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Fergie Admits Interest(ish) In Oxlade-Chamberlain


Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, maybe it's something in the water but Southampton seem to have gotten a knack recently in producing young, promising British talent. The latest one to emerge is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a 17-year old lad who only signed his first professional contract in August and, until a couple of months ago, most people hadn't heard of.

As you'd expect he's been linked with all the big clubs in England in recent weeks, with Arsenal and Chelsea seeming at this stage to be the favourites to get him onto their books. But don't rule United out of the running, who have had a transfer policy in the last couple of years of paying not insignificant amounts on promising youngsters. As ESPN Soccernet have reported (link here) Read the full story

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Alan Smith fears for the future of Antonio Valencia


If anyone can understand the agony that Antonio Valencia has been going through since suffering that horrific injury against Glasgow Rangers last week it has to be Newcastle United midfielder Alan Smith who went through the same experience while playing for Manchester United against Liverpool at Anfield. That was nearly four years ago and Smith concedes that he has not been the same player since. He has now expressed fears that Valencia may never be able to perform at the top level again.

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Ferguson reveals thoughts on the Liverpool clash


Sunday’s Old Trafford clash will be far more than a battle for three points. Manchester United and Liverpool will both be desperate to avoid defeat albeit for vastly different reasons. Anything but a win for United will almost certainly see them trailing Chelsea by seven points after only five games which would be a huge gap to make up so early in the campaign.

For many Liverpool fans however, the objective is totally different. Manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that it’s not realistic for his side to win the title. Even grabbing a top four position could be difficult with both Manchester City and Spurs looking good bets to finish above them. The major goal for those fans therefore is to simply stop United from winning a record breaking nineteenth title. Winning on Sunday will be a huge first step towards avoiding what would be such a devastating outcome.

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