Old rivals and new faces for Leeds tie

Eric Cantona Leeds United Manchester United

Manchester United visit Elland Road for the first time in eight years on Tuesday night, with Sir Alex Ferguson set to ring the changes for the Carling Cup third round tie with Leeds United. Yet, with so many young faces in the Scot’s first team it is Ferguson’s older hands that be asked to impress. And […]

Twice embarrassed, Cole turns to the dark side

Ashley Cole tackle on Javier Hernandez

It is reliably said that off the field Chelsea defender Ashley Cole is mild mannered and pleasant company. Engaging even. His on-off-on again wife may not always agree with the 30-year-old’s sexual proclivities but that, of course, is an aside. On the field the left-back’s rapidly waning ability has now twice been exposed in successive […]

Reds to capitalise on Chelsea blues

Manchester United v Chelsea, Premier League, Old Trafford, Sunday 16 September 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson reports no fresh injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s fixture with Chelsea to Old Trafford this Sunday, in a match billed both as a clash of generations and a marker for the new season. Now in his 26th year at Old Trafford, 69-year-old Ferguson stands in marked contrast to his callow opposite […]

Glazers’ dual track IPO gets green light

Old Trafford

The Glazer family will list Manchester United on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) this autumn after local authorities gave the American family a green light for the partial IPO. The family will sell off around a third of United’s shares in a much-discussed dual track listing that will raise money but ensure the Glazers remain […]

Rant Cast 81 – here’s lookin’ at Cristiano

In this week’s packed Rant Cast, regulars Ed and Paul talk of their jealousy for Cristiano Ronaldo; the man, the myth, the ledgend. How can one footballer be so undeniably handsome. And talented. And rich. Did we mention handsome? In less important football news we discuss United’s fine victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok […]

Europe the goal as Reds open with Benfica

Benfica, Manchester United 2005

Sir Alex Ferguson will use the full weight of his squad in coming weeks, starting with Manchester United’s tie with Portugal’s Benfica on Wednesday night. Tom Cleverley, Rafael da Silva and Nemanja Vidic miss the game through injury, while Rio Ferdinand is protected with Chelsea to come on Sunday. Yet Ferguson is likely to make […]

Anderson and on and on


Much criticised, yet often lauded, Brazilian midfielder Anderson has truly become Manchester United’s Marmite in four years at Old Trafford. The talent to fulfil every hope; the failure of sustained application to dash every aspiration. Anderson has reached his potential on so few occasions that many have come to believe, with some justification, that United […]

United’s golden future

There is an infectious air of belief sweeping around Old Trafford this season that has been created by a new generation of young players. Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling, among many others, have shown nothing but promise in a positive start to the new campaign. The pair will be followed up by an […]

Reds seek Premier milestone in Bolton trip

Bolton v Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed his squad back to Carrington after the international break reporting no fresh injuries. Amid the dross that international football so often serves up, this is no small mercy. Ferguson is seeking the 200th Premier League away win during his reign, which recognises both the joy in useless statistics and that football […]

Rant Cast 80 – Angleterre nul points

On this week’s show regulars Ed and Paul discuss the international break and just how poor the non-club game has become. We review the Manchester United players in action, with Sir Alex Ferguson thankful for no fresh injuries. And we preview United’s fixture away at Bolton Wanderers this weekend, with the Reds looking for a […]