Rational Dave stays – here’s why

David De Gea

Reporting on speculation that David De Gea could sign a new deal at Manchester United, the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden noted “any move to extend De Gea’s contract would be a surprise.” Given De Gea’s failed transfer to Real Madrid this summer, this weekend’s announcement that the Spaniard has signed on for a further four years at Old Trafford, […]

Woodward’s window touched on farce and leaves Van Gaal just a little short

Ed Woodward

“Ridículo” ran the headline in two of Spain’s leading sports dailies last week. No translation needed there. Except that the farce surrounding David de Gea’s aborted transfer to Real Madrid extends beyond the Spanish capital to include a little too much of Manchester United’s approach to the transfer window. It is the third summer in […]

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 […]

Van Gaal could go with the defence he has

Chris Smalling

Two months into the summer 2015 transfer window and Louis Van Gaal has certainly strengthened Manchester United’s squad with a quintet of acquisitions. Matteo Darmian is a huge upgrade over Antonio Valencia at right-back and Memphis Depay adds flair and a sense of unpredictability to United’s forward line. Morgan Schneiderlin and the star of United’s transfer […]

United’s attack tested by Rooney’s impotence

Wayne Rooney

As statements go, Wayne Rooney’s performance under Aston Villa’s Friday night lights, said everything. Blowing hard by the end, in Manchester United’s second successive 1-0 victory, the Scouser looked far from match sharp. In truth the game passed Rooney by: second best to every ball, rarely involved in the visitors’ limp attack and one-paced when in possession. […]

The emancipation of Ashley Young

Ashley Young

The first game of the new Premier League season is history, and Manchester United fans everywhere are excited at the thought of Bastian Schweinsteiger roaring through the midfield, while Pedro reprises his attacking role from the Pep Guardiola years at Barcelona, running off the Lionel Messi incarnation-in-red that is Wayne Rooney. As expected in a […]