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Rant Cast 221 – agents Brown and O’Shea

On this week’s Rant Cast – victory and a decent one at that. Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford wasn’t always pretty, but in creating more than 30 chances with 75 per cent possession, the Reds certainly dominated. After defeat to Swansea City last week, Louis van Gaal’s side is now back […]

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Manchester United v Sunderland, Old Trafford, Premier League, 28 February 2015

United v Sunderland: Wilson set for striking role

Defeat at the Liberty Stadium last weekend was just Manchester United's second in 20 league and cup matches; a data point to prove that glib stats offer very little insight. It was, after all, also the second reverse that Louis van Gaal's side had … more

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Angel Di Maria

Van Gaal set to unleash width

Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Swansea City last weekend marked a new low in Louis van Gaal’s tenure at the club. With an unlikely hand from Liverpool, United remained in the top four, but with the Reds dangerously close to slipping out of the … more

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Louis Van Gaal

Time for Van Gaal to drop his stubborn front

It is as if the gripes and frustrations of several million Manchester United fans across the globe must now vent. Following another harrowing defeat at the hands of Swansea City – the second of the season – questions have … more

Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie

Striking numbers

So many riches earned, so little return delivered. Manchester United's three premier strikers - Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao - cost the club some £60 million in transfer and loan fees combined. Old Trafford's bean counters will … more

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Rant Cast 220: … and we’re back!

After Rant Cast's longest ever non-summer break the boys discuss a veritable deluge of football over the past month, but has it been any good? Since the last Cast Louis van Gaal's side secured FA Cup victories over Cambridge United and Preston North … more

Louis van Gaal, Robin van Perise

Above all a team

Outclassed, out-passed and creatively out-imagined at home by a side struggling to break out of the relegation zone -  last Wednesday Old Trafford witnessed Sean Dyche’s Burnley outplay Manchester United in almost every way. Yet, amazingly, it … more

Preston North End v Manchester United, Deepdale, FA Cup, 16 February 2015

Preston v United: Reds seek style and substance

It is far from the narrative that Louis van Gaal seeks: criticism from supporters, pundits and ex-Manchester United players about his team's style as well as its substance. After all, the Dutchman has guided United to just one defeat in the past 18 … more

Marcos Rojo

Rojo: United’s most satisfying surprise

When the summer transfer window closed few would have anticipated that former Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo would establish himself as the best signing of Manchester United's season. Acquired on a five-year deal for £16 million, the … more

Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini

Long Ball United

Strange times these. Not only is Louis van Gaal's Manchester United side every bit as insipid as that presided over by David Moyes last season, but the Dutchman has seemingly taken on board his predecessor's predilection for long-ball tactics. It's … more

West Ham v Manchester United, Upton Park, Premier League, 7 February 2015

West Ham v United: Van Gaal demands victory

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United side begins Sunday's fixture in east London 13 points behind Premier League table-toppers Chelsea. The distance to José Mourinho's side remains the final indicator of progress under the Dutchman, although European … more