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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

David Moyes and Gus Poyet urge their teams on as extra-time edges nearer

David Moyes defends substitutions after Manchester United's catastrophic penalty shoot-out defeat to Sunderland

Ryan Giggs was among the more experienced players available on the bench

Anders Lindegaard in action for Manchester United against Norwich City

Manchester United will return to Premier League summit in no time, claims goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard

The reserve goalkeeper believes United are in a transitional period and will return to their winning ways once they come out of it

David Moyes appears dejected with he defeat to Swansea in the FA Cup third round

Transfer news: Manchester United targets 'are probably not available' admits David Moyes

Moyes was dealt another blow in the FA Cup elimination at the hands of Swansea but has played down talk of transfers despite calls from supporters to strengthen club

Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates scoring their first goal

Hull v Manchester United: Danny Welbeck a doubt for Boxing Day clash

The concern is not related to problems earlier in the season

Nani has been ruled out for

Manchester United v West Ham: Nani ruled out for 'a few weeks' with a hamstring injury but Wayne Rooney has a chance of being fit

Rooney is struggling with a groin strain but David Moyes could choose to risk the England striker in the absence of Robin van Persie

Patrice Evra has called for the

Manchester United v West Ham: Patrice Evra identifies the 'spirit' needed to lift David Moyes' side up the Premier League table

Evra wants United to play with the 'character and personality' that saw them dominate matches at Old Trafford last season

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been praised by David Moyes ahead of their match against Manchester United

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Belief in youngsters is now paying off for Paul Lambert, claims David Moyes

Lambert narrowly avoided relegation last season but they are just two spots off United in 11th space this campaign

Marouane Fellaini missed training today

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk: David Moyes faces personnel problem in search of top spot in Champions League group

United need a point at Old Trafford to win the group, but may have to do so without some senior players

Ryan Giggs has been praised for his Manchester United career by former team-mate Gary Pallister

Ryan Giggs admits Arsenal deserve to be top of the Premier League, but claims history shows Manchester United can still win the title

United threw away two points at the weekend when they conceded late against Cardiff

Manchester United manager David Moyes celebrates victory over Arsenal

David Moyes prepared for hectic few weeks with Manchester United

David Moyes has admitted the next few weeks could shape Manchester United's season.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea can be the best in the world according to his coach Chris Woods

David de Gea hits out at criticism, admitting it was 'a lot to take' at the start of his Manchester United career

The Spaniard has since put an end to the doubts over his ability

Anderson with Manchester United manager David Moyes

Manchester United midfielder Anderson tells David Moyes: 'I need to play'

The midfielder has been linked with a move away in January in search of regular football

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Rickie Lambert will miss Friday's match against Chile through injury

England v Chile: Rickie Lambert ruled out through injury as Roy Hodgson confirms Joe Hart will not start at Wembley

Daniel Sturridge is also likely to be rested as Hodgson keeps one eye on Tuesday's clash with Germany

England midfielder Frank Lampard

England v Chile: Frank Lampard confirmed as captain in absence of Steven Gerrard

The Chelsea midfielder will lead out the side at Wembley on Friday

England footballers Glen Johnson (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) share a light moment as they arrive for a training session at Arsenal's training ground

England v Chile: Alexis Sanchez backs defenders to deal with Wayne Rooney at Wembley

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