Today marks the start of a new feature on Red Rants. Every day, apart from match day, you’ll find an article containing the links to the major stories regarding Manchester United as they appear on the national newspapers.
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Ryan Giggs scored a dramatic 92nd minute winner on the day he celebrated his 900th appearance for Manchester United, to beat Norwich 2-1 in a pulsating encounter at Carrow Road.
The Welsh legend’s goal ensured a fairytale finish to his special day and kept United within two points of league leaders City.
The one good thing about Manchester United’s European adThe one good thing about Manchester United’s European adventures presently being on Thursday nights is that it means league games on Sundays instead of Saturdays, and when the archrivals and chief title rivals are playing the day before, that means you know what you have to do well ahead of time.
With City defeating Blackburn at home yesterday, United head into this afternoon’s visit to Norwich City needing three points to keep the deficit at the top at two points heading into next Sunday’s crucial clash at Tottenham. But to get those three points, we’ll have to see a much better performance than the one we saw on Thursday in the 2-1 fall-from-ahead and hairier-than-it-should-have-been home defeat to Ajax. Given this season’s overall success away from home to this point, there’s reason for optimism, even after what was an extremely forgettable performance in what should have been a stroll.
Forget the result, forget United are still without a league win in 2012, forget they led this game 3 three times only to be pegged back after each goal, forget all three Wolves goals were conceded via set-pieces; this was one hell of a performance and an exciting game that could’ve gone either way although, as biased as it might be, I reckon United probably edged the right to be the more disappointed they didn’t walk away with all three points.
Goals from an incredibly lively and responsible Sam Byrne and one each for two players who could hardly get into the game, should have been enough to seal the win today but, some great deliveries and some misfortune cost United after they battled bravely to defend their goal from start to finish.
Paul McGuiness and Manchester United’s Academy boys go in search of their first win of 2012 in the Academy League today as Wolves make the journey to Carrington to face a team they easily beat 5-2 the last time the two sides met at Wolves’ Academy Centre back in October.
United were out played that day and Wolves capitalised on United’s defensive frailties and their inability to recover from losing possession not to mention United’s individual errors in critical areas of the field that gifted goalscoring opportunities to what looked like a decent Wolves team with plenty of promise.
Since that fixture though, the group has improved both mentally and physically, their experience has developed and the manager has found solutions to defensive problems that had him literally shaking his head during the reverse fixture.
Manchester United survived a late scare to progress to the next round of the Europa League.
Despite losing 2-1 to Ajax at Old Trafford, United advance to the last 16 of competition after winning 3-2 on aggregate, but will be concerned with another disappointing performance in Europe.
For those who’ve grown accustomed to seeing my pre-match previews, I apologize for my absence last week. However, it was an excused absence, as I was welcome my first child, a rather adorable little girl (yes, I’m biased, of course!), into the world. The last week has been quite hectic, to say the least, but I can’t say I’ve had many better weeks.