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127: From The Archives - Wayne Rooney - Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer
From The Archives - with Shaun and James from StrettyNews.com.Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's all-time leading scorer and the only player to have scored 250 goals for the Reds.He hung up his boots at the age of 35 and currently manages Derby County, so the lads take a look back to his time at Old Trafford after bursting onto the scene at Everton.We decided to focus on Rooney because he will undoubtedly go down in history as one of United's - and, indeed, English football's - greatest-ever forwards.Rooney has won everything he could have in a Manchester United shirt.Born in the Croxteth suburb of Liverpool, he grew up supporting Everton. It was evident from an extremely early age that he would never be far from a football. He excelled for Liverpool Schoolboys - scoring a record breaking 72 goals in the 1996-97 season, a record that stood until 2010. With performances of this magnitude, he would inevitably attract much attention."Remember the name - Wayne Rooney!"
126: Raphael Varane out for a few weeks
On the Strettycast this week, we discuss how the international break went for Manchester United after losing Raphael Varane to a groin injury for a few weeks. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has some big games coming up and neither Dale or Nards are confident about Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly forming a pairing at the back. Leicester City will be out to sniff blood but so will Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City in upcoming fixtures. Hopefully the players got the rest they needed during the break and are refreshed for a big domestic run.Voices: Dale O'Donnell and former Manchester United academy graduate Daniel Nardiello.
125: More questions after United's 2-1 win over Villarreal
Dale O'Donnell is joined by Shaun Connolly to look back on Manchester United's 2-1 win over Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League.The Reds didn't perform well and more questions are asked of the football we are seeing under Solskjaer, though the result on the night shouldn't be underestimated as Villarreal have long proved to be a tricky opponent.Diogo Dalot had a night to form but could more have been done, at least tactically, to support the under pressure Portuguese full-back?David de Gea had his best performance in years and the manager thought he was the best goalkeeper in the world (again) on Wednesday night.The next episode will be recorded after United take on Everton at the weekend.Get in touch with the show via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
124: Pressure is on
This is the Strettycast, a podcast dedicated to Manchester United, hosted by Dale O'Donnell who is joined by former academy graduate Daniel Nardiello.Another downbeat episode after a poor result losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa. One again, a team wearing Claret and Blue came to Old Trafford to pull off a smash-and-grab win. This time we dropped three points - not just a place in the Carabao Cup.The next visitors will be Villarreal and we all still have memories from that night in Gdansk. They don't play for draws but have drawn five of their first six matches in La Liga. While they would love to come and get a point, a draw wouldn't be enough for United after losing their first UEFA Champions League game of the season away to Young Boys. Enjoy the podcast!
123: From The Archives - Iconic Manchester United No 7s
From George Best and Willie Morgan to David Beckham and Cristiano, Shaun Connolly begins his From The Archives series for the Strettycast by looking back at the iconic number 7s to play for Manchester United. Author and lifelong Red, Pete Molyneux, recalls watching Best and gives us a lesson on how the number 7 became iconic at Old Trafford - players who would entertain the crowds.Buy Pete's book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ta-Ra-Fergie-Full-Banner/dp/0752457594/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1376656348&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=pete+molyneuxEmail the show at email@example.com
122: Carabao Cup exit
Manchester United have played West Ham twice since our last recording - winning 2-1 win in the Premier League and losing 1-0 in the Carabao Cup. This means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has managed 13 points from the first five league matches of the season, but they've also crashed out of the League Cup prematurely - and everyone knows the manager needs a trophy.Dale is joined by former academy graduate Daniel Nardiello to discuss the games and several performers. Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3 goals in 4 games at the weekend before Jesse Lingard and David de Gea took the headlines after a memorable trip to London, but it wasn't a night to remember at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Saturday's early kick-off will see United aiming to get back to winning ways and to stay within reach of first place in the Premier League table.Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho got a chance in the cup and both performed well - but hear what the lads had to say on the Strettycast.Get in touch with the podcast by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
121: Shock in Switzerland after Cristiano Ronaldo party
The atmosphere at Old Trafford was something else on Saturday for Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming, so Dale is joined by two guests to talk about the 4-1 win over Newcastle United and the drab 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys.Brian Murphy and Shaun Connolly give their thoughts immediately after the final whistle in Switzerland, and we’ll have a separate podcast later this week with Daniel Nardiello to get his usual insight as a former academy graduate at Manchester United.It went very wrong against Young Boys but, despite what you see across social media, nobody on this podcast is calling for the manager’s head. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a good job, but he needs to do a great job.Expectations are as high as they could be even after a hiccup in the Champions League – because that’s what we believe it is… rather than a repeat of last year’s campaign, when United crashed into the Europa League.Europa League Varane doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!Put your feet up or prepare for your commute either to work or home, and enjoy the latest ramblings on the Strettycast. The podcast can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Acast or Spotify.Finally, a special thank you for following the Strettycast.
120: Cristiano Ronaldo returns
A balanced but insightful chat between Dale O'Donnell, Daniel Nardiello and Jonathan Shrager after the summer transfer window shut.In this episode we discussed Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the club and expectations for the coming season after securing 7 points from the opening three matches of the Premier League season. The glaring issues that existed a week ago remain despite the arrival of Ronaldo, so Dale asks the lads whether the business done over the summer is enough to see United compete for the Premier League title. And Shrager makes a very valid point on that - about what people think when they say 'challenge'. Nards tells us what it was like being at United when Ronaldo first joined the club, as a skinny 18-year-old from Sporting Lisbon.Support Stretty News by subscribing to the podcast and our very own completely ad-free Stretty Newsletter: http://stretty.substack.com/welcome
119: Better call Saul and leave VdB on hold?
In this episode Nards, Shaun and I discuss the 1-1 draw against Southampton at the weekend. Was it a reality check? Even without our new marquee signings signing, the glaring issues won't be addressed until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the midfield he wants. We analyse the decision to shift Mason Greenwood out wide on the right to accommodate Anthony Martial, kneejerk reactions from social media, implications for Donny van de Beek if Saul Niguez joins before deadline day, Declan Rice's situation and Gary Neville's obsession with Harry Kane. Nards, as a former striker that came through the United academy, shows how all he can see is goals - like a true goalscorer. Support Stretty News and the Strettycast by subscribing to the podcast and our very own completely ad-free Stretty Newsletter: http://stretty.substack.com/welcome