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Danny Welbeck

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The Black Cats are rooted to the bottom of the table

Marko Arnautovic praises Charlie Adam impact for Stoke City

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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

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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

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Bruce wants bragging rights for season, not just derby day

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Chris Smalling signs new Manchester United contract

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Sunderland complete deal for Manchester United defender Wes Brown

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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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