Red Rants Archives for January 2009

Manchester United vs Portsmouth: Preview

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After a miserable midweek Champions League match against Besiktas, the Premier League is here to save the day as bottom club Portsmouth host the Champions at Fratton Park. However, Sir Alex begins his two-match ban, so Mike Phelan will be handing out the touchline instructions.

It is Avram Grant's first game in charge of Pompey after the departure of Paul Hart on Tuesday, and he seems up for the challenge,

"The spirit of the team and atmosphere are good.

Man Utd v Besiktas: Preview

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Sorry about the delayed preview post. Here goes...

United play Besiktas at Old Trafford, having already qualified for the Champions League round of 16 unlike some other sides who couldn't even qualify. It's now a question of us winning the group.

Dimitar Berbatov could make a return to the starting XI that will likely field an experimental line-up.

Let’s all laugh at Liverpool

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I don't indulge in schadenfreude, but I'll make an exception. I had a long day outdoors, getting stuff fixed etc., so imagine my horror when I discovered what I'd missed in the day's Champions League action. I surely didn't feel I deserved to miss the occasion as it happened.

So, to make up for my loss, I thought let's have a dedicated thread in revelling in someone else's misfortune.

Jonny Evans: on Manchester United, Northern Ireland, Ferguson…

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The BBC have a wonderful little feature on Jonny Evans. [video link here] If you haven't watched it I suggest you do.

Evans talks about his family's move to Manchester from Belfast, his relationship with the manager and his team mates. There is some high praise from the likes of Giggs and Solskjaer.

Manchester United vs Everton: Preview

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Another international break has ended finally giving United the opportunity to avenge the 1-0 defeat against Chelsea. Willing victims, Everton, line up at Old Trafford in the day's late kick-off, with Sir Alex Ferguson's touchline ban not set to begin until after the match; he will surely demand a victory before he takes his seat in the stands.

Cantona: Domenech’s the worst coach since Louis XVI

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We continue to edge closer to United related news, but this was too difficult to pass up. When the King speaks we have to listen:

"I think that Raymond Domenech is the worst coach in French football since Louis XVI. If it was up to me, I'd put (Bordeaux coach) Laurent Blanc in charge of the France team," the former Manchester United hero continued.

A few thoughts on Henry, ‘cheating’, the universe etc

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This is a United blog. I'm quite aware of that. We are also in the midst of the international week which, thankfully, is coming to an end. [Almost feels like a birthday present] But sometimes, even events that transpire during a spell of supposed irrelevance, such as yesterday, can turn out to be pertinent and worth discussing in a shrine such as this site so engrossed in red-tinted worship.

On Premier League’s new media rules

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The Telegraph ran this story about a new set of Premier League rules being passed, giving the press and media rights holders wider access to the managers and players.

The gist of the story was:

1. players can be interviewed immediately after a match [ie, players of winning teams only.

Some Manuel Neuer talk + Refs’ union continue to whine

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The international break means there will be little club news to report. But it seems some sort of groundwork is already being set in motion, with the transfer window a month and a half away.

Here's Schalke defender Marcelo Bordon, in an interview to German newspaper, Bild on goal keeper, Manuel Neuer:

"I know it would be terrible for the supporters of the club, but you have to keep the situation of the club in mind.

Some interesting reads

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"Some interesting reads" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

FA shafts Ferguson

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£20,000 fine. Four match ban. Two of them being suspended ones.

Also, he has to give up his car, and his house for a year. Go to an island, and survive for a month along with other famous British celebrities. He is banned from drinking wine for the rest of his life. And will have to listen to Alan Shearer's rendition of Baa Baa Black Sheep for five hours.

On the Nani and Ronaldo interviews…

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Two things came up yesterday. Both through interviews with Portuguese players: one a current player, another a former red.

First, Nani:

"People expect more from me and it's not easy. 'I'. "I could be doing better, scoring more, but just think, I make a huge game today but the next one, I'm not even sure that I will play.

Hargreaves — so excited that he might pass out

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Owen Hargreaves seems quite keen on making his return to the United first team desperate, even, but in a good way so much that he thinks he'll probably pass out when he returns.

"It will be an amazing feeling to run out at Old Trafford again. I'll be so excited I'll probably pass out.

Reads of the day

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The Republik of Mancunia picks out what City fans think of Carlos Tevez. Priceless read.

The Run of Play unmasks the "toothbrushing man".

Those of you not aware of the toothbrushing man, here's the reference (happened during the Chelsea match)

"Reads of the day" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Ngog’s dive — aka a lesson in refereeing conspiracy theories

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First of all, observe this visual:

That is a dive. Many players dive in the premier league, as well as around the world. Many players win penalties by diving.

This happened at Anfield. Home of Liverpool. Liverpool were down 1-2 to Birmingham. The resulting penalty was converted and they tied the match 2-2.

Reaction to the Chelsea defeat

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United will go into the international break ruing, what could have been, a draw (even, to the optimists, a win). Prior to the game, whilst I predicted a 1-1 draw, a nagging feeling told me a defeat to Chelsea was a perfectly possible and in a parallel universe, even deserving, given our recent form and I had my mind made up preparing for the worst.

Chelsea v Man Utd: Preview

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This has been billed as win or bust by a lot of people especially United fans. Not since the era of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea (at their peak) have we gone into a match against Chelsea with the billing of underdogs. And for good reason.

Most fans as is their wont as fans hope their side will come good somehow against Chelsea.

A few thoughts on the poppy fuss

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A lot of you might have noticed the poppy flower adorning attire of managers, broadcasters, players' shirts etc. to mark Remembrance week. Sportsmail (or, indeed, the Daily Mail) have led this campaign to get all Premier League clubs to have an embroidered poppy on club kits. Personally, I didn't have much of a problem with a campaign of this sort.

Manchester United v CSKA Moscow: Preview

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Darren Fletcher is expected to return to a side beset with absentees to injuries and personal reasons. The manager took time out to shower yet more praise on Fletcher.

"Most people now recognise Darren Fletcher as a big-game player," said Ferguson. "We have been aware of that for quite a while.

United sign new Rooney…

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... we are of course talking of Wayne Rooney's newborn son who we haven't really signed but we imagine will be tearing up the pitch in about two decades from now Kai Rooney, born at Liverpool Women's hospital.

According to the spokesman, "Mother and baby are both absolutely fine. Wayne and Coleen are thrilled with the wonderful addition to their family life.