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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirmed during yesterday’s post-match press conference that Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw missed the friendly victory over Valencia because of injury.

The trio will face a late assessment ahead of Manchester United’s opening day fixture against Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Louis van Gaal remarked that his final preseason game was "the worst" during his short tenure and must be concerned with up to eight first team members potentially at risk of missing out this weekend. Rafael (groin), Michael Carrick (ankle), Anderson (calf) and Danny Welbeck (knee) are all currently carrying injury related problems while Robin van Persie continues to undertake an individual training schedule following his late return from the World Cup in Brazil.
Source: SkySports
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 07:42:00 AM

Arsenal recovered from their mid-week embarrassment against Monaco with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Olivier Giroud started the scoring with a volley from a corner kick. The goal got the French forward back on track after he let two good opportunities go begging in mid-week. Tomas Rosicky scored a late goal to ice the match although he got help from a deflection.
Mar 1 - 11:11 AM

Steve Bruce revealed post-match on Saturday that Robbie Brady suffered a "horrible calf injury" in training which could sideline the midfielder [come defender] for "weeks or maybe months."

The news of his absence will come as a massive blow to the Tigers as Brady has been in great form and this latest setback effectively rules the player out of a number of crucial games against teams around them at the bottom including Sunderland and Leicester City. Bruce was also forced into two other changes prior to the loss at the Britannia as the boss decided not to risk top scorer Nikica Jelavic – the striker is managing an ongoing knee complaint and cannot play two games in quick succession though he should be available on Tuesday. The in-form Dame N’Doye was also restricted to a place on the bench after spending most of last week travelling to Russia presumably tying up loose ends following his last-minute move during the January window.
Mar 1 - 5:39 AM

The win over Hull City on Saturday was overshadowed by the horrific injury sustained by Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland who required 10 stitches in an open wound which left manager Mark Hughes fuming at another poor refereeing performance.

Ireland was the unfortunate recipient of a Maynor Figueroa tackle from behind which went unpunished by the referee and was missed by the assistant who was within 10 yards of the incident. Hughes will be speaking to the FA and seeking retrospective action following the challenge which he described as career threatening. The injury is likely to keep Ireland sidelined for at least a month and is the latest in a long line of problems this term which include muscular, knee and chest injuries. Fortunately for Stoke their midfield quota is relatively well-stocked at the moment with Steve Sidwell, Charlie Adam, Geoff Cameron and Marko Arnautovic all potential replacements.
Mar 1 - 6:07 AM

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunning winner as Liverpool dented Manchester City's Premier League title defence with a deserved victory at Anfield.

This was a great match between very good sides, but in the end Liverpool shaded it and deservedly took the three points. Jordan Henderson's curling effort put the Reds ahead before Edin Dzeko finished off Sergio Aguero's great pass to equalise after a slick team move. That was how an even match stayed until half time, but Liverpool came out with renewed energy in the second half and their pressure eventually told when Brazilian midfielder Coutinho capped a man of the match display with the decisive goal with another curling strike from 25 yards. The result leaves Man City five points behind Chelsea having played a game more, while Liverpool move to fifth and are on a run of 11 Premier League matches without defeat
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 1 - 9:23 AM

Saido Berahino's early goal was enough to secure a vital victory over Champions League hopefuls Southampton.

This was another big step towards Premier League survival for the Baggies as Saido Berahino's strike proved enough to beat Southampton. Berahino scored after just 71 seconds at The Hawthorns when he fired home from Maya Yoshida's clearance and the home side held on to take the three points. Graziano Pelle squandered Southampton's best chance when he failed to tap in Ryan Bertrand's excellent low cross. West Brom move up to 13th, eight points clear of the drop zone and it appears Tony Pulis has worked his magic once again. The Saints have now won just one of their last four league matches and remain in 5th, two points behind 4th placed Arsenal who have a game in hand.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 12:39 PM

Wayne Rooney scored once from the penalty spot and once from open play as he broke a personal eight match goalless streak and gave his team a 2-0 over Sunderland.

United weren't great but they did more than enough to sentence Sunderland to another Old Trafford loss. Falcao drew a penalty that was charged to Wes Brown but actually committed by John O'Shea. Brown was sent off and his former teammate converted the resulting penalty to put United up 1-0. Not too long after that Rooney popped up again on to head home the rebound of his own shot for a 2-0 lead. The win put United into third place in the league pending the results of Arsenal's match against Everton on Sunday.
Feb 28 - 12:02 PM

In a case of mistaken identities, Wes Brown was sent off instead of teammate John O'Shea as Sunderland dropped a 2-0 decision at Old Trafford.

Sunderland played Manchester United even through the first half despite a massive possession deficit. United's domination of the ball was eventually too much as O'Shea fouled Falcao in the box. The foul got Wes Brown a red card and Wayne Rooney a penalty that he converted. Rooney scored again later in the second half to seal the Black Cats' fate. It was never likely that Sunderland were going to take points off of United at Old Trafford but they will be disappointed in the way they capitulated.
Feb 28 - 12:05 PM

Papiss Cisse continues to score at a high rate when on the pitch, and today his goal stood alone as Newcastle grabbed their first win at home in 2015, 1-0 over Aston Villa.

John Carver got the result he needed but it wasn't exactly convincing. Facing the league's worst attack, one goal very likely would have been enough for Newcastle in their mind when the opening whistle blew, and it came true. In the 37th minute, Daryl Janmaat delivered a cross to Cisse who then shot from close range to beat Brad Guzan. Perhaps the return of Jonas Gutierrez to the squad gave them the necessary inspiration. He was seen warming up to a deserved ovation in the second half but did not feature.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 28 - 12:07 PM

Peter Crouch scored the only goal of the match a minute after entering 20 minutes from time as Stoke City beat Hull City 1-0.

Mark Hughes got his substitutions right as his only two subs of the match - Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch - combined for the only goal of the match. The first half didn't see much in the way of significant chances from either side. Charlie Adam came on a halftime for Stephen Ireland and improved things for the home side but it wasn't until the introduction of Peter Crouch that the scorekeeper was troubled.
Feb 28 - 12:13 PM

None of Nikica Jelavic, Dame N'Doye or Abel Hernandez started Hull City's match at the Britannia and, predictably, they didn't score as they went down 1-0 to Mark Hughes' side.

Jelavic and N'Doye had both been in exceptional form over Hull City's past three Premier League matches. It isn't clear why N'Doye started the match on the bench or why Jelavic was omitted from the match day squad entirely. Regardless, in the absence of that much firepower, Hull City reverted to being the punchless group that was in the relegation zone as recently as mid-February. They did well to frustrate Stoke City for much of the match but couldn't hold them off entirely and went down to a second half Peter Crouch header.
Feb 28 - 12:17 PM

Aston Villa added another goalless contest to their season, suffering a 1-0 loss at St. James' Park to Newcastle United.

It is the same old song for the Villans, as their slide in the table continues. With some solid defending earlier in the season, Villa were able to grab points by keeping out the opponent, but that hasn't occurred since New Year's Day. That has resulted in seven straight losses with a total of two goals in the process. Things are not getting any better under Tim Sherwood at the moment. Delph flashed the most promise, but all bets are off from investing here unless you still have Jores Okore stashed for very little in the Yahoo game.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 28 - 12:18 PM




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