Red and Write – A Case for the Defence

The Pedro and Otamendi deals hit the Manchester United fanbase hard. After months of replying to the every tweet from the club account with desperate pleas for them to announce the signings of these two players, they have ended up at title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City respectively. The Argentine and Spaniard were seen as the answers to the team’s main issues: centre back and attack. In the past two years, Old Trafford has seen an evacuation of experienced defenders with Rio Ferdinand allowed to leave for free and Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra securing moves to Serie A clubs. In attack, this summer has seen the once talismanic figures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave with little fuss whilst the club record signing Angel di Maria left for Paris in a less quiet fashion. At first glance it appears that there are gaps at both ends of the pitch that United must patch. However, this may not be the case.

Louis Van Gaal’s first season in charge was punctuated by defensive mishaps. The enduring images of the season will be the misguided attempt to introduce 3-5-2, the MK Dons humiliation in the league cup and that comeback by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The last of these seemed to have a huge effect on the Dutch manager’s attitude and from then on there was a new emphasis placed on physicality and defensive solidity. United then failed to keep a clean sheet in their next five games until Michael Carrick’s return to the team in November against Crystal Palace. This is where the case for United’s defence kicks in.

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Red and Write – Fergie and Going Forward

Barney Chilton, editor of RED NEWS fanzine, gives us his view on last season, the challenge awaiting David Moyes and the hole left by the previous manager.

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They Always Score

THEY ALWAYS SCORE was a video diary produced for South Bay, California based fans of Manchester United. The videos were featured on their site until the club folded. The music featured is that of Alex Dunford and Jeff Jepson.

“I’m very honored to be chosen as the exclusive club. We look forward to see what Simon will bring to us across the pond. We thank him for this gift which gives our supporters a chance to share the magic of Old Trafford. We’re stoked!”

Ethan Allen, President – South Bay Red Devils

THEY ALWAYS SCORE – The Given to Score video diary Episode 1

THEY ALWAYS SCORE – The Given to Score video diary Episode 2

THEY ALWAYS SCORE – The Given to Score video diary Episode 3

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