Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Man Utd 1-0 Boro: One-nil to the United

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It was as I said yesterday. The unforgiving nature of the Christmas schedule lends itself to games that call for a good old fashioned scrap fest. Teams will come to Old Trafford, dig themselves a nice trench, build a wall and sit sipping some classic blend of English tea. Of course, that doesn't mask the [.

Man Utd v Middlesbrough: Preview

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United play their second game of the Christmas programme after returning as 'Champions of the World' from Japan. Thankfully, our clear dominance was rewarded against the joke of a team that was Stoke City cue, 'brave Stoke's hearts broken', and more such tripe from the rags. It was just the sort of win we [.

Manchester United Make History As World Champions

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Rooney, for all of his profligacy in front of goal, came through in the 73rd minute for Manchester United when it counted the most and scored the only goal of the game to crown the Red Devils as World Champions and officially the best club football team in the world (we already were, but it's [...

Liga de Quito v Manchester United, Club World Cup Final Match Thread

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Manchester United take on Liga de Quito at the Yokohama International Stadium in 3 hours to play the Club World Cup final. You like it, you don't like it, it doesn't matter anymore because in 5 hours or so we'll either be World Champions (and the first British club to win the title) or the [...]

Mourinho’s Inter, Liga de Quito and proof that Berbatov can be happy

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Much (MUCH!) has been made out of yesterday's Champions League playoff draw and much more will be said between today and February when the damned matches actually start. Are Inter going to be too much for United? Will Jose beat Fergie again? Will Arsenal and Chelsea fall to the Italian revolution (or some such nonsense)?

United Win and Some Non-game Thoughts

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I couldn't catch it live. And watching the whole match on tape, with prior knowledge of the result, can do only so much to the excitement a live match can generate. First of all, tell me this: why does this tournament have to be scheduled in Japan every single year? [Apparently, it will be played [.

Gamba Osaka v Man Utd: Match Thread

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It's the semi-finals of the World Club Championship a tournament, despite my being happy if we lift the cup, I couldn't care less about. To me, it's a big distraction with an already crowded league schedule. The timing is most ill-advised with a jam packed Christmas schedule, and we are still playing catch up [.

A Few Words…

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Apart from confirming that I am indeed alive, this post will seek to convey a few things. Over the past few days (weeks?) I have had insignificant things to deal with things as insignificant as graduating from a post graduate program, wrapping up some work (because I was juggling a full time study program [.

Red Rants Writing Competition

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Red Rants is looking to open up to the community to post on the main blog in the form of a competition. The best two (or three) bloggers, at the end of this competition will get to blog on RR for a year. Of course, there are rules for this, for which you'll have to [...]

Tottenham v Manchester United - Match Thread

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According to my watch, Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in about 4.5 hours. I imagine there's plenty of people here looking to sound off pre and post match, so I'll stay out of the way after a few links to keep you good company: If you can't watch the game (stream [...]

Evra’s Ban Smacks of Inconsistency | Sunderland Preview

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I am aware of our game against Sunderland today, but the Evra ban had me seething. It's not that I'm a fan of conspiracy theories (for the record, I am not), but a four match ban for the player was very confusing to say the least. Let my first quote the FA's statement from the [...]

Keane’s United Prospects and The Tevez Conundrum

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It is now common knowledge that Royston Maurice Keane stepped down from his position as Sunderland manager. Having been in the club for over two seasons, he has given the fans a whole lot of glory than they can have imagined. (Glory, here, is a relative term. So I hope you get my drift.) When he [...

Man Utd v Blackburn: Preview

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Carlos Tevez, Manucho, Ben Foster are some of the names expected to feature in the team sheet today. I am looking forward particularly to the Angolan forward making an impression. Without doubt, Fergie will look to Danny Welbeck too, as he looks at this competition for blooding in more of his 'kids'.

Ronaldo Wins Ballon d’Or

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Finally. A realisation of another of the many dreams the boy from Madeira might have had, Ronaldo now becomes only the first player since George Best to win the Ballon d'Or as a United player. This, in itself, is a shame and does a disservice to the vast number of outstanding players that wore the [.