Premier League leaders Arsenal were handed a mouthwatering tie against north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of the FA Cup
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is pestering his friend Luiz Felipe Scolari to include Philippe Coutinho in his Brazil World Cup squad.
The two know each other from their time at Chelsea and Scolari has even asked Rodgers to keep an eye on all the Brazilians playing in the Premier League.
– Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to liverpoolfc.com.
Philippe is such a talent now, he is an absolute joy to watch, and I have been on to Scolari constantly about him because I know Luiz from my Chelsea days.
Brazil have such an array of talent in Neymar, Oscar and Bernard, but Scolari knows all about Coutinho because I have been on about him and Lucas.
Felipe has asked me to keep an eye on the Brazil boys and give any feedback - even ones from other clubs - but I'm only concerned about ours here and, for me, Philippe is brilliant.
Ray Wilkins has added his voice to those who believe the present Manchester United squad lack the fight to drag the club out of their present problems.
A lack of fight has been identified by those around the United dressing room, an issue that is exacerbated by Sir Alex Ferguson no longer being present to galvanise the players.
But, for Wilkins, the evidence in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle was overwhelming.
– Ray Wilkins talking to talkSPORT.
For the first time on Saturday, I saw Manchester United players not actually wanting the ball, which is unheard of at Old Trafford.
You have to be a certain type of player to play for Manchester United - someone that wants the ball all the time and fights his guts out.
I didn't quite see that on Saturday.
Robin van Persie looked happy enough in training today despite rumours emerging at the weekend that he had handed in a transfer request.
Turns out West Brom's Shane Long can play the guitar whilst wearing a lime green suit - check out his cover of Wonderwall.