David de Gea’s year of growth

David De Gea

April 2012: Manchester City’s Joe Hart was named in the Premier League team of the year, while Manchester United’s David De Gea faced a summer of seemingly endless debate about his future as the club’s number one keeper. There were plenty of suggestions that the Spaniard could be replaced permanently, either by Anders Lindegaard, or by […]

Preview: Arsenal v United

Phil Jones Arsenal

Robin van Persie will command the headlines Sunday afternoon, although the former Arsenal striker is unlikely to receive a welcoming entrance at the Emirates. Manchester United’s visit to north London less than a week after claiming the Premier League title ensures that the Dutchman garners a much discussed ‘Guard of Honour’ from his former colleagues; […]

The transfer list

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s season will end with the Premier League trophy heading back to Old Trafford once again. It is, by any measure, a season of success, although disappointment in Europe and two domestic cup competitions will sting Sir Alex Ferguson over the summer. The Premier League may have been sealed with four games to go, […]

Rant Cast 152 – the one with title winning bite

Rant Cast

On this week’s Premier League winning Rant Cast Ed & Paul celebrate Manchester United’s spectacular title triumph. It was the 20th time United has been crowned ‘Champions of England’ – the 13th title for Sir Alex Ferguson, and of course, Sir Ryan of Giggs. The celebrations continued long into the night… but that was just […]

Championship won, Sir Alex’ hard work starts here

Champions 2013

It really never gets boring, this lark of winning Premier League titles. Some 13 have now come during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign; the latest after his side beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night. Perhaps none will be quite as giddily received as that in 1993, not after Steve Bruce’s late late double. […]

Preview: United v Aston Villa

Nani Aston Villa

Two bruising encounters inside four days held the propensity to leave their mark on Manchester United; the concern being more of the abstract than physical, despite the aggressive approach displayed by Stoke City and West Ham United. Yet, with four points secured in the past week against anything but passive opponents, Sir Alex Ferguson has […]

Rant Cast 151 – Horse 0-1 Man

Rant Cast

On this week’s Rant Cast Ed and Paul look back on Manchester United’s victory over Stoke City at the Britannia, and a hard-earned draw with West Ham United in east London. The Reds take two more steps towards the title even if the team’s performances have tailed off. We talk horses as a Newcastle United […]

Kagawa may be permanently consigned to the left

Shinji Kagawa

There should be no doubting Shinji Kagawa’s class. During the 2011/2012 season he was a genuine contender for the best player in the Bundesliga – a title that went to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Marco Reus, the player who would replace Kagawa at Borussia Dortmund. The campaign marked the pinnacle of the Japanese player’s career to date. […]

Preview: West Ham v United

Rooney West Ham United

It wasn’t pretty, although little of Manchester United’s season can be categorised as such, but the Reds’ victory over Stoke City on Sunday surely ends any lingering doubts about the Premier League’s destination. United should now seal the title within the next three fixtures. Defeat to rivals Manchester City last Monday came within an established […]

Preview: Stoke City v United

Robin van Persie Stoke

It is less a question of ‘why Delilah’, as Stoke City’s adopted song goes, but what exactly the club’s fans believe is the nature of any rivalry between them and Manchester United? After all, the visiting fans in Sunday’s match at the Britannia care little about Stoke, or the 42 mile distance between the clubs. Much […]