Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2014

Giggs as United manager… a year from now

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As rumours grow over the possibility of Jose Mourinho taking over as the manager of Manchester United, Ryan Giggs must be experiencing a strange and unsettling sense of déj vu. This time last year he was shadowy figure waiting in the wings for the current incumbent to exit left. Now he must prepare for the weekend's make-or-break game with Louis van Gaal's Spurs with ghosts of past, present and future haunting his every thought.

INFOGRAPHIC: United’s trophy haul

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PICTURE: Two United legends after tonight’s semi-final

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Following tonight's impressive 4-0 win for Real Madrid over Bayern Munich, goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted with Roy Keane on the touchline.

Ronaldo scored his 16th Champions League goal of the season as his team battered the European champions to book their place in the final.

Keane, who was working as a pundit for ITV, passed on his congratulations to his former teammate.

Media sweep Suarez’s racism under the carpet

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Following the crowning of Luis Suarez of PFA Player of the Year, the media has attempted to re-write history and pretend that the Liverpool striker didn't racially abuse Patrice Evra.

In The Mirror's write up, Liverpool fan Jim Boardman writes: "He found himself in trouble in his first full season at the club, handed an eight game ban imposed by an independent panel following accusations of racial abuse towards Patrice Evra.

How “player power” might have saved Manchester United

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Following the sacking of David Moyes, there has been a lot of criticism for our players, suggesting that they contributed to him losing his job. The fact that he didn't mention them or thank them in his parting statement, where he did express gratitude to the fans and staff, suggests Moyes probably agrees.

Giggs: Players weren’t happy with me for dropping them

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Ryan Giggs has revealed that whilst being made Manchester United manager is the proudest moment of his life, he faced his difficulty when deciding which players he had to drop for yesterday's victory over Norwich.

"I didn't sleep last night," he revealed. "Leaving the likes of Juan Mata out of the starting 11 was a difficult decision, it was a position I'd never been in before.

Mata: It’s a pleasure to play for Giggs

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Juan Mata has sung the praises of new manager Ryan Giggs, claiming that it is a pleasure to play for him.

"For me, it's a pleasure to play under Giggs as manager," Mata said. "He's a proper Manchester United boy. He was born here. For us, it's a pleasure to be with him at the training ground and at every game.

Giggs: Fans made me feel 10 feet tall

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New Manchester United manager, Ryan Giggs, has reflected on his first game in charge, following our 4-0 victory over Norwich.

"I was nervous, but as soon as I came out of the tunnel the reception I got, the staff got and the players got was brilliant," he told MUTV. "I've got to thank the fans for that because it's not been an easy week, but I felt ten feet tall.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Norwich City

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Norwich

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De Gea; Jones, Vidic (c), Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Welbeck, Rooney.

Bench: Lindegaard, Smalling, Mata, Chicharito, Nani, Young, Fletcher.

Sead Kolasinac confirms United offer

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Schalke's left-back, Sead Kolašinac has confirmed to the Bosnian daily newspaper, Dnevni Avaz, that a deal is in place for him to join Manchester United this summer.

The 20-year-old was born in Germany to Bosnian parents and played for Germany U-18s, U-19s and U-20s, before confirming he would represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at international level.

PICTURE: Club photoshop Moyes out of season ticket renewals picture

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Yesterday, I received through the post the booklet about renewing my season ticket. On the front of the glossy thing they sent was a picture of the team with David Moyes standing alongside the players and fans.

However, on the e-mail that fans have received, Moyes has been photoshopped out.

PICTURES: Giggs and Robson over the years

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PICTURE: Brilliant picture for season ticket renewals

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(Shame about Moyes)

PICTURE: David Moyes’ message to season ticket holders

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In the package sent to season ticket holders, David Moyes' message to season ticket holders sings the praises of Manchester United fans.

You are a credit to your Club. Since I became Manager of Manchester United, I have been so impressed by the dedication shown by United fans – the support has been magnificent.

Should the players be ashamed of themselves?

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Manchester United are not a sacking club.

It's easy to make statements like that when you've shown faith in a manager in the 1980s, when you were in the relegation zone, and he's gone on to prove himself as one of the greatest managers of all time.

When David Moyes struggled, the board, the fans and the players all stuck by him publicly.

Class of ’92 return is gift to suffering fans

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If 1999 never happened and you watched a film that told the same story, you would spend the duration rolling your eyes and tutting. As if that could happen. As if you could get a group of local lads, playing for one of the biggest teams in the world, go on to achieve something no English team had before.

Giggs: Proudest moment of my life

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Ahead of his first ever press conference as Manchester United manager today, Ryan Giggs spoke to MUTV about this past week.

"It's been a whirlwind week," he said. "From Tuesday morning when Ed Woodward asked me to look after the team for the remaining four games, which I had no hesitation in saying yes to, from then on yes it's been a crazy week.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about the 10 decisions the new manager will have to make.

The Guardian reports on Rene Meulensteen's claims that Moyes ignored advice.

Pride Of All Europe talks about Van Gaal bringing Keano back.

The Telegraph reckons Conte could be in for the United job.

Giggs: My first phone call was to Fergie

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Ryan Giggs has spoken to MUTV ahead of his first press conference as Manchester United manager and revealed that his first phone call after getting the job was to Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Obviously I played under Sir Alex for so long so he was the first person to call because I wanted advice and to know what to expect," he said.

Klopp: United are great but there’s been no contact

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Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly been linked with a move to Manchester United to replace the sacked David Moyes, but has today claimed it's embarrassing to discuss such a thing when the club hasn't even approached him.

"I really do think that Manchester United is a great club, but it is also the case that as long as things continue to go as they are here, then I have a clear agreement with Borussia Dortmund," he said.

United U-21s in the play-offs

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Manchester United are in to the end of season play-offs after beating Reading 3-2 away. Amos, Varela, McNair, Ekangamene, James, Rowley, Pearson, Janko, Rothwell, A.Pereira and Wilson were in the starting line-up.

Chelsea, Liverpool, United and Fulham currently make up the top four in the table, although City could replace Fulham on goal difference.

Evans: I grew up supporting Fergie’s teams

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Jonny Evans has talked about how it feels to be a Manchester United fan playing for the club.

Having first been spotted by United when he was 9-years-old and having a room covered in United posters, Evans talks about the responsibility he feels every time he wears the shirt.

"When you look back at the players who have represented Manchester United, some great players, that drives you to want to be mentioned in the same bracket," he told the official site.

Evans: Hard to put in to words what United means to me

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Jonny Evans is a lifelong Manchester United fan and as a kid was fairly fanatical about the club, with his bedroom kitted out in United stuff.

"My first recollections of Manchester United would be going way back, probably in my granny's house having these little figures of United players," he told the official site.

Butt: We’ve been here together since we were 12

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This week has been fairly fantastic for Manchester United fans, with David Moyes being moved on and the Class of '92 being brought in to coach the squad.

Nicky Butt, who has spent this season with the Reserves, has reflected on what this means to him.

"It will be massive for us, a proud moment for us all," Butt told MUTV.

COMPETITION: Win our new manager’s shirt

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CampoRetro are running a competition for one RoM reader to win a Ryan Giggs shirt.

The 1991 home shirt, the 1996 FA Cup final shirt and the 1999 white shirt are amongst those on offer. Have a look at their Manchester United range.

Simply RT this to win.

Should Moyes have had more time?

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Had David Moyes showed signs of progress during his first season as Manchester United manager it is likely that the board and fans would have shown more patience.

The club were determined not to become a "sacking club" so persevered with Moyes longer than any club would. To drop six places after spending £60m is an awful return and despite Moyes' claims today that the squad needed "fundamental rebuilding", these players were good enough to win the league weeks before the end of the season last year.

Moyes refuses to accept responsibility for dreadful season

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Following his sacking yesterday, David Moyes has given a statement which has been released by the League Managers Association, which reads: "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to BT Sport about Moyes' sacking.

Scott writes for The Metro about the temporary appointment of Giggs.

The Guardian discusses possible replacements.

The Telegraph reports on the return of the Class of '92.

The Independent talks about Keane's accusations for United players.

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Reus, Shaw and Fabregas

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Marco Reus 24 years old

Everyone's current favourite German and perhaps the most talented player in what is a star studded national team. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in incredible form for a number of years now. Having scored 57 goals in the Bundesliga for his current and former side (Borussia Mönchengladbach) he is fast becoming one of the more prolific players in behind the striker.

Moyes Gone

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As was reported yesterday, David Moyes is no longer Manchester United manager.

The club released a short statement at 8.30am this morning saying: "Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club. The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.

POLL: Who do you want to replace Moyes?

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online poll by Opinion Stage

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about who should replace Moyes.

The Guardian discusses sacking Moyes.

The Telegraph reckons Klopp is the man for the job.

ESPN talks about why United sack managers.

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The picture that got Moyes sacked?

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During United's 2-0 defeat against Everton yesterday, the man David Moyes appointed to be our assistant manager was seen with a little booklet. "Set Plays".

Reports this afternoon suggest that Moyes is about to lose his job.

Top 5: David Moyes mistakes

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As we hurtle ever quicker to a world in which Liverpool and their favourite racist, Luis Suarez, become Premier League champions for the first time ever, there are several things that you might wish to consider. The first, most obvious one, is suicide if you're dead, you can't hear You'll Never Walk Alone, for instance.

LIVE AUDIO BLOG: Everton vs Manchester United

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Today Republik Of Mancunia is using Fandio for the second time, a cutting-edge interactive audio broadcast of the game, where fans can experience the live match together. The audio broadcast will commence at 15.50pm UK time once the chat room opens.

There are several ways to get involved;

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Everton vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Büttner, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Kagawa, Mata, Rooney.

Danny Welbeck has to stay

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Rumours this morning suggest that Danny Welbeck is prepared to leave the club this summer. The lad from Longsight splits opinion amongst reds and whilst this is a concept I struggle with, given that he loves the club, has spent his life dreaming of playing for United and is still young enough to deserve patience, I too would like to see him score more goals.

Mata: We haven’t done well this season – but I still get to play for Manchester United!

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Juan Mata has reflected on his first few months as a Manchester United player but says that he has had no surprises. He knew when he joined the club that it was going to be a difficult season but has been given enough assurances about the future not to worry.

"I knew these six months were going to be difficult," said Mata.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about the key battles at Goodison Park.

Scott writes for The Metro about Gundogan's contract extension.

The Telegraph reckons Moyes won't get a good reception on Sunday.

Pride of all Europe looks at the young players that can join the first team next season.

Mata: This season isn’t just Moyes’ fault

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With reports in the press suggesting that David Moyes could lose his job at the end of the season and be replaced with a manager with a proven European pedigree, Juan Mata has urged everyone at United to stick together and not look to point the finger of blame.

"We have to be together," said Mata.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about possible replacements for Patrice Evra.

Sports Witness looks at transfer target Carvalho in good detail.

The Daily Mail reports that United season ticket holders won't have to purchase Europa tickets if we qualify.

The Telegraph compares the most competitive Premier League season.

What if we had four years of Moyes?

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Signs of life have become growingly infrequent. Once an arena filled with joy and optimism, now bogged down in gloom and misery. Over the years a pantheon of greatness has now become a desolate, barren wasteland. Like the fall of Constantinople before it, Manchester was besieged and broken, what was once United is now torn apart.

Gundogan extends deal with Borussia Dortmund

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German newspaper BILD is reporting this evening that one of our transfer targets for this summer, Ilkay Gundogan, has signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund.

It was reported five days ago that he was ruled out of the World Cup with an injury to his back which has kept him out all season.

PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

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Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club.

Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with the team as they returned home from Munich and sadly, aged just 22, he died in the crash.

De Gea: I always feel the support of United fans

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Last week, David de Gea was voted Player of the Month by the fans and there are strong calls for him to be voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year too.

De Gea received a lot of criticism in the press when he first joined the club and opposition fans used to chant "dodgy keeper" at him. Last season he was named PFA Goalkeeper of the Year though and has expressed his gratitude towards United fans for their support.

Should Moyes have fined Welbeck, Cleverley and Young?

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Pictures appeared in the press last week showing Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young going out in town after the defeat against Bayern Munich. They were out until the early hours and were seen dancing in the street and chatting up girls.

Reports in the press have today claimed that Moyes has fined the players for this.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about whether United will finish the season strongly.

United Rant looks at the 50 mistakes Moyes has made.

Pride of all Europe discusses why Moyes' appointment didn't make sense.

The Guardian claim we are offering Kroos a £260k-a-week deal.

The Mirror claims we are looking replacing Moyes with Klopp.

All we need is Shinji Kagawa

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How strange it is to be watching Manchester United treat the closing weeks of a season as a sandbox rather than a run-in. With their every trophy-hunting hope having been dashed by mid-April all that is now left for David Moyes is a period of extended limbo, ripe for experimentation.

The products of this tinkering could yet decide whether he remains at Old Trafford after the summer, as if the board wish to judge him on his workings rather than the underwhelming final results of the Scot's first campaign.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about why David Moyes should be sacked.

The Telegraph claims that Wayne Rooney isn't earning anywhere near the £300k-a-week that was initially reported.

The Guardian discusses life for United outside of Europe.

Pride of all Europe wonders whether United will hold on to Moyes despite lack of success, like Arsenal and Wenger.

Reactions to United’s defeat against Bayern Munich

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1. If someone had told you when the draw was made that United would lose 4-2 on aggregate, you would probably be fairly happy with that. The expectation was that United were going to get battered and a 4-2 to scoreline is pretty reasonable. We are the 7th best team in England playing against the German and European champions, yet, bizarrely, this feels likely an opportunity lost.

Please sack him – now

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I genuinely wanted to support whoever replaced Sir Alex Ferguson until the bitter end. I've always enjoyed the siege mentality that our former manager instilled in us and was ready to back his replacement.

When David de Gea replaced Edwin Van der Sar, the press ate him up for breakfast. That first game against City in the Charity Shield was a nightmare.

Is tonight the night for Danny Welbeck?

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Less than a year ago, Danny Welbeck scored the biggest goal of his Manchester United career when he put his boyhood team 1-0 up against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

"He was marvellous," Sir Alex Ferguson said after the game. "It is a pity he got cramp at the end of game, but he worked so hard.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Bayern Munich vs Manchester United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Valencia, Rooney, Kagawa, Welbeck

Bench: Lindegaard, Büttner, Ferdinand, Giggs, Januzaj, Young, Hernandez

Bayern Munich: Neuer Dante, Ribéry, Mandzukić, Robben, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (C), Müller, Alaba, Kroos

Bayern Munich bench: Raeder van Buyten, Rafinha, Pizarro, Weiser, Hojbjerg, Weihrauch

Singing section?

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Yesterday, Manchester United season ticket holders were sent the following e-mail from Ticket and Membership services at the club.

Further to previous communications, I would like to update you about the Singing Section following on from the two trials & consultation process, and to inform you that a decision has now been made to implement a permanent Singing Section in time for the start of the 2014/15 season.

PICTURES: United players pay respect to Busby Babes at Munich

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Ahead of tomorrow night's game against Bayern Munich, the United squad took the time to visit the Munich Air Disaster memorial.

Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

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The Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year voting is now open. Vote here.

Who are you voting for? My vote has gone to David de Gea.

Rooney: Of course I believe we can go through

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Ahead of tomorrow night's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, with United taking a 1-1 draw from the first leg, Wayne Rooney has said he believes we can go through.

"We believe we can go through, we believe we have good enough players," Wayne said during an interview with UEFA.

Fletch: I’m still dreaming of playing in the Champions League final

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Darren Fletcher has yet to feature in a Champions League final, despite being at the club during the three finals United have played in over recent years.

He was an unused substitute in 2008 when he lost out to Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes. In 2009 Fletch was wrongly shown a straight red card during United's 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the second leg, having beaten them 1-0 in the first leg, after making a great challenge on Cesc Fabregas to win the ball.

Mata: I’ll be supporting United from my armchair on Wednesday

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Juan Mata has updated his blog and reflected on his best United performance to date, with him scoring two and assisting another in United's win over Newcastle.

"Hi everyone:

The truth is, after a game like Saturday's, I realise once again how nice football can be, and how much you enjoy the few days following a victory and a good performance.

Mata explains De Gea celebration

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After putting United 1-0 up agains Newcastle yesterday, Juan Mata ran straight to the touchline to celebrate with David de Gea.

"I normally practice twice a week after training," Mata explained. "I like to improve how good I can be from free-kicks and I try to score as much as I can in training.

VIDEO: Mata, Chicharito and Januzaj’s goals vs Newcastle

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“LIVE BLOG: Newcastle vs United”

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United’s next star is already in the ranks

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Although I have written about James Wilson before, I couldn't let the chance of writing about his recent performance in an U-21 game at Wolves pass

The game was switched from Telford back to Molineux, giving the young lads an opportunity to play at a proper League stadium instead of some of the non-league pits they play on.

VIDEO: Rooney celebration for Vidic’s goal

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Reactions to United’s draw with Bayern Munich

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1. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, you always fancied United to pull off a result, even if all the odds were stacked against them. This season things have been different. Following the desperately disappointing performances and results against Liverpool and City over the past few weeks, when the players couldn't rise above their usual form and put in a gutsy display in a big game, why should fans have expected the match against Bayern Munich to be any different?

VIDEO: RvP stars in new advert with rival players

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about last night's game.

The Guardian hails Moyes' tactics last night.

The Telegraph has player ratings for the Bayern game.

The Independent reckons it's all to play for in Germany.

The official site reports on Vidic's confidence in the second leg.

PICTURE: What did Guardiola want Rooney to do?

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With just minutes to go in in last night's 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on Wayne Rooney.

Pep Guardiola immediately made a 'diving' gesture on the touchlines but this didn't stop the referee from sending off the German's goalscorer.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Bayern Munich

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bayern Munich

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De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Fellaini, Rooney, Welbeck.

Bench: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Young, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa

Moyes: United look comfortable at this level…

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David Moyes has often been criticised this season for having the wrong mentality to be the Manchester United manager. Maybe it was when, ahead of Newcastle's trip to Old Trafford, he vowed we would make it as difficult for them as we possibly could, that did it. Or maybe it was, after getting thrashed by City, his assertion that we were striving to be as good as them.