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Chris Smalling is adamant Manchester City will "crumble" if Manchester United's relentless pursuit of the Barclays Premier League leaders continues much longer.

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on winning the Europa League.

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Darren Fletcher returns to Scotland squad

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has returned to the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing watching his latest crop of young guns blaze a new trail at Old Trafford.

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Darren Fletcher will start a game for Manchester United for the first time since the beginning of March tomorrow with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting that the fitness of the Scotland international midfielder is his primary pre-occupation in the build-up to next weekend's Champions League final meeting with Barcelona.

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Darren Fletcher could play some part in Manchester United's attempts to secure a record 19th league title on Saturday after coming through a reserve team outing against Blackburn last night.

The big-game hunter: Fletcher set to provide United's missing link

Midfielder hit by debilitating virus returns tonight to give Ferguson's midfield some much-needed steel

Carrick: Rome defeat caused loss of form

Manchester United's Michael Carrick has spoken for the first time about his dip in performance after a poor 2009 Champions League final display plunged him into an 18-month search for his best form.

Alex Ferguson counting on Manchester United experience

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Manchester United's vast experience of handling FA Cup semi-final nerves can prove crucial in tomorrow's derby clash with City at Wembley.

Ferguson risks longer ban by shunning advice

Sir Alex Ferguson's indignation about the improper conduct charge levelled at him by the Football Association has led him to reject legal advice and prepare to appeal.

Darren Fletcher signs new Manchester United deal

Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2015.

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