Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

10 years of RoM

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When Manchester United ended Arsenal's 49 game unbeaten run in October 2004, winning 2-0, I was beside myself with happiness. The hatred really was at its peak back then and seeing United upset them so much, that their players even resorted to petulantly throwing pizza in the tunnel, was just fantastic.

VIDEO: Rashford and Herrera’s goals against Arsenal

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Marcus Rashford score Manchester United's first two goals and Ander Herrera scored the third in our 3-2 win over Arsenal.

United players react on Twitter to win over Arsenal

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PICTURE: Pique helps Rooney mock Arsenal fan

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Following Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal, Wayne Rooney tweeted Arsenal fan Piers Morgan. Morgan, who flip flops over whether he wants Arsene Wenger to get sacked or not, has regularly given Rooney stick over the years.

Gerard Pique, who saw Rooney's tweet, then retweeted it to his followers.

PICTURE: Why LvG never goes to the touchline

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At the beginning of the year, Louis van Gaal responded to a question about his habit of staying in his seat throughout the 90 minutes. He reflected on the 1995 Champions League final when he ended up on his arse, after doing a flying karate kick.

I did a karate kick. It was the 1995 Champions League final, Ajax against AC Milan, and I did a flying kick.

VIDEO: LvG’s touchline impression of Arsenal’s diving

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During Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal, the opposition players kept throwing themselves to the floor, and referee Craig Pawson bizarrely awarded every one of them with a freekick.

Louis van Gaal marched to the touchline to speak to fourth official Mike Dean, before doing an impression of the Arsenal players, much to the delight of the United fans inside Old Trafford.

VIDEO: Fergie singing “Glory glory Man United!”

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Following Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted in the stands singing "glory glory Man United".

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Arsenal

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Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Manchester United v Arsenal

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Arsenal – Rashford starts!

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De Gea; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Rashford.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Riley, Fosu-Mensah, Weir, Januzaj, A.Pereira.

De Gea will be back, Smalling and Martial might not

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Ahead of the game against Arsenal this afternoon, Louis van Gaal had some good news on the injury front, with David de Gea likely to return, but there are still question marks over the fitness of some of the other key players.

I expect [David can return] because I saw the way he was today.

Lingard: Welbeck looked out for me when I came through the ranks

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At the moment, an academy product seems to be making their debut for Manchester United ever week. Jesse Lingard, who is holding down a place in the first team, has claimed he feels some responsibility for helping the youngsters come through, just as Arsenal's Danny Welbeck and Everton's Tom Cleverley did for him.

RoM Reads

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Scott answers question for ESPN on this afternoon's game.

The Guardian discusses Marcus Rashford.

The Telegraph looks at how Old Trafford is the "theatre of broken dreams" for Wenger.

The Mirror claims Rooney will have to wear a leg brace for two weeks.

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Herrera: Tiredness won’t matter against Arsenal

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Manchester United played in the Europa League on Thursday, two days after Arsenal's last game when they were beaten by Barcelona.

With so many injuries, there's little opportunity to rotate the squad, but Ander Herrera insists that tiredness won't be an excuse if we don't win.

Physically, it's difficult as it is not so easy to recover but we are professionals and we have to try to rest good now, eat good and clean your mind again.

PICTURES: Rashford goals for U-18, U-19, U-21 and first team

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When scoring for Manchester United last night, Marcus Rashford became the youngest scorer in Europe in the club's history. He's also now scored for four United teams in the past six months. The pictures above show goals against Wolves (U-18), Wolfsburg (U-19), Leicester (U-21) and FC Midtjylland (first team).

STATS: Louis van Gaal’s record against Liverpool

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December 14th 2014
Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool
Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie

March 22nd 2015
Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United
Juan Mata x 2

September 12th 2015
Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool
Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial.

“Maybe this is the turning point for Memphis”

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Memphis Depay put in a fantastic performance in Manchester United's 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland, and topped off his Man of the Match performance with a goal.

Louis van Gaal, who was the motivating factor behind the youngster signing for United, sung his praises.

I'm very happy for him.

VIDEO: Fantastic Memphis skill against FC Midtjylland

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Man of the Match Memphis Depay dazzled the crowd last night in Manchester United's 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland. This was probably the best moment of his.

VIDEO: Rashford’s celebrations with the fans

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INFOGRAPHIC: United vs Arsenal

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Read a more in depth preview of the United vs Arsenal game.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Van Gaal's future.

Scott writes for uMAXit about facing Danny Welbeck on Sunday.

The Guardian sings the praises of Marcus Rashford.

The Mirror discusses whether Woodward will be brave enough to appoint Mourinho.

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CONFIRMED: United’s next Europa League game is LIVERPOOL

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FC Basel vs Sevilla
Villarreal vs Bayer Leverkusen
Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia

VIDEO: Rashford, Herrera and Memphis’ goals vs Midtjylland

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LvG: Rashford was unbelievable

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Marcos Rashford was a last minute starter for Manchester United in our 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland, with Anthony Martial getting injured in the warm-up, just as David de Gea did a week ago.

The 18-year-old had a dream debut, scoring twice, to put United 2-1 ahead, then 3-1 ahead, and Louis van Gaal was full of praise for the youngster.

LvG: I want my players to be “horny”

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Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League game against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, Louis van Gaal has claimed that he wants his players to be "horny", in their bid to overturn a 2-1 defeat.

Desire it is a great word. I often use the word horny with my players. I think Midtjylland has a very good organisation, very detailed and the players want to perform that organisation.

Mourinho: I’m happy not to have a job at the moment

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Jose Mourinho, is reportedly set to be the next Manchester United manager, insists that people shouldn't believe everything they read in the papers.

After visiting Milan, there were claims that Mourinho was set to return to Inter Milan, which he immediately denied.

Bedy Moratti, one of the directors at Inter who Mourinho met with when he was in Milan, claimed that the manager was happy because he was joining United.

Manchester United vs Midtylland – Red Devils hope to avenge shock defeat

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Following the embarrassing and disappointing nature of the 2-1 defeat to FC Midtylland in the Europa League last week, Manchester United take on the Danish minnows in the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Already frustrated by the inflated ticket prices for the European clash, the travelling support were sent into despair as the hosts defied the BettingPro.

Under-21s – Derby Defeat, Goalkeeping abundance, Loan Watch & Joe Riley

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Last Match: City 1-0 United (Brown-Smith)

United travelled up Ashton New Road to resume battle with our blue neighbours at the Etihad in front of a strong crowd of over 6,000 on a wet Saturday afternoon. Weir had a shot cleared off the line early on despite City looking the stronger side.

LvG: We learnt “offside” freekick technique from Midtjylland

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Manchester United were comfortable winners against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup tonight, finishing the game with a deserved 3-0 victory.

There was some controversy surrounding United's second goal though. Juan Mata scored a lovely freekick, with Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial blocking the view of the goalkeeper, from an offside position.

VIDEO: Smalling, Mata and Lingard goals vs Shrewsbury

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De Gea could be fit for Thursday

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Following David de Gea's injury in the warm-up ahead of last Thursday's game against FC Midtjylland, Sergio Romero has been used in goal. He put in a great performance in the Europa League and starts against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup tonight.

In our last game, we didn't have a substitute goalkeeper, but tonight young goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been recalled from his loan at Stockport County, and wears no.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Shrewsbury vs United

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Romero, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Memphis, Mata, Lingard, Martial.

Subs: Henderson, McNair, Poole, Carrick, Pereira, Riley, Keane.

FA CUP DRAW: United to play West Ham

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If Manchester United beat Shrewsbury on Monday night, they will play against in the quarter-finals.

Other fixtures
Reading vs Crystal Palace
Everton vs Chelsea
Arsenal/Hull vs Watford

Smalling: We have to be more aggressive against Shrewsbury

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Ahead of Monday night's game between Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United in the FA Cup, Chris Smalling has claimed his team need to be more aggressive.

Shrewsbury are currently three points away from the relegation zone in League One, meaning that on paper, they should be no match for United.

In 1999, what did Sir Alex Ferguson say about what a United manager needed to do?

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 1998-99 season, ensuring we beat Arsenal to the title by one point, Sir Alex Ferguson attended the press conference. He had his medal around his neck but a stern expression on his face.

United still had an FA Cup and European Cup final to play in, the then unprecedented Treble was offer to them, and Ferguson was keen to stress that none of them, himself included, would take their eye off the ball.

“Mourinho is happy because he’s going to Manchester”

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Jose Mourinho was in Milan earlier this week, leading to reports that Manchester United had missed out on him and he was set to return to the club he loved more than any other.

However, Mourinho was quick to dismiss this link, insisting his visit was purely social.

"I'll be in Milan for one day," he said.

Who’s better? Our injured XI or our non-injured XI?

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If Manchester United's injured players were fit to play and took on our injury free players, who would win?

Injured XI:

David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw; Antonio Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young; Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney.

PICTURE: Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs watch U-21s against City

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The new head of Manchester United's academy, Nicky Butt, is at the Etihad today with Ryan Giggs and Albert Stuivenberg to watch the U-21s play City.

Ahead of kick-off-, United were two points clear of Sunderland at the top of the game with a game in hand, and 13 points clear of City on the same games played.

Smalling: We need to start rewarding our fantastic fans

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against FC Midtjylland, Chris Smalling has spoken of his disappointment with the result, and his desire to reward the fans for their support. United fans were charged £71 a ticket to watch their team lose to the third ranked team in Denmark.

It was a performance that wasn't acceptable.

Carrick: We should beat Shrewsbury

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Manchester United face Shrewsbury Town on Monday night in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Following the disappointing defeat against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday, Monday's game against Shrewsbury, who are three points away from League One's relegation zone, likely won't be as easy as it should be.

Eusebio, We Say Kiddo

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Having watched Tottenham's enthralling Premier league victory over Manchester City the other day on television, I caught sight of City's assistant manager Brian Kidd at the end of the match. He was ruefully shaking the hand of the victorious Spurs manager and an oddly trivial memory popped into my mind.

Fiddling while Old Trafford burns

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None of this should come as a surprise, I suppose. Still, the scale and speed of Manchester United's miserable decline is truly remarkable.

Louis van Gaal looks utterly defeated. How he must wish that he had never taken this poisoned chalice of a job that he could turn back the clock and ride off into the Algarve sunset to enjoy his retirement as a proud and successful man after his final flourish with a poor Dutch national team.

LvG: Maybe we are f****** s***

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Following Manchester United's defeat against FC Midtjylland, with fans having to pay £71 for a ticket, the 600 travelling supporters chanted "we're f****** s**!"

After the game, Louis van Gaal was asked about this chant, and he claimed that maybe the fans are right in their assessment.

"They can say that in the second half.

PICTURE: The view United fans had for thei £71 ticket

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Manchester United fans had to pay £71 for their ticket to watch their team play FC Midtjylland in the Europa League this evening, despite Southampton only paying £22 earlier in the season. This is the view they had.

Photo from @Drasdo.

VIDEO: De Gea to miss FC Midtjylland with injury

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David de Gea was seen limping off the field while the rest of his team mates took part in the pre-match warm up. He appeared to go over on his ankle, before taking off his gloves, then walking to the dressing room.

With such a youthful side, with youngsters Donald Love and Paddy McNair playing at the back, the former making his first start for the club, United could do with the experience of De Gea more than ever.

LIVE BLOG: FC Midtjylland vs United

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Manchester United’s team of youth in Europa

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The average age of Manchester United's starting XI for tonight's Europa League game against FC Midtjylland is just 24.5 years old, and when you include the bench, the average is 23.4

De Gea (25), Love (21), Smalling (26), McNair (20), Blind (25), Herrera (26), Carrick (34), Lingard (23), Mata (27), Memphis (22), Martial (20).

PICTURE: United youth on bench tonight posed with Ronaldo as a kid

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Joe Riley is on the bench for tonight's game against FC Midtjylland. Here he is posing with Cristiano Ronaldo as a kid.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Midtjylland vs United

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De Gea, Love, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Poole, Riley, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Weir, Keane.

PICTURE: Welcome to Scamdinavia

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Manchester United fans have been charged £71 to watch their team play FC Midtjylland this evening, while Southampton fans had to pay just £22 to see their team play the Danish side earlier this year.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about how much impact Wayne Rooney's injury will have.

Scott writes for ESPN about who is to blame for United's place in the Europa League.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Bastian Schweinsteiger's absence.

The Telegraph has stats on Rooney's season.

The Guardian discusses Marouane Fellaini's injury.

Under-21s – Warren Joyce’s resourcefulness, Donald Love, Loan watch & Nicky Butt

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Last match: United 1-0 Reading (OG)

Reading looked the better side in the first-half and looked nearly took the lead as the tall striker Andrew Novakovich went through on goal, only for his effort to hit the bottom of the post and into the grateful gloves of Pereira. United came out much the stronger side in the second half and started adapting to attacking life without Andreas Pereria.

Rio: Ronaldo didn’t talk to me? He lived next door to me!

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Spain seemingly has an obsession with Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Gareth Bale, or lack of, and ahead of Real Madrid's match against Roma, the former United winger has snapped. Trying to explain that footballers don't need to be best mates with each other, Ronaldo claims he wasn't friends with Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.

Butt: I’m proud to work for the club I’ve supported all my life

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Following the news that Nicky Butt is replacing Brian McClair as the head of Manchester United academy, our former midfielder has discussed what it means to him to be given this position at the club.

I'm very proud. I think it's a massive job and something I'm going to be passionate about.

Rooney misses out on trip to face Midtjylland

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Wayne Rooney was not on the plane to Denmark today, with the Manchester United squad flying out to face FC Midtjylland in the Europa League tomorrow.

Squad: De Gea, Romero, Love, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Poole, Riley, Carrick, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Pereira, Weir, Mata, Memphis, Martial, Keane.

Club spend a year deciding Butt should replace McClair

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On February 27th 2015, it was confirmed that Brian McClair would be leaving his post as director of United's youth academy to take on the job of performance director for the Scottish Football Association. The club likely knew of the possibility of the move before then though, as McClair had gone to Sir Alex Ferguson for advice when he was approached about the new role.

Butt: It’s a privilege to get United youth job

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Following his appointment as Head of Academy at Manchester United, Nicky Butt has spoken of his happiness at being given the role.

A year after Brian McClair vacated the position, Butt feels honoured that he has been chosen as the man to take the academy forward.

It's a privilege to take on this role.

Arsenal defender: I’m disappointed I wasn’t allowed magnificent move to United

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Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that Manchester United tried to sign him during the January transfer window but Arsene Wenger blocked the move, meaning the defender joined French side Bordeaux on loan instead.

Debuchy, who has played just over 20 games for Arsenal after joining them from Newcastle two seasons ago, has claimed he is annoyed with Arsene Wenger for blocking the move.

Why have club chosen this moment to rename South Stand after Sir Bobby?

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The club has today confirmed that the South Stand will be renamed after Sir Bobby Charlton and this will be unveiled on April 2nd when Manchester United play Everton.

The official website points out that this year marks the 60th anniversary of Charlton making his debut. Why would the club not wait until October then, with Charlton playing his first game for the club on October 6th 1956 against Charlton Athletic?

RoM Reads

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Scott gives the players rating on ESPN for the defeat against Sunderland.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how the Glazers are escaping criticism.

Scott writes for The Metro about what Mourinho's return would mean Juan Mata.

The Independent reports on the weird jacket Memphis Depay wore on Valentine's Day.

Mata: Mourning is useless now

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After Manchester United lost 2-1 to Sunderland, Juan Mata has said there's no point dwelling on the result, and they instead have to turn their attention to Thursday's Europa League game against Midtjylland.

After three games improving our level, with positive results, last Saturday we lost in Sunderland.

Charlton on news South Stand will be named after him

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Manchester United have today revealed that the South Stand will be named after Sir Bobby Charlton. The stand will be unveiled on April 2nd when United take on Everton.

This is a great honour and I am very proud – for myself and my family – that the club has chosen to name the South Stand after me.

What to make of McGuinness exit?

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@United_U21

McGuinness' departure has received a lot of publicity with contradictory reports. McGuinness did resign however he was pushed into doing so with the Youth setup under a lot of scrutiny, and seemingly top of Woodward's agenda following a review this week. Recent form may have had a factor, however this is a transitional period for the infrastructure of the club on all levels.

Pereira: I’m very excited

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Andreas Pereira has played in almost 10 games in all competitions and is excited about what the future holds for him at Manchester United.

It's been good. I've been on the bench for all of the games. Hopefully, I'll be getting more and more chances to show what I can do. I hope I can kick on and get more minutes and show the manager, the crowd and my team-mates what I can do to help the team to win.

LvG: Schweinsteiger was disappointed I criticised him

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Last December, Louis van Gaal claimed that Manchester United hadn't seen the best of Bastian Schweinsteiger yet, the player he had coached at Bayern Munich.

The German midfielder hasn't featured since our FA Cup win over Sheffield United, but Van Gaal expects to see Schweinsteiger at his best when he returns.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Lucas Moura: I picked PSG project over United’s greater tradition

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Lucas Moura was set to sign for Manchester United in the summer of 2013 but then opted to join PSG instead. The young Brazilian has reflected on what helped him make his decision.

I was very close to coming to Manchester United before I signed for PSG. It was honestly my choice to join PSG.

Darmian out for “weeks” with dislocated shoulder

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Matteo Darmian was subbed off in Manchester United's 2-1 defeat after a Sunderland player ran in to him. No freekick was given.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that Darmian's shoulder was dislocated and will now be missing for several weeks.

It is unbelievable. It is a dislocation so he will be out for several weeks.

Rooney: We didn’t want to be in Europa… but now we have to win it

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against Sunderland, Wayne Rooney has conceded that we didn't play well enough and chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League are slim.

We didn't create enough chances, we weren't aggressive enough and it has cost us not defending set pieces so it's a disappointing result.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Sunderland vs United

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, Love, Weir, Pereira, Herrera, Memphis, Keane.

No Adam Johnson for Sunderland tomorrow

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Manchester United won't have to play against Adam Johnson when they take on Sunderland tomorrow, after the winger was sacked after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and one charge of grooming earlier this week.

The former Manchester City player admitted having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old, and it was revealed in court today that, despite claiming otherwise to the police, he knew her age before getting involved with her.

McGuinness quits – are we surprised?

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Paul McGuinness, Manchester United's U-18 coach, has announced that he is leaving the club today. While the U-21 side are flying high, going top of the table after beating Manchester City last night, the younger teams are having a terrible time.

The U-18s have lost their last 12 league games on the trot, often not having enough players of their age group to play, and relying on U-16 players to make up the numbers.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about United's wide positions.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Memphis Depay.

Scott writs for The Metro about Mauricio Pochettino isn't the right man for United... yet.

The Guardian discusses Ed Woodward's handling of the investors.

The Mirror reports on Tom Cleverley's downward spiral after United.

VIDEO: Rothwell goal against City puts U-21s top

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Manchester United U-21s are now top of their league after beating Manchester City 1-0, with Will Keane getting an assist for Joe Rothwell's goal.

United are now two points clear of second place Sunderland, and have a game in hand on them. They are 10 points clear of third placed City.

TOP FIVE: Anthony Martial Moments So Far

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Unless you are a big fan of well-drilled defensive ball-retention, Anthony Martial has been the best reason to watch Manchester United this season. When he was signed at the end of the transfer window there were plenty of doubts, and plenty of folk who had never heard of this incredibly expensive new signing.

Under-21s – 7-0 Thrashing of Norwich, Regan Poole, Loan watch & Will Keane’s resurgence

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Last Match: United 7-0 Norwich (Keane x5, Pereira (p), Fosu-Mensah)

Despite last weeks game against Everton, the way the under-21 side have been playing and the strength of the line-up on the night meant this result was coming. Memphis does actually qualify as under-21 having been born in 1994, making his first appearance for the under-21s dropping down from the first-team.

Martial: I want to honour United’s shirt

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Anthony Martial has spoken about his pride in getting to wear Manchester United's number nine shirt but wants to make a name for himself at the club, in an interview with MUTV.

For sure, it's a shirt that a lot of great players have worn, but I am confident in my own ability and I hope one day to be able to honour the shirt myself.

Martial: Fellaini and Schneiderlin speak French… but help me with my English too

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Anthony Martial has been one of the few positives of Manchester United's season, with his dazzling pace and quick feet a joy to watch.

The Frenchman has revealed in an interview with MUTV that he is settling in really well in Manchester, with his team-mates helping him adjust to a new country.

Valdes: I’ll always be thankful to Van Gaal

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Victor Valdes made just two appearances for Manchester United's first team, before falling out with Louis van Gaal last summer and being left at home for the pre-season tour.

Valdes has now been loaned out to Standard Liege, where he was guilty of a dreadful mistake on his debut, but insists there's no hard feelings between him and Van Gaal.

Martial: Evra told me to sign for United

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Fans' favourite Patrice Evra, who has regularly spoken fondly of Manchester United since making the move to Juventus, encouraged Anthony Martial to sign for the club last summer. Martial has gone on to be one of the best performing players since season, so fans have Evra to thank.

Patrice Evra told me it was a ‘club of champions', a club that above all else wants to win, and certainly since I arrived here I've felt that for myself too.

Smalling: Van Gaal listens to us

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Chris Smalling has given his backing to Louis van Gaal, claiming that the manager's communication with the players is spot on.

He's got his way of working and his philosophy but what people don't see is the communication among the players. We have meetings about how we'll press a team or how we'll play a certain player and he listens to the player's opinions so we can work together.

Lingard: I’m very happy with my goal against Chelsea

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Jesse Lingard scored Manchester United's only goal in our 1-1 draw against Chelsea and is delighted with his finish. His only disappointment is that we conceded so late on and had to settle for one point instead of three.

The boss has said that I'm getting back to my form now from what I had before my injury and I need to keep kicking on.

VIDEO: Will Keane scores five and Memphis assists three in 7-0 win

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Will Keane scored five in Manchester United U-21′s 7-0 thrashing of Norwich. Andreas Pereira scored from the penalty spot, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah also scored.

Adnan Januzaj and Guillermo Varela were both taken off injured in the first half.

Keane: I can’t understand why United fans were booing

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Despite poor form for months, with Manchester United playing dreadfully boring football, the fans stuck behind the team. However, the 1-0 home defeat against Southampton was the straw that broke the camels back, with the boos ringing around the stadium at full-time.

In the three games that have followed, United have played much more attack-minded football, but Roy Keane has been critical of the supporters who booed.

Kasper Schmeichel: Cantona was my idol as a child

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Kasper Schmeichel may very well be following in his father's footsteps and winning the Premier League, after Leicester went five points clear at the top of the table following their impressive 3-1 win against Manchester City at the Etihad.

Schmeichel has done a Q&A where a few former Manchester United players were given a mention.

Rooney: We can’t blame Memphis for Chelsea’s late equaliser

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Manchester United were minutes away from beating Chelsea on Sunday night, when Memphis Depay was careless in possession and Chelsea went on the counter-attack. Daley Blind slipped and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson played Diego Costa onside in the lead up to their equalising goal.

What was more frustrating than Memphis' inability to play an easy ball to Morgan Schneiderlin, who had a free run at goal, was his failure to try and make amends for his mistake.

Blind: We were the better team against Chelsea

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Manchester United were minutes away from beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, before Diego Costa scored an injury-time equaliser.

Daley Blind was one of the players at fault in the lead up to the goal, as he ran out towards the ball and slipped, allowing the Brazilian to get in behind.

RoM Reads

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

Scott writes for uMAXit about Jesse Lingard.

The Guardian discusses how United's improved wide play is having an impact on our performances.

The Telegraph looks at the stats from the Chelsea game.

The Mirror reports on the document which shows what United players would be paid in bonuses if they won trophies.

Transcript of LvG’s row with journalist after Chelsea draw

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Rob Harris: "Although you dropped points, the performances are improving. Do you think that is important while the club are trying to replace you that you are putting in the performances that show you might be value to the club?"

Louis van Gaal: You have spoken with Ed Woodward?

RH: Well the club aren't denying it.

LvG: You could only hear the United fans against Chelsea

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As is usually the case, Manchester United travelling fans were on great form this afternoon during our 1-1 draw with Chelsea. The 2,800 away fans outsung Chelsea all afternoon at Stamford Bridge, which Louis van Gaal commented on after the game, when reflecting on the disappointing late goal from Diego Costa.

LvG: I was very proud of Borthwick-Jackson

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson put in another good shift for Manchester United on Sunday afternoon and, like against Stoke, it was his ball in to the box which resulted with Jesse Lingard scoring. However, in injury time, Borthwick Jackson was the player to play Diego Costa onside when he scored.

Louis van Gaal has praised the youngster regardless and claimed he is very proud of the teenager.

PICTURE: What was Memphis thinking about?!

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With Manchester United 1-0 up against Chelsea and just needing to see out the game in injury time, Memphis Depay got in to a good position on the right wing. He had two options, either pass to a teammate, or run the ball to the corner and waste time.

Both Morgan Schneiderlin and Juan Mata were in acres of room, but Memphis failed to find either of them.

PICTURE: Who taught Lingard how to finish like that?

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Jesse Lingard scored a fantastic goal against Chelsea this afternoon.

The 23-year-old has been at the club for 16 years, meaning he has had the benefit of learning from some brilliant players over the years.

I wonder who helped him with that finish today...

VIDEO: Lingard’s goal against Chelsea

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PICTURE: Chelsea fans remove Mourinho banner after United link

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Following reports that Jose Mourinho is keen to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, Chelsea fans removed the "Special One" banner at Stamford Bridge.

LIVE BLOG: Chelsea v Manchester United

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Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Chelsea v Manchester United. Big top of the table clash, the Premier League title on the line not these days! The anticipation doesn't dull though, looking forward to a cracking game of football today

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Chelsea vs United

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis

Carrick: It’s strange to see how badly Chelsea are doing

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Manchester United's trips to Stamford Bridge over the past decade have usually been fairly stressful occasions for both clubs. More often than not, both sides have been challenging for the title, and winning three points, while denying the other team any points, could be a huge boost in claiming the title.

LvG: Tactics the same but confidence has changed

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Ahead of this afternoon's game between Manchester United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Louis van Gaal had challenged his team to go out and get a win.

It's very important that we dare to play in every position and that we give options to the player who has the ball. That's very important and I hope that we can show it.

Carrick: We are showing intent to attack now

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Manchester United put on a rare attacking display against Stoke earlier this week, winning 3-0.

Michael Carrick concedes that United haven't done well enough going forward this season but that against Stoke we showed real attacking intent.

I think we were well aware we had to improve going forward.

Lest we forget

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Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. May they rest in peace.

POLL: Who do you want to replace LvG?

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Herrera: Mourinho’s style doesn’t rule him out of replacing LvG

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An argument always used against Jose Mourinho being Manchester United's manager was that his style of football wasn't attacking enough. Given what United fans have watched over the past 18 months, that point doesn't seem as strong.

Ander Herrera has defended the Portuguese manager though, insisting there's no reason why he can't replace Louis van Gaal.

VIDEO: Mata vs Herrera in Champions League quiz

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Herrera: I want to get in United’s away end with our fans

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Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo were all in the away end at Anfield to watch Wayne Rooney score a late winner in front of the Kop.

Ander Herrera has reflected on that day and claimed he wants to experience an away game with Manchester United fans one day.

I want to do it also but that would mean I am injured so hopefully I can play as many games as possible.

Herrera: I want to play for United for as long as possible

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Fans' favourite, Ander Herrera, has spoke about why he goes so bonkers when one of his teammates scores a big goal for Manchester United. Whether that's Bastian Schweinsteiger's late deflected winner at Watford, or Wayne Rooney's strike at Anfield, the Spaniard can be seen going crazy on the bench.

LvG: Shaw could play in the Europa League final

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that Luke Shaw could return to the first team in time to play in the Europa League final, which takes place on May 18th.

United will play their first Europa League game of the season against Midtjylland in a fortnight.

He could play in the final, eh?

Herrera: I couldn’t control my emotions when we scored at Anfield

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There are lots of reasons why Manchester United fans love Ander Herrera, but one of them is how passionately he celebrates important goals.

For example, when Bastian Schweinsteiger's deflected effort won the game for us in the last minute against Watford, or Wayne Rooney scored a late winner at Anfield, Herrera was seen going mental on the bench.

Di Maria: Things didn’t go the way I expected at United

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After a bright start to life at Manchester United, Angel Di Maria's form quickly dropped off, and when he stupidly got himself sent off in the FA Cup game against Arsenal for pulling the referee's shirt, he lost his place in the first team.

In the summer, Di Maria refused to join up with the squad on the pre-season tour, and forced his move to PSG, the club he had wanted to join all along.

CONFIRMED: United’s Europa League squad

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Manchester United have confirmed the squad for the Europa League, with our first game against Midtjylland on February 18th, followed by the return leg at Old Trafford on the 25th.

David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone; Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Guillermo Varela, Matteo Darmian, Regan Poole; Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard; Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Will Keane.

PICTURE: On loan youth celebrates getting to Wembley

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Ashley Fletcher, who extended his loan spell at Barnsley until the end of the season the other day, has booked his first trip to Wembley, after his team beat Fleetwood in Johnstone's Paint Trophy to reach the final.

Fletcher scored Barnsley equaliser in the first leg against Fleetwood, scoring five minutes after coming on.

Dortmund couldn’t cut Januzaj’s “umbilical cord” to Manchester

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Borussia Dortmund's manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed that Adnan Januzaj's failed loan spell was due to the player being unable to fully commit to his new team, being too pre-occupied with his experience of Manchester United.

A part of him was always still in Manchester and we just couldn't help him cut this umbilical cord.

Neymar’s dad: United offered £145m for my son

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Neymar Senior has today claimed that Manchester United offered £145m to Barcelona last summer to sign Neymar.

Manchester United is the side that offered €190m for Neymar. He has still two years left on his contract but you can all be calm as my son is so happy here.

A few months ago, Neymar's father added fuel to the fire of the rumours that the player was set to leave, after growing frustrated with tax issues in Spain.

Varela: LvG doesn’t have a problem with South Americans

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After Rafael Da Silva left the club, having barely been given a go under Louis van Gaal, while struggling with injuries, the right-back suggested that his nationality influenced the manager.

I know about his history, but there's no way I can say, ‘Oh, the guy does not like Brazilians' .

Fellaini: Giggsy is helping me improve my heading

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Marouane Fellaini has revealed that Ryan Giggs has been helping him work on scoring more goals in training. With his height, the midfielder should be scoring more goals from crosses than he is, so has confirmed that Giggs and his teammates put in balls to him at the back post to help improve his heading.

De Gea: I’m very happy we beat Stoke

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Following Manchester United's 3-0 win over Stoke, David de Gea has spoken of his happiness with how the team played, and the increasing confidence among the players.

I'm really happy with the result and the three points. We put in a really good performance. Stoke didn't create many chances and we kept a clean sheet.

Lingard: CBJ ruined my goal celebration!

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who turned 19 on Tuesday night, put in another very good performance when starting at left-back in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Stoke.

Jesse Lingard, who has been at United since he was seven, has sung the praises of Borthwick-Jackson, who's been with us since he was six, following his good form since coming in to the first team.

RoM Reads

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Scott gives player ratings for ESPN following United's 3-0 win over Stoke.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how the fan reaction to Southampton defeat may have inspired change in tactics.

The Guardian sings the praises of Rooney.

The Telegraph looks at how Guardiola's move to City effects United.

Lingard: I’m living the dream playing for United

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Jesse Lingard scored the opening goal in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Stoke, on the back of an impressive performance in the FA Cup against Derby days before.

Lingard, who has had to wait until he's 22 to break in to the first team, after joining the club when he was just seven, and has admitted he's living the dream.

Under-21s – Behind closed doors, Guillermo Varela & Nick Powell

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Last Match: Everton 0-2 United (Holgate, Byrne)

Due to a waterlogged pitch in Southport, United's clash with Everton was played behind closed doors at Finch Farm. United lost the game 2-0 with goals from Holgate and Byrne. The loss ends United's run of six wins in a row. However one positive from the game came when 18 year old signing from Newport, Regan Poole came on to make his United debut following a 5 month wait for international clearance.

LvG: Win against Stoke was easier than I expected

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Following Manchester United's convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City, Louis van Gaal has spoken of his happiness at getting the result.

United scored two goals in the opening 25 minutes, having failed to score a first half goal since September, which Van Gaal, and Michael Carrick, believed was key to the victory.

VIDEO: Lingard repeats “dab” celebration

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After scoring against Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, Jesse Lingard celebrated his goal with the "dab" dance move.

It's just trending at the moment. A lot of people are doing it. I've seen Pogba do it and knew I had to do it. At the time, I didn't think about it but as soon as I scored I thought I might as well do it – it's just a dance.

VINE: Lingard, Martial and Rooney goals vs Stoke

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Stoke

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Varela, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis.

PICTURE: Flowers of Manchester being sung tonight

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Manchester United fans will gather at the Munich Clock at 7pm this evening to sing the 'Flowers of Manchester' to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. The actual anniversary is this Saturday, but our game against Stoke is the closest home game to the date.

Picture from @Luzhniki2008.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Stoke City

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Martial: I like to assist as much as I do score

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Anthony Martial has shown brilliant potential since signing for Manchester United in the summer. In the recent FA Cup win against Derby, Martial put in a great performance, assisting two goals.

The young striker has revealed that as much as he loves scoring, he also likes setting up his teammates.

PICTURE: Good luck, Powell

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Remember when...

Manchester United were playing Wolfburg in the final game of the Champions League group stage. We had to win to guarantee our place in the knock out rounds.

With 20 minutes remaining, and the scoreline at 2-1 to Wolfsburg, Louis van Gaal took off Juan Mata and replaced him with Nick Powell.

United are a club living in denial

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And so onto Pep Guardiola then, who will move to the Premier League next season and join Manchester City, after football's worst-kept secret over the last 12 months was revealed on Monday.

Almost certainly, the Spaniard's arrival will have massive implications, on the league as a whole as much as on the side he will be taking charge of from next season.

Win a trip to Hamburg

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Sign up to the Scott's newsletter and you could win two pairs of Adidas Hamburg trainers, as well as a trip to Hamburg.

PICTURE: Powell signs for Hull on loan

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Manchester United's Nick Powell has signed for Hull on loan until the end of the season.

Januzaj to miss Stoke… as he lines up for U-21s

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Manchester United U-21s take on Everton this evening. The inclusion of Adnan Januzaj, who has played well for the reserves since returning to Manchester from his failed loan move at Borussia Dortmund, suggests he won't play for the first team against Stoke tomorrow.

Starting line-up: j.Pereira; Fosu-Mensah, Love, Williams, Riley; Weir, Willock, Redmond, Harrop, Januzaj; Keane.

LvG: Our away fans outsung the home supporters

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Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of Manchester United's travelling fans at our 3-1 victory over Derby. After supporters booed in large numbers during United's last game at Old Trafford, when they lost 1-0 to Southampton, Van Gaal has urged the fans to get behind the team on Tuesday against Stoke.

Carrick: I wanted to be in United’s away end again

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During Manchester United's 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, Michael Carrick was one of three United players in the away end.

Against Derby, in United's 3-1 win, Carrick came on for the final 15 minutes, but conceded he missed being with the away fans. United had an allocation of over 5,000, the largest of the season so far, and made themselves heard all game.

Lingard: Our fans are always great and the lads really appreciate it

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Reflecting on Manchester United's 3-1 win over Derby on Friday night, Jesse Lingard is the latest player to sing the praises of our travelling fans. 5,472 reds were in the away end, our largest allocation of the season so far, and unsurprisingly they made themselves heard.

It was really positive.

Mata: Attention turns to Stoke

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Juan Mata, one of the goalscorers in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Derby on Friday, has reflected on our progression in to the next round of the FA Cup, but concedes we don't have time to celebrate it, with attention turning to Stoke in the league tomorrow night.

It hasn't been an easy month but our victory in Derby leaves a good taste because it means a boost of energy for us: we move onto the next round of the FA Cup and also the team had good feelings and I think we played a good match.