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ESPN – What is Van Gaal’s Utd philosophy? Paddy McNair may have the answer

The ESPN FC panel debate on who has fair chance of making the top four between Liverpool or Manchester United. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: “Manchester United are like a box of chocolates … You never know what you're gonna get.” From week to week, there's no hint of what performance they will produce on match day. This is especially strange given that Louis van Gaal, of all people, is the Premier League manager most explicit about his philosophy, which he refers to as passionately as Martin Luther King did his dream. Yet, from game to game, Manchester United are unrecognisable from their previous outing….

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METRO – Liverpool identify Spanish duo as replacements for Steven Gerrard

Liverpool are targeting Spanish duo Isco and Ander Herrera as possible replacements for captain Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard’s replacement is being lined up by Liverpool bosses (Picture: Reuters) Although the 32-year-old is not expected to hang his boots up before the 2014 World Cup, Liverpool bosses are thought to want a replacement at the club at least a season before Gerrard retires and have highlighted Isco and Herrara as potential solutions.Boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to favour Malaga’s attacking midfielder Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcon, but the 20-year-old is likely to be in high demand, especially as he is in the Champions League shop window this campaign. Isco is set to shine for Malaga in the Champions League this season (Picture: AFP) Ander Herrera impressed in last season’s Europa League (Picture: EPA) Although it shouldn’t take much to prise Isco away from Malaga, with his side struggling financially, the Reds may struggle to compete with Europe’s elite if it comes down to a bidding war.But Liverpool are also keeping a close eye on Athletic Bilbao youngster Herrera. The 23-year-old impressed during his side’s run to the Europa League final last year and is a target for several clubs around Europe.

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