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.
Well the quiet didn’t last long, did it? Less than 36 hours have passed since United lifted their first trophy of the season – admittedly of very limited importance – but football has again been exiled from today’s back pages, with injuries and transfer gossip thundering back on stage, despite having very little to add to what we already knew.
England’s manager Roy Hodgson decided to offer his 20p on the Wayne Rooney saga, by claiming the striker has been injury-free for “several days”and will therefore feature when England face Scotland at Wembley tomorrow night, after missing out on Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial and on the Community Shield because of an unspecified shoulder injury.
Nine years ago, when United unveiled Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford, it appeared nothing could stop the 18-year-old from becoming one of the game’s brightest stars as Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were deemed the perfect environment to nurture and develop the teenager into something special.
Almost a decade on, the teenager is no longer a teenager (although the petulance and self-pity characterising Rooney’s behaviour over the last 18 months do not do his 27 years any justice), and the relationship between player and club has deteriorated to such extent that parting ways is as inevitable as it could be beneficial for both parties involved.
Wayne Rooney could make his comeback for Manchester United in friendly behind closed doors against Spanish side Real Betis today. The 27-year-old is still to feature in a game under new manager David Moyes after returning home from United Australasian tour with a hamstring injury.
Rooney, however, could line up today alongside the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Nani and Antonio Valencia, as Moyes wants to get as many of his players up to speed as possible, particularly those who missed out on the tour due to injuries, ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield, the season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley.
To some he’s the new Roy Keane, to others a perma-haired anti-Christ, a bully whose only talent is to swing his elbows wildly while kicking opponents in the shins. Many see him as the perfect option for United while others recognise him as the only option left for David Moyes and Ed Woodward but one that would, almost inevitably, speed up the process of “Evertonisation”.
Whatever your take on Marouane Fellaini, few players have managed to split opinions among United fans as the Belgian has done in recent weeks as rumours linking the Everton midfielder with a move to Old Trafford have grown increasingly louder during United’s systematic failures to land either Thiago Alcantara or Cesc Fabregas.
I am at my wits end. I surrender, like Napoleons legendary Grognard’s the Old Guard, I am forming the last square as I have met my Waterloo. What the Hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, all I am saying is that I am sick and bloody tired of trying to get it through to a number of members’ minds just what my intentions and feelings are about United’s ownership and their transfer policies. I give up. I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. How can I go on and on and on about the Glazers, the con jobs, the lies, the deceit, when so many of you prefer to bask in your sunny tanning studio of denial and swallow bullshit corporate facts.
We all dream of playing to win at Old Trafford, and the chance has now arisen courtesy of Party Poker. Although this new tournament won’t see the winner step out on the hallowed turf, it could see you compete in a prestigious poker competition.
The Road to Old Trafford poker competition is set to be held on August 9th and 10th, with fans being awarded the chance to play cards at the legendary football stadium, courtesy of Party Poker. The event is expected to attract a lot of United fans and avid poker players, and the Premier League champions are making a weekend of it with other attractions to tempt potential players.
Will it ever change? Will I ever feel joy and satisfaction for my club again(?) the way I used to before the Glazer menace blackened my heart and destroyed my dreams of an awesome Manchester United.
Let me first say that my feelings for the way United is run and over its transfer policies has left me cold, bitter and in a rage. I thank and appreciate the fine work and dedication put in by the living legend Sir Alex Ferguson. If it were not for him I shudder to think where we would have been these past years in which the Glazers took our club hostage. I may not have agreed with many of his dealings and his menacingly frustrating support of the ownership but I also realize that the man was a gifted manager and leader and he got more out of his squad than most any other man alive.