Rant’s World Cup Preview Part III: Europe, World Cup Reds and venues

Robin van Persie

In the third and final part of Rant’s World Cup Preview (for no other reason than because we can…) we look at qualifiers from Europe, the Manchester United players likely to make the tournament, and all those fine stadia you’ll be visiting. The draw for the finals takes place on Friday 6 December. Part 1 […]

Rant’s World Cup Preview Part II: Africa and North America


In this three part guide to the World Cup Rant looks at the teams, the stadia and most importantly the United players and connections we are likely to see in Brazil. Some are more tenuous than others! In part II we look at xx qualifying nations from Africa and North America. Ivory Coast Qualified: via […]

Rant’s World Cup Preview Part I: South America and Asia


More than a dozen Manchester United players are likely to feature in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with the big kick off now just 204 days away. Qualification concluded on Wednesday when Mexico and Uruguay became the final pair of teams to reach the World Cup, which runs from Thursday, 12 June to […]

United Rant Live! Spain v Italy Euro 2012 Final

Euro 2012 Final

Reds at Euro 2012: how did they do?

Danny Welbeck

Seven Manchester United players appeared at Euro 2012, with a further six former Reds also playing at the tournament. Rant looks back on each player’s performance, with the tournament winding up with the Spain – Italy final in Kiev on Sunday: Wayne Rooney, England England’s talisman suffered yet another disappointing competition, after injury, poor form […]

United Rant Live! Portugal v Spain

Spain v Portugal, Euro 2012

Just three games to go at Euro 2012, with Portugal meeting Spain in Donetsk on Wednesday, followed by Germany versus Italy in Warsaw on Thursday for the right to play in Sunday’s final. It should prove to be another fascinating round of matches in an excellent tournament to date, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and co […]

United Rant Live! England v Italy

England v Italy, Euro 2012

England versus Italy hardly recalls memories of iconic past games. After all these two venerable nations have met just twice in tournament football; Italy winning both in the 1980 European Championships, and at the 1990 World Cup, third place play-off. Indeed, the Azzurri has the edge in recent meetings, having lost just once to England […]

United Rant Live! Germany v Greece

Nani, Portugal v Czech Republic

More than 30 games into Euro 2012 and we reach the knock-out stages, when the true narrative of the tournament is always written. Over the next 10 days hopes and dreams will be shattered, or attained, as the tournament reaches it’s dénouement. What a tournament it has been to date, with some of the most […]

United Rant Live! England v Ukraine and Sweden v France

England v Ukraine, Sweden v France

The “big man is back” Wayne Rooney once proclaimed on his return to the England side after a pre-World Cup 2006 injury. The tournament ended with Rooney dismissed during England’s quarter-final defeat to Portugal. Six years on, and it’s crunch time in Group D at Euro 2012, with England facing up to an early exit […]

United Rant Live! Czech Rep. v Poland and Greece v Russia

Czech Republic v Poland. Greece v Russia

Continuing the serious of, frankly, incongruous United Rant Live blogs during 2012, we’ll be covering the conclusion to Group A on Saturday night! There’s everything to play for in the ‘group of bored to death’, which turned out anything but. Russia need only draw with Greece to qualify for the quarter finals, although a win […]