Evra relies on faith for season finale

Sunderland versus Manchester United, Premier League, Stadium of Light, 13 May 2012, 3pm.

The final weekend, and another title won or lost for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The drama, so those in charge of TV schedules tell us, couldn’t be greater, with the Premier League decided at the 38th game of another unpredictable season. Yet, for many Manchester United fans it is a campaign ending in an altogether […]

Rant Cast 113 – Neville 1 – 0 United

On this week’s Rant Cast regular presenters Ed and Paul look back at Manchester United’s victory over Swansea City at Old Trafford. But was the 2-0 win too little, too late, with Manchester City securing a win over Newcastle United? We talk United’s new gingham kit, Gary Neville’s planning victory over the club, the reserves […]

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Silly season underway, but United unlikely to spend big

Shinji Kagawa

The domestic season may be four days from conclusion, but column inches are there to be filled, speculation to be drawn and presumptive deals scooped. There is, after all, nearly a month before the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, almost 15 weeks before the 2012/13 Premier League season begins in earnest on 18 […]

Fergie loses sight of financial reality… and title

There has been a certain sense of inevitability about Manchester City’s rise over the past four years. After all, while football has its own financial peculiarities, a market is a market is a market. Money talks in football just as in any other industry, and City’s money is singing from the rooftops this season. On […]

Reds welcome Swans to last chance saloon

Wayne Rooney, Swansea

Sir Alex Ferguson must pick up his battered troops for the weekend’s fixture with Swansea City at Old Trafford knowing that two victories in the next week may still not be enough to secure the Premier League title this season. Defeat to Manchester City at Eastlands last Monday means that the title race is no […]

Fergie blames players and trusts fates to others

Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Pardew

Sir Alex Ferguson isn’t a United Rant reader – at least not that we’ve been told here at Rant Towers – and, indeed, if there was any doubt that Rant’s message had failed to reach the great manager’s Carrington office then Ferguson confirmed it on Thursday. The Scot’s mistake? Buying into the hope that Manchester […]

Rant Cast 112 – blue monday

On this week’s downbeat Rant Cast regular presenters Ed and Paul look back at Manchester United’s defeat at neighbours City, analysing Sir Alex Ferguson’s team sheet and tactics. Just how badly did the Reds get it wrong at Eastlands and where do we go from here? We talk goals and player of the season nominations, […]

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Poll: how should United approach the summer transfer market?

In the aftermath of defeat to Manchester City on Monday night, Manchester United could end the season trophyless for the first time since 2004. That is unless Papiss Cisse and his Newcastle United colleagues do the Reds a favour this coming weekend, while the Reds emerge victorious from games against Swansea City and Sunderland. But […]

Hope and despair

Vincent Kompany

Scrutinising Sir Alex Ferguson’s team sheet for the first time shortly after 7.15pm on Monday night many Reds were reminded of that old John Cleese jibe. You know the one about it not being the despair, but the hope that he could not stand. Mercifully, for those fans suffering under the strain of the Premier […]