Arsene Wenger backed Arsenal to stay on course for the Premier League title after struggling Wigan held the league leaders to a 0-0 draw at the JJB Stadium on Sunday. Having eliminated holders AC Milan from the Champions League in midweek, Arsenal failed to negotiate an awful playing surface at Wigan that is surely the worst in England's top division.
Harry Redknapp pulled off a unique FA Cup hat-trick against Manchester United as Sulley Muntari's second-half penalty sealed a 1-0 victory that sent Portsmouth through to the semifinals for the first time since 1992. Redknapp, who had previously guided Bournemouth and West Ham to FA Cup wins against United, saw his team win at Old Trafford for the first time in 51 years.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has hit back at suggestions that the Premiership club played a part in Benni McCarthy's surprise omission from South Africa's squad for next month's African Cup of Nations. McCarthy (30) had looked set to be a certainty in Carlos Alberto Parreira's plans for the tournament, which starts in Ghana on January 20.
With three World Cups behind him and 36 international goals to his name, Michael Owen may have felt that his days of proving himself in an England shirt were nothing but a distant memory. Yet when England's B team lines up against Albania at Burnley's Turf Moor on Friday, the Newcastle United forward will be aiming to show once and for all that he is fit.
Peter Crouch can look back on 2006 having scored more goals in a calendar year than any England striker before him, but the Liverpool forward admits that he still has his doubters ahead of Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Macedonia in Manchester.
Tim Cahill backed Andrew Johnson to get 20 goals this season after the England striker scored an opportunist double to fire his side to a 3-0 derby victory over Liverpool on Saturday. Johnson's brace, after Cahill had opened the scoring, extended Everton's unbeaten start to the season to four matches and Australian midfielder Cahill insisted there was no reason why the run should not continue.
A disappointing campaign at Euro 2004 and the emergence of Wayne Rooney as England's new golden boy has eroded David Beckham's position as Sven-Goran Eriksson's main man. But Beckham's match-winning display against Hungary at Old Trafford on Tuesday proved he still has the ability to guide England to glory in Germany.
Alex Ferguson believes that Manchester United's trip to Chelsea on April 29 will decide the outcome of the Premiership title race after Wayne Rooney's dazzling display inspired United to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal here at Old Trafford. Having slashed Chelsea's lead from 18 points to seven since the beginning of March, the veteran United manager is convinced his players can pull off an amazing comeback.