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For the first time ever is involved with a Live Blog and we’ll have some company while we watch the match (and no doubt bite our nails!). What a match we have in prospect to start with too, United v Liverpool at Anfield….we couldn’t have chosen a better place to start!

We’re co-hosting the game with and hope you’ll join the fun while the action unravels. You can join in via the comments section below or via Twitter, take your pick and have your say.

Welcome if you’re new to the site today, look out for Stephen, Moscow, Opti and Craig Mc who’ll no doubt be sharing their thoughts on what promises to be a great afternoon.

NB: We’re a small but passionate and friendly community on RedRants, it’s is what keeps us talking with each other regardless of our differences of opinion. However, tomorrow’s game is surrounded by a very sensitive issue. The day marks Liverpool’s first home game since the findings of The Hillsborough Panel were made public. Please, for the sake of the club, and more importantly, the families of those who perished that day, please keep the conversations about football and any distasteful comments to yourself. Yes we can point fingers at their treatment of us over The Munich Tragedy over the years, but tomorrow is a day for them to legitimately grieve and not the time to drop our own standards, we’re Man Utd fans and we’ll rise above the anticipation and show dignity and understanding on an occasion where we should be seen and not heard……until kickoff! Thanks.



  1. colver

    September 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Yeah you do worry if Ferguson feels that Anderson and Cleverley are not good enough to start a big game like this.

    • Ian

      September 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Anderson I can understand but Cleverley?! He’s easily good enough, unlike Nani!

    • Moscow

      September 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      @colver: I’m glad Anderson didn’t start today, probably the only player in the world who could have outdone our midfield for shitness today.

  2. tonymontanna4united

    September 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I didnt think we could look any worse than we did here last season, but here we are.
    We are officially the most tactically inept negative long ball side in the top 6.
    Same old bloody story every god damn time. Giggs tries a fancy flick that doesnt come off and ends the game with a 50% pass completion ratio (more to the point why the fuck is he starting).
    We struggle to keep the ball for more than 8 seconds before giving it away.
    Ferdinand turns back and passes to the keeper at every given opportunity which results in us booting the ball back to the scousers.
    Rvp is isolated and ends the game with about 3 touches of the ball all the game.
    Is that really all we can muster? Is that the depth of our coaching staffs technical/tactical teachings?
    60 years of traditions of playing good football with the intention being to always try and win the game, and were now reduced to this.
    Call this overboard if you so wish, but i gotta say if thats what weve come to, i hope fergie is pushing forward his retirement plans for the near future.

  3. tonymontanna4united

    September 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    10 v 11 now. And yet we still wont be able to keep the ball or create a chance id bet 🙄

  4. Moscow

    September 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, that was the most tactically inept performance I’ve seen since Basel away.

    • tonymontanna4united

      September 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      @Moscow: Remember when you said you’d punch a wall if scholes and giggs played in this game 😉 😡

  5. colver

    September 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Well now Scholes is on leaving no doubt about the pecking order in Ferguson’s mind. And a goal down.

  6. tonymontanna4united

    September 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Get in rafa you little beautie.
    See what happens when you actually commit players forward into the opposition half fergie?

    • tonymontanna4united

      September 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      @tonymontanna4united: Get the goal, and then its back to sitting back struggling to get the ball back. And this against 10 men and we still dont want to commit and try and grab a winner 🙄 Pathetic.

  7. Moscow

    September 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Don’t know quite what to feel about that win to be honest. Just glad we finally won at Anfield.

  8. colver

    September 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Yeah it was a very flat performance and I doubt we would have won without the sending off and penalty decision.

  9. tonymontanna4united

    September 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Rafael and rio are the only 2 to come out of this game with any credit. Both were fantastic. The rest of the team was fucking woeful.
    As for fergie, well he seriously needs to wake the fuck up.
    Just how absymal does our midfield need to be before he buys a new midfielder.
    How badly does giggs have to play before we see him not featuring in games of this magnitude again?
    How hard is it to see we have basic fundemental flaws in our team from a tactical and technical view point that obviously our coaching staff dont seem able to address?
    Fergie goes on about value, spends big bucks on the best striker in the busiess, and then doesnt worry when the team isnt putting the chances on for him?
    Our style of play recently, it should have been andy carroll we spent £25m on, not van persie.
    Worst thing is you’d like to think a performance such as that might provoke some sort of wake up from fergie so we dont approach another game in this manner.
    Unfortunately though, history tells us what a stubborn bugger fergie is, and how he fails to learn from things such as this. Its why we approached another game at anfield today with negative tactics, and scholes and giggs in midfield 😡
    It’ll be the bloody same thing when we go to stamford bridge, to wastelands and god help us the nou camp, bernabeu.
    3 points today, so 85 minutes of pure grade a shite is swept under the carpet and forgotten about.
    Our performance today was just a one off. Everyone can have a bad day huh 🙄

  10. ForeverRed

    September 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    3 shots on target against a bottom 3 side with playing with 10 men sums us up really. And let’s be honest, this is one of the most limited Liverpool teams in years – but at least they played as though they wanted to win. Utd’s midfield completely bypassed in the first half by our own players, not just theirs. It’s so consistently obvious to everyone except the people that make the decisions. We need a presence, a driver, a leader in there! Someone who has the energy to get up and down, win the ball back, use it well & serve as a catalyst/inspiration to those around him. There’s no-one among our midfield options that displays more than one of these traits.

    I think it’s easy to make our forwards/wingers scapegoats in this situation but there is zero support and link up from midfield. This only changed today once Scholes came on against a tiring 10 men. We should not let this hide the problems. Only positive to me was a peach of a finish from Rafael. One of the few in the side showing drive and commitment – despite his defensive vulnerabilities.

  11. Jay wire

    September 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    So much for trying to be positive this season. I can honestly say, I’m embarrassed that RVP is at United. Even Kagawa. Step up in the theory of trophies but massive and absolute decline in quality and technical details. I’m sure he’s already beginning to question how in the world we win things with,no exaggeration, the worst technical and tactical setup in European football. Sometimes and especially nowadays, I feel Ferguson is now a liability. This is not a spur of the moment reaction, but I’ve really considered it for a long time now. I used to exonerate him from the blame for lack of tactical quality, because he kind of leaves that stuff to his assistants. But what type of football manager can be so totally incompetent with the mechanics of football on the pitch, at the highest level? He’s been around for too long a time to have learned nothing or improved even slightly his own personal knowledge of football tactics. It’s ridiculous because now even school kids exhibit better tactical awareness. At least the theory of it. In all honesty, besides the issue of the annoying rotation,how in the world did he figure that Ryan Giggs in midfield would be the best option? Or that he should have played at all? Second thoughts I won’t even bother anymore. RVP is probably going the way of Berbatov. I think he may have made a career mistake. It’s very hard, contrary to perceptions, to downgrade your mind technically. It’s like a professor trying to teach nursery kids. You’ll fail. And Nani chose the worst time in the history of timing, to come up with a bad game. Pay me first to watch the next game.

    • fahime shuhaime

      September 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      You know what, talking about the value in market, i’m baffled, why don’t SAF spent £15 million on Santi Cazorla. Watching his performance against Citeh, personally, i think, it’s the best signing of the season. His long-range pass as good as Scholesy. SAF should stops seeking talents in Brasil and divert it to Spain! 😐

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