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Under former manager Paolo Di Canio, Lee Cattermole was lost – a totem of the the Italian’s dislocated relationship with his players

Nani rises to the occasion to put United in the driving seat again

Manchester United 2 Stoke City 1

Chris Smalling: 'Next thing I knew I was meeting Sir Alex. It was a bit surreal'

The defender tells Ian Herbert how United's manager convinced him to reject his beloved Arsenal and head for Old Trafford instead

Paul Scholes 'doubtful' for Arsenal clash

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson rates Paul Scholes as "doubtful" for Monday's Barclays Premier League showdown with Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs issues warning to Manchester United youngsters

Ryan Giggs has warned Manchester United's Carling Cup rookies they must show greater backbone if they are to succeed at Old Trafford.

Manchester United's Ben Amos became goalkeeper by chance

Ben Amos has admitted he only became a goalkeeper by chance.

Etherington tips Shawcross for England

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Injuries mount up for Capello

Fabio Capello's plans for England's friendly against France on Wednesday were in disarray last night as John Terry, Ashley Cole and Gabriel Agbonlahor pulled out with injury, while the prospect of Andy Carroll also withdrawing looms today.

Vidic steals in to save day as Villa's boys grow into men

Aston Villa 2 Manchester United 2: United rescue their unbeaten record with two late goals in thrilling draw

Smalling's form allows United the luxury of resting Ferdinand

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Ryan Giggs could be fit for next week's Manchester derby. Giggs has played just once since the end of September after being struck down by a hamstring complaint and was among half a dozen key Manchester United players to stay at home ahead of tonight's Champions League encounter with Bursaspor.

Nani backs Anderson to improve at Manchester United

Manchester United winger Nani believes team-mate Anderson can follow his lead by finally flourishing at Old Trafford.

Hernandez is United's Carling Cup hero

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Hernandez could be Manchester United legend says Neville

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been tipped to become a goalscoring legend at Old Trafford by Gary Neville.

Absent Rooney casts shadow over United

Subdued performance against limited opposition leaves crowd showing sympathy for Ferguson

Fielding stands firm as Pearce leads youngsters to Euro finals

Romania Under-21s 0 England Under-21s 0 <i>(England win 2-1 on aggregate)</i>

Pearce makes youngsters a '50-50' chance as his own odds shorten

The odds about Stuart Pearce succeeding Fabio Capello as the England manager shortened yesterday to 5-1 in the wake of the Under-21 side's 2-1 win over Romania in the first leg of their European Championship play-off on Friday.

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