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Ferguson on defensive after Capello's criticism

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by The Independent

Sir Alex Ferguson has rebutted Fabio Capello's claims that Manchester United are not the same force they were last season, declaring that they have only one point fewer than this time last year and that it would be unrealistic to expect more goals from a side which has lost Cristiano Ronaldo. The England coach has said that United are not the "war machine" they were but Ferguson insisted ahead...Full Story »

McLeish ponders permanent Hart deal

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by The Independent

The Birmingham City manager, Alex McLeish, may yet yet try to sign the goalkeeper Joe Hart permanently next month to avert fears of losing him in the summer. Hart, on a season-long loan from Manchester City, has been one of the cornerstones of the Blues' remarkable run of 11 consecutive Premier League matches without defeat, equalling a 101-year-old top-flight club record. The 22-year-old's la...Full Story »

Real Madrid deny approach from Manchester City owner

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by The Independent

Reports suggest Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made a mega offer to Real Madrid Real Madrid have denied they have received a mega offer from Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan to buy out the Spanish giants. Reports in Spain suggested the Sheikh was set to shell out one billion euros for Madrid and was due to meet club president Florentino ...Full Story »

Ferguson happy with two-point deficit

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by PA

Manchester United tackle Wigan at Old Trafford tomorrow with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he would have gladly accepted being two points adrift of Chelsea in the depth of his defensive injury crisis. Victory against the Latics will get United precisely to that point in the Barclays Premier League title race. And with Gary Neville set to join Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown in Ferguson's squad, ...Full Story »

Late Hunt brace denies Bolton

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by PA

Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt scored twice in the last 19 minutes as Bolton's defensive deficiencies allowed the Tigers to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.Wanderers looked comfortable after Ivan Klasnic's 20th-minute goal and Kevin Davies' second-half header.However, Hunt nodded in from close range to spread panic in a defence without a clean sheet all season and the Republic ...Full Story »

Torres strikes late to sink Villa

Posted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by PA

Fernando Torres scored an injury-time 50th Barclays Premier League goal for Liverpool to give his side a Champions League lifeline with a 1-0 win against Aston Villa.The Spaniard drilled a low shot across Villa keeper Brad Friedel in the 93rd minute to become the fastest player in Reds history to score a half century of league goals.It means Rafael Benitez's side are only two points behind Vill...Full Story »

United close gap on Blues with win

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Wayne Rooney rescued Manchester United after almost playing the Barclays Premier League champions into trouble during a 3-1 victory at struggling Hull.Rooney gave United the lead in first-half stoppage time at the KC Stadium but then gifted Hull a route back with the mistake that led to Craig Fagan's penalty equaliser.The England striker then stepped up a gear to force an own goal from Andy Daw...Full Story »

Fabregas masterclass fires a warning

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Captain Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to inspire the Gunners to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa which hauls them back into the Barclays Premier League title race.The Spaniard, who had been out with a hamstring problem, netted a superb free-kick on 65 minutes and then scored a fine breakaway goal before being substituted as a precaution.Abou Diaby netted a third in stoppage time at Emirates Stadiu...Full Story »

Lampard on the spot for Blues

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Frank Lampard showed the nerve which has made him one of England's finest players to secure a 1-1 draw at West Ham which takes Chelsea four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas.Lampard, the former Hammers midfielder, slotted home a penalty in the second half which he was forced to take three times.Some players might have been thrown by that. Lampard simply kept ri...Full Story »

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy had the last laugh as his recalled first-choice players overcame Burnley 2-0 thanks to goals from Nenad Milijas and Kevin Doyle to move out of the Barclays Premier League bot

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

McCarthy had come in for heavy criticism after fielding a virtual reserve team at Manchester United in midweek to ensure his players were fresh to face the Clarets.But any anger among the Wolves fans over that move was forgotten as Milijas and Doyle secured a third win in four matches for the midlands club.It moved them level on 19 points with Burnley who have now gone seven games without a win...Full Story »

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