Coiffured Fellaini faces a United career cut short

Marouanne Fellaini

There is no degree of prolixity in an assertion that this has not been a good year for Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian’s disastrous first season with Manchester United ended with the Reds trophyless, managerless and the £27.5 million signing roundly criticised for a series of hugely disappointing performances. To cap a miserable 12 months, Fellaini’s Belgium […]

United’s new kit is…

Adnan Januzaj

The annual cycle of corporate nonsense and glib spin: Manchester United’s kit launch. Two years ago the club released, to much fanfare about Manchester’s “industrial heritage,” something akin to a £60 tablecloth. Last year, with a kit that actually drew positive supporter reviews, the spin centred on United’s green (but not gold) edge – a […]

Ander and Shaw add silk and steel as superstars wait

Ander Herrera

It has become awfully passé, the long-running debate about Manchester United’s midfield deficiency. After all, it has been six long years since United signed a proper central midfielder. And no, Marouane Fellaini doesn’t count. This is not exactly United’s road to Damascus, but the club, it seems, has finally got the point as Ander Herrera […]

Valencia’s dubious reward for scant achievement

Antonio Valencia

There is so little to dislike about Antonio Valencia. Off the pitch there are few late nights, no entourage of note, and no hint of the now wildly popular biennial tantrum during contract negotiations. The Ecuadorian is a family man, settled in Manchester and enjoying life in England. In training he is dedicated and professional; the “quiet, shy boy,” Sir […]

England faces Hodgson’s choice over Rooney role

Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge

Wayne Rooney has so often been the subject of debate. England’s best hope and bête noire, sometimes in equal measure, in the decade since the Scouser’s international début in February 2003. Rooney’s electric performances in the following summer’s European Championships earned a £30 million move to Manchester United – the start of a period that […]

Brilliant van Gaal has Dutch flying and Reds purring

Robin van Persie diving header

It was a result to bring a tournament to life: Netherlands’ awe-inspiring demolition of world and European champions Spain at Arena Fonte Nova on Friday night. It was, perhaps, a night on which Tiki Taka died just a touch as it’s forebear, TotalVoetbal, sprang into life once more. The Dutch victory, by five stunning goals to one, […]

Rant’s mega World Cup preview

Brazil

On the eve of the big kick off in Brazil United Rant looks ahead to the World Cup, where 32 teams take part in 64 matches across 12 venues, from Manaus in the north, to Porto Alegre some 2,000 miles south. There’s plenty of Manchester United interest too, with 13 players and one manager set […]

No tears for Glazer’s death

Malcolm Glazer

Respect. Interesting word. One thrown around with ease, abused at will. So misunderstood. Respect, they say, is the proper reaction to Malcolm Glazer’s death at 85. It is a demand for reverence that was never proffered a 136-year-old football club, pillaged for its glory and robbed of its soul. Respect is to not speak ill […]

Reds suffer once more for lack of market focus

Ed Woodward

Manchester United’s board, it was said, moved to fire David Moyes early so the new manager might enjoy a head start in the transfer market this summer. One wonders, with just over two weeks until the World Cup begins in Brazil, whether the club’s executives have considered the meaning of irony. Indeed, Louis van Gaal’s appointment, […]

15 years ago, bloody hell

OLE-1999

May 26, 1999. The greatest night of European football bar none; perhaps Manchester United’s finest. The third leg of United’s unprecedented treble, on an occasion none who bore witness will forget. And 15 years on the memories of United’s dramatic late victory in Camp Nou remain fresh.