Red Rants Archives for January 2008

On Sepptic Bladder’s 6-5 Plan

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I wanted to actually title the post: "Sepptic Bladder's Piss Poor Plan" [hope you get the pun], but decided against it at the last moment. Oh well. So it's official now, at least from the folks at FIFA. Some 155 members voted in favour of what could change the dynamics of the sport. Now we usually don't [.

Raging Rooney, Real ‘Defeated’ [for Now] and the Holy Trinity

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Does it concern you that our own Pele seems to lose it once in a while? Well, it scares the hell out of cabbage man Capello*. Actually Wayne Rooney has been well behaved considering his history. But Capello seems to fear for his England team mates because of the way he lunges into tackles. It's [...]

Will United Meet Great Expectations?

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Two years ago, few people would have predicted Manchester United's return to the top of world football. Ferguson had just sold Ruud van Nisterlooy and then refused to replace him with another striker, while Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Manchester United was under a cloud of uncertainty following his antics against England in the World Cup [.

Farewell Gerard, Selfish Rooney, EVDS to Play Till 40?

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Welcome back. We're officially done with the 07/08 season and we'll tread no man's land for the next couple of months. Thankfully, the Euros will provide for some distraction from the ennui that will surely descend on the summer. People will die not from the heat, but from frantically refreshing news websites looking for [.

Manchester United 07/08 Season Review: The Defence

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This is the concluding part in our three part series on Manchester United's 07/08 season. [Read: Part I | Part II] Today we review the defence and to clear the confusion, by defence we mean the back four as well as the 'keepers. So here goes... Tomasz Kuszczak: Was always expected to be number two to EVDS.

Manchester United 07/08 Season Review: The Midfield

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Yesterday we talked about the attack and got a good response in the comments as well. For those who missed it, head over and have a look at the ratings and do drop in your comments. Today we discuss the midfield, and as I mentioned earlier, we mean the central midfield. Paul Scholes: As with Giggs, another great [.

Manchester United 07/08 Season Review: The Attack

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This is Part I of our three part series on Manchester United's successful 07/08 season. We've broken it up into three parts: the Attack, the Midfield and the Defence. Now we must also be clear about what I mean by these; the attack comprises of our strikers and wingers; the midfield is strictly central midfielders; [.

Revisiting the Ronaldo Debate

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Sir Alex has recently said that Real Madrid has no moral issues whatsoever when it comes to approaching other players. If you want to read the whole thing click here [there is also a video excerpt of Fergie's press conference, for the same, in that page]. I touched upon Ronaldo's "will he wont he" routine very [.

Some Sober Reflections

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It's hard to step back and look at the whole final without being tainted by the result. The temptation is to exult the good bits and ignore the bad bits, on the basis that it was all part of a masterplan. It's also hard to give any new perspective, given the pages and pages of [...]

CHAMPIONEEEESSSSSS! YESSSSS!

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Article when I get sober. "CHAMPIONEEEESSSSSS! YESSSSS!" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Man Utd v Chelsea: Preview

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First of all, for all those who are crapping in their pants, watch the pre-match press conference with Fergie, Wes and Rio. If that doesn't help, then go find a toilet. Ever since the pre-game conference against Barcelona (second leg) I've noticed a marked change in demeanour in Sir Alex. While he's always loved being at [.

Scholes Interview. Rio Ferdinand. Rooney Video

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One more day before the lads march onto the Luzhniki stadium. Strangely I am not yet all that excited. Well, I am, but I'm not crapping my pants as much as I did prior to the second leg semi against Barcelona. It is our biggest night since '99, I know. But, perhaps, the moment and the [...]

Monday Waffle

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Hope Monday's treating you all well. It's not a day usually known for its kindness, but hey, who's stopping you from hoping. Quiet day otherwise and very little by way of United related news or transfer gossip for that matter. As some people in the comments have already pointed out, Kalou thinks Nemanja Vidic is the [.

Pique, Platini, Ronaldo and Moscow Rumblings

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Late, late post today but I was out late the night before which meant waking up late in the morning. But better late than never, so here's the roundup for the day. It looks almost certain that Gerard Pique would be making his exit and heading for his boyhood club, Barca. Some reports say that he's [.

Some Love For Saha | Ole on Current Squad | Tevez

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A very good morning to you all. Assuming you did manage to wake up on a Saturday morning, sober enough to read this. As the days draw ever so close to the Champions' League final, news comes from Moscow as police from the Russian capital outline their plans for tackling fan violence. It's good to see [.

Ronaldo to Madrid — Again

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Real Madrid have Robinho, Reyes and Robben, off the top of my head, for wingers. They also have a fairly bloated squad, which again, isn't very new. They just won their 31st league title. They are also among the richest clubs in the world. So, surely they would have some class? But no. Why would someone want [.

Random Transfer News Items of the Day

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Silly season has begun even though our season's not over yet. But we will be beset with the task of dealing with quite a few rubbish and some not so rubbish rumours throughout the next three months. So we will try all summer to weed out the nonsense bits and give you the [...]

What if Fergie walks away? (Part II)

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Thanks for all the comments on the first part of this topic. Very interesting and, in a couple of instances, really informative. As you know, Fergie has made it quite clear that he won't be retiring at the end of this season, come what may. I'm therefore going to curtail this slightly - I'll [...]

Wigan 0-2 Man Utd: Reds Seal Title

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I am still too happy to write a match report. I was also a nervous wreck while watching the match yesterday. So expect very little sense from this report. Fergie came up with the biggest surprise of all while naming his XI Wayne Rooney started. So did Vidic. It was a 4-4-2 formation and [...]

Wigan 0-2 Man Utd: CHAMPIONEEES!

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Wow! Could you script a better ending? Ronaldo, our top scorer, scores. Ryan Gigss, our most decorated and capped player, scores. And Bolton snatch a late equaliser to consign Chelsea firmly in second place. Football, bloody hell! Rants, raving and everything else later. Over to you lads... "Wigan 0-2 Man Utd: CHAMPIONEEES!

Wigan Athletic v Man Utd: Preview

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It all boils down to today. All year's work being reduced to a cup final. Ideally, we should have never let it come to this. But, as they say, given this situation at the start of the season a final game against Wigan and a Champions' League final we'd have gladly taken it. [...]

Grant talks nonsense, Excellent Brian McClair interview, SAF on Bolton

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One more day to go before D-day while you notice everything near you getting whipped into a frenzy; the people at Sky will scream themselves hoarse with their 'Super Duper Ultimate Blockbuster Sunday'. And in the lead up to that you will have players, managers and anyone with a half-arsed opinion that includes yours truly [.

Last day finishes, lawnmowergate, trouble at the JJB… and other tales

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It's that day of the week again; the day you'd almost feel holiday-like but for the eight hour shift you'd have to put in before letting your hair down. Then again, as they say, thank God it's Friday! It's been a hell of a week for me though, and I'm sure, for most Reds. I've not [...]

What if Fergie walks away? (Part I)

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Before I start, thanks for all your comments on my previous article. I hope you'll appreciate the irony when I say that the best thing about this blog is the spectrum of contributors from all across the world, and it was great to hear your take on my Anglo-centric views. I tried to pull together [...

Allow Me This Indulgence…

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... yes, dear readers, indulge me this day. Today I will talk about myself. It was one year to this day that this site was launched. So here is wishing this site a very happy anniversary (bloggiversary?) It's amazing when you look back and realise how far this site and the community has grown in such [.

The Glazer Debt — Dark Truth or Mere Paranoia?

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Ever since the Glazers took over Manchester United Football Club, plunging it into severe debt on a scale as large as they come there was hardly much to cheer about if you were a United fan; at least in the early days. The first full 'Glazer year' in charge was the unfolding of, [...]

Slow Monday Roundup

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Well, not really a round up. I have my hands full, so I'll be off the blog today. I'll pop in once in a while just to ensure you behave nice. However feel free to discuss whatever pops in your mind. Today Chelsea visit Newcastle and they haven't won at St James' Park since 2001, [...]

Man Utd 4-1 West Ham: One Hand On the Title

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Yes, one hand on the title it is. Wigan won their game yesterday against Villa and ensured their survival. So they have nothing to play for when they face us next week. Despite it being an away game, this season's Premier League title is only United's to lose. But getting back to yesterday's game, it's nice [.

Man Utd v West Ham: Preview

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Two games left. Two wins, and the title will be ours. But again, as they say, it's one game at a time. Bogey Team United visit Old Trafford today and the reds know there's no more excuses for slip ups from this point. The gaffer will also know this fully well, and so would everyone in the [...]

Links of the Day

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With it being Friday, and me having to wrap up quite a bit of work for the week, I'll take a break from the blog for the day. But not before I link you to some interesting articles and news bits to keep you clicking and discussing. Also feel free to link to other articles [...]

The British Element

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This post could create a lot of controversy, so I want to make it clear that I don't have anything against foreign players per se. Many of the United greats have been from beyond these shores, and I revere them as much as anyone else. That said, I have always been proud that United has had [...]