Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

PICTURE: Mkhitaryan shirts on sale at United’s official online shop

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It appears as though Henrikh Mkhitaryan has signed for Manchester United, or is about to at least, with United shirts with his name on available at the club's official online shop.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms he’s signing for Manchester United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to Twitter to confirm to the world that he will be signing for Manchester United this summer.

"Time to let you world know. My next destination is @ManUtd"

He hasn't passed a medical or signed a contract yet but the deal is in place and ready for him to sign.

VIDEO: Herrera reveals all about his teammates

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The funniest? The strongest? The quickest? Find out in Unscriptd Name the Player https://t.co/iTqdKds17o

- Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) June 24, 2016


VIDEO: Cantona sings Will Grigg’s on fire

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Eric Cantona gives 'Will Grigg's on Fire' his all... and it's pretty spectacular!

(Warning: strong language)https://t.co/a9uYL1UZR8

- Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) June 25, 2016


Eric Cantona has sung the theme of Euro 2016, "Will Grigg's on fire".

The future looks bright

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Though suggesting that Louis van Gaal left Manchester United in a blaze of glory would be something of a stretch, the fact that his final act as United manager was to win the FA Cup (and then wave the thing angrily at a room of bemused journalists) certainly added a touch of gloss to an otherwise forgettable two years at the helm.

VIDEO: Rashford’s goals and skills so far

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Ibrahimovic agent: I want Zlatan to join United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed that he wants the player to join Manchester United, although Ibrahimovic is yet to make his mind up.

Manchester United are a great team with a great coach. It's fascinating. I've made my decision, Zlatan has not made his. We will see.

PICTURE: Ibrahimovic’s son in United shirt

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's son, Maximillian, has been pictured in a Manchester United shirt, ahead of Zlatan's reported move to the club.

VIDEO: Stone Roses dedicate United song to Beckham

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Wow I have no words.... Unbelievable night on Manchester with the boys

A video posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jun 16, 2016 at 12:10am PDT


David Beckham attended The Stone Roses concert at the Etihad Stadium this week. The band dedicated 'This Is The One', the song Manchester United walk out to at Old Trafford, to Beckham.

VIDEO: Incredible Rashford skill ahead of win over Wales

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Rashford m'a régalé a l'échauffement pic.twitter.com/N8RL1laL8j

- Bxnto (@Bxnto_) June 16, 2016


When coming off the bench for England's 2-1 win over Wales, Marcus Rashford became the youngest Englishman to represent the country at the Euros.

CONFIRMED: Manchester United fixtures 2016-17

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Sat Aug 13 Bournemouth A
Sat Aug 20 Southampton H
Sat Aug 27 Hull City A
Sat Sep 10 Manchester City H
Sat Sep 17 Watford A
Sat Sep 24 Leicester City H
Sat Oct 1 Stoke City H
Sat Oct 15 Liverpool A
Sat Oct 22 Chelsea A
Sat Oct 29 Burnley H
Sat Nov 5 Swansea City A
Sat Nov 19 Arsenal H
Sat Nov 26 West Ham United H
Sat Dec 3 Everton A
Sat Dec 10 Tottenham Hotspur H
Tue Dec 13 Crystal Palace A
Sat Dec 17 West Bromwich Albion A
Mon Dec 26 Sunderland H
Sat Dec 31 Middlesbrough H
Mon Jan 2 West Ham United A
Sat Jan 14 Liverpool H
Sat Jan 21 Stoke City A
Wed Feb 1 Hull City H
Sat Feb 4 Leicester City A
Sat Feb 11 Watford H
Sat Feb 25 Manchester City A
Sat Mar 4 Bournemouth H
Sat Mar 11 Southampton A
Sat Mar 18 Middlesbrough A
Sat Apr 1 West Bromwich Albion H
Tue Apr 4 Everton H
Sat Apr 8 Sunderland A
Sat Apr 15 Chelsea H
Sat Apr 22 Burnley A
Sat Apr 29 Swansea City H
Sat May 6 Arsenal A
Sat May 13 Tottenham Hotspur A
Sun May 21 Crystal Palace H

Arsenal star: It hurts me to say Rooney is unbelievable

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Wayne Rooney is keeping Jack Wilshere out of the England starting XI, having changed his position from up front to midfield. Rooney was man of the match in England's opening Euro 2016 game against Russia. England were 1-0 up when Rooney was taken off with just over 10 minutes to play, with Wilshere replacing him.

Beckham: Mourinho appointment is perfect

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Following Jose Mourinho's appointment as Manchester United manager, David Beckham has talked about his happiness, and says he hopes to be at the first game of the season.

I think it is perfect. Bringing him back to the Premier League needed to happen. It's not the same without him.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about why Eric Bailly is a typical Mourinho signing.

The Irish Times discusses England fans in Marseille.

Sky Sports reports Ibrahimovic will have a medical at United after the Euros, having already agreed personal terms.

The Guardian reckons City want Valdes.

Schweinteiger: I was out of breath from celebrating my goal!

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Bastian Schweinsteiger scored Germany's second goal in their 2-0 win over Ukraine after coming on as a substitute. He was brought on in injury time and scored two minutes later, before an energetic celebration where he ran back to the bench.

Following the win, Schweinsteiger discussed how it felt to play his first competitive game since the Manchester derby in March.

VIDEO: Valencia’s goal in Copa America

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Antonio Valencia scored in Ecuador's 4-0 win over Haiti.

Euro 2016: Belgium v Italy Team News & Predictions

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Euro 2016
Date: Monday, 13th June, 2016
Time: 20.00pm BST
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

The first heavyweight clash of Euro 2016 takes place in Lyon this evening as potential winners Belgium and Italy meet at Olympic Lyonnais' new stadium in Group E.

Gareth Bale, The right man at the right time for Manchester United

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Ever since that famous night in the San Siro, when Gareth Bale made the then thought to be best full back in world football Maicon look like a novice, Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the player, and now with reports gathering that the club are set to launch a new world record bid in an attempt to land the Welsh Man, The dream of seeing Gareth Bale playing for Manchester United could yet become a reality.

VIDEO: Schweinsteiger scores for Germany

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Bastian Schweinsteiger came off the bench for Germany to score a goal to make it 2-0 against Ukraine.

Hodgson: I had to replace tiring man of the match Rooney

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England controlled their opening Euro 2016 game against Russia but conceded an injury time equaliser. Having received plenty of criticism ahead of the game, Wayne Rooney put in a man of the match performance, only to be taken off with over 10 minutes left to play.

Harry Kane, who had a poor game, was allowed to stay on the field for the full 90 minutes, while Raheem Sterling, who was just as bad, was taken off just three minutes to play.

Fellaini: I need to show Mourinho he can trust me

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Marouane Fellaini has revealed that Jose Mourinho has been in contact with him to offer his good luck for Belgium at Euro 2016.

Fellaini is one of the favourites to be sold by Mourinho this summer, although he still has two years remaining on his current deal. The player wants to impress his new manager at the Euros.

De Gea: Rape allegation is a lie and I’m staying with Spanish squad

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After reports implicating David de Gea in organising a meeting which ended with sexual assault, our goalkeeper has denied the story completely and said the matter is now being dealt with by his lawyers.

The first person who was surprised by this news story was me. It's a lie. I feel even stronger about staying with the national team.

Rashford: It doesn’t seem real… At Christmas I was aiming for United U-21s

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Marcus Rashford can't believe that he's with the England squad at the Euros, when a few months ago his aim was to get a regular run in Manchester United's U-21 team.

When I first went into the changing room and saw all of the players' names on the back of their shirts, it didn't seem real.

David de Gea didn’t attend press conference after rape allegation

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Reports in Spain today linked David de Gea with a rape allegation by a protected witness in a rape case against pornography producer Ignacio Fernandez Allende – also known as Torbe.

It was claimed that De Gea would attend a press conference this afternoon to clarify his position, after it had been reported he was set to leave Spain's squad.

VIDEO: Cantona – Football is about heart

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce myself to you: I am your new Commissioner of football;

I have not been elected, I have not been nominated. I appointed myself.

In this process, no bribes have been paid and no money went on an offshore account., It is rare enough in football's these days to be noticed.

TOP FIVE: Reasons for Manchester United Fans to Watch Euro 2016

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The summer is here, and for a healthy chunk of the Manchester United faithful the idea that football can exist without the Red Devils is a tough sell. "Pah, international football isn't the real thing" cry those who can't wait for the season to start up again in August, and plan to spend the intervening months refreshing Twitter hoping for new transfer news.

EURO 2016 Preview: What do France expect from Martial and Schneiderlin?

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This season has seen mixed fortunes for Manchester United's French players, with Morgan Schneiderlin being underused by Louis van Gaal and struggling to impress when he did play, while Anthony Martial has gone from a 'waste of money' to our team's top scorer.

Tom Coast has discussed what role they will play in France's team at the Euros.

Carrick: This Great Club Has Been Part Of My Life For 10 Years

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It was confirmed this afternoon that Michael Carrick has signed a year long contract extension at Manchester United, taking him in to his 11th season at the club.

This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing.

EURO 2016 Preview: How important is Schweinsteiger to Germany?

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Manchester United fans were delighted when Bastian Schweinsteiger signed from Bayern Munich. He didn't have the best season though and when international duty with Germany ended his season in March, supporters weren't best pleased.

Having not played for United for months, he's now fit enough to play for Germany at the Euros.

VIDEO: Bailly vs Ronaldo

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When Cristiano Ronaldo met Eric Bailly.

Gonna Win The Euros

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An unofficial Euro 2016 song has been brought out to raise money for charity Nordoff Robbins. The song supporting England has been released by discount website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk where they've recruited students to record the song on a small budget.

The song ‘Gonna Win The Euros' by The 1966 was written, filmed and produced on a budget of just £19.

PICTURE: Bailly in United’s away kit

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Eric Bailly was confirmed as a Manchester United player earlier today and, like all the other players in their first interview, said it was a "dream come true".

Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of our new 22-year-old defender.

Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Marcus Rashford and United's relationship with England.

Eurosport looks at whether the criticism of Jose Mourinho is fair.

The Guardian discusses Eric Bailly.

The Belfast Telegraph reports on Paddy McNair's press conference with Northern Ireland.

CONFIRMED: Bailly signs!

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Eric Bailly has signed from Villarreal to Manchester United, pending work permit.

It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.

Bailly has claimed it is a dream come true.

I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club.

STATS: United well represented at Euro 2016

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Manchster United ranks third with the most players competing in the Euro 2016 championship with 10 players, while rivals Manchester City ranks seventh place
25% of the 552 players going to Euro 2016 play in the British Football Leagues
Nearly 4 times as many English Premier League players will compete in Euro 2016 than players from the Spanish La Liga.

EURO 2016 preview – How important is McNair to Northern Ireland?

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Paddy McNair has had mixed fortunes since making his debut for Louis van Gaal last season, where he has been put in decent displays on some occasions, then being taken off before the game has even reached half-time on others.

McNair ended his season on a high when helping United's U-21 team win the league.

VIDEO: Jose Mourinho prank

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Manchester United's new manager, Jose Mourinho, pranked the guys at Football Daily in a one-off video. The panel discussed EURO 2016 before the Special One teamed up with Josie the cleaner to get one over on the lads!

Antoine Griezmann, Is he the right man for Manchester United?

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Let's be honest here Manchester United's reported interest in Antoine Griezmann isn't really anything new. Rumours of interest from Old Trafford date back even to last summer, where it was reported United were keen on taking the Frenchman on board. As we head into the summer transfer window with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly already seemingly on board, Antoine Griezmann could be set to become Jose Mourinho's third signing at the Theatre of Dreams.

EURO 2016 preview – How important is Darmian to Italy?

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Matteo Darmian had a brilliant start to life at Manchester United but has struggled to maintain consistently good form throughout the season.

Ahead of Euro 2016, Greg Lea has discussed the role Darmian plays for Italy. Their first game of Euro 2016 is on Monday against Belgium.

How important is Darmian to Italy?

PICTURE: Mourinho welcomes Pele to his ‘new house’ Old Trafford

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Jose Mourinho has taken to Instragram this evening to welcome Pele in to his 'new house'. Mourinho is managing the England team in the charity Soccer Aid match this evening.

VIDEO: Mourinho arrives at Old Trafford for first time as manager

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Jose Mourinho Arriving At Old Trafford!!! First time he will be sat in the home dugout pic.twitter.com/twByA3xM9o

- Beany (@Beanyman62) June 5, 2016


Jose Mourinho is the manager of the England team which will take on the 'Rest of the World' side for Soccer Aid.

Pele: United tried to sign me in 1968

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Pele has revealed that Sir Matt Busby tried to sign him for Manchester United in 1968. He turned us down, preferring to spend another six years playing for Santos.

Imagine United's team in the 1968 though, including the likes of George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, with Pele playing alongside them!

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Four Four Two to rate the youngsters who made their debut for LvG.

ESPN educates us on target Eric Bailly.

The Guardian talks about Chris Smalling.

FourFourTwo reports on Rooney's claim this England squad is the best he's played in.

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Fosu-Mensah: United over Holland for me

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Tim Fosu-Mensah was called up to the Netherlands squad by manager Danny Blind but pulled out due to injury. The defender has said he wants to take the summer off to ensure that he is fully fit ahead of next season for Manchester United.

A groin problem was causing me too much problems.

Khedira: Basti is our captain even if I wear the armband

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been called up to represent Germany at this summer's Euros, despite not playing for Manchester United since March.

Sami Khedira has been wearing the captain's armband in Schweinsteiger's absence and, as a player guaranteed of starting, will likely continue to this summer.

United reject Vardy and close in on Zlatan

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Sky Sports are reporting this evening that Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign Jamie Vardy, with Arsenal and Leicester now in talks for England's striker. He will get along well with Jack Wilshere, so it makes sense.

Meanwhile, reports go on to claim United are closing in on a one-year-deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is one of Jose Mourinho's favourite players.

STATS: Manchester United’s academy and Champions League

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In all of Europe, just three clubs' youth systems have produced more winning starters in Champions League finals than Manchester United. We have nurtured double the amount of talent to make the 24 past victorious XI's of any other English side in the competition's history.

For more details, need bwin's report.

Rooney: Rashford’s attitude is first class

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Marcus Rashford has been included in England's 23-man squad after a brilliant few months for Manchester United. Wayne Rooney, the captain of club and country, has sung the praises of the young United striker.

The way Marcus took to coming into the Manchester United team and the way he's performed from when he's come in until the end of the season has been incredible.

Blind: I’m very excited to play for Mourinho

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Daley Blind has spoken of his excitement at playing for Manchester United's new manager, Jose Mourinho, and believes he has done enough to be in contention to play in the centre of defence for the club next season.

I've met Jose several times but don't know him personally. For example, I played for Ajax against Real Madrid when he was the coach of Madrid, so I saw him then.

Martial: Ibra would make us even better with world class Mourinho

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Speaking at a press conference, Anthony Martial has answered questions on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho. The striker is a favourite player of our new manager's, and Martial reckons the introduction of them both could only make United better.

Zlatan is a good player and a great striker he would improve us with his experience.

Rooney: It’s an exciting time for United now Mourinho’s here

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Wayne Rooney has spoken of his excitement at the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.

He's one of the best managers in the world. It's an exciting time for Manchester United. He knows the Premier League very well and I'm looking forward to it [working with Mourinho].

De Gea: I’ll make a great team with Mourinho at United

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With rumours always linking David de Gea with a move to Real Madrid, the Manchester United goalkeeper has given a big hint that his future lies at Old Trafford.

Talk about Jose Mourinho and you're talking about a winner. Winning is United's, Jose's and my philosophy. We can make a great team and I welcome him.

VIDEO: Smalling’s first England goal

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