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Christmas Special: 15 Photos Of Nineties Footballers Looking Like Festive Nincompoops

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With the big day now less than a fortnight away, Pies though we'd chuck a little seasonal cheer in your general direction.

And what better way to do that than with photos of footballers, specifically from the halcyon days of the 1990s or thereabouts, looking like complete berks at Christmas.

Andrei Kanchelskis reveals how he was tricked into calling Sir Alex a ‘Scottish b*****d’

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Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis has revealed a hilarious episode from his Old Trafford days where he called Sir Alex Ferguson a ‘Scottish b*****d’.

Kanchelskis moved to Manchester from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk back in 1991. The former Russia international spent four seasons at Old Trafford and won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup among others.

On This Day in Football: Oxford United spoil Fergie’s party

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On this day in 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the first time as manager in a First Division clash against minnows Oxford United.

Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson at Old Trafford and was officially unveiled as United boss only two days ago. The United hierarchy had identified the Glaswegian to revive the club’s fortunes after a disappointing start to the season.

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.

On This Day in Football: It’s Fergie time at Old Trafford

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On this day in 1986, Manchester United appointed Alex Ferguson as their manager.

The man from Govan replaced Ron Atkinson at the helm and went on to become the most successful manager in English football history. Ferguson was starting to become a phenomenon even before he arrived in Manchester.

Manchester United’s Champions League Chances

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For two decades, Manchester United held a permanent seat at Europe's top table. Under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson and with the dazzling talents of Giggs, Beckham, Rooney and Ronaldo on show, the Red Devils were feared across the... Continue Reading →

Battle Of The Buffet: Cesc Fabregas Admits He Was The Arsenal Player Who Threw Pizza At Sir Alex Ferguson In The Old Trafford Tunnel Back In 2004

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It's been nigh-on 13 years but the identity of the mystery Arsenal assailant responsible for wanging a slice of pizza into Sir Alex Ferguson's face after a match at Old Trafford has finally been revealed.

In what has since come to be known as 'Pizzagate' or 'The Battle of the Buffet', Manchester United beat the Gunners 2-0 in a suitably tempestuous encounter on 24th October, 2004, thus bringing the away side's 49-game unbeaten run to an abrupt halt.

The moment Van Nistelrooy’s United career ended

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The catalyst to Manchester United's latter stint of success was the 2006 League Cup final. Like Jose Mourinho stuck with Sergio Romero for the Europa League final, given how option he had played in the competition up until that point, Sir Alex Ferguson chose Louis Saha over Ruud van Nistelrooy. Saha was the top scorer in the competition and scored in the final.

Mourinho’s transfer window the envy of other clubs – but do you remember 2013?

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Watching the horrors unfold for other Premier League teams on transfer deadline day took me back to the summer of 2013.

Our world had come crashing down when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. The news that David Moyes was replacing him, a man who clearly was not qualified for a position as demanding as that of Manchester United manager, was fairly terrifying.

Phil Jones hits back at critics, addresses injury issues

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones was once tipped by Sir Alex Ferguson to become United’s greatest ever player.

Fast forward a few years and the 25-year-old has started only 113 matches in the Premier League since moving to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2011.

Perfect Start To The Season For Manchester United

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It's been a perfect start to the season for Manchester United. Nine points from their opening three matches, 10 goals scored and 0 conceded.

Saturday's win over Leicester was the first signs that this season could be different than the ones since Sir Alex Ferguson departed Old Trafford.

United racked up 22 shots in a match that also saw Romelu Lukaku have a penalty saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who produced an inspired performance.

Satnav woe for former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson may have been a regular visitor to Blackburn Rovers’ ground in the past, but that didn’t stop him getting lost in the town over the weekend.

The ex-Manchester United boss was travelling to Ewood Park on Saturday to watch his son Darren’s Doncaster Rovers team face Tony Mowbray’s side.

Second Time Has To Be A Charm For Mourinho

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Manchester United is finally returning to the UEFA Champions League and all eyes will be on Jose Mourinho this fall. The manager also known as “The Special One” traditionally performs best in his second year, and he’ll have to if he hopes to keep his job. If he doesn’t end up competing for silverware, he likely won’t get a third opportunity.

Nothing short of a Premier League title challenge acceptable for Manchester United

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The 2017-18 Premier League season is less than a week away from starting, with Manchester United fans rightly looking towards the new campaign with a feeling of optimism.

Jose Mourinho's men did what was required of them last term, winning two cup competitions and booking a place in the Champions League in the process.

Manchester United adding strength and quality to cover past weaknesses

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Man Utd's signing of Nemanja Matic is certainly likely to make the Red Devils stronger defensively and give creative players more time to wreak havoc. But it also had another consequence: the arrival of the 6ft 4ins Serb has made Man Utd the tallest team in the top six. Could this play a factor in propelling them back to the top of the table?

Liverpool player’s departure highlights United’s growing shadow

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It has been announced today that Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is set to leave the club for £5m, 10 years after he first joined from Brazilian side Gremio.

United had just won the league two months before Leiva signed but Steven Gerrard had high hopes for the midfielder.

"From what I've seen of him so far he's got everything you need in a Liverpool player; good touch, good passing and he's also a good lad off the field," he said.

Lukaku’s signing shows United ready to fight for major silverware in 2017-18

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Given that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tenure at Old Trafford came to an end last month, signing a centre-forward of note was always going to be Manchester United's main priority this summer.

In Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils have landed a player that can become one of the world's best and someone that has proven himself as a predatory force in the Premier League over recent seasons.

Why aren’t United considered favourites to win the league next season?

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It's Jose Mourinho's second season in charge, Manchester United have returned to the Champions League, and elite players are linked with moves to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. But bookies are still favouring Chelsea and local rivals Manchester City ahead of the Red Devils for glory next term.

Manchester United seal agreement with top quality midfielder, Jose Mourinho delighted

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has agreed to a one-year extension with the club.

The English midfielder will now stay at Old Trafford until June 2018, the Premier League giants have confirmed on their official website.

Carrick has been a fantastic servant for Manchester United over the last decade and his extension will be a major boost for Mourinho.

Phil Neville over-optimistic with Lloris shout

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In June 2011, David de Gea received both the ultimate blessing – and the deadliest challenge. His transfer to reigning Premier League champions Manchester United was just reward for a stellar season with Atletico Madrid. However, he was also tasked with replacing the retired Edwin Van der Sar between the sticks.

Sir Alex Ferguson In Praise Of Geordie Footballers

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Michael Carrick will son be getting a testimonial at Manchester United and he's been at the club since 2006 when he signed on from Tottenham for a cool £18M. Ferguson also managed Bryan Robson who was born in Chester-le-Street and Bryan started his career at West Brom before joining Manchester United in 1981 as a [.

Fergie gives his verdict on whether Europa League is worth winning

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Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League following the victory over Rostov.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who won two European Cups, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup, has claimed that United should do everything they can to win the Europa League.

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League.

Man Utd star confirms that this fan favourite is set for Old Trafford return in June

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is all set to return to the Old Trafford dugout this summer.

The Scottish manager spent 27 years at the club and guided the Red Devils to the top of English football before he retired in 2013.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd managerial comeback announced

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Honoured to announce that The Boss will be manager at my testimonial in partnership with @_MCFoundation & @ManUtd. Will be a special day....

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Mourinho wants to make Ferguson feel loved

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Jose Mourinho has been keen to include Sir Alex Ferguson in life at Manchester United after he kept his distance during the time of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

It's the same relationship we had in the old days. A phone call, an SMS, sympathetic details like we always had with each other.

Doing The Man Utd Shuffle: Japanese Side FC Gifu Change Kit At Half-Time After Passing To Opposition For 45 Minutes (Video)

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Down in the Japanese second division, FC Gifu were forced to invoke the 'Manchester United shuffle' and change their kit at half-time after a colour clash disrupted their game plan.

On Sunday afternoon, Gifu,wearingtheir traditional green, were onhosting duties against Matsumoto Yamaga, who turned out in their dull grey away strip.

Ibrahimovic wins League Cup 2017 for Manchester United

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Manchester United won the English League Cup 2017 by downing Southampton in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Wembley. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, once again displayed his class by scoring twice in the final. Jose Mourinho delivered the first cup for United in his first season as manager. With his fourth League Cup triumph, he now joins Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough as the most successful manager

Manchester United v Liverpool in trophies – Which club has won more titles?

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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.

European heavyweights are struggling this season because of this Man Utd transfer

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly one of the world’s best footballing icons. Despite being 35 years old, he is continuing to dominate the Premier League this season. In his first season for the Red Devils, he has racked up an impressive 15 goals so far this season in the league.

Ever since the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired from coaching, Manchester United has been in a transition period.

Mourinho: United is Ferguson’s club

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Jose Mourinho has talked about the support Sir Alex Ferguson has offered him since taking charge of Manchester United and before.

The support I feel is the support I've always felt with him, except when I was a direct competitor and playing against his teams. I always felt this kind of support.

Wayne Rooney and the art of scoring 250 goals

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It has taken him long, but eventually he did it at 31, Wayne Rooney became the all time record goalscorer for Manchester United, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton. With this achievement, Rooney has etched his name amidst the pantheons of the greats. 250 goals in 546 matches at 175 minutes per goal ratio is no mean feat.

Sir Alex claims Mourinho and United unlucky not to be challenging Chelsea for the title.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of how unlucky Jose Mourinho has been in his first season at Manchester United and claims that they would be challenging Chelsea for the title.

As with everything in life you can say "what-if?" but it doesn't hide the reality. The reality is that Manchester United are sitting FOURTEEN points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table with sixteen games to go and have a real fight on their hands to finish inside the top four.

Herrera: Fergie knocked Liverpool off their perch

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Before Manchester United won their first league title with Sir Alex Ferguson, we had seven league titles and Liverpool had 18. By the time he retired, it was 20-18 to us. Fergie famously said that his greatest achievement was knocking Liverpool off their f**king perch, and Ander Herrera has discussed that today.


Wenger surprised by Doncaster and not too pleased with Arsenal

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It was not as if Arsene Wenger got the hairdryer out on the Arsenal team that struggled to a 1-0 win over the League One club Doncaster last night, although Sir Alex Ferguson was there so he could have borrowed one off the former United manager if needed. But you could tell that the Frenchman [...]

How Beckham’s PR campaign saw him leave United

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Following the 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup at home to Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with the team, and kicked a boot across the dressing room.

Remarkably, the boot hit David Beckham in the face, even though it was a complete accident on behalf of the manager.

Beckham received medical attention at the ground before leaving with his wife Victoria and son Brooklyn.

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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.

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.

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Guardiola tells City history men to keep at it

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Swansea (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has demanded no let-up from his history-making Manchester City side after they recorded a record-breaking 15th straight Premier League win.

Guardiola paid tribute to his table-topping team after they brushed aside Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday to set a new English top-flight record for successive victories.

Essex Based Teens Get Indonesia Call Up

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I must admit I am not familiar with Hutton FC despite them being 89 years old. They are based in Essex, a county I am also unfamiliar with as it is on the wrong side of London as far as I was concerned.

Two Hutton players received an unlikely letter recently asking if they would like to be called up by the country.