Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

United V Leicester: Statistical form preview

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Will this game be the coronation that Leicester fans are almost salivating to see? That could well depend on how driven United are to play Champions League football next season. There is no doubt that this game is very significant for both teams. So what does the form guide tell us is likely to happen?

VIDEO: De Gea was never a champion?

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In a strange press conference on Friday, Louis van Gaal claimed that David de Gea had never won the league, and that Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick had only been champions once, despite the fact they have won the title five times each.

Where has Van Gaal been for the past decade to think that Rooney and Carrick have only won one Premier League title?

LvG: It’s not embarrassing to be so far behind Leicester

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Louis van Gaal embarrassed himself in his press conference on Friday, incorrectly claiming that David de Gea has never won the Premier League, despite winning it in 2013, and that Wayne Rooney has only won it once, despite winning it five times.

Ahead of Sunday's game against Leicester, we are 17 points behind, and Van Gaal was asked how far short he had fallen of expectations this season.

Shaw: I’ve missed football so much!

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Louis van Gaal has claimed this weekend that there is a possibility of Luke Shaw featuring for Manchester United in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Shaw attended an event at Carrington earlier in the week, and has spoken about his recovery from the injury last year which has seen him miss out on the season so far.

Why didn’t journalists challenge Van Gaal’s bizarre claim?

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Leicester City, Louis van Gaal attended the press conference in a very defensive mood.

Leicester could win the league if they beat United on Sunday, which prompted a journalist, Nick Collins from The Telegraph, to ask Van Gaal whether this was a strange position for our club to be in, given our players are so used to winning titles.

Mata: Bringing through youth is the philosophy of United

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Juan Mata has given an interview this weekend where he has spoken about how great it is to see Manchester United's academy players break through in to the first team.

Marcus Rashford scored on his debut, scored twice against Arsenal, scored the winner against Manchester City, before scoring a greal goal against West Ham in the FA Cup to put us in to the semi-final.

PICTURE: The players who are not used to being champions

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The players who are now playing, they are not used to being champions. I don't think Matteo Darmian is used to being a champion and David De Gea was never champion, so I don't agree with the way you make the question. Memphis Depay was a champion last year [with PSV Eindhoven] so not many players.

How big of a hole does LvG want to dig for himself?

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In his pre-match press conference today, ahead of Manchester United's game against Leicester on Sunday, Louis van Gaal tried to play down the question about whether it was strange for our team to be hosting the potential champions.

In doing so, he made an idiot out of himself, claiming the players in our squad aren't used to be champions, despite the fact we have loads of title winners in the team.

United desperate for season ticket holders to renew

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Manchester United are desperate for season ticket holders to renew their season tickets early, offering a scarf that resembles the ones you can buy for a fiver on Warwick Road for those who pay for next season today.

The club has sent two e-mails this week reminding fans, sent a letter last week, and have sent three texts in the past three weeks.

LvG: Shaw could play in the final

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Louis van Gaal has revealed today that there is a possibility of Luke Shaw returning from injury in time to play for Manchester United in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace in a few weeks time.

We don't have any injuries, except Shaw, who is already not injured any more but is building up, and Schweinsteiger.

Clattenburg to referee the FA Cup final

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It has been confirmed today that Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Clattenburg was the subject of a banner made up by our fans when they returned to Stamford Bridge, following a refereeing display between United and Chelsea which saw us win 3-2, after Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were both sent off.

RoM Reads

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Synergy Sponsorship looks at the impact winning the league could have on Leicester... as they attempt to follow in United's footsteps in making money.

Scott writes for ESPN about the importance of getting our transfer business done early... like Mourinho usually does.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how the FA Cup can lay the foundation for future success.

PICTURE: United to wear white kit at Wembley

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It was has been confirmed that Manchester United will be the 'away' team for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, which means we will play in our white kit. Newton Heath's very first shirt, in their first two seasons, was white, which was then replaced by the green and gold. The last shirt they played in, before coming Manchester United, was the white shirt too.

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the past week.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how winning the FA Cup would be a nice farewell to Louis van Gaal.

The Evening News reports on Fellaini's potential move to Roma.

The Mirror reports on Rio Ferdinand's claim that LvG should stay if we finish in the top four.

VIDEO: Extended highlights of United’s win against Everton

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Highlights of Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley on Saturday.

PICTURE: Giggs wins PFA award

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Ryan Giggs won the PFA Merit award on Sunday night, meaning he has a clean sweep of the awards, following on from the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1993 and the PFA Player of the Year award in 2009.

I'm chuffed to have to have won all three awards, the young player was a long time ago and then the player award was a big surprise.

Fosu-Mensah: De Gea saved me on Saturday!

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Tim Fosu-Mensah gave away a penalty in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday. Thankfully for the youngster, David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku's attempt from the spot.

Fosu-Mensah has discussed his gratitude to our goalkeeper, as well as what it's like playing alongside more experienced players like Daley Blind and Chris Smalling.

Fellaini: I’m so, so happy we beat Everton

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Marouane Fellaini scored the opening goal in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.

Fellaini has been on the winning side in this fixture before, when Everton beat United on penalties in 2009.

The Belgian has described his happiness at reaching the final again.

WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

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Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner against Everton to book Manchester United's place in the FA Cup final.

This goal was Martial's 14th of the season.

It's funny to think that just a few months ago the press were claiming he was a waste of money.

Martial's fantastic debut season has lead to the creation of a chant.

LvG: You could see the joy in the players’ eyes

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, with the winning goal coming in injury time, Louis van Gaal has talked about the pressure both teams felt ahead of the game and the reaction of the players.

It's fantastic when you see the joy in the eyes of the players.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton in FA Cup semi

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De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford

Everton V United: FA Cup Semi-Final form guide

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Season defining games don't get much bigger than this. Over 90 minutes (and perhaps extra time and penalties) either United or Everton will prevail and make it through to the FA Cup final next month.

For both managers and teams alike this game good not only define a season, but also their futures.

LvG: United think top four is more important than FA Cup

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Louis van Gaal believes that winning the FA Cup won't make up for Manchester United finishing fifth this season, with us currently sitting just outside the top four, two points behind Manchester City and four points behind Arsenal.

I think it is always a success when you win the title.

De Gea: We want to win the FA Cup for the fans 

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Ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final against Everton, David de Gea has spoken about the determination the team have to win this competition.

It's going to be a very tough game for us. We're talking about a semi-final and the teams left in the competition have all knocked out decent sides.

Liverpool player fails drugs test so fans blame United man

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Liverpool FC have confirmed that Mamadou Sakho has failed a drugs test and has been suspended by the club.

The test took place at Old Trafford following our 1-1 draw in the Europa League which saw us knocked out.

Sakho played for 90 minutes in both games against United and also scored a crucial goal in the next round to beat Borussia Dortmund.

De Gea: It’s incredible when the fans chant my name

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Everton today in the FA Cup semi-final, David de Gea has reflected on a previous game against the Merseyside club.

In October 2014, De Gea had arguably his best performance for United, pulling off numerous incredible saves, as well as denying Leighton Baines from the penalty spot.

Ramos: I considered leaving Real Madrid for United

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There were strong rumours linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Manchester United last summer. In the end, he signed an extension with Real Madrid, who were forced in to meeting his demands after backlash from the fans following sale of club legend Iker Casillas.

Ramos has revealed today that he considered joining United.

Lingard: Us academy lads are living the dream

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Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford both joined the academy when they were just seven-years-old, and on Saturday could both feature for Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Lingard says the dream when he was younger was just getting in to the first team, so is amazed he now gets to go to Wembley.

LvG: I’m not looking forward to leaving players out for Wembley game

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Louis van Gaal is faced with a dilemma he hasn't had too often this season, in choosing which players will make the squad for our FA Cup semi-final game against Everton.

Wayne Rooney played in midfield in our 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace during the week and put in a good performance. Van Gaal acknowledges that Rooney's good form is important, but doesn't want to single the captain out.

Blind: I hope I play as well against Lukaku again on Saturday

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Daley Blind put in a surprisingly good performance against Everton in Manchester United's recent 1-0 win over Everton. Blind has been used out of position in central defence all season, and while some of his qualities suit the position, he often struggles when faced with particularly fast strikers, or ones that are big and strong.

Lingard: Us young lads have been waiting all week for Wembley

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Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton, Jesse Lingard has revealed that he has been waiting for the game all week. Alongside fellow youngsters, like Marcus Rashford and Tim Fosu-Mensah, he believes there's a freedom for them when they're playing, although they have guidance from the experienced Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

David de Gea in the PFA Team of the Year for a third time in five years

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It's funny to think that for the opening months and even season of David de Gea's time at Manchester United he was labelled as a "flop" by the press and rival supporters.

Today it has been confirmed he's in the PFA Team of the Year again, for the third time in five seasons he's spent in the Premier League.

LvG: I turned Schweinsteiger in to a central midfielder

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A lot of Manchester United fans will be hoping that Tim Fosu-Mensah returns to the starting line-up for the crucial FA Cup semi-final game against Everton on Saturday.

The youngster has impressed since being brought in to the first team and has largely been used at full-back. Having played in defence and midfield for the U-18s and U-21s, Louis van Gaal is unsure of what his Fosu-Mensah's best position is yet.

PICTURE: Liverpool ambassador celebrating United’s success

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Liverpool FC have today announced their very first official international ambassador, Michael Owen. The striker played in Liverpool's first team for eight years after coming up through the academy, winning the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup (beating Alaves in the final) and the UEFA Super Cup.

LvG: We are very close to FA Cup success

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Louis van Gaal was looking ahead to this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Everton are going through a bad patch at the moment, and last night lost 4-0 to Liverpool, Ramiero Funes Mori getting sent off and therefore absent for Wembley on Saturday.

LvG: Darmian was topscorer in Monday’s training session

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, where United dominated possession and chances, preventing the opposition from having a single shot on target, Louis van Gaal has praised his team's performance.

Yes I was very happy with the performance and I think it was a four or five to zero game.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Jamie Vardy's crown slipping.

The Mirror discusses Memphis Depay's future.

The Independent reports on Jose Mourinho taking charge of a charity match at Old Trafford in June.

The Evening News reports that Mourinho is not in talks with PSG.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

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It is impossible to escape the air of despondency that has engulfed Manchester United over the last three years. A quarter of a century in the making under Sir Alex Ferguson, the spirit and self-belief he fostered in players and fans alike has been entirely sapped.

That last title win of the Ferguson era seems like a lifetime ago and there is no telling when the next triumph will come.

Under-21s – Champions! A game which reflected an emphatic season sees United win the title at the death

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Tottenham 2-3 United (Love, Pereira, Miller, Pritchard, Varela)

Champions, again! United did it the hard way in the best game all season after giving up a two goal lead, Varela produced a 94th minute winner at the death to seal the title.

Warren Joyce's sidewent into the gamewithout captain James Weir and Joe Rothwell, both out through injury and will miss the final two games of the season.

VIDEO: Joyce ambushed by players celebrating U-21 title

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Warren Joyce ambushed during interview https://t.co/gFIEXgnnYD

- Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) April 19, 2016


Following Manchester United's U-21 title win, manager Warren Joyce was waiting to be interviewed for MUTV, only for the players to soack him with water bottles.

Joyce: U-21s like to win the title in injury time!

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Manchester United U-21s won the title this evening after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

United had gone 2-0 up with goals from Donald Love and Andreas Pereira, only for Spurs to make it 2-2 with five minutes left to play.

Then, in the 94th minute, Guillermo Varela struck the ball brilliantly to make it 3-2, and win the title for United.

VIDEO: Mad celebrations for United’s U-21 94th minute title win

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Varela wins the title for the U-21s in the 94th minute! @guille_varela4 https://t.co/ZAIbLyA4vB

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Guillermo Varela won the title for Manchester United's U-21 team in the 94th minute of the game.

VIDEO: Love puts United 1-0 up in potential title winner

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Donald Love puts United 1-0 up. If the U-21s win tonight, they retain the title https://t.co/UmCvEdTHmp

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Donald Love put United 1-0 up against Tottenham Hotspur U-21s with just five minutes played.

LvG: Rashford didn’t train so he can stay fresh

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After Manchester United's 1-0 win over Aston Villa, with Marcus Rashford scoring the only goal, Louis van Gaal revealed that he had almost rested the striker for the game.

With an important game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, and an even more important game against Everton on Saturday, Van Gaal has confirmed that Rashford hasn't trained this week in order to keep him fresh.

Herrera back for Palace!

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed that, after picking up an injury against West Ham in the FA Cup, Ander Herrera will be available to play in tomorrow evening's game against Crystal Palace.

[We have] no injury problems, only the players who are injured already for a long time – Schweinsteiger, Shaw and Januzaj.

VIDEO: United no strangers to Vardy’s diving

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When Manchester United played Leicester City last season, Jamie Vardy was an unknown chav with crap hair. He stole the show though, thanks to his cheating, but that was largely overlooked by the press at the time. The fairytale of the newly promoted team coming back from 3-1 down to beat United 5-3 made a much better story, so that's what they went with.

Vardy set to miss the United game

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Jamie Vardy picked up a second yellow card in Leicester's 2-2 draw against West Ham at the weekend for diving in the penalty area. Of course, his cheating nature came as no surprise to United fans, who were the victim of his diving last season. On that occasion, Vardy was awarded a penalty after diving when Rafael Da Silva was in breathing distance of him.

Vidic: I love Chris Smalling

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Nemanja Vidic has sung the praises of former teammate Chris Smalling, who had a brilliant start to the season, but hasn't been on his best form in recent weeks.

I've always loved Chris. I love him because he's a defender. His mentality is that he likes to defend. I believe he can still improve but he is physically strong and, as I said, he likes to defend which, for me, is very important.

Mata: United team in good spirits after recent wins

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Writing in his blog, Juan Mata says the team is in good spirits following the wins against West Ham and Aston Villa.

With the league game against Crystal Palace and semi-final FA Cup game against Everton ahead, Mata says the players are excited.

The end of the season approaches and all the competitions are now selecting their possible winners.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the week United have just had.

Scott writes for uMAXit about United's lack of urgency against weaker teams.

The Mirror reports on Javier Hernandez's claims that LvG is a really good manager.

The Guardian reports on the latest problems at FC United.

PICTURE: Arsenal hero mistakenly posts picture of United’s Trinity

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Jack Wilshere, on the back of Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, posted a picture for the fans with the slogan "This is our club, today and forever".

Bizarrely, the picture that accompanied his social media post was the shadow of Manchester United's Holy Trinity Denis Law, George Best, and Sir Bobby Charlton.

PICTURES: United youngsters when they were even younger

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Netherlands U-16s vs Germany U-16s in the UEFA U-16s Tournament. Tim Fosu-Mensah had turned 16 the month before.

Fosu-Mensah Ajax's AEGON Future Cup where he was spotted by United scouts.

16-year-old Fosu-Mensah in an U-18 game against Liverpool after signing from Ajax.

A few months after turning 16, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson represented England U-17s in their game against Turkey.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes his player ratings for ESPN for United's win over Aston Villa.

Scott writes for The Metro about United's free coaches for the semi-final.

The Mirror claims Jose Mourinho is on his way.

United's official website has Juan Mata's post-match comments.

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LvG: I was going to rest Rashford for Villa

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Manchester United's match winner against Aston Villa, Marcus Rashford, was almost left out of the starting line-up today to give him a rest ahead of the busy week to come.

Louis van Gaal reveals he had been planning on leaving him out, with Wayne Rooney returning to the first team for the first time in two months, but Rashford convinced the manager to start him.

Reactions to United’s win against Villa

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1. The points are, of course, the most important thing, but today we saw again how flat Manchester United are when faced with weak opposition. There have been debates over whether this Villa side is the worst in Premier League history, yet we only managed to score one goal and didn't create an awful lot other than that.

LvG attempts to re-write history on De Gea’s failed move to Real Madrid

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With Manchester United unlikely to finish in the top four, Louis van Gaal was asked whether he was worried about players like David de Gea leaving the club.

"You have said that he is going to Real Madrid," he said. "I have said always that he stays. You remember that? And now you are asking how long he has to stay?

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Villa – Rooney starts

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Memphis, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, McNair, Young, Lingard, Martial.

“LIVE BLOG: United vs Aston Villa”

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De Gea set to become first to become United POTY three years running

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Manchester United have opened up the voting for the Fans' Player of the Year, as well as goal of the season and U-21 POTY.

In the 2013-14 season, which saw David Moyes take over from Sir Alex Ferguson, David de Gea won the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award, and was the first goalkeeper to win it.

Schweinsteiger’s season is over… but Shaw’s might not be

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Bastian Schwesinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United again this season, after suffering a repeat of his knee injury on international duty that he initially sustained in January.

More positive news is the progress Luke Shaw is making, who is doing very well.

Lack of quality for end of season awards at Manchester United

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Aston Villa have cancelled their end of season awards this year, following their dreadful season, and some Manchester United fans have mockingly called for the club to do the same.

SIR MATT BUSBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Fans can vote for any member of the squad they want, whether that's Marouane Fellaini or Phil Jones.

Club provides free travel to Wembley after FA disrespect fans

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Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after beating West Ham away. The FA scheduled this semi-final for 5.30pm on Saturday April 23rd, despite Network Rail informing the FA that there would not be any trains running after the game to take our fans back home to Manchester.

LvG: Rooney always wants to play!

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During Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday, Ander Herrera suffered an injury which lead to his substitution. Mark Noble somehow managed to escape a booking or any sort of reprimand for carrying Herrera off the field. "If he'd tried that with me, he'd have been carried off!" Paddy Crerand said.

Carrick: Rashford couldn’t have expected this in his wildest dreams!

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Marcus Rashford scored an excellent goal in Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday, his sixth goal in 11 appearances for the first team.

After the game, Michael Carrick was full of praise for the youngster, and insisted that he's not just a flash in the pan.

It's incredible.

Fosu-Mensah: I was so relieved to see offside flag for Kouyate goal

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win against West Ham in the FA Cup, Tim Fosu-Mensah has praised the more experienced players in the team for giving confidence to the youngsters.

I think players like Michael Carrick, Daley Blind and Chris Smalling kept the team together in order to win this match.

Carrick: Last Everton semi-final was the “one that got away”

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Manchester United have booked their place in the FA Cup semi final for the first time since 2009. Just like that occasion, United will face Everton again.

The game finished 0-0 and went to extra-time and penalties, although United were denied a stonewall second half penalty when Phil Jagielka brought down Danny Welbeck.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about whether our fans would rather get knocked out of the FA Cup if it meant sacking Louis van Gaal.

Scott writes for The Metro about whether Marcus Rashford should go to the European Championship.

The Mirror reports on Van Gaal's claims that the players are fighting for him.

Would you rather FA Cup win or LvG sacked?

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Manchester United now find themselves in the FA Cup semi-finals after the 2-1 win against West Ham last night.

There has been some suggestions in the media that if Louis van Gaal either finishes in the top four or wins the FA Cup, the decision will be made to keep him for the third and final year on his contract.

Fellaini: My goal was not luck!

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Marouane Fellaini scored the all-important goal for Manchester United this evening in our 2-1 win over West Ham.

Jesse Lingard delivered a cross to Anthony Martial, whose shot was deflected against James Tomkins' hand in to Fellaini's path. The commentators described the goal as a "deflection", but Fellaini insists he used his thigh to guide the ball in to the back of the net on purpose, joking about his anticipation of Anthony Martial's miss.

LvG: I can’t wait to get to Wembley

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win against West Ham, booking our place in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton, Louis van Gaal has spoken about his happiness at being able to go to Wembley.

It's a difficult place to come – they haven't lost here since August; it was difficult because they have beaten all the top teams here.

Reactions to United’s win over West Ham

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1. Ahead of kick-off, there can't have been too many people expecting Manchester United to book their place in the semi-final of the FA Cup. After getting battered by Spurs on Sunday, totally losing their heads in a six minutes period that saw us go 3-0 down, it was a big ask for United to get a win away from home against West Ham.

Bilic: We deserved to lose against “fresher” United

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Following West Ham's 2-1 defeat at home against Manchester United, Slaven Bilic has conceded that the best team won.

West Ham played at home against Arsenal on Saturday with a 12.45pm kick-off, while United travelled down to London for a Sunday kick-off at 4pm.

Despite a lack of travel and longer to recover, Bilic said that United looked fresher than West Ham.

After England fuss over Carroll, should Rashford be going to the Euros?

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After Andy Carroll scored a hattrick against Arsenal last weekend, there were plenty of calls from the media and fans for the West Ham striker to be taken to the European Championships. His height and power in the box means he offers something that none of England's other striking options do.

Ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Manchester United and West Ham, Carroll talked up his own strengths.

PICTURE: United website struggles to cope with FA Cup semi-final ticket demand

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Manchester United e-mailed season ticket holders on Tuesday to let us know that if we were to beat West Ham on Wednesday, there would be just a small window of time to purchase tickets for the semi-final against Everton at Wembley.

Due to the incredibly short turnaround between the replay and semi-final, in the event we do qualify, applications will be accepted from all Season Ticket Holders and Executive Club Members for a 24 hour period from 11pm on Wednesday 13th April.

LvG: This was a fantastic night

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, Louis van Gaal has spoken of his happiness.

Van Gaal was on his feet for both United goals, scored by Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini, but singled out David de Gea for praise, who made a couple of great stops.

VIDEO: Rashford and Fellaini’s goals vs West Ham

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Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored in Manchester United's 2-1 win against West Ham to book our place in the semi-final against Everton at Wembley.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about tonight's game against West Ham.

Scott writes for The Metro about the consequences for Van Gaal if United go out of the FA Cup.

The Mirror looks at United's infamous grey kit.

The Guardian reports on Bilic's confidence ahead of the game tonight.

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Ham vs United – Rooney on the bench

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De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Valencia, Young, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: West Ham fan on Payet, finishing in the top four and appreciating Martial

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Ahead of this evening's FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham, RoM has interviewed Sam Diss about their season so far, the Olympic stadium, and predictions on tonight's game.

RoM: How happy have you been with West Ham's season so far?

Sam Diss: You have no idea.

United ambassadors have changed their tune on Mourinho

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Over recent weeks, Manchester United ambassadors like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Bryan Robson and Nemanja Vidic, have all spoken out about why Ryan Giggs should replace Louis van Gaal, not Jose Mourinho.

With Sir Alex Ferguson losing influence behind the scenes following his decision to appoint David Moyes, having Giggs as manager would certainly see him have a greater sway.

Under-21s – One point from the title, Rooney returns & Fosu-Mensah’s growing popularity

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The champagne football we've seen throughout the season may have gone a bit flat, but United seem to be doing just enough to get over the line and retain their status as the best under-21 side in the country. Monday night saw a hard fought 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough which almost but ensure just that.

Rio: Typical of City fans to talk about United

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Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League game against PSG, Mike Sumerbee was interviewed by BT Sport and claimed that all of England would be supporting them tonight, even United fans.

"Typical Man City fan, that, bringing Manchester United in to it," Rio Ferdinand said in the studio. The expression on his face said it all when Gary Lineker questioned whether he would be supporting City tonight.

United ambassadors toe party line on Mourinho and Giggs

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There have been several claims by those supposedly in the know that there is huge friction behind the scenes at Manchester United, in regards to who should become the next manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson has apparently lost some of his influence among the board after pushing for the disastrous appointment of David Moyes.

United players turning on Van Gaal

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Reports in the press today claim that Manchester United players let Louis van Gaal know they had endured enough, following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The manager blamed the defeat on several reasons, including Anthony Martial not putting away the only chance United had on target (which was just one of the five shots United had over 90 minutes), miscommunication amongst the defenders, and Marcos Rojo.

VIDEO: Awful challenge in U-21 game that ref missed

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Context for previous tweets... pic.twitter.com/qZIv1Yk94M

- Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) April 11, 2016


In the first half of Manchester United U-21s game against Middlesbrough U-21, Joe Rothwell was the victim of a nasty challenge on the edge of the box by Jonathan Burn.

The TOP FIVE Reasons Jose Mourinho Should and Should Not Be The Next Manchester United Manager

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Here we are with another month and another TOP FIVE. This one hits in the miserable aftermath of United's unseemly 3-0 drubbing at White Hart Lane. That game featured the kind of spectacular managerial implosion which makes you think Louis van Gaal might be trying to get himself sacked because he doesn't fancy another year of this nonsense.

VIDEO: Tim Fosu-Mensah’s highlights against Spurs

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The scoreline between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur was 0-0 when Tim Fosu-Mensah was replaced by Matteo Darmian. Within two minutes, United were 1-0 down, and in under 10 minutes, United had conceded three goals.

The defender, who turned 18 at the beginning of the year, had a great game, but sadly was injured.

Manchester United’s U-21 one win from reclaiming title

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Following Manchester United's U-21 victory over Middlesbrough this evening, they are now just one win away from reclaiming the title that they won last season.

As it stands, Sunderland U-21 is one point clear at the top of the table, but their 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur this evening in their final game of the season means United need just one win from their remaining three games to be confirmed champions.

Rooney starts for U-21s final home game

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Wayne Rooney will start this evening for Manchester United U-21s final home game of the season.

Rooney has been out of action since February 13th when United lost 2-1 away to Sunderland.

The U-21s are currently second in their league, four points behind leaders Middlesbrough, although United have three games in hand.

VIDEO: Martial chant – “£50m down the drain”

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"Tony Martial, he comes from France. The English press said he's got no chance. £50 million down the drain. Tony Martial scores again."

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about United's week.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Mourinho managing United would be different to any job he's had before.

The Mirror has a video of LvG calling United a bigger club than Spurs.

The Guardian says it's time for LvG to go.

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Carrick: Wednesday night is make or break

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Following Manchester United's embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur, Michael Carrick has said that all focus must now turn to our FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham.

We are looking forward to Wednesday now and that has got to be the focus. We have got to take what we can from today and move on to a massive game.

Reactions to United’s defeat against Spurs

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1. Playing Ashley Young up front with Jesse Lingard behind him, while Juan Mata and Anthony Martial played out wide, was an utterly bizarre tactical move. If you asked any 11-year-old with a vague interest in United what positions those four players should be in, they would be able to give you a better formation than Louis van Gaal.

LvG: We played well until Spurs scored

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Until the 70th minute, the match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur was a fairly dull affair. Neither goalkeeper had much to do and we had the best opportunity to score with Anthony Martial, but after getting himself in a great position, he fired straight at Hugo Lloris.

However, in a period of six minutes, United fell apart at the back and conceded three goals.

LvG: Fosu-Mensah did very well

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In Manchester United's appalling 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Tim Fosu-Mensah put in a great display in defence.

When he was replaced by Matteo Darmian due to an injury in the 68th minute, the scoreline was 0-0, and less than 10 minutes later, United had conceded three goals.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Spurs vs United

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De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis.

Herrera: We do well against top teams

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Tottenham Hotspur, Ander Herrera has claimed the squad believe we can get a result because of our performances against the top club

Spurs know they have to win today if they are to stay in the title race, but Herrera believes we can put a spanner in the works for them.

Nani: LvG shouted at me like I was a kid

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Former Manchester United winger, Nani, has spoken out about Louis van Gaal and the current state of our team.

Nani was loaned to former Sporting Club Sporting Lisbon after Van Gaal took charge. The following season he was sold to Fenerbahce for just over £4m.

He [Van Gaal] didn't use me a lot in pre-season.

Life before and after Jose Mourinho

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In this week's RoM newsletter, I discussed Jose Mourinho's recent comments about wanting his next job to have "no easy objectives".

Given that Mourinho's hugely successful career has been based on him taking charge of good or great teams, and making them better, it's unusual that he wants his next position to be more difficult.

Spurs vs United: Statistical form preview

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Meeting one of the league leaders away is never easy, in any season. Spurs are desperate to return maximum points from tomorrow's encounter White Hart Lane but it might surprise some to know that their form over the last 10 games is worse than United's.

In fact heading into tomorrow's game United are the form side, with six wins in 10, and only two losses over the period as compared to Spurs' four.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about what the return of Ashley Young may mean.

The Evening News claims Van Gaal will stay if he gets United in top four.

The Mirror reports on the U-21s going to the Grand National.

BBC Sport reports on LvG's happiness with squad competition.

The Guardian reports on the United fans who have been charged for the "murderers" banner.

Mourinho: I don’t want my next job to be easy

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There have been contrasting reports about what will happen to Manchester United's managerial position this summer, with some claiming that Louis van Gaal will be allowed to see out the third year of his contract, while others say that Jose Mourinho will replace the Dutchman.

Mourinho has spoken out about his future, claiming that he is ready to get back to work now, but doesn't want an easy job, which would make United a brilliant option for him!

LvG: Everyone is so happy for Shaw

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Luke Shaw has returned to the training ground this week after having his leg broken in September. While there are still doubts over whether he will return to the first team before the season ends, Louis van Gaal has spoken of his happiness at the left-back stepping up his rehabilitation.

He is not in the team, he is training on the pitch and on the grass.

PICTURES: Rooney, Young and Jones back in training

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Phil Jones were back in training, following months out of the team with injury.

Looking ahead at Manchester United’s summer transfers

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This summer is almost certainly going to be one of change for Manchester United, with the potentially imminent departure of Louis van Gaal, there may well be a fresh face in the dugout to match the fresh faces on the pitch.

But who can United realistically bring in this summer? One thing is for sure, whoever is at the helm will have a big impact on who will arrive at Old Trafford.

Under-21s – 7 points from the title after draw with Chelsea & Ashley Fletcher’s silverware.

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United earned a point the hard way against Chelsea on Monday night after James Weir's equalised followinga mixeddisplay in front of just under 10,000 at Old Trafford.

Impressively 9 of the 11 players starting had made first-team appearances and with 7 defenders in the starting XI, the formation was anyone's guess.

RoM Reads

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Scott gives ESPN his player ratings for Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Sir Bobby Charlton's career.

The Guardian reports on our win over Everton.

The Mirror reports on United's interest in James Rodriguez.

FourFourTwo lists the 50 best football chants.

Luke Shaw is now running in training session!

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Juan Mata has taken to Instragram to post a picture of himself with teammate Luke Shaw. The Manchester United left-back hasn't played since his leg was broken by Hector Moreno in our Champions League game against PSV.

Mata reveals that Shaw has stepped up his comeback during training on Monday.

LvG: Blind deserves two days off! 

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton, Louis van Gaal was critical of our performance, but acknowledged it was important for the challenge for top four.

I think it was more or less a stolen victory because we didn't play so well. It looked like we were not fresh enough in spite of the fact that we had a lot of days to prepare [for] the match.

Charlton honoured with stand renaming 

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Ahead of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton, Sir Bobby Charlton's stand was unveiled.

Charlton is the second person in the history of United, after Sir Alex Ferguson, and has spoken about what it means to him.

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.

Mata: There’s something special about Martial

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Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's goal in our 1-0 win over Everton.

This goal was Martial's 13th of the season, ans United's 1000th Premier League goal.

Juan Mata, whose fantastic control in the lead up to the goal impressed fans, has sung the praises of Martial.

Since day one that I have trained with him, I have felt that this guy has something special," Mata told MUTV of his talented team-mate.

LvG: Sir Bobby tribute brought tears to my eyes

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Ahead of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton, Sir Bobby Charlton's stand was unveiled.

Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of the United legend and discussed how he felt seeing the fans paying tribute to Charlton.

It was fantastic. It was a privilege to see how, in the English culture, they respect all the players – it's marvellous to see.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Memphis.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Everton

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Lingard: Rio has always looked out for me and we still speak now

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During Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City, Jesse Lingard had a good game playing in a more central role.

On Twitter, Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for his former team mate, saying: "Lingard... [is a] proper footballer. Does what most kids these days don't appreciate intelligent movement off the ball.

“Players today aren’t in the same class as Sir Bobby”

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Sir Bobby Charlton's stand at Old Trafford will be unveiled this afternoon ahead of Manchester United's game against Everton.

Denis Law, Charlton's former teammate, has claimed that both Sir Bobby and George Best are better than the players we have today.

I just wonder with the state of the football pitches today; you think of George Best playing on that, Sir Robert playing on that, they were fantastic players, well known everywhere.

Fellaini: Why would I elbow Firmino?

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At the end of Manchester United's 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, Marouane Fellaini elbowed Emre Can. UEFA reviewed the situation but didn't give him a ban.

In the next game he was banned for elbowing Firmino, although replays showed the Brazilian was clearly fouling Fellaini, grabbing at his shirt, before our player even jumped for the ball.

LvG: Sir Bobby Charlton was my idol when I was young

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Tomorrow afternoon, ahead of Manchester United's game against Everton, Sir Bobby Charlton's stand at Old Trafford will be unveiled.

Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of the United legend and revealed he idolised Charlton as a youngster.

He is on the board and is always backing me, so I am very happy with him.

Man Utd V Everton (3/4/2016) statistical form preview

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Ahead of tomorrow's game against Everton we take a look at what the form book has to say about the fixture a sort of 'tale of the tape.'

And while Everton might not be considered heavyweight opponents, Man Utd have lost three of their last five encounters against the Toffees. But importantly only one of the last five at home.

Fellaini: I’ll play where I’m told… even if fans don’t like it

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Marouane Fellaini has been asked to play in a number of positions for Manchester United this season, although lots of fans would rather he wasn't played at all. While a good option to have to change a game, with United chasing a result, he simply isn't good enough to start as regularly as he does.

Injury updates on Rooney, Schweinsteiger and Shaw

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Louis van Gaal has given an update on some of Manchester United's players who are currently missing with injury, including Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj.

Wayne is doing great. He has more or less the same injury as Basti has now.

Manchester United vs Everton – only a win will do in Champions League race

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Manchester United return to action after the international break with a tricky home clash against Everton this Sunday it's a game that the hosts simply must win.

A much-needed victory on enemy soil last time out reduced the side's odds on sports betting site Titanbet.co.uk of finishing in the top four – but momentum is now needed to overtake City and qualify for the Champions League.