Red Rants Archives for January 2011

Five stars United go joint top

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Dimitar Berbatov delivered a late Christmas present to United fans, scoring three in a 5-0 demolition of 10-men Wigan, to send Ferguson's team joint top with Manchester City, albeit behind on goal difference. Park Ji Sung and Antonio Valencia also got on the scoresheet, as Wigan were furious with referee Phil Dowd, whose decision to [.

Will United Continue Dominance of Wigan in Boxing Day Clash?

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Many people look forward to Christmas Day, what with all of the presents and the food and the family time. Now, that's all very, very nice, but I look forward more to the day after Christmas, even if it's not a holiday in my little corner of the world. Boxing Day means football, football, football, [.

Gold Star United in Kings Road Xmas Massacre

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Craven Cottage has been a difficult ground for Manchester United through the years, with only 1 point from 9 during the Reds' last three visits there. If that is not bad enough, United had conceded 7 goals from those three games, which is painful reading for a team that puts a lot of emphasis on [...

It’s a five-tastic Christmas for United

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Manchester United got the perfect Christmas send off as they brushed Fulham aside after a superb first half performance. United got off to a flyer against QPR on Sunday, and things weren't much different in their second visit to West London in four days. With five minutes played, Nani was allowed to run down the [.

United Visit Fulham In Search of Third Straight Win

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After a blazing start to the season, October, November, and part of December saw a lack of five-star performances from Manchester United. Lulls are inevitable in a long and arduous season, especially when you throw a rash of injuries into the equation, but it's only natural for fans to want to see top-notch performances on [.

Carrick’s Form Comes Flocking Back at Shepherds Bush

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 Losing out on Champions League progression may have been a big blow to United, but as always the Red Devils rise following disappointment. The 2-0 win against QPR saw United play some exhilarating football for the second game running, anNd saw them score more than one goal away from home for the first time since September.

United run rings around the Hoops.

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Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick got on the score sheet as Manchester United delivered a great performance to seal a comfortable 2-0 win at QPR. United were superior in every department and could have easily had five or six, such was the gulf in quality between Fergie's men and the West London outfit.

United Visit QPR in Search of Consecutive Wins

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For all that's gone wrong, or seemingly gone wrong, for Manchester United over the last few months, things are suddenly looking brighter than they have been in one area for some time. With a win this afternoon at QPR, United will go top of the Premier League table for at least a few hours, and [...]

Episode 19 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 19 Welcome to the nineteenth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After our resurgent victory against Wolves, this week's episode features Aidan, Adam, Steven and I as we discuss United's midfield weaknesses, academy prospects and impending trip to QPR on Sunday.

No longer the White Pele. Just the Devil in Red.

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Wayne Rooney. Liverpool born, but playing for Manchester United. The talisman for his country, but also one of the most hated. A man who will get banned for swearing into a camera, but also a man that organizations will be willing to go through all obstacles for to let him play just one game. Wayne [.

Au Pair for Nani and Rooney Disperses Toothless Wolves

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Manchester United's victory against Wolves saw the club manage to score more than 3 goals in a single game for the first time since visiting The Reebok in early September. After possibly one of the hardest weeks in Sir Alex's career, he must be overjoyed to see his players play with the swagger and determination [.

Nani and Rooney two good for Wolves

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Manchester United put the demons of the terrible disappointment of being knocked out in the Champions League to rest by crushing Wolves 4-1 at Old Trafford. Much has been said and will, no doubt, be said about United's defeat against Basel that ended their Champions League campaign prematurely, but the Champions responded in the best [.

Limping United Seek Lift Against Struggling Wolves

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It might seem a little strange to say so, especially since Wolves are one of the worst sides in the Premier League, but this afternoon's match at Old Trafford should be looked at with anticipation. No, not the kind of anticipation that's felt ahead of a crunch clash in May, but the kind of anticipation [.

No Howler Required as United Take on the Wolves

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After the disappointment of Wednesday night still painfully fresh in the minds of everyone connected to Manchester United they prepare to welcome Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers. How will United bounce back from the defeat and ultimate removal from the Champions League in Switzerland? Mick McCarthy's Wolves will no doubt sniff blood and offer a tough [.

Poll: Who should be made Stand-In Captain?

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Episode 18 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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Welcome to the 17th Can They Score Manchester United podcast. If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 18 After our nightmare night in Basel, this week's episode features Christopher, Samuel and I as we dissect United's failure to progress to the knock out stages of the Champions League [.

It’s a Knockout for Frei-ghtened United

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"Thursday nights, Channel 5!" was a chant designed by Manchester United fans when Liverpool failed to get a top four spot in 2010, but expect it to be heard more often the next few months. United's loss to Basel was excruciating, humiliating, and painful. Memories of Benfica and the failings of the 2005/06 season were [.

What next for United?

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The morning after doesn't feel any better. If anything the feeling is even worse than last night, like a terrible hangover that will take some time to get rid of. Trouble is that, like all hangovers, some say it was utterly unexpected while some say that it had been coming for a long time. Newspapers, [.

Swiss chocolate hard to stomach for United

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Manchester United failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2005-06 season, after losing 2-1 in Basel on a disappointing night. Last year's finalist paid the price for making a mess of what was widely regarded to be the easiest group in the competition and stumbled to [.

United Visit Basel for Crunch Champions League Clash

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When you think of Manchester United and crucial Champions League games, you normally think of the knockout rounds, right? That is indeed usually the case, but tonight, United are in Switzerland to face Basel, with the knowledge that defeat will send them crashing out of the competition and into the Europa League.

Out with the Old in with the New?

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After reaffirming he won't be taking the opportunity to bring any additional squad members in during January's transfer window, Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be the only person on the planet who doesn't think Manchester United have an urgent need for reinforcements in order to challenge for any major honours this season.

Episode 17 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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Welcome to the 17th Can They Score Manchester United podcast. If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 17 Welcome to the seventeenth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After two miserable results over the last few days, this week's episode features Nik, Steven and I as we discuss [.

Bad Luck and Poor Tactics Hinder United Against Villa

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Another Premier League game, another 1-0 win. For the 7th consecutive Premier League game, United scored only one goal against their opposition. But following our horrendous defensive performances at the start of the season, who would have thought that the single goal would be enough to win 4 of those games?

United Make No Apology for Sorry Villa

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Three days since Sir Alex Ferguson's midweek remorse, Phil Jones opened his account for Manchester United scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Villa Park, much to the delight of the boss himself. Ater the shocking display against Palace on wednesday night and with City putting 5 past Norwich earlier in the day, [.

Will United Be Victorious at Villa?

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Wednesday's Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace was both embarrassing and disappointing for Manchester United, as even with an under-strength side, United were expected to take care of business at home against the Championship side. But with a couple of exceptions, that under-strength side put in a poor performance, and credit to Palace, they came [.

Gulls Four-ked by Hungry Junior Red Devils

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This team is rapidly becoming one of the most technically gifted youth teams the club has ever seen. Under the spotlights at Moss Lane on a cold rainy night, United's young hopefuls made light work of a determined Torquay United side that set up, at times, with 7 men at the back. Goals from van [...]

The Academy: Youth Cup Adventure 2012

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It's difficult not to dwell on last years tremendous journey through the stages of the competition as this years FA Youth Cup gets under-way in earnest. It's tempting to compare this team with last years but as we know, every academy team, every year has varying levels of skill, experience and expectations; this seasons is [.

The Chatroom Experiment

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An open question to all the regulars: Over the last few months I've learnt that you guys need somewhere to camp up for a few hours or a day or so. When new content is published in quick succession it makes it really hard to stick together in one place and chat away. With that [...]