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 By Andy Mitten

Manchester United improve but still face a battle to finish fourth

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 Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

A month before Nemanja Vidic's retirement was made public and before he'd been heartened by 5,500 Manchester United fans were singing his name, I spoke to the Serbian defender in Milan.

Among other topics, the subject of Chelsea came up. Vidic played more games -- 17 -- against the Stamford Bridge side in his eight years at United than any other club. The frequent meetings reflected the dominance of both clubs.

"Chelsea were the team who pushed us and we pushed them," Vidic said. "We drove each other...

 By Tony Evans

Manchester United's sense of pride suffering under Louis van Gaal

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

They are big on dignity at Old Trafford. Manchester United like to project it. This club has real status as one of the game's most venerable institutions. Now they are in chaos. Louis van Gaal brings many things to the table. Dignity is not one of them.

When Sir Alex Ferguson retired unexpectedly three years ago, United made it clear that Jose Mourinho would not replace him. The Portuguese craved the job but the distinct impression was that club insiders at Old Trafford thought him vulgar and troublesome....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: 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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FC Talking Points: Guardiola move, Mou to United, Neymar leaving Barca

Bayern fans in Munich reacted to Pep Guardiola's decision to move to Manchester City.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

The biggest news on transfer deadline day involved a manager, not a player. Manchester City announced they'd reached a deal for Pep Guardiola to take over for Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad at the end of this season.

Will Guardiola be a success with Man City?

Across town in Manchester, the reports that United were closing on a deal to bring Jose...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sadio Mane to spark a tug-of-war between Manchester clubs

The ESPN FC crew explores the possibility of Manchester City overtaking Manchester United on a global scale.

The winter window might have shut, but the rumour mill rolls on! As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Mane sparks tug-of-war in Manchester

Manchester City have joined the race for Sadio Mane, as they prepare to fight bitter rivals Manchester United for his signature in the summer, according to the Sun. The 23-year-old forward is rated at £25 million, and looks set for a move away from...

 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, which leaves the two sides, respectively, in fifth and 13th

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...