Author Ed

Author Ed

Liverpool clash always more than “just a match”

October 12, 2017 Tags: Opinion 1 comment
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“It’s just a match. It’s three points. When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important. Every match is a cup final.” – José Mourinho.

It is an interesting theory, one fitting with Mourinho’s detached managerial demeanour. Yet, when it comes to Liverpool versus United, the Portuguese coach could not be further off base. Mourinho’s assessment may be empirically true – Saturday’s game is worth just three points – but it is as emotionally distant as possible, and an argument with which supporters cannot relate. After all, United’s clash with Liverpool is always more than just a match. It remains England’s greatest game.

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Dynamic duo key to United’s tough month

October 5, 2017 Tags: , Opinion No comments
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There was something ethereal in the noise; not a cheer exactly, something closer to a woosh, perhaps, as 75,000 watched Anthony Martial first show Andros Townsend the ball, and then whip it through his legs. It was both the cruelest and most beautiful moment of the match – here and then gone in a flash. Yet, Martial wasn’t the star of Manchester United’s comfortable victory over Crystal Palace last Saturday. That honour lay with Marcus Rashford, a player growing into his role as the Reds’ first choice left-sided attacker. Both are key to a tough run of games after the international break.

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Reds ditch Playstation football as Mou focuses on CSKA challenge

September 26, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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José Mourinho’s tone was typically acerbic in dismissing his team’s “Playstation football” on the Champions League matchday one. Sure, Manchester United comfortably beat FC Basel, the limited Swiss side that is unlikely to make the knockout stages, but Mourinho could focus only on his team’s perceived lack of professionalism. There will be no repeat of the late showboating that marked United’s victory at Old Trafford as Mourinho’s team takes on CSKA in Moscow this week.

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Rant Cast 318 – bigger, longer and hopefully cut

September 26, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast 3 comments
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How big is your dick? No, go on, tell us. Some Manchester United fans think Romelu Lukaku’s is rather large. Far too many have forgotten the tragic past and present that particular racial stereotype represents. Ed & Paul dissect the controversy and tell fellow fans to just stop. Now.

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Mourinho banking on in-form forwards to take Reds through testing month

September 22, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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It was only Burton. It was only Burton. It was only Burton. Repeat the mantra. In fact, given Nigel Clough’s decision to rest a number of his first choice players on Wednesday, any judgment about Manchester United’s victory over Burton Albion reserves must be taken with some caution. Still, excitement there was, especially with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all outstanding on the night. The Reds are back! Right?

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“Monster” Matić already the steal of the summer

September 18, 2017 Tags: Opinion 2 comments
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When Rant called Nemanja Matić “expensive” this summer the rationale was sound. After all, Chelsea had signed a French international replacement, in Tiemoue Bakayoko, who was not only younger, but cheaper as well. This is normally the formula for a reverse in the summer’s prices, with the younger player typically holding and retaining a higher value. It is all in the data. Reader pushback was strong though. The season may be just five games old, but the immediate take is clear: Rant 0 – 1 Audience.

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Rooney remains the story as former Red returns to Old Trafford

September 17, 2017 Tags: , Matches No comments
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José Mourinho is focused first on winning – taking back whatever momentum was lost during Manchester United’s frustration draw at Stoke City last week. The rest of Sunday’s narrative will centre on Wayne Rooney, the erstwhile Red and club record goalscorer, who returns to Old Trafford for the first time as an Everton player. The 31-year-old will enjoy a fine Manchester reception, whatever caveats remain about the player’s history at the club.

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