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ESPN – Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini has made himself a vital player

The ESPN FC crew break down Manchester United's chances of finishing in a top four spot in the Premier League. The ESPN FC crew break down the tactical change for Juan Mata in Manchester United's formation against Liverpool. This article is written in praise of Marouane Fellaini. This time a year ago, the above sentence might have seemed ironic. The Belgian midfielder was enduring almost as miserable a season at Old Trafford as David Moyes, the manager who brought him there. Indeed, Fellaini's misfortunes were some sort of metaphor for the Scotsman's 10-month nightmare: he looked ill-at-ease in the company of his new peers, and at times worryingly out of his depth. When Louis van Gaal arrived to take charge at Manchester…

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ESPN – Clasico, Champions League, Steven Gerrard, Serie A, Julian Green

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in El Clasico. Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar. Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints. In the match of the weekend, Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the Clasico to extend their lead in La Liga table to four points. Lionel Messi was quiet by his recent standards, but he assisted on a goal by Jeremy Mathieu and Luis Suarez added another to help Barca to the big win. Cristiano Ronaldo…

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ESPN – Man United influence Team of the Weekend after seeing off Liverpool

Liverpool were reduced to 10 men following Steven Gerrard's rash challenge on Ander Herrera in their 2-1 defeat, while Chelsea proved victorious over Hull City 3-2. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Juan Mata's brace, Steven Gerrard's red card, Wayne Rooney's missed penalty and more in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Daniel Sturridge (69') Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United Mario Balotelli was held back by Liverpool fans after an altercation with Chris Smalling. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gives Ryan Giggs a couple of slaps to the face in celebration of Juan Mata's goal, but the former United mainstay doesn't look too amused. After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully select 11 star performers, along with a manager. Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #TOTW. Plus, tune in to Monday's “ESPN FC” (5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) for further reaction. ESPN FC's Team of the Weekend Goalkeeper: A nod in the direction of Boaz Myhill, who Paul Mariner rightly says prevented…

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ESPN – Man United’s Van Gaal needs a conservative gameplan vs. Liverpool

ESPN FC's Craig Burley talks lineups ahead a crucial Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. On Thursday, manager Louis van Gaal attended a “strategy meeting” with the top officials at Manchester United, set up to discuss potential signings for the summer and general planning for the coming months. The big sticking point is that those plans could be greatly affected by what happens at Anfield on Sunday, and specifically what strategy Van Gaal decides to use against Liverpool. Does he himself stick or twist? His team certainly twisted the screw on Tottenham Hotspur last week, with what was…

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ESPN – Will Liverpool vs. Man United decide who finishes in the Prem’s top four?

The FC TV panel have their say about Liverpool vs. Man United. What do you think? Vote now! A lot has happened to both Liverpool and Manchester United since their meeting in mid-December, a 3-0 victory for Louis van Gaal's side that is actually noted as the turning point in Liverpool's season. On Sunday they will clash at Anfield in a game that carries big implications for both teams. Will Liverpool vs. Man United decide fourth place? Yes No 65% Yes 35% No $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id=”4754148″]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Liverpool are regarded as the “form” team, given their league results in 2015 — eight wins and two draws — but Man United have been solid as well, with six wins, two draws and two defeats over the same…

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