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Clarence Seedorf enjoys victory in first game in charge of AC Milan, before dedicating win to fans

The former midfielder returned last week as manager

The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

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Richards was part of the side that went eight matches without scoring back in 2007 and admits he can't believe his eyes when he looks around at his teammates

Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

AC Milan confirm Clarence Seedorf appointment

The club's former midfielder has retired from playing in order to take up the role

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could both miss the New Year's Day fixture with Tottenham

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes strike partner Wayne Rooney compliments his style to make him better

Van Persie feels that the pair can work together to make United even better in their attempt to secure a top four finish

Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

Is Clarence Seedorf the man to save AC Milan? There are doubts in Italy

Milan’s decision to appoint as coach a former player with no experience has raised many eyebrows. Glenn Moore reports on Berlusconi’s latest bombshell

Clarence Seedorf pictured after winning the Champions League with AC Milan in 2007

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf returns to the San Siro as manager to replace Massimiliano Allegri

The former Netherlands international has hung up his boots to take the position

Lower league clubs in talks over new European competition - reports

Representatives from the Championship were reportedly involved in the early discussions

Massimiliano Allegri

AC Milan sack Massimiliano Allegri following defeat to Sassuolo

The Italian manager was due to leave the club at the end of the season

Mario Balotelli for AC Milan

Transfer news: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli rejects link to Chelsea

Former Manchester City striker isn't interested in a return to England

Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be leaving AC Milan at the end of the season

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri confirms he will leave the club at the end of the season

Milan are already 27 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in 13th position and Allegri admits he will not be in charge of the club beyond the summer

An AC Milan v Ajax scarf is left in a pool of blood left after violent clashes between fans of the two clubs

AC Milan 0 Ajax 0: Three Ajax fans stabbed and another man injured in violent clashes before Champions League match

Ajax supporters clashed with both AC Milan fans and Italian demonstrators as violence marred the build-up to the Group H decider

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Roberto Mancini has succeeded in taking Galatasaray through to the knockout stages of the Champions League – a feat he never managed with Manchester City.

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Mathieu Flamini has hit the ground running during his second spell at the North London club

Mathieu Flamini tells Arsenal to focus ahead of games with Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea

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