Red Rants Archives for January 2011

United humiliated at home as Palace go through

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Manchester United suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace as they were knocked out in the quarter-final of the League Cup. A Glenn Murray strike in the first period of extra time deservedly sent Palace through, punishing United for a spineless performance. The Carling Cup might not be the most [.

United Look to Join Rivals In Carling Cup Semifinals

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Tonight we should get a chance to see if the kids are alright, the Manchester United kids, that is, as United host Championship side Crystal Palace in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup. Cardiff, Liverpool, and Manchester City booked places in the semifinals last night, and United will be expected to do so tonight.

United Stumble in Daylight Robbery

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"How did Manchester United not win this game?" is the question on everyone's lips after an amazing 1-1 draw at Old Trafford between the Red Devils and the Geordies from Tyneside. United created tons of chances, with everything from a great goalkeeper and posts, to miraculous goal-line clearances keeping them at bay.

Four League Wins in a Row for United?

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Tuesday's draw at home in the Champions League against Benfica was an extremely disappointing result for Manchester United, for multiple obvious reasons, but it must be forgotten quickly, as United welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford in a battle between the Premier League‘s second and fourth-placed sides.

The Academy: United 1-2 Liverpool

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In a wind and rain affected 90 minutes at Carrington today, Liverpool stole the points in the first and last minutes to grab a second win in just six weeks over United's improving youngsters. The minutes in between saw United ride their luck and spurn opportunities in equal measure. Jack Dunn was Liverpool's match-winner with [.

The Academy: United v Liverpool – Preview

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United's U18s are in action again tomorrow as they take on Liverpool in the Premier Academy League. It's been six weeks since the reverse fixture saw Adam Morgan and Matty Regan grab the goals in a 2-1 win for Liverpool. Ex-Liverpool academy goalkeeper Liam Jacob made a howler that gifted Regan a simple header that [.

Manchester United on TV: Premier League title chances and Champions League survival at stake

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After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Benfica in the UEFA Champions League, United will hope to correct their indifferent form of the past few weeks as they seek to keep in touch with City in the title race and make progress in their cup competitions.

Hop-On the Title Express Today – Before It’s Too Late!

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Saturday sees Manchester United take on Newcastle United at the world renowned, historically named, never to be sold for naming rights, Old Trafford the Theatre of Dreams. Just for good measure it hosts the match at the traditional but somewhat unfamiliar time of 3pm and it could trigger a shift in the Premier League Betting odds.

Deserved Three, Got One – Why?

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In all honesty, it is not often I can look back on a Manchester United draw in satisfaction. However, following a couple of weeks where attacking play seems like a taboo, United fans anticipated a strong offensive performance when Benfica visited Old Trafford for their Champions League crunch match. After the Derby Day slaughtering at [.

‘68 is a distant memory, as United stumble to home draw.

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Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Benfica, meaning that they'll have to win their last group game against Basel if they are to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 15th time in 17 seasons. Injuries again forced Sir Alex to reshuffle the pack, with Berbatov [.

United Host Benfica With Top Spot At Stake

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Though the route taken hasn't been as straight as it sometimes is or should be, Manchester United find themselves in a familiar position tonight. With a win over visiting Benfica, United will secure a place in the Champions League round of 16 for the sixth straight season. Of course, the job may only be halfway [.

He Goes By The Name of Wayne Rooney

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Be it a movie, an album or a new player, long awaited debuts often turn out to be not as good as expected, leaving fans with a bittersweet taste in their mouths and a feeling of "It was good but not as good as I thought," in their minds. At times though, debuts are stunning, [...]

The Academy: United 2 -1 West Brom

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Mats Daehli stole the show at Carrington yesterday as Manchester United's Academy boys saw off a somewhat spirited fight from West Bromich Albion. Mats was the difference scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory that saw United extend their current winning streak to five games and maintain the momentum that's building up nicely to begin [.

Little Pea on target as Swansea finally slip up at home

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Javier Hernandez scored his 5th goal of the season to earn United 3 points in Swansea. United were looking for a first win at Swansea since 1982, and closed the gap on City back to 5 points, but looked, yet again, unimpressive. Wayne Rooney was back up front as Sir Alex presented a much more [...]

United Look For Winning Return At Swansea

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Been going through Manchester United withdrawals over the last couple of weeks? You're not the only one. Thankfully, there are no more international disruptions for quite a while. While next Tuesday's match against Benfica looms large, United have some business to take care of before that crunch Champions League tie.

The Academy: United v West Brom – Preview

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The Academy have won all four of their last four outings (including two friendlies in Slovakia) and they will no doubt be hoping to continue that run of results when they host West Bromich Albion's Academy at Carrington tomorrow morning. West Brom are one position below United in the Premier Academy League and were beaten 4-2 last [.

Is this the Greatest Manchester United XI….Ever?

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Since July this year, RedRants has been running a series of articles attempting to decipher who's been the greatest ever player in Manchester United's illustrious history in each and every position. Many of RedRants own community got involved and so too did enthusiastic guest writers, I'm grateful to them all, Thank You.

Ravel: Unravelled

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Manchester United's 'next big thing' may believe his own hype but many others are starting to doubt it after more cracks began to show both on and off the field for the young star. After his standout performances in last season's Youth Cup many believed this would be the season the Manchester-born winger would break [.

All-Time Best XI Series: Left Wing / Midfield

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When we are faced with writing a "best of" list, we always tend to mention things that are fresher in our memory, which is why having to write about United's best 10 left midfielders ever has proved a lot trickier than I had initially thought. This is largely due to the fact that, in 24 [...]

All-Time Best XI Series: Leftback

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Throughout the history of Manchester United Football Club, we have been blessed with great fullbacks on both sides of the pitch. While we have enjoyed watching numerous players in the right back berth, the selection of Gary Neville was hardly a surprise. The left-fullback position, however, is a much more difficult decision.

It’s Not Always the Beautiful Game

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The most common reaction to Gary Cook's latest, and pleasingly last, act of buffoonery was a tidal wave of outpoured glee. End-game for the oafish chief-executive was set in motion not by a financial mishap, but by a personal calamity – a mishit email making light of a cancerous woman. A meticulous investigation, following a [.

The Academy: Bolton 1 v United 2

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On the weekend of Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th Anniversary, United's academy travelled to Bolton Wanderers and returned with a slender 2-1 victory. In Sir Alex's twenty five year career, he's given a first team debut to an incredible 79 teenagers. It's impossible to accurately predict which of the current crop of boys will go on [.

Fergie’s Golden Brown on 25th Anniversary

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Danny Welbeck's deflected header was enough for United to claim u3 points against Sunderland but the day belonged to Sir Alex Ferguson. Old Trafford welcomed Fergie in style today, with a new banner unfolded on the Stretford End listing all the trophies won in the 25 years and the crowd belting out a loud "Every [.

United Look to Continue Dominance of Bruce and Sunderland

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As we celebrate and commemorate Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 years at Manchester United, perhaps it's only fitting that this weekend's opposing manager is someone who played a key role in the early successes that kick-started United's return to the top and Sir Alex's path to being Sir Alex. Steve Bruce will always have a place [.

The Academy: Bolton v United Preview

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Two weeks ago United took on Crewe and got themselves back to winning ways (4-1) before they travelled off on their annual team building and strength-testing trip to Slovakia. Goals from Januzaj, Barmby, van Velzen and Rudge were enough to cement what was a much improved performance by the Academy and also gave us a chance [.

Manchester United vs Otelul Galati – An Observational Quiz:

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OK so by now many of you are sick and tired of my negative post match rants and so rather than risk infuriating you some more, let me change things a bit and inject some sarcastic humor to the proceedings. Instead of a review of the match vs Otelul, let me expose my thoughts through [...]

Uninspiring Victory Sees United Top Group C

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Manchester United are top of group C in the Champions League, after goals from Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney secured a 2-0 win at Old Trafford. It was a largely uninspiring performance by Fergie's men and, with the greatest respect for Galati, against a slightly better organized United could have paid the price for their [.

Will United Run Riot Against Otelul at Old Trafford?

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After what was a highly eventful October, Manchester United start November with what should prove to be one of their easier wins of the season. However, if there's something to take from the last time United had a home European match, or even the last time United faced tonight's opposition, it's to not underestimate any [.