Manchester United’s trophy and legends tour coming to U.S.

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On Tuesday Manchester United officially announced they will be spending the summer of 2014 in the United States, as the Red Devils head Stateside for a preseason tour for the first time in three years.

Now, tied in with the trip to the USA, United legend Bryan Robson will be heading to four U.S. cities in February on the Reds’ worldwide Trophy Tour, which aims to let as many fans as possible get a glimpse of their latest Premier League title which made them the most successful club in English history with 20 crowns.

Fans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York can meet ex-Reds skipper Robson and have their photo taken with the Barclays Premier League trophy, with the entire tour part of the celebrations of United’s 20th league title captured last season.

(MORE: United announce U.S. tour for summer 2014, as European giants flock to USA)

In total the legends and trophy tour will span 152 days, 67,000 miles, 4 continent and 31 cities in 24 countries, as Robson and other former United stars, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke, will take the tour’s traveling museum and the famous Premier League trophy around a number of locations including Dubai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Moscow and Istanbul.

In the USA the four destinations will be displaying items of historic United memorabilia from Old Trafford in the mobile museum.

Make sure you get along to your nearest city to see some of the greatest soccer memorabilia on the planet. You will not want to miss this.

Here are all the dates, times and details, as United share their success with citizens of the USA.

Los Angeles
Friday 7 February (Trophy 13:30 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Legend in attendance from 13:30: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the ‘Hollywood’ sign from 16:00.

San Francisco
Sunday 9 February (Trophy 12:00 PT, Museum all day)
Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market Street
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Golden Gate Bridge from 14:30.

Chicago
Tuesday 11 February (Trophy 12:00 CT, Museum all day)
Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue
Legend in attendance from 12:00: Bryan Robson
Further photo opportunity with trophy at the Skydeck at the Willis Tower from 14:30.

New York
Friday 14 February (Trophy 12:30 ET, Museum all day)
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle
Legend in attendance from 12:30: Bryan Robson

AT THE HALF: Manchester derby scoreless after 45 minutes

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After 45 minutes, the final Manchester derby of the 2016-17 Premier League season — the one that’ll go a long, long way toward deciding which of the city’s sides will finish in the top-four — is scoreless, but not without incident.

WATCH LIVE ONLINE, HERE

The game’s best chances thus far fell Manchester City’s way, as Sergio Aguero missed a clear-cut chance after 10 minutes — Kevin De Bruyne whipped in the perfect ball to the back post, and Aguero put it wrong side of David De Gea‘s post.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

Ander Herrera has, once again, be Manchester United’s danger man, combining well with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Claudio Bravo made the one save he was forced into during the first half. One thing to keep an eye on during the final 45 minutes: Rashford picked up a knock very early on, and struggled to move around the field after that.

STREAM LIVE: The Manchester Derby

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The third Manchester Derby of the season is the first away from Old Trafford, as Manchester United visits Manchester City (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

There’s much on the line, as the sides sit just two points apart in the race for the Top Four. Man City would leapfrog third-place Liverpool with a win, while United could join the Reds on 66 points with a match-in-hand.

WATCH LIVE ONLINE, HERE

Sergio Aguero starts for Man City, with Gabriel Jesus on the bench.

On the other side, it’ll be a physical middle-third guarded by Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Marouane Fellaini. Wayne Rooney and Jesse Lingard start on the bench.

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Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Clichy, Gabriel Jesus, A. Garcia

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian; Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Martial. Subs: Romero, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Young, Lingard, Rooney.

Ex-Liverpool CEO shares biting story of Suarez transfer

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Ian Ayre’s got jokes.

The former Liverpool CEO lifted the lid on some transfer stories during a Merseyside lecture this week.

Of note, Ayre admitted that the club thought Dele Alli demanded too much given what he had produced when the Reds has the chance to sign him as a 16-year-old, and said that Liverpool could’ve landed Alexis Sanchez but the player wanted to live in London (“We couldn’t move the football club to London, unfortunately,” he quipped).

The best part relayed by Sky Sports had to do with Luis Suarez, and shows the relentless nature of the transfer market. Clearly Barcelona had interest in Suarez before the fiery striker bit Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, because, well…

“I remember the sporting director of Barcelona calling me during that game, immediately as Suarez bit the player, and he said to me ‘my friend, he’s bitten somebody, how can this be the price?’ I said ‘he’d already bitten somebody when you first bid!'”

We’re sure there’s a certain amount of storytelling in there, but undoubtedly some truth.

Given Barca paid a reported $84 million for the striker, the asking price couldn’t have started that much higher.

Men in Blazers podcast: Chelsea tops Spurs, Top Four predictions

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Rog and Davo return to discuss Chelsea’s FA Cup semifinal victory over Spurs, update their Top Four predictions (again), and dive into the depths of the relegation zone. Plus, the very important movement to change “Hudson Street” to “Ray Hudson Street.”

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