It’s 2017. New year, same old story: United just keep on winning. In the past week José Mourinho’s side beat Middlesbrough at Old Trafford with a comeback of Fergusonian proportions, and gained a somewhat fortunate victory at the Olympic Stadium over West Ham United. That’s seven on the trot for one of the country’s most in-form teams.
In the last Rant Cast of 2016 Ed & Paul celebrate the fact that David Moyes manages someone else and that Manchester United beat his team 3-1. They wax lyrical about Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s majestic scorpion kick, Paul Pogba’s midfield performance and celebrate the fact that for now at least, United seem to be good again.
For the first time in a long time, Ed & Paul get to look back on two United wins. They run the rule over the Red Devils’ win over Zorya Luhansk in a very cold Odessa and over Tottenham Hotspur at an altogether more temperate Old Trafford. Things are looking a lot rosier than they have been of late, but can it last?
Manchester United continue to confuse. After a dazzling performance in the League Cup, much duller fare was served up at Goodison Park. Ed & Paul look back on another week of no one really knowing where José Mourinho’s side are at right now.
What to make of Manchester United? Handsome victory over Feyenoord in the Europa League followed by yet another deeply frustrating home draw with West Ham in the Premier League. The domestic result leaves United 11 points behind the league leaders, with qualification for next season’s Champions League all but a rapidly fading dream.
Another game, another solid home performance in the Premier League, another draw. It’s becoming a pattern. José Mourinho’s side performed well against Arsenal at the weekend, but a failure to take chances and the Gunners‘ late goal means that the Reds have dropped six points in the past three home league games.
It’s international week so very little football of consequence is going on. In other news José Mourinho eviscerated two of his players while planning the sale of, perhaps, half-a-dozen others. Good work. Oh, and there’s a game against Arsenal at the weekend!
Was José Mourinho’s side much better or Swansea City the worst team Manchester United has faced this season? Either way the Reds gained three absolutely vital points in Wales, Zlatan Ibrahimovic two goals and Paul Pogba a worldie strike. For once, supporters went home happy!
José Mourinho’s side took 37 shots against Burnley at Old Trafford and failed to score. THIRTY SEVEN. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was responsible for a good chunk of them. Ed & Paul discuss the misfiring Swede and United’s failure to keep pace with rivals at the top of the Premier League after the disappointing home draw with the Clarets.
This week Ed and Paul look back on United’s thrilling 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and debate just how parked Jose’s bus was. They revel in the 4-1 (or was it 5-0?) win over Fenerbahce, glory in Robin’s return and look forward to MASSIVE games against Chelsea and Manchester City.
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