Foster criticises United fans, oversteps the mark

In an astonishingly naïve interview Ben Foster has criticised the green and gold protest movement, dismissed the Glazer family’s ownership as nothing more than ‘a technicality’ and claimed that there is no shortage of investment in the transfer market. Foster moved to Birmingham City this week for around £6 million. Speaking after the goalkeeper’s transfer […]

Anatomy of a bid

The revelation in the Guardian – effectively confirmed by an ever-changing Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) statement – of serious divisions within the Red Knights comes as a blow to many supporters. Already considered a long-shot, a successful bid for the club by the Knights now appears utterly dead. The consortium’s limp-wristed, one-line statement of […]

Shining Knights risk tarnished reputations

Stories of the Red Knights’ imminent demise amid in-fighting and a realisation that the Glazer family will not accept an offer this summer are wide of the mark, according to the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST). The trust, now more than 157,000 strong, dismissed newspaper reports of the Knights’ failure as little more than spin. […]

The £437m that buys a new team

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Andersred’s breakdown of the Glazer family’s £437 million cost to Manchester United since the Americans acquired the club is shocking for the massive waste. Spent on interest, management fees and loans to the family, MUST argues that the money would have allowed United supporters into the ground for free in the past five years. No […]

Fergie: no summer spending

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson says that Manchester United will target just one transfer this summer, while failing to replace Ben Foster who will join Birmingham City for £6 million this week. Speaking in New York, Ferguson effectively confirmed a second summer of regression with United’s transfer market activity highly restricted. Following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo […]

Foster completes Brum move but will United buy a replacement?

Ben Foster

Ben Foster completes a medical this morning as Birmingham City seal a £6 million deal for the Manchester United goalkeeper. Foster, 26, will move to the Midlanders this summer after five largely frustrating years at Old Trafford. The deal includes £4 million up front and a further £2 million dependent on performances and international caps. […]

Fergie feels City’s presence

Eastlands

Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester City are now genuine title contenders, with the Eastlands club likely to spend large sums before the new season kicks of in mid-August. Roberto Mancini’s outfit finished a 34th season without a trophy and failed to make the Champions League but will be heavy investors this summer. Last season began […]

Supporter ownership faces Conservatives challenge

Jeremy Hunt MP

Labour’s pre-election commitment to mutualism in football is worth little with the Party now deposed. While the Liberal Democrats added a lukewarm policy response, the Conservatives initially dismissed supporter ownership as an election gimmick. So what now for supporters’ hopes for a legislative initiative? Labour’s promise – a story initially broken by the Guardian’s Owen […]

Rant Cast 30 – season review

In this week’s podcast regulars Ed & Paul commiserate on a title lost, wonder where it all went wrong and rate the players’ performances this season. We look back on the best moments this season, talk about some summer transfer targets and preview United Rant’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa this […]

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Transfer round-up 14/5

Today’s rumours, speculation and gossip include a bizarre Italian swap, the goalkeeping revolving door and a Spanish star on his way to Old Trafford. With silly season barely warmed up Sir Alex Ferguson is only interested in £345 million worth of talent according to today’s papers. Rant barely gets out of bed for that much […]