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Leicester boss weary of Man Utd 'swagger' on Sunday

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson feels Manchester United have got their "swagger" back ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday.

The Foxes chief admits Louis van Gaal's side are starting to click after they kick-started their season last week.

A 4-0 Premier League win over QPR was their first victory of the season under Van Gaal after a troubled start which saw them lose to Swansea and suffer a 4-0 humiliation at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

But Pearson insisted United have begun their road to recovery ahead of their clash at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

He said: "United look like they have a swagger back, they have added quality. Whenever there is a change in manager you can have people who have a short-term impact.

"When you have someone in charge for as long as Sir Alex (Ferguson) the transition period will never be easy.

"They have been a huge presence within the English game for a long time. I'm sure they will reignite that at some point.

"The scrutiny and build up to games like this would suggest there is an awful lot at stake. That in itself can bring different pressures.

"We have to get our preparation right and try and not get too wrapped up in the occasion."

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Local sportsmen nominated at Asian Cricket Awards

Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.

Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra, Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid and Essex man Ravi Bopara join Ali in the list for the award, which will be presented at Lord's next month.

Ali, who is of Pakistani heritage and was born in Birmingham, made a major contribution towards England's recent series win against India in the Investec Test series.

Chopra led Birmingham Bears to the T20 Blast title, and was recently appointed full-time captain ahead of their Royal London One-Day Cup final against Durham on Saturday.

Birmingham Bears skipper Varun Chopra is also nominated for the award Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Keane's 'volcanic' personality key to Villa's start

Aston Villa Assistant manager Roy Keane Credit: PA

Alan Hutton says Roy Keane's "volcanic" personality has been key to Aston Villa's impressive start.

The defender believes the Villa assistant has added fire to the dressing room after his summer arrival.

Villa are second in the Barclays Premier League and host Arsenal on Saturday after opening their campaign with four unbeaten games.

And right-back Hutton, who signed a three-year deal at the club this week, said Keane's famous passion is vital.

"He can be occasionally volcanic, is that threat useful? I think so, it keeps you on your toes, but you want to perform for yourself," he said.

"You know he'll give you the shot you need to perform and spur you on, it's not a negative thing.

"You just have to look at his career, if there's anything you need to ask he's the man to go to. Just to have a man like that in your corner is unbelievable.

"He's passionate about the game, so if anyone needs to say anything about the game he's the man to do it."

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Football: Full-time results

Championship

Birmingham City 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday

Charlton 1 - 1 Wolves

League One

Gillingham 2 - 1 Peterborough United

Notts County 1 - 1 Leyton Orient

Port Vale 0 - 3 Bristol City

Preston North End 3 - 3 Chesterfield

Rochdale 4 - 0 Walsall

Scunthorpe United 2 - 1 Coventry City

League Two

Wimbledon 3 - 0 Burton Albion

Cheltenham 0 - 1 Southend United

Mansfield 1 - 0 Morecambe

Northampton 5 - 1 Hartlepool

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 0 Carlisle

Football: Half-time scores

Championship

Birmingham City 0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday

Charlton 1 - 0 Wolves

League One

Gillingham 1 - 1 Peterborough United

Notts County 1 - 0 Leyton Orient

Port Vale 0 - 1 Bristol City

Preston North End 3 - 1 Chesterfield

Rochdale 3 - 0 Walsall

Scunthorpe United 1 - 1 Coventry City

League Two

Wimbledon 2 - 0 Burton Albion

Cheltenham 0 - 0 Southend United

Mansfield 0 - 0 Morecambe

Northampton 3 - 1 Hartlepool

Shrewsbury Town 1 - 0 Carlisle

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