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Rooney doubles inspires Manchester United to victory over Sunderland

Wayne Rooney's brace saved Manchester United from what could have been a defeat against 10-man Sunderland.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno recaps Manchester United's sloppy victory against Sunderland highlighted by Wayne Rooney's brace.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was pleased with his team's performance in the second half.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts on Manchester United's 2-0 win vs. Sunderland in the Premier League.

1. United labour to another win

It was yet another day when all would seem perfect at Manchester United if you looked just at the result and avoided the actual performance. There remains this deep disconnect between the two, as well as the feeling that it has to snap at some point.

At the same time, it is to their huge credit that they keep persevering, keep going and keep staying in those Champions...

 By Kevin Palmer

Liverpool and Manchester City can declare Premier League intentions

Jordan Henderson makes a special appearance in the latest HWTLU to announce his name change. Also, the very angry Alan Tikitally continues his reign of Scottish terror.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Swansea City
Manchester United vs. Sunderland
Newcastle vs. Aston Villa
Stoke City vs. Hull City
West Brom vs. Southampton

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Arsenal vs. Everton

Battle of the Weekend: Liverpool vs. Manchester City

The fixture that was promoted -- incorrectly as it transpired -- as a title decider when these two sides met at Anfield last April carries almost as much significance this time around. A resurgent Liverpool are presented with the chance to conclusively confirm they are ready to mix it up with the Premier...

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Man United job 'surprised' Louis van Gaal, says Sir Bobby Charlton

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was pleased with his team's performance in the second half.

Sir Bobby Charlton thinks Louis van Gaal was "surprised by the enormity" of Manchester United when he took over as manager last summer.

But the United director insists the Dutchman will be a success at the club.

United are on course for Champions League qualification after a run of just two defeats in 16 Premier League games including a Saturday win vs. Sunderland, but they have come in for criticism this season for their style of play.

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Van Gaal also struggled to get his side playing well at...

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Harry Kane hails Tottenham academy as model for other Prem clubs

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Chelsea and Tottenham's Cup title match is more important than Liverpool and Manchester City's match.

Harry Kane believes Tottenham are setting an example to the rest of the Premier League when it comes to putting faith in nurtured talent, while adding he wants to be a Spur for life.

The 21-year-old is likely to be leading the attack for Spurs when they face London rivals Chelsea in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.

But Kane, who has already amassed 24 goals this season, will not be the only man in Mauricio Pochettino's side to have come through the ranks at White Hart Lane.

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Andros Townsend will hope...

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Murray gives Pardew selection headache after West Ham brace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew knows that notching away wins will help his club stay in the Premier League.

About 40 minutes into Crystal Palace's trip to West Ham on Saturday, I turned to my mate to lament the performance of Glenn Murray. "He's just not cutting it for me," I moaned. "I'm not sure he's good enough for the Premier League." Seconds later, right on cue, the forward rose highest to meet a Jason Puncheon corner and nod Palace into the lead. An arguably undeserved but more than welcome lead at Upton Park.

The result leaves Palace on 30 points, and only the most pessimistic of supporters would...