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Sir Alex Ferguson to return to Manchester United dugout

Sir Alex Ferguson will return to management for the June 4 friendly match. Credit: PA

Sir Alex Ferguson will make a cameo return to the Old Trafford dugout this summer after four years of retirement.

The long-time Manchester United boss will manage a United XI in Michael Carrick's testimonial against an All-Star XI led by another of the midfielder's former managers Harry Redknapp.

Michael Carrick said Sir Alex was 'probably the sole reason' he signed for Manchester United in 2006. Credit: PA

Sir Alex's side will see Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs take the field as part of the 2008 Premier League and Champions League-winning squad.

Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen will feature in the opposition.

Carrick said he was "honoured" to recruit Sir Alex for the day, adding: "He's the man who probably taught me to win."

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Pep: 1-1 Liverpool draw one of greatest days of my career

Pep Guardiola hailed his City team for coming back to claim a point after James Milner's penalty put Liverpool ahead. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola surprisingly hailed Manchester City's 1-1 draw at home with fourth-placed Liverpool as one of the greatest days of his career.

The low scoreline belied what was a pulsating incident-packed clash at the Etihad - though few would have placed it in the pantheon of greatest matches for the winner of 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola lifting the DFB Cup after Bayern Munich's victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Credit: PA

Yet Guardiola said it was his City side's response to the disappointment of the midweek exit from Europe that had given him such joy as a coach.

"This is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager," he said.

The Spanish coach celebrates Barcelona's 2009 Champions League victory over Manchester United in style. Credit: PA

"After our defeat in the Champions League, for two days we were so, so sad and in the training sessions we didn't talk too much.

"That is why I am so, so happy. They put absolutely everything that they had on the pitch."


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Manchester United announce five-game US summer tour

Wayne Rooney was among the goalscorers when United beat LA Galaxy 3-2 in Pasadena in 2014. Credit: PA

Manchester United have announced a five-game, five-city summer tour of America.

Jose Mourinho's squad will play matches in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara and Washington DC and a fifth still-undisclosed city.

The club tweeted the pre-season tour news, though the opposition and dates of the fixtures are still to be released.

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Date of Manchester derby at the Etihad rearranged

Jose Mourinho's United are out to avenge a 2-1 Old Trafford defeat when they face Pep Guardiola's City at the Etihad. Credit: PA

The Premier League derby clash between Manchester City and Manchester United has been rearranged.

City will host their rivals at 8pm on Thursday, April 27 as they look to do the double over Jose Mourinho's visitors following September's 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

As Opta has recorded, it is the first Thursday night derby clash between the teams in 23 years.

The derby - which was postponed in February as United appeared in the EFL Cup final - means City's league trip to Middlesbrough has been pushed back a day to Sunday, April 30.

Four other Premier League fixtures have been rearranged in what becomes a busy midweek of matches:

Apr 25
Chelsea v Southampton
Apr 26
Arsenal v Leicester, Middlesbrough v Sunderland and Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Apr 27
Manchester City v Manchester United


4-0 win for Everton over Hull

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the Premier League match at Goodison Park. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku ended the week how he had started it - in the headlines - with two goals in the 4-0 win over 10-man Hull.

On Tuesday the Belgium international told the club he would not be signing a new #140,000-a-week contract to make him the highest-paid player in their history as he questioned whether they had the ability to reach the Champions League.

The platform had been laid by a first goal for 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, in only his sixth Premier League appearance, and another from Enner Valencia.

2 all for Blackburn v Preston

Preston North End's Aidan McGeady is tackled by Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nyambe Credit: PA/Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

Aiden McGeady grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as Preston salvaged a 2-2 draw at Blackburn that keeps their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes alive.

All seemed to be going well for the visitors when Tom Barkhuizen expertly fired them into a 13th-minute lead, but Rovers battled back admirably through Elliott Bennett's 30-yard piledriver in the 43rd minute and Craig Conway's composed effort 13 minutes later.

However, Simon Grayson's men, who started the day six points away from the play-offs, grabbed a leveller through McGeady's cool finish from 12 yards.

Rovers stretched their unbeaten run under head coach Tony Mowbray to seven games. They do, however, remain in the drop zone.

Preston's winless run away from home now stands at seven games but they are within two wins of climbing into the top six, as things stand.

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