We have another birthday today. On the behalf of the Stretty Rant team, I would like to wish a very happy birthday to Nani! The Portuguese winger turns 24 today. Where has the time gone since he was a young, inconsistent prospect? Now he’s one of the stars in our squad.
Archive for November, 2010
On behalf of the entire Stretty Rant team, I would like to wish Paul Scholes a happy birthday! The English midfielder turns 36 today.
I’m reading reports suggesting that the Glazers are about to pay off a the £220m PIK loan on Monday 22nd November. Bloomberg earlier reported that Joel Glazer signed a document, entitled voluntary free-payment notice, that Red Football Joint Venture will “prepay 100 percent from the outstanding loan on Nov. 22”. The PIK loan to Manchester United would have matured in 2017 and if the Glazers had held the debt until then, they would have owed almost 600 million pounds at the current interest rate – which is based upon Bloomberg’s calculations.
Recently, I predicted that within eighteen months Chris Smalling would be called up to the England squad following what I believe to be an impressive couple of outings for United since his move from Fulham that was agreed in January of this year. However, I was quite shocked, considering I made this prediction a mere month ago, to find that our young centre half has been called up to the full England squad to face France this week. Smalling is yet to start a Premier League match for United but has in three of United’s four Champions League matches. So I’m asking the question – is Smalling the next big thing?
The second episode of the Stretford-End.com team’s vodcast, featuring Yolkie, Kyle and Doron discussing the game at Aston Villa where Manchester United recovered in typical fashion from 2 goals down to equalise, and how that attitude has served them well in the past. Also, the team discuss Wayne Rooney’s impending return to the side and if he can walk straight back in, as well as the search for Ole Solskjaer’s successor and whether or not we support Ian Holloway in his crusade against a possible fine for fielding a weakened side.
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Welcome to the fifth issue of The Red Report, the round table discussion of all things Manchester United by your favourite United blogs: The Busby Way, Stretford-End, Bangalore To Old Trafford, ManUtd24, and Red Force Rising.
This week we look back at the Derby against Manchester City and explain what it means to us; discuss Ole’s departure; praise Michael Carrick; and run the rule over free-scoring Andy Carroll.
Nemanja Vidic scored an 85th minute equaliser to rescue a point for Manchester United who displayed trademark resolve to rally from 2 goals down and escape from Villa Park with their long unbeaten run intact. With the club having recently celebrated Sir Alex Ferguson’s 24th year in charge, the team once again demonstrated that sometimes just the will to win can be the single most determining and thrilling attribute, in sports.
Fixtures against Aston Villa have been a mixed bag of disappointment and excitement in recent seasons, the last of which ended with United lifting the Carling Cup at Wembley. Just a few weeks prior to that cup glory, United were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Villans after Nani’s sending off. And before that United fell to a 1-0 loss against Villa in December. Of course, there’s been plenty of highlights too. Paul Scholes’ volley at Villa Park in the 06-07 campaign comes to mind. And of course, who could forget when Kiko Macheda introduced himself to the world in April 2009? There’s no telling what this match may have in store for us.
A highly anticipated build up for the Manchester derby was extinguished with a damp squib as City’s negative outlook denied United’s – in terms of their restricted capabilities – impressive approach.
The score was goalless and while neither net was troubled to the extent that there would be a winner; and while United exited the derby with the ability to hold their heads high having extended their long unbeaten record with an attacking display, there will still be a lingering sense of dissatisfaction as this entirely credible result left them 2 points further behind champions Chelsea at the top of the table.
There are only a few hours till kick off now and passions will be running high at Eastlands when United and City step out on the field for what will be the 157th Manchester derby. We’ve put together a Manchester City vs. Manchester United preview, which looks at how United will lineup tonight. We’ve teamed up with Paddy Power to offer you the latest odds and betting specials on what should be a quality match tonight.