Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

VIDEO: Kagawa and Rooney’s Goals vs Norwich

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"VIDEO: Kagawa and Rooney's Goals vs Norwich" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Norwich

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@LauraKane89: v Norwich: De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick Anderson, Kagawa, Rooney & RVP.

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

Smalling: Rooney Gives Everything To The Team

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Chris Smalling has claimed that training sessions at Carrington provide him with everything he needs to improve as a defender, when being pitted against the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on a daily basis.

"I get tested each day which is what I need," said Smalling.

Fergie: Rio Will Sign Before The End Of The Season

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A week before winning the Champions League in Moscow, Rio Ferdinand signed a five year contract with United. With Nemanja Vidic, he formed the best defensive partnership in Europe that season and it was great to see him commit his long term future to the club.

Ferdinand turns 35-years-old later this year and his contract is set to expire in the summer.

Smalling: United Drills Winning Mentality In To Players

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Chris Smalling has hailed Manchester United's winning mentality, claiming that having experienced players like Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand ensures that the younger players know exactly what is expected from them.

"At this club it's always drilled in to me: ‘Make sure you're a winner, go about off the pitch like you're a winner.

Fergie Puts Mancini In His Place

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Last week Roberto Mancini comically claimed that United had been lucky this season, as they had won games they didn't deserve to, whilst City had dropped points in games they deserved to win.

On RoM we addressed this comment, pointing out the difference between United and City wasn't anything to do with luck, but our winning mentality.

Smalling: De Gea At Home At United

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David de Gea was voted our player of the month in February on the official website and Chris Smalling has supported this accolade, claiming that the young Spaniard has now settled in Manchester.

"When he first joined, he didn't speak too much English so it was a hard transition but he has taken to it like anything," said Smalling.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Norwich

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It's a funny ol' game, isn't it? When you're chasing a title race, you're desperate for the next game to come and are eagerly anticipating a defeat for one of your rivals. When you're leading a title race, you're desperate for the season to be over, for the games to be played, and for you to be on top when it's all done.

Smalling: Ronaldo Came In To Dressing Room For A Chat

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Chris Smalling was named in the match day squad at the Bernabeu a few weeks ago and was impressed with how fondly Cristiano Ronaldo responded to his former club and team mates.

"He came in and was chatting a lot with the players he knew," he said. "It was good to see. It shows the good relationship he still holds with the manager and club despite [it being] such a crucial game and only halfway done.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has in-depth player stats for United vs Norwich.

The Guardian sings the praises of Giggs ahead of his 1000th game.

The Telegraph looks at why Giggs was never going to follow Best down the road to ruin.

The Daily Mail talks to the man who got Giggs to join City as a kid.

One More Year For Giggsy

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Ahead of his likely 1000th competitive game this weekend if he plays against Norwich, Ryan Giggs has been rewarded with another one year extension on his current contract.

"I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team," said Giggs.

De Gea: I Love Hearing The Fans Singing My Name

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Following some excellent performances in February, David de Gea has been voted our player of the month on the official site.

"It's very good to have the support of the fans, so I'm happy to win this award," De Gea told the official site. "I can hear the supporters during the games so I know they're singing about me.

Plastic Flags For The Real Madrid Game

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Stretford End Flags have today announced that plastic flags will be on the seats of the North Stand ahead of the Champions League game against Real Madrid. Unlike usual mosaics where fans hold coloured sheets above their head, this mosaic will be made of flags.

United fans have regularly mocked the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs digging out the plastic flags for the "big" occasions but now we have joined the plastic brigade.

Chelsea’s “passionless” fans to force Benitez out before our Cup date?

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"We don't need to give away stupid plastic flags to our fans to wave, our supporters are always there with their hearts and that is all we need. Its the passion of the fans that helps us to win matches, not flags. Chelsea fans lack passion."

I'm sure at the time these words raised his legend status amongst his own fans, with Liverpool supporters despising the moden day Chelsea, as the two clubs repeatedly came to blows in the Champions League.

The Month: Danny Welbeck, Real Madrid and perceptions

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There are a lot of people thankful for the place the world has become; which is mostly great, because it's nice when people are happy (except when it allows for some to write off the very serious issues: who was responsible for ‘post-racial society', anyway?) because things are, of course, different now and not like it was before.

Rio: Ronaldo Is On A Different Level To Bale

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Following Gareth Bale's impressive season for Tottenham Hotspur, some sections of the press have compared the Welshman to Cristiano Ronaldo.

When Ronaldo was a year younger than Bale he was tearing apart teams in England and on the continent in that incredible 2007-2008 season. He scored 42 goals in 47 games and was the most important player in that Double winning side.

RoM Reads

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Today is the last day to win tickets for United vs Real Madrid from bwin.

Beautifully Red has the best GIFs from QPR.

The Guardian reports on Casillas' claim that Ronaldo will knock us out of the Champions League.

The Peoples Person shows Ferguson was at the Nou Camp last night to watch Real Madrid.

Ryan Giggs: The greatest player to ever wear our shirt

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There have been better United players. Ronaldo unquestionably, a handful of others arguably. There have been more charismatic heroes, characters with edge and a kind of madness that our fans adore. Cantona, of course, but also the likes of Keane and Schmeichel. Just as the Pope is regarded as God's representative on earth, these hardboiled figures obsessed with the notion of winning somehow seemed like their manager's representative on turf.

RoM Reads

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Stretford End reviews Giles Oakley's brilliant book on United, Red Matters.

By Far The Greatest Team pays tribute to Giggs, looking at his stats, medals won, records and team mates.

The Daily Mail shows what an artist Berbatov is.

The Mirror talks about us buying Robert Lewandowski.

Fabio: I Almost Celebrated… But I Was Next To QPR President!

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Fabio da Silva has reflected on how he felt when he saw his brother Rafael score that brilliant goal against QPR at the weekend.

Fabio was unable to play because of the terms in the loan agreement he has with the club and is set to return to United at the end of this season.

"I was pleased to see my brother score a goal like that," he told GloboEsporte.

Fornasier Scores Last Minute Winner vs Liverpool U21s

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Michele Fornasier scored a 94th minute header for the U21s tonight as we beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield. Liverpool were reduced to ten men early in the second half and will have felt as though they did enough to secure themselves a point. After an earlier brilliant save from Ben Amos, United waited until the dying seconds to secure the win, and went mental with their celebrations.

PICTURE: Reece Brown Seals Ipswich Loan Move

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"The deal got done pretty quickly and it was a bit of a whirlwind really," the 21 year-old said. "I first heard of the interest about two days ago and I didn't really know too much about it to be honest. I just came in from training at United and then I spoke to the gaffer (Sir Alex), who told me I was going down to Ipswich for a few months and things went from there really.

Reece Brown: Wes Asks For DVDs Of My Games

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Wes Brown, who joined United when he was just 12-years-old, never quite had the career he should have done. Whilst winning plenty of medals and playing an important role in contributing to the success of 2007-2008, injuries stopped him from reaching his potential on a consistent basis.

Wes left the club for Sunderland two years ago, although can still be spotted on United away trips with our fans, and his younger brother, Reece, is still at the club.

RoM Reads

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The Guardian reminisces about Lee Sharpe's League Cup goal against Arsenal.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at how United can beat Real Madrid next week.

SB Nation discusses David de Gea.

The Daily Mail reports that we have nothing to worry about when it comes to RvP's injury.

Carrick: My Chant Must Be Tongue-In-Cheek!

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Oh, oh, oh it's Carrick, you know, hard to believe it's not Scholes...

Years after first being sung in small numbers, Michael Carrick's chant took off in the away end at Loftus Road on the weekend.

Whilst some fans have been criticial of the song, claiming that Carrick isn't fit to lace Scholes' boots, we should probably remember that Vidic isn't actually a murder, we don't often score six goals, and Rooney isn't as good as Pele.

Rafael: Giggs So Good It’s Getting Boring

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Rafael da Silva has today sung the praises of Ryan Giggs, claiming that the Welshman has been so good for so long that it's getting boring.

Giggs has scored more goals than the likes of David Silva, Aaron Lennon and Adam Johnson this season and continues to be a strong influence off the pitch too.

Winning mentality: The difference between United and City

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It was interesting to see Roberto Mancini claim that United's 15 point lead was down to being "lucky".

"Until now, United have been really lucky with ­everything, they have won a lot of games in the last minute – like against us when they really didn't deserve to win," Mancini told reporters.

Carrick Enjoys Hearing Amazing Fans Sing His Song

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"Oh, oh, oh, it's Carrick, you know, it's hard to believe it's not Scholes" is the song that was first penned years ago for Michael Carrick. The fact that a lot of fans (rightly) didn't see him on a level with Scholes probably contributed to it not really taking off.

However, this afternoon, in our 2-0 win over QPR, our travelling fans sung the song on repeat in the second half and after leaving the ground.

Rafael: That Was My Best Goal

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Rafael da Silva gave us an early lead today after striking a thunderbolt of a shot in to the top corner against QPR at Loftus Road.

Despite scoring a great goal against Liverpool earlier this season and a cracker against Arsenal a few years ago, Rafael reckons this is his best ever goal.

"I can't remember scoring a better goal," he told MUTV.

VIDEO: Carrick Chant Takes Off At Loftus Road

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Despite first being sung years ago, Michael Carrick's never really had a song sung en masse in all his time at United, until Loftus Road's away end erupted in the second half today.

I imagine we will be hearing a lot more of this song now...

"VIDEO: Carrick Chant Takes Off At Loftus Road" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Quick Reactions To Victory Over QPR

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1. Having taken points off the three clubs below us over the past month, it would make sense to presume that QPR might offer something today. Thankfully, they didn't. Harry Redknapp's men seem resigned to the fact they are going to be relegated and offered very little. That's not to take anything away from United, who were very professional in their performance today, but they didn't even really get out of 2nd gear.

VIDEO: Rafael and Giggs’ Goals vs QPR

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"VIDEO: Rafael and Giggs' Goals vs QPR" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: QPR vs United

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De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Young; Hernandez, van Persie.

QPR: Cesar; Traore, Hill, Samba, Bosingwa; Taarabt, Mbia, Granero, Townsend; Mackie, Zamora.

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

STATS: QPR vs United

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"STATS: QPR vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Ahead Of Our Game Against QPR

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United go to QPR today with the aim of extending our lead to 15 points at the top of the table ahead of City's game against Chelsea. QPR's recent form is pretty poor, with them winning just one of their last eight games.

United have the chance to widen the gap at the top

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Manchester United travel to take on QPR on Saturday and will look to widen their advantage at the top of the Premier League to 15 points. With Manchester City and Chelsea playing each other on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have the chance to take one step closer to becoming champions of England.

Fergie: I Want Nani To Stay

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With just 18 months remaining on his current deal, rumours have circulated that Nani will be sold this summer. Confirming the signing of Wilf Zaha last month did nothing to help the rumours.

United have offered Nani a new deal but the player doesn't believe it represents what he's worth, with Ashley Young on a bigger contract.

Fergie Concerned Jones Won’t Face Real Madrid

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed what we all feared, that Phil Jones, who turned 21 today, is unlikely to face Real Madrid in the second leg game.

"Phil Jones is the one we're concerned about in terms of the Real Madrid game," he said. "We're working hard on it and I'd say he has an outside chance no more than that.

Remembering John Denis Downie

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John Denis Downie joined Manchester United from Bradford Park Avenue in 1949 for £18,000, making him our most expensive player, when he was 23-years-old. Sir Matt Busby gave him his début on March 5th against Charlton Athletic, when he scored the first goal in a 3-2 win, and he went on to score 37 goals in 116 games for the club.

Nani: I Am Ready To Help The Team

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Nani turned the game around for Manchester United against Reading after coming on for Phil Jones just before half time. He scored our first goal and then provided a brilliant cross for Chicharito to make it 2-0.

Our Portuguese winger didn't even make the squad for the Real Madrid game this week but Nani has insisted he is happy to help the team whenever the manager asks him to.

VIDEO: Nani and Chicharito Goals vs Reading

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Jones Leaves Old Trafford On Crutching

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What is it about our #4 shirt? First we had the original Mr Glass, Owen Hargreaves, and now we have Phil Jones, who seems to get injured every other game.

He was subbed off during our 2-1 victory over Reading in the FA Cup tonight and then left Old Trafford on crutches.

Jones played a blinder at the Bernabeu last week, keeping Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution to a minimum, and will likely have been pencilled in to do the same for the home leg on March 5th.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Reading

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De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Welbeck and Chicharito.

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Reading

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A game against Middlesbrough or Chelsea awaits us if we can get past Reading tonight and thankfully we've had a lengthy rest following the exhausting game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. You imagine we will see plenty of changes but with a squad as strong as ours we should have enough to deal with Reading.

Manchester United v Reading Preview – United Should win Despite Plenty of Changes

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Manchester United v Reading
FA Cup
Old Trafford, Manchester
Monday 18 February, 2013
20:00 GMT

Manchester United will be looking to back up a positive result against Real Madrid last week with a win over Reading. Reading will be anticipating United making several changes which will give them a much better chance of causing an upset.

Fergie: Kagawa Still Adapting

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Whilst Shinji Kagawa has shown great potential since joining United in the summer, we've yet to see him shine on a consistent basis. He has spent a large chunk of the season injured and for some reason seems to fade in the second half and not influence the game as much.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today defended Kagawa and claimed that our young Japanese player is still adapting to the more physical nature of this league.

Van Persie: Every Game Is A Big Game At United

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Robin van Persie, who repeatedly speaks of how much he is loving life since joining Manchester United, is still buzzing about our game at the Bernabeu last week and is looking forward to the big matches ahead.

"I have played a couple of big games for United already and I love that," said Van Persie.

FA CUP DRAW: United To Face…

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If Manchester United beat Reading on Monday night they will face Middlesbrough/Chelsea at Old Trafford on March 9th or 10th.

The other draws:

Oldham/Everton vs Wigan

Manchester City vs Barnsley

Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers.

"FA CUP DRAW: United To Face..

Anderson: Trying To Leave or Loves United?

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An interview with Anderson was published in Globo Esporte today which claimed that our Brazilian wasn't happy at United and had tried to leave the club several times.

"What can I say? I have three more years of contract, I have tried to leave many times and never succeeded to do so," he reportedly said.

Wellbred Welbeck

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Danny Welbeck's inclusion may have raised a few eyebrows on Wednesday night but he did more than enough to justify his place in the starting XI. He scored our only goal of the game and was arguably our best player, alongside David de Gea.

Welbeck, who grew up in Longsight supporting United, said the key was not to be intimidated by the opposition or huge stadium.

Fergie: Nani And Young Were Disappointed

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that there were plenty of disappointed players on Wednesday night when they learned they would not be playing against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Ashley Young and Nani were particularly upset as neither of them made the bench, with Ryan Giggs the preferred substitute winger.

De Gea: Every Day I’m Happier In Manchester

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Following weeks of unfair criticism in the press, David de Gea answered all his critics with a blinding performance at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid.

There had been some rumours in the press that De Gea was prepared to leave the club in the summer but our Spanish keeper has confirmed he is happy in Manchester.

Rafael: Fergie Team Talk Changed My Performance

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Rafael was given an awful time by Ronaldo, Ozil and Coentrao in the first half, and after being booked, it looked as though the manager may have taken him off to avoid what seemed to be an inevitable red card.

It should be noted that most right backs would struggle against such talent, particularly those aged just 22, and highly rated Pablo Zabaleta had a nightmare at the Bernabeu earlier this season, letting Ronaldo past him to score an injury time winner.

Fergie: United’s Patience With Youth Pays Off

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of some of our young players, in light of Danny Welbeck's goal at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid this week.

Welbeck has been at the club since he was 9-years-old and grew up on the same street as Wes and Reece Brown. Ferguson reckons that Welbeck is part of the next generation of players to make their way up through the ranks who can serve as inspiration for our other young players.

Ronaldo: I Didn’t Celebrate Because United Are My Family

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After Danny Welbeck put United 1-0 up against Real Madrid, it wasn't long before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised, seeming to levitate before his header left David de Gea with no chance.

As expected, Ronaldo didn't celebrate his goal out of respect for his former club and fans.

"I didn't see the replay of my goal but I will.

Fergie: De Gea Is Not The Finished Article Yet

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that David de Gea will gain plenty of confidence from his brilliant performance against Real Madrid earlier this week.

The manager claims that De, who is still only 22-years-old, will become an even better goalie in the next few years.

"Maturity helps," said Ferguson.

Giggs: England’s Rio Loss Is Our Gain

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Rio Ferdinand put in another brilliant performance for Manchester United this week in our 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.

The game comes following yet another snub from Roy Hodgson when England faced Brazil at Wembley.

Hodgson has laughably claimed that Rio's omission is purely down to "footballing reasons", not the fact that John Terry racially abused his brother and that Ashley Cole, according to the FA, lied to protect him.

Red Matters

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After several months of planning and editing, we are today proud to launch "Red Matters". This book compiles the writing of Giles Oakley who has been supporting Manchester United since the Munich Air Disaster. Having attended United games since 1960 onwards, Giles delves in to the history of club, discussing stories and events you have probably never heard of.

Top 5: Real Madrid games at Old Trafford

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1. Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester United, 1968 European Cup Semi-Final

(OK, so it wasn't at Old Trafford, but this is the most important game United ever had against Madrid, and there are only four other home legs, and this column is called top fives. So be quiet.)

Determined to prove his prophecy that preceded Munich, Matt Busby's new side had won a narrow victory in the first leg and had the task of completing the job in front of over a hundred thousand fans at a packed Bernabeu, without the injured Denis Law.

Reactions To The Draw With Real Madrid

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1. From about ten minutes in to yesterday's game I was clock-watching at a rate I would usually expect in the last five minutes of a game, with United being dominated at the Bernabeu and Real Madrid looking as though they would score any minute. The defence were doing a decent enough job, David de Gea was at his best, but we still looked shaky and faced wave after wave of Real Madrid on the attack.

PICTURE: Sir Matt Busby’s Programme Notes vs Real Madrid 1968

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On April 24th 1968, the season that marked the 10 year anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Manchester United faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the European Cup.

In the first leg, United won 1-0 thanks to a goal from George Best, and in the second leg drew 3-3, to book their place in the final at Wembley where they lifted the trophy.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Real Madrid vs Manchester United

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De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Jones, Kagawa, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie.

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Real Madrid

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When the draw was made, I wasn't happy to see United facing Real Madrid in the Round of 16. People rattle off sayings like "to be the best you've got to beat the best" but I'd prefer the easiest route possible to give us the best chance of winning a fourth European Cup.

Ronaldo: My Heart Is At United So I’d Never Join City

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Ahead of our Champions League game against Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has ruled out any chance of him playing for Manchester City, claiming that his heart is at United.

"To play for City not United? I'm not going to do that. Why? Because my heart's in Manchester United, that's why," he said.

VIDEO: United 4-3 Real Madrid

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RoM Reads

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Rob Smyth's preview for tonight's game against Real Madrid in The Guardian.

Marca talks about Cristiano Ronaldo as a Ballon d'Or winner with United.

The Mirror has a chat with Scott the Red ahead of the Real Madrid game.

The Independent looks at how Real Madrid tried to help after Munich.

The Bernabeu Is Never Full…

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Manchester United face Real Madrid at the 85,454 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium tonight the Champions League round of 16.

Whilst this game is a sell out (although won't hit the 85k mark because of fewer seats being made available for European games), it is interesting to note that the Spanish giants do struggle to sell out their ground.

VIDEO: Neville’s Preview Of Real Madrid vs Manchester United

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Gary Neville, everybody's favourite pundit these days, discusses tonight's massive Champions League game against Real Madrid.

"It's the game that everybody will want to watch, it's the game everybody will want to play in if you're a player, going to the Bernabeu, going to Old Trafford, and playing against two of the greatest club teams in the world.

Tactical Preview: Real Madrid vs Manchester United

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Since the draw was made its fair to say that most United fans have been eagerly awaiting this tie. Of course we have history with Real Madrid, a history which stretches back to the early days of this tournament. But it is recent events which makes this tie so exciting, as it is an opportunity to welcome back an old friend and a few old adversaries.

Win two tickets to Manchester United v Real Madrid

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United face a tough challenge against Real Madrid it's not just Ferguson vs Mourinho or United vs Ronaldo but also the weight of the history of both clubs, and their recent 'shortcomings' in Europe.

Fergie’s Real Madrid Presser – Kagawa Will Play, Won’t Be 0-0, Ronaldo, Fully Fit Squad

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On the game

"It's a game everyone's been waiting for. A fantastic challenge for us, two teams & two clubs who embrace the best parts of football. I've got everyone fit that I need to be fit but we're all looking forward to it. This team doesn't know when it's behind.

STATS: De Gea vs Hart

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Stats taken from EPL Index

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Rio: The Fans Still Sing Ronaldo’s Name

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Ahead of Wednesday night's game against Real Madrid, Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of his former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It's obviously going to be an emotional night for Ronaldo and a great night for him too," said Ferdinand. "But hopefully it gets too emotional for him.

Rafael: Ronaldo Is The Best In The World

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Rafael da Silva is likely to start against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu this week and claims he knows all about the damage his former team mate can do because of the amount of times he had to face him in training.

"I know what he can do because I played and trained with him a lot," said Rafael.

Reactions To Victory Over Everton

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1. No club has ever overturned a 12 points deficit with 12 games to go, which would make you think the title is ours this season, following our 2-0 win over Everton. Our 65 points from 26 games is a club record. As painful as last season was, you could argue that we are reaping the benefits of it now, with United determined to make amends and not throw away a title again.

Mourinho: I’m Proud Of My Relationship With Ferguson

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Jose Mourinho was in the stands for United's 2-0 victory over Everton today ahead of our Round of 16 clash next week against Real Madrid.

"I feel privileged about that because he is such an important person in the world of football and, more importantly, he is good person," he said.

VIDEO: Giggs and Van Persie Goals vs Everton

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Cleverley, Jones, Giggs, Rooney and Van Persie.

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PNev: Everyone Knew How Much I Loved United

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Ahead of today's game between United and Everton, Phil Neville has spoken about how tough he found it settling in to the Merseyside club, claiming that whenever he didn't play well or Everton lost, he'd be referred to as 'the Manc'.

"I look back now and the lads who were in the team that first year, Stubbsy and David Weir, they're now first-team coaches at Everton and they're great guys," he said.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Everton

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Today we could go 12 points clear at the top of the table with twelve games left to play but we'd be foolish to think it's going to be simple. Everton beat us at Goodison Park on the opening day of the season and we were poor.

Fabio Explains Rafael’s Named Boots

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Last week, Rafael da Silva played at Craven Cottage wearing boots with the name of his identical twin brother. Amongst jokes of a conspiracy and that the wrong twin was on the pitch, it was assumed that Rafael was just paying tribute to his brother.

The reality is, as Fabio has revealed today in an interview with The Independent, is that Nike made a mistake, and sent Rafael's boots to London and Fabio's boots to Manchester.

Kagawa: I Used To Watch United On TV When I Was A Child

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Shinji Kagawa has revealed that he has read up on the history of his new club and that he used to watch United on the TV when he was a kid.

"I know about all those historical events in the past, like the Munich air crash," Kagawa told the official site. "For me, personally, the fact that an Asian player, Ji-Sung Park, played for the club had a big impact on me.

Kagawa: I Go To English Lessons With De Gea

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Shinji Kagawa has revealed that his closest friends at the club are Alexander Büttner and David de Gea.

"I talk a lot with Alexander Büttner, who's also in his first season with the team," he told the official site. "We have that in common. Also, I spend a bit of time with David De Gea because I take English classes with him.

New PL Rules To Put United In The Driving Seat?

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Earlier today that was a meeting of Premier League chairman in London who voted to adopt spending controls and a form of restraint on salary increases.

The new rules state that clubs can only lose £105m between 2013-2016 and that wages bills over £52m can only rise £4m per season if funded through TV cash.

RoM’s CoM – January

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This is the first of a monthly article I will be writing and, thankfully, Scott has given me a complete free reign to do what I want; which may or may not be a good thing for his website. I've decided to use this opportunity to highlight the things that have irritated me, riled me up, rubbed me up the wrong way, made me laugh, made me cry, made me rant, left me speechless and left me incredulous.

Van Persie: I Go In To Work Every Day Whistling

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Since signing for Manchester United, Robin van Persie hasn't been able to stop talking about how happy he is at the club.

"I go into work every day whistling," he said. "From the first day, they have made me feel welcome, the boys made me feel right at home. I feel better and fitter.

VIDEO: Two Assists For Kagawa vs Latvia

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VIDEO: Valencia Scores Against Portugal

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VIDEO: Rooney Scores Against Brazil

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Manchester’s Finest

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55 years ago today. Gone but never forgotten.

Manchester's Finest, an excellent book on the Munich Air Disaster from the perspective of fans, reflects on what life was like for Mancunians on the day they learnt about the crash:

At school that afternoon it was going to be football as usual for the Upper Thirds.

Hart: Welbeck Is A Mad, Mad, Mad United Fan

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Joe Hart has reflected on the mood of the England camp when it is filled with plenty of United and City players. Hart insists the players are respectful of each other, but that Danny Welbeck being a massive United fans makes it impossible to say much without him reacting.

"We all get on very well when we meet up," he said.

Ronaldinho On Cantona, Joining United, Rooney and Scholes

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Ronaldinho, who was named the best player in the world in 2004 and 2004, claims watching Eric Cantona is the first memory he has of English football, but that several other United players would have been good enough to play for any club they wanted.

"I remember seeing Eric Cantona play for Manchester United," he told The Daily Mail.

Reactions To Victory Over Fulham

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1. United got the three points they deserved in what was a great game to watch at Craven Cottage. The first half in particular was end to end and by the end of the game the woodwork had been hit almost ten times between both sides. It wasn't the walk in the park we'd enjoyed in the FA Cup a couple of weeks earlier, with United not even looking like they were even really trying when they beat Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford, but it was the result we wanted.

Ronaldo: United Will Always Be In My Heart

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Having spent six years at Manchester United, winning three league titles, the FA Cup and the European Cup, as well as the Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo has fond memories of his time in Manchester.

Ahead of the round of 16 games between Real Madrid and United, Ronaldo has reflected on his feelings for his former club.

Queiroz: I Still Have A Problem With The City Shade Of Blue!

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Carlos Queiroz, who has been the manager of Iran for almost two years, has reflected on the most entertaining teams in the world, claiming that Barcelona are the best out there. However, Queiroz reckons that when he was at United we always strived to play attractive football.

"Barcelona managed to establish what I call ‘the art of victory', winning everything while playing beautiful football," he said.

VIDEO: Rooney’s Goal vs Fulham

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PICTURE: De Gea Banner In The Away End At Fulham

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Following plenty of unwarranted criticism in the media, Manchester United fans supported David de Gea at Craven Cottage this evening with a Spanish flag with "In David We Trust" written on it.

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Fulham vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, Van Persie

Subs: Amos, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Kagawa.

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Ahead Of Our Game Against Fulham

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The gulf in quality between United and Fulham was apparent a fortnight ago when we beat them 4-1 in the Cup. It might be a different story away from home though, even with their top scorer, former RoM favourite Dimitar Berbatov, ruled out with injury.

Rooney: I Gave Up Penalty Duty After Missing Too Many

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When Manchester United were awarded a penalty against Fulham in the FA Cup, there was much surprise when Ryan Giggs stepped up to take it, despite Wayne Rooney being on the pitch.

It was assumed that following a string of misses, Sir Alex Ferguson had relieved him of penalty taking duty. However, Rooney has today revealed that he decided to let Robin van Persie take them from now on.

VIDEO: Real Madrid Preview

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