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MANCHESTER UNITED MAY MISS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE YEARS

English Premier League side, Manchester United may miss out from UEFA Champions League again, for the second straight time in three years. Manchester United fans have had a lot to grumble about recently.


The 3-2 loss against West Ham on Tuesday means they’ll almost certainly miss out on the Champions League for the second time in three years. They now have to pray City lose while they win against Bournemouth in the final round of games.

The style of football has been painfully boring for most of this season, too, all while its fiercest rivals, Manchester City, plan to hand the best manager on the planet an empty checkbook this summer. Manchester United’s defensive line for most of this season has been comprised of Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, and the injury-laden Matteo Darmian. These defenders are mostly seen as average players. Even though Sir Alex Ferguson achieved a lot with even average players, there were always top stars in great form that did the necessary. With the Red Devils’ team struggling in almost all departments, there is only so much they can achieve

Though the average players, with one game to go Manchester United have conceded just 34 goals, the second-fewest in the entire Premier League, behind Tottenham. Man United might not have the most attractive style in the world, but it’s effective: United’s 55.7 percent average possession is just 0.2 percent off the league leaders, Arsenal — and the team’s speed of attack is the slowest in the Premier League. The way they ruthlessly starve their opponents of the ball means they literally can’t be attacked and, therefore, scored against. It’s why of only two teams (Leicester City and Tottenham, who will finish first and second, respectively) have spent less time trailing matches this season than Manchester United.

The issue many have highlighted is the poor attacking football upfront. The strike force have achieved less than required to push the team to desired levels. Wayne Rooney’s return hasn’t brought much hope as they continue to struggle. The club has to do a lot of work during this summer ahead of next season; else they might miss the third UCL.

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NAPOLI HOPE TO CLOSE THE GAP WITH JUVENTUS

Italian giant, Napoli are hoping to reduce the points’ difference with fierce rival Juventus. Napoli started the season well but Juventus are current league leaders with 73 points from 31 matches played this season.

Napoli fell to a stunning defeat in the hands of Udinese. Udinese embarrassed Partenopei Gli Azzurri in a home win on the 3rd of April.

In the last five games, the well motivated team has won three, drawn one aside the heavy loss to Udinese. Napoli defeated Chievo by 3-1, defeated Genoa by the same margin and lost to Udinese by the same margin. Before the victory of Chievo, they played a draw with fifth-placed Fiorentina. After playing Chievo, it was another victory over Palermo.

The squad is currently hoping to close the gap with Juventus while praying the serie A champion drop points along the way. Six points separate both sides. With tricky games against Milan and Fiorentina, Napoli is hoping to close the gap with wins from their end. read more »

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Ryan Giggs has admitted that it feels a bit strange

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has admitted that it feels a bit strange to be celebrating only finishing in the top four.

The Welsh winger is used to winning numerous titles with United, but the club were extremely overjoyed at finishing back in the top four once again. From a commercial point of view, it is extremely important that United return to the Champions League. Further, it would also help them attract top players who would then be the basis behind winning league titles. After having secured such an important proposition, United have breathed a sigh of relief.

Yet, Giggs feels that United should be more focused on winning titles in the future rather than just finishing in the top four. Giggs won an incredible 34 titles during his time at United in addition to numerous individual accolades. The club are expected to be challenging for the title from next season, but it will be very difficult with rivals like Manchester City and Arsenal also strengthening. Chelsea have one of the best squads in the league and they will be tough to catch as ever. Speaking at the end of the season awards, Giggs says that he wants United to be challenging for titles sooner rather than later. read more »

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Jose Mourinho has accepted that it will be difficult

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has accepted that it will be difficult to follow Manchester United out of the title race this season.

A brilliant second half of the campaign has seen United close to within 10 points of Chelsea at the top of the table. Recent back-to-back defeats for Liverpool has meant that United are now closer towards securing a top four spot, which will leave them to concentrate on other matters like winning the title. After having won the title in numerous league, Louis Van Gaal always had the potential to turn this United team around according to Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho, though, will remain confident about his team’s own chances of lifting the first league title since 2010. The blues hold a six-point advantage over Manchester City, but it can be increased to nine points before Manuel Pellegrini’s men take to the field against Crystal Palace on Monday night. Chelsea are up against Stoke City at home whereas United will be having a potential banana skin in the form of a home match against Aston Villa, who have appeared resurgent under new manager Tim Sherwood. United have won the last four league matches and have displayed a strong surge in confidence during this period. read more »

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Sky ‘Whole new ball game’ Premier League launch advert

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Liverpool FC vs Stoke City 17.08.13 | Premier League Football Preview

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BT to succeed with Premier League football where Setanta and ESPN failed

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Premier League Football Fixtures from 22nd March 2014 to 29th March

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Sunderland v Arsenal (1-3) 14.09.13 | Premier League Football Preview 2013/14

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