Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2016

STATS: Mata matches Silva over past five years

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Since the 2011-12 season, when Juan Mata moved to the Premier League, he has been involved in 82 goals with his strikes and assists. No midfielder has been involved in more, with David Silva matching this tally of 82.

2011-12
Mata: 19
Silva: 21

2012-13
Mata: 24
Silva: 12

2013-14
Mata: 12
Silva: 16

2014-15
Mata: 13
Silva: 19

2015-16
Mata: 11
Silva: 13

2016-17
Mata: 3
Silva: 1




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Van Persie: It’s amazing to be in United’s group

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Robin van Persie has been drawn in the same group and former clubs Manchester United and Feyenoord in this season's Europa League.

Van Persie joined Feyenoord when he was 16-years-old and spent three seasons in their first team before signing for Arsenal. He won the UEFA Cup with the Dutch team and played in the final.

Manchester United’s 5 Best Moments in History

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If you asked 100 different Manchester United supporters what their favourite moment in club history is, you might get 100 different answers. The world's most valuable football brand has such a rich tradition that it makes picking its best moments a daunting task.

Perhaps the only people that have a better memory of these moments than Man Utd supporters themselves are punters that made money off the Red Devils betting at online sportsbooks.

Marcus Rashford – Golden Boy?

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Marcus Rashford has been nominated for the Golden Boy award. Anthony Martial won the award in 2015, Raheen Sterling in 2014 and Paul Pogba in 2013.

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Carlos Fernandez (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Danilo Barbosa (Benfica), Moussa Dembélé (Celtic), Ousmane Dembélé (Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Internazionale), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica), Demarai Gray (Leicester), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernández (Atlético Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Rúben Neves (Porto), Tonny Sanabria (Real Betis), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Touré (Monaco).

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Scott has written for ESPN about the players we should expect to see tonight.

The Mirror reports on Marcus Rashford's place in the England squad.

Squakwa looks at Owen Hargreaves' claims that Rooney could score four goals this evening.

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Preview: Manchester United vs Zorya Luhansk

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Manchester United vsZorya Luhansk
Europa League
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Venue: Old Trafford

How the mood has changed around the club after a commanding win, Jose Mourinho's men now go into their Europa League tie against Zorya Luhansk full of confidence, and also with a bit of a selection headache.

Burnley defender: I’m a United fan and I always will be

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Michael Keane joined Manchester United's academy, with his twin brother Will, when he was just 11 years old. He spent over a decade with the club before joining Burnley where he has gone from strength to strength. Both Chelsea and Leicester are now reportedly interested in signing him.

However, Keane has revealed that he will always be a United fan, and is still good friends with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

Mourinho: Mata better for United than Chelsea

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When Jose Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager, it was presumed by many that Juan Mata would be the first player to leave. Mourinho had previously sold Mata to United when he was manager of Chelsea.

However, by contrast, Mata has thrived this season and even replaced captain Wayne Rooney in the no.

Reserves: Tuanzebe shines, EFL Disappointment & FIFA Ratings

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United 3-2 Derby [19th Sept]

McTominay's late winner sees United deserved winners over a resilient Derby side at Old Trafford.

Joshua Harrop bagged a goal in that game and continued his fine form in this after a neat ball roll he produced a perfect ball in for Scott McTominay to rise above the Derby County defenders and head the ball in off the under side of the crossbar.

Rashford: I was too shy to ask Henry for a photo

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Theirry Henry was invited to Manchester United's training ground to interview Paul Pogba a few weeks ago. Marcus Rashford has revealed he wanted to get a photo with the Arsenal legend but was too shy

I had to get a picture. I had to go with someone else. I can't remember who I went with, but I brought someone with me, just because I was a bit shy.

Rashford: My best moment so far is the winner against City

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Marcus Rashford scored his 12th goal for Manchester United this afternoon in our 4-1 win over Leicester City. With two goals on his debut, two goals against Arsenal, and a crucial goal in the FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham, Rashford has singled out his winner at the Etihad as his best moment so far.

Pogba: It feels great to get my first United goal

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Paul Pogba scored his first goal for Manchester United

The first half was almost perfect and that's why we won the game I think. It was our best half since the start of the season. It wasn't easy for the players in the second half to switch on when we knew Leicester were going to push up to try to score goals but I think we did great.

Rashford: I was more nervous about my first interview than first game

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Marcus Rashford is the darling of Manchester United, having broken in to the first team back in February against Midtjylland, and he hasn't stopped scoring since.

Ahead of United's 4-1 win over Leicester City, Rashford reflected on his start to life in United's first team.

It's rare for a player to get injured in the warm-up, it doesn't happen every game.

PICTURE: Vidic watches win over Leicester with Fergie

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Nemanja Vidic was at Old Trafford this afternoon to watch Manchester United thrash champions Leicester 4-1.




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Mourinho: We’ve already beaten the champions twice

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Following Manchester United's 4-1 win over Leicester, Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of his team. After the win over Claudio Ranieri's men in the Community Shield, Mourinho is pleased to see his side beat the champions twice already.

It was a very good performance. It's much more difficult to win in such a comfortable way like we did.

Thoughts On Leicester City Game – 45 Minutes of Magic Blow Away The Foxes

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Speechless. The feeling most engulfing right now for Manchester United fans as a stunning and scintillating display saw the Red Devils thrash Premier League Champions Leicester City in the early Saturday fixture at Old Trafford.

Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba put away goals as United raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half, and Old Trafford was rocking by football not seen at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's reign at the club.

Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City

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Manchester United vs Leicester City
Premier League
Date: Saturday, 24 September, 2016
Time: 12:30 BST
Venue: Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho's side may have stopped the rot against Northampton Town on Wednesday, but they undoubtedly one of their biggest games of the season so far against Leicester City.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN to preview today's game against Leicester.

Eurosport discusses Rooney's form.

Sky Sports interviews Marcus Rashford.

The Mirror reports on Mourinho turning down Real Madrid before Chelsea sacking.

138.com are offering First to score: Rashford 15/4, Ibrahimovic 16/5.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Leicester – Rooney dropped

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Blind; Pogba, Herrera, Rashford, Mata, Lingard; Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.




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Rooney: Criticism of me is rubbish

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Manchester United suffered a dreadful week, losing three games on the bounce, before knocking Northampton out of the League Cup on Wednesday.

Wayne Rooney has responded to the criticism the team has received but believes now the most important thing is to look to the future, starting with Leicester on Saturday.

Mourinho: Football Einstein’s want to write off my career

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Following a week of poor results, which saw Manchester United lose to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford, Jose Mourinho has claimed people have been too quick to write him and the club off.

With Leicester at the weekend and a home draw against City in the League Cup to come, Mourinho is keen to look to the future.

Thoughts on Northampton Town Game – United Progress Despite Small Scare

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The losing streak has ended as Manchester United dispatched Northampton Town on Wednesday Night despite a scare in the first half that saw Daley Blind give away a penalty that helped the Cobblers equalise after Michael Carrick's early strike. Changes in the second half helped United push on with Ander Herrera putting away a nice long range effort before Marcus Rashford scored yet again to put the victory beyond doubt.

United face City in the League Cup

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Manchester United have been drawn against rivals Manchester City in the next round of the League Cup.




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VIDEO: Carrick, Herrera and Rashford goals vs Northampton

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GOAL! Northampton 0-1 Manchester United (Carrick) More here: https://t.co/gGdfh2OWAm pic.twitter.com/uEdF6JVGTs

- Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) September 21, 2016

Ander Herrera's goal vs Northampton #MUFC pic.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Northampton vs United

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Romero; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Memphis, Herrera, Young; Rooney.

Johnstone, Darmian, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Rashford, Ibrahimović.




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Preview: Northampton Town vs Manchester United

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Northampton Town vs Manchester United
EFL Cup
Date: Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Sixfields Stadium

One, two, three, four? Could United face their fourth defeat in 12 days at Sixfields? After the performance against Watford on the weekend, it's difficult to be optimistic.

TOP FIVE: Reasons not to panic about Manchester United’s wobble

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Right. Top Fives, eh? A list of good things relating to Manchester United. Are there good things relating to Manchester United any more? Have we all descended into a pit of ennui, Moyesian incompetence and Van Gaal-esque boredom from which we shall never recover? Do we really just have to make every edition of the TOP FIVE into TOP FIVE REASONS FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY TO AT LEAST CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF DROPPING WAYNE ROONEY until it eventually happens?

Under Siege

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It was only one month ago that we sat in the stands for the first home match of the season, my brother, my dad and me, under the floodlights on a balmy Friday Manchester night. We left buoyed by what we'd seen, and by the gasps and coos we'd shared with the thousands of other Manchester United fans who had watched their team beat Southampton 2-0.

Thoughts on Watford Game – Crucial Questions Linger After Another Disaster

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It seems Manchester United might be done with the past, but it is not yet done with them as old issues came back to haunt them in what became an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Watford. The ghosts of managers past can not seem to be shed, as the problems that plagued Jose Mourinho's predecessors now do the same to the Portuguese, with a first defeat to the Hornets in over three decades.

Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

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Watford vs Manchester United
Premier League
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 BST
Venue: Vicarage Road

Two losses in a less than a week for Jose Mourinho has completely changed the feeling around the club, there's no denying that. Perhaps understandable the loss against Manchester City, with both clubs seeming to be progressing at different paces, however the defeat against Feyenoord felt like something similar.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Watford vs United 

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini, Rashford, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Romero, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Memphis, Mata, Young




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Paul Pogba and only a matter of time at Manchester United

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After three consecutive Premier League wins this season under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have been brought back to earth slightly over the last week.

A defeat against cross-town rivals City last Saturday was compounded by losing against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Watford v Manchester United – Team News, Predictions, Key Stats & Possible Lineups

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Watford vs Manchester United
English Premier League
18th September 2016, 12:00 pm BST
Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford Team News & Preview

Watford welcome us in the Premier League on Sunday.

Thoughts on Feyenoord Game – Derby Hangover Lingers In Disappointing Loss

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Manchester United did not bounce back as hoped from their disappointing Derby loss to Manchester City, slumping to a second consecutive defeat in a limp display against Dutch side Feyenoord. Tonny Vilhena broke the deadlock with just over 10 minutes to play, and it's hard to argue the winner wasn't deserved.

Preview: Feyenoord vs Manchester United

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Manchester United vs Feyenoord
Europa League
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 18:00 BST
Venue: De Kuip

In what seems to be the last parting gift from former boss Louis van Gaal, United get their Europa League campaign under way this week, with a trip to the Netherlands as they take on Feyenoord in their first group match of this year's tournament.

Reserves – Derby draw, Spanish win, Nicky Butt opens up & International reds

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City 1-1 United (Willock, Diaz)

United soaked up the pressure and the rain at the Etihad to earn a point thanks to Matty Willock's superb solo goal

The young bench showed the sign of the times for Joyce's side after suffering an exodus of 21 year olds on deadline day.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about the things Mourinho has got right and wrong.

The Mirror reports on Rashford's love for Ronaldo.

The Evening News reports on United's plans to unearth the next Rashford.

The official site has footage of United's skill.

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Mourinho shouldn’t be surprised – team selection was wrong

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has claimed he would have started a different starting XI.

As positively as United fans feel about Mourinho, we shouldn't shy away from the fact our manager should have known that Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were not the right players to start in the derby.

Thoughts on Manchester City Game – Tactical Decisions Prove Costly In Derby Defeat

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So the first of many new era derby battles has been completed. Manchester City's first 40 minutes stole the show as tactical decisions and a very poor first half from Manchester United cost the hosts dearly in a 2-1 defeat yesterday at Old Trafford. Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho stole the show, dictating the game from the middle of the park and setting up an impressive win for the Red Devils' fiercest rivals.

Manchester Derby Statistical Preview

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It's the biggest Manchester derby for many a year, so will United make home advantage count in their favour and draw first blood against Guardiola's new look city side?

Both teams have perfect records so far this season, with three wins in three. But the clear subtext to this encounter is the renewal of hostilities between Mourinho and Guardiola.

Mourinho: Today is about our identity

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Ahead of the derby this afternoon, Jose Mourinho has revealed what message he has given the Manchester United players before kick-off.

My message to the players is our identity. It is about what we are. We have to try to be in every game what we are. We are more important than our opponents.

LIVE BLOG: United vs City

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs City

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Lingard; Ibrahimovic.

City: Bravo, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Iheanacho.




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Scott writes for ESPN about why Marcus Rashford has to start on derby day.

Scott goes head to head with a City fan for ESPN.

The Guardian reports on the Mourinho/Guardiola rivalry.

The Mirror reports on Gary Neville's hopes for the derby.

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Mourinho: We have no injuries for derby day

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Ahead of the derby on Saturday, Jose Mourinho has revealed that we don't have any injuries following the international break, although the amount of travelling may have taken it's toll on some.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was subbed off with an injury for Armenia but is available to play against Manchester City, even if it's as a substitute.

Ibrahimovic: I love playing in derbies

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Ahead of the Manchester derby on Saturday, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has spoken about his experience of playing in derbies in the past.

For me, the big games are the ones that trigger you. They're the games everyone speaks about. I have played in many derby games, I've played in the El Clasico, the Inter/Milan derby, Ajax and Feyenoord which was the big one there [in Holland] and PSG/Marseille.

VIDEO: Rashford scores a hattrick for England U-21s

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