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Red Rants’ Paper round-up: Thursday

England defeat against Holland occupies the majority of sport pages today but, as usual, there’s plenty regarding Manchester United on the country’s tabloids and broadsheets.

Let’s start with the Daily Mail and the Telegraph as both cover Chris Smalling’s horrific injury. The United defender collided with Klaas Jan Huntelaar in last night’s game against Holland and was taken to hospital after he suffered a severe concussion.

Ferguson, reports the Sun, fears former United man Louis Saha ahead of Sunday’s clash at White Hart Lane, while former Tottenham man Dimitar Berbatov features in two stories on the Guardian and on the Independent, with both paper reporting that Fergie is ready to offer a contract extension to the Bulgarian preventing him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

In the same article, the Independent focuses on Darren Fletcher’s bowel disease, a story which also features in the Mirror and, according to both articles, there’s a strong possibility that Fletch might have to quit football.



  1. Daniele

    1 March 2012 at 08:24

    Since we started this new feature on Monday, I’ve been monitoring the comments and clicks it has received. I’ve also got some feedback on twitter but, obviously, the best place to get feedback is here. What do you guys think of it?Do you find it interesting/informative/quickly and easily accessible or is it complete tosh/waste of time/ruins my morning coffee kind of thing? 😆
    Thanks lads.

    • Nuevo

      1 March 2012 at 10:09

      @Daniele: Thanks for the effort you put in every day for this. I Dont comment much but i still like to go through the discussions happening here. I feel a daily newspaper round up will be good only till the novelty wears off.

      That said, i do like the idea of a single United news repository as i no longer have to troll thru other websites :).

      all in all my judgement is reserved till the next week, when the novelty wears off 😉

    • Stephen

      1 March 2012 at 11:05

      @Daniele: Persoanlly, I think the feature is fabulous, keep up the good work. It is really appreciated.

    • Opti

      1 March 2012 at 17:00

      @Daniele: I appreciate all the effort you’re putting into site andI think having two days worth of paper round up, might be more useful (as mentioned) on off-days.

      Unless something significant takes place, the stories on the papers are repeated and dragged out over multiple days and contain little news-worthy material, so I just skip them all-together.

      For example, today, I checked RedRants to see if there was any update on Smallings injury and when he is expected back, but papers just mention that “it was bloody and he went to hospital”… but that’s hardly any news. I will check again tomorrow or on Saturday to see how long he is out.

      Hopefullly he’s back soon.


  2. colver

    1 March 2012 at 13:09

    It is a good feature. My personal thoughts are the best way to use this feature is to make it bi-weekly which means it can be used to fill the days where there are no match threads. Plus there aren’t as many comments during the week so leaving a post up for a day or two gives more time for people to read and comment before it gets lost as everyone migrates to the most recent post.

    • Ian

      1 March 2012 at 14:52

      That’s why I’m trying to introduce the forum but no one seems interested in giving it a go.

      Have you tried?

      Can anyone tell me if they’ve tried to use it? If so is there a problem or is it just something you won’t use?


      • Stephen

        1 March 2012 at 15:18

        @Ian: Personally I prefer the system as is, lets not make this site Republik of Mancunia mark 2…… But keep up the good work 🙂

      • Moscow is my heaven

        1 March 2012 at 15:27

        @Ian: Completely agreed with Stephen, I prefer it as it is, nice and simple thread and comments.

        I hate the Republik of Mancunia. It’s basically 500 people trying to suck up to the blogger, whereas here you have such a variety of opinion, and if people don’t agree on certain subjects, it makes for intense debate. You’ve taken the reins from RedRanter succesfully, keep up the good work! 🙂

        • Ian

          1 March 2012 at 16:59

          @Moscow is my heaven: and to Stephen:

          The thing for me though is there’s not going to be a drop in blog posts now, yes there’s a lot but I like it that way tbh, the thing I am conscious of is losing commenters because “there’s too many posts and we get lost…..I think we should just have maybe one every two days so we can all talk/comment in there”

          That’s been said before but the posts are all worthy in my view and getting better n better, therefore I think a small forum is the best compromise. I’m not advocating removing the comments option that will NEVER happen, but I think the amount of blog posts I want isn’t conducive to people sticking around and discussing topics before they’re natural end, it’s like a new post comes and cuts short what could be a good debate, I think the site/community has already lost commenters due to this change.

          Do you know what I mean? Can you see what I trying to provide? It’s not instead of…..its there to give YOU the option to create subjects and not just the writers, it’s also supposed to help you keep track of topics and discussions.

          And the comparison with RoM is way of, I never view it tbh but if their community are ‘sucking up to the blogger’ then that’s up to them, I think we have more independent thinkers on here who won’t do that anyway, the forum won’t (and definitely isn’t designed to) change the atmosphere or the rules, it’s just somewhere else to go.

          I tried the chatroom idea but it didn’t work, this is the only other option. I’d appreciate a even just a few of us give it a go, I guarantee if it doesn’t work and the popular vote says ‘get rid of it’ or if it’s attracting the wrong visitors I promise I’ll can it in a heartbeat, I just want to give it a go….

          what do you reckon…..for me?!! 😀

          Thanks for the praise, appreciate it.

        • Stephen

          1 March 2012 at 17:15

          @Ian: I can’t speak for the other lads but I am stubborn and stuck in my ways, sorry Ian 😀

        • Ian

          1 March 2012 at 17:20

          ….and honest too! 😀

        • Moscow is my heaven

          1 March 2012 at 17:21

          @Ian: I’m loving the fact that you’re constantly trying to improve the blog, but for me it is quite perfect as long as I have my edit function, smileys and reply button.

          The thing is a forum divides different topics, and I don’t know about other people, but when I’m ranting I like to mix it up a bit and different aspects of the club to assert my point. Basically, I’m lazy 😀

        • Ian

          1 March 2012 at 17:59

          Why not use the forum that way then? There doesn’t have to be a thread for everything to begin with (we could start a thread called ‘RANTING’) the thread could be just like the comments section is now.

      • Opti

        1 March 2012 at 16:51

        @Ian: I think forum is a hassle because:
        1) Go to
        2) Click forum tab
        3) Sign in
        4) Find thread of interest
        1) Go to
        2) Click story of interest
        3) comment / rant away

        Yes, I am that lazy 🙂

        I like the idea of Match day chats, but I am the only one in there 😀

        • Ian

          1 March 2012 at 17:03


          I’m working on the matchday chat, that will be sorted soon.

          As for the hassle I get you, trust me I’m that lazy too but, your current habit (eg 2) will become more difficult as more and more posts get published, plus people naturally stop talking about topics as they make their way down the list of posts, some of those topics still have legs so a forum gives you that opportunity to see what everyone is / and wants to talk about on one page, surely that’s better than the current format?

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