Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona: Reds March On To Moscow

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Crisis? What crisis? That was so easy wasn't it? Surely we're going to wallop every team that comes our way from now on, aren't we? Okay, let me not attempt to jinx the team anymore, but to quote a certain Scottish manager I forget his name football... bloody hell! United beat Barcelona 1-0 at home [.

Moscow, we’re going to Moscow!

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Match report to follow [EDIT By RR] Great stuff by the lads. Outstanding support from the crowd. They won't be able to talk for a week, I'm sure. Let's savour these moments for now. I'll put some videos or pics as I find them, but the match report will come up only tomorrow. Hang on [...]

Man Utd v Barcelona: Preview

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Sorry for the late preview. So it boils down to today. It could make our season or break it. I know this is a strange thing to say because we can still win the title. But for a manager like Fergie who desperately wants to win at least a double, this would be as close [...]

Worry over Rooney and Vida | Evra’s Abuse | Curbs Plans Weak Squad

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Small Monday roundup for you all. The official site has still been cagey about the Rooney and Vidic situation. The Sun claims that Rooney is only 30% fit. But then, only the Sun is capable of zeroing in on such a percentage. It's been a strange 7 days for Vidic, though. First he gets laid off by [...

Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd: So, Is This harakiri In Progress?

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I've been trying my best to write a match report for the past hour or so. I bet this is going to be a bad one. It's going to be incoherent, but it has to be done. So here goes... Manchester United look set to gifting the title to Chelsea after being in the lead all [...]

Chelsea v Man Utd: Preview

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I had a dream yesterday. Barcelona bangs four goals against us at Old Trafford. Then we come back and keep pounding their net, scoring goals in the process and in bucket loads. But for some reason the score still reads 4-2, or something like that. Apparently we keep scoring but we still seem short.

A disgruntled fan’s views on the Barca game

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Being a Manchester United fan comes with some responsibility: you just have to taunt every single Liverpool fan you come across and if you attend games, make the atmosphere incendiary - it would really help players. In return, you are the fan of a club who has a divine right to domestic success and your [.

Barcelona 0-0 Manchester United - Much better than last season

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Red Rants had some problems in the last 10 hours or so - first our server was under maintenance for a looonnnggg time (they picked one hell of a time to do maintenance), and then there was a problem with our database that didn't allow people to post comments. Both problems are resolved now, and [...]

Barclona v Man Utd: Preview

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Manchester United return to the stadium where we experienced our greatest European night. That night in Barcelona was something all United fans would savour, as would Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Today, however, we will face the home team in the intimidating cauldron that is the Camp Nou. Much has been made about how mouth watering [.

So How Good Is Manchester United?

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Please welcome, one of RR's readers (and commenters), Conor. Here we are again, crunch time, squeaky bum time, the big finale, the mutt's nuts, whatever you want to call it. A day before probably the most important match of our season, followed by a match of equal importance, and it made me look back.

Hot News Ahead of Barca | Gattuso and the Usual Nonsense

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Lads, plenty of stuff to talk about, with the Barca clash round the corner. So let's get on with it quickly. First of all some Barcelona news, as Eto'o apparently has threatened to leave the club if they end up trophyless, and that he would move to another country (England, perhaps?). Now he may be an [.

Blackburn 1-1 Man Utd: Another Tevez Late Goal

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Yes, it's amazing how many important and late goals Carlos Tevez has got us this season. Yesterday was another such occasion where he chipped in with a crucial late goal that still keeps United in control of their own destiny. The match report won't be too comprehensive here but I'll touch up on the main points.

Blackburn v Manchester United - Preview

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Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United Ewood Park, Saturday 19 April 2008, 17:15 The numbers point, as usual, to a United win - Blackburn have lost to United more than they've lost to any other team since the Premier League started, we did the double against them last season, Blackburn have lost 7 out of 7 fixtures against [.

Manchester United confirm new contracts for Brown, Ferdinand and Carrick

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Good news for United - Brown's contract wrangle has been finally sorted out (I'm betting that United gave in a little to keep Brown onboard), Rio's new 5 year contract has been finalised and Carrick's got himself a new long-term contract as well. Things could get better, I suppose. Fabregas could go to Barcelona, or Roman [.

Celebrating Fergie’s 100% record in transfers

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There was a time when Manchester United fans were mocked for their manager's dealings in the transfer window. If the point had been about spending money, we could have handled it. But the accusation was that the manager had signed players unfit for United, and it stung all the more because they were right.

Grant “Believes” | Capello on Rooney | Queiroz Loves Ron

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Some United related news to talk about today, as usual. So like real gentlemen, let's talk about it. Avram Grant and his title ambitions It's come to this. Most fans weren't too happy when Avram Grant was appointed, and opinion hasn't changed much now. At this point many Chelsea fans just want the season to be done [.

Brucey We Owe You One!

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The title race is not over as yet. We have to go to Blackburn and Chelsea before we start celebrating assuming we beat them both. But yesterday Steve Bruce's Wigan Athletic did us a huge favour with an injury time leveller which gives us that extra cushion going into a dodgy trip to Ewood [...]

Rio Almost Signs - Can Fergie Make Him the Captain From Next Season?

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There is no official confirmation from the horse's mouth but Times Online, the Guardian and The Telegraph all carry the story. It appears that it's only a matter of time before Rio puts pen to paper and that the club is waiting for it to officially happen before announcing. While there hasn't been any [.

Man Utd v Arsenal: United End Arsenal’s Season

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The regulars to this site might be left wondering, and for good reason, why there wasn't a preview to yesterday's game posted on this blog. Dear readers, kindly accept my humble apologies. My internet for some reason decided it deserved a holiday with it being a Sunday and all and politely conked out [.

PFA Players Shortlist: Where’s Anderson, Rooney and Rio

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The PFA Awards Shortlist is out. Those who haven't seen it yet here's the list. Have a look at it first. PFA player of the year: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Fernando Torres (Liverpool) David James (Portsmouth) PFA young player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal) Fernando Torres (Liverpool) Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) Ashley Young (Aston [.

Wenger Whines Again

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It is not in my nature to necessarily pick on people's misery, especially if it comes from a person known for his serial whingeries (I take the liberty of 'inventing' such a word). But sometimes they take whining to an entirely new level that it becomes hard to ignore. On the eve of United's clash with [.

The Day After Roma

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It feels nice to be in the semi-finals for the second year running. We have a mouthwatering semi-final draw against Barcelona. For a change, I don't feel the least intimidated about the Catalan outfit. Had we played them a couple of years ago, I'd have been quaking in my boots. But today's Barca are unfortunately [.

The Attack Of The Hobbits…

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It's hard to terrorise opponents when your attacking trio boasts of an ageing 34-year old whose time, according to his own fans, is up at the club, a Korean imitation of the Energizer Bunny sans the coolness and impact, and a hobbit brought over from Argentina. Behind them sat 2 defensive midfielders and a player [.

Man Utd v Roma: Preview

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Welcome back. Yesterday, Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-2. Yes, the 'dippers actually scored four goals. How they manage to turn it in Europe is beyond me. I didn't get to see the game but from reports, they were helped by a dodgy looking penalty decision. I really can't feel too happy nor too sad about the [.

Fickle Fans, Old Legs and Injuries

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Some shite tabloid went with the headline 'Manchester United fans want Giggs axed' and when I read it, it pissed me off. It's the fkn business end of the season, do we really need knee-jerk reactions and idiots who hit the panic button when they can't find where they put their keys to represent us? Axing [.

Boro 2-2 Man Utd: Alves Breaks United Momentum

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I had a small sneaky feeling, somewhere deep in the crevices of my mind that Alfonso Alves will score, after having come so close against Chelsea. After all he hadn't been prolific for nothing. Little did I realise that he will make a more than significant contribution to the course of our season from now [.

Boro v Man Utd: Preview

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Arsenal were dealt another major blow yesterday by Liverpool, of all teams. Man City, on the other hand, showed little intention to do us any favours by rolling over for Chelsea like they did last time while getting spanked 6-1. So Chelsea creep up with a two point gap. Therefore we must win this [.

Roy Keane on leaving Manchester United

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In an interview with the Irish Times (via SS), we hear what Roy Keane has to say about his departure from Manchester United. I'm not going to sugar-coat this or give you a preamble - have a read. Roy Keane: "The day I left United, in hindsight, I should have stopped playing really. I lost the love of [.

Some Links for the Day

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Okay, apart from today's earlier piece, here's your daily fix as well. 1. Times Online thinks it is Hargreaves' tardiness that's cost him playing time. Now I am not certain of passing judgment here because I don't see a single source quoted in the article ("one source said", doesn't cut it for me). It's all up [.

Versatility, Thy Name is United

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We are playing Middlesbrough on Sunday, so we'll get to talking about them, possibly from tomorrow. We have also discussed Vidic's injury in the comments yesterday always trust iron-man Vidic's superhuman powers of recovery. He's a tough lad and hopefully he should return in a little over three weeks, to put it more conservatively.

Should United keep Brown?

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Sir Alex must have been behind plenty of transfers in his time in football. It adds up: a new centre-back every three years or so, countless midfielders, even more goalkeepers and a few strikers, but one position he has not touched in a while has been the right-back position. Gary Neville has been a rock for [.

Featured Video: Manchester United Reserves v Newcastle and Citeh

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It's the day after beating Roma, and boy doesn't it feel nice. Today will see another pair of Champions' League games with three other English teams on duty; Liverpool take on Arsenal and Chelsea play Fenerbahce. The reaction from the media has been positive, although some have gone overboard in their praise.

Rooney and Ronaldo punish wasteful Roma to give United 2-0 away win

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Manchester United won 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to goals before and after the break by Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. The Red Devils take a vital 2-goal lead into the 2nd leg, to be played on Wednesday, 9th April 2008 at Old Trafford. The semi-final beckons, and with it another crack at history.

Roma v Man Utd: Preview

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Four things spring to mind when we talk about a clash with Roma: Foremost in every United fan (and every Roma fan as well, albeit with a hint of dread) would be the 7-1 win at Old Trafford; the second would be the shit United fans had to put up with every time they went [...]