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WhoScored: Liverpool scoring woes solved?

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 By Musa Okwonga

Louis van Gaal, Man United must maintain momentum by beating Villa

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss whether or not Manchester United are Premier League title contenders after winning six consecutive league matches.

Manchester United enter the Christmas season in a position reassuringly familiar to many of their supporters. They lie third in the league having surged there on the back of six consecutive victories. What's more, for all their woes over injuries to key defenders they have the fourth best defence in the division: they have conceded 17 goals, behind only Chelsea and Southampton (13) and Manchester City (14).

Given that Louis van Gaal's teams have often been accused of inattention to detail at the...

 By James Young

The problem with Brazilian football coaches? Try the culture around them

Muricy Ramalho partly blames his recent health problems on managing in Brazil. He might have a point.

"I've never had heart problems before... they [the doctors] said that it was caused by stress. My heart was beating in a strange way. It was frightening... it made me wonder whether all this madness is worth it."

Those were the words of Muricy Ramalho, the São Paulo coach who was hospitalised in September and diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, during an interview with Brazil's Esporte Espectacular TV show back in October. Ramalho, who was one of the candidates to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari as...

 By Rob Train

Uber-confident Real have designs on greatness

A warm morning greeted Real Madrid in Marrakech, for their first training session since qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Cristiano Ronaldo's attempt to score against Cruz Azul at the Club World Cup with a rabona caused a bit of a stir in Mexico. Fox Sports commentator Raul Orvananos described the Real Madrid forward as a "clown" and although he issued an apology later (to Real fans, if not the player) he refused to alter his appraisal and went on to say that Ronaldo's trickery was tantamount to making fun of the Mexican side, who were 3-0 down at the time.

It's an opinion that Orvananos is not alone in holding:...

New Sterling role could spell end to Liverpool's attacking issues

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails Raheem Sterling's performance against Bournemouth

In the absence of the persistently injured Daniel Sturridge and the departed Luis Suarez, this season has been a struggle for Liverpool as manager Brendan Rodgers chops and changes from week to week in an effort to find a way of coping without last season's two best players. And while there is a pressing need to replace the goals they scored, his defence, too, are providing even greater cause for concern.

It hasn't really been clear at any stage of the season what kind of tactic or philosophy...

 By Dan Fitch

Spurs starting to build momentum at key point of season

Qatar Sports Investments are reportedly interested in acquiring a Premier League club.

Spurs have produced some good performances this season, but they've so far failed to string those displays together.

Having won two games on the bounce and with Burnley to come on Saturday, Tottenham have the chance to start putting a run of form together. If it happens, then the season could start to look very different.

Thanks to the fact that other sides have also been bumbling around, Mauricio Pochettino's team are still very much in the mix for a Champions League spot. With a Wembley appearance...

Alexis Sanchez may get the plaudits, but The Ox deserves the spotlight too

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a fine season at Arsenal while all the focus has been on Alexis Sanchez's impact.

In a season in which the most eye-catching performer has been Alexis Sanchez, only one Arsenal player has played in every league game so far: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

With 11 starts and five substitute appearances, the England man is the only ever present, although Alexis, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker have all played just one game fewer. The record is in doubt ahead of Sunday's game at Liverpool, however, with Arsene Wenger reporting that Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a fitness test before a final...