Match day

Fellaini

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Swansea vs United

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Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Rooney.
Subs: Johnstone, McNair, Valencia, Carrick, Young, Fellaini, Chicharito.




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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Newcastle vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.

Bench: Lindegaard, Jones, McNair, Carrick, Mata, Januzaj, Falcao.

Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, R.Taylor; Obertan, Sissoko, Abeid, Ameobi; Rivière, Cissé.

Bench: Woodman, Satka, Anita, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Armstrong, Perez.

Contributing Writer

Swansea Preview – Five Keys to Victory

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In a week that began with United fans having to witness our first dropped points of the season, followed by a blistering start to his Chelsea career from long-term target/non-target, Pedro, we reach the weekend and round four of the Premier League in far greater spirits.

The more impatient among us spent Sunday and Monday lambasting the decisions of both Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal for failing to add to five earlier additions to the squad, with extra firepower upfront on top of the agenda.

Villa Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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Manchester United's 15/16 campaign began in a much similar vein to many of last season's performances; tense, nail-biting, unconvincing, but, ultimately achieving the correct result. Obviously that is of paramount importance to the side, particularly in the Premier League opener which the manager will hope can provide some much needed momentum, a stark contrast to how the manager's Old Trafford career began last year.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Lee Dixon on that Giggs goal, signing Welbeck, Invincibles vs Treble winners and Monday night’s encounter

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After spending 14 years at Arsenal, winning four league titles and three FA Cups in the process, Lee Dixon is no stranger to a Manchester United v Arsenal encounter. As the Reds welcome the defending champions to Old Trafford on Monday night with a place at Wembley in the Semi-Final at stake, the former Gunners full-back spoke to ROM about Monday night's match, United's season so far and Danny Welbeck's early career at the Emirates.

Manchester United

Club Brugge 2nd-Leg: Five Keys to Victory

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Manchester United suffered something of a reality check when they took on Newcastle at the weekend. But United's problems stemmed more of their own doing and their own lack of cutting edge and attacking prowess for which we have grown accustomed to over recent decades.

Louis van Gaal's men have the chance to put their first blemish on the record this season firmly behind them in Bruges and tie up qualification to the Champions League group stages in the process.

Newcastle Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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It's been a rather eventful week for Manchester United fans. Most have spent the few days untwisting knickers after seeing Pedro and Otamendi join Chelsea and Man City respectively (I promise that'll be the only mention of them in this piece), let's not forget in amongst all panic, frustration and lambasting hurled towards Ed Woodward, United's promising start to the season continued.

Club Brugge Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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It's Champions League football, but not as we know it. Europe's premier competition returns to Old Trafford this evening after a brief hiatus, but the unfamiliar situation of a two-legged qualifier with Club Brugge means that celebration of a return to Europe's top table should hold on just a little longer.

Tottenham Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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It seems like a lifetime we have waited for it, but the domestic campaign returns this weekend, to provide welcome relief from another summer surrounded by incessant, tiring transfer hearsay and rumours.

But lets keep positive, on the whole it's been a fairly positive transfer window, particularly in the way of incomings.

Hull Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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So here we are my friends, the final game of Manchester United's 14/15 season as the Reds face the prospect of a relatively meaningless encounter (for us anyway) with Hull City. A seven-goal swing remains unlikely at this stage meaning Louis van Gaal will be forced to settle for fourth place when the dust has settled and the Ducthman's post-awards hangover has deteriorated.

Everton Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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United's six-game winning run came to a cruel and unfortunate end last week at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea edged a 1-0 victory courtesy of an Eden Hazard counter. Late injuries to Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones didn't look to hamper United's performance too much besides a shift in the side which saw Wayne Rooney back in a midfield role, with Paddy McNair, Radamel Falcao and Luke Shaw all returning to the starting XI.

Chelsea Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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So... It happened again. Van Gaal's carpet has been lifted as high as possible, with a sub-standard beginning to his tenure and ridiculous David Moyes comparisons swept underneath and into the darkest crevises and beyond reach following a rousing 4-2 derby win last weekend. With United holding down third place with an eight point advantage over Liverpool in fifth, Champions League qualification would seem all but wrapped up.

City Preview: Five Keys To Derby Delight

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You'd scarcely have believed it to be possible this time last year, let alone last month, but with the Premier League undergoing more twists and turns that Alton Towers' Nemesis, Manchester United enter this weekend's derby ahead of Manchester City with just seven games remaining.

The teams come into the game in starkly contrasting form, highlighted largely by United presence in third, ahead of City, after the Blues held an eight point advantage just five games back.

Villa Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Where oh where did it all go right? After ridicule from all quarters this year at the prospect of Manchester United going a second season in succession with as many managers, missing out on a place at Europe's top table, things have taken a drastic and fairly unforeseen turn in our favour.

Unforeseen refers more to the nature of the victories over Tottenham and Liverpool, more so than the points themselves, as Louis van Gaal's side have often ground out results this term despite at times serving up some fairly unsavoury offerings.

Mata: I’m very happy for the fans

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Juan Mata has spoken of his delight at scoring two goals in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool this afternoon.

It feels amazing. The game was massive for us because of the position in the table, the rivalry and the history between the two clubs. I think today is the happiest day since I came to the club.

Liverpool Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Was it the "Philosophy"? Was it just a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham"? Or was it just a fluke? Whatever it was, things took a huge step to improving for Manchester United last week, in perhaps the most complete and satisfying display since the Sir Alex era drew to a close.

FA Cup defeat to Arsenal had steeped pressure on Louis van Gaal and his side, leaving them desperate to take points from rivals if a top four spot was to be obtained and with further tricky fixtures to follow, the Reds made an ideal start ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday.

Why my son’s first trip to Old Trafford was a trip down Memory Lane for me

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We all have our reasons for falling in love with the beautiful game.

I grew up in the days before Sky Sports, when 'Saints and Greavsie' was a thing and live football on TV was a rare treat. So, like many of my generation, it was initially through playing that the romance was kindled. I'd play at any opportunity, in any weather, for my cub-team, my school-team, at play-time, in the park, in the garden or on the driveway, kicking a ball against the garage-door, the clang of rubber against metal reverberating through the dusk air.

Spurs Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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No sooner had Danny Welbeck's inevitable winner hit the back of the net on his return to Old Trafford, were "#narrative" klaxons sounded off left, right and centre as Manchester United were confined to competing on just one front as another trophyless season beckons.

United turned in another frustrating showing in which they failed to impose their dominance for sustained periods and two defensive errors proved costly in ensuring a top four finish can be as good as it gets for Louis van Gaal in his first season at the helm.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Arsenal

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Good evening comrades, and welcome to the latest Republik of Mancunia Live Blog, as Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. It's the plum tie of the round, and whoever wins it should fancy their chances of picking up silverware at Wembley this May

Arsenal Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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With United negotiating an all-important Premier League away victory at St James' Park on Wednesday evening, focus shifts back from our attempts to secure a top four finish, and instead the visit of Arsenal as the Reds go in search of a first FA Cup success since 2004.

Champions League football for next season may well be the priority for Louis van Gaal's side, but the Dutchman has signalled his intent to bring silverware back to Old Trafford this season in the form of the FA Cup, and unlike sustained European competition, doesn't provide the same kind of distraction the league campaign.

Newcastle Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Another fixture rolls along and once again, Manchester United fans can only speculate as to whether this (finally) could be the week that things begin to click into place. Saturday brought another three points at home to Sunderland after — you guessed it — another sub-par performance, with agents Brown and O'Shea collaborating to see that their former employers got their top four charge back on track.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Sunderland

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Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Manchester United v Sunderland at Old Trafford. On paper, this is one of the kinder fixtures left to play this season, but with the pressure on to secure a top four place, will the reds be able to hold their nerve?

Sunderland Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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An excruciating defeat at the Liberty Stadium last weekend now leaves Manchester United in a precarious position in their attempts to regain Champions League football at the first time of asking. Having looked relatively sub-standard for some time whilst still grinding out positive results, ironically it was a more improved showing from Louis van Gaal's side which saw them succumb to Garry Monk's Swansea for the second time this season, and just their first defeat in twenty matches.

LIVE BLOG: Swansea City v Manchester United

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Videos

VIDEO: Memphis and Fellaini’s goals against Club Brugge

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VINE | El GOLAZO de Depay para el #MUFC 1-1 Brujas pic.twitter.com/Q5vE1hWEmZ

- JoseluSevilla19 (@JoseluSevilla19) August 18, 2015





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VIDEO: Mata and Fellaini goals vs Crystal Palace

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VIDEO: Herrera and Rooney’s goals vs Villa

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VIDEO: Mata goals vs Liverpool

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VIDEO: Fellaini, Carrick and Rooney’s goals vs Spurs

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VIDEO: Young winner vs Newcastle

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VIDEO: Rooney’s goals vs Sunderland

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VIDEO: Herrera’s goal vs Swansea

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Louis van Gaal

LvG: United’s team spirit is fantastic

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Following United's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Louis van Gaal has praised the team spirit of his players. After the disappointing result against Arsenal on Monday, the players bounced back straight away, which the manager anticipated after their approach to training this week.

Maybe aside from the first five minutes, we had control over the match.

LvG: We forgot to score

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Louis van Gaal feels that United were unlucky against Swansea today, after dominating the game but losing 2-1.

Of course you can say we dominated the game but the only thing we could have done more was score more out of the chances we created. Today we were the unlucky team. I think we created enough chances.

The Rest

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs PSG – Schweinsteiger returns

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De Gea, Darmian, Jones, Blind, Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Carick, Mata, Memphis, Young, Rooney.




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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on sacking Pellegrini, picking De Gea over Hart, and predicting a City win

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It's derby day! Rob Pollard is a City fan and a freelance writer who's taken time out to answer a few questions on today's game and City in general.

Scott: Rob, what are your favourite memories of derby day?

Rob: The 3-1 win at Maine Road when Goater nicked the ball off Gary Neville will always be special because, in those days, beating United never felt like it was on the cards.

Mata: This was an unbelievable day for me

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Juan Mata was named Man of the Match after his two goals in United's 2-1 win over Liverpool this afternoon. The Spaniard claims this performance was probably his best in a United shirt.

I think so [that it was Mata's best game for Man United]. Because of the rivalry it's a massive game.

Young: People are always going to question the biggest club in the world

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After scoring a late winner against Newcastle, Ashley Young has sung the praises of teammates David de Gea and Wayne Rooney who both played a crucial role in earning United three points this evening.

David De Gea was magnificent again tonight. It was a hard fought win. We knew we needed three points and got our just rewards.

PICTURE: Neville reacts to Young’s late winner on Twitter

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- Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 4, 2015

Big win that! Night !

- Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 4, 2015