Ferguson not planning major transfers at Manchester United

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated there will be few changes to his playing staff as they seek to regain the title.

Fletcher tries spot of mind games

Darren Fletcher has clearly learnt from his manager at Manchester United by suggesting yesterday that Chelsea are feeling the strain as the race for the title reaches a climax.

Scholes deserves more accolades says Fletcher

Darren Fletcher is convinced a love of the quiet life has prevented Paul Scholes gaining the worldwide recognition his talents deserve.

Glenn Moore: United's Young blades blunted by immaturity

How do you reinvigorate a team which lacked energy? Add youth. That was Sir Alex Ferguson's response to Manchester United's leaden performances in Munich and at home to Chelsea on Saturday. The introduction of two men young enough to be his grandchildren, Darron Gibson and Rafael, respectively aged 22 and 19, for Paul Scholes and Gary Neville (both 35), lowered the average age of this United team by nearly three full years and injected it with vim and vitality.

Drogba steals a march to give Chelsea the lead in title race

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2: European toils and questionable goal are costly for United

Manchester United vs Chelsea: a rivalry that will not die

Chelsea are now the greatest and most enduring challengers in Ferguson's career. As they face United at Old Trafford, Ian Herbert reports on a duel that's reaching fever pitch

Quiet man Park leads United's unsung army

South Korean prepared to do whatever job is required as Red Devils aim to prove to Robben that they're more than a 'one-man team'

James Lawton: Liverpool's disunited front proves writing is on the wall for Benitez

Deep-running disaffection can be seen among even the most committed Liverpool players

Fletcher wary of Liverpool threat

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher expects Liverpool to raise their game when they visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

Rooney double takes United back to summit

Manchester United 3 Fulham 0

Contrast of styles gives Levein a clearer picture

An international manager is always strategising, and Craig Levein's intention is to govern expectations. A rush of optimism is generated by a new appointment, and the prospect of a fresh qualifying campaign. This is a wellspring for Levein, but hubris has soured Scottish hearts too often in the past. He is trying to restrain anticipation, so that it remains an ally.

England and Manchester United hit by Ferdinand injury scare

Fabio Capello looks set to plan for England's friendly with Egypt next week having to install yet another captain after Rio Ferdinand's latest injury scare.

Fletcher reveals Ferguson talk that ended thoughts of quitting

Darren Fletcher has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson sought him out for a chat in 2008 that ended any thoughts of the Scotland skipper quitting Manchester United.

Rooney reaps the reward of 'change in mentality'

Manchester United 5 Portsmouth 0

Managers renew their bitter rivalry

Ferguson claims Wenger 'lets himself down' with criticisms of United players
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