Red Rants Archives for January 2013

If I were United’s Gaffer

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If I were the Gaffer I'd change everything. I am far from the pragmatic type and I generally throw caution to the wind. I believe in attractive attacking football and like Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, I believe the best defence is an attacking team that loves a high percentage of the ball and who [.

Barcelona newboy wants United oldboy

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SkySports are this morning reporting that Barcelona newboy Neymar wants Wayne Rooney to follow him to the Nou Camp. Here's the report which includes quotes from Neymar in which one of them he even (alledgedly) says Rooney is technically gifted! Wayne Rooney has been encouraged to join Barcelona by Camp Nou new-boy Neymar [.

Arsenal in £20m bid for United star

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Wayne Rooney might have been enjoying the atmosphere at Glastonbury Festival yesterday, but there's likely to be a much somber mood when he sits down with David Moyes for their first meeting next week. The United striker is thought to have handed in a transfer request towards the end of last season, but reports suggest [.

United ready to increase bid for Moyes’ target

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With the Lions, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix, football finds very little space on today's back pages. The transfer rumours, however, are alive and kicking and, in the latest chapter of what has all the attributes of a possible saga, United are reportedly ready to increase their bid for Everton full-back Leighton Baines.

African central defender tipped for United future

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A United reserve player, currently on duty with England in the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey, has tipped one of Sunday's Egyptian opponents to shine and hinted he could be on his way to United. Ramy Rabia plays his football in Cairo for Al Ahly and has already made full international appearances and, while [.

United uninterested in German wonderkid?

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With the news that Schalke CEO, Clemens Tonnies, has stressed that the Bundesliga side will not deny Julian Draxler a transfer to a club like Real Madrid or Chelsea if the opportunity arises it's time David Moyes was coerced into making contact with the tremendously talented young German. The U19 International recently admitted that it [.

Where do United go from here?

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Now that I am back and raring to go, I feel my first article should ask the question all Manchester United fans have on their minds. Where do we go from here? 27 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm has given all of us quite the ride and what seemed like a perpetual [...]

Moyes told to increase bid for target

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Manchester United could still land Everton full-back Leighton Baines, but David Moyes has been told to significantly increase his bid for the England international. United had an initial £12m bid rejected by Everton late on Thursday evening as Everton chairman Bill Kenwright declared Baines was "not for sale at any price".

Red Alert, he’s back!

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Hide your wives or girlfriends, children and treasure and most of all, increase your intake of pain medications and Valium, because I'm back baby YEAH! Yes tis I the one and only Grognard (Groggy to his friends) reporting once again on the world of Manchester United and footy in general. After a long absence and [.

Moyes bids for familiar face

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Everton have reportedly rejected a bid from Manchester United for full-back Leighton Baines and insist the England international is not for sale at any price. Questions have been raised over whether new United manager David Moyes will raid his former club of its brightest talents, with Baines and central midfielder Marouane Fellaini both linked with [.

Spanish star set for United?

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Barcelona have held "crisis talk" with Thiago Alcantara, in a last-minute bid to stop the midfielder from joining Manchester United, with whom he has apparently reached an agreement, today's newspapers report. Thiago has been involved in a tussle between United and Barcelona for almost a month now, with reports either confirming an agreement with United [.

“Roo are staying here”, says Moyes

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David Moyes is keen to keep Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, despite the striker's alleged desire to leave Manchester United, and will outline his plans to the United number 10 over the next couple of weeks, the morning papers report. Rooney was a marginal figure throughout the final two months of last season when Sir [.

Have Barca given up on United’s target?

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Marca, one of Spain's most prominent sport newspapers, have today published an article on their English website claiming that Barcelona have given up in their attempt to retain Thiago Alcantara. Often considered Real Madrid's daily newspaper, Marca's decision to publish the story is perfectly understandable as the newspaper is always eager to jump at the [.

Real Madrid and Chelsea target to be United’s record signing?

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Manchester United have emerged as a surprise contender to secure the services of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who had so far been subject of a tussle between City, Chelsea and Real Madrid, today's papers report. The Mirror claims David Moyes is ready to trigger Cavani's £54m release clause as he sees the Uruguayan as the [.

Winning the title wasn’t not enough, says United midfielder

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Shinji Kagawa has vowed to come back stronger ahead of his second season in English football. The United midfielder endured mixed fortunes in his first season at Old Trafford, after arriving from Borussia Dortmund amid much fanfare and the Japanese international has revealed he wasn't happy with his efforts over his first 12 months at [.

United target’s dad drops Old Trafford hint

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David Moyes might still be a week away from officially taking charge of Manchester United, but he could be on the verge of securing one of his transfer targets, with reports suggesting that Thiago Alcantara is edging closer to seal a move to Old Trafford. The latest development in the saga involving the Barcelona midfielder [.

United striker on London rivals’ radar

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Wayne Rooney has revealed his intention to join Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, should he quit Manchester United this summer. A number of Satuday's papers report that the United striker seems to have made his mind up about his future and will inform David Moyes of his decision in a face-to-face meeting scheduled for early next [.

Guardiola stands in United’s way in the transfer window

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Wayne Rooney could be on his way to Arsenal, today's papers report, after Alisher Usmanov, the Gunners' second-biggest shareholder, has urged Arsene Wenger to break the bank for the United striker, despite being on the verge of securing a £22m deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Mirror is just one of the papers [.

United could save £60m on summer target

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Manchester United are edging closer to secure a deal for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to today's papers. The Spain U21′s has been on United's radar for over a month now, and the latest reports suggest that Barcelona are prepared to let him go as they strive to keep Cesc Fabregas.

Moyes handed tough opening fixtures

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Manchester United will begin the defence of their Premier League title with a trip to Swansea on August 17 ,followed by a home fixture against Chelsea on August 24 set to be David Moyes' first official game at Old Trafford. United will travel to Anfield without Sir Alex Ferguson for the first time in 26 [.

Spanish giants ready to do business with United

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According to today's papers, Manchester United are in pole position to secure the services of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who yesterday scored a hat-trick in the final of theEuropean Under-21 Championships, leading his country to a second consecutive success in the tournament. Thiago has been linked with a move to United for almost a month [.

“Should I stay or should I go?” – Nani’s strange summer

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Given the modern footballers' taste in music, Nani has probably never heard of The Clash, let alone listened to them. However, his behaviour over the last couple of days seems to have been inspired by the London-based band's hit "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", with the Portuguese winger seemingly changing his mind with [.

United target reveals Premier League dream

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Holland U21 captain Kevin Strootman has revealed his desire to move to the Premier League, despite attracting interest from a host of European clubs. The 23-year-old PSV midfielder is under contract until 2016, but he's made clear his intent to leave Eindhoven to seek fortune in English football, where he has many admirers.

United reserve given 5 match ban

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In December 1971, United Reserve player, Kevin Lewis, was given a 5 match ban for attacking a referee, Lewis never played for United again. That's one of hundreds of useful snippets and stories to be found in a recently acquired book called 'The Man Utd Miscellany' by Andy Mitten. If you've never read it or, [.

United manager has the chance to swap one player of his choice.

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Pretend you're the manager of Manchester United for a minute (shouldn't be hard for most of you who do that every day anyway!!). The chairman comes to you and says "you can do a straight swap using ONE player from the current first team squad with ONE FELLOW PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYER playing in THE SAME [.

Juventus youth product roused by United interest

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A product of The White Lady's youth system, Claudio Marchisio is to Juventus what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are to Manchester United. A one-club-man since his teens (bar a season on loan), Marchisio has admitted to being "proud" at reports linking him with United. Although he clearly states that "I have not heard from [.

Nice secure free agent ahead of Manchester United

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Recently we reported that Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy was a target for United. Described as the 'next Makelele' the option of acquiring him on a free transfer looked a clever one. However, neither club nor player, or even agent for that matter, had commented on the rumours; until now. Speaking in French newspaper L'Equipe, Mendy [.

Odds shortened on Ronaldo return

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For those United fans who have picked up a paper this morning and thought it was April 1, don't worry, we haven't gone back in time of two and a half months, even though the miserable weather and today's back pages are doing their best to convince us all of the opposite. Tabloids and broadsheets [...

Ronaldo’s tweet teases United fans

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Cristiano Ronaldo definitely knows how to tease football fans around the world. In fact, the Portuguese star is as good as creating unsubstantiated excitement as he is as gliding past opponents. Earlier this afternoon the Real Madrid star took to Twitter to deny rumours that he had renewed his contract with the Spanish giants, setting [.

What did Ronaldo mean with that tweet?

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Cristiano Ronaldo definitely knows how to tease football fans around the world. In fact, the Portuguese star is as good as creating unsubstantiated excitement as he is as gliding past opponents. Earlier this afternoon the Real Madrid star took to Twitter to deny rumours that he had renewed his contract with the Spanish giants, setting [.

Out of favour winger not in Moyes’ plans

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When David Moyes officially takes charge at Old Trafford in two weeks, the file briefing him on potential transfer targets will contain only a couple of names, judging by the papers' insistence to recycle the same rumours, week after week. That said, United are today linked with a new player, albeit one whose name is [.

Moyes’ target issues United snub

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Cesc Fabregas yesterday distanced himself from a move to Manchester United, insisting he wants to prove himself at Barcelona and that he's not considering a return to Premier League. The former Arsenal captain had been linked with a £25m move to Old Trafford but, in an interview with Spanish radio Onda Cera, he categorically dismissed [.

Mourinho approves United’s decision

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New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his approval at United's decision to appoint David Moyes as manager following Sir Alex Ferguson's departure. The Portuguese, who at one stage had widely been tipped to succeed Ferguson, was adamant the former Everton manager deserves the opportunity to manage Manchester United after spending a decade at Goodison [.

Moyes makes his first Manchester United signing

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Manchester United have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan, Guillermo Varela, on a five year contract after agreeing a deal with the defender's former club Penarol last week. Varela will represent his country later this month at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey before joining up with his new team mates. Varela represents the first signing of the [.

United look to Barca stars

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Over the last couple of seasons, Sir Alex Ferguson's well documented reluctance to recruit a midfielder became a cause of frustration for many Reds, with United's engine room often falling short in big games due to a lack of physicality and technique. Things, however, could soon change. The Mirror today reports that David Moyes has [.

Rooney departure could unleash Kagawa

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For the second time in the space of three years, Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney has made the headlines with news reports indicating the 27 year old favours a move away from Old Trafford. New manager David Moyes is expected to hold talks with the England striker to convince him to commit his future to [.

Out of Contract Midfielder tempts United

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Some reports are linking United with a move for rebellious Monaco midfielder, Nampalys Mendy. Mendy has informed his club of his decision to leave on a free transfer this summer and United are apparently on 'high alert'. A product of Monaco's youth system, Mendy, compared by educated onlookers with France's most infamous defensive midfielder, Claude [.

Van Persie: we can win more

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Despite United's so far cautious approach to the transfer window and Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, Robin Van Persie believes the club has all it takes to be successful to challenge on every front under David Moyes. In an interview with the Mirror, the Dutchman expressed his confidence ahead of next season both in [.

Ronaldo’s going nowhere but are United back in for Lew?

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Mondays are traditionally coated in melancholy and today's newspapers do very little to ease the blues on those of us who expected to begin the week by reading about David Moyes' first big signing. Let's start with quash some expectations, as the Sun has finally pulled the plug on their farcical attempt at convincing everybody [.

Moyes: I need to earn the players’ trust

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David Moyes has told the media he's fully aware that he'll have to "earn his stars" as he gets set for the biggest challenge of his career. Speaking at a coaching conference in New York, United's new manager has outlined how he plans to take control of the team and the dressing room. Pleasantly, Moyes [.

Fletcher & Varela in, Rooney out?

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While Manchester City have been busy trying to atone for last season's mistakes by securing the signing of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho they might even appoint a new manager by February United's approach to this summer's transfer window has been rather circumspect so far. In fact, if the papers are to be believed, [.

United unveil new kit

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Manchester United have unveiled their new kit ahead of the 2013-14 season. The table cloth-like pattern that accompanied us last year has gone, but the Gingham style remains intact under the black collar that characterises the new shirt. Shorts and socks are pretty much unchanged in what is, overall, a much better effort from Nike.

Rooney: “Don’t play me in midfield”

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Wayne Rooney has made clear he sees himself as a striker, rather than a central midfielder. Rooney, who still denies handing in a transfer request, is set to hold talks with David Moyes which will go a long way in determining his and the club's future but has maintained he doesn't relish playing in the [.