Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2015

PICTURE: Fletcher as a child with Ferguson

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Darren Fletcher is on the verge of signing for West Ham. Here he is as a child with Sir Alex Ferguson.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about the future of Van Persie and Van Gaal.

Scott wrote for The Metro about Paul Pogba.

Paul Scholes' column for The Independent talks about the stick Ronaldo got in England.

The Guardian reports on Michael Carrick's latest month long injury.

Campo Retro have brought out some new 'Legend Tees'.

Leicester Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Well lets make no mistake about it, last Friday's dismal 0-0 draw with totally unacceptable. United's shortcomings were seemingly paled into relative insignificance just 24 hours later with the likes of Chelsea, City, Southampton and Spurs all falling to lesser fancied sides, yet it's hard to take too much solace given our ineptitude to take care of the League Two minnows.

LvG: Fletcher is joining West Ham

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical at West Ham.

"Darren Fletcher is now in West Ham, I believe," Van Gaal told a press conference on Friday afternoon. "So we have to wait and see."

Smalling: Lingard took Welbeck’s place in the dressing room

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Speaking with the official site, Chris Smalling has given some inside information about who sits where in the dressing room at Carrington.

I sit in the right-hand corner next to Jonny Evans. Ben Amos used to be next to me, but he moved because he kept leaving his wet gloves on the side we pushed him over to the goalkeeper corner!

Scholes: Mourinho and Rodgers don’t know what they’re doing… unlike Fergie

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Jose Mourinho has been handed out another fine by the FA after claiming that officials were waging a "campaign" against Chelsea, in which they were denying penalties they deserved and ignoring dives. This of course ignores the fact no punishment was dished out to Gary Cahill for kicking Harry Kane in the back, or the numerous wrong-doings Diego Costa has got away with this season.

Young: Spirit and bond at United is great

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Ashley Young has spoken to the club's official website about what it's like being a part of the Manchester United dressing room.

On my left I've got Wazza and on my right I've got Angel [Di Maria]; Fletch also sits with us. Despite the language barrier with Angel we all have a laugh.

Mata: I’m very happy at United

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Juan Mata has just celebrated his year anniversary at Manchester United and has claimed that he's very happy at the club.

I'm very happy here. Obviously last season was not the best year in the history of the club, but since the first day until today, I'm very happy with the way the fans and the club and my team-mates have welcomed me.

Bale: I can’t see myself at United

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Several newspapers have been linking David de Gea with a move to Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale coming in the opposite direction.

The Welshman has denied this rumour to Spanish radio though, claiming he wants to stay in Madrid.

I can't see myself at Manchester United. In an interview recently I was asked if I was happy in Madrid and I said that I was very happy here.

FA couldn’t care less about the fans

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The FA have confirmed that the FA Cup 5th round between United/Cambridge and Preston/Sheffield United will be played on Monday February 16th.

Of course, you don't want to count your chickens, particularly after the dire football we played in the 0-0 at Cambridge, but you would presume that it'll be United playing in that game.

Mata: We have to win almost every game now

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With just 16 games of the season remaining and Manchester United fourth in the league, just one point above Arsenal, Juan Mata claims the team needs to win almost every game from now until the end of the season to guarantee Champions League football next season.

We know we are arriving into a crucial moment for the season.

VIDEO: Not For Sale

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The "Not4Sale" banner is taken from the Stretford End and sent off to recruit new members for Shareholders United in the USA. This was filmed in July 2004 and aired on MUTV.

Pirlo: United will have to live with Pogba mistake

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Paul Pogba was allowed to leave Manchester United for Juventus for a minimal fee after we failed to secure him on a long-term deal.

Having been given so few opportunities in the first team, with Sir Alex Ferguson even preferring Rafael da Silva in midfield ahead of him, Pogba decided it was time to move on.

Valdes’ speech inspires United youngster to victory over Liverpool

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Last night, Victor Valdes played his first game of football since March 2014, as United's U-21s beat Liverpool 2-1.

Warren Joyce has revealed that before the game, Valdes gave an inspirational speech to the youngsters, and played a motivational video.

He's a very humble guy, a model pro.

VIDEO: Powell and McNair goals vs Liverpool U-21s

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Nick Powell and Paddy McNair scored in Manchester United U-21 victory over Liverpool U-21.

PICTURE: Valdes in United’s goal

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Victor Valdes played his first game since March 2014 for United's U-21s vs Liverpool U-21s.

Laporte – £31m would secure move

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Rumours linking Aymeric Laporte with a move to Manchester United are beginning to gain momentum this evening.

Laporte has a £31m buy-out clause in his contract and is reportedly happy to join United. Both Arsenal and Real Madrid have also been linked with signing him.

FA Cup 5th Round Draw – United to face…

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If Manchester United beat Cambridge in the FA Cup 4th round replay on February 3th, they will play Preston/Sheffield United away.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool/Bolton
Arsenal vs Middlesbrough
Aston Villa vs Leicester
West Brom vs West Ham
Bradford vs Sunderland/Fulham
Blackburn vs Rochdale/Stoke
Derby vs Reading
Preston/Sheffield United vs United/Cambridge

Van Persie: I haven’t scored enough this season

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Robin van Persie had a poor second season for United last season and, despite having his moments this year, has still struggled to replicate the form of his first season.

He is hoping that he can return to his goalscoring ways in the remaining months of the season.

This year, I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals.

RvP: Mood has changed since City and Chelsea got knocked out

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Manchester United were a bit of a laughing stock on Friday evening, with rival funs poking fun at our 0-0 draw with League 2 side Cambridge, whilst United fans despaired over how badly we played.

However, after City lost 2-0 at home to Middlesbrough and Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to Bradford, United's result looks a lot better.

LIVE VIDEO: FA Cup 5th Round Draw

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Valdes to play first game at United

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Victor Valdes is playing his first game since signing for the club in the U-21 game against Liverpool tonight. It was a bit of surprise to see David de Gea preferred to Valdes for United's recent FA Cup game against Cambridge, but he will finally get some playing time under his belt tonight. Valdes' last game of football was for Barcelona against Celta Vigo in March 2014.

PICTURE: Ajax fans reveal Blind banner

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Daley Blind and Southampton's Toby Alderweireld returned to the Amsterdam Arena to say farewell to the fans ahead of Ajax's match against Feyenoord.

Blind was a fans' favourite at the club and received a standing ovation when he walked on to the pitch.

Nani: United want me back

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Nani has spent this season on loan at former club, Sporting Lisbon, in a bid to improve his form and get some decent playing time at United in the future.

The winger still has over three years left on his current deal and has today claimed that United are keen for him to return for next season.

Mata: The atmosphere at Old Trafford is unbelievable

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Having been at Manchester United for a year now, Juan Mata has reflected on some of the highlights so far in an interview with the official site.

Becoming a United player I have many memories of that day, including the way I came to the training ground! [by helicopter]. I met the players, I went to Old Trafford – everything from that day was a big moment that I will always remember.

Juve manager: Pogba has a price

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Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, has conceded that Paul Pogba can be sold this summer, as everyone has a price.

Everything in life has a price, unfortunately. I don't think it is a problem we need to consider right now. It is difficult to replace world class players, but it can be done, as football goes on.

Five key thoughts from Cambridge United 0-0 Manchester United

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Manchester United suffered the humiliation of being held to a goalless draw by League Two side Cambridge United on Friday night. The hosts, who sit in mid-table in the fourth tier of English football, earned a deserved replay after United failed to create enough chances throughout. Luckily for the Red Devils, the replay should not be an issue due to the absence of European football at Old Trafford this season.

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Will Pogba and Hummels sign?

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Paul Pogba 21 Years Old (source: The Guardian)

Paul Pogba is the most talented young central midfielder on the planet. It's pretty much a fact, in a game filled with opinions. Since leaving Manchester United, Pogba has competed for his place in a Juventus midfield that is filled to the brim with talent, but he's asserted his dominance in the side now as a regular starter.

Confirmed line-up: Cambridge vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Januzaj, Di Maria, Wilson, Falcao

LvG: I had to try Di Maria as a striker

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Angel di Maria struggled when playing up front for United against QPR, but Louis van Gaal insists he had to try the player in this position, having not had an opportunity to do see how he performed here in the pre-season.

He played in the 4-4-2 in the left midfield position, but in the 3-5-2 he does not play so much because he has been injured.

LvG: We won’t underestimate Cambridge

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Louis van Gaal has admitted he has some concerns over the mentality of his players as they approach today's game against League Two side Cambridge.

However, the fact he has stressed the importance of not underestimating the opposition will hopefully mean the players take heed.

It's always tough to play against weaker teams because in the players' minds, it is a weaker team.

VIDEO: Van Persie plays football with his son in town

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BT Sport have filmed ambassador Robin van Persie teaching his son Shaqueel some football tricks.

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Scott writes for ESPN about how Van Gaal should approach the Cambridge game.

The Guardian reports on Gary Neville's decision over his managerial future.

The Telegraph discusses Darren Fletcher's future.

Stretty News looks at Anderson's decline.

The Mirror takes the mick out of City's Mancunian support.

Cambridge United Preview: 5 Keys to Victory

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You know how the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once. Nine FA Cup ties in succession had brought challenges from fellow Premier League opposition until a surprise third round draw with Yeovil this year.That may not have been the plain sailing we'd perhaps have hoped for, but Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria goals at Huish Park secured United's place in the pot for round four, where a match up with League Two outfit Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium lies in waiting.

Keane: I’m joining a massive club with great history

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It has been confirmed today that Will Keane has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season. He has already enjoyed two loan spells at Wigan and QPR. Following the sale of his twin brother Michael earlier this month, Will is keen to do all he can to impress.

We don't have a game on Saturday but we play Birmingham on Tuesday so that's not long to wait.

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Scott discusses for ESPN whether it would be worth selling De Gea to replace him with Bale.

Scott writes for The Metro about Luke Shaw proving his worth.

Gary Neville talks about Michael Carrick for The Guardian.

The Express shows that Juan Mata is the best free kick taker in the Premier League.

Ba: I don’t mind United fans singing about Gerrard’s slip

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You couldn't make it up. Liverpool were about to win their first league title in over two decades. Steven Gerrard, who had spent the beginning of every season claiming that this year would be their year, finally looked as though he was going to be right.

After beating Manchester City, Gerrard ceased him moment to be the massive scouse cringe bag he is, wiping the non-existant tears from his eyes, huddling his players together, and screaming "this does not f*cking slip!

PICTURES: Seamus Coleman is a red

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Seamus Coleman, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, is a red. This picture of him wearing a United shirt in his younger days emerged in the press this week.



United offer £61m for Pogba?

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Turin-based newspaper, La Stampa, has today reported that Manchester United have offered Juventus £61m for Paul Pogba, the player that left our club less than three years ago.

This week his agent, Mino Raiola, claimed that the midfielder would leave Italy sooner rather than later and Pogba then claimed that he "loved" United.

STATS: Shirt sales in Manchester – red or blue?

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Sports Direct have published a feature showing the various regions where Premier League shirts are sold.

They've concentrated on eight clubs, including United and City, and have had made some fairly surprising discoveries, and some not so surprising.

Manchester United have had larger attendances than City every single season since the war, regardless of which club was enjoying the most success, and even when we had to play at Maine Road when Old Trafford was bombed.

Smalling: Valdes belongs at United

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Manchester United take on Cambridge in the FA Cup on Friday and there have been rumours that new signing Victor Valdes will get his first appearance for the club.

Chris Smalling has told MUTV that Valdes has been impressive on the training ground.

He is someone that we all look up to through what he's achieved already in his career but you can see that he's nowhere near done yet.

Reports in Spain: Valencia want Fletcher

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Darren Fletcher is considering an offer from Valencia this week, reports Conrado Valle from AS in Spain.

Valencia have contacted Darren Fletcher about signing him in the winter transfer window. The Mestalla club want Manchester United's Scottish midfielder to strengthen their midfield.

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

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Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.

In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.

De Gea insight II: “He misses Hernandez and is torn over Real Madrid move”

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Reports in most newspapers at the moment claim that Manchester United are lining up a deal with Real Madrid that would see David de Gea leave the club with Gareth Bale signing for us.

Adam Crafton, who is a journalist for The Daily Mail, has written several articles on De Gea and has a good insight to player's past, as well as his potential future, and has answered a few questions on the player.

Hope and Expectation

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They say it's the hope that kills you. For Manchester United fans, then, these past eighteen months have felt like death by a thousand cuts.

Think back to all those years of glory under Sir Alex Ferguson. Okay, the first few were a little rocky but, once we finally got that first illusive title in twenty-six years under our belts, the hope we had felt during that previous quarter of a century quickly morphed into expectation.

PICTURE: Neville takes the mick out of Carragher

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MNF tonight United Back 3 v Back 4 , The New ,Ugly, Aggressive, Horrible Arsenal and Front 3's with Pelle/Tadic/Elia

- Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 19, 2015

@GNev2 Do what you want I'm doing Liverpool.

De Gea insight I: “He is very, very happy in Manchester, but Atleti fans wouldn’t begrudge Real move”

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Reports in most newspapers at the moment claim that Manchester United are lining up a deal with Real Madrid that would see David de Gea leave the club with Gareth Bale signing for us.

Adam Crafton, who is a journalist for The Daily Mail, has written several articles on De Gea and has a good insight to player's past, as well as his potential future, and has answered a few questions on the player.

LvG: I’m very pleased with Falcao’s performance

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Radamel Falcao missed several chances in Manchester United's 2-0 win over QPR following his omission from the 18 man squad in their defeat against Southampton.

Louis van Gaal has defended his striker though, insisting he doesn't want to single him out, and that he was very happy with his performance.

Falcao: I’m happy I got 90 minutes

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Radamel Falcao played the full 90 minutes in Manchester United's 2-0 win over QPR at the weekend.

The striker could have bagged a hattrick with the amount of chances he was presented with but he failed to find the back of the net. The best chance that came to him was spoiled by Steven Caulker, who got a toe to the cross.

LvG: I can’t listen to 600 million opinions

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Throughout the first-half of Manchester United's 2-0 win over QPR, the travelling away fans were chanting "4-4-2!" at Louis van Gaal.

The 3-5-2 formation has become increasingly unpopular amongst the fanbase, so the supporters were keen to see the manager revert to United's more typical formation.

POLL: Would you sell De Gea to sign Bale?

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David de Gea's contract with Manchester United expires in 18 months and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing him. This has lead to speculation that United are willing to sell the striker this summer, to avoid losing him on a free next summer, with Gareth Bale coming in the other direction.

Five key thoughts following QPR 0-2 United

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Manchester United got back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-0 victory away at QPR on Saturday. Second half goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson were enough to claim victory after both goalkeepers had made a number of saves throughout.

The result leaves the Red Devils in fourth place in the Premier League table after Southampton's win over Newcastle in the late kick-off saw them leapfrog United back into third.

Fellaini: I like to look after Januzaj

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Marouane Fellaini changed the game for Manchester United today after replacing Juan Mata at half-time. He scored just over 10 minutes after coming on and helped giving United greater control in the centre of the park.

It was a good pass, there was good control and a good finish.

Wilson: Players congratulated me in the dressing room

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James Wilson wrapped up the win for Manchester United over QPR today in injury time, scoring his first goal of the season. After the game, his teammates were full of praise for the young striker.

It gives me great confidence as I've been struggling for my first goal this season off the back end of last season.

VIDEO: United U-18s thrash City

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Redmond, Hamilton, Williams, Rashford and Dearnley all scored this morning in United's 5-2 win over City.

VIDEO: Fellaini and Wilson goals vs QPR

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LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v QPR

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Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Manchester United's trip to arguably the worst ground in the Premier League Loftus Road as the reds take on Queens Park Rangers.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: QPR vs United

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De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Valencia, Carrick, Mata, Blind, Rooney, Di Maria, Falcao.

Bench: Valdes, Evans, McNair, Januzaj, Herrera, Fellaini, Wilson

QPR Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Away points have been hard to come by for Louis van Gaal's side this season, which will prove no different this Saturday with a vital trip to Loftus Road. United's performances have been way below par of late, ever since appearing from the second half at White Hart Lane in our final match of 2014.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about missing Herrera and Rafael.

The Guardian has an exclusive interview with Luke Shaw.

The Telegraph reckons United are spending £150m on transfers.

Stretty News has an exclusive interview with Gary Neville.

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VIDEO: Eric Cantona on Charlie Hebdo attacks and reaction

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Eric Cantona has spoken at length about his opinion on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the unfair negative reaction to Muslims as a result.

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Chances of Strootman, Marquinhos and Muller signing

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Marquinhos 20 Years Old (source: The Express)

Another week, another talented young centre back linked with Manchester United. Marquinhos, like Varane has seen has time limited since he moved to the French club from Roma two seasons ago but he remains a player with a huge amount of potential.

War of words between Van Gaal and Falcao’s agent

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I think it is the obligation of the manager that you observe, analyse your selection, that you make a game plan; that you communicate with your players, then you make a decision that the players understand. But that is not so easy. Now you are only talking about Falcao but do you think about Januzaj?

Rooney: I love scoring against Liverpool

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Our fans voted Wayne Rooney as the player of the month for December, as well as awarding his strike against Liverpool as goal of the month.

He has answered a few questions for the official site on this goal, his performances and his change of position.

Congratulations on your two awards, Wayne.

LvG secretive over RvP’s fitness

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Robin van Persie picked up an injury during Sunday's defeat against Southampton whilst committing a foul. He was substituted off the pitch and headed straight to the tunnel for treatment.

Louis van Gaal refused to comment on the status of Van Persie's injury to the national press, but when speaking to MUTV, he gave a slight clue, without confirming or denying reports that the striker would miss this weekend's game against QPR.

Mata: We want to return to Manchester with three points

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Juan Mata could have won the game for Manchester United against Southampton at the weekend, but missed three good chances to score.

Ahead of United's trip to London to face QPR, Mata insists that the players will be doing all they can to win.

Now it is time to get ready for that game, it was a big disappointment last weekend at home when we lost to Southampton.

LvG: Falcao has until the end of the year to prove himself

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Radamel Falcao hasn't lit up the Premier League the way United fans were hoping and expecting since signing in the summer.

Injuries and United generally under-performing can explain this to a certain extent, but he hasn't looked like the player that destroyed the opposition when he was at Porto and Atletico Madrid.

Rojo: I couldn’t believe United wanted me

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Marcos Rojo has answered questions from the fans for the official site.

How did you feel United were interested in you?
I was very happy and at first I could hardly believe it. After the World Cup going well, then came the possibility to join Manchester United. It was almost like a double dose of happiness and joy as I'd just lived through something incredible.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about 3-5-2.

The Guardian reports on the United scout who has been sacked for racial slurs on Facebook.

The Telegraph discusses United's chances of signing Kevin Strootman.

The Independent has a picture of a supposedly leaked United shirt for next season.

Jones: RvP the hardest to play against in training

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Phil Jones has answered fans questions for United Review.

Who's the best defender you've played with?
I've been lucky to have played with a lot of really good defenders already, so obviously the likes of Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic have to be up there. But even when I go back to my Blackburn days, I learned a lot from playing with Ryan Nelsen.

Mendes: Falcao would play every week for every other club

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With Radamel Falcao not even making the 18-man squad for United's 1-0 defeat at home to Southampton, with James Wilson taking his place on the bench, the striker's agent, Jorge Mendes, has confirmed that Falcao's future is uncertain.

I don't know. He is a fantastic player and I think it's very difficult for Manchester United fans.

United make loss on Henriquez sale?

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Ángelo Henríquez joined Manchester United for £4m in the summer of 2012 but hasn't played a single game for the club. He was loaned out to Wigan, where he won the FA Cup in their 1-0 win over Manchester City.

He spent last season on loan at Real Zaragoza where he scored 6 goals in 25 games.

Di Maria: We’re putting United back where we belong

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Angel di Maria has defended Louis van Gaal's tactics this season, with the 3-5-2 up for plenty of criticism from fans, and claimed that the players are fighting to put United back on top.

From the start of the season to now, you can see that we've grown. We weren't so great at the beginning but we've started getting a few victories under our belts.

Roma president: Strootman rumours are annoying

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Roma's president, James Pallotta, has spoken about his frustration concerning rumours of Kevin Strootman leaving Italy for Manchester.

"I do get annoyed," he told Bleacher Report. "I think the papers have finally given up on the Strootman thing, because Kevin's come out and addressed it, saying he likes it in Italy and he has a five-year contract.

United through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup

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Manchester United's U-18′s beat Hull 3-0 to progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup. After going in at 0-0 at half-time, despite dominating, the youngsters put their chances away in the second half.

Zachary Dearnley took the lead after his deflected cross looped over the goalkeeper. United then went 2-0 up thanks to a freekick from Callum Gribbin on the edge of box on the hour mark.

VIDEO: United’s U-18 goals vs Hull in FA Youth Cup

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Zachary Dearnley

Callum Gribbin

Callum Gribbin


Pogba: I love United

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Paul Pogba has explained why he left Manchester United for Juventus, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to give him a proper run in the team helped his decision to move to Italy.

"I'm impatient," he told FourFourTwo. "It was the feeling that I had. The coach had faith in me, but didn't put me on.

Manchester United FA Youth Cup 4th round vs Hull

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Manchester United take on Hull in the FA Youth Cup 4th round this evening. Kick-off is at 7pm and entry at Old Trafford is free.

United: Dean Henderson, Tyler Reid, Cameron Borthwick Jackson, Axel Tuanzebe (c), Ro-Shaun Williams, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Joe Riley, Devonte Redmond, Marcus Rashford, Callum Gribbin, Zachary Dearnley.

Di Maria: I’m still getting used to the Premier League

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Angel di Maria has enjoyed some fantastic performances since singing for Manchester United but his good form hasn't been consistent yet, which can largely be attributed to his injuries and adapting to the league.

Di Maria, who Lionel Messi voted as the best player in 2014 for the Ballon d'Or, has explained his performances so far, whilst also claiming he is still targeting the title.

Ronaldo: It’s for the fans of Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or last night and made sure to mention his feelings for Manchester United and our fans.

I think about Manchester United. The beginning of my career was there, that's where I started. Of course, it's for the fans of Manchester United I know the fans are there supporting me.

Who did Wayne Rooney vote for in Ballon d’Or? And who voted for Di Maria?

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Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for the third time this evening, but let's see how some key figures voted.

Wayne Rooney
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Toni Kroos
3. Gareth Bale

Lionel Messi
1. Angel di Maria
2. Andres Iniesta
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PICTURE: Di Maria in 2014 FIFPro World XI team of the year

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Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain/Brazil), David Luiz (Chelsea/Paris Saint-Germain/Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/Manchester United/Argentina), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich/Real Madrid/Germany), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands).

Van Gaal has some MAJOR issues to address – Five key thoughts following United 0-1 Southampton

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The streak is over. Manchester United surrendered their 10–match unbeaten run against a solid Southampton side, who produced a brilliant away performance to show why they are a genuine top four contender. It is the first time since 1988 that the Saints have won at Old Trafford and the first time since United failed to have a shot on target at home since 2009.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Southampton

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Blind, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Di Maria, van Persie.

United's subs: Valdes, Evans, McNair, Blackett, Fellaini, Herrera, Wilson.

Southampton Preview: Old Trafford, An Almost Injury-Free Zone

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No you're not imagining it. Manchester United go into their second tie with Southampton in little over a month with just one name on the first team injury list. Just one. Ashley Young remains the solo casualty in Louis van Gaal's squad, with a hamstring injury due to keep the England international out for around six weeks.

Van Persie explains World Cup goal celebration with Van Gaal

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It was the best start to the World Cup that Manchester United fans could hope for. Holland, lead by incoming United manager Louis van Gaal, battered world champions Spain 5-1 in the opening game of the tournament. Robin van Persie scored the best goal of the year in doing so. After he scored, he sprinted to the touchline and high-fived Van Gaal.

Which four creative players will Van Gaal pick?

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With all United's players injury free, with the exception of Ashley Young, Louis van Gaal finds himself in an unusual position ahead of our game against Southampton. Often, his team selection is forced by the injuries of other players, but today, with everyone to choose from, who will he pick?

I have said already 10 years ago or 15 years ago that, at the highest level, you can put [in] four players who are mostly creative.

PICTURE: Di Maria, Mata and Herrera ready for Southampton

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TRANSFER STORIES: Suarez, Varane and Valdes

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Victor Valdes 32 Years Old

The former Barcelona keeper brings a history of success and a huge amount of experience. His time at Barcelona may polarise many as some feel his defensive record was down to the superiority of the outfield players who retained possession so well that the opposition never really got a test to Victor Valdes, which may have been relevant earlier during the Barcelona era of dominance.

LvG: I think De Gea will sign new contract

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David de Gea's contract at Manchester United expires in the summer of 2016, which has lead to speculation that he will leave the club for Real Madrid this summer.

The signing of Victor Valdes, the number one for Barcelona last season, has only intensified the speculation over De Gea's future.

TOP FIVE – Manchester United Transfer Rumours That Never Happened

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Everyone loves transfer rumours, right?

Well, okay, perhaps not everyone. For some people they mean that the pain of the summer without football is doubled by the idle speculation about which big names will be rocking up at Old Trafford in a brand new Chevy that they would otherwise not be seen dead in.

LvG: I want to make United the best in the world

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that his aim at Manchester United is to turn us in to the best club in the world.

"My ambition is that I have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world," he said. "We were very quick to buy Victor Valdes. Did you notice?

Di Maria only Premier League player in UEFA’s team of the year

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Angel di Maria is the only Premier League player to feature in UEFA's Team of the Year for 2014. His Man of the Match performance for Real Madrid in the Champions League final might have helped.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Michael Keane's departure.

The Telegraph claims De Gea would be making a mistake to join Real Madrid.

The Guardian talks about when Sir Bobby Charlton played for Waterford in Ireland.

ESPN discuss Hummels' potential move to United.

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LvG: Hard to replace De Gea but easy to replace Lindegaard

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that Victor Valdes has come to United with the aim of becoming the number one goalkeeper. Valdes himself claimed that David de Gea was currently the best goalie in the world, but Van Gaal claims the new signing has shown over the past few months that he has the quality to play for the club.

PICTURE: Young makes fun of United’s injury crisis

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Ashley Young makes fun of Manchester United's injury crisis this season when he tweets about finding himself alone in the physio room.

Louis van Gaal has today confirmed that Young is the only injured player United currently have.

They [Shaw and Rafael] can play. They are both not injured.

Valdes: The rain is good and I am a citizen of Manchester

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After signing for Manchester United, Victor Valdes has given an interview with MUTV.

You have won so much in your career, so what ambitions do you have now?
The same trophies! When you have won the most important trophies in football, it is like a drug. You want to win again and you feel these amazing moments with your fans, with your family and with your team-mates.

Valdes: I’m no.2 to best keeper in the world

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Victor Valdes has claimed that David de Gea, his rival for the number 1 shirt at Manchester United, is currently the best keeper in the world.

Valdes claims in an interview with MUTV that he has joined the club to do his bit to help, with suggestions that he is the replacement for De Gea next season.

Valdes: United saved me and I’m so grateful to them

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After signing for Manchester United, Victor Valdes has given an interview with MUTV.

How does it feel to be a Manchester United player?
For me it is a pleasure to sign for Man United. It has been a hard recovery time from my injury and the first thing I want to say is thank you to Louis van Gaal for letting me work again with him and his team.

Valdes: Van Gaal is my most important manager

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After signing for Manchester United, Victor Valdes has given an interview with MUTV.

Louis van Gaal gave you your debut at Barcelona. How important was he in the early stages of your career?
I always say the manager, Louis van Gaal, is the most important coach. When you are a young player and you have the first option, or the first chance, to play in the first-team of Barca.

PICTURES: Valdes with United scarf, Van Gaal and shirt

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Manchester United have today confirmed the signing of Victor Valdes on an 18 month deal.

Valdes signs for Manchester United

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Victor Valdes has signed an 18-month contract at Manchester United.

"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," he said. "I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex. From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club.

United youngster gives up on United dream

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Burnley have today confirmed that Manchester United youngster, Michael Keane, has signed for them on a permanent basis. He joined the club in the summer on loan and has made 11 appearances for them in all competitions.

Keane had been on loan at Derby and Blackburn last season, with the latter keen to organise another loan spell for him this summer.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about whether Falcao might be Tevez II.

The Guardian says we are going to sign Valdes.

The Newcastle Chronicle reports on Shearer's bust up with Roy Keane.

The Guardian reports on Marcos Rojo's controversial Instagram post.

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Falcao: I’m enjoying life in Manchester

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Radamel Falcao has today claimed that he is enjoying life in Manchester and has settled well to the club after being received so well by the players and fans.

"I'm good," he told the official site. "My family are comfortable. We're enjoying life in Manchester and here at the club. The people have been great with me, with my family.

Moyes: Januzaj is like Cruyff

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Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, lead his new team, Real Sociedad, to a 1-0 win over Barcelona this week, to keep the Catalan club off top spot.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Moyes has spoken about Adnan Januzaj, who shone from the first moment Moyes saw him play.

Moyes reckons the Belgian youngster is like Johann Cruyff, a long-term rival of United's new manager, Louis van Gaal.

Herrera: Cantona and Giggs are my heroes

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Ander Herrera has spoken to the club's official website about who the biggest Manchester United legends to him are.

My top five Reds legends... It's difficult to say because I didn't see the likes of Bobby Charlton and George Best play. They were big players for the club but I only feel I can talk about the players I have seen myself.

FA CUP DRAW: United face Cambridge

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Manchester United have been drawn away against Cambridge in the next round of the FA Cup.

VIDEO: The celebration Herrera got booked for

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Yeovil captain: United players are a brilliant bunch of lads

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Yeovil captain, Joe Edwards, revealed before the FA Cup 3rd round game that he is a Manchester United fan. His dad is from Manchester and had brought him up following United, with Edwards singling out Ryan Giggs' goal against Arsenal as he all-time favourite.

After the game, Edwards got Wayne Rooney's shirt, but revealed that a few of the players missed out.

LIVE STREAM: FA Cup Fourth Round Draw

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EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Norman Whiteside on Di Maria, Big Ron, George Best comparisons and his favourite goal

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Norman Whiteside signed for Manchester United when he was a teenager after being spotted by United scout Bob Bishop, the same man who unearthed George Best. He spent eleven years at the club, winning two FA Cups and scoring in both finals, before moving on to Everton.

He has written two books about his time at the club, Determined: The Autobiography and My Memories of Manchester United.

VIDEO: Herrera and Di Maria goals vs Yeovil

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LIVE BLOG: Yeovil Town vs Manchester United!

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Scholes: I’m a United fan so I’m not sad Gerrard didn’t win the league

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Ahead of United's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in 2007, Sir Alex Ferguson was asked whether he would welcome a title win for his rivals. They had gone 17 years without a title, leading a journalist to ask the United manager whether he would like their drought to end.

"You must be joking!

Scholes: I only ever wanted to play for one club… unlike Gerrard

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Steven Gerrard has confirmed that he will be leaving Liverpool this season, despite being offered a new contract, to make sure that he can one day retire without having any regrets. He has confirmed today that he will be trading Liverpool in for an MLS club.

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, who, unlike Gerrard, is a one-club man, says he only ever wanted to play for United, which is why he retired when he did, instead of leaving for a big money contract abroad.

Five key thoughts following United’s busy Premier League festive period

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The busy Premier League festive period has reached its climax. The three games over Christmas and New Year saw Manchester United stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games and remain in third position in the table. Louis Van Gaal's men now sit nine points behind joint leaders Chelsea and Manchester City, but just one point clear of Southampton, who secured a vital victory over sixth-placed Arsenal on New Year's Day.

Yeovil Preview: Sweet FA

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More failure at the Britannia in United's attempts to recover lost ground over the Premier League's top two confirms that the club's most likely avenue for silverware this season will come through the FA Cup. The competition's joint most successful team with 11 titles begin their campaign this year with a trip to Huish Park, Yeovil and without tasting success in over a decade.

Scholes: 1995 Cup Final Ruined My Summer

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Paul Scholes has reflected on his relationship with the FA Cup, looking at his first final against Everton in 1995.

United went in 1-0 down at half-time and Scholes was subbed on with 20 minutes left to play, but United failed to equalise.

In my mind's eye I can still see my miss in the late stages of the 1995 FA Cup final against Everton at the old Wembley Stadium.

Sandy Turnbull’s story III: The opening of Old Trafford and more controversy

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February 19th 1910 saw the curtain rise on the new Old Trafford home, a venue considered the most modern in the land, with tip up seats and a playing surface akin to a billiard table. The setting was perfect. The result was certainly not.

As on the previous Saturday, United shared seven goals with their opponents, but on this occasion they could only manage the lesser amount, their first-footers, Liverpool, failing to be the perfect guests, notching four.

Brendan Rodgers’ hails Premier League’s finest midfielder

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Before Brendan Rodgers was named Liverpool manager, he made an appearance on Match of the Day and was asked to name his all time Premier League XI.

Paul Scholes was on the receiving end of most praise, with Rodgers claiming he was the first name he picked. Steven Gerrard didn't get a mention.

Scholes: LvG resting players could cost United in FA Cup

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Paul Scholes has claimed that Manchester United could suffer against League One Yeovil if Louis van Gaal changes the team too much.

United were knocked out of the League Cup earlier this season by another League One side, MK Dons, after Van Gaal played a completely different line-up, largely relying on young players.

PNev: United fans would give Moyes a standing ovation now

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Phil Neville, who was appointed one of David Moyes' coaches last season, claims the former Manchester United would be greeted fondly by supporters if he was ever to go to Old Trafford.

"If he walked back into Old Trafford now he'd get a standing ovation," he said. "The fans recognise he had guts taking that job.

Sandy Turnbull’s story II: United’s first ever FA Cup

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So, A. Turnbull was now on the Manchester United pay-role, making his debut in red, along with his former blue team mates, against, ironically enough – Aston Villa and he ran out behind captain Charlie Roberts to a rapturous welcome from around forty thousand supporters. The pitch, however, wasn't as welcoming as the fans, as it was in very poor condition with large patches of mud and even larger pools of water scattered across it.

Sandy Turnbull’s story: From City to United

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The noise was deafening, incessant, vibrating through his whole body, making the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, creating a nervous tension, a feeling surpassing all others. But this wasn't a familiar arena such as Hyde Road or Ewood Park, nor was it the more familiar, much loved environs of the depleted Clayton and the ultra-modern Old Trafford.

Shaw: Young is massive competition for my place now

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If there's anything which justifies the praise Louis van Gaal receives from United fans, it's turning Ashley Young from arguably the worst and most disappointing player in the squad to someone who now offers a lot to the team.

Luke Shaw, whose injury allowed Young to come in to the team, has acknowledged that he now has to fight for his place in the team.

Steven Gerrard: This is our year 2005-2014

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July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.

PICTURES: Which United players have won the league more often than Gerrard?

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1 time winners
Clayton Blackmore
Dion Dublin
Darren Ferguson
Mike Phelan
Jordi Cruyff
Karel Poborský
Jesper Blomqvist
Mark Bosnich
Luke Chadwick
Ronnie Wallwork
Laurent Blanc
Roy Carroll
Diego Forlán
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Juan Sebastián Verón
Gabriel Heinze
Kieran Richardson
Henrik Larsson
Alan Smith
Owen Hargreaves
Gerard Piqué
Fábio
Michael Owen
Darron Gibson

2 time winners Mark Hughes
Paul Ince
Andrei Kanchelskis
Paul Parker
Bryan Robson
David May
Raimond van der Gouw
Fabien Barthez
Louis Saha
Dimitar Berbatov
Antonio Valencia
Chris Smalling
Javier Hernández

3 time winners
Steve Bruce
Jonny Evans
Rafael da Silva
Lee Sharpe
Ronny Johnsen
Teddy Sheringham
Jaap Stam
Dwight Yorke
Tomasz Kuszczak

4 time winners
Eric Cantona
Brian McClair
Gary Pallister
Mikaël Silvestre
Edwin van der Sar
Park Ji-Sung
Anderson
Nani

5 time winners
Peter Schmeichel
Andrew Cole
Wes Brown
John O'Shea
Wayne Rooney
Patrice Evra
Nemanja Vidić
Darren Fletcher
Michael Carrick

6 time winners
David Beckham
Nicky Butt
Phil Neville
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Rio Ferdinand

7 time winners
Denis Irwin
Roy Keane

8 time winner
Gary Neville

11 time winner
Paul Scholes

13 time winner
Ryan Giggs

United freeze season ticket prices again

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Despite losing masses of revenue thanks to the failure to qualify for the Champions League this season, the Glazers have made the wise more of freezing season ticket prices again. Had the owners forced fans to pay the difference, when it was the Glazers' lack of investment which contributed to last season's woeful campaign, there would no doubt have been a resurgence in the anti-Glazer protests.

STATS: De Gea is the PL’s best so far

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Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season:

Save percentage

Manchester United's David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club's games this season.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Stoke vs United

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De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Shaw, Carrick, Mata, Rooney, van Persie, Falcao.

Subs: Lindegaard, Blackett, Rafael, Fletcher, Herrera, Januzaj, Wilson.

Smalling: These injuries make me grumpy

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Chris Smalling is one of the injury-prone defenders who has been missing for several games this season. Smalling has tried to look on the positive side but concedes that it can get him down at times.

Smalling is starting today in United's game against Stoke.

The injury was massively frustrating, but it's good that I haven't missed too many games, and hopefully I can get back into the side and begin contributing again.

LvG: United fans better than Barca, Bayern Munich and Ajax’s

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Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of Manchester United fans following our support during the opening few months of the season.

I have never had the experience that when you lose or draw at home that the fans are still applauding for you, showing their belief in you. Never. In Barcelona, the white handkerchiefs would have come out.