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Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

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Manchester City captain was giving interview to Sky Sports

Vincent Kompany protests after fouling Ashley Young

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Manchester City fell to a shock defeat against Southampton at the weekend

Michael Johnson was once the subject of a £10m bid by Liverpool

Michael Johnson reveals mental health problems which contributed to end of Manchester City career

Manchester City revealed yesterday that the midfielder had been released

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Sale confirm death of former player David Tait

Tait is understood to have fallen from an apartment block in Hong Kong

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A council is reviewing its manual records of a former local authority school as another alleged victim of Sir Cyril Smith said today he was abused by him there in 1979.

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Three UK tourists have appeared in court in Cyprus accused of murdering a young British soldier.

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Chancellor's local Conservative Club calls crisis meeting over threats to shut it down

Homes evacuated amid factory blaze in Radcliffe

Around 100 houses had to be evacuated after a large fire broke out at a factory and ruptured a gas main.

Danny Boyle has already been angered by camera positioning at the Opening Ceremony

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Robin van Persie will resume contract negotiations after Euro 2012

Kolo Toure hopes former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie joins him at Manchester City

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure believes former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie would boost their chances of winning the Champions League if he opted for a move to the Etihad Stadium.

'We've still got it,' declares Ian Brown last night in Manchester

Stone Roses reunion gigs net £23m

The Stone Roses generated £23m for the Manchester economy by reuniting for a three-day musical extravaganza in their hometown, experts have estimated.

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