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Manchester United

Video: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool now have Man Utd levels of consistency

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side are now showing the sort of consistency you would expect from champions Manchester United. The two sides meet at Anfield tomorrow, and Rodgers has been comparing their recent records. He said: "The big thing for us was consistency. And from when we played them in January, we played [.

Fergie: We never give up

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched his team secure victory in his 1000th league game as Manchester United manager in typical fashion for us, leaving it until the last few minutes to turn a 2-1 defeat in to a 3-2 win.

"We never give up," he told MUTV. "Of course, it's in the history books.

English Premier League

Is Walcott right to be confident about Arsenal’s title hopes

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Walcott's full of confidence by Ash

Whilst on tour with the Arsenal first team in Asia, Arsenal and England international star striker Theo Walcott has been talking of Arsenal's title hopes for next season. And the 24 year old is extremely positive and hopeful for the upcoming season, as we look to end what could be a 9 year trophy drought.

Mancini targets new signings

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After watching his side salvage a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admitted that he's looking to his board to complete a few more signings. The club is set to wrap up a deal for Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair today, but Mancini is looking for more big names as the Citizens look to defend their title.

Manager: Toffees best in a “long time”

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Following two successive victories to start the season, Everton manager David Moyes has hailed his current squad as one of the best he's seen at Goodison Park in quite some time. The blue half of Merseyside can be thrilled with their side's rampant start to the season, including an opening day win against giants Manchester United.

English Premier League – Season Predictions – 2012/13

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The 2012-13 English Premier League season is set to start on August 18, 2012 with Manchester United looking to unseat rivals Manchester City. It was a dramatic finish to last season as Man City scored a late goal to edge United for the league title.

So, who will win the title this season and which clubs will be relegated?

Who Are Ya? Thorgan Hazard (Chelsea)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Thorgan Hazard Age: 19 Position: Midfielder Signed from: RC Lens Fee: Undisclosed. Did you know? Thorgan's older brother Eden joined Chelsea earlier this summer, but it's hardly surprising given their pedigree. Both their mum and dad were footballers.

Koscielny for Captain?

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Koscielny to be our new captain, now that he has agreed a new five-year contract?

The Guardian has been reporting this weekend that Koscielny has agreed a new five-year contract, and if this is true then that is fantastic news.

With TV and Mertesacker already on long contracts, it should mean that we can finally expect some consistency in our central defence.

Koscielny for Captain?

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Koscielny to be our new captain, now that he has agreed a new five-year contract?

The Guardian has been reporting this weekend that Koscielny has agreed a new five-year contract, and if this is true then that is fantastic news.

With TV and Mertesacker already on long contracts, it should mean that we can finally expect some consistency in our central defence.

Jack Wilshere

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The Young and talented English man has been out injured for a while now. Just like Aaron Ramsey had been not so long ago, and I have to wonder what his return will be like.

Most gooners would agree that Jack Wilshere , When fit, Should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Adam - Reds Must Change Luck

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Charlie Adam insists Liverpool must 'change their own luck' this term as they look to put last season's disappointment behind them.
The Reds finished eighth in the Premier League last term - their lowest finish in 18 years.
Midfielder Adam believes bad luck played its part in their poor campaign and is determined they can come back stronger this season under new boss Brendan Rodgers.

Arsenal midfielder reveals summer regret

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Aaron Ramsey has been outspoken about his delight at being chosen to represent Team GB at the London Olympics this summer but the Welshman admits that missing out on Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia is disappointing.

Ramsey, 21, was on the receiving end of some severe criticism from the Gunners' community for his struggles in the second half of last season but vowed to improve his consistency next season.

Vieira Urges Balotelli to Mature

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Manchester City's Mario Balotelli has the ability to go far in the game, as his raw talent is renowned in both Italy and now, England.

Equally, if not more recognised, is the former Inter Milan star's seemingly poor attitude to what will always be a team game.

Balotelli has often been seen having touchline spats with managers, on-field rows with players, or training ground brawls with teammates.

Rodgers Demands Reds Effort

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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has laid down the law to his new players, insisting that working hard is an 'obligation' under his new regime.
The 39-year-old was confirmed as Anfield boss last week after a successful stint with Premier League rivals Swansea City.
Rodgers guided the Swans to promotion via the play-offs in 2011 and then led them to a respectable 11th place finish in their first top flight season since 1983.

Arsenal

Arsenal need to make teams fear them again!

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CONSISTENCY: NEEDED MORE THAN EVER by WAC

What does it take to have a good run? I guess the players who made up the invincibles. Unfortunately, there will never be such a team ever again in the history of the premier league. The best a team can hope for right now is a great winning or unbeaten run spanning several games.

If only ALL Arsenal players had Jack Wilshire’s commitment….

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Inconsistency needs to be addressed by VSM

It has come to the point where we just don't know which Arsenal will turn up from week to week. Its hell for us fans, not knowing if we're going to win a game we're expected to win. Now, everyone seems to be taking out their anger on Wenger, but the players must bear some responsibility for what happened on Tuesday night.

It begins: the Walcott situation needs a resolution

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Good morning all, welcome to a brand new week and it's started with something of a bang with this morning's Sun exclusive regarding Theo Walcott.

They say that Liverpool are looking to sell Andy Carroll, not because he's a bit crap but to fund a move for one Theodore P Walcott. A price tag of around £15m has been mooted even though he's in the last year of his contract.

Koscielny contract: striker trial: AST survey

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Morning all,

naturally I'll be refraining from commenting on the John Terry trial until he's found guilty, but those of you who are bored in work could do worse than follow some of the reportage via Twitter or elsewhere. The best comedy writers in the world couldn't come up with some of the stuff we got yesterday, this piece in the Guardian gives you a flavour of what went on.

Why do we love the Arsenal?

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After enduring one of the worst summers in living memory for any club, and then back it up with the worst start to a season that Arsenal have had to endure for almost 100 years, I'm beginning to wonder whether we will find ourselves going through the exact same again this season. I guess we have made a good start to the transfer window, but I am now fearing the worst.

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Why the hell is Nani so bloody frustrating?

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If I was asked to describe Nani in a word, then I would say 'Frustrating'. Forget about me, I think almost every United fan would say that and I don't think I need to tell any of you why we think so. The game against Everton itself was a perfect example of a typical Nani performance so irritating at times that I was ready to hurl every solid object that was within my reach at the telly.

Gopher Players Prepare for New Season, New Coach and New Systems of Play

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New Gopher Women's Soccer coach Stefanie Golan will have her hands full in these first several weeks of training. With only a month to prepare, she inherits a team from 2011 that went 9-10-2 and struggled with consistency in scoring goals. The team also had a problem of all to often making mental mistakes in [.

Fulham

Some thoughts

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Apologies for lack of posting. For one thing there doesn't seem much concrete to talk about: will they, won't they, etc... For another our increasingly antiquated work IT setup has made it all but impossible for me to post from there. No, don't get me wrong, I work hard, honest, just that I used to do a lot of writing first thing in the morning or at lunchtime.

Some thoughts

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Apologies for lack of posting. For one thing there doesn't seem much concrete to talk about: will they, won't they, etc... For another our increasingly antiquated work IT setup has made it all but impossible for me to post from there. No, don't get me wrong, I work hard, honest, just that I used to do a lot of writing first thing in the morning or at lunchtime.

Given What We Know Now, Would You Still Make The Eddie Johnson Trade?

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As the Seattle Sounders get ready to play the Montreal Impact on Saturday, now seems as good a time as any to look back at the trade that put Eddie Johnson in Rave Green. In talking to Adrian Hanauer earlier this week for a story I did at MLSsoccer.com, he didn't hesitate for a second in telling me that he'd do the trade again given what he knows now.

Major League Soccer

Three For Three: MLSR Predictions

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Sporting Kansas City (12-7-4) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (10-5-7)
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final
William Schulz: I could go on about how each of these clubs is doing in league play, but I am a firm believer in the "magic of the cup". This match is going to be decided by the immaterial, and I believe the immaterial is stronger for Sporting Kansas City.

DC United still looking to break through the wall

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The "rookie wall" is a well worn cliché precisely because it is so often encountered. If the rookie in question is lucky enough to break through, he has a good chance to hang around the top level. Last night, rookie Nick DeLeon showed signs of returning to his early season form.

When I asked him in April about the main lesson that he had taken from his father, a former professional player, he noted that it was, "My attitude of going at defenders without fear.

Revs send captain to Chivas USA

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Reports on Wednesday morning are suggesting that the New England Revolution have shipped club captain and Gillette-mainstay Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA.

The 34-year-old midfielder was in his tenth season with the club, scoring 36 goals for the Revs while being named to the Best XI four times.

MLS Rankings: Week 18

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Every week the New England Soccer Today crew will look beyond the standings to rank each of the 19 Major League Soccer (MLS) teams. This week Sean Donahue and Julian Cardillo contributed rankings. Comments are followed by the ranker's name and the rank they gave that team. *Note: Games played on July 11th were not included in these rankings.

Summer Wish List: Western Conference

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Can Real Salt Lake hold on to their lead in the Western Conference? (Getty Images)

Yesterday I took a look at the item(s) that the Eastern Conference clubs need to either stay on course for a playoff spot, get a playoff spot or, even better, get the Supporters' Shield trophy.

Today we move over to the Western Conference.

Summer Wish List: Eastern Conference

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Are the Red Bulls set to make a Supporters' Shield run? (Getty Images)

Over the next day or so I will be taking a quick look at what each club can do to either get back on track to make the playoffs, stay on course to reach the post season or ultimately win the Supporters' Shield.

Today I will start off with the Eastern Conference clubs.

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Under Hackworth: What’s going right

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The Union under John Hackworth have put themselves back into the playoff hunt. Looking at possession, passing, shots, goals, as well as lineup selection consistency, PSP explores how the team has improved under Hackworth since the firing of Peter Nowak.

England inspire hope with solid win over Belgium

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Over the past couple of seasons, I doubt that there has been a harsher critic of the England football team than myself. I have gone from a flag-waving, forget the scoreline, fanatical supporter to one who has grown tired of the mediocrity and feeble apologies and explanations from players and coaches.

Analysis

Bilbao wasn't built in a day: part two

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Spanish football blogger Chalkontheboots continues his analysis of the current structure of Athletic Bilbao by reviewing the challenge of consistency, as a season of cup triumph masked disappointment in the league for Marcelo Bielsa and his men. You can read part one of this piece here.

Wasted Set Pieces Prove Costly

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Just eight minutes into Saturday's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC the New England Revolution found themselves down a goal and forced into a makeshift backline due to Stephen McCarthy's early injury.

That left the Revs with 82 minutes to claw their way back against the second-worst defense in MLS, a Toronto back line that had allowed 35 goals in 19 games.

The Rest

FIFA U-20 WWC: If We're to Judge by Cold Once-Overs, I'm Going With the Germans

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This once-over comes courtesy of the German keeper in blue.

And it turns out I'm right about picking the young Germans, led by Maren Meinert and Bettina Wiegmann and Silke Rottenberg, all of whom, unbeknownst to us all, strategize with their hands on their chins. Like Team USA had any answer to this.

Italian Serie A – Season Predictions – 2012/13

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The 2012-13 Italian Serie A season is about to start with Juventus as the defending champions but several teams looking to challenge them this season. It will be an interesting season for Juventus who will not have their manager available during matches (but is allowed to be at training sessions).

Portland Timbers @ Chivas USA Player Ratings: Another One Bites the Dust Edition

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Another road game, another loss. I'm coming up empty with why and how the Portland Timbers are having a worse season this year than last. On paper, the Timbers should be better in every aspect. They've been paying longer as a team, they have higher quality players, and more depth all around and yet.

Minnesota Stars FC Continue Pattern Against Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Minnesota Stars FC's undefeated streak from earlier this season has become a distant memory during the last few games. The Stars have struggled for consistency, losing just about every other game over the last two months. Unfortunately for the Stars, the team was due for a loss after winning against the Tampa Bay Rowdies [.

Do New Signings Signal a Change in Policy at Spurs?

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Well no one expected this. Just when you think there's nothing left at Spurs to surprise, we begin pre-season training with signings in the bag and more to come. The man whose transfer window brinkmanship is both loathed and envied in equal measure by his fellow chairmen has bought Vertonghen and Sigurdsson, lined up Adebayor and above all enabled Bale to stay, at least for a while.

Nicklas Bendtner: Precious Things

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Image:Â AP Photo/Michael Probst. Usually we love us some Nicky Bendtner you know we do. Usually, we have love for Nicky "No Pants" for the obvious reasons (general hotness, thighs of thunder, etc) and not so obvious reasons (tabloid consistency, designer gear and all around drinking professionalism).