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Louis van Gaal

Everything you wanted to know about pre-season

Louis van Gaal's 25-man Manchester United squad set flight for California on Friday ahead of a three-week pre-season tour of the United States - a regular summer fixture with so many stateside with sponsors to please. Games follow against LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Internazionale and Real Madrid before the Reds return home for the Premier League kick off in August. It is a summer tour of marked contrast to the 2013 variant in Asia-Pac. High quality opposition, a van Gaal-led training camp, and some … more

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No limit to Reds commercial gain – now for squad renewal

It is, in every sense, an extraordinary deal. Some 13 years after Manchester United first hooked up with Nike, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has brokered a shirt manufacturing contract with adidas that is worth at least £750 million to the club … more

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World Cup Rant Cast – the final countdown

In the final special World Cup Rant Cast of the summer Ed & Paul look back on two dramatic semi finals: Germany's demolition of hosts Brazil, and Argentina's penalty shootout victory of Netherlands. Rant Cast looks forward to Sunday's World … more

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Ander Herrera

Data Rant: box-to-box midfielders

The soon-to-depart midfielder Anderson was converted from a typical advanced playmaker to an ‘eight’ by Sir Alex Ferguson – the rationale being that the Brazilian has all the attributes of a great box-to-box midfielder. Anderson has not lived up … more

Marouanne Fellaini

Coiffured Fellaini faces a United career cut short

There is no degree of prolixity in an assertion that this has not been a good year for Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian's disastrous first season with Manchester United ended with the Reds trophyless, managerless and the £27.5 million signing roundly … more

Adnan Januzaj

United’s new kit is…

The annual cycle of corporate nonsense and glib spin: Manchester United's kit launch. Two years ago the club released, to much fanfare about Manchester's "industrial heritage," something akin to a £60 tablecloth. Last year, with a kit that actually … more


World Cup Rant Cast – eight to go

In another special Rant Cast regular presenters Ed & Paul look forward to the World Cup quarter-finals and back at a dramatic Round of 16. Eight knock-out games down, just eight to go as each of the group winners secured a place in the next round … more

Ander Herrera Luke Shaw

Poll: where should United strengthen next?

Ed Woodward didn't fulfill the pre-World Cup publicity; Manchester United failed to make the two acquisitions prior to the World Cup that were so widely rumoured. Yet, the club's executive vice chairman did much to quell significant criticism of his … more

Robin van Persie diving header

Data Rant: van Gaal’s Netherlands model

Spain was humiliated in Brazil, to an 'anti-tiki-taka' Netherlands side to boot. It begs the question of just what kind of system new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will use at Old Trafford? Say it quietly - David Moyes has not been gone … more

Ander Herrera

Ander and Shaw add silk and steel as superstars wait

It has become awfully passé, the long-running debate about Manchester United's midfield deficiency. After all, it has been six long years since United signed a proper central midfielder. And no, Marouane Fellaini doesn't count. This is not exactly … more