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Gerrard discovers new tension in Mersey rivalry

Ashley Young celebrates after scoring for Manchester United against West Ham

Manchester United 3 West Ham 1 match report: Ashley Young returns in style to finish off Hammers

United’s midfield make their mark on way to comfortable victory

Danny Welbeck celebrates after opening the scoring for Manchester United

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A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney has a shot on goal blocked by Matthew Lowton during Manchester United's victory over Aston Villa

Manchester United v West Ham: Wayne Rooney has a 'chance' of being fit for Premier League encounter against Hammers

United manager David Moyes has confirmed that the England international suffered a groin injury which kept him out of the League Cup quarter-final win over Stoke City

Goalscorers Patrice Evra and Ashley Young celebrate making the semi-finals

Stoke City 0 Manchester United 2 match report: Patrice Evra and Ashley Young supply the thunder as United reach semi-finals amid dreadful weather

Conditions can't stop David Moyes' men setting up meeting with Sunderland

According to home goalkeeper Brad Guzan, this is an opportunity for Paul Lambert’s men to go and get three points

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Villa sense a glimmer of hope as they look to end hoodoo

After 18 years, Guzan and Co seek elusive home win

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Thiago Silva and Neymar celebrates Brazil's Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay

World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group A - Brazil; Croatia; Mexico; Cameroon

The lowdown on the teams in Group A

Alan Pardew hopes the fans will think he acted with 'dignity and respect'

Manchester United v Newcastle: Alan Pardew eyes result at Old Trafford

The Magpies have not won at Old Trafford since 1972

David Moyes must at least ensure that Manchester United qualify for next season's Champions League

David Moyes backed to succeed at Manchester United by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

There are concerns at Old Trafford following last night's defeat to Everton

Paul Aguilar celebrates after scoring for Mexico against New Zealand in their 2014 World Cup play-off

Mexico 5 New Zealand 1: Mexicans effectively kill-off play-off tie with first leg demolition to take giant stride towards 2014 World Cup

New Zealand will need to beat Mexico 4-0 or better when they meet in the second leg on Tuesday

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal

Transfer news: Arsenal could turn to Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to provide cover for Olivier Giroud

The Mexican is unsettled at Old Trafford after finding his first team chances limited with Arsene Wenger keen to add a new striker to his squad

Fernando Llorente could leave Juventus on loan with Arsenal believed to be interested

Transfer news: Arsenal set to continue search for a new striker after Juventus issue a hands-off warning over Fernando Llorente

Interest remains in Karim Benzema, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez but hopes of taking Llorente on loan appear to have disappeared

Ashley Young watches on as Robin van Persie hits the post from the penalty spot
Marouane Fellaini is given his marching orders

Real Sociedad 0 Manchester United 0 match report: Ashley Young tumbles again but Robin van Persie penalty miss means a blank night for United

The rain-streaked night had been bad enough before Ashley Young made it worse, in a desperately familiar way. Against a team whose manager had proclaimed the opposition to be the “magnificent Manchester United” Young compounded his reputation for penalty theatrics by earning yet another dubious one.

Cleared for take-off: Javier Hernandez scores Manchester United’s late winner against Stoke City yesterday which David Moyes hopes will help kick-start the team’s Premier League season

Transfer news: Javier Hernandez has future at Manchester United, insists David Moyes

The striker retweeted an article that suggested he should seek regular football elsewhere

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