Manchester United face an uphill battle if they are to reach Wembley this season after losing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final to Sunderland by two goals to one at the Stadium of Light.
An own goal from Ryan Giggs gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half time, before Nemanja Vidic drew United level seven minutes after the break.
Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has been installed as the favourite to become Wigan Athletic’s new manager after Roberto Martinez was given permission to leave the Latics.
The Mirror yesterday reported that Meulensteen would rather leave Old Trafford that revert back to his former role as Head of Youth Development following the arrival of new manager David Moyes.
Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to be drawn on speculation that he is set to leave Real Madrid this summer.
The forward played in Real’s 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund yesterday, though the La Liga champions lost 4-3 on aggregate.
Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to twelve points as they lost the 165th Manchester derby to rivals City at Old Trafford last night.
An end to end first half surprisingly finished without a goal, with James Milner giving the visitors the lead five minutes after the break.
Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to David Gill, following the news that United’s Chief Executive will leave his post at the end of the season.
Whilst respecting Gill’s decision, Ferguson said that if he could have persuaded him to stay, he would have done so.