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Wilson: Great watching Ruud score for the team I supported

James Wilson has spoken to MUTV about which strikers have been his favourite. Wayne Rooney – “He broke through at Everton when he was 16 or 17 which was a similar age to me [when I made my debut]. Then he got regular first-team football from then on, so that’s an inspiration for me. He’s [...]

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Five key thoughts following United’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City

Manchester United were condemned to their third league defeat of the season by neighbours Manchester City on Sunday. Sergio Aguero’s second half strike was enough to separate the sides in a 1-0 victory for the hosts after a strange game which saw United reduced to ten men in the first period. Chris Smalling was sent [...]

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Fellaini denies spitting at Aguero

The press loves to invent the stories when there aren't any. Thanks the journalist. #ferity #tospit — Marouane Fellaini (@fellainiM) November 3, 2014 The backpage of most newspapers this morning contained a picture of Marouane Fellaini shouting at Sergio Aguero. There was a bit of spit leaving his mouth. You would think that if Aguero [...]

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Mata: Manchester derby is really intense

Juan Mata was left out of the team for yesterday’s derby after the return from suspension for Wayne Rooney. He has written his weekly blog and revealed how upset the team is. Today I’m writing to you from home after a defeat that is not easy to take. A derby is always special and the [...]

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LvG: Smalling wasn’t very smart

Chris Smalling cost United any points in the derby with two ridiculous yellow cards and was deserving of being sent off. At the time of being interviewed, Van Gaal hadn’t seen Smalling’s pathetic first yellow card, but it would be interesting to witness the conversation the manager has with the player when he does. I [...]

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Val Gaal: These players are prepared with give everything for the United shirt

Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of the players after the derby day defeat. Despite playing with ten men for an hour, United for dominated for large periods of the game, and finished the day with an impressive 48% possession of the ball. I said to the boys their willpower and labour were unbelievable [...]

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Rooney: We were in control with 10 men

Wayne Rooney is pleased with how United did today in the 1-0 defeat away to City after playing with ten men for an hour. We responded well and defended well [after falling behind]. I felt for long periods of the game we were the better team. We took control of the game with 10 men [...]

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LIVE BLOG: Manchester City v Manchester United

Good afternoon comrades, and welcome to Republik of Mancunia’s LIVE BLOG coverage of the Manchester derby. There was once a glorious period – the entire 1990′s – when United fully ruled the roost when it came to the derby spoils, 14 games played, 14 games without defeat…

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CONFIRMED LINE-UP: City vs United

De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Fellaini, Januzaj, Rooney, Di Maria, Van Persie. Bench: Lindegaard, McNair, Carrick, Fletcher, Herrera, Mata, Wilson

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Moyes: Fellaini’s dad cried tears of pride when he joined United

David Moyes has reflected on signing Marouane Fellaini for Manchester United. Technically he’s very good. He has fantastic chest control, for instance. And he’s very professional; hard working with a great attitude. He will do anything you ask and all you’ll ever hear from him is a ‘thank you, coach’ at the end of a [...]

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City Preview: Make Mine a Bitter

City Preview: Make Mine a Bitter

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will take charge of his first Manchester derby on Sunday, as the Reds travel to Wastelands looking to close the gap between the two sides to just a point. Vast improvements in the side are plain to see, and though the last two matches have resulted in only a [...]

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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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Di Maria: No way I’d go anywhere but United

After Angel di Maria left Real Madrid for Manchester United in the summer, his former club’s president claimed that he only joined us for the money. Di Maria has repeatedly claimed he came to United because he wanted to play somewhere he felt loved. First it was Gareth Bale and then it was James Rodriguez, [...]

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The Month: United remain fun to watch in October

Manchester United could do with more points, at least to avoid the annoying, if true, suggestion that it’s going the same way as it did under Moyes. Thing is, even with all that’s happened, United are a lot more fun to watch — and to think, talk and write about — this season, an opinion [...]

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Di Maria: I’m defending pride of United’s colours on Sunday

Angel di Maria’s Argentine teammates Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Agüero and Martín Demichelis will be on the opposite team on Sunday. Di Maria says that, of course, they will all remain friends off the pitch, but on the pitch it’s something different. You are defending the pride of your colours. We’ve got good friendships over the [...]

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