Red Rants Archives for January 2009

Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic: Preview

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Betfair is the official Manchester United betting partner and we here at Red Rants have partnered with them to offer a free £25 bet when you register. Unlike other betting sites, Betfair allows you to place bets when the game is running and choose the odds at which you want to play. What allows you to do these things is you're betting against other fans, not the bookie, so if you want better odds than are currently available, for example, you can place an order for a better price (but bear in mind that if your price is unrealistic your bet is unlikely to be accepted).

Manchester United vs Hull City: Preview

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Betfair is the official Manchester United betting partner and we here at Red Rants have partnered with them to offer a free £25 bet when you register. Unlike other betting sites, Betfair allows you to place bets when the game is running and choose the odds at which you want to play. What allows you to do these things is you're betting against other fans, not the bookie, so if you want better odds than are currently available, for example, you can place an order for a better price (but bear in mind that if your price is unrealistic your bet is unlikely to be accepted).

Diouf, Guardiola and Post-Boxing Day

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Greetings, merry men. It's been a fairly hectic few days and, as the holiday season wears on, it's bound to stay the same.

While I was away, a few things happened and among those few things included United losing its fifth game of the season; this time a 3-0 loss to Fulham. I wasn't home that day, and missed the match.

Manchester United vs Fulham: Preview

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Betfair is the official Manchester United betting partner and we here at Red Rants have partnered with them to offer a free £25 bet when you register. Unlike other betting sites, Betfair allows you to place bets when the game is running and choose the odds at which you want to play. What allows you to do these things is you're betting against other fans, not the bookie, so if you want better odds than are currently available, for example, you can place an order for a better price (but bear in mind that if your price is unrealistic your bet is unlikely to be accepted).

Betting Tip: Will Valencia score against Fulham?

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Betfair, Manchester United's official betting partner, has offered Red Rants readers a free £25 bet when you register with Betfair through us and place a bet on a United game or any other game. Bet with Betfair and claim your free £25 bet.

Injury problems continue to dog United and this Saturday's trip to Fulham could be trickier than Betfair layers predict – the champions trade at 1.

United get Milan, Giggs gets new deal

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The Champions League draw results have been out, and as most of you know, United get AC Milan in the round of 16. The papers' analysis of the draw is Beckham's return to Old Trafford and Jose's return to Chelsea. It begs the question: is a draw, which is presumably a glorified roll of the dice to determine which sides face each other, really something worth analysing?

Betting Tip: United to roar back to form against Wolves

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Saturday's defeat wasn't in the script for United backers but if we don't lose to Villa for another 26 years we can probably afford to let them have that one –- especially after Chelsea dropped points again.

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Preview

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Betfair is the official Manchester United betting partner and we here at Red Rants have partnered with them to offer a free £25 bet when you register. Unlike other betting sites, Betfair allows you to place bets when the game is running and choose the odds at which you want to play. What allows you to do these things is you're betting against other fans, not the bookie, so if you want better odds than are currently available, for example, you can place an order for a better price (but bear in mind that if your price is unrealistic your bet is unlikely to be accepted).

“This is a shock as you can tell by the speech I’ve prepared”

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Said Giggs, as he indulges in self-deprecation accepting the award for BBC's Sports Personality of the Year. Widespread media reports suggest this was a surprise as he beat "supposed favourite" and formula one driver Jensen Button. Tee hee!

"I grew up watching this programme. To see the people that have won it and to be here is unbelievable.

United blow chance to close gap

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Before the Villa game, Chelsea had just drawn 3-3. There was all the motivation for the side to cut their lead from three to zero; separated on goal difference. The anticipation was also high among our lot; after all, we just beat sides by handsome margins with a joke of a defence. Surely the confidence was so high that we might have as well stuck in gardeners and the kitman at the centre of defence and yet manage to squeeze something out of the match.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Preview

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Betfair is the official Manchester United betting partner and we here at Red Rants have partnered with them to offer a free £25 bet when you register. Unlike other betting sites, Betfair allows you to place bets when the game is running and choose the odds at which you want to play. What allows you to do these things is you're betting against other fans, not the bookie, so if you want better odds than are currently available, for example, you can place an order for a better price (but bear in mind that if your price is unrealistic your bet is unlikely to be accepted).

Manchester United poker tournament – win a signed shirt, free tickets and more

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As Christmas approaches, Betfair is giving all Man Utd fans something else to get excited about – a free to enter poker tournament with tickets to an Old Trafford fixture for the winner and a signed United shirt for the runner-up.

Entrants go head-to-head with other Reds fans, making the winner the finest poker playing United fan unofficially at least!

Manchester United vs Vfl Wolfsburg: Preview

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The final game in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League is almost upon us and we need one point to finish top of the group. With qualification to the second round already assured, the pressure will surely be off the Red Devils as they make their way to Germany to face Bundesliga champions, Vfl Wolfsburg.

United are EPIC #FAIL, injury-wise

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In a mood to use internet jargon, as the kids these days are loath to use. As it turns out, the injury monster has pwned us (another term the young 'uns use) and we look like the hospital in Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Or is this a scene from a Monty Python sketch?

Our injury list reads like so:

Wes Brown hamstring
Nemanja Vidic flu
Rio Ferdinand out indefinitely due to a myriad list of recurring injuries
O'Shea out till January; ankle, I think
Jonny Evans out till January (calf)
Fabio groin
Rafael unknown injury
Wayne Rooney hamstring
Dimitar Berbatov knee
Gary Neville calf/shin
Edwin Van Der Sar knee, recovering.

Irons Hammering and Chelsea Stuttering makes Jack a happy boy

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Every once in a while you'll get a match that lifts gloom and renews portents of doom for another day. The question of doom in essence is ridiculous, relatively speaking. After all we were, before yesterday, five points off the pace, having sold our best player and performing marginally better in comparison to last season.

West Ham United vs Manchester United: Preview

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Fresh from World Cup draw fever, the attention will once more be focused on the Premier League. Manchester United have the rare occurrence of a Saturday, 3pm kick-off, and the lucky recipients of a visit from Sir Alex Ferguson on his 1,300th game in charge of the Red Devils are West Ham United. That's 3pm GMT at Upton Park or the Boleyn Ground if you prefer.

Ljajic transfer about-face is a strange one

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We've often seen Ferguson express interest in young players. Hell, as we speak, he must be looking at a host of young promising footballers who could become the next star at our club. A few months ago well, nearly a year ago, to be correct United completed deals for Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic from Partizan Belgrade.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Preview

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Fresh from the Premier League triumph against Portsmouth, the Carling Cup is next for Manchester United. Last season's beaten finalists, Tottenham Hotspur are the designated opposition and are likely to provide a stern test for the boys in red.

Expect a much-changed side from the weekend's Premier League fixture at Fratton Park.