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

Football: Van Basten joins Chelsea

Marco van Basten became Chelsea's latest illustrious squad player yesterday -but only for a couple of hours. The 32-year-old former Dutch international, forced by a persistent ankle injury to quit the game when still in his prime, was the surprise sight that greeted Chelsea supporters at the club's Harlington training ground.

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`He had a great enthusiasm for life, for football and Chelsea'

As the football world queued up yesterday to pay tribute to Matthew Harding, Ken Bates, the Chelsea chairman, announced that the club would be renaming the North Stand at Stamford Bridge as a permanent memorial to its late vice-chairman.

Loss will not affect club's plans

The supporters who gathered at Stamford Bridge yesterday were mourning more than an uncommonly beloved football vice-chairman. They were also attempting to come to terms with the possible loss of Chel-sea's bright new future.

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: NOISES OFF

Tino arrived back in Newcastle at 3.30 this afternoon. If we had been at home I might have fetched him on in the second half! I'm not exactly sure what happened but I'm sure he'll tell us.

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS: Missing person

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THAT WAS THE DECADE THAT WAS

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'I'm not Egon Ronay!' I wanted to cry. 'I eat over the sink so I won't have to wash any dishes'

Last Saturday, instead of wiling away the hours trying to find enough change for another foul alcoholic imitation lemon drink with the girls in Camden's finest hell hole, I was in a five-star hotel in Ireland by myself. I was writing a travel piece, having begged the editor to "get me the hell out of London". When I got on the cocktail-sized Ryanair plane, I hadn't even bothered to find out where in Ireland I was going.

Shameless feast means no coming back for seconds

Richard Edmondson on the marathon stamina test that is Sky's expanding football coverage

Humphreys comes of age

Sheffield Wed 2 Humphreys 56, Whittingham 84 Aston Villa 1 Johnson 88 Attendance: 26,861

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