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English Premier League

Chelsea, United battle to stay in touch with runaway City

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London (AFP) – Chelsea and Manchester United go head to head this weekend in a match neither club dare lose as Manchester City entertain Arsenal eyeing a chance to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten City are smashing records with impunity and are already five points clear of Jose Mourinho’s United after nine wins in 10 games.

Former Man Utd and Liverpool star blasts Klopp; he's had long enough to sort things out

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince claims Jurgen Klopp is massively underachieving at Anfield.

Klopp’s side head into Saturday’s game against United seven points behind their big rivals after just seven games and with plenty of question marks hanging over his head.

Red Bull boss rules out a New York move for Schweinsteiger

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Berlin (AFP) A potential transfer for Manchester United-reject Bastian Schweinsteiger to Red Bull New York has been ruled out by the club's head of global soccer, according to a report on Saturday.

"Bastian Schweinsteiger is a great player with a great career. But there have been no conversations, he isn't and will not be a topic for us," Red Bull's Oliver Mintzlaff told German daily Bild.

Rooney’s place not sacrosanct, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney's place in the starting line-up is not a cast iron certainty, said club manager Jose Mourinho on Friday.

The 31-year-old England skipper who on Thursday had said he didn't pay any attention to outside criticism of his form has failed to sparkle and was anonymous in the two Premier League defeats United suffered last week.

LA Galaxy romp and Vieira gets NYCFC’s first win as MLS kicks off

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Los Angeles Galaxy launched their new Major League Soccer season with a 4-1 victory over DC United on Sunday inspired by two of the star-studded outfit's lesser lights.

The Galaxy, whose starting line-up featured former Premier League stalwarts Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane, had looked in danger of suffering a shock loss after United took the lead through Lamar Neagle on five minutes.

LA Galaxy romp and Vieira gets NYCFC’s first win as MLS kicks off

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Los Angeles Galaxy launched their new Major League Soccer season with a 4-1 victory over DC United on Sunday inspired by two of the star-studded outfit's lesser lights.

The Galaxy, whose starting line-up featured former Premier League stalwarts Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane, had looked in danger of suffering a shock loss after United took the lead through Lamar Neagle on five minutes.

Arsenal

How Beckham’s PR campaign saw him leave United

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Following the 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup at home to Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with the team, and kicked a boot across the dressing room.

Remarkably, the boot hit David Beckham in the face, even though it was a complete accident on behalf of the manager.

Beckham received medical attention at the ground before leaving with his wife Victoria and son Brooklyn.

Signs bad for Arsenal as Bayern pull out of Alexis race

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Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this summer, leaving few favourable options for our side. The Chilean international stated that he wanted to be playing Champions League football, and that he aspires to win the competition, and is said to have been revealing his intentions for this [.

Arsenal transfer rumour round-up: Asensio, Benzema, Patricio, Castillejo

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Our club is currently under a cloud of doubt, and with much speculative talk about possible departures this summer, we thought we'd look into the possible arrivals. Three players we are linked with are all starring in La Liga, with two of which are owned by Real Madrid currently. You wont be surprised to read [.

Can Sunderland give Arsenal a perfect day after Man Utd loss?

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I am not quite sure how it has happened to be perfectly honest, but after a pretty awful start to the season from Arsenal and with our big rivals for the Premier League title all setting off like rockets to leave us playing catch up, Arsenal find ourselves in third place and above Manchester United, [.

Next 3 games to see Arsenal right back in EPL title race?

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If Arsenal do as we expect them to this weekend and run out as winners of the home game against a struggling Southampton side getting used to their new manager Claude Puel, while he gets used to the English Premier League for the first time, then we will be heading into the next round of [...]

Why Aguero ban is good news for Arsenal

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Arsenal may have gone into this first international break of the new season on a bit of a high, with a good attacking display earning the Gunners our first victory away to Watford and Arsene Wenger completing the two transfers that most us felt were needed but thought may not happen, but we are still [.

Arsenal using Fonte rumours to get Mustafi for less?

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Maybe Arsenal are interested in signing the Portugal international Jose Fonte from Southampton. We could certainly do worse than bringing in this highly experienced centre back to cover the gaps in our back line caused by the injury problems of Mertesacker and Gabriel. Fonte is a proven performer in the Premier League, with almost 150 [.

Pre-season proving last season was NOT Arsenal’s last title chance?

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I mentioned a few times during last season that I thought it was a bit unfair and unduly harsh of all the football commentators and experts to give Arsenal such a hard time for failing to win the Premier League. We still managed to be the best of the usual suspects expected to challenge for [...]

Should Arsenal raid Man United for this unwanted star?

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Manchester United have apparently given the number 8 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the coming season, meaning that Jose Mourinho looks set to demote Juan Mata for the second time. The midfielder was Chelsea's Player of the Year for two years running before Mourinho returned, and instantly promoted Oscar ahead of the Spanish international.

How Arsenal EPL and UCL fixtures compare to rivals’

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I am not going to complain too much about the way that the Arsenal fixture schedule has worked out, because it has been a lot worse for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners in the past. We do still have the possibility of the Premier League and the TV companies making it hard for us and [...]

In depth look at Arsenal’s Champions League chances – No worries?

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Even Arsene Wenger admitted that his Arsenal side are in danger of missing out on our usual Champions League place and having to play in the dreaded Europa League next season, after the Gunners terrible second half of the season continued with the bore draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Arsenal to use top 3 pressure to perform and prove doubters wrong?

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Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger could be forgiven for thinking that Stoke are determined to cause the Gunners problems this season. It was back in mid January when Arsenal travelled to the Potteries to face Mark Hughes´ side looking to get back to the top of the table after drawing with Liverpool. As it happened [.

Arsenal given big boost to Ibrahimovic transfer hopes

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Most Arsenal fans will probably be hoping for more than one new forward to arrive at the club during the summer transfer window, but we have become a wearily realistic bunch and not a lot of us are that optimistic anymore. If Arsene Wenger is only going to sign one striker before the start of [...

Why Arsenal can play with freedom and flair against Everton

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In recent years Arsenal have struggled a bit when we have had to play in the early slot on a Saturday after a midweek Champions League of domestic cup game, especially if that game has been on a Wednesday and especially if the midweek match was away from home in another country. So thanks a [...]

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Videos

‘I United It’ – Zlatan Ibrahimovic Announces Man Utd Return With Typical, Understated Humility (Photo & Video)

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Not that it was ever in much doubt, it looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be returning to pick up where he left off at Manchester United.

The veteran forward finished last season as United's top goalscorer despite seeing his campaign prematurely curtailed by a gnarly knee injury suffered in mid-April.

VIDEO: United Legends 3 – 1 Barca Legends

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Manchester United Legends beat Barcelona Legends 3-1 today with goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Karel Poborsky and Dwight Yorke.

Barcelona: Angoy (Guzman 73); Belletti (Dehu 36), Nadal (Andersson 46), Edmilson (Amor 67), Goikoetxea (Juan Carlos 73); Giuly (Kluivert 13), Davids (Estebaranz 82), Mendieta (Popescu 56), Simao (Ezquerro 46 (Salinas 84)); Rivaldo (Carreras 73), Ronaldinho.

VIDEO: Tim Fosu-Mensah’s highlights against Spurs

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The scoreline between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur was 0-0 when Tim Fosu-Mensah was replaced by Matteo Darmian. Within two minutes, United were 1-0 down, and in under 10 minutes, United had conceded three goals.

The defender, who turned 18 at the beginning of the year, had a great game, but sadly was injured.

Major League Soccer

Luke Mishu retires to pursue non-MLS opportunities

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United's reserve midfielder has retired

According to Steve Goff of the Washington Post, D.C. United reserve fullback Luke Mishu has retired to pursue non-soccer opportunities. A common occurance in the earlier days of the league, Mishu is retiring to hopefully enter the business world; as he told Goff:

I had to be realistic.

Ben Olsen rules out wholesale changes to squad early in the season

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Despite one win in seven MLS games, United's manager believes that his current set up is capable of winning results

It has been a rough start to the 2016 for D.C. United, with an early exit from the CONCACAF Champions League coupled with a slow start to the MLS campaign. With several new players in the side for 2016 though, United manager Ben Olsen isn't quite yet ready to shake up his team in search of results as the team tries to learn how to work with each other.

D.C. United sign goalkeeper Tally Hall

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With Bill Hamid and Andrew Dykstra out long term with injuries, United have come to an agreement with former Houston Dynamo and Orlando City keeper Tally Hall

D.C. United announced the signing of goalkeeper Tally Hall on Friday, adding the MLS veteran keeper to a corp of keepers currently lacking MLS experience.

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Palace, Man Utd go to extra time in FA Cup final

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London (AFP) The FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United went to extra time after the match finished 1-1 following normal time at Wembley on Saturday.

Substitute Jason Puncheon gave underdogs Palace a 78th-minute lead by slamming a shot past David de Gea at the near post, but United equalised within three minutes as Marouane Fellaini chested down Wayne Rooney's right-sided cross for Juan Mata to volley home.

Palace, Man Utd go to extra time in FA Cup final

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London (AFP) The FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United went to extra time after the match finished 1-1 following normal time at Wembley on Saturday.

Substitute Jason Puncheon gave underdogs Palace a 78th-minute lead by slamming a shot past David de Gea at the near post, but United equalised within three minutes as Marouane Fellaini chested down Wayne Rooney's right-sided cross for Juan Mata to volley home.

Anthony Martial

LvG: Rashford was rested because he’s tired

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Louis van Gaal's decision to rest Marcus Rashford for Manchester United's game against Norwich almost backfired, when Anthony Martial was injured in the pre-match warm up. United were left without a striker to replace Martial with, so Wayne Rooney filled in for him.

You see in the games, Marcus is not doing the things he did in his first match or second match anymore.

LvG: We played well until Spurs scored

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Until the 70th minute, the match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur was a fairly dull affair. Neither goalkeeper had much to do and we had the best opportunity to score with Anthony Martial, but after getting himself in a great position, he fired straight at Hugo Lloris.

However, in a period of six minutes, United fell apart at the back and conceded three goals.

Martial has always dreamed of United move

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When Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United from Monaco for £35m last summer, the fans couldn't understand why the club had spent so much money on a player the hadn't heard of before. However, the 20-year-old has gone on to be one of the few positives for United this season.

Monaco's vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, has revealed that he wasn't keen on allowing Martial to leave, but then player told him the United moved was his childhood dream.

The Rest

In Paul Arriola, D.C. United have their new star man

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The USMNT midfielder told the press Thursday that he looks forward to the challenge of dragging United up the table

Back in July, Paul Arriola was with the United States men's national team, making waves as the team won the Gold Cup. The winger, who current USMNT manager Bruce Arena had told years before would only have a bit part to play if he signed with the LA Galaxy in 2013, played his part as the US eventually wound up as CONCACAF's champions.

Ajax-Manchester United, poche ore al gran finale di Europa League

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In attesa di assegnare la Champions, nella supersfidadel 3 Giugno tra Juventus e Real, questa sera Ajax e Manchester United si giocano, a Stoccolma, l'Europa League 2017. In campo due grandi portagoniste (più nel recente passato che in questi ultimi anni) del panorama internazionale, e che possono vantare, insieme, 7 Coppe dei Campioni/Champions e ben [.

Mourinho: Chelsea fans need to know I’m 100% United

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Ahead of Sunday afternoon's match between Chelsea and Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has reminded the Chelsea fans, who regard him as their greatest ever manager, that he is 100% United now.

Connections start before titles are won. But it is success that brings empathy between supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong.

Opposition 11: Who will the Columbus Crew start against D.C. United?

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Columbus probably won't rotate their squad despite having played on Sunday

Normally, the Columbus Crew would have to make some major changes to their lineup to face D.C. United. They played Sunday night, leaving less than 72 hours between the end of one game and the start of another. They'll also have to take a flight in that timeframe.

Opposition 11: Who will the New York Red Bulls start against D.C. United?

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Suspensions have left NYRB short-handed on the wings

Heading into D.C. United's game against the New York Red Bulls, there are plenty of angles to discuss. Since United last played, both Orlando City and the New England Revolution have won games (the Revs, shockingly, have done so twice). United has slipped to eight place as a result, and now face a team that hasn't lost in ten outings.

Opposition 11: Who will the Fort Lauderdale Strikers start against D.C. United?

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Black-and-Red fans will see a lot of familiar faces as United makes their first - and hopefully not last - appearance in this year's Open Cup

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is one of the very best things in American soccer. Despite the fact that US Soccer does next to nothing to promote the tournament - which is itself a boost over the actual nothing of past years - it chugs along, providing diehard soccer nerds like yours truly plenty to talk about even during early-round games between obscure teams.

Match Day 6 In Numbers

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Match Day 6

Mitra Kukar v Pusamania 3-2 (Septian David Maulana, Alan Leandro, Rodrigo dos Santos; Jefri Kurniawan, Terens Puhiri)
Persija v PS TNI 1-0 (Ade Jantra)
Perseru v Semen Padang 2-0 (Arthur Bonai, Boas Atururi)
Bhayangkara Surabaya United v Persib 4-1 (Thiago Furtuoso 2, Rudi Widodo, Otavio Autra; Syamsul Arif)
Bali United v Persela 3-1 (Kiko Insa, Fadil Sausu, Martinus Novianto; Victor Pae)
PSM v Arema 0-1 (Sutarno)
Gresik United v Sriwijaya 2-1 (Patrick dos Santos 2; Hilton Moreira)
Persipura v Barito Putera 5-4 (Yustinus Pae, Boas Solossa 2, Feranindo Pahabol 2; Rizky Pora, Luiz Junior 3)
Madura United v Persiba 3-1 (Pablo Gonzales 3; Shohei Matsunaga)

16 goals were scored by foreign players
18 goals were scored by Indonesian players
Biggest Crowd -
Lowest Crowd -
Top Scorer - 5 Luis Junior (Barito Putera), Pablo Gonzales (Madura United)
Average Crowd -
Biggest winning margin season to date - Sriwijaya v Madura United 5-0
Biggest attendance season to date - Persija v Semen Padang 50,117
Lowest attendance season to date - Persipura v Perseru 2,500

1 - Arema 6 4 1 1 10-3 13
2 - Mitra Kukar 6 3 3 0 10-5 12
3 - Persija 6 3 2 1 5-3 11
4 - Persipura 6 3 2 1 8-7 11
5 - Madura United 6 3 2 1 7-8 11

Persija - 45,188
Arema - 23,557
Persib - 21,263

The Last Word on D.C. United's draw with the Chicago Fire: Three angles on the future

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A transfer rumor, a new formation, and a problem at the back? Oh my!

Over the weekend, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire settled for a 1-1 draw. United is a better team than Chicago, but on the day it was a fair score. The weather conditions - a constant downpour, heavy winds, and cold temperatures - effectively prevented either team from doing much that approached good soccer.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and NWSL links for Wednesday April 27, 2016

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A bit about United's next opponent, some talk about the Champions League, and a discussion of shin bruises

Yesterday I assembled a lawn mower, and in the process bumped a large, heavy box into my shin. It left a bruise - nothing major, or even visible unless you get up close, but I can feel it - and I felt a wave of nostalgia about it.