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Nik, Colm and David G celebrate our triumphant end to a strange Premier League campaign, as we take third and secure our place in the Champions League next season. The lads take stock of our season under Ole, discuss potential ins and outs over a shortened transfer window and their expectations for the conclusion of what we hope will be our last Europa League campaign for some time.


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Another great podcast, as expected.

Great ending to the season and great run with which we caught Leicester and leaped over Chelsea and secured our CL spot deservedly so. Lot of praise for Ole, he succeeded after a long and troublesome season in which there were a lot of doubts about him and calls for him to be sacked. Finally it's obvious there is something on the footballing side of it and it isnt just our players playing for themselves or waiting some big moment from our most talented players.
Players have evolved, our game has evolved and our youngsters are being given chances and taking them. This team has so much potential it gives you goosebumps.
I do agree with Colm, I think it was him, that he needs to improve his handling of the team some more. I get why he persisted with the same lineup as much as he could in the run since the brake but next season he should manage the team a bit better so near the end of it we dont have players dead behind their eyes (first time I heard this expression and it's a great one :D ). Then again in this window we should add players and widen our bench some more so we dont have to run our first 11 into the ground.
Also tactically I think Ole and the staff have improved which is obvious on the pitch and its clear we're working on our technical part of play (unlike under Mourinho where it was more about strength). Part which he must improve is, as it was said on the cast, is subbing. With 5 subs allowed next season he should be more proactive and a bit quicker on the trigger, weather it's tiredness or we're losing a game so he needs to change things up.

Which leads us to the bench. Fred and Mct should have played more. They're not direct replacements for Bruno, Pogba and Matić but they add something different and they're ideal to freshen the midfield or to close games when needed. Neither is a classical DM but what they do add is grit and strength in defense and connecting our lines and giving the ball to our front 3, especially Fred. Fred proved before the break he's a good player but he is a confidence player who needs games. So he needs game, didnt get much after the brake and his quality again fell a bit. And there's that question about his exact position and role in our play too. He's a good squad option who needs to be kept if he's ok with being a sub. Scott hasnt been that good either since the brake but he needed games too and he's a young player.

Our attacking options are fantastic now, with adding Sancho it will be a dream, I feel giggles just by thinking about it. :D Love how you guys refer to Sancho as being ours already. :)
I dont think we need a CB and even if Ole is thinking about adding one it should be on the bottom of the list. After Sancho we should get some younger version of Matić and a fullback, on the left Williams is a Shaw replacement (although he's right legged) but Wan Bissaka doesnt have a replacement and it seems Ole doesn't trust Dalot.

Wan Bissaka already upped his offensive game but not by much. I think he's still unsured of his offensive abilities and a lot of his troubles are in his head. I agree with Steve that the way we play should give him a lot of chances for a cross or a quick ball across the goal which he loves.

Anyway I'm excited for the next season, upward and onwards lads! :)
 

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Great pod as always boys :) Fair play to David for his bold prediction!

It is incredible when you think about it really, 14 points and 20 odd goals or so behind Leicester at one point so to turn that round is brilliant. I appreciate they had players missing for the run in but we had players missing earlier in the season for large parts so it's just one of those things, Leicester are unfortunate theirs happened at the absolutely wrong time.

On the Leicester game, I was worried about the line up we had due to tiredness as we discussed previously, but I understood we needed one big final effort to get us over the line. The game how I expected to be honest, with both sides nervy and not wanting to make a mistake and I agree that I don't remember DDG having too much to do. Aye they hit the bar, but I don't remember us being too troubled. I thought Lindelof had a great game too. On rotation, I reiterate what I said before, Ole clearly doesn't trust the squad players to help contribute to getting us top 4 and the results earlier in the season show that he was correct. The squad depth absolutely must be addressed in the transfer window. Evans tackle was a shocker, he wins the first tackle but the next one where he is stretching is really bad, deserved straight red.

Agree with Colm on the similarities between Klopp's first couple of seasons at Liverpool and Ole, that Klopp also had to get rid of a lot of players and bring his own in to build a squad.

Feel bad for Fred and McTominay and I do think they should have been played more, but I also think that when they do play you can see the level of the midfield definitely drops. I would expect they get far more games next season but I can't see either of those making themselves a genuine starting 11 player.

I'd give the Europa League a free hit. As much as it would be great to win it and be a great feather in the cap for Ole, I think we desperately need the rest. If we go deep into the competition, unless the Premier League give us special dispensation for more time off, we will then be heading straight into a full new season. There are also international matches at the start of September, so playing the starting 11 from the QF's onward could be a real issue regarding fitness and injuries. I'd mix the team with fringe players and starters and treat the tournament as a pre-season and not take it too seriously. Next season is going to be mega compressed, think about loads of league games and league cup games and CL games before Christmas, then in the New Year again with league games, potential CL games and FA cup games and International games also mixed in. Any chance to give some of the starting 11 time off is invaluable.

Tierney is class. My brother is a big Celtic fan so I have managed to watch a lot of him over the last 3 years or so, and when Arsenal were getting him I wanted to see us go for him, despite his injuries. He is absolutely mint, and if he can stay fit he will be one of the best full backs in Europe. Frankly, with them both fit, Tierney is a better full back than Robertson for me.

When you guys planning for the next one? After the LASK second leg and a look at the transfer window?
 
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Another great podcast, as expected.

Great ending to the season and great run with which we caught Leicester and leaped over Chelsea and secured our CL spot deservedly so. Lot of praise for Ole, he succeeded after a long and troublesome season in which there were a lot of doubts about him and calls for him to be sacked. Finally it's obvious there is something on the footballing side of it and it isnt just our players playing for themselves or waiting some big moment from our most talented players.
Players have evolved, our game has evolved and our youngsters are being given chances and taking them. This team has so much potential it gives you goosebumps.
I do agree with Colm, I think it was him, that he needs to improve his handling of the team some more. I get why he persisted with the same lineup as much as he could in the run since the brake but next season he should manage the team a bit better so near the end of it we dont have players dead behind their eyes (first time I heard this expression and it's a great one :D ). Then again in this window we should add players and widen our bench some more so we dont have to run our first 11 into the ground.
Also tactically I think Ole and the staff have improved which is obvious on the pitch and its clear we're working on our technical part of play (unlike under Mourinho where it was more about strength). Part which he must improve is, as it was said on the cast, is subbing. With 5 subs allowed next season he should be more proactive and a bit quicker on the trigger, weather it's tiredness or we're losing a game so he needs to change things up.

Which leads us to the bench. Fred and Mct should have played more. They're not direct replacements for Bruno, Pogba and Matić but they add something different and they're ideal to freshen the midfield or to close games when needed. Neither is a classical DM but what they do add is grit and strength in defense and connecting our lines and giving the ball to our front 3, especially Fred. Fred proved before the break he's a good player but he is a confidence player who needs games. So he needs game, didnt get much after the brake and his quality again fell a bit. And there's that question about his exact position and role in our play too. He's a good squad option who needs to be kept if he's ok with being a sub. Scott hasnt been that good either since the brake but he needed games too and he's a young player.

Our attacking options are fantastic now, with adding Sancho it will be a dream, I feel giggles just by thinking about it. :D Love how you guys refer to Sancho as being ours already. :)
I dont think we need a CB and even if Ole is thinking about adding one it should be on the bottom of the list. After Sancho we should get some younger version of Matić and a fullback, on the left Williams is a Shaw replacement (although he's right legged) but Wan Bissaka doesnt have a replacement and it seems Ole doesn't trust Dalot.

Wan Bissaka already upped his offensive game but not by much. I think he's still unsured of his offensive abilities and a lot of his troubles are in his head. I agree with Steve that the way we play should give him a lot of chances for a cross or a quick ball across the goal which he loves.

Anyway I'm excited for the next season, upward and onwards lads! :)
Cheers mate - sounds like you agree with much of what was said, although my opinion is different on what's needed in the squad to move to the next level . CB still top of the list for me Even if only because we always have at least 2 injured! Then an attacking option, hopefully Sancho.
Whereas have plenty of strong midfield options now so not a priority area to buy, Matic is not ready for retirement just yet but maybe next summer.
FB is also ok for me, Dalot likely to leave and Laird can be AWB backup.

Either way the main thing that is that Ole needs to be backed by the board to do what he needs


Great pod as always boys :) Fair play to David for his bold prediction!

It is incredible when you think about it really, 14 points and 20 odd goals or so behind Leicester at one point so to turn that round is brilliant. I appreciate they had players missing for the run in but we had players missing earlier in the season for large parts so it's just one of those things, Leicester are unfortunate theirs happened at the absolutely wrong time.

On the Leicester game, I was worried about the line up we had due to tiredness as we discussed previously, but I understood we needed one big final effort to get us over the line. The game how I expected to be honest, with both sides nervy and not wanting to make a mistake and I agree that I don't remember DDG having too much to do. Aye they hit the bar, but I don't remember us being too troubled. I thought Lindelof had a great game too. On rotation, I reiterate what I said before, Ole clearly doesn't trust the squad players to help contribute to getting us top 4 and the results earlier in the season show that he was correct. The squad depth absolutely must be addressed in the transfer window. Evans tackle was a shocker, he wins the first tackle but the next one where he is stretching is really bad, deserved straight red.

Agree with Colm on the similarities between Klopp's first couple of seasons at Liverpool and Ole, that Klopp also had to get rid of a lot of players and bring his own in to build a squad.

Feel bad for Fred and McTominay and I do think they should have been played more, but I also think that when they do play you can see the level of the midfield definitely drops. I would expect they get far more games next season but I can't see either of those making themselves a genuine starting 11 player.

I'd give the Europa League a free hit. As much as it would be great to win it and be a great feather in the cap for Ole, I think we desperately need the rest. If we go deep into the competition, unless the Premier League give us special dispensation for more time off, we will then be heading straight into a full new season. There are also international matches at the start of September, so playing the starting 11 from the QF's onward could be a real issue regarding fitness and injuries. I'd mix the team with fringe players and starters and treat the tournament as a pre-season and not take it too seriously. Next season is going to be mega compressed, think about loads of league games and league cup games and CL games before Christmas, then in the New Year again with league games, potential CL games and FA cup games and International games also mixed in. Any chance to give some of the starting 11 time off is invaluable.

Tierney is class. My brother is a big Celtic fan so I have managed to watch a lot of him over the last 3 years or so, and when Arsenal were getting him I wanted to see us go for him, despite his injuries. He is absolutely mint, and if he can stay fit he will be one of the best full backs in Europe. Frankly, with them both fit, Tierney is a better full back than Robertson for me.

When you guys planning for the next one? After the LASK second leg and a look at the transfer window?
Well I'm totally with you on mixing it up for the Europa, good time to try a few young players and put a couple of others in the shop window. Although I realised that winning it would make us a CL seed, whereas we are Pot2 at the moment so worth winning of course

I think the plan is a transfer window pod maybe just before Europa starts up - I'll probably not be on it as I can't be arsed to follow most of the transfer rumour mill. My rule is that, until it's on BBC Football (and not the gossip page) it's all bollocks!
 

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Cheers mate - sounds like you agree with much of what was said, although my opinion is different on what's needed in the squad to move to the next level . CB still top of the list for me Even if only because we always have at least 2 injured! Then an attacking option, hopefully Sancho.
Whereas have plenty of strong midfield options now so not a priority area to buy, Matic is not ready for retirement just yet but maybe next summer.
FB is also ok for me, Dalot likely to leave and Laird can be AWB backup.

Either way the main thing that is that Ole needs to be backed by the board to do what he needs
Yeah I agree with most what you guys said. :)
As for CBs, new one would come in handy, I just feel 2 or 3 other positions should come first. Saying that our CB could be better. First choice are Maguire and Lindelof but after that Bailly who is always injured and Tuanzebe who's coming back in what September? Also jury is still out on TFM if he can be at least useful squad member. What will happen with Jones, will we finally sell him. :D

In midfield if we're wont go for Matić replacement in the long run this transfer window maybe Ole should give some chances to Garner?
And I heard lots of good things about Laird. So maybe ideal would be to throw him into to fire so to say too. :)

I forgot EL part. I'm somewhere in the middle between playing with backups and younguns all 4 games (of course if it will be 4) and going all in for the trophy. Of course LASK game is ideal for giving our best players a brake but after that we should go with a mixed team, strong enough to go all the way. I said in one other thread when Liverpool secured their title that media was all about Liverpool supposedly being back on their perch which is of course bollocks. In any case only way to shut them up a bit is to win stuff and show we're still there, winning trophies, although we're in a constant rebuild (I hope not an endless one). And finally we're Manchester United, we should go for every title available when given chance. :)
 

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Well I'm totally with you on mixing it up for the Europa, good time to try a few young players and put a couple of others in the shop window. Although I realised that winning it would make us a CL seed, whereas we are Pot2 at the moment so worth winning of course

I think the plan is a transfer window pod maybe just before Europa starts up - I'll probably not be on it as I can't be arsed to follow most of the transfer rumour mill. My rule is that, until it's on BBC Football (and not the gossip page) it's all bollocks!
Yeah winning it could be great for Ole as it would be a trophy in his first season and your right about the seedings, but I definitely want to see the young and fringe players get plenty of game time. Some of them need putting in the shop window.

Sounds good - haha aww man I love muppet season, take everything with a pinch of salt but it's great fun :D the being said, I don't think we are too far off sorting a deal for Sancho, and I think we are definitely after a CB.
 

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Also I forgot, loved that bit about our new number 7. What a sweet worry to have, who will wear that iconic number, Mason or Jando. :drool:

Jesus, it's all so exciting again, being an United supporter. :devil:
 

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Enjoyable pod as always. Found myself agreeing with @Duafc about a lot. I agree, it feels odd to criticise Wan-Bissaka when he's the first capable right back we've had for seven years. However, his positioning on aerial balls is bad. He does tend to dawdle when he has to make a decision other than when to tackle. Plus, he has serious deficiencies going forward. Nevermind Dani Alves, Rafael Da Silva afforded the time and space Wan-Bissaka gets would add a whole new dimension to our attack.

Matic must be replaced too. You boys talked about the refusal of Ole to rotate midfield but the fact is, as this team has evolved tactically, we've been left with square pegs for round holes. McTominay and Fred are really box-to-box midfielders, and it was noticeable to me how much more assured McTominay looked when he came on at Leicester and played besides Pogba rather than in the deeper role. We don't have natural a natural replacement for Matic at #6. Someone who can do a Busquets and drop into the back line and let the centre halves split so the full backs can push on and give the team width, someone who sniffs danger on the transition and knows where to be, someone who can progress the ball from deep and not just go sideways. Matic is good when he's had a week off but he isn't good when he has to play every game. We need a world class holding player added to the squad.
 

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Enjoyable pod as always. Found myself agreeing with @Duafc about a lot. I agree, it feels odd to criticise Wan-Bissaka when he's the first capable right back we've had for seven years. However, his positioning on aerial balls is bad. He does tend to dawdle when he has to make a decision other than when to tackle. Plus, he has serious deficiencies going forward. Nevermind Dani Alves, Rafael Da Silva afforded the time and space Wan-Bissaka gets would add a whole new dimension to our attack.

Matic must be replaced too. You boys talked about the refusal of Ole to rotate midfield but the fact is, as this team has evolved tactically, we've been left with square pegs for round holes. McTominay and Fred are really box-to-box midfielders, and it was noticeable to me how much more assured McTominay looked when he came on at Leicester and played besides Pogba rather than in the deeper role. We don't have natural a natural replacement for Matic at #6. Someone who can do a Busquets and drop into the back line and let the centre halves split so the full backs can push on and give the team width, someone who sniffs danger on the transition and knows where to be, someone who can progress the ball from deep and not just go sideways. Matic is good when he's had a week off but he isn't good when he has to play every game. We need a world class holding player added to the squad.
Im actually surprised by how much criticism AWB is getting as I think hes had a great first season with clear signs of improvement throughout the season that I expect to continue as he develops - he does need to sort out his positional play but his attacking stats are actually decent, far better than Luke Shaw for example. Like I said on the pod, he has an unorthodox style that is never going to win any awards for technique but it can still be effective.

It is clear that Fred can never replace Matic as hes a completely different style of player (and maybe you are right about him being the square peg), but I still hold some hope that McTominay can - after all he has been trusted to play CB on the odd occasion (albeit ended badly once under Jose) and I saw some comments from Neville recently saying he thinks he might be more suited to that kind of defensive position. His passing is unlikely to get to Matic level but if he can learn the positional side then I dont see why not.
 

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Im actually surprised by how much criticism AWB is getting as I think hes had a great first season with clear signs of improvement throughout the season that I expect to continue as he develops - he does need to sort out his positional play but his attacking stats are actually decent, far better than Luke Shaw for example. Like I said on the pod, he has an unorthodox style that is never going to win any awards for technique but it can still be effective.

It is clear that Fred can never replace Matic as hes a completely different style of player (and maybe you are right about him being the square peg), but I still hold some hope that McTominay can - after all he has been trusted to play CB on the odd occasion (albeit ended badly once under Jose) and I saw some comments from Neville recently saying he thinks he might be more suited to that kind of defensive position. His passing is unlikely to get to Matic level but if he can learn the positional side then I dont see why not.
It's a big ask for McTominay and he was garbage in the role at Palace. Nothing would make me happier to see him develop into a top defensive midfielder, one of our own saving us millions in the market. But, frankly speaking, I reckon if he ends up being half the defensive midfielder Phil Neville was that'll be a shock. I don't see him growing into the next Edgar Davids say.

And that is why there's been no real rotation. Fred and McTominay can't give what Matic does at #6, what Pogba does at #8 and what Bruno does at #10. They are victims of the teams evolution away from low block, counter attacking to a more expansive style where we're basically 3-3-1-3 in possession.

As for AWB, he's better offensively than he was but he's starting from a low base. I can't go from watching Paul Parker and Gary Neville to thinking what AWB does with the ball is acceptable. We all got fed up with Tony Valencia turning back constantly, why should we accept it from AWB? He has to do more, much more.
 

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It's a big ask for McTominay and he was garbage in the role at Palace. Nothing would make me happier to see him develop into a top defensive midfielder, one of our own saving us millions in the market. But, frankly speaking, I reckon if he ends up being half the defensive midfielder Phil Neville was that'll be a shock. I don't see him growing into the next Edgar Davids say.

And that is why there's been no real rotation. Fred and McTominay can't give what Matic does at #6, what Pogba does at #8 and what Bruno does at #10. They are victims of the teams evolution away from low block, counter attacking to a more expansive style where we're basically 3-3-1-3 in possession.

As for AWB, he's better offensively than he was but he's starting from a low base. I can't go from watching Paul Parker and Gary Neville to thinking what AWB does with the ball is acceptable. We all got fed up with Tony Valencia turning back constantly, why should we accept it from AWB? He has to do more, much more.
I think we will see more from AWB once he has a regular partner on the right side and like I said his stats for assists and chances created in the last half of the season are actually good - and his defensive stats (tackles and blocks) are the best in the whole PL.

I might be reaching in expectation for McTominay, but Im always ready to give our academy players every chance to make it. He has all the attributes to be a very good defensive midfielder, perhaps not in the same mould as Matic but you cant always expect to replace like for like and as long as he does the grafting to give Pogba and Bruno the time to create then I dont see why it cant work.
 
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With the league season finally complete David, Colm @Duafc and Jamie @Vault Dweller turn their attention to the summer transfer window.
The team will surely need one or two quality signings if United are to compete on all fronts next year, so the lads assess the areas we most need to strengthen and discuss some of the names doing the rounds in the media.
Also Colm calls Friday 7th August as the day Sancho will become a United player and reveals the formula he used to make the prediction exclusively on the podcast!


Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-transfer-talk
 

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With the league season finally complete David, Colm @Duafc and Jamie @Vault Dweller turn their attention to the summer transfer window.
The team will surely need one or two quality signings if United are to compete on all fronts next year, so the lads assess the areas we most need to strengthen and discuss some of the names doing the rounds in the media.
Also Colm calls Friday 7th August as the day Sancho will become a United player and reveals the formula he used to make the prediction exclusively on the podcast!


Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-transfer-talk
Nice one guys. Will give this a listen in the van tomorrow.
 

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With the league season finally complete David, Colm @Duafc and Jamie @Vault Dweller turn their attention to the summer transfer window.
The team will surely need one or two quality signings if United are to compete on all fronts next year, so the lads assess the areas we most need to strengthen and discuss some of the names doing the rounds in the media.
Also Colm calls Friday 7th August as the day Sancho will become a United player and reveals the formula he used to make the prediction exclusively on the podcast!


Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-transfer-talk
With the league season finally complete David, Colm @Duafc and Jamie @Vault Dweller turn their attention to the summer transfer window.
The team will surely need one or two quality signings if United are to compete on all fronts next year, so the lads assess the areas we most need to strengthen and discuss some of the names doing the rounds in the media.
Also Colm calls Friday 7th August as the day Sancho will become a United player and reveals the formula he used to make the prediction exclusively on the podcast!


Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-transfer-talk
Very enjoyable podcast lads, I've made sure to follow on Spotify! Cheers
 
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With the league season finally complete David, Colm @Duafc and Jamie @Vault Dweller turn their attention to the summer transfer window.
The team will surely need one or two quality signings if United are to compete on all fronts next year, so the lads assess the areas we most need to strengthen and discuss some of the names doing the rounds in the media.
Also Colm calls Friday 7th August as the day Sancho will become a United player and reveals the formula he used to make the prediction exclusively on the podcast!


Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-transfer-talk
Agreed with most of the transfer muppeting. Some of the guys mentioned that Ole wants character and grit from the players and I immediately thought of Fred: decent player and a fighter but lacks any character or presence on the pitch. Funnily yesterday I was watching the match the commentator says about the same exact words.
 

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Nice episodeguys. Would like to hear a bit more about the finances coming in to this window. Lots of factors are in play this coming year, like COVID-19, CL qualification, effect of run in Europa League, difference between 3rd and 4th in cash prize, re-negotiating of shirt sponsor, training equipment, training ground coming up this next year etc. Effect of Sanchez off the wage budget. Also, heard something about United drawing from a credit facility they arranged several years ago, what could be possible reasons for this, and is it something to worry about?
 
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In the latest episode, Colm (@Duafc), Ed (@That'sHernandez) and Ashwin (@AR87) discuss United overcoming the might of LASK to secure our place in the last 8 of the Europa League. The lads look forward to the coming quarter-final against FC Copenhagen and the mini-tournament taking place in Cologne. Hear Ashwin bask in his admiration of Messi Lingard and the lads discussing a few more of the fringe players.

Download link here - check OP for Spotify or hopefully you have already subscribed via whatever podcast player:
https://unitedhour.transistor.fm/episodes/united-hour-lask-action-heroes