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Louis van Gaal believes Man United can still win the title

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season.

Van Gaal feels United played some "sparkling football" in the midweek win over Stoke and another victory at Chelsea on Sunday would reignite their campaign.

His comments come less than a fortnight after a dismal loss to Southampton that saw United and Van Gaal booed at Old Trafford and intensified speculation over his future.

But United got back to winning ways with victory at Derby in the FA Cup and then switched to a more attacking style to brush Stoke aside 3-0.

They are still 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.

He said: "I have the feeling that when we shall beat Chelsea - and that is not simple, that is very difficult, since Guus Hiddink has been there they don't lose any more - I think our competition, our league is starting again. That is very important.

"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams.

"We have the feeling, and that's because we are winning twice in a row and with sparkling football - with goals and clean sheets, against opponents who were in great form. Stoke City played Liverpool off the pitch in the Capital One Cup but they lost on penalties."

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Manuel Pellegrini 'very worried' by Man City's upcoming fixtures

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he's 'very worried' about the club's upcoming run of fixtures.

The Chilean says he may have to field a youthful team against Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup.

The fixture is scheduled for Sunday 21st February, one day before the squad fly out to Ukraine for their Champions League last 16 tie with Dynamo Kiev.

Pep Guardiola confident of juggling role at Bayern Munich with preparations for joining Man City

Coach Pep Guardiola from FC Bayern Munich during a training session in Munich, Germany Credit: Matthias Balk/DPA/PA Images

Pep Guardiola says he is "like a woman" and will be able to juggle his current role at Bayern Munich and preparations for life at Manchester City from the summer.

City confirmed Guardiola's appointment on a three-year contract on Monday, ending months of speculation over where his next destination would be with Chelsea and Manchester United also linked with him.

The Catalan, who said on Friday that the first contact with City came "in May or June", faces the challenge of ensuring his final season at Bayern ends with success on as many fronts as possible while ensuring he hits the ground running at the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

Asked how he would cope with that, he told reporters at a press conference: "I am like a woman, I can control both situations. I can think of both situations, so it's no problem for me."

The dream scenario of rounding off his Bayern reign with a Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal treble is still achievable, and Guardiola insisted his focus is still very much on his work in Germany.

"I had my first talks with (Manchester City) in May or June," he said. "When I am in England, I will say more about it.

"If people don't trust me, then I can't change that. I know this is new for Bayern Munich - a coach has never left them before, it has always been them getting rid of their coach.

"But I will be focusing on the team until my final day here, giving my best to the very last minute."

Martinez pleased to hear Yarmolenko would choose Everton over Barcelona

Roberto Martinez says it's pleasing to hear one of European football's top talents say he'd rather join Everton than Barcelona.

Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko reportedly told Ukrainian news outlet Futbol: 'It is better to play at Everton.'

'Of course you can go to Barcelona, take a cool selfie with [Lionel] Messi, put the images on Instagram and get a million likes and be pleased with yourself.

'But I'm not one of those.

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Biggest signing of transfer deadline day is Pep Guardiola agreeing to join Manchester City

Forget any moves for players, as the biggest story of transfer deadline day is Pep Guardiola's move to Manchester City.

Moments after City's current boss Manuel Pellegrini made the shock announcement at his pre match press conference that he'll be leaving, the club confirmed that the Spaniard will be the man replacing him in the summer.

Sports Correspondent Chris Hall has the story.

Liverpool FC attempt to trademark "the normal one"

In Jurgen Klopp's first press conference as Liverpool manager he told reporters "I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one, maybe".

Jurgen Klopp, the self-styled 'normal one'. Credit: PA

It was in contrast to Jose Mourinho, who famously called himself "the special one" in his first Chelsea press conference.

It now seems like Liverpool FC want to keep that slogan for themselves, and have gone as far as to apply for a trademark under European law.

The application was made on the 19th October, a week after Klopp was hired.

If the bid is successful, expect to see the slogan adorning shirts, mugs, and scarves.

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