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Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
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Manchester United's Jose Mourinho believes he can still reach the top four in the second half of the season despite trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by 11 points.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho was happy with his team selection and has no regrets about not playing Paul Pogba
Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp rated the 3-1 win over Manchester United as one of the best performances he has seen since he has been at the club as he reflected on what he called a perfect night.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri admitted that Eden Hazard's injury is not a serious one and that he was substituted as a precaution during their win over Brighton.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Doubles for Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner as Leipzig thrash Mainz

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Timo Werner celebrates one of his goals with fellow goal scorer Yussuf Poulsen.

Yussuf Poulsen and Timo Werner both scored twice as RB Leipzig crushed Mainz 4-1 on Sunday to maintain their hold on fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Poulsen completed his double in the space of five minutes early in the first half, with Werner adding two more late in the second to keep Leipzig two points ahead of fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

Leipzig, whose victory was a boost for their confidence after a Europa League exit in midweek, are on 28 points.

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Dortmund's Marco Reus plays like 'Ferrari' in middle of field - Nuri Sahin

Werder Bremen midfielder Nuri Sahin compared former teammate Marco Reus to a Ferrari after Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 2-1 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to six games.

Reus scored the winning goal in the 27th minute after Paco Alcacer had opened the scoring 19 minutes into the game. Max Kruse's wonderful strike from distance 10 minutes before half-time wasn't enough for the guests to come away with a point, though.

Sahin, 30, singled out Reus as the main source of Bremen's...

Borussia Dortmund nine points clear in Bundesliga as winter break looms

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Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund edged past Werder Bremen 2-1 on Saturday to open up a nine-point gap that guarantees they will stay top going into the winter break later this month.

Goals from the league's leading scorer, Paco Alcacer, and Marco Reus earned unbeaten Dortmund their sixth league win in a row.

It put them on 39 points from 15 games, nine clear of Borussia Monchengladbach, who drew 0-0 at Hoffenheim, and champions Bayern Munich, 4-0 winners at Hannover, with two matchdays left...

Bayern Munich hammer Hannover to keep pressure on Dortmund

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Bayern Munich demolished hosts Hanover 96 4-0 on Saturday to make it three league wins in a row for the rejuvenated champions while moving them to within six points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern, who took the lead with a Joshua Kimmich goal after only 62 seconds, oozed new-found confidence as they rode roughshod over the hosts.

They fired 13 shots on goal compared to their opponents' single effort in the first half and David Alaba doubled their lead with a 29th-minute missile from 20 metres.

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