Jun 19 2012

Troubles start on the road for United

Tag: Paper Round-up @ 9:39 am

With Wayne Rooney making his comeback tonight and England needing just a draw to qualify, the back pages are at their sensationalistic best, comparing Rooney to Pele and hailing him as the country’s saviour.

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Jun 18 2012

United hope to avoid first day blues on Merseyside

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:20 am

Manchester United will begin the 2012-13 Premier League campaign away at Everton on the 18th of August, before welcoming Fulham at Old Trafford a week later.

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Jun 16 2012

United’s driving force behind the challenge that nearly was?

Tag: Player of the Month @ 3:10 pm

It’s been a long time since what happened, happened. It’s taking time to come to terms with the unspeakable truth, but slowly and gradually, day-by-day, it’s becoming easier and easier to pretend it never happened at all!

I can, hand on heart, promise you that I haven’t been able to read a newspaper since May, I haven’t because I won’t. Sky Sports News hasn’t dared show it’s graphical interface and the horrible news it carries with it into my house since Sunday May 13th.

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Jun 16 2012

The Year That Was ……. 1993

Tag: Manchester United @ 12:25 pm

Last season marked the 20th anniversary since the arrival of Sky and the introduction of the Premier League completely changed  the landscape of English football.

The media have been busy compiling “best of” lists and delivering awards to celebrate the two decades of one of the most exciting leagues in the world, but here at Red Rants we thought that, only by celebrating the team that has won the Premier League 12 times since its inception, would the anniversary been properly marked.

So, here’s the first stop in our 12 stations trip, throughout 20 years that have seen United dominating, the emergence of boy bands (of dubious talent), civil wars & revolutions across Europe and technology reach heights previously unseen.

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Jun 13 2012

Another new signing for United sees faith placed in youth

Amidst the football thugs and exhilarating goals, there’s been plenty to talk about at Euro 2012 recently.

However, today’s back pages are all about Wayne Rooney and the news United have signed yet another young starlet with the world at his feet.

The Sun and the Telegraph report that despite being moderately satisfied with the draw against France, Roy Hodgson believes that Rooney is the man England will rely on to make the final leap and book a ticket for the quarter-finals.

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Jun 11 2012

With three young stars already in the bag, has the cat been let out about these others?

Following last May’s heartbreak Manchester United have been busy in the last few weeks as the signings of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, and young Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez testify.

With offers for Luka Modric and Leighton Baines reportedly being lined up, it’s realistic to imagine a different looking United resuming Premier League hostilities in August.

The new signings have also confirmed what United fans have known for a while.

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Jun 11 2012

United over your Country?

Tag: Manchester United @ 10:03 am

Today sees England begin their Euro 2012 campaign as underdogs versus the much fancied French, but are Manchester United fans really as ‘Anti-Ingerlund’ as they make out?

If you fancy a bet on the England National Squad and you do fancy their chances, there’s plenty of so-called ‘value’ in the market thanks to unusually low expectations on the team.

I’ve been surprised by the amount of ‘Come on England’ tweets littering my Twitter timeline considering the followers of @Red_Rants are obviously 99% United fans. With the fashionable stance amongst United fans (which has been fashionable for many years now) to publicly and vociferously detest England and its ‘Anti-Manchester United’ supporters, it’s refreshing (to me) to see so many messages of good will towards the team.

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Jun 10 2012

Kagawa the Rising Sun – but only the beginning of United’s midfield dawn

There is little to deny that the current Manchester United midfield is a shell of its former glory. Gone are the days when Roy Keane would patrol the pitch like an overzealous guard dog, bulldozing all in his path. And whilst Paul Scholes still remains, his mobility is reduced, and the loss of his Irish pit-bull partner has left a hole so deep that even the talents of Djemba Djemba and Liam Miller couldn’t plug it.

Ferguson has already shown his intent to revitalise the United midfield this summer with the capture of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa from double German champions, Borussia Dortmund. The 23 year old will certainly improve the United squad and is an exciting talent to have on board. Two-footed and attack minded, Kagawa likes to play behind the striker as a No. 10 or out wide as a winger-cum-midfielder. Whilst he loves scoring goals, 17 goals in 43 last season, he is an unselfish player, delighting equally in laying on teammates. He notched 13 assists in 43 the previous term. Kagawa will allow Fergie a lot more versatility, especially when switching to one up front in Europe.

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