Red Rants Archives for January 2007

Deadline Day Approaches. So, United vs Chelsea: Who Spent More?

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Ed's Note: This article was written a couple of weeks ago. Just added Belletti's signing to it. With transfer deadline day looming large over us, it would be a good time to look at our closest rivals and compare our spending with them. So over to you Ronak... Jose Mourinho insists the pressure is on United this [...]

Manchester United 07/08 Home Kit: The Video

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Groann. So I suspect you might have been already sick and tired of my kit posts. But I guess we can never really have enough of them, can we? So here is the video of the kit launch and photoshoot, complete with player sound bytes. And some words from the designers. The video was a mostly [...]

A Word To Some Departed Souls

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Antonio Puerta of Sevilla passed away last Sunday. It is an extremely sad day for the club, his family and for the rest of the footballing brethren. Tim Stannard, the Football 365 La Liga columnist, who writes on his own blog Laligaloca has a tribute post for him. He mentions that he was more or [...]

Heinze And Solskjaer Represent Two Different Worlds In Football Today

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(Note: This is Part Two of the two part tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Yours truly, here, couldn't really be satisfied with what he's written to do complete justice to the man, so he felt it was better to use a contrasting example of another departed ex-Red to fully highlight the true importance of players [...]

Now, Which Striker Is United Material?

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It has been rumoured that Fergie has been looking at a few strikers recently, but with the recent announcement of Ole Solskjaer's immediate retirement, United are left short of quality frontmen and it wouldn't be surprising to see the great Scot make one more visit to the transfer market before September 1st. Currently, our 3 main [...]

To The (20)Legend, The Departed: Part I

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According to reports from Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to call it a day. He ends what has progressively become a far more troublesome knee than expected. Obviously it hasn't been holding up as well as he thought and probably if he thinks that it is indeed time to quit, then so be [...]

The Ultimate Manchester United Stats Page

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Well, not the ultimate, but if you want an objective snapshot of how well United are doing this season without bothering for all the analysis and gibberish that yours truly spouts forth in this site, look no further. We have launched our brand new Stats and Match reports page dedicated to Manchester United. We feature the [...]

Reds 1-0 Spurs: Reds Scrape By, Brilliant Result

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Even during United's peak, last season, when they were brushing teams aside for fun, there were moments where one might have been perfectly justified in thinking if the team was actually capable of sustaining the form till the final lap. Those doubts weren't put to rest by 4-0 defeats to Bolton or the opening day [...]

The Best Manchester United Blog Right Here, Right Now

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Forgive us for our vanity, but allow us a little self indulgence here. I am sure a lot of you might even scoff at our cheeky little hope of expecting to become the best Manchester United fan blog, leave alone the Sports Blog of the year, given we haven't even been here for that long, [...]

Reds vs Spurs: 26 Aug, 2007 4pm BST

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Watch this space for updates as we get match news.

Preview: Reds vs Spurs

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United face Spurs in what has now been widely regarded by fans as a crunch game. In fact it the game is considered equally important for Spurs fans, who despite having won the last game, have gone over board in their reactions towards Tottenham and Martin Jol, in particular. United on the other hand have yet [...]

The Week So Far: Benitez, Heinze, Strikers, Nani, EVDS, Ferdinand, Gibson, Saha and Spurs

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(Ed: I was about to do a round-up for the week, because, admittedly, quite a bit happened that got drowned in 'bigger news' items. But Ollie had already done the job - thanks mate. So I got the easy way out and did some editing and addition of some extra bits of news that got [...]

There’s More to United’s Season

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This is Sailesh Ganesh from Dallas, USA. I am a new contributor to Red Rants, hoping to keep up with the great quality of the site. With introductions out of the way, let me talk a bit about our recent results. You might be thinking that this has already been beaten to death, but suffice [...]

Two Reasons Why United Aren’t Looking for Fullbacks

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In the summer of 2008 two fullbacks will be headed to Old Trafford from Fluminese. Of course, both of them are Brazilian. One plays at right back and the other, on the left. Close observers of United would have realized by now that we are talking about Fabio and Rafael. They are identical twins and [...]

Kit Update: Official Man Utd 07/08 Black Away Kit Pics

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Here are the black away kits and their official pictures. There is also the official poster containing the release date, which is the 13th of September. I wonder why it's taking so long. The black kit, however, is ace and I would love to get my hands on it. Even the stripe at the back is [...]

United On The Brink Of Greatness, Again

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Watching Manchester United over the past 2 weeks has been frustrating yet at the same time highly exhilarating. Indeed our great club may have not got the start we wanted. Two draws and a defeat. But who would have thought we would be defeated while playing with such style? There have been reasons bandied about as [...]

Real Cough Up Money for Wheinze | Benitez Moans and Whines

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Another bit of good news filtered down to the papers all over town yesterday. Real Madrid, now officially known as UUPOAH (Unhappy United Players' Old Age Home), have come and done United a big, big favour: they bought Heinze, and, wait for it... for £8 million! Now this, I must say, made me feel pleasantly surprised. [...]

So Long Heinze, And Thanks For The 8 Million!

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I've always wondered, long before this site ever existed, how it would be to say goodbye to a player who's served your club so admirably. The feeling of parting would be one thing that's not totally alien. But expressing all those feelings that come rushing into your head, all at once, in some concrete form, [...]

Discussion: What Do We Do With Heinze?

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Today we start a new section at Red Rants. It is in an effort to make it a little more interactive. I know our comment threads are robust enough and will continue to be so. But, starting from today, from time to time we will feature posts that just puts forward some questions to which [...]

United’s Road to Recovery Just Around the Corner

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Well it hasn't been the best of starts so far, but let's get one thing straight: we haven't thrown away the title. Yet. With 35 games to go, 6 of which are against the rest of the 'Big 4′ teams, there is plenty of room for our favourite club to get right back on track. [...]

Heinze loses arbitration for Liverpool move, what’s next for him and United?

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As you must know by now, Gabriel Heinze has lost his bid to join Liverpool (more over at Soccerlens). It puts him in a very difficult situation now as there's barely a chance for him to win the appeal for his Liverpool move, and there is little time left to negotiate a move elsewhere. Many Manchester United [...]

Decision To Be Made On Heinze… Today!

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As most of you will know while one Argentinean has recently entered Old Trafford another seems very likely to be leaving soon. A decision will be made on the future of ‘Fans Favourite of the 05/06 season' Gabby Heinze later today, though his court case hearing was yesterday. He presented his case to a 3-man [...]

So What Does United Do Now?

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This has been very disappointing. It's so disappointing, it has me questioning Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time in years. I've been watching these games, and I'm seeing the same thing each of you are seeing. Quality games on our part, but no results to show for it. It's called bad luck and [...]

Fans, Let’s Be a Little More Patient, Shall We?

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Yesterday's match resulted in what has now become our worst start to a season in a while. A team of United's stature getting only two points from three games. The team does not have Rooney and Ronaldo and that will be status quo for sometime now. The team has managed to find the net only [...]

Citeh vs Reds: Kick Off 1330 hrs UK Time

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So we head over to City for a key game, crucial to our confidence and everything. Meanwhile two other biggies, Chelsea and Liverpool, clash with one another. Arsenal have a tricky trip to Ewood Park. So here's hoping they all drop points. (Although, I'd rather Chelsea lose against Liverpool. We have a better chance catching [...]

Preview: Extremely, Immensely Massive Citeh vs Puny Reds

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I couldn't be more serious. We head over to Eastlands to face a Man City side, who for the first time in a million years are actually playing half decent football. In previous seasons, we were up against a City side that were generally shite against most teams but somehow managed to nick points off [...]

Do We Need a New Forward?

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Manchester United were, during the summer, said to be a team with endless attacking options. However an injury to our best striker Wayne Rooney (expected to keep him out of action for at least two months) and also our best player of late, Ronaldo, receiving a 3 match suspension for an attempted head [...]

Great Things Brewing In This Reds Site

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While it's been a pleasure writing and conversing about United all this while, through ups and downs, (thankfully, so far, there have been more ups than downs) credit must be given to the readers and commenters in this site who have made Red Rants immensely readable for more than a few United fans. (I hope [...]

Pompey 1-1 Reds: So, Is It Time to Panic?

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I suffered a severe writer's block while starting to write this post. That probably explains why I started writing this post mentioning my writer's block. For me it was bad enough when I couldn't get any of the streams to work. Looking at, and furiously refreshing my browser, for the text commentary on Sky/Soccernet and [...]

United Players out of Favour With Supporters

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Quite recently I've been seeing (not just on this site) a few United players being - how can I put it? - verbally abused (okay, maybe not to that extent!) but I thought I'd just put them all together, give u guys some info on them and possibly why they have been 'picked on' and [...]

Preview: Pompey vs Reds

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So after a disappointing draw against Reading we head south over to Fratton Park to play a team that in recent times have become our 'bogey team'. But in a way it's good we are playing away from home. At least there is this hope that teams wouldn't park their bus in front of [...]

Rants Returns to Regular Service

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Just to make it official, I am back from a rather extended holiday and had good times away. That said, the blog wasn't really away, thanks to some lads who popped up with posts. I did manage to pop up while on vacation too, in the midst of my high spirits. However, the high spirits [...]

United Would Do Well to Learn from Arsenal

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Morning lads. I know. Even I am reeling from yesterday's defeat. This won't be a match report per se. If it's match reports you want, then you have the papers. I would post match reports as and when I feel like it, but at the moment I'd like to dwell a little more on the [...]

United vs Reading: Preview

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vs Ex-Red Steve Coppell and his men come to OT for the season opener. The manager does have some injury concerns of his own: striker Leroy Lita, defender Ibrahima Sonko and wingers Glen Little and Bobby Convey are out with injuries. Reading will certainly be faced with a rather testing season compared to last [...]

Get the new Tevez shirt

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Our friends over at Subside Sports have been lightening quick in getting the new Carlos Tevez shirt ready for us. Thanks Simon. It's bloody expensive to be honest (almost £58 with the P/L Champions sleeve patches) but it fkn Tevez, dammit. I'm still a bit numb after thinking about the havoc the Tevez-Rooney-Ronaldo-Anderson-Nani axis could cause [.

Manchester United 07/08 Squad Numbers released

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Manchester United have announced their squad numbers for the forthcoming 2007/08 Premier League campaign. Among the Reds' summer signings, Owen Hargreaves will wear the No.4 shirt, with Gabriel Heinze moving to 14. Anderson will wear No.8 and Nani has been given No.17. Carlos Tevez, who was registered as a United player by the Premier League on Friday [.

Manchester United 07/08 Season Preview

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I am not back as yet from my mini-vacation, but that hasn't stopped me from sneaking in to make a post. (Label me jobless, useless, or with other juicier insults, but with the season closing in, this is out of an irresistible urge to post! So there.) Also much thanks to Ahmed and Brian who [...]

United win easy, questions on Evans and Rossi

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United won their last two pre-season friendlies quite comfortably, as expected. You can read the match reports here: Glentoran 0-3 Manchester United Dunfermline 0-4 Manchester United Highlights: Scholesy got a 90-minute runout (though I still think that he'll be on the bench for Reading and Portsmouth), Nani, Anderson and Hargreaves look to be settling in well and 3 or [.

Fantasy Football - untold riches await you…

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window.document.getElementById('post-199').parentNode.className += ' adhesive_post';Catch the full details at Soccerlens - here's a brief summary: The winner of the SL group (the manager with the highest cumulative points at the end of the season) will win $1,000 plus several other gifts (including a heft gift voucher for footy shirts from Subside Sports), while the overall winner in [.

Who should succeed Neville as captain?

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Ryan Giggs is the usual deputy, but with both him, Gary and EVDS getting older there's a gap opening up at the top of the United hierarchy. Simply put, we need a new captain - and more importantly, we need to groom this new captain to make sure he's ready to take over the mantle next [...]

Preparing to beat Reading

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United take on Glentoran and Dunfermline today in the last of the pre-season friendlies before the Sunday kick-off against Reading. Four players are confirmed on the injury list - Ben Foster and Park Ji-Sung are long-term casualties while Louis Saha and Dong Fanghzhou are expected to regain fitness for the home game but most likely [...]

Do you like Rio Ferdinand?

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I read somewhere this morning that Rio Ferdinand was unpopular with Manchester United fans. Now I don't pretend to speak for all fans (and I regularly disagree with a majority of red devils) but I'd say that that as a player Rio is one of the more respected members of Manchester United. Fellow fans may disagree, so [...]

RoundUp: Community Shield, VDS, Heinze, Tevez, Rhain Davis

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Good Morning all. Forgive me if this isn't the quality of RedRanter, but I'm just doing my best to step in and provide the news for my fellow Man Utd. fans. Good win for the Red Devils yesterday at Wembley, and with both teams looking pretty good during the game, it looks like the upcoming [...]

A Mini-Break

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Alright lads, I will be on a break over the next few days. I should be back in full force by Saturday. I know, it is a tough time to be away from the blog, what with Tevez's debut and the start of the Premiership looming. But it is a necessary break, and hence bear [...]

United* 1-1 Chelsea: First Blood to the Reds

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EVDS saved 3 penalties as United beat Chelsea in the Community Shield game. The first half was fiesty with tackles flying all over. United had the better of the Blues, creating more chances. Giggs rounded off a good move from Evra's cross. Malouda took advantage of one of Rio's famous short-naps with a smart flick [...]

Community Shield Preview

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It's been quiet today as well as yesterday. The lull was more surprising given United played a game yesterday. Since the match wasn't televised we had to rely on footage shown by Sky Sports that has been doing the rounds (thanks, this time, to Dailymotion). Anyway, comfortable win, apparently, for, what we could safely term, our [...]

United 2-0 Doncaster: Reserves’ Day Out

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The biggest draw of this game was the debut of Anderson. Although, the team he played in was a chock full of reserves. What else could you call it, when the most experienced players in that side were Fletcher and Silvestre. I happened to catch most of the match before my stream conked out at [...]

Goodbye Smith, Welcome Tevez

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I have been tied up with a lot of work these days. So apologies for not covering the Inter-United game. Now that, plenty has been said and discussed about the game, not to mention our ever active comment threads, I will let it lie for the moment. Although, there certainly were some points worth [...]

Goodbye, Rossi

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It's that sinking feeling. Again. Another very promising player leaves the club. Last year, we saw Dave Jones - a promising midfielder - leave due to overcrowding of our midfield (which, in turn, was due to the arrival of Carrick). He would go on to inspire Derby to promotion to the Premiership. The reason I [...]