Aashish Murali

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When the Skies were Grey: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Debut as Interim Manager

When the Skies were Grey: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Debut as Interim Manager

“Football is easy if you have good players", stated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an emphatic 5-1 win - as Manchester United scored five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge of the club. And between the two events, United have gone through a myriad of changes - in personnel and personality, not only losing an awful lot of football matches but also some of their identity in the process. …
Liverpool v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

In the signature matchup in the English football calendar, top-of-the-table Liverpool faces a Manchester United littered with as many uncertainties as there can be within a grossly mismanaged multi-billion pound organization. Liverpool have had their best start in the Premier League era – under the eccentric German, but this is not the first time they are top of the league 16 games into the season. Yet somehow this one does feel different, even for an outsider like me. Liverpool, for …
Manchester United v Fulham Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester United v Fulham Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Ahead of the festive period, we find two teams stuttering towards Christmas, come up against each other - as an eighth-placed Manchester United host bottom-of-the-pile Fulham at Old Trafford this Saturday. Manchester United are in a state of complete non-existence right now - firmly mid-table, they have become one of those run-of-the-mill ordinary also-rans in a league they used to be competing for year-in year-out; especially going up a few gears at this stage of the season. Now, they are an irrelevance …
Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan Preview | Key Men, Team News & Stats

Tottenham Hotspur versus Inter Milan is one of the storied fixtures of the last decade - for it paved the platform for one of the most exciting footballers in Welshman Gareth Bale to put himself in the spotlight. Since then both clubs have had mixed fortunes - while Spurs have, in the last few years been the most consistent side in the Premier League, they have still not been able to crack it in Europe where they have for various …
Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Manchester City v Manchester United: Team News, Stats & Key Men

In the first instalment of the Manchester derby of the season - something quite intriguing is brewing in the powerhouse of the North West. For the first time in quite some time, both clubs are on a high, in terms of momentum and confidence levels and for Manchester United, in particular, this is quite a turnaround - given the way they started the season. City are favourites to retain the Premier League title - and the fact that the last …
Bournemouth v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Bournemouth v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

Eddie Howe's high-flying Bournemouth will host the first game of the weekend and it is a big one with Manchester United coming to town. Bournemouth are sixth in the league - winning six out of the opening ten games in a hugely positive start to the season. Eddie Howe, has always been one to stick to his principles and approach to the game even when the going gets tough - and in 2018/19, this steadfast belief in his ideas has …
Chelsea v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea v Manchester United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea welcoming Manchester United to Stamford Bridge is always one of the clashes to look for in the Premier League calendar - and this Saturday will be no different as Jose Mourinho takes his side to his once-happy stomping ground in King's Road. Chelsea are one of the high-flyers in the Premier League at the moment - and are one of the three sides yet to taste a defeat in the opening 8 games so far. The Blues have been …
How Mourinho can find his Mojo through Alexis Sanchez

How Mourinho can find his Mojo through Alexis Sanchez

It has all been very quiet on the football front, a sense of calm before the impending storm, that Manchester United desperately needed after a whirlwind of the last few weeks on and off the pitch. After intense speculation about Mourinho's precarious position as manager of Manchester United, with the Portuguese reported to have 'lost' the dressing room as if a manager could ever 'win' one, it was rather fitting that the Red Devils won the game last Saturday, in …
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