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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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Rant Cast 330 – 4-0 FC

January 30, 2018 Tags: Rant Cast 1 comment
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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.

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Opportunity and opportunism in Sánchez transfer

January 18, 2018 Tags: , Opinion 10 comments
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It is a classic Ed Woodward deal. Manchester United’s imminent capture of Arsenal winger Alexis Sánchez will bring a world-class star to Old Trafford in a transfer that includes eye-watering sums of money. It is also a deal that, just weeks ago, few on the Red side of Manchester countenanced. Sánchez was off to Manchester City, to join the collection of £50 million full-backs of whom José Mourinho is apparently so jealous. Then City dithered and Woodward stepped in. Far from a long-term plan, the deal for Sánchez highlights the short-term thinking that reverberates through United’s hierarchy. It may also be a game-changer for a team still in need of extra stardust.

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Mourinho moans but recruitment not money is where United’s problems lie

December 29, 2017 Tags: , , Opinion 16 comments
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José Mourinho’s assertion that the £300 million he has spent since taking the Manchester United job in 2016 is “not enough” to compete in the Premier League is easy to mock. After all, he has been afford more investment in less than two full seasons than David Moyes or Louis van Gaal before him. More, indeed, than Sir Alex Ferguson over the Scots final few seasons at United. Yet, in the context of Manchester City’s generation of heavy spending, the Portuguese may well be right, though it hardly explains all United’s ills. How the club spends its money is far more of a challenge to bridging the gap to the rampant Blues.

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On maturity and responsibility

December 24, 2017 Tags: Opinion 9 comments
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“It is as bad as a defeat,” admitted José Mourinho after Leicester City scored a last-minute equaliser at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night. Manchester United created the best chances and spent 20 minutes with a man advantage, yet left the East Midlands feeling despondent. Two disastrous results inside three days will do that. As for José: he threw his players under the bus. Twice.

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