Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

Aguero banned for derby day

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It has been confirmed this afternoon that Sergio Aguero has been charged with violent conduct. He elbowed Winston Reid in Manchester City's last game. Referee Andre Marriner failed to spot the incident which has allowed the FA to take retrospective action after reviewing television footage.

Aguero has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond although it stands to reason that he will miss the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United youngsters you need to look out for this season

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Reserves

This season, the under-21 team has transformed in to the u-23s, with the Premier League 2 launched for the 2016-17 season.

Last season, the under-21s had another dominant season under Warren Joyce in 2015-16. Most games won, most goals scored, least games lost and least goals conceded tells you all you need to know.

Forlan: I’d join United on loan so I could score against Liverpool again

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Diego Forlan, who is now 37 and plays for Mumbai City, has claimed he rejected offers from England this summer as the only club he would play for in this country is Manchester United.

In his column for The National, he has joked about the possibility of rejoining United on loan and scoring against the scousers again.

Schweinsteiger: Playing for United is my absolute dream

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Jose Mourinho has made it perfectly clear that he has no place for Bastian Schwesinteiger in his Manchester United squad. Aside from the player training with the Reserves instead of the first team, Mourinho has spoken about Schweinsteiger repeatedly and confirmed he has no place for him in his squad.

Rooney to keep England captaincy

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Despite reports earlier today claiming that Jordan Henderson was set to be named England captain, Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will keep the armband.

Allardyce said Rooney had been "an excellent captain for England" and as the most senior squad member was the "right choice to lead the team".

The boy who smiled his way through the season

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Thinking about Marcus Rashford's emergence in 2015-16 is enough to bring goosebumps. Imagine, just for a second, yourself at 17. Now imagine you were, you know, a lot better at football (no offence intended, Giggsy, if you're reading this, I mean apart from you). If you're reading this you're probably a United fan, no need to imagine there.

Pogba rejected Real Madrid because he wanted to come “home”

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Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that the player had the chance to sign for Real Madrid this summer but chose to return to Manchester United.

Zinedine Zidane wanted Paul Pogba at Real Madrid, but five or six other clubs were after him too.

Manchester United now are stronger thanks to Pogba, but Real Madrid are not.

Thoughts on Hull City Game – Boy Wonder Rashford Steals It In Fergie Time

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José Mourinho made the most successful start a Manchester United manager has ever had, winning his fourth consecutive match as the boss with his troops scraping out a 1-0 victory over a resilient Hull City side. Mike Phelan drilled his troops as best he could and they remained stout at the back, but they were unable to keep United at bay forever.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Hull vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.




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LIVE BLOG: United vs Hull City

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Hull v United Statistical Match Preview

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Can United maintain a 100 per cent record this weekend against Hull? All indications say yes, but The Tigers have been a surprise package so far this season.

After being roundly dismissed for failing to recruit any players this summer, having a threadbare squad and lacking a manager, Hull have won their first two games of the season.

VIDEO: How Manchester became the centre of world football

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Two iconic managers and some big money summer signings have propelled Manchester and the rivalry between United and City to a new level.




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Shaw: How did UEFA give Moreno MOTM after breaking my leg?!

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Luke Shaw has given his first interview where he discusses the season-ending tackle he endured almost a year ago.

Speaking to The Guardian, Shaw has given his opinion that Victor Moreno's challenge was a bad one, despite the PSV man not even conceding a freekick for the challenge.

Pierluigi Collina, former world-class referee and UEFA's chief refereeing officer, was not of the referee for failing to award the deserved red card, while some pundits argued Moreno was just going for the ball.

Mourinho: I’m surprised Bayern haven’t made a move for Basti

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Jose Mourinho's first controversial decision as Manchester United manager was to instruct Bastian Schweinsteiger to train with the Reserves, claiming that wasn't a place in the first team for the legendary German midfielder.

A Slovenian FifPro member, Dejan Stefanovic, claimed that Mourinho should be jailed for "bullying" Basti.

Mourinho is finally in the building

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In the summer of 2013 Manchester United had the choice between David Moyes and Jose Mourinho to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson.

Caught up in the euphoria of a twentieth league title and Ferguson's own farewell, no one thought to actually ask Moyes to bring his CV to the job interview.

If they had it would have revealed he had only won the second division title with Preston 13 years earlier, and nothing else, and was of course woefully ill prepared to manage United.

United Europa League’s group

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It has been confirmed that Manchester United will take on Feyenoord in the Europa League, as well as Fenerbahce and Zorya.




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Rashford dropped from England squad

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Having not played in the first two games this season, Marcus Rashford has been selected for England U-21 squad instead of Sam Allardyce's senior squad.

Gareth Southgate, upon announcing his squad, explained Rashford's situation.

Last season, his pathway was remarkable and we're very conscious of plotting how we develop our young players.

EXPERT OPINION: How will Mourinho get on at United?

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In the RoM charity season preview, some of the country's top journalists spoke to us about their expectations for their season ahead.

1. Do you think things will implode sooner rather than later for Mourinho again?
2. How do you think he compares to Ferguson?
3. Where do you think United will finish this season?

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Silvestre on nutting Ljungberg, rejecting City and Pogba’s potential

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Mikael Silvestre signed for Manchester United at the start of the 1999-00 season and spent nine seasons at the club. In that time he won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, and one Champions League.

There have been plenty of memorable moments with Silvestre in the side, like when he scored twice in our 2-1 win over Liverpool, scoring a late winner against Leeds, as well as headbutting Freddie Ljungberg to earn the only red card of his career.

Reserves – Saints overcome Devils, Joyce’s Outburst & More Departures

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Southampton 2-0 United (Sims, Stephens)

A Shocking performance from United down on the South-coast, provoked Warren Joyce to provide the most honest of assessments in a post match interview (more on that later) As United failed to create anything up top and misfiring when they did, losing 2-0 toSouthampton.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Fellaini's transformation.

The Mirror discusses the teams we could be drawn against in the Europa League this week.

ESPN looks at the reasons why we should play Mkhitaryan.

The official site talks to Carrick about his decade at United.

There's up to 80% OFF all shirts at Classic Football Shirts.

PICTURE: Blackett signs for Jaap Stam’s Reading

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It has been confirmed this evening that Tyler Blackett has joined Reading on a permanent deal. After a good start to his United career, Blackett went off the boil, and his loan move to Celtic was a disaster.

However, Reading manager, former United hero Jaap Stam, believes Blackett has a lot to offer.

Borthwick-Jackson signs for Wolves on loan

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has moved to Championship side Wolves on a season-long loan.

Borthwick-Jackson made his debut for United last season, having joined the club when he was just six-years-old.

Now, just 19, he has plenty of time to establish himself, although may feel slightly frustrated not to be used as Luke Shaw's understudy at left-back.

Shaw: I’ll jump in to the crowd when I score my first United goal!

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Luke Shaw turned down the opportunity for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, instead preferring to sign for Manchester United. Now Mourinho is our new manager, Shaw has discussed the expectations of the players for the season ahead.

It's a fresh start with the new manager, he has come in and set his tone and brought in so many good players that have benefited our squad.

Mata: The fans can make Old Trafford a tough place to come

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Juan Mata has been a surprise inclusion in Manchester United's opening two Premier League games, with rumours in the summer suggesting that Jose Mourinho would sell the Spaniard.

Mata has played well though, scoring the first goal of the Mourinho era against Bournemouth, and is earning his place in the team.

VIDEO: Chant for Mkhitaryan

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New: Mkhitaryan Chant

Whoa Mkhitaryan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he's our midfield Armenian.#MUFC

(@darylbrennan)

pic.twitter.com/ewYI9R9gGh

- MUFC Songs & Chants™ (@MufcSongs) August 21, 2016


The words are: "Woah, Mkhitaryan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he's our midfield Armenian" to the tune of Englishman In New York.

Thoughts on Southampton Game – Zlatan & Pogba Steal the Show on Friday Night

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Manchester United made it two from two in the Premier League and José Mourinho made it three from three overall with a clinical 2-0 win over Southampton in the first edition ofFriday night football this season. Old Trafford's atmosphere was one transformed, as Mourinho got the response he wanted from a crowd he provokedinto action midweek.

Reason to believe

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After fifteen minutes of Manchester United's first home game of the new season, against Southampton on Friday night, a rainbow appeared over the South Stand. It had been a stereotypically wet, grey day in the city but, a few hours before kick-off, the sun had begun to shine and the evening had become unexpectedly balmy.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Southampton – Pogba starts

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.




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Herrera: Pogba is one of the best in the world

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Paul Pogba is set to make his Manchester United debut for a second time this evening against Southampton, following his suspension for the first game of the season.

Ander Herrera, who may play behind or alongside Pogba, has sung the praises of his new team mate.

I think he's a top player, maybe one of the best five players in the world that we have with us so it's very important.

Mourinho: Mkhitaryan will get his chance 

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed a fantastic season for Borussia Dortmund but has barely featured for Manchester United this season. We've only played two games, but the Armenian only has a few minutes under his belt.

Mourinho was asked this week why Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have been chosen ahead of Mkhitaryan so far.

Herrera: Mourinho says I can be important for United in new role

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Ander Herrera was largely overlooked by Louis van Gaal over the past two years, which is a shame, as when he was given a consecutive run of games, he tended to do well.

Under Jose Mourinho, Herrera has played in a deeper role for Manchester United. The player has spoken in more detail about his new position to MUTV.

Mourinho: United job is the pinnacle of my career

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Ahead of Jose Mourinho's first game at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager, he has claimed this job is the pinnacle of his career, following on from stints at Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto.

I have been in some of the biggest clubs in the world. This is like the top of my career, but it comes in the early stage of my career.

United V Southampton Statistical Match Preview

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A winning start to the season, a first in the Premier League and a 'soft opponent' for match day two.

At least two of those statements are true, as United become the first club to play a Friday night fixture in the league and are on a roll after a convincing opening game win. Southampton however, have proved anything but a straightforward opponent in recent encounters at Old Trafford.

Mourinho: Even as Chelsea boss I wanted good relationship with United fans

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Jose Mourinho will walk out of the the tunnel at Old Trafford as the manager of Manchester United this evening as we take on Southampton.

Mourinho has claimed despite managing other teams at this stadium, playing against United, he's always wanted a good relationship with our fans.

Even as an opponent I could create a good relationship with the fans, I never had problems, and I have not always behaved the best way.

VIDEO: Pogba with hilarious Ibrahimovic impression

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Want a Zlatan 9 shirt?

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JD Sports have kindly offered to support RoM in raising money for the Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre. They have given us a Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United shirt to give away to someone who buys the RoM season preview. We've already given away a Pogba 6 shirt.

The preview includes an exclusive interview with Mikael Silvestre, insight from top journalists, as well as excellent articles written by the likes of Andy Mitten and Sam Pilger.

Reserves – Mitchell’s Redepmtion, Transfers & Otten Cup Runners-up

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Last Match: United 1-0 Leicester (Mitchell)

A fabulous winning goal from Demetri Mitchell rounded offa real smash and grab performance for United. With no out-and-out strikers on the pitch, this really dented the exciting attacking play that the team generated last season.

De Gea: We are really happy that Pogba came home

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David de Gea has hailed Paul Pogba's decision to leave Juventus and return to Manchester United. Our goalkeeper has said that it feels like Pogba has come home and everyone is really happy to have him here.

I think he is something special. Signing for this club, he played here before and I think he's home.

PICTURE: Lingard enjoying the Manchester sun with Pogba

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Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba have been reunited this summer following the Frenchman's decision to sign for Manchester United.

The two were a part of the successful United youth team and have clearly picked up their friendship where they left off, with Lingard posting this picture of the pair in Manchester today.

The city is yours?

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Manchester United lost out on qualification to this season's Champions League on goal difference. With hindsight, this is probably better for the club, as it meant replacing Louis van Gaal after he failed to achieve the minimum requirement.

Still, it's frustrating to miss out on playing in Europe's elite competition, and even more so, when local rivals Manchester City are the ones to take that final place.

RoM reads

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Scott rates our players against Bournemouth for ESPN.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Juan Mata reaching his best.

The Guardian discusses Paul Pogba and Adnan Januzaj.

The Mirror looks at this weekend's Premier League debutants.

JD Sports United shirts are £5 cheaper than the official club shop.

Thoughts on Bournemouth game – Rooney’s stay of execution and Bailly impresses

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Manchester United kicked off their Premier League in some style yesterday with a terrific display at Vitality Stadium on a sunny Sunday in the South. Juan Mata latched onto a lazy Simon Francis backpass toput the guests in front after 40 minutes, Wayne Rooney added a second around the hour mark and Zlatan Ibrahimović capped off the performance with a debut league goal in a style typical of the Swede's brilliance.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Bournemouth vs United

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De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimović.

Subs: Romero, Rojo, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Memphis, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.




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Mourinho: I watched United many times after Chelsea sacking

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Jose Mourinho has praised the club for getting the transfer business concluded early. Without Champions League football on offer, Manchester United has managed to attract the best players from last season's Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, as well as the young Eric Bailly.

Mourinho: Mata is very happy

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Jose Mourinho subbed Juan Mata off the field in the Community Shield having only brought him on as a second half sub. Our manager was keen to make a substitution to run down the clock, with United 2-1 up and Leicester pumping balls in to the box. He wasn't going to take off a defender or our tallest players, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so would have to sub off someone who had already been subbed on.

VIDEO: Ibra tells Pogba – “I’ll make you famous”

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Tu peux faire tout les photos que tu veux av moi Thor U can get any pic u want w/ me Thor @Ibra_official @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/PUZa5bVKy7

- Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 13, 2016


Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are seemingly getting along well.

Moyes: Januzaj needs to stop blaming everyone else

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Following Adnan Januzaj's loan move to Sunderland, David Moyes has revealed he's told the player he needs to take responsibility for his own career. After two disappointing season, Moyes was Januzaj to rediscover his form from the 2013-14 season and then keep the player a permanent basis. Jose Mourinho has claimed that his plan is for Januzaj to return next season though.

Ibrahimovic: You don’t know the real Zlatan

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken to Sky Sports about the difference between confidence and arrogance, as well as his personal hopes for the season ahead.

Goalscorer, winner, funny. That's how Jose Mourinho described you in three words. How would you describe yourself in three words?

I don't like to describe myself, that's for others to do.

Zlatan: I might stay at United for more than a year

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken to Sky Sports News about his plans for his future at United and how he can help players like Marcus Rashford.

You said you regretted that you were only with Jose Mourinho for one season, but is this just for one year again or could it be more?

Let's see what happens.

Zlatan: No player would turn down United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken to Sky Sports about why he came to Manchester United and what risks he thinks there may be in joining the Premier League at this stage in his career.

Why here, why now?

It was the moment to come to England, and who would not come to Manchester United?

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about what we should expect from the season ahead.

Scott writes for Four Four Two about why signing Pogba is so fantastic.

The Guardian interviews Eddie Howe ahead of the game against us on Sunday.

The Mirror reports on Pogba's first training session.

LIVE BLOG: Jose Mourinho press conference

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Bournemouth V United Statistical Preview

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There are no easy games in the Premier League. But as season openers go, travelling to the south coast for an encounter with Bournemouth is one of the easier away fixtures.

A strange quirk means United faced Bournemouth at home in the last game of the 2015/16 season, winning the game 3-1. And it will be interesting to see how Mourinho's men fair against the side just three months later.

Januzaj joins Sunderland on loan

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It has been confirmed this afternoon that Adnan Januzaj has moved to Sunderland on a season long loan. Januzaj will be reunited with David Moyes, the manager who gave him his debut at United, and who he played well for.

Januzaj's career has taken a turn for the worst in recent seasons, with him falling out of favour with the Belgian national side and cutting short his loan move to Borussia Dortmund after a lack of playing time.

Pogba banned from playing this weekend

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The FA has today confirmed that Paul Pogba will not be able to play in this weekend's game between Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Pogba picked up two yellow cards in last season's Coppa Italia for Juventus and that ban has been carried over to the Premier League.

It was unlikely that Pogba would feature for United this weekend anyway, given that he hasn't had any pre-season football.

McNair and Love leave to join Moyes

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Paddy McNair and Donald Love have joined Sunderland today in a deal worth £5.5m. The two defenders will be reunited with former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, who explained the transfer today.

Paddy is a young, athletic player who is improving all the time. He has experience for Northern Ireland and we want to bring as many international players to the club as we can.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for FourFourTwo about the five questions United will have to answer this season.

The Guardian believes we will win the league this season in their preview.

The Mirror reports on Adnan Januzaj's humilation.

Sign up for the RoM newsletter for thoughts on signing Pogba and losing Mata.

VIDEO: What should we expect from Pogba?

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Paul Pogba's best bits over the past few years for Juventus and France.




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TOP FIVE: Reasons why Manchester United are DEFINITELY going to win the league

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Well, the transfer window is not over yet but it might as well be. Jose has got his four top targets and the Red Devils are back in business. There will be links to new players between now and September because tabloids need to sell papers, and get people to click on stuff, but Zlatan, Mkhitaryan, Bailly and now Paul Pogba are here.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about the importance of Luke Shaw.

The Guardian looks at the formation United may play to get the best from Pogba.

Synergy Sport looks as why United, adidas and Pogba are the perfect marketing match.

International Business Times explains why the Pogba transfer was announced in the middle of the night.

VIDEO: Lingard and Pogba reunited

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yaahhhh!! @paulpogba pic.twitter.com/di2MFuzYM1

- Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) August 9, 2016


Jesse Lingard posted a video with his old friend Paul Pogba.




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Pogba: It was my destiny to come back home to United

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Paul Pogba has given an interview with MUTV where he discusses returning to Manchester United and being the most expensive player in the world.

Paul, welcome back to Manchester United. How do you sum up your emotions right now?
There's no words, to be honest, there's no words.

Paul Pogba’s United journey in full

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The spun-out, cryptic and at times monotonous return of Paul Pogba has finally come to a close. One of the finest talents to come through the prestigious academy is returning back to Manchester in a chunky red Chevrolet.

However this summer's saga pales in comparison to when we first signed the Frenchman from Le Harve, a transfer which ran from July through to October 2009.

Pogba: I came home to win the league with United

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Following Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United, the player has talked to MUTV about how he feels to be back at the club and his reasons for coming to Old Trafford.

What thoughts come into your head when you think back to the Under 18s here, winning the Youth Cup and breaking into the first team?

CONFIRMED BY CLUB: Pogba is back

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REUNITED: https://t.co/VFkDJ05zuf #POGBACK https://t.co/y68rpT0dob

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2016


After midnight, Manchester United confirmed that Paul Pogba has rejoined the club by posting a video on their Twitter account.

Pogba: This club has a special place in my heart

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Manchester United finally confirmed this evening that Paul Pogba has rejoined the club from Juventus in a deal the press are claiming is worth £89m.

Pogba has signed a five year contract with the club and believes this is the right place for him to achieve everything he wants.

I am delighted to rejoin United.

PICTURE: Pogba in a United shirt

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Following the announcement of Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United, pictures have been released of the 23-year-old wearing the new kit.




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VIDEO: Stormzy confirms Pogba is a United player

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Stormzy confirms Pogba is now a Manchester United player #MUFC pic.twitter.com/8nm0BtmWu7

- Man Utd Videos ⚽️ (@ManUtdVines) August 8, 2016


Stormzy, an English rapper who has a sponsorship with Adidas, has announced Paul Pogba is a Manchester United player.

VIDEO: New Ibrahimovic chant

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Manchester United fans singing the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic chant pic.twitter.com/zXfhdjOIDA [@OTFaithful] #MUFC

- Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) August 8, 2016


Zlatan Ibrahimovic
He is a Swedish hero
On a free from PSG
He cost us fucking zero
Six foot five
Hard as fuck
He gets the reds excited
Stick your City up your arse
'Cos we are Man United
We are Man United, we are Man United.

PICTURE: Pogba in United shirt in the laundry room

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A lady who works in the laundry room at Manchester United had a picture with Paul Pogba in his training top this afternoon. She sent the picture to her son, who then sent it to his friends, and it ended up on Twitter.

Hardly the big reveal that the club and Adidas were hoping for.




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Pogba: I was in love with Manchester and I was a Mancunian

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Paul Pogba has arrived at Carrington to complete his transfer from Juventus to Manchester United. Much has been made of the huge transfer fee, given that United had Pogba on their books before, only for him to leave Old Trafford for more playing time.

Last year, Pogba explained his decision to move away from United.

VIDEO: Zlatan player cam for Community Shield

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VIDEO: Pogba arrives at Carrington for medical

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Pogba arriving for his Manchester United medical ahead of his £89 million move. pic.twitter.com/KtsPpOWfHN

- Red Devil HQ (@RedDevilHQ) August 8, 2016


Paul Pogba has arrived at Carrington to complete his move from Juventus to Manchester United.

Mourinho: United is the perfect club for Pogba

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield, Jose Mourinho has spoken about Paul Pogba, who the club have confirmed will be having a medical this week.

He is a fantastic player. If everything goes well he's a very important player but we have a great squad.

VIDEO: Lingard and Ibrahimovic goals vs Leiceister

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Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both scored as Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 in the Community Shield.




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Mourinho: I owe my first United trophy to LvG

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield, Jose Mourinho has graciously paid respect to Louis van Gaal. He has reminded everything that the only reason United were played in the Community Shield was because Van Gaal lead United to victory in the FA Cup last season, and claims the Dutchman was part of United's success on Sunday.

Zlatan: It feels good to be at United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal for Manchester United in our 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield. With just over five minutes remaining, Ibra leapt high in the penalty area to reach a Antonio Valencia cross and head past Kasper Schmeichel.

Following the game, Zlatan has talked about what it means to be a United player and win this game.

Mourinho: Bailly is the man for us

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Eric Bailly was named Man of the Match in Sunday's Community Shield which saw Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1. Bailly only turned 22 a couple of months ago and is hoping to make a successful transition from La Liga to the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho sang the praises of his young signing after the game.

Giggs: I want to be a manager

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Ryan Giggs chose to leave Manchester United this summer after two years as our assistant manager under Louis van Gaal. After he was overlooked for the manager's job, when United appointed Jose Mourinho, our legendary player confirms his future lies in management.

Ultimately I want to be a coach, I want to be a manager.

Mourinho: Mata played very well

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Once Jose Mourinho was appointed as Manchester United manager, rumours circulated that Juan Mata would be the first to leave the club, given Mourinho was the one sold the Spaniard to United a few months after taking charge of Chelsea.

However, Mata has enjoyed a brilliant pre-season and Mourinho has insisted he has no plans to sell him.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Leicester

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Martial.




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Ibrahimovic: I came to United to win

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he came to Manchester United to be successful and he wants that success to start today against Leicester City in the Community Shield.

I believe it's the first trophy game against Leicester. One game, one trophy. I'm used to winning trophies.

Manchester United v Leicester City: 2016 Community Shield Preview

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Manchester United vs Leicester City
2016 Community Shield
Date: Sunday, 7 August, 2016
Time: 16:00 BST
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

The first competitive game of the 2016-17 season takes place on Sunday for us and Leicester City as we meet in the 2016 FA Community Shield.

Fancy hospitality tickets at Hotel Football for Everton game?

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs' hotel, Hotel Football, has kindly given RoM two hospitality tickets for Manchester United's game against Everton to give away. These tickets are worth £290 in total. To enter the competition to win them, all you have to do is buy the RoM season preview for £5.

They have given tickets for their 'Game of Two Halves' package.

VIDEO: Mourinho passes Mancunian quiz

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Jose Mourinho passed the Mancunian Mastermind.




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VIDEO: Mourinho not happy with Klopp and Wenger

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Jose Mourinho spoke to the press ahead of Sunday's Community Shield game against Leicester about a variety of topics, including the fourth signing that we are set to make soon, which is likely to be Paul Pogba.

His response to one of the questions clearly showed Mourinho wasn't very happy with two of his "colleagues", when asked whether United had enjoyed the best transfer window so far.

LIVE BLOG: Mourinho’s press conference

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Updates from Jose Mourinho's press conference which will start at 2pm.




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Butt: We’re too humble – we should shout about our youth academy

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Nicky Butt has given an interview where he discusses our youth academy, Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.




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Mourinho: I’ve always wanted to manage Rooney

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Following Wayne Rooney's testimonial against Everton on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of the player. Mourinho has been a fan of Rooney for years and tried to sign him for Chelsea in 2013. Now, he's pleased to finally have Rooney in his time and claims, surprisingly, he believes the best is yet to come from him.

Manchester United museum and tour

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Every year, RoM brings out a season preview to raise money from Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre. Each e-book contains an exclusive interview (this year it's with Mikael Silvestre), insight from the best journalists in the country and articles by the best United supporting writers.

In a bid to help support the cause and raise more money, Manchester United has given us a free adult and junior ticket to visit the club's museum and tour.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about why David Moyes is wrong to say he was treated unfairly by United.

The Guardian reports on Bayern Munich's stance on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Telegraph discusses Wayne Rooney's testimonial.

The Mirror reports on Sir Bobby Charlton's backing for Rooney breaking his goalscoring record.

Rooney: The United fans have been fantastic

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Following Wayne Rooney's testimonial, which ended in a 0-0 draw with Everton, the player thanked people for helping support his charity and thanked the fans for their support.

I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for coming to the game tonight. All the more raised will go to a lot of children who are in desperate need of it, so you should all be very proud of yourselves.

VIDEO: Luke Shaw leaves Everton defence for dead

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- Republik of Mancunia (@R_o_M) August 3, 2016

During Wayne Rooney's testimonial on Wednesday against Everton, Luke Shaw proved he hadn't lost any pace as a result of his injury.

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Mourinho: I want to finish transfer business before PL starts

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Ahead of Wayne Rooney's testimonial, Jose Mourinho was asked about whether Manchester United would be confirming the signing of Paul Pogba soon. Our manager refused to mention Pogba by name but stressed that he wanted our transfer business concluded before our first Premier League game of the season.

Mourinho: Rooney is a great player and a great captain

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Ahead of Wayne Rooney's testimonial, Jose Mourinho sung the praises of his captain, and talked up what a valuable role he plays in the team.

He's a goalscorer, basically. The number of goals he's scored for the international team and for the club is an amazing number. Apart from that, he does other things.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton – Rooney’s testimonial

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De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Lingard Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimović.

Subs: Johnstone, Romero, Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Young, Memphis, Rashford.

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Holgate, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku.

Positive signs for United ahead of new season

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As we sit just under two weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season, in which United supporters globally will be hoping proves to be a return to form after the demise following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the weekend friendly victory over Galatasary demonstrated the potential in Jose Mourinho's squad.

Bournemouth vs United – goals galore? 

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Betting tips for Jose Mourinho's first Premier League game in the United hotseat.

This November marks what would have been Sir Alex Ferguson's thirtieth anniversary as Manchester United manager. However, with another force of nature now occupying the Old Trafford hotseat, the absence of ‘Fergie' should be less prominently felt in the coming months.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about why we should keep Schweinsteiger.

Scott writes for uMAXit about our best starting XI from the pre-season.

The Guardian talks to Jaap Stam about learning from Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Independent reports on Paul Lambert's claim that Rashford is being carried by Rooney and Carrick.

Under-23s – Friendlies, Farewells and Format changes

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Friendlies Round up

Altrincham 1-2 United XI

United technically opened their pre-season with a 'strictly behind close doors' friendly against Blackpool's first-team. However the match was so behind doors the only thing revealed was the 3-0scoreline in favour of the tangerinesby Blackpool's Twitter account, even then they didn't mention the opposition.

Vidic: Benitez asked me to sign for Liverpool but Fergie called to persuade me

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Nemanja Vidic signed for Manchester United in January 2006 and went on to be named captain, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and one Champions League in eight years.

However, the story could have been very different for Vidic, with the former player today revealing in Four Four Two that Rafa Benitez tried to convince him to go to Liverpool first.

Moyes: It wasn’t fair I was sacked after finishing 7th

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Despite taking the champions of England to seventh in his first season, finishing below his former club Everton, David Moyes is still insisting that Manchester United were wrong to sack him.

When you sign a six-year contract and you end up being there 10 months — yeah, I believe I was unfairly treated.

Schneiderlin: Zlatan has an aura about him

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Like the rest of the squad, Morgan Schneiderlin appears excited that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for Manchester United. The striker has been with the players for less than a week but Schneiderlin told the official site you can already feel his presence among the group.

Zlatan came into the dressing room and he already had an aura.

Rooney: Possession for possession’s sake is frustrating

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Wayne Rooney has spoken about the frustrating summer he endured with England at Euro 2016 which saw them beaten by Iceland.

When talking about England's style, there are similarities to the football that Louis van Gaal had Manchester United playing. Like our fans last season, Rooney believes that keeping possession for the sake of it is frustrating.

Herrera: We are all following Ibra

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Ander Herrera played in the first half of Manchester United's 5-2 win over Galatasaray at the weekend, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This meant in the second half, once they had been replaced, they were watching the game on the bench together. In the lead up to United restoring their lead and going 3-2 ahead, Marcus Rashford destroyed the Galatasaray defence with his speed, before winning a penalty.

Rooney: Pogba used to leave me with bruises from training

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With reports claiming that Paul Pogba will soon be announced as a Manchester United player, Wayne Rooney has reflected on his memories of when the Juve midfielder was at United.

The one memory that stands out for Rooney is Pogba's physical approach to training.

The bruises.

Rooney: Ibra is already talking to players after training about how to improve

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Wayne Rooney has spoken about the impact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already having on his teammates at Manchester United.

He believes the attack now looks more like that strike force you would expect from United.

He's one of the best strikers, and a big personality. You can see he wants to be a really important player for us.

Carrick: O’Shea’s winner at Anfield is one of my career highlights

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Michael Carrick celebrated his 10th anniversary of being a Manchester United player at the weekend and reflected on some of the important moments in his career.

In an interview with the official site, he was shown a picture of him celebrating in front of the United fans at Anfield following John O'Shea's injury time winner in 2007, a few months before Carrick won his first league title at United.

Rooney: Fergie could shout at me but not at Nani

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Wayne Rooney has reflected on what makes players like him tick, which he credits to his English roots and approach to football that coaches typically have here.

He remembers when, as a teenager, he used to have arguments in the dressing room with Gary Neville and Sir Alex Ferguson, which motivated him to improve.

Moyes admits interest in Fellaini and Januzaj

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During his first press conference as manager of Sunderland, David Moyes has admitted that he is interested in bringing Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj with him to the North East.

Fellaini enjoyed a successful at Everton and was their highest scorer in his final season there before he moved to Old Trafford with Moyes.

RoM Reads

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BBC Sport discusses the point of Wayne Rooney's testimonial.

The Guardian reports on Hernan Crespo's thoughts on the Mourinho-Ibrahimovic partnership.

United Rant claims Paul Pogba is worth every penny.

The Independent reports on Arsene Wenger's opinion on our Pogba chase.

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