Review: “The Class of ’92″

The Class of '92

It’s ridiculous, when you think about it. Six mates, two of them literal brothers, the rest of them brothers in all but blood are possessed of a profoundly driven will to win and a deep personal love of a football club. They learn their trade together, bonded forever by their experience, and then they set […]

Book review: Manchester United’s Golden Age 1903-1914

Manchester United 1907

Season’s over and it’s time for ‘trusted sources’ and those ‘in-the-know’ to shine – the period when wild transfer speculation takes over. Considering that the summer ahead is arguably the most important for Manchester United in recent years, and the  Glazers’ generosity is to be tested once again, it’s hard not to find the guessing […]

Football Manager 2012 review

Football Manager 2012

Football Manager 2012 is absolutely, totally and utterly brilliant. I can’t imagine that surprises you much, dear reader. Football Manager has been absolutely, totally and utterly brilliant since it was called Championship Manager, and there was a Mitre Magma on the cover. What is really such an extraordinary achievement is that they really do just […]

Review: “Red” by Gary Neville

Red - My Autobiography

There are moments in “Red”, Gary Neville’s autobiography, when you are reminded what an absolutely extraordinary career he, his brother and – as he never fails to refer to them – “Butty, Becks, Giggsy and Scholesey” had together. In the second batch of photographs included there is an image, captured in the dressing room before […]

Competition: win United books

“People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them,” Nobel prize-winning Irish playwrite George Bernard Shaw once wrote. And to thee, Rant readers, we bring you two fine Manchester United books from the past year, each in glorious hardcover. By this time next week one lucky reader will win this fine pair! […]

Review: Championship Manager 2011 for iPhone

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Championship Manager, the granddaddy of football management brands, returns to iPhone, with a raft of changes for the 2011 edition aiming at producing a more intuitive game. The name evokes memories of hours stolen away trying to steer Manchester United to domestic and European glory, while sealing that new multi-million signing. The PC version of […]

Book review: Manchester United’s First Championship

Manchester United 1907 Cover

When Ernest Mangnall’s Manchester United secured the club’s début First Division championship in 1907-8 it began a sequence of 18 record-equalling titles over the next century. But far from the mega-corporation that United has become today, the club was a more modest affair having been close to bankruptcy just five years previously. Released by DB […]

Book review: On the Road

On the Road

Published by Speakeasy, with a foreword by Michael Crick, On the Road: A journey through a seasonhas little to do with the music and drugs that inspired Jack Kerouac’s ’50s namesake masterpiece, but if Daniel Harris is to the Glazer-era fan what the American writer was to the Beat Generation then that is praise indeed. Originally filed […]

Book Review: Rooney’s Gold

Rooney's Gold

There is perhaps little surprise in a tale that pits an uneducated, naïve 16-year-old Wayne Rooney against manipulative and greedy agents. Convinced that the Everton teenager would become one of the hottest properties in world football, a legion of those on the make and on the take descended on the teenage star in search of […]