Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Fellaini and Mata’s goals vs Galatasaray

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Talk about an instant impact! #ZlatanTime

Switch over now to watch live on #MUTVHD. https://t.co/C8QYQI3308

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 30, 2016

Rashford's run!

Rashford: It’s amazing to learn from Ibrahimovic

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Marcus Rashford came on at half-time in Manchester United's 5-2 win over Galatasaray and made a big impact. He ran at great pace at the opposition defenders time and again, which helped him win the penalty that Wayne Rooney scored to put us 3-2 ahead.

After the game, Rashford talked about what the win meant and what Jose Mourinho said to the players at half-time.

Mourinho: We need more time after losing a week in China

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Following Manchester United's 5-2 victory over Galatasaray, Jose Mourinho said he was happy with the performance, but is mindful that time is running out before the Premier League season starts.

Clearly not impressed with the conditions of China, Mourinho insists the squad are trying to make up for lost time with double training sessions ahead of Wayne Rooney's testimonial and the Community Shield against Leicester.

Mourinho: This big club is much more important than the individual

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Following Manchester United's 5-2 win over Galatasaray, Jose Mourinho talked about how happy he was with the way his players performed, whether they were on for a long time or a short time.

I think everyone gave everything to improve, even the guys who came on at 4-2. I told them before they came on, 'forget the result, don't play like we are winning 4-2, you need these minutes to play high tempo and high intensity, so forget the 4-2'.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United vs Galatasaray

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Live updates from Manchester United's pre-season game against Galatasaray which is Zlatan Ibrahimovic's first for the club.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Galatasaray

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De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic: I’m getting positive vibes from Manchester

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic trained with the Manchester United squad on Thursday for the first time since signing from PSG. The Swede was impressed with the atmosphere around the training ground.

Positive vibes. They seem to be good guys, quality players, they train very hard and, during the training, are very focused.

PICTURE: United players pose in new third white kit

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Manchester United have today launched the new third kit.

Pogba deal agreed… but we’ll have to wait for an announcement

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After weeks and weeks of speculation, it appears as though Friday marked the day of a conclusion of Paul Pogba's transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

While the clubs have been in agreement for some time, but United were unprepared to pay what agent Mino Raiola was asking for his fees.

Basti hangs up boots for Germany… and United too?

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has today revealed that he is retiring from international football. Some in Germany were surprised that Manchester United's midfielder was even included in the Euro 2016 squad after an injury ravaged season at Old Trafford.

Yet Schweinsteiger was likely taken for his leadership qualities.

RoM’s Manchester United 2016-17 season preview

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Following on from the great success of previous e-books, including Made in Manchester and the season previews from other years, RoM is today launching a comprehensive document to get all Manchester United fans fully in the mood for the season ahead.

As always, all profit from the e-book will go to Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and it only costs a minimum of £5 to download, although you can pay more if you would like to further support this cause.

VIDEO: Adidas reveal Pogba’s Manchester United themed ad

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Don't believe everything you read in the papers.
It's all just blah, blah, blah. #FirstNeverFollowshttps://t.co/hJyjHuyUMM

- adidasfootball (@adidasfootball) July 28, 2016


Adidas have launched an advert which includes Paul Pogba and Manchester United's logo.

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Scott wrote for ESPN about what Zlatan can do for United.

The Guardian reports that United are preparing Paul Pogba's contract to sign.

The Independent discusses the lessons Mkhitaryan plans to learn from Kagawa's United move.

The National has Diego Forlan's views on Paul Pogba and Paul Scholes.

PICTURE: Pogba hints he’s joining United

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Paul Pogba took to his Instragram account and posted a picture that was black and white, except for everything red.

Reports suggest that Pogba has already agreed terms with Manchester United but an agreement over how much his agent should be paid is still being negotiated.

Rashford: Playing for United is my dream

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Marcus Rashford has spoken about the academy system at Manchester United and what a dream it was to play for the first team.

The academy's ethos played a big part in my development this club want to win at every level and that is what they strive to do. Paul McGuinness and Colin Little have been very influential coaches whilst I have been in the academy.

Community Shield preview: Mourinho can start United tenure with silverware

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There have been sizeable changes at Old Trafford this summer, with few considering the revolution at Manchester United as anything other than positive.

Last season's displays under Louis van Gaal were underwhelming to say the least and it is with excitement and expectancy that the United fans look forward to the new campaign.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about the calamitous pre-season.

The Guardian discusses Allardyce's hesitation over naming Rooney England captain.

The Telegraph looks at United's transfer rumours.

The Evening News reports on Max Allegri's refusal to talk about Paul Pogba.

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Derby in China cancelled

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Manchester United were set to take on Mamchester City in a pre-season friendly in Beijing, China.

After concerns about the pitch following rain storms, the decision has been taken to call the game off.

A statement read: "Due to recent weather events, tournament organisers and participating clubs have made the decision to cancel the International Champions Cup fixture to be played in Beijing tonight, 25 July.

VIDEO: The rise of Marcus Rashford

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Last season was an unforgettable one for @MarcusRashford... #InspiringStorieshttps://t.co/C9U8AB097h

- Premier League (@premierleague) July 24, 2016


The Premier League has created a video showing the rise of Marcus Rashford, from Manchester United's academy to our first team.

LIVE BLOG: Mourinho’s press conference ahead of City game in China

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VIDEO: Mata interrupts De Gea’s interview

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Martial not happy with shirt number swap

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It was announced this week that Anthony Martial will no longer wear the number nine shirt, which he was given upon signing last summer, but the number 11 shirt.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will likely only spend a season at United, was told he had the pick of any shirt number he wanted, and he went with nine.

PICTURES: United’s new home shirt

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Manchester United launched our new home shirt today. The shirt has two tones of red, which Adidas claim was inspired by Newton Heath's green and gold shirt. A statement from Adidas read:

In the second year of the partnership with Manchester United, adidas has taken cues from the Club's illustrious history, with a two tone red split design evoking the two-tone Newton Heath kit of 1878.

Varela leaves on loan

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Manchester United have have today confirmed that Guillermo Varela has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan, effective until 30 June 2017.

Varela was a surprise success last season when Louis van Gaal introduced him in to the first team. He played much better than people expected when bombing down the right wing as a full-back.

Mourinho: United is my destiny

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Jose Mourinho has given an interview with The Teletraph in China ahead of Manchester United's first game of the tour this afternoon against Borussia Dortmund.

Mourinho arrived to the interview in a red shirt, wearing shoes with red soles, and carrying a mobile phone in a red case.

Our new manager talked about he always had a feeling he would end up in charge of United.

Mourinho: I sold Mata because he asked to leave

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While it's safe to presume the Manchester United squad were very happy to see habitual winner Jose Mourinho named manager, one player who might not have been impressed was Juan Mata.

Mata had played for Mourinho at Chelsea for just a few months in 2013 when he was sold to us.

Since Mourinho's appointment, rumours have been rife that Mata will be sold again.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Borussia Dortmund

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Johnstone, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Memphis.

Subs: Romero, McNair, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Januzaj, Pereira, Young, Keane, Rashford.

CONFIRMED SQUAD NUMBERS: Zlatan takes Martial’s number 

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1: De Gea 3: Bailly 4: Jones 5: Rojo 7: Memphis 8: Mata 9: Ibrahimovic 10: Rooney 11: Martial 12: Smalling 14: Lingard 15: Januzaj 16: Carrick 17: Blind 18: Young 19: Rashford 20: S. Romero 21: Herrera 22: Mkhitaryan 23: Shaw 24: Fosu-Mensah 25: Valencia 27: Fellaini 28: Schneiderlin 31: Schweinsteiger 32: Johnstone 33: McNair 36: Darmian 38: Tuanzebe 43: Borthwick-Jackson 44: Pereira 48: Keane

VIDEO: Lingard posts video of team mates aboard plane to China

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Jesse Lingard & Marcus Rashford on tour #MUFC pic.twitter.com/IMdROz7B9B

- Devils Latest (@Devils_Latest) July 19, 2016


Manchester United left for China today for their pre-season tour. Jesse Lingard posted a video with Marcus Rashford on the plane.

Ibra: I will be the God of Manchester

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During the summer, Eric Cantona warned Zlatan Ibrahimovic that there would only ever be one king of Manchester, but offered up the title of prince to the Swede.

Ibrahimovic has today responded to Cantona, although insists that he isn't after his title, as he has his eyes on something better.

Mata: Don’t listen to the media

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A Manchester United fan recorded a conversation with Juan Mata and asked the Spaniard whether he would be staying at United or not. Mata didn't confirm he would be staying, but did say: "Don't believe everything that social media and media says." He also laughed and stuck up his thumb. Ander Herrera was in the car with him.

VIDEO: United goal squirts Wigan player with his drink

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My bad

A video posted by Sam Johnstone (@samjohnstone50) on Jul 16, 2016 at 10:48am PDT


Ahead of kick-off for Manchester United's pre-season friendly against Wigan, goalkeeper Sam Johnstone accidentally squirted his drink over captain Craig Morgan.

Mkhitaryan: It was a pleasure to see United’s away fans

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan played his first game for Manchester United this afternoon in our 2-0 win over Wigan. The new signing only played until half-time, with Jose Mourinho opting to make lots of changes at the break, but Mkhitaryan put in a good shift. He will probably be disappointed that he didn't score though, after spoiling a great chance to score when shooting over the bar.

VIDEO: United fans sing Mourinho’s name during his first game

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Manchester United fans were singing Jose Mourinho's name during our 2-0 win over Wigan in our first pre-season game of the season.

Mourinho: I’ve never seen anything like United’s support

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Manchester United won their first pre-season game of the afternoon this afternoon when beating Wigan at the DW Stadium.

It was also Jose Mourinho's first game in charge. While he conceded a win wasn't the most important thing he was pleased that United did manage a 2-0 win.

I am very happy.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Wigan vs United

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Johnstone, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Memphis, Wilson.

Subs: J Pereira, Blackett, Jones, Tuanzebe, Varela, Januzaj, Mata, A Pereira, Valencia, Young, Keane.

PICTURES: Mourinho’s first training session as United boss

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho and Assistant Manager Rui Faria of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on July 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Juan Mata of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on July 13, 2016 in Manchester, England.

PICTURE: Ashley Fletcher signs for West Ham

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West Ham have today confirmed that Ashley Fletcher has left Manchester United for them. Fletcher, who has been at United since he was 13, enjoyed a great season on loan to Barnsley last season, scoring on his debut on 9 January 2016, in the Football League Trophy Final and in the League One play-off Final against Millwall.

VIDEO: Cantona mocks City keeper for Euros performance

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Eric Cantona gave out some tongue in cheek awards for those who competed in Euro 2016, including Joachim Löw for "Scratch me if you can".

He also found the time to mock Joe Hart, who had a disappointing Euros, with avoidable errors which cost England goals in every game.

"And the award for the best goalkeeper goes to Joe Hart for 'The One That Got Away'.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about why United should spend their money on Paul Pogba.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's call to the fans to get behind the team again.

The Mirror shows the signed shirt Beckham sent to Rashford.

Goal.com reports on Giggs' reaction to seeing Ronaldo for the first time.

TOP FIVE: Reasons why Paul Pogba is easily worth €120m to Manchester United

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Paul Pogba did not play all that well in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday evening. For reasons best known to the man Eric Cantona famously called a water-carrier, Didier Deschamp, Pogba was assigned a deep-lying holding midfield spot. This succeeded in getting the best out of the free-flowing attacking talents of Moussa Sissoko, though why you would sacrifice one of the world's best midfielders to get the best out of a man who helped get Newcastle United relegated is a question that will echo through the ages.

VIDEO: Nani reacts to seeing Fergie at Euro 2016 final

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Former Manchester United winger, Nani, won Euro 2016 with Portugal on Sunday evening. After receiving his medal, Sir Alex Ferguson called to Nani, who responded by shouting "boss!" and hugging our former manager.

Cantona tells Ibra: I’m the king of Manchester but you can be the prince

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I have a personal message for Zlatan. You decided to go red, it is the best choice you ever made. When you walk into the Theatre of Dreams and you feel the ghosts of the legends who have been there before, when you score a goal right in front of the Stretford End; when you hear the crowd chanting your name; when your heart beats so strong that it bursts out of your chest; when you feel that you will love them as much as they love you; you will know, my friend, that finally you have made it home.

PICTURES: Mkhitaryan with Mourinho, United shirt and new car

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed his four year deal to Manchester United this afternoon and has been posing for the cameras.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND JULY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United poses after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on July 6, 2016 in Manchester, England.

MKHITARYAN transfer confirmed – It’s a dream come true

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund, days after the German club announced a deal had been agreed.

At his first press conference yesterday, Mourinho almost let the cat out of the bag when talking about the third player the club had signed.

VOTE Martial on FIFA 17 cover

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Anthony Martial is in the running for the cover of FIFA 17. EA SPORTS announced the official FIFA 17 Cover Vote with James Rodriguez of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard of Chelsea and Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund also in the running.

Vote for Martial.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Four Four Two about saying goodbye to Ryan Giggs.

Scott writes for uMAXit about the impact of Mourinho and Ibrahimovic.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's press conference.

The Telegraph discusses Paul Pogba.

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Mourinho: This is the job that everyone wants

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Jose Mourinho attended his first press conference as Manchester United manager this afternoon. He has spoken about his feelings on having this job and what he hopes to achieve.

I have arrived in to a club that is difficult to describe. It's difficult to find the right words to describe this club.

Mourinho accidentally reveals United have signed another player

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In Jose Mourinho's press conference today, he accidentally revealed that Manchester United had signed a third player, after Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, when asked how many other players he wanted the club to buy.

"I don't know, I really don't know," he replied, then turned to the press officer.

Mourinho has a dig at Wenger in his first press conference

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Jose Mourinho has attended his first press conference as Manchester United manager. Without mentioning Arsene Wenger by name, Mourinho reminded people it had only been a year since he won the Premier League, while other managers have gone 10 years, or never won it at all.

There are some managers that the last time they won a title was 10 years ago.

PICTURE: Giggs’ 29 years at United

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Manchester United confirmed yesterday that Ryan Giggs would be ending his 29 year association with the club. The picture above shows some of his best moments.

GIGGS LEAVES UNITED – “It’s extremely difficult to say goodbye.”

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Manchester United have released a statement this afternoon on behalf of Ryan Giggs who confirms, as expected, that he is leaving the club.

"After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football.

Dortmund confirm Mkhitaryan is joining United

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Despite previously claiming that they would reject any offers for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and make him see out the final year of his contract, Borussia Dortmund have confirmed on their official website that they have accepted a bid from Manchester United.

Hans-Joachim Watzke has released a statement to explain the club's decision.

PICTURES: Ibrahimovic with United shirt and scarf

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Following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's unveiling, the Swedish striker posed with the shirt and scarf at the Carrington training ground.

Mourinho: Zlatan’s advice will be invaluable to United’s youngsters

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Jose Mourinho has been reunited with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United, a player who said he would kill for this manager, with the club finally announcing the transfer today.

Mourinho has talked about why Ibrahimovic will be a great addition to United's squad.

Zlatan needs no introduction.

Ibrahimovic: I’m delighted I’ve signed for United

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In what was probably the most predictable transfer of the summer, Manchester United have today confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a Manchester United player.

The 34-year-old striker who scored 50 goals last season has talked about how happy he is to have joined the club and what it means to him to play for Jose Mourinho again.

VIDEO: United announce Ibrahimovic – It’s Zlatan time

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Are you ready? It's #ZlatanTime... https://t.co/s8AsUG6VZF

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 1, 2016


After Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed his next destination was Manchester United, the club has today confirmed that with a video on their official Twitter account.

Manchester United’s Premier League title prospects under Jose Mourinho

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic,Swedish demi-god and all-round force of nature, has finally announced that he is to join Manchester United this summer, reuniting with his former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

I'd say even a lot of non-United fans will be pretty excited by this apartfrom Man City fans, that is!

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about us signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Scott writes for uMAXit about why United might be wary of signing world class players.

ESPN reckon Zlatan will make us winners again.

The Independent claims Giggs is leaving United.

The Mirror looks at Ibrahimovic's best quotes.