Cronyism and the Fergusons

Darren Ferguson Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson will do anything to protect his sons. No news there. The question is – when does support turn into nepotism? For one, Jason, Ferguson has refused to speak to the BBC for six years. For another, Darren, Sir Alex delved first into Manchester United’s reserve squad then, with Ferguson junior’s sacking yesterday, […]

Fergie criticises ref but Reds take blame for seventh draw

Lee Bowyer

Sir Alex Ferguson criticised referee Lee Mason for missing three infringements in Birmingham City’s last-minute equaliser last night as Manchester United slipped to a seventh Premier League draw on the road this season. The Scot was right to feel aggrieved with Mason missing a handball, offside and foul on Rio Ferdinand in the build up. In […]

Reds look to avoid St Andrews Blues

Ben Foster

Manchester United arrive in Birmingham for the second fixture of a busy week in high spirits. Top of the Premier League, unbeaten and with rivals dropping points, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team aims to capitalise on a profitable period. Yet, former Red Ben Foster stands in the way of a just a second Premier League win […]

United’s new four four two – revisited


This column previously discussed Manchester United’s new 4-4-2. The new system was still experimental at that stage but has come out kicking and screaming in recent games, with its notable lack of traditional width. This is to indulge the type of player that United has in abundance and to mask the Reds’ lack of a classy attacking […]

Reds win to keep pressure on rivals

Wayne Rooney Dimitar Berbatov

Manchester United remains top of the Premier League after beating in-form Sunderland at Old Trafford. Dimitar Berbatov’s double in a bright performance leaves United six points clear of Chelsea, with the Londoners in action against local rivals Arsenal tomorrow. Only woodwork kept the score down as United began the Christmas programme in style. Berbatov headed […]

Rant Cast 53 – Christmas Special

In this festive edition of the Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul discuss the highs and lows of 2010, a year in which disappointment on the pitch has been match by some players’ behaviour off it. But as the club heads into 2011 we finish on a high, with United top. Will it be so […]

Reds almost fit for Black Cats visit

Danny Welbeck

Michael Owen, Anderson and Nemanja Vidic return to the Manchester United squad as the Reds welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford. Without a game in two weeks, United face not only the in-form Black Cats but potential ring-rustiness too. But manager Sir Alex Ferguson is boosted by additions ahead of the festive period. Anderson and Vidic would both have […]

Brilliant Nani told to focus on Reds

Nani’s progress over the past year is remarkable, sSo much so that the Portuguese winger confidently expects Manchester United to win the title, while being nominated for next year’s Ballon D’Or. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, keen to keep his player’s feet on the ground, has warned the 24-year-old that success with United comes first. Indeed, Nani […]