Author Ed

Author Ed

Mourinho: how it could go wrong

July 19, 2016 Tags: Opinion 11 comments
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“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

So far, so splendidly José Mourinho. The Portuguese manager strolled into his first press conference at Old Trafford looking and sounding every inch a Manchester United boss. Gone was the wild-eyed stare of the perpetually out-of-his depth David Moyes. Banished too was Louis van Gaal’s now discredited talk of philosophy. It was always BS, you know. In its place, comes Mourinho’s bravado and clarity of thought – a trait already playing out in the transfer market. Yet, in the back of the mind is the sneaking suspicion that one day, it might go just a little pear-shaped.

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Euro Cast – la fin

July 12, 2016 Tags: , Rant Cast 1 comment
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It’s over. The longest, biggest and most negative (?) European Championships in history finished with Portugal, minus a hobbling Cristiano Ronaldo, beating France in Paris. Glory for Ronnie and Nani, tears for the French – Patrice Evra, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial included. All of that and more on the final Euro Cast!

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Euro 2016: every Red rated

July 9, 2016 Tags: International, Opinion 17 comments
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So Euro 2016 is over, with Portugal beating France 1-0 in Sunday night’s final. It was the longest European Championships ever, and sometimes felt like it. In keeping with the tournament the final offered less than it should have; Euro 2016 has been a mixed bag when it comes to quality. Seldom has the tournament set the pulses racing, though at least it was rarely predictable. Not least the final. The exception: England bombed out early, ’twas ever thus, although the Welsh made the semi-final in spectacular style. And what of the Manchester United players (current, former and future) that missed a summer on the beaches of Ayia Napa? There were, on balance, more flops than successes…

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Euro Cast – doing the Zaza

July 4, 2016 Tags: , Rant Cast 10 comments
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There’s a 1,000 ways to leave your lover, but even more to miss a penalty. Italy and Germany went at it hammer and tongs for 120 minutes of enthralling Euro 2016 quarter-final action – only to produce one of the lowest quality (and most entertaining) penalty shoot-outs in history. Rant Euro Cast covers this and the rest of the quarter-final actions – and looks forward to two semi-finals that will include, miraculously, Wales.

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Ryan Giggs: a career in numbers

July 1, 2016 Tags: Opinion 4 comments
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Ryan Giggs ended a 29-year professional relationship with Manchester United – choosing not to take a coaching position in José Mourinho’s regime. Having been ignored for the top job, Giggs’ departure came as little surprise, with the Welshman now keen to strike it out alone in the search of managerial honours. Rant looks back on a wonderful career…  Read More

Euro Cast – Xhaka on Xhaka

June 15, 2016 Tags: , Rant Cast 4 comments
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Bonjour, et bienvenue à la deuxième Euro Cast! In this week’s show Ed & Paul look back on the first round of games from France, where the hosts beat Romania through a stunning Dimitri Payet goal, England drew with Russia and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored for Germany. It has been a week of fine goals, some good entertainment and the odd surprise. And two brothers going at it without compromise.

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Rating Reds’ week 1 Euro performances

June 14, 2016 Tags: International No comments
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Euro 2016 has brought, in no particular order of importance, spectacular goals, a minor upset, violence on the streets, fireworks in the stands, and eight United players in action. While most of the games have been tight in the opening round of fixtures, there have already been some decisive performances from Reds in France… and a couple of ex-United stars that have caught the eye.

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Euro Cast – tournament preview

June 8, 2016 Tags: , Rant Cast 6 comments
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Bonjour, et bienvenue à Euro Cast! Over the next month Ed & Paul cover the European Championships in France, with 23 teams chasing glory at Stade de France on 10 July. And England. In the first edition a tournament preview. Yes, it’s every bit as detailed and deeply researched as you hoped…

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Season review and ratings 2015/16

June 5, 2016 Tags: Opinion 7 comments
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… and breathe! It ended with Manchester United missing out on fourth place in the Premier League for the second time in three seasons, an FA Cup win, Louis van Gaal’s inevitable dismissal, and José Mourinho’s much-discussed arrival. There was drama at the last to follow an otherwise immensely forgettable season. Van Gaal’s second campaign in charge should have brought real progress. It didn’t, and anything less was always going to be viewed as failure after another summer of significant spending. After all, when Rant wrote that “few at Old Trafford should celebrate becoming England’s fourth best side” this time last year, it reflected an obvious reality – failure is just not United.

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Rant’s Premier Predictions 2015/16 revisited

May 30, 2016 Tags: Opinion 2 comments
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Each year Rant predicts the season ahead. Manchester United’s performance, the winners, the losers and the individual stars of the campaign. There have been mixed results over the years – check out everything from 2009 onwards here. The predictions are made without the mathematical models now so in vogues and are thus – what’s the word – are little more than (ill)-educated guesses! Correct predictions in green, incorrect in red.

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