Carrick’s renaissance

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick’s goal against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday was 70 games coming; two long years since the Geordie midfielder had last struck for Manchester United in any competition. In that time, for all Carrick’s understated excellence, the midfielder has struggled both to maintain the form of pre-2008 and a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s […]

Reds without nine for London double-header

Dennis Bailey

Sir Alex Ferguson will be without almost a team of first team players for two visits to the Capital this week as Manchester United’s injury crisis intensifies. Captain Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Darren Fletcher have each been ruled out for the season, while more than half-a-dozen other players are unlikely to travel to London this […]

Rant Cast 92 – Thursday nights, Channel Five

On this week’s Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s upcoming Europa League campaign. We talk Premier League – reviewing United’s victory over Wovlerhampton Wanderers last weekend, and the games with QPR and Fulham to come this week. And we ponder the latest twist in Ryan Giggs’ ongoing court battle with Imogen Thomas. […]

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Welcome to hell: the Europa League

UEFA HQ, Nyon, Switzerland

The draw for the Champions League round of 16 will take place in UEFA’s Nyon headquarters on Friday. It is a tournament from which Manchester United will be conspicuously absent. But lurking in the vast auditorium, suffering Gianni Infantino’s wooden delivery along with millions of TV viewers, will be United’s ceo David Gill. The Reds’ […]

Poll: Should Ferguson spend in January?

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United has suffered a December horribilis, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side dumped out of the Champions League, Nemanja Vidić ruled out for nine months after a shocking triple knee ligament injury, and now Darren Fletcher laid-low with a serious long-term bowel disease. While the European loss robs United of glory, and revenue, player absentees […]

Fletcher mystery runs deeper than a virus

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher’s Manchester United career has been struck with significant ill fortune amid the trophies and personal glory since the Scotsman’s début a decade ago. Indeed, the Dalkeith-born midfielder’s first appearance for the club came almost two years after manager Sir Alex Ferguson had intended to deploy the then very callow youth. That the Premier […]

Reds move on, but will it last?

Manchester United v Wolves

When Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side was thrashed 6-1 by rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford in late October the talk, naturally, was of moving on. United needed to get beyond the freak result, establish some measure of stability, and, most of all, tighten up at the back. To some extent the Reds managed […]

Fergie rues Nemanja loss ahead of Wolves visit

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Manchester United will be without captain Nemanja Vidić for the remainder of this season after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the 29-year-old Serbian ruptured his left cruciate ligament against FC Basel on Wednesday night. News of Vidić’s prognosis adds to a growing list of absentees ahead of United’s weekend Premier League fixture, with manager Ferguson […]

Rant Cast 91 – pride of all Europe?

On this week’s Rant Cast regulars Ed and Paul discuss Manchester United’s elimination from the Champions League after defeat to FC Basel in Switzerland. We ponder the consequences for the team, the financial implications, and discuss where it all went wrong. We also review United’s Premier League victory at Aston Villa last weekend, and look […]

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It’s the midfield, stupid II

When Bill Clinton successfully beat George H. W. Bush senior to the White House in 1992, the former Governor of Arkansas did so seemingly against the odds. The end of the Cold War, and conflict in Iraq, ensured foreign policy dominated the headlines at a time of intense national pride. But in assessing the contest, […]