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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger leads tributes to great rival Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United are to mark the Scot's phenomenally successful 26 years in charge at Old Trafford by unveiling a statue of the 70-year-old

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Ryan Giggs demands Manchester United improve on sloppy starts

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs knows the team cannot keep relying on their famous powers of recovery.

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Wales have suffered four defeats out of four under Chris Coleman

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Newcastle defeat still rankles Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson

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Michael Carrick thinks whoever handles the occasion better, rather than recent records, will dictate the outcome of the fixture

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to miss Champions League tie due to illness

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Michael Carrick will miss tomorrow's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj due to illness.

Spurs shatter United to ease pressure on manager

Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 3: Dempsey strike stuns Old Trafford to give Villas-Boas credibility on one of biggest stages

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Sturridge puts GB into last eight

Football may not be a universally welcome presence at these Olympic Games but Great Britain's men joined their female counterparts in the quarter-finals last night with a spirited display that will ensure the game gets closer to centre stage.

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