Swansea City v Manchester United, Premier League, Liberty Stadium, 30 August 2015

Swansea v United: Van Gaal seeks first points against Swans

Manchester United’s emphatic victory over Club Brugge on Wednesday should be the game that sets the tone for a season to come. After all, this was a fixture in which United, for once, threw caution to the wind, Wayne Rooney started scoring again and Ander Herrera impressed in the central midfield role many believe is his […]

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Rant Cast 236 – bored stiff

Goals. There was a time when Manchester United scored them. Sometime before Sir Alex Ferguson retired, as Rant Cast recalls. There were none as United drew with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday; and just two in three Premier League games this … more

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Van Gaal could go with the defence he has

Two months into the summer 2015 transfer window and Louis Van Gaal has certainly strengthened Manchester United's squad with a quintet of acquisitions. Matteo Darmian is a huge upgrade over Antonio Valencia at right-back and Memphis Depay adds flair … more

Manchester United v Newcastle United, Premier League, Old Trafford, 22 August 2015

United v Newcastle: Van Gaal defends “very bad” Rooney

Three games, three wins. So far, so good, although it has been far from classic Manchester United this season. Whatever the performances there can be few complaints about the results achieved by Louis van Gaal's side. In securing a 3-1 victory over … more

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Data Rant: Van Gaal’s obsession with passing

Despite scoring the match winning goal at Villa Park, Adnan Januzaj was criticized by Louis Van Gaal for “unnecessary ball losses.” In fact, pass completion seems to be the chief criterion by which the Manchester United manager judges performance. … more

Manchester United v Club Brugge, Champions League, 7.45pm 17 August 2015

United v Club Brugge: pressure on Reds to deliver

Manchester United's return to European competition should be a formality. After all, it is a decade since Club Brugge last appeared in Europe's premier competition and the Belgian side is one of the lower ranked teams in the Champions League … more

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Rant Cast 235 – Rooney’s Friday night frights

Was it Wayne Rooney's worst ever performance for Manchester United? Certainly there have been few quite so insipid as the Scouser's at Aston Villa at Friday night. Rooney, so ineffective he became a damaging liability, might has cost United dear, but … more

Wayne Rooney

United’s attack tested by Rooney’s impotence

As statements go, Wayne Rooney's performance under Aston Villa's Friday night lights, said everything. Blowing hard by the end, in Manchester United's second successive 1-0 victory, the Scouser looked far from match sharp. In truth the game … more

Aston Villa vs Manchester United, 14 August 2015, 7.45pm

Aston Villa v United: Reds seek boost in away form

It was Manchester United's patchy away form that eliminated any hope of challenging for the Premier League title last season, however fanciful the dream. In 19 matches at home, Louis van Gaal's side dropped points in just five games - the third best … more

Ashley Young

The emancipation of Ashley Young

The first game of the new Premier League season is history, and Manchester United fans everywhere are excited at the thought of Bastian Schweinsteiger roaring through the midfield, while Pedro reprises his attacking role from the Pep Guardiola years … more

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Rant Cast 234 – Lads, it’s Tottenham

New season, new hope. Same old result. Lads, its Tottenham. Except this wasn't quite the run-of-the-mill victory over the north London side that Sir Alex Ferguson once referenced. In fact current manager Louis van Gaal was moved to called United's … more