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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.