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Rafael Benitez furious comments attack onChelsea fans and the club

I'm leaving at the end of the season! Furious Rafa finally cracks and blasts fans with 'agenda' as well as Chelsea for making him 'interim manager'

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Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

22:14 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 27 February 2013

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team.

His comments came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup fifth-round.

Benitez also claimed the club's decision to appoint him as an 'interim manager' was a massive mistake.

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

More to follow.

Luis Suarez handball: Graham Poll"s verdict

Suarez can't be held responsible for his handball, even if he owned up the ref's call would have stood

By
Graham Poll

PUBLISHED:

21:58 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 6 January 2013

Luis Suarez has form when it comes to cheating. But in the latest incident to attract negative headlines the Uruguayan striker was blameless, scoring what proved to be the winner in the FA Cup clash at Mansfield Town.

Handball remains the only offence in law which must be deliberate for a free-kick to be awarded – if the referee sees it.

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Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Instinct or intent Luis Suarez handled the ball before he scored for Liverpool

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

Another view: Suarez bats the ball back into his path before firing it home

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

No chance: Alan Marriott is helpless to prevent Suarez netting the Reds' second of the tie

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

Rolled in: Suarez tapped the ball into an empty net

However, there are occasions when the
officials may see a handball they do not believe to be deliberate,
though penalise the offender because they have gained too great an
advantage from the ball hitting the arm.

The Suarez goal was just such an
incident which is why I am sue referee Andre Marriner did not see the
contact, rather than judge it to be accidental. Replays certainly showed
his view was obscured.

To be clear, Suarez sees the ball
rebound from the Mansfield Town goalkeeper, Alan Marriott, and tries to
get his arms out of the way; the ball hits his right arm and drops
kindly for the striker to tap the ball into the empty net.

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

Complaints: Mansfield players were unhappy with the decision to allow the goal

The celebration, the commonly known
kiss of the wrist, was in no way an indication to opposing fans that he
had cheated, as was asserted by the ESPN commentary team.

Having known he gained from the
handball there have been suggestions that he should have told Marriner,
but I do not believe that would have made any difference – other than to
improve the Uruguayan’s tainted image.

Referees give what they see and stick
with those decisions. The images of Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler asking
Gerald Ashby to change a penalty award at Highbury are still clear – but
the penalty stood.

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

Trademark: Suarez kissed the inside of his wrist, as he does to celebrate his goals

There was a period when after such
incidents referees in Germany's Bundesliga asked a player if he had
handled the ball. If the player took the opportunity to admit his guilt,
the goal was ruled out.

If, on the other hand, he denied it,
he could be suspended with the use of video evidence. This would not
need a law change to be introduced here – just a change of disciplinary
code from the Football Association.

Perhaps an overspill from his days
playing in Germany, Miroslav Klose did exactly that when playing for
Lazio in Serie A last year. As a result, the referee disallowed the
goal.

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

Confession time: Miroslav Klose admitted to handling the ball to score during a Serie A match in September, and the referee Luca Banti duly disallowed the goal

There are of course two other
options; Liverpool could have allowed Mansfield to score straight from
the restart, or the referee could have looked at a replay of the
incident.

As neither of those are likely to
happen in the foreseeable future why not allow the offender the option
to confess and improve everyone’s opinion of modern day professional
footballers

Everton v Spurs: David Moyes talks up Tottenham fatigue

Tired Tottenham would concern me if I was AVB, says Everton manager Moyes

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UPDATED:

14:43 GMT, 8 December 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admits player fatigue is something he would be worried about if he was in his Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas' position ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash.

The contest at Goodison Park comes less than three days after Spurs' 3-1 Europa League victory over Panathinaikos on Thursday night, for which Villas-Boas fielded a relatively strong starting XI.

Although Moyes feels that will not necessarily have a negative impact on the London outfit, he says he would definitely be concerned about the possibility if it was his team.

Euro stars: Spurs played in Europe on Thursday and Everton boss David Moyes says they could be suffering from fatigue

Euro stars: Spurs played in Europe on Thursday and Everton boss David Moyes says they could be suffering from fatigue

Asked if he thought fatigue might be an issue for Tottenham, Moyes said: 'I think if we had been playing, I would be thinking about that – I'd be saying it is a possibility.

'Does that really happen I'm not sure. I'm not a great believer that it really happens.

'But if I was the manager, I would certainly be worried about it.'

The evidence of recent weeks would suggest that Villas-Boas is doing a good job of balancing European and domestic commitments.

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Tough test: Moyes wants his Everton side to see off their rivals at Goodison Park

'They have a really good team,' Moyes said.

'It always takes managers time to settle in, but when you are left with an array of players like Tottenham have got, then you are always going to be very close to the top of the league.

'Tottenham have always been there or thereabouts. They have set the team and the club up to be in Europe, they did great in the Champions League with Harry a couple of years ago and this year they have done well to qualify for the next stages of the Europa League.

'Tottenham are one of the clubs you always see as competing at the top end of the league.'

Everton, who have drawn seven of their last nine fixtures and are three points behind Tottenham, could have Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman back available for tomorrow's match.

Moyes says forward Mirallas, who has missed four games due to a hamstring injury, and full-back Coleman, sidelined for three by an unspecified problem, have 'outside chances' of featuring against Spurs.

Victor Anichebe (hamstring) and Phil Neville (knee) remain on the casualty list.

Ruud van Nistelrooy hopes Robin van Persie can match his Manchester United goal tally

Man United legend Van Nistelrooy hoping compatriot RVP can match his goal tally

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00:40 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ruud van Nistelrooy would be delighted if Robin van Persie went on to match his amazing goalscoring feats for Manchester United.

Van Nistelrooy returned to Old Trafford on Friday for the unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's statue.

It ended a feud with the Manchester United boss that had rumbled on since 2006, when Ferguson turfed Van Nistelrooy out, believing the striker had become a negative influence in the dressing room.

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

However, such treatment should not be allowed to obscure the staggering number of goals Van Nistelrooy scored for United.

In five full seasons with the Red Devils, Van Nistelrooy scored an incredible 150 goals, including 44 in the 2002-03 Premier League title-winning season, a figure even Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to match.

Although he has now slipped to 11th on the all-time United scoring charts, amongst the leading scorers only Tommy Taylor had a better goals per game ratio.

Little wonder he is still regarded with such affection by the United faithful and the template for which any new striker is judged by.

But Van Nistelrooy is not one of those who wants their achievements to last forever.

And he would be delighted if Van Persie was the player to improve them.

'I hope he gets as many as me,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'That would be a good thing.

'I had my time. That has gone now and others have taken over. I really hope he does it.'

And whilst it is early days, Van Persie is presently ahead of schedule.

The former Arsenal man has 11 goals from his first 17 appearances, two fewer than it took Van Nistelrooy to reach the same figure, and that is despite a three-game barren streak, the longest of his United career so far, since his well-taken effort in Braga at the beginning of the month.

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

'Robin's style fits United so well,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'The way he wants to play, the way he likes to play.

'He has been a great success and he will continue for a good while.'

Though Ferguson has dismissed similarities over their playing style, there is one thing Van Nistelrooy and his former international team-mate have in common.

The settling-in process at Old Trafford has taken no time.

Van Nistelrooy already knew how keenly Ferguson wanted him at United by the manner in which he kept in touch when the forward's initial move from PSV Eindhoven was scrapped due to a knee injury.

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

And this summer, once it became obvious Van Persie was serious about his desire to leave Arsenal, Ferguson made it clear he saw the 29-year-old as an essential member of his squad.

'It is amazing to have a start like Robin has done,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'It is like he has always played for the club.

'He didn't need any time to settle in. He was straight on his level, scoring important goals and winning games for the team. I spoke to him before. He feels very good at United.

'But that is the feeling you get when you come here. You feel part of something. You feel part of the family and of a tradition.

'I felt like that. It sounds crazy now I know more about the club but that is what the manager does.

'He makes you feel strong and gets the best out of people. You just want to go out and perform. Robin is doing that now.'

Jamie Redknapp on Rafael Benitez: Chelsea players will look at him and think: "You"re not the man"

Extraordinary decision to hire negative Rafa, Chelsea players will look at him and think: 'You're NOT the man'

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UPDATED:

21:33 GMT, 23 November 2012

If I was picking the next manager of Chelsea, Rafa Benitez would be at the back of the queue.

There is history between him and the supporters, not only because he seemed to be the one man who could stop the Jose Mourinho juggernaut and break Chelsea hearts, but because of how he went about it.

He was a successful Liverpool manager, but his teams played in a negative fashion.

Extraordinary: Benitez been handed the task of turning Chelsea's season around

Extraordinary: Benitez been handed the task of turning Chelsea's season around

The new Chelsea, with Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, are not built to stop and spoil. But Benitez did deliver a winning Liverpool team. He is tactically aware and tactically obsessed.

Chelsea fans may not be too excited with the new man, but one man who will be pleased is Brendan Rodgers.

The Liverpool manager would have been aware of his presence. Benitez still lives in the area, has some support from the fans and would have been adding to the pressure on the current manager. It will feel like a monkey has been removed from Brendan’s back. Now he can get on with his job, without worrying about Benitez shifting around in the background.

I was critical of him as Liverpool manager and perhaps harshly so. Looking back, he achieved good things. Certainly, Liverpool – with Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso in midfield – were a better team then, than now. He was probably only two or three players away from winning the title.

He got lucky at times. He won the FA Cup against West Ham, because of Steven Gerrard. He came back from 3-0 down in the Champions League against AC Milan, because the players dragged Liverpool back into it (Gerrard again).

Tough ask: Benitez will attempt replicate the job he did at Liverpool: get the best out of Torres

Tough ask: Benitez will attempt replicate the job he did at Liverpool: get the best out of Torres

Tough ask: Benitez will attempt replicate the job he did at Liverpool: get the best out of Torres

Sure, he brought on Didier Hamman at half time in that game, but why wasn’t he playing from the start

This is a great chance for him. As a manager and a football man, he had to get back in. But with a caretaker role, you are naked in the dressing room. The players will look at him and think: ‘You are not the man’.

He will be expected to get Fernando Torres firing, but I’m not so sure.

He doesn’t have Gerrard creating chances, as he did when Torres was last prolific. If what I hear from the training ground – and can see with my own eyes – is right, Torres has lost a yard of pace and, crucially, lost some desire. He doesn’t look as interested.

Benitez will believe he can get him back to his best, but I’m not as convinced. Chelsea have trusted Torres, released Didier Drogba, signed creative players and given him his best shot. He hasn’t delivered.

Magic moment: Benitez was the beneficiary of a huge slice of luck to win the Champions League

Magic moment: Benitez was the beneficiary of a huge slice of luck to win the Champions League

Magic moment: Benitez was the beneficiary of a huge slice of luck to win the Champions League

Benitez may yet get the Christmas present every manager wants – the signing of Radamel Falcao.

With money to spend and a talented squad inherited, this is a chance for him to show he is still a good manager and Chelsea will compete, briefly, for the Premier League title that he missed out on at Anfield.

I do know he has the skin of a rhino, even though he is prone to an outburst in the press.

Whatever happens next, this has been an extraordinary decision to remove Roberto di Matteo and replace him with Benitez.

Merry Christmas: Falcao is top of every manager's Christmas wishlist

Merry Christmas: Falcao is top of every manager's wishlist

Andre Villas-Boas under fan pressure to play two strikers

Villas-Boas under pressure to double up with Adebayor waiting in the wings

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 4 November 2012

While 35,000 fans were fuming at Andre Villas-Boas for his negative tactics against Wigan, he was fuming at Jermain Defoe.

The England forward stormed down the tunnel after being substituted for Emmanuel Adebayor in the 57th minute on Saturday.

Tottenham had just gone 1-0 down against Wigan and Villas-Boas persisted with just one striker on the pitch despite playing in front of a packed White Hart Lane crowd — who booed the decision not to play two strikers.

Furious: Jermain Defoe stormed off the pitch

Furious: Jermain Defoe stormed off the pitch

And Villas-Boas said: ‘The most important thing for the players to realise is that we do things for the benefit of the team.

‘We understand individual frustrations but we, as a team, are more important. The game wasn’t going well for Defoe. We took him off to improve the team.’

The Portuguese left 5million summer signing Adebayor, returning to the squad after missing the past three games with illness and a back injury, on the bench.

The Togolese striker has only played five times this season and is yet to start a match, with Villas-Boas preferring to play Defoe up front alone with three attacking midfielders behind him.

But the match finished 1-0 as Spurs failed to score at White Hart Lane for the first time in 29 matches, a run stretching back to March 2011. They also suffered their first back-to-back home defeats since September 2008.

Later, Villas-Boas would not rule out playing Defoe and Adebayor up top together in future. The 35-year-old added: ‘It’s not impossible we will play with two strikers. We’ve seen that it can work.

‘In the games when Adebayor was available he showed the quality striker that he is. We have him fit now and hopefully ready for the upcoming games.’

Chances: Emmanuel Adebayor has had limited opportunities at White Hart Lane

Chances: Emmanuel Adebayor has had limited opportunities at White Hart Lane

Tricky: Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure

Tricky: Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure

The pair worked together to devastating effect at times last season. Defoe scored once and Adebayor grabbed two in the 4-0 demolition of Liverpool in September 2011, they were up front in the club’s 2-1 win against Arsenal and scored another three goals between them in a win at West Bromwich.

Villas-Boas is yet to start with two up front in Tottenham’s 15 games this season and this was the first time one of his sides had failed to score at home in a Premier League match — in 13 games at Chelsea and six at Spurs.

But with two important matches in the fight for a top-four finish — away to Manchester City and Arsenal — in their next two league matches and only one win in their last five matches, now could be the time to change.

Although he was missing Mousa Dembele, who faces up to six weeks out with a hip injury, the tactics were ineffective against Wigan.

Brad Friedel pulled off superb saves from Arouna Kone and Shaun Maloney in the first half but made a mess of a corner, palming the ball straight to Ben Watson, who finished from six yards in the 56th minute.

At the final whistle, Spurs fans voiced their dissatisfaction. One yelled: ‘Rubbish, bring back Harry, Levy!’ On this showing, he may have a point.

Andre Villas-Boas hails Iago Falque after Europa League draw

AVB untroubled by Spurs' Maribor draw as he hails impact of young star Falque

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21:38 GMT, 25 October 2012

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham's Europa League campaign remains on track despite the disappointing draw with Maribor in Slovenia.

The Vijolicasti came into the match with a record of just two wins their previous 15 European games on home soil, but broke the deadlock three minutes from the end of the first half courtesy of Robert Beric.

Gylfi Sigurdsson lashed home in the 58th minute to ensure the north Londoners would not leave the Stadion Ljudski vrt empty-handed, but the goal could not hide what was a disappointing display by Spurs.

Points to prove: Andre Villas-Boas insists he has much to play for in Europe

Points to prove: Andre Villas-Boas insists he has much to play for in Europe

Asked if he was happier with the result than the performance, Spurs boss Villas-Boas said: 'Certainly on the running of the first half. The second half was extremely good, the first half was not so good.

'We came back into the game, which is pleasant to see again and it is good for us to bounce back.

'It is obviously not the full result we wanted bearing in mind the draw between Lazio and Panathinaikos, but certainly we will take a point.

'The group is completely open. What we face now is two games at home and I think we are in a good position in the group.

'We are in third position. We have three games to play, there are nine points to play for. You see the group – it is very tight. It is not a group where the leader has run off with points.'

Saving the day: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Saving the day: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Villas-Boas, whose side are just two points behind Group J leaders Lazio, will be hoping for an improved performance when they return to Premier League action on Sunday.

Struggling new boys Southampton are the opponents and the Portuguese will be hoping to iron out some of the negative aspects his side displayed tonight and in last weekend 4-2 home defeat to Chelsea.

'The first half was poor in terms of possession,' Villas-Boas said. 'It is what we spoke about at the end of the Chelsea game. I think we committed the same mistakes.

'We kept on giving the ball away instead of being a little bit more calm and keeping the ball. The opponent was closing down the spaces well and we can't rush everything.

'We need to be a bit more patient in possession to find the right space to break through and I think we did it much better in the second half than the first half.'

A rare highlight for Spurs this evening was the performance of substitute Iago Falque, whose introduction at half-time had the desired effect.

Just 13 minutes after coming on, the Spaniard made a telling impact by providing the cross that allowed Sigurdsson to score during a penalty-box melee.

'He had an extremely good game,' Villas-Boas said of Falque. 'He had his first game against Carlisle.

'This is his second game against stronger opposition this season. He did extremely well.

'His performance made the link-up player better for us. He is a certainly someone we can count on.'

John Terry must decide whether to appeal by Thursday

Chelsea captain Terry not expected to appeal race ban as deadline approaches

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16:32 GMT, 17 October 2012

John Terry has until 6pm on Thursday to decide whether to challenge the four-match ban imposed on him for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain and his advisers have had two weeks to study the full written reasons of the decision by an FA independent regulatory commission.

An appeal by Terry, who was also fined 220,000, would, however, come as a surprise given that the panel labelled his defence 'improbable, implausible and contrived'.

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

Banned: John Terry is serving a four-match suspension

It would also mean prolonging the scandal which has run for just a week short of a full year, and provided numerous negative headlines not just for the player but for the whole of English football. Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor wants Terry to accept the punishment.

Taylor said: 'I would like the situation to be ended and people learn from it and move on.

'It is a decision for John and his advisers but my preference would be now to accept what has gone on, and that things were said which shouldn't have been said.

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

Flashpoint: Terry was banned for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (left)

'Sorry is the hardest word to say but we have got to learn from it and move on.

'To get reconciliation, people have to accept what they have done is wrong, and there has to be some reconciliation because it is causing the game to implode from within. It has caused division among black players and among white players.'

Those within the game will also be studying Chelsea's response closely – the club said they would wait until the end of the legal process before commenting.

Over and out: Terry retired from international football with England

Over and out: Terry retired from international football with England

They have however defended club secretary Dave Barnard whose actions in asking for a significant change to an Ashley Cole statement backing Terry's version of events was questioned by the panel.

Terry was accused of calling Ferdinand a “f****** black c***” in the 83rd minute of Chelsea's defeat at Loftus Road last October.

The panel said the Chelsea captain, 31, 'is not a racist' but were 'satisfied' his comments were used as an insult. The three-man panel said there was 'no credible basis' for Terry's claim he had only been repeating words he thought QPR defender Ferdinand had accused him of saying.

Premier League Bootroom: Robin Van Persie dare not fail at Manchester United – Martin Keown

Bootroom: Van Persie dare not fail at Manchester United

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22:07 GMT, 14 September 2012

Robin van Persie saw Arsenal's performance at Anfield two weeks ago and used it to motivate himself at Southampton.

Their display against Liverpool was probably the best I've seen from them in four or five years. Van Persie will have digested the result and considered for a moment if he had made the right choice in leaving.

Three and easy: Van Persie bagged a hat-trick last tine out for Manchester United

Three and easy: Van Persie bagged a hat-trick last tine out for Manchester United

What's the score: Jamie Carragher

He will have seen the service Lukas
Podolski and Olivier Giroud are getting from Santiago Cazorla and
wondered if he had left just as Arsenal were clicking.

Winning so well
at Anfield a week after the champions went there and struggled is
impressive. It’s early days but it is possible that they could challenge
for the title.

Van Persie knows he must not fail at Manchester United. He left Arsenal because he wanted to win trophies and it will be unthinkable for him if Arsenal win one this season and United don’t.

It must be a massive motivation for him and it showed against Southampton. Having missed a penalty, he could see the negative headlines. So he had to make amends. He’s taken responsibility for his team already because of his personal mission to win something. He has to make sure he’s scoring and that his team are winning and doing better than Arsenal.

Van Persie looks like an inspired signing for United, who have bought the finished article, the outstanding player in the Premier League last season. If he hadn’t been there in the last two games, they would have struggled.

People used to goad the Arsenal fans by saying they were a one-man team but Manchester United don’t look much different.

Patience of a Santi: Arsenal are building a new team under Arsene Wenger

Patience of a Santi: Arsenal are building a new team under Arsene Wenger

How the big men match up: The Premier League's tall players

It's unusual for a new signing to
start so well — normally there is more of a bedding- in period. But he
was in such a rich vein of form that the switch doesn’t matter.

He’s clearly enjoying playing with Paul Scholes. Wayne Rooney has been the United talisman since Cristiano Ronaldo left and you don’t ever want him out injured. But Van Persie’s presence means his absence is not a crisis.

Not many players who have left
Arsenal in their prime have gone on to be hugely successful. Think of
Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Hleb. But Van Persie will want to
emulate Patrick Vieira, who also left at 29 and won a host of trophies
in Italy.

TALL ORDER

Manchester City can expect an aerial bombardment from Peter Crouch and Stoke, but they are well equipped to deal with it.

When you look at the starting XIs for the last round of fixtures (right), you can see they are one of the biggest teams in the Premier League with six players over 6ft: Joe Hart (6ft 5in), Vincent Kompany (6ft 4in), Joleon Lescott (6ft 2in), Aleksandar Kolarov (6ft 1in), Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko (6ft 3in).

PRAYING FOR PEACE AT QPR

There is so much riding on the game at Loftus Road between QPR and Chelsea after what happened between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand last season.

Chelsea have started well but they did last season, too, and then unravelled after the defeat at QPR. They need to avoid a repeat. More importantly, it is vital that everyone involved — players, staff, fans — should treat each other with respect.

We should be talking about football after the game, not another unsavoury incident. The players must set the right tone, even though passions will, as ever, be running high for a local derby.

Bootroom: The weekend's matches

Bootroom: The weekend action

Robin van Persie will fire Manchester United to the title, says Wayne Rooney

It'll be goals galore! Rooney expects new partner RVP to fire United to title glory

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13:45 GMT, 18 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Wayne Rooney is hoping Robin van Persie's move north from Arsenal triggers the arrival of a goal rush at Manchester United.

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo's world record departure in 2009, Rooney has carried the burden of leading United's attack. At times it has seemed like the 26-year-old is doing the job single-handedly.

Ahead of Monday's visit to former club Everton, Rooney insists Van Persie's 24million transfer to United will not lessen the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

However, after losing out on the title to Manchester City on goal difference last term, the Red Devils favourite hopes Van Persie will quickly find the form that allowed the Dutchman to edge Rooney out from the Golden Boot prize last term.

'We are playing for Manchester United, so there is always expectation on us,' he said. 'Over the last two or three years I have been the one scoring the goals but that will not happen without the players to give you the assists.

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Ready for action: Robin van Persie is all set to make his debut for Manchester United against Everton

Ready for action: Robin van Persie is all set to make his debut for Manchester United against Everton

Ready for action: Robin van Persie is all set to make his debut for Manchester United against Everton

'The only thing that will change is that we might be able to share the goals out a little bit more. It would be great for us to score more goals because effectively, that is what we lost the league on last season.'

Sir Alex Ferguson will hope there is no negative aspect to Van Persie's transfer and that Rooney responds to the knowledge his status as United's main man is under threat.

Having sat out England's friendly win over Italy in midweek, Rooney looks fresh and ready for the challenge of overhauling City.

And he admits Van Persie's presence in the United dressing room has given everyone a lift.

'Obviously it is great for the team – for the players and fans – to sign a player of his quality,' he said. 'As forwards it is great for us to have someone like that to play with and it is always exciting when you sign a new player of that quality and ability.

'It also provides strong competition. We are all fighting for one or two places, which is good for the team as a whole.'

Plenty to smile about: Robin van Persie in Manchester on Friday

Table for two: Van Persie with wife Bouchra

Table for two: Robin van Persie heads into Manchester for meal with wife Bouchra on Friday night

At roughly the same time as Rooney
was speaking, Dimitar Berbatov wandered past, cutting a largely forlorn
figure as his Old Trafford career continues to tumble rapidly downhill.
Arguably though, Danny Welbeck is the player who has lost most.

After all, following his performances
at Euro 2012, when he seemed to be confirmed as Rooney's first-choice
England striking partner, Welbeck might have expected to enjoy similar
status at United.

Instead, he finds himself relegated to third, and all before a lucrative new contract has been signed.

Ferguson has attempted to quell any disquiet from the Welbeck camp by insisting the 21-year-old has a big future.

'Danny is 22 November,' said
Ferguson. 'As we know he has had growth spurts for the last few years
and misses parts of seasons because of the little niggles he gets.

Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

Deadly: Van Persie was all smiles alongside Wayne Rooney in Friday's training session

Wayne Rooney was quick to welcome Van Persie on Twitter

'He will still get little strains
every now and then but when he has completed growing and is 23 or 24, he
will be a fantastic player.

'He will learn from playing with
Robin and Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. We have a great combination
of strikers now and that encourages me.

'It will be difficult for me but it
is better that the whole team enjoys success because we have added
another great player rather than worrying if they are going to play or
not. They have to share in the way forward.'

Rooney has an excellent goalscoring record in tandem with Welbeck.

Now he must do the same with Van
Persie, although, after what will be only three training sessions
together, he emphasised the work that will have to be done.

'Over the next few weeks, we will
have to try to get that understanding,' said Rooney. 'Hopefully it will
come quite quickly and we can form a good partnership.

'You want to get out there training and we are all looking forward to that first game on Monday.'

Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Fresh start: Robin van Persie poses with his No 20 shirt with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Smiles better here: Van Persie chats to supporters at his bid unveiling at Manchester United

Smiles better here: Van Persie chats to supporters at his bid unveiling at Manchester United

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