Back from the international break, there are games against Chelsea and Juventus at Old Trafford to enjoy. Could it get any tougher for José Mourinho’s Manchester United side?
Has a Manchester United manager ever so obviously self-immolated in the way that José Mourinho did in the defeat at West Ham on Saturday? What manager – a Manchester United manager at that – picks the team Mourinho selected, in the shape in which they were deployed, and then uses those substitutes? It is almost as if Mourinho was asking to be put out of his misery.
So, is this a crisis yet? While Manchester United’s manager might have you believe that it is all the media’s fault, Ed & Paul wonder whether José Mourinho’s hyperbolic performance this week might not have been a smokescreen. After all, it wasn’t the media that put three past his team at Old Trafford on Monday night!
Well that didn’t last long. United may have beaten Leicester City on the opening day of the new season, but it was far from a convincing performance. And if supporters thought that was just a sluggish start, far worse was to come away to Brighton & Hove last weekend. After a dismissal pre-season and a very public row between Paul Pogba and the manager, some are questioning José Mourinho’s future at the club.
Well, it didn’t come home, but Gareth Southgate’s side surpassed expectations and made the national team likeable again. Instead, France become world champions for the second time. Rant Cast looks back on an eventful tournament.
England into the World Cup semi-final. ENGLAND INTO THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL. Not only has Gareth Southgate’s side surpassed expectations, but – whisper it – the national team might just be likeable again.
It has been good, hasn’t it, the World Cup? As the knockout stages get underway, the Rant Cast crew talk about all the fallout from some big name exits – Spain, Germany, Portugal, Argentina – and look forward to England’s game against Colombia in the Round of 16.