Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

VIDEO: United Legends 3 – 1 Barca Legends

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Manchester United Legends beat Barcelona Legends 3-1 today with goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Karel Poborsky and Dwight Yorke.

Barcelona: Angoy (Guzman 73); Belletti (Dehu 36), Nadal (Andersson 46), Edmilson (Amor 67), Goikoetxea (Juan Carlos 73); Giuly (Kluivert 13), Davids (Estebaranz 82), Mendieta (Popescu 56), Simao (Ezquerro 46 (Salinas 84)); Rivaldo (Carreras 73), Ronaldinho.

Ando: Giggs decided for me to take a penalty to beat Chelsea in Moscow

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Anderson signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2007. Less than a year later, he scored a penalty against Chelsea in the Champions League final to help us lift the trophy.

Speaking to Radio Grenal, Anderson has revealed what was going through his mind in the run up to taking the spot kit, after Ryan Giggs suggested he took a penalty.

One game, one goal – good luck Josh Harrop

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Manchester United fans were shocked to learn that Josh Harrop turned down a contract extension with his boyhood club to sign for Preston North End.

Last month, Harrop made his debut in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace and scored a great goal. After the game, he couldn't hide his happiness.

Who is the new United scout from Juve?

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Reports suggest that Manchester United have employed scout Javier Ribalta from Juventus. The Italian, who is currently employed as the scouting manager for the Italian champions, will join chief scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout is spotting potential talent for United for the season ahead.

Ribalta has been at the club for five years before confirming on Juve's website that he was leaving.

Fabinho: Mourinho could tempt me to United

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Manchester United have been linked to several midfielders this summer, including Chelsea's Nemanja Matic and Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier. The former would appear to be a favourite, given what an important player he was for Jose Mourinho when he last won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2015.

Schmeichel: It’s my dream for my son to play for United

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In terms of appearances, Peter Schmeichel ranks in the top 30 for players to feature for Manchester United, playing more games for the club than David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrice Evra.

His son, Kasper, has won the Premier League with Leicester but Schmeichel believes his son has a big club move in him.

PICTURE: Romero joins City player for family holiday

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Sergio Romero and his family joined Manchester City defender, Nicolas Otamendi, and his family on an Ibiza beach this week.

In last month's 6-0 win over Singapore in a friendly, Romero was on the bench and Otamendi wasn't included in the squad.

RoM reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about Matteo Darmian's potential transfer to Juventus.

The Mirror reports on Wayne Rooney's struggle to find a new club.

ESPN reports on Michael Carrick's retirement plans.

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Mourinho releases statement following tax fraud accusation

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Jose Mourinho has been accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012 when he was manager of Real Madrid, according to reports in the media. But the Manchester United manager has today denied the accusation and even claimed the initial reports are untrue, with the Spanish authorities not making any contact with him.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about the potential return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Guardian discusses Mourinho's approach to football.

The Mirror reports on Ramon Calderon's belief that Ronaldo could return to United.

The Evening News discusses why Pogba will be even better next season.

“Ronaldo has United in his heart”

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Ramon Calderon, the former Real Madrid president that we all hated a few years ago for his unrelenting pursual of Cristiano Ronaldo, has revealed that he wouldn't be surprised if the player made a return to Manchester United.

Ronaldo has reportedly told the Spanish club he is ready to leave after being accused of tax evasion.

VIDEO: Fergie’s team talk for Carrick’s testimonial – “don’t bloody lose!”

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Michael Carrick's testimonial took place two weeks ago, with the 2008 Champions League winning side playing against a team of players who Carrick has come up against in the past.

Ahead of the game, Sir Alex Ferguson delivered a team talk, which saw him sing the praises of his former players, and allowed Gary Neville to take the mick out of Rio Ferdinand.

Pogba embarrassed Chelsea defender in win over England

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Paul Pogba put in a brilliant display against England earlier this week, helping the 10 men of France win 3-2.

He showed great strength in midfield, had brilliant vision when setting up his teammates, and his quick feet left Chelsea captain Gary Cahill for head in the penalty area.


Cahill has passed away.

Manchester United ready to launch £71m bid for Torino striker Belotti

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If reports coming from Italy are anything to go by, Manchester United are ready to submit a whopping €80m (£70.6m) for Italian international and Torino's forward Andrea Belotti.

Italian publication Tuttosport claims Jorge Mendes, who is currently in Milan for negotiations, has informed the Serie A giants of United's interest to make an offer, although United's bid still fall short of Belotti's €100m (£88m) release clause.

Mourinho impressed with Herrera’s tactical decision in Europa League final

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the all-important goal in the Europa League final for Manchester United last month, putting us 2-0 up against Ajax just after half-time.

Ahead of the corner that lead to the goal, Mkhitaryan was walking away from the box, with his pace and lack of height meaning he had been instructed to keep an eye on a counter-attack, rather than posing a threat in the penalty area.

Lindelof: I want to help United win more trophies

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Victor Lindelof completed his transfer to Manchester United this afternoon after passing his medical at Carrington.

The 22-year-old, known as 'The Iceman', has revealed how happy he is to have joined the club and is looking forward to helping the club add to the trophy cabinet.

I am thrilled to be joining Manchester United.

Manchester United ready to launch £71m bid for Torino striker Belittling

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If reports coming from Italy are anything to go by, Manchester United are ready to submit a whopping €80m (£70.6m) for Italian international and Torino's forward Andrea Belotti.

Italian publication Tuttosport claims Jorge Mendes, who is currently in Milan for negotiations, has informed the Serie A giants of United's interest to make an offer, although United's bid still fall short of Belotti's €100m (£88m) release clause.

Can Manchester United afford to lose De Gea now?

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Man Utd are now worth £2.9 billion and they have just overtaken Real Madrid to be named the world's most valuable club, according to Forbes. Off the pitch they are flying due to a powerful brand and superb marketing acumen, but on the pitch it is another matter entirely. While Unitedfinished sixth in the Premiership and won the Europa League last season, Real Madrid won La Liga and then secured a second consecutive Champions League.

Morata’s agent discusses “very important offer” from United

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Manchester United have been linked with Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata for several weeks. The player's agent, Juanma Lopez, has revealed that the Spanish club have turned down offers from AC Milan but are considering a proposal from United.

Were Milan really interested in Morata?
Yes, there was regular contact until a few days ago, I can confirm that.

VIDEO: Lingard shines in England training

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England manager Gareth Southgate has been a big fan of Jesse Lingard since his time with the U-21s. It's easy to see why with displays like this in training.


Good Days Training Complete ✅ @England #threelions

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for ESPN about what we'll miss about Zlatan.

The Mirror discusses reports from Spain that Morata is coming to United.

Squawka reports on praise for Lindelof from compatriot Larsson.

Football Italia claims we're set to raise our offer for Perisic.

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Heinze: Idol of Manchester knocked me out in the dressing room

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Gabriel Heinze has given an interview on Argentinian television claiming that Roy Keane once knocked him unconscious in the dressing room on the back of a defeat.

We lost a game and I went in the dressing room first and Roy Keane was second. I liked to go first after the game; I didn't want to speak to anyone as we lost.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – He is a Mancunian hero

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Lots of football fans regularly watch a variety of different football leagues every weekend. I'm not one of those fans. I watch every United game. I attend every home game, in every competition, and as many away games as I can get tickets for. I watch Match of Day when United win, but otherwise, I don't even watch other Premier League sides.

United release Zlatan

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It has been confirmed by the club this afternoon that Manchester United have not extended Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract.

United replace Real Madrid and Barca as richest club

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Manchester United top Forbes' Most Valuable Soccer Teams List for the first time in five years, with the club now worth £2.86bn.

1. United £2.86bn
2. Barcelona £2.82bn
3. Real Madrid £2.77bn
4. Bayern Munich £2.10bn
5. Manchester City £1.61bn
6. Arsenal £1.

Herrera: Mourinho said he’d win trophies here and he has

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Ander Herrera was named Sir Matt Busby player of the year in 2016-17 after his fantastic performances, particularly in the big games, saw him become a key player for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Herrera has hailed the impact of our new manager, claiming he achieved exactly what he came here to do.

Woodward wants Martial to stay at United

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Anthony Martial was repeatedly linked with a move away from Manchester United last season, having struggled to impress manager Jose Mourinho.

Earlier in the season, Mourinho claimed that the player had a future at the club, but only if he adapted his game. "Do I think Anthony is player with great potential?

Evra: I love United – this club is my home

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Following his appearance in Michael Carrick's testimonial, Patrice Evra spoke of his love for Manchester United and our fans.

I always say, this is my home and I feel that way. Thanks to all the fans they are all amazing. For me it's just a dream. Like I say I love Man United and I will always love Man United.

Evra: Too much emotion for me returning to Old Trafford

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Patrice Evra returned to Old Trafford at the weekend to play in Michael Carrick's testimonial game. United's 2008 side drew 2-2 against a side made up of players Carrick has played against in the past, including the likes of Clarence Seedorf and John Terry.

After the game, Evra talked of the emotion he felt coming back to Manchester and playing in front of our fans.

Carrick: I can’t believe how many fans have come

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Michael Carrick's testimonial was played on Sunday in front of over 70,000 people, including victims and their families of the recent terrorist attack in Manchester.

The player thanked the fans and expressed his surprise that so many people had attended.

The turn out is incredible.

VIDEO: Carrick’s speech ahead of his testimonial

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Michael Carrick addressed the 70,000 fans who attended his testimonial ahead of kick-off.


"We'll stay together and stay strong."

Poignant words from @Carras16 ahead of kick-off. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/fVvLvBKIQU

- Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 4, 2017


PICTURE: Benzema poses with “legend” Fergie

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Following Real Madrid's 12th European Cup victory last night, Karim Benzema posted a picture of himself with Sir Alex Ferguson, calling him "legend" and "boss".

Ferguson presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the Man of the Match award.


Fergie time Nice to see you Sir Alex #Legend #Boss #Respect pic.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Michael Carrick’s testimonial

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Manchester United XI: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, Giggs, Scholes, Carrick, Fletcher, Park, Rooney.

Subs: G Neville, Hargreaves, Graeme Carrick, Berbatov, Saha, Silvestre.

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Carrick All-Stars: Given, Salgado, Abidal, Mendieta, Seedorf, Robbie Keane, Owen, Duff, Senna, Carragher, Terry.

PICTURE: Fergie awards Ronaldo MOTM award

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final this evening.

Sir Alex Ferguson was at the Millennium Stadium to present Ronaldo with the Man of the Match award.

Ronaldo: Real Madrid’s boos make me miss United fans

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Cristiano Ronaldo still has his name sung on occasion by Manchester United fans inside Old Trafford, so well-loved was he when he was at the club.

At Real Madrid, their fans behave differently, leading Ronaldo to miss his time at United.

I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it [home fans booing] never happened to me.

Griezmann stance changes but why has United only just remembered Zlatan’s injury?

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Today was the day that many Manchester United fans have been waiting for. With Antoine Griezmann move to Old Trafford feeling almost like a done deal, we just needed to find out whether Atletico Madrid's transfer ban would be upheld or not.

The Spanish club had been found guilty of multiple breaches of global football's rules on the registration of under-18s and had appealed the decision which denied them the opportunity to sign any new players in this transfer window.

Aletico ban upheld – will Griezmann still leave?

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At the end of the season, it felt as though Antoine Griezmann's move to Manchester United was a case of when rather than if.

However, one stumbling block was Atletico Madrid's transfer ban. The club had appealed the decision and were waiting for this week to get the final word.

Unfortunately for them, and possibly us, the ban has been upheld until January 2018.

Why aren’t United considered favourites to win the league next season?

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It's Jose Mourinho's second season in charge, Manchester United have returned to the Champions League, and elite players are linked with moves to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. But bookies are still favouring Chelsea and local rivals Manchester City ahead of the Red Devils for glory next term.