UTD Podcast: The producer's picks

Sunday 26 June 2022 09:00

The third season of the UTD Podcast has featured some huge names from Manchester United's history, each with their own unique tales to tell.

Given there have been more than 120 episodes so far, it's extremely difficult to pick out favourites. But we asked UTD Podcast producer Matt Tasker to give it a shot by picking his top five from the current third series, in reverse order...


“We made so many requests to get Ji on the podcast and we were chuffed to finally get him on. He’s someone United fans don’t hear from often, so it was great to sit down with him and get his life story. It was also the first time we had been approached by an ex-player to use the podcast as a way of speaking to the fans and get a message across to them [about their chant].”
Park: I should speak up Video

Park: I should speak up

In the latest UTD Podcast, Ji-sung Park shares an important message about his chant...


“I love when we get to speak to players from the 1968 European Cup-winning team. We’ve spoken to so many guests where, when they give us a story, we’re able to play in video footage from different angles. But when we get stories from the older eras, there’s often no footage and we’re relying on these people’s first-hand accounts to keep these stories alive. John was a great example of this, and his story about Nobby Stiles was jaw-dropping…”

“This one is best described as organised chaos! We had Fabio dialling in from France, Rafael was on the training pitch in Brazil, and the hosts (Sam Homewood, Helen Evans and David May) were at their homes in England. It can be hard enough telling the twins apart when you can see them, but we had to think how on earth people would know which was which on audio! Hopefully the hosts did a good-enough job of that, and we had some great interaction between the two.”
UTD Podcast: Our phone call with Cristiano Ronaldo Video

UTD Podcast: Our phone call with Cristiano Ronaldo

The Brazilians tell us the story of how they were scouted by United and receiving a phone call from a certain no.7…


“We took the pod on tour for this one, flying to Amsterdam and making the train journey over to Jaap’s home city of Zwolle. He was really generous with his time so we ended up recording a two-part epic, covering his career and of course his time at United. He was really open about how things broke down with the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) and why he ended up leaving the club.”
UTD Podcast: The truth about Stam's departure Video

UTD Podcast: The truth about Stam's departure

In his UTD Podcast, Jaap Stam reveals all on why he left United in 2001 to sign for Lazio…


“I mean, obviously! Of course his episode is my favourite. Near enough every person we’ve spoken to has mentioned Sir Alex at least once. The approach to this episode was tough, because what do you ask him that he hasn’t already been asked a thousand times before? Sam, Helen and Maysie did a great job of navigating the questions we’d prepared beforehand, but also going off on tangents about the boss’s bucket list, going to the Oscars and what it’s like for him doing his weekly supermarket shop!”
The part of management Sir Alex hated most Video

The part of management Sir Alex hated most

Our legendary former boss explains how he coped with the odd moments of loneliness in the United hot-seat…

In case you missed it, the UTD Podcast has been nominated for the Best Sport Podcast category in the British Podcast Awards.

Find out more, and how you can vote for us in the Listeners' Choice section, here.


  • John Aston Jnr – “Bobby, Nobby & 1968”


    Series three continues with United legend John Aston Jnr who speaks so well about his dad playing for the club and then returning to help with the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster. John’s memories of winning the European Cup in 1968 and being named our Man of the Match at Wembley are extremely special, as well as his stories about George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Nobby Styles. We hope you enjoy this episode and make sure you check out the box set for more.

  • Eric Djemba-Djemba: “Sir Alex changed my life”


    Here’s the episode description from Tasker… Former Manchester United man Eric Djemba-Djemba dialled in from his home in France to join the UTD Podcast this week. The tough-tackling midfielder talked about his first days at Carrington - meeting Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Roy Keane. He looked back on the moment where he and Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench together at Old Trafford, and the words they exchanged before crossing the white line. The Cameroonian touched on his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson, and a very special gesture with the pen Eric used to sign his first United contract.

  • UTD Podcast nominated for industry award


    The Reds' official podcast is in the running for a prestigious accolade after another year of remarkable story-telling.