Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Wigan

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Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Martial, Rooney.

Subs: Pereira, Blind, Tuanzebe, Herrera, Young, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.

Joyce: Pogba was desperate to play for United against City and risk Juve transfer

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Warren Joyce returns to Manchester United today, a club he spent 18 years at as a youth coach, with Wigan in the FA Cup.

He will reunited with Paul Pogba, who Joyce managed at United before his transfer to Juventus.

Joyce claims the way his exit from the club was reported was not accurate and that the player was desperate to represent United.

Joyce: Januzaj, Morrison, Macheda and Wilson failed because they stopped working hard

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Ahead of his return to Manchester United, our former youth coach, Warren Joyce, has discussed the players he's most disappointed with.

Adhan Januzaj is currently struggling at Sunderland after a fantastic debut season as United, James Wilson has gone from loan to loan without succeeding, while Federico Macheda is playing in Serie B, having played a crucial role in United winning the 2009 title.

Thoughts on Hull City Game – Jon Moss Incompetence Doesn’t Stop Advance to Wembley

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The streak is over, Manchester United's unbeaten streak has ended at the hands of Hull City on Thursday Night as the Tigers beat a complacent Red Devils side 2-1. United were horrendous for long periods, and didn't really deserve a win anyway. Jose Mourinho though, wasn't accepting defeat:

"We didn't lose.

Carrick’s attitude suggests United are on their way back

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Manchester United booked their place in the League Cup final following our 3-2 aggregate win over Hull on Thursday night.

United didn't play well and lost their unbeaten record which spanned almost three months. Still, we're going to Wembley for the second final in nine months, which is a great achievement, but the reaction of our players spoke volumes to wear we are at the moment.

VIDEO: United’s popular new chant – Jose’s playing the way that United should

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WOKE UP THIS MORNING FEELING FINE,
I'VE GOT MAN UNITED ON MY MIND,
JOSE'S PLAYING THE WAY THAT UNITED SHOULD, OH YEAH!
SOMETHING TELLS ME I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD!

Mourinho: I have no words for United’s incredible fans

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Manchester United booked their place at the second Wembley final in nine months after getting past Hull in the League Cup semi-final.

United didn't play well and lost on the night but the 2-0 cushion from the first leg at Old Trafford saw us through. Jose Mourinho is pleased with the outcome even if he's not impressed with the performance.

VIDEO: Pogba sends United to Wembley

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Paul Pogba levels! Are Hull's Wembley dreams over? SS1 now. https://t.co/ZLZQaidXGe

- Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) January 26, 2017


CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Hull vs United 

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De Gea, Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rooney

Love him or loathe him, Wayne Rooney deserves his record

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There was something particularly fitting about the way Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record on Saturday to write his name in the history books. With the odds stacked against his side, Rooney produced a superb finish, the kind of late goal that epitomised Manchester United during the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Southampton waiting for United at Wembley at Liverpool lose

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Liverpool lost 1-0 against Southampton at Anfield this evening, having lost 1-0 away, meaning they are out of the League Cup and Southampton are through to the final.

Manchester United have a 2-0 lead against Hull from the first leg and will look to win tomorrow night to book their place in the final.

RoM Reads

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Scott debates for ESPN whether Rooney deserves a statue at Old Trafford.

Scott writes for uMAXit about record breaking Rooney and his future at the club.

The National discusses our chances of signing Griezmann.

The Mirror shows footage of Mourinhno's joke with the journalist about his new hair cut.

Liverpool manager has won as many games as Louis van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal was rightly criticised and then sacked for failing to produce what was required of a Manchester United manager. By the end of his time at the club, United fans had grown weary of him and were ready for him to leave.

It's interesting to note that Jurgen Klopp, who is having a difficult time at Liverpool at the moment, matches Van Gaal's record at United, having won 50.

Mourinho: United is Ferguson’s club

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Jose Mourinho has talked about the support Sir Alex Ferguson has offered him since taking charge of Manchester United and before.

The support I feel is the support I've always felt with him, except when I was a direct competitor and playing against his teams. I always felt this kind of support.

Mourinho: Tuanzebe is close to playing

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Ahead of Manchester United's League Cup semi-final against Hull, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Axel Tuanzebe could feature. The 19-year-old has been training with the first team this week in preparation for the potential game time.

He can. We lost Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, two players who didn't play many minutes or many matches for us.

Three years of the Special Juan

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Three years ago, Juan Mata signed for Manchester United from Chelsea. He's scored goals against Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as the all-important equaliser in last May's FA Cup final.

Here are all his goals and assists.

Wayne Rooney and the art of scoring 250 goals

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It has taken him long, but eventually he did it at 31, Wayne Rooney became the all time record goalscorer for Manchester United, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton. With this achievement, Rooney has etched his name amidst the pantheons of the greats. 250 goals in 546 matches at 175 minutes per goal ratio is no mean feat.

The lost art of the winger

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There is no right or wrong way to support your football club. It's a deeply personal journey for us all. Yet every club has certain characteristics to which those that love them can all relate. Manchester United is no different.

If every United fan was asked to pick a defining image, a single moment in time, one that summed up what the club meant to them, the images would fill volumes.

Thoughts On Stoke City Game – Rooney Record Takes Sting Out of Poor Draw

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He's done it! It wasn't with his shin, it wasn't with his knee or some sort of deflection. Wayne Rooney left those to Juan Mata's own goal as he put away one of his best goals as a Manchester United player and his 250th overall as a wonderfully struck free kick saved his club's blushes as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

PICTURE: Giggs and Neville’s tribute to Rooney

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs' hotel, Hotel Football, has paid tribute to Wayne Rooney this evening following his 250th goal for Manchester United. His 94th minute equaliser against Stoke sees him as the club's all-time top goalscorer.

VIDEO: Why did Clattenburg ignore this blatant foul?

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This is unbelievable from Mark Clattenburg.. How is this not a foul ? pic.twitter.com/ujjo329uFW

- Man Utd Videos ⚽️ (@ManUtdVines) January 21, 2017


With Manchester United 1-0 down, Marcus Rashford was set to charge in to the Stoke box to find himself one on one with the goalkeeper.

Rooney becomes United’s top scorer

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In the 94th minute in Manchester United's away game against Stoke, Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's all-time top scorer. He has now scored 250 goals for United.

Rooney: It’s a great honour

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Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's as Manchester United's all-time top scorer with a 94th minute winner equaliser against Stoke.

Just over 12 years ago, Rooney scored his first United goal and after the game today claimed he never imagined this day would come.

It's a great honour.

PICTURE: Rojo watches Stoke game in away end

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Marcos Rojo has nailed down a place in Manchester United's starting team over the past few months but missed out on today's game against Stoke with illness. Chris Smalling replaced him on the pitch but that didn't keep Rojo away. He opted to sit with the away fans at the Britannia instead.

Liverpool manager with egg on his face

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Last weekend, Manchester United scored a late equaliser against Liverpool after bringing on Marouane Fellaini for the final 15 minutes.

After the game, Jurgen Klopp gave several bitter interviews, criticising United for playing long balls and claiming it "wasn't football" once Fellaini was substituted on.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Stoke vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Mata, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Carrick, Schweinsteiger, Lingard, Rashford, Rooney.

VIDEO: Pereira scores freekick for Granada

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Andreas Pereira goal vs Espanyol pic.twitter.com/NghXVZY2O1 [@HerreraTekkers] #MUFC

- Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) January 21, 2017


Andreas Pereira scored a freekick for Granada this afternoon. This was his second goal for the Spanish side who currently find themselves second from bottom in La Liga.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about our game against Stoke.

The Independent reports on Luke Shaw's situation at United.

The Evening News reports on David de Gea's future.

The Mirror shows Pogba's goodbye message for Memphis.

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Mourinho: We need a win to take advantage of slips from other teams

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Stoke this afternoon, Jose Mourinho has discussed the opposition. While they are playing better football under Mark Hughes than in years gone by, our manager has claimed there are some things about their style that haven't changed. Stoke are currently ninth in the table which is where they have finished in all three of Hughes' seasons at the club.

Valencia is a “machine” and the best right-back in football

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Antonio Valencia got rid of his agent five years ago as he had no intention of negotiating a deal to leave Manchester United or holding the club to ransom over higher wages.

In those five years, there have been times when the supporters wanted him to be sold, but his turnaround in form this season has been huge.

Januzaj: Pogba is like my brother and he wants me back at United

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After a fantastic breakthrough season at Manchester United in 2013-14, Adnan Januzaj has been on a downward spiral. He was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund last season but barely played and returned in January. He then made seven appearances for United and scored one goal in the second half of the season.

Mourinho: I tried to sign Valencia for Real Madrid

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Antonio Valencia was Manchester United's player of the season in 2011-12 and was rewarded with the number 7 shirt. The following season wasn't a good one for him personally, even though United won the 20th league title, so he reverted back to number 25.

Louis van Gaal converted Valencia's position to right-back and it wasn't a totally smooth process, with his concentration and positioning letting him down at times.

Bailly: I want to spend my career at United

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Eric Bailly has revealed that he hopes he can spent the rest of his career at Manchester United, following his transfer in the summer.

Hopefully I can play in Manchester all my life. I'm very happy here because it is such a great club. It's such an honour to play for United and I hope I can continue giving my best to become a great player in this club.

Have Manchester United lived up to pre-season predictions?

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It has been four years since Manchester United won their last Premier League title and, no doubt, the fans are hungry for trophies. The club owners have pumped a lot of money into the squad over the last few transfer windows, but it remains to be seen if that is going to help the English giants regain the domestic trophy.

PICTURE: Memphis arrives in Lyon ahead of transfer

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Lyon's official Twitter account has published a picture of Memphis Depay in France ahead of his move to the club.

United have reportedly agreed a deal originally worth £16m with the potential to rise to £22m.

VIDEO: Injury time winner for United’s U-23 vs Liverpool

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Matthew Willock's injury time winner vs Liverpool u23s at Anfield last night. What dreams are made of!#MUFC pic.twitter.com/XKEp198lOV

- ManUtdGoals (@ManUtdGoaIs) January 17, 2017


Matthew Willock scored a 93rd minute winner against Liverpool for the U-23s yesterday.

Buttner: I’ve been a champion in England… unlike Gerrard

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Alexander Buttner spent two seasons at Manchester United, playing in 28 games, after Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Dutch side Vitesse.

He was then sold to Dynamo Moscow, where he was loaned out to Anderlecht. Having just signed for Vitesse again, Buttner has spoken about his time in England, making special reference to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

Thoughts On Liverpool Game – Zlatan Saves Blushes In Frustrating Draw

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic saved Manchester United from humiliation and taunts from Liverpool with a late equaliser in a game which ended in a draw at Old Trafford on Sunday night. The Swede's clever header canceled out James Milner's penalty to split the points between the teams, as they had another draw after the same result in their first encounter.

Embarrassment for Klopp after bitter post-match comments

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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp cut the figure of a bitter man when discussing the result. They've won just four of their last 10 games in all competitions, losing two and drawing four.

"What can I say? A very positive performance," he said. "[We were] the better side, played better football, had the best plan.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Liverpool

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Ibrahimovic.

Pogba: Mourinho set me free

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After an initially difficult time at Manchester United, Paul Pogba is flying now. The midfielder has revealed that it is a chat with manager Jose Mourinho that helped turn his situation around.

He told me not to listen to anybody, just be focused on the pitch and enjoy yourself.

Herrera: Fergie knocked Liverpool off their perch

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Before Manchester United won their first league title with Sir Alex Ferguson, we had seven league titles and Liverpool had 18. By the time he retired, it was 20-18 to us. Fergie famously said that his greatest achievement was knocking Liverpool off their f**king perch, and Ander Herrera has discussed that today.

Mkhitaryan: Mourinho still gave me confidence when I wasn’t playing

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After a woeful performance for Manchester United against Manchester City, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first start for the club, he was subbed off at half-time and didn't play for two months.

Mkhitaryan has revealed that even though Jose Mourinho wasn't playing him, he was still talking to him and giving him confidence in himself.

Mkhitaryan: I turned Liverpool down

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that he had the opportunity to sign for Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was still the manager and Jurgen Klopp was with him at Borussia Dortmund.

I spoke two or three times on the phone to Brendan Rodgers. He was saying he really wanted me and that I'd get to play with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard.

Mourinho: Pogba has the mentality to be United captain

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of Paul Pogba. Rejoining United with the pressure of being the most expensive player in the world, Pogba struggled initially, but has now shown himself to be a key player in the team.

It is not fair to say a player has to be dominant.

Mourinho: Everyone knows United is the biggest club

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Ahead of Sunday's game between Manchester United and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho claims he doesn't know whether this game is the biggest in English football, but he does know that United are the biggest club in England.

I don't know. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in this country.

RoM Reads

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Scott has written for the Irish Independent about the importance of tomorrow's game against Liverpool.

The Telegraph discusses how Mourinho has liberated United.

The Mirror reports on Schneiderlin's reflections on his time at United.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's plans to attack Liverpool.

Fletch: Fergie used to spy on us using Twitter

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Darren Fletcher has spoken about how football is always changing and how Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged he couldn't treat his last team at Manchester United the same way he treated players when he first started managing.

Sir Alex used to say he couldn't treat us like he used to treat his Aberdeen team simply because we were a different generation.

Fletch: Keano made me feel on top of the world

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Roy Keane left Manchester United under a cloud not long after his interview with MUTV was stopped from being shown.

Among the list of players who were criticised by the former captain, Darren Fletcher was one on the receiving end of some particularly harsh comments. "I can't understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher," he said.

PICTURE: Zlatan and Mkhi win player and goal of the season

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named the Premier League Player of the Month for December and Henrikh Mkhitaryan won the Goal of the Month competition.

Ibrahimovic has sungg the praises of his teammates and manager, as well as hailing the club, when receiving his award.

Slowly I'm adapting.

Mata: Mourinho has us playing United football again

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When Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager of Manchester United, reports suggested that Juan Mata would be the first out of the door, given this was the manager who sold the player from Chelsea to United in the first place.

However, Mata has thrived since Mourinho has joined the club. The player has sung the praises of Mourinho for getting United playing attacking football again.

PICTURE: Pogba becomes first player with his own emoji Twitter hashtag

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Paul Pogba has become the first player to get his own emoji Twitter hashtag.

VIDEO: Mourinho answers journos phone at press conference

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"It's for you..." It's not every day Jose Mourinho answers your phone https://t.co/3alkWj7bA7 pic.twitter.com/YJmMMfKf26

- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 13, 2017


During his press conference this weekend ahead of Manchester United's game against Liverpool, a journalist's mobile phone started ringing, so Jose Mourinho answered it.

Cantona: Zlatan will carry on my legacy

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Scott writes for The Mirror about the rivalry with Liverpool.

Scott previews Sunday's game for ESPN with a Liverpool fan.

The Guardian reports on Schneiderlin's transfer to Everton.

The Mirror reveals we'd be two points off the top of the table if we'd scored all the chances that have hit the woodwork.

Thoughts On Reading Game – Rooney Makes History In Royal Thumping

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Wayne Rooney tied Sir Bobby Charlton's All-Time Goalscoring record on Saturday, as Manchester United ran rampant and gave former player Jaap Stam's side Reading a thorough beating at Old Trafford 4-0. The Red Devils side ran riot from the first whistle, as Mourinho's selected front four tore their FA Cup opponents apart.

Rooney hasn’t actually equalled Charlton’s record… yet

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Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Manchester United yesterday when he kneed a Juan Mata cross in to the back of the net against Reading. United won 4-0 and booked their place in to the next round in the FA Cup, meaning they are still the only Premier League team still competing on four fronts.

This goal was Rooney's 249th for United which was hailed as a club record, along with Sir Bobby Charlton.

United U-19s win youth tournament in Germany

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Manchester United won the Sparkasse & VGH Cup in Germany today.

Despite taking a team that contained many players a year or more younger, boasting the youngest team in the tournament.

United beat Hannover 96 in the final, having already knocked out PSV and Wolfsburg in the quarter and semi-finals.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about whether Wayne Rooney should be regarded as a United legend.

The Daily Recordhas positive news on Marcos Rojo's injury.

The Guardian wonders what the future holds for Wayne Rooney.

The Mirror reports on Jose Mourinho's comments about Memphis Depay.

FA CUP DRAW: United to face Wigan

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The FA Cup draw for the fourth round was held this evening. United will play Wigan at Old Trafford.

Tottenham vs Wycombe
Derby vs Leicester
Oxford United vs Newcastle/Birmingham
AFC Wimbledone/Sutton United vs Leeds/Cambridge
Plymouth/Liverpool vs Wolves
Southampton/Norwich vs Arsenal
Lincoln/Ipswich vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Chelsea vs Brentford
Millwall vs Watford
Rochdale vs Huddersfield
Burnley/Sunderland vs Fleetwood/Bristol City
Blackburn vs Barnsley/Blackpool
Fulham vs Hull
Middlesbrough vs Accrington Stanley
Crystal Palace/Bolton vs Manchester City

Ravel Morrison set for United return?

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Manchester United have been drawn against Wigan in the fourth round of the FA Cup. This will see the return of Warren Joyce, United's former youth coach, who left for the Wigan job in November.

It could also mean the return of Ravel Morrison who started training with Wigan last week. The 23-year-old left Italian side Lazio after making just eight appearances in 18 months.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Hull

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De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian; Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Rooney, Mkhitaryan; Rashford.

Thoughts On Hull Game – United Take Command of EFL Cup Semi

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It wasn't the rout some wanted, but Manchester United took control of the Semi Final tie between themselves and Hull City with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. They made the fans wait until the second half, but goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini eventually put United ahead and out of sight of the visitors who face an uphill battle on the return leg.

TOP FIVE: Moments of the Season So Far

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Well, well, well, finally a TOP FIVE surrounded in optimism and football joy. After having to find excuses to talk about anything other than the actual football on the pitch so far this season, we can finally revel in the relentless winning machine that is Manchester United.

Incidentally, this was written before the Hull game, but surely, SURELY, Mike Phelan won't stand in the way of his beloved Red Devils' march to Wembley.

Reserves Weekly – VGH Cup Winners, Derby Defeat & Ravel’s Return?

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Sparkasse & VGH Cup Winners

United's under-19s travelled to Germany last week for the Sparkasse & VGH Cup, a 5-aside tournament which spanned across 4 days.

With the youngest squad there, United won the trophy in extraordinary circumstances. Goalkeeper Moutha-Sebtaoui received an injury on the last day of the tournament, meaning outfield players keeping goal in true 5-aside style for the final few matches.