Red Rants Archives for January 2012

United promise to phone our Ex-Season Ticket Holder

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Perhaps Paul spoke to soon, perhaps there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Just days after contacting the club for what Paul thought would be the last time, he received a reply to his final correspondence in which he humbly apologised before heavily criticising the club's latest statements and decisions surrounding club [.

Is this the final chapter for our Ex-Season Ticket Holder?

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RedRants has supported Paul McGeady throughout his ongoing complaint with the club about their tactics and their treatment of its fans, in particular its season ticket holders and members. If you haven't been following the dispute or the correspondence they're all under The Features tab. In the latest letter to the club Paul responds to [.

The year that was…1994

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After breaking a 26-year-long wait for a league title, United started the 1993-94 season as the bookies' favourites, after the capture, for a then British record of £3.75 million, of Roy Keane from Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old Irishman had been closely followed by Arsenal and Blackburn but arrived at Old Trafford on July the 19th [.

Player of the Season – Antonio Valencia

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Coming at the end of a long season, which Manchester United had to struggle to deal with countless injuries, City's increasing financial assets, a disappointing early exit from the Champions League, and the final heartbreak of City taking the League title with 2 goals in stoppage time, there was one player who had no negative [.

Valencia & De Gea – Split Decision – Wallpaper

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Troubles start on the road for United

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With Wayne Rooney making his comeback tonight and England needing just a draw to qualify, the back pages are at their sensationalistic best, comparing Rooney to Pele and hailing him as the country's saviour. Rio Ferdinand tells the Sun that Rooney loves being under pressure and that big games don't faze him at all:Â "When it's [.

United hope to avoid first day blues on Merseyside

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Manchester United will begin the 2012-13 Premier League campaign away at Everton on the 18th of August, before welcoming Fulham at Old Trafford a week later. United's third game of the season is away at newly-promoted Southampton and September ends with a visit to Anfield followed by a home game against Spurs.

United’s driving force behind the challenge that nearly was?

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It's been a long time since what happened, happened. It's taking time to come to terms with the unspeakable truth, but slowly and gradually, day-by-day, it's becoming easier and easier to pretend it never happened at all! I can, hand on heart, promise you that I haven't been able to read a newspaper since May, [.

The Year That Was ……. 1993

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Last season marked the 20th anniversary since the arrival of Sky and the introduction of the Premier League completely changed  the landscape of English football. The media have been busy compiling "best of" lists and delivering awards to celebrate the two decades of one of the most exciting leagues in the world, but here at [.

Another new signing for United sees faith placed in youth

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Amidst the football thugs and exhilarating goals, there's been plenty to talk about at Euro 2012 recently. However, today's back pages are all about Wayne Rooney and the news United have signed yet another young starlet with the world at his feet. The Sun and the Telegraph report that despite being moderately satisfied with the [.

Powell’s dream has come true

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Amid football thugs and exhilarating goals, there's been plenty to talk about at Euro 2012 recently but today's back pages are all about Wayne Rooney. The Sun and the Telegraph report that despite being moderately satisfied with the draw against France, Roy Hodgson believes that Rooney is the man England will rely on to make [.

With three young stars already in the bag, has the cat been let out about these others?

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Following last May's heartbreak Manchester United have been busy in the last few weeks as the signings of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, and young Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez testify. With offers for Luka Modric and Leighton Baines reportedly being lined up, it's realistic to imagine a different looking United resuming Premier League hostilities in [.

United over your Country?

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Today sees England begin their Euro 2012 campaign as underdogs versus the much fancied French, but are Manchester United fans really as 'Anti-Ingerlund' as they make out? If you fancy a bet on the England National Squad and you do fancy their chances, there's plenty of so-called 'value' in the market thanks to unusually low [.

Kagawa the Rising Sun – but only the beginning of United’s midfield dawn

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There is little to deny that the current Manchester United midfield is a shell of its former glory. Gone are the days when Roy Keane would patrol the pitch like an overzealous guard dog, bulldozing all in his path. And whilst Paul Scholes still remains, his mobility is reduced, and the loss of his Irish [.

Rio’s days are over but a Young Welbeck will help England, as Karim snubs Fergie

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With England's debut at Euro 2012 only 36 hours away one would expect the focus to be on the team or the opponent, instead the Rio Ferdinand shows no sign of stopping, following Roy Hodsgon's press conference yesterday. The Guardian and the Mirror both report that the England manager explained the "footballing reasons" behind Ferdinand's [.

Shinji Kagawa – Scouting Report for MUFC

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Name: Shinji Kagawa Born: March 17, 1989 (Age: 23) in Kobe, Japan Height: 172cm (5'7″) Weight: 64kg (140 lbs) Previous Club: Cerezo Osaka (2006-2010) Borussia Dortmond (2010-2012) Position: Midfield (Attacking center, right, & left) Player History: He started his career in Japan at second division Cerezo Osaka, becoming the first Japanese player to sign a [.

Rooney, Rooney on the wall

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Few players have divided public opinion in recent years like Wayne Rooney. Love him or loathe him – the latter a feeling experienced by his own fans only 18 months ago – there's no question that the boy from Croxteth is probably England's most talented footballer since Gazza, minus the heavy burden of alcohol addiction.

United chase Modric, sign “special talent”

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If Manchester United fans still had any doubts, a quick look at today's backpages will have confirmed that we are well and truly in the silly seas, as far as transfer rumours are concerned. Forget about Euro 2012, the Sun splashes an headline suggesting that United are about to add another piece to their midfield [.

United’s ‘Brand’ New Crest

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During a time when the media ponder England Glory, we here at RedRants focus on a real United Icon.....The Manchester United Crest The Manchester United Crest has become one of the most instantly recognisable ‘Sports Brand' Icons of the modern global game. It's become synonymous with success on and off the field.

50 Classic European Matches

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In our final DVD giveaway and countdown to Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine, RedRants has undoubtedly saved the best for last. Just days before the tournament starts I sense the mood and the atmosphere throughout the country is changing, football glorious football is about to return, hopefully with a bang!

Kagawa not here to sell shirts while Napoli enters race for Baines

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Despite the fact that England's first game at Euro 2012 is only five days away, the back pages have little time for line-ups and strategies as they continue to focus on the week's big story Rio Ferdinand's omission from the England squad. Robbie Fowler might not be much loved around Old Trafford but, through [.

Euro 2012 preview – Keep an eye on…

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With last season's heartbreak only three weeks old, watching football over the summer could be seen as slightly masochist by the vast majority of United fans. Sure, the buzz when watching England is nowhere near as big as when watching our club from August to May (in some cases it is virtually non existent) and [.

You don’t have to be great to be a Fans Favourite, but it helps.

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It's a debate that will never end, no doubt, it can't end, how could it with so many players, characters and club legends having passed through the doors of Old Trafford leaving families, friends and foes alike idolising or begrudging the talents they've witnessed? Definitely a subject heavily swung by the year you're born in [.

Euro 2012 preview – Reds watch

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Euro 2012 is only a week away and when the continental tournament kicks off in Poland and Ukraine next Friday, United fans will have a very small contingent of players to look at, the smallest in a big tournament in recent years. England face a tough task in a group including one the host nations [..