Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2014

Mata: Van Gaal will bring attacking football back

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After a strong end to the season, Juan Mata is hoping to pick up where he left off next season with the help of attacking tactics from Louis van Gaal.

"The last three or four months for me were great," he said. "I played a lot. I scored some goals. So I am looking forward to being there and to try my best for the team.

Glazer Dead

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Manchester United owner, Malcolm Glazer, has passed away.




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VIDEO: Lee Sharpe’s goals and celebrations

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Today is Lee Sharpe's 43rd birthday. He never became the player he could have done but here's a nice little video showing some of his highlights from his time at United.




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Don’t go, Danny

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Days after Danny Welbeck was first linked with a move away from Manchester United, David Moyes was sacked. Coincidence? I think not.

Getting embarrassed by our rivals, failing to qualify for the Champions League, employing dire football, showing little to no tactical nous and dithering over transfer targets might be the popular understanding for why Moyes lost his job, but it doesn't take a genius to work out that upsetting our Danny meant the former Everton boss had taken it one step too far.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about possible captains for next season.

Scott wrote for The Metro about the importance of hanging on to Evra.

The Evening News reports on United's change of transfer plans.

Football Espana talks to De Gea about Spain's World Cup chances.

The Daily Mail reports on Van der Sar's claims that Giggs will thrive working with Van Gaal.

Country’s leading journos: Moyes froze at United

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For the 2013-2014 RoM season review, a whole host of this country's leading journalists answered a few questions on the season just gone.

Here is just a small excerpt of their opinions.

Daniel Taylor, The Guardian: Well, I had no idea it would be quite as bad as it turned out.

Welbz: I’m happy Van Gaal got the job

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Towards the end of last season there were rumours linking Danny Welbeck with a move away from the club. The lad from Longsight has been at the club since he was a kid and there's no questioning his love for United, but with David Moyes as the manager, he was reportedly keen to leave.

However, with Moyes gone and Louis van Gaal in his place, Welbeck's happiness has returned.

COMPETITION: Win Manchester United artwork

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Chinatown Branch Art Shop are giving away fantastic United related artwork to two RoM readers.

All you have to do to enter is send your favourite United related picture, along with your full name and address, to: republik_of_mancunia_competition@hotmail.co.uk

Follow @ChinaTownBranch on Twitter and take a look at the massive collection of United related paintings.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about the United players that could win the World Cup.

Scott writes for The Metro about whether it's time to play Rooney in midfield.

The Guardian reports on Luke Shaw's move stalling.

The Mirror discusses the best ever Champions League finals.

Mata: It’s hard to get your head around the phenomenon Manchester United

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Juan Mata has reflected on his decision to sign for Manchester United and be in a position to play alongside his hero, Ryan Giggs.

"It's hard to get your head around the phenomenon Manchester United is and the presence it has worldwide until you're there – it's a giant," he said.

Evra has extended his contract?

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According to the Premier League list, Patrice Evra has extended his contract at United, although this hasn't been confirmed by the club.

Some newspapers reported last week that Evra had been spotted in Turin ahead of a medical at Juventus, but this story was denied by the player's agent, Claudia Pastorello,

"The guy hasn't been to Turin," he revealed.

The Dutch players Van Gaal will want at United

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‘When I make a mistake, it can leave me sleepless at night. Luckily, I am hardly ever wrong'. Louis van Gaal is a man who is confident of his decisions. So when he sees something in a player, he is not shy to give them a chance on a higher stage than what other people deemed would be fitting. With his regard for the Eredivisie (in February 2013, he stated that the Dutch top tier was of a similar level as the Italian Serie A) and his in-depth knowledge of the competition it would not be a surprise to see the future Manchester United manager bring in some unproven talent from the Netherlands.

Ryan Giggs – the end of an era

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For Manchester United fans of my generation, this week we experienced the end of an era. It was a day of conflicting emotions, with the appointment of Louis van Gaal, a man who clearly possesses the qualities demanded of the manager of this great club, a cause for celebration, but tainted with an enormous pang of sadness at the retirement of, arguably, the club's greatest servant, Ryan Giggs, who finally called time on his most glittering of playing careers.

Januzaj: Giggs has helped me a lot and it’s important he’s staying

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Adnan Januzaj has already expressed his delight at Louis van Gaal being appointed as United manager, but he is also pleased to see Ryan Giggs remain at the club.

"Everytime I was playing on the pitch I was asking Giggsy how to play and for some advice about what to do on the pitch. He helped me a lot," he said.

UNITED TRANSFER RUMOURS: Robben, Hummels and Sagna

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Arjen Robben 30 Years Old

Since his move to Bayern Munich, Arjen Robben has found a level of consistency and health that had plagued his time at both Chelsea and Real Madrid. One of the world's most exciting and talented player he has been a major difference for club and country in recent years.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about some Robin van Persie stats you may not be aware of.

Scott writes for The Metro about the relief of having Van Gaal in charge.

The Guardian discusses some of United's top transfer targets.

The Daily Mail reports on Stretford's claims that Rooney is a "commercial clothes horse".

Januzaj: I’m very happy we’ve got a great manager in charge

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One of the few highlights of last season was tying Adnan Januzaj to the club with a lengthy contract. With just one year left on his deal, he could have left the club this summer on a free, just like Paul Pogba did a few years earlier.

United weren't playing well and David Moyes wasn't inspiring much confidence in the team, but Januzaj wanted to stay at the club, and even turned down more money from PSG.

Van Gaal: Mourinho text to tell me he was jealous

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that the first person he texted was his former understudy, Jose Mourinho, to let him know he had been given the Manchester United job.

Mourinho, who has revealed that it was Van Gaal who taught him the trade, had been desperate to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but United didn't even contact him about the job.

Amsterdam Bluff: Van Gaal is the man for United

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Is Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal an arrogant man? Probably. When playing for the Ajax reserves, the Amsterdam-born midfielder claimed that he deserved a chance in the first team, as he was better than the star man occupying the striker position Johan Cruyff.

While Louis van Gaal never emulated Cruyff as a footballer, he has been similarly successful as a manager.

Van Gaal: I’ll have a drink with Ferguson soon

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that he will likely be meeting Sir Alex Ferguson for a drink to discuss his appointment as Manchester United manager.

"The aim is to bring them back to the No 1 position as soon as possible because that is where they were under Sir Alex Ferguson," he said. "I'll undoubtedly have a drink with Ferguson.

Giggs’ Open Letter

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Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United.

Welcome to Manchester United, Louis

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The club have finally announced that Louis van Gaal will be the next manager of Manchester United.

Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as his assistant manager, whilst Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches.




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Van Gaal: Proud to manage biggest club in the world

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his delight at being named the manager of Manchester United.

"It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League," he said. "To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are.

Giggs: Delighted I get to stay at United

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Ryan Giggs was pictured in Holland yesterday, ahead of the friendly between the Dutch national team and Ecuador, which suggested that our most decorated player had been offered a role by our new manager, Louis van Gaal.

Today, whilst announcing the appointment of Van Gaal, the club have also confirmed that Giggs will be our assistant manager.

Louis van Gaal – a formidable guy

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There's no bigger challenge in football than succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. Knowing Louis van Gaal, it's one he will relish. Like the great Scot, he's a serial winner: treating triumph and disaster as the same.

A title winner at each of his four previous clubs he is the most decorated Dutch manager in history.

VIDEO: Captain’s Log

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I had this on VHS when I was a kid and with all the focus on Steve Bruce at the weekend I was reminded of it. If you haven't seen it, well worth watching, and if you have, it's well worth watching again.

Steve Bruce, Captain's Log.




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VIDEO: Incredible RvP goal vs Ecuador

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Robin van Persie scored an incredible goal tonight for Holland in their friendly against Ecuador.

Antonio Valencia started for the opposition and the game finished 1-1.




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The RoM 2013-2014 season review

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The Republik of Mancunia has produced a season review of the 2013-2014 which should tick all the boxes for Manchester United fans. Having endured the worst season for over a couple of decades, the dark clouds have lifted and we have something to look forward to again.

Without being doom and gloom, the RoM season review identifies the problems of last year as well as highlighting the positives, with a group of fantastic journalists, United supporting football writers and fans all chipping in.

United sign Serbian goalie

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The club has today confirmed that they have reached an agreement with FK Vojvodina for the transfer of Serbian Under-17 international goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic.

In April, the 6ft 7in goalie had a trial at Carrington, where he obviously impressed the coaches.

Milinkovic made six appearances for Serbia in the qualifying phase for the UEFA Under-17 Championship and kept three clean sheets.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about what United fans have to look forward to.

The Telegraph reports on how much money Moyes' reign cost us.

The Guardian talks about Steve Bruce, Alex Bruce and the FA Cup final.

The Telegraph says that Giggs is waiting to hear about the Class of 92s future before agreeing to be Van Gaal's assistant.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about United's top 10 goals this season.

BBC Sport has a nice interview with Luke Chadwick.

The Mirror talks about Woodward's claims that United will invest in the squad this summer.

The Guardian reports on the delay in announcing Van Gaal has manager.

Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

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A brave new world awaits under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal next summer, but regardless of who the Dutchman moves for in the summer, an existing flaw looks set to carry through into his reign: a weakness in midfield.
Even if reports are to be believed that Kevin Strootman could be on his way from AS Roma—a deal that Manchester United somehow failed to combat, let alone hijack—it will take more than one man to suitability protect the middle from the secondary threats of injury crises and suspensions.

Which countries are the Premier League players from?

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Where Footballers are from by Jacamo

With the World Cup just a few weeks ago, here's an interesting infographic showing how the Premier League's squads are broken down by nationality.

Have the right United players been chosen for the squad?

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Roy Hodgson announced his England squad for the World Cup yesterday and Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling were all selected. Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on the standby list.

It's no surprise that Rooney is on the plane to Rio. Despite having rarely performed well for England, and having not done the business for the International team probably since Euro 2004, he will always be the player England fans rely on the most.

VIDEO: Giggs jokes about City’s title celebration footage

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During Ryan Giggs' post-match conference on Sunday, footage of City's title celebrations were on one of the TV screens.

"You couldn't turn that off, could you? Flippin eck'."

Rio Ferdinand in quotes

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On beating Liverpool at Anfield (December 2007)
"Our fans come here and make themselves heard for the whole 90 minutes, and the satisfaction you get from winning the game is unbelievable. It's one of the best places to come and win. Games like this, you don't care who scores, who gets man of the match.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about how Liverpool helped United fans this season.

The Independent suggests that Van Gaal would be keen on keeping Giggs at the club.

The Telegraph reports on Rooney's fitness regime ahead of the World Cup.

The Guardian discusses Rio Ferdinand's most memorable moments.

COMPETITION: Win a Juan Mata Spain shirt

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Spain's provisional 30 man squad has been announced and two United players are involved.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Defenders: Azpilicueta, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba, Alberto Moreno, Javi Martínez, Albiol, Juanfran, Carvajal

Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Iturraspe, Xavi, Thiago, Pedro, Navas, Silva, Cesc, Mata, Cazorla, Iniesta

Forwards: Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

Thanks to SoccerPro.

Rio: Winning trophies I dreamed about came true at this great club

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Following reports in the press that Rio Ferdinand has not been offered a new deal, the defender has confirmed that he will be leaving the club this summer.

"I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and, after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on," he said.

PICTURE: United 20 – Gerrard 0 banner

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LIVE BLOG: Southampton vs Manchester United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Southampton vs United

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De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Januzaj, Fletcher, Kagawa, Welbeck; Mata; van Persie

Bench: Amos, Carrick, Cleverley, Lawrence, Young, Valencia, Hernandez.

Scott will be running a live blog for the game.

Mata: Giggs is my hero

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Juan Mata has sung the praises of Ryan Giggs and claimed that, when he was growing up, the Welshman was his hero.

"I told him when I arrived that he had been my hero growing up," Mata revealed. "And he said to me, 'I'm really happy you're here. But I'm a bit sad too because now I've only got the second best left foot at the club.

PICTURE: De Gea with his Sir Matt Busby player of the year trophy

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David de Gea was named the Sir Matt Busby played of the year after being voted the best performing player of the season by the fans.

Our goalie picked up 54% of the vote, followed by Wayne Rooney with 26% and Adnan Januzaj with 5%.

"I want to thank the fans," he said. "From my very first day at the club, I have felt their love and I'm really happy.

STATS: Januzaj’s first year compared to Ronaldo’s

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about James Wilson.

The Guardian reports on the friendly between the Class of 92 and Salford.

Pride Of All Europe talks about Kagawa.

The Independent responds to Rio's claims that United need to move forward now.

Today's the last day to win the RvP 9 Dutch shirt.

Mata: United fans have been amazing to me

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Juan Mata has been named Player of the Month for the second time since joining United in January. He scored four goals in the three games he played in April.

"I'm happy and very grateful. We had two great games in April Newcastle away and Norwich at home so I think that's why I got it," he explained.

Januzaj turned down PSG dosh for United

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Adnan Januzaj's agent has revealed today that moments before he signed a new contract with United, PSG came in with an "astonishing offer", but the player didn't use this to get more money out of his club, and signed the contract regardless.

"We could have waited a little longer and seen how much United wanted him to stay and how much other teams were interested in him," said Dirk De Vriese.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about Evra's best moments.

The Guardian talks to Phil Neville about this season.

The Telegraph reports on Giggs' maintaining United's tradition of youth.

The Independent talks about James Wilson's future.

The winner of the Van Persie 9 Holland shirt will be announced tomorrow.

After beating Liverpool, U-21s only have Chelsea left to beat…

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Last Friday night saw U-21 travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the U-21 play off semi final. United got this far after a nail biter in the last league game of the season, needing a win at Reading, United trailed 2-1 with less that 10 minutes to go but managed to pull a goal back and then in the 3rd minute of injury time up popped centre half Paddy McNair to sidefoot the winner from the edge of the area, one of the coolest finishes this season.

Van Gaal: United are the biggest club in the world and I want to manage them

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Louis van Gaal has given an interview with the BBC this evening where he claims United are "the biggest club in the world" and he would like to become our manager.

United aren't expected to confirm the appointment until the season has ended.

Van Persie: Giggs is Sir Alex-esque

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Robin van Persie has sung the praises of interim boss Ryan Giggs, claiming that the talks he gives the players are on a level with Sir Alex Ferguson's.

"I witnessed two team meetings as I came in a bit late," Van Persie told MUTV. "The one from the last game against Sunderland, and today's game, were incredible.

Giggs: You have to give young players a chance

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In what was probably Ryan Giggs' last game at Old Trafford as interim manager and player, he made the decision to start 18-year-old James Wilson and 20-year-old Tom Lawrence.

"He's a goalscorer a natural goalscorer; but he's got more to his game than just that," said Giggs. "He can turn and run and he's a very clever player.

VIDEO: Hull player stamps on Januzaj

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During last night's 3-1 victory over Hull, Adnan Januzaj was the victim of a nasty stamp by David Meyler.

Januzaj rolled down his sock to show the referee the damage that had been done, but a freekick was awarded in Hull's favour instead.

This is the second time Januzaj has been stamped on.

Van Persie: Vidic wants to die for the cause

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Robin van Persie has sung the praises of captain Nemanja Vidic, who made his last appearance for United at Old Trafford last night.

"Nemanja has been great," Van Persie told MUTV. "He's been playing here for eight-and-a-half years and the thing I always say about him is that he puts his head where people are scared to put their feet!

Vidic: My heart will always be at United

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Nemanja Vidic gave a moving speech at the end of United's 3-1 win over Hull last night.

Having completed the lap of honour, Vidic took to the mic in front of the Stretford End and thanked the fans for all the support they had given him.

After the game, Vidic revealed that United will always be in his heart.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Hull

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De Gea Valencia Jones Smalling Büttner Carrick Fellaini Kagawa Januzaj Lawrence Wilson.

Bench: Amos Vidic M. Keane Mata Giggs Young Van Persie

LIVE BLOG: United vs Hull City

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PICTURE: Play-list for the final game of the season

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COMPETITION: Win a Robin van Persie shirt

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With the World Cup approaching, SoccerPro are launching are series of competitions with RoM whereby they will give away one International shirt every fortnight up until the World Cup.

The first shirt is the Holland home shirt with 'Robin van Persie' 9 on the back.

To enter, simply follow SoccerPro on Twitter and RT this.

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Cavani, Muller and Strootman

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Edinson Cavani 27 Years Old

Twelve months ago, Cavani was the hottest property on the transfer market, PSG forked out £60million for his services and a season playing second fiddle to arguably one of the few strikers who could say they are better (Ibrahimovic), has seen his reputation and value stutter.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about tonight's line-up.

The Guardian reckons Louis van Gaal will offer Giggs a senior role at the club.

The Telegraph reports on Bruce's claim that United need to keep hold of Giggs.

The Mirror talks about Vidic's last game at Old Trafford.

Evra: Painful to say goodbye to Vidic

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Tonight will see Nemanja Vidic play his last game for United at Old Trafford and vice-captain, Patrice Evra, who started the club at the same time, will be sad to see him go.

"It's painful to lose Vida," Evra told the official site. "For me, he is a great centre-back. When you see a player like Vidic leaving the club, you feel really sad.

Vidic: I will keep supporting the club in the future

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Tonight is Nemanja Vidic's last game as Manchester United captain at Old Trafford, but he hopes he manages not to cry.

"You never know what is going to happen with your emotions," Vidic told United Review. "You can try to predict but I wasn't emotional before and I haven't cried yet!

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Sunderland

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De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Fletcher, Young, Mata, Hernandez.

Bench: @ManUtd: Amos, Smalling, Valencia, Fellaini, Januzaj, Welbeck, Van Persie.

“Live Blog: United vs Sunderland”

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Ferdinand: Giggsy parks in gaffer’s spot at Carrington

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Ferdinand spoke to BT Sport in an exclusive interview.

So where are we at the moment, we're towards the end of the season now. We're getting towards that stage where we're thinking where are you going to be what are you going to be doing?

Nothing really I think it's the same as last season, we didn't thrash things out until the real last week of the season really last year I think it was.

United U-21s beat Liverpool

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Liverpool finished three points above United in the U-21 table but tonight, at Anfield, United beat them 1-0 in the semi-final play-off.

Andreas Pereira scored a fantastic goal just before half-time to put United in to the final.

They now have to face Chelsea in the final to retain the silverware they won last season against Spurs at Old Trafford.

The Month: Giggs!

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Manchester United saw out April last year as Premier League champions; this year, as the team in seventh. Everyone knows that, of course. But it's important to know, because it's why David Moyes lost his job. He was committed, though. He didn't really have the chance to build his own squad. His players should have performed better.

Evra: I explained Munich Air Disaster to Januzaj

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Patrice Evra has reflected on United's recent trip to the Busby Babe memorial, as well as his goal against Bayern Munich, again spelling out what a special player he is.

"It was an emotional day, the day before the game," he told the official site. "Everyone had been to the Munich memorial, where the plane had crashed with the Busby Babes.