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The Shirtless Plantain Show unites football, banter, seriousness and brings a fresh voice to the football world. Coming from immigrant backgrounds mixed with western culture, we are a football collective that does not play by the rules and colors outside the lines. Tune in to hear genuine stories and unique perspectives. We have conversations with amazing guests, using football as our canvas to paint stories from a unique lens.
 
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Carl Anka covers Manchester United for The Athletic and he also co-wrote "You Are A Champion: Unlock Your Potential, Find Your Voice And Be The BEST You Can Be" with Marcus Rashford. Alon and Carl talk all about Manchester United. There’s Ronaldo and how he fits into the team, Ole and what he’s up to, the direction of Manchester United, Sancho, Var…
 
Walsh’s Wildcard is popped and that dominates the conversation. Balancing the Mo/Rom/Ron triumvirate with enablers is crucial and we get into a bunch of more shit! 00:00 - Intro / admin. 01:58 - How’d we do in GW4? 05:16 - Leagues update. 06:01 - Walsh is on Wildcard. 11:32 - Budget MIDs. 24:45 - Budget and mid-priced FWDs. 33:22 - Burnley rant. 39…
 
Talking Tactics discuss Atletico getting the big boy treatment in La LIga. Have Hope explains why he's been right about Benzema the whole time. Camavinga's debut. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford and bagged a brace. Lukaku followed suit at Stamford Bridge. Mohamed Salah is certified. Juventus are now a Top 4 contender. We're not talking a…
 
Ian Irving hosts The Athletic's podcast dedicated to Manchester United in conversation with club correspondents Carl Anka and Laurie Whitwell. The eyes of the footballing world fell on Manchester at 3pm on Saturday to see Cristiano Ronaldo return to where he developed into a world-class forward. With two goals, he didn't disappoint, and his return …
 
Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Carl Anka & Laurie Whitwell to detail how they think Cristiano Ronaldo will fit into the United team from a technical perspective and why they feel certain he will start at Old Trafford on Saturday. Carl tells us what he's learnt from speaking to contacts in France about Anthony Martial and we hear why United …
 
Talking Tactics discuss how Naby Keita might be feeling in Guinea, and how Paul Pogba might have changed things, if at all. Were health officials playing a larger game during Brazil v Argentina? UCL draw, and Have Hope updating his list of margins. The passing of Jean-Pierre Adams. Questions on Tammy Abraham, Messi v Ronaldo, Wenger changing the Wo…
 
Ian Irving hosts The Athletic's podcast dedicated to Manchester United, joined this week by club correspondents Laurie Whitwell and Carl Anka. Jesse Lingard was the star for England against Andorra, so what does that mean for his place in the pecking order? We take a look at some of the more peripheral players in Ole's squad. The women's team kicke…
 
Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell & Andy Mitten to assess United's business in the transfer window and answer a bunch of questions from listeners. And we could not ignore Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking exploits on international duty ahead of his return to Old Trafford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone…
 
Talking Tactics discuss Mbappé staying with Paris Saint-Germain after broken Real Madrid negotiations. Is it wise for PSG to pass on €200 million for one season of "MNM," and what happens to Madrid this season? Also, Have Hope has issues with social media. If Chelsea can't play Hudson-Odoi, should he follow Abraham's example and leave town? Man Cit…
 
Ian Irving is your host for The Athletic's dedicated Manchester United podcast, with the inside track on the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer and the rest of the week's news provided by club correspondent Laurie Whitwell and United We Stand Editor Andy Mitten. It was a whirlwind of a day on Friday as United stepped in to steal the signature of the world'…
 
Early season there is just so damn much to talk about for every episode. Let’s go get it. Also shoutout to the Mitski song “I Bet on Losing Dogs” that I got the name of this episode from which A. rocks and B. describes my FPL tendencies (betting on losing dogs): https://youtu.be/dQkZve4_B2A 00:00 - Intro / admin. 00:48 - How’d we do in GW3? 01:30 -…
 
Ian Irving hosts The Athletic's dedicated twice-weekly Manchester United podcast with expert guests Andy Mitten, Editor of United We Stand, and club correspondent Laurie Whitwell. We've been talking about midfield reinforcements quite a lot lately, but there's been little mention of Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez. Nevertheless, he's emerged as a pot…
 
There’s too much to talk about and we go long again. We have many takes and rants and complaints and thoughts. The season is well and truly rolling and we’re already behind the template. Where to next? 00:00 - Intro / admin. 00:59 - How’d we do in GW2? And GW2 tilting things. 09:31 - Leagues update. 11:17 - West Ham and Antonio and Benrahma. 18:46 …
 
Talking Tactics are joined by NiiNii FC (of BlueLionsTV) to discuss Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal. Lukaku's return. Tuchel's pre-season. Koundé ramifications. Arsenal are wounded, but what are they doing? Saka being booed. Pogba balling. Kane to City speculation. Vinicius' final form. Memphis Depay is good, but Messi was Messi. Abraham's Roma debut. Nice / M…
 
Ian Irving hosts another Monday-debrief for The Athletic's Manchester United podcast, accompanied this time by Carl Anka and Andy Mitten. After the season started with a bang, United travelled to St Mary's in high spirits. Unfortunately, ninety minutes later they left with a solitary point and some thinking to do. Midfield reinforcements are the ob…
 
Host Ian Irving is joined by The Athletic's Laurie Whitwell & Andy Mitten to mark 25 years since David Beckham's goal from inside his own half, one of the most iconic moments in United’s history, a goal that kicked open the door to Beckham becoming a global superstar. We also discuss Beckham's impact at United, in the city of Manchester and in popu…
 
Everything is interesting, everything is a data point, every player is an option. Just GW1 things. But also let’s look to GW2 too. 00:00 - Intro / admin. 01:58 - How’d we do in GW1? 04:31 - Our GW1 teams. 05:43 - Leagues update. 07:09 - Man. United questions. 14:42 - Leeds. 17:23 - Chelsea questions. 22:25 - Everton questions and Southampton rant. …
 
Talking Tactics are joined by Paul Ansorge (of No Question About That) to discuss Manchester United 5-1 Leeds United. The masterclass of Paul Pogba. How good is Bruno really? Why can't Souness just give Pogba his credit? Harry Kane to Man City needs to happen. Chelsea looked good, but they need Lukaku. Have Hope on Messi to PSG, and the circus goin…
 
Ian Irving hosts the first Monday edition of The Athletic's dedicated Manchester United podcast with our club journalists Carl Anka, Andy Mitten, and Laurie Whitwell. Leeds United were the visitors to Old Trafford for our season-opener, and it was a dominant performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. Paul Pogba assisted four of the five goals, a…
 
Ian Irving is your host for the latest episode of The Athletic's Manchester United podcast, joined by our in-house club specialists Carl Anka and Laurie Whitwell alongside regular contributor and editor of United We Stand, Andy Mitten. It was a quiet week on the news-front, with the media circus surrounding Leo Messi's Barcelona exit dominating the…
 
Questions into topics into rants and tangents and rinse and repeat. It’s time for GW1 and there are infinite possibilities ahead of us. Let’s explore some. 00:00 - Intro / admin. 03:16 - Are we still on Bachmann? 04:34 - Building for long term or building for short term or a bit of both? 09:08 - Early Wildcard? 11:41 - Liverpool / Jota / Tsimikas. …
 
Talking Tactics are joined by Carl Anka (of The Athletic) to discuss the apparent departure of Lionel Messi from Barcleona. His press conference. The wage structure at Barca. The future of the club, looking at CVC, and the Super League. Is Paris Saint-Germain the right move? And you asked questions about Sergio Aguero, salary caps, Olympic medals, …
 
This is the one you've been waiting for; The Athletic's Manchester United podcast returns for the 2021/22 season with all your favourites returning. Carl Anka, Laurie Whitwell, and Andy Mitten pick up their great work where we left off after the Europa League Final, and we've a fabulous new host, a man who is no stranger to the Old Trafford press b…
 
Neil Atkinson does loads of presenting, hosting, and writing for the award winning Anfield Wrap. Alon and Neil talk about The Anfield Wrap, Liverpool, and then bounce around to different teams, players, the 21/22 season, fantasy football, and more. You can find Neil on twitter at: https://twitter.com/Knox_Harrington And you can find all things Anfi…
 
One of our longest pods in history but it had to be done. Budget-priced assets are boxed as the GW1 deadline gets closer and closer. Fuck. 00:00 - Intro / admin. 01:20 - Patreon and Discord and supporting the pod. 04:07 - Budget-priced GKs (4.5m and under). 22:13 - Budget-priced Defenders (4.5m and under). 50:47 - Budget-priced Midfielders (6.5m an…
 
Walsh chats with a few lads one at a time - each of them representing one of the newly promoted sides for the upcoming 21/22 Premier League season. You can find Bradley at: https://twitter.com/BradleyHayden11 Jerry at: @Jerry in our Patreon Discord server. And Billy at: https://twitter.com/Beesotted and his podcast at http://prideofwest.london/ -- …
 
Preseason pods are longgggggggggggggggggg but they’re fun too. Hopefully we give you new things and players to think about and talk about and tinker with. It’s tinker season after all… 00:00 - Intro / admin. 01:21 - Alon’s current tinker and thoughts. 07:33 - Walsh’s current tinker and thoughts. 10:37 - Mid-priced GKs (5.0m). 21:56 - Mid-priced Def…
 
Talking Tactics discuss what they've been watching at the Olympics. Chelsea haven't yet purchased at striker; where is Erling Haaland? Is Tammy Abraham to Arsenal a good move? Manchester United have a decision to make with Pogba, but they've added Sancho, and Varane seems likely. Can Varane be the best in a defensive partnership. Any good football …
 
We had to bring back Carl Anka. He has had an amazing year since we last spoke; he has been covering Man Utd, England, wrote with Marcus Rashford. Overall he is just being the great man that he is. We spoke about Euros, England, Jadon Sancho, Man Utd, defensive midfielders, future of football, AFCON, World Cup, and a host of amazing topics. FOLLOW …
 
We are back and full of piss and vinegar. The hiatus was much needed and it’s time to sink our teeth into some preliminary FPL thoughts starting with the premium priced heavy hitters. Good to be back. 00:00 - Intro / Admin / Autopick teams. 04:04 - How was the break? 06:25 - Our preseason pods breakdown. 07:25 - Premium GKs (5.5 and up). 22:17 - Pr…
 
Talking Tactics discuss Ramos to PSG, and what the Parisians might do with their wealth of talent. Which will be the first big transfer: Haaland to Chelsea, Pogba to Paris, Kane to Manchester City, or Mbappe to Real Madrid? Why did Kane sign a six-year extension? Are Chelsea playing with Varane to mess with Manchester United. What's happening with …
 
Talking Tactics discuss EURO 2020, but first the Copa America final. Argentina win a major trophy with Messi, thanks to Angel Di Maria. What does it mean for Messi's legacy, and why international football really does matter. Brazil, simply, are in a bad place.Italy are the champions of Europe. Donnarumma was massive, Chiellini and Bonucci were soli…
 
Talking Tactics discuss EURO 2020. Italy beat Spain via penalties, should Morata have taken one even if he got the equalizer. England beat a resilient but underpowered Denmark. Is the format of the competition fair, is "home-pitch advantage" real, and should you be mad at the dive or the call?Argentina and Brazil face either other in the Copa Ameri…
 
Final Euros pod for us! A short one. We reminisce about the Euros so far and Euro Fantasy while it lasted before we go into hibernation and hiatus mode leading into our #FPL preseason pods. 00:00 - Intro / Admin 02:26 - How’d we do in Round of 16 06:07 - Euros league update 06:28 - Questions from Discord 25:48 - Belgium vs. Italy 29:29 - How about …
 
Talking Tactics discuss EURO 2020. Denmark continue their feel-good story in the absence of Christian Eriksen. Should Sweden have been down to 10 against Ukraine? Austria made Italy sweat. Can you blame De Ligt, and might supercomputers know something about Czech Republic? Do Belgium have enough without De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, and what went wron…
 
Not a good time for us the last two MDs so it’s time to kick it into full gear and use this final wildcard opportunity to pick the greatest team to have ever been picked! Or probably just fuck it all up and keep going down in rank… :( 00:00 - Intro / Admin 00:52 - How’d we do in MD3 09:08 - Euros league update 10:35 - With chip(s) vs. without chip(…
 
Talking Tactics discuss EURO 2020. Wales surprise in Group A. How did Denmark survive Group B? Maybe De Boer isn't that bad? England and Croatia survive Group D. Spain advance despite Morata being Morata. In Group F Germany, Portugal, and Hungary played musical chairs. Benzema is off the mark. The Round of 16 is here, and there are some big games. …
 
We had a shite limitless chip and now we’re trying to look into the MD3 crystal ball but it’s shady as fuck. Here we go. 00:00 - Intro / Admin 00:33 - How’d We Do in MD2 06:39 - Euros League Update 07:13 - To wildcard or not to wildcard 16:57 - Questions from Discord (and rants and whatever) 44:06 - Our MD3 Team / Transfers / Captains 56:41 - Anus …
 
Talking Tactics discuss EURO 2020. Italy send a message to start the competition. The unfortunate events surrounding Denmark and Christian Eriksen. Belgium seem dominant without De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. Pandev and Inter 2010. Arnautovic should be respectful. England beat Croatia. Daniel is "Scottish." Poland struggle v Slovakia. Spain make us suf…
 
We’re like excited little kids with all the action going on we can hardly control ourselves. Had to pod before the final day of MD1 but we had to get our thoughts and feelings sorted for a fresh new MD2 team. We move. 00:00 - Intro / Admin 01:29 - How’re We Doing in MD1 05:53 - Euros League Update 07:45 - Matchday 2 Questions 23:56 - Limitless Chip…
 
We basically haven’t talked in a week and we’re just in it man. We are totally freestyling the episode no tactics just vibes. Lots of tangents and random thoughts here and there with days of more research and tinkering to come before finalizing our MD1 Euro Fantasy teams. Patreon pod (2/2) recording Thursday night. Also join our Fantasy Euros Leagu…
 
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