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Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne
22 hours ago

Van Gaal can instill confidence at United with Manchester derby result

Andy Cole has backed Wayne Rooney to return from suspension stronger for Manchester United in their derby against champions Manchester City.

The last time Manchester United won the Manchester derby was December 2012 and they had a knight of the realm in the dugout. As the Christmas lights go up in 2014, United fans are hoping a run of three decisive defeats comes to an end this Sunday and Louis van Gaal's record in derby matches stands them in good stead.

The Order of Orange-Nassau is the Dutch equivalent of a knighthood and is awarded to people who deserve "special appreciation for their work in Dutch society." Unlike its British...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

Adnan Januzaj set for Ajax loan spell, Illarramendi off to A.C. Milan

The ESPN FC crew discuss Luis Suarez's Ballon d'Or shortlist snub, Mario Balotelli's future at Anfield and debate whether or not Marco Reus should leave Dortmund.
The development of academy product Adnan Januzaj under new boss Louis van Gaal will be closely watched by the United faithful.
Adnan Januzaj has had some moments with Man United this season, but he's having trouble getting on the pitch regularly and may be headed to Ajax on loan.

World-class rumour alert, the kind that makes the Transfer Talk world go round. Away we go ...

Manchester United rumours

A couple of tasty bits from the Red half of Manchester, as Louis van Gaal and United eye up possible comings and goings in the January window.

The Daily Star report that Belgian sensation Adnan Januzaj could be headed off to Ajax for a loan spell with the Dutch Eredivisie champions. The sticking point is the loan's duration. Ajax would like to keep the winger for 18 months, while...

 By Musa Okwonga
2 days ago

Utd need Rooney vs. City -- intensity will be missed if he misses out

Andy Cole has backed Wayne Rooney to return from suspension stronger for Manchester United in their derby against champions Manchester City.

Wayne Rooney may miss the Manchester derby through an injury sustained in training and it is to his great credit that his opponents will be very happy if he is suited up in the stands this Sunday.

Over the years, this has been a fixture that he has approached with a particular relish. This was evident even after an apparently friendly fixture, when Manchester United defeated a fast-rising City side in the 2011 Community Shield. Following a 3-2 victory in which they had come back from a 2-0 deficit...

3 days ago

Ancelotti triumphs, van Gaal's progress, Dortmund disappoint, more

The ESPN FC panel discuss the player ratings following El Clasico.

You can't really call Real Madrid's clasico win a tactical victory.

That's because frankly, manager Carlo Ancelotti -- as he promised ahead of the game when he said there would be "no surprises" -- did nothing particularly fancy that night. His XI -- with Isco in for the injured Gareth Bale -- picked itself. (Or, if you're really, really cynical, you might say a man named Florentino Perez picked it.)

What Madrid did was execute and figure out a way to get a lopsided, top-heavy lineup to work against...

 By Andy Mitten
3 days ago

Louis van Gaal shows faith in Manchester United's youth

Robin van Persie's stoppage time goal secured a point for the home side.

Old Trafford finished the weekend as it had started, in fine voice. On Friday night, 400 Manchester United fans attended a charity event at the ground for James McCarthy, a home and away fan in his early 30s who has a terminal brain tumour. Red Legend Paddy Crerand was among the guests.

"They were all up on their chairs singing, it was incredible," the former midfielder said. "They" were hardcore fans -- many of them Mancunians -- who've supported the club for decades. People like Mike Webster, now...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
3 days ago

#FCtalkingpoints: La Liga, Man United, MLS Cup, Dortmund, Man City

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses whether or not Borussia Dortmund is just unlucky in the league, or perhaps that it is something more.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar, and we want to know what you think!

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

Even with the return of Luis Suarez for Barcelona, Real Madrid dominated to win the season's first Clasico 3-1. Atletico continued their winning ways versus Getafe and are also firmly in La Liga title picture.

What team do you think will win La Liga?

After a late goal by Robin van Persie helped Manchester...