Wayne Rooney

Data Rant: how many goals will United need this season?

Manchester United wrapped up business for the summer on Tuesday with the £36 million acquisition of Anthony Martial. Ed Woodward failed to significantly improve Louis van Gaal’s defence, but added two of the best young forwards in Europe in Memphis Depay and Martial. Meanwhile, midfield has been significantly improved by Bastian Schweinsteiger’s experience and Morgan Schneiderlin’s […]

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Rant Cast 237 – transfer market special

Ridículo! ran the headline in two of Spain's leading sports dailies. No translation needed. Except that the farce surrounding David de Gea's aborted transfer to Real Madrid extends beyond the Spanish capital to some of Manchester United's … more

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Louis van Gaal

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2015/16

Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United's performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years - check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and … more

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Swansea v United

Januzaj’s departure suggests tactical changes ahead

Amid the transfer market noise it is almost easy to forget that Manchester United was consigned to the club's first defeat of 2015/16 Premier League on Sunday. Louis Van Gaal’s side twice lost to Swansea City last season and slipped to another defeat … more

Swansea City v Manchester United, Premier League, Liberty Stadium, 30 August 2015

Swansea v United: Van Gaal seeks first points against Swans

Manchester United's emphatic victory over Club Brugge on Wednesday should be the game that sets the tone for a season to come. After all, this was a fixture in which United, for once, threw caution to the wind, Wayne Rooney started scoring again and … more

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Rant Cast 236 – bored stiff

Goals. There was a time when Manchester United scored them. Sometime before Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as Rant Cast recalls. There were none as United drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday; and just two in three Premier League games this … more

Chris Smalling

Van Gaal could go with the defence he has

Two months into the summer 2015 transfer window and Louis Van Gaal has certainly strengthened Manchester United's squad with a quintet of acquisitions. Matteo Darmian is a huge upgrade over Antonio Valencia at right-back and Memphis Depay adds flair … more

Manchester United v Newcastle United, Premier League, Old Trafford, 22 August 2015

United v Newcastle: Van Gaal defends “very bad” Rooney

Three games, three wins. So far, so good, although it has been far from classic Manchester United this season. Whatever the performances there can be few complaints about the results achieved by Louis van Gaal's side. In securing a 3-1 victory over … more

Louis van Gaal

Data Rant: Van Gaal’s obsession with passing

Despite scoring the match winning goal at Villa Park, Adnan Januzaj was criticized by Louis Van Gaal for “unnecessary ball losses.” In fact, pass completion seems to be the chief criterion by which the Manchester United manager judges performance. … more

Manchester United v Club Brugge, Champions League, 7.45pm 17 August 2015

United v Club Brugge: pressure on Reds to deliver

Manchester United's return to European competition should be a formality. After all, it is a decade since Club Brugge last appeared in Europe's premier competition and the Belgian side is one of the lower ranked teams in the Champions League … more

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Rant Cast 235 – Rooney’s Friday night frights

Was it Wayne Rooney's worst ever performance for Manchester United? Certainly there have been few quite so insipid as the Scouser's at Aston Villa at Friday night. Rooney, so ineffective he became a damaging liability, might has cost United dear, but … more