Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Fulham v Man Utd: Preview

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It's Fulham today and United would look to put goals past the Cottagers and ensure the all important three points. Arsenal will be playing Villa at the same time. So let's get our preview in as soon as we can as we lead you up to the match. Not much in the way of team news really, [...]

The Rio Ferdinand Situation

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There has been much made about our premier defender's contract situation since yesterday. Rio Ferdinand, according to earlier reports, was to hold off contract negotiations till summer. The reports attributed his agent, the scheming Pini Zahavi, to have said that. Lot's of blogs and forums have immediately reacted to the news.

Today’s News In Recycle Mode

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And extremely slow day. In fact slow would be Concorde in its glory, ear-splitting, window-shattering days whizzing past another shuddering skyscraper, in comparison to news today. So I will just link you to articles on this snoozefest of a day. Be prepared for a few articles that have already been talked about earlier.

United’s Midfield Dilemma

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Pick up a piece of paper, and write down United's best XI. Picks itself, mostly, doesn't it? You might be in the Giggs or the Nani camp for the left wing, but I'd bet my bottom dollar that 8 of the names down will appear on everyone's list. The remaining two? Only the small matter [...]

Newcastle 1-5 Man Utd: Newcastle Taken To The Cleaners At Home

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Was that headline an exaggeration? I didn't think so. However, yesterday's win was achieved with minimum fuss, for most part, as a poor Newcastle side was run over by a team that had enough incentive to close the gap on league leaders, Arsenal. Arsenal were surprisingly held to a draw by Birmingham, with a last [.

Newcastle v Man Utd: Preview

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A familiar foe awaits us at St. James' Park. The mad Geordies have done enough to get their manager, Sam Allardyce, sacked without giving him enough time. Their messiah, and said familiar foe, Kevin Keegan hasn't exactly had the messianic influence the fans have come to expect from him. Give him more time is their [.

Brown, Lahm - United’s Right Back Situation | And Some Thoughts on Nani

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We are finally past our Lyon hangover, or so I would like to believe, and we can now look forward to our game against Newcastle in the weekend. We will get a preview in, prior to the match, but till then we will fill you with your daily dose of United related news, and a [...]

Lyon 1-1 Man Utd: Tevez Scores Crucial Goal

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As mentioned yesterday, I am not in a position to write a match report, so here is a collection of reports I found on the mainstream media as well as some from our comments yesterday. Benzema's goal was a blow to the pit of the stomach delivered from nowhere but it had been coming. United [...]

Lyon v Man Utd: Preview

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Finally, some much needed Champions' League action as United take on Lyon in the round of 16, first leg. It would be worth noting that Ryan Giggs, if selected, would make his 100th Champions' League appearance which would be quite an achievement. Sir Alex has been in good spirits in France he loves the [.

Teams Start Talking Big As Champions’ League Clash Looms

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So we have another day to waste before we get to see United face Lyon at the Stade Gerland. Already the plaudits are flowing in. Juninho has been doing that for a while now, calling us the 'best club in Europe'. Not sure how Aulas will take that, but it is reverse psychology, more than [...]

Rooney Wants Chelsea. Patient Fletch. Wenger Hates Showboating.

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Rooney returned from suspension to help United put on a commanding performance to knock the Gunners out of the FA Cup. Buoyed by that success, he thinks it's a good idea to be drawing Chelsea early in the competition. He'd rather take a home game against Chelsea now rather than meet them in the final.

Man Utd 4-0 Arsenal: United Swat Le Arse Away

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William Gallas talked about United players being too arrogant and a whole load of bollocks, expanding on his thoughts on United's said arrogance. Well, if yesterday's display was anything to go by, yes, he was absolutely right. United blew away Arsenal with an arrogance that would be deemed fit for Champions.

FA Cup Preview: Man Utd v Arsenal

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Today is a big game in terms of the rivalry the two sides have had for the good part of the last decade, but surprisingly, and thankfully, there isn't the over the board hype surrounding the fixture as has normally been the case in United-Arsenal fixtures. Maybe it's because it's the BBC that is showing [.

Brazilian’s United Debut and Other Stories

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A very good morning to you all. Thank God it's Friday! So now I can waste my time at work by making frequent trips to the water cooler, reading some football websites and also do some work in between; all in anticipation of the weekend that lies ahead. In this jolly mood let's do a quick [...]

Boring Manchester United News

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I took a break yesterday with the hope that I would be able to report more news today. Sadly all that happened in the world, over the past couple of days, was the barking of a stray dog at it's own reflection; the marching of ants, from the front door of my apartment to the [...]

United’s Italian Interest. Neville’s Retirement Plans. Fergie and Carrick Speak. eBay Scarves.

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As the extremely well crafted title would tell you, there is quite a bit to talk about today. But before we go ahead, a little word on one bit of news that sneaked away unnoticed or should we say, did not get the coverage it deserved. The Premier League, besides chalking up a rather controversial plan (to [.

Man Utd 1-2 Man City: City Do the Double

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I really don't feel like writing a match report. It can't get any worse can it? City, of all the clubs in the world, win against us; we put on a limp display on a day which was supposed to commemorate a side known for playing one of the most free-flowing forms of the game; [...]

Man Utd v Man City: Preview

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After weeks of speculation about City fans and the Munich tribute and the minute's silence versus the minute's applause (mooted from some quarters) we get to the day where we would have to realise that there is a game to be played as well. And, of course, precious three points to be picked. On [.

The Most Insanely Arrogant Plan

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Most of you might have heard about the Premier League's plan to increase the number of games to 39 and play the extra game abroad. I am not sure what many of you think, but to me this is one of the most arrogant decisions ever made by the Premier League. Now I am not [...]

Derby Day. Raging Ferg. Welbeck.

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Tomorrow we invite our friends from the council house to our humble home, and I will surely write a preview post tomorrow. But apart from it being a derby and, of course, an opportunity to pick three points to close the gap with Arsenal, the game will assume greater significance for a non-footballing reason.

What Will Sir Alex Do With Rodrigo Possebon?

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As reported elsewhere, Manchester United have signed 19-year old Brazilian Rodrigo Possebon from Internacional. The management rate him highly (quotes from Brian McClair below): "Rodrigo is a tall, elegant midfielder who fits into the idea of a modern footballer. He has very good ability and is a box-to-box player rather than your silky tricky midfielder.

Soccerlens Readers’ Choice Awards

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This is to enlighten readers of this site that Soccerlens has launched it's first Blogging Awards. I would also like to mention that this site was not nominated for any of the categories. But then, as you may have seen, I don't write for awards. They are incidental, you know actually pointless. And of [.

06.02.1958 3:04 PM

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One cold and bitter Thursday in Munich, Germany, Seven great football stalwarts conceded victory, Seven men will never play again who met destruction there, The flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester Matt Busby's boys were flying, returning from Belgrade, This great United family, all masters of their trade, The pilot of the aircraft and the skipper Captain Thain, Three times [.

The Doomsday Scenario

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If I can start off by clarifying one thing from my previous column. In no way did I mean to suggest that we should never sign young, unproven players - I've seen Anderson play this season, and I've seen how Ronaldo developed. If our opposing bidders are top-flight European clubs, there is no second bite [.

A Return to Roundups

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It hasn't been a good weekend, has it? Not only did United drop points, but when I briefly shifted my attention to NFL and the New England Patriots, they choked against the New York Giants so much for going unbeaten all season. A really bad weekend, I tell you. Anyway, after a brief hiatus from [..

Fergie Happy to Take Second Bite

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Thanks for all your responses to my first column, and thanks once again to RR for allowing me to inflict my views on you. Without further ado, here's number two. It was so uneventful that it may have passed you by (it nearly did me), but the transfer window closed on Thursday night. And totally underwhelming [.

Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd: Tevez Rescues Point

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Let's get this straight: United didn't deserve the point. One may argue about United throwing everything at Spurs, towards the end, but then it is only natural to do that when you are behind by a goal. Spurs were well organised, bolstered by the arrival of Alan Hutton (and Woodgate's second appearance) who made Dawson appear [.

Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd: Preview

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This post was written yesterday but for some reason didn't show up on the blog. Oh well, read it for your own amusement. Match report will follow... SAF has admitted ahead of today's game against Spurs that he has a major headache in picking the right combination of players in his central midfield position.

Fergie’s Super-Galactico Dream

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I don't know how many of you watched our FA Cup game against Spurs on the BBC. I did, and in between the usual inane banter in the studio and the consistently good commentary of Jonathan Pearce (please retire, Motty, and take Lawrenson with you), was a strong theme. The excellence of Dimitar Berbatov was [.