Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

STATS: Season review – The attack

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- Van Persie was our top scorer with 26 goals and Rooney had the most assists with 10.
- Hernandez had the best minutes per goal rate of any of our players (one per every 95 minutes), followed by Van Persie (one per 120 minutes) and Rooney (one per 168 minutes).
- Hernandez had the best minutes per goal/assist of any of our players (one per every 73 minutes), followed by Van Persie and Rooney (one per 92 minutes).

“Although they announce sell-outs there are always empty seats.”

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Manchester City have been accused of betraying their staff after plans to withdraw two free season tickets from salary packages came to light. Workers at the Etihad have traditionally been given the tickets as a token of appreciation for their efforts on top of their salaries but from next season they will have to pay 50% of a regular season ticket price.

Knowing me, knowing you, Zaha – From Indiana Jones to Cool Runnings

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They say the Beetham Tower is the only building in Manchester with a sea-view. From the summit of it some 47 storeys high you can see miles into the distance. It is a vantage point Manchester United have had to get used to Robin Van Persie aside in terms of spotting potential new players which are but tiny dots on the horizon.

STATS: Our strikers compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

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- Hernandez has the best minutes per goal (95) and the best minutes per goal/assist (72) of any striker at the top four clubs.
- Only Hernandez ranks more highly than Van Persie for minutes per goal (120) and minutes per goal/assist (92), whilst Rooney equals Van Persie's minutes per goal/assist rate (92).

STATS: Our midfielders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

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Passing

- Arteta has made more successful passes than any other player this season (2517), followed by Carrick (2443) and Yaya Toure (2246).
- Arteta has averaged a higher number of passes per game than any other player this season (80.

STATS: Season review – The midfield

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- Our most accurate passer in midfield is Scholes (92.4%), followed by Cleverley (90.2%) and Kagawa (89.7%).
- Our most accurate midfield passer in the attacking half is Scholes (90%), followed by Cleverley and Kagawa (85%).
- Kagawa has more touches of the ball than any other player in midfield (1.

VIDEO: Welbz on Rooney banter, playing for England and being a fan

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"VIDEO: Welbz on Rooney banter, playing for England and being a fan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

How did Michael Keane get on at Leicester?

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1. What did you think when you first heard you were signing Keane on loan?

To be honest, he was a bit of an unknown quantity. That being said, we've had Manchester United players on loan in the past (Tom Cleverley, for one) and Nigel Pearson knows a good player when he sees one.

Football Sponsorships: How do United measure against other top clubs?

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The old adage of money making the world go round is certainly applicable in football, with the top four teams in Europe in a power struggle to rule financially. Manchester United have signed a number of lucrative sponsorship deals of late, however Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all as equally ambitious when it comes to monetising their presence as the leading brands in world football.

Football. Bloody hell.

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It is part of me now. Over a decade on and snippets of the commentary still float to the surface of my mind at least a dozen times a day. Standing in a queue for a cashpoint, ‘Can United score? They always score.' Half asleep in the shower, ‘Giggs with the shot... Sheringham!' Bored at the cinema, ‘Name on the trophy.

Keep Calm and Pass Him the Ball: Dimitar Berbatov, a retrospective

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It was approaching 11:30pm on Monday 22nd April 2013 BFR. (Before Fergie Retired). The pubs – The Trafford, Sam Platts, The Tollgate – had been cleared and staff were starting the long, hard clean-up operation. The last, straggling cars in the many unofficial car parks surrounding Old Trafford were gunning their engines, preparing to leave.

PICTURE: Van Persie Rips Piers Morgan

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All season, Piers Morgan has been giving shit to Robin van Persie after his move from Arsenal to Manchester United. He took to calling him "Van Pursestrings", implying that he was a mercenary. A few months after joining United, Van Persie has shown exactly why he left the club, with him winning the Premier League for the first time and Golden Boot again.

Tribute To Eric Steele

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Eric Steele began his playing career as a goalkeeper at Newcastle United in 1972. His next club was Peterborough United where he established himself as first-choice keeper and set a record for most consecutive league appearances (124) that still stands today. Within the next 12 years he moved from club to them, to Brighton & Hove Albion, then Watford, and finally Derby County.

Moyes may move for Fellaini – and why he’s the right player for United

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David Moyes has taken the toughest job in world football replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. The former Everton boss inherits a Premier League winning squad full of talent and a transfer kitty that he has never been used to at Goodison Park. With the aim for next season sure to be retaining the Premier League title, and putting a challenge in for the Champions League, smart moves in the transfer market are needed this summer.

STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

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Tackles per game

Minutes per foul

Passing accuracy

Tackles won

Ground duels won

Aerial duals won

Interceptions per game

"STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea's, City's and Arsenal's" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

TOP 5: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest Challenges

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1. Europe

As mentioned in the last section, Ferguson's long transition to a system that would work in Europe was one of the greatest challenges of his career, but he was wise that he had taken the time before to make himself untouchable. For it was a return to the bad old days of ta-ra Fergie the two things that individually are acceptable but together United fans will not tolerate.

United cut interest costs by £10m a year

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The club has refinanced more than £192m of high-interest debt which cuts our interest costs by about £10m a year. The Glazers have secured a new loan from Bank of America with far lower interest rates.

United have refinanced £177.78m of outstanding 8.75% interest sterling bonds and $22.09m (£14.

Fan Thoughts On Manchester United’s Season 2012-2013

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With the 2012-2013 season behind us, several fans have spoken to RoM about the best and worst parts of last season.

1. Who has been our best player?
2. Who has been our most improved player?
3. What was your biggest disappointment?
4. Which was our best game?
5. Which was our best goal?

RoM Reads

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The Cockney Red talks about Ferguson.

The Daily Mail has interviews with Beckham, Giggs, Scholes and Neville when they were youth players.

Life's a Pitch looks at the importance of sorting out Phil Jones' position.

Stretty News reports on the claims Rooney has opened discussions with PSG.

Rio: Who wouldn’t want to play for United?

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Rio Ferdinand has agreed a new one year extension deal to keep him at the club until the end of next season.

"I am delighted to have signed a new contract," he said. "Who wouldn't want to play in this fantastic team in front of 76,000 fans each week? It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.

RoM: Best club blog

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The Republik of Mancunia was voted the best club blog in the EPL Talk Awards 2013. Thanks to everyone for their support.

"RoM: Best club blog" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: 2012-2013 review

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"VIDEO: 2012-2013 review" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Keane: Thanks for chanting my name

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Michael Keane joined Leicester City on loan at the beginning of November with the idea that he would just stay there for a month. The club kept on extending his contract though, meaning he stayed all season and played close to 30 games.

Two months ago, Keane scored an injury time goal against Leeds United to secure a point for his club.

STATS: Season review – The defence

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Summary of defensive impact
- Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles.
- Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels.
- Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals.

Brian Greenhoff

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It has been confirmed that former Manchester United player, Brian Greenhoff, has sadly passed away at his home in Rochdale. Police were called to Brian's address this morning following reports of a sudden death as a matter of procedure and the case has now been passed to the coroner. He was only 60-years-old.

Any truth to Rooney reports about transfer request?

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Whilst no statement from Wayne Rooney has been forthcoming, The Daily Mail has today reported that the player did not hand a second transfer request in to Manchester United. The paper claims, having presumably spoken to the Rooney camp, that the player is being forced out of the club. Their version of the story suggests that Rooney really does want to stay but that Sir Alex Ferguson has now made his position at the club untenable by lying to the press and claiming Rooney has asked to leave.

RoM Season Review: The attack

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Shinji Kagawa
He is set to become a major player for United. He needed time to settle, and was held back by an injury, but that sublime hat-trick against Norwich and that body swerve against West Ham to set up Antonio Valencia gave us a glimpse of what is to come next season.

Five Years Ago Today…

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"Five Years Ago Today..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Klopp: Kagawa on the left breaks my heart

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Shinji Kagawa was voted the best player in the Bundesliga the season before he joined Manchester United, so despite winning the title in his first season, we've yet to see the best of him. He spent a large chunk of the earlier part of the season injured and has made most of his appearances on the left wing, instead of the central role he prefers.

PICTURE: Fergie with latest awards

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Sir Alex Ferguson received the trophies for being named LMA Manager of the Year and Barclays Manager of the Year at the LMA Awards.

"PICTURE: Fergie with latest awards" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Season Review: The midfield

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Michael Carrick
It has only taken seven years for Carrick to get his own song and the praise he deserves. The players aren't stupid though and voted him their Player of the Year. Think about this: United have never finished outside the top two with Carrick in central midfield.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has an infographic showing Sir Alex Ferguson's career in full.

The Evening News sings the praises of Paul Scholes.

The Guardian reports that Moyes is keen to keep Rooney at United.

The Telegraph has published the 2012-2013 season review.

Amazon has Giles Oakley's brilliant book on sale.

PICTURES: United win U-21s league

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Larnell Cole celebrating his second and United's third goal against Tottenham Hotspur just a few minutes before the final whistle, to make it 3-2 to United after going in 2-0 down at half-time.

Our lads lift the trophy.

Our lads celebrate with the trophy.

Marnick Vermijl pulled a goal back for United in the second half, drilling the ball in to the far corner (in a similar fashion to Buttner's yesterday).

Sir Alex and I – A Love Story That Was Destined To End From The Start

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When you first met, you had no idea that they were ‘the one', but here you are, twenty seven years on. Contemplation fills your mind, tracking along every obsession filled vein, to that major organ in your skull. You didn't see it coming, the finishing line, but it was inevitable. The split is wholly amicable in the end, we have run our course now, and it is time to find a life apart from each other.

Empty stadium for City… again

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Whenever we're given the opportunity to disprove Manchester City's silly claim that the city is theirs, we gladly take it. For City's final game of the season today there were empty seats all over the place, despite the club claiming the game was a sell out.

By the time of the final whistle, when City players took part in the customary lap of honour, the ground was half empty, with the fans that did bother to show up passing up the opportunity to applaud their players for finishing 2nd.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has a seson review of Manchester United's U-18s.

The Telegraph reports on David Moyes' first day at the club.

The Daily Mail shows Fergie giving autographs to and taking pictures with yesterday's officials.

Red Flag Flying High has player ratings from yesterday's game.

RoM Season Review: The defence

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David De Gea
So Fergie has been proved right once again. The Spanish kid who had some dodgy moments (although that mistake at Tottenham was grossly exaggerated) has evolved in to the Premier League's best goalkeeper. Only problem now is keeping hold of him when Real Madrid and Barcelona inevitably come calling.

Changing of the Guard

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Manchester United started today's game with the brilliant away end singing "Every single of one of us loves Alex Ferguson" on repeat. Fans in the away end came home saying it was the best away of the season, despite the players some how managing to bollocks up a 5-2 lead, with our fans in full voice all day.

VIDEO: Kagawa, Buttner Van Persie, Chicharito Goals vs West Brom

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Brom vs United

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Lindegard; Vermijl, Jones, Evans, Buttner; Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs; Van Persie, Hernandez

West Brom team: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt; Long.

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

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has individual player stats for West Brom vs United.

The Peoples Person looks at our chances of signing Fellaini.

The Guardian talks about Fergie's future rule at the club.

Gary Neville writes for The Daily Mail about David Beckham.

Voting closes tomorrow.

Ahead of our game against West Brom

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Both West Brom and Manchester United players will form a guard of honour ahead of kick-off today for Sir Alex Ferguson, who is celebrating his 1500th and final game as our manager. Today is a day we will look back on and talk about for the rest of our lives.

Welbz: Whole town was painted red

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Danny Welbeck has reflected on the past few days and can't believe how impressive the turn out for the parade was.

"The send-off was unbelievable," he said. "When we came under the bridge at Deansgate it seemed the whole town was painted red. People were on scaffolding, hanging out of windows, on lamp posts, bus stops.

Is David Beckham a Manchester United Legend?

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At some football clubs it's not that difficult to be remembered by the fans as a "legend". For one club, it might be someone who has scored a lot of goals, for another it might be someone who is half decent and rejected offers from other clubs, at another it might be the person who scored the winning goal in a cup final or promotion play-off.

DDG: Wearing United jersey makes me proud

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Speaking to Manchester United's new magazine, Old Trafford's 12th Man, David de Gea has talked about the pride he feels when pulling on our jersey.

"Well, the pride of playing for United was what really made me happy," he said. "You know when you come to such a big club you have to keep working hard each day and continue to be happy and hopefully give good performances for the team.

Sir Bobby Charlton Criticism Of Jose Mourinho

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Last night, Jose Mourinho showed the negative side of his character which contributed to him not being offered the United job he dreamed of.

No doubt Sir Bobby Charlton, who has never been keen on Mourinho, would have been watching last night's Copa del Rey final with a smug smile on his face.

PICTURE: Borussia Dortmund’s Solskjaer Wind Up

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Ahead of their Champions League final against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund have put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shirt from the European Cup final in 1999 in to their museum.

"PICTURE: Borussia Dortmund's Solskjaer Wind Up" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Van Persie: Manchester is red

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Robin van Persie has gone public to dispel the City myth and has claimed that Manchester is 80/20 red to blue.

"I have to say, I spoke to Nigel De Jong a couple of years ago when he was playing for City and he said ‘in Manchester, you only have City fans'," Robin explained. "I said ‘Okay that sounds a bit weird but whatever' and he claimed United fans are from all over the world, and from different cities.

Fergie: Monday’s parade was better than 99

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Ahead of his final game in charge on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on the past week, claiming our parade on Monday night was even better than the one in 1999.

"It's amazing, you are overwhelmed," he said. "Sunday was amazing, quite unbelievable. The parade on Monday, I thought '99 could not be beaten when we turned into Deansgate that time.

West Brom To Form Guard Of Honour For Fergie

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West Brom and Manchester United players will join together to form a guard of honour ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson's 1500th and final game in charge of our club.

"West Brom To Form Guard Of Honour For Fergie" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

West Brom vs United: Premier League champions want three points for a perfect end

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Manchester United have only one more game left with the familiar figure of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, which is against West Brom in the last fixture of the 2012-13 season. With the Premier League title already sewn up, the Red Devils could usually be tempted to take their foot off the gas, but in this case will want to end the legendary Scottish manager's 26-year tenure with three points.

Kagawa: I wish I could have played for Fergie for longer

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Shinji Kagawa has today sung the praises of our retiring manager and expressed his regrets that he didn't get to play for him for longer.

"He has a magnetic power," Kagawa told ManUtd.jp. "I felt it the first time I met him, from the way he conducts himself and also from working with him on the pitch.

United Legends vs Real Madrid

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The Red Heart United legends match between Manchester United and Real Madrid will be played at Old Trafford on Sunday 2nd June. The event will also feature live music from JLS, Amelia Lily and Tinchy Stryder, with all of the proceeds going to charity. Tickets are on sale now and are available by visiting www.

TRANSCRIPT: GNev interviews Beckham after retirement announcement

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Gary Neville: You've just announced your retirement. Why now?

David Beckham: I think over the years when I've seen players retire, when you ask them about it, they always say 'you'll know when you're ready'. And I think I know when I'm ready. I think I'm ready. Obviously it's a difficult decision because I still like I can play at the top level and still have done for the last six months.

Carrick: You don’t play for United, you live for United

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Lots of the players have credited City's last minute title win for the reason we have run away with the title this season, determined to win our trophy back.

Last night, Michael Carrick spoke about this desire when receiving his Players' Player of the Year award.

"We had to win it," he said.

Van Persie: This year has been incredible

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Robin van Persie was voted for Fans' Player of the Year and given the Sir Matt Busby award. His incredible volley against Aston Villa on the day the title was won was also voted goal of the season.

Having won the Premier League for the first time and recognised as the player awards, Van Persie joked that this was exactly what he expected.

Liverpool legend and Ferguson’s mutual love

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Jamie Carragher is set to to retire at the end of this season and has drawn in pretty of praise from football men.

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that he admires Carragher and compares him with our former captain, Steve Bruce.

"He's absolutely a player I admire," Sir Alex told the club's official website.

RoM Reads

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Beautifully Red has GIFs from the trophy presentation.

The Guardian has a video of Paul Scholes' best bits.

The Telegraph reports on Rio's international retirement.

Amazon is selling Giles Oakley's excellent Manchester United book, Red Matters.

RoM is currently third in the EPL Talk awards.

Manchester United players’ player of the year is…

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Michael Carrick has been voted as our player of the year by his team mates. He had been shortlisted for the PFA player of the year and RoM argued why he deserved to win it.

Carrick also came 2nd for the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award, as voted for by the fans.

"Manchester United players' player of the year is.

Manchester United fans’ player of the year is…

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Robin van Persie was named the fans' player of the year at tonight's end of season awards. The announcement came as no surprise, with Robin set to win the Golden Boot this season too. He has scored so many great goals and so many important goals that he seemed an obvious choice for the Sir Matt Busby player of the year.

Manchester United’s Reserve Team Player of the Year is…

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The Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year Award goes to Adnan Januzaj.

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Fergie: Cathy kept coming to check I was still alive!

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Speaking at the Player of the Year awards evening tonight, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the impact this emotional week has had on him.

"On Sunday, I did what I had to do and I thought I did it well," he said. "I didn't show my emotion too much. When I announced to the staff, I was a bit blubby, you know.

Fergie: Moyes has integrity and a work ethic

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Sir Alex Ferguson has explained the reasons why he recommended David Moyes to replace him as Manchester United manager.

"What I know of David is he's hard working and has an integrity about him," said Fergie. "He's also got a work ethic about him and he's a serious football man.

Confessions of a London Red

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The text message arrived from Paddy at 5:44pm on Friday the 26th of April 2013.

"You busy at 4pm on Sunday?"

"Was planning to watch football down the pub, you?" I replied.

"Was planning on watching football at the stadium. Fancy joining?"

Did I fancy joining!...It was a good thing there was no-one else nearby to speak to; had there been, my voice would have been hoarse with excitement.

Van Persie: I haven’t taken my medal off!

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Robin van Persie looked absolutely delighted to win the Premier League and so he should, after spending eight years at Arsenal and winning just one trophy, the FA Cup in 2005.

Last night thousands upon thousands of people lined the streets of Manchester to welcome our trophy back. Van Persie was made up to be a part of it.

Cleverley: One of the best feelings ever

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Tom Cleverley joined Manchester United when he was 12-years-old but this title is the first he's won at the club, so it obviously means a great deal to him.

"It is one of the best feelings ever; this is what you work for as a player and it feels unbelievable to have the trophy in my hands," he said.

VIDEO: Two Zaha goals put Palace in play-off final

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Wilf Zaha scored two goals for Crystal Palace tonight in their 2-0 win over Brighton. Zaha's parting gift to his club is to give them the opportunity to win promotion by putting them in the play-off final at Wembley.

"VIDEO: Two Zaha goals put Palace in play-off final" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: Manchester United fans celebrating during trophy parade

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Manchester is red.

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PICTURE: United’s parade bus

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You can watch the parade at the official site.

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Rio: I dreamt of just one PL medal

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Rio Ferdinand scored United's winning goal yesterday to ensure that Sir Alex Ferguson's last game at Old Trafford finished with a victory.

Rio has now won the Premier League six times but claims he would have been happy with just one winners' medal when he first joined the club.

"I dreamt of getting one when I turned up here," he told MUTV.

The Impossible Dream

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The impossible dream, made possible. That pretty much sums up Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure at Old Trafford. We had gone twenty years without a title when he got the job and just seeing our team win the league once would have been enough for most reds. But he didn't just win it once, or twice, but thirteen times.

What to make of Wayne Rooney’s transfer request

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When Wayne Rooney released a statement last week denying the story that he had changed his Twitter bio to omit "Manchester United player", you knew he wanted to leave. That week the press had also reported that Rooney had met with Sir Alex a fortnight ago to tell him he wanted to leave, but Rooney made no comment to deny that.

Vote for RoM

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The Republik of Mancunia has been nominated as the 'Best Club blog' in this season's EPL Talk awards.

Vote for us here and spread the word. The voting ends at midnight ET on Monday, May 20th. You can also vote for our players and manager.

"Vote for RoM" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

TRANSCRIPT: Paul Scholes retirement interview

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Gary Neville: Wednesday morning, you're driving to training, can you explain how the news was broken to you that Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring?

Paul Scholes: He came in to the dressing room on Wednesday morning. He called a meeting, just the players only, and he just broke the news to us that it was time for him to go.

VIDEO: Chicharito and Rio’s goals vs Swansea

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UNI 2-1 SWA by lennahcadri


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VIDEO: Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell speech

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Alex Ferguson's farewell speech at Old Trafford by footballdaily1
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VIDEO: Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy

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PICTURE: We sign Phil Jones, you sign Kun Aguero

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VIDEO: Carrick dances to fans singing his chant

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Swansea

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De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Rio, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Kagawa, RVP, Chicharito.

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

PICTURE: Fergie’s first programme notes

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"PICTURE: Fergie's first programme notes" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Valencia: It’s Going To Be A Very Emotional Day

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Antonio Valencia has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him from Wigan in 2009, and claimed United need to beat Swansea today to do him justice.

"I never thought this moment would arrive. It never seemed real to me that Sir Alex would actually leave," said Valencia. "It's going to be a very emotional day and the boss will merit every cheer from the fans.

Gary Neville: We believed in Fergie and hung on to his every word

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Gary Neville in The Daily Mail:

It was a Saturday morning game for the youth team at the old Cliff training ground. I was lucky. I was in a side that had Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Nicky Butt, who had scored a hat-trick, and at half-time we were 3-0 up against Chester.

We were all 16 or 17 so we must have felt pretty pleased with ourselves.

How Alex Ferguson isolated his players

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David James has revealed an interesting side of Sir Alex Ferguson's management that I hadn't previously been aware of. He claims that the manager has actively encouraged his players to isolate themselves from players at different clubs, to help the unity in the dressing room.

"I remember sitting with Phil Neville for a chinwag and, like a typical footballer, ranting about a team-mate of mine who I found annoying at the time," said James.

Time To Say Goodbye

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Eighteen months ago I was sitting in the North Stand with my dad ahead of our game against Sunderland when David Gill took to the microphone. He announced that they were going to do something unprecedented, really trying to hype the occasion up, with Sir Alex Ferguson standing next to him. "Oh wow, they're going to let the manager give a speech," I said sarcastically to my dad, totally bemused by Gill making a big song and dance.

Paul Scholes Confirms Retirement… Again

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Paul Scholes has confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of this season after coming out of retirement last year. Scholes has played 40 games since returning from retirement but has spent most of this season injured, playing his last game in our FA Cup win over Fulham in January. Scholes is expected to get a run out against Swansea tomorrow so that he can say goodbye to the fans, although will remain at the club as part of the coaching staff.

Henriquez Wins The FA Cup

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Manchester United striker, Angelo Henriquez, today lifted the FA Cup after the club he is on loan to, Wigan Athletic, beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are amongst the United players who have yet to win an FA Cup winners medal.

PICTURE: What Old Trafford Will Look Like Tomorrow

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"PICTURE: What Old Trafford Will Look Like Tomorrow" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Do we care if Wayne Rooney leaves?

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Wayne Rooney's first goal of the season came on October 20th. In the months leading up to that point, with him missing games through injury and missing penalties through poor technique, I repeatedly argued that he was our most important player. He wasn't playing well and he wasn't scoring goals but with Rooney, more than any other player, you could see that when he had a good game, United tended to have a good game.

Playlist for Fergie’s last game revealed

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"Playlist for Fergie's last game revealed" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rooney releases statement

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Statement from Wayne Rooney

There's a load of rubbish being written about me changing twitter bio saying I have deleted Manchester United from it.
I have never deleted Manchester United from the bio whatever the papers are saying because it was never on there.
All that happened was that I was asked by Nike to add @nikeuk to it – the same as many other sportspeople they sponsor.

VIDEO: Great Fergie Tribute

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"VIDEO: Great Fergie Tribute" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Hold on… did Rooney remove “Manchester United player” from bio?

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It was widely reported in the newspapers yesterday that Wayne Rooney had removed "Manchester United player" from his bio on Twitter and replaced it with "Nike athlete". With news emerging that the player told Sir Alex Ferguson he wanted to leave two weeks ago, it appeared to be the final nail in his Manchester United coffin.

What do the fans make of Moyes’ appointment?

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Daniel Harris The Guardian and On the Road: A Journey Through a Season

Seems odd to admit to it now, but I'd always kind of looked forward to the post-Fergie era. New stuff is exciting, United are exciting, and I was interested in whether a fresh perspective could retain what was best about the old regime and introduce a few new bits.

Moyes off to a good start

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David Moyes attended the Everton press conference ahead of their game against West Ham on Sunday. It was announced at the beginning that Moyes would not be answering any questions on United, much to the frustration of the journalists present.

Dan Roan, the Chief Sports Correspondent at the BBC, took to Twitter immediately to complain.

Part Two of Sir Alex’s Masterplan – Moyes Just the Next Cog in Fergie’s Dynasty

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So the time finally arrived...

As day always follows night, the inevitable retirement of an ageing Scotsman in his twilight years on this planet, was always going to occur sometime very soon. Of course, it feels no less of a shock. That sudden feeling of loss, your heart detaching itself from the arteries and veins, and passing its way up your throat and out of your mouth, unceremoniously falling at your feet on to the cold floor, in a ball of grief.

David Moyes – Manchester United manager

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David Moyes has finally been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester United after signing a six year deal with the club.

"It's a great honour to be asked to be the next Manager of Manchester United," he said. " I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the Football Club.

Moyes leaving Everton and wants United job

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Everton FC statement: "The Manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United."

"Moyes leaving Everton and wants United job" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

PICTURE: United Confirm Moyes Appointment On Facebook

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Manchester United's official Facebook page has twice revealed this picture of David Moyes before deleting it this afternoon, as the world awaits confirmation of his appointment.

"PICTURE: United Confirm Moyes Appointment On Facebook" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

A Knee-Jerk Reaction to the Fergie Bombshell

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Yesterday Sir Alex dropped the bombshell that he is officially retiring at the end of this season. As for most privileged Reds of Generation X and Z, Fergie is all I've ever really known. Whilst in the deepest recesses of my subconscious rests Big Ron, Fergie is the only footballing face of authority I've ever really recognized.

David Moyes: Qualified?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has won 38 of the 61 trophies Manchester United have won in their entire history. However, after a few years at the club and no silverware to show for it, some fans were growing weary of him. Thank the Lord the board remained patient because our lives have been made considerably better thanks to Ferguson managing the club for the past 26 years.

Journos Making Up Rooney Stories As They Go Along?

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News emerged last night that Wayne Rooney has asked to leave the club yet again, which was more or less confirmed by the club announcing that the player was not for sale.

However, three weeks ago, newspapers were claiming that Rooney was keen to sign a new contract with the club after rumours linked him with a move to PSG.

The Guardian’s chief football writer on Ferguson’s most memorable press conference, greatest achievement…

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Scott: If you had to single out one, what would you say was Fergie's greatest achievement?

Danny: Lasting as long as he has, beating the system, defying age. I made this point for the paper. Just compare him to the rest of the greats: Busby was 62 when he bowed out. Shankly was 60.

PICTURE: What is Rooney thinking about?

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Wayne Rooney has removed "Manchester United player" from his Twitter bio and replaced it with being a Nike athelete, on the day the press are reporting the striker asked to leave the club two weeks ago. Manchester United confirmed that the player was not for sale last night.

You do have to wonder what on earth must be going through his mind.

Spilled beer and smiles on faces – how Ferguson was all about moments (and how he’s like Old Simpsons)

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I was about 12, and playing Playstation at a friend's house. After roughly our 60th head-to-head match, he suggested we start a career game together. He was one of those odd sorts that didn't support a particular team, "just the game in general", so we were Manchester United. "Ah", he said. "There's only one manager, and two of us.

Juventus Tribute To Sir Alex

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Following Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to end his 26 year spell at the helm in Manchester, Juventus Football Club recalls the words of admiration spoken by the great man about the Bianconeri.

"Juventus were an example for my Manchester United. I had my players watch videos of Lippi's team and would say, ‘Don't look at the tactics or technique, we have that too, you need to learn to have that desire to win.

A Rather Alternative, and Slightly Premature, End-of-Season United Perspective

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Following his inaugural season, it seems slightly rhetorical to enquire, as Naughty by Nature did all those moons ago, who's down with RVP? Fittingly, almost poetically (well, at least if you're an accountant) our number 20 bags a hat-trick to secure title number 20. Forget Justin Timberlake's recently-released musical namesake, this season at OT truly has been "The 20/20 Experience.

Sir Alex Ferguson Announces His Retirement

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"I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club"

"Sir Alex Ferguson Announces His Retirement" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Moyes to replace Fergie

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David Moyes is the man who will take over from Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement earlier today, according to sources close to the club and all the broadsheets.

Set to be confirmed soon.

"Moyes to replace Fergie" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Fergie To Retire Rumours Gather Pace

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There have been whispers for a few weeks that Sir Alex Ferguson was planning to retire at the end of the season, particularly once it became apparent that we were going to win the league.

Those whispers have got louder over recent days and there has been some talk of David Moyes, a manager Ferguson has often championed, being lined up to replace him.

Rio: Flawed voting stopped RvP winning PFA Award

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Rio Ferdinand has voiced the opinion of football fans when claiming that the voting system for the PFA Award is flawed. With the votes cast months before the season has even finished, it often isn't a true reflection of the best player.

Robin van Persie is the top scorer in the country with 25 goals and lead United to win the 20th title, but the vote was taken during his goal drought, allowing Gareth Bale to scoop the prize.

The city is still yours…

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In City's penultimate game at the Etihad against West Brom this evening, the blues again made a mockery of their claim that Manchester belongs to them.

"The city is still yours..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Anderson’s appalling fitness record

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Anderson has been at Manchester United for six seasons but has only played 90 minutes in 19 of the 96 league games he has played in, which works out at less than 20%.

He has averaged 16 appearances a season in the league since joining the club and played for the full 90 minutes in a league game just three times a season.

Van Persie: I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy

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Robin van Persie has scored 25 goals in the league for United this season but only one of them has been in front of the Stretford End. Our Dutchman vows to make amends to this statistic.

"I've also scored quite a few goals in the second half at Old Trafford, but in those games it's just so happened that we'd changed ends and we were attacking the Stretford End in the first half," he said.

Van Persie: Being a champion is even better than I thought

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Robin van Persie has had to wait a long time to call himself a champion, but just eight months at United was long enough to do the trick. When asked by the official site whether winning the league feels as good as he expected, he claims it feels even better.

"It's even nicer," he said.

Van Persie: No doubts United are the right club for me

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After deciding that he wanted to leave Arsenal, Robin van Persie had a choice between signing for Manchester United or Manchester City. It is likely he would have won the league at whichever club he chose. Thankfully the little boy inside him was screaming for him to join United and he won the league with us.

Ryan Giggs and his imaginary card waving hatred

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When players are guilty of making poor challenges, it is usual that opposition players react by surrounding the referee. For example, when Vincent Kompany made a rash challenge on Nani during our FA Cup clash against City last season, Wayne Rooney ran straight to referee Chris Foy.

"Funny how people think I got Kompany sent off," Rooney said afterwards.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Jones, Anderson, Cleverley, Valencia, RVP, Giggs.

Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard (c); Oscar, Mata, Moses; Ba

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

Ahead Of Our Game Against Chelsea

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Chelsea have just booked their spot in a second European Cup final in two years. Of course, this year it is in the competition for the second tier of European clubs, with Chelsea becoming the first team in Champions League history to win the competition one season then not even make it out of the group stages the following year.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has all the individual stats ahead of United vs Chelsea.

Soccerlens looks at the biggest talking points between United and Chelsea during the Abramovich era.

The Mirror claims we will be going in for Gareth Bale this summer.

One lucky RoM reader will get to play football at Old Trafford.

Van Persie Playing In #20 Shirt Next Season

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When Robin van Persie signed for the club he chose #20, with the reason behind it being that he wanted to help Manchester United win their 20th title this season. A contributing factor will have also been that the #9 shirt still belonged to Dimitar Berbatov, whose transfer to Fulham had yet to be finalised.

PICTURE: Not 19 Forever banner

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Streford End Flags' new banner, "Not 19 Forever", will be on show for Sunday's game against Chelsea.

"PICTURE: Not 19 Forever banner" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on Torres, Mourinho and Terry

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After beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league, before being knocked out of the FA Cup by them, United will be keen to win on Sunday. That said, our season finished on April 22nd when we won the league whilst Chelsea are still scrapping to finish in the top four, meaning the performance this weekend is difficult to predict.

Giggs: Young Players Must Take Their Chance

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Ryan Giggs will be playing for Manchester United in to his 40′s after winning his thirteenth title this season. He obviously can't go on forever and believes that the young players coming through need to make their mark on the team.

"I have seen so many young players over the years have a chance and not really take it," he said.

Scholes To Return For Chelsea

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Sir Alex Ferguson has today given an updated on our injury status, confirming that Danny Welbeck won't play this weekend, whilst Paul Scholes will probably be on the bench.

"Welbeck is out of Sunday," Ferguson said. "The rest are all fit. Scholes and Vidic are training and I'll probably put Scholes on the bench on Sunday to get him back into the fray.

VIDEO: United’s Players Of The 2012/2013 Season

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With the Premier League title in the bag with a comfortable 4 games to go and no cup football to keep us occupied, the season review for Manchester United has started early.

Click here to watch United's Players Of The 2012/2013 Season video, or read on below to learn more about the video.

Smalling: Van Persie Gets On Really Well With The Lads

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Chris Smalling has hailed the signing of Robin van Persie, claiming that he had an impact on his team mates from the first training session.

"It's his overall approach and the way he goes about things," Smalling told the official site. "You can just tell he's top class. I remember when he first joined in training and everyone got a lift from that.

Fergie: Welbz Is Valuable To United

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Danny Welbeck had a mixed season for Manchester United and, like Chicharito, has paid the price for us signing a world class striker, Robin van Persie.

Welbeck has started just 12 league games this season, compared to the 23 he started last year, and in lots of those games he has been played out of position.

RoM Reads

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BBC Sport has an interesting article on the man who told Ferguson we were champions in 1993.

The Daily Mail sings the praises of United's youth system.

RoM is giving you the opportunity to play at Old Trafford.

By Far The Greatest Team wonders why people care about the PFA Awards.

Why Did Lucas Pick PSG Over United?

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Manchester United were favourites to land Lucas Moura in the summer, with the club being prepared to spend an incredible £35m on a player who had never played outside of Brazil. However, at the last minute, the player opted to sign for PSG instead.

"Everything was agreed between Sao Paulo and Manchester United," his agent, Ribeiro, said in August.

The Month: 20 Things That Happened In April

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Exactly 22 things happened/were worth talking about in April. One of them was Margaret Thatcher's death. Another was this picture of George Osborne crying. Here are the other 20. (20: what could possibly be the significance of that number?)

20 things (not quite in chronological order):

1: Take away this Cup from me

Manchester United had no cup football in April of last year: good, no distractions.

Van Persie 2nd in FWA Award

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Robin van Persie has come 2nd, narrowly behind Gareth Bale, in this season's Football Writers' Association award. Chelsea's Juan Mata finished 3rd but some way behind Van Persie.

The winner is selected by a vote amongst the members of the FWA, which comprises around 400 football journalists based throughout England.

Falcao Should Choose United Over Chelsea, Real Madrid, City, PSG…

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Faustino Asprilla, who played for Newcastle and Parma, has revealed that he has told compatriot Radamel Falcao to sign for Manchester United. The Atletico Madrid star looks set to leave Spain this summer and Asprilla, who is Colombia's all time second highest scorer, has told him that we are the right club for him.

VIDEO: PFA Award for Class of ’92

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"It's a Manchester United legacy," said Gary Neville, "that this is a club that can be the biggest football club in the world, yet can bring through young players. There's no excuse for any club not to follow this. The best teams produce their own players more often than not because they have that ingrained loyalty and desire to play for that club, to do everything, no matter what it takes, and that is Manchester United's legacy.

VIDEO: Dortmund Fans Singing Kagawa Song In Madrid

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Ahead of watching their team knock Real Madrid out of the European Cup, Borussia Dortmund fans were singing in the streets and still had time for our very own Shinji Kagawa, who we bought off them last summer.

"VIDEO: Dortmund Fans Singing Kagawa Song In Madrid" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Jones: Missing Madrid Was A Lesson Learnt

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Phil Jones played a blinder at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid and kept Cristiano Ronaldo relatively quiet. Having done a similar job against Gareth Bale too, United fans were looking forward to see what he could do in the return leg.

Unfortunately, Jones went flying in to a challenge against Reading in the Cup and ended up leaving the ground on crutches, ruling him out of the second leg.

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