Brad Friedel

North London derby: Tottenham's rival match veteran Brad Friedel can remind Andre Villas-Boas of the importance of Arsenal clash

If Andre Villas-Boas is feeling the pressure before his first north London derby, he can gain immediate perspective by asking the Tottenham goalkeeper about his knowledge of local disputes.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates his goal

Mike Phelan relieved after Manchester United reach last-16 of Champions League

Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan feels the team reaching the last 16 of the Champions League as Group H winners with two games to spare has provided just the response Red Devils supporters were looking for following last season's disappointing performance in the competition.

A power failure delayed United's game in Braga

Power cut helped Manchester United to victory over Braga says Chris Smalling

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels the team benefited from the unexpected break provided by a power cut in their 3-1 Champions League victory at Braga.

Van Persie got the late comeback underway
Jonny Evans poked the ball into the net

Relieved Jonny Evans was 'devastated' just before goal for Manchester United against Braga

Jonny Evans thought he had blown his chance of extending his Manchester United goalscoring streak at Old Trafford last night.

Wayne Rooney provided both assists for Robin van Persie in the Champions League match against Cluj

Champions League: Manchester United v Braga match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at Old Trafford

Michael Carrick scored the only goal of the game against Galatasaray

Michael Carrick eager for Manchester United to achieve early progress from Champions League group

Michael Carrick wants Manchester United to wrap up their progress to the Champions League knock-out stage as quickly as possible.

Michael Carrick scored the only goal of the game against Galatasaray

Champions League: CFR Cluj v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium

Wayne Rooney’s status is no longer a given

Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie may start together for first time against CFR Cluj

Manchester United could start with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in attack for the first time since the Dutchman's move to Old Trafford from Arsenal against CFR Cluj in tomorrow's Champions League clash.

Darren Fletcher in action for Manchester United

Darren Fletcher delighted to be back in action for Manchester United

Darren Fletcher returned to Manchester United's starting line-up for the first time in 10 months last night and declared himself delighted to be back.

Sir Alex Ferguson, United manager: 'It's a fantastic collection of players. I hope I pick the right combinations'

'No stupid errors': Reaction to Champions League draw

Sir Alex Ferguson has told his Manchester United players they cannot afford to make the "stupid errors" they committed in Europe last season after the Reds were handed another relatively easy-looking Champions League group.

Tottenham striker Giovani Dos Santos

Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos seeking return to Spain

Giovani Dos Santos hopes his nightmare spell at Tottenham will come to an end soon.

Dimitar Berbatov

Galatasaray reveal interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov

The president of Turkish giants Galatasaray is prepared to foot the bill to rescue striker Dimitar Berbatov from his spot on the bench at Manchester United.

<b><u>Czech Republic - Strikers</u></b>
<br /><b>Milan Baros: </b> Very quiet game for the ex-Liverpool player (pictured) who couldn't seem to get anything right. 5/10
<br /><b>Best off the bench – Jan Rezek: </b> Worked hard for his side but was another Czech player who failed to make any real impact to the game. 5/10

Czech Republic striker Milan Baros retires from international football

Milan Baros has retired from international football with the Czech Republic.

DEMBA BA: The Newcastle striker has scored 16 Premier League goals this season

Newcastle striker Demba Ba trends on Twitter amid Galatasaray transfer rumours

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba rocketed to the top of the Twitter trend lists this afternoon as rumours spread that Galatasaray had agreed a deal to sign him.

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