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Man U willing to sell Van Perise in summer: Reports

Robin van Persie

London, Apr 07 - Manchester United are reportedly willing to sell striker Robin van Persie in the summer as boss Louis van Gaal believes that the former Arsenal star is in excess of the requirements at the Old Trafford outfit.

United chief executive Ed Woodward would now listen to offers for Van Persie, who stunned the Premier League in 2012 when he quit Arsenal to play for United in a 24 million pounds deal, and look to sell him to the highest bidder.

Blackpool relegated from Championship despite six games still left to play

Blackpool relegated from Championship despite six games still left to play

London, Apr 07 - Despite six games still left to play, Blackpool have been relegated from the Championship as Roterham United beat Brighton 1-0.

Lee Clark's men, who host Reading on Tuesday, cannot make up the 19 points they need to catch Rotherham or Fulham and this ends a four-season stay in the Championship after they were relegated from the Premier League in
2011.

And it would also be the first season for Blackpool, who have been at the bottom of the table since October and have won only four games his season, in the third tier since 2007, the BBC reported.

Defenders Man City's PL title hopes suffer huge blow post 2-1 defeat by Palace

Defenders Man City's PL title hopes suffer huge blow post 2-1 defeat by Palace

London, Apr 07 - Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Monday night, leaving a big dent on the defending champions' hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

Glenn Murray put Palace ahead in the 34th minute before Jason Puncheon doubled the lead with a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box shortly after the first-half, the BBC reported.

Though veteran midfielder Yaya Toure pulled one back for City, it was not sufficient for the Manuel Pellegrini's side to secure crucial points on the league table.

Rodgers accuses Reds of not playing for him after admitting CL qualification `out of reach`

Rodgers accuses Reds of not playing for him after admitting CL qualification `ou

London, Apr 06 : Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly accused his players of not playing for him, indicating a major dressing room crisis at Anfield.

Rodgers conceded that his team would struggle to make a top-four finish at the end of the season, thus virtually ending their hopes of Champions League qualification following a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday night.

According to reports, the allegations have left some senior players fuming , which eventually led them to speak angrily against Rodgers.

Barca maintain four-point lead post 1-0 win over Celta in La Liga tie

Barca maintain four-point lead post 1-0 win over Celta in La Liga tie

London, Apr 06 - Barcelona edged past a stubborn Celta Vigo side 1-0 to maintain their four-point advantage at the top of the La Liga, thanks to a late header by Jeremy Mathieu.

Following a goalless first-half, Barca broke the stalemate as Mathieu scored in the 73rd minute with a back-post diving header from Xaxi's free-kick.

Celta's Fabian Orellana was shown a red card for throwing some grass at Barca defender Sergio Busquets in the 88th minute as he was allegedly spending too much time to take his free-kick, the BBC reported.

'Phenomenal' Ronaldo scores five goals in Real's 9-1 rout of Granada

Cristiano Ronaldo

London, Apr 06 - Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo produced a stellar performance as he struck five times, including a first-half hat-trick, to help his side beat Granada 9-1 in a lopsided La Liga contest at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo took his scoring prowess to yet another level on Sunday as he netted his fifth hat-trick of the league season, and levelled with arch-rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona at 24 in La Liga.

Charlie Adam says 'will always remember' his outstanding 65-yard goal

Charlie Adam says 'will always remember' his outstanding 65-yard goal

London, Apr 05 - Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam's wonder 65-yard goal from his own half in Stoke City's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge left football fans around the world and his stunning strike even left him stunned as he claimed that it's a goal he will always remember.

Adam collected the ball in his own half before unleashing a shot from around 65 yards which flew over Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was caught off his line, and into the net and his powerful strike is likely to be remembered longer than the result of the game itself.

Man U offered Khedira at 2,00,000 pounds-a-week as German will be out of Real contract in summer

Germany's defensive midfielder Sami Khedira

London, Apr 05 - Germany's defensive midfielder Sami Khedira has been offered to Manchester United at 2,00,000 pounds-a-week by Real Madrid, as he will be out of contract in the summer and the top Premier League clubs have been alerted about the same.

United is among the top Premier League clubs who have been informed of the Khedira situation. The Old Trafford outfit is are seeking a player for that role and their original target, Roma's Dutchman Kevin Strootman, is still plagued by knee trouble.

Man U leapfrog Man City into third place in PL table post 3-1 win over Aston Villa

Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney

Johannesburg, Apr 05 - Manchester United leapfrogged Manchester City into third place in the Premier League table following their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, thanks to Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney's strikes.

Christian Benteke 's 80th-minute goal for Villa, a weak shot that crept beneath David de Gea, set up an uncomfortable finale for United, but Herrera completed his brace in added time to seal a fifth straight win for Louis van Gaal's side.

Rodgers fears Liverpool will not finish top-four in PL post drubbing by Arsenal

Rodgers fears Liverpool will not finish top-four in PL post drubbing by Arsenal

London, Apr 05 - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his team will struggle to make a top-four finish at the end of the season, thus virtually ending their hopes of Champions League qualification following a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday night.

Following the defeat, Liverpool are fifth on the points table with 54 points, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game left.

While Arsenal are second on 63 points, Manchester United trail them on the third spot with a point difference.



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