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Rant Cast 336 – Handing City the title on a plate

April 18, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast No comments
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Well that was good, wasn’t it? After last week’s comeback victory over Manchester City at the Etihad, Jose Mourinho’s handed the Blues the Premier League title by losing to West Brom. The worst team in the league. At home. Again. It sucks and so did most of United’s players.

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Stepping back to move forward

April 8, 2018 Tags: , , Opinion 4 comments
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Financially, Manchester United is the world’s élite club. A summary of finances for 2016-17 shows revenues totalling £581 million; larger than Real Madrid or Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain or Manchester City. Despite huge investments in terms of player recruitment, contracts and signing on fees, a profit of near £40 million was also achieved. Meanwhile, the projected revenue for the current financial year is guided to reach £575 to £585 million. Noisy neighbours Manchester City may have the backing of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth, but it is United that still leads the way on commercialisation.

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Rant Cast 334 – And we’re back!

April 6, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast 2 comments
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It’s been a long time coming but Rant Cast is finally back on air. Having recovered from a bout of suspicious poisoning that kept him on the sidelines for a month, Paul is ready to take on the challenge of not laughing at Ed’s bad jokes or responding to his hot takes. Paul has much praise for the glorious leader Vladimir Putin.

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Rant Cast 333 – The Pedestrianisation of Manchester United

March 1, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast 4 comments
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A creditable 0-0 draw away in Seville and a triumphant 2-1 win over Champions League place rivals Chelsea? Well, those are the bare facts, but Ed and Paul look back on the good, the bad and the mostly very indifferent in those two games. There are plenty of listener questions as per (now that Ed has set up an autotweet to ask for them) and a preview of Crystal Palace and the big game in a couple of weeks against Liverpool.

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Rant Cast 332 – Betting it all on the cup

February 20, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast No comments
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Another challenging week José Mourinho’s side: a crushing defeat at Newcastle followed by victory over Huddersfield in the cup. Defeat in the north east drags United further into a five-way race for Champions League qualification, although a place in the FA Cup quarter-final comes with a favourable home draw.

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Oh José, where art thou?

February 11, 2018 Tags: , Opinion 10 comments
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Football is a simple game, former England striker Gary Lineker once said in a quip about the Germans always winning. So why does José Mourinho find it so complicated? More than 18 months into the job he always wanted, Mourinho has created an expensively assembled collection of individuals. The team is perpetually over the horizon.

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Rant Cast 331 – Dogs Dinner of a Banner

February 7, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast 3 comments
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From a sound beating at Wembley to a safe victory at Old Trafford, it has been a mixed past week for Jose Mourinho’s side. Ed & Paul look back on defeat to Tottenham in north London and ask, “was that the worst defeat under Mourinho?” United gained some redemption with a solid, if not wholly impressive, win over Huddersfield in Manchester.

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