Wayne Rooney

Pragmatic Van Gaal seeks points ahead of philosophy

Manchester United’s bench said much. The list of those who didn’t feature speaks even louder. Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj – three of United’s most technically gifted players – were used for not a second of the Reds’ diligent 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday night. This was Louis van Gaal’s first win […]

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Arsenal v Manchester United, Premier League, Emirates, 22 November 2014

Arsenal v United: Reds face resurgent Welbeck

"If it wasn't for bad luck," penned Stax singer William Bell, "I wouldn't have no luck at all." It is, surely, a sentiment that resonates with Louis van Gaal. His squad has been decimated by injuries for much of the season, and yet the recent … more

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Rant Cast 210 – injury indiginity

On this week's Rant Cast regular presenters Ed & Paul look forward to United's fixture against Arsenal this weekend. The Reds' record against Arsene Wenger's side is outstanding in recent years, but with so many players injured - including three … more

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Competition: Win Cantona and Rooney Ts

That one second that changes everything. The sudden rush of ecstasy. The complete loss of inhibition. The wild celebrations. There is no better feeling than a stoppage time goal. The Art of Football's crafted designs emulate the beauty of those … more

Daley Blind

Blind injury forces another Van Gaal rethink

Is it something in the water? The knee injury suffered by Daley Blind on international duty this week is the 39th such setback Manchester United's squad has faced since Louis van Gaal officially took charge on 15 July. From Michael Carrick's damaged … more

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal’s savvy will exploit Arsenal’s weaknesses

Perhaps it is a bit too early to write about the upcoming game against Arsenal. If Manchester United’s recent injury woes are anything to go by, there is good chance that key Reds will not make it to the Emirates after the international break. Still, … more

David Moyes

El Moyes that

Back to his roots. Not that David Moyes has a significant relationship with Spain. None in fact. Yet, while the Scot's tenure at Old Trafford still brings cold sweats to even the most hardened Manchester United fan, there is no denying Real … more

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Data Rant: will United make the Champions League?

Each week, Louis van Gaal appears to break a new record: the “worst x games in Manchester United history”. This time round the lowest points total at this stage since 1986 – in the corresponding week that Ron Atkinson was sacked 28 years ago. Indeed, … more

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Rant Cast 209 – welcome to stupidtown

In this week's Rant Cast Ed & Paul look back on the Manchester derby. United lost but Louis van Gaal's side came close to pulling off an unlikely result after Chris Smalling's first-half dismissal. Another defeat and 13 points behind the Premier … more

Wayne Rooney v Manchester City

United v City, the best of

It has been too long since Manchester United started a local derby, if not favourites, then in better morale than the crosstown neighbours City. Indeed, for much of the 122 year history of this game it has been United and not the Blues that has been … more

Manchester City v Manchester United, Etihad, 2 November 2014

City v United: Rooney returns

How did the narrative get so turned around? The derby has not often been pleasant viewing for Manchester United supporters in recent seasons, with City not only racking up some embarrassingly weighty victories, but securing two Premier League titles … more

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Rant Cast 208 – back on track

After Robin van Persie's dramatic 94th minute equaliser against Chelsea at Old Trafford, Ed & Paul discuss all the fall out from Sunday's game. The goal secured United just a point, but was the Reds' performance indicative of a new upward … more

Angel Di Maria

Data Rant: United’s use of width

Perhaps a push for the Premier League title is a step too far this season, but a place in the top four appears an achievable goal after Sunday's draw with Chelsea - it leaves Manchester United only three points off the coveted fourth spot. Not least … more