Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2014

Spurs in danger of putting us in Europa League

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Yet another dreadful result for Tottenham Hotspur today, showing that some clubs even manage to be worse than us in the big games this season, but they still remain above us in the league.

They've played against Arsenal on three occasions and have lost all three of them. They lost 4-0 to Chelsea, 6-0 to City away, 5-1 to City at home, 5-0 to Liverpool at home and today, 4-0 to Liverpool today.

Reactions to United’s victory over Aston Villa

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1. United won a game! At home! Oh, happy day! Thanks to that victory, now only eight teams have picked up more points at home than us. Carry on like this and we'll soon be competing with Stoke and Southampton's home form! In all seriousness, that was a good performance from United today and we should remember that Aston Villa have beaten the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

Mata: I’m very grateful to United fans

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Mata looked absolutely delighted to score his first Manchester United this afternoon against Aston Villa. He ran straight to the fans in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand before then celebrating in front of the Stretford End.

"It feels very good, it's taken a few games but today was the day," Mata told MUTV.

Message from group behind the plane

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Members of the Red Issue forum who were behind today's fly over plane have released a statement to explain the reasons behind the banner:

Today's protest was never just about a few results in isolation, nor should today's result leave supporters with any illusions. The supporters who backed the protest in several polls today have seen the value of the move.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Aston Villa

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De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Buttner; Young, Fellaini, Fletcher, Kagawa; Mata, Rooney.

Bench: Amos, Giggs, Chicharito, Carrick, Nani, Welbeck, Januzaj.

Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, Albrighton, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Bench: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Tonev, Bennett, Robinson, Lowton.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Aston Villa

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Would Moyes get more time at another club?

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Manchester United fans stuck with David Moyes for longer than they probably should for fear of "doing a Chelsea". The west London club have regularly sacked their manager and this has been widely criticised. I wrote at length about this at the beginning of the month, pointing to the fact Chelsea have hardly struggled for success over the past decade, despite getting rid of the manager at least every couple of years.

Moyes on ‘Wrong One’ plane

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Following the news that a plane will fly over Old Trafford on Saturday with a 'Moyes out' banner, David Moyes has claimed that the fans are entitled to do it.

"I have heard of it and what they are saying about it, but this is something which is a long journey here, this is only the start of the journey," he said.

PICTURE: ‘Moyes Out’ plane

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Contrary to reports on The Daily Mail and TalkSport, RoM has nothing to do with the plane that is supposedly set to fly over Old Trafford tomorrow with a 'Moyes Out' banner.

Pictures of the plane with 'Wrong One Moyes Out' have now appeared on ITV News.

Personally, I think it's a pretty naff idea, although I do understand where the people behind it are coming from.

Plans for plane with ‘Moyes out’ message to fly over Old Trafford

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A group of United fans have raised £840 in a day to fund a plane to fly over Old Trafford with a message reading 'Wrong One Moyes Out'.

PICTURE: The Wrong One

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LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Manchester City

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CONFIRMED LINE UP: United vs City

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De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini; Mata, Welbeck, Rooney

Bench: Lindegaard, Büttner, Fletcher, Kagawa, Young, Valencia, Hernandez

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Dzeko #MCFC

United’s home form a joke ahead of the derby

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The Liverpool game is always United's biggest of the season but the Manchester derby is always one of the first dates you look out for when the fixtures come out.

For years this game was City's biggest of the season, whilst they languished around in nothingness, avoiding relegation their only aim for the season, whilst United played for titles and in cup finals.

Mata: United fans are our 12th man

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Ahead of the derby tonight, Juan Mata says the players are hoping they can pay back the fans for their amazing support, despite disappointing results.

"They are our 12th player and are so important to us," Mata said in tonight's programme. "They deserve a reward from our side. What we experienced in the Liverpool game was unbelievable.

A trip to the museum

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t had been around two decades since I'd visited the United museum and taken the tour- back when all we had to celebrate was one European Cups and less than ten titles- so when the chance came up to take it again, I jumped on it. As crazy as it may sound, living within walking distance- sort of- from Old Trafford and being a season ticket holder, taking the club tour and seeing the museum hadn't even occurred to me since the early nineties.

LIVE AUDIO BLOG: West Ham United vs Manchester United

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Today Republik Of Mancunia is trialling Fandio, a cutting-edge interactive audio broadcast of the game, where fans can experience the live match together. The audio broadcast will commence at 16.45pm UK time once the chat room opens.

There are several ways to get involved;

a. Click on the link above which takes you directly to the chat room, and you can simply sit back and enjoy the live audio broadcast.

Lahm: United have a wonderful stadium with fantastic atmosphere

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Bayern Munich vice captain Philipp Lahm has reacted to being drawn against United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"It's a superb draw," he said. "It's a wonderful stadium with a terrific atmosphere and a history of great clashes. We can look forward to it. We'll definitely go to Manchester intending to attack.

Robben: United fans are 12th man

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Arjen Robben has reacted to Bayern Munich being drawn against United in the next round of the Champions League.

"It's a good draw and we're away from home first," said Robben. "United aren't in great shape but they're still a top team. We face two very tough matches. The best thing about Manchester is the atmosphere.

De Gea: Grateful to fans singing my name

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Whilst Robin van Persie stole all the headlines after scoring a hattrick against Olympaicos, David de Gea played his part when making some fantastic saves. Had United conceded, we would have had to score at least four goals to progress.

On several occasions, the Stretford End chanted his name, which didn't go unnoticed by the keeper.

GNev: City or Liverpool for the title? Neither thanks! But I wouldn’t mind Arsenal…

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With both Manchester City and Liverpool in the race to win the title this season, Gary Neville has been asked which side he would prefer. Like the rest of us, he hopes that neither do, and would prefer it if Arsenal did.

"I've been asked who would I rather win the title, Liverpool or Manchester City?

TOP 5: United’s Champions League quarter-finals

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As every Manchester United fan, and pundit around the world, was sure of, Manchester United breezed past Olympiacos last night to ensure they would get to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Of course, this will lead to a thrilling victory in May, when David Moyes becomes Sir David Moyes, as United beat Bayern Munich 6-0 in the Champions League final.

Repeat of 1999 final for United

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Manchester United will face European champions Bayern Munich in the next round of the Champions League.

The German champions knocked out Arsenal in the previous round.

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

Games will be played 1-2 April and 8-9 April.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Olympiakos

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Olympiacos

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De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck; Rooney, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Fellaini, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez.

Rafael: The fans were crazy good

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Ahead of United's Champions League against Olympiacos, Rafael da Silva has reflected on last season's game against Real Madrid. After Nani's ridiculous red card the crowd came alive and Rafael is hoping for a repeat atmosphere this evening.

"First of all, I will never forget that game," Nani said.

Moyes: Phenomenal fans deserve better

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Despite awful football and a horrible result against Liverpool, Manchester United fans were in full voice on Sunday afternoon.

David Moyes has claimed he's told the players it's time they started paying us back for our fantastic support, starting tomorrow night against Olympiacos.

"The support inside Old Trafford has been phenomenal," said Moyes.

Evra: Everyone here loves the club and will fight for the shirt

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Ahead of United's game against Olympiacos tomorrow, Patrice Evra has spoken about his desire to make amends for what has been a horrible season.

"When you win, you win together and when you lose, you lose together," Evra said. "It's been a difficult season for everyone. We're not used to losing games.

Welbz is dat guy

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Key player watch: Danny Welbeck

There's something rather wonderful about a local boy from Longshit becoming the saviour of Manchester United, even if the circumstances by which his importance emerges are less than agreeable.

Following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, this season has felt like one long wait for some transformative individual to spark off a grand revival under David Moyes.

Rooney: United fans are fantastic

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Something strange happened during United's home defeat against Liverpool. With around twenty minutes left to play, and United trailing 2-0, the Stretford End starting singing "20 times, 20 times, Man United. 20 times, 20 times, I say. 20 times, 20 times, Man United, playing football the Matt Busby way.

VIDEO: Sturridge’s dive to get Vidic sent off

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Rooney: This is one of my worst days in football

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Wayne Rooney has reflected on today's defeat against Liverpool and has singled it out as one of his worst moments on the pitch.

"It's one of the worst days I've ever had in football," Rooney told MUTV. "It's hard to take. You have to give Liverpool credit – they played well – but it's difficult to take.

Rooney: I signed new contract because of Moyes

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In a season that has seen plenty of failings for David Moyes, he will be please to hear that he can be credited for convincing Wayne Rooney, one of the club's best players, to sign a contract extension.

Rooney had his heart set on a move to Chelsea last summer after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson, but now claims Moyes was a crucial factor in convincing him to stay.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Liverpool

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De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Fellaini, Carrick, Januzaj; Rooney, van Persie

Bench: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Cleverley, Kagawa, Valencia, Young, Welbeck

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge

Liverpool bench: Jones, Sakho, Cissokho, Lucas, Coutinho, Moses, Aspas

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about where Van Persie ranks amongst United's top 20 strikers.

Scott writes for The Metro about Van Persie's recent remarks.

Stretty News says it's time for Moyes to give us something to cheer about.

The Independent reports on Cantona's arrest for assault.

GNev: I’ve been going to Old Trafford since I was four

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Gary Neville has given a food related interview to The Guardian, after the recent opening of his restaurant, Cafe Football in Westfield Stratford City.

"I first persuaded my dad to take me to Old Trafford with him when I was four," he said. "We'd leave Bury around 11am, then have pie and chips at Marina's Grill – a traditional northern cafe near the ground.

RvP: I’m very happy at United and I want to extend my contract

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Robin van Persie has given a fantastic interview with the club's official magazine ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool.

"The truth is I'm very happy at this club," Van Persie said. "I signed for four years and I'd be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract.

RoM United Chant Competition Winners

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3rd place
To the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by Jamie Buckton

SupercalifragilisticMarouanneFellaini,
Man United's 31,
His hair is fucking crazy,
We have heard he loves the soaps,
His favourite Roy and Hayley,
SupercalifragilisticMarouanneFellaini

2nd place
To the tune of Oh Dear!

RoM Reads

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The author of the Best autobiography has been interviewed by GeorgeBest.com.

Scott has six questions for Ferguson on Bleacher Report.

The Guardian has reported on the American investment firm who are buying United's shares.

United Rant discusses Van Persie ahead of Liverpool.

Most Memorable Manchester Derbies

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Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sunderland for fear of embarrassment at Wembley against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

VIDEO: Fellaini in action against West Brom

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Moyes singles out Rafael for praise

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Rumours over the past few months have suggested that David Moyes is keen to sell Rafael da Silva, having already got rid of his brother Fabio.

However, following today's performance, Moyes took time to praise the Brazilian for his contribution.

"I've got to mention Rafa," he said.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Brom vs United

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De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Mata, Rooney, Januzaj; van Persie.

Bench: Lindegaard, Giggs, Vidic, Young, Fletcher, Kagawa, Welbeck.

West Brom: Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Amalfitano, Gera, Brunt; Anichebe.

LIVE BLOG: West Brom vs United

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Moyes: RvP comments taken out of context

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Following the Olympiakos defeat, Robin van Persie was accused of criticising his team mates because of comments in made in a post-match interview.

Van Persie claimed that some of his team-mates were "often playing in my zones" although his people quickly talked to the press about their surprise that his comments had been interpreted as a criticism.

Moyes’ Letter To Season Ticket Holders

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While I knew that this job would be a challenge when I took it on, the difficult season we have experienced was not something that I envisaged, which I am sure is the case as well for you supporters – and my players, staff and I am desperate to compensate for that.

Everywhere we turn people outside the club have a lot to say about Manchester United, but we have all stuck together through some tough times this season and I firmly believe that, in the long run, we will all come out at the other end, stronger for the experiences.

Mata: Life in Manchester is good

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Juan Mata was voted by the fans as our player of the month for February and was delighted to win the prize.

"It's amazing for me to be awarded with this prize after my first month," he said. "I have played just a few games, five games I think, and I am really grateful the fans have voted for me.

VIDEO: Kagawa goal vs New Zealand

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"It really had been a while," Kagawa told reporters when asked about playing from the beginning. "But I still had to play well and earn a good result whether I started or came off the bench.

Shinji Kagawa scored one and assisted another in Japan's 4-2 win over New Zealand.

"I didn't feel as strong in the second half so that's something I have to consider," he said.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about six midfielders that would do well at United.

The Guardian talks about how we will replace Vidic.

Stretty News talks to Andy Mitten (United We Stand) and Barney Chilton (Red News).

The Mirror reports on RvP's illness ahead of the Holland game.

Vidic off to Italy

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Inter Milan have today confirmed, as expected, that Nemanja Vidic will play for them next season.

"Vidic is a world-class player," Inter president Erick Thohir told his club's website. "I'm extremely happy to have completed this deal to bring Nemanja to Milan. He's one of the world's best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree and charisma will be an asset to the team and help bring through our younger players.

MATCH REPORT: U-18s vs Middlesbrough

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Last weekend I attended the U-18 game v Middlesbrough at Carrington. United came into the game in awful form following a run of 5 consecutive defeats including a very poor performance at Huddersfield in the FA Youth Cup where United lost 2-1. Although there was only a single goal in it, United only created 2 chances of note in the whole game, both by James Wilson and were well beaten by the end.

VIDEO: Pellegrini confuses City with United

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Following City's victory over Sunderland in the League Cup final, Manuel Pellegrini was asked how he felt.

He replied: "Very happy, very happy. I love pressure so I have to manage a big team like Manchester United."

Oops.

Nobody knows your name...

Would sacking Moyes make us another Chelsea?

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Manchester United fans rightly don't want the reputation of being an unsupportive club that sacks the manager at the drop of a hat. One of the arguments that is regularly put forward for keeping hold of David Moyes is that "we don't want to become like Chelsea". Whilst I'd argue that Chelsea's policy of sacking the manager hasn't prevented them from being successful, with them winning plenty of trophies with the eight different managers they've had in the past six years, it certainly has limited their success.

Carvalho: I could join United

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William Carvalho has become the latest player to admit that he could be a Manchester United player next season, although is keen to wait until the end of the season before making a decision.

"It's nice being praised and to know there are some big clubs interested in me," he said. "It could be Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Kroos: United the club of my dreams

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The rumours linking Toni Kroos have gathering pace over the past few weeks, with the player's contract talks with club Bayern Munich hitting a stumbling block.

As it stands, Kroos is some way down the pecking order with his salary at the German champions. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are reportedly the top earners on £165k-a-week, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger on £135k, Philipp Lahm on £120k, then Mario Götze on £115k.

Mata: United one of the biggest clubs in the world

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Juan Mata has insisted that, whilst this season might be a write off, United will be back competing for the title next season.

"I think Man Utd is always going to be fighting for every title," Mata said. "This season in the Premier League we were not winning that well earlier in the season, but I think next year and the years coming this team is going to fight for every title.

The Month: The longest February in existence

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There was no The Month in January for three reasons: it was, admittedly, forgotten about until fairly late, then there was the lack of time anyway, because you know how busy people are, and, finally, perhaps most importantly, oh god, please don't make me do this. Look at all those commas.

Where it all started to go wrong for Moyes

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When Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, most supporters were fairly surprised, given that the former Everton manager hadn't won a single trophy and had never managed a side in the Champions League.

Whilst finding a manager with a CV that matched Ferguson's was impossible, the difference in quality between the two men was incredible, despite claims from some sections of the press that they were "cut from the same cloth".