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James Lawton: Owen is a scorer of great goals who, sadly, fell short of greatness

No doubt it was unintended, but the right arm that wrapped around the shoulders of Michael Owen after he scored the second of his two goals on a rare appearance for Manchester United might have been a reproach.

James Lawton: Owen is a scorer of great goals who, sadly, fell short of greatness

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Chelsea managers' first game against United

Ferguson: 'At 32 I was managing East Stirling. My players were on about £5 a week'

There are Scottish roots in both of the football managers, 36 years apart, who will contest the most compelling fixture of the season tomorrow at Old Trafford. While Sir Alex Ferguson's need no embellishment, those of 33-year-old Andre Villas-Boas derive from Largs, the west Scotland coaching centre he attended, where his application to study as a teenager stated: "I'm going to reach this target I've got in my life, no matter what. I'm going to get there."

Young pretender has the master in his sights

Youth and outsider status mean there is no undue deference from Villas-Boas

James Lawton: If Tindall and Co are such great pros, why cavort like amateurs?

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Blast from evergreen Giggs puts United back on track in Lisbon

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Ferguson snaps over 'stupid' query about De Gea omission

United manager annoyed at goalkeeper question on night both Manchester sides draw 1-1 in Champions League

Giggs strikes a blow for the old guard with vintage display

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