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Season review and ratings 2014/15

"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 … more

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Hull City v Manchester United, KC Stadium, Premier League, 25 May 2015

Hull v United: Bruce seeks final twist

Alas, Steve Bruce, we knew him well, but the question of whether the former Manchester United great faces relegation on Sunday is very much to the fore. Hull's survival is dependent not only on beating Bruce's former side at the KC Stadium, but … more

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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 … more

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Rant Cast 231 – a season’s farewell, Old Trafford

Manchester United's last home fixture of the season was a hard-earned, if ultimately disappointing, draw at Old Trafford last Sunday. United dominated for large periods even if the home side lacked for real penetration in a 1-1 against … more

Manchester United v Arsenal, Premier League, Old Trafford, 17 May 2015

United v Arsenal: Reds in last push for third

Europe it is then after Liverpool's draw at Chelsea last weekend effectively sealed Manchester United's position in next season's Champions League; the Merseysiders' home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday confirmed it. Louis van Gaal's side is … more

Memphis Depay

Data Rant: in search of goals

Manchester United has qualified for next season's Champions League and a good result against Arsenal - together with any further slip-on on the London side’s part - may even see the Reds sneak directly into Europe’s premier club competition. United … more


50 reasons to still Love United, Hate Glazer

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 … more

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Rant Cast 230 – vote United for Europe!

Europe awaits after Manchester United's hard-fought (i.e lucky!) victory over Crystal Palace in south London on Saturday. Combined with Liverpool's draw at Chelsea, Louis van Gaal's side has now effectively secured fourth place in the Premier … more

Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Ashley Young

Europe awaits – now United must prepare

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

Crystal Palace v Manchester United, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 5.30pm 9 May 2015

Crystal Palace v United: Carrick out for the season

It is not often that Manchester United loses four games in succession. Not, indeed, since 1979 - a record even David Moyes failed to break during a calamitous 10 months at Old Trafford. Yet, Louis van Gaal's side travels to south London on Saturday … more

Memphis Depay

Profile: 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 … more

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Van Gaal faces critical tactical choices in the weeks ahead

José Mourinho believes possession can be dangerous; his biographer even asserted that the Portuguese manager sometimes instructs his team to get rid of the ball. The argument is that a team with the ball is more likely to make fatal mistakes by being … more