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Numbers: Lionel Messi reaches 400, David De Gea saves Manchester United

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's controversial penalty against Brighton and what's caused Manchester United's resurgence.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down the key factors that guided Manchester United to a statement victory over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Craig Burley and Steve Nicol are unsure Gareth Southgate will suit Man United after reports listed him as a potential long-term replacement.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are not the Harlem Globetrotters, and must get results as well as show good performances.

Lionel Messi hit another milestone as Barcelona swatted Eibar aside 3-0 to maintain their five-point lead atop La Liga. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first 'real' tactical test with a tough 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal stumbled at West Ham, losing 1-0 while Liverpool saw off Brighton by the same score with a performance that screamed substance over style.

Here are the best of the numbers from this week's football action.


400

Lionel Messi is now the first player to score 400 goals in...

Luis Suarez stars, Lionel Messi makes more history in Barcelona win

Luis Suarez found the net twice and Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal, as Barcelona cruised past Eibar at the Camp Nou.

Two Luis Suarez strikes and Lionel Messi's 400th La Liga goal helped Barcelona beat Eibar 3-0 at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Suarez opened the scoring in the first half after good play from Philippe Coutinho, then set up Messi's landmark goal after the break before rounding off the scoring as Barca restored their five-point lead at the top of the table.

Postives

Suarez's form has been hot and cold over the past 18 months and that, combined with the fact he is nearly 32, mean questions have been asked about...

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score, but Barcelona labour to win at Getafe

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez netted the goals for Barcelona against Getafe as they extended their La Liga lead to five points.

Barcelona kicked off the New Year with a 2-1 win at Getafe but were second-best for large parts. Lionel Messi opened the scoring against the run of play, and Luis Suarez doubled Barca's lead with a thumping volley from the edge of the box. Jaime Mata pulled one back before the break, then missed an open goal in the second half as the home side failed to take advantage of their pressure.

Positives

The positives for Barca came elsewhere this weekend. Second-placed Atletico Madrid and third-placed...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


1

Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Lionel Messi bags hat trick, Gerard Pique stars as Barcelona enact revenge on Levante

Lionel Messi was the star man again for Barcelona, scoring a hat trick and assisting on the side's other two goals.
Lionel Messi was the star man again for Barcelona, scoring a hat trick and assisting on the side's other two goals.

Lionel Messi scored three and made two as Barcelona crushed Levante 5-0 on Sunday to restore their three-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Barca suffered their only defeat in the league last season at Levante, losing 5-4 in Valencia in May, but never looked like losing here again once Luis Suarez gave them the lead in the first half.

Messi, whose run and cross had set Suarez up, then scored Barca's next three goals before setting up defender Gerard Pique to complete the rout late on after Erick...

Barcelona's Luis Suarez, Arthur back in training; Malcom out for 2 weeks

It's the usual suspects leading the world's best forwards in 2018, but did Lionel Messi really have a better 2018 than Cristiano Ronaldo?
Real Madrid's Marcelo holds onto his place as the best left-back, but there's controversy amongst his challengers.
In a competitive list of the 10 best right-backs, Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal comes out on top.

Barcelona duo Luis Suarez and Arthur Melo returned to training on Thursday ahead of this weekend's derby against Espanyol but forward Malcom has been ruled out for 15 days.

Malcom scored his second goal for the club in Wednesday's Copa del Rey win against third division Cultural Leonesa but was unable to finish the game after spraining his ankle in the second half.

Tests at the club's training ground on Thursday confirmed the Brazil international, a €41 million summer signing from Bordeaux,...