Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Episode 25 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 25Welcome to the twenty- fifth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a busy week, this pod sees Jonas, Steven, Tom and I look back at our disappointing 2-1 defeat against Ajax, nerve-racking victory at Carrow Road and preview our domestic PL match [.

Vote for Player of the Month – Febuary 2012

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As we enter March we take another step closer to 'squeaky bum time'. This February threw up tricky looking fixtures in the Premier League with trips to Stamford Bridge to face a 'transitional' Chelsea, and to Carrow Road to take on the relatively high-flying Norwich City. Sandwiched between those league games United welcomed hosted Liverpool [.

Red Rants’ Paper round-up: Thursday

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England defeat against Holland occupies the majority of sport pages today but, as usual, there's plenty regarding Manchester United on the country's tabloids and broadsheets. Let's start with the Daily Mail and the Telegraph as both cover Chris Smalling's horrific injury. The United defender collided with Klaas Jan Huntelaar in last night's game against Holland and was taken [.

Red Rants’ Paper round-up: Wednesday

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Today's sport pages are all about England and Jose Mourinho's alleged return to England, but there's a few interesting news for United fans. Let's start with the Telegraph where Sky Sports' pundit Alan Smith claims that Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck are amongst five players with a point to prove in tonight's friendly against Holland.

FAYC 1/4 Final: United v Charlton Athletic – Preview

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Buckle up girls and boys it's getting serious in the FA Youth Cup! Tonight promises to produce real barnstormer of a match as Manchester United host Charlton Athletic at no less than the Theatre of Dreams. Tonight will make-or-break the hopes of these teams as we play to a finish, but at 16 to 18 [..

Red Rants’ Paper round-up

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After yesterday saw a positive start to our new feature, let's see what the papers say today about Manchester United. The Guardian and the Sun reports that Scholes believe can't afford any other mistakes from here to the end of the season if they're to retain the title. The Independent runs the same story, along with the news that, according [.

Red Rants’ Paper round-up

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Today marks the start of a new feature on Red Rants. Every day, apart from match day, you'll find an article containing the links to the major stories regarding Manchester United as they appear on the national newspapers. Disagree with the Mirror? Feel like the Guardian has done a good job? Want to heap misery [.

Wallpaper – Post Match v Norwich

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Giggs’ finish makes his special day one to remember

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Ryan Giggs scored a dramatic 92nd minute winner on the day he celebrated his 900th appearance for Manchester United, to beat Norwich 2-1 in a pulsating encounter at Carrow Road. The Welsh legend's goal ensured a fairytale finish to his special day and kept United within two points of league leaders City.

Will United Clip the Canaries at Carrow Road?

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The one good thing about Manchester United's European adThe one good thing about Manchester United's European adventures presently being on Thursday nights is that it means league games on Sundays instead of Saturdays, and when the archrivals and chief title rivals are playing the day before, that means you know what you have to do [.

The Academy: United 3 Wolves 3

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Forget the result, forget United are still without a league win in 2012, forget they led this game 3 three times only to be pegged back after each goal, forget all three Wolves goals were conceded via set-pieces; this was one hell of a performance and an exciting game that could've gone either way although, [.

The Academy: United v Wolves – Preview

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Paul McGuiness and Manchester United's Academy boys go in search of their first win of 2012 in the Academy League today as Wolves make the journey to Carrington to face a team they easily beat 5-2 the last time the two sides met at Wolves' Academy Centre back in October. United were out played that [.

United through despite Ajax fightback

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Manchester United survived a late scare to progress to the next round of the Europa League. Despite losing 2-1 to Ajax at Old Trafford, United advance to the last 16 of competition after winning 3-2 on aggregate, but will be concerned with another disappointing performance in Europe. Ryan Giggs was made to wait for his [.

United Look to Seal Europa Progress at Home

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For those who've grown accustomed to seeing my pre-match previews, I apologize for my absence last week. However, it was an excused absence, as I was welcome my first child, a rather adorable little girl (yes, I'm biased, of course!), into the world. The last week has been quite hectic, to say the least, but [.

Ryan Giggs, tearing teams apart since 1991

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Tonight's game against Ajax wouldn't normally be treated as a historic occasion. United are well on course to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League's poor sister, after a 2-0 win in Amsterdam a week ago. But tonight's game is a game United fans will never forget, as it marks Ryan Giggs' 900th [.

Antonio Valencia – January 2012 Player of the Month – The Terminator is Back

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So why are us United fans mourning the loss of our winger, Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera, who sustained his injury whilst creating the second decisive goal against Ajax? Our Ecuadorian winger, (born on the 4th August 1985), has just ‘TERMINATED' the opposition in Januarys' Player On the Month Award with Our Red Rants Readers, winning [.

Is Suarez obsessed with United?

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Reports today suggest that Luis Suarez will attend Thursday's Europa League clash between Manchester United and Ajax at Old Trafford. According to The People and the The Daily Mail, the Uruguayan striker a former Ajax player has accepted a ticket from a friend and will be in the stands watching his former team in three days [.

The Academy: City 3 United 1

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In a repeat scoreline from earlier in the season Manchester City capitalised on a lazy first half performance from Manchester United that saw them head into the break with a comfortable looking two goal lead. United came out stronger and upped the tempo in the second half and immediately began to give City problems.

The Academy: City 3 United 1

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In a repeat scoreline from earlier in the season Manchester City capitalised on a lazy first half performance from Manchester United that saw them head into the break with a comfortable looking two goal lead. United came out stronger and upped the tempo in the second half and immediately began to give City problems.

Episode 23 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 23 Welcome to the twenty- third Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a successful weekend, this pod sees Tom, Samuel and I look back at our strong 2-1 win over Liverpool, preview our first footsteps into the Europa League (including an interview [.

The Academy: City v United

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Academy League football returns today with an exciting trip to Manchester City. United's local rivals were surprisingly dumped out of the FA Youth Cup at home to Fulham on Wednesday night after squandering a 1-0 lead going into the break through top goalscorer Jordie Hiwula. That goal was Hiwula's 20th of the season including one [.

Vote for Player of the Month – January 2012

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Take Our Poll "Vote for Player of the Month January 2012" was originally published at Red Rants - Manchester United Blog.

Young Pea gets United high in Amsterdam

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Manchester United made a successful debut onto the Europa League stage winning 2-0 away against Ajax, in the first leg of the round of 32. United take a comfortable lead back to Old Trafford, courtesy of second half goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez, but will be without Antonio Valencia for up to four [.

United outclass classless Liverpool with Rio at the helm

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You would not think that anything could overshadow a Manchester United-Liverpool game, but thanks to Suarez and his antics everyone has seemingly forgotten that United won 2-1 thanks to a quickfire Rooney double right after half time. The former Evertonian could have had himself a hat-trick had the referee not disallowed his 30-yard effort for [.

Suarez and Dalglish are sorry. It’s PRoved

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Following yesterday's toxic encounter at Old Trafford, Luis Suarez has apologised for not shaking Patrice Evra's hand, while Kenny Dalglish has admitted overreacting with his comments in the post match interview. Liverpool's Suarez caused a storm by not shaking Evra's hand before kick off and then petulantly kicking the ball in the stands as the [.

Rooney is two good for Liverpool and Suarez

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Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United saw off Liverpool in a fiery encounter at Old Trafford. The Liverpool born striker grabbed a brace early in the second half, to secure United fourth consecutive home win in the league against their bitter rivals from the East Lancs Road. Much had been said before the game [.

Episode 22 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 22 Welcome to the twenty- second Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After an eventful week, this pod sees Doron, Jonas, James and I look back at our cracking 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge , preview Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford and ponder [.

United Look to Lay Lashing on Liverpool

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There's something about today's opponents that seems a little familiar. Oh, that's because there is. The latest installment of the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry was only two weeks ago, and after Liverpool nabbed a late win at Anfield that day, United are aiming for revenge in the form of a crucial league win at home today.

Time to shut up, Kenny

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Bitter seems to be a very popular word at the moment, just think of the weather that has affected the country in the last week or so. Over on Merseyside, Kenny Dalglish has done his best to remind everybody that the word is not exclusively associated with meteorological elements or beer. The Liverpool manager is [.

The demise of the United Season Ticket holder

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In the pub on a Tuesday night watching United v Stoke when one of us mentions "5 years ago, we'd have all been there tonight." A moment's reflection and it's with a sadness that this truth is realised. Sure we didn't all get to sit with each other and not all of us were [...]

THE DAY FOOTBALL MADE ME CRYâ„¢

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In 1975 Admiral took over the design of the iconic Manchester United shirt. They continued until 1980, where Adidas attained the honour. But, for 5 years that striped collar and cuff ensemble was synonymous with the sexy fleet-footed wingers and the free flowing football that stole my heart and ensured I supported the Red Devils [.

Time to Take Control of Our Destiny – 5 Things We Need to Get Right to Win the Title

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Sunday afternoon saw United grab a point at Stamford Bridge right from the jaws of defeat. Most people saw this as a point gained, rather than two lost given the circumstances. With 24 matches played and both Manchester teams locked at the top of the league, the stakes couldn't be higher. The big games are [.

Footballs Money Infographic – 2010/11

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It's that time of year again when the financial reports are produced by Deloitte. Its clear to see (as if we needed any confirmation) who the real money men are in Manchester with United clearing almost €200m more in revenue for the season 2010/11. It's startling just how much commercial revenue United create in comparison [.

Footballs Money Infographic – 2010/11

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It's that time of year again when the financial reports are produced by Deloitte. Its clear to see (as if we needed any confirmation) who the real money men are in Manchester with United clearing almost €200m more in revenue for the season 2010/11. It's startling just how much commercial revenue United create in comparison [.

PASSIONATE COMEBACK MASKS MAJOR PROBLEMS:

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DARKSIDE CHRONICLES: Edition 002 Let me start off this week by saying that originally I was planning to offer up a different article that dealt with other problems regarding Manchester United. But due to the big game and glorious comeback that the lads fashioned on the weekend, I think I should stick to the match [.

Substitutions Prove Pivotal in Classic United Comeback

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What. A. Game! If there ever was a marque game for the Premier League it was this one. Great goals, drama, penalties, a wonderful comeback, and horrible refereeing. A lot of people are of the opinion that Howard Webb was Uniteds best player of the day, but the "best referee in the world" had an [...]

Hernandez heads United comeback

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Manchester United produced a trademark comeback to force a draw at Stamford Bridge. Two Wayne Rooney's penalties and a late equaliser by Javier Hernandez saw United snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat, after having been 3-0 down at one stage, while David DeGea produced two outstanding saves deep in injury time to deny Chelsea [.

United Seek First League Win at Chelsea Since 2002

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Today is one of the most important days in the American sporting calendar, as the NFL's Super Bowl takes place. But well before the rival Giants and Patriots kick off in Indianapolis, the real clash of the titans will take place at Stamford Bridge. Either Manchester United or Chelsea have won the last seven Premier [.

Liberty taking United swan into round six

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A ruthless ten minute bombardment saw this determined group of United youngsters stun their opponents into submission just before the break at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Thursday night. With this tricky looking fixture away from home and key players missing from the squad, the game was far from a foregone conclusion, but an [.

The Flowers of English football, the Flowers of Manchester

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For the vast majority of people, the first days in February don't mean anything else apart from bitterly cold weather – or scorching hot, depending on which side of the equator you wake up – and a disheartening feeling deriving from the realization that summer holidays are still very far away. For people that were [.

FAYC 1/4 Final: Swansea City v United – Preview

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Today sees the next round of the FA Youth Cup take place between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Both teams have looked impressive during their respective cup runs so far this season with United beating Torquay United easily then producing a much tougher, ultimately more satisfactory performance and victory [.

BACK IN BLACK AND WITH A BULLET

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THE DARK SIDE CHRONICLES: Edition 001 Hello to all friends and foes in the Red Rantiverse. Yes I'm back and I must say that returning to Red Rants is as much a shock to me as it is to you. When I left some moths ago, I was determined to stay away for good as [...]