Rant Cast 199 – the boys are back in town

Rant Cast

In the first Rant Cast of the new season regular presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States, talk transfers and preview the campaign ahead. United enjoyed one of the most successful pre-season tours in memory, both in terms of results and in the context of last year’s […]

Rio: My Decade as a Red

Rio Ferdinand

There have been times over the past decade when Rio Ferdinand seemed destined for anything but a lengthy stay at Old Trafford. It has been a journey from a £30 million transfer in July 2002, through a controversial ban and subsequent contract re-negotiation, to genuine – well almost – respect on the terraces. After all, […]

Zaha hits the ground running

Wilfried Zaha

It was the simplest of finishes – Wilfried Zaha stroking home with a soft instep to score into Kim Jin-Hyeon’s unguarded net as Manchester United drew with Cerezo Osaka on Friday night. Zaha’s goal was the last of four in an entertaining encounter as the Reds once again struggled to overcome limited opposition on tour. Yet, […]

United Rant Fantasy League 2013/14

Robin Van Persie Fantasy League

The annual United Rant Fantasy League takes place once again for the 2013/14 season – once again using the ‘official’ Premier League game at fantasy.premierleague.com. Last season Rant editor Ed placed 2,309,652th – so just about last. He’s confident that he’ll make the top one million this year! Code to join this league: 541583-134151

Kagawa joins magical marketing tour with much to gain

Shinji Kagawa

Funny thing, Shinji Kagawa’s return from an extended summer break; one that just happens to coincide with the third leg of Manchester United’s extensive summer tour. As David Moyes’ players touched down at Tokyo’s Narita airport on Sunday night so United’s Japanese international joined the squad having sat out matches in Thailand and Australia. Cynics […]

Poll: fantasy transfer targets

Gareth Bale

It has been a frustrating summer for those Manchester United supporters expecting the club to build from a position of strength. After all, local rival Manchester City has invested some £100 million on four players this summer; a statement of intent in the most obvious, if crass, terms. Chelsea has spent too, while even Arsenal […]

Woodward heads home amid increasing farce

Wayne Rooney

There was a tacit policy under David Gill’s leadership, or an attempt at least, to keep Manchester United’s transfer dealings under wraps. The thought process was sound: while tabloid-fueled speculation filled the back pages, and social media hummed a summer long, the club retained a silent dignity. It is a policy seemingly broken during the […]

Rooney cut to size in United’s game of brinkmanship

Wayne Rooney

One wondered just how much Manchester United would take before a line was finally drawn. Briefing and counter-briefing a summer long, the club holding Wayne Rooney to the lucrative five-year contract signed the last time the player wanted out; the striker’s people  maneuvering the media game to only marginally credible effect. So it comes to […]

Moyes confident in high-risk transfer game

Thiago

The summer transfer scene; a political game seemingly played out in the media’s full glare. Of course, the reality is that only a proportion of transfer business is known to the press pack, let alone those supporters watching from the sidelines. But whatever the truth in an a myriad of rumours in the mainstream press […]

Pre-season starts here

Friends Arena

David Moyes’ Manchester United squad left the city on Wednesday bound for Bangkok, with fixtures to follow in Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka, Hong Kong and Stockholm before the new season begins. The planet’s great footballing temples. And as ever, with commercial imperatives forefront of mind, Moyes’ squad will travel more than 25,000 miles before the Community […]