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United lose O'Shea for season

The Manchester United defender John O'Shea is to miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in his leg. O'Shea, 28, has not played since the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat to France in November as his nation failed to reach the finals. Initially it was thought it was nothing more serious than a dead leg, but there have been worrying complications.

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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Ferguson rules out January spending spree

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out the possibility of making major additions to his Manchester United squad during the January transfer window.

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Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar is returning to Holland to get a fresh assessment on his troublesome knee injury.

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Gary Neville insists Manchester United have no time to feel sorry for themselves after Wednesday's shock Champions League defeat to Besiktas.

Brown not planning to quit Manchester United

Wes Brown has no intention of quitting Manchester United even though he has once again be reduced to the role of stand-in.

Rooney 'not ready' for club captaincy

A new dad and captain of his country, Wayne Rooney returns to domestic duty today after being told he is behind at least five other players in Sir Alex Ferguson's pecking order for the Manchester United armband.

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

Sir Alex Ferguson and his players became obsessed with the position of referee Martin Atkinson when Chelsea scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. They should have been more concerned about the position of goalscorer John Terry.

Irish hopes hang in balance after late show

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United's late escape fails to disguise mediocrity

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