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The second city derby has produced some wonderful encounters in the past, with goals and drama normally guaranteed. In fact in the last 12 clashes between the two teams, going back 8 years, there have been 30 goals, and only a single goalless draw. In recent years Villa have had the better of their rivals, having completed the double over Birmingham in the last three seasons they’ve faced each other. Going into today’s game though all the signs pointed towards a slightly quieter affair. Villa have not found the back …

Top of the table Brighton extend their lead at the summit of League One to 8 points with a comfortable 3-0 away victory against 10 men Peterborough United at London Road.
After a shocking performance at Griffin Park last time out, there was certainly pressure on Posh boss Gary Johnson to make changes to his starting eleven for the visit of Brighton. Gabby Zakuani and Tommy Rowe picked up knocks in the last match and so were not involved in first team action at all. In their place came Ryan Bennett and …

The Daily Mail is reporting that Manchester United may offer Carlos Queiroz a return to the club. Previously, the Portuguese coach had two spells as an assistant manager at the club. First he arrived at the club in 2002 and spent just one season before Real Madrid offered him the vacant managerial role. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with the Brazilian Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, and David Beckham, with the latter joining the club from Manchester United just one week before Queiroz was appointed. He …

The match between Manchester United and Tottenham should be an entertaining football game. It kicks off at 17:30 BST at Old Trafford. For this match, United will be without star striker Wayne Rooney after Ferguson stated that his ankle injury will put him out of action for more than three weeks. Other absentees from the squad are Owen, Giggs, Hargreaves and Valencia. Tottenham have more absentees than United, being Dawson, Defoe, Huddlestone, Corluka, King, Woodgate and O’Hara. It was also reported that with a match against Inter next Tuesday, Harry …

There are still two months left until the transfer window opens again, but the press has already been mentioning several players that United may decide to purchase in January. Fuel to the fire was added when reports of a £50 million summer transfer kitty and reports regarding Rooney’s demands to attract world class talent to the club appeared in the press. Ferguson has been linked with tens of players in which he reportedly holds an interest. Ironically, history proves that Ferguson has a tendency to move for players that are …

Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that his experience in the job has taught him how to handle situations like the one of Wayne Rooney, where he convinced him that like he had done in the past, he would be working on the potential of the current Manchester United squad to challenge for major honours. Ferguson has also pointed to the fact that this sends a signal about the experience required from the manager that would succeed him once he eventually decides to retire. He says that Manchester United cannot go …

According to teammate Nani he certainly could be.  Speaking to Manutd.com the Portuguese winger illustrated his belief that Anderson can still yet make an impact as a Manchester United player.
“We all know here that he is an amazing player. He is strong, he is a very clever player too and he can be a very important player in this team.”
Both players arrived at Old Trafford from Portugal in the summer of 2007, yet whilst Nani has become one of United’s most influential players this season, Anderson has struggled to make …

For one reason or other, Chris Hughton has found himself the subject of malicious, and quite frankly undeserved, rumour this week with suggestions that Mike Ashley is about to punt his saviour over the edge. If such an occasion were to arrive then you can bet your bottle of Newcy Brown that the decision will not be received well on Tyneside. From all observations, Hughton appears to be a thoroughly decent human being, a good boss and an even better man manager. Never has stability and a head as cool …

Today, football kits seem to be more about fashion, style and panache, regularly competing with other kits in a duel for an imaginary title each season. Quite bizarre really when you consider the target audience consists mainly of overweight middle aged men who wear the strip religiously, as though they got married in it! Companies these days boast of all the technology inside a kit which apparently stops sweat and keeps you warmer during Winter. Well try telling that to the 46-year old at the gym with the ‘Caution, Wet Floor’ …

The contract of ex-Liverpool star striker Michael Owen at Manchester United is due to expire at the end of this season. His start to the current campaign has been hindered by injuries. In his first season at United, Owen scored 9 goals in all competitions for United and he scored another three for United this season despite being in the starting eleven only once in the match against Sunderland. The Manchester United Number Seven has yet to enter into contract talks with his manager and club administration, and has admitted …