Data point: September player performance

Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson

In partnership with the EA Sports Player Performance Index, Rant Monthly uncovers the data behind Manchester United’s strong start to the 2011/12 campaign. Here’s a sneak preview of the data from October’s magazine… The EA Sports PPI covers Premier League performance based on a mathematical model developed Dr Ian McHale (a Liverpool fan) and Professor […]

Rant Cast 83 – enough material for an entire psychiatry conference

In this week’s Rant Cast, regulars Ed and Paul discuss United’s first dropped points of the Premier League season in the draw at Stoke City, and the 3-3 draw with FC Basel, Basle, BASIL, or whatever they’re called, at Old Trafford. We discuss Carlos Tevez’ mutiny at Manchester City – how does the club that […]

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Walking with the devil

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson, so legend has it, was fulfilled with such an overwhelming desire to become a blues guitarist that by instruction, and on the stroke of midnight, he met with the devil at a remote crossroads. Johnson learned to play a six string with such mastery he was able to create the music for which […]

Injuries hit ahead of Basel visit

Alexander Frei

Sir Alex Ferguson will be without seven key players for tonight’s visit of FC Basel in the Champions League, as Manchester United attempt to record a first victory in this season’s competition. Ferguson confirmed that strikers Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernández will miss the tie, while Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidić , Tom Cleverley […]

Win a signed 2010/11 United shirt and stadium tours with Betfair

Betfair Stars & Strikes

* competition now closed* Here’s a chance to win a signed Manchester United shirt and one of 20 Old Trafford stadium tours, with United Rant and @BetfairSports! Proving once again that not only does Rant giveth, but giveths again. In Betfair’s latest ad, United winger Ashley Young takes on team-mates Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra […]

The boy is just a bit special

Phil Jones, Manchester United

There is a certain elixir in youth. The vibrancy and the genuine excitement delivered by younger stars introduced to Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad this campaign has transformed the Old Trafford atmosphere – quite literally, as our American brothers sometimes say. Despite United’s outstanding record at Old Trafford last season, where 19 Premier League games brought […]

Reds aiming for six pack at Stoke

Javier Hernandez versus Stoke City

The Britannia Stadium, they say, is a cauldron of hostility and Tony Pullis’ Stoke City team the most aggressively direct of any in the Premier League. And while Stoke’s supporters continue to live with the bizarre notion that there is a local rivalry with United to maintain, Pullis’ team is a far better footballing outfit […]

Happy Owen wasting his talent for the greater glory

Michael Owen, Manchester United

Michael Owen’s smart double against Leeds United on Tuesday night reignited the debate about the (former) England marksmen’s role, both at Manchester United and with the national team. The Telegraph’s Henry Winter led the charge, openly campaigning for the striker’s recall to Fabio Capello’s England squad. After all, Owen has not scored 40 international goals […]

Rant Cast 82 – Dimitar Berbatov, couldn’t get a game so played centre-half

In this week’s Rant Cast, regulars Ed and Paul discuss United’s victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford last weekend. Was Fernando Torres’ miss the worst ever and just how did it finished 3-1? We discuss United’s win at Leeds United in the Carling cup, including some unsavoury behaviour by both sets of fans. Finally, we […]

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United: the next next generation

Ezekiel Fryers

Amid all the talk of Manchester United’s youth this season it is easy to be drawn into the hyperbole. Phil Jones cast as Duncan Edwards; Chris Smalling the new Rio Ferdinand; Tom Cleverley as Paul Scholes’ protegé. Yet below the layer of hype and over-expectation those cast into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team have consistently […]