Rant Cast 139 – the official podcast sponsor of Manchester United is …

On this week’s packed show we review Manchester United’s victories over Liverpool in the Premier League and West Ham United in the FA Cup. On both occasions Sir Alex Ferguson’s side started brightly only for the momentum to tail off in the second half of the game.

We talk finance – in the week that United signs too more sponsors has the game taken rampant commercialism too far?

Meanwhile, the transfer window has brought a fresh round of speculation – Ronaldo’s contract, Nani’s future and Wilfred Zaha are all on the agenda.

Finally, we take some of your questions and talk about Pep Guardiola’s return to management with Bayern Munich.

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  1. Sidsidney says

    Aye, the boisterous working class has been priced out of the Prem for the most part, that’s oneof the reasons why the atmospheres are shocking in most games
    Ed, you should write that book on globailisation in football

  2. RobDiabloRobDiablo says

    I wonder what kind of football the old-timers could have produced on the pitches most matches are played on these days. I wonder if the football they played would have benefitted from sensible rule changes like not allowing the keeper to pick up the ball from a back pass, or not ruling offside just because any attacking player was behind the last defender. I wonder if they would have enjoyed playing with a ball that anyone could make swerve and dip, a ball that didn’t actually get heavier as it absorbed moisture from rain and wet pitches. The football played today would still be more attractive, of course, but that would be due mostly to the superior physical fitness of today’s players.

  3. Clive says

    Hmmm while you may have a valid point that the glazers are tarnishing united reputation with all this sponsorship, at the end of the day that is the way the world is. It’s all very well looking through those lovely rose tinted specs but the reality is plays like Rooney demand ridiculous sums of money to kick a ball around a pitch, so laying so much of the blame on the glazers is not that fair, everyone’s to blame

  4. marlon says

    Trouble is we’re the club setting precedents and records with our sponsorship deals. Sure, it’s inevitable. Doesn’t make it any less ugly.

  5. Alfonso BedoyaAlfonso Bedoya says

    Commenter said:
    Hmmm while you may have a valid point that the glazers are tarnishing united reputation with all this sponsorship, at the end of the day that is the way the world is. It’s all very well looking through those lovely rose tinted specs but the reality is plays like Rooney demand ridiculous sums of money to kick a ball around a pitch, so laying so much of the blame on the glazers is not that fair, everyone’s to blame

    No… I don’t blame the players… they’re not the ones setting the ticket prices, or Sky subscriptions.
    Behind every financial squeeze on Joe Public, there is a filthy rich cunt, who wants more and more… In every huge corporation, there is a pie… and that pie has to be divided into pieces… the simple logic is for the pie to be split fairly… it’s the cunt in charge of carving it up, who is never satisfied with his piece, and therefore demands a bigger pie to start with.
    Agents are parasites, but they know the score… if there is a billion quid being made in the game, then the majority of that should go to the players… that’s who we pay to see…
    Do you think for one second if the game introduced a wage cap on how much players could ask for, that ticket prices or Sky costs would freeze as well?

    “Badges, to god-damned hell with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabrón and ching’ tu madre! Come out from that shit-hole of yours. I have to speak to you.”

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