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Rant Cast 315 – United Still Good, International Breaks Still Bad

August 29, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast No comments
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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.

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Reds back in the Champions League: everything you need to know

August 27, 2017 Tags: , , , Opinion No comments
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It has been more than 18 months since Manchester United’s last fixture in the Champions League, a tame 3-2 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg that condemned Louis van Gaal’s prosaic side to a group stage exit. It marked the conclusion of another mediocre season in Europe’s premier competition, a pattern followed from 2011/12 until last year’s Europa League win. With the new campaign comes another shot at the big time, with last Thursday’s the Champions League draw offering up a group stage that most at Old Trafford will accept.

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Mourinho’s tale of two strikers as Reds welcome Leicester

August 26, 2017 Tags: , Opinion 3 comments
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The acquisition had long been flagged, even if the timing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s re-signing took many by surprise. Still months away from full fitness and courted by clubs in Europe and the United States, the Swede will return to the Manchester United squad as a back-up and not the main man. That much is reflected in Ibrahimovic’s new wage, which is less than half the amount that he earned last season. Yet, while the striker will not face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, his presence is already felt.

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Rant Cast 314 – 4-0? Standard.

August 21, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast 2 comments
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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

Rant Cast 313 – Big Rom Bags a Brace

August 15, 2017 Tags: Rant Cast 1 comment
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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

José’s Season of Redemption

August 14, 2017 Tags: Opinion 3 comments
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Addressing members of the press after Manchester United’s impressive 4-0 win against West Ham United, José Mourinho chose to be more Daedalus than Icarus when responding to questions about his side’s thumping win. If anyone knows about flying too close to the sun it is Mourinho after experiencing a rough departure at Real Madrid and, more painfully, a ruthless sacking during his second tenure at Chelsea.

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Mourinho demands goals as league campaign begins

August 13, 2017 Tags: , Matches 1 comment
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José Mourinho has called on his Manchester United squad to score more goals as the Reds seek to regain the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. United scored just 54 on the way to sixth place in the league last season. This term, Mourinho wants his team to score more by spreading the burden around, starting with Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford by West Ham United.

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Reds open campaign with Super Cup test

August 8, 2017 Tags: , , Opinion 4 comments
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It’s 77 days since José Mourinho’s Manchester United side lifted the Europa League in Stockholm. Thousands of Reds were suitably inebriated as goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured the only major trophy missing from the club’s hefty trophy cabinet. The prize was a place in this season’s Champions League – and a date with Real Madrid to contest the Super Cup in Skopje.

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Mourinho may not be ready to unleash United’s shackles

August 5, 2017 Tags: Opinion 7 comments
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There is some truth in a phrase attributed to Albert Einstein: that “we cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that we used to create them.” It is a quote to adorn a thousand memes. And yet, José Mourinho faces the same test in his thinking ahead of the new season. The club has acquired three new faces, but a change of approach is needed if Manchester United is to challenge for the title this season. Will Mourinho revert to the type of last season, where caution won out over endeavour, or change-up in the search for a first Premier League title in five years?

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