Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Man Utd 4-0 Aston Villa: Just Six Games to Glory?

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As much as it's tempting to say that it is United's title to lose, a nagging feeling of attempting to tempt fate, in the process, stops one just short. Arsenal's come from behind against Bolton keeps them within touching distance and Chelsea today could cut our lead to five. But nothing, or no one, could [.

Manchester United v Aston Villa Preview - Tougher than it looks

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After the disappointment at the international stage (some might call it a Newcastle-like tendency to expect too much) we return to Premier League action as United take on Villa at Old Trafford and with Arsenal and Chelsea facing relatively easier opponents (Bolton and Derby), the pressure is on the champions to win this game ahead [.

On Kuszczak and Foster

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Since Peter Schmeichel left Manchester United after that game, it always seemed that we had a weakness to find good goalkeepers and bring them to the club. Sir Alex tried everything: Mark Bosnich, Tim Howard, Roy Carroll, Fabien Barthez. Nothing seemed to work. It looked like Schmeichel left a ghost behind to haunt everybody who [.

International roundup and a link fest

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The distraction that was the international break is over and, hopefully, there aren't any injury worries. I must apologise for not giving you your daily fix of United news yesterday, thanks to my laptop's AC adapter conking out. This post is from a borrowed computer, so I can't be long. Hence today will be more [.

Future Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand named England skipper

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Yes, I know, Manchester United > England and all that. But it's still United, dammit, and Rio deserves it as much as anyone else in the England squad. Plus I love a good captaincy debate (Terry v Ferdinand, if you're wondering). FA statement: "Fabio Capello has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will captain England against France in Paris.

Lull After the Storm

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The weekend euphoria must have well and truly subsided to some extent. Mondays can do that even to the merriest of the lot. We also discussed pretty much everything that needed to be discussed. Some people decided to murder Rooney for his poor goal returns, others decided to murder those who decided to murder Rooney.

Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool: Threasy Peasy, Innit?

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A lot of pages were spent over the past week discussing tactics, formations, players, attitudes, form, referees. All that came to yesterday as the so-called Big Four clashed with the nation holding it's collective breaths according to Sky for the 'closest title race in history'. I am sure that was a hyperbole, only [.

Some Reading Material Ahead of Grand Slam Sunday

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And I thought of adding this as a separate post in addition to the preview. Hopefully it should fill your time in the lead up to the amazingly, extraordinarily, exciting Sunday like you've never seen before © ® Sky. Here are links, United related and some football related, that I recommend reading for the day: Scholes [.

Man Utd v Liverpool: Preview

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Our dear scouse friends appear fairly bullish ahead of today's game and fair play to them they have been knocking in more goals of late. Chelsea play Arsenal at the Bridge in the Grand Slam "Bang Thank You Ma'am For Such Over-Hyped Match Ups That Almost Always Produce Less of A Spectacle Than Was [.

So How Good Is Ben Foster? — A Watford Fan’s Perspective

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So Ben Foster has finally played as many games for Manchester United as he has for England. United fans might not know too much about him (apart from his debut against Derby) so I thought I'd let you know what to expect. As a Watford fan I would say that Ben Foster is somewhere between God [...]

Man Utd 2-0 Bolton: Ronaldo Usurps Best

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One thing we ought to have learned yesterday is that Ferguson is a tactical genius (in case anybody ever doubts him anymore). I doubted him. Reading the line-ups before the game, I was shocked: Ferguson was being experimental! In case you did not see the game, there were four interesting aspects to it: 1) the starting [.

Man Utd v Bolton: Preview

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A midweek game against Bolton is just a few days before we entertain our very dear friends. Fergie would like to take it one game at a time, and hope that the team doesn't falter while looking to the weekend tie against 'Pool. They, of course, don't need too much reminding; we did lose to [...]

SAF Sounds Words of Caution | Safety Arrangements for Roma

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Just the two issues worth talking about today, at least at the time of writing. Sir Alex has made his disappointment about his strikers' profligacy in front of goal quite clear. We saw that Liverpool-esque composure in front of goal, costing us a place in the FA Cup semi final and we so nearly drew with [.

What happened To Djemba-Djemba?

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While Seba Veron is often hailed as Sir Alex Ferguson's most expensive mistake, Eric Djemba-Djemba is the one thrown in our faces as Fergie's worst signing ever (hell, even Kleberson could play a bit). He may have cost only £2.5m (and earned £75k / month) but as a player he was quickly found at the [.

Few Thoughts on the Derby Win

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This wouldn't be a full fledged match report like the ones in the past; I couldn't quite recover from the flu that kept me down, hence the lack of a report on Sunday. I did watch the match though, and since plenty has already been talked about in the comments, I will keep this short. United [...]

Derby County v Man Utd: Preview

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A bad cold (or is it flu? I can't tell) has not allowed me to move around freely. Since I need to keep a thread active here, I'll put up a short preview. Right, where do we start? Ben Foster looks certain to make his debut, forced into action due to EVDS's injury and Kuszczak's suspension. [...]

No Fear For No One

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It's been a day of big talk, and not much else. So let's document the big talk for your future reference. First up, the great Rafa Benitez, whose arrival at Liverpool was heralded by many Scouse fans as The Revolution (Rafalution?) only for said revolution to be shattered by, em... rotation. He's had this [.

Captain Marvel, Lord Ferg and Other Stories

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United legend Bryan Robson could return to the club to play an ambassadorial role, not very different from other legends like Sir Bobby Charlton. Despite a stellar career as a player, he couldn't quite cut it as a manager, save for an above average spell at Boro. So it would make sense for him to give [.

The need for a right-back and a forward | Title race blown open

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It was a very bizarre weekend, the one that just passed; it gave Man Utd fans a lot to think about. The defeat at Portsmouth was one thing: a rather infuriating encounter which will have given their fans cause for pessimism. But the blows which Arsenal and Chelsea suffered were of another nature, a sort [.

Interview with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a true (20)Legend

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Some footballers are remembered for their statistics. Goals scored / games played, clean sheets, the number of titles won, personal milestones, international honours, and then some. Over time, legends are built and reputations are dismantled over numbers, because after a while, the memory fades and numbers are all that remain.

Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth: Muntari Penalty Sends Pompey Through

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The silver lining that came from yesterday was Chelsea getting ousted from the FA Cup. The biggest upset of the day did, in some way, assuage the pain of getting knocked out by the sailor men from Portsmouth. Because, prior to the Chelsea game I was really angry, not especially because of us getting knocked [.

Man Utd v Portsmouth: FA Cup Preview

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Harry Redknapp has called on his men to sort themselves out if they are to prevent Manchester United from giving them a hiding at Old Trafford today. An experienced campaigner, Harry Redknapp would do well to pore over the performance of the team the last time we sent them to the cleaners. That match was [.

Manchester United’s tough, tough April fixtures list

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Behold! Squeaky bum time is approaching and approaching fast for Manchester United and if you think that I am talking about the remaining five fixtures that Fergie's men have left in March, you are gravely mistaken. Nay, it is not March which worries me, but April... that is a different story. Of Manchester United's eighteen possible [.

Rooney Proposes, Barca Stalks, Fletch Loved.

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You know how bad the world around us is when the Telegraph, of all the papers, run a headline "Barcelona line up Cristiano Ronaldo bid" and follow it up in their article quoting the club as saying that Ronaldo is among a list of players they are 'looking at'. It's simple, if you think about [...]

Rooney Proposes, Barca Stalks, Fletch Loved.

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You know how bad the world around us is when the Telegraph, of all the papers, run a headline "Barcelona line up Cristiano Ronaldo bid" and follow it up in their article quoting the club as saying that Ronaldo is among a list of players they are 'looking at'. It's simple, if you think about [...]

Manchester United players need to do better

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Manchester United have been, for several years now, circumspect in Europe (ponderous and over-cautious if you want to be picky about it). It's not something the fans enjoy, but it is a combination of Fergie's choices and how our players perform (both are equally responsible), so we have to come to terms with it.

Man Utd v Lyon: Preview

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Alain Perrin thinks Karim Benzema would be a big hit at OT today a big hit for Lyon, that is. The young hotshot was more than a handful for our defence, manufacturing a goal out of nowhere in the first leg. So he is certainly one to watch out for. I certainly rate the [...]

SAF’s European Headache

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There has been a lot of talk on midfielders in the comments section, I realise Penguin did a post on this topic, however, his was more centred on individuals whereas I will be looking at partnerships as well. And there is a big decision to be made by SAF on who to play in the [...]

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, [...]