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Scholes: Most ambitious players leave Arsenal to win titles

Paul Scholes has had a dig at Mesut Ozil and Arsenal FC, but claiming that the most ambitious players always leave the club because they know they can’t win the league with Arsenal. Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fàbregas, Robin van Persie – have all [...]

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Ba: I don’t mind United fans singing about Gerrard’s slip

You couldn’t make it up. Liverpool were about to win their first league title in over two decades. Steven Gerrard, who had spent the beginning of every season claiming that this year would be their year, finally looked as though he was going to be right. After beating Manchester City, Gerrard ceased him moment to [...]

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STATS: Shirt sales in Manchester – red or blue?

STATS: Shirt sales in Manchester – red or blue?

Sports Direct have published a feature showing the various regions where Premier League shirts are sold. They’ve concentrated on eight clubs, including United and City, and have had made some fairly surprising discoveries, and some not so surprising. Manchester United have had larger attendances than City every single season since the war, regardless of which [...]

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Steven Gerrard: This is our year 2005-2014

Steven Gerrard: This is our year 2005-2014

July 10th 2005: “It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I’m craving for, which is the Premiership, because that’s the one I’m missing. Hopefully it will be this [...]

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PICTURES: Which United players have won the league more often than Gerrard?

PICTURES: Which United players have won the league more often than Gerrard?

1 time winners Clayton Blackmore Dion Dublin Darren Ferguson Mike Phelan Jordi Cruyff Karel Poborský Jesper Blomqvist Mark Bosnich Luke Chadwick Ronnie Wallwork Laurent Blanc Roy Carroll Diego Forlán Ruud van Nistelrooy Juan Sebastián Verón Gabriel Heinze Kieran Richardson Henrik Larsson Alan Smith Owen Hargreaves Gerard Piqué Fábio Michael Owen Darron Gibson 2 time winners [...]

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ATTACKING STATS: United players compared to those at City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

Possession City – 59.5% United – 58.1% Arsenal – 57.6% Chelsea – 56.6% Liverpool – 55.2% Passing accuracy United – 84.5% City – 85.2% Chelsea – 85% Arsenal – 84.1% Liverpool – 83.1% Accurate long balls per game United – 43.2 Chelsea – 30.5 Liverpool – 30.3 City – 22.7 Arsenal – 22.1 Accurate short [...]

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

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

Danny Taylor, The Guardian’s chief football writer PREDICTION: 3-2 City The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United’s defence – and let’s not pretend it’s been pretty – City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well. They have looked strangely subdued at times and [...]

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Has Pellegrini not watched United this season?

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s derby, Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that United aren’t any stronger this season compared to last. Similar. I think that both teams are similar. We are not stronger. I think Manchester United bought very important players this year. I think also they are at the moment where you start with a new [...]

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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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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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STATS: Glazers ensure lower spending than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Tottenham

STATS: Glazers ensure lower spending than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Tottenham

In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.

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Scholes: Empty seats everywhere at City

Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City fans for failing to sell out yet another big game at the Etihad. “The crowd need to get behind this team they need to create a special European atmosphere,” Scholes said. “I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the [...]

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United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

In response to Mike Phelan’s claims that Manchester United had “lost their way” following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United’s history of youth team players. He claimed “it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products”. Whilst we [...]

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