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Aaron Ramsey's late winner for Arsenal against Marseilles in France last night put Arsène Wenger's team on course for qualification for the knockout round of the Champions League and was more evidence, Wenger said, that his team are heading in the right direction.

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England coach Fabio Capello has dropped a clear hint that Wayne Rooney will be going to next summer's European Championship.

Alex Ferguson turns attention to Manchester derby

Sir Alex Ferguson cannot wait for Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby showdown with leaders Manchester City.

Rooney on the spot to rouse United

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'Slighted' Evra stands by racist abuse claims

There is a happy precedent about Manchester United failing to win either of their first two Champions League group stage games. Only in the season of 1998-99 have they done the same in the modern era and no one needs reminding what that campaign led on to.

'Slighted' Evra stands by racist abuse claims

Ferguson says United defender is 'adamant' he wants to pursue complaint against Suarez

Reds stand behind Suarez

Liverpool and Manchester United were on course for a bitter dispute last night with the Anfield club ready to demand that Patrice Evra be banned if his claim that Luis Suarez repeatedly racially abused him prove to be unsubstantiated.

Van Persie shows Wenger what Arsenal would miss

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