Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Swansea – Mata on the bench

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De Gea, Young, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Rooney, Martial; Rashford.

Subs: Romero, Mkhitaryan, Valencia, Darmian, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Mata.

Former United player relegates Moyes and Sunderland

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Joshua King's 88th minute goal against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light has confirmed that David Moyes' team will be playing in the Championship next season.

David Moyes hilariously claimed that Manchester United were wrong to sack him after guiding the champions to seventh in the table, below his former club Everton, in a matter of months.

PICTURE: Like Rashford, Manchester Is Red

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Following last night's 0-0 draw with Manchester City, Marcus Rashford has taken to social media to post a picture of a banner dedicated to him.

Reversing the order of words in a chant, the banner reads "like Rashford, Manchester is red".

LINE-UP: City vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Blind, Bailly, Darmian, Carrick, Herrera, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford.

Lingard: Local lads like me know what the derby means

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Ahead of the Manchester derby, Jesse Lingard has spoken of knowing the importance of this game, having played for Manchester United since he was 7-years-old.

I played in the derby at their place last season and we got the win in a good, feisty game," said Lingard, in an exclusive pre-match interview with MUTV.

STATS: Has Martial flopped and City youngster shone?

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Anthony Martial has struggled to reach the great heights of last season, with the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan meaning there are fewer places available in the forward line. He's been given a bit of a kicking by the media, which, granted, hasn't been helped by his manager.

How accurate is Conte’s dig at United?

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Antonio Conte has today made a dig at Manchester United for our spending in the summer, lumping us in with Manchester City, and claiming that Chelsea are somehow similar to Spurs, Arsenal or Liverpool in the transfer market.

It's important to understand it's not always who spends more wins.

Is Mourinho showing signs of a return to brilliance?

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It is fair to say that this season has provided its fair share of frustrating moments for Jose Mourinho. But nothing should inject confidence quite like the satisfaction of his side's 2-0 victory over Chelsea, especially considering that his last encounters with his ex-club have resulted in 1-0 and 4-0 losses respectively.

Herrera: Derby day will be our game of the season

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The Manchester derby is always a big occasions for both clubs but this Thursday will be one of the biggest ever. A win in this game could decide which team plays Champions League football next season, a situation not lost on Ander Herrera.

It's going to be the game of the season.

Ibrahimovic: Giving up is not an option

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First of all, thank you for all the support and love. It's no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger.

So far, I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else.

Fantastic day of football for United – City demoralised and Liverpool lose

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Manchester United have enjoyed a fantastic day of football today. We beat Burnley 2-0 to continue our unbeaten record and maintain our status as the best performing team in the league away from home. This was the second consecutive Premier League game where we've prevented the opposition from having a shot on target, despite putting out a makeshift back four.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about how Rashford can fill the Ibrahimovic void.

Scott writes for ESPN about how Mourinho may be responsible for some of our injuries.

Scott has given players ratings for ESPN for our win over Burnley.

The Guardian reports on our win over Burnley.

The Mirror reports on the cost to United for Martial's goal.

Mourinho: I’m really pleased with Martial

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Anthony Martial has been given a tough time by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United this season but his form has been improving over recent weeks.

Martial scored the opening goal in our 2-0 win over Burnley this afternoon and it was his attempt that set up Wayne Rooney for the second.

After the game, Mourinho has sung the praises of the French striker.

“United is made to win trophies – top four is not a trophy”

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Manchester United beat Burnley 2-0 today to put pressure on the teams above us in the race to finish in the top four. A place in the top four gives a team Champions League football for next season but United have the fallback of the possibility of winning the Europa League to get there.

After Manchester City lost in extra-time against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, meaning Pep Guardiola will end his first season at our rivals without any silverware.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Burnley vs United

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De Gea, Darmian, Bailly, Blind, Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial.

Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Shaw, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.

United confirm severity of Rojo and Zlatan injuries

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An official announcement has finally appeared on the Manchester United website confirming that knee injuries to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

Detailed investigations on the injuries sustained by Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Thursday's Europa League match have confirmed significant knee ligament damage in both players that requires specialist opinions over the coming days.

STATS: What impact will Zlatan’s absence have?

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may miss the next eight or nine months of his career because of the knee injury he picked up against Anderlecht.

It may mean that he has already played his last game for Manchester United with his contract set to expire this summer. Having delayed his decision to extend his one year deal, Ibrahimovic will be without a club for the first few months of his rehabilitation as a result, with early reports claiming he will be out of action for up to nine months.

It’s impossible for Memphis Depay to score winner against United

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Following Manchester United's draw against Celta Vigo for the semi-final of the Europa League, we've already got our eye on the final in Stockholm.

However, having avoided Lyon in the semi-finals, thoughts turned to Memphis Depay who left United in the January transfer window to join the French side.

Will Zlatan regret his decision not to extend his United contract?

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Two months after Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United, Jose Mourinho claimed that the striker would be at the club for longer than his one year contract. With an option to extend, and such a bright start of scoring five goals in five games, it looked as though the Swede was here for a while.

POLL: Which injured player would you most like to return first?

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Manchester United are currently enduring an injury crisis. It couldn't be worse timing, given the build up of fixtures and important games ahead.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were predicted to return in May, while Juan Mata has the potential to return for the very end of the season. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't play again this season.

Zlatan out for the rest of the season?

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Following his substitution last night, during Manchester United's 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League, reports today suggest Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the rest of the season.

With the shoreline still at 1-1 and United needing a goal to prevent a penalty shoot-out, Ibrahimovic looked to lock his knee and go down in some pain.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: United’s Europa League Hero?

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been a revelation since joining Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and the Armenia star has been central to their chances of winning the Europa League.

The 28-year-old has now bagged in four successive Europa League away fixtures and his away goal in the quarter-final against Anderlecht could made all the difference ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford.

United, Mourinho and making a case for the defence

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The majority of Jose Mourinho's first season in charge at Manchester United has been dominated by one major issue: his side does not score enough goals. It is hard to argue with the criticism, for while United have only failed to score in five Premier League games this season, their profligacy in front of goal has meant they have struggled to put games to bed, which has in turn seen them drop precious points.

United handed easy draw for Europa semi

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Manchester United have been handed the easiest possible draw for thesemi-final of the Europa League.

Having beaten Anderlecht 2-1 in extra-time last night, Unitedare one step closer to the final in Stockholm. With Ajax and Lyon also possibilities, Unitedare set to play the easiest team of those remaining in the competition, Celta Vigo.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Anderlecht

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Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Carrick, Pogba, Rashford, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Ibrahimovic.

PICTURES: Mourinho only wears United badge for Chelsea games

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Mourinho vs Chelsea

Mourinho vs Anderlecht

Mourinho vs Sunderland

Mourinho vs Everton

Mourinho vs West Brom

Mourinho vs Middlesbrough

Mourinho vs Rostov

Mourinho vs Chelsea

VIDEO: Paul Pogba’s Mancunian accent

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You nt from Manchester mate @manchesterunited #MUFC #neverfollow

A post shared by Paul Labile Pogba (@paulpogba) on Apr 18, 2017 at 5:56am PDT


Paul Pogba's Mancunian accent could do with a bit of work.

RoM Reads

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Scott wrote for ESPN about how Marcos Rojo is winning the fans over.

Scott wrote for IBFootball about the success of Marcus Rashford and how his progress highlight's the failure of Chelsea's academy.

The Telegraph discusses how Mourinho outsmarted Conte.

The Guardian discusses whether other teams can copy Mourinho's tactics to nullify Chelsea.

Herrera: I’m very thankful for what Mourinho has done for me

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Ander Herrera was named man of the match in yet another big game, with Manchester United beating Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. This follows the awards for his performances against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Our Spanish midfielder was interviewed ahead of the Chelsea game and expressed his gratitude to Jose Mourinho for giving him such an important role in our first team.

Boyhood United fan announces departure after Chelsea defeat

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Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday afternoon after Jose Mourinho outthought Antonio Conte at Old Trafford. United were so dominant that the visiting team didn't register a single shot on goal. This is the first time the blues have been victim to such a fate in a decade, the last time, interestingly, coming in Chelsea's first game after sacking Mourinho in 2007.

Pogba has completed most passes and created most chances

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Following his contribution to Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea, Paul Pogba has now completed more passes than any player in the league this season with 1,726. He's also created more chances than any midfielder with 53.

"I think people are looking at me and judging me for not scoring goals, but that's football.

Mourinho: We controlled Chelsea just like we did with 11 men last time

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Social media came alive ahead of Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea when the team was announced. With top goalscorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, left out of the team and players like Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini starting, lots of United fans were left wondering what Jose Mourinho was playing at.

PICTURE: What was the Chelsea captain thinking about??

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Manchester United put in a fantastic performance in our 2-0 win over Chelsea. Chelsea didn't have a single shot on target over the 90 minutes, the first time that has happened for a decade, with Ander Herrera assisting Marcus Rashford for the first, before scoring the second himself.

After the game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that "Manchester United showed more desire and motivation to win the game.

PICTURE: Mourinho shows his allegiance to United again after beating Chelsea

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Just as he did following his return to Stamford Bridge when Manchester United played Chelsea in the FA Cup, Jose Mourinho left fans with no doubt where his allegiances lie now. As he walked off the pitch following our 2-0 win over Chelsea, in a game United controlled from start to finish, Mourinho was seen pointing to the United crest of his jacket.

Mourinho: Rashford was fantastic

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Following Manchester United's convincing 2-0 win over Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of his players, especially Marcus Rashford, who opened the goalscoring.

He played fantastically well. He also had a very good game at Stamford Bridge in the cup. He had exactly the same chance to score, even playing with 10 men in the second half, because he is faster than their defenders and he can get behind them.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Chelsea

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Young, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford.

Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.

Zlatan: Mourinho is right to criticise our attacking players

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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw away against Anderlecht, Jose Mourinho was critical of the attacking players who, yet again, couldn't find the back of the net.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is United's top scorer this season but has also missed more "big chances" than any other player in the Premier League.

Herrera: We controlled Chelsea before my unfair red card

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Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford this afternoon with the hope of getting closer to the top four.

The last time the two teams met, in the FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho got his tactics spot on. However, Ander Herrera was given a ridiculous red card and the game changed.

Ozil: Jose minced around the dressing room doing an impression of me

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Mesut Ozil had revealed the biggest telling off he has ever received in his career was by Jose Mourinho when the pair were at Real Madrid together.

Despite leading 3-1 at half-time, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria, Mourinho was unimpressed with Ozil's defensive contribution.

Shaw: Mourinho has inspired me to do better

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Jose Mourinho has been very critical of Luke Shaw this season, both with words and actions, with the belief that the young defender is not working hard enough.

Mourinho has singled Shaw out for blame and has left him out of matchday squads all together, even when the player isn't suffering from injury, instead promoting players like Matty Willock from the academy to the bench.

Mourinho: Playing Chelsea is just like any other game – I’m not emotional about them

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Chelsea fans turned on Jose Mourinho, their most successful ever manager, when he last appeared at Stamford Bridge with Manchester United in the FA Cup. It's unclear why there was so much hatred felt for him, given he was sacked by Roman Abramovich, but Mourinho responded by reminding their fans that he has lead their team to three league titles.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea

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Manchester United vs. Chelsea

Premier League

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Old Trafford

Manchester United will continue their pursuit of the top four in the Premier League table when they welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Sting: I’m very happy about United’s Mkhitaryan chant

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Manchester United's chant for Henrikh Mkhitaryan was sung several times last night as he scored in his team's 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Europa League.

The chant, sung to the tune of Englishman in New York, has impressed Sting.

I am very happy about that. I like to see songs repossessed and refitted for different purposes.

Forlan: Gary Neville was right when he said United fans would never forget me

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During Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sunderland last weekend, the travelling fans started singing Diego Forlan's chant. Jose Mourinho was puzzled, asking Michael Carrick who "Diego" was.

Forlan has revealed in his column in The National that he was watching the game and can't believe that United fans still sing his name all these years later, even if Gary Neville told him that's exactly what would happen after his two goals at Anfield.

Mourinho: Our defenders should be upset with our forwards

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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Anderlecht, Jose Mourinho was again critical of the attacking players.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored United's only from the 15 attempts we had, seven of which were on target. In contrast, Anderlecht's 86th minute equaliser was their only shot on target.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Anderlecht vs United

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Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: De Gea, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Shaw, Fellaini, Herrera, Martial.

Zlatan nominated for PFA Player of the Year award

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been shortlisted as one of six players to win the PFA Player of the Year award. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane are also in the running.

Manchester United academy graduate Michael Keane has been shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award, alongside the aforementioned Lukaku and Kane, as well Manchester City's Leroy Sane, Sunderland's Jordan Pickford and Tottenham's Deli Alli.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Sergio Romero's future if De Gea leaves.

Scott writes for IBFootball about why Ander Herrera should be our captain and not Fellaini.

Scott writes for ESPN about whether it was a mistake to sell Chicharito and whether we should bring him back.

The Mirror discusses the dangerous Anderlecht players ahead of tonight's game.

Rashford reveals his Manchester United dream from when he was 11

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This afternoon, Marcus Rashford revealed what he aimed for in the future when he was an 11-year-old at Manchester United's academy.

I hope that my future is very bright in out of school especially my career as a footballer. I want to have a different lifestyle and make my family and others proud of me.

STATS: Fellaini’s captain’s performance

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Marouane Fellaini was named captain of Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sunderland, much to the surprise/disgust of the supporters. But how did he get on?

Only Ander Herrera (76) and Paul Pogba (78) completed more passes than him for either side. Although only Herrera was more accurate with his passing (91.

VIDEO: United beat Roma 7-1 ten years ago today

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TOP FIVE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Goals So Far This Season

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This is the weirdest season in Manchester United history. It feels sort of terrible at the moment. Although this is written in the wake of the pleasing catharsis of smashing terrible David Moyes' terrible Sunderland 3-0, top four seems a mile off and while we must be in with a real shot at the Europa League, there is no guarantee there.

VIDEO: Mourinho asks Carrick “who’s Diego?” during Forlan chant

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During Manchester United's 3-0 win over Sunderland, our travelling fans were singing our chant for Diego Forlan.

"Diego, woah, Diego, woah, he came from Uruguay, he made the scousers cry."

Puzzled, Jose Mourinho turns to Michael Carrick on the bench to ask him who our fans were singing about.

Ibrahimovic: Just call me Benjamin Button!

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one and assisted another in Manchester United's 3-0 win over relegation-bound Sunderland.

This goal was Ibra's 250th since turning 30. The striker explained how he managed to keep at such a high level by likening himself to Benjamin Button, the character who got younger as the years went by.

Mourinho: Rashford is such a good boy

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that next season we will see the best of Marcus Rashford, perhaps suggesting that the youngster will be used in a more central role in 2017-18.

This year, he has largely been forced wide to accommodate for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is Manchester United's top scorer, but who has also missed twice as many "big chances" as other strikers in the league.

Moyes’ misguided belief that he was close to winning silverware at United

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David Moyes was an unmitigated disaster in the season he spent as Manchester United manager. Having inherited the champions, he lead United to seventh in the table, with them even finishing below his former club, Everton. The fact that Moyes had brought Everton's top scorer from the season before with him to United, in Marouane Fellaini, was all the more damning on what an awful job he had done.

STATS: No teenager has more PL minutes than Manchester United lad

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Marcus Rashford has played 1334 minutes of Premier League football for Manchester United this season, which is more than any other teenager in the league.

He is followed by Tom Davies at Everton with 1022 minutes, then Mason Holgate, also at Everton, with 270, illustrating just how much faith Jose Mourinho has put in youth this season compared to every other manager.

Fellaini named as Manchester United captain

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The biggest shock when the team news for Manchester United's trip to Sunderland was the absence of David de Gea from the squad, with Sergio Romero starting and Joel Pereira on the bench.

However, this wasn't the only surprise, with Marouane Fellaini chosen to captain the team by Jose Mourin, in the absence of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling.

De Gea injured but will return for Chelsea

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David de Gea wasn't named in the matchday squad for Manchester United's game against Sunderland but Jose Mourinho has revealed that the injury isn't serious.

De Gea should be back for next weekend's game against Chelsea while Sergio Romero, who starts against Sunderland, will play on Thursday against Anderlecht as he would have done anyway in the Europa League.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Sunderland vs United – No De Gea!

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Romero, Darmian, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Pereira, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah, Blind, Carrick, Martial, Rashford.

VIDEO: The finest Eric since the King

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You to me are everything,
The finest Eric since the king,
Oh Bailly, oh Bailly,
He joined the reds like Cantona,
He's gonna be a superstar,
Oh Bailly, oh Bailly...

Mourinho: Chicharito would have scored 20 goals for us this season

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that Javier Hernandez would have scored 20 goals for Manchester United if he was still at the club.

We have some players that are not really in love with the ball, you know. They are good players and they are creative players. They can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.

Sunderland vs. Manchester United

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Sunderland vs. Manchester United

Premier League

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stadium of Light

Man United shared the points in a Premier League game at Old Trafford for the ninth time this season on Tuesday night, with Everton the latest team to prevent the 20-time English champions from emerging victorious on home soil.

Lingard on new deal: United has always been a big part of my life

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Jesse Lingard has signed a new deal with Manchester United today that will keep him at the club for another four years. His new contract is believed to be worth £100,000-a-week.

Having confirmed his future is at the club, Lingard has reflected on what it means to play for his boyhood team.

Mkhitaryan: I want to win Europa after missing League Cup final

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the League Cup final because of injury but believes that makes him all the more motivated to help Manchester United reach the Europa League final so that he can be a part of the success.

I missed the EFL Cup final but the most important thing is the fact that the team won it.

Shaw: I love the United fans and I will fight to stay here

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Luke Shaw has faced plenty of criticism from Jose Mourinho this season, with the manager claiming the young left-back isn't working hard enough to get in to the starting team.

He came off the bench on Tuesday night in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Everton and made the difference,with his goal-bound shot earning us a penalty when Ashley Williams kept it out with his hand.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about how the players are more to blame than Mourinho.

The Mirror wonders how Everton's goalie didn't get sent off last night.

The Independent reports on doubts over Ibrahimovic's future.

The Telegraph looks at the areas that are costing United this season.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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Ronaldo: I was living the dream at Manchester United

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Despite all the glory and success that Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed since joining Real Madrid, our former number seven still hails his time at Manchester United as the most beautiful time in his career.

Alex Ferguson was a father for me in football. I learned many things, not just from the coach but the players.

Lack of home comfort is a major issue for Mourinho and United

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Jose Mourinho has addressed a number of issues during his first season at Manchester United. Compared to the last three seasons, the quality of football has improved and, at times over the last eight months, United have shown glimpses of playing with the urgency and verve of old. They are also beginning to rediscover the knack of scoring late goals, a habit that had deserted the club under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.

Rakitic needs to work on his insults after clashing with Pereira

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During Barcelona's 4-1 win over Granada, Ivan Rakitic clashed with Andreas Pereira. Our midfielder pushed the Barcelona man, who received a yellow card, before Rakitic said: "Down you go to the second division you son of a bitch".

Granada will be relegated at the end of the season but Pereira will be returning to Manchester United in the summer.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Mirror about David Moyes' sexism.

Scott writes for IB Football about Luke Shaw's United career coming to and end.

The Guardian discusses how Mourinho is lowering Shaw's value by slating his professionalism.

The Mirror reports on Zlatan's claims that he's missed Old Trafford during his suspension.

Luke Shaw – another Ben Foster?

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Jose Mourinho has been critical of Luke Shaw on several occasions this season. Following the 3-1 defeat away to Watford, Mourinho singled Shaw out for blame for the second goal, saying Shaw should have got tighter to his player. "This is a tactical but also a mental attitude," Mourinho said.

After the Swansea game, when Shaw had been deemedfit to play and travelled with the team, only for him to tell the manager he didn't think he should play, Mourinho again gave him a public dressing down.

Manchester United vs. Everton preview

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Manchester United vs. Everton

Premier League

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Old Trafford

Manchester United will look to recover from Saturday's disappointing goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion when they welcome a wounded Everton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs West Brom

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Rojo, Young, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Martial and Rashford.

Mata likely to miss the rest of the season

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After rumours emerged on Friday evening that Juan Mata was set to miss the remainder of the season, the club released a statement at 9.45pm to confirm the player had undergone groin surgery.

Depending on the extent of the injury, recovery from surgery on the groin can take up to three months, meaning Mata wouldn't play again for the rest of this season.

Mourinho makes a rare admission of his mistake

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When Jose Mourinho first joined Manchester United, he relegated Bastian Schweinsteiger to train with the Reserves immediately. He told the press there was no place for the German in the squad and was clearly trying to push Schweinsteiger out of the club.

The transfer window closed and Schweinsteiger was still at United, so Mourinho refused to play him or include him in our Europa League squad.