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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

Everton outmuscle United to claim a point

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The making of Wes Brown

From one of Manchester's roughest districts to the toughest character at Old Trafford – the local boy has come a long way. But the past year has presented his greatest challenges yet. He talks to Ian Herbert about the loss of his father and half-sister, and the mentors who shaped his life

Ferdinand relishing captaincy

Rio Ferdinand has vowed to 'cherish the moment' when he leads England into battle against Kazakhstan at Wembley tomorrow.

Terry unlikely to play

John Terry looks certain to miss England's World Cup clash with Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday.

United see glimpse of the future in Rafael

There was a veiled plea to Fabio Capello from Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday to spare Wayne Rooney too many exertions in the international break ahead. But it is one of the England manager's defenders, Wes Brown, who may have most cause for concern as he faces being eclipsed at Old Trafford by Manchester United's new star.

Scholes and Fletcher extend Manchester United contracts

Manchester United have received a double dose of good news with Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher agreeing new contracts.

Community Shield: Little and large show can help Pompey put the squeeze on United

Berbatov could be the answer to champions' fitness worries

'Cristiano knows he is at the right club,' says Neville

Cristiano Ronaldo's club team-mates attempted to remind him what he would be missing by leaving Manchester yesterday as the player issued yet another declaration of uncertainty after his command performance for Portugal against Turkey.

Premier League round-up: Carrick agrees four-year deal but Campo is allowed to wander

England midfielder Michael Carrick, 26, yesterday signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United. Carrick emulates defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, who have committed their long-term futures to the new League champions.

I'm too experienced to lose it at this stage, claims Ferguson

The pressures of the final stretch might be getting to Avram Grant but Sir Alex Ferguson, who will be within a whisker of the title if Manchester United prevail at Blackburn this evening, could reflect yesterday on the benefits of an experience the Israeli does not possess in times like this.

Stop bulldozing our villages, Premier League stars told

The way the pampered playboys of the Premier League have snapped up relatively modest properties in the leafy villages of Prestbury and Alderley Edge in Cheshire and had them bulldozed to make way for their rather more luxurious mansions has long provoked ire, though not, to date, any action. But now, the residents are planning to take a stand.

James Lawton: Nothing too fancy, but not bad for starters

There were some shouts for David Beckham but they were as isolated as the scattering of cries breaking the 23-second silence for the Busby Babes. The German referee was plainly nervous about running to the full minute and wisely decided to end the tribute on a note of what might have been described as fragile decency.

Gill's house vandalised by angry United supporters

Manchester United's chief executive, David Gill, who was publicly opposed to the Glazer family's takeover at the club, has had his house attacked by supporters angered by his recent positive comments when unveiling record profits.

Federer express derails Nalbandian

David Nalbandian usually got the better of Roger Federer as a junior and won their first five meetings on the senior circuit. Those days seemed a lifetime ago here yesterday as the world's best player won their semi-final in the Madrid Masters 6-4, 6-0 in just 58 minutes. In today's final, Federer will play Fernando Gonzalez, who beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-1 in a similarly one-sided contest.

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