Hargreaves close to return

Owen Hargreaves, the Manchester United midfielder who has not appeared for the club in over a year, will begin training within two weeks, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Hargreaves, included in United’s Champions League squad, returned to the UK from treatment in the United States on 23 September. The 28-year-old England midfielder underwent surgery on both knees […]

Butt stops with Nicky in Owen transfer

Michael Owen

Former United midfielder Nicky Butt had a key role to play in the transfer of Michael Owen to Manchester United this summer, according to the former Liverpool star. Interviewed in The Times, Owen says that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson contacted Newcastle United’s Butt for an assessment on the former England striker’s form and fitness. […]

Rooney on verge of greatness

Wayne Rooney Alex Ferguson

Wayne Rooney is on the cusp of becoming a “great” according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The 23-year-old striker, who has 11 goals in 12 games for club and country since June, has taken on the mantle of United’s talisman after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid this summer. Ferguson believes […]

Wedding bells for Evans?

Jonny Evans

Sir Alex Ferguson, always keen to encourage his players to settle down, today demanded central-defender Jonny Evans’ girlfriend “tie him down” in marriage. After demanding that Wayne Rooney marry – then procreate with – Coleen MCloughlin, Ferguson wants the Northern Irish star to walk the aisle. The Manchester United manager has long held-true that married […]

Scholes knock, knocking on Fergie’s door

Paul Scholes, who put in a man-of-the-match display against Stoke City at the weekend, says that he’s putting in extra shooting practice in an attempt to rediscover the free-scoring days of his youth. The former-England midfielder netted against Besiktas in Champions League matchday one but scored just three goals last season. “I suppose I’m in […]

All achtung Wolfsburg arrive in town

Grafite, Wolfsburg

Reigning German champions VfL Wolfsburg arrived in Manchester today ahead of the side’s Champions League Group B encounter with United at Old Trafford tomorrow night. The Bundesliga side, seeded the group’s worst team, arrives with few in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad expecting anything other than a thorough test for last season’s beaten finalists. But far from […]

Foster holds hands up… may not be enough

Ben Foster admitted he is lucky to still be in the Manchester United team and thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for keeping him there, after the stopper’s errors in recent matches. The Lemmington-born ‘keeper has made high profile mistakes in games against Manchester City and Arsenal this season, leading to speculation that Tomasz Kuszczak may replace Foster in […]

Rant Cast 7 – this is how it feels to be City!

In this episode of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul talk about: The Manchester derby Wolves in the Carling Cup Stoke City away Wolfsburg in the Champions League Stream the episode below or click here to download the podcast (right click > save as). Email all feedback to cast@unitedrant.co.uk or comment below. Subscribe on iTunes […]

Fletcher looks to step up in class

Darren Fletcher, the Scottish midfielder who is one of the most improved players in world football, is not content with his progress to date. The Dalkeith-born player has been an ever present in Sir Alex Ferguson’s team over the past 18-months, gaining a reputation as a tough tackling defensive midfielder. But the Scotland captain says […]