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United v QPR: Van Gaal considers four debuts

Louis van Gaal is nothing if not confident. Yet, the Dutchman's faith in his "philosophy" has been tested during the opening weeks of the 62-year-old's Old Trafford tenure. Defeat to Swansea City in the Premier League, insipid draws against Sunderland and Burnley, and the embarrassing loss at Milton Keynes Dons, have proffered the impression of seamless transition - from David Moyes. It is not the start the Dutchman wanted. Yet, for all the crisis copy in recent weeks the United manager … more

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United’s identity under scrutiny – twas ever thus

Identity. It is a topic on many lips in the wake of Manchester United's spending spree this summer. United unloaded around £150 million on six high-class imports during the window, and yet the deal that generated most copy was Danny Welbeck's … more

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Van Gaal’s ‘modern’ wing-backs

Deploying a 'wrong-footed' winger is no longer a radical concept - in fact it is now fully mainstream. Wingers cut inside, vacate space for full-backs to run into, enabling attacking teams to get more bodies into the middle whilst retaining some … more

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Poll: where will United finish this season?

Six players in, 13 out - it has been a summer of significant transition at Manchester United. Out went the experience of Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidić. So too the former promise of Nani, Shinji Kagawa, Chicharito, and … more

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Rant Cast 203 – transfer special

On this week's one-off transfer special podcast, regular Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United's summer window when the club spent around £150 million on six senior players: Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di … more

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Media Digest: departures, arrivals and the Kings of Leon

Media Digest is United Rant’s weekly round-up of Manchester United-related news and blogs. This time, with the transfer deadline coming on Monday, we cover a little bit more than a week - including reaction to what was surprisingly the busiest day of … more

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Data Rant: Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck’s departure to Arsenal is peculiar in the sense that the London club was arguably in greater need of Radamel Falcao than Manchester United. As is, United has upgraded the forward line while Arsenal has acquired a Premier League quality … more

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Rant Cast 202 – the window SLAMS shut

On this week's pod, regular Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United's disappointing fixture with Burnley at Turf Moor. The scoreless draw came amid another insipid attacking performance from the Reds, although manager Louis … more

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Reds depart as Van Gaal makes squad his own

There is little surprise in supporters' obsession with the transfer market; new faces, new names and the hope of better results to come. In Manchester United's recent decline this fixation has become all the stronger - a collective yearning that … more

Angel Di Maria

The beginning is the end is the beginning

It is the metaphorical morning after Manchester United's humiliating defeat to Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup. Probably, one of the club's worst performances in recent memory; right down there with any from the David Moyes era. Even considering … more