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.
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.
With England’s debut at Euro 2012 only 36 hours away one would expect the focus to be on the team or the opponent, instead the Rio Ferdinand saga shows no sign of stopping, following Roy Hodsgon’s press conference yesterday.
Few players have divided public opinion in recent years like Wayne Rooney.
Love him or loathe him – the latter a feeling experienced by his own fans only 18 months ago – there’s no question that the boy from Croxteth is probably England’s most talented footballer since Gazza, minus the heavy burden of alcohol addiction.
As I have previously and clearly expressed through some of my contribution to Red Rants, since last season I classify myself as a “Rooney skeptical“, but even I must admit that he has gone some way towards regaining my esteem which, I am sure, matters a great deal to him!
If Manchester United fans still had any doubts, a quick look at today’s backpages will have confirmed that we are well and truly in the silly seas, as far as transfer rumours are concerned.
During a time when the media ponder England Glory, we here at RedRants focus on a real United Icon…..The Manchester United Crest
The Manchester United Crest has become one of the most instantly recognisable ‘Sports Brand’ Icons of the modern global game. It’s become synonymous with success on and off the field. Yet this only tells part of the story, since for much of the reported 659million followers Our Crest means so much more than a Brand…..
It represents Pride… Joy… Tears… Pain… Love… Belief… Sweet and Bitter Memories… It represents Our Passion…
In our final DVD giveaway and countdown to Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine, RedRants has undoubtedly saved the best for last.
Just days before the tournament starts I sense the mood and the atmosphere throughout the country is changing, football glorious football is about to return, hopefully with a bang! It doesn’t matter what nationality you are or who you’re supporting. Fingers crossed this summers ‘Carnival of Football’ (if you can have such a thing in the Ukraine!) will produce football of the highest calibre and create hero’s & villains in equal measure, with luck we could witness the production of classic matches to rival those before it.
Spread over 10 (TEN!) discs, the UEFA Euro: 50 Classic Matches DVD is a chance to relive some of the greatest moments the tournament has produced in it’s fifty year history.