Rant’s Premier Predictions 2014/15 revisited

David De Gea

Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14. This year is no different. It has been a mixed season for United, with Louis van Gaal leading something of a renaissance at Old Trafford by qualifying for the Champions […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 1 – season preview 2009

Rant Cast - United Rant

In the first ever episode of Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul talked about the build up to the 2009 season, in which Rafa Benitez accused Sir Alex Ferguson of being “scared”, Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford, and Michael Owen arrived. First broadcast 15 August 2009. Warning: the first episode contains dodgy audio quality, dodgier […]

United’s finest: ‘Rolls Royce’ Rio retires

Rio Ferdinand

“Excellence,” wrote Greek philosopher Aristotle, “is an art won by training.” Indeed, this is a doctrine held true by many in the game for whom hard work and a little talent has brought ample reward. Rio Ferdinand trained hard too; a professional to the last. Yet, he also boasted such a natural elegance on the pitch […]

Moving beyond Carrick

Michael Carrick

It has been an underwhelming season at Manchester United. For the most part Louis van Gaal’s side has ground out points rather than won convincingly won. Over the season there was only one really bright period from the Tottenham Hotspur game to Manchester City at Old Trafford. Those games had one thing in common: Michael […]

Rant Cast 232 – end of season review

Rant Cast - United Rant

In the final Rant Cast of the season Ed & Paul look back on the past 10 months under Louis van Gaal, including the now (infamous) awards. Also on the show, a review of United’s draw with Hull City at the KC Stadium, your questions and a look ahead to the summer transfer market.   […]

Season review and ratings 2014/15

Louis van Gaal

“Success,” claimed Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney – an assessment is already a debate among United’s legion support. After all, the key performance metric has been achieved: United will qualify for the Champions League, bar for any slip in a mid-August play-off against what is likely to be a tough opponent. Yet, Louis van Gaal’s side […]

Hull v United: Bruce seeks final twist

Hull City v Manchester United, KC Stadium, Premier League, 25 May 2015

Alas, Steve Bruce, we knew him well, but the question of whether the former Manchester United great faces relegation on Sunday is very much to the fore. Hull’s survival is dependent not only on beating Bruce’s former side at the KC Stadium, but in Newcastle United dropping points at home as well. Bruce has never enjoyed […]

Deadwood

Radamel Falcao

“When you purchase other players you get another stimulus in the group and you need that. Our selection is out of balance and we have managed to be fourth in the league but we have to manage to be the champions. So it shall be a rough summer I think for a lot of players.” […]

Rant Cast 231 – a season’s farewell, Old Trafford

Rant Cast - United Rant

Manchester United’s last home fixture of the season was a hard-earned, if ultimately disappointing, draw at Old Trafford last Sunday. United dominated for large periods even if the home side lacked for real penetration in a 1-1 against Arsenal. Indeed, the fixture asked as many questions about United’s future as it answered, with the clock ticking down on […]

United v Arsenal: Reds in last push for third

Manchester United v Arsenal, Premier League, Old Trafford, 17 May 2015

Europe it is then after Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea last weekend effectively sealed Manchester United’s position in next season’s Champions League; the Merseysiders’ home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday confirmed it. Louis van Gaal’s side is likely to finish fourth this season, although could yet sneak third should United defeat Arsenal at Old Trafford […]