Red Rants Archives for January 2007

Transfer magic / what next for United?

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I've already written a bit about the Nani / Anderson moves on SL, but I thought I'd drop in here and add more to the story. For starters, Anderson plays as a striker as well, so we don't really need another striker as some people have said in response to these signings. And after last season's transfer [...]

Heinze and Huntelaar - A Look at the Two H’s

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These are two players in the news these days that have transfer rumours concerning United. Both of them have been under long time speculation. One is linked with a move away and one is linked with a move to United. Let's take a look at the players and how likely their departures/arrivals may be to United. We [...]

Being Ruud About It

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There are times when I wish I could literally throw a boot in Mr. Mourinho's face if it would wipe the smirk off his face. Ah… the joy, the great serene satisfaction…I can almost taste it. It has been more than a week since our narrow loss at the Wembley. Too bad, I'd have said, [...]

Man Utd Headlines 27 May 2007

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Back to the roundup of the day where we go around feeding off scraps from newspapers and rags alike. Although we avoid the rags. (even though we secretly like some of them... you know, guilty pleasures) Anyway, here are the some of the news stories of the day... 1. Tottenham have apparently sent the rumour mills into [...]

Man Utd Season Review | Part III | The Attack and Team Play

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Apologize for the lack of activity the last day and a half from the promised third part of the season review series. Was busy apartment shifting. Anyway, now that I am well settled in my new abode with a coffee by the side and a laptop in front let me quickly get this review series [...]

Man Utd Headlines: 26 May 2007

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Good morning people, depending on where you are. Another day to get by, but I assure you, there is at least one piece of news worth talking about for a United fan. Other than that there wouldn't be much coming your way today. So here we go with our daily round up... 1. The much talked about [...]

The Hargreaves Situation

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While my superstitious self can now almost safely assume that Owen Hargreaves is indeed coming over to Old Trafford, some bookies have already gone to the extent of putting odds of him becoming the player of the season 2007/08 at 50/1. The question however, is how he will feature in the team next season. While his role [...]

Man Utd Headlines: 25 May 2007

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We have been rather quiet on the news front. You can't really blame us for that. We can talk about only what is reported in the media. Although if you do in fact get to know something fresh and hot worth talking about you could tip us off using the contact form provided. Make sure [...]

Manchester United Season Review | Part II | The Engine Room

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This is in continuation of our series (not yet decided on the number of parts in it) where we review the 2006-07 season and players' performance. Good to see your responses for the first part. I do admit, Wes Brown somehow slipped my fingers although it was in my mind. Anyway I added my view [...]

Manchester United Season Review | Part I | The Defence

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Now that the season is truly over from both the domestic and European perspective for all English clubs, it is a time worth spending on taking a look at the season gone by. Yes, before that, a mention about the Champions' League final where Milan beat Liverpool 2-1, although to be fair, the scoreline flattered [...]

Dear Sir Alex Ferguson

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Another contribution from an old Soccerlens reader, this time it's Karl. Dear Sir Alex Ferguson… (I'm hoping that you run a Google search on you name and come across this letter). Thank you for this wonderful 2006/2007 season of football that you made possible for so many of us. Many people wrote this team off in the beginning [...]

What is your formation?

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This season, Manchester United has tried to play quite a few formations. No prizes for guessing the man masterminding these formations - Carlos Queiroz. Sometimes the change in formation was awful (negative 4-5-1 in Europe), but sometimes they left us with some sweet memories (4-2-3-1 in Europe). Lets have a look at these formations, and [...]

Has Nani Penned New Deal?

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This new ‘development' has been gnawing away at my brain for the past day and a half. So let's get rid of it right away once and for all. Apparently, going by some papers, Nani has penned a new contract that will see him at Sporting Lisbon till 2013 with his get out clause now [...]

Globally Red

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There are a lot of complications associated with being a part of the global village. I mean, for one, there's no place you can run to when you've just gone and called someone some names. Look ma! They're in here too… But I haven't called anyone anything. Yet. My complaints against the humanity holding [...]

Thoughts on the FA Cup Final

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I've already done the official Chelsea - United final preview, but that page's a bit cluttered and I wanted to be more biased about it, so here's my unofficial, fkn biased, preview. I see two scenarios - one says that United will be embarrassed, and the ghosts of 29th April 2006 (Stamford Bridge) will come back [...]

It hurts like hell

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Fuck. That hurt. Robben couldn't do it, Joe Cole couldn't do it, Rooney and Ronaldo couldn't do it. Even Giggs - the FA Cup hero - couldn't do it. Ok, so maybe Giggsy got the goal but if the linesman and the ref don't see it (and Cech sure as hell wasn't going to tell them), it doesn't [...]

It’s Owen Hargreaves…again

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Reports coming out of Germany suggest that Bayern Munich had agreed a 17m deal with Manchester United for Owen Hargreaves and now all that remains to be done is for the player to agree to a 4-year contract. You can expect both parties to stay quiet about it until it's done, but a few things about [...]

Manchester United 2006/2007 Season Review

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If you're an old (relatively) reader of Soccerlens, you'll remember that back before the season started, I did a week-long preview for the club, looking at the squad from different aspects and at SAF's future. Now that the season is over and with news that Owen Hargreaves is set to leave Bayern Munich, it's also [...]

Craig Gordon to Manchester United?

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Just when you think that the Beeb is playing it straight with you, they throw you a wicked curveball that throws you off-balance. A friendly reminder that you can't trust anyone in football. With shades of TribalFootball and Daily Mail, BBC Sport starts off with a statement that reads: Manchester United are considering an £8m summer [...]

Man Utd Headlines: 21 May 2007

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Another day dawns. The gut still feels a bit sore after the FA Cup loss, but it has mostly healed to a great degree, thanks to the Premiership crown. But with lack of inactivity football-wise, the head now seems to feel sore. Long summer beckons. Maybe watching a second string Brazil side play the Copa [...]

Did Fergie Bottle It?

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This was written by one of our contributors (Ashley Keet) over at Soccerlens, but I thought it would be a better fit here. Enjoy! It's been a couple of days now since the final and despite attempting to stay away from as much post match reaction as possible i havent been able to escape the usual [...]