Paul Scholes

 

The X factor

Sid Lowe

Barcelona -- and Spain -- playmaker Xavi tells Sid Lowe about his football education, Cesc Fabregas and why Paul Scholes is the best midfielder

The X factor

Ferguson to retire within three years

Staff Reporter

Alex Ferguson will quit as Manchester United manager within three years, he told The Mail on Sunday newspaper. Ferguson, who has been in charge at Old Trafford since 1986, said he would be gone by the time he reaches 70 in December 2011. The Scot reneged on his original plan to retire six years ago.

Nine years on, Scholes finally realises European dream

Barnaby Chesterman

The first time a player takes to the field in a Champions League final is always a special moment in his career, but for Paul Scholes there will be extra significance on Wednesday in Moscow. The Manchester United midfielder has had to wait longer than most and, even more poignantly, this opportunity has come nine years after it should have done.

Man U, Chelsea well matched in Champions League

Robert Millward

Manchester United has another English title and Cristiano Ronaldo. Chelsea has a huge, talented squad and the wealth of owner Roman Abramovich. There is no underdog in this Champions League final as two English clubs make history by going head to head in Moscow.

Man U hope memories can bring joy

Ben James

It could hardly be more fitting. Fifty years after the Munich air disaster that killed 23 people and rocked a city, Manchester United stand on the brink of a European triumph, something that means so much to the local people and to the club itself. Eight United players died in the crash in 1958, wiping out many footballers who experts believed could go on to dominate Europe for many years to come.

Ferguson: This United team can become legends

Staff Reporter

Sir Alex Ferguson believes his young Manchester United stars will become Old Trafford legends if they win the Champions League. Ferguson's side retained the Premier League title on Sunday and now the Scot has turned his attention to the Champions League final against Chelsea, the team they edged out of the title.

United clinch title as Chelsea falter

Angus MacKinnon

Manchester United clinched their 17th English championship on Sunday by beating Wigan 2-0 in a nail-biting finale to the most thrilling Premier League title battle in years. Pushed to the wire by Chelsea, United claimed the 10th title of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign by two points after their rivals were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton in their final match.

Scholes strike sends United into Moscow final

Mike Collett

A stunning goal from Paul Scholes gave Manchester United a 1-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to set up an all-English Champions League final against either Liverpool or Chelsea in Moscow next month. Scholes was suspended for United's epic victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 final, and Ferguson had already said he would play in the final if they qualified.

Man U players blame Chelsea staff for brawl

Staff Reporter

Manchester United players have claimed that Chelsea ground staff were reponsible for provoking the row that marred the end of the Premier League showdown between the two teams on Saturday by insulting Patrice Evra. Chelsea won a tense encounter at Stamford Bridge 2-1 with a late penalty strike from Michael Ballack and it was minutes after the final whistle blew when the brawl erupted.

Ronaldo and Rooney steer United to win over Roma

Paul Virgo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United a clinical 2-0 win at AS Roma on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. Portugal forward Ronaldo soared inside the area six minutes before the break to head home a Paul Scholes cross after Rooney had skipped away from Philippe Mexes.

Arsenal stay top but United slash lead

Julian Guyer

Arsenal left it late to stay top of the Premier League as second-placed champions Manchester United closed to within a point on Saturday. The Gunners were seconds away from being knocked off top spot at the Emirates Stadium when Nicklas Bendtner cancelled out an early Philippe Senderos own-goal to secure a 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa.

Red Devils coming for Chiefs, Pirates

Lucky Sindane

English Premiership champions Manchester United will once again square off against Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the 2008 Vodacom Challenge championship. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Tuesday he is going to bring the best available squad for the tournament.

Ferguson backs Scholes as United target treble

Julian Guyer

Sir Alex Ferguson believes experienced midfielder Paul Scholes could play an important part in Manchester United's bid this season to match their treble achievement of 1999. The 33-year-old former England midfielder is expected to feature in Wednesday's league match at home to Portsmouth.

Man U beat Tottenham 3-1 in FA Cup

Robert Millward

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals on Sunday to help Manchester United beat Tottenham 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup, and United celebrated some more when neighbour Manchester City was ousted by Sheffield United 2-1. Robbie Keane gave Spurs a 24th-minute lead at Old Trafford, but Carlos Tevez equalised in the 38th.

United ready to flex muscles as title race hots up

Steve Griffiths

Louis Saha expects Manchester United's superior squad to give the champions a decisive edge as the Premier League title fight hots up. Sir Alex Ferguson rested Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs, Anderson and Patrice Evra against Sunderland on Wednesday but United still coasted to an emphatic 4-0 victory that took them back to the top of the table.