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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: LVG 'disappointed,' Jerome Valcke banned 12 years

The FC crew discuss Manchester United's potential record-breaking profits, but recent failure to bring in top talent.

Here are the top stories from Friday:

MAN UNITEDLouis van Gaal directed questions to the boardroom when asked if he believes he can remain manager of Manchester United next season, a day after saying both he and Manchester United's ownership are "disappointed" by results this season.

- Van Gaal also piled pressure on Leicester City and Tottenham, claiming there will come a time when the inexperienced title-challengers "have to win."

- United suffered a triple injury blow with Phil Jones,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Leicester & Arsenal in showdown, City vs. Spurs & United vs. Sunderland

The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.
The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.
The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.
The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.
The ESPN FC crew look at the key players in this intriguing Premier League title race.

Arsenal may never have a better chance to end their 12-year wait for a Premier League trophy but Leicester stand in their way and remain the story of the season.

The pair clash on Sunday when the top four are all in action against one another. Manchester City, fighting Arsenal and Leicester in the title race, face a Tottenham side who have emerged as surprise contenders as well.

Manchester United, meanwhile, seek to get closer to those above them in the hunt for the top four and the Champions League...

Man United won't improve until off-field work of Ed Woodward improves

The FC crew discuss Manchester United's potential record-breaking profits, but recent failure to bring in top talent.

It seems a virtual certainty that Louis van Gaal will leave Manchester United at the end of this season, the second of the three years on his contract. Whether his eventual replacement is Jose Mourinho, as everybody seems to expect, or a dark horse candidate like Mauricio Pochettino, the Dutchman's era is almost over. It hasn't been a particularly successful reign but that has a lot more to do with United as a club than with Van Gaal as a manager.

The entire point of hiring Louis Van Gaal was...

 By Musa Okwonga

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson's emergence a positive at Man United

ESPN FC's Craig Burley looks ahead to Manchester United's trip to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

With increasing speculation that his job is currently being offered to Jose Mourinho for next season, Louis van Gaal's latest news conference betrayed no sign that he may be a dead man walking.

His performance, in advance of Manchester United's visit to Sunderland in the Premier League, was typically confident, even bullish.

He also announced that Will Keane, fresh from an excellent run of form for the club's under-21 side, will be travelling with the senior squad for the game on Wearside. Keane,...

Sam Allardyce believes Louis van Gaal can handle the pressure of speculation

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ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Alexis Nunes preview Manchester United's visit to the Stadium of Light this weekend.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce believes Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal is strong enough to deal with the speculation about his future.

The Dutchman has spent recent weeks angrily denying his job is under threat amid reports that the club has held discussions with potential replacement Jose Mourinho.

Allardyce and Van Gaal will be in opposing dugouts at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as the relegation-threatened Black Cats attempt to secure a first home league victory over a resurgent...