Rant Cast 233 – the season starts here

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In the first Rant Cast of the new season Ed & Paul look back on the summer’s transfer market activity, with Louis van Gaal securing five new players. Have all the holes in Van Gaal’s squad been fixed and who else might come before the transfer window shuts? There’s a review of the tour of […]

United Rant Fantasy League 2015/16

Fantasy League

There’s a difference between fantasy and reality. No really, there is. Rant enters the following into evidence: That David Moyes could ever be the ideal replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson was a fantasy. That David Moyes was the worst possible choice as United manager a stark reality. That “this year is Liverpool’s year” is the […]

Tour poses new questions as the season looms

USA Tour 2015

In truth it has proven to be a mixed pre-season in the United States, although the manager departed the continent with an air of calm satisfaction. “Preparation time,” as Louis van Gaal call it, is traditional as a period of focus on fitness and match “rhythm” – not necessarily results. For Manchester United, with three victories and Thursday’s […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast Special: Robin van Persie

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On this podcast special from August 2012 Ed & Paul discuss the acquisition of Robin van Persie for £24 million from Arsenal – the player, the impact, the money. [First broadcast August 2012] — Hit us up with any feedback below or follow the pod on Twitter: Paul – @UtdRantCast, Ed – @UnitedRant. Rant Cast is donationware! […]

Di Maria experiment fails, now comes the fallout

Angel Di Maria

In the end it was just four words that ended Angel di Maria’s time at Manchester United: Louis van Gaal’s curt assertion that he “does not know why” the Argentinian failed to board a plane to the United States on Saturday. Four words that will hasten Di Maria’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the coming […]

Youngsters stake a claim for number 10

Andreas Pereira, Adnan Januzaj

There is, it seems, something attractive about youngsters with a complex identity. In 2014 Adnan Januzaj settled, after no little debate in at least three countries, for a place with the Belgian national side. Januzaj burst onto the scene as one of the few players to emerge with genuine credit through the failed David Moyes […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 154 – Ferguson’s retirement

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On this extended Rant Cast regular presenters Ed & Paul looked back on 27 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford – the man, the manager, and his legacy. They discuss kind of club will Ferguson left behind, how should fans assess Ferguson’s quarter century in charge, and his replacement, David Moyes! [First broadcast […]

Poll: is Van Gaal right to sell Victor Valdés?

Victor Valdes

Louis van Gaal says that goalkeeper Victor Valdés will be sold this summer because the Spaniard refuses to follow the Dutchman’s philosophy. In a damming assessment Van Gaal accused the 33-year-old former Barcelona player of refusing to play in United’s under-21 side last season – supposedly a key tenet of the Dutchman’s fitness regime. “Philosophy is how […]

Schweinsteiger adds new dimension to Van Gaal’s burgeoning squad

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Three transfers concluded, how many more to come this summer? Manchester United’s confirmation that Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is to join from Bayern Munich adds to a growing sense of momentum at Old Trafford. The player may be creeping towards his 30s, but Schweinsteiger is legitimately one of the world’s finest central midfielders – and […]

Van Gaal builds from the back but cannot neglect United’s attacking front

Matteo Darmian

Manchester United’s impending capture of Torino right-back Matteo Darmian is the first in what could be three defensive acquisitions this summer; the Italian international may even join before Louis van Gaal’s squad leaves, next Monday, for a short tour of the United States. It is a sound purchase in a window that promises a more […]