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Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

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Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club.

"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," said Suarez at the time. "I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.

Would sacking Moyes make us another Chelsea?

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Manchester United fans rightly don't want the reputation of being an unsupportive club that sacks the manager at the drop of a hat. One of the arguments that is regularly put forward for keeping hold of David Moyes is that "we don't want to become like Chelsea". Whilst I'd argue that Chelsea's policy of sacking the manager hasn't prevented them from being successful, with them winning plenty of trophies with the eight different managers they've had in the past six years, it certainly has limited their success.

Is Arsenal manager right about refereeing decisions?

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Having waited for Sir Alex Ferguson to retire first, Arsene Wenger has claimed that our former manager influenced the referees to give us favourable decisions. It would be ridiculous to argue that United don't get the rub of the green at times but that is a luxury all clubs at the top tend to enjoy.

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Liverpool bringing joy to season of failure

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Around the start of April, it all seemed to be incredibly bleak. Manchester United were persevering with David Moyes. Moyes was a disaster, and it didn't seem that he was learning. If anything, it seemed like a substandard manager had made things so bad that he'd never get out of the deepening hole.

Was Van Persie wrong to celebrate after Arsenal goal?

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Robin van Persie gave the best years of his career to Arsenal, his boyhood club, but even when he was the Premier League's top scorer, winner of PFA and Football Writer of the Year awards, he had no medal to show for it.

The only trophy he won in his time with the North London club was the FA Cup at the end of his first season when he came on as a sub when United were robbed at Cardiff.

Manchester City offer to triple Adnan Januzaj’s Manchester United wages

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Manchester City plan to offer Adnan Januzaj a big money deal to quit rivals Manchester United. Reports in the Metro suggest City plan to take advantage of the 18-year-old stalling over a new contract by offering him a £45,000-a-week deal to move across Manchester. That would triple his current United salary.

Man Utd boss David Moyes writes off Champions League hopes

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David Moyes on CL: "I think it has become a harder competition to win with the spending power of some of the big teams in other countries." Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 29, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says there are not enough world-class players in his squad to be able to mount a [.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and Chelsea fans join forces for #MoyesIn campaign

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Just hope Fergie doesn't come out of his retirement... #MoyesIn Carina Anders (@CarinaAnders) September 28, 2013 Following Manchester United's back-to-back Premier League defeats, it wasn't long before disgruntled United fans and various armchair pundits took to Twitter to call for the new manager to be given the chop.

TOP 5: Defeats to the enemy

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6-1, 5-1, 4-1. Playing Manchester City and getting tonked by them is actually a fairly regular occurrence these days. But way before then, it didn't help that Manchester United were rubbish. It didn't help that any team can have an off day. It didn't help that Manchester City have recently been able to play really, really well.

Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Man City defeat hurt’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says the derby day thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City hurt. The Serbia international said the champions had the experience to bounce back from the 4-1 reverse, but acknowledged that questions would be asked of the squad and of new manager David Moyes.

Liverpool tried to sign Gabriel Batistuta

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Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has revealed he tried to bring legendary Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta to the club. Evans had hoped to pair 'Batigol' with Reds legend Robbie Fowler in the mid-1990s, but the deal never materialised. As it happened, Batistuta remained in Italy with Fiorentina, for whom he scored 168 goals in 269 [.

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PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

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Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club.

Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with the team as they returned home from Munich and sadly, aged just 22, he died in the crash.

Can you imagine if United were guilty of same behaviour as Liverpool?

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Ahead of Sunday's game at Anfield, Liverpool's official Twitter account was joining in with jokes about the Munich Air Disaster with one of their fans.

The club were quick to offer an apology, calling the tweet an "error of judgement" as well as "distasteful and inappropriate".

Can you imagine the reaction from the scousers if the official United account was taking the piss out of Hillsborough?

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Most Memorable Manchester Derbies

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Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sunderland for fear of embarrassment at Wembley against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Evertonians on Moyes

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As for most privileged Reds of Generation X and Z, Fergie is all I've ever really known. Whilst in the deepest recesses of my subconscious rests Big Ron, Fergie is the only footballing face of authority I've ever really recognized. This has rendered a significant number of younger United fans extremely anxious, constantly questioning and treating this new person at the helm with caution, suspicion even.

Miscellaneous Musings on Keane vs Vieira: Best of Enemies

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The finest sentence of Roy Keane's 2002 Autobiography reads; "I like dogs, because unlike humans, they don't talk shite." As a human myself, who also happens to be a dog owner, I can see where he's coming from.

It's the sort of candor that's become synonymous with the man; a brand of deliberately outspoken contrariness that has led some notable Reds (namely Pete Boyle and Andy Mitten) to liken Roy to Mancunian musician Morrissey.

Chelsea

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on Moyes, winning the league and predictions

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Ahead of today's game against Chelsea, Ramon Isaac from the Chelsea blog Mowing Meadows has taken some time out to talk football.

Scott: How do you think Chelsea's season has gone so far?

Ramon: Personally I think it has gone about as well as it could've done so far.

Chelsea manager makes his opinion on bringing through youth known

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Ahead of Chelsea's game against Southampton, Jose Mourinho has explained his club's poor record of bringing through youth team players on having less time at a big club.

Ryan Bertrand is the closest thing Chelsea have had to an academy product making the first team recently, who the West London club bought from Gillingham when he was a teenager.

Photos: Chelsea training ahead of Spurs clash

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Here's a pic of the rest of the squad, taking part in some small sided games...#CFC pic.twitter.com/wG4lPllrIu Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 27, 2013 Chelsea's squad have been playing some small-sided games in preparation for tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off against London rivals Spurs. Goalkeepers Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer were put through their paces away from [.

Sandro: ‘Spurs are determined to win against Chelsea’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says the squad is "determined" to beat Chelsea on Saturday to make amends for last season's home defeat to their London rivals. The Brazil international is aware of just how important the fixture is and says he and his team-mates want to secure a "big win" He told the club's official website: [.

Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

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Just after Chelsea had fallen behind to Basle in the Champions League last night, the Sky Sports commentator asked whether Chelsea's youngsters truly had it in them to drag themselves back into the game.

I thought it seemed a fairly astonishing thing to say given the experience within the Stamford Bridge team's first x11, and it is an obvious example of the media swallowing whatever baloney their beloved ‘Special One' tosses out to them in his press conferences, hook, line, and sinker.

Fulham sign Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s son

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's teenage son has signed for west London rivals Fulham. Goalkeeper Jose Mario, aged 14, has joined the Cottagers' youth team after a one-month trial at the club. The youngster was previously on the books of Real Madrid youth team Canillas. But since the family has now moved back to England, he [.

Q&A with Chelsea supporting journo: Signing Rooney, “ethical” Mourinho and Chalobah

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Ahead of tonight's game, Chelsea fan and Daily Mail journalist, Rik Sharma, has answered a few questions for RoM on the season so far.

Scott: Are you happy with Chelsea's transfer business over the summer?

Rik: Yes, but we need to sign a striker. Romelu Lukaku is the best we've got, and he's not good enough to spearhead a title-winning side just yet.

Chelsea beat Tottenham to £30m Willian, subject to work permit

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Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian for £30m, subject to the player being given a work permit and passing a medical. The 25-year-old has already passed a medical at Spurs, but the Blues have swooped to pip their London rivals to the signing. The BBC reports that Chelsea made their move [.

Chelsea manager is being ethical??

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Every time Jose Mourinho answers a question on Wayne Rooney he is keen to stress the club is behaving in an "ethical" way. Having already been fined for tapping up Rooney's pal Ashley Cole and the striker having been pictured playing golf down the road from Chelsea's training ground, maybe the manager is worried that people may assume Paul Stretford is up to his usual tricks.

Arsenal back in for Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney as Suarez apologises to Liverpool

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Arsenal are interested in a new move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after their efforts to sign Luis Suarez collapsed. The Gunners' attempts to bring Liverpool star Suarez to the Emirates appear to be over after the player apologised to his current club and resumed training. Arsene Wenger was widely linked with a bid [.

Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco

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Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club. The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms. The French Football Federation [.

Interviews

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on signing Rooney, Pellegrini’s start and winning the leage

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Ahead of this afternoon's derby, Danny Pugsley from Bitter and Blue has answered a few questions on last season, this season and today's game.

Scott: What are your thoughts on last season and City's failure to put up a decent fight to defend the title?

Danny: In hindsight, you get the feeling that far more has been placed on City's failures.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: West Ham fan on Ravel Morrison and Joe Cole’s unfulfilled potential

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In our final fan preview, Iain Dale from West Ham Til I Die talks about his hopes for 2013-2014 season. Follow @iaindalewestham on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Iain: You can't argue with a top ten finish in your first season back in the Premier League.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Swansea fan on Cardiff’s promotion and admiring Chicharito

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In our penultimate fan preview, Chris Carra from Forza Swansea discusses all things Swansea. Follow @ForzaSwansea on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Chris: Last season couldn't have gone better! It's been hailed the best season in the club's history and rightly so, with the club recording their highest ever league finish and winning the league cup.

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Arsenal and Spurs could go head-to-head over Sochaux’s Sebastien Corchia

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a January transfer battle over French full-back Sebastien Corchia. As we reported yesterday, the Sochaux right-back also comfortable at left-back has made it clear that a move in the next transfer window is a distinct possibility. The 22-year-old was linked with a move to [.

Gareth Bale: ‘I’d have quit Spurs even if they were in the Champions League’

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The most expensive footballer of all-time, Gareth Bale, says he would have left Tottenham for Real Madrid even if his former club had qualified for the Champions League last season. Spurs were pipped to fourth place and Champions League football by north London rivals Arsenal last term. But Bale says he would have still left [.

Video: Arsenal keep Wojciech Szczesny plays ‘We Won The League At White Hart Lane’ on his piano

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Multi-millionaire footballers have all sorts of ways to celebrate victory over their fiercest rivals. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny marked yesterday's 1-0 win over Spurs in the north London derby by making a video of himself playing We Won The League At White Hart Lane on his piano and uploading it to Facebook.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway disappointed with lack of belief against Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match. The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the [.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Tottenham Hotspur fan on selling Bale and Arsenal’s celebrations

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Following another season of just missing out on Champions League football, Spooky from Dear Mr Levy discusses all things Spurs related. Follow @Spooky23 on Twitter.

Scott: How did you rate 2012-2013 for your club?

Spooky: It's a little paradoxical supporting Spurs. On the one hand it was a decent season, considering we started with a major overhaul of our coaching staff having let Harry Redknapp go.

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VIDEO: Liverpool striker bites someone again

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Everyone's favourite racist, Luis Suarez, has bitten an opposition player for the third time in his career. Suarez ran at Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and bit in to his shoulder. Just like with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic before him, Chiellini hadn't provoked Suarez in any way. He was given a ten match ban for that bite and a seven match ban for biting Otman Bakkal's shoulder whilst at Ajax.

Fergie trusts Mourinho more than his own brother?? Riiiight…

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It came as a shock to most people when rumours started circulating on the evening of May 7th that Sir Alex Ferguson planned to retire at the end of the 2012/2013 season, having wrapped up the title weeks before the end of the season.

That night, Ferguson rang up his brother and closest confidante, Martin, to let him know of his decision.

VIDEO: Liverpool fan throws flare in to United crowd

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After going a goal behind on Wednesday, Liverpool fans started lighting flares, and then threw one of them in to the crowd of United fans below them.

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.