Rant Cast 219 – hail Eric, 20 years on

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On this week’s Rant Cast Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United’s draw with Cambridge in the FA Cup. How did one of the finest squad’s in the land end up struggling at the League Two minnows? The lads assess Louis van Gaal six months into the job during a period in which Untied has […]

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Van Gaal retreats into philosophic accommodation

Cambridge United v Manchester United

It is the word that has become most synonymous with Louis van Gaal’s first six months at Manchester United: the “philosophy.” It is at one the Dutchman’s favoured “play style” and a system of coaching belief; his principles and a fundamental axiom. The philosophy has carried Van Gaal through two decades at the sharp end of […]

Cambridge v United: Friday night lights

Cambridge United v Manchester United, FA Cup, Abbey Stadium

Supporters waited years for an FA Cup draw against a lower league club and then two come along all at once. After dispatching Yeovil Town in the third round, with a little difficulty it has to be said, Louis van Gaal’s side faces League Two outfit Cambridge United under the Friday night lights in East […]

Rant Cast 218 – #pray4redissue

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Back after a short break, Rant Cast is (sort of) united in grief for the demise of Red Issue, Manchester United’s longest running and most controversial fanzine. Sharp, incisive and never short of deliciously cutting, Red Issue has been a staple of the match-day experience for more than 25 years. Love them or loathe them, […]

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Wilson’s goal extends beyond QPR strike

James Wilson

It has not always been an easy campaign for James Wilson. Strange words for a player nominally behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in Manchester United’s pecking order. Yet, while the Biddulph-born striker forced his way into manager Louis van Gaal’s thinking during the summer, Wilson has scored just once in the United […]

United v Southampton: Van Gaal lauds fully fit Reds

Manchester United v Southampton, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4pm 11 January 2015

Home at last. Manchester United’s road-trip through the festive programme at Aston Villa, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town has stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run to 11 games, but, some might say, with little uptick in performances. Louis van Gaal’s outfit struggled at Villa and Stoke, ran out of steam in north London and […]

Poll: will Valdés deal signal De Gea’s departure?

Victor Valdes

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés will sign for Manchester United this week after recovering from a serious knee injury. But what does a deal for the 32-year-old Spanish international say about the future of incumbent number one, David de Gea? Valdés has been training with United since October in a bid to recover from the anterior […]

Rant Cast 217 – RIP $tevie Me

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Liverpool is in mourning, with captain Steven Gerrard announcing his death retirement move to another club for shed loads of money, eight years after nearly moving to Chelsea for bucketfuls of cash. Regular presenters Ed & Paul join the national wailing … or not. Also on this week’s show: a full review of United’s disappointing performances […]

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Yeovil v United: Van Gaal plans for all or nothing

Yeovil Town v Manchester United, FA Cup, Huish Park, 15.30 4 January 2015

It is more than a decade since Manchester United last lifted the FA Cup; a record unbecoming of the 11 times winners. Yet, in a season when Louis van Gaal’s side can realistically win nothing bar the world’s oldest football tournament, the FA Cup may well become a saviour. Indeed, for the first time since […]