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Top Five United v Liverpool memories

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Whilst the glow from Nemanja Matic's stunning half-volley at Selhurst Park on Monday night should last a few more days, at least, there's the small matter of the visit of Liverpool looming on Manchester United's horizon. Admittedly, the Serbian's stoppage time winner against Crystal Palace has certainly given Jose Mourinho's side a much-needed boost ahead of the visit of Jurgen Klopp's men, given that the Premier League's third-placed team have bagged 18 goals in their last six games and are showing something vaguely and worryingly resembling consistency.

Munich and the philosophy behind the Busby Babes

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Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, when 23 people were killed, including eight Manchester United players.

Many of those killed were then household names, such as England stars Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards and Roger Byrne, all of whom would have played in the World Cup Finals in 1958, probably in 1962, and possibly in 1966.

Top Five United January Transfers

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Historically, January has tended to be a relatively quiet month for Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson rarely dipped his toes in the winter transfer window, save for a few notable exceptions, and typically, this modern-day United tends to stick with what it's got when it comes to the midway point of the season, whether that's for better or worse.

Sanchez is another layer of gold paint for United

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There's an oft repeated quote from Zinedine Zidane after Real Madrid sold Claude Makelele and bought David Beckham in 2003. "Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?"

Now, to be clear, Manchester United aren't losing an engine, and Sanchez is probably one of those premium layers of gold paint that also offers rain protection to the car, but the analogy just about holds up if you when you consider just what United are doing.

Top Five Best Things from Manchester United’s 2017

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Given that this current Premier League campaign has seemingly fallen flat even with four month still to run due to the antics of some particularly bothersome neighbours, there's a danger of writing off Manchester United's 2017 as something of a letdown. And that's not totally unreasonable; Jose Mourinho's side ended last season in a disappointing sixth, and find themselves irretrievably behind league leaders Manchester City with this current league campaignonly half-finished.

Top 5 Jesse Lingard Goals

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Last Tuesday night's 2-4 victory at Watford was a special occasion for several reasons. Ashley Young's remarkable brace set Manchester United on their way to a first away victory in a month (at the time), but even our makeshift left back's contribution was given a run for its money as the evening's highlight after Jesse Lingard added to his burgeoning highlight reel with a mazy run and finish to seal three points late on.

Martial FC

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It feels odd describing a £50m man who scored against Liverpool on his United debut as a "cult hero", but Anthony Martial's Manchester United career has constantly refused to be a straightforward.

Picked up in the dying embers of the Summer 2015 transfer window after Ed Woodward asked Jorge Mendes if he had any remaining stock left in his fun house, the story of Martial bares all the hallmarks of United post-Fergie.

Top Five Champions League games at Old Trafford

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Perhaps as a reaction to Tuesday night's jagged 2-0 victory over Benfica, I've been thinking about the many great Champions League nights that Old Trafford has been graced with since the competition replaced the old European Cup in the 90s. Sure, the club's most seminal CL outings took place in Barcelona and Moscow, but our fair home has experienced some classic encounters over the years that will live long in the memory, even when United didn't win.

Manchester United: An A-Z of 80 years of promoting youth

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Today marks the 80th anniversary of Manchester United having an academy graduate in every single match day squad. That means for an incredible 3,883 consecutive matchesUnited have involved a youth team player in the first team, a record dating back to October 1937.

For context, the club with next longest run is Everton with over 1,000 consecutive games over a period of 21 years.

Top 5 Ruud Van Nistelrooy goals

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It's always a nice nostalgic treat to see Manchester United bring out players from the club's illustrious past for a friendly, and they did so again to great effect this past weekend with Real Madrid in town for a second Legends match of this summer. The game ended 2-2, with United winning the tie 5-3 on aggregate, but these friendly meetings are more a chance to bask in United's yesteryear andsee a flash of quality or two from a footballing great when they roll around.

Three things for United supporters to look forward to this season

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The rise and rise of Marcus Rashford
Manchester United have inevitably been linked to Monaco's Kylian Mbappe this summer, but ask yourself why would they spend in excess of £100 million on the French striker, when they can already boast a player just as good?

There is no better young striker in world football than Marcus Rashford, and he cost the club absolutely nothing.

Top journalists rate Mourinho’s first season

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Ahead of the 2017-18 season, I spoke to a few of the country's top journalists, including Daniel Taylor, Henry Winter, Oliver Holt, Oliver Kay, James Ducker, Mike Keegan and Mark Ogden. They gave their views on the season ahead, who we should sell and buy, and what would constitute a successful season.

Matic – the glue that holds the team together

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"Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?" Zidane on losing Makélélé

For the second time in four years, Roman Abramovich has let the icy façade drop and rewarded one of Chelsea's long-serving senior players for their service by packing them on a private jet and sending them up north to Manchester.

RoM’s Manchester United 2017-18 season preview

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RoM is today launching a comprehensive e-book to get all Manchester United fans fully in the mood for the season ahead.

As always, all profit from the e-book will go to Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing Centre and it only costs a minimum of £5 to download, although you can pay more if you would like to donate more to this cause.

Top 5 Failed Manchester United Transfer Tales

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There's a certain amount of emotional protection required during the transfer window when you're a Manchester United fan. Not that we're the only club to be spuriously and recklessly linked with the latest prodigal talent for the sake of extra clicks, but over the years, United fans have seen so many potential deals fall through, seen the club's name used by so many agents to drum up interest and been the go-to name to drop when a player wants a nice new contract that it's hard not to be even a little sceptical about almost every single player that the club is linked with.

Finding Our Feet

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Few marriages if any are perfect, no rose garden is without its thorns, and no match, despite the popular phrase, is made in heaven.

Many Manchester United fans were wary of if not fully against the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their club's manager at the end of the 2015/16 season. And, while many more were thrilled to see the Portuguese given the job, even they could probably understand the deep-seated misgivings of those others.

TOP FIVE: Best things Jose Mourinho has done at Manchester United so far

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Other than the one about Anthony Martial, none of the worries outlinedin last month's TOP FIVE have really gone away. Manchester United have, of course, won a trophy since then—which was really nice—but have also missed out on a glorious opportunity to apply more pressure to those currently above them in the league by drawing at home with Bournemouth—which was really, really, really, really frustrating.

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.

TOP FIVE: Worries about Jose Mourinho which won’t quite go away.

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As regular TOP FIVE readers will know, I am an optimistic sort, much more inclined to be cheery about Manchester United and their fortunes than miserable. And ultimately, that optimism extends to Jose Mourinho bringing his substantial managerial nous to bear on United over the coming years.

There has been plenty of evidence that things are moving in the right direction—big wins and big moments, the arrival of some of the world's best players and a substantial improvement in some of the squad players, particularly defenders.

The lost art of the winger

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There is no right or wrong way to support your football club. It's a deeply personal journey for us all. Yet every club has certain characteristics to which those that love them can all relate. Manchester United is no different.

If every United fan was asked to pick a defining image, a single moment in time, one that summed up what the club meant to them, the images would fill volumes.

Paul Pogba’s United journey in full

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The spun-out, cryptic and at times monotonous return of Paul Pogba has finally come to a close. One of the finest talents to come through the prestigious academy is returning back to Manchester in a chunky red Chevrolet.

However this summer's saga pales in comparison to when we first signed the Frenchman from Le Harve, a transfer which ran from July through to October 2009.

TOP FIVE: Reasons for Manchester United Fans to Watch Euro 2016

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The summer is here, and for a healthy chunk of the Manchester United faithful the idea that football can exist without the Red Devils is a tough sell. "Pah, international football isn't the real thing" cry those who can't wait for the season to start up again in August, and plan to spend the intervening months refreshing Twitter hoping for new transfer news.

What football is all about

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Twenty-six years ago I sat down with my dad to watch Manchester United play Crystal Palace in an FA Cup final.

We drew 3-3 on that day, a thrilling match that was like water and light to the seeds of support for this club that my dad had sown over the preceding eight years.

United's eventual victory, after a replay -for which I came home early from a cycling proficiency lesson and the sight of that team lifting the FA Cup, sparked my lifelong love for this club and, indeed, the game itself.

Light at the end of the tunnel

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It is impossible to escape the air of despondency that has engulfed Manchester United over the last three years. A quarter of a century in the making under Sir Alex Ferguson, the spirit and self-belief he fostered in players and fans alike has been entirely sapped.

That last title win of the Ferguson era seems like a lifetime ago and there is no telling when the next triumph will come.

TOP FIVE Reasons Juan Mata should not have been sent off against West Brom

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After getting into the side and actually being quite good for a bit, Juan Mata—apparently realising he was in danger of prolonging Louis van Gaal's Manchester United career—decided to take matters into his own hands and get himself sent off against West Bromwich Albion.

He has kept up the charade that he didn't mean to do it, saying on his blog (Mata has a blog, you know), "I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility.

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What needs to happen for United to dominate once more?

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Jose Mourinho has been the subject of plenty of drama recently, from his verbal spat with Antonio Conte, to trouble with the FA, to where he may possibly manage at the start of the 2018-19 season. Reports about his commitment have been reoccurring for the last few months, due to Jose's own comments about PSG and how he loved Paris as a city, which added to reports suggesting he may replace Unai Emery at the end of the season.

Why Carragher got his Guardiola versus Mourinho analysis wrong

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Jamie Carragher's column in The Telegraph this week rips Jose Mourinho apart and more or less hails Pep Guardiola as football's modern day messiah.

Mourinho is by no means perfect. Maybe arguments about his methods being outdated have some truth to them. United fans aren't enamoured by him.

Luke Shaw – another Ben Foster?

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Jose Mourinho has been critical of Luke Shaw on several occasions this season. Following the 3-1 defeat away to Watford, Mourinho singled Shaw out for blame for the second goal, saying Shaw should have got tighter to his player. "This is a tactical but also a mental attitude," Mourinho said.

After the Swansea game, when Shaw had been deemedfit to play and travelled with the team, only for him to tell the manager he didn't think he should play, Mourinho again gave him a public dressing down.

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Red Christmas

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! RoM has managed to find some brilliant ideas for Christmas gifts for Manchester United fans. We've also got some discounts available exclusively for RoM readers. Enjoy!


100% unofficial Manchester United tshirts since 2001.

Wayne Rooney’s 10 best moments at Manchester United

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10. EFL Cup final 2017
Wayne Rooney didn't even get on the pitch for Jose Mourinho's first trophy win as Manchester United manager. With a couple of minutes to go and the scoreline at 2-2, Rooney was on the touchline, ready to come on and help the team win.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner though meaning Rooney wouldn't get a run out or a shot at glory, not that he was bothered.

TRANSCRIPT: An Evening With Cantona Part II – Talking to Fergie, Looking For Eric and Missing Football

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Following on from Part I, which documents Eric Cantona's thoughts on joining Manchester United, kicking the hooligan, his best goal, among other things, part II looks at our hero's life post-football.

Q: Do you miss football?

E: I don't miss it. When I retired, I wanted to do something else.

SCHOLES EXCLUSIVE: I loved walking out at Old Trafford as a coach

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Paul Scholes had a reputation of shying away from the camera when he was a Manchester United player. Following Scholes' 500th game for United, where he scored in our 2-0 win over Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson laughed when he was asked whether Scholes would be following him for an interview.

Since retiring, Scholes has become a pundit for BT Sport and has beenvery critical of the managers that have followed Ferguson, particularly Louis van Gaal.

Marcus Rashford – the player we wanted Welbz to be

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Manchester United supporters have seen so many players come up through the ranks at the club and make it in the first team. Fans of other clubs can boast the same but none of these supporters have seen their youth team products claim the success our academy products have. Teams at the top of the table in this country rarely bring through youngsters yet United have always relied on their own players, either as the stars or valuable squad members.

Adrian Doherty – Like Bob Dylan in a no 7 shirt

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Adrian Doherty was from Strabane in Northern Ireland and played for Manchester United's youth team during the 1990's, although his name isn't one you will have heard mentioned too often. Despite once boasting talent equal to or surpassing that of Ryan Giggs', a cruciate injury ended his career days before he was set to make his debut for the first team, and he tragically died a few years later after falling away from football.

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.


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.

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Remembering the Babes 60 years on

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While I can't recall the first conversation I had with my dad about the Munich Air Disaster, the knowledge of this huge piece of our club's history is something that has always been apparent.

Sir Matt Busby's statue stands outside the ground and "we'll never die" is sung most weeks. The reminders of Munich are always with us.

Why don’t the players hate each other any more?

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In years gone by, when Arsenal visited Old Trafford, there was a hatred in the air that wasn't present for many games.

Of course the likes of Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City have always been bigger rivals for Manchester United, but the competition between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson's teams in the late 1990's and early 2000's meant a new rivalry was formed.

EXCLUSIVE PAUL SCHOLES INTERVIEW: Signing Ronaldinho, his greatest teammate and playing against Vieira

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In the summer of 2003, Ronaldinho was set to sign for Manchester United from PSG. The Brazilian was tipped to be the best player in the world so to lose out on him was hugely disappointing. The blow was softened by us signing Cristiano Ronaldo although at the time we obviously didn't know what sort of player he was going to develop in to.