Ferdinand craves end to injury pain

After missing the last four games, United's defensive linchpin returns tonight to face the most prolific attack in Europe. Ian Herbert reports from Rome

Jonny Evans' brother to make Manchester United debut

Highly-rated youngster Corry Evans is set to follow older brother Jonny into the senior ranks of Manchester United and Northern Ireland.

Uefa to discuss Fletcher red card

Manchester United will find out on Monday whether their appeal over Darren Fletcher's red card issued in the Champions League semi-final has been successful.

Fletcher will miss out after referee stands by semi-final red card

Referee Roberto Rosetti stands by his decision to send off Manchester United's Darren Fletcher in the Champions League semi-final, second leg against Arsenal on the grounds that the Scotsman denied Cesc Fabregas a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Manchester United against Barcelona is the dream final

Chelsea's players will furiously disagree and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might take some persuading, but Barcelona against Manchester United is a Champions League final that all soccer fans should welcome.

Referee to be backed on Fletcher red card

The referee assessor's report into Italian official Roberto Rosetti's performance on Tuesday night is expected to back his decision to dismiss Darren Fletcher, so denying the United midfielder any lingering hopes of taking a place in the European Cup final.

Fletcher's torment shared by Scholes

Veteran relives agony of being suspended for United's triumph in the final 10 years ago

United show patience to let Anderson hit his stride

Strong display in semi-final first leg suggests Brazilian is finally finding his feet

Lesser light Fletcher's chance to shine

Wayne Rooney has been outstanding, Cristiano Ronaldo fitful and other big names at Manchester United have gone missing, through injury, suspension or a badly timed dip in form. With the club's hold on the European Cup slipping, it may require some of the lesser lights to shine in Wednesday's second leg of the quarter-final away to Porto, just as Federico Macheda did when given his chance against Aston Villa last weekend.

Burley's 'musketeers' backed to match Dutch

Three key midfielders to play together for first time in manager's 14-month reign

Shambolic United submit to Murphy's law

Fulham 2 Manchester United 0: Scholes and Rooney dismissed as Fulham midfielder inflicts another defeat on champions to open up title race

Ferguson wins tactical battle but Inter survive

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Knife raid terror for Darren Fletcher's family

Robbers carried out a "terrifying" raid on the home of Manchester United star Darren Fletcher, police said today.

Fletcher happy he stayed at Manchester United

Darren Fletcher knows now he made the right decision to stick with Manchester United - but last summer the choice was not so easy.

Berbatov stirs just in time to help shaken United to the top

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