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<b> The last team to lose three of their first six league matches and win the top-flight title were Portsmouth back in 1949/50 </b><br/>
Spurred on by Ike Clarke’s 17 league goals, Bob Jackson’s side retained their Division One crown despite the poor start - but this was 63 years ago, and no team has won the top flight after losing three matches at this stage since. Like United this season, Pompey had (the equivalent) of seven points after six matches.

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United striker annoyed by ‘sloppy goals’ in 4-1 derby defeat and calls for rapid improvement

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Dutchman hopes fellow striker doesn't leave United because he reckons partnership will go from strength to strength

Sergio Aguero celebrates his first of two goals for Manchester City against Manchester United

Manchester City 4 Manchester United 1 match report: Sergio Aguero leads rout to send David Moyes back to Old Trafford with his tail firmly between his legs

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19-year-old Ross Barkley was the latest youngster to make his England debut on Friday against Moldova

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19-year-old made his debut for England earlier this month and hopes to push on with his club to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

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Pablo Zabaleta

Pablo Zabaleta feels that the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson will take nothing away from this weekend's 'ferocious' Manchester derby

Defender knows that even without their former boss, United will still arrive at the Etihad looking for three points in what he acknowledges as a 'special game'

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