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Fergie Charged With Improper Conduct And Ivanvic Admits Chelsea Shouldn’t Have Had A Penalty

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Things are generally never quiet around Old Trafford and the last couple of days have been no different. Since the defeat against Chelsea the fallout continues to rain down in the media with Sir Alex Ferguson's comments after the game attracting most attention.

After the loss Sir Alex said "You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway and we didn't get that.

Will Ji-Sung Park Be A Loss To United?

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Still digesting the derby and watching that brilliant Wayne Rooney goal... over and over and over, there has been a few snippets of news to come out of Old Trafford in the past few days.

First we can start with the injury news both good and bad. It seems Ji-Sung Park will be out of action for about a month thanks to a hamstring injury.

Monday’s News Round-Up: Get Well Soon Mr. Hargreaves

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A quiet chill has descended over Old Trafford much like the rest of Britain with not much to report following the postponement of Saturday's fixture with Blackpool. But with the snow unrelenting a few rays of semi-sunshine emanated from the manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The boss has confirmed that Owen Hargeaves is in Munich having treatment on the hamstring injury he sustained during his comeback match against Wolves at the beginning of November.

Thursday’s News Round-Up

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After a few weeks of turmoil it seems that Old Trafford is in a relative state of calm, if it can ever be in such s state. Over the last week we have seen a controversial goal, a new hero emerge and the exponential rise of a former homeless footballer. How time flies.

In what is a rather slow news day, Nani has hit the headlines once more but this time his comments are far less controversial than his goal against Tottenham.

Manchester United

Manchester United Crawl-ey Back Under A Rock And Look To Buy Three Midfielders

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After taking a day to digest the narrow F.A. Cup win over Crawley Town, the match showed some clear deficiencies in the Manchester United side. Wes Brown's header was enough to put us through to the quarter-finals of the competition but the performance can be classed as nothing short of woeful.

Many of you here commented after the game about Bebe and Gabriel Obertan being the two worst performers on the Old Trafford pitch, and I'm afraid I have to agree.

Manchester United Takeover Close… Apparently

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Reports have gathered pace over the last twenty-four hours that the Glazers are going to be bought out by the Qatar Royal family via Qatar Holdings.

A year since the Green and Gold campaign was at its height, it seems the Qataris are close to releasing the fund that will oust the current unpopular owners.

Can Rooney Build On His Wonder Strike?

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Another derby win as Manchester United cement their place as number one in Manchester – not that it was in any doubt of course. But the 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday will quell the noisy neighbours for the moment at least, while also putting paid to any slim title ambitions they had.

Friday Five: A Perfect Week For Manchester United, Nani’s Return, Transfer Talk, And More

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With Tuesday's 2-1 win over Stoke City, it's two wins in two matches for Manchester United, and after what could be termed as nothing short of a perfect week in the results department, United are now two points clear of Manchester City and four clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

Sunday News Round-Up: United Clear At The Top Plus Who Did United Get In The F.A. Cup?

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On a something of a slow news day, we can safely say it has been a fantastic weekend for Manchester United. Not only did Dimitar Berbatov score five against Blackburn Rovers yesterday, taking them clear at the top of the Premier League. Chelsea fumbled in their match at Newcastle, only managing a 1-1 draw which means United are clear at the top of the league for the first time this season.

Tuesday’s News Round-Up: Wayne Wants A Long Stay But Will Dimitar Be Out The Door

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With Wayne Rooney's long-term future sorted out, the striker conducted an in-depth interview with MUTV this afternoon and after his reintroduction to Old Trafford at the weekend Wayne Rooney has been spoke of his apprehensions about the return.

Rooney began: "It was a great feeling [to wear the shirt again], obviously having been out for a long time and the issues that have gone on over the last few weeks

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about the reaction from the fans but overall I thought the reception was brilliant and all I want to do is get on the pitch and score goals.

Daily News Round Up: Sir Alex On Retirement And The Glazers, Plus Life Lessons From Rio

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A quick news round up of things going on at Old Trafford.

One burning question that will need answered sooner rather than later is that of Sir Alex Ferguson and when he will retire from Manchester United.

Speculation has been rife for a number of years that his time at Old Trafford will soon end, but the fiery Scot doesn't have any intention to retire just yet, telling reporters "I'm in no mood for retirement.

Wolves Wrap, Owen’s Crocked Again, Transfer Talk, and O’Shea’s Big Payday

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I won't spend a lot of time yesterday's Carling Cup tie against Wolves, as it was a home match that, for once this season, I wasn't particularly concerned whether or not we'd win. I didn't watch, but I did follow along on the live match commentary and caught highlights afterwards, and if there's one thing I can say, it's my, doesn't that Chicharito have some great timing or what?

Hargreaves trains, Carrick close to return, United draw Wolves in Carling Cup

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It doesn't have any bearing on tomorrow's match at Bolton, but there's very encouraging injury news on multiple fronts.

We've seen what amounts to a glimpse of Owen Hargreaves over the last couple of years, and there have been serious concerns that he wouldn't be able to overcome his persistent knee troubles.

Possebon Heads for Santos Exit

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United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon is set to join Brazilian club Santos. The deal is still in progress and is expected to be completed on Friday 20 August, but the two-times FIFA Club World Cup winners are keen to herald Possebon's imminent arrival.

via ManUtd.com

The once promising midfielder was never really the same since his injury due to Pogatetz' horror tackle.

Anderson Glad to be Back

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"I'm so happy and excited to be back again after six months without football," Anderson told ManUtd.com. "I've been really excited to be back. I've been so happy ever since I got back to Carrington and I just can't wait to play again.

"I'm feeling good. I've been training for two weeks and I'm very happy.

Diouf heads out on loan

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Rovers have swooped to secure a loan deal for Manchester United's highly-rated young striker Mame Biram Diouf. The Senegalese international arrives on a season-long deal at Ewood Park.

via Blackburn Rovers Official Site.

I had a look at their squad and it looks a bit thin in the strikers department.

Reds Maul Airtricity XI

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Rooney, absent for United's pre-season tour of North America, might even have capped his return with a goal, blazing over after Gary Rogers, the St Patrick's Athletic goalkeeper, had saved Darron Gibson's shot His performance, though, offered more than enough evidence for Sir Alex Ferguson to consider his totemic forward ready for a rather more competitive run-out against Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield.

Ferguson Trots the Same Tired Lines

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Alex Ferguson was apparently "interested" in David Villa. Of course, Villa has since moved on to Barca, and most keen observers of the game would know he was unlikely to ever leave Spain. How convenient!

He then goes on to make another outrageous remark—well not so outrageous, if you think about it.

United get Milan, Giggs gets new deal

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The Champions League draw results have been out, and as most of you know, United get AC Milan in the round of 16. The papers' analysis of the draw is Beckham's return to Old Trafford and Jose's return to Chelsea. It begs the question: is a draw, which is presumably a glorified roll of the dice to determine which sides face each other, really something worth analysing?

United are EPIC #FAIL, injury-wise

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In a mood to use internet jargon, as the kids these days are loath to use. As it turns out, the injury monster has pwned us (another term the young 'uns use) and we look like the hospital in Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Or is this a scene from a Monty Python sketch?

Our injury list reads like so:

Wes Brown hamstring
Nemanja Vidic flu
Rio Ferdinand out indefinitely due to a myriad list of recurring injuries
O'Shea out till January; ankle, I think
Jonny Evans out till January (calf)
Fabio groin
Rafael unknown injury
Wayne Rooney hamstring
Dimitar Berbatov knee
Gary Neville calf/shin
Edwin Van Der Sar knee, recovering.

Jonny Evans: on Manchester United, Northern Ireland, Ferguson…

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The BBC have a wonderful little feature on Jonny Evans. [video link here] If you haven't watched it I suggest you do.

Evans talks about his family's move to Manchester from Belfast, his relationship with the manager and his team mates. There is some high praise from the likes of Giggs and Solskjaer.

Some reads to while your time…

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... whilst I write the report for the Burnley game.

1. The Republik of Mancunia interviewed Rob Smyth. Smyth, of course, is a freelancer who also writes for the Guardian. He's a United fan, and regular readers will recall our interview with him last year (you can read that here.) I like Smyth's willingness to speak his mind on issues concerning United and football in general.

Audi Cup: The Escapist’s Roundup

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Hello there, I'm in the middle of moving house, hence there will be some minimal blogging today. I will probably be more detailed when I am well settled in my new abode internet connectivity permitting. In the meantime, hopefully, Stephen Darwin might fill in, or even who knows I might swoop in when I find an idle computer with internet connection like a starved dog on a juicy bone and pen some, mostly inconsequential, words.

Glazers defend Ferguson, and United’s Asian Invasion

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This has been a topic I had been meaning to touch upon for a while but haven't until now.

Tim Rich, who seems to be The Guardian's man accompanying the United travelling party, has been doing his share of sending postcards from the far-east. Topics covered in his daily dispatches range from describing the boredom of our poor, grossly overpaid, footballers [boo, hoo.

United’s Malaysia Rematch

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So the boys play another game today against the Malaysian XI to compensate for the loss of the Indonesian friendly. I wish I could look forward to it, but timezones don't help.

The manager looks to ring in changes. Owen is expected to get his first start, as are Fabio and Gary Neville.

Pre-season is always interesting to me because I get to see some of the new arrivals or youngsters.

Links

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While I work on getting a new post ironed out consider this a stub and a post to prevent the previous one from crashing (due to saturation with comments). Reply to comments from previous posts here, so that you don't spend too much time waiting for the page to load.

Meanwhile here are some good reads you must consider:

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Thursday links and some pre-almost-weekend mumbling

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This will be very short because I am not currently disposed to do a long one right now. So I'll share some links with you, mumble a few words under my breath and leave the stage to you.

The well respected Andy Brassell, the European expert on BBC's excellent World Football Phone-in, gives a favourable review of Gabriel Obertan on the official site.

Darron Gibson

Fergie’s Cleverley About-Face

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"He is an exceptional young player in terms of his ability to play a variety of positions," Sir Alex said on Friday. "He can play in central midfield and on both wings. He is such a talent, we must keep him. He showed at Watford that he's a goalscorer from midfield and we need that. Apart from Darron Gibson, we don't have a lot of goals coming from midfield.

United gravy train chugs back after Asian jaunt

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So after completing the Asian money-making exercise leg of the pre-season, United return to Europe with a stop in Germany (Munich, in particular) to play in the Audi Cup. This 'Cup competition' involves United playing two matches on Wednesday and Thursday (of this week). With such a demanding schedule, I honestly hope they are in the plane to Munich, like right now.

United touchdown in Malaysia, dodge potential disaster

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Update: United cancel Indonesia visit. Club working on revised itinerary outside Indonesia.

Every now and then we get hit by news that brings us down to reality. At the time of writing, nine people were killed in bombings of two luxury hotels in Indonesia.

It's more shocking if you realize United were scheduled to stay at the Ritz in Jakarta.

Ferguson

United scrape past Philly, but Fergie’s comments on Vidic grab headlines

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Or should we say his lack of comment? His economy of phrasing ought to get tongues wagging.

When quizzed about speculation regarding Vidic leaving OT, he said, "I can't clarify it at all." Journalists pressed further and asked if he was going to play at United this season and he replied, "I believe so.

Diouf, Guardiola and Post-Boxing Day

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Greetings, merry men. It's been a fairly hectic few days and, as the holiday season wears on, it's bound to stay the same.

While I was away, a few things happened and among those few things included United losing its fifth game of the season; this time a 3-0 loss to Fulham. I wasn't home that day, and missed the match.

On the Nani and Ronaldo interviews…

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Two things came up yesterday. Both through interviews with Portuguese players: one a current player, another a former red.

First, Nani:

"People expect more from me and it's not easy. 'I'. "I could be doing better, scoring more, but just think, I make a huge game today but the next one, I'm not even sure that I will play.

Time to move on after Benzema snub

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United signed Valencia, but their intent to go blitzkrieg on the transfer market suffered a blow when Benzema opted to go to Real Madrid. Reports say they were willing to pay £6m more than us. This can mean either of two things: one, we were trying to play hardball with them while staying firm in our [new found] commitment towards not getting fleeced.

The Rest

Vidic to stay, Cleverley+Welbeck loan deals…

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"I don't know why people think it was a difficult decision," I always said I am happy here. I never spoke about my future. I know there was all this speculation but I never said I wanted to go. There was nothing new. I am very happy to be here."

via Vida happy to stay Manchester United Official Web Site.

Some Manuel Neuer talk + Refs’ union continue to whine

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The international break means there will be little club news to report. But it seems some sort of groundwork is already being set in motion, with the transfer window a month and a half away.

Here's Schalke defender Marcelo Bordon, in an interview to German newspaper, Bild on goal keeper, Manuel Neuer:

"I know it would be terrible for the supporters of the club, but you have to keep the situation of the club in mind.

Owen Signs, and he’s no Henrik Larsson

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It's official. The sun hasn't run out of hydrogen yet, most humans continue to work for a living, but Michael Owen somehow finds himself a Manchester United player.

To be honest, I've never felt so underwhelmed by a United signing when I first heard it. I've been intrigued by some of Fergie's buys but never so underwhelmed as I have been with this one.