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Why don’t the players hate each other any more?

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In years gone by, when Arsenal visited Old Trafford, there was a hatred in the air that wasn't present for many games.

Of course the likes of Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City have always been bigger rivals for Manchester United, but the competition between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson's teams in the late 1990's and early 2000's meant a new rivalry was formed.

From Ferdinand to Evra to Aluko – what have we learnt about the FA’s reaction to racism?

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John Terry

Five years ago, John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by an independent regulatory commission.

The FA's enquiry took place after Terry had been found not guilty in court, where it couldn't be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the former England and Chelsea captain had called Ferdinand a "fucking black cunt".

Manchester United

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Scott has written for ESPN about the impact Zlatan's return could have.

The Guardian reports on United's defeat against Basel.

The Mirror reports on Rio Ferdinand's criticism of United's performance against Basel.

This Is Futbol talks to Balague about United being favourites to sign Griezmann.

Battle Of The Buffet: Cesc Fabregas Admits He Was The Arsenal Player Who Threw Pizza At Sir Alex Ferguson In The Old Trafford Tunnel Back In 2004

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It's been nigh-on 13 years but the identity of the mystery Arsenal assailant responsible for wanging a slice of pizza into Sir Alex Ferguson's face after a match at Old Trafford has finally been revealed.

In what has since come to be known as 'Pizzagate' or 'The Battle of the Buffet', Manchester United beat the Gunners 2-0 in a suitably tempestuous encounter on 24th October, 2004, thus bringing the away side's 49-game unbeaten run to an abrupt halt.

Rio: Vida stopped me from crying following Champions League glory

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Rio Ferdinand captained Manchester United for our victorious 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea. Our former defender has revealed that Sir Bobby Charlton came to speak to him before he went up to collect the trophy, talking of the importance and honour, and how the occasion of it all got to him.

Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career

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London (AFP) – Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said Tuesday he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channelling his anger.

The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who quit football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project.

Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand to turn to boxing: report

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London (AFP) – Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand is due to announce on Tuesday he is going to try and become a professional boxer just two months away from his 39th birthday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is an avid boxing fan and has said spending time boxing in the gym has helped clear his head after losing his wife and the mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in 2015.

Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand to turn to boxing: report

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London (AFP) – Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand is due to announce on Tuesday he is going to try and become a professional boxer just two months away from his 39th birthday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is an avid boxing fan and has said spending time boxing in the gym has helped clear his head after losing his wife and the mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in 2015.

Retired star footballer Rio Ferdinand to turn to boxing: report

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London (AFP) – Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand is due to announce on Tuesday he is going to try and become a professional boxer just two months away from his 39th birthday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is an avid boxing fan and has said spending time boxing in the gym has helped clear his head after losing his wife and the mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in 2015.

Rio Ferdinand Announces Plan To Become Professional Boxer, Gary Neville Quickly Lands First Jab

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Rio Ferdinand has announced that, two years after retiring from football, he is now intent on becoming a professional boxer.

The former Manchester United centre-back is training as part of the "Defender to Contender" project, as promoted by bookmakers Betfair.

Specifically, Ferdinand will train with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall while he attempts to earn the British Boxing Board of Control licence that will allow him to compete in monetised matches.

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about Klopp escaping the criticism Mourinho and Van Gaal suffered.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about why Lukaku was right to celebrate against Everton.

The Mirror reckons Luke Shaw will play against Burton after being left out of U-23 game.

The Guardian reports on Rio Ferdinand's rumoured move in to professional boxing.

Retired star footballer Ferdinand to turn to boxing: report

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London (AFP) – Former England star Rio Ferdinand is due to announce on Tuesday he is going to try and become a professional boxer just two months away from his 39th birthday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is an avid boxing fan and has admitted spending time boxing in the gym has helped clear his head a bit after losing his wife and the mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in 2015.

Retired star footballer Ferdinand to turn to boxing: report

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London (AFP) – Former England star Rio Ferdinand is due to announce on Tuesday he is going to try and become a professional boxer just two months away from his 39th birthday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Ferdinand, who won 81 caps and made over 300 appearances for Manchester United, is an avid boxing fan and has admitted spending time boxing in the gym has helped clear his head a bit after losing his wife and the mother of his three children Rebecca Ellison to breast cancer in 2015.

Chelsea FC - The best hope for success as an English team in the Champions League.

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After the first group games in this weeks Champions League were completed, TV Pundit and Ex-Pro Rio Ferdinand believes that Chelsea are England's best hope for success this season.

As we all know the game the other night was an expected result against what can only be described as the whipping boys of the group.

Everton defender: I learnt so much from Rio at United

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Michael Keane is a lifelong Manchester United fan and has been going to Old Trafford with his season-ticket holding dad since he was a child. He joined the club when he was 11 but was surprisingly sold by Louis van Gaal. The young defender clearly had lots of potential but was never given the opportunity to prove that at United.

Keane reveals the real reason behind him leaving United

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Roy Keane left Manchester United in November 2005 after airing his frustrations over our performance in the 4-1 defeat away to Middlesbrough. Keane didn't bite his tongue when going through the players and highlighting their mistakes. He criticised Edwin Van der Sar for letting in Gaizka Mendieta's attempt, claiming it was "saveable".

Rio Ferdinand offers to alleviate Man Utd injury crisis

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I will be travelling to Spain Thursday but unfortunately not with my boots...... not too late if Jose wants me to pack them! #mufc...

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Spurs star loves United legends

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Eric Dier is fans' favourite at Tottenham Hotspur but has revealed that his favourite players all represented Manchester United.

From Roy Keane, to Nemanja Vidic, to Rio Ferdinand, Dier was a big fan of United's key players over the years.

In fact, Dier chose his shirt number at Spurs because of his liking of United's former captain, Vidic.

Man Utd: Star-Studded Michael Carrick Testimonial To Feature Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And Michael Owen

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Michael Carrick is to be given a testimonial by Manchester United to reward him for his 11 years with the club.

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The game, which will be played at Old Trafford, willfeature aManchester United 2008 XI which will feature the likes ofEdwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

VIDEO: Rio gives pep talk to United’s U-15s

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Rio Ferdinand speaking with the Manchester United youngsters after losing 9-0 to Man City!

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Scott writes for uMAXit about why opinions on Mourinho have changed.

The Guardian reports on Michael Carrick being offered a new deal.

The Independent reckons Blind and Mata don't have a future at United.

The Telegraph reports on the role Rio Ferdinand will be offered by Mourinho.

Rio: Typical of City fans to talk about United

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Ahead of Manchester City's Champions League game against PSG, Mike Sumerbee was interviewed by BT Sport and claimed that all of England would be supporting them tonight, even United fans.

"Typical Man City fan, that, bringing Manchester United in to it," Rio Ferdinand said in the studio. The expression on his face said it all when Gary Lineker questioned whether he would be supporting City tonight.

Lingard: Rio has always looked out for me and we still speak now

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During Manchester United's 1-0 win over Manchester City, Jesse Lingard had a good game playing in a more central role.

On Twitter, Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for his former team mate, saying: "Lingard... [is a] proper footballer. Does what most kids these days don't appreciate intelligent movement off the ball.

Rio: Fergie told us to trample all over Arsenal… so we did

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In an exclusive interview with Squawka, Rio Ferdinand has reflected on how Manchester United so often had the upper hand when we played Arsenal.

[Sir Alex] was really good. It's like when we used to play Arsenal and he made us really understand that physically they wouldn't be able to deal with us.

‘He Used To Live Next Door To Me!’ – Rio Ferdinand Taken Aback By Cristiano Ronaldo’s Claims The Pair Were Never Close At Manchester United

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Rio Ferdinand was visibly taken aback while punditing on BT Sport last night when faced with Cristiano Ronaldo's claims that the pair were never that close during their time together at Manchester United.

Ronaldo made the assertion during a pre-Champions Leaguepress conference,which he later marchedout of in a bit of a huff.

Tweet: Rio Ferdinand bemoans Man Utd selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal

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Welbeck........i aint even going to start.....happy for Welbz but how @manutd let him go

Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday at the age of 34. Vidic won five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League in an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, but conceded injuries had forced him to call time on his career.

Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday at the age of 34. Vidic won five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League in an eight-year spell at Old Trafford, but conceded injuries had forced him to call time on his career.

Arsenal

Will Arsenal really collapse against Burnley after that performance?

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Despite Arsenal giving an out-of-the-world performance against Tottenham this weekend, there is still little belief that we can build on that and start moving up the table again. The reason for that is our inconsistency and our dire away form, and the ex-Man United star Rio Ferdinand finds it hard to believe that Mesut Ozil [.

Is Alexis ‘carrying Arsenal’ into title race?

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The Match of The Day crew on BBC were talking after Arsenal's win over West Ham yesterday, and Owen Hargreaves and Rio Ferdinand both seem to believe that Alexis Sanchez iskeeping our club in the title hunt. Liverpool just handed us second spot in the Premier League table, thanks to allowing Bournemouth to score three [.

Video: Arsenal make former Man United skipper shame himself

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Arsenal snatched a late equaliser against Manchester United yesterday afternoon, giving our rivals the lead for long enough for Rio Ferdinand to make himself look stupid. The Red Devils took the lead through a 68th minute Juan Mata goal, and the former England and Manchester United star took to Twitter to boast the lead, only [.

Expert Opinion: Garth Crooks Backs Liverpool For Relegation Solely Due To Alberto Moreno’s Horror Show Against Arsenal

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While the odds are most definitely against itafter a stirring win over Arsenal on the opening weekend, Garth Crooks has dribbled a drop of virgin's blood into the concoction bubbling away in his soothsayer's cauldron and used his sight beyond sight to predictthat Liverpool will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Wayne Rooney

XI Delicious Photos Of Footballers Enjoying A Nice Bit Of Chocolate

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If only all football/chocolate tie-inwere so cool, eh?

In what is perhaps the most tenuous tie-in we've ever attempted here on Pies, here's XIphotos of football's great and good getting stuck into various chocolatey treats.

After all, what better way to mark 'International Chocolate Day' than revisiting that time Jerzy Dudek painted an Easter egg?

TOP FIVE: Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Has Never Won the FA Cup

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Wayne Rooney has never won the FA Cup. It is one of those quirks of fate which leads to a shake of the head and a tut and a general sense of "funny old world."

But who is to blame for this trick of destiny? Which individual or body of individuals have denied Wayne his rightful opportunity to put the top bit of the cup on his head and prance about the place?

West Ham

Rio Ferdinand returns to football… at West Ham

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Rio Ferdinand has put on his football boots again to play for West Ham in Mark Noble's testimonial. The current West Ham team faced a team of former players, including Teddy Sheringham, Anton Ferdinand and Paolo Di Canio.


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Shaka Hislop interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.25.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN soccer analyst and former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

During the interview, Shaka discusses his favorite memories from playing with West Ham, how Harry Redknapp was different as a manager, what it was like playing behind Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, whether West Ham can surpass Tottenham Hotspur as the third biggest team in London, and much more.

Shaka Hislop interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (1.25.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with ESPN soccer analyst and former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

During the interview, Shaka discusses his favorite memories from playing with West Ham, how Harry Redknapp was different as a manager, what it was like playing behind Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard, whether West Ham can surpass Tottenham Hotspur as the third biggest team in London, and much more.

The Rest

Everton: Legendary Hardnut Duncan Ferguson Names Three Toughest Defenders He Played Against

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Having attained legendary status at Everton by pummelling his way to the top, Duncan Ferguson has now settled into a more sedate coachingrole at the club.

During a chat with The Times about his new, mellower professionalpersona, Big Dunc (a self-confessed "big softie" these days) was asked to namethe three toughest opponentshe came up against during his playing days.

Gary Cahill New England Leader?

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It seems like just yesterday England was littered with defensive choices that included John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and others, whilst the likes of Gary Cahill sat as a prospect vying to one day take their place. That day is here. The Chelsea defender has been a regular for both his English Premier League side Chelsea, and country, England.

Rio: Ronaldo didn’t talk to me? He lived next door to me!

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Spain seemingly has an obsession with Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Gareth Bale, or lack of, and ahead of Real Madrid's match against Roma, the former United winger has snapped. Trying to explain that footballers don't need to be best mates with each other, Ronaldo claims he wasn't friends with Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.