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O'Shea to miss rest of Manchester United season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects John O'Shea to miss the remainder of the season following complications after the defender suffered a dead leg.

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Manchester United identify Ferdinand injury problem

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Rio Ferdinand will not be consigned to a lengthy period on the sidelines after identifying the root of his current injury problems.

Mark Fleming: Scorn for officials damns Manchester United

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