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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on starting Wilson against Liverpool and O’Shea’s goal at the Kop

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on starting Wilson against Liverpool and O’Shea’s goal at the Kop

Louis Saha played in six games against Liverpool, including the game at Old Trafford which saw Rio Ferdinand score an injury time winning header, as well as when John O’Shea scored at the death in front of the Kop, which put United nine points clear at the top of the table. In an exclusive interview [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Moyes’ failure and plans to become a manager

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Moyes’ failure and plans to become a manager

Louis Saha joined Everton in the summer of 2008 after struggling to maintain his fitness at Manchester United. As he was injured at the time of signing, Saha offered to train for free at Everton until he was available to play. In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia on behalf of 888Sport.com, who [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on replacing Van Nistelrooy in League Cup final and Falcao injury advice

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on replacing Van Nistelrooy in League Cup final and Falcao injury advice

Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of the greatest strikers Manchester United has ever seen but left the club in the summer of 2006 after a falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson. After being the top scorer in the competition, Louis Saha was chosen ahead of the Dutchman when United took on Wigan in the League [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Cantona, United fans and injuries

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Louis Saha on Cantona, United fans and injuries

Louis Saha signed for Manchester United halfway through the 2003-04 season after scoring 15 goals in 22 games for Fulham. He quickly became a fans’ favourite and probably would have spent several more years at the club if not for the amount of injuries he sustained. In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part IV: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and selling Welbeck

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part III: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part II: Hugo Borst on Rooney, Van Gaal’s philosophy and Fergie comparisons

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Part I: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal obsession, signing Strootman and Gay Pride

Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, [...]

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

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

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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Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Daley Blind: reading between the lines

Quality comes in many forms. Not every player is able to flash their calibre through such self-evident acts of brilliance as a decisive finish, a last-ditch tackle, a defence-splitting pass or some mazy dribble past multiple markers. Defensive midfielders seem particularly prone to going overlooked and unloved by those unable or unwilling to appreciate 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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Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

Is United’s focus on youth a “myth”?

The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players. Mike Phelan claimed “they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit”, as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be [...]

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Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

Angel di Maria: A perfect No. 7

What does it take to assume the mantle of the number seven shirt at Manchester United? Talent, obviously, though a footballer needs more than just quality in order to live up to the lineage associated with the jersey. The right kind of player doesn’t heave the burden of history up onto their shoulders and amble [...]

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Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Di Maria – Real Madrid’s Most Important Cog Is Now At United

Angel Di Maria may not be the man to provide the “miracle” Louis van Gaal is looking for to enable United to become serious title contenders this season, but he will ensure a big step in the right direction following a tumultuous few years at Old Trafford. The fact that the vast majority of the [...]

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