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Van Gaal: Man United could have won title this season

Louis van Gaal believes if it wasn't for the club's wretched start to the season, Manchester United would have been title contenders.

United now look set to qualify for the Champions League, but the Dutchman thinks they could have had more.

Louis van Gaal has silenced critics. Credit: PA

"Yes, we had a very bad start," the United manager told MUTV when asked if he wondered what might have been this season.

"I have already explained that after several matches why so I don't have to repeat myself but if we had started well, we could have been the champions."

Map: Popularity of Premier League clubs all over world

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A popularity chart produced by Twitter has been visualised by into an interactive map by @Kristw to show which Premier League clubs are most popular in the UK and around the world.

It was the usual suspects of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool who were the most followed on Twitter in most countries.

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Premier League team news: Southampton v Hull line-ups

Premier League team news: Ibe back for Liverpool v Newcastle

Jordon Ibe will return to Liverpool's squad for the first time in six weeks against Newcastle United at Anfield on Monday evening.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said the teenage winger had looked "sensational" in training since returning to full fitness following a knee injury and he will provide another attacking option with Adam Lallana (groin) and Mario Balotelli (illness) likely to be missing.

Emre Can returns from suspension but Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard must serve the final match of their three-game bans. Mamadou Sakho will also miss out after picking up a hamstring injury in midweek against Blackburn.

Provisional Liverpool squad: Mignolet, Johnson, Can, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge, Jones, Toure, Enrique, Manquillo, Markovic, Brannagan, Lambert, Borini, Ibe.

Man Utd edge closer to Gundogan deal

Going, going, Gundogan. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of agreeing a £15m deal with Borussia Dortmund for the services of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 24.

All at Old Trafford will hope that Gundogan proves to be more of a hit than Shinji Kagawa, who signed for United from Dortmund in 2012 but failed to shine before returning to the Bundesliga club.

United manager Louis van Gaal is also very keen on signing Dortmund captain and centre-back Mats Hummels, 26, although that deal appears to be a longer shot as the Germany international is rated at £36m.

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