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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admitted luck played a significant part as he bounced back from his penalty miss against Arsenal by converting one in Braga last night.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who has "had a word" with Ashley Young about the theatrics which earned him penalties against Queen's Park Rangers and Aston Villa, said last night that the problem of simulation has existed for 20 years but that the football governing bodies lack the ability to deal with it.
The Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will play in Spain again after signing a one-year deal with Malaga.
Finally after 681 minutes it came. Leo Messi's 54th-minute goal last night was his first in England and it came so soon after it had seemed that he had missed his greatest opportunity to break a duck that had seen him play seven matches for Barcelona and one for Argentina without scoring on English soil.
Manchester United's Patrice Evra has launched an extraordinary attack on Arsenal ahead of Monday evening's Premier League showdown at Old Trafford, claiming the club are in crisis and nothing more than a "training centre".
Striker 'delighted' to stay at United and claims he would only have considered move abroad from Old Trafford
Dutch specialists conclude ankle problem is worse than initial diagnosis in blow to injury-hit Arsenal
Hamburg have won the race to sign Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who had been linked with West Ham United, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur in the last week.
Liverpool manager says that only victory can keep hopes of top-four finish alive
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed the club are interested in signing Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on loan.
Gordon Banks believes Stoke would "shoot up" the Barclays Premier League if they pulled off the audacious signing of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy could be set for a January move to Liverpool.
United midfielder finally admits it's time to consider life after the legs have gone
Doncaster Rovers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 5
Dimitar Berbatov has admitted he expects to do better for Manchester United this season.