Red Rants Archives for January 2012

An argument for the moving of away fans to the United Road third tier

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There was a time when opposition fans were too scared to come to Old Trafford in any significant numbers due to the knowledge that United fans were famously inhospitable towards visiting supporters. If you ever watch a re-played United match from the 1970s on ESPN classic or ITV4, that was played at Old Trafford, you'll notice [.

Vote for Player of the Month – March 2012 (Includes T-Shirt Competition)

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March proved a productive month for United; but only in the Premier League. On the European stage they were arguably made to look like boys against men after suffering back-to-back defeats both at home and away to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League. Domestically, where the (now more than ever) more important matter of winning [.

AC Milan v Barcelona – Champions League Quarter Final Preview

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Two European giants meet up in this glamorous Champions League quarter-final. Check out who we're backing with our soccer picks. This Wednesday we see the first leg of what should be a cracking last eight affair. Barcelona takes on Milan at the San Siro and are the favorites in the soccer odds at the moment.

United Struggle as Fulham parks a Cottage

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This game Monday night brought Fulham to Old Trafford, a place they haven't scored a goal since 2006. In the away fixture, Manchester United beat Fulham at Craven Cottage 5-0, and Fulham had worries that this game would have a similar ending to it. Fulham has struggled all season on the road, with only 8 [.

Rooney and Evans celebrate winner v Fulham – Wallpaper

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Rooney puts United on top

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Wayne Rooney scored his 29th goal of the season, as Manchester United beat Fulham 1-0 to move three points clear of City at the top of the Premier League. The United number 10 was quick to convert one of United best chances of the first half, as Jonny Evans headed an Ashley Young's cross back [...]

United Aim to Reclaim Top Spot against Cottagers

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There's nothing wrong with saying that it'd have been nice for Chelsea and Stoke City to hold a couple of important leads over the last several days, because the opportunity to take a seven-point lead with eight matches left would have been a fantastic one. But heading into the home stretch of a tight title [.

Expect the expected from UEFA

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They might call it a draw, but the picture drawn in Nyon last week left nothing to the imagination. If anything, it was permeated with a feeling of inevitability, an inevitability that would make a bookmaker smile; well, them and UEFA, obviously! Savvy punters would possibly have used their free bets on Real Madrid avoiding [.

Ronaldo – The Most Iconic Icon Ever?

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Over the years football has created many iconic figures from George Best to Franz Beckenbauer and more recently Luis Figo to David Beckham. Many displayed their talents to the world during World Cup Finals and major European competitions, others weren't so lucky. Some built their status using their football ability, skill and success while others [.

Episode 28 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 28 Welcome to the twenty- eigth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After a turbulent week, this pod sees Doron, Nik, Tom and I look back at our unsurprising elimination from the Europa League, emphatic victory at Molineux and preview our domestic PL [.

Could 2012 be just another 1996?

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Much has been said about the final outcome of this Premier League season. Experts have offered their views, fans have voiced their beliefs while managers have set up smokescreens to shift pressure on their opponents. With nine games left, Manchester United have a 4-point advantage over cross-town rivals City who have one game in hand [.

Wolves all bark, no bite, as United win 5-0

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Manchester United travelled to Molineux Stadium on Sunday to rebound from being bounced out of the Europa League by Athletic Bilbao. United came into the game with a 1 point lead on Manchester City, and must have felt good for their chances against a team that is currently involved in a relegation battle and being [.

Evans: Chelsea will put City under pressure

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Today's sport pages are unsurprisingly filled with news regarding Fabrice Muamba's recovery, as the Bolton man began to breathe unaided and recognised family members. United, though, make the news anyway, with papers focusing on future transfers and the race for the title. Let's start with the Mirror, where Jonny Evans believes that the title might be [.

Five-star United crush sorry Wolves

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Manchester United opened a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League and clinched yet another away win by demolishing 10-man Wolves. United had the sealed by halftime and the second half was little more than a practice match, while Wolves'catalogue of errors served as perfect ad for their relegation credentials.

United Pressed to Europa League Death

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This was the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16. The first game at Old Trafford was one that Manchester United players would like to forget, after losing to Athletic Bilbao 3-2. This left United with a mountain to climb, by not only being one goal behind but also having to deal with [...]

FAYC Semi-Final (1st Leg): United v Chelsea – Preview

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It only feels like yesterday when United advanced into the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup with a determined victory over a very decent Charlton Athletic side who refused to be beaten until James Wilson's dramatic late winner was enough to finally see them off. United started favourites that night at Old Trafford but tonight [.

European crisis for United

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Manchester United were knocked out of the Europa League by a rampant Athletic Bilbao side, after a 2-1 defeat in Spain condemned them to an aggregate 5-3 defeat. Ten months ago Wayne Rooney scored against a Spanish side on club's football biggest stage. Tonight he repeated the feat but the outcome was the same.

Out thought, out played, out classed….OUT-CH!

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Muadh (@MuadhKalbani)

Is Another Legendary European Night in Store for United?

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Another off-night for Manchester United in a European home match means that tonight could well be the end of a forgettable European season. That is, if United are unable to overturn a 3-2 deficit at Athletic Bilbao. The mission? Win by two clear goals, win 3-2 to at least force extra time, or win by [.

Ashley: come and get us if you can

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Despite the lack of an official announcement regarding Paul Pogba's new deal, Tuesday's sport pages run plenty of stories regarding Manchester United. Let's start with the Telegraph, where former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that United will edge City to the title by a single point, despite predicting that the Reds will draw at Wolves and [.

Now that he’s no longer barking, it’s time to unleash the Pog-ba

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In recent years Manchester United have been at the centre of some of the more heavily media-scrutinised transfers. But if David Beckham and Ruud Van Nistelrooy moves to Real Madrid exemplified Fergie's resoluteness in parting ways with loyal servants that had overstepped the line, and Ronaldo's departure for the Spanish capital was seen as the [.

Chicharito: The Javier Hernandez story

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This is a story written by Charles Samuel about the first ever Mexican to play for Manchester United. Javier Hernandez.....CHICHARITO. The story chronicles the life-so-far of one of football's fastest growing talents. It explains how Chicharito hails from a footballing family background and how his physique led to coaches doubting his ability to make it [.

The Academy: United 3 -3 Sunderland

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If ever there was a stereotypical 'game of two halves', this was it! United took the initiative and started the better of the two teams, so much so that after 30 minutes United were literally 'dipping their bread' as-and-when they fancied scoring. Within those 30 minutes United took a well deserved and impressive three goal [.

The Two Rooneys

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Rooney is two good as United bag three points against the Baggies

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A Wayne Rooney brace secured three points for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion and sent Fergie's men top of the league as City conceded defeat at Swansea. United went into the game knowing that they had to put Thursday's dismal performance behind them and, more importantly, keep the pressure on their neighbours.

United Look for Bilbao Bounce-Back Against Baggies

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Last season, all that stood between Manchester United and a perfect season at home was a 2-2 draw against West Brom. That nearly unblemished home mark was a necessity too, given that United didn't fare all that well away from home last season. Old Trafford hasn't been the same fortress this season, as United have [.

The Academy: United v Sunderland – Preview

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The last few weeks and months of the Academy have highlighted its purpose for me; experiment and develop in the league fixtures but put the boys to the test in the cup. Today United welcome Group D counterparts Sunderland from the North East as they look for their first win of 2012, in fact, you [...

United in Danger of Bilbao’ing Out of Europa League

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Manchester United welcomed Athletic Bilbao to Old Trafford for the first-leg in the Round of 16 in the Europa League. Manchester United advanced to this game by beating Ajax in the last round, while Athletic Bilbao overcame Locomotiv Moscow. This is the first meeting between these two teams in Europe since the quarter-finals to the [.

Europe in a different league for United

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Manchester United slumped to a 3-2 home defeat against Athletic Bilbao, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League. Despite David DeGea's heroic performance, the Red Devils now face an uphill struggle to overturn the deficit in Spain in a week time. United were outplayed, outthought and outran and, bar [.

Manchester United Match Preview: v. Athletic Bilbao

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As expected, Real Madrid and Barcelona are dominating La Liga once again this season, and that naturally dominates the headlines, for better or worse. But when you look at the best of the rest, Athletic Bilbao are solidly perched near the top of those ranks and head into the last few months of the season [.

Episode 26 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 26 Welcome to the twenty- sixth Can They Score Manchester United podcast. After an awesome week, this pod sees Miguel, Tom, Steven and I look back at our surprising 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane, look ahead to our trip against Atheltic Bilibao, [.

United Win Key Battles to Triumph at the Lane, Again!

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Manchester United visited White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur Football Club on Sunday afternoon in a much anticipated clash between the second and third place teams in the Premier League. Tottenham hasn't managed a win against Manchester United in the previous 26 league meetings, and that streak is still alive, Manchester United came [.

Rio: 11 cup finals from now to the end of the season

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While yesterday it was all about AVB dismissals from Chelsea, Manchester United regained  space on today's papers, with stories covering the title race and the Europa League. The main story, as it appears on the Sun and the Guardian is Rio Ferdinand's war cry, as he warned Manchester City that United are on their way to close the [.

Flying partnerships give United wingers

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Whenever people talk about great Manchester United players they will mostly come up with the name of a player who has taken up a very special position for the club. The winger. Despite having possessed great players in every position like Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, and Wayne Rooney, there is no secret that [.

DeGea has his (safe) hands on the future

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According to many managers and players, February is one the crucial parts of the season as, while not part of the run-in, it can nevertheless shape the last few months of the campaign. Manchester United came through some difficult tests last month and, should the title go back to Old Trafford, the points earned in [.

Ashley Young too good for Spurs (Wallpaper)

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Young puts United in the right Lane for the title

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Manchester United followed the "smash and grab" cliché to perfection as two Ashley Young struck twice in the second half to seal a huge win for the Reds, which keeps them within two points of league leaders Manchester City. Wayne Rooney had put United ahead on the stroke of half time confirming his status [.

Business First, Sponsors Second, Fans a Distant Nowhere. Dog & Partridge vs Radio 5 Live, Part 2

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Paul McGeady, the despondent face behind the Demise of the United Season Ticket Holder, has finally received a response to the letter he sent the club requesting answers to his ticketing issues. (if you haven't read the original article I strongly advise you do before reading on) Paul's story resonated with fans for days after [.

Left-Back to the Future

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Most Manchester United fans can agree that Patrice Evra has had some uneven performances this year. He has started almost all of Manchester United's game at left-back, and with Nemanja Vidic out most of the year with injuries, Evra has worn the captain's armband. But the time seems to be coming when Manchester United will [.

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 [.