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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.

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.

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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.

Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team to extend their unbeaten run this weekend?

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What's the betting Antonio Conte will leave Sir Alex Ferguson to eat his words following another great win at the weekend? The former Manchester United boss didn't rate Chelsea as genuine Premier Leaguetitle challengers after the Red Devils' 4-0 humiliation at the Bridge last Sunday week. Ferguson gave Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham andhis old club as five realistic contenders but a fourth consecutive league win justifies Conte's warning not to write his team off so soon.

Robin van Persie – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final thrilling gift to Manchester United

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‘I Might Still Be There If Sir Alex Didn’t Retire’ – Robin Van Persie Gets All Misty-Eyed About His Man Utd Exit

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This might prove to be difficult reading for some Arsenal fans of a sensitive disposition.

According to the man himself, there could well be a parallel universe in which Robin van Persie is still lining up for Manchester United, rather than against them.

With his Fenerbahce side in town for the Europa League tonight, Van Persieis returning toOld Trafford to face his former club for the first time sincehe left for Turkeyin the summer of 2015.

Jermaine Jenas Reveals He Turned Down ‘Weird’ Offer From Man Utd Before Joining Newcastle In 2002

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Jermaine Jenas has revealed that he turned down a 'weird'approach from Manchester United before he signed for Newcastle in the summer of 2002.

Having played his way up through the ranks and impressed during his debut senior season at hometown club Nottingham Forest, the Premier League vultures were circling as Uniteds Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle all expressed an interest in procuring the 18-year-old.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Opinion: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

The Sorcerer & The Apprentice: how Zlatan may be the best thing to happen to Marcus Rashford

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Cynics may have scoffed earlier last week when José Mourinho announced that the anointment of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the new King of Old Trafford was a “gift” to last season’s Prince, Marcus Rashford. And scoff they might: a cursory glance at José’s CV tells anyone who cares to look that he’s not exactly been a friend to young talent down years, despite his protestations to the contrary.

Bayern new star confirms Manchester United approach, says it was too late

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Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson talked to him about United's managerial job after his retirement, but it was "too late".

Ferguson stepped down from his post as the Red Devils manager after he guided United to their 20th league title in May 2013.

Rooney hoping Mourinho can have similar impact to Sir Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is hoping Jose Mourinho can have a similar impact on his career to club’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was officially named as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May and has since won his first game in charge of the Old Trafford outfit in a 2-0 friendly victory over Wigan Atheltic earlier this month.

Wayne Rooney feeling the pressure at Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney has admitted that his starting place at Manchester United is under pressure following the arrival of big attacking names at the club.

Jose Mourinho has already signed attacking duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, alongside defender Eric Bailly since his appointment at the Old Trafford outfit in May.

Manchester United legend Ferguson reveals special player of this generation

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Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is the “special player” of his generation.

The 31-year-old played a key role in helping the Spanish capital club win their second Champions League title in three years. Following that, he joined Portugal squad for the Euro 2016 and was instrumental in his side’s route to reach the final, where he lasted only for 25 minutes.

Ferguson backs Mourinho to let Ryan Giggs leave

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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to not install club legend and former assistant Ryan Giggs in his backroom staff and allow the Welshman to ‘stand on his own feet’.

Man Utd announced Giggs’ departure on Saturday to bring an end to the former winger’s 29-year association with the club with the 42-year-old keen to pursue a managerial career elsewhere.

Manchester United want Jose Mourinho to establish a dynasty at Old Trafford

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Manchester United want Jose Mourinho to build a strong legacy at the club and establish a dynasty like Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho signed a three-year-contract with the Old Trafford club, but United want him to prolong his stay beyond his initial contract.

Sir Alex Ferguson managed United between November 1986 and May 2013, but his successors couldn’t even last long within their given contracts.

The Special One Lands In Manchester

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He is the signing of the summer for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal to finally replace Sir Alex Ferguson at a reported £15m per year.

Mourinho should have been the one to replace Fergie in 2013, but after the mistakes of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Ed Woodward and the Manchester United board have finally gotten it right.

Giggs has to stay if he’s ever going to get his dream job

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With Manchester United taking an age to confirm that Louis van Gaal has been sacked and that Ryan Giggs has been offered a different role within the club, reportedly a downgraded position from assistant manager, it's worth speculating what the future may hold for United's most successful ever player.

Manchester United’s treatment of Louis van Gaal is nothing short of a disgrace – and needs reviewing

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Spurs knew about Mauricio Pochettino’s meeting with ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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World class target agrees OT move after Man Utd offer record breaking deal

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Jose Mourinho since January.

The former Chelsea manager is out of a job and is eyeing his way back into management with the Old Trafford outfit.

Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the world-class Portuguese manager and wanted him to replace their club legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Michael Keane hails Burnley’s ability to fight to the end

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Michael Keane has praised Burnley's never-say-die spirit after the club again showed their ability to strike in 'Fergie time'.

The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 20 games in midweek thanks to Keane's last-gasp equaliser against Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

The defender, 23, kept Burnley on Boro's tail with a scuffed stoppage-time finish from a corner in a 1-1 draw which came just four games after Keane had also salvaged a draw at third-placed Brighton.

Michael Keane hails Burnley’s ability to fight to the end

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Michael Keane has praised Burnley's never-say-die spirit after the club again showed their ability to strike in 'Fergie time'.

The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 20 games in midweek thanks to Keane's last-gasp equaliser against Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

The defender, 23, kept Burnley on Boro's tail with a scuffed stoppage-time finish from a corner in a 1-1 draw which came just four games after Keane had also salvaged a draw at third-placed Brighton.

Arsenal In Top Four Fight – Not Title Fight

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Seriously, how has it come to this for Arsenal? Afforded all the pillars that should support a Premier League title triumph, here they are again out of the race and scrambling around to finish in the top four.

They have cash to burn, a squad of talented individuals, a manager who has had years to implement his ideas, and in this most barmy season a series of usual suspects all falling well below par.

De Gea set to become first to become United POTY three years running

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Manchester United have opened up the voting for the Fans' Player of the Year, as well as goal of the season and U-21 POTY.

In the 2013-14 season, which saw David Moyes take over from Sir Alex Ferguson, David de Gea won the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award, and was the first goalkeeper to win it.

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.

United ambassadors toe party line on Mourinho and Giggs

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There have been several claims by those supposedly in the know that there is huge friction behind the scenes at Manchester United, in regards to who should become the next manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson has apparently lost some of his influence among the board after pushing for the disastrous appointment of David Moyes.

Charlton honoured with stand renaming 

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Ahead of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton, Sir Bobby Charlton's stand was unveiled.

Charlton is the second person in the history of United, after Sir Alex Ferguson, and has spoken about what it means to him.

This is a great honour and I am very proud – for myself and my family – that the club has chosen to name the South Stand after me.

Sir Alex Ferguson pleads for patience from Manchester United fans

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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has urged everyone connected to the club to have "patience" as current boss Louis van Gaal tries to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

United have yet to win any silverware since Ferguson retired in 2013 after guiding the English giants to 28 trophies in 26-and-a-half-years in charge.

Sir Alex Ferguson pleads for patience from Manchester United fans

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Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has urged everyone connected to the club to have "patience" as current boss Louis van Gaal tries to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

United have yet to win any silverware since Ferguson retired in 2013 after guiding the English giants to 28 trophies in 26-and-a-half-years in charge.

Fergie: Rashford is what Manchester United is all about

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Sir Alex Ferguson has sung the praises of Marcus Rashford, who has scored five goals in eight games since making his debut a few weeks ago.

Within those goals were two against Arsenal, in our 3-2 win, and our only goal in the derby day win against Manchester City.

Ferguson reckons Rashford is a great example of what separates United from the other clubs.

Fergie: United’s bad season is down to injuries

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Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Louis van Gaal following a disappointing season at Manchester United. The legendary manager claims that the number of injuries United have suffered has played a huge part in their failure, and would have had an impact on any team.

It's dead easy to be critical.

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.

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Fletch: Fergie used to spy on us using Twitter

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Darren Fletcher has spoken about how football is always changing and how Sir Alex Ferguson acknowledged he couldn't treat his last team at Manchester United the same way he treated players when he first started managing.

Sir Alex used to say he couldn't treat us like he used to treat his Aberdeen team simply because we were a different generation.

Rafa Benitez Wants To Be Like Sir Alex Ferguson

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