Red Rants Archives for January 2010

United v Villa – Can the reds turn the tide around?

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United have failed to beat Villa twice already this season but the market takes its lead from the history books by rating the Reds 1.89 (10/11) favourites to win the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

Those odds only apply to a Reds victory inside 90 minutes but the price is still well worth taking.

Free tickets for United v Villa final

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Fancy being at Wembley to see United pick up their first silverware of the season in the Carling Cup Final? Betfair is offering you the chance to do just that.

It could be a classic when the Reds go head-to-head with Aston Villa on Sunday February 28th. Having failed to beat Martin O'Neill's men in two attempts already this season, United might need your support to make it third time lucky.

Everton will not roll over for United

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After conquering AC Milan at the San Siro, Manchester United face their second tough road game in five days when they go to Everton on Saturday.

But the Betfair layers are taking no chances with the champions and rate the Reds as just 1.85 (5-6) chances to win at an opponent in very good form at present.

Wayne Rooney to Score, Manchester United to win

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Never mind David Beckham – Manchester United have a score to settle with AC Milan. The Reds have played the Rossoneri four times in Europe's premier competition and the Italians have prevailed on each occasion. So will it be fifth time lucky for the Reds? And should you back them to qualify at odds of 1.

AC Milan vs Manchester United: Preview

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So after a disappointing draw against Aston Villa, nearly a week has passed without seeing Manchester United in action, but a tough test is upon us. AC Milan are next up for Sir Alex Ferguson and his Red Army in the Champions League Second Round 1st Leg. With United at the San Siro first, it is sure to be a difficult tie.

David Gill’s “Out of Context” Cop-Out

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The audio, where a United fan questioned David Gill for his contrarian remarks, has been heard, I'm sure, by all and sundry. Well done by that fan to go that far in the first place, however, I do have a gripe with said fan for not being, um, a little more prepared.

Let me explain.

Those living under a rock and, hence, haven't heard the audio yet, here you go.

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Preview/Match thread

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Right. It looks like our match previewer is AWOL so let's keep it short here. Consider this an open discussion thread predictions, pre-match whines, moans, cheers; everything.

We lost our last match against Villa, but this United side is streets ahead of the huffing, puffing, lump of blob that was getting by on crutches.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview

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A five-star showing and brilliant performances from the likes of Michael Carrick, Nani and of course Wayne Rooney. Sir Alex Ferguson must be rubbing his hands with glee as his team face Aston Villa at Villa Park tonight, the side are in full flow and finally look like a team of Champions.

Aston Villa have the best defence in the Premier League and will look to extinguish the majestic Wayne Rooney who is in superlative form.

Manchester United vs Portsmouth: Preview

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The first 3D football match and John Terry axed as England captain, football...bloody hell! Aside from drooling over the magnificent victory at the Emirates Manchester United must now refocus their thoughts as attention turns to the visit of the Premier League's bottom side Portsmouth.

Avram Grant is probably on his way to another brothel to take his mind off the thought of the impending visit to Old Trafford.

United to beat Portsmouth 3-1?

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Manchester United are the classic 'good things' for favourite backers with struggling Portsmouth the opposition at Old Trafford this Saturday afternoon.

Odds of just 1.14 (1-7) are for the big bettors or multiple backers only, but it's hard to argue that United are almost as close to a certainty as you'll find in the Premier League.

Glazers, Gill, Some Red Knights and Lots of Lies

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One more phrase I wanted to add to the title [but thought it would make it too long and unwieldy] was 'some perspective'. The Times reports that Manchester United's bonds are among the worst performing in a 'benign' market.

But more distressing was David Gill's comments, earlier this week, calling United fans' protests 'ridiculous'.

Video: Diouf Scores Again for the Reserves

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On the day we went to the Emirates to spank Arsenal the reserves set out to Norway to play a Norwegian first division side, Stabaek. The side was packed with summer signings like Diouf and Obertan as well as loan returnee, Rodrigo Possebon.

United reserves ran out comfortable winners 3-0 the final score with Mame Biram Diouf netting two of them.

United Thump Arsenal; Close Gap on Chelsea

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United continued their dream run of the past few weeks; the ten days has been compared to the famous period in 1999 in this Richard Williams piece, but let's not elevate this to those levels just yet. However, yesterday's performance if not the string of them over the past ten days could perhaps be termed the watershed moment of our season, if this leads us to something of significance, come May.