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Manchester United struggled to get anything going in the first half but a Robin van Persie penalty and a spectacular Wayne Rooney volley gave the Red Devils a comfortable 2-0 win.

Patrice Evra made a dangerous run into the box and was brought down by Marouane Chamakh for a penalty. Robin van Persie capitalized and before long, Wayne Rooney scored a spectacular volley to put United up 2-0. Palace tried to pressure but never really caused much danger. United are now up to 6th place and will look to go on a run in an attempt to salvage their season.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 02:52:00 PM

Andy Carroll could miss out again this weekend as the injury-plagued striker battles to recover from his latest setback.

Carroll has managed just five minutes of competitive football since his two-goal haul on January 02 after suffering an ankle injury. The 29-year-old, who has reportedly piqued the interest of Chelsea, could be the catalyst in a transfer merry-go-round with Michy Batshuayi potentially moving to La Liga side Sevilla. However, David Moyes insists he wants to add bodies to his depleted side, "not lose players from my squad," amid growing speculation of a £20 million bid. "No, at the moment," said the Hammers manager when asked if Carroll has given any indication that he wants to leave the club. "Andy's got an ankle injury which had an injection in it about 10 days ago, so we're hoping that that will settle quite quickly, and he'll be back out training shortly." Wes Ham will be hoping to have Javier Hernandez is back amongst the ranks after he missed the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury because of flu.
Jan 17 - 11:28 AM

There was a positive update from the Tottenham training ground this week with the news that defender Toby Alderweireld is close to re-joining his teammates.

The Belgium international has been sidelined since suffering a serious hamstring injury against Real Madrid in the Champions league on November 01, but respected journalist Kristof Terreur suggests Alderweireld is bang schedule for a return to action in early February. "Toby Alderweireld (hamstrings) is recovering well," read his Twitter post. "Still training individually, but expected to join up with the squad next week. He’ll be fully fit in February." His return may prompt a slight change in formation with Spurs reverting to three at the back – alongside Davidson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen – instead of their more familiar 4-2-3-1. Following a disappointing November, which included a draw with West Brom and defeats to Leicester City and north London rivals Arsenal, Pochettino’s men have lost just once [to champions elect Manchester City] to keep the Lilywhites very much in the hunt for a Top Four finish.
Jan 17 - 3:28 AM

Everton is set to make another winter signing with Theo Walcott expected to leave Arsenal this week.

The clubs have reportedly reached a £20 million agreement that would send Walcott to Merseyside after more than a decade with the Gunners. The winger arrived at the club's training grounds on Tuesday for a medical after a week of negotiations. Still, manager Sam Allardyce said he won't count his chickens before the deal is fully confirmed: "I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed so we will wait and see," Allardyce said. I will be very excited and enthused once somebody, if it is not Theo then somebody else, has signed on the dotted line. In this window you don't get too optimistic because so many things can happen in a short space of time."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 16 - 9:01 PM

West Ham manager David Moyes said Chelsea has yet to make an official move for forward Andy Carroll.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool striker has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks as the Blues look to bolster their depth at forward, but Moyes confirmed that there is nothing concrete as the club looks to hold onto its No. 1 striker: "They have not made contact with me, so if they have made contact with someone else I don't know about it. At the moment Andy Carroll is one of my squad, I want to add to the squad, not lose players. I know nothing about it. There have been a lot of rumours regarding a loan but as far as I know it has never officially come from Chelsea. I am not keen to lose any players, I am more keen to add to the squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 16 - 9:04 PM

Jesus Gamez is nearing a return to action after stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery.

The Spaniard has struggled since his arrival from Atletico Madrid two seasons ago starting just three league games, while his time on Tyneside has been hampered by injury. The latest being a setback in November, which left Gamez requiring surgery to remedy an ankle complaint. However, the 32-year-old is not far away of being in contention having stepped up his recovery over the past few days. "We have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all running," said Rafa Benitez. "Mitro is getting close and we will see [but] Gamez will take more time." This weekend will come too soon for the injured trio, however, with Newcastle due to travel to either Chelsea or Norwich in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the end of this month, the United boss may take the opportunity to give some of his fringe players some much-needed minutes ahead of the relegation dogfight.
Jan 16 - 4:37 PM

Antonio Conte confirms Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas will miss the FA Cup replay against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea captain was forced off during the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, and although Cahill won’t be available tomorrow, he could be ready for the early kick-off this weekend. "He has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem," said Conte. "I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me it’s not serious." While David Luiz is expected to get a run out in the cup, the Chelsea boss may opt for Andreas Christensen in the league, if the England international remains sidelined. Elsewhere, Danny Drinkwater is the likely benefactor of Farbegas’ injury [on Wednesday], although a recall for Brazilian Willian at Brighton could be the call should the Spaniard fail to recover. Ross Barkley’s involvement has been delayed as his registration was not completed in time for him to feature in the third-round.
Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

Kelechi Iheanacho scored in each half as Leicester City overcame Fleetwood Town 2-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday.

The Nigeria striker has had a rough time since his £25m summer switch from Manchester City, having played just 403 minutes for the Foxes prior to starting against Fleetwood Town. However, Iheanacho made the most of his chance. The 20-year-old opened the scoring when he converted a pass from Islam Slimani just before half-time and completed his double with a historic goal in 77th minute. Iheanacho's goal was initially disallowed for offside, but referee Jonathan Moss then allowed the goal after confirming with the video official that the striker was actually kept onside. The win means the Foxes will face Peterborough United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Source: BBC Sports
Jan 16 - 5:22 PM

Manchester City players reported for a post-match debrief on Monday - having lost for the first time domestically this season - and the news on Fabian Delph was much better than initially feared.

The makeshift left-back was pictured leaving Anfield on crutches with his knee in a brace on Sunday due to a suspected ligament problem. Delph endured a torrid opening half hour, before he was forced off through injury having twisted awkwardly making a challenge. "He will be out, I think, for a while," Pep Guardiola said. "I don’t know if it will be a lot of time but he will be out for a while. It is his knee, he turned his knee." However, respected City correspondent for Goal – Sam Lee – understands the injury may not be as bad as first feared with Delph expected to be missing for around two weeks due to a muscle strain. With Benjamin Mendy out until at least April, former Real Madrid defender Danilo will deputise at full-back.
Jan 15 - 6:15 PM

Manchester United cruised to victory on a 3-0 scoreline as Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert watched on from the stands.

United took control early in the tie, with Paul Pogba integral to their best moves. The Frenchman surged forward and set Antonio Valencia free as the defender scored United's first after beating Stoke full-back Josh Tymon. That came just minutes after Anthony Martial could have earned the Red Devils a penalty. However, Martial wasn't left ruing that as he scored United's second with a great curling effort, again assisted by the sublime Pogba. Romelu Lukaku added some late gloss to the scoreline late on. Stoke had their chances but Stephen Ireland missed the target with a big chance and De Gea was a match for attempts from Diouf and Shaqiri. A good result for José Mourinho as United gain on City but the result highlights how much work Paul Lambert has to do if he is to save The Potters from the drop.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 5:31 PM

Jose Mourinho provided a mixed team news update ahead of his sides game with managerless Stoke on Monday evening.

Following a 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup ten days ago, United were whisked off to a warm weather training camp in Dubai to escape the bite of the British winter. "Very good – unbelievable facilities, the prince’s private facilities are better than any football club in the world," Mourinho said when asked how it was. "Unbelievable conditions to work, nice weather, three days of really, really good training. Hopefully we can improve our level because I really think it was good." Antonio Valencia, absent since December 17 due to a hamstring strain, was part of the group and following a full week of training he is "ready to play" although there are doubts over the availability of Anthony Martial who is "not ready, but I hope he can play." Ashley Young serves the final game of his three-match ban and Eric Bailly is not due to return until early February following ankle surgery.
Jan 15 - 4:16 AM

Carlos Carvalhal is hoping the injury suffered by centre-back Mike van der Hoorn at St James’ Park on Saturday is not too serious.

The Dutchman was used as a makeshift right-back on Tyneside with Kyle Naughton [suspended] and Angel Rangel missing due to a calf strain. And the 25-year-old put in a solid performance before his injury on the hour mark. "Mike felt something in the muscle [suspected hamstring]," Carvalhal said. "We will have to see how bad the injury is. We have to wait 48 hours at least to try to see what he has done." Van der Hoorn is certain to miss the FA Cup replay with Wolves this week while a Monday night Premier League fixture [vs Liverpool] allows for a few additional days recovery. Carvalhal can call upon Kyle Bartley, to partner Alfie Mawson in the heart of defence, following his recovery from a long-term knee injury. Naughton is also available after completing his three-match ban.
Jan 14 - 4:55 PM





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