Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

Meulensteen Snubbed Us For Anzhi?

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When the club confirmed earlier this week that Rene Meulensteen was set to leave United it was under the assumption that he had been offered a demoted role by David Moyes, who has been keen to bring in his own staff.

Rene was a popular figure amongst the players, with Robin van Persie singling him out as the best coach he'd worked with, and he was well-liked by the fans.

Should we increase bid for Baines?

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It was confirmed yesterday that Everton rejected our bid of £12m for Leighton Baines and claimed that the full-back was "not for sale". It's a fairly awkward situation, given that David Moyes is still technically Everton's manager and, just twelve months ago, he was fending off United's interest by slapping an £18m price tag on the defender.

Farewell Rene Meulensteen

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Manchester United yesterday announced the expected departure of First Team coach Rene Meulensteen. Although it's not something you can put a wager at but Rene had played an important role under Sir Alex Ferguson.

With David Moyes preferring his own backroom staff, it seemed apparent that Meulensteen would be on his way out.

Meulensteen: Rooney has his own agenda

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Following the departure of Rene Meulensteen yesterday, he was asked by Sky Sports about the current situation with Wayne Rooney.

It appears as though the Dutchman has unsurprisingly sided with Sir Alex Ferguson on this one and accused the player of having his own agenda, although hopes he stays at the club.

Hernandez: DDG Is World’s Greatest

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Javier Hernandez has sung the praises of his team mate David de Gea, claiming that he is the best goalie in the world.

Last season, De Gea was voted PFA Keeper of the Year after beating off competition from Anders Lindegaard to be our #1 and putting in some quality performances.

"For me, he's the best goalkeeper in the world," he said.

Ronaldo Isn’t Sure About Moyes?

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El País is a Madrid based newspaper and is the highest-circulation daily in Spain. Today they have written a written discussing the likelihood of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid for Manchester United.

The renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo's contract with Real Madrid became a complex crossroads when Manchester United came into the picture.

Our Paul – The genius who had no peers

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He was not, as some tributes suggested, the complete midfielder. There were things he struggled with. As was well documented, he couldn't really tackle. He rarely beat a man for pace. He didn't quite have the stamina of other midfield greats. For all this, when I was recently informed that I had been uttering the words, ‘Paul Scholes was better' in my sleep, I knew instantly that, whoever my advisory had heralded, I was probably correct.

Rio: Giggs makes me feel inadequate

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In his 11 seasons at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand has won six Premier League titles, the European Cup, two League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup. However, our defender isn't content with his trophy haul because he is reminded daily by the presence of some of his team mates that he could have won more.

Kagawa: I didn’t achieve what I wanted in first season at United

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Shinji Kagawa's first season at United didn't go as well as anyone expected, particularly after he had reached great heights whilst playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

He picked up a lengthy injury early on in the season and after that spent any playing time he did get out of position, mainly on the left.

PICTURE: Thiago Wearing A United Shirt

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In this interview with Thiago's father, Mazinho, a picture of Thiago wearing a United shirt can be seen on the wall at 8 mins 52 secs. He's wearing our 1998-2000 shirt which would make him between 7-9 years old.

Spotted by James Brady

"PICTURE: Thiago Wearing A United Shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Mirror Doing Their Best To Make Rooney The Victim

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A couple of months ago stories started circulating in the papers that Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United. The claim was he was fed up with being subbed off and not starting every game. You had to laugh, given that the last time Rooney wanted to leave it was because he didn't think the squad was good enough.

VIDEO: Chicharito’s Goals vs Japan

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JAP 0-1 MEX by GoalF

JAP 0-2 MEX by GoalF

"VIDEO: Chicharito's Goals vs Japan" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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EPL Index looks at Thiago's stats in detail.

Outside of the Boot has a scout report on Thiago.

Soccerlens talks about how Thiago and Kagawa could be the next Xavi and Iniesta.

United Rant discusses transfer speculation.

Amazon is selling the RoM 2012-2013 season review, Not Nineteen Forever, with articles not previously published on RoM and brilliant contributing writers.

VIDEO: Kagawa’s goal against Italy

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Shinji Kagawa put Japan 2-0 up against Italy last night in the Confederations Cup before his country went on to lose 4-3.

"At 2-0 up we felt there were some chances for us but it was psychologically hard for us," he said. "Finally we had the late blow of their winner and so we are sad.

See you in Manchester, Thiago?

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Manchester United have been strongly linked with signing Barcelona's young star, Thiago, and the speculation has increased this week. Gerard Pique, who left Barcelona for Manchester, only to return a few years later, has advised Thiago to stay put. "There is a possibility that he could leave but we have to convince him that the best place for him is Barcelona.

Kagawa’s Display in the Confederations Cup

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Jurgen Klopp, the exuberent Borussia Dortmund manager, said that it broke his heart to see his former charge, Shinji Kagawa, shunted out to the left-wing for Manchester United. He felt Kagawa was far more effective in the hole, as a deep-lying striker. In the number 10 role.

Last night, in an extraordinary, breathless match between Japan and Italy in the Confederations Cup in Recife, Brazil, the United number 26 played on the left of a fluid Japanese formation and he looked like a proper number 10 at times.

TOP 5: Eric Cantona Goals

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It doesn't need a complicated introduction, so it isn't going to get one.

Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United 11 May 1996

Liverpool Football Club are a special football club. They used to be undeniably one of the greatest clubs around and produced some of the greatest sides in English and European football history.

Manchester United’s fixtures 2013/2014

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17 – Swansea (A)
24 – Chelsea (H)
31 – Liverpool (A)

14 – Crystal Palace (H)
21 – Manchester City (A)
28 – West Brom (H)

5 – Sunderland (A)
19 – Southampton (H)
26 – Stoke City (H)

2 – Fulham (A)
9 – Arsenal (H)
23 – Cardiff (A)
30 – Tottenham (A)

3 – Everton (H)
7 – Newcastle (H)
14 – Aston Villa (A)
21 – West Ham (H)
26 – Hull City (A)
28 – Norwich City (A)

1 – Tottenham (H)
11 – Swansea (H)
18 – Chelsea (A)
28 – Cardiff (H)

1 – Stoke City (A)
8 – Fulham (H)
11 – Arsenal (A)
22 – Crystal Palace (A)

1 – Manchester City (H)
8 – West Brom (A)
15 – Liverpool (H)
22 – West Ham (A)
29 – Aston Villa (H)

5 – Newcastle (A)
12 – Hull City (H)
19 – Everton (A)
26 – Norwich City (H)

3 – Sunderland (H)
11 – Southampton (A)

"Manchester United's fixtures 2013/2014" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Will Ronaldo Return To United?

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In the weeks leading up to us buying Robin van Persie, I was reading the papers, speaking to journalists and following those claiming to be in the know to try and gauge what the likelihood was of us signing the best striker in the league. I had been repeatedly told that United was the club he wanted to go to and that we were prepared to pay Arsenal their asking price, but we've been disappointed in the transfer marketregularly enough to know there's often little point getting our hopes up.

Chicharito’s ridiculous goalscoring record for Mexico

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Javier Hernandez was unknown in Europe when Manchester United signed him for £6m from Mexican side Guadalajara. That summer he went to the World Cup with Mexico, having just turned 22-years-old, and United fans were eager to see who we'd bought.

We first saw him as a 73rd minute substitute in Mexico's 1-1 draw with host nation South Africa.

De Gea: I’m very grateful to United for trusting in me

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David de Gea has revealed his gratitude towards United for trusting in him, with the club offering him a five-year-deal and paying £18m for him when he was just 20-years-old.

"Of course, I am very grateful for the effort they made to buy me and for the support they gave me," he said.

Rio: You don’t turn United down

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With United linked to a whole host of big name players this summer, Rio Ferdinand has urged any player who United approach not to turn down the opportunity to play for our club.

"If United come in for you, you take it," Ferdinand said. "Even if you are a great player you become a better one at this club.

Danny Welbeck interviews Jonny Evans

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Following on from Jonny Evans interviewing Danny Welbeck, our young striker has returned to the favour and asked Evans a few questions.

Danny Welbeck: What has been the main reason behind your good goalscoring record this season?

Jonny Evans: I've tried to get myself in to the box, right in front of the goalkeeper, waiting for any spillages.

STATS: Nani’s past achievements in comparison to Silva, Mata, Bale…

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Yesterday, Nani revealed that he might not be leaving Manchester United this summer, as most people had expected. This news was met with disappointment from plenty of reds, with his poor form last season leading people to believe he'd had enough chances at the club.

He didn't play well in 2012/2013, although he suffered from injuries and wasn't given a regular run in the team even when fit.

Nani: I Could Stay At United

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With just one year remaining on his current deal and the club not offering a contract that meets his expectation, it seemed certain that Nani would be leaving United this summer. Last summer the club agreed a deal with Zenit St Petersburg for the player but Nani didn't want to leave so wouldn't agree terms with the Russian outfit.

COMPETITION: Win a 00/01 Solskjaer shirt

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We have an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named shirt from the 2000/2001 season to give away thanks to the people at Classic Eleven Football Shirts, home of the most exciting collections of authentic, vintage and prestigious classic supporters jerseys from the past twenty five years.

To win the shirt, simply leave a comment with your favourite goal scored by Solskjaer (but let's leave out the obvious one eh).

Evans: This summer? I’m marrying you!

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"Evans: This summer? I'm marrying you!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Jonny Evans interviews Danny Welbeck

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Jonny Evans: So, Danny, how pleased were you to get a nomination for PFA Young Player of the Year?

Danny Welbeck: I was obviously pretty pleased to be recognised by your peers as one of the best young players in the league. I don't think I had one of my best seasons but it's something I take in my stride and I'm looking to push on and do better.

Buttner Explains Kagawa’s Gangnam Style Singing

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Alexander Buttner has explained why there was footage of Shinji Kagawa singing "Gangham Style" over the microphone at Rio Ferdinand's Rosso restaurant.

"At United, it is usual that you sing a song or hold a speech when you're new," he said. "I had a little talk about my first positive experiences at the club, but for my buddy Kagawa, it was all a bit more difficult.

Giggs: I was lucky to play for Fergie

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Ryan Giggs has revealed that he feels lucky to have played for Sir Alex Ferguson. Giggs was just 17-years-old when he made his début against Manchester City and has sung the praises of the manager for trusting in youth.

"We were lucky to play under a manager who believed in playing young players," said Giggs.

Head Injuries and Wayne Rooney

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The findings of a study into the long-term effects on the brain of heading footballs were published this week in the online journal Radiology. According to the report, footballers who head the ball with "high frequency" show piss-poor performance in memory tests, and have "brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury patients.

Varela: I’m Very Happy To Be At One Of The Best Teams In The World

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New signing Guillermo Varela was today unveiled by the club ahead of going to Turkey to represent Uruguay at U-20s World Cup. The full back, who claimed that his pace is his best asset, is delighted to have signed.

"I'm very pleased to be a part of this club, one of the best teams in the world.

PICTURE: Dave Saves

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"PICTURE: Dave Saves" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Everything you need to know about Guillermo Varela

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Birthdate: 24 March 1993
Born: Montevideo, Uruguay
Position: Full-back (right)
International: Uruguay Under-20. Had 9 caps and is will be representing his country in the U-2o Championships which is taking part in Turkey later this month.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has the second part of an exclusive interview with Denis Irwin.

Sabotage Times has an article by StR on why Mourinho may find his second stint at Chelsea harder than the first.

Squakwa has Nani's stats from 2012/2013 in great detail.

United Rant has a nice article on Chicharito.

Welbz: I’m proud to play for my boyhood club

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Danny Welbeck has spoken of his pride in getting to play for Manchester United.

"It's always a proud moment to pull on the shirt especially given the fact I'm a Manchester boy," said Welbeck. "I've supported the club all my life and to have come through the ranks and got into the first-team is a real privilege and honour.

United’s wingers under scrutiny

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David Moyes will be weighing up the merits of the players in his newly inherited Manchester United squad, with some changes in personnel expected this summer. The Scot will surely want to bring in a player or two of his own, and there may well be some exits from Old Trafford over the course of the summer.

PICTURES: New United shirt

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"PICTURES: New United shirt" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has an exclusive interview with Denis Irwin about his time at the club.

The Evening News reports on the versatile Phil Jones.

Can They Score reviews the progress of the defence last season.

The Peoples Person talks about the possibility of a Ronaldo return.

Cole: I wish I stayed at United

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The news that we had signed Robin van Persie last summer took me back to almost 20 years ago when I found we'd bought Andy Cole. Having scored 41 goals in 45 games the season before for Newcastle and 15 goals in 27 games by January of 1994-1995, he was the most exciting striker in the league, and he was ours.

2012-2013: A dull season?

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It is said that Manchester United is a soap opera. Even so, that's still one heck of a script writer.

Whilst the 2012/13 season at one stage might have been suspiciously eyed as an on-going duller affair than usual fare; consider this. In just a 55 week spell we had a league all but won, tossed it aside only for it to fall into our laps with seconds of the 2011/12 season remaining, only then for THAT to happen and it to slip through our fingers again in such brutal fashion.

Meulensteen hasn’t left United… yet

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Following the departure of Mike Phelan and Eric Steele, rumours were rife that Rene Meulensteen had also left the club after rejecting the new position offered by David Moyes. Reports suggested that Meulensteen wasn't prepared to accept the demotion, with Moyes wanting to bring in his own first team coach, and had left the club.

Rio: United fans are the best in the world

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Manchester United have today announced that Rio Ferdinand will have a testimonial on August 9th against Sevilla. It seems strange timing, given that the player marked his 10th year at the club last summer, having signed for United in July 2002. You would think he either should have had it last year or planned to have it when he left the club.

How did Mourinho get on last time he was at Chelsea?

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Manchester United ran away with the league last season but probably didn't receive the praise they deserved. Our dominance was explained away by the poor competition the other teams offered. There's no denying that other teams should have pushed us more than they did, with City and Chelsea bowing out of the race months before the end of the season, but it does our lads a disservice.

Manchester United 2012-2013 statistics

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In what turned out to be his final season as a manager, Sir Alex Ferguson guided Manchester United to their 20th top flight English title.

Summer signing Robin van Persie turned out be a big part of United's success – top scoring in the Premier League with 26 goals. Notable winners at Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first half of the season helped pull the Red Devils ahead of the competition.

Fergie’s Finest

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Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest football managers of all time. In over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, his passion for winning and tactical flair made them the most successful club in the Premier League. Under his guidance, United won an eye-watering 38 trophies, including 13 league championships.

Luis Suarez – He’s just not right in the head

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Racial abuse

Truth: Luis Suarez called Patrice Evra "negro" during a game between Liverpool and Manchester United. Suarez admitted that he called Evra this but insisted that he meant it in a "conciliatory" way. Independent language experts confirmed that "negro" wasn't always used as a racist insult in Uruguay and that it could be used between friends without being abusive.

A Seventies favourite: Remembering Brian Greenhoff (1953-2013)

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In our coarsened times there's often a dismissive 'show us yer medals' mentality when assessing the contributions of former players to Manchester United, especially those that played in periods of struggle and failure. On that measure it has to be admitted that Brian Greenhoff can hardly compete with today's stars, some of whom have honours running into double figures.