Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Reading v Manchester United – United Favourites to Maintain Premier League Lead

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Reading v Manchester United Premier League Madejski Stadium, Reading Saturday 1 December 2012 17:30 GMT Manchester United will be looking to retain their lead at the top of the table when they go away to struggling Reading. United currently hold a one point advantage over rivals Manchester City. Reading Preview Reading don't have the best [.

From liability to re-liability, Fergie’s winning Raf-fle ticket

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For a club like Manchester United that has made of attacking football its trademark, and whose wingers and strikers of past and present are still revered by the crowd, Old Trafford has seen its turf graced by a number of excellent defenders some technically gifted, some not so but equally loved by the crowd [.

RVP bursts West Ham’s bubbles

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Robin Van Persie scored the fastest goal in Premier League this season as Manchester United maintained their spot at the top of the table after a less than comfortable 1-0 win against West Ham United. On a bitterly cold night at Old Trafford, the crowd were given the perfect winter warmer after 33 seconds of [.

United Look To Hammer The Hammers

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Manchester United welcome West Ham to Old Trafford on Wednesday night looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.The Red Devils head into the game off the back of Saturday's 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, a win that sent them top of the table after Manchester City were held to [.

Been there, done that. United come back yet again.

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Manchester United produced yet another comeback as they defeated QPR 3-1 at Old Trafford, courtesy of goals from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez, momentarily regaining top spot on the Premier League table. If yesterday had been an historic occasion with the unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's statue outside the stand named after him, [.

Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson further cemented his legacy at Manchester United as the club honoured the Sir Alex by unveiling a statue outside Old Trafford earlier this afternoon. The statue, unveiled by Sir Alex's wife Cathy, was described by David Gill as "the next piece in the jigsaw" to honour Fergie's 25 years in charge of [.

Defeat, but this is no Istanbul inferno for United

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A relatively inexperienced Manchester United against suffered a 1-0 defeat against Galatasaray in front of an impressive crowd in Istanbul. Having already secured a place in the round of 16 as group winners following four wins in the first four games, Ferguson opted to rest many big names for his club trip to the Bosphorus.

TTB: MUFC 0 – 1 Norwich- Man-Eating Canaries

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After a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory at Aston Villa a week earlier, Manchester United visited Carrow Road for a dangerous encounter with a Norwich City squad that is undefeated in their previous 5 games in all competitions, including games against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils came into this game missing some key players, [.

Two opposites clash as United travel to on song Canaries

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Norwich City have re-established themselves as a respected Premier League side, after returning from their recent hiatus on the wave of two successive promotions. Indeed, last season they finished 12th, much to the surprise of many. Last season's fixture saw United grab a 2-1 win, with Giggs scoring in the 90th minute on his 900th [.

We need a central defender more than a central midfielder

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The clamour for Sir Alex to delve into the transfer market for a central midfielder with great passing ability, drive and determination has been ringing in everyone's ears for a number of years now, but has the need for a new central defender become more important? Yes it's true, I've been amongst the bandwagon calling [.

TTB: MUFC 3-2 Aston Villa- Beware of Villans

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Aston Villa faced the league leaders with a positive game plan, a big change on the negative style that Aston Villa fans were forced to suffer through last season under Alex McLeish. They looked to play solid defense, pressing United's midfield and denying space for Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while striking quickly on [.

Rio out, Rodriguez in?

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As reported by various newspapers this morning, Rio Ferdinand has maintained he's not anxious about renewing his contract with Manchester United. Rio's deal expires at the end of the season and, considering his injuries in recent years, the club finds itself in a delicate situation. On one hand there's a 33-year-old centre-back with his well [.

United’s Youngsters Looking to Impress

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With Manchester United suffering many defensive problems again this season, Sir Alex Ferguson has had the chance to offer opportunities to his youngsters. With Nemaja Vidic injured until Christmas and Phil Jones currently regaining his strength after suffering a 8 weeks absence thanks to a injured right leg, Sir Alex has been given little choice [.

Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 3 – Wallpaper

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Hernandez, you Little Peauty

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Javier Hernandez scored twice and forced an own goal as Manchester United came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Villa Park. The Mexican, who has scored seven times in the last five games, rescued a United side that had produced one of their worst showings of the season for over an hour but have [...]

Struggling Villa welcome vibrant United

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Villa Park has been a favoured stomping ground for Manchester United over the years. Of the last 33 league encounters, Villa have only won one, and that away from home. After seeing his team score at least 2 goals in the last 9 games, Sir Alex will be looking to continue his Manager of the [...]

Sir Alex sets target for duo

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Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Wayne Rooney and Chicharito will both break the 20-goal mark for Manchester United this season. The pair have been in excellent goalscoring form of late alongside top scorer Robin van Persie. Van Persie has found the net 11 times already, while Chicharito and Rooney are on six and three respectively.

SC Braga 1 Manchester United 3 – Wallpaper

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RVP to the rescue as United escape darkness.

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Manchester United produced a trademark comeback to beat Braga 3-1 and secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Despite the result which also ensures that United will go through as group winners regardless of the outcome of the next two games this game will, in all likelihood, never feature [.

TTB: MUFC 2-1 Arsenal- Toy Gunners

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A fairly dreary game that wasn't much of a tactical battle, Manchester United's 2-1 victory over an embarrassingly uninspired Arsenal team was still 3 important points for the Red Devils. Arsene Wenger's squad was missing some key players, such as Abou Diaby and Kieran Gibbs, but that still doesn't explain such a poor performance by [.

Not the Ke-own-ly ones to blame

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If English football was a company floating on the stock market, its shares would be at an-all time low these days, for so often scandals, controversies and racism have tarnished the reputation of the Premier League over the last 12 months or so. Saturday added another chapter to the ever-growing book of shame, as Manchester [.

From Explosion to Wimper; United win in 1st gear canter

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Robin Van Persie scored against his former club as Manchester United overcame Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford. The Dutchman scored with the game barely two minutes old, before Patrice Evra added another in the second half, after Wayne Rooney had missed a penalty for United. On the back of a controversial win at Chelsea last [.

The Wenger Bus is coming

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The Gunners travel to Manchester with memories of last years embarrassment in the back of their mind, last seasons match at Old Trafford was one to forget for Arsene Wenger whose team was outplayed at the Theatre of Dreams. The result, 8-2 in United's favour, was a shocker for both sets of fans. United fans [.

The return of the travelling fear factor

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Home, they say, is where the heart is. That might be true but, if Manchester United are to wrestle the title back from City's grasp come May, they'll need to find a second home away from Old Trafford. For all the criticism they've so far received this year, United have clocked up wins at Anfield [...

TTB: MUFC 3-2 Chelsea: The Blues see Red (Cards)

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This was a well fought game between the top 2 teams in the league this year. Much of the post-game conversation has focused on the calls, and some say mistakes, of Mark Clattenburg. This has been covered much better than I could ever hope to do by numerous other blogs, so I'm going to focus [...]