Reds face tough choice in search for De Gea alternative

David De Gea

It is football’s equivalent of Oscar Season; that time of year when the gongs are handed out and the focus is on individuals rather than teams. This year Manchester United’s sole nominee at the Professional Footballers Association ceremony, held last Sunday, was David De Gea. As the country’s outstanding stopper the Spaniard fully deserved recognition after being voted […]

Rant Cast 228 – motivate this

Rant Cast - United Rant

Six victories in a row followed by defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend and then again at Everton on Sunday has brought Louis van Gaal’s team crashing back to earth. Remarkably, Dutchman characterised his team’s performance at Everton ‘lacking in motivation’. United’s 3-0 loss was dramatic, but could it be catastrophic, with Liverpool not yet […]

Everton v United: Fellaini’s return

Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park, Premier League , 26 April 2015

He is, said one prominent journalist around this time last year, a “strange player.” Possessing neither the technical skill that is typical of an attacking player at a top club, nor the defensive instincts required to lock down a place in David Moyes’ central midfield, Marouane Fellaini has, somehow, become a central figure at Manchester […]

Smalling signs but his place is far from certain

Chris Smalling

It has, at times, been a strange campaign for Chris Smalling. From the “stupid” pariah after dismissal at Manchester City back in November to United’s most accomplished defender in recent weeks. If anything Smalling’s past two months have been his finest in four and a half seasons at United – with a new contract the reward and a […]

Rant Cast 227 – José’s magic bus

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José Mourinho’s magic bus – whenever the Portuguese coach needs a result it is neatly parked and always comes up with the goods. Plus ça change. Manchester United enjoyed 71 per cent possession at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, the majority of shots on goal and control of the game – but still lost in […]

Chelsea v United: injuries hit United’s hopes

Chelsea v Manchester United, Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 18 April 2015

It is Louis van Gaal’s biggest challenge of the season: Saturday afternoon’s trip to Champions-elect Chelsea. If the revival in Manchester United’s fortunes over the past two months has been stark then perhaps the truest barometer of the Reds’ progress comes at Stamford Bridge. After all José Mourinho’s side is yet to lose at home […]

Poll: Who is United’s Player of the Season?

David De Gea

It is football’s equivalent of Oscar Season; that time of year when the gongs are handed out and the focus is on individuals rather than teams. It is a process, says Arsene Wenger, that deflects from the team ethic required in professional football.  Still, with two nominations, David de Gea is the only Manchester United player up […]

Rant Cast 226 – derby day joy!

Rant Cast - United Rant

As Neil Kinnock once said OH YES, OH YES, OH YES! Victory over Manchester City in the derby – and what a fine victory it was! Four defeats in a row to the Blues had become just too painful to bear, but with Louis van Gaal’s side in outstanding form United smashed the visitors on […]