Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2015

VIDEO: Lingard’s goal for England U-21 vs Germany

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Jesse Lingard scored for England u-21s against Germany this evening.




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VIDEO: Falcao goal vs Kuwait

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Radamel Falcao put Colombia 3-1 up against Kuwait with this great penalty.




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PICTURE: Herrera in the stands at the football

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During his time off following the win against Liverpool, Ander Herrera returned to his former club, Real Zaragoza, to watch them from the stands.

Herrera joined Zaragoza as a teenager and spent seven years at the club before moving to his hometown team, Athletic Bilbao.

I'm a little bit of a footballing romantic.

STATS: Di Maria the most popular shirt for fans

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Angel di Maria is the most popular name for fans in England to have on the back of their shirt, according to results from shirt sales by Sports Direct.




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VIDEO: Chicharito goal vs Ecuador

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STATS: Arsenal striker thinks he’s sharper now – is he right?

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Danny Welbeck has claimed that moving to Arsenal and playing more football has meant he is a lot sharper on the pitch.

When you are playing regularly, you feel a lot sharper on the pitch. Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch. I feel match-sharp and that is important.

Terry: Moscow miss still keeps me awake

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John Terry has reflected on the night when he helped win the European Cup for Manchester United, after missing Chelsea's fifth penalty in Moscow.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's miss, Terry's inability to score took the penalty shoot out to sudden death, which we won after Edwin Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick.

VIDEO: Fellaini goals vs Cyprus

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Marouane Fellaini scored twice in Belgium's 5-0 win over Cyprus.




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Hodgson gets his numbers messed up where Arsenal striker is concerned

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Danny Welbeck is the highest scorer in Euro 2016 qualifiers after his effort was deflected past the Lithuania goalkeeper on Friday night.

Roy Hodgson claims the United fan is benefitting from a move from Manchester to Arsenal because now he is playing more games.

Arsene and I speak more often than most.

VIDEO: Falcao scores twice and assists another for Colombia

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Radamel Falcao scored twice and assisted another in the first 36 minutes of Colombia's victory over Bahrain.




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RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about how United have gone from laughing stock to top four.

Scott writes for ESPN about how Van Persie helped get us in to top four.

The Telegraph sings the praises of Van Gaal.

The Guardian links Chris Smalling with a move to Arsenal.

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Rooney: United and England lads have given me stick over boxing

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When footage started to circulate showing Wayne Rooney getting punched by Phil Bardsley, journalists started debate over what punishment Louis van Gaal would dish out. The panel on Sunday Supplement thought Rooney was a disgrace and were quick to criticise him.

Rooney responded by scoring against Spurs and mimicking the action in a boxing celebration.

Scholes: I never lost my head like Gerrard

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Paul Scholes has reflected on Steven Gerrard's moment of madness, claiming that for all the mistakes he made when he was at United, he never lost his head the way the Liverpool captain did.

Watching Steven Gerrard on Sunday, I suspect that his first thought while he was warming up during the first half was "How am I not playing in this game?

Rooney: I want to break Charlton’s record sooner rather than later

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Wayne Rooney is 20 goals short of equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for Manchester United and three goals from equalling the England tally.

Rooney has claimed that he talks to Charlton regularly but doesn't mention how close he is to the record.

Bobby's been a great for Manchester United and England.

PICTURE: United dominate all-time PFA Team of the Year

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With voting for the PFA Player of the Year currently ongoing, here's a picture of the all-time PFA Team of the Year, using the number of inclusions to decide on the final XI.




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Scholes: As a red, I’d love Bale at United

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With Gareth Bale an unpopular player at Real Madrid, despite essentially scoring the goal that won them their 10th European Cup last season, Paul Scholes reckons the Welshman should sign for Manchester United this summer.

I watched El Clasico on Sunday and it was clear Bale was having a hard time of it.

PICTURE: Falcao with Bahrain flag

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Radamel Falcao scored twice and assisted another in Colombia's 6-0 win over Bahrain yesterday. Still, after the game, he posed with a 'Bahrain Reds' flag from the supporters club.




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United tried to re-sign Vidic

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Manchester United's former captain, Nemanja Vidic, decided to leave the club for Inter Milan during the last campaign. With United slipping to 7th under David Moyes, it was clear that Vidic felt it was time to move on to a new challenge.

Vidic's agent, Silvano Martina has told Gazzetta TV that the defender is fully committed to his new club, despite United inquiring about the possibility of re-signing him in the last transfer window.

Fellaini: I like that LvG is strict with us

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Marouane Fellaini has spoken of his relief that Manchester United now have a strict coach who can get the best out of the players, after a dreadful campaign last year under David Moyes.

The coach is very strict, but that's good. We needed such a coach. Last season we had a bad season.

Forget the superstars, United need to unearth more diamonds in the rough

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When the transfer window drew to a close, United fans could scarcely believe what they were seeing, as despite a seventh placed finish the previous season, the Reds somehow (£££) were able to convince world-class operators in the form of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao that Old Trafford was the place for them.

STATS: Mata best player in the league for goals and assists

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Since 2011, Juan Mata has the best goals and assists record in the league, outshining the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure.




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Jones: We enjoy proving people wrong

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Having been written off and criticised all season, United look to have hit top form at the right time, having just beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Phil Jones says he enjoys proving people wrong after they've had a dig at you.

We have proved people wrong up to now.

VIDEO: United fans at Anfield giving warm welcome and farewell to Gerrard

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As Steven Gerrard warmed up on the touchline at Anfield yesterday, he was greeted with chants of "Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league? Have you f*ck!"

Gerrard was then sent off seconds after coming on at the start of the season half, much to the delight of our travelling supporters.




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STATS: United best performing team in big games this season

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Much has been made of he difficult run in Manchester United have in our battle to finish in the top four, but based on our results against the top clubs this season, we have the best record.




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Skrtel charged for stamp on De Gea

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Martin Skrtel has been charged by the FA for stamping on David de Gea in the final seconds of Liverpool's defeat against us yesterday. He will likely face a three match ban, meaning Kolo Toure will likely feature for Liverpool in their games against Arsenal, Blackburn and Newcastle.




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McNair: Fletcher gave me so much advice this season

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Paddy McNair has played 14 games for Manchester United this season after making his debut under Louis van Gaal. The youngster is surprised by how quickly he has become a part of the first team squad but says it won't really sink in until the end of the season.

I don't think I will really realise how good a season I have had until the end of the season when I look back at it, but so far I'm very happy.

Herrera: I loved standing fans chanting “who are ya?” at me

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Ander Herrera scored a great goal against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup earlier this season.

Known for being passionate about football and seeing the game more like the fans than most players, he has spoken about his happiness in playing in front of fans on their feet chanting at him.

"Seeing Messi against Manchester City made ​​me want to cry," he said.

Carrick: Mata has always been a great player

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Michael Carrick has sung the praises of teammate Juan Mata following his match-winning performance against Liverpool at the weekend.

He has always been a great player. He has always been important to us because he brings so much to the team, and so much ability. You have seen it all there, in terms of what he brings.

Herrera: If you love football, the Premier League is the best place to succeed

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Ander Herrera has sung the praises of the English Premier League in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"If you like football, if you are football fan, this is the ideal place to succeed because people have patience," he said. "In Spain there is more noise from the press, with opinions.

Mata: Sunday was the happiest day of my career

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After scoring two goals at Anfield in United's 2-1 win over Liverpool, Juan Mata struggled to find the words to express how he felt about it in his weekly blog.

This is one of those days when there is no need for words. As you know, it's been more than two years since I started writing this weekly blog and I enjoy it a lot, but sometimes I find it difficult to choose the right sentences to express how I feel.

Herrera: Spanish speakers get insults from Rooney

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Ander Herrera has spoken about his teammates in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

He gives his assessment of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and the Spanish speaking players.

"Rooney is outgoing and insults us in Spanish," Herrera revealed. "I prefer to talk about football because I know he really likes boxing and could want to spar with me.

PICTURE: United banner compares our great managers to Liverpool’s

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Manchester United fans took a banner to Anfield today lauding the knighthoods of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson over Liverpool, in comparison to Bill Shankley and Bob Paisley who were never knighted.




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Five key thoughts following Liverpool 1-2 United as Mata’s brace secures a crucial victory

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Manchester United picked up a vital three points as they defeated rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield. Juan Mata scored a brace, including a fantastic overhead kick to fire Louis van Gaal's men into pole position to make it into the top four. Steven Gerrard came on as a half time substitute for the hosts but was sent off after just 38 seconds for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

VIDEO: United mock Liverpool fans with “nearly won the league” chant

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Liverpool came to Old Trafford last season and sang "and now you're gonna believe us, we're gonna win the league."

With three games left to play they were five points clear at the top of the table. Then Steven Gerrard miscontrolled a simple pass, slipped over and Demba Ba scored. In their next game, they looked to be saving their season, and were 3-0 up against Crystal Palace with 10 minutes left to play.

LvG: We played Liverpool off the park

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Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of his players who put in an excellent performance against Liverpool today, particularly in the first half. He was less impressed with how they played in the second half but is still delighted with the win.

The first half was very good because I knew in advance that Liverpool would press us and they did, but we played them off the pitch in the first half.

STATS: United’s win over Liverpool

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Player stats
Most passes
Antonio Valencia 69 (92%)
Juan Mata 67 (92%)
Mamadou Sakho 53 (90%)
Ander Herrera 52 (87%)
Joe Allen 48 (84%)

Attacking third passes
Marouane Fellaini 17 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 17 (90%)
Juan Mata 16 (80%)
Ander Herrera 13 (81%)
Philippe Coutinho 11 (65%)

Ball recoveries
Antonio Valencia 10
Philippe Coutinho 9
Michael Carrick 7
Phil Jones 7
Joe Allen 6

Tackles
Ander Herrera 7/9
Daley Blind 6/7
Emre Can 4/6
Marouane Fellaini 4/5
Phil Jones 4/4

Aerial duels
Marouane Fellaini 11/16
Martin Skrtel 4/8
Emre Can 4/7
Wayne Rooney 4/6
Jordan Henderson 3/6

Top passing combinations
Valencia to Mata 35
Mata to Valencia 23
Blind to Fellaini 20
Herrera to Valencia 17
Valencia to Herrera 16
Mata to Herrera 16

Team stats
Liverpool passes: 302/402 (75%)
United passes: 460/562 (82%)
Liverpool possession: 41.

VIDEO: Will Skrtel face retrospective punishment for stamping on De Gea?

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In the final seconds of United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Martin Skrtel was guilty of stamping on David de Gea. No punishment was dished out to Skrtel, suggesting that the referee didn't see the stamp, therefore making Skrtel eligible for retrospective punishment.

Steven Gerrard lasted less than 40 seconds on the pitch after stamping on Ander Herrera immediately after being substituted on.

Mata: I’m very happy for the fans

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Juan Mata has spoken of his delight at scoring two goals in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool this afternoon.

It feels amazing. The game was massive for us because of the position in the table, the rivalry and the history between the two clubs. I think today is the happiest day since I came to the club.

PICTURE: United celebrate in Anfield dressing room

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Ander Herrera posted this picture to Instagram showing the United players in the dressing room after our 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.




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Mata: This was an unbelievable day for me

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Juan Mata was named Man of the Match after his two goals in United's 2-1 win over Liverpool this afternoon. The Spaniard claims this performance was probably his best in a United shirt.

I think so [that it was Mata's best game for Man United]. Because of the rivalry it's a massive game.

VIDEO: Herrera’s reaction to Mata’s fantastic goal

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VIDEO: Mata goals vs Liverpool

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PICTURE: Ferguson arrives at Anfield

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Sir Alex Ferguson has arrived at Anfield ahead of our game against Liverpool.




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Forlan: I get goosebumps when I hear my chant for Anfield goals

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Diego Forlan will forever be remembered by Manchester United fans for the two goals he scored at Anfield in our 2-1 win in 2002. He scored twice within three minutes and the moment has been immortalised in a song.

Forlan has reflected on what it means to him to hear this song when he is all over the world watching United play.

Van Gaal: I’m very proud to be United manager

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his pride at being Manchester United manager, having previously been at the biggest club in Spain, Germany and Holland.

It is an honour and a challenge to be coach of United because I was trainer-coach of No 1 (team) in the Netherlands, No 1 in Spain and No 1 in Germany.

Blind: We need to play like we did against Spurs to get Anfield win

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Daley Blind had a good game at left back against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend in our impressive 3-0 win. The Dutchman has revealed that the players are fully focussed for this weekend's game and are keen to recreate last weekend's performance at Anfield.

I think Liverpool have a good team with some very good players, but if we stay focused, compact and play together as a team, which we did last Sunday, then we have a really good chance.

LvG: Manchester United are bigger than Real Madrid

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Louis van Gaal has spoken about the size of Manchester United, claiming that, in term's of global appeal, it is the biggest club in the world.

"We were in the USA and we played against Real Madrid, Liverpool, Roma, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, five matches in three weeks, 300,000 fans and I think 280,000 of them in a red shirt.

Forlan: Neville told me United fans would never forget me after Anfield goals

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Diego Forlan has given an interview with United Review, where he discusses the two goals in three minutes that he scored against Liverpool in 2002.

I remember those goals very clearly. They came at a difficult time for me. I was not playing so much and hardly playing in the big games.

Blind: I remember watching my dad win European Cup with LvG

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Daley Blind's father, Danny, played for Louis van Gaal at Ajax, winning the league and European Cup with him there. Daley has reflected on what it was like when his dad was playing for his current manager.

I was five when my dad won the Champions League. I can't remember watching it live on the television but, growing up, I saw all the videos and dreamed it might be me one day.

LvG: Giggs prepares players for our opponents

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Louis van Gaal has gone in to some detail explaining what the pre-match routine is for Manchester United's game. As you would expect, it's incredibly meticulous.

The preparation starts with the scout, Paul Brand, who is analysing the opponent, who selects all the images with Marcel Bout, the (opposition) scout.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Sterling, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge.




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Liverpool Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Was it the "Philosophy"? Was it just a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham"? Or was it just a fluke? Whatever it was, things took a huge step to improving for Manchester United last week, in perhaps the most complete and satisfying display since the Sir Alex era drew to a close.

FA Cup defeat to Arsenal had steeped pressure on Louis van Gaal and his side, leaving them desperate to take points from rivals if a top four spot was to be obtained and with further tricky fixtures to follow, the Reds made an ideal start ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday.

The players under threat at United

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It is heading towards two years since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as Manchester United manager, and what a dramatic turn of events has ensued. Fergie hand-picked David Moyes as his heir apparent which ended with the former Everton boss being shown the Old Trafford exit door within twelve months.

Why my son’s first trip to Old Trafford was a trip down Memory Lane for me

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We all have our reasons for falling in love with the beautiful game.

I grew up in the days before Sky Sports, when 'Saints and Greavsie' was a thing and live football on TV was a rare treat. So, like many of my generation, it was initially through playing that the romance was kindled. I'd play at any opportunity, in any weather, for my cub-team, my school-team, at play-time, in the park, in the garden or on the driveway, kicking a ball against the garage-door, the clang of rubber against metal reverberating through the dusk air.

Young: LvG makes players better

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Ashley Young's Manchester United career looked to be close to an end last season, with the winger rarely playing and, when he did, looking dreadful.

However, under Louis van Gaal, whether playing as a wing-back or winger, he has looked this good this season, and the player has sung the praises of the manager for this.

STATS: United goal scorers and providers compared with Chelsea’s, City’s, Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s

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Here is a comparison of the players at United who have scored/assisted the most goals this season. Rooney is currently United's top scorer, although it should be taken in to consideration that he has played in central midfield for the majority of the season. Angel di Maria has more assists than anyone in the team.

What do Mata and Rooney talk about?

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Juan Mata does a weekly blog which discusses the most recent match, the game ahead, and anything else he's been up to in the week.

This week, amidst speaking of his gratitude to the fans for their support at the weekend, Mata talked about what he did last week.

I would like to recommend to those who come to Manchester a visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Rafael: I want to score another wonder goal

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Last week, Rafael da Silva scored a fantastic goal with his left foot for the U-21s. He returned to the first team on Sunday, in United's 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, after coming on as a second half sub.

With Liverpool ahead at the weekend, Rafael is hoping for another wonder goal.

It was very good to score that goal.

Rafael: It’s great to be back

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Rafael da Silva made his first appearance for the first team on Saturday since he was taken off at half-time against Yeovil on the first weekend of January.

The Brazilian has spoken about his delight at being back in the team and hopes to keep his place, with Liverpool on the horizon.

It was very good for me and it was also very important for me, to come into the game and play for the first-team again.

Mata: I’ll never forget love from United fans

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Juan Mata received a standing ovation from the Old Trafford when he was subbed off against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. He went straight down the tunnel and the supporters continued to show their appreciation of what was a great display from the Spaniard.

In his blog, Mata has spoken of his gratitude to the supporters and insisted the positivity from the crowd makes a difference to performances.

PICTURE: Wayne Rooney’s son as mascot for Spurs game

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Wayne Rooney's son, Kai, was a mascot for today's win over Tottenham Hotspur.




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Five key thoughts following United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur as Rooney emphatically replies to boxing row

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Manchester United bounced back from their FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal with a convincing victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney sent the Red Devils just two points behind Manchester City and one behind Arsenal.

With the crunch clash at Anfield against rivals Liverpool to come next Sunday, the win over Spurs, which effectively ended any hope of the visitors making the top four, was the perfect way to prepare.

Rooney: Video was just me messing around with my mates

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Wayne Rooney has spoken about the video of him being knocked out by Phil Bardsley which was sold to The Sun. One of his friends recorded it and today it was on the front page of the papers.

After scoring in United's 3-0 win over Spurs today, Rooney re-enacted the fight in his celebration, and has played down the whole event post match.

What was Carrick’s celebration all about?

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Michael Carrick scored United's second goal in our comfortable 3-0 win against Spurs this afternoon. He then celebrated holding up his fingers to count out 5-2.

Was it a reminder of this game against Spurs?

Or were they the odds of his winning horse at Cheltenham?




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LvG: Reaction to Rooney shows world is twisted

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Louis van Gaal was asked about the video which has circulated showing Wayne Rooney getting knocked out by Phil Bardsley.

The press had suggested that Rooney could be in hot water with the club for taking part in such things, with the risk it could pose to his health and fitness. Van Gaal apparently doesn't agree.

VIDEO: Fellaini, Carrick and Rooney’s goals vs Spurs

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LvG: United’s team spirit is fantastic

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Following United's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Louis van Gaal has praised the team spirit of his players. After the disappointing result against Arsenal on Monday, the players bounced back straight away, which the manager anticipated after their approach to training this week.

Maybe aside from the first five minutes, we had control over the match.

VIDEO: Fellaini and Rooney’s boxing celebrations

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LIVE BLOG: United vs Spurs

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Spurs

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.




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LvG: Di Maria is very happy to be at United

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Louis van Gaal has dismissed claims that Angel di Maria is unhappy at United and believes that the player will stay at the club.

As a manager, you can never say 'yes' or 'no' because the player shall always decide at the end. But I don't think he shall move. In spite of this incident, that he had with his wife at his home, he is very pleased to be here at Manchester United.

VIDEO: We’ll do what we want

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The Sloop John B tune can be heard at most grounds every week these days, but it wasn't always this way. In October 2010, Nani scored a goal against Spurs which left the opposition incredulous. He had fallen over in the box after Kaboul pulled on his shirt with both hands. When Nani was on the floor, he touched the ball with his hand.

Spurs Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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No sooner had Danny Welbeck's inevitable winner hit the back of the net on his return to Old Trafford, were "#narrative" klaxons sounded off left, right and centre as Manchester United were confined to competing on just one front as another trophyless season beckons.

United turned in another frustrating showing in which they failed to impose their dominance for sustained periods and two defensive errors proved costly in ensuring a top four finish can be as good as it gets for Louis van Gaal in his first season at the helm.

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney gets knocked out by former United academy player

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A video has emerged today showing Wayne Rooney and Phil Bardsley having a boxing match in a kitchen. Bardsley lands a punch on Rooney that knocks him out. He falls back on to the floor, smashing his had, and just missing the side by inches.




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LvG: RvP isn’t ready to train outside yet

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Robin van Persie hasn't played for United since the 2-1 defeat against Swansea when he picked up an ankle injury. Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the striker is back in training but isn't ready yet to go outside with the rest of the squad.

He is still with the medical department and needs to take the step to the technical department.

VIDEO: LvG’s funny response to question about Falcao

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The future of Radamel Falcao is the focus of plenty of speculation at the moment, after the striker was used in the U-21s.

The Telegraph's Mark Ogden asked Louis van Gaal about the Colombian striker's job security, to which our manager had an amusing reply. Van Gaal should be kind though, with Ogden one of the few journalists not to give the manager a hard time this season.

Valdes: I always hear United fans singing De Gea’s name

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Victor Valdes has yet to make an appearance for United's first team since officially joining the club in the January transfer window. His problem is United's best performing player this season is David de Gea, who almost on a weekly basis is making world class saves to help his team.

Valdes has sung the praises of his team mate and claimed that he is currently the best keeper in the world, in an interview with United Review.

NEW RoM chat room

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We're trying something new out at RoM which hopefully you will enjoy. We've joined INPLAY which is a phone app that allows us to communicate with each other in real time via our phones.

We can use it on a day to day basis, when there's a breaking story in the news, but it works best during the matches.

Di Maria: I’m really happy to wear no.7 shirt

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Angel di Maria is a player who should be worthy of wearing Manchester United's famous number seven shirt, following the less justified decision in giving it to Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia.

His form this season hasn't been good enough, as he's struggled to settle in to the Premier League, but he has spoken of his gratitude at being given this shirt number.

Is LvG disrespecting Giggs?

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After Ashley Young's late winner against Newcastle, there was a lot of fuss surrounding Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal's odd interaction. After they both leaped off the bench, Van Gaal turned to Giggs, and our assistant manager's face dropped.

Afterwards, Van Gaal claimed they had a great relationship, which was supported by Giggs.

Di Maria: United always fight right to the end

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There are just 10 games remaining until the end of the season and United are going to have a tough time finishing in one of those top four spots.

Angel di Maria won't feature in Sunday's game against Spurs, after getting sent off on Monday night for stupidly tugging on the referee's shirt, but insists the players are confident of getting in to the Champions League next season.

Keano does still love us after all!

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Since leaving Manchester United, Roy Keane's issue has always been with Sir Alex Ferguson, but at times that comes across as him being against the club.

However, the clues that he is still a red have been there for all to see for quite some time.

For example, with United throwing away the title to City in 2012, Keane was quick to defend his former club.

Mata: Scoring in front of the Stretford End was incredible

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In an exclusive live Facebook fan Q&A, Juan Mata revealed that he believes Manchester United will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, saying that it's "our main objective". Mata said that "Manchester United must always play in the Champions League and we believe we'll make it".

LvG: Falcao not humiliated by U-21 appearance

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Radamel Falcao played for the U-21s earlier this week after failing to feature in either of United's last two games.

The press claimed this was humiliating for the Colombian superstar, but Louis van Gaal has dismissed this suggestion.

I have 25 players and all of the players can play the next game.

Keane: United need Pogba and Coleman

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Roy Keane has assessed which positions Manchester United are lacking in and has given his opinion on who we should sign. Everton's Seamus Coleman and Paul Pogba, who United once had on their books, are the two priorities Keane would go for in the summer.

I think United need a centre half and midfielder and Seamus Coleman for right back.

LvG: Rojo a doubt for Spurs game

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Robin van Persie is our only certain injury for Sunday's game against Spurs, but has suggested that Marcos Rojo may be missing after picking up an injury in Monday's game against Arsenal.

More or less, only van Persie is injured. That is a good sign – when you have a defeat and all your players want to train and show the energy in the training session.

Young: Confidence is sky-high

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Ashley Young has claimed that despite Monday's disappointing result against Arsenal, confidence is sky-high in the squad, and they'll be looking for a victory against Spurs on Sunday.

It was disappointing to go out of the FA Cup as we had a good chance to go through and go on and win it.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for umaxit about the impact Di Maria could have in the remaining games.

The Guardian reports on the FA's report regarding Evans' spitting.

The Independent has Paul Scholes' column where he reveals his liking for Van Gaal's system.

The Express reports on United's snub for Costa.

Carrick: Every game is huge now

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Following the disappointing defeat on Monday night, Michael Carrick has revealed that the players have stuck together and trained hard as they move on from the result.

With big games around the corner, starting with Spurs this weekend, Carrick has stressed the importance of doing a job in every match until the end of the season.

Keane: I want to be in United’s first team next season

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Will Keane is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and has scored three goals in his last eight appearances.

His plan is to end the season strongly on loan then be a part of the set up at United next season.

My aim is to hopefully come back to United and be involved in the set-up there.

Januzaj: Rooney, RvP, Di Maria and Falcao or Mata in my 5-a-side team

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Adnan Januzaj has spoken to the official site about everything related to training at Manchester United.

What is your favourite part of training?
Positioning [work] and the matches.

What sort of areas do you personally work on in training?
Everything for the midfielders and wingers.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Welbeck's goal celebration.

Scott writes for The Metro about the inconsistency of refereeing following Di Maria's red card.

The Express reports on United's day out at Cheltenham races.

The Guardian discusses Louis van Gaal's philosophy.

The Telegraph looks at the Depay transfer rumour.

Shaw: I love Manchester

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Luke Shaw has spoken about his gratitude for the things he's experienced in his career so far, but is concentrating on getting better as the years go by.

I appreciate I've been lucky to be my age and to have gone to the World Cup, and to be where I am now. It's just unbelievable.

VIDEO: Rafael scores great goal for U-21s

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Valdes; Rafael, Love, Thorpe, James (Kellett 62); Grimshaw, Goss, Rothwell (Tuanzebe 84); Wilson, Falcao (Harrop 72), A.Pereira. Subs not used: O'Hara, Willock.

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Academy Players

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With last month seeing the release of "Made in Manchester", an ebook in which some of the best Manchester United writers around look back at United's best academy graduates—all proceeds from which go to the Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre—it seemed a good time to pick a top five from the many fine products of United's remarkable youth system.

VIDEO: Welbeck in the tunnel before and after the game

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: Michael Oliver vs Manchester United

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When Joe Hart goes head to head with Michael Oliver, the referee does nothing.

When Angel di Maria tugs on Michael Oliver's shirt, the referee shows him a second yellow card.

LvG: We gifted Arsenal victory

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Louis van Gaal has reflected on last night's defeat against Arsenal, claiming that United gifted the opposition a win last night.

Having gone a goal down, United equalised almost immediately. However, in the second half, Antonio Valencia played Danny Welbeck in to put Arsenal 2-1 up.

We didn't lose to them, we lost [because of] our own performance, and that's very disappointing.

Rooney: Defeat is hard to take

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has looked back on his team's defeat against Arsenal, claiming the manner of the loss is hard to take.

We're obviously disappointed. Going into half-time having equalised, we felt that we'd create enough chances to win the game, but it wasn't to be.

Welbeck: I’m a United fan and the club means so much to me

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Danny Welbeck's goal put Manchester United out of the FA Cup last night, but the boyhood red, who joined United when he was just nine-years-old, has revealed that he found it hard to knock us out.

Once the emotion takes over it's kind of difficult to keep it in. I obviously tried to be respectful because this was a club that meant so much to me and still does.

Five key thoughts following Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal as Welbeck returns to haunt his old club

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Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Old Trafford. Former Red Devils striker Danny Welbeck scored the winner after a Wayne Rooney header had quickly cancelled out a Nacho Monreal opener.

In an entertaining but ultimately disappointing evening, Angel Di Maria also saw red for grabbing referee Michael Oliver's shirt after being booked for diving.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Arsenal

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Good evening comrades, and welcome to the latest Republik of Mancunia Live Blog, as Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. It's the plum tie of the round, and whoever wins it should fancy their chances of picking up silverware at Wembley this May

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Arsenal

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

VIDEO: Manchester United thrash Arsenal in FA Cup 2008

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Darren Fletcher scored twice in Manchester United's 4-0 win over the FA Cup in 2008, with Wayne Rooney and Nani also scoring. Our Portuguese winger upset Arsene Wenger's players when he started juggling the ball with 15 minutes left to play.

VIDEO: United knock Arsenal out of 2011 FA Cup

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Sir Alex Ferguson picked a bizarre starting XI for United's 2-0 win over Arsenal, with Rafael and Fabio on either wing. The game was relatively easy in the end though and United knocked the North London side out of the Cup again.

VIDEO: United defeat Arsenal’s “invincible” team

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In the same season that Arsenal went unbeaten in the league, Manchester United beat them 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park, thanks to a goal from Paul Scholes.

United beat Millwall in the final.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lee Dixon on that Giggs goal, signing Welbeck, Invincibles vs Treble winners and Monday night’s encounter

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After spending 14 years at Arsenal, winning four league titles and three FA Cups in the process, Lee Dixon is no stranger to a Manchester United v Arsenal encounter. As the Reds welcome the defending champions to Old Trafford on Monday night with a place at Wembley in the Semi-Final at stake, the former Gunners full-back spoke to ROM about Monday night's match, United's season so far and Danny Welbeck's early career at the Emirates.

VIDEO: Manchester United vs Arsenal – FA Cup semi-final 1999

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After the first game finished in a 0-0 draw, United beat Arsenal 2-1 in the replay, despite going down to 10 men and conceding a last minute penalty. This was the game in which the greatest ever FA Cup goal was scored, as United marched on to Wembley to claim one of the three trophies that made up the Treble.

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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With United negotiating an all-important Premier League away victory at St James' Park on Wednesday evening, focus shifts back from our attempts to secure a top four finish, and instead the visit of Arsenal as the Reds go in search of a first FA Cup success since 2004.

Champions League football for next season may well be the priority for Louis van Gaal's side, but the Dutchman has signalled his intent to bring silverware back to Old Trafford this season in the form of the FA Cup, and unlike sustained European competition, doesn't provide the same kind of distraction the league campaign.

VIDEO: Manchester United knock Arsenal out of 1951 FA Cup

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Sir Matt Busby's United took on Arsenal at Old Trafford in the 1951 FA Cup 5th round. Stan Pearson's goal was enough to see United progress to the next round in front of over 55,000 supporters.

Watch footage of the victory in 1951.

United travelled to St Andrews for the quarter-finals and were beaten 1-0 by Birmingham City.

VIDEO: Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0 – FA Cup 1962

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In January 1962, Sir Matt Busby's men beat Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 4th round. Over 54,000 fans attended to watch the victory, with Maurice Setters scoring the only goal.

Watch footage of the 1-0 win.

United drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford in the next round, but won 2-0 in the replay, with Bobby Charlton and Johnny Giles scoring.

VIDEO: United beat Arsenal in FA Cup semi 1979

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Bryan Robson and the 17-year-old Norman Whiteside both scored to give United a 2-1 victory and put them in to the final.

United beat Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup final in a replay, after the first game finished 2-2.

PICTURE: Holden discusses bans for spitting

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Stuart Holden has reacted to the debate surrounding Jonny Evans' six match ban for spitting. The former Bolton player essentially had his career ended by Evans thanks to a reckless challenge. Evans was given a three man ban for that.

RoM asked the question earlier about what Holden would make of Evans' ban.

Herrera: I feel lucky to be a United player

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Ander Herrera has won the player of the month award for February, as voted for by the fans, after Louis van Gaal has finally started playing him.

The Spaniard has spoken of his gratitude to the fans and of his desire to win a trophy for the club.

This means a lot for me because the votes came from our fans and I'm very happy and grateful to them.

Jonny Evans banned for SIX games

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The FA have confirmed that Jonny Evans will serve a six game ban for spitting at Papiss Cisse in United's 1-0 win over Newcastle this week.

It is likely that Evans will appeal the decision, given he has claimed he's innocence but will probably get an extra game for making a "frivolous" appeal.

What would Stuart Holden make of Evans’ SIX match ban?

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On March 19th 2011, Manchester United took on Bolton at Old Trafford, with just nine games of the Premie League season remaining.

We were three points clear of Arsenal, but they had a game in hand, so this match was a must win. Ideally, we could have done with quite a few goals too because our goal difference was superior only by three.

Rooney: I’d love to win the FA Cup

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Wayne Rooney has never won the FA Cup before and now, with him turning 30 this year, time is running out for him. United take on Arsenal on Monday night and Rooney is desperate for a win.

We have an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday and that is massive for us. We haven't been to a final for a few years, we want to try to win that game and we are looking forward to that.

POLL: Do you think Evans will face ban?

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Manchester United's Jonny Evans denies FA charge in relation to incident involving Papiss Cisse. Independent Regulatory Commission hearing tonight, decision expected tomorrow [Saturday].

LvG: Giggs and I have a very good relationship

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Following Ashley Young's late winner against Newcastle on Wednesday, the United bench leapt to their feet in celebration. Louis van Gaal turned to Ryan Giggs and sort of grabbed his face, in a bizarre interaction between the two. Giggs didn't really know how to respond to it.

The following day, papers falsely claimed that Giggs did not celebrate the goal and suggested there was a problem with the relationship between the manager and assistant manager.

Scholes: Most ambitious players leave Arsenal to win titles

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Paul Scholes has had a dig at Mesut Ozil and Arsenal FC, but claiming that the most ambitious players always leave the club because they know they can't win the league with Arsenal.

Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fbregas, Robin van Persie – have all left.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for ESPN about the spitting incident.

The Guardian reports on the sexist chanting from United fans.

The Telegraph looks at which sides have the hardest run in.

The London Standard reports on Wenger's claim about Welbeck's bright future.

Made in Manchester is available to download as a PDF or for your Kindle.

LvG: Young does what I say

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Louis van Gaal has sung the praise of Ashley Young, United's match-winner yesterday, by claiming that he follows all instructions given to him. Young, more than any other player, has really embraced life under Van Gaal and improved the most.

He is a player who wants to perform what you say.

Herrera: We need to play better to stop fans from suffering

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Ander Herrera has claimed that the players are happy with the points after beating Newcastle 1-0, but insists they need to improve their performances to stop the fans from suffering.

For 89 minutes, we watched United totally dominate possession, like usual, but were wasteful with our chances.

POLL: Is spiting twice as bad as violent conduct?

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Jonny Evans has been charged by the FA for spitting at Papiss Cisse and he has until tomorrow to respond. If he is found guilty, FA disciplinary guidelines say that he should be banned for six games, twice as long as a player guilty of violent conduct.

Evans released a statement this morning, before he was charged, protesting his innocence.

Five key thoughts following Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd as Ashley Young steals three points for the Red Devils

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Manchester United picked up a 1-0 victory away at Newcastle on Wednesday night to remain in fourth place in the Premier League. Ashley Young scored a late winner following a Tim Krul error to secure Louis van Gaal's side the three points and a third straight victory at St James' Park.

The Dutchman opted to pick Marouane Fellaini over Radamel Falcao in United's only change with Ander Herrera starting a fourth consecutive league game for the first time in his United career.

LvG: Rooney’s fighting spirit is unbelievable

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With time running out at St James Park, Wayne Rooney chased down a ball in the box, but it looked like a lost cause. However, he did enough to put off the Newcastle defender, forcing goalkeeper Tim Krul in to mistakenly passing the ball straight to Ashley Young. United's winger did well to hold his nerve and the game was won.

LvG: De Gea is unbelievable

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David de Gea was named Man of the Match in United's 1-0 win over Newcastle this evening. A late winner from Ashley Young wrapped up the point, but the goalkeeper played a crucial role. Moments after Young scored, Newcastle had a great chance to equalise, but De Gea pulled off a great save.

Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of the Spaniard, comparing him to other great goalkeepers he has managed in the past.

Young: People are always going to question the biggest club in the world

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After scoring a late winner against Newcastle, Ashley Young has sung the praises of teammates David de Gea and Wayne Rooney who both played a crucial role in earning United three points this evening.

David De Gea was magnificent again tonight. It was a hard fought win. We knew we needed three points and got our just rewards.

PICTURE: Neville reacts to Young’s late winner on Twitter

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Hahahhahahahahahhahhahhahahhahahhahhahahhahhhhahhahhahhhahhahhhahhaaaahaa!!!! Get in!

- Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 4, 2015

Big win that! Night !

- Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 4, 2015


VIDEO: Young winner vs Newcastle

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Newcastle vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

Bench: Lindegaard, Jones, McNair, Carrick, Mata, Januzaj, Falcao.

Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, R.Taylor; Obertan, Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Rivière, Cissé.

Bench: Woodman, Satka, Anita, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Armstrong, Perez.

LvG: Fans right to be annoyed about passes back to De Gea

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During United's 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the weekend, fans were audibly frustrated when Jonny Evans passed the ball back to David de Gea in the first half.

United had just had a corner and passed the ball back to Daley Blind on the half-way line, which was frustrating enough. It was even more frustrating when he then passed back to Evans deep in to our half.

Newcastle Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Another fixture rolls along and once again, Manchester United fans can only speculate as to whether this (finally) could be the week that things begin to click into place. Saturday brought another three points at home to Sunderland after — you guessed it — another sub-par performance, with agents Brown and O'Shea collaborating to see that their former employers got their top four charge back on track.

LvG: Di Maria can be the best player in the world against Newcastle

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Louis van Gaal has defended Angel di Maria again following his poor performance against Sunderland at the weekend. Di Maria was substituted at half-time and his replacement, Adnan Januzaj, had a great game.

Van Gaal has claimed all the new signings will take time to settle in but that Di Maria has the capacity to go on to be the best player in the world.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for The Metro about Angel di Maria.

The Guardian reports on Rooney's backing for Di Maria.

The Telegraph says Van Gaal needs to show faith in Mata.

The Mirror looks at James Wilson.

Mainline are running a competition which will see the winner receive a year's worth of Adidas trainers.

FA Cup flag night against Arsenal

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A week today Manchester United take on Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final and Stretford End flags are encouraging fans to recreate something like the picture above.

For fans attending the game, bring your bar scarf and make a simple 2 metre (W) by 1 metre (H) flag or banner. These can be homemade using a bed sheet & paint, or a flag made of cloth or PVC.

STATS: Are United in trouble with tough games ahead?

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In the games that remain, much has been made that United have tougher fixtures than the teams around them. But is that such a bad thing?

When looking at our results against the top teams in the league, United have faired pretty well this season.

Chelsea
Drew 1-1 (h)

City
Lost 1-0 (a)

Arsenal
Won 2-1 (a)

Liverpool
Won 3-0 (h)

Southampton
Won 2-1 (a)
Lost 1-0 (h)

Out of the 18 points available from games against teams in the top six, United have picked up 10, meaning we've claimed 56% of the points available.

Herrera: I want to win trophies with United

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Ander Herrera has claimed that he has come to Manchester United to win trophies but is prepared to play his part in the squad, even if that means not starting all the time.

They remember the Europa League games! We played very, very well. But now I think they respect me because I want to work, I want to play for United as much as possible.

RoM Reads

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The Telegraph discusses Di Maria's crisis in confidence.

The Mirror reports on Van Gaal's desire to sign a contract extension.

Goal reports on Rooney's defence of Brown.

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