This one is going to be very difficult for United...
And with 2 games in 3 days or 3 matches in 7 days or 4 games in 10 days... It could take it's toll.
United have Swansea, West Brom, Newcastle and Wigan away, not easy at all... City on the other hand plays relatively easier opponents like Reading, Sunderland, Norwich and Stoke... I think only Stoke will be difficult but it's a home game so should be easier for City.
If United can come away from this 4 games with their 6 points intact, i will be a bonus liao, Can forget about increasing their points over City...
PREMIER LEAGUE 2012
Swansea vs Manchester United
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Time: 9:30pm - (Live)
Mio Channel 102 in HD
EPL Game 18
Manchester United :
De Gea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Buttner, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia, Hernandez, Welbeck, Robin Van Persie, Young, Rooney, Lindegaard.
Powell, Macheda, Bebe.
Doubtful : Anderson.
Injured : Nani, Kagawa.
EPL - Match 18 / 19 - Dec 22 / 23 / 26 FixturesMatches on Singtel Mio Tv :
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal 8:45 Mio 102
Manchester City v Reading 11:00 Mio 102
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers 11:00 Mio 103
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City 11:00 Mio 104
West Ham United v Everton 11:00 Mio 105
West Bromwich Albion v Norwich 11:00 Mio 106
Southampton v Sunderland 11:00 Mio 107
Liverpool v Fulham 1:30 Mio 102
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Swansea City v Manchester United 9:30 Mio 102
Chelsea v Aston Villa 12:00am Mio 102
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Manchester United v Newcastle United 11:00 Mio 102
Sunderland v Manchester City 11:00 Mio 103
Arsenal v West Ham United 11:00 Mio 104
Norwich City v Chelsea 11:00 Mio 105
Everton v Wigan Athletic 11:00 Mio 106
Fulham v Southampton 11:00 Mio 107
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich 11:00 Mio 108
Reading v Swansea City 11:00 Mio 1
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur 1:30am Mio 102
Stoke City v Liverpool 3:45am Mio 102
BRENDAN RODGERS has told his Liverpool players: We’re a lot better than fourth place.
The improving Reds might be languishing in 10th spot this morning.
But their ambitious boss believes they can shake the Premier League title-chasers.
Liverpool are just four points off fourth place — currently held by Mersey rivals Everton — after a “watershed” 3-2 comeback win at West Ham last Sunday.
But Rodgers has set his sights on a much loftier finish ahead of today’s clash with Aston Villa.
He said: “Yes, fourth is up for grabs — so is third, so is second and maybe even first. It isn’t just about fourth place, this club is bigger than that. There is not that big a difference to second.
“There are 17 points between us and Manchester United and that is a big ask, but 11 points isn’t and four points certainly isn’t.
“I said to the players that everyone talks about fourth but what about third? They’re excited, there is real belief in this group.
“We are 11 points off second, we have still to play Manchester City and we should have beaten them at home. If we get a run of games and stay focused, then it is not fourth we want to aim for.”
Villa’s visit is followed by Fulham next weekend, a Boxing Day trip to Stoke and the last game of 2012 at lowly QPR.
Strugglers Sunderland see in the New Year at Anfield and Rodgers said: “I wouldn’t say it was a crucial period but I’d expect to win our home games.
“We are not too far away and I don’t think we need to change.
“We’ve drawn a lot of games and lost four, one more than United and up there with Chelsea. If we had turned one or two of those draws into wins we could be higher.
“We went through a period at the start of the season where we weren’t getting wins and it was a ‘disaster’ for Liverpool. It doesn’t seem to be a disaster for other teams when they lose.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2012
Manchester United vs Sunderland
Saturday, 15 December 2012
Time: 11:00pm - (Live)
Mio Channel 102 in HD
EPL Game 17
Manchester United :
De Gea, Ferdinand, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Buttner, Evra, Carrick, Giggs, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia, Scholes, Hernandez, Welbeck, Robin Van Persie, Young, Rooney, Powell, Lindegaard.
Doubtful : Evans, Anderson, Vidic, -
Injured : Nani, Kagawa.
EPL - Match 17 - Dec 15 / 16 / 18 FixturesMatches on Singtel Mio Tv :
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Newcastle United v Manchester City 8:45 mio 102
Manchester United v Sunderland 11:00 mio 102
Liverpool v Aston Villa 11:00 mio 103
Stoke City v Everton 11:00 mio 104
Queens Park Rangers v Fulham 11:00 mio 105
Norwich City v Wigan Athletic 11:00 mio 106
Sunday December 16 2012
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City 9:30 mio 102
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United 12:00mn mio 102
Monday December 18 2012
Reading v Arsenal 9:30 mio 102
Chelsea v Southampton - (Postpone)
December 22nd Weekend, 2012
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Fulham
Manchester City v Reading
Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers
Southampton v Sunderland
Swansea City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City
West Ham United v Everton
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal
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EXCLUSIVE: Fergie set to beat City and Liverpool to Walcott as United lead race for Arsenal's contract rebel
Wanted man: Manchester United are leading the race to sign Theo Walcott
Manchester United have joined the race for Arsenal rebel Theo Walcott in a move similar to Robin van Persie's controversial switch to Old Trafford in August.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to land the England winger, whose deal expires at the end of the season.
Sportsmail understands that should Walcott leave Arsenal, his first choice would be United.Walcott is declining to sign a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week, while formal talks over fresh terms have not taken place since August 28.
He is said to be keen to stay but wants a deal closer to £100,000 a week.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested, but United's keenness, along with Walcott's desire to join the Barclays Premier League leaders looks, looks to have put United in the driving seat.
At the same time, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is exploring a January swoop for United misfit Nani, raising the chance of a swap deal with Walcott.
Arsenal will look to sell Walcott next month if a new deal is not agreed by December 31, but the ex-Southampton man will not be forced out and will only move to a club that suits him.
Leading the way: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) is set to beat Roberto Mancini (right)
Missing out: Sportsmail understands that Liverpool are also keen on Walcott
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will bid for the forward in January, but United's interest has changed the landscape of Walcott's future.
Likewise, Chelsea and City are keen but would prefer to sign him on a free transfer next summer.
Walcott could be available for as little as £8million given he has just six months left to run on his deal.
United is the best team to call upon to end unbeaten runs… lol. They ended Arsenal’s amazing 40 or 50 plus odd matches unbeaten run during the invincinbles days, then Chelsea’s and Pool’s long home record too. And yesterday, City’s 2 years old unbeaten run home record goes to the grave as well. I think it must hurt them badly for the fans to reacted that way, especially more so since it’s United… I think if it was any other side like Everton it wouldn’t felt so painful. I guess they are not use to losing at home for a while.
Graham Poll’s official line: Ferguson might have felt he was playing against 12 men
Sir Alex Ferguson said he felt as though he was playing against 12 men when Martin Atkinson refereed an FA Cup defeat against Portsmouth in March 2008. He could well have felt the same yesterday at the Etihad.
Last week, his counterpart Roberto Mancini claimed that United’s Ashley Young was an expert diver but it was Yaya Toure who threw himself to the floor after no contact from an opponent in the 25th minute. While Atkinson was not fooled, it is not good enough to wave play on — the player must be cautioned.
Ferguson’s pre-match psychological effort to pressure the referee revolved around City getting soft penalties; he might have reflected on that when Atkinson denied United a clear penalty when Patrice Evra was felled by Kolo Toure.
He might still have been fuming at his side being denied a three-goal lead when Young followed up a Robin van Persie shot which rebounded straight to him.
Assistant referee Peter Kirkup incorrectly signalled that Young was in an offside position when Van Persie shot, but replays confirmed that Young was clearly onside.
Atkinson had really tried to keep his yellow card in his pocket, waiting until the 52nd minute to caution Samir Nasri for dissent. Another City player, Carlos Tevez, was also cautioned for dissent and was very lucky not to get another yellow when he gave away the free-kick from which Van Persie scored the winner.
However, it should have been a straight red card for the Argentine when he kicked an opponent right in front of Atkinson, but again City benefited from his benevolence.
It is said that it is better to be lucky than good. After Manchester United won despite these mistakes, I am sure Atkinson would agree.
Kop a load of that: Watch Brendan Rodgers taking a cheeky glance at presenter's cleavage
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The Kop chief was caught on camera on his very own personal scouting mission on board a flight back from Italy
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today discovered the upside to being held up on the Reds' journey back from Italy in the week.
Following a 1-0 win away to Udinese, the Anfield club will now look forward to being seeded in the Europa League draw, and Rodgers produced a seedy turn of his own with LFC TV's Claire Rourke.
The Northern Irish manager bagged himself a window seat, and while Rourke introduced her interview with the new Liverpool boss, he couldn't resist what looks very much like a cheeky peek down the presenter's top!
Oh for a glance inside one of Brendan's three envelopes , where the name that lets him down might well be his own!Edited by zocoss 09 Dec `12, 11:42PM
He called his England colleagues Downing, Carroll and Henderson and the advised they gave him was... When you get one bite of the cheery, you must make it count. Whatever happens later doesn't matter as you are made for the next 5 years.
Everyone knows Pool are desperate for a striker and their isn't many around with premier league experience and their club willing to release them. So i guess it's now or never right? lol...