Red Rants Archives for January 2007

Brum 0-1 Reds: Another Scrappy One-Nil Win

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Sorry to burst expectant readers', well, expectations. But I couldn't watch the game. I had some frustratingly pressing matter to attend to during that time and I was, well, frustrated as hell to not be watching the game. Although, upon hearing what some of my mates had to say about the game, the comments on [...]

Can the Guardian Please Find a Better Writer than Daniel Taylor?

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Ahmed beat me to it at Soccerlens, but I guess I independently thought of this. Therefore here it is. For those who haven't heard or read any of Mr. Taylor's articles, this may come as something out of the blue. But the effects are there for a lot of people to see. While I am not [...]

Giggs and Brown to Remain Reds | Ex-Reds Clash | Wenger Threat | Takeovers And Other Such Nonsense

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Let's quickly get the roundup out of the way before we move on to the preview of the Birmingham game. First up, good news as, Ryan Giggs and Brown are to be offered extensions to their contracts. While I'd have anyway expected Giggsy to be offered and extension - really, can you expect him to turn [...]

Brum vs Reds: Preview

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We visit St Andrews Stadium to play Steve Bruce's men today. The Birmingham players would feel confident after managing to hold Liverpool to a draw last week. If they manage to escape with points today, they would feel very good about their chances of survival this season. Brucie's made his team rather tough to beat, bringing [...]

Fergie Ensures United’s Kids Get Knocked Out

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A belated post. But the time that has passed hasn't tempered the feelings I've had, during and immediately after the match, in the slightest bit. There are many reasons really. I have read quite a few opinions around the place. James Ryddel of A Kick in the Grass thinks it is a good thing we [...]

Man Utd vs Coventry City: Preview

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Morning all. 'Massive' game against Coventry today. The sky blues fans are certainly excited about the game. Moreover it would be a big game for the young 'uns who would be looking to make a mark. I wonder if any channel is willing to telecast this game. It looks highly unlikely, at the moment. So [...]

Injury Update | ‘Lion’ Tevez Speaks | So Does Carrick

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Some injury news today. Call it good or bad, Mikael Silvestre, who was earlier ruled out for the entire season, could now make a comeback as early as March next year. Fergie says that his operation went well in France and things aren't as bad as it was thought to be. Meanwhile skipper, Gary Neville would [...]

Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea: Reds Rub It In

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It wasn't a vintage United performance. Not in anyone's wildest dreams. However, it was a game where we controlled things completely. There were moments where it looked like we were getting our stride back. But for most part, we drifted to familiar territory that we've seen this season. Nevertheless, the performance was much better than [...]

Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea (FT) : Tevez, Saha Score

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Report will follow tomorrow. Meanwhile you could discuss here. Opinions, rants, cheers and things like that welcome. I am off to enjoy the last moments of the Sunday before I write the match report. Discuss away.

Blog Chat: Scott of Republik of Mancunia | Chelsea Preview

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Morning all. Big game today. Especially important after seeing the 'dippers drop points against Birmingham. Finally they seem to be getting results like the Liverpool we know. Arsenal are still motoring along, unbeaten, but then they were playing Derby. Anyway, ideally, a preview should have been in order. But, instead, I decided to have a small [..

Hargreaves Worry | Vidic Is Rather Excellent | Avram Is Rather Boring

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A very good morning/afternoon/evening. If you are indeed up in the morning/afternoon/evening, that is. Saturday is not especially a day that witnesses very many early risers. But when there is some football, there will be good enough reason to wake up and look forward to the day. We aren't playing on Saturday, which is the downer. [...]

Annoying Mourinho Leaves | United After Another ‘Hole’ Player? | Saha | SAF Quotes

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Not too much to gush about this morning. Although, by the time this post comes up there may be gushable things to gush about. Regular readers may have realized that the post is usually not written early in the morning, thanks to the timezone yours truly lives in. So gushing capabilities are limited to whatever [...]

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Man Utd: Local Boy Scores

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United started their 07/08 Champions' League campaign with a 1-0 win that was more important considering that it was played away from home against a tricky opposition than enthralling. At the moment, 1-0 wins are becoming the forte of the 2007 edition of Manchester United something we talked about at length the [...]

Sporting Lisbon vs Man Utd - Preview

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Staying awake for 48 hours is really crap. It drains your brain to the extreme. That was the case with me, thanks to some truckloads of work that I spent yesterday asleep for over 12 hours. Hence some slacking off in the blog. I do have a real life too, apparently. So there. So Sporting Lisbon [...]

Rooney’s return, United aim to thrash Sporting, injury list, vote or face hellfire

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I'm sure you've seen Patrice Evra caught out of position and Nemanja Vidic going across and covering for him, thus bailing Manchester United out of yet another sticky situation? That's what's happening today - except that the Red Ranter is Evra, yours truly is Vida and RedRants.com is Manchester United. At least the last one makes sense [...]

United Have Been A Cross Between Chelsea and Arsenal (Of Last Season)

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Sad to say this, really. Really sad. But there is no escaping the fact that we have been playing like that. Don't get me wrong though. Results wise, it's been good for us. But it certainly is not good for the heart, over the long run. Our wins over the past three games have been one-nils [...]

Can you lead Manchester United to the Premier League title?

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As football fans we follow our club(s) very closely and it's a natural consequence that we have strong opinions about how things should be done - tactics, transfers, formations, etc. It's easy to pit your skills against the computer in games like Fifa 07, Pro Evolution Soccer or Football Manager, but the real test comes when [...]

Everton vs Reds: Kick-off at 12 noon BST

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Even the official site confirms that Rooney will be in the squad. Personally I am apprehensive about playing Rooney so soon even if it is for ten minutes. I can't believe SAF would take such a gamble, given his stance during the world cup last year. Granted, he's not the sort to take risks [...]

Everton vs Reds: Preview

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United visit Everton after a very long international break - which really seemed to go on for ages - and face a tough game at Goodison Park. The Blues are having a very good season, even on points with Liverpool. A win for us would send us to the top of the table - [...]

Ronaldo Likes Jolie, Ferg’s A Tough Nut, Fletcher’s Injury, More Int’l Boredom

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As we pull on through another slow day let's heave a deep sigh of relief that no one's injured on their international duty. *Heaves sigh of relief* Oh, I almost forgot, Captain Fletch limped off with a calf injury in Scotland's 1-0 win over much fancied France. Of course, I'd prefer to look at the bright side [...]

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Successor

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No premier league games last weekend. Nothing to report. We can only wait to see how the return of Ronaldo affects (positively) the way the team plays. Since this is slow news time, as far as Manchester United are concerned, (yes, we had that interesting tidbit from SAF about Stam and Beckham, but tell us [...]

United’s Injury Blow… And Boost.

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Not much today. At least that's what it was at the time of writing this. Highly doubt things would be much different. But whatever we have to talk about today is mostly positive stuff, depending on how you look at it. Today's topic is only about injuries. While the second leg of international games is to [...]

Rushing Rooney Would Be Foolish

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It is all over the news and it was certain to crop up sometime sooner or later. If Rooney manages to make it for the Everton game it would be a record of some sorts for a player who broke his metatarsal just four weeks ago for the millionth time. The player is desperate to get [...]

The Glazer Financial Breakdown

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As we all now know there is a report expected from the Manchester United Supporters' Trust detailing the failure of the 'Glazer business model'. It is a little odd that I have to link to a NOTW article but there is truth in what's published there and what is expected from MUST. Of course, the [...]

Ronaldo Scores, Players Come Through Unscathed… So Far

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Hope you're having a good Sunday. I, for one, am not. The whole international break thing is crap. Especially after just three weeks since the season started. It's like getting on to the freeway after spending an hour negotiating a traffic jam only to suddenly come upon another serpentine queue of stationary cars, honking furiously [...]

Much Ado About Ferdinand, And Some Loads of Ballacks

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One of our readers, JB, pointed me out to this article by Oliver Holt. The 'bloke' at Soccerlens also wrote about it, but since I found it interesting myself, I thought I would also contribute to the clutter. Oliver Holt, of course, is a fine lad who is a columnist at the Mirror. Although the use [...]

Quotes Galore From Fergie | Hargreaves Injured | Another City Loss

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I don't remember the last time we had so many interesting quotes from Fergie in such a short period of time. The most interesting one, undoubtedly, is his admission that the sale of Stam was a mistake. For a man who still thinks Veron was a good buy, this is something. Jaap Stam was a quality [...]

Roundup: Amazed Anderson; Hargreaves Tops Poll; Ole’s New Avatar

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Morning. A very quiet day it is indeed. Really grasping at straws as far as news goes. The long international break adds to the frustration as far as club football goes. Although, from our club's point of view, it couldn't have come at a better time. Saha's got 45 minutes under his belt. Thankfully, as [...]

The International Break Will Help United Significantly

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The international break could not have come at a better time for Manchester United. The match against Sunderland was the last match that Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for, and, with the matches in mid-week, and another on the weekend it should give him that tiny bit of match fitness he is lacking. That will be [...]

Reds 1-0 Sunderland: The Late Late Match Report

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I am sure certain sections of regulars to this site might have been left wondering what really is up with the lazy author of this site. Admittedly there was a little slacking off from your's truly. After all, waking up late, groggy-eyed, on a Sunday morning - when the lethargy was only mildly nudged out [...]

Roundup: Saha’s Enlightenment, Nutty Takeover Bids, The Portugeezers’ Romp and More

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Morning all. Yes, the daily roundup is back! Let's get it quickly out of the way. So without any meaningless banter from my side, here goes. Louis Saha feels very happy about his goal, and affirms his commitment to the team. He also says that he is now completely aware about how not to get injured. [...]

Reds vs Sunderland: 1715 hrs BST

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Watch this space for updates. Hopefully I should bring you some! Won't promise you though, if I get carried away by the game. Feel free to discuss away.

The Week So Far: Spurs, Ole, Rooney, Keane, Strikers, Links, Sunderland, Transfer Madness

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The week that passed us by was another eventful one. Some heartbreak, some relief, some rather slow days, some crazy ones. Some days where we just hit our heads with one another and yelled the name of some striker before running around in circles for no apparent reason. It was quite a week, that. So before [...]