Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

VIDEO: Sir Bobby to Mourinho – “I’m very happy to see you.”

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Jose Mourinho came to Manchester United's Carrington training ground for the first time today and met Sir Bobby Charlton.

The United legend has been critical of Mourinho in the past but it seems he has changed his tune.

VIDEO: Mourinho to Charlton – “You killed my country’s dreams in ’66!”

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In the World Cup final in 1966, Sir Bobby Charlton scored twice as England beat Portugal 2-1. When Jose Mourinho met Charlton at the Carrington training ground today, he reminded the legendary player of the event.

Borthwick-Jackson: I’ve grown up at United

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who was voted the U-21 player of the season, has extended his contract until 2020. Borthwick-Jackson joined the club he was six-years-old and has expressed what a dream come true it was to make his debut last season.

I have grown up at United and have enjoyed every minute of being here.

Rashford: I’m delighted to sign contract with club I’ve always supported

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After a few days of reports in the paper, Marcus Rashford has today signed a contract extension with Manchester United which will see him at the club for another four years.

I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I have always been a Manchester United fan, so to be playing in the first team really is a dream come true.

United’s title chances next season under Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho's appointment by Manchester United is finally confirmed. The Portuguese is known for success and has been regarded as the man who will finally be able to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson and leave the right kind of legacy at Old Trafford.

However, it would be erroneous to expect Mourinho to come and take the league by storm immediately.

Hazard: Mourinho is at a big club now

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After proving to be the best player in the Premier League in the 2014-15 season, Eden Hazard was appalling in the season just gone, and was blamed by some Chelsea fans for Jose Mourinho's sacking.

Now that Mourinho is at United, Hazard says he can't wait to play against his former manager.

Mourinho is a fantastic manager.

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Scott rates Van Gaal's debutants for FourFourTwo.

The Guardian reckons appointing Mourinho is a bigger mistake now than three years ago.

BBC Sport speculates over which players Mourinho will keep and which he will let go.

Sky Sports reports on Fergie's defence of Wenger.

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Raiola: Everyone thinks Zlatan is going to United

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When it became apparent that Jose Mourinho would be Manchester United's next manager, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move to the club.

His agent, Mino Raiola, insists it isn't a done deal though.

It'll be a surprise in the end. Everyone's just talking about United!

VIDEO: Rashford scores two minutes in to England debut

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Marcus Rashford scored for England just two minutes and eight seconds in to his debut. He became the 108th graduate of the United youth team to represent England.

CONFIRMED: Rashford to make his England debut tonight

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Marcus Rashford has been confirmed as a starter in the England team to play against Australia this evening. Rashford only made his United debut three months ago, and now he is being ripped to go to the European Championships with England. His chances have been boosted by the injuries to Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.

Mourinho: It’s a special honour to be Manchester United manager

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Earlier this morning, it was confirmed that Jose Mourinho is now Manchester United manager. He has signed a three year contract with the option of a further year.

Given this is the job he has always wanted, Mourinho was understandably made up at the announcement.

To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game.

PICTURE: Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United contract

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Jose Mourinho joined Instragram so that he could show off his contract with Manchester United.

The caption read: "Manchester United Football Club, Old Trafford, The Theatre Of Dreams."

Mourinho: Real Madrid weren’t happy with what I said after United game!

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Following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager, MUTV has interviewed him about how he feels and his hopes for the future.

I feel great. I think I'm in the right moment of my career because Man United is one of these clubs where you really need to be prepared for it because it is a giant club.

VIDEO: Welcome to Manchester United, Jose

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VIDEO: United players singing Solskjaer and Stam chants

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When celebrating winning the FA Cup, Manchester United players were filmed singing chants for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jaap Stam. They also were singing Wayne Rooney's chant, which was lead by the man himself.

Young: I lost my voice celebrating Lingard’s goal

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Ashley Young has reflected on what it means to win the FA Cup with Manchester United, following a difficult season.

He has revealed what an important role the fans played in the victory and how bonkers he went when Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal.

"We hadn't won the competition for many years and it's great to get our hands on the trophy.

Cantona: United should make ME the next boss

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Eric Cantona, who turned 50 today, has claimed that Manchester United should appoint him as the replacement for Louis van Gaal.

"They miss me. I think they have lost something. You can feel it. But it's difficult to come after someone who has been at the club 25 years. Even if you are a great manager, the fans still feel the philosophy of Ferguson.

Blind: Van Gaal deserved more respect from United

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Following the sacking of Louis van Gaal, fellow Dutchman Daley Blind claims that the club's former manager deserved more respect.

Having won the FA Cup on Saturday, Van Gaal was immediately greeted with questions from the media about his imminent sacking and Jose Mourinho replacing him.

Blind reckons that Van Gaal did a good job considering he was being written off by the press every week.

Cantona: Guardiola joined the wrong Manchester club

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Eric Cantona, who turned 50 today, has spoken about the likely appointment of Jose Mourinho following the sacking of Louis van Gaal.

Cantona says he is a fan of Mourinho, but that he believes Pep Guardiola should have become the next United manager.

"I love José Mourinho, but in terms of the type of football he plays I don't think he is Manchester United.

PICTURES: Lingard with FA Youth Cup and FA Cup goals five years apart

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Jesse Lingard became the first Manchester United player to score in the FA Youth Cup final and the FA Cup final.

He scored in the first leg against Sheffield United in 2011 which United drew 2-2. He then played in the second leg which United won 4-1.

On Saturday, Lingard scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

LvG: United fans are truly the best in the world

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It was confirmed at 8.30pm on Monday evening that Manchester United have sacked Louis van Gaal. The club's former manager has released a statement, thanking the staff, players, fans, as well as Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.

"It has been an honour to manage such a magnificent club as Manchester United FC, and in doing so, I have fulfilled a long-held ambition.

CONFIRMED: LvG has gone

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After news reports telling us the same this morning, Manchester United has finally confirmed that Louis van Gaal is no longer the manager.

Ed Woodward has released a statement.

"I would like to thank Louis and his staff for their excellent work in the past two years culminating in winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup for the club (and securing him a title in four different countries).

Giggs has to stay if he’s ever going to get his dream job

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With Manchester United taking an age to confirm that Louis van Gaal has been sacked and that Ryan Giggs has been offered a different role within the club, reportedly a downgraded position from assistant manager, it's worth speculating what the future may hold for United's most successful ever player.

Mata: So happy and proud to win FA Cup for the fans

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Juan Mata scored the crucial equalising goal for Manchester United in our 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Mata has spoken of his pride and happiness at winning the FA Cup and how much it means to have given the supporters something to celebrate.

"My first trophy with United, finally!

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Scott reviews the week for FourFourTwo.

The Guardian talks about what life has been like behind the scenes for United players under Van Gaal.

BBC Sport report on Louis van Gaal's sacking.

The Telegraph looks at the 20 moments that got Van Gaal sacked.

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PICTURE: Is Benzema a United fan?

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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema posted a picture of himself with his daughter, but something surprising can be seen in the top right corner.

VIDEO: Rashford and Lingard celebrate at the final whistle

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Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard celebrate together after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final.

STATS: LvG played more youngsters than any other manager

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Stats from @OptaJohan show that Louis van Gaal has given more minutes to teenagers than any other Premier League manager.

Teenagers are United have seen 2638 minutes of football, followed by Tottenham Hotspur with 2384 minutes.

The time given to youngsters by Van Gaal accounts for 23% of all minutes played by teenagers in the Premier League this season.

VIDEO: Players singing United chants in the dressing room

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After beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup final, Manchester United players celebrated in the dressing room by singing a few chants.

Carrick: You can’t buy the feeling of lifting the trophy 

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Michael Carrick has been at Manchester United, winning the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup. However, the FA Cup had eluded him before Saturday. United beat Crystal Palace in extra time and Carrick has talked about how it feels to finally win the trophy.

"That feeling when the final whistle goes you can't buy the feeling of lifting the trophy.

VIDEO: Fergie in tunnel pre-match to encourage the players

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Ahead of Manchester United's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final, Sir Alex Ferguson was in the tunnel.

He called David de Gea over and hugged him, before shaking hands with all the players, including Wayne Rooney.

Fergie could then be seen joking around with the referee and opposition manager Alan Pardew.

De Gea: We are really, really happy to win FA Cup for the fans

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final, David de Gea has insisted this trophy is for the fans.

"[It was tough] with ten players and with [other] difficult moments, but we fought until the end and we never surrendered.

We are Manchester United, we are one of the best clubs in the world and we have won the FA Cup for all the fans.

Lingard: It’s a massive feeling

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Jesse Lingard, who is a lifelong Manchester United fan and joined the club when he was seven, has spoken about how it felt to score the winning goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

"It was a massive feeling. To win it is great and ending the season on a high with my family and friends watching in the crowd.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace FA Cup final

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Shaw: Smalling has a funny voice, Jones can’t dance, and Blind’s clothes are awful

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In the official programme for the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, Luke Shaw has dished the dirt on his team mates.

David de Gea: He's probably the greatest person in the dressing room, and one of the nicest as well. He's always asking how you are and giving you a hug.

What football is all about

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Twenty-six years ago I sat down with my dad to watch Manchester United play Crystal Palace in an FA Cup final.

We drew 3-3 on that day, a thrilling match that was like water and light to the seeds of support for this club that my dad had sown over the preceding eight years.

United's eventual victory, after a replay -for which I came home early from a cycling proficiency lesson and the sight of that team lifting the FA Cup, sparked my lifelong love for this club and, indeed, the game itself.

Martin: A misunderstanding lead to me scoring Wembley winner

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Lee Martin scored the winning goal in the 1990 FA Cup final when Manchester United played Crystal Palace, following a 3-3 draw which forced a replay.

This trophy was Sir Alex Ferguson's with the club, and as United attempt to win their first trophy post-Ferguson, Martin has revealed how he ended up being in the position to score.

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Scott reviews the season for ESPN.

The Mirror interviews Marouane Fellaini and discusses whether he's a dirty player.

The Evening News looks at Paul Scholes' thoughts on the final.

The Guardian reports on Van Gaal's claim that we deserve the FA Cup.

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Herrera: This club has something special

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Ahead of the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, Ander Herrera has spoken about his hopes of lifting the trophy.

Herrera is likely to lose his place in the starting team to Marouane Fellaini, who is returning from suspension. However, when Herrera came on as a substitute in the semi-final, he played the ball through to Anthony Martial to score the winner.

Blind: It was amazing to celebrate at Wembley with the fans

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Ahead of the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Daley Blind has talked about his desire to win the competition.

United booked their place in the final in dramatic fashion when Anthony Martial scored an injury time winner against Everton, which provoked the players to jump in to the crowd and celebrate, which Blind had never done before.

De Gea: We will fight to win the FA Cup

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Ahead of the FA Cup final on Saturday, David de Gea has claimed this has been the best season of his career in terms of his form, and if United lift the trophy, it will be a good season for the team too.

"It's been the best season of my career. I'm in great shape physically and mentally I'm very focused.

Manchester United can salvage season with FA Cup win over Palace

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After the disappointment of missing out on a Champions League qualification place, Manchester United can end the 2015-16 season with something to shout about by winning the FA Cup against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal's job as the club's manager is said to hinge on the Red Devils winning the game, but regardless of this the travelling United fans will hope to cap a day at Wembley off with silverware.

Adrian Doherty – Like Bob Dylan in a no 7 shirt

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Adrian Doherty was from Strabane in Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United's youth team during the 1990's, although his name isn't one you will have heard mentioned too often. Despite once boasting talent equal to or surpassing that of Ryan Giggs', a cruciate injury ended his career days before he was set to make his debut for the first team, and he tragically died a few years later after falling away from football.

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Scott gives his player ratings for ESPN for United's win over Bournemouth.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Marcus Rashford's place in the England squad.

The Guardian discusses the fake bomb fiasco at Old Trafford.

The Telegraph discusses Romelu Lukaku's dad's comments about the player's future at United or Bayern.

Rooney: It’s great to score goals in front of United fans

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Wayne Rooney got Manchester United off the mark in our 3-1 win over Bournemouth, scoring his 100th league goal at Old Trafford in the process.

The captain has talked about his happiness at adding another goal to his tally in front of the fans.

It was important that we went out and played and gave everything to win the game.

LvG: It will be difficult to pick FA Cup squad

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Bournemouth, Louis van Gaal has spoken about how difficult it will be to name his starting XI, and those on the bench, for the cup final on Saturday.

I think that these are big decisions because everybody wants to play in the final and everybody knows that.

Rooney: Rashford has a great attitude

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday night, Wayne Rooney has sung the praises of teammate and fellow goalscorer Marcus Rashford.

The youngster has been included in Roy Hodgson's initial 26 man squad for the Euros, and Rooney reckons Rashford will give the England manager a tough decision to make.

Adrian Doherty – The player who was as good as Giggs

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Adrian Doherty was from Strabane in Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United's youth team during the 1990's, although his name isn't one you will have heard mentioned too often. Despite once boasting talent equal to or surpassing that of Ryan Giggs', a cruciate injury ended his career days before he was set to make his debut for the first team, and he tragically died a few years later after falling away from football.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bournemouth 

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Varela, Jones, A. Pereira, Herrera, Young, Memphis.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Bournemouth

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VIDEO: Smalling shows off his judo skills

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Chris Smalling was part of the panel of talent show judges in Vauxhall's search for England's official #GetIN goal celebration. Search #GetIN.

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Scott reviews United's past week for FourFourTwo.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how farcical United have become since Ferguson.

The Mirror has pictures of yesterday's "bomb".

The Guardian reports on Marcus Rashford being included in Roy Hodgson's squad.

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United with egg on their face after bomb threat explained

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It turns out that the suspicious looking device which lead to Manchester United's game against Bournemouth being cancelled was left there during a safety training exercise on Wednesday.

United will now have to play their final Premier League game of the season just days before taking on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.

REVEALED: The man left most disappointed by abandoned match

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Marouane Fellaini was banned for three matches after retrospective action saw that he elbowed Robert Huth in our 1-1 draw against Leicester.

This ban meant he would miss the final three games of the Premier League season and be able to return for the FA Cup final, as he no doubt would given Louis van Gaal's overuse of Fellaini.

PICTURES: “Most famous scarf in the world… still only a fiver!”

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Moments after it was announced to Manchester United fans outside of Old Trafford that the game against Bournemouth had been abandoned, one merchandise seller tried to make his £5 matchday scarf seem like better value for money.

"The most famous scarf in the world, still only a fiver!" he joked.

Controlled explosion carried out at Old Trafford!

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Greater Manchester Police confirmed at 4.40pm that a controlled explosion has been carried out within the stadium by the bomb disposal experts at Old Trafford.

Some reports have suggested that the mobile device was attached to the piping and fires on the fifth floor of the Sir Alex Ferguson stand.

United NOT in Champions League next season

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Following Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Swansea, Manchester United will not play in the Champions League next season. Even if we beat Bournemouth, we will miss out because of City's superior goal difference, just as we did with the title in 2012.

Premier League release statement on abandoned game and reschedulement

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The Premier League has released a statement on the abandoned game today between Manchester United and Bournemouth.

The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package.

When it comes to matters of of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of fans and employees foremost.

PICTURES: Bomb squad arrives at Old Trafford

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Following the games between Manchester United and Bournemouth being abondoned after a "suspect package" was found, the bomb squad have arrived at Old Trafford. Reports suggest there will be a controlled explosion.

Players still in the ground an hour after evacuation

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The North Stand and Stretford End were evacuated at 3pm after a suspicious package was found. Half an hour later, following the evacuation of the other stands when news of the abandonment had been announced, Ander Herrera spoke to Spanish newspaper Tiempo de Juego on the telephone.

"We are still in the dressing room and it seems we'll be the last ones to leave the stadium," he said.

Rooney: Rashford doesn’t need advice from me

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that it's been exciting this season getting to see so many young players featuring in the first team.

Marcus Rashford has been a revelation since making his debut in February, and has even been invited to train with the England squad, but Rooney insists the youngster doesn't need advice from him yet.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bournemouth

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Jones, Varela, Young, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Bournemouth

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Rooney: We have to focus on Bournemouth before thinking about Wembley

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On this final day of the season, Manchester United have to win and Manchester City have to lose for us to play Champions League football next season.

Ahead of our game against Bournemouth, Wayne Rooney has said we can't judge this campaign until we've seen the outcome of the match today and the FA Cup final next weekend.

United V Bournemouth: Statistical Form Preview

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All you can do is win the games in front of you. If United win today and City lose the Champions League beckons but ultimately it is not in the hands of Van Gaal's men.

However, there is an FA Cup Final to look forward to next weekend and an increasingly excellent record at Old Trafford to point to.

Becks: I’ve been watching United since I was six years old

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David Beckham grew up as a Manchester United fan in Chingford but says he wasn't bothered about supporting a team from a different city. His parents were mad United fans, who used to make the journey from London to watch them play, and so Beckham grew up of dreaming for our club.

"I used to get a bit of stick but I wasn't too bothered about being an East end boy and being a United fan.

Rashford invited to train with England squad ahead of Euros

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There have been reports that Marcus Rashford is set to be invited to train with the England squad ahead of their friendlies against Australia and Portugal, in preparation for this summer's European Championships, although won't be included in the squad for the tournament.

Rashford, who turned 18 last October, has yet to play for the U-21s and has just one appearance for the U-20s, after previously representing his country at U-16 and U-18 level.

LvG: Players still want to sign for Manchester United

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Ahead of Sunday's game against Bournemouth, Louis van Gaal has talked about the potential difficulty for Manchester United to sign players if we're not playing in the Champions League.

He was asked whether United will struggle to sign top players when competing with the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but Van Gaal doesn't think so.

LvG: The board has to decide if they want me next season

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Louis van Gaal has been adament that he is staying put at Manchester United next season, seeing out the third year of his contract, but today made a point that the board had to decide whether that would be the case or not.

Having been asked whether he would struggle to motivate the players next season, with them knowing his contract was set to expire, Van Gaal responded by saying he has been able to guide them to the FA Cup final in these circumstances.

LvG: You don’t always have to score but you do need to keep possession

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Bournemouth, Louis van Gaal has spoken to the press, but he hasn't endeared himself to the fans. While acknowleding it's important that United improve their attack, he has also stressed the greater importance of retaining possession.

I can say what we still have to improve.

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Scott writes for ESPN about Sunday's game against Bournemouth.

Scott writes for uMAXit about the consequences of the West Ham defeat.

The Mirror reports on Jose Mourinho's latest comments on his future.

The Guardian discusses the predicted line-up for Bournemouth.

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Luke Shaw won’t make the FA Cup final

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After having his leg broken in the Champions League game against PSV last September, there had been hopes that Luke Shaw would return before the season ended.

However, with just two games left to play, the final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday, before the FA Cup final next Saturday, Louis van Gaal has revealed that Shaw won't be fit to play.

LvG reacts to news Swansea will rest players against City

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Earlier this week, Swansea Francesco Guidolin revealed that he intends to rest key players like Ashley Williams, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lukasz Fabianski who will be featuring in the Euros this summer.

Louis van Gaal believes that Swansea can still get a win without them though. It was Andre Ayew who scored twice against Liverpool a fortnight ago, as well as against West Ham in their 4-1 win, along with Routledge, Ki Sung-yueng and Gomis, who will all play.

PICTURES: What do you think of United’s new away kit?

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Manchester United decided the day after the disappointing defeat against West Ham was a good time to launch the new away kit.

What do you think of it?

Under-21s – Player Ratings 2015/16

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Joel Pereira Apps: 14 Clean Sheets: 67/10

The starting keeper has performed excellently throughout as the tall figure of Pereira has made some fine saves this campaign. There are some lingering worries with his decision making, but itcan easily be wiped from his game where as his shot-stopping ability can't be taught.

VIDEO: Hilarious video of United players reacting to coach attack

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Man United players during the coach incident pic.twitter.com/ogsnLdWM5l

- WozTheGooner (@wozthegooner) May 10, 2016


Jesse Lingard took a hilarious video mocking the West Ham fans who were attacking their bus ahead of kick off on Tuesday evening.

STATS: Rooney has scored more at the Boleyn than any opponent

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals at the Boleyn Ground than any other opponent.

VIDEO: West Ham fans attack United’s coach

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Kick-off between Manchester United and West Ham has been delayed to 8.30pm after the home fans attacked the United coach.


LIVE on #Periscope: West Ham fans stopping United bus player get through https://t.co/5tOnurkL9K

- Luke Hanrahan (@luketomhanrahan) May 10, 2016



El autobús del @ManUtd ha sido apedreado por aficionados del Westham.

Rooney: West Ham fans smashed up our coach

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Manchester United's game against West Ham has been delayed for 45 minutes after our team coach arrived an hour late, and was then ambushed by the home supporters.

The coach stopped around 100 yards from the ground and couldn't get closer thanks to the West Ham fans. The club secretary went to the referee's room and asked for an extension, to give the players exactly the right amount of time as they would usually get to prepare.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: West Ham vs United – kick-off delayed to 8.30pm

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Rooney, Mata, Rashford, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, Jones, Carrick, Lingard, Januzaj, Memphis.

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

West Ham subs: Spiegel (GK), Tomkins, Valenciua, Obiang, Collins, Moses, Emenike.

TOP FIVE: Most frustrating and / or ridiculous things Louis van Gaal has said during his time as Manchester United manager

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Oh Louis. Louis, Louis, Louis.

It was not supposed to be like this. Whatever else you were supposed to be, you were not supposed to go full-Moyes when the going got tough. The football is bad enough, but we could just about live with that (we couldn't) if it wasn't for the abject nonsense you have begun to spout.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the week we've just had.

Scott writes for uMAXit about whether Juan Mata has been a success at United.

The Guardian reports on Slaven Bilic's hopes for West Ham's game against United.

The Mirror claim that Raphael Varane is considering a move to United.

Only Giggs and Lampard have more assists than Rooney

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Wayne Rooney assised Juan Mata's goal against Norwich in Saturday, meaning he has moved up in to third for the all-time Premier League assists ranking.

Ryan Giggs has 162 assists in 672 games, which is an assist every 4.15 games.

Frank Lampard has 102 assists in 429 games, which is an assist every 4.

Lingard: We’re ready for West Ham

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Manchester United take on West Ham in an all-important game on Tuesday night, in what is the club's last ever game at the Boleyn Ground, before moving to the Olympic Stadium next season.

Jesse Lingard has claimed the players are aware that the occasion will mean the crowd is more up for it, but says they are focussed on getting the three points, which will see us replace City in the top four.

Mata: There’s no time for celebration after City’s draw

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In Juan Mata's weekly blog, he has spoken about his happiness at scoring the winning goal against Norwich, particularly given how important that win was following Manchester City's draw with Arsenal.

It was almost like a summer Sunday here in Manchester and we are happy after the score against Norwich.

Top four in our hands after City’s draw

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Manchester United's 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday put us one point behind Manchester City with the same games played.

City played Arsenal on Sunday and took the lead twice, only to be pegged back by goals from Oliver Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. Danny Welbeck started the game but was subbed off in the first half with an injury.

LvG: Rashford was rested because he’s tired

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Louis van Gaal's decision to rest Marcus Rashford for Manchester United's game against Norwich almost backfired, when Anthony Martial was injured in the pre-match warm up. United were left without a striker to replace Martial with, so Wayne Rooney filled in for him.

You see in the games, Marcus is not doing the things he did in his first match or second match anymore.

Liverpool legend’s embarrassing stance on Fellaini

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Jamie Carragher has had his say on Marouane Fellaini, who was one of two players to be fouled in Leicester's box last weekend, along with Memphis Depay, only for neither penalty to be awarded.

In response to Robert Huth pulling Fellaini's hair, the Belgian elbowed Huth in the face.

Carragher hopes that Fellaini, who used to player for the Carragher's boyhood club Everton, never plays in teh Premier League ever again.

Reactions to United’s win over Norwich

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1. This game was a must win so it's great to get the three points and put the pressure on Manchester City ahead of their game against Arsenal on Sunday. But the football was just awful. United were in control of the game, with 67% possession and 15 shots, but it was so boring to watch. There was no pace, hardly any clear cut chances were created, and the players looked disinterested.

Scholes: United’s away fans are sensational

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win over Norwich, Paul Scholes has spoken about his hopes for the FA Cup final, and what has to change next season.

It would be great to win the FA Cup, we've not been there for a while, we've not even been to a final to give those fans, and you see how good those away fans are, they're sensational, so to give them a day out and hopefully win would be great.

VIDEO: Mata goal against Norwich

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Juan Mata scored the only goal in our 1-0 win over Norwich.

Mata: We do everything for the fans

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Juan Mata scored the match winner in our 1-0 win over Norwich today. If Manchester City lose to Arsenal, and we win our game in hand against West Brom, we replace our rivals in the top four.

Mata has spoken about the importance of getting three points today and his hopes for the rest of the season.

Norwich V United: Statistical Form Preview

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Norwich find themselves slap bang in the middle of a very tough relegation battle, while United have Champions League football in their sights. This is a massive 'must-win' game for both sides so what do the stats tell us is likely to happen?

Norwich's patchy home form is one of the reasons they are struggling to stay afloat in the Premier League.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Norwich vs United

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De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Rooney; Mata, Lingard, Memphis; Martial.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Borthwick-Jackson, Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Januzaj.

Norwich: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Bassong, Olsson; Redmond, Howson, O'Neil, Brady; Hoolahan; Jerome.

Norwich subs: Rudd (GK), Whittaker, Naismith, Mbokani, Bamford, Jarvis, Dorrans.

Rashford and Blind rested… not injured

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford have been left out of the squad for today's game against Norwich so they can be rested, rather than through injury.

Anthony Martial will lead the line in place of Rashford, while Marcos Rojo will be used in the centre of defence instead of Blind.

Martial injured in Norwich warm up! No Rashford in the squad

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Louis van Gaal left Marcus Rashford out of the squad today, instead choosing to play Anthony Martial up front.

However, with the rest of the squad still taking part in the warm-up ahead of kick off, Martial was seen going down the tunnel. Ander Herrera, who had been warming up with the subs, then took Martial's place in warming up with the starting XI.

Ronaldo: Rashford reminds me of myself

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Cristiano Ronaldo has sung the praises of Manchester United's teenager, Marcus Rashford, claimining that the Manchester lad reminds him of himself.

He's a very good young player. I see some of myself in him for sure he has courage and he's fast and is very good with the ball. I think for the strikers they have to be hungry to score and I see that with him.

Fosu-Mensah joins Depay and Blind in Netherlands squad

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Tim Fosu-Mensah has received his first call up to the Netherlands squad, after making his debut for Manchester United in the 3-2 win back in February.

His first appearance came just a month after he turned 18, and he has gone from strength to strength in the first team since then.

Last week, compatriot and fellow Ajax academy graduate Daley Blind has sung the praises of Fosu-Mensah.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for FourFourTwo about the cock up with our FA Cup final tickets.

Scott wrote for ESPN about what De Gea's award says about United.

Scott wrote for uMAXit about why Sturridge might be worth a bid this summer.

The Mirror reports on the 17-year-old goalie we're going to sign.

Toure: It was unbelievable that a big club like United wanted me! Then I was told it was City…

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Manchester United fans have often joked that the only way Manchester City were able to sign players when Sheikh Mansour bought them was by telling players "Manchester" were interested.

City legend Yaya Toure has today revealed how excited he was in 2010 when his agent told him who wanted to sign him, a big club in Manchester.

PICTURE: United fan in the crowd to watch City knocked out of Europe

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Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid this evening, after failing to get a single shot on target at the Bernabeu.

A fan was spotted in the crowd wearing a Manchester United shirt.

Under-21s – End of Season Awards

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Player of the season: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

The modest lad from Urmston has risen up through the club and burst onto the scene this season. When asked about the award he said "I don't really get nervous, I block the crowd out really and get on with the game, it's what you're paid to do.

FA disrespect the fans yet again

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Every year there seems to be some complaint levelled at the FA for the way they treat the fans. Whether it's scheduling games at a time that makes it impossible for the supporters to get home using public transport, not giving fans enough tickets or charging supporters too much, they always manage to get something wrong.

PICTURE: The e-mails fans did and didn’t want to receive today

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Manchester United fans found out the news of whether they would be going to the FA Cup final or not today. To even be able to apply, United fans had to have a season ticket holder, and they were dished out based out on how many cup tickets they had purchased.

The maximum was 10 games, so those who had been to all of them would get first dibs, then 9/10, then 8/10.

De Gea: I didn’t save any penalties in preparation for Everton game!

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In Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, David de Gea saved a penalty from Romelu Lukaku. After winning the Sir Matt Busby player of the year, De Gea admitted he hadn't saved any penalties in training in preparation for the semi.

It was a great save, it was really important.

LvG: I am very arrogant because I am one of the best

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I think we are always judging the players like professional players, they have to get results, they have to meet the expectations of Manchester United, the biggest club in the world. That is very difficult," he said. "The expectations are too high. We are in a period of transition. It's not so easy.

And the Sir Matt Busby player of the year is…

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David de Gea was voted the Sir Matt Busby player of the year by the fans. Louis van Gaal had lots of nice things to say about the goalkeeper, after a move to Real Madrid collapsed in the summer.

"Everybody knows that he was invited to go to Madrid and I couldn't mention that because his girlfriend, not his wife yet, is living in Madrid, his parents," Van Gaal said.

De Gea: We have the best fans in the world

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David de Gea was named the Sir Matt Busby played of the year this evening and was full of praise for the supporters.

"It's difficult to say something now," he said. "To win this trophy three years in a row is amazing and I'm really happy. It's an honour to receive it again. I want to thank everyone.

PICTURE: Premier League winner Schmeichel

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Leicester City have been crowned Premier League champions this evening, but when Kasper Schmeichel lifts the trophy, it won't be the first time that he had his hands on it.

And the goal of the season is…

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The shortlist for Manchester United's goal of the season included Anthony Martial's debut goal against Liverpool, and his goal against Stoke, as well as Marcus Rashford against Manchester City and West Ham. Here's a video of the finalists.

The winner is Anthony Martial vs Liverpool.

"It was a fantastic atmosphere in the day.

And the U-21 player of the year is…

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Donald Love and James Weir were in the running for the Denzil Haroun player of the year award, which goes to the U-21 player of the season.

And Cameron Borthwick-Jackson won the award.

"It's a huge honour for me, it's just unbelievable, what dreams are made of as a little boy, winning an award for Manchester United," he said.

And the Players’ Player of the Year is…

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Wayne Rooney announced the Players' Player of the Year award, Chris Smalling.

And the U-18 player of the year is…

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The Jimmy Murphy award for the U-18 player of the year goes to Marcus Rashford. He was presented the award by head of the academy, Nicky Butt. This was an award Butt didn't win when he was coming up through the ranks, but did win the Denzil Haroun award once.

PICTURES: Luke Shaw and co. arrive at POTY awards

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The Manchester United players have arrived at the Player of the Year awards, where the fans and players will decide on their best performing players of the season, as well as the academy and U-21 players of the year too.

LvG: Everything is possible

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Manchester United are currently four points behind Manchester City with a game in hand. Louis van Gaal, at the Player of the Year awards, has spoken about his hopes for finishing in the top four.

I'm always positive. I said in advance of the match between Southampton and City, that Southampton could beat them.

Blind: I can’t tell you who I voted for!

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Daley Blind made his 52nd appearance of the season for Manchester United against Leicester on Sunday. At the Player of the Year awards this evening, Blind talked about how happy he has been to feature so often this season.

For me personally, consistency is something I want to achieve as much as possible.

Carrick: Bringing through youth is the tradition of this club

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Ahead of the Manchester United Player of the Year awards, Michael Carrick talked about how great it has been to have so many youth team players involved in the first team set up this season. The Jimmy Murphy and Denzel Haroon awards will be given later in the evening.

They've been a breath of fresh air.

VINE: Wilson scores 95th minute goal to put Brighton on brink of promotion

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James Wilson scored a 95th minute equaliser for Brighton to earn them a draw against Derby. Brighton went down to 10 men on 83 minutes.

If Brighton beat Middlesbrough on Saturday in the final game of the season they will earn automatic qualification to the Premier League. If they draw or lose, they will go in to the play-offs.

Mata: It was an honour to meet King Eric

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In his weekly blog, Juan Mata has discussed the week we've just had, including the 1-1 draw with Leicester, his 100th game for the club, and getting to meet Eric Cantona.

Today, I feel like the week hasn't been perfect. We could have finished it with a win for our fans, I believe so.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the week we've just had.

Scott writes for uMAXit about denying Leicester their Old Trafford fairytale ending.

ESPN reports on Schweinsteiger's confidence in playing at Euro 2016.

The Mirror reports on the breakdown of Ryan Giggs' marriage.

PICTURE: Herrera and Schweinsteiger pose with Cantona after the game

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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester, Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger posed with legend Eric Cantona for a photograph.

LvG: Huth behaviour only normal in sex masochism

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Marouane Fellaini may have played his last game of the Premier League season today after elbowing Roberto Huth in Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Leicester.

The Leicester defender was pulling Fellaini's hair, to which our midfielder responded to by elbowing him in the face.

Louis van Gaal has defended Fellaini though, who would be available for the FA Cup final if he is charged.

PICTURE: Cantona in the stands for United’s draw with Leicester

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Eric Cantona was at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon from Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester. His name was sung by the fans in the ground on several occassions.

VIDEO: Martial goal vs Leicester

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United players aren’t used to winning the league… but are Leicester’s?

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Louis van Gaal made the bizarre claims that our squad doesn't have players that are used to winning the league. He suggested Rooney and Carrick had one it once, or "maybe more", and that David de Gea had never won it.

Presumably he was trying to downplay the disappointing season we've had so far, but claiming we didn't have many champions in the team.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about delaying Leicester's party today.

Scott writes for The Metro about Van Gaal's mistake over who has and hasn't been a champion.

BBC Sport reports on LvG's claim that he will be the manager next year.

The Mirror reports on how we snubbed Leicester's Schlupp.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Leicester

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Fosu-Mensah, Herrera, Mata, Schneiderlin, Memphis.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa

Subs: King, Albrighton, Amartey, Gray, Wasilewski, Chilwell, Schwarzer.