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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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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: Steven Gerrard has apologised for stamping on Ander Herrera – video

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Steven Gerrard has apologised after the captain stamped on Manchester United’s Ander Herrera following a tackle. Gerrard was sent off after only 38 seconds after coming on as a sub, leaving Liverpool to face United with only 10 men. Manchester United won the game 2-1 Continue reading…

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ESPN – Win over Liverpool demonstrates Man United are peaking at the right time

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. LIVERPOOL, England — Eleven months after the infamous slip came the indefensible stamp. The end of Steven Gerrard's Anfield era can be measured in disappointments, from the unfortunate to the unpleasant. Ander Herrera joins Demba Ba in the index of every future piece of literature about Gerrard. They are the bit-part players who assumed central roles in meltdowns in successive springs. Had Gerrard not miscontrolled and stumbled, gifting the ball and a goal to then Chelsea striker Ba last April,…

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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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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard sent off after 40 seconds against Manchester United

• Gerrard dismissed for stamp on Manchester United’s Ander Herrera• Captain will miss two league games and FA Cup replay at Blackburn• The Knowledge: the fastest red cards in footballSteven Gerrard was sent off less than a minute after his half-time introduction against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.The Liverpool captain, who will end his long association with the club this summer when he moves to MLS to join LA Galaxy, had only just come on as a substitute when he appeared to stamp on United midfielder Ander Herrera. Continue reading…

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