American Lie

American Pie

Long long time ago, I can still remember, how the Stretford Paddock drove me wild I knew that if I did my time, up those steps then I would climb and Busby’s love would hold me like a child The ’85 start made me shiver, at those 10 games Fat Ron delivered Then 91 through […]

Fergie and Glazers’ profit from IPO leaves fans angry

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to profit from the Glazer family’s partial flotation of Manchester United, documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed on Monday. The legendary United coach, who has been forthright in his defence of the Glazers since the American’s summer 2005 leveraged buy-out, may benefit from a share […]

United Rant Fantasy League 2012/13

United Rant Fantasy League

Join fellow Rant readers for another year of Fantasy Premier League. Based on the official Premier League competition, the United Rant League is available at fantasy.premierleague.com with the entry code 385741-103613. Last year there were hundreds of players, with Paul Khauli taking the glory on the final day. Entry, as ever, is free.

Three strikes and you’re out for Glazer IPO

Wall Street

The Glazer family’s very long mooted Manchester United flotation may be off for a third time after the Financial Times confirmed that an initial public offering (IPO) planned for New York this summer is on “pause” for an undetermined period. Citing volatile market conditions, the FT says that the IPO may now not take place […]

Shang-hi and bye

Didier Drogba, Shanghai Shenhua

Manchester United arrived in China this week on the back of two underwhelming performances against Ajax Cape Town and AmaZulu in South Africa, but a rip-roaring success off the field where column inches were garnered, back-to-back commercial engagements fulfilled and fitness gained. Goodbye Africa, hello Asia as leg two of United’s world tour gets underway. […]

Sir Alex’ guide to being a “real fan”

Sir Alex Ferguson, Glazer brothers

“Real fans,” said Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday, will look at the Glazer family’s debt-fueled ownership of Manchester United over the past seven years and conclude that it “has not affected the team.” It was an assertion made by the 70-year-old manager that sparked a furious debate across social media, with Ferguson, not first the […]

Welbeck told to hit 20 in fight for United place

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck can barely have wished for a better first full campaign in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad. Having returned from a year on loan at Sunderland the Longsight-born striker made 39 appearances for Manchester United last term, 27 of them starts, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. Now, Ferguson has set Welbeck a new task; […]

Football, at last

Moses Mabhida Stadium

‘At last,’ sang the late, great Etta James, ‘my lonely days are over.’ And while Manchester United supporters may not be pining for a love a long gone, the wait for the Reds to return this summer hardly sped by. Two months and five days of waiting, to be precise, since United lost the Premier […]

Pre-season: a bluffer’s guide

Moses Mabhida Durban Stadium

Six games, five countries, 22,000 miles – Manchester United’s summer tour 2012 will be another money-spinning, publicity-building, sojourn for the Glazer family; whether so much time spent travelling is the right preparation for the team is another question. In either case, Ferguson’s men set sail for Durban on Monday morning, with match sharpness, open training […]

Macheda looks to tour for one last chance

Federico Macheda

It is now three years, three months and seven days since Federico Macheda burst onto the Premier League scene, curling home a stunning and hugely significant winning goal against Aston Villa in the third minute of injury time. The Italian youngster’s Old Trafford effort, forever associated with Manchester United’s 2008/9 title victory, hailed the start […]