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.
The last time Manchester United faced Saint-Etienne the Red Army had a penchant for smashing up European cities and the Cup Winners Cup was still a thing. The glory days, the 1970s. Time has moved on and although Reds will behave far better at Old Trafford on Thursday and in France next week, the club is still participating in second rate European tournaments. Plus ça change
Victory over Leicester City. That makes United the defacto champions, right? The Reds were back to winning ways with a comfortable win at the King Power Stadium, but it came just days after another disappointing home draw, this time against Hull City.
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.
In this week’s pod Ed & Paul look back on United’s draw with Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium. Despite dominating the game, the Reds needed a dramatic late equaliser for the second game in succession. Where now for José Mourinho’s side?
In this week’s pod Ed & Paul look back on a dramatic, entertaining, if low-quality match against the old enemy Liverpool. The Reds’ winning run came to an end during a score draw at Old Trafford, but did José Mourinho’s side deserve more than that?
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?
It’s 2017. New year, same old story: United just keep on winning. In the past week José Mourinho’s side beat Middlesbrough at Old Trafford with a comeback of Fergusonian proportions, and gained a somewhat fortunate victory at the Olympic Stadium over West Ham United. That’s seven on the trot for one of the country’s most in-form teams.
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.