In the ebullient cauldron that welcomed United in their first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League two weeks ago, one flag stood out from the many that adorned the away end. It read “All the scenes I saw, left me wanting more”, expressing the thoughts of different generations of Reds, from the older heads to the younger fans who are old enough to remember the Treble.
As ever when it comes to Manchester United, moderation is a luxury fans can’t afford, don’t want to afford and aren’t afforded, as the team this season has gone from being the worst United squad ever (for the third year running, I believe) to the point where is now touted to be in a position to emulate the side of ’99.
Journalist Samuel Luckhurst yesterday published an article entitled ‘Gareth Bale Was Right To Reject Sir Alex Ferguson And Manchester United’
What do you make of what he has to say about the development of Bale at Spurs rather than if he’d joined United? Luckhurst also has his say on Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and Phil Jones to name but a few. In the case of the latter pair, myself and @BusbyMUFC believe it’s a weak argument to use players who have both suffered more than their fair share of injuries since joining the club to suggest Sir Alex stifles a players progress.
Have a read for yourself and leave your thoughts at the bottom.
Considering the abundance of striking options at Sir Alex Ferguson’s disposal, one would think that a striker isn’t a necessity for Manchester United but, over the last few weeks, rumours linking some of Europe’s frontmen with a move to Old Trafford have intensified.
While any transfer speculation at this stage of the season must be taken with more than the traditional pinch of salt, United have matured a reputation for sealing their deals well before the opening of the transfer window and, considering David Gill’s imminent departure, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be willing to have business done and dusted in the early stages of the summer market.
The Poland international has long been linked with a move away from the German champions, with Manchester United among the favourites to land him.
Now his representative, Cezary Kucharski, has claimed that the 24-year-old already knows where he is going, hinting that he will leave Dortmund this summer.
Bob Dylan has probably never heard of Ryan Giggs. In fact,when the folk legend wrote “Forever Young”, the idea of a 39-year-old footballer trotting around the pitch like a teenager was as far away from his mind as anything else, but Dylan’s words are the last resource left to describe a man who keeps defying age with impressive regularity, just 10 months shy of his 40th birthday.
This weekend bwin are offering a free £20 bet to all RedRants readers as United make the journey South to take on struggling QPR at Loftus Road.
It’s a fixture that’s gone predominantly United’s way down the years and, after last years capitulation on the final day of the season away to City, United and their fans I’m sure will be gunning to strike another blow into Rangers’ Premier League survival hopes so you might fancy putting your money on United to win at 1.50.
Let’s take a look at how a few of the prominent United websites preview the game before we take a look at a few of the odds.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast with United producing result after result at crucial moments and looking sharper by the week. This weekend’s trip to Shepherds Bush in West London to face QPR is yet another chance and yet another crucial moment United need to capitalise on.
Sitting pretty twelve points clear of our closest rivals, United kickoff almost 24hrs ahead of City who face a very tricky looking match at home to Chelsea, by the time they get underway United could be a nerve inducing FIFTEEN points clear.
History and form are on our side and I can’t see us slipping up although it won’t be straightforward. RedRants’ recommended prediction site – Betegy – sees this going United’s way too, predicting a 1-0 win to impound yet more pressure on QPR, Harry Redknapp, Manchester City AND the best manager in England….Roberto ‘he’s definitely cracking up’ Mancini.
It’s top versus bottom as United taken on QPR at Loftus Road, and they look banker material at 1.53 with bet365 to come away with all the points.