Meet Pedro, the man behind the curtain

Pedro Rodriguez

“If Pedro was Brazilian, he’d be called Pedrinho and we wouldn’t have enough money to afford him.” Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola had little but positivity for Pedro – full name Pedro Eliezer Rodriguez Ledesma – in 2011. It aptly sums up the Catalan winger’s career. Despite the Spanish international winning every trophy attainable before his 23rd birthday, […]

Tour poses new questions as the season looms

USA Tour 2015

In truth it has proven to be a mixed pre-season in the United States, although the manager departed the continent with an air of calm satisfaction. “Preparation time,” as Louis van Gaal call it, is traditional as a period of focus on fitness and match “rhythm” – not necessarily results. For Manchester United, with three victories and Thursday’s […]

[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast Special: Robin van Persie

Rant Cast - United Rant

On this podcast special from August 2012 Ed & Paul discuss the acquisition of Robin van Persie for £24 million from Arsenal – the player, the impact, the money. [First broadcast August 2012] — Hit us up with any feedback below or follow the pod on Twitter: Paul – @UtdRantCast, Ed – @UnitedRant. Rant Cast is donationware! […]

Di Maria experiment fails, now comes the fallout

Angel Di Maria

In the end it was just four words that ended Angel di Maria’s time at Manchester United: Louis van Gaal’s curt assertion that he “does not know why” the Argentinian failed to board a plane to the United States on Saturday. Four words that will hasten Di Maria’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the coming […]

Tracking the evolution in United’s midfield

Bastian Schweinsteiger Morgan Schneiderlin

11 February 2015. Manchester United beat Burnley with a 3-1 scoreline that flattered to deceive. It was a game in which Louis van Gaal deployed his captain, Wayne Rooney in a midfield holding role. Rooney featured in 14 games in midfield last season, with the Reds’ best striker largely wasted in the centre of the pitch. […]