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  • English Premier League clubs profitable again after 15 years 2 days ago

    London: English Premier League clubs are collectively in profit for the first time in 15 years thanks to surging television cash and a slowing of wage growth. Accountancy firm Deloitte reported that the 20 teams in 2013-14 generated a combined pre-tax profit of 190 million pounds (now $283 million) after losses...
  • Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel gets 3-match ban for stamp 3 days ago

    London: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been banned for three matches after failing to overturn a charge for stamping on the leg of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during a Premier League game. The Football Association's Independent Regulatory Commission rejected Skrtel's appeal on Wednesday, leaving Liverpool without its most consistent...
  • Liverpool defender Skrtel charged with violent conduct 4 days ago

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during Sunday's Premier League clash, the FA said. The incident, in stoppage-time of United's 2-1 victory at Anfield, was missed by match officials. Slovakia international Skrtel appeared to tread on De Gea's...
  • 3-0 and Louis Van Gaal: Have Manchester United finally turned a corner? 5 days ago

    3-0 is an important score line in Louis Van Gaal's career. At Bayern Munich it was a 3-0 win over Hannover that triggered a nine game win streak which catapulted the Bundesliga giants to the title. It was followed by a 4-0 decimation of Juventus as Bayern reached the final...
  • Juan Mata enjoys 'best game' for Manchester United 6 days ago

    Juan Mata, it appears, has struggled to make a lasting impression on Louis van Gaal at Manchester United just as he failed to woo Jose Mourinho at his previous club Chelsea. The Spanish playmaker's two well-taken goals in a 2-1 Premier League victory at the home of arch rivals Liverpool on...
  • Juan Mata's brilliant brace helps Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 6 days ago

    Steven Gerrard was sent off less than a minute after coming on as Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday in the Premier League with two goals from Juan Mata. The 34-year-old Gerrard was shown a straight red card for stamping on Ander Herrera after replacing Adam Lallana at the start...
  • 'Falcao's confidence will be restored on international duty' 6 days ago

    Manama: Colombia football team manager Jose Pekerman on Sunday pledged to restore striker Radamel Falcao's diminished confidence when he joins up with his international teammates next week. The Manchester United flop has been named in Pekerman's 24-man squad for Colombia's upcoming games against Bahrain and Kuwait, reports mirror.co.uk. Falcao, 29, has scored...
  • Manchester City beat West Brom 3-0 in the Premier League 1 week ago

    Manchester: Manchester City made the most of a case of mistaken identity and kept alive their faint title hopes thanks to a much-needed 3-0 victory over 10-man West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. Much-maligned after their Champions League exit in Barcelona on Wednesday, City needed three points against...
  • Battle for Champions League spots hot up as Liverpool host Manchester United 1 week ago

    London: Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League's showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool have won their last five league games and eight of their last nine and meet a United side who have won their last...
  • Van Gaal turns whistleblower before Manchester United face Liverpool March 20, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been refereeing training games to help his players keep their emotions in check for the Premier League top-four showdown with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The Dutchman has a reputation as a disciplinarian who keeps his players on a tight leash but has...
  • Manuel Pellegrini concedes EPL title is beyond Manchester City March 20, 2015

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the faltering Premier League side's season is far from a "disaster", but his 100th game in charge is unlikely to be a celebratory occasion after he conceded defeat in the title race on Friday. City host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in the Chilean's centenary...
  • Manchester United is my last job in football, says Van Gaal March 20, 2015

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will retire from football when he leaves his job at Old Trafford, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph on Thursday. "This is my last job. For sure," he said in an interview published on the newspaper's website (www.telegraph.co.uk). "I have to pay attention...
  • Manchester City exit leaves English giants in Champions League cold March 19, 2015

    Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona on Wednesday to leave the English Premier League without a representative in the last eight of Europe's elite club competition for the second time in three years. As three Spanish sides, two French and one each from Germany, Italy and...
  • Pellegrini sees Manchester City progress despite Champions League exit March 19, 2015

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side are making progress despite being handed a masterclass in Champions League football by Barcelona on Wednesday for the second season in a row. The City boss tried to remain upbeat after his expensively-assembled squad fell to a 1-0 defeat on the night and...
  • Barcelona beat Manchester City 1-0 to enter Champions League quarters March 19, 2015

    Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a convincing 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday that only goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented from becoming a rout, as the Spanish hosts reached the Champions League quarter-finals for a record eighth consecutive season. Faced with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 first-leg loss, Manuel...
  • Champions League: Inconsistent Manchester City take on in-form Barcelona March 18, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona are on another winning run, and that is bad news for Manchester City. The Spanish team has overtaken Real Madrid at the top of the league standings, advanced to the Copa del Rey final and lead Man City 2-1 in the Champions League heading into the second leg...
  • Pellegrini dismisses idea his Manchester City days are numbered March 18, 2015

    Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed a suggestion his days as Manchester City manager may be numbered as his side prepare to try to overturn a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg. Pellegrini has a contract with City until the end of next season but a run...
  • Barcelona not taking last eight spot for granted, says Luis Enrique March 17, 2015

    Barcelona are not taking progress for granted despite holding a 2-1 advantage heading into Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Manchester City, coach Luis Enrique said. Only twice in the Champions League era has a team won a knockout round tie after losing the first leg at...
  • Manuel Pellegrini's reign at Manchester City appears to be reaching end March 16, 2015

    London: With the Premier League trophy being so meekly surrendered and a season without silverware looming, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini cannot grumble if the club's hierarchy already has his replacement lined up. That's the way City seems to operate these days and it can be seen as logical planning to...
  • Manchester United outclass Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in EPL March 15, 2015

    Wayne Rooney scored a superb solo goal, and produced just as good a celebration, as Manchester United convincingly beat Tottenham 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to open up a six-point gap between the teams in the race for Champions League qualification. After dribbling his way through Tottenham's fragile defense...
  • Angel di Maria to stay in Manchester United next year: Louis van Gaal March 15, 2015

    Manchester: Winger Angel di Maria will be at Manchester United next season, according to manager Louis van Gaal. The Argentine's poor form and dismissal in the 1-2 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Arsenal led to speculation that the record 59.7 million-pound signing may seek a move away. But van Gaal said:...
  • Excited Sean Dyche hails 'fantastic' Burnley win over Manchester City March 15, 2015

    Sean Dyche was "jumping around inside" after a "fantastic night" that saw his Burnley team record a famous win over Manchester City at Turf Moor on Saturday. Manager Dyche felt the third from bottom club fully deserved their 1-0 victory, one that takes them within a point of safety and seriously...
  • Title-chasing Manchester City beaten 1-0 by struggling Burnley March 15, 2015

    Manchester City were stunned by relegation-threatened Burnley on Saturday, losing 1-0 in a further blow to their Premier League title defense. After losing two of their last three matches, City are five points behind leader Chelsea, who have two games in hand and play Southampton on Sunday. "Of course we are doing...
  • Manchester United fan commits suicide after loss against Arsenal March 14, 2015

    A Manchester United supporter committed suicide after the Red Devils' 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal on Monday. According to reports, the man was very confident that the Red Devils will humiliate Arsenal in the cup clash, but goals from Nacho Monreal and former United player Danny Welbeck sealed...
  • Manchester United cannot afford Spurs slip in top-four race March 14, 2015

    Out of the FA Cup and with Champions League qualification hanging in the balance, Manchester United's season reaches a pivotal stage in the Premier League on Sunday at home to Tottenham Hotspur. United were knocked out of the Cup by Arsenal in the quarter-finals on Monday, a result which effectively ended...
  • Falcao not humiliated by under-21 appearance, says Luis van Gaal March 13, 2015

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has denied humiliating Radamel Falcao by playing him for the club's under-21 team this week and said they are searching for a solution to the striker's poor form. Much was expected of the 29-year-old Colombian after he joined United on a season-long loan from AS...
  • I'm at Manchester City for the long haul, says Manuel Pellegrini March 13, 2015

    London: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has committed himself to the club despite speculation that failure to land a trophy this season could see the Chilean packing his bags. The champions are five points behind Chelsea in the Premier League and face a daunting task in Barcelona next week where they...
  • Defender Martin Demichelis extends contract with Manchester City March 12, 2015

    London: Manchester City have extended the contract of center-back Martin Demichelis for one year, the English Premier League champions announced on Thursday. The 34-year-old Argentinian signed for City from Atletico Madrid in September 2013 and is now under contract until the end of the 2015-16 season, reports Xinhua. "I want to say...
  • FA Cup exit adds to Manchester United's post-Ferguson agony March 10, 2015

    Few Manchester United fans thought life after Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford would be easy but fewer would have imagined the possibility of a second successive season without any silverware and devoid of Champions League football. Monday's 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal, which eliminated United from the FA Cup, means United...
  • Angel Di Maria red card adds to Louis van Gaal's woes March 10, 2015

    Another unconvincing display from Manchester United was compounded by a needless red card for Angel Di Maria on Monday as the Argentine added to manager Louis van Gaal's woes. With United trailing 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final, Di Maria was booked for diving and minutes later grabbed the...