Now Ferdinand’s England career should come to an end

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand’s humiliation at the hands of Fabio Capello this week is not only total and deliberate but it should also lead to the 32-year-old defender’s international retirement. After all, Ferdinand’s pride at being made England captain in the wake of John Terry’s affair with Vanessa Perroncel has been shattered at the hand of Capello’s […]

What did we learn from the World Cup?

Spain World Cup

The World Cup ended on Sunday with Spain the predictable champions after 64 matches, 145 goals and not enough red cards in the final. But what lessons can Manchester United fans draw from the tournament that will go down as one dominated by negative tactics even if the best team eventually triumphed in Johannesburg? After […]

World Cup Rant Cast – final preview

In the third edition of World Cup Rant Cast, regulars Ed & Paul review the best of the quarter and semi-finals. We hand out our prestigious World Cup Rant Cast awards including best players and goals, when we can remember who scored them that is. Finally, Rant Cast looks forward to the Third/Fourth place play-off […]

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Carrick’s World Cup Diary

Capello the Gaffer

Soon as the yelling stopped, a glass tray flew across the room, bouncing off JT’s forehead and hitting me smack bang in the middle of my face. As I regained consciousness, all I could hear was the Gaffer screaming down at me: “Carrick, watta da hell are you doing here? Mamma Mia! Next time I […]

Could England import a team?

England T20

The English cricket team has imported South African-born Kevin Pietersen, Craig Kiesweter and Jonathan Trott, as well as Irishman Eoin Morgan. Meanwhile, Rugby Union has capped Kiwis Shontayne Hape, Lesley Vainokolo and Riki Flutey. Could the answer to English football’s problems lie in the globalised Premier League? After all even tennis (Greg Rusedski), boxing (Lennox Lewis) […]

Reds’ World Cup reviews

France squad

With the World Cup into its final week, the semi-finalists settled and 28 teams on their way home Rant looks at how Manchester United’s players fared at the tournament. Amid the inevitable festival of football, refereeing controversies and English failure – one memory abides: cheap plastic horns blown with the side of the mouth! Javier […]

World Cup Rant Cast – pundits beware!

In the second edition of World Cup Rant Cast, regulars Ed & Paul look at the best and worst of the tournament so far. Pundits beware as the team launches a scathing attack on the quality of TV coverage. On the pitch we discuss the best goals, players, major incidents and Rant’s assessment of United […]

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United legend Keane lashes out at ‘average’ England stars

Roy Keane

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has lashed out at England manager Fabio Capello’s critics, delivering a player-by-player rating of the national side’s humiliating World Cup failure. Ipswich Town manager Keane derides the England squad as average, shorn of ‘World Class’ players bar Wayne Rooney. “To keep criticising the manager is crazy. Capello is a […]

Thankfully United > England

Manuel Neuer

As England crashed out of the World Cup in the most humiliating fashion perhaps the best consolation for those Reds following the national side is that Manchester’s finest will always be bigger. England’s ‘Golden Generation’ has evolved since Sven Goran Eriksson’s side lost to Brazil in 2002 but the squad’s nucleus remains. It’s a squad […]

Fergie – England playing with tension

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed details of the tension-ridden England World Cup camp in a US radio interview, as the Scot again called on the Premier League to adopt a mid-winter break. Ferguson, speaking to US radio station Sirius XM, says that the weight of expectation is weighing heavily on England players’ shoulders. “I spoke […]