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PICTURE: Chelsea fans remove Mourinho banner after United link

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Following reports that Jose Mourinho is keen to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, Chelsea fans removed the "Special One" banner at Stamford Bridge.

Klopp: United will be feeling brilliantly now

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned his team's inability to score, while conceding another strike themselves from a set play.

When Klopp first took charge of Liverpool, they were four points behind United. A few months later, where United have really struggled, Liverpool are now six points behind.

LvG: I asked Rooney to score at Anfield

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Following Manchester United's 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield, Louis van Gaal has revealed he asked Wayne Rooney to score ahead of kick-off. Rooney had only scored one goal away against Liverpool before today, and that was 11 years ago. United have now won all the games they've played against Liverpool with Van Gaal, taking the record to four games in a row, which is the best since 2008.

When Liverpool last won the league…

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Tottenham Hotspur's Gary Lineker was the division's top scorer.

Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, was the highest grossing film of the year.

Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, was almost two months old.

"Call me" by Blondie was number one in the charts.

Manchester United's assistant manager, Ryan Giggs was yet to make his Manchester United debut.

Did John Obi Mikel miss the two penalties United should have had?

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The only thing funnier than Chelsea paying Manchester United £12 million for John Obi Mikel, despite the midfielder never playing a single game for them, is the fact Mikel is due to have his testimonial at Stamford Bridge next summer.

Mikel would have won five league titles had he stayed at United, but instead he claimed he was forced in to signing the contract, and joined Chelsea instead.

Toure: I want City to be like United

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Yaya Toure has spoken about how he hopes that Manchester City can one day be like Manchester United. Having been accused for just joining City for the money, Toure insists that his feelings for the club are stronger than that. He has seemingly forgiven them for not allowing him time off to see his dying brother, as he claimed last year.

Tevez: My time at United was wonderful

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In Carlos Tevez's two seasons at Manchester United, he won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, the League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

When I first got to West Ham it was bad because they threw me in London and I didn't know what to do. At West Ham, I followed Mascherano everywhere.

Manchester Derby Day Passions.

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LvG: Liverpool are a fantastic club… because I’ve beaten them every time

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Following Manchester United's 3-1 win over Liverpool, manager Louis van Gaal was asked about the opposition. Van Gaal has played against our rivals three times now in the league, winning every one. The first was a 3-0 win at Old Trafford, the second was a 2-1 win at Anfield, following by the result today.

Liverpool Preview – Five Keys to Victory

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The first international break of the season often offers a largely unwelcome interruption to the long awaited return of the domestic football season, but on this occasion, it offered Manchester United plenty in the way of positives.

The Reds last tasted action on 30th August as Louis van Gaal's men suffered their first defeat of the season to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

STATS: United youth get better opportunities than Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs during pre-season

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During the pre-season just gone, Manchester United youth players averaged 122 minutes of football each, and a total of 855 over five games.

City youth players averaged 119 minutes minutes each with a total of 1667 minutes. Spurs 98.8 minutes and a total of 593, Liverpool 97.4 minutes and a total of 1169, Arsenal 67.

Gerrard: I think about costing Liverpool the title every day

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Steven Gerrard has spoken to former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, about Liverpool's defeat against Chelsea towards the end of the 2013-14 season.

Liverpool were favourites to win the league, with their fans singing about doing exactly that every week, and a draw against Chelsea would have been enough to keep them in pole position for the title.

LvG: Everyone in Manchester is talking about the derby

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Louis van Gaal has confirmed he knows how important derby and hears people talking about it everywhere they go in Manchester.

When you are walking the streets of Manchester everybody is talking about the derby and also the players – the English players and also the Spanish players.

Hart: Rooney is a good guy and I rate him highly

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Joe Hart has sung the praises of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ahead of Sunday's derby.

Rooney in a good place and is playing really well at the moment. He's taken the responsibilities of being captain for his club and country really well – he's a player I rate really highly and he's a good guy, too and I'm looking forward to playing against him.

Rooney: More spice to derby day now

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Wayne Rooney has claimed that there is more spice to the derby now, compared to when he first came to Manchester United.

City finished just two places above the relegation zone when Rooney joined United from Everton, but now that they are competing for the title, the rivalry has increased.

In the first few years after I came here City were never a threat to the title or to us.

Rooney: We are playing for pride on Sunday

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Wayne Rooney has scored more goals in the Manchester derby than any other player. Now, as captain, he insists that his teammates are playing for pride when they meet City on Sunday, and he wants to give the fans something to celebrate.

I think it's a very important game for Manchester United and Manchester City.

Just for Fun

Gerrard Nil

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Carragher to wear Gary Neville United shirt

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Twitter @Carra23 needs to wear a G.Nev united shirt for the day! He's lost a bet that Paulinho wouldn't score 15 PL goals in a season!

- Gary Neville (@GNev2) June 26, 2015

Gary Neville has revealed on Twitter that he made a bet with Jamie Carragher that Paulinho wouldn't score 15 league goals in a season.

PICTURE: The city is yours

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20,000 empty seats, are you f**king sure?

The champions of England can't seem the sell out their stadium but are still expanding it and hiking up ticket prices. Good luck with that.


Jones: My favourite derby was when RvP scored a late winner

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Phil Jones has reflected on his favourite derby, which was in December 2012, when Robin van Persie scored an injury time winner.

I'd go for the one when Robin scored the winner when we were 2-0 up. They came back to 2-2 and then Robin curled one in late on. It was a great day.

There is no other feeling like it, especially against City, your local rivals.

VIDEO: Blind, Herrera and Martial goals vs Liverpool

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VIDEO: City fans singing about Munich after derby day thrashing

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Manchester City fans were applauded for respecting the one minute's silence in 2008 which marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. They also sang a chorus of "there's only one Frank Swift", the former City goalkeeper who died in the crash, for the first and what would appear to be the last time.


Mata: It was a perfect day on Saturday

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Juan Mata has reflected on the special win against Liverpool on Saturday, after he assisted Daley Blind's opening goal in a 3-1 win.

As you know, a win against Liverpool is always special. It was a good game, we tried to take the initiative from the beginning and, although we didn't create good chances in the first 45 minutes, we played almost all the time in Liverpool's half of the pitch.

Manchester United vs Liverpool: A Match not Made in Heaven

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Gerrard wishes Liverpool offered him role Giggs got at United

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The season before last, Ryan Giggs was appointed a coach, as well as still being a player. In all competitions, he played in over 20 games. The following season he retired and Louis van Gaal made him his number two.

Steven Gerrard wishes that Brendan Rodgers had offered him the same role at Liverpool.

Giggs: Old Trafford will be bouncing on Saturday night

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Ryan Giggs is looking forward to tomorrow's game against Liverpool and reckons the atmosphere will be even better than usual thanks to the late kick-off.

Liverpool is the perfect game to have to come back to after the international break. Old Trafford will be bouncing for a late kick-off.

VIDEO: ‘You nearly won the league’ send off for Gerrard

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Fair play to Liverpool. We've taken the piss out of Gerrard plenty but it was nice to see him given a great send-off! pic.twitter.com/BNmaa43fu2

- United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) May 27, 2015

To mark the anniversary of United winning the Treble with a team that had academy products at the core, Made in Manchester is available for just £3 for today only.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Gerrard: I want to know if Fergie thinks I’m average

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Steven Gerrard has done a Q&A with a newspaper and he has was asked if he could ask any sports person in the world a question, what would it be.

Gerrard's response was: "I'd ask Alex Ferguson, ‘Do you really think that I am average?'"

In his autobiography, Sir Alex Ferguson dismissed Frank Lampard and Gerrard as being top quality players.

Shelvey: Liverpool fans gave me high fives for embarrassing behaviour

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A red card in the game between United and Liverpool is hardly a rarity, but Jonjo Shelvey's reaction to his sending off in 2012 was amongst the strangest.

As he walked off the field, he angrily started wagging his finger at Sir Alex Ferguson, as if it was the manager's fault he went in with his studs on Jonny Evans.

Louis van Gaal

LvG: I’ll watch Chelsea vs Liverpool game with a glass of wine

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Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge today and will give the Chelsea players a guard of honour as they walk on to the pitch. It's fairly remarkable that Steven Gerrard will see out his last season at Liverpool, having never won the league, paying respect to the current champions.

After beating Crystal Palace yesterday and having a far superior goal difference, Liverpool need to win all their remaining games to stand a chance of replacing us in the top four.

LvG: I dream of derby day victory

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that he is dreaming of winning the Manchester derby on Sunday, with our focus now fully on finishing as high up in the table as possible.

I dream of it. That is not a problem, every player shall dream of victory. I have been thinking with my staff and my players already for many days about how we have to beat Manchester City.

Phil Jones

Jones: Our foreign players understand how important derby day is

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For today's game against Manchester City, you would imagine that players like Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Daley Blind are going in the starting line-up. While they're not Mancunians, and haven't grown up caring less about Manchester City, Phil Jones insists the foreign players at the club fully understand how important a win for us is today.

Jones: We want to win this game of passion

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Phil Jones has spoken about today's derby against Manchester City. He claims they are trying to prepare as they would for any other game, but realises that's difficult to do when there's so much at stake.

I don't think it [City's recent form] matters one bit when you look at the quality of their players and what they can do.

The Rest

Gerrard: Keane was better than me and every other midfielder

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In a Q&A with a newspaper, Steven Gerrard was asked to rank himself amongst Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Patrick Vieira.

Gerrard put Keane at the top of the list but then struggled to put the others in order.

"Keane No 1," he said. "The rest? They're all different. Frank's the best goalscoring midfielder, Scholes the best footballer, Vieira the most difficult opponent.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on sacking Pellegrini, picking De Gea over Hart, and predicting a City win

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It's derby day! Rob Pollard is a City fan and a freelance writer who's taken time out to answer a few questions on today's game and City in general.

Scott: Rob, what are your favourite memories of derby day?

Rob: The 3-1 win at Maine Road when Goater nicked the ball off Gary Neville will always be special because, in those days, beating United never felt like it was on the cards.

GNev: United will win the title again before City

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Gary Neville, in his column in the Telegraph, has discussed Sunday's derby and how FFP may stop City's progression.

Not since the 1989-90 season has the PFA Team of the Year failed to include a player from United or City, so the fact that only De Gea makes my team offers an indication of the state of both clubs as they prepare to meet at Old Trafford.