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Under former manager Paolo Di Canio, Lee Cattermole was lost – a totem of the the Italian’s dislocated relationship with his players

Danny Welbeck

David Moyes tells Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck: 'The name of the game is goals'

Manager knows the United's forwards goal return is what he will be judged on

Gus Poyet has admitted his delight at the FA's decision to overturn the red card given to Sunderland defender Wes Brown

Aston Villa v Sunderland: Gus Poyet not worried about bad luck

The Black Cats are rooted to the bottom of the table

Marko Arnautovic praises Charlie Adam impact for Stoke City

Forward Marko Arnautovic believes his Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam's recent exploits have sent a message to Potters boss Mark Hughes.

Paolo Di Canio ponders deeply a home defeat by Fulham

Sunderland critics 'are like crows' says Paolo Di Canio

The Black Cats opened the season with a defeat at home to Fulham

Paolo Di Canio motivates his Sunderland players in Hong Kong

Transfer news: Di Canio set to continue spending despite bringing in nine new faces already

The Italian wants to add an English midfielder of very good quality

Jozy Altidore

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore reveals game against Tottenham was the hardest of his life

The 23-year-old had recently learned of the death of his mentor

O'Neill full of praise for Kilgallon

Sunderland manager glad defender has stepped back up to the first team amid club's injury crisis
Wes Brown joined Sunderland over the summer

Alex Ferguson relishing return of Wes Brown and John O'Shea

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to welcoming two members of his old guard back to Manchester United tomorrow.

Bruce wants bragging rights for season, not just derby day

Steve Bruce is adamant that maintaining Sunderland's recent league dominance over arch-rivals Newcastle rather than breaking his derby duck remains his paramount aim.

Chris Smalling signs new Manchester United contract

Defender Chris Smalling has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United.

Sunderland complete deal for Manchester United defender Wes Brown

Manchester United defender Wes Brown has completed his move to Sunderland after agreeing a four-year deal.

Bruce nears deal for Brown and O'Shea

Steve Bruce was last night closing in on more transfer success as Sunderland worked to thrash out the details of a double move for the Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O'Shea.

Sunderland step up pursuit of Manchester United trio Darron Gibson, Wes Brown and John O'Shea

Steve Bruce will this week step up his efforts to persuade a trio of Manchester United players to swap Old Trafford for Sunderland.

Nani to stay at United despite arrival of Young

Manchester United will not be offloading Nani following Ashley Young's £17m arrival at Old Trafford.

Manchester United will not sell Nani

Manchester United will not be offloading Nani following Ashley Young's £17million arrival at Old Trafford.

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