Red Rants Archives for January 2014

Is this United youngster the next Adnan Januzaj?

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"If you're good enough, you're old enough" These are the words of Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton. A man who is a supporter of the youth system at Manchester. A system that has produced world class talents such as Paul Scholes and George Best.

The system some believe, reached its peak when it produced some of the finest players of their generation in an exceptionally small space of time.

United line up Moyes replacement?

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Reports on a Sunday newspaper suggest that Manchester United could be looking at appointing a Dutch duo at Old Trafford, were David Moyes to be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, which, on current form, would be a rather sensible choice, given how dismally poor United have been under the former Everton manager.

Neville: “Moyes would be in a lot more trouble at another club”

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Gary Neville insisted that United players are more at risk of facing the chop than David Moyes after a dismal campaign reached its nadir against Olympiacos on Tuesday night, leaving United on the brink of being knocked out of the Champions League, the only competition which could rescue their shambolic season.

Another summer saga?

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Robin Van Persie is considering his Manchester United future, according to reports that suggest the Dutchman has been left disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after Sir Alex Ferguson's departure and was reeling after Tuesday's abysmal 2-0 defeat against Olympiacos in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Moyes has finally reached tipping point

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Amid the different reactions to Tuesday's shambolic defeat in Athens, there was a common theme to be found in the feelings United generated and have generated throughout the season for the way the result arrived more than the result itself in fact sparked an array of different emotions: from disgust to indignation, from anger to shock.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius

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Not too long ago, I was offered the opportunity to write an article discussing the present situation with our beloved former great Manchester United. At the time I turned the chance down but, with the caveat that when I felt United had finally reached rock bottom and I reach my Vesuvius point of eruption, I would put pen to paper and rant my bloody spleen out.

Greek tragedy leaves United in ruins

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In all likelihood, this was going to be one of United's last ever away trip in the Champions League for a couple of seasons and United ensured it was a night we'll not forget in a long time, even though most of us will hope to wake up tomorrow to the news that tonight never happened, that it was all a nightmare.

Europe to save United’s season?

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And so onto Greece, for what's likely to be one of United's last Champions League ties for a while, definitely at least until the 2015-16 season and definitely the last the Reds can reasonably be considered favourites for this season, given that Thursdays are increasingly likely to become the new Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Which Reds are Wearing White this Summer?

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As our Premier League campaign goes steadily from bad to worse, we mull over the Manchester United players who could be a part of Roy Hodgson's plans for the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer, England are in the so called group of death and the media and fans alike don't have much hope for England in this group (d) just check out the odds in the link to see why!

Rooney signs new United contract

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The news had been in the air for weeks, but it is now official: Wayne Rooney has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with Manchester United, which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019, when the striker will be 33-year-old and will have been at Old Trafford for 15 seasons.

Less than a year after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson and declaring to be feeling "angry at confused" at the treatment received by the club and just three years after questioning the club's ambition, Rooney is set to pocket a staggering £300,000-a-week for the next five seasons.

Operation Cantona: mission accomplished

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Having gone three games without a win, perhaps the FA Cup break benefited United, or perhaps Palace were simply not good enough to cope with the mighty Marouane Fellaini (this, by the way, is a sarcastic remark).

Whatever the reason, United's first visit at Selhurst Park since 2005 was one to remember, as the result topped off a day of jolly drinking, one during which Eric Cantona masks were as common a sight in the away end as inflatable bananas are among City fans.

United need the spirit of Eric

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Having spent last weekend away in Dubai while other clubs bothered with frivolousness such as the fifth round of the FA Cup and having presumably watched in awe as two of their Premier League rivals even though it's hard to fathom they could still see us in such a light being taken apart by Bayern and Barcelona, United return to action tomorrow.

Europa League? You’re having a laugh

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Imagine dining for almost two decades in a fine dining restaurant, one where at times you can only afford a three course meal but occasionally you can treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat buffet. There are, of course, things you don't particularly like about the establishment or the clientele, but the highs heavily outnumber the lows and you keep forking out your money, safe in the knowledge that it'll be almost surely worth it.

Queiroz: “Moyes needs time”

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Carlos Queiroz has insisted that David Moyes needs time at Manchester United and that the United manager "will be fine" as long as he's afforded some patience by the fans and by the club's hierarchy, even after his dreadful first season at Old Trafford, which currently sees United lying 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool.

United close in on Portuguese midfielder

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Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today's papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril's midfielder Goncalo.

Former coach backs Moyes

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Carlos Queiroz has insisted that David Moyes needs time at Manchester United and that the United manager "will be fine" as long as he's afforded some patience by the fans and by the club's hierarchy, even after his dreadful first season at Old Trafford, which currently sees United lying 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool.

What’s the Mata with Man Utd and Shinji Kagawa?

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I will be the first to admit when the Bundesliga Player Of The Year signed for us in the summer of 2012 for £12 Million I was squealing with joy. Okay, maybe not squealing but you understand! I was beside myself with happiness! I had previously been a fan of the Japanese play-a-maker (yes that is an @evilkagawa reference) and had already watched him play a few times at Dortmund under Klopp and he had impressed me every time.

The Wayne Rooney conundrum

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When United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea I felt a guilty sense of relief as I had been planning to take my girlfriend to Dublin for Valentine's Day and I could now do so without having to explain that I was going to be absent for a couple of hours on Saturday.

So, on Friday we crossed the Irish Sea and, considering the predicament United have inflicted upon us this season, I must admit I was quite looking forward to spend a weekend without having to worry about David Moyes' tactics or Antonio Valencia's refusal to get past his man.

Manchester United eager to win race for Portuguese prodigy

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Manchester United are said to be targeting Sporting Lisbon winger CarlosMané, with the 19-year-old attracting strong interest from across the globe following a number of impressive performances this season.

Mané, who has burst onto the scene this season following his promotion to the Sporting first team, is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Portuguese football, and if the latest reports are true, he could soon be popping his first car on afree ads site, as it wouldn't take him long to afford a Lamborghini following a move to one of Europe's top sides.

The best players in the world will always arrive at United

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Showing remarkable optimism in fact more optimism than the majority of Reds would indulge in at this stage Juan Mata has insisted that he believes more big names will arrive at Old Trafford as David Moyes seeks to rebuild his side after a dismal first season with the champions.

The United manager signed Marouane Fellaini on deadline day last summer, only for the Belgian to prove a large disappointment so far, having looked off the pace and sluggish in the few games he played before being sidelined by a series of different injuries that have limited his opportunities.

Rumoured new contract a contradiction in terms?

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There have been reports of Rooney agreeing a four and a half year deal on £300,000 a week, despite no official confirmation from the club itself, many reports suggest he is set to sign the deal in the next few days.

Wayne Rooney is set to be the Premier League's highest paid player. My view on this is that partly this is a good deal.

United step up defender chase

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Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who was scouted for a third time on Sunday as his side faced Gil Vicente in the Portuguese first division.

Mangala has long been on United's radar, having been scouted when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, but the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, with City almost clinching a deal to bring him and his teammate Fernando to the Etihad during the recent January transfer window but failing at the last minute to push the deal through.

United target Barca duo?

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News emerged today that David Moyes is allegedly tracking two Barcelona midfielders, having seemingly not learn a thing from last summer's double fiasco when his pursuit of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas ended with the former choosing Bayern Munich over United, while the latter decided to stay put in Catalonia.

Marouane’s moment to shine

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Tom Cleverley is feeling a little hard done by. "I feel I've been made a scapegoat a little bit," complained the midfielder last week, arguing that the persistent blame he has received for Manchester United's horrendous 2013/14 season has been unfair.

Yet poor Tom seems to be talking about the wrong man.

Rooney extends his United contract

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Reports in Sunday's newspapers suggest Wayne Rooney and Manchester United have agreed to extend their relationship.

The report (in The Sun) claims Rooney has penned the richest deal in Premier League history which means he could be earning approx £300,000 p/wk, not bad off a club with no ambition.

Moyes removal on United agenda?

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"It's your time to back the new manager" was the infamous war-cry of then departing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Six months on and the words are still thrust upon any disillusioned United fan who dares to publicly question or blame Moyes for United's current situation. The words are becoming tiring but in hindsight seem oh-so-wise from the man who took United to (and beyond) places they never dreamt they'd go.

United’s £200m “war-chest”

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"War-chest". A word with which football has become familiar to in the last couple of seasons, and one which has been thrown about by the Manchester United's hierarchy with the same frequency with which Antonio Valencia misplaces a cross or loses possession.

Sir Alex Ferguson was allegedly given a sizeable budget to spend in his last season, but £24m were enough to secure Robin Van Persie's services, while David Moyes has seemingly had a "war-chest" since arriving at Old Trafford, with Ed Woodward famously assuring him and us last summer that "United could compete with everybody in the transfer market," which doesn't really explain why we ended up signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.

“It was always going to take time”

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David Moyes has insisted that he's the right man for the job at Manchester United, despite the horrendous season the Reds have so far endured and the United manager has warned that it was "always going to take time" to rebuild the team he was left with by Sir Alex Ferguson.

With United now resigned to miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, next summer's transfer window could define the club's medium and long term future, given that United will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra as well as hopefully signing a midfielder or two.

Lack of hunger punctuates targeted stalemate

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Oh how the mighty have fallen.

If ever a moment epitomised United's season, it came sixty seconds before the final whistle. Having been pinned back in their defensive third for a while, United pinched the chance to counter one last time but Wayne Rooney squandered the initial chance and Michael Carrick did not deem driving forward a worthy option and proceeded to pass the ball backwards.

Will United be gunned down again?

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What a difference (almost) a year makes. 10 months ago United traveled in great spirits to North London having just clinched the league title, as Arsenal, through grinned teeth, welcomed the newly-crowned champions on the pitch with a guard of honour, while United fans reminded Arsenal fans just how good Robin Van Persie really was.

Keane: “United need six players”

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Roy Keane believes Manchester United's dismal season is the result of years spent cutting corners in the transfer market and David Moyes will need to bring in "five or six" players in the summer, a revamp that Keano has described as something that should be embraced, by the club's hierarchy and supporters alike.

It could get worse, before it gets better

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Michael Carrick has warned United fans that things might have to get worse before they eventually get better at Old Trafford and that this season's demise is made worse because of how used United were to dominate opponents in England over the last two decades.

Having conceded a late equaliser against Fulham on Sunday, United will almost surely miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years, while even a place in the Europa League seems in danger at the moment, given the dismal record David Moyes' men have put together since the turn of the year.

Diabolical United as bad as it gets

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David Moyes described his Manchester United side as "diabolical" even though the right adjective is a lot more damning and a lot less politically correct after United gifted bottom of the table Fulham a point yesterday, with Darren Bent scoring a late equaliser, after United had turned things around.

Have we hit the bottom yet?

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By the end of it, the only surprising thing was that some could still find this abysmal showing surprising. If today is to be the end of the belaguered side we have witnessed for the last six months, then sure enough United delivered in a cruel, yet not uncharecteristic given this season's standards, way.

Another record at the mercy of Moyes’ United

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The last seven days have been strange. United have lost against one of the worst teams in the league, they have seen the manager they didn't deem fit enough to take over from Fergie defeat City in their own backyard after an incredible unbeaten run and have witnessed their captain announcing that, well, he'll no longer feature in the team picture next summer.

Vidic confirms United exit

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Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he will leave Manchester United when his contract expires in the summer, bringing an end to his eight-year spell at Old Trafford and confirming the rumours that have linked the Serbian defender with a move to away from the Premier League for quite some time.

Lately, the United captain's influence has been limited by two serious knee injuries over the last three seasons, which reduced his physical impact and forced him to sit out long spells of United's campaigns, with Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes wary of managing the Serbian's fitness in order to get the best of out him.

United in striker chase?

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The January transfer window might have closed just a week ago, but the rumour mill ahead of the summer transfer window is already in full swing, even though there are still some four months until the end of the season.

Nobody will have as big a job on his hands in the summer as David Moyes, with the Manchester United manager tasked with carrying out a rebuilding job of absolutely epic proportion, with United facing a possible mini-exodus of senior players, with Nemanja Vidic confirming he'll leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The flowers of Manchester

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A broken dream.

A broken plane.

A broken heart.

A broken team.

No words said, a silent vow.

We loved you then, we love you now.

The red flag will always fly.

For Man United will never die.

Forever remembered, the flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester.

United midfielder “lucky to be playing”

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Darren Fletcher insisted that he is lucky to be playing football again, after a chronic bowel disease looked to have ended his career, forcing the Scotland international to miss almost two seasons as he sought to overcome his condition.

Having been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011, Fletcher underwent surgery in January 2013 but, despite receiving treatment, his return was far from a certainty and the man who had emerged as a pivotal figure for United over the 2008-09 season was restricted to a mere 20 appearances in two seasons.

What is Rio playing at?

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Things haven't gone well for United this season. Eight defeats in 24 Premier League games, 15 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and seven points away from fourth spot, out of the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup all while playing utterly dire and pedestrian football. An absolute shambles, in other words.

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No substitute for Brazilian Golden Boy

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Amid the furore of Juan Mata's dramatic arrival at Manchester United, the Spaniard's predecessor in the number eight shirt exited Old Trafford without so much as an eyebrow raised. The scarcely publicised departee was eight-time Brazilian cap Anderson, who joined Fiorentina on loan for the remainder of the season.

United veteran not frozen out

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David Moyes has insisted that Rio Ferdinand hasn't been marginalised since the former Everton manager arrived at Old Trafford and Moyes has reiterated that the 35-year-old defender remains an important figure for the club.

Ferdinand has started just seven league games this campaign, but has played just once in the Premier League since September, with Moyes opting to play Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling at centre-back, while Ferdinand has picked up an injury against Swansea a month ago and hasn't played since.

United must ensure fans’ future

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The Manchester United Supporters Trust have confirmed that they will back the campaign aiming to introduce a teenage section at Old Trafford, following a petition that was first made public a few weeks ago, in a bid to individuate an area within Old Trafford that could be reserved for teenagers.

The petition has multiple aims, the main one being to allow under 20 to have access to cheaper tickets and to be able to pay for them on the gate, in order to share an area with their peers, rather than being scattered around the ground alongside their families.

Giggs: “Mata could be a legend”

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Ryan Giggs has described Juan Mata as a potential United legend, claiming that the 25-year-old Spanish has all it takes to establish himself at United and go down as one of the Old Trafford greats, fully justifying the club-record fee United splashed out to secure his services.

Mata arrived from Chelsea for £37.

“Players want out of United”

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Showing a remarkable lack of self-awareness, not to mention a grasp of the basic laws of irony and sarcasm, Anderson has revealed that "lots of players want out" of Manchester United and not just those who, like him, have never been in contention for a starting spot this season.

United might be enduring a torrid season having fallen to their eighth defeat of the campaign on Saturday against Stoke, but being lectured by a man who completed 90 minutes just 19 times in 96 league games for the club is nothing short of ludicrous, as well as being unacceptable.

Have United got it horribly wrong?

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Saturday was the ninth anniversary of one of Manchester United's most spirited and inspired performances of the last decade. A side that had been stripped of some of its best performers, while others were still considered too raw and young to be relied upon, took on an Arsenal side that had won the league the previous season and dominated them in their own backyard, as Roy Keane famously saw Patrick Vieira "out there".

United’s youngster “could be the next Ronaldo”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Wiflried Zaha has the potential to be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, quite a comparison considering that the former Palace man had never started a Premier League match for Manchester United, since arriving at Old Trafford last summer.

The 21-year-old joined Cardiff on loan on deadline day and made his debut for the Bluebirds on Saturday, coming off the bench against Norwich to deliver an assist as Soslkjaer's men came from behind to win 2-1, gifting Ole his first win in the Premier League since his arrival in South Wales.

14 finals ahead for United

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Chris Smalling has admitted United might have to win almost all of their remaining games if they're to clinch a Champions League spot ahead of next season, but the United defender admitted that bridging the seven-point gap that currently separates United from Liverpool won't be easy.

Saturday's shambolic defeat at Stoke highlighted yet again United's numerous deficiencies, while David Moyes' obstinate choice of deploying a 4-4-2 formation backfired, as the Reds' approach was as pedestrian as that of a Sunday league team, with almost no shots on target in the whole of the second half.

Hell is…being dominated by Charlie Adam

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Hell is a place that's often been described, though it has never been seen. A cold, windy and rainy afternoon in Stoke, however, would gain a rather large consensus if the description of hell was to be put up to public vote.

Everything is quintessentially awful about Stoke. Their fans, their manager, the horrible football they insist to practise, their players and their horrendous wind-swept ground, where footballers and fans are at the elements' mercy, with sudden gusts of wind making play almost impossible.

United fail in surprise deadline day bid

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Deadline day was a largely uneventful 24 hours for fans hoping to witness the debut of a new arrival at Stoke City today, a match United MUST win.

The betting odds for this match suggest United will be too strong for The Potters but they'll have to do it without a host of youngsters and also a surprise deadline day target.