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Gerrard discovers new tension in Mersey rivalry

Javier Hernandez is relishing a European Cup run

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez ready to embrace Europa League

It might be a Thursday night on Channel Five - but Manchester United's clash with Ajax does sound like a Champions League game.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says attackers now 'stand a leg out'

Villas-Boas: Penalty rules have changed

The rules regarding penalties have changed, according to Andre Villas-Boas.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea fails to stop Javier Hernandez

The top games need top referees, says furious AVB

The Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, last night launched a stinging attack on the referee Howard Webb for awarding Manchester United the second of two penalties that contributed to the defending champions' three-goal comeback at Stamford Bridge.

The shadow of John Terry looms over Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand prior to kick-off yesterday

Ferdinand and Terry is today's hot topic but time moves on

Out of form or in the stand, England's ageing centre-backs are a far cry from former glories

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Man for man marking

How the players fared in the topsy-turvey game at Stamford Bridge.

Paul Scholes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the opening goal

Scholes scores in comfortable Man United win

Manchester United 3 Bolton 0

Javier Hernandez has endured a difficult second season in comparison to last

Javier Hernandez vows to overcome tough spell at Manchester United

Javier Hernandez is not beating himself up about the 'second-season syndrome' he is enduring at Manchester United.

Referee Chris Foy sends off Vincent Kompany (right)

United hang on to win lively Manchester derby

Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

Ten steps to England winning their Euro group

Learning from the mistakes of the 2010 World Cup will go a long way to ensuring a fit, motivated and properly rested squad

Jordan Henderson inaction for England Under-21s against Iceland on Thursday night

Henderson eager to prove he's not a one-cap wonder

Jordan Henderson's one England cap serves as a warning to the young players recently called into Fabio Capello's squad, but he has no regrets over his international debut almost a year ago.

Familiarity breeds content for Ferguson's new generation

United's home-grown policy paid off in style on Sunday – and left Arsenal looking painfully out of date, writes Tim Rich

England Under-21s: National service for United duo

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones have been named in the England Under-21 squad to face Azerbaijan and Israel in September.

Smalling: So exciting – and the journey's only just begun

Chris Smalling, one of the young Manchester United players who shone in Monday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, summed up the vibrant mood at Old Trafford: "There is an excitement here because of the endless potential," he said. "We have nowhere near reached it and we are just looking how far we can go."

England continue training despite call-off

England took part in a scheduled training session at London Colney this morning despite their friendly match against Holland tomorrow night being called off following riots in the capital over the last three nights.

Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck will not be loaned says Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Tom Cleverley to follow Danny Welbeck into the England squad and confirmed neither player will be leaving Manchester United on loan this season.

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