Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

Thoughts On Burnley Game – 37 Shots, 0 Goals, Endless Frustration

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Frustration reigns at Old Trafford as the same starting six from the Stoke draw a weeks ago drew blanks in a 0-0 stalemate with Burnley at Old Trafford. Thirty sevenshots in total were not enough as Tom Heaton's brilliant display kept United at bay. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will come heavily under the microscope as another weak performance means it's six games goalless.

Preview: Manchester United vs Burnley

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Manchester United vs Burnley
Premier League
Friday, 28 October, 2016
Old Trafford

Wednesday's win against Manchester City was much needed, but did it teach us much about Jose Mourinho's side? Not really.

Despite the morale boosting victory against their city rivals, the Blues did play a few kids against a very strong first-team put out by Mourinho after that demolition by Chelsea just a few days earlier.

TRANSCRIPT: Mourinho’s press conference in full – His life isn’t a “disaster” in Manchester and Rooney rumours

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Scott previews United's game against Burnley for ESPN.

The Mirror reports on Ferguson calling Pogba's agent a "twat" in the final contract negotiation.

Ryan Giggs writes for The Telegraph about his fear of Liverpool winning the title.

The Guardian reports on the Burnley player who got a letter from Fergie when he was injured.

Derby win a step in the right direction for United and Mourinho

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And so the inquests can wait a whilelonger. Juan Mata's winner against Manchester City on Wednesday night gave Jose Mourinho his first win in a big game since arriving at Old Trafford and provided him with some much-needed good news after a torrid week.

The 4-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge on Sunday was as abject a performance as any United have served up since Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club and was undoubtedly the darkest moment of Mourinho's career at United so far.

PICTURE: Mourinho visits United’s U-14 squad

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Jose Mourinho appears keen to continue the traditions of Manchester United by paying attention to youth. He visited the U-14 squad this week.

The team was about to travel to Portugal to play in Benfica and Mourinho turned up as a surprise to give them some words of advice. He didn't just pop in to show his face, rather took time to talk to the kids and answer their questions.

TRANSCRIPT: Mourinho’s press conference on Mkhitaryan and beating City

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Evra: I told Tevez that he knew he was still a Red after joining City

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Patrice Evra and Carlos Tevez were great friends when they were at Manchester United, along with Park Ji-Sung, but Evra has revealed he was less than impressed when Tevez signed for Manchester City.

Carlos Tevez was my close friend. But I was not pleased when he joined Manchester City in 2009.

Mourinho: My heart belongs to United fans

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Following Manchester United's win over Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has dedicated the win to our fans, saying he's never had supporters like ours before.

I'm happy. The players did everything. They deserved to win. Everything in the last week went against us because the fans felt such a deeply negative result.

Thoughts On Manchester City Game – Second Half Display Saves United Blushes

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Jose Mourinho got one over Pep Guardiola with Manchester United taking care of Manchester City's rotated squad 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup. Progressing to the quarter finals against West Ham, Mourinho treated the occasion with the respect it required to win the game, and a disjointed squad offered a mixed performance.

PICTURE: Zlatan taunts City player over dramatic reaction to a foul

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was booked in injury time during Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City. Paul Pogba made a strong challenge on Nicolas Otamendi, who then started rolling around feigning total agony, before instantly jumping up to complain to the referee.

Pogba was booked for the challenge but then Ibrahimovic waded in, stopping City from taking an early freekick, before mocking Otamendi for his overly dramatic reaction to the challenge.

Herrera: I really love this club

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Ander Herrera put in another brilliant performance for Manchester United as we beat Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

Herrera confessed his love for the club after the game and said that he felt every victory and defeat just as much as the supporters do.

I like these games.

Mourinho: I couldn’t be prouder to be United’s manager

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win over rivals Manchester City in the League Cup, Jose Mourinho has said the reaction of the fans following the dreadful result against Chelsea at the weekend has meant he couldn't be prouder to be our manager.

It is real passion that doesn't depend on results or the moments.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs City

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Preview: Manchester United vs Manchester City

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Manchester United vs Manchester City
EFL Cup
Wednesday, October 25, 2016
Old Trafford

Well the 4-0 loss to Chelsea was a result Manchester United, pundits or fans alike would've predicted. As Gary Neville said in commentary, it was the type of game we would've expected to see at Anfield just days earlier, but after just 30 seconds United imploded.

Reserves Weekly – Back to winning ways, Millen Baars & Tuanzebe’s imminent debut?

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Last match: United 1-0 Arsenal (Williams)

Ro-Shaun Williams gets his first goal for United's reserves as United take all three points in the first of a North-London double header this week.

Joyce originally named an unchanged side to the one that frustrated Liverpool and their head coach in last week's 1-1 draw.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Mourinho's mixed start to life at United.

The Mirror claims Chris Smalling is not in Mourinho's good books.

The Guardian discusses our problems.

The official site has footage of our Reserves' win over Arsenal.

Squakwa looks at the disbelief over Mkhitaryan's omission.

Bailly out for six weeks

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Following Manchester United's defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Eric Bailly suffered a bad injury.

He is injured and I am afraid he is badly injured. In his knee, in the ligament area. He feels it is really bad.

Reports today suggest that the Ivorian will be out for six weeks, which means he will obviously miss Wednesday's derby, as well as games against Arsenal and West Ham, with the possibility of him returning in time for Tottenham Hotspur.

Rashford: I’d love to score the winner against City again

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Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United's winning goal at the Etihad last season when we beat Manchester City in the league.

Ahead of the League Cup game on Wednesday, Rashford has talked about wanting to get on the scoresheet again, as well as reflecting on his previous goal against our rivals.

Thoughts On Chelsea Game – Mourinho & United Humiliated In Stamford Bridge Destruction

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4-0. What is there to say? Manchester United suffered their worst loss away from home since 1999, Jose Mourinho suffered his worst ever loss in the Premier League and his star studded squad was humbled by a better drilled Chelsea squad motivated by revenge against their former manager, thrashing United literally from start to finish.

PICTURE: Atkinson again fails to show Luiz the red card he deserved

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Just before half-time, David Luiz was guilty of an awful challenge on Marouane Fellaini, planting his studs in to the Manchester United's man knee.

However, referee Martin Atkinson, who has a reputation for making costly errors in Chelsea's favour when playing against United, failed to send him off.

Mourinho: Chelsea fans need to know I’m 100% United

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Ahead of Sunday afternoon's match between Chelsea and Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has reminded the Chelsea fans, who regard him as their greatest ever manager, that he is 100% United now.

Connections start before titles are won. But it is success that brings empathy between supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Chelsea vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Rashford, Pogba, Lingard, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Rojo, Carrick, Mata, Young, Martial.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Chelsea subsBegovic, Aina, Terry, Chalobah, Oscar, Willian, Batshuayi.

Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United

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Chelsea vs Manchester United
Premier League
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Stamford Bridge

After the draw at Anfield, Manchester United will be full of confidence after a much-needed confidence-boosting win against Fenerbahce.

Thoughts On Fenerbahçe Game – United Run Riot In Efficient Display

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After half an hour of play at Old Trafford on Thursday Night, if you'd told the fans that the game ended 4-1 they might not have believed you. The game it hadn't been drab by any means, but the free flowing attacking desired hadn't fully come out to play quite yet.

Then Juan Mata took a clever touch in the box, was clattered into and a penalty was given.

Living the Dream

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It's rather ironic that one of the most exciting and wondrous things to happen at Manchester United in years took place during one of the dullest periods in the club's history. But isn't that often the way? As with love, for example, these rare, life-affirming, inspirational events creep up on you and happen when you least expect them, when you're not looking for them, and when you most need them.

Mourinho takes aim at Pogba’s critics

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Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of Paul Pogba following Manchester United's 4-1 win over Fenerbahce. Pogba put in a great shift and scored two goals, one from the penalty spot and the other a screamer from outside the box, on the back of some average performances in the league.

Mourinho has mocked his critics who have been ready to write him off after just a handful of appearances following his £89m move from Juventus.

Pogba thanks Wazza for penalty but Jose insists that was the plan

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Manchester United beat Fenerbahce 4-1 on Thursday evening and it was Paul Pogba who started the ball rolling when scoring a penalty won by Juan Mata in the first half.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been on penalty taking duty so far this season but Mourinho has said Pogba was next in line in the Swede's absence.

PICTURE: RvP back at Old Trafford 

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Robin van Persie has returned to Old Trafford this evening and is in the starting team for Fenerbahce.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Fenerbahce – RvP starts

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Lingard, Martial.

Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Fellaini, Memphis, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.

Preview: Manchester United vs Fenerbahce

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Manchester United vs Fenerbahce
Europa League
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Old Trafford

Manchester United are third in the Europa League after two games and now they play Turkish supergiants Fenerbahce in their next test.

Mourinho: Shaw will return tonight

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Luke Shaw is fit to play following his recent injury and will play for Manchester United this evening against Fenerbahce in the Europa League. He's also said that Wayne Rooney will be involved but hasn't specified whether that's from the bench or from the start.

I don't want to give you the team, honestly.

RvP: I could have been playing for United tonight

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Fenerbahce this evening, Robin van Persie has claimed that he could have been on our team this evening, with his plan in 2012 to stay at the club for several years.

As it was, Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of Van Persie's first season and Louis van Gaal sold the striker at the end of his first season in charge.

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Scott writes ESPN about whether Ander Herrera is United's future captain.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's claim that nobody is undroppable at United.

The Express discusses claims that the FA will make Marcus Rashford play for the U-21s next summer.

The Mirror has pictures of Robin van Persie signing United shirts ahead of tonight's game.

RvP: It will be like I’m playing at home on Thursday

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Coincidentally, Robin van Persie has been drawn in a Europa League group against two of his former teams, Manchester United and Feyenoord.

The Dutch striker, who played an integral role in us winning our 20th league title, has claimed that playing at Old Trafford with Fenerbache on Thursday will feel like playing at home.

Fosu-Mensah: Delighted to be staying at this great club

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Tim Fosu-Mensah was one of the few highlights of what was otherwise an awful campaign for Manchester United last season. Despite rarely featuring this season under new manager Jose Mourinho, the club has offered the young defender a four-year extension, with the option of a further season.

I am delighted to have signed a new contract here at Manchester United.

Reserves Weekly – Liverpool deadlock, Under-18s’ free scoring exploits & Sam Johnstone’s future

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Last Match: United 1-1 Liverpool (Winks, Harrop [p])

Harrop's penalty and Johnstone's savesearna point against an experienced Liverpool side after a scrappyNorth West derby.

Considering the game was moved due to the first-teams' clash the night before this derby was just as tactically strained but with some added bite.

Thoughts On Liverpool Game – Nobody Wins In Deserving Draw

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So after all of that, it was a draw. All of the hype, all of the discussion and all of the pre-match predictions of a potential goal fest it ended up 0-0 at Anfield on Monday Night. An impressive first 25 minutes of pressing and suffocation couldn't get Manchester United the three points the club and their fans so badly wanted.

Mourinho: Liverpool aren’t last wonder of the world like media claim

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Manchester United earned themselves a point at Anfield in a 0-0 draw on Monday night.

It takes us five points behind Manchester City and Arsenal, as well as keeping us three points behind Liverpool.

We had the lowest possession of any Premier League game we've played in yet still limited Liverpool to just two good chances, with David de Gea saving both.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs United 

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailey, Smalling, Blind, Fellaini, Pogba, Herrera, Rashford, Young, Ibrahimovic.

Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

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Liverpool vs Manchester United
Premier League
Monday, October 16, 2016
Anfield

That international break was boring wasn't it? After a weekend of goals, red-cards and controversy, one of the biggest games of the season is set to take centre stage on Monday Night Football.

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Scott previews the Liverpool game for ESPN.

Scott talks to The Mirror about Liverpool.

The Guardian discusses Rooney's future.

The Evening News reports on the two players Mourinho is proud of.

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Mourinho: I’m looking forward to going to Anfield

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho has said that he is looking forward to playing against our hated rivals, although hopes the atmosphere doesn't leave to Munich and Hillsborough chants.

I look forward to it, yes. I always like to play at Anfield.

Nedved: My only regret is not playing for United

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Pavel Nedved, who won the Ballon d'Or when he was at Juventus in 2003, has revealed that the one regret of his career is that Manchester United never tried to sign him.

A regret? That I never played for Manchester United. I'd have liked that. The transfer was never on the table though, there was only Chelsea [interested in me].

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Scott wrote for ESPN about Jesse Lingard playing for England.

Scott wrote for uMAXit about the rise of Ander Herrera.

The Mirror discusses what United would have to do to get rid of Rooney this summer.

The official site has early team news ahead of Monday night against Liverpool.

PICTURE: Lingard stands up for Rashford again

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In last night's 0-0 draw between England and Slovenia, Jesse Lingard lost the plot and was booked for his role in an altercation with opposition defender Aljaz Struna.

After the game, Gareth Southgate revealed the reason why Lingard was so angry is because Struna had raised his hands to Lingard.

Lingard starts for England again 

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Days after making his England debut against Malta, Jesse Lingard has a place in the starting line-up against Slovenia this evening.

Lingard impressed interim manager Gareth Southgate when both were involved with the U-21s. It appears as though our academy graduate is reeping the rewards from that time.

VIDEO: Pogba scores for France

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CONFIRMED: Rooney dropped for country as well as club

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Ahead of England's World Cup qualifying game against Slovenia, interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will not start.

At the press conference ahead of this match, Southgate has claimed that Rooney's performance against Malta, which was widely criticised by fans and the press, didn't influence the decision to drop him.

Rashford: It’s been amazing learning from Zlatan

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There were worries at the beginning of the season that the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic would mean Marcus Rashford wouldn't get to play. For the first few games, that was the case, until Rashford proved to Jose Mourinho that he deserved a starting place after scoring the last minute winner at Hull.

TOP FIVE – Marcus Rashford Goals for Manchester United

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Okay, as discussed on previous TOP FIVEs, things are not exactly going great at Manchester United at the moment. There was the Leicester City game and that was nice, but then came the immensely frustrating draw with Stoke City and with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City games looming large, the future hardly seems certain.

The 32 Manchester United academy graduates to play for England

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On Saturday, Jesse Lingard became the 32nd graduate from Manchester United's academy to play for England.

Stan Pearson, Johnny Aston, Johnny Morris, Roger Byrne, Bill Foulkes, Duncan Edwards, David Pegg, Bobby Charlton, Wilf McGuinness, Dennis Viollet, Nobby Stiles, David Sadler, Brian Kidd, Brian Greenhoff, Jimmy Rimmer, Mike Duxbury, David Platt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown, Kieran Richardson, Danny Welbeck, Fraizer Campbell, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Shawcross, Danny Drinkwater, Tom Heaton, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

PICTURE: Carl Frampton meets Harry Gregg

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Carl Frampton, the WBA featherweight champion, posted a picture on Instragram of himself with Manchester United legend, Harry Gregg. The pair are both from Northern Ireland .

Southgate: Lingard’s debut was outstanding

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Jesse Lingard made his debut for England on Saturday in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying game against Malta. His performance was well received by the pundits, with his movement off the ball and energy praised, while interim manager Gareth Southgate was very impressed with our player.

Jesse had an outstanding debut, he really linked the play well and looked a real threat.

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Scott wrote for uMAXit about Anthony Martial's return to form.

The Guardian reports on the homophobic remarks about Manchester from Zorya's CEO.

The Mirror reports on Southgate's claims that Rooney will be England captain against Malta.

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5 Safe Bets for the 2016/2017 season

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If you are a betting man you probably know that betting on the English Premier League is one of the most difficult things imaginable out there. One day Liverpool can overturn the mighty Arsenal, and the next they can lose to Burnley. Manchester United made a blistering start to their season only to be destroyed by the ‘mighty' Watford.

Why Manchester United Will Win the League in 2016/2017

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Manchester United started the season tremendously by stringing one impressive performance after another. This was enough for many pundits and fans to see them as the main title candidate this season.

However, this quickly changed after Jose Mourinho's side failed to collect a single point in two consecutive Premier League matches and one Europa League match.

PICTURE: Herrera joins De Gea for Spain duty

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After receiving his first ever call up to the Spain team, Andre Herrera has posed for a picture with club and international teammate David De Dea.

Herrera will hope to make his debut against Italy or Albania over the next week.

Herrera gets first ever Spain call up

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It has been confirmed this evening that Ander Herrera has been called up to the Spain squad for their World Cup qualifying games this week. This is the first time that Herrera has been named in the first team squad.

Thoughts On Stoke City Game – United Made To Rue Missed Chances In Frustrating Draw

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Frustration ruled at Old Trafford in the ealry game on Sunday between Stoke City and Manchester United, as a late defensive error allowed Joe Allen to equalise for the visitors and cancel out Anthony Martial's 69th minute strike. United picked up where they left off against Leicester last week, but were unable to capitalise on their dominance.

Marcus Rashford – the player we wanted Welbz to be

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Manchester United supporters have seen so many players come up through the ranks at the club and make it in the first team. Fans of other clubs can boast the same but none of these supporters have seen their youth team products claim the success our academy products have. Teams at the top of the table in this country rarely bring through youngsters yet United have always relied on their own players, either as the stars or valuable squad members.

Southgate explains Rashford and Lingard inclusion in England squad

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Gareth Southgate, who is filling in as England manager following the dismissal of Sam Allardyce, has spoken about his decision to include Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in the England squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Malta and Slovenia.

We'd had the discussion already, a couple of weeks ago, around what we thought we thought was best [for Marcus] at this moment in time and I felt it was important to stick to that rationale.

Lingard and Rashford in England squad

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Jesse Lingard has been called up to the England squad for the first time in his career, while Marcus Rashford returns after Sam Allardyce left him out before getting sacked.

Herrera: I can’t believe we didn’t beat Stoke

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Ander Herrera played very well in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Stoke this afternoon. We had 67% and 24 shots yet still somehow failed to get the three points. The football was good, we were entertained, but the finishing let us down.

The Spaniard has reflected on the result and hopes the fans are proud of how they played.

Preview: Manchester United vs Stoke City

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Manchester United vs Stoke City
Premier League
Venue: Old Trafford

After an abysmal last few weeks, Manchester United have two wins in five days. The victoryagainst Zorya wasn't pretty but after the disasterous start against Feyenoord, as cliche as it sounds, the win was the most important thing on Thursday night.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: UNITED vs Stoke

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De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Pogba, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Rashford; Ibrahimovic.

Subs v Stoke: Romero, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Martial, Memphis, Rooney.

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

FourFourTwo reports on Blind's hope for our set pieces.

Paul Pogba has posted a picture of his debut against Stoke to Instagram.

Jesse Lingard's ex-girlfriend has sold her story to The Mirror.

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David Herd – United legend passes away

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Manchester United's legendary striker David Herd has sadly passed away aged 82. Herd grew up in Moss Side and started his career at Stockport County before moving to Arsenal, where he scored 107 goals in 180 appearances. He still remains their 16th highest ever goalscorer and reached 100 goals in fewer games than Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp.

Mata: People lied about my relationship with Mourinho

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Juan Mata has made a good start to the season and Manchester United's best performance of the season came when the Spaniard replaced Wayne Rooney in the no.10 role against Leicester. Mata scored one and assisted another in United's 4-1 win over the champions.

When Jose Mourinho first took charge of United there were lots of rumours that Mata would be sold, just as he was a few months in to the manager's first few months when he returned to Chelsea.

Stam: I still love United

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Having been an assistant manager at various clubs over the past five years, Jaap Stam was given his first managerial post by Championship side Reading in the summer.

Speaking to the BBC, he has reflected on when he left Manchester United, which Sir Alex Ferguson revealed was one of the biggest mistakes of his career.