Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

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Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick and Nemanja Vidic at Chester Races following the announcement Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping down

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Defender says the Everton manager is the right choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj pictured in an Under-21 match against Arsenal

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Sir Alex Ferguson is set to blood new players in final games of the season

Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie enjoys 'best' goal for Manchester United

The Dutchman struck an incredible volley in last night's win over Aston Villa

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Michael Carrick celebrates United's title win

Michael Carrick lauds Manchester United 'legend' Ryan Giggs

Veteran Welshman has now won as many titles as Arsenal have in their entire history

Last time Man United and Aston Villa ended up clashing, Man U stole a 3-2 victory
Mario Balotelli strips during City’s 6-1 win at United last season

Sir Alex Ferguson claims 6-1 defeat will motivate Manchester United

Manchester City visit Old Trafford tonight

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie

Robin van Persie says he could see career out at Manchester United

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5. Ryan Giggs makes his 1000th senior appearance tonight, and will be keen to cap the night with a vintage performance. Though a note of caution- he has never scored against Real, in five previous matches

Ryan Giggs expects playing careers to last longer

Manchester United midfielder will play into his 40s

17.	Frank Lampard - £33m

John Terry compares Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard to Ryan Giggs

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Ferguson has always been prepared to move on good players and Rooney, it appears, may be about to find that he is as dispensable as the others that feature on this list. The relationship between the manager and former star striker was tested when Rooney handed in a transfer request in 2010. All seemed well until Ferguson decided that a player that cost him £27 million to sign, is apparently not good enough anymore to pose a threat against Real Madrid. Is the writing on the wall for his United career? Click through to see the other United stars who were cast aside...

Glenn Moore: Despite Alex Ferguson's assertions, Wayne Rooney's future at Manchester United remains far from certain

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Manchester United v Real Madrid: Wayne Rooney dropped for Champions League tie

Nani preferred for crucial tie at Old Trafford

Anthony Pilkington celebrates his winning goal against Manchester United earlier this season

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