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LONDON - Manchester United was repeatedly thwarted by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a scrappy 0-0 draw on Sunday but will go into the second half of the Premier League season re-established as a top-four team. Randall Cobb Jersey .On the slide a year ago in sixth at the midway point, United is now third after extending its unbeaten run to nine matches and primed to return to the Champions League under Louis van Gaal.With leader Chelsea and second-placed Manchester City also drawing, the result was a missed opportunity for United to cut the seven-point gap.Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young were all denied by the France goalkeepers saves. Although Phil Jones headed the ball into the net in the first half, the United defender was adjudged to be offside.It was the best performance of Manchester United this season in the first half, Van Gaal said. We could have scored four or five goals and we didnt reward ourselves.The blame was not put on Uniteds misfiring strikers but on the football authorities for scheduling the game less than 43 hours after the teams finished their Friday fixture in Englands traditionally congested post-Christmas program.It is scientifically proven the body cannot recover in 48 hours, said Van Gaal, who still retained the same players who started in Fridays 3-1 win over Newcastle. When you, as a Football Association, allow, you have seen whats its like ... in the second half it wasnt football anymore it was a struggle for life.But both teams had the same recovery period, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pointed out.I never complain when the opponent is in the same condition as you, Pochettino said.And Tottenham went a fifth game unbeaten to provisionally move above Arsenal into sixth, just a point from fourth-place Southampton.It required Lloris to be alert throughout, with the goalkeeper first denying Falcaos 18th-minute shot after the Colombia forward was fed by the lively Juan Mata.Lloris was beaten when Mata whipped in a free kick but spared by the post. When the rebound came off Tottenham defender Ben Davies, Lloris prevented an own goal before Vlad Chiriches cleared Falcaos attempt from the goal-line.The ball did cross the line from Jones header, but he was offside.The finishing then let down United as a counterattack ended with a shot from Falcao that failed to trouble Lloris, who came also came off his line to prevent a dithering Van Persie from shooting.Lloris had to be at full stretch to turn Youngs shot wide before the end of a half when Tottenhams goal attempts were restricted to Harry Kanes ineffective close-range effort and Andros Townsend from distance.Townsend again tried and failed to beat David de Gea with a stinging shot from the outside of the area in a second half when neither side looked capable of scoring.I said in the dressing room when you cannot win such type of matches when you are the better team ... its very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season, Van Gaal said. Blake Martinez Jersey . Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stood tall with 41 saves between the pipes, but it was defenceman Ryan McDonagh who got the first star of the game as he had a goal and an assist and now has two goals and four assists for six points in two games. Kyle Murphy Jersey . With the suspension, Nigeria is unable to take part in any kind of international fixtures. FIFA had issued a warning to the NFF last week after the federation was served with court proceedings from the government that prevented the NFFs president from running the NFFs day-to-day affairs. http://www.shoptheofficialpackers.com/Elite-Richard-Rodgers-Packers-Jersey/ . When the Dallas Mavericks needed to stop a Golden State rally in the fourth quarter, they looked for defensive help from the rookie point guard playing in just his sixth game. SHANGHAI, China -- Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, though rivals Ferrari and Red Bull may have closed the gap somewhat on Formula Ones runaway leader. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, winner of the past two F1 races, was quickest around the Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon session after a suspension problem limited him to only nine laps in the morning session. Ferraris Fernando Alonso, however, was just 0.141 seconds behind Hamilton under the watch of new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who arrived in Shanghai to take charge following Stefano Domenicalis abrupt departure this week. Alonso also set the quickest time during the morning practice. Hamilton was delayed in the garage for a half hour in the afternoon session while his crew tried to resolve the suspension trouble. "Its great to be still up front even though we have those issues," he said. "But, still, you want to get the car ready, you want to get the long runs feeling a little better, so theres some work to do." Teammate Nico Rosberg had the third-fastest practice time, about 0.4 seconds behind Hamilton. He said Mercedes still expects to win the race on Sunday, even if its rivals performed well in practice. "Were still looking pretty decent at the moment," he said. "The competitors are pushing -- today, Ferrari was very close." Mercedes has dominated the season, with Hamilton winning in Bahrain and Malaysia and Rosberg in Australia. Only an engine problem on Hamiltons car in the opening race in Melbourne prevented three successive one-two finishes. Bart Starr Jersey. But Alonso, the defending Chinese GP champion, kept pace with them in the cool conditions of Shanghai, indicating his struggling team may just emerge as a challenger on Sunday. Ferrari has lagged behind Mercedes following the series switch to V6 turbo hybrid engines, and new fuel-saving regulations. The slow start prompted Ferrari to part ways with Domenicali after six years, replacing him with Mattiacci, formerly president of Ferrari North America. Red Bull also kept up the pace on Friday, with Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Ricciardo said, however, he believes Mercedes may have been holding back during practice. "We have to see where they are tomorrow. The gap seems a bit too close for now," he said. "I would like to say weve caught up but theyve got a bit more in there." He was pleased with Red Bulls improvement since Bahrain, where both drivers finished off the podium. "Were making small improvements," Ricciardo said. "I mean, the gap is a big one so its not going to come over one race, but weve crept up a little bit more." Felipe Massa of Williams was sixth fastest in afternoon practice, followed by Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen, who missed the morning session due to a mechanical problem. McLarens Jenson Button, Lotus Romain Grosjean and Toro Rossos Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10. Smog hampered visibility at the circuit on Thursday, but conditions were relatively clear for Fridays practice. Rain and cool temperatures were forecast for Saturdays qualifying session. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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