Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

Your player of the year?

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You can now vote for who you think has been our best player on the official site. Here are the reasons why I think Michael Carrick deserves the award.

Here are the previous winners of the award:

"Your player of the year?" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: PFA Merit Award – Class of 92

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The PFA Merit Award was given to Manchester United's class of '92 at Sunday night's PFA Awards.

Ryan Giggs, Eric Harrison, Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, George Switzer, Kevin Pilkington, Phil Neville, Chris Casper, Nicky Butt, John O'Kane and Gary Neville were all present to receive the award.

Evra: Van Persie Made The Right Decision To Leave Arsenal

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Patrice Evra has reiterated what we all knew, that Robin van Persie made the right decision in leaving Arsenal for United, and he has a league winners medal to prove it.

"People forget what he achieved for Arsenal," said Evra. "But he showed them that he hasn't made the wrong choice.

Reactions To Draw With Arsenal

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1. It's hard to remember an encounter against Arsenal when I've cared less about the outcome in the run up to the game. Of course you always want to win but it felt strange not having any of the pre-match nerves this game has brought about in the past. Instead, we got to watch their players applaud ours on to the pitch.

Four Reds In PFA Team of the Year

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De Gea; Zabaleta, Vertonghen, Ferdinand, Baines; Mata, Bale, Carrick, Hazard; Van Persie, Suarez.

"Four Reds In PFA Team of the Year" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Arsenal manager’s bizarre RvP denial

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Robin van Persie returned to the Emirates for the first time today as a champion, ensuring that any Arsenal fan who had called him a "mercenary" for leaving was put straight on his reasons for joining United.

The Arsenal players applauded our team on to the pitch this afternoon, who then spent the majority of the first half as you would expect a team of hungover players.

VIDEO: Van Persie’s goal against Arsenal

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RVP 1-1 by Counterpoint1
"VIDEO: Van Persie's goal against Arsenal" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURES: Arsenal give Manchester United a guard of honour

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"PICTURES: Arsenal give Manchester United a guard of honour" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

When Arsenal beat United 5-2, was the game fixed?

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"Reminder to Manchester United: All the soccer skill in the world amounts to nothing without possession of the ball. That's why United crashed at Highbury. In defence and attack they showed end of season lethargy. They were slow to challenge for the ball and to take up position....United did not go down without a show of tantrums.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Arsenal vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Rio, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Jones, Nani, Rooney, RVP
Bench: Lindegaard, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Cleverley, Kagawa, Buttner

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski
Bench: Mannone, Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho

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

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Arsenal fan on Van Persie, ticket prices and guard of honour

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Manchester United will walk on the pitch at the Emirates as champions and the Arsenal players will show them the respect of a guard of honour.

Over twenty years ago we were Arsenal's first opponents after Liverpool's defeat against Nottingham Forest confirmed that the North London club were champions.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Arsenal…

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There was a time not so long ago when going to play Arsenal away was one of the most nerve-wracking games of the season. With the two clubs going head to head for the title every season, you knew that we would be facing one of the strongest sides in the league and you knew the result of the game could have an impact on who won the title.

Fletcher’s Career Over?

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Paddy Crerand has today revealed that it is unlikely that we will see Darren Fletcher play for Manchester United again. Speaking to Beyond The Pitch, Crerand expressed his disappointment for Fletch, but he doesn't think the Scot has any chance of coming back.

"I love Darren Fletcher and I hate to say this, but I wouldn't expect to see him playing again for Manchester United," said Crerand.

Fergie: Robin won’t be bothered by Arsenal boos

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When faced against his former club for the first time, it tooks Robin van Persie just 155 seconds to put Manchester United 1-0 up. Out of respect, he opted not to celebrate, and it is likely he will pay them the same respect on Sunday, when he returns to the Emirates for the first time since signing for the champions.

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By Far The Greatest Team talks about the latest Arsenal fan to choose Old Trafford over the Emirates.

The Daily Mail claims Rio is in the PFA Team of the Year.

Beautifully Red has the celebrations from Monday night in GIF form.

The Mirror reports onthe possibility of us signing Lewandowski.

VIDEO: Fergie singing Carrick chant

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Ferguson it's Carrick you know from Anton Alfy on Vimeo.


"VIDEO: Fergie singing Carrick chant" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Zaha: Meeting Ferguson was crazy

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It was announced that Wilf Zaha would be joining Manchester United next season back in January, after the club signed him and agreed for him to stay at Crystal Palace on loan.

Our new signing has reflected on when he first met Sir Alex Ferguson and how he got along with Danny Welbeck when on International duty.

Not 19 Forever

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As I walked in to the ground on Monday night ahead of United's title winning game against Aston Villa, "Not Nineteen Forever" by The Courteeners was blaring out over the PA system. The song was played again as the players took part in their lap(s) of honour after the final whistle.

Aside from being fairly amusing to get the song to #1, or at least back in the charts, The Courteeners have claimed they will donate money to the Manchester United Foundation for every copy that is downloaded.

Zaha: I’ll be starstruck when I meet the United players

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Wilf Zaha, who will be joining up with Manchester United for the first time in the pre-season, admits he cannot wait to meet his new team mates.

"I am just anxious and excited. I cannot wait. It will be something different," he said. "When I walk into that dressing room at United, I do not know what I will feel.

A man for all seasons: The Enduring Genius of Sir Alex Ferguson

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‘People say mine was a poor upbringing. I don't know what they mean. It was tough, but it wasn't bloody poor. We maybe didn't have a TV. We didn't have a car. We didn't even have a phone. But I thought I had everything, and I did: I had a football.'

On the final day of the 2000/2001 Premier League season, Manchester United played Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Old Trafford – asset of community value?

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MUST announced today that it has submitted a nomination to Trafford Council for Old Trafford Football Stadium, the home of Manchester United Football Club, to be registered as an 'Asset of Community Value' under the "Assets of Community Value Regulations of the Localism Act (2011)".

The listing of Old Trafford Football Stadium as a ‘Community Asset' by the council would mean that in any circumstance where the stadium's current owner were to look to dispose of it, the Manchester United fan community would have the opportunity to secure Old Trafford's future.

Arsenal Poznan

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Manchester United players will work out as champions at the Emirates and the Arsenal players are expected to pay us the respect of a guard of honour. It should be noted that this isn't a mandatory requirement and not all clubs welcome the newly crowned champions on to the pitch in such a way. I think it says something about Arsene Wenger to sanction it, given how fierce the rivalry used to be between the two clubs and managers, and we should have a fair amount of respect for him being big enough to pay us our dues.

Only a minority are anti-Glazer?

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David Gill, who will be stepping down from his position of Chief Executive at the end of the season, claimed this week that only a small number of fans still took issue with the Glazer ownership.

"There are still a small number of dissenters and they will always be there and they have had long held views which they are not going to change," he said.

RvP CRAZY To Pick United Over City

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A walk down memory lane...

Three weeks before Robin van Persie signed for Manchester United an article appeared in the Evening News which claimed that fans would be "mad" to believe that the Dutchman would come to Old Trafford and that Van Persie would be even "crazier" to sign for us.

VIDEO: Welbeck singing United chants when celebrating #20

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"VIDEO: Welbeck singing United chants when celebrating #20" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie: Our old codgers can play on

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Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that the older members of the squad shouldn't be thinking about retirement any time soon.

"Giggs and Rio, the old codgers, can still carry on!" said Ferguson. "Hopefully, we will have Paul Scholes fit in the next couple of weeks because he deserves to play in the last few games.

Rio: Can’t ever get bored of winning in style

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Rio Ferdinand now has six league titles to his name but has dismissed the possibility of becoming bored by the sucess he has enjoyed at United. Whilst conceding there have been times when they have been more nonchalent than others, most likely when celebrating in 2009 as it was the third consecutive title win, he intends to enjoy this victory as much as any.

Valencia: Manchester is my home

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Last year Antonio Valencia parted company with his agent as he didn't believe he needed one anymore. Having agreed a long term contract with the club he didn't see the purpose of having an agent.

"I do not want to move from Manchester I am very happy and so I separated from Diego (Herrera).

Carrick: It’s gets more special every time

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Michael Carrick has now won the Premier League five times in the seven years he has played for the club. Whilst some may wonder whether the magic wears off, Carrick insists it feels more special every time.

"It is an incredible achievement," he said. "Every year we win it just gets more special.

Rio: We wouldn’t disappear like Liverpool

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Following the huge disappointment in the dying seconds of last season, Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of the mentality of this squad to come back and have the title won in April.

He claims that lesser teams might have been damaged by the impact of losing the title, as Liverpool were in 2008-2009.

PICTURE: Evra takes the mick out of Suarez

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Luis Suarez is unlikely to play for the rest of the season after biting Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. The horrible little runt, who punched someone in the face when representing his country earlier this month, has been charged by the FA for this latest disgraceful act. This is the second time in the past three years that Suarez has bitten an opponent and was banned for 7 games the last time he did it.

Van Persie: Being champions is standard for United

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Robin van Persie ensured that United won the title in style last night by bagging a hattrick to confirm our status as champions. Having gone years at Arsenal without a title or trophy, Van Persie is delighted to celebrate his first Premier League title win, but recognises that is what we should expect from United.

Friedel: United wouldn’t give up like City did

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Whilst it was last night's 3-0 win over Aston Villa that won Manchester United the title, it was Manchester City's collapse against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday that put us in a position to win the title. Having gone 1-0 up and lead most of the game, their 3-1 defeat ensured United needed just three points from the remaining five games to clinch the title.

Ferguson: These players have puts themselves on a pedestal

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Several people have criticised this current Manchester United team and said they are not as good as our previous title winning squads.

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed those claims and pointed to the huge points total we have amassed, insisting that it is nostalgia which leads people to believe this team doesn't have the quality of others.

Carrick: Giggs is a legend

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Ryan Giggs has arguably been United's best winger this season after putting in some great displays on the left wing. Last night he assisted two of Robin van Persie's goals which helped seal United's championship.

Michael Carrick, who was shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year last week, has sung the praises of Giggs who will still be playing for United in his 40′s.

RoM Reads

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The official site has footage of the dressing room celebrations from last night.

The Independent praises United for stopping any other club dominate English football.

The Guardian reports on how United will already be looking to the future after another title win.

The Telegraph rates this current United side.

Giggs: Too old for another lap around the pitch!

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Following Manchester United's 3-0 win over Aston Villa last night, confirming the club as champions, the players took part in a customary lap of honour around the pitch. However, after making it around once, the players opted to go a second time, fully emersed in the celebrations with the fans.

When they finally did get in to the tunnel Ryan Giggs was being interviewed on Sky Sports by his former team mate Gary Neville.

Fergie: Jones could become United’s best ever

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After a brilliant start to his Manchester United's career, Phil Jones' development seemed to slow down for a while as he was hampered by injuries and didn't get a regular run in the team.

However, he has gone from strength to strength this season, starting with a fantastic display at the Bernabeu when he did a great job marking Cristiano Ronaldo.

Van Persie: We have a fantastic team

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Robin van Persie's hattrick against Aston Villa last night to win Manchester United the league has put him in pole position for winning the golden boot this season. Luis Suarez, who was his only real rival for the award, is likely to be suspended for the rest of the reason.

Van Persie is delighted to have won the title but is quick to praise his team mates and the staff at the club.

Van Persie – Our #20

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A few weeks after Robin van Persie signed for Manchester United he revealed why he had chosen the #20 shirt.

"Well, I had the option of 20 or 21 and the reason I took this shirt is because we're all here to be champions this year and that would mean a 20th league title for United. I would certainly like to be part of that, they have had an era of dominance already and I'd like to help them do it again.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Aston Villa

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De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, RVP.

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

Presumptuous To Expect Guard Of Honour Off Arsenal… Or Anyone Else?

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When Chelsea won their first league title in 1955, Sir Matt Busby paid them the respect of a guard of honour, with our players applauding the new champions on to the pitch. It was the final day of the season and United beat the newly crowned champions 2-1 thanks to goals from Albert Scanlon and Tommy Taylor.

Ahead Of Our Game Against Aston Villa

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If at the beginning of the season someone told me that the thought of Aston Villa on a Monday night would have me feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve, it would have been hard to take them seriously. Yet here we are, about to take on a relegation candidate following a weekend of big games on SUPER SUNDAY, and I can barely keep the smile off my face.

Fergie: I hope one of our players wins PFA Award

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Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick have both been named in the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award whilst Danny Welbeck features in the nominations for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased that his players have received the recognition they deserve and obviously hopes one of them wins.

TOP 5: Title Run Ins

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5. 2002-03

It's easy to forget how, in the days between the formation and dissolution of the Sky Four, the Premier League was largely filled with utter dross. Stern John and Collins John would count themselves as solid, dependable Premier League strikers and Allardyceball was the dominant religion.

Why Carrick Deserves To Win PFA Award

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When the PFA's shortlist for the Player of the Season was announced earlier today there was much debate, as always, over who deserved to be named and who had been unfairly left out, but from the neutrals, it was Michael Carrick's name that seemed to cause the most surprise. In support of this, on the BBC Sport website they have listed the six players under the headline: "Carrick on Player of the Year list".

Fergie: Shinji Could Have Won Us The Game If I Didn’t Sub Him

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Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that Manchester United could have beaten West Ham earlier this week if he hadn't subbed off Shinji Kagawa.

Kagawa had made our first equalising goal with a lovely bit of skill before his goalbound shot was deflected and then came off the woodwork to set up Robin van Persie for our second equaliser.

Do you care that Young is out for the season?

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Ashley Young made a great start to his Manchester United career, much to the surprise of many fans, myself included, who hadn't been able to understand why we had spent so much on only a half decent player who was in the last year of their contract.

Still, he came out with all the right stuff when he signed, talking about us being the biggest club in the world and how it was a dream come true.

Carrick, Welbeck And RvP In PFA Shortlist

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Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie have made the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Season whilst Danny Welbeck has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Michael Carrick (United)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Robin van Persie (United)

Young Player of the Year
Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Romelu Lukaku (West Brom)
Danny Welbeck (United)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

"Carrick, Welbeck And RvP In PFA Shortlist" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Sir Alex Ferguson and the three ages of Manchester United

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I've been trying to understand Sir Alex Ferguson's effect on Manchester United, and to do so I have had to go back in time.

About half my life ago – well, seventeen years back, but it sounds more grand when I express it as a fraction – I studied Medieval History at school. It was a privilege to take that course.

Bebe On… Nutmegging Giggs, cutting his hair and Ando’s help

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Some of the best bits from Bebe's interview with Maisfutebol.

Q: How did your childhood friends react when they found out you were going to Manchester United?

Q: Jealous (laughs). They always asked me for Manchester United sweaters. I have many memories of my time in the House of Gaiato and always keep in touch with these friends.

Bebe: Mendes smiled then asked did I want to join United

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The £7m signing of Bebe was probably the strangest transfer United have ever made, with him joining us from Vitória de Guimarães just five weeks after moving to them from a third tier Portuguese side. He had been offered around Europe for £125,000 but there were no takers, so in the end he joined Vitória on a free transfer with his third tier club, Estrela do Amadora, in severe financial difficulties and unable to pay his wages.

Carrick: I love this club

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Michael Carrick is enjoying one of his best seasons at the club and after almost seven years believes that we are the perfect club for him.

"Yeh, I'd have to say that," Carrick said when asked if United were the perfect club for him. "For me it's the best club. Just everything about it.

Reactions To Draw With West Ham

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1. When you go behind twice in a game you can't be too disappointed when you leave with a draw. United weren't good enough to take all three points and as frustrating as that may be we should be content enough with taking something out of the game. City drew 0-0 there and Chelsea lost 3-1 so we can't be too downbeat about it.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team shows you what ManUtd.com looked like in 1998... and all the years since.

United Rant looks at Shinji Kagawa's role on the left.

The Guardian reports on Ferguson's Andy Carroll complaints.

The Independent reports on Real Madrid becoming more valuable than United, according to Forbes.

VIDEO: Valencia and Van Persie Goals vs West Ham

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"VIDEO: Valencia and Van Persie Goals vs West Ham" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Ham vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Jones, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie

Subs: Amos, Evans, Giggs, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Hernandez

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

Carrick: Would I Have Played More For My Country If I Was Spanish?

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Despite playing over 300 games for Manchester United, Michael Carrick has only made 27 appearances for his country. With too many England managers persevering with the failed Lampard-Gerrard partnership, Carrick insists that he has to respect the decision of those who didn't pick him, and that life at United keeps him busy.

Carrick: United Produce English Talent

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Manchester United have produced more English talent for the national team than any other club but when looking at the younger players in the England squad you could argue they don't match the ability of the so-called "golden generation". When asked whether he thought there were enough good English players coming through, Michael Carrick sung the praises of our youth players.

Carrick: Fergie Doesn’t Make Us Pick Club Over Country

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Following Manchester United putting pressure on Rio Ferdinand to pull out of international duty to ensure that he continues with his fitness regime to ensure that he keeps fit, Ferguson faced some criticism for his role in club over country players. In the international games that followed, four United players started against San Marino.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has individual player stats for United and West Ham.

The Daily Mail wonders if we've seen the last of Scholes.

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

Squawka looks at the stats of one of our transfer targets.

The Independent report on JLS performing at Old Trafford.

Ahead Of Our Game Against West Ham

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Whilst it would be inaccurate to say there is no pressure ahead of tonight's game, we certainly did ourselves a favour by picking up three points at Stoke after the disappointment of derby day. If last season hadn't happened, I'm sure there wouldn't have been any nerves ahead of our trip to the Britannia, but after blowing an eight point lead this time last year we're not quite as cocky as we used to be when it comes to believing that United will see the season out.

Evra: Robin got stick for Fergie hug

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After wrapping up the points for Manchester United against Stoke on Sunday, Robin van Persie ran straight to the manager for a hug.

Patrice Evra has today revealed that our players have given Van Persie plenty of stick since.

"Robin has had a lot of stick from us," said Evra. "It was nice.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has pictures of Stoke fans mocking Munich (including banner).

The Evening News reports on United's Hillsborough tribute.

The Guardian wonders whether Wayne Rooney is the answer to our midfield problems.

Beautifully Red has Van Persie goal and celebration from yesterday in GIF form.

Reactions To Victory Over Stoke

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1. The whispers that United had lost their bottle following the unjust defeat at the hands of Real Madrid have become louder and louder as the weeks have gone on. We went 2-0 up against Chelsea in the FA Cup, only to go on to be grateful to force a replay following an abysmal second half. Then we endured an unconvincing 1-0 win at home against Reading, who are at the bottom off the league, before beating Sunderland away thanks to an off target Robin van Persie shot being deflected in off Titus Bramble.

What To Make Of Falcao Rumours?

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One of the more surprising rumours of last week was that Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United, as was reported in the Spanish press. Alberto R. Barbero, writing for Marca, claimed that "sources close to both parties suggest that a down payment may have already been made as a guarantee for a future transfer.

Van Persie: I Wanted To Celebrate My Goal With Everybody

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Robin van Persie secured the three points for Manchester United today in our 2-0 win over Stoke with a second half penalty. After scoring, he ran straight to the touchline to hug Sir Alex Ferguson, something none of our other players do. After Ferguson he went to the bench to celebrate with Alexander Büttner and co.

VIDEO: Carrick and Van Persie’s Goals Against Stoke

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STO 0-1 MUN by Samu21213


STO 0-2 MUN by Samu21213


"VIDEO: Carrick and Van Persie's Goals Against Stoke" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Manchester City player singing United chant on train for Chelsea from Stockport

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On Manchester City's official YouTube channel, Micah Richards was filmed singing Michael Carrick's chant, "hard to believe it's not Scholes, it's Carrick, you know."

As City boarded the train to London from Stockport, ahead of their game against Chelsea today, Richards unashamedly sang the United chant 4 minutes and 30 seconds in.

Rio: No Divine Right To Beat Anyone

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Following United's Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, thanks to the incorrect red card that was shown to Nani, we've looked to struggle on the pitch.

First came the FA Cup game against Chelsea when we went 2-0 up before getting battered in the second half and were lucky to escape with a draw.

STATS: How Do Our Wingers Compare?

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This season has been a disappointing one for our wingers with Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all struggling for fitness and good form. Last season Valencia was voted player of the season by his team mates and the fans, whilst Nani was voted player of the season by his team mates the year before, yet neither have set the world alight this season.

CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: Stoke vs United

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United: De Gea, Vidic, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Kagawa, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters, Jones.
Bench: Sorensen, Palacios, Owen, Whitehead, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.

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

Chicharito: I Have A Good Attitude Because I Respect The Club

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Javier Hernandez has the best minute per goal ratio in the Premier League this season, scoring a goal every 86 minutes he's been on the pitch, but has only started six games in the league. With Robin van Persie scoring so infrequently and Wayne Rooney struggling for top form, it's been surprising to see Chicharito still not get much of a look in.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team talks about the painful truth about Wayne Rooney.

The Independent reports on Ferguson dismissing Mancini's claims.

Man United Tactics breaks down what happened on derby day.

Red Flag Flying High hails Van Persie as our player of the season.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at why United's young defenders have been receiving such rave reviews.

What To Make Of GMP Attendance Figures?

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Manchester United website, Reds Away, published attendance figures they had received from Greater Manchester Police which showed that the official number given by the club was some way short of the "actual" attendance. One of the more shocking headline figures was that close to 16,000 people bought tickets for a United league game in January but didn't attend.

United look to bounce back from derby defeat with away win at Stoke

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Manchester United will look to bounce back from Monday's derby defeat to cross-town rivals City when they travel to take on Stoke this weekend. The Premier League leaders are still clear favourites to lift the title, and Sir Alex Ferguson will know that three points at the Britannia Stadium will move them one step closer to the crown.

VIDEOS: Class of 1999 vs Class of 2013 – Part 2

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Following up from last month's video (which compared the 'telepathic' understanding between the 1999 and 2013 United strikers), we have two more videos for you from the same line-up.

First, it's the outtakes from the video you saw last month, featuring a lot more 'off-air' comments and some hilarious misses.

Video: Jonny Evans Interview

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In the video below, Jonny Evans (interview courtesy of Manchester United and ROM sponsors bwin) talks about the 2012/2013 season, tries to make Champions League predictions, dissects Patrice Evra's musical tastes and a fair bit more.


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Tactical Thoughts On Shinji Kagawa

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There has been much debate amongst United fans about Shinji Kagawa recently. Some feel his first year at the club has been a disappointment and that he is unlikely to make the grade, whilst others feel he has great promise and will blossom in the years ahead. It's safe to say that the jury is still out.

Ding Dong – Why we should not observe minute’s silence

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"The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." – Malcolm X.

We're witnessing the sort of sanctimonious, manipulative whitewash that occurred after the death of Princess Diana.

Confirmed line-up: United vs City

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De Gea, Rafael. Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney Welbeck, Van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Valencia, Nani, Hernandez, Cleverley, Kagawa, Buttner

City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasić, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Touré; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Tévez.

"Confirmed line-up: United vs City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

STATS: United vs City

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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Manchester City fan on Van Persie, sacking Mancini and CL failure

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The last time we played City at Old Trafford we lost 6-1. In a bid to make amends for last season's embarrassment, United have bossed the league this season, going 15 points clear and putting City back in our shadow. All that talk of the blue moon rising and the power shift in Manchester has come to an end, with United reasserting their dominance.

Hart contradicts Mancini: United deserve 15 point lead

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After missing out on the title and finishing on the same points as City last season, United have run away with it this season, going in to derby day with the potential of going 18 points clear.

After beating City away from home, as well as picking up wins against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool, United have proven beyond any question which team is the best this season, and it's unlikely that we will need to rely on goal difference to be named champions.

Fergie: Animal Jones is going to be fantastic

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Phil Jones received plenty of hype in his first season at United, with Sir Bobby Charlton likening him to Duncan Edwards and the press claiming he was the future England captain.

Whilst last season he seemed to escape injury-free from crunching tackles, this season he has found himself injured repeatedly, following on from his predecessor of the #4 shirt.

Nani: Last season made us more focused

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Nani has yet to agree a new deal with the club and with just one year remaining on his current contract, it is likely that he will leave in the summer.

The season before last, when United won the record breaking 19th title, Nani was voted as our player of the season by his teammates. Thanks to injuries, loss of form and not getting a regular run in the team, Nani has failed to recreate top performances on a consistent basis.

Manchester United favourites to beat City in derby at Old Trafford

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With eight games remaining in the Premier League season, Manchester United sit 15 points clear of cross-town rivals City at the top of English football, with it only a matter of time before the Red Devils are crowned champions. The Manchester derby on Monday night is irrelevant; United will win the league regardless of the score in one game.

Fergie: De Gea is maturing

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of David de Gea after he has gone 627 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal.

"They have all improved," said Ferguson of his back-line. "The concentration has become better and the importance of the games has helped that. But you're right, David De Gea has developed and matured as the season has gone on.

Paint The Town Hall Red

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Virgin Media has launched a competition on Twitter to see which team the fans think will win on derby day. The poll will close at midday on Sunday and at 7.30pm the town hall will be lit up in red/blue in proportion to the number of tweets received for both sides.

To turn the town hall red, tweet #VMred #DerbyDay

Spread the word.

STATS: Shinji Kagawa’s Season So Far

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Starts: 12
Goals: 5
Assists: 2
Minutes per goal/assist: 129
Passing completion: 512/566. 90.5% (only Scholes with 92.4% has a better passing completion rate at United. Silva 85.4%, Mata 85.2%, Hazard 84.9%)
Final third passing completion: 174/202. 86.1%. (Hazard 82%, Scholes 81%, Silva 80%, Mata 78%, Oscar 75%)

Games where he's played 15+ minutes
vs Everton 68/75 passes (91%).

LOAN REPORT: How has Fabio got on at QPR?

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1. What did you think when you found out that Fabio was joining you on loan?
2. What has been his best performance?
3. Would you have held it against him if he celebrated that brilliant goal by his brother a few weeks ago?
4. How would you rate his loan period so far?
5. Do you think he has potential to make it at United?

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on Torres, Benitez cracking up and Mikel

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It looked as though it was going to be another embarrassing afternoon for Rafa Benitez's men when United went two nil up in no time against Chelsea a few weeks ago. United weren't even playing well but managed to score a couple of goals without even trying. In the second half, United's performance worsened, with them suddenly unable to pass to a red shirt, and Chelsea were back in at 2-2.

Chelsea v Manchester United: Expect All Out War at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea v Manchester United
FA Cup
Stamford Bridge, London
Monday April 1, 2013
12:30 GMT

Chelsea and Manchester United square up for this FA Cup replay after United let a two goal lead slip in the first game at Old Trafford. United have the form heading into this match as they beat Sunderland 1-0 away from home on Saturday afternoon while Chelsea lost.

Confirmed line-up: Chelsea vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Hernandez, Welbeck.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpi, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Ba.

"Confirmed line-up: Chelsea vs United" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.