Bruce still in doubt

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Steve Bruce, the Manchester United captain, is almost certain to miss both his team's matches over Easter, against Manchester City and Coventry.

Bruce missed the FA Cup semi-final with a hamstring injury and Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has all but ruled him out of the matches on Saturday and Monday. "We will have a look at Steve this week, but it looks as if he will be ready for the game at Southampton [on Saturday week]," Ferguson said.

Brian Little, the Aston Villa manager, his assistant Allan Evans and coach John Gregory have all signed new three-and-a-half year contracts. Little has been given a pounds 1,000 per-week pay rise, making his new deal worth almost pounds 1m including bonuses.