Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

Manchester United: An A-Z of 80 years of promoting youth

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Today marks the 80th anniversary of Manchester United having an academy graduate in every single match day squad. That means for an incredible 3,883 consecutive matchesUnited have involved a youth team player in the first team, a record dating back to October 1937.

For context, the club with next longest run is Everton with over 1,000 consecutive games over a period of 21 years.

PICTURE: Zlatan meets Anthony Joshua ahead of fight

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Ahead of this evening's fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam, Zlatan Ibrahimovic paid a visit to the boxer.


When lions meet

Angel Gomes wins World Cup with England U-17

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Angel Gomes was part of the England U-17 squad that beat Spain to be crowned world champions. Despite going 2-0 down, England came back to win 5-2.

Gomes is the captain of the team but only came on as a substitute in the final and lifted the trophy with Manchester City's Joel Latibeaudiere.

Martial: I want to start

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A familiar story was told on Saturday afternoon when Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur winning 1-0 after Anthony Martial came off the bench. He has now scored four goals as a substitute but has reiterated his desire to start games.

It is important for us because we lost the last game.

Mourinho: It was a big win thanks to Martial’s cool finish

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hostpur, Jose Mourinho has summed up his feelings on the game, and was smiling when discussing Anthony Martia;'s goal.

I think it was [a big win] against a very good team. But I think we started very well and strong which was good for our confidence.

VIDEO: Mourinho has a message for his critics at the final whistle

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Following the final whistle of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Jose Mourinho held his finger to his lips to shush the people who have been writing him and the team off.


Second in the league
Just beaten a rival
5/5 wins at home
Injured players returning

Mourinho to #MUFC critics.

Man United 1-0 Spurs: The fallout

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Manchester United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, underlines the main points from the close encounter.

Simplicity is genius

The most basic option and the simplest answers are often the best and Anthony Martial's winning goal showed it.

Berba: I’d never heard of Spurs when I signed but they wanted me more than United

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Dimitar Berbatov signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, despite some interest from United. Speaking to ESPN ahead of our game against them today, Berba has discussed how that transfer came about and what life was like playing for Martin Jol at the north London club.

My agent said we'd had a serious offer from Tottenham.

STATS: United vs Spurs

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Spurs

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De Gea, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, McTominay, Mata, Lingard, Martial.

Manchester United and Tottenham set for tense afternoon at Old Trafford

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Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on Saturday aiming to bounce back from last week's shock defeat at Huddersfield Town.

You can stream Manchester United v Tottenham live via Sky Sports from 11:30 on Saturday. Get 15% off on the Sky Sports Day Pass now.

United produced their worst performance of the season at the John Smith's Stadium last weekend, prompting an angry reaction from manager Jose Mourinho.

Expectations for Manchester United

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Last season was a rather mixed one overall for Manchester United, as they finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League, but managed to win both the Europa League and the League Cup – which helped to put a gloss on Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of the club. There is no question that the league performance was unacceptable however and it meant that the pressure on the team and the manager going into this season was immense.

Berba: My hattrick against Liverpool was special

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Dimitar Berbatov spent four seasons at Manchester United but his greatest season was in 2010-11 when his 20 goals helped us win the record breaking 19th title. He had some big moments that season, like the two goals he scored against Blackpool to help us come back from 2-0 down or the 88th minute winner for our 10 men against Bolton, but the best of the lot was his performance against Liverpool.

Pochettino confirms it is “impossible” for Kane to play on Saturday 

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Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed striker Harry Kane has been ruled out of tomorrow's game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Initially believing that Kane was just tired, Pochettino now concedes that his star striker has a hamstring injury.

We can't take a risk for tomorrow, we'll see after for Wednesday.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs fan on United signing Kane, winning trophies and Wembley curse

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Scott: You've come close to winning the title a couple of times now. Where do you think it's gone wrong and do you think it's a realistic goal for Spurs over the next few seasons?

Spooky: It's realistic because it's possible as proven by the past couple of seasons. Okay, sure, we've not led the race.

United avoid best teams in EFL Cup draw

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Chelsea vs Bournemouth
Arsenal vs West Ham
Leicester vs Man City
Bristol City vs Man Utd

VIDEO: Pogba copies Lingard’s celebration

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After Jesse Lingard scored a great goal against Middlesbrough last season, he celebrated by doing a jig. After the game, he revealed it was inspired by the music on Drake's song, Portland.

It's a new album that's just dropped by Drake. One of the songs, I promised a mate I'd do that celebration if I scored, so I did it!

Berba: City offered me more money but I only wanted United

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Dimitar Berbatov signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2008 and went on to score 56 goals in 149 games in all appearances. His best season was in 2010-11 when he was the league's top scorer and helped United score the record breaking 19th title.

Speaking to ESPN, Berbatov has revealed the reasons behind him signing for United and what it meant to him to play for the club.

Herrera: I have a fantastic relationship with Mourinho

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Following Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, Ander Herrera conceded that United's attitude didn't match that of their opponents'.

Jose Mourinho was less than impressed to hear that and suggested that the players should go in to the post-match press conference to explain why that was the case.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about the best 15 academy graduates at United over the past 25 years.

Scott writes for ESPN about how the fans should give Jesse Lingard a break.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about why Pochettino is wrong to be so dismissive of certain trophies.

The Mirror report on Juve being cleared of wrongdoing in Pogba's transfer.

Tuanzebe: There’s nothing better than playing for United

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Axel Tuanzebe put in another good performance for Manchester United last night as we beat Swansea 2-0 in the EFL Cup.

It was fellow academy graduate Jesse Lingard who scored both the goals but Tuanzebe can be pleased with his performance the praise that Jose Mourinho dished out after the game.

Mourinho: The kids played well

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Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe both started in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Swansea in the EFL Cup last night and earned the praise of manager Jose Mourinho after the game.

McTominay put in a solid performance in the centre of the field while Tuanzebe was composed at the back. It was his great run forward in the second half which lead to Jesse Lingard's second goal to seal victory.

Mourinho working hard to restore Lindelof’s confidence

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Victor Lindelof has had a difficult start to life at Manchester United but has seen more regular playing time thanks to the injuries of other defenders.

His worst performance of the season came in United's 2-1 defeat away to Huddersfield last weekend. For the first goal, he was turned inside out before Huddersfield scored, unable to keep up with the movement of their attacking players, before a feeble attempt at winning a header that lead up to Huddersfield's second.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Swansea vs United

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Romero, Blind, Lindelof, Smalling, Darmian, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Herrera, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

Subs: Pereira, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku.

STATS: Swansea vs United

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Rashford beats City star to third place in Golden Boy award

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Marcus Rashford came third behind Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele in the annual Golden Boy award. The honour recognises the best player in Europe under the age of 21. Anthony Martial won the award in 2015 and Paul Pogba in 2013.

Rashford finished ahead of Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus who turns 21 this season.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for IBFootball about how United's youth system still outshines City's.

Scott writes for PickPremierLeague about Nemanja Matic's start to life at United.

The Mirror reports on what Mourinho said to the players after the Huddersfield defeat.

The Guardian discusses how United can learn a thing or two from Spurs' counter attacking football.

Huddersfield 2-1 Man Utd: The main talking points

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Manchester United tasted their first loss of the season after a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, picks out the main talking points.

Zero output from players

For a team seeking to fare better than last season, the least thing could have expected was a lack of effort.

LIVE BLOG: Huddersfield Town vs United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Huddersfield vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Lindelof, McTominay, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.

Lukaku’s Scoring Record Against the Top Teams in the Premier League

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Another summer of big spending from Manchester United saw Jose Mourinho spend £75 million on the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton. The Belgian striker hit the ground running at Old Trafford scoring seven goals in his first seven games for the Red Devils, a record matched by Andy Cole. Lukaku is leading the way at the top of the list for the Golden Boot, and he is one goal ahead of Manchester City trio, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

From Ferdinand to Evra to Aluko – what have we learnt about the FA’s reaction to racism?

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John Terry

Five years ago, John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by an independent regulatory commission.

The FA's enquiry took place after Terry had been found not guilty in court, where it couldn't be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the former England and Chelsea captain had called Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt".

VIDEO: Lukaku consoles Benfica’s goalkeeper

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Manchester United beat Benfica 1-0 on Wednesday evening to make it three wins out of three in the Champions League.

Mile Slivar was in goal for the Portuguese side, making his Champions League debut and becoming the youngest goalkeeper to ever play in the competition. He was the third keeper Benfica have played in the competition this season.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Benfica vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Jones, McTominay, Lingard, Young, Martial.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Mourinho's apparent frustrations.

ESPN claims Mourinho has held contract talks with the club.

The official site discusses our U-19s 2-2 draw with Benfica.

The Mirror reports on Andreas Pereira's speeding punishment.

Round and White talks about Pogba's return.

STATS: Benfica vs United

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Matic: Benfica turned me from an attacking midfielder to a defensive one

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Nemanja Matic was sold to Benfica from Chelsea when he was 23-years-old. He had only played two games for the west London club before leaving for Portugal to play for Jorge Jesus, who now manages Sporting. Jesus converted Matic from a playmaker in to a defensive midfielder.

Ahead of Manchester United's Champions League game against Benfica tonight, Matic has reflected on the impact Benfica made on his career.

PICTURES: Shaw and Rojo back in United training

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Luke Shaw played 90 minutes for the U-23s against West Ham on Sunday but is in Portugal with the team ahead of Manchester United's game against Benfica on Wednesday.

Marcos Rojo is also with the team, although Jose Mourinho has confirmed the defender won't be able to play yet.

Rojo is not coming to play but he is coming with the team to train with the group on Tuesday.

Mourinho’s dismisses Lovren’s claims about Lukaku

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You can tell how uneventful Manchester United's 0-0 draw against Liverpool was by judging the overreaction to an incident involving Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren.

Lukaku caught Lovren with his boot when off balance but it was clear the striker didn't mean it. However, after the game, Lovren claimed that Lukaku meant it.

Mourinho explains comments about his United future

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Following the 0-0 draw against Liverpool, where Jose Mourinho was on the receiving end of plenty of stick from the English media, the Manchester United manager has been guilty of some questionable behaviour.

First, he gave an interview with French TV channel TF1 where he stated he categorically wouldn't see out his career at United.

VIDEO: Pereira scores great goal for Valencia

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Andreas Pereira scored a fantastic goal on Sunday evening in Valencia's 6-3 win over Real Betis. Valencia went 4-0 up before Real Betis pulled it back to 4-3, only for Valencia to score two goals in the last two minutes.


Loan Watch: Andreas Pereira goal for Valencia.

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: The Talking Points

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Manchester United kept their unbeaten run in the season going with a goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports, Accra, Ghana, highlights some of the key talking points.

Red Devils go unscathed again

The first thing one takes away from the result is that Jose Mourinho and his men will not be talking about the goal Coutinho, Salah or Sturridge scored against them.

Liverpool clash a chance for Ander Herrera to show his importance to United

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Want to watch this clash between two of English football's most-historic teams? Receive a 15% discount on a Sky Sports day day with Now TV today.

Manchester United return to Premier League action today with a trip to face fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Jose Mourinho will be keen to keep the club's early season momentum going, in what will be the side's toughest domestic assignment so far in 2017-18.

CONFIRMED LINE UP: Liverpool vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Herrera, Matic, Young, Mkhitaryan, Martial and Lukaku.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino.

Watch the game live on Now TV.

STATS: Liverpool vs United

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Liverpool boss dreamt of managing favourite club United

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Ahead of Manchester United's trip to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's former boss has revealed that an embarrassing secret about the Liverpool manager.

Eckhard Krautzun, who was Klopp's manager when he played for Mainz, has claimed that Klopp dreams of managing United, who are his favourite club.

Klopp replaced Krautzun as Mainz manager before joining Borussia Dortmund.

VIDEO: Lukaku scores for Belgium

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Romelu Lukaku came on in the 66th minute during Belgium's win over Cyprus in World Cup qualifying. Just over 10 minutes later, he scored. He is now six goals short of being his country's top scorer, at the age of just 24.


WATCH | Lukaku's goal for Belgium.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for Paddy Power about how David Moyes needs to stop talking about United.

ESPN reports on Carragher's confusion over Benitez's facts rant.

The Evening News looks at thechanges Mourinho has made ahead of the Liverpool game.

The Mirrortalks about why United vs Liverpool is still the biggest game.

The Top 5 Contenders for Premier League Player of the Year

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We look at the players who are likely to be on the Player of the Year shortlist later on this season

We're a few weeks into the 2017-18 Premier League season and the usual suspects are forming an orderly queue at the top of the table.

Indeed, it would already be a major surprise if one of Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea failed to land the title this season, although it's much harder to predict who will land the coveted Player of the Year award.

Who are United’s main rivals for the Premier League title?

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There is genuine excitement around Old Trafford this season that the Premier League title could be coming home. After last season's gradual progress under José Mourinho, which included that fantastic Europa Cup win, many fans expect a real title shot this time. So far, that is exactly how it is panning out!

PICTURE: Matic in tears after helping Serbia qualify for World Cup

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Nemanja Matic was in tears on Monday evening following Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia. He played the full 90 minutes and helped his country qualify for the World Cup.

VIDEO: Gomes scores brilliant goal for England U-17

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Angel Gomes started England U-17 World Cup game on the bench but came on with just over an hour played. 20 minutes later he scored an unstoppable freekick to put his team 4-0 up against Chile.


#internationals: Angel Gomes' unstoppable free-kick to put #ENGu17 4-0 up.

PICTURE: Rashford and Lingard in face masks on England duty

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Jesse Lingard has shared pictures of himself with Marcus Rashford on Snapchat. The pair were in London following England's 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday. The result confirmed England's place at the World Cup, making tomorrow's game against Lithuania fairly pointless.

Still, Lingard managed to find a way to entertain himself, by using the face mask filter on his teammates.

Rio: Vida stopped me from crying following Champions League glory

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Rio Ferdinand captained Manchester United for our victorious 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea. Our former defender has revealed that Sir Bobby Charlton came to speak to him before he went up to collect the trophy, talking of the importance and honour, and how the occasion of it all got to him.

Ronaldo: Emotions surpassed me when I won my first title with United

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reflected on when he won his first league title with Manchester United in 2007. His motivation has always been trophies and his big dreams motivated him to take the new challenge of leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid.

When I became a Manchester player, it was a moment of maximum pride for me.

Old Trafford set to become the second biggest club stadium in the world

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Reports this afternoon have claimed that Manchester United are ready to extend Old Trafford from a capacity of close to 76,000 to 88,000, with plans to build on to the single tier Sir Bobby Charlton stand.

At present, the Stretford End and East Stand have two tiers, while the Sir Alex Ferguson has three tiers.

PICTURE: Mourinho has road named after him

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Jose Mourinho has had a road named after him Setubal, a suburb of Lisbon where he grew up. He has spoken of his pride and emotion at the unveiling.

I come to Setubal because I love Setubal. Because my friends call me Ze and leave the 'Special One' bullshit. I am very grateful. I trade tributes for victories and this is the only one I wouldn't trade.

Rashford: United’s academy makes you a good person as well as a good player

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Marcus Rashford has enjoyed a fantastic start to his Manchester United career and has managed to sustain his top form in to his third season.

Having impressed with his mentality off the pitch as well as on it, Rashford has credited United's academy system for keeping him grounded.

I think obviously the coaching is very good, but they also try to turn you into good people as well as good players.

Top Five Reasons to Love Juan Mata

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Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of lowly and dead-certs-to-be-relegated Crystal Palace was an enjoyable day for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it continued Manchester United's strong start to this season, and after a goal-shy few years at the Theatre of Dreams, fans at Old Trafford were treated to their 4th four-goal offering of the season.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Powerabout how grateful we can be that Perisic didn't sign.

Scott wrote for Pick Premier Leagueabout how Fellaini and Young are thriving under Mourinho.

The Guardianreports on Mourinho's claim that injuries have given him the opportunity to trust others.