Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

Moyes: We need Nani to show his talent more often

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Whilst patience with Nani is something that ran out a long time ago for some United fans, I'm definitely still in his corner and hope that we one day get to see him playing consistently well in our shirt. In 2010-2011 he was voted our best player by his team mates, thanks to the brilliant performances he put in mainly on the right wing.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Sportlobster about Tom Cleverley's United future.

The Telegraph has a Giggs extract from Daniel Harris' great book on Treble.

The Guardian reports on Moyes' claims that Rooney could play in every game this season.

Pride Of All Europe ponders on Gerrard and Terry's possible careers at United.

Giggsy – One club the key to his success

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Ryan Giggs is celebrating his 40th birthday today and has generated plenty of column inches of praise. What Giggs has done is not just play football until he's 40, but played football at the top level until that age, which is made all the most impressive by the fact he started playing for the first team when he was 17.

Rooney: Leverkusen defender wondered how Giggs still plays

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Ryan Giggs turning 40-years-old today amidst reports that the club is prepared to offer him yet another contract extension.

Wayne Rooney was full of praise for Giggs following our 5-0 thrashing of Bayern Leverkusen and claims that one of their defenders was amazed by Giggs' ability to play at this level at his age.

Part III: Pete Boyle on the singing section and United’s atmosphere

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The final part of RoM's interview with Pete Boyle looks at the decline in atmosphere at Old Trafford and the new plans for a singing section. Read part I and part II.

JS: As a leading campaigner for the Singing Section, you'll presumably be in there full-time if it becomes a permanent feature.

LIVE BLOG: Bayer Leverkusen vs United

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Q&A with makers of Class of ’92

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This weekend will see the launch of the highly anticipated film, Class of 92, which looks at the story of our kids who went on to win it all. RoM will be at the Manchester premiere as well as a competition winner through the blog.

Gabe Turner, the man behind it all, has answered a few questions about the experience of making the film.

A chat with Bill Foulkes…

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Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we
fitted in another workout.

A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy on the upper-body equipment.

Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

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The word "legend" gets said a lot in football but rarely is its use accurate. When talking about Bill Foulkes, the former Manchester United defender who sadly passed away yesterday, the title sums him up well.

Foulkes, born in St Helens, joined United when he was 18-years-old and played in the youth team, making his debut for the first team two and a half years later against Liverpool.

Moyes needs to remember which club he’s at

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Watching United play badly for 90 minutes only to go and concede in injury time, after seeing the free kick retaken, was fairly gutting.

The biggest disappointment of the day, for me, came when David Moyes was asked his opinion on the game afterwards. Not only did he claim that Rooney didn't "last out" at that defender in the opening few minutes of the game, when clearly he did, but he reckoned he would have taken a point ahead of the game.

LIVE BLOG: Cardiff v Manchester United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Cardiff vs United

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De Gea Smalling Ferdinand Evans Evra Valencia Cleverley Fellaini Januzaj Rooney Hernandez

Cardiff: Marshall; Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Whittingham, Mutch, Cowie, Odemwingie; Campbell.

PICTURES: Solskjaer wins Norwegian Cup final with Molde

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Despite having a disappointing league campaign this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made up for it with a win over Rosenborg in the final of the Norwegian Cup. With 20 minutes left to play, Molde were 2-1 down, but managed to win the game 4-2.

Moyes: I hope to work with Ronaldo one day

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If you listen to some people, Cristiano Ronaldo to United was a viable option last summer, before Ed Woodward came along and fucked it all up. Who knows what really went on behind the scenes but the player was apparently keen to return to United and the club were prepared to stump up the cash to buy him, mindful of how much revenue his presence at Old Trafford would generate.

Carrick agrees new deal

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Michael Carrick has signed a new contract with United which will keep him at the club until 2015, with the possible option of a further year. This is a rare move for the club, given that players in their 30s are usually only offered one year extensions.

Ryan Giggs was given a two year deal in 2005 but other than that, our older players aren't given the security of longer deals.

Ahead of our game against Cardiff

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It's always good to go in to the International break after picking up a good result. Beating Arsenal a couple of weeks ago was a fantastic result for United, following the press and even our own fans writing us off. The popular line was that if we lost that game we had no chance of winning the title, so picking up the three points after a solid performance has certainly kept our critics at bay.

RoM: A few changes

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Following complaints about a number of people imitating posters in the comments section, RoM has made a few changes to improve the procedure for leaving comments. You now have to sign in with your Twitter/Facebook accounts to try and clamp down on the total anonymity of some posters. The first comment you make will join a moderation queue, which I will try and approve as soon as possible, but after that your comments will display as normal.

PICTURES: United players at UNICEF dinner

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Anderson: I love this club

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Anderson's best moment at Manchester United probably came at the end of his first season. He came off the bench for the Champions League final to score in the penalty shoot-out to help us beat Chelsea to the trophy.

Whilst it hasn't all be downhill since then, he's failed to fulfil the potential he came to the club with.

Part II: Pete Boyle on United’s original chants, YNWA and copying songs

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In Part 2 of my interview with the authentic piece of Mancunia that is Señor.Boyle, I focus more on Pete's role as Old Trafford songsmith, his rise to prominence, his opinions on the state of football chanting generally, and his views on MUFC songs past and present.

JS: I regularly see you discussing MUFC songs on Twitter, and it's evident that you pride yourself on originality, with which I concur.

TOP 5: Rafael Da Silva moments

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Every United fan has their favourite player in the squad. For some, it's Robin van Persie, the man who gave Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off, and who made Wayne Rooney look like the waste of skin he is. For others, it's Rooney himself, seeking to prove that running about a lot for a whole match will adequately replace things like a first touch, creativity, or being able to pass over a distance over longer than 10 yards.

Time to increase Rooney’s salary again?

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Judging on his performances so far this season, Wayne Rooney has justified the club's decision to keep hold of him in the summer after some interest from Chelsea and Arsenal. Both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho confirmed their desire to sign the player but in the end the most either club were prepared to offer was £24m.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about whether Wayne Rooney deserves an improved contract.

The Guardian has an interesting article on FC United.

The Mirror reckons United are ready to offer Javier Hernandez a new contract.

Pride Of All Europe discusses Danny Welbeck's surgery.




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Djemba Djemba: Fergie was so happy with my Leeds goal

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When people talk about Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer record, which has seen the club bring in some fantastically talented players, the conversation will always turn to the flops. Eric Djemba-Djemba is always one of the first names to be mentioned.

Now 32-years-old and playing for Partizan Belgrade, Djemba-Djemba has given an interview with The Guardian reflecting on his time at United.

Chicharito: Assists mean as much as goals

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Javier Hernandez has today claimed that he believes it is far more important for the club to be winning than it is for him to score. More than that though, he reckons he enjoys providing an assist as much as he does finding the back of the net himself.

"I enjoy making a good pass or giving an assist," he said.

PNev: We don’t want to make the same mistake as City

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With the January transfer window approaching, Manchester United coach Phil Neville reckons that we need to invest in new players to ensure that we don't get left behind.

The season before last, Manchester City won the title, but in the transfer window didn't bring in enough quality. Roberto Mancini spent £55m on players that summer but the likes of Maicon, Sinclair and Rodwell failed to improve the squad.

PART I: Pete Boyle on chants, McClair’s intelligence and Moyes’ start

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JS: Hi Pete, how's it going pal?

PB: Ok Jonny yeah. I work at Manchester Airport nowadays. Bit annoying if I can't make it to a game. Yesterday, a lot of my Red mates passed through the airport en route to the Sociedad away game, including my best man. The team was also travelling yesterday, so I saw a few of the United players, ex-players and staff, and we let on to each other.

Carlsberg don’t do football blogs…

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Michael Carrick's injury.

Pride Of All Europe looks at the five things we've become used to because of Fergie.

Scott writes for SportLobster about offering Carrick a new deal.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from our win over Arsenal.

Hating our own players – now it’s Ashley Young’s turn

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Manchester United are no longer mid-table, we're no longer enduring the worst start in our Premier League history, we're very much still in the title race. All of which leaves one important question: who are we going to demonise this week? It can't be David Moyes, after all we're winning, it can't be Nani or Danny Welbeck, they haven't been playing.

Carrick out until Christmas

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Rumours emerged last night that Michael Carrick had an Achilles injury and was set to be ruled out until Christmas.

The club have this morning confirmed this to be the case. They have assessed that the 32-year-old will be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Carrick was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year last season but his form has dipped this year.

Jones: We enjoy being hated

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Ahead of United's game against Arsenal, journalists and rival fans were claiming that if United lost they could no longer be considered title contenders.

United were deserved winners anyway, making the point irrelevant, but Phil Jones has claimed that the players enjoy being hated because it means they are doing something right.

Reactions to victory over Arsenal

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1. It's been ages since a game against Arsenal really meant something. Whilst there's nothing like the hatred between the two clubs that there used to be, their fans have been fairly unbearable so far this season. It's as if they don't remember all the other strong starts they've had over recent years before crumbling away.

Jones: Moyes prepared us really well to beat Arsenal

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Ahead of Sunday's victory over Arsenal, there were question marks over whether David Moyes was capable of outsmarting Arsene Wenger tactically.

A deserved 1-0 win showed Moyes got it just right, with us scoring when we were on top and preventing Arsenal from having any dangerous shots on target.

VIDEO: Stonewall penalty United weren’t given against Arsenal

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Add this one to the list of dodgy decisions Arsenal get at Old Trafford, with Giroud trapping Rooney's leg between his in the penalty area. For the best view, see the third replay.




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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best XI

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If Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it's that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores.

Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels to have had so many great footballers in his charge, and picking a best team of his managerial reign is no simple task.

Van Persie: United fans are absolutely unbelievable

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The atmosphere at Old Trafford during United's 1-0 victory over Arsenal, particularly in the second half when the team were really hanging on, was fantastic. There has been a distinct improvement in the noise made by the home fans so far this season, particularly in those big games against Liverpool and Arsenal today, with the crowd seemingly not taking for granted their team's ability to win.

GIF: Van Persie’s celebration vs Arsenal

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Was Van Persie wrong to celebrate after Arsenal goal?

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Robin van Persie gave the best years of his career to Arsenal, his boyhood club, but even when he was the Premier League's top scorer, winner of PFA and Football Writer of the Year awards, he had no medal to show for it.

The only trophy he won in his time with the North London club was the FA Cup at the end of his first season when he came on as a sub when United were robbed at Cardiff.

VIDEO: Van Persie’s goal vs Arsenal

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Goal van Persie Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal... by Sport-Today-2014



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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Arsenal

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De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Kagawa; Rooney, van Persie




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What would a defeat against Arsenal mean for United?

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United take on Arsenal this afternoon and, for the first time in a decade, approach the game as supposed underdogs. Ryan Giggs has disputed this title but the eight points between them and us suggests they have clearly been superior, even if they've yet to play many tough games.

Some fans and sections of the media have said that if United lose today, falling eleven points behind Arsenal, there is no way we can retain our title.

VIDEO: Class of ’92 trailer

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Rooney's record against Arsenal.

The Guardian reports on Ryan Giggs' claim that United are never underdogs.

Pride of all Europe talks about Gary Neville's praise for Januzaj.

Beautifully Red has our best moments in GIF form from the draw with Real Sociedad.

Is Arsenal manager right about refereeing decisions?

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Having waited for Sir Alex Ferguson to retire first, Arsene Wenger has claimed that our former manager influenced the referees to give us favourable decisions. It would be ridiculous to argue that United don't get the rub of the green at times but that is a luxury all clubs at the top tend to enjoy.

Rooney: It was great ending Arsenal’s unbeaten records

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Ahead of Sunday's game against Arsenal, Wayne Rooney has reflected on the two goals he's scored against the Gunners to end their unbeaten runs. The first was for Everton when he scored that wonder goal and the second was in 2004 when they had gone 49 games without losing.

"Arsenal do crop up quite often," said Rooney.

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to The People about Sunday's game against Arsenal.

By Far The Greatest Team has pictures of the poppy boots Michael Carrick will wear on Sunday.

The Guardian reports on Wenger's claims that he will always see Van Persie as an Arsenal player.

The Daily Mail looks at United vs Arsenal stats.

The class of ’92

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The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville) will debut in selected cinemas across the UK from Sunday 1st December and will be available on DVD from Monday 2nd December.

LIVE BLOG: Real Sociedad v Manchester United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Real Sociedad vs United

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De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Fellaini, Giggs, Kagawa; Rooney, Hernandez.




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Do we need to worry about Chicharito?

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Last week, Javier Hernandez retweeting an article on Twitter which referred to his Mexican team-mate's comments about our striker's future at the club.

"Javier is my good friend and I hope he gets lots of chances this season at Manchester United," said Carlos Vela. "He is one of the best finishers in England and deserves chances under the new coach.

Adnan stamper apologises

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During the weekend's 3-1 win over Fulham, Sascha Riether was clearly seen stamping on Adnan Januzaj's ankle, although it was missed by the officials. Marouane Fellaini waded in to protect our youngster in what is likely to be the first of several acts of violence he will endure, as was the case with Cristiano Ronaldo, for frustrating defenders with his skill for 90 minutes.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Fulham vs United

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De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Cleverley, Janzuaj; Rooney, van Persie.




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The successes of McGuinness and Joyce at youth team level

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When David Moyes was appointed manager of Manchester United, many of the regular Reserve and Youth followers feared for the fate of Reserve boss Warren Joyce and U-18 coach Paul McGuinness. With the whole scale changes that were made at first team level, it seemed a fair bet that the whole of the backroom staff would be replaced with Moyes's men.

The Month: Moyes makes strides

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David Moyes told us in September that he is "learning every week", and some of that, now with October gone, has shown. Though, yes, the month could have been a lot more favourable to United, Moyes can reflect on a job done better.

Of course, a job done 'better' is different to one done 'well' – it would have been a bit of a disaster had September reflected more positively on last year's champions.