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Andy Mitten writes for The Daily Post about it being Rooney’s time to emulate Cantona.

Red Flag Flying High wonders whether Anderson has missed out on his chance and it’s Pogba’s turn to shine.

The Mirror reports on the Athletic Bilbao players who fancy their chances against us on Thursday.

F365 looks at the players who should have won more and features two United players.

Mancunia Merchandise are giving March’s proft from the 900 games, 1 club Ryan Giggs t-shirt to The Christie.

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  1. kev e says:

    ouch! :D to be fair it was more the following comment that got my goat…

    “We want to win every competition we enter and the Europa League is no different.

    “Bilbao were an impressive team last week. They were a very attacking team, had a good team shape and at times we found them hard to break down.

    “But I am sure if we are on our game 100% we can go there and get the win we need.”

    We’ve had similar comments made by players all the way through this years CL and Europa campaigns and we’ve generally underestimated the teams were up against, motivated them to play better than us, and played poorly. It’s not news to say that this years Europe campaign has been a disappointment. I’m not saying we can’t win there, of course we can, but I’m not expecting it at the moment as we’ve left ourselves a mountain to climb away from home and in Spain. So, Ash could have just said we’re confident but we’ll do our talking on the pitch..

  2. King Eric says:

    Jeet – Good thanks mate. Hope you are well.

  3. dazbomber says:

    Salford is a United Strong hold, including Eccles , Irlam Swinton Walkden streching towards Bolton.Trafford including Stretford Urmston Davyhulme,Flixton,Sale .Wythenshawe Altringham are red ,withington is spilt i think. We own the city center .I live in Eccles so i am not sure about East Manchester but i think its mostly Red. in a word Manchester is Red most of the Blue twats live in stockport and surrounding areas . There was a kids football tournament in Eccles in the summer i counted 79 united shirts and one City (spot the looney).Hope this helps.

  4. gaurav12931 says:

    there is a rumuor going around that man utd is willing offer 23m for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and Viktor Fischer.

    i know that many people dont like rumours to be posted here,but i just thought ill put it anyway.

  5. denton davey says:

    dazbomber @ 16:08: ” Manchester is Red most of the Blue twats live in stockport and surrounding areas”

    So why do people keep referring to the “blue half of Manchester” ?

  6. samuel - united WE stand says:

    ginger-breadman Durham has dropped another one of his trademark clanger. “If england had built the team around Sir steve GBH then they’d have won loads of things and also, HE has as much influence on a team as zidane”

  7. Dazbomber says:

    Denton Davey-Fuck knows any one who lives here will tell you it’s red ,City started all this shit they and all the press wanted to believe that City were the team of the locals it’s a bull shit lie that’s stuck Manchester is Red.

  8. gaz says:

    gerrard is an overrated shite, he does it against fucking Everton and he is bloody wonderful! fuck off that fucking lanky string of misery got bossed by Scholesy big style this season, fucking ugly cunt should go and check out who his misses was getting a hat-trick scored against her last night fucking GBH scummy basterd looks like a weather beaten fucking old man CUNT!

  9. lawman10 says:

    That ginger twat Durham is a cunt of the highest order.
    last night was a mid table game!!!

  10. WillieRedNut says:

    Gerrard peaked in 2009. Last nights hattrick means little against a shot shy Everton side. He couldn’t get near Scholesy for 45 minutes in the FA cup game.

  11. James21 says:

    Can’t believe Ruud only won 1 Premier League title. It was the Carling Cup that caused his fall out with SAF as he left him on the bench the entire game. Funny old game.

  12. Dazbomber says:

    Denton Davey- where I live a lot of the pubs fly United flags from roofs and sides of the buildings and have United photos of the teams through out the years on the walls it’s like a Religion every thing is built around match days , most of the lads I watch the match with I went to Old Trafford 40 years ago and we are still mates and watch every match together

  13. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Thought i’d share more jokes with the ROM folks.

    According to durham, Steve GBH is more inspirational than our very own ginger midfield dominating maestro paul scholes.

    So why is scholes less inspirational?. Is it because paul refuses to hog the limelight despite his immense talent? is it because he doesn’t scream and beat his chest like a demented mythical big-foot or is it because he doesn’t go out beating DJ’s up?. I really want to know how steve GBH is more inspirational than scholes?.

    paul is a superb accurate passer, an intelligent creative technician of a football, his awareness is always spot on and scored goals (mostly in his prime). He has been lauded and given credits by top players in the game even though he’s a very humble man. So why is he less inspirational?.

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Interesting that Spanish press are reporting that neither Fernando Llorente or Oscar de Marcos trained and are being called doubtful for tomorrow. Both scored at OT so would be a blow to them.

    Also interesting that when United landed the crush for autographs focused on just one man according to Gemma Thompson…………… Get in Sir Bobby ! Gotta love this club!

  15. James21 says:

    Your spot on the small time cunts aren’t as big as they like to think. Stockport has more Reds than Blues I was born and bred there so with the apparent Big blue area having more Reds than Blues that should tell anyone something.

    The Blue half is a term used mainly by commentators they also use it for Everton Liverpool.

  16. WillieRedNut says:

    There no logic to what Durham says. He thinks Scholes is over rated, but rates Carrick highly. Hates diving, but wouldn’t care if a English player dived to win a tournament!

  17. Andooo says:

    To all the people that say they don’t care about the Europa league; why don’t you?

    The league is the priority yes i fully understand that but if we can win the league and reach the final of champions league last season I see no reason why these highly paid professionals shouldn’t be able to play 2 games in a week this season.

    We have a big squad and if Fergie plays a weak team against them just to give the lesser players playing time as he has been doing all year in Europe, then he hasnt learnt his lesson and I won’t be happy at all.

    Are people saying we don’t care about the Europa league in case we lose and get embarrassed? Really can’t get my head round it. I rate this trophy higher than the FA cup and carling cup and we fight for trophies on 2, 3 fronts every year, why is this season any different.

    On Anderson, the guy played brilliantly at the start of the season and was arguably our best player for me. His form dipped a little before he got injured and since then we haven’t seen much of him unfortunately. So all the negative comments for me are unjust. He signed a new contract only last season, No chance he’s leaving and if he does I will be gutted!

    Keep the faith people.

  18. ahjs says:

    I can see why some think Gerrard is more inspirational as he’s the poster boy for an entire team and runs around a lot like Scotty Parker and whacks a ball like Frank Lampard. But Rafa Benitez saw him for what he was – unable to really play in midfield. Technically deficient, tactically inept with a naive football brain: a scouse Roy of the Rovers without the likeability. Benitez put a quality pair of Alonso and Mascherano back in midfield and let Gerrard play upfield. Their victory against Milan in 2005 was partly due to him bringing Hamann on because Gerrard had a shocking first half in the midfield. He was never really the reason or inspiration as to why they won that match, but people would have you believe he won it like Keane against Juve in ’99 when he didn’t.

    Gerrard is the ideal for many English football fans as the a headless chicken par excellence and that’s why I find it easy to not support the national team anymore. When Scholes retired and Gerrard and Lampard were in the middle, I couldn’t support them and haven’t since. I’ve watched on with interest as a couple of years later Italy based around Pirlo and France based around Zidane contested the World Cup final, then Spain based around Xavi won the lot whilst England literally couldn’t string four passes together.

  19. Cantona77 says:

    @dazbomber Many thanks mate, great to read what you had to say about this! Next time I’m in Manchester, the beers are on me, cheers!

  20. James21 says:

    Your name suggests to me you’re from Denton in Tameside, Greater manchester. Maybe you’re not. :)

  21. WillieRedNut says:

    From Nick Coppack on twitter attending Fergie’s PC? Rafael to start at RB. Rio and Evans at CH. Smalling on the bench.

  22. James21 says:

    Thats fairly good news for Utd although I had a sneaking feeling we might win and progress. Got to agree though with King eric and others that I wouldn’t be too bothered if we don’t. It would be nice to win the Uefa cup (In a Carling cup sort of way) but I’d rather we focus fully on the Title.
    Sir Bobby is a Legend and respected worldwide.

  23. WillieRedNut says:

    United will sign Berbatov up for another year.

  24. Costas says:


    I’d love to see us win the Europa League. Unfortunately, the manager and the players showed that they didn’t share that sentiment with their indifference so far. So now we are left with a choice. Play our strongest team on Thursday or play it at Wolves where we lost last year. There can only be one option. If City get the 1st spot back this week, it will be a huge let off for them.

  25. FletchTHEMAN says:

    SAF presser:

    “I will play Rafael at right-back with Rio and Evans as centre-backs. There may be one or two changes in terms of the midfield composition.”

    Smalling will be on the bench.

  26. Costas says:


    Sir Alex on Berbatov: “He could play tomorrow but I have good options with front players. His contract situation is we will be taking up the renewal option on the contract, but having had chats with him, he wants to get first team football and we need to consider that at the end of the season. At the moment he remains at United. I’d listen to what he says. I think he’s concerned he isn’t getting enough first-team football but it’s difficult for me to guarantee that. You can understand he wants that at 31. It may lead to him looking elsewhere.”

    So we will renew the contract, but he will still leave. What I suspected.

  27. WillieRedNut says:

    Berba could play tomorrow. On his contract, there’s no guarantees he will get the games he wants. Fergie will speak with him before any decision is made.

  28. FletchTHEMAN says:

    James21 Agree with you about Llorente, he is a handful. But I feel the key problem is how high up the park they play us. Really positive from them and always going to cause problems. If they nick a goal we will have a mountain to overcome. First goal will be very very interesting. Hope Sir Alex tells everyone to shoot on site! .)

  29. Costas says:

    What happened to Jones? I remember him limping a bit last Saturday, but he finished the game. It’s really sad that Rio is forced into this pointless game now. I hope he’ll be up for the Wolves game.

  30. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Saw that mate. Interesting that Berbatov appears happy enough on the bench. I respect him for that. Still would have rather all the B team had more opportunities in the cups which really didn’t pan out for Berbatov or Owen this year. Berbatov won’t even get a winners medal for the prem at this rate, well maybe just. Think he has 9 appearances and needs 10. Might just limp over the line then. Bit daft for some one who is odds on to score every time he laces up the boots.

    What a club. I do luv it so.

  31. James21 says:

    Yeh I think the same 1st goal is vital if the Team and SAF want to progress. We need Rooney to be on fire and watch those counter attacks they can afford to sit back and wait for their chance.

  32. FletchTHEMAN says:

    SAF presser:

    It was an outstanding performance from them, not just in terms of ability but energy as well. They had the highest stats in terms of distance run of any team at OT for the last 10 years. They’re an emerging team who I think will do very well in the coming few years.”

  33. Costas says:


    Hi mate. Well Berbatov has done a good job of keeping his dignity and not going down the Tevez route. For anyone complaining about Tevez’s lack of playing time in 08-09, at this stage of the season Tevez had started 25 games and made 10 sub appearances (35 in total and 10 goals). Berba has started 11 games and made 8 sub appearances (19 in total and 9 goals). And if you remember how much Tevez bitched about being benched, these numbers make Berbatov’s stance even more respectable.

    And I had a look about his Premiership appearances. He’s on 10 already, so no worries. ;)

  34. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cheers. Thanks for the correction.
    You asked about Jones. Heard it was a case of the flu for him.
    Anderson still 5wks away with his hamstring
    Nani ankle not to bad though

    Great to have Valencia back.

  35. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Man Utd’s record signing Dimitar Berbatov will leave Old Trafford in the summer

    From Sky

  36. Costas says:


    I think Sky are drawing their own conclusion there. Fergie didn’t confirm it. Just heavily hinted at it. ;)

    Thanks for the updates. I didn’t know about them. Hope Jones is ready for Sunday. We will need him as an RB at Wolves. Likewise for Nani. At least Antonio is back!

  37. denton davey says:

    Dazbomber @ 16:42: “where I live a lot of the pubs fly United flags from roofs and sides of the buildings and have United photos of the teams through out the years on the walls it’s like a Religion every thing is built around match days , most of the lads I watch the match with I went to Old Trafford 40 years ago and we are still mates and watch every match together”

    Where I live – in downtown Toronto – there’s a house down the street that flies a UTD flag.

    I see lots of people in UTD caps, shirts, scarves but NEVER a single person in BlueMoanBlue – some Arsenal shirts/caps, an occasional pseudo-scouser, an infrequent WannaBeRentBoy, and a fair-few Barcelona fan-boys.

    Overall, my rough statistics would be that it’s even between UTD and everyone else.

    I was just in Mexico; there you see lots of “Chicharito 14″ UTD shirts, too. No other European club in evidence there apart from Barcelona – lots of Chivas Guadalajara fans (Chicharito’s former club) and a great many national-team shirts.

  38. JC says:

    Disagree, Rafael actually defends better in the air as seen in his blanketing of DonkeyCarroll. The only real threat Wolves have is Steven Fletcher and the way Wolves have been playing the past few weeks I expect them to give up before they even walk on the pitch. They’re clearly just running out the season with every expectation of being relegated and no longer care.

  39. denton davey says:

    James21 @ 17:15: “Denton Your name suggests to me you’re from Denton in Tameside, Greater manchester. Maybe you’re not.”

    I was born in Denton – net to Gorton where Nicky Butt comes from – and spent my first year living on the Ashton Road before moving to Canada.

    Once a Red…….

  40. King Eric says:

    ahjs – Perfect summary of Stevie GBH mate.

    Durham at times is a mug and tonight he was but he was good value last night winding gooners up about their lap of honour for beating an inferior Newcastle side at home. How he doesn;t rate Scholes is beyond me. Clown.

  41. James21 says:

    Cheers mate. Was just being nosey. :D
    I have a small interest in Denton because of the towns Hat Trade.

  42. denton davey says:

    James21 @ 21:33: “I have a small interest in Denton because of the towns Hat Trade.”

    There’s not a few guys on here who would say that I’m “as mad as a hatter” ! D’ya think that there was something in the water ?

  43. James21 says:

    Didn’t use it when I worked in the trade it had long gone. I’m still mad though.

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  45. I want 2 play 4 utd says:

    I love ando, but his injuries are disturbing. I do play football too, not a pro, though. I mean i understand injuries are hinderances.


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