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Bruno Fernandes declared Manchester United can win the title this season after being named the Premier League's player of the month for November. Fernandes scored four goals in as many games to claim the honour for the third time in the calendar year, a feat most recently achieved by Tottenham's Harry Kane in 2017. His brace at Goodison Park helped United triumph 3-1 against Everton, while his penalty against West Brom secured a first league win at Old Trafford in the 2020-21 campaign. The point to come to England, to such a huge club, was to win the Premier League and I think we have the chance to do it." Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed David de Gea to bounce back from Champions League criticism. United legend Paul Scholes accused De Gea of 'bottling it' for RB Leipzig's third goal as the Red Devils were dumped out of Europe's top competition in midweek.
Wolves have 17 points, which is their highest tally after 11 matches of a Premier League season. Nuno Espirito Santo's side have kept eight clean sheets in their past 12 Premier League games at Molineux. However, they have won three of their four away matches in this season's Premier League, keeping a clean sheet in all three victories. Trezeguet has had 22 attempts on goal without scoring in the Premier League this season, more than any other player. West Brom are vying to win successive away league games against the Magpies for the first time since 1966.
Manchester United won three of the four meetings last season, including doing the Premier League double over their neighbours for the first time in a decade. Six of the past eight Manchester derbies in all competitions have been won by the away team, while there have only been three home wins in 13. Manchester City have won seven Premier League away games at Old Trafford, more than any other visiting side. United could win five consecutive league matches for the first time since they won Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first six in charge between December 2018 and January 2019. Four of Manchester United's 19 league points have come at home this season, along with only three of their 19 goals.
They scored seven goals without reply in their previous two league games. Manchester City dropped points in seven of their past 12 Premier League away fixtures (W5, D2, L5). Raheem Sterling has never scored in 16 Premier League appearances against Manchester United. The most recent English player to score in a Premier League Manchester derby for City was James Milner in 2013. Everton can win three successive Premier League home games against Chelsea for the first time since February 2012. Chelsea's 4-0 Premier League home victory in March last season ended a four-match winless run against the Toffees (D2, L2). The Toffees could fail to keep a clean sheet in 10 straight home league matches for the first time since 1959. Everton have conceded in 10 consecutive Premier League games, home and away – their longest run without a clean sheet for three years. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 19 goals in 31 league games under Ancelotti, with 17 of those coming via one-touch finishes. Chelsea are unbeaten in nine Premier League games, the division's joint-longest current run, and in 17 matches in all competitions since a 2-0 home defeat against Liverpool on 20 September (W10, D7). Chelsea can go four successive Premier League away matches without conceding for the first time since February 2016. The Blues have scored 25 Premier League goals, a tally bettered only by Liverpool's 26. Olivier Giroud could become only the second Chelsea player in Premier League history to score in seven successive starts. The electoral college will confirm Joe Biden's victory on Monday but Donald Trump's fact-phobic hold on the Republican party holds firmNearly four decades after the publication of A Very British Coup, a popular novel by member of parliament Chris Mullin, America is in the throes of a very Trumpian coup – desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical and, most importantly, doomed to failure.But even as Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the presidential election result face a knockout blow when the electoral college meets on Monday, the president is winning in other ways that could cause profound collateral damage.Trump has raised more than $170m since losing to Joe Biden by requesting donations for an "election defense fund". "It appears that our democracy dodged a bullet – or, more precisely, multiple concerted efforts by the president of the United States to torpedo its very foundations," she wrote in the New York Times.Bardella, a former spokesman for Republicans on the House of Representatives' oversight committee, added: "It was an attempted coup: there is no other word for it. He has already floated the idea of running for president in 2024 – he would be only the second person to win back the White House after leaving it – with a possible campaign launch on Biden's inauguration day in an attempt to steal his successor's thunder.Jamie Raskin, a Democratic congressman from Maryland, said: "He wants to come back again in four years, which means that at this point it's the most serious problem for the Republican party. Fox News prime time opinion hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity have doggedly sown distrust in the system.> The Republican party today is like a massive religious cult surrounding an organised crime family headed by a deranged narcissist>> Jamie RaskinBut Fox News is facing new competition on its right flank from even more ardently pro-Trump upstarts such as Newsmax and the One America News Network.