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Man United's sudden swoon opens the Champions League door for Liverpool

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol does not feel Liverpool will catch Manchester United, despite Louis van Gaal's side's poor form of late.

Well, thank God that's over, and by "that," I mean the worldwide conspiracy to stop Chelsea from Mayweathering us to death by boredom. Now that they have mercifully wrapped up this season's Premier League title, we get to enjoy three blissfully Mourinho-bleating-free weeks followed by the only game that matters anyway: the FA Cup final.

In the interim, the David Moyes imposter with the Dutch accent is trying desperately to keep Brendan Rodgers employed as United try to hand the final Champions...

Arsenal overcome Wembley nerves to set up FA Cup final with Aston Villa

A fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in extra time handed holders Arsenal a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.

It's important for men of a certain age to get their rest, and now Steven Gerrard can spend his 35th birthday relaxing with the missus and the kids. He can even take them to Wembley and have a perfectly nice afternoon where nobody will care if he moves a little too slowly. There will be no anxiety about slipping on the grass or having to exhort his teammates with one of his Churchillian "We go again" orations. And best of all, he won't have to worry about his birthday being ruined by Arsenal.


Marouane Fellaini takes the spotlight as Man United renaissance continues

It was a big weekend in the Premier League: Louis van Gaal and Manchester United took another step closer to a top-four finish; a masked Cesc Fabregas lifted Chelsea at Loftus Road; Tim Sherwood was victorious against his former team; and much more.

Lest we forget, it was less than a year ago that the Old Trafford faithful compared Marouane Fellaini to one of those fun things you put on your head when you're drunk at a party. "The Lampshade," they called him, and it wasn't just because his luxuriant Bel-fro might be mistaken for one. They also considered him about as useful as an inverted umbrella during a Manchester rainstorm.

So unless your name is David Moyes, you have to be astonished that the gangly Belgian with the Velcro chest control...

Steven Gerrard shows why he's no longer 'Captain Fantastic' for Liverpool

The ESPN FC panel talk managerial tactics and debate whether or not Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal got the better of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Steven Gerrard's straight red card and how it will reflect upon his legacy.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

Oh Brendan, you big softie. Haven't you learned after 34 months inside the seething cauldron of Anfield that El Clasico del Norte between Liverpool and Manchester United is no place for sentimentality? Were you mesmerized by the giant self-portrait in your house when your captain and former useful player, Steven Gerrard, proclaimed that the rivalry transcends even Barcelona and Real Madrid?

And if you judge it by the number of people watching, at least Stevie G. got that right. Sunday's latest...

NYCFC, Jason Kreis ready to win over a tough sporting town with their flair

The ESPN FC panel discuss the key matchups in Major League Soccer this Sunday, including NYCFC's home opener at Yankee Stadium.

This is the third in an occasional series by ESPN FC columnist David Hirshey, a lifelong NYC soccer fan who covered the New York Cosmos beat. David will follow the creation and trajectory of the newest Major League Soccer team, New York City FC, offering his fan's perspective on the fledgling club throughout its maiden season in 2015.

NEW YORK -- Say this about NYCFC: It can take a kick to the Lower East Side and get right back up and take another. And another. Frank Lampard is not joining the...

Louis van Gaal's malaise continues as Arsenal leave Old Trafford with a win

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley point out that Louis van Gaal's tactical inefficiencies are affecting Manchester United's style of play.
Suspect defending was all over the pitch in this one as a late defending blunder led to a Danny Welbeck goal to see Arsenal onto the FA Cup semifinals past Manchester United.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Arsenal's chances of winning The FC Cup two years in row.

As a self-styled philosopher of some renown, Louis van Gaal has no doubt studied the great metaphysical questions of the ages, but until Monday he never had to ask himself this one: Is there managerial life without reward?

At whatever world-class club he had graced with his majestic presence -- Ajax, Bayern, Barcelona -- the Dutchman had always taken home a big, shiny trophy in his first season. Now that United has been unceremoniously dumped out of the FA Cup by Arsenal (at Old Trafford, no less),...