Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Kuyt Breaks United’s Hearth

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Dirk Kuyt scored two minutes from time to knock United out of the FA Cup and send Liverpool through to the first round for the first time since 2008. A makeshift United side was two minutes away from forcing a replay when the Dutchman pounced on Andy Carroll's flick and made the most of some [...]

United Lock Horns with Liverpool in FA Cup Clash

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There really isn't much that needs to be said here. Manchester United v. Liverpool, the FA Cup, Anfield. Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Scholes, Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, Welbeck, Park. Subs: Lindegaard, Fabio, Ferdinand, M Keane, Pogba, Berbatov, Hernandez Liverpool: Reina; Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique; Carragher, Maxi, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing; Carroll Subs: Doni, [.

Fast and hard, fast and hard.

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Those were surely the words of Wenger prior to the game on Sunday. United could be considered lucky in this eventual deserved victory. Several blatant misses from Arsenal, including a six yard sitter from Van Persie, portrayed a thoroughly open game that was genuinely anyone's for the taking from the outset.

United v Liverpool: FA Cup Preview with Robbo and Redknapp

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The 4th round FA Cup tie vs Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday promises to be another classic to add to the list of FA Cup classics previously played out down the years between the two most successful clubs in English football. In thirteen previous ties, Manchester United have lost just three times to Liverpool.

Classic FA Cup: United v Liverpool 1985 Semi Replay

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Bryan Robson recalls the day United overcame a title winning Liverpool side at Maine Road in the 1985 FA Cup semi-final replay despite going a goal behind thanks to a Paul McGrath own goal. Fancy a portion of goosebumps?.....watch this..... "Classic FA Cup: United v Liverpool 1985 Semi Replay" was originally published at Red Rants [.

Tactical insight: Versatile United victorious again

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Going into the game at the Emirates some serious pressure was put on United, with City getting a late 3-2 win over Spurs less than an hour before kick off. 3 points were a necessity. The 8-2 demolition in August was still fresh in the minds for both sets of fans, with Arsenal craving revenge [...]

United Two Good for Arsenal

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Danny Welbeck scored ten minutes from time to beat Arsenal and seal an important away win for United. United looked set for a draw after Robin Van Persie had cancelled out Antonio Valencia's opener but Welbeck's finish keeps United within three points of City. While the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal in the corresponding fixture in [.

Will United Rebuff Arsenal’s Revenge Quest?

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As memorable as the last meeting was for all of the right reasons for Manchester United, it has to be put at the back of the mind. Or should be, at least. But one can't help but think of it ahead of today's rematch at the Emirates Stadium, because it was such a memorable match [...]

The Academy: WBA 0 United 0

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Firstly, apologies for the lack of articles posted this week, it appears you boys have found somewhere else to get your fix of talking about United. Hopefully things will return to normal from tomorrow starting with Eddie's preview as usual, the relocating Daniele returning with his broadband and his report, and 'AWOL Eddy' fixing his [.

The Academy: West Brom v United – Preview

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After Wednesday night's magnificent win and performance it's back to the bread & butter of the Academy League as United make the trip to West Bromich Albion to face a team they beat 2-1 back in November at Carrington. West Brom also come into this game off the back of a win in the 4th [...]

Derby Counted for as United advance in the FAYC

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Renowned for never doing things the easy way, Manchester United's U18′s had to produce a performance of quality and strength to overcome a Derby County side boasting England U17 internationals, in-form strikers and a notable physical advantage not to mention the early initiative with an opening goal on 20 minutes.

FAYC – United v Derby County – Preview

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I'll keep this short and sweet. Tomorrow night might see the 4th round tie of the FA Youth Cup take place between Manchester United and Derby County.....then again.....if it doesn't warm up considerably during the day tomorrow, the pitch at Moss Lane (that's no doubt been frozen for the best part of 6 days) will [.

United Aim to Stop League Skid against Cahill-Less Bolton

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It's rare that expectations are low for Manchester United, but after the back-to-back disappointments against Blackburn and Newcastle, United were the clear underdogs heading into last weekend's FA Cup showdown at City. But as has happened time and time and time and time again, United delivered when the chips were down, and while the 3-2 [.

The Academy: Stoke City v United – Preview

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With Christmas now a distant memory, United travel to Stoke City's training facility and Academy centre for their second Premier Academy League fixture of 2012 hoping to distance the memory of a poor last performance. Last weekend saw United held to 3-3 draw in an exciting but error packed game against bottom of the league [.

Scholesy’s back. One step up and two steps back for United?

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Amid all the controversy that, at least for the blue half of Manchester, surrounded Sunday's FA Cup fixture, one might be forgiven for almost forgetting something that transcended the meanings of those 90 minutes – Paul Scholes is back. Following his retirement in May, the United legend announced his comeback to help the club in [.

The Scope – Part 2 – The Telescope – January 2012

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1. Life in technicolor I've discovered that the word "vintage" is a polite synonym for irrelevant. Any studio that releases a motion picture in technicolor, in this age, is deliberately looking to be bankrupt. The 3-D, IMAX,CGI monstrosities, released in this day, will destroy you at the box office. Any football team, employing tactics that [.

Noisy Neighbours silenced as United punish ignorant Blues

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Going into the FA Cup clash with our Manchester City, serious questions were asked of Sir Alex his Red Devils. Following two consecutive losses at the hands of Blackburn and Newcastle, and with the 6-1 slaughtering still fresh in mind, this game was made for a Manchester United comeback. The press did not seem to [.

The Scope – January 2012

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Things we lost in the center: The centre has always been the source of direction and control since the beginning of ages. Isaac Newton will tell you, your movement and indeed of any other object, is based on it's centre of gravity(which makes it clear that Park Ji-Sung's is somewhere in between his butt cheeks).

No sign of a blue moon rising as United enjoy derby day revenge

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Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating Manchester City in a pulsating encounter at Eastlands. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck sent United fans into raptures as Fergie's men reclaimed local rights, while City were left incensed by referee Chris Foy's decision to send Kompany off.

United Visit City in Crucial Cup Clash

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It's safe to say that any match between Manchester United and Manchester City is massive, especially in the present, when it looks like the two could be fighting it out for Premier League titles on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. That being said, it's somewhat difficult to get a read on the full [.

The Academy: United 3 – 3 Bolton Wanderers

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United's under 18s fell behind three times but each time pegged their opponents back to earn a point and a few lessons against Bolton's under 18′s at Carrington this morning. In steadily worsening conditions throughout the 90 minutes, United failed to get into their stride and dominate possession like they had been doing in the [.

Manchester United: Games in Wallpapers

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RedRants has teamed up with Multimedia Designer, Muadh Kalbani to produce what will hopefully become a regular feature. The idea is simple, create an enduring image that typifies each game using one single image and a dab of photoshop. Hopefully there'll be some brilliantly poignant images created over the season that you, and many others [.

The Academy Returns. MUFC v Bolton: Preview

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Tomorrow sees the return of the Premier Academy League as United take on Bolton at Carrington in an 11am kickoff. These sides met in early November in what proved to be a enjoyable game between two teams so far struggling for consistency this season. The match ended in a 2-1 win for United with goals [.

Is defeat to Newcastle down to Sir Alex’s tactical blunders?

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New year, new resolutions! 2011 brought United their long awaited 19th League title, an 8-2 win against Arsenal, a dramatic Charity Shield win versus Manchester City in August, and much, much more. No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will want to make 2012 an even better year for the club, as the now 70-year old manager [.

United Look to Rebound with Triumph at Newcastle

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TEAM ANALYSIS Newcastle United 1. After starting the season with an 11-match unbeaten streak, Newcastle have struggled for the last month and a half, going 1-2-5 in their last eight matches. They did snap a six-match winless run with a 2-0 win at Bolton on Boxing Day, but they followed that with last Friday's 3-1 [.