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Rant Cast 224 – tara, slippy, stampy Stevie G

Rare is the moment that schadenfreude is not to be fully enjoyed – and rarer still does that moment come in a United victory over Liverpool at Anfield. And yet the stars aligned on Sunday: United beat the old rivals in Liverpool and Steven Gerrard offered one of the finest comedy moments of the season. […]

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Juan Mata

Once lost, now found at Anfield

Rant could feign indifference. Not that, somehow, there wasn't full of joy taken from Manchester United's outstanding victory over Liverpool on Sunday, but that schadenfreude didn't take complete hold. The truth, however, is that there is very little … more

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Liverpool v Manchester United, Premier League, Anfield, 1.30 22 March 2015

Liverpool v United: top four finish on the line

Each has enjoyed the swing of contrasting fortune this season. While Manchester United has spent much of the post-autumn period in the top four, at one point losing just twice in more than 20 games, it is Liverpool's late run that threatens to usurp … more

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Rant Cast 223 – playing the percentages

On this week's Rant Cast: Ed and Paul 'debate' the merits of a sound education in mathematics, bemoaning the state of  government investment into a system that has left Paul unable to tell the difference between a percentage and an absolute … more

Louis van Gaal, Long Ball

Data Rant: Long ball Louis

Perhaps a detailed statistical analysis of Louis van Gaal’s long ball football is not necessary – it is plain that the strategy has not worked this season. Manchester United’s performance against Tottenham Hostpur last Sunday may have been excellent, … more

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur, Old Trafford, Premier League, 15 March 2015

United v Tottenham Hotspur: Reds enter decisive period

Biggest game of the season? Quite possibly. For so many years Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Old Trafford had the air of a gimme; three points for Manchester United, time to move on to bigger and better things. No longer, with Louis van Gaal's … more

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Rant Cast 222 – Hoooooooooooof?

On this week's Rant Cast Ed and Paul celebrate the victory over Newcastle, commiserate over United's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup, argue over whether Louis is really playing hoofball, take Twitter questions, discuss sexism in football (there's a … more

Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria

Van Gaal’s only option is to attack

Manchester United has succumbed to a second season without silverware after defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday. At most clubs, this might not be a big deal, where each trophy earned is cherished. The fact that United is in the midst of such … more

Louis van Gaal, Ryan Giggs

Van Gaal’s mystique broken on the promise of rapid gain

There is in historiographic thinking a concept, an idea if you will, that advances in science, technology and society produce an improvement in the human condition. That, indeed, this "progress" is innately desirable. This idea is deeply ingrained in … more

Manchester United v Arsenal, FA Cup Quarter Final, Old Trafford, 9 March 2015

United v Arsenal: Van Gaal seeks victory in ‘Cup Final’

Up for the cup? Manchester United's FA Cup record in recent years suggests anything but. Now more than a decade since the club's last victory in the world's oldest tournament, manager Louis van Gaal says other priorities take precedent once again. … more

Rant Cast - United Rant

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 … more

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

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