Republik Of Mancunia Archives for January 2017

Man United 4-0 Crystal Palace: The Takeaways

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Manchester United got themselves another home victory and this time, it was struggling Crystal Palace's turn to get the four goal-scoreline which has almost become 'normal'. Contributing writer, Nathan Quao of Accra-based Citi FM, picks out the main talking points.

Early start stopped Eagles' flight

When teams in distress come to Old Trafford, they usually think of two things.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Crystal Palace

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.

LIVE BLOG: United vs Crystal Palace

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STATS: Rooney’s career

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Wayne Rooney spent thirteen years at Manchester United, having signed from Everton for a then record transfer fee for a teenagerback in August 2004. He has since gone on to win sixteen trophies with the club although his list of international honours is the polar opposite.

In regards to silverware, one of his best seasons was back in the 2007/08 season when Manchester United managed to win both the Premier League and Champions League and defied Champions League betting odds by beating Barcelona in the semi-finals.

STATS: United vs Crystal Palace

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Scott rated the players for our win over CSKA Moscow for ESPN.

Scott sung the praises of Ashley Young for IBFootball.

The Mirror reports on Martial missing out on the France squad.

The Telegraph discusses Young's desire for a new contract.

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More Than Blind Optimism: A Look At Daley’s Case For Jose’s LB Spot

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Following a fairly average first season under Jose Mourinho, large sections of the Old Trafford faithful had expected the axe to fall on Daley Blind's stay in Manchester this summer. Having successfully avoided the Carrington exit door, however, the Dutch international is finally showing signs of the utility tag to stake his claim for a regular position in the starting XI.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: CSKA Moscow vs United

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De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Matic, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Tuanzebe, Mata, McTominay, Lingard, Rashford.

STATS: CSKA Moscow vs United

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United vow to punish fans who sing racist Lukaku song

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Following Manchester United fans persisting in singing the racist Romelu Lukaku chant on Saturday afternoon, despite the club and player urging them to stop, the club has released a statement warning that CCTV footage will be monitored to punish those who are guilty of continuing to sing the song.

Fallout From St. Mary’s: Pointers from Southampton 0-1 Man United

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Manchester United had to dig deep to find a 1-0 victory at Southampton on Saturday to stay in touch with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, of Citi Sports in Accra, Ghana picks out the main talking points.

United survived the war ultimately

Different teams had asked Man United different questions but the Saints brought the biggest test of the season.

United fans continue to sing racist song despite Lukaku’s request to stop

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Romelu Lukaku put Manchester United 1-0 up against Southampton on Saturday afternoon, scoring his sixth Premier League goal in six appearances. Louis Saha is the only other United player to manage this.

Following the goal, United fans persisted with singing the racist song that Lukaku asked them to stop.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Southampton vs United 

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Mourinho: Shaw has to keep working to get back in the team

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Luke Shaw made his first appearance since April when he came off the bench in Manchester United's 4-1 win over Burton. He replaced Juan Mata at half-time and had a decent 45 minutes. He even had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.

Jose Mourinho has said the left-back won't start against Southampton though as he still has plenty of work to do to make himself match fit for Premier League opposition.

Mourinho: Martial is a better player because he’s happier

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There were rumours in the summer that Anthony Martial was set to leave Manchester United. The Frenchman didn't play well during Jose Mourinho's first season and there were suggestions that the manager was happy to let him leave.

However, Martial has had a fantastic start to this season. Despite largely starting games on the bench, he's scored four goals in seven appearances in all competitions.

Lukaku asks fans to stop singing offensive song

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There has been plenty of attention given, over the past week or two, concerning a chant about Romelu Lukaku. Despite there being three other totally inoffensive songs that have been used for the player, one referring to the size of his dick had begun to take off in the Singing Section at Old Trafford.

United face Swansea away 

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Following Manchester United's 4-1 win over Burton in the EFL Cup, we have been drawn away against Swansea in the next round.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Burton

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Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Subs: Pereira, Jones, Shaw, Young, McTominay, Fellaini, Lukaku.

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Klopp escaping the criticism Mourinho and Van Gaal suffered.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about why Lukaku was right to celebrate against Everton.

The Mirror reckons Luke Shaw will play against Burton after being left out of U-23 game.

The Guardian reports on Rio Ferdinand's rumoured move in to professional boxing.

STATS: Matic head and shoulders above everyone else

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Why United fans should bin the new Lukaku chant

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The lasting memory from the Manchester derby in September 2009 is Michael Owen running behind the nets, arms outstretched, celebrating the 96th minute winner.

Yet in the lead up to the game, the striker in the spotlight was Emmanuel Adebayor who had just joined City from Arsenal.

Born in Togo, Adebayor had been the victim of a racist chant that was started by Tottenham Hotspur but was sung by other clubs' fans too, including United's.

Lukaku on celebration against Everton: It’s just a bit of banter

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Romelu Lukaku missed a sitter in the first half of Manchester United's 4-0 thrashing of Everton. With the game at 1-0 then, we really could have done with the goal.

But in the second half, the Belgian striker redeemed himself against his former club by scoring one and assisting another.

Seconds before getting his name on the scoresheet, Lukaku's freekick was blocked, leading to cheers from the away end.

What We Learned From Man United 4-0 Everton

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Manchester United welcomed back Wayne Rooney to Old Trafford as his Everton team and Ronald Koeman hoped to react to their 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League.

However, all their work to keep the score at 1-0 for 80 minutes went down the drain after they conceded three times.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Everton

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De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Young, Matic, Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku.

Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Martial.

PICTURES: Academy wall mural at Carrington

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At Carrington training ground an 'Academy Wall' has been created to celebrate the players who have graduated from the youth set up to the first team.

Morata: Chelsea wanted Lukaku before showing interest in me

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At the start of the summer, it looked as though Manchester United were set to sign Alvaro Morata while Chelsea were keen to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

Surprising everyone, United managed to bag Lukaku, leaving Antonio Conte to go for his second choice, Morata.

The Spanish striker has confirmed that he didn't think a move to the west London club was on the cards because they had their sight set on Lukaku.

VIDEO: Kasper Schmeichel and Tom Ince in childhood Old Trafford kick about

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Kasper Schmeichel v Tom Ince... this one goes way back! #HUDLEI pic.twitter.com/eJRGZYRAKX

- Premier League (@premierleague) September 16, 2017


The Premier League has shown footage of Kasper Schmeichel and Tom Ince having a kick about inside Old Trafford.

Giggs: Rooney should celebrate if he scores against United

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Wayne Rooney will make his first competitive appearance at Old Trafford since the final game of last season when he was substituted off with two minutes left to play in our 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

While it seemed likely he would be leaving in the summer, nothing had been resolved yet, so there was no formal goodbye.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Lukaku vs Rooney.

Scott writes for IBFootball about how obvious it was that Rashford would score on his CL debut.

The Mirror reports on Mourinho's update on Luke Shaw.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's claims that Rooney deserves a legend's welcome.

STATS: United vs Everton preview

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What will we do without Pogba?

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Manchester United fans were pleased to see Paul Pogba given the captain's armband for the Champions League game against FC Basel on Tuesday night. Having played for the academy earlier in his career, it's always nice to see former youth team boys lead the team out.

Frustratingly, the night didn't go at all to plan, with Pogba limping off the field with less than 20 minutes played.

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Scott has written for Paddy Power about the ridiculous fuss over Pogba's hair.

Scott has written for ESPN about how Fellaini is winning people over.

BBC Sport report that Pogba will be out for six weeks.

Goal discusses Lingard's willingness to wait for his chance at United.

Manchester United beat Basel 3-0 – Mourinho will want quick qualification

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Manchester United returned to Champions League action on Tuesday night with a dominant 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford, in an ideal start to the club's European campaign.

Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford confirmed victory and already Jose Mourinho will have one eye on the knock-out rounds of the competition.

Manchester United should still be top of the league at the end of the month

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After Manchester United's 3-0 win over Basel in the Champions League in midweek, there is a feeling that Jose Mourinho can lead the club towards success this season.

While a favourable group draw in Europe should see the Red Devils reach the knock-out round, a strong start to the Premier League campaign has raised hopes that a title challenge will be forthcoming in 2017-18.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Basel

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Andreas Pereira's decision to leave the club on loan.

Scott rates the players for ESPN following our 2-2 draw with Stoke.

The Guardian reports on the reasons for Mourinho snubbing Hughes' handshake.

The Mirror talks to LvG about his United exit.

What We Learned From United at Stoke City

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Manchester United traveled to Stoke City in hopes of a fourth straight win but the matches ended 2-2 and contributing writer, Nathan Quao, picks out three pointers from match.

Not the best day for defence

The previous three matches had gone very well. Clean sheets and displays that kept the opposition at bay and very unhappy.

LIVE BLOG: Stoke City v United

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Stoke vs United

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David de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Darmian, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Lukaku.

Subs: Romero, Blind, Smalling, Carrick, Mata, Lingard and Martial.

PICTURE: Lingard at 99 FA Cup final

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Jesse Lingard, a lifelong Manchester United fan, has scored two important goals for us at Wembley.

The first came in extra-time against Crystal Palace to see us win the FA Cup for the first time in 12 years.

The second came in our 3-2 win over Southampton to win Jose Mourinho his first piece of silverware with the club.

Pereira puts his United career in jeopardy

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It was announced last week that Andreas Pereira was joining Valencia on loan, but not before signing a contract to extend his deal until 2019.

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was disappointed that the midfielder chose to leave on loan instead of fight for playing time at Manchester United.

STATS: Stoke vs United preview

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Wayne Rooney's recent poor behaviour.

Scott writes for ESPN about Ander Herrera's chance to shine at the weekend.

The Mirror reports on United's five fastest players.

The official site talks to Pogba about winning player of the month award.

Top Five Ruud Van Nistelrooy goals

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It's always a nice nostalgic treat to see Manchester United bring out players from the club's illustrious past for a friendly, and they did so again to great effect this past weekend with Real Madrid in town for a second Legends match of this summer. The game ended 2-2, with United winning the tie 5-3 on aggregate, but these friendly meetings are more a chance to bask in United's yesteryear andsee a flash of quality or two from a footballing great when they roll around.

Top 5 Ruud Van Nistelrooy goals

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It's always a nice nostalgic treat to see Manchester United bring out players from the club's illustrious past for a friendly, and they did so again to great effect this past weekend with Real Madrid in town for a second Legends match of this summer. The game ended 2-2, with United winning the tie 5-3 on aggregate, but these friendly meetings are more a chance to bask in United's yesteryear andsee a flash of quality or two from a footballing great when they roll around.

VIDEO: Rashford makes the difference for England in win over Slovakia

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Marcus Rashford lost the ball in the lead up to Slovakia taking the lead against England this evening. He was keen to make up for his error though and assisted Eric Dier's equaliser. With half an hour to go, he scored a stunning winner.


Marcus Rashford pic.

VIDEO: Lukaku scores winner for Belgium

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Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini both started in Belgium's 2-1 win over Greece this evening. Jan Vertonghen took the lead in the 70th minute only for Greece to equalise three minutes later. Lukaku then hit back within a minute to give his country the win.


Lukaku's goal for Belgium vs Greece #MUFC pic.

The moment Van Nistelrooy’s United career ended

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The catalyst to Manchester United's latter stint of success was the 2006 League Cup final. Like Jose Mourinho stuck with Sergio Romero for the Europa League final, given how option he had played in the competition up until that point, Sir Alex Ferguson chose Louis Saha over Ruud van Nistelrooy. Saha was the top scorer in the competition and scored in the final.

How Beckham’s PR campaign saw him leave United

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Following the 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup at home to Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with the team, and kicked a boot across the dressing room.

Remarkably, the boot hit David Beckham in the face, even though it was a complete accident on behalf of the manager.

Beckham received medical attention at the ground before leaving with his wife Victoria and son Brooklyn.

Mourinho on Pereira’s contract extension – he’s going to be a great United player

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It was announced on transfer deadline day that Andreas Pereira will be going back out on loan. Following a successful season with Granada, Pereira will now play for Valencia, who finished 12th last season.

The move has come as a slight surprise, given that all the talk in the summer suggested Pereira was staying this season, but it will be good for his development.

PICTURE: Mourinho in goal for Grenfall game and gets booked straight away

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Jose Mourinho replaced David James in goal for the charity match played for the victims of the Grenfall fire.

Almost immediately after being subbed on, Mourinho was booked for time wasting.

Mourinho’s transfer window the envy of other clubs – but do you remember 2013?

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Watching the horrors unfold for other Premier League teams on transfer deadline day took me back to the summer of 2013.

Our world had come crashing down when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. The news that David Moyes was replacing him, a man who clearly was not qualified for a position as demanding as that of Manchester United manager, was fairly terrifying.

Walker reveals that Spurs midfielder wanted United move

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The international break has seen Manchester City's new defender, Kyle Walker, reunited with his old Tottenham Hotspur teammates, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

In an Instragram live video on Alli's account, Dier called Walker a 'traitor' for leaving the club.

Walker quickly responded with: "It was alright when you wanted to go to United.