Red Rants Archives for January 2012

The Tactics Board- Deep-Lying Playmaker needs for MUFC?

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The Deep-Lying Playmaker- There are several midfield roles that Manchester United has needed to address this summer, and they solved one of them early on. Shinji Kagawa showed considerable talent as an attacking midfielder in the past two seasons. Playing just behind the lead striker, he was able to score 13 goals and 8 assists [.

No Lucas Moura? Where Do Manchester United Look To Next?

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With the news of Manchester United's recent pursuit of Brazilian teenage starlet rumoured to be over following quotes suggesting that United would not increase their offer for the player from Lucas' agent Wagner Ribeiro it appears that Manchester United will have to turn their focus onto other targets in order for them to improve the [.

United Legends – Peter Schmeichel – Wallpaper

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Download this Peter Schmeichel wallpaper (by @MuadhKalbani) or head over to our Facebook page for the full size version.

United Legends – George Best – Wallpaper

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Download this George Best wallpaper (by @MuadhKalbani) or head over to our Facebook page for the full size version.

Sorry Fergie, not this time

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I used to spend summers avidly reading every bit of transfer gossip containing the words "Manchester United", wondering which player would make the step from a smaller English club to M16 or which footballer would bring his continental flair and panache onto the Old Trafford turf. These days, even though my journalism internship requires me [.

Public Relations Masterclass with our Ex-Season Ticket Holder

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I received an update from our Ex-Season Ticket Holder, Paul McGeady. In it, Paul informed me that United had finally contacted him via a phone call and he explained how it went. With Paul's permission, here's the email word-for-word and a few of Paul's thoughts. It also includes a follow-up email from the club after [.

Can Nick Powell be the Central Midfielder United fans Crave?

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When Nick Powell put pen to paper and signed for Manchester United, many were puzzled by Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to invest on an unproven, albeit highly talented, youngster rather than splashing the cash on a central midfielder of proven quality. The jury is and will be out for some time but the former Crewe [.

Three Legends in United’s New Away Strip – Wallpaper

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How many years ago was it when United committed to only changing their kits every two years? Maybe that did only include the home shirt but even that gets changed every year now, tradition and continuity has gone out of the window to satisfy the insatiable modern day consumer of football and all its paraphernalia.

RVP a “done deal”?

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Reports on the Mirror suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Robin Van Persie will join United. The news, a bombshell in itself, loses some credibility as the "exclusive" is also reported by the Daily Mail even though the Mail takes an uncharacteristic low-profile approach, claiming that nothing is finalised as yet.

The Tactics Board- Nine and a half

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Wayne Rooney had a good season for Manchester United, but it's hard to define what role he plays for the team. Playing in the deep-lying forward role in United 4-4-1-1 system, he functions as both the main creator and a dangerous goal scorer, but that hasn't always been his role. In 2011/2012, he was responsible [.

That sinking feeling…of a Brazilian wonderkid

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Following a quiet couple of weeks, everything seems to have exploded into action, with United now occupying every back page in the country. Let's start with the Guardian, where David Conn follows yesterday's piece with a more in-depth analysis of the Glazers'latest plan by putting the Americans under the microscope yet again.

Eight years of lies

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"Our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and competitive position." This statement appears at the bottom of page 25 of the documents filed by Manchester United to to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, after the Glazer family had made clear that they intend to move the club registration to the Cayman Island [.

The Season Football Came Home To Manchester

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"For the first time since the late 1960s, Manchester emerged as the capital of English football in 2011/12, as 19-times champions United were confronted by local rivals City in a local skirmish which spilled over into a battle for the Barclays Premier League title." This year's Season review had a lot to live up to.

Twins are no longer United

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After a few quiet days when the attention was almost entirely monopolised by Euro 2012, Fleet Street's finest have jumped back into the transfer business as another midfielder is linked with a possible move to United. Let's start with the Telegraph and the Mirror as both report that Rafael has been given a new 50k-a-week- [.