Louis van Gaal

Three months into the job Van Gaal has much to do

It was, as Louis van Gaal admitted so pithily last Friday, “stupid” to set a deadline on success. Not least because Manchester United’s past performance patently offers no guarantee of future results. But a deadline the Dutchman set – three months for Van Gaal’s philosophy to take root and for the watching public to pass […]

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West Brom v United: Van Gaal demands victory

Old Trafford's injury crisis is no more. Well, at least it is a situation that has now resolved to a manageable level. After three months with Carrington's medical department stuffed full of Manchester United's finest, Louis van Gaal is without … more

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Roy Keane

Review: Roy Keane The Second Half

The relationship has long been uneasy; once hero to the massed hero-worshipers, now the cynic and the increasingly cynical. But Manchester United supporters have not yet fallen completely out of love with Roy Keane, the player who remains the finest … more

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Media Digest: ugly, pretty and Birdy

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 206 – Red Mancunian Rant Cast

On this week's podcast Ed & Paul join Sam, Thomo, Mark and Chudi for a Rant Cast/Red Mancunian/Pride of all Europe podcast mash-up special! Speaking shortly after the final whistle, the lads focus on United's victory over Everton at Old Trafford, … more

Manchester United v Everton, Old Trafford, 5 October 2014

United v Everton: Van Gaal rues injury count

At some point later this season, with Manchester United comfortably qualified for the Champions League, and Louis van Gaal's name ringing around Old Trafford, the late summer will seem like a distant memory. Not a good one for United's medical team, … more

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 … more

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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

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

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

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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