Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Man Utd 2-0 West Ham: United Sleepwalk Past Hammers

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What I saw yesterday was not too different to what I've seen from United this season, as a whole. There are periods where the lads go on a rampage and verge on the unplayable. There are other periods where they just couldn't give a toss and think it's another routine training session. So, first half: [.

Man Utd v West Ham: Preview

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I despise mid-week games. One, work schedules (and time difference on this side of the pond) make it difficult to catch the action on a work day. Two, it gives about three days from the weekend prior, to regroup and play. But a player pocketing about 90k a week shouldn't complain these days and that's [.

Ronaldo’s FifPro Award and Thoughts on the Player

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In over two decades of his time in charge of United, Ferguson is finally blessed with the honour of having one of his players crowned the FifPro player of the year. Before we fill this with tributes for Ronaldo, let's not forget Rio's inclusion in the XI and his significance in our team last season.

United Let Everton off the Hook

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It was built up to be Rooney's day. It didn't quite turn out that way. The former Blue was booed as usual, and the baiting worked to an extent, as he got quite worked up in the process. But the more important talking points will be of how United allowed Everton to claw their way [...]

Everton v Man Utd: Preview

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Early kick off it is today, which means an early morning game for me. But more interesting things have happened over the past few days in the lead up to this game well considering there hasn't been any updates on this site lately, there has been enough happening that deserved a mention. So let's touch [.

Man Utd v Celtic: Preview

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Pre-match prattle: The usual media bollocks about the battle of Britain. As if United and Celtic are the English and Scottish first eleven, respectively; get England to actually play Scotland in a friendly in the first place, for fuck's sake! Ok, that's the anger part out of the way... now let's get a little quotesy.

Reds Put Four Past WBA

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United 4-0 West Bromwich Albion Another nice weekend, another three points in the bag, yet we're not better than Hull. Oh well, that can wait, I suppose. It still is fairly reassuring seeing us just 6 points off the top with a game in hand. But, again, we'll get to the topic of the title race [...]

The World Loves Rooney + West Brom Preview

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... if said world is England. Suddenly the boy can do no wrong and he's the darling of everyone concerned. Moreover, England is suddenly a world beater. Such hubris is not very difficult to build these days at least sections of the English press never fail to disappoint in this regard. But let us make [.

Some Site News

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Readers, just a mention that the site isn't dead. Apologies for not posting. Regular service will resume, and the international break hasn't helped either. In the mean time, you can continue discussing whatever catches your fancy in the comments or head over to the other excellent United blogs in the sidebar.

The Tevez Problem

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So far, the biggest loser from the signing of Dimitar Berbatov has been Carlos Tevez. He didn't get on the pitch at all against Chelsea, failed to gel with the Bulgarian against Notlob, and was relegated to the bench for the games against Aalborg and Blackburn. His industry whilst on the pitch haven't been rewarded [.

United News During International Breaks

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Things one can do during international breaks: Refresh Newsnow for updates on the latest 12 year old sensation Watch reruns of Law and Order Try to maintain interest in Heroes despite the show losing its first season magic. Listen to some football podcasts if it helps Go to work. Try other sports. Listen to (and watch) John McCain's laugh on loop.

Thoughts on Blackburn and the Weekend action

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James Ducker on Times Online The good news for the other Barclays Premier League clubs is that Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves are injured and Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to find his best form. The bad news is that Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are starting to hit the high notes, Darren Fletcher and [.

Blackburn v Man Utd: Preview

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Blackburn away has always been a little tricky. At the moment they are above us in the table, and one would hope this is only an aberration. Today is the day to set things right as we attempt to scale the heights of the league table, before the players depart towards their international sojourn. Before previewing [.

The Debate on United’s First Eleven

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It was interesting to hear Fergie make comparisons recently to the Treble-winning squad. He particularly alluded to having a pool of strikers who he could rotate through the season, drawing parallels with the Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Sheringham quartet. However, whilst the strength in depth of our squad is at least equal to the Treble [.

Thoughts on the Aalborg win and reactions

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United won a game that I thought wasn't exhilarating for a 3-0 scoreline, as a spectacle. Perhaps the 10,000 odd strength of the stadium made it look like a kick about at a Sunday league game. No disrespect to the fans of Aalborg, who to their credit sang their lungs out, but when I heard [...]