How Gridiron inspired Fergie


In American football, the “offense” and the “defense” form a line of scrimmage. The offensive line protects the passer, usually the quarterback, and clears the way for runners. Runners, usually receivers positioned wide, carry the ball forward. Despite the prevalent perception, Sir Alex Ferguson is quite a tactician. He has – perhaps anticipating upcoming European games […]

Cup alive claims Fergie as Crawley visit

Chalkboard versus Crawley Town, FA Cup fifth round

Sir Alex Ferguson says the FA Cup is very much alive, with his Manchester United side hosting non-league Crawley Town at Old Trafford on Sunday. With attendances in the competition falling and the FA considering a major revamp of the 150 year-old tournament, the Scot says this weekend’s match is what the cup is all […]

Rant Cast 61 – up for the cup?

In this week’s edition of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul look back at United’s recent derby-day victory over Manchester City, pausing for a moment to discuss Wayne Rooney’s best-goal-ever™. We ponder Mike Summerbee’s bitterness, David Beckham’s kindness and upcoming matches against Crawley Town and Marseille. And we’ll talk about the retirement of the phenomenon, […]

Poll: Has Berbatov earned new deal?

Reports indicate that Dimitar Berbatov is in talks to extend his Manchester United contract, with the Bulgarian striker’s deal due to expire in June 2012. The 30-year-old, who earns around £100,000 a week, is set for a 75 per cent pay increase following a season in which the former Tottenham Hotspur player has scored 20 […]

Valencia return adds to United’s creative edge

Antonio Valencia

Sir Alex Ferguson delivered mixed news on the injury front today, with Antonio Valencia now training with the reserves ahead of a potential first team return in March but Park Ji-Sung now ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury. Bittersweet news of course, although the sum total could still mean his Manchester United […]

Rooney’s scores goal of goals – can he now kick on?

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney’s goal, to paraphrase a famous late English commentator, was good enough not only to win the Manchester derby but the Grand National too. As the 25-year-old Scouser twisted mid-air and sent the ball arching into Joe Hart’s top-corner Old Trafford drew in a collective breath and then exploded with joy. Great goals, those […]

Fergie’s deployment of O’Shea proves masterstroke

John O'Shea

With Rafael da Silva in fine form, few expected John O’Shea to start yesterday’s Manchester derby. The Irishman, who is known more for his versatility than virtuosity, has been in poor form this season but his deployment was crucial to Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. There is no doubting Rio Ferdinand’s importance to […]

Rant Cast 60 – Hasta la Rant Cast, City

In this week’s edition of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul look back at United’s recent loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. We preview the derby and wonder if United can cope without Rio Ferdinand. And we look at the United players who appeared during the international break. Stream this episode of the podcast using […]