Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Surely this John Terry prankster is a Red?

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Great work by Larflaith Davoran of Irish Premier League side Sligo Rovers at the weekend. After winning the league title on Friday Davoran sported a Chelsea kit complete with John Terry mask to celebrate with the trophy! Genius, well done that man. Does anyone know Larflaith? Can anyone confirm he's a United fan?

Can United win the lot this season?

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A slightly unexpected defeat at home to Spurs and a typically difficult encounter leading to defeat at Goodison on the opening day (well Monday....again!) of the season are the only blemishes on an apparently shaky start to United's season. One thing's for sure, Everton away is no gimme and Spurs beating us at OT has [.

Chelsea 2 Manchester United 3 – Wallpaper #mufc

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Red Super-Sub sinks nine-man Chelsea

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Javier Hernandez scored the winner as Manchester United secured a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge in a pulsating Premier League encounter. The Mexican netted the winner with 15 minutes remaining, as 9-man Chelsea saw their unbeaten record in the Premier League come to an end. Having flirted with a diamond formation in the last few [.

Fergie to polish United’s rough diamond.

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In football, perhaps more than it other team sports, managers face a crucial decision as they try to accomodate a particularly talented player into a well-oiled system. So it was surprisingly that Sir Alex Ferguson declared that United might ditch their traditional 4-4-2 to adopt a "diamond" formation, with a player sitting as shield in [.

Manchester United 3 SC Braga 2 – Champions League Wallpaper

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Attack, attack, attack the only way forward for United

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Manchester United produced another trademark comeback, this time to defeat Braga 3-2 and maintain their 100% record in the Champions League this season. Javier Hernandez netted twice, including the winner fifteen minutes from time, as United showed all their well renowned flaws but, at times, produced some brilliant football against a very well organised Braga [.

United v SC Braga – Champions League Wallpaper

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Things aren’t always Black & White, Rio

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Racism. It just won't go away will it. The game of football is currently blighted by incidents of racism both on and off the pitch. In my view none of the accused in the highest profile cases over the last 12 months have a leg to stand on despite their best, and frankly hard faced, [...]

Why should Manchester United offload Chicharito?

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I was approached over the weekend by @suryasolanki12 and asked to RT his article about Javier Hernandez, instead, with permission, here's the article which could originally be found on The International Business Times. I chose to publish it for various reasons but most of all I found the reasoning to cash in on Hernandez a [.

Manchester United 4 Stoke City 2 – Wallpaper

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Win an England Shirt

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One of the truly joyous things about football that brings people from far and wide to see their favourite players, is the amount of dazzling skills on show. People pay good money to watch a football match so it's only right that they be rewarded with some fantastic mastery. There's no better opportunity to see [.

Familiar laclustre start Stoke’s United’s fire

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Manchester United came from behind to beat Stoke City 4-2 at Old Trafford with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck on the scoresheet. United survived a mediocre first half before a largely improved performance after the break secured their sixth win in the last seven matches which keeps two points behind league leaders [.

Tricky United look to fell Stoke’s Giants

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Life was very different ten years ago. Tony Blair was a popular man, Girls Aloud were just forming and Wayne Rooney was still an unknown. However, the Evertonian has since powered through the game, astounding and frustrating in equal measures. He will look to keep United's season on track and strike back at his own [.

Racist John Terry to miss United match

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What a massive shame, John Terry misses the clash with United due to suspension. Reckon his legs have gone anyway, Welbeck would give him a torrid time, I really wish he was playing in truth. Still, it won't stop the travelling fans belting out Viva John Terry for 90 minutes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?

What can Argentina teach Manchester United?

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Another round of World Cup Qualifiers means that club football takes a back seat and we get a chance to watch international teams and the different tactics they use. Now, on Friday, October 12th, there was a World Cup Qualifier in South America that every Manchester United fan should have taken note of, even though [.

Italian Giants express interest in move for United misfit

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If reports in Italy are to be believed, United's troubled Portuguese winger Nani could be on his way to Italian giants, AC Milan. Nani's Old Trafford career has taken a nose dive since an alledged training ground incident with Davide Petrucci some 3 weeks ago culminating in not even making the bench for the Reds [.

Live: United v Poland

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This is probably a first for RedRants and it will probably attract a share of criticism BUT, being a proud Englishman, I believe it's the way forward for the site so I'm going to give this Live Blog a try. I'm cool with anti-Ingerlund chat as I think it adds to the discussion and the [...]

In the middle of Wayne’s world

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To evolve (verb;develop gradually) On Friday, it'll be ten years since Wayne Rooney announced his arrival in the Premier League with a stunning strike against Arsenal, at the tender age of 16. Last Friday the Croxteth-born boy captained England in a competitive match for the first time in his career, a fitting final paragraph to [.

RedRants’ Week on Twitter

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Ravel Morrison Returns http://t.co/LX0Vr3tI #mufc # Hummels interested in move abroad http://t.co/BUs6tIuI #mufc # Ravel Morrison Returns http://t.co/GhrO5yZn #mufc # Sir Alex got it right with yet another wayward wannabe starlet #mufc http://t.co/mnr6RsPY # "@reddevilblood92: @Red_Rants Could I get a RT for my article?

Nani – A Manchester United Success Story, or not?

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Has a player in United's history ever split public opinion the way Nani does? I guess Veron was in a similar boat to Nani and it's only now, 10 years on, that Veron's memory is one of 'mis-use' rather than use-less. Does Diego Forlan fit into the category of 'players who split opinion'? I'm not [...]

Ravel Morrison Returns

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Ravel Morrison is facing further turbulence in his troubled career after it emerged that Lee Clark wants to send him back to parent club West Ham. Clark, the Birmingham manager, is already losing patience with the controversial midfielder and is keen to strike a deal with Sam Allardyce and cut his loan move short in [.

Liverpool: Far better equipped than Manchester United

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Don't let the title of this article deceive you, the original author of the piece really does appear to believe that Liverpool's squad of 2012 is better equipped to take on the season, he even dares to suggest we could be heading for a spell in The Europa League next season. Thanks to @nazeemmazhar for [.

The Tactics Board- MUFC 3-0 Newcastle: Butchering Magpies

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This game was decided fairly early on by Manchester United's fast start. The Red Devils scored twice in 16 minutes off of set pieces, the opposite of what the Red Devils have been dealing with so far this year. Manchester United was able to control the game early on with the extra man they had [...]

United join The Old Lady in chase for young Pole

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Manchester United will have to battle with Juventus if they hope to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in January, it has been claimed. The 24-year-old Poland international is one of the most hotly pursued forwards in Europe after his 30 goals last season helped Dortmund win an historic German league and cup double.

Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 3 – Wallpaper #mufc

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The real Manchester United show up this Tyne

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Manchester United put last week's disappointing performance behind them as they romped to a 3-0 win at Newcastle. It was the perfect response after the appalling display against Spurs last Saturday, and it was nothing short of what United deserved for their defensive effort and twenty, scintillating minutes of attacking football.

Cluj 1 Manchester United 2 – Wallpaper #mufc #persie #rooney

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Match Preview: United Seek Vital Away Win at Newcastle

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Last weekend, three defensive lapses, unfriendly woodwork, and a furious comeback that fell short saw Manchester United fall at home against Tottenham. A home defeat is hard to take no matter how it happens, but when said failure is coupled with both of your primary title rivals winning away from home, it's best to avoid [.

Is this the most important fight for position at Manchester United in 2012?

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Not everyone will agree, but personally I consider the goalkeeper to be the number one most important position on the football field. Outfield players can spend 90 minutes grafting in search of goals and denying the opposition scoring opportunities but, in an instant, a goalkeeper can undo all that hard work and send morale spiralling [.

RVP’s two good for Cluj

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Manchester United made it two wins in two games in the Champions League as they came from behind to beat Cluj 2-1 in Romania, courtesy of two goals from Robin Van Persie. The Dutchman scored either side of half-time to secure United's first win away from home in the Champions League for almost a year, [.

There’s no smoke without fire, Sir Alex.

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'You can't say that about the greatest football manager the game has ever seen!' Acommon retort sent towards any mere mortal who dares to question or criticise the great Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex has spent almost 26 years building himself an empire at Manchester United, a tenure that's seen generations of teams all [.

“We deserved to lose”

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Patrice Evrasays Manchester United "deserved to lose" to Tottenham on Saturday, citingasluggishfirst-half display as the deciding factor in the Barclays Premier League defeat at Old Trafford. The Frenchman had hoped the Reds could stage a second-half comeback, having trailed by two goals at the break, but conceded the slow start was too much of a [.