Rant Cast 123 – chants, damn chants

In this week’s show regular presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United’s thumping victory over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. In one of those clichéd ‘games of two halves’ United battered the Latics with three goals inside 15 second half minutes. But the game was marred by a post-match controversy over anti-Liverpool chanting, […]

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Preview: United v Galatasaray AŞ

Galatasaray AS

There is a bittersweet irony in Manchester United kicking off the club’s 2012/13 Champions League season barely 24 hours after reporting more than £20 million of lost revenue in the final quarter of the financial year. The poor Q4 figures, published on Tuesday, come on the back of United’s failure in last season’s Champions League, […]

Keep your shirt on

Nani

There were eyes full of excitement; smiles of contempt, genuine wondering and even patronising empathy. The football world was deep into the new episode of Cristiano Ronaldo dramedy. Meanwhile, the man who was once believed to be Ronaldo’s heir, struggled alone. Luis Nani might beg for pity too, but nobody seems to care. When the […]

Response and responsibility

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough

Strange thing, morality. Set in stone, yet so easily swayed by the prevailing wind. This week’s events at Old Trafford are a case in point after the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into the disaster in which 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives 23 years ago. More than two decades after the event, the Panel’s […]

Preview: United v Wigan Athletic

Manchester United v Wigan Athletic - Premier League - Old Trafford - 15 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson’s call for a “line to be drawn in the sand” over the mutual animosity between Liverpool and Manchester United fans dominated the day’s headlines. It is a malevolence that has led to some sections of each support using the deaths at Hillsborough and Munich to their own spiteful ends. And Ferguson’s is […]

Rant Cast 122 – one man team

This week on the nation’s favourite Manchester United podcast* we look back on Manchester United’s narrow victory over Southampton at St Mary’s before the international break. Did Robin van Persie’s hat-trick get United out of jail free after an ‘omnishambles’ of a defensive performance? We talk international football, with a large proportion of Sir Alex […]

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Reds emerge unscathed from international break… just about

Robin van Persie

Manchester United’s players returned to training today after the international double-header of the past week, with just a few days preparation before the Reds take on Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. Always the most inappropriately timed FIFA-sanctioned international, more than half-a-dozen United players departed the country for World Cup qualifiers and friendlies. And while Sir […]

Being Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

“I’m sad, when I don’t celebrate goals it’s because I’m not happy,” said Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a brace in Real Madrid’s 3-0 defeat of Granada a week last Sunday. “It’s a professional thing. Real Madrid know why I’m not happy.” This is a drama that has dominated the Spanish press for more than a […]

Disingenuous Rooney banking on fans’ support

Wayne Rooney

What is a man to do? So many books to shill, so little time to do it. Good job, then, that an injured Wayne Rooney can dedicate time not to getting fit – by his own admission that’s never been a strength – but to selling his new tome, My Decade in the Premier League. […]

Fletcher back as Bébé misses out

Bebe

Manchester United’s Premier and Champions League lists, confirmed on Tuesday, include Scottish captain Darren Fletcher, with the 28-year-old seemingly on the verge of a return to first team action this season. However, £7.4 million Portuguese misfit Bébé misses out on European action as Sir Alex Ferguson named his squads for the first half of the […]