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  • Tactical change reaps reward for new-look, solid Arsenal 6 days ago

    London: A change of tactics reaped rewards as a new, more subdued but more solid Arsenal arrived at Manchester City on Sunday, saw less of the ball than usual yet still masterfully outplayed the champions. Arsenal registered just 35 percent possession -- their lowest total since these statistics were first compiled...
  • EPL: Cazorla fires Arsenal to solid win over champions Manchester City 6 days ago

    Arsenal finally ended their streak of poor away performances against top teams as Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud scored in each half Sunday for a 2-0 victory at Manchester City that dented the hosts' title hopes. Cazorla converted a penalty in the 24th minute and then sent in a pin-point free...
  • Van Gaal sticking with tactics despite 4-4-2 success 1 week ago

    A change of formation transformed a tepid performance into a 2-0 win for Manchester United at Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League on Saturday but manager Louis van Gaal says he has no plans for a permanent switch to 4-4-2. The Dutchman has employed a 3-5-2 formation, with which he...
  • Man United beat struggling QPR 2-0 in Premier League 1 week ago

    London: Substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson ended Manchester United's three-game winless run in the Premier League on Saturday, with second-half goals clinching a 2-0 victory against a struggling but spirited Queens Park Rangers. Fellaini found the breakthrough during an improved second-half performance by United, meeting Antonio Valencia's pass and powering...
  • Yaya Toure unsure about future in Manchester City January 17, 2015

    London: Yaya Toure has again thrown his future into doubt by claiming he doesn't know if he will still be a Manchester City player next season. But manager Manuel Pellegrini was quick to dismiss talk of a transfer at a press conference on Friday, insisting the 31-year-old was fully committed to...
  • Fresh injury problems for Arsenal ahead of Manchester City trip January 17, 2015

    When Arsenal cannot beat the English Premier League's leading teams, the prospects of an imminent title triumph seem slim. Traveling to defending champion Manchester City on Sunday, the focus is just on returning to the top four for the side which was last champion in 2004. It's three years since Arsenal's last...
  • Samir Nasri out for up to four weeks with calf injury January 16, 2015

    Manchester City's Samir Nasri will miss Sunday's game against former club Arsenal after being ruled out for up to a month with a calf injury, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday. The France playmaker is also likely to sit out their crucial clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea on Jan. 31,...
  • Radamel Falcao must prove himself at United, says Van Gaal January 16, 2015

    Manchester United's Radamel Falcao may have hoped for a crumb of comfort from his manager Louis van Gaal, but was instead told on Friday to prove himself or get used to a supporting role at Old Trafford. When the on-loan striker joined United from Monaco in September he was heralded as...
  • Fresh injury problems for Arsenal ahead of Manchester City trip January 16, 2015

    London: When Arsenal cannot beat the English Premier League's leading teams, the prospects of an imminent title triumph seem slim. Traveling to defending champion Manchester City on Sunday, the focus is just on returning to the top four for the side which was last champion in 2004. It's three years since Arsenal's...
  • Manchester United sack scout for posting offensive messages January 15, 2015

    London: English football club Manchester United have sacked one of their European scouts for posting racially offensive comments on social networking site Facebook. According to Daily Mail, Torben Aakjaer posted several anti-immigration messages. The 32-year-old Dane, in his comments, supported Denmark closing its borders and putting "extra personnel on every crossover and...
  • Palermo reject Manchester United interest in Paulo Dybala January 15, 2015

    MILAN: Palermo have rebuffed interest from Manchester United among others for forward Paulo Dybala but could sell the Argentine at the end of the season, president Maurizio Zamparini said on Wednesday. The 21-year-old, who has yet to play for Argentina's senior side and is also eligible for Italy and Poland, has...
  • EPL: Striker Wilfried Bony leaves Swansea for Manchester City January 14, 2015

    London: Champions Manchester City have bolstered their attacking arsenal with the signing of Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for a sum believed to be in the region of 30 million pounds ($45.48 million), the club confirmed on Wednesday. The 26-year-old, who scored 20 goals in the 2014 calendar year,...
  • Louis Van Gaal must get his 'system' right at Manchester United January 13, 2015

    I am not one for knee-jerk reactions. A loss after an eleven-game winning streak hardly constitutes a crisis, but at Manchester United everything is a bit over the top. Fans' reactions included. The 0-1 loss to Southampton would have hurt Louis van Gaal. Just the way Koeman was smarting after the...
  • No regrets on leaving out Falcao: Louis van Gaal January 12, 2015

    London: English football club Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal had said he was right not to select Colombian forward Radamel Falcao in his side's 0-1 defeat to Southampton in an English Premier League match. Falcao did not even make the bench Sunday and with Van Gaal insisting he wanted cover...
  • Schalke sign Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan January 12, 2015

    Bundesliga club Schalke 04 have signed Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan until the end of the season. "Matija Nastasic to the Royal Blues. Schalke get Serbia international on loan," the club said on Twitter. The tall 21-year-old joined City as a teenager in 2012 on a five-year deal but has...
  • No doubting the Saints after Old Trafford raid January 12, 2015

    Considered relegation fodder at the start of the season, then written off again after a woeful run near the end of the year, Southampton have enjoyed proving people wrong all season. Now, after Sunday's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, few doubters will surely remain. After a mass exodus...
  • Sorry Louis van Gaal, you are no better than 'sacked' David Moyes January 12, 2015

    In their first home defeat since the opening day of the season, Manchester United failed to register a single shot on target against Southampton, who snatched a victory thanks to substitute Dusan Tadic's second half goal. The result saw the Saints leapfrog Van Gaal's men to reach the third place in...
  • Southampton stun Manchester United, rise to 3rd in Premier League January 11, 2015

    A Southampton shirt had to be scrambled from the dressing room before the forgetful Dusan Tadic could enter the Old Trafford pitch. Within minutes it was being ripped off again as the second-half substitute celebrated scoring the goal that gave Southampton their first win at Manchester United in 27 years on...
  • EPL: Manchester City lose ground in Premier League title race January 10, 2015

    Liverpool- Manuel Pellegrini's side was far from its best and even the return from injury of leading scorer Sergio Aguero as a second-half substitute could not get the defending champions over the line. Fernandinho put City in front in the 74th minute but Steven Naismith's glancing header shortly afterward earned a...
  • Van Gaal expects David de Gea to stay at Manchester United January 10, 2015

    London: Louis van Gaal expects David de Gea to commit his long term future to Manchester United, despite interest in the goalkeeper from Real Madrid. Van Gaal, who revealed that the club's injury crisis has now diminished to the extent that only Ashley Young is ruled out of Sunday's encounter with...
  • Manchester United host Southampton in 3rd vs 4th Premier League match January 10, 2015

    London: It's third against fourth in the English Premier League this weekend as Manchester United entertain Southampton, with both teams in a fine vein of form. United is unbeaten in 11 matches, 10 in the league. "Going into the new year on the back of a good run means that it's a...
  • Manchester United injury crisis is finally over, says Van Gaal January 9, 2015

    With just one player left on Manchester United's injury list and a new goalkeeper signed, manager Louis van Gaal is starting to enjoy life at Old Trafford as he tries to assemble the "best team in the world". Third-placed United, unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, host fourth-placed...
  • Manchester City will sign a striker in January, says Manuel Pellegrini January 9, 2015

    London: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will trawl the January transfer market in search of a striker tasked with helping the Premier League champions to successfully defend their title. City, who sit level on 46 points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table, have lacked attacking options in...
  • Frank Lampard says he didn't sign contract to join NYCFC in 2014 January 9, 2015

    London: Frank Lampard says he didn't sign a contract to join New York City FC in August 2014, contradicting the Major League Soccer team's original announcement. The uncertainty over the midfielder's status emerged after his stay at Manchester City, which was initially described as a loan from the New York partner...
  • Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year award January 9, 2015

    LAGOS: Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth straight time at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday. The Ivory Coast midfielder joins Samuel Eto'o as the only players to win the continent's top individual award four times but only Toure has done...
  • Wayne Rooney voted England player of the year January 9, 2015

    London: England captain Wayne Rooney has been voted his national team's player of the year for 2014 after topping a supporters poll. Although he failed to inspire England to success at the World Cup, it was still a memorable 12 months for the Manchester United striker. The 29-year-old scored eight goals in...
  • EPL says Frank Lampard under contract at Manchester City, not New York City January 9, 2015

    London: The English Premier League added to the mystery over Frank Lampard's status on Thursday by confirming he is under contract at Manchester City and does not have a formal deal with partner club New York City FC. The league statement came after The Associated Press on Monday highlighted the confusion...
  • Manchester United sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes January 9, 2015

    Manchester United signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on Thursday as a backup to fellow Spaniard David de Gea. The 32-year-old Valdes, who has been at United training with the first team since October while rehabilitating from a knee injury, signed an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year. "He...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is not coming back to United: Di Maria January 6, 2015

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo's former Real Madrid team-mate Angel Di Maria has ruled out any possibility of Portuguese star returning to Manchester United. "I don't think he is coming back to Manchester," the Argentine winger, now plying his trade with the English soccer giants Awas quoted as saying by mirror.co.uk. Di Maria said...