Red Rants Archives for January 2012

Wembley glory or European misery for United this time?

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For the second year running the Champions League draw spared Manchester United tough opponents, with the Reds joined in group H by Portuguese side Braga, Turkish giants Galatasaray and Romanian club CFR Cluj. While a trip to Istanbul is never to be taken lightly and Portuguese teams can prove a sterner test than expected when [.

The Tactics Board- MUFC 3-2 Fulham: A Tale of Two Halves

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Manchester United recovered from an opening day loss to Everton with a 3-2 win over visiting Fulham. Sir Alex Ferguson made changes after the disappointing first game, including dropping Wayne Rooney to the bench, while Van Persie gets his first club start. Meanwhile, Fulham came into the game after beating Norwich City 5-0 to open [.

United v Fulham: Pre-Match Wallpaper

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The Tactics Board – United catch Merseyside Blues

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The Premier League season opened for Manchester United this season with a challenging visit to Goodison Park to face a tough Everton squad. Many Red fans will remember our last game against Everton, a 4-4 draw that seemed to cost the Red Devils their 20th league championship. This game was highly anticipated by most people [.

What’s your greatest ever European match?

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As a United fan old enough to remember the much fabled and often talked-about United v Barcelona match at Old Trafford in 1984, it's difficult to offer any other game to challenge it as the greatest ever European match especially as I was there to witness it and be part of the electric atmosphere that will arguably [.

What’s your greatest ever European match?

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As a United fan old enough to remember the much fabled and often talked-about United v Barcelona match at Old Trafford in 1984, it's difficult to offer any other game to challenge it as the greatest ever European match especially as I was there to witness it and be part of the electric atmosphere that will arguably [.

United feel the Blues at Goodison

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Manchester United's season got off to a bad start as the Reds succumbed 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park. Marouane Fellaini headed the winner after 57 minutes and not even the introduction of new signing Robin Van Persie with 23 minutes to play was enough to give United a way back into the contest. Despite [.

Matchday Live: Everton v. Manchester United

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After the heart-wrenching way last season ended for all associated with Manchester United, the new season couldn't get here fast enough. It hasn't been easy to relive the end of last season countless times through adverts, montages, and other unwelcome but unavoidable reminders, and reliving them many more times throughout this season won't be easy [.

United: Season Preview – Pre RvP! Does his arrival alter things?

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Three months ago Manchester United were denied a 20th league title in the most cruel of fashion as Sergio Aguero slotted the ball behind Paddy Kenny sending the blue half of Manchester into raptures, while the other half wished the grounds would come open and swallow them. City's comeback might have secured the title in [.

60yrs of European Goals – Win a DVD.

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Since the inception and creation of UEFA in 1954 the World of football has witnessed an array of great goals in great European tournaments such as the European Championship itself and The European Cup to name but two. This DVD is a must have for any serious football fan who likes to relive the goals [.

United close in on Vitesse Arnhem Star

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According to reports United are close to securing the services of Vitesse Arnhem's Dutch leftback, Alexander Buttner. With Patrice Evra suffering an irrational loss of form last season, Fabio moving to QPR on loan and Sir Alex admitting in his press conference on Friday that another player arriving was not unlikely, Buttner may be the [.

Chelsea Make Hernandez Bid

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Manchester United on Friday rejected an approach from Chelsea for Mexican striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, according ESPNFC reporter Miguel Delaney in London. Although Chelsea did not put in an official cash offer, they made an inquiry to United, based on the team's wealth of forwards in the wake of its signing of Robin Van Persie [.

The Tactics Board – 4-4-1-1 Preview for MUFC in 2012

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The 4-4-1-1 started as a variation of the 4-4-2. It became more common in the 1990s, when teams started to combine a deep lying forward with a more traditional striker up front. The deep lying forward would drop deeper, playing in the space between the opponent's midfield and defensive lines. This formation is a link [.

An Agreement has been reached for RvP

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It's finally been reached. The worst kept secret of this years' summer transfers has took a huge step to completion with MUTV exclusively revealing that the two clubs (United & Arsenal) have agreed that Robin van Persie will sign for United after a successful medical for a fee in the region of £22m.

The Tactics Board – 4-4-2 Preview for MUFC in 2012

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This has been the standard formation in England for several decades. This formation blasted onto the scene in England with Alf Ramsey's 1966 England team. The 4-4-2 became the mainstay for English football for 40 years, with most teams playing this formation to the exclusion of almost every other formation.

The Tactics Board- A tactical look ahead for Manchester United

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Formations in 2012/2013 Sir Alex Ferguson has been the manager of Manchester United for 25 years, and in that time he has become a loyal follower of the 4-4-2 formation that has been dominant in England for decades. This formation has been the foundation upon which he's built the most successful football clubs in history.

The Ex-Season Ticket Holder – The Final Chapter

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For those of you following the story of Paul McGeady; our ex-season ticket holder, here's the final chapter in what's been a long drawn out process made more lengthy by the clubs ability to swerve questions and disguise facts. Paul's quest for answers has ended here with one final emailed correspondence to the club who, [.

Oh Manchester United, What Have You Become? #LUHG

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Until the 1980s, English football was run by an innocuous assortment of local businessmen who demonstrated a distinct lack of national ambition. Their financial model amounted to little more than "putting bums on seats" for home games. The creation of the English Premier League in 1992 changed everything, triggering a gluttonous gold rush.

Handicapped United a good bet for the title?

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With The London Olympics hogging the limelight and making all the headlines, Premier League football is taking an usual and unfamiliar berth at the back of peoples minds right now, but there's a mere two-and-a-bit weeks to go until United kick their glory hunting season of 2012/13 off with the aim of wrestling the title [.