On occasion patience has no virtue

Darron Gibson, Manchester United

Of Sir Alex Ferguson’s many faults, lack of patience is not among them. The great Scot has, according to recent analysis, the most stable squad in European football, with players remaining at Old Trafford almost six years on average. That lengthy tenure is aided no doubt by Paul Scholes’, Ryan Giggs’ and Gary Neville’s longevity […]

Reds into fifth round but only just

Michael Owen

Twice in a week Manchester United has come from behind to win. Twice Sir Alex Ferguson’s side has displayed a level of ineptitude that threatened defeat. Indeed, much like United’s tie with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday, Ferguson’s outfit was second best for much of today’s FA Cup Fourth round tie with Southampton. Yet, […]

Reds take strong squad to Soton

Chalkboard versus Southampton

Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a strong squad South for this afternoon’s FA Cup fourth round tie at League One Southampton. Mindful of last season’s early exit, the Manchester United manager is set on an easy passage through to the fifth round in a competition that the Reds have not won in more than six […]

Rant Cast 58 – Podcast? Do me a favour, love

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In this week’s edition of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul look back at United’s recent victories over Birmingham City and Blackpool. We discuss the now infamous Richard Keys and Andy Gray sexism rom, talk Edwin van der Sar and ponder existentialism and Darron Gibson. Stream this episode of the podcast using the player below […]

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Poll: who should replace Edwin?

Edwin van der Sar

Edwin van der Sar has formally announced his retirement, effective May 2010. The legendary Dutchman has played close to 800 matches in his career, and more than 250 for Manchester United. It leaves Sir Alex Ferguson with a key decision to make this summer – buy a top class replacement or trust Tomasz Kuszczak and […]

Goodbye, farewell, Edwin the gent

Edwin van der Sar

So Edwin van der Sar has confirmed what most supporters expected all along – the 40-year-old goalkeeper plans to retire this summer and spend more time with his family. The decision will surprise few of course – least of all the club – with Manchester United scouting the global market for a replacement this past […]

Tangerine dream brings out best and worst in Reds

Javier Hernandez

Manchester United produced a stunning second half comeback to secure a win at Blackpool last night and move five points clear at the head of the Premier League table. Coming from two behind to win with three second half goals, the seaside trip demonstrated the very best in United’s sheer determination to win. Dimitar Berbatov […]

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Rafael’s promise a blessing and a curse

Rafael Da Silva

Despite his crossing ability, Gary Neville has been more a full-back who can attack than a proper attacking player in the mould of Cafu. Yet, Rafael da Silva’s emergence this season has allowed Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps for the first time in his Manchester United career, to depend on his right full-back to provide genuine […]

Signs point to Evra departure

Patrice Evra

Fan favourite Patrice Evra may have less than six months left at Old Trafford after the left-back’s agent failed to guarantee the player’s long-term future at Manchester United. Federico Pastorelo confirmed Internazionale’s interest in the United defender, whose contract runs to June 2012, but said there is no plan for departure during the winter transfer […]