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Wayne Rooney: United fans should not blame Memphis Depay for draw

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

Wayne Rooney has insisted that Memphis Depay should not be made a scapegoat for Chelsea's late equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday as he urged fans not to blame the Dutchman.

Substitute Depay, who had only been on the pitch for four minutes, gave the ball away before Chelsea broke away and Diego Costa made the score 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

While manager Louis van Gaal lamented the way possession was lost, supporters turned on Depay on social media.

Memphis Depay should retain fans' support despite his error against Chelsea, Wayne Rooney says.

But captain Rooney was adamant...

Prem Forecaster: Leicester now title faves, Newcastle clear of drop zone

Former Arsenal player Sol Campbell believes that Leicester City can win the Premier League title if they keep their nerve.

On the 25th matchday of the 2014-15 Premier League season, Leicester City lost 2-1 at Arsenal, falling deeper into the Premier League basement with just 17 points.

One year later, Leicester City won its 25th game of the season, beating Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday and moving five points clear atop the league table (53 total points).

While the Foxes were already in first place entering the weekend, Saturday's win moved them atop the virtual standings for the first time this season. They are now the title favorite, according to both ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) and the bookmakers.

Let's examine how this wild weekend affected the Premier League's three major races -- the title, top-four and relegation battles -- using SPI's projections (click here for more info on SPI). Plus, we preview two high-stakes matchups this weekend: Arsenal-Leicester City and Manchester City-Tottenham.

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Daley Blind: Manchester United's 'tired legs' led to Chelsea equaliser

Man United manager Louis van Gaal voices his dissatisfaction with referee Michael Oliver following their 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Daley Blind says Manchester United's disappointment at dropping two points in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea is preventing them from taking any pleasure from their performance.

Blind, 25, believes Louis van Gaal's side played well in Sunday's Premier League clash and deserved victory at Stamford Bridge.

However, he was left rueing Diego Costa's late equaliser -- cancelling out Jesse Lingard's opener -- which meant his overriding emotion was one of frustration.

"Of course we're disappointed," Blind...

Juan Mata: Man United prove we 'can play attractive, offensive football'

Man United manager Louis van Gaal voices his dissatisfaction with referee Michael Oliver following their 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the reports that Manchester United has made contact with Jose Mourinho and look at LVG's reaction.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says considering the mistakes Man United and Chelsea made in the match, neither team deserved a win.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United have proved they can play attacking, attractive football.

The midfielder was frustrated United only drew 1-1 against his former club Chelsea on Sunday, but they took their tally to seven goals in three games when Jesse Lingard scored at Stamford Bridge.

United were accused of being boring earlier in the season but Mata thinks they have raised their game since.

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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...