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Roy Hodgson assured Gareth Barry he has England future

Roy Hodgson has promised Gareth Barry he still has a future with England.

Midfield maestro: Since emerging from retirement Paul Scholes has galvanised United and must be in England's European Championship squad

Alex Ferguson standing firm over selection of Manchester United players for Olympics

Sir Alex Ferguson has set out his stall over the London 2012 Olympic football tournament and told the FA none of Manchester United's over-age players apart from Ryan Giggs can be selected.

Fabio da Silva: Less outgoing than his brother

Ferguson set to break up the Da Silva twins

Sir Alex Ferguson's preference is for Fabio da Silva to be sent on loan to a Premier League club, enabling him to monitor the progress of a player he feels will benefit from a time of independent development away from his twin brother, Rafael.

Manchester United dumped out of Europe by brilliant Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao 2 Manchester United 1 (Athletic Bilbao win 5-3 on aggregate)

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The official football for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been launched.

Tom Cleverley pictured in training

Manchester United v Ajax preview

Ahead of tonight's Europa League match between Manchester United and Ajax, we look at the key battles.

Ryan Giggs will continue for another season

Manchester United trio Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra to miss Ajax tie

Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra were all absent as Manchester United headed to Amsterdam on their first Europa League trip this morning.

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Manchester United hopeful Phil Jones will be fit for Liverpool FA Cup tie

Manchester United are hopeful Phil Jones will shrug off an ankle injury and declare himself fit for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the winner in a thrilling contest against Spurs

Manchester City will 'crumble' predicts Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling is adamant Manchester City will "crumble" if Manchester United's relentless pursuit of the Barclays Premier League leaders continues much longer.

Michael Carrick could take on the mantle of the retired Paul Scholes

Ferguson tells Carrick to be United's 'pivotal player'

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Michael Carrick to maintain his outstanding recent form and become the leading midfielder that the Manchester United manager believes he can be.

Phil Jones is taken off at Fulham after catching an elbow in his face

Ferguson relieved after Jones handed fitness boost‎

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he "feared the worst" when Phil Jones had to be replaced at Fulham on Wednesday.

Jonny Evans keen to end goal drought

Jonny Evans has abandoned the idea of practising a goal celebration for when he eventually breaks his Manchester United duck.

Ferguson: Faces a depleted squad

Ferguson rules out panic buys for United

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, insists he will not panic buy during next month's transfer window.

Ferguson saw United return to winning ways against Wolves

Squad depth vital says Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows he will have to utilise the full depth of his squad as the fixture list picks up over the festive period.

Cleverley goes off injured against Everton

Tom Cleverley ruled out for Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled Tom Cleverley out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Otelul Galati tomorrow and does not expect the midfielder to feature in Saturday's Premier League encounter with Sunderland either.

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