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Scholes' desire to put rivals in their place remains undimmed

Paul Scholes still winces at the memory of "that goal", as he puts it: Andy Hinchcliffe's header that put Manchester City 5-1 up in the Maine Road derby 21 years ago, a result that Gary Pallister later disclosed had left Sir Alex Ferguson "in shock... practically speechless". But City do not pose the biggest challenge to Manchester United, Scholes points out in the course of a conversation in which his aversion towards the neighbours becomes incrementally more evident.

Anger over plan to close small maternity units

Small NHS maternity units face closure to improve safety standards and help economies across the health service.

James Lawton: It's the formation that's best for our players – as Ramsey proved in '66

The 4-3-3 system that Alf Ramsey unveiled on the approach to the 1966 tournament remains the best vehicle for a significant England challenge

James Lawton: A 25-year-old row divides them, but Dalglish and Ferguson are united by the need to rebuild

If the true nature of the enmity between Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish still provokes a hundred theories on the eve of their latest confrontation, there is also a strong suspicion of where its roots flourished most vigorously.

Darren Fletcher signs new Manchester United deal

Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2015.

Michael Carrick signs new Manchester United deal

Michael Carrick has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2014.

James Lawton: Chelsea dig deep to salvage their season and game's dented reputation

Chelsea’s counter-attack was kept up impressively after the break and David Luiz scored with an assurance that must have brought a pang of envy to Fernando Torres

Ferguson calls for true grit as United embark on crucial three weeks

Now we shall begin to discover if those who claim that Manchester United's domestic ascendancy is a mirage, with simply no Premier League opposition strong enough to expose their weaknesses, are right.

Paul Scholes excited by season run-in with Manchester United

Paul Scholes views the resumption of the Champions League as the beginning of the end for Manchester United this season.

Gary Neville will stay at Manchester United for the season

Gary Neville has confirmed his intention to remain within the Manchester United fold for the remainder of the season.

Paul Scholes undecided on Manchester United future

Paul Scholes admits he does not know whether he will carry on playing next year.

Wenger says loyalty will bring Arsenal success

Arsène Wenger said yesterday that footballers would be better advised if they played most of their careers at one club rather than moving around at the suggestion of agents, and that he hoped to instil such an attitude at Arsenal.

James Lawton: Good luck, Jamie, but the best coaches do not need to be fast-tracked

No one had to push Ferguson, Clough or Stein forward – they won their own battles

Conventional wisdom that Robins saved Fergie's skin is a myth

It is the goal that saved Alex Ferguson's job, and without which the course of modern football history would have been very different.

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