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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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In part two of my conversation with Kevin Campbell, you’ll hear about coming through the ranks at his beloved Arsenal under legendary academy coach Pat Rice. You’ll hear what it was like to witness that incredible injury-time Michael Thomas goal at Anfield which clinched the 1989 title for the Gunners. You’ll also hear about Kev’s time at Everton. …
 
Oh what joy to be sitting in the same room as a Big Interview guest, particularly one as special as Kevin Campbell. There aren’t many players who can claim they were adored at every club they played for, but Kevin is one. His love for football and his sheer commitment to winning endeared the brilliant, prolific striker wherever he went. He is also …
 
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…
 
Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Andrea Orlandi. For the first time, here’s the full episode. In part two we hear about how Andrea loved his time at Alavés. They couldn’t get promoted until a wonderful, crazy Ukrainian-American businessman Dmitry Piterman bought the club. There followed a Copa del …
 
Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Andrea Orlandi. For the first time, here’s the full episode. In part one you’ll hear about how this elegant winger perfected his talents at Barcelona B by observing and training with the likes of Ronaldinho, Iniesta and Busquets. The young Busquets was nicknamed ‘Cr…
 
Former Manchester United full-back Lee Martin joins the Podcast this week to look back on a career that was defined by a goal at Wembley in 1990. He recalls that famous FA Cup Final moment and how it kick-started Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden era of dominance at Old Trafford. Lee also reveals some more humbling moments in his career, including h…
 
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last six years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Cristiano Ronaldo. We start with Quinton Fortune talking about the rough footballing environment at Manchester United where Ronnie …
 
Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Andy Robertson from season three. We caught up with Andy in early 2018, just after he had played a pivotal role for Liverpool in an incredible 4-3 victory over Manchester City. That really was the moment Andy arrived at Anfield and looking back you can see how the green shoots for Liverpool’s long-awa…
 
Manchester United Women's Team winger Leah Galton joins the UTD Podcast this week to talk about her journey to Man Utd, which started at arch-rivals Leeds United. Leah talks about her experiences in the game at Sky Blue in the United States and Bayern Munich in Germany, before she took time out to consider her career. She reveals how Casey Stoney c…
 
Pep Lijnders was in such demand as a coach that Porto took him from PSV Eindhoven at the tender age of 24. The move was a footballing culture shock – Porto’s winning mentality blew Pep away. Their scouting network is second to none, however, this risks impacting the academy. Therefore, Pep and his colleagues had to strive to create their own new ge…
 
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders provided me with simply one of the most insightful Big Interviews ever. You will hear how Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool coaches speak in training as if they are instilling the players’ inner voice. The emphasis placed on how to press when they don’t have possession is phenomenal, and it needs perfect positi…
 
We're delighted to have former Manchester United winger Mickey Thomas on the Podcast after returning to health following his battle with cancer. The Welshman went into great detail about parts of his career, sharing some incredible off-the-pitch moments including sleeping at Stamford Bridge, partying with George Michael and his time in prison. Mick…
 
Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Charlie Adam. For the first time, here’s the full episode. In part two we hear about Charlie’s legendary shooting ability as he describes a free-kick goal in a Wembley play-off final victory for Blackpool against Cardiff. He considers the goal fated because he had h…
 
Hola! Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Charlie Adam. For the first time, here’s the full episode. Charlie was brought up on a Dundee housing estate where he honed his skills by kicking a ball relentlessly at bin recesses and between washing poles. Charlie speaks about the early influence of his bel…
 
Odion Ighalo joins the UTD Podcast for the final episode of 2020. The Manchester United striker shared his incredible journey from Nigeria to Old Trafford, and what every step meant to him as a passionate fan of the club. He told the Pod about how he would save up his dinner money to pay and watch Man Utd on TV at the weekends, his first experience…
 
From goalscoring wunderkinds to Premier League powerhouses, what makes Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer tick? Paul McCarthy explores the incredible careers of England's top strikers with Phil McNulty (BBC) and George Caulkin (The Athletic). A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer Gabb…
 
Marcus Rashford sits down with the UTD Podcast at the end of an incredible year both on and off the pitch. The Manchester United forward talks about his upbringing and how it shaped the man he is today. He looked back on the times he and his mum saw homelessness in the city and vowed he would help however he could. We also heard how he felt in the …
 
Jamie Carragher never enjoyed international tournaments and wonders if England puts too much into its club game – which is a matter life and death – instead of valuing national side’s endeavours more. Also in part two, he describes the 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and argues that David Beckham’s performan…
 
From Tyneside to Turin, Paul McCarthy charts the rise and fall of the inimitable Paul Gascoigne with journalists John Richardson and Neil Harman. The three veteran football writers swap war stories covering Gazza's career, including missing eyebrows, late night table tennis and stripping in front of Dino Zoff. A Goalhanger Films production for the …
 
Jamie Carragher’s new book The Greatest Games documents the best matches he has experienced as a player and as a spectator. He played in a few crackers, not least the 2005 ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ when Liverpool came back from the dead against AC Milan in the Champions League final. As a pundit, Jamie employs the same exacting standards he applied to …
 
Manchester United Women's Team goalkeeper Mary Earps joins the UTD Podcast this week to trace back the steps that led her to the club. Mary reveals one of the big incentives for joining up with Casey Stoney's side is the United fans, and she talks about how tough it's been this year without them in the stadium. She also tells the story of the trans…
 
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last six years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Zinedine Zidane. Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves talks about what struck him most when he fir…
 
Ahead of the Manchester derby, Paul McCarthy speaks to Danny Taylor (The Athletic) and David McDonnell (Daily Mirror) about the greatest manager of the modern era - Sir Alex Ferguson. He asks them both what it was like dealing with Fergie's infamous hairdryer treatment, and if they enjoyed being in the presence of such a divisive figure in football…
 
Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Terry Gibson from season three. I know Terry well from covering Spanish football over the years, and I find him to be one of the most engaging, funny and astute analysts of the game. He recounts honestly what it felt like to depart Tottenham, the club he has always loved and who he felt had treated hi…
 
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins us on the Pod this week to talk about his career so far. Tim is only in his early twenties, but with experience in both Ajax and Manchester United's Academies, plus two Premier League loan spells, he has a lot to reflect on already. The young Dutch international talks of his experience in the Man…
 
As part of the post-Kobe earthquake rebuilding job Stuart Baxter was allowed to sign Danish superstar Michael Laudrup. They gained promotion but the experience drained him of every ounce of energy. Stuart speaks of his love of South African football, especially at Kaizer Chiefs where he won the double in his first season. Fate seems to have stood i…
 
If there is a more interesting, well-travelled coach in modern football than my pal Stuart Baxter then I’ve yet to meet him. Stuart’s dedication to karate was good preparation for an early brush with the rants of legendary Dundee United manager Wee Jim McLean and for the high demands of the passionate fans of AIK. As manager, he made AIK Swedish le…
 
Why Always Me? Paul McCarthy investigates the most dramatic season in Premier League history, Manchester City's triumph in 2012. He speaks to Mark Ogden (ESPN) and Ian Ladyman (The Daily Mail) about training ground bust-ups, indoor fireworks and camouflage Bentleys. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joe…
 
Former Manchester United midfielder Sammy McIlroy joins the Podcast this week, looking back on an Old Trafford career that lasted over a decade. The ex-Northern Ireland international spoke about how he idolised George Best when growing up in Belfast and how he regards his compatriot as the best to ever play the game. Sammy also spoke about a car ac…
 
Alan McInally won the Bundesliga in his first season at Bayern Munich, missing only two games. He learned German and starred alongside legends like Klaus Augenthaler, Hans Pflügler and Jürgen Kohler. There was also current boss Hans-Dieter Flick, a quiet scholar of the game who has brought huge success to the club. Alan’s manager Jupp Heynckes was …
 
Paul McCarthy is joined by Sam Wallace (The Telegraph) and industry legend Rob Shepherd to talk about the hardest job in world sport - being England manager. How has the relationship changed between journalists and managers, and why was Rob Shepherd pictured on the toilet interviewing Terry Venables? A Goalhanger Films production for the Football W…
 
Alan ‘Rambo’ McInally works so well on television because he brings the same passion and astuteness that he employed in his career as a clever, uncompromising striker. In this Big Interview, he describes in forensic detail a goal of the season he once scored for Aston Villa against Millwall. We chat about Alan’s move from Celtic to Villa where he p…
 
Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney joins the Podcast this week to look back on his record-breaking years at Old Trafford. Wayne reveals who he thinks could have out-scored him at United and who he believes will out-score him for England. He talks about what he and his family went through when he left Everton to work with Sir Alex Ferguson. And h…
 
Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Alex Bruce. For the first time, here’s the full episode. In part two we hear about Alex’s admiration for Manchester United heroes Ronaldo, Giggs and Keane, but especially Rooney, a pal now but once an enemy who would target him for being Steve Bruce’s son. Alex thin…
 
In this week's Press Box Confidential, Paul McCarthy winds back the clock with Henry Winter (The Times) and Oliver Holt (The Mail on Sunday) to Manchester United's greatest achievement, the incredible 1999 Nou Camp victory which secured Sir Alex Ferguson’s team the treble. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced…
 
Last season, our Socios at patreon.com/grahamhunter got an exclusive interview with Alex Bruce. For the first time, here’s the full episode. In part one we hear about how being the Manchester United captain’s son was just normality to Alex, how Old Trafford’s superstars were just his old man’s workmates. But what he saw inspired him, and he wanted …
 
The Portuguese Magnifico joins the UTD Podcast this week for a fascinating chat about how he sees the game. Bruno Fernandes spoke about what it takes to be a Captain and a leader, after he wore the armband for Manchester United in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this season. He revealed his football idols growing up; Ronald…
 
Welcome to our Big Interview Icons series where we shine a light on a legend whose name has lit up some of the conversations I’ve had with my guests over the last five years of The Big Interview. This episode focuses on Henrik Larsson. First up, we’ll hear from stand up star Kevin Bridges and his tale of Larsson and the defiled Glasgow bus ticket. …
 
"I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one" It's all about Mourinho's mind games this week as Paul McCarthy is joined by Jason Burt (The Telegraph) and Matt Dickinson (The Times) to examine the most enigmatic man in world football. A Goalhanger Films production for the Football Writers' Association Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Prod…
 
Here’s another chance to hear my interview with Martin Compston from season three. It was so much fun chatting with the guy who plays Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in the phenomenally popular crime drama Line Of Duty. But did you know that Martin’s earliest role was playing sweeper in the youth teams of Greenock Morton and, later, the mighty Aber…
 
This week we welcome United youngster Brandon Williams to the Podcast. Helen and Maysie sadly couldn't make this one so Sam was one-on-one with Brandon over Zoom. The young full-back talked about his unusual route into football, having not been interested in the game until late on in his youth before finding out he had bags of natural ability. He a…
 
In part two with Conor Coady we continue chatting about Wolves in Europe. Losing late on to serial winners Seville – who featured talents such as Jules Koundé and Éver Banega – in this year’s Europa quarter-final was agony. All their hard work felt in vain. There’s great stuff about the culture of recovery in place at Molineux thanks to their excel…
 
Chatting to a guy like Conor Coady reminds me why I do these Big Interviews. The Wolves’ centre-back’s enthusiasm for football is infectious and engaging. Brought up a Liverpool fan, he lived the dream for a while playing under youth coaches like Steve Highway, Steve Cooper and Rodolfo Borrell, men who made him a better person as well as a better, …
 
This week on the UTD Podcast we speak to former Manchester United and Poland goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak. Tomasz talks us through his journey to Old Trafford, which involved rejecting a contract at Hertha Berlin in pursuit of a Premier League team. He also opened up on his working relationship with United legend Edwin van der Sar and the rumours of …
 
What happens when a team of hardened football writers and England's posse of eccentric WAGs are trapped in the same hotel during the 2006 World Cup? Paul McCarthy chats to Andy Dunn (Daily Mirror) and Matt Lawton (The Times), about the Fake Bake girls, Jamie Carragher's House of Scouse and the eternal mystery of Sven and Nancy Dell'Ollio. A Goalhan…
 
When asked who his toughest opponent in football was, Robert Huth doesn’t hesitate: Didier Drogba. Not just a beast, but also an immensely clever player. So was N’Golo Kanté, who Robert played behind at Leicester. In part two of this brilliant Big Interview, we also hear about Jurgen Klinsmann’s revolution at Germany which a young Robert was the be…
 
Paul McCarthy is joined by Merseyside legends Chris Bascombe (The Telegraph) and Alyson Rudd (The Times) to get the inside story on one of the most incredible nights in European football history. Chris talks about being the closest journalist to Rafa Benitez during that season and Alyson describes being a Liverpool fan in the Atatürk Olympic Stadiu…
 
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