Red Rants Archives for January 2011

What Should Be Manchester United’s Starting Lineup Against Arsenal?

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Were there as many bumps, nicks, scrapes, strains, sprains, and so on in the Manchester United squad as there were throughout the Manchester United squad as there were earlier in the season, the current stretch of United's stretch run would make for a serious selection headache for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Do Manchester United Have A Realistic Chance To Sign Manuel Neuer?

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Up until Tuesday, I hadn't had an in-depth look at the keeper who, for quite a while, has been a heavy topic of conversation among Manchester United fans, including several who share their opinions on a regular basis on Red Rants.

Quite often, when it comes to an up-and-coming young stud, Mr.

Schalke 0-2 Manchester United: Ryan And Roo Come Through As Dominant United Overcome Neuer’s Brilliance

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Sometimes, you just know.

In yesterday's match preview, I tried to convey that feeling as well as possible without explicitly saying it, so as not to seem overconfident or as if I was underestimating the opposition, or in other words, put the 'jinx' on.

But just like I had the unrelenting feeling that the goal would eventually come against Everton (and on a related note, that the lovely blonde-haired, blue-eyed lady I was watching with is 'The Special One'), I just knew that last night was going to be a special one for United.

Manchester United Aim To Overturn History In First Leg Of Schalke Semifinal

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For every truly elite football club, the objective at the start of every season is win the highest honors, to be the very best of the best and nothing less.

And so we enter the most important week and a half in Manchester United's 2010/11 season, with those objectives so close, yet still so far away.

3 Young Midfielders For Manchester United’s Summer Shopping List

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Despite Manchester United's 1-0 win over Everton that sees them move closer to a 19th league title (and Sir Alex Ferguson's 12th Premier League title), fans have one eye on potential new recruits when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.

With Paul Scholes and the evergreen Ryan Giggs still having a part to play in the club's future but not getting any younger and Owen Hargreaves crocked, Fergie will look to add some youthful exuberance to his midfield, with a number of transfer rumours turning into solid transfer targets.

#19 For Chicharito Breaks Brave Everton As United Close In On #19

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Different opponent, same old story.

It would seem that it could perhaps get tiring to keep seeing and saying the same things, but given the results that have been produced more often than not, and what United are on the verge of, I'd have to say no.

A certain amount of good fortune is usually required when chasing any sort of championship, and Lady Luck came through for us yesterday afternoon after the excellent Tim Howard had done so well to keep United at bay and off the scoreboard for more than 80 minutes.

Will United Deserve The Premier League Title If They Can Hold Off Arsenal and Chelsea?

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With a six-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table with only five matches remaining, it would appear that it's only a matter of time before Manchester United are crowned champions.

However, with games left against both title rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea, and the Champions League still sharing part of our focus, there are who seem to be a little less assured that will secure historic #19 in the next few weeks.

Poor Finishing Costs United Dearly In Disappointing Newcastle Draw

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The good news: As far as goalless draws go, last night's scoreless stalemate at St. James' Park was about as entertaining as they come.

The bad news: Manchester United are perhaps in the entertaining business only in the preseason, and come late April and May, it's 1000% results, 0% anything else.

Will United Bounce Back From Derby Defeat With Newcastle Win?

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Were I a more bitter and short-sighted person, I'd point a finger at the FA for being responsible for United's FA Cup semifinal defeat to City, given that an available and in-form Wayne Rooney could have greatly changed the outcome of the proceedings.

But that'd just be silly, so I'm not going to go there.

Park Delivers Knockout Blow To Send United Into Schalke Semifinal

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While Ji-Sung Park may never be considered a Manchester United legend, save for perhaps in his corner of the world, there's no doubt that the man has done a lot more than help sell a lot of shirts in Asia over the last six years.

Injuries have blighted his potential impact, and that includes this season, which saw him miss two months of action after a month-long Asian Cup absence.

United Host Chelsea With European Semifinal At Stake

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We're less than an hour away from kickoff of tonight's Champions League quarterfinal second leg showdown with Chelsea, and I don't know about you, but my cup runneth over with anticipation and excitement.

The task at hand is pretty simple. Thanks to last week's 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, all United need to do is, well, not lose.

Nani Stars As United Easily Dispatch Fulham In Chelsea Warmup

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There was a point not too long ago where we had every reason to worry about United's depth and how far it'd be able to carry us this season.

It can still be said that our depth isn't what we'd like it to be, or what it will hopefully be come the start of next season, but Saturday's 2-0 win over Fulham certainly offered up plenty of reason to feel confident about how our squad can see us through to a successful stretch run.

High-Flying United Host Fulham Ahead Of Crunch Chelsea Clash

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Coming after arguably our biggest win of the season and before our biggest game of the season, Saturday's visit from Fulham could well be a troublesome match, but even without our player of the moment, there shouldn't be any letdown from a United side that's as high on confidence as it's been all season.

United Close In On Champions League Semis As Red-Hot Rooney Downs Chelsea

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Since a 3-0 win at Chelsea in April 2002, Manchester United had made 10 trips to Stamford Bridge prior to last night's Champions League encounter. In those ten trips, there's been controversy, missed opportunities, close losses, late losses, and overall, a lot of disappointment, with an unsightly record of seven defeats and three draws.

The FA And The F-Bomb: Is Rooney’s Ban Fair?

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As much of a glorious moment as his first hat trick of the season should have been, Wayne Rooney's been dominating the headlines not for his achievement at West Ham, but for what occurred, or to be more precise, what was said in the aftermath.

By now, anyone who's reading this (well, I'd assume so) knows that, in the midst of celebrating after he converted a 79th minute penalty to seal his hat trick and put United ahead 3-2 only 15 minutes after behind down 2-0 at Upton Park, Rooney looked into the camera and delivered a clear message with an even clearer F-bomb.