Champions League: Manchester United succumb to PSG's class as ghosts of past European defeats resurface at Old Trafford
The past has certainly allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to evoke beautiful memories, but it haunts Manchester United too on European nights
Premier League: Sergio Aguero's adaptability and seemingly limitless bag of tricks make the Argentine impossible to replace
Aguero has an exceptional record in league encounters against the behemoths – Arsenal (8 in 12), Chelsea (7 in 12), Liverpool (7 in 12), Manchester United (8 in 9), and Tottenham (10 in 13)
Premier League: Jose Mourinho becomes latest casualty in a long line of damaging moves from Manchester United
There can be questions over the work of Moyes, van Gaal, and even Jose Mourinho, but they are not to blame for the position that United finds itself in.
Europa League 2: UEFA’s third club competition will only whet their appetite in bid to democratise continental football
UEFA’s club competitions certainly need to be reformed but that would mean changes far-reaching than mere alterations to the format.
India vs Australia: Prithivi Shaw's injury serves Murali Vijay with an opportunity to find newer rhythms in his batting
For a batsman who has 59 Test caps, it’s remarkable that Murali Vijay has not fully excavated his repertoire. Mere hints of a more aggressive player have been dropped along the way, and perhaps, therein lies the possibility for rejuvenation
India vs Australia: Time for Virat Kohli to show confidence in Kuldeep Yadav as visitors chase history
Kuldeep Yadav should be able to exploit the bounce off Australian wickets and it is well-known that the home batsmen usually struggle against quality spinners.
India vs Australia: Can Mohammed Shami get back to devastating best after tumultuous year?
Since pitches in Australia are closer in behaviour to South Africa than England, Shami may find the conditions better suited to his skills. His ability to reverse swing the ball will be particularly handy Down Under where conventional assistance can be difficult to find once the ball gets old.
India vs Australia: In Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli has a bowler who can think on his feet and stay ahead of the game
There’s no reason to believe Jasprit Bumrah will fail, but the bowler will be wary of unforeseen obstacles after navigating a near-smooth pathway in the last two years.
Premier League: Rejuvenated under Unai Emery, Arsenal will face a tough test of credentials against Liverpool
While Liverpool are certain title contenders this season, Arsenal will do well to finish in the top four. No better time to make a statement then, for Unai Emery and his players.
ISL 2018-19: Tim Cahill's arrival ignites belief in Cesar Ferrando's Jamshedpur FC of winning maiden title
The newfound hopefulness draws its power from many things but there is one reason which shines the brightest – Tim Cahill, the old warhorse in whom Jamshedpur has posed its trust.
ISL 2018-19: Change remains a constant in Delhi Dynamos as Josep Gombau's men look to plug holes in defence
Dynamos finished the 2017-18 campaign with six games unbeaten in a row. However, their error-prone defending cannot be forgotten. The renovated defensive unit may do a better job of playing out from the back but the competence demanded by this task is immense.
Lionel Messi's absence from shortlist for FIFA’s ‘Best’ player award exposes flaws in its voting procedures
Lionel Messi's exclusion feels like injustice because Salah scored a goal less, albeit in two fewer appearances, and won nothing as compared to the Argentine’s domestic double with Barcelona
Premier League: Jose Mourinho has to push his boundaries against Tottenham Hotspur to regain a semblance of control
In the past, Jose Mourinho tended to adopt a defensive outlook to ensure that a fellow contender does not receive a significant advantage in the opening weeks of a season. But in the current scenario, can United afford to play for merely a draw?
Premier League: London derby presents chance for Arsenal and Chelsea to lay down a marker in season of transition
The derby on Saturday, though, is a chance to lay down a marker. It is also an opportunity to learn more and better. Both Arsenal and Chelsea will be better for the lessons that are forthcoming.
Premier League: Defensive reinforcements dominate transfer window, but attacking talents continue to avoid English clubs
After Manchester City were mocked for spending what was seen as exorbitant fees for defenders in Premier League last season, seven of the ten most expensive buys this summer have been predominantly defensive-minded players.
Premier League: World Cup hangover, changed transfer dynamics leave top clubs in unfamiliar territory
As for the World Cup, it will retain its shadow over the Premier League as the differences in a player’s performance for his club and his country will not go unnoticed
FIFA World Cup tour diary: Chasing Didier Drogba, taxis playing Bollywood songs and other dilemmas for fans in Russia
The best bits and bobs from the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018: Despite great start, Croatia's lack of intensity in second half led to France seizing glory in final
Although it was a contentious penalty that put France back on track, the manner in which Croatia was dismantled in the second half showed that the eventual winner was the one able to quickly shift through the gears
FIFA World Cup 2018: France, Croatia return to familiar venue as colourful Russia prepares to offer final goodbye
France and Croatia are already familiar with the Luzhniki Stadium, if not the setting of a World Cup final. Soon they will know how that feels too, before Russia offers them its final goodbye.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Ivan Perisic stars as combative Croatia stage third straight extra-time revival and make maiden final
At their best, Croatia epitomise a call to passion and combativeness. Arguably, no other player represents that better than Ivan Perisic, who stood up tall when all seemed lost on Wednesday.