Nev signs but Rafael’s time has come

Gary Neville, Manchester United’s 35-year-old club captain, has signed a one year contract extension that will keep the defender at Old Trafford until 2011. The extension is just reward for Neville, who has forced his way back into the United side after more than 18 months on the sidelines. The right-back has appeared 597 times […]

Rooney nets more gongs

Wayne Rooney has picked up the Football Writers Association (FWA) Player of the Year award. It is the striker’s third individual award inside a week after 34-goal Rooney also secured the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and PFA Fans’ Awards. With 80 per cent of the vote, Rooney beat both Didier Drogba in second and Carlos […]

Rant Cast 29 – in Rafa we trust?

In this week’s podcast we discuss United’s comfortable victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, while previewing the weekend’s crucial games. Will Rafa Benitez send out the reserves against Chelsea, while United travel to Sunderland? We engage in a bit of silly season transfer speculation and dole out some gongs in the Rant Awards 2010! […]

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Fergie: the agony of losing

Sir Alex Ferguson says that watching the Champions League semi-finals this week was “absolute agony,” as Bayern Munich and Inter Milan books slots in the Madrid final. Ferguson, whose side lost to Munich earlier this month, saw favourites Barcelona defeated by Jose Mourinho’s Italians and Bayern overcome Lyon in France this week. “It has been […]

Transfer round-up 29/4

Luka Modric

Today’s round-up includes a creative midfielder, United’s two most consistent players and a French left-winger. Don’t let United’s paucity of transfer funds fool you though, for the world’s media has Sir Alex Ferguson spending around £100 million on this motley collection. He’ll need to flog Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra to fund it… oh. Evra […]

IMUSA calls for ST boycott but groups still split

Glazer protest

The Independent Manchester United Supporters Association (IMUSA) has called for fans to renew season tickets late – if at all – as the campaign to force the Glazer family out gathers momentum. United’s oldest supporters’ group has come closest to calling for a full boycott by urging season ticket holders to starve the Glazer family […]

Sir Roy blasts Glazers (redux) as vultures circle

Sir Roy Gardner

Former Manchester United chairman Sir Roy Gardner has reiterated his criticism of the Glazer’s debt-laden business model. Gardner, now in charge of Championship side Plymouth Argyle, chaired the United board during the 2005 takeover and twice rejected bids from the Americans in the lead-up to a final successful offer for the club. “It is no […]

Cole: Benzema is the man

Karim Benzema

Former Manchester United and England striker Andrew ‘Andy’ Cole says that Sir Alex Ferguson should make a second attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema this summer. United failed with a bid for the French player, after the former Olympique Lyonnais striker opted to join the Spanish giants in a €35 million deal last June. […]

When newspapers go bad

Manchester United Home Kit

Manchester United blog The Stretty Rant suffered the worst scourge of Internet publishing this week: copyright theft. The United blog published world exclusive pictures of the new kit for next season – a retro number that has a distinct ‘Marmite’ appeal to it – only to find other sites and national newspapers blatantly ripping it […]

Look away, no Pool conspiracy here

Blackburn Rovers 1995

The players agree – when Liverpool meets Carlo Ancellotti’s table-topping Chelsea this Sunday both sides will be out to win. It’s not a scenario many United supporters have faith in though, with the nightmare prospect of Rafa Benitez resting key players and the Kop egging on the away side to victory all too realistic. Indeed, […]