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MATCHDAY: Man United looks to keep up perfect away record

December 17, 2020 GMT
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Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes gestures to his teammates during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. There have been 150 top-flight Man U v Man City derbies with United having won 58 and City 45, with 47 draws. (AP Photo/Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)
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Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes gestures to his teammates during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. There have been 150 top-flight Man U v Man City derbies with United having won 58 and City 45, with 47 draws. (AP Photo/Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)

A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Thursday:

ENGLAND

Manchester United will look to maintain its perfect away record in the Premier League in a match at last-placed Sheffield United, which is the only team without a win this season. Man United has won all five of its games on the road — coming from behind on every single occasion. A victory would lift Man United into fifth or sixth place, five points off first-placed Liverpool with a game in hand. Sheffield United has just one point from its opening 12 games and is already eight points adrift of safety. In the other game, Burnley will leave the relegation zone by avoiding defeat at Aston Villa.

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ITALY

Torino coach Marco Giampaolo is under ever-increasing pressure as his side travels to Roma, which is fresh from thrashing Bologna 5-1. Torino has picked up just six points from its opening 11 matches and is in the relegation zone, four points from safety. Roma would move level with third-placed Juventus with a win. Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante is suspended after receiving a one-match ban for using a blasphemous expression after scoring an own goal at Bologna.

FIFA BEST AWARDS

The best men’s and women’s players in the world in 2020 will be decided in a virtual ceremony hosted by FIFA. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski are in the running for the men’s award, while Wendie Renard, Pernille Harder and Lucy Bronze are vying for the women’s award. There will also be awards for the best coaches in the men’s and women’s game.

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