Standard. Sure, it may have taken three goals in the last seven minutes to break Everton, but Manchester United 4 is fast becoming the most popular scoreline this season. It was also the day Wayne Rooney returned to Old Trafford – he was mostly confused about his position.
The acquisition had long been flagged, even if the timing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s re-signing took many by surprise. Still months away from full fitness and courted by clubs in Europe and the United States, the Swede will return to the Manchester United squad as a back-up and not the main man. That much is reflected in Ibrahimovic’s new wage, which is less than half the amount that he earned last season. Yet, while the striker will not face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, his presence is already felt.
José Mourinho has called on his Manchester United squad to score more goals as the Reds seek to regain the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. United scored just 54 on the way to sixth place in the league last season. This term, Mourinho wants his team to score more by spreading the burden around, starting with Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford by West Ham United.
It has been 58 days since the final Rant Cast of the 2016/17 season. Two months in which Ed and Paul kicked back and enjoyed the beach in anticipation of an inevitable World War III. Yet, with the planet still in one piece, there must be another Rant Cast.