Red Rants Archives for January 2015

[Video] Fellaini’s scores cracker for Belgium

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Marouane Fellaini's resurgence showed no signs of stopping on Saturday night, as the Belgian scored twice for his country in their 5-0 win against Cyprus.

After enduring a torrid time under David Moyes, Fellainihas been one of United's best performers this season, scoring five goals in 23 all competitions and establishing himself as a regular in Louis Van Gaal's starting XI.

Five transfer targets for United

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Over the past two seasons just about anyone and everyone has been linked with a potential move to Old Trafford. In his first summer transfer window Louis Van Gaal spent nearly £150 million on new talent, bringing in six players who have all enjoyed periods of good form this season when not injured. Although the two big name signings of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have failed to live up to expectations, Van Gaal has got the most out of his less hyped signings, like Daley Blind and Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo.

Rooney: “Play me up-front”

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Wayne Rooney has said that he was happy with Louis Van Gaal's decision to deploy in his natural role up-front after a spell in midfield addinghe felt pleased with his current vein of form.

Earlier in the season, with Van Gaal trying to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the side, Rooney found himself deployed as central midfielder, as United shifted between 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 formations.

Fellaini: “LVG what we needed after Moyes”

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Marouane Fellaini has described Louis Van Gaal as the sort of strict manager Manchester United needed this season after David Moyes'shambolic, short-lived tenure.

The Belgian arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day last season but failed to recapture the form he had shown at Everton and soon became a pantomime villain, as he epitomised Moyes' ill-fated 10-month spell in charge of the club.

LVG has found right formula

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Michael Carrick believes that Manchester United have finally found the winning formula and that their 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday highlighted they've finally turned a corner.

Louis Van Gaal has struggled to impose his style onto his team since arriving at Old Trafford in July, with United coming under intense scrutiny for serving up some insipid football during the Dutchman's first eight months at the helm.

Mata: “Win at Anfield one of the best day of my career”

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Juan Mata has described Sunday's 2-1 win against Liverpool as one of the best days of his career, claiming that he's now fully understood what the game means to both set of fans.

After a solid displayagainst Spurs, Mata was choses ahead of Angel Di Maria for United's trip to Anfield and produced an outstanding performance, scoring both goals as Louis Van Gaal's team played Liverpool off the park and strengthened their grip on a top four finish.

Five things we’ve learnt from Liverpool vs United

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Manchester United produceda superb performance to record their second win at Anfield in the last three seasons, as Juan Mata scored twice to extend the gap between United and Liverpool to five points.

United dominated the game from the start, scored two wonderful goals and looked a complete different team from the one that had struggled to impose itself throughout the season and are now in pole-position for a top four finish.

Old foes do battle for a new crown

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Screaming, covered in non-descript fluids and struggling to adjust to the light. Manchester United appeared reborn last weekend.

Reborn in the sense that it felt like watching Manchester United, not like being forced to watch Adrien Chiles' care worker scrub his back in the bath whilst he plays with his manhood.

Neville: “Liverpool are favourites against United”

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Gary Neville believes Manchester United will be the underdogs when they travel to Anfield on Sunday, adding that they'll need to withstand huge pressure if they're to get anything out of the game.

With eight games left in the season, United's trip to Merseyside could be a pivotal moment in deciding the two teams' destiny in the race for top four, with United currently two points ahead of Liverpool but with Brendan Rodgers' men unbeaten in the league since losing at Old Trafford in December.

Robson: “Rooney must play up-front”

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Bryan Robson has said Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's best attacking option and that he wants to see the England captain leading the line at Anfield on Sunday.

Rooney scored United's third goal against Spurs on the weekend, his 14th goal in his last 14th appearances at Old Trafford, as Louis Van Gaal's men swept one of their direct rival for a top four finish aside, delivering arguably their best performance of the season.

Mata: “Attacking football the key for success”

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Juan Mata has said that attacking football was the key to Manchester United's success against Spurs on Sunday, as Louis Van Gaal's men delivered arguably their best performance of the season.

In the first of a series of game against their direct rivals for top four, United blew the North Londoners away, imposing themselves on the game from the start and returning to the dressing room at half time with a three-goal advantage.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Spurs

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Manchester United boosted their chances of a top-four finish with an excellent performance against Spurs on Sunday, as Louis Van Gaal's men finally showed what they're capable of, dominating possession and dictating the tempo.

With a potentially crucialtrip to Anfield coming up next week, have United turned a corner?

The rat race for fourth begins

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The air of unease surrounding toay's fixture against Spurs is similar to that of using the bus.

You expect it to be bumpy, out of your control and there's usually some gormless looking moron sat at the front smelling like urine. Harry Kane and his Spurs side will undoubtedly turn up intending to give United an equally uncomfortable experience.

Valencia issues apology

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Antonio Valencia has publicly apologised for his display against Arsenal on Monday night, which contributed in no small part to Manchester United getting knocked out from the FA Cup.

The Ecuadorian, whose performance was described as "disgraceful" by former United captain Roy Keane, took to social media to apologise to the fans and to his teammates for his horrendous display against Arsenal.

Three alternatives to Falcao for next season

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So often Manchester United have chased, been led a merry dance and failed in the acquisition of world class footballers. The prolonged pursuits of Ronaldinho and Fabregas are embarrassing examples of this from down the years.

So when the loan signing of Radamel Falcao was announced, united fans began to fantasise at the prospect of goals and records that would tumble.

Five things we’ve learnt from United vs Arsenal

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For the first time since the period between 1986-1989, Manchester United will go two seasons in a row without any silverware, after Arsenal deservedly clinched a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to book themselves a place in the FA Cup semifinal.

Having gone behind halfway through the first half, United responded brilliantly thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal and even produced some good attacking football in the first 45 minutes, before it all came crashing down in the second half.

Wenger: “Giggs’ goal won United the Treble”

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Arsene Wenger has claimed that Ryan Giggs' goal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup still haunts him, adding that the Welshman's incredible finish effectively put United on course for a historic Treble.

Having gone ahead through a superb David Beckham strike, United were pegged back by a great finish from Dennis Bergkamp and had Roy Keane sent off for a second yellow deep into the second half.

PSG Rule Out Marquinhos sales amidst Manchester United Interest

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Paris St Germain defender Marquinhos has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester United in the summer. It is well-known that United need reinforcements in defence.

The signings of Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have only added temporary reinforcement to the inexperienced line. United have been looking at a number of top defenders.

United look to conquer the North East

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It's quieter than a nun's hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?

Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.

This week with United sat fourth, five points off City in second place and only one point off Arsenal, it's hard to argue with the progress that's been made.