Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2015

Rooney – the man behind the goals

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When Wayne Rooney scored against Switzerland at Wembley in September he became England's greatest ever goalscorer, eclipsing a record held by Sir Bobby Charlton for almost half a century.

But who is the real Wayne Rooney, off the pitch and away from the glare of the media spotlight?

For the first time he has allowed a television production team, as well as BBC football presenter Gary Lineker, unique access to his life with wife Coleen and their two sons, Kai and Klay.

VIDEO: United U-21s beat Liverpool with 89th minute winner

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Manchester United U-21s were comfortably 2-0 up after Liverpool this evening, thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini and Nick Powell. However, in the final minutes of the game, Liverpool pulled two back, making it 2-2. Their second came thanks to a poor mistake from Sergio Romero.

However, in the 89th minute, Sean Goss scored a lovely goal to earn the win for United.

Schweinsteiger to have Bayern testimonial after leaving rainy Manchester

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At Bayern Munich's annual meeting, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a testimonial at the German club when he hangs up his boots.

Bastian went as a big friend and he will play his testimonial in Munich and will remain with the club after his active career.

PICTURES: United players at UNICEF charity dinner

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PICTURES: Rooney’s cuts after Huth challenge

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Wayne Rooney was subbed off in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City, following getting Robert Huth's studs in his chest. Louis van Gaal has confirmed this injury won't rule him out of our next game though.

GNev: United two players away from winning the league

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Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester United are just two players short of winning the Premier League, with rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford picking up momentum again.

If you put two more players into Manchester United's team, say a Gareth Bale or a Cristiano Ronaldo into that team, that team could win the league.

LvG: We gave Leicester a goal

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his frustration over Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester yesterday, after we failed to stop Jamie Vardy scoring on the counter-attack.

I am not happy with a point because we were the better team. We dominated for 90 minutes but we have drawn.

LvG: We have to create more chances

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Louis van Gaal has said what we all know, that Manchester United need to use our domination of possession to create more clear-cut chances.

In the third or fourth phase we have to create more, but it is difficult because you have seen where Leicester City stand on the pitch – it was in the 60 metre area.

Schweinsteiger: It wasn’t a good point for United

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Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his first goal for Manchester United in our 1-1 draw with Leicester yesterday. The opposition haven't lost since September, but Schweinsteiger still wasn't happy with only leaving with a point.

It's not a very good point. If you see the game and how much space we had with the ball, we have to create more chances and danger and we didn't do it so well.

LvG: We can bring Wilson back if we need him

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James Wilson's loan move to Brighton leaves Manchester United with just Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial as the only strikers.

Louis van Gaal has explained we had to let Wilson go so that he could play

Until now he didn't contribute so much. He played a few minutes in the Premier League and a few in the Capital One Cup and was not always in the selection of the squad of 18 players.

LvG: I’d pick Rooney even if he wasn’t captain

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Wayne Rooney is enduring a poor season so far, which isn't something Manchester United can afford, considering teenager Anthony Martial is our only other striker.

Louis van Gaal had previously claimed that his captain would always play, which has explained for some how Rooney is in the team every week.

Wilson: Lingard told me to come to Brighton

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It was confirmed earlier this week that James Wilson would spend the remainder of the season on loan at Brighton.

Wilson has revealed that Jesse Lingard, who spent three months on loan at Brighton in 2014, advised him to join the club.

I asked Jesse Lingard for some advice too, and about what it was like here.

LvG: I’m worried because I want happy fans

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that he is worried following the regular 0-0 draws Manchester United have played out over the past few weeks.

while United are still in a great position, and could go top if we beat Leicester on Saturday, Van Gaal has recognised the fans aren't happy with the way we are playing.

Rio: United were boring under Fergie too

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There's no denying that the football on display from Manchester United this season has been very dull to watch.

We've been excellent at keeping the ball and preventing the opposition from scoring, but when it comes to creating chances and scoring, we haven't been good enough.

Still, on Saturday, United could go top of the league if we beat Leicester, having already climbed above the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal in the table.

GNev: Wilson loan is good news for United

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Considering Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are the only strikers in Manchester United's squad, some fans were surprised to see the club had agreed to allow James Wilson to join Brighton on loan until the end of the season.

Gary Neville has taken a different approach though, claiming it's in the best interests of the club and player to let Wilson leave to play regular football.

Wilson joins Brighton on loan

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Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed that James Wilson has signed for the club on a year long loan. Their manager, Chris Hughton, is delighted to have the deal done.

We have been keen to add a striker, and James has been our number one target for some time, so we are absolutely delighted to have completed the deal.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs PSV

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De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Rojo, Blind; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Lingard, Rooney, Memphis; Martial.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Young, Fellaini, Mata, Pereira, Wilson.

LIVE BLOG: United vs PSV Eindhoven

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Goin’ on up to the spirit in the sky

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of George Best passing away.

RoM Reads

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Scott discusses the pros of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to United for ESPN.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Ronaldo's potential return.

Scott writes for The Metro about Hector Moreno's trip to Old Trafford.

The Mirror reports on Paul Scholes' criticism of Schweinsteiger.

The Guardian has George Best's life in pictures.

Evra: Ronaldo told me how much he loves United

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Patrice Evra has been asked whether he still speaks to Cristiano Ronaldo, and our former left-back has revealed he talks to him a lot and that Ronaldo still loves Manchester United.

Yeah, yeah. A lot. And he said ‘but for the moment I don't know'. When I was talking with him he said ‘but you know the way I love Manchester United'.

LvG: I’ve given Shaw time off because of PSV memories

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Louis van Gaal has revealed that Luke Shaw's recovery from the broken leg is going well, although has noticed that the left-back has been a bit more fed up recently. With the PSV game at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Van Gaal has given Shaw a few days off.

It is going very good with him but it's also difficult for him because now the progress is not as much as in the beginning.

PICTURE: PSV fans make banner for Shaw

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After their player broke Luke Shaw's leg the last time PSV and Manchester United met, the Dutch fans have made a banner for our left-back, ahead of the clubs meeting again on Friday and his latest scan on Friday.

Toure: I want City to be like United

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Yaya Toure has spoken about how he hopes that Manchester City can one day be like Manchester United. Having been accused for just joining City for the money, Toure insists that his feelings for the club are stronger than that. He has seemingly forgiven them for not allowing him time off to see his dying brother, as he claimed last year.

Memphis: I enjoyed celebrating with our fans

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After scoring Manchester United's opening goal in a 2-1 win over Watford, Memphis Depay went to celebrate with our travelling fans. He has since spoken of how much he enjoyed scoring and sharing that moment with them.

The system was different, but we have a little bit more freedom and there was space in behind also which we took advantage of.

Lingard: We’ve sent out a message to other teams

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Jesse Lingard has reflected on Manchester United's 2-1 win over Watford this weekend, which saw us go top of the table for a few hours, before Leicester won.

However, the defeats for Manchester City and Arsenal meant that we are now above them in the table

It's massive. It's a bit of a statement to the other teams, who will look at this and see we've won.

Memphis: I’m grateful to Giggs for advice

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On Saturday, Memphis Depay scored Manchester United's first goal in our 2-1 win over Watford and was named man of the match.

This performance came after weeks of poor displays which have lead to criticism. Memphis has thanked Ryan Giggs for helping him get through a difficult patch.

I think every young player goes through things but I keep training and enjoy the training sessions.

LvG: Memphis was superb

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Menphis Depay has received plenty of criticism over the past few months for his poor performances.

In the lead up to Manchester United's 2-1 win over Watford, Louis van Gaal insisted he had faith in the #7.

Today, after Memphis scored United's opener, Van Gaal has sung the player's praises.

LvG: I’m proud to manage this team

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Watford, where we cane back to win the game after conceding from an 87th minute penalty, Louis van Gaal has praised his team.

I was amazed by the spirit in our team. I'm very proud that I am the manager of the team.

We are fighting for the first position in the league.

VIDEO: Herrera celebrates United’s late winner 

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LvG: Januzaj should have listened and stayed in England

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Adnan Januzaj was a shock summer depaeture, when he left the club for Borussia Dortmund on a year long loan, after playing in the opening fixtures.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he was keen for Januzaj to join a Premier League club, after fears he wouldn't get in the Dortmund team. Now that those fears have been confirmed, the manager says we will have to wait and see if Januzaj made the right decision.

Smalling: Fans will see “attack” chant is naive

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During the spell of three 0-0 draws, Manchester United fans aired their frustration with chants of "attack, attack, attack!"

Even during the first half of the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow the chants could be heard, despite United playing good, attacking football.

Chris Smalling has claimed fans will feel naive if United win something this season.

Herrera: I like it when the fans sing my name 

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Ander Herrera has become a fans' favourite since joining Old Trafford in the summer of 2014.

Herrera has thanked the fans for supporting him.

I noticed (the fans singing my name) and I like that. It must mean I work in the right way and give everything. This is my way to say thank you to the fans and to keep fighting for my place in the team.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Watford

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POLL: Should Wilson start up front against Watford?

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Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini have returned from the international break with injuries, while Wayne Rooney is ill.

So far this season, striker James Wilson has played eight minutes against Arsenal and 45 minutes against Middlesbrough in the League Cup.

Louis van Gaal has confirmed he is fit to play but wouldn't be available for the full 90 minutes due to a lack of match fitness.

Young: I’ll get a better reception from Watford than Villa!

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Manchester United face Watford on Saturday, meaning Ashley Young will be returning to the club where he started his career.

He has reflected on what it means to him returning to his former club.

I'm really looking forward to going back. It's the club where I started and learnt my trade and, hopefully, it'll be a nice reception.

No Plan A or Plan B available for Watford

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Louis van Gaal has today confirmed that several Manchester United players are unavailable for this weekend's game against Watford, including Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini.

When Martial first signed and Rooney was injured, Fellaini was used as a lone striker against Liverpool.

PICTURE: Rooney, Pogba and Evra pose after England win

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Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra posed for a picture following England's 2-0 win over France at Wembley.

PICTURE: Martial leaves Wembley on crutches

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Anthony Martial was pictured leaving Wembley stadium on crutches following England's 2-0 win over France. He was substituted off the pitch with 20 minutes remaining.

France's manager, Didier Deschamps, played the injury down though.

He was in quite a bit of pain after the match.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about United's relationship with David Beckham.

Scott writes for The Metro about our need for patience with LvG.

The Mirror looks at the players United fans want to sell and keep hold off.

Squawka looks at Herrera's claim on the player who wins all his tackles.

Bebe: I thought United move was a joke

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When Manchester United signed Bebe for over £7 million, we could hardly believe. He was totally unknown and was playing in Portugal's second division. Months before United bought him, he had been offered around Europe's clubs for £125,000, but nobody was interested.

Bebe has reflected on the transfer, now that he is playing for Rayo Vallecano on a year-long loan from Benfica.

Lingard: I turned down Liverpool because my heart was at United

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Jesse Lingard has gone from strength to strength this season, just as Sir Alex Ferguson predicted, scoring his first goal for Manchester United against West Brom.

Lingard has reflected on the beginning of his time at United though, starting with when he turned down Liverpool to play for United.

Rojo: I have a normal relationship with LvG

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It is no secret that Louis van Gaal was less than impressed with Marcos Rojo this summer, when his expired passport meant he couldn't take part in Manchester United's pre-season tour of USA.

Rojo had to sit out the first few weeks of the season but has earned his place back in the team following Luke Shaw's injury.

VIDEO: Rooney scores in England’s win over France

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Wayne Rooney scored England's second goal in their 2-0 win over France. Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones also featured in this game.

Rooney: I spoke to United teammates in Paris after attack

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During the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, there were plans for suicide bombers to enter the Stade de France, where Germany and France were playing in a friendly. Thankfully, their plans were foiled.

Anthony Martial, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin were all in the match day squad for their country, as well as former red Patrice Evra.

Becks: I’d have crawled back to United… and Ronaldo should do the same

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Cristiano Ronaldo is regularly linked with a move back to Manchester United and David Beckham has advised him to make a return to United.

Ronaldo followed in Beckham's footsteps, wearing the number seven shirt at United before moving to the Bernabeu, and Beckham reckons he would have crawled back to United had he been given the opportunity.

Park: Old Trafford feels like home

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Ji-Sung Park played in David Beckham's charity match for UNICEF, where a British and Irish took on the rest of the world.

Park's wife is about to go in to labour, meaning he couldn't hang about, but he had time to talk about how much it meant to him to return to Manchester.

Our baby is due next week so I wasn't able to come early, but I knew this was a charity match and I was really happy to play.

Hodgson disagrees with LvG on Lingard

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After a few good weeks for Jesse Lingard, including Manchester United's opening goal against West Brom last weekend, Louis van Gaal was quick to dismiss the likelihood of an England call up for the youngster.

I would say it is much too early. We have to wait to see if he is consistent because he is more or less the same age as Memphis Depay.

Mata: Cantona is a United icon and Scholes is one of the best in history

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Juan Mata has chosen his all-time Manchester United XI.

Goalkeeper: Peter Schmeichel

"He was a very important player in the Sir Alex Ferguson era and they won a lot of trophies with him in the goal."

Defenders: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra

"All of them, they played together for a long time and were very successful.

Blind: I used to watch Ruud playing for United

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Manchester United hero, Ruud van Nistelrooy, is Danny Blind's assistant manager for the Dutch national team. Daley Blind has reflected on when he first saw the former striker and what it is like working alongside him now.

I first met Ruud when he became the assistant manager for the Dutch team and he's a really great person.

Scholes: I can’t criticise United because LvG is listening!

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Louis van Gaal and Paul Scholes have been involved in a public disagreement recently, with the former player regularly going to the media to criticise the team's tactics. Van Gaal has suggested that if Scholes has constructive criticism he should voice it to his good friend Ryan Giggs, rather than repeatedly going to the press with his negative opinions.

Ronaldo: Fergie better than Mourinho and Benitez

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Cristiano Ronaldo has again reiterated his feelings for Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming the former Manchester United manager is the best he has ever worked with. Ronaldo has played for the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and, currently, Rafa Benitez, but he insists Ferguson outshines them all.

PICTURE: Brooklyn Beckham’s United journey

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David Beckham's son, Brooklyn, made his first appearance at Old Trafford in 2000 after Manchester United won the Premier League when he was just over a year old. He was there again the following May when United won the league again.

In March 2014 he was at West Ham to watch United win, with Wayne Rooney scoring from the half-way line.

PICTURES: Beckham’s charity match – Scholes, Solskjaer, Fergie and more

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GB and Ireland: James, Carragher, Terry, Campbell, P Neville, Beckham (c), Butt, Fletcher, Giggs, Scholes, Crouch. Subs: Seaman, Ashley Cole, Sinclair, McAllister, Smith, Owen.

Rest of the World: Van Der Sar, Cafu, Couto, Silvestre, Figo (c), Seedorf, Pires, Park, Ronaldinho, Kluivert, Solskjaer.

VIDEO: Scholes goal and Becks assist in charity game

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Paul Scholes put the GB and Ireland team 1-0 up against the Rest of the World in David Beckham's charity match for UNICEF at Old Trafford.

Zaha: Moyes told me to stop doing tricks

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Wilf Zaha has reflected on his time at Manchester United, where he wasn't given a go by David Moyes, with the former manager believing Zaha wasn't ready for the first team.

Under Moyes I had to adjust my game. Certain managers want a trustworthy player, someone that will always keep the ball.

De Gea: I’m very happy at United and I feel the love from the fans

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David de Gea was minutes away from becoming a Real Madrid player, but after the deal fell through, our goalkeeper opted to sign a contract extension with Manchester United. The fans have been fully behind him and De Gea has expressed his happiness at still being at the club.

I felt in that moment that to extend my contract was the best thing to do.

De Gea: LvG is a joker who forgave Real Madrid fuss

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David de Gea could be a Real Madrid player now, if not for a last minute mess up between the Spanish club and Manchester United, which meant the goalkeeper was destined to stay in the Premier League.

De Gea quickly signed a contract extension at United and has revealed that Louis van Gaal has made him feel totally welcome ever since.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about David Moyes getting sacked.

Scott writes for ESPN about Antonio Valencia.

The Mirror looks at Memphis making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

The Guardian talks about Rooney missing out on England's game against Spain.

The Telegraph reports on United's interest in Neymar.

Herrera: I have a great relationship with good guy Van Gaal

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Ander Herrera has sung the praises of Louis van Gaal, despite often being overlooked by the manager. The Spaniard believes Van Gaal is the right man for the job and that he has United's best interests at heart.

He's a very demanding person, very forward and very sincere, which I value a lot.

VIDEO: Tuanzebe interviewed as an 11-year-old

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Axel Tuanzebe captained his school team at England Danone Nations Cup Final in 2010 at U12 level. His school, St Cuthberts in Rochdale, lost to Whitgift Independent Boys School at Stamford Bridge, but Tuanzebe was interviewed before kick-off.

Herrera: De Gea is a genius

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Ander Herrera has spoken highly of Manchester United's goalie David de Gea. The two are great friends and after De Gea's transfer to Real Madrid fell through at the last minute, Herrera has admitted he's glad to have his friend with him in Manchester.

He's a genius. Purely on talent, I've never seen someone like him and we are lucky to have him.

Pique: I was happy at United

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Gerard Pique has reflected on his time at Manchester United, when he barely played thanks to the form and fitness of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

When I was there Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Roy Keane. We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league.

Schneiderlin: I don’t care about being in the spotlight

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Morgan Schneiderlin rarely grabs the headlines playing in the position he does. He won't be making many last gasp challenges to prevent a goal, and he will be rarely scoring screams to give United a win.

However, our midfielder has said he's happy to work hard for the team, as all he's interested in is winning.

Mancunians making their way through the ranks

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Since the war, 48 Mancunians have made their way up through the ranks to play for Manchester United's first team, according to the club's official site.

1940s: John Aston senior, Laurie Cassidy, Jack Crompton, Jimmy Hanlon, Jack Roach

1950s: Roger Byrne, John Doherty, Don Gibson, Bobby Harrop, Peter Jones, Eddie Lewis, Wilf McGuinness, Billy Redman, Albert Scanlon, Dennis Viollet, Walter Whitehurst

1960s: John Aston junior, Shay Brennan, Phil Chisnall, Brian Kidd, Nobby Lawton, Bobby Noble, Nobby Stiles

1970s: Peter Fletcher, Tony Grimshaw, Andy Ritchie, Tony Young

1980s: Peter Barnes, Alan Davies, Mark Dempsey, Remi Moses

1990s: Wes Brown, Nicky Butt, Danny Higginbotham, Ronnie Wallwork, Richard Wellens

2000s: Ritchie Jones, Danny Welbeck, Mark Lynch, Danny Pugh, Danny Simpson, Danny Webber

2010s: Tyler Blackett, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Larnell Cole, Zeki Fryers, Ravel Morrison, Tom Thorpe.

TOP FIVE: Things Louis van Gaal should be doing differently

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After going with the super-cheerful option last month and taking a rose-tinted look at the season so far, a month has passed. And it's not been the most inspiring of months, to be frank. United have only lost once—and in a game the manager cared so little about he picked Sergio Romero. However, there was a dry spell long enough that children at Old Trafford were heard to ask "Daddy, what is a goal?

Tevez: My time at United was wonderful

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In Carlos Tevez's two seasons at Manchester United, he won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

When I first got to West Ham it was bad because they threw me in London and I didn't know what to do. At West Ham, I followed Mascherano everywhere.

PICTURE: Valencia has operation

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Antonio Valencia has had an operation on his foot after picking up an injury in our 0-0 draw against Manchester City.

Eight United youth players make league debut under LvG

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After Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley were sold by Louis van Gaal, there were claims that Van Gaal was selling United out, and forgetting about the ingrained priority to bring through youth players.

This was a bizarre claim, considering Van Gaal is the manager who has given debuts to the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes, Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf, amongst others.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about keeping the faith with Memphis Depay.

Scott writes for The Metro about Jesse Lingard.

The Mirror claims Fellaini's contract won't be renewed.

The Guardian talks about the Class of '92 and Salford City.

The Telegraph has Gary Neville's column on Salford City.

United have improved under LvG but something has to give now

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Three weeks ago, as news broke that Paul O'Connell's rugby World Cup and test career with Ireland had come to an end after a serious injury, a famous clip of the former Munster captain reappeared across social media.

In the video, filmed before a Test match against France, O'Connell rallies his team mates in the dressing room, demanding they deliver "manic aggression" for "every minute of the game" and exhorting them to lay down a marker from kick-off.

PICTURE: Former reds at Old Trafford yesterday

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Jonny Evans returned to Old Trafford yesterday for the first time since leaving his boyhood club for West Brom in the summer. He was accompanied by Darren Fletcher, who joined the Baggies in January, but who has already played at Old Trafford in May last season.

LvG: I’m very happy for Lingard

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Jesse Lingard scored his first Manchester United goal yesterday when we beat West Brom 2-0 at Old Trafford. Lingard has gradually been brought in to the first team over the past few weeks and his hard work was rewarded with a goal, something manager Louis van Gaal is very happy about.

Of course, it was again a fantastic goal because Jesse Lingard scored his first goal today.

Mata: We’re in position to compete for the title

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Juan Mata, who scored Manchester United's second goal in our 2-0 win over West Brom yesterday, has played down talk of us winning the title, but insists we're in a good position in the table.

Let's see about that one, as there are still too many games until the end of the season [to judge].

LvG: Joyce advised me that this youngster was ready for the first team

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made his first team debut yesterday in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over West Brom. The 18-year-old came on for the last 15 minutes, in place of Marcos Rojo, at left-back.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he is in regular contact with United's U-21 coach, Warren Joyce, and U-18 coach, Paul McGuinness.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v WBA

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Rojo: I want to make the most of Shaw’s injury

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Since Luke Shaw broke his leg in Manchester United's game against PSV in the Champions League, Marcos Rojo has been filling in at left-back. Rojo started the season out of favour, after missing our pre-season tour in America after failing to keep his passport in date, with Louis van Gaal less than impressed.

PICTURE: Shaw walking without crutches

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Luke Shaw has been pictured leaving Manchester United's Christmas do without crutches. Less than two months after breaking his leg in the Champions League game against PSV, Shaw is showing great progress.

Mata: I like the song United fans sing about me

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Juan Mata has been interviewed by United We Stand and has talked about the chant that our fans sing for him.

"Who's the greatest player in the Premier League? It's you Juan, Juan, Juan, it's you, Juan, Juan."

The first one I heard about me was like a Christmas song.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit to give a bit of perspective on Van Gaal.

The Mirror discusses Ashley Young's diving.

The Guardian talks about the fans' feeling on LvG.

BT Sport reports on Solskjaer's memory of Celtic Park.

Stretty News TV has an interview with Ryan Shawcross.

Mata: I’d love to be in an away end and sing with United fans

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Juan Mata has given an interview with United We Stand where he has echoed the sentiments of Ander Herrera a few weeks ago, claiming that he wishes he could be in an away end with Manchester United fans.

"That would be great," he said. "The away fans are unbelievable and that's something that I tell other Spanish players.

VIDEO: Rooney’s goal against Moscow

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs CSKA

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De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Rooney, Lingard, Martial.

CSKA Preview – Five Keys to Victory

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Little over two weeks ago, United fans were celebrating a rousing, if not slightly unexpected 3-0 away victory at Goodison Park. Since then, things have begun to stagnate a little, with four successive draws, one of which saw the Reds embarrassed at home to Middlesbrough in the League Cup via a penalty shootout.

Depay left out of Holland squad as he “doesn’t work well in a team”

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Memphis Depay has been left out of the Dutch squad for their games against Wales and Germany later this month, with manager Danny Blind claiming the youngster doesn't always function well as part of a team.

Depay fits qualitatively in the future of Dutch football, but it's just the way that other issues also play a role.

LvG: The fans are always our 12th man

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During Manchester United's third 0-0 draw on the trot on Saturday, the away fans were chanting "we want to attack". Louis van Gaal has said he hopes the fans get behind the players tomorrow night against CSKA Moscow, but isn't worried about that being the case.

We have had a dip in our results and we have to come out of that dip.

VIDEO: We’re Man United, we want to attack

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Mata: The goals will come

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Following Manchester United's third goalless draw on the bounce, with Saturday's game against Crystal Palace finishing 0-0, Juan Mata has taken to his blog to reassure fans that he believes the goals will come soon.

A week ago, after two draws, I was telling you here that we had to win again.

LvG: We are trying to score goals!

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Louis van Gaal has come under plenty of criticism following Manchester United failing to score in the last three games, drawing 0-0 with Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace.

The manager has acknowledged that he is obviously eager to see us score more goals and that they are working on the attack.

LvG: It’s not normal to play Fellaini as a striker

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Louis van Gaal has spoken about Marouane Fellaini's position at the club, insisting that he has yet to decide whether he will start him in midfield against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.

He has to compete as a midfielder because he is more a midfielder than a striker. He has to compete with players in his position and I have to compare and think how we have to play and then I decide.

RoM Reads

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Scott gives the player ratings for ESPN on United's draw with Crystal Palace.

The Guardian reports on our draw with Crystal Palace.

The Mirror reports on City trying to poach our youth players.

Joe reports on Rooney's potential change from Nike to Adidas.

Campo Retro has great old United shirts on offer.

Evra: Fergie retirement felt like the world was over

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Patrice Evra has reflected back on his final weeks at Manchester United before learning that Sir Alex Ferguson was set to retire at the end of the season.

I remember we talked maybe two weeks before and he said, "Patrice, I will be here for another five years". I said "Yes boss.

LvG: Of course lack of goals are a concern

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his frustration over Manchester United's failure to score goals in the past three games.

Of course it is a concern. I said that after the match against Middlesbrough, when we created a lot of chances. You have to finish the chances. In the last minute of the first half, Ander Herrera could have finished it but he didn't.

Schneiderlin: We need to keep believing

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Morgan Schneiderlin has reflected on Manchester United's recent form, with us failing to score in the past three games.

It's frustrating when you don't win games. We have the players to score goals and we will score goals. It's not a worry for me. We've had the chances and sometimes it's just a matter of taking the time to make a good choice.