Preview: Chelsea v United (COC)

Chelsea v Manchester United - Capital One Cup, Stamford Bridge - 31 October 2012, 7.45pm

Like London buses incidents of racism appear to come in threes in English football; a trio of shocking accusations that have left the beautiful game with a festering wound. When Manchester United visits Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, for the second in a league and cup double-header this week it is, once again, the most unsavoury side of the game that […]

Reds’ slice of luck Bridges a decade of ill fortune

Robin van Persie

It has been a decade since Manchester United last won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League – a 3-0 win in April 2002, with Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring the goals. During the intervening years Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, and many others, ran foul of officialdom in west London. […]

Preview: Chelsea v United

Nani Chelsea

There are few place that Sir Alex Ferguson visits with justifiable trepidation, not considering the 70-year-old’s record without peer, but Stamford Bridge is surely one. In 25 trips to the west London ground during Ferguson’s reign, Manchester United has emerged victorious just six times. Indeed, Ferguson’s record in 50 matches against the Londoners is only […]

Rant Cast 127 – playing for the shirt

On this week’s packed Rant Cast regular presenters Ed and Paul look back on Manchester United’s matches against Stoke City in the Premier League and SC Braga in Europe. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team came away with two victories, but once again looked suspect at the back. Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand and Ferguson were embroiled in a […]

Ferguson on the defensive over errors

SC Braga

There is a certain romance about Manchester United’s play this season; an innocent we’ll-score-one-more-than you attitude that is a refreshing change from the stifled tactics of so much modern football. Yet, United’s plethora of attacking talent has been forced to work at its maximum simply because Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have defended so poorly. The […]

Preview: United v SC Braga

Manchester United v SC Braga - Champions League, Old Trafford - Tuesday 22 October 2012, 7.45pm

Manchester United welcomes Sporting Braga to Old Trafford on Tuesday, with the Reds chasing a win that should ease qualification into the Champions League knock out stages. United has been far from fluent in the competition to date, but victory over last season’s Europa League finalists will take Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to within a […]

Media Digest: Rio’s protest

For many, Sunday is a day spent in the company of the family and friends, reading that unfinished book, or watching a new episode of a favourite show. Over at United Rant it’s a day spent catching up on the beautiful game. Join us, in Rant’s weekly round-up of United-related news and blogs – Media […]

Ferguson’s Ferdinand folly

Ferdinand Brothers

There was a period, for some considerable time in fact, that United Rant carried a ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ graphic on the site’s front page. In the intervening years both Rant, and Kick it Out (KIO) have undergone brand redesign. But if the graphic was lost by accident, then the spotlight placed on […]

Preview: United v Stoke City

Manchester United version Stoke City – Premier League, Old Trafford – Saturday 20 October 2012

Ah, the international break – that period when Manchester United fans kick back and think of better things to come, a season once again disrupted by World Cup qualification. It is also the time when Sir Alex Ferguson prays to the Gods of whomever that his squad will return from faraway lands fit and healthy. […]

Rant Cast 126 – up up and away

On this week’s post international break Rant Cast we look back into the now seemingly distant past to Manchester United’s thumping victory over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park. Sir Alex Ferguson’s wingless wonders gained revenge for a 3-0 loss at the same venue last season, while posing some interesting tactical questions for the season […]