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Brown stays positive despite latest setback to United career

Talented defender remains philosophical after injury wrecked last season's finale

Brown ready to start again for Manchester United

Wes Brown refuses to get downhearted at the way his injury curse returned just as he was starting to fulfil his enormous potential.

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Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville are both in contention for Manchester United's trip to Tottenham tomorrow.

Paying parents would be 'crazy' says Ferguson

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Injuries are major concern admits Neville

Gary Neville has admitted his mounting list of injuries has been a major concern.

Trapattoni faces tough decisions

Victory for the Republic of Ireland tonight would all but guarantee them a World Cup play-off spot at least and maintain their chances of pipping world champions Italy to automatic qualification, while a draw – the result they have achieved in their last three away games in the campaign, against Montenegro, Italy and Bulgaria – would be a creditable return.

Rooney gives United winning start over Birmingham

Manchester United 1 Birmingham 0

Injured Neville returns home

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Neville leaves United tour after injury

Gary Neville has flown home from Manchester United's Far East tour with a groin strain.

Keane fears Berbatov will make Bulgaria a different proposition

The Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has warned his defenders about the threat Dimitar Berbatov poses to their World Cup aspirations.

United left breathless by Iniesta midfield mastery

Barcelona 2 Manchester United 0

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Evra knows the score in tussle with Messi

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Kingfisher fell back last night, as Morgan Stanley highlighted the profit-taking opportunity opened up by recent strength in the UK general retail index.

Can United shut out Barça?

Even if Rio returns, Ferguson faces an awesome force in the Catalans' attack. Ian Herbert looks at the key battles that may decide the Champions League final

Manchester United look to complete title in style

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