Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Vidic return brings much needed reinforcement to United’s back-line

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After the crazy topsy-turvy match on Boxing Day, United resorted to a more calm and controlled match that we've seen in previous years instead of the adrenaline-pumping and edge-of-the-seat action that we've seen throughout this season. With notable absentees Rafael and Rooney still missing through injury, Robin van Persie and boxing day hero – Javier [.

Madrid eye summer move for United youngster

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Manchester United are braced to receive a £22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Iker Casillas was dropped in Real's game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain. The two are known to have a stormy [.

United finish 2012 on a high

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Manchester United waved goodbye to 2012 in style, with a hard-fought 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, to finish the calendar year at the top of the Premier League. It's safe to assume that 2012, or at least its first five months, will not be fondly remembered by anybody associated with the club for they [.

United take on Bouyant Baggies

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West Bromwich Albion will attempt to become the next team to highlight United's central midfield deficiencies as they travel to Old Trafford for the third of four festive fixtures today. Both teams enjoyed Boxing Day victories versus Newcastle and QPR respectively in games where both sides scored. So far this season the two teams have [.

Baggies not a problem for United

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United have a terrific record against West Brom and are 1.3 shots with bet365 and Betfred to beat them at Old Trafford and maintain their lead at the top of the table. The Red Devils have won 10 and lost none of their 12 Premier League games against the Baggies, and the visitors have won [...]

Fergie: “Newcastle are a wee club”

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at the media frenzy that followed his rant at Mike Dean on Boxing Day, calling Newcastle a "wee club". Fergie was involved in heated debate with Dean and one of the linesmen shortly before the second half, as he stormed onto the pitch to reiterate his opinion regarding Newcastle's [.

Do United really need Lewandowski?

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With Christmas done and dusted, the January transfer window is less than a week away, meaning that tabloids across the country are starting to flex their muscles in a bid to produce a different rumour every day. As far as United are concerned, Sir Alex has made clear he doesn't intend to strengthen the team [.

Dean and Fergie’s tombola can’t stop United

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Manchester United scored twice in the last 20 minutes do beat Newcastle 4-3 in a controversial Boxing Day thriller at Old Trafford, to move seven points clear at the top of the table after Manchester City suffered a 1-0 defeat at Sunderland. This year more than ever, United should come with a health warning, for [.

Newcastle to face backlash from United after Swansea draw

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Man Utd performed well below their best in their 1-1 draw at Swansea, Sir Alex is sure to have read them the riot act and a backlash can be expected when they face Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Swansea in no mood to give United an early Christmas present

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Manchester United dropped their first points from a winning position this season and registered their first draw of the campaign as they were held 1-1 by Swansea at Liberty Stadium. The result leaves United four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but Sir Alex will feel his side could, and [.

The Swan to Watch for United

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This weekend Manchester United travel the B-Roads through Wales to take on an inconsistent but sometimes brilliant Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium. United will be looking to increase their current winning streak (5), but a performance in the mould of what we witnessed at Carrow Road in mid-Novemeber, could see United turned over so [.

Michu – The Swan to Watch for United

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This weekend Manchester United travel the B-Roads through Wales to take on an inconsistent but sometimes brilliant Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium. United will be looking to increase their current winning streak (5), but a performance in the mould of what we witnessed at Carrow Road in mid-Novemeber, could see United turned over so [.

Swansea v United: A stroll in the park?

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United travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea and are 1.67 shots with bet365 and Betfred to bag another three points. They come into the game on an unbeaten run of five in the league and maintained their six point lead at the top of the table with an easy 3-1 win over [...]

United should be confident ahead of December and January fixtures

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Manchester United are staring at a very difficult set of Christmas and New Year fixtures which could see the club one step closer to regaining the Premier League title if they manage to get through the matches without losing a game. United travel to Swansea City for their next fixture before Newcastle United and West [.

United set for Ronaldo return

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Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford for the first time in three years after Manchester United have been drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, in what is probably the most glamorous tie out of the Nyon draw. It's only the fourth time United and Real Madrid have been [.

A Tale Of Two Halves: UNITED 3-1 Sunderland

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Manchester United once again extended their 6 point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford. Roberto Mancini's side had reduced the lead by half earlier this afternoon as they too won 3-1 against their north-east opponents. Robin van Persie's 12th Premier League goal of the season on [.

Manchester United will hope their luck is in as they welcome the Black Cats to Old Trafford

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After the last minute heroics of last week's Manchester derby, united will be wary of complacency on entering this weekend's much less glamorous fixture against Sunderland. With a seemingly straightforward winter schedule, Sir Alex will be emphasising the importance of keeping their foot on the gas to put pressure on City in this year's two [.

Game against Sunderland is United’s to lose

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United are a top priced 1.22 with Coral to beat Sunderland at Old Trafford, and it looks a case of how many they will win by.

United on a high – and on a revenge mission

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The calm after the storm has made for an enjoyable week for many Reds left taunting their blue counterparts thanks to Robin van Persie's late defected winner at The Etihad last Sunday afternoon. This weekend sees Sunderland a team deep in trouble with a manager under pressure travel to Old Trafford to take [.

Attack, attack, attack. Derby win a step back to the future

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Among the many talking points offered by the 164th Manchester derby that were unfortunately overshadowed by the melee that followed Robin Van Persie's dramatic late winner, there was the sensation that United might have taken a much-needed step towards the future. Sir Alex Ferguson has recently often been criticised for what some consider an unneccessary [.

Robin van Persie, the one that got away

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"93:20″, the time in which Sergio Aguero sealed the premier league title from the hands of their Mancunian rivals was hung high in the stands of the Etihad and will forever be remembered in City folklore. However, the game yesterday will not be remembered so dearly to the ones in blue as Robin van Persie [.

Celebrate with your fans? Can’t do that, Rio.

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A last minute winner in a derby should always be the main story in the days following the game. Even more so when it's snatched in dramatic circumstances away from home, against the defending champions who hadn't lost at home in the league for an impressive 37 games. Unfortunately, thanks to the idiocy of a [.

REDemption as RVP’s massive goal stuns City

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Robin Van Persie scored a dramatic last minute winner as Manchester United ended City's unbeaten home record in the league after 37 games. The Dutchman produced his more Cantonaesque moment to date yet, to put United six points clear at the top of the table, after City had clawed back from 2-0 down and looked [.

City v United – Confirmed Lineup – with surprises!

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DDG, Rafael, Rio, Evans, Evra Cleverley, Carrick, Valencia,Young Rooney, RVP. Are we happy with that lineup Reds?

Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United Manager – Classic Post [2007]

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This page is a tribute/shrine (call it what you may) to our greatest manager of the modern era. Here we attempt to feature quotes, media (in the form of video, audio and pictures) and other things that we haven't come up with as yet, concerning Sir Alex Ferguson. We hope to create a good repository [.

Is this United lineup capable of beating City?

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Derby weekend is here! This Manchester derby could well be the most important game of the season, as a win would put us 6 points ahead of the noisy neighbours and going into the new year, it's a very, very good lead. With both the teams full of injuries and out of form, the line-ups [...]

This City aint big enough for the two of us.

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I think it's fair to say the Manchester Derby is becoming a rivalry it's never been before. When Sheikh Mansour wet his finger, shut his eyes and randomly plucked out which Premier League club he wanted to play with, Manchester City were suddenly thrust into a position to compete with their glorious neighbours and so [.

United are underdogs against City but will they fight for it?

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It's the Manchester derby, and United are 3.4 withCoralto beat City at the Etihad and pull six points clear of their arch rivals. The Red Devils currently sit top of the table and come into the game on the back of three consecutive wins. Although beaten 1-0 in their midweek Champions League game, they had [.

A few positive Cluj for the future?

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Disappointed are we? Don't be too disheartened, through defeat we find positives and here I am, new to Red Rants to throw some out there for you. Surely starting with the impressive Scott Wootton is the only way to get this going? Given his chance after his continued progress in the U21's side the centre-half [.

United are knee-deep in Cluj, but there’s nothing enjoyable about it

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Manchester United suffered a first home defeat in the Champions League in over three years as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Cluj at Old Trafford. Luis Alberto wonderfully taken strike after 55 minutes was the only emotion on a night that United fans will quickly forget, particularly with Sunday's derby at Eastlands looming [.

Joe Hart to Man Utd?

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Okay okay so the title suggests I'm about to reveal I have inside information on what would be an unbelievable scoop but honestly I don't and I'm not, so please, before you jump down my throat, hear me out and realise this is all hypothetical. There's been a lot said in recent times regarding the [..

The strange case of De Gea and Lindegaard – why rotation policy is not a keeper

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The concept of a "starting XI" is growing increasingly thin in modern football, as competitions take their toll and managers opt to rotate their players in a bid to have them fresh when it matters the most. Ask any fan of any club around the country and most will struggle to name more than six [...]

Darron Gibson gives City the runaround

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If you haven't already seen it, here's a clip of Darron Gibson giving Nasri, Toure and Dzeko the runaround with some great skill at the weekend. With Gibson's form and the improvement of Rafael this season (until Saturday evening that was!) plus the inconsistent and erratic form of our goalkeepers does this give [.

United do their Reading, but the lesson is not learnt yet.

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Manchester United and Reading produced some of the craziest 45 minutes in Premier League history, as the Reds opened a three-point gap at the top of the table, after emerging winners of a seven-goal thriller. While the result might suggest otherwise, this was not an encounter that will be talked about for years not [.

United continue their campaign for the Premier League crown with visit to the Royals

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As the momentous month of December rolls upon us, signalled, as ever, by the many choruses of 12 Cantonas, Manchester United visit newly promoted Reading, seeking a win that would keep them top of the table before the monumental Manchester Derby next Sunday. Indeed, it is often in December that the title challengers are clarified [.

Reading v Man Utd Betting Preview: RvP to keep on scoring

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United face an away trip to Reading this weekend, and everything suggests that they are bankers at 1.44 withBoylesportsto come away with all three points. Reading have won just once on their return to the top flight and, though that came in their last home game against Everton, they have been quick to revert to [.

Is Rooney’s goal drought set to end?

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Yesterday Sir Alex Ferguson insisted he had no problem with Wayne Rooney's goal dearth despite the striker only scoring once from open play so far this season. Rooney netted twice in the 4-2 win against Stoke City back in October and also converted a penalty in Braga but then missed from the spot during the [.