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Manchester City want De Bruyne and Koke, Torres set for Anfield reunion

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing a shortage of striker options for their match against Crystal Palace.

Some people think the festive season is about counting down December's days until Christmas morning, but we all know the real fun begins Jan. 1. Keep connected with all the build-up with Transfer Talk.

Man City in line for Kevin De Bruyne

Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne might be set for a return to the Premier League. The one-time Chelsea player never figured in Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to Werder Bremen.

Now The Mirror reported the attacking...

Three Points: Villa deserve a point as Man Utd cannot take advantage

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side should have taken all three points from their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

BIRMINGHAM, England -- A trio of observations on Aston Villa and Manchester United's 1-1 draw Saturday in the Premier League.

1. Another mixed Man United display

Another mixed performance for Manchester United, but on this occasion they failed to convert it into three points. One was all they deserved in a game in which they failed to land punches during the first half and failed to land enough in the second.

Facing 10 men for the final 25 minutes, albeit 10 men backed by a ferocious home crowd,...

Roy Keane might be controversial, but his demands aren't unreasonable

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert responded to reports that former assistant manager Roy Keane confronted Tom Cleverley at the midfielder's home believing he had leaked stories about Keane falling out with the club's players.

Roy Keane has departed and yet, he still dominates the agenda at Aston Villa. As the mid-table Midlanders prepare for a testing encounter with Louis van Gaal's resurgent Manchester United, the dust still settles on the now-former assistant manager's latest controversy.

In this tangled web, there are two strands that we can grip with certainty. Firstly, that a respected journalist from the Daily Mail ran a story about Keane's alleged problems with the players that was peppered with spicy quotes from...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Talking Tactics: How depleted Villa could look against Manchester United

Manchester United kept up their fine record against Aston Villa with a 3-0 away win last season -- Danny Welbeck (two goals) and Tom Cleverley among the scorers.

Playing at home against Manchester United has long been a psychological block for Aston Villa and the club's chances of finally winning this fixture haven't been helped by a significant list of absentees.

What could be interpreted as getting the excuses in early is really anything but; Villa have five players out injured, another three unavailable because of suspension and it's no exaggeration to suggest that Paul Lambert could have difficulty filling the bench with senior players. Joe Cole may...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa's selection troubles deepen following Kieran Richardson's red card

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert understood why Kieran Richardson was sent off against West Brom, following their 1-0 loss to Alan Irvine's side.

Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday was such a waste of a match. Kieran Richardson's straight red card left Villa to play for 70-odd minutes with a man less than West Brom, who struggled to make any real impact until scrambling an untidy winner in the last quarter of the match.

It's a game to forget, and quickly. No doubt when the season is done and dusted and results are reviewed this, 1-0 defeat will be the source of frustration. It was a fixture the team should have won. Albion weren't...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Derby day in the Midlands as Villa head to West Brom

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was delighted with his side's 2-1 win over Leicester City.

The prospect of a third consecutive league victory should be all the motivation Villa need for the Midlands derby with West Brom on Saturday.

That might sound like a modest achievement in terms of a winning run, but it's something the club haven't yet been able to produce in almost two-and-a-half seasons under the management of Paul Lambert. In fact, Villa haven't taken nine points from a possible nine since Martin O'Neill's side beat Portsmouth, Hull and Birmingham in the space of a week in...