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  • Defiant Pellegrini says second place isn't failure for City

    Defiant Pellegrini says second place isn't failure for City

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    Defiant Pellegrini says second place isn't failure for City

    Manuel Pellegrini claims Manchester City's second place finish in the Premier League does not represent a failure for the deposed champions. City are guaranteed to end as runners-up behind champions Chelsea whatever their result in their last game of the season at home to Southampton on Sunday. While City's lofty position would be gratefully accepted by many of their top-flight competitors, Pellegrini's expensively-assembled side have won few plaudits this season after tamely surrendering the …

  • Wenger insists FA Cup final is no distraction for Arsenal

    Wenger insists FA Cup final is no distraction for Arsenal

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    Wenger insists FA Cup final is no distraction for Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger says the FA Cup final won't distract Arsenal from ending their Premier League season on a high against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Only an unlikely set of results will see them overhauled by fourth placed Manchester United, who trail the Gunners by three points with an inferior goal difference, on the final day. "I think top-level competition is to focus on your next challenge and that's what we do," Wenger said. …

  • Man United won't take it easy on Bruce's Hull, says van Gaal

    Man United won't take it easy on Bruce's Hull, says van Gaal

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    Man United won't take it easy on Bruce's Hull, says van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal has assured Newcastle that Manchester United won't take it easy on Hull in the final day showdown that will play a major role in deciding the relegation battle. Manchester United legend Steve Bruce is facing relegation as Hull manager with his third bottom club trailing Newcastle by two points heading into the last day of the Premier League season. The Tigers need a win combined with a defeat or draw for fourth bottom Newcastle, who host West Ham, to beat the drop. …

  • Carver aims to lift Newcastle ahead of relegation decider

    Carver aims to lift Newcastle ahead of relegation decider

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    Carver aims to lift Newcastle ahead of relegation decider

    John Carver will use the painful memories of Newcastle's most recent relegation from the Premier League as motivation for his players as they approach what he has described as the club's biggest game for six years. Carver's side go in search of a first victory in 11 games against West Ham on Sunday as they bid to secure their top flight safety after a season of turmoil on and off the pitch at St James' Park. Anything less than a win against a team managed by their former boss Sam Allardyce …

  • Rodgers pleads with Liverpool fans to lay off Sterling

    Rodgers pleads with Liverpool fans to lay off Sterling

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    Rodgers pleads with Liverpool fans to lay off Sterling

    Brendan Rodgers has urged Liverpool supporters not to abuse Raheem Sterling at Stoke on Sunday as the Reds boss slammed the player's agent for a tumultuous week of speculation about his future. Sterling has come under fire over the past seven days after his agent Aidy Ward claimed the unsettled England international would not sign a new contract at Anfield irrespective of the amount of money Liverpool offer him. The 20-year-old was booed at Liverpool's Player of the Year awards dinner earlier …