Man for man marking from the Manchester derby
Manager was made aware of tight budget before accepting Villa Park hot seat
Champions trail rivals by seven points
Manchester City play Arsenal on Sunday
Champions Manchester City are again without playmaker David Silva and a number of other players for their Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea.
Winger's sparkling display against Swedes wins call-up as Rooney returns for Ukraine
French midfielder's willingness to shun Arsenal way has him pushing for a start against Porto tonight
England midfielder James Milner has declared it is business as usual as the team try to put the debate over John Terry's reinstatement as captain behind them.
Instead of tuning in to watch Shaun Ryder eat a crocodile's unmentionable parts, the nation was last night invited to witness Andy Carroll chew up a couple of raw French defenders. Only it didn't quite work out that way.
Fabio Capello will assess Wayne Rooney today before he makes a final decision on whether his leading player, the subject of allegations about his private life, is in the right state of mind to play in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland tomorrow.
England 4 Bulgaria 0
It was the transfer window of Bebe, Bramble and Bellamy for free, while City spent big - again
James Milner has finally completed his protracted transfer to Manchester City.
Roberto Mancini hopes to complete the protracted signing of James Milner by tomorrow at the latest.
Villa caretaker manager says midfielder 'is in right frame of mind' to face West Ham despite impending City deal
Lerner hints at scaling down of Villa's ambitions which could see Young follow his City-bound team-mate out of the club