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PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United

Mike Keegan, Sports writer, BBC Sport PREDICTION: 2-1 City Expecting City to bounce back here. For me, United’s draw with Chelsea papered over the defensive cracks. Drogba is not Aguero. Yes, United might score, but who would bet against City failing to respond? There are too many mismatches for me to see anything other than [...]

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LvG: Media invented Rooney’s injury

In the run up to derby day, the media reported that Wayne Rooney was a doubt for the game, but Louis van Gaal has said there is no problem with the striker. Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible, [...]

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LvG: Giggs showed me how much the derby means

Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis. It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the [...]

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STATS: Best Manchester XI

STATS: Best Manchester XI

Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs. Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the [...]

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RoM reads

Scott talked about the derby for ESPN. Scott wrote for The Metro about Luis Suarez’s lies. The Mirror reports that David Silva is out of the derby. The Guardian reports that Luke Shaw is on the Golden Boy shortlist. Get a retro Manchester United shirt for just £20 with discount code ROM20. Win a Savile [...]

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LvG: I’m very happy with Fellaini

Maroaune Fellaini looks set to start on Sunday, with Louis van Gaal singing the praises of the midfielder who had a great game against Chelsea last weekend. He had a great contribution and also provided the assist for the goal. He did it [made a contribution] several times. He had a lot of time injured [...]

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Blackett: Playing for United means everything to me

Tyler Blackett is one of seven youth team players who have been given their debut by Louis van Gaal this season. Blackett played 90 minutes in every game until his suspension after a red card against Leicester saw him lose his place in the team. Blackett, from Hulme, has spoken about what it means to [...]

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Blind: Fans in Manchester are very nice

Daley Blind has had a good start to his time at Manchester United and recently scored a crucial equalising goal against West Brom. Having moved from Amsterdam, Blind has sung the praises of the locals. I have run into some fans in the city and it’s been very nice. Everybody in the city has been [...]

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STATS: Rooney on derby day

STATS: Rooney on derby day

Wayne Rooney’s suspension is now over but injury could threaten his starting place on Sunday as United take on Manchester City. Reports suggest that the captain will be ready in time to play and the stats above suggest that having Rooney, the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies, can only be seen as a positive [...]

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Di Maria: Mancunians are amazing

Angel di Maria is settling in nicely to life at Manchester United and credits the warmth of the fans for easing that transition. Speaking to the official site, Di Maria has expressed his desire to pay the fans back on the pitch for how welcoming they have been. The people here are amazing. I feel [...]

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RoM Reads

Scott writes for Sabotage Times about how journalists are allowing Suarez to re-write history. The Independent reports on Ashley Cole’s rumoured move to United. The official site has a Q&A with James Wilson. Win a Savile Rogue scarf with RoM. Get 20% off retro United shirts with code: ROM20

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Mata: Herrera won’t be happy with my 5-a-side team

Juan Mata has done a Q&A with questions from fans over the club’s official Facebook page. Do you have any pre-match superstitions? I have some routines, yes. I always put my left boot on first and then I always step onto the pitch with my right foot first. They’re only silly little things but I [...]

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COMPETITION: Win a Savile Rogue scarf

COMPETITION: Win a Savile Rogue scarf

Savile Rogue, purveyors of the world’s finest football scarves, have just launched their new Faithful scarf. And they’re marking the occasion by giving Republik of Mancunia readers the chance to win one in United colours. If you’re not familiar with them, Savile Rogue scarves give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos [...]

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STATS: Is Kolorov right about United and City?

Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years. United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and [...]

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RoM Reads

Scott writes for The Metro about Marouane Fellaini. The Mirror reports on Ryan Giggs going to scout Abdul Majeed. The Telegraph reckons that Juan Mata has blown his chance at United. Turkish Football reports on 17-year-old Recep Türköz coming to United on trial. Get 20% off retro Manchester United shirts on Campo Retro with code: [...]

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