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Rant at 10

March 30, 2014 Tags: Opinion 14 comments
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Happy belated birthday – United Rant is ten. Well sort of. Born 9 March 2004, Rant has lived in two instalments: first, to March 2007, and then again from April 2009. The hiatus a story too long to recount. Yet, it has certainly been an amusing if sometimes expletive-laden ride; more than a decade of bashing out copy for the general entertainment, or otherwise, of the Manchester United supporting populous.

Along the way Rant has added three iterations of the now infamously vitriolic Forum, a popular podcast, Rant Cast, and for a short time only, a digital monthly. Occasionally, very occasionally, we’ll send out a ‘weekly’ newsletter. Well, you wouldn’t want Rant to conform to type.

In the meantime there has been the odd special appearance elsewhere – radio shows, copy in print and online, and even the odd video instalment as the site grew in both popularity and relevance.

Yet, Rant was never supposed to be a ‘thing’. No fame, revenue, nor attention has ever been sought, or controversy deliberately stoked, although each has been become a stick which critics merrily wield. In more than a decade online – one of the original United fan sites – Rant has sought only to be an outlet for an honest, usually irreverent, assessment of United’s fortunes. Positive or otherwise.

The now immortal first words published on the site tell part of the story: “Cheating bastards. Diving, time wasting, cheating bastards,” said Rant as United tumbled out of the Champions League to José Mourinho’s Porto.

The site began with a commitment to fight a takeover and, in the later years, sought to bring insight and financial analysis to the damaging Glazer ownership. It is still astonishing quite how many supporters remain ambivalent despite the near-£700 million wasted.

On the flip side, there also came one of the site’s most controversial moments, with a suggestion in November 2005 that the club may be better off without Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s a debate that Sir Alex won, taking the Reds to glory in Moscow and beyond. These are the knots that are sometimes tied when there is no agenda nor party line to hold.

What of the next decade? Well, there is no real plan bar a commitment to more of the same. Join us, if you will.

United Rant forum, mark IV

August 3, 2013 Tags: Shorts 9 comments
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There have been, believe it or not, four variations of the United Rant forum since the website’s birth in 2004. The first iteration, live between 2004 and 2007, became an infamous and somewhat rabid den of all that is iniquitous and unholy on the internet. Fantastic entertainment for around 5,000 users in other words.

Then between 2009 and 2013 Rant’s forum was reborn for a new more successful age, but with no less passion. And finally there has been a double-upgrade this summer. Rant now finally embraces the modern and has upgraded to the most feature-rich forum platform hosted on the site to date.

And you, dear Ranters, are invited to join (or rejoin) at www.unitedrant.co.uk/ranton – a site fresh off the printing press. Rant On!

Fixtures Wallpaper 2012/13

June 18, 2012 Tags: , , Media 5 comments

Download United Rant’s fixtures wallpaper for the 2012/13 season. This wallpaper will be updated with fixture dates when TV schedules are confirmed, and cup game dates/fixtures when known. The wallpapers are available in three sizes: huge, wide and large!

 

Huge Wallpaper – 2920 x 1642 pixels

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Wide Wallpaper – 1366 x 768 pixels

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Large Wallpaper – 1024 x 768 pixels

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Fixtures wallpaper

August 28, 2011 Tags: , , Media 6 comments

Want a free fixtures wallpaper? Want it to include last season’s goal of the year? Want it to fit your computer screen? Then look no further than these Rant wallpapers. Click for a preview, right-click and “save as..” to download.

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United Rant on the net

July 11, 2011 Tags: , , Shorts 2 comments

United Rant has a number of channels and places for fans to get together and join the debate. If you haven’t already, why not join in on Twitter, Facebook, the Podcast and the Rant Forum. Coming soon, Rant Monthly, our new magazine.

Facebook Fan Page: Join Facebook users on the United Rant fan page at facebook.com/unitedrant and meet the growing community of Reds from around the world.

Twitter: With more than 8,000 followers the United Rant twitter page at twitter.com/unitedrant is a lively, interactive and often controversial chance for debate. Follow and join in today.

Rant Forum: the United Rant forum is one of the longest standing independent United discussion forums on the internet. Can you hold your own? Join the debate at unitedrant.co.uk/forum to find out!

Podcast: out every Friday Rant Cast, currently on a summer break until the first week of the new season, brings topical analysis and debate in a 45 minute show. With special guests lined up for the new season.

New: United Rant Monthly: coming in August, United Rant monthly is an A4 full-colour digital magazine featuring the best analysis from United Rant, guest writers and unique editorial. PDF format from 1 August.

Mobile: navigate your Samsung Bada phone to the Bada store and search for “United Rant” for the native app. iPhone, Android and other touchscreen smartphone users navigate to the United Rant website and install the web app directly from the home screen.

Rant anywhere: mobile site/app

June 7, 2011 Tags: , Shorts 32 comments

As part of United Rant’s continual evolution we welcome to two new interfaces for the website – for touchscreen smartphones and Samsung Bada-enabled devices.

First, those readers with a touchscreen smartphone will enjoy our web-app interface. Navigate to unitedrant.co.uk on your touchscreen smartphone and touch to add the web app interface to your home screen. The application is a HTML-based skin, optimised for iPhone and Android devices. Depending on demand Rant may also offer a native iPhone/Android applications, enabling offline reading, in the coming year.

However, the first native app for readers not on iPhone/Android is for Samsung Bada, which is available for free from the Samsung Apps store here.

Enjoy!

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Rant in 2010

January 1, 2011 Tags: Shorts 21 comments

Once again, 2010 has been a great year for United Rant, which has continued to offer the best in original Manchester United commentary, written entirely by supporters. In 2010 Rant published 689 articles, with 681 images, with more than 10 thousand comments contributed. Rant lives because of you, the readers. For that we thank you!

The number of posts in each month:

  • January – 72 (10.45%)
  • February – 68 (9.87%)
  • March – 85 (12.34%)
  • April – 90 (13.06%)
  • May – 50 (7.26%)
  • June – 31 (4.5%)
  • July – 47 (6.82%)
  • August – 54 (7.84%)
  • September – 57 (8.27%)
  • October – 50 (7.26%)
  • November – 47 (6.82%)
  • December – 42 (6.1%)

The number of posts in each day of week:

  • Monday – 113 (16.4%)
  • Tuesday – 109 (15.82%)
  • Wednesday – 97 (14.08%)
  • Thursday – 105 (15.24%)
  • Friday – 115 (16.69%)
  • Saturday – 68 (9.87%)
  • Sunday – 86 (12.48%)

At what hours Rant publishes new posts:

  • 0 – 32 (4.64%)
  • 1 – 15 (2.18%)
  • 8 – 7 (1.02%)
  • 9 – 28 (4.06%)
  • 10 – 45 (6.53%)
  • 11 – 51 (7.4%)
  • 12 – 56 (8.13%)
  • 13 – 39 (5.66%)
  • 14 – 32 (4.64%)
  • 15 – 35 (5.08%)
  • 16 – 51 (7.4%)
  • 17 – 47 (6.82%)
  • 18 – 33 (4.79%)
  • 19 – 38 (5.52%)
  • 20 – 37 (5.37%)
  • 21 – 38 (5.52%)
  • 22 – 49 (7.11%)
  • 23 – 60 (8.71%)

In 2010 there were 10270 comments, from which 5919 comments (57.63 per cent) were written by registered users and authors.

Top commenters in 2010:

  • Bill – 288 comments
  • herbie simms – 261 comments
  • Triggs – 118 comments
  • Aj – 112 comments
  • Real Red – 83 comments
  • RedScot – 75 comments
  • Zi Indefatigable – 73 comments
  • RobDiablo – 71 comments
  • elvido – 56 comments
  • eddieTheRed – 50 comments
  • vlad – 53 comments
  • gazno77 – 56 comments
  • ltel – 107 comments
  • brianofnazareth – 50
  • madredmonkey – 80 comments
  • danniitronix – 420 comments
  • Alfonso Bedoya – 731 comments
  • uncleknobheadforfucksake – 449 comments
  • Spike – 204 comments
  • han – 631 comments
  • Just1n – 111 comments
  • madmax – 105 comments
  • captainhormone – 288 comments
  • kramer – 74 comments
  • sheesh – 196 comments
  • bman – 127 comments
  • sidney – 573 comments
  • Robbo – 162 comments
  • Ted – 83 comments
  • RobDiablo – 172 comments
  • TGR – 74 comments
  • mongoletsi – 137 comments

Top 10 most commented posts in 2010:

  • Rooney set for Rangers return – 242 comments
  • Wolves the warm-up act ahead of derby – 184 comments
  • Kids face Hammers test – 167 comments
  • Kids take on Bursaspor sans Rooney – 148 comments
  • Reds welcome Liverpool seeking new momentum – 141 comments
  • Fergie’s fringe takes up Carling challenge – 141 comments
  • Roo missing as Reds seek rare away win – 139 comments
  • Wayne stays mainly away from Spain – 136 comments
  • Virus hits Reds ahead of Blues clash – 134 comments
  • Reds face tough Bolton trip – 133 comments

The number of comments in each month:

  • January – 459 (4.47%)
  • February – 211 (2.05%)
  • March – 328 (3.19%)
  • April – 505 (4.92%)
  • May – 362 (3.52%)
  • June – 297 (2.89%)
  • July – 693 (6.75%)
  • August – 1426 (13.89%)
  • September – 1751 (17.05%)
  • October – 1799 (17.52%)
  • November – 1721 (16.76%)
  • December – 718 (6.99%)

On what days people comment:

  • Monday – 1300 (12.66%)
  • Tuesday – 2080 (20.25%)
  • Wednesday – 1975 (19.23%)
  • Thursday – 1160 (11.3%)
  • Friday – 1096 (10.67%)
  • Saturday – 1465 (14.26%)
  • Sunday – 1194 (11.63%)

At what hours people comment:

  • 0 – 293 (2.85%)
  • 1 – 220 (2.14%)
  • 2 – 110 (1.07%)
  • 3 – 71 (0.69%)
  • 4 – 65 (0.63%)
  • 5 – 94 (0.92%)
  • 6 – 103 (1%)
  • 7 – 135 (1.31%)
  • 8 – 195 (1.9%)
  • 9 – 272 (2.65%)
  • 10 – 355 (3.46%)
  • 11 – 405 (3.94%)
  • 12 – 426 (4.15%)
  • 13 – 578 (5.63%)
  • 14 – 565 (5.5%)
  • 15 – 636 (6.19%)
  • 16 – 669 (6.51%)
  • 17 – 784 (7.63%)
  • 18 – 648 (6.31%)
  • 19 – 642 (6.25%)
  • 20 – 757 (7.37%)
  • 21 – 1029 (10.02%)
  • 22 – 729 (7.1%)
  • 23 – 489 (4.76%)

Rant has many authors. Here is the number of posts each one wrote in 2010:

  • Ed – 645 posts
  • Dan Bowman – 13 posts
  • Jay Shon – 9 posts
  • Kei Kae – 8 posts
  • Toby Coughlin – 5 posts
  • Sam Gregory – 4 posts
  • Ingar – 2 posts
  • Paul Ansorge – 1 posts
  • Matt Ablott – 1 posts
  • Brett Sneddon – 1 posts
  • A. Ferguson – 1 posts
  • Olaf Priol – 1 posts
  • Kieran Pender – 1 posts
  • Ben Hulston – 1 posts

United Rant Forum

August 1, 2010 Tags: Shorts 14 comments

The United Rant Forum first appeared on the internet in 2005 on this website. Having moved at least twice in between the forum is now back at its original home. Join regulars, writers and the website’s editor on the Rant Forum for some of the liveliest Manchester United debate on the internet. Rated R for Rant.

Registration takes about a minute and is completely free – www.unitedrant.co.uk/forum


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United Rant writing competition

July 27, 2010 Tags: Shorts 5 comments

Submit an article to United Rant and win this high quality green & gold, 100 per cent fake anti-Glazer shirt with the player’s name and number of your choice on it! The rules for the competition are simple – write at least 500 words of topical analysis in the United Rant style, submitting to editor@unitedrant.co.uk with the words WRITING COMPETITION in the subject line.

The top five articles chosen by me will be posted on United Rant later this summer, with the readers voting on the best submission.

Get writing – closing date for the competition is Friday 13 August at midnight.

*Deadline now extended to end of August*

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