Robin van Persie scores from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Robin van Persie reveals he wants to extend his contract with Manchester United and is targeting at least 'two or three trophies this season'

Former Arsenal striker keen to extend contract that has three years left to run

Sami Hyypia in the dugout at BayArena, Leverkusen

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The former Liverpool stalwart is now plotting a German triumph over the Reds’ bitterest rivals

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Today

All fall down: Ashley Young tumbles easily at Old Trafford under a challenge from Kagisho Dikgacoi, earning a penalty for Manchester United and the Crystal Palace player’s dismissal for two yellow cards

Manchester United 2 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Ashley Young diving row erupts as champions win

Palace manager Ian Holloway speechless after Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off after tangle with winger results in penalty, while England absentee Wayne Rooney returns to seal victory

Darren Fletcher has been limited to seven starts in nearly two years

Manchester United manager David Moyes lifted by Darren Fletcher return after recovery

Scottish midfielder back in training following lengthy illness while Rooney may play on Saturday

Wayne Rooney returns to Manchester United training but is rated 50/50 for derby against Manchester City after being ruled out of Crystal Palace clash

England striker has been ruled out since suffering a gashed forehead after a training ground collision with Phil Jones

City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on with satisfaction

Champions League: Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain says club must escape group

The mega-rich club has failed to progress to the knockout stages for the last two years

Fernando Torres: The Spanish striker started the match on the Chelsea bench

Comment: Jose Mourinho makes clear his mistrust of current crop of Chelsea strikers Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba

The Blues started the match against Manchester United without a single recognised striker

Luiz Gustavo in action for Brazil against Switzerland

Transfer news: Luiz Gustavo rejects Arsenal move in favour of Wolfsburg - reports

Brazilian defender had been close to a move to the Gunners but German newspaper Bild are reporting he has agreed a deal to stay in the Bundesliga

Andre Schurrle

Waiting game over for Andre Schurrle as he prepares to make debut for Mourinho's Chelsea

Acquisition by Chelsea was approved by the one man whose approval he really sought – Jose Mourinho

Real Madrid unveil £34m Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi

Asier Illarramendi has completed his move to Real Madrid, signing a six-year contract after passing his medical with the club.

Asier Illarramendi

Real Madrid splash out £33.6m on Real Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi

Real have met the buy-out clause for the Spain Under-21 international

Chelsea agree £8m deal for Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel

The 20-year-old played a role at the European Under-21 championships

Gonzalo Higuain

Arsenal transfer latest: Who might be making a move to the Emirates this summer

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