Preview: QPR v United

QPR v Manchester United - Premier League, Loftus Road - 3pm 23 February 2013

Top versus bottom in the Premier League and another comfortable victory for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s team marches towards another Premier League title. That is, of course, the most comfortable of scripts – one that United has not always read with ease this season. And with Queens Park Rangers fighting an unlikely battle […]

Gill’s departure leaves Ferguson isolated

Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill

David Gill’s surprise announcement on Tuesday, that he is to step down as chief executive of Manchester United after 10 years in the position, comes as a personal “blow” to manager Sir Alex Ferguson, leaving the 71-year-old Scot without a key Old Trafford ally. It is the most serious conclusion to draw from Gill’s resignation, […]

Preview: United v Reading

Manchester United v Reading - FA Cup, Old Trafford - 8pm, 18 February 2013

There was a moment during the chaos of Manchester United’s Premier League fixture with Reading in December that a 4-3 scoreline looked not only unlikely, but preposterous. The two sides would surely score far more than that. Yet, amid two of the worst defensive performances of the current se ason, the sides conspired to see […]

Ferguson trusts in squad as fans dare to dream

“Success is the result of what sociologists like to call ‘accumulative advantage’,” argued Malcolm Gladwell in the peerless Outliers. “Those who are successful are most likely to be given the kinds of opportunities that lead to further success.” It is a viewpoint with which Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson might agree. After 26 years […]

The sacrifice: Wayne Rooney’s European Journey

Wayne Rooney

In the build up to Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Manchester United, the Madrid-based paper Marca depicted Wayne Rooney as ‘El Coco’ – the bogeyman. This was widely misreported in the British press as an insult, where it really acknowledged the city’s fear of the Rooney’s ability. Madridistas might, therefore, have felt a […]

Rant Cast 143 – Fresh Prince of Longsight

On this week’s show presenters Ed and Paul discuss a momentous week in Manchester United’s season. Domestically, United moved 12 points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after defeating Everton at Old Trafford last weekend. We look back on victory over the Toffees and City’s demise at Southampton. Also on this week’s show […]

Preview: Real Madrid v United

Brian Kidd, Manchester United v Real Madrid

For all the attention grabbed by Manchester City in recent seasons there is still something compellingly attractive attached to a crunch European night against one of the continent’s giants – the clichéd European atmosphere under the lights and a departure from the hustled norm of the Premier league that has enduring appeal. Not only does […]

Advantage Madrid as confident Reds head to Spain

Ronaldo Real Madrid

“It’s ridiculous to think,” said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of United’s 2-0 victory over the Toffees on Sunday. “That we play on the Sunday and Real Madrid play on the Saturday with that extra day’s rest.” Thus grew a thousand headlines – and whether Ferguson’s “anger” at the Premier League’s Faustian pact […]

Preview: United v Everton

Manchester United 4-4 Everton

Three days ahead of Manchester United’s trip to face Real Madrid in Spain, supporters might be forgiven for having one eye on the Champions League Round of 16 clash next Wednesday. After all, this is a match between two of Europe’s most storied institutions, and a first meeting in almost a decade. Sir Alex Ferguson, […]

Rant Cast 142 – que viva Ronaldo

ON this week’s packed Rant Cast we look back on Manchester United’s narrow victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney’s goal, coupled with Manchester City’s failure to beat Liverpool leaves Sir Alex Ferguson’s side nine points clear. We look ahead to United’s fixture with Everton at the weekend – a […]