Stories about Manchester United

José Mourinho will be an instant success at Manchester United

José Mourinho, widely regarded as one of the best managers of the current era, is coming to the team he used to call “a giant club” – Manchester United. On May 27, 2016, Mourinho penned a three-year contract deal with an option to stay with the club until at least 2020.  Will Manchester United finally go back to its old form? It’s fascinating to see “The Special One” at The Theatre of Dreams. He has been there many times before, but now he comes there not to be on the opposite end, but on the touchlines to guide and lift the team to higher ...

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Did Louis Van Gaal’s failed philosophy cost him his job?

Almost two years ago, Louis van Gaal (LvG) was the centre of attention at the biggest football event on the planet – the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the build-up to Netherlands crucial semi-final game against Argentina, BBC Sports justified Louis van Gaal being labelled as the tactical genius. No one would have thought that in two years’ time, the same man would be heavily criticised and eventually sacked for the very tactics that were once glorified. France’s 2-0 friendly win over the Netherlands in March prompted a tactical rethink by Van Gaal.Photo: Getty Images Van Gaal’s announcement as the new Manchester ...

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How I survived four and a half years in captivity

August 26, 2011, an ordinary day. I was driving to work on the same road in Lahore that I took every day, and my mind was busy with the mundane. A car blocked the road, but I didn’t give it much thought. Then five masked men put a gun to my head, pulled me out of the car and my world spun horribly out of control. Right now, I can’t tell all of the details of my capture or my release for security reasons. Someday I hope to be able to recount the full story. But I can say for ...

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Had Arsenal signed Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani they might have won

For an average Arsenal fan, this season is characterised by a number of vacillations. Cautious optimism in September followed by a false sense of superiority over other teams in January that was swiftly followed by a cruel realisation of another season of ‘what-ifs’ and regrets over what could have been but didn’t materialise in the month of April. It appears that the team doesn’t have the winning mentality, no real leaders in the squad, too many injuries at crucial stages, no adequate investment in the transfer window, a manager who is past his sell-by date, and the list goes on ...

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Shame on you, Manchester United fans!

Imagine ourselves hosting India in a significant cricket world cup fixture at the Gaddafi amidst an electric atmosphere. The green caps are chasing a relatively easier target with consummate ease, pinning the blue shirts completely against the proverbial wall with an exhilarating display on the pitch. Our arch rivals have all but lost the match in their heads, with Dhoni and company, praying for an external intervention to somehow save their collective back sides. Intrusion arrives, but not in the form of rain. Instead, vile chants regarding the Army Public School massacre start pouring down from the travelling support. If that had ...

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Can Leicester City, the underdogs, take the Premier League crown?

If there is a term that sums up the Premier League this season, it is unequivocally ‘unpredictable’. The club which currently is in pole position happens to be the very same team which improbably escaped relegation last season. While all the cynics believed they would fall-away in the race by this stage, they continue to defy the collective football world with their results week in, and week out. Will this Leicester City romance end with them winning the ultimate prize or just falling short of the elusive premier league crown? If you look at the potential qualities of previous champions, ...

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Has Manchester United fallen from grace?

The great Manchester United, a club which has won a record; 13 titles in the Premier League era that hasn’t been equalled by any other team to date,  achieved under the managerial reign of the imperious Alex Ferguson, who arguably is, the best manager in the history of professional sports. In the title run-in, his teams were always competing if not winning the Barclays Premier League (BPL) crown. Photo: Reuters When he announced his retirement in 2013, the football world was left in shock and knew one of the greatest football minds would be bidding farewell to the club he transformed ...

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Is it time for Arsene Wenger to say goodbye?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has single-handedly transformed the English game; scientific methods such as stringent diet plans and structured exercise techniques are one of the many endowments the man has graced us with. He also introduced an unprecedented style of football with a flair that manifests itself to ‘Va Va Voom’, which is aesthetically pleasing and can arguably only be surpassed by the current Barcelona crop. PHOTO: REUTERS His 2003-2004 team – which he moulded at the peak of their powers – went an entire Premier League season unbeaten. A feat which has never been replicated in the Premier League era and is improbable ...

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Seven candidates who could become Manchester United’s next manager

On December 19, 2015, Manchester United displayed a humiliating 2-1 loss to Norwich City, followed by another miserable loss of 2-0 to Stoke City this week. It seems like Louis Van Gaal (LVG) is losing the plot with his team’s poor results. However it’s not the result alone, it’s the dull style of United’s performance that has caused immense distress amongst the fans. It has been witnessed that LVG’s side enjoys tremendous amount of possession throughout the matches, but they seem to lack the cutting edge or creativity to find the end product. Unfortunately, United has struggled in the last ...

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24 sports moments from 2015 we will not forget

The sports fraternity has been very eventful throughout the year. The following are some of the highlights of the key occurrences worth mentioning: 1) AB de Villiers gave it all The South African captain scored the fastest century off only 31 balls against West Indies, and eventually scored 149 runs off 44 balls. De Villiers delivered stand-out performances throughout 2015, as evidently, he managed to carry his national side to the semi-finals of Club World Cup (CWC) 2015, and also raked in the following records: fastest 50, 100 and 150 in One Day International (ODI) history, fastest player to reach 8000 runs in ODI and equalled ...

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