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 By Musa Okwonga

Louis van Gaal, Man United must maintain momentum by beating Villa

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss whether or not Manchester United are Premier League title contenders after winning six consecutive league matches.

Manchester United enter the Christmas season in a position reassuringly familiar to many of their supporters. They lie third in the league, having surged there on the back of six consecutive victories. What's more, for all their woes over injuries to key defenders, they have the fourth-best defence in the league: They have conceded 17 goals, behind only Chelsea and Southampton (13) and Manchester City (14).

Given that Louis van Gaal's teams have often been accused of inattention to detail at the...

Manchester United 'could sign Kevin Strootman from Roma in January'

Our experts weigh in on Manchester United's potential move to sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

Manchester United could now have a strong chance of signing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in January due to the Serie A club's early elimination from the Champions League, Old Trafford sources have told ESPN FC.

Strootman's season only began last month following his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in March, and the Giallorossi's failure to progress from their group in Europe has led United to believe they have significant leverage to do an earlier deal for the 24-year-old.

The...

Mark Payne Manchester Utd  By Mark Payne

Manchester United inspired by the heroes of 1996 as title talk grows

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss whether or not Manchester United are Premier League title contenders after winning six consecutive league matches.

"When they sold Mark Hughes we knew something was happening," recalls Manchester United hero Gary Neville. Hughes was an icon among United supporters in the mid-'90s and enjoyed a position almost as feted as Bryan Robson in the eyes of fans. At the end of the 1994-95 season, though, Alex Ferguson (not yet a Knight of the Realm) sold him without ceremony. But he had a plan.

The departure of Hughes along with Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis sent shivers down the spines of nervous fans. These three...

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Vice-captain Michael Carrick a calming, versatile player for Man United

Despite winning six matches in a row Manchester United manager Luis van Gaal has challenged his team to improve their performance levels over 90 minutes.

Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick could move up into his favoured midfield position because of Marouane Fellaini's absence ahead of the weekend's match with Aston Villa.

Carrick, who says he considers himself a midfielder always, has been used by Louis van Gaal in a centre-back role in recent matches and the results have been stellar for the club.

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United have won all six games since Carrick returned to the first team following an ankle injury, but Van Gaal insists the England midfielder's...

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Lessons learned in the Premier League

The ESPN FC team give their picks ahead of week 17 in the Premier League and Steve Nicol does not stray away from a positive Liverpool result, while Tommy Smyth is not counting out Manchester United from title contention just yet.

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