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Manchester United

Former red named England women head coach

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It has been announced that former Manchester United midfielder and defender, Phil Neville, has been named as the England women head coach.

He is taking over from Mark Sampson's whose career ended in shame after his racist treated of Eni Aluko and relationships he'd had with players he was coaching.

Like Father, Like Son: Offspring Following their Fathers’ Footsteps

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It is not unheard of for famous athletes' sons and daughters to try to follow the footsteps of their well-known ascendants. The Beckham children have already started carving out names for themselves in different fields, for example, playing football at the Arsenal Academy. But they are not the only ones to express their interest for their ascendants' trade, as there are plenty more examples of chips that were from the same old block than their fathers.

Larsson: Manchester United take care of their players

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Henrik Larsson spent two months on loan at Manchester United during the 2006-07 season and helped us win the league.

The Swede has claimed in an interview with FourFourTwo that only staying for a short time and not staying until the end of the season, and another one after that, is the only thing he regrets about his career.

Falcao – once a red, always a red

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Radamel Falcao returned to Manchester this evening after his disappointing season on loan at Manchester United in 2014-15.

His Monaco side took on Manchester City at the Etihad and he scored the equalising goal for the French team before they scored a second away goal.

"I want to thank Manchester United and all its fans of every word and gesture of support they gave me in every match," he said when he loan ended.

Burnley defender: I’m a United fan and I always will be

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Michael Keane joined Manchester United's academy, with his twin brother Will, when he was just 11 years old. He spent over a decade with the club before joining Burnley where he has gone from strength to strength. Both Chelsea and Leicester are now reportedly interested in signing him.

However, Keane has revealed that he will always be a United fan, and is still good friends with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

United ambassadors have changed their tune on Mourinho

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Over recent weeks, Manchester United ambassadors like Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Bryan Robson and Nemanja Vidic, have all spoken out about why Ryan Giggs should replace Louis van Gaal, not Jose Mourinho.

With Sir Alex Ferguson losing influence behind the scenes following his decision to appoint David Moyes, having Giggs as manager would certainly see him have a greater sway.

Shawcross: Fergie didn’t want me to leave United

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Ryan Shawcross joined Manchester United when he was 15-years-old and spent six years at the club.

When he was 20, he joined Royal Antwerp on loan, before joining Stoke on loan the following year. He played in over 40 games for Stoke that season, who were in the Championship at the time, and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League.

Di Maria: Things didn’t go the way I expected at United

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After a bright start to life at Manchester United, Angel Di Maria's form quickly dropped off, and when he stupidly got himself sent off in the FA Cup game against Arsenal for pulling the referee's shirt, he lost his place in the first team.

In the summer, Di Maria refused to join up with the squad on the pre-season tour, and forced his move to PSG, the club he had wanted to join all along.

Bournemouth player faces United for first time since his exit

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Joshua King will play against Manchester United this afternoon for the first time since leaving the club in 2013, when he made his loan move to Blackburn permanent. After two seasons there, he rejected an offer to extend his contract, and signed for Bourenmouth.

King joined United from Valerenga in Norway, after turning down offers from several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea.

Bebe: I thought United move was a joke

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When Manchester United signed Bebe for over £7 million, we could hardly believe. He was totally unknown and was playing in Portugal's second division. Months before United bought him, he had been offered around Europe's clubs for £125,000, but nobody was interested.

Bebe has reflected on the transfer, now that he is playing for Rayo Vallecano on a year-long loan from Benfica.

Pique: I was happy at United

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Gerard Pique has reflected on his time at Manchester United, when he barely played thanks to the form and fitness of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

When I was there Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes, Roy Keane. We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league.

Tevez: My time at United was wonderful

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In Carlos Tevez's two seasons at Manchester United, he won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

When I first got to West Ham it was bad because they threw me in London and I didn't know what to do. At West Ham, I followed Mascherano everywhere.


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People love a hero. Throughout history, we have put various figures on pedestals. We have erected statues of warriors of old, gathered in our thousands to watch great musicians perform their art, created fantastical worlds of men and women who possess wondrous superpowers. As for football, the innumerable heroes it continually unearths is one of the many things that lead us to fall in love with the beautiful game.

Bombs and bungs: The story of Andrei Kanchelskis’ United exit

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Andrei Kanchelskis is a Manchester United cult hero. The Ukrainian winger played a huge part in United's marvellous mid nineties team – Ferguson's first great United side. Alongside Giggs, Cantona, Hughes, Ince and the rest, Kanchelskis lightening quick, direct performances down the right flank ensured his place in United folklore.

Milne passes away

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It has been confirmed this evening that former Manchester United player, Ralphie Milne, passed away. News emerged yesterday that he was in a "critical" condition in hospital, suffering from liver problems. He was only 54.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Milne from Bristol in 1988 but our former manager later claimed he was his worst ever signing.

Van Persie: I knew I would be leaving United this summer

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Robin van Persie has been unveiled as a Fenebahce player today, after completing his £4.8m transfer. The Dutchman had just one year remaining on his contract and has admitted today he knew that this season would be his last at Manchester United.

It was a situation where I could see it coming, if I'm really honest.

Welbeck: It was a sad day when Fergie told us he was leaving us

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Danny Welbeck has spoken to Rabona Magazine about the day Sir Alex Ferguson told the team he would be retiring from his job as Manchester United manager.

I had a close relationship with him (Ferguson) and it was a sad day when he announced he was going to retire and leave us. It was a bit weird.

Welbeck: I’m still a Manchester lad!

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Danny Welbeck has spoken to Rabona Magazine about life after Manchester United, when a deal was made between the club he had grown up supporting and played for since he was 8, with Arsenal.

It was a strange transfer deadline day, especially for me to move from Manchester United to Arsenal.

Silvestre: I agreed to join Arsenal during City medical

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Mikael Silvestre left Manchester United at the end of the 2007-08 season and looked set to join Manchester City. Despite still having time remaining on his contract, Sir Alex Ferguson allowed the Silvestre to leave for free.

The left-back was half way through a medical when Arsene Wenger rang him on his mobile.

Pogba: I love United

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Paul Pogba has explained why he left Manchester United for Juventus, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to give him a proper run in the team helped his decision to move to Italy.

"I'm impatient," he told FourFourTwo. "It was the feeling that I had. The coach had faith in me, but didn't put me on.

PNev: United fans would give Moyes a standing ovation now

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Phil Neville, who was appointed one of David Moyes' coaches last season, claims the former Manchester United would be greeted fondly by supporters if he was ever to go to Old Trafford.

"If he walked back into Old Trafford now he'd get a standing ovation," he said. "The fans recognise he had guts taking that job.

Fortune: City wasting United’s place in Europe

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Manchester United haven't featured in the Champions League for the first time in over two decades after David Moyes guided the club to a seventh place finish last season.

Quinton Fortune has claimed that the competition isn't the same without United in, and criticised Manchester City for wasting their place in Europe.

Ryan Giggs

The Day I Met Paul Scholes

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They say you should never meet your heroes, for therein lies only disappointment. Sage advice, no doubt. So, when I was asked to go and interview Paul Scholes for Republik of Mancunia, did I heed it? No. I cleared my diary and told everyone I knew, and even a few people I didn't know.

The way you feel about some footballers can be difficult to put into words.

Bellion: Playing with Giggs was always my dream

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Whenever Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer flops get discussed, David Bellion is a name that always gets mentioned. After two years at Sunderland and just one Premier League goal, United paid £4m to bring him to Old Trafford. He spent two seasons at United before being loaned out to West Ham then Nice, who we eventually sold him to.

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Bromances

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It was truly beautiful. Once Juan Mata had set Ander Herrera up for United's third goal on Saturday, he celebrated with the Stretford End, meaning he was separated from the group of players surrounding his friend. Ander, spotting Juan across a crowded box, broke away from the pack and jogged over to his mate, before lifting him off the ground in an embrace.

Louis van Gaal

Schmeichel: LvG has lots of questions to answer this season

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Ahead of Louis van Gaal's second season in charge at Manchester United, Peter Schmeichel has looked at some of the questions the manager has to address.

Louis Van Gaal has come into Manchester United and he's done a really good job. He got us into the Champions' League, which I think is the most important thing, but now is a big test.

Cleverley: United is a massive part of my life

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After spending last season on loan at Aston Villa, Tom Cleverley joined Everton on a free transfer this summer, being reunited with Roberto Martinez, who had played for years ago when on loan at Wigan.

Cleverley joined United when he was just 11 but insists he has no regrets about moving on to a different club.

Robin Van Persie

VIDEO: Van Persie’s United highlights

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PICTURES: Robin van Persie’s United career

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After Robin van Persie's transfer to Fenerbahce was confirmed, the Dutch striker took to Twitter to thank the fans.

After 11 great years in the Premier League, I have taken on a new challenge at Fenerbahce! Really excited to get started and get to know the beautiful city of Istanbul.

The Rest

Evans the latest of United academy graduates to be named captain

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Manchester United's academy is the best in England and one of the best in Europe, with many players going on to have a great career at United or other top flight clubs after graduating.

However, the young players coming through during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign have done particularly well for themselves, by not just establishing long playing careers in the Premier League, but almost immediately being named captain by their new managers after leaving United.

Ravel Morrison set for United return?

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Manchester United have been drawn against Wigan in the fourth round of the FA Cup. This will see the return of Warren Joyce, United's former youth coach, who left for the Wigan job in November.

It could also mean the return of Ravel Morrison who started training with Wigan last week. The 23-year-old left Italian side Lazio after making just eight appearances in 18 months.

Vidic: We beat Chelsea in ‘the United way’

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Nemanja Vidic, who joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, has reflected on the best day of his career, when we beat Chelsea to win the Champions League in 2008.

Moscow was the highlight of my career. To win the European Cup in a city where I'd lived, in the stadium where I played and against our biggest rivals at the time could not be bettered.

Higginbotham: I could only ever have been a Red

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"I could only have been a red," he said. "All my family were reds, so there was no way you could be a blue. I was at City as a youngster, from the age of nine. We were playing in a inter-league game and Brian Kidd pulled my dad to one side and said 'what colour is your house?' and he said 'red, it's always been red', so Kidd said, 'then what you doing with that lot?

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Players Who Left Under A Cloud

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Welcome back to another season of Manchester United related TOP FIVES here at ROM towers. I'll be checking in once a month with a top quality listicle for your delectation. Most of them will be probably be fairly cheery if my history is anything to go by bu this first one is in "honour" of the summer's highest profile departure.

PICTURE: Adidas send Van see Sar new goalie shirt 

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Edwin Van der Sar has posted a picture on Twitter of the new shirt which Adidas sent him.

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Welbeck: Wes Brown was my inspiration

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Danny Welbeck has spoken with Rabona Magazine about his football journey, which started with him getting dropped by Manchester City as a kid, then signing for United when he was eight. Welbeck lived on the same road as Wes Brown in Longsight and the former United defender was his inspiration as a youngster.

Richardson: We watched Keane’s banned interview and we agreed

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Following United's 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough, Roy Keane went on MUTV and ripped the team apart. It was this interview, that was never aired, that lead to Keane's exit from the club.

Kieran Richardson, one of the people singled out for criticism, claims the team watched the interview together and agreed with what Keane said.