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Wayne Rooney the subject of yet more praise from Manchester United manager David Moyes

The striker has been United's stand-out player of the season following an uncertain summer

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The concern is not related to problems earlier in the season

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United is helped off the pitch

Nemanja Vidic warned he cannot expect to walk back into Manchester United side

David Moyes says his captain is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI

Transfer news: Manchester United consider move for Romanian youngster Dorian Rotariu

The 18-year-old has been in good form for Dinamo Bucharest this season

Alex Ferguson has a massive ego and still seeks to exert control and power over the club, says Roy Keane

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The former manager is in the wings only to offer help says former striker Louis Saha

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Former Blackpool winger Phillips finally starts to pay back part of his £5m price tag with Charlie Austin also on target

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Spaniard leads the way as Premier League side produce one of their best attacking displays of the season

Manchester City’s central defender Vincent Kompany
David Moyes issues instructions to Robin van Persie

David Moyes says Manchester United must 'improve to progress', despite reaching Champions League knock-out stage

United top group despite unconvincing home victory over Shakhtar Donetsk

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe

Transfer news: Tottenham target Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez as replacement for Jermain Defoe

The England striker is growing frustrated with the lack of playing time this season

David Seaman

Patrick Vieira put Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp up front in 'greatest' Arsenal team - but there's no room for Cesc Fabregas and Marc Overmars

The former Arsenal captain was asked to name an XI based on those he played with

Marouane Fellaini missed training today

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk: David Moyes faces personnel problem in search of top spot in Champions League group

United need a point at Old Trafford to win the group, but may have to do so without some senior players

Liverpool manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Steven Gerrard could retire from international football following England's 2014 World Cup campaign

Poll: Greg Dyke thinks England have been drawn in a Group of Death. But can't we think of a better name this time?

'Group of Death' is so 2002. Now we need a new name for this actually-quite-difficult-looking set-up.

Shinji Kagawa with Robin van Persie

Manchester United v Newcastle: David Moyes could be without Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, as well as Wayne Rooney for Old Trafford match

Rooney is suspended, Kagawa has a sickness bug and it is not clear if RVP is ready to return

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Mark Sampson appointed as head coach of England Women's team

The 31-year-old has signed a four-year deal

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