Edwin van der Sar 'still learning'

Veteran Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he is still learning new tricks at 40.

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Simon Rice: Return of Antonio Valencia has reinvigorated Wayne Rooney

In the build-up to tonight’s Champions League second-leg against Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson has been lavishing praise on Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia.

Alex Ferguson highlights importance of Antonio Valencia return

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the contribution of Antonio Valencia to the Red Devils' treble quest.

Chelsea 'obsessed' with trying to win European Cup, claims Ferguson

Manchester United's manager knows how to wind up his rivals and he was at it again yesterday, reports Sam Wallace

Hughes backs Ferguson's push for treble success

Manchester United 2 Fulham 0

United continue to power their way to title

Manchester United 2 Fulham 0

Ferguson keeps cool as winning post comes into United's view

West Ham 2 Manchester United 4

19th Manchester United title would be 'brilliant' says Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney says it would be "brilliant" if Manchester United were to win a record 19th title.

Alex Ferguson enthused by Antonio Valencia return

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Antonio Valencia's return to Manchester United first-team action.

Berbatov with late winner as Manchester United extend lead

Manchester United 1 Bolton 0

Hernandez double puts United in the quarter-finals

Manchester United 2 Marseille 1 (Manchester United win 2-1 on aggregate)

James Lawton: Beautiful ideals again fall victim on the altar of rivals' hard ambition

Wenger's toughest critics are now saying that this isn't so much a bad run as a statement of terminal failure. Who can say they do not have the most wounding evidence

Da Silvas turn telepathy into pure gold for Fergie

The sight of the teamsheet made the new banner hanging in the Stretford End read like an ironic subtitle to what we thought might unfold. "Giggs, tearing you apart since 1999," the new legend reads, though the only thing that Sir Alex Ferguson's side looked capable of ripping was the footballing convention that says you pick a row of defenders and midfielders and place a striker or two in front of them.

Rooney gives United the edge as faltering Gunners fire blanks

Manchester United 2 Arsenal 0: Djourou out for season to deepen Arsenal woes as they tumble out of third cup in two weeks despite facing side full of defenders.
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