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Blackett: Playing for United means everything to me

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Tyler Blackett is one of seven youth team players who have been given their debut by Louis van Gaal this season. Blackett played 90 minutes in every game until his suspension after a red card against Leicester saw him lose his place in the team.

Blackett, from Hulme, has spoken about what it means to him to play for this club.

Blind: Fans in Manchester are very nice

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Daley Blind has had a good start to his time at Manchester United and recently scored a crucial equalising goal against West Brom.

Having moved from Amsterdam, Blind has sung the praises of the locals.

I have run into some fans in the city and it's been very nice. Everybody in the city has been very kind and polite.

STATS: Rooney on derby day

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Wayne Rooney's suspension is now over but injury could threaten his starting place on Sunday as United take on Manchester City.

Reports suggest that the captain will be ready in time to play and the stats above suggest that having Rooney, the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies, can only be seen as a positive thing.

Di Maria: Mancunians are amazing

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Angel di Maria is settling in nicely to life at Manchester United and credits the warmth of the fans for easing that transition.

Speaking to the official site, Di Maria has expressed his desire to pay the fans back on the pitch for how welcoming they have been.

The people here are amazing.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Sabotage Times about how journalists are allowing Suarez to re-write history.

The Independent reports on Ashley Cole's rumoured move to United.

The official site has a Q&A with James Wilson.

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Mata: Herrera won’t be happy with my 5-a-side team

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Juan Mata has done a Q&A with questions from fans over the club's official Facebook page.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions?
I have some routines, yes. I always put my left boot on first and then I always step onto the pitch with my right foot first. They're only silly little things but I always do them.

COMPETITION: Win a Savile Rogue scarf

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Savile Rogue, purveyors of the world's finest football scarves, have just launched their new Faithful scarf.

And they're marking the occasion by giving Republik of Mancunia readers the chance to win one in United colours.

If you're not familiar with them, Savile Rogue scarves give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top quality materials.

STATS: Is Kolorov right about United and City?

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Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years.

United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about Marouane Fellaini.

The Mirror reports on Ryan Giggs going to scout Abdul Majeed.

The Telegraph reckons that Juan Mata has blown his chance at United.

Turkish Football reports on 17-year-old Recep Türköz coming to United on trial.

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United’s youth system second best in Europe

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New research by the CIES Football Observatory has revealed that only one club in Europe has produced more footballers currently playing in Europe's top leagues.

United currently have developed 36 players compared to Barcelona's 43, but completely outshine every other English club in terms of player production.

Di Maria makes Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Angel di Maria is the only Manchester United player to feature in the shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Gotze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Muller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Holland), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).

Januzaj: It’s great to wear the shirt of a legend

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Adnan Januzaj has been rewarded for his impressive break through season with the number 11 shirt which became available after Ryan Giggs' retirement.

I was really happy to get the number of such a legend and it was a really big deal for me," Adnan told "I went to the office and they asked me if I wanted the shirt.

Di Maria: I must honour United’s shirt

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Angel di Maria won the free kick and delivered the resultant freekick that lead to Robin van Persie's 94th minute equaliser against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Argentinean has spoken of his delight of signing for Manchester United and insists he will honour wearing the famous number seven shirt.

Shaw: Never felt like I did after Van Persie’s goal before

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Luke Shaw was brought up as a Chelsea fan but, despite interest from his boyhood club, opted to sign for Manchester United in the summer.

Yesterday was his first game against Chelsea since signing for United and he said that the feeling off seeing Robin van Persie equalise was unlike anything else he's ever experienced.

VIDEO: Di Maria’s reaction to Van Persie’s goal

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