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Liverpool man predicts top four heartache for Man Utd

Liverpool and England midfielder Adam Lallana believes Man United will be the big losers in the Premier League's top four race.

Lallana believes Liverpool will finish above Man United. Credit: PA

Lallana's Liverpool team trail fourth placed United by two points heading into Sunday's crucial league encounter, but he remains confident they will leapfrog the Red Devils.

When asked by the Guardian which team he fancies to finish in the Premier League's top four places, the former Southampton man said:

Chelsea, City, us and Arsenal. I am confident we can finish in the top four, we just need to remain focused. The next game is obviously going to have a bearing on that but I don’t think it will necessarily prove decisive.

– Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana

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Manchester United aiming for second - Smalling

Chris Smalling says Manchester United are aiming for second place, following their win over Spurs.

The Old Trafford club currently sit fourth in the league just two points behind Manchester City, who currently sit second.

Chris Smalling is looking up. Credit: PA

"Yes, I think we could, especially after City's result on Saturday," the United defender said. "It is all very close.

"I think it's very open all the way up to second place and we will be aiming for that, especially when we are playing those teams coming up.

"We want Champions League football back here. It's a must. Fourth is the minimum but when it's there, second is a realistic target and if we keep on performing like that I don't see why we can't give it a good push."

Rooney: I'm the best singer at Manchester United

Wayne reckons he's got a good voice. Credit: PA

As well as fancying himself as a boxer, Wayne Rooney believes he is the finest singer at Manchester United.

Rooney was subjected to an unwanted set of headlines on Sunday after apparently being knocked out by Phil Bardsley during a sparring session in the kitchen of his Cheshire mansion.

Rooney took part in a 'Chevrolet FC hosts Man Utd in Google+ Hangout' on Monday, which was full of light-hearted exchanges and made no mention of his boxing.

When Rooney, who was sitting between Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera and apparently at Old Trafford, was asked who the best singer is at the club, he replied: "Probably me.

"Over Christmas a few of the players got up and did a few songs. Quite good some of them. Michael's not bad."

Herrera said of Carrick: "He's humble, but he's the best."

The host then asked Rooney what songs he liked to sing.

"Opera," Rooney said, before adding: "Only joking. I like to sing a bit of indie rock."

Man United signing Valdes was final straw - keeper

Ben Amos is set to leave. Credit: PA

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos admits the signing of Victor Valdes ended his career at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old will spend a further month on loan at Bolton and expects to leave United permanently in the summer.

You could say Victor Valdes' arrival was the final nail in the coffin.

Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I'd got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.

As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really - you've got to move on.

– Ben Amos

Wayne Rooney wonders how knockout private video reached newspaper front pages

Wayne Rooney on the deck at Old Trafford after scoring. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Wayne Rooney poked fun at himself by falling over as if on the end of a knockout blow after scoring in Man Utd's 3-0 win over Spurs, then said he had no idea how a video taken in his home had found its way to the front pages.

The clip emerged earlier on Sunday showing the England captain being apparently knocked out in his kitchen by former Man Utd team-mate Phil Bardsley during a sparring session.

"That's the world we live in today. It was a few mates in a private house, which has somehow managed to go front page of a national newspaper… it was me and a few friends joking about," Rooney told Sky Sports.

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