Poll: Is Moyes right to disrupt United’s coaching set-up?

David Moyes

“Ferguson and United’s hierarchy had anticipated a smooth transition behind the scenes following the 71-year-old’s retirement,” said Mark Ogden the Telegraph’s Manchester correspondent  on Thursday. Yet, David Moyes introduction to the Manchester United hot-seat has been anything but smooth, with Ferguson, his brother Martin, the chief  scout, and three senior coaches leaving the club this summer. […]

Season review and ratings 2012/13

Robin van Persie

What to make of a season that ended with the Premier League trophy being returned to its frequent resting place at Old Trafford? Certainly, regaining English pre-eminence is success by any measure. Yet, while the drama of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement masks everything in the narrative of the campaign, premature defeat in three cup competitions, especially […]

Summer of upheaval

Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan

There is peace even in the storm ― Vincent van Gogh, 3 November 1876 There are times, when chaos abounds, mused Rudyard Kipling in sport’s most over-quoted poem; that those with clarity of thought will come to the forefront at times of crisis. And while Manchester United is in no crisis, it is not yet clear whether the […]

Cleverley’s challenge

Tom Cleverley

Cristiano Ronaldo arguably scored his greatest goal for Manchester United  against Porto in 2009. It was a fantastic strike from forty yards out, but Ronaldo’s movement must not be overlooked; the forward had made the ‘false nine’ role his own during that season, dropping off the front to find the space and time needed to […]

Rant Cast 156 – end of season party

Rant Cast

On the final, bumper-length, podcast of the season presenters Ed & Paul look back on the highs and lows of the season just gone. We review Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game as manager – the 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes – hand out our end-of-season awards, and look ahead to a […]

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Rant’s Premier Predictions 2012/13 revisited

Sir Alex Ferguson, with Premier League trophy

Each year Rant predicts the outcome of the season to come – winners, losers – Manchester United and others. There have been mixed results in over the years – 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12. And 2012/13 proved to be particularly challenging, with Rant’s worst prediction performance yet – just four correct answers, with the Champions League final […]

Preview: West Bromwich Albion v United

It has, it seems, been a week of farewells, with Manchester United fans waving Sir Alex Ferguson goodbye from both Old Trafford’s stands and the city centre scaffolds. The orchestrated celebrations served up by the club as Swansea City visited last weekend were followed by a mass outpouring as United paraded the Premier League trophy […]

Rant Cast 155 – from Pyongyang, with love

Rant Cast

On the penultimate Rant Cast of the season regulars Ed & Paul discuss an emotional day at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson saying goodbye to the home crowd for the final time. In an orchestrated farewell of North Korean proportions, the Theatre of Dreams saw its worst nightmare come true, with Ferguson leaving the […]

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Preview: United v Swansea

Manchester United v Swansea City

There is a match at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, but few in the crowd will care for the action – not on Sir Alex Ferguson’s final home appearance in charge of United. Retiring after 27 years at the helm, Ferguson will say a last goodbye to the supporters who have cried his name for […]