of United shirts dating from the 1957 FA Cup final to the 1999 Champions League final.

To enter, take a look at all the United shirts they have on offer and pick one. Then decide which United player you would look to see in that shirt and why.

VIDEO: Powell goal vs Rubin Kazan

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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Rubin Kazan (Goal Nick Powell) by all-goals

Nick Powell has now scored 3 goals in 3 Europa League appearances for Wigan this season. Wigan are currently 2nd in their group, two points behind leaders Rubin Kazan who they drew 1-1 with this evening.

VIDEO: Evans’ individual highlights vs Real Sociedad

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Reactions to United’s victory against Real Sociedad

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1. When David Moyes was appointed the manager of Manchester United, our biggest concern was his lack of experience in Europe. Whilst the new manager hasn't done as well as we would have liked in the league, our results in Europe have been spot on. Bayer Leverkusen are currently on the same points as European Cup finalists Borussia Dortmund and one point behind German and European champions Bayern Munich, yet we beat them 4-2 at Old Trafford.

VIDEO: United’s goal vs Real Sociedad

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LIVE BLOG: United vs Real Sociedad

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Real Sociedad

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De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa and Chicharito.

VIDEO: Where’s our famous atmosphere?

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Would any manager be able to retain our status as champions?

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David Moyes has been in for plenty of stick already this season, some of it warranted, some of it not so much, but we had to know this was going to happen. Whoever got the job, their every move would be under a microscope, and some managers would be easier to scrutinise than others.

Jose Mourinho got sent to the stands last weekend, suggesting that just eight games in he isn't quite The Happy One he tried to convince of us he was.

VIDEO: Anderson’s corner kick challenge

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VIDEO: Interview with Jon Snow makes Fergie squirm – Glazers, banning press and politics

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If you're not all Fergie'd out after yesterday, this video is an interesting interview from Channel 4′s Jon Snow where he asks tougher questions than anything he was faced with yesterday.

He's asked about the numerous players he's fallen out with, how his politics should contradict the Glazer ownership, his weakness in banning so many journalists and whether his book would be different if he wasn't employed by United.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about how we learnt nothing new of Beckham in Fergie's autobiography.

The Telegraph has a great summary of the autobiography.

The Guardian looks at David Moyes' start.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from the Southampton game.

The Telegraph looks at the Keane-Ferguson fall out in greater detail.

PICTURE: Preparations for tomorrow’s singing section

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A new banner will be seen inside Old Trafford tomorrow night as we launch the singing section for the game against Real Sociedad.

The plan, which has been backed by Reclaim United and Stretford End Flags, will see up to 1,400 fans grouped together in the south-east quadrant of the stadium, where the away fans are normally housed.

Ferguson: They say it was former Arsenal skipper Fabregas who threw pizza at me

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In Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, he has talked about the reaction of the Arsenal camp after United beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford and ended their 49 game unbeaten run.

Arsenal were furious about the result after United went 1-0 up thanks to a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty. Replays showed that no contact was made.

Ferguson’s book – Beckham, Keane, Benitez, Hargreaves and England job

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David Beckham

Beckham "surrendered a part of his career" by joining LA Galaxy. "He lost the chance to become an absolute top-dog player... he never attained the level of an absolute top player"

Ferguson on the influences that changed Beckham: "The big problem for me.

LIVE BLOG: Sir Alex Ferguson’s press conference – England job, Ozil

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COMPETITION: Soccer Saturday DVD

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RoM has a copy of the first ever DVD from the UK's best loved football show – Soccer Saturday; Cheers, Jeers and Tears, to give away, with its release set for 11th November.

The DVD has 20 years of the show's funniest moments as well as footage produced exclusively for this DVD.

It is available to pre-order on Amazon.

TOP 5: David Moyes Mistakes

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Everybody makes mistakes. Even Alex Ferguson, even Miley Cyrus. David Moyes, however, can't take a step without stepping into dog turd. A professional manager, you wouldn't necessarily believe it. However, it's apparently too early to call for his head regardless of whether or not you thought he was the wrong choice in the first place.

LIVE BLOG: David Moyes press conference – Fergie’s book, Rooney and Evra’s comments

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VIDEO: United fans in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

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Great spot from Daniel Harris.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for SportsLobster about Patrice Evra's desire to leave.

Scott writes for The Metro about Marouane Fellaini.

Sir Alex Ferguson talks to The Telegraph about the pain of losing the title to City.

Pride Of All Europe discusses the lessons Moyes is learning.

Sport Witness translates Evra's recent interview.

Football Blogging Awards

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Homage to the Da Silva boys

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I love the Da Silva twins. My friend taping Made In Brazil, a documentary about them, was the nicest thing anyone has done for me for a while! Whilst not wanting to get too carried away about them, and able to recognise their flaws, I just think they're great. I love their attitude, I love how they play, I love that we have two of them and they look exactly the same (I know that's a bit of a shit reason to love them, but it is actually a contributing factor), and I'd be made up if they proved good enough to hold down the full-back starting places in our line-up for the next ten years.

Is Moyes the right man for the job?

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Losing to City and Liverpool away was painful, as it always is, but somewhat expected. Our record in both of these fixtures over the past few years under Sir Alex Ferguson has been pretty poor. Of course, you wouldn't swap the trophies for derby day wins, we aren't the sort of club that will bring out DVDs for beating Liverpool home and away, but have nothing to show for it at the end of the season.

The Promised Land

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Daniel Harris, the United fan behind the excellent On The Road: A Journey Through A Season, has brought out a brilliant new book on United's Treble winning season, The Promised Land.

RoM has a copy of this book to give away, simply follow @R_o_M on Twitter and RT this, but first read an extract from the book.

Reactions to the draw with Southampton

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1. There are some games where a defeat is forgivable, even if they are the games you least want to lose, but you can appreciate that we have no right to win them. Losing away to Liverpool and City were two painful results, but results Sir Alex Ferguson regularly suffered, so we had to get over it.

United v Southampton

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Southampton

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De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Nani, Rooney, Januzaj, van Persie.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Schneiderlin, Lovren, Fonte, Davis, Rodriguez, Wanyama, Osvaldo. Lallana and Shaw.

Fergie: Best team talk was 3-0 down against Spurs

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on his time at Manchester United and, in particular, the best half-time team talk he ever gave.

With United 3-0 down after 45 minutes at White Hart Lane in 2001, Fergie had to pull out all the stops to help us go on to win 5-3.

‘The most interesting team talk I ever gave was at Tottenham when we were 3-0 down at half-time.

Januzaj: I learn most from Ryan Giggs

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Adnan Januzaj has been asked about what his relationship with his team mates is like and he has singled out two in particular, although claims he gets on well with everyone at the club.

"With Robin van Persie, Patrice Evra... all the player are good," he said. "We talk to each-other and discuss many things.

Fergie: Clearing my desk at Carrington was a nightmare

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Having spent close to 27 years as Manchester United manager, Sir Alrx Ferguson has reflected on the practicalities of leaving the job.

"I had to go in and clear my desk, of course, which was a nightmare," he said. "I had lots of stuff in storage and all over the place. A lot of it was sent up to the house.

Welbz: It’s nice to be back in Manchester

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United haven't played at Old Trafford since that 2-1 defeat against West Brom a month ago, but are now about to go through a period of four home games in ten days.

After playing in both of England's World Cup qualifiers, Manchester boy Danny Welbeck is glad to be home.

"It's nice to be back playing at home," Welbeck told the official site.

Fergie: My life as a United person continues

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he continues to be connected with the club, even if no longer the manager, and focuses on the benefits his retirement brings.

"My life as a United person continues," he said. "And that means winning; enjoying watching them winning. I don't need to worry about refereeing decisions, agents or the press any more.

Januzaj: United is the right club for me

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The official website has today confirmed that Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five year deal at Manchester United.

"It's a great thrill to be able to sign for Manchester United," he said. "Since arriving here I have always felt like this was the right club for me. This season has been great for me – going on the pre season tour, making my debut in the Community Shield win at Wembley and then breaking into the team at Sunderland – it's like a dream.

Fergie: Gill and I still helping Woodward and Moyes

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It was only once the disastrous transfer market episode played out this summer that it struck me how crazy it was to not only lose our manager but also our chief exec at the same time.

Ed Woodward's alarming lack of experience and total naivety made for an embarrassing and disappointing summer for United fans.

Januzaj’s dad: United talks going in the right direction

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Adnan Januzaj's dad has added more weight to the stories that our young player is set to sign a contract extension at Manchester United.

"The negotiations started 5 or 6 months ago," he said. "I can't say we are in a final phase, because there are many parameters into it. But, I think that everything is going into the right direction, and Adnan has every possibility at staying at United.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for SportsLobster about Rooney's form.

Can They Score talks about the challenges Moyes is facing.

The Telegraph talks about safe standing.

The Evening News reports on Paul Scholes' training session at Stalybridge.

Pride Of All Europe talks about Valencia's praise of Henriquez.

Giggs: I’m enjoying being a United coach

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Ryan Giggs has revealed how much he is enjoying his coaching role at United, although concedes that at this stage his position in the dressing room has yet to change.

"I am enjoying my coaching role at Manchester United it has been great," he said. "It hasn't yet got to the point when I go into the dressing room and everything falls quiet.

Januzaj: I want to win the league with United

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With United fans fearing that Adnan Januzaj might leave the club in a similar way to Paul Pogba. Januzaj's contract expires at the end of this season and after a brilliant start to the season there were suggestions he could join one of Europe's other top clubs.

Thankfully, our youngster has affirmed his desire to stay at United and become the best player in the world here.

PICTURES: United players happy in training

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With photos of bust ups leaking from other training grounds, it's always great to see the great team spirit we have on show at Carrington. Patrice Evra regularly seems to be at the centre of it all, and on this occasion, even Antonio Valencia managed to crack a smile!

Moyes: Rooney is a main man at United

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During the summer, when rumours were rife that Wayne Rooney was set to leave the club, David Moyes answered every question on the striker by talking about how good Rooney looked in training.

Rooney has scored 7 goals in his past 8 games for club and country and Moyes has reiterated his faith in the player.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team reports on the history of Lewandowski's quotes about joining Bayern Munich or Manchester United.

The Daily Mail claims Michael Carrick will start ahead of Frank Lampard in England's crucial World Cup qualifier tonight.

The Independent talks about Bosnich's appeal for Ferguson to manage Australia at the World Cup.

Moyes: Zaha’s opportunity will come

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After an impressive pre-season with the club, Wilf Zaha has yet to feature for the first team, with David Moyes claiming there just hasn't been the opportunity to play him yet.

The League Cup is often a competition United use to bring through the less experienced players but after being drawn against Liverpool, Moyes knew the game was a must win, and went with a strong starting XI.

PICTURE: Sir Alex Ferguson Way

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The roadside for the street that has been named after Sir Alex Ferguson has been revealed today. What was Walters Reach will now be known as Sir Alex Ferguson way.

Ferguson was always awarded with the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford and the official ceremony took place at a formal meeting of the local council this afternoon.

VIDEO: Van Persie hattrick to become Holland’s top scorer

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Robin van Persie scored a hattrick against Hungary this evening to beat Patrick Kluivert's (who is now a coach for the national team) record to become Holland's all time top scorer.

VIDEO: Rooney goal vs Montenegro

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England 1-0 Montenegro (Goal Wayne Rooney) by all-goals

Van Persie – Holland’s top goalscorer

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Robin van Persie has tonight equalled Patrick Kluivert's record for Holland has joins him as the country's top scorer with 40 goals.

Van Persie put Holland 1-0 up against Hungary after quarter of an hour and then made it 4-0 just before half-time.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is the only other player in the top 10 who hasn't retired and he is 6 goals behind Van Persie.

Rooney – Selfish or sensible?

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Wayne Rooney has revealed the reason why he was unsettled at Manchester United last season was because he had been played in midfield by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

A couple of years earlier he claimed he wanted to leave the club after feeling they weren't ambitious enough. United later signed the best player in the league, Robin van Persie, meaning he was no longer a vital part of the squad.

Mark Hughes: My first hero

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Soon after he announced his decision to retire, I was asked to compile my best XI of the Ferguson era. Of course these things are entirely subjective and possibly pointless but that doesn't stop them being quite good fun. It was an easier task than I'd anticipated and, after due consideration, I went for Schmeichel in goal, a back four of Neville, Ferdinand, Stam and Irwin, a midfield comprising Ronaldo, Keane, Scholes and Giggs then Cantona and Van Nistelrooy up front.

Chicharito: I’m trying my best for the best club

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Javier Hernandez has voiced his desire to play more games for Manchester United and hinted that if he isn't given a chance, he may have to play elsewhere. However, he does seem fairly upbeat about his situation and is prepared to work hard to get back in the starting XI.

"I strive for that [to start more games]," Hernandez told Mexican TV station Deportes Telemundo.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about the difference Paul Pogba could have made.

Stretty News has an interesting article on Pogba, Morrison and Januzaj.

The Guardian looks at the change in Ravel Morrison.

United Rant discusses Moyes' start.

The Independent reports on Modric distancing himself from a move to United.

Januzaj wants to stay

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Sky Sports News is tonight reporting that Adnan Januzaj wants to stay at Manchester United and will sign a new contract.

His current deal is set to expire at the end of this season and there had been concerns amongst the fans that we would see history repeat itself and he would follow Paul Pogba out of the Old Trafford door.

Reactions to victory over Sunderland

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1. West Brom was a must win and we lost it. "Must win" doesn't really do justice to just how important it was to beat Sunderland yesterday. Having gone a goal down so early on, you had to fear that things were about to go from bad to worse for United. Sunderland, the worst performing team in the Premier League this season, were all over us in the first half, massively raising their game, but we were unable to counteract that.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Adnan Januzaj.

The Guardian reports on Januzaj.

The Telegraph claims the FA want Januzaj to play for England.

Pride Of All Europe has player ratings from yesterday's game.

The Daily Mail reports on our supposed January bid for Baines.

VIDEO: Januzaj’s goals vs Sunderland

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Moyes: Januzaj start was no gamble

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Following his two goals against Sunderland on his full debut, David Moyes has claimed he didn't feel as though it was a gamble starting 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj.

"I remember giving Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley their debuts and Adnan is certainly in that quality," said Moyes. "Starting Adnan certainly wasn't a gamble for me.

VIDEO: De Gea’s amazing save vs Sunderland

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"He's got to look at the ball, follow the ball and he has to readjust and come back," said Peter Schmeichel. "This is for me one of the best saves I've ever seen in the Premier League. And it can prove to be one of the most important moments as well.

LIVE BLOG: Sunderland vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Sunderland vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie.

VIDEO: Powell’s goals in Europe for Wigan

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Nick Powell scored Wigan's first ever goal in Europe, and their third, in their 3-1 win over Maribor.

Fergie: I never fell out with Rooney

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On the day Manchester United lifted the trophy after a 20th league title, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave the club. The player has never denied this and spent the summer in silence, with it widely known he was keen on leaving United to play for title rivals Chelsea.

The club made it clear that he wouldn't be sold though and Ferguson reckons that whilst Rooney's form suffered at the end of last season, we've now got a newly focussed player, and hints that he deserves some of the credit for that.

Fergie: Beckham should have stayed at United or Madrid

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of David Beckham, despite noting a change in the player's priorities once he married Posh Spice.

"He is an amazing boy," Ferguson said. "I mean how he has created himself. He's an icon for young people. He's fantastic, a wonderful boy. He always had a lovely smile, you know, and he always presents himself well, but as a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was to play some of the best football.

Fergie: I turned down Chelsea owner – United is my club

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Roman Abramovich approached him to become the Chelsea manager before appointing Jose Mourinho in 2003.

"He used an agent when he first came. They approached me and I said, no, no. No chance. I said: ‘No chance. Manchester United is my team. My club.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for Sport Lobster about Moyes' start and whether Ferguson would have done a better job.

Scott writes for The Metro about Ryan Giggs' latest record.

The Mirror talks to Maraouane Fellaini about his defensive qualities.

The Daily Mail says United fans need to give Moyes time.

Reactions to the draw with Shakhtar Donetsk

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1. We would have settled for a point ahead of kick-off, at a ground no English club has ever won at before, but it's hard not to be disappointed with the result after taking the lead so early and containing our opponents until late in to the game. After a great first half performance, it wasfrustrating to see us take our foot off the gas in the second half.

The difference between Reserve and First Team football

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I often get asked on Twitter, why such and such a Reserve or Youth player isn't playing for the first team as they are playing well at the level they play at.

My answer to virtually all the questions is that the player in question is simply not good enough to be involved in the first team.

Names that spring to mind over recent seasons include Magnus Eikrem, David Petrucci, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Matty James and several others.

Ryan Giggs breaks Champions League record

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Ryan Giggs was brought on as a 2nd half sub for Marouane Fellaini in tonight's Champions League game between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk.

As this is his 145th appearance in this competition, he has now broken the record for the number of appearance held by any player. He previously shared the record with Raul but since moving to the Qatari side Al Sadd Sports Club, he no longer plays in the Champions League.

VIDEO: Welbeck goal vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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LIVE BLOG: Shakhtar Donetsk vs United

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Rio, Ando, Zaha and Fabio missing for Ukraine trip

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David Moyes has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Fabio and Wilf Zaha haven't travelled to Ukraine for tomorrow's game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Both Zaha and Fabio played in last night's U-21 game against Bolton so were never likely to be in contention.

Talking specifically about Rio, Moyes said: "I was never bringing him anyway but he has a slight groin problem.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about today's claims that United will spend in January.

The Guardian reports on United's plans to bring back a women's team.

Pride Of All Europe wonders what impact Rooney has had on United's start to the season.

Red Mancunian has a match report from the Reserves' win last night.

VIDEO: First ever footage of Manchester United

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This game was played at Turf Moor in front of 4,000 fans and United won 2-0, thanks to a goal from Dick Pegg and an own goal.

The team that played that day was: Herbert Birchenough, Bert Read, Herbert Rothwell, Alex Downie, Billy Griffiths, Jack Banks, Alf Schofield, Jack Peddie, Dick Pegg, Charlie Richards and Daniel Hurst, with an average age of 26-years-old.

Wilf: Moyes won’t fail like I did

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After playing for United for five years, Wilf McGuinness replaced Jimmy Murphy as our Reserve team manager. A year after we won the European Cup, McGuinness replaced a retiring Sir Matt Busby as first team manager.

Busby was appointed as general manager of the club but was required to step back in to manage the team when McGuinness was sacked just over a year later.

The Month: The Possible Job

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You hear it a lot, and will probably hear it a lot more, but managing Manchester United is not the "impossible job". It's a difficult one, of course, exclusive to those who have learned, then earned. It's the pinnacle for a lot of people, but, it's only the pinnacle, only something to work to because, well, it's not impossible.