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What's trending in world football: Liverpool ticket protest, Lavezzi to China

Paul Mariner thinks the fan protest against Anfield ticket prices may have influenced Liverpool's late collapse against Sunderland.

Here are the top stories from Monday:

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp told a news conference that "everyone at the club wants to find a solution. We don't want people to leave the stadium" as all the talk is about the ticket protest walkout in Saturday's match. Liverpool's owners are reviewing their decision but have cancelled a planned Q&A session on the club website.

- Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson refused to use the mass walk-out as an excuse for their late capitulation at home...

 By Tony Evans

Chelsea-Man United draw shows that each club has work to do

Diego Costa's stoppage-time goal negated a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard as Chelsea and Man United played to a 1-1 draw.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley praised Chelsea's pressure late against Man United, which was rewarded with a goal from Diego Costa.
Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea need to start winning their matches consistently, not playing to draws.
Louis Van Gaal was disappointed with his team's performance in the final minutes of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Louis Van Gaal got into it with a reporter about the rumours linking Jose Mourinho to the Manchester United managerial position.

LONDON -- "If you want to get to fourth place, you must have your victories," Guus Hiddink said after his Chelsea side scored a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa's stoppage-time goal salvaged a point for Chelsea in a game the visiting team should have won after dominating most of the 90 minutes. Jesse Lingard's splendid turn and shot on the hour looked to be enough for Louis van Gaal's side, but a wasteful pass from Memphis Depay...

 By Phil Lythell

Thibaut Courtois' heorics kept Chelsea alive to draw vs. Manchester United

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Chelsea's pressure paid off in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

An injury-time strike from Diego Costa earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in a game that could have gone either way given the amount of chances created by both sides.

The match ebbed and flowed throughout, with United dominating the opening period of each half as Chelsea came on strong as each half developed. It meant that the visitors pinned the Blues back for the first 25 minutes of the contest while Chelsea were unable to escape their own half of the field or enjoy any time...

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Diego Costa strikes late as Chelsea dent Man United's top four hopes

Diego Costa's stoppage-time goal negated a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard as Chelsea and Man United played to a 1-1 draw.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley praised Chelsea's pressure late against Man United, which was rewarded with a goal from Diego Costa.
Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea need to start winning their matches consistently, not playing to draws.
Louis Van Gaal was disappointed with his team's performance in the final minutes of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Louis Van Gaal got into it with a reporter about the rumours linking Jose Mourinho to the Manchester United managerial position.

LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, as Diego Costa struck an injury-time equaliser to leave Louis van Gaal's men six points off the top four.

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1. Costa denies United

By contrast to the pyrotechnics that Leicester City are currently producing, a match that was once a critical Premier League fixture -- often with the title at stake -- did not brim with quality and instead looked just as it was: a battle between 13th and fifth in the table.

Chelsea will...

 By Nick Miller

Chelsea vs. Man United five questions: Hazard's role, Van Gaal's tactics, more

The ESPN FC crew feel despite Chelsea's struggles this season, they will still defeat Manchester United.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe says Manchester United's recent pursuit of big name players has left them looking a bit desperate.

Their respective seasons mean Sunday's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United isn't as decisive in the title race as it once was, but Nick Miller still previews the game through the medium of five key questions.

1. Which Manchester United will turn up?

We have seen this before only for Manchester United to revert to type, but their 3-0 win over Stoke City, a side that thoroughly outclassed them at the nadir of their form just after Christmas, on Tuesday will have provided some hope that...

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Chelsea and Manchester United meet in search of their glory days

Ahead of Man United's encounter with Chelsea, take a look back at the enticing moments from years previous.
The ESPN FC crew feel despite Chelsea's struggles this season, they will still defeat Manchester United.
ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth gives you his betting tips for this weekend's EPL, Serie A, and Bundesliga matches.

Chelsea against Manchester United is a former Premier League blockbuster that looks to have fallen upon hard times.

Before the Premier League weekend kicked off, Sunday's Stamford Bridge clash meant 13th vs. fifth, something of a mid-table affair. That represents a catastrophic fall from grace for two clubs that former the strongest Premier League rivalry of the mid-to-late 2000s.

For each of the five seasons from 2006-11 -- aside from 2008-09 when Rafa Benitez's Liverpool came second -- Chelsea...