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

Park and Ronaldo tear out blundering Arsenal’s heart

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3

Six hurdles left for Manchester United

It is hardly the triumphant gallop to an 18th league title Manchester United were expecting a few weeks ago, rather they are grinding their way towards the finishing tape like a racehorse in heavy going.

Kiko the kid fires United title drive

Sir Alex Ferguson's faltering side rescued by astonishing late cameo from 17-year-old

Katy Guest: Shame on the rich who refuse to give to charity

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United brush aside Mourinho's Italian champions

Manchester United 2 Inter Milan 0 (Manchester United win 2-0 on aggregate)

Ferdinand will start Inter Milan tie

Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that Rio Ferdinand and John O'Shea are fit and will start the match against Inter Milan tomorrow night.

'We've played better but cup finals aren't easy'

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Manchester United had been fortunate to win the Carling Cup – and said that his team owed their triumph to goalkeeper Ben Foster. "It wasn't an easy day for us," the United manager said after collecting the 32nd trophy of his reign at Old Trafford. "I think we've played better this season. But cup finals aren't easy. Tottenham were good opponents and probably had the better chances. Ben Foster had two or three excellent saves."

Manchester United youngsters ready for final says Evans

Jonny Evans feels Manchester United's young guns will not have a problem adjusting to life at the highest level providing they remember to keep things simple.

United struggle to man their defence for Inter tie

Injuries, Sir Alex Ferguson is fond of saying, can contribute to football’s habit of “biting you on the backside” and an extraordinary sequence of defensive setbacks have lent Manchester United an air of vulnerability ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League game in Milan.

Fletcher happy he stayed at Manchester United

Darren Fletcher knows now he made the right decision to stick with Manchester United - but last summer the choice was not so easy.

Ferguson vows to stick with youth at Wembley

Sir Alex Ferguson has vowed to stick with his Manchester United youngsters for their Carling Cup final appearance at the beginning of March.

Fabio to provide United with twin threat

Manchester United fans got used to seeing the Neville brothers taking to the turf in the same team but on Saturday they may witness a new brotherly duo wearing red. With injury problems afflicting most of United's defenders, Sir Alex Ferguson may be forced into giving Fabio da Silva, Rafael's twin brother, his debut at full-back for the visit to Bolton Wanderers.

Derby herald past glories with fanfare by Commons

Derby County 1 Manchester United 0

Manchester United boosted by Ronaldo return

Cristiano Ronaldo trained with his Manchester United team-mates this morning and could be involved in tomorrow's Champions League encounter with Danish minnows Aalborg at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Strachan seeks Snow White to lead his 'dwarfs'

Gordon Strachan has known, ever since the night when the contents of a tea urn were deposited down his back at half-time during an insipid Aberdeen performance in Romania, the force of nature that Sir Alex Ferguson can become on European occasions.

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