Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Will United deliver decisive blow in derby epic?

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In case you weren't aware and if you weren't, you've been living under a giant rock in the remotest of places there's a match of some importance tonight in Manchester. The Premier League title race has been a two-team tussle between United and City for much of the season, and it's been expected [.

Derby view of a glory hunter

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Lets start this with the admission that under current football fanatical thinking – "I am a Glory Hunting B............!" I started supporting United in 1979, despite being from Walsall and a happy midlander born and bred. My local team was Walsall FC and I do have fond memories of the old Fellows Park that I [.

Pep’s the best? Not quite.

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Following Guardiola's decision to step down, and the knee-jerk reaction from a large section of the media, I decided it was time to bring down the myth about Guardiola being the greatest manager in the world. As we know, a Gowan-born lad has been at the helm for 25 years and shows no sign of [...]

The Tactics Board – Squeaky Bum Time or Creaky Back Line?

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Manchester United faced an Everton squad hoping to put the disappointing loss against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final behind them. David Moyes' squad came out and played attacking football, pressing United up high and using the aerial abilities of Nikica Jelavic and Marouane Fellaini to boss a lax United defense in the box.

Episode 31 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 31 Welcome to the thirty first Can They Score podcast. During this week's episode, Tom, Miguel, Steven and I look back at our soul destroying 4-4 draw against Everton before moving on to the biggest and most important preview of the year as [.

Four Fours Sake Reds! – Wallpaper

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United feel the blues as Everton blow the title race wide open

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Manchester United threw away a 2-goal lead against Everton as they dropped two potentially crucial points in the title race, in an extraordinary game likely to have a much bigger importance than expected. With City winning away at Wolverhampton, the result means that United will travel to the Etihad a week tomorrow only [.

Will United Leave It Late against Everton Again?

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For Manchester United, the equation for the next two games is pretty simple. Defeat Everton today and City next Monday, and the Premier League title goes to Old Trafford once again. United have won five in a row at home against Everton, but the Toffees can often prove to be a difficult side to put [.

Rooney, van Persie or Aguero?

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With 4 games of the Premier League season remaining, the race for honours is surging towards a thrilling crescendo, but for 3 individuals there's a race for an accolade of their own taking place that could easily go down to the final minutes of the season. Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are [.

The Tactics Board- United blasts Villa, but title-winning form?

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Manchester United recovered from a disappointing performance in their loss to Wigan, and showed a better attack and finishing in dealing with a slipping Aston Villa side. United benefitted from a controversial penalty, but it had a minimal effect on the outcome as Villa's defense was overwhelmed and their attack was one-dimensional and uninspired.

Diving not a Young issue for the Premier League

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Yesterday was supposed to be a glorious mid-April afternoon of football, as fans across the country focused their attention to Old Trafford and Wembley, with Manchester United looking to restore their gap at the top of the table and Spurs and Chelsea playing out an all-Londoner semifinal to gain a spot in the FA Cup [.

All too easy four United against sorry Villa

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Manchester United restored their 5-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa courtesy of two goals from Wayne Rooney and one apiece from Danny Welbeck and Nani. Much like in their game against QPR, a controversial penalty incident involving Ashley Young was the talking point of the [.

Once a Young Villain, Always a Young Red – Wallpaper

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Home Sweet Home for United against Villa?

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Wednesday's defeat at Wigan was an ill-timed blip and also made for unpleasant viewing, but while it added another twist to a Premier League title race that many mistakenly, because it's not over until the title is secure considered to be all over, Manchester United are still in full control of their destiny.

The Tactics Board – Did Wigan expose United weakness?

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Manchester United had an unpleasant day at the DW Stadium. In the previous 14 games, United has won all 14 and Wigan has never been able to score. This was a game that showcased several tactical battles and changes by both managers. Roberto Martinez did a nice job for Wigan at countering Sir Alex Ferguson's [.

United slip up as Wigan stun the champions

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Shaun Maloney's curled effort saw Wigan picking up three unexpected points against Manchester United at the DW Stadium. The result sees United's gap on Manchester City cut back to five points as Mancini's men dismantled West Brom 4-0. United were well below par and suffered only their second defeat since January, bringing to a crashing [.

Complacent Reds Eat Humble Wigan Pie – Wallpaper

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United Try to Tighten Grip on Title Trophy Tonight at Wigan

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Manchester United are a perfect 14 for 14 against Wigan since the Latics were promoted to the Premier League in 2005, and a 15th straight win will take United ever closer to the Premier League title. Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; Rooney, Hernandez.

City’s money can’t compete with Fergie’s management

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It is one of the most common, overused and tediously boring football clichés, yet a true one: football is a team sport. We are constantly reminded that "individuals win games" while "teams win trophies" or, to describe it in a way that would make David Cameron proud, "the team is in this together" and "we [.

United 2 QPR 0 – Scholes & Co celebrate his magnificent strike – Wallpaper

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The Tactics Board – QPR unlucky while United are wasteful

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Manchester United came into the game against Queen Park Rangers having taken 31 points from the previous 33 available, while Queen Park Rangers came into this game after beating Arsenal a week earlier 2-1. QPR has been involved in a relegation fight for most of the season, and they made some substantial investments in the [.

The 500 Great Goals Collection Win Your Own Copy Courtesy of RedRants

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Goals! Who doesn't enjoy sitting down to watch goals, goals and more goals? I was recently priveleged enough to be given the opportunity to do just that with The 500 Great Goals Collection DVD which is released today. From technically perfect volley's performed by Marco van Basten, Wayne Rooney, Zinedine Zidane and Paul Scholes to [.

Scholes desperately rolling back the years as United sink QPR

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Manchester United opened an eight-point gap at the top of the table following a 2-0 win against 10-man QPR, as Manchester City's title hopes were dealt a huge blow after they were defeated at Arsenal. United benefited of a good amount of luck as referee Lee Mason awarded a penalty with the game only 14 [.

Sparky Returns as United Look to Continue Title March

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Another season, another second-half charge by Manchester United. United's prowess when it really matters has been proven time and again, and it looks to be another case of the same old, same old this season. United left it late against Blackburn, but the end result was a seventh straight league win and a five-point lead [.

Jonny Evans: United’s very own miracle man!Player of the Month, March 2012

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A MIRACLE: for instance; Rising from the Dead; "A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequence" Oxford On-Line Dictionaries played goals assists YC RC England Premier League Man Utd. 24 1 2 5 1 Jonny Evans has become RedRants' Player of the month for March with an [.

CAN UNITED No. 6 PLEASE COME IN…….MEET JONNY EVANS – RED RANTS MIRACLE MAN AND MARCH’S PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

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played goals assists YC RC England Premier League Man Utd. 24 1 2 5 1 A MIRACLE: for instance; Rising from the Dead; "A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequence" Oxford On-Line Dictionaries Jonny Evans has become RedRants' Player of the month for March [.

United struggles until Rovers roll over

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After watching Manchester City drop points at home the day before to Sunderland, Manchester United came into this game with an opportunity to go 5 points clear at the top of the table. For the Blackburn Rovers, they had managed to claw their way out of the relegation zone after a stretch of good results [.

Valencia and Young but it’s the same old United

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Late goals from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young fired Manchester United to a 2-0 win at Ewood Park, opening a 5-point gap at the top of the table. Blackburn had held United at bay for 80 minutes when Antonio Valencia struck a ferocious right footed strike into the far corner of Paul Robinson's goal, sending [.

7,000 Reds and one Roaring Valencia – Wallpaper

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Title-Chasing United to Pass Tough Ewood Park Test?

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Ewood Park has had a tendency to be an unfriendly place for Manchester United, but a win there tonight against Blackburn will not only significantly aid United's title charge, but it'll help make up for the embarrassing 3-2 defeat that Blackburn inflicted on New Year's Eve. United have come a long way since the back-to-back [.