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Van Persie’s Shirt Sales Almost Triple After Leaving Arsenal For United has today announced that Manchester United’s Van Persie has been the most popular name printed on the back of replica football shirts, during the current 12/13 Premier League season.

The findings revealed that Van Persie accounted for 25.4% of all personalised replica football shirt sales, followed by Gerrard (8.2%), Rooney (6%), Kagawa (5.8%) and Suarez (3.6%).

Last season, Rooney was at the top spot with (8.4%) of all personalised replica football shirt sales, followed by former Arsenal striker Van Persie, (7.9%), Chicharito (7.5%), Gerrard (5.0%) and Giggs (4.6%). Overall Manchester United football shirts remained the most popular for name printing.


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  1. ididnotzeeit says:

    Absolutely gutted. The lads put in a great shift only to be upended by a bizarre call to say the least. Apparently we have our own, in-house, visionary officiating pundit that was 1 of 4 in the entire fucking building that thought it was any more than a yellow at worst. Cunt ref, Ramos, Arbeloa and parryheid, congratulations, you stand in good company.

    Giggs rolled back the clock last night, he was sensational. Couldn’t help but be reminded of SAF’s infamous coacker spanial quote. He outplayed the world’s 2nd best player in a match on the biggest of stages. Pity to see a call change a game like that. Not to say if it didn’t happen Real wouldn’t have gone on to muster a result as anything’s possible in football, but had United gone on to prevail Giggs’ performance would’ve become that of folklore passed down to generations of United faithful.

    Roll on FA Cup, time to show the true spirit of that which is MUFC. Heads held high lads, let’s bury the Renties and push for a double.

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Breaking from MEN
    UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against MUFC over Nani’s red card and non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations. More follows

    And Dan Roan
    UEFA action against United is purely concerning Nani suspension & failure to talk to media NOT dissent such as Ferdinand sarcastic applause

    Good news for Ferdinand. Hope there is something in Collina’s report to help Nani.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    And you’ll love this

    Liverpool legend Jamie Nicol says Never a Red for Nani
    AND goes on to calls Keane out!

    HA, With friends like these eh!


  4. parryheid says:


    Aptly named,and you missed out with Roy Keanes view on it as well.And I’ll ask you does the studs up challenge’s not apply to United players?

  5. WeAreUnited says:


    My computer didn’t want to open that link, it said, warning, you are entereing to a place where you walk alone.

    @parryheid I really think you are joking and just trying to get people angry. I get it, funnr response, can’t see anything else. It’s a different thing to have studs up in purpose and hit someone and a different case when yo udon’t even see the guy coming, Arbeloa clearly rushed and hit Nani, of cousre Nani trying to get the ball.

    YES, studs were up, but clearly you can use your common sense and see that it was unintentional, and Nani didn’t mean that, that’s how the decisions are sometimes made.

    My common sense says Arbeloa desevred a red card for hitting Evra, but he didn’t, why Nani’s case is any different? Use your common sense, and don’t try to be the only one who tells us that we need to get our red tinted glasses off, when for example Liverpool legend Jamie Nicol says it’s not a red and many more, but us United supporters should not say that.


  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    erm Steve Nicol ! My mind is obviously blown tonight! Cheers

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    WeAreUnited. Cheers son!! A dark place indeed!

    Now even Steve Bruce is calling Keano out……

    This is getting way our of hand! :lol:

  8. Bobby Charlton's combover says:


    Why don’t you and Roy meet up for a beer. You seem to have a few things in common.

  9. parryheid says:

    Against Bayern Munich posters on this site pilloried Rafaelfoe costing us the round with his Reckless tackles.Yet you and some others prefer Nani gets a free pass for his Reckless studs up which definately allied with poor tactics cost us progression.And I wont even mention a few of bang in form players missing for some obscure reason or times substotutions were made,Ach fuck it.

  10. Toms says:

    Still angry guys.

    Boycott Heinekin. One small way to make a difference. Maybe that insurance agency if it’s large enough.

  11. WeAreUnited says:

    you’re walking alone @parry mate, and I for example never blamed Rafael for making us lose, but I wasn’t at that time in this blog so don’t’ know the opinions here.

    Sometimes it’s betetr to have your opinions and not enter this place, because sometimes you only get angry at how people can miss some great things or not appreciate the right players etc.

    anyway. leave it parry, it never was a red. peace.

  12. AlphaRS says:

    Hello mate. From what I saw he looked at the ball and put his foot up to control the ball. But at the same time you’re always leaving yourself open to a referee making that decision. He was unlucky but I wouldn’t say that it was a reckless tackle as he didn’t make a tackle.
    United had many chances to score over the tie but just didn’t take the chances. We can all blame the referee but it wasn’t his fault Modric was unmarked on the edge of the box or that Ronnie was left unmarked at the back post. Bad decisions happen all the time. the trick is minimising the chance of being on the end of one, and if you are, how you mitigate against it.
    SAF had his tactics bang on up until the sending off. Although I would have preferred it if United were able to keep possession for a little longer. It always seemed like we were rushed in possession.
    When Welbeck moved to the left to cover where Nani was this left Alonso unmarked. Perhaps RVP should have dropped on to him for the rest of the game.

  13. Proverb says:

    A Man Utd fan called 999 to report the Nani sending off as a crime. Brilliant”

  14. NBI Red Onion says:

    We was robbed.

  15. NBI Red Onion says:

    @ parryheid – to be honest, you come across as quite dumb, you make baby level analogies and statements that are illogical, simplistic and obtuse.

  16. Goat Peticoat says:

    The red card in my opinion shouldnt have been a red card BUT I completely understand it because the europeans play girlie football and its not the done thing to kick a bitch in the tit. Nani followed the ball with his eyes and his thunderous 10 stone frame graze the bossom of the Real lass, needless to say she went flying and the revenge first muslim decided that being center stage and help the team he personally supports was the right course of action.

    If I had the choice United would withdraw from all future champions league (watered down European Cup) competiotions for the future and play a north Atlantic soccer cup with the up and coming yanks and reignite the Irish’s passion for football. Every time we play Barca or Madrid the referees are atrocious. Every time we play Germany we get a French or Turkish referee and I hate the idea of our players havig to go to shit holes like everywhere in eastern Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Ive decided that from now on United are just a domestic team and Europe is just the mickey mouse cup euro disney style. I already dont give a flying fuck about England when they play mainly because I have no desire to see England play foreigners and I have no desire to shake a foriegners hand and have something in common with him even if its just for 90 minutes.

    Nani is a prick for doing it because even he must realise that euro refs are verging on the overly soft and to go up with a leg like that is asking for trouble, but Ill admit I would have done the same thing and then I would have purposely kicked the fanny in the chest. But thats why Im not a proffessional footballer, fitess and temperament.
    Sod Europe. Cant stand the Frogs with a passion, I will never forgive the Germans for their actions at the beginning of the 1900′s, I like the Italiens but the corruption is rife. The Dagoes are corrupt and elitest, the dutch will soon be under water so it doesnt matter, the Belgians have no identity so instead they try and take a youngsters by going three knuckles deep, The Scandinavians are wet behind the ears and believe they are still Vikings………. The European Union is a collection of biggoted beurocratic numpties and the people can be pretty bloody rude at times.

    Please remind me why we want to play a game with these people, Its like playing Monopoly with Osama Bin Ladin. As soo as you build a hotel, he throws a strop sits down on top of it then explodes his vest. Fuck it. Let them win, I wont watch anymore.

  17. parryheid says:

    NBI Red Onion.

    To be frank it’s debatable if you know what honest is,and thanks for the compliments the main one being that I am totally different from you.And for fucks sake dont bite yourself there may not be an antidote for your brand of poison.Giruy.

  18. RedHairedDevil says:

    I hate to link to the Fail but Paddy’s commented on Roy’s comments:–Paddy-Crerand.html

    Naturally they’ve jumped on his dig at Keano but the old man’s got an excellent point.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    parry, there you go again, waving the flag for all sensless buffoons. seems like you’ve had that crazy bitter baguette roy keane had last night.

  20. parryheid says:

    Samuel-united We stand.

    Simply put a Clear ordering off offence whether you like it or not and dont give me the wasn’t looking/didn’t see him excuse.just think peripheral vision.

  21. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    look at this tackle on Evra from Arbeloa, incredible how he has stayed on the pitch. That was studs showing.

  22. Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson says:

    For all of his shirt selling, RVP sure bottled the heck out of those two legs against Madrid.

  23. parryheid says:

    Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson

    I would’nt say bottled it,but underperformed and has underperformed for a number of games recently.Which is why if anybody was to be dropped it would have been him rather than Rooney who has come back into decent form and snap with Kagawa and I would have had Evans as a sure starter and watching the team coming up thought Aw for fucks sake.Still that’s life.

  24. WeAreUnited says:

    firstly @parry, when you’re right, you’re right, and I will admit it, you also should be able on doing that, for example the red card, and not blame Nani or anyone for it. Just saying!

    Anyway, back to business, I agree with you both @Arthur and @Parry, I also thought that RVP should have been dropped and not Rooney. My bet is that, SAF thought, that when you have a player like RVP you always think that if you leave him out, you maybe are going to make a mistake. It usually is the case, but this time, he was a disappointment, when you consider he didn’t score.

    SO, the two-leg game turning point was that, We expected that our supersigning and man of the season RVP will deliver in this kind of games, what happened is that in his last 8, he’s only scored 1 and assisted 2. RVP scored against Madrid 0 goals and had a lot of chances that he wouldn’t have bottled if it would have been the beginning of the season. He did, summary 0 goals.

    On the other hand, Madrid expected Ronaldo to deliver in these kind of matches, and he scored 2, didn’t play his best, but basically scored 2 winners.

    The third part that if we don’t count the missed chances is that the REFEREE decided the game and ROBBED us a place in top8.

  25. parryheid says:


    Whether the card was harsh or not is not the issue with me,it’s the view he was unaware/did not see him that is.I dont believe he did not know he was there and if he didn’t then he had no right being on the pitch.Which by coincidence I said before I left for the match would put a damper on it for me.As Kagawa bang in form should have played imo and therefore we are out of the cup coutesy of a player who should not have been in the position to show studs in the first place,others think differently so be it.

  26. Evangelos says:

    I like their shirts all the way

  27. cheap nfl jerseys says:

    Whether the card was harsh or not is not the issue with me,it’s the view he was unaware/did not see him that is.I dont believe he did not know he was there and if he didn’t then he had no right being on the pitch.Which by coincidence I said before I left for the match would put a damper on it for me.As Kagawa bang in form should have played imo and therefore we are out of the cup coutesy of a player who should not have been in the position to show studs in the first place,others think differently so be it.


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