Moving beyond Carrick

Michael Carrick

It has been an underwhelming season at Manchester United. For the most part Louis van Gaal’s side has ground out points rather than won convincingly won. Over the season there was only one really bright period from the Tottenham Hotspur game to Manchester City at Old Trafford. Those games had one thing in common: Michael […]

Season review and ratings 2014/15

Louis van Gaal

“Success,” claimed Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney – an assessment is already a debate among United’s legion support. After all, the key performance metric has been achieved: United will qualify for the Champions League, bar for any slip in a mid-August play-off against what is likely to be a tough opponent. Yet, Louis van Gaal’s side […]

Deadwood

Radamel Falcao

“When you purchase other players you get another stimulus in the group and you need that. Our selection is out of balance and we have managed to be fourth in the league but we have to manage to be the champions. So it shall be a rough summer I think for a lot of players.” […]

50 reasons to still Love United, Hate Glazer

LUHG

It is 10 years to the week since the Glazer family confirmed the hostile leveraged buyout of Manchester United for £790 million. In the process the Glazers loaded the club with debt, alienated supporters and began the long road to inevitable mediocrity. Over the years Rant, both in it’s original guise (RIP all that content, […]

Europe awaits – now United must prepare

Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Ashley Young

Short of a 15 goal swing to Liverpool over the final two games of the campaign Manchester United’s return to Europe’s élite is all but confirmed, with Louis van Gaal’s side set to enter the Champions League at the play-off stage next August. After more than a year away from Europe’s premier competition it is a […]

Profile: Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay

After two seasons of a seemingly scattergun approach to the transfer market Manchester United made a decisive move on Thursday to capture PSV Eindhoven player Memphis Depay. The 21-year-old winger will join the club, subject to the usual medical, for around £25 million when the market opens on 1 June. It is a transfer that […]

Reds face tough choice in search for De Gea alternative

David De Gea

It is football’s equivalent of Oscar Season; that time of year when the gongs are handed out and the focus is on individuals rather than teams. This year Manchester United’s sole nominee at the Professional Footballers Association ceremony, held last Sunday, was David De Gea. As the country’s outstanding stopper the Spaniard fully deserved recognition after being voted […]

Smalling signs but his place is far from certain

Chris Smalling

It has, at times, been a strange campaign for Chris Smalling. From the “stupid” pariah after dismissal at Manchester City back in November to United’s most accomplished defender in recent weeks. If anything Smalling’s past two months have been his finest in four and a half seasons at United – with a new contract the reward and a […]