Stupid season

Cristiano Ronaldo

The silly season they say. It is as if the collective media doth protest too much. Silly is the faces pulled at an infant, or Shinji Kagwa’s karaoke routine at the end-of-season party. Silly is perhaps even the media’s reaction to José Mourinho’s slaying of the truth this week – how Rant chuckled. All very silly. But when it […]

The transfer list

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s season will end with the Premier League trophy heading back to Old Trafford once again. It is, by any measure, a season of success, although disappointment in Europe and two domestic cup competitions will sting Sir Alex Ferguson over the summer. The Premier League may have been sealed with four games to go, […]

Poll: should United buy before the window closes?

Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell

Manchester United’s activity in the transfer market is over for the summer, with the club having spent more than £40 million, rising with potential bonuses, on a quintet of new players – Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Büttner, Ángelo Henríquez and Nick Powell. At least that’s the claim made by Sir Alex Ferguson at […]

RvP: the luxury Fergie didn’t need, but desperately wanted

Robin van Persie, Sir Alex Ferguson

When Sergio Aguero struck home at Eastlands to hand Manchester City the Premier League title back in May it was the first time Sir Alex Ferguson had conceded England’s football primacy on goal difference alone. This was a turn of events that Manchester United’s 70-year-old manager promised to correct. Indeed, United’s transfer strategy this summer […]

Reds approach campaign with no trepidation

Nemanja Vidic

As much as Sir Alex Ferguson hoped otherwise, Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Hannover 96 on Saturday night was unable to detract attention from his employers’ financial proclivities in New York. On the opening day of trading a ‘disappointing’ IPO raised approximately $100 million less than initially sought by the Glazer family, while a myriad […]

Reds (almost) re-United in pre-season action as speculation mounts

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United’s Euro 2012 contingent finally returned to action on Sunday as the Reds drew with Norwegian side Vålerenga in Oslo. With just two weeks before the big Premier League kick off, Sir Alex Ferguson’s players were reunited as an almost complete squad for the first time this summer after injury and international commitments disrupted […]

Profile: Nick Powell

Nick Powell

It never rains, but it pours, as Sir Alex Ferguson signs not one, but two attacking midfielders this summer. Five years after Anderson joined Manchester United from Porto, the 70-year-old United coach has bolstered the Reds’ midfield options this window. Not before long, many supporters might add. While the £18 million deal to bring Shinji […]

Reshaping United

United with Kagawa?

There is a curious aspect to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at Old Trafford – more than 25 years of evolution and sustained glory – that the great Scot has probably never signed a free-spirited ‘number 10′. The player, in the parlance of modern tactics-speak, who ghosts between the lines; neither midfielder, nor attacker in any […]

Trolling, and Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard, Wesley Sneijder, Alan Shearer, Dimitar Berabtov, Ronaldinho, Celio Silva… Celio Silva. Another summer, another tiresome transfer ‘saga’ in the offing as Belgian midfielder-cum-winger Hazard cock-teases his way around Europe’s major clubs, before inevitably joining “the project” over at Manchester City. It’s all about the trophies you see. And the filthy lucre. The drawn-out […]

Silly season underway, but United unlikely to spend big

Shinji Kagawa

The domestic season may be four days from conclusion, but column inches are there to be filled, speculation to be drawn and presumptive deals scooped. There is, after all, nearly a month before the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, almost 15 weeks before the 2012/13 Premier League season begins in earnest on 18 […]