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Rant Cast 282 – shots fired

November 1, 2016 Tags: Rant Cast 1 comment
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José Mourinho’s side took 37 shots against Burnley at Old Trafford and failed to score. THIRTY SEVEN. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was responsible for a good chunk of them. Ed & Paul discuss the misfiring Swede and United’s failure to keep pace with rivals at the top of the Premier League after the disappointing home draw with the Clarets.

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Mourinho looks for momentum as Reds welcome Burnley

October 28, 2016 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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“The stadium was full of real support and it looks like the love people have for this club is bigger than bad results. We must give something back.” José Mourinho’s words were part of what seemed liked a humble apology in the wake of last weekend’s thrashing by Chelsea. In the end, his side secured a much-needed win over rivals Manchester City in the League Cup. Old Trafford offered its unwavering support, and Mourinho humbly bowed to supporters in seeking forgiveness.

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Three records, £200 million, one question: why hasn’t United got the best out of world-class talent

October 27, 2016 Tags: , , , Opinion 12 comments
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Paul Pogba’s tough start to life at Manchester United is reflective of the struggle the club has faced in turning record acquisitions into real success since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. In fact United has failed to extract the most from its last three record purchases: Pogba, Angel di Maria, and Juan Mata. While the players’ performances, attitude and commitment can sometimes be called into question, it also clear that the United has made precious few plans for what to do with the club’s shiny new toys.

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Mourinho must exorcise demons as Reds welcome City

October 26, 2016 Tags: , Matches 4 comments
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Watching Manchester United in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era is very much like Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray film of the 1990s in which the comedian is stuck in a loop, broken not even by death. There is a very definite cycle in the years since the Scot’s retirement, teetering between extreme optimism and crushing disappointment. It doesn’t seem like the trend will be broken any time soon.

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Mourinho returns to face Stamford Bridge friends and foes

October 22, 2016 Tags: , Matches 5 comments
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Fickleness and sentiment: two words tossed around aplenty in football. “Fans are fickle” is a favourite used by onlookers as a bizarre crutch to justify supporters’ sudden change of heart. Equally, pundits note that “there is no room for sentiment” in football. It’s an overused term that explains away the poor treatment of a formerly loved player or, perhaps, manager. José Mourinho might take note of both clichés on Sunday.

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Rant Cast 281 – Jose’s Brought His Bus

October 22, 2016 Tags: Rant Cast 2 comments
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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.

Patreon backers will also hear a 20 minute chat about the television programmes of Aaron Sorkin because that’s how we do.


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Idrissa Gueye the perfect man to partner Pogba?

October 21, 2016 Tags: , Opinion 2 comments
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N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba were two of the star midfielders  that dominated the transfer talk during the summer as records tumbled and serious cash was spent. Manchester United broke new ground with four shiny new acquisitions, including lavishing a world record sum on Pogba. Sometimes, though, clubs do not get what they need most. United might just have missed out on a bargain amid all the spending.

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Europa League hopes on the brink ahead of Fenerbahce visit

October 19, 2016 Tags: , Matches 6 comments
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No preview of a fixture against Fenerbahçe is complete without dutiful reference to a brace of pivotal games in Manchester United’s recent history. First, the Turkish side secured a famous victory at Old Trafford in October 1996, the first home loss by United in European competition, some 40 years after the Reds first took to continental football. Then, and certainly more memorable, came that début in 2004, when teenage sensation Wayne Rooney scored at hat-trick at Old Trafford in United’s 6-2 victory.

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