Jack Colback of Sunderland in action with Park Ji-Sung of Manchester United

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0

PERHAPS it was inevitable Steve Bruce would wake up yesterday with a colossal headache and no more points than he started the weekend with, but the unexpected causes of both will infuriate him, and the headache may take a long time to clear.

Manchester United 1 Sunderland 0

SIR Alex Ferguson celebrated 25 years in charge of Manchester United with victory over Sunderland thanks to a helping hand from one of his former players.

Why Steve Bruce is not going to copy Sir Alex Ferguson

HE may have spent nearly nine years learning from the greatest football manager of modern times, but Steve Bruce believes trying to copy Sir Alex Ferguson would be pointless.

Gabriel Obertan

Newcastle United to unveil new boy Gabriel Obertan

GABRIEL Obertan will this morning be unveiled as Newcastle United’s fifth signing of the summer.

Cheik Tiote

Cheik Tiote vows not to change in the clampdown on tackling

CHEIK Tioté has vowed not to alter his crowd-pleasing style, but his manager Alan Pardew worries a Premier League team will pay the ultimate price for the growing clampdown on tackling.

Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi's big risk to play for NUFC

SHOLA Ameobi risked permanent damage to his face by playing for Newcastle United on Saturday.

Sunderland 0 Manchester Utd 0: Luke Edwards match analysis

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.

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Williamson and Perch given pass marks by Chris Hughton

CHRIS Hughton reckons Mike Williamson and James Perch passed their first Premier League test with flying colours – but has warned both there will be no let-up as Newcastle United strive for top flight safety.

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Steve Bruce reminded of task ahead after Man Utd defeat

STEVE Bruce was reminded of the task facing him this summer after blaming a lack of quality for Sunderland’s failure to finish a season of immense progress at the Stadium of Light on a high.

Sunderland 0 Manchester United 1

IT ENDED as it began for Sunderland, heads bowed after being outclassed by one of the finest teams in the land.

Manchester United 2, Sunderland 2

THE script read like a re-run of Sunderland’s familiar Old Trafford horror story.

Manchester United 2, Sunderland 2

MANCHESTER United delved into their much-used box of late comebacks to rescue a point against Sunderland.

10-man Devils sink Wolves

AT a time when English clubs’ recruitment of overseas youngsters is attracting the disapproving attention of FIFA, one of Manchester United’s true home-grown talents sent their 10 men into the Carling Cup fourth round.

Threatened trio's faith in Red Devils

While Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all need to earn points in their fixtures against Aston Villa, Chelsea and West Ham respectively, the Premier League champions have a potentially pivotal role to play at 17th-placed Hull City.

NUFC survival could rest in Manchester United's hands

WHICHEVER combination of the North East’s three footballing superpowers is shoved into the Championship this weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson must be held accountable for his role in their demise.

Neville given rare run-out

GARY Neville will lead Manchester United into Champions League battle against Aalborg tonight – but the veteran defender’s days as Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-choice full-back are numbered.

Turkey top of the menu for Magpies fans

A LITTLE over two decades ago, England recorded an 8-0 victory over Turkey on their way to qualifying for Euro 88.

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No mercy for old pal Didier, vows Beye

HABIB Beye plans to renew acquaintances with his old friend Didier Drogba with a kick when Chelsea arrive at St James’s Park this afternoon.

Sunderland 0, Manchester United 4

AS is traditional, Sunderland’s players spent the days leading up to Christmas visiting patients at the region’s hospitals.

Manchester United 4, Middlesbrough 1

GARETH Southgate remained upbeat despite seeing his Middlesbrough side suffer an emphatic 4-1 defeat at Manchester United.

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