Rant Cast 237 – transfer market special

Rant Cast - United Rant

Ridículo! ran the headline in two of Spain’s leading sports dailies. No translation needed. Except that the farce surrounding David de Gea’s aborted transfer to Real Madrid extends beyond the Spanish capital to some of Manchester United’s approach to the transfer window. The third in which the judgement of the club’s senior executives must be called […]

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2015/16

Louis van Gaal

Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. United made some progress last season under Louis van Gaal, albeit from a very low base after […]

Europe awaits but Van Gaal’s way remains lost in translation

Louis Van Gaal

It was, at times, thrilling. Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Club Brugge on Wednesday will raise few eyebrows across the continent, but in scoring four, with three from the erstwhile predator Wayne Rooney, United’s performance recalled more exciting times at the club. There have been too few moments like this in the past two years; almost none […]

Rant Cast 236 – bored stiff

Rant Cast - United Rant

Goals. There was a time when Manchester United scored them. Sometime before Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as Rant Cast recalls. There were none as United drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday; and just two in three Premier League games this season. Ed & Paul look back on an uninspiring fixture – one in […]

Rant Cast 235 – Rooney’s Friday night frights

Rant Cast - United Rant

Was it Wayne Rooney’s worst ever performance for Manchester United? Certainly there have been few quite so insipid as the Scouser’s at Aston Villa at Friday night. Rooney, so ineffective he became a damaging liability, might has cost United dear, but for another stout defensive performance. United’s second shut-out secured three points for two wins in […]

United’s attack tested by Rooney’s impotence

Wayne Rooney

As statements go, Wayne Rooney’s performance under Aston Villa’s Friday night lights, said everything. Blowing hard by the end, in Manchester United’s second successive 1-0 victory, the Scouser looked far from match sharp. In truth the game passed Rooney by: second best to every ball, rarely involved in the visitors’ limp attack and one-paced when in possession. […]

Aston Villa v United: Reds seek boost in away form

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 14 August 2015, 7.45pm

It was Manchester United’s patchy away form that eliminated any hope of challenging for the Premier League title last season, however fanciful the dream. In 19 matches at home, Louis van Gaal’s side dropped points in just five games – the third best record in the league. The Reds’ away form was bettered by six […]