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Arsenal and Liverpool show support for Ferdinand

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have offered their support to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand after his wife died of cancer.

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QPR players to wear armbands for Liverpool match

Queens Park Rangers players will wear black armbands today during their Premier League match against Liverpool following the death of Rio Ferdinand's wife.

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Queen's Park Rangers has said the club's thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family after his wife Rebecca died after a short battle with cancer.

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Video: Man United manager reads out transfer list

Man United manager Louis van Gaal read out a transfer list prepared by one of the club's supporters during Monday's Manchester United Foundation Dream Day.

Supporters who suffer from life limiting illnesses watched the team train yesterday before meeting some of their heroes at the complex.

In a touching video, the cheeky fan handed Van Gaal a list of players he should buy this summer, claiming he had "prepared some homework" for the Dutch manager.

Van Gaal duly obliged and pocketed the piece of paper before signing the fan's replica shirt.

Defensive injuries are a headache for Van Gaal

Carrick limps off in the derby against City Credit: PA Pictures

Carrick is still suffering from a calf injury he suffered in the 4-2 win over Manchester City while Blind has been forced out due to an ankle problem he picked up when he was tackled by City captain Vincent Kompany.

Rojo has an adductor problem while Jones is ruled out with an ankle complaint.

"It's the worst scenario," Van Gaal said on Friday.

The good news for Van Gaal is that left-back Luke Shaw is fit to return to the side following a six-week absence.

But the fact that Blind and Carrick are out leaves Van Gaal short in one of the most crucial positions in his 4-3-3 system - that of the holding midfielder.

Because he is so bereft of options there, the Dutchman is considering dropping Wayne Rooney back into the position even though the United skipper has been in good form since he moved up front following a mixed spell in midfield.

Van Gaal added: "I don't have another option or I have to play Wayne Rooney again in that position."

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Four United stars out through injury as Reds prepare for Chelsea challenge

Defensive worries for LvG Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will have to reshuffle his defence for Saturday's game at Chelsea after he revealed four of his first-team squad have been ruled out through injury.

United can move within five points of the Barclays Premier League leaders with victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

But their chances of winning have been harmed after Van Gaal revealed that Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick will all be missing for the game in London.

With Jonny Evans still suspended, that leaves the United manager with Chris Smalling, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett as the only available centre-halves.

Police investigate City fan's chant about Munich air disaster

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Police are investigating after video footage was posted online appearing to show Manchester City fans chanting about the Munich air crash.

The footage shows supporters taunting United fans outside Old Trafford just yards from a memorial to those who died in the tragedy.

It appears to have been shot on Sunday after City’s 4-2 defeat in the Manchester Derby.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the chants included sick references to the 1958 air disaster which killed 23 people including a number of United players.

Police have launched an investigation. They say a handful of City Fans were also ejected from the stadium for making offensive gestures.

During Sunday’s derby match, a handful of people were ejected by the stewards for making offensive gestures and remarks relating to the Munich air disaster.

Greater Manchester Police and the two clubs will now be examining video evidence from the fixture to see whether further action is necessary.

– A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police told the Manchester Evening News

The news comes four years after Manchester City paid tribute to those killed by laying a wreath at the crash site in Germany.

We are currently liaising with Greater Manchester Police with regard to the behaviour of a small number of Manchester City fans at the game.

We operate zero tolerance policy with regard to incidents of this kind, and the club will work with GMP to assist with their queries and deal appropriately with anyone found to have committed an offence of this nature.

– A spokeswoman for Manchester United told the Manchester Evening News

Looking ahead to the Manchester derby - some famous past meetings

Michael Owen celebrates his winner in 2009 Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City will aim to pick up the pieces after their morale-sapping defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday and claim a win over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Here's a look at some recent memorable meetings between the two Manchester giants:

Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3 - Premier League, September 20, 2009

Michael Owen scored a dramatic late winner in a thrilling derby at Old Trafford. City had come from behind to level on three occasions throughout the match, including in the 90th minute when Craig Bellamy thought he had ensured City took a share of the spoils. It was not to be, however, as Owen slotted in the winning goal after six minutes of stoppage time.

Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0 - FA Cup, April 16, 2011

After failing to win either of the season's league encounters, City managed to defeat their bitter rivals at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The match was a cagey affair before Yaya Toure scored the winning goal after 52 minutes. City went on to win the cup, defeating Stoke in the final.

Manchester United 3 Manchester City 2 - Community Shield, August 7, 2011

United managed to exact revenge on City for their FA Cup defeat with a stunning second-half comeback at Wembley. Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko had put City 2-0 in front at half-time, but United responded brilliantly after the break with goals from Chris Smalling and Nani just before the hour levelling things up. Then, in the 90th minute, Nani added his second of the game to secure the Shield for United.

Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6 - Premier League, October 23, 2011

City produced a brilliant display to completely dismantle their local title rivals. The first half had been close, with City leading narrowly thanks to a Mario Balotelli strike. However, it all changed in the second period once Jonny Evans had been sent off two minutes after the restart. United capitulated and goals from Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and two from Dzeko ensured City thoroughly embarrassed their neighbours.

Balotelli nets his second in 2011 Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City 1 Manchester United 0 - Premier League, April 30, 2012

This was arguably the most important Manchester derby in decades. The two clubs were battling it out for the Premier League title, with United going into the game three points ahead of City. The Sky Blues scored the winner on the stroke of half-time when captain Vincent Kompany nodded in from a corner. Victory moved City to the top of the Premier League on goal difference, having been eight points behind United just a month prior. City held their nerve and beat United to the league title come May.

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