Arsenal v United: Carrick back for confident Reds

Arsenal v Manchester United, Premier League, Emirates Stadium, 4 October 2015

Louis van Gaal’s reshaped side is ahead of schedule, topping the table domestically and having secured the first Champions League win of the campaign, but few inside the camp will be carried away at this stage. After all, the Dutchman’s Manchester United side faces six tough games before October is out; four away from Old Trafford’s comforts. […]

Rant Cast 240 – this is the Juan

Rant Cast - United Rant

United, top of the league! More than 700 days since the Reds last topped the Premier League table, Louis van Gaal’s team is once again the preeminent force in English football. For this week at least. Defeat for Manchester City, a draw for Chelsea, together with United’s relatively easy victory over Sunderland at Old Trafford, […]

United v Ipswich Town: Pereira’s big chance

Manchester United v Ipswich Town, Capital One Cup, 23 September 2015

For more than two decades the League Cup, in all its various sponsorship guises, has become a synonym for youth at Manchester United. After all, many of the ‘Class of 92′ took their first steps in this tournament, with Paul Scholes making his club bow in United’s 2–1 victory over Port Vale almost 21-years-ago to the day. Sir Alex […]

Rant Cast 239 – the second best French striker in United’s history

Rant Cast - United Rant

“What a waste of money,” ran the Mirror headline before Anthony Martial made his Manchester United début against Liverpool earlier this month. How silly that looks now. The Frenchman scored two more fine goals against Southampton in a narrow United victory at the weekend – taking his total to three, and the Reds to second […]

Rant Cast 238 – oh yeeeeesssssssss!

Rant Cast - United Rant

There are debuts to remember and then there is Anthony’s Martial’s introduction at Old Trafford on Saturday. The French teenager joined United for somewhere between £36 – £58 million, with all the accompanying media pressure. So is he any good? After weaving through Liverpool’s defence, and calming scoring a wonder-goal, he just might be. On this week’s […]

PSV Eindhoven v United: Memphis celebrates homecoming on United’s European return

PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United, Phillips Stadion, Champions League, 15 September 2015

Back in the European big time after almost 18 months in the wilderness. It is Manchester United’s reward for a slow and fabulously expensive rebuilding process in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. United’s 7-1 aggregate victory over Club Brugge in last month’s qualifying round offers Louis van Gaal a first taste of Champions […]

Woodward’s window touched on farce and leaves Van Gaal just a little short

Ed Woodward

“Ridículo” ran the headline in two of Spain’s leading sports dailies last week. No translation needed there. Except that the farce surrounding David de Gea’s aborted transfer to Real Madrid extends beyond the Spanish capital to include a little too much of Manchester United’s approach to the transfer window. It is the third summer in […]