Aashish Murali

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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 …
Mourinho's Mood Throws Light on Systemic Problems at Manchester United

Mourinho's Mood Throws Light on Systemic Problems at Manchester United

Two games into the pre-season in the US, Manchester United are already in the middle of a monumental crisis - or so it would appear if you came across Jose Mourinho speak to the cameras in a sunny Los Angeles, where Manchester United have their training base located. After drawing 1-1 against Club America, a patched-up United side fell flat again in a 0-0 stalemate against San Jose Earthquakes, who are languishing at the bottom of the MLS. Ahead of …
Paul Pogba, the World Cup and Mourinho's Interesting and Incomplete Assessment

Paul Pogba, the World Cup and Mourinho's Interesting and Incomplete Assessment

As France beat Croatia in the final and won the World Cup for only the second time in their history, this exhilarating tournament - for once, did not produce the unexpected as it had done pretty much throughout these last 30 days. In a competition that was littered with shock goals and surprise victories at every stage, the final - being 'the fixture' was somehow, an outlier - in that, not only was the result fairly expected, but the manner …
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