Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2014

Blackett: Playing for United means everything to me

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Tyler Blackett is one of seven youth team players who have been given their debut by Louis van Gaal this season. Blackett played 90 minutes in every game until his suspension after a red card against Leicester saw him lose his place in the team.

Blackett, from Hulme, has spoken about what it means to him to play for this club.

Blind: Fans in Manchester are very nice

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Daley Blind has had a good start to his time at Manchester United and recently scored a crucial equalising goal against West Brom.

Having moved from Amsterdam, Blind has sung the praises of the locals.

I have run into some fans in the city and it's been very nice. Everybody in the city has been very kind and polite.

STATS: Rooney on derby day

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Wayne Rooney's suspension is now over but injury could threaten his starting place on Sunday as United take on Manchester City.

Reports suggest that the captain will be ready in time to play and the stats above suggest that having Rooney, the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies, can only be seen as a positive thing.

Di Maria: Mancunians are amazing

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Angel di Maria is settling in nicely to life at Manchester United and credits the warmth of the fans for easing that transition.

Speaking to the official site, Di Maria has expressed his desire to pay the fans back on the pitch for how welcoming they have been.

The people here are amazing.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Sabotage Times about how journalists are allowing Suarez to re-write history.

The Independent reports on Ashley Cole's rumoured move to United.

The official site has a Q&A with James Wilson.

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COMPETITION: Win a Savile Rogue scarf

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Savile Rogue, purveyors of the world's finest football scarves, have just launched their new Faithful scarf.

And they're marking the occasion by giving Republik of Mancunia readers the chance to win one in United colours.

If you're not familiar with them, Savile Rogue scarves give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top quality materials.

Mata: Herrera won’t be happy with my 5-a-side team

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Juan Mata has done a Q&A with questions from fans over the club's official Facebook page.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions?
I have some routines, yes. I always put my left boot on first and then I always step onto the pitch with my right foot first. They're only silly little things but I always do them.

STATS: Is Kolorov right about United and City?

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Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years.

United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Marouane Fellaini.

The Mirror reports on Ryan Giggs going to scout Abdul Majeed.

The Telegraph reckons that Juan Mata has blown his chance at United.

Turkish Football reports on 17-year-old Recep Türköz coming to United on trial.

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United’s youth system second best in Europe

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New research by the CIES Football Observatory has revealed that only one club in Europe has produced more footballers currently playing in Europe's top leagues.

United currently have developed 36 players compared to Barcelona's 43, but completely outshine every other English club in terms of player production.

Di Maria makes Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Angel di Maria is the only Manchester United player to feature in the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Gotze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Holland), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).

Januzaj: It’s great to wear the shirt of a legend

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Adnan Januzaj has been rewarded for his impressive break through season with the number 11 shirt which became available after Ryan Giggs' retirement.

I was really happy to get the number of such a legend and it was a really big deal for me," Adnan told ManUtd.com. "I went to the office and they asked me if I wanted the shirt.

Di Maria: I must honour United’s shirt

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Angel di Maria won the free kick and delivered the resultant freekick that lead to Robin van Persie's 94th minute equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Argentinean has spoken of his delight of signing for Manchester United and insists he will honour wearing the famous number seven shirt.

PICTURE: Terry’s foul on Rojo

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There has been a lot of fuss regarding Chris Smalling's foul on Branislav Ivanovic during yesterday's 1-1 draw against United.

Nothing has been made of the fact that the freekick which lead up to that incident was awarded for nothing. Phil Dowd adjudged that Marouane Fellaini had fouled Filipe Luis, but replays showed that there was no contact.

Shaw: Never felt like I did after Van Persie’s goal before

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Luke Shaw was brought up as a Chelsea fan but, despite interest from his boyhood club, opted to sign for Manchester United in the summer.

Yesterday was his first game against Chelsea since signing for United and he said that the feeling off seeing Robin van Persie equalise was unlike anything else he's ever experienced.

VIDEO: Di Maria’s reaction to Van Persie’s goal

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Wilson: Van Gaal wanted me to have 49 shirt

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James Wilson's squad number has changed from 47 to 49, as we saw for the first time in United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea yesterday.

The youngster has revealed that Louis van Gaal, bizarrely, told him to make the change.

"I asked why it had changed as it wasn't my decision and, because I'm a striker, the gaffer wanted me to have a nine in my number," the teenager told ManUtd.

Van Persie: Fans deserve credit for my goal

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Robin van Persie scored with practically the last kick of the game to give United a well deserved 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

It was a big relief for the fans, for the players and for everyone at Manchester United that we got the goal in the end. The whole stadium exploded and it gave us a big boost.

Van Gaal: We should have beaten Chelsea

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Having dominated chances and possession, with Thibaut Courtois being named Man of the Match, Louis van Gaal is disappointed that United didn't beat Chelsea yesterday.

I said to the players after the game that we could have won, but that counts for nothing in sport. We created a lot of chances, but we have to finish them.

VIDEO: Van Persie’s goal and Mourinho’s reaction

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Van Gaal: Players watched El Clasico together

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Manchester United players stay at The Lowry hotel the night before matches as part of Louis van Gaal's pre-match preparation.

The manager has revealed how great team spirit is amongst the camp, but all the players except one getting together to watch El Clasico together on Saturday night.

We went to the Lowry, we had a screen so I could watch the second half and 17 players of 18 were there.

PICTURE: Valdes watches Chelsea game with Rooney and Evans

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Victor Valdes, who has been training with Manchester United players at Carrington this weekend, was spotted with the suspended Wayne Rooney and injured Jonny Evans during United's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

RoM Reads

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Scott did the player ratings for United's draw against Chelsea for ESPN.

The Guardian sings the praises of Marouane Fellaini.

The Mirror reports on LvG's criticism of RvP for taking his shirt off.

The Telegraph talks about the improved mood under LvG compared to Moyes.

The Evening News reports on Mata's blog on the Chelsea game.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea

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De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fellaini, Januzaj, Di Maria, Mata, van Persie.

VIDEO: Falcao’s hattrick vs Chelsea

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Radamel Falcao scored a hattrick against Radamel Falcao in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup.

Kicking the Sunday Blues

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It's a rare occasion when United are labelled underdogs at Old Trafford, but such has been Chelsea's blistering start to the campaign, coupled with a difficult start to proceedings for Louis Van Gaal's side that in this instance, that is in fact the case.

The Reds endured another frustrating night on Monday night at The Hawthorns, relying on a measured Daley Blind strike in the game's dying embers to ensure they could exit with a crumb and avoid a complete U-turn in confidence ahead of the visit of the league's runaway leaders.

Vote for Januzaj as Golden Boy

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The Tuttosport Golden Boy voting for 2014 is now open. Adnan Januzaj is in the running. Vote for him here.

Wayne Rooney won the award in 2004 and Anderson won it in 2008. (Paul Pogba won it in 2013).

Carrick: Wilson is a goal machine

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Michael Carrick played his first game in months last night in the U-21′s 2-1 victory over West Ham. After the match, he sung the praises of James Wilson, who scored the first goal.

"He is just a goal machine," he told MUTV. "He's like that in training and scores all the time. It's a great habit to have, something I wish I had!

Carrick: You’ll have to ask LvG who I’m competing with

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Michael Carrick started his return from injury this evening in the U-21′s 2-1 win over West Ham.

"It's been a while," he told MUTV. "It's been about five-and-a-half months since the last game as it was the end of last season. It's been a long time so it was nice to get out and get the feeling of playing in a match.

Januzaj: I’m pleased for my friend Fellaini

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Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to equalise for Manchester United in the 2-2 draw against West Brom on Monday.

Having been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism following his disappointing performances after signing a year ago, it was fantastic to see him come off the bench after returning from injury to score such a great goal.

Old Trafford the best away day

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A survey by Scotts Menswear revealed that Old Trafford is viewed as the best club away day for opposition fans.

1. Wembley
2. Man United
3. Tottenham
4. Rangers
5. Liverpool
6. Leeds
7. Man City

The best pie could be found at Wigan, the best pint in Derby, the best away stand at the Emirates and the worst dressed fans at Liverpool.

De Gea: I’m not joining Real Madrid, I’m happy at United

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David de Gea has denied rumours that he is set to join Real Madrid after several rumours linking him with a move back to Spain.

"Just rumours," he said. "I'm happy here. Starting problems are quite normal under a new coach with a completely new concept. That's a process and Van Gaal always says that we will improve, but it takes time.

Valdes training with United

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Former Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, has been at Carrington today as an agreement has been made for him to train at United whilst he recovers from knee ligament damage.

The 32-year-old is out of contract with Barcelona and was set to join Monaco, although the proposed deal fell through because of his injury.

Fergie: Moyes text me to ask had he lost his job

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Sir Alex Ferguson has updated his autobiography to include details of David Moyes' eight months in charge as his replacement.

Ferguson reveals that when the newspapers broke the story that Moyes was going to be sacked following the 2-0 defeat against Everton, he received a text from Moyes asking whether there was any truth to the rumours.

Five things we learnt from West Brom 2-2 United

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Manchester United salvaged a late draw away at West Bromwich Albion, after finding themselves behind twice in the match, thanks to a powerful strike from Daley Blind. Despite the double comeback, the result will have to go down as two points lost for the Red Devils as they paid for two sloppy defensive errors, having dominated the majority of the game.

VIDEO: Fellaini and Blind goals vs West Brom

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LIVE BLOG: WBA vs United

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The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

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Old Trafford has had many heroes over the years. This is unsurprising, given the club's rich history. Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, orchestrators of the two great periods of sustained success, have been immortalised, in statue form, outside the ground. Sir Matt gazes into the distance, where the holy trinity of Charlton, Law and Best celebrate together, a monument of glory from a now distant age.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Brom vs United

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De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Januzaj, Mata, Di Maria, van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Carrick, Fellaini, Fletcher, Young, Falcao

Daley Blind: reading between the lines

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Quality comes in many forms. Not every player is able to flash their calibre through such self-evident acts of brilliance as a decisive finish, a last-ditch tackle, a defence-splitting pass or some mazy dribble past multiple markers.

Defensive midfielders seem particularly prone to going overlooked and unloved by those unable or unwilling to appreciate the less immediate parts of the game.

Let’s get three more in against the Baggies

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The International break usually provides a relatively dull and unwelcome inconvenience for football fans, but this couldn't have been more true than for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United.

Not only did the fixture list throw up numerous uninspiring affairs, but it halted a much needed momentum found within the Old Trafford camp after a hard-earned 2-1 victory over Everton – Van Gaal's first consecutive wins since taking over.

VIDEO: Mata vs Herrera crossbar challenge

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PICTURE: Welbeck kisses the badge at Arsenal’s ground

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Danny Welbeck kissed the badge after scoring a late goal at the Emirates... in 2012 for Manchester United.

LvG: Shaw’s week was better than Januzaj’s

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his happiness at United's young players representing England at U-21 level. Whilst other managers have objected to their players being used, the Dutchman thinks the likes of Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Will Keane can benefit from the experience.

Shaw played two games for the U-21s this week whilst Adnan Januzaj, who has committed his long-term future to the club, was an unused sub on the bench for the senior Belgium team.

Moyes: United wrong to sack me

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David Moyes gave an interview with the BBC which was aired this morning, where he claims he was shocked when United sacked him after taking the champions to 7th in the league in just a few months.

Whilst no one expected Moyes to retain United's title in his first season, a top four finish was seen as the bare minimum requirement.

Agent: Januzaj wants to stay at United

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Adnan Januzaj's agent, Dirk de Vriese, has revealed that the player is keen to stay at Manchester United, despite a lack of playing time so far this season.

"We want to stay," he said. "Adnan wants to gain experience in England as a number 10. He doesn't fear the competition. Just like anyone else he wants to play but he will wait for his opportunity.

Blind: I’m happy in Manchester

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Daley Blind has spoken about how well he has settled in to life at Manchester United after making the transition from Ajax.

"I think I have settled in well," he told MUTV. "We did some [social] stuff with the boys off the pitch and they were very nice and I feel very good with them.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about Van Gaal's first three months in charge.

Scott writes for The Metro about United's ticket prices and Guardiola replacing Van Gaal.

The Telegraph names the 100 greatest Premier League players.

The Mirror reports on Steve Bruce's claims that United made a mistake selling Welbeck.

20% off retro United shirts

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RoM readers have 20% off all Campo Retro products until Sunday.

Rafael: Van Gaal is the right man for United

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Rafael da Silva has spoken to the Evening News about the new manager, in comparison to the other United managers he's played under.

The Brazilian believes it will take time to adapt to the Dutchman's philosophy but that his track record proves he can be a success at United.

Everything takes time.

STATS: A decade of success of United players compared to world’s best

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Opta has produced a table looking at the numbers of goals and assists in Europe's top competitions over the past decade. Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie all feature in the top 10.

Guardiola: I like United and can see myself there one day

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Pep Guardiola has brought out an autobiography where he reveals he could see himself managing Manchester United one day.

The book is written by his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau, and Guardiola admits to taking a shine to the club when watching Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United in 2011

Pep liked the setup at Säbener Strasse (Bayern's training facility) despite the fact it was smaller than Barça's training ground and had fewer technical facilities.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about David de Gea.

The Telegraph claims Keane needs to get over Fergie.

The Independent talks to Keane's ghostwriter.

The Mirror reports on Moyes' claim that Januzaj will become the best in the world.

VIDEO: Falcao’s goal vs El Salvador

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VIDEO: Van Persie’s goal vs Kazakhstan

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COMPETITION: Box at Old Trafford for Chelsea game

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Republik of Mancunia have teamed up with Weekend Football to give you the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to watch United vs Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday 26th October.

The tickets are in an 8-seater executive box on the Stretford End goal-line and include a four-course meal, complimentary drinks, a match day programme and last but not least, your own private balcony!

Di Maria: Ronaldo told me I was joining a massive club

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Angel di Maria has revealed that it was his former Real Madrid team mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped him make his decision over joining Manchester United.

"Before we knew I was coming to Manchester, he told me it's a massive club, I would be very happy here and it would be good for me," Di Maria said.

TOP FIVE: Moments of the Manchester United Season So Far

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This season will be one which will be remembered for its moments. Unlike the glorious seasons of the recent past, which will be remembered for their triumphs, we are genuinely experiencing a team in transition, and to those paying attention, the green shoots of a wonderful team are showing.

If we accept that the Van Gaal experience isn't quite ready for the trophies to start rolling in, then we can at least be assured that there will be plenty to be enjoyed on the journey.

Blackett: Di Maria makes us stop and stare in training

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Tyler Blackett has sung the praises of his new teammate, Angel di Maria, claiming that the players are amazed by what he does in training.

"He's been amazing," said Blackett. "He's one of the world's best players and the things that he does in training really make us stop and stare. The dribbling, the close control, these are things that a lot of players would like to have, but that not everybody's got.

VIDEO: Rooney scores for England vs San Marino

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Wayne Rooney has now scored 42 goals in 98 appearances for England, putting him 7 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton's record.

Di Maria: I am very happy to wear United’s #7 shirt

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Angel di Maria has revealed that he is very happy to have been given the special #7 shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It is a source of motivation," he told MUTV. "When you wear a shirt that's been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it's something you're always going to be pleased about.

Fergie: LvG’s approach has been brilliant

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Following the disaster that was David Moyes, an appointment that Sir Alex Ferguson made, Louis van Gaal's approach to managing Manchester United has been very different to his predecessor.

Whilst the results haven't been fantastic yet, you can certainly see what Van Gaal's vision is, and some of the football that has been played at times has been fantastic.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about Roy Keane.

Scott wrote for the Irish Independent about the claims Keane is bitter about United.

The Guardian has 10 gems from Keane's autobiography.

The Telegraph reports that Van Gaal and Hodgson have cleared the air over Shaw.

The Daily Mail discusses the secrets to De Gea's success.

Herrera: It’s a dream to play for United

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Ander Herrera has spoken about his happiness at getting to play for Manchester United.

"I always had a lot of respect for United," he said. "I knew that it was one of the best clubs in the world and one of the most recognised and most followed – I saw the statistics for that," he recalls.

Falcoa: I want to stay at United for many years

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Radamel Falcao has expressed his gratitude for Manchester United signing him on loan, despite his recent cruciate ligament injury.

Falcao reveals that he hopes his long-term future is at United too and that the club take up the option of buying him permanently at the end of this season.

"Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so," he said.

Keane: I was calm in the Highbury tunnel… but then I lost it

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Ahead of United's fantastic 4-2 win over Arsenal at Highbury, Roy Keane chased Patrick Vieira down the tunnel after he tried to intimidate Gary Neville.

In Keane's new autobiography, The Second Half, he has reflected on this moment.

As I walked to the front I heard something going on at the top of the tunnel.

Keane: I’m getting season tickets for my son and me at Old Trafford

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Whilst plenty of the headlines in the papers show Roy Keane in a negative light, it's important to provide a bit of balance.

In his new autobiography, The Second Half, Keane talks about a conversation with his United supporting son.

"I still have a soft spot for United, and thank God I do.

STATS: How have our new signings started the season?

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Some of Manchester United's new signings have made a fantastic start to the season and have adjusted to life in the Premier League seamlessly.

United are now 4th in the table and the 12 goals/assists that new signings Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao have provided have been key in this.

Five things we learnt from United 2-1 Everton

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Manchester United made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time this season to catapult themselves into the top four for the first time in 14 months with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Following the media's overreaction to an admittedly under par first five games, United and their plethora of impressive summer acquisitions have begun to show the potential this new look side has in abundance.

Falcao: I hope I’m at United for many years

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Radamel Falcao scored his first Manchester United goal today to give us all three points in a 2-1 win over Everton. He managed to put United ahead a little over five minutes after Everton drew level.

This was his first goal for the club after joining on loan on the final day of the transfer window and he has admitted he is relieved to get it out of the way.

De Gea: The fans singing my name was unbelievable

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David de Gea ensured that Manchester United finished the day with three points and in fourth position after some fantastic saves to deny Everton.

First he kept out a Leighton Baines penalty in injury time in the first half, which is a remarkable feat when you consider the left-back had previously scored all 14 of the penalties he had taken in the Premier League.

VIDEO: De Gea’s match winning saves

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VIDEO: Di Maria and Falcao’s goals vs Everton

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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De Gea; Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw; Blind; Valencia, Di Maria; Mata; Falcao, van Persie (c).

Bench: Lindegaard, Thorpe, Blackett, Fletcher, Fellaini, Januzaj, Wilson.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka (c), Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, Pienaar, Mcgeady, Naismith, Lukaku.

Bench: Joel, Gibson, Eto'o, Oviedo, Osman, Browning, Alcaraz.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Everton

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Cleverley: Welbz and I were living the dream at United

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Tom Cleverley, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa, has talked about his departure from Manchester United, along with former team mate Danny Welbeck.

"Leaving United is definitely not the end," he said. "We both came up through the academy and were living the dream at the team we grew up at.

Rio: We didn’t care about winning the League Cup

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that when Manchester United won the League Cup the players didn't even celebrate it. Talking on the Clare Balding Show, Ferdinand revealed that this mentality is what kept them so successful.

"We didn't really celebrate a lot," he said. "Sometimes we'd win a trophy, like we won the League Cup, and it was just sat in the corner because we had a game on the Tuesday, so we had to get back to Manchester on the train.

RoM raises £1605 for local charity

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The Republik of Mancunia 2013-14 season review and World Cup 2014 preview raised an incredible £1605 for the Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre.

The country's best journalists, Manchester United supporting writers and football experts from around the world all contributed free of charge to ensure as much money as possible could be raised.

STATS: Glazers ensure lower spending than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Tottenham

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In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.

Getting stuck into The Toffees

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Last week's 2-1 victory over West Ham was by no means particularly convincing, nor themanner of performance we would have expected, but it's another three points on the board and a confidence builder after a slightly troubled beginning to the Louis van Gaal era.

The Dutchman will be forced to make changes ahead of the visit of Roberto Martinez and Everton, who United have managed just a single victory over from their previous five encounters.

Manchester United vs Everton: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Louis van Gaal heads into the weekend looking for his first back-to-back victories as Manchester United manager but faces a number of absentees for the visit of Everton at midday on Sunday.

The visitors will be coming back from their UEFA Europa League match in Russia on Thursday. After their previous Europa League game, a 4-1 win at home to VfL Wolfsburg, they were beaten 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace three days later.

Rio: I was next in line to take a penalty in Moscow

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Rio Ferdinand was on the Clare Balding show and has talked about the night in Moscow when we beat Chelsea in the European Cup final.

Following missed penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry, the shoot-out went in to sudden death. Ryan Giggs, on the night be broke Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record, slotted away his penalty, before Nicolas Anelka stepped up.

Pique: Keano found me with a mobile in the dressing room so I’m still scared of him

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Gerard Pique recalls the time at Manchester United when Roy Keane, the captain at the time, went crazy after the Spaniard's phone started ringing in the dressing room.

"I remember we were in the changing room at Old Trafford and my phone started vibrating from inside my trouser pocket," he said.

Rio: I remember RvP’s face when Fergie announced retirement

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Speaking the Clare Balding show, Rio Ferdinand has talked about the day that the players found of Sir Alex Ferguson was retiring.

"It was a shock," said Rio. "We walked in that morning and it was all in the papers, but you never believe the papers. So we were just debating what was going on.

Hodgson: Shaw should be with seniors, not U-21s

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Having replaced Ashley Cole in England's World Cup squad in the summer, Luke Shaw now finds himself playing for the U-21s again after being called up to play in their games against Croatia by Gareth Southgate.

Shaw, who turned 19 in the summer, will be playing two games as part of the U-21s Euro 2015 play off alongside Calum Chambers.

Ronaldo: I’m glad United fans still have affection for me

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Last weekend, Manchester United fans organised for a plane to fly over Real Madrid's game with a message for Cristiano Ronaldo, telling him to come home.

Ronaldo has today reacted to that banner, claiming he is glad United fans still remember him fondly, but that he's happy in Madrid.

"I always said that I have a family at Manchester but I'm good in Madrid," he said.

Park: The best moments of my life were at United

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Manchester United have today announced that former player, Ji-Sung Park, will be returning to the club as an ambassador.

"I have fond memories of my time at Manchester United and I am delighted and honoured to have become an ambassador for the club," he said. "Some of the best moments of my life and career were spent here and I will never forget the great support I had from the club and the fans.