Red Rants Archives for January 2009

Manchester United vs VfL Wolfsburg: Preview

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Matchday Two of the Champions League is fast approaching and one thing for sure is that VfL Wolfsburg should provide something of a tougher test than United's previous opponents in the competition. Yes while Besiktas were plucky and persistent, the German champions are a far more accomplished outfit and you've probably heard that they're not too bad up front either.

United sign Michele Fornasier

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After a lot of controversy, it's finally official as United seem to have completed the deal to bring 16 year old defender Michele Fornasier from Fiorentina, according to the official site.

United have confirmed the arrival of 16-year-old Italian defender Michele Fornasier. He'll join the Reds' Under-18s squad with the rest of the first-year Academy scholars.

Fletcher has the right ideas

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Darren Fletcher after having more or less established himself at the heart of United's midfield reveals he wants to be known more than just a destroyer.

Fletcher's defensive abilities and energy in the middle of the park has been apparent for most United fans even in the tail end of last season, but the Scot feels there are still areas that need improving.

Stoke City vs Manchester United: Preview

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Having edged into the fourth round of the Carling Cup, albeit with an ultimately monotonous performance, the Premier League returns for United on Saturday and a somewhat tricky trip to the Britannia Stadium awaits.

Stoke have started the season in a pretty decent fashion having picked up seven points already and been extremely unfortunate not to have come away with something more last weekend against Bolton and previously against Chelsea too.

‘Fabio will be one of the greatest left backs for Manchester United’

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I was a bit disappointed to see Fabio da Silva sent off against Wolves in midweek. The Carling Cup has been a platform for our young players to show their mettle and prove themselves. So I was really keen to see them line up against Wolves and put on a performance. So, being reduced to 10 men wasn't going to help them prove their worth was a shame Macheda had to be sacrificed as a result, but I digress.

Ronaldo: I like to know what’s happening at Old Trafford

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Ronaldo continues to profess his love for the club.

"Every time I can, I try to watch United's games on television. I still like to know what's happening at Old Trafford. And despite now being at Real, I'm always happy when I know when United have won."

He also tips Nani to do well for us this season:

"I've also seen that Nani is playing much more than he was last season when I was there.

Manchester United vs Wolves: Preview

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I'm sure many of us are still riding high on the peak of cloud nine following the last gasp events of Sunday afternoon and who in their right mind can blame us! In fairness, you could even be forgiven for allowing this evening's fixture against Wolves to have slipped the mind and altogether dipped off the radar.

FIFA shed light on United’s recent transfer activity

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"FIFA shed light on United's recent transfer activity" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Video: Ferguson pays tribute to Sir Bobby Robson

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"Video: Ferguson pays tribute to Sir Bobby Robson" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

United come through its acid test unscathed

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This should quite easily be among the most breathtaking United matches in recent times. The drama, the talk going into the match, the punches being thrown pre-match between managers, fans and players alike, everything contributed into elevating the stakes to stratospheric proportions.

It was a derby after all, with three points to bag, but with so much talk, United and United fans would have absolutely hated losing this game much more than past derbies.

Latest in the ‘Welcome to Manchester’ Pixel Wars…

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"Latest in the 'Welcome to Manchester' Pixel Wars..." was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Video: Man Utd 4-3 Man City

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"Video: Man Utd 4-3 Man City" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Preview

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This has to be the most eagerly anticipated derby in years, nay decades. Well certainly in my lifetime anyway.

City's start to the season, culminating in the 4-2 defeat of Arsenal last weekend, will have surely seen United supporters with even the deepest of hatred towards our city neighbours at least acknowledge that they have, thus far, looked impressive.

Tevez expects ‘good reception’ at derby - yeah, right!

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while, in other news, the pigs from Orwell's Animal farm flew around the earth.

Carlos Tevez seems rather confident that he will get a good reception at Old Trafford (assuming he shakes off his injury and makes it). "I expect to have a good reception. While at United, I always gave my best and I had good relations with the fans," he said.

Want two free pairs of tickets for the United - City game on Sunday?

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With Champions League action safely out of the way, United fans can now look forward to the big game on Sunday. Yes, it's the Manchester derby and after last Saturday, when United overcame an early goal and a sending off to thrash Tottenham 3-1 at White Hart Lane and City humbled Arsenal with a 4-2 beating at Eastlands, this Sunday promises to be a cracking game.

SAF reckons this isn’t Scholsey’s last season; but should it?

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It took a Paul Scholes header to get us past Besiktas the other day, in what was otherwise, a mind-numbingly stodgy match. Passes went astray, Rooney left isolated frustrated, even wingers failing to provide a cutting edge consistently; all in all, a classic away European performance from the runners-up.

Want free tickets to the United - City game on Sunday?

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With Champions League action safely out of the way, United fans can now look forward to the big game on Sunday. Yes, it's the Manchester derby and after last Saturday, when United overcame an early goal and a sending off to thrash Tottenham 3-1 at White Hart Lane and City humbled Arsenal with a 4-2 beating at Eastlands, this Sunday promises to be a cracking game.

Besiktas vs Manchester United: Preview

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Memories of that dismal night in Rome some four months ago undoubtedly still linger among United fans, players, coaching staff...well anyone even remotely connected with the club. Surely the perfect tonic to banish those memories would be to repeat that feat and have another bash at a third consecutive Champions League final.

Sky Sports and the Sun continue to be a disgrace

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Pardon the overly extreme headline and this will be a short one, I promise but it's things like these that rub bloggers or independent reporters the wrong way. You would expect the mainstream media to follow basic journalistic etiquette; if it's a quote you attribute the source, or give credit where it's due.

Tottenham vs Manchester United: Preview

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Tottenham away has never been a stroll in the park. Saying that, our last eight Premier League visits to White Hart Lane have yielded six wins and two draws. Easy pickings then, or so one may be led to believe. Well if you're that naive then I'd advise you to stop reading here as Saturday's trip to the capital will certainly be a massive test for a United side that have hardly stormed out of the blocks so far this season.

Exclusive: The Nemanja Vidic Interview

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The pain of Manchester United's comprehensive Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in May triggered a summer of upheaval at Old Trafford with star turns Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez seeking pastures new - but despite those defections the Premier League champions are still rightly among the leading fancies to land this season's European crown.

David Gill gets top role

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David Gill has been elected into the top executive board of members in the European Club Association which, many of you might remember, was formed under the auspices of the UEFA following the dissolution of the G14.

"I'm obviously very pleased to be elected," Gill said. "The ECA has a very important role to play in the relationship with Uefa and other bodies within European and world football.

Possebon Loan ‘Cancelled’; Returns to United?

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If reports in the Portuguese media are to be believed Rodrigo Possebon, who was loaned out to SC Braga, has returned to Manchester. Google translate is not the best, but according to this link, he's been axed because of a squad trimming exercise by the coach.

I also saw it mentioned on the United Youth site in its roundup of our loanees.

Reds declare Champions’ League squad: Hargo in, Tosic out

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United have released a list of their Champions' League squad members, and importantly, Owen Hargreaves is a part of it. The 25-man squad also includes Kiko Macheda, Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson. However, Anderson has been relegated to the secondary list of additional 10 members which includes Welbeck and Evans.

The Tuesday Theory: Time for extended Foster-Care?

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I have a secret to admit - I love the attitude of seventeen year olds. Cocky? Arrogant? I've always believed that confidence should exceed talent by a simple 2:1 ratio. When the sun-earth-moon align, the solar eclipse can blind one with power and beauty. However, in my opinion, there is nothing uglier than when vision-reach-grasp align.