Red Rants Archives for January 2013

Midweek Premier League clash sees United host in-form Southampton

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Make no mistake, tomorrow night should not be taken for granted for a minute, although many will. Think Wigan away last season, think Everton at home. These are games we (and I'm sure the team) will find themselves constantly reminding each other of as the season draws to what will hopefully be a title winning [.

Sir Alex charged over post match comments

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been charged by the Football Association over comments he made about an official after Manchester United's game at Tottenham last week. The Manchester United boss accused assistant referee Simon Beck of failing to give Wayne Rooney a "clear" penalty. The FA asked Ferguson to explain his comments and have now charged [.

United poised to make one further January transfer bid

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According to ESPN, Manchester United are set to make an £8 million bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama before the January transfer window closes this week. Celtic are, however, likely to reject any January offer due to the player's importance to them during their ongoing Champions League campaign, but it would be seen as a [.

United draw Reading in 5th round of FA Cup

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Manchester United have been rewarded for their victory over Fulham yesterday with yet another tie against a Premier League rival, this time they were handed a home fixture with Reading. The tie will take place on the weekend of February 16/17th.

United cruise into 5th round with dominant victory over Fulham

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To paraphrase Winston Churchill, success is not final, failure is not fatal. It's the courage to continue that counts. That, in a nutshell, sums up events at Old Trafford for while United weren't by any means spectacular, they simply wanted today's game more than Fulham did. That's not to say that the Old Trafford crowd [.

Stats suggest comfortable United win against Fulham

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United are a top priced 1.3 with Betfred and Coral to beat Fulham in their FA Cup fourth round tie at Old Trafford, and everything suggests they are worthy odds-on shots to do just that. The two clubs have met nine times before in the FA Cup, with the Red Devils progressing through the last [...]

Berbatov returns as United continue the campaign for 12th FA Cup triumph

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The FA Cup returns to Old Trafford for the first time since March 2011, when an experimental United lineup including a midfield duo of John O'Shea and Darron Gibson overcame Arsenal in a 2-0 win. This time, Martin Jol will bring his Fulham side up, in search of cup success. When Brede Hangeland headed Fulham [.

Leicester City Keane to secure season-long loan deal for United youngster

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Reports on tonight's thisisleicestershire website suggests Nigel Pearson and Sir Alex Ferguson have come to an agreement which allows Michael Keane to remain with Leicester City until the end of the season. It says...... Leicester City have extended the loan of teenage defender Michael Keane for the rest of the season.

Italians ailing United career Stutters its way to Germany

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Manchester United have today confirmed that young Italian forward, Kiko Macheda, is set to join VfB Stuttgart on loan for the remainder of the season. A club statement on their website says..... United have reached an agreement with the Bundesliga club and the Italian is in Germany completing the temporary transfer.

Young Dane in contract talks to escape United lure

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Ajax are due to open contract talks with rising star Viktor Fischer amid renewed interest from Manchester United. Fischer has enjoyed a stunning start to his Ajax career, scoring five goals in his first 10 games. That's faster than former Ajax luminaries Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who took 11 matches, and Marco van Basten, who needed 13.

Do United need Zaha or do they simply want him?

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In the movie Love Actually, Alan Rickman's secretary and lover addresses her boss' question as to what she'd like for Christmas with a sharp, conclusive reply: "I don't want something I need," she says, "I want something I want." If you'll excuse the excursus in the romantic-comedy branch of British cinematography, you'll find that the [.

Pundit doubts De Gea quality

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Former Liverpool centre back, Alan Hansen, questioned Manchester United keeper David De Gea's credentials on BBC's Match of the Day last night after he flapped at the cross which ultimately led to Spurs snatching a late late equaliser in good old 'Fergie Time'. There's been much wrote about De Gea recently on RedRants and many [.

Is the modern day United fan an embarrassment?

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The great Sir Matt Busby once said: "At United we striveforperfection, if we fail we might just have to settle for excellence". As I stood in the freezing cold at White Hart Lane yesterday, on the 19th anniversary of Sir Matt's death, those words sounded ironic to say the least, considering the current state of [.

Snow fight at the lane ends all square

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After the snow that had covered most of the country over the last few days and threatened to postponed the match, today's fixture at White Hart Lane was always going to be about grit. Plenty of it was spread across the northern corner of the capital to ensure the game could go on as normal, [...]

Bwing on the Wizards?

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One of the few positives out of Wednesday's dull and uninspiring win against West Ham in the FA Cup was that, in Anderson, Wayne Rooney and Nani, Sir Alex Ferguson has now recovered three players that could prove crucial to United's chances of success this season. Nani, in particular, is a player that United desperately [.

Form-idable two go head-to-head

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United travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as the form team in England on a mission to avenge the early season lesson bestowed on them by Spurs and their pace attack. The two teams have dropped just 9 points between them from a previous possible 48, Spurs dropping 7 of those, United just 2. [...]

United re-ignite interest in Real star

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NaniWith Manchester United facing the prospect of losing Nani in the not to distant future, Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be closely monitoring Angel Di Maria's situation at Real Madrid. Nani could decide to leave United in the summer as talks over a new contract have failed to find a resolution. The Portuguese winger's [.

Ferguson eyes Argentinian defender at cut price

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Manchester United have stepped up there interest in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay after sending scouts to watch the Argentinean international last weekend, according to the Daily Mail. The report claims United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is on the look-out for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and is understood to have identified Benfica [.

Fletcher undergoes bowel surgery

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Manchester United today released a statement regarding Darren Fletcher and his need for bowel surgery. Fletcher will be unavailable for the remainder of the season. Is this the end of his United career or the beginning of his road to recovery? Read the full statement...... Darren Fletcher will be unavailable for the remainder of this [.

Groundhog de Gea

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It's been just 18 months since United found and signed the next 'World's Best Goalkeeper' from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. Is it working out for club and player though? Are United facing the same hunt to fill the Number One shirt again, just 60 appearances later? If rumours are to be believed, [.

Can I see you in my office please, Wayne?

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Cold, silence and vintage Giggsy – it’s second time lucky against the Hammers

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Ryan Giggs rolled back the years and produced a vintage performance as United moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup after an insipid 1-0 win against West Ham at Old Trafford. The Welshman was one of the few positives of a game in which United never really got going and risked more than [...]

Suarez makes stunning United claim

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In an amazing interview aired in Argentina today, Luis Suarez claims the English media are 'controlled by Man United'. Suarez went on to accuse the English media of unfairly treating him and his South American compatriots differently to native players. He said: 'When someone comes and says to me something bad about being a South [.

United resist Liverpool’s attempted pickpocketing.

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Championship winning teams build their destinies onto world class players, teamwork ethic and the virtue of weather through a storm and come out unscathed, scarred and bruised perhaps but, ultimately, winning. Manchester United definitely possess all of these requirements and showed it once more today.

United welcome Suarez & Co

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In years gone by the welcome awaiting the scousers would be turgid and hostile with an edge to it that only a United/Liverpool derby clash could create. Now, despite even the recent history and politics surrounding the fixture, the welcome awaiting the scousers will be tepid in comparison. On the pitch however, Liverpool will find [.

United favourites to push Liverpool to futher midtable mediocrity

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United look cracking value at 1.91 with bet365 and Betfred to beat arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. Sir Alex's side come into the game having eight of their last nine in the league and despite the fact that Liverpool tend to raise their game in these encounters it's hard to envisage defeat [.

Will United beat Arsenal on £12m Zaha deal?

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Manchester United are reportedly favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in a planned £12 million deal. However, United seem reluctant to agree any deal in January after Sir Alex Ferguson ruled out any transfers during the winter transfer window. This means fellow suitors Arsenal, could hijack the deal for the 20-year-old and force [.

Welbeck in the Shadows

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In the wake of Danny Welbeck's on-off loan move to Premier League strugglers Reading, @willowsj takes a look at Welbeck's form since the start of season 2010. Talksport report that the deal to take Welbeck to Reading for the remainder of the season has been dismissed by manager Brian McDermott who believes Sir Alex won't [.

Patrice Evra is a Red.

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When a diminutive Frenchman was hauled off after 45 minutes of his first Manchester derby, not many amongst the United fans in the crowd would have imagined that the same player would go on to become captain albeit in absence of Nemanja Vidic and develop a cult following at the club. Seven years [.

United handed potential home tie in the fourth round

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Forget about away days to lower league sides or glamorous ties against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool or City. Should United beat West Ham in the replay next week, they'll be playing at home against Fulham or Blackpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Tangerines and the Cottagers face a replay of [.

Van Persie’s late show bursts West Ham’s bubble

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The last time United played a cup game under the floodlights at Upton Park, both the performance and the cold were so disheartening that very few of the thousands that had traveled to London would have cherished memories of that day. Despite more accomodating weather conditions and a much improved performance, today's game wasn't going [.

FA Cup tie against West Ham is United’s to lose

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United are a top priced 1.75 with bet365 to beat West Ham in their FA Cup clash at Upton Park and rate a solid bet to do just that. It will be the eighth time they have met in the competition and the Hammers lead the head-to-head 4-3. However the last time they met in [...]

United striker loaned to Wigan

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Wigan Athletic have signed Manchester United's Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez on loan until the end of the season. The 18-year-old forward was signed by United from Universidad de Chile in the summer but has yet to make his senior debut, he did however appear for Chile for the first time last month against Serbia.

RVP and Hernandez lay down United’s New Year’s resolution

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Manchester United hit the ground running in 2013 with a comprehensive 4-0 win at Wigan, to maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the table as they picked up their third win in four matches over the festive period. Unlike the majority of us that spent the last few days committing to New Year's [.