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Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Mourinho shrugs off Manchester City rivalry in title race

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton.

United have the same points and goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s side after goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial secured an emphatic victory over the Toffees.

Man Utd: No Joy For Rooney On Old Trafford Return As Everton Lose 4-0 (Video)

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Wayne Rooney's first time back at Old Trafford since his summer move to Everton ended in a hefty defeat, with United putting four past the struggling Toffees.

The Red Devils went ahead after just four minutes, via a thumping effort from Antonio Valencia.

Rooney himself failed to make the most of a couple of chances on the rare occasions the visitors threatened David De Gea's goal.

Former Everton star Lukaku ruins Rooney’s Manchester United return

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku showed little room for sentiment on Sunday scoring one and creating another as Manchester United ran out ultimately comfortable 4-0 winners over his former club Everton to ruin Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford return.

Right-back Antonio Valencia gave United an early lead with a spectacular half-volley before late goals from midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - set up by Lukaku just before he got on the scoresheet himself - and an Anthony Martial penalty sealed the win.

Former Everton star Lukaku ruins Rooney’s Manchester United return

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku showed little room for sentiment on Sunday scoring one and creating another as Manchester United ran out ultimately comfortable 4-0 winners over his former club Everton to ruin Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford return.

Right-back Antonio Valencia gave United an early lead with a spectacular half-volley before late goals from midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - set up by Lukaku just before he got on the scoresheet himself - and an Anthony Martial penalty sealed the win.

Man Utd: Antonio Valencia Takes Three Minutes To Open Scoring Against Everton With Scorching 25-Yarder (Video)

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It took precisely 197 seconds for Antonio Valencia to open the scoring for Manchester United against Everton this afternoon, and in some style to boot.

The Ecuadorian right-back latched onto a lolloping cross-field pass from Nemanja Matic and, without so much as a second thought, sent a honking shot past Jordan Pickford and into the top corner.

Lukaku sizes up favoured prey West Ham

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgium international, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April.

Lukaku sizes up favoured prey West Ham

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London (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku’s remarkable scoring record against West Ham United means he will expect to hit the ground running when he makes his Premier League debut for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Belgium international, 24, scored nine goals in his first nine appearances against West Ham for former team Everton before the east London club finally kept him at bay in a 0-0 draw last April.

Friendly: Romelu Lukaku Gets Off The Mark For Man Utd In Routine 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake (Photos & Video)

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After pasting LA Galaxy at the weekend, Manchester United maintained their 100% pre-season tour record with a routine 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Monday evening.

United actually fell behind in the 20th minute, only for Henrikh Mikhitaryan to restore parity eight minutes later following a burst of snappy interplay between Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaka on the edge of the box.

Video: Antonio Valencia sent-off after Jose Mourinho refuses to substitute him

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Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia was shown a rare pre-season friendly red card in his side's 1-2 win over Real Salt Lake...

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Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United stay

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London (AFP) – An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United’s captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people.

Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United stay

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London (AFP) – An emotional week in the Manchester United career of Antonio Valencia ended Friday with the announcement he had signed a new contract with the Europa League winners that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019.

The 31-year-old winger cum full back was United’s captain as they won the Europa League - the only major trophy missing from their collection with a 2-0 win over Dutch side Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm - a match that took place just two days after a suicide bomb in Manchester killed 22 people.

Antonio Valencia signs new Man Utd contract

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.@Anto_V25 has signed a contract extension at #MUFC until June 2019 with the option for a further year: https://t.co/zJiy0QxLyV...

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Who knew Valencia and Fellaini were such good friends?

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Antonio Valencia was named the Players' Player of the Year on Thursday evening. In his victory speech, Valencia thanked all of his teammates, but singled out Marouane Fellaini for special thanks. Although maybe that was a sarcastic mention, given Fellaini's heckle from the audience.


Get @Anto_V25's reaction following his Players' Player of the Season award.

BREAKING: Ander Herrera wins Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

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Ander Herrera has been named the Sir Matt Busby player of the year. He beat Antonio Valencia, who won the Players' Player of the Year, by less than 1%.


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BREAKING: Antonio Valencia Wins Players’ Player of the Year

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Antonio Valencia has been named the Players' Player of the Year. He replaces Chris Smalling who won the award last season.

"It's all about working hard. I'm really pleased and grateful for the manager's words. I'm also grateful for the support of the fans and, on this occasion, my teammates, who have backed me all the way.

Antonio Valencia voted Man Utd’s player of the month

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Watch @Anto_V25's best bits from March as he made it a hat-trick of Player of the Month wins for the season: pic.twitter.com/y6kopFsTXl ...

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United on the up as Fellaini strikes

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games to move up to fifth with a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard added a stunning second and Antonio Valencia a stoppage-time third after an embarrassing mistake by former United keeper Victor Valdes as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a 19-week stay in sixth by climbing a place.

United on the up as Fellaini strikes

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games to move up to fifth with a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard added a stunning second and Antonio Valencia a stoppage-time third after an embarrassing mistake by former United keeper Victor Valdes as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a 19-week stay in sixth by climbing a place.

Manchester United vs. Bournemouth Preview

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Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Fresh from their League Cup success at Wembley last weekend, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they prepare to welcome Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side to Old Trafford.

Video: Man Utd man hits an exercise machine hours after EFL Cup triumph

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Lo que pasó ayer ya es historia vamos a seguir trabajando fuerte. @ManUtd_Es pic.twitter.com/ZJkSfFSeZZ Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) February...

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Photo: Man Utd’s Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia hit the gym

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Trabajando con mi hermano.Working with my brother @AnderHerrera pic.twitter.com/hKvCNUZLzY Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) February 23, 2017...

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Valencia: My improved form is thanks to Mourinho

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Antonio Valencia has sung the praises of Jose Mourinho following what has been a great season for Manchester United's #25. The manager recently called Valencia the best right-back in the world and the player has credited Mourinho for that.

I think, when you are playing with confidence, you do things differently.

Mourinho: I tried to sign Valencia for Real Madrid

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Antonio Valencia was Manchester United's player of the season in 2011-12 and was rewarded with the number 7 shirt. The following season wasn't a good one for him personally, even though United won the 20th league title, so he reverted back to number 25.

Louis van Gaal converted Valencia's position to right-back and it wasn't a totally smooth process, with his concentration and positioning letting him down at times.

4-2-3-1 – Martial Dropped – Manchester United Likely Line Up For Stoke City

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Manchester United's impressive six-game winning streak came to an end last weekend when they were held 1-1 at home against Liverpool. Manager Jose Mourinho and his team will however be looking to return to winning ways this weekend when they take on Stoke City away from home on Saturday.

A game against Stoke City, especially at the Britannia stadium, is always tricky and the Red Devils simply have to be at their best if they want to get the maximum three points against a team that has been very impressive at home.

Manchester United agree deal for experienced winger after go-ahead from Mourinho

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit.

As per the latest report from Sun, the Ecuadorian will now stay at the club until June 2018. The report also adds that Valencia has already signed the deal after the go-ahead from Mourinho.

Manchester United agree deal for experienced winger after go-ahead from Mourinho

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit.

As per the latest report from Sun, the Ecuadorian will now stay at the club until June 2018. The report also adds that Valencia has already signed the deal after the go-ahead from Mourinho.

Video: Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia give injury update

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Now thinking only in recovery. I want to come back soon and help my team.I'll come back stronger and always optimistic....

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Manchester United’s Valencia set for arm surgery

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London (AFP) Manchester United's Antonio Valencia will undergo surgery on Saturday after fracturing his arm, the English Premier League giants announced.

Ecuador defender Valencia, 31, has made 11 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season.

But he was missing from Jose Mourinho's squad for Saturday's league match at home to Burnley, with United confirming his injury via a Twitter feed statement that said: "Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today.

Manchester United’s Valencia set for arm surgery

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London (AFP) Manchester United's Antonio Valencia will undergo surgery on Saturday after fracturing his arm, the English Premier League giants announced.

Ecuador defender Valencia, 31, has made 11 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season.

But he was missing from Jose Mourinho's squad for Saturday's league match at home to Burnley, with United confirming his injury via a Twitter feed statement that said: "Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today.

Injury blow for Man Utd as first-choice defender undergoes surgery

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Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/tr5WSAoeIJ Manchester United (@ManUtd) October...

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Chile crash again in Ecuador drubbing

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Quito (AFP) South American champions Chile suffered another jolt to their 2018 World Cup qualification hopes on Wednesday, crashing to a 3-0 defeat against Ecuador to remain outside the qualification places.

Chile, the region's dominant side over the past two years with back-to-back Copa America wins, were torn apart as Ecuador produced a rampant display at the Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa.

Manchester United player makes shocking claim about his team-mate

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With the mojo of superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba hogging the entire limelight onto them, there is another Manchester United star, who is silently impressing the Red Devilsfans and team mates alike. That's Antonio Valencia for you and his team mate Ander Herrera has hailed him as the "Best right-back in the world" in an interview with MUTV.

Opinion: Revamped United Leave Ghost of Van Gaal Behind

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These are still early days in Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United revolution but two games into the league campaign and United appear to have recouped their lost swagger making a veritable step towards resurgence.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular header in the first half and added a second from the spot to give his side a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday.

US attempt to overturn Jones red card in Copa

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Los Angeles (AFP) The United States on Friday lodged a protest against the red card issued to Jermaine Jones that looks set to rule the key midfielder out of their Copa America Centenario semi-final.

US Soccer announced the protest against Jones' red, and a yellow card against striker Bobby Wood which also leaves him suspended for the semi-final, in a posting on Twitter.

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United players dominate Europa squad of the season

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Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (United), Sergio Álvarez (Celta Vigo)

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia (United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo), Jérémy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax)

Midfielders: Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (United), Pablo Hernández (Celta Vigo), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Amin Younes (Ajax)

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

TOP FIVE: Best things Jose Mourinho has done at Manchester United so far

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Other than the one about Anthony Martial, none of the worries outlinedin last month's TOP FIVE have really gone away. Manchester United have, of course, won a trophy since then—which was really nice—but have also missed out on a glorious opportunity to apply more pressure to those currently above them in the league by drawing at home with Bournemouth—which was really, really, really, really frustrating.

The lost art of the winger

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There is no right or wrong way to support your football club. It's a deeply personal journey for us all. Yet every club has certain characteristics to which those that love them can all relate. Manchester United is no different.

If every United fan was asked to pick a defining image, a single moment in time, one that summed up what the club meant to them, the images would fill volumes.

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United, Mourinho and making a case for the defence

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The majority of Jose Mourinho's first season in charge at Manchester United has been dominated by one major issue: his side does not score enough goals. It is hard to argue with the criticism, for while United have only failed to score in five Premier League games this season, their profligacy in front of goal has meant they have struggled to put games to bed, which has in turn seen them drop precious points.