Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

Pereira: I’m dreaming of playing for United

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Andreas Pereira has spent this season out on loan with La Liga side Granada. He has played well for the struggling team and he believes he is being tested by some of the tough teams he faces.

I'm playing well. I'm trying to do my job and am getting a lot of minutes. For me, it's been very good playing here at a high level in Spain, in La Liga, every week.

Mourinho: Signing Neymar is impossible

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Neymar repeatedly over the past couple of seasons.

That speculation has intensified again recently but Jose Mourinho, speaking to ESPN, has claimed there's not a chance of Barcelona allowing Neymar to leave the club.

It's speculation.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about how the timing is perfect for Michael Keane to return to United.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how David de Gea should give United at least one more year.

The Guardian discusses the likelihood of Zlatan Ibrahimovic staying.

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McNair: I gave Mourinho transfer ultimatum

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Paddy McNair has revealed that Jose Mourinho had planned to keep the defender on Manchester United's books, but loan him out for a season.

McNair claims he gave our manager an ultimatum, saying he was either sold or he would refuse to go out on loan. This forced the club to allow him to leave to Sunderland for £5.

VIDEO: Mkhitaryan scores in Armenia win

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Mkhitaryan's goal for Armenia vs Kazakhstan today pic.twitter.com/L2l0P0yurC

- ᴹᶦᶜʰᵃᵉˡ (@SirCarrick) March 26, 2017


Henrikkh Mkhitaryan scored the opening goal in Armenia's 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifying today.

Fosu-Mensah: I dream of spending forever at this beautiful club

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Tim Fosu-Mensah has given an interview with Manchester United's official site where he discusses his favourite goal, his dreams and comparisons with Paul Pogba.

What's the best goal you've ever seen – live and on TV?
I think of two great goals. The long-range one from Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] for Sweden against England.

Lingard: My heart is at United

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Jesse Lingard's contract at Manchester United expires at the end of next season and he is currently in talks with the club to extend his deal. Reports have suggested that Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are monitoring the situation but Lingard has insisted he wants to stay at United.

The contract is still ongoing with talks at the moment.

Rashford: Zlatan wants to help me become a better player

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Marcus Rashford has scored seven goals for Manchester United this season but has largely been playing out wide. Our youngster claims he still sees himself as a no.9 but is enjoying the experience of learning what is required of a different position.

I am quite hard on myself but people around me are always pushing me.

Three years ago today…

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Winning the League Cup last month felt great. Not because this competition ever has been, or ever will be, a priority, but because going to Wembley and lifting a trophy always feels mint. There are some United supporters who would rather United finish in the top four this season to qualify for the Champions League, instead of winning the Europa League and finishing outside of the top four.

Martial: I love it when special United fans sing my song

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For me, what's really special here is the supporters. They've been really outstanding with me. I think that's what goes a long way to making me feel at home and at ease, and makes me really keen to stay here at the club.

In France, even if you're one of the best players around, they might begin to boo and jeer you if you go a couple of games without scoring.

Herrera: De Gea can be a United legend if he snubs Real Madrid

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Ander Herrera is currently enjoying the international break as part of the Spain squad. He spent six years playing in Spain without a call up but is now a part of the Spanish team, along with team mate David de Gea.

Our midfielder, who is enjoying a great season, has encouraged his friend and team mate to snub advances from Real Madrid and become a legend at United.

Spurs star loves United legends

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Eric Dier is fans' favourite at Tottenham Hotspur but has revealed that his favourite players all represented Manchester United.

From Roy Keane, to Nemanja Vidic, to Rio Ferdinand, Dier was a big fan of United's key players over the years.

In fact, Dier chose his shirt number at Spurs because of his liking of United's former captain, Vidic.

Herrera: Zlatan is an annoying genius

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Ander Herrera has sung the praises of teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has currently scored 26 goals for Manchester United this season.

He's jokingly conceded that the Swede's winning mentality can be annoying though, with Ibrahimovic desperate to win at everything, evening football-tennis.

PICTURE: Schweinsteiger unveiled as Chicago Fire player

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Bastian Schweinsteiger was in Munich today ahead of his move to Chicago Fire. The player has completed a medical with a doctor in his homeland and is set to fly out to the USA.

"His move will come at the right time for him," Ferguson told ESPN. "He's a huge figure. He's very popular with the United players and fans, and he'll make an impact.

Romero: My wife sews my kit for me!

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Sergio Romero has revealed that the reason he plays in the no.20 shirt is because of crossed wires between himself and Louis van Gaal when he first joined the club.

The day I arrived in Manchester, there was a misunderstanding between myself and the manager, Louis van Gaal. He asked me what squad number I wanted, and I said 22.

Park: Fergie made me his big game player

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Park Ji-Sung was a fans' favourite at Old Trafford, nicknamed Three-Lung Park, thanks to exhaustive effort he put in to every game.

Sir Alex Ferguson often relied on the midfielder in big games to man-mark key players from the opposition. Park has today reflected on why he succeeded on so many of these occasions.

Can Manchester United qualify for the Champions League

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Manchester United have obviously endured a mixed campaign this season. We have remained grounded in the sixth position in the Premier League for over 100 days, but have finally started the rise, and that has increased ourodds at 10bet of qualifying for next season Champions League.

With 11 games of the season left to play, United are currently four points behind Liverpool in fourth, but have two games in hand.

Fergie reveals what motivated him at United

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Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on his time at Manchester United and claimed he never imagined he would go on to enjoy the career he did when he first took charge of Old Trafford.

To spend almost three decades at a club is an incredible achievement, never mind doing so on the back of winning as many trophies as Ferguson did with United.

Gundogan: We aspire to match Manchester United

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You would be forgiven for thinking that Ilkay Gundogan has passed away, given the bizarre reaction from the Manchester City team when he picked up an injury earlier this season.

However, he's alive and well.

Gundogan plays for the blues but once came close to signing for United, although he didn't get what he wanted.

Fergie gives his verdict on whether Europa League is worth winning

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Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League following the victory over Rostov.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who won two European Cups, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup, has claimed that United should do everything they can to win the Europa League.

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League.

Finding Our Feet

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Few marriages if any are perfect, no rose garden is without its thorns, and no match, despite the popular phrase, is made in heaven.

Many Manchester United fans were wary of if not fully against the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their club's manager at the end of the 2015/16 season. And, while many more were thrilled to see the Portuguese given the job, even they could probably understand the deep-seated misgivings of those others.

Schweinsteiger: United fans are special

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has today confirmed that he is leaving Manchester United and is set to move to the MLS to play for Chicago Fire. Once he has passed the medical and been given a visa, he will leave United.

The German's career at Old Trafford essentially ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed, even if the midfielder did go on to make a surprise four appearances this season, having previously been made to train with the Reserves.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Antonio Valencia' importance to the squad.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's claim that he's all about peace and love now.

The Mirror reports on Griezmann's claim that he doesn't want to leave Spain.

The Independent discusses Sir Alex Ferguson's 2008 regret.

Rashford: I used to play football in a Rooney shirt

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Marcus Rashford has revealed that when he was a child, his favourite shirt to play in was an England one with Wayne Rooney's name and number on the back.

Growing up in Manchester, my family had a little competition going on. Whenever they were buying me a gift for my birthday or for Christmas or whatever, they always knew the easy thing to get me.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Boro vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Bailly, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard, Rashford

Manchester derby set for a Thursday night

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Reports suggest that Manchester United's game against Manchester City will be played on April 27th, which is a Thursday night.

Yaya Toure would leave City for United

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Yaya Toure's contract at Manchester City expires at the end of the season and today his agent, Dimitri Seluk, has claimed the player would have no problem leaving the club for Manchester United if an offer came in.

Why not? Jose Mourinho is a very good coach. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was together with Yaya in Barcelona.

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Scott has written to FourFourTwo about how United fans should learn the lesson of not falling in love with Mourinho from Chelsea fans.

Scott writes for ESPN about the criticism Paul Pogba is receiving.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's criticism of the Premier League.

The Mirror reports on the FA fine for United failing to control their players.

Manchester United form could see them playing in Champions League next season

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Once again, the race for the top four has generated huge interest among the Premier League fans. It promises to go down to the wire this season.

There are some 10-12 games remaining (few teams have played less because of European commitments) this season, but there is a general feeling that Chelsea will walk away with the title unchallenged.

Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

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Middlesbrough vs. Manchester United

Premier League

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Riverside Stadium

Europa League quarter-finalists Manchester United will refocus their attention on the Premier League this weekend when they travel to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked head coach Aitor Karanka on Thursday afternoon.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Rostov 

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Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho wants to make Ferguson feel loved

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Jose Mourinho has been keen to include Sir Alex Ferguson in life at Manchester United after he kept his distance during the time of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

It's the same relationship we had in the old days. A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other.

“It’s not Pogba’s fault that pundits need money and he’s doesn’t”

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Following a string of average performances, most recently against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Paul Pogba has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism from the media.

Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of his player today, claiming that pundits are desperate for something to talk about, so that's why they pick on Pogba.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Chelsea vs Rashford

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera, Pogba, Young, Mkhitaryan; Rashford

No Rashford, Rooney, Martial or Zlatan for Chelsea game

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Reports today claimed that Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford didn't travel to London with the rest of the squad today ahead of Monday night's FA Cup game against Chelsea.

Further stories now suggest that Rooney picked up an injury after colliding with Phil Jones in training, while the cause of Martial's injury is unknown.

“Mourinho has adapted to United’s traditions”

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Jose Mourinho didn't have the best reputation for his behaviour and style of play at the clubs he managed before Manchester United. Between poking his thumb in an opposition manager eye, his sexist treatment of Eva Carneiro and playing dull football, Mourinho's baggage made him an unpopular appointment for some United fans.

Pereira: I like Mourinho because he’s honest with me

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Andreas Pereira has spoken about his decision to join Granada on a season-long loan Spanish side Granada. Jose Mourinho told Pereira he would feature in cup competitions for United but both agreed it would do him better to play regularly elsewhere. Pereira has revealed the details of their conversation in an interview with The Guardian.

Mourinho: I love United and I want to stay for a long time

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Ahead of Jose Mourinho returning to former club Chelsea on Monday, the Manchester United manager has declared his love for our club, claiming he wants to stay here for a long time.

I would like to. I love the club. I feel like I am here for much more time because the connection is so good with everyone.

RoM Reads

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Scott reviewed the players against Rostov for ESPN.

Scott wrote for ESPN about how Zlatan's ban is Rashford's time to shine.

The Guardian talks about Suarez's cheating in Barcelona's incredible comeback.

The Telegraph claims Ibrahimovic has an offer from the MLS.

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TOP FIVE: Best things Jose Mourinho has done at Manchester United so far

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Other than the one about Anthony Martial, none of the worries outlinedin last month's TOP FIVE have really gone away. Manchester United have, of course, won a trophy since then—which was really nice—but have also missed out on a glorious opportunity to apply more pressure to those currently above them in the league by drawing at home with Bournemouth—which was really, really, really, really frustrating.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Rostov vs United

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Romero, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Pogba, Fellaini, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic.

Fellaini: Carragher only a champion of talking and breaking legs

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Jamie Carragher isn't the biggest fan of Marouane Fellaini, claiming he hoped he never played in the Premier League again after getting banned for three matches for elbowing Robert Huth last season.

My personal hope is that we would never see him playing in the Premier League again.

Mings gets 5 match ban for Zlatan stamp

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Tyrone Mings has been banned for five matches after the FA found him guilty of violent conduct.

During United's 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, Mings stamped on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's head.

Had the referee seen Mings stamp on Ibra and been sent off, he wouldn't have retaliated and wouldn't now also be banned.

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Scott writes for FourFourTwo about how talk of us being dependant on Ibrahimovic is a myth.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how it's Luke Shaw's time to shine.

The Mirror claims Mkhitaryan will be back for Chelsea.

EuroSport has the latest from the self-appointed football commissioner.

Mourinho: I don’t care if Mings gets five match ban for Zlatan stamp

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Andrew Surman was sent off this afternoon in Manchester United's 1-1 drawn with Bournemouth but it was Mings who deserves criticism. Mings stamped on Ibrahimovic's head when he was on the floor and then Ibrahimovic later caught him with an elbow.

Jose Mourinho was reluctant to give his opinion on the incident although conceded United failed to make the most of the one man advantage they had for the second half.

Ridiculous stats from Manchester United’s home draws

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Following the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth this afternoon, Manchester United have now drawn seven games at home. Two 0-0's against Burnley and Hull, as well as 1-1's against Stoke, Arsenal, West Ham, Liverpool and Bournemouth.

In that time, we've had 136 shots and 49 of those were on target. Yet for all those chances, United have scored just five goals.

Mourinho makes shocking confession about United’s penalty practice

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Following Manchester United's frustrating 1-1 draw with Bournemouth, in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a costly penalty, Jose Mourinho has revealed that the players have no been practising penalties in training.

Making fun of it, we stopped practising penalties because we were four or five months without a penalty.

Mkhitaryan won’t play against Bournemouth

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Ahead of our game against Bournemouth this afternoon, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan still hasn't recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up after scoring our winning goal against St Etienne 10 days ago.

Mkhitaryan is still out. He didn't recover in time for this game.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Bournemouth – Shaw starts

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Carrick, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho: Shaw is working hard in training now

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Bournemouth, Jose Mourinho has given an update on Luke Shaw, who has been out of favour with our new manager.

Mourinho has confirmed that Shaw will be in the squad for Saturday's game, so has told the press they don't need to show up at the team hotel looking to take pictures of the squad and comment on Shaw's absence.

Mourinho: Zlatan should win the Ballon d’Or

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Following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's performance against Southampton which won the League Cup for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has questioned why our striker has never won the Ballon d'Or.

I think what he has done is amazing. The number of goals he's scored, the two matches at Wembley, the trophies, what he is in the group, and what he means.

Carrick: What Rooney and I said in our meeting with LvG

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Following the announcement of his testimonial this summer, Michael Carrick has spoken exclusively to ESPN about his relationship with Louis van Gaal and how Manchester United have changed since the Dutchman left.

Why do teams play well? Why do they not? You can look into all sorts of reasons is it mentality, tactics?

Manchester United vs. Bournemouth Preview

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Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

Premier League

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Old Trafford

Fresh from their League Cup success at Wembley last weekend, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to welcome Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side to Old Trafford.

Carrick: You never feel as though you’re good enough at United

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After 11 years at Manchester United, Michael Carrick has been given a testimonial at the club in the summer.

After three disappointing seasons with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Carrick has spoken to ESPN about the difference with Jose Mourinho.

The general feeling is that we are close and not too far away and the manager is a big part of it because of his approach, his mentality.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about winning the cup and Ibrahimovic.

Scott has written for uMAXit about the value of Jesse Lingard.

The Mirror reports on how Ibrahimovic is missing out on money by not having a boot deal.

The Guardian reports on Wayne Rooney's potential return to Everton.

Ibrahimovic might not be the new Cantona, but he doesn’t have to be

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On Sunday, once the dust had settled on the first trophy of the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United, a number of talking points remained. Chief among them was whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic can have the same impact on the current side Eric Cantona had when he crossed the Pennines in November 1992.

From the moment he arrived at United, Ibrahimovic's arrogance and swagger coupled with his exquisite technique triggered memories of Cantona and, in the last few days, pundits have fallen over themselves to either vocally support or swiftly dismiss the notion that the Swede can emulate his French predecessor.

Herrera: Mourinho has made us winners again

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Following Manchester United's 3-2 win over Southampton in the League Cup final, Ander Herrera says we deserved the win, particularly after all the points we've dropped against teams we've battered this season.

Southampton played very well but we have been looking for this the whole season.