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Steve Bruce has promised his summer transfer blitz will not prevent the club's youngsters from getting their chance.

United offer £9m for teenage Lens defender

Manchester United have bid €10.5m (£9.2m) for the French central defender Raphaël Varane, as they continue to set the pace in the summer transfer market. The 18-year-old Lens centre-half is seen as a player for the future but the price United are willing to pay reflects his reputation as one of the rising stars of the French game.

Sunderland deny Asamoah Gyan is for sale

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn today moved to dismiss speculation that striker Asamoah Gyan has been offered for sale.

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Sunderland today completed the signing of Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady on a permanent deal.

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a major injury doubt over Brazilian defender Rafael ahead of tomorrow's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

Alex Ferguson slams police officer over Wayne Rooney comments

Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Superintendent Mark Payne of "needing to be noticed" after his pointed comments about Wayne Rooney yesterday.

Michael Carrick hopes to avoid defensive role for Manchester United

Michael Carrick is keeping his fingers crossed that he is not pressed into service as an emergency defender for Manchester United when they tackle Bolton on Saturday.

Ferguson breaks his silence to put positive spin on United's troubles

Manager refuses to dwell on Liverpool defeat but accepts Arsenal are close rivals for title

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Nemanja Vidic insists the Premier League table does not lie.

United set for tense home tie after toothless turn by the sea

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