Red Rants Archives for January 2016

MUFC Transfer news: Nick Powell to join Hull City

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MUFC Transfer news: Nick Powell to join Hull City

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Nick Powell could be leaving Man United on loan and joining Steve Bruce's Hull City. Powell, 21, has been out of action for a few weeks now having only recently returned from a season long lay-off but the suggestion is that he could once again be on his way out for another loan spell.

Why the Glazers are happy with Van Gaal

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Louis Van Gaal might be under enormous pressure at Manchester United but the Glazers are more than happy with his managerial, a Dutch journalist has claimed.

Marcel van der Kraan, a Dutch journalist for De Telegraaf,told Sky Sportsthat the United's hierarchy is satisfied with Van Gaal's ability to build a structure at the club and to givehis side the look of a "well run" company.

Herrera excited by away tie

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Ander Herrera is looking forward to another "special" away game in the FA Cup as Manchester United travel to Derby on Friday night.

The Spaniard, who has previously spoken of his admiration for United's travelling support, reiterated his feelings for the FA Cup, a competition which he described as really special, but warned Derby will be a tough test for Louis Van Gaal's side.

LVG hints he could quit

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Louis Van Gaal has hinted he could quit Manchester United after admitting he has let the fans down after failing to meet their expectations during his 19-month spell at the club, which a fresh turn for the worse on Saturday as United lost 1-0 at home to Southampton.

The defeat leaves United in fifth place, four point adrift of fourth-placed Spurs and piled even more pressure on the Dutchman, whose side have scored 16 goals in the last 16 league games and have picked up just seven wins from their last 22 in all competitions, winning five of their last 16 Premier League games.

Dutchman do battle

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The world really can go through some dramatic declines. As it changes around Bruce Forsyth's lifeless corpse sometimes we fail to appreciate how rapidly things have transformed.

Within a few years cities can go from wonderful holiday destinations to urban decay. Musicians who once lit up the planet become distant memories.

Schneiderlin: “Rooney is United’s main man”

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Wayne Rooney is still Manchester United's main man and his recent return to form proves it, according to Morgan Schneiderlin.

The United captain has put a dismal first half to the season behind him by scoring five goals in the last four games in all competitions, including the winner in Sunday's visit to Anfield and Schneiderlin believes his teammate sets the example in the dressing room.

Smalling explains turnaround in Rooney’s form

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Chris Smalling believes Wayne Rooney has benefited from being droppedfrom the starting XI last month after a dismal run of form.

Rooney scored the winner at Anfield on Sunday, his fifth goal in the last four games, and has looked sharper after he was omitted from the team that started the game against Stoke on Boxing Day.

Five things we’ve learnt from Liverpool vs United

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Louis Van Gaal made it four wins in four attempts against Liverpool, after Manchester United delivered the perfect smash-and-grab performance at Anfield.

On the back foot for large spells of the game, United were fortunate not to go behind on a number of occasions before Wayne Rooney scored his fourth goals in three games to clinch United's second win in a row at Anfield.

[VIDEO] Herrera goes ballistic after United winner

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Ander Herrera has made no mystery of his admiration for United away support, often declaring he would love to be standing in the away end.

As Wayne Rooney clinched United's winner against Liverpool on Sunday, Herrera can be seen sprinting off the bench to celebrate the winner.


LVG reveals Rooney demand

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Manchester United secured their second consecutive win at Anfield thanks to a late Wayne Rooney goal on Sunday.

Louis Van Gaal claimed that he spoke with the United captain before the game and asked him to get a goal at a ground where he had not scored since 2005. Rooney, who missed a penalty in United's 2-1 win at Anfield last season, duly delivered as United moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Rooney: “Nothing beats scoring at Anfield”

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Wayne Rooney has described the feeling of scoring the winner at Anfield as one of the best emotions he's ever experienced.

With United under the cosh, Rooney scored his first goal at Anfield in a decade to give his side a fourth consecutive win against Liverpool and the second against their bitter rivals away from home in as many games.

[VIDEO] Jones celebrates United’s winner

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Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo watched United from the away end today and celebrated Wayne Rooney's winner with the fans. What a club.


— ilka (@schwinesteiger) January 17, 2016

Liverpool vs United preview: Duel of the dross

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Apathy is a strange concept. Often an emotion that follows the understanding of inevitability. Like waking up every day to a Tory government, or the sound of your own biological clock ticking and increasingly the fact that our most beloved are dying while many continue to breathe our limited oxygen.

Van Gaal believes United will not do a Liverpool

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Louis Van Gaal has claimed Manchester United will not suffer the same kind of decline that has seen Liverpool go without a league title in the last 26 years.

United have not won a trophy since lifting the title in 2013 and look unlikely to end their drought this season but Van Gaal was adamant United's decline is only momentary and will not stretch much longer.

Five things we’ve learnt from Newcastle vs United

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Manchester United scored three goals for the first time since 17 October but returned from Newcastle with just one point after conceding a late equaliser.

Having gone two up within 40 minutes, United surrendered their lead yet again before a Wayne Rooney wondergoal fuelled hopes of a second consecutive league win, only forPaul Dummett's superb strike to deny them three points.

Van Gaal admits being bored by United

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Louis Van Gaal has admitted he's been left "bored and angry" by watching Manchester United this season, although he insisted his side's struggles were also due to other teams setting up defensively against them.

United travel to Newcastle tonight having won their last two consecutive matches in all competitions but knowing that no other team in the top six has scored less goals.

Ronaldo was petrified of wearing Beckham’s shirt

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Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he was "petrified" at the thought of wearing the shirt that had belonged to David Beckham.

The Portuguese, not the sort of man one would normally associate with a lack of confidence these days, arrived at Old Trafford a month after Beckham had departed for Real Madrid and revealed he had no intentions of taking on the famous number 7 shirt.

Van Gaal explains decision to replace Mata

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Louis Van Gaal has explained he replaced Juan Mata on Saturday because he was not satisfied with the Spaniard's effort in covering the role he was given.

Mata was largely anonymous against Sheffield United until he was replaced in the 60th minute by Memphis Depay, who went close with a long-range effort before winning a penalty in the third minute of added time.

Scholes: “I’d be depressed to play for this United side”

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Paul Scholes has claimed he would be depressed if he was playing for the current Manchester United side.

United edged past Sheffield United and into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Wayne Rooney penalty after an utterly dismal performance that saw them fail to muster a shot on goal until late in the second half.

Van Gaal targets silverware this season

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Manchester United are still capable to win a trophy this season and lifting some silverware could serve as a springboard for them, according to Louis Van Gaal.

United have not lifted a trophy since winning the Premier League in the 2012-13 season and have already been knocked out of the Champions League and the Capital One Cup this season, but Van Gaal believes the FA Cup and the Premier League are still on his side's radar.

Herrera wants away draw for United

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Ander Herrera has echoed the thoughts of most United fans by admitting he would prefer United to be drawn away in cup competitions.

Louis Van Gaal's side welcome Sheffield United in the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon but the Spaniard, who has previously spoken of his admiration for United's travelling support, said he would like United to play away from home if they beat the League One side.

United players “too soft”, says LVG

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Louis Van Gaal wants his playersto start showing more aggression too each other, hinting some of them were too soft with their teammates.

United ended an eight-game winless run against Swansea last weekend will reach the fourth round of the FA Cup if they beat Sheffield United at home on Saturday, but Van Gaal said it was too soon to say whether his side was back in form.

United recall midfielder

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Manchester United have recalled Adnan Januzaj from his spell at Borussia Dortmund earlier than expected.

The Belgian, who joined the Bundesliga side on loan in the summer, has returned to Old Trafford after United summoned him back because of a lack of games with the 2013 Champions League runners up.

Striker return the right move for United, says U21 coach

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Manchester United were right to recall Will Keane from his loan at Preston North End, according to United's U21 coach Tommy Martin.

Keane was allowed to go on loan to the Championship side in the summer before being summoned back to Old Trafford over the festive period, as Louis Van Gaal looks to end his side's goalscoring problems.

Smalling motivated by transfer speculation

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Chris Smalling has admitted the summer speculation linking a number of centre-backs with a move to Manchester United has driven him to step up to the plate.

During the summer, a number of world class defenders, including Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels, were reportedly on United's radar but in the end Louis Van Gaal opted against signing a centre-back.

Young: “United can still win the league”

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Ashley Young believes Manchester United are still in the title race despite being nine points behind Arsenal.

United ended a dismal run of form that has seen them going without a win in eight games in all competition as they beat Swansea 2-1 at home on Saturday, but they remain way behind the league leaders and could be five points off fourth place should Spurs win at Everton today.

LVG hails “amazing” Rooney

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Wayne Rooney overtook Denis Law as Manchester United's second-highest goalscorer as he scored his first goal in two months on Saturday.

The United captain's brought his goal drought to an end as his side picked up a first win in eight games by beating Swansea 2-1 and Louis Van Gaal was full of praise for the 30-year-old, who has endured a difficult season so far.

Van Gaal explains Rooney recovery

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Wayne Rooney scored his first goal in over two months to secure United's first win in eight games on Saturday against Swansea.

After a dismal run of form, Rooney wasdropped against Stoke before coming on at halftime and while the Manchester United captain had looked sharper against Chelsea on Monday, his goal drought remained a concern.