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Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell, Carl Anka and Andy Mitten on the world's biggest Manchester United podcast. Subscribe for expert insight from inside the club, breaking news and two episodes every week.

Talk of the Devils - A show about Manchester United The Athletic

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    • 4.7 • 178 Ratings

Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell, Carl Anka and Andy Mitten on the world's biggest Manchester United podcast. Subscribe for expert insight from inside the club, breaking news and two episodes every week.

    Measure of Ten Hag’s 2nd season comes down to FA Cup Final

    Measure of Ten Hag’s 2nd season comes down to FA Cup Final

    So, here it is, the season finale. Unfortunately, the Premier League has not ended as we would have liked, and Erik Ten Hag's men will need to win the FA Cup final if they want to play in Europe next season.
    Under normal circumstances, that would be a good distance short of what is expected from a Manchester United manager and he would be seeking employment elsewhere. Of course, these are not normal circumstances.
    So, the full podcast team get into the nitty gritty of United's least fruitful league campaign since 1990 and try to map a route to cup victory against (ASTERISK) the best club team in recent history.
    NB we do take the occasional detour!
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Adrian Moorhead
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    • 55 min
    Bruno returns to revive European hopes

    Bruno returns to revive European hopes

    Manchester United's men beat European rivals Newcastle in their last home game of the season to rekindle hope of European qualification via the Premier League (for a few days at least). After Chelsea won at Brighton, though, the only route to the Europa League is by winning the FA Cup.
    Manager Erik Ten Hag delivered a rousing speech to the crowd after the game, thanked the fans, and reaffirmed ALL his players' commitment to the cause.
    Tributes were paid to this season's successful Academy teams as well, and the Women's FA Cup was added to the honours board, although the mood is mixed amid cost-cutting measures by Sir Jim Ratcliffe's new backroom team.
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXEC PRODUCER: Adey Moorhead
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    • 48 min
    Beckham on 99, Toone & Co storm Wembley, while storm descends on Old Trafford

    Beckham on 99, Toone & Co storm Wembley, while storm descends on Old Trafford

    A podcast very much in three parts for you on a stormy Sunday night in May with Andy and Ian braving the Manchester rain and Carl looking nervously out of his twentieth floor window...
    Arsenal did what was expected of them at Old Trafford, winning for just the second time in seventeen attempts, despite a slightly brighter performance from Ten Hag's men. Meanwhile, at Wembley, Ella Toone inspired Manchester United's women to a performance that absolutely validated their favouritism in the FA Cup final.
    ...and something a little different, and very exciting, for you to finish the show. None other than David Beckham speaking to Andy Mitten on the red carpet at the Manchester premiere of new film 99, a documentary about that year's famous treble-winning team.
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXEC PRODUCER: Adey Moorhead
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    • 51 min
    Huge Sunday in store for Ten Hag and Skinner

    Huge Sunday in store for Ten Hag and Skinner

    Another full house but we're a bit more relaxed now, a few days after that chastening result at Selhurst Park. One member of the team has even been brave enough to watch the game back again!
    Now that everyone has calmed down, we have a more measured look at where Erik Ten Hag stands as Manchester United manager, whether there are any threatening candidates (or not), and whether he gets a slightly raw deal from the media.
    ...And there's a 'Super' Sunday in store with the potential for an annoying clash between the Women's FA Cup Final v Spurs and the men facing Arsenal at home, a fixture they've only lost once in the last sixteen iterations.
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXEC PRODUCER: Adey Moorhead
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    • 45 min
    The end? Ten Hag's future in balance after Palace thrashing

    The end? Ten Hag's future in balance after Palace thrashing

    It's another unwanted inquest on Talk of the Devils with Laurie Whitwell back in the UK and Manchester United back in the mire.
    In fact, the whole podcast team are on hand as we dig into some heavy questions prompted by Crystal Palace's dismantling of a depleted United side. The biggest of those is whether the performance was bad enough for Erik Ten Hag to be relieved of his duties before the end of the current season.
    Casemiro's form hit a new low but the whole team was some distance below acceptable standards and Ten Hag refused to single out individuals, instead citing a failure to 'follow the script'. Several television pundits said the writing is on the wall for the Dutchman, but does he deserve to lead the team out at Wembley?
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXEC PRODUCER: Adey Moorhead
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    • 48 min
    Squad Audit: transfer priorities for a 'difficult' summer

    Squad Audit: transfer priorities for a 'difficult' summer

    It looks like Sir Jim Ratcliffe's INEOS team have really taken the rudder at Manchester United, and the latest in a series of changes at executive level demonstrate just that.
    But, with many football clubs close to the edge of their budgets, a quiet summer of transfer activity is expected and that means recruiting players will be challenging.
    We asked for your priorities and used the answer to go through the current squad to try and shed some light on which players are likely to leave and who will be key to next season's campaign.
    PRODUCER: Ollie Bellwood
    EXEC PRODUCER: Adey Moorhead
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

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