2012 – United’s year in review

Calendars have always been somewhat arbitrary in football. It is, after all, an industry that has a timeline all of its own. Yet, here we are, 2012 nearly complete, and another year coming over the horizon. What, then, to make of Manchester United’s year; 12 months that have included European failure in the continent’s secondary […]

Size (and what you do with it)

St James' Park

Sir Alex Ferguson has been in fine form of late, first fearing, quite preposterously, for Robin van Persie’s life and then deriding 120-year-old Newcastle United as “a wee club in the north-east.” Quite a put-down for the four-times champions of England that attracts regular crowds in excess of 50,000. But Ferguson’s jibe, provoked by manager […]

Preview: United v West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, Old Trafford, 29 December 2012

Manchester United’s performances this Christmas may be patchy, but the same cannot be said for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The great Scot started the week fearing for Robin van Persie’s life and ended it by deriding Newcastle United as that “wee club from the north east”. It has been truly spectacular stuff from a deliciously […]

Rant Cast 136 – it’s the defence, stupid

On the final Rant Cast of the year regular presenters Ed and Paul look back on two eventful matches in the past week. First, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team drew at Swansea City, but the performance was over-shadowed by controversial incidents on the pitch. Was Ferguson right to question Ashley Williams’ ‘attack’ on Robin van Persie, […]

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Mid-season report 2012/13

It is one of the stranger seasons in Manchester United’s recent history. Sir Alex Ferguson’s reaction to Manchester City’s Premier League title victory on goal difference was to bolster his attack, while largely ignoring obvious problems in other areas. Ferguson spent more than £40 million on Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell last […]

Preview: United v Newcastle United

Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League, Old Trafford - 26 December 2012

One down, three to play in this year’s festive programme – and if Sir Alex Ferguson’s side is holding on to any lingering disappointment following Sunday’s draw at Swansea City then there is little time to wallow. Not with Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, the Geordies in dangerously poor form, […]

How Fergie stole Mancini’s Christmas

Robin van Persie Swansea

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” Jim Morrison When referee Michael Oliver blew the final whistle to confirm Manchester United’s first draw of the season, it was not hard to imagine Roberto Mancini gleefully rubbing his hands. Manchester City’s last-minute winner the day previous proved to be even more valuable after United, in a forgiving […]

Preview: Swansea City v United

Manchester United v Swansea City

In the week Premier League chairman voted through proposals to curb excessive spending, there is some prescience in Manchester United’s trip to face Swansea City this week. The Welsh club is, after all, a model in sustainable and organic growth. No little surprise that Manchester City was one of only two clubs to vote against […]

Rant Cast 135 – Ronnie’s return

In the last Rant Cast before Christmas Ed and Paul look ahead to Manchester United’s upcoming Champions League fixture with Real Madrid. In an emotional encounter Cristiano Ronaldo will return ‘home’ and Sir Alex Ferguson will once again cross swords with friend and sometimes nemesis, Jose Mourinho. Also in the show this week: we look […]

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Kagawa returns – the question is where

The highlight of Shinji Kagawa’s disrupted season isn’t quite a star turn at the Manchester United Christmas party, although those of a more cynical persuasion may be forgiven for making the observation. Certainly the Japanese playmaker has contributed little in recent weeks after suffering a knee injury that has sidelined the former Borussia Dortmund star […]