Match day

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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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VIDEO: Van Persie and Falcao’s goals vs Leicester

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Manchester United

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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Swansea Preview: Five Keys to Victory

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A somewhat improved –albeit not spectacular – performance over Preston North End see's United through to the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup where a tricky home tie with Arsenal lies in waiting. Focus instead shifts back to the Premier League this weekend, with a trip to South Wales in an attempt to tie down Champions League qualification.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Preston Midfielder & Former United Trainee Josh Brownhill on his Old Trafford release, rejecting City, James Wilson and tonight’s FA Cup tie at Deepdale

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It can be taxing work being a young footballer. While clubs like Manchester United can give trainees the best possible platform and highest tuition for them to make a success of their career, the players themselves are required to work effortlessly to prove they offer more than just potential.

On some occasions – perhaps at Manchester United more so than most other clubs – players are given opportunities to fulfil on their promise and establish themselves as a key first team figure.

Preston Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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As we begin to enter the business end of the season, with important games coming thick and fast, it's important for United to kick into next gear, starting with a tricky FA Cup fifth round away tie at Deepdale.

In truth, things are nowhere near as depressing for United as most would have you believe, as the Reds have picked up 34 Premier League points from their last fifteen matches, more than any other side in the division.

West Ham Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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After Tuesday's victory over Cambridge secured United's passage into the fifth round of the FA Cup – where Louis van Gaal has all but promised success – attention once again turns back to the Premier League and the quest to secure Champions League football for next season.

That victory, albeit at home, saw United score three times for the second game in succession following as close to a convincing performance as we have delivered in some time against bottom of the table, Leicester.

LIVE BLOG: Manchester United v Cambridge United

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Good evening comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia's Live Blog coverage of Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round replay tie against Cambridge. Shall we do it properly this time then?

Cambridge Replay: Five Keys To Victory

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Call it what you will, a spirited performance from plucky underdogs Cambridge (if that makes you feel better), or an unacceptable, shambolic Manchester United performance. Either way, the outcome remains the same as United's 0-0 draw with the League Two minnows at the Abbey Stadium brings an FA Cup 4th Round replay at Old Trafford this evening.

Leicester Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Well lets make no mistake about it, last Friday's dismal 0-0 draw with totally unacceptable. United's shortcomings were seemingly paled into relative insignificance just 24 hours later with the likes of Chelsea, City, Southampton and Spurs all falling to lesser fancied sides, yet it's hard to take too much solace given our ineptitude to take care of the League Two minnows.

Cambridge United Preview: 5 Keys to Victory

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You know how the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at once. Nine FA Cup ties in succession had brought challenges from fellow Premier League opposition until a surprise third round draw with Yeovil this year.That may not have been the plain sailing we'd perhaps have hoped for, but Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria goals at Huish Park secured United's place in the pot for round four, where a match up with League Two outfit Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium lies in waiting.

Interviews

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.

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.

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.

Fellaini

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.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Swansea vs United

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De Gea, McNair, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Di Maria, Rooney, van Persie.

Bench: Valdes, Smalling, Januzaj, Mata, Valencia, Young, Falcao

Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Ki, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis.

Swansea bench: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Britton, Montero, Emnes, Oliveira.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Preston vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Rooney, Fellaini, Di Maria, Falcao.

Bench: Valdes, Evans, McNair, Januzaj, Mata, Young, Wilson.

The Rest

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