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Red Couch Mancs

Red Couch Mancs

By Vivek Jacob, Karl Mascarenhas
Red Couch Mancs is a Manchester United reaction podcast. From post-match analysis to transfer reactions, hosts Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas keep you up to date on the latest from the red side of Manchester.
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E67: Man Utd 2021-22 Season Preview & Predictions
The time has come for Manchester United to take the next step in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. Vivek and Karl look ahead to bigger expectations with the new recruits in place and who the best players at each position could be. The episode was recorded on Sunday, Aug. 8 and hence the uncertainty over Lionel Messi's PSG transfer as well as the belief that Edinson Cavani would be fit and ready. Finally, there is a bittersweet announcement to close off. Karl and Vivek are so grateful to everyone who's joined us on this journey as we figured out how to run our own podcast and what would make for appealing content while being true to ourselves. Thank you so much for listening to Red Couch Mancs, Glory Glory!
August 11, 2021
E66: Defenders review, Varane signing, Olympic round up
Vivek and Karl finally review United's defenders as we have big news to bring you with the signing of Rafael Varane, pending a medical. We breakdown: - Impact and chain reaction of the signing of Varane - Potential loan deals - Marcus Rashford shoulder surgery and the knock on effect - Olympic football round up
August 03, 2021
E65: United's friendly vs Derby, Title chances, Olympic round up
Karl and Vivek push their defenders review by one more week in the hopes that we have some great news to share regarding Varane. In the mean time, Karl and Vivek discuss: - United friendly against Derby and how the youngsters fared  - Are United closer to a title with Sancho? - Should we believe the Pogba rumours?  - Potential change in fifa rules - Olympic round up
July 23, 2021
E64: Euro 2020 Final review, Rashford surgery, shootout strategy
Euro 2020 is in the books and it was a special tournament to look back on. Vivek and Karl debate: - Why did England lose the plot in the second half? - Shootout strategy - Disgusting racism against Rashford, Sancho, Saka - Rashford surgery impact - Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament
July 15, 2021
E63: Midfielder review, transfer rumours, Euro 2020 Finals preview
Karl and Vivek breakdown United's midfield, a topic that has polarized fans throughout the season. What does Utd need to do in the transfer market to address any midfield concerns that will take them to the next level. Other topics include: - Fred, Scott, Pogba, Bruno, DVB performance breakdown - What improvements can players make in the offseason - Where is DVB's best position? - Euro finals preview
July 08, 2021
E62: Sancho to United! Forwards review, Euro 2020 R16 review
In this episode, Karl and Vivek revel in the long overdue completion of the Jadon Sancho transfer, examine his fit in United's forward line, then review the season that was for the forwards. Euro 2020 included as well. - How much does Sancho help the right-sided attack? - Is Martial in a United jersey to start 2021-22? - Setting expectations for Greenwood behind both Sancho and Cavani - How Rashford can take the next step and Cavani can lead the line - Magic Monday the best in Euro Cup history?
July 01, 2021
E61: Goalkeeping performance review, transfer rumours, Euro 2020
We take a look at the performance of both goalkeepers and who will be the number for United next season.  Vivek in typical fashion, breaks it down with the stats throughout the season to give you an in depth view of where each keeper excelled. Other topics include: - Bruno vs. Pogba - Maguire back - Rumour mill: Sergio Ramos / Pau Torres / Raphael Varane / Harry Kane / Paul Pogba - What went wrong with Memphis? What went wrong with Lukaku? Thanks for listening! Remember to follow @redcouchmancs on Twitter and Instagram :)
June 24, 2021
E60: Solskjaer performance review, transfer rumours, Euro 2020
Vivek and Karl are back to begin their 2020-21 season performance reviews beginning with the Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Did he have a successful season? What defines success next season? Where does he need to improve? Other topics include: - Joel Glazer x Fan Forum - Cantona Collar, Beckham Boot final tallies - Sancho, Trippier transfer talk - Which United player NEEDS a Euro 2020 to remember? - Who will be the best United players at Euro 2020? Thanks for listening! Remember to follow @redcouchmancs on Twitter and Instagram :)
June 10, 2021
E59: Man Utd 1 - 1 Villareal a.e.t (10-11 p.k.) UEL Final
Manchester United end another season trophy-less as Villareal pull off the upset with an astounding penalty shootout win that saw 21 out of 22 players score. It came down to a battle of the two goalkeepers' scoring abilities and David de Gea was the one to blink. Karl and Vivek discuss: - Conceding off yet another set piece - Where were Bruno, Pogba, and Rashford? - No subs for 98 minutes, then 5 in 22 minutes - Pau Torres' near-perfect audition - How should OGS be assessed next season? Cantona Collar: Scott McTominay. Beckham Boot: Marcus Rashford. Noisy Neighbour: Pau Torres.
May 27, 2021
E58: Wolves 1 - 2 Man Utd EPL Match 38
Man United end the season undefeated away from home, only the second time that has been done in EPL history. With not much else to play for Karl and Vivek discuss: - Top scorers for a single club - Donny van de Beek still lackluster  - Juan Mata deserves the winning goal - Europa league final preview Cantona Collar: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Beckham Boot: Glazers. Noisy Neighbour: Sergio Aguero
May 24, 2021
E57: Man Utd 1 - 1 Fulham EPL Match 37
Man United's point along with Chelsea defeating Leicester City ensures a second place finish for the season, one better than last year. Karl and Vivek discuss: - El Matador special, Kane who? - De Gea shows off reflexes, does Henderson have an elite ceiling? - Suspect back line - EPL Match 38 @ Wolves preview Cantona Collar: Edinson Cavani. Beckham Boot: Victor Lindelof. Noisy Neighbour: Tosin Adarabioyo.
May 19, 2021
E56: Man Utd 2 - 4 Liverpool EPL Match 36
Manchester United had a chance to severely dent their arch rivals UCL hopes and they were off to a great start, however mistakes led to their undoing, losing 4-2 in the process. Harry Maguire was sorely missed and Utd are desperate to get him back for the Europa league final. Vivek was busy with his day job today so we had Michael Singh on the show to break it down.  - Set pieces were United's undoing yet again - Marcus Rashford loves playing in these big fixtures - United focus should be clinching second place against Fulham - Can Dean Henderson cope with the pressure?  Cantona Collar: Marcus Rashford. Beckham Boot: Dean Henderson. Noisy Neighbour: Trent Alexander Arnold.
May 14, 2021
E55: Man Utd 1 Leicester City 2 EPL Match 35
Manchester United's valiant title charge finally comes to an end and Man City finally claim their title after having the bubbly on ice for over a week. Due to the fixture congestion, Man Utd made 10 changes to their team from the weekend, giving quite a few youngsters a shot. That resulted in many playing with each other for the first time and the lack of team chemistry showed, eventually succumbing to a 2-1 loss.  - Greenwood coming into his own - Amad Diallo has a bright future - United have depth issues - How do we catch City? Cantona Collar: Mason Greenwood. Beckham Boot: Brandon Williams. Noisy Neighbour: Wilfred Ndidi
May 12, 2021
E54: Aston Villa 1 Man Utd 3 EPL Match 34
Man United picked up a record-equaling 10th comeback league victory of the season away to Aston Villa to take one more step towards wrapping up second place and delaying City's celebrations for another day. Karl and Vivek discuss: - Pogba leading the charge early - Traore wonder goal puts United on their heels - Greenwood and Cavani show off class - What is Martial's outlook? - EPL Match 35 vs. Leicester preview Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Victor Lindelof. Noisy Neighbour: John McGinn.
May 09, 2021
E53: Roma 3 Man Utd 2 UEL SF 2nd Leg
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer breaks his semifinal jinx and Manchester United are through to the Europa League final! Special guest Peter Galindo (@GalindoPW) joins the show to discuss with Vivek: - Very strong starting lineup - Cavani doesn't get enough credit - Vintage Dave saves - Mourinho to Roma - Man Utd vs. Villareal final preview Cantona Collar: David de Gea. Beckham Boot: Alex Telles. Noisy Neighbour: Bryan Cristante.
May 07, 2021
E52: Man Utd 6 Roma 2 UEL SF 1st Leg
Special guest Michael Singh (@MichaelSingh94) joins Vivek and fills in for Karl to discuss United's magnificent second half performance that puts them on the verge of the Europa League final. - Rashford vs. Greenwood on the right wing - Pogba handball to concede penalty - Lindelof poor in United conceding 2nd goal - Cavani provides the full El Matador experience - Liverpool EPL Match 34 preview Cantona Collar: Edinson Cavani. Beckham Boot: Chris Smalling. Noisy Neighbour: Lorenzo Pellegrini.
April 30, 2021
E51: Leeds Utd 0 Man Utd 0 EPL Match 33
Manchester United and Leeds United played out a surprisingly boring 0-0 draw and Michael Maynard of Toronto Maple Leeds (@MapleLeeds on Twitter) joined Vivek and Karl to break it all down. - Impact of Super League on those outside Top 6 - Kalvin Phillips vs. Bruno Fernandes - Luke Shaw handball? - Scrappy moments - Roma UEL SF preview Cantona Collar: Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Noisy Neighbour: Kalvin Phillips. Beckham Boot: Glazer family.
April 26, 2021
E50: European Super League Out, Woodward Out
Vivek and Karl celebrate their 50th episode with a bang, breaking down the rise and fall of the European super league (ESL). This conversation transcended the football world, making its way into everyday conversation. Ultimately, the ESL lasted a total of 72 hours and as a result there were several casualties including Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward, something the United fans have been gunning for ever since he started way back in 2013. We breakdown: - Timeline of events starting with the announcement on April 18th - Why this was such a big deal in the first place - What lessons can we learn from this - How do we use this fan power to make further changes in the game
April 22, 2021
E49: Man Utd 3 Burnley 1 EPL Match 32
Manchester United with a 3-1 victory over Burnley, it was tight in the second half when it was tied 1-1 but a couple of late goals sealed the victory. Vivek and Karl breakdown what Utd need to do to finish the season on a good note including: - Finishing in the top 3 - What positions should be prioritized in the transfer market - Marcus Rashford with some sublime skill and Mason's goal glut - Leeds United preview Cantona Collar: Mason Greenwood. Beckham Boot: Dean Henderson. Noisy Neighbour: Chris Wood.
April 19, 2021
E48: Man Utd 2 Granada 0 UEL QF 2nd Leg
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are through to another cup semifinal after taking care of business against Granada. Edinson Cavani wrapped up the tie with an early goal and Alex Telles impressed after an extended absence. Vivek and Karl discuss: - Surprisingly strong starting XI - Cavani shows his value - Haaland vs. Kane - Solskjaer comments regarding Son - EPL Match 32 preview vs. Burnley Cantona Collar: Alex Telles. Beckham Boot: Jesus Vallejo. Noisy Neighbour: Yangel Herrera.
April 16, 2021
E47: Tottenham 1 Man Utd 3 EPL Match 31
Friend of the show and devoted Spurs fan Zaman Alli joins Karl and Vivek to break down another away comeback win by United. - Henderson start makes clear he is now No. 1 - Bruno vs. Hojbjerg matchup - United's disallowed goal, VAR, Son drama - Pogba dictates another pivotal match - Granada UEL QF 2nd leg preview Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Jose Mourinho. Noisy Neighbour: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
April 12, 2021
E46: Granada 0 Man Utd 2 UEL QF 1st Leg
Manchester United get an important 2-0 victory away from home and in the process have one foot in the semi finals. They will be concerned that 3 of their players are suspended for the return leg in Shaw, Maguire and McTominay. Overall it was a game with few incidents and Ole might prefer that given what he has seen lately with the comeback victories. Vivek and Michael Singh breakdown: - Has Henderson and David De Gea switched roles? - Who is the best finisher at the club? - Victory against spurs all but seals a UCL spot Cantona Collar: Victor Lindelof. Beckham Boot: Rui Silva. Noisy Neighbor: Yangel Herrera.
April 09, 2021
E45: Man Utd 2 Brighton Hove Albion 1 EPL Match 30
United channel some of their away form at Old Trafford, coming from behind to take the 3 points with a 2-1 victory. Vivek Jacob was on a well deserved Easter break and in his place we had a guest in Bharat Khanna, a lifelong united fan and long time friend and listener of the show. With this victory, United open up a bit of a gap in second spot with some of their rivals losing: - Rashford with an exquisite finish - Bruno turns it on in the second half - Has Henderson replaced DDG? - How will United account for the loss of Martial - Granada preview Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandez. Beckham Boot: Edinson Cavani. Noisy Neighbour: Yves Bissouma
April 05, 2021
E44: Leicester City 3 Man Utd 1 FA Cup QF
The fixture pileup finally caught up with United as they crashed out of the FA Cup with defeat to Leicester City. Special guest Peter Galindo -- soccer writer at Sportsnet and host of Northern Futbol (a podcast covering Canadian soccer) -- joined the show to break it all down. A theme throughout the game was Manchester United sloppy in possession especially from their CDM's, resulting in 3 mistakes and 3 goals being conceded. United now go into the international break with a lot to ponder with their only hope of a trophy being the Europa League.  - Fred and Matic too careless with the ball - Wrong approach for final match before international break - Ole missed a trick not playing Bruno and Paul Pogba together - Surprised that AWB did not make the England squad Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Nemanja Matic. Noisy Neighbour: Wilfred Ndidi
March 22, 2021
E43: AC Milan 0 Man Utd 1 UEL R16 2nd Leg
Die-hard AC Milan fan as well as senior NBA writer and co-host of the Pound the Rock podcast Joseph Casciaro (@josephcasciaro on Twitter) joins Vivek and Karl to break down United's 1-0 win over Milan that came courtesy a super-sub performance from Paul Pogba. - Importance of the No. 6 role in a 4-2-3-1 formation - First half being giveaway central - Pogba's game-changing substitution at halftime - Henderson's strong response to his first leg error - Leicester City FA Cup quarter-final preview Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Samu Castillejo. Noisy Neighbour: Gianluigi Donnarumma. Thank you for listening and please don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!
March 19, 2021
E42: Man Utd 1 West Ham 0 EPL Match 29
United faced a hardworking, plucky West Ham side that is in with a shout of Champions League football. Everyone knew that West Ham would be hard to breakdown and it would be a game with few goals. United took some time to figure things out but they grew into the game. Ultimately getting a goal from a set piece and lock up 3 valuable points: - Rashford misses a guilt edged header - Fabianski kept his team in it - Maguire was immense  - Mason Greenwood was looking the part and unlucky not to get a goal - AC Milan preview Cantona Collar: Mason Greenwood. Beckham Boot: Marcus Rashford. Noisy Neighbour: Fabianski
March 15, 2021
E41: Man Utd 1 AC Milan 1 UEL R16 1st Leg
A bad last-minute error from Dean Henderson costs Manchester United what would have been an undeserved first leg victory. AC Milan were the better side in each half and it was a moment of magic from Bruno Fernandes and Amad Diallo that gave United the lead. Michael Singh steps in for Karl Mascarenhas to discuss with Vivek: - Another poor United start - Maguire's shocking miss - Bruno and Diallo magic - Henderson should be careful what he wishes for - West Ham preview Cantona Collar: Alex Telles. Beckham Boot: Nemanja Matic. Noisy Neighbour: Fikayo Tomori.
March 11, 2021
E40: Man City 0 Man Utd 2 EPL Match 28
United come out of the blocks like a house on fire, with a quick fire press resulting in a very early penalty. That set the tone with a lot of swagger throughout the game. City had their moments but all in all it was a pretty impressive performance on the back of some very drab 0-0 draws.  - Cavani out injured once again - Dean Henderson with an assured performance - Martial finally stepped to make his presence felt - Luke Shaw can be an attacking force with finishes like that - AC Milan Match preview in the Europa League Cantona Collar: Luke Shaw/Martial. Beckham Boot: Pep. Noisy Neighbour: Riyad Mahrez Thanks for listening, feel free to recommend, and don't forget to subscribe, rate, review!
March 08, 2021
E39: Crystal Palace 0 Man Utd 0 EPL Match 27
Unfortunately, another drab performance from a Utd side that seems to be in a bit of a lull. Ole had one eye on the City fixture, and with a lack of options on the bench, United meandered to a 0-0 draw with only 1 shot on target. - Cavani back in the starting lineup - Dean Henderson potentially has a bit of a run in the side  - No creativity in the side - Rashford not at the races - Man City EPL Match 28 preview Cantona Collar: Dean Henderson. Beckham Boot: Marcus Rashford. Noisy Neighbour: Joel Ward Thanks for listening, feel free to recommend, and don't forget to subscribe, rate, review!
March 04, 2021
E38: Chelsea 0 Man Utd 0 EPL Match 26
Karl and Vivek let off some steam after watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer show this is a side more keen on maintaining a Top 4 spot than putting up any kind of a title fight. Yet again, United play a Top 6 side and let paint dry for 90 minutes. - Chelsea having the better chances - Referee decision on potential handball penalty against Callum Hudson-Odoi - Greenwood as a central striker - Why Lindelof over Bailly again? - Crystal Palace EPL Match 27 preview Cantona Collar: Daniel James. Beckham Boot: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Noisy Neighbour: N'Golo Kante Thanks for listening, feel free to recommend, and don't forget to subscribe, rate, review!
March 01, 2021
E37: Man Utd 0 Real Sociedad 0 UEL R32 2nd Leg
Special guest journalist Emily Wilson (One Football, CBC Sports, MARCA, Managing Madrid) joins Karl and Vivek to discuss the biggest talking points of the Round of 32 second leg fixture that saw Manchester United advance past Real Sociedad to the next stage. - Sociedad looking the better side in the second leg - Why United struggled to cope? - Diallo and Shoretire getting playing time - Tuanzebe robbed of his first goal? - Chelsea EPL match preview Cantona Collar: Eric Bailly. Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Noisy Neighbour: Modibo Sagnan. Follow Emily Wilson on Twitter @wilson_emt Follow Red Couch Mances on both Twitter and Instagram @redcouchmancs and subscribe, rate, review!
February 26, 2021
E36: Man Utd 3 Newcastle 1 EPL Match 25
After a slow start, the game sprung into life with a moment of magic from Marcus Rashford and a neat finish from Saint Maximin, halftime brought renewed vigor and intensity from Man United who took the lead through Dan James and United never looked back scoring another in the process and putting the game to bed. Lots was discussed including: - De Gea's positioning - Dan James finishing - Martial confidence - Real Sociedad preview Cantona Collar: Marcus Rashford. Beckham Boot: Fred. Noisy Neighbour: Saint Maximin Subscribe, rate, review!
February 22, 2021
E35: Real Sociedad 0 Man Utd 4 UEL R32 1st Leg
Real Sociedad played right into Manchester United's hands with a high press and high line that allowed the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford to run rampant. Karl Mascarenhas was away for today but Waking the Red's Managing Editor Michael Singh joined Vivek to look at: - Rashford's finishing - Bruno instrumental - Maguire commanding the back - James making a good impression - Newcastle United preview Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: Imanol Alguacil. Noisy Neighbour: Mikel Merino Subscribe, rate, review!
February 18, 2021
E34: West Bromwich Albion 1 Man Utd 1 EPL Match 24
United need to bridge the gap after Man City extended their lead and Leicester pick up 3 points against Liverpool. Facing a WBA who are in desperate need of 3 points to have any hope of staving off relegation. We discuss the performance on the pitch as well as team selection and what Ole could have done differently.  Cantona Collar: Luke Shaw. Beckham Boot: Victor Lindelöf. Noisy Neighbour: Ajayi.
February 15, 2021
E33: Man Utd 1 West Ham 0 FA Cup 5th round
Manchester United are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals, getting the goal they needed from Scott McTominay in the seventh minute of extra time after 90 minutes went goalless. Karl and Vivek discuss: - Van de Beek royal disappointment in No. 10 role - Telles filling in well for Shaw - Do United have a creativity or clinical problem without Bruno? - Henderson growing impatient behind De Gea - EPL Match 24 @WBA preview Cantona Collar: Mason Greenwood. Beckham Boot: Donny van de Beek. Noisy Neighbour: Craig Dawson.
February 10, 2021
E32: Man Utd 3 Everton 3 EPL Match 23
A kick in teeth. That's the mood after Man United conceded a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal with the last kick of the game that gave Everton a share of the spoils. In this episode, Vivek and Karl look back on the Paul Pogba injury that changed the flow of the match, David De Gea's errors, and Axel Tuanzebe's inexplicable foul that led to the last minute dejection. Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: David De Gea. Noisy Neighbour: Lucas Digne.
February 07, 2021
E31: Man Utd 9 Southampton 0 EPL Match 22
United are in 9th heaven with an emphatic 3 points that puts the pressure back on Man City as they narrow the goal difference. Standout performances from their full backs, Luke Shaw and AWB, as well as all round performances from their attacking players were a joy to behold. This episode delves into some of the reasons as to why United were so good and also analyses some of the moves Ole made at half-time. Once again, VAR was a talking point except this time it was in United's favour. On a side note, Marcus Rashford's goal has taken him past the great Eric Cantona, which is no small feat given his tender age of 23.  Cantona Collar: AWB. Beckham Boot: VAR. Noisy Neighbour: Che Adams
February 03, 2021
E30: Arsenal 0 Man Utd 0 EPL Match 21
Special guest Devang Desai (@desaidevang on Twitter), host of the Open Era pod (tennis) and A Football Podcast (soccer) joined Karl and Vivek to break down an entertaining draw between Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as how he came to support the Gunners. United squandered several opportunities to bounce back from their defeat to Sheffield United and Edinson Cavani was surprisingly the main culprit.  - Where is Bruno in the big games? - Rashford too wasteful? - Pépé ran United ragged on the right side Cantona Collar: Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Beckham Boot: Marcus Rashford. Noisy Neighbour: Nicolas Pépé.
January 31, 2021
E29: Man Utd 1 Sheffield Utd 2 EPL Match 20
United are back down to earth with a thud. Vivek and Karl look back on a nightmare of a performance that included complete no-shows from Anthony Martial, David de Gea, Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles. The changes to the side should have brought a renewed vigour but instead they were lacking ideas and intent. Cantona Collar: Harry Maguire. Beckham Boot: David de Gea. Noisy Neighbour: John Fleck. Subscribe, rate, review!
January 28, 2021
E28: Man Utd 3 Liverpool 2 FA Cup 4th round
United's first big match win of the season comes against Liverpool! Karl and Vivek look back on one of the most memorable performances of the season that included: - Rashford looking like a star - Luke Shaw continuing great form - Greenwood finally showing up Cantona Collar: Marcus Rashford. Beckham Boot: Scott McTominay. Noisy Neighbour: Mohamed Salah
January 25, 2021
E27: Fulham 1 Man Utd 2 EPL Match 19
Manchester United reach their halfway point of the season on top of the league table. Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba were great, Mason Greenwood and Aaron Wan-Bissaka not so much, Karl and Vivek give you everything you need to know. Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Mason Greenwood. Noisy Neighbour: Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Subscribe, rate, review!
January 21, 2021
E26: Liverpool 0 Man Utd 0 EPL Match 18
Karl and Vivek are joined by special guest William Lou -- Raptors beat reporter for Yahoo Sports Canada and die-hard Liverpool fan -- to break down an entertaining 0-0 match that leaves United top of the table. There was plenty of wastefulness up front that saw Anthony Martial and Roberto Firmino as the main culprits. Bruno and Pogba had great chances to win it but just wasn't meant to be. Cantona Collar: Luke Shaw. Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Noisy Neighbour: Thiago Alcantara. Hit that subscribe button, it's free!
January 18, 2021
E25: Burnley 0 Man Utd 1 EPL Match 17
Karl and Vivek are on Cloud 9 as Manchester United go top of the table for the first time this far into the season since the Sir Alex Ferguson era. It was a performance worthy of the occasion as United battled and bossed their way to victory. Paul Pogba was magnificent for United and it is ironic that after all the uncertainty around him it is his goal that puts United top. Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Liverpool. Noisy Neighbour: James Tarkowski.
January 13, 2021
E24: Man Utd 1 Watford 0 FA Cup 3rd Round
This match was all about the big picture and getting Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire some rest. Karl and Vivek assess Mason Greenwood in a central striker role, Brandon Williams at right back, Lingard in the No.10 role, and Axel Tuanzebe at centre back. Cantona Collar: Scott McTominay. Beckham Boot: Daniel James. Noisy Neighbour: Ismaila Sarr. Subscribe, rate, review and tell all your friends!
January 10, 2021
E23: Man Utd 0 Man City 2 EFL Cup semifinal reaction
Another semifinal, another defeat. Vivek and Karl look at what went for Manchester United on the verge of another final, why enough wasn't created on the attacking front, and what exactly led to United conceding off a set piece to put Man City on the front foot. Cantona Collar: Dean Henderson. Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Noisy Neighbour: John Stones. Thank you for listening!
January 07, 2021
E22: Man Utd 2 Aston Villa 1 EPL post-match reaction
Tied for points with league-leaders Liverpool! Karl and Vivek are buzzing after United's 10th straight unbeaten match in the Premier League, eight of which have been wins. This episode delves into Paul Pogba's magnificent performance, Eric Bailly proving an absolute fortress at the back, and David De Gea putting on an inspired performance in his 327th league appearance for the club -- which puts him fifth all-time. Cantona Collar: Eric Bailly. Beckham Boot: Scott McTominay. Noisy Neighbour: Jack Grealish.
January 02, 2021
E21: Man Utd 1 Wolves 0 EPL post-match reaction
Marcus Rashford comes up clutch in United's final match of 2020! Karl and Vivek look back on a strong defensive performance, Eric Bailly's best run of form since coming to the red side of Manchester, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka's complete unwillingness to cross a ball. Vivek goes off the English FA persisting with the Dec. 28/29 fixture when there's absolutely no need for it. A special thank you to you, the listener, for supporting the podcast as we got started this year and we wish you all the best for 2021! Cantona Collar: Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly. Beckham Boot: Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Noisy Neighbour: Romain Saiss.
December 30, 2020
E20: Leicester 2 Man Utd 2 EPL post-match reaction
Vivek and Karl look back on a positive performance but an unsatisfying result. Marcus Rashford had a goal but arguably should have had a hat-trick. Anthony Martial and Daniel James were anonymous, while Eric Bailly impressed once again. We're running out of superlatives for Edinson Cavani at this point, and can only hope the strikers on the bench watching him are learning a thing or two. A couple of bad mistakes led to Leicester's goals but other than that, it was a pretty solid performance in the back. Cantona Collar: Harry Maguire.  Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Noisy Neighbour: Wesley Fofana.
December 27, 2020
E19: Everton 0 Man Utd 2 EFL Cup quarterfinal reaction
Karl and Vivek look back on an inspired Edinson Cavani goal, arguably the best opening 25 minutes of the season even if it didn't result in a goal, and a back-line that more than held its own. Stay for a discussion of Alex Telles' crossing ability as well, and a look ahead to the crucial Boxing Day fixture away to Leicester City. Cantona Collar: Edinson Cavani. Beckham Boot: Donny Van De Beek. Noisy Neighbour: Yerry Mina.
December 24, 2020
E18: Man Utd 6 Leeds Utd 2 EPL post-match reaction
Karl and Vivek are joined by special guest Matt Balmforth, a die-hard Leeds United fan, to break down a thrilling match between Man United and Leeds. Over 40 shots attempted and eight goals provided plenty of talking points, and this discussion includes Scott McTominay impressing, Anthony Martial's finishing struggles, and Daniel James doing a job for the team. Cantona Collar: Scott McTominay. Beckham Boot: Kalvin Phillips. Noisy Neighbour: Raphinha.
December 21, 2020
E17: Sheff Utd 2 Man Utd 3 EPL post-match reaction
Vivek and Karl re-live Dean Henderson's blunder, debate him versus David de Gea, marvel at Paul Pogba's involvement in the second and third goals, and evaluate where United stand in the Premier League through 12 matches. Cantona Collar: Marcus Rashford. Beckham Boot: Donny Van De Beek. Noisiest Neighbour: David McGoldrick.
December 18, 2020
E16: Man Utd 0 Man City 0 EPL post-match reaction
Manchester United opted for safety after giving up three first-half goals to RB Leipzig and rebounded with a 0-0 draw in the Manchester derby. It was a game of few chances and City had the better of them, but Karl and Vivek were impressed with the professionalism and discipline across the pitch to negate City's attacking threat. Cantona Collar: Harry Maguire. Beckham Boot: Marcus Rashford. Noisy Neighbour: Kevin de Bruyne.
December 13, 2020
E15: RB Leipzig 3 Man Utd 2 UCL post-match reaction
Hello darkness. Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage thanks to an embarrassing first half performance defensively. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba led an inspired fightback in the second half after trailing 3-0 but it was all too little too late. Vivek and Karl discuss Solskjaer's decision to go three at the back, playing Luke Shaw after an extended absence with injury, and look back on the Champions League campaign as a whole. Cantona Collar: Paul Pogba. Beckham Boot: Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Longstaff Longshot: Marcel Sabitzer.
December 09, 2020
E14: West Ham 1 Man Utd 3 EPL post-match reaction
It was looking like two steps forward, two steps back for United after a shambolic first half display but Bruno Fernandes' introduction sparked a revival and Pogba's golazo started a brilliant comeback for the Red Devils. Karl and Vivek look back on a terrible start for Pogba despite the goal, Bruno's ability to change games and Wan-Bissaka having his strongest performance in a little while. Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: Paul Pogba. Longstaff Longshot: Jarrod Bowen.
December 05, 2020
E13: Man Utd 1 PSG 3 UCL post-match reaction
Manchester United seemed to have it all under control and perhaps that's when they got a bit too naive. Vivek and Karl scrutinize Solskjaer's failure to substitute Fred before he was sent off for a second yellow and Martial's rubbish finishing. On the positive side, Rashford was the star once again against PSG while Harry Maguire was excellent in central defence as well. Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Cantona Collar: Marcus Rashford. Longstaff Longshot: Marquinhos.
December 03, 2020
E12: Southampton 2 Man Utd 3 EPL post-match reaction
Edinson Cavani!!! A true super-sub performance that his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be proud of. Karl and Vivek talk about United playing well and being undeserving of their 2-0 halftime deficit despite the poor finishing, how the team turned it around, and look ahead to the PSG game. Some thoughts on the great Diego Maradona as well. RIP. Cantona Collar: Edinson Cavani. Beckham Boot: Mason Greenwood. Longstaff Longshot: Moussa Djenepo.
November 29, 2020
E11: Man Utd 4 Istanbul 1 UCL post-match reaction
Bruno Fernandes was once again the star of the show but the three new faces Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek made excellent starts as they all lined up together for the first time. Karl Mascarenhas and Vivek Jacob break down their performances while also looking at United's defence being a little too soft at times, Axel Tuanzebe failing to grasp an opportunity, and another timid performance from Anthony Martial. Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: Axel Tuanzebe. Longstaff Longshot: Edin Visca
November 26, 2020
E10: Man Utd 1 WBA 0 EPL post-match reaction
United finally pick up three league points at home but it wasn't the performance that will have their fans puffing their chest out. Karl Mascarenhas and Vivek Jacob try to understand the need for two central defensive midfielders against a team playing nine men behind the ball, why Juan Mata continues to play as a winger, and debate Anthony Martial's finishing. Was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sending a message to Paul Pogba by not including him in the squad? Listen to find out! Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: Juan Mata. Longstaff Longshot: Sam Johnstone.
November 22, 2020
E9: Expectations, Pogba drama, and international break frustration
Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas are joined by friend and second-generation Manchester United fan Subby Sandhar to review the season thus far as well as set expectations going forward. After Paul Pogba's comments regarding France's camp being "a breath of fresh air," both Vivek and Subby are ready to see him move on and discuss why, while Karl goes off on the stupidity of playing international friendlies during a global pandemic.
November 18, 2020
E8: Everton 1 Man Utd 3 EPL post-match reaction
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men picked up a much-needed three points heading into the international break. Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas break down Bruno's excellent performance that was aided by a mostly excellent defence. Cantona Collar: Bruno Fernandes. Beckham Boot: Anthony Martial. Longstaff Longshot: Bernard.
November 07, 2020
E7: Istanbul 2 Man Utd 1 UCL post-match reaction
Vivek Jacob is joined by Waking The Red's Michael Singh to break down Manchester United's shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey. Beckham Boot: Juan Mata Cantona Collar: Demba Ba Longstaff Longshot: Deni Turuc
November 04, 2020
E6: Man Utd 0 Arsenal 1 EPL post-match reaction
Manchester United followed up arguably their best performance of 2020 with their flattest performance of the young season. Lacking intensity against Arsenal from the start, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took advantage of a silly foul by Paul Pogba in the box with a penalty. Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas look closely at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics, formations and substitutions as well as the individual players who flattered to deceive. Cantona Collar: Mikel Arteta Beckham Boot: Paul Pogba Longstaff Longshot: Mohamed Elneny
November 01, 2020
E5: Man Utd 5 RB Leipzig 0 UCL post-match reaction
TSN's Matthew Scianitti makes a special guest appearance to revel in Manchester United's stunning four-goal second half -- three by Marcus Rashford -- that lifted them to a 5-0 win over last season's Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig and saw them hold steady at the top of Group H. After breaking down the match with Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas, Scianitti then shares his Manchester United fan origin story and how the club has come to be a major part of his life. Cantona Collar: Fred Beckham Boot: Karl Mascarenhas Longstaff Longshot: Dani Olmo
October 29, 2020
E4: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 0 EPL post-match reaction
For all the money these two teams have spent towards attacking talent, there was hardly any creativity on display in a boring, goalless draw between Manchester United and Chelsea. Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to provide a spark with a change in formation? How much of a weak link is the crossing from the fullbacks Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka? Defensively, United were very good while Cavani looked bright in his Old Trafford debut. That and more in the latest match recap. Cantona Collar: Victor Lindelof Beckham Boot: Daniel James Longstaff Longshot: Edouard Mendy
October 24, 2020
E3: Man Utd 2 PSG 1 UCL post-match reaction
Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas look back on another tremendous night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Paris. Looking to have set up a bit too defensively against PSG's heralded trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria, United's defence put on a clinic while the attack did just enough to help start their Champions League campaign on a winning note. Cantona Collar: Axel Tuanzebe Beckham Boot: Abdou Diallo Longstaff Longshot: Layvin Kurzawa
October 20, 2020
E2: Man Utd 4 Newcastle 1 EPL post-match reaction
Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas break down Manchester United's 4-1 victory over Newcastle United. After an unlucky own goal by Luke Shaw early in the match, United bounced back nicely and controlled the match before turning on the style late with three goals in the final five-plus minutes. Was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sending a message with the starting XI? Is Juan Mata a new option wide right? Is David de Gea looking closer to his best? Listen in to find out! Beckham Boot: Victor Lindelof Cantona Collar: Juan Mata Longstaff Longshot: Karl Darlow
October 18, 2020
E1: Introducing Red Couch Mancs, transfer deadline, Solskjaer/Pochettino rumours
In Episode 1, Vivek Jacob and Karl Mascarenhas break in the red couch and talk about how their Manchester United fandom, where the club stands now, the new faces added over the transfer deadline, and the Mauricio Pochettino rumours in the wake of United's poor start to the season. Can and should the club be looking to pull the plug on Ole's tenure so soon?
October 16, 2020