Sport Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

The former manager has been a regular onlooker during David Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford

<b>DAVID MOYES:</b> The bookmaker’s favourite. He has the drive and determination to take on the challenge but any appointment would represent a comparative risk for United. Ferguson will have a say in his successor and has long admired his fellow Scot. Speculation has been intense of late that he is in his last season at Goodison Park, but has no real experience at the very highest level.

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Alex Ferguson

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Michael Owen

Michael Owen retirement: The reaction

The former Liverpool striker will retire at the end of the season

2. Let’s hope canny Pulis gets the best out of Owen<br/>
Michael Owen’s arrival at Stoke is intriguing for many reasons. It is further evidence that Tony Pulis, that canny operator, is changing his team’s style. It is confirmation of Stoke’s status as an established top-flight club, and raises the prospect of Owen enjoying an Indian summer to a career that once promised to be among the game’s most glittering but has long been in sad decline. Anyone who remembers the joy Owen brought to the game as an 18-year-old will hope the move is a success for all parties.

Michael Owen - a career in numbers

Former Liverpool and England striker announces retirement

Steven Gerrard wins the England player of the year award

Steven Gerrard proud to be named England player of the year

Captain picks up annual award

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Ashley Cole has reportedly agreed to sign a new contract with Chelsea

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Rio Ferdinand bleeds during Sunday’s Manchester derby

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Football is indeed teetering on the brink of being ungovernable

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'Whatever you do, just don't call me an England legend'

A century of caps, captain for club and country, but Steven Gerrard remains his own harshest critic, writes Sam Wallace

Steven Gerrard insists there are 'still a few more chapters to be written' in his England career

Steven Gerrard insists there are “still a few more chapters to be written” with England as he prepares to win his 100th cap in tomorrow's encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

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