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No Rooney Manchester United vs Sunderland Starting Line Ups

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was as good as his word when he left Wayne Rooney out of this afternoon’s Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland.

The England international, who is nursing an ankle injury, did not make the 18 at the Stadium of Light, where there were starts for Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Michael Owen as Ferguson made four changes to the side which won 1-0 in Valencia during the week and named Dimitar Berbatov among the substitutes.

Former United defender Steve Bruce kept faith with the bulk of the men who drew 2-2 at Liverpool last weekend with Bolo Zenden’s inclusion in place of Danny Welbeck the only change.

There was a return to the bench for hamstring victims Anton Ferdinand and John Mensah, and they were once again joined by record signing Asamoah Gyan.

Sunderland vs Man Utd

Sunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Turner, Bramble, Bardsley, Malbranque, Cattermole, Henderson, Zenden, Bent, Elmohamady

Subs: Gordon, Mensah, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid, Ferdinand, Gyan

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, O’Shea, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Anderson, Macheda, Owen

Subs: Kuszczak, Evra, Berbatov, Smalling, Hernandez, Gibson, Bebe

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Lionel Messi Suffers Ankle Injury In Barcelona Win

Lionel Messi was taken off on a stretcher and looked to be in serious pain in Barcelona’s 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

The Argentine international was stretchered off and replaced by Bojan deep into stoppage time after being stepped on the ankle by Tomas Ujfalusi, who was sent off.

Barcelona fans will be hoping for good news from the reports expected to come from the medical staff later today.

Barcelona, in the meantime, failed to take care of the numerous chances in front of the Atletico Madrid goal, but still managed to come away with the travelling win.

David Villa was the main victim in front of the goal, but Messi and Gerard Pique made sure of the three-points.

Messi celebrated the 10th anniversary of his arrival to Barcelona with a 13th-minute opener before Raul Garcia headed home an equalizer for the hosts in the 25th.

Pique calmly controlled a corner kick inside the Atletico area to fire home the 33rd minute winner, but Barcelona’s victory was marred when World Player of the Year Messi exited on a stretcher during stoppage time.

Inter Milan Beat Barcelona 3-1 In First CL Clash

Inter Milan sent reigning Champions League champions Barcelona to the brink of elimination following their victory in the first leg of their semi-final at the San Siro tonight.

It was the game billed as an early final, and if the eventual final in Madrid can live up to what this had to offer, then the 90,000 fans inside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu will be in for a treat on May 22.

Pedro put Barcelona in front in the 19th minute, but Inter turned the game around thanks to goals from Wesley Sneijder on the half-hour mark, Maicon just three minutes into the second half and Diego Milito after an hour.

Inter will now travel to Spain next week looking to wrap up their first ever Champions League final appearance.

Barca, who endured a 14-hour bus journey to Milan due to the volcanic ash, will have plenty of time to reflect on their display as they head back to Catalonia knowing they will need at least two goals to progress.

While Esteban Cambiasso was paying particularly close attention to Lionel Messi in the early exchanges, he took the threat of Maxwell a little less seriously as Barcelona went in front in the 19th minute.

Paul Scholes Wins Manchester Derby For United Over City

Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring a goal for Manchester United
Paul Scholes celebrates after scoring a goal for Manchester United
Paul Scholes guided home a stoppage time header to give keep Manchester United’s title hopes alive after the visitors beat Manchester City 1-0 at Eastlands.

With the game look dead set for a draw, Scholes popped up to score a free header beyond the diving Shay Given after he was left un-marked in the six-yard box.

Patrice Evra provided the cross from the left hand side after receiving the ball from Gabriel Obertan.

The win means that United kept the pressure on leaders Chelsea who will face Tottenham in a late kick-off today.

Chelsea now have a one point lead at the summit.

Earlier, Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United a boost by returning to the side starting line-up.

Rooney was left frustrated in the first half, however, after returning from an ankle injury.

The England striker should have made the breakthrough in the 41st minute but dragged his effort wide.

Sir Alex Ferguson Delighted With Late Win Over Manchester City

By Gary Smith

Manchester United FC Vs Liverpool FC

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he did not see a goal coming to Manchester derby clash and praised his team for nicking it at the end.

Ferguson said coming into the game, his Manchester United side knew they needed to claim all three points to keep their credential in the ‘City’ firmly set, as well as staying on pace with title favourites and leaders Chelsea.

However, after watching both teams failing to create any real goalscoring opportunity, Fergie revealed he was happy to see Paul Scholes delivered deep into stoppage time.

“It was a game we had to win no question about it,” the United boss said.

“I couldn’t see a goal coming. (So) I put Scholes a bit more forward and it paid off.”

Ferguson also believed that less than three-points for United today would have make the race for a fourth title even more difficult.

He said: “It would have been very very difficult.”

Meanwhile, Gary Neville, who had a productive outing in derby is hoping Tottenham can now do United a favour by beating Chelsea.

“We hope that Tottenham can go and do something for us” Neville said.

He added: “We would have love to be in Chelsea’s position.”

Spurs themselves need a win to keep their hunt for a Champions League spot alive.

They were further good news for Manchester United as Wayne Rooney started and left the pitch fit enough to play in another match.