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Arsenal depression deepens after FA Cup exit

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Nani wants strong run-in for Manchester United

Nani is determined to finish the season in style and help Manchester United regain the Barclays Premier League championship from Chelsea.

Manchester United will turn to Wes Brown after Nemanja Vidic dismissal

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will turn to Wes Brown to fill the defensive void left by the suspension of Nemanja Vidic following the Serbian's dismissal in last night's damaging loss at the hands of Chelsea.

United given devil of a time by Crawley

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United's faltering title challenge stutters back to life

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To British audiences, he'll always be Lovejoy. But for a decade, Ian McShane has been plundering the best roles in US film and TV. Just what is driving this former hellraiser?

England line up King as replacement if Ferdinand is ruled out

Fabio Capello has resolved to give Ledley King every chance possible to make the provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup finals when he announces it on 16 May, but he is still not certain whether he will be able to pick the injury-plagued Tottenham captain for his final squad.

Foster forced to margins at United

England have been dealt a defensive boost that they badly needed ahead of the World Cup squad announcement with news that Wes Brown has returned to full training. Ben Foster, however, another player who had seemed a genuine England prospect, appears increasingly marginalised at Manchester United.

San Siro strike my 'worst ever' admits Scholes

Paul Scholes has admitted his match-changing equaliser against AC Milan three weeks ago is probably the worst goal he has ever scored.

Back catalogue: England's defensive problems

Defence has traditionally been one of England's strongest positions, but injuries, loss of form and scandals have played havoc with the talent pool.

Vidic happy to be back for Manchester United

Nemanja Vidic wants to make up for lost time in his injury-disrupted season, just as Rio Ferdinand has been sidelined again.

Steve Tongue: Terry's a loser but England squad lose nothing

According to one dressing-room observer, Fabio Capello's final words following England's match against Brazil in November, the last before a three-month international break, were along the lines of "keep playing for your clubs" and "keep your noses clean". If the latter phrase does not sound terribly authentic, given the manager's lack of idiomatic English, the message was clear. John Terry failed to heed it and is now the loser, in pride and probably pocket, from what has been a depressing affair in more than the sexual sense.

Van der Sar says Manchester United experience is key

Edwin Van der Sar believes Manchester United have the awareness that separates them from the rest.

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