Shivam Chopra

Young vs Di Maria: Are we in a Parallel Universe?

Young vs Di Maria: Are we in a Parallel Universe?

On 24th April, 2014, two players, at a distance of a little more than a thousand miles apart, would’ve both had a hard time sleeping. One was an Argentine in Lisbon, capping off a remarkable season with another virtuoso, man-of-the-match winning performance in the UEFA Champions League final. Finally returning to the hotel room in the wee morning hours with adrenalin still pumping in his veins, it is unlikely Angel Di Maria caught any sleep that night. The other was an …
Analysing Manchester United Centre-Backs | Where Will The Guillotine Fall?

Analysing Manchester United Centre-Backs | Where Will The Guillotine Fall?

Otamendi, Gimenez, Hummels, Laporte, Dragovic. Transfer windows come and transfer windows go. But what refuses to pass is the who’s who of the footballing world’s centre-backs being linked to Manchester United. Three months and a bit still remain for the action to shift from the green under millionaire studs to the green inside billionaire bank accounts. That hasn’t stopped the tabloids from earning their bucks of course, and the aforementioned names have constantly been taken in the same breath as …
Hunting For The Tiger: Radamel Falcao Mid-Season Analysis

Hunting For The Tiger: Radamel Falcao Mid-Season Analysis

 “No, a footballer doesn’t control his destiny. Sometimes I laugh when people ask me why I didn’t go to this place or why I didn’t stay where I was, like a footballer can decide where he works. So I ask the journalists, “Why don’t you work for CNN or ESPN?” It’s the same in football. It’s very rare that you have a choice of where you’re going on. I’ve lived through situations, where I couldn’t live where I wanted, …
An Impressive Square Peg: Juan Mata Perfomance Vs Liverpool

An Impressive Square Peg: Juan Mata Perfomance Vs Liverpool

Juan Mata is a conundrum that refuses to be resolved at Manchester United. On 25th January, 2014, the seemingly mythical helicopter carrying the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year finally landed on Manchester soil. Many of the Old Trafford faithful hoped and believed that the beleaguered fortunes of the post Ferguson-era were soon to see an upturn, all by the swish of a Spanish wand. It was of course unrealistic to believe that a problem as complex and multifaceted as …