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Premier League champions were forced to sell Spain star after Champions League punishment

Robin van Persie celebrates his goal against West Brom

Match Report: Sir Alex Ferguson revels in the routine after wild week

Manchester United 2 West Bromwich Albion 0

Juan Mata celebrates Chelsea's opening goal

Juan Mata eager for more after scoring winning goal for Chelsea

Spaniard scored only goal in victory over Norwich

Jose Mourinho

James Lawton: Once beaten, twice shy: how Fergie keeps a winning edge over the rest

Not even Sir Alex Ferguson's most fervent admirers can claim he has never made a mistake. But then what an enviable habit he has, as he pushes towards his 71st birthday with all of English football once again trailing in his wake. The Ferguson trick is to so rarely make the same one twice.

Carlos Tevez

Manchester derby: Man for man marking

Manchester City

Avram Grant

Avram Grant rules out return to Chelsea, although adds that Rafael Benitez needs support

Former caretaker was linked with return to Stamford Bridge

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Sorry Arsene, Champions League exertions are no excuse for Arsenal's woeful domestic form

Wenger has described his side as jaded, suffering a lack of sharpness, attributed to the energy expended in ensuring Champions League progress

Manchester United winger Luis Nani
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao scored a first-half hat-trick

Atletico target Real scalp as Madrid derby looms

Rare instance that Atletico face Real above them in the league

David Villa

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova delighted with the return of 'The Kid' David Villa

There were plenty of reasons for Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova to be satisfied after his side secured a spot in the last 16 of the King's Cup last night but David Villa's double probably comes near the top of the list.

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Paul Scholes scoring on his 700th appearance for Manchester United

Paul Scholes misses West Ham encounter for Manchester United

Premier League team news

Andres Iniesta of Barcelona celebrates scoring the third goal with his teammates during the la Liga match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona

Barcelona equal best start to La Liga with entire team developed at academy

As well as equalling the best start to La Liga, Barcelona's 4-0 win at Levante on Sunday was an extra source of pride for the Catalan club as it was achieved playing with an entire team of players developed through their academy for most of the match.

Benitez must stop burning his bridges

As a studious, analytical man out of work for almost two years, one thing Rafa Benitez should have worked out by now is that it is not a wise move for a coach in any country to take on the owners of the football club.

Chelsea's greatest ever group stage escape acts

Di Matteo's men can take inspiration from the fact they have never failed to conjure up a result in the group stage when required

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Gabon friendly after nasty gash

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's friendly against Gabon in Libreville after he sustained a cut above his left eye in Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Levante, the Portuguese Federation (FPF) said today.

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