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United touchdown in Malaysia, dodge potential disaster

Update: United cancel Indonesia visit. Club working on revised itinerary outside Indonesia.

Every now and then we get hit by news that brings us down to reality. At the time of writing, nine people were killed in bombings of two luxury hotels in Indonesia.

It’s more shocking if you realize United were scheduled to stay at the Ritz in Jakarta. The cause, people behind these attacks aren’t yet known, so we’ll have to wait for further details to be revealed.

Whether United would tour Indonesia is also up in the air.

A spokesman for the Indonesian organizers, Souraiya Farina, told AFP they had not had any information yet from the team on whether they would cancel their visit. ‘We have had no confirmation of what they might be doing and noone has indicated to us that they will cancel their visit,’ she said. ‘They may move to another hotel,’ she added, citing the Pacific Hotel as an alternative.[link]

Meanwhile, United kick off pre-season in Malaysia with a match on Saturday. We will hopefully have mini-reports of the preseason friendlies.

Travelling squad: Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Ben Foster; Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Fabio da Silva; Nani, Zoran Tosic, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs; Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Wayne Rooney.

We will look to update this post as an when we get to hear about United’s plans to tour Indonesia. Watch this space.



  1. Roge9

    20 July 2009 at 05:36

    @Grognard: Great minds Grog…great minds. :grin:.

    But, I dunno bro, I’ve never wanted to be so wrong in my life…

  2. Red Ranter

    20 July 2009 at 05:38

    @Roge9: I’m sorry, but to me last summer was supposed to have been the greatest. But someone, who shall not be named, took it upon himself to make it all about himself. Not to forget, some deranged Rangers fans getting drunk in Manchester, forcing the council to not have a victory parade immediately after our team’s return from Moscow. πŸ™„

  3. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 06:16

    @Grognard: I am very new to this sports basketball buddy. But, i started watching this sports around few years back when i think Reggie Millar’s Indiana took on the Shaq’s and Kobe’s Lakers (don’t remember the year). If i am not wrong the shaqs was a big to LA as Jordon was to Chicago. Secondly, he was playing very imp. position of Center Player as well and literally dominated in the paints in his time at LA. What happened after that he left. After that LA struggled for success few years without there coach as Phil also left. ut, then do i need to tell you what we have seen in last couple of years after Phil the same legend coach reunited with the team????

    I mean just give team some time to perform at least. They may not win like you are saying. They may even struggle there way and play shit like you are suggesting but give them a chance i mean if you want to go by the Basket ball example then i think you can see LA is back where they were even after their most dominating player is not there.

    Common bro I mean we might have lost our Shaqs (Ronaldo dominant as ever) but we do have our Kobe still (Rooney) :mrgreen:

    I mean give lads some chance. If they are shit then i will be the first one to take your side and kick there ass here.

    My point is simple everyone here got what you want to say??? We all know that you feel we are as good as finished due to ‘n’ number of reasons. So, now when we all got your point move on buddy. You are better than what you are doing just repeating the same thing that
    United – Ronaldo + No addtions (due to reasons already discussed) = Struggle
    in many ways…. :mrgreen:
    I mean you lot better than that…. And i can say because i have followed this blog for a long time now……

  4. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 06:33

    @Red Ranter:
    Just wanted to inform/ clarify one thing to all the bloggers here on Red Ranter and of course wanted to inform you Big Daddy that my brother also want to join this as a commenter.
    Why am i informing it… Because he is a Die hard Gooners fan. Actually I always talk to him about the bloggers’ here RR, Grogy, Eddy and all other like Dan, Craig etc…. Now a days he also a regular reader of this blog. I have already informed him about the comment policy and all. Have also given him fair idea about everything else as well from my side.

    My only problem RR is a simple thing he at the end of the is a gooner fan who wants to join us. So, some day if he comes up with some non sense then you may have to take action on him but while doing that make sure that he is also using the same net connection at my home as i am. So, IP address might be same. So, will there be any problem because I want to continue on this blog for sure…
    To all who are reading My Brother KEDAR (his username) is a gooner fan so show no mercy…. Get on him…. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  5. Red Ranter

    20 July 2009 at 06:55

    @Onkar: He needs to realise that this is a Manc blog. Since you are aware of the risks this involves, it’s completely your responsibility as far as explaining the pitfalls of sharing an IP is concerned. We welcome other fans as far as they respect house rules. But they should realise that since we reserve the right to be biased as hell, he would need to put up with us.

    Regarding IP address conflict, if there is a problem in future, there’s no way for me to know. So if I see it as a problem I would expect you to ensure he posts as his name. Or alternatively, make sure he posts from another computer πŸ˜‰

    It’s a big risk and I have to be honest with you that there cannot be any guarantees. You have to realise the pit falls thats all. πŸ™‚

  6. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 07:48

    @Red Ranter: I know that IP address is the only gray area in the whole thing. As far as house rules are concern i have already given him some idea about it. I will also make sure he is reading the comment policy for good. And as far as house being biased i think me as well as him will have no issue with that because I will be part of that bias house as one of them as well. πŸ˜‰
    (So, there is already a split in the family as my bro is gooner fan πŸ™ and to add to agony i will have to live with another heartening thing that my GF is a pool fan… πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ :cry:)

    Anyway getting back to point, if i strictly make sure that he knows what are the rules are and the what name he uses then I hope i will not face any issues even if he is using the same IP right???

    The reason I am asking this he is following this blog for some time and now he is wanting to join us to have some healthy debate ( because there can’t be a discussion in a Red Devils and Gooner fan it can only be debate right??? πŸ˜‰ ). And when he asked me about joining I felt this can be taken as an appreciation by us all commentators and specially you RR that we are keeping it so competitive and high quality (bar some times when we become bit Chicky) that fans of rival clubs are wanting to join the debate that we always have…..

    Cheers to all the commentators and Big Daddy RR (please don’t mind πŸ˜€ ) for maintaining the quality of the blog…… Keep up the good work….:grin: πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  7. Red Ranter

    20 July 2009 at 08:02

    @Onkar: As I said, rules are rules. And you are vouching for him. So if in the future it doesn’t get pleasant with him, I would be forced to ban him for the sake of the blog. I can’t be selective if you both share the same IP.So to your question: I hope i will not face any issues even if he is using the same IP right???
    The answer would be No. You will face issues.

    I am saying all this because I need to be upfront about it.

    But as long as he’s gentle, everything will be just fine. πŸ™‚

  8. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 08:28

    @Red Ranter: Great got your point….
    Thanks…. In fact, i wnated to be upfront as well…. I like it to be that way. That’s why i took it up front as a query as well…
    Thanks for reply… I will have a talk to him before he is entering in… πŸ™‚

  9. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 08:37

    Check this out.. The Statement from the Galzers’ Spokeperson…
    He says that money is there for Fergi to spend but he does not want to sign the mercenary money minded players who will play the highest bidders.

    It says…

    β€œThe delay is because the manager has not been able to locate the players that he believes fit the Manchester United mindset.
    β€œOnes that are motivated to play for United. You don’t want mercenaries … to pay over the odds for players not willing to give their all for the club.”

  10. Anthony Los

    20 July 2009 at 08:42

    @Onkar: remember craig said something bout this sofiane fagnouli or something like that, fergie is obsessed with buying potential, so why doesnt he get him. I might add he wants to play for united!

  11. Anthony Los

    20 July 2009 at 08:49

    oh btw does anyone have a link for the game cheers

  12. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 09:33

    @Anthony Los: Your guess is as good as mine… No idea…

  13. Grognard

    20 July 2009 at 10:01

    @Roge9: Likewise mate, likewise. I keep bitching and complaining but I Still want Fergie and the team to prove me wrong. I just honestly don’t see them finishing higher than third. In oast years they had better teams on paper that finished second or third so feeling optimistic about this group is going to be difficult. One big signing however would go a long way to changing my mind. πŸ˜€

  14. Grognard

    20 July 2009 at 10:06

    @Onkar: It’s not about giving the team time mate. They just aren’t good enough. They have lost their Michael Jordan and have done a terrible job trying to replace him. The thought that this team can all of a sudden play better without Ronaldo while they struggled to score goals last season worries me. When Ronbaldo was out early on with the ankle injury we aware stuck playing 1-0 and 0-0 games. I fail to see how any of the new signings are going to be the magic combination that unlocks the vault and opens the team for goals galore. No midfield presence hurt us last year. This year it’s going to devastate us.

  15. Grognard

    20 July 2009 at 10:10

    @Onkar: Those assholes are diabolical spin doctors. They are not about to tell the truth because they know they would be run out of Dodge on a hangman’s wagon. So they throw Fergie to the wolves instead. Jeez, that’s pathetic. But even if they are saying the truth, Fergie created this mercenary mess by selling a player for 80 million. So he should stop being a frakken hypocrite and buy a great player already help the supporters feel better about the team and the future.

  16. Onkar

    20 July 2009 at 13:10

    @Grognard: Jeez.. I love it when you are in such mood… πŸ˜›

  17. Natzca

    20 July 2009 at 14:11

    @Grognard: Comparing Ronaldo to Jordan? now that’s too far, I hope i’m wrong, but we didn’t rely on Ronaldo as much as the bulls relied on jordan, he practically won them all 6 rings on his own. If ronaldo can win the liga and CL for real, then he might be starting on his journey to Jordanesque heights.
    I sure hope I’m wrong…

  18. Roge9

    20 July 2009 at 14:13

    @Onkar: Come on Onkar, thats obviously a load of crock. he spent the summer pursuing or at the very least admiring Benzema and Ribery, who, along with Ronaldo, are out and out Real Madrid fans. Then he has a talent in Aguero who has every ingredient to shine for us and wants to play for us, and doesn’t bid on him. real madrid want to offload some magic midfielders and a foward that would get us goals and we don’t bid.
    And how sudddenly did we have 80 million to reinvest, went down to 60? i guess thats a 20 million pound subtraction for each month the “transfer kitty” goes unused.

  19. Monkwahhdo

    20 July 2009 at 17:00

    @Roge9: To be honest i believe the kitty went down because the Glazer’s retracted the original 20 mil available once the ronny sale went through. So the missing 20 mil is the 20 mil plus players sold money that we have used to bring it “Talent”.

  20. Grognard

    20 July 2009 at 17:25

    @Natzca: This season you will see how right I am and just how much we relied on Ronaldo for our success. Time will prove me right.

  21. Natzca

    20 July 2009 at 22:56

    @Grognard: ok, we’ll see,
    but not for argument’s sake….I sure hope you you’re wrong.

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