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Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Sombre Wenger bemoans Arsenal’s lack of efficiency

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – A subdued and sombre Arsene Wenger was left to rue Arsenal’s lack of efficiency after his team lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United on Saturday in a game they dominated.

The hosts took advantage of a makeshift United defence to pour forward in the first half and only the excellence of visiting goalkeeper David de Gea prevented the London side from being well ahead at halftime.

Nov 22, 2014

Callow United defence stands firm in smash and grab raid

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s youthful and much-maligned defence stood firm to inspire their team to a 2-1 victory at Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, their first away win under manager Louis van Gaal.

Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw, both 19, and 20-year-old Tyler Blackett, started in a makeshift back four at the Emirates Stadium and after withstanding a fierce Arsenal onslaught they established a platform from which United picked off the hosts.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Callow United defence stands firm in smash and grab raid

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s youthful and much-maligned defence stood firm to inspire their team to a 2-1 victory at Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, their first away win under manager Louis van Gaal.

Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw, both 19, and 20-year-old Tyler Blackett, started in a makeshift back four at the Emirates Stadium and after withstanding a fierce Arsenal onslaught they established a platform from which United picked off the hosts.

Nov 6, 2014

Northern hemisphere pretenders face month of reckoning

LONDON (Reuters) – With less than a year to go before the World Cup it is time for the northern hemisphere countries to show their mettle in the November internationals against their southern counterparts.

World champions New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have arrived in Europe looking to continue their customary ascendancy over England, Wales, Ireland and France, the four teams most likely to challenge them for the Webb Ellis trophy next October.

Nov 6, 2014

Rugby-Northern hemisphere pretenders face month of reckoning

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – With less than a year to go before the World Cup it is time for the northern hemisphere countries to show their mettle in the November internationals against their southern counterparts.

World champions New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have arrived in Europe looking to continue their customary ascendancy over England, Wales, Ireland and France, the four teams most likely to challenge them for the Webb Ellis trophy next October.

Oct 6, 2014

Quiet man De Gea takes centre stage at Old Trafford

LONDON (Reuters) – Record signing Angel Di Maria and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored the goals but goalkeeper David de Gea took the major plaudits following Manchester United’s 2-1 Premier League win over Everton on Sunday.

The Spaniard saved a penalty from Leighton Baines and produced two superb diving stops in the final 10 minutes to preserve his side’s lead as Everton laid siege to their goal.

Oct 6, 2014

Soccer-Quiet man De Gea takes centre stage at Old Trafford

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Record signing Angel Di Maria and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao scored the goals but goalkeeper David de Gea took the major plaudits following Manchester United’s 2-1 Premier League win over Everton on Sunday.

The Spaniard saved a penalty from Leighton Baines and produced two superb diving stops in the final 10 minutes to preserve his side’s lead as Everton laid siege to their goal.

Oct 3, 2014

Injury situation no worse than usual, says Wilkinson

LONDON (Reuters) – Few players know as much about rugby injuries as former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson.

The man who kicked the drop goal that clinched England’s only World Cup victory in 2003 suffered a succession of back, neck, arm, rib and shoulder problems before retiring this year after a glittering 17-year career.

Oct 3, 2014

Rugby-Injury situation no worse than usual, says Wilkinson

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Few players know as much about rugby injuries as former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson.

The man who kicked the drop goal that clinched England’s only World Cup victory in 2003 suffered a succession of back, neck, arm, rib and shoulder problems before retiring this year after a glittering 17-year career.

Sep 30, 2014

Under-cooked Man United consider extra friendlies

LONDON (Reuters) – Not involved in European competition and knocked out of the League Cup, Manchester United are considering playing midweek friendlies abroad to help manager Louis van Gaal prepare for Premier League matches.

Van Gaal has used an astonishing 29 different players in the club’s opening six league games of the season but a potential lack of competitive matches to keep a large squad match fit is causing concern.