The season ended in disappointment; José Mourinho’s prosaic side going down to Chelsea at Wembley. Not that there hasn’t been plenty of that to go around over these past five long years. No FA Cup redemption to save a trophyless season.
So it is goodbye to the specialist in failure who signed off at Old Trafford with … another failure. This time it was close, with Arsenal’s youngsters giving a good account of themselves until Marouane Fellaini’s injury-time winner. How fitting victory should come in Fergie-time, with Sir Alex leading the pre-match ceremonies.
Another FA Cup semi-final, another victory as United cruised past Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend. The Reds won 2-1, but it seemed a lot easier than that. Could the season end on a high after all?
Well that was good, wasn’t it? After last week’s comeback victory over Manchester City at the Etihad, Jose Mourinho’s handed the Blues the Premier League title by losing to West Brom. The worst team in the league. At home. Again. It sucks and so did most of United’s players.
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.