Red Rants Archives for January 2007

In memory of United’s greatest

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I'm posting again after a long time. I've noticed how most of the posts for some time now have been battling transfer rumours spread by obnoxious tabloids. This isn't going to be one of those. This is about a sadness that wells up every time I think about two players that have left United via [...]

Shirt Numbers Anyone?

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Wayne Rooney will wear the No. 10 shirt from next season. While practically numbers don't really matter, we all as fans understand the subtle significance. A number 10 especially can be a stamp of confidence from a manager to a player, which can egg him on to better things, and give him a sense of responsibility. [...]

Manchester United 2007/2008 Home Kit

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It's official folks. We finally have the official pictures from Manchester United showcasing the new 2007/2008 home kit (due to launch on 1st August in the game against Inter Milan, methinks). What can we say about the kit? It's all red, with the United crest on the right and the Nike swoosh on the left. The AIG [...]

Tevez, Hargreaves, Heinze | Anderson’s Work Permit

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The week's almost over and we sit down to decide how best to waste the time in the weekend. Football will certainly be among the to-do list nonetheless. So let's quickly run through the news reports of the day. Yesterday's comment section was buzzing with reports of Tevez snubbing Inter. I must admit, I didn't expect [...]

Strikers, Strikers and Only Strikers

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It's become a fad now. Everyone wants to link us to strikers. And it's not just the media. Players take enormous pride either by announcing that United are interested in them, or by saying they 'rejected' overtures from the club. While the barrage of rumors linking Arsenal with any player (to have clocked even 5 minutes [...]

United are on vacation, you should be too

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What the hell are you guys doing trawling for United news when the players are on a break and the manager's off enjoying the sun? Manchester United are not going to sign anyone this week, and despite what the Daily Mail and their ilk will have you believe, United aren't going to sell anyone this week [...]

Should Dong Go on Loan?

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Dong Fangzhou - A player who sacrificed two and a half years before he could get a work permit and play in England. Everyone knows that his signing is a stunt by United to capture the Chinese market. Many fans don't want him to play for United. We understand that. Part of that is because [...]

5 reasons why Tevez needs Manchester United

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We'll all talked about how Manchester United a reliable striker in the Berbatov mold to help us win the Champions League. And if you've been reading RedRants, we've also talked a lot about why Tevez would be as good, if not better, for United. But what about Carlitos Tevez? How come no one has come out [...]

Monday Roundup: Smith, Richardson and Torres

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Monday morning blues is upon us. So let's pick up from what transpired on Sunday. Sunday news was awash with reports of United agreeing on a deal for Smith, ermm... this time with Middlesbrough. In fact, some headlines go as far as to say that they have won the 'race' to sign him. The same ones [...]

Today’s Tosh: Rossi to Parma

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It has been a very quiet weekend with nothing really substantial going on in the transfer market. Not that we are really in any sort of hurry. But sometimes we wish for something to happen so that we feel that our club is indeed alive and kicking. Oh well, I guess everyone needs the weekend [...]

Featured Video: Ronaldo - A Mini-Documentary

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I found this video on Youtube. I must say, it is a pretty well-made documentary that charts the progress of Cristiano Ronaldo from a small kid till date. The film includes sound-bites from his dad, well-wishers and Sir Bobby Charlton. It's really nice to see the maturity for a lad of his age, as he [...]

Club Takeovers and Self Righteous Fans

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It's been a while since the Glazer takeover - around two years now - and so far things haven't been that bad for the club. Of course, the 05/06 season was termed by many, a disaster and set the doomsayers on overdrive. I would argue that it was a season of rebuilding and hope, where [...]

Smith To Toon? | Jones’ Tribute to United

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I'll keep this post small, because there is nothing spectacular to talk about. From our club's side that is. Although, over at Highbury, things are buzzing with activity what with Henry's apparent departure for a meagre 16 million. Well, one might argue that Ruud went for 10 and Sheva came here for 30, but Sheva [...]

Rossi vs Nani Videos from Portugal vs Italy U21 game

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Giuseppe Rossi and Nani went head on head in the U21 game between Portugal and Italy - here are a few videos from the match: Rossi Well, lately I have even started uploading videos into youtube . Check this amazing run of Giuseppe Rossi aka "Joe Red" against Portugal. It also show his strength. Its really [...]

Rossi vs Nani Videos from Portugal vs Italy U21 final

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Giuseppe Rossi and Nani went head on head in the U21 final between Portugal and Italy - here are a few videos from the match: Rossi Well, lately I have even started uploading videos into youtube . Check this amazing run of Giuseppe Rossi aka "Joe Red" against Portugal. It also show his strength. Its really [...]

Manchester United have NO interest in Quagliarella

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First it was Quagliarella (Q) saying that United were after him and had placed a 10m bid for him. Bogus, because United are either buying experience (Hargreaves) or for the future (Nani, Anderson) and Q at 23 is neither and because United already have youth where strikers are concerned so I'd figure that they would [...]

Rio On MLS, CL Seeding, Torres and Darren Ferguson

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Sky Sports reports that Rio Ferdinand wouldn't be interested in a move to Major League Soccer, because he can't imagine leaving his family back home. Of course, when the headline read "Rio Rules out MLS move", I was wondering if I had missed something. Anyway, it was a casual question put to him to which [...]

Man Utd: 07/08 Formations and First XI

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Well, its the first time I'm writing a Utd post... So here's to hoping I don't put any of you guys to sleep. With our recent signings (or 'to-be' signings if you want to be picky) on their way in a bid to a) help us defend our title b) help us win other [...]

Featured Lookalike: Nani and…?

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Summer times can be happy times for some, but not quite the same for the football fan. So here we have something to cheer you up just a bit. In this column we will feature lookalikes of Man United players. We can't promise you about being regular with them, but we'll keep them coming in [...]

U21 European Championship: Rossi and Nani’s Goal Videos

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It may have come to your notice that we hadn't put up goal videos of Rossi and Nani's goals in the U21 Championships. Pity they had to save their best till the very last when things were out of their hands. Both players featured in thumping wins, but were knocked out of the Championship. Seriously you'd [...]

Transfer Rumours: Bardsley to Everton/Ibrahimovic

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It's been a quiet couple of days and papers seem to have gone quiet as far as our club is concerned. Only Quagliarella remains on the radar while most tabloids seem happy to feast on Arsenal with the La Liga finally over. Sometimes you have to feel for them, because the Spanish tabloids seem to [...]

Why Becks and van “the man” were sold so cheaply to Real

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Found this on football365. Too funny So many of us ManUtd fans have wondered why Becks and Ruud were sold on the cheap to the only team (other than us) that can be mugged in transfers. Well, folks the answer is here. Look at the uncanny connection between the winners of LaLiga and the Premiership in [...]

In defence of Louis Saha

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In the last month I was reading all these comments about why should Saha leave, how he is injury prone and why we need a new striker. I am not going to argue whether we need a new striker or not, but I am going to argue in regards of the qualities of Saha and [...]

Transfer Rumours: Quaglierella, Smudger and Heinze (again)

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Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella has broken his silence and admitted his interest in joining United if the opportunity presents itself. As you may know, his agent had previously issued a come and get me plea. But the main point is that he indicated that United have upped their bid from a previously reported 10 million pounds. [...]

Madrid Win Title | Rossi Expects Chance

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The Spanish title has been won at last and wasn't it pulsating! Much as I hate Madrid, I couldn't but feel happy for two former United heroes who had major hands to play in the title run-in. For one, Beckham showed how wrong McLaren and Capello were, with his work rate and brilliant crosses doing more [...]

Neville and Carrick get married

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This might have escaped your attention over the weekend under the huge pile of transfer talk linking Manchester United with ... ummm ... no one, so I've put up the pictures and an extremely brief overview of what happened. Gary Neville and Michael Carrick got married on Saturday, Gary to Emma Hadfield (who's quite cute btw) [...]

Rio Ferdinand to setup football academy in Uganda

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The Guardian reports this morning that Rio Ferdinand is to setup a footballing academy in Uganda. Apparently Rio was very well received by the people there: 'I thought there might be the odd fan and a couple of workers from the football school at the airport,' Ferdinand said of the throng that jammed the 10-mile route from [...]

Your predictions - who will United sell this summer?

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We've brought in 3 players and look unlikely to bring anyone else in, although a striker and possibly a keeper are both on the cards. It's far more likely though, that United will be selling several players. I'll spare the you the filler quotes - let's get straight down to the predictions. I'll go first - you guys [...]

Giggs’ Honour | Striker Talk

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Ryan Giggs has been awarded the OBE honour on the Queen's birthday, for services to football. He joins Bryan Robson and Beckham as other Man Utd players to have got this honour from the Queen. Sir Bobby Charlton also spoke of his delight at Giggs' recognition. And yes, even he wished what much of England have [...]

The Guardian’s Version of Saha’s Injury

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Now did I miss this or what? The Guardian reports that Saha is now not expected to play until November. The plot thickens. Ok, who are we kidding? Let me get this straight. When I first started out (not with this blog but general reading of newspapers etc) I came to believe that The Guardian is [...]

Manchester United Fixtures for the 07/08 Season

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It's out finally. Before I sit down to discuss them (like it requires a discussion anyway) here are our fixtures for the season. Fixtures after the jump... August Sat Aug 11 Reading (H) Tue Aug 14 Portsmouth (A) Sat Aug 18 Manchester City (A) Sat Aug 25 Tottenham Hotspur (H) September Sat Sep 1 Sunderland (H) Sat Sep 15 Everton (A) Sat Sep 22 Chelsea [.

Rossi’s place at Manchester United

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Every day, Manchester United is linked to another striker. One day its Samuel Eto'o, the next day its Fernando Torres, and the next day its Javier Saviola. All of these strikers would be excellent additions to Man Utd, but are they really worth the expensive transfer fees that they will command? Other than Eto'o, [...]

Nani dazzles | Kieran in Denial | Manutd.com Wins.

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The headline says it all. It's more of a roundup of some other news items that weren't quite so big, but were United news nonetheless. Nani shone through as a bright spot in Portugal's 2-1 defeat to hosts Holland in the UEFA U21 Championships. As much as I would have wished, I badly wanted to watch [...]

Saha’s Injury: Who do we believe?

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Close on the heels of Smith's uncertainty at United comes another set of conflicting reports, this time about Saha's injury. Well, at least we have something to talk about. (You see, I am an optimist) Anyway, onto the story after the jump. Let's have a look at the reports that first originated in the Manchester Evening News [...]

Smith: I’ll leave Manchester United if they sell me

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I have a brilliant idea - why don't these football players actually STOP speaking with News of the World and The Sun? That would cut down on 1/4th of the crap news we hear, and perhaps 20-30% of the blog posts generated around that crap news. Excluding this one, of course. So what did Smith 'actually' say [...]

A Tribute to the Boss

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When people abused him, he ignored them and let his players make them cry. When a 'respected pundit' laughed at his 'kids', he made sure the pundit's words would haunt him to this day. When the world wrote him (and his team) off as a fading force, he gave them a fitting riposte; one that was delivered [...]

The Official Word on Heinze | Rooting for Real

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The first part of this post will have a lot of gloating. Be Afraid. Very, very afraid! Manutd.com has finally broken its silence on the Heinze situation. In fact, Gaby Heinze has himself broken the silence over the situation. More on that and a little bit on Real Madrid today. The official site claims that Heinze has [...]

The Scholes-Sunderland connection is BS

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Let me start this off by saying that the headline does nothing to convey my sympathies for the lady who gave birth to the cunt who dreamt of this rumour. Madam, I truly feel sorry for you. Oh yes, where were we? We have the 3rd best player in the Premiership - voted by his peers, mind [...]

United to Sign Another Striker

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It's official now. Looks like Gill and Ferguson are a bit bored with such quick activity in the transfer market that they now feel the need to sign someone else to keep the place buzzing with activity. You know, even I've been in such situations when I wrapped up my transfer dealings for Bristol City [...]

The 07/08 Manchester United Kit Leaked?

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While we see a lot of kits being revealed these days, our club has been relatively silent about the dates of their release. Plenty of sites and forums have popped up posting pictures of kits and most prominent of them have been the one showing Rooney apparently on a Nike commercial for Sky Sports. Let me [...]

Manchester United Pre-Season Fixture List

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Manchester United have declared their pre-season fixture list for the 07/08 season. The fixtures can be seen as having two stages as we have seen for the past season. The first will be the unavoidable outside-Europe commitments that the club will have to fulfill. They will undertake the grueling tour far east this time and even [...]

Heinze Rumours (Again) and Foster’s Injury

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There are a some more bits of news that wasn't talked about in the last post but well, I am not going to be covering everything in this post too, and a few more posts may even follow after this. As some regular readers may have noticed, our daily "Man Utd Headlines of the Day" [...]

Nani’s Medical | Rossi’s Loan | Anderson’s Permit

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Quite a few things have been simmering around over the last few days. So let's have a look at some of them and dwell on a few of the stories that we feel dwelling upon. Nani has passed his medical, making his move to United certain. That should settle some superstitious nerves. If papers are to be [...]

The Defensive Dilemma

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Jonny Evans has returned to United after a successful loan stint at Sunderland. Reports have it that the reasoning behind that move would be to fight for a place for himself at the centre of defence during the course of the next season and the season after that. All this comes with the possibility (if not [...]

Striker Watch: Javier Saviola

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Things have quietened down understandably these days. After all the mayhem those three quick signings created. All that remained of Sunday's news are reports that renew rumours linking Anelka to United. It's a Sunday after all, and even your average tabloid reporter needs a day off. We had our opinions on Anelka, and we also [...]

Hargreaves Facts / Nani’s Goal / And Other News Updates

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Hello people. Lots of tiny bits and pieces of news and non-news floating around. Plenty of activity did happen over the past few days making us people overuse our keyboards for writing articles and posts. Poor keyboards. Must be begging for constant pounding with Counterstrike and FIFA 07 (or Pro-Evolution) games rather than Man United [...]

Striking Questions and Nicolas Anelka

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The press has been awash with rumours that United are planning a swoop on Nicolas Anelka, which could either be a straight purchase or a swap deal depending on where you read it. We also got some comments for the last post, where people gave some of their opinions on whether Anelka would or would [...]

Does Heinze want to leave Manchester United?

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The case for 'Heinze' leaving is made as such: he's wanted to leave for a long time, he's Argentinian so he's better suited to the Italian / Spanish leagues, his first-team spot has been taken by Patrice Evra, he wants to play center-back, he wants a new challenge, he makes too many mistakes, he's not [...]

Should Saha leave Manchester United?

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Louis Saha's injury problems in the second half of the season caused many Manchester United fans (and the press) to do a complete backflip in their opinion of the striker. Where Saha was once thought to be better for Manchester United than Ruud van Nistelrooy, the moment Saha got injured and took a long time [...]