The beginning is the end is the beginning

Angel Di Maria

It is the metaphorical morning after Manchester United’s humiliating defeat to Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup. Probably, one of the club’s worst performances in recent memory; right down there with any from the David Moyes era. Even considering that Louis van Gaal’s team was comprised mostly of youngsters, too few grabbed their chance […]

Ponderous Reds yet to find a new identity

Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane

“It’s a process and that process needs time,” pleaded Louis van Gaal on Friday. It is perhaps the key message for Manchester United supporters to digest after Sunday’s turgid draw with Sunderland on Wearside. Van Gaal has promised that his methods will bring success; on the evidence of two Premier League fixtures this season it may very well be a […]

Media Digest: owners, captains and Arctic Monkeys

Media-Digest

For many, Sunday is a day spent in the company of family and friends, reading that unfinished book, or watching a new episode of a favourite show. Over at United Rant it’s spent catching up on the beautiful game. Join us, in Rant’s weekly round-up of Manchester United-related news and blogs – Media Digest. Blogs […]

United’s failure is a belief in the alchemy of youth

Cristiano Ronaldo

In the cold light of Manchester United’s fateful dawn one can still feel the intoxication. Like a Saturday night drunk, stirring on Sunday morning amid the cold pizza and lager cans strewn across the wreckage once called home. Yet, United’s hangover from Cristiano Ronaldo’s wild ride still throbs, blurring clear thought and obfuscating the truth. Like […]

Rojo deal papers over another clusterf*ck of a summer

Marcos Rojo

These are celebratory times indeed. Not only has Manchester United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward closed a deal, some 12 days before the summer transfer window shuts, but in a position where the Reds are desperately short. United’s calamitous showing against Swansea City last weekend served only to highlight just how desperately the club requires […]

Season preview 2014/15

David Moyes

English is a language richer than most; an idiom to suit almost every nuanced turn of meaning, situation and experience. The language of Shakespeare, Morrisey and, well, Wayne Rooney. Take, for example, the belief that lightning never strikes twice, at least not in the same place – a subtle turn of phrase indicating that the unlikeliest of occurrence rarely repeats. While climatologists have, in reality, proven that lightning often does strike in the same place, Rant suspects that you get the gist.

Rant’s Premier Predictions 2014/15

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, 2013/14 and last season. It is, if anything, far more difficult this season than over the past five. After all, United’s miserable […]

Exodus

Rio Ferdinand

Movement of the people. Or, in this case, Manchester United players. By the end of the summer up to 14 first team or fringe players could have left the club as Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward embark on a major programme of squad restructuring. Whether the flip side of that coin, new signings, arrive […]

Woodward under pressure as Vermaelen chase ends in failure

Ed Woodward

Strange business, the transfer window. Take Manchester United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, for example. Ostensibly charged with executing the Glazer family’s commercial vision, Woodward has been roundly lambasted for his performance in the transfer market over the past year. Indeed, few executives other than in football are judged – by outside parties at least […]

Up for the chop

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has rarely been a man to shirk responsibility. Less than a month into his Manchester United tenure the former Netherlands manager is set to call time on those fringe members of the squad who have failed to impress during the Reds’ successful summer tour. With no European football in the coming season, […]