Well that didn’t last long. United may have beaten Leicester City on the opening day of the new season, but it was far from a convincing performance. And if supporters thought that was just a sluggish start, far worse was to come away to Brighton & Hove last weekend. After a dismissal pre-season and a very public row between Paul Pogba and the manager, some are questioning José Mourinho’s future at the club.
Well, it didn’t come home, but Gareth Southgate’s side surpassed expectations and made the national team likeable again. Instead, France become world champions for the second time. Rant Cast looks back on an eventful tournament.
England into the World Cup semi-final. ENGLAND INTO THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL. Not only has Gareth Southgate’s side surpassed expectations, but – whisper it – the national team might just be likeable again.
It has been good, hasn’t it, the World Cup? As the knockout stages get underway, the Rant Cast crew talk about all the fallout from some big name exits – Spain, Germany, Portugal, Argentina – and look forward to England’s game against Colombia in the Round of 16.
For the next month Rant Cast is parking any discussion of José Mourinho, the Premier League and domestic football. Instead, there’s the world’s biggest tournament to enjoy. One month, 32 teams, more than 60 games – and plenty of United interest.
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.