Red Rants Archives for January 2010

Preview/Match Thread: Valencia vs. Manchester United

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Classifying it as a must-win match would be going a bit far, but tonight's Champions League match at Valencia is definitely a must-not-lose for Manchester United.

After a goalless home draw against Rangers two weeks ago, United go to the Mestalla needing a positive result to avoid having a serious uphill climb to win Group C.

The Day After The Day After: Bolton 2-2 Manchester United

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For the sake of being able to give the most rational opinion (ha!) post-Bolton, I opted to wait until today to hammer out a match report of sorts.

At first glance, the match could be summed up with two sentences:

1) What the [censorin' censors], another away draw? Seriously? Seriously.

The Makeover

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I was tempted to call this post 'Rebuilding' but then I remembered that we don't need to rebuild anything the house that RR built has strong foundations and a great view of the game (and all things United). There's no need to 're-do'.

What we need is to adapt to the fact that it's not going to be (for some time at least) a one-person game.

Hargreaves trains, Carrick close to return, United draw Wolves in Carling Cup

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It doesn't have any bearing on tomorrow's match at Bolton, but there's very encouraging injury news on multiple fronts.

We've seen what amounts to a glimpse of Owen Hargreaves over the last couple of years, and there have been serious concerns that he wouldn't be able to overcome his persistent knee troubles.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

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This is a long time coming. This site's been a big part of my life since the May of 2007 and I have to say, with a heavy heart, (and without much ado) I bid farewell to the loyal readers and the great community that's grown around the site.

This might come as a shock to a few, but I think the vast majority of regulars probably already know this site has been on life support as far as frequent updates go.

Second motive for Sir Alex’s Spanish scouting trip?

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Sir Alex Ferguson opted for Spain over Scunthorpe last night, as he left the squad in the hands of assistant manager Mike Phelan for the Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United while he did some in-person scouting of next week's Champions League opponents, Valencia.

However, the gossip mongers at the Daily Mirror are speculating that Fergie had an ulterior motive for the trip to the Mestalla.

FA Umbro Fives – England Tickets, Wembley Final and Michael Owen

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Fancy playing a 5-a-side game at Wembley?

That's the chance on offer at the FA Umbro Fives the national 5-a-side competition organised in September (and October) by the FA. The final will be played at Wembley, with participating teams going through the same experience as teams playing a real cup final (or a semi-final, or a Community Shield, or a rock concert .

Manchester United vs Rangers: Preview

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After conceding two late goals at Goodison Park on Saturday, Manchester United have to pick themselves up for a ‘Battle of Britain' Champions League tie against Glasgow Rangers who visit Old Trafford later this evening in the opening match of Group C.

Absent on Saturday, all eyes will be on Wayne Rooney once more.

Everton vs Manchester United: Preview

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After the international break normal domestic service is to resume and following the recent revelations about his private life, there is only one place for Wayne Rooney to answer his critcs and opposition fans, at Goodison Park where Manchester United take on Everton in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.