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    Continued Complacency Could Destroy Manchester United’s Top-Four Pursuit

    Manchester United's season seemed to be back on the rails. Arch-rivals had been brushed aside, as had fellow Champions League pretenders. Never mind about fourth place, that was taken care of, United fans were looking up the table, hopeful of finishing above Manchester City and avoiding having to play a qualifier to compete in Europe at the beginning of next season. The Chelsea game was easily explained away. There were injuries, typical Jose Mourinho parking the bus, United played great and were unlucky—all of these seemed, by football's tribal standards, to be reasonably valid excuses. But following the calamitous, shambolic defeat to Everton, that Chelsea game is cast in a slightly different light. United have not managed to seriously test the opposition keeper in 180 minutes of football, and it now appears that it might be possible to destroy Louis van Gaal's previously effective system simply by soaking up a bit of pressure and hitting United on the break. ...

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    Why Divock Origi’s Tough Season At Lille Could Aid his Integration At Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers will have lost plenty of sleep this season as he attempts to coax back the "goals, goals, goals" approach within his Liverpool squad, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert all struggling for form and fitness in 2014-15. Meanwhile, a striker the manager thinks very highly of has endured a miserable slumber prior to his summer arrival on Merseyside too, but can Divock Origi’s muted progress actually aid his transition into the Liverpool squad next season? Staying for the season on loan with Lille for this term, Origi’s extended presence was essentially a bargaining chip in the Reds’ acquiring of a striker with exceptional potential. But this hasn’t necessarily gone to plan. ...

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    MOTW: Everton Send United Packing

    The Grim Reaper appeared at Goodison Park to accompany David Moyes to his end as Manchester United manager 12 months ago. This time Louis van Gaal scythed through his players for a lack of “motivation, inspiration and aggression” as their hold weakened on automatic entry into next season’s Champions League. Everton revelled in their latest brand of torment. ...

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    Duo Share £2,000 ‘Prediction Pot’

    On Sunday, Chelsea ground out a goalless draw at Arsenal to move a step closer to the title on a day when referee Michael Oliver was the centre of attention.

    The first half was full of big talking points despite the lack of goals. After Branislav Ivanovic was let off with a warning for a heavy foul on Alexis Sanchez, Oliver waved off three penalty appeals before the break. But, Chelsea Robinson & Tessa Owen couldn't care less, as The Emirates stalemate meant that, only they, shared this weekends FREE-TO-PLAY £2,000 prediction pot, netting £1,000 apiece.  

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