Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2015

Lingard: I’ve always looked up to Giggs

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When Jesse Lingard was a youngster, Sir Alex Ferguson predicted that the player would break in to Manchester United's first team when he was 22-years-old, and that's exactly what he did. Lingard has made a bright start to his United career this season, and has revealed that he's hoping to follow in Ryan Giggs' footsteps.

Nani: Fergie could make us win with a single word

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Nani has spoken highly of Manchester United's former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming that nobody in the world can compare to him.

I think there is no one in the world who can be compared with Alex Ferguson. We know each other very well. We worked for six years together, but even one year is enough to understand how good a person and manager Ferguson is.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about LvG's future.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Memphis Depay.

BT Sport reports on David Moyes' claim that LvG deserves more time.

Following The Trawler looks at how LvG's philosophy is poisoning the club.

Did John Obi Mikel miss the two penalties United should have had?

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The only thing funnier than Chelsea paying Manchester United £12 million for John Obi Mikel, despite the midfielder never playing a single game for them, is the fact Mikel is due to have his testimonial at Stamford Bridge next summer.

Mikel would have won five league titles had he stayed at United, but instead he claimed he was forced in to signing the contract, and joined Chelsea instead.

Smalling: Silly to say we’re not playing for LvG

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Manchester United have failed to score in their last eight games at Old Trafford, drawing seven and losing one. Their current form is the worst in the Premier League, with Aston Villa the only side to pick as few points as United in the past six games.

However, Chris Smalling insists that the team are still playing for Louis van Gaal.

STATS: How is Januzaj getting on in Germany?

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Adnan Januzaj was spotted in the stands for Manchester United's 0-0 draw against Chelsea, which has fuelled the rumours that the youngster is set to return to Old Trafford in January. How has his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund gone for him so far?

Bundesliga: 14 possible
Played 90 mins: N/A
Subbed on: 6 times
Subbed off: N/A
Unused sub: 6
Goals: 0
Assists: 1

Europa League: 6 possible
Played 90 mins: 2
Subbed on: 2
Subbed off: 1
Unused sub: 1
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

German Cup: 2 possible
Played 90 mins: N/A
Subbed on: 1
Subbed off: N/A
Goals: 0
Assists: 0

PICTURE: Januzaj in the stands for Chelsea game

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Adnan Januzaj, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, was in the stands for Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

Herrera: We deserve to beat Chelsea

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Following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Ander Herrera has spoken of his frustration over not getting the win. United dominated the possession and the best chances, with Thibaut Courtois making a world-class save to stop Herrera, as well as the two penalties United should have had.

You have to fight for luck.

LvG: We should have had two penalties against Chelsea

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Following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Louis van Gaal has spoken of his frustration of us not getting a result. Both Ander Herrera had Wayne Rooney had excellent chances to score, while United should have been awarded two penalties, although it's no surprise Martin Atkinson failed to award them, given his usual performances in our games against Chelsea.

Herrera: I was ready to celebrate

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Ander Herrera had the best chance of the day in Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois made a fantastic save to keep our Spaniard out though.

After the game, Herrera still couldn't work out how his shot hadn't gone in.

I think I put my foot correctly.

Schneiderlin: We have to play attacking football for the fans

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Following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea, Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that the players discussed the importance of playing attacking football for the fans.

We talked before the game and said it was a must for us to be aggressive, to be on the front foot and to attack, just for our fans because they deserve to see some attractive football.

VIDEO: Remember when Chelsea fans were singing for Rooney?

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Two seasons ago, Manchester United faced Chelsea at Old Trafford in August. The away fans were singing Wayne Rooney's name throughout the game, hoping that he would sign for their club.

Pereira: The fans are always great

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Andreas Pereira was a second half substitute in Manchester United's recent 2-0 defeat against Stoke. The youngster has spoken of his frustration at United failing to convert their chances, but has praised the fans for always sticking by the team.

I think we were better in the second half, but we have to finish our chances.

Vidic: We beat Chelsea in ‘the United way’

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Nemanja Vidic, who joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, has reflected on the best day of his career, when we beat Chelsea to win the Champions League in 2008.

Moscow was the highlight of my career. To win the European Cup in a city where I'd lived, in the stadium where I played and against our biggest rivals at the time could not be bettered.

LvG: United’s resuts are strange for the fans

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In Louis van Gaal's programme notes ahead of Manchester United's game against Chelsea, the manager thanks the fans for the support we have showed the team despite the poor results, and urges for us to get behind the players again today.

I know as supporters you have seen incredible success and have so many wonderful memories from your time watching Manchester United at Old Trafford.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Jones, Carrick, Fellaini, Pereira, Memphis.

PICTURE: Has Carrick replaced Rooney as captain?

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Despite coming on at half-time for Manchester United, during our 2-0 defeat against Stoke, Wayne Rooney was not given the captain's armband. Michael Carrick, who started the game as captain, kept the armband until the end.

Rooney has been out for several weeks with an injury, although plenty of rumours have circulated suggesting there's another reason for Rooney's absence.

Mourinho might be the right man, but is it the right time?

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Over two years after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, Manchester United remain in uncharted territory. Louis van Gaal has steadied the ship after nine disastrous months under David Moyes, but the Dutchman now appears to be lost at sea, unable to plan a route to success for his team.

Having got knocked out of the Champions League in calamitous fashion, United proceeded to lose back-to-back games against newly promoted sides, showing their mental solidity and attacking intent are directly proportional to each other.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Stoke vs United

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De Gea, Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Memphis, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Rooney.

Happy Christmas!

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VIDEO: LvG – Enjoy the wine and a mince pie, goodbye

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Louis van Gaal walked out of the press conference today within the first five minutes. Full transcript available on RoM.

Does anybody in this room have a feeling that they should apologise to me? Nobody has that feeling? That's what I'm wondering. I think I was already sacked, I've read.

LIVE BLOG: Louis van Gaal’s press conference

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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Louis van Gaal's future at the club.

The Guardian has a (long) article on Mourinho.

The Mirror claims Wayne Rooney has held a crisis meeting with the players.

The Telegraph has the most interesting stats of 2015.

The Guardian reports on Wenger's claim that LvG is being disrespected.

Mendes: We don’t know if United will offer Mourinho a contract

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With rumours mounting that Jose Mourinho is set to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, with the Dutchman reportedly having two games to save his job, agent Jorge Mendes has denied his client has been offered a contract.

Talking to Portuguese paper Globo Esporte, Mendes doesn't rule out the possibility of something happening in the future, but insists there has been no contact yet.

Chelsea legend: Mourinho would love to go to United

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Pat Nevin, who spent five years at Chelsea in the 1980′s, has made a public apology to Cesc Fabregas this week, after the midfielder threatened to sue. Nevin had claimed that Fabregas was the player who said he would rather lose than win for Jose Mourinho, which the player has denied.

Nevin has also claimed, amidst speculation that Mourinho is set to replace Louis van Gaal, that the former Chelsea manager would "love" the Manchester United job.

Why Mourinho SHOULD be United’s next boss

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The day after Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea, before we had lost to Norwich, I wrote 600 or so words on the precisely contrary headline to the above for my regular gig over at Bleacher Report.

For those wanting to save 10 minutes and just read this article instead, my three primary arguments against United signing up Jose to replace Louis van Gaal are, in essence:

- Tendency towards miserable anti-football

- Doesn't play kids or think long-term

- Is loads of aggro off the pitch.

Why Mourinho should NOT be United’s next boss

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Rumour has it that Louis van Gaal has got one game to save his career and, if he is sacked, Jose Mourinho might end up getting the job he has always wanted.

Before looking at the reasons why he shouldn't get the job, read about why Mourinho should get the job.

Style of play

Three weeks ago, Manchester United were one point off the top of the table, yet our fans weren't happy.

Squad applaud LvG’s training ground speech

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Manchester United players enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Carrington training ground this week, ahead of the Boxing Day fixture against Stoke City.

Louis van Gaal helped serve up the meal to his players, before reportedly giving a speech in front of 200 members of staff.

"We are Manchester United and we will survive — but we have to stick together," he said.

Schneiderlin: My dad showed me videos of Cantona

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Morgan Schneiderlin has been interviewed for the club's official site about Manchester United legend, and fellow Frenchman, Eric Cantona.

The first time I saw Eric Cantona play I said: ‘Oh, that guy is elegant.' I didn't watch him live during the time he was at United but I watched a lot of videos.

POLL: Giggs now? Mourinho now? Pep in the summer?

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What would you like Manchester United to do?

PICTURE: Why has Levante manager followed United fans?

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Former Levante manager, Lucas Alcaraz, has taken to Twitter today to follow a load of Manchester United fans.

Levante are based in Valencia, where Gary Neville has just moved to, so maybe the pair bumped in to each other and Alcaraz has been converted.

Or maybe Alcaraz is interested in the new club his friend Jose Mourinho is set to become the manager of.

Jones: It was worse when Moyes was our manager

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With rumours mounting that Manchester United are set to sack Louis van Gaal, Phil Jones has spoken out to defend the manager. He believes the situation was worse under David Moyes and that the players are fully behind the Dutchman.

I wouldn't say it's the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum under David Moyes.

RoM Reads

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Scott talks to ESPN about whether it's time for Louis van Gaal to go.

Scott writes for The Metro about who should replace LvG if he does go.

The Mirror claims Van Gaal's future hangs on the Stoke game.

The Telegraph warns of risks of appointing Jose Mourinho.

Last minute Christmas presents needed for United fans?

Schweinsteiger: I’m not impressed with the criticism I’ve received

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has suffered some criticism for his performances since joining Manchester United, primarily for being fairly slow and for also slowing down United's play. Speaking to German publication Welt am Sonntag, Schweinsteiger has defended himself.

Honestly, I am not impressed by the criticism that has been brought up [over] me via the media.

POLL: Should LvG be sacked now?

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Mata: We must do better for our incredible fans

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich, Juan Mata has talked about his disappointment, and his desire to do better for the fans.

Of course we're disappointed. It's another very difficult day for us, but the only thing we can do now is stick together and hope that we get the win in the next game because we need it.

LvG: I am now worried for my job

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against Norwich at home, Louis van Gaal has admitted that he is now worried about keeping his job. With Pep Guardiola available at the end of the season and Jose Mourinho looking for a new club, Van Gaal has acknowledged that the belief in him is on the decline.

Borthwick-Jackson: Playing for United is a dream come true

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During Manchester United's 2-1 defeat away to Wolfsburg, which saw us drop out of the Champions League and in to the Europa League, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson made his European debut, when replacing the injured Matteo Darmian.

It was a dream come true. Making my Champions League debut at 18!

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Norwich City

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Norwich

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De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Memphis, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Pereira, Herrera.

PICTURE: Martial with Golden Boy trophy

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Anthony Martial poses at Carrington with the Golden Boy trophy after being confirmed as this year's winner, beating the likes of Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Liverpool's Jordon Ibe, Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek as well as United team mates Adnan Januzaj and Luke Shaw.

Blind: We have to show up against Norwich

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Norwich, Daley Blind has insisted that the players will stick together and have to show up with a good performance, following defeats against Bournemouth and Wolfsburg.

Of course, it's a bad feeling after the result at Bournemouth. As a team, we're still looking the same way, working together and helping each other as one.

Martial: United fans are incredible and formidable

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Having been named the Golden Boy of 2015, Anthony Martial has dedicated the award to Manchester United fans.

I am very happy and honoured to have won the Golden Boy, it was a surprise for me, I have only now found out, at the last minute, and I must say that it is a very special award.

CONFIRMED: Martial the Golden Boy of 2015

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Tuttosport have confirmed that Anthony Martial is the Golden Boy of 2015. The award is given by sports journalists to a young football player playing in Europe who is perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year. All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation's top tier.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about today's game against Norwich.

Scott writes for uMAXit about why fans are wrong the criticise Louis van Gaal for selling Javier Hernandez.

Yahoo Sport looks at United's options ahead of the January transfer window.

The Telegraph claims Depay mocked Van Persie for moving to Turkish club.

De Gea: Dressing room atmosphere is great

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David de Gea has insisted that things behind the scenes at Manchester United are great, despite poor results on the pitch over the past few weeks.

There's a great atmosphere. The dressing room is very together and united, they are a great set of lads and we're all very happy with the group of players that we have and I think that's really important in a team if it wants to achieve big things.

Kagawa: Fergie would go red he shouted so much at Rooney and Giggs

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Shinji Kagawa has reflected on the Sir Alex Ferguson "hairdryer", although admits he never really got much of a telling off, as the manager's anger was usually directed at the senior players.

Although I had heard about the [hairdryer] rumour before going to Manchester, I hadn't seen any managers shouting that hard.

Who are FC Midtjylland?

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Manchester United have been drawn against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League round of 32. The first game will be away at FC Midtjylland on Thursday 18 February 2016 (kick-off 18:00 UK time), with the return game scheduled for a week later at Old Trafford on Thursday 25 February 2016 (kick-off 20:05 UK time).

Mata: I know you don’t want to read my blog

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Juan Mata has taken to his blog to reflect on the awful week Manchester United have just endured. First there was the Champions League exit, after being beaten by Wolfsburg, followed by the 2-1 loss away to newly promoted Bournemouth.

Mata played well in the first game but was poor in the second.

STATS: What has Nick Powell done this week?

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In Manchester United's must win game against Wolfsburg earlier in the week, fans were amazed to see Louis van Gaal take off arguably our best performing player, Juan Mata, and replace him with Nick Powell.

Powell has been out in the wilderness for some time now, having failed to make the most of his loan move to Leicester, where he wasn't played because of his poor attitude.

LIVE BLOG: Bournemouth vs United

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Bournemouth player faces United for first time since his exit

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Joshua King will play against Manchester United this afternoon for the first time since leaving the club in 2013, when he made his loan move to Blackburn permanent. After two seasons there, he rejected an offer to extend his contract, and signed for Bourenmouth.

King joined United from Valerenga in Norway, after turning down offers from several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Bournemouth vs United

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De Gea; Varela, McNair, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Fellaini; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Martial.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about LvG's failings following the Champions League exit.

Scott writes for uMAXit about LvG's confusion over attacking football.

The Guardian discusses LvG's claim that United have no right to win trophies every year.

The Mirror reports on Adnan Januzaj's future.

Rafael: I turned down other English clubs when I left United

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Rafael Da Silva was a favourite amongst the Manchester United fanbase, so Louis van Gaal's decision to sell the right-back was not a popular one. The Brazilian was incredibly injury prone, but he wasn't given much of a chance to fight for his first-place team.

Rafael has revealed that when he left United, he had the option of staying in England, but opted to turn those clubs down for a move to Lyon.

Fellaini: Every players wants to show their quality today

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Following Manchester United's exit from the Champions League on Tuesday night, Marouane Fellaini has insisted that the players need to use today's game against Bournemouth as a way to boost confidence again.

However, the Belgian recognises that after getting a win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Bournemouth will go in to the game with the belief they can get a result.

Rafael: Football is for the fans and they want to see good football

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Rafael Da Silva, who was sold to Lyon in the summer, has responded to the criticism Louis van Gaal is facing for his style of football at Manchester United.

The popular former player has admitted that he didn't enjoy playing for Van Gaal last season, when he was given the opportunity, and reminds the United manager that football is for the fans, and we want to be entertained.

Mata: Now we have to try to win Europa like I did with Chelsea

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Following the hugely disappointing result on Tuesday night against Wolfsburg, which saw Manchester United fail to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, Juan Mata has insisted the club now have to aim to win the Europa League.

It's disappointing for us, for the fans and for everyone.

VIDEO: Wilson scores again for Brighton

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James Wilson has made it two goals in two appearances for his loanee club, Brighton. On Saturday afternoon, he put his team 1-0 up against Derby after 22 minutes.

Brighton are currently top of the Championship table.

Bournemouth v Manchester United preview, injury news and possible XI

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United
Premier League, 2015-16
Date: Saturday, 12 December, 2015
Time: 17:30 BST
Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth

Pressure from the fans on Louis van Gaal will intensify this weekend if Manchester United fail to win Saturday evening's Premier League game at newly-promoted Bournemouth.

De Gea: I can’t put in to words how incredible United fans make me feel

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After his transfer to Real Madrid collapsed at the last minute, David de Gea had to fear there would be some backlash from the Manchester United fans. However, after returning to the first team for our game against Liverpool, he was given a warm welcome by the supporters. De Gea has spoken about that moment in the club's official magazine.

Schweinsteiger misses United’s next three games

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Bastian Schweinsteiger will miss Manchester United's next three matches after accepting a FA charge of violent conduct. He was charged after elbowing West Ham's Winston Reid in our 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. The incident was not seen by the match officials but was caught on video.

Schweinsteiger will now be unavailable for our games against Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke, but his first game back is again Chelsea.

Fellaini: Our focus is now on the title

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Following the hugely disappointing result against Wolfsburg this week, which means Manchester United will not play in the knock-out phase of the Champions League, Marouane Fellaini has claimed the club's focus now has to be on the title. When asked, he was insistnt that United can win the Premier League.

TOP FIVE Moments of Glorious Nostalgia for Manchester United Fans of a Certain age

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Normally here at TOP FIVE Towers we take our responsibilities very seriously. We pick a theme and stick to it, occasionally tweaking it to serve our purposes, but generally being committed to the core principle of the listicle.

Not this month. This month it's different. United are rubbish and are drowning in a sea of negativity and overly positionally disciplined football—except against Wolfsburg when that discipline might have come in handy.

STATS: United’s riches add embarrassment to CL exit

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Wolfsburg vs United

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De Gea, Varela, Smalling (c), Blind, Darmian, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Martial.

Bench: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Carrick, Pereira, Young, Powell

Red Christmas

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Christmas Gifts for Manchester United fans from Form & Glory
The Form & Glory design collective have added some cool new prints to their range of unique and stylish United-inspired Christmas gifts. Prices start at £10.

Chinatown Branch Art Mancheste United prints

Mancunia Merchandise

The Stanley Chow Print Shop

Books
The Promised Land: Manchester United's Historic Treble

From the Stars Sir Matt Busby & the Decline of Manchester United 1968-1974

Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city

Red Matters 50 Years Of Supporting Manchester United

This Is the One: Sir Alex Ferguson: The Uncut Story of a Football Genius

LvG: I want to win the European Cup with United

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Louis van Gaal has been asked whether he wants to win the Champions League with Manchester United, after previously claiming that our current squad isn't good enough to win it.

"Yes of course," he said. "As a manager I have played three finals so that's a lot I think. I have won one and lost two.

Ancelotti: Every manager thinks of managing United

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Carlo Ancelotti has been without a club since being sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season. However, the Italian insists that he won't take any job, and that if one he likes doesn't come up, he will wait.

Louis van Gaal is set to leave the club at the end of next season and Ancelotti has been rumoured as a potential replacement.

LvG: Wolfsburg game is our biggest one

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Ahead of Manchester United's crucial Champions League game against Wolfsburg on Tuesday, Louis van Gaal has insisted this game is his most important important match yet.

If United win, we will progress to the knock-out stage, but if we draw, we will be relying on CSKA Moscow to get a result against PSV.

Schweinsteiger charged for elbow

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video in Manchester United's 0-0 draw with West Ham.

The alleged elbow was against Winston Reid in the 40th minute. Schweinsteiger has until midday on Thursday to reply to the charge.

FA CUP DRAW: Manchester United face…

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Other notable draws
Arsenal vs Sunderland
Exeter City vs Liverpool

LvG: I bought Schweinsteiger to lead this team

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Ahead of Manchester United's crucial Champions League game against Wolfsburg, Louis van Gaal has been critical of Bastian Schweinsteiger's performances since he's moved to Old Trafford.

The reason why we have bought Schweinsteiger is because he's a player who can lead and guide a team.

VIDEO: James Wilson’s debut call for Brighton

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James Wilson scored on his debut for Brighton this weekend, scoring the first goal for his new club after Charlton had gone 2-0 up in the first five minutes. Brighton then came back to win 3-2.

LvG: It’s frustrating we don’t make more of rivals dropping points

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Following another 0-0 draw, Louis van Gaal has insisted Manchester United did play attacking football against West Ham, we just weren't able to score.

Over the 90 minutes, United had over 20 attempts on goal, yet only one of those was on target.

I think that we played a very good match, it's only we have to score.

Blind: We deserved the three points

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Following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with West Ham, Daley Blind has spoken of his frustration that we didn't get the three points. After totally dominating the game and having over 20 shots on goal, United managed just one attempt on target.

We're disappointed of course. You need to finish.

Smalling: The fans have a right to boo

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Following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with West Ham, there were loud boos at the final whistle, with the fans becoming increasingly frustrated that the players can't stick the ball in the back of the net.

Despite creating over 20 chances to score, United found the target with just one of them, and Chris Smalling acknowledges this isn't good enough, while also agreeing with the right of the fans to voice their unhappiness.

POLL: Are the fans right to boo

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Manchester United are on the same points as Manchester City, one behind Arsenal and three behind Leicester. Following the 0-0 draw with West Ham, the fans booed loudly. United had attacked and dominated during the game, having over 20 shots on goal, yet couldn't find the back of the net.

In all competitions, United have scored seven goals in their last 10 games.

LvG: I don’t understand why fans were chanting “attack, attack, attack”

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The football from Manchester United over recent weeks has been incredibly frustrating to watch. Against Leicester, United had 69% possession and had 10 shots, against Watford it was 56% possession with 13 shots, against West Brom 68% possession and 13 shots, and against Crystal Palacfe 56% and five shots.

RoM Reads

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Scott has the player ratings from West Ham for ESPN.

The Mirror posts stats that show United play better without Wayne Rooney.

The Guardian claims we won't approach Pep Guardiola this summer.

The Telegraph reports on the rumour we're going to offer £50m for Harry Kane.

Wolfsburg v Manchester United: Team News, Lineups and Stats

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VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United
Champions League
Date: Tuesday 8th November, 2015
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg

Manchester United head to Germany on Tuesday likely needing a win to progress to the knockout stage of this season's Champions League.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v West Ham

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Ham

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De Gea, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Fellaini, Lingard, Martial.

Bench: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Varela, Carrick, Pereira, Young, Memphis.

Schweinsteiger defends LvG’s philosophy

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has defended manager Louis van Gaal following the regular criticism of the style of football Manchester United are playing this season.

I think he has his philosophy. We try to improve in every match, but it's not easy sometimes when you play against teams who defend with 10 players in their own half, and maybe a little bit deeper.

GNev: Valencia fans will be on YouTube listening to what I’ve said!

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Gary Neville was unveiled as Valencia's manager this afternoon, taking up his first football managerial role, after working as a pundit on Sky Sports for the past few years.

Neville has acknowledged that fans will question this decision but our former captain has insisted he is setting out to prove what he can do.

GNev: I’ll have to learn Spanish as quickly as Phil!

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Spanish is my biggest challenge, I don't speak the language, it wasn't in the plan. I will take lessons every day. At the moment I need to find Spanish teacher who will get up at 6 a.m. to give me lessons. I want to do what Philip has done his Spanish is fantastic, saw him communicating with the players earlier.

PICTURES: GNev with Valencia shirt

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Gary Neville was unveiled as Valencia's manager today, with brother Phil Neville keep the assistant's job.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about our fans' approach to Louis van Gaal.

Scott writes for ESPN about what Ryan Giggs might be thinking of Gary Neville's new job.

The Guardian looks at how Neville was appointed Valencia boss.

The Mirror reports on Rio Ferdinand's praise of Cristiano Ronaldo's training dedication.

Rojo dislocates his shoulder in training

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Marcos Rojo dislocated his shoulder in training yesterday, leaving Manchester United in an even more troubling situation at the back.

United's first choice left-back, Luke Shaw, broke his leg earlier in the season, leaving Rojo as the fill in. But now that he has suffered a repeat of the injury he picked up in derby day last season, Louis van Gaal is going to have to shift things around at the back.

GNev becomes 29th former Fergie player to become a manager

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Gary Neville has become 29th former Manchester United player to play for Sir Alex Ferguson to become a manager.

Viv Anderson, Michael Appleton, Henning Berg, Clayton Blackmore, Laurent Blanc, Steve Bruce, Chris Casper, Peter Davenport, Simon Davies, Darren Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, David Healy, Gabriel Heinze, Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis, Roy Keane, Henrik Larsson, Gary Neville, Paul Parker, Mike Phelan, Bryan Robson, Mark Robins, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Frank Stapleton, Gordon Strachan, Chris Turner, Neil Webb.

GNev and PNev reunited at Valencia

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Phil Neville was appointed as Valencia's assistant manager at the beginning of the season and after Nuno was sacked, Phil took over first team duties.

However, ahead of the next game against Barcelona, it was been confirmed that Gary Neville has been appointed first team coach.

I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia.

STATS: Smalling’s improvement over the past season

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PICTURE: Herrera denies transfer rumours

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Reports in the paper suggested that Ander Herrera wanted to leave Manchester United, but the player has taken to Twitter to deny this. He posted a picture on his Twitter account of an interview he gave in the PSV matchday programme, saying "I don't want this dream to happen."