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Five-game ban is unfair on our greatest manager – he's under so much pressure week in, week out

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Chris Smalling: 'Next thing I knew I was meeting Sir Alex. It was a bit surreal'

The defender tells Ian Herbert how United's manager convinced him to reject his beloved Arsenal and head for Old Trafford instead

Didier Drogba demands improvement at Chelsea

Didier Drogba has warned Chelsea they need to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to retain their Barclays Premier League title.

Kalou spares Chelsea blushes with equaliser

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International round-up: Chelsea furious at Alex's inclusion for Brazil

Chelsea were last night seeking an explanation from Brazil as to why Alex was named as a substitute for the international against Argentina in Doha despite both the club's doctor and his counterpart with the national team insisting the defender requires surgery on a knee injury.

Chelsea suffer Alex loss to fuel defensive crisis

Chelsea will have to soldier on without both first-choice centre-halves after it emerged yesterday that John Terry and Alex both have chronic injury problems.

Alex could be out for two months

Chelsea defender Alex will miss the next six to eight weeks with an ongoing knee injury, the club have confirmed.

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