WES Brown is looking forward to his first Old Trafford return, but the centre-back will head to his spiritual home with a nagging fear about what lies in wait.
LEE Cattermole is pushing for a Sunderland recall with doubts over whether David Vaughan will make tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.
JOHN Carver is confident Newcastle United won’t miss out on another Michael Carrick – because they now have an Academy that can compete with Manchester United and the rest of English football’s big guns.
THE passion and intensity of the Sunderland support has surprised the former Manchester United contingent at the club, according to Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
STEVE Bruce has hailed Sunderland’s Wes Brown as one of the best English centre-backs of the modern era after the former Manchester United man produced a superb debut display at Liverpool.
STEVE Bruce’s Sunderland revolution has continued with the addition of experienced Manchester United duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea – along with Blackpool’s Welsh international David Vaughan.
SUNDERLAND targets Wes Brown, Darron Gibson and John O’Shea are happy with the financial packages on offer should they agree to sign for the Black Cats.
STEVE Bruce has been told to wait until Danny Welbeck returns to pre-season training with Manchester United to ask whether the England Under-21 international can return to Sunderland next season, writes LUKE EDWARDS.
SUNDERLAND’S attempts to land Manchester United ace Wes Brown look to be dead as the player is believed to not want a move to the North East.
DARRON Gibson is ready to play for Sunderland – and hopes his Manchester United team-mates Wes Brown and John O’Shea will be joining him at the Stadium of Light.
SUNDERLAND have launched a £12million triple swoop on Manchester United after agreeing to a £16million deal that will see England midfielder Jordan Henderson leave for Liverpool.
HAVING seen first-hand what a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona can do, Danny Simpson hopes Manchester United have learned the lessons of Rome 2009, writes STUART RAYNER.
IF they need it, Danny Simpson will be hoping to do his Manchester United mates a favour at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and Newcastle United’s last trip there has given him the belief it can happen.
DANNY Simpson admits he had a lucky escape against Manchester United after fearing his rash tackle had wasted a fine Newcastle performance and allowed his former club to steal victory.
ALAN Pardew paid tribute to referee Lee Probert for the part he played in helping Newcastle United to the 40-point mark.
SUNDERLAND went down by two goals without reply in windy conditions at United’s Carrington training complex.
STEVE Bruce will ask Manchester United to allow Danny Welbeck to return to Sunderland on loan next season if they reject their bid to make his move permanent in the summer.
AS A former captain of Manchester United with Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup medals, Steve Bruce does not have many regrets.
PAUL Ince got the better of former Manchester United team-mate Steve Bruce as League One Notts County dumped Barclays Premier League Sunderland out of the FA Cup.
POPPING around to see the relatives at Christmas can often seem like a good idea, but does not always end as you hoped.
PHIL Bardsley admitted Sunderland had been fortunate to keep Manchester United down to two goals yesterday, and urged his team-mates to bounce back tomorrow, writes STUART RAYNER.
MANCHESTER United very rarely lose on the Old Trafford pitch. In fact, Steve Bruce tells Stuart Rayner, they often win in the tunnel.
IN public at least, Steve Bruce has written off his chances of being able to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.
STEVE Bruce grows less confident about signing Danny Welbeck permanently every time the youngster scores a goal during his loan spell from Manchester United.
DANNY Welbeck has admitted four months at the Stadium of Light have done more for his career than staying at Manchester United could - but has stopped short of saying he would like to grant Steve Bruce's wish and make the move permanent.
HAVING beaten Manchester City and drawn with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United already this season, Sunderland are getting used to rising to challenges.
PHIL Bardsley is full of optimism for what Sunderland are capable of this season as he argued Manchester United will not have a tougher game during the current campaign.
MANCHESTER United’s players were ankle deep in brown smelly stuff in their changing room before kick-off – but they were made to look like they were swimming against a tide of the stuff once they got out on to the pitch.
BOLO Zenden has never been more disappointed with a draw against Manchester United as Sunderland’s club captain insisted the Black Cats gave the Premier League giants a torrid time on Wearside.
STEVE Bruce believes that Sunderland’s biggest tests are still ahead of them despite praising his players for their excellent performance in the goalless draw with Manchester United.
PHIL Bardsley lives and breathes Manchester United as a fan but takes great pride in plotting their downfall today as a player.
IAN Bogie has hit back at criticism of his Gateshead side by Crawley Town manager Steve Evans, and urged the Tynesiders to bounce back from defeat to the Red Devils against Grimsby Town tonight.
NEWCASTLE United were given an indication of the size of the task facing them this season as Manchester United handed them a ruthless opening-night lesson at Old Trafford.
NEWCASTLE United supporters have a few painful memories of Old Trafford over recent years, but none as agonising as Steve Harper’s recollection of his last trip to Manchester United.
STEVE Bruce is increasingly optimistic about re-signing John Mensah by the end of the week - but admits his pursuit of Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck is "up in the air".
CHRIS Hughton has confirmed Newcastle United’s interest in Tom Cleverley – but admitted that Manchester United require guarantees over first team football before a deal can be brokered.
NEWCASTLE United expect to clinch a season-long loan deal for Tom Cleverley as soon as Manchester United return from their North American tour next month.
SUNDERLAND will finally bid farewell to Daryl Murphy over the next seven days – as they move closer to striking a shock loan deal for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
SUNDERLAND are set to launch an ambitious bid for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick as Steve Bruce quickly looks to replace departed skipper Lorik Cana.
THE fixtures computer gave Newcastle United fans one more reason to cheer on England at this summer’s World Cup after it sent the Magpies to Manchester United’s Old Trafford on the opening game of the season.