Rant Cast 77 – Rooney’s full metal jacket

Continuing season three of Rant Cast, regulars Ed and Paul review Manchester United’s victory over West Bromwich Albion in the midlands, lauding the club’s younger players. We discuss the fresh defensive injury crisis at United; not for the first time in recent seasons. Then the pod crew debates Rooney’s new haircut and excellent early season […]

Poll: will you invest in United IPO?

Singapore Stock Exchange

Confirmation that Manchester United has applied to list on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) before the end of 2011 means that ordinary supporters be able to own part of the club for the first time since 2005. The planned partial IPO was confirmed on Thursday when a preliminary application was made to SGX, reports Reuters: English […]

Asian IPO back on the agenda


Belief that the Glazer regime is readying an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the autumn has once again gained credence following widespread international media coverage today. The Wall Street Journal broke the news Tuesday that the Glazer family has selected the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) as the family’s preferred venue for a $1 billion partial-IPO […]

De Gea trouble nothing if not predictable

David de Gea

David de Gea’s difficult start in English football is, of course, a lesson in predictability. Errors against both Manchester City in the Community Shield and West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the Premier League have brought concerned looks from teammates and critical reviews from the nation’s media. Neither comes as a surprise, with the former Atlético […]

Fergie lauds teen Pogba as Reds future but what of the present?

Paul Pogba, Manchester United

Manchester United’s failure to land a central midfielder this summer is with scepticism in many quarters, with the club’s inability to meet the wage demands of Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri pointing many critics towards a charge of Glazernomics. Yet, while United’s poor record the road last season was almost entirely down to a paucity of options in […]

Poll: Is United ‘net better’ than last season?

Wesley Sneijder, Internazionale

Sir Alex Ferguson claims that Manchester United’s business in the transfer market is concluded for another summer. Having overseen a busy transfer window, Ferguson insists that United will now focus on youth, with bids for Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and Internazionale midfielder Wesley Sneijder shelved. Indeed, the 69-year-old Scot says that United’s central midfield future lies […]

Rant Cast 76 – and it’s back

Welcome to a brand new season of Rant Cast and on this week’s show regulars Ed and Paul talk about Manchester United’s summer tour of the United States; assess how the club’s new players are bedding in and review the Community Shield action. We talk about Paul Scholes’ testimonial, Wesley Sneijder’s on-off-on very much off […]

Premier League kicks off with Baggies tie

Chalkboard: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, Hawthornes, Sunday 14 August 2011

So here it is, three months on from Manchester United’s coronation as Premier League champions in May and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team is ready to mount a spirited defence. Installed as favourites from the off, United is seeking a 20th domestic championship in what could still be Ferguson’s final season in charge at Old Trafford. […]

Stability key to Reds continued success

Nemanja Vidic, Sir Alex Ferguson

Club captain Nemanja Vidić says that stability fostered under Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership is key to Manchester United’s success in the coming season. The 29-year-old central defender, who joined the club in January 2005, has no concerns about the influx of new players, which threatens to destabilise the team ahead of the new campaign. Indeed, […]

Manchester United Premier Cup

Manchester United Premier Cup 2011

Manchester United director Sir Bobby Charlton led the opening ceremony for the world finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC), which took place at Carrington and Old Trafford last week. The United legend – alongside tournament alumni Kiko Macheda and Ben Amos – were present at the draw and opening ceremony for the tournament, […]