United seeks to end year on a high

Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers

Manchester United faces bottom club Blackburn Rovers this weekend, with top place in the Premier League on offer should Sir Alex Ferguson’s men achieve at least a point in the Saturday lunchtime fixture. In truth, United will be gunning for a third heavy win on the bounce against Steve Kean’s relegation-threatened strugglers, even if Ferguson’s […]

Rant Cast 94 – that was the year that was

On this week’s bumper edition, Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s recent win against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, with the Reds hitting five for the second week in a row. We ponder the club’s lengthening injury list and talk Dimitar Berbatov – will he stay or will he go? There’s also […]

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Mid season report 2011/12

Squad Photo 2011/12

How does one characterise Manchester United’s season to date? After all Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lies second in the Premier League after 18 games, with only goal difference separating the Reds from cross town title rivals Manchester City. Despite an ever lengthening injury list, the American owners’ parsimonious attitude to the transfer market, and City’s […]

Reds five up but 11 down

Patrice Evra, Dimitar Berbatov

Perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson should arrange an injury crisis every week, because the current Old Trafford incarnation has certainly put a pep in the Scot’s side over the past week. Once facing up to the New Year behind title rivals Manchester City, United could now top the Premier League before the year is out. Moreover, […]

Reds aim for top as Wigan visit

Manchester United versus Wigan Athletic, Premier League, Old Trafford, Monday 26 December 2011, 3pm.

Manchester United heads into the penultimate game of the year still carrying more than half-a-dozen injuries, but facing a Wigan Athletic side on the precipice. United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson received mixed injury news this week as the Reds aim for the Premier League summit against Roberto Martinez’ outfit, still glowing from the 5-0 victory […]

Phil Jones: United’s Mr. Indestructible

If ever there is was ever a prime catalyst for the growing cult of Phil Jones it came on Wednesday night during Manchester United’s 5-0 destruction of Fulham at Craven Cottage. In the moments after the 19-year-old defender had taken Clint Dempsey’s elbow squarely on the jaw, Jones staggered around the pitch as if inebriated […]

Rant Cast 93 – Merry Rant Cast

On this week’s Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s recent wins in west London against QPR and Fulham – marking a fine return to form for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. We preview the upcoming Boxing Day game against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, and reminisce about some of our favourite festive memories. […]

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Suarez becomes Liverpool’s modern martyr

The reaction from Merseyside was predictable, even if the strength of Liverpool FC’s statement was shocking. “Twas always the way on Merseyside,” as one journalist surmised when, minutes after the Football Association handed down an eight game ban to striker Luis Suarez, pending appeal, for using abusive and racist language, the club lashed out at […]

Reds face tricky Fulham tie

Fulham versus Manchester United, Premier League, Craven Cottage, Wednesday 21 December 2011, 8pm.

Manchester United faces a stern test at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night, but this time it is a midfielder that Sir Alex Ferguson is lacking. Two seasons ago United’s December fixture at Fulham ended in a disastrous 3-0 defeat after Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher were forced into emergency roles in United’s back four. There […]

James Gibson’s legacy 80 years on

Manchester Guardian Tuesday, December 22, 1931

“There is room in Manchester for two clubs,” said James William Gibson upon effectively taking over Manchester United on 19 December 1931. Manchester City was then the region’s premier club, and United, by contrast, was on its knees after years of financial mismanagement and falling crowds. In debt to the tune of thousands, the club […]