Man Utd aiming for strong finish

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson and vice-captain Patrice Evra have spoken to MUTV, following Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to Arsenal, both declaring that despite already being named champions with three games to go, the team are not about to take their foot off the gas and finish the season with a relaxed attitude, as reported by the as the club’s official website. It was suggested that a week of celebrating was to blame for United’s slow start at the Emirates on Sunday, something that Ferguson was quick to dismiss…

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Berg wins unfair dismissal case against Blackburn owners

Blackburn Rovers will have to pay former manager Henning Berg £2.25m after the Norwegian won a court case against the club reports BBC Sport. Berg had spent 57 days as Blackburn manager since his appointment on a three-year deal at the end of last October, picking up just one win in his time in charge at Ewood Park. In court Blackburn had contended that managing director Derek Shaw had acted without the authorisation of club owners Venky’s to agree to compensate Berg for the remaining two-and-a-half years of his contract…

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Chelsea boss Benitez quiet on Terry England return

Chelsea’s interim boss Rafa Benitez is saying nothing about a possible England return for John Terry. There was speculation at the weekend over an England return for Terry, especially with the Three Lions struggling to find a consistent central defensive partnership. The former captain of the national side retired from international football in September ahead of the FA hearing into his conduct over the racial affair with ex-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Swansea on Sunday which made the Blues favourites for Champions League qualification through…

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Leonardo believes Beckham was unlucky to see red

Sporting director of PSG, Leonardo feels David Beckham was massively unlucky to be sent off in a bad-tempered clash between Evian and the French league leaders on Sunday. In a story reported by , Beckham was a late substitute in the game, coming on with 10 minutes to go, but just six minutes later, the former Manchester United midfielder was dismissed for a dangerous lunge on Youssef Adnane. However, Leonardo believed the referee Olivier Thual made an error of judgement in sending the ex-England skipper from the field. He told…

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Aston Villa v Sunderland – Match preview and team news

After facing the full force of Manchester United and Robin van Persie on their way to a 20th title last Monday, Aston Villa will be grateful for what will surely be more forgiving opponents as Sunderland prepare to visit Villa Park. The Villans know that not only would victory boost their own survival chances, increasing the gap between them and 18th-placed Wigan to five points (though the Latics have a game in hand), it would also drag Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich back into the fight against the drop. Indeed, Villa…

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Liverpool planning summer move for Michu

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to return to raid old club Swansea City once more, as he is eyeing up a potential move for star striker, Michu, reports Spanish website Fichajes.net. Liverpool are currently the league’s third highest scorers this season having netted 67 times, and Rodgers is keen to add even more fire power to his attack and Michu, who can play either just behind the striker, or lead the line himself, is now believed to be a priority target. The Spaniard, who joined Swansea from Rayo Vallecano…

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Arsenal boost as Wenger to have £60m summer transfer budget

ESPN have reported that amidst rumours that Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger may be leaving to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, Wenger has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal with reports suggesting he will have £60m to spend on strengthening his squad this summer. Ancelotti has been touted as a potential replacement for Jose Mourinho who is heavily expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, and it has been frequently rumoured that PSG see Wenger as the ideal replacement for the Italian. However, whilst Ancelotti’s future remains uncertain, Wenger…

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Liverpool Focus – Newcastle thrashing banishes doubts of Suarez over-reliance

Liverpool scored six goals in a single Premier League game for the first time since 2009 as the Reds recorded a sensational result away to relegation-threatened Newcastle United. Brendan Rodgers was unable to call upon his top-scorer Luis Suarez, as the Uruguayan had accepted a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last weekend, however Suarez’s absence did not have a negative effect on Liverpool’s performance. Goals from Daniel Agger, Daniel Sturridge (2), Jordan Henderson (2) and Fabio Borini secured the huge victory, which leaves Liverpool five points behind bitter…

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Tottenham Focus – Will midfield selection be the key for Spurs?

After the latest round of Premier League matches, the fight for a top four finish still looks on course to go down to the wire. Tottenham came away from the DW Stadium with a point after a late own goal by Emmerson Boyce – who scored at each end – to add to an impressive shot by Callum McManaman and a comical opening Gareth Bale goal. However did this draw and the win over Manchester City again highlight the selection problems facing coach Andr

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Fulham Focus – Cottagers fail to fire once more in Everton defeat

The statistics certainly do not make this a successful end to the season for Fulham. After securing their Premier League safety with a 3-2 win over QPR at the beginning of April, the Cottagers have only taken one more point from the five matches they have played since. Indeed, those five games have only seen Martin Jol’s men find the net once and that was an own goal from Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, meaning that all in all, a Fulham player has not been on target since Dimitar Berbatov’s 22nd…

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Stoke Focus – Scruffy victory takes Potters to the brink of safety

For the third time this season, Charlie Adam scored the only goal of a Premier League match at the Britannia to give Stoke three points. After finding the net in previous successes against QPR and Fulham, the Scot’s take-down and finish from Peter Crouch’s lay-off may prove to be his side’s most important goal of the season as it took Tony Pulis’ men to 12th position and more importantly, the 40-point mark which should guarantee safety. It certainly was not pretty, neither in terms of the goal or the performance…

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Everton Focus – Yet another home win takes Moyes’ boys to brink of history

Everton recorded a comfortable win over Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday to maintain their lofty Premier League position and keep on course for a record points tally under David Moyes. Indeed, the Toffees are only two points short of the tally that delivered Champions League football in 2005. A solitary Steven Pienaar goal was enough to bring three points from a match that Everton dominated but never sealed. The South African’s goal came after a delight flowing move involving Leon Osman, Kevin Mirallas and Seamus Coleman, with Pienaar sweeping…

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Suarez, van Persie and Carrick included in PFA Team of the Year

Despite receiving a chorus of boos on two separate occasions at the PFA gala dinner in London, Luis Suarez was included in the PFA Team of the Year, reports the Daily Mail. The Liverpool striker is currently serving a 10-match suspension for biting the arm of Branislav Ivanovic last week during a Premier League match at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea However, his performances on the field have earnt him a striking birth in the select XI, alongside favourite for the Golden Boot Robin van Persie. In total, four Red…

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Bale delight at PFA awards double

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale stole the show at the PFA Player of the Year awards on Sunday night. As confirmed by ITV Sport, the Welsh winger scooped the double of Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. He becomes only the third player in history to achieve the feat, after Andy Gray in 1977 and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007. The awards were decided by the professional footballers themselves, and it was something that Bale was taken aback by the most. He said: “It’s a massive honour. To be…

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No margin for error in Champions League race, says Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal players that they cannot afford to slow down in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League, ESPN has reported. Arsenal are currently fourth in the table, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur but the Gunners have played a game more than both their north London rivals and also Chelsea, who are third, with Spurs and the Blues to meet at Stamford Bridge before the end of the season. Wenger watched on as Arsenal…

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Parker backs Tottenham to overcome past Champions League failures

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker believes the club will stay the course in the battle for a Champions League place, the Daily Mirror has reported, rather than slip up as they have in previous seasons. Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind Arsenal in fourth, but with a game in hand on their north London rivals. Parker and his teammates were in a similar situation last season, battling Arsenal for league placings, but won only four of their final 13 games to allow the Gunners…

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Anfield could be renamed in Liverpool sponsorship deal

Liverpool could rename Anfield as part of a potential sponsorship deal with a Qatari telecom firm, the Daily Mail has reported. The Reds are currently sponsored by Standard Chartered but the agreement expires in 18 months, and although the bank has a period of exclusivity to negotiate fresh terms with the Premier League side, Qatari firm Ooredoo have claimed to be interested in taking over sponsorship and would be keen on renaming Anfield. A spokesman told Al Jazeera: “Our search included Arsenal & Manchester United but the former two have…

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Lescott considering Man City exit to save England career

Joleon Lescott is considering forcing an exit from Manchester City in a bid to safeguard his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, the Daily Mirror has reported. Lescott has lost his place as Vincent Kompany’s central defensive partner to summer signing Matija Nastasic, starting only 13 league games under Roberto Mancini this season, compared to 30 starts in the previous campaign, in which City won the Premier League title. The former Everton defender originally missed out on a place in Hodgson’s squad for the last…

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Wage demands blocking Tottenham from selling Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur are keen to sign a replacement for misfiring Emmanuel Adebayor but would have to sell the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker first, the Daily Mirror has reported, and his wage demands are likely to prove a stumbling block. Spurs signed Adebayor on a permanent deal last summer, having had the Togo international on loan for the previous season, but the newspaper claims it was a deal pushed through by chairman Daniel Levy rather than Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas during the latter days of Harry Redknapp’s time at…

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Pardew refuses to bow to Newcastle pressure

Alan Pardew has no intention of walking away from Newcastle United despite a season that has seen the Magpies struggle near the foot of the Premier League, capped by a 6-0 home defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper adds that the result was Newcastle’s heaviest home defeat in 88 years and it left the Tyneside club in a perilous position at the wrong end of the table. Newcastle are 16th, five points clear of the bottom three but having played a game more than…

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Rodgers relishing Liverpool season despite mixed fortunes

Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is enjoying his first year as Liverpool manager despite a season of highs and lows, epitomised in the past week with the suspension given to Luis Suarez, followed by the Reds emphatic win over Newcastle United, the Daily Mirror has reported. Rodgers went on to say that there is not a coaching course in the world that could prepare a potential manager for what he has dealt with in the last few weeks, as talismanic striker Suarez began a 10-match ban ahead of Liverpool’s trip…

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Redknapp fears for QPR after Premier League relegation

Harry Redknapp has warned Queens Park Rangers that they cannot expect to come straight back up to the Premier League after relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Sunday, the Daily Mirror has reported. QPR went down along with Reading after the sides drew 0-0 at the Madejski Stadium, with Redknapp due to meet Rangers owner Tony Fernandes on Monday morning to discuss the club’s future. A number of QPR’s high-earning players are expected to be sold this summer in an effort to pare down the wage bill and soften…

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PFA award winner Bale plays down talk of Tottenham exit

Gareth Bale has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur, Sky Sports has reported, with the double-PFA award winner insisting he is focused on helping Andre Villas-Boas’ side into the top four of the Premier League. Bale was on Sunday revealed as both the PFA Player and Young Player of the year, beating Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie for the senior award and Hazard, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck for the Young Player prize. Bale…

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Bayern set to offer Suarez a Liverpool exit route

Bayern Munich could be ready to offer Luis Suarez a chance to leave Liverpool and start afresh in the Bundesliga, according to The Telegraph. With the news that Bayern could be set to miss out on Robert Lewandowski to Man United, they have turned their attention to Liverpool’s Uruguayan hitman who on Saturday served the first game of his 10 game suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. The Kop have insisted that the 26-year-old will not be leaving the club in the summer, and Suarez himself only shortly before…

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