United v Southampton: Van Gaal lauds fully fit Reds

Manchester United v Southampton, Premier League, Old Trafford, 4pm 11 January 2015

Home at last. Manchester United’s road-trip through the festive programme at Aston Villa, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town has stretched the Reds’ unbeaten run to 11 games, but, some might say, with little uptick in performances. Louis van Gaal’s outfit struggled at Villa and Stoke, ran out of steam in north London and […]

Rant writers on the year ahead

Louis Van Gaal

Say goodbye to 2014. It was a year that started horribly for Manchester United with a home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and ended with the club on the up, albeit with a draw against the same opposition. Hello, then, to 2015: a year in which United will, well, we’re not quite sure… but United Rant’s […]

Stoke v United: Di Maria returns

Stoke City v Manchester United, Britannia Stadium, Premier League 1 January 2015

When will Louis Van Gaal crack the code? At the half way stage of the season United’s home record reads 10 games played and 25 points gained. It is a set of results second only to Chelsea’s this season. In stark contrast United has secured just 11 from nine games on the road – two points […]

Spurs v United: Louis bemoans fixture pile-up

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, White Hart Lane, Premier League, 28 December 2014

Welcome to England. Manchester United’s second game inside 48 hours is a phenomenon only of the game’s birthplace; unquestionably a novelty for United manager Louis van Gaal. Still, the Reds travel south for Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in good spirits, having notched up a seventh win in eight fixtures in dispatching […]

United v Liverpool: Van Gaal looks to the summit

Manchester United v Liverpool

There was, in truth, rare occasion over the past two decades that this fixture meant as much in competitive terms as it does to the state of local rivalry. While the passion has always burned bright for supporters, only twice during Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford tenure did Liverpool challenge for the Premier League title. Then, […]

Southampton v United: Reds aim for third

Southampton v Manchester United, St Mary's, 8 December 2014

It is an uncommon narrative this season, but this is a Manchester United side very much on the up. Just shy of half way through the campaign, United’s recent good form – fours wins in four – will elevate Louis van Gaal’s side to third in the Premier League should the Reds complete a fifth at Southampton on […]

United’s new midfield hope

Manchester United v Hull City

The debate continues: which midfielder was Manchester United’s Man of the Match against Hull City on Saturday? In United’s most comprehensive victory under Louis van Gaal it was the quartet of Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Marouanne Fellaini and, especially, Ander Herrera that impressed most at Old Trafford. Indeed, far from the common observation of recent […]

United v Hull: Van Persie under pressure

Manchester United v Hull City, Old Trafford, Premier League, 29 November 2014

There is something odd going on at Manchester United. Not the renewed sense of confidence following victory over Arsenal last week. Nor even United’s position in the Premier League’s top four. The most curious narrative this weekend is, surely, United’s improved injury situation. After months with little to offer aside from bad news, manager Louis […]