Red Rants Archives for January 2011

Manchester United Travel To Wigan Amidst Latest Takeover Rumors

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Those pesky takeover rumors just won't go away, will they?

The latest round of speculation over Manchester United's present and future has the Qataris coming back with an offer of 1.5 billion after having an offer of 1 billion rejected by the Glazers earlier this month.

The twist in these tidbits is that the prospective bidders are considering partnering with the Red Knights, a step that would do more to endear themselves to the supporters than anything the Glazers have done in their tenure as owners.

Chicharito At The Double As Manchester United Regain Four-Point Premier League Lead

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The original title of this was 'Oh My God, We Finally Won An Away Premier League Match By More Than One Goal', but I thought it unnecessary to be (even more of) a smarty pants in this situation.

Regional proximity means that Manchester United-Wigan is technically considered a rivalry matchup, but when it comes to rivalries, you normally expect a little more parity in the results department.

Can Manchester United Kill Off Chelsea’s Faint Premier League Title Hopes?

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A quick look at the top three of the Premier League table, and you will see much the same thing you've seen for the better part of the last few months, with Manchester United holding steady at the top and Arsenal and Manchester City battling for second and third.

Still, despite those two being in the nearest distance points-wise, for a while, it appeared that the only team truly capable of preventing United from capturing title #19 is the team that did so last season, a side that currently sits not second, not third, not fourth, but fifth in the table.

Manchester United Start Crucial Away Stretch With Champions League Foray To Marseille

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As much of an issue as we've had winning away from home in the Premier League in this very un-Manchester United-like season, by comparison, we would appear to be a veritable juggernaut continentally.

Okay, that would be a stretch of the truth if you've seen any of those matches, but the bare fact is that we had as many wins in three Champions League group stage away matches as we've had in four times as many away matches in the Premier League.

Manchester United Crawl-ey Back Under A Rock And Look To Buy Three Midfielders

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After taking a day to digest the narrow F.A. Cup win over Crawley Town, the match showed some clear deficiencies in the Manchester United side. Wes Brown's header was enough to put us through to the quarter-finals of the competition but the performance can be classed as nothing short of woeful.

Many of you here commented after the game about Bebe and Gabriel Obertan being the two worst performers on the Old Trafford pitch, and I'm afraid I have to agree.

Manchester United Aim To End Crawley Town’s FA Cup Run

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There is, dare I say it, a small part of me that feels a tinge of remorse that, if all goes as it should, Manchester United will be the team that puts an end to Crawley Town's FA Cup run.

Everyone loves, as they say in American sports culture, the Cinderella story, the underdog, the team or player with destiny written on them.

Manchester United Takeover Close… Apparently

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Reports have gathered pace over the last twenty-four hours that the Glazers are going to be bought out by the Qatar Royal family via Qatar Holdings.

A year since the Green and Gold campaign was at its height, it seems the Qataris are close to releasing the fund that will oust the current unpopular owners.

Will Ji-Sung Park Be A Loss To United?

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Still digesting the derby and watching that brilliant Wayne Rooney goal... over and over and over, there has been a few snippets of news to come out of Old Trafford in the past few days.

First we can start with the injury news both good and bad. It seems Ji-Sung Park will be out of action for about a month thanks to a hamstring injury.

Can Rooney Build On His Wonder Strike?

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Another derby win as Manchester United cement their place as number one in Manchester – not that it was in any doubt of course. But the 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday will quell the noisy neighbours for the moment at least, while also putting paid to any slim title ambitions they had.

Manchester United Hoping To Bounce Back Against City

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The second Manchester derby of the season awaits us tomorrow afternoon at Old Trafford as a beaten Manchester United side look to bounce back against a Manchester City team in some indifferent form.

It is a match where the stakes are raised higher each year, and most will remember the two excellent Carling Cup matched last season, where United only made it through to the final thanks to a lat minute Wayne Rooney strike.

Wolves 2-1 Manchester United: Three Positives From United’s First League Defeat

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Seeing the above scoreline still makes for strange reading several days later, doesn't it?

It was inevitable that, if Manchester United continued to put themselves in precarious positions on a regular basis, it would come back to bite them eventually.

Last Saturday marked the 10th time in 25 Premier League matches that United had taken a lead and then allowed the opposition to equalize, with six of those occurrences coming away from Old Trafford.

Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester United

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After maintaining their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, Manchester United will look to at least do the same and set a new club record in the process this afternoon as they visit struggling Wolves.

United produced one of their better performances of the season on Tuesday at Old Trafford, thanks in no small part to Wayne Rooney, who struck inside the first minute, added a second shortly before halftime, and assisted on Nemanja Vidic's finely taken second-half strike that all but sealed the deal.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Match Preview

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It has been a week of comebacks, but as entertaining as a good comeback is, lets hope for a more convincing victory from Manchester United when they play Aston Villa at Old Trafford this evening.

Still unbeaten and hopefully we can make it 29 league matches against a team, that you could say are they only opponent we have faced who have completely outplayed us over 90 minutes.