Red Rants Archives for January 2007

Roundup: Vidic, Evans, Tevez, Heinze

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There were quite a few stories that, I admit, I didn't cover over the past few days. Not that I wasn't aware of them. Just that I was swamped with work (in my real life, that is) that I couldn't get to the part of writing posts. Today's round up will certainly not be comprehensive. [...]

Air Superiority

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There are very few flaws that one can find in a masterpiece. When you do, indeed, you tend to wonder if those rare gaps were accidental after all- or if they were part of the contrivance of the great mind behind the rest of the glory. Fergie's third 'reich', to me is posing just such [...]

Heinze Has Gotten On My Nerves

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Okay, needless to say, *Insert RANT ALERT here*. This site has been doggedly loyal to Heinze, several times sticking its neck out time and time again, that we might have ourselves gotten bored of our Heinze worship. We've even pulled Pool fans' legs in the process. (Not that we will ever stop doing that, though) But sometimes [...]

Scholes’ Injury is a Blessing

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You wouldn't get that usually in a United site. Especially when someone, of the stature of Paul Scholes, faces the grim prospect of being out of the side for a good month. Not to mention the time he will surely take to get back into his stride, coming back from the long layoff. Make no mistake, [...]

Rossi Scores Two in Two Games

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While the attention has been trained on the exploits of the new signings in Asia, of the likes of Nani & Co., Rossi has been quietly warming up to the next season in style back in England. Since there hasn't been adequate reports on his progress I thought I can very briefly touch up on [...]

Daily Roundup: Rooney-Tevez, Rossi-Pique and Eagles

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Not much to talk about today apart from linking you all to news that has become pretty stale by now. Anyhow, let's get on with the routine. Sir Alex Ferguson (our esteemed manager) believes that Tevez and Rooney can work together. I believe, I also wrote a similar article a few weeks ago, but what do I [...]

High Court Comes to Tevez’s Rescue

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After taking a mini-break from Tevez-gate we are back. We had to wait till we heard what FIFA had to say and, quite unsurprisingly, those half-wits decided to pass the buck - this time to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However Kia Joorabchian sprang into action and finally decided to do what he ought [...]

Manchester United ‘Official’ 07/08 Away Kit

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This one is circulating around forums and seems like the real deal. It's a poster someone took a picture of and uploaded it. The good news is that it is a black kit. I wanted a black kit this time. The bad news is that it is not this one. I really wanted that one [...]

The Red Hot Roundup: Scholes, Eggy, FIFA, Evra

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Today's roundup was a little late thanks to some overwhelming response for our last post. But well, you can always trust the Scousers to be passionate about their stuff. Okay, enough compliments to them for the day. It was a struggle to be civil, mind you, but they didn't do much flaming either. So we're [...]

Why Moving to Liverpool Won’t Help Heinze

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This is outrageous. I am thinking of some harsh words for the Bindippers but I am trying to hold it off for the moment, because, while what they are now in the process of doing maybe deplorable, I want to see this in a more objective manner. Yes, there will be the slight bias, but [...]

Sunday Roundup: Heinze Speaks Finally

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If you believe the News of the World that is. Although I have a strange feeling about this. I mean, only NOTW seem to be carrying his quotes while any other blog and forum seem to have copy-pasted the entire article. Anyway, here is what he had to say. To quote: Heinze revealed he has heard nothing about [...]

FC Seoul 0-4 Manchester United: First Half Blitz

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The crowds came to watch Rooney, Ronaldo and - to some extent, Park - in action and got exactly that. It was a game that was definitely - what the commerce department would term - a commercial success, as fans turned up in hordes. Thankfully I got to watch the game, after all. In [...]

Manchester United 07/08 Away Kit

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Rumours abound of the supposed away kit in forums and websites all round. I guess most of you might have seen that circulating around already. Nonetheless we decided to put it up on the site anyway. I am not sure if it is the real away kit, but I secretly wished for a black kit [...]

United To Steer Clear of Tevez

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So now, quite unsurprisingly, that transfer 'negotiations' between the 5778 parties that own Carlos Tevez have come to a dead end, FIFA will be asked to take over and use their profound wisdom to come to a solution. Although, if they do make a ruling in any party's favour, there are, of course, the remaining 5777 [...]

Today’s Roundup: Good News from the Boss

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All quotes today will be from the boss. If this can be some sweetener over the seemingly grim reality of Heinze wanting to leave then here it is. SAF has clearly stated that Gabriel Heinze will not move to Liverpool. "I can assure you, Liverpool will not be getting Gabriel Heinze," Ferguson said. "We can put that [...]

Urawa Reds vs Manchester United: Post Match Notes

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Morning all. I couldn't see parts of the game yesterday, thanks to some poor link quality but I did get to watch enough to have some thoughts on the game yesterday. So I wouldn't make this a pure match report, per se, but I will give you a bulleted run down of my thoughts on [...]

Richardson is Going, Tevez is Coming, Giggs is Talking

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The Heinze thing stopped me from writing this bit yesterday. But here it is. Kieran Richardson has finally completed his move to Sunderland ending weeks of speculation. He's one player, lot of us fans would be happy to see leave the club. Clearly inconsistent when given the chance he was always going to be booted out [...]

United plan an Evil Empire of Online Domination

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Manchester United have just launched their Japanese website (and the Chinese and Korean versions). Now they are reports that they plan to launch a Hindi web-site next year. Followed by a Portuguese one the year after that. The Urdu website will be launched the year after that. Chief Executive David Gill, the same person who felt the [...]

Man Utd Blog 2007/2008 Home Kit

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I hope you guys like the new Red Rants home kit theme. I've just put it live with no testing (ok, some testing), so if there are any bugs please report here in the comments. And if you hate it, blame the Red Ranter, it was his choice! And please take this time to suggest other improvements [...]

Heinze Set to Leave OT

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Sir Alex has confirmed that Gabriel Heinze will leave OT. Well, what else do you want me to say? It's a hard thing to digest but since SAF has himself confirmed it, he is moving. So what now? Mikael Silvestre would stay for another season, surely. Would any good come of this transfer? Not if [...]

Why United Should Hold On To Smith

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Yes, we and plenty other United fans who commented on our threads in the past have mostly felt that if we were to sell a striker, it had to be Smith. But at the moment we would do well to retain his services. Here's why... Recent reports confirm that Manchester United have included him in the 24 [...]

Tevez Update: Is a Solution Finally In Sight?

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The Guardian today reports that West Ham United are confident that the clauses in the contract that concern the ownership of Tevez's economic rights are unenforceable by law. Reading that article makes it tempting to think that a solution to this mess might be in sight, after all. So is there one? To quote from the report: Jim [...]

Why the Automatic Cup Ticket Scheme Stinks

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The Glazers' controversial Automatic Cup Ticket scheme has apparently reached a tipping point for some as a supporter has decided to sue the club over the unfairness of the scheme. Over 100 more have joined in to support this disgruntled fan. Before I get into it let me give a brief idea for those not aware [...]

Shocking Revelations, Flying Planes, Fergie’s Laugh

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So as we continue with the latest installment of our soap opera, we have an optimistic Daily Mail reporting that Tevez will come over to OT and will be unveiled on Thursday. They are so optimistic of the deal that they already have a photoshopped image of Tevez being unveiled with SAF by his side. [...]

Twists Galore as Tevez Saga Continues

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The Tevez situation yesterday went through more twists than your small intestine with, at least, two contradictory reports. Let's have a look at them. First, Sky Sports reported that Tevez will be flying to Old Trafford on Tuesday following the Copa America final on Sunday to attend a medical at United. Joorabchian was quoted as saying that [...]

Today’s Videos: Heinze’s Goal | Beckham Mania

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Morning everyone. Nothing much to report today apart from the tiring Tevez saga as usual. But we do have a couple of videos that you could while your time away with. Just so that you know, Gabby Heinze scored a nice goal against Mexico yesterday as Argentina beat them 3-0 in the Copa America semi-final. They [...]

Courtroom Drama | Mourinho’s Latest Joke

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The Tevez saga takes an interesting (but actually, quite tedious) turn as the Premier League blocks Tevez's move to United and also rejected a personal letter from Tevez addressed to the PL asking for his registration with West Ham to be cancelled. More importantly, United has decided to play hard ball by refusing to pay [...]

Which Players Should United Sell?

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There have been a lot of players linked with the United exit door this season After the purchases that have been made this Summer and while some I would sell in a heartbeat, there are others who I think deserve their chance. There are also the ones who you would like to stay but you [...]

SAF Breaks Silence | New Signings Pics | Smith Talks

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A quick update on some of the news stories yesterday. There were quite a few interesting reports, especially some quotes finally from Sir Alex Ferguson on the Tevez issue, the unveiling of our new summer signings and a report on Smith. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted yesterday that the club are close to a deal with Tevez. [...]

What Tevez’s Signing Means For Man Utd

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Ed: This post was written with the assumption that Tevez is, in fact, joining United. If he does, which will be clear in (God knows how long) time, this post will give you an insight on what to expect. If he doesn't, then well, read it anyway as a 'what might have been' article. With Carlos [...]

Sky Sports Fixture Update

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The following are the fixture dates moved by Sky to Sunday in order to accomodate the television schedule. Fixture list after the jump: August: Sunday 12 Manchester United v Reading 4pm Sunday 19 Manchester City v Man Utd 1.30pm September Sunday 23 Manchester United v Chelsea 4pm October Saturday 6 Manchester United v Wigan 12.45pm November Saturday 3 Arsenal v Manchester United 12.

Sunday Roundup: Brazilian Starlet, Tevez’s Word, Owen, Rossi

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A very good morning to you all. Enjoy the Sunday while you can. Let's get down to today's (and some of yesterday's) stories quickly. 1. Manchester United seem to be closing in on another Brazilian youngster who goes by the name of Rodrigo Possebon. This will be the fourth Brazilian signing in recent times following Anderson and [...]

Owen Hargreaves Will Be Key

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Of all the signings Fergie has made this summer. The one likely to prove the most crucial was his securing of long term target Owen Hargreaves. The much marginalised and underrated, Canadian born English man is actually the one Roy Keane replacement Fergie has been looking for since Keane started losing his powers back in [...]

Manutd.com: Reds Announce Tevez Capture

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We were talking about not believing the Tevez rumours until they came from the horse's mouth. Now we think that the horse has indeed spoken (or umm... neighed?). Anyway, we found this link [via UnitedRant forums] which has the headline saying Reds Announce Tevez Capture, but no content. The page seems like a website template that's ready [...]

Tevez Update: It Might Just Happen

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More reports are pouring in. They are all over the place. And now, it's the BBC's turn.. BBC's Radio Five Live Sport thinks a deal could be done by the weekend. Nice. Really, nice. For those living under a rock (or sleeping, or plain stoned), for the past few hours, please read this. I know, these reports [...]

Manchester United Sign Tevez?

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Reports are just coming in and looks like Manchester United have signed Carlos Tevez. The Times carries this report. Happiness, overflows as I write this, but how certain are we about this deal? Read on. This is what the Times says in the report: Manchester United last night appeared to have won the race to sign Carlos Tévez. The [...]

Featured Video: Hargo’s Crackers

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Michael Carrick wasn't quite the goal scorer at Tottenham, although we now know he is capable of scoring a scorcher or two, don't we? Owen Hargreaves wasn't particularly prolific at Bayern. In fact, his goal return was pathetic. But he wasn't meant to score goals anyway, was he? But he has scored some, more than decent, [...]

Today’s Roundup: Ronaldo’s hair, Smith, Keano, Heinze, Silvestre

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Quite a few things to report today. Of course, we'll spare the Scousers this time! Apparently they don't take criticism too lightly. I know, certain things can really hurt. So let's move on to worthwhile things. The Sun reports, Smith believes he can solve United's striking problems. This has also made it to the front page [...]

Who Is Your Role Model?

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The Telegraph has an article that talks about dissent and on-pitch cussing by players in general. I thought it was well written, and worth a read. He raises valid points about how players like Wayne Rooney, who are role models for upcoming English youth, and their blatant swearing at referees is a shame for the [...]

Why Heinze Won’t Go to Liverpool

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The answer is very simple really. Manutd.com carries a report where Heinze says that he would deliberate about a move to another club. But the club needs to really, really convince him that the move would be right for him. So why would he not move to Liverpool? First of all, he wants to move to a really [...]

Striker Ratings: Who Should We Buy?

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I know this has been done and dusted a lot of times before, and a lot of posts on many fan sites are an evidence to this, but I thought lets discuss all the contenders/pretenders one more time. Let me first put down the qualities expected out of the striker we get, such that he fits [...]

Quiet Monday Roundup

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It's been quiet with nothing much to report about. Apart from some stray gossip about players who might leave the club. So we will keep this pretty short and leave you for the day. Oh, yes. You could use your spare time to check out the forum instead. Anyway, here are some of the interesting [...]

Tevez Can Play Alongside Rooney

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Today's rumours have been mostly in repeat mode with us linked with Tevez and Liverpool linked with Gaby Heinze. So we'll save the speculation for another day. Today we will talk about our favourite player once again, Carlos Tevez. If you are getting increasingly bored about Tevez worship deal with it. Or no. In fact, go [...]

Manchester United Officially Release Home Kit Video, Myspace Page

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Well, yesterday we (and Soccerlens) brought you the new 07/08 kits. So, let us now gloat and say, 'We were damn right!' (Thanks Ahmed) Well now, it's official on their website. Go have a look. Also check out the video of their kit release on their myspace page. Oh! I forgot to mention, they also seem to [...]

Hargreaves Agrees Terms… and Signs

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It's official finally. 'Long time coming', 'Worst kept secret' are some of the words people have used to describe the Hargreaves saga. So now even Hargo has said them out loud himself. He's signed on for a 4 year contract. Here's wishing him well.