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EXCLUSIVE Rio Ferdinand interview – What happened with Kenyon and Chelsea

In part two of RoM’s exclusive interview with Rio Ferdinand, who was speaking to promote the launch of EA SPORTS UFC, our former defender talks to Noorudean Choudry about life at United. Ferdinand’s popularity amongst the fans took a hit when negotiations over a contract were fairly drawn out in 2005, following his eight month [...]

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EXCLUSIVE Rio Ferdinand interview – Leaving Leeds for us and wanting to stay forever

EXCLUSIVE Rio Ferdinand interview – Leaving Leeds for us and wanting to stay forever

Rio took time out of his busy schedule helping to promote EA SPORTS UFC to talk to us at RoM. As some of you may know, Rio is a huge fan of the UFC and he recently took part in a training camp with the UFC’s Brad Pickett who taught him what it really means to Feel The [...]

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STATS: If only Rooney fulfilled his potential…

STATS: If only Rooney fulfilled his potential…

It should come as no surprise that Wayne Rooney was on the receiving end of plenty of stick from England fans following Saturday night’s defeat against Italy. Rooney didn’t have a good game, being shifted around in a variety of different positions, and struggled to provide Leighton Baines with much cover when on the left. [...]

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Jonny Evans – The Frank de Boer of Belfast

Jonny Evans – The Frank de Boer of Belfast

It’s been a quietly remarkable couple of years for Jonny Evans. Following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, he is now the most senior and dependable central defender at Manchester United; quite the turnaround for a player who was all but written off by those too impatient or pessimistic to give youth a [...]

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Top Journo Amazed By The Bile Rooney Attracts

Top Journo Amazed By The Bile Rooney Attracts

Speaking to RoM for the World Cup preview, Sam Wallace, the chief football writer at The Independent, has discussed at length the importance of Wayne Rooney to England. It never ceases to amaze how much bile he attracts. You might say Rooney’s curse was to be born English at the wrong time. There are so [...]

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TOP FIVE: Manchester United Players’ World Cup Moments

TOP FIVE: Manchester United Players’ World Cup Moments

As with any good list, some ground rules are needed. The first is that the player in question had to be playing at United at the time at which their World Cup moment happened – sorry Fabien, you don’t make the cut, though I suspect the fact that you won the thing probably eases the [...]

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Nani: Sporting Connection Set To See Nani Thrive At The World Cup

Nani: Sporting Connection Set To See Nani Thrive At The World Cup

Portugal go into their eighth successive major tournament at the upcoming World Cup. Reaching three semi-finals (Euro 2000, WC 2006 and Euro 2012) and one final (Euro 2004) in the last decade and a half is a remarkable achievement for a country that is among the nani poorest and smallest in Western Europe. Hopes of [...]

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Valencia – “The Amazonian Express”

Valencia – “The Amazonian Express”

On the world stage, Antonio Valencia is unarguably the most famous Ecuadorian footballer of all time. He is the only man from his country to have played in a Champions League final and the only one to have won a pair of league titles in one of Europe’s biggest leagues. His achievements are a great [...]

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Don’t go, Danny

Don’t go, Danny

Days after Danny Welbeck was first linked with a move away from Manchester United, David Moyes was sacked. Coincidence? I think not. Getting embarrassed by our rivals, failing to qualify for the Champions League, employing dire football, showing little to no tactical nous and dithering over transfer targets might be the popular understanding for why [...]

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Ryan Giggs – the end of an era

For Manchester United fans of my generation, this week we experienced the end of an era. It was a day of conflicting emotions, with the appointment of Louis van Gaal, a man who clearly possesses the qualities demanded of the manager of this great club, a cause for celebration, but tainted with an enormous pang [...]

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Amsterdam Bluff: Van Gaal is the man for United

Is Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal an arrogant man? Probably. When playing for the Ajax reserves, the Amsterdam-born midfielder claimed that he deserved a chance in the first team, as he was better than the star man occupying the striker position – Johan Cruyff. While Louis van Gaal never emulated Cruyff as a footballer, he [...]

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Louis van Gaal – a formidable guy

Louis van Gaal – a formidable guy

There’s no bigger challenge in football than succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. Knowing Louis van Gaal, it’s one he will relish. Like the great Scot, he’s a serial winner: treating triumph and disaster as the same. A title winner at each of his four previous clubs he is the most decorated Dutch manager in history. If [...]

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Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

Ben Pearson – Giving the midfield a bit of bite

A brave new world awaits under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal next summer, but regardless of who the Dutchman moves for in the summer, an existing flaw looks set to carry through into his reign: a weakness in midfield. Even if reports are to be believed that Kevin Strootman could be on his way [...]

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After beating Liverpool, U-21s only have Chelsea left to beat…

Last Friday night saw U-21 travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the U-21 play off semi final. United got this far after a nail biter in the last league game of the season, needing a win at Reading, United trailed 2-1 with less that 10 minutes to go but managed to pull a [...]

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The Month: Giggs!

Manchester United saw out April last year as Premier League champions; this year, as the team in seventh. Everyone knows that, of course. But it’s important to know, because it’s why David Moyes lost his job. He was committed, though. He didn’t really have the chance to build his own squad. His players should have [...]

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