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United's young turks fall to Galatasaray

It should be to Manchester United's credit that they could be relaxed about last night's match in Istanbul. With the result making no difference to United's progress or position, Sir Alex Ferguson left almost all of his senior players at home.

Rooney and Van Persie left at home for Turkey trip

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been left in Manchester and will not play in tonight's game in Istanbul. The two strikers have arguably been United's most important players this season but, having won all four games so far, the club have already confirmed not just qualification but also that they will win Group H.

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Premier League: Norwich City v Manchester United match preview

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Javier Hernandez has scored a league goal every 117 minutes for United, and one every 50 minutes this season. Eight of his 27 league goals have come as a substitute

Hernandez likely to start for Man Utd at Norwich

Manchester United's Mexican super-sub Javier Hernandez is set for a rare start when the Premier League leaders face Norwich City, manager Alex Ferguson said today.

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Manchester United's Robin Van Persie expected to be fit for Norwich trip

Robin Van Persie is expected to be fit for Manchester United’s trip to Norwich tomorrow after missing the midweek internationals with a thigh injury.

Mark Clattenburg was alleged to have racially abused John Obi Mikel

We would have been crucified if we had not reported Mark Clattenburg, says Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck

The American-trained lawyer also denies that the Blues are run by club captain John Terry

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Bas Dost called up as replacement

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