Aashish Murali

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Martial, Mourinho and the Whataboutery at Manchester United

Martial, Mourinho and the Whataboutery at Manchester United

Recently, I wrote about the surprisingly positive start that Manchester United had made in the summer transfer window, particularly in a World Cup year where prices can be as volatile as they come. The Red Devils have made a couple of early signings already, addressing the two weak areas in the squad: midfield and fullback. Jose Mourinho - who seems to be enjoying the role of a pundit when not taking pictures with the Russian President - does look like …
Five Manchester United Players to Watch at the World Cup - Part One

Five Manchester United Players to Watch at the World Cup - Part One

The excitement is building - with only one sleep before it all kicks off in Russia: I mean, the World Cup and the football. As the 32 nations compete for the most prestigious honour the Sport has to offer, fans from outside of those participating nations still try to find ways to connect with teams and certain players to root for and get some joy out of in seeing them win or worse - despair out of seeing them not …
Manchester United make a Positive Start in the Transfer Window

Manchester United make a Positive Start in the Transfer Window

It's quite telling that even with only a week left until the World Cup begins in Russia, much of the talk still very much is centred around club football and the transfer window that is capturing the interest of the wider public. Premier League is the ultimate money-making machine in this global sport and English clubs have once again been seen flexing their financial muscles across Europe - bringing in players of top quality from outside England to make them …
Manchester United Transfer Index: Marcos Rojo

Manchester United Transfer Index: Marcos Rojo

As part of my weekly feature titled ‘Manchester United Transfer Index’, we will look at the future of Argentine centre-half who cannot make a toast for a living, Marcos Rojo. Moving on from full-backs and makeshift full-backs, this piece will focus on the somewhat murky career of Marcos Rojo at Manchester United. Rojo, in many ways, typifies Manchester United under Mourinho. On his day, he can be the most aggressive yet at the same time, incredibly calculative defender on the …
Manchester United Transfer Index: Ashley Young

Manchester United Transfer Index: Ashley Young

As part of my weekly feature titled ‘Manchester United Transfer Index’, we will look at the future of another winger enjoying a new lease of life at full-back, England International Ashley Young. Arguably, the most defining and memorable Ashley Young moment of 2017/18 was the utter disbelief in Mourinho's face when he saw the 32-year old smash a free kick from 25 yards out to double Manchester United's lead at his former home in Watford - silencing the crowd as …
Alex Sandro and the Importance of Making an Early Statement in the Transfer Window

Alex Sandro and the Importance of Making an Early Statement in the Transfer Window

The football season is over - albeit only for the moment, as players around the world begin to enjoy a brief vacation ahead of the rendezvous in Russia to take part in the biggest sporting competition in the world. Club football usually takes a back seat when continents and countries collide as Germany look to defend their World Cup in June. In addition to being 'the Broadway' to a professional footballer representing his country, the World Cup has, for years, …
Manchester United Transfer Index: Antonio Valencia

Manchester United Transfer Index: Antonio Valencia

As part of my feature titled 'Manchester United Transfer Index', we will look at the future of Ecuador captain and veteran full-back Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford. Another season with Manchester United in the can for Valencia - who is now the longest-serving player at the club, now that Michael Carrick has retired from his playing duties. The former right-sided midfielder/full-back from Wigan joined Manchester United as a modest replacement to departing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009/10 - when …
The FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

The FA Cup Final 2018: Chelsea v Manchester United Preview

This year in the FA Cup final, we will see two real heavyweights clash against each other in a bid to get their hands on the beautifully designed trophy and make amends for an otherwise underwhelming domestic campaign. This is all the more true for Chelsea football club whose decline has been every bit as rapid as it was expected after a poor transfer window. The Blues went from comprehensively winning the league to missing out on Champions League football …
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