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  • charlieklein 06:05 on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Season II Episode II – Blogging Reds Monthly 

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    Chudi (@TheBusbyWay) and I (@Blogging Reds) discuss the past two month’s worth of United matches including a debate concerning United’s optimal formation. As usual we give our legends and c*$@-s- of the week.

     
  • charlieklein 04:18 on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogging Reds – Season II – Episode I – Persie Riot 

    Chudi of TheBusbyWay.com and I discuss the #MUFC preseason, the club’s transfer activity, forecast the season ahead, and preview United’s trip to Everton. As usual we also give our legends and c*(#s of the week.

     
  • charlieklein 16:21 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Stop Making Sense – Why Manchester United’s Transfer Policy Is The Way To Go 

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    Now that the final whistle has been blown on the most tumultuous and insanity-inducing Premier League season in many a year, an insanity of a different sort is preying upon our football mad-minds: transfer season. As fans we become transfigured from mere enjoyers of sport to seekers of truth amongst a tumult of lies and spin.

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    • timbo 17:20 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      You can spin the tale any way you like, and it’s obvious from the selective hyperbole you indulged in that the truth is not something you’re willing to let get in the way of some rampant and blinkered tribalism. But the sad fact of the matter is that while you and others of your ilk indulge in such myopic mind games, you do the team a disservice by not holding United up to the scathing interrogation it deserves.

      Nothing exemplifies the matter more than your championing of Scholes return. No one doubts that he’s been a great servant to the club and can rightly be held up as arguably the finest midfielder the EPL has ever seen. But he is a shadow of his former self, and it speaks volumes for the paucity of real midfield talent at the club that he has so effortlessly held a place in the engine room thans to the fact that there have been no real challengers to push him back into the cameo role that suits him best at this stage of his career. The same applies to Ryan Giggs, who is not a central midfielder of real quality, given how frequently he breaks down attacks with his errant passing, poor decision making, and wastrel attitude where possession is concerned.

      A greater point to note on how bad things really are at United is the constant championing of Rooney as the team’s best player. Rooney is the most over-rated, over-hyped footballer of recent times, a player of extremely limited talent, very poor skill sets, the football vision of a Helen Keller, and an equally chronic inability to beat anyone one-on-one that makes him look ridiculously inept on the rare occasions he tries. He’s football’s equivalent of a flat track bully (with copious help from his team mates) who generally disappears in the big games, especially when played as a solo striker, which Fergie inevitably opts for against quality teams as he tries to shore up the shoddy midfield with an extra body. Further he’s such a lousy strike partner, and is so limited that the entire team focus has to be on him, that his strike partners inevitably suffer for being teamed with him. The team’s most skilled player, Berbatov, couldn’t mesh with him which meant being consigned to the wilderness, while Chicharito and Wellbeck have been in a revolving door of consistency playing opposite him. One wonders how many striker partners have to be paired up next to him, or how often United fails playing him as a solo striker, before Fergie or his successor finally realize that Rooney is the team anchor, not its savior. For those who care to cite his goal tally this past season, take out the penalties involved and get back to me, especially when one considers that most of the goals were against teams in the bottom two thirds of the EPL table. His goals to minutes played is pretty poor compared to others, far worse when the penalties are taken out of the equation, all of which looks even worse when one considers that he’s supposed to be the focal point in attack for one of the best teams in the country, meaning he should be raining them in. Interesting to note is that Berbatov was top of the tree for goals to minutes.

    • dee 17:54 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thumbs up 4 such an amazing article. Keep the good work up.

    • Red Devil 19:16 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Charlie, spot on about Hazard, who it appears would have signed for whoever put the most money on the table. I am not bitter about him signing for Chelsea, just glad he didn’t sign in the end for United!
      City, to their credit won the PL but the big test is yet to come. Was it a ‘one off’ or can they really step up and do it again? For me I have my doubts.
      As for Chelsea, well their squad is ageing and needs urgent replacements and players know this, so up their demands as do other clubs with their transfer fees, so if Chelsea want to spend multi-millions, but money cannot always buy success!
      As regards the Glazers. Yes no United fan will ever praise these people because of their money grabbing methods and the way vital finances are going to banks and other institutions instead of on playing staff BUT as long as Sir Alex is in charge of team affairs, his judgement and management will see United continue to be strong and to challenge for honours.
      Finally, the pending signing of Kagawa will hopefully not be the only signing. Another midfielder would be welcome along with a striker of some note, Lewandowski would no doubt fit the bill but his transfer seems doomed, still SAF will no doubt have others lined up and at reasonable prices too!

    • Jo 20:16 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Since I’m d first person to comment, I would say good article but tired of hearing this unfair, partial, wrong criticism on anderson. The brazilian whose brings strength, pace that the team relied on different occasions though blighted by reoccuring injury deserves more from d media. Even SAF rates him high.

    • Prince Evans 20:19 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Glazers, de owners of ManU shud better wake up and stop disappointing their fans. Get us more expirence players not minding de prize tag. We need Kagawa and more more of his types to feed Wayne Rooney, Chicarrito and de rest of de strikers.

    • Paul King 21:38 on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      A very interesting article. You are absolutely spot on!

    • bayor 05:03 on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Teams Ar̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ spending
      Money to win trophies so manchester united should spend this money and stop giving their fan heartbreak

  • charlieklein 14:14 on April 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    United, Still Top Of The League 

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    Chudi (@TheBusbyWay) and I (@Blogging Reds) discuss the last month of Manchester United matches, preview the Manchester Derby, give our insights on Graham Hunter’s “Barça” and do our usual legends and c***s of the week.

     
  • charlieklein 07:03 on March 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XXII: United, Top Of The League 

    Chudi (@TheBusbyWay) and I (@Blogging Reds) discuss all of the latest United fixtures, the team’s travails in Europe, give our takes on the latest developments with Paul Pogba, speculate on the future of Anderson, and reflect on the reaction to Fabrice Muamba’s heart attack. As usual we do our legends and Piers Morgan’s of the week.

     
  • charlieklein 04:21 on March 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XXI: Ryan Giggs, Running Down The Wing 

    Jason (@JasTheDevil), Chudi (@TheBusbyWay), and I discuss the latest Manchester United matches versus Liverpool, Ajax, and Norwich City as well as the Paul Pogba contract situation. As usual, we give our legends and c***s of the week, while also providing our usual banter.

     
  • charlieklein 17:57 on February 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XX 

    Chudi of @TheBusbyWay and I of @Blogging Reds discuss United’s trip to Stamford Bridge, the role racism has played in this year’s Premier League, preview United’s match against Liverpool and praise the play of David de Gea.

     
     
  • charlieklein 14:58 on February 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XIX: We Love Gibson, We Do 

    Chudi of @TheBusbyWay and I (@Blogging Reds) discuss United’s travails in the FA Cup, give analysis of the Reds’ victory over Stoke during the week, preview United’s trip to Stamford Bridge and much, much more.

     
     
  • charlieklein 01:16 on January 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XVIII: High Times In The Capital 

    Chudi (@TheBusbyWay) and I (@Blogging Reds) discuss last weekend’s match against Arsenal, give our thoughts on the first US network television broadcast of an English Premier League match and give our usual legends and c*^@-s- of the week.

     
     
  • charlieklein 06:23 on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Episode XVII: Derby Day Delight & The Return of the Mack 

    Chudi of @TheBusbyWay and I discuss the Manchester derby, giving in-depth analysis on the match events, the dramatic return of Paul Scholes, the Kompany sending off and much more. As usual we preview United’s next match and give our legends and c*$@-s- of the week.

     
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