USA Tour 2015

Tour poses new questions as the season looms

In truth it has proven to be a mixed pre-season in the United States, although the manager departed the continent with an air of calm satisfaction. “Preparation time,” as Louis van Gaal call it, is traditional as a period of focus on fitness and match “rhythm” – not necessarily results. For Manchester United, with three victories and Thursday’s […]

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[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast Special: Robin van Persie

On this podcast special from August 2012 Ed & Paul discuss the acquisition of Robin van Persie for £24 million from Arsenal - the player, the impact, the money. [First broadcast August 2012] — Hit us up with any feedback below or follow the … more

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Angel Di Maria

Di Maria experiment fails, now comes the fallout

In the end it was just four words that ended Angel di Maria's time at Manchester United: Louis van Gaal's curt assertion that he "does not know why" the Argentinian failed to board a plane to the United States on Saturday. Four words that will hasten … more

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Tracking the evolution in United’s midfield

11 February 2015. Manchester United beat Burnley with a 3-1 scoreline that flattered to deceive. It was a game in which Louis van Gaal deployed his captain, Wayne Rooney in a midfield holding role. Rooney featured in 14 games in midfield last season, … more

Andreas Pereira, Adnan Januzaj

Youngsters stake a claim for number 10

There is, it seems, something attractive about youngsters with a complex identity. In 2014 Adnan Januzaj settled, after no little debate in at least three countries, for a place with the Belgian national side. Januzaj burst onto the scene as one of … more

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[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 154 – Ferguson’s retirement

On this extended Rant Cast regular presenters Ed & Paul looked back on 27 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford - the man, the manager, and his legacy. They discuss kind of club will Ferguson left behind, how should fans assess Ferguson's … more

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Data Rant: rebuilding United’s attack

It would not surprise Data Rant if Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward are being guided by a team of statisticians both on the pitch and in the transfer market. Indeed, Van Gaal has often spoke fondly of “computer gurus,” while Opta has long offered … more

Ilkay Gundogan

The curious case of Ilkay Gündoğan

A few months ago it looked certain that Ilkay Gündoğan would be heading through the exit door at Signal Iduna Park and into the arms of the red half of Manchester. At one stage Sky Germany even reported a transfer done - pending a … more

Morgan Schneiderlin

Data Rant: United’s summer game of Moneyball II

The 'Moneyball' approach is now omnipresent in sport. Sabermetics, econometrics as applied to baseball, translates poorly to football, but the overall thought still holds. The idea of 'buying' goals and assists, rather than players, is not all that … more

Victor Valdes

Poll: is Van Gaal right to sell Victor Valdés?

Louis van Gaal says that goalkeeper Victor Valdés will be sold this summer because the Spaniard refuses to follow the Dutchman's philosophy. In a damming assessment Van Gaal accused the 33-year-old former Barcelona player of refusing to play in … more

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[Rebroadcast] Rant Cast 190: he was sacked in the morning

So there you have it, folks. David Moyes is no more. He is a dead manager, pining for his former job. Sacked by Ed Woodward – rather appropriately – on Monday morning to end 10 months of misery at Old Trafford. In this rebroadcast from April 2014, Ed … more