Aashish Murali

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

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

In what is billed as the heavyweight clash of the week, a bruised Manchester United side will take on a confident Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday Night. United are not in great shape at the moment, there are question marks everywhere you look at Old Trafford. Since the defeat at Brighton last week, the club has been steadily engulfed in a cloud of negativity - with the side desperate now for a big result and a positive one …
The Boiling Hot Mess that is Manchester United

The Boiling Hot Mess that is Manchester United

The drama has peaked at Manchester United - that in less than 24 hours after the defeat to Brighton, the utter shambles of the nature of that performance at the Amex Stadium was quickly forgotten because there was already a new circus in town. And the clown this time is one of football's 'super agents', a modern-day euphemism for despicable opportunists, Mino Raiola. It all started with Paul Scholes, one of the most decorated midfielders in the game and whose influence …
Brighton v Manchester United Preview: Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On Sunday, Manchester United will play their first game away from home in 2018/19, and it's a trip to the seaside all the way to the South of England. Brighton and Hove Albion did incredibly well under Chris Hughton to manage survival last season but given the rising quality of the league including the newly promoted sides, it does look like the Seagulls, on paper, are once again set to be involved in a relegation scrap by April. If anything, …
Pereira & Other Positives on Friday Night as Man United Edged Leicester

Pereira & Other Positives on Friday Night as Man United Edged Leicester

So, after all the doom and gloom prior to the beginning of the campaign, United went out on Friday - with a point to prove, and they did, by winning a tight game against Leicester City to claim all 3 points in the opening weekend at Old Trafford. Here are a few of my thoughts on the performance of the home side on the pitch, of Mourinho in the press conference and finally of Paul Pogba in the mixed zone. …
Manchester United and the Season Ahead: Q & A with Stretty News

Manchester United and the Season Ahead: Q & A with Stretty News

As another year of the emotional roller-coaster that is the Premier League is fast approaching, we spoke to football writers and fans to get their thoughts on the transfer window and the season ahead. I had the pleasure to interact with Dale O'Donnell, Editor and Chief of Stretty News and contributor to The Mirror, The Sportsman among others - on Manchester United, Jose Mourinho and the main stories that dominated their Summer. Plus, some interesting predictions for 2018/19. You can follow …
Time for Andreas Pereira to Make his Mark at Manchester United

Time for Andreas Pereira to Make his Mark at Manchester United

We are nearing the end of preparations as Manchester United fly back home to wrap things up ahead of their Friday night fixture against Leicester City next week. United's camp was a lot happier after the final game - as they edged a Real Madrid - who are admittedly in their nascent stages of pre-season - in Miami, Florida. Mourinho, himself was reasonably cheerful (come on, he smiled a few times) - not least with the returning English and Belgian …
United's Center-Half Options in the Transfer Market: Harry Maguire

United's Center-Half Options in the Transfer Market: Harry Maguire

While signing a 29-year old Toby Alderweireld would represent a signing for the here and now - the kind of move that Mourinho often makes to 'hyperspeed' his way to league success, the pursuit of Harry Maguire, should it come to fruition, would add more meat to the idea that Jose Mourinho sees himself at Manchester United beyond his current contract which expires at 2020. Staying at Manchester United for the length of his existing contract would be quite a …
United's Center-Half Options in the Transfer Market: Toby Alderweireld

United's Center-Half Options in the Transfer Market: Toby Alderweireld

Even though it was only pre-season, United's 4-1 defeat against Liverpool in Ann Arbor, Michigan - in front of a 95,000 strong crowd - really stung the manager and properly unravelled Mourinho's frustration and general negativity in a rather revealing press conference. The Portuguese manager is clearly unhappy with the way the preparations have gone on in the United States - the number of players he is missing either through injury or an extended post-World Cup holiday - unfinished businesses in …
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