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Manchester United

Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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...

Fan favourite Juan Mata aiming to prove his worth at Man United

Despite Liverpool having the majority of the chances against Manchester United, Louis van Gaal's side propelled themselves to their sixth consecutive league win, led by David de Gea's stunning display in goal.

This time last year Manchester United were being linked to signing Juan Mata from Chelsea. As much as supporters wanted to believe it was true, even the most optimistic among them struggled to view it as a credible rumour.

Mata had been voted Chelsea's player of the year for the previous two consecutive seasons and even though Jose Mourinho had been critical of his defensive work, it seemed nonsensical that the Spaniard would be allowed to leave for another Premier League side.

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Antonio Valencia deserves recognition for Man United form - Michael Carrick

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has taken to Facebook to deny allegations of match-fixing.

Michael Carrick has hailed Antonio Valencia as the unsung hero in Manchester United's winning run.

Valencia, 29, has operated as a right wing-back or even a right-back -- rather than as a winger -- in United's sequence of six straight victories, while he set up Wayne Rooney's opening goal in the 3-0 win against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Ecuador international is enjoying arguably his best form for the club since winning their Player of the Year award for the 2011-12 season.

And Carrick, 33, believes...

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

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has taken to Facebook to deny allegations of match-fixing.

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.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Angel Di Maria voted Argentina Player of the Year ahead of Lionel Messi

The ESPN FC panel discuss why Lionel Messi is not as popular in Argentina as some of his fellow countrymen after Angel Di Maria took home Argentina's Olimpia de Plata trophy.

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria has beaten off competition from the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to win Argentina's foreign-based Player of the Year.

Di Maria, 26, was part of the Argentina squad that reached the World Cup final in the summer, while he played a key role in helping former club Real Madrid finally claim La Decima -- their 10th European Cup -- last season.

The Albiceleste international, who also picked up Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup winners' medals with Madrid...