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United youngsters to keep on eye out for

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For this article, I thought I would look at the 3 players who I think have improved the most over the current season for the U-18 team. It's been a disappointing season in the main but that can partly be put down to the fact that a lot of this year's crop are either first year apprentices or even U-16 players who have had to move up an age group when U-18 players have been selected for the U-21, either to cover for players gone out on loan or on current form.

Lack of hunger punctuates targeted stalemate

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Oh how the mighty have fallen.

If ever a moment epitomised United's season, it came sixty seconds before the final whistle. Having been pinned back in their defensive third for a while, United pinched the chance to counter one last time but Wayne Rooney squandered the initial chance and Michael Carrick did not deem driving forward a worthy option and proceeded to pass the ball backwards.

Have we hit the bottom yet?

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By the end of it, the only surprising thing was that some could still find this abysmal showing surprising. If today is to be the end of the belaguered side we have witnessed for the last six months, then sure enough United delivered in a cruel, yet not uncharecteristic given this season's standards, way.

A bitter man and the best fans in the world between United and a semifinal spot

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A trip to Stoke on a, presumably, cold Wednesday night in December is nobody's idea of glamour, but tonight's Capital One Cup quarterfinal at the Britannia could prove to be a lot more important than it would have in seasons gone by, where the League Cup was the least important competition of the season.

Manchester United

Photo: Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick recovers from ankle surgery

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick updated fans on his progress after it was revealed he will be out of action for at least 12 months. The...

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Manchester United’s Michael Carrick Out For 10-12 Weeks

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Manchester United defensive midfielder Michael Carrick had surgery on his ankle this morning and will be out of action for 10-12 weeks, according to the club.

The 32 year-old midfielder injured his ankle during pre-season training. When asked how long he would be sidelined for, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said, "A long time.

UPDATE: Manchester United confirm extent of Michael Carrick injury

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UPDATE: Manchester United confirm extent of Michael Carrick injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester united have confirmed their midfielder Michael Carrick will be out of action for the next 10-12 weeks with an ankle injury.

The England international picked up an injury during the training earlier this week and went under the knife on Thursday.

Done deal? Impact of Luke Shaw as 3rd highest paid Man Utd player?

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Done deal? Impact of Luke Shaw as 3rd highest paid Man Utd player? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to a report from Goal, they can allegedly 'reveal' that Manchester United haveagreed terms in a deal worth£40m to sign Luke Shaw from Southampton.

I am not here to bring you this as 'breaking news' because the report came out a day ago, my focusis the impact this deal would have upon the dressing room if it isaccurate.

Premier League Final Day Fixtures: Predicting Perfect Pandemonium

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Premier League Final Day Fixtures: Predicting Perfect Pandemonium - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Time flies when you're having fun. This is certainly the overwhelming sentiment when talking about this season's Premier League campaign.

With more twists and turns than a sped-up ivy vine, the English top flight has once again succeeded in captivating it's baying public, with both ends of the table putting on a show of epic proportions.

World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer?

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World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's getting very close! With just over 57 days left to wait until the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, talk has now centred around the possible England squad for the tournament, with a host of dark horses now being mentioned alongside the nailed-on candidates.

Rooney vs Chelsea? Mourinho vs Madrid? English duo await Champions League draw

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Rooney vs Chelsea? Mourinho vs Madrid? English duo await Champions League draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United took their place in the Champions League quarter final draw by seeing off Olympiakos on Wednesday night, with arguably Europe's strongest eight set to send shock-waves across the footballing world over the coming months.

Video: Man Utd legend Roy Keane slates Michael Carrick for ‘flat’ interview

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has hit out at midfielder Michael Carrick for a "flat" post-match interview after tonight's defeat to Olympiakos. ITV pundit Keane said: "That just reflected United's performance tonight flat, no urgency." Here's the mumbling interview to which Keane took exception.

Marouane’s moment to shine

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Tom Cleverley is feeling a little hard done by. "I feel I've been made a scapegoat a little bit," complained the midfielder last week, arguing that the persistent blame he has received for Manchester United's horrendous 2013/14 season has been unfair.

Yet poor Tom seems to be talking about the wrong man.

Man Utd: Twitter reacts to David Moyes’ tactics vs Arsenal – ‘Dark Ages’

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Manchester United's 0-0 draw away to Arsenal has left their champions league ambitions hanging by a thread, with Liverpool's last grasp win at Fulham taking them 12 points clear of the champions in fourth place.

GIF It: Even David Moyes is fed up of Man Utd’s negative tactics

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After weeks of stats and graphics showing Manchester United's lack of attacking thrust, this ball from Michael Carrick was one backward pass too many, even for David Moyes. The United boss was pictured going mad in the corner of our TV screens as the England midfield turned to play the ball backwards rather than attempt [.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: The Player Ratings

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after being held to a frustrating draw at home to Manchester United.

The Gunners were indebted to keeperWojciech Szczesny, who made a stunning reflex save from former Arsenal man Robin van Persie's point-blank header.

It could get worse, before it gets better

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Michael Carrick has warned United fans that things might have to get worse before they eventually get better at Old Trafford and that this season's demise is made worse because of how used United were to dominate opponents in England over the last two decades.

Having conceded a late equaliser against Fulham on Sunday, United will almost surely miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years, while even a place in the Europa League seems in danger at the moment, given the dismal record David Moyes' men have put together since the turn of the year.

Diabolical United as bad as it gets

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David Moyes described his Manchester United side as "diabolical" even though the right adjective is a lot more damning and a lot less politically correct after United gifted bottom of the table Fulham a point yesterday, with Darren Bent scoring a late equaliser, after United had turned things around.

Did Man United Hit Bottom As They Throw Away Two Points To Fulham In Fergie Time?

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was left to count the cost of a lack of a clinical edge up front as his side drew 2-2 with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Darren Bent scored a stoppage-time equaliser to salvage a draw for the struggling Cottagers, who had taken the lead through Steve Sidwell in the 19th minute.

United in Serie A midfielder swap?

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If there's a man who epitomises Manchester United's fall from grace this season, that's Michael Carrick. The Geordie midfielder hasn't performed particularly bad this season certainly not when compared to some of his teammates and even though he hasn't reached the stellar standards he achieved last campaign, he's had a positive influence on United's midfield.

Michael Carrick injury could force Man Utd into more signings

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Here's wishing @carras16 a speedy recovery from the injury that forced him off in extra-time last night. #mufc pic.twitter.com/v8iMGGUiop Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 23, 2014 Manchester United could be pressed into signing a central midfielder during the current transfer window after an injury blow to Michael Carrick.

Pogba “disgusted” by Fergie’s choice

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Just when it appears that Manchester United might be about to whisper it sign a midfielder, another man who's been linked with a move to Old Trafford, which would be a return in his case, has spilled the beans over the reasons that led him to leave the club 18 months ago.

Paul Pogba has been making waves with Juventus ever since he joined the Serie A giants for free in 2012, after United had allowed his contract to expire and the Frenchman has admitted he left Old Trafford after been left "disgusted" by Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to pick Rafael ahead of him for a central midfield spot.

United feel the Blues

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The last time Samuel Eto'o thwarted our hearts, Manchester United were playing their second Champions League finalin 12 months and things looked rather different.

Back then, United boasted a superb squad capable of taking on Europe's finest, while today they crumbled against aChelsea side which, while looking solid, never got out of second gear.

IN-DEPTH STATS: Individual Manchester United player contribution

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Most goals
Wayne Rooney 9
Robin van Persie 7
Danny Welbeck 6
Adnan Januzaj 3

Shots per game
Wayne Rooney 3.2
Robin van Persie 3
Adnan Januzaj 2
Danny Welbeck 1.8
Nani 1.6

Most assists
Wayne Rooney 9
Robin van Persie 2
Patrice Evra 2
Antonio Valencia 2

Passing accuracy
Tom Cleverley 90.

IN-DEPTH STATS: Game by game Manchester United this year

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vs Swansea

Most shots: Robin van Persie (7)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (62/70 89%)
Most final third passes: Michael Carrick (12/14 86%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney (2)
Most popular pass combination: Ferdinand to Carrick (15)

vs Chelsea

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (4)
Most passes: Tom Cleverley (70/77 91%)
Most final third passes: Tom Cleverley (19/22 86%)
Most chances created: Nemanja Vidic (2)
Most popular pass combination: Jones to Valencia (19)

vs Liverpool

Most shots: Danny Welbeck (2)
Most passes: Tom Cleverley (56/68 82%)
Most final third passes: Tom Cleverley (13/17 77%)
Most chances created: Evra/Young (2)
Most popular pass combination: Evra to Young (16)

vs Crystal Palace

Most shots: Robin van Persie (6)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (59/79 75%)
Most final third passes: Antonio Valencia (19/24 79%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney (4)
Most popular pass combination: Fabio to Valencia (16)

vs City

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (5)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (75/82 92%)
Most final third passes: Tom Cleverley (27/29 93%)
Most chances created: Chris Smalling (3)
Most popular pass combination: Carrick to Rooney (14)

vs West Brom

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (3)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (94/103 91%)
Most final third passes: Nani (23/33 70%)
Most chances created: Nani (4)
Most popular pass combination: Evans to Carrick (18)

vs Sunderland

Most shots: Adnan Januzaj (6)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (102/116 88%)
Most final third passes: Michael Carrick (28/37 76%)
Most chances created: Evra/Carrick (3)
Most popular pass combination: Carrick to Cleverley (22)

vs Southampton

Most shots: Robin van Persie (5)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (47/56 84%)
Most final third passes: Michael Carrick (11/15 73%)
Most chances created: Nani (3)
Most popular pass combination: Evra to Januzaj (17)

vs Stoke

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (5)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (79/86 92%)
Most final third passes: Shinji Kagawa (27/32 84%)
Most chances created: Patrice Evra (4)
Most popular pass combination: Kagawa to Rooney (16)

vs Fulham

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (3)
Most passes: Nemanja Vidic (52/58 90%)
Most final third passes: Wayne Rooney (16/23 70%)
Most chances created: Robin van Persie/Wayne Rooney (2)
Most popular pass combination: Rooney to Valencia (12)

vs Arsenal

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (3)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (38/45 84%)
Most final third passes: Shinji Kagawa (10/14 71%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney/Robin van Persie (1)
Most popular pass combination: Valencia to Rooney (11)

vs Cardiff

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (3)
Most passes: Marouane Fellaini (44/53 83%)
Most final third passes: Adnan Januzaj (11/14 79%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney (9)
Most popular pass combination: Evra to Januzaj (13)

vs Spurs

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (5)
Most passes: Phil Jones (54/65 83%)
Most final third passes: Tom Cleverley (16/18 89%)
Most chances created: Patrice Evra/Antonio Valencia/Chris Smalling (1)
Most popular pass combination: Smalling to Valencia (18)

vs Everton

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (4)
Most passes: Marouane Fellaini (63/68 93%)
Most final third passes: Ryan Giggs (18/22 82%)
Most chances created: Ryan Giggs (3)
Most popular pass combination: Rafael to Valencia (14)

vs Newcastle

Most shots: Tom Cleverley (2)
Most passes: Jonny Evans (56/65 86%)
Most final third passes: Robin van Persie (7/11 64%)
Most chances created: Robin van Persie/Adnan Januzaj (3)
Most popular pass combination: Evans to Vidic (12)

vs Aston Villa

Most shots: Danny Welbeck (7)
Most passes: Tom Cleverley (77/82 94%)
Most final third passes: Antonio Valencia (19/24 79%)
Most chances created: Antonio Valencia (4)
Most popular pass combination: Rafael to Valencia (17)

vs West Ham

Most shots: Adnan Januzaj (5)
Most passes: Wayne Rooney (69/81 85%)
Most final third passes: Wayne Rooney (27/35 77%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney (6)
Most popular pass combination: Rafael to Valencia (19)

vs Hull

Most shots: Wayne Rooney (4)
Most passes: Tom Cleverley (72/81 89%)
Most final third passes: Danny Welbeck (15/18 83%)
Most chances created: Wayne Rooney (3)
Most popular pass combination: Smalling to Valencia (14)

vs Norwich

Most shots: Danny Welbeck/Javier Hernandez (2)
Most passes: Michael Carrick (64/72 89%)
Most final third passes: Ashley Young (18/29 62%)
Most chances created: Javier Hernandez/Ryan Giggs (2)
Most popular pass combination: Carrick to Cleverley (12)

United midfielder faces lengthy spell on the sidelines

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Not that anybody will feel his absence too much, but Marouane Fellaini is set to spend the next two months on the sidelines after United have announced that the Belgian midfielder underwent surgery on the wrist that has troubled him for weeks.

United's deadline day signing has so far failed to impress in his first season at Old Trafford, playing in only eight Premier League games for United, only four of which were starts.

Cleverley admits being “average”

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In news that will surprise nobody, but in what still is a remarkable hones admission for a modern footballer, Tom Cleverley has admitted his performances this season have been extremely "average" this campaign and that the criticism he's received this season has been justified so far.

The 24-year-old has struggled to impose himself in United's midfield and one has to wonder whether Cleverley would be playing at all, had United the luxury to count on a number of quality options, rather than only on the mercurial Michael Carrick, the dynamism of Phil Jones and the occasional brilliance of 40-year-old Ryan Giggs.

United after familiar target

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With less than four weeks to go before the January transfer window opens and with United's midfield seemingly on its deathbed after the injury that has sidelined Michael Carrick even though, it has to be said, it did not enjoy particularly good health before that it seems only sensible for David Moyes to look at strengthening his squad next month.

Carrick's absence should inspire Tom Cleverley to step up for United

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Manchester United's most underrated players and central midfielder Michael Carrick has been troubled with an Achilles injury which will keep him out till the end of 2013. This is a great chance for young Tom Cleverley to step up and fulfill his promising potential. Everyone knows that United's midfield is weak, particularly when compared to those of other top teams.

Pumas & Michael Carrick Proudly Present the Most Boring Soccer Commercial Ever

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Soccer commercials normally range from unbelievably campy to understandably understated. Often, our heroes from the field will pitch us on cleats, sports drinks, and carbonated sugar beverages. In some ads, the players dress as gladiators or jump around super futuristic black multi-level soccer fields.

David Moyes

Time for a radical change at United?

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If there's been one lesson to be learnt so far this season, is that the options at David Moyes' disposal resemble a blanket that it's never quite long enough, thus always leaving some vital parts of United not properly covered.

Wednesday's superb performance against Leverkusen highlighted how big a difference Shinj Kagawa can make when deployed in his favoured number 10 role but, given the injuries that sidelined Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, the formation Moyes adopted in Germany was borne out of necessity rather than conviction.

Carrick agrees new deal

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Michael Carrick has signed a new contract with United which will keep him at the club until 2015, with the possible option of a further year. This is a rare move for the club, given that players in their 30s are usually only offered one year extensions.

Ryan Giggs was given a two year deal in 2005 but other than that, our older players aren't given the security of longer deals.

The Rest

Lloris and Lamela: a love affair.

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From Hugo, your secret admirer. Doh! . The Greg Meyer Column. . Monday 28 July .. Michael Carrick Gets Much Older...33 Today. . A Love Affair ... Lloris and Lamela. . When Hugo met Marine and Erik met Sofia there was and still is love in the air. Another love affair involving a 20 year old Spurs fan and her football hero is also still aloft.

Rio: I took Carrick to the pub after England squad news

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Michael Carrick, like most players at the club, had a pretty awful season for United in 2013-2014. Rio Ferdinand has today claimed that it was a mistake for Roy Hodgson to leave Carrick out of the squad for Brazil though, despite such a poor year.

"As someone involved in that extraordinary campaign, it's safe to say it was a rollercoaster ride, and draining emotionally," Rio said.

Newcastle After Manchester United Central Midfielder

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Michael Carrick played at Wallsend Boys Club and for the England Boys Club side, and was even on Newcastle's books, before joining the West Ham United Youth Academy when he was 16 years old in 1997, and he went on to help West Ham win the FA Youth Cup in 1999, when they beat Coventry [...]

England Name Squad to Face Denmark In International Friendly; Luke Shaw Among Call-Ups

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Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been named in the England squad to face Denmark. The young English defender will earn his first international call-up to the senior squad.

Joining Shaw will be Southampton teammates Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Also on the list is striker Jermain Defoe, who will move this month from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC in MLS.

PICTURE: Carrick’s wife has a pop at Keane on Twitter

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Following United's embarrassing defeat against Olympiakos Michael Carrick gave an interview. Roy Keane, who was working as a pundit for ITV, claimed the interview was just like the performance tonight, "flat".

Carrick's wife took to Twitter to respond to Keane's claims, before later deleting the tweet.

Fletch needed in Carrick and Fellaini absence

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Darren Fletcher returned to the first team after spending a year recovering from the chronic bowel condition which some claimed would end his career. His every touch was cheered when he came on in our 3-0 win over Aston Villa and had a good 20 minutes, even if you have to take in to consideration how poor the opposition was.

Ahead of our game against Cardiff

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It's always good to go in to the International break after picking up a good result. Beating Arsenal a couple of weeks ago was a fantastic result for United, following the press and even our own fans writing us off. The popular line was that if we lost that game we had no chance of winning the title, so picking up the three points after a solid performance has certainly kept our critics at bay.

TOP 5: Rafael Da Silva moments

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Every United fan has their favourite player in the squad. For some, it's Robin van Persie, the man who gave Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off, and who made Wayne Rooney look like the waste of skin he is. For others, it's Rooney himself, seeking to prove that running about a lot for a whole match will adequately replace things like a first touch, creativity, or being able to pass over a distance over longer than 10 yards.