Euro Cast – tournament review and final preview

**With humble apologies for the one-off sub-optimal quality of the audio on Ed’s channel this week due to a technical fault** In the final special Euro edition of Rant Cast this summer, regular presenters Ed and Paul review the knock-out stages of the 2012 European Championships in Poland in Ukraine – taking in both the […]

Reds at Euro 2012: how did they do?

Danny Welbeck

Seven Manchester United players appeared at Euro 2012, with a further six former Reds also playing at the tournament. Rant looks back on each player’s performance, with the tournament winding up with the Spain – Italy final in Kiev on Sunday: Wayne Rooney, England England’s talisman suffered yet another disappointing competition, after injury, poor form […]

United Rant Live! Portugal v Spain

Spain v Portugal, Euro 2012

Just three games to go at Euro 2012, with Portugal meeting Spain in Donetsk on Wednesday, followed by Germany versus Italy in Warsaw on Thursday for the right to play in Sunday’s final. It should prove to be another fascinating round of matches in an excellent tournament to date, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and co […]

Reds suffer through familiar tournament fall-out

Wayne Rooney

It’s no so much that the English nation likes a scapegoat – although quite clearly it does – but that there’s  fundamental requirement to ignore the deep seated problems in the national game. In the 46 years since England won it’s only international tournament blame has been apportioned liberally after repeated, and frequently embarrassing tournament […]

United Rant Live! England v Italy

England v Italy, Euro 2012

England versus Italy hardly recalls memories of iconic past games. After all these two venerable nations have met just twice in tournament football; Italy winning both in the 1980 European Championships, and at the 1990 World Cup, third place play-off. Indeed, the Azzurri has the edge in recent meetings, having lost just once to England […]

Profile: Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa

Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa arrived on a quick-fire visit to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hospital today, completing a medical ahead of signing a four-year contract with Manchester United. In a visit lasting just 11 hours Kagawa left Tokyo’s Narita airport late Thursday, arriving at the Bridgewater shortly after 9am Friday morning, with the player leaving for Japan, […]

United Rant Live! Germany v Greece

Nani, Portugal v Czech Republic

More than 30 games into Euro 2012 and we reach the knock-out stages, when the true narrative of the tournament is always written. Over the next 10 days hopes and dreams will be shattered, or attained, as the tournament reaches it’s dénouement. What a tournament it has been to date, with some of the most […]

Euro Cast – knockout football

In the third Rant Cast Euro Special regular presenters Ed & Paul discuss the second week of the Championships, which brought more great games, goals and moments. We review each of the groups, discuss the major talking points and look forward to the knock-out stages of the tournament. It was a week in which England […]

Determined Cleverley hopes to dodge another injury bullet

For a career still in its infancy, Tom Cleverley’s already become a paradox. For all the youngster’s inexperience, Cleverley will start the forthcoming season as his fifth in senior professional football. Still in the throes of youth, yet the Basingstoke-born midfielder turns 23 in August. For all the talk of ‘brand Cleverley’ the player is […]