Sir Alex’ lesson for the Professor

Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson

If anyone needed proof that the current Manchester United side is superior to its north London rivals, then Sunday’s 8-2 demolition of Arsenal provided it. Even taking into account the multiple absences in the Gunners’ squad, the result offered a stark demonstration of the gulf in quality between Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad and that of […]

Why Fergie may persist with youth

Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney positions

Sir Alex Ferguson has done it again; the 69-year-old Manchester United manager has created a new tactical template, with players to go with it. United’s formation this season might nominally be a traditional 4-4-2, yet the deployment is anything but ordinary. Two, not one, strikers drop deep as wingers push forward. With no dedicated holding […]

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Fergie goes with kids for Arsenal test

Manchester United v Arsenal, Sunday 28 August 2011, Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson will persist with his youthful revolution at Manchester United for this weekend’s fixture with Arsenal. At least that’s the message from the 69-year-old United manager, who says that form dictates younger stars, including Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, will continue in the United side for the visit of […]

Rant Cast 78 – the team that gets me excited

On this week’s show regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s fine victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and look ahead to the weekend’s fixture with Arsenal. We talk major squad changes at rivals – does Samir Nasri to Manchester City and Juan Mata to Chelsea change the balance of the title race? And […]

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Welbeck rise leaves Berba in the cold

Danny Welbeck

When Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo called Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this summer the Brazilian cannot have been surprised at the answer received. No, the Scot said, to Leonardo’s polite enquiry about Dimitar Berbatov’s availability. That was a little more than six weeks ago when, flush with Qatari money, PSG remained bent on signing United’s […]

Jones’ class places Rio under real pressure

Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones Manchester United

“This result tells you that we still believe in youth,” Sir Alex Ferguson said of the young side that beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night. And with the Scot’s young, English, lions – Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones – performing with electrifying confidence so early in the […]

Jones starts as defensive injuries bite

Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United supporters have become accustomed to the annual defensive injury crisis in recent seasons, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, and the da Silva brothers each on the sidelines for long periods. This season’s incarnation – hardly a surprise to anybody perusing the injury records of Sir Alex Ferguson’s defenders – has come a little […]

Glazers to pay down debt? Believe it when you see it

Glazer Brothers

There is something rotten in the republic of mancunia when national journalists buy, with seemingly little attempt at corroboration, the Glazer family’s ample spin on the upcoming Manchester United IPO in Singapore. Indeed, the Times and Telegraph each published heart-warming tales of the family seeking to pay down the club’s £500 million corporate debt and […]