Jan 08 2012

No sign of a blue moon rising as United enjoy derby day revenge

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 8:51 pm

Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating Manchester City in a pulsating encounter at Eastlands.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck sent United fans into raptures as Fergie’s men reclaimed local rights, while City were left incensed by referee Chris Foy’s decision to send Kompany off.

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Jan 08 2012

United Visit City in Crucial Cup Clash

It’s safe to say that any match between Manchester United and Manchester City is massive, especially in the present, when it looks like the two could be fighting it out for Premier League titles on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. That being said, it’s somewhat difficult to get a read on the full significance of today’s FA Cup third round showdown, in relation to where United are and where they will go afterwards. Will a win today spark a big winning run, or would it be nothing more than an away win over the archrivals and a place in the next round of the FA Cup? Would a defeat cause a crushing loss of confidence, or would it actually spur United on positively?

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Jan 07 2012

The Academy: United 3 – 3 Bolton Wanderers

Tag: Academy @ 11:12 pm

United’s under 18s fell behind three times but each time pegged their opponents back to earn a point and a few lessons against Bolton’s under 18′s at Carrington this morning.

In steadily worsening conditions throughout the 90 minutes, United failed to get into their stride and dominate possession like they had been doing in the closing weeks of 2011. Similar goals from Rudge and Hendrie sandwiched a typically United goal for Sam Byrne, but the story of the game lies in the errors that continue to plague this seemingly immature, ignorant defence who appear unwilling to learn from their own mistakes.

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Jan 07 2012

Manchester United: Games in Wallpapers

RedRants has teamed up with Multimedia Designer, Muadh Kalbani to produce what will hopefully become a regular feature.

The idea is simple. Create an enduring image that typifies each game using one single image and a dab of photoshop. Hopefully there’ll be some brilliantly poignant images created over the season that you, and many others feel compelled to adopt as your desktop wallpaper. You can find the page…..

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Jan 06 2012

The Academy Returns. MUFC v Bolton: Preview

Tag: Academy @ 10:18 pm

Tomorrow sees the return of the Premier Academy League as United take on Bolton at Carrington in an 11am kickoff.

These sides met in early November in what proved to be a enjoyable game between two teams so far struggling for consistency this season. The match ended in a 2-1 win for United with goals either side of halftime from Ekangamene and Barmby, the former blasting a wonderful low strike from 30+ yards and the latter a smart finish after an awful defensive lapse of concentration.

The score could and maybe should have been greater that day with good chances squandered throughout. The victory was marred by what turned out to be a nasty hip injury to Joe Rothwell, his return is expected sometime in February. The game was also an opportunity for the young, but quickly improving young reds, to keep a valuable clean sheet. It wasn’t to be thanks to a late break away goal that could easily have been dealt with.

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Jan 06 2012

Is defeat to Newcastle down to Sir Alex’s tactical blunders?

Tag: Tactics & Analysis @ 1:44 pm

New year, new resolutions! 2011 brought United their long awaited 19th League title, an 8-2 win against Arsenal, a dramatic Charity Shield win versus Manchester City in August, and much, much more. No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson will want to make 2012 an even better year for the club, as the now 70-year old manager looks to build yet another footballing force at the kingdom that is Old Trafford. However, the year did not start well for the Red Devils. Not at all. Despite City dropping points against Sunderland, they managed to ghost past Liverpool just two days later and get a three point lead over their neighbors. A win against Newcastle would be vital for the reds, especially given the unnecessary loss to Blackburn Rovers just this weekend. United usually respond after losses, but fell short to Newcastle who dominated themselves to a 3-0 win.

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Jan 04 2012

United Look to Rebound with Triumph at Newcastle

In a long season, there are going to be setbacks, no matter who you are. That’s a guarantee. But it’s how you respond to those setbacks that matters, and Manchester United will look to provide their usual response to rare setbacks when they take on Newcastle United tonight at Sports Direct Arena. The shock home defeat to Blackburn on New Year’s Eve was a setback that no one could have seen coming, especially given the form that United were in coming into the match, but what’s happened has happened, and though a win tonight won’t take away the stink from Saturday’s setback, it will see a winning start to 2012, and more importantly, it will keep United right where they need to be in the Premier League title race.

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Dec 31 2011

Blackburn in no mood for presents on Fergie’s 70th

Tag: Manchester United,Match Reports @ 8:19 pm

Blackburn produced arguably the shock of the season so far by defeating Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in an unexpected set back for the champions.

A Dimitar Berbatov brace wasn’t enough to rescue United as goals from Yakubu and Grant Hanley sealed a famous victory for under pressure manager Steve Kean.

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