Red Rants Archives for January 2016

Manchester United news round-up including Aubameyang, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

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Manchester United news round-up including Aubameyang, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Manchester United will face competition from Porto if they are to complete a deal for Braga midfielder Rafa Silva, according to reports. Man United are said to be keen admirers of the 22-year-old but Porto are also in the race to secure his services.

Could Rashford displace Rooney?

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When Marcus Rashford slid the ball past Joe Hart in the derby it was the composed finished of a seasoned striker, not a teenager with less than a dozen senior appearances under his belt.

It's safe to say Rashford has exploded onto the Premiership scene, with goals against bitter rivals City and Arsenal he could not have had a better start to his United career.

United handed FA Cup date

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Manchester United will face West Ham United in the replay of the FA Cup quarter finals on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm, with the winner set toface Everton at Wembley on Saturday 23rd April.

Ten days ago,the two sides drew 1-1 at Old Trafford, as a later Anthony Martial's goal rescued a draw for United, who had gone behind after Dimitri Payet scored a superb free-kick.

Van Gaal hails fantastic derby win

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Louis Van Gaal hailed the atmosphere in the dressing room as "fantastic" after Manchester United secured an unexpected 1-0 win in the Manchester derby.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game, netting after just 16 minutes, and United looked in control for an hour but were forced to cling on their slender lead in the final 30 minutes.

[CONFIRMED LINE-UP] City vs United

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Starting XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Subs:Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.

Van Gaal: “Being 19pts behind Leicester isn’t embarrassing”

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Louis Van Gaal has added yet another entry to the list of baffling statements by claiming Manchester United trailing Leicester by 19 points is what makes football beautiful.

The United manager has spent over £250m in his first two seasons at the club but refused to consider the gap between his side and the league leaders as embarrassing, claiming instead that the achievements of Claudio Ranieri's side proved football's unpredictable nature.

United and Mourinho agree pre-contract deal

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Jose Mourinho has reportedly signed a pre-contract with Manchester United and could be in line for a hefty compensation if he's not secured a permanent deal by 1 June.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, a source close to Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes has confirmed that the former Chelsea boss signed an agreement with United last month, although the club have made clear it retains the right to change their mind.

Manchester City v Manchester United: Preview and Predictions

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Manchester United travel to Etihad for a vital derby against Manchester City this Sunday.

The last time these two sides met this season, both teams shared the spoils. This time, both of them will be reluctant to drop points at this delicate stage of the season.

The home side are still in the title race and will want to close the gap with Leicester City whereas Manchester United will want to give it their best for a chance of Champions League qualification.

United play like a ‘bunch of strangers put together’

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Roy Keane admitted being saddened by Manchester United's current demise and claimed the players aren't coping with the pressure that comes with playing for the club.

United were knocked out of the Europa League by Liverpool on Thursday night, yet another blow in what has become a dismal season for Louis Van Gaal's side and Keane said United's fall from grace was astonishing.

Van Gaal not ‘angry’ after Europa League exit

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Louis Van Gaal said he was proud of his players' effort despite seeing his side getting knocked out by Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 going into the tie, United went in front through an Anthony Martial's penalty and, for a brief moment, looked like they could turn the tie around.

[CONFIRMED LINE-UP] United vs Liverpool

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Starting XI: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Williams, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Memphis

LVG: “We owe a big performance to the fans”

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Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United owe fans a result after a dismal season that has seen them drift away from a top four finish in the Premier League and on the verge of being knocked out from the Europa League.

United host Liverpool on Thursday night and will need a miracle if they're to overturn the 2-0 defeat they suffered at Anfield a week ago.

United coach against Rashford’s England call up

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Nicky Butt has claimed Marcus Rashford should not be included in the England team for Euro 2016, despite a prodigious start to his senior career.

Rashford nettedfour goals in his first two games for United and England boss Roy Hodgson said he would not rule out the opportunity to bring the 18-year-old to France in the summer.

Van Gaal: “Payet more or less dived”

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Louis Van Gaal has accused Dimitri Payet of diving just before scoring the opener for West Ham on Sunday. The Frenchman had already been booked when it went down after making contact with Marcos Rojo in the box, only for Martin Atkinson to deem the contact not worth of a penalty.

However, given that Payet was already on a yellow card, some suggested he should have received a second yellow.

Van Gaal rues “cheap goals”

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Louis Van Gaal has criticised Manchester United for giving away two cheap goals that cost them the game on Thursday night at Anfield and addressed some his wrath to the officials, who gifted Liverpool a penalty in the first half.

United were outplayed throughout the game, although Van Gaal believes Liverpool to be awarded a first half penalty when Memphis was judged to have brought down Nathaniel Clyne in the box.

Van Gaal believes United can turn tie around

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Louis Van Gaal said he believed Manchester United could still progress to the quarter finals of the Europa League despite an utterly shambolic display that saw them lose the first leg 2-0 to Liverpool on Thursday night.

United were never at the races and were outplayed from kick off, going behind to a Daniel Sturridge penalty midway through the first half before conceding a second with less than 20 minutes to go.

Five things we’ve learnt from WBA vs United

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Manchester United's already slim chances of securing a top four finish were dealt a heavy blow on Sunday, as they deservedly lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion.

After a run of four wins in all competition that had somewhat eased the pressure on Louis Van Gaal, United delivered the sort of abysmal performance that has become a common theme of the Dutchman's tenure.

[CONFIRMED LINE-UP] WBA vs Manchester United

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De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Varela, Schneiderlin, Weir, Fellaini, Memphis

Van Gaal: “Making Mata captain was easy”

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Louis Van Gaal has described the decision to hand Juan Mata the captain's armband in Wednesday 1-0 against Watford was an easy decision given the Spaniard's experience.

WithWayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger all unavailable, Mata was named captain for the night and repaid his manager's faith by scoring the crucial winner seven minutes from time.