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Young tells Manchester United to aim high, Liverpool on Euro hunt

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young has challenged Manchester United to storm to the finish line in the race to make the Premier League’s top four, while Liverpool aim to take another step towards the Champions League.

With leaders Chelsea and second placed Tottenham clashing in the FA Cup semi-finals, the fight for Premier League supremacy is on hold until next week, but there is still plenty at stake in this weekend’s fixtures.

Young tells Manchester United to aim high, Liverpool on Euro hunt

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young has challenged Manchester United to storm to the finish line in the race to make the Premier League’s top four, while Liverpool aim to take another step towards the Champions League.

With leaders Chelsea and second placed Tottenham clashing in the FA Cup semi-finals, the fight for Premier League supremacy is on hold until next week, but there is still plenty at stake in this weekend’s fixtures.

Win over Chelsea set Europa tone, says Manchester United’s Young

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young felt Manchester United’s stunning victory over Chelsea set a benchmark ahead of the conclusion of their Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht on Thursday.

United revitalised their season and blew open the Premier League title race by sinking leaders Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday in a tactical masterclass by manager Jose Mourinho.

Win over Chelsea set Europa tone, says Manchester United’s Young

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London (AFP) – Ashley Young felt Manchester United’s stunning victory over Chelsea set a benchmark ahead of the conclusion of their Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht on Thursday.

United revitalised their season and blew open the Premier League title race by sinking leaders Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday in a tactical masterclass by manager Jose Mourinho.

Ashley Young determined to make most of Manchester United chance

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Ashley Young insisted he still had “fire in my belly” after getting back into the first team at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old former England international has made just 13 starts for Jose Mourinho’s men so far this season and was linked with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window.

Chelsea without Courtois at United, Ibrahimovic benched

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea received a setback ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to withdraw from their squad through injury.

The Belgium international, who is reported to have suffered an ankle injury in training, was replaced in goal by Asmir Begovic in Chelsea’s only change.

Chelsea without Courtois at United, Ibrahimovic benched

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea received a setback ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford when goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was forced to withdraw from their squad through injury.

The Belgium international, who is reported to have suffered an ankle injury in training, was replaced in goal by Asmir Begovic in Chelsea’s only change.

‘He’s A Long Way Behind’ – Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Openly Criticises Luke Shaw Over Poor Commitment, Ambition And Focus

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Having madejust eight Premier League appearances so far this season,it's looking increasingly likely that Luke Shaw isn't long for Manchester United.

Now, Jose Mourinho has given the most explicit signal yet that the perennially unfancied £30million left-back's tenure at Old Traffordmay be coming to an end.

Ibra and Pogba return for Man United

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho restored Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to his starting line-up on Wednesday against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League.

Leading 3-0 from last week’s last 32 first leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Ibra and Pogba return for Man United

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho restored Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba to his starting line-up on Wednesday against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League.

Leading 3-0 from last week’s last 32 first leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho made six changes to the side that beat Blackburn 2-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Mourinho confirms Man Utd could sanction transfer for £110k-per-week winger before Tuesday

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Manchester United manager, José Mourinho, has confirmed that Ashley Young could leave the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. Young was an unused substitute in United’s 4-0 home win against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

Deal Likely – £110,000-A-Week Star Could Complete Man United Transfer Within 72 Hours

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Reports in the British press today have it that Everton are interested in signing Manchester United star Ashley Young this winter. The former-Aston Villa star has struggled for playing time under Jose Mourinho so far this season and has been linked with a move to China as well.

Reports claim although Ashley Young will consider leaving Manchester United this season, whether on loan or permanently, he does not want to leave England.

The key element currently missing from Manchester United’s attack

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Eleven Premier League games into Jose Mourinho’s reign as Manchester United manager and it is clear that the Portuguese trainer has a big job on his hands.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season the former Chelsea boss has recorded a number of successes and at times it has felt that the personnel for potential success is present at Old Trafford.

The key element currently missing from Manchester United’s attack

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Eleven Premier League games into Jose Mourinho’s reign as Manchester United manager and it is clear that the Portuguese trainer has a big job on his hands.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season the former Chelsea boss has recorded a number of successes and at times it has felt that the personnel for potential success is present at Old Trafford.

Mourinho meets Woodward to discuss transfer plans; these 10 stars are unwanted

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Manchester United are plotting a complete squad overhaul this summer and it seems that there will be quite a few casualties at Old Trafford.

Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has been linked with a move away from Manchester United.

According to recent reports, Jose Mourinho is not a fan of the former Athletic Bilbao playmaker and has informed Ed Woodward of his plans.

Young: I lost my voice celebrating Lingard’s goal

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Ashley Young has reflected on what it means to win the FA Cup with Manchester United, following a difficult season.

He has revealed what an important role the fans played in the victory and how bonkers he went when Jesse Lingard scored the winning goal.

"We hadn't won the competition for many years and it's great to get our hands on the trophy.

Rashford on mark as Manchester United sign off in fifth

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Teenage striker Marcus Rashford celebrated his England call-up with a goal as Manchester United ended their Premier League campaign by beating Bournemouth 3-1 in Tuesday's re-arranged Old Trafford fixture.

In a game carried over from Sunday following a postponement caused by the discovery of a fake bomb accidentally left behind during a terror training exercise, United needed a 19-goal victory in order to steal past Manchester City into the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

Rashford on mark as Manchester United sign off in fifth

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Teenage striker Marcus Rashford celebrated his England call-up with a goal as Manchester United ended their Premier League campaign by beating Bournemouth 3-1 in Tuesday's re-arranged Old Trafford fixture.

In a game carried over from Sunday following a postponement caused by the discovery of a fake bomb accidentally left behind during a terror training exercise, United needed a 19-goal victory in order to steal past Manchester City into the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for uMAXit about what the return of Ashley Young may mean.

The Evening News claims Van Gaal will stay if he gets United in top four.

The Mirror reports on the U-21s going to the Grand National.

BBC Sport reports on LvG's happiness with squad competition.

The Guardian reports on the United fans who have been charged for the "murderers" banner.

PICTURES: Rooney, Young and Jones back in training

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Ahead of Manchester United's game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Phil Jones were back in training, following months out of the team with injury.

Fergie: United’s bad season is down to injuries

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Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Louis van Gaal following a disappointing season at Manchester United. The legendary manager claims that the number of injuries United have suffered has played a huge part in their failure, and would have had an impact on any team.

It's dead easy to be critical.

Tweet and Photo: Ashley Young returns to Man Utd training ahead of Liverpool game

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I've missed this ⚽, so good to be back out with the lads #mufc pic.twitter.com/q5LNIjBa8r Ashley Young (@youngy18) March 16, 2016...

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Who’s better? Our injured XI or our non-injured XI?

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If Manchester United's injured players were fit to play and took on our injury free players, who would win?

Injured XI:

David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw; Antonio Valencia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young; Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney.

Darmian out for “weeks” with dislocated shoulder

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Matteo Darmian was subbed off in Manchester United's 2-1 defeat after a Sunderland player ran in to him. No freekick was given.

Louis van Gaal has revealed that Darmian's shoulder was dislocated and will now be missing for several weeks.

It is unbelievable. It is a dislocation so he will be out for several weeks.

CONFIRMED: United’s Europa League squad

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Manchester United have confirmed the squad for the Europa League, with our first game against Midtjylland on February 18th, followed by the return leg at Old Trafford on the 25th.

David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone; Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Guillermo Varela, Matteo Darmian, Regan Poole; Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jesse Lingard; Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Will Keane.

Ashley Young surgery complicates Manchester United’s defensive problems

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Manchester United are facing further defensive problems, with an injury to Ashley Young prompting a possible move into the January transfer market for manager Louis van Gaal. Young is to undergo groin surgery after suffering an injury during United's 1-0 win at Liverpool last Sunday.

Ashley Young surgery complicates Manchester United’s defensive problems

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Manchester United are facing further defensive problems, with an injury to Ashley Young prompting a possible move into the January transfer market for manager Louis van Gaal. Young is to undergo groin surgery after suffering an injury during United's 1-0 win at Liverpool last Sunday.

Young: “United can still win the league”

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Ashley Young believes Manchester United are still in the title race despite being nine points behind Arsenal.

United ended a dismal run of form that has seen them going without a win in eight games in all competition as they beat Swansea 2-1 at home on Saturday, but they remain way behind the league leaders and could be five points off fourth place should Spurs win at Everton today.

Manchester United 2 Swansea 1: 5 talking points

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Manchester United 2 Swansea 1: 5 talking points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United ended a run of losses and draws with a 2-1 win over Swansea City. Louis van Gaal had never won a game against Swansea so the win would be even more welcomed.

Here are five things we learned from the game

Anthony Martial looks his promising self again

Martial started the season ever so wellbutwith a dip in the team's form, Martial's form also took a turn for the worse.

Young: When the goalie went up my heart was in my mouth!

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Four minutes of injury time were added to the end of Manchester United's game against Swansea this afternoon. The referee played five minutes though, and in the final seconds before the whistle blew, Lukasz Fabianski sprinted up the field for a Swansea corner. He got his head on to the cross but thankfully his attempt went just wide of the post.

Young: Rooney didn’t mean that finish… but he says he did

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Wayne Rooney scored a fantastic winner for Manchester United this afternoon in our 2-1 win over Swansea. After the game, Ashley Young joked that Rooney didn't mean to finish as well as he did.

We've looked at the replay and I'm not sure he meant it but he'll definitely tell you he did!

Young: It was nice to get a standing ovation from our brilliant fans

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Ashley Young had a great game for Manchester United in our 2-1 win over Swansea. Unfortunately, he was forced off with injury with 10 minutes left to play, but received a standing ovation from the fans, who sang his name as he walked to the tunnel.

They're brilliant and it was nice to get a standing ovation.

LvG: I subbed Herrera to waste time like Swansea

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During Manchester United's 2-1 win over Swansea, Phil Jones was substituted at half-time, before Ashley Young was taken off with 10 minutes to play. Louis van Gaal has explained these two decisions were forced because of injuries, but reveals he took Ander Herrera off at the end of the game to waste time, after Swansea had spent all match taking their time with every freekick and throw-in, apart from when they were losing.

LvG: Rooney’s form isn’t thanks to being rested

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Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's first goal in our 2-1 win over Swansea, before assisting the second which was scored by Wayne Rooney.

Louis van Gaal has spoken highly of his captain after scoring his first goal in two months. Rooney was left out of the starting XI for the 2-0 defeat against Stoke, before coming on at half-time.

STATS: Manchester United’s halfway point

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Average possession
Manchester United 60.8%
Manchester City 58.2%
Arsenal 58%
Chelsea 56.8%
Liverpool 56%

Passing accuracy
Arsenal 85%
Manchester City 84.1%
Manchester United 83.9%
Everton 82.5%
Swansea 82.

Manchester United: James Wilson Names Stephen Ireland As Fastest Opponent He’s Ever Played Against

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With injuries and illness abound at Manchester United at the moment, it looks as though Louis van Gaal is to entrust young James Wilson with a starting berth against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

With his name at the forefront, United's official club website conducted a quick Q&A session with Wilson in which they grilledthe 19-year-old striker aboutthe fastest, most athletic, toughest tacklers, best passers and best finishers he's played both with and against so far in his short time as a pro.

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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.

Reactions to United’s defeat against Spurs

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1. Playing Ashley Young up front with Jesse Lingard behind him, while Juan Mata and Anthony Martial played out wide, was an utterly bizarre tactical move. If you asked any 11-year-old with a vague interest in United what positions those four players should be in, they would be able to give you a better formation than Louis van Gaal.

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Friday Kickoff: Mascherano, Sturridge, FIFA and more

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Friday is here, marking the beginning of a long weekend of soccer action and the return of the German Bundesliga, but it's not a good day for one Barcelona player, who was sentenced to one year in jail because of tax fraud.

On Thursday, defender Javier Mascherano was sentenced to a year in prison for avoiding tax payments in Spain; however, he is not expected to serve time in jail.