David De Gea

Ton-up De Gea will gain strength from early-season woes

This isn’t the David de Gea of old – the tentative, error-prone waif that struggled to come to terms with the Premier League after a £17 million transfer from Atlético Madrid. But there is something amis with Manchester United’s goalkeeper this season. Confidence, form, a change of manager, coach and regime? All of the above, […]

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Rant Cast 205 – reckless Rooney

On this week's podcast, regular Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United's 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford. Three points gained, but it was a result that hardly tells the full story of a dramatic match in … more

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Wayne Rooney

United’s platform for greater feats to come

Manchester United will come good this season, there is too much talent at Louis van Gaal's disposal to fail, although from the standpoint of another near car crash performance on Saturday it is impossible to predict when, let alone where. Old … more

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Manchester United v West Ham United, Old Trafford, 27 September 2014

United v West Ham: no case for the defence

It has become a pattern - and not a good one - that Manchester United's hopes founder on the fate of injury. David Moyes suffered for frequent bouts of player absence last season; new manager Louis van Gaal's plans have similarly been … more

Ryan Giggs Louis van-Gaal

Data Rant: the first five games

It is some surprise that under Louis van Gaal Manchester United has made a worse start to the season than under David Moyes last year. It is surely the calibre of the Dutchman that has kept discontent at a minimum. With so much investment in the … more

Louis van Gaal, Wayne Rooney

Rooney is no number 10, but may be the only choice

What, exactly, does Louis van Gaal see in Rooney? Manchester United's 5-3 loss to Leicester City on Sunday saw Wayne Rooney deployed at the tip of a midfield diamond. Rooney’s ineptitude at 'number 10' has often been noted on these pages … more

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Media Digest – lost and found and Hank Moody

For many, Sunday is a day spent in the company of family and friends, reading that unfinished book, or watching a new episode of a favourite show. Over at United Rant it’s spent catching up on the beautiful game. Join us, in Rant’s weekly round-up of … more

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Rant Cast 204 – a game lasts 90 minutes

On this week's podcast, regular Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul look back on Manchester United's 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford. Was this the game to kick start United's season? The joy was to last but a week, with United … more

Leicester v Manchester United, King Power Stadium, 21 September 2014

Leicester v United: Van Gaal committed to attack

What a difference a week makes. So much of Manchester United’s recent Old Trafford's experience has been grounded in negativity – the sum of six home defeats in the Premier League last season, adding to Swansea City’s win on the opening day of the … more

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers, Old Trafford, 14 September

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 … more

Radamel Falcao

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

Ashley Young Antonio Valencia

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