Rant Cast 85 – inappropriate badge kissers

On this week’s Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool at Anfield, including all the fall out from another tense game. We talk Aldershot Town and the upcoming Carling Cup game next Tuesday night, and we preview the derby with Manchester City at the weekend. Is this derby the biggest […]

Focused Evans right to rue complacency

Jonny Evans

There is something to admire in Jonny Evans, the 23-year-old defender who has, while not proving doubters wrong, come back from the brink of Old Trafford irrelevancy to claim a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side this season. The Manchester United defender admitted this week that he allowed an element of complacency to invade his […]

Ashley Young: a tactical profile

Ashley Young

Ashley Young is a curious character. Not as innately talented as Ryan Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo, yet the Englishman has managed to establish himself on the left-flank at Manchester United following a £16 million move from Aston Villa in the summer. Plenty of fans were surprised by the move, questioning Young’s value to the club. […]

Rooney in for Reds Romanian return

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United hasn’t face Romanian opposition in seven years, with the Eastern European nation failing to produce a side of note since Steaua Bucharest made the European Cup final in 1986. But following Saturday’s timid draw with Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson has promised a full-strength side will face Romanian champions Oțelul Galați on Tuesday night. […]

Refs and racism in focus amid muddle of tactics

Patrice Evra Luis Suarez

It was never going to be a quiet affair. Manchester United at Anfield rarely is and Liverpool’s rejuvenation in recent times ensured a feisty contest from the outset on Saturday lunchtime. Controversial refereeing and post-match accusations of racism simply add to the drama of the occasion, which remains Britain’s biggest and most intensely fought match. Yet, whatever […]

United primed for Anfield trip

Liverpool v Manchester United

Manchester United versus Liverpool is, says Sir Alex Ferguson, the biggest fixture of the season. Few fans will disagree. Despite Liverpool’s failures over the past 20 years there is still something highly evocative about the fixture, from the historical rivalry between these old Lancashire towns, to the genuine animosity between managers Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish. […]

Rant Cast 84 – show uz da money la

On this week’s Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s narrow win over Norwich City at Old Trafford prior to the international break and look ahead to the weekend’s fixture with Liverpool. In between we cover the international scene: Wayne Rooney’s red card and Nemanja Vidic’s potential retirement. We discuss the government’s sit-on-the-fence […]

Chicho earns contract reward, now the hard bit

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernández will sign a generous new contract that will make the 23-year-old a multimillionaire according to the player’s agent. The deal is reward for an outstanding first season at the club and protection from overseas predators. Indeed, with Real Madrid reportedly sniffing around the player, Manchester United has moved to quickly bring Hernandez’ pay […]

Vidić retirement perfect for player and United

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidić may have suffered disappointment this week, with his Serbian team knocked out of the European Championships by Slovenia on Tuesday night, but the loss could be the player’s gain after the 29-year-old hinted at retirement from the international game. Just as Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung quit international football well […]

Cleverley returns for Reds’ present and future

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley will be available for Manchester United’s fixture with Liverpool this weekend after regaining fitness from an ankle injury sustained against Bolton Wanderers a month ago. Cleverley’s return to action is good news both for player and club on the day the 22-year-old central midfielder signed a new four-year contract at Old Trafford. It […]