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Manchester United

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.

Savage: City playing United at the wrong time

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Robbie Savage has told the BBC that the Manchester derby has come about at the wrong time with City, contrary to Vincent Kompany's claims after their recent defeat against Crystal Palace.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is wrong when he says Sunday is a good time for his side to be facing local rivals Manchester United.

Smith was unconscious when Liverpool fans attacked his ambulance

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When Manchester United played Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup in 2006, Alan Smith broke his leg in the final minute when blocking a shot from John Arne Riise. He was given oxygen on the pitch and stretchered off.

As the ambulance left the ground, taking Smith to hospital, it was ambushed by a group of Liverpool supporters.

Forlan: I get goosebumps when I hear my chant for Anfield goals

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Diego Forlan will forever be remembered by Manchester United fans for the two goals he scored at Anfield in our 2-1 win in 2002. He scored twice within three minutes and the moment has been immortalised in a song.

Forlan has reflected on what it means to him to hear this song when he is all over the world watching United play.

Scholes: Most ambitious players leave Arsenal to win titles

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Paul Scholes has had a dig at Mesut Ozil and Arsenal FC, but claiming that the most ambitious players always leave the club because they know they can't win the league with Arsenal.

Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fbregas, Robin van Persie – have all left.

STATS: Shirt sales in Manchester – red or blue?

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Sports Direct have published a feature showing the various regions where Premier League shirts are sold.

They've concentrated on eight clubs, including United and City, and have had made some fairly surprising discoveries, and some not so surprising.

Manchester United have had larger attendances than City every single season since the war, regardless of which club was enjoying the most success, and even when we had to play at Maine Road when Old Trafford was bombed.

Has Pellegrini not watched United this season?

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Speaking ahead of Sunday's derby, Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that United aren't any stronger this season compared to last.

Similar. I think that both teams are similar. We are not stronger. I think Manchester United bought very important players this year. I think also they are at the moment where you start with a new manager and new players which is not easy.

STATS: Glazers ensure lower spending than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Tottenham

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In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.

Just for Fun

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.

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





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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.

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.

VIDEO: United fans at Anfield giving warm welcome and farewell to Gerrard

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As Steven Gerrard warmed up on the touchline at Anfield yesterday, he was greeted with chants of "Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league? Have you f*ck!"

Gerrard was then sent off seconds after coming on at the start of the season half, much to the delight of our travelling supporters.




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INPLAY allows us to chat in real time about the latest United news and the events on match day.

Steven Gerrard: This is our year 2005-2014

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July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.

PICTURES: Which United players have won the league more often than Gerrard?

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1 time winners
Clayton Blackmore
Dion Dublin
Darren Ferguson
Mike Phelan
Jordi Cruyff
Karel Poborský
Jesper Blomqvist
Mark Bosnich
Luke Chadwick
Ronnie Wallwork
Laurent Blanc
Roy Carroll
Diego Forlán
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Juan Sebastián Verón
Gabriel Heinze
Kieran Richardson
Henrik Larsson
Alan Smith
Owen Hargreaves
Gerard Piqué
Fábio
Michael Owen
Darron Gibson

2 time winners Mark Hughes
Paul Ince
Andrei Kanchelskis
Paul Parker
Bryan Robson
David May
Raimond van der Gouw
Fabien Barthez
Louis Saha
Dimitar Berbatov
Antonio Valencia
Chris Smalling
Javier Hernández

3 time winners
Steve Bruce
Jonny Evans
Rafael da Silva
Lee Sharpe
Ronny Johnsen
Teddy Sheringham
Jaap Stam
Dwight Yorke
Tomasz Kuszczak

4 time winners
Eric Cantona
Brian McClair
Gary Pallister
Mikaël Silvestre
Edwin van der Sar
Park Ji-Sung
Anderson
Nani

5 time winners
Peter Schmeichel
Andrew Cole
Wes Brown
John O'Shea
Wayne Rooney
Patrice Evra
Nemanja Vidić
Darren Fletcher
Michael Carrick

6 time winners
David Beckham
Nicky Butt
Phil Neville
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Rio Ferdinand

7 time winners
Denis Irwin
Roy Keane

8 time winner
Gary Neville

11 time winner
Paul Scholes

13 time winner
Ryan Giggs

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.

LvG: Media invented Rooney’s injury

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In the run up to derby day, the media reported that Wayne Rooney was a doubt for the game, but Louis van Gaal has said there is no problem with the striker.

Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible, but he was never injured.

LvG: Giggs showed me how much the derby means

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis.

It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the fans, it is unbelievably big as a rivalry.

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.

United

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.

Forlan: Neville told me United fans would never forget me after Anfield goals

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Diego Forlan has given an interview with United Review, where he discusses the two goals in three minutes that he scored against Liverpool in 2002.

I remember those goals very clearly. They came at a difficult time for me. I was not playing so much and hardly playing in the big games.

ATTACKING STATS: United players compared to those at City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

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Possession
City 59.5%
United 58.1%
Arsenal 57.6%
Chelsea 56.6%
Liverpool 55.2%

Passing accuracy
United 84.5%
City 85.2%
Chelsea 85%
Arsenal 84.1%
Liverpool 83.1%

Accurate long balls per game
United 43.

STATS: Is Kolorov right about United and City?

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Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years.

United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.

Steven Gerrard

VIDEO: United mock Liverpool fans with “nearly won the league” chant

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Liverpool came to Old Trafford last season and sang "and now you're gonna believe us, we're gonna win the league."

With three games left to play they were five points clear at the top of the table. Then Steven Gerrard miscontrolled a simple pass, slipped over and Demba Ba scored. In their next game, they looked to be saving their season, and were 3-0 up against Crystal Palace with 10 minutes left to play.

VIDEO: Will Skrtel face retrospective punishment for stamping on De Gea?

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In the final seconds of United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Martin Skrtel was guilty of stamping on David de Gea. No punishment was dished out to Skrtel, suggesting that the referee didn't see the stamp, therefore making Skrtel eligible for retrospective punishment.

Steven Gerrard lasted less than 40 seconds on the pitch after stamping on Ander Herrera immediately after being substituted on.

Ba: I don’t mind United fans singing about Gerrard’s slip

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You couldn't make it up. Liverpool were about to win their first league title in over two decades. Steven Gerrard, who had spent the beginning of every season claiming that this year would be their year, finally looked as though he was going to be right.

After beating Manchester City, Gerrard ceased him moment to be the massive scouse cringe bag he is, wiping the non-existant tears from his eyes, huddling his players together, and screaming "this does not f*cking slip!

Contributing Writer

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

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Danny Taylor, The Guardian's chief football writer

PREDICTION: 3-2 City

The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United's defence and let's not pretend it's been pretty City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well.

STATS: Best Manchester XI

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Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.

Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.

The Rest

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.

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.

Clattenburg to referee the derby – how’s he treated Manchester’s teams this year?

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Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for the derby this weekend. What's his record been like this season?

Anything of note this season?

Clattenburg was in charge for our 5-3 defeat against Leicester. While our players hit self-destruct, they were aided by the referee.

Terry: Moscow miss still keeps me awake

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John Terry has reflected on the night when he helped win the European Cup for Manchester United, after missing Chelsea's fifth penalty in Moscow.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's miss, Terry's inability to score took the penalty shoot out to sudden death, which we won after Edwin Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick.

Scholes: Empty seats everywhere at City

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Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City fans for failing to sell out yet another big game at the Etihad.

"The crowd need to get behind this team they need to create a special European atmosphere," Scholes said. "I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the atmosphere on a Tuesday night, the special atmosphere you create, and the crowd is rocking when you go out for a warm up.