Red Rants Archives for January 2010

Nothing of Significance as Silly Season Continues

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Well the only thing of significance that's happened, for what it's worth, is the approval of Javier Hernandez's work permit.

Chicharito also scored Mexico's only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Holland.

On the transfer front, all has been quiet save for the transfers of Smalling and Hernandez during last season.

Groups E & F at the World Cup

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Odds correct at time of writing. For latest Betfair prices, see redrants.com/bet.

In our third of four group-stage betting guides, betfair hone in on groups E and F.

Group E
Holland are the fourth best team in the world according to FIFA's rankings but, at 13.

Rooney, Ferdinand & Vidic at the World Cup

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In our second World Cup preview, Betfair examine groups C and D...

Group C
England are 7.6 (13/2) third favourites to win the World Cup this summer, but the highs of a perfect qualification campaign have been replaced by injury worries for manager Fabio Capello.

Dear Ben Foster

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You said a few things today. Let me quote them for you, and then respond.

"The fans are obviously passionate about the club but sometimes they need to focus on supporting the club a bit more than getting carried away with the technicalities of who's in charge.

On the green and gold campaign: "Yes, it's a bit of a distraction when the fans are doing the chants at every game and things like that,"

Ben, Ben, Ben,
1) The Glazers being in charge of the club isn't a minor 'technicality'.

Ben Foster to Sign for Birmingham | Fergie Parsed

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It's certain now that Ben Foster will move on to Birmingham. The fee is mooted to be about £6m. The official site has also confirmed this.

Foster's sale confirms what a lot of people thought: the manager had lost faith in the 'keeper. I'd wish him the best, and I think he will emerge better all round at Brum.

A New Dawn, Or Same Old?

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"If we hit a bad spell, it would not be the right time to go. I would not want to put the new manager into a situation where he was taking over a bad team. I want to leave United in a good, healthy position. In 2002, I made the decision on a whim."

Those were Ferguson's words in a recent interview.

Park, Evra & Chicharito at the World Cup

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Odds correct at time of writing. For latest Betfair prices, see redrants.com/bet.

In their first World Cup betting preview, Betfair look at the group-stage prospects for Ji-sung Park, Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez...

Group A

Patrice Evra's France may not be the force they once were but they still boast talented players such as Franck Ribery, Yoann Gourcuff and Lassana Diarra.

No Smoke Without Fire at Old Trafford?

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As Manchester United's hopes for a record beating 19th league title fizzled out at Old Trafford on Sunday, smoke from the dying embers of the season could be seen around the ground by many fans. At least that is how the romanticised version of events may be interpreted.

Instead what we saw was the smoke from a smoke-bomb, dropped outside the megastore, the latest in a long line of protests by Manchester United fans over the Glazer ownership of the club.

Manchester United vs Stoke City: Preview

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Here we go, it's crunch time in the Premier League as Manchester United face Stoke City at Old Trafford on the final day of the season. Once last chance to clinch a record breaking 19th League title and 4th in a row, but two teams stand in the way... Chelsea and Stoke.

The Blues lie one point clear of United at the summit of the table and if they win their match at home to Wigan then they will be crowned champions, but if they draw or lose and we overcome our opponents at Old Trafford then United will be crowned champions.

Crunch time for United and Rooney

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It's a shame Liverpool couldn't do the job last weekend, but United still have a job to do on Sunday and Stoke, unlike the Scousers, aren't going to lie down and let the champions walk all over them.

Heading into the final weekend of the season, Chelsea are 1.12 (1/8) to win the Premier League, with United's odds out to 8.

Sunderland vs Manchester United: Preview

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By the time Manchester United's visit to Sunderland comes around, the Red Devils will know the task in hand as Liverpool will already have beaten Chelsea – fingers crossed.

The Stadium of Light will prove to be a tough fixture, the talk of Liverpool ‘rolling over' and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce giving his former club a ‘free ride' should be put to be straight away as these are professional players who would not throw a game.