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.
In this week’s travel delayed Rant Cast, Ed & Paul look back on the League Cup Final (remember that?), celebrate United’s win, celebrate the wonder that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and speculate on what comes next.
Three appearances for Manchester United’s Argentinian No. 2 and three wins, with only one unlikely wondergoal conceded. Is the erstwhile World Cup finalist a contender for United’s No. 1 shirt?
No. Obviously not. Nevertheless, Ed & Paul look back over a week a half which featured three wins and progress in two competitions. There’s an interview with legendary illustrator Stanley Chow and a preview of the League Cup final with football writer and Southampton fan Alex Stewart.
Okay, we’ll level with you, neither Ed nor Paul mentioned Transfer Deadline Day once during the recording of this podcast. But they did mention United’s loss against Hull City, that nonetheless saw the Red Devils through to a Wembley final, and the joyous 4-0 demolition of Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.
Ed & Paul revel in another two United wins, worry a little about the impending doom facing both the World Cup and, well, the world in general, and preview the Liverpool game. There are a ton of listener questions, an argument about the merits of Matteo Darmian and an (almost) entirely positive conversation about Wayne Rooney. Whatever next?
In the last Rant Cast of 2016 Ed & Paul celebrate the fact that David Moyes manages someone else and that Manchester United beat his team 3-1. They wax lyrical about Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s majestic scorpion kick, Paul Pogba’s midfield performance and celebrate the fact that for now at least, United seem to be good again.
Another week, another pair of wins for José Mourinho’s all-conquering Red Army. Or something. Ed & Paul look back on victory against Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, and forward to Sunderland on Boxing Day, while shaking their heads slowly at the thought that anyone ever thought it was a good idea to give David Moyes the United job.
For the first time in a long time, Ed & Paul get to look back on two United wins. They run the rule over the Red Devils’ win over Zorya Luhansk in a very cold Odessa and over Tottenham Hotspur at an altogether more temperate Old Trafford. Things are looking a lot rosier than they have been of late, but can it last?
Manchester United continue to confuse. After a dazzling performance in the League Cup, much duller fare was served up at Goodison Park. Ed & Paul look back on another week of no one really knowing where José Mourinho’s side are at right now.
This week Ed and Paul look back on United’s thrilling 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and debate just how parked Jose’s bus was. They revel in the 4-1 (or was it 5-0?) win over Fenerbahce, glory in Robin’s return and look forward to MASSIVE games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
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