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

Ryan Giggs in action during Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Fulham on Monday night

Giggs pleased to take luck of penalty ruling

Ryan Giggs is making no apologies for the controversial penalty decision that allowed Manchester United to claim three vital points in the Premier League title battle when they beat Fulham on Monday night.

Fulham’s hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey celebrates during the demolition of Newcastle

Martin Jol challenges Danny Murphy, Andy Johnson and Clint Dempsey to sign new Fulham deals

Fulham manager Martin Jol has challenged his out-of-contract stars to show the mental strength required to commit their future to the Cottagers.

Manchester United dumped out of Europe by brilliant Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 2 Manchester United 1 (Athletic Bilbao win 5-3 on aggregate)

Pearce left short of staff for big audition

Caretaker makes bold call not to send for reinforcements after squad withdrawals

Phil Jones was taken off in the first half

Manchester United hopeful Phil Jones will be fit for Liverpool FA Cup tie

Manchester United are hopeful Phil Jones will shrug off an ankle injury and declare himself fit for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the winner in a thrilling contest against Spurs

Manchester City will 'crumble' predicts Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling is adamant Manchester City will "crumble" if Manchester United's relentless pursuit of the Barclays Premier League leaders continues much longer.

Gretar Steinsson and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan are powerless to prevent Paul Scholes sending United on their way to a 3-0 win - his first goal for United since August 2010Gretar Steinsson and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan are powerless to prevent Paul Scholes sending United on their way to a 3-0 win – his first goal for United since August 2010

Scholes' magic moment lifts United

Manchester United 3 Bolton Wanderers 0: Ferguson calls doubters 'pathetic' as returning hero enhances his legendary status at Old Trafford

Bale has recaptured the form that shot him to prominence last season

Tottenham are title rivals admits Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Tottenham are currently playing the best football in the Premier League.

Martinez happy with red card reversal

Wigan striker Conor Sammon will be available to face Stoke City tomorrow after the Football Association rescinded the red card shown in Monday's 5-0 defeat by Manchester United.

Steven Gerrard has endured a miserable time in 2011 with a succession of injuries

Liverpool in dire need of a fit and firing Gerrard

Dalglish knows he is lacking his talisman's goals and creativity – while captain must make a push for the Euros

Conor Sammon leaves the pitch at Old Trafford

Wigan boost as Conor Sammon red card appeal upheld by FA

Wigan striker Conor Sammon will be available to face Stoke in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday after the Football Association today upheld his claim for wrongful dismissal.

Park on injuries: 'I have never known anything like it'

We have to deal with injury crisis at United, says Park

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has never known anything quite like the club's present injury list.

Jonny Evans keen to end goal drought

Jonny Evans has abandoned the idea of practising a goal celebration for when he eventually breaks his Manchester United duck.

Carrick scored a rare goal in the win over QPR

Michael Carrick delighted with rare goal for Manchester United

Michael Carrick was ready to pay any fine Sir Alex Ferguson imposed on him after vacating the Manchester United midfield to score his first Barclays Premier League goal for almost two years.

Tom Cleverley earns England call-up as Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick withdraw

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has been handed his first England call-up following the withdrawals of Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick from the squad to face Holland at Wembley on Wednesday.

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