Under Blackpool’s lights

Ian Holloway

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side faces an unpredictable trip north to Blackpool on Tuesday night, with Ian Holloway’s side notoriously durable opponents. Facing a backlog of fixtures, Holloway’s newly promoted side takes on one of England’s heavyweights at Bloomfield Road, with Manchester United seeking a five point lead in the Premier League. Conforming to the cliché […]

Qataris wait as Fergie repeats ‘no value’ mantra

Sir Alex Ferguson Qatar

Manchester United has more than £150 million burning a hole in the club’s metaphorical pocket, the £243 million Payment-in-Kind (PIK) debt has been mysteriously refinanced and the Qatari Royal Family is apparently prepared to pay more than £1.5 billion for the club. All should be financially rosy at Old Trafford. Why then does Sir Alex […]

Scholes returns for Blues clash

Wayne Rooney Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes makes a welcome return as Birmingham City visit Old Trafford this afternoon. The 36-year-old playmaker has missed almost two months action with a groin problem but start for Manchester United’s second fixture with the Midlanders inside a month. With Manchester City in action this evening, United can move three points clear in the […]

United didn’t go for Özil – here’s why

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Özil followed up an electrifying World Cup by replacing Kaká, the second most expensive signing ever, in Real Madrid’s first XI. Moreover, the German midfielder moved to Madrid for a paltry €15 million – quite probably the best deal of the window. The former Werder Bremen player was heavily linked with Manchester United and […]

Rant Cast 57 – Go Cosmos?

In this week’s edition of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul look back at United’s recent draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane and look forward to the match with Birmingham City this weekend. We talk transfers, ponder developments in United’s youth team and do Eric Cantona a favour…. by picking a New York […]

It’s up to you, New York, says Cantona

Eric Cantona

Publicity stunt it might well be but Eric Cantona’s signature with the once defunct New York Cosmos certainly caught the headlines today. The club unveiled the 44-year-old former Manchester United striker as its new Director of Soccer, with, “overall responsibility for all soccer-related matters, including the proposed first team.” It is of course a telling line […]

Youth seeks first cup in eight years

Class of '92

When Manchester United’s youngsters won the 1992 FA Youth Cup few could foresee the domestic and international success that many of the group would experience in the decades to come. Nearly 20 years on and, remarkably, that side is still represented in United’s first team. But it is to the current crop that eyes turn […]

The defence has it

Rio Ferdinand Nemanja Vidic

Should Manchester United complete a 19th domestic title come May it will have little to do with star player Wayne Rooney. Nor, though influential, will Nani take the plaudits. Ditto Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Anderson. Much as United’s attacking players can take overdue credit for becoming the division’s the second highest goalscorers, […]

United secure eighth away draw

Rafael da Silva

Manchester United drew an eighth Premier League game away from home this season as Sir Alex Ferguson’s outfit survived the last quarter with 10 men at White Hart Lane. Rafael da Silva saw red in a vibrant encounter with Tottenham Hotspur but Ferguson’s side saw out the match to stretch an unbeaten league run to […]