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The 25-year-old refused to be a standby player during Euro 2012

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Ryan Giggs puzzled by poor Manchester United but Nemanja Vidic points to the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson

Draw in Donetsk had flashes of steel, but player-coach warns against 'flabbiness'

Javier Hernandez scored the game's only goal

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 0: David Moyes claims much needed breathing space after Javier Hernandez strike

Mexican's winning goal against Liverpool - who welcomed back Luis Suarez - ends a difficult week for United manager on a positive note

Phil Jones reacquaints Luis Suarez with rough and tumble

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The striker returned from his 10-match ban in the Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United

Danny Welbeck celebrates with the rest of the Manchester United team after he opens the scoring against Kitchee FC

Kitchee FC 2 Manchester United 5 match report: Youngster Jesse Lingard scores yet again to give David Moyes a winning end to pre-season tour

Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Adnan Januzaj and Lingard all on target as United complete pre-season tour of Asia with three victories out of five

Wilfried Zaha bagged his first goal for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly

Cerezo Osaka 2 Manchester United 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha's first goal for United in 'Moyes' minutes' saves yet another defeat on pre-season tour

United were just seconds away from a third defeat in four matches when new signing Zaha came to the rescue to earn a 2-2 draw against Cerezo Osaka

Nemanja Vidic applauds United’s victory over Reading
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Phil Jagielka encouraged by England partnership with Gary Cahill

The England manager has used no fewer than five different centre-half pairings in the last seven matches,

James Milner celebrates with his City team-mates after scoring against United

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims James Milner goal for Manchester City was offside

United went behind to the England midfielder's second half strike

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Can be pleased with his work, looked inventive hit the bar and scored a neat goal 8/10

Montenegro v England: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits Montenegro match is a 'pressure game'

Tuesday's opponents currently top the group

Jermain Defoe taps in his goal for England

San Marino v England: Frank Lampard captains England as Steven Gerrard is rested

Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlaid-Chamberlain starts

Alex Ferguson watches over Manchester United training

Alex Ferguson 'expects' a treble push from Manchester United

United play Reading in the FA Cup tonight, whilst being firm favourites for the Premier League with hopes of Champions League progression

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Alex Ferguson 'gave permission' for Wayne Rooney to play 90 minutes against Brazil

Roy Hodgson reveals conversation with Manchester United manager before deciding to play striker for entire match

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Roy Hodgson wary of angering Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson

England manager will take caution with United players

Scott Parker has not played since Euro 2012

Scott Parker excluded as Roy Hodgson announces England squad for Brazil friendly

Ashley Cole to make his 100th appearance next week

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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