Pride restored, now Reds can push on

Pile On v Chelsea

The celebration was old school – Manchester United players piling on goalscorer Robin van Persie after the Dutchman struck home a 94th minute equaliser at Old Trafford on Sunday. Fans, players and manager left elated with the home sides draw against league leaders Chelsea. No more – probably no less – than the Reds deserved for […]

Media Digest – Attack! Defend! BlackLab!

Media Digest

Over at United Rant we spend the week spent catching up on the beautiful game so you don’t have to. News, opinion, blogs and nonsense – join us, in Rant’s weekly round-up of Manchester United press – Media Digest. “I know I’m not forgiven, but I hope that I’ll be given some peace” Whilst defence remains United’s […]

Mata must adapt or be cast aside

Juan Mata

It may surprise some, but against West Bromwich Albion last Monday Manchester United attempted 42 crosses. While not quite approaching a Moyesian figure, the number is quite significant given that Louis van Gaal is primarily known for passing football. Ashley Young made only a brief appearance in the Midlands, while Antonio Valencia was nowhere to […]

Three months into the job Van Gaal has much to do

Louis van Gaal

It was, as Louis van Gaal admitted so pithily last Friday, “stupid” to set a deadline on success. Not least because Manchester United’s past performance patently offers no guarantee of future results. But a deadline the Dutchman set – three months for Van Gaal’s “philosophy” to take root and for the watching public to pass […]

Media Digest: ugly, pretty and Birdy

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. “God […]

Ton-up De Gea will gain strength from early-season woes

David De Gea

This isn’t the David de Gea of old – the tentative, error-prone waif that struggled to come to terms with the Premier League after a £17 million transfer from Atlético Madrid. But there is something amis with Manchester United’s goalkeeper this season. Confidence, form, a change of manager, coach and regime? All of the above, […]

United’s platform for greater feats to come

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United will come good this season, there is too much talent at Louis van Gaal’s disposal to fail, although from the standpoint of another near car crash performance on Saturday it is impossible to predict when, let alone where. Old Trafford certainly holds no guarantees these days. For the moment this remains United, but not […]

Rooney is no number 10, but may be the only choice

Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney

What, exactly, does Louis van Gaal see in Rooney? Manchester United’s 5-3 loss to Leicester City on Sunday saw Wayne Rooney deployed at the tip of a midfield diamond. Rooney’s ineptitude at ‘number 10′ has often been noted on these pages and suspicion is that Juan Mata or even the callow Adnan Januzaj would have done a […]

Media Digest – lost and found and Hank Moody

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, which […]

Rooney’s failure of leadership laid bare at Leicester

Wayne Rooney

What stir is this; what tumult’s in the heavens? Strange times at Manchester United. If the alarm hadn’t already been sounded it surely rings loud now after chaos reigned at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Tumult and then some with Leicester City, lowly newly promoted Leicester at that, inflicting United’s third defeat of what increasingly […]