Sport Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, pictured here at an earlier match, refused to comment on the decision

The Black Cats lead 2-1 after the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final

Berbatov's 19-goal haul pays off with new deal at Old Trafford

Manchester United are ready to extend Dimitar Berbatov's contract for another two years, according to sources in his native Bulgaria. The 30-year-old's deal expires in the summer of 2012 and though it had been thought United were happy to wait until the summer before extending it, it appears an extension may be agreed within two weeks which would deliver a substantial increase on the striker's £100,000 a week deal. Though Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that Berbatov should deliver away from home as well as at Old Trafford, he has also suggested that he is capable of 30 goals this season.

Five-star United perfomance demolishes Birmingham

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Ferguson expects van der Sar to quit

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United expect Edwin van der Sar to retire at the end of the season.

Paul Scholes to miss Chelsea clash

Paul Scholes has been ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

Hutton and Wylde keen to seize chance at injury-hit Gers

Rangers youngsters Kyle Hutton and Gregg Wylde have stated their intention to make the most of the club's injury crisis by showing manager Walter Smith they are good enough to remain in his plans.

Spector at the double to hammer holders United

West Ham United 4 Manchester United 0

Ian Herbert: Fit and firing, United's talisman seeks Ronaldo route to redemption

An interview designed to take the sting out of that contract saga served only to add to the risk of hubris that Wayne Rooney is creating for himself. In the latest extracts, screened before last night's game, Rooney revealed that he had spoken with the owners of Manchester United, no less, before signing a new deal. "Once I'd sat down with the manager and spoke with the owners, they told me how the club could move forward," Rooney declared.

Berbatov saves United from 'travesty'

Bulgarian's hat-trick secures 3-2 win over Liverpool as Ferguson insists side should have won by a 'cricket score'

All good clean fun at Everton as Arteta rounds off a classic

Everton 3 Manchester United 3: Two injury-time goals earn Moyes' men an unlikely point in thrilling comeback after Ferguson removes the main distraction

Player quota rules pose problem for Manchester United

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is in a dilemma over whether to include injured players Owen Hargreaves and Anderson in his squad under new Barclays Premier League rules.

Duffy should return 'early next season'

Everton defender Shane Duffy could be back playing within three or four months after surviving a life-threatening injury.

Ferguson should not give up on title says Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has urged old friend Sir Alex Ferguson not to give up on the Premier League title just yet.

Manchester United sign 'Little Pea' to fill major squad gap

Arrival of 21-year-old Mexican striker adds to questions over future of Berbatov

Brown ruled out for over a month

Manchester United have confirmed defender Wes Brown will miss the next four to six weeks through injury.

Rio Ferdinand to return from injury against Hull

England defender Rio Ferdinand will return from a three-month injury lay-off for Manchester United against Hull City on Saturday, manager Alex Ferguson said.

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