Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

Win a signed copy of Rio Ferdinand’s book

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RoM has a signed copy of Rio Ferdinand's autobiography "Rio: My Decade as a Red" to give away.

The book, published by Bonnier Books, include's Rio's comments and perspective on key moments in his career, a season-by-season account of his time at United and interviews with celebrities and reflections on Rio's career from team mates.

VIDEO: Welbeck, Smalling, Fabio, Januzaj and Lingard’s goals vs Kitchee

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Kitchee FC vs United

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Amos, Evra, Smalling, Keane, Fabio, Young, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Zaha and Welbeck.

Bench: Lindegaard, Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Giggs, Van Persie, Buttner, Lingard and Januzaj.

Follow the live blog for the game.

LIVE BLOG: Kitchee FC 0-2 United

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Scholes: Nowhere is better than United

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Paul Scholes has passed on some advice to Wayne Rooney, who is reportedly keen to leave United to sign for Chelsea, insisting that United is the best place to play football.

"I don't think there's anywhere better than Manchester United to play your football," said Scholes. "It's up to Wayne but he's a top, top player and every player and fan wants him to stay.

Lindegaard: Woods very different to Steele

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There was a lot of disappointment from United fans when they learnt that Eric Steele, our goalkeeping coach, had chosen to leave the staff. Having enjoyed so much success with David de Gea, helping him become the best keeper in the league last season, it made sense for him to continue working with the Spaniard.

Scholes: I’m sure I’ll go back to United

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Paul Scholes has confirmed David Moyes' claims that he rejected the opportunity to join United's coaching staff. Two of Scholes' former team mates, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs, have taken up coaching positions this summer and Scholes reckons that one day he will do too.

"I have spoken to him a couple of times but I am going to take a nice break now and try and get my head away from football for a little bit," Scholes said.

Thiago: United didn’t want me

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Thiago was United's first transfer saga of the summer, with reports linking him with a move to the club. David Moyes always tried to distance himself from talk about Thiago, claiming he wasn't a priority, and then when Bayern Munich's interest became public it seemed obvious where the player would go.

PNev: I’m like a kid at Christmas!

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Phil Neville has joined the coaching staff at Manchester United and couldn't be happier about it.

He takes part in the first team training activities and has been a prominent figure on the bench during the pre-season, seen giving instructions to every substitute before they come on the field.

Wayne Rooney: The devious stripper

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Every football fan, no matter which team they support, believes they are in some way special. A combination of history, tradition, romance and personal mythology lead to the feeling that the supporter has a unique bond with the club, something others couldn't possible understand much less emulate.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Cerezo Osaka vs United

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Smalling, Buttner, Young, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, Welbeck, Van Persie.
Subs: De Gea, Amos, Evra, Anderson, Fabio, Cleverley, Zaha, Lingard, Keane, Januzaj.

RoM is running a live blog for the game.

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

LIVE BLOG: Cerezo Osaka 2-2 United FT

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"LIVE BLOG: Cerezo Osaka 2-2 United FT" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Kagawa and Zaha’s goals vs Cerezo Osaka

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"VIDEO: Kagawa and Zaha's goals vs Cerezo Osaka" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Dutch coach with egg on his face after Moyes criticism

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Robin van Persie was subbed off during our defeat against Yokohama on Monday and David Moyes confirmed afterwards that he had a slight injury.

"Robin just felt his thigh in the first half and we didn't want to take any chances," he said.

Ahead of the game, Moyes claimed that he had been overtraining Van Persie to get him up to speed.

Evans: Only Ronaldo and RvP Had Guaranteed Place

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Jonny Evans has claimed that during the past few years under Sir Alex Ferguson, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie have been guaranteed a place in the starting XI. Whilst this almost certainly wasn't intended as a dig at his pal Wayne Rooney, it suggests that the players have little sympathy for Rooney's tantrum about having to earn his place in the team like everyone else.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about whether Jesse Lingard can solve our transfer worries.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from our defeat to Yokohama.

United Rant talks about the next generation of reds.

Old Trafford Faithful believes selling Nani would be a mistake.

Jones: I’ll play any position for United

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Phil Jones has confirmed that, despite being used in a number of positions during his United career so far, he is happy to play wherever the manager decides for now.

"As long as I am in the team it doesn't matter whether I am in goal," Jones said. "Of course, towards the middle and end of my career I will want to start cementing a place in a certain position but at the moment I am happy.

Smalling: I got mobbed picking up Kagawa

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Speaking in Japan, Chris Smalling revealed how much of a star Shinji Kagawa is in his own country.

"Shinji's a massive icon in Japan," he told the official site. "Me and Ashley Young picked him up on the way over to an event on Monday morning and as soon as we got out of the car with him we were mobbed.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for The Metro about Nani's future.

Soccerlens has some of the best badge kissing stories.

The Evening News talks to Andy Mitten.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from our win over the A-league All Stars.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's claims he doesn't want to get in to mind games with Moyes.

Januzaj: Everyone wants to play for United

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Adnan Januzaj has been one of United's more impressive players on the pre-season tour so far. The 18-year-old knows United tend to send youngsters out on loan but he is hoping he can stay with the club next season and get some games for the first team.

"My target for the season is to try and get some games for the first team," he said.

United fans have the chance to play at Old Trafford….in poker masterclass

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The Road to Old Trafford poker competition is set to be held on August 9th and 10th, with fans being awarded the chance to play cards at the legendary football stadium, courtesy of Party Poker. The event is expected to attract a lot of fans and avid poker players, and United are making a weekend of it with other attractions to tempt potential players.

Moyes: I wanted Meulensteen and Scholes

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With Rene Meulensteen replacing Guus Hiddink as manager of Anzhi and Paul Scholes wanting some time out of the game to spend with his family, David Moyes has lost two people he had hoped to be in his coaching staff.

Still, as well as members of the coaching team from Everton, Moyes has appointed Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville, who familiarity with United should give him a real advantage.

Moyes: United biggest club in the world

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David Moyes has reflected on how it feels for rival teams coming to Old Trafford, claiming he just hoped to get out of the ground alive when he was Everton manager.

"You came to somewhere that was always full and you knew you were playing, certainly the biggest club in England and arguably the biggest club in the world," he said.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chorley Fan On signing FC United players, local fans and recent form

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A Manchester United XI will play Chorley at Victory Park this evening.

Scott: How did Chorley get on last season?

Richard: Sadly last season wasn't the best. We had missed out on the play-offs after a poor run between October to February. We had some great result such a 5-4 win over Stocksbridge Park Steel on the opening day of the season after being 4-2 with 20 minutes to play.

Moyes: I need to read United’s history books

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David Moyes has claimed that he needs to read up on the history of Manchester United to get himself up to speed on what this club has achieved.

"I will need to get the history books on Manchester United because I wouldn't be the first person to be able to turn around and tell you every cup final or every game we've been involved in or all the players.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP Yokohama vs United

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De Gea, Fabio, Jones, Evans, Evra, Zaha, Anderson, Cleverley, Lingard, Januzaj, RVP.

Subs: Amos, Rafael, Giggs, Welbeck, Kagawa, Buttner and Keane.

A live-blog will be running for the game.

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

LIVE BLOG: Yokohama F-Marinos 3-2 Manchster United FT

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"LIVE BLOG: Yokohama F-Marinos 3-2 Manchster United FT" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Meulensteen gets Anzhi job

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Having turned down the opportunity to be David Moyes' assistant manager at Manchester United, it has today been announced that Rene Meulensteen has replaced Guus Hiddink as FC Anzhi Makhachkala manager.

Meulensteen had joined Anzhi as Hiddink's assistant but has been promoted to manager following Guus' resignation.

Kagawa: I’m very happy with decision to join United

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Shinji Kagawa's former club, Borussia Dortmund, played in the Champions League final this year, but he insists he has no regrets about leaving them for us.

"I felt very proud to see them in the final and I was excited. It was good for them," he said. "But I don't feel I made the wrong choice.

Zaha: Oh my god! I’m in the United dressing room!

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Manchester United's new signing from Crystal Palace, Wilf Zaha, has been one of the highlights of the pre-season so far. He has played some great football and has shown himself to be an exciting player. However, having spent his career in the Championship, Zaha has admitted to being a bit star struck when around his new team mates.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about United's first pre-season win.

The Daily Mail reports on Mourinho's claims that Ronaldo won't be joining United.

The Guardian reports on United's second bid for Cesc Fabregas.

BBC Sport gives the latest updates on Darren Fletcher's fitness.

RoM's 2012-2013 review has been reduced to just £2.

TOP 5: United’s Premier League Summer Signings

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Robin Van Persie

Shut up, I'm not crying

Has a striker ever been able to be so calm about taking just so many touches in the box? Has a striker ever been this saucily impressive in his first season?

United fans might argue over the merits of one salt-and-pepper fox, Jose Mourinho, but we're all agreed about another.

VIDEO: Manchester United’s best goals of the 40s and 50s

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"VIDEO: Manchester United's best goals of the 40s and 50s" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

United to bring “football club” back on to the badge?

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Manchester United's new chief executive, Ed Woodward, has confirmed that United are looking to bring the words "football club" back on to the club crest, with Joel Glazer pushing the idea through.

United removed "football club" from the badge in 1998, much to the disappointment of the fans, to make it easier to digitally reproduce, with ‘Manchester United' in larger letters.

More Rooney PR in The Mirror

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Last month The Mirror served as a mouthpiece for Wayne Rooney in his "transfer saga" with him looking for a move away from Manchester United again. With a few weeks having gone by and United rejecting an offer from Chelsea, Paul Stretford has been a busy bee and has briefed the newspaper yet again.

Moyes: Ambitious players want to come to United

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With United looking to bring Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, David Moyes is confident that the club can attract top talent and confirms that a midfielder is our priority this summer.

"If you've really got any ambitions about being a footballer, and you're a top end one, then I think you'll want to play for Manchester United," said Moyes.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: A-League All Stars vs Manchester United

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Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Zaha, Carrick, Cleverley, Lingard, Giggs and Welbeck.
Bench: De Gea, Anderson, Van Persie, Fabio, Keane and Januzaj.

A-League All Stars: Covic, Bojic, Beauchamp, Boogard, Topor-Stanley, Rose, McGlinchey, Emerton, Miller, Broich, Berisha.
Bench: Theo, Ifil, Risdon, Williams, Grant, Chapman, Carrusca, Bridge and Celeski.

LIVE BLOG: A-League All Stars 1-5 United FT

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Minute by minute action for Manchester United's friendly game against the A-League All Stars in Sydney.

"LIVE BLOG: A-League All Stars 1-5 United FT" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

VIDEO: Lingard, Welbeck and Van Persie’s goals vs A-League All Stars

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"VIDEO: Lingard, Welbeck and Van Persie's goals vs A-League All Stars" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about arrogant and ignorant Rooney.

The Telegraph claims that Rooney only has himself to blame for his current situation.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from our first friendly.

The Evening Herald reports on Irwin's claims that Rooney will stay.

Carrick Continuing in the Tradition of Helping Youth

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Michael Carrick, who turns 32 at the end of the month and is about to start his eighth season at the club, has welcomed the responsibility that comes with being a more experienced player at the club.

"The responsibility changes a little bit as you get older," said Carrick. "It is an experience thing.

Rio: Moyes Is Enthusiastic And Has Desire To Be Successful

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Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of new manager David Moyes, claiming he is keen to maintain the success of his predecessor.

"We've got a manager who's very enthusiastic," Ferdinand told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "He's young and has got the desire and appetite to be successful.

VIDEO: United ad in Kuwait

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This ad featuring United for a Kuwaiti mobile telecom company, Viva, uses their national team of 1982, their Golden Generation, who qualified for the World Cup and were in the same group as England, Czechoslovakia and France. They lost two and drew one, including a 3-1 defeat against England, with Bryan Robson scoring two goals.

PICTURE: United’s season ticket package

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Manchester United have started posting out season tickets for the 2013-2014 and the picture above shows the package they are sent in, complete with the correct seat number.

"PICTURE: United's season ticket package" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

A truly memorable figure in United’s history

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Everyone has their favourite player. Many make their preference known by forking out a few extra pounds when purchasing a replica shirt and having the name of that particular individual emblazoned across the back.

If replica shirts were part of a supporters match day attire back in the early seventies, rather than tartan scarves and a number of similar items dangling from both wrists, then the club shop would have to have stocked up on five letters more than any others, as the name of one player would have been on prominent display across the back of those shirts.

What did Moyes ACTUALLY say about Rooney?

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Wayne Rooney's people spoke to Sky Sports News yesterday and told them the player was "angry and confused" about David Moyes' most recent comments. It had been reported that Rooney would be depended upon if Van Persie got injured, leading newspapers to report that Rooney was going to be used as back up.

What to make of Fabregas bid?

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For several weeks, the transfer of Thiago to United was reported as more or less a done deal. Despite David Moyes' claims that the Barca player wasn't a priority for United, we've been interested in signing him for a couple of years and it's unlikely we would have passed up the opportunity to buy him.

Moyes: We’ll need Rooney if RvP gets injured

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David Moyes has claimed that the reason the club won't entertain bids for Wayne Rooney is because we need him... in case Robin van Persie gets injured.

"Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him," said Moyes. "Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in.

VIDEO: Super Fergie

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

Memories Of The Cliff

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Mention the Cliff to the majority of those (I almost said supporters) who visit Old Trafford on a match day during this and recent seasons and they would more than likely get the impression that you were making a reference to some aging pop-star. But for others, who take pride in the history of United and care more about the likes of Stan Pearson, David Pegg and Duncan Edwards than they do any of the present carriers of the flame, then the Cliff re-kindles memories of a bygone age.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Wayne Rooney's fitness claims.

The Guardian has a Q&A with Gary Neville.

Red Flag Flying High wonders how many changes a title winning team needs.

Beautifully Red has the moments of the season in GIF form.

Not Nineteen Forever RoM's 2012/2013 season review.

Moyes: Rooney in best shape for years

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David Moyes has repeatedly insisted that Wayne Rooney is not for sale this summer although in his first press conference couldn't confirm the player wanted to stay, despite being asked several times.

Nemanja Vidic was also at that press conference and claimed that Rooney was in the best shape he'd seen him for years, which is a viewpoint Moyes has reiterated.

New manager… same ol’ City

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Manchester City's new manager Manuel Pellegrini has spoken to the press today and has showed he is a perfect match for his new club, making it clear he fully appreciates that playing against United is their cup final.

"I know that the most important thing for all the fans is to beat Manchester United and if I am here it is because I am sure we will do it.

United Pay For CL Games Of Relocated Fans

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For the 2013/2014 season, several Manchester United fans have been told that their season ticket seats will be relocated.

As a good will gesture, the club will pay for all of their Champions League home game tickets.

"United Pay For CL Games Of Relocated Fans" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Manchester United finally join Twitter

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Manchester United have finally joined the 21st century and signed up with a Twitter account, @manutd.

"Manchester United finally join Twitter" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Rising from the Wreckage

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Around midnight, a knock came to the door of No.9 Archie Street a nondescript house like many others on the Ordsall Estate, a short walk from Old Trafford. There were similar unwanted knocks at other doors in the Manchester, Yorkshire and Ireland.

Answering the door, Dick Colman came face to face with an airline official, who told him that his son had died instantly in the crash and that a plane would convey next-of-kin to Germany in the morning.

Will Rooney Listen To Rio?

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Today's papers have been reporting on "Rio's advice for Rooney" but the reality is the quotes attributed to Rio Ferdinand are all about his own relationship with the club, and nothing to do with Wayne Rooney.

Whilst Ferdinand isn't the most popular player amongst some United fans, but for any of his flaws, he cannot be faulted on the way he speaks about the club.

Rio: Captaining CL Win Against Chelsea Was Phenomenal

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Rio Ferdinand has reflected on his eleven years at the club and he said that winning the title in his first season was the biggest highlight.

He also had a special mention for the 2008 Champions League final when he captained the club in our victorious game over Chelsea.

"Winning the first Premier League trophy, because you think it's never going to happen," he said.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for The Metro disagreeing with Bryan Robson's comments about Rooney.

The Guardian reckons Ryan Giggs will be our future manager.

The Express has pictures from Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Nevilles and Butt's night out.

By Far The Greatest Team looks at the biggest transfers in the Bundesliga this year.

Kagawa: I am half satisfied

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Shinji Kagawa is looking forward to starting the 2013-2014 season and showing people what he is really capable of.

Last season, despite showing flashes of brilliance, injuries and being played out of position meant we didn't get to see Kagawa consistently at his best.

Next season, thanks to hard work, he hopes to end the year more satisfied than he did the last.

VIDEO: Henriquez scores twice in U-20 World Cup game

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Ghana 1-2 Chile (Gol de Henriquez) MUNDIAL SUB-20 by DaniDV


Ghana 2-3 Chile (Gol de Henriquez) MUNDIAL SUB-20 by DaniDV


"VIDEO: Henriquez scores twice in U-20 World Cup game" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

5 Year Thiago Deal Agreed… according to Spanish press

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According to the Spanish paper Sport, Thiago has agreed a 5-year-deal with Manchester United with minor details to be sorted next week.

Thiago Alcantara will play for Manchester United. The midfielder has already decided and his arrival at Old Trafford will be just a matter of days.

Moyes: I asked Scholes to be a coach too

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Following criticism from plenty of reds (myself included) after the likes of Eric Steele and Rene Meulensteen left the club, David Moyes has today confirmed that he asked both to stay. Meulensteen was offered the job of assistant manager but turned it down to go to Russia and work with Guus Hiddink.

Fergie didn’t ask – he TOLD me I was going to manage United

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David Moyes has revealed in his first press conference as United manager that Sir Alex Ferguson didn't ask him whether he wanted to succeed him, rather told him that it was going to happen.

Referring to himself in third person, Moyes acknowledged the privilege of being given the job and obviously aims to do well in his time here.

Moyes: Rooney will not be sold

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In David Moyes' first press conference as Manchester United manager he confirmed that Wayne Rooney would not be sold this summer. He has had several meetings with the player and his agent and discussions will continue.

"Wayne's not for sale," Moyes said. "He's a Man United player and will remain a Man United player.

Phillip Neville is a red!

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Having watched footage from the 1999 Champions League final regularly for years, I was made up when a video from an angle I had never seen before started circulating a few years ago.

A UEFA camera behind the goal that Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in captured everything.

My favourite bit of the footage though was when the players on the bench raced across the pitch to celebrate with their team mates following Solskjaer's winner.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about why Moyes has done well to appoint Phil Neville.

The Guardian claims Sir Alex Ferguson will stay away from Old Trafford for Moyes' first few games.

The Daily Mail reports on advice that Eric Steele has for our new coaches.

The London Evening Standard talks to Ravel Morrison.

Welcome back, Phil

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With most reds still coming to terms with the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson would no longer be our manager, not many of us gave much thought to the prospect of the backroom staff changing.

It was a big shock when Eric Steele was dismissed, in light of the great work he'd done to bring David de Gea out of his shell, and a decision that was not at all popular with the fans.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about swapping Leighton Baines for Patrice Evra.

The Guardian has the latest on Rooney's situation at the club.

The Busby Babe discusses the sale of Mats Moller Daehli.

Soccerlens talks about the Thiago deal getting closer.

Not Nineteen Forever: UK/US
- Foreword by Barney Chilton (editor of Red News fanzine)
- Preview of United's season by top journalists Daniel Taylor (The Guardian), Henry Winter (The Telegraph) and Mark Odgen (The Telegraph).

Giggs: It’s a privilege to coach this team

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David Moyes has today confirmed that Ryan Giggs, who has been taking his coaching qualifications this summer, has become a player/coach at the club.

"It's a great privilege to be appointed a player/coach," said Giggs. "I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long.

A Love Letter To Postal Pat

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How can you not love a man who invites the opposition to suck upon his imaginary lady parts before the biggest game of his career? If you look hard enough you'll find decade-old footage of a shirtless Evra demanding Frank Lampard do just that. It was prior to the Champions' League semi-final against Chelsea in 2004, and to the best of my knowledge no pussies were harmed in Monaco's safe passage to the final.

PICTURE: New Manchester United training kit

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"PICTURE: New Manchester United training kit" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

Chelsea’s 10 Years With Roman

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When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea you had to at least wonder, but more likely, presume, that United's period of dominance was over.

After just one season Chelsea climbed above us in the table and the following year they won the league. Weeks before the end of that season United became the club with the biggest debt in world football when the Glazers bought us.

Vidic’s agent: Rumours are “pub talk”

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If there's one agent you can guarantee to dismiss transfer rumours linking his client with a move away from Manchester United, it's Silvano Martina. Nemanja Vidic's agent constantly bats away stories in the paper suggesting that the player wants to leave.

Having been linked with AC Milan last week, Martina has told Italian newspaper Fantagazzetta that there is no truth to the rumours.

Meet our assistant manager… Steve Round

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Steve Round has today been named as our assistant manager after Rene Meulensteen turned down the position and officially left the club last week.

Round played as a full-back at Derby but was forced to retire when he was 25-years-old due to an injury in 1997. That painful blow left him with an unswerving determination to fulfil his ambitions through coaching.

COMPETITION: Ta ra Fergie

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In December 1989, United fanatic Pete Molyneux raised a banner calling for Alex Ferguson's head, sparking the most famous protest in Old Trafford's 103 years. For manager and supporter alike it was their darkest hour. Pete never gave up on his team and, thank God, Fergie stayed. Ta Ra Fergie tells Pete's story of his time following United at home and abroad since 1963, attending over 2,000 matches.

VIDEO: Come on David Moyes

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"VIDEO: Come on David Moyes" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.