Just for Fun
All season, Piers Morgan has been giving shit to Robin van Persie after his move from Arsenal to Manchester United. He took to calling him "Van Pursestrings", implying that he was a mercenary. A few months after joining United, Van Persie has shown exactly why he left the club, with him winning the Premier League for the first time and Golden Boot again.
A walk down memory lane...
Three weeks before Robin van Persie signed for Manchester United an article appeared in the Evening News which claimed that fans would be "mad" to believe that the Dutchman would come to Old Trafford and that Van Persie would be even "crazier" to sign for us.
Manchester United face Real Madrid at the 85,454 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium tonight the Champions League round of 16.
Whilst this game is a sell out (although won't hit the 85k mark because of fewer seats being made available for European games), it is interesting to note that the Spanish giants do struggle to sell out their ground.
This is the first of a monthly article I will be writing and, thankfully, Scott has given me a complete free reign to do what I want; which may or may not be a good thing for his website. I've decided to use this opportunity to highlight the things that have irritated me, riled me up, rubbed me up the wrong way, made me laugh, made me cry, made me rant, left me speechless and left me incredulous.
Usain Bolt is a Manchester United and has spent the day at Carrington and attended games at Old
Trafford before now.
Over the summer, Bolt made a video, his "audition" for United, which was pretty good evidence
that he shouldn't give up his day job!
Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to let Bolt know Sir Alex Ferguson had invited him back to
Manchester United have had larger attendances every single season since the war, regardless of
which team was more successful. United have fans from all around the country and the world, which
somehow has lead people outside of Manchester to believe the myth that City fans put about, that
Manchester is blue.
"VIDEO: Usain Bolt's Manchester United Trial" was originally published at
The Republik of Mancunia.
Bébé scored an injury time equaliser for Manchester United against Ajax Cape Town!
"VIDEO: Bébé Chants" was originally published at The Republik of
Whenever we're given the opportunity to disprove Manchester City's silly claim that the city is theirs, we gladly take it. For City's final game of the season today there were empty seats all over the place, despite the club claiming the game was a sell out.
By the time of the final whistle, when City players took part in the customary lap of honour, the ground was half empty, with the fans that did bother to show up passing up the opportunity to applaud their players for finishing 2nd.
On Manchester City's official YouTube channel, Micah Richards was filmed singing Michael Carrick's chant, "hard to believe it's not Scholes, it's Carrick, you know."
As City boarded the train to London from Stockport, ahead of their game against Chelsea today, Richards unashamedly sang the United chant 4 minutes and 30 seconds in.
Reminisce about Jonjo Shelvey's hissy fit in the away game between United and Liverpool this season.
"Shelvey Deal With It" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
GIF by @OllyRamone
"GIF: Mancini's Reaction To Going 2-0 Down" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
Manchester City are likely to welcome a sell out crowd this afternoon, something that sadly doesn't happen every week for the blues, and they will be greeted with a lovely plastic flag each. Adorable. But still not quite as embarrassing as the scarf twirl to dance music a few years back. "PICTURE: City Fill Ground With Plastic Flags?
Following Manchester City's defeat to Real Madrid thanks to a last minute Cristiano Ronaldo goal, blue hero Sergio Aguero revealed to journalists in the Spanish capital that the only reason why he went to City was because he had no choice.
"If Madrid had wanted me, I would be playing here," he said.
Ferguson it's Carrick you know from Anton Alfy on Vimeo. "VIDEO: Fergie singing Carrick chant" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
"VIDEO: Kagawa Sings Gangham Style" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
"VIDEO: Van Persie Sings "Glory, Glory Man United!"" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
A 1997 Reebok advert showing Ryan Giggs cloned and lined up to play for Manchester City. "VIDEO: Giggs Cloned To Play For City" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
Luis Suarez is unlikely to play for the rest of the season after biting Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. The horrible little runt, who punched someone in the face when representing his country earlier this month, has been charged by the FA for this latest disgraceful act. This is the second time in the past three years that Suarez has bitten an opponent and was banned for 7 games the last time he did it.
Last April, you might remember that we got ourselves involved in an argument with a journalist at The Guardian, Sachin Nakrani. Having never previously heard of him, attention was drawn to Nakrani after reading his response to the FA publishing their report on Luis Suarez's punishment. It was meant to be an informative piece about the FA's handling of the Evra/Suarez case but Nakrani was guilty of making comments that completely contradicted what the report actually said.
A Manchester-based artist, Michael Browne, has presented this ambitious painting of United players past and present to pay tribute to their dominance of the English game over recent years.
The painting can be found at the National Football Museum (in the Urbis building in town).
Browne is behind the famous The Art of the Game painting which features Cantona and is already displayed at the museum.
Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young were all at the MEN last night to watch Ricky Hatton take on Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton, who walks out to City's anthem "Blue Moon" and who was wearing sky blue shorts with City's badge on, was confronted by his opponent, Vyacheslav Senchenko, wearing a United shirt.
Once you can get over the odd notion of using players from United and Liverpool to advertise their company, you have to give credit to Chevrolet for illustrating the gulf in quality between the two clubs.
Paul Scholes, Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs vs Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen and Glen Johnson.
Late last night, Robin van Persie changed his Twitter bio to reflect his change in clubs and
also added lots of his new team mates to the people he follows.
"PICTURE: RvP Changes Twitter Bio" was originally published at The
Republik of Mancunia.
Another of the banners set for the away end tonight reads: "CFC Standing up to racism since last Sunday." "PICTURE: Banners At Chelsea Tonight" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
Chelsea FC is encouraging their fans to attend tonight's game at Stamford Bridge in fancy dress. Awful. There will even be a prize for the best dressed fan. Look out for the Chelsea nerds this evening. "Happy Halloween!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
Ahead of their Champions League final against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund have put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shirt from the European Cup final in 1999 in to their museum. "PICTURE: Borussia Dortmund's Solskjaer Wind Up" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
"PICTURE: We sign Phil Jones, you sign Kun Aguero" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
In City's penultimate game at the Etihad against West Brom this evening, the blues again made a mockery of their claim that Manchester belongs to them. "The city is still yours..." was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
"VIDEO: Welbeck singing United chants when celebrating #20" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
During Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw with Leeds United, Wilfried Zaha stuck his middle finger up at the travelling Leeds fans. "PICTURE: Zaha Hates Leeds Scum" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
Here are some interesting football facts (including fun Premier League and FA Cup stats to throw around before this weekend's set of games). My personal favourite is the one about English managers it may only be in the 'Premier League' era but after 20+ years it's not a trend, it's a problem. Until 1882 [.
This is the second in a monthly column that is fast becoming my favourite to write. The first one had mixed reviews with people criticising the language and style in which it was written. Apparently it had too much swearing in it which is odd considering the title of this column is "Cunt of the Month"; I would have thought swearing was an assumption!
"Happy Christmas!" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
'Chicharito Unidos' Pilot by Eddie Mort from Eddie Mort on Vimeo.
Chicharito t-shirts from £8.70 "VIDEO: Brand New Chicharito Cartoon" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.
"PICTURE: Who is Andesron?" was originally published at The Republik
I think it's safe to say that Arsenal now need Batman...
"PICTURE: Arsenal's RvP Banners" was originally published at The
Republik of Mancunia.
Phil Neville: 1990-2005
"PICTURE: Former United 3 Model Everton Kit" was originally published at
The Republik of Mancunia.
Tim Howard: 2003-2007
Darron Gibson: 2004-2012
TweetMario Balotelli thumped home a wonderful second goal as Italy shocked Germany 2-1 in the
semi-finals prompting another must see celebration! Through on goal, the Italian striker smashed
the ball high into the German net, ripped off his shirt, before posing 'Mr Muscle' style in one of
the most picturesque moments of the Euros so [.