Manchester United Weekly Podcast


S8 E3: Season preview, pt.2

Season 8, Ep. 3

In Part Two of the Manchester United Weekly Podcast’s season preview, hosts Harry Robinson and Jack Tait first reflect on a magical Wembley night for England’s Lionesses. United’s Ella Toone scored a stunning goal in 2-1 European Championship final victory over Germany. Alessia Russo and Mary Earps also made key contributions.

We review a double game weekend as United took on Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in Oslo and Manchester respectively. We’ll talk about the performances of new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen, an exciting display from Alejandro Garnacho. We’ll talk about Cristiano Ronaldo, about Erik ten Hag’s use of the full-backs, about how the defensive structure has altered so far. And we’ll talk about United’s first game of the season, against Brighton, at Old Trafford, Sunday 7 August at 2pm UK time.

In our bonus Patreon Q&A - included in the normal show this week as a taster - we discuss Frenkie de Jong's potential transfer in more detail and consider a fascinating question on Sarina Weigman v Gareth Southgate.


00:00 Patreon notice

00:45 Introduction

01:30 England Lionesses - European champions!

12:30 United v Rayo Vallecano - Garnacho’s exciting display

16:20 Eriksen v Van de Beek

18:30 Playing out from the back v Atleti

23:15 Inverted full-backs

25:10 Attacking full-backs with Ten Hag

27:00 Lack of squad depth

29:00 What to do with Ronaldo?

32:15 Quick-fire questions (league winners, where will United finish, who will be top goalscorer, will United win a trophy etc.)

34:00 United at SuperCupNI (formerly known as the Milk Cup)

34:40 Excitement for the new season

38:00 FPL details

38:30 Outro

Bonus Q&A

40:50 Frenkie de Jong

49:00 “Is the difference between Sarina Wiegman and Southgate that Wiegman sets her team up to maximize its strengths while Southgate doesn’t? Both have a wealth of attacking talent but only Wiegman seems to try to use it to win games as opposed to not losing them.”

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S8 E12: Moldova and Patreon mailbag

Season 8, Ep. 12
With two Premier League postponements for Manchester United's game, hosts Harry Robinson and Jack Take the opportunity to answer questions from the show's patrons.Before diving into some fascinating subjects, Harry talks about his time in Chisinau, Moldova with a bit of reaction to the unspectacular but important win over FC Sheriff at the Zimbru Stadium. There are details of Moldovan ultras, a Napoli-supporting hostel owner, a massive wine cellar and loads more.To see which questions we're answering, and head straight to the ones you're most interested in, check out the timestamps below.TIMESTAMPS00:00 Introduction01:00 Jadon Sancho’s good finish and other quick takeaways03:20 Lisandro Martinez’s AR-GEN-TINA chant and the background to his surprise about it07:30 Harry’s experience in Moldova: The food, culture, history, language, the people, the wine, its relationship with Russia and the EU, what the stadium was like and the atmosphere, and plenty more!18:00 Patreon mailbag18:05 Korey Lennox: “Not sure if you’ve recorded yet or not. But, if you haven’t, would you mind talking about when and why you fell in love with United? I grew up in Virginia just outside of Washington DC. I’m 31, so when I was growing up, I remember seeing King Eric and his popped collar when I was 5 or 6 years old. That was it for me. I thought it was the coolest thing and I never looked back.”28:30 United Women’s opening WSL game of the season: 4-0 win over Reading - and how does WSL grow without getting the bad parts of the Premier League?35:20 The big question of the episode, from Patreon, Dio Turner: “Marcus Rashford is playing well but I miss the days when he'd frequently dribble past defenders. Now he seems less likely to try to dribble past defenders or he'll get dispossessed if he tries. What do you two think happened to his slalom runs through defences?”51:40 Youth and loan round-up (U21s, U18s, Matej Kovar and Ethan Laird)53:30 Patron questions - Ethan: “Haven’t got anything huge to ask, which I suppose is a good sign as the squad seems pretty settled at the minute, did just wanna ask about De Gea retaining his place on Thursday, any theories as to why that could be? Would be slightly confused if he starts again against Sheriff considering we’ve just loaned in a very capable deputy.”55:10 Korey Lennox: “I’m back again 🤣 Thoughts/feelings that Greenwood might return to the squad? Not sure how to feel about it.”56:30 Ted Popham: “With all the VAR issues, especially the clear and obvious debate. Do you think a 3 appeals per half system like American football or a rugby specific conversation with ref and video ref (i.e is there any reason I can/cannot award the try) would work better? Or a different method?”1:09:50 Outro and information on signing up to be a Patron!