Red Rants Archives for January 2010

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

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After two wins in a row it seems that Manchester United are finally clicking into gear, and this weekend they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford in a match that historically is full of excitement and lots of goals.

It may come as a surprise to know that Spurs have not won at Old Trafford for over twenty years, their last coming in December 1989 when they won 1-0 thanks to a Gary Lineker goal, and they have not beaten United at all in the last 25 meeting between the clubs.

Wolves Wrap, Owen’s Crocked Again, Transfer Talk, and O’Shea’s Big Payday

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I won't spend a lot of time yesterday's Carling Cup tie against Wolves, as it was a home match that, for once this season, I wasn't particularly concerned whether or not we'd win. I didn't watch, but I did follow along on the live match commentary and caught highlights afterwards, and if there's one thing I can say, it's my, doesn't that Chicharito have some great timing or what?

Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Preview

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Two wins in the last two matches have come as welcome relief even if the performances haven't been what you would expect from a Manchester United side, but given recent results a win is a win nonetheless.

Coming up next for Manchester United is the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup fourth round in a repeat of last season third round fixture and the visitors will take no comfort from the fact that their last win at Old Trafford was a 1-0 victory in a league match in February 1980.

Match Review: Stoke City 1-2 Manchester United

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If you need to be caught up, the last several days can be summed up in the following sentences:

My, what a week!

Wayne Rooney is a) money-hungry, b) a sniveling Scouser, c) a traitor, d) absolutely right, depending on who you ask.

We had a match yesterday?!

We won away from home in the Premier League?

Match Review: Stoke City 0-1 Manchester United

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If you need to be caught up, the last several days can be summed up in the following sentences:

My, what a week!

Wayne Rooney is a) money-hungry, b) a sniveling Scouser, c) a traitor, d) absolutely right, depending on who you ask.

We had a match yesterday?!

We won away from home in the Premier League?

Stoke City vs Manchester United: Match Preview

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Manchester United travel to the Britannia stadium to face Stoke City amid the continued media cloud cast by the Wayne Rooney contract issue. But as the striker has a ‘real' ankle injury he will not take part in the match.

With affairs back on the field not exactly perfect, Sir Alex Ferguson needs to sort his United's performances on the pitch as a priority.

Will Promises, Promises Turn Into Lies and Damned Lies?

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While there's been a great deal of speculation, both in the media and amongst supporters, as to the motivations for Wayne Rooney wanting to leave Manchester United, the only word from the man himself centered around his doubt about the club's future.

On the surface, it appears those questions have been answered, otherwise we likely wouldn't have seen Rooney pen a new, long-term contract and afterwards comment, in so many words, that he heard what he needed to hear.

What Now For Wayne Rooney After A Spectacular U-Turn?

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Most of you have been left completely shell-shocked, flabbergasted and utterly speechless by today's announcement that Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-year contract, just days after declaring his unequivocal intention to leave Old Trafford.

But what has changed so much in the last few days?

Match Review: Manchester United 1-0 Bursaspor

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Sincerest apologies for another late-ish match review, but due to internet connectivity issues yesterday, I was out of commission.

It appears that in the time I was away, there've been major developments (perhaps for the positive, who knows?) in the Wayne Rooney saga, which I'll give my thoughts on separately.

Rooney signs new deal at Manchester United, more money for everyone?

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Wayne Rooney has signed a new deal at Manchester United (reportedly worth £150,000 / week or more), tying to the club till 2015.

It's a remarkable turnaround from what seemed to be a terminally-fractured relationship between club and player. But, after recent events, Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.

Get a free Football Manager 2011 demo

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Football Manager 2011 is going to be out in the shops from November 5th, 2010 and it is going to be the best FM of all. Lots of new features such as real-time contract negotiations for a more realistic deal with agents, a brand new set-piece creator and a completely refurbished training system.

One thing I'm going to make sure in FM 11 is that Wayne Rooney stays at Manchester United!

Manchester United vs Bursaspor: Match Preview

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Much of this weeks news has been regarding the future of Wayne Rooney, but one thing is for sure, with or without the England international, Manchester United are a team, but a team in bad form and once that needs a good performance to get its season back on track and what better time to show the world that this team can win without Rooney in the line-up.

Match Review: Manchester United 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

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I have long come to grips with the fact that, for better or worse, I'm an eternal optimist.

It could be that I'm just a glutton for punishment, but it's never hard for me to find something to laugh about or fill the glass halfway with.

And with that, there are a handful of positives to take from Saturday.

Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

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With another round of international fixtures over, the focus again returns to the Premier League and Manchester United host West Brom at Old Trafford in game that will be far from an easy victory.

United's form of late has been very patchy with successive away draws but at home a 100% record is in tact.

Confronting The Story That Won’t Go Away: Sex, Lies, and Rooney’s Fate

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A time machine would come in handy right about now, wouldn't it?

If such technological wonders were available, it would be ideal to rewind to say, a little more than six months ago.

At that time, Wayne Rooney was in the form of his life, and United were well-positioned to take home multiple trophies once again.

How Did You Become A Manchester United Fan?

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We'll be back to your regularly scheduled Manchester United news 'n views in a bit, but I wanted to introduce myself properly before I got too far, and I also wanted to learn a little more about the great community we have here on RR.

Whichever part of the world we live in, however long we've been following the club, and whatever our individual views are on players, tactics, results, on down to the kits, we're all here for the same reason: because we're passionate about Manchester United.

What Has Changed At Old Trafford? A Look At The Sunderland Match

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After days of digesting another unpalatable, inept and cowardly performance against Sunderland, with the team being out played, outfought and generally outdone, what concerned me more were the post match comments made by Knight of the Realm, Sir Alex Ferguson.

For those who haven't seen or heard the post match interview, here is what the great man said:

"We had to defend very well and the pleasing thing for me is that the back four were fantastic,"

"I can't class today's as a disappointment because we had to battle to get the point today.

Sunderland vs Manchester United: Match Preview

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After the fantastic win over Valencia midweek, attention returns to the Premier League as a trip to Sunderland looms. But it could prove a more difficult task given Manchester United have not won away from Old Trafford in the league this season.

But that is something a fact that could be remedied by United having won six of their last seven league games at the Stadium of Light coupled with the Black Cats having only ever kept one clean sheet against United in the Premier League.

The Day After The Day After: Valencia 0-1 Manchester United

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Watching several of Manchester United's matches thus far this season has made for no shortage of excitement and entertainment, perhaps even for the neutral viewers out there.

That being said, for all of the goals, whether early, late, ordinary, amazing, or even funny, there's been no shortage of frustration for United fans, especially with the lack of defense, and more importantly, wins, when United have ventured away from Old Trafford.