Another challenging week José Mourinho’s side: a crushing defeat at Newcastle followed by victory over Huddersfield in the cup. Defeat in the north east drags United further into a five-way race for Champions League qualification, although a place in the FA Cup quarter-final comes with a favourable home draw.
From a sound beating at Wembley to a safe victory at Old Trafford, it has been a mixed past week for Jose Mourinho’s side. Ed & Paul look back on defeat to Tottenham in north London and ask, “was that the worst defeat under Mourinho?” United gained some redemption with a solid, if not wholly impressive, win over Huddersfield in Manchester.
Under Hush Park’s Friday night lights Alexis Sanchez made his Manchester United debut and the Reds won comfortably to progress in the FA Cup. In this week’s pod, Ed & Paul look back on a a productive night at Yeovil, and forward to games against Spurs at Wembley and Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
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.
Two wins in a week following last weekend’s derby-day defeat, yet neither quite got Jose Mourinho’s side back on track. With the Premier League title race all but over, United’s victories over Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion felt as flat as the Reds’ performance.
This pod would have been a lot more fun had Ed & Paul known about José Mourinho’s Manchester City dressing room incursion and the subsequent 20-man brawl. As it is, there’s a downbeat tone after the Blues comfortably beat United at Old Trafford. It leaves an 11-point gap at the top of the Premier League and the title probably heading towards the Etihad.
Well, that’s better. The narrative surrounding José Mourinho’s side had become a little negative, not least because of United’s defeat at Stamford Bridge last month. Two resounding victories at Watford and then Arsenal have changed all that.
It has been a busy fortnight since the last Rant Cast. José Mourinho’s side lost at Stamford Bridge – again – the manager criticised the fans – again – and everybody was bored by the international break – again.