Red Rants Archives for January 2014

A Manchester United Fan Longing For Cristiano Ronaldo

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When the news broke on June 11th 2009 that Manchester United had accepted a world record offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, there was a feeling of great sadness amongst United fans, despite the clear inevitability of it all.

It was the end of what had been a glorious chapter for the club and Sir Alex, who had signed this skinny little teenager from Sporting Lisbon six years previously.

Van Gaal move could stall

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It seems that United's hierarchy simply can not bring themselves to make a swift decision, regardless of it being needed to seal a transfer or to secure David Moyes' successor. Yesterday it looked as if it was only matter of days before Louis Van Gaal was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager, but different reports today suggest the Dutchman might no longer be the frontrunner to replace Moyes.

Van Gaal is the perfect choice for United

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As far as experiments go, Manchester United's decision to appoint David Moyes last summer was as close to an unmitigated disaster as it gets. In fact, by the time Moyes was unceremoniously relieved of his duties, things had gone beyond the point of no return and drastic action was required.

Away from heat maps and statistics recording pass completion rates, football remains an extremely simple game.

Giggs expects swift return to the top

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Ryan Giggs expects Manchester United to bounce back immediately and return to fight for the title next season, after a dismal campaign has seen them finish outside the top four for the first time in Premier League history and which will likely lead to a first season without European football for the first time since the 1981-82 season.

Breaking Down United’s Summer Targets

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Much has been said since the turn of the year in regards to who Manchester United are going to target this summer transfer window. Everyone seems to have an opinion on who United require but perhaps the more pertinent question should be: who can they acquire?

I don't buy into the theory that the club won't be able to attract their targets simply because we can't offer European football for a year.

Is Manchester United Youth Star Ben Pearson The Next Roy Keane

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When we think of club legend Roy Keane, there are 3 things that immediately come to mind. A leader, a fighter and a tough tackler. The man, in the middle of the park was immense and became one of the most influentialplayers on the pitch, so can 19 year old youth starlet,Ben Pearson follow in his footsteps at Manchester United.

One Down…Oh No! Only Three To Go!

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Well this is all a bit odd isn't it? I ‘d almost forgotten what it's like to wake up on a Sunday morning, still delighted with the events of United's match the previous day.

What a difference a week makes.

There is a part of me that thinks that perhaps it would be wrong to get too carried away.

Giggsy, attitude, J Stand: five things we’ve learnt from United vs Norwich

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After a week he himself described as"a whirlwind", Ryan Giggs took charge of his first game as Manchester United interim manager, following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday, and got his managerial career off to the best of starts, as United swept Norwich aside with a convincing 4-0 win.

While the Canaries might not have been the toughest of tests for Giggs' team (admittedly, that has a wonderful ring to it), there were some positives signs after a season of doom and gloom.

Giggs is “built to be a manager”

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Wayne Rooney yesterday said that Ryan Giggs has all the credentials to become a Manchester United manager, adding that the way the Welshman has handled himself since being appointed interim manager at Old Trafford makes him look like he's "built" for the job.

Giggs' managerial career got off to a winning start as United trounced Norwich 4-0, producing the sort of performance that they seemed incapable to deliver under David Moyes.

Is The Long Term Option A Realistic Option?

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With the dust beginning to settle on what was a disastrous tenure for ex-manager David Moyes, the recruitment drive for the next boss seems to be as cloudy as ever.

I have to say that there is something quite romantic about Manchester United over recent days. The idea of the Class of 92 digging their club out of trouble and taking the reigns.

Giggs wants to play the United way

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"We're Man United, we're at home, I expect us to win and play well and we want to give the fans something to shout about, play attacking football, score goals, make tackles."

Ryan Giggs might only be in the Manchester United dugout for the next four games but if the above statement is anything to go by, then the remainder of the season could prove to be a world away from the dour, turgid, reality we've experienced for the last 10 months.

United’s summer shopping list

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Despite the managerial turmoil that has defined the last couple of days, United are still reportedly set for a spending spree this summer, after the club seems to have finally realised that plugging round holes with square pegs can only go so far when it comes to ensure the team remains competitive enough to challenge for trophies.

“United don’t need a big name manager”

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Gary Neville has insisted United don't need to replace David Moyes with a "big name" manager, as the club's aura should in itself be enough to attract world class players at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season and will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager on Saturday when Norwich visit Old Trafford, but the club is looking to appoint a world class manager ahead of next season, with Louis Van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti seemingly among the favourites to replace Moyes.

Moyes ignored advices

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Former United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that David Moyes repeatedly "ignored advices" of the coaching staff and made a series of fundamental mistakes that ultimately led to his demise and to him losing his job barely 10 months into his Old Trafford career.

Along with Mike Phelan, Meulensteen was one of the members of Sir Alex Ferguson's coaching staff that in July were deemed surplus to requirements by Moyes, who opted to bring in his Everton lieutenants Jimmy Lumsden, Steve Round, Chris Woods and Phil Neville and the Dutchman claimed that Moyes only has himself to blame for his failure.

Who will survive the summer cull?

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Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.

Before Moyes' sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players.

Fergie to help manager’s selection process

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Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.

Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday,two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he's determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.

Moyes had clear plans for the future

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Its official, David Moyes is no longer the manager of Manchester United. His spell lasted only two hundred and ninety five days.

Judging from Twitter and Facebook etc, I usually spoke for myself when I said I wanted him to stay and to be given more time. Despite this, I had always said he was never the right man for the job.

Four managers who could replace Moyes

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With David Moyes and most of his staff gone, the nightmare that has occupied our minds for the last 10 months looks to be finally give ground to some much needed optimism and excitement, as the club seeks a manager capable to bring United back into the elite of English and European football.

The rumour mill over Moyes' successor has been in full swing since he was told he was no longer required at Carrington and given every man and his dog have picked a list of candidates, we thought we'd join the fun too, given we were denied the fun 10 months ago, when Fergie dumped Moyes in our laps -Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp aren't included, given they've already ruled themselves out of the job.

Moyes speaks out

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David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United. In what his a very dignified response to being relieved of his duties, Moyes, who insisted United had "big plans" for the future, thanked the fans and the staff at the club but, crucially, declined to acknowledge any of the players.

Neville: “United have got it wrong”

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Gary Neville has attacked the club over their handling of David Moyes' sacking, as he claimed that the way the United's hierarchy managed the situation portrayed the club in the wrong way.

Moyes was handed his P45 this morning, as United finally run out of patience with the man to whom they had given a six-year contract 10 months ago and who has overseen one of the worst season United have endure in the last three decades.

Farewell To ‘The Chosen One’

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So we have, at last, all been put out of our misery.

By ‘all', I mean the fans, players and certainly David Moyes. The air of inevitability surrounding the defeat to Everton at the weekend was a step too far for the hierarchy at the club who have, at long last, pulled the plug on what has been an outright disaster for the Scotsman.

United and “The Wrong One”: what a mess

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At long last a beacon of sensibility managed to shine through the curtain of ineptitude and amateurism that had blanketed over United for the last nine months.

David Moyes has gone and with him, hopefully, so have the dire, turgid football United have served up for the last nine months, the defeatism which seemed to permeate the club from top to bottom and the catastrophically bad press conferences which made Moyes look like a rabbit caught in the headlight.

Moyes and his charlatans have run out of luck: 5 things we’ve learnt from Everton vs United

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Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse, United managed to lower their standards even further and yesterday's shambolic display away at Everton summed up our season: flat, gutless, shocking.

It's hard to draw any lesson at all from such an atrociously poor performance, but here's five things we've learnt.

Huge wages the key to United’s target?

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Manchester United are set to offer £260,000-a-week to Toni Kroos, in an attempt to lure the German international away from the Allianz Arena this summer, after David Moyes has realised that his already uncertain future could be under even more intense scrutiny if he fails to secure world class signings.

United confident of landing England international

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Southampton's left-back Luke Shaw could be David Moyes' first signing of the summer, with reports suggesting that United are confident to clinch a deal, thought to be worth around £30m, for the 18-year-old England international.

Shaw has been hugely impressive for Southampton this season, winning his first England cap and forcing himself into contention for a place in the World Cup squad, all while emerging as one of the brightest talents in English football and attracting interest from a host of big clubs.

Two defenders and a striker on Moyes’ radar

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David Moyes might have endured a dismal inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, but by now the United manager must have earned at least two life-times worth of air miles, given the regularity with which he flies across the continent to scout potential transfer targets.

Moyes was at it again yesterday, as he flew to Lisbon for the semifinal of the Portuguese Cup between Benfica and Porto, where he apparently scouted three of the many "top targets" he has on his book ahead of the summer.

United close in on deal for £35m midfielder

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Reports today suggest that Manchester United have agreed a deal worth £35m for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, which will bring the defensive midfielder to Old Trafford after the World Cup, as David Moyes looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.

United have scouted Carvalho intensely this season and the 22-year-old was also on the radar of a host of other top European clubs including Liverpool, Monaco, Inter Milan and Real Madrid but talkSPORTsuggests that Ed Woodward has managed to get his man this time around as indeed had the Mirror a few weeks ago after failing spectacularly with bids for Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas last season.

Klopp on United’s radar

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Manchester United could target Jurgen Klopp as replacement for David Moyes if they decide the Scotsman is not the right man to guide the club forward after a disastrous inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, which has seen the Reds fall 20 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Last week it had emerged that United had met Holland manager Louis Van Gaal and even though the rumours were then swiftly denied by the club, the news was enough to place Moyes' future under a cloud, particularly as an increasing number of fans seem to have turned on him.

Persisting with Moyes could threaten Fergie’s legacy

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Yesterday was a horrible day. Not because my legs felt like they were made of concrete after a 10-mile run or because I started feeling the symptoms of man flu, but because despite forcing myself to support Manchester City for 90 minutes, all I was left with was a bitter taste in my mouth.

That taste quickly became nauseating once I realised just how close Liverpool are to win a first league title since 1990, barely 12 months after Fergie steered us to number 20 last season, before calling it a day and were they to win the league, it would be utterly devastating for a number of reasons: nobody saw it coming and media love-in with the scousers is already in full swing, even though they haven't won it yet.

United veteran keen to stay

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Since taking over the club in July, David Moyes has repeatedly stressed the need to rebuild his team and part ways with many players of the current crop, regardless of how successful or how important to the club they might be.

It is, therefore, slightly surprising to see one players widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer declaring that he's determined to continue playing football with Manchester United, yet that's exactly what Rio Ferdinand did yesterday, when he announced his intentions to remain at the club beyond the summer.

United are playing for their future

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Darren Fletcher's return to action has been one of the few positives of this wretched season and Fletch is one of the few senior players to have embraced responsibility, rather than shying away from it and the United midfielder has warned his team-mates that they're all playing for their future.

United's shambolic campaign was brought to an end in Munich and the Reds enter the last five weeks with absolutely nothing left to play for apart from dignity and personal pride, a stark reminder of how low the standards have fallen in David Moyes' first season in charge.

Moyes, Evra and the end of an era: five things we’ve learnt from Bayern vs United

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As of last night, United's season is as good as over. The upset we had dreamt of even more intensely for those 22 seconds between Evra's goal and Mandzukic's equaliser wasn't to be and United, for the first time in a long while, have absolutely nothing to play for between now and May.

Here's five things we've learnt last night.

Analysing Guardiola’s Bizzare Tactics!

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We all know Pep Guardiola, manager of Bayern Munich is a very intelligent man. He likes to keep his opponents guessing about whatformations he is going to play and what players he will field. He often leaves out stellar players such as Arjen Robben simply to confuse opposingmanagers. In Bayern Munich's match vs Manchester United he played a 2-3-2-3.

Has Moyes Created A Monster He Can’t Control?

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One of David Moyes' projected highlights to come from his first few months as Manchester United boss comes in the form of Wayne Rooney.

Simply that he is still a United player.

At the point of taking the reigns, it seemed that Rooney was as good as gone after becoming disillusioned by life at OT having played second fiddle to Robin van Persie all last year.

United “not far away” from Europe

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David Moyes yesterday insisted that Manchester United will be back in the Champions League within a season or two and that while the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich was hard to take, there were plenty of positives to be drawn from United's performance at the Allianz Arena.

Not surprisingly given the way he's conducted himself this season, Moyes also emphasised the need to rebuild the team and, if he's allowed to remain in charge, one feels last night might have been the last European game in red for a few players who could follow Nemanja Vidic out of the door in the summer.

England can win World Cup thanks to United

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Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer's World Cup Finals!

Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson's final 23-man squad.

United’s last chance of redemption

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Having spent the first leg defending in the trenches that were dug around their 16-yard box while trying to hit Bayern on the counter, United travel to Germany knowing that, at some stage during the game, they'll have to shed the ponderous and dithering cloth they've worn all season and attack.


United make Singing Section permanent

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Manchester United have confirmed that after trials against Real Sociedad and Fulham this year, the Singing Section will become a permanent feature at Old Trafford from the beginning of next season.

Fans United, the group behind the initiative which includes different fanzines and forums among which featureStretford End Flags, Red News, Andy Mitten and Reclaim United, have today announced that the Singing Section will be located in the J Stand, meaning that those season ticket holders who sit in that area of the ground will have to be moved, unless they've signed up to take part in the initiative.

Disecting The Manchester United Midfield

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The midfield has been an area that has been under intense scrutiny from supporters, pundits and anyone else who has an opinion on football. From the success of the Keane Scholes partnership to the disappointment of the Carrick Fellani partnership, in this post I will try my best to analyse the Manchester United midfield.

How Manchester United Can Beat Bayern In 3 Steps

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On Tuesday night, Manchester United put in an admirable performance against the reigning European champions, Bayern Munich to earn themselves a 1-1 draw at OldTrafford. The desire and discipline shown by the players was crucial to United's success. However equally as essential was the way manager David Moyes set up the team.

The Special Juan

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The last time United approached a game in April in such relaxed fashion, Marouane Fellaini was probably elbowing kids in his local nursery and the Glazers had never heard of English football, let alone Of Manchester United.

A trip to Newcastle did not offer much to get excited about, apart from the fact that silencing the self-appointed "best fans in the land" in their own ground is always a pleasant activity, just as is reminding them that Ole Solskjaer cost a lot less than Alan Shearer.

United seek more joy on the road

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If the "one step forward, two steps backward" pattern that United have established this season is anything to go by, expect the Reds to suffer a catastrophic defeat at Newcastle tomorrow,having delivered one of the most unexpected results of the season on Tuesday night.

The fact United travel to the North East with all the focus on Wednesday's return leg in Munich is extremely surprising, given the general and justified doom and gloom that surrounded the club ahead of Tuesday's 1-1 draw.

Are United becoming the new Arsenal?

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Amongst all the debate and speculation surrounding David Moyes' position at Manchester United, it raises many different opinions and views on the future of the club. One thing is for sure, domestically we've been appalling. No excuses, it's been unacceptable.

There are plenty who feel Moyes should have been sacked ten times over.

Moyes succeeds where others have failed

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Manchester United, having gone into the match tasked with avoiding further humiliation in this most abject of seasons, produced a hugely spirited display and will be disappointed to head to Munich next Wednesday with merely a 1-1 draw to show for their efforts.

That the Red Devils produced such a result against the odds attributes a lot to their counter-attacking game-plan.

Rooney rejects Bayern’s accuses

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Wayne Rooney has rejected accuses that he dived to get Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off in the closing stages of the first leg of Manchester United's Champions League quarter final against Bayern Munich.

The Munich midfield, who had scored his side's equaliser eight minutes after Nemanja Vidic had put United ahead, earned himself a second yellow card when he lunged at Rooney only a couple of yards outside the Reds' penalty box, prompting referee Carlos Velasco to send him off.

Faltering Fellani Fails To Impress, Again

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He was bought for a price tag that exceeded his reputation. When David Moyes did finally confirm the signing of Belgian international Marouane Fellani nobody at Manchester United was quite sure what to expect, however the universal consensus was that it was a 'desperate signing'. The price tag of £27.

*WARNING* This Article Contains Mild Hints Of Praise For David Moyes.

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In recent weeks and months, the mere suggestion of getting behind David Moyes, or even backing one solitary decision of his, has been fervently jumped on by certain sections of the United faithful like wild dogs. It's almost like every good thing to happen to United this season (granted there haven't been many) has been nothing to do with the manager at all.

Fellaini, buses and Moyes: 5 things we have learnt from United vs Bayern

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United went into last night's game against Bayern Munich widely expected to be not only beaten but thoroughly humiliated, given the gulf in quality between the two sides. After a plucky effort, however, United remain in the tie and while a 1-1 draw places Bayern in the driving seat, it's a lot better than what many of us would have expected.

Fort Moyes holds on

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"So come on David Moyes, play like Fergie's boys" went the chant that we loudly belted out earlier this season.

Tonight, play like Fergie's boys United did not in fact they haven't done so for about nine months now but they still managed to secure a result that gives them a chance ahead of the second leg and showed that when it matters, United, regardless of whoever is in charge, can still put up a fight against Europe's finest.

Guardiola: “Big clubs don’t tolerate losers”

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Pep Guardiola has warned David Moyes that failure to win at a big club is intolerable and that managers must deal with the pressure that comes with managing a club like Manchester United and deliver trophies, or else they risk losing their job even if they've only been in charge for a year.

The difference between United and Bayern Munich couldn't be more evident.

United need a miracle

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The last time Bayern Munich traveled to Old Trafford, they found themselves 3-0 down in less than 20 minutes, only to claw their way back into the game thanks, in no small part, to Rafael's sending off, before Arjen Robben's wonder strike ensured they'd progress to the semifinal.

Such heroics are not likely to be needed tonight, when the German and European champions face United in what is arguably the most unbalanced of the four quarter finals and will likely prove to be the Reds' last Champions League at Old Trafford for who knows how long.

Moyes risks fans’ backlash over Giggs’ situation

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David Moyes could suffer a sever backlash from Manchester United fans if, has it has widely been reported today, he decides to bring Ryan Giggs' career at Old Trafford to an end after 23 years and 961 appearances in a red shirt.

Rumours that Giggs and Moyes do not see eye-to-eye and that the former has become disillusioned with the latter's methods in training and with his tactical approach have grown louder in recent weeks, despite Giggs' swift denial in yesterday's press conference of any rift existing between him and his manager.