Moyes begins with much to ponder

Wayne Rooney

David Moyes strolled into Carrington on Monday, keys to a sponsored Chevrolet gripped tight in the right hand, BlackBerry in the other; every bit the modern Manchester United manager. The new man toured United’s ever burgeoning complex, posed for photographs and, with his players not due to arrive before Tuesday, casually chatted to catering staff. […]

Baines bid goes in but Reds’ priorities lie elsewhere

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines is unlikely to have topped many Manchester United supporters’ wish-lists in the summer transfer market. Not that the left-back’s qualities are few, with the Evertonian having deservedly secured the vote of his fellow professionals to make last season’s PFA team of the year. But with plenty of questions surrounding the club during the summer […]

Stupid season

Cristiano Ronaldo

The silly season they say. It is as if the collective media doth protest too much. Silly is the faces pulled at an infant, or Shinji Kagwa’s karaoke routine at the end-of-season party. Silly is perhaps even the media’s reaction to José Mourinho’s slaying of the truth this week – how Rant chuckled. All very silly. But when it […]

Nani not ok as transfer looms

Nani

There seems little to speculate in the transfer of Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha away from Old Trafford this summer; a performance in its final act. The winger’s destination and magnitude of fee Manchester United collects in the process is that is left to play out. After all, Nani’s transfer has been  an open secret after […]

The state of youth

Wilfried Zaha

What is the world coming to? Not only was Stuart Pearce positively defiant in the face of England’s humiliating exit at the European Under-21 Championships, but he confidently assured the waiting press that he expects to remain in charge of the country’s primary development team. It is a “long-term plan,” said the former Manchester City manager. “I’ve […]

Moyes, Mourinho and Pellegrini Makes Three

Jose Mourinho

It was the worst kept secret in football. No, not José Mourinho’s return to Chelsea six years after being unceremoniously sacked by Roman Abramovich, but the revelation that Portuguese coach was desperate to take the vacant Manchester United job this summer. Those following Mourinho’s flirtation with United over the past two years, whether in the […]

Chicharito’s last stand

Javier Hernandez

How typically Javier Hernández, stealing across his central defensive marker to score at the near post. The Mexican did it twice on Friday night, netting his first with the instep to the goalkeeper’s right, and then a flicking neatly over his opponent with the outside of his boot to earn a 2-2 draw with Nigeria in Houston. […]

Poll: Is Moyes right to disrupt United’s coaching set-up?

David Moyes

“Ferguson and United’s hierarchy had anticipated a smooth transition behind the scenes following the 71-year-old’s retirement,” said Mark Ogden the Telegraph’s Manchester correspondent  on Thursday. Yet, David Moyes introduction to the Manchester United hot-seat has been anything but smooth, with Ferguson, his brother Martin, the chief  scout, and three senior coaches leaving the club this summer. […]

Season review and ratings 2012/13

Robin van Persie

What to make of a season that ended with the Premier League trophy being returned to its frequent resting place at Old Trafford? Certainly, regaining English pre-eminence is success by any measure. Yet, while the drama of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement masks everything in the narrative of the campaign, premature defeat in three cup competitions, especially […]

Summer of upheaval

Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan

There is peace even in the storm ― Vincent van Gogh, 3 November 1876 There are times, when chaos abounds, mused Rudyard Kipling in sport’s most over-quoted poem; that those with clarity of thought will come to the forefront at times of crisis. And while Manchester United is in no crisis, it is not yet clear whether the […]