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Louis van Gaal says Manchester United 'can perform better'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his team can play better.

United have been criticised for their lacklustre performances in recents matches.

Van Gaal is calling for his players to play well for 90 minutes when they travel to Wales to face Swansea in the Premier League.

The Dutchman has been left with another selection conundrum after he revealed Robin van Persie is back fit.

Van Persie missed the 3-1 win over Preston on Monday because of an unspecified injury, but the striker is in the squad for this weekend's game at the Liberty Stadium.

Van Persie's return means Van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his Dutch compatriot a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao - or drop his captain into midfield.

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Preston North End's biggest game in 40 years

Thousands of Preston North End fans will pack a sold out Deepdale for a match described as a "once in lifetime."

The FA Cup fifth round glamour tie sees the Premier League heavy weights, Manchester United, make the short trip up the M6.

It's the first time since 1972 that United have played in Preston.

Manchester United revenues down 14%

Thousands of supporters arriving at Old Trafford for a game. Credit: Press Association.

Manchester United have reported revenue down 14% for the second quarter of their financial year as a result of being absent from the Champions League.

United's revenues for the three months ending December 31 were £105.7million compared to £122.9million a year ago - but not as great a drop as some analysts had predicted due to a reduction in the club's costs and a rise in commercial income.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the club - currently third in the Premier League table - was well-placed to make it back into the Champions League next season.

Woodward said: "On the pitch, the team is well positioned to challenge for a top four finish in the Premier League and we look forward to the rest of the season."

The biggest impact on the finances has been the lack of broadcast income from European football, down 46.9 per cent to £28.4million.

The wage bill has dropped £2.9million over the three months - mainly due to a reduction in the size of the squad compared to last season.

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Van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge

Louis van Gaal. Credit: Press Association.

The Football Association has announced that Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has denied a charge of misconduct in relation to media comments and requested a personal hearing on a date to be confirmed

West Ham cancel former United youngster's contract

West Ham have cancelled the contract of former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison.

Ravel Morrison has had his West Ham contract terminated Credit: PA Images

A West Ham statement said:

The 22-year-old midfielder joined West Ham in January 2012 and made 24 appearances in his three years at the Club, scoring five goals.

The Hammers would like to wish Ravel every success in his future career.

– West Ham statement
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