Red Rants Archives for January 2013

Fellaini, right option or United’s only option?

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To some he's the new Roy Keane, to others a perma-haired anti-Christ, a bully whose only talent is to swing his elbows wildly while kicking opponents in the shins. Many see him as the perfect option for United while others recognise him as the only option left for David Moyes and Ed Woodward but one [.

Moyes ready to move onto plan B

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David Moyes' quest for a top class midfielder has widened, with new targets emerging over the last 24 hours, while old targets seem increasingly unlikely to don a red shirt by the time the season kicks off in three weeks. The United manager has reiterated his intention to add one or two world class signing [.

Manchester United dynasty coming to an end

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I am at my wits end. I surrender, Like Napoleons legendary Grognard's the Old Guard, I am forming the last square as I have met my Waterloo. What the Hell am I talking about you ask? Well, all I am saying is that I am sick and bloody tired of trying to get it through [...]

Youngsters shine in United’s last game on tour

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Almost two months ago Hong Kong braced itself for a sea of red of epic proportions, as the British and Irish Lions kicked off their successful Australian tour with a win against Barbarians in the former British colony's national stadium. The venue that had represented the first step towards glory for Warren Gatland's men, was [.

United set to give up on target

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To paraphrase Karl Marx, history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. While it's very unlikely that the German political philosopher had United's transfer policy in mind when he coined that statement, those words sum up the struggle that this summer has been. And quite exquisitely too.

Moyes confident of making new signing

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Speaking to the media today, David Moyes says he's confident of adding new players to the squad before the transfer window closes. When asked about the potential Cesc Fabregas deal, Moyes revealed there was some uncertainty as to whether or not a third bid would be placed to tempt Barcelona into selling.

Alternative Top 50 footballers

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Today I just happened to come across the widely published Bloomberg Sports list, which rates the top 50 footballers of today. I love lists, I live for lists but this one just made me want to vomit. It apparently collaborates scientifically based information to evaluate players on skills relevant to their position.

New plan to keep Wayne Rooney

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Alrighty then, another day.....another disappointment. No signings and a major rebuff from Barcelona who told Dave Moyes and company to lay off pursuing Cesc Fabregas. Take the hint boys and move on. So where do we go from here? Well we do need a midfielder but as far as I am concerned that boy will [.

Fabregas holds key to United future

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Saturday's papers don't make happy reading for Reds desperate to see David Moyes land a world class signing as tabloids and broadsheets almost unanimously agree that, despite their relentless pursuit over the last couple of weeks, Manchester United are set to miss out on yet another midfielder. Cesc Fabregas is likely to remain a Barcelona [.

Bale or Ronaldo, Rooney’s only hopes

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With the Community Shield, the season's curtain riser, just over two weeks away, the media are increasing the pressure on David Moyes to strengthen his Manchester United squad and keep up with the spending sprees Chelsea and Manchester City have embarked upon since the opening of the transfer window.

United’s first goal in “Moyesey time” rescues draw in Japan

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Pre-season friendlies are, as the name more or less blatantly suggests, only that non competitive games during which teams market their brand to the four corners of the globe, unveil their new kits, sweat their socks off in countries whose humidity resembles that of a Turkish bath and, occasionally, play some football.

United are ‘fitness clowns & scientific cowboys’

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Don't worry, we haven't gone completely berserk with rage after another day has passed without United signing one of the many top players they've been linked with since the transfer window open its doors. Neither were those words uttered by Wayne Rooney, after United turned down Chelsea's latest bid and forced him to remain at [.

United unveil new away shirt

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If you thought United's new home shirt lacked a hint of gingham pattern which, at least according to the club's website, is iconic and you were suffering from withdrawal symptoms after last season's "table cloth" effort, fear not, for United's new away shirt represents exactly what you've been desperate for.

Popular alternative becomes the next United target

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With the failure to capture the bargain signing of the summer in Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona and the seemingly dwindling chances of obtaining the services of his team mate Cesc Fabregas, United have extended their sights on one of the most popular names bandied about amongst fans since his tremendous all action performances in last [.

Moyes raring to go on European stage

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David Moyes has admitted he's a novice when it comes to European football's top competition but the Manchester United manager said he relishes the thought of learning and testing himself in the Champions League group stages for the first time in his career, when the competition kicks off in September.

Valencia target United striker

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For the first time since the beginning of the summer, United don't monopolise the back pages of most newspapers in the country, who prefer to focus on the shambles unfolding at Anfield and, at least momentarily, have forgotten about Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini. However, United being United, there are a couple of [.

Moyes raring to go on big stage

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David Moyes has admitted he's a novice when it comes to European football's top competition but the Manchester United manager said he relishes the thought of learning and testing himself in the Champions League group stages for the first time in his career, when the competition kicks off in September.

First signs point to bright future for United

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So far, the summer of 2013 hasn't been one to remember for Manchester United fans. Having slowly begun to come to terms with Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, over the last couple of months United and their new manager David Moyes have had to negotiate rather rough seas, with transfer targets slipping through the club's fingers, [.

United running out of time over signing

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In just over three and half weeks Manchester United will begin the defence of their Premier League away at Swansea but whether they'll do so with Wayne Rooney in their ranks is still very much up for debate. The United striker seemed poised to join Chelsea, but everything has gone rather quiet over the last [.

10 of the best Silly Season transfer targets

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The grass is green, the sun is out and the beaches are jammed to capacity. Summer has taken over and, of course, that also means the "Silly Season" is in full bloom. As we head into August and the beginning of the season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Red Devils, Manchester [...]

Marquee signing the key to Rooney’s future

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In just over three and half weeks Manchester United will begin the defence of their Premier League away at Swansea but whether they'll do so with Wayne Rooney in their ranks is still very much up for debate. The United striker seemed poised to join Chelsea, but everything has gone rather quiet over the last [.

United fans have chance to play poker at Old Trafford

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We all dream of playing to win at Old Trafford, and the chance has now arisen courtesy of Party Poker. Although this new tournament won't see the winner step out on the hallowed turf, it could see you compete in a prestigious poker competition. The Road to Old Trafford poker competition is set to be [.

United stumble to defeat in Japan

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Japan might well be the land of the rising sun, but David Moyes has endured a rather gloomy dawn to his Manchester United career so far, as the Reds fell to their second defeat in three pre-season games, after losing 3-2 against the Yokohama F-Marinos earlier today. Yokohama's stadium has witnessed football matches much more [.

Moyes’ sun yet to rise at United

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Japan might well be the land of the rising sun, but David Moyes has endured a rather gloomy dawn to his Manchester United career so far, as the Reds fell to their second defeat in three pre-season games, after losing 3-2 against the Yokohama F-Marinos earlier today. Yokohama's stadium has witnessed football matches much more [.

United under the Glazer’s lack ambition

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Will it ever change? Will I ever feel joy and satisfaction for my club again(?) the way I used to before the Glazer menace blackened my heart and destroyed my dreams of an awesome Manchester United. Let me first say that my feelings for the way United is run and over it's transfer policies has [...]

Third time lucky for United?

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One of the transfer sagas of the summer is mercifully edging closer to its completion, with Manchester United poised to table a third, and final, offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes desperately tries to bolster his squad ahead of his first season in charge of Manchester United.

United ready to launch club’s record bid for Barca star

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One of the transfer sagas of the summer is mercifully edging closer to its completion, with Manchester United poised to table a third, and final, offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes desperately tries to bolster his squad ahead of his first season in charge of Manchester United.

United’s worst 5 Premier League summer signings

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What a glorious sporting summer we've had so far. The Lions, Andy Murray, Chris Froome and now England's display in the Ashes are all conspiring to achieve the unthinkable: surpassing 2012 as Britain's best ever summer. Throw in scorching hot temperatures and sunshine and you'll see that the 2013 vintage is as good, if not [.

Moyes confirms second bid for Barcelona midfielder

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Manchester United's quest to strengthen their midfield continues, with the club desperate to secure one of their main targets of the summer.Speaking at a press conference in Japan, where United have travelled for the third leg of their pre-season tour, David Moyes has confirmed Manchester United have made a second bid for Barcelona and Spain [.

Roo will never wear a red shirt again

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One of the transfer sagas of the summer is set to reach its completion, with Wayne Rooney edging ever closer to a move to Chelsea, who are poised to table a second bid for the wantaway United striker and who, according to a tabloid" are confident that "Rooney will never wear a red shirt again". [...]

United’s midfielder pursue in no man’s land

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The only thing newspapers seem to be willing to agree on these days, is the need to disagree. The transfer window is no exception and, depending which tabloid you believe, United's pursue of Cesc Fabregas is either nearing completion or already dead and buried, despite Ed Woodward's anticipated return from Australia.

Moyes confirms Fabregas bid

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David Moyes has confirmed Manchester United have made a bid for Cesc Fabregas, with the Barcelona midfielder increasingly likely to be the reason behind Ed Woodward's anticipated return from Australia. "I couldn't tell you exactly where we are with [the Fabregas move]," said Moyes, "but I will hopefully know a little bit more in the [.

United take Sydney by storm

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Manchester United were given a hero's welcome in Sydney, during their open training session at the ANZ Stadium, ahead of tomorrow's friendly against the A-League (Australia's top flight division) All Star XI. Robin Van Persie will not start tomorrow, but the Dutchman has already impressed his new manager David Moyes.

Once, Roo would have risen to the challenge

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"I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad. "I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract. "I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it. [...]

£60m bid for Premier League star behind Woodward’s return?

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If ever proof was needed that the summer transfer window does indeed deserve the "silly season" label, over the last couple of days United have provided abundant evidence that June, July and August fully deserve the nickname. United's transfer window has so far resembled a soap opera, floating between the farcical and the hilarious and, [.

United by name, divided by nature

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Perhaps it's the heat. Or perhaps I should put it down to the fact that I spent the last week being a tourist guide to my girlfriend's younger brother, who insisted to visit every stadium in London, making me wish I had never decided to relocate down here but, this summer, I've found the task [...]

Chelsea bid for Rooney confirmed

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Chelsea have offered £10m plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz for Wayne Rooney, the first official bid for the wantaway United striker of whom Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer, as the Portuguese manager has made abundantly clear over the last couple of weeks. United, however, have rejected the offer but the feeling is [.

Wantaway striker accuses the club

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Wayne Rooney's days at Manchester United seem to be numbered, after the striker revealed to be "angry" and "confused" at the treatment received by the club and, particularly, by David Moyes' decision to brand him as a squad player, rather than making him the team's focal point, a position Rooney held before the arrival of [.

Minnows suddenly become sharks as United smell blood

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Talk about finding yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place! Cesc Fabregas, it seems to me, has no choice but to join up with his old friend and Arsenal team mate Robin van Persie as his club seek to cash in on his unrequired services. Events over the last two days have unfolded [...]

“Unhappy” Rooney edges closer to United exit

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Wayne Rooney is "unhappy" and "wants to leave" Manchester United, according to the latest development in one the summer's longest and most controversial transfer sagas. The obligatory Sky Sports sources have reported that the 27-year-old is"angry and confused" at the club's approach and is looking to force his way out of Old Trafford, less than [.

Dutchman never on United’s radar?

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TalkSport are reporting that Italian sources claim Roma have completed the signing of 'long-standing Manchester United target' Kevin Strootman. The Dutchman, 23, has joined the Serie A club from PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of £15.5m. In the light of the Thiago 'also an apparent Long Standing United Target with an extremely [.

Rooney the Looney or misunderstood?

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For those of you who are not aware that I'm Canadian, let start off this article by stating that in my home country, like America our currency is based on the dollar. While one dollar in America is issued in bill form, Canada issues it's dollar in coin form. We have even gone further by [...]

Moyes ready to splash cash on two top targets

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Less than a day after losing out on Thiago Alcantara, Manchester United yesterday afternoon submitted a £26m offer to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes desperately seeks to bolster his terminally-ill midfield. What had, initially, seemed a completely unconceivable option, for Barcelona would be reluctant to part ways with another midfielder and given that [.

United winners of fiesty opening U21 fixture

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United's Reserves opened the pre-season campaign with a gritty 1-0 win over Club Brugge at Leigh Sports Village. Substitute Tom Lawrence scored the only goal of the game with 11 minutes left against a side that finished third in last season's Belgian Pro League. Some of the challenges were far from friendly at times to [.

Confirmed bid for Fabregas

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United have confirmed a £25 million bid has been tabled to Barcelona for Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The news comes just hours after Barcelona confirmed the sale of Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich which left many United fans wondering where the club would head to next to fill the much needed central midfield role at [.

Giggs: “United’s future is bright”

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Ryan Giggs might be about to enter his 23rd season with Manchester United, his first as part-time coach, but the Welshman has lost nothing of his energy and enthusiasm and, despite turning 40 in November, he's every bit as excited as players 10-15 years his junior. Speaking at United's arrival in Sydney, Giggsy expressed his [.

United’s new super-sub?

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After claiming twice in less than a week that Wayne Rooney was not for sale, David Moyes has highlighted the striker's new role which will be, well, to play second fiddle to Robin Van Persie. Considering the contrasting performances of both players last season, Moyes' decision is completely understandable, particularly after Rooney's reluctance to commit [.

Why I would accept barren times at United

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Since the end of last season, I've lived in a sort of limbo in which I seek stories about United less enthusiastically than I normally would have done. The momentous end to the 2012-13 campaign culminating with Fergie's departure took me into uncharted territory as, for the first time in my lifetime, I experienced a [.

United miss out on yet another top target

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The news all Manchester United fans have been fearfully expecting over the last few days has finally been confirmed. Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Barcelona ace Thiago Alcantara. [Report from Metro] The Red Devils were keen to land the midfielder, but failed to agree a price with the Spanish giants, who confirmed a [.

Two clubs going in opposite directions

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I hope I am not going to be grilled over the coals for this article but sometimes I just can't help myself. As some of you already know by now, I am a die-hard Bayern Munich supporter and I have been so since 1972. Yes I love Manchester United as much if not more but [...]

Moyes stands firm against London rivals

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David Moyes has reiterated that he has no plans to part ways with Wayne Rooney, after Jose Mourinho described the striker as a "player I like very much" as Chelsea continue to flirt sometimes rather blatantly with the United number 10, who has still not confirmed his intention to remain at the club. [.

Naive United conned once more

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Let me start off by saying two things. First off, I am totally gutted that we look set to lose out in the Thiago Alcantara sweepstakes. Secondly, I told you so a few weeks ago that we wouldn't get our man. Having said that however, doesn't numb the pain from not just losing out on [...]

Injury triggers more transfer speculation

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We all love some transfer gossip, don't we? Better yet, some transfer gossip sprinkled with conspiracy theories is what really gets some of us or at least the tabloids moist with anticipation and when it comes to conspiracy theories, they don't come much juicer than the latest chapter in Wayne Rooney's troublesome summer.

Are Roo really injured?

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We all love some transfer gossip, don't we? Better yet, some transfer gossip sprinkled with conspiracy theories is what really gets some of us or at least the tabloids moist with anticipation and when it comes to conspiracy theories, they don't come much juicer than the latest chapter in Wayne Rooney's troublesome summer.

Champions on the pitch, minnows in the transfer window

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There was a time, I can't precisely point out when or how long ago it was, when I used to be genuinely excited by the transfer window and I dreamt of the day when some of England's and Europe's top players would join Manchester United, adding to the already excellent cast at Sir Alex Ferguson's [...]

United keen to beat noisy neighbours to £27m striker

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Reds who wished to see Thiago Alcantara at Old Trafford were dealt a blow late last night, as rumours began to circulate in Spain that the Barcelona midfielder was close to join Bayern Munich after having been impressed by Pep Guardiola's offer, meaning that we should probably give up any dreams regarding Thiago and hope [.

Moyes on a title mission

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Last season, Manchester United dominated the Barclays Premier League winning in it style. They finished 11 points above rivals Man City. This turned out to be an end of an era for the side, because legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced his shock retirement from the game. Now they have his fellow Scotsman, David Moyes [.

BREAKING: Thiago makes his decision

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It's bad news for all Manchester United fans desperate to see the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona as news reports suggest he's agreed to sign for Bayern Munich. Hopefully these are unfounded rumours, they are at the moment just reports. More to follow.

Pelligrini quickly into the bitter swing of things

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You really couldn't make up some of the stories gifted to us by Manchester City Football Club or by their bitter fans. The latest Bertie to make us laugh is newly appointed Manuel Pellegrini who openly admitted today that "I know that the most important thing for all the (City) fans is to beat Manchester [.

Thiago excited about life after Barcelona

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Thiago Alcantara once again finds himself on the front of Catalan paper Sport today with the news that the Spain Under-21 midfielder flat out refused an approach from Real Madrid and is keen for the challenge at Manchester United. In recent weeks, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made initial advances towards Thiago, believing a move [.

England international keen on United move

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David Moyes is set to venture into a territory Sir Alex Ferguson firmly refused to explore, as the former Everton manager is ready to launch an increased bid, thought to be in the region of £14m, for Everton left-back Leighton Baines. United have already had a £12m offer turned down by the Goodison Park outfit [.

Former captain issues United warning

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If you thought the Wayne Rooney saga was over, then you might want to reconsider your position and think again, for Chelsea are seemingly poised to offer the United striker a deal that will match his current £240,000-per-week deal. On Friday, during his first press conference, David Moyes was adamant that the former Everton was [.

Attention turns to surprise bargain in leftback merry-go-round

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Reports have surfaced that the agent of Granada leftback Guilherme Siqueira has suggested his player could be interesting Manchester United if they fail to land Leighton Baines. Everton are expecting an improved offer from United after recently rejecting an initial offer of £10 million but it's thought United are not prepared to improve that to [.

La Liga ace agrees United deal

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Thiago Alcantara has agreed a five-year-deal at Old Trafford, with the move now just needing Manchester United to meet the Barcelona midfielder's £15 million buy-out clause. Reports in Catalan daily, Sport, suggest the 22-year-old is closing in on a move to the Premier League Champions, with United boss David Moyes admitting he is ready to [.

Academy star departs for first team football

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Norwegian starlet Mats Daehli has left Manchester United in a transfer deal worth £1.5 Million to Molde where he'll join up with United legend, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer. Fellow countryman Solskjaer was instrumental in bringing the exciting Scandinavian midfielder to the club when he recommended Daehli to Sir Alex Ferguson in February 2011.

New arrival could be just days away

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The much anticipated closure of the transfer of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona to Manchester United could be just days away but United have yet to make an official approach. Reports coming from Spain appear to suggest Barcelona have put a 10 day deadline on the future of the outstanding player of this summers Under-21 European [.

No sign of Thiago but Moyes passes first test

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Being the cynic that I am as well as an infamous miserable old bastard (look up the meaning of grognard), it would have been easy for me to watch the David Moyes unveiling/press conference and poke holes in almost everything he said. But a funny thing happened while I was sharpening my knives and gritting [.

Technical issue blights Moyes’ first United Press Conference

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David Moyes held his first Manchester United Press Conference today and, in what must have been an almighty technical glitch, he appeared to suggest Wayne Rooney was NOT up for sale. "Wayne is not for sale," he said. "He's a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player." Unfortunately, there was no [.

United keen to secure new deal

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Representitives for both United and David de Gea met recently to offer the keeper a new improved contract after an alleged approach from Barcelona. After suffering a shaky start to life in the Premier League, de Gea has improved his performances to such an extent that many Reds placed him second in their list for [.

Familiar faces join coaching staff

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In a move that might have shocked many, but that will undoubtedly pleased many Reds, David Moyes has named Ryan Giggs as player/coach, while former United man Phil Neville has returned to Old Trafford and will also be part of Moyes' coaching staff. Giggsy, whohas been taking his coaching badges and is due to obtain [.

United play hardball with wantaway striker

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If Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, he'll have to submit a formal transfer request, otherwise the club will continue to consider him as a prized asset of with whom they do not intend to part ways with. Yesterday it was claimed that Rooney had made clear to David Moyes and the club that [.

United fans dealt cruel blow in transfer market

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Cristiano Ronaldo has poured cold water on the hopes of United fans who were dreaming of seeing the Portuguese star returning to Old Trafford this summer, despite admitting that he's missing English football. After rumours circulated last night on different social media networks that United were poised to table a blockbuster offer for the Real [.

Former United coach lifts lid on transfer saga

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Newspapers' back pages rarely happen to agree with one another. Today, however, their verdict is unanimous in claiming that Wayne Rooney's days at Old Trafford are numbered, after former United's assistant coach, Mike Phelan, revealed some details on the striker's future in an interview with BBC Five Live.

Signs suggest a new central defender could be on his way to United

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During the transfer window it's almost impossible to decipher between what's totally fabricated nonsense and what's credible substance. Personally I look for two signals when considering if United really are interested in a player or not. 1) the club officially approach/bid for a player and 2) as is the case with the Ezequiel Garay rumour, [.

Moyes in £16m bid for England international

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David Moyes yesterday completed his first day in charge of Manchester United, seven weeks after being appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, and has already begun to shape the club to his image by introducing new members of the coaching staff. Steve Round will be Moyes' assistant manager with Jimmy Lumsden operating in a coaching [.

United in danger of falling behind rivals

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Although I loved and respected Fergie over the years, I did have many issues and gripes with a lot of what he was doing. Blasphemy (I hear you shout)!! but hear me out before you condemn me to the rack for a good flogging! Fergie had got old and had lost the edge and the [...]

So come on David Moyes…

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The David Moyes' era has officially started today, as Manchester United enter uncharted territory for the first time in 26 years. While it's perfectly understandable to harbour some doubts over Moyes' appointment, it's worth remembering that he was chosen by Fergie, the man we trusted more than anybody else to have our club's best interests [.

Paraceta-Moyes require – Welcome to Manchester United

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Almost a month and half after his appointment, David Moyes officially takes charge of Manchester United this morning stepping into the same office Sir Alex Ferguson occupied for the last 26 years. His first few days could be an immediate headache with the transfer window officially opening today and Wayne Rooney's future top of the [.

Spain Gets A Samba Sized Dose Of Humility

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Blame it on Rio? Nope, I say you blame it on arrogance, Spanish arrogance to be precise. It warms the cockles of my heart to see Spain and their boring overrated "Tiki Taka" get their asses handed to them on silver platter from a Brazilian side that just inspires me and makes me love the [...]