Rant Cast 82 – Dimitar Berbatov, couldn’t get a game so played centre-half

In this week’s Rant Cast, regulars Ed and Paul discuss United’s victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford last weekend. Was Fernando Torres’ miss the worst ever and just how did it finished 3-1? We discuss United’s win at Leeds United in the Carling cup, including some unsavoury behaviour by both sets of fans. Finally, we look ahead to the weekend’s fixture at Stoke City, and the home match with FC Basel in the Champions League.

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This week’s exit theme tune is ‘Flowers of Manchester ‘ – The Spinners.

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  1. David McDonagh says

    I completely don’t agree with singing songs about disasters clubs have suffered like hillsborough, Munich, heysel (to juve fans), Istanbul but I can never understand it when Liverpool fans lump hillsborough and heysel in together when it’s totally different.
    Singing “we’ve won it three times without killing anyone” isn’t insulting to uve fans, it just reminds liverpool of what they did and how they got English teams banned from europe for five years.

    • Paul says

      I couldn’t agree less with that sentiment, but I know it’s a popular one. I find singing “without killing anyone” is profoundly disrespectful to both those who died there and to the vast majority of decent Liverpool fans who were horrified by the hooliganism which lead to those deaths.

      And at the very least it’s using a massive tragedy to score points against your rivals, which I think is a pretty morally bankrupt thing to do.

  2. Triggs says

    The ROM blog has consistenly peddled a similar theory to this first commenter and it is complete and utter bollocks. Prime example of cognitive dissonance.

  3. DeadRevel says

    It’s insulting to Juve fans because you are using the deaths of their fans as a way to wind up our rivals. It’s cheap and tasteless, even if what you are singing is factually accurate.

    As for the podcast, haven’t heard it yet but I hope you haven’t had a go at Ando for one off game…

  4. says

    I think this has been mentioned before, but there is some evidence than Ando and Fletch don’t really work as a two as they are too similar. Both are energetic midfielders with limited attacking/creative qualities. Cleverley and Fletcher is probably the best two, followed by adding Anderson and then Carrick. Away from home against decent sides we could possibly go 4-5-1 with Rooney up top.

  5. says

    Bill said:
    I think this has been mentioned before, but there is some evidence than Ando and Fletch don’t really work as a two as they are too similar. Both are energetic midfielders with limited attacking/creative qualities. Cleverley and Fletcher is probably the best two, followed by adding Anderson and then Carrick. Away from home against decent sides we could possibly go 4-5-1 with Rooney up top.

    One thing that Anderson is not is energetic – he is burnt out withing the first 20 mins rendering him in effective as he ambles between defence and attack looking for fairies and wondering when his next packet of monster munch will be – this puts pressure on fletcehr / carrick / cleverly – and also exposes Evra – furthermore, it forces Rooney to drop back into midfield.

    he doesn’t tackle, he doesn’t box to box, he doesn’t lead, he doesn’t shoot nor does he pass effectively and consistently for 90 mins. he is a totdal drag on the squad. the only reason he is in the team is because Taggart is too stubborn to admit that he has jacked 19m on what amounts to nothing more than a bench warmer at best. three + years of shit and same old wandering lost bumbling Anderson.

  6. icklem says

    I have to admit that I never heard the ‘Flowers of Manchester ‘ but now I checked it on Youtube. It is fantastic and I even cannot imagine why I never heard of it before. It is unbelievable that all happened 54 years ago. What a long time. Each year on the anniversary I am using a flower delivery Manchester http://www.serenataflowers.com/ and order a bouquet of flowers for all who died back then.

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