Neville attacks 'mollycoddled' players

The Manchester United captain Gary Neville has followed up his manager's claims that footballers are "mollycoddled", by suggesting they "don't know how to set up their own bank account, they don't know what they're spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions".

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Rooney's inspiration sees United through

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Ferguson facing surface tensions

United keen to avoid the same fate on plastic pitch as Steve McClaren's England

One delivery Wayne can't afford to miss: the birth of Rooney Jnr

United's angry young man is happy to miss Moscow trip to prove he's taking fatherhood seriously

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Evans: Manchester United spurred by Spurs success

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes the Barclays Premier League champions can take heart from last weekend's win at Tottenham going into the derby match with Manchester City on Sunday.

Jonny Evans ready for Manchester United and City derby clash

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is relishing the chance to put one over Manchester City on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Evra wants last word on derby day

United defender reveals his text battle with Tevez ahead of crucial City clash

Scholes' laser-guided goal cuts away Rooney rage

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Ferguson: 'With Wayne's energy he wants to play all the time'

Wayne Rooney revealed once again that his temperament is not one that can be tamed last night as he threw down a boot in anger at his substitution in Manchester United's 1-0 Group C victory at Besiktas and proceeded to remonstrate with Turkish fans behind the dugout at the Inonu Stadium.

Scholes header secures points for United

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The key battles for Manchester United and Chelsea

Manchester United and Chelsea begin the long haul to European success tonight when they take on Besiktas and Porto respectively. These are the key battles they face for that first hurdle.

Rio Ferdinand's comeback pleases Manchester United

Manchester United are confident Rio Ferdinand will benefit from his quicker-than-expected return to first-team duties.

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