Red Rants Archives for January 2011

Flashback Friday: Favorite Edwin Van der Sar Manchester United Moments

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It had been widely expected and all but confirmed, but yesterday, Edwin van der Sar confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

Following Peter Schmeichel's departure after the historic 1999 season, Manchester United went through a number of keepers without finding the same consistent excellence that marked Schmeichel's highly successful run at Old Trafford.

Match Preview: Southampton vs. Manchester United

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After Tuesday's thrilling comeback victory at Blackpool, Manchester United return to FA Cup action and to the road as they face League One promotion hopefuls Southampton on Saturday evening.

On Tuesday night at Bloomfield Road, United were down 2-0 with under 20 minutes remaining. But three goals in the late stages, including a brace by Premier League scoring leader Dimitar Berbatov, handed the league leaders a 3-2 win and a five-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United: Berbatov Breaks Blackpool Hearts To Send United Five Clear

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Given the amount of late drama that has occurred for and against Manchester United away from home this season, should anyone have expected any less than what transpired last night at Bloomfield Road?

Over the first 45 minutes, not only did Blackpool stand tall to United's advances, but thanks to two goals, one of which came from former United prospect Craig Cathcart, United found themselves down 2-0 at the break and in serious danger of losing a Premier League match for the first time this season.

Match Preview: Blackpool vs. Manchester United

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After producing one of their best results of the season, Manchester United will attempt to translate that momentum into a much-needed away win as they take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road tonight.

On Saturday, United dominated from start to finish in a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham City, with Dimitar Berbatov leading the way with his third hat trick of the season.

Manchester United 5-0 Birmingham: Berbatov’s Treble Leads Way In United Romp

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Last week, in previewing Manchester United-Birmingham City, I was cautiously hopeful that we'd see the kind of Manchester United performance that has been lacking for the most part this season.

As fans, spoiled as we may be, we can't help but hope for and expect to see some domination every now and then, and that's not been the case thus far, as successful of a season as it's been and could be.

Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Birmingham City

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After coming away from a testy trip to Tottenham with top spot in the Premier League intact, Manchester United look to keep up their fine home form as they host struggling Birmingham City on Saturday.

United went down to ten men almost 15 minutes from time when Rafael da Silva was given his marching orders for a second yellow, but as has been the case many times throughout the season, their resilience saw them through safely to the end of the 0-0 draw.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Manchester United: The Defence Wins Through

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Still unbeaten, still top of the Premier League, so despite a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane there are still many positives that can be taken from the result.

The match itself was tense with neither team coming out on top despite United having to play the last quarter of an hour with only ten men as Rafael was sent off for collecting two yellow cards.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United: Match Preview

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This season has been one of workmanship, a season where Manchester United have been less entertaining than normal and more anchored, not hitting the breathtaking heights of previous incarnations, but getting the job done nonetheless.

Surprising it may seem that we are still unbeaten in the Premier League, and if history is anything to go by this record will stay intact for another week at least as Tottenham Hotspur haven't triumphed over United for just less than ten years.

Flashback Friday: Manchester United’s Five-Star Fightbacks vs. Tottenham

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That was the last time that Tottenham were able to experience the joys of victory against Manchester United. For what it's worth though, Spurs' 3-1 win at White Hart Lane on the final day of the 2000/01 season was all but a meaningless match for United, who finished the campaign ten points clear of Arsenal to capture a third straight Premier League title.

Transfer Talk Thursday: Will Rene Adler’s Manchester United Wish Be Granted?

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We're edging towards the halfway point of the January transfer window, and thus far, it's crickets from the Manchester United camp.

Still, that doesn't prevent the rumors from flying in on a regular basis. Should we expect anything substantial to come of any of it? I stated my opinion on our need to buy in January (or lack thereof) last week, and while there's no telling what the next few weeks could hold, we shouldn't pin our hopes on a sexy new signing.

Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Liverpool

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In what is widely known as one of the preeminent rivalries in worldfootball and all of sport Manchester United and Liverpool have faced off 180 times in almost 120 years, with United holding a 70 to 60 edge in the wins department.

15 of those 180 meetings have come in the FA Cup, with Liverpool's three wins pailing to United's eight, which include wins in the final in 1977 which denied Liverpool the League/FA Cup/European Cup treble United would win 22 years later -and 1996.

Friday Five: A Perfect Week For Manchester United, Nani’s Return, Transfer Talk, And More

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With Tuesday's 2-1 win over Stoke City, it's two wins in two matches for Manchester United, and after what could be termed as nothing short of a perfect week in the results department, United are now two points clear of Manchester City and four clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Stoke City

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After opening 2011 by capturing a late (and perhaps a little lucky) win at West Brom, Manchester United look to maintain their hold on top spot in the Premier League as they host Stoke City tomorrow night.

Against the Baggies, United took an early lead through Wayne Rooney, who scored his first goal from open play since March.