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Right-back Rafael joined Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic in training with the Manchester United first team.

Vidic we know won't play against Bayer Leverkusen but Rafael and Jones may play some part. Rafael's return, in particular, is important as he's the club's only specialist right-back with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones filling in in his absence.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Garry Monk remains hopeful that Jefferson Montero will be available for the visit of Stoke in GW35 after the Ecuadorian was replaced during the second half at St James’ Park as a precaution.

The speedy winger was enjoying a fruitful afternoon on Tyneside but Montero indicated to the bench midway through the second half that he was feeling a little tightness in his hamstring. Montero has suffered a number of soft tissue problems this season and rather than risk a recurrence Monk took no chances and introduced Matt Grimes for only his second appearance. Swansea supporters were rocked earlier in the day with the news that Wayne Routledge had been ruled out for the season after undergoing ankle surgery, a move which prompted a recall for Modou Barrow who was on loan at Nottingham Forest. Bafetimbi Gomis is aiming for a return at the Emirates in early May.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 26 - 10:56 AM

Everton put on a dynamic display against Manchester United, beating them at Goodison Park for the third consecutive season in a 3-0 win.

The Toffees jumped ahead early when James McCarthy cleaned up a cross meant for Romelu Lukaku and scored inside of five minutes. Manchester United didn't seem to have a response and as the first half wore on, you felt another Everton goal was coming. It did in the 35th minute when John Stones headed home a Leighton Baines corner, giving the young center back his first top flight goal and a monster fantasy day. The Toffees did well to never take their foot off the gas and Kevin Mirallas put the game to bed by scoring from the bench. It has been a rocky season at Goodison but Everton look to end the season on a strong note.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:28 AM

Manchester United played to their second consecutive loss as they looked flat in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton.

A return to Goodison for Marouane Fellaini was the main storyline for the Red Devils as they looked to rebound from their loss to Chelsea last weekend but they instead played worse. Their defense was unorganized from the jump which led to the early deficit and their attack was dormant. Fellaini picked up a yellow card and was summarily subbed off to begin the second half for Radamel Falcao. Falcao breathed a bit of life into the attack but neither he nor Angel Di Maria who came on later could match the intensity of the opposition. The loss opens the door for Liverpool to edge closer to them for the final Champions League spot.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 10:36 AM

A number of mistakes ended up costing Aston Villa points at the Etihad as they lost 3-2 to Manchester City.

Aston Villa started the match extremely poorly after Brad Guzan gifted Sergio Aguero an open net when trying to connect a pass across the back. It was possibly Aguero's easiest goal of his career and it was the start Manchester City needed. Villa were able to fight back and eventually tie the match 2-2, but a late Fernandinho goal gave City a much needed three points. Aston Villa will surely be disappointed as they must feel they deserve more than zero points from this match. They are now just two points above the relegation zone and are still strongly involved in the relegation race.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 25 - 3:23 PM

Boaz Myhill and West Brom surprised Liverpool at the Hawthorns as the keeper made five saves and kept a clean sheet in the nil-nil draw.

Apparently Tony Pulis got his message across. After three miserable weeks in a row, the Baggies have responded with two consecutive clean sheets over teams ahead of them in the table. Last weekend it was a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. This week Boaz Myhill recorded five saves and kept a clean sheet as neither team was able to find the back of the net at Anfield. Neither side were particularly impressive but there were a lot of clean sheet points to go around.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:22 PM

QPR's hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League were hit as Charlie Austin missed a penalty as they could only draw at home against West Ham.

Austin's first-half penalty, awarded after a handball from James Collins, was saved by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian to keep the score at 0-0. At the other end the Hammers' left-back Aaron Cresswell had a 25-yard free-kick tipped over by QPR goalkeeper Robert Green, but that was the only real chance for the away side. The hosts pushed for the win and thought they had won it when Richard Dunne headed in, but the goal was ruled out by referee Mike Jones. The draw keeps QPR in the relegation zone while West Ham remain in 10th.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 25 - 12:26 PM

It wasn't a scintillating match but Simon Mignolet made a key save on James Morrison when it counted to keep Liverpool even in the nil-nil draw at the Hawthorns.

The draw effectively dropped Liverpool out of the Champions League running with Manchester City six points ahead with a match yet to play against Aston Villa this week. Even if Liverpool win their make-up match in mid-week they will be hard pressed to make up the gap to fourth. Mario Balotelli got a rare start and didn't contribute much while Jordan Henderson and Philipe Coutinho at least had decent chances. Overall, the loss showed all of the same issues as the Reds FA Cup semi-final loss to Aston Villa last weekend. Not a good way to be closing out the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:26 PM

Swansea City received a huge performance from Nelson Oliveira as they became the latest club to beat up on Newcastle United with a 2-3 win at St. James' Park.

Oliveira seems to have answered the question as to who is the clear striker behind Bafetimbi Gomis with his play today. He had a hand in all three goals. He scored the first one on a header by way of a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner. He then played a decoy when Sigurdsson scored his second, drawing defenders away to allow Siggy room to operate. He then grabbed an assist as Jack Cork played a 1-2 and Oliveira found Cork in front of net for what turned out to be the game-winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 25 - 12:27 PM

Charlie Adam scored another great goal to equalize an early Sunderland goal and seal the final score between Stoke City and Sunderland at 1-1.

In a match that saw an Asmir Begovic error gift Connor Wickham a first minute goal, Charlie Adam led the charge as Stoke City equalized and eventually drew the match. The early error not withstanding, the Potters were the better team for nearly the entire match dominating possession and shots on target on their home turf. Despite some strong opportunities they couldn't find a winner and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the Black Cats. Adam's goal was his third in four matches in the month of April.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:32 PM

Connor Wickham scored in the first minute but Sunderland were dominated for the rest of the match and dropped into the relegation zone after having to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Their lone goal was more luck than it was skill or even endeavor and it showed for the final 89 minutes as Sunderland fell into the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at the Britannia. Wickham's goal was the direct result of an Asmir Begovic error and after that there weren't many chances for Dick Advocaat's men. Jermain Defoe had a credible chance but within two minutes of him missing out, Charlie Adam scored another stunner for the final 1-1 scoreline. Stoke City had most of the chances to find a winner but neither side could manage it in a match that was tense because of the implications for Sunderland.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 25 - 12:36 PM

Jamie Vardy scrambled a winner to lift Leicester out of the Premier League relegation zone just seconds after bottom club Burnley missed a penalty.

A match to define the fine margins in the Premier League. With the game at 0-0 Burnley were awarded a penalty after Paul Konchesky fouled Matty Taylor. Taylor stepped up but hit the post and Leicester raced to the other end, with Vardy bundling the ball over the line after Tom Heaton had prevented a Michael Duff own goal. Leicester move out of the relegation zone after a run of four wins in a row, while Burnley are without a goal in five games and look doomed, five points from safety
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 25 - 12:37 PM




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