Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

Gary Neville sacked – come back to United?

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Valencia have confirmed today that Gary Neville has been sacked, having spent the past week with the England team as part of the national's side coaching staff.

Valencia won three of their 16 league games with Neville as manager, and 10 of 28 games overall. They were ninth in the table when he took charge, and they are now 14th.

Under-21s – International Round-Up

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Guillermo Varela (Uruguay)

After an impressive string of games in the first-team, Varela earned his first ever Uruguay call up. He was included in the match day squad, however was an un-used sub as Uruguaycame from behind to draw 2-2with Brazil in World Cup Qualification in the early hours of Saturday morning.

PICTURE: Ruud and Welbeck chat at England game

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As the players came out for the second half of England's international friendly against Holland, former Manchester United strikers, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Danny Welbeck, were spotted having a chat.

Van Nistelrooy is a coach for Holland while Welbeck was named on the bench for England.

Tevez: I signed for City because United didn’t want me

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In two seasons at Manchester United, Carlos Tevez won two league titles, the Champions League, the League Cup and the Club World Cup.

He then left for City, after United opted not to make his loan move permanent, spending four years there, winning one league title and one FA Cup. In his penultimate season he refused to play for City in September, then returned to Argentina for six months to play golf.

Martial: I love Rooney and I’m very happy for Rashford

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Anthony Martial has sung the praises of some of his team mates, including Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. He's also insisted that he isn't jealous of Rashford playing in his preferred number nine role.

Honestly they are two very good young players and they have helped us enormously this season and I hope that they will continue like that so that we can finish 4th or 3rd in the league.

Giggs: I’m so proud to have done so much for the club I support

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Ryan Giggs has spoken about what it's like to be the most successful player in the history of Manchester United, with the record number of appearances, 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cup, three League Cups, among other trophies.

I think it's special because you know we're a club that gives youth a chance and that again goes back to Sir Matt's days.

Rio Ferdinand returns to football… at West Ham

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Rio Ferdinand has put on his football boots again to play for West Ham in Mark Noble's testimonial. The current West Ham team faced a team of former players, including Teddy Sheringham, Anton Ferdinand and Paolo Di Canio.


Riooooooooo! ⚒⚽️ #MN16 https://t.

Martial: Van Gaal has given me a lot of confidence

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Anthony Martial has spoken about his relationship with Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, claiming he knows that the Dutchman is tough on him for his own good.

It is true, he is always on my back if I misplace a pass. Yes always, if I misplace a pass or I take a poor touch, he is the first I hear who is screaming at me.

VIDEO: Pereira the latest player to celebrate with a “dab”

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Andreas Pereira has become the latest player to celebrate a goal with a "dab". Following his goal to make it 3-1 to Brazil's U-23s against South Africa, Pereira joined the craze, which Jesse Lingard has already been swept away by.

Giggs: United’s youth policy sets us apart from other clubs

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Manchester United have included a graduate from our academy in every matchday squad since October 1937. Ryan Giggs has talked about how special it is that United always show such faith in youth, and how our traditions set us apart from any other club.

I think it's special because you know we're a club that gives youth a chance and that again goes back to Sir Matt's days.

VIDEO: Pereira’s goal for Brazil’s U-23

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Happy to have scored against South Africa in a friendly match. @CBF_Futebol pic.twitter.com/mU64b5NufD

- Andreas Pereira (@andrinhopereira) March 28, 2016


Andreas Pereira scored for Brazil's U-23s in their 3-1 win over South Africa.

Giggs: It was incredible celebrating the Treble with fans on Deansgate

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Ryan Giggs has reflected on the 1998-1999 season, when Manchester United became the first English team to win the Treble. Giggs scored in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and obviously played in the European Cup final at the Nou Camp, but other than those moments, he reveals the highlight of that year was seeing the fans on Deansgate when the team returned with the trophies.

Lukaku’s dad: My son must join Manchester United

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Romelu Lukaku's dad, Roger, has spoken about the speculation regarding his son's future. He confirms that Manchester United are one of the clubs interesting in signing Lukaku and advises his son this would be the best club for him to join.

Lukaku has scored 25 goals in 36 appearances, 20 goals in 48 games last season and 16 in 33 the season before.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about why David Moyes was so much worse than Louis van Gaal.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how United need to get the right mix of world class and local talent.

The Guardian discusses LvG's omission from the pre-season tour video.

The Independent reports on the salary we've apparently offered Jose Mourinho.

Lingard on rules for making it at United

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Jesse Lingard has managed to secure a place in Manchester United's starting line-up this season, after joining the academy when he was just seven-years-old.

He spoken to the club's official site about which characteristics are required to make your way up the ranks at United.

Confidence is the main one.

VIDEO: Martial’s assist for France

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Le but de #Matuidi Vs Pays-Bas, avec la célébration ! #PSG pic.twitter.com/wrEb129bzg

- Paris No Limit™ (@ParisNoLimit) March 25, 2016


After coming on a half-time for France, Anthony Martial assisted Blaise Matuidi's winning goal to make it 3-2 against the Netherlands.

VIDEO: Memphis assist for the Netherlands

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And Luuk de Jong makes it 1-2. Assist from Memphis. https://t.co/BdIJXcNN1z

- Elko Born (@Elko_B) March 25, 2016

lol pic.twitter.com/ukBIKCrZiF

- philippe (@philousports) March 25, 2016


A minute after coming off the bench for the Netherlands in their friendly against France, Memphis Depay assisted Luuk de Jong's goal, to make the scoreline 2-1 to France.

VIDEO: De Gea’s fantastic save for Spain against Italy

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David de Gea save vs Italy last night

How much longer can people say he's not the best in the world. #Mufc

pic.twitter.com/9paT8O6EGD

- Totally Man Utd™ (@TotallyMUFC) March 25, 2016


David de Gea was on top form for Spain last night in their friendly against Italy, after replacing Iker Casillas in the starting line-up.

Nani: I knew I had to score against Chelsea after Ronaldo missed his pen

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The biggest moment of Nani's Manchester United career came at the end of his first season when his team faced Chelsea in the Champions League final.

When the game went to penalties, Nani was chosen to take one for United, and executed it perfectly.

When you are on the bench you dream about getting on the pitch because it's a final, it's the biggest moment.

“It does not look very positive” for Schweinsteiger

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Having just returned from an injury that kept Bastian Schweinsteiger out of the team for over three months, it has been confirmed this week that he has suffered a repeat of the injury and may be out until the end of the season.

Jogi Löw, speaking at his press conference on Wednesday afternoon, confirmed the injury, stating: "Bastian Schweinsteiger has injured his medial collateral ligament, and is unavailable for both England and Italy.

Time to pay Rashford more than £500 a week

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Marcus Rashford couldn't have hoped for a much better start to life in Manchester United's first team.

On his debut, he scored twice against FC Midtjylland to help secure United's place in the next round of the Europa League. Three days later, he scored twice as United beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Shawcross: Fergie didn’t want me to leave United

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Ryan Shawcross joined Manchester United when he was 15-years-old and spent six years at the club.

When he was 20, he joined Royal Antwerp on loan, before joining Stoke on loan the following year. He played in over 40 games for Stoke that season, who were in the Championship at the time, and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about the unpredictability of United.

Scott writes for uMAXit about savouring derby day wins.

The Mirror claims that Michael Carrick's contract extension talks are on hold.

The Guardian looks at who will finish in the top four this season.

Under-21s – Rashford, Tahith Chong, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy & O’Hara’s Heroics

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Saturday 20th February, and Marcus Rashford is on the left-wing in his secondstart for the under-21 side of theseason, he had not made his first-teamdebut yet. United lost 1-0 to City that day in a near-empty Etihad Stadium. A month on and Rashford finds himself in similar surroundings but this time applauding the away end with home fans streaming out and Sky Sports cameras being rammed in his face following a brilliant display which saw himhumiliate City's defence and claim the winning goal in the Derby.

VIDEO: Lingard defends Rashford after stonewall pen denied

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Manchester United beat Manchester City 1-0 on Sunday at the Etihad, but it should have been by more, after Marcus Rashford was fouled in the penalty area by Martin Demichelis. The Argentinian had the nerve to have a go at Rashford, trying to con the referee in to thinking the youngster had dived. When other players got involved, Jesse Lingard jumped in to defend Rashford.

Mata: Derby win has left a very good taste

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Juan Mata has reflected on Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.

These three points are very important for all of us. The Manchester derby is one of the games shown in red in our calendar, and when you win at your rival's stadium it leaves a very good taste, but especially for the millions of fans that Manchester United has all over the world.

Beckham: Rashford loves United

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David Beckham has taken to Instagram to praise Marcus Rashford, who scored the winner in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.

When a young kid loves the club he is at and loves the game he is playing, this is what you get. The excitement in Marcus's face after scoring against our rivals is exactly what a kid his age should look like.

China confirmed as pre-season tour destination

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After spending the past few summers in the USA for the pre-season tour, Manchester United have today confirmed we will going to China for the pre-season tour.

Ed Woodward has confirmed we will be returning to the country we first visited in 1975 and last visited in July 2013.

Manchester United has strong historical links with China and we are very proud of our relationship and of our fans throughout the country.

United’s new FA Cup date controversy

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West Ham announced on their website that the FA Cup quarter-final replay would take place on April 6th, however it has been confirmed today that the game will take place on April 13th.

United fans booked transport and, in some cases, accommodation, in light of the article on West Ham's website, only to be told that date was wrong.

Lingard: Rashford is buzzing after scoring against City

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Following Marcus Rashford's winner in the Manchester derby on Sunday, Jesse Lingard has revealed that the player is obviously buzzing.

He acknowledges the players were aware that Martin Demichelis' lack of pace was a weakness for City and that Rashford was more than capable of taking advantage.

United and Mourinho a match made in heaven

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Alleged letters to Manchester United's board, eye-watering pre-contract agreements, desperate phone calls to agents for the already beleaguered Louis van Gaal, the unwanted spectre of Jose Mourinho just will not go away.

Everyone has an opinion on why Mourinho is the right, or wrong, man for the job.

Carrick: Unbelievable finish from Rashford

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Michael Carrick, who was captain on Sunday afternoon for Manchester United's 1-0 win against City at the Etihad, has sung the praises of Marcus Rashford. The teenage Mancunian, who hasn't even left school yet, earned United the win with his first half goal, and Carrick was very impressed with the finish.

LvG: Fantastic to be in the dressing room after derby win

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win at the Etihad against Manchester City, Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of his players.

I'm very happy. I think we played a very good first half. The second half we had chances to score the second, but then we fought until the end and survived.

VIDEO: Rashford’s winner vs City

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Mancunian lad Marcus Rashford scored the winner in our 1-0 win over Manchester City today. He has become the youngest scorer in the history of the Manchester derby.

VIDEO: Rashford and Lingard celebration

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Manchester boy, Marcus Rashford, scored the winner in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City. He has become the youngest scorer ever in the Manchester derby.

At half-time, as Jesse Lingard and Rashford came off the pitch, there was an acknowledgement from the former over the youngster taking his chance.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: City vs United

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.

City: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Fernandinho, Touré, Navas, Sterling, Silva, Agüero.

City subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, M.

CONFIRMED: City without Otamendi for the Manchester derby

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When the Manchester City players arrived at the Etihad earlier today, ahead of the derby against Manchester United, Nicolas Otamendi was missing.

Vincent Kompany had already been ruled out for the game and Otamendi was a doubt, although it had looked like he would recover from his dead leg in time.

Rojo: I’ve got fire in my belly for derby day

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Marcos Rojo put in a great performance in the last Manchester derby, keeping Kevin De Bruyne quiet all game in the 0-0 draw at the Etihad.

Ahead of today's derby, Rojo has discussed the importance of keeping a cool head, while also having fire in your belly.

We came in on Friday and started to work on the City game straight away.

Rio: Fergie told us to trample all over Arsenal… so we did

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In an exclusive interview with Squawka, Rio Ferdinand has reflected on how Manchester United so often had the upper hand when we played Arsenal.

[Sir Alex] was really good. It's like when we used to play Arsenal and he made us really understand that physically they wouldn't be able to deal with us.

City v United preview: the final battle of a lost season

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It's Derby day in Manchester on Sunday, with both City and United looking to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

City currently lie fourth in the table, four points ahead of their local rivals in sixth, and both teams desperately need a victory to boost their chances of a top-four spot.

LvG: It’s do or die against City

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Manchester City tomorrow, Louis van Gaal has conceded it will be all but impossible for us to finish in the top four if we don't win at the Etihad.

[Is the derby do or die?] I think so, yes. We are now four points behind. We have to win, otherwise the gap gets bigger and bigger.

Fellaini: I’m not a dirty player

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In the last minute of Manchester United's 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, Marouane Fellaini was spotted elbowing Emre Can.

In the second leg at Old Trafford, Fellaini was booked for catching defender Dejan Lovren in the head with a swinging arm. To be fair to Fellaini on this occasion, Loveren had one arm around Fellaini's front, and the other dragging Fellaini back by his shirt.

RoM Reads

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Scott discusses the derby for ESPN.

The Mirror reports on Ander Herrera's injury ahead of the derby.

The Guardian reports on the UEFA charges we've received.

The Telegraph reports on Nicky Butt's claims about our academy.

PICTURE: Liverpool player mocked Munich Air Disaster

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Following last night's 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Liverpool, 20-year-old Jordan Williams, a youth team player for the Merseyside club, sent a tweet mocking the Munich Air Disaster.

Footage emerged on social media last night of Liverpool fans in away end at Old Trafford chanting "Munich!

Lingard: I’ve grown up watching the Manchester derby

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Manchester United drew 0-0 with Manchester City earlier this season, in what was one of the worst derbies ever. The first shot on target came after 82 minutes, when a tame effort from Jesus Navas went straight to David de Gea, before Chris Smalling forced a good save from Joe Hart. These were the only shots on target.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Manchester Derby

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Infographic: The Manchester Derby by the team at Free Super Tips – they provide expert football tips for all the latest football matches



CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Liverpool

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De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Williams, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Memphis.

RoM Reads

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The National talks up the importance of creating a great atmosphere this evening.

The Mirror reveals United's 18-man squad for this evening.

The Evening News reports on Matteo Darmian's insistence he is staying at United.

The Guardian reports on former United academy player, Danny Drinkwater, getting an England call-up.

Vidic: Giggsy would do what is best for United

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Nemanja Vidic has waded in to the debate over who should be Manchester United's next manager, with the common belief being that Louis van Gaal will leave the club in the summer.

The most likely scenario is either that Jose Mourinho will take charge or that Ryan Giggs will.

Nemanja Vidic has revealed he is undecided over who the next manager should be, although admits he would love it to be him one day.

Herrera: I am proud to play for Manchester United

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The odds are against Manchester United progressing to the next round of the Europa League, after losing 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield. Ahead of the second leg tonight, United know that if Liverpool score just one goal at Old Trafford, we will need to score four to knock them out.

Get Liverpool v Manchester United tips and H2H betting stats on bettingexpert.

LvG: Schweinsteiger won’t start against Liverpool

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Manchester United fans should expect to see Marouane Fellaini line up from the start against Liverpool tonight, with Louis van Gaal confirming that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't yet match fit, after returning to the first team last weekend.

Schweinsteiger has been unavailable since the first week of January, so Van Gaal insists that the midfielder needs more game time before he can start.

Herrera: We want to make our fans happy tonight

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Ander Herrera has spoken of his determination to get a win over Liverpool this evening, so that Manchester United progress to the next round of the Europa League at the expense of our rivals.

Having lost 2-0 away from home, it's a big ask of United, as if Liverpool score one goal, United will need four to go through.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Guillermo Varela.

The Mirror reports on Rashford testing out Lingard's Range Rover.

The Guardian discusses Young and Borthwick-Jackson's potential return tomorrow night for Liverpool.

The Independent reports on Yorke's criticism of Van Gaal.

Win a signed Lee Martin photo.

Forgotten Falcao blames LvG for being a flop

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Manchester United took a punt on Radamel Falcao, dishing out a ridiculous sum of money in the hope that the Colombian striker could rediscover the great form of time gone by.

He had played just three games for Monaco since sustaining cruciate ligament damage in January 2014, coming on as a second half substitute twice and was subbed off after 69 minutes in the game he started.

Under-21s – Merseyside deadlock, Varela’s timely form, Wilson’s goal & James Weir

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Liverpool 1-1 United

The under-21s have been thriving in the first-teamover the past few months, as a result the under-21 side's performanceshave transcended from idle 7-0 victories to hard earned draws and victories built on a strong defence. This was another one and once again highlighted Warren Joyce's capabilities managing the under-21s.

Kompany and Otamendi missing derby day?

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Vincent Kompany went down with a calf injury five minutes in to Manchester City's game against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night. This is his fourth calf injury of the season, and his 14th since joining the blues since 2008.

The City captain, who improves the defence of his team considerably, has recently returned from an injury which kept him out from Boxing Day until the middle of February.

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW: United would face Everton

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Manchester United drew 1-1 with West Ham on Sunday, forcing a replay for next week away from home. If United beat West Ham, they will play Everton in the semi-final at Wembley.

Crystal Palace vs Watford

Everton vs Manchester United/West Ham

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about who is to blame for this season.

The Mirror reports on Paul Scholes' claims he isn't trying to get Van Gaal sacked.

The Guardian discusses how Van Gaal needs to win silverware this season to keep his job.

The Telegraph reports that Marouane Fellaini won't be banned for the second leg against Liverpool.

Reactions to the 1-1 draw with West Ham

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It's been a while since I've written one of these, so bear with me, but I felt compelled to sum up my thoughts from our 1-1 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup.

1. United actually looked pretty good this afternoon. I know it's hard to get any sort of balance now, or work out whether our barometer for 'good' is anything like what it should be.

VIDEO: Should Payet have been sent off before scoring for West Ham?

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Dimitri Payet was booked after 55 minutes for fouling Jesse Lingard. 10 minutes later, he went down in the box under a challenge from Marcos Rojo.

Louis van Gaal claimed Payet had dived after the game while Slaven Bilic, unsurprisingly, argued he didn't.

Referee Martin Atkinson didn't award a penalty, but then also didn't book Payet for diving.

LvG: The fans cheering Fellaini substitution was disappointing

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There was plenty of criticism aimed at Louis van Gaal for starting Marouane Fellaini at Anfield in his first game back from injury. Aside from the fact the midfielder isn't very good, his inclusion in the team means United are tempted just to hoof the ball up the pitch.

In the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, this was done all game, but in the end, only lead to one chance for Fellaini late on, which he missed.

LvG: Payet, more or less, dived

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With the scoreline still at 0-0, Dimitri Payet broke in to the box and went to ground under a challenge from Marcos Rojo. Payet was appealing for a penalty, but none was given. Replays showed that Rojo may have got the slighted of touches, but Payet was already throwing himself to the floor.

Payet, already on a yellow card, could have been shown a second for simulation and sent off.

VIDEO: Martial goal vs West Ham

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Anthony Martial earned Manchester United an FA Cup quarter-final replay after scoring a well deserved but late equaliser against West Ham.

Carrick: We wanted to win

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Manchester United dominated the possession and chances in this afternoon's 1-1 draw with West Ham, yet we were the side to go a goal behind thanks to a brilliant freekick from Dimitri Payet.

However, Anthony Martial got United back in the game, scoring his 11th goal of the season, to force a replay.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Ham

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De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Rashford, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Williams, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.

West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble (c), Emenike, Lanzini, Payet, Carroll.

LIVEBLOG: United vs West Ham United

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LIVE BLOG: United vs West Ham United

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VIDEO: Van der Sar saves penalty after coming out of retirement

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Van Der Sar saiu da sua aposentadoria esta semana.
E no seu Primeiro jogo de volta já pega Penalty! #MUFC #LEGEND pic.twitter.com/E5aI81TigQ

- Marco Red Devil (@MarcoRedDevil) March 12, 2016

Edwin Van der Sar came out of retirement today to play for VV Noordwijk, the club he spent his youth career before joining Ajax, after their first choice goalie Mustafa Mare Zine was ruled out with an injury.

Which manager can turn around this gutless bunch at United?

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For all the criticism Louis van Gaal has received, and he probably deserves all of it, Manchester United have bigger worries than the manager.

Firstly, there's the Glazers, who have taken £1 billion out of the club since taking over almost 11 years ago. When you consider that Manchester City's owners have invested the same amount of money, in less time, United are fighting a losing battle without Sir Alex Ferguson.

Van Gaal can’t be serious?!

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Despite all the evidence pointing to the contrary, Louis van Gaal has claimed that his tactics at Manchester United are working. The tactics are working, but the results don't support that, he claims.

I think it is working. It is not giving the best results. It is not good enough when you think you have to be a champion, or win the Europa League or the FA Cup.

PICTURE: United legends in the away end at Anfield

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Gary Pallister, Denis Irwin and Andy Cole were spotted in the away end of Manchester United's Europa League game against Liverpool at Anfield.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Liverpool vs United

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De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Memphis, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Riley, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Weir, Herrera.

Liverpool:

De Gea: It’s amazing to play at Anfield in a United shirt

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Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League game against Liverpool this evening, David de Gea has spoken of the importance of getting an away goal and, ideally, keeping a clean sheet.

We want to keep a clean sheet but maybe it's more important to score an away goal – that's the key.

Liverpool v Manchester United Europa League Preview

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The Europa League round of 16 is upon us and all eyes will be on the high octane clash between two of England's greatest clubs Liverpool and Manchester United, and online sportsbook MyBookie.ag has the Manchester club as slight underdogs going into the tie.

Manchester United travel to Anfield for the first leg of the tie and Louis Van Gaal will be hoping to extend his phenomenal run against the Merseyside giants.

“I’d walk to Manchester for the United job!”

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For years, Manchester United fans were desperate to see Gennaro Gattuso sign for our club. Having lost Roy Keane, this fiery Italian seen liked a perfect replacement.

As it is, we've never replaced Keane, and Gattuso spent 13 years at AC Milan, before joining Swiss side Sion when he was released.

Van der Sar comes out of retirement

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Edwin Van der Sar should have signed for Manchester United in 2001, just two years after Peter Schmeichel left the club, but instead signed for Fulham.

He went on to have a great six years at United later in his career though, signing for us in 2005. He won four Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cups.

TOP FIVE Reasons Juan Mata should not have been sent off against West Brom

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After getting into the side and actually being quite good for a bit, Juan Mata—apparently realising he was in danger of prolonging Louis van Gaal's Manchester United career—decided to take matters into his own hands and get himself sent off against West Bromwich Albion.

He has kept up the charade that he didn't mean to do it, saying on his blog (Mata has a blog, you know), "I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about tonight's game against Liverpool.

The Mirror reports on Adam Lallana's appeal for revenge against United.

The Independent looks at the respect behind the rivalry between United and Liverpool.

The Guardian looks at when other domestic rivals have faced each other in Europe.

RvP: Fergie was angry even when we were 15 points clear!

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Robin van Persie has revealed that he loved how much of a winner Sir Alex Ferguson was, reflecting on a moment towards the end of the 2012-13 season.

With the title essentially wrapped up, United 15 points clear of Manchester City in April, we lost 2-1 to our rivals at home.

Van Persie has claimed that Ferguson was furious with the players that their lead was cut to 12 points.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about keeping Anthony Martial.

Scott also writes for uMAXit about Juan Mata's stupidity reflecting Manchester United's season.

The Mirror claims Louis van Gaal's job is safe next season even if he misses out on the top four.

EuroSport reports on Clyne's claims that Liverpool are seeking revenge.

LvG: Valencia will be on the bench for Liverpool

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Ahead of Manchester United's Europa League tie against Liverpool on Thursday, Louis van Gaal has revealed that Antonio Valencia is set to be named on the bench. Valencia, who has largely been used at right-back during Van Gaal's time at the club, hasn't played since derby day in October.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose last game was at the beginning of January in the FA Cup win over Sheffield United, is also on his way back, but Liverpool may be too soon for him.

Smalling: I want to dominate Liverpool’s strikers

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Chris Smalling, who may captain Manchester United in our Europa League game against Liverpool, has claimed he's looking to dominate the opposite at Anfield. He wants to get in an early challenge on their strikers to show them who is boss.

United have won all four of the games they have played against Liverpool since Van Gaal joined the club.

Under-21s – Cup victory, Mini Old Trafford?, Fosu-Mensah and Ashley Fletcher’s form

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Last Match: United 4-0 Oldham

United progressed to the semi-final of the Manchester Senior Cup after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Oldham behind closed doors.

The game was behind closed doors at Carrington, having only seen the highlights the full report is on the official website.

Varela: I want to play 200 games in the United shirt

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Guillermo Varela has done a great job for Manchester United at right-back during the injury crisis. Team mate and now, good friend, Marcos Rojo has sung the praises of the youngster.

I am very happy for him as he has been playing well. It's not too long since we met and we've become mates he's also my chauffeur!

Martial has always dreamed of United move

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When Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United from Monaco for £35m last summer, the fans couldn't understand why the club had spent so much money on a player the hadn't heard of before. However, the 20-year-old has gone on to be one of the few positives for United this season.

Monaco's vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed that he wasn't keen on allowing Martial to leave, but then player told him the United moved was his childhood dream.

Mata: I take full responsibility for sending off

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Juan Mata was sent off half way through the first half on Sunday, during Manchester United's 1-0 away defeat against West Brom.

While the team put in a terrible performance regardless, Mata has acknowledged that his sending off made the situation much more difficult for his teammates.

After almost 500 games as a professional player, this Sunday I was sent off for the first time in my career.

Carrick: We were so positive before West Brom defeat

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Michael Carrick has spoken about his disappointment following Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at West Brom, following a string of better performances and results.

He claims that at half-time the players felt like they could win the game in the second half, despite Juan Mata's earlier red card.

Mata: A few years ago I’d never have believed I’d be United captain

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With Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable with injury, Juan Mata was chosen to captain Manchester United in our 1-0 win over Watford earlier this week.

Mata has spoken to the club's official site about what that game was like for him.

Juan Mata, Manchester United captain.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about United's game against West Brom.

The Telegraph talks to Origi about snubbing United six years ago.

The Mirror claims we're in for Toni Kroos.

Read the articles celebrating the 10th anniversary of RoM.

The Guardian looks at United's Europa League game against Liverpool.

Remember when… we beat Barcelona at Old Trafford?

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I remember walking in to the ground full of nerves on the night we played Barcelona. We were so close to our first Champions League final since 1999 and it felt long overdue.

While the immediate stress came from having to beat Barcelona, it was also very prevalent in my thoughts that if we did manage to beat the Spaniards, we'd have to overcome Liverpool or Chelsea in the final to lift our third European Cup.

Remember when… Scholes scored that late header against City?

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"You can have too much of a good thing": a lie frequently propagated by joyless authority to limit the pleasure of kids having a better time than them. We knew it then, we sure as fuck know it now, and we also know it because of 2009/10.

Back in those days United were boring and shit, going for a fourth title in a row.

Remember when… we won a trophy on a rainy night in Moscow?

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I was still a bit wet behind the ears when I went to Barcelona so the size of what we achieved in 1999 hadn't registered as much to me as it did with my father, who had endured some slightly bleaker times.

The morning of the flight to Domodedovo Airport and the terminal was awash with noisy Reds fuelled with hope and alcohol ready for the journey ahead.

Remember when… Ronaldo scored that header against Roma?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Shaun Birch has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The 2007-2008 season is one that will forever be remembered by Reds as the club ended it Champions of both England and Europe and for a season that saw Cristiano Ronaldo deliver one of the great individual seasons by a United player.

United overwhelmed by applications for Liverpool game

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Manchester United will take on Liverpool in the Europa League next week, with the first game taking place on Thursday at Anfield.

To apply for tickets, fans had to be season ticket holders, yet still there were over 13,000 applications. Unfortunately, Liverpool have only given us 2,685 tickets.

Remember when… Van Persie scored that last minute winner against City?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Brett and Benhave spoken about one of their favourite memories.

We all remember where we were on December 9th 2012 at 15.

LvG: Easy decision to make Mata captain

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Juan Mata was Manchester United's captain in our 1-0 win over Watford in the week. With Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable, the Spaniard was giving the captain's armband. Louis van Gaal has insisted this wasn't a difficult decision for him though, given Mata's experience.

MARK OGDEN ON… Selling Ronaldo, atmosphere for Barcelona in 08 and Moyes’ press conferences

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Mark Ogden, Chief Football Correspondent at The Independent, has shared some memories from the past decade from reporting on United.

RoM: What do you think the best moment of the past 10 years has been for United?

Evans: I loved playing for United

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Having spent his entire career at Manchester United, Jonny Evans was told by Louis van Gaal that he was free to look for a new club last summer. Evans was convinced by former teammate Darren Fletcher to follow him to West Brom, where the Scotsman has been captain since signing for them just over a year ago.

Remember when… Scholes came out of retirement?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Greg Johnson, the Features Editor for Squawka, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

Football is full of intangibles that are difficult to define but key to why we all fall in love with the game.

Remember when… United won the league inside the council house?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Muhammad, the General Editor at ESPN, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

One would think it'd be difficult to pick a favourite moment from the last decade, with so many amazing ones to choose from, but it's actually incredibly easy.

Remember when… Larsson signed for United?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Laurie Hanna, the News Editor of The New Day, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

When Henrik Larsson signed for Manchester United on loan in January 2007, a fair few eyebrows were raised.

Remember when… Welbeck scored at the Bernabeu?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM today, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Paul Ansorge has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

Hindsight is famously meant to be 20/20, though given the filter of nostalgia and self justification we often apply to our past experiences, that is perhaps not particularly accurate.

Redesign for RoM

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of RoM, we've redesigned the site.

There's a still few things that are being ironed out, but if there is anything you particularly like, or anything you would like changing, please leave a comment below.

Also, the RoM app will be redesigned soon, so if there are any features that you would like changing or add, please mention below.

Remember when… Owen scored that last minute winner against City?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Apostolos Lambrianides has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

Just over a year after the ADUG takeover of Citeh, the start of 2009-10 season was the first time their new team began to really take shape and the first time we all started taking them seriously.

Remember when… Ronaldo scored that goal against Fulham? And O’Shea won it at Anfield?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Craig English has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

There have been many great Manchester United moments in the last ten years and Cristiano Ronaldo is responsible for many of them, especially during the success laden years between 2006 and 2009.

Remember when… Suarez wouldn’t shake Evra’s hand?

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11 February 2012. Of the more farcical episodes in the long-running Luis Suárez vs Patrice Evra affair, perhaps the most ridiculous was the sight of the Greater Manchester Police confiscating 1,600 copies of Red Issue fanzine on Sir Matt Busby Way. The fanzines, said GMP, were "evidence" of a potential offence under the Race Act.

DANIEL TAYLOR ON… The truth about Fergie’s ‘hairdryer’, Roy Keane crying and Moyes’ fear of Old Trafford,

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Daniel Taylor, Chief football writer for The Guardian, who has just won journalist of the year and brought out the excellent book I Believe In Miracles, has shared some memories from the past decade from reporting on United.

Remember when… Beckham wore the green and gold scarf?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Mark Payne, the founder of Mark is the founder of The Devil In Me, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The shadow of the Glazer takeover has loomed over Manchester United ever since the deal was finalised in May 2005.

Remember when… United knocked City out of the League Cup?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Paul Gunning, the General Editor at ESPN, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

It was one of those 'I was there' moments there were so many under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Remember when… we came back to beat Everton 4-2?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Dan Stapleton has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The news filters through that Bolton have equalised at Stamford Bridge.

Remember when… Morrison kissed the badge in front of the Kop?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Jonny Bohane has spoken about one of his favourite memories from the youth team.

One of the greatest scraps ever between United and Liverpool came in the Fa Youth Cup in March 2011.

OLIVER HOLT ON… JT’s missed penalty, sitting in the stands for Evra’s goal, and Fergie’s name calling

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, Oliver Holt, the Chief Sports Writer at The Mail on Sunday, has talked about some of the moments that stand out for him over the past decade.

RoM: What do you think the best moment of the past 10 years has been for United?

Remember when… Evra scored a belter against Bayern?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Jay Mottershead has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

It says a lot for the faith, belief, or stupidity of United fans that many of us travelled to Munich in 2014 believing that we could actually progress past the all-conquering Bayern side.

Remember when… Rooney scored that overheard kick against City?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Doron Salomon, the General Editor at ESPN, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

Quite simply it was one of football's great goals.

Remember when… Van Persie scored that volley against Villa?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Andrew Kirby has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The media love-in with the fairy-story of 5000-1 outsiders Leicester City reached a potentially premature climax in early February when Jamie Vardy scored a searing goal against Liverpool which had most commentators creaming themselves.

VIDEO: Mata goal vs Watford

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Juan Mata scored the only goal in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Watford. United are now on equal points with Manchester City, who have a game in hand.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Watford – Rashford AND Martial start

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De Gea; Varela, Blind, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Martial, Mata, Memphis; Rashford.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Darmian, Riley, Lingard, Rothwell, Weir.

RoM Reads

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Scott previews the Watford game for ESPN.

Scott writes for uMAXit about youth replacing Wayne Rooney.

Scott writes for FourFourTwo about our cult hero.

The Mirror reports on the potential changes to the Liverpool fixture.

The Guardian discusses Van Gaal's decission to play Rashford.

Remember when… Berba got a hattrick against the scousers?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Alex Shaw has spoken about one of his favourite memories. has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

Dimitar Berbatov has been described as many things throughout his career, but above all he oozed class.

Remember when… we stuffed Roma 7-1?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Richard Cann has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The three year period between the Premier League title of 2002-03 and the 2006-07 seasons was a lean time for United.

Marcus Rashford: From Mersey Bank to Old Trafford

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I realise I am only adding to the thousands of column inches written about Marcus Rashford this week, but having watched him for many years now, my overwhelming pride of seeing him climb his way to the top and live outthe dream of any youth team player at United this week has been immense. He is another productof the Fletcher Moss Rangers who play on the Mersey Bank playing fields in Didsbury.

Remember when… Solskajer returned?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Alex Shaw, the General Editor at ESPN, has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

The 2006-07 title winning season ranks as one of the best in Manchester United's Premier League history.

Remember when… Kiko scored? We said goodbye to Fergie?

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To mark the 10th anniversary of RoM, there will be several articles remembering some of the best moments for Manchester United fans over the past decade. Andrew Deighton has spoken about one of his favourite memories.

United fans above all goals we see scored, love to see goals scored by academy graduates.

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.