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.
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.
Wednesday 5 February 1958. Manchester United played Red Star in the European Cup quarter-final, drawing 3-3 in Belgrade. Bobby Charlton scored twice and Dennis Violett another as Matt Busby’s “Babes” secured passaged through to the semi-finals on a 5-4 aggregate score. They were to play AC Milan next.
Over the last few weeks much has been discussed about implications of Alexis Sanchez’ dramatic arrival at Old Trafford. The debate surrounding United’s outlay was particularly misdirected, because the focus on what the Chilean can bring to the team is far more important. However José Mourinho chooses to utilise Alexis, Manchester United has gained an élite player and will become a more of potent attacking force as a result. Of his new teammates, Sanchez’ acquisition may prove most significant for Anthony Martial.
Friday night’s comfortable 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the FA Cup completed a very good week for Manchester United. On Monday weeks of speculation ended when Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez was confirmed as a United player. Then came the news that manager José Mourinho had signed a contract extension keeping the Portuguese manager at the club until at least 2020, with an option for another year.
Under Hush Park’s Friday night lights Alexis Sanchez made his Manchester United debut and the Reds won comfortably to progress in the FA Cup. In this week’s pod, Ed & Paul look back on a a productive night at Yeovil, and forward to games against Spurs at Wembley and Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
Monday night’s confirmation that Alexis Sanchez has put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal at Manchester United was met with an unsurprising deluge of hatred and vitriol towards the player and his new club. Par for the course some might say. The welcome addition of a world-class talent to United’s squad wasn’t easy to swallow for the rest of the football community though, especially with everybody expecting the Chilean forward to reunite with Pep Guardiola at one of Greater Manchester’s lesser clubs. United blew that out of the water and the now former Arsenal player should make his début at Yeovil on Friday night.