Manchester Citywere top of the Premier League after an impressive start to the season, but find themselves in second to city neighbours United after last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
After enduring a frustrating afternoon against Newcastle United on Saturday, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reiterated that there is no urgent need for attacking reinforcements.
After a ragged start to the season, the jury is out on Wayne Rooney’s capabilities to spearhead Manchester United’s attack but with 18 goals in 30 games against Saturday opponents Newcastle, he will be confident of overcoming his drought to silence the critics once again.
Louis van Gaal has leapt to the defence of Manchester United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward over the handling of club transfers after Spanish striker chose Chelsea over the 20-times league champions.
Following a double from Memphis Depay and at 2-1 up against Club Brugge, who were playing the final 10 minutes with 10 men, United were arguably deserving of a bigger lead to take to Belgium in their Champions League playoff until Marouane Fellaini returned to the first team fold with a priceless last-gasp header.
Unacceptable behaviour by footballers on and off the pitch isn’t a new phenomenon but spitting is often regarded as one of the worst sins to commit.
Ashley Young’s last-gasp goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United outfit against Newcastle on Wednesday, with United maintaining their two-point advantage on fifth-placed Liverpool.
A poll by bookmaker William Hill to identify the most ‘weather hardened fans’ gave United 23% of the vote – not surprisingly coming behind the Premier League’s two North-East sides Newcastle United and Sunderland.
City take on Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at The Etihad ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester United.
The proposed memorial will read ‘Blue Moon – You Saw Me Standing Alone’.
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This year’s title race is bearing a close resemblance to the run-in two years ago when City prevailed