Red Rants Archives for January 2010

Manchester United vs West Ham United: Preview

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Letting a lead slip twice, missing a penalty and conceding an 89th minute equaliser all resulted in Manchester United throwing away ‘silly points' against Fulham, but Sir Alex Ferguson will be in no mood for niceties as West Ham visit Old Trafford on Saturday in a match at would seem the perfect antidote to a disappointing visit to London last weekend.

Fulham Preview

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If reports are to be believed Rooney is out with a stomach bug, and is left out of the trip to Craven Cottage. But going by recent trends, he might as well make it to the starting XI bust a gut, perform somersaults and end it with a split. Not that it would make pretty viewing, but since the official site says nothing about him being left out (so far) make of that what you will.

Fulham vs Manchester United: Preview

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After a comfortable win over Newcastle on the opening day of the season, Manchester United face a much tougher task in West-London as they visit Craven Cottage to play Fulham side under the tutelage of United legend Mark Hughes.

Going into the match Sir Alex Ferguson will be well aware of his dismal recent record at Craven Cottage as United have lost their last two matches at the venue – 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Possebon Heads for Santos Exit

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United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon is set to join Brazilian club Santos. The deal is still in progress and is expected to be completed on Friday 20 August, but the two-times FIFA Club World Cup winners are keen to herald Possebon's imminent arrival.


The once promising midfielder was never really the same since his injury due to Pogatetz' horror tackle.

Anderson Glad to be Back

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"I'm so happy and excited to be back again after six months without football," Anderson told "I've been really excited to be back. I've been so happy ever since I got back to Carrington and I just can't wait to play again.

"I'm feeling good. I've been training for two weeks and I'm very happy.

Looking Back and Looking Ahead…

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The season kicks off on Monday for us, but let's use this as an overall preview of the rest of the season as such.

Public perception has been that this summer is quiet on the transfer front. In reality it's not been quite at all. If you add up signings made during last season and during this summer we'll realize that the club has in fact spent about £25m on players.

Diouf heads out on loan

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Rovers have swooped to secure a loan deal for Manchester United's highly-rated young striker Mame Biram Diouf. The Senegalese international arrives on a season-long deal at Ewood Park.

via Blackburn Rovers Official Site.

I had a look at their squad and it looks a bit thin in the strikers department.

Fergie’s Cleverley About-Face

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"He is an exceptional young player in terms of his ability to play a variety of positions," Sir Alex said on Friday. "He can play in central midfield and on both wings. He is such a talent, we must keep him. He showed at Watford that he's a goalscorer from midfield and we need that. Apart from Darron Gibson, we don't have a lot of goals coming from midfield.

Vidic to stay, Cleverley+Welbeck loan deals…

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"I don't know why people think it was a difficult decision," I always said I am happy here. I never spoke about my future. I know there was all this speculation but I never said I wanted to go. There was nothing new. I am very happy to be here."

via Vida happy to stay Manchester United Official Web Site.

Reds Maul Airtricity XI

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Rooney, absent for United's pre-season tour of North America, might even have capped his return with a goal, blazing over after Gary Rogers, the St Patrick's Athletic goalkeeper, had saved Darron Gibson's shot His performance, though, offered more than enough evidence for Sir Alex Ferguson to consider his totemic forward ready for a rather more competitive run-out against Chelsea in Sunday's Community Shield.