Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Hazard, or calculated risk?

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Following one of the worst self-advertisement stunts in recent years, Eden Hazard announced his move to Chelsea via twitter last night. The west London club have added a potentially excellent player to their squad Hazard is the only player together with Lionel Messi to have scored more than 20 goals and have more than [.

UEFA Euro Story

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International teams from across Europe have battled for supremacy to become European Champions since 1960 when France hosted the inaugural championships that were won by the Soviet Union with Yashin, Ivanov & Bubukin out muscling their Yugoslav counterparts. 52 years and 13 finals later, Poland & Ukraine host the championships with Spain arriving as both [.

The “Number 7″ Conundrum

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Manchester United striker Michael Owen revealed last week via Twitter that the club would not be offering him a new contract. Â This brings an end to Owen's three years at Old Trafford which have been marred with injuries. His imminent departure signals the availability of the famous Number 7 shirt for next season.

Get your boots out, it’s Summertime!

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Don't let the end of the football season bring to an end your love of football. Don't hibernate until August playing xBox or PS3. Don't wait until the Olympics or the European Championships to be inspired to get your soccer boots on. Make the most of the weather and play some football. Manchester United offer [.

One Day, One Result, 333 Million Tales of Woe – What’s Yours?

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The season has finally ended in nightmarish proportions for United fans. Suarez has lifted the FA's world renowned trophy that is the F.A.Cup in the showpiece finale. To watch John Terry unashamedly fondle, slaver and paw at a trophy he never actually won has been amazing and horrific in equal amounts.

Scholes returns, hopes rise & a summer of discontent begins. 2011-2012 Season Review Part 2

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If 2011 had seen a disappointing end, 2012 didn't get off to the best of starts either for Manchester United, as they suffered a second consecutive league defeat falling 3-0 at St.James' Park against Alan Pardew's high-flying Newcastle. Four days later, United faced the mother of all third round tie in the FA Cup, away [.

Was Michael Owen a successful punt?

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Ferguson has pulled off many tricks and surprises in the past, so much so that Manchester United fans have learnt to expect the unexpected. But when Cristiano Ronaldo left for Madrid in 2009, no-one could have foreseen that Ferguson would try and plug the gap by signing the injury plagued goal scorer, Michael Owen.

Goals galore, derby day, farewell Europe. 2011-2012 Season Review (part 1)

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We had left at Wembley on a balmy night in May, humbled and outclassed by Barcelona's spider-web of exquisite passes and touches, we reunited with them at the same venue barely more than two months later, on a sunny August afternoon for the most unfriendly of Community Shields against bitter rivals Manchester City.

MUFC finally acknowledge ‘Official Complaint’

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After last weeks reply Paul has received further correspondence regarding his complaint letter sent way back in February of this year and the club have finally escalated the complaint to 'an official complain', it's only taken them three months! Read on to find out what the club's latest response is.

The Tactics Board – A win over the Black Cats and Cruel Fate

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Manchester United came into this game needing help to retain the league title, but first they needed to win this game. The Red Devils came in with a strong attack, utilizing great passing and movement to open up a disorganized Sunderland defense. Young, Giggs and Rooney were able to link-up and combine well in the [.

Tevez sign reveals City obsession

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It was suppose to be a celebration, a joyous moment to forget 44 years of hurt and, more importantly, the entity responsible for that half a century of disappointment and bitterness. It turned out to be a testament of jealousy and envy thanks to a man who no longer than five months ago [...]

Awards Night…..Academy Player of the Year.

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It's awards night at Old Trafford tonight and one can only feel there'll be an air of regret and dissatisfaction in the room after yesterday's high's-and-low's saw players and fans alike begin to dream the impossible before being Earth shatteringly brought back down to Earth in the space of just a few short seconds.

‘Ten pence short’ – Wallpaper

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Rooney not enough to spare United cruellest of finishes.

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Wayne Rooney scored the only goal as Manchester United beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light but were denied the title in the most dramatic end to a season English football has ever witnessed. Going into the last game needing to better City's result to win the league, United were 20 seconds away from lifting [.

Will There Be Last Day Luck or Disappointment for United?

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Right now, there are many, many, many Manchester United supporters around the world hoping for good fortune today. The Premier League title hangs in the balance, but the likeliest outcome is not one that favors United. But you know the saying, it's not over ‘til it's over. Anything is possible today.

A Final Day War Cry – BELIEVE

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The penultimate night to the final day of the season closes. The Fat Lady is tuning up with her band as this race is nearly run. This is what it had led to. The Glory... The Pain... 38 games... Nine months... During which a battle has raged for the Republik of Mancunia. One side subsidised [...]

Episode 33 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 33 Welcome to the thirty-third Can They Score podcast. During this week's episode, Doron, Steven and I look back at our lacklustre victory against Swansea, consider our disappointment in conceding defeat to City and finish off with a preview of our trip to [.

Scousers cancel candlelit vigil for dead baby

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A minutes silence at The Liberty Stadium (by request of Liverpool FC) tomorrow, has been cancelled along with a candlelit vigil and funeral precession around Anfield, after the body of a tiny baby was found to be ..........a chicken foetus! Officials from Liverpool FC had planned for their players to wear black armbands as a [.

They think it’s all over. It will be tomorrow, one way or the other

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One thing is for sure. At 6pm tomorrow Manchester will be awash with celebration, while in many pubs and homes some of its inhabitants will despair and wonder how it was possible for this to happen. The only thing to determine is the colour of the people celebrating but following United's recent stutter, it seems [.

Club choose to ignore (ex) loyal season ticket holder

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The latest chapter in ex-season ticket holder Paul McGeady's ongoing attempts to get some answers of the club regarding their ticketing strategy and treatment of it's fans, or as they see it, customers; see's the club choose not to reply to Paul's latest correspondence much to Paul's disdain. Are you a membership holder or a [.

“We are the Scoreboard, the Scoreboard Paddock”

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Fans United is a supporters consortium consisting of Manchester United fans groups, fanzines and supporters. We have been in talks with Manchester United officials about introducing a singing section, to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford. Manchester United have offered us the current away section at Old Trafford for use as a singing section next [.

Manchester: a tale of two owners

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Actions, we are often told, speak louder than words. The ugly scenes that unfolded on Monday night at Ewood Park offered a kind of twisted backing to the statement as for the first time it became apparent how much inept owners can ruin a football club. Forget the likes of Coventry, both Sheffield teams and [.

Bayern and United to fight for Baines, Hazard is a blue and Pogba says goodbye

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With four days left until Sunday's title decider, Fleet Street has taken its eyes off the title race for a day and concentrated them on the transfer gossip. United fans might wish to look away now as the news aren't exactly exciting. Let's start with the Mirror that reveals that Paul Pogba has finally made [.

United go Scottish with new kit

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The title might have slipped through United's fingers, the strategy regarding this summer's transfers might still be unknown (and it will, perhaps, remain so for a few months) but at least United have their new kit for the 2012-2013 season. At 4pm today, the club's official facebook page published a picture of the shirt [.

The Tactics Board- Missed chances United’s Swan song?

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This game started out slow, as United appeared to be deflated after the derby loss and City winning against Newcastle 30 minutes before this game kicked off. Swansea played with little passion or pace, which allowed United to take control of the game as they eventually stirred to life. United's front 4 played some very [.

Central Midfield. Important or not?

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I remember Steve McClaren being a guest on Super Sunday one weekend last season, during his time on the show he gave away one or two little snippets of how Sir Alex Ferguson ticks and shared them with the world quite innocently. The first was about how Sir Alex would know his team upto 6 [...]

United’s slim title hopes hanging by a thread.

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Manchester United waved goodbye to Old Trafford for this season with a comfortable 2-0 over Swansea. Goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young secured three points for the Reds, meaning that the title will now be decided on the last game of the season. United took the field after bad news had filtered in from [.

Destination Kiev – A Travellers Guide

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This years European Championships are set to be one the most fiercely contested finals of all time with great players and great managers gathering to provide us with an exhibition of football never to be forgotten. Poland & Ukraine are ready and set to host the championships from the 8th June all the way to [.

Muted celebration portrays the dawning of reality – Wallpaper

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Will United Smash the Swans in Home Finale?

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What a difference a month makes, eh? A month ago, United looked to be well on their way to the Premier League title. With an eight-point lead with only six matches remaining, things looked quite rosy. However, United have decided to make things interesting, to say the least. With only two matches remaining, it's all [.

Is this the best ever headed United goal?

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After polling our rapidly growing and ever faithful Twitter following, @Red_Rants has compiled a Top 5 headed goals list. The list has no headers from pre 1995 so I'm sure many of the older reds will think someone's having a giggle, but the list, I'm sure you'll agree, consists of 5 superb headers all provoking [.

Ten minutes of madness, a summer of regrets?

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With the FA Cup circus rolling into town, Fleet Street hacks have a lot on their hands today, but with a potentially crucial one way or the other day in the Premier League tomorrow, there's plenty to read regarding Manchester United. For the first time in years, the Sun, the Mirror and the [...]

Valencia’s flying April not enough for stuttering United

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April is considered by many to be the craziest month of the year  as the weather is unstable and subject to swift and sudden changes. Unfortunately for Manchester United, this year madness characterized April not just in meteorological terms, but also in footballing ones as the Reds opened up a seemingly unbridgeable eight-point lead before [.

Valencia’s flying April not enough for stuttering United

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April is considered by many to be the craziest month of the year  as the weather is unstable and subject to swift and sudden changes. Unfortunately for Manchester United, this year madness characterized April not just in meteorological terms, but also in footballing ones as the Reds opened up a seemingly unbridgeable eight-point lead before [.

Is Fergie in for a £100m Summer spending spree?

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Sir Alex Ferguson will launch a £100million summer spending bonanza in a bid to prevent Manchester United being replaced by neighbours City as the dominant force in the Premier League. United could finish the season empty handed for only the fifth time in 23 years following Monday's derby defeat, which handed the title initiative to City.

Episode 32 – CanTheyScore – Man Utd Podcast

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If you're listening on a Mobile Device, use this link Episode 32 Welcome to the thirty second Can They Score podcast. During this week's episode, Tom, Jon, Paul and I look back at our devastating Derby defeat against Manchester City; including in-depth discussion into Sir Alex's selection, Ji Sung Park's deterioration and Ryan Giggs' [.

Vote for Player of the Month – April 2012

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For 8 whole days at the beginning of April everything in the garden of Old Trafford was looking mightily rosy. Suddenly, complacency crept into the players causing one of the most abject performances from a travelling United team in many many years which collided with an in-form, confident, energetic, rejuvenated Wigan Athletic team fighting for [.

The Tactics Board- United lost in a sea of Sky Blues

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Manchester United came into this game only needing a point, and it appears that Sir Alex Ferguson picked his team with this being the goal. The Red Devils came into this game with a very conservative strategy and line-up. United's strategy works, congesting the middle of the pitch and City struggled on the attack with [.

One’s Kompany, No One’s a Crowned…….Yet!#thefatladyaintsingingyet – Wallpaper

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United have unwanted Kompany at the top of the table.

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A Vincent Kompany header saw city drawing level with United, as Mancini's side went ahead on goal difference With Fortyfive minutes played, Kompany rose above Chris Smalling to head home the winner,leaving United chasing shadows in the second half. United started with Rooney alone up front, Ji-Sung Park playing alongside Giggs, Scholes, Carrick and Nani [.