Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Man Utd v Portsmouth: Preview

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Today's midweek game features Portsmouth, a team we lost 2-1 in our last encounter this season. It was also a game that saw the dismissal of Ronaldo to a head butt. Those were early days in the season when we got off to a rocky start. Things have changed drastically since then. Portsmouth, who had an [.

Would You Be Happy With Tevez’s Five?

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We had seen Tevez say this earlier. He holds his home club, Boca Juniors, extremely close to his heart. So much that he would love to come back and play there at an age where he's still young enough, unlike his other compatriots for whom a return would be more like a retirement home. His feelings [..

United 3-1 Spurs: Ronaldo Brace Sees United Through

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It has become impossible for us to write match reports of United victories without a mention of a Ronaldo goal. In fact he has been so remarkably prolific that it led to Sir Alex himself recently admitting that he never saw his goal scoring potential when he initially bought him; his purchase was as a [.

Man Utd v Tottenham: Preview

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Here we go with the preview. We play Tottenham who are certainly flying high with their demolition of Arsenal. Moreover Juande Ramos is yet to lose a Cup game in years. Whether Tottenham have truly risen from the mediocrity to challenge the top four remains to be seen; today's game could be a reasonable indicator.

Scholesy’s Return and Manucho

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Paul Scholes looks set to return for the FA Cup game against Tottenham. He should make it to the substitutes bench at least. The manager has all reason to be optimistic about his return. "I still think we will get three more years out of Scholes because he comes back from injuries very well", he [...

It’s Ronnie’s Mum’s Turn Now To Join The Real Act + Other Stories

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Oh yes. It's very clear how desperate Real are to get Ronaldo, and this time it is with his mom. She spoke to AS which, of course, has been ridiculed for it's Madrid bias in the past and said that she would like to see him play for Madrid before she dies. These rumours, [...]

City Is Concerned About Some ‘Idiots’…

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... so should we idiot proof Old Trafford, then? Wouldn't be too easy, I suspect. Anyway the Guardian reports that members of Man City's supporters' club have written a letter to Manchester United to call off the planned one minute silence because they fear that the minute's silence could be disrupted by some nutty people from [.

Reading 2-0 United: Rooney, Ronaldo Keep United Top

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Rooney and Ronaldo continue to underline their importance to our team. No amounts of overtures from Real or Barcelona can really be enough to tempt our prized asset away from our club. It just is not worth it. Even an injection of a 100 million pounds for each player will not do justice. United were not [.

The Glazers’ Busby Babes Tribute Madness - Sign the Petition

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We all know how important Munich is to United fans. Which is why the 50th anniversary of the Busby Babes tribute assumes priority over anything for us. We also thought it was great to actually see the Glazers willing to allow the team to sport jerseys free of sponsors for the tribute game, incidentally against [.

Saha Talks Again | Brandy Off To Swansea | Twins To OT

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Louis Saha reckons he will help fire United to glory. He has said something like this for the 789th time this season. We have been waiting, and we'll continue to wait. So let's listen to what he's saying: It's great to score goals. I'm a striker and that's my job and now I want to concentrate [...]

Keegan ‘I’d Love It’ Returns To Geordie-land. Heh!

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Now this is in no way related to Man Utd from a purely news point of view. But long timers would never forget the history that accompanies this remarriage with an old foe if we could call him that. Kevin Keegan has overseen the best period of Newcastle's recent history, but he's also been [...]

Fletch Wants To Stay. Do You Want Him?

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Darren Fletcher has quashed reports that he will be moving to another club during the January window. He seems as determined as ever to fight his way back into the team. "I never heard anything about Birmingham being interested, I just know I want to be here for a long time. My only focus is on [...]

Update on Red Rants

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This site is not down. It is very much alive. I am finally home and free from jet lag. And I certainly promise to bring RR back to it's glory days. About the Newcastle game report, I will write one. I missed the game but I still did watch the entire recorded match. So [...]

The Louis Saha Question and United 6-0 Newcastle Goal Videos

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A quick Sunday update, including goal highlights, the latest on Louis Saha, the truth about Red Ranter's absence and more: Manchester United thrashed Newcastle United 6-0, with all goals coming in the second half. The two clubs could not be more different - stability vs ridiculously twitchy-fingers, strong foundations vs no base at all, and most [.

Man Utd vs Newcastle Utd: Preview

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A very short one for everyone. I am headed to the airport for a long flight to some part of the world that I would call home. So this would be pretty short. Newcastle, who are managerless at the moment, will play us today. I don't really like the thought of a managerless team. It could [...]

Huntelaar Interest Returns | Gill On Club Finances | Manucho, Anderson and Ronaldo

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Lots of things to talk about today, so we'll get into it straightaway without the usual waffle. The Sun is reporting that Fergie will be prepared to offer 12 million pounds for the Dutch hitman. The surprisingly low value placed on the striker is apparently due to Ajax's financial troubles. The Telegraph has also picked up [.

Neville’s Return | Benzema’s ‘Interest’ | Sven Urges Bitters to Show Respect

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Captain Neville returned to action, finally, in a reserve game against Everton reserves yesterday. And guess what, he scored! He played 45 minutes without too much trouble. One hopes his run out does no damage to him this time. It's good to see Neville return and hopefully, he should be back to first team action before [.

Easter Island Head’s NYC Visit | Ronaldo Goes Top | Fergie’s Double/Treble Aim

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Easter Island Head, better known as EIH or Mikael Silvestre, has been forgotten for a while. That his absence has coincided with one of our meanest defensive records is not a... umm... coincidence. Hence we could be forgiven for forgetting the Frenchman. My heart beats less vigourously now than it used to when he used [.

A Return to Daily Updates

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Hello everyone. There has been a lack of the usual daily roundups here so let's get on with it. But before moving on though, a little clarification on the rumours doing the rounds on this site. I am not married, nor have I ever been married in my lifetime. I also don't intend on getting [...]

Manchester United Half Time Report: The Attack

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This is the second series of posts that will review our season so far. We ran a 'season in review' series earlier. We will look at the players and rate their performances. We will also try to give an overall report on the team performances, so far. In this post we will talk about our [...]

Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United: Ronaldo and Rooney complete a late win

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Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney (latching on to a rebound from a Ronaldo shot at goal) in the last 10 minutes saw Manchester United win their 3rd FA Cup tie against Aston Villa. Good to see United win (as always) and there's no reason to complain, but this was one of those days where [.

Aston Villa v Man Utd:Preview

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We take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup, again. It seemed sort of inevitable when the drawing was made we played them last time like some million times in January itself, I suppose. Anyway, we have had a great record against them in recent times, although it must be said that Martin O'Neill's sides [.

The January Transfer Window - Possible Targets

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Well it's that time of the year again. And with January comes the transfer market where a lot of big talking goes along but not much actually happens! Anyway, I noticed a lot of talk going on in the past few posts so I decided to make one on that subject. I shall cover all [...]

United Labour Through But Fergie Makes the Most Outrageous Remarks

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It might be a little too late for a match report, so it wouldn't be one as such. United didn't produce a performance to be necessarily proud of in beating Birmingham but started 2008 on a winning note. While the first half and initial periods in the second saw us practically toying with Alex McLeish's [.

Man Utd vs Birmingham: Preview

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The Interwebs have been acting up lately, to my chagrin. And that is the reason I couldn't post yesterday. I really wanted to post something yesterday, you know, with it being the last day of 2007 and all; I had a Best of 2007 post lined up. Anyhow I will get around to doing that [...]