Wait, what?! Two episodes of Rant Cast delivered in successive weeks! What witchcraft must this be? After last week’s “worst episode ever” Ed & Paul take on a more joyous tone in light of United’s extraordinary Derby comeback victory over City at the Etihad.
It’s been a long time coming but Rant Cast is finally back on air. Having recovered from a bout of suspicious poisoning that kept him on the sidelines for a month, Paul is ready to take on the challenge of not laughing at Ed’s bad jokes or responding to the many hot takes. Paul has much praise for the glorious leader Vladimir Putin.
A creditable 0-0 draw away in Seville and a triumphant 2-1 win over Champions League place rivals Chelsea? Well, those are the bare facts, but Ed and Paul look back on the good, the bad and the mostly very indifferent in those two games. There are plenty of listener questions as per (now that Ed has set up an autotweet to ask for them) and a preview of Crystal Palace and the big game in a couple of weeks against Liverpool.
Another challenging week José Mourinho’s side: a crushing defeat at Newcastle followed by victory over Huddersfield in the cup. Defeat in the north east drags United further into a five-way race for Champions League qualification, although a place in the FA Cup quarter-final comes with a favourable home draw.
From a sound beating at Wembley to a safe victory at Old Trafford, it has been a mixed past week for Jose Mourinho’s side. Ed & Paul look back on defeat to Tottenham in north London and ask, “was that the worst defeat under Mourinho?” United gained some redemption with a solid, if not wholly impressive, win over Huddersfield in Manchester.
Under Hush Park’s Friday night lights Alexis Sanchez made his Manchester United debut and the Reds won comfortably to progress in the FA Cup. In this week’s pod, Ed & Paul look back on a a productive night at Yeovil, and forward to games against Spurs at Wembley and Huddersfield at Old Trafford.
After an extended festive break Ed & Paul have five games to review, including a disappointing run of results in both league and cup before the turn of the year. That changed with United’s victory over Everton at Goodison Park and an FA Cup win against Derby County.
Two wins in a week following last weekend’s derby-day defeat, yet neither quite got Jose Mourinho’s side back on track. With the Premier League title race all but over, United’s victories over Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion felt as flat as the Reds’ performance.