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Lampard fitness doubt for City

Former England midfielder Frank Lampard could be doubtful for Manchester City's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday due to a hip injury.

Lampard is doubtful for City's cup tie Credit: PA Images

Lampard was withdrawn in the first half of City's midweek friendly against Hamburg in Abu Dhabi as a precaution after suffering an injury in the warm-up.

Playmaker Samir Nasri (calf) is likely to be out for at least another fortnight while central midfielder Yaya Toure is at the African Nations Cup.


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Man United legend Gary Neville considering move from punditry into football management

Gary Neville will decide in the next 18 months whether he wants to quit his job as a television pundit and go into management.

Would Neville make a top class manager? Credit: PA

Neville has become a popular and respected pundit since he retired from football and signed with Sky four years ago.

His views have been so well-received that he has been tipped to go into management and he already has a coaching role within the England set-up.

And Neville is not ruling out moving into football management, it seems. When asked during a Twitter Q&A whether he would consider becoming a manager, the former Manchester United captain said: "I have a decision to make in the next 18 months."

Neville, who played 602 times for United, currently holds his UEFA A and B coaching licences.

His brother Phil was part of David Moyes' coaching staff at United, but left soon after the Scot's dismissal last April.

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Team news: Van Persie returns for Man United FA Cup tie

Robin van Persie is back in contention. Credit: PA

Striker Robin van Persie has recovered from an ankle injury and is available for Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round tie at Cambridge on Friday.

Defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are unavailable due to unspecified injuries, but left-back Luke Shaw is back after missing last weekend's win over QPR.

Right-back Rafael is available after recovering from the fractured cheekbone he sustained in the third-round win over Yeovil but Ashley Young (hamstring) remains sidelined.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Vermijl, Blackett, Shaw, Rojo, Jones, McNair, Rafael, Pereira, Blind, Fellaini, Fletcher, Herrera, Valencia, Lingard, Anderson, Carrick, Powell, Januzaj, Di Maria, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Van Persie, Wilson.

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Man United boss expects Cambridge aerial battle

Louis van Gaal expects Cambridge to launch an aerial bombardment at his Manchester United side when they arrive at the Abbey Stadium on Friday.

After beating Luton in the third round, Cambridge were handed the money-spinning live television tie they were after when they were pitted against United.

Louis van Gaal is expecting a stiff neck. Credit: PA

"Cambridge play very direct, with long balls. They have five or six players above 1m 90cm (6ft 3in) so for us it's difficult to defend and that's why you have to prepare yourself very good," the United manager said.

"It's not so easy to beat Cambridge United."


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