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Download the official Manchester United Podcast for exclusive interviews from some of the biggest names in football as they reveal stories you will have never heard before. Sam Homewood, Helen Evans and David May sit down with legends from the past and present day to give you a unique insight to Manchester United and the sometimes unbelievable world of football. If you'd like to get in touch with the pod, e-mail utdpodcast@manutd.co.uk This is the only official podcast for fans of the Red De ...
 
The Football Writers’ Association and William Hill present ‘Press Box Confidential’. Paul McCarthy is joined each week by the biggest names in football journalism in the country to discuss the most memorable matches, moments and characters in the game. Where were they when Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a Palace fan in the chest? How difficult was Fergie to handle? And what was it like being stuck in the same hotel as Coleen Rooney and the rest of the WAGs during a World Cup Final? Press Box Co ...
 
This is Football's Cult Heroes. A podcast series exploring the stories of the players that carried their clubs on their backs - on and off the pitch. Told by the players, fans and journalists that were there - we delve into why these players created such a strong bond with their fans and how they are still remembered years on. Join us on this journey, and if you like what you are listening to, hit the subscribe button and suggest a player you would like us to cover in the future!
 
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This week the UTD Podcast is joined by bona fide Manchester United legend, Paddy Crerand. We heard about the titles he won, the scrapes he got into on (and off) the pitch, and how the dressing room had a unique bond. Paddy regaled us with tales of George Best and how he'd actually feel sorry for the opposition defenders who came up against the flyi…
 
The UTD Podcast is back with brand new episodes for Season 3, and this week we are joined by Javier Hernandez, who dialled in from Los Angeles. Chicharito told us the amazing story of how he was approached by Manchester United while he was playing in Guadalajara, and how it brought him and his family to tears. He spoke so passionately about the pri…
 
Kelly Smith is the woman English football wasn't ready for. Those that saw her describe her as a generational talent - an "Mbappe or Haaland" that burst onto the scene with Arsenal in the late 90s and took the game by storm. But as the Women’s Super League begins its record-breaking three-year broadcasting deal with Sky Sports and the BBC, Football…
 
The 2015/16 season was West Ham's chance to give their famous Boleyn Ground the perfect send-off after 112 years. A special player was needed to help to do just that. Enter Dimitri Payet. Football’s Cult Heroes explores Payet’s journey from Reunion Island to France, how he transformed mid-table West Ham into Champions League contenders and his infa…
 
In the summer of 2002, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was once again scouring the market for new players. Without a big budget, being resourceful had become second nature to Big Sam, often using his powers of persuasion to lure players to the Reebok Stadium. Nigeria superstar Jay-Jay Okocha was available on a free transfer after dazzling in leagues a…
 
It's 1992 and it's a whole new ball game. Manchester United are still searching for their first league title in a generation. By November, United are as low as tenth and in need of inspiration. Badboy Frenchman Eric Cantona, despite doubts over his temperament and attitude, is seen by Sir Alex Ferguson as the man to change their fortunes. It would …
 
It's the summer of 1994 and Tottenham are in turmoil. They've been hit with a 12-point deduction, a £600,000 fine and a season ban from the FA Cup. White Hart Lane appeared to be the last ground that German World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann would consider as a place to call home. But Spurs owner Sir Alan Sugar knew his club needed inspiration - and…
 
It’s the early 1990s and Liverpool Football Club have just experienced two decades of unrivalled sporting riches. But underneath the silverware the city had been falling apart. The 1970s and 1980s had seen riots on the streets of Toxteth, industrial unrest and rising unemployment. On the pitch, things had started to unravel as well… Liverpool neede…
 
Football's Cult Heroes is a brand new storytelling podcast series from Sky Sports News which will focus on the players that left an everlasting mark on the English game. Told by the players, fans and journalists that were there, the series will examine why these players created such a strong bond with their adoring audience. Each week, for the next…
 
What do England need to do to win their first major trophy in 55 years? Frank Lampard joins Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly to talk about the tournament so far and give his predictions for Sunday night. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theofficialfwa Sponsored by William Hill 18+ BeGambleAware.co.uk WilliamHill.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
What is the secret to Gareth Southgate’s success as England manager? Carrie Brown (BeIN Sports) and George Caulkin (The Athletic) chat to Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly ahead of the Three Lion’s semi-final against Denmark at Wembley. They discuss how the squad have proved themselves against a backdrop of points-scoring politicians, national division a…
 
Did that really happen? England’s historic victory over Germany at Wembley is the subject of this Euros special, with guests Alan Davies and Jermaine Jenas. Gareth Southgate's master plan and the challenge of avoiding family commitments to ensure a seat in front of the TV on match days are among the topics discussed. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theo…
 
More from our epic back-catalogue and this week is was our conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Helen, Sam and Maysie sat down with the boss in the briefing room at the club's Aon Training Complex to look back at his playing career and, what was at the time, his first twelve months as Manager of Manchester United. If you'd like to listen through…
 
The Euros have arrived at the knock out phase and there’s much to discuss. David Ornstein (The Athletic) and Sami Mokbel (Daily Mail) join Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly to name their favourite player, goal, moment, kit and fans of the group stages. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theofficialfwa Sponsored by William Hill 18+ BeGambleAware.co.uk WilliamHill…
 
Former Scotland winger Pat Nevin and Chief Sportswriter at the Daily Mirror Andy Dunn join the podcast to talk about England and Scotland's final group games, Mancini's sartorial selections and Gareth Bale believing in aliens. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theofficialfwa Sponsored by William Hill 18+ BeGambleAware.co.uk WilliamHill.com See acast.com/p…
 
We're continuing to bring you some of our best early episodes from the UTD Podcast archive. This week Sam, Helen and Maysie bring you our emotional conversation with Lou Macari. Lou does fantastic work with his homeless shelter in Stoke, something we spoke about in depth before getting on to his playing days and later a tragedy that struck the Maca…
 
Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish and Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué join Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly to discuss Patrik Schick's wonder goal, Spain's tournament chances and to ask whether Scotland can beat England at Wembley. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theofficialfwa Sponsored by William Hill 18+ BeGambleAware.co.uk WilliamHill.com See acast…
 
More from our epic back catalogue this week - we've dug out another early episode with former Manchester United midfielder and the club's current Technical Director, Darren Fletcher. Helen and Sam spoke to Darren in a Manchester restaurant back in November 2019, where he told us all about his journey through the ranks at Old Trafford, the decision …
 
In the first of our Euro 2020 specials, Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly are joined by England legends Gary Lineker and Alan Smith to talk home nation chances, tournament dark horses and that infamous substitution in Euro '92. Produced by Joey McCarthy @theofficialfwa Sponsored by William Hill 18+ BeGambleAware.co.uk WilliamHill.com See acast.com/privac…
 
We're continuing to bring you some of our best early episodes from the UTD Podcast back catalogue, while we take a short break from recording over the summer. Our second ever episode was recorded with Dimitar Berbatov in a swanky hotel in London and it got us off to a great start. Berba talked us through his fascinating childhood and how he reflect…
 
While we take a short break, we're bringing you some of our most epic episodes from the UTD Podcast back catalogue. This week we've combined our very first two episodes which we recorded with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson at the club's former training ground, the Cliff. If you'd like to listen through our back-catalogue, the best place to d…
 
Jonathan Greening joined the UTD Podcast this week, looking back on his playing days and ahead to his future in the game as a coach. Jono's stories from his first year at Old Trafford were incredible, particularly his paintballing session with the likes of David Beckham, Peter Schmeichel and Gary Neville - on his first week at the club! He also tol…
 
Rúben Dias - Footballer of The Year - EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Paul McCarthy, Simon Mullock and Carrie Brown celebrate the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of The Year Rúben Dias. In an FWA exclusive, we hear from the man himself about his competitive spirit, missing fans and his hopes for the Champions League final. #FOTY21 Produced by Joey M…
 
Current Manchester United Scout and former club goalkeeper Tony Coton joins the UTD Podcast this week. TC shared some great stories from his spells at Birmingham City and Watford - including a pre-season tour with Elton John! We breezed through his time at Manchester City to get to his stories of working with Sir Alex Ferguson as his goalkeeper and…
 
Double-World Cup winning Christen Press joined the UTD Podcast this week, looking back on her incredible honours list and her first season at Manchester United. The USWNT star told us what it's like to achieve such success in major tournaments and how she has brought that mentality to Casey Stoney's squad this year. Christen also told us how it fel…
 
Former Manchester United man Andy Ritchie joins the UTD Podcast this week, to look back on a career that included two hat-tricks at Old Trafford. Andy tells us how he personally wrote to all 92 clubs when he was looking to sign for a new side - plus we find out where the nickname 'Stitch' comes from... although that's still up for debate. Helen, Sa…
 
It's the long awaited arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy to the UTD Podcast. The Dutch goal machine joined the Pod to look back on his career - and his goal-laden years at Old Trafford in particular. Ruud went into great detail about his failed move to Manchester United the first time around, revealing the emotions and conversations that went on in 200…
 
This week we hear from Paul McShane about his experiences coming through the Manchester United Academy system and onwards. The Ireland international recalled his time at United and the demands that were placed on young players very early; after winning the FA Youth Cup, the team still got an earful from Sir Alex Ferguson. He also told us how his co…
 
Sparky joined the UTD Podcast this week to reflect on his playing and managerial career, while looking out across the Old Trafford turf. The former Manchester United striker talked us through his journey to the club, and how he never wanted to leave when Barcelona took him away from the club, before loaning him out to Bayern Munich. We also heard h…
 
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw joins the Pod this week to look back at his time between the sticks at Old Trafford. Raimond opened up about his relationship with Peter Schmeichel; how he joined United to learn from the Great Dane but also that there would be friction between them at times. The now PSV Eindhoven coach also …
 
Daniel James joins the UTD Podcast this week, where the Manchester United winger revealed what advice compatriot Ryan Giggs gave him ahead of his move to Old Trafford, where he went on to have the dream goal-scoring debut against his boyhood team Chelsea. The Wales winger also talked about how close he was to signing for Man Utd's arch rivals Leeds…
 
Has the golden age of football writing gone? In the final episode of the series, Paul McCarthy removes his rose-tinted spectacles and looks at the changing face of football journalism. He's joined by Mike Calvin and Nancy Frostick (The Athletic) to talk drinking culture, Twitter trolls and the challenges facing the new generation of writers. Mike C…
 
This week we finally sat down with former Manchester United midfielder and long-serving First Team coach Mick Phelan. He revealed some of the inner workings at the training ground, why it's important for this club to bring through youth from the Academy, and how he still watches the Under 18s & Under 23s train so he can occasionally impart some wis…
 
It was the summer we dared to dream as Terry Venables took England on an unforgettable footballing journey. Paul McCarthy, Des Kelly (BT Sport) and Jonathan Northcroft (Sunday Times) recall the joy and anguish from that time as England and Scotland stretched their supporters’ nerves to breaking point. Plus, who should make Gareth Southgate’s squad …
 
This week we were joined by former Manchester United player Bojan Djordjic. Bo opened up to us about his incredibly tough childhood, growing up in the Yugoslav Wars, which led to he and his family escaping to Sweden. He told us how football was an escape for him both mentally and literally. We heard how Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to sign for M…
 
It’s the best paid position on the pitch and with good reason. Strikers are up for discussion by Paul McCarthy, former Arsenal forward Alan Smith and Cheeky Sport's Joel Beya. They dissect the modern day striker, looking at Harry Kane's empty trophy cabinet, Mbappe's future in the Premier League, and Marcus Rashford's Twitter feed. Produced by Joey…
 
Former Manchester United and England goalkeeper Gary Bailey dialled in to the UTD Podcast this week - all the way from Miami Beach! We aren't jealous at all... Gary recalled the incredible story of how he ended up at Old Trafford, having read about the goalkeeping vacancy in a football magazine. He told us how he struggled to settle in to the dress…
 
From the thrilling first reign of Kevin Keegan to relegation misery under Mike Ashley, Paul McCarthy talks all things Tyneside with Luke Edwards (Daily Telegraph) and Craig Hope (Daily Mail). The journalists share tales from their careers covering the constant Geordie melodrama, including the time one of them almost came to blows with Alan Pardew. …
 
USWNT star Tobin Heath joins the UTD Podcast this week, looking back on her glittering career so far. The Manchester United Women's Team winger talks about her incredible international honours, picking up two World Cup wins and two Olympic Gold medals. Tobin also reveals her unique pre-match ritual to help calm her nerves before important games and…
 
Paul McCarthy speaks to Ian Dennis (BBC) and Miguel Delaney (Independent) about their all-time favourite players. Featuring unheard tales about Chris Waddle, Roy Keane and Kenny Dalglish. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Gabby Saper Twitter: #PBC @PaulMcCarthy66 @theofficial…
 
Former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore joined the UTD Podcast this week as he looks over a career that saw him play in almost every position at Old Trafford. Clayton recalls the mood in the camp when the team first heard that Sir Alex Ferguson would be taking over as manager and how Fergie ended up massaging players' legs when the backro…
 
Since buying Chelsea in 2003, billionaire Roman Abramovich has never been interviewed. What impact has the quiet giant had on the London club? Paul McCarthy speaks to Alison Bender and Dom Fifield (The Athletic) about the Russian oligarch. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Ga…
 
Former Manchester United full-back Danny Simpson is on the UTD Podcast this week, looking back on the years he spent at Old Trafford and beyond. Danny takes us back to his first meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson and laughs at the incredible photo taken on the day. He also talks about training alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Patri…
 
Paul McCarthy looks back at Arsenal’s Highbury heydays and their incredible unbeaten season. Journalists David Ornstein (The Athletic) and Paul Hayward talk Thierry Henry’s temper, Arsene Wenger’s genius and Tony Adam’s trip to the ballet. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Ga…
 
Former Manchester United player Russell Beardsmore joins Helen Evans and David May on the Podcast this week to reflect on his time at Old Trafford. Russell recalls playing in the United Academy and getting the hairdryer from both Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson. He also touches on what it was like to witness the Class of '92 come through the ra…
 
They’re the European gaffers of England’s strongest teams, but who are Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp? With the help of Melissa Reddy (The Independent) and Simon Mullock (Sunday Mirror), Paul McCarthy pulls back the curtain on two masters of the game. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec…
 
Former Manchester United striker Danny Webber joins the UTD Podcast this week to look back on his time at Old Trafford and beyond. He talks about his experience coming through the Man Utd Academy and the demands that Eric Harrison and Sir Alex Ferguson put on him at a young age, plus we hear a story about the time Danny negotiated his contract with…
 
Why did Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira almost come to blows on that fateful night in the Highbury tunnel in 2005? It’s one of the most infamous incidents in the history of the Premier League and the high point of the bitterest rivalry the league has ever witnessed. Paul McCarthy speaks to John Cross (The Mirror) and Tony Pastor (Goalhanger Films) abo…
 
We're delighted to have Manchester United Captain Harry Maguire as our guest this week. Harry looked back on his career and ahead to what this squad can achieve in the future. The skipper recalls playing at Old Trafford for Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup, coming up against a young Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison. He also talks ab…
 
It’s one of the bitterest rivalries in football. But which team can claim to have fielded the greatest players? Paul Joyce (The Times) and Mike Keegan (The Daily Mail) compose their ultimate Liverpool and Manchester United XI under the watchful eye of Paul McCarthy. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joe…
 
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