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Gerrard discovers new tension in Mersey rivalry

Chelsea's Demba Ba shoots to score against Manchester United

Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0 match report: Demba Ba and Petr Cech give Rafael Benitez a moment of sweet satisfaction

Rafa Benitez scores victory over old foe Sir Alex Ferguson, dashing the Scot's double hopes

Manchester United preview: Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to wipe out bad memories of the match that won and then lost him the title as he heads back to Sunderland

Manchester United return to Sunderland tomorrow with Sir Alex Ferguson feeling his players have delivered the best possible response to their last-day title trauma.

Javier Hernandez celebrates a goal for Mexico

United States boss Juergen Klinsmann wary of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

The US take on Mexico in a World Cup qualifier tonight

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott

Joleon Lescott recalled to England squad ahead of qualifiers as Spurs duo Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon withdraw injured

Joleon Lescott was recalled to the England squad tonight just three days after being left out of Roy Hodgson’s original 26-man squad when Michael Dawson withdrew with a hamstring injury.

Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City battles with Luke Shaw of Southampton

Southampton charged with failing to control players following penalty decision

Norwich were awarded a spot kick in the dying seconds of their 0-0 draw in the Premier League

Danny Welbeck powered home the header that set United up for an encouraging 1-1 draw

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck must score more goals says Bryan Robson

The England striker has scored just twice this season

Michael Carrick in action against Chelsea

Rio Ferdinand hails 'ball of the season' from Michael Carrick and says Manchester United midfielder doesn't receive enough credit

Carrick played a sublime pass for Javier Hernandez's opener against Chelsea on Sunda

Michael Carrick: Wonderful defence-splitting ball for the first goal, showing why he has been so important for United this season. 7

Michael Carrick eager to avoid drama in FA Cup replay between Manchester United and Chelsea

The two sides must meet again after 2-2 draw at Old Trafford

Rio Ferdinand in FA Cup action against Chelsea

Manchester United 'don't fear' FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea

The sides must play again after 2-2 draw at Old Trafford

Wigan Athletic's Honduran defender Maynor Figueroa (R) celebrates scoring

Wembley trip with Wigan a dream for chairman Dave Whelan

The Latics have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is greeted my 'Fred the Red'

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United were lucky to draw with Chelsea

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United are lucky to still be in the FA Cup.

FA Cup semi final draw: City midfielder Gareth Barry eager to resume Wembley warfare with Manchester United

A repeat of the 2011 semi-final is on the cards should United beat Chelsea in their FA Cup replay

Juan Mata proud of Chelsea display against Manchester United

Juan Mata was "proud" of Chelsea's FA Cup comeback against Manchester United and backed home advantage to see them through the replay.

Chelsea captain John Terry on the bench

Manchester United v Chelsea - FA Cup sixth round match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's FA Cup clash at Old Trafford

Alex Ferguson watches over Manchester United training

Alex Ferguson: 'The players sense it could be a big year for them'

Manchester United manager assured squad they all have a part to play in push for the treble

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