The visit of in-form English Premier League leaders Arsenal to an erratic Manchester United headlines this weekend’s fixtures, with both Chelsea and Liverpool primed to pounce on any slip from the Gunners.
In our weekly round-up of birthdays across the footballing world, we take in a couple of Manchester United legends, a French goalscoring hero and a German finding his way at Stamford Bridge.
Following his midweek brace that led Manchester United to a 4-0 win over Norwich City in the League Cup, Mexico striker Javier Hernandez may have broken into David Moyes' starting XI against Fulham this weekend.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has said that "defending right" will be crucial to improving their fortunes, while Micah Richards is aiming for a similar revival at Manchester City.
Gary Cahill has discussed England going through a transitional phase defensively following the retirements of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry and his desperation to play at Brazil 2014.
FIFA.com previews Manchester United’s forthcoming title defence, with David Moyes out to fill Sir Alex Ferguson’s sizeable void and hoping the likes of Jesse Lingard, Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj can help him succeed.