Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2013

VIDEO: Will Keane scores again

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2013-09-30 Manchester Senior Cup Bolton 0 1 Manchester United (Will Keane) from Tr16ia on Vimeo.


Will Keane scored after 90 seconds for the U21s in United's Manchester Senior Cup game against Bolton. This is his 4th goal in 3 games since returning from his long term injury.

Adnan Januzaj put them 2-0 up in the 2nd half with a very good goal before assisting Wilf Zaha to make it 3-0.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Moyes' claims we're not good enough to win the Champions League.

By Far The Greatest Team talks about Shinji Kagawa.

The Independent talks about Moyes making this United team his own.

Pride Of All Europe wonders what's going on with Wilf Zaha.

Reactions to defeat against West Brom

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1. Following the defeat against City, United had five easier games on the horizon that were deemed to be 'must win'. We needed to to start closing the gap following a ridiculously difficult start to the season. To lose 2-1 at home to West Brom is a fairly dire result at any time, but particularly on the back of us dropping so many points already.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Brom

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De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner; Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Kagawa; Rooney (C), Chicharito

Van Persie back for West Brom

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David Moyes has confirmed that, after missing our games against Liverpool and City, Robin van Persie will be available for tomorrow's game against West Brom.

"Robin will be back and involved somehow," he said. "Whether we use him [from the start] or wait we don't yet know, but he trained today and he's back fit, so we'll see how he is.

TOP 5: Defeats to the enemy

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6-1, 5-1, 4-1. Playing Manchester City and getting tonked by them is actually a fairly regular occurrence these days. But way before then, it didn't help that Manchester United were rubbish. It didn't help that any team can have an off day. It didn't help that Manchester City have recently been able to play really, really well.

Moyes: Zaha will have to wait

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David Moyes has claimed that Wilf Zaha will get his opportunity to play in the first team, but he might have to wait a while.

"Wilf is one of the boys we have not been able to have a look at so far," he said. "We always said we wanted him in. We needed him to see exactly what the level is like, and the boy is doing well.

VIDEO: Liverpool fan throws flare in to United crowd

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After going a goal behind on Wednesday, Liverpool fans started lighting flares, and then threw one of them in to the crowd of United fans below them.

Reactions to victory over Liverpool

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1. After Sunday's embarrassing derby day defeat against Manchester City, United needed to bounce back with a result against Liverpool last night in the cup. Having picked up just one point from our three tough games against Chelsea, Liverpool and City (something Sir Alex Ferguson has also been guilty of in the past, lest we forget), the doom merchants were out in full force.

VIDEO: Chicharito goal vs Liverpool

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Live Blog: Manchester United vs Liverpool

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Liverpool – Rooney captain

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De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Buttner, Nani, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez

Liverpool: Mignolet; Toure, Sakho, Skrtel, Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard; Moses, Sturridge, Suarez.
Subs: Jones, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly, Wisdom

Smalling: Time to bounce back against Liverpool

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Chris Smalling is pleased that we face Liverpool tonight so that we have the opportunity to redeem ourselves after Sunday's embarrassing derby performance.

"I think it's good there's a big game coming up against Liverpool so we can try to hit back," he told the official site. "We normally reply with a good result.

Mourinho cried after United snub

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The serialisation of Diego Torres' latest fly-on-the-wall book from inside Real Madrid, "Prepare to lose: The Mourinho Era", reveals just how devastated Jose Mourinho was to be snubbed by Manchester United. Taken from the chapter entitled "To cry":

"Mourinho, encouraged by his devoted agent [Jorge] Mendes believed that Ferguson, as well as an ally, was his friend and Godfather.

Glazers give up fight on Old Trafford Asset of Community Value

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Trafford Councl has received written notice from the solicitors acting for MUFC in relation to this matter that they have withdrawn their request for a review of the decision to list the stadium.

The Council will not now be required to review the decision and the listing will stand.

MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo greeted the news with satisfaction saying:
"We're delighted that the owners have taken the decision to back down over their opposition to the listing of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value.

LIVE BLOG: Man City vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: City vs United – No RvP

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De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Valenca, Welbeck, Rooney.

Bench: Amos, Evans, Hernandez, Nani, Cleverley, Kagawa, Buttner.

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Nastasic, Kolarov, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas, Aguero, Negredo

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on signing Rooney, Pellegrini’s start and winning the leage

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Ahead of this afternoon's derby, Danny Pugsley from Bitter and Blue has answered a few questions on last season, this season and today's game.

Scott: What are your thoughts on last season and City's failure to put up a decent fight to defend the title?

Danny: In hindsight, you get the feeling that far more has been placed on City's failures.

Lingard with first half hattrick on Championship debut

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Jesse Lingard made his debut for Birmingham today and had scored a hattrick before the game even reached half-time.

With just 33 minutes played, Lingard found the back of the net three times, scoring the goals in just a 13 minute window.

Frederick Macheda, on loan at Doncaster, has also scored.

Rooney: Moyes’ training is helping me

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With Sir Alex Ferguson complimenting Wayne Rooney following his performance against Bayer Leverkusen, the player has taken to singing the praises of new manager David Moyes' training methods.

"The training is a bit different under the new manager," Rooney said. "I remember it from Everton, it's more intense.

Fergie: Fantastic that Wayne has got his determination back

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Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been at United's last two home games, has sung the praises of Wayne Rooney following his performance against Bayer Leverkusen.

"Wayne's performance was fantastic," said Ferguson. "I was pleased to see that. He's got his energy back, his determination to attack players.

Rooney: Moyes deserved United job

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Following a summer of silence after being keen to leave Manchester United for Chelsea, Wayne Rooney has been in overdrive, both on the pitch and off it, to make amends.

Following great goal-scoring performances against both Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen, Rooney has voiced his happiness over the new intense training regime at Carrington.

Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

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Just after Chelsea had fallen behind to Basle in the Champions League last night, the Sky Sports commentator asked whether Chelsea's youngsters truly had it in them to drag themselves back into the game.

I thought it seemed a fairly astonishing thing to say given the experience within the Stamford Bridge team's first x11, and it is an obvious example of the media swallowing whatever baloney their beloved ‘Special One' tosses out to them in his press conferences, hook, line, and sinker.

Rooney: It’s an honour to score 200 goals for United

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Wayne Rooney scored his 200th goal against Bayer Leverkusen last night and claims to be honoured to join a legendary group of players in the club's history.

He is now the 4th highest scorer at the club and the 2nd highest scorer in all competitions. He is also six goals short of beating Ruud van Nistelrooy's record and becoming our highest scorer in European competitions.

VIDEO: Rooney angry ITV interview

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Rooney: United fans have been brilliant

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Wayne Rooney has sung the praises of Manchester United fans for treating him so well despite his summer of silence, following his desire to join title rivals Chelsea.

"The reception I got when I was substituted was amazing and meant a lot so I want to thank the fans for that," he said.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Bayer Leverkusen

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Leverkusen

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De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia, Kagawa, Rooney, van Persie

Fabio: Rafael fighting over position and PlayStation

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Fabio da Silva started at right-back for United in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, filling in for his injured twin brother Rafael. The latter nailed down his place in the starting XI last season whilst Fabio, who just two years ago started the Champions League final at right-back, went to QPR on loan.

Januzaj can’t play in Champions League… for now

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A few eyebrows were raised when it was spotted that Adnan Januzaj, who had a good debut appearance for the club at the weekend, was left out of our Champions League squad.

However, David Moyes has revealed that the reasons for this is because the club will be able to register the 18 year-old as an additional, available player from the third group game onwards.

RvP: I want to sign contract extension at United

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Robin van Persie has revealed that he hopes the club will offer him the chance to stay longer than the three years his current deal ties him at the club for.

"I have three more years to go and I would like to stay longer," he said. "I know, and I see people around me, making decisions where I think these guys will look back and say "was that a good one?

Reactions To Victory Over Crystal Palace

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1. It's safe to say I've watched more enjoyable games of football but we got the job done without really getting out of second gear, so we can't complain too much. Crystal Palace started the day four places above the relegation zone, so of course we were favourites to win at Old Trafford, but there are no guaranteed 3 points against anyone, particularly without Sir Alex Ferguson, so I'm happy to get the win.

VIDEO: Van Persie and Rooney goals vs Crystal Palace

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مانشستر يونايتد 2-0 كريستال بالاس الأسبوع 4... by MediaMasrTv

VIDEO: Januzaj’s individual highlights vs Crystal Palce

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace

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De Gea; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young; Rooney, Van Persie.

Subs: Amos, Evans, Chicharito, Cleverley, Zaha, Fellaini, Januzaj. #mufc

LIVE BLOG: United vs Crystal Palace

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PICTURE: Fletcher back in training

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Moyes: I wanted cover for Evra, not to replace him

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David Moyes revealed that the reason why we left the Marouane Fellaini deal until the last minute to wrap up was because we were trying until the last minute to sign Leighton Baines. When it became clear that Everton weren't going to sell him, United then agreed a deal to sign Fabio Coentrao, only for Real Madrid to back out after their transfer target deal fell through.

Fellaini: I’m so happy Everton sold me

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Marouane Fellaini has admitted there was a time when he thought he wouldn't get his move to Manchester United, with the time running out on transfer deadline day and Everton taking their time on accepting our offer.

"With Everton and the Chairman, you never know. Sometimes, I thought there was no chance that I could join United.

Moyes: Fellaini delay was down to Baines

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David Moyes has revealed that the reason it took so long to get the Marouane Fellaini deal finalised was because the club were still trying to sign Leighton Baines right until the last minute.

"We wanted to try and get Leighton Baines," Moyes explained. "We didn't want to give up on Leighton Baines right up until the last minute.

RoM Reads

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By Far The Greatest Team has the stats ahead of Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.

Harvard Business Review has Sir Alex Ferguson's formula to success in full.

The Guardian interviews Clarke Carlisle about his criticism of Rio Ferdinand.

Beautifully Red has the Crystal Palace preview in GIF form.

VIDEO: Yorke, Whiteside and Fortune playing cards

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Dwight Yorke has demonstrated that he still has the magic touch, when challenged to some keepy-uppy-with-a-twist, by magician and card fiend Damien O'Brien. Yorke joined with fellow former United stars Norman Whiteside and Quinton Fortune, at the recent partypoker Road to Old Trafford tournament.

The former players were wowed by O'Brien's trickery, before being assigned a mission to master some magic of their own.

Ferguson: I knew I had to focus on youth when I came to United

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Speaking with the Harvard Business Review, Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on his career at United, starting from the very beginning.

"From the moment I got to Manchester United, I thought of only one thing: building a football club," he said. "I wanted to build right from the bottom.

Ferguson: I had to chase Becks, Scholes and Giggs in from training

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Speaking to Harvard Business Review, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the importance of high standards, from the training ground to the pitch.

"Everything we did was about maintaining the standards we had set as a football club—this applied to all my team building and all my team preparation, motivational talks, and tactical talks," he said.

Ferguson: I didn’t allow player power at United

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Speaking with Harvard Business Review, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about the importance of managers have full control of the dressing room.

"If the day came that the manager of Manchester United was controlled by the players—in other words, if the players decided how the training should be, what days they should have off, what the discipline should be, and what the tactics should be—then Manchester United would not be the Manchester United we know," he said.

Ferguson: My players didn’t need a pre-match huddle

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Speaking to Harvard Business Review, Sir Alex Ferguson has talking about his winning nature and how he always expected a result from his players, regardless of who was injured or suspended.

"Winning is in my nature," he said. "I've set my standards over such a long period of time that there is no other option for me—I have to win.

VIDEO: Van Persie’s goals vs Andorra

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Andorra 0-2 Netherlands (All Goals) 10... by ourmatch


Robin van Persie scored both of Holland's goals in their 2-0 win over Andorra. He is now the 2nd highest scorer in Holland's history, overtaking Dennis Bergkamp and is two goals behind Patrick Kluivert.

Nani: Moyes convinced me to sign

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Much to the surprise and delight of RoM, Nani was given a new five-year-deal last week, which shows David Moyes has more time for the Portuguese winger than our former manager did.

"I am very content with my new deal at Manchester United," Nani said. "This summer was not easy but, after a lot of thought and talking to David Moyes, I believe it was the best solution.

A Day In The Life Of Ed Woodward

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07:00 am

I awake to the glorious sound of the Lighthouse Family filling the room. Yes! Yes I could be lifted! It's a suitably rock n roll start to a day on which yours truly is the headline act.

Club tie. Lucky Penfold underpants. Freshly pressed slacks. Let's do this!

Why it’s great Nani has signed a new deal

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Nani has been a player that has split opinion for some time which meant there were mixed responses to news that he had agreed a new five-year-deal with the club. Not long ago, it appeared as though Nani would certainly be leaving the club and had Sir Alex Ferguson remained as manager, I imagine the Portuguese winger would have gone.

Should United offer Rooney a new deal?

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When Wayne Rooney confirmed that he was not prepared to sign a contract extension in 2010 it appeared as though there was no way back for him at United. Whilst some fans don't want to believe it, Rooney, through the work of his agent Paul Stretford, had been in talks with Manchester City and planned to sign the biggest contract of his career with them.

STATS: Welbeck’s England goals compared with other top strikers

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Danny Welbeck scored another two goals for England this week, making that eight goals in total, but how does this compare with some well known English strikers?

Gary Lineker 48 (80) 0.6 goals per game.
Wayne Rooney 36 (84) 0.43 goals per game.
Alan Shearer 30 (63) 0.48 goals per game.

Fellaini: I’m very happy after United move

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New Manchester United signing, Marouane Fellaini, has revealed his happiness over securing a move to Old Trafford.

"It was a great week for me. It was nervous on Monday, but I have my transfer and I won with Belgium, so I'm happy," he said. "When I started the campaign with Everton, I looked forward for a transfer and in the end I am happy.

VIDEO: Van Persie goals for Holland vs Estonia

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Robin van Persie scored an injury time penalty against Estonia to save Holland from defeat in their 2-2 draw.

VIDEO: Welbeck’s goals for England vs Moldova

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Antwerp link to continue

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Royal Antwerp manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hopes that the link between United and his club will continue, following the loan signing of Davide Petrucci.

"I work for Antwerp and they want to keep that link," Hasselbaink said. "I'm going to enforce that. I'm going to enforce bringing youngsters over from Manchester United to us because a) I think it's good for the relationship and b) I think it is good for my team as well.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Nani's new contract.

The Guardian reports on Steve Round's praise of Fellaini.

The Evening News talks about Roberto Martinez's claims that he won't be bullied by United.

The Daily Mail has pictures of the Liverpool fan who had 'Kolo Touro' tattooed to his foot.

RvP: It’s great working for Moyes

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Robin van Persie, currently away on International duty with Holland, has sung the praises of David Moyes.

"It's great working with the new manager David Moyes," Van Persie told De Telegraaf. "He has his own style and methods and I like these. We are working very hard from the day we started our tour to Asia and Australia.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about our dreadful transfer window.

The Guardian repeats the claims that the lawyers in the Herrera case were not working on United's behalf.

United Rant talks about the youngsterswho could save Moyes following this disastrous transfer window.

Pride Of All Europe discusses how we can get the best from Wayne Rooney.

RoM Reaction To The Transfer Window

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Most transfer windows have been fairly disappointing occasions for United fans since the Glazers bought the club and we have become used to this. More often than not, if we do dip in to the transfer market, we buy the sensible player. A player that makes sense and has the potential to be good enough but who doesn't get you too excited.

United sign Fabio Coentrao on loan

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Fabio Coentrao has signed a loan deal with United after we missed out on Everton's Leighton Baines.

The Real Madrid left back played 16 games in the league for them last season.

Real Madrid paid €30m for him two summers ago.

CONFIRMED: Fellaini signed

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Manchester United have signed Fellaini for £27.5m, which is £4.5m more than the buy it clause which expired earlier this summer.

Bebe on loan to Pacos de Ferreira

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Bebe has joined Pacos de Ferreira on a season long loan.

VIDEO: Powell debut goal vs Wigan

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A nice reminder of Nick Powell's first goal for Manchester United on his debut against Wigan... the club he has just joined on a season long loan.

Powell To Wigan On Loan

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Dave Whelan has confirmed that Nick Powell will be joining Wigan Athletic on a season long loan.

Powell joined United last summer and after scoring a cracker on his debut against Wigan, the 19-year-old has rarely featured for the first team.


Check out the live chat on RoM discussing the very latest transfer news.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United’s transfer deadline day news

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Ed Woodward’s Transfer Policy 2013

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LIVE BLOG: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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