Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

Reports from Spain claim Griezmann has asked to leave Atletico

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Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time and last week claimed that there was a 60% chance of playing for us next season.

Spanish journalist, Antonio Ruiz, who has very good links with Atletico Madrid, has claimed that the player has told the club that he wants to leave.

Rio: I was made for United

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Rio Ferdinand has written a letter to his 12-year-old self to give advice for his career ahead. As a kid, Rio used to play with older and bigger boys, who kicked lumps out of him, but he starts the letter by telling himself to keep on walking to the pitch to gain the experience that will help him for the years ahead.

PICTURE: Europa League trophy now in United museum

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Jose Mourinho brought the Europa League back to Old Trafford for the first time in Manchester United's history. Our 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm last week secured the missing piece of the puzzle.

"I joked with Sir Alex telling him I did some work for him," Mourinho said after the game. "Because now we have all the European trophies and I won the only one he missed.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about the importance of extending Ander Herrera's contract.

The Mirror reports on Ivan Perisic's likely transfer.

The Evening News reports on the youth team players released by the club.

Sky Sports looks at Gareth Southgate's claim that Rooney's England career isn't over.

Lingard posts pictures of his United “brothers”

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Jesse Lingard is currently on holiday in Dubai with former Manchester United player Michael Keane. Lingard took to Twitter to post a picture of him, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe, all graduates of the United youth academy, calling them "brothers in arms".


Brothers In Arms

Herrera will turn down Barcelona to stay at United

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Ander Herrera has enjoyed a fantastic season for Manchester United after Jose Mourinho has given the Spanish midfielder a new lease of life. Herrera was named Sir Matt Busby player of the year after putting in consistently good performances for United this season, as well as his brilliant performances in the big games.

Valencia not regretting decision to sack his agent

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Antonio Valencia was voted the Manchester United player of the season by his teammates and was just 200 votes behind Ander Herrera for being named Sir Matt Busby player of the year.

Having leapfrogged Chris Smalling in pecking order, Valencia captained United in our Europa League final win over Ajax.

United players dominate Europa squad of the season

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Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (United), Sergio Álvarez (Celta Vigo)

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia (United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo), Jérémy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax)

Midfielders: Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (United), Pablo Hernández (Celta Vigo), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Amin Younes (Ajax)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

Pogba: We won this for Manchester

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax to claim the Europa League, Paul Pogba has reflected on his feelings, in light of the terrorist attack in Manchester on Tuesday night.

Pogba, who moved to Manchester when he was 16, acknowledges that this trophy doesn't take away the sadness that the city is feeling but has dedicated the trophy to Manchester and the people who lost their lives.

Mata: I’m so happy we can bring a trophy back to Manchester

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Following our 2-0 win against Ajax to win the Europa League, Juan Mata has spoken about the important of winning the trophy, for Manchester and for Manchester United's future.

We wanted to win this as well for the city of Manchester and we bring the trophy back.

I'm so happy today, especially after what happened.

Herrera: Mourinho told us to win it for Manchester

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win against Ajax which saw us win the Europa League, Ander Herrera has talked about the feelings of the players before the game.

He has revealed they were devastated but Jose Mourinho told them the only thing they could do to help, even if only a little, was to win the trophy for Manchester and the victims of the terrorist attack.

VIDEO: Pogba dances for the fans after winning Europa League

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Pogba pic.twitter.com/U2YHSX2lFa

- Match Photography (@MatchPhotos) May 24, 2017


Following Manchester United's Europa League success after beating Ajax in the final, Paul Pogba celebrated in front of our travelling fans with a dance.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Ajax – Europa League final

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Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Rashford.

Subs: De Gea, Jones, Rooney, Martial, Lingard, Carrick, Fosu-Mensah.

Mourinho: The people of Manchester will pull together as one

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Following the tragic news that a terrorist attack has claimed the lives of 22 people at a concert in Manchester, Jose Mourinho has expressed his sadness on behalf of Manchester United.

We're all very sad about the tragic events last night; we can't take out of our minds & hearts the victims and their families.

PICTURE: Gomes and Rooney… 10 years ago and today

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On the week that he was named Academy Player of the Year, Angel Gomes made his debut for Manchester United's first team. Only 16, Gomes became the youngest player to ever feature for the first team in the Premier League.

He replaced Wayne Rooney in the second half, with the captain likely making his last competitive performance for United at Old Trafford.

VIDEO: Griezmann reveals 6/10 chance of joining United

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Antoine Griezmann, who has repeatedly been linked with a move to Manchester United, has been questioned about his future. The Atletico Madrid forward revealed it was "possible" and there's a "6/10" chance of him playing for United next season.

His brother, Theo, responded by posting a smiley face on Twitter, although it's far from a forgone conclusion.

De Gea thanks United fans for unconditional support

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Thank you for your unconditional support! Gracias por vuestro apoyo siempre! #mufc pic.twitter.com/kb98KTA7eF

- David De Gea (@D_DeGea) May 21, 2017


David de Gea came out of the tunnel following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace to be met with cheers from the crowd.

Lingard bought fans drinks after final game of the season

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Following Manchester United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, Jesse Lingard popped over to Hotel Football to celebrate with the fans.

He bought fans drinks as a thanks for their support this season.

Picture from Darren Webb.

Harrop: I’ve supported United since I was born and I’m living the dream

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Josh Harrop was born in Stockport and has grown up in a Manchester United supporting household. This afternoon he made his first team debut and scored after just 15 minutes, as United's team packed with academy players beat Premier League side Crystal Palace 2-0.

Following the game, Harrop talked about what it means to him to have played and scored for the first team.

PICTURE: Harrop repeats his goal celebration for the first team

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Manchester United's U-23 side beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 six days ago and Josh Harrop scored a hattrick. Harrop made his debut for the first team on Sunday afternoon, in United's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and opened the scoring after just 15 minutes.

In both games, he celebrated the goal in the same way, and revealed afterwards it's related to a private joke he has with the Reserve goalkeeper.

PICTURE: Academy lads pose at full-time

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Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the final day of the season with the youngest average age in the starting line-up that we've ever seen in the Premier League. Even with 31-year-old Wayne Rooney, the average age was just 22 years and 284 days.

The opening goal was scored by academy player Josh Harrop and the second was scored by Paul Pogba, another academy graduate, assisted by Jessie Lingard, yet another academy graduate.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace

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Pereira, Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Jones, Mitchell; McTominay, Tuanzebe, Pogba, Lingard, Rooney; Harrop

Subs: O'Hara, Blind, Carrick, Willock, Dearnley, Gomes, Martial

Blind: I have Ajax in my heart but I’m a Red on Wednesday

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Daley Blind was crowned the best player in the Dutch league in his final season for Ajax, his boyhood club, before leaving for Manchester United to play for Louis van Gaal.

On Wednesday night he will face his former club in the Europa League final but insists that there are no doubts over where his loyalties lie.

VIDEO: What should we expect from Angel Gomes this afternoon?

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Angel Gomes, who won the Youth Team Player of the Year award earlier this week, is set to make his Manchester United debut this afternoon.

With Jose Mourinho keen to keep the team injury-free ahead of Wednesday's Europa League final, he has revealed he has spoken to Nicky Butt about which academy players he should field against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United poem for Europa League final

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Zlatan: Ready for the final

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to Instagram to post a picture of his recovery process, as he walks through a swimming pool in a Manchester United training top.

"Ready for the final"


Ready for the final

A post shared by IAmZlatan (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) on May 20, 2017 at 6:04am PDT


Herrera thanks fans for suggesting he should be United captain

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With Wayne Rooney set to leave the club in the summer, Manchester United supporters have been calling for Ander Herrera to inherit the captain's armband.

The Spaniard was voted Sir Matt Busby player of the year earlier this week and possesses the passion, determination and love for the club the supporters expect to see in their captain.

Fosu-Mensah: I was at Ajax for 8 years… but I’m a United player now

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Manchester United are set to face Ajax in the Europa League final next Wednesday. Jose Mourinho hinted that Tim Fosu-Mensah, who picked up an injury at the Etihad a few weeks ago, may be available for the squad in Stockholm.

Fosu-Mensah, who was born in Amsterdamn, joined Ajax's academy when he was just eight.

Who knew Valencia and Fellaini were such good friends?

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Antonio Valencia was named the Players' Player of the Year on Thursday evening. In his victory speech, Valencia thanked all of his teammates, but singled out Marouane Fellaini for special thanks. Although maybe that was a sarcastic mention, given Fellaini's heckle from the audience.


Get @Anto_V25's reaction following his Players' Player of the Season award.

BREAKING: Ander Herrera wins Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

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Ander Herrera has been named the Sir Matt Busby player of the year. He beat Antonio Valencia, who won the Players' Player of the Year, by less than 1%.


Well done to @AnderHerrera the 2017 #MUFCPOTY, presented by @adidasfootball. pic.twitter.

Axel Tuanzebe Wins Reserve Player of the Year

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Axel Tuanzebe has been named the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year. Nicky Butt, who won the award as a player and is now the U-23 coach, presented the award. He left the envelope on the table though before getting on stage but thankfully he had already read the winning name!

Two years earlier, Tuanzebe won the Youth Team Player of the Year.

BREAKING: Antonio Valencia Wins Players’ Player of the Year

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Antonio Valencia has been named the Players' Player of the Year. He replaces Chris Smalling who won the award last season.

"It's all about working hard. I'm really pleased and grateful for the manager's words. I'm also grateful for the support of the fans and, on this occasion, my teammates, who have backed me all the way.

Angel Gomes wins Youth Team Player of the Year

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Angel Gomes has been named the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year at tonight's end of season awards.


"A dream come true!"

Angel Gomes reacts to winning the #MUFCPOTY Youth Team Player of the Year award... pic.twitter.com/DGGrr4SZ3A

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 18, 2017


Mkhitaryan Wins Goal of the Season – Couldn’t miss after receiving ball from “the God”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan has won the goal of the season away for his scorpion kick finish against Sunderland on Boxing Day.

"To be honest, I was impressed. I couldn't imagine that I would score such a goal," he said, when asked what was going through his mind at the time. "I just realised when I went home and watched it again because I didn't know what happened.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for IBFootball about the Player of the Season awards. Finally, De Gea won't win!

The Mirror claims Phil Jones will start in Stockholm.

The Guardian reports on the retrospective diving ban for next season.

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Mourinho: Fellaini says he’s not injured

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During Manchester United's 0-0 draw against Southampton, Marouane Fellaini was substituted before the end and went straight down the tunnel.

Following the game, Jose Mourinho has claimed that the player doesn't think it's a serious injury but we will find out more tomorrow.

Fellaini, on top of his experience, he says it's not a tear.

PICTURE: How on earth was a penalty awarded against Bailly?

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Less than five minutes in to Manchester United's away fixture against Southampton, referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty against us.

Eric Bailly clearly controlled the ball with his arm but was clearly a yard outside the penalty area. The linesman appears to be looking directly at the incident too, in line with Bailly at the time.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Southampton vs United

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Mourinho reveals the players in and out for Southampton

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Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League game against Southampton, Jose Mourinho has revealed he will be picking a team that allows him to rotate and bring players back to match fitness ahead of the Europa League final.

Daley Blind and Paul Pogba will be missing for the trip to St Mary's while Marouane Fellaini will return having missed three league games following his red card in our 0-0 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad.

City boss: I would have been sacked if I worked for a big club

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All season, Manchester United fans have been singing about the lack of success Pep Guardiola will enjoy at rivals Manchester City.

"Your trophy days are over" has been the prediction all season from our supporters.

United knocked City out of the League Cup on the way to the final which we won in February.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Spurs vs United

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De Gea, Tuanzebe, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Blind; Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Lingard; Martial

POLL: Which goalkeeper should play in the final?

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that Sergio Romero will play ahead of David de Gea in the Europa League final. Is that the right decision?

Mourinho: I’ll play Romero over De Gea in the final

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Following Manchester United booking their place in the Europa League final against Ajax, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Sergio Romero, not David de Gea, will play in the final in Stockholm.

The Argentinian has played in most of the Europa League games and has, to his credit, put in some great performances.

Mourinho’s excellent record against Ajax

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Manchester United will face Ajax in the Europa League final and Jose Mourinho boasts a fantastic record against the Dutch side.

His teams have played Ajax on six occasions and Mourinho has been victorious in all of them.

However, Mourinho has played down his record and insisted that how he's fared against the Dutch team in the past bears no relevance to the final in less than a fortnight.

Ex-City player fails to turn Manchester blue

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Manchester United have booked their place in the Europa League final after knocking out Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.

In the final five seconds of injury time, John Guidetti missed an open goal from a few yards out which would have seen his team reach the final on away goals. Guidetti spent seven years at Manchester City and ahead of the game claimed that his side would turn Manchester blue.

Seeing out the season in style

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Following last night's game against Celta Vigo in the Europa League, Manchester United now have just one game left to play at Old Trafford before the season ends.

With trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton ahead, United face Crystal Palace on the finalgame of the season. The game kicks off at 3pm and hopefully will see us end on a high, collecting the three points.

Herrera: We’re in the final and that’s what counts

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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo, booking our place in the Europa League final, Ander Herrera has spoken of his delight at having the opportunity to turn this campaign in to a successful season.

It was a crazy game. We were better in the first leg and deserved to get a better result, and today we suffered.

Ex-Liverpool man left in tears after United victory

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Manchester United have booked their place in the Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo, following our 1-0 win away from home.

Former Liverpool striker, Iago Aspas, talked about his hopes before the game to knock us out. Not just for his current side, but for Liverpool too.

Unfortunately for him, it wasn't to be, with him spotted crying his eyes out at the final whistle.

VIDEO: Mourinho celebrates in front of the Stretford End

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Following the final whistle of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo, which sees us in to the Europa League final, Jose Mourinho was seencelebrating wildly in front of the Stretford End.


Jose's buzzing with the victory! United are going to Stockholm!

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Celta Vigo

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TOP FIVE: European moments in seasons in which United did not win the trophy.

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At the time of writing, there remains a chance that 2016/17 will end with European glory for Manchester United. Or, at least, the low-rent glory-adjacent success that the Europa League would represent.

This would be analogous to the joyous achievement of the 1991 Cup Winners Cup, which, of course, happened before we all got spoiled by the two decades of success that followed.

Rooney: I want to stay at United

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Despite still be Manchester United's captain, Wayne Rooney has played a minor role this season, with poor form and injuries seeing him often left out of the starting XI.

It's hard to imagine that he will still be at the club next season but Rooney has claimed that he wants to stay but also wants to play more football.

The Europa League must now be United’s main priority

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With three Premier League games remaining, Manchester United are now odds against to finish in the top four this campaign. Traditionally, securing one of the top spots in England's primary division would be enough to guarantee Champions League football for the following campaign but Unitedmay need to win this year's Europa League to compete on the big stage next year.

Mourinho: United have been in an impossible situation

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Ahead of our Europa League semi-final tie against Celta Vigo, Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of the squad who have battled through the last month of the season, with so many injuries meaning there hasn't been the opportunity for rotation.

Since the last injuries, we know that nobody will recover on time, even to play the last match of the season, so the ones out will be out for the season.

I nxsebHCONFIRMED LINE-UP: Arsenal vs United

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De Gea, Tuanzebe, Jones, Smalling, Darmian; Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Rooney

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Blind, Lingard, McTominay, Pogba, Rashford

Should United still be jealous of City’s academy?

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Last season, Manchester United's famous youth academy faced much derision thanks to the growing success of Manchester City's and the poor results Paul McGuinness's U-18 side endured.

United's U-21 side won their league though, finishing 14 points clear of City's "Elite Development Squad", retaining the title for a second consecutive year.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Celta Viga vs United

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Romero, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.

Will Manchester United beat Celta de Viga in the Europa League semi-finals?

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Manchester United may not be pulling up trees in the Premier League, but they are doing just fine in the Europa League. As one of the biggest clubs in the world, United may not have fancied playing in the competition, but they are now just three games away from winning it.

Jose Mourinho does not like playing in the Europa League, but even he will acknowledge the importance of winning the competition this season.

Celta Vigo vs Manchester United – an important week for Mourinho’s men

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Following a disappointing 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Old Trafford on Sunday, Manchester United face an important and potentially season-defining week.

The next two fixtures could make or break the club's ambitions this term, with a trip to face Spanish side Celta Vigo first up on Thursday night.

Phil Neville over-optimistic with Lloris shout

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In June 2011, David de Gea received both the ultimate blessing – and the deadliest challenge. His transfer to reigning Premier League champions Manchester United was just reward for a stellar season with Atletico Madrid. However, he was also tasked with replacing the retired Edwin Van der Sar between the sticks.