Red Rants Archives for January 2011

The Academy: United v City – Preview

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Tomorrow sees the first Micro-Derby of the season between United and City with both clubs flying high in the Premier League and showing great potential in the Academy League. But while City currently occupy top spot, United lie 7th (out of 10) in Group C having won just two of their opening matches and suffering [.

Episode 11 – CanTheyScore – Manchester United Podcast

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Welcome to the eleventh Can They Score Manchester United Podcast. If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link

Would You Like Some FC Basel With That Swiss Cheese Defence?:

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I woke up this morning eager as a beaver and highly anticipating the event as the day had finally come. Â No I am not talking about our big match with FC Basel. Â Nope, I'm talking about the release date in North America for my favorite addiction, FIFA 12. Â My life, my love and the reason [...]

Dinged-Up United Host Basel

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It wasn't exactly a job well done, but it was mission at least somewhat accomplished two weeks ago in Lisbon, as Manchester United opened their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Benfica. Tonight, United will look to record their first group win and claim pole position in Group C as they welcome Swiss [.

United Looking to Regain their Social Title

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The image is burnt into your memory. Lionel Messi kicking a microphone after scoring against Van Der Sar, David Villa curling into the top corner, and watching Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez sit on the pitch in utter despair while Abidal lifts the giant trophy. Yes, the Champions League final may just have been 4 [.

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The Academy: Blackburn Rovers 3 – 2 MUFC

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It's always part of the script when you visit Brockhall Village so be prepared for a battle. Blackburn didn't disappoint on that score yesterday and came away with a 3-2 victory after giving United's considerably smaller lads a roughing up early on in the game and stamping their authority with two well taken, but somewhat [.

United Prove Rudderless Without In-Form Rooney

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There are times as a Manchester United supporter when trying to understand what makes a team succeed or fail can be a challenge. The match at today at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke was indeed a match that challenged my thinking as it forced me to ask many questions but also find trouble answering as [.

United Face Tricky Trip to Stoke

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Despite their struggles away from home, there were few teams last season who had a realistic chance to pick up a result both home and away against Manchester United. One of those teams was Stoke, who hung with United in both meetings last season and were unlucky to not come away with at least a [...]

The Scope – September 2011

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Welcome to September's issue of The Scope, RedRants' retrospective evaluation of a months events in the life of Manchester United. Theatre of DreamWorks presents: Anarchy 2.0 Michael Bay has been described as a "cinematic anarchist" by many respected film critics like Roger Ebert. Over the top, visual mayhem, captured in cinematic chaos [.

Episode 10: CanTheyScore – Manchester United Podcast

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Welcome to the tenth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. This week's episodes features James and I along side Doron, from Stretford End, talking about United's performances against Chelsea and Leeds, Macheda, Pogba, our trip to Stoke this weekend, listeners questions and much more! James (from Written Offside) and I, Chris (from Can They Score), [.

All Time Best XI Series: Right Midfield / Right Wing

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I must say that when I was asked if I would like to write an article whereby I get to select Manchester United's top ten all time right sided midfielders, I jumped at the opportunity with great pleasure and enthusiasm. As a historically powerful juggernaut United have made it easy to pick top tens for [.

The Evolution Of Nani

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Nani has received a lot of (deserved) praise in last 18 months for stepping up his game and maturing as a player. United's player of the year last season, the creator of THAT goal against Arsenal, the Playstation-esque chip against Tottenham, and a fistful of crucial goals that have sometimes been forgotten (like his goal [.

Chelsea Becomes Latest Victim of United’s ‘Pitchkrieg’

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Well it seems like it was another day out back of the wood shed working with Chelsea being the latest victim fed to the wood chipper. Sounds better than another day in the office or another walk in the park I think. Manchester United took care of business and disposed of Chelsea in what must [...

United Welcome Title Rivals Chelsea To Old Trafford

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As dangerous as archrivals City have looked in the early part of the Premier League season, it could be easy to dismiss Chelsea as the main challenger to the Manchester United throne. United and Chelsea have combined to win the last seven Premier League titles, with the two sides claiming the top two spots in [.

The Academy: MUFC (1 v 1) Middlesboro

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United's U18′s took on Middlesboro at Carrington today in a later than usual midday kickoff. After an impressive start to the season United's young guns took on what proved to be a very determined, well organised Middlesboro team who showed they were capable of matching United stride-for-stride. The game got off to a flying start [.

Deja vu from the Estadio da Luz

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Haven't we seen this before?  I knew it wouldn't last. I mean Fergie could never let things just be. It was asking too much for us to carry our youth movement, scintillating pace and form over the Channel and into the continent and expect a similar starting squad and the tactics that have wowed us for [.

United Visit Benfica In Champions League Opener

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Cue the Heineken commercials, the unmistakable anthem, and the goosebumps the Champions League is here again. To be Manchester United is to be a perennial favorite in the competition, and that's no different this season, as United eye a fourth final in five seasons. And the first stop on the journey to next May's [.

United Lay the Smackdown on Bolton

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Well all I can say is this is really a fun start to the season. It may be very unrealistic to expect this young Manchester United team to maintain this kind of torrid scoring pace and incredible form for an entire season but we can dream can't we? Today's contest was truly another massacre in [...]

United’s Blazing Start Continues Against Bolton

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Manchester United's hot start to the season continued with a 5-0 win against Bolton.

The Academy: Sheff Utd (0 v 2) MUFC

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Beating Leeds United 3-1 last week Manchester United Academy got their first three points of the season and were sixth in the Premier Academy League Group C, six points behind the leaders, Manchester City. The Academy travelled to Sheffield to play their fourth league game of the season against last season's Youth Cup runners-up Sheffield [.

Table-Topping United Travel To Bolton

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Well hello again. Over the last two weeks, we've had the end of the summer transfer window and plenty of international football to be distracted by, but it just doesn't quite fill the void, does it? As nice as it is to see the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young succeeding on international level, [.

All Time Best XI Series: Strikers

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed my first foray at top tens with my list of United's all time best center forwards. Now I have been granted the privilege of offering you my take at the top ten strikers to have played for our illustrious Red Devils.  Let me start by saying that there is a difference [..

Manchester United Champions League Preview: Benfica, Basle and Otelul

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There is light at the end of this seemingly endless tunnel otherwise known as the international break next week, Manchester United will once again be starting their Champions League campaign, with Sir Alex Ferguson determined to go one step better than last year. But before the Premier League champions can think of tackling European [.

The Academy: MUFC (3 v 1) Leeds United

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After defeat at home to Portsmouth two weeks ago and an under-strength young team were beaten by Southampton on the South coast last week, I'm sure the Academy would be desperate for three points today to reward what's actually been a very promising start to the new season. 1st Half United got off to a [.

Manchester United Podcast

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CanTheyScore Podcast N°6 This week's episodes features James along side Tom, from TheFaithfulMUFC.com, and Doron, from Stretford-End.com, talking about all things United, including the match against Arsenal, Patrice Evra's continued inclusion in the side, United's transfer history and much more!

All Time Best XI Series: Goalkeeper

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This summer Manchester United faced a challenge in the transfer market that had similar connotations to 1999 when the great Dane Peter Schmeichel announced he would be leaving for pastures new. Back then, it was felt that the decision on his replacement was made in a rather hasty fashion with the unpredictable Australian Mark Bosnich being [.