United v Villa: Van Gaal chases title

Manchester United v Aston Villa, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4 April 2015

Amid the season’s most challenging run of games Manchester United’s fixture against Aston Villa this weekend has become something of an afterthought. It is little surprise. After all, this is a period in which Louis van Gaal’s side has faced Tottenham Hotpsur and Liverpool in successive weeks, with Manchester City and Chelsea to come before […]

Poll: do you get the ‘philosophy’ now?

Louis Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal is a enigma, although he certainly wouldn’t like the characterisation. After all, almost a season after taking the job at Manchester United, supporters are still debating the nature of Van Gaal’s much-discussed ‘philosophy.’ Some might say that we are little closer to a true definition. It is at one both fast-paced total […]

Rant Cast 224 – tara, slippy, stampy Stevie G

Rant Cast - United Rant

Rare is the moment that schadenfreude is not to be fully enjoyed – and rarer still does that moment come in a United victory over Liverpool at Anfield. And yet the stars aligned on Sunday: United beat the old rivals in Liverpool and Steven Gerrard offered one of the finest comedy moments of the season. […]

Once lost, now found at Anfield

Juan Mata

Rant could feign indifference. Not that, somehow, there wasn’t full of joy taken from Manchester United’s outstanding victory over Liverpool on Sunday, but that schadenfreude didn’t take complete hold. The truth, however, is that there is very little more enjoyable than beating Liverpool at Anfield. Better still when the opposing captain departs in rambunctious ignominy – […]

Rant Cast 223 – playing the percentages

Rant Cast - United Rant

On this week’s Rant Cast: Ed and Paul ‘debate’ the merits of a sound education in mathematics, bemoaning the state of  government investment into a system that has left Paul unable to tell the difference between a percentage and an absolute number! In between the bickering over Long Ball Louis’ tactics, the pod covers United’s […]

Van Gaal’s mystique broken on the promise of rapid gain

Louis van Gaal, Ryan Giggs

There is in historiographic thinking a concept, an idea if you will, that advances in science, technology and society produce an improvement in the human condition. That, indeed, this “progress” is innately desirable. This idea is deeply ingrained in modern culture; that progress is the sum of these advances and, according to sociologist Robert Nisbet, […]

United v Arsenal: Van Gaal seeks victory in ‘Cup Final’

Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup Quarter Final, Old Trafford, 9 March 2015

Up for the cup? Manchester United’s FA Cup record in recent years suggests anything but. Now more than a decade since the club’s last victory in the world’s oldest tournament, manager Louis van Gaal says other priorities take precedent once again. Plus ça change each season for the past decade and more. Typically league and […]

Rant Cast 221 – agents Brown and O’Shea

Rant Cast - United Rant

On this week’s Rant Cast – victory and a decent one at that. Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford wasn’t always pretty, but in creating more than 30 chances with 75 per cent possession, the Reds certainly dominated. After defeat to Swansea City last week, Louis van Gaal’s side is now back […]