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United were easily beaten by Chelsea on Sunday to lose further ground in the Premier League

Ryan Giggs will play a key role in persuading Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford

Manchester United want Wayne Rooney to agree to highly incentivised contract to remain at Old Trafford

Club pin hopes on new player-coach Ryan Giggs being able to talk striker into accepting contract

SW19 Diary: Fergie still quick off the mark

En route to his place in the royal box, an uber-tanned Sir Alex Ferguson was asked if he had "any words for the Spanish press?" "Yes," replied the multi-lingual Scot, "adios." Smart but not in the razor-sharp class of Gordon Strachan, who used to be a Ferguson protégé before becoming a Ferguson irritant. Strachan was once asked for a quick word and volleyed back the instant response "velocity".

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans wants to emulate Ryan Giggs trophy haul at Manchester United

The defender is not content with his three league titles

Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores their first goal

Robin van Persie right to quit Arsenal says Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra

The Dutchman scored against his former team at the weekend

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Win a bottle of wine

Last time Man United and Aston Villa ended up clashing, Man U stole a 3-2 victory
Wayne Rooney walks past manager Sir Alex Ferguson after being substituted against West Ham on Wednesday

Wayne Rooney will not join PSG insists Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

The striker has been linked with a move to the super-rich club

Andy Carroll tangles with Manchester United keeper David De Gea

Sam Allardyce should treat Andy Carroll as a footballer first - not a freak of nature

The West Ham striker's contribution against Manchester United was pitched somewhere between WWF and assault by Gary Neville

Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates

Manchester United winger Ashley Young ruled out for two-weeks

England international certain to miss three games

James Milner celebrates with his City team-mates after scoring against United

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims James Milner goal for Manchester City was offside

United went behind to the England midfielder's second half strike

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea can improve says Sir Alex Ferguson

Spaniard is coming to the end of his second season at Old Trafford

Mario Balotelli strips during City’s 6-1 win at United last season

Sir Alex Ferguson refuses to discuss Manchester United's 'worst ever day' ahead of Manchester City clash

As United prepare for neighbours' visit, manager confident Van Persie will end drought

Nani reacts to his red card against Real Madrid

Manchester United v Real Madrid reaction: Gary Neville has 'never seen Old Trafford in such disbelief'

Cuneyt Cakir has been criticised for sending off Nani

Shinji Kagawa holds his knee during the Champions League match against Braga

Sir Alex Ferguson: Shinji Kagawa's best is yet to come at Manchester United

Scot blame the physical challenge of the Premier League for Japan international's slow start

Alex Ferguson will be aiming to reach the last eight of the FA Cup today

Alex Ferguson has Double vision again

Nobody has yet dared to mention a treble to match that of 1999, but Manchester United are beginning to have Double vision again as they prepare to meet Reading at Old Trafford tomorrow knowing victory will put them in the last eight of the FA Cup, while holding a 12-point lead in the Premier League.

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