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Ryan Giggs' managerial debut couldn't have gone much better with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata both scoring a brace as United rolled over Norwich 4-0.

It is hard to consider a home match to Norwich a proper test of the new manager but until a better test presents himself today's result certainly can't hurt. Wayne Rooney scored the first goal on a penalty after Steven Whittaker fouled Danny Welbeck in the area. Rooney's second came from a Shinji Kagawa assist and essentially settled the match. The first of Juan Mata's two substitute goals came a mere three minutes after he was introduced for Welbeck and he capped the scoring ten minutes later. With United playing twice next match week, managers will want to stock up quickly.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Antonio Valencia took to social media to confirm the success of an unspecified surgical procedure with the Manchester United full-back now facing a race against time to feature in the upcoming Copa America tournament.

Valencia went under the knife on Monday less than 24 hours after the final whistle at the KC Stadium but whether the operation was planned to ensure his availability for Ecuador in June or to safeguard pre-season fitness remains to be seen. Ashley Young is another United player set for surgery after Roy Hodgson revealed the winger would not be fit for the end of season internationals against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia; again due to an unspecified procedure. Louis van Gaal confirmed that Angel di Maria made the decision to come off against Hull during the final game due to hamstring tightness, although the problem does not look to be "heavy" the player will have a precautionary scan.
Source: The Mirror
May 26 - 10:34 AM

Stoke City number one Asmir Begovic is rumored to be willing to push hard for a move if a top six club comes calling.

Liverpool are the top six club most frequently linked with Begovic and they could certainly be looking for a goalkeeper (although they do have a lot of other things to address as well). Manchester United could also be a longshot to have interest in Begovic if David De Gea decides he wants to head back to Spain this summer. Begovic will probably not be at the top of United's list but he could be a solid stop-gap if they can't land a permanent replacement for De Gea.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:44 AM

Boaz Myhill and Claudio Yacob have both been retained by West Brom for the 2015-16 season when the club exercised one year options on each player.

Myhill may be a critical player early next season as Ben Foster is unlikely to be ready to return to action until late-September or early-October. Myhill played well down the stretch this season deputizing for Foster after his injury and earned the extension. Yacob didn't start a lot early in the season but he was far more prominent under Tony Pulis and should be in the midst of his prime at age 27. Both moves seemed fairly obvious given how important both players were late in the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:57 AM

Tomas Rosicky will add veteran depth to the Arsenal bench next season after signing a one-year extension at the Emirates.

The Czech Republic midfielder had a strong run of performances in the middle of the season when injuries decimated Arsenal's central midfield. When the squad enjoyed better health, Rosicky was the definition of a squad player. Entering the season when he will turn 35, apparently being a squad player on a Champions League participant is more attractive than taking a step down in competitiveness to play more. If injuries again hit Arsenal in bulk then he will be a valuable player to have available.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:02 AM

Javier Hernandez has seen Real Madrid choose not to exercise the option they held to sign him permanently after his year on loan from Manchester United.

Chicharito returns to Old Trafford facing the same quandary that he faced last summer. The biggest clubs in the world - Manchester United, Real Madrid, etc. - don't seem to rate him enough for him to play regularly. So, where next? Will he accept a step down to a mid-table club in England or elsewhere in an attempt to show what he can do when he gets to play every week? Will such a club be able to afford the fee United will want and/or the wages the player will demand? There are lots of ways that this could play out over the summer and there is no obvious conclusion that has yet presented itself.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 11:08 AM

Wes Morgan finished the season strong and ended up as the third best fantasy defender in the Yahoo! Premier League fantasy game.

Morgan was spectacular down the stretch, leading Leicester City to a number of important victories to avoid relegation. He finishes the season with 10 clean sheets, 97 passes intercepted, and 46 blocked shots on the way to 316 fantasy points. Morgan will be fairly cheap next season as expectations of a Leicester City defender will always be low, but he can be a top five defender in formats that reward phantom points. Draft him with confidence next season.
May 25 - 3:59 PM

Cesc Fabregas was impressive in his first season with Chelsea and was a solid fantasy pick for most of the season.

Fabregas finished seventh in scoring amongst midfielders in the Yahoo! fantasy game. He played in 34 matches and had 18 assists amongst a number of other stats that added up to 306 fantasy points. Fabregas should be expected to continue his solid performance into next season and he has every chance at finishing in the top five amongst midfielders if he can play in all 38 matches next season. It's worth noting his three-match ban was reduced to one match and he'll be available to start the season in gameweek 1.
May 25 - 4:09 PM

Eden Hazard finished the Premier League season as the highest scoring midfielder in the Yahoo! fantasy game.

Hazard was spectacular the entire season, playing in every single match. He was expensive for most of the year but was well worth his price week in and week out. On top of 14 goals and 9 assists, Hazard won 113 fouls and had 33 shots on target, leading his way to 439 fantasy points on the season. The Belgian midfielder will be a top three fantasy pick next year in almost any format.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Unsurprisingly Manchester United have confirmed that they will not be taking up their option to retain the services of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao following his season long loan spell.

Falcao was absent for the final game of the season against Hull with Louis van Gaal confirming post-match that the player had picked up a minor injury during Saturdays’ last training session. However in truth, Falcao has never looked settled - barring a brief run of matches over Christmas - the forward has been in / out of the side and his absence went largely unnoticed. Falcao struggled to command regular game time which is what the player needed coming off the back of a serious – ACL – knee injury. The Colombian will now focus his efforts on the upcoming Copa America before hopefully securing a deal elsewhere – ideally within the Premier League or La Liga – as Falcao looks surplus to requirements at his parent club Monaco.
Source: Daily Mail
May 25 - 7:35 AM

Sundays’ final day win over Swansea City was bitter / sweet for manager Alan Pardew as victory secured the Eagles’ highest ever BPL points tally thanks to a Marouane Chamakh goal before the striker was replaced because of injury.

Chamakh suffered his fourth hamstring strain of an injury affected season – just 15 starts completing 90 minutes on only 5 occasions – and this latest setback is cause for concern as the club assess their options during the close season. Alan Pardew will be keen to stamp his own mark on Palace having joined in January and with funds available discussions will now take place to help identify key areas for investment. Despite a strong finish by Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray Palace are lacking a top quality centre-forward. With Yaya Sanogo returning to Arsenal and Dwight Gayle plus Fraizer Campbell failing to convince, a striker must feature prminently on the Palace wish list if Pardew hopes to build upon this season’s success.
May 25 - 8:06 AM

Newcastle United were able to avoid relegation on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

It was a nervy atmosphere at St. James' Park as expected, and though the Magpies showed themselves better in the opening half of the match than they had in quite a long time, anxiety continued to grow around the stadium as they went into the locker room at halftime with the game still 0-0. The breakthrough came in the 54th minute, when Jonas Gutierrez sent a cross toward the Hammers' far post and found Moussa Sissoko, who headed it in strongly. The job was not finished though, as a second goal was needed to truly feel safe and it came courtesy of Gutierrez who sent a strike that was helped by a deflection into the net for his first goal in over two years. Newcastle ended February looking like they would only need one more positive result to avoid relegation. Though there is plenty of issues with the club, they can rest easy now that they got the job done in time.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 11:58 AM




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