Red Rants Archives for January 2013

United banish their Stadium of Lights demons

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What a difference a year makes. 12 months ago, United emerged winners from this very ground by the same margin that sealed today's win, their mood sombre after City's last minute winner had deprived them of the title. Today, the players as much as the traveling fans left the Stadium of Light with an altogether [.

All under control at the Stadium of Light [WALLPAPER]

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United take over the whole game at the Stadium of Light and are one step closer to the title. You can Download the full-size version here Follow @MuadhKalbani

Fans expect second line-up to win at the Stadium of Light [WALLPAPER]

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Fergie expected to rest most of the starting 11. 3 points still as important. You can Download the full-size version here Follow @MuadhKalbani

United favourites at the Stadium of Light

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United travel to the Stadium Of Light to take on Sunderland and are 1.67 shots with Boylesports and Coral to come away with all three points. That stats are certainly good as far as Sir Alex's men are concerned as Sunderland have won just one of their previous 23 Premier League games against them [..

United travel to Sunderland four weeks too soon

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Football fans may be many things from absurd to zealous but somewhere in between does not sit forgetful. On the last day off last season as United trudged of the Stadium of Light pitch in the knowledge they'd just been pipped to the title by arch rivals City, Sunderland fans rejoiced and celebrated like it [.

Macheda happy to be remembered

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Sunday April 5, 2009. United, two points behind Liverpool but with two games in hand, host Aston Villa as they seek to regain top spot after a topsy-turvy last couple of weeks that has seen them squandering the lead they held on Rafa Benitez's men. An injury-depleted United missing six first team players trail 2-1 [.

There’s only Keano

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There are surnames that carry a legacy with them, a sense of anticipation ready to turn into a heavy burden of expectations even when two players share nothing more than their last name, rather than a blood relationship. At Old Trafford, one of those surnames happens to be widely common in the isle across the [.

Cleverley, the new Scholes?

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If you're a Red, it has been one of those weeks where avoiding newspapers, radio phone-ins and other media outlets suddenly becomes very advisable, in other words the sort of week that comes around regularly when England and their circus replace club football. Not that the crusade against Rio should bother us at all, after [.

Scholes boost for United

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Manchester United are set to receive a timely boost for their run-in as Paul Scholes is set to make his return to first team football after the international break, when United face Sunderland away 48 hours before traveling south for the FA Cup quarter final replay against Chelsea. Scholesy has missed the last 10 games, [.

Title March continues without Van Persie

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If you're an individual whose feelings for football are about as abundant as Liverpool's league titles since 1989, chances are that you'll find March a rather pleasant month. Longer days, warm(ish) weather and Easter chocolate are all good reasons to be cheerful as the spring slowly, yet ever so steadily, replaces the winter with the [.

3 points in the bag? Let’s call it a day. 16.03.2013 [WALLPAPER]

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"Wayne Rooney's 16th goal of the season was enough to propel Manchester United 15 points clear with just nine games remaining in the Barclays Premier League title race" The Daily Mail You can Download the full-size version here Follow @MuadhKalbani

Reload, regroup and take another step towards the title

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United welcome managerless Reading to Old Trafford on Saturday for the second time in four weeks hoping to make it six league wins in a row and take another step toward recapturing the Premier League title. Reading arrive with, I guarantee it, huge intrepidation knowing United have just suffered a massively disappointing week with the [.

Double your Cheltenham winnings on United?

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What a week or so it's been. First the shocking dismissal of Nani and the heartache of breaking down against a Mourihno inspired Real Madrid, then the agonisingly painful second half capitulation versus Chelsea which now means Easter Monday will be spent beating them rather than getting some much needed rest for the boys, then [.

Rio, just say no (to England)

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A week ago Rio Ferdinand walked on the Old Trafford turf, with his Treble dream still intact and very much alive. Fast forward seven days and it looks like he might have to settle for just one trophy. The title is far from sealed, particularly when one considers last season's ordeal, and United still have [.

Upcoming Match: United vs Reading. 16.03.2013 [WALLPAPER]

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"After being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid and surrendering a two-goal lead to Chelsea and scraping a draw to keep FA Cup hopes intact, a visit from a rudderless Reading team would probably be the first choice of Manchester United" The Guardian You can Download the full-size version here Follow [.

Manager-less Reading head to Old Trafford for a beating

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United are 1.17 shots with bet365 and Betfred to beat Reading at Old Trafford and look worthy odds-on shots to do so. They weren't at their best when spurning a 2-0 lead against Chelsea in the FA Cup last week, but they didn't lose despite playing well below their best and I get the feeling [...]

‘Facht’ Number 12 – Benitez Called It Right

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I don't quite know where to begin if I'm honest. Do I start with the second half performance? Valencia's inability to take on an opponent? I guess I'll just start from the beginning because that's where the only joy came out of being at Old Trafford yesterday. I promise I'll leave out my journey home [.

‘Facht’ No. 12 – Benitez Called It Right?

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I don't quite know where to begin if I'm honest. Do I start with the second half performance? Valencia's inability to take on an opponent? I guess I'll just start from the beginning because that's where the only joy came out of being at Old Trafford yesterday. I promise I'll leave out my journey home [.

Mourinho on his way to United?

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Guardiola keen on fading United star

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A few lingering reports about Wayne Rooney's departure from Manchester United suggest he could find a way out via ex-Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola and his new club Bayern Munich this summer. Guardiola is apparently keen on Rooney after long admiring his talents. Once labelling Rooney as 'one of the greatest players in the World'.

Rio and team swamp Rooney in the FA Cup [WALLPAPER]

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Post Match Wallpaper Series 2012/12. No43 Rio and team swamp Rooney in the FA Cup v Chelsea on Sunday as United take an early two-goal cushion. Unfortunately the Reds couldn't hold on to the lead and as the game ended in a 2-2- draw. You can Download the full-size version here Follow @MuadhKalbani

Manchester United cling on as Chelsea strike back

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Manchester United and Chelsea will contest a replay at Stamford Bridge after the London side surged back from two goals to force a two-all draw at Old Trafford. United raced into a two goal lead inside the first ten minutes through Hernandez and Rooney, and then created a plethora of chances in the remainder of [.

The Ryan Giggs Interview with Gary Neville

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Ryan Giggs is a modern footballing phenomenon. He's in his 40th year but still we see him playing almost every week at the top level. On Tuesday he reached the incredible achievement of 1,000 competitive games by playing against Real Madrid, and he did so in a match of the highest quality. His durability and [.

United set their sights on Wembley

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United continued their astonishing run of drawing Premier League opposition in the FA Cup when they drew Chelsea in the 6th Round last month. I'm not sure of the facts exactly but I know it's something like 23 out of the last 28 draws we've faced Premier League opposition. United are currently bwin's 2nd favourites [.

Say what you want Sir Alex, I don’t believe you

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What a furore, what a circus, what a week. When the news arrived that Wayne Rooney was on the bench for Tuesday's match against one of the World's biggest clubs I have to admit it made me laugh. Only two weeks previous I'd posted a piece about Sir Alex settling a score with Rooney over [...]

Fergie: “Rooney will be here next season”

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Sir Alex Ferguson has come out swinging in response to rumours that wanted Wayne Rooney on his way out of Old Trafford, following his omission from the starting line-up against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Speculation had since grown on tabloids and broadsheets that the United striker could be leaving the club in the summer, [.

Not the White Pele, but Rooney is going nowhere

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Up until 7.45pm on Tuesday night, in keeping with a lazy habit that wants everything to be boiled down to one individual, Manchester United Real Madrid had been billed as the "Ronaldo homecoming". As the teamsheets were announced, the game became a sort of unofficial "Ryan Giggs day", before ultimately, and rather depressingly if [.

Real through, but United can hold their head high

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It had been described as the match for which the world would stop, the titanic clash between two of European football's heavyweights that was going to act as advert for the beautiful game. And for 56, entertaining and nerve-wracking minutes it was just that. Two great clubs and two of the best managers the game [.

Both sides to score but United favourites to beat Madrid

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United take on Real Madrid at Old Trafford tonight in the second leg of their Champions League tie (5.45pm KO, Live On ITV1) and are a top priced 3.2 with Coral to beat the mighty Spaniards. Sir Alex's side did well to draw 1-1 at the Bernabeu, where they created plenty of chances and Robin [...]

Madrid to supply the moment of truth

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Cast your minds back as far as they will go, cast them back further again, try to take it to a time when United had a great midfield that everyone was happy with. Sarcasm of course, it wasn't actually that long ago but over the past few years you'd be excused for thinking it was [...]

Manchester United Welcome Real Madrid in True Clash of the Titans

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Ever since Manchester United were drawn against Real Madrid in the first knockout round of the 2013 Champions' League, the 5th of March has been on every United and Madrid fan's mind. It is a match that sets the world alight and inspires a thousand clichés of the highest quality. But no cliché can do [.

Rooney and Kaka preview United v Real Madrid: Video.

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Wayne Rooney and Kaka talk exclusively to bwin ahead of Manchester United v Real Madrid at Old Trafford. Go to facebook.com/bwin to watch the full version of this exclusive interview. Also, bwin.com are also offering a £20 free bet to you why not use that to back United to beat Madrid on Tuesday?"

United must take on Madrid without Phil Jones

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It's official, Phil Jones has lost his race for fitness ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticpated United v Madrid match. Jones did not take part in the club's open training session this morning and, after his all-important, all-action performance at The Bernabeu three weeks ago it's hard not to feel Jones was in line to play [.

Viva Ronaldo, the prodigal son returns. Hopefully it won’t be one to remember…for him

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Even the most intense of love stories, those that can reach unexpectedly mesmerising heights and very few low, romances of such force to leave both partners enriched and scarred at the same time, can come to an end. Quite often a very bitter end it is too. Football is no different from other environments and [.

All we need is Shinji Kagawa…and now roll on Tuesday night.

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By the time Shinji Kagawa effortlessly rolled the ball in the back of the net, doubling up his tally and putting United two goals ahead, every mind inside Old Trafford, bar those of the away fans and the Norwich players, turned towards the huge clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Those who remained focused [.

Concentration key ingredient to Delia with the Canaries

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United are without Paul Scholes and Phil Jones for tomorrow's visit from a team that sprung a surprise inflicting United's last league defeat back in November 2012. Since that 1-0 away defeat at Carrow Road, United have notched up 13 wins, 2 draws but not a single reverse; conceding a mere 14 goals, bagging 30 [.

What price Giggs on his 1,000th appearance? #bwin

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It happened last season, why can't it happen again this season? As the clock ticked beyond 90 minutes at Carrow Road last season, United looked to be heading for the exit door with just a point after squandering the lead late in a game they knew they had to win. Up step Ryan Giggs on [...]

Concentration key ingredient to Delia with the Canaries. Let’s ‘avit!

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United are without Paul Scholes and Phil Jones for tomorrow's visit from a team that sprung a surprise inflicting United's last league defeat back in November 2012. Since that 1-0 away defeat at Carrow Road, United have notched up 13 wins, 2 draws but not a single reverse; conceding a mere 14 goals, bagging 30 [.

Ferguson may rest key players against Norwich

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United play host to Norwich and look worthy odds-on shots at 1.33 with bet365 to make it five league wins in a row. The visitors have won two of their last four league games against the Red Devil but they have both come at Carrow Road and they haven't won at old Trafford since August [...]