It’s an unusual place to be in when you’re sat laughing at some of the articles and comments posted by United fans who claim to be ‘sick’ and ‘angry’ about United’s summer business and about the standard of it’s current squad.
Since July 1st when David Moyes officially took control of the club, the positivity, support and backing he’s receiving from United fans has quickly ebbed away in some quarters. It’s embarrassing to hear many Reds talk so negatively about our chances of title success this season and more depressing to hear many judging Moyes on his performance in the transfer market over his performance with the current squad. This isn’t Fantasy Football or Football Manager you know, this is real life for David Moyes.
Starting XI: De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Valencia, Welbeck, RvP
Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Zaha, Rooney, Kagawa, Anderson, Fabio
As Manchester United debuts go, Wayne Rooney’s was amongst the greatest and most memorable of all time. Ronaldo, Macheda, van Nistelrooy and Shay Brennan all received approving nods via our Twitter following last night, but surely none compare to Rooney’s? Shame then how the want-away striker could sour the occasion for a man who seems intent on sticking by him.
Today David Moyes takes centre stage as he marches his troops to South Wales for an early evening season opener against Swansea City, a fixture that looks and feels difficult for a number of reasons.
But what will be occupying Moyes’ thoughts throughout what promises to be a cracking spectacle? I can’t see how it can be anything other than Wayne Rooney.
Michael Carrick has withdrawn from England’s squad to face Scotland at Wembley tonight due to an apparent eye infection.
The extent of the ‘injury’ is unknown but with only 4 days until United kick their Premier Leage campaign off at The Liberty Stadium its another piece of news David Moyes would prefer not to hear (ahem).
This time last year RedRants told you United were a great bet in the handicapped market to win the Premier League and that’s exactly what they did.
With a +2 start they never needed, United romped to the title with a total of 91pts pipping EVERTON by just 4pts while City’s apparent slickers and their scratch handicap amassed a shameful 78pts. (See below for complete handicap positions for 12/13)
You can remind yourselves or look for proof if required by reading last years article entitled ‘United a good bet for the title‘. This season we’ve teamed up with LuxBet to try to bring you another great United tip.
With the new season upon us and the genuine intrepidation we all undoubtedly feel towards United’s new era, here’s a chance to find out what journalists and bloggers expect from 2013/14 to ensure you’re not alone.
Authored by Doron (@DoronSolomon) and Edited by Scott (@R_o_M), this pre-season ebook has contributions from Noz @beardedgenius, Lucia @roughestatedate, Callum @callum_th, Darren @darrenrichman plus Scott and Doron themselves while Danny Taylor (The Guardian), Henry Winter (The Telegraph), Ollie Holt (The Mirror), Mark Ogden (The Telegraph) also have their say.
Now then Ladies and Gents it’s that time of year again when we all get £100m to spend on 15 players of our own choice in a bid to accrue more points than our best mates and online buddies. Yes it’s Fantasy Football time again and we’ve started our own league.
This year Sky have introduced NowTV to the many ways of watching Premier League football. We’re giving away a NowTV box to one lucky RedRants reader who enters our Fantasy League.
It’s simple to enter the league and it’s simple to enter the NowTV competition.
After being on the end of a clumsy challenge in yesterdays Charity Shield, United’s Brazilian rightback, Rafael, looks set to miss the opening FIVE games of the season with a hamstring injury triggering a sympathetic and disappointed response from fans.
A few years ago this news would not have been met with anything more than a comical, unsurprised sniff. Now however, such is the rise in form and fortunes of Rafael, it feels like a blow to United’s and David Moyes’ early season plans.