It has been 58 days since the final Rant Cast of the 2016/17 season. Two months in which Ed and Paul kicked back and enjoyed the beach in anticipation of an inevitable World War III. Yet, with the planet still in one piece, there must be another Rant Cast.
For the third of this summer’s Rant Cast specials, Paul gets Michael Cox of Zonal Marking on the line, to talk about his excellent new book The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nine. It was a really entertaining chat, highlighting just how much Manchester United, and Sir Alex Ferguson in particular, have dominated that particular story.
A couple of weeks ago, Paul sat down with Adam McKola of Full Time Devils to chat about his history with the club and his very specific job as the man who asks United fans what they think just after games. They talk the early days of United Rant, Beckham, Giggs and Andy Tate, accompanied by the sounds of Handsworth Park, where the interview was recorded.
We promised some stuff in your podcast feed during the summer, and never let it be said we do not deliver on our promises, except sometimes. Paul talks to Tom Coast of Sport Witness about the summer transfer rumours so far; what’s credible, what’s nonsense, and why Duncan Castles is reporting that Jose Mourinho is unhappy.
It has been three weeks in the making, but here it is – the final Rant Cast of the season. This week Ed & Paul look back on the past 10 months of football. The highs, the lows, the THREE trophies won. As always, there’s the much coveted (not at all coveted) RANT CAST AWARDS: Goal of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season, Defender of the Season, Midfielder of the Season, Attacker of the Season, and Player of the Season. New this season: Shithousery of the Season!
This week’s Rant Cast focuses on one thing: the Europa League final. Much like the team, Ed & Paul have been phoning in recent shows in order to ensure full fitness for this special length preview of Wednesday’s game. The pod also includes an interview with Dutch football pundit Michiel Jongsma.
In the fortnight since the last Rant Cast Jose Mourinho has executed on a seemingly long-held plan: to bet everything on Manchester United winning the Europa League, at the expense of domestic league success. Draws with Manchester and Swansea City, then defeat at Arsenal has all but ensured a fourth successive season outside the top three.
Manchester United scored victory over Anderlecht and Burnley to continue the push for silverware and Champions League qualification on two fronts. Those victories came at a heavy price, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo struck down by serious knee injuries. Good week or bad week? Ed & Paul discuss.
What a game, what an approach, what a result! José Mourinho’s ‘tactical masterclass’ in United’s defeat of Chelsea at Old Trafford was, perhaps, the manager’s finest performance as Old Trafford boss. Victory puts United back in the frame for Champions League qualification and buys Mourinho significant credit for the months ahead.