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 By Chris Wright
3 hours ago

Manchester United fan carves Louis van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini pumpkins

With both Halloween and, more importantly, the first Manchester derby of the season now within spitting distance, a football fan from Lancashire has successfully spliced the two together like some kind of ungodly lab experiment gone awry.

Simon McMinnis, who comes down firmly on the United side of the Manc divide, has spent the majority of his week so far creating jack-o'-lantern effigies of the two managers going head-to-head at the Etihad on Sunday using two enormous 15kg pumpkins he purchased...

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney fit for derby vs. City - sources

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes looks back through Wayne Rooney's career against Manchester City as the Red Devils prepare to take on their rivals.

Wayne Rooney is set to return to Manchester United's team against Manchester City on Sunday, after fears he would miss the derby were dismissed.

The United captain was seen limping at an event with club sponsors on Monday, but sources close to the club told ESPN FC that the 29-year-old is fully fit.

Manager Louis van Gaal is expected to bring Rooney back into the starting XI after he missed United's last three games.

The England international has not played for the club since September after he...

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14 hours ago

Pellegrini: Manchester City lacking confidence

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini stated that his side are lacking confidence following their premature exit from the Capital One Cup.

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Alan Pardew thrilled with Newcastle's discipline in win at Man City

ESPN FC's Craig Burley questions Manchester City's recent form following their latest slip up in a 2-nil loss to Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was happy that his team executed the gameplan and remained disciplined in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

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The Magpies' first victory at the Etihad Stadium put them through to the Capital One Cup quarterfinals, where a trip to Tottenham awaits.

Pardew said his side were never intimidated against the Premier League power.

"We don't ever come not to win. We had a gameplan," Pardew said. "The players needed to execute it but I couldn't ask for more than they...

15 hours ago

Manuel Pellegrini blames 'lack of trust' for Man City's ongoing troubles

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini stated that his side are lacking confidence following their premature exit from the Capital One Cup.

MANCHESTER -- Manuel Pellegrini admitted Manchester City have to be worried about their form ahead of Sunday's derby and accepted they are playing poorly after they suffered a second successive defeat.

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The City manager believes a lack of confidence is at the heart of his side's failings after they crashed out of the Capital One Cup as a weakened Newcastle team won 2-0.

City have conceded two goals in each of their past three games and Pellegrini admitted that they have problems in both penalty boxes.

He...