Sport Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

The wing-back has not played for more than two months because of a thigh injury sustained on international duty for Portugal

Muted send-off for Ancelotti as Abramovich prepares to strike

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Carlo Ancelotti in dark over Chelsea future ahead of 'last' home game

Carlo Ancelotti today refused to contemplate the prospect of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle being his final home game at the club.

John Terry wants Carlo Ancelotti to remain at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry does not want manager Carlo Ancelotti to leave the club this summer.

Mark Hughes denies talks of Fulham exit

Mark Hughes has dismissed reports questioning his future as Fulham boss by declaring he will remain at Craven Cottage next season.

Abramovich runs the rule over Porto's Villas-Boas

Ancelotti's fate looks to be sealed, with 33-year-old Portuguese a leading candidate to replace him

Letter from the editor: Keep smiling!

I took a little time off yesterday from sifting through the many hundreds of your comments about the launch issue of i on Saturday (for which, thank you very much) to attend a small lunch given in honour of our chief sports writer, James Lawton.

Chelsea manager speculation intensifies

Carlo Ancelotti might want to remain at Chelsea but speculation about a new-look coaching set-up at Stamford Bridge intensified today in the wake of the club's crushing Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United.

John Terry flummoxed by Chelsea performance

John Terry was at a loss to explain Chelsea's abject first-half performance after their dream of the greatest comeback in Barclays Premier League title history was crushed by Manchester United.

Ferguson joy as United set to overtake Liverpool title haul

'It's fantastic' says manager after victory over Chelsea leaves his side needing point to win league

Ferguson backs Ancelotti – and then buries him

The programme notes are often a harbinger. Just as their tone softened towards Arsène Wenger as Arsenal's threat receded, so Sir Alex Ferguson sought to praise Carlo Ancelotti before he buried him yesterday. "What he has experienced in England seems particularly unfounded. He doesn't deserve to be questioned or his future queried in the way it has been this season," the Manchester United manager said.

James Lawton: Sublime skills of Hernandez answer prayers of United faithful

United once again produced at the right moment a killing belief in their own ability to get the right result when it matters most

Gone in 30 seconds: United's flying start ends Chelsea dream

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United on the brink of record 19th league title

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Fergie: I'll be here next year

Sir Alex insists he's staying put even if he wins the double but Drogba-inspired champions have the momentum and – if they have the luck at Old Trafford today – can stop United lifting a record 19th title
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England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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