Evra: World Cup Snub Hurt

  • 15 October 2007
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Patrice Evra has admitted the 'tough blow' of being left out of France's World Cup squad has motivated him into becoming the player he is today. #

The Manchester United defender, who made his international debut in 2004 and has won seven caps, admits he was hurt to see his French colleagues playing in the World Cup, where they reached the final.

Rooney Backing England

  • 15 October 2007
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Wayne Rooney is backing England to perform against Russia on Wednesday keeping them on course for the Euro 2008 finals.

The Manchester United forward said: "We have got the job done today and we've got a similar game in Russia to the one we had to tackle in Istanbul a few years ago.

Van Der Sar Out

  • 12 October 2007
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Edwin van der Sar has been forced to withdraw from the Holland squad ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Romania and Slovenia.

The goalkeeper has missed Manchester United's last two matches with a toe injury and has continued to be bothered by the problem in training this week.

Rooney Ready to Score

  • 12 October 2007
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Wayne Rooney has admitted his lack of goals for England is becoming a worry.

Despite scoring goals against Macedonia and Liechtenstein back in 2003, the Manchester United ace has now gone 16 competitive games without finding the net.

You have to go back to Euro 2004 for Rooney's last goal in a competitive fixture and the former Everton striker is determined to put the record straight.

Carrick Salutes Defence

  • 11 October 2007
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Michael Carrick says United's solid backline has provided the perfect platform on which to build this season's title challenge.

Rio and co. currently hold the best defensive record in the country, with just two goals conceded, and Carrick believes it will stand the Reds in good stead over the course of the campaign.

Fergie Loving Nani

  • 11 October 2007
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Sir Alex Ferguson has been pleasantly surprised by the way Nani has settled since moving from Sporting Lisbon, and the Reds boss predicts a bright future ahead for the Portuguese winger.

The 20-year-old has played in 11 of United's opening 13 fixtures in 2007/08, seven of which have been starts.

Ronaldo: We're Favourites

  • 11 October 2007
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Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo feels that the 2007/2008 campaign will 'not be a good season' for Chelsea.

"Chelsea without Mourinho, that's a completely different team," he told Austrian newspaper Heute.

"You can never write Chelsea off, but I have a feeling that this will not be a good season for them."

United Stars in World XI

  • 11 October 2007
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Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez have made FIFA's shortlist for the World Player of the Year award.

AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaka is being touted as the favourite to win the prestigious accolade, although he faces stiff competition, particularly from the likes of United's very own Cristiano Ronaldo, who was instrumental in the Reds' title success last season.

Tevez, Evra: Arsenal Watch Out

  • 11 October 2007
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Carlos Tevez and Patrice Evra have warned Arsenal not to get too excited about their position at the top of the table.

"Arsenal are the leaders in the table but Manchester United should be favourites for the title and the Champions League," Tevez told the Mirror

"I think we will show that and prove it to our opponents when we play them in the key matches this season.

O'Shea Praises Partnership

  • 11 October 2007
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John O'Shea feels that, in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, United are blessed with Europe's finest central defensive partnership.

The Reds' defence has made a rock-solid start to the season, conceding just two goals in eight Premier League games, and O'Shea feels Vidic and Ferdinand have been central to that record.

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