Red Rants Archives for January 2008

Preview: Man Utd v Zenit St. Petersburg

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Today is 07/08 season hangover day. A day where we play a game to prove we are better than a team that didn't qualify for the Champions' League. To be honest, I don't get the point of a Super Cup. It's not really super, whether we win it or lose it. Playing the UEFA Cup [...]

Manchester United’s 08/09 Champions’ League Opponents

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Today is the Champions' League draw. This, coupled with the lack of progress on the Berbatov front (only four days to go), have made my job infinitely easier I don't have to come up with a longish post today. Since the Champions' League draw starts at 4:30pm (BST) I will leave the stage to you [...

Some Words on Vidic + Fabio’s Cracker + Berbayawn

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Sometimes honesty can be misplaced and ill-advised. Most of what Vidic said was true. Perhaps he could have been less honest about some of the stuff he said. Or perhaps, should we applaud him for his honesty? Who knows, really! But what irks me is the tone adopted on some of the broad sheets. Let's consider this [.

Portsmouth 0-1 Man Utd: Fletcher Seals First Win

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Ah, the sweet smell of victory! It was by the slimmest of margins. It again showed what we lack as a side, while also clearly showing our strengths. But the win despite what the scoreline suggested was achieved while playing some good football. Sir Alex, shorn of his star wingers decided to push Evra [.

Preview: Portsmouth v Man Utd

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It's bank holiday Monday as United travel to Fratton Park in what has proven to be a tricky encounter in recent times. Last season Paul Scholes' opener was cancelled out by Benjani's equaliser giving us a 1-1 draw. It was one of the wretched few games that kick started, what turned out to be, a [...]

Ronaldo Returns + Fergie’s Optimism Dips + Squad ‘Swells’

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According to reports, a Manchester United player who goes by the name Cristiano Ronaldo has just returned to light training. I was curious, so I looked up Wikipedia and did my research about this player because, you know, it's always good to get your facts right about lesser known players. I found out that [.

Easter Island Head To Arsenal: Funniest. Transfer. Ever.

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So everyone knows this by now. It's not an April fool's joke because, well, it's not April. It's cold hard truth. Excuse me for a moment. Hahahahahaha! Ahem. Ok. Now I don't know what's so funny but I can't help but laugh at this transfer. Mikael Silvestre has passed up on a chance to get a testimonial [.

Don’t Hate Daniel Levy

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[Ed: This may be a little, shall we say, contrary to general United fan opinion. But sit back and try to wrap your heads around it for a change.] "God, don't we all just want Daniel Levy to fuck off? I mean, I can't see why he doesn't just accept defeat and sell us Berbatov. He [...]

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All Quiet on the Berba Front and Nothing Else…

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Yes. It's gone all quiet. There is deafening silence. For all of Dimitar Berbatov's reported pleading to be allowed to follow his dreams, there is really nothing happening at all. Instead the papers have decided to lazily speculate that we're interested in the likes of Huntelaar, although there has been little, by way of credible [.

Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle: Deja vu?

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A start similar to last season, only improved by the fact that this was a score draw unlike the 0-0 start against Reading. On a day when Chelsea thumped a piss poor Pompey, it's sad when the only good thing one can report was Aston Villa's dismantling of City. Personally the day was made worse when [.

Man Utd v Newcastle: Preview

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So, aren't you all excited? Can you even contain yourself? Well, I can't wait for the 08/09 season (for United) to start. So let's kick start our season, proper, with a brief preview of the Barcodes game. Michael Owen looks like he won't be playing for the Magpies; interestingly he has never started the season for [.

United On The Edge Of Greatness

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We start this season on the edge of true greatness. Not the fleeting greatness that gets bandied around weekly in the tabloids - proper, timeless greatness. The sort that people who are not born yet will look back on in forty years and rave about. You can put together "great" teams, you can have "great" players, [.

Manchester United 08/09 Season Preview

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I thought of doing a three part preview, but then decided against it because it could be rather long drawn and tiresome. Also, I'm sure, I wouldn't want to bore you with a three part preview because I really don't get the point of stretching a preview to three parts. So let's see how I [...]

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United are on the ‘Brink of a Signing’

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It's a quiet day if you ignore the words Dimitar Berbatov. But you can't ignore it today, because otherwise, there wouldn't be much to write about here. So let's not ignore it and decide to talk about it. Er, okay... Dimitar Berbatov is on the brink of joining Manchester United according to most sports outlets.

Interview with Rob Smyth

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Red Rants welcomes Rob Smyth, formerly of the Guardian, who is currently a freelancer. He is also a Manchester United fan, so I took the chance to catch up with him and thank him for taking out time from his busy schedule. This interview was done a week ago so some of the answers may [...]

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United Take First ‘Trophy’ of Season

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It was a penalty shootout again, like last season's community shield. But at least last season saw two goals in open play. This was a 0-0 draw where United dominated possession throughout the game only to find it extremely hard to put the ball into the net. It's emblematic of United's troubles, if any.

Some NOTW Nonsense + Community Shield Preview

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We return to some real footballing action today with the Community Shield against Portsmouth although pseudo-real could be a better word as the real action begins next week. But before we move on to the preview of today's game a brief word on some early morning bollocks. The News of the World, as is their [.

Ronaldo Speaks… Finally

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About time, innit? I think this was nearly a good month and a half late, but it did come. Of course, it could be said that he knew, by now, there was no way of moving to Real Madrid and he had to lay it bare some time. However, what he did say here was [...]

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Shallow Squad or an Injury Crisis?

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The team we pick to start the first "competitive" game of the season (if you can call the Charity Shield competitive) is going to be pretty threadbare. Prospects aren't so hot for the Newcastle game either. This has caused a lot of debate here recently about whether our squad leaves us too vulnerable to injury [.

United beat Posh + Media Froth As Ronaldo Returns (Apparently)

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Fergie faced off with Fergie junior, in what looks like an annual affair of family reunions, as United's boys beat Peterborough 2-0. I must first say a big, big sorry for not being here when the club paid its tribute to one of United's and the modern era's greatest professionals in Ole Gunnar [..

Announcement

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This blog is not dead. I've been out of town during the weekend, and have had some urgent matters to attend to. Apologies to everyone for not covering the testimonial of a true United legend. Regular service will resume either later in the day or tomorrow. Until then feel free to discuss away as the lads [.

Ten Indicators For United’s 08/09 Season

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Apologies for the extended period of quiet from my side (note, please, that I am not RR, who has done an admirable job of keeping the site going and everyone interested during what has the most boring, repetitive, inconclusive and tedious close season in living memory). When I say that the cricket has been far [.