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Five key thoughts following Chelsea 1-0 United – Hazard the difference as Van Gaal’s men are unlucky in defeat

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Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat to a sturdy Chelsea side, who moved one step closer to the Premier League title. It was a harsh defeat but the Red Devils will have learnt a massive lesson after failing to break down Jose Mourinho's men. David De Gea's main rival for PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, scored the only goal as he slotted the ball under the Spaniard.

VIDEO: Falcao needs another game like this against Chelsea today

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With the injuries to Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, rumours this morning suggest that Wayne Rooney will be moved back in to midfield and Radamel Falcao will start up front.

If that's the case, we could do with the Falcao of old returning, particularly the one that managed a first half hattrick against Chelsea in the Super Cup in 2012.

Herrera: Spanish speakers get insults from Rooney

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Ander Herrera has spoken about his teammates in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

He gives his assessment of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and the Spanish speaking players.

"Rooney is outgoing and insults us in Spanish," Herrera revealed. "I prefer to talk about football because I know he really likes boxing and could want to spar with me.

United deliver Spurs a ‘knockout punch’.

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VIDEO: Fellaini, Carrick and Rooney’s goals vs Spurs

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Herrera: I want to be as important as Scholes to the fans

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In an interview with the Evening News, Ander Herrera was made aware that Paul Scholes was the last midfielder to get in double figures for United. In the 2004-05 season Scholes scored 12 goals. Herrera is on five and is keen to emulate Scholes.

Paul Scholes is maybe the biggest midfielder in the United history.

STATS: How is Rooney keeping Herrera out of the team?

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Passing success
Juan Mata: 89.6%
Michael Carrick: 89.6%
Daley Blind: 89.6%
Ander Herrera: 87%
Wayne Rooney 84.3%

Inaccurate long balls per game
Rooney: 1.9
Carrick: 1.6
Blind: 1.5
Herrera: 1.2
Mata: 0.

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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Three Key Battles

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Chelsea vs Manchester United: Three Key Battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday will be extremely intriguing to say the least. It always is, you might say, but this time it's not only because ofthe big names on show.

Man Utd’s Michael Carrick on staving off retirement

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Man Utd 4 Man City 2: Three key observations

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Man Utd 4 Man City 2: Three key observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United made it six straight Premier League wins yesterday with another impressive performance, which was enough to claim local bragging rights in the derby against Manchester City.

The Old Trafford hosts came back from a goal down to assert their dominance in the clash, with a comprehensive 4-2 victory playing a considerable role in Louis van Gaal's hopes of finishing above the current Premier League champions this season.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Carrick and Herrera key as United look to stifle struggling City midfield

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Michael Carrick snubs Man Utd teammate Juan Mata

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Michael Carrick has snubbed his Manchester United teammate Juan Mata after overlooking him in his Red Devils five-a-side team. The England midfielder...

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Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance

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Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been an interesting round of international fixtures for the major European nations, with last night's action throwing up a number of intriguing talking points.

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are moving in the right direction [VIDEO]

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believesthe team has startedto fulfillits potential and is confident they are moving in the right direction.

Since their surprising 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on September 21st, United have lost only three times in 25 league matches leaving them in fourth place in the BPL with nine games to play.

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are moving in the right direction [VIDEO]

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believesthe team has startedto fulfillits potential and is confident they are moving in the right direction.

Since their surprising 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on September 21st, United have lost only three times in 25 league matches leaving them in fourth place in the BPL with nine games to play.

LVG has found right formula

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Michael Carrick believes that Manchester United have finally found the winning formula and that their 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday highlighted they've finally turned a corner.

Louis Van Gaal has struggled to impose his style onto his team since arriving at Old Trafford in July, with United coming under intense scrutiny for serving up some insipid football during the Dutchman's first eight months at the helm.

Beating Liverpool on their own patch is special, says Man Utd’s Michael Carrick

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Liverpool Preview: Five Keys To Victory

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Was it the "Philosophy"? Was it just a case of "Lads, it's Tottenham"? Or was it just a fluke? Whatever it was, things took a huge step to improving for Manchester United last week, in perhaps the most complete and satisfying display since the Sir Alex era drew to a close.

FA Cup defeat to Arsenal had steeped pressure on Louis van Gaal and his side, leaving them desperate to take points from rivals if a top four spot was to be obtained and with further tricky fixtures to follow, the Reds made an ideal start ahead of their trip to Anfield on Sunday.

Michael Carrick signs new contract at Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

Carrick has been one of Louis van Gaal's best players since he returned from an ankle injury he suffered last summer.

The 33-year-old's contract was due to run out in June, but the club confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the midfielder had extended his current deal by 12 months.

Michael Carrick signs new contract at Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.

Carrick has been one of Louis van Gaal's best players since he returned from an ankle injury he suffered last summer.

The 33-year-old's contract was due to run out in June, but the club confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the midfielder had extended his current deal by 12 months.

Confirmed: Manchester United star signs new deal

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Confirmed: Manchester United star signs new deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have confirmed midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a new deal on Friday.

The 33-year-old's contract was set to expire at the end of the season and he has signed a new one-year deal to extend his Old Trafford stay till the end of 2016.

Michael Carrick signs new Man Utd contract

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Michael Carrick: Manchester United will aim for second place

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has claimed that the Red Devils have the second spot in their sights after producing a fantastic display to beat Tottenham by 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Review & Game in 10 Tweets

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No start for Man Utd’s Michael Carrick against Newcastle

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Manchester United have mixed news on injury front for Sunderland clash

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed striker Robin van Persie will miss the Red Devils' upcoming league clash against Sunderland, while striker James Wilson is fit to face the Black Cats.

Michael Carrick set to return for Man Utd vs Sunderland

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Manchester United hoping to seal early summer transfer for Argentine star

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According to reports from English Media Outlet Mirror, Manchester United are lining up a summer move for Argentine star Lucas Biglia. The report states that United were interested in the 29 year old midfielder in January but the Italian club refused any sort of deal.

Van Gaal confirms Robin van Persie and Phil Jones are fit to face Swansea

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed his star striker Robin van Persie and centre-back Phil Jones are fit to face Swansea City.

The 20-times English champions make a trip to Wales as they take on the Swans in the Premier League clash scheduled between the two sides at the Liberty Stadium.

Michael Carrick set for new one-year Man Utd contract

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Manchester United vs Burnley Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Manchester United are expected to get back to winning ways on Wednesday night when they host struggling Burnley.

Louis van Gaal's side rescued a point at West Ham on Sunday but it is now only two wins from their last six in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal gives injury update ahead of Burnley clash

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed Michael Carrick is the only player injured ahead of Manchester United's league clash against Burnley at Old Trafford.

The 20-times English champions take on Bunrley in the mid-week clash after settling for a draw against West Ham United in the league fixture on Sunday.

United must bring the hammer down on the Hammers

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A broken plane, a broken dream, a broken heart, a broken team, no word said, a silent vow, we loved you then, we love you now.

Off the back of an emotional week United take what will undoubtedly be a difficult trip to London for Sunday's fixture against West Ham. It will be important to play with the spirit of those lost on that bleak February night.

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Five key thoughts following United 4-2 Manchester City as Young and Fellaini shine

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Manchester United defeated local rivals Manchester City 4-2 at Old Trafford to solidify third position in the Premier League table. A Sergio Aguero brace sandwiched goals from man of the match Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling, who erased bad memories of the reverse fixture in which he was sent off.

STATS: United’s win over Liverpool

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Player stats
Most passes
Antonio Valencia 69 (92%)
Juan Mata 67 (92%)
Mamadou Sakho 53 (90%)
Ander Herrera 52 (87%)
Joe Allen 48 (84%)

Attacking third passes
Marouane Fellaini 17 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 17 (90%)
Juan Mata 16 (80%)
Ander Herrera 13 (81%)
Philippe Coutinho 11 (65%)

Ball recoveries
Antonio Valencia 10
Philippe Coutinho 9
Michael Carrick 7
Phil Jones 7
Joe Allen 6

Tackles
Ander Herrera 7/9
Daley Blind 6/7
Emre Can 4/6
Marouane Fellaini 4/5
Phil Jones 4/4

Aerial duels
Marouane Fellaini 11/16
Martin Skrtel 4/8
Emre Can 4/7
Wayne Rooney 4/6
Jordan Henderson 3/6

Top passing combinations
Valencia to Mata 35
Mata to Valencia 23
Blind to Fellaini 20
Herrera to Valencia 17
Valencia to Herrera 16
Mata to Herrera 16

Team stats
Liverpool passes: 302/402 (75%)
United passes: 460/562 (82%)
Liverpool possession: 41.

Five key thoughts following United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur as Rooney emphatically replies to boxing row

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Manchester United bounced back from their FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal with a convincing victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney sent the Red Devils just two points behind Manchester City and one behind Arsenal.

With the crunch clash at Anfield against rivals Liverpool to come next Sunday, the win over Spurs, which effectively ended any hope of the visitors making the top four, was the perfect way to prepare.

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What was Carrick’s celebration all about?

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Michael Carrick scored United's second goal in our comfortable 3-0 win against Spurs this afternoon. He then celebrated holding up his fingers to count out 5-2.

Was it a reminder of this game against Spurs?

Or were they the odds of his winning horse at Cheltenham?




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Carrick: Every game is huge now

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Following the disappointing defeat on Monday night, Michael Carrick has revealed that the players have stuck together and trained hard as they move on from the result.

With big games around the corner, starting with Spurs this weekend, Carrick has stressed the importance of doing a job in every match until the end of the season.

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Carrick: Mata has always been a great player

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Michael Carrick has sung the praises of teammate Juan Mata following his match-winning performance against Liverpool at the weekend.

He has always been a great player. He has always been important to us because he brings so much to the team, and so much ability. You have seen it all there, in terms of what he brings.

LvG: Falcao not humiliated by U-21 appearance

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Radamel Falcao played for the U-21s earlier this week after failing to feature in either of United's last two games.

The press claimed this was humiliating for the Colombian superstar, but Louis van Gaal has dismissed this suggestion.

I have 25 players and all of the players can play the next game.