On Sport

Sporadic thoughts on the sports I watch (football, tennis and cricket) and on the football team I follow (Manchester United)
Created 20 Jun 2021
  • Fiasco after fiasco
    07 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    The sensible thing to do might be to link what I wrote last time around after Manchester United’s debacle against Liverpool and say: see idem. One would have thought it cannot get any worse, but it ha...
  • Ole at the wheel
    25 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Somehow, Ole’s still at the wheel. If it wasn’t apparent to those making the decisions at Man United—whoever they might be—before the start of the season, the last few weeks have been a damning indict...
  • Thoughts on the US Open
    13 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 0 1
    No Roger Federer, no Rafael Nadal, no Serena Williams, but as tennis majors go the 2021 US Open has been as good as it gets. The women’s draw was strewn with upsets and featured two thrilling runs to ...
  • Pogba’s genius
    15 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    When he’s on song there are few sights as pleasing as watching Paul Pogba play football. On Saturday, in Manchester United’s opening game of the season, Pobga was certainly on it. He spurned a gloriou...
  • Messi at PSG
    12 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Now that Lionel Messi has moved to Paris Saint-Germain football as we know it apparently dead. Consider the following from Rory Smith in The New York Times: “This was not a journey many had ever envis...
  • Ledecky v. Titmus
    26 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Through the year I find escape in watching tennis played in all manners of tournaments. But I’ve always been uneasy about the idea of tennis at the Olympic Games. Winning a gold medal at the Games oug...
  • England's Just Deserts
    12 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    My suspicion that Gareth Southgate will leave things unchanged for the final proved wrong. He brought in Kieran Trippier for Bukayo Saka and moved to a 3-4-3 system that was meant to exploit the areas...
  • The Finals
    11 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Two of the better coached sides have made the Euro 2020 final. Italy, under Roberto Mancini, have found a tactical system that works and have stuck to it regardless of who they’ve come up against. Eng...
  • Federer v. Hurkacz
    09 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 0 1
    On Wednesday, Roger Federer suffered the sort of debilitating defeat that he’s handed to so many opponents during his storied career. The loss by itself should scarcely surprise us. Federer is nearly ...
  • Mancini's Italy
    04 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Despite going unbeaten over more than 25 games, the Italian national team wasn’t seen as a favourite in the lead up to Euro 2020. This is likely because this team, unlike some of the great Italian sid...
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