Data Rant: how many goals does United need this season?

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United wrapped up business for the summer on Tuesday with the £36 million acquisition of Anthony Martial – a teenager French forward. The Reds have failed to significantly improve Louis van Gaal’s defence, but added two of the best young forwards in Europe in Memphis Depay and Martial. Meanwhile, midfield has been significantly improved […]

Rant Cast 237 – transfer market special

Rant Cast - United Rant

Ridículo! ran the headline in two of Spain’s leading sports dailies. No translation needed. Except that the farce surrounding David de Gea’s aborted transfer to Real Madrid extends beyond the Spanish capital to some of Manchester United’s approach to the transfer window. The third in which the judgement of the club’s senior executives must be called […]

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2015/16

Louis van Gaal

Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years – check out 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. United made some progress last season under Louis van Gaal, albeit from a very low base after […]

Europe awaits but Van Gaal’s way remains lost in translation

Louis Van Gaal

It was, at times, thrilling. Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Club Brugge on Wednesday will raise few eyebrows across the continent, but in scoring four, with three from the erstwhile predator Wayne Rooney, United’s performance recalled more exciting times at the club. There have been too few moments like this in the past two years; almost none […]

Rant Cast 236 – bored stiff

Rant Cast - United Rant

Goals. There was a time when Manchester United scored them. Sometime before Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as Rant Cast recalls. There were none as United drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday; and just two in three Premier League games this season. Ed & Paul look back on an uninspiring fixture – one in […]