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Manchester United's Mata Must Prove Worth At Number 10 - Van Gaal

IF Juan Mata wants to stay in his central role with Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has told him to keep up his performances.  Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told Juan Mata he must continue performing if he wants to keep playing as a number 10.  The Spaniard has started centrally in United's past two games, helping Van Gaal's men to wins over Stoke City and Derby County.  Van Gaal is happy for Mata to continue in the role, but said the 27-year-old needed to keep impressing.  "I have already played Mata in the same role. Maybe you remember that," the Dutchman said.  "I'm not changing him from that role, he has changed himself because at that time he wasn't good enough. That is the reason.  "It is not the trainer-coach or the manager, but when he is playing like he has played now he shall play at number 10.  "Maybe, we have to see if he plays there on Sunday. Maybe I have another number 10 who is better than Mata. Maybe Andreas Pereira is better.  "I don't discuss that with you, I'll discuss it with Juan Mata. Juan Mata knows, and maybe he is doing better now.  United, who sit fifth in the Premier League, take on Chelsea on Sunday.  -Astro ArenaIF Juan Mata wants to stay in his central role with Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has told him to keep up his performances.

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Hiddink Not Drawn On Oscar Transfer

The Brazil international was reportedly the subject of a £58million bid from Jiangsu Suning, who have already added Alex Teixeira and Ramires to their squad. OSCAR could have been yet another big name to move to China, but Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink was not drawn on transfer reports.

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Ko, Jang Share Third-Round Lead At Coates Championship

 World number one Lydia Ko shrugged off a late rules scare to earn a share of the third-round lead with Jang Ha-na at the Coates Golf Championship in central Florida on Friday.

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Louis Van Gaal: Goals Don’t Mean United’s Style Has Changed

Wayne Rooney scored the final goal against Stoke in Manchester United’s 3-0 league win. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPALouis van Gaal has dismissed the claims of Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard that Manchester United’s recent improved displays are because of the manager allowing his players more freedom.

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Pellegrini Says City Still In Title Race Ahead Of Leicester Clash

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini during the English Premier League match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, February 2, 2016. — Reuters picLONDON: Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City will still have a good chance to win the Premier League even if they lose their summit meeting with surprise leaders Leicester.

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Players, Fans Worried As European Clubs Flex Their Muscles

ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, whose association represents more than 200 clubs, said a European League could be created in the next few years, with or without UEFA. ― Reuters picZURICH: Europe’s biggest football clubs have been flexing their muscles with talk of a so-called European Super League and criticism of the international calendar ahead of the general assembly of their umbrella group ECA in Paris next week.

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Everton’s Martinez Says Small Margins Make Every Point Significant

Everton manager Roberto Martinez played down concerns about Romelu Lukaku and hope the player will be fit for the game against Stoke. — Reuters picLONDON: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that small margins between the teams in the middle of the Premier League table mean every point carries an “extra significance” ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game against Stoke City.

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Spurs In A ‘Tough Period’ Ahead Of Stadium Move, Says Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club is undergoing a 'tough period' due to their new stadium project. — Reuters picLONDON: Tottenham Hotspur are in a “tough period” due to their new stadium project, team manager Mauricio Pochettino said, citing the experience of rival team Arsenal, who also suffered after the switch to the Emirates Stadium.

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Africa’s Kingmakers Could Be Key To Fifa Presidential Race

Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan (right) stands with Tokyo Sexwale, chairman of the FIFA Monitoring Committee at the Abdullah bin Khalifah Stadium in Doha, January 30, 2016. — Reuters picKIGALI,Rwanda: Africa’s football powerbrokers met in Rwanda today, poised to make or break the dreams of the five men chasing the biggest job in the sport — the presidency of Fifa.

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Injury-Prone Rosicky’s Latest Setback May End Arsenal Career

File picture of Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky (right) celebrating his goal against Sunderland with Olivier Giroud during their English Premier League match in London, February 22, 2014. His latest injury will put him on the bench for a further three months. — Reuters picLONDON: Tomas Rosicky’s latest injury setback, a torn thigh tendon, leaves him in a race against time if he is to play for Arsenal again with his Gunners contract due to expire in June.

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