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Manager bemoans another poor performance as his United side suffers second successive defeat

Football: 'I must find out the real answer'

RUUD GULLIT, the deposed Chelsea manager, yesterday again rejected claims that he had been greedy. "I feel I've been very badly treated after all I've done for the club," he said on BBC's Football Focus. "If they'd really wanted me they would have come back with an offer, like they did first time. Of course, I have my suspicions but I want to know the answers from the other side. Unless I can find out it will be a question mark over me for the rest of my life."

Football: Chelsea in Turmoil: Vialli's overriding priority is to bring the team together

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Football: The reaction - 'You don't mess with Bates'

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Football: A club in turmoil - Gullit 'astounded' by Chelsea sacking

All change at the Bridge: Dutchman ditched as breakdown in pay talks opens player-manager's door for Italian striker Vialli

Leading Article: A spelling lesson for undergraduates: our words are our bond

Number 14 down in yesterday's crossword was "prophesy for heretic with ecstasy" (13). Solve it, and then try to say correct spelling does not matter. It's not "ecstasy" that is the test. Getting its three tricky consonants right is not ultimately a matter of life and death. Ecstasy is only the current settled spelling of a word that has historically bounced around. If all those who ingest the fashionable drug were to decide to spell it once again with an "x", doubtless in time the convention would change and nobody would be the worse for it. One of the delights of English is its malleability. "Prophesy" however is different matter. For a start, the crossword clue does not work unless you know that prophesy is a verb - "prophecy" (the noun) would have given a different solution. Here is a prime instance where conservatism is the friend of precision, where linguistic laxity leads to loss of meaning. And to those who failed to complete the crossword, the answer is the verb "prognosticate".

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Ruud Gullit learned the hard way yesterday that Manchester United are on a different planet. So different, says Ken Jones that winning the FA Cup, European Cup and Premiership this season is well within their sphere.

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Four of the Premiership's top five meet today in a programme that will help define who are best suited to challenge Manchester United. Guy Hodgson looks at the weekend ahead, while Nick Harris (below) analyses the programme match by match.

Gorbachev is latest star in Pizza Hut TV ad

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