Rant Cast 327 – Hair today, gone tomorrow

January 9, 2018 Tags: Reads, The Pod 1 comment
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After an extended festive break Ed & Paul have five games to review, including a disappointing run of results in both league and cup before the turn of the year. That changed with United’s victory over Everton at Goodison Park and an FA Cup win against Derby County.

There are plenty of listener questions, a look ahead to United’s game against manager-less Stoke City next Monday, and a quick debate about Mourinho vs Conte, which has descended from accusations of “senility” to comments about match fixing and the Italian’s hairline. For backers, a look at the best United goal celebrations.

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Fusilli Jerry - January 9, 2018 Reply

Great to have Rant Cast back. Peculiar disparaging comment about Ancelotti though – was given zero fair opportunity at Bayern and suddenly he’s as much yesterday’s man as Van Gaal?

Surely the most profound signifier of an alarming lack of vision at United lies in the players we’re strongly linked with, versus those we’re only weakly linked with. Ozil, Bale, Rose – and the preference to retain Fellaini – would fatally reinforce, not fix, the chronic imbalance in our personnel as exhibited at Anfield and against Guardiola.

In these dark times for our people, with the 4 competitions within Abu Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund’s reach representing a potentially horrific denouement, the squad must be recast out of the shape of effing 4-2-3-1 – and into the light: into 4-3-3. The club must be able to withstand an injury to Pogba, a rest period for Matic, and continue to field a 3-man central midfield anyway, comprised of specialist central midfielders good enough to win the matches that decide titles.

No more number 10s to come in, Mkhitaryan to go obviously, and also I’m afraid the nicest man in football, if that wouldn’t unsettle De Gea too much. Wonderful wonderful Jesse Lingard to stay – but on the right of the front 3, amongst other options in that position.

Kroos, Milinkovic-Savic, and Fabinho – much more than Griezmann, much more than anyone – are the 3 acquisitions we need to stay safe of a Liverpool only a goalkeeper away from nuclear capability, and to catch and overtake the oil.

It’s the central midfield, stupid.

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