Beyond The Pitch and Stretford-End.com have come together once again to record another podcast, the twelfth in the series. With important news about the IPO being announced we bring Andy Green on the show again to talk about the finances, and Duncan Drasdo, the CEO of MUST (Manchester United Supporters Trust).
IPO, ownership and Chevrolet
Andy Green and Duncan Drasdo come on the show to answer questions about the latest financial news. This is a complicated topic that mixes the financial health of the club with people’s emotion. Andy breaks down the numbers and explains what it means as well as suggesting what the implications of it all could be. Duncan sheds light on what MUST and supporters can be doing as well as explaining why the organisation have made certain decisions in the past. As a group we tackle some tricky and delicate topics, notably Sir Alex Ferguson, who’s made some odd comments relating to fans recently. This part of the podcast takes 30 minutes and is essential listening.
Pre-season tour: South Africa and China
Having not recorded since the games on the first part of pre-season tour we discuss things that stood out to us. New signings Kagawa and Powell have both impressed and seem to be settling well. Similarly, a whole host of young players went on tour and didn’t seem to be overawed by the experience. What does the future hold for the likes of Petrucci, Lingard, Tunnicliffe & co? Finally, Bebe of all players had a good tour!
Tom Cleverley and Anderson
After a listener question about the pair, can we trust them ahead of next season? Both have had their own difficulties – Tom’s been very hyped up but couldn’t stay fit last year; Anderson was bought for a lot of money and first season aside, has been far from convincing and is often injured.
Youth tournaments and the NextGen Series
We’ve had some of the Academy teams competing in International club tournaments. We discuss changes coming to the Reserves set-up and talk about winning vs. development. It’s fair to suggest that United value individual and collective development as much as winning competitions. One of the competitions United haven’t joined is the NextGen Series – we talk about why United may not have entered the tournament and highlight that UEFA are considering their own version.
We very briefly gloss over Van Persie and Lucas Moura talk, and explain why the one player we’re rumoured to be interested in that catches our attention is Victor Wanyama at Celtic. We’re still being linked with two young South Americans – Angelo Henriquez and Ezequiel Cirigliano. On Cirigliano we reference this excellent piece by Daniel Colasimone.
We finish the show by answering another question – naming our starting XI as it stands right now for the opening game of the season!
Once again, to listen to the podcast, click on this link. It is available to listen to or download on iTunes at this link.
To listen to the first eleven podcasts, click here.