In defence of Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

In seven days the club would have to sell 75,715 pies to cover Radamel Falcao’s hefty £260,000 weekly wage, and therefore it comes as little surprise that those less patient Manchester United fans are calling for the Colombian’s head. Signed on a season-long loan deal from AS Moncao, the Red Devils have the option to […]

Van Gaal’s quest for balance

Louis Van Gaal

Ushered in by a chilly January, snow finally hit Manchester this week, though Manchester United finally warmed up by winning two games on the trot. The Red Devils washed off the “bitter taste” of Leicester City’s 5-3 victory last September with a thumping 3-1 at Old Trafford last Saturday. It marked the return of the […]

Van Gaal retreats into philosophic accommodation

Cambridge United v Manchester United

It is the word that has become most synonymous with Louis van Gaal’s first six months at Manchester United: the “philosophy.” It is at one the Dutchman’s favoured “play style” and a system of coaching belief; his principles and a fundamental axiom. The philosophy has carried Van Gaal through two decades at the sharp end of […]

When the seagulls followed the trawler

Eric Cantona

Wednesday 25 January 1995. Alex Ferguson kicks open the door to the away dressing room at Selhurst Park and executes one of his infamous rants. “Manchester United does not settled for a draw against Crystal fucking Palace!” After a few carefully selected obscenities directed at his players 53-year-old Ferguson turns to Eric Cantona, who  had been […]

Wilson’s goal extends beyond QPR strike

James Wilson

It has not always been an easy campaign for James Wilson. Strange words for a player nominally behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao in Manchester United’s pecking order. Yet, while the Biddulph-born striker forced his way into manager Louis van Gaal’s thinking during the summer, Wilson has scored just once in the United […]

In defeat Van Gaal’s philosopy takes shape

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United’s performances with three at the back have rarely been good this season and the 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford at the weekend may be one poor showing too many in the formation. With Ashley Young now the only player in Louis van Gaal’s squad now injured the Dutchman has both the […]

Van Gaal: a retrospective

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United’s defeat to Southampton last weekend was heavily criticised by the newspapers on Monday morning. No surprise there, but even after such a poor showing it is nonsense to argue that little has changed at United over the past year. Still, the Louis van Gaal’s side has managed to win just 10 out of […]

Rant writers on the year ahead

Louis Van Gaal

Say goodbye to 2014. It was a year that started horribly for Manchester United with a home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and ended with the club on the up, albeit with a draw against the same opposition. Hello, then, to 2015: a year in which United will, well, we’re not quite sure… but United Rant’s […]

Mid-season report 2014/15

Louis Van Gaal

Well it really couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United after David Moyes’ disastrous freshman – and only – year at the club. In the context Louis van Gaal could hardly fail during his opening six months at Old Trafford, although there have been times that the pressure on the Dutchman has steadily creeped north. […]

Van Gaal’s only defence is a good defence

Manchester United defence

It is no simple task to please Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. The veteran Dutchman should be in good spirits given his side’s form of late: seven matches, six victories, in which United has earned 19 points to reach the Premier League’s top three. United’s difficult start to the campaign now forgotten, the outlook […]