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Ashley Young watches on as Robin van Persie hits the post from the penalty spot
James Milner congratulates Alvaro Negredo on his hat-trick

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Alvaro Negredo hat-trick seals qualification for first time but manager now wants to top group

Marouane Fellaini is given his marching orders

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Kießling is the in-form striker in the Bundesliga, but despite injuries, isn't given a chance

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Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United on course for dispute over Marouane Fellaini after Belgium reveal plans to play injured midfielder in World Cup qualifiers

Belgian coach Marc Wilmots says he expects Fellaini to be available for Friday's clash with Croatia despite requiring surgery on damaged wrist ligaments

Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for seven weeks after damaging ligaments in his wrist

Manchester United dealt injury blow after £27.5m transfer addition Marouane Fellaini ruled out for seven weeks

The midfielder damaged wrist ligaments forcing him to miss the 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as PSG beat Benfica
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David Moyes manager of Manchester United (L) and Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City

David Moyes still aggrieved by fixture list after suffering 4-1 defeat to Manchester City

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