United must heed Cesc education

Sergio Ramos

July 15, 2013. The ides, it turned out, of Cesc. Ed Woodward, freshly appointed as Manchester United’s new executive vice chairman, made his first big move in the transfer market that day: a £25 million bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fàbregas that was swiftly rejected. Woodward’s was a pursuit that ended in failure; just one in a […]

Data Rant: Nathaniel Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne

Towards the end of last season the press was replete with articles citing a “senior source inside Old Trafford” as evidence that Manchester United was beginning preliminary negotiations with Nathaniel Clyne and his club Southampton. Yet, Ed Woodward has done little to counter Liverpool’s acquisition of the full-back this week. It is unlikely that Liverpool […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 87 – Ferguson’s 25 years

Rant Cast - United Rant

On this episode from November 2011 Ed and Paul discussed Manchester United’s victories over Everton in the Premier League and Otelul Galati in Europe, problems in central midfield, Rio Ferdinand’s demotion to the bench, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first trophy as a manager. And on the even of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary in charge […]

Pre-season preview 2015/16

Louis van Gaal

It has been just 29 days since Manchester United last played – a drab scoreless draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium. Yet, Louis van Gaal’s return to work on Monday signals the start of United’s “preparation time” ahead of the new season, which begins when Tottenham Hotspur visit Old Trafford on 8 August. […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 75 – Champions League final 2011

Rant Cast - United Rant

In a double-length end to the 2011 season Ed & Paul review United’s Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley, including live audio from the night, when thousands of Reds gathered in north London and pubs around the country. Also on the show, the 2011 season review, player ratings for the campaign and the much […]

Van Gaal could ape Barça’s tactical approach

Barcelona, Suarez, Messi, Neymar

Barcelona won everything under Luis Enrique this season: La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League. And yet Enrique’s side is far more pragmatic than Pep Guardiola’s “Dream Team.” Perhaps it is because the current squad, as good as it is, does not match up to Guardiola’s side. Or maybe Neymar and Ivan Rakitic do not […]

Poll: who tops your summer transfer wishlist?

Gareth Bale

Transfer season is in full swing, with Louis van Gaal having already signed £30 million Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven this summer. The Dutch winger is likely to be the first of four or perhaps five top quality signings in a busy summer that could stretch to another £150 million spree. At least if Van […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 43 – Wayne Rooney’s contract

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In this episode of Rant Cast Ed & Paul discussed the ongoing saga of Wayne Rooney’s contract. Was it a case of player greed gone mad or the Glazers’ poor investment in the first team squad? What are the morals of demanding £250,000 a week to play with a pig’s bladder? There is also a […]

United in search of a formula to match Barça’s brilliance

Lionel Messi

If Saturday night’s Champions League final confirmed anything – Barcelona’s European hegemony over the past decade excepted – it is that Louis van Gaal has plenty of work to do at Old Trafford this summer. Last season’s fourth place finish takes United back into the continent’s premier competition, but few will argue with the notion […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 50 – Sepp Blatter

Rant Cast - United Rant

In the 50th Rant Cast Ed & Paul discussed United’s Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers, a sobering defeat to West Ham United and previewed the week’s Champions League dead rubber against Valencia. There was also a somewhat prescient discussion about corruption at FIFA and a review of a one-sided el classico in Spain. This episode was first broadcast […]