An air of joy and goodwill has infected Rant Cast ahead of the new season; it can only be José Mourinho’s joie de vivre and bonhomie. Well, it is less than a month since France won the World Cup!
A creditable 0-0 draw away in Seville and a triumphant 2-1 win over Champions League place rivals Chelsea? Well, those are the bare facts, but Ed and Paul look back on the good, the bad and the mostly very indifferent in those two games. There are plenty of listener questions as per (now that Ed has set up an autotweet to ask for them) and a preview of Crystal Palace and the big game in a couple of weeks against Liverpool.
Rant Cast 316 says we just podcasted! Ed and Paul look back at the international bre…well, they think very briefly about looking back at the international break, take as many listener questions as they could possibly get into the show and preview United’s trip to Stoke.
Only 2-0? Mourinho out! No, but seriously, Ed and Paul look back on United’s win over Leicester, exactly the kind of game the team would have drawn last season, discuss the Return of the Zlat, Rooney’s international retirement and take a lot of listener questions.
Well, that was fun! Ed and Paul look back over Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Swansea City, revel in the 3 minutes of glorious football which brought about the comfortable scoreline and sing the praises of United’s start to the season. Tougher tests await, but it’s fun for now. Read More
Manchester United are back, baby! We’re good again! Or, at least, good enough to smash a lacklustre West Ham United side into tiny pieces at Old Trafford. Ed and Paul look back at the game and discuss Big Rom making his home debut and bursting all the Hammers’ bubbles, Anthony Martial being brilliant for 10 minutes, Marcus Rashford being brilliant for 80 minutes and United just generally being brilliant for most of the game. Read More
For the third of this summer’s Rant Cast specials, Paul gets Michael Cox of Zonal Marking on the line, to talk about his excellent new book The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nine. It was a really entertaining chat, highlighting just how much Manchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson in particular, have dominated that particular story.
A couple of weeks ago, Paul sat down with Adam McKola of Full Time Devils to chat about his history with the club and his very specific job as the man who asks United fans what they think just after games. They talk the early days of United Rant, Beckham, Giggs and Andy Tate, accompanied by the sounds of Handsworth Park, where the interview was recorded.
We promised some stuff in your podcast feed during the summer, and never let it be said we do not deliver on our promises, except sometimes. Paul talks to Tom Coast of Sport Witness about the summer transfer rumours so far; what’s credible, what’s nonsense, and why Duncan Castles is reporting that Jose Mourinho is unhappy.
Ah, draws. Familiar, comforting, draws. Or terrible, boring, frustrating draws, take your pick. Ed and Paul run the rule over the West Brom and Everton games at Old Trafford, and try and break down just where it’s all going wrong for Jose Mourinho’s side.