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From Ferdinand to Evra to Aluko – what have we learnt about the FA’s reaction to racism?

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John Terry

Five years ago, John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by an independent regulatory commission.

The FA's enquiry took place after Terry had been found not guilty in court, where it couldn't be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the former England and Chelsea captain had called Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt".

Would an openly gay footballer be respected?

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According to the Office of National Statistics, 2% of the male population in the UK say they are gay or bi-sexual. If you were to apply that to the 700 or so squad players there are in the Premier League, that would work out at roughly 14 players.Officially, none are gay or bi-sexual though.

Paul Pogba attended the launch of UEFA's RESPECT initiative this week which aims to promote diversity, fan culture and accessibility for everyone in football.

Why Mourinho should NOT be United’s next boss

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Rumour has it that Louis van Gaal has got one game to save his career and, if he is sacked, Jose Mourinho might end up getting the job he has always wanted.

Before looking at the reasons why he shouldn't get the job, read about why Mourinho should get the job.

Style of play

Three weeks ago, Manchester United were one point off the top of the table, yet our fans weren't happy.

United have improved under LvG but something has to give now

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Three weeks ago, as news broke that Paul O'Connell's rugby World Cup and test career with Ireland had come to an end after a serious injury, a famous clip of the former Munster captain reappeared across social media.

In the video, filmed before a Test match against France, O'Connell rallies his team mates in the dressing room, demanding they deliver "manic aggression" for "every minute of the game" and exhorting them to lay down a marker from kick-off.

Are United fans making a fuss over nothing where transfers are concerned?

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For the first time since 2010, the anti-Glazer movement has begun to take shape again, with fans becoming frustrated with the lack of investment.

Under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, who repeatedly worked miracles with our players, many fans have grown apathetic to the Glazer ownership.

Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

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Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club.

"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," said Suarez at the time. "I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.

Would sacking Moyes make us another Chelsea?

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Manchester United fans rightly don't want the reputation of being an unsupportive club that sacks the manager at the drop of a hat. One of the arguments that is regularly put forward for keeping hold of David Moyes is that "we don't want to become like Chelsea". Whilst I'd argue that Chelsea's policy of sacking the manager hasn't prevented them from being successful, with them winning plenty of trophies with the eight different managers they've had in the past six years, it certainly has limited their success.

Manchester United

Powerful Pogba and unintelligent Lukaku

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There hasn't been awful lot of excitement in this summer's transfer window but there has been the odd story that has caught people's attention. It appeared as though Romelu Lukaku was heading to Chelsea and Alvaro Morata to Manchester United, but the Belgian striker snubbed his former team to be re-united with Jose Mourinho, leaving the Spaniard movingto Stamford Bridge.

VIDEO: Why did Clattenburg ignore this blatant foul?

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This is unbelievable from Mark Clattenburg.. How is this not a foul ? pic.twitter.com/ujjo329uFW

- Man Utd Videos ⚽️ (@ManUtdVines) January 21, 2017

With Manchester United 1-0 down, Marcus Rashford was set to charge in to the Stoke box to find himself one on one with the goalkeeper.

Why didn’t journalists challenge Van Gaal’s bizarre claim?

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Leicester City, Louis van Gaal attended the press conference in a very defensive mood.

Leicester could win the league if they beat United on Sunday, which prompted a journalist, Nick Collins from The Telegraph, to ask Van Gaal whether this was a strange position for our club to be in, given our players are so used to winning titles.

United players turning on Van Gaal

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Reports in the press today claim that Manchester United players let Louis van Gaal know they had endured enough, following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The manager blamed the defeat on several reasons, including Anthony Martial not putting away the only chance United had on target (which was just one of the five shots United had over 90 minutes), miscommunication amongst the defenders, and Marcos Rojo.

Which manager can turn around this gutless bunch at United?

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For all the criticism Louis van Gaal has received, and he probably deserves all of it, Manchester United have bigger worries than the manager.

Firstly, there's the Glazers, who have taken £1 billion out of the club since taking over almost 11 years ago. When you consider that Manchester City's owners have invested the same amount of money, in less time, United are fighting a losing battle without Sir Alex Ferguson.

Van Gaal can’t be serious?!

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Despite all the evidence pointing to the contrary, Louis van Gaal has claimed that his tactics at Manchester United are working. The tactics are working, but the results don't support that, he claims.

I think it is working. It is not giving the best results. It is not good enough when you think you have to be a champion, or win the Europa League or the FA Cup.

What would Stuart Holden make of Evans’ SIX match ban?

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On March 19th 2011, Manchester United took on Bolton at Old Trafford, with just nine games of the Premie League season remaining.

We were three points clear of Arsenal, but they had a game in hand, so this match was a must win. Ideally, we could have done with quite a few goals too because our goal difference was superior only by three.

Have United sold their soul?

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If you hadn't heard already, United have dissolved the academy and now intend to break the transfer record with every new signing.

Like Chelsea and Manchester City, we don't play any of the players we have produced ourselves, we don't nurture top division quality talent, and are just attempting to buy success.

David Moyes’ embarrassing PR exercise

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Initially, there was almost unanimous support for David Moyes when the wheels started to come off during his time as Manchester United manager. Whilst there had been huge concerns over his appointment, given he hadn't won a thing during his managerial career, fans were sympathetic and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Glazers and Woodward risk leading club in to decline

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Manchester United finished last season as the 7th best team and have since lost several key players. Nemanja Vidic, the captain, Patrice Evra, the vice-captain, as well as two of the most experienced players in the squad, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. When you consider that takes away three of our back four, as well as last season's only cover for left-back, Alexander Buttner, United would need to buy five players just to break even.

Reaction to Rooney captaincy

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I used to love Wayne Rooney. I knew he joined the club as an Everton fan but he seemed to really get what playing for United was all about.

Rooney would repeatedly talk about how he wanted to spend his entire career here, how he wanted to be viewed by the fans in the same way Giggs was, and how much he hated Liverpool.

Should Moyes have had more time?

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Had David Moyes showed signs of progress during his first season as Manchester United manager it is likely that the board and fans would have shown more patience.

The club were determined not to become a "sacking club" so persevered with Moyes longer than any club would. To drop six places after spending £60m is an awful return and despite Moyes' claims today that the squad needed "fundamental rebuilding", these players were good enough to win the league weeks before the end of the season last year.

Moyes refuses to accept responsibility for dreadful season

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Following his sacking yesterday, David Moyes has given a statement which has been released by the League Managers Association, which reads: "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

Moyes: United look comfortable at this level…

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David Moyes has often been criticised this season for having the wrong mentality to be the Manchester United manager. Maybe it was when, ahead of Newcastle's trip to Old Trafford, he vowed we would make it as difficult for them as we possibly could, that did it. Or maybe it was, after getting thrashed by City, his assertion that we were striving to be as good as them.

Spurs in danger of putting us in Europa League

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Yet another dreadful result for Tottenham Hotspur today, showing that some clubs even manage to be worse than us in the big games this season, but they still remain above us in the league.

They've played against Arsenal on three occasions and have lost all three of them. They lost 4-0 to Chelsea, 6-0 to City away, 5-1 to City at home, 5-0 to Liverpool at home and today, 4-0 to Liverpool today.

Would Moyes get more time at another club?

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Manchester United fans stuck with David Moyes for longer than they probably should for fear of "doing a Chelsea". The west London club have regularly sacked their manager and this has been widely criticised. I wrote at length about this at the beginning of the month, pointing to the fact Chelsea have hardly struggled for success over the past decade, despite getting rid of the manager at least every couple of years.

Where it all started to go wrong for Moyes

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When Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, most supporters were fairly surprised, given that the former Everton manager hadn't won a single trophy and had never managed a side in the Champions League.

Whilst finding a manager with a CV that matched Ferguson's was impossible, the difference in quality between the two men was incredible, despite claims from some sections of the press that they were "cut from the same cloth".


FA disrespect the fans yet again

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Every year there seems to be some complaint levelled at the FA for the way they treat the fans. Whether it's scheduling games at a time that makes it impossible for the supporters to get home using public transport, not giving fans enough tickets or charging supporters too much, they always manage to get something wrong.

Media Making too Much Meal Out of a Match?

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Here's an interesting interview between John Motson and Brian Clough; the former, a news pundit, and the latter, one of the best managers in the history of English Football. The discussion revolves around the issue of over-emphasis of the media that overshadows the actual game.

Pre-match and the post-match discussions and hypes are integral parts to the game of football.

Wayne Rooney

Was ref right to award Rooney a penalty?

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With United 2-1 up against Preston last night, Phil Dowd awarded a penalty after Wayne Rooney went to ground in the box.

A penalty is awarded to the opposing team if a player commits any of the following offences in the penalty area in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

kicks or attempts to kick an opponent
trips or attempts to trip an opponent
jumps at an opponent
charges an opponent
strikes or attempts to strike an opponent
pushes an opponent
tackles an opponent
holds an opponent
spits at an opponent
handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

Thorsten Stuckmann got nowhere near the ball and if Rooney hadn't jumped out of the way, he would have been clattered.

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

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Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.

In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.

How did Wilshere get away with it?

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With an hour left to play yesterday, Arsenal should have gone down to 10 men after Jack Wilshere tried to headbutt Marouane Fellaini.

Standing at just 5 foot 7, Wilshere's forehead could only reach Fellaini's chest, but obviously the height difference between players isn't mention in FIFA's laws of the game when giving criteria for red cards.

PICTURE: What did Guardiola want Rooney to do?

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With just minutes to go in in last night's 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger was sent off for a second yellow card for a foul on Wayne Rooney.

Pep Guardiola immediately made a 'diving' gesture on the touchlines but this didn't stop the referee from sending off the German's goalscorer.

Suck it up, Wazza

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In October 2010, Wayne Rooney claimed that he would not be staying at the club because he feared that it didn't match his ambition. Have just missed out on the title but one point the season before, following three successive Premier League crowns, he sounded more than a little foolish.

By the end of the season, United were champions again and Rooney even scored a goal in the Champion League final, again illustrating how premature he had been to write the club off.

David Moyes

Quest for a ‘classy’ United

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The word ‘classy' appears in football prattle with increasing regularity, now considered the acme of all behaviour; gestures, non-gestures, tweets, messages of support, banners, all of that. Truth is, one of the things that's so compelling about football is the opportunity to ignore a goodly chunk of these precise mores and pressures, because, after all, it's only football.

Please sack him – now

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I genuinely wanted to support whoever replaced Sir Alex Ferguson until the bitter end. I've always enjoyed the siege mentality that our former manager instilled in us and was ready to back his replacement.

When David de Gea replaced Edwin Van der Sar, the press ate him up for breakfast. That first game against City in the Charity Shield was a nightmare.

Mentally soft? Don’t do it Dave!

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Following United's dismal 2-2 draw with Fulham, yet another occasion when points have been dropped against one of the worst teams in the league, David Moyes claimed they were mentally soft.

"Today was as bad as it gets," he said. "How we didn't win, I have no idea. It's goals that count.

The Rest

Liverpool legend’s embarrassing stance on Fellaini

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Jamie Carragher has had his say on Marouane Fellaini, who was one of two players to be fouled in Leicester's box last weekend, along with Memphis Depay, only for neither penalty to be awarded.

In response to Robert Huth pulling Fellaini's hair, the Belgian elbowed Huth in the face.

Carragher hopes that Fellaini, who used to player for the Carragher's boyhood club Everton, never plays in teh Premier League ever again.

LvG is no better than Moyes and is making Manchester United worse? Yeh, ok!

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After reading a ridiculous article about Louis van Gaal, I thought I would respond to a few of the claims being made about Louis van Gaal.

What does a new manager, a famed philosophy and £250 million worth of new signings get you? Well, in Manchester United's case not a great deal.

PICTURE: Why does this referee only send off United players for touching him?

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Joe Hart went head to head with Michael Oliver on derby day this season, but the referee dealt no punishment.

Cesc Fabregas shoved Oliver out of the way this season, but the referee dealt no punishment.

Vincent Kompany put both hands on Oliver when complaining about Crystal Palace's first goal this evening, but the referee dealt no punishment.

Groan’s rants: Enjoying football’s moments, managing injuries and incompetent referees

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Morning all.

After one of the most tense matches in our recent history, Arsenal are in the FA Cup Final. Sounds good, doesn't it? However laborious the match was, however close we came to being added to Wigan's long list of cup scalps, we became the first team in two years to knock them out, and as a result find ourselves up against Hull in our first return to the annual showpiece since Vieira's spot kick won us the trophy in 2005 (or started our trophy drought, depending on who you listen to).

Why are the press linking Cantona masks to fan’s death?

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This morning, ahead of United's game against Crystal Palace, Phil Neville posted a picture of Eric Cantona on Instagram. What's the link? Cantona attacked a Palace fan who verbally abused him, calling him a "motherfucker" and telling him to "fuck off back to France".

Turns out Simmons had been on BNP and National Front rallies, and had attacked Sri Lankan-born Lewis Rajanayagam with a three-foot spanner.

PICTURE: Zaha has a pop at Moyes on Instagram

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