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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
24 minutes ago

Aston Villa mull permanent deal for Manchester United's Tom Cleverley

Paul Lambert has been impressed with Tom Cleverley's efforts at Villa Park so far.

Aston Villa have an option to sign Tom Cleverley from Manchester United on a permanent deal in January, Paul Lambert has said.

Cleverley, 25, joined Villa on a season-long loan at the end of the summer transfer window and it appears he has played his last game for United as he is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

United have an option to recall the player in January but Villa also have the option to seal a permanent deal. Lambert plans yo wait until the transfer window opens before making...

 By Rory Smith
28 minutes ago

Does a rising sense of fan entitlement devalue football loyalties?

Supporters can get quite upset when they spend plenty of money on a ticket only to watch their team sustain a lopsided loss.
Supporters can get quite upset when they spend plenty of money on a ticket only to watch their team sustain a lopsided loss.

It could happen this weekend, though the fixtures do not really suggest it. It could be at Tottenham, theoretically, or at Southampton again. If not, then it will only be a matter of days: Arsenal next week, perhaps, or Stamford Bridge or Selhurst Park. It will happen, though, and soon, and then one group of fans will have a choice to make.

The choice is this. Your team is losing. Badly. They are four goals down, maybe five, and there is still half an hour to play. It is an age-old question,...

2 hours ago

Irvine given no cause to be nasty

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Affable West Brom boss Alan Irvine claims he does have a Glaswegian "nasty side" but is thankful his in-form players have hardly caused him to bare his teeth yet.

The Scot is quickly winning over his doubters after an impressive start to life as a top-flight head coach.

His appointment was met with derision by many Albion fans when chairman Jeremy Peace brought him in to replace Pepe Mel in the summer, with supporters unhappy with his lack of managerial pedigree.

However, a solid start to the Barclays...

2 hours ago

Louis van Gaal: Jose Mourinho's success has been a surprise to me

Huge game this weekend in the Barclays Premier League, as the past greats of English football, Manchester United, take on the champions-elect, Chelsea. Ian Fiveankles explains EXACTLY what happens in this match, so you don't even have to watch it.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted he had been surprised by the way his former assistant Jose Mourinho has become one of the world's top managers, saying he could not have predicted it.

Mourinho was on Van Gaal's coaching team during his first spell in charge of Barcelona, between 1997 and 2000, and the two face each other when United host Chelsea on Sunday.

Since becoming a manager in his own right, Mourinho has won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan and seven league...

2 hours ago

Burnley strikers must start stepping up with goals

Burnley manager Sean Dyche explains his side need to find the winning element if they are to remain in the Premier League, following their 1-3 defeat to West Ham.

Burnley's winless start to the season is mostly down to a misfiring strike force that remains without a goal after eight league and cup matches.

Last season's star, Danny Ings, has had a disappointingly slow start to the new campaign and summer arrivals Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell have also failed to make an impact in front of goal. The final member of Burnley's less-than-fabulous four up front, Ashley Barnes, has looked out of his depth in the Premier League.

Patience is quickly wearing...