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Gary Neville was part of the false dawn of the Golden Generation

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For all the delights that qualify the next three afternoons at Chester as a defining ritual of the British Turf, it must be admitted that the city's racecourse was not especially designed with rain in mind. But then nor was it obviously designed for horseracing, either, this dizzy circuit crammed between the city walls and the River Dee – and that does not stop it being a roaring success.

Rio Ferdinand, 33, might sign a new contract with United

United will invite Ferdinand to join old boys' club

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has raised the prospect of Rio Ferdinand joining Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the bracket of players who represent United deep into their thirties, as the club prepare to offer him a new contract.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who is hoping to derail City's title push

Mancini's turn to face Ferguson mind games

United manager starts the psychological warfare in effort to derail City's title push

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs could follow in his footsteps

Ryan Giggs career eclipses Paolo Maldini says Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs' astonishing career even eclipses that of legendary Italian Paolo Maldini.

Shola Ameobi: The 30-year-old striker isn't concerned with the arrival of Papiss Cissé

After seeing off 22 forwards, Ameobi not fazed by Cissé's arrival

There was much deliberation in the North-east yesterday morning – ironically at Sunderland's Academy of Light before Martin O'Neill's press briefing – about how many forwards Shola Ameobi had seen off in his 11 years at Newcastle.

Michael Owen insists Manchester United will respect Aldershot

Michael Owen insists Manchester United will not be taking tonight's clash against League Two Aldershot lightly as he sets his sights on another successful Carling Cup campaign with the Red Devils.

My Story, by Michael Owen

Wales rugby has a well deserved reputation for small-minded factionalism. Although England have recently proved themselves no slouches in this regard, the principality is still the benchmark, as this sour memoir demonstrates.

Powell takes on pioneering role for female coaches

The players may be female but, when it comes to the managers, the Women's World Cup is a man's game.

Rooney has treatment to cure different kind of hairline fracture

It's not a metatarsal this time, it's his rapidly receding head of hair. So Britain's top player has got a transplant

Owen extends his stay at Old Trafford

Michael Owen has signed a new one-year contract to stay at Manchester United. The 31-year-old striker had expressed his desire to prolong his career at Old Trafford.

Michael Owen signs new deal at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has sprung a major surprise by handing Michael Owen a one-year contract extension.

Michael Owen gives up on playing for England

Michael Owen has given up hope of being selected for England by Fabio Capello.

Michael Owen: Doubling up as Villa to help United plan for Barça attack

The veteran tells Ian Herbert he can live with being a bit part at Old Trafford in a week when he had to pretend to be the opposition

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