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De Laet: First Class Education From United

Ritchie de Laet, who joined Leicester last month, has spoken about the impact Manchester United has had on his career.

He was a surprise signing from Stoke in 2009 and in the few opportunities he was given in the first team he looked like a good prospect.

The 23-year-old spent time out on loan at Sheffield United, Preston, Portsmouth and Norwich, before believing it was time to find a club where he could play regular football.

“I’m looking forward to finally coming into a team that are focused on going places and I can settle down now and not worry about where my next move is going to be,” he said. “I’ve signed a three year deal, which will allow me to settle down in Leicester and concentrate on my football. It was great for my education up there in Manchester because everything is first class at United, from the players to the backroom staff at the club. It was really helpful for me there, but you can only do so much for the reserves and if I wasn’t going to get a chance in the first-team next season it was better for me to move on.”

Leicester finished 9th last season, 9 points away from the play-off position. United youngster, Matty James, also joined Leicester this summer.

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  1. samuel - united WE stand says:

    it seems you’re itching for an argument and we both know that’s not the best move. I’m boring and daft, you’re stooping to the kindergarten pathetic level and i won’t be dragged along. At your age and i’m sure you’re way more mature, well by physical state i’d imagine anyway, you’d have ignored my post but you feel the need to fling snide shots. Now now, i won’t be the type to be driven off, i’ll be here posting and then posting.

  2. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    That’s why I don’t admire players such as biscuits (busquets) he’s such a fucking cheating scumbag
    Footballer in general who dives atta: young, drogba, balotelli…..

  3. CedarsDevil says:


    Again you fail to address me…………Not chasing you away pal, mind you that would be something… Just making a direct point …….

    Kindergarten? Na more like breast feeding

  4. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Cedars – if i’m boring then you’re disco stu, you really set the pulse racing. “Crossed paths with mad idiot” – well that’s a new one on the internet, i’m really frightened now. go put the bottle of gin down and act your age.

  5. Jeet says:

    Disco Stu :LOL:

    …fuck you, Samuel, but with technique and positional sense! :)

  6. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    The row in this blog between one of my admirable lad is something ROM doesn’t wanna see
    If there’s an issue between the two please I urge you to sit down and address it in peace
    IMO never wanted to get involved in such but my concern as it has been going on for a while now.

    I’m new in here hence its not coming from the best of advisers maybe PRASAN could help with a word or two

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    Never meant to frighten you, I mean how could I over a web based screen? Just letting you know that I will be gunning for you at every chance here……..I will make it a miserable place for you to come and post on

  8. MUFCJord says:

    Good luck, Ritchie

  9. samuel - united WE stand says:

    All these pathetic nonsense arose because i didn’t get the hype surrounding beckham. I’ve not been offensive, i’ve posted my thoughts in the most balanced way i could. I can tolerate people disagreeing with me but not abuse, you don’t know fuck all about me.

  10. CedarsDevil says:


    Do not worry about it my friend, its all part of the fun……….Of course I always win as well!!

  11. CedarsDevil says:


    Can we kiss and make up?

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    Calling me Disco Stu was funny I have to admit………..Besides its common knowledge that you have the best sex after an argument….

    How about it Samuel, can we have a shag darling?

  13. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Jeet

    I think you need to improve with the bongs. Technically, some inches short I guess!

    @ Chiko

    Samuel and Cedars are 2 sane people. They will get it sorted my friend. And, if they don’t, then they better be ready for my next poetry which is going to be based on The ROM wars of Manliness!

  14. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Cedars – again, you’re not acting your age. Can you imagine little kids reading what you’re posting? Gunning for me? i’m really emotional now, why are you filled with such hate over words?. Do you really think this will affect me, do you own the blog? you’ve really left me bemused. The respectable way like some have done is pretty much ignore my post, your life doesn’t get support from it.

  15. Jeet says:

    @Samuel: Just to correct the fact that we know fuckall about each other, would you be kind enough to answer two personal questions for me?

    It’s fucking cheek from me of course, but I promise I will answer any two questions you ask me in return, and of course you might be supremely indifferent, and choose not to answer my questions, or ask me any in return :)

    In any case, here are my two questions:

    1. When did you last get laid? :)
    2. How much of football have you played as a boy or young man (don’t know your age either, but that’s not the question)?

  16. CedarsDevil says:


    Stop being emotional pal, its over………..I love you and if you were next to me I would have given you a hug

  17. Jeet says:

    @prasan – lol, i was taking the piss, just in case you didn’t get it…keep em coming;)

  18. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    Does this blog have age restriction?
    I mean under 18′s shouldn’t be accessing it

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Why are people on here getting on me Samuel’s back? Worry not me Sammy, I have your back

  20. Costas says:

    Morning Cedars, Balaji, jeet, prasan and chiko. Hope you are all well.


    If you’re going to jump from a tall place, you might as well do it like Gene Wilder did at the end of Woman in red. :D

  21. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Jeet

    Haha..I was taking a shot, but missed the lips by a whisker, just in case you didn’t get a tit! Keep ‘em ‘cum’ing…Yes, I am indeed spoiling the place. Yes, this is a personal attack on Jeet. How the fuck do you think that Kournikova is your property? :lol:

  22. CedarsDevil says:


    Of course there are legal age restrictions here……..You have to be over 27 to read my posts!! ha ha ha

  23. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Chiko, We’ve got boogeyman who apparently has been under-18 for a long time. :lol:

    In answer to your question, no! But we can’t do that, can we. It is upto their discretion to stop using this site. But come on, discussions about hot women wearing small skirts in tennis, I cannot think of anyone over the age of 12 who would “not” like that.

  24. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Morning Costas!

    Cedars has been jumping on Nigella’s breasts all day long.

  25. samuel - united WE stand says:

    I’ve said it before, it’s a bloody blog, i don’t hate anyone on it. My views are positive about united, i don’t understand the aggro.

  26. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Costats

    Morning my statish freak. How are you doing today?

    Here’s one for you:

    He plays with the numbers,
    Fixes the stats like the plumbers,
    No he doesn’t have a screw driver,
    But his mind is like a pile driver,
    Deeper he digs into a fact,
    The confronter tastes the mud,
    And rolls down on the mat!

  27. CedarsDevil says:


    Ha ha ha ha….Will do…….

    On footballing matters, pity the Greek national side is boring as fuck, the Russians who were far more technical should have won that game

  28. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    Hahahaha!!! Balaji you beauty
    Costas welcome n thank you
    Cedars, I think samuel has to stop now

  29. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Balaji

    So you are yet again mistaking Chiko’s bananas for Nigella’s tits. I pity you! You want a personal attack as well? How dare you think of Nigella’s tits dripped in chocolate sauce? Is she your property? :lol:

  30. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    JUNE 29, 2012 AT 11:10
    Balaji Sivaraman says:
    Chiko, We’ve got bootywoman who apparently has been an under-18 inch “thing” for a long time.

    In answer to your question, no! But we can’t do that, can we. It is upto her discretion to stop using protection. But come on, sessions with hot women wearing small skirts in tennis, I cannot think of anyone having a “racket” over the age of 12 who would “not” like to bang like that.

    You are spoiling this place Balaji! :lol:

  31. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Cedars – fair enough. It’s all forgotten. I don’t hold grudges!

  32. CedarsDevil says:


    No aggro baby, just a bit of dance and fun in the summer heat……….

  33. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Man, these posts should really be copyrighted property of the person posting it. Then we won’t have to put up with prasan’s insanity.


    Really cool man, and I think I like your post better.

    In answer to your question, Nigella is the property of Cedars Devil, and I am sure Cedars will let me use his property for a while.

  34. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    I tell you now buddies
    Reading this blog is more fun than being a bastard typo
    All in all the indifference between cedars n sam makes it all sweeter

  35. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    So, in the end, common sense prevailed,
    It was a kiss with some blonde make up,
    Which had the argument derailed
    Cedara and Samuel we love you,
    But why do you keep saying,
    I shag you! I shag you! I shag you!

    One is a serious fella while the other is a nutcase,
    But both are desperately on, to each other’s buttcase,
    One is a Valencia while the other is a Cantona,
    But both are special, and we want ‘em in our title chase,
    So get up you beauties and finish the kiss up,
    Let’s support the REDS, in lifting yet another cup!

  36. Costas says:

    If we are to analyze the Euro based on the political and financial developments, Germany were finally thrown out of the Euro last night and the title will be decided between 2 fellow debt ridden countries. ;)


    That’s why he’s so jumpy today. :lol:

    For the record, it took Boogeyman 3 years to turn 18. Now I suspect he will turn 19 around 2017. :lol:


    Heh, well if last night was any indication, heart (and a bit of craziness when it comes to Balotelli and Cassano) should never be underestimated. The Germans probably play the best football right now, but like Russia against Greece, they just didn’t have a plan B when their back was against the wall. I will miss them in the final (just like Portugal), but I have to admire the Italians’ tenacity.


    Cheers pal. Loved the pile driver line. :lol:

    And as a tiny stat, since Low has been in charge of the German team (either as Klinsmann’s number 2 or the regular manager), 2 teams have gotten the best of him in these summer tournaments. Italy and Spain. Twice each. And they face each other on Sunday.

  37. CedarsDevil says:


    Nigella’s tits are a national treasure mate……Therefore we all have a chance to enjoy them

  38. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    What on earth is nigella??

  39. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    JUNE 29, 2012 AT 11:29
    CedarsDevil says:


    Chiko’s bananas are a national treasure mate……Therefore we all have a chance to jump on them!

    Ohh the insanity I say! Some people are absolutely ruining this place, about time Willie comes out with a fruit loop post of his!

  40. CedarsDevil says:


    Ha ha ha………Nigella Lawson, a famous TV chef. Look her up

  41. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Chiko

    Nigella is a new kind of arousing gel which Cedars uses as a substitute for KY Jelly! It’s found in the rivers of Amazon! :lol:

  42. King Eric says:


    Told Mike Italy would win. Well done. Always had a soft spot for them,. Balotelli is a nut case but when he wants to be he is top drawer. Great finish. Scweinsteiger bugs me. Bastian the beast and all that. I find him a bit over rated personally and a bit lazy. Fuck off Boateng you soft cunt jibbing that fifty fifty with De Rossi. Mowbray ” Its not like Neur to make a mistake” Really Guy? See one every fucking game. Fat arrogant bastard. At least the media won’t continue to lick “Yogi Loves ” arse and proclaim him the best manager thats ever lived. Yogi fucking Love. Grow up you cunts.

    God I hate wing nut Lineker. “Can we borrow Pirlo”? No but you had Scholes and Carrick who can both run a game.

    Like Cassano. What a handful he is.

    Come on Italy, do the Spanish.

  43. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    Okay I was confused as hell
    I’ll look her up on google
    ll check her tits aswell

  44. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    And, when the discussion goes from here to there,
    On comes King Eric, jumping on the gun out of nowhere,
    Fires the bullets up the ABU’s arses,
    He’s a proud fella without any sort of farces
    Tells it as it is, without faking any of it,
    O dear King Eric, we are loving every bit of it!

    Dedicated to the most loved ranter on here, King Eric, the legend! :D

  45. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    King eric
    Off topic, not again!!!!

    We are talking about nigellas tits
    Anyway good morning!!!!

  46. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    So nigella lawson is a hottie witgh big tits
    She’s known for cooking porn food
    Well…. Okay now I see why she’s so loved here

  47. chiko_mufc_mondlane says:

    So nigella lawson is a hottie witgh big tits
    She’s known for cooking porn food
    Well…. Okay now I see why she’s so loved (n popular) in here


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