Evra stands tall in the cauldron of Liverpool’s hate

Patrice Evra, Anfield

The match did not conclude well for Patrice Evra, with the Manchester United captain allowing Dirk Kuyt to run inside and score Liverpool’s winning goal at the Kop End on Saturday. Indeed, by the end of a tortuous 90 minutes Evra looked mentally and physically shattered; beaten both by his opponents and fatigue. Yet, at […]

Fergie urges calm for Liverpool cup clash

Danny Welbeck

Amid the tension and media interest generated by Luis Suárez’ racial abuse of Patrice Evra in October fans could be forgiven for losing sight of the sideshow this weekend: the fight for a place in the last 16 of the world’s oldest cup competition. Yet, the simmering hatred ingrained into Manchester United’s rivalry with Liverpool […]

United Rant Live: Liverpool v United


Liverpool versus Manchester United is the biggest game of the season at any time, but an FA Cup game at Anfield, with 5,000 travelling Old Trafford regulars, and all the drama surrounding Patrice Evra, means this fixture has an extra dimension. For the second time on United Rant, the podcast regulars will be live blogging […]

Be witty, be loud – just don’t mention Suárez

Sir Alex Ferguson letter

It recalls that classic Fawlty Towers episode. You know the one, where Basil does everything he can to ‘not mention the war’ as a group of German tourists visit his ramshackle hotel. Except, of course, the bit about not mentioning the war. Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have heeded that particular, if farcical, lesson this […]

Fans’ Forum January – the FA Cup

Bryan Robson, Steve Foster, FA Cup Final

Fans’s Forum appears each month in Rant Monthly. James, A Kick in the Grass Fans and pundits ask why this famous competition has lost its gloss. The answer to that is, sadly, the FA Cup has been ruined by the pursuit of money. Not just by the club’s, but also by the hapless FA. A […]

The genuine, non sarcastic, magic of the Cup

The Paul Ansorge column appears each month in Rant Monthly. Once upon a time the magic of the Cup was a term with very different usage. 2012’s FA Cup will see that phrase used by television marketers to add glamour to ties that see the elite clubs of the land field third string midfielders away to […]

United Rant Live: City v United!

United Rant Live!

On Sunday, Rant Cast regulars Ed & Paul will be live blogging the FA Cup third round tie with Manchester City at Eastlands. It’s the first time we have done this on United Rant. Join in on the comments section below, email or Tweet Paul – @UtdRantCast and Ed – @unitedrant. It all kicks off […]

Reds aim to beat odds and rivals in cup clash

Manchester City v Manchester United, FA Cup third round, Eastlands, 8 January 2012

Magic of the Cup? Manchester United might need it this weekend, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side heads into the derby as clear underdogs for the first time in many years. The Scot’s side is seeking to repair some of the considerable damage done over the past week after defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, […]

FA Cup heroes

Bill Meredith

Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Eastland on Sunday, Rant presents the third in a series of posts about the FA Cup. Manchester United supporters have witnessed dozens of glorious cup moments over more than 125 years in the competition. Some stand out, for the people involved, the moments they created, and the stories told. […]

Classic United versus City in the FA Cup

Manchester United v Manchester City 1926

In the second of a series of FA Cup related posts, United Rant looks at the history of Cup games between Manchester City and Manchester United down the years. Nine times the two Manchester clubs have faced each other in the world’s oldest football tournament, with the Reds five to four ahead in wins. Sir […]