Manchester United moved to within nine points of the top-four after comfortably beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Phil Jones gave the champions the lead on thirty-four minutes with a powerful header, before Wayne Rooney doubled the visitors’ advantage twenty minutes into the second half with his fourteenth goal of the season.
Manchester United will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat the suffered to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford back in September when they travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Javier Hernandez, Nani and Phil Jones will all miss the game through injury, though Rafael and Jonny Evans are in line to feature after recovering from concussion and a calf problem respectively.
Manchester United’s record signing Juan Mata believes that this month’s run of crucial fixtures will define the club’s season, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions, who had no game over the weekend, will have the chance to reclaim sixth when they take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with Everton facing Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter finals.
Just as they did in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in November, goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney secured a 2-0 win for Manchester United over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Again, like earlier in the season, it was a spot-kick from Van Persie that put the champions in front though this time around they had to wait until after half time to make the breakthrough.
The Mirror understands that Adnan Januzaj is ready to commit his international future to England.
The eighteen year old has the option to play for a number of countries including Belgium, Turkey and Serbia, while Kosovo are another option, should they be granted recognition by FIFA.
Manchester United stretched their winless run to three games after being held to a goalless draw at Arsenal yesterday evening.
Robin van Persie, who was returning to the Emirates for only the second time came closest to scoring for the visitors, but saw his close range header tipped onto the bar by Wojciech Szczesny though in truth it was the hosts who dominated in a largely disappointing encounter all round.
David Moyes’ side now sit eleven points shy of fourth place Liverpool, who scored a stoppage time penalty to snatch all three points at bottom-of-the-table Fulham.
They have no game this weekend, giving them extra time to prepare for the return of the Champions League, with the first leg of their last sixteen tie against Olympiakos taking place in Piraeus next Tuesday, while they return to Premier League action at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday week.
Meanwhile, the club are set to miss out on up to £70m if they miss out on finishing in the top-four, according to ESPN.
United have not finished outside of the top flight’s top three since the 1990/91 campaign, when they finished in sixth position, twenty-four points behind league champions Arsenal.
Manchester United dropped more points at home as Darren Bent’s late equaliser secured a draw for Fulham on Rene Meulensteen’s return to Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.
Steve Sidwell fired the visitor’s in front inside twenty minutes, only for Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick to turn the match on its head late in the second half.
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Phil Jones is set to miss Manchester United’s matches against Cardiff City and Bayer Leverkusen after picking up an adductor injury on international duty with England, the Mail Online understands.
The 21 year old lasted just 57 minutes of the Three Lions’ 2-0 defeat to Chile on Friday evening due to the groin problem, and was replaced by club teammate Chris Smalling, who is likely to start for Roy Hodgson’s men against Germany this evening.
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David Moyes has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow’s trip to bottom of the table Sunderland.
The Champions only real injury concern is over centre-back Rio Ferdinand, who picked up a groin injury in last weekend’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
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Manchester United slipped to twelfth place in the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
After a goalless first half, Morgan Amalfitano put the visitors in from before Wayne Rooney equalised with a long range free kick three minutes later.