Sport Gus Poyet’s team was the more balanced

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

Smalling lauds Ferdinand's example as Romania await

The rise of Chris Smalling from Maidstone United to Manchester United via Fulham in the space of 18 months was the fairytale story of last season and now the 20-year-old England Under-21 international is finally getting the chance to demonstrate what all the fuss was about.

Under-21s: 'Massive miss' if Pearce's tyros fail to reach finals

The deflection off the Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand that allowed Romania an away goal in the first leg of Friday night's European Under-21 Championship play-off at Norwich could have serious consequences for English football. Even though Manchester United's Chris Smalling subsequently scored a late goal for a 2-1 victory, England Under-21s are under pressure going to the back of beyond for Tuesday's return game, which offers a passport to next summer's finals in Denmark.

Pearce's side face tough task in Romania after Wilshere is spirited away by Capello

England Under-21s: 2 Romania Under-21s: 1

Ferdinand unsure of his place for Liverpool despite fine comeback

Rio Ferdinand is not thinking about the Manchester United captaincy at present – he is more concerned about getting his regular place back. After three-and-a-half months out with the ankle injury he suffered in a freak collision with Emile Heskey on the first full day of training at the World Cup, Ferdinand finally made his United comeback on Tuesday night.

United suffer night of pain

Valencia's horrific leg injury adds to misery as Ferguson sees team held 0-0 by Rangers, while Tottenham shine early but throw away two-goal lead on Champions League debut

Manchester United rule out more signings

Manchester United chief executive David Gill has ruled out any more signing before the transfer window closes.

Ferguson blasts 'kamikaze' transfer spending

Sir Alex Ferguson has accused some of Manchester United's rivals of going on a "kamikaze" spending spree.

Eight United strikers but 'cocky' Macheda stays

Unless he is having to be defensive, Sir Alex Ferguson rarely feels the need to spend too long talking up the possibilities of the present, even with the attacking options he now has at his disposal.

United snap up Portuguese rising star Bebe for £7m

Manchester United last night revealed that they have added an eighth striker to their books with the £7m signature of the 20-year-old Portuguese Bebe, a prodigious talent who has come from nowhere to astonish scouts in his own country and who had been expected to sign for Real Madrid.

Premier League: It's London taking on Manchester, with only one winner

Chelsea do not look any stronger but City could be formidable and United may already have made the signing of the summer

Let the power games begin: Ferguson starts on back foot

Rooney, Carrick and Ferdinand join long list of worries to leave squad 'not in great position' / United manager admits that Chelsea are the team to catch in the title race this season

Ancelotti: age is no barrier for older, wiser Chelsea

Italian manager puts faith in experience as champions look to avoid a fourth straight pre-season defeat

Manchester United have money to spend says Gill

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the go-ahead to strengthen his squad with a player of "very high quality".

Ferguson blames inexperience for Manchester United defeat

Sir Alex Ferguson felt inexperience was to blame for Manchester United's surprise defeat by 10-man Kansas City Wizards.

Ferguson leaves door open for Vidic to exit Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson has failed to end speculation that Nemanja Vidic could leave Manchester United this summer. The centre-back, 28, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for more than a year and has been targeted by Real Madrid, as well as both Milan clubs.

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