Red Rants Archives for January 2010

United Betting: Rooney to score, United to win?

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Odds of 2.93 (15/8) on a United win away to Arsenal this Sunday? Snap them up now.

That's a great price on a Reds victory, regardless of the opposition or venue.

Look at it this way: we've scored seven goals in our last two fixtures and have already defeated the Gunners this season. And while we're tearing it up against Hull and City, Arsenal lost 3-1 to Stoke and drew 0-0 to Aston Villa.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Preview

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Only one week ago a Carlos Tevez brace gave Manchester City a slender 2-1 lead over Manchester United in the Carling Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg, but as United strolled to a 4-0 victory over Hull at the weekend, they sent out a clear message. We are top dogs in Manchester and will not be giving cup the trophy without a fight, Wayne Rooney is in inspired form and Sir Alex Ferguson will be going all out for victory.

It’s only half-time and we’re one down – will you back United to win?

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It's never a good game when United lose but, amid disappointment and controversy, punters' should remember that the first leg of this Carling Cup semi-final was a cracker. Manchester derbies are fast becoming the most hottest clashes in England and that can only be a good thing.

As for this Wednesday: it's only half-time, we're one down with 90 minutes to play in front of 75,000 screaming Reds and we're famous for being the comeback kings of European football.

United Continue In Rich Vein, But Ferguson’s Rallying Call is Misplaced

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A demolition of Hull, made complete especially in the last ten minutes, should hold United in good stead ahead of more challenging encounters against City and Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney was majestic, and not just his four goals, as he looks well on course to comfortably exceed his past season scoring records.

Manchester United to top the table

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With the rest of the Premier League in FA Cup action the pressure is on United to clamber above Chelsea and Arsenal with a win over Hull this weekend.

A victory would make the Reds the first top flight team to reach 50 points this season and take them two clear of those London rivals. Three points is imperative.

Video: Mame Diouf’s Hattrick for the Reserves

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via United Rant

"Video: Mame Diouf's Hattrick for the Reserves" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Want to watch United beat City at Old Trafford?

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Through our exclusive partnership with Betfair we are able to offer two tickets to the semi final 2nd leg against City at Old Trafford.

All you need to do is click here, join Betfair and place a bet and you'll be entered into the draw.

Betfair are also offering a risk free bet of up to £25 so why not put the bet on Manchester United to beat Manchester City at Old Trafford that way you can be in with a chance of watching the game live whilst also knowing you're going to have a few extra quid in the bank!

links for 2010-01-20

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  • Video Of The Week: Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion – December 1978 | Twohundredpercent Ian King links us to rare footage from a match between United and West Bromwich Albion. United lost 5-3, but it's always a delight to be able to watch such rare and extended footage from the past.

Betting Preview: City favourites to beat United?

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Have Betfair punters lost their marbles? Reds backers won't believe their eyes when they look at the Match Odds on Tuesday night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg.

Manchester City should never, ever be favourites to beat United and odds of 2.88 (15/8) on an away win at Eastlands are amongst the best you will ever get on a Reds' victory.

Manchester City vs Manchester United: Preview

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The Carling Cup semi final first leg is here, its Manchester United versus Manchester City, and it promises to be a mouth-watering encounter. City are in decent form, whereas United are in a crisis according to the media, but who will come out on top? Will Carlos Tevez score against his former team?

links for 2010-01-19

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  • Glazer's SOS to Man Utd stars | The Sun |Sport|Football A weird one from the Sun. Which is why I intend to be wary. It's a bit odd the owners would go, cap in hand so to speak, to the players. When things start going badly you'll see a deluge of these stories. So best not to get carried away, and wait and watch.

New Links Feature

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While I've always wanted to devote posts with regular news-y bit,s I've tried to look around for a solution that helps me post links without much hassle and with a few choice remarks of my own suffixing them. I think I've finally found a neat way of easily posting them in a batch, by date, on a daily basis, and will be trialling it starting tomorrow.

Betting Preview: Manchester United set to thump Burnley

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United's surprise defeat at Turf Moor back in August was the first signal that Burnley meant business in the Premier League but with Owen Coyle gone fresh questions are being asked about the Claret and Blues' survival.

Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws was the surprise choice to replace Bolton-bound Coyle and a trip to Old Trafford is hardly an ideal opening fixture.

Manchester United vs Burnley: Preview

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Just as the dust has almost settled after the dismal performance against Birmingham, we get the fantastic news about our financial situation. The doomsday soothsayers are out in force and every Manchester United fan in the land is slightly worried. Apparently the club are in crisis. So what better time to be facing a team that has just changed coach?

Nominate us…

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... for the Soccerlens Awards 2009.

Yes, it's that time of the year again. There are several categories and before the actual voting begins, sometime in the near future, sites have to be nominated. So if you think we deserve to be on the list of nominees, then go on, nominate us. Here's how you do it:

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Media Avalanche of Glazer-Debt Stories Gathers Pace

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The Guardian has been rattling off story after story on the Glazer debt, giving me an image of a press room chock full of Shakespearean monkeys rattling away feverishly at their keyboards. And, whilst some of them have gotten repetitive, quite a few of them have been good reads.

The blogosphere isn't far behind though, and there is some good material going around over there too.

Questions Continue to be Asked of United After Another Draw

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Let's be clear here: let's just stop making excuses for our team. We can go on about our dominant possession; throw stats out in the air on how much of pitch area our players covered. And perhaps go on a rant about sides parking their bus against us. Or, how unfair Cameron Jerome's goal was.

But what's the point?

Birmingham City v Manchester United: Preview

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Manchester United are back in action this weekend after the midweek postponement of the Carling Cup semi-final. The F.A. Cup 3rd Round loss to Leeds United has been hard to swallow, with many of the team in for harsh criticism, so expect two things against Birmingham later today. First, a number of changes and second, the dreaded United backlash.

United’s debt situation explained

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While I'm on a linking spree let me add this one too.

United Rant has a very good break down of the debt situation this is in light of our mooted interest in exchanging our "debt for bonds". Those who don't want to break their head to understand the financial intricacies, can read Ed's piece which tries to explain it to a lay person.

If you didn’t already know…

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... that United is a better supported club than City, then here's some proof:

1. City don't seem able to sell all their tickets for their first semi-final in 30 years.

2. We've had better attendances than City every season since the 40s.

This is akin to saying the sun is brighter than the moon, but some people would like definitive proof even today.

Taking stock, post-Leeds.

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I woke up at 6:45am in time for the 7am kickoff, my local time. I was up late the previous night; stayed up till 4am, in fact. But late nights are quite common during weekends, by my standards. About 60 minutes into the game, overwhelmed by a combination of weariness and an unprecedented ennui watching the game, I gave in and involuntarily dozed off.

Manchester United vs Leeds United: Preview

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"Manchester United vs Leeds United: Preview" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.