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Coloccini, Anita And Gouffran Start Against Tottenham

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John Carver has named his side for today's home game against Tottenham and Coloccini returns and Anita keeps his place at left back and Ryan Taylor moves to midfield. Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Vurnon Anita; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran Substitutes: Freddie [.

Why A Win Will Be Very Difficult Against Spurs

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John Carver's job is to get Newcastle some points on the board, so he's trying his best to get the crowd behind him for the game at home against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, but there are at least a couple of things that have happened since the last home game against Arsenal almost four weeks [...]

Can Newcastle End Losing Streak Against Spurs?

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Newcastle will play on Sunday against Spurs, and both teams haven't been at their best of late with Newcastle on a losing streak of five games and having lost six of the last seven so we are hoping the lads can stop the rot on Sunday at St. James' Park. Lee Charnley and Mike [...]

Janmaat, Anita, Abeid, Obertan All Start – Jonas On Bench

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John Carver has just named his side for tonight's tough game at Anfield and Daryl Janmaat is in the starting line-up, but the big shock is that Jonas has been dropped. Teams: Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; Joe Allen, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; Jordan Ibe, Raheem Sterling, Philippe [.

This Is Newcastle’s Best Side For Liverpool

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It was another pathetic performance from Newcastle United at Sunderland last time out, and it was on a par with our previous two road games when we were hammered 3-0 at Everton and 5-0 at Manchester City. John Carver doesn't have much choice Newcastle haven't scored a goal in our last three away games, [.

Carver Gung-Ho About Tonight’s Game – Watch Out

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John Carver has again been upbeat and positive about the game tonight at Liverpool, and in his many interviews before the game, he says he expects Newcastle to put up a good performance and if we can do that we can get our first win there since back in 1994. John Carver gung-ho [...]

Players Must Overcome 21 Years Of History – But Do They Even Care?

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Newcastle may be the worst form team in the Premier League at the moment, andwhen we've watched teams fighting relegation over the weekend like Burnley against Arsenal yesterday and QPR against Chelsea today both homesides lost by just 1-0, but Burnley and QPR were unlucky not to take anything out of their games [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Newcastle

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Liverpool welcome Newcastle to Anfield on Monday evening as they aim to get back to winning ways in the league after suffering defeat at the hands of both Arsenal and Manchester United recently.

Carver Reveals What He Did After Sunderland Embarrassment

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Sunderland were back to their usual form as Crystal Palace tore them apart at the Stadium of Light in the second half with four goals in just 17 minutes, and 4-1 wasn't even indicative of how much better Palace were on Saturday. Sunderland have only five wins this season, joint worst record in the Premier [.

Can Newcastle Produce Shock Result At Anfield?

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Newcastle have a very difficult game on Monday night, and there seems no way we can get anything out of that game, but with Liverpool suffering a few injuries themselves, maybe Newcastle can produce a shock result and even get something out of this game. Maybe. From what we heard from John Carver this morning, [.

Ryan Taylor And Jonas Gutierrez Start For Newcastle

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John Carver has just announced the Newcastle team to play Sunderland, and the surprise is that Jonas Gutierrez starts for the first time for Newcastle since he beat testicular cancer. Teams: Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, John O'Shea (c), Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt, Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez, Seb Larsson, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Jermain [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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I'm back! Don't pretend not to be well excited...

You may have missed my blog posts here on The Liver Bird over the past couple of weeks, you may have not been arsed but I can assure you it feels bloody good to be back blogging and off we go with an Arsenal match preview!

Remy Cabella And Ayoze Perez Both Start Against Arsenal

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Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella are both in the starting line-up for Newcastle today at home to Arsenal. Newcastle(4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Ryan Taylor, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita; Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi; Ayoze Perez Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Lubomir Satka, Olivier Kemen, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel [.

Ryan Taylor, Colback And Riviere All Start

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John Carver has just announced the Newcastle team for this afternoon's Premier League game at Everton and there's no Ayoze Perez in the starting line-up. Teams: Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, Antolin Alcaraz, Phil Jagielka (c), Leighton Baines; Darron Gibson, James McCarthy; Aaron Lennon, Leon Osman, Arouna Kone; Romelu Lukaku Substitutes: Joel Robles, Luke [.

Big Opportunity For Newcastle On Sunday – But Can We Take It?

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Everton won their Europa League tie with Dynamo Kiev last night, when they won 2-1 at home in the first leg of their round of the last 16, and they play the return leg in Ukraine next Thursday. John Carver pressure is on Everton But before that Everton will entertain Newcastle United on Sunday [...

Ryan Taylor In For Haidara – Otherwise Unchanged Side

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John Carver has just announced the Newcastle side for the home game against Manchester United tonight, and an expected Ryan Taylor has come in for the injured Massadio Haidara at left-back, and young Lubo Saka has been brought in as a sub. Teams: Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan [.

Newcastle’s Best Side For Tonight’s Game

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We wouldn't be surprised if John Carver doesn't keep essentially the same team that did well on Saturday in getting only our second win in 2015 with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa. Ryan Taylor expected at left back tonight Massadio Haidara is a doubt with water on the knee, and we'd be surprised [...

Obertan, Abeid, Ameobi, Riviere Start – Perez And Jonas On Bench

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John Carver has just announced his team for the home game against Aston Villa and Gabby Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Manu Riviereall start. Teams: Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi; Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Ryan [.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester City

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Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to put their loss in the Europa League behind them. The Reds have been on fantastic form in the league lately but will face a tough challenge in Pellegrini's side.

Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a boost with the return of Philippe Coutinho.

How Fans Think The Game Will Go Against Villa – Poll Results

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Newcastle are playing the second bottom side Aston Villa this afternoon, and usually we would have a sizable ratio of fans thinking we can win this game. For our home game against Crystal Palace on 30th August, 70% thought we would win the game, andwhen we played Hull City at home on 20th September, 66% [.

Liverpool

MATCH PREVIEW: FA Cup Semi-Final

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Wem-ber-leeeeey, Wem-ber-leeeey! We're the famous Liverpool and we're going to Wembely, Wem-ber-leeeeey... oh soz! It's match preview time innit? I do apologise only I've been MEGA excited for this match and it's all sort of bubbling over now.

Liverpool v Aston Villa 04.19.15

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10am ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (a) 01.17.15
0-1 Villa (h) 09.13.14
2-2 (h) 1.18.14
1-0 Liverpool (a) 08.24.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 Newcastle (h); 1-0 Blackburn (a); 1-4 Arsenal (a)
Aston Villa: 1-0 Spurs (a); 3-3 QPR (h); 1-3 United (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 1-0 Blackburn (a); 0-0 Blackburn (h); 2-1 Palace (a); 2-1 Bolton (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Aston Villa: 2-0 West Brom (h); 2-1 Leicester (h); 2-1 Bournemouth (h); 1-0 Blackpool (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Sterling 11; Gerrard 10; Henderson 7; Coutinho 6; Lallana, Sturridge 5; Balotelli 4; Lambert, Markovic 3; Moreno 2; Allen, Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Aston Villa: Benteke 11; Agbonlahor 6; Weimann 4; Sinclair 3; Bacuna, Carles Gil, Clark, Cole, Delph, Hutton, Okore 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Lovren
Johnson Henderson Allen Moreno
Markovic Coutinho Sterling

Skrtel's back, Gerrard's back.

Liverpool v Newcastle 04.13.15

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3pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 Newcastle (a) 11.01.15
2-1 Liverpool (h) 05.11.14
2-2 (a) 10.19.13
6-0 Liverpool (a) 04.27.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Blackburn (a); 1-4 Arsenal (a); 1-2 United (h)
Newcastle: 0-1 Sunderland (a); 1-2 Arsenal (h); 0-3 Everton (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling 6; Henderson 5; Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge 4; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Newcastle: Cisse 11; Perez 5; Colback, Sissoko 3; Ameobi, Gouffran 2; Aarons, Cabella, Coloccini, Janmaat, Kemen, Obertan, S Taylor, Williamson 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Toure Lovren Moreno
Lucas
Henderson Allen
Coutinho Sturridge Sterling

Wednesday added a wrinkle to what had become a surprisingly easy lineup guessing game.

MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Blackburn on Wednesday evening as they aim to secure a place in the semi finals of the FA Cup. The Reds are still attempting to recover after a disastrous defeat to Arsenal at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room bust ups also doing the rounds, it is vital that Liverpool are focused on Wednesday in what realistically is their last hope of any glory this season.

Liverpool at Blackburn 04.08.15

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Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (h) 03.08.15
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.10.12
1-1 (h) 12.26.11
1-3 Blackburn (a) 01.05.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-4 Arsenal (a); 1-2 United (h); 1-0 Swansea (a)
Blackburn: 3-0 Leeds (a); 0-1 Brighton (h); 2-3 Brentford (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 0-0 Blackburn (h); 2-1 Palace (a); 2-1 Bolton (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Blackburn: 0-0 Liverpool (a); 4-1 Stoke (h); 3-1 Swansea (h); 2-1 Charlton (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 10; Henderson 7; Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge 5; Balotelli 4; Lambert, Markovic 3; Moreno 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Blackburn: Rhodes 17; Gestede 16; Marshall 6; King, C Taylor 4; Baptiste, Cairney, Conway 3; Duffy, Evans, Hanley, Henley, Spearing, Tunnicliffe 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Lovren Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Coutinho
Sterling Sturridge

A quarterfinal replay in the FA Cup, the last chance for any meaningful reward from this trying season.

Liverpool at Arsenal 04.04.15

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7:45am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-2 (h) 12.21.14
1-2 Arsenal (a; FA Cup) 02.16.14
5-1 Liverpool (h) 02.08.14
0-2 Arsenal (a) 11.02.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-2 United (h); 1-0 Swansea (a); 0-0 Blackburn (h)
Arsenal: 2-1 Newcastle (a); 2-0 Monaco (a); 3-0 West Ham (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Henderson 5; Coutinho, Lallana, Own Goal, Sturridge 4; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Arsenal: Giroud, Sanchez 13; Cazorla 7; Ramsey, Welbeck 4; Koscielny, Özil 3; Rosicky, Walcott 2; Bellerin, Chambers, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Toure Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Coutinho
Sterling Sturridge

It may just be me, but that international break seemed even longer than usual.

Liverpool v Manchester United 03.22.15

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9:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-3 United (a) 12.14.14
3-0 Liverpool (a) 03.16.14
1-0 United (a; League Cup) 09.25.13
1-0 Liverpool (h) 09.01.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: -1-0 Swansea (a); 0-0 Blackburn (h); 2-0 Burnley (h)
United: 3-0 Tottenham (h); 1-2 Arsenal (h); 1-0 Newcastle (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Henderson 5; Coutinho, Lallana, Own Goal 4; Sturridge 3; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
United: Rooney 11; van Persie 10; Mata 5; Falcao, Fellaini 4; Di Maria, Herrera, Smalling 3; Blind 2; Carrick, Wilson, Young 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Sterling Henderson Allen Moreno
Gerrard Coutinho
Sturridge

It's probably not possible to exaggerate tomorrow's importance.

Liverpool at Swansea 03.16.15

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Last four head-to-head:
4-1 Liverpool (h) 12.29.14
2-1 Liverpool (h; League Cup) 10.28.14
4-3 Liverpool (h) 02.23.14
2-2 (a) 09.16.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: -0-0 Blackburn (h); 2-0 Burnley (h); 2-1 City (h)
Swansea: 2-3 Tottenham (a); 1-0 Burnley (a); 2-1 United (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Own Goal 4; Sturridge 3; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Swansea: Bony 9; Ki 6; Siguðsson 5; Dyer, Routledge 3; Gomis, Shelvey 2

Referee: Roger East

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Sterling Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Gerrard's fit, Allen's fit, Sakho's fit, Skrtel's fit, and even Jon Flanagan's fit, or at least close enough to be training.

Liverpool v Blackburn 03.08.15

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12pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last four head-to-head:
3-2 Liverpool (a) 04.10.12
1-1 (h) 12.26.11
1-3 Blackburn (a) 01.05.11
2-1 Liverpool (h) 10.24.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-0 Burnley (h); 2-1 City (h); 0-1 Besiktas aet (a)
Blackburn: 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (a); 0-0 Bournemouth (a); 1-2 Norwich (h)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 2-1 Palace (a); 2-1 Bolton (a); 0-0 Bolton (h); 2-1 Wimbledon (a)
Blackburn: 4-1 Stoke (h); 3-1 Swansea (h); 2-1 Charlton (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 10; Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana 5; Sturridge 4; Balotelli, Lambert, Markovic 3; Moreno 2; Borini, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Rossiter, Skrtel, Suso 1
Blackburn: Gestede 15; Rhodes 13; Marshall 6; King 4; Baptiste, Taylor 3; Cairney, Conway 2; Duffy, Evans, Hanley, Henley, Tunnicliffe 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Sterling Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Cup line-ups, whether it's the FA Cup, League Cup, or Europe, always seem stronger than expected, there's often less rotation than expected.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Blackburn

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The Reds welcome Blackburn to Anfield on Sunday evening as Brendan Rodgers aims to steer his side through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. After being knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas, this competition remains Liverpool's only hope of silverware this season.

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Burnley

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Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield tomorrow as the Reds look to continue a sublime run of form. After beating Manchester City at the weekend Brendan Rodgers has his sights firmly set on the top four and will be aiming to pick up another three points against the Clarets.

Liverpool v Burnley 03.04.15

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.26.14
4-0 Liverpool (a) 04.25.10
4-0 Liverpool (h) 09.12.09
0-1 Burnley (a, FA Cup) 01.18.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 City (h); 0-1 Besiktas aet (a); 2-0 Southampton (a)
Burnley: 0-1 Swansea (h); 1-1 Chelsea (a); 1-3 United (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Coutinho, Lallana, Own Goal 4; Henderson 3; Lambert, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
Burnley: Ings 9; Barnes 5; Boyd 4; Arfield, Mee 2; Kightly, Wallace 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sturridge

Hopefully Sakho will be fit enough to return, hopefully Sturridge will be fit enough to start.

Liverpool v Manchester City 03.01.15

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7am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-3 City (a) 08.25.14
3-2 Liverpool (h) 04.13.14
1-2 City (a) 12.26.13
2-2 (a) 02.03.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Besiktas aet (a); 2-0 Southampton (a); 1-0 Besiktas (h)
City: 1-2 Barcelona (h); 5-0 Newcastle (h); 4-1 Stoke (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 6; Lallana, Own Goal 4; Coutinho 3; Henderson, Lambert, Markovic, Moreno, Sturridge 2; Balotelli, Borini, Can, Johnson, Skrtel 1
City: Agüero 17; Silva 9; Yaya Toure 7; Jovetic, Lampard 5; Dzeko 3; Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri 2; Clichy, Demichelis, Fernando, Zabaleta 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Can Skrtel Sakho
Markovic Henderson Allen Moreno
Lallana Coutinho
Sterling

So, who's gonna be fit after last Thursday?

United

Defensive dilemma and last chance saloon

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Right, after Van Gaal's press conference it is looking more desperate than Piers Morgan's Tinder profile. And although recent news today has revealed United's backline to be more decimated than the homes of Iraqis after 2003, there absolutely is reason for hope this weekend.

Tomorrow's trip to Stamford Bridge has had United fans flip flopping more than Nick Clegg on whether to let David Cameron use his mouth or his backside.

United can restore supremacy in Manchester

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As all 15 of Manchester City's away support turned out to watch an impotent, lackluster and embarrassingly lazy team of mercenaries limp to defeat against Crystal Palace earlier this week you could almost feel the heat rise on the red side of Manchester.

United fans have blown the dust off the book of optimism this week, unused for so long.

The rat race for fourth begins

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The air of unease surrounding toay's fixture against Spurs is similar to that of using the bus.

You expect it to be bumpy, out of your control and there's usually some gormless looking moron sat at the front smelling like urine. Harry Kane and his Spurs side will undoubtedly turn up intending to give United an equally uncomfortable experience.

United look to conquer the North East

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It's quieter than a nun's hen party. Like some tragic episode of the Tweenies many are asking where have all the journalists gone?

Last week Van Gaal was the wrong man to lead United, the club was in permanent decline and Ryan Giggs was being stifled by his Dutch overlord.

This week with United sat fourth, five points off City in second place and only one point off Arsenal, it's hard to argue with the progress that's been made.

The Rest

Old foes do battle for a new crown

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Screaming, covered in non-descript fluids and struggling to adjust to the light. Manchester United appeared reborn last weekend.

Reborn in the sense that it felt like watching Manchester United, not like being forced to watch Adrien Chiles' care worker scrub his back in the bath whilst he plays with his manhood.

Match 1 Preview: Union vs Rapids

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After a thrilling 3-3 match at PPL Park in mid-June, Colorado embarked on an epic collapse. New holding midfielders should shore up MLS's worst defense, but Wenger, Aristeguieta, and Le Toux will give Shane O'Neill and company an early test.

Will United paper over the cracks again?

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It appears this week's theme is despair vs faith.

Either you're willing to give Van Gaal time to build his team, bed in new players and establish a regime oryou're frothing at the mouth, grabbing torches and pitchforks, incoherently muttering about Dennis Irwin and are ready to hire the latest European manager with a floppy fringe.