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Carrick backs Falcao to hit the goal trail

Falcao equalised for Man Utd against Villa. Credit: PA

Michael Carrick has backed Radamel Falcao to hit the goal trail and spearhead Manchester United's title charge.

United were held at Villa Park on Saturday, despite the hosts having Gabby Agbonlahor sent off with 25 minutes left.

Christian Benteke had put Villa ahead against the run of play before Falcao scored his second United goal to level.

He's scored so many goals over the years and you feel when he gets the chance he'll score.

It was a terrific header, so I'm pleased for him.

After being out for a bit that's him back and hopefully he can go on a bit of a streak now.

– Carrick talking to MUTV.


Starting XI's: Newcastle v Sunderland


#NUFC v Sunderland (4-3-3): Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), S.Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Tiote; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi.


#NUFC subs v Sunderland: Woodman, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere, Cisse. HOWAY THE LADS! #blackandwhitederby


#SAFC: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher.


#SAFC subs: Bridcutt, Rodwell, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley, Mannone.

Suarez: I wasn't obsessed by scoring first league goal

Luis Suarez was delighted to score his first league goal for Barcelona, but claimed the victory was more important.

Suarez had scored twice in the Champions League but, before the 5-0 win over Cordoba on Saturday, the 27-year-old had yet to find the net in the Primera Division following his summer move from Liverpool.

The Uruguayan did not make his debut until late October because of a four-month ban for biting, but had played seven matches without finding the net.

I did break my duck but it was more important for the team to get the three points. Now we need to get some rest and start thinking about our next matches.

I know I am a striker and I have to score goals, but I was sure that with my team-mates' help I'd eventually get one.

I wasn't obsessed with it because I knew I was helping the team to get good results. Of course it's always important to get goals in the league, but I wasn't panicking.

– Suarez speaking to Barcelona's website.


Dortmund made to look like 'total idiots'

Dortmund have 15 points in 17 Bundesliga games. Credit: PA

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp feels his team were made to look like "total idiots" after their final Bundesliga fixture of 2014 ended in yet another defeat - but he has no intention of quitting his post.

A 2-1 reverse at Werder Bremen could see Dortmund finish the year at the foot of the table, while a place in the bottom two is guaranteed.

"It was just a reflection of our whole season so far," Klopp said. "We had a very poor first half.

"It follows suit that we are standing here like total idiots."

Klopp's side have shown two faces this season, marching into the last 16 of the Champions League while struggling to only 15 points in 17 Bundesliga games - just two more than they picked up in six European encounters.

Suarez nets first Barcelona league goal

Luis Suarez got his first league goal for Barca. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez scored his first Primera Division goal and Lionel Messi hit a late double as Barcelona rounded off a difficult 2014 by thrashing minnows Cordoba 5-0.

Pedro got Barcelona off to a dream start by netting in the second minute and then provided the pass for Suarez to double the lead early in the second half, with Gerard Pique and Messi scoring the final goals all in the last 10 minutes.

The Catalans are now one point behind league leaders Real Madrid, but have played one game more than Carlo Ancelotti's side, who took a break from league action this weekend to play the World Club Cup final against San Lorenzo.

Sharp penalty gains Leeds point at Nottingham Forest

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp netted from 12 yards. Credit: PA

Matty Fryatt had two goals ruled out in controversial fashion as Nottingham Forest were denied a Sky Bet Championship victory over Leeds at the City Ground.

The Reds striker had given Stuart Pearce's side the lead in first-half injury-time - but either side of that he had two efforts ruled out for offside, with television replays suggesting they should have stood.

And Neil Redfearn's side secured a 1-1 draw as former Forest player Billy Sharp netted emphatically from the spot in the 54th minute, after Sam Byram had been tripped by Danny Fox.

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