Champions League final 2011: tactical preview

Alex Ferguson

With the Champions League final approaching, Sir Alex Ferguson must find answers to several key tactical questions ahead of the game at Wembley next weekend – from Manchester United’s formation, to dealing with Barcelona’s plethora of attacking options. In the first of a week-long series of build up articles, Rant’s Jay Shon looks at the […]

Hargreaves finally checks out

Owen Hargreaves

So the end is no longer near but final for Owen Hargreaves, released by Manchester United this summer. Four years and so few games later, Hargreaves departs Old Trafford having never fulfilled the potential that persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to part with £17 million in summer 2007. The 30-year-old midfielder made just 39 appearances for […]

Party begins as Fergie leaves plenty in reserve

Dimitar Berbatov, Blackpool v United

Sir Alex Ferguson will defy the Premier League and Blackpool’s relegation rivals to put Manchester United’s interests first as the Reds close out the domestic season on Sunday. With the Champions League final less than a week away, Ferguson will field a side of fringe players against Ian Holloway’s relegation-threatened side, despite the threat of […]

Berbatov: United’s flat-track bully

There are few debates more intense within the confines of Manchester United’s support than that of Dimitar Berbatov’s past, present and future. Like Marmite and anal sex, Berbatov is an acquired taste. It is a debate that rages still, even though the 30-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur striker jointly leads the Premier League scoring charts. Should […]

Rant Cast 73 – farewell Edwin

On this week’s edition regulars Ed and Paul look back on United’s championship sealing draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, praising the Reds resilience this season. We look ahead to the party against Blackpool and talk summer transfer silly season. We say an Old Trafford farewell to Edwin van der Sar and ponder whether […]

Youth on the agenda as Reds face Cup Final

Ravel Morrison

Manchester United’s unique affinity with the FA Youth cup continues tonight as Paul McGuinness’ boys take on Sheffield United in the final first leg at Bramall Lane. It has been eight years since United last won the trophy, which the club has held a record nine times, but with arguably the most talent group since […]

Ferguson looks to United evolution

Sir Alex Ferguson

Time, they say, waits for no man. There is a proverb no truer in football, which has the fortunate habit of punishing those who rest on laurels. While Manchester United’s achievement in topping the Premier League during a transitional phase is remarkable, Sir Alex Ferguson will know there are areas for improvement. Indeed, with retirements […]

Fergie and players celebrate title 19


Sir Alex Ferguson acclaimed his Premier League title winning team as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park to seal a 19th domestic championship. The 69-year-old Scot, celebrating his 12th title in charge at Old Trafford, said that his players’ fighting spirit brought them through to eclipse Liverpool as the most successful […]

R.I.P: 35 Years

RIP 35 years

It had to come to an end one day. But how typical of City. On their big day, United just had to go and win something bigger. We enjoyed your company. Now Rest in Peace. 35 Years.