Dutch master: Arnold Mühren

Arnold Muhren

Ahead of Manchester United’s double-header with Ajax over the coming week, United Rant looks back to a Dutch great who played for both clubs…. If you christen a son Arnold Johannes Hyacinthus Mühren then clearly you feel he is destined for great things in life. To be fair Mr. and Mrs. Mühren were not to […]

Poll: do you care about the Europa League?

UEFA HQ

Manchester United kicks off the Europa League campaign against Ajax on Thursday, in what promises to be the glamour tie of the round. With 3,000 United fans heading out to Amsterdam it is a tie for supporters, but having crashed out of the Champions League in December, very much second best for Sir Alex Ferguson’s […]

Reds venture into the new for Ajax tie

Ajax versus Manchester United, Europa League, Amsterdam ArenA, 16 February 2012

Manchester United makes an appearance in Europe’s second tier competition for the first time since losing to Rotor Volograd in September 1995. Indeed, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side has not missed a Champions League campaign since Paul Scholes and Peter Schmeichel scored in the 2-2 draw with the Russian outfit at Old Trafford. The draw, in […]

Giggs: a career in numbers

Ryan Giggs Infographic

Ryan Giggs will make his 900th appearance for Manchester United if he is selected to face Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday night. Spanning 22 seasons, Giggs’ United career has brought 33 major trophies, 162 goals and countless personal honours. Including his caps for Wales, Giggs could pass 1,000 career games before retirement. (right-click […]

Europa League starts here

Amsterdam ArenA

Manchester United ventures into new territory this week in a competition that nobody at the club, from owners, to fans via the manager, actually wants to take part in. But the Reds will break new ground nonetheless in the Europa League, featuring in the tournament for the first time since its revamp. Adding to the […]

Suárez and police fail to ruin Evra’s day

Patrice Evra

The day began with the Greater Manchester Police confiscating copies of Red Issue outside Old Trafford, and ended with Sir Alex Ferguson finally coming out fighting on the issue of racism. In between Patrice Evra wildly celebrated a Manchester United victory in front of the Stretford End, while Luis Suárez and Kenny Dalglish brought further […]

Cleverley returns for Liverpool tie

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley returns to the Manchester United squad as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side takes on Liverpool for the third time this season. United face the Merseysiders just a fortnight after losing in an FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield, but midfielder Cleverley’s return provides a timely boost in United’s pursuit of Manchester City at […]

Rant Cast 100 – arbitrary number celebration edition!

On this week’s Rant Cast we look back at Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was one of the best games this season, but did United drop two points? We talk England – John Terry, Fabio Capello, and Sir Alex Ferguson’s support for his fellow managers. Ed and Paul look ahead to […]

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Dalglish and Capello – brothers in denial

Fabio Capello

There was something all too inevitable about Fabio Capello’s departure from the England job this week. Reportedly angered by the Football Association’s unilateral decision to remove John Terry as national team captain, Capello resigned at just after 3pm Wednesday afternoon. Such is the mood of distrust between the parties that the FA made little attempt to change […]

The next England manager

Mike Phelan

Rant might ordinarily throw its hat into the ring for the big job after Fabio Capello’s jump-before-you’re-pushed resignation today. After all, here at Rant towers we’ve lost count of the medals won, the glory soaked up, the years on the managerial treadmill – there really is no better grounding for the real thing than Football […]