Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

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.