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Dec 4, 2014

Van Gaal rekindles spirit as United dare to dream again

LONDON (Reuters) – Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League’s top four and Louis van Gaal’s managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start.

Although home victories over Crystal Palace, Hull City and Stoke City would not normally set pulses racing at Old Trafford, the gutsy win at Arsenal showed signs of the fierce team spirit that underpinned Alex Ferguson’s glittering reign at the club.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal rekindles spirit as United dare to dream again

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League’s top four and Louis van Gaal’s managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start.

Although home victories over Crystal Palace, Hull City and Stoke City would not normally set pulses racing at Old Trafford, the gutsy win at Arsenal showed signs of the fierce team spirit that underpinned Alex Ferguson’s glittering reign at the club.

Nov 27, 2014

Wenger defiant as Arteta adds to Arsenal injury woes

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a calf injury during Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund which took the London club into the Champions League last 16.

Fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Mezut Ozil, defender Mathieu Debuchy and forward Theo Walcott are also injured, leaving manager Arsene Wenger with problems as he tries to revive his team’s faltering Premier League campaign.

Nov 27, 2014

Soccer-Wenger defiant as Arteta adds to Arsenal injury woes

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a calf injury during Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund which took the London club into the Champions League last 16.

Fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Mezut Ozil, defender Mathieu Debuchy and forward Theo Walcott are also injured, leaving manager Arsene Wenger with problems as he tries to revive his team’s faltering Premier League campaign.

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.