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Sep 20, 2013

Soccer-Fergie factor figures in first Ferguson-free derby

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The first Manchester derby of the post-Alex Ferguson era takes place with the former United manager’s influence keenly felt after he timed his praise for striker Wayne Rooney to coincide with the build-up to Sunday’s game.

Ferguson was critical of the England striker’s form last season and the Scot’s disclosure in May that Rooney wanted to leave Old Trafford was reported to have fuelled the 27-year-old’s desire to seek a new challenge elsewhere.

Sep 19, 2013

European magic lifts City and United before derby

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United fans have been buying Marouane Fellaini wigs with their new Belgian showing signs he can add a cool head and quality passing to the midfield just in time for Sunday’s derby against City.

Last season’s champions and runners-up meet at the Etihad Stadium, hoping midweek Champions League success can ignite their domestic campaigns after some uninspired performances from both in their first four games, each taking just seven points.

Sep 19, 2013

Soccer-European magic lifts City and United before derby

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Manchester United fans have been buying Marouane Fellaini wigs with their new Belgian showing signs he can add a cool head and quality passing to the midfield just in time for Sunday’s derby against City.

Last season’s champions and runners-up meet at the Etihad Stadium, hoping midweek Champions League success can ignite their domestic campaigns after some uninspired performances from both in their first four games, each taking just seven points.

Sep 17, 2013

Rooney can achieve more after 200 goals – Moyes

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney scored twice against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to reach 200 Manchester United goals as he enjoys a new lease of life under David Moyes who thinks he can become one of the club’s greatest predators.

The striker’s commitment to Old Trafford had been questioned and he was left out of key games last season under Alex Ferguson, who also took to playing him in more of a midfield role as Robin van Persie took the goalscoring glory.

Sep 17, 2013

Soccer-Rooney can achieve more after 200 goals – Moyes

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney scored twice against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to reach 200 Manchester United goals as he enjoys a new lease of life under David Moyes who thinks he can become one of the club’s greatest predators.

The striker’s commitment to Old Trafford had been questioned and he was left out of key games last season under Alex Ferguson, who also took to playing him in more of a midfield role as Robin van Persie took the goalscoring glory.

Sep 17, 2013

Revitalised Rooney hits two to inspire United

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney drew a line under an unsettled few months as he scored twice to chalk up 200 goals for Manchester United in a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League Group A opener at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Rooney, whose future at the club had been in question after he was left out of key games last season and was courted by Chelsea in the transfer window, scored United’s first and third goals and provided the assist for the fourth.

Sep 17, 2013

Rooney double gives United win over Leverkusen

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney scored twice to chalk up 200 goals for Manchester United as his side beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in their Champions League Group A opener at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Rooney put the English champions ahead in the 22nd minute with a close-range volley and had chances to stretch the lead before Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes levelled after 54 minutes.

Sep 17, 2013

Soccer-Rooney double gives United win over Leverkusen

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney scored twice to chalk up 200 goals for Manchester United as his side beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in their Champions League Group A opener at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Rooney put the English champions ahead in the 22nd minute with a close-range volley and had chances to stretch the lead before Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes levelled after 54 minutes.

Sep 16, 2013

Hyypia remembers good and bad on Old Trafford return

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Old Trafford conjures memories of career milestones for Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia and when the former Liverpool defender returns there in the Champions League he has the chance to add to the collection.

A decade playing for Manchester United’s arch-rivals means Tuesday’s Group A opponents are all too familiar to the Finn, who picked up his only red card at Old Trafford in 2003 and played his last full match in a Liverpool shirt there in 2009, helping his side to a famous 4-1 win.

Sep 16, 2013

Soccer-Hyypia remembers good and bad on Old Trafford return

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Old Trafford conjures memories of career milestones for Bayer Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia and when the former Liverpool defender returns there in the Champions League he has the chance to add to the collection.

A decade playing for Manchester United’s arch-rivals means Tuesday’s Group A opponents are all too familiar to the Finn, who picked up his only red card at Old Trafford in 2003 and played his last full match in a Liverpool shirt there in 2009, helping his side to a famous 4-1 win.

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      "I have been on the Reuters sports desk since 2006, before that was on the world desk and have also been a general news correspondent in Moscow. I report on sport in the north of England and also sub copy on all sports."
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